Great post Sheran!
The entire speech is outstanding and I just like to mention the story of how the bald eagle got its name from the old english word(Piebald) and the reason it soared so high. It has a left wing and a right wing, enough said, said Ben Carson.
I'm glad you enjoyed the speech! If you ever get the chance to watch the movie about Ben Carson "Gifted hands" please watch...
I can only say wow.
I watched it and I am quite moved by his message.
There simply must be some Karma here.
I hope all who visit this site will watch every single minute of this great speech.
I watched the whole thing also, Sheran and do not see anything about it that Pi$$ed OBama off. You see, you are the one who missed the point. You and those like you on the right who view yourselves as the sanctimonious preservators of everything DR. Carson said. Your 'interpretation' that Dr. Carson's message somehow is something that our President cannot relate to is ludicrous.
Bottom line She-run-run-run, you and the rest of your right wingers NEED and I mean ABSOLUTLEY NEED those of us on the Left to solve things and keep you folks straight.
And guess what? We are not going away or allow you to hijack the flag, God, human values or anything else that humans hold dear in the name of the Right.
It won't happen no matter how much you try.
If you did in fact, watch the whole speech it seems to me that you completely missed the message.
You appear to me to be too "Hung up" ON POLITICAL CORRECTENESS.
Hence your concern about the blog of TOT and the question of it's placement on this site.
You left wingers are blinded by your own brilliance.
"It won't happen no matter how much you try."
Only because those of your kind are "ON THE DOLE" and you really are parisites.
I call 'em as I see 'em Tot. Our country, the USA, PROMOTES, Separation of Church and State! That is not to say spirituality does not have a place in the choosing of our leaders, but rather it makes a distinction between the two. Something it seems you and She run-off cannot seem to get a handle on.
Dr. Carson's statements were made at a Prayer Breakfast, that Obama attended. Did you miss that part? He was there sitting to the right of Dr. Carson. Why did Obama even attend the prayer breakfast? Because he is a Christian and is a spiritual person.
BTW Tot, I ain't on no dole. However, I would not be unobliged to pay for your SSI for mental disability while getting shock treatments at Milledgeville. I would contribute many liberal tax dollars for your placement and receipt of public funds for your disabilty.
Thank you TOT for understanding what Dr.Ben Carson really said in his remarkable speech. I watched from start to finish and did see Obama sitting to his right with the look of a doe caught in the head lights look on his face, the look I've seen on many others face that wished they were any other place than in that meeting. What I, and most people that understood what Dr. Carson said at historic prayer breakfast was that people can climb out of the welfare state of our union if they so desire, as his mother choose to raise her children to not fall in to the entitlement trap that so many of her friends have done. I am deeply disappointed that the president we find currently a resident of the White House does not share Dr. Carson's view.
Sheran, I've just completed watching the speech again. It makes me want to cry.
I'd rank that speech as equal to Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.
President Obama did indeed have the deer in the headlight look, especially during the part about the banks in the Cayman Islands and then during the part about Dr. Carson's thoughts on a health savings account.
Fellow bloggers please excuse me for almost coming unglued yesterday at 14:41 PM.
I hope we can all continue to discuss issues with dignity and a degree of mutual respect.
Let's disagree without being disagreeable.
Sheran did this site a service by posting this great speech.
Tot and Sheran: You 'SAW' a deer in the headlights from our President because you WANTED to see such an expression.
I saw our President looking intently at Dr. Carson and his wife Michele applauding at times what Dr. Carson was saying. Our President did not shake his head or look down. And he too, clapped his hands on certain points Dr. Carson made.
And to even THINK that a person with a name like Barrack Hussein Obama born from a biracial marriage cannot understand 'climbing out of the hole' is one of the most absurd statements I think that I have ever read or heard. Do either of you possibly think BHO by virtue of his name and color was on the FAST track to success? Are you kidding me??!!
He's bi-racial and his middle name is HUSSEIN!!! Is it really possible that either of you cannot or will not see any political, much more, LIFE, barriers that this President had to overcome??!!
The Blindness of the Right's interpretation of America is inherenly flawed. The two of you are prime examples of that impairment.
Do either of you think for a second, that BHO and GWB (W) started from the same starting line in life?
W was by virtue of his melanin and privilege born on THIRD BASE with a silver spoon so far up his throat one would be hard pressed to dislodge it with a crow bar. He, being W., though, believed that he came into this world thinking he had hit a triple!!!
The disparate worlds that BHO and W came from cannot be understated or exagerated when it comes to understanding what "climbing out of a hole" really means.
Barrack Hussein Obama may or may not be able to relate to Dr. Carson's message about 'climbing out of the hole'.
I don't know if he understands that or not.
He certainly did not reflect that he did with his body language as he sat nearby and appeared (to me at least) to be at worst bored and at best slightly uncomfortable.
Elected officials of any level are scrutinized severely everywhere they go and especially at such gatherings as the the historic prayer breakfast.
"Tot and Sheran; You 'SAW' a deer in the headlights from our President because you WANTED to see such an expression."
That just might be true.
We all have our individual opinions and they are not all the same.
That is why we have discussions and that also is why the Coastal Courier has provided this medium for our community.
This site is a meeting place for the exchange of thoughts and ideology.
Is it not possible JimmyMack that you failed to see the deer in the headlight look because YOU DID NOT WANT TO SEE IT???????????????????????
A friend told me yesterday that at last year's prayer breakfast initially Franklin Graham was the scheduled speaker but that President Obama directed that it be changed to someone else.
I don't know but I am asking if that can be verified.
Will some of you please research that matter?
"There are none so blind as those who will not see."
You go look it up Tot. The act of research will be good for you.
I saw Dr. Carson on Larry Kudlow's CNBC show last night, and it appears to me that he is (unfortuately) being marginalized by the media and hammered by the left because he is a black professional/academic who is not in lock-step with the issues and the message of the left. They can't attack him on his qualifications - after all, the man has received numerous honors and many awards over the years, including over 60 honorary doctorate degrees. He was also a member of the American Academy of Achievement and the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans. In 2008, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, our nation's highest civilian honor.
I've paid close attention to how President Obama reacts to other speakers when he is in an audience. Whether he was "pissed off" or not, his facial reactions and body language in reaction to Carson's comments in spots appeared similar to me to that when he was engaged in the Presidential debates listening to the remarks of his opponent. Watch him especially when Carson was making his suggestion about health accounts at about 21 minutes into the clip. Obama looks either totally disinterested or was actually dozing off. (Watch it full-screen for full effect.)
As to the question about Franklin Graham and last year's National Prayer Breakfast, I couldn't find anything that said the speaker was changed from him to somebody else. But I did find this - which says he was "disinvited" by the Army from speaking at the Pentagon’s National Day of Prayer service on May 6, 2010:
Franklin was in the news about this time last year when he appeared on the airways "questioning President Obama's Christian Faith":
Sebe, you are an astute commentator here on these blogs. I can see you may be attempting to throw water on this dust up which is kinda admirable of you.
However, in as much as we differ on Zell Miller's political opportunism as being a positive (you) or a negative (me), I ain't a backin off on this blending of Theology and Politcal Ideology as espressed by Sheran and TOT.
...I understand, but I guess what I'm missing is our need - on this blog site - to refrain from "blending theology and political ideology." After all - we are not a branch of government, nor are we bound by any restrictions which apply to the "separation of church and state" in our views or how we express them.
I for one think that our "progressive" attempts to throw God and all religion out of every aspect of government and every aspect of our political system is a BAD thing. I believe this exemplifies the decay of our society, which if allowed to proceed down the current path will ultimately result in the disintegration of that society.
A people without a moral compass is destined to aimless wandering and probable anarchy. Down through the centuries, religion has been that moral compass. When we kick God out of government, we are saying that we no longer need a moral compass.
I believe it is a mistake to do this.
Last time I checked our President attends church regularly with his wife and two daughters. I believe Prayer takes place there and that he prays. I think BHO's spirituality is intact and present in his being while governing.
Regarding the Moral Compass thing, I guess it was somewhere else during the dark ages when the Church burnt people alive, or during the Spanish Inquisition, or the Salem Witch trials.
Where was the keeper of the "moral compass" then?
I left out present day and decades of sexual abuse by Catholic priests of boys and its rampant pedophilia. Men of God who are sexual predators of innocent victims.
No Moral Compass there. None.
If admitted homosexual men are allowed to become scoutmasters and leaders you will have the same thing in scouting that they apparently have had in the Catholic Church.
When a gay adult is in position of authority over a child who is still in the developing stages of growing up in my mind that gay person will probably have some influence on the young mind of the child.
I don't think that is a good thing.
"Where was the keeper of the "moral compass" then?"
Are you saying that the Inqusition, burning people alive, etc. is a GOOD THING? To answer your question: WHO CARES? As to sexual abuse by priests, let's not forget that the vast majority of the Catholic congregation WERE NOT ABUSED, and the Catholic religion is one, small segment of the religious population on the face of the earth.
Down through the ages, religion and a belief in a God, afterlife, etc., has provided stability to civilizations and has guided individuals in determining the difference between "right" and "wrong." Laws - in and of themselves - have always been inadequate in this regard - and especially in this day and age where our society seems to want to legislate the "fault," "blame," and the "right and wrongness" out of EVERYTHING and permit most anything to be "okay."
Without a "moral compass," civilizations decline and decay. You see it thoughout history. I believe we are headed down that path.
Without a "moral compass," civilizations decline and decay. You see it though out history. I believe we are headed down that path.
I agree with sebemk on that 100%.. I also believe Dr. Ben Carson was pointing that out in his speech,as for Obama, he had the "LOOK" I wish I was anywhere but here...
I've now watched Dr. Carson's speech several times and will again over the next couple of days.
He made numerous important points.
One in particular was the reference to the Roman empire and the fact that they attained greatness militarily while falling apart from within.
Cal Thomas whom I admire once wrote.
"Most great powers unravel from within before invading armies (or in America's case, terrorists) conquer them."
"A nation that loses it's moral sense is a nation without any sense at all.
Muslim fanatics who wish to destroy us are correct in their diagnosis of our moral rot: loss of a fear of God, immodesty, especially among women, materialism and much more."
"What we tolerate, we get more of, and we have been tolerating a lot since the Age of Aquarius generation began the systematic destruction of what past generations believed they had sacrificed, fought and died to protect."
"None of this should surprise anyone who takes the time to read and understand what happens to people and nations that disregard God."
Our civilization has already declined substantially and we've already experienced moral decay in many different areas.
Our President did indeed have the "LOOK" of a not very comfortable person throughout Dr. Carson's 27 minute speech.
You will get another spin at the wheel, Sheran when the next election cycle rolls aroung. But for right now, you conservative bubbas and bubbettes are aimlessly adrift in your own peculiarly defective life boat shouting for Ship America to come back and pick yall up.
I'm afraid the rest of us, including our chief 'helmsman' ain't a hearin' yalls shouts and screams and are going to steam on ahead without you.
I'd not climb aboard if you did offer.
You liberals continue on as you are going.
I'll not be surprised to see you sail right over a giant waterfall and crumble amongst the rocks and rapids further downstream.
You may be on board a ship of fools.
Time will tell.
Reality check: $2.5 trillion in deficit cuts
By Jeanne Sahadi @CNNMoneyFebruary 12, 2013: 11:04 PM ET
NEW YORK (CNNMoney)
How much have President Obama and Congress cut federal deficits so far?
"Over the last few years, both parties have worked together to reduce the deficit by more than $2.5 trillion," Obama said in his State of the Union address Tuesday.
What did he mean? That $2.5 trillion is the amount of deficit reduction over a decade compared to where things stood in August 2010, according to calculations from the bipartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.
Why August 2010? That was the launching point used by the president's fiscal commission chaired by Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson.
Where does the $2.5 trillion come from? Several sources: savings from the 2011 Budget Control Act, lower spending levels enacted in temporary government funding resolutions since 2010, and the fiscal cliff deal passed at the start of this year.
In fact, the latest savings estimate is actually closer to $2.7 trillion, according to Marc Goldwein, CRFB's senior policy director.
Of that amount, $1.57 trillion comes from spending cuts, $690 billion from increased tax revenue and $430 billion from interest savings.
But how much deficit reduction has been achieved can be measured differently. For example, the savings look much smaller if you choose an earlier starting date.
That's in part because August 2010 marked a high point for federal spending on "discretionary" programs. If, say, August 2007 is the comparison point, the savings amount to only about $450 billion, according to CRFB's estimates.
The summer of 2007, of course, predated the steep drop in revenue and the more than $1 trillion in stimulus injected into the economy as a result of the financial crisis and the recession.