Saturday, July 21, 2012

Political Digest for July 21, 2012

The Old Jarhead Blog: Bringing you news and information the MSM is too busy covering American Idol, celebrity affairs and sensational missing person cases to cover. Please forward to friends who need to be informed.

I’m tied up Friday afternoon and evening, and then all day Saturday in a Board Retreat, so will leave this to post Saturday morning and a Guest Post for Sunday. Enjoy. ~Bob.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families in the Colorado Shooting. It is, I know, too much to hope that the left will not politicize their deaths for gain. Such is America today. ABC already blamed the Tea Party. ~Bob.

Advice for my Granddaughter: For When I'm Gone
All royalties go to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.

Sitting here, where all the avenues to public patronage seem to come together in a knot, it does seem to me that our people are fast approaching the point where it can be said that seven-eighths of them were trying to find how to live at the expense of the other eighth. --Abraham Lincoln.

Always Worth Reading: Trashing Achievements. By Thomas Sowell
Excerpt: There was a time, within living memory, when the achievements of others were not only admired but were often taken as an inspiration for imitation of the same qualities that had served these achievers well, even if we were not in the same field of endeavor and were not expecting to achieve on the same scale.

Report: Political correctness aided Fort Hood shooter
Excerpt: The FBI was too concerned about political correctness and did not launch an investigation into a man who was later charged with killing 13 people in a 2009 attack at the Fort Hood military installation in Texas, despite significant warning signs that he was an Islamic extremist bent on killing civilians, according to a lawmaker briefed on a new report about the terrorist attack. (If you are surprised by this, you are not the sharpest knife in the drawer. ~Bob.)

Obama faces uphill climb to pull off repeat victory in Florida
Excerpt: President Obama is facing an uphill battle in convincing voters in Florida to elect him a second time. Obama, currently on a two-day swing through the Sunshine State, is confronting an increasingly disappointed electorate that has seen unemployment linger above the national average and the housing market remain under water in some parts of the state.

How ObamaCare Increases Income Inequality
Excerpt: Income inequality appears to be growing in the United States. And while President Obama didn’t initiate the trend, his health care legislation will dramatically exacerbate it. While Obama, along with most Democrats, the
Occupy Wall Street
hooligans, and many in the mainstream media, claim that taxing the rich will fix the income inequality problem, a closer look reveals that the trend is likely overstated, and, when total compensation is considered, may not be happening at all.

Chicago Way
The Left’s National Vote Fraud Strategy Exposed
Excerpt: This report reveals the Left’s vote fraud strategy for the 2012 elections. Like a KGB operation, it is thorough, multi-faceted and redundant. It has overt and covert, illegal and legal elements, the latter of which are designed, at least in part, to facilitate illegal activities later. It is a deliberate, premeditated, comprehensive plan to win the 2012 presidential election at all costs, and is in keeping with the organizational methods, associations and ethics of the Community-Organizer-in-Chief, Barack Obama.

Excerpt: For years, a trio of anemia drugs known as Epogen, Procrit and Aranesp ranked among the best-selling prescription drugs in the United States, generating more than $8 billion a year for two companies, Amgen and Johnson & Johnson. But a Washington Post investigation shows that the benefits of the drugs — including “life satisfaction and happiness,” according to the FDA-approved label — had to be retracted and that potentially lethal side effects, such as cancer and strokes, were overlooked. Millions of patients were subjected to dangerous doses that might have had little advantage.

Excerpt: One bag of biofuel is likely to cost the taxpayers millions of dollars at a time when the Department of Defense is facing possible cuts of more than $1 trillion come January. The ships and planes on display at RIMPAC were powered by a mix of animal fat and algae, and came with a hefty price tag — $15 per gallon compared to traditional diesel’s $4 per gallon.

What’s A Patriot to Do? By Dr. Robert Owens
Excerpt: Mr. Obama may not be the only President we have ever elected who has little real world experience, but he may be the first who has none. And hopefully he will be our last.

Dodd-Frank Financial Regulations Strangling Economy
Excerpt: Has your bank raised its fees or stopped offering free checking accounts in the last couple of years? If so, you can thank the regulatory boondoggle that is the Dodd-Frank financial law. Since its passage two years ago tomorrow, the number of large banks that offer free checking has declined sharply. In 2009, 96 percent of them offered free checking, but just 34.6 percent did in 2011.

Ten Pieces of Bad Economic News the Media's Covering Up
Excerpt: By focusing on nonsense and on Romney, the media can protect Obama from what you see below --which is an economy and Americans in very real trouble.

Chicago Way
First an Obama campaign website called out Romney donor Frank Vandersloot. Next the IRS moved to audit him—and so did the Labor Department.
Excerpt: This column has already told the story of Frank VanderSloot, an Idaho businessman who last year contributed to a group supporting Mitt Romney. An Obama campaign website in April sent a message to those who'd donate to the president's opponent. It called out Mr. VanderSloot and seven other private donors by name and occupation and slurred them as having "less-than-reputable" records.

The 20 Best Quotes From Ayn Rand. By John Hawkins
Excerpt: The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.

Another Obama Bundler Boondoggle Goes Broke. By John Ransom
 Excerpt: Another green company backed by an Obama bundler just bit the dust.
After announcing earlier this year that the company would lay off 200 of its 300 employees, solar manufacturer Amonix Inc. closed its operation in North Las Vegas leaving taxpayers in the red by $20 million.

In Praise Of Racial Profiling. By Burt Prelutsky
Excerpt: In the wake of the Supreme Court’s split-decision regarding Arizona’s immigration law, the term, “racial profiling,” is being tossed around like an old beach ball at an L.A. Dodgers game. You would think the term was synonymous with whippings and lynchings the way liberals carry on. The only thing it’s synonymous with is commonsense. To suggest otherwise is just plain silly.

Mitt Romney, Tax Returns, Liberal Hypocrisy, and the Politics of Envy
Excerpt: What Mitt Romney paid or did not pay in taxes is none of our business. He’s been filing with the IRS for more than 40 years. If he was doing something illegal, he would have been caught a long time ago. Carl Bernstein, co-author of All the President’s Men, asked this absurd question: How can “we have a candidate for President of the United States who won’t release his tax returns?”

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