Monday, April 30, 2012

Political Digest for April 30, 2012

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

I post articles because I think they are of interest. Doing so doesn’t mean that I necessarily agree (or disagree) with every—or any—opinion in the posted article. Help your friends and relatives stay informed by passing the digest on. In some cases I post things sent to me by readers I might not have posted on my own, to get ideas circulating.

Safely back from my travels & trying to catch up. ~Bob.

Marine Corps Heritage Foundation 2012 Awards Dinner
On Saturday, April 21, 2012, Bonnie and I attended the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation 2012 Awards Dinner at the Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico. I was one of about 16 individuals receiving awards for various types of media depictions of the Corps, from photos, to books, to articles to movies. I was honored to receive the Robert A. Gannon writing award for poetry for my book, Old Jarhead Poems: The Heart of a Marine. Posted here are photos and information about the evening. To give you an idea of how great an evening it was, at our table was Col. Barney Barnum, USMC Ret. who received the Medal of Honor in Vietnam.

Blog comment on "You Might Be a Progressive if..."
"This is dumb and bad and you should feel dumb and bad. Then kill yourself."
(I swear this came in--I didn't make it up to show what idiots they are. ~Bob)

Nairobi church struck in grenade attack
Excerpt: At least one person has been killed and 10 wounded in a suspected grenade attack on a church in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, police have said. The attack targeted the God House of Miracle Church, in Ngara neighbourhood. There has been a string of small arms attacks and explosions in Kenya since Kenyan troops crossed the Somali border.

California’s slow-motion tragedy could end up as a national one, warns Joel Kotkin
Excerpt: Barack Obama learned the rough sport of politics in Chicago, but his domestic policies have been shaped by California’s progressive creed. As the Golden State crumbles, its troubles point to those America may confront in a second Obama term. From his first days in office, the president has held up California as a model state.

Bush leads ride for wounded warriors
Excerpt: Presidential wheels rolling through Palo Duro Canyon could create some positive spin for the state park’s rugged mountain-biking trails and other features, according to those involved in events related to The Bush Center Warrior 100K Ride. Former President George W. Bush brought the three-day, 100-kilometer ride to Palo Duro Canyon State Park Thursday through Saturday.

German jihadist killed by US in March drone strike
Excerpt: A German jihadist is thought to have been killed in the March 9 airstrike that was carried out by US drones in Pakistan's Taliban-controlled tribal agency of South Waziristan. The German, who is a known "Islamist" from Aachen, has been identified at Samir H., according to a report in Der Spiegel. Samir was one of 13 Taliban and "foreign fighters" who were killed in the March 9 strike in Makeen, South Waziristan. In that strike, the remotely-piloted US strike aircraft fired missiles at a pickup truck transporting Taliban fighters.

Issa expands Fast and Furious probe to include alleged money laundering
Excerpt: Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has requested a briefing with the Justice Department over a news report that U.S. law enforcement officials helped Mexican drug cartels launder millions of dollars into the country. The chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee made the request in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, in which he questioned DOJ head’s ability to lead the agency. Issa has been investigating the DOJ’s authorization of a botched gun-tracking operation for most of the year and has increasingly criticized Holder, who is set to appear before the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

ATF Arrests Border Agent for Attempting to Arm Drug Cartels
Excerpt: In El Paso, Texas, U.S. Border Patrol Agent Ricardo Montalvo has been arrested and charged with attempting to smuggle guns and ammunition into Mexico. More specifically, he’s been accused of trying to smuggle the weapons to the Mexican cartel. His girlfriend, Carla Gonzales-Ortiz, has been charged in the matter as well.

Red Cross doctor found beheaded in Pakistan
Didn't get the memo. ~Bob. Excerpt: The beheaded body of a kidnapped British doctor working for the International Committee of the Red Cross was found by the roadside on Sunday in the southwestern Pakistan city of Quetta, police and Red Cross officials said. Khalil Rasjed Dale, 60, was abducted by suspected militants on Jan 5 while on his way home from work.

The Utterly Horrifying English Welfare State
Excerpt: I’ve occasionally commented on foolish public policy in the United Kingdom, including analysis on how the welfare state destroys lives and turns people into despicable moochers. But if you really want to understand the horrifying absurdity of the welfare state, check out these passages from a report in the Daily Mail.

Young Voters: Obama’s a Cool President, and You’re a Broke Clod Living with Mommy
Excerpt: Obama appeared on Jimmy Fallon’s show this past week and did a slow jam with Fallon and his house band—a brilliant move by the Entertainer-in-Chief. I thought it was both funny and smart. From a comedy perspective, it was well-written and well-performed by Obama, Fallon and The Roots. In terms of cleverness, it was shrewd in that the young people who watch Jimmy’s show probably don’t—or won’t—follow the manifold ways BHO has hammered the U.S. through his policies, and the majority of them love to laugh.

Communist Party calls allies to unite behind Obama
Excerpt: The Communist Party USA isn’t always happy with the Democrats, but in the 2012 election, its chairman says, the best bet for advancing the Party’s goals is to back Barack Obama. In a report called “Defeating the Rightwing on the Road to Socialism” delivered to the CPUSA annual conference, Party Chairman Sam Webb moved to squash sentiments that disgruntled communists should jump off the Democrat ship and back a third-party candidate for president.

Joe Arpaio Supporters Rally For Sheriff Amid Federal Racial Profiling Probe
Excerpt: "Every constitution and country that has ever existed has had to have sovereign borders," he said to cheers from the crowd, some clutching placards reading "Sheriff Joe keeps us safe" and "illegal is illegal."

When you've lost the entrepreneurs, free-spirits, and dreamers, you've lost the Golden State.
Excerpt: That’s an absurdly optimistic spin. California’s elected officials have been doing as little planning as possible, unless one counts planning to spend tens of billions of dollars the state doesn’t have on a high-speed rail line that will partially replicate what the airlines already do now. Our leaders are battling new water-storage facilities and punishing farmers with absurd water restrictions.

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