Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Army Ranger Kapaczewki: A Genuine American Hero; Monkey Stomping; One of 9/11's Sad Legacies; Latinos Angry at Obama; Is the Thrill Over Facebook Over? Gov. Perry 4 President?

Officials can't say what happened to $6.6 billion that was sent to Iraq for reconstruction. That's money we could have wasted and mismanaged right here at home--Leno.
Note: I recommend we put Slo Joe Biden in charge of this. He's done such an outstanding job with watching how the stimulus money was spent.

  • Army Ranger Joe Kapacziewki is one tough U.S. Army Ranger. He lost his leg in 2005 when an enemy grenade detonated in his armored vehicle in Iraq. Long story short. He had his leg amputated. So did this Army Ranger retire? No way. After he received his prosthesis he returned to duty and to battle. And it's because of Army Rangers like Kapacziewki we're winning the wars. It's because of guys and gals like him the Taliban government has been driven from power. It's because of guys and gals like him al-Qaeda is diminished and it's because of guys and gals like him Osama bin Laden sleeps with the fishes today.
  • Michael Yon, the leading combat journalist of our time, has been reporting on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan since the wars began. This is what he wrote about the war in Afghanistan: "Meanwhile, our enemies here are being monkey stomped. The rule of monkey stomping has never changed. Don't stop stomping until the enemy stops breathing...The bottom line is that there are unmistakable signs of progress in Afghanistan..." If there is any one journalist we are to believe--it's Michael Yon.
  • On this up-coming memorial for 9/11 victims, there's one very sad statistic that lingers: the victims of 9/11 left behind 3,051 children under the age of 18.
  • The Campaign for Fiscal Equity found that 23% of black students were chronically absent from school. What is chronically absent?--missing more than a month of school each year.  21% of Hispanic students also fit this criteria. Asian students miss school 4% of the time while white students miss school 12%. Lesson here? It's a no-brainer why so many students fail tests (NY Post).
  • Latinos are not all to happy with Pres. Obama. For the third year in a row, he's chosen not to attend the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials. In 2008, he promised them he would attend (Politico).
  • Memo to the Greek People: Get back to work.
  • If you're one of those folks who joined Beautiful People dot Com, and you're still a member; rejoice. The site dumped 30,000 people they deemed were too ugly. I never stood a chance (Fox News).
  • Is the thrill over Facebook ending? One day last week, Facebook had 200,000 new sign-ups. Sounds good, right? But on the same day, they had 150,000 desertions(Slate).
  • As Herr Keith Olberman begins his new gig with Al Gore's Current TV (total viewership--50,000. Current viewership for Fox News: 2.5 million), MSNBC announced they have not lost viewership after Olberman left town. In other words, Herr Olberman's audience apparently has not missed him. But one commentator asked a good question: How much lower can they (MSNBC) go?
  • Over a month ago, I wrote--watch for Gov. Rick Perry of Texas jumping into the race. It now appears more likely he will. And more information on Texas today.  Texas surpassed over $1 trillion in economic output thus creating more jobs.
  • How good is the Fed in predicting economic anything? They projected unemployment would be 8.3% to 8.7% today. Wrong again. They predicted inflation would remain low. Wrong again, it's increasing.  They projected the GDP will increase significantly. Wrong again (USA Today).
  • I've written many times that I sincerely believe Pres. Obama lacks leadership skills. Fred Barnes, Weekly Standard, just wrote a piece entitled, "Obama's Lackadaisical Leadership." The article proves my point. He points out on almost every major issue since Pres. Obama took office, he dumped responsibility on to others. Barnes asked a good question. Why is Pres. Obama so leadership averse? Barnes says it's because it gives Obama more flexibility and less accountability. Anyway, it's a very good piece. Check it out
  • What is it about public employee unions not understanding------the nation is broke (with few exceptions like Texas)? Taxpayers can't support benefits anymore. They accuse governments of hurting the middle class with cuts to their pensions and health care benefits. But don't they understand their generous benefits packages are largely paid for by the middle class? Yet, they demand more blood out of a stone.
  • How well did Rory Mcilroy do in winning the U.S. Open? He broke about 12 records.

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