Saturday, October 25, 2014

Key election and political news today


Our friend, Joe Bomblosky, 54, who received a lung in July of 2013, and was doing well, has died from pancreatic and liver cancer. It is not unusual for the immunosuppressant drug to give a green flag to cancer cells if they are there. Good guy.

I met with the post transplant pulmonologist Friday. Everything looks good. Lowered my Prednisone dose, which is good. he is certain that is the cause of my cataracts. Also contributes to weight gain and shakiness, though the Tacrolimus and Albuterol are the big ones there. FEV average 1.698 Friday highest since 4/22. So it's good right now.

Walked the 'Teddy Bear" dog before I went in to Rehab Friday. He saw a golden doodle about 6 times his size, pulled out of his harness, raced across the street and attacked--all 12 pounds of him. I ran over puffing, swatted him and picked him up. No damage to the dogs, but I thought I would collapse--he was unrepentant. He doesn't look like his siblings--we think a roving terrier might have slipped into the barn.

I will be out of pocket Sunday, visiting friends in Chicago, so posting what I can now. Not sure when next post will be--maybe Tuesday. ~Bob

October 25th, Saint Crispin's Day.
With apologies to Will Shakespeare: "Left wing protesters and communists dupes who were safe a-bed in America shall think themselves accursed they were not there, and hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks, that fought with us in Vietnam." Not to mention the sad wanna-bees playing dress-up in purchased uniforms and medals, claiming to be heroes. ~Bob

General News and Comment

Must Read: Could non-citizens decide the November election? By Jesse Richman and David Earnest, Washington Post
Excerpt: Most non-citizens do not register, let alone vote. But enough do that their participation can change the outcome of close races. Our data comes from the Cooperative Congressional Election Study(CCES). ... More than 14 percent of non-citizens in both the 2008 and 2010 samples indicated that they were registered to vote. 

Excerpt: But what Obama and his fellow Illinois Democrats love most is voting “the Chicago Way.” That involves bending every rule in the book, appointing compliant election judges, and looking the other way when some of Chicago s notorious voter fraud occurs behind the curtain. This Chicago Tribune news story told the story in droll terms: ... That lax system has led to frequent reports of fraud and abuse in neighboring Wisconsin, richly detailed in a 68-page 2008 Milwaukee Police report.

Excerpt: North Carolina’s Board of Elections found that tens of thousands of registered voters from the state have personal information matching that of registered voters in other states, and appear to have voted in states other than North Carolina in 2012. In some cases, votes were cast under names of individuals who had passed away before Election Day.

Concerning: Wisconsin Governor: Burke (D) 49%, Walker (R) 48%
Excerpt: The Wisconsin governor’s race remains up for grabs going into the final stretch.
The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Wisconsin Voters finds Democratic challenger Mary Burke with 49% support to incumbent Republican Scott Walker’s 48%. One percent (1%) like another candidate in the race, and two percent (2%) are undecided. (We are anchored in the Madison, WI area by the VA for maintenance on my lung transplant and by the grandkids,, so this is concerning. Burke is a dilettante rich kid, her career financed by daddy. We are on Social security and savings, so the hits to the economy, taxes and state spending that a Burke administration would guarantee could force us to sell our lovely condo here, at a loss, and move to something smaller. ~Bob)

Worth Reading: The nastiest political tactic this year. By George F. Will
Excerpt: Some raids were precursors of, others were parts of, the nastiest episode of this unlovely political season, an episode that has occurred in an unlikely place. This attempted criminalization of politics to silence people occupying just one portion of the political spectrum has happened in Wisconsin, which often has conducted robust political arguments with Midwestern civility.

Nail-biter: Democrats Go All In to Defeat Walker, Polls Show Tied Race. By Guy Benson 
Excerpt: Last time we checked in on the Wisconsin gubernatorial race, Scott Walker away from Mary Burke. He led by nearly six points in the respected Marquette Law poll, had cracked 50, and enjoyed a 13-point cushion with independent voters. Then came MU's mid-October survey, in which Walker's lead vanished completely, with the race deadlocked at 47. 

Real Books are Better for You than E-Books. By David L. Goetsch
Excerpt: The results are in and old-timers like me have won! It turns out that those of us who believe reading real books is inherently better than reading e-books are right. This is the finding of a recent study conducted by Anne Mangen of Norway’s Stavanger University.

Excerpt: When asked by Fox News' Ed Henry about why those communications were covered and what was discussed, Earnest deferred all questions to the Department of Justice. "Did the Attorney General talk about this sensitive gun running operation with his wife and is mother and that's why he [President Obama] had to invoke executive privilege?" Henry asked. "Well Ed I'd refer you to the Department of Justice about this," Earnest said. "It wasn't justice privilege it was executive privilege. It was invoked by the president not the attorney general right?" Henry followed up.

Obama Asks Judge To Hide Emails To Attorney General Holder’s Wife
Excerpt: Late Oct. 22, moments before a judicial deadline, the White House sent the judge a 1,307-page list of 15,662 Fast and Furious documents that it wants to keep hidden from Judicial Watch and the public.... The list includes almost 20 emails between Attorney General Eric Holder and his wife, Sharon Malone. Malone is not a government official, and so communications with her are not shielded by the “executive privilege” rules that keep internal White House documents secret.

'F' Words - For Flags. By Andy Weddington, Col., USMC (Ret)
Excerpt: "It's not often a Marine officer has opportunity to throw 'F' words around in public but today is such an occasion. And it's not often a Marine officer has opportunity to administer the oath of office to a new admiral but today is such an occasion, rare as it may be. Twenty-five and a half years ago the privilege mine to administer the oath of office to this same officer - when commissioned an ensign. 

Judge dismisses Tea Party group's lawsuit against IRS over targeting
Excerpt: Rep. Jim Jordan called the decisions a “sad ruling for liberty,” saying it “makes no sense” because the group was targeted because of its political affiliation. “If that isn’t unwarranted harassment, I don’t know what is,” Jordan, R-Ohio, said. “If such grievances don’t warrant redress by our federal courts, I don’t know what does.”

Man accidentally texts his probation officer asking for weed
Excerpt: In yet another story that involves a potent mixture of mobile technology and general stupidity, Georgia resident Alvin Cross, Jr. most definitely texted the wrong person when recently seeking a little marijuana. Specifically, Cross sent a text message to his probation officer which read “You have some weed?” Upon receiving the text message, the probation officer notified local police and a search warrant was issued for Cross’s residence.

CO: Michelle Obama apparently mixes up Colorado Senate candidates at campaign event
Excerpt: She touted Udall’s Senate record in her speech, and called him a “fifth-generation Coloradan.”.... “Udall is not a fifth-generation Coloradan. ....It is Gardner who is a fifth-generation Colorado resident, a fact he touts frequently on the campaign trail. (About as successful at campaigning as designing school lunch menus. --Barb)

MA: Martha Coakley’s campaign seems to be in mid-collapse. By Jazz Shaw
Excerpt: If you’re a Democrat in a statewide race in Massachusetts, you really almost have to try to lose. ... And then you have Martha Coakley, who according to the most recent poll numbers, probably couldn’t be elected to carve the turkey at her own family dinner this Thanksgiving. Republican Charlie Baker has opened up a 9-point lead over Democrat Martha Coakley, 45 percent to 36 percent, according to a new Globe poll that depicts a far more comfortable advantage than either candidate for governor has enjoyed in months.

Barack Obama, Bewildered Bystander He’s angry, but not angry enough to fix what’s wrong. By Charles Krauthammer
Excerpt: The president is upset. Very upset. Frustrated and angry. Seething about the government’s handling of Ebola, said the front-page headline in the New York Times last Saturday. There’s only one problem with this pose, so obligingly transcribed for him by the Times. It’s his government. 

How to Increase the Value of a Dollar? Move.
Excerpt: The state of Kansas may soon be flooded with surgeons, if doctors take a look at a new tool from Rasmussen College. The school's salary-comparison model uses Bureau of Labor Statistics and Bureau of Economic Analysis data to adjust salaries based on a state's cost of living. According to the tool, surgeons in Kansas make more than surgeons in any other state based on the adjustment: $277,820 annually. The tool can look at individual occupations and compare the value of salaries across states. In general, however, it determined that workers in Washington, D.C. earn more than workers elsewhere both before and after adjusting for cost of living

Don't Mess With Us Grandpas! Grandpa Shoots Trio of Thugs Attempting to Rape His Teen Granddaughter – Kills One
Excerpt: The grandfather exchanged fire with the trio and killed one of them, saving his granddaughter from rape. The unnamed 67-year-old grandfather, his wife and 19-year-old granddaughter were in the midst of a home invasion by three men wearing black clothes, ski masks and gloves. The thugs demanded the couple open up their safe at gunpoint. All three men were armed and attempted to rape the young lady. (Wow, three guys with guns try a home invasion, the grandfather sees them trying to rape his granddaughter, gets his hands on a gun, and shoots all three men, while being shot several times himself. One of the invaders dies, the other two are caught at the hospital, the old man is in a hospital as well. This man is my idea of a great granddad, or maybe just one hell of a good guy. And gee, he used a gun to protect his family.... I wonder how all the antigun people will jump on this. --Del. They'll say she should have had a rape whistle and a "no guns zone" sign on the door. ~Bob)

Obama moves key Senate races toward GOP. By Manu Raju, Politico
Excerpt: The GOP efforts appear to be working in both races, which have moved back in the party’s direction in recent days after a flurry of speculation that they might be prime pickup opportunities for Democrats.

Clinton’s Pardons for Pedophiles. There's no crime too horrific that a large checkbook and campaign donations won't solve. By Daniel Greenfield
Excerpt: The investigation is largely a whitewash. There is no mention of the fact that one whistleblower related to the case, Richard Higbie, had his emails deleted by a hacker. Or that the main whistleblower, Aurelia Fedenisn, was harassed at home and had her law firm burgled. ... There is also no mention of the more explosive allegation that Howard Gutman had not merely solicited a prostitute on a single occasion, as the report mentions, but had escaped his detail to “solicit sexual favors from minor children.”

GA: Democratic Operative Gets Called Out By His Own Brother For Failed Hit Job On GOP Candidate. By Chuck Ross
Excerpt: An attempt to make David Perdue, the Republican nominee for Senate in Georgia, look like a creepy old man by showing a video of him purportedly signing the stomach of a teenage girl backfired in grand fashion on Friday. ... But the moment was actually completely innocent, if not touching, as rather than signing the girl’s exposed skin, Perdue was autographing her diabetic pump. The one she has because she has juvenile diabetes. The one that she has had other prominent figures sign in the past in order to raise awareness of the affliction.

CO: Dem Sen. Introduces Michelle O At Campaign Event: ‘We Judge People By The Content Of Their Color’

Hillary: Corporations And Businesses Don’t Create Jobs
Excerpt: Then Senator Hillary Clinton voted in favor of a minimum wage hike in 2007, under President George W. Bush. In 2008, the housing market collapsed and the nation went into recession. Clinton didn’t elaborate on when those jobs created by her vote to raise the minimum wage occurred.

Student allowed to bring religious knife to class
Excerpt: District administrators are citing state and federal guidelines that allow certain exceptions to Washington's "zero tolerance" for weapons policy. They say there are plenty of Sikhs, both students and staff, who have carried Kirpans to school for years without incident. (no danger, unless a kid makes his fingers look like a gun. Then they'd have to crack down. ~Bob)

Government to Ordained Ministers: Celebrate Same-Sex Wedding or Go to Jail
I don't have a problem with gay marriage. I have a big problem with forcing people who don't believe in it to support it. ~Bob

‘Black Hawk Down’ hero dies at 52: ‘Probably the best soldier I ever served with’

Worth Reading: Everything Millennials Need To Know About Politics And Economics in 25 Quotes. By John Hawkins 
Excerpt: 1) No one will really understand politics until they understand that politicians are not trying to solve our problems. They are trying to solve their own problems — of which getting elected and re-elected are number one and number two. Whatever is number three is far behind. — Thomas Sowell

Bombshell: Valerie Jarrett Helped Manage Fallout Over Eric Holder's Changing Fast and Furious Testimony to Congress. By Katie Pavlich
Excerpt: For years the White House has argued it had nothing to do with Operation Fast and Furious while it was active and certainly wasn't involved the fallout and cover-up that followed after Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was killed in 2010 by Mexican bandits carrying guns from the lethal program. Now years later, a Vaughn Index describing Fast and Furious documents being held from the American people and Congress under President Obama's assertion of executive privilege shows White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett played a key role in Attorney General Eric Holder's changing testimony to Congress. 

Ebola and Enterovirus News

Ebola hits New York City
Excerpt: The first case of Ebola arrived in New York City on Thursday.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that a doctor who recently returned from West Africa, working with Doctors Without Borders treating Ebola patients, had tested positive for the infection.

Ebola Hits the Big Apple: Doctor Returns from Africa, Goes Bowling, Dines Out, Takes Public Transit
Excerpt: Problem: while he was watching himself for symptoms he apparently, though feeling sluggish, decided to spend Wednesday night going bowling with his live-in girlfriend. He took an Uber car both ways. Today, the UK Daily Mail reports one of Williamsburg’s bowling alleys was closed. (If Obama says Ebola is "The JV team of diseases," I'll get rally worried. ~Bob)

Race Card News

Worth Reading: Michael Brown and Race Hoaxes. By Mona Charen 
Excerpt: Back in August, when news first broke of a shooting in Ferguson, Mo., the media world, perpetually tingling with eagerness for white-on-black violence stories, plunged into delirium. An unarmed, black 18-year-old "gentle giant" had been shot in the back while running away from a white police officer! He was just preparing to enter college in the fall. He had been assassinated while holding his hands in the air in a gesture of helplessness. "Hands up; don't shoot," chanted protesters. The "hands up" gesture immediately achieved iconic status among demonstrators from Boston to New York to San Francisco.

Obamacare/Government Healthcare News

Woman's kidney infection turns out to be 6-pound baby
Excerpt: After experiencing stomach pains she called an off-hours hotline, which advised her that it could be a kidney infection. She then called her doctor's office and was told to come in later that day; when she arrived, she was asked to provide a urine sample. .... A doctor quickly checked her and was able to see the baby's head, reports the South Wales Argus.

"You're Greener than Gore" News

Greenpeace Founder: No Risk in Global Warming. By John Ransom 
Excerpt: Dr. Patrick Moore, a co-founder of Greenpeace—you know? the save-the-whale people who block Japanese harpooners?-- says that there is no evidence that humans are in any danger from global warming. In fact, he says that today’s temperature changes are just a blip on the radar according to the online site The Australian.

Coal Miners Fired in Appalachia Getting Hired in Wyoming
Excerpt: : It’s boom times in Wyoming for embattled U.S. coal companies, where the mining industry is hiring workers while shedding them in Appalachia. (I’m sure the EPA is burning the midnight oil figuring out a way to put a halt to this. There is no way that it can allow the coal industry to survive. --Don. And if the economy tanks and the cost of energy and everything else shoots up for the poor and working class, the elite left won't care. ~Bob)

Religion of Peace News

The Homegrown Jihadist Threat Grows: ISIS’s online recruitment is reaching into North America, yet the Obama administration still has no strategy to fight it. By Joseph Lieberman and Christian Beckner
Excerpt: Al Qaeda’s online efforts have evoked similar fears over the past decade, and played a role in inspiring a number of terrorist attacks, including the Islamist terrorist attack at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009, where 13 people were killed; the unsuccessful car bombing in Times Square in 2010; and the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013, which killed four people. Despite all this, the U.S. government still has no strategy to counter ISIS’s and al Qaeda’s violent online propaganda when it is directed at Americans. (Joe Lieberman is a lifelong Liberal, but of the old-fashioned breed that still believed in tolerance and responding to facts, not simple ideology. Here he comes out and says we have a problem and this Administration has been talking about it for years and gotten nowhere. Maybe all the other people saying the same thing aren't just obstructionist GOP activists? --Del. People who voted for Lieberman for VP now trash him, while people like me who didn't vote for him respect him. Politics in the 21st century. ~Bob)

Excerpt: One can hope that the ISIS execution of American correspondent James Foley, carried out by a British-born Muslim, would be a wake-up call for not only the British, but all the European security services. The chilling similarity between the horror of Foley's execution at the hands of a British-born ISIS operative and the Hamas execution of dozens of Gazans, as well as the ISIS slaughter of hundreds of virtually naked Syrian soldiers, should have sounded alarm bells regarding the dangers inherent in the fermenting Islamic enclaves in America and Europe. Unfortunately, that does not seem to be the case.

Excerpt: More indicators that the Obama administration is using the pretext of fighting one set of Islamic State terrorists in a way to help support another set of Islamic State terrorists—those fighting Syria’s Bashar Assad—recently came out. ... However, according to Arabic sources, Khalid bin Bandar, chief of Saudi intelligence, “Any Syrian fighter who will enter Saudi land is, in the end, from the Islamic jihadi camps. There is no presence of any armed moderate nationalist or democratic movement inside Syria.” (As I've been saying for years, THERE ARE NO GOOD GUYS IN SIRYA! ~Bob)

U.S. Humanitarian Aid Going to ISIS. By Jamie Dettmer
Excerpt: While U.S. warplanes strike at the militants of the so-called Islamic State in both Syria and Iraq, truckloads of U.S. and Western aid has been flowing into territory controlled by the jihadists, assisting them to build their terror-inspiring “caliphate.” The aid—mainly food and medical equipment—is meant for Syrians displaced from their hometowns, and for hungry civilians. It is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, European donors, and the United Nations. 

Muslim Terrorists Execute More than 700 Men and Boys
Excerpt: A new report from the Washington Post uncovers an ISIS massacre that took place in August, when ISIS thugs murdered more than 700 men and boys in response to an uprising. The Shaitat tribe was forced to sign a truce with ISIS after ISIS armed themselves with US weapons from Iraq and invaded their community

Imam John Kerry's "Real Islam"? Iran Hangs Woman Convicted Of Killing Alleged Rapist
Excerpt: A 26-year-old Iranian woman convicted of murdering a man she accused of trying to rape her as a teenager was hanged on Saturday, the official news agency IRNA said, despite international pleas for her life to be spared.

Man Attacks NYPD Officers With Hatchet Unprovoked
Excerpt: A Facebook page of man who gruesomely attacked New York police officers with a hatchet Thursday features a profile photo of a heavily-armed man and an image of Islamic prayers, although officials have not confirmed links to extremist documents or jihadi groups at this time. NBC News, citing law enforcement sources, reported the Facebook page belongs to Zale Thompson, a 32-year-old resident of Queens. The report describes the profile picture of his Facebook page as appearing to be "a Muslim warrior."

One Political Cartoon from Canada Speaks to the Grief & Loss of the Soldier Who Gave All for Country

Cpl. Cirillo leaves #Ottawa on his way to #Hamilton. This powerful photo shows his mom, Kathy:  (Sad pictures on their site. ~Bob)

Comforting Cpl. Nathan Cirillo: 'I kept telling him he was loved.'
Excerpt: Barbara Winters, a government lawyer, was walking by the National War Memorial the morning of Oct. 22 when she heard gunshots. She rant to the scene and provided words of comfort in what may have been the last words heard by Cpl. Nathan Cirillo. (Not to sound cynical but had it happened in this country someone would have been using a cell phone to make a video instead of providing words of comfort. Just my opinion. --MasterGuns)


Robert A. Hall is a Marine Vietnam Veteran who served five terms in the Massachusetts State Senate. He is the author of The Coming Collapse of the American Republic. For a free PDF of Collapse, e-mail him at tartanmarine(at) Hall’s eleven books are listed here: His blog of political news and conservative comment is

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