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Daily Archives: January 17, 2013, 10:48 pm

Obama Takes Michelle Out for Her Birthday

President Obama tonight took Michelle out for dinner with friends in Washington for her 49th birthday, which is today.

From the White House pool report:

Motorcade left the White House at 6:48 p.m. and arrived at 6:58 at Cafe Milano in Georgetown, where POTUS and FLOTUS entered through a white tent out of sight of your pooler.

On the way out of the White House, pool also could not see the first couple but did get a glimpse of first dog Bo who was out being walked on the South lawn and sat to watch as the motorcade passed by.

Cafe Milano is an upscale, eternally trendy spot in Washington’s eternally trendy Georgetown. Main courses can get up above $40.

Is Liberalism Causing Gun Violence?

How about the self-righteous warriors leading the current anti-gun crusade ask themselves that one?

It is, approximately, the question raised by a brilliant article in National Review by Lee Habeeb titled, “The War Against Black Men.”

Habeeb makes the point that as horrific the shooting of the students in Newtown was, it’s nothing compared to the daily carnage and fear that is inflicted upon youths in our inner cities.

In Chicago, it’s Newtown every month. But the media haven’t converged on Chicago this month.

You don’t know the names of those kids and adults gunned down in Chicago this January, all by handguns . . . You don’t know the names of the other 530 young people, most of them minorities, who were killed in Chicago between 2008 and January 2012 either. You don’t know their names, and the national media haven’t parked their media trucks in Chicago, because the liberal narrative does not offer easy answers to the problems haunting Chicago.

You don’t know their names because the real racism that exists in the media is this: A young black male’s life is not worth reporting when it is taken by another black male.

You don’t know the names because the media don’t or can’t blame the deaths in Chicago on a weapon like the AR-15, or on the NRA.

You don’t know their names because the media aren’t interested in getting at the real cause of much of the senseless gun violence in America: fatherlessness.

The breakdown of the family is attributed by Habeeb, and most conservatives, to the liberal policies and attitudes of he 1960s. Since the Great Society programs of the 1960s, poverty has not declined, and illegitimate births have soared.

Yes, I said “illegitimate.” Lets bring the stigma back.

In the black community, out-of-wedlock births – there, a little more PC  – are at 75 percent. How can you possibly have an orderly society if kids don’t have fathers to look up to and teach them self-control?

Democrats, with their various social engineering innovations, largely run the cities where the black family has completely fallen apart.

Does Mayor Michael “Nanny” Bloomberg ever ask himself, as he outlaws large soft drinks, what the consequences are of eradicating personal responsibility from people’s lives and replacing it with dependency on geniuses such as himself?

Liberals are famous for decrying “band-aid” solutions, wanting to get at the root of the problem. But they’ll apply bandages in the case of gun violence, because they might have to confront themselves if they search down to the root.

The NRA’s Despicable Use of the Obama Girls

The National Rifle Association gave a disgusting performance the other day with its ad that used President Obama’s daughters to make its point in favor of putting armed guards in schools.

In case you haven’t seen it, the NRA accuses Obama of being a hypocrite for allowing armed guards for his daughters at their school but opposing them in schools nationwide:

Not only is it abhorrent to unnecessarily bring these innocent children into the debate, it doesn’t make any sense.

I think it may be a good idea to put armed guards in schools. With the proliferation of violent video games that inure children to violence, these attacks are going to get more frequent.

But the arguments against putting armed guards in schools have to do with whether it makes things more dangerous to put a gun in a school than not to, and whether the policy is affordable.

Sasha and Malia are protected by trained Secret Service agents because they in particular are potential targets, whereas the chances of anything happening at any one school somewhere in the nation are extremely low.

That said, the Obamas themselves have invited this kind of irresponsible focus on their kids by constantly highlighting them for political purposes. Obama refers to them in remarks, they appear in official White House photos, and a picture of the family was even used during the campaign to promote the president and raise money.

This is because the White House knows that a source of Obama’s political strength is his likability as a dad. The White House made a cold and irresponsible decision to use the Obama children.

The Clintons and the Bushes made it clear that their kids were off limits, and they didn’t talk about them or use them for political ends. And I don’t remember their children incurring any of the kinds of nonsense perpetrated by the NRA.

Hopefully, with the election past them, the Obamas will keep their children off the stage.

The Real Problem with Obama’s Gun Control Remarks

Instead of overreacting to President Obama’s gun control initiative – the executive actions were modest and the legislative proposals are going nowhere – conservatives should be far more concerned by what his remarks on the topic revealed: that their president has serious contempt for them and their views.

The foundation of a democracy is the assumption that while you disagree with your opponents, they too have the interests of the America – and yes, its children – at heart. And yet for all Obama’s supposed intellect, what we hear from him time and again is the usual prosaic, unthinking liberal contempt for conservatives, who are viewed as evil, dumb, or both.

Take a look at the seething contempt that was unloaded as Obama announced his gun control program:

There will be pundits and politicians and special interest lobbyists publicly warning of a tyrannical, all-out assault on liberty — not because that’s true, but because they want to gin up fear or higher ratings or revenue for themselves.  And behind the scenes, they’ll do everything they can to block any common-sense reform and make sure nothing changes whatsoever . . .

Ask your member of Congress if they support universal background checks to keep guns out of the wrong hands. Ask them if they support renewing a ban on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.  And if they say no, ask them why not.  Ask them what’s more important — doing whatever it takes to get a A grade from the gun lobby that funds their campaigns, or giving parents some peace of mind when they drop their child off for first grade?  (Applause.)

Conservatives are willing to butcher children in order to make money and please the National Rifle Association, is that it?

What’s more, by standing up for the Second Amendment, they are denying others basic Constitutional rights:

That most fundamental set of rights to life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness — fundamental rights that were denied to college students at Virginia Tech, and high school students at Columbine, and elementary school students in Newtown, and kids on street corners in Chicago on too frequent a basis to tolerate, and all the families who’ve never imagined that they’d lose a loved one to a bullet — those rights are at stake.

Is it any wonder that this president can’t get anything done with Congress? How can you negotiate in good faith when you truly believe your opponents are slathered in iniquity and pre-sold to the highest bidder?

What’s next from a leader who holds so many of our citizens and their elected representatives in such disdain? Once you believe you are opposed by an evil cabal, what restrictions are there on the methods used to achieve “common-sense” goals?