Monday, October 15, 2012

Old Jarhead's Political SitRep for October 16, 2012

Old Jarhead's Political SitRep for October 16, 2012
Robert A. Hall

I’ve been out of pocket.
I apologize that there have been no digests for a few days. On Thursday I met with the Transplant Management Doctor to go over my lung transplant evaluation in August. My Lung Allocation Score is 33, just three points above the minimum to be listed. He reviewed the one and five year survival rates (80% and 50%) and asked if I wanted to be listed. I said yes. That is in process. The average wait time is two years, and likely to be longer if my health stays good and the score low. It is possible the perfect set of lungs or lung could come available sooner, and there be no one of my size and blood type higher on the list than me, but that’s unlikely, as there are more people in need than donated lungs. People die waiting on the list. Also, if I stay at this level for three or four years, the “death panel” may decide that I’m too old to benefit/take the risk (your pick), and drop me from the list. I will try to keep you posted, but, of course, might just go MIA. If so, keep up the fight.

Since the appointment, we have entertained a dear friend from Balquhidder, Scotland, Leslie Blain, whom I’ve known since 1985, who came for a short visit. We spent every moment sightseeing or catching up on friends in the glen. It was a delight, but I didn’t touch a newspaper, TV or computer for four days. Facing over 1,000 e-mails now. Bear with me.

Lots of important items tonight, as I try to catch up. Got through a 35% to 40% or so of the backed up e-mail. ~Bob

What liberals say…what I hear. By Robert A. Hall
Feel free to share or re-post. ~Bob.

The American Economy: Then and Now. By Samuel L. Skogstad, Ph.D.
Blogspot screwed up the tables, though they looked okay when I took a second Friday to post them. Sorry. You should be able to figure them out. If not, and you want them, e-mail me tartanmarine(at) ~Bob.

Stacy Dash on Romney

The VP Debate
Because of the above, I missed both the Vice Presidential Debate and the media coverage. I understand Biden was rude and interrupted Ryan during Ryan’s speaking time. Why are people upset? What did you expect from a liberal—civility? And I gather the moderator did not rein Biden in to allow Ryan his speaking time uninterrupted. So what did you expect from a “Journalist” who had Obama as a wedding guest? ~Bob

Worth Reading: Serious Men. By Andy Weddington
Excerpt: In politics, serious men understand the tremendous responsibilities of the offices they seek. Serious men show up prepared to debate those responsibilities. Serious men take their opponents seriously. Mr. Obama and Mr. Biden did not take Mr. Romney and Mr. Ryan seriously. But that was not the attitude of the candidates towards the incumbents. So, from their performances what is America to conclude about how the President and Vice President have taken and performed their duties?

Worth Reading: Joe Biden is Dead & Barack Obama is Barely Alive. By Andy Weddington
Excerpt: As good as last week's first presidential debate between Republican candidate Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama was for the audience, and Mr. Romney, last night's vice presidential debate between the principals’ running mates, Paul Ryan and Joe Biden, was a disappointment. The opponents didn't answer the questions, some answers were not complete thoughts with important points left dangling, and interruptions, mostly by Mr. Biden, made for an evening of chaos more than coherent, substantive information for undecided voters. The moderator did not keep the evening on point but surely did the best she could, and I'll leave it at that.

Excerpt: For the last two years, millions of Americans have grown, ever so insidiously, tired of Barack Obama and his administration. The Tea Party brought such frustrations to the fore. And now the debates — and the ability of Romney to show millions that he is a decent, competent alternative to Obama rather than the caricatured greedy white man of Obama’s sleazy ads — are closing the deal.

Romney ahead in four new national polls
Excerpt: Mitt Romney leads President Obama in four new national polls released Thursday, an indication of sustained momentum for the GOP challenger one week after his debate victory. (No victory dances before you cross the goal line. Work. Get uninvolved/uninformed voters involved and informed and to the polls. ~Bob.)

Timeline of Libya Consulate attack reveals administration contradictions. By Julian Pecquet
Excerpt: The timeline of events leading up to last month’s deadly attack in Benghazi and the administration’s shifting explanations have become a major problem for Democrats less than a month before Election Day. Already under criticism for linking the assault on the U.S. consulate to an anti-Islam video, the administration raised even more eyebrows Thursday when Vice President Biden said he didn’t know about the U.S. mission’s request for more security. Biden’s statement directly contradicts sworn testimony from State Department officials given just the day before.

Former CIA chief Hayden slams Biden's Libya assessment
Excerpt: Former CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden has joined the chorus of GOP voices slamming Vice President Biden's comments on the White House's inconsistent explanation of the Sept. 11 assault on the American Consulate in Libya. During Thursday's vice presidential debate, Biden placed the blame squarely on the shoulders of the U.S. intelligence community for its initial claims the attack in Benghazi was the result of an anti-American protest gone awry. 

Funny but True: 'Politicized' Benghazi distracts from Big Bird. By Mark Steyn
Excerpt: "There's only one candidate in this race who is going to continue to fight for Big Bird and Elmo, and he is riding on this plane." She's right! The United States is the first nation in history whose democracy has evolved to the point where its leader is provided with a wide-body transatlantic jet in order to campaign on the vital issue of public funding for sock puppets. Sure, Caligula put his horse in the Senate, but it was a real horse. At Ohio State University, the rapper introduced the President by playing the Sesame Street theme tune, which, oddly enough, seems more apt presidential walk-on music for the Obama era than "Hail To The Chief.

Excerpt: Forbes contributor, Larry Bell, released an article late last night entitled, “Pants On Fire: Obama Administration Scrambles for Cover as Benghazi Lie Explodes.”

Hillary Strikes Back: Attaches U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to Obama White House Propaganda Messaging
Excerpt: The Clinton’s are clearly on a divergent path than President Obama. Hillary just Judo’d Obama in this informative article posted in the UK Daily Mail. In this report Secretary Clinton separates U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice from her State Department, and instead says that Rice was selling the message, and following orders, from the White House, not from the State Department.

State Department Had No $$$ for Consulate Security, But it Did Have $$$ For…
Excerpt: The last, generally disavowed, excuse is that the Benghazi consulate lacked proper security because of budget cuts. This has already been disproven, but let’s take that excuse at face value.

Administration Welcomed Wolves Into The Sheepfold
Imagine, pre-9/11/12, that you were responsible for arranging the defense of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Would you have considered American interests and personnel best protected by bringing in a local security outfit called the February 17 Martyrs Brigade? The question has yet to come up in House hearings, but I think it holds the key to the Obama administration's betrayal of the American people in "Benghazi-gate." 

Mark Steyn: Hillary Clinton used Libyan ambassador’s dead body ‘as prop to peddle a false narrative’
Excerpt: On Hugh Hewitt’s radio last week, National Review columnist Mark Steyn accused the Obama administration of using slain U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens as a political prop.

Lying From Behind on Libya. By John Ransom
Excerpt: Back in March 2011, when Obama started lobbing missiles at Libya, liberals assured us that we were NOT at war. Instead the administration described it as time-limited, scope-limited, kinetic military activity- which is just another made up phrase that liberals use to remind us that they are the people Orwell warned us about.

Obama alone: This president does not need intel briefers. By Marc A. Thiessen
Excerpt: Members of the community have endured a lot these past 3 1/2 years — accusations of torture from the Oval Office; more than 100 criminal investigations from the Obama Justice Department that resulted in zero — zero — criminal charges being filed; a president who is quick to claim credit for killing Osama bin Laden while denying credit to the CIA interrogators who made the mission possible. They’ll survive not being invited more frequently into the Oval Office. But the hubris of a president who believes he does not need to meet regularly with them is astounding. (Older, but worth reading. ~Bob.)

Excerpt: The graph below shows cancer survival rates by patients, depending on their health insurance status. It was posted last Thursday by Sarah Kliff, who says she got it from Zeke Emanuel, the former White House health advisor who helped shape the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare). I haven’t seen the study and it may not withstand scrutiny. It seems to contradict the economics literature, which finds that health insurance has very little impact on mortality. But since it comes from “the other side” so to speak, I am going to take it as valid for present purposes. What do you conclude by looking at this chart? … We are about to spend $1.8 trillion over the next ten years insuring about 32 million people. About half of the newly insured will go into Medicaid and half will get private insurance. If the above chart is to be believed, which half you’re in makes a real difference.

Worth Reading: Subsidizing Big Wind: The Real Costs to Taxpayers. By Robert Bryce
Excerpt: For two decades, the domestic wind-energy sector has enjoyed a lucrative subsidy known as the production tax credit (PTC). That tax treatment, which provides wind-energy producers with 2.2 cents for every kilowatt-hour of electricity produced, expires at the end of 2012. But the production tax credit is only one of the subsidies given to the wind industry. … Nevertheless, a look at the wind industry from four different angles—direct subsidies, mandates, cost of jobs produced, and ongoing exemptions from federal wildlife laws—shows that no other part of the energy industry receives such preferential treatment.

Worth Sharing: Miners Fight Back Against Obama TV Ad: "Absolute Lies"

Medicaid Reform and Emergency Room Visits
Excerpt: With health care costs skyrocketing, many states have begun to experiment to find methods of reducing costs. With the Affordable Care Act's expansion of Medicaid to people 133 percent above the poverty line, it is important for states to devise methods to increase the efficiency of their Medicaid programs, say researchers with the Mercatus Center. One of the primary factors for rising health costs can be attributed to the increasing frequency of emergency room visits for nonemergency treatment. To combat this, West Virginia redesigned its Medicaid system to create incentives for people to live healthier lifestyles:

Worth Reading: Simulating the Economic Effects of Romney's Tax Plan. By Stephen Entin, William McBride
Excerpt: The debate over Mitt Romney’s tax plan has largely revolved around the short term concerns of who gets what and how much, rather than the more long term concerns of economic growth, job creation, deficit reduction, and tax reform.[1] This is unfortunate, especially in a time of record unemployment and debt levels. These serious issues have been put aside to focus particularly on the results of a single study by the Tax Policy Center (TPC),[2] which finds Romney’s tax plan would require raising taxes on low- and middle-income earners to pay for tax cuts for high-income earners. However, to get there, TPC assumes that tax rates do not matter for economic growth, i.e., Romney’s plan to cut income tax rates by 20 percent across the board will have no effect on labor supply or saving and investment decisions. Only among Washington score keepers does such an assumption make sense, but it certainly has no credibility among academic economists.[3]

Race tightens for swing states. By Jonathan Easley
Excerpt: Mitt Romney’s overwhelming debate victory has tightened the presidential race in the dozen or so battleground states that will determine the winner of the election.

Excerpt: California Democratic Reps. Brad Sherman and Howard Berman appeared to nearly come to blows at their debate Thursday night. A police officer separated the two congressmen, who are locked in a tight, nasty primary fight, after Sherman put his arm around Berman and seemed to challenge him to a fight. (What did you expect from Democrats—civility? ~Bob.)

Danish former jihadist claims to have aided U.S. attack on al-Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki. By Joby Warrick
Excerpt: His story is the stuff of spy fiction: an undercover agent who used guile and technology to help the CIA find a top al-Qaeda leader. But if true, newly published claims by a self-professed Danish double agent could complicate efforts by U.S. and European spy agencies to penetrate terrorist groups in the future, intelligence experts say. (I’m no expert, but I thought the first rule for spies and agents was to keep your mouth shut. ~Bob.)

Turkish man sends fake bomb to sister’s wedding
Excerpt: The trial has begun in London for a Turkish man who sent a fake bomb through UPS. Hasan Aydemir, 28, was angry at his sister Hatice for marrying a man without the family’s blessing so he sent a fake bomb to her wedding reception.

Man charged in shooting death of younger sister on NW side
Excerpt: Ibrahim Aysheh, 22, was charged with Involuntary manslaughter and unlawful use of weapon in the death of his sister, Nawal Aysheh, 20, found unresponsive with a gunshot wound inside on October 13, 2012. She was pronounced dead Saturday. (Doesn’t say it was an honor killing, so I assume he was mad about some movie. ~Bob.)

Iranian police, termed “Iran’s Gestapo” by a Christian news site, has arrested between 100 and 400 Christians and thrown them into prisons. By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
Excerpt: Firouz Khandjani, a council member of the 'Church of Iran' house church movement, told the Christian BosNewsLife website, "We have learned that at least 100, but perhaps as many as 400 people, have been detained over the last 10 days.” He said massive arrests of men and women included the break-up of church services held by evangelical Christians in three cities, including Tehran. "We know that many have been forced to say they will no longer attend church services in exchange for freedom,” he said.

Muslims protest 'age of mockery' as thousands descend on Google HQ
Excerpt: Thousands of Muslims have pledged a series of protests against Google HQ for a "hateful and offensive" anti-Islam video, saying they now live in an "age of mockery".

Rep. Jackson is subject of criminal probe
Excerpt: Federal prosecutors and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are in the final stages of a criminal probe into allegations that Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. misused campaign money to decorate his house, according to people familiar with the matter.
The probe of Mr. Jackson, a Democrat and the son of civil-rights leader the Rev. Jesse Jackson, is nearing completion, and attorneys for the lawmaker recently sought assurance from senior Justice Department officials to not seek an indictment before the November election, according to people familiar with the matter. Those people said the Justice Department officials refused to make such a promise, according to The Wall Street Journal. (Now comes the entirely predictable cry of “racism!” ~Bob.)

Biased Against the Bright: Grading has fallen victim to the “social justice” mandate of the university. By Janice Fiamengo
Excerpt: Professors were concerned with a range of human factors: how hard the student had tried, the evident improvement of the student over the term, and, perhaps most especially, the difficulties against which the student was struggling. These difficulties often figured in their justifications. “She is a single mother with two young children,” one of my colleagues said to me in explanation of why she accepted a late paper without applying her regular penalty, “I’m amazed that she can manage to attend at all, and I wanted to reward her for her perseverance against the odds.”

Error and Fraud at Issue as Absentee Voting Rises. By Adam Liptak
Excerpt: On the morning of the primary here in August, the local elections board met to decide which absentee ballots to count. It was not an easy job. The board tossed out some ballots because they arrived without the signature required on the outside of the return envelope. (My elderly mother and her neighbor vote by mail. They said they received 2 ballots so far….Barb)

Excerpt: In a vote on Sunday that is likely to have serious repercussion down the road for the eurozone, a Secessionist wave sweeps Belgium. (Flanders isn't the only region chafing at being stuck with other people's bills. Catalonia is also contemplating seceding from Spain for the very same reasons. Our thanks to Frances in Europe for sending this. She reminds us that there is no reason Flanders would want to stay in the EU once it secedes from Belgium and that Brussels, the de facto capital of the EU and seat of the EU parliament, is located there. They may have to relocate. --Don Hank)

Bus Driver Says Unthinkable To Romney Fan, 12. By Joe Kovacs
Excerpt: An 81-year-old school-bus driver in Wisconsin who had a spotless record has been fired from her job after allegedly telling a 12-year-old boy he should have been aborted because he supports Mitt Romney for president. (What did you expect from a Democrat—civility towards a child? ~Bob.)

Financial Peace Begins at Home. By Rebecca Hagelin 
Excerpt: The Obama Administration chose to reward political cronies with billions of dollars for fruitless "green" energy projects (such as the now-bankrupt green energy firm, Solyndra). Those same dollars might have fed hungry Americans, bought military defense software to detect hidden IEDs, or provided extra protection for our diplomats in the Middle East. Instead, the Solyndra building sits shuttered, a monument to corruption and reprehensible financial choices, while American families mourn the deaths of soldiers and at least one diplomat.

Too Big to Maintain? By George Will 
Excerpt: If in four weeks a president-elect Mitt Romney is seeking a Treasury secretary, he should look here, to Richard Fisher, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Candidate Romney can enhance his chance of having this choice to make by embracing a simple proposition from Fisher: Systemically important financial institutions (SIFIs), meaning too-big-to-fail (TBTF) banks, are "too dangerous to permit."

Study shows $1.2 trillion gap for public pensions
One of the factors I discuss in The Coming Collapse of the American Republic. ~Bob. Excerpt: The largest 100 public pension funds have around $1.2 trillion of unfunded liabilities, about $300 billion above the nearly $900 billion they reported themselves, according to a new actuarial study to be released on Monday.

Important: Global warming stopped 16 years ago, reveals Met Office report quietly released... and here is the chart to prove it
Excerpt: The world stopped getting warmer almost 16 years ago, according to new data released last week. The figures, which have triggered debate among climate scientists, reveal that from the beginning of 1997 until August 2012, there was no discernible rise in aggregate global temperatures. (They don’t report this stuff in the US, for fear Progressives will riot over blasphemy. ~Bob.)

Spain's next threat: Losing 20% of its economy
Excerpt: Losing 20% of the economy is the last thing the Spanish government needs right now. But if those calling for Catalan independence get their way, that could be exactly what happens.

Seal Team Vi Family: 'Obama’s Rules Are Getting Our Warriors Killed'
Just three months after the raid by Navy SEAL Team VI that killed Osama bin Laden, those same SEALs were in the news yet again--but for an entirely different reason.

Free Lunch Program Moves California One Step Closer To Final Collapse. By Joe Guzzardi 
Excerpt: Since I moved from Lodi to Pittsburgh, PA two years ago, I've been viewing California's social and economic problems from afar. Instead of moving toward meaningful reform, California can't get out of its own way.

Unverified rumor. ~Bob

‘Friday Night Lights’ describes vitriolic reaction by liberals, friends after endorsing Mitt Romney
Excerpt: “Friday Night Lights” author Buzz Bissinger explained on Sunday’s broadcast of CNN’s "Reliable Sources” that his Daily Beast column endorsing Mitt Romney, published last week, prompted a firestorm of rage and contempt from liberals. (what did he expect from Democrats—civility? ~Bob.)

Tampa Area Adults React to VP Debate
Excerpt: 1,000 Tampa area adults were interviewed by SurveyUSA about last night's Vice Presidential debate. Of the adults, 704 watched the debate. Results of debate watchers: 38% say Joe Biden clearly won the debate. 42% say Paul Ryan clearly won the debate.

Five Things You Can Do On Election Day to Help Defeat Barack Obama
Excerpt: I’ve gotten quite a few emails from people telling me they want to help defeat Obama, but they don’t know what to do to help on Election Day and don’t have the time to figure it out; they asked me to do that work for them and give them suggestions on what they can do to really make Democrats lose BIG this year. As always, I’m willing if you’re willing…so here are five things I’m telling my friends to do on Election Day to help defeat Obama. 

Dagny Taggart Goes to War. By Katie Kieffer 
Excerpt: Dagny Taggart is not just the entrepreneurial heroine of Ayn Rand’s magnum opus novel, Atlas Shrugged. She is the inspiration of real women everywhere who are taking up her shield and fighting her battle for freedom using the weapons of entrepreneurship, education and free speech. The media continually talks about the “war on women.” What the media never admits is that the government is waging a war against women through unjust force.

Worth Sharing: Joe Biden Says What He Means

Excerpt: The moment I realized I was a conservative, and not a socialist or communist, goes back to before I was even truly aware of political beliefs and the role of government in my country. It goes back to sixth grade. I remember exactly when it happened. Here’s the true story.

Worth Sharing: Which is the party of responsibility?
Perfect. ~Bob.

"We've Heard It All Before" (Extended Cut)
Worth Sharing, if you haven’t seen. ~Bob.

Excerpt: DEBKA file reveals one of the CIA’s most dramatic scoops in many years, and epic disaster for Iran. Our most exclusive Iranian and intelligence sources disclose that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s personal cameraman, Hassan Golkhanban, who defected from his UN entourage in New York on Oct. 1, brought with him an intelligence treasure trove of up-to-date photographs and videos of top Iranian leaders visiting their most sensitive and secret nuclear and missile sites. 

October Surprise? Obama Secret Iran Deal Cut: Look for announcement of temporary halt to uranium enrichment. By Reza Kahlili
Excerpt: Iran could announce a temporary halt to uranium enrichment before next month’s U.S. election in a move to save Barack Obama’s presidency, a source affiliated with high Iranian officials said today.

Excerpt: A pair of top Senate Republicans is pressing the Treasury Department for details on when the government will reach its $16.4 trillion debt ceiling — and how long it can avoid hitting the limit.

Issa: State Dept. sitting on $2 billion-plus for embassy security
Excerpt: Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) says the State Department is sitting on $2.2 billion that should be spent on upgrading security at U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide, but the Obama administration will not spend the funds.

Interesting statistic from the VFW
First, you know some polls must be way off when one of them reported a couple of weeks ago that Obama and Romney were about evenly matched among military and vets. Total fantasy/fabrication. Now, according to a poll done by the VFW of the nation's veterans (October 2012 issue of "VFW"), as a group in 2004 they voted for GWB by 16 points. In 2008, McCain had a ten point advantage over Obama. This year the gap is 24 points Romney over BHO! No wonder the Democrats are trying to limit overseas servicemen's chances to vote. The favoring of Republican candidates gets stronger as the age of veterans increases, so it appears the propaganda about Obamacare is not selling with the older vets. Interesting, considering the older vets are on Medicare and their coverage will not change under any of the alterations proposed for the new health care system. Maybe it means they are just too old and wise to swallow the Kool-Aid. --Del

Excerpt: Joe Biden’s career of intellectual dishonesty is one step short of the Aristotelian ideal: It has a beginning (his law-school plagiarism) and a middle (his later campaign-trail plagiarism), but his performance in the recent debate suggests that it is without end. From misrepresenting Paul Ryan’s legislative record to telling bald-faced lies about his own, the vice president offered a master class in the art of deception.

The October Surprise May Be Libya: Team Obama claims the Middle East as a singular success. Will the media go along? By John Fund
There is no depth of dishonesty the media will not reach to reelect Obama. ~Bob. Excerpt: Many people in the diplomatic and intelligence communities say that the Obama administration, behind the scenes, is in complete disarray in the aftermath of al-Qaeda’s attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. That tension burst into the open during last Thursday’s debate, when Vice President Joe Biden said the administration “did not know” that U.S. personnel in Libya had made repeated requests for more security before the September 11 attack. “We did not know they wanted more security there,” Biden claimed. That directly contradicted sworn testimony given by several officials just the day before, during a House Oversight Committee hearing. 

Retired Marine Told To Remove 'Marine Stickers' From Car

USCCB Responds to Inaccurate Statement of Fact On HHS Mandate Made During Vice Presidential Debate
Excerpt: The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued the following statement, October 12. Full text follows: Last night, the following statement was made during the Vice Presidential debate regarding the decision of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to force virtually all employers to include sterilization and contraception, including drugs that may cause abortion, in the health insurance coverage they provide their employees: (The second I heard Joe make this comment, I knew he had gone all the way over the line in blatant lie. That point has been brought up long ago, rebutted long ago, and yet he had the brass to bring it up again on national TV. Ryan rebutted him, and now the bishops are formally adding their rebuttal, which is a rebuke to Biden as the supposed Catholic he claims to be. Maybe he believes his own line, and thinks being a Catholic and adopting what really is an anti-Church position is not a problem. It doesn't matter, he made flat out untrue statements, and is being held responsible for them. We can only hope enough people pay attention to this. --Del)

Catholic agita over O show at Al Smith. By Michael Gartland
President Obama and policy arch-nemesis Timothy Cardinal Dolan will share a meal and a podium this Thursday at the Waldorf — and some of the 1,000 dinner guests are hoping His Eminence will deliver a silverware-rattling sermon on ObamaCare. “They’re going in hopes that the cardinal’s going to slam him,” said state Sen. Marty Golden, a Brooklyn Republican attending the annual Al Smith Dinner. “It’s insulting that [Obama is] coming. What he’s doing to the Catholic Church — forcing them to do things against their beliefs — it’s reprehensible.”

Iran's sea trade buckling under Western sanctions
Excerpt: Iran's vital seaborne trade is buckling under the weight of Western sanctions, deepening hardship for a population deprived of basic imports and heaping intense pressure on Tehran over its nuclear programme. Many of Iran’s imports, including food and consumer goods, arrive on container, bulker and other ships, but the number of vessels calling at its ports has dived by more than half this year as the US and European Union tighten the screws.

The crowds tell the story. As Election Day nears, Mitt Romney is drawing large and excited throngs.
Excerpt: Look to dusty Iowa cornfields, rain-soaked Virginia parks, the muddy fields of the Shelby County Fairgrounds, where a crowd of 9,500 _ almost half of this western Ohio town _ gathered among the barns and stables on a frigid October evening this week to glimpse the Republican presidential contender.

Excerpt: About the time our Ambassador to Libya was being dragged dead through the streets of Benghazi, Barack Hussein Obama was making plans to appear on "The View" with wife Michelle. In the days following the murdering of our diplomatic staff in Libya, Obama was flying off to Las Vegas for a fundraiser. After raking in millions from a group of white men with collective Black guilt, he flew in to New York. Even as the Prime Minister of Israel was asking for a meeting in New York, to discuss the Iranian Time Bomb, Obama opted to tag along with Michelle to discuss frivolousness. He even joked that he was just along as "eye candy". 

Christians 'emptied from Middle East'
Excerpt: She told The Weekend Australian, while visiting Melbourne yesterday - between meetings with Catholic Archbishop Denis Hart and state parliamentarians - that after the uprising began, she had noticed growing numbers of "aggressive, armed gangs which wished to paralyse community life, abducting people, beheading, bringing terror even to schools". Slowly these groups became identified: some are recruited by and affiliated with al-Qa'ida, some have a Muslim Brotherhood background, some are attached to other Islamist factions. Only about one in 20 of these fighters is Syrian, she said. 

Tired of that $2.6 Million Program that Teaches Chinese Prostitutes to Drink?
Excerpt: The 2012 election is going to determine what it’s like to live in this country for a long time. It’s going to be people just like you, having conversation just like this, in rooms across America that are going to make a difference. This is the chance to turn the tide. (This “call to arms” is the best column by Ransom I’ve ever read. Ron P.)

A Brand New Bored Game: 'I'll be Kate'
Excerpt: If you REALLY want to be me (and so many people do), then you need to BE ME for at least one year, but can one realistically expect any of you to last a full 12 months while enduring the style of life you have inflicted upon us? How would you like it if you never had the inside of your own mind to yourself due to the overwhelming number of dysfunctional people you’ve never seen before who keep interrupting your thought patterns everywhere you go? That Eugene Bus Station is good to look at, yes. Try waiting for a bus there. Try riding on those buses. Try using the Internet in that state-of-the-art Library. See how you like handing over your mental processes to every con artist who’s learned how to say, "Excuse me."

1 comment:

  1. Just wishing you the best with your health issues. May God be with you.