Saturday, August 18, 2012

Political Digest for August 19, 2012

Will be back in Illinois Sunday. Have a few items for you. ~Bob

Navy's oldest commissioned warship to sail again
Excerpt: The U.S. Navy's oldest commissioned warship will sail under its own power for just the second time in more than a century to commemorate the battle that won it the nickname "Old Ironsides." … The short trip marks the day two centuries ago when the Constitution bested the British frigate HMS Guerriere in a fierce battle during the War of 1812.

Excerpt: A recent Washington Post poll showed that “74 percent of Americans favor government-issued photo ID mandates at polling places.” This meant little to CNN because the network, whose ratings are in the proverbial toilet, ignored those numbers “in six separate segments on voter ID laws.” A majority of Americans believe that showing identification is simply common sense when identification is necessary to identify someone. When it comes to voting, liberals are incensed that anyone would have to prove who they are. (The argument is protecting minorities, who Democrats claim are to incompetent to play by the same rules as white. But they really know better—the intent is to encourage fraud, and win at any price. Been going on in the machine-run Democrat controlled cities since Tammany Hall. ~Bob.)

Romney: Obama’s Campaign Disgraces Presidency, By Todd Starnes
Excerpt: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will deliver a powerful rebuke of President Obama’s campaign this evening. His remarks come after Vice President Joe Biden told supporters “They’re going to put y’all back in chains” — speaking about Republicans. The Obama campaign later said the president did not have a problem with Biden’s statement. Following are the excerpts from Romney’s speech:

I am superstitious. I have scarcely known a party, preceding an election, to call in help from the neighboring states, but they lost the state. –Abraham Lincoln

Border Patrol Applicant Admits to Molestation, Bestiality in Job Interview
Excerpt: Cody Slaughter may have been a little too forthcoming while interviewing for a job with the border patrol. The 22-year-old from Somerton, Ariz., was arrested last week after U.S. Customs and Border Protection notified the Yuma County Sheriff's Office that during a July 2 "pre-employment screening" Slaughter admitted that he had molested a 2-year-old girl eight years ago, had sexual interactions with a dog, horse and pig, and had a history of drug use. (Another Progressive off the streets! ~Bob.)

SPLC draws conservative ire
Excerpt: But it has also stoked anger with the Family Research Council, a conservative Christian policy group that lashed out this week after a 28-year-old gunman stormed their downtown Washington headquarters and opened fire. "Let me be clear that Floyd Corkins was responsible for firing the shot yesterday," said council president Tony Perkins. "But Corkins was given a license to shoot an unarmed man by organizations like the Southern Poverty Law Center that have been reckless in labeling organizations hate groups because they disagree with them on public policy." (Like “racism,” “hate speech” is a convenient way for the left to dismiss any criticism they cannot respond to. ~Bob.)

Christian teen sentenced to two years in Tanzanian prison
Excerpt: A teenager in Tanzania was recently sentenced to two years in prison after being accused of desecrating the Qur'an. Eva Abdullah, 17, converted to Christianity from Islam three years ago. Her parents disowned her after her conversion and a group of radicals in her hometown of Bagamoyo tried to persuade her to renounce her Christian faith. When she refused, they falsely accused her of desecrating a Qur'an.

Deadly insider attack that left 3 U.S. Marines dead was work of an Afghan teenager
Excerpt: But although Aynoddin, 15, lived among American and Afghan security forces, he was not a soldier or a police officer. He had never been vetted. According to U.S. and Afghan officials, his role on base was hardly formal: He was the unpaid, underage personal assistant of the district police chief. … He spent his days cooking for Jan and cleaning up after him. Both Afghans and Americans knew him as the boss’s “tea boy.” (There are other interpretations of “tea boy” than “personal assistant.” ~Bob.)

Why We Fight for Economic Freedom. By Charles Koch
Excerpt: n 1990, the year before the collapse of the Soviet Union, I attended an economic conference in Moscow. Like my father during his visits to the U.S.S.R. in the early 1930s, I was astonished and appalled by what I saw. Simple necessities, such as toilet paper, were in short supply. (The Koch brothers have been described as the pinnacle of Right Wing extremists, the perfect practitioners of unfettered capitalism, the supporters of all sorts of Far Right groups, the exploiters of workers, etc, etc. It is true they are extremely successful and quite rich businessmen. (But not nearly as rich as George Soros, who has never run any sort of manufacturing business, but who has been accused of manipulating the market to make it crash, from which he admits making about a billion dollars.) But they have been involved in actual business management as well as investments, and they have worked within the system. Here we get to see what one of them has to say for himself and his view of economics, how things do and do not work. Maybe it's only fair to read his words without prejudging him, see if it makes any sense. --Del)

1 comment:

  1. Bob, You answer questions "of the day". Your Posted by TartanMarine is refreshing. Don't forget _CHICAGO MACHINE__ Les

    Been going on in the machine-run Democrat controlled cities since Tammany Hall /_CHICAGO MACHINE. ~Bob.)