Thursday Numbers

Welcome to October – thanks for dropping by!

“Thursday Numbers” is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary (sometimes spiked with sarcasm) just to make you smile, shake your head, or make you send me nasty e-mails or Tweets.

This week I write about the national debt, unemployment, Jimmy Carter, crazy illegal things in each state, bra cam, secret service, Tea Party, most memorable quotes, most vulnerable house and senate members, Tom Delay, minimum wage, Ebola & Missoula, Fox News apologies, and much more!

Prepare yourself – your free dose of knowledge awaits…

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Which office do I go to get my reputation back?

Remember last June? No, not my summer vacation, but when President Barack Obama fired General Stanley McChrystal, who was the top military commander in Afghanistan.

McChrystal was fired after a Rolling Stone article was published that was somewhat critical of the Obama Administration.

Around that time, I wrote a column about the firing and ended it with these two sentences, “Hopefully we can get the rest of the story in the near future. Then, we may just see how inept the Obama Administration really is when it comes to dealing with our armed forces.”

Now we know just how really inept the Obama Administration was in dealing with our armed forces, especially in dealing with McChrystal and his staff: They were cleared of any wrongdoing. All of them. The Pentagon conducted an investigation. Continue reading

McChrystalled

Taking time out of my busy vacation schedule to watch the World Cup and the latest shenanigans from the Obama Administration, I watched General Stanley McChrystal get replaced (fired is a better word) today as the top war commander in Afghanistan by his Commander in Chief, Barack Obama.

Here in the Midwest with the heat index over 100 degrees, I just had to find a cool air-conditioned spot to let off some steam about the latest move by Obama.

In my opinion, it was a terrible move to fire McChrystal and one that will set back the war effort in Afghanistan by a year or more. There seems to be some discontent in our ranks from the lowest enlisted person to the highest Generals with our country’s current leaders in regards to a plan for Afghanistan.

Obama has named General David Petraeus to succeed McChrystal. During his speech announcing the replacement, I waited for the part where Obama would say, “This is all George Bush’s fault” but it did not happen. McCrystal was Obama’s man and his man alone.

General Petraeus did not faint, either, which is a good sign.

One thing I got from Obama’s announcement was that if you are in the military you had dammed-well better respect Joe (bite me) Biden and Barack and our (inept) civilians in charge of the military plus those ambassadors in Iraq and Afghanistan or your butts will be out quicker than Obama can say “fore” on a golf course. In other words, you will be “McChrystalled” Continue reading