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      The White House made sure that President Obama made a statement about the devastating damage in Alabama and the Southeast after yesterday’s massive tornadoes. It was announced that he will visit the area and meet with Gov. Bentley and families in the area.

      Someone in the Whit. e House PR room must finally be paying attention to the fubars that have occurred with this Presidency (most recently the President’s Easter visit to the Shiloh Baptist Church and the failure to issue an Easter Proclamation). The President could not possibly NOT go to Alabama when he is scheduled to tarvel with the First Family to Cape Canaveral in Florida to attend the shuttle launch of the Endeavour. The shuttle is being captained Capt. Mark Kelly, the husband of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

         If Obama flew to Florida without putting his “boots on the ground” in Alabama, he would have his Katrina moment!

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       While reading the paper over Sunday coffee, my dear wife said that Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano was considering a run for the United States Senate, for the seat that will be vacated when Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona retires in 2012. I almost choked trying not to spit out my coffee in laughter.

(Roll Call) — Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, former Arizona governor and state attorney general, has made calls over the past few weeks to gauge support for a Senate bid. She could emerge as the early frontrunner. Wealthy businessman Jim Pederson, who challenged Kyl in 2006, isn’t saying no, and Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon could run. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords — currently recovering from an attempted assassination — could enter the race as late as April 2012 and still raise enough money to be competitive.

Democrats in the state have told reporters that Giffords should have the “right of first refusal” to run for the seat.

http://weaselzippers.us/2011/02/12/could-big-sis-be-the-democratic-candidate-for-jon-kyls-seat/

NOW that is a scary thought!

from the Heritage Foundation:

This is only President Barack Obama’s second State of the Union, but his failed economic agenda has already forced him into early reruns. After more than $800 billion in Keynesian economic stimulus spending, our nation is still mired in a post World War II record 20th consecutive month of near double digit unemployment. Our national deficit stands at $14.06 trillion and we may hit the $14.29 trillion debt ceiling as early as this spring. Our country desperately needs a change direction, but that is not what we will get tonight.

According to The New York Times, President Obama’s speech will describe his “five pillars” for ensuring America’s competitiveness and economic growth. He must be hoping that the American people already forgot about his first “five pillars” of economic growth that he unveiled at Georgetown University in April 2009. The President’s present pillar panel is pretty much the same as the old one. “Deficit reduction” and “investments” in education are completely unchanged. “New Investments in Renewable Energy” has been repackaged to the more centrist-friendly “New Investments in Infrastructure.” Out are “New Investments in Health Care” and “New Rules for Wall Street.” In are “innovation” and “reforming government.” As Charles Krauthammer pointed out almost two years ago, Obama’s rhetoric is a mirror image of President Jimmy Carter’s and his policies are no different either. Tonight’s speech is just old school 1970s tax and spend liberalism in sleek new Obama packaging.

No matter whether you call it (“spending” or the Obama administration preferred euphemism “investment”), the simple fact is that Washington has been on a decades long spending binge and it has not made us any more competitive.

For full article: http://blog.heritage.org/2011/01/25/morning-bell-state-of-denial/

      Obviously the tragedy in Tucson is at the news forefront because it involved the attempted murder of a sitting United States Congresswoman, the murder of two federal officials (Judge Roll and Gabe Zimmerman), as well as 4 others. Add to the story now the left-wing man who was one of the injured victims of the shooting who was arrested for making death threats at a special town hall orgainzed by ABC for Christiane Amapour’s Sunday broadcast (he is now under 72 hour psychiatric evaluation).

       But from the tragedy emerges hope—- Rep. Gabrielle Giffords continues to make remarkable strides in her recovery, though she is not “out of the woods” yet and has a long road to recovery. The doctors removed the breathing tube today, taking her off the ventilator.

      From the tragedy word comes today that “Life” emerges. The young victim who has symbolized the sense of national tragedy, 9-year old Christina Taylor Green, will now be the hope, the life, the renewal of life for others. It was announced that Roxanna and John Green, in their moment of tragic loss, made that great decision to donate their daughter’s organs.

        “She wanted to make a difference in her life. She wanted to make her mark, and she did so in so powerful a way that even she cannot imagine,” the priest said at her funeral, when mention was made of the organ donations. John Green stated on CNN that they have been informed that a young girl in the Boston area received Christina’s donation.

           While Christina has become the face of the tragedy, I believe that in her brother, Dallas, and in her classmates at Mesa Verde Elementary, they are the face of the aftermath of the tragedy. They are the face of innocence lost. They are the face for each family in this tragedy….. they mourn a loss that they are not yet even old enough to understand (hell, as adults, we have a hard time with it), and that their parents struggle to explain, explaining the incomprehensible.

John Green, Dallas Green, Roxanna Green

Dallas Green comforted by his father during Christina’s funeral

       The Green family

The Green family

 

Most Americans say stronger gun control laws are not the answer to the shootings last weekend of a U.S. congresswoman and the killing of six others.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey, taken Monday and Tuesday nights, finds that only 29% of Adults think stricter gun control laws would help prevent shootings like the one in Arizona last Saturday. Sixty-two percent (62%) disagree and say stronger gun control would not make a difference. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Among those who have a gun in their household, 76% say stricter gun control laws would not help, a view shared by a plurality (48%) of those without a gun in the house.

Despite Saturday’s tragedy, opposition to gun control is at a new high. Thirty-six percent (36%) say the United States needs stricter gun control laws, but 56% don’t share that belief and oppose stronger anti-gun laws. Previously, opposition to more gun control has ranged from a high of 51% in July of last year to a low of 37% in April 2007 following the killings at Virginia Tech.

Seventy-three percent (73%) of those who say someone in their household owns a gun oppose stricter gun control laws. Fifty-three percent (53%) of those without a gun in the house favor stricter laws.

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/current_events/gun_control/most_say_stricter_gun_laws_would_not_help_prevent_shootings

     In a comment on another post, someone took a bit offense to the questioning of the “Together We Thrive” motto and t-shirts being questioned. I have never heard of a memorial service being “named”, or the issuance of commemorative souvenirs…. I could be wrong!

      Even as Robert Gibbs was being questioned about the tone that came out of the service last night, the White House was making efforts to distance themselves from the planning of the service.

      The following was posted on Organizing For America (you know, the CAMPAIGN arm of the Obama Administration):

For too long Americans have been set one against the other, it is a side affect of a free market society. How can profits be maximized, how can I get the work done for the lowest possible costs. This continually sets one group against the other, especially in the blue collar sectors of America. It has become a part of the American Business model, whether it was indentured servants, slaves picking cotton, sharecroppers, the industrious people that built the railroads or todays migrant workers. As long as we remain divided, fighting for the scraps that America has to offer it will be one group against the other.

What I see in Obama is a chance for a revolution. A chance for every group to participate and be heard; A chance to live the American dream that has been denied to so many. Together we can and will change the world and return America to the shining beacon of Hope and Prosperity that we were and that we can be again. Only when we work together do we accomplish feats that rival any ever accomplished in the history of mankind. Diversity is our strength, that is what this campaign brings us a promise of. For many this is a scary prospect and thought, getting to know someone different from myself. We all want the same basic things for example a safe place to live, health and a quality education for our kids.

In a previous career, I was the global leader of Diversity for a global fortune 500 corporation, I have studied the affects of diverse groups working together and the results can not be denied. Together we Thrive!!!!!!!!!!!

Hhhhmmm… Together We Thrive!

     Interestingly enough, the post appeared in FEBRUARY 2008, and it was being “floated” as the campaign slogan for Obama’s 2008.

     So it begs the questions:

             Who had the idea of developing a mantra for a memorial service to honor the victims of a deranged gunman?

             When it was decided that a mantra was needed, how did this mantra get chosen?

            Who thought that souvenirs at a memorial event were needed?

             Who paid for the souvenirs?  Did the party holding the trademark for “Together We Thrive” license it for use for the memorial service?

            I will be asked “What does it matter?”. It matters if David Plouffe or his minions had a hand in this, capitalizing at the expense of the victims of a tragedy. It matters if Plouffe had a hand in giving the campaign rally tone for what should have been a solemn event. Was Barack Obama himself was a party to this…. most likely not. But we know that his Administration adheres to the philosophy of never letting a crisis go to waste, even a tragedy like the shooting in Tucson.

  http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2656519/posts

Screenshot from 2008:  http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2656595/posts          

UPDATE: University responds to FOXNation.com:

Many Americans were startled to see University of Arizona students distributing t-shirts at the memorial service in Tucson yesterday. On the front of the shirts, “Together We Thrive” was printed, along with a trendy logo.

University spokeswoman Jennifer Fitzenberger told FoxNation.com “it was our idea to do the t-shirts.” She said distributing merchandise at a memorial was appropriate and rejected the charge that the University over-commercialized the service. “Our intention was to have something to remember after the event…something that symbolizes our community’s spirit…which would live on.” When asked if the University had worked with the White House or any partisan groups on any level regarding the t-shirts she said “no.”

Fitzenberger insisted the University made no money from the “Together We Thrive” t-shirts and they weren’t for sale. “We took the idea to University of Arizona BookStores and they contracted it out with a vendor.” Reports put the cost of the t-shirts at $60,000.

FoxNation.com spoke to representatives at University of Arizona BookStores who revealed the vendor they used….”Youth Monument,” a Los Angeles-based company specializing in “the hottest” college brands. “I don’t feel comfortable commenting on the story,” said Nick Ventura when contacted by FoxNation.com. Ventura called himself “a partner” at Youth Monument. When asked if the University of Arizona was a regular client and if there was any contact with the White House or any political group he responded “no comment.”

http://nation.foxnews.com/arizona-shooting-rampage/2011/01/13/t-shirts-handed-out-tucson-memorial


John Green and son Dallas, the respective father and brother of 9-year-old Christina Green. (AP Photo/Mamta Popat, Pool)

John Green, Roxanna Green, Dallas Green

Roxanna and John Green, mother and father of ...

Bishop Kicanas acts as principal celebrant during ...

John Green, Dallas Green, Roxanna Green

Youngest US shooting victim laid to rest

Firefighters fold up the large American flag ...

People line the street as a hearse leaves the ...

A group of motorcycle riders arrives near funeral ...

NASA astronaut Kelly arrives for Greens ...

People holding roses line street leading to funeral ...

The largest flag to survive the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 is hung outside St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Tucosn, AZ., as family, friends, and the nation gather to say goodbye to a young life that began on a day of national tragedy, and whose life was shattered and taken in another national tragedy.

Pall bearers bring in the casket at the St. Elizabeth ...

The casket of Christina Taylor Greene is followed by her brother Dallas and her parents

      Capt. Mark Kelly, the husband of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, is attending the funeral for Christina Taylor Greene, acoompanied by his wife’s mother and sister. Sen. Kyl and Sen. McCain are both in attendance as well.

By far the youngest victim of the shooting, Green ...

8:00pm     The President and Mrs. Obama are flanked by Capt. Mark Kelly, the husband of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, and the intern who saved her life, Daniel Hernandez.  (Capt. Kelly probably had to be pried from his wife’s side.)

8:07pm   “Native American Blessing” offerred by Native American professor, Carlos Gonzalez, who began by stating that he is a “poor barrio kid” could grow up, son of Mexican immigrants……. but we weren’t making this “political”.

              The irony of the seating…… Gov. Jan Brewer seated by Attorney General Eric Holder, and with retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.

               Others seated nearby include Justice Kennedy, Sen. Jon Kyl, Sen. John McCain and Cindy McCain, freshman Congressman Ben Quayle, Rep. Raul Grevalia (who must have forgotten his tie), Minority Leader (f/k/a Speaker) Nancy Pelosi, and DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano.

8:15      The National Anthem

8:20     Daniel Hernandez…… I am not a “Hero”. On Saturday, we all became Tucsonians, we all became Arizonans, we all became AMERICANS”.

8:28pm    Arizona’s great leader, Gov. Jan Brewer, addresses the crowd, thanking the President for coming to Arizona to help Arizona heal. “We will not be shattered by one madman’s act of violence”.

8:36pm      Secretary Janet Napolitano, doing a reading from the Book of Isiah, a passage she chose herself. “Comfort my people”. Spoken with grace and with eloquence. (note- the room clapped as she finished, except for Michelle Obama).

8:40     Attorney General Eric Holder. He read from II Corinthians. (again, Michelle Obama was the only one not to react).

8:44    The President of the United States is introduced. (He had earlier visited the victims in the hospital, including Rep. Giffords). Carrying a notebook, it appears that TOTUS is not being used tonight. “I have come to you tonight as an American, like all Americans to pray with you, to stand with you tomorrow”.

                   “We mourn with you”

                   “We pray with you”

                    “A scene of Democracy…. shattered by a gunmen’s bullets”

                     “Our hearts are broken”  “Our hearts are broke”…. “Yet Our hearts have hope”

                           “Gabby opened her eyes for the first time” as the Obama’s left the room.

                                     “We are there for her… through an undoubtedly difficult journal”

                            A standing ovation for Daniel Hernandez, who is then hugged by Capt. Kelly.

                          ” We are thankful to those who tackled the gunman as he attempted to ReLoad”

                           “Heroism does not require special training…. it is here, in the hearts of fellow citizens, waiting to be summoned……. selflessness that.. challenges each of us.” “What is required of us going forward, to honor the fallen, to be true to their memory”

                             “Conversation from gun safety to ………………. discourse so sharply divided”

                            “Talk in a way that heals, not wounds”  (His aides said he would not go near the weekend rhetoric, yet he did, very carefully.)

                              “Have we shown enough compassion….. priorities in order”.

                              “How well have we loved, and what small part we have played in making the lives of others better.”

                               “Align our values with our actions.”

                              ” In Christina we see all of our children…. so deserving of our good example”

                             “Lets make sure the debate is worthy of those we have lost”

                               “Let their deaths usher in a more civil discourse, though discourse did not cause this tragedy (para)”. “It did not”.

                                 “First and foremost, we are all AMERICANS.”

                                 “If there are rain puddles in Heaven, Christina is jumping in them”

Thirty four minutes………………..

The crowd claps loudly as the President takes his seat.

A moment of silence in remembrance.