The Way It Is, Like It Or Not...
"Rep. Charlie Rangel falsely claimed there are “millions of kids dying, being shot down by assault weapons.” In fact, fewer than 100,000 persons younger than 20 years old died of gun violence, including suicide, over a 30-year period through 2010, government data show. About two-thirds of those deaths — or nearly 65,000 — were homicides."
"Today’s edition of “Spared by the Sequester” comes from the U.S. State Department, which has awarded a contract for $704,198.30 for “gardening services at a residence located in Tervuren, Belgium.” It is, presumably, the residence of the U.S. ambassador to NATO, a considerable estate:"
~ I’m so glad these “draconian” cuts didn’t hurt gardening service for an ambassador. I’m sure $704,198.30 couldn’t have worked to save any of the alleged cuts to critical services. BTW: Since the cuts happened (and I use the term “cuts” as loosely as possible) has anyone really noticed anything different because I sure as hell haven’t.
I’m so glad these “draconian” cuts didn’t hurt gardening service for an ambassador. I’m sure $704,198.30 couldn’t have worked to save any of the alleged cuts to critical services.
BTW: Since the cuts happened (and I use the term “cuts” as loosely as possible) has anyone really noticed anything different because I sure as hell haven’t.
Have you noticed that no mainstream media outlets are catching things like this while much-maligned “bloggers” are finding it left right and center?
It’s amazing what happens when you actually do want to find the truth rather than apologize for a party or a President.
With Office of Management and Budget fact sheets in hand, President Obama warned of dire cutbacks and consequences should sequestration go into effect March 1.
The cuts happened, White House tours have been halted, and the administration swears it’s not overreacting to the bare-bones budget directive.
But in the days since the hammer of sequestration fell, the federal government is hiring anew.
A search tonight of the USA Jobs federal employment website, filtered to positions in the United States and posted over the past 10 days, yielded 2,596 results.
I can’t imagine that the average American is going to care too much about the fact that White House cancelled tours and blamed sequestration. That’s certainly not a top priority of the federal government. I’m sure it will also come as no shock that ABC, CBS and NBC are all unquestioningly blaming the sequester as well. However, they might be interested to know that the tour guides who give White House tours are volunteers.
A bit of a kerfuffle has erupted around the President and the claim that he “shoots skeet” regularly at Camp David. I call bullshit.
As someone who shoots trap on a regular basis, and who knows a bunch of people who shoot skeet equally regularly, the claim that the President just occasionally grabs a rifle and shoots skeet is an absolute laugh.
1. Skeet is very complicated. There are lots of rules, and without extremely regular practice, it’s too difficult to be casually doing. One does not shoot skeet once every few weeks.
2. Which brings me to reason #2: The amount of skill required is enormous. Skeet isn’t just standing in one spot, yelling “Pull!”, and shooting a clay pigeon. It involves moving around a course with pigeons flying from different angles, and at some stations, there are two clays launched per turn. If you look at the President’s gun in the official White House picture, you’ll notice the lower barrel isn’t choked. Sorry; no one shoots skeet choking only one barrel.
3. The President is not equipped for Skeet. Look at what he’s wearing. If you shoot skeet, you know that you have to wear a proper vest. Why? Because as you stand and wait, the stock of your gun has to rest on the tape of the vest. The idea is you yell “Pull!” then raise you’re gone, acquire the target or targets, and shoot them. Sorry, sir. You don’t get to do it in your collared polo.
4. A round of skeet is 25 shots. Where is the President holding his shells? When I shoot trap, I wear a shell pouch. If you wear a proper skeet vest, you have them in the pockets. Where are his shells? They clearly aren’t in his pockets. If he’s shooting skeet, he’s gonna be really annoying because the flow of it will be disrupted by him asking for more rounds.
5. The President is most likely shooting trap (if he’s doing anything) but I don’t believe that either. And if he was shooting trap, he would say so. Skeet is not trap. Trap is not skeet. End of story.
The only thing backing up his story is that there is in fact a skeet range on Camp David’s grounds. That being said, I refuse to believe that this man has ever set foot on it or tried the game he claims to have tried. Sorry, Mr. President. You’re busted.