An Open Letter To President Obama –

An Open Letter To President Obama –

After reading this open letter to Obama by Jeffrey Howard, all I can do is say wow!

It starts off:

In today’s dangerous world, we need a president with experience, leadership and courage. Unfortunately, you have shown us little of those traits.

He concludes it by saying:

I do not resent you for your good fortune — you worked hard to become president and won the election fair and square. I do, however, despise your policies and the damage they are visiting on our nation, its economy and our future. I have dedicated my remaining years to fighting you and your policies and protecting our children’s futures.

I may well end up destroyed financially from the results of your misguided and dangerous actions — but you will never break me psychologically or crush my spirit. I am a Marine, I have a wonderful wife and family, and last but not least, I live in the greatest nation in the world. I shall work to my last breath to keep it that way, and you, sir, shall fail to destroy that dream.

Read the whole thing. It is worth a few minutes of your time.

I Don’t Believe in Coincidences When it Comes to ATF and Obama

On August 3rd, the Brady Campaign released a report chastising Obama for lack of leadership on gun issues. They specifically criticize him for not naming a Director for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF).

Eighteen months into his presidency, Barack Obama has left vacant the critical position of Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) – the agency charged with enforcing federal gun laws. President Obama’s failure to fill this crucial position is part of a continued lack of leadership on gun policy from the White House and an abdication of the President’s responsibility to protect families and communities from gun violence.

The failure to nominate an ATF director for over a year and a half is unprecedented and threatens our nation’s ability to combat gun crime and trafficking that arms criminals and terrorists. No other President has allowed this critical position to remain vacant for so long.

The next day, Al Kamen in his In The Loop column for the Washington Post,  floats the name of Andrew Traver, Special Agent In Charge of the Chicago Field Office of ATF. Kamen notes,

If approved, Traver would be the first-ever Senate-confirmed ATF director. The position had been filled (at the Treasury Department and more recently at Justice) without Senate input. Since it became Senate-confirmable in 2006, seems no one has made it past the watchful eyes of the gun lobby.

Kamen was named as one of the 50 best journalists in Washington by the influential Washingtonian Magazine. They note “The top reporter on the region’s top employer–the federal bureacracy–Kamen and his In the Loop column often seem to know what’s going on in government better than the Office of Management and Budget.” If you are going to leak the name of a potential nominee, who better to give it to?

The website which covers Federal law enforcement also noted the possible nomination of Traver. They said their sources indicated that Traver had expressed an “intense interest in the job” and that two members of the Illinois congressional delegation had written letters in support of him for the job.

Then they add this recommendation for Traver,

“He’s an experienced special agent with more than 20 years,” former ATF official James Cavanaugh, who recently retired after 33 1/2 years with the agency, told “He’s a good leader. He’s quiet. He’s strong. He certainly has the battle scars of law enforcement and law enforcement command.”

“I think he would be a good pick because he’s not a political person.”

That would be James “Waco Jim” Cavanaugh who is endorsing Traver and to his suggestion that Traver is not political, I say bullshit. One does not get to be the SAIC of a major ATF field office without being something of a politician. That goes doubly true when you are talking about a city like Chicago run by anti-gunners.

I noted another blog mentioned Traver as the possible ATF Director on July 3rd. On July 28th, I noticed someone from the U.S. Department of Justice had read that story on this blog. They had used a Google search with the key words “andy traver atf and joyce foundation”. You can see the Sitemeter screen capture here.

As I said in the title of this post, I don’t believe in coincidences. You have the Bradys criticizing Obama for not naming a Director for ATF and then the next day it is leaked that Andrew Traver is considered the leading candidate. Barely a week earlier, someone from DOJ was checking out my blog to see what had been written about Traver. I think someone in the Obama Administration or DOJ is either floating a trial balloon to see if they get any flak or they are signaling to the Bradys that they are about to appoint a strong anti-gunner as head of ATF.

Traver’s ties to the Joyce Foundation and anti-gun politicians will be left to a latter post.

Wonderfully Delightful Snark From Tam

Tam skewers Obama on his constant need to bash Bush for the economy.

It’s all your stick now, baby, and quit whining, because you asked for the job. Now you have to do it. Maybe if you’d actually stuck around and finished a job after you got elected rather than immediately getting bored and starting to campaign for your next gig, you’d know that. Right now the gig it looks like you’re stumping for is “ex-president”.

Damn! I wish I could write snark that well.

From MArooned: Something To Be Proud Of…

A great post at MArooned: Something To Be Proud Of… on Obama having to choose between The View over the Boy Scouts.

Jay at MArooned hit it on the head especially on the rage meter.

The View or the Boy Scout National Jamboree at Ft. A.P. Hill? Hmm.

Well, we know which one Obama chose as ABC is running ads touting his appearance on The View. Besides, those Boy Scouts are meeting on an icky military base!

I haven’t been active in Scouting for 35 years. That said, I was an Eagle Scout (bronze palm) and a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow (Tali Tak Taki 70) and I still remember the Scout Law.

Boy Scout Law
A Scout is:
and Reverent.
In my not so humble opinion, the first of the Scout Laws trips up Obama almost instantly. As to the Scout Motto, Be Prepared, well after his handling of the Deepwater Horizon oil debacle, I guess he can forget that one as well.

Apollo 13, the Gulf Oil Spill, and BP

Harrison Schmitt, former astronaut, Senator, and geologist, has written a very perceptive article contrasting how NASA reacted to the Apollo 13 disaster and how BP and Obama are reacting to the Gulf oil spill.

Mr. Tony Hayward, CEO of British Petroleum, has again used the 1970 Apollo 13 experience as analogous to the effort to contain and cap the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. President Obama’s administration’s and the supportive media have done the same, repeatedly. Nothing could be further from the truth!

The response after an oxygen tank explosion in the Apollo 13 spacecraft on its way to the Moon illustrates how complex technical accidents should be handled. It stands in sharp contrast to the Gulf fiasco. Solve the problem first; then investigate objectively; apply the lessons; and then, if absolutely necessary, worry about responsibility.

Nothing in the government’s response to the blowout explosion on the Deepwater Horizon and its aftermath bears any resemblance to the response to the Apollo 13 situation by NASA and its mission control team at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston.

Read the rest.

You can solve the problem quickly or you can assign blame quickly. Unfortunately, for the residents of the Gulf states – and indeed for all Americans – the Obama Administration (and other politicians) are more interested in the latter than the former.

Padding the Jobs Report Numbers

Inspector General’s Memo: Census Says It Hired More Workers Than It Needed As a ‘Cost-Saving Measure’

( – The U.S. Census purposefully hired more workers than it needed, telling the Office of the Inspector General of the Commerce Department that it did so as a “cost-saving measure,” according to a memorandum that Todd J. Zinser of the inspector general’s office sent to Census Bureau Director Robert Groves last week.

If the Obama Administration thought the financial markets would react well to the padding of the jobs numbers, they were sadly mistaken. On Friday, all the major stock indices were down by over 3% with the Dow Industrials losing 323 points. Even bonds were down on the news. The only thing that went up was gold. Go figure.

Anyone who thought that stock traders would just look at the aggregate numbers of the jobs report and not delve a little deeper into composition is a fool. When 411,000 out of 431,00 “new jobs” are due to the U.S. Census, it does not mean the US economy is expanding. Stunts like this may have worked in Chicago but it doesn’t work for the rest of the world.