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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Ryan's The Man

I may have had misgivings early on about Mitt Romney's choice for running mate.  But my qualms were dispelled last night.  What a perfect speech.  From body language to intonation to pregnant pauses to smiles to that frequent appearance of having fun - not to mention the message itself - Paul Ryan proved to everyone in this country that he ain't no Joe Biden.

Better yet, Ryan proved to us that his oratory skills - with a completely different style - outclass the likes of Barack Obama, the greatest orator since Pericles.  Or not.

For those who missed the historic moment, here's Ryan's speech last night, in its entirety.  Enjoy.  Be proud:


His best line:

"It all started off with stirring speeches, Greek columns, the thrill of something new. Now all that’s left is a presidency adrift, surviving on slogans that already seem tired, grasping at the moment that has already passed, like a ship trying to sail on yesterday’s wind."

Superb.

The Man Of The Hour

So who is this Paul Ryan?

Here's an outline, originally appearing in Lost In America on August 13:
Well, early Saturday morning we learned that Congressman Paul Ryan, Republican from Wisconsin, is to be Mitt Romney's pick for the next Vice President of The United States.

What are we to think of this selection?  He's not a graduate of Columbia University.  He's not a graduate of Harvard.  He wasn't selected as the President of the Harvard Law Review.  He didn't get a special free quota scholarship ride to any prestigious university and, instead, had to work his way through Miami University of Ohio.  For God's sake the man drove the Oscar Mayer Wiener Truck one summer and waited tables another! 

One morning when Paul Ryan was sixteen years old he went in to wake his father up and found him dead of a heart attack.  He didn't write two books about that experience.  Instead, he assumed the role of adult at an early age, never having the luxury to pursue youthful drug use and the art of socialist revolution. 

Instead, Paul Ryan and his mother took his grandmother, suffering from Alzheimers, into the household and served as the primary care provider for his grandma.  His grandma wasn't the Vice President of the Bank of Hawaii so she could offer nothing in return, except the element of "need".

Once Paul Ryan got his BA in Economics from Miami University of Ohio he was hired as a staff economist in Wisconsin Senator Kastin's office.  The job must have not paid well because young Ryan moonlighted as a waiter and fitness trainer.  No one offered him a "token honor" position at the University of Chicago and a $200,000 dollar a year salary.

When a still young Paul Ryan returned to Wisconsin to run for Congress he didn't demonize his opponent and dig up dirt to shovel against him.  He waited until the standing Congressman vacated the office before seeking the office.   In Janesville, Wisconsin they don't have a big political machine to promote you, to criminalize your opponent; instead Paul Ryan had to go door to door and sit at kitchen tables and listen to his future constituents. 

After getting elected to Congress Paul Ryan didn't triumphantly march into Washington, buy himself a Georgetown townhouse and proceed over to K Street to rub elbows with lobbyists.  He bunked in his Congressional office and used the house gym for showers and a fresh change of clothes.

Paul Ryan then married and took his bride back to Janesville.  He lives on the same street he lived on as a kid and shares the neighborhood with eight other members of the Ryan clan.  He hunts with the local Janesville hunt club and attends PTA meetings and other civic functions.

For those who can't make those public functions, Paul Ryan bought an old bread truck, converted it into a "mobile constituent office" and drives around to meet with those who need his help and attention.

No, I don't know if we can vote for a guy like this.  He doesn't have a regal pedigree; he's Irish for God's sake!  No one awarded him a Nobel Peace Prize two months after getting elected.  No one threw flowers or got "chills down their leg" as a he took his seat in Congress.

What is most despicable about Paul Ryan is that he has had the nerve to write the House Budget for three years in a row.  He's is brazen and heartless in advocating in that budget for a $5 trillion dollar reduction in federal spending over the next ten years!  The House passed his budget three years in a row and three years in a row the Democratically controlled Senate has let it die in the upper house, without ever proposing a budget of their own.   What is wrong with this guy?  If Congress were to cut $5 trillion dollars from the budget where would the President get the money to give $500 million dollars to a bankrupt Solyndra?  Or $200 million dollars for bankrupt Energy 1?  Or $11 billion dollars to illegal aliens filing INIT, non-resident tax returns to claim $11 billion big ones in child tax credits, even for their children living in Mexico?

I don't know.  Paul Ryan seems heartless to me.  He keeps wanting to cut government waste, he keeps wanting to put a halt to those big GSA conventions in Vegas and, worse, he keeps trying to make people look at that $16.7 trillion dollar deficit!  The guy's no fun at all!

Who wants a numbers cruncher?  Who wants someone spoiling the party by showing folks the bill?  Nothing will spoil a party quicker than sending the host the bill before the party's over. 

Party Hearty folks!  At least until November.
Who is Paul Ryan? He's not from Hawaii. He wasn't raised in Indonesia. He didn't go to Harvard or Columbia. He wasn't handed the breaks in life others have.

He's one of us.

Washington Post Grasps At Straws

What are liberals to do when a conservative gives the speech of a lifetime and they know it?

Make stuff up.

This morning my attention was drawn to a particular Washington Post editorial in which an ultra-liberal there took Paul Ryan to task for appearing "to suggest" something that's "not true."

See "Mr. Ryan’s misleading speech."

To quote: "Mr. Ryan ... offered a speech that was part introduction of himself and his small-town origins, part testimonial to his running mate and — in largest part — a slashing and, in many elements, misleading indictment of President Obama as both a spent force and a threat to American freedom." [emphasis mine]

The first tip-off that this is an unjustified, empty, devoid-of-facts charge that Ryan had, "in many elements," been misleading is in the understanding that the editorial provides exactly zero examples of it.

ZERO.

And the only link it gives us is to another Post op/ed piece in which another ultra-liberal makes one charge of same. See "Ryan misleads on GM plant closing in hometown."

So how did Ryan mislead us?

Here's what he said in his speech last night about a Janesville, Wisconsin plant that has closed:

"Right there at that plant, candidate Obama said: ‘I believe that if our government is there to support you … this plant will be here for another hundred years.’ That’s what he said in 2008. Well, as it turned out, that plant didn’t last another year. It is locked up and empty to this day."

Where does that suggest that the plant closed as the result of anything Obama did?  Or that it closed at any particular point in time after Obama's speech?

It's a fabrication.  A stretch.  A desperate attempt to obfuscate.  To prevaricate.

A lie.

We learned in 2006 - with regard to another election - that the editorial board of the Washington Post will do anything - including perverting the truth - to get its liberal candidates elected.

Remember that, and this episode, when you read the schlock these lowlifes write.

If Obama Can't Pack 'Em In In Charlottesville ...

... all hope is lost.

He thrilled a massive crowd of supporters there in Virginia's Liberal Mecca a few years ago.  Now his people schedule a major campaign address in Charlottesville and they are still hawking tickets the night before?

Is the thrill gone?

Seems so.

The worst recession in American history will have that effect.

How sad everyone in Charlottesville must be.  They had such hope for the dude.  But he failed them.

Time for another slick politician to woo them with blather about hope and change and stuff?


Disgraceful

If it's not bad enough that our president has young men and women stationed in a hostile land for no good reason - a land where each day the death toll among our best and brightest mounts - there is the realization that he doesn't care.

Want proof?

Obama Honored Fallen SEALs By Sending Their Parents a Form Letter Signed By Electric Pen

It doesn't get any worse than that.

I'm reminded once again of another president who sent Americans into harm's way.  A president who appreciated the profound commitment he was asking - demanding as commander in chief - of those who were going into combat.


He cared.

Obama has an employee of an employee of an employee send out to the loved ones of those lost in battle a xeroxed copy of a letter expressing ... whatever.

Such the shame.

MSNBC Doing Its Best To Control The Message

Unfortunately for the neanderthal press, there's a new medium in town.  The weblog.  And those of us who participate in it fully intend to work around the dinosaur media and get that message out.

You've probably heard by now that NBC News and its nightmare of a stepsister, MSNBC, Omitted All Coverage From Minority Speakers at “Racist” RNC Convention.

The reason, no one doubts, is because the liberals who run NBC want the accepted mainstream press template to remain intact - that being that the Republican Party here in the USA is made up exclusively of white people.  With minorities present only to take their coats and feed them at the banquet table.

So speeches delivered at their convention by members of the GOP - members of minority status - are intentionally ignored.  Given no coverage.

Ted Cruz.  Brian Sandoval.  Artur Davis.  Mia Love.  Susanna Martinez.

That's shameful enough.

But the perfidy goes beyond that.

Those at NBC who chose to censor the information coming out of Tampa so as to maintain the narrative also chose to do so because they are frightened of the prospective leaders of tomorrow within the party gaining traction.

One of those leaders sure to make a name for himself in years to come?

The highly successful, extremely well liked, and very conservative Luis Fortuno of Puerto Rico.

What of his speech?

MSNBC Ignores Speech by Puerto Rican Governor Luis Fortuno, Interviews "Racist" Jan Brewer Instead

They disgust me.

More importantly, they steel my resolve.

We will get the message out.  No matter how hard liberals in this country try to stifle the dissemination of information that might mold informed decisions in the voting booth.

We will get the message out.

Here's Luis Fortuño's speech to the convention.



Here's some background on the GOP's rising star.

Message delivered.

Spot The Idiot

This is typical stuff coming out of the Democrats' favorite house organ:

"MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell said Wednesday that a reference to President Obama’s golfing in Sen. Mitch McConnell’s upcoming RNC speech is an attempt to link the president to Tiger Woods and his “lifestyle.”

I'm surprised this fool didn't find a comparison between McConnell's golf reference and the horrific days of the Rwandan genocide. Since both Obama's golf game and the brutal extermination of hundreds of thousands of Tutsi tribesmen and women in 1994 ivolved the use of clubs.

But then maybe I don't want to give this shit-for-brains at MSNBC any ideas.

How They Do Whine

The media and the Democrats have been in a complete meltdown today, hours after Paul Ryan delivered the speech of the decade.  They're in complete panic mode:
Ryan and His Panicky Critics
The president’s apologists correctly sense peril for their favored candidate.
By James C. Capretta, National Review Online

Paul Ryan’s speech accepting the Republican party’s nomination for vice president was everything that could have been hoped for by the Romney campaign and more. It made the case against President Obama in devastating terms — using humor and memorable line after memorable line to drive home the main point that the president has been a miserable failure in office. The speech is likely to have lasting impact in this campaign.

Which perhaps explains the panicky reaction of the mainstream press and Ryan’s liberal critics. Almost from the moment Ryan finished his speech, apologists for the president (including the Washington Post [like I said]) have come out swinging, quite plainly indignant that Ryan landed so many punches when the usual media filters couldn’t stop him.

And, so, not surprisingly, these same apologists have resorted to the usual kind of smear tactics — accusing Ryan of offering up misleading arguments and even “lies.” These criticisms of Ryan’s speech are absurd. Everything Ryan said is factual and a fair reading of the record and prior events.

Paul Ryan’s acceptance speech was a tour de force, and a clear success. One measure of that success is the intensity and emptiness of the attacks coming his way. The irony is that these attacks — intended to damage Ryan by undermining his credibility — are more likely to be seen by the electorate for what they really are: desperate and dishonest tactics from those willing to say and do anything to hang on to power. [link]
Leftists in this country have gone nuts today over the Ryan speech.

A good day it is.

Send a Message To Obama

Mr. President, I Built This:



I and my father. And his father. And his father before him. And my son. And his son ...

America. We built this.

How Is It Our Country Is So Screwed Up?

Glenn Beck explains:


It's shocking what we've allowed them to do to our country.