Wednesday, June 23, 2010

David Petraeus Replaces McChrystal

Today the fate of General Stanley McChrystal hung in the balance. Whether it was a foregone conclusion or one based on today’s behind-closed-doors conversation is irrelevant. What happened? Did McChrystal let his guard down around the press representative who cajoled and stroked the officer’s ego on one hand while waiting for an opportunity to make that big headline? Remember…this was a ROLLING STONE writer. So much for …keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Could it be that this was Stan’s own exit strategy since he could not work within the confines…and under the micromanagement…of the Commander-in-Chief? Well, what’s done is done; he is gone. Maybe there should be an additional course added to the WAR COLLEGE curriculum entitled THE PRESS: AMERICA’S BIPOLAR DOUBLE AGENT. Fortunately, David Petraeus will replace McChrystal as the top Afghan Commander. BUT, should we throw the baby out with the bathwater? The replaced general still has clout…AKA influence…with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. It might serve our President well to keep him on in an advisor/negotiator position. In closing, I will answer the question readers may wonder. Do I think President Obanma did the right thing in accepting General McChrystal’s resignation? Answer: Absolutely.

Note: A good decision is not always a popular one; however, it is always the right one.

May God bless America…and may America deserve it.
Zanne Booker 6-23-10

Monday, June 21, 2010

When Is It Okay To Show Minors Nude Pictures Of Their Mother?

I had picked out my topic for this blog, however, after watching the View on television today…a show I almost never watch…I was moved to veer from my original path. Today’s special guest was the extremely talented star of HawthoRNe (and wife of actor Will Smith) Jada Pinkett Smith. Evidently, she is featured on the Essence Magazine June/July cover…nude. What was unusual about the choice was that the original picture…to be front-and-center... was of a fully and tastefully clothed Jada, which was amazing. She had “other”…ahem… photos taken supposedly for her husband’s private collection yet admittedly, when she went home, she showed at least one nude photo to her daughter Willow (age 9) and got the response that the photo looked “elegant”. Now, this child’s comment spurred the green-light which moved Will’s wife to “STOP THE PRESSES!” and put the nude picture on the cover instead. I have several questions. What happened to the plan of the photos being for her husband’s “private collection”? How does a woman condone nude photos…to be shown in public…to her children? Why would a child’s comment make a wrong decision okay? How does a mother make the decision to show inappropriate photos to her children (female and male) in the first place? Had she not been a part of the Hollywood elite…would local authorities have stepped in for her showing nude photos to minors… especially since she was their MOM? If she has crossed this line, where will her children draw the new line for their morality? This bugs me!

Note: Parents set the bar by which children look up to them…or…down on them.

May God bless America...and may America deserve it.
Zanne Booker 6-21-10

Saturday, June 19, 2010


After a much needed hiatus...I am back. Starting Monday, I will begin blogging about a new crop of issues and offer...once own personal twist. There will be three posts per week (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday). I will not restrict passion or abbreviate my stance. As always, I will end with a note! Thank you for being patient, loyal, and unafraid to examine facts beyond what the press (or the government) offers.

Note: Liberty can only have a toehold when it is ascending.

May God bless America...and may America deserve it!
Zanne Booker 6-19-10