Friday, May 31, 2013

TPC's Michael Haltman featured at BoxingScene.com!

The Political Commentator Mike Haltman, in his role as fighter and fundraiser with the Long Island Fight for Charity, appears in the newest edition of Boxing Scene!
Approached by Tom Gerbasi, Senior Editor at Boxing Scene, Michael shared some of his background in the world of boxing and rationale for participating in this years 10th Anniversary Edition of the Long Island Fight for Charity.
If after reading the article, you are inspired to either sponsor the Fight for Charity or simply make a donation to the cause, please visit a prior article at The Hallmark Abstract Sentinel here and scroll down to the bottom for links to donate or contact Michael at michaelhaltman@me.com.
‘A Boxer is Born in Long Island’ by Thomas Gerbasi
If you’re a fan of boxing, there was inevitably a time when you watched a great fight and said “I could do that.” Or if you weren’t so bold, maybe you just whispered to yourself that you wanted to do that, that for one moment, you wanted to see what it was like to put on the gloves, step between the ropes, and engage in a pure one-on-one combat session with someone else.
For most, that thought quickly fades away when you realize a) you might have to get off the couch or b) that as fun as it is to hit, it’s not so much fun getting hit back.
As far as being a fan, Long Island’s Mike Haltman is like most of us, having been stung by the boxing bug early on. In his case, it was when he was working as a bellhop at Grossinger’s resort, which doubled as the training home to an endless list of world-class boxers.
“Back then the fighters all came up there to train, and I was around it,” he said. “There was a bar across the street that had a boxing club in it, so I went there, and I fooled around a little bit.”
That was it. For the moment. After his brief brush with the sweet science, he remained a fan, but he also got on with life, going to school and to work, and eventually becoming president of the title insurance company, Hallmark Abstract Service. He also married and had three kids, and as far as boxing was concerned, that was something for Saturday nights on television or to be practiced on the heavy bag and speed bag in his basement. That was at least until he was at a networking function and overheard someone talking about an event where local businessmen and women competed in the ring to raise money for charity.
“I heard a guy talking about it, he told me what it was and I said I wanted to do it,” said Haltman.
“When I heard about this it rekindled a desire. I have a heavy bag and speed bag in my garage, I’ve always had that, and this seemed like a great combination to raise money for a great cause, get into shape, and have my one chance to be in the ring.”
The cause, Long Island Fight for Charity, will be celebrating its 10th anniversary on November 25th, raising money for various local charities, and with the effects of Hurricane Sandy still being felt around the area, it’s important for Haltman and his fellow boxers (23 at the latest count) to do their part to keep awareness high.
“It’s extremely important,” he said. “Sandy, for those who haven’t been directly affected, is starting to fade from people’s memories. My son and I have done some charity work at one of the houses, pulling up floorboards, cleaning, and that sort of thing, and there’s unbelievable devastation, so I think what this charity does is extremely important.”
There are easier ways to give back than getting punched in the face, but the 53-year-old Haltman isn’t looking for the easy way, so he signed up to fight in November, hitting the Glen Cove Boxing Club to work with Frank Pena.
“He runs the gym to keep kids off the streets,” said Haltman of Pena. “But when I went in there, they treated me like they treat the other guys.”
That means he got put to work right away, quickly finding out that boxing isn’t as easy as it may look on television. So when asked if he gained a deeper appreciation of the sport after a few days in the thick of it, he responded without hesitation, “A hundred percent. If you want to be good, it’s a seven day a week deal. You have to make a real commitment and it’s a life change.”
Slowly but surely though, Haltman is starting to pick things up, saying “the difference is amazing” when comparing himself now to when he first stepped into the gym. He is a work in progress though.
“You hit and you’re supposed to move – jab and move or jab and duck,” he said. “It’s almost like dancing, and I’m not a very good dancer. (Laughs) I don’t really have a big problem punching, but learning the moves is the toughest thing.”
He has gotten some good advice from a fellow New Yorker who knows a thing or two about the sport.
“I talked to Gerry Cooney and he said it doesn’t matter how short a round is and if it’s for charity; when you get into a ring, your heart’s pounding, you get tired, and you’re anxious, so you’ve got to get in the ring and spar and get in shape.”
Haltman admits that his wife of 25 years and their three kids weren’t too thrilled about the idea of him stepping into the ring, but he’s not about to be deterred from doing something only a select few can say they did.
“My first goal is to go in there and not look like a fool,” he laughs. “My second one is that I’d like to be competitive. I’d like to actually fight and I want a tough guy.”
Sounds like a fighter already. And truth be told, he can’t wait.
“When I think about it,” he said. “My heart starts pounding.”

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Watcher's Council 'Public Urination' Edition! (Week of May 27, 2013)


The Joke of the Day asks what the resigning General said to the petulant President!

When former U.S. Military commander in Afghanistan, Stanley McChrystal, was called into the Oval Office by Barack Obama, he knew things weren't going to go well when the President accused him of not supporting him in his political role as President. 

"It"s not my job to support you as a politician, Mr. President, it's my job to support you as Commander-in-Chief," McChrystal replied and he handed Obama his resignation.

Not satisfied with accepting McChrystal's resignation the President made a cheap parting shot. "I bet when I die you'll be happy to piss on my grave." 

The General saluted. "Mr. President, I always told myself after leaving the Army I'd never stand in line again. (Source: Reader email)

...and now the Watcher's Council results for the week of May 27, 2013!

The Watcher's Council nominations for the week of May 27, 2013 were presented, the votes were cast and counted, and the winner will now been announced!

For those who may be enjoying their first Watcher's Council experience, it is a group that consists of some of the top conservative bloggers from around the world.

A group that The Political Commentator is extremely proud to have been asked to be part of!

Each week members select and submit an article that they have written in addition to one article from a non-council blog they find to be particularly topical and important.

While you may not always agree with what you read, that fact alone may make the experience much more valuable!

Once all of the nominated articles have been received at an undisclosed location by the Council leader, a location that is well hidden somewhere on the Left Coast of the United States, the Watchers Council members review and vote for their favorite entries.

These votes are protected and held by outside auditing firm Arthur Andersen until such time as they are counted and a winner has been chosen for the Grand Prize.

This Grand Prize which consists of the appreciation of ones peers.

In the end, however, we are all winners for having had the opportunity to read the analysis of the critical issues of the day.

In a nutshell, the Watchers Council is the ultimate conservative blog aggregator!

So without further ado the winner(s) of the Watcher's Council for the week of May 27, 2013 is (are)...?

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners


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Thursday, May 30, 2013

White House Movie Night! (3 short videos)


Lies, cover-ups, incompetence, distortions and then more lies caught on videotape!

It seems that the stench of political corruption that many of us knew was always there is now starting to ooze through the well guarded cracks of the White House and into the light of day!

One video presents snippets of Obama administration personnel that, if their words weren't so sad for the country, could almost be funny.

The second is a comparison of the rhetoric of Barack Obama versus that of Richard Nixon as they entered a critical phase of their respective scandals.

For Richard Nixon it culminated in his resignation.

Could we be so lucky with Barack Obama or will he try and ride out the storm hoping that the media will make it all go away?

But first a 9-second video of a man who could have easily been a high ranking member of this White House or possibly even the president himself if only for his ability to feign ignorance of those things happening on his watch.



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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Fast and Furious finally grabs the attention of Americans!


Predictably though, it is the wrong Fast and Furious that's doing it!

It's oh so typical that whenever something or someone needs to demand the attention or concern of the rank and file American, if it's not some smut story about some sleazy celebrity or a reality television show there will typically be no one home to pay attention to it.

Add to that the fact that the media will tend to ignore and leave unreported anything detrimental to the Obama administration and you have the classic news vacuum daily double.

While the pregnancy of Kim Kardashian or the Jodi Arias murder trial may potentially take the front page of newspapers and the lead story on network 'news,' IRSgate or the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi will be buried if mentioned at all.

And how can there be a relative lack of interest in the fact that the top cop of the United States may have potentially perjured himself in testimony before Congress?

Poll ten men and women on the street in Anytown, USA and I would wager to say that nine know little to nothing about the tangled and confused storyline of Eric Holder concerning the monitoring of reporters by the Department of Justice.

Priorities are after all priorities.

The bottom-line?

What we have is what we should unfortunately expect when you couple the benign treatment of any Obama administration scandal by the mainstream media with what seems to be the genuine disinterest of so many Americans for anything truly relevant.

A case in point? Fast and Furious versus 'Fast and Furious 6'!


Nowhere to be found!
Box Office Gold!

'Fast & Furious 6' puts pedal to metal at box office

The 'Furious' franchise shows no signs of slowing down as it wins the holiday weekend handily and powers the industry to record sales. (Source)


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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Hall of Shame! 15 Obama/Hillary Benghazi posters!































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Monday, May 27, 2013

Memorial Day 2013


Please join with The Political Commentator as we honor the men and women in the military who have made the ultimate sacrifice protecting our American way of life!

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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Presenting Narcissist-in-Chief Obama and his TV docudrama!



Barack Obama, as most megalomaniacs do, loves to be in the spotlight

That was painfully obvious last week as he gave an hour long speech on national security that said absolutely nothing of any substance while containing some extremely questionable assertions.

Well now the President has personally assured that his face on TV and voice on radio will continue ad infinitum as the new show, 'White House of Cards' is a huge hit!

For a megalomaniac and narcissist like President Obama, what could possibly be better than a television series starring him that runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week?

Most likely anything besides this one but as they say, you reap what you sow!



H/T IOTW
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Saturday, May 25, 2013

Divorce decree for the United States of America!


What would a United States divided along liberal and non-liberal lines look like?

Because our ideas for America's future appear to be diametrically opposed with irreconcilable differences that will be nearly impossible to successfully mediate away, imagine what an America divided into purely Red and Blue states with like citizenry would look like.

I've seen this before but on Memorial Day, as we honor the men and women of the military who made the ultimate sacrifice to help preserve our American way of life, it is very much worth repeating.

DIVORCE AGREEMENT

THIS IS SO INCREDIBLY WELL PUT I CAN HARDLY BELIEVE IT'S BY A STUDENT!!! WHATEVER HE RUNS FOR, I'LL VOTE FOR HIM.

Dear American liberals, leftists, social progressives, socialists, Marxists and Obama supporters, et al: We have stuck together since the late 1950's for the sake of the kids, but the whole of this latest election process has made me realize that I want a divorce. I know we tolerated each other for many years for the sake of future generations, but sadly, this relationship has clearly run its course.

Our two ideological sides of America cannot and will not ever agree on what is right for us all, so let's just end it on friendly terms. We can smile and chalk it up to irreconcilable differences and go our own way.

Here is a our separation agreement:

--Our two groups can equitably divide up the country by landmass each taking a similar portion. That will be the difficult part, but I am sure our two sides can come to a friendly agreement. After that, it should be relatively easy! Our respective representatives can effortlessly divide other assets since both sides have such distinct and disparate tastes.

--We don't like redistributive taxes so you can keep them.

--You are welcome to the liberal judges and the ACLU.

--Since you hate guns and war, we'll take our firearms, the cops, the NRA and the military.

--We'll take the nasty, smelly oil industry and the coal mines, and you can go with wind, solar and biodiesel.

--You can keep Oprah, Michael Moore and Rosie O'Donnell. You are, however, responsible for finding a bio-diesel vehicle big enough to move all three of them.

--We'll keep capitalism, greedy corporations, pharmaceutical companies, Wal-Mart and Wall Street.

--You can have your beloved lifelong welfare dwellers, food stamps, homeless, homeboys, hippies, druggies and illegal aliens.

--We'll keep the hot Alaskan hockey moms, greedy CEO's and rednecks.

--We'll keep Bill O'Reilly, and Bibles and give you NBC and Hollywood .

--You can make nice with Iran and Palestine and we'll retain the right to invade and hammer places that threaten us.

--You can have the peaceniks and war protesters. When our allies or our way of life are under assault, we'll help provide them security.

--We'll keep our Judeo-Christian values.

--You are welcome to Islam, Scientology, Humanism, political correctness and Shirley McClain. You can also have the U.N. but we will no longer be paying the bill.

--We'll keep the SUV's, pickup trucks and oversized luxury cars. You can take every Volt and Lea f you can find.

--You can give everyone healthcare if you can find any practicing doctors.

--We'll keep "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" and "The National Anthem."

--I'm sure you'll be happy to substitute "Imagine", "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing", "Kum Ba Ya" or "We Are the World".

--We'll practice trickle-down economics and you can continue to give trickle up poverty your best shot.

--Since it often so offends you, we'll keep our history, our name and our flag.

Would you agree to this?

Sincerely,

John J. Wall

Law Student and an American

P.S. Also, please take Ted Turner, Sean Penn, Martin, Charlie Sheen, Barbara Streisand, and 
(Hanoi) Jane Fonda with you.

P.S.S. And you won't have to press 1 for English when you call our country.


H/T The bob ster

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Watcher's Council 'Scandalpalooza' Edition (Results for the week of May 20, 2013)


The Obama administration is a scandal plagued denial machine that seems at times to skirt the law and possibly break the law while exhibiting a total disregard for the US Constitution!

There seems to be no end to the lengths that the Obama administration will go to either silence critics, lie about who did what and when or deny any knowledge or complicity in the plethora of scandals that consumes it.

But, when Chris Matthews and Nancy Pelosi question the veracity of our would-be monarchs motives and actions, he may have finally gone too far!

...and now the Watcher's Council results for the week of May 20, 2013!

The Watcher's Council nominations for the week of May 20, 2013 were presented, the votes were cast and counted, and the winner will now been announced!

For those who may be enjoying their first Watcher's Council experience, it is a group that consists of some of the top conservative bloggers from around the world.

A group that The Political Commentator is extremely proud to have been asked to be part of!

Each week members select and submit an article that they have written in addition to one article from a non-council blog they find to be particularly topical and important.

While you may not always agree with what you read, that fact alone may make the experience much more valuable!

Once all of the nominated articles have been received at an undisclosed location by the Council leader, a location that is well hidden somewhere on the Left Coast of the United States, the Watchers Council members review and vote for their favorite entries.

These votes are protected and held by outside auditing firm Arthur Andersen until such time as they are counted and a winner has been chosen for the Grand Prize.

This Grand Prize which consists of the appreciation of ones peers.

In the end, however, we are all winners for having had the opportunity to read the analysis of the critical issues of the day.

In a nutshell, the Watchers Council is the ultimate conservative blog aggregator!

So without further ado the winner(s) of the Watcher's Council for the week of May 20, 2013 is (are)...?

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners


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Thursday, May 23, 2013

What did the American General say to the Iranian Ambassador? (Humor)


Politically incorrect humor for your Memorial Day barbecue!

The Iranian Ambassador to the UN had just finished giving a speech and walked out into the lobby of the convention center where he was introduced to a U.S. Marine General.

As they talked the Iranian said, "I have just one question about what I have seen in America ."

The General said, "Well, anything I can do to help."

The Iranian whispered, "My son watches this show called Star Trek and in it there is Kirk who is Canadian, Chekhov who is Russian, Scotty who is Scottish, Uhura who is black, and Sulu who is Japanese, but there are NO Muslims.

My son is very upset and doesn't understand why there aren't any Iranians, Iraqis, Afghans, Egyptians, Palestinians, Saudis, Syrians, or Pakistanis on Star Trek."

The General laughed, leaned toward the Iranian Ambassador and whispered in his ear, "That's because it takes place in the future..."

H/T Bookworm Room

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Soldier beheaded in Woolwich,UK with terrorist issuing warning! (Video)



If this had occurred in the U.S. would the Obama administration have somehow found a way to call this act of terrorism workplace violence?

From The Investigative Project on Terrorism,

'A British soldier is dead, and two suspected terrorists were shot in a shocking daylight attack outside London Wednesday.
Some accounts say the soldier was shot, while other witnesses described the attack as a "beheading," the London Telegraph reports, and ITV News obtained video of a man with bloody hands carrying knives and a meat cleaver and warning "you people will never be safe" and saying "We swear by almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you."
He also said, "We must fight them as they fight us. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth."
Other witnesses reported hearing the attackers shout "Allahu Akhbar" – God is Great – as they attacked the soldier outside Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolich. The victim was not in uniform.
The attackers left his body in the street and reportedly stayed nearby, "waving knives and a gun, and asked people to take pictures of them "as if they wanted to be on TV or something,'" the BBC reports.
Officials are calling it an Islamist terror attack.'


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