Since the release of the Shriver Report last week, the Washington liberal intelligentsia has been buzzing up a storm. Clearly designed to bolster Democratic chances with the women’s vote in 2014 and 2016, the report is a thinly veiled list of left leaning redistributionist policy prescriptions geared towards women, and issued by Maria Shriver in conjunction with The Center for American Progress.
The report’s most newsworthy feature was a snippet from Beyonce Knowles-Carter. Beyonce’s short contribution to the report includes cutting edge social commentary like “We need to stop buying into the myth of gender equality. It isn’t reality yet.” But in the tired clichés of her piece, one sentence stood out:
“We have to teach our boys the rules of equality and respect, so that as they grow up, gender equality becomes a natural way of life.”
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I must admit that I knew little to nothing of Marcus Luttrell’s story or of the heroism of his comrades in arms until I watched the movie Lone Survivor which was recently released. I purchased the book “Lone Survivor: the Eyewitness Account of Operation Red Wing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10” by Marcus Luttrell some time ago, but was compelled by the power of the movie to set aside my current reading stack for this monumental account of classical heroism.
If you’ve had the opportunity to see the movie, you’ve experienced the power of a heroic account of Homeric proportion. I could not help but stare in awe at the actions of modern day warriors whose stature on the field of battle met or exceeded the heroism of King Leonidas and his 300. And, I am overjoyed and inspired to know that there are still giants among us who stand with ease next to Achilles. The movie necessarily glosses over the process of becoming a U.S. Navy SEAL and jumbles the actual timeline a bit, but fully accomplishes the goal of factually presenting the actions of three bearers of the Navy Cross and one of the Medal of Honor. Lone Survivor is the true account of how four Navy SEALS mauled an army of Taliban, despite suffering mortal wounds and sustained enemy fire. As the title implies, only one survived while three fell in combat only after inflicting casualties of approximately 25 to 1. The only criticism of the movie that I can muster is that the colossal acts of heroism depicted in the move pale in comparison to the actual detailed account presented in the book.
A story that was published a few weeks ago in The Hill stuck with me. I cannot seem to get it out of my mind, and, believe me, I have tried. But it has bothered me, and when I am bothered, I write.
Hillary and Bill Clinton have a hit list.
A hit list.
Let me repeat it again.
A hit list.
At first blush, this sounds like a rerun of a Sopranos episode, but it is true. This, however, is a different type of hit list. It is a political hit list. Amie Parnes and Jonathan Allen have written a book entitled HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton, and this article entitled “Hillary’s hit list” in The Hill is an excerpt of their new book. During June 2008, when then candidate Hillary Clinton dropped her bid for the Presidency, Parnes and Allen describe how Kris Balderston and Adrienne Elrod, both close Clinton advisors over the years and during Hillary’s campaign, completed a political hit list. The following paragraph struck me most:
On October 1, 2012, I broadcast my very first Peach State Politics on blog talk radio. Although I really had no desire to put myself out there as a “radio talk show host”, I saw a need in my state for someone who would be willing to talk about the issues specific to Georgia. It was not a decision I made lightly and one of the promises I made before I aired the first broadcast was to tell the truth regardless of party affiliation. I’ve kept that promise and usually reserve any articles I write specific to Georgia on my own website. However, I have a story that needs to be told.
In July 2013, a federal judge ordered the state of Georgia to move the primary date for federal elections from the traditional mid-July to June 3. The reason for this move is the direct result of Georgia’s own election laws regarding the need for a “run-off” election. There just weren’t enough days between a mid-July primary and an August “run-off” to allow military personnel and others to get their absentee ballots in, according to U.S. District Judge Steve Jones. That makes perfect sense to me.