Paul Ryan’s speech was excellent and I am sure Joe Biden is quaking in his boots
Continues His Weeklong Tour across Nevada
(Las Vegas, NV) – Dean Heller is moving across Nevada this week, and today he stopped in Yerington, Fallon and Fernley. All along the campaign trail, Dean Heller has met Nevadans who want to hear actual solutions to Nevada’s struggling economy, which is why he has consistently focused on the issues that matter most – creating jobs, keeping families in their homes and the pressing need to stop out-of-control spending in Washington.
Dean answering questions in Fallon
- Yerington Mayor George Dini hosted a meet and greet for Dean Heller at Guiseppe’s Steakhouse in Yerington, along with his brother Jay. The first question from the open question-and-answer session focused on the Yerington Land Conveyance and Sustainable Development Act. Shelley Berkley voted against this legislation, which would have created nearly 800 jobs in one of the hardest-hit areas of the state.
In contrast, Dean Heller has introduced counterpart legislation in the Senate, which would have enabled the City of Yerington and Nevada Copper to develop over 10,000 acres of land for the Nevada Copper Pumpkin Hollow project.
- In Fallon, Fallon Mayor Ken Tedford introduced Dean to a large crowd who showed up to talk about a number of issues ranging from the economy to housing to making sure veterans receive the benefits they have earned.
- And in Fernley, Dean joined Mayor LeRoy Goodman for a visit to the Team Nevada office. Dean thanked volunteers for their support and encouraged them to keep up the hard work.
“Today, I spoke with Nevadans from all walks of life. Despite whatever differences people may have, it is clear that jobs, the economy, and the future of our children and grandchildren are the high stakes of this election. My opponent wants to talk about everything but her record on jobs – including her vote against creating nearly 800 jobs in Yerington. Ultimately, this campaign boils down to two very different choices between pro-growth, responsible policies that will get Nevadans working again or bigger, more expensive government that will drain the future of our children and grandchildren,” said Dean Heller.
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Originally posted @ Center for Security Policy By Frank Gaffney, Jr.
Suddenly, a murderous threat has intensified in Afghanistan: American servicemen are being killed there at an accelerating rate by Afghans who ostensibly are their allies.
These attacks have been dubbed “green-on-blue” incidents, an antisceptic and deliberately inoffensive way of describing the treachery of Muslim natives (designated by the Islamic color green) against our folks (the blue forces). So serious a threat are such murders “inside the wire” deemed to be that the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army General Martin Dempsey, went to Afghanistan last week to assess what is being done to prevent them in the future.
That challenge is made considerably harder by the fact that President Obama’s strategy for extricating the United States from the war in Afghanistan is to have U.S. personnel train, advise and otherwise help Afghan army and police units assume responsibility for its conduct as we rapidly pull out. Consequently, Afghans willing to take out Americans have plenty of opportunities to do so – and the latter are essentially unceasingly vulnerable to attack.
Unfortunately, an even bigger factor in our troops’ vulnerability to such violence is the refusal of their chain-of-command to recognize and understand, let alone effectively counter, the motivation behind it. For example, the commander of U.S. and other foreign forces in Afghanistan, Marine General John Allen, attributed the recent uptick in green-on-blue attacks to irritability on the part of Afghan personnel performing missions at high operational tempos while sweltering in summer heat and hungry due to the Ramadan fast. The appropriate response? In an August 24th op.ed. in the Washington Post (http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/we-can-build-a-durable-peace-in-afghanistan/2012/08/24/f1b86312-ed73-11e1-9ddc-340d5efb1e9c_story.html), the general declared that, “The closer the relationship, the more secure, ultimately, our troops will be.”
Syndicated columnist Diana West has caustically observed (http://www.dianawest.net/Home/tabid/36/EntryId/2217/Fire-General-Allen.aspx), “Like his brothers-in-brass, Allen is all about ideology – the Counter-Insurgency (COIN) ideology. This Leftist dogma transmuted to the battlefield is founded on the Big Lie of ‘universalism,’ which takes in the absurd but also liberty-threatening belief that all cultures, all religions, all civilizations have interchangeable values and aspirations. The theory is easily disproven, but it remains a commandment of postmodern gospel.”
Pursuant to the Team Obama-approved COIN doctrine, the posture our troops in harm’s way in Afghanistan must adopt is one of doing everything possible not to give offense to the Afghans. In fact, last February, the military distributed to U.S. forces in theater a handy pocket guide entitled, “Inside the Wire Threats – Afghanistan Green on Blue.” It is all about establishing of a “bond of trust” between Afghan army and NATO personnel.
Interestingly, another document produced for the military’s use in May 2011 shows why, as a practical matter, that can’t happen. This unclassified “red team” analysis suggested that the problem is, as its title suggests, “A Crisis of Trust and Cultural Incompatibility.” It found, based on extensive interviews with U.S. and NATO troops, that practices inspired by, condoned or even mandatory under the brutally repressive Islamist doctrine of shariah – such as the “poor treatment and virtual slavery of women in Afghan society,” the practice of child abuse including the “raping and sodomizing of little boys” and the torture of dogs – contributed to a “cultural gap” that alienated U.S. and Western personnel from their trainees and other native counterparts.
As noted by shariah expert and blogger Andrew Bostom (http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2012/08/army_report_buried_islamic_motivations_for_afghan_murders_of_us_troops.html), one of the recommendations (albeit, the fortieth out of fifty-eight) offered by the red team for addressing this underlying problem was, clearly at variance with the COIN party line: “Better educate US soldiers in the central tenets of Islam as interpreted and practiced in Afghanistan. Ensure that this instruction is not a sanitized, politically correct training package, but rather includes an objective and comprehensive assessment of the totalitarian nature of the extreme theology practiced among Afghans.”
The Obama administration responded to this red team analysis and its findings by ordering it to be rewritten and by classifying it. Then, the COIN-compatible pocket guide was promulgated, directing in the words of the inimitable Diana West (http://www.dianawest.net/Home/tabid/36/EntryId/2218/Dying-over-the-Truth-Murder-Inside-the-Wire.aspx) that:
“1) U.S. troops are to walk on eggs and refrain from saying or doing anything that might set off their armed, ‘hair-trigger moderate’ Afghan counterparts: ‘Avoid public rebukes,’ troops are told. ‘Counsel in private jointly with [the Afghan army] chain of command’….
“2) Worse, U.S. troops are ordered to assume the age-old role of the dhimmis, those wretched, self-censoring non-Muslims repressed and stunted by Islamic law: ‘Respect Islam, Koran or a mosque; Afghan women, elders and children. Avoid arrogance; i.e., belief that ISAF culture is superior to Afghan culture.’”
Whatever we call such behavior – “politically correct,” “multicultural,” “diversity-minded” or simply “sensitive” – our enemies perceive it through the lens of their culture and, more importantly, the doctrine that governs it, namely shariah. Specifically, they understand it for what it is: submission. And, according to that doctrine, the appropriate response to an infidel enemy’s submission is more violence to make him, as the Quran puts it, “feel subdued.”
Accordingly, if we persist in this submissiveness, far from winning Afghan hearts and minds, we are likely to put not just our troops there at ever greater risk. We will invite our foes to engage in more jihadist violence elsewhere, including here.
By Chuck Muth
NEVADA PAULISTAS PUNCH SELVES IN THE EYE
Welcome to Wayne’s World, Nevada.
Look, I’ve said all along that as long as the Ron Paul folks were following the rules, their efforts to wrest control of the Nevada GOP from establishment Republicans was fine and dandy.
Indeed, the Paulistas showed up en masse at the Nevada GOP Convention in Sparks in May and had the votes to elect as delegates to the national convention who they wanted to elect and approve the rules, resolutions and platform planks they wanted to implement. Majority rule. That’s the rule.
Alas, when the shoe was on the other foot – when the Paul folks got to Tampa and were in the minority and didn’t get their way – delegation leader Wayne Terhune – perhaps the biggest complainer and loudest whiner over alleged rule-breaking at the 2008 Nevada GOP convention – said, “Screw the rules.”
He and 16 other members of the Nevada delegation then proceeded to vote for Dr. Paul even though they said all along they’d follow the rules and vote for Mitt Romney on the first ballot.
What an embarrassment to the legions of honorable, well-intentioned Paul supporters here in the Silver State who suffered the loss of all respect and trust for their movement thanks to Terhune, whose word has been demonstrably proven to be absolutely worthless.
“It was absolutely bizarre and just disgusting to see them (Terhune’s Paul delegates) purposely break the law,” said Nevada Republican National Committeeman Bob List. “Every other state with a split vote represented it accurately. But they didn’t.”
Or as James Smack, a rock-solid Ron Paul supporter and Nevada Republican National Committeeman-elect, put it in a statement late Tuesday afternoon:
“The actions of an unruly few should not color the entire state party, and we share the frustration of all Nevada Republicans by the actions taken by a delegation that chose not to follow the rules.”
But those actions HAVE colored the entire Nevada GOP, which is collectively red-faced over Terhune’s actions.
Heckuva job, Wayne.
MORE ON THE PAUL INSURRECTION
Morning Score reports that Ron Paul’s son, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, “plans to make the case” in his convention speech tonight “that it is better for the movement to work with the GOP establishment rather than from the rebellious fringe.”
Hear that, Wayne Terhune?
Morning Score also reports today that “Ron Paul is being denied a speaking slot this week because he refuses to endorse or release his delegates to Romney.”
That’s a smokescreen. It’s not that Paul hasn’t endorsed Romney; it’s that some of Paul’s views are markedly different from those of the nominee and establishment Republicans…and the congressman surely wouldn’t agree to prior restraint of his remarks.
Do you remember the hue and cry from Republicans in 1992 when Democrats wouldn’t let pro-life Pennsylvania Gov. Bob Casey speak at their convention because Casey was publicly at odds with the party’s nominee, Bill Clinton, on the issue of abortion? Explain to me how this is different.
It’s not. And the Paul folks have every right to be angry with the snub.
My criticism above of *some* Paul supporters aside, this is the REPUBLICAN National Convention, not the ROMNEY National Convention. Sorry, but REPUBLICAN Dr. Paul has MORE than earned the right to speak in Tampa at the REPUBLICAN convention.
If the GOP really wants “unity” at the end of its convention, it ought to find a last-minute way to work Dr. Paul into Thursday night’s program. And don’t tell me it can’t be done. If organizers were able to find a way to combine Monday’s cancelled speeches with Tuesday’s, surely they could find a way to allow Paul to address the convention.
If they wanted to.
FAMOUS LAST WORDS
“(Barack Obama is) worse than (Jimmy) Carter. Carter was a governor. At least he ran something in his life. This guy hasn’t even run a bath.” – Political strategist Roger Stone
“(Barack Obama has) never run a company. He hasn’t even run a garage sale or seen the inside of a lemonade stand.” – RNC Chairman Reince Priebus
There are times when you need more than just a printer. Having a copier, scanner, and fax machine can turn your home-printing center into a certified home office. Multifunctional printers are a booming market, and consumers have a plethora of choices nowadays. Here are some of the best inkjet printers that you can find today.
Dell V525w Wireless Inkjet Printer
Just like most multifunction printers in its price range, the V525w wireless inkjet printer serves a variety of roles at home and in the office. This printer uses Dell Inkjet Ink and can serve as a shared printing device in a small office as well as a personal printer in a home office setting. Core functions include faxing, printing, scanning, and copying. The only photocentric feature is the PictBridge port for directly printing from cameras. However, this port also serves for office use, giving users the convenience of printing or scanning from a USB device. If you are looking at light duty use in any size of office, this Dell inkjet printer is the right choice, with its high quality output, speed, multifunction features, and affordable price.
HP Officejet 8600 Plus
The Officejet 8600 is a great multifunctional printer that produces professional-quality documents and photos, with several connectivity options, and robust features like cloud printing, legal-size scanning, and an auto-duplexer. If you have enough space in your office for large size equipment, the HP Officejet 8600 may be right for you. With its fast printing speeds, this printer is perfect for home users, offices, and photo enthusiasts who are looking for an upgrade. The only not so good thing about this device is how its touch screen needs aggressive finger taps to activate display functions, and you cannot calibrate sensitivity. With its cloud printing functionality and connectivity features, the Officejet 8600 Plus is a solid performer in any work environment that requires high quality image and document prints.
Epson Workforce 845
Though it is pretty pricey compared to other inkjet printers in the market, the Epson Workforce 845 boasts excellent print speed and quality, with hardware working in wireless networking, auto duplexing, and mobile printing support. The Epson Workforce 845 is the firm’s latest flagship multifunctional printer for medium and large offices that need an all in one device for printing a high volume of photos, presentations, and documents. The Epson 845 is stocked with the company’s newest portfolio of printing features, which works with Apple and Google’s cloud printing services. Photo printing speeds are quite slower for the traditional inkjets, and its packaging doesn’t include Ethernet cables and USB for tethered connection. Though this printer isn’t recommended for hardcore photographers, the Workforce 845 features all the extras you need, especially when it comes to mobile printing software.
Lexmark Platinum Pro 905
The Lexmark Platinum Pro is a multifunctional printer that boasts foolproof Smart Solutions widgets, easy wireless system, comprehensive driver features, and fast printing speeds. The Platinum Pro 905 is a fully functional all in one printer, but its touch screen may throw a wrench in your normal workflow. Although the Smart Solutions widgets offer customization to your work panel, most experts still want a few hard buttons to make device manipulation easier and smoother. There is no doubt that the Platinum Pro 905 is among the fastest printers in the market today, but with a price tag of $400, it should be the fastest.
Movies provide you, the viewer, with an immersive experience, where sound and sight blend together to take you to a faraway place. In the past, you could only get this dreamy escape in a movie theater, with its digital surround sound and gigantic screen. Forget the trip and annoyance of going to public cinemas. Enjoying movies at the comfort of your very own home is a better experience, with the right components. Here are some of the most essential components you will need for the ultimate home theater.
The Big Picture
The TV screen is considered as the centerpiece of your home theater, and the bigger it is, the better your home theater will be. The appropriate TVs for home theater systems are roughly divided into three categories: flat panel, front projectors, and rear projection TVs. Flat panels and rear projection TVs are able to produce wide screen, high definition images. Front projectors are able to create sharp, crisp pictures in bigger screen sizes (up to ten feet or more). Think about a 65-inch display which delivers superb contrast ratio, ultra sharp videos, and crisp images. Originally made for digital business presentations, compact front projectors are getting popular for home theaters. High definition, low-noise models begin at $1,000 and can produce large, clear images.
Network Connections and Computer Cables
Video inputs and outputs determine how your TV gets signals from a computer, a DVD player, a satellite receiver, a cable box, or other external device. The S Video inputs offer cleaner and higher resolution images, while still using wires. Good quality Computer Cables and wires are needed for home theatre systems, since the reliability and speed of hardware connectivity they offer are pretty hard and would cost a lot more to beat. Component inputs offer the colors and luminance of a video signal on separate wires and allow connection of high definition sources. HDMI carries video signals not only from high definition sources, but also from DVD players. If you are aiming for best picture quality, purchase a component connection or HDMI.
A Universal Remote
Get a good universal remote that will allow you to access your TV, DVD, and cable in one device. Today’s modern universal remote control devices are able to manipulate components through cabinets and walls through radio frequency. You can find even touch screen remote control devices nowadays. Although it is easier and more convenient to use, they may react a bit slower compared to the standard ones.
Surround Sound Audio
While the visual elements are at the forefront of your home theater, sound is the only component that totally immerses you in the experience. For you to achieve theater-quality audio, you need more than built-in speakers that came with your stereo system. Get a surround sound system from brands like Paradigm, JBL, or Bose that includes right, left, and center speakers. You also need to have two satellite speakers and a subwoofer for a wonderful rumbling bass. Many premier home theater systems feature an A/V receiver box, which acts as a hub for all audio input coming from various components, decodes sound signals, and balances sound before transferring it to the speakers.
Blu-rays are now a commodity these days, so make sure you get one that is on sale for access to the cleanest and prettiest video in the industry today. The advantages of having a blu-ray are apparent. The video output from standard DVDS contains less than 350,000 pixels, while a 1080p video has more than 2 million—this translates to premier resolution detail. Make the most out of your high definition television screen by upgrading to a blu-ray player.
Mobile apps are great. They connect us to our email—for better or worse—they let us share photos and videos, they entertain us, and now there’s an app to tell us whether it is too hot to go outside. No, it is not just some normal weather app that lets you know when the thermometer passes 90 degrees, but instead an app developed to calculate the heat index at your work site and let you know if it is too hot to work today.
This application for workers who brave the summer heat each day between May and August cost taxpayers $643,000, according to a recently released Freedom of Information Act request made by Americans for Limited Government. The report goes on to detail that actual development of the app by Eastern Research Group cost taxpayers $200,000.
That would be more than a half million dollars to design and develop an application that provides the same information that you can find in the back of your local newspaper, on the news or in the native weather applications for both the iPhone and Android devices that the application was designed to run on. With government spending half a million dollars on applications such as this, it should at least be the best weather application available. But, it currently is receiving two and a half stars in the app store with one comment of, “This is no doubt the worst app I have ever come across in app store.”
Chris Matthews makes a very good living accusing other white people of being racist. It’s a strange occupation, but as much as it pains me to admit, Chris Matthews is neither crazy nor stupid. He is wrong a lot. He is cloying and irritating. He is certainly tedious. But he is not crazy or stupid, so he cannot be entirely dismissed.
Matthews suffers from an idealized version of history in which rebellious liberals spoke truth to power and ended the Vietnam War. These same heroic souls marched with Martin Luther King. They locked arms and stared down billy clubs and riot police across the South in non-violent unity until their example taught the nation how to love. Matthews’ liberals risked their lives to close the book on segregation. They set American women free from the patriarchal shackles of the homestead. They organized against greedy corporations until they paid union workers a living wage. With open hearts and generous spirits, Matthews’ liberals have been righting wrongs for 50 years, and, by God, they’re not done yet.
To be clear, I’m not setting up a straw man. Matthews and his boomer ilk believe these things in their heart of hearts. They must. How else could they screechingly accuse the rest of us of racism, greed and selfishness with such conviction? To be an American liberal today, one begins by patting himself on the back for all of the good thoughts he has for mankind. It doesn’t matter that Joe Biden and Barack Obama give nothing to charity (or that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan give a great deal). Joe and Barack care more.
Mythology is central and precious to the progressive left. Liberals have to believe that they are generous and high-minded and thoroughly good for two simple reasons. First, because socialism has a long and uninterrupted history of failure. From the birth of Marx to Hitler’s Germany to Stalin’s Russia, all the way to today’s rioting Greeks and the soon-to-be crumbling socialized democracies of Western Europe, the masterminds of big central government always seem to manage their countries into bloody ruins.
The second reason liberals need to believe they are better than the rest of us is to justify their seizures. Chris Matthews isn’t passing a hat around to raise money for welfare moms. He wants the government to seize the necessary funds. Liberals aren’t asking. They want to take. To justify the taking, they need to believe that they’re very good, that their cause is virtuous, and that anyone who doesn’t agree is, by definition, evil.
Liberal boomers like Chris Matthews are an odd bunch. They were kids during the sixties and most were spectators to the civil rights movement. Few were called to serve their country in Vietnam. Even fewer answered the call. Still, they like to dress themselves in the scars of wounds suffered by others. They have a reflexive need to apologize for America. Some insist that they’re patriotic, but they’re always against our wars, our foreign policy. They ridicule our Founding Fathers. They’re embarrassed of our history and culture.
In his seminal masterpiece “Orthodoxy,” G.K. Chesterton wrote that “Tradition is the democracy of the dead.” So how do the American dead vote? Our foremost tradition is independence. Faith and charity are close runners-up. Throughout our history, Americans have taken care of themselves and their neighbors, while placing their faith in God. In short, America is the least hospitable environment imaginable for modern liberals like Chris Matthews, who want the government to take care of everything and everyone.
I’ve always been mystified by liberals who harp on racism and choose to see oppression everywhere. But maybe it isn’t such a mystery. In order to achieve their political ends, liberals need to demonize their opponents and denigrate our traditions. That’s an unpleasant way to live. No wonder Chris Matthews is so cranky.
Yates Walker is a conservative activist and writer. Before becoming involved in politics, he served honorably as a paratrooper and a medic in the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This article originally appeared @ The Daily Caller
NOTE: With regards to the Senate, which is currently held in Democratic control with a 53 to 47 split, Rob Jesmer, the executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, who was also at the event, said he thinks “we have a real great shot,” of winning control of the chamber. Acknowledging Akin is unlikely to win Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill’s seat, after making comments about “legitimate” rape, Jesmer added, “We just hit a bump in the road in Missouri, but we feel that is offset, by Connecticut, moving in the right direction, Ohio, moving in the right direction, Michigan moving in the right direction, and so we feel we have a really good shot of winning.” About Akin’s odds, he added, “I just don’t see a path to victory for him right now.”
From the National Journal:
Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, predicted on Wednesday that Republicans will pick up a net of five to seven House seats in November.
Speaking at a National Journal/Atlantic/CBS News event at the National Republican Convention in Tampa, Sessions said he was confident that Republicans put the necessary work in last year to defend new members who were swept into office in 2010 and had built an aggressive plan to maintain those gains and add more seats this fall.
“This year is about offense and winning those new seats. I believe we will win a net of five to seven new seats across this country because we are playing offense not trying to protect what we have,” Sessions said.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, predictably, has refuted Sessions’ optimistic outlook. DCCC officials have said that Mitt Romney’s choice of Rep. Paul Ryan and the recent scandal involving Rep. Todd Akin — combined with Congress’ massive unpopularity — help tilt the odds in their favor.
Sessions said that last year, he and the NRCC’s deputy chairman, Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., “divvied up the country and spent our time to make sure that our incumbents — we call patriots — are going to win. We did that.”