Can you believe I went the whole month of February without so much as one new post? Well, February was a pretty big personal month for yours truly, what with the celebration of ten (!) years of marriage to the Lovely Misses and a daughter who turned five … and a celebration at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. Then I spent the next few weeks going through photos, videos, compiling DVDs, and slideshows, and making copies, and it just seemed like the month got away from me. I missed so much news, although having the Twitter is a quick and easy way to pen some thoughts on the news of the day.
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I don’t even know where to start – so I’ll start here. My deep felt thoughts and prayers to those who have been affected by the devastating tornadoes that ripped through the Midwest and Southeast recently. Indeed, Mother Nature can be brutal – but if I know the good people of the American Midwest and Southeast – it’s that out of tragedy births community and fellowship, teamwork and a fervent faith to rebuild better than ever. And for that – I salute you.
So, the past few weeks have been all about the controversies. First, with the President – who because of his woefully inept foreign policy style – innocent people are being killed in Afghanistan because of an errant Qur’an burning. Of course, the United States is upset whenever religious institutions are defaced (I mean, come on … the secular attack on Christianity? Hello?), but we’re not out slaying people in the streets as a result of. No, instead these savages have turned this into an excuse to slaughter innocent Americans in some blood thirsty ravage attack.
And where’s Hamid Karzai in all this? Yeah. So you can now add me to the growing list of those calling for the immediate withdraw of Afghanistan.
We’ve exhausted copious amounts of blood and treasure to help rid Afghanistan of these radical Islamic monsters and after a decade of fighting… this is the reciprocation?
You know what, it’s been real.
And thanks to the President, I have all of the confidence in the world this will get resolved, because the President did what the President does best and that’s apologizing. His profuse apologizing, as he put it, “calmed things down.” Well – I’d hate to see what would have happened had he not apologized?
We’ve seen this President in this position before – we’re witnessing in real time this President’s lack of a solid consistent foreign policy of peace through strength with regards to Iran. Iran is on the cusp of a nuclear weapon and Israel is threatening an attack. And where’s our Commander in Chief through all of this? Allegedly pleading with Israel not to attack until after the 2012 elections. Because … elections matter.
November can’t come fast enough.
Some other quick hits:
Are you following this Sandra Fluke contraception kerfuffle? This Georgetown law student testified before Nancy Pelosi on the Hill regarding the plight of the college woman with loose morals and the inability to subsidize their “extra-curricular” activities with taxpayer money. It seems some $3,000 a year comes out of pocket for the women of GU and their insatiable physical habit, along with shame and a lack of empowerment because they can’t afford their birth control. You’ve heard all the jokes already so I’ll spare you- but I keep thinking – number one, I went to college- I know at the UCF clinic there was a fish bowl with men’s prophylactics available free of charge… so, that’s not good enough?
Also – are we at that point in America where the taxpayer needs to subsidize completely voluntary behavior? Can I get my Dr. Pepper addiction subsidized by the American taxpayer? It’s easy to make fun of, because the idea is simply ludicrous on all levels. Unfortunately, what started out as a cocktail party joke turned into liberal outrage when Rush Limbaugh referred to Ms. Fluke as a “slut”.
Now – correct me if I’m wrong, but don’t feminists embrace the term? I mean, Google “SlutWalk” and then you tell me?
Nevertheless, Rush has apologized, but no doubt the story has shifted from an outlandish and borderline insulting representation of taxpayer subsidized contraception for college women – women who’ve never heard of the concept of abstinence I suppose (I guess what they say is true – they really aren’t teaching abstinence in public schools anymore – because Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke has never heard of it, I guess?) – into a grade school name calling episode that is devoid of the issue at hand. Well played, Progressives.
One of my friends posted a few years ago that he wanted to see an Obama 2nd Term because he always wondered what $10/gal gas would look like – and he thought Obama could pull that off. We’re almost half way there. Of course, Obama has now adapted the “All of the above” approach to energy independence, which includes flushing billions of your dollars down the green energy drain. I mean, why do things simple and say, run a pipeline from Canada through the US – creating tens of thousands of jobs and decreasing our dependence on Middle Eastern oil?
Maybe the President can just apologize for high gas prices – and that’ll calm things down.
Super Tuesday is right around the corner and GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney is riding a wave of momentum landing a couple of significant primary and caucus wins. Rick Santorums religiosity has gotten him into some trouble, but for me, it’s always been about presentation for Santorum. Well, that, and the fact that he’s a big government technocrat. Newt has gone Giuliani and doubled down in Georgia, but Gingrich and Santorum are splitting the “A.B.M.” crowd (anyone but Mitt) – so that only helps Romney on his way to the nomination.
Now, if only Romney could get out of his own way- we’d be in good shape. Ohio will be the litmus test moving forward – if Romney wins Ohio – it’s all over but the healing.
Are you one of the dozens enjoying your Chevy Volt? Well if you’re in the market – you’re going to have to wait – Chevy’s gone dark on the Volt for five weeks to “align production with demand.” Terrific. I would have thought the things blowing up would have been an issue – but what do I know.
I’m ready for March Madness – are you? Rock, Chalk, Jayhawks!
Finally – we’ve had some losses since I last posted… Whitney Houston, Davy Jones, but none more breath stealing for me than Conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart who passed away at the young age of 43. Anyone whose anyone in political and social media circles knows of Andrew Breitbart – whether its run ins with Shirley Sharrod, ACORN, or Anthony Weiner. But Brietbart was so much more for us on the right- especially us younger new generation Conservatives. Breitbart was everything I believed most of us aspire to be – with his unwavering Conservative principles and dedicated fight to save America from becoming a Western European failed Socialist state blended with an unmatched knowledge of the power of the new media, and with an understanding that just because you’re Conservative means you’re some social invalid who has to be ignorant of trends in entertainment and media.
In a word, Breitbart was cool. And he showed the world that it was ok to be Conservative and cool. He loved the fight… anyone who followed him on Twitter knows that the best of his adversaries’ tweets found their way to our timeline, he was unabashed and unapologetic in his aggressive search for the truth. He exemplified who the new age Conservative was – and did it with a flair and style that can never ever be replicated.
He will be missed dearly. From those who knew him, to those who met him, to those who followed his work – the Conservative movement lost what feels like an icon for the 21st century Conservative. And while the sting of the loss pains most of us… the celebration of an amazing life and a bar set extremely high for Conservatives moving forward – Andrew Breitbart’s time on this Earth was short – but his impact will be felt for decades as Conservatives fight the good fight for generations to come.
Thank you, Andrew Breitbart.