Monthly Archives: August 2012

Need To Get Caught Up?

Wow!  The Republican National Convention in  Tampa was quite an event.  The city of Tampa kept its guests entertained yet safe.  Despite the need to divert resources to storm preparations for the possible landfall of Hurricane Isaac, the city was able to handle things with grace and aplomb.  There were even reports that protesters complemented security operations over events in the past.

However, the mainstream press didn’t do itself any favors in the way they covered the event.  From describing every third word as racist to “airbrushing out” almost all of the minority speakers, we see once again how deep in the bag they are for President Obama.  They couldn’t even be bothered to fact-check their own commentators; instead deciding to allow blatant  lies from political agents to be reported as fact.

Despite this constant irritation, I really enjoyed the speeches.  If you haven’t had time to watch them, you should check out the 2012 Republican National Convention YouTube channel.  Especially fun is the ad-libbed talk by Hollywood great Clint Eastwood.  Many in the media are trying to portray him as unwatchable and inarticulate (Shultz and Maddow on MSNBC) or the speech as disjointed or pathetic.

This is far from the truth.  I agree with Richard Fernandez’s assessment:  “It was an old man’s delivery, but overstatedly so for effect. It was a cutting delivery and for that reason delivered in low-key.”

You can watch it here:

Lost and Found – August 31st Edition

What to remember about August 31st…

  • 1864  General Sherman’s 4-month campaign is complete; victory at Battle of Jonesboro leads to Union capture of Atlanta
  • 1886  Devastating 7.6 magnitude earthquake strikes near Charleston, South Carolina killing over 100
  • 1888  1st victim of “Jack the Ripper” is murdered in London
  • 1935  President Franklin Roosevelt signs Neutrality Act to avoid becoming entangled in emerging european conflict
  • 1939  Nazis stage fake attack on Polish radio station; Germans use this incident as an excuse to invade the following day
  • 1943  USS Harmon (DE-678) is commissioned; 1st U.S. warship named for an African-American; Leonard Roy Harmon posthumously received the Navy Cross for his actions at Guadalcanal in 1942
  • 1985  Serial Killer Richard “Night Stalker” Ramirez is seen and beaten by a crowd in Los Angeles before police arrest him
  • 1992  Randy Weaver surrenders; siege at Ruby Ridge ends
  • 1997  Lady Diana, Princess of Wales and boyfriend Dodi Fayed die in high-speed car crash in Paris

Paul Ryan’s Line Of The Night

“College graduates should not have to live out their 20s in their childhood bedrooms, staring up at fading Obama posters and wondering when they can move out and get going with life.”

That’s so good, someone should do a commercial about it.  Oh, wait…

And if you didn’t watch the speech, you should.

Obama’s War On Seniors

Republican Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan made a great point last night.  The biggest threat to Medicare is Obamacare.

The President and his defenders like to say that they didn’t take $716 Billion from Medicare.  They say that it is still there.  But, you and I both know that if you are using that $716 billion for Obamacare then it isn’t there for our seniors.  You can’t use the same (huge) pile of money to fund both programs.  If Medicare costs will be reduced through improvements and cost savings, who gets paid less?  The doctors and hospitals that are currently treating our seniors are already paid way below market for their services.  More cuts mean fewer doctors will take Medicare patients.  Those that do will have to make up in volume what they lose in per patient reimbursement.  Less time with your physician and longer waits for visits will play nicely with the government overseers that get to determine what kind of treatments you will be allowed to receive.

But, Medicare is not the only place that the administration is covertly hurting our seniors.  look at this economy.  Higher gas and food prices hit those on fixed incomes especially hard.  To make ends meet, more seniors are trying to stay in the workforce longer or find work after “retirement”.  The current high unemployment is forcing generations to move back in together just to keep afloat, further depressing housing values that seniors thought formed the backbone of their retirement portfolio.  Add to this the abysmally low-interest rates that seniors are receiving on their savings and you have a real disaster on your hands.

Glenn Reynolds (the Instapundit) has a great analysis of these and other economic problems created or exacerbated by this President.

Our seniors are suffering and face increasing hardship.  Yet, the media choose to ignore the crisis at hand.  I guess we can tell who they are rooting for.

Lost and Found – August 30th Edition

What to remember about August 30th…

  • 1780  Benedict Arnold sends letter to General Clinton agreeing to terms; for £20,000 Arnold would betray his country and deliver West Point and the Hudson to the British
  • 1862  Rebels rout Union forces at Battle of Richmond
  • 1918  Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin shot by Fanya Kaplan but survives; millions will die in the years to follow in pogroms and gulags
  • 1963  “Hotline” is established between Soviet Union and United States to allow crisis communication between their leaders
  • 1967  Thurgood Marshall is confirmed as 1st African-American Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court
  • 1983  On space shuttle Challenger, Lieutenant Colonel Guion S. Bluford (USAF) becomes 1st African-American in space
  • 2003 American tough-guy actor Charles Bronson dies in L.A. (b. 1921)
  • 2005  Following Hurricane Katrina, Lake Ponchartrain levees break causing widespread flooding in New Orleans

Lost and Found – August 29th Edition

What to remember about August 29th…

  • 1862  After days of maneuvering the 2nd Battle of Bull Run begins; Confederates win a path to invade the north
  • 1945  President Truman orders the U.S. Navy to seize control of oil refineries and transportation to break strike by union workers
  • 1949  Soviet Union successfully detonates its 1st atomic bomb at test site in Kazakhstan
  • 1958  Pop musician, songwriter Michael Jackson is born in Gary, Indiana (d. 2009)
  • 1966  At Candlestick Park in San Francisco, the Beatles perform for the last time before a paying crowd
  • 2005  Hurricane Katrina comes ashore for the second time; worst natural disaster in U.S. history; death toll will reach 55
  • 2007  Hero security guard Richard Jewell dies; discovered bomb planted by Eric Robert Rudolph in Centennial Olympic Park; saves hundreds of lives but is falsely suspected of planting device

Lost and Found – August 28th Edition

What to remember about August 28th…

  • 1774  Elizabeth Ann Bayley is born in New York City; founder of 1st Catholic school in America and later canonized as St. Elizabeth
  • 1862  Union and Confederate forces clash near Washington, D.C.; 2nd Battle of Bull Run (Manassas) begins
  • 1907  19-year-old James E. “Jim” Casey borrows $100 from a friend to established the American Messenger Company in Seattle, Washington; becomes United Parcel Service (UPS)
  • 1917  Suffragists protesting President Wilson’s failure to support their right to vote are arrested outside the White House
  • 1941  German SS General Franz Jaeckeln orders more than 23,000 Hungarian Jews machine-gunned in Ukraine
  • 1957  Senator Strom Thurmond (D-SC) protests proposed Civil Rights Act of 1957; longest, non-stop filibuster by a single Senator
  • 1963  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, gives I Have A Dream speech to 250,000 in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.; defining moment of the American Civil Rights Movement.
  • 1966  Soviet Union announces that it is training North Vietnamese pilots to combat American planes at secret base
  • 1968  Thousands clash with police in demonstrations against the Vietnam War at Democrat National Convention
  • 2005  Hurricane Katrina strengthens to Category Five
  • 2008  Barack Hussein Obama accepts nomination of the Democratic Party to be their candidate for President of the United States
  • 2010  Hundreds of thousands gather on the Washington Mall for Restoring Honor Rally; calls for return to faith and founding principles

Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – AFP/Getty Images

Lost and Found – August 27th Edition

What to remember about August 27th…

  • 1776  British forces defeat General Washington’s continental forces in Battle of Brooklyn Heights
  • 1859  Petroleum is discovered in Titusville, Pennsylvania; 1st successful well and birth of the oil industry
  • 1883  The Krakatoa volcano in Indonesia explodes; most powerful eruption in recorded history
  • 1908  President Lyndon Baines Johnson is born on a farm near Stonewall, Texas; gained office after the assassination of President Kennedy (d. 1973)
  • 1928  Kellogg–Briand Pact (World Peace Act) outlawing war was signed
  • 1962  NASA launches space probe Mariner 2 on voyage to Venus
  • 1990  American blues guitarist and singer Stephen “Stevie Ray” Vaughan dies in helicopter crash
  • 2001  Work begins in Washington D.C. preparing the site for the National WWII Memorial
  • 2007  NFL quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons Michael Vick pleads guilty in dogfighting case; after less than 2 years in prison he is allowed to return to football

Occupy Anarchists To Attack Republican National Convention

We saw back in 2008 the lengths that the left would go to in trying to disrupt the Republican National Convention.  Violent agitators used every means possible to disrupt security in attempts to get at the delegates and the venue.  Millions in property damage was done while hundreds were detained or arrested.  Luckily, the police had managed to break up of the most violent cells before lives could be lost.  The video of the protests is shocking.

Well, as with most of their efforts in the 2012 election season, the left has decided to go dirtier and meaner.  Blogs and social networks are buzzing with groups organizing their efforts.  Videos are surfacing with instructions on effective tactics for disrupting security, how to infiltrate businesses and events, how to lure emergency personnel away from where they are needed, and even how to disrupt the 911 and emergency communications systems.  Last year’s Occupy movement seems to have recruited and trained a cadre willing to do anything for their “movement”. has all the details here.

UPDATE:  First protesters arrested before 2012 Tampa RNC Convention even opens -armed and preparing for violence.

Lost and Found – August 26th Edition

What to remember about August 26th…

  • 1794  President Washington writes to Virginia governor Henry Lee regarding planned federal response to the Whiskey Rebellion
  • 1920  Official proclamation by the Secretary of State that the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is formally adopted; guarantees women the right to vote
  • 1939  1st televised Major League baseball game is broadcast; Cincinnati Reds play Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field
  • 1957  Soviet Union announces its 1st successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile
  • 1968  Democrat National Convention begins in Chicago;  4 days of violent anti-war demonstrations and rioting begin
  • 1974  American aviation legend Charles Lindbergh dies (b. 1902); 1st person to fly nonstop and solo across the Atlantic (May 20-21, 1927)
  • 2003  Space Shuttle program: Columbia Accident Investigation Board (CAIB) releases 200 page report on shuttle Columbia’s destruction and the death of its seven astronauts

Charles Lindbergh and the Spirit of St. Louis