Shinseki – Sterling

Eric Shinseki has served since 2009 as the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

Many of us remember him fondly as the then Army Chief of Staff what testified to the Senate during the run-up to the invasion of a then-sovereign Iraq that Iraq post-invasion would require “something in the order of several hundred thousand soldiers.”

This ran counter to Donald Rumsfeld’s estimate, which was, officially, “seven Marines and a slingshot.”

Shinseki was later fired.

It sucks to be right.

Now Shinseki is being leaned on to resign due to revelations that the VA in Phoenix cooked the books regarding veterans’ represented access to care versus the real numbers. Lack of access, it is said, has killed 40 veterans. The American Legion says he should resign. Even our friend Paul Rieckhoff is asking IAVA members to chime in with a poll of confidence.

Veterans’ issues have been a bone of contention for liberals for quite some time, and it is among the most worthy of issues. However, I would ask that every time you hear it suggested that a member of the Obama cabinet resign, you should hear a little bell ringing.

If Shinseki resigns, President Obama will have to replace him. Candidates must endure Senate hearings. This administration is already anticipating confirmation hearings for HHS. If these conservagoats can strong-arm more cabinet staff into resigning and make it appear as if there is some disgrace regarding it, mo’ better for their constant, active sabotage machine.

Look for more calls from the right for more folks to resign. In the meantime, it is hoped that Shinseki can get to the bottom of this and implement the proper, robust reforms.

Nearly two weeks since the NBA banned him for life, Donald Sterling is apologizing and asking for forgiveness in his first public interview after a leaked recording showed him making racist comments in a phone call with his reported girlfriend.

Sterling recorded an exclusive interview with Anderson Cooper – which will air at 8 p.m. Monday on CNN – where he said “I’m a good member who made a mistake and I’m apologizing and I’m asking for forgiveness.”

“Am I entitled to one mistake, am I after 35 years? I mean, I love my league, I love my partners. Am I entitled to one mistake? It’s a terrible mistake, and I’ll never do it again,” 80-year-old Sterling said.

I’ll say it again: This problem ain’t that Sterling disparaged African-Americans. The problem is that Sterling said the he, the owner of an NBA team, doesn’t like X group of humans attending NBA games.

As you may be aware, game attendance = dollars. I think he could have said he didn’t want polar bears attending NBA games and he’d be in hot water (assuming that polar bears buy tickets to basketball games). Not as much. But some. The guy can apologize all he wants for racist comments. It doesn’t address that his comments were in tandem potentially business-killing. That’s the real reason the NBA chose to punch the guy in the windpipe rather than to slap his wrist.

Sal. Trust me. Just put some brothers up on the wall.

Happy Veteran’s Day!

WASHINGTON — Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) distinguished himself Thursday as the only senator to oppose a measure aimed at hiring veterans, calling it a “trick” by the Obama administration and Democrats.


He knew his decision wouldn’t be popular, but still cast the lone vote against an amendment to grant employers tax breaks worth up to $9,600 for giving a veteran a job.

“I know what I’m about to discuss won’t be very popular. I’ll probably be accused of not supporting veterans by the politicians pandering for their votes,” DeMint said on the Senate floor Thursday. “But I’m not going to be intimidated to vote for something that may make sense politically but is inherently unfair.”

Yo, Jim. You’ll also be accused of not supporting veterans by EVERYBODY ELSE.

DeMint argued that passing such a tax break was simply catering to an interest group and predicted little hiring would come from the measure. “Despite the overwhelming evidence that these tax credits do not stimulate hiring for targeted groups, the Obama administration continues to push Congress to pass another tax credit, this time exclusively for veterans,” he said. “By using a politically sensitive group the day before Veterans Day, the Democrats are hoping they can trick Republicans into further complicating the tax code.”

None of DeMint’s Republican colleagues agreed with him. Indeed, they held up the legislation as an example of bipartisanship aimed at addressing the unemployment crisis.

Dear South Carolina, Jim Demint will be up for reelection in 2016.

Just thought you’d like to know.

Happy Memorial Day

I don’t know about you, but I think most Americans have a pretty screwed up notion of what Memorial Day is.

See how many people you know who wish you a “happy” Memorial Day and you’ll see what I mean, or how many of your Facebook friends write that you should “hug a vet” today.

It’s Memorial Day, not bring a Vet to work day.

Generally around here we think that war is dumb. I can’t say I think these Untied States of America have embarked on a war that was actually necessary since World War II. And I think that presently this country is in two wars that we need to get the hell out from. (Yes, we still do have troops in Iraq people.) And I do think that if you’re talking budget cuts and not talking about the defense budget, you’re full of it.

But I’m not foolish peacenik enough to tell you I think we could have what we have without a kickass armed forces. And I’m certainly not one of these liberal observers who was wringing his hands about shooting Osama bin Laden in the eye. I think this Memorial Day holds special significance due to that accomplishment.

But hey. It’s Memorial Day. Let’s remember.