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In this video clip of Obama in Turkey, he stumbles through a speech that could make an ostrich proud.

http://www.wnd.com/2013/06/now-its-muslim-lawyers-demanding-obamas-arrest/#ooid=54OWNxYzoySYEM3B8cKhtIrcABZpKkzB

It is no secret that at heart, Barack Obama’s allegiance is more Global than American. Given that fact, I don’t know who the President thinks he is fooling when he mixes religion and politics. Maybe it is because of his early training that he has such a difficult time getting his head around the facts. Happily, the President now fools very few people when he mixes his religion and politics. It is ludicrous to run around using the term “Christian” the way he does, and all thinking Americans are smart enough to figure that out. Real Americans generally do not mix religion and politics the way Obama does.

By “affiliation” (which is the only real way to view religion politically, since no one can accurately judge an individual’s heart) we are indeed a Christian nation.

Evangelical Protestant Churches – 26.3%
Mainline Protestant Churches – 18.1%
Catholic 23.9%
Historically Black Churches – 6.9%
Mormon – 1.7%
Jehovah’s Witness – 0.7%
Other self-identified (chiefly metaphysical) – 0.3%

Total percentage of US adults who would claim a “Christian affiliation” is 77.9%

Unaffiliated – 16.1%
Jewish – 1.7%
Buddhist – 0.7%
Muslim – 0.6%
Hindu, Unitarian, New Age, and Native American are equal to or all less than 0.4% each.

Obama could claim that we are politically secular, because there are truly aggressive attempts made to separate church and state, but to deny the nation’s Christian affiliation is the ostrich’s approach—head in the sand. ostrich

Also worth noting is that the Muslim percentage was not broken down into categories the way Christian affiliation was. This has the potential to be misleading. Islam is not homogenous. There are Sunnis and there are Shiites. There are tensions, major tensions, between the two groups. Again, the President seems to play ostrich about this when it comes to his domestic policy. So when, as he did this past week, he travels to Ireland and makes a speech that calls their parochial schools as much an obstacle to peace as racial segregation, he portrays himself as a hypocritical, propagandizing fool.

When Americans follow the leader and put their heads in the sand too… well, think about what is left on display.

Source: The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. All statistics retrieved from http://religions.pewforum.org/affiliations

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This past week, Michael Savage, the Savage of the “Savage Nation” radio show, published a poem on his website.

The teflon swan

The teflon swan spoke. The right-wing fever broke.

Scandals come and scandals go. The vandals sail through the gates.

“Too smooth, too cool to be guilty,” say the ducks as the swan swam on.

 

Savage’s on-air comments made it very clear that the swan is President Obama. After overcoming my shock that such a progressive swan could even have a right wing, (I’d assumed it had been amputated at Columbia, along with the rest of his records,) I rebelled against Savage’s portrayal of cygnus behaviors. “Too cool” is a description that is for the birds; it is as bad as my intended pun. I have responded with a poem of my own—

Swans do not make silky speeches.

They are Loud. Aggressive. Trumpeters.

Trumpeting and Neck-bobbing,

they establish their territory;

Intolerant of competition in their nesting area,

they will kill.

Observed an interval apart,

they convey a sense of peace, an exotic beauty.

Swan sham! It is a ruse.

Affronted, their wings beat a flurry of crosswinds.

Pecking, preying, flapping, fighting

they out-compete the native birds.

Although young cygnets begin life fairly low on the food chain, once the swans mature to flight stage they survive most natural predators. It is not because they are smooth, cool, or admired, however. It is because when they are offended, they flap their wings to make themselves look larger. They peck and bite, their long necks giving them the advantage of extended reach. Swans are such defensive fighters that many golf courses will buy a pair of swans for their water hazards simply to help keep the Canadian geese away.
Perhaps Dr. Savage was showing how those who heard the speeches were so mesmerized they’d ‘duck’ their duty. That is a possibility. But I am inclined to believe the swan swims on because of intimidation most fowl.

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Source links
Swan Song (2010) Thumbnail of painting by Rachel Rolseth, http://rachelrolseth.com/
The Teflon Swan (2013) Poem by Michael Savage, http://www.michaelsavage.wnd.com/2013/05/the-teflon-swan/
Research on swan behavior:
Metroparks Zoo, http://www.clemetzoo.com/rttw/swan/behavior.htm
Newton, http://www.newton.dep.anl.gov/askasci/zoo00/zoo00240.htm

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In a statement about the tyranny of the Internal Revenue Service, Obama declared that “Americans have a right to be angry about it, and I’m angry about it.”

 

This is BIG NEWS. The head of the Executive Branch has announced that there is a Right to be Angry.  Will someone please let me know where this is codified? The Federal Government usually uses the Commerce Clause of the Constitution to justify rights that were not previously enumerated, so does this mean that my right to be angry applies only to someone across the state line?

 

Will someone please tell me if this is a natural right or a fundamental right? Apparently not all rights are equal rights, and I am struggling to understand how the right to be angry could be politically correct. Yet, simple deductive logic would show it must be a PC right because none other than Mr. Obama himself has said so.

 

I am glad to see the President is exercising his right to anger. This will go a long way in modifying the stodgy old mores of society.  Not that long ago, only radical groups and inner city gangs routinely displayed anger in public. I am sure that with the President’s endorsement of such a powerful emotion, the Untied States will flourish. (BTW, there is no spelling error in that last sentence.) Soon, folks everywhere will be angrier than ever before.

 

In the past, many people bad-mouthed the God of the Old Testament for using lightning, thundering, earthquakes, plagues, and other displays of anger.  At long last, the President is ruling with a rod of irony.

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I checked in to the election coverage of the day and saw this headline, “OBAMA: ‘A New America In Which Prosperity Is Shared'”

I was skeptical, but tried to remain objective. I clicked for the quote. Here it is:


“Do we go forward towards a new vision of an America in which prosperity is shared?” Obama asked. “Or do we go backward to the same policies that got us in the mess in the first place?”

Seriously? Who is writing this guy’s speeches?

Anyone who has passed second grade arithmetic and learned about borrowing in subtraction problems is going to recognize that the “sharing exemplar” taught back in one’s pre-K classes is an outmoded paradigm. Sharing cookies never created more cookies, just more crumbs; and every time something is borrowed from the tens column to make the ones bigger, the tens lose a major chunk of their value.

As I recollect, Old King George thought that the colonists ought to “share the wealth” too. They did not like it very much. That was fifth grade social studies.

I suppose a true cynic would say that before one can share prosperity, one must first have prosperity. I don’t think I learned that in school at all. I think I probably overheard that attitude from some late-night comic.

It is rather curious that Obama would bring up “the same policies that got us in the mess,” as if he’d been doing absolutely nothing the past three-and a half years.

Not to Worry, Mr. Obama. I know you have been doing stuff. The headline right before that one said, “Treasury: U.S. to lose $25 billion on auto bailout.” David Shephardson of the Detroit News explains, “The Treasury Department says in a new report the government expects to lose more than $25 billion on the $85 billion auto bailout. That’s 15 percent higher than its previous forecast.” The loss was calculated two months ago when GM stock sold for $22.20 a share. It has since dropped to $20.47, making the loss to taxpayers even greater. Okay, perhaps the economics of the stock market was not studied until high school, but I think most people can understand that the President has been working hard to save a vital industry that has been held in the thrall of labor unions that contribute to his campaign.

Of course, you really do not need a formal education to select a President. You can always fall back on getting your information from TMZ instead.

Other credits
The headline video The Prosperity Shared Video
The auto bailout article
The Detroit News article

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