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Monday, November 5. 2012
Don't you know that he would if he could...
Sunday, November 4. 2012
Good advice for boys, too: The Rimm Report on How 1,000 Girls Became Successful Women
‘Totally MAD’ celebrates 60 years of satire - I wish i still had my collection. But, I still have recollection of many. MAD helped shape a generation or two, for the better, to question and laugh at hollow pieties of all types.
A security breakdown in Benghazi - The light begins to peek under the covers at WaPo -- coming next?: "Exclusive: Emails Show Media Cover-Up With White House
GOP Senators to White House: Stop Leaking National Security Secrets : "A group of Republican senators is demanding to know why the White House continues to leak to the press highly classified information that “stands in direct contradiction to the information briefed to congressional oversight committees,” according to a letter sent Friday to President Barack Obama....The senators demand to know if the leaks were authorized by a White House clambering to salvage the president’s image....“Appointing a Special Prosecutor would remove even the appearance of political influence,” the lawmakers write."
Saturday, November 3. 2012
A man on his Harley was riding along a California beach when suddenly the sky clouded above his head and, in a booming voice, God said, 'because you have tried to be faithful to me in all ways, I will grant you one wish.'
The largest assemblage of retired senior military officers ever assembled to support a presidential candidate, almost 500, will appear in an ad on Monday in the Washington Times. There are far more who would have signed if approached. I know two former top Admirals who wanted to sign but were not reached, perhaps because they live in Hawaii now. Below are just the As through the first D. -- Oh, by the way, Obama has endorsements from five former generals and admirals.
“We, the undersigned, proudly support Governor Mitt Romney as our nation’s next President and Commander-in-Chief.”
Brigadier General Arthur Abercrombie, (USA-ret)Lieutenant General James Abrahmson, (USAF-ret)Major General Chris Adams, (USAF-ret)Rear Admiral William V. Alord, Jr., (USN-ret)Brigadier General John R. Allen, (USAF-ret)Lieutenant General Teddy Allen, (USA-ret)Rear Admiral Henry C. “Cub” Amos, (USN-ret)Lieutenant General Marcus A. Anderson, (USAF-ret)Major General Joseph T. Anderson, (USMC-ret)Lieutenant General Edward G. Anderson III, (USA-ret)Lieutenant General Edgar Ratclie “Andy” Anderson, Jr., (USAF-ret)Major General Joe Arbuckle, (USA-ret)Brigadier General John C. Arick, (USMC-ret)Major General Nora Alice Astaan, (USAF-ret)Brigadier General Loring R. Astrorino, (USAF-ret)Brigadier General Richard Averitt, (USA-ret)Vice Admiral Albert Baciocco, (USN-ret)Brigadier General Garry S. Bahling, (USANG-ret)Major General Bowen Ballard, (USAF-ret)Major General James D. Bankers, (USAF-ret)Major General James F. Barnette, (USAF-ret)Brigadier General Donald E. Barnhart, (USAF-ret)Major General Robert W. Barrow, (USAF-ret)Rear Admiral John R. “Jack” Batzler, (USN-ret)Rear Admiral John W. Bayless, (USN-ret)Lieutenant General Buck Bedard, (USMC-ret)Vice Admiral A. Bruce Beran, (USCG-ret)Major General John E. Bianchi, (USA-ret)Major General David F. Bice, (USMC-ret)Vice Admiral Lyle Bien, (USN-ret)Rear Admiral Linda J. Bird, (USN-ret)Brigadier General Charles L. Bishop, (USAF-ret)Rear Admiral James H. Black, (USN-ret)Brigadier General William A. Bloomer, (USMC-ret)Lieutenant General Harold Blot, (USMC-ret)Lieutenant General Steve Blum, (USA-ret)General Billy J. Boles, (USAF-ret)Rear Admiral Peter A. Bondi, (USN-ret)Rear Admiral Pete Booth, (USN-ret)Major General John Borling, (USAF-ret)Vice Admiral Mike Bowman III, (USN-ret)Major General Thomas Braaten, (USMC-ret)Major General Edward R. Bracken, (USAF-ret)Major General Robert J. Brandt, (USA-ret)Rear Admiral Jerry C. Breast, (USN-ret)Rear Admiral Bruce B. Bremner, (USN-ret)Brigadier General Clayton “Gary” Bridges, (USAF-ret)Vice Admiral Edward S. Briggs, (USN-ret)Brigadier General Jeremiah J. Brophy, (USA-ret)Lieutenant General Richard “Tex” Brown III, (USAF-ret)Rear Admiral Thomas F. Brown III, (USN-ret)Brigadier General R. Thomas Browning, (USAF-ret)Brigadier General David A. Brubaker, (USAF-ret)Vice Admiral Mike Bucchi, (USN-ret)Lieutenant General Walter E. Buchanan III, (USAF-ret)Major General Dave Burord, (USA-ret)Lieutenant General Richard A. Burpee, (USAF-ret)Admiral James B. Busey, (USN-ret)Lieutenant General Kevin P. Byrnes, (USA-ret)Lieutenant General Kevin P. Byrnes, (USA-ret)Rear Admiral John F. “Jack” Calvert, (USN-ret)Lieutenant General William J. Campbell, (USAF-ret)Rear Admiral Jay A. “Rabbit” Campbell, (USN-ret)Lieutenant General Mike Canavan, (USA-ret)Major General Henry Canterbury, (USAF-ret)Rear Admiral James J. Carey, (USN-ret)Brigadier General Chalmers R. “Hap” Carr, (USAF-ret)Rear Admiral Nevin Carr, (USN-ret)Brigadier General Paul Carroll, (USANG-ret)Brigadier General Fred Castle, (USAFR-ret)Rear Admiral Stephen K. Chadwick, (USN-ret)Lieutenant General James E. “Bear” Chambers, (USAF-ret)Rear Admiral Lawrence C. “Larry” Chambers, (USN-ret)Rear Admiral W. Lewis “Lew” Chatham, (USN-ret)Rear Admiral Geo Chesbrough, (USN-ret)Major General Carroll D. Childers, P.E., (USARNG-ret)Rear Admiral Ronald L. Christenson, (USN-ret)Brigadier General Cliton C. “Tip” Clark, (USAF-ret)Brigadier General Robert V. Clements, (USAF-ret)Vice Admiral Edward W. Clexton, Jr., (USN-ret)Brigadier General Christopher T. Cline, (USAR-ret)Major General Je Cliver, (USAF-ret)Rear Admiral Casey Coane, (USN-ret)Brigadier General Maralin K. Cofnger, (USAF-ret)Rear Admiral Ike Cole, (USN-ret)Brigadier General George Peyton Cole, Jr., (USAF-ret)Brigadier General Richard A. Coleman, (USAF-ret)Brigadier General John W. “Rip” Collins, (USA-ret)Lieutenant General John B. Conaway, (USAF-ret)Major General Stephen “Pat” Condon, (USAF-ret)General James T. Conway, (USMC-ret)Major General Richard M. Cooke, (USMC-ret)Major General R. Craig Cosgrave, (USANG-ret)Lieutenant General Marvin Covault, (USA-ret)Rear Admiral Bob Cowley, (USN-ret)Major General J.T. “Mike” Coyne, (USMC-ret)Rear Admiral Robert C. Crates, (USN-ret)Major General Tommy F. Craword, (USAF-ret)Vice Admiral Terry M. Cross, (USCG-ret)Brigadier General Mike Cushman, (USAF-ret)Major General John R. D’Araujo, Jr., (USA-ret)General Terrence R.
Washington Free Beacon adds: "The list comes as a Military Times survey revealed that active duty, National Guard, and military reserve members support Romney over Obama by a two to one margin."
The founder and Chairman of GoDaddy.com pledges $1-million to match your donations to the Semper Fi Fund, which aids wounded warriors. He is a proud former Marine Lance Corporal who takes the opportunity of celebrating our 237th Anniversary on November 10th and Veterans Day on November 11th to go beyond us Marines' usual pride in leading on land, sea and air to salute members of all our armed forces. They have all proved themselves worthy as proud warriors over the past decade, and the wounded need your support to rejoin and enrich us civilians with their unmatchable spirit and values.
They gave a lot. You can, at least, give a little. Thanks.
Pentagon: Secret U.S. military commandos deployed to Libya - Anyone see a horse out of the barn?
State Department to review its own Benghazi review : "Without mentioning Benghazi specifically, Geisel [State Dept. Inspector General] mentioned that the IG office has been recommending ways to increase security and crisis-response capability at diplomatic posts for some time."
Anyone been watching the new TV series "Arrow"? Here's one shot I bet he can't do:
Friday, November 2. 2012
As long as I'm doing daily alliterations, how about Wet Dream Wednesday for next week? All it takes is the orgasm of Obama losing the night before.
Obama Uses Crucifixes To Get Catholic Votes : "In all the history of political advertizing, President Obama's new video, with Vice President Joe Biden brazenly appealing to Catholics ignorant of ObamaCare's attack on religious liberty, takes the prize for all-out gall."
John Silber, 1926–2012 - Read this if you don't recall what he did at Boston University and his too passing impact of US higher education
Two U.S. officials tell Eli Lake that the State Department never requested military backup the night of the attack. - Now, watch big Bill strike back.
Thursday, November 1. 2012
They also are more willing to work: "... immigrants are quicker to jump into the rebounding job market while native-born Americans, who under federal law have more welfare options and access to unemployment benefits, are slower to find work." Immigrants are also more willing to fill the agricultural jobs. At the other extreme, many are highly educated and fill the hi-tech jobs (although often at cheaper salaries than Americans).
I finally heard from Bird Dog. All I heard was "glub, glub, glub."
I don't understand why there were so few trick-or-treaters at my stoop last night
Most of National Education Association's Largest Affiliates Are Awash In Red Ink : They can't afford their lavish retirement benefits, as the states can't either
“No Democratic president has ever strong-armed Israel” False, says noted historian
Happening a lot these days among Jews who are Democrats: Former Chair of Democrats Abroad in Israel Supports Romney: First time she has voted for a Republican
Wednesday, October 31. 2012
A friend asks, "Isn’t is surpassingly strange that no reporter, anywhere, has managed to track down a single survivor of the Benghazi attack for an interview?"
Probably a combination of they being kept under wraps by the State Dept., and there are not many reporters who are investigating Benghazigate.
LIVING WILL FORM
After the stress of jetting around the US to keep her personal gravy train rolling, where will Michelle Obama go on vacation soon after the November 6 election, when it will still be on the taxpayers' credit cards? For a clue, here's some snapshots from her photo book of her previous vacations.
Bonus question: If she and Barack have to pay themselves for their vacations, where will that be to?
Bird Dog has not yet floated ashore, or is he floating away the storm effects in his wine cellar? Concerned citizens want to know.
Be careful when you open the door tonight for trick-or-treaters:
Tuesday, October 30. 2012
My friend at the Mellow Jihadi is the first I've seen to suggest that the former Navy SEALs who went against orders and so bravely risked and lost all, taking down so many of the enemy, deserve to receive the Presidential Medal Of Freedom (being out of military service, the Congressional Medal Of Honor doesn't apply). Surely, as well, they should receive stars in the CIA's lobby.
My only question is whether it will be President Obama who makes the award, the hypocrisy of he doing so wouldn't faze him, or President Romney, who will in the citation reveal much that is now hidden by the Obama administration and its media lackeys.
I haven't heard from Bird Dog, so he's somewhere MIA in the Big Muddy of Connecticutt.
Jerry Brown urges student vote for tax measure, $250 refund : Payola for votes to increase taxes on parents and taxpayers
10 Worst States to Retire 2012 :Blues in Blue States
Is there a Benghazi media coverup? - Do Bears sh*t in the woods?
The new China looks too much like the old one : thugocracy -- Corruption in China Isn’t Just a Local Story : “the annual 2011 Hurun report on the wealthiest Chinese reveals that the top seventy members of the National People’s Congress are worth a combined total of $89.8 billion; in contrast, the net worth of the top 660 U.S. officials is only $7.5 billion.”
Danger on the Mekong : thugocracy, also, to enrich the top guys.
UK academic union faces claims of ‘institutional anti-Semitism’ :Severe anti-Israel bias ‘makes Jews feel uncomfortable and unwelcome,’ lecturer charges in landmark tribunal
Here's entry number one in the fish stories competition for Hurricane Sandy:
Read more here: http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2012/10/jerry-brown-urges-student-vote-for-tax-measure-250-refund.html#storylink=cpy
Friday, October 26. 2012
The pinup girl of Maggie's Farm, Marianne Matthews, who in so many ways epitomized our ideals, educated the uncouth, and lifted our spirits has died. I and you hadn't heard from her in a month or so. I just phoned the police in the city where she lived and they checked her house. She passed about a month ago. Her dear husband (87), who had been failing, is now in a nursing home. (If anyone is in the Houston area and is able to do a bit of traveling nearby, please email me via the Comments and I'll get back to you offline.)
Here's a photo she sent me in 2011, when Marianne was 82, with a, to use Marianne's description, "surrogate daughter." Marianne never had children of her own, unless you count the thousands and thousands who have known and loved her.
Marianne was a highly trained and accomplished musician, as well as a highly educated lady (Columbia). Several years ago she sent me photos of her first guitar that her father bought her as a child. Marianne also was a noted folksinger during the 1940s and 1950s. Several years ago a friend of hers rescued some tapes of her singing in the 1950s. I chose one cut, "The Last Rose Of Summer", and uploaded it and a photo of Marianne (when she was 44, taken in 1972) to Youtube. Here it is. With love to a very lovely lady. They don't make roses like that anymore. We are all saddened and diminished by her passing.
If you care to share your memories of Marianne, please Comment.
Here's the lyric to "The Last Rose Of Summer" and a bit about the poem.
'Tis the last rose of summer,
I'll not leave thee, thou lone one!
So soon may I follow,
The cumulative evidence is now evident to all with even bad eyesight that Benghazi is sad proof of what conservative critics have been saying for the past four years, that President Obama, his appointees and administration lack the dedication, insight and guts to defend the United States honorably or resolutely.
Democrats were known as the Party of national security weakness for a generation after their betrayal of South Vietnam and Jimmy Carter’s callowness in the face of the Iranian radicals. Aging memories, war tiredness, and big lies from the Obama administration managed to recover some national security credibility.
Now, it’ll take another generation for Democrats to, depending upon circumstances, recover some national security credibility. How focused and resolute Republicans behave will be important. Otherwise, abandon all hope for the US.
The latest revelation of betrayal of the men on the ground fighting desperately in Benghazi makes every veteran I know furious, makes every conservative voice howl in anger, but has yet to break the silence at Yahoo News, Washington Post, New York Times. They may be trying to run out the clock to November 6. That finger in the dike will not hold, possibly before November 6 and certainly after. The maggots in the chain of command in the White House, Pentagon, State Dept., and CIA responsible deserve to have their names engraved on a prominent monument to cowardice.
UPDATE: Petraeus Throws Obama Under the Bus That's where he and his minions who sent the American heroes to their desperate death belong, literally. Obama Ducks Questions On Why Help Wasn't Sent To Benghazi Maggot-in-Chief
A old, experienced friend emails me this:
Thursday, October 25. 2012
There are some major races in some states that are so predetermined that the opposing party has a sacrificial candidate. That's the case in California, where longtime US Senator Diane Feinstein (D) is an easy win for re-election. Feinstein is not so in-your-face obnoxious as her fellow California US Senator Barbara Boxer, and occasionally seems moderate. But, get down to the votes in the Senate and Feinstein is a party-line liberal. Her opponent on November 6 is Elizabeth Emken. In another race, Emken's personality and positions would be a winner. Feinstein has not even deigned to debate Emken.
Via a tip from Bookie (whose mother has a decades-old gripe against "lazy" Diane Feinstein), here's Emken's mock-up debate with Feinstein. If for no other reason, watch the 2-minutes so you'll be aware of Emken next time:
Wednesday, October 24. 2012
Don Harrison is the editor of the San Diego Jewish World, widely influential in this area and widely read elsewhere. Don Harrison is what I have often called him, "an open-minded liberal." Indeed, he has often published me! He is thoroughly politically liberal, and can be counted upon to with very rare exception endorse the Democrat candidate for any office. However, in the case of Romney Vs Obama, Harrison tells me that he agonized for a long time. The deciding factors for Harrison are that Obama can't be trusted to be a firm supporter of Israel in its existential danger from the development of Iranian nuclear weapons while Romney can be trusted more, and that domestically Harrison feels that there will be enough constraints on social conservative agendas to avoid the worst fears raised by Democrats during the campaign.
I'll let Don Harrison speak for himself now:
Continue reading "Jewish Newspaper Editor's First Ever Endorsement Of Republican"
Tuesday, October 23. 2012
Sectors funding Romney and Obama (via MarketWatch):
Note: These are individual contributions, not organizational.
Monday, October 22. 2012
I was talking with some twenty-somethings before the debate. They thought it funny to call tonight's debate as between zombies. From their viewpoint both candidate are bitten and not to be trusted, but Obama is further along in the transformation that is a US apocolypse. I chuckled, and then I saw the opening intro by debate moderator Bob Schieffer. They were correct, it's a zombie debate.
Romney avoided being cornered, by Obama or Schieffer. Projects calmness and desire for peace. Obama comes off angry and offensive. The CNN tracking of "undecideds" in Florida relatively neutral between both. That means Obama failed to paint Romney as dangerous, Romney succeeded in coming across as moderate. That makes this debate a victory for Romney, and a failure for Obama to change the game or impressions of Romney.
So, on with the debate. It shapes up as do you believe what you saw for four-years or what Obama says happened. Only Obamazombies can choose the latter.
On Libya, Romney: "We can't kill our way out of this mess." Need a comprehensive strategy. (Well, duh!)
Obama: We're able to transition out responsibly and rebuild alliances. "We did everything we can" to help the Americans in "harms way" in Benghazi. (BS meter goes off the dial.)
Romney: "Attacking me is not an agenda." Then aims head shots at Obama.
Continue reading "Romney Wins Zombie Foreign Policy Debate As Obama Fails To Change Game"
Sunday, October 21. 2012
Jennifer Rubin at the Washington Post offers three varying explanations for the muddle of Obama administration reactions and statements to the attack on our consulate in Benghazi: Ideological Denial, Willful Deception, and Simple Incompetence. Rubin neatly sums up each. Notice, Rubin does not say "competing" but "variations" of explanations. IMHO, all three apply. Her column is worth reading before tomorrow night's presidential debate over foreign policy, to help cut through the chaff that will surely be tossed out by Obama.
"Is there a doctor in the house?" is likely to be increasingly heard in coming years, according to one of the largest surveys ever of doctors. The Physicians Foundation contacted most of the doctors in the US and had the replies checked for statistical representativeness. Among the results:
Saturday, October 20. 2012
I’m not a fan of remote psychoanalyzing individuals or groups. Without sufficient personal time with the individual, it is guesswork about their motivations. Without sufficient such information about the members of the group, and taking account of differences in behavior within the group compared to individually, it can compound the errors. I think one can get enough information from an individual or group's behavior.
(NOTE: Steve just emailed me this, and I agree: " I, like you am not a fan of psychoanalyzing individuals I don't know, however applying some psychological perspective to a movement and ideology and its symbols is fair I think.")
Nonetheless, my friend Steve Rittenhouse M.D. is a noted psychoanalyst of many decades experience. In a piece at American Thinker he tries to make sense of the liberal attachment to defending Big Bird after the first presidential debate. Big Bird earns tens of millions of dollars and does not need taxpayer subsidy. This attachment is simply pathetic. Personally, I think the Obama partisans are just desperately grasping at straws, or feathers, to have anything to chant while avoiding Obama’s myriad failures.
Here’s the gist of Steve Rittenhouse’s thoughts:
Read the whole thing. Share it with a liberal friend. Tell them it's less costly than $100 or $200 an hour on the psychoanalyst's couch.
Friday, October 19. 2012
I'm not going to even try to delve into the actual history within which this film takes place nor the religious context. That's flavor, but the meat is simply one of the most powerful films I've seen about how men think, wrestle, reach decision, come together in the face of life and death and moreso in the face of their meaning on earth.
I'd missed this movie last year so I went to see a showing at the local community college. For two hours, the audience was entirely silent, barely a stirring, and left the theater quietly and deep in individual thoughts.
I doubt this movie could have been made in Hollywood. Hollywood's films exalt the rebel against the establishment, standing against the group, and with little respect for traditional values. This French film exhibits the importance of community, of spirit, and how very individual men bravely reach common agreement about their mission.
The film takes place in the Algerian mountains in the mid-1990s. It just as well takes place within all our communities. The choices we make may not be as immediately fearful but are just as dire for our standing before Gods and Men.
At least, that's my take. If you've seen this movie, I'd be interested in your Comments.
NOTE Update: A friend who is very knowledgeable Catholic priest tells me that this order portrayed in the film are not as pacifist as the script, so the screenwriter likely imposed some of his own characterization of how he thinks Catholic monks think and behave. The actors chosen to portray the characters, he feels, do an excellent job.
Thursday, October 18. 2012
Who said this today, about women?
Find out below the fold........
Continue reading "Who said this?"
Wednesday, October 17. 2012
The claimed respect held by an organization of Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) anti-Israel California professors toward academic freedom and open exchange of views is contradicted by their actual activities and speech. On November 6, the electorate of California will vote on whether to increase their taxes, against the threat by Governor Brown that the state’s severe deficits will otherwise have to be made up by cuts to education funding. The letter from California Scholars For Academic Freedom and the facts behind it do not argue for taxpayers increasing their taxes in order to fund abusers and deniers of academic freedom.
Thirty-five of the 134 California Scholars For Academic Freedom (CSAF) wrote to each member of the California State Assembly denouncing their unanimous passing of House Resolution 35. As they say:
Continue reading "Hypocrisy Among Pro-BDS Professors"
Tuesday, October 16. 2012
For those following the campaign, the Townhall is mostly repeat of talking points. For those who haven't, the collection of talking points may be informative. The questions come from the 82 uncommitted voters from the NY area chosen by Gallup. Their questions reflect a NY perspective, and did not come across as from an uncommitted voter. If it were a slugfest, it goes by slight points to Obama, but Obama fails to score big, still has no second term agenda, and Romney holds own well. Each's supporters got what they wanted. The undecideds? See the reactions below. -- If it were a snooze, we needed more colorful NY-type characters. Probably the most injurious moment to Obama was when a black man who voted for him in 2008 says he has doubts now. Probaly the other most injurious moments to Obama was the number of NY accents and the slant of their questions, a turn off to most of the rest of the country. A draw or slight edge in points won't get Obama re-elected. -- IMHO,post-Townhall fact-checking will expose more Obama falsehoods, which will impact undecideds.
Instapoll/Focus Groups: Fox-Luntz focus group has many 2008 Obama voters switching to Romney. Obama aggressive. Romney hammers on Obama's failures. Very fact-based. ---- CBS instapoll: Obama 37%, Romney 30%, Tie 33%; 65% say Romney won on economy, 35% Obama ; CNN 48% not persuaded to either, 25% to each, Obama spent 49% of time attacking, much less by Romney, Romney favored 58% on economy, 49% on healthcare, 59% on deficits, 61% say Obama does not offer clear plan for solving country's problems, otherwise the poll details are largely down the middle, overall 46% Obama, 39% Romney but the details lean Romney. That will tell in the post-Townhall fact-checking.
Round One, Jobs: Both promise jobs in the future. Romney has experience creating jobs. Obama has had 4-years not doing so.
Round Two, Energy: Obama says oil imports lowest in 20-years. Doesn't mention depressed economy uses less. Romney points out that all increases in production on private land and despite federal interference and opposition. Obama interrupts Romney repeatedly, showing his inner-Biden. Finally, Romney tells Obama to let him finish speaking. Obama lies and lies.
Round Three, Taxes: Romney will not raise taxes on middle class, and will broaden tax base. Obama channels his inner Occupy, and his Big Bird. Romney says Obama takes US on road to Greece. Candy Crowley keeps interrupting, expected.
Continue reading "Townhall: Boring or Slugfest? (Romney scores at CNN)"
Monday, October 15. 2012
Continue reading "Hillary Doesn't Get Obama Off The Hook"
The VFW Magazine for October 2012 has an interesting article about the veterans vote.
According to exit polls, in 2004, Bush led Kerry by 16% among veterans, in 2008 McCain led Obama by 10% among veterans. According to Gallup, in 2012, Romney leads Obama by 24% among veterans.
Wonder why there's been complaints about some localities not energetically following through on getting absentee ballots out to those on active duty? For examples, the Romney campaign today filed suit in Wisconsin to ensure that all absentee military ballots are counted, after at least 30 Wisconsin municipalities failed to send overseas ballots 45 days before the election, which is required under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voter Act (UOCAVA). In Michigan, there's a similar state suit against 24 townships and cities. Similar lowjinks in Vermont. More here. Democrat voting boards?
Sunday, October 14. 2012
For years, the blogger mom who uses the pseudonym Bookwormroom (to protect her family from liberals in her very blue neighborhood) and I have exchanged emails. The topic is usually about our children, near the same ages. Our private conversations are reflected in her new e-book, "Easy Ways To Teach Kids Hard Things: The fun way to teach your children important life principles." It is only $1.99 on Amazon, so order yours here.
From Bookie's introduction to the e-book:
Bookie sees the results with her kids, and I see them with mine. This works for moms and dads.
Saturday, October 13. 2012
Friday, October 12. 2012
Yesterday morning at about 7AM, to the west was a perfect double rainbow. My photo cut off the bottom due to trees. Here's someone else's photo. Look above the lower rainbow and you can faintly see the second one. I only recall seeing a very few rainbows as good as this one.
Thursday, October 11. 2012
Quick reaction around the networks and websites: Both Biden and Ryan scored some good points. Biden's sneers and constant interruptions were a turn-off, disrespectful in the extreme, to those who value courtesy in personal communications. The CNN tracking of men and women Independents throughout the debate found women favoring Ryan over Biden. That's a reversal from the past leaning of women toward Obama (now, Obama and Romney are about even in the polls with women). Biden's condescending attitude came through as consistent with Obama's. That's a negative for those tired of being talked down to by those whose promises and self-regard are hollow.
Biden may have encouraged his base by his boorishness, and Ryan may have not met his base's expectations of being tougher on Biden's assertions -- even when wrong as to facts. But, for many Independents the comparison comes down to Ryan's civility Vs Biden's rudeness. That's an important atmospheric. -- See the Twitter negative reactions to Biden's rudeness from reporters across the political spectrum. -- Allahpundit has a wrap-up headline quip: "Angry old man yells at Paul Ryan for 90 minutes". -- CNN instapoll gives the nod to Ryan.
Thanks for InstaPundit link. This Comment from an InstaPundit reader on target: “The Joker vs. Robin.”
Image stolen from PowerLine. Jackass split screen:
My prediction: Biden's rudeness and jokes about him will predominate conversations, and maybe even break through to legacy media reporting, over the coming days.
Other instapolls, and respected poll watcher Michael Barone's comment:
The following appeared at Contentions blog today. I'm reprinting it all for you to read. If you belong to one of these denominations, you might contact your local church's leadership and demand that this letter be protested. As this commentary says, "It should be specified that in most cases, these positions are largely the work of a small group of left-wing activists that dominate the public affairs policy work of their churches. Most rank-and-file members of Presbyterian, Lutheran and Methodist churches are, like most Americans, strong supporters of Israel and have little idea that this assault on Israel is being done in their name. But it is incumbent on them as well as other decent church leaders to denounce this letter and other BDS activities."
If you are not part of the solution, you're part of the problem.
Continue reading "Attack on Israel Must End Interfaith Sham"
Wednesday, October 10. 2012
Today's announcement of the inaugural journalistic losers who won the Walter Duranty Prize for Journalistic Mendacity merits recognition:
Last April, I wrote that the qualifications for the new Walter Duranty Prize for dishonest reporting that caused great harm should parallel Walter Duranty's infamous career. At least the first and second prize losers who won meet the criteria, but the third place loser who won dates back 4-years, doesn't involve foreign policy or foreign affairs, and -- simply -- is such a disregarded fool that he doesn't even merit being beneath contempt. Further, my suggestion of the fourth qualification, to also honor a journalist who really merits it for courage and insight, was not taken up. Below are the four qualifications that I proposed:
For the presentation and more about the winning losers, read here. The recipients were not at the award ceremony, unless they were under the tables in their normal poses.
Friday, October 5. 2012
Two more of the Obama administration’s crony corruption cheats are crumbling. These are but two of the lower profile Obama crony enrichment schemes that will need to be eliminated should we get a Republican administration after next November, and indicative of schemes we must be sure to expose should any Republicans try their version of crony capitalism.
I’ve often written about the scheme to tax tourists to the US to subsidize the highly profitable US tourism industry, companies like Disney. My exposes led to a 7,000 word expose in the Washington Post that scuttled the legislation, that is until President Obama and his heavily Democrat Congress took power after the 2008 elections. Then, the legislation was passed and signed. The leaders of this tourism travesty were heavy contributors to the Obama campaign. I last wrote about this boondoggle here (with links to earlier reporting.) The Washington Free Beacon has been keeping up with the story. Here’s its latest (with links to its earlier reporting).
Thermal windows can often add quiet or temperature moderation. But, exaggerated claims for the economic payback of energy efficiency are getting increased Federal Trade Commission attention. What a surprise! Several of the leading offenders are significant Obama contributors who received significant subsidies from the Obama administration’s so-called stimulus and at least one is now a failing business. McClatchy news service:
For all the caterwauling by Democrats about Bain, there’s no indication of corruption. That finger, actually, points at the Obama administration. But, it is a fair question to candidate Romney what he will do to end crony capitalism within his administration. And, then, let's hold his administration to transparency.
Thursday, October 4. 2012
Heck, in my area, I just paid $4.239, and that's for regular.
How're prices in your neck of the woods?
Update: YIPES! I just refilled the gas tank for a camping trip tomorrow, a day after than the above post, and the regular gas price jumped to $4.689 !!!!!!! And, reports say that the California price is expected to jump again. Looks like prices are high everywhere, with California now even topping Hawaii. But, Hawaii is in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, with high transport costs. What's California's excuse? Ordinary maintenance of local refineries removes some capacity, which can't be filled in with gas from neighboring states due to California having its own different higher cost fuel composition standards. So, on top of California and some other states not allowing new refineries to be built, on top of gas prices driven up by mandating corn in it, and world food markets driven up by our diversion of corn into the gas tank, and the dollar being devalued by debt so it costs more to buy oil, California wants to be Hawaii! I know, many of you say, set California adrift. Thanks to envirocrazies, California is adrift, in high costs, high debt, shortages, middle class bailing out, companies leaving. -- Steven Hayward, another California resident, at Hot Air, hopes without real expectation that California voters will wisen up.
This map, found by Ed Driscoll at Instapundit, neatly sums it up:
Wednesday, October 3. 2012
Romney slaps down Obama assertions throughout the debate. Romney: "Everything he described is inaccurate." Then adds the wham to the slam with specifics and statistics. At the end of part one, about jobs, Obama even says to the moderator:"Jim, you may want to move on to another topic," needing the bell to survive. The rest of the debate, took the same course, across the deficit (Romney: "you've been President four years" and employment is down and the economy, too); energy (Romney says that all the growth in oil and gas production is on private land while government land permits have been halved); entitlements (Romney won't rob Medicare to fund Obamacare); Obamacare (Romney says that private enterprise and individual choices, state by state, is better and more efficient than centralized dictates); regulation (Romney describes how Dodd-Frank created 5 too big to fail banks and failed to define "qualified" loans, so has stifled bank lending; Obama blames Wall Street for economic meltdown, avoiding the Democrat Congressional pressure to have loose lending standards.)
In the last round, Romney continues to pummel with specifics Obama's generalities, and tells Obama that Obama "is entitled to his own opinion but not his own facts." Final Lehrer question for fast answer: how to break Congressional gridlock? Romney describes his successful experience working across the aisle and he will continue to do so, not to "compromise principle" but be "collaborative". "We need to have leadership in Washington to get the job done" among Democrats and Republicans. Obama says he has and will take ideas from anyone. (Gag alert!) But, "occasionally you have to say no." (That's all we've actually seen from Obama to Republican proposals.)
Final spin by each: Obama says he has "faith and confidence" in the American people. He'll continue to do the same as he has done. Romney says "this is about the course of America" which leads in "very different directions", Obama's a continued "middle class squeeze", joblessness, lack of growth, health premiums increase by $2500 per family due to Obamacare, and "devastating" cuts to our military versus growth and security through unleashing free enterprise and individual freedoms.
PBS's Jim Leher did an outstanding job of covering the most pressing domestic issues, without any bias at all. Instant commentators on TV give the edge to Romney. Usual apologists for Obama says Obama looked "rusty" while Romney looked confident, comfortable, was politely aggressive, came across well, and won the debate. (Examples from Memeorandum here, here, here, and more here, and that's in just the first few minutes after the end of the debate.) If the liberals on TV are giving Romney the edge, you know that it was a Romney slap down!
CNN instapoll has it 67% win for Romney, 25% for Obama. 82% say Romney did better than expected. In effect, Romney went direct to the people, past the liberal press coverup for Obama. -- Email from a reader: Obama looked like he was "seeking his internal teleprompter." -- Excellent summary of details of the debate from Jennifer Rubin.
It is a signal event when even some from the political left who has long sided with pro-Palestinian assertions wakes up and recognizes the horror that is Hamas.
In 2005, Israel unilaterally removed its military and residents from Gaza, leaving behind the infrastructure and commercial ventures Israel and Israelis had built. Muslim Brotherhood's spawn, Hamas, then took control over Gaza away from the Palestinian Authorities Fatah. Since, Gazans and Hamas have destroyed that inheritance and live off the charity of others, mostly Western. The thousands of rockets fired into Israel are excused by Western apologists.
But, the human rights abuses by Hamas against Gazans is finally being recognized by some in the anti-Israel camp.
Let’s take a Lebanese blog, NOW:
The Middle East section of Human Rights Watch has long often carried the Palestinian meme as a major critic of Israel. Yet, Human Rights Watch’s latest report on Gaza is summed up in its release headline: “Gaza: Arbitrary Arrests, Torture, Unfair Trials.”
Human Rights Watch doesn’t let the Palestinian authorities in the West Bank get off lightly either:
Western funding, and Western apologists, keeps these two parasites on humanity existing, with little incentive to either decently treat those under their rule, stop siphoning away aid funds into leaders' foreign bank accounts, end hate propaganda among their residents, and cease attacks upon Israelis.
Tuesday, September 25. 2012
Killing some time before preparing my last meal........that is, the last meal before fasting for Yom Kippur until tomorrow night, I looked for videos about fasting at Youtube. I came across this parody video about the semi-fast imposed on our school children by Michelle Obama. Her "brainchild" is the national school lunch policy, limiting calories and pushing foods that children often don't care for.
Children protest that they are being starved. OK, a bit of exaggeration from the younguns, but not too far off the mark for growing kids and teens' needs. Here's their video:
Monday, September 24. 2012