I happened to notice a comment suggesting Thomas Jefferson was the first President to host an Iftar dinner at the White House. That is patently untrue. The first recorded Iftar dinner happened in 2001 barely a month after the 9\11 attacks. What happened in 1805 was the Ambassador of Tripoli was scheduled for a dinner with Jefferson to discuss the paying tribute to the Barbary pirates of Tripoli in order to prevent them attacking US merchant ships. The dinner was scheduled for 3:30 in the afternoon. The ambassador relayed that he could not make a 3:30 dinner because it was the month of Ramadan so Jefferson, greatly annoyed, changed the time for later in the evening. But, he certainly didn’t change the menu to make it Muslim friendly. In the end, Jefferson became fed up with them and ordered the blockade of Tripoli and it’s ultimate invasion, which inspired the phrase in the Marine Corp Hymn “_to the shores of Tripoli.”. Jefferson’s purchase of the Koran was simply to see for himself if the Koran actually called for the savageness the pirates were inflicting on the people the pirates were capturing. His discovery that it did also informed his decision on the blockade and invasion of Tripoli.
 June 4, 2014 at 4:56pm
Here is the low down. The phrase is indeed a common one in Islam. Muslims speak the phrase a minimum of five times each and every single day. The use of the phrase can easily be dismissed as a precondition to release. Why? The beard is a dead giveaway. That beard has been gowing for a while and certainly started before any negotiations jn earnest on the traitor son’s release. These people are Muslim, at least father and son. That, incidentally, explains why he was the only prisoner who was not in some way summarily executed by the Taliban. That being said, there is one thing that happened in relation to all of this that has received virtually no coverage at all that I have seen. Obama outed the Kabul CIA station chief in this process and we hear barely hear a word? Yet when Valerie Plane, who was not performing any covert duties at the time was outed that is just about all we heard about for two straight years? Wag the dog?
April 8, 2014 at 2:44pm
Here is an excellent post to read up:
dubya dubya dubya DOT huffingtonpost DOT com FSLAH 2012 FSLASH 07FSLASH 02 FSLASH corporate-political-donations_n_1644375 DOT html
It lists the ten or eleven top corporate donors as of July 2012. Notice that Koch industries is nowhere in the list and HuffPo provided the info.
April 8, 2014 at 2:34pm
First of all, you might want to jot down thiss bit of info:
dubya dubya ubya DOT huffingtonpost DOT com FSLASH 2012 FSLASH 07 FSLASH 02 FSLASH corporate-political-donations_n_1644375 DOT html
This lists the top 10 or 11 corporations who donate to political causes as of July 2012. Note Koch Industries is nowhere to be found in the list. Then tell them you got this information from huffpo. LOL
March 22, 2014 at 12:16am
Also, I saw a pic of Justina taken shortly before her enslavement in MA. She was ice skating and appeared to be in relatively good health. 13 months later she is confined to a wheel chair, her hair is falling out and her gum line is receding. In short, her health has deteriorated drastically, while under direct, strict, enslaved control of the MA state health and DCFS morons. That tells me all I need to know.
March 22, 2014 at 12:13am
Yep, warped reality is about the best he can come up with. Throw a lot of meaningless smoke. Probably a paid troll for BCH or DCFS. The specific allegations cited are baseless. It is a very common event for those with rare/exotic conditions to go through several different doctors before finally finding a regimen of treatment that actually begins to improve health. So, when you go to your doc three, four or five times with the same complaint and find no improvement in the regimen he provides you do you keep going back for more? Or do you get a second, third or fourth opinion until your health improves? I have a cousin who has two boys, both with a genetic disorder. They knew very early on something wasn’t right with them and it took going through several doctors before a correct diagnosis was made. My wife has a cousin who has a son that no one has been able to diagnose what is wrong with him. They too went from doctor to facility to doctor trying to come up with something that would improve his health. The treatments he is receiving now is the most effective they have found but still does not completely alleviate the symptoms.
March 3, 2014 at 5:10pm
Let me be very succinct here. Just prior to Justina being admitted to the Boston prison, I have seen a pic of her ice skating and from strictly a physical perspective, appears to be in good health. The conclusion is whatever treatment she was receiving from Tuft’s appeared to be effective. Fast forward one year and current pics demonstrate the treatment she was receiving from the Boston prison has so thoroughly debilitated her that her hair is falling out, her gum line is receding and she is confined to a wheel chair. The conclusion is the Boston prison hasn’t a clue what they are doing. But, then again, you can’t expect world class care from a doc on the 7th month of his internship after college. Yeah, they all need to be sued into oblivion.
February 28, 2014 at 7:52pm
Will you go back for more failing treatments? Or will you go to another doc to see if you can get the right diagnosis and proper prescription? Yes, most people will keep getting second opinions until a doc gets the diagnosis and treatment right. How do we know it is right? Because your health or quality of life improves. Nothing else in this case is of importance except that Justina appeared to be in reasonably good health just prior to her imprisonment by Boston and after the one year imprisonment is at the entrance to death’s door.
February 28, 2014 at 7:48pm
Seems we have some trolls on here trying to throw up an awful lot of smoke. Perhaps they work for MA DCFS and are trying desperately to turn the tide on this story. I’ve got a few things to say and it may take a couple of posts to get it all out. First, let’s not lose sight of what is important here. That is the health of a child, Justina Pelletier. Just prior to Justina being imprisoned by Boston medical authorities, I have seen a pic of her ice skating and she appears to be in reasonably good health. Pics taken recently show us a child whose health has significantly deteriorated over the last year while imprisoned under the STRICT CONTROL OF MEDICAL AUTHORITIES. That is all the evidence I need to see. Whatever her treatment prior to the imprisonment appeared to be working. Most definitely her treatment after the imprisonment FAILED COMPLETELY!!! That being said, I have a cousin who has two sons that have genetic disorders. When they were toddlers it became apparent something wasn’t right. It took a few years and I don’t know how many doctors before they finally got the right diagnosis. Just because someone has to go through a bunch of docs to get a proper diagnosis, especially when we are talking rare/exotic illnesses or conditions, does not mean they are shopping for a diagnosis. What will you do when you go to a doc, get a diagnosis, are prescribed a treatment and the treatment doesn’t work?
February 28, 2014 at 7:33pm
The conclusion is, just because someone fires doctors or seeks new ones does not automatically mean they are “shopping” for a particular illness. In most cases, exotic/rare illnesses are misdiagnosed initially and take going through several doctors before the proper diagnosis is rendered. For that reason I give little weight to the numbers of docs they had to go through. The evidence is always, ALWAYS, in the health of the patient. Just prior to her trip to Boston, she appeared to be in good health. In the little over a year since she was imprisoned there, she appears to be on the verge of death. Whatever the treatment she was receiving prior to her trip to Boston appeared to be working. Whatever her treatment after being imprisoned by Boston appears to be nearly killing her. Again. all the evidence I need.
February 28, 2014 at 7:21pm
@back to reality: perhaps you are a troll paid for by MA DCFS. The Pelletier financial situation is irrelevant to the child’s health. The allegations of doctor shopping are also irrelevant. Exhibit A, I have seen a pic of Justina taken only a short time before the trip to Boston. She is seen ice skating and appears to be in good health. Exhibit B, current pics of Justina show she has suffered hair loss, weight loss, and a general deterioration of her health, all in the one year span she was removed from the care of her family and Tufts and placed under care at Boston. Conclusion: the misdiagnosis by Boston is evident in that the child’s health quite visibly and significantly deteriorated over the last year, WHILE UNDER THEIR STRICTLY CONTROLLED CARE. That’s all I need to know about that. However, to further rebut your introduction of an awful lot of smoke to the discussion, I will say the diagnosis of exotic/rare diseases is tough. In many cases the parents have to go from doctor to doctor to find one who eventually gets the diagnosis right and gets the child on a regimen that actually improves the child’s health. I have a cousin with two sons, both with genetic disorders. They experienced this first hand as they hand to go through many doctors before one properly diagnosed the illness. Likewise my wife has a cousin with a son that to date, no one has been able to completely diagnosis his condition.
 February 15, 2014 at 12:14am
Folks, justangry is correct. If Republican candidates get bogged down in the social issue minutia, there are enough single issue voters out there who will turn against them just because of that. It is sad they would rather have the country die so they can enjoy their abortions, homosexuality or whatever other issue you might want to name. The best course of action is for Republican candidates to steer clear of the social issues and hammer what is really important, the economy, jobs, inflation, etc. If they do that, many of those single issue voters will actually vote for them.
January 27, 2013 at 10:53pm
Perhaps this would be an appropriate place to repost this quote:
“The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president.”
Yep, I have actually started agreeing with just letting the liberal schmucks do what they want. THen, when everything collapses, outlaw anything related to government controlling anything and get this country fixed the right way. Make any comment or suggestion that even hints at government getting involved in domestic STATE affairs an act of treason punishable by death.
November 15, 2012 at 11:13pm
Actually the September report dropped to 7.8% primarily because California did not report their numbers in time for that report. By the October report, we were back up to 7.9%. That number is likely going to climb to at least 8.5% by 1 Jan and be back in the 9% range next year.
November 15, 2012 at 10:52pm
@PORK_ANVIL: Actually, he is dead on in his allegory. Why do you suppose the largest portion of employment gains over the last few months have been either those who have had their hours cut back or those who have found part time work? That is the wave of the future. Why? Because Obamacare mandates any employer who employs 50 or more full time equivalent workers (defined as a worker who works 30 or more hours per week) must provide health insurance for the employees or pay a fine. How do you get away with not paying for either? Work all of your employees for less than 30 hours per week. What exactly are you going to be able to afford on part time work? Then, there is one other option several employers are beginning to implement. They are now contracting out their work rather than carrying a payroll. Why? Because they then don’t pay social security taxes, medicare/obamacare taxes, unemployment insurance, workmans comp,, ect. The independent contractor (employee) is now responsible for it all.
November 15, 2012 at 9:50pm
@GRADSTUDENT: You would be correct, you just legislate it the way you want people to live their lives and think.
November 15, 2012 at 9:41pm
Alright, encinom is lapping up the spoon fed ignorance peddled by the admin. Here are a few things for you encinom. 1) On 09/10, the purported video that set the muslim world ablaze on 09/11, had garnered a whopping 17 total views. That tells me the maker’s friends viewed it and that was about it. 2) There are plenty of video clips of the various demonstrations. There is one glaringly common element in all of them. It is called daylight. The Benghazi attack BEGAN at 10:00 PM Benghazi time. Hardly a time when a massive protest is going to make good cover for an attack. 3) The Libyan government validated within hours of the attack that there had been NO demonstrations in Benghazi that day. 4) Mortars were used in the attack. A mortar is not something you just throw across your shoulder and walk across the country side with. It also isn’t something you just hastily throw up and start shooting. It takes some site preparation and then time to assemble the thing before you can even begin to start firing one. We are talking a minimum of 3 – 4 hours doing it in all haste. This shows the attack was premeditated, and not something spontaneous as the administration has tried to get people to believe.
November 15, 2012 at 9:28pm
Yeah, that need to know thing was what had me going on the Bradley Manning thing. Heard anything about him lately? When they started trying to say he was responsible for leaking diplomatic cables I knew that was patently false. No junior grade military man is going to have access to any diplomatic cables at any level, unless he is working the crypto room at the embassy. Then he wouldn’t have access to all the military intel that was leaked. Again, the need to know thing. Yeah, I know something about the handling of classified information myself. Retired from the Air Force in 2005.
February 24, 2012 at 3:05pm
Brother, Ron Paul does not propose to ignore it. He proposes to folloow established precedent that has worked. Do you recall what major event transpired in 1983? The Marine Corps barracks in Beiruit was bombed by Hezbollah and we lost more than 230 Marines as a result. Reagan promptly withdrew all focres stating we did not understand their politics. He was correct. But, more importantly, we have not been attacked by Hexbollah since. Why? Because we got out of their business and left them alone. Since surrounding Iran and trying to force them to come to our terms at the barrel of a gun has not, is not, and will not work. It seems to me we need to change our approach. Perhaps pulling back and stopping the meddling, coupled with a stern warning that if you even attempt to develop and utilize nuclear weapons as an offensive weapon against anyone we will respond in kind, they might decide to scrap the idea and begin working with us. Another thing people don’t know. The world built up apparently false intel indicating Sadam Hussein did not have WMD. Even just a couple of days before the invasion, Hussein told one of his allies he did not know why the US was invading because he did not have WMD. We invaded and found none of significance. Theories abound as to what could have possibly happened to them. I have come to believe it was all a smoke screen to garner public support for the war. CONTINUED.