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The latest installment of the "News from the Can" Video Blag by R. Crosby Lyles.

It’s Thursday May 16th 2013, my name is R. Crosby Lyles, and this is News from the Can.

Yesterday I ran across a post by a friend of mine with the caption “Prince Harry,
giving more respect for American soldiers than Barack Obama.” His post was a refutation of that caption as he explained that a buddy of his who worked at Arlington had said that
President Obama had visited the cemetery very often compared to the relative infrequency of visits by Hillary Clinton and George W. Bush. Though somewhat re-conciliatory he said this,
“Obama’s a shit-bag, but he at least pays respect to the Americans he sends to die.”

Which  prompted me to ask him, what makes the President a shit-bag?

So today, he sent me a video of Jon Stewart ripping Obama over the IRS deal that is
currently brewing in the news. His attached comment said this, “Obama’s the best Republican president we’ve had since Reagan. Democrats and liberals were swindled and the Democrats are simply hanging on so they don’t have to admit to conservatives that he’s a piece of shit.”Note here that these comments are rendered by an anarchist /communist.

We assume that Jon Stewart’s comments are supposed to be proof that Barack Obama is in
fact a piece of shit. Here’s the thing, Jon Stewart is a comedian. The threshold of
accountability for a comedian is way below that of an actual journalist. A comedian can
make a factual error today, clean it up tomorrow, and make a joke about it the whole time.
A real journalist doesn’t have that freedom. Not only that but Stewart’s outrage could be
interpreted as part of the gag, not knowing what rhetorical twist is coming next. This
highlights how convoluted American discourse has become when someone uses a comedian’s shtick as leverage in an argument. This experience also highlights how overly judgmental we can be in regards to high profile people. We play with insulting monikers for fun, But it’s not a game.

Look at this face[image of President Obama]. Can you honestly look this man in the eye and call him something so incredibly nasty as a piece of shit? Knowing that the actions of this man saved us all from a world wide economic depression of unprecedented scale? Knowing that this man got Osama Bin Laden in his first term when Bin Laden had been on the run for the entire two terms of the last president? Knowing that this man got comprehensive health care reform passed for the first time in forty years? This devoted husband? This father of two beautiful children? This seeker of consensus in such a foul den of thieves?

The fact is when you refer too this president of the United States as anything but Sir, you
are just talking shit. Because deep down everyone knows that this president really cares.
This president is trying to do the right thing on a daily basis with the welfare of the
whole country in mind. You know you are just blowing smoke that only serves to foul the air and spoil the lungs of your own children. Just remember this from Proverbs 18:21 “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”  

Well that’s about it for today Thursday May 16th, 2013. My name is R. Crosby Lyles and this has been “News from the Can.” If you would like to support this pod cast go to and hit the donate button. Any amount of help will be appreciated. But above all else thanks for watching and may God Bless.

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