Obama Wants Olympic Medals Available to All Americans

By Jim Berlin

While U.S. Olympians are entitled to “a small degree of satisfaction” when they medal at the London Games, President Obama told reporters yesterday that athletes must remember: “They didn’t win those medals. Someone else won those medals for them.”

Obama’s remarks, made in the Oval Office after the President’s daily briefing, were in response to a question on whether he was closely following the Olympics.

“I catch what I can between my duties as campaigner-in-chief,” he said, “and I’m always struck by successful jocks who think, well, it must be because I’m just such a great jock. Hey, there are a lot of great jocks out there.

“Or they say, it must be because I worked harder than everybody else,” he added. “Let me tell you something – there are a whole bunch of hardworking jocks out there.

“In every Olympian’s past,” Obama said,  “there were parents and a great coach somewhere in their lives. Without them, and without those roads and bridges and the very clothes they wear – all made by others – they’d be training butt-naked in their basements and backyards instead of some fancy sports facility.

“Let me tell you something,” he chuckled, “swimmers and gymnasts who train naked on swing sets and in their backyard pools are not going to bring home the gold.

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“In fact,” he added, “without clothing they would not even be allowed on the airplanes that carry them to the Olympics.

“There’s a reason athletes at The Games are housed in a place called Olympic Village,” Obama continued. “It’s to remind all of them that it takes a village to raise an athlete, and a village to raise a villager. It even takes a village to build a village – and another village to build that village.”

Obama said he had no problem with Olympic medalists retaining a replica of their awards, “but to be fair the original medals should be housed in a National Olympic Jock Museum.

“That way, all Americans can view, handle and be photographed holding the medals all of them  earned. I especially want a photo with the gold I’ll win in basketball,” he said.

Rahm Emanuel Tries to Pluck Chick-fil-A and 1st Amendment

By Jim Berlin

Before becoming Chicago mayor, Rahm Emanuel was President Obama’s confidant and chief of staff for almost two years – more than enough time to start believing the U.S. Constitution is whatever he says it is.

Enter Dan Cathy, president of the fast-food chain Chick-fil-A (decent chicken, dumb name). Mr. Cathy wants to open a second store in Chicago, but because he recently came out against gay marriage the alderman in whose district the franchise would open said he’d block the permit. (The mayor of Chicago is king; the aldermen are his princes.)

Rahm Emanuel supported his prince: “Chick-fil-A’s values are not Chicago’s values,” he said.

In other words: If you do not share my opinion on gay marriage, you cannot sell your chicken sandwiches in my city.

If common sense tells you that is decidedly un-American, not to mention a slam-dunk violation of the First Amendment’s freedom of speech – another mayor besides Rahm Emanuel disagrees with you.

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino wrote a letter to the Chick-fil-A president that said: “There is no place for discrimination on Boston’s Freedom Trail, and no place for your company alongside it.”

Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile path in Boston that includes 16 places that were significant in the American Revolution. Places like the Bunker Hill monument

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and the site of the Boston Massacre.

And there’s no place for freedom of speech on Freedom Trail?

What were those Minutemen fighting for who were killed by the Redcoats?

“Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes, boys! We fight today for gay marriage!” Or maybe it was, “Give me gay marriage or give me death!” Or, “I regret that I have but one life to give for gay marriage.”

Even the ACLU came out against these two silly mayors, and both had to “clarify” their remarks: Oh no, we wouldn’t really try to prevent Chick-fil-A from selling their chicken sandwiches. Nah, we just meant…aw shucks, something else.

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By Jim Berlin

Before becoming Chicago mayor, Rahm Emanuel was President Obama’s confidant and chief of staff for almost two years – more than enough time to start believing the U.S. Constitution  is whatever he says it is.

Enter Dan Cathy, president of the fast-food chain Chick-fil-A (decent chicken, dumb name). Mr. Cathy wants to open a second store in Chicago, but because he recently came out against gay marriage the alderman in whose district the franchise would open said he’d block the permit. (The mayor of Chicago is king; the aldermen are his princes.)

Rahm Emanuel supported his prince: “Chick-fil-A’s values are notChicago’s values,” he said.

In other words: If you do not share my opinion on gay marriage, you cannot sell your chicken sandwiches in my city.

If  common sense tells you that is decidedly un-American, not to mention a slam-dunk violation of  the First Amendment’s freedom of speech – another mayor besides Rahm Emanuel disagrees with you.

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino wrote a letter to the Chick-fil-A president that said: “There is no place for discrimination on Boston’s Freedom Trail, and no place for your company alongside it.”

Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile path in Boston that includes 16 places that were significant in the American Revolution. Places like the Bunker Hillmonument and the site of the Boston Massacre.

And there’s no place for freedom of speech on Freedom Trail?

What were those Minutemen fighting for who were killed by the Redcoats?

“Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes, boys!  We fight today for gay marriage!”  Or maybe it was, “Give me gay marriage or give me death!” Or, “I regret that I have but one life to give for gay marriage.”

Even the ACLU came out against these two silly mayors, and both had to “clarify” their remarks: Oh no, we wouldn’t really try to prevent Chick-fil-A from selling their chicken sandwiches. Nah, we just meant…aw shucks, something else.hief of staff for almost two years – more than enough time to start believing the U.S. Constitution is whatever he says it is.

Enter Dan Cathy, president of the fast-food chain Chick-fil-A (decent chicken, dumb name). Mr. Cathy wants to open a second store in Chicago, but because he recently came

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out against gay marriage the alderman in whose district the franchise would open said he’d block the permit. (The mayor of Chicago is king; the aldermen are his princes.)

Rahm Emanuel supported his prince: “Chick-fil-A’s values are not Chicago’s values,” he said.

In other words: If you do not share my opinion on gay marriage, you cannot sell your chicken sandwiches in my city.

If common sense tells you that is decidedly un-American, not to mention a slam-dunk violation of the First Amendment’s freedom of speech – another mayor besides Rahm Emanuel disagrees with you.

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino wrote a letter to the Chick-fil-A president that said: “There is no place for discrimination on Boston’s Freedom Trail, and no place for your company alongside it.”

Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile path in Boston that includes 16 places that were significant in the American Revolution. Places like the Bunker Hill monument and the site of the Boston Massacre.

And there’s no place for freedom of speech on Freedom Trail?

What were those Minutemen fighting for who were killed by the Redcoats?

“Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes, boys! We fight today for gay marriage!” Or maybe it was, “Give me gay marriage or give me death!” Or, “I regret that I have but one life to give for gay marriage.”

Even the ACLU came out against these two silly mayors, and both had to “clarify” their remarks: Oh no, we wouldn’t really try to prevent Chick-fil-A from selling their chicken sandwiches. Nah, we just meant…aw shucks, something else.

Coach Paterno’s Statue Can
Regain Honor at Penn State

By Jim Berlin

The seven-foot statue of coach Joe Paterno, a fixture outside the Penn State football stadium since 2001, has been removed and carted away. The workmen covered the coach’s face when they did it, like a shamed and handcuffed criminal being shielded from the news cameras.

Workmen did the heavy lifting but the statue was actually chiseled from its moorings by Coach Joe himself and a pack of other school officials. Men who put the university’s reputation above the health and safety of sex-abused little boys.

Now the school is left with 1,000 pounds of bronze that few wish to look upon again.

And then we have the yet-to-be-built Penn State Veterans Plaza, a gift from the 2011 graduating class. The simple but elegant design has been approved, a circular wall gracefully surrounding a warrior’s shield that bears an ancient Greek inscription: “Either with it, or upon it.”

Legend says those words were the parting benediction of a Spartan mother as she sent her son off to battle some 2,000 years ago. Translation: Fight with honor, my son, and come home carrying your shield. Or fight with honor and come home dead on your shield – borne by the shoulders of your brothers-in-arms.

The wall surrounding the shield will be named for Lt. Michael P. Murphy, a 1998 graduate of Penn State. He became a Navy SEAL, and seven years later in Afghanistan he and the three men he led were ambushed by an overwhelming force of Taliban.

Funny how that came about. The team had fast-roped in from a helicopter and their hiding place was discovered by two goat herders.

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Lt. Murphy cast the deciding vote: Instead of killing them he chose mercy. He let them walk away.

They paid him back by going straight to the enemy. In the ensuing battle, Lt. Murphy – his radio failing him – ran fully exposed to higher ground and successfully called for help. He was mortally wounded, but returned to his men and fought until he died.

Sixteen men who heard Murphy’s call for help jumped on a chopper and came to rescue him. They all died too. Only one of the original four-man SEAL team escaped.

Lt. Michael P. Murphy got the Medal of Honor. A Penn State grad. Never played football. The Medal of Honor.

Take Joe Paterno’s 1,000-pound bronze statue and melt it down. Bring it back to life in the form of Michael P. Murphy. Place it on the warrior’s shield in the Penn State Veterans Plaza.

I’m betting the Coach would approve.

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