Lindsey Vonn’s replacement

Less than a year ago,

Olympic champion Lindsey Vonn

tore the anterior cruciate, ligament

and medial collateral ligament

in her right knee and

fractured her tibia during a harrowing

ski accident in Schlamding, Austria.

Vonn was airlifted by helicopter to a hospital

in Schladming.

Concerned she wouldn’t be ready

for the 2018 Winter Olympics,

the U.S. Olympic Committee

announced today her spot on

the U.S. Olympic Team would be

filled by Barack Obama.

U.S. Olympic officials said

Obama deserved the spot on the team

because no one has ever

taken a country downhill

faster than he has.

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Barack Obama – bons mots

By George Journal has selected the bons mots of President Barack Obama.

  • Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.
  • I am asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about change — but in yours.
  • If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.
  • Now, as a nation, we don’t promise equal outcomes, but we were founded on the idea everybody should have an equal opportunity to succeed. No matter who you are, what you look like, where you come from, you can make it. That’s an essential promise of America. Where you start should not determine where you end up.
  • The future rewards those who press on. I don’t have time to feel sorry for myself. I don’t have time to complain. I’m going to press on.
  • Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.
  • We lose ourselves when we compromise the very ideals that we fight to defend. And we honor those ideals by upholding them not when it’s easy, but when it is hard.
  • We proved that we are still a people capable of doing big things and tackling our biggest challenges.
  • We need to internalize this idea of excellence. Not many folks spend a lot of time trying to be excellent.
  • We didn’t become the most prosperous country in the world just by rewarding greed and recklessness. We didn’t come this far by letting the special interests run wild. We didn’t do it just by gambling and chasing paper profits on Wall Street. We built this country by making things, by producing goods we could sell.
  • If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help… Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business – you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.
  • Democracy does require a basic sense of solidarity — the idea that for all our outward differences, we are all in this together; that we rise or fall as one.
  • The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something.
  • We need to steer clear of this poverty of ambition, where people want to drive fancy cars and wear nice clothes and live in nice apartments but don’t want to work hard to accomplish these things. Everyone should try to realize their full potential.
  • With patient and firm determination, I am going to press on for jobs. I’m going to press on for equality. I’m going to press on for the sake of our children. I’m going to press on for the sake of all those families who are struggling right now. I don’t have time to feel sorry for myself. I don’t have time to complain. I am going to press on.
  • Today we are engaged in a deadly global struggle for those who would intimidate, torture, and murder people for exercising the most basic freedoms. If we are to win this struggle and spread those freedoms, we must keep our own moral compass pointed in a true direction.
  • Democracy can buckle when we give in to fear. So just as we, as citizens, must remain vigilant against external aggression, we must guard against a weakening of the values that make us who we are.
  • We must uphold laws against discrimination. … But laws alone won’t be enough. Hearts much change.
  • We did not come to fear the future, we came to shape it…. Your capacity to shape this world is unmatched.
  • This world, for all of its travails, for all of its challenges, has never been healthier, better-educated, wealthier, more tolerant, less violent, more attentive to the rights of all people, than it is today.
  • Reject the notion we’re surrounded by forces we cannot control. You’ve never had better tools to make a difference, to forge a better UK, a better Europe, a better world.
  • Cynicism is a sorry kind of wisdom.
  • I began feeling the way I imagine an actor or athlete must feel when, after years of commitment to a particular dream…he realizes that he’s gone just about as far as talent or fortune will take him. The dream will not happen, and he now faces the choice of accepting this fact like a grownup and moving on to more sensible pursuits, or refusing the truth and ending up bitter, quarrelsome, and slightly pathetic.
  • Americans… still believe in an America where anything’s possible – they just don’t think their leaders do.
  • If the people cannot trust their government to do the job for which it exists – to protect them and to promote their common welfare – all else is lost.
  • We’ve been warned against offering the people of this nation false hope. But in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope.
  • Money is not the only answer, but it makes a difference.
  • That’s the good thing about being president, I can do whatever I want.
  • Seek out people who don’t agree with you. It will teach you to compromise. It will also help you if you get married.
  • I miss Saturday morning, rolling out of bed, not shaving, getting into my car with my girls, driving to the supermarket, squeezing the fruit, getting my car washed, taking walks.

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Alinsky’s Rules

There have been a few reports in the American media recently that have described the clandestine tactics of Saul Alinsky – how they have served the campaigns of President Barack Obama and are present in the current presidential runs: “At this very moment Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals are being employed by the Left, again, with great efficacy.”  Forbes magazine points to Donald Trump’s campaign as an example “to push their own proposed societal changes and the political platforms designed to make them a reality.”

By way of background, in 1971, Saul Alinsky wrote an entertaining classic on grassroots organizing titled Rules for Radicals. Above and beyond Machiavelli’s tome The Prince, this book provides some of the best advice on confrontational tactics for campaign teams and candidates. Many have documented how President Obama and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton have taken pages from Alinsky’s playbook. It is interesting to think now right-wing standard bearer Trump is using Alinsky tactics…

And, though the link has never been directly made, there are no doubt Alinsky disciples in our Canadian circles of politicos. If you read through the rules, you can see hints of Alinsky’s instruction in the campaign maneuvering of the Canadian federal Parties – particularly the Liberal effort.

By George provides you with the list of rules from Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals. Refer to them in the months ahead when you are attempting to see the rationale or motivation for the federal Parties’ campaign thrusts.

Rules for Radicals

Rule 1: Power is not only what you have, but what an opponent thinks you have. If your organization is small, hide your numbers in the dark and raise a din that will make everyone think you have many more people than you do.

Rule 2: Never go outside the experience of your people. The result is confusion, fear, and retreat. Feeling secure adds to the backbone of anyone.

Rule 3: Whenever possible, go outside the experience of an opponent. Look for ways to increase insecurity, anxiety and uncertainty.

Rule 4: Make opponents live up to their own book of rules. “You can kill them with this, for they can no more obey their own rules than the Christian church can live up to Christianity.”

Rule 5: Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It’s hard to counterattack as there is no defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions.

Rule 6: A good tactic is one your people enjoy. “If your people aren’t having a ball doing it, there is something very wrong with the tactic.”

Rule 7: A tactic that drags on for too long becomes a drag. Commitment may become ritualistic as people turn to other issues.

Rule 8: Keep the pressure on. Use different tactics and actions and use all events of the period for your purpose. “The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition. It is this that will cause the opposition to react to your advantage.”

Rule 9: The threat is more terrifying than the thing itself. Imagination and ego can dream up many more consequences than any activist. (For example, when Alinsky leaked word that large numbers of poor people were going to tie up the washrooms of O’Hare Airport, Chicago city authorities quickly agreed to act on a longstanding commitment to a ghetto organization. They imagined the mayhem as thousands of passengers poured off airplanes to discover every washroom occupied. Then they imagined the international embarrassment and the damage to the city’s reputation.)

Rule 10: “The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.” It is this unceasing pressure that results in the reactions from the opposition that are essential for the success of the campaign. Additionally, the main job of the organizer is to bait an opponent into reacting. “The enemy properly goaded and guided in his reaction will be your major strength.”

Rule 11: “If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive.” Violence from the other side can win the public to your side because the public sympathizes with the underdog.

Rule 12: “The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.” Never let the enemy score points because you’re caught without a solution to the problem. Avoid being trapped by an opponent or an interviewer who says, “Okay, what would you do?”

Rule 13: “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Don’t try to attack abstract corporations or bureaucracies. Identify a responsible individual. Ignore attempts to shift or spread the blame.

 

Qs re President Obama

(ed. – We received this e-mail missive a few days back… sharing this Independent Day as a side note on how distrustful some Americans truly are of their current President.)

Dear Chris,

Some of my American friends are so anti-Obama that they’re fanatical about it, still trying to prove that Obama is an alien from Kenya. But, the guy who sent me this message today is a retired Brig-Gen in the USAF and an attorney. He lives in NJ and winters in FLA. I like him a lot and I don’t think he’s a nut. What think you???

(name withheld)
Here are 4 Simple questions from an attorney…are there ANY logical answers?

You be the judge……

Here’s what I would like to know. If the TRUTH ever comes out and it is decided that Obama was never eligible to be president, what happens to all the laws he signed into being and all the executive orders? Should they all be null and void?

Here are 4 Simple questions from a reputable attorney…This really should get your “gray matter” to churning, even if you are an Obama fan.

For all you “anti-Fox News” folks, none of this information came from Fox. All of it can be verified from legitimate sources (Wikipedia, the Kapiolani hospital website itself, and a good history book, as noted herein). It is very easy for someone to check out.

4 Simple Questions

1. Back in 1961 people of color were called ‘Negroes’. So how can the Obama ‘birth certificate’ state he is “African-American” when the term wasn’t even used at that time?

2. The birth certificate that the White House released lists Obama’s birth as August 4, 1961 and Lists Barack Hussein Obama as his father. No big deal, Right? At the time of Obama’s birth, it also shows that his father is aged 25 years old, and that Obama’s father was born in “Kenya, East Africa”. This wouldn’t seem like anything of concern, except the fact that Kenya did not even exist until 1963, two whole years after Obama’s birth, and 27 years after his father’s birth. How could Obama’s father have been born in a country that did not yet exist?

Up and until Kenya was formed in 1963, it was known as the “British East Africa Protectorate”. (check it below)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenya_%28http:/en.wikipedia..org/wiki/Kenya%29

3. On the Birth Certificate released by the White House, the listed place of birth is “Kapi’olani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital”. This cannot be, because the hospital(s) in question in 1961 were called “KauiKeolani Children’s Hospital” and “Kapi’olani Maternity Home”, respectively. The name did not change to Kapi’olani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital until 1978, when these two hospitals merged. How can this particular name of the hospital be on a birth certificate dated 1961 if this name had not yet been applied to it until 1978?

http://http/http/www.kapiolani.org/women-and-children/about-us/default.aspx

( http://www.kapiolani.org/women-and-children/about-us/default.aspx )

Why hasn’t this been discussed in the major media?

4. Perhaps a clue comes from Obama’s book on his father. He states how proud he is of his father fighting in WW II. I’m not a math genius, so I may need some help from you. Barack Obama’s “birth certificate” says his father was 25 years old in 1961 when Obama was born. That should have put his father’s date of birth approximately 1936 – if my math holds (Honest! I did that without a calculator!) Now we need a non-revised history book-one that hasn’t been altered to satisfy the author’s goals-to verify that WW II was basically between 1939 and 1945. Just how many 3 year olds fight in Wars? Even in the latest stages of WW II his father wouldn’t have been more than 9 years old. Does that mean that Mr. Obama is a liar, or simply chooses to alter the facts to satisfy his imagination or political purposes?

Very truly yours,
RICHARD R. SILVERLIEB
Attorney at Law
354 Eisenhower Parkway
Livingston, NJ 07039

The Queen and President Obama

U.S. President Barak Obama was visiting the Queen. During the meeting, he asked the question, “Your Majesty, how do you run such an efficient government? Are there any tips you can give me?”

“Well,” said the Queen Elizabeth, “The most important thing is to surround yourself with intelligent people.”

Obama frowned, and then asked, “But how do I know if the people around me are really intelligent?”

The Queen took a sip of champagne. “Oh, that’s easy; you just ask them to answer an intelligent riddle. Watch.” The Queen pushed a button on her intercom. “Please send Prime Minister David Cameron in here, would you?”

David Cameron walked into the room and said, “Yes, your Majesty?”

The Queen smiled and said, “Answer me this please David. Your mother and father have a child. It is not your brother and it is not your sister. Who is it?”

Without pausing for a moment, David Cameron answered, “That would be me.”

“Yes! Very good.” said the Queen.

President Obama went back home to ask V.P. Joe Biden the same question. “Joe, answer this for me.” “Your mother and your father have a child. It’s not your brother and it’s not your sister. Who is it?”

“I’m not sure,” said Biden. “Let me get back to you on that one.” He went to his advisors and asked everyone, but none could give him an answer. Frustrated, Biden went to work in congressional gym and saw Paul Ryan there.

Biden went up to him and asked, “Hey Paul, see if you can answer this question.” “Shoot Joe.” “Your mother and father have a child and it’s not your brother or your sister. Who is it?” Paul Ryan answered, “That’s easy, it’s me!”

Biden smiled, and said, “Good answer Paul!” Biden then, went back to speak with President Obama. “Say, I did some research and I have the answer to that riddle.” “It’s Paul Ryan!”

Obama got up, stomped over to Biden, and angrily yelled into his face, “No! You idiot! It’s David Cameron!”

 

(ed. – This joke and a hundred like them can be found in Keep ‘Em Laughing – the By George collection of election campaign guffaws. You can obtain a copy of the e-book by ordering on-line here: Our E-Bookshelf.)