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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Her First Time

Lena Dunham suggests that for a woman, voting for Obama is like having sex for the first time.

Painful, bloody, awkward, slightly embarrassing, and you may regret it later?

I guess she's got a point!

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

An Excellent Question for the Final Debate

Right now, it is official US policy to use drones to attack and kill our enemies wherever they may be, whether they are on a battlefield, or sitting down to dinner at home. Even though this tactic endangers noncombatants, civilians, and innocent bystanders, it has become the favored tactic of the Obama administration because there is almost no risk. Americans don't read foreign news, so if a drone strike misses, or hits the wrong target, or kills a few innocent people, it doesn't get a lot of play in the papers back home.

I have said several times that one reason I cannot vote for Obama is because he believes he has the authority to use a drone to take out any US citizen that he has declared an enemy combatant, regardless of where they are, or what activity they were engaged in. Anwar al-Awlaki is a prime example of this. Awlaki was an American citizen who went to work as a propagandist and a recruiter for al Qaida. After killing him in a drone strike, the Obama administration leaked rumors that Awlaki had graduated to planning operation, but there was never any indication that he committed an act of war, i.e., took up arms against the United States.

But we killed him anyway, and most people were happy about it.

Then we sent in a drone to take out his 16 year old son at a barbeque. Abdulrahman al-Awlaki was not a terrorist as far as anyone can determine but he was targeted just the same.

A teenaged US citizen, never accused, much less convicted of a crime, was killed, not on a battlefield, not carrying arms against the US, but eating a meal at a barbeque.

No court, no judge, no jury; just a secret order and a silent drone.

Folks, that scares the crap out of me.

Now here is where it gets interesting.

Mitt Romney shares nearly the same position as Obama.
All U.S. citizens enjoy due process and habeas corpus rights under the Constitution. Due process permits the use of deadly force against all enemy combatants, including citizens, who engage in acts of war against the United States on behalf of an enemy of the United States. U.S. citizens have no right to affiliate themselves with al-Qaida or other terrorist groups plotting attacks against our country from foreign shores.

As president, my top priority would be to protect the American people from all of our nation’s terrorist enemies, whatever their citizenship or country of origin. My preference would be to capture, interrogate, and prosecute any U.S. citizen who has engaged in acts of war against the United States. But if necessary to defend the country, I would be willing to authorize the use of lethal force.

Romney qualifies his statement slightly be referring to 'acts of war,' but then seems to include joining with or working alongside al Qaida as an act of war.

I have a very hard time stomaching that. Yes, we must defend ourselves, and yes, we must be proactive, but assassination of civilian targets? That's a step too far for me.

So I would love to see this question come up in the debate on foreign policy. I want to hear the future President justify targeting Americans for assassination. If you have the balls to do it, you should have the balls to stand up and admit to it.

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The Tennessean Endorses Romney

The next president must be the one with the best chance to get the crushing, $16 trillion national debt under control, coupled with the more immediate need of enabling a vibrant job market.

It is because the economy is paramount that The Tennessean endorses Gov. Mitt Romney for president.

What's really interesting is that as you read the endorsement, you can tell that the editors of the Tennessean really, really don't like Romney. Much of the article is devoted to all the reasons why they don't want to elect Romney.

Yet they give the endorsement to Romney, meaning they have that much less confidence in Obama.

I wonder how many Democrats feel the same way, yet won't say so. An how many of them will just stay home come election day.

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Excellent Discussion of Medicare Contrast Between Obama and Romney

This kind of discussion will never make it in a debate structured around sound bites, but it's the kind of information people need to vote intelligently.
The problem with calling an increase a cut just because it consumes a smaller share of the total economy is that it assumes that if the economy grows, Medicaid spending should grow with it. It’s essentially an argument that Medicaid should have a claim on a guaranteed portion of every dollar the economy produces.

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Remember the Sharp Drop in Jobless Claims?

You know, the one Obama crowed about in order to distract attention from his first debate, the Biden debacle, heck, his entire record over the last four years?


Jobless claims jumped right back up to 388,000.

Here's hoping that Democrats don't count votes like they count jobs.

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Robb Allen Provides Perspective

There's a reason behind every traffic jam, and it usually involves pain for somebody. I'm guilty of forgetting this all the time. I pray that my reminders are always as gentle as this one.

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A Real Recovery!

From IBD:
The Obama recovery is so small that median household incomes have been steadily falling since it started, and there are 11 million more people on food stamps and 2.7 million more mired in poverty.

A recovery where people lose jobs, lose money, and sink into poverty...I don't think they are using the word recovery the way most of us would.

And then there's this graphic:

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