Today’s bronchoscopy—debridement surgery went well. I’m already on room air, talking walks and breathing better. Hopefully soon I’ll be back to where I was four weeks ago. I understand the surgeon debrided more and put a light stent where the slough is causing “dynamic collapse.” (That means the airway closes when I breathe in, opens when I breathe out. A “collapse” closes and doesn’t open.) The stent will likely stay for 2-3 months, to hold open the airway, and let the area heal and strengthen so it doesn’t collapse—if it works, of course. It had to be light, due to the tricky area, but that means I could cough it up. The NP said, “If so, don’t swallow it, put it in a bag and call us.” The other downside is that it collects mucus, so I expect another bronch in the next two weeks to clean things out and see how it is going. I’m still in the hospital until tomorrow, as they need to put in a PICC IV so I can take antibiotics at home. The PICC skill was in short supply with high demand the last two days. They think I’ll go home in the morning. The need to run IVs will restrict my travel range, maybe for 4-7 days. So I’m hopeful I’m back on the right road. Thanks as always for the good thoughts, prayers and kind wishes. And whoever sent the Hooters Girls over with the beer and wings, you’re the best!
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Friday, March 7, 2014
Short Health Update, Saturday, March 8, 2014: My surgeon, Dr. Jim Maloney, did rounds this morning and was in at 6:45 am. (When does he sleep? He did my lung on 12/23 and we heard one on Christmas Day!)
He wants to do a third bronchoscopy Tuesday. He is deciding if he should put a stent in, as it is needed in a tricky place. He drew a diagram for me. He said the juncture (anastomosis) where the lung joins my breathing to my nose and mouth looks good. There is a pocket of slough below that on the left side, where the infection is/was. It has causes a “dynamic collapse,” thus partially blocking my airways. He debrided this a lot (and think more on Tuesday), but would like a temporary stent here to expand the opening. The tricky part is that on the right just above it passages go off to get air in my blood, and he doesn’t want to block them, of course. I told him that if we added everything I know about lungs to what he knows, we wouldn’t know any more, that I would rely on his judgment and had full faith in him. So it looks like I’m here until Wednesday, 3/12 at least. 9Unless I can get three more bed sheets and a longer O2 hose—I’m only on the 4th floor.) So much for the first bronch on 3/3 being an “outpatient procedure.” Things happened.
Feeling good and breathing better, I was on 4 lpm of O2 after the surgery Friday, now down to 1 lpm, hope to be off tonight. But may need it again after Tuesday’s bronch.
While time constrains have forced me to delete unread hundreds of political, joke, military and cute video e-mails, I try to read all the personal notes. I do appreciate all the support, prayers, good wishes and smart-ass comments. I’m really doing fine, lots of people far worse off, including some recovering—or trying to—from a lung transplant. So I continue to march.
Semper Fidelis. ~Bob
Lung transplant update
Sorry for the lack of blog posts. I have over 500 unread e-mails since Monday backed up, most of which will have to be deleted unread when I get time, and I cleared out about 100 Tuesday. You’d be surprised how little time you get in the hospital, with meds, tests, consultants, IV changes, etc., even during the night. I brought a history book and don’t think I read 150 pages. Plus I can only do e-mail when Bonnie brings her computer in, and I find that the programs have been “improved” so much (Windows 08 and Word 10) that random windows open, and I cannot find the few features I use regularly in Word 03, so it takes me 4 times as long to do stuff. Hopefully I’ll be home next week, get caught up, and can post news and comment again.
I’m still in the hospital, and now they are saying I’ll be likely here over the weekend as they doubt they can set up home health IVs for Saturday, though things change hourly. If you’ve been following the saga—and who could blame you if you aren’t?--they did surgery Monday to debride the sough (“sluff”—dead cells) that has formed on the juncture (anastomosis) on the airways between the new lung and the old body, going down into the bronchial tubes, which has been blocking my air intake. The surgeon took out a lot of slough, stretched the airway, but ran into a pocket of infection. So they held me, put me on IVs of antibiotics about 85% of the time since Monday, sometimes two at once. I can now kill cockroaches at ten yards by breathing on them. Due to the junk stirred up, I was on 6 LPM of O2 Tuesday, 3 LPM Wednesday, and room air Thursday, but back on 4 LPM O2 for the moment. They postponed the second bronchoscopy/debridement surgery to today, (Friday) due to op room schedules at UW. An op room wasn’t available at the VA.
I gather from preliminary reports it went well. The chest x-ray looks very good, Dr. Maloney, my surgeon took out a lot of slough using a laser, and they put a balloon in and expanded the lung. I suspect that I will need a clean out bronchoscopy soon to suck out loose stuff that settles, but have not been told that. As usual, I can’t say enough about the team at the UW/VA hospitals. Though with things like this, there are factors beyond anyone’s control, I have the highest faith in them.
Everyone—and I mean everyone—says this is just a “bump in the road”—so I’m going with that absent other evidence. Thanks to everyone who has worked to cheer me up. As usual, I remain positive and optimistic, not depressed or overly concerned—at least about myself. I’ll try to post another update when I have more solid news.
Posted by TartanMarine at 2:37 PM
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Update on my latest lung surgery
Wanted to post a couple of things on the Ukraine, which is moving fast. Posting from the hospital, on borrowed computer, so will likely be off line until after the second surgery Thursday.
Obama plans to bring Russia to heal with sanctions—because they worked so well in Iraq and Iran. I expect he will soon blame this crisis, or at least the China Subway Assault Knife Murders by Muslims on a YouTube video. ~Bob
Obama has limited leverage over Putin in Ukraine crisis
Excerpt: Western Europe has more robust economic ties with Russia but is already showing reluctance over strong economic action against Russia. The BBC reported Monday that Downing Street concludes "the U.K. should not support for now trade sanctions or close" London's financial center to Russians. The Germans have also balked at cutting off Russian oil and natural gas trade with the European Union, which gets roughly 25% of its natural gas from Russia.
USA Today: Putin says he can use force in Ukraine, NATO, Russia to meet.
Excerpt: Russian President Vladimir Putin insisted Tuesday that he can use as much force as necessary to protect Russians in Ukraine as NATO and Russia agreed to meet over Russia's intervention in the Ukrainian province of Crimea.
Obama in denial on Russia.
Excerpt: In 2012, Obama mocked Mitt Romney for his claim that the Russians are our "No. 1 geopolitical foe," and scoffed: "The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back."
That scorn looks embarrassing enough given recent events. But the truth is Obama's hostility to Romney's policies had little to do with them being outdated. Obama didn't like America's Cold War policies during the Cold War.
East Ukraine aflame with Russians poised to strike
Posted by TartanMarine at 2:06 PM
I’m back in the hospital. They did surgery Monday to debride the ”sough” (sluff—dead cells)that has formed on the juncture on the airways between the new lung and the old body, which has been blocking my air intake, causing coughing and labored breathing with light exercise. The surgeon goes down my nose and throat with a breathing tube, camera tube, suction tube and the slice and dice interment—pretty amazing. He took out a lot of slough, stretched the airway, but ran into a pocket of infection. So they held me, put me on several IVs of antibiotics, and will take another shot Thursday at more debridement. I have been back on O2 since the surgery, but the RT said that’s normal, as it stirs up stuff tha blocks air intake to the sacks in the lung. My other numbers are good. I asked the surgeon for a prognosis and he said, “Too early to tell.” The pulmonologist said slough buildup “wasn’t super common or super uncommon. In many cases we’ve seen, the debridement fixes it. Ewe did have a case where the slough was too extensive and the patient died. So I don’t know at this point. Feel okay, just took a walk and did fine, so we shall see. More when I can. ~Bob
Posted by TartanMarine at 11:40 AM
Monday, March 3, 2014
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Lung debridement surgery Monday, so thought I'd better post what I had, so you wouldn't be deprived if they decide to keep me a while. I'm supposed to go home the same day, but one never knows. ~Bob
mobilized for war on Sunday and Washington
threatened to isolate Russia
economically, after President Vladimir Putin declared he had the right to
invade his neighbor, creating Moscow's
biggest confrontation with the West since the Cold War.
Putin gets permission to use military
Excerpt: Russian parliament grants President Vladimir Putin permission to mobilize the country's military in Ukraine one day after President Obama said “there will be costs” if Russia intervenes militarily.
Russian forces seize Crimea;
interim president decries ‘aggression’ Ukraine
Excerpt: Russian troops took control of vital installations across the
Crimean Peninsula on Saturday, and Russian President Vladimir
Putin secured authorization to send in more as the Kremlin set the stage for a
high-stakes international showdown over the future
Excerpt: President Obama had no public events on his schedule today, yet skipped a meeting of his national security team at the White House today as they huddled over the Russian invasion of
leaving the meeting at the White House were Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel,
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Chairman of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey, and CIA Director John Brennan.
Hundreds of gunmen surround
military base Ukraine
Excerpt: Hundreds of unidentified gunmen surrounded a Ukrainian infantry base in Privolnoye in its
region Sunday. The convoy included at least 13 troop vehicles each containing
30 soldiers and four armored vehicles with mounted machine guns. The vehicles
-- which have Russian license plates -- have surrounded the base and are
blocking Ukrainian soldiers from entering or leaving it. Ukrainian soldiers,
with clips in their weapons, have positioned a tank at the gate.
Obama asks Putin to remove Russian troops from
long phone call Ukraine
Or what? ~Bob. Excerpt: President Barack Obama asked Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday afternoon to return his troops to their barracks and to remove his forces from
Ukraine. However, Obama
didn’t threaten or promise significant retaliation if Putin continued his advance
into the majority-Russian parts of the Ukraine, according to a White House
statement about their 90-minute phone call…The Saturday call and the
statement came the same day that Obama symbolically washed his hands of Ukraine
by having his deputies announce to the media that he had skipped
a Saturday national security council meeting on the Russian invasion
Palin Mocked in 2008 for Warning Putin May Invade Ukraine if Obama Elected
Excerpt: During the 2008 presidential campaign, Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin warned that if Senator Barack Obama were elected president, his "indecision" and "moral equivalence" may encourage
Vladimir Putin to invade Ukraine.
About Some Presidents - Briefly. By Andy Weddington
Excerpt: This morning's brief commentary awakened me from sleep (this morning). As best I recall and in keeping with Mr. Pulitzer's opening thought ... "Put it briefly before them so they will read it, clearly so they will appreciate it, picturesquely so they will remember it, and, above all, accurately so they will be guided by its light."
Ban Assault Knives!: Chinese authorities say two WOMEN were part of knife-wielding terror gang which left at least 33 dead and 143 wounded after attacking a train station in China
Guess their religion. ~Bob. Excerpt: Two of the knife-wielding attackers who killed 29 people and injured 143 in a frenzied attack at a Chinese railway station yesterday were women, according to state TV. The attackers, four of whom were killed by armed police, launched the horrific attack at
Kunming railway station in Yunnan province at
around 9pm local time yesterday.
Lowest Income Families Will Owe Thousands in ObamaCare Taxes
Excerpt: Even the lowest-income families will owe $7,000 in ObamaCare taxes over the next 10 years, says Chris Conover, a research scholar at the Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research at
President Obama's promise not to raise taxes on any family earning less than
$250,000 was broken as soon as ObamaCare was enacted. The law has 21 different
taxes -- intended to raise over $1 trillion -- but only 30 percent of those
taxes will actually be paid solely by the "rich" (singles earning
$200,000 or couples earning $250,000). Duke University
Obama's Interior Secretary to Dying Eskimos: "I've listened to your stories, now I have to listen to the animals." By Daniel Greenfield
Excerpt: King George III was a tyrant who talked to trees. Eventually we got around to replacing him with tyrants who talk to animals. In one of
Alaska’s most remote
outposts, where a thousand hardy souls make their homes, the Obama
administration has put the fate of birds and bears above the lives of people,
blocking construction of an 11-mile gravel trail connecting a tiny fishing
hamlet to a life-saving airport.
Surprise! GOP lawmakers move to ban welfare money at marijuana dispensaries
Excerpt: Republican lawmakers plan to introduce legislation next week aimed at preventing the misuse of the food stamp funds amid reports that welfare debit cards have been used to withdraw cash at ATMs at marijuana dispensaries in
(Huh. Using welfare money to buy drugs. I'm shocked. In my experience, druggies
tend to steal their drug money, if they can't sell their bodies. ~Bob)
After Repeal of Obamacare: Moving to Patient-Centered, Market-Based Health Care
Abstract: Obamacare moves American health care in the wrong direction by eroding the doctor–patient relationship, centralizing control, and increasing health costs. True health care reform would empower individuals, with their doctors, to make their own health care decisions free from government interference. Therefore, Obamacare should be stopped and fully repealed. Then Congress and the states should enact patient-centered, market-based reforms that better serve Americans. For a better life, Americans need a health care system that they, not the government, control. (Very well thought out ideas on how to really give Americans a better health plan. --
Excerpt: Gunmen armed with rocket propelled grenades and explosives descended on
Kirchiga Village before turning their weapons on Shuwari,
Shuwa and . At least 28 people
were killed and an unknown number injured. The Nigerian station Channels TV
reported that three Catholic churches were set ablaze in Michika
and that three Catholic nuns may be among the victims. Michika Town
Excerpt: In a Friday sermon in
Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati addressed the Iranian leaders, saying: “If we, the
people, are against America,
you must oppose it too.” “Death to America
is the first option on our table,” said Jannati, and the crowds responded with
chants of “Death to America.”
Muslim boys’ school bans women from applying for job as science teacher
Excerpt: An Islamic school has advertised for a new science teacher but ruled out female applicants.
excerpt: President Obama graduated from
. He's surely
an expert on Government Law. How else could he have managed to circumvent
the Constitution by using Executive Privelege to cover his mistakes, appoint 40
plus "Czars" to by pass Congress and issue "edicts" on laws
he will impose and those he opts not to enforce. However, I'm pretty sure
has eliminated Economics as prerequisites for a law degree. That's the
only explanation I can find for Obama's bizarre economic policies. Harvard Business School
Reid stops minimum-wage hike bill after Dems balk
Excerpt: So much for changing the narrative in 2014 from the ObamaCare debacle. Democrats, led by Barack Obama, planned to go on offense over the minimum-wage rate to cast the GOP as heartless. But in his rush to the barricades, Harry Reid belatedly discovered that his caucus didn’t like the fight nearly as much as he and Obama did (via Instapundit):
Excerpt: “The Hindus are lacing it with pig’s blood to send us all to hell.” That people believe this kind of thing is amazing in itself, but it is encouraged in the mosques, where hatred and contempt of the unbelievers, the “most vile of created beings” (Qur’an 98:6) is inculcated on a regular basis. Muslim leaders in
Pakistan bear the responsibility,
as they do not confront this hatred or do anything to stop it.
Excerpt: In a recent TV interview, Behrouz Kamalvandi, spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, said that Iran had “got more than it gave” in the Joint Plan of Action, signed in November by Iran and the 5+1, and that Iran’s nuclear commitments were “temporary and non-obligatory.” “The commitments made by
Iran can be retracted,” he
Excerpt: Five years after the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the biggest fiscal stimulus in the nation’s history, the debate over its success hasn’t changed very much. ... All of this should sound rather familiar to those who’ve followed the stimulus debate, because it’s more or less what the two parties have been saying for years. One reason why I suspect the debate has changed so little is that it’s very hard to determine with great certainty what, exactly, the stimulus really did. That’s why I think the best way to judge the stimulus as a whole is to say that we don’t really know how well it worked—but that it didn’t live up to some of the promises that were made when it was passed.
Excerpt: The oil and gas boom is producing millions of jobs, and not just where you might expect. Employment is up 40% in the oil and gas fields since the recession began in late 2007. But in every one of the 10 states where hydrocarbon production is on the rise, overall employment growth has outperformed the nation. (Obama opposes this but takes credit for the job growth. ~Bob)
Society in every state is a blessing, but Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one. --Thomas Paine
There's been a serious expansion of the Medicaid program recently, which Mr. Obama has hailed as more people getting good heath care than ever before. But the program is not exactly free, or free of problems. It's been sold on the basis of a bunch of ideas that turn out to be myths. Here they are explained.
10 Myths About the Obamacare Medicaid Expansion
As Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion is being debated in the states, many myths are being perpetuated by its advocates. Here, Heritage provides the research to debunk such myths:
1. Myth: Expanding Medicaid is “free money” for the states. Reality: The expansion adds an estimated $638 billion in new government spending from 2013–2023. New spending at the federal or state level is reckless in light of the country’s trillion dollar budget deficits and over $16 trillion in national debt. (So it becomes clear that adding many millions to Medicaid is not really a great solution to social problems, and we can extrapolate that to the expansion of Food Stamps as well. These programs start out with a good idea, but when overdone, they just freeze people into what we call poverty in this country, and discourage some from really seeking to improve themselves while allowing others to take advantage of social programs so as to lead less stressful lives, not worrying about every doing any better. I'm not sure that is what even generous Americans want their tax dollars to be doing. --
Excerpt: And so, with his dad in mind, Myles wrapped the $20 in a note that read, "Dear Soldier -- my dad was a soldier. He's in heaven now. I found this 20 dollars in the parking lot when we got here. We like to pay it forward in my family. It's your lucky day! Thank you for your service. Myles Eckert, a gold star kid." (Speechless! --MM)
Patriot Activist Makes His Own List: The Home Addresses of CT Legislators Who Just Voted in Favor of Gun Control
Excerpt: Sometimes you just have to fight fire with fire. And that is exactly what Mike Vanderboegh has chosen to do. The state of
Connecticut wants to make a list – a list of
gun owners. So, Vanderboegh has created his own list – a list of those
state legislators who are insisting that certain firearms be banned or
registered. If you recall, most of the gun owners who own these weapons
have refused to register them, with tens of thousands of residents
engaging in an act of quiet civil disobedience.
Dear New York Times: Self-Defense is Not Vigilantism. By David French
Excerpt: Over at the New York Times ”Opinionator” blog, Firmin DeBrander, an associate professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art, takes issue with a post I wrote last year outlining the biblical and natural-law right of self-defense. My argument was rather simple: From the Noahic Covenant to the New Testament, there were ample biblical examples of self-defense being not only permitted but in some cases actually mandated. I also – borrowing from Jim Lindgren’s excellent work at the Volokh Conspiracy — quoted John Locke for the proposition that the right of self defense wasn’t just a biblical right but a right located in natural law.
China, Cuba, Russia,
Dictatorships Just Got Themselves Elected to the UN Human Rights Council. Get
Them Out. Saudi Arabia
Excerpt: Ain’t it grand? Four Biggies – gang leaders when it comes to sitting on the chest of Individual Liberty and bashing her brains in with her very own torch – are now proud members of the corrupt UN’s Council on Human Rights.
The Makeup Girls Suffered the Worst": Piers Morgan's Staff Speaks. By Daniel Greenfield
Excerpt: Now that CNN showed Piers Morgan to an elevator and pointed him north, his abused staffers are coming forward to tell the story of what it was like working for a man who was a legend in his own mind. You’ll be shocked to hear that working with Piers Morgan was almost as much fun as working with Kim Jong Il.
Evidence Shows that
Somali Explosion that Killed 2 Linked to Al Qaeda. By Daniel Minnesota Greenfield
Excerpt: All is well. Pay no attention to the Little Mogadishus growing across the country. This investigative report comes from Gates of Vienna which is doing the job that the FBI won’t do.
Students Deserve Respect": The Results of Extravagant Education
Overspending on Display. New York City
Excerpt: Never mind, college will teach them how to read and write. Eighty percent of NYC graduates need to take remedial classes when they enter CUNY. This is why it is so important for our federal overlords to ensure that all Americans go to college. Obama nationalized the student loan industry to facilitate this objective. By the way,
New York City public schools spend $10,560 per pupil per year. What do you need an education for
when you can bring in that kind of money with a babysitting service?
ObamaCare Stars Fade. By Johnathan Easley and Elise Viebeck
Excerpt: It seems that not even the president’s most fervent and committed supporters want to get too close to ObamaCare. Some of Obama’s most powerful allies — figures including Oprah Winfrey, Bruce Springsteen and Beyoncé — have stayed in the wings for the enrollment push. Less than a year ago, Jennifer Hudson, Amy Poehler, and representatives for Winfrey and Alicia Keys were guests at the White House to discuss a strategy to promote the healthcare law.
Fat Cats and Democrats. By Bruce Thornton
Excerpt: MIT professor Noam Chomsky, for example, one of the most prominent left-wing critics of
has called capitalism a “grotesque catastrophe,” one “crafted to induce
hopelessness, resignation, and despair.” Yet Chomsky, Schweitzer writes, is
“himself a shrewd capitalist, worth millions, with money in the dreaded and
evil stock market, and at least one tax haven to cut down on those pesky
inheritance taxes that he says are so important.” Chomsky has set up an
irrevocable trust to shelter his money, with his tax attorney and his daughter
as trustees. Fans of redistributing wealth via the income tax like Chomsky are
careful to make sure that somebody else pays for their political idealism. America
In the Wall Street Journal, scientists condemn “spectacularly wrong” climate forecasting: Richard McNider and John Christy declare the climate consensus mistaken and scientific legitimacy misattributed.
Excerpt: “The truth, and this is frustrating for policy-makers,” declared John Christy in Nature four years ago, “is that scientists’ ignorance of the climate system is enormous.” Now he and fellow climate scientist Richard McNider have argued in the Wall Street Journal that widespread, perverse disregard of gross climate-modeling deficiencies is leading to acceptance of huge overestimates of warming, to needless regulation, to social harm, and to a clear need to invert common belief about climate-science legitimacy. ... Both authors are fellows of the American Meteorological Society. Both rank as distinguished professors at the
of Alabama in Huntsville. (They should know the penalty for
blasphemy is death. In this case, probably academic death and funding death.
More would speak, but the dollars would stop. ~Bob)
McNider and Christy: Why Kerry Is Flat Wrong on Climate Change
Excerpt: In a Feb. 16 speech in
Indonesia, Secretary of State
John Kerry assailed
climate-change skeptics as members of the "Flat Earth Society" for
doubting the reality of catastrophic climate change. ... But who are the Flat
Earthers, and who is ignoring the scientific facts? In ancient times, the
notion of a flat Earth was the scientific consensus, and it was only a minority
who dared question this belief. We are among today's scientists who are skeptical
about the so-called consensus on climate change.
'unrecognisable' due to immigration: UKIP leader Britain
Excerpt: Parts of
Britain have become
"unrecognisable" due to mass immigration, the leader of the
eurosceptic UK Independence Party told activists in a rallying cry ahead of
European elections in May. Nigel Farage, speaking at UKIP's spring conference
in Torquay on Friday, claimed the opening the UK's borders to migrants from new
EU members in eastern Europe had damaged social cohesion across the country.
Excerpt: A man who suffered under real apartheid explodes the Leftist/Islamic supremacist libel that
Israel is an apartheid state.
Militant ambush kills 12 of polio workers escort in Pakistan
Excerpt: Militants killed 12 members of the security escort for a polio vaccination team in northwest
Pakistan on Saturday, detonating a
roadside bomb before opening fire on their convoy, according to officials.
(The Islamic Republic of)
agrees to adopt roadmap to eradicate slavery Mauritania
Excerpt: The United Nations envoy on modern-day slavery said on Thursday Mauritania had agreed to adopt a roadmap for eradicating the trade, which campaigners say remains widespread in the west African nation. The country was the last in the world to abolish slavery, in 1981, and since 2012 its practice has been officially designated a crime, but campaigners say the government has failed in the past to acknowledge the extent of the trade, with no official data available.
Lesbian Denied Haircut by Male Muslim Barbers
Excerpt: “Barbers in
who refused to cut a woman’s hair have become the target of a human rights
complaint, in a case that pits religious freedom against gender equality. (The
liberals were hot about Christian businesses turning away gays in AZ--wonder if
they will be as hot when it is Muslims. I personally thing if you offer
services or products to the public, you should not discriminate. ~Bob)
Posted by TartanMarine at 3:51 PM
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Random Thoughts for March, 2014
Robert A. Hall
Now come the Iranian "moderates," with peace in their mouths, murder in their eyes and hate in their hearts. But Obama, the media and the left as so wrapped up in the Hope and change bubble of unreality, they can't see it. Americans will die of it. We might lose a city, not only killing millions, but collapsing the economy and making all your investments and retirement funds worth 10% of current value.
I read recently that 23% of Americans say they had not read even one book in the last year, not even a romance or adventure novel, never mind something educational or mentally stimulating. And I bet they all wonder why the country is going to hell.
Change is good, right? After all, Barack Obama ran on Hope and Change and no one in the media questioned what kind of change, so it must be good. So why is he upset about "climate change" when the climate has been constantly changing for thousands of years? Besides, global warming has some winners in terms of increased food production. Cooling--now feared by some scientists--has almost none. Ask the Norse who were able to establish thriving colonies in
Greenland during the
medieval warn period, when it was warmer than now. But then the climate turned
cold again. They died.
I tried to get the TV folks to make my life into a reality show, but thy said reality shows have to be believable.
You can't give your kids self esteem by telling them they are special and wonderful. That sets them up for disaster, because such "self esteem" vanishes like soap bubbles when they run into trouble or challenges. And they will. Self esteem has to be earned to be real. I earned mine at the MCRD Parris Island "
" in 1964--few
have earned as much self esteem as
Marines. Learning to kill a man at 500 yards with a rifle, or a sentry from
behind with your bare hands, does wonders for an 18-year-old's self confidence. Charm
Knowing what is right is the easy part. Doing what is right is the hard part. So a great many folks skip the knowing part, to avoid the doing part.
Before the progressive "War on Poverty," poverty was declining. Ever since the "war" started, it has increased greatly. Thus all liberal programs.
I read that the New York Times profit has fallen 12% from a year ago. Apparently, serving up Progressive Pabulum isn't profitable. Who knew?
As long as the rich get poorer--except of course the liberal elites--progressives could not care less abut the incomes of the poor. In fact, the poorer they are, the more dependent on government, thus likely to vote Democrat, so maintaining poverty is in the Democrats' self interest.
Since Obama has asserted the right to suspend or delay the Affordable Care Act as he wishes by executive order, I assume the next Republican president will be able to suspend or delay parts of laws he doesn't like, no matter what Congress passed.
The worst lie is the one you tell yourself to justify doing something you know is wrong.
Slavery was a great sin and a stain on
every other country in the world at some point, as people of every race and
creed were enslaved, most often by folks who looked just like them--and it
still exists). So would America
be a better place if not one slave had been brought here? And the left thinks
big business is evil. So would America
be a better place if they all closed their doors, stopped serving customer and
laid off their workforces? If they really are evil, we should want rid of them,
I notice the water for hand washing in public restrooms only comes at two temperatures--too cold and too hot.
Corporations do not pay taxes. When you put a tax on a company it is paid by people, by the owners--including elderly folks living on their retirement investments [like us]--by the customers, or by the employees who must accept lower wages or be laid off because the company paid that money to the government. So when a politician tells you he is going after the corporations, it's coming out of you, one way or another.
I'd be happier if I had my wife's ability to ignore clutter. Of course, then the clutter would be twice as bad.
My wife and I agree that, thanks to our bargain shopping at yard sales, Goodwill, etc., we have way too much stuff. But we don't agree on what to get rid of. When one of us dies, the survivor should have a great garage sale!
Just because something is a great buy, doesn't mean is a great buy for you. I'm trying to learn that...
The current fad is for stainless steel appliances in homes, and they are a big selling point. But knowing how fashions go, in 10 years they may be the new avocado green of appliances, and you will have to replace them to sell your house. So get what you like. If that's stainless steel, fine.
Since it became even more unpopular, Democrats don't want us to use "Obamacare" as shorthand for the Affordable Care Act. Okay, how about "Detroit-Style Healthcare"?
I wish I had an extra 10 or 12 hours every day to watch all the "must watch" political, military and funny video clips folks send me.
When you chose to do what is right in this world, you must be prepared to stand alone in the arena, without allies, probably already beaten, certainly mocked and vilified. But you will be calm in your mind and free in your heart.
Everyone who lives in
pays the "Cook County Corruption Tithe." The corrupt, Chicago-Way,
crony, Democrat-machine costs every citizen on every transaction, from paying
taxes to buying eggs. It is the same in all the political machine cities, and
was the same when the GOP ran a few cities the same way, such as the Big Bill
Thompson in Chicago, the last GOP Mayor, who was last in office in 1931. The
voters elect them because they got a ticket fixed or a summer job for the kid,
never realizing the full cost.
There is no glory in an easy fight - and no honor in fighting for personal gain.
The old (like me) live in the past because there is more of it than the future. And you can pick the good parts.
We went to the local Social Security office, because Bonnie had future retirement questions. Big crowd waiting, half under 35. I assume they were there for SS Disability. Thanks to the healthcare system we are destroying, there are fewer real disabled people unable to work than in the past, but the rules have been relaxed in the last four years, and the disability rolls have exploded, adding to the crushing debt. But the more people dependent on the government, the more votes for the party of big government and endless spending.
As we sat around the SS office for about 90 minutes waiting to ask two questions, in crowds of people being called up to the two open windows (out of four), by numbers (now serving N-28). I thought, "This is what the doctor's office will look like in 5-10 years." However, I must say the woman was very helpful--she agreed with what I had already told Bonnie.
I saw an interesting graphic. It said, "Minimum wage hikes trigger many automatic union pay increases, which produces more dues for unions, thus more campaign contributions for Democrats." And the young people, especially among minorities, who won't get jobs, and thus learn entry level job skills so they can start to climb out of poverty? Who cares--how much do they contribute to the Democrat party?
One of the many reasons I watch almost no TV is the increasing number of ads for lawyers trolling for business. (My wife watches, so I can't help but see them when I look up from my book.) If that's not bad enough we are now getting recorded robo calls in Wisconsin from law firms in Florida asking if we'd been injured because we might be entitled to a cash award. this despite our signing up for the "Do Not Call" list. Meanwhile, lawyers can't figure out why their profession is increasingly held in low regard.
I suppose that since left-wing, anti-American English zealot Piers Morgan's show has been cancelled, he now gets a "path to citizenship"?
Life is a chancy thing. I find that, for both work and daily activities, the better I plan, the more organized I am, the more attention I pay to detail and the more thorough I am, the less chancy it is. But it's still very chancy.
I've never bought a thing from an Internet pop up ad or a Spam E-mail. Have you? Must work though--they keep doing them.
I have a step-daughter, 38, who has opinions about almost everything and solid knowledge about almost nothing. She doesn't read newspapers, watch TV news or read news on the web. Two months after we invaded
she came into the house and asked, "Are we at war?" We sent her to
college three times and she doesn't have an AA degree. I don't think she's read
a book all the way through since The
Little Engine That Could, certainly not an educational one. She voted for
Obama because he was going to "help little people like (her)." But we
notice she doesn't go to him with her hand out when she has a crisis, real or
imagined. Unfortunately, there are tens of millions like her, who vote for
politicians who promise the most benefits, with no thought or concern about
where the money is going to come from, or who will pay it. Hence, I think the
likelihood of a fiscal collapse, followed by political and social collapse,
grows more likely every day. I pray I'm wrong.
The good thing about stupidity is it usually carries its own punishment. The bad thing is that it often punishes innocent people around it.
I was hungry and spotted some yogurt in the back of the fridge. I had two over a week, but noticed on the third that the "best by" date was about a year ago. Didn't seem to hurt me, but I chucked the rest. You think maybe we need to clean out the fridge more often?
Unfortunately, the progressives' answer to the disasters and misery created by their big government policies is always, "More Government!"
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Friday, February 28, 2014
I'm posting this now, though I have over 100 e-mails I have not had time to read, and may ever get to--sorry. I have surgery through a bronchoscopy Monday to debride the "slough" (dead cells) that has built up on the juncture of my new lung and old body, which is restricting my air intake and causing coughing, though my O2 sats remain good. Hopefully that will fix it and things will settle down. ~Bob
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Conflicts of interest common in Legislature -- Robert A. Hall
Letter to the Editor of the State Journal.
NYT/CBS Poll: Six Percent Say Obamacare is Working, Should Remain Intact. By Guy Benson
Excerpt: Katie wrote up one major element of the new New York Times/CBS News poll -- namely that nearly six in ten Americans are disappointed in Barack Obama's presidency -- but there are additional pieces of data worth teasing out and underscoring as well: (1) The president's approval rating has once again slumped to 41 percent overall, with a majority disapproving of his performance.
Excerpt: Russian troops moved into Crimea Friday,
U.S. officials told Fox News, prompting Ukraine to accuse Russia of an "armed
invasion." At the White House, President Obama said the U.S. government is "deeply concerned"
by reports of Russian "military movements" and warned any violation
sovereignty would be "deeply destabilizing." (Boy, Russia is
risking getting a sharply-worded note from Obama and Kerry! ~Bob)
Putin’s Ukraine Gambit: Meanwhile, Obama fails to understand that American inaction creates a vacuum. By Charles Krauthammer
Excerpt: Henry Kissinger once pointed out that since Peter the Great,
Russia had been
expanding at the rate of one Belgium
per year. All undone, of course, by the collapse of the Soviet Union, which
Russian president Vladimir
Putin called “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the [20th] century.” Putin’s
mission is restoration.
Ukraine and Our Useless Outrage: The history of Obama’s foreign-policy posturing bodes ill for the future of
. By Victor Davis Hanson Ukraine
Excerpt: President Obama issued yet another one of those sorts of warnings to stop the violence to Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych just before protesters drove Yanukovych out of office. “There will be consequences if people step over the line,” Obama threatened.
Obama about to repeat
disaster. By Jennifer Rubin Iraq
Excerpt: Reuel Marc Gerecht of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies is likewise gloomy: “We will likely have civil war in
within a year or so. It’s reasonable to guess that Ayman az-Zawahiri could even
reappear in Jallalabad, which is where bin Ladin landed in ’96. This could
become excruciatingly surreal and dangerous. Possibly even a greater defeat for
the United States than
Obama’s flight from Iraq and
the red-line fiasco in Syria.”
The danger here is that Afghanistan’s central government crumbles, the most
dogged Taliban fighters gain the upper hand and back will come the jihadis
(although many have found a home in Syria thanks to that Obama
foreign policy debacle).
Sickening update on this story: Dozens Killed in Attack on
Excerpt: Islamic militants set fire to a locked dormitory at a school in northern
then shot and slit the throats of students who tried to escape through windows
during a pre-dawn attack Tuesday. At least 58 students were killed, including many who were
burned alive. (Now, don't get judgmental; remember your Progressive
Principles. All cultures are equally valid, and murders by Islamic Militants
following the Qur'an's injunction, "I will cast terror into the hearts of
those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip
of them" [Quran
(8:12)] have nothing to do with Islam, which is a Religion of Peace. ~Bob)
Which Policies Bring Economic Growth?
Excerpt: A review of economic literature confirms that small government policies strengthen economic growth, says John Hood, president of the John Locke Foundation.
The John Locke Foundation assembled a summary of 528 economic policy articles published from 1992 to 2013. The studies presented strong evidence that limited, not big, government is best for economic progress. 112 of the academic studies focused on state and local taxes.
The Truth about the One Percent
Excerpt: Concern over "income inequality" has swept the nation, but the crusade against the top 1 percent is based on dubious assertions. ... These figures indicate that the vast majority of the top 1 percent earned salaries in small and medium-sized businesses, not large financial firms. Moreover, the top 1 percent includes a growing number of athletes, entertainers and coaches. The minimum salary in the NBA, the NFL and MLB is sufficient to put every player in the top 1 percent automatically. The federal government raised $900 billion in individual income taxes in 2010, $350 billion of which came from the top 1 percent. That same year, the top 1 percent earned 36 percent of their income from salaries and wages -- 22 percent came from businesses, farms and partnerships, while only 19 percent came from capital gains.
The liberal agenda: Being good to liberals. By George F. Will
Excerpt: Still, bleak judgments about the stimulus spending miss the main point of it, which was to funnel a substantial share of its money to unionized, dues-paying, Democratic-voting government employees. ... through the proper prism, most liberal policies succeed because they can hardly fail. Each achieves one or both of two objectives — making liberals feel good about themselves and being good to liberal candidates.
The Curse of Modern
By Taki Theodoracopulos Man.
Excerpt: My question is: Why doesn’t [
"Queen of the Luvvies"] Stephen Fry ask for boycotts against anything
Saudi or Nigerian, where homosexuality is punished by death? I’ll tell you why:
Because criticizing Muslims might get his head blown off—cut off, rather—and
Nigerians are black, hence above criticism and boycotts. In London , corruption pervades life
top to bottom and is getting worse, not better. Nigeria
Excerpt: This Obamacare horror story will no doubt be summarily discarded by Harry Reid, but
taxpayers may take notice anyway. Remember, Hawaii is one of those enlightened,
down-for-the-cause states that happily agreed to
fully implement Obamacare -- the sundry failures of which have been lamely and
inaccurately blamed on less cooperative states. The law is "going to be
smoother in places...where governors are working to implement it rather than
fight it, "President Obama told a cheering
audience of partisans in late September.
AP Exclusive: Few Army Women Want Combat Jobs
Excerpt: Only a small fraction of Army women say they'd like to move into one of the newly opening combat jobs, but those few who do say they want a job that takes them right into the heart of battle, according to preliminary results from a survey of the service's nearly 170,000 women.
Mt.Gox site disappears, Bitcoin future in doubt
Excerpt: What was once the world's largest trading platform for bitcoins is now a blank page.
The Bitcoin-trading website Mt.Gox was taken offline late Monday, putting at risk millions of dollars put there by investors who gambled on the digital currency. (Bitcoin always struck me as a Ponzi Scheme, like Social Security. I'm naturally conservative, so there was no danger I'd invest a farthing in it. ~Bob)
Federal Fly Swatters: Pit Bulls vs. Poodles
Excerpt: It may come as a surprise to many, but the Library of Congress has its own SWAT team, 85 bodies strong. Learning this elicited a chuckle from me and a recollection of a classic Seinfeld shtick: the Library Cop. It otherwise isn't a laughing matter. A Library of Congress SWAT force showing up outside your door, to paraphrase Mr. Bookman's closing line, would be worse than a pit bull sicced on a poodle.
Open letter to John Kerry - Greater Men have Tried. By Paula R. Stern
Excerpt: Dear Secretary of State John Kerry: Because of my respect for the
States, I will attempt to afford you the
honor you think you so richly deserve. It’s hard to speak to you with anything
but anger, hard to feel the need, again, to start from the beginning because
you clearly choose to ignore history in your quest for glory. It is a quest
destined to fail but its outcome, even, or more accurately especially, in
failure, will hurt Israel.
Greater men than you have tried to make, to force, peace on the Middle East. I promise you, you will fail too. You will
fail because you are not addressing the root cause of the problem. You, like so
many before you, take the easy way out. Blame Israel. It is so easy to do, and so
stupid. (Hanoi John is still out there, as arrogant and stupid as ever, maybe
even more so. The Israelis have his number, and we can only shake our heads in
embarrassment that he is the official representative of our country. -- Del)
Excerpt: Kerry Kennedy played the Catholic card in her drugged-driving trial Tuesday, producing an actual Irish priest who testified that in the 41 years he’s known the jet-setter — from the days she lived in Virginia to the time she cracked up her Lexus SUV in Westchester — he’s never seen her on a bender.
Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Moore testified before a Senate committee this week, admitting that any link between human emissions and global warming is dubious at best: "There is no scientific proof that human emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) are the dominant cause of the minor warming of the Earth's atmosphere over the past 100 years." He added, "Today, we live in an unusually cold period in the history of life on earth and there is no reason to believe that a warmer climate would be anything but beneficial for humans and the majority of other species. There is ample reason to believe that a sharp cooling of the climate would bring disastrous results for human civilization."
's remarks are exactly right, and his
final point is especially important: The implications of a cooler climate are much
more severe than the symptoms that would result from a warmer one. The global
warming hoax is being destroyed from a growing number of unlikely sources. Moore
Islamists demand levy from Christians in Syrian city
Excerpt: An al Qaeda splinter group has demanded that Christians in a Syrian city it controls pay a levy in gold and curb displays of their faith in return for protection, according to a statement posted online on Wednesday.
Excerpt: The Affordable Care Act (ACA) will undoubtedly reduce seniors’ access to care. A huge chunk of the funding for ObamaCare is derived from cutting $716 billion from the Medicare program over the next decade. For instance, one provision cuts the fees paid to physicians who treat Medicare enrollees by 25 percent. Another provision — the Independent Payment Advisory Board — will have the power to slow Medicare spending by curtailing increases in Medicare provider payments. A third strike reduces funding for Medicare Advantage (MA) plans, which cover one-quarter of Medicare beneficiaries. Compared to traditional Medicare, MA plans provide approximately $825 annually in added benefits to (mostly) moderate-income enrollees.
Why David Cameron's "Northern Alliance" May Reshape
By Fraser Nelson
Excerpt: If David Cameron were to divide
he’d make some crude distinctions. There would be the basket cases, like Italy, Spain,
— examples, by and large, of how countries should not be run. Then there’d
be the former Soviet bloc, sceptical about France because they recently escaped a
remote, controlling bureaucracy and don’t want to repeat the experience. Then
come the good guys, the people with whom he intends to reshape the continent:
the Germans, the Dutch and the Scandis. This is the group that the Prime
Minister has started referring to as his ‘ Brussels Northern
college student who was blocked last year from handing out copies of the
Constitution gave his school a lesson in civics and the law, winning a $50,000
settlement and an agreement to revise its speech codes. California
Sleeves and the Fine Art of Misdirection. By Andy Weddington
Excerpt: Magicians entertain. The grand ones, illusionists extraordinaire, command the stage, and audience. And much of their act revolves around deception and mastery of misdirection. That is - 'hey folks, look here and not over there or look over there and not here.' In fact, misdirection is the heart of good magic. It's not uncommon for a magician to hike up coat sleeves or roll up shirt sleeves and confidently exclaim, "See, nothing up my sleeve!" Breaches of integrity are purposeful and, well, an integral part of the illusion act.
Syrian Christians Reduced to Dhimmitude, Treaty Of Submission Signed.
Excerpt: I’m telling you, this is the reality of Islam 101, it’s what the jihad is all about, the instituting of the sharia. In the end, you either convert, submit to second class dhimmitude, or face death.
Excerpt: You see, these are the people that tried and failed to register their firearms… and it’s absolutely dwarfed by the people who refused to tell the state of
about their newly-illegal firearms.
You know what will happen to those people? That’s right: probably nothing at
all. Those people vote, and
they’ll still have those votes in November unless the state of Connecticut has suddenly
developed a way to arrest, detain, and felony convict en masse several hundred thousand people*. Connecticut
ManBearPig Blamed for Future Rapes. Gay Patriot Blog
Excerpt: The Schizophrenic Rape Hysteria of the left continues unabated. Did you know Global Warming causes rape?
Excerpt: [Interior Minister Gideon] Sa'ar credits the figures to the new anti-infiltration amendment, the opening of the Holot detention facility for African migrants, greater of enforcement against Israelis hiring illegal migrants, the one-time grant that was increased from $1,500 to $3,500 and a general climate that he says is not rewarding for those migrating to Israel illegally.
The Pause and the Cause. By Mark Steyn
Excerpt: Handing out his awards for "sustainability" at
the other day, the Prince of Wales made a few remarks about "climate
change" and attacked "powerful groups of deniers" as a
"headless-chicken brigade" ignoring the scientific evidence. It's
pretty funny to be called a "headless chicken" by a guy who runs
around saying the sky is falling. In 2009 His Royal Highness gave a speech
saying we had only 96 months left to save the planet. Ninety-six months? That
would be July 2017 — which is only three and a half years off. On the other
hand, it's almost twice as far away as January 2016, which is the official
final storewide-clearance date for Al Gore's 2006 prediction of the end of the
world. Buckingham Palace
Rigor Mortis. By Mark Steyn
Excerpt: Thanks to everyone who's contacted me since I decided to countersue Michael Mann. That's the main reason I didn't set up a formal "legal defense fund" or "legal defence fund" (as we'll come to in a moment). Because I'm going on legal offense against an abusive litigant. (If you'd like to be a part of the pushback, please consider supporting me by buying a SteynOnline gift certificate: They never expire, so when my new book comes out later this year you won't have to rummage down the back of the sofa for the loose change.)
Michael E Mann: "Sloppy and Unethical" By Mark Steyn
Excerpt: You don't have to be sued by Michael E Mann to have a certain antipathy toward him. It's been fascinating to discover how many people there are who believe in "anthropogenic global warming" and believe in climate science but really, strongly dislike Mann, his methods, and his promotion of himself as sole proprietor of Global Warming, Inc. I quoted a few of them the other day, but you have to be both secure in your career and have a certain toughness to come out against him in public.
Raise Minimum Wage to $14 an Hour Using This One Weird Trick! By Ann Coulter
Excerpt: The minimum wage is the perfect Democratic issue. It will screw the very people it claims to help, while making Democrats look like saviors of the working class, either by getting them a higher wage or providing them with generous government benefits when they lose their jobs because of the mandatory wage hike. Of course, the reason American workers’ wages are so low in the first place is because of the Democrats’ policies on immigration. Republicans might want to point that out.
Ben Shapiro Crashes UCLA Divestment from
Hearing, Resolution Defeated
7-5. By Paul Bois Israel
Excerpt: On Tuesday night, the UCLA undergraduate student government heard public testimonies for nearly 9 hours — from 7 p.m. until 4 a.m. — on whether or not the university should go forward with a resolution to boycott and divest from businesses that allegedly “profit from the Israeli occupation of Gaza and the West Bank.” The meeting, attended by over 500 people, began at 7 p.m. Tuesday night and ended 6:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. Ben Shapiro, TruthRevolt.org Editor-in-Chief and UCLA alum, crashed the divestment hearing to blast both the student sponsors and those considering the anti-Semitic measure.
Saudi Arabia Finance a
Non-Profit War in .
By Daniel Greenfield Israel
is a small country and most Israeli Jews and Arabs already know that the
conflict is stirred up by interested parties. They know that rocks don’t just
get thrown randomly at soldiers and confrontations between Jewish and Arab
villages are often staged by interested parties who don’t even live there. The
conflict was always externally encouraged, whether it was the British and the
Nazis playing spy games or Iran and the Soviet Union funneling money and
instructions to terrorists, but the perpetuation of the conflict has interwoven
a mesh of conflict profiteers into the country, from hordes of stringers and
journalists looking for a conflict photo or terror interview to sell, and over
to the networks of non-profit organizations stirring up violence on an even
larger scale and for even uglier motives. Israel
Muslim Converts Jailed for Murder of
Soldier - Killers Dragged Kicking and Screaming from Court UK
Excerpt: The widow of murdered soldier Lee Rigby told a judge of her endless heartache today - just moments before his brutal killers were dragged kicking and screaming to jail
Shapiro: Why Americans Disliked Piers.
Excerpt: This week, CNN's Piers Morgan announced that "Piers Morgan Live" would be coming to an ignominious end sometime in March. His replacement has not yet been chosen. But his television demise came not a moment too soon for millions of Americans who had tired of his sneering nastiness. (I am an Yank and lived in the
UK for 30 years. Whenever I
encountered Britons who'd deigned to actually visit the USA, they
always said the same thing when they came back: "Everyone was so friendly
and generous! They couldn't do enough for us! We had a wonderful time!"
Whenever I encountered Americans visiting the UK, they always said the same
thing: "What's wrong with these people? Who do they think they are?"
--Kate. I've been to the UK
at least 20 times, found most people very friendly and helpful. Of course, I
spent 95% of my time there in Scotland.
John Steinbeck: "Socialism is Just Another Form of Religion and Thuss Delusional." By Daniel Greenfield
Excerpt: On the 112th anniversary of his birth, the left prefers to remember John Steinbeck as the author of Grapes of Wrath, not the patriot and CIA agent. In 2012, the Central Intelligence Agency released documents indicating that Steinbeck had offered to spy for his country. The author planned a tour of
Europe in 1952 and asked the agency if it needed anyone
on the ground. (God, Si! Religion, No! -Kate.)
The End of the World Powers. By Daniel Greenfield
Excerpt: The only thing less appealing than selfishness is the complete absence of self. The only thing less appealing than empire is an anti-imperialism that so thoroughly negates its own power that it has no influence and no reason to exist. Post-American
exists to destroy itself. Until that changes, it has nothing to offer the world
except membership in a suicide pact. America
Excerpt: "I saw 12 bodies lying motionless on the ground and other 8 people were wounded in the thunderous explosion. The security forces immediately cordoned off the roads leading to the scene of the attack," an eyewitness told Garowe Online. Shabaab, al Qaeda's affiliate in
quickly claimed credit for the attack, and said more are to come.
Excerpt: Special elections rarely attract this much attention. But the race for
13th Congressional District is a hot one -- with so much at stake in November,
what happens here is seen as a possible indicator of how the midterm elections
could break. (Despite spin from both sides every time, I don't believe
specials tell you much. ~Bob)
IDF Restructuring Syrian Border Defenses Due to Jihadi Threat
brutal civil war drags on, Israeli military officials are preparing to deal
with a rapidly changing security reality brought on by an influx of Islamic
jihadists from throughout the world. In this new emerging landscape, both
Shi'ite and Sunni terrorist entities grow more powerful and enjoy access to
Marco Rubio is Back! Watch Him Destroy Democrats’ Love of
Excerpt: Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) took a big tumble in popularity polls among Republicans when he supported John McCain’s Senate effort on comprehensive immigration. Since then he has been quietly toiling at building back up his reputation among conservatives – first, by apologizing for his role in immigration reform. Second, by embracing conservative efforts on many different fronts – like fighting abortion, supporting limits on executive power and standing with Rand Paul against President Obama on drones and with Ted Cruz against funding Obamacare.
Progressive Chameleons: The difficulty of beating an opponent who doesn’t believe in much of anything. By Jim Geraghty
Excerpt: The Obama era is a particularly frustrating period for the Right, as each passing year reveals the extraordinary difficulty of beating a foe who holds few if any inviolable positions or beliefs.
Wounded Warriors Project A Legal Scam. By Alex Graham
As we are coming to find out, wounded Vets are big money. Considering I’m 146% disabled, I’m trying to figure out how to tap into this. The only thing I can see is to start my own 501(c)(3) and start cooking the books with a big $300 K a year salary for my work. (Actually, $300k a year isn't large for the CEO of a charity that size. But I looked at the WWP 990 federal tax return on guidestar.com. In my view, as a retired non-profit executive, they spend far too much on advertising, travel, meetings, rent, salaries, and other overhead, and too little on wounded warriors. ~Bob)
The Alcatraz Gang: Eleven American POWs in
’s Notorious Camp. By James S. Robbins Hanoi
Excerpt: Picture yourself locked “in a dimly lit, windowless concrete box, approximately nine feet long by four feet wide,” with a bamboo mat and a bucket, one or both of your ankles locked in irons, left there like a caged animal. Now imagine spending two years there, alone—the isolation interrupted only by routine interrogation and occasional torture sessions, some lasting days—and you are getting close to describing the experiences of a handful of American prisoners of war whose North Vietnamese hosts had designated them as troublemakers. These were the men of
(The book is highly recommended, and the article following is really an
eye-opener that a lot of Americans should be reading. -- Del)
Lessons on the New Left from the
Hilton. By Lloyd Billingsley Hanoi
Excerpt; C-SPAN’s Brian Lamb recently interviewed Lee Ellis, author of Leading with Honor: Leadership Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton.The book is a valuable primer on history that many Americans have forgotten or know only in part. Leading with Honor is also an introduction to characters all Americans should get to know better, such as Tom Hayden and Jane Fonda. Ellis came to know the pair under different circumstances. (A new book on the treatment of our POWs by the communists in
Viet Nam. A subject that deserved
more attention at the time, and deserves it still to this day. The North
Vietnamese were guilty of very clear war crimes, the POW treatments being one
of several during and after the war. But oddly, hardly anyone has ever really
taken notice of any of it. Somehow the media and academia that were frothing at
the mouth about alleged bad acts by Americans could never make the transition
to very provable and extensive bad acts by the other guys. And our media and
academia haven't changed much since then. -- Del)
day of reckoning has arrived: Its wealthy, best and brightest are saying
goodbye to a nation they believe doesn't want them to succeed or become
affluent. According to one poll in Le Point, half of all young adults in France would
leave the country if they could because the future looks so bleak. (A country
where they super tax the rich, have a tremendous welfare system, and stifle
creation of new businesses and entrepreneurism, and gee, it's doesn't seem to
be working out well. Maybe there's a lesson here for the USA somewhere?
Witnesses: Susan Rice's "best
information" has gotten better Benghazi
Excerpt: National Security Advisor Susan Rice appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday and said that when she had appeared on several news outlets back in September 2012 to state that the attack on an American diplomatic installation in Benghazi was a “spontaneous reaction” to an American-made film that appeared on YouTube she had used “the best information we [the White House] had at the time.” Senator John McCain responded to her statement Sunday that it left him “almost speechless.” (Wow, they aren't even smart enough at the White House to just stick with ignoring
Benghazi and hoping it
gets forgotten. To let Susan Rice come out with comments again at this point in
time, when anyone who doesn't know it was a planned attack by pros and that the
people at Benghazi knew it and said so at the time, has been either in a coma
or somewhere in the mountains where there are no signals from TV, radio, or
Internet. But hey, great, bring it up again and let McCain and other just
ridicule the heck out of you, and keep the knowledge of the atrocity up in
lights. -- Del)
fabulous life of your
Excerpt: Match your
U.S. lawmaker with the
corresponding charges on his or her fundraising expense account, and one can
get a textured glimpse of exactly what it takes these days to charm donors. For
example, which congressman spent $91,000 in 2013 for a getaway at Dorado Beach
Club, a luxury resort in Puerto Rico known for
its championship golf courses and plantation-style residences? That would be
Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland,
the No. 2 Democrat in the House, who has lamented the widening income gap that separates rich and poor
and has been a forceful advocate for a minimum wage hike. (I hate to pass on stuff from Al
Jazeera, but this article is to interesting to ignore. And it's bipartisan!
--Del. To be fair, keeping up with the Obamas is expensive. ~Bob)
Alienating Those Who Defend Us
Excerpt: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced that budget cuts will reduce the size of the U.S. Army to 440,000 soldiers - its lowest number since 1940. However dangerous and unwise, Mr. Hagel's cuts are only the latest steps in the steady alienation of American society from those who defend us.
Global Warming to Cause More Rapes
Excerpt: Here is liberal logic at its finest. This ludicrous claim should show you the desperation of the left. And always remember that the rest of the solar system has had climate change too. (Oh no, Martian rape! --JB).
CINCO DE SHUT-UP:
Can Ban American
Flag Shirts Because They Upset Mexicans Court Rules
Excerpt: The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled officials at a
Northern California high school
were right to place concern of racial violence over freedom of expression
rights. (Shouldn't they be taught that the American flag reigns supreme here in
America and if that
insults their sensibilities, then Mexico is not that far away and I'm
sure we could provide transportation. --JB)
Memo to Reid: Cancellation pain in ObamaCare increasing
Excerpt: Getting into ObamaCare may be the easy task. Getting out of an ObamaCare plan — well, as we’ve noted before, that can be painful indeed, and the pain is getting worse. WFLV-TV in Florida finds that ObamaCare resembles Hotel California … you can check out any time you want, but you can never leave (via Daniel Halper):
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