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Drunkblogging the RNC – Day Three IV

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10:32 – And here comes Romney!

10:33 – Romney’s coming in like a President does for the State of the Union address. Brilliant!

10:42 – Solid beginning. You were promised change, but it didn’t happen. You’re working harder. He wants America to succeed, so he wished President Obama had succeeded, but he didn’t.

10:45 – Neil Armstrong’s boots made a permanent impression on the moon and on our souls. Nice.

10:46 – The confidence to know that when the world needs someone to do the really big stuff, you need an American. Can anyone imagine Obama saying something like that?

10:54 – You know there’s something wrong when the best feeling you have for Barack Obama was the day you voted for him.

10:58 – In America we celebrate success, we don’t apologize for success.

11:00 – Now turning to the future. What can be. Just what he needs to do.

11:04 – Energy independence. Yes, jobs, and kicking our enemies to the curb.

11:08 – No, Mr. President, America takes out dictators.

11:09 – Hitting hard on foreign policy. “Our friends will see more loyalty, and Mr. Putin a little less flexibility.”

11:11 – Looks like the peroration is coming.

11:12 – A military so strong that no nation will dare test it.

11:13 – Done and one. Romney did what he needed to do in this speech.

A glass raised to the 45th President of the United States!

Drunkblogging the RNC – Day Three III

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10:02 – Clint Eastwood!

10:03 – Save a little for Mitt. Heh.

10:06 – Eastwood is talking to an empty chair in which he’s having an imaginary dialogue with Obama. That’s fantastic! And Obama told him to shut up!

10:08 – “I’m not gonna shut up. It’s my turn.”

10:09 – “You’re getting as bad as Biden.” This is vicious. I love it.

10:11 – Apparently Obama is suggesting Romney and Eastwood do something to themselves which is anatomically improbable.

10:12 – We own this country. Politicians are our employees. That is the truth.

10:14 – OK, Eastwood stole the show. Can’t say I’m surprised.

10:15 – And here comes Rubio. Tough act to follow.

10:19 – The problem with Obama is not that he’s a bad person. He’s a bad president.

10:22 – Fourth Martini.

10:24 – “To whom much is given, much will be required.” St. Benedict not Karl Marx.

Drunkblogging the RNC – Day Two II

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9:02 – The founder of Staples is speaking. The Obama campaign wants us to focus on one closed steel mill, and ignore the success that Bain made of Staples. How many people are employed by Staples? How many businesses are empowered by Staples? I'm thinking a lot.

9:43 – The Olympians are speaking. Kinda slow. I think it’s time for the third Martini!

10:01 – The obligatory slickly produced video on the candidate. Nicely done. Cute kids.

Drunkblogging the RNC – Day Three

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So, the third and last day of the RNC. Martini in hand, I await the big moment – Romney's acceptance speech.

7:52 pm – Newt and Callista Gingrich are tag-teaming. Not the best time slot, but good in the interest of party unity.

8:00 – Good video by elected Hispanics. Best part was the other party taking them for granted. Needs to be said early and often.

8:05 – Jeb Bush takes the podium. His brother “kept us safe.” All too true, and Obama has not.

8:07 – Time to stop blaming your predecessor. A real leader would take responsibility.

8:09 – Segueing to education. Good. A critical area in our country which has too long been in the iron grip of unions and lefties. Our public education performance is abysmal.

8:38 – Two old folks are at the podium. A retired firefighter and his wife from Medford, MA. The race to prove Romney isn’t a vulcan is on.

8:46 – Powerful story by a mother who nearly lost her daughter of three months. Mitt was there for her family.

8:50 – Second Martini.

8:51 – Bain Capital has been spoken out loud! Let the true story come out.

Drunkblogging the RNC – Day Two IV

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10:26 – RNC video looking at the magnificent USS Wisconsin. Paul Ryan comng up!

10:27 – I think the election turns on this speech. This will change the trajectory.

10:28 – Word is, much of this is his stump speech. We'll see.

10:29 – Wow! That forum is packed!

10:30 – The President is pretty experienced at throwing away money. Heh.

10:34 – Focus on Obama’s failure. Plants he promised would stay open that haven’t. College graduates unable to find work. The Stimulus patronage and cronyism.

10:37 – Rules, mandates, fees, and fines that have no place in a free country. Welcome to Obamacare.

10:38 – “The biggest, coldest part of Obamacare came at the expense of the elderly. 716 billion dollars funneled out of Medicare to pay for an entitlement we didn’t even ask for. The greatest threat to Medicare is Obamacare.” Ouch.

10:40 – Who would have thought Medicare would be a Republican issue this time. Paul Ryan, that’s who.

10:42 – A presidency grasping at yesterday’s wind. Lovely.

10:43 – We have suffered no shortage of words. What is missing is leadership.

10:46 – They have no answer to this simple reality: we need to stop spending money we don’t have. Yes! Math is hard!

10:49 – Betty!

10:51 – A shoutout to Jack Kemp, and well deserved!

10:53 – Obama may blame others but the rest of us have to live in his economy. College students shouldn’t have to stare at faded Obama posters for hope. Brilliant.

10:54 – A country where everything is free but us. Tell it Brother Paul!

10:56 – A challenger must stand on his own merits.

10:57 – I’ve heard songs on Governor Romney’s iPod that I’ve heard on elevators. Generation X is here!

11:00 – Ryan also tackles the Mormon issue. Bearing the image of the Lord of Life, we are made for a reason.

11:01 – Even presidents need reminding, that our rights come from nature and nature’s God.

11:03 – “Let’s get this done.” The next vice president of the United States, and clearly the future president of the United States.

Drunkblogging the RNC – Day Two III

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9:55 – Condi! Condi! Condi!

9:56 – MSNBC has just cut to a commercial.

9:57 – Why has this woman removed herself from the political field? I understand, I sympathize, I just don’t approve.

9:58 – “We stand for free peoples, and free markets. We will defend and support them.” Amen.

10:01 – “We do not have a choice. We cannot be reluctant to lead. And you cannot lead from behind.”

10:02 – Our military strength will be safe in Mitt Romney’s hands. Implication: it is not in Obama’s.

10:05 – I must note that Phyllis Schlafly would approve of Condi’s outfit. Also, if Qaddafi were still alive he’d be Tivoing this speech.

10:08 – Immigration is a major theme that a lot of these speakers are hitting. Not illegal but legal immigration. I wonder if it’s too subtle though.

10:14 – All I can say is she’s still young. Run for office Condi!

10:15 – Governor Susana Martinez of New Mexico.

10:17 – She speaks of a .357 Magnum. Wow.

10:21 – “I’ll be damned! We’re Republicans!” I see a Bumper sticker.

10:23 – The national debt: He did build that.

10:24 – Martini number four!

Drunkblogging the RNC – Day Two II

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9:00 – Senator Rob Portman speaks. The 'safe' VP choice. Good for him though, he says the list wasn't short enough.

9:02 – Great question: with which candidate would you invest your life savings. Crikey, that’s not even hard for liberals.

9:03 – FDR and Truman won an entire World War in four years. Heh.

9:04 – Blaming others does not qualify as a plan. Also, zero votes for his budget which is a failure of leadership.

9:08 – Framing the election as a choice, not a referendum. Like Medicare, the Republicans are this time playing on the Democratic field and winning. This is different.

9:09 – “No more years!” Heh.

9:11 – Telling the story of his parents building their business. Again and again, this is the quintessential American story. Barack Obama doesn’t get that, and I very much doubt he gets how alien his “You didn’t build that” sounds to American ears. Liz Warren, aka ‘Crockajawea,’ gave him this. It may be her biggest contribution to the 2012 election cycle.

9:18 – Luis Fortuno, Governor of Puerto Rico is speaking. MSNBC you gettin’ this? Copy that.

9:30 – Lord, Tim Pawlenty and the third Martini. Those two things don’t go together!

9:31 – Good lines, some Obama bashing, but this guy is still from Minnesota.

9:33 – Best Line Ever! Sorry Obama, “a lot of people fail at their first job.”

9:37 – “Can do spirit and a lifetime of success.” This is a key thing about Romney. He has succeeded at every single thing he has ever attempted, with the sole exception of unseating Ted Kennedy in 1994. My nephew asked about his inability to get the nomination in 2008, but that too is a success. Republicans run in advance, and get nominated in the next available cycle. And so it is with Romney.

9:39 – Mike Huckabee takes the podium.

9:48 – Talking about Evangelicals supporting someone who isn’t and notes the only Evangelical running is Obama. “An attack on my Catholic brothers and sisters is an attack on me.”

9:49 – “I care far less about where Mitt Romney takes his family to church, than where he takes this country.” Mike Huckabee is probably the most prominent Evangelical politician in the country. For him to say these things is really important.

Drunkblogging the RNC – Day Two

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So, still on the first Martini, and caught snippets of some earlier speeches. Must say that Mitch McConnell is a slice of wonder bread, still he's more lively than Harry “the corpse” Reid. And Rand Paul is setting himself up as a loyal opposition of sorts. Still, he called for Romney's election, and that's a good thing. From what I've been reading today, I'm sorry I missed the Mia Love speech, but I understand so did the MSNBC viewers. Apparently, they also missed everyone else of color too except for Nikki Haley. Hmm, racist much?

8:00 pm – John McCain. I may not have much to say about him.

8:06 – Talking about leaking secrets from the White House. McCain does have some moral authority here.

8:09 – Calling Obama out for failing to support the Iranians in their rebellion. Obama is right up there with Carter on fecklessness where Iran is concerned.

8:12 – McCain has already mentioned Romney more than Santorum and Christie combined.

8:30 – Tag team attorneys general. Interesting floor show. He looks a bit like Jon Lovitz, she looks like she isn’t old enough to vote.

8:33 – The really important update: second Martini!

So That’s What They Mean by Patriotism …

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Liberals or progressives or whatever we’re supposed to call them today always get incensed at the notion that someone, somewhere has ‘questioned their patriotism.’ Never mind that the person they are accusing of this heinous offense has never (as in never) done anything of the sort.

I’ll do it though. I’ll come right out and say it. President Obama is unpatriotic.

I’ll wait for the crowd to calm down (assuming it doesn’t tar and feather me).

Okay. Why do I say this? Because of the despicable notion that members of our military should  be billed for medical care for injuries sustained in the course of carrying out their military service.

The Obama administration is considering making veterans use private insurance to pay for treatment of combat and service-related injuries. The plan would be an about-face on what veterans believe is a long-standing pledge to pay for health care costs that result from their military service.

But in a White House meeting Monday, veterans groups apparently failed to persuade President Obama to take the plan off the table.

I call that unpatriotic. Shame on Obama.

Universal health care for all except our brave fighting men and women? The man is unfit to be Commander-in-Chief.

A glass raised to Ned Rice at Breitbart.

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March 17, 2009 at 5:50 pm

Genetic Immunity to HIV?

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There’s an interesting piece in Wired discussing a possible explanation for those people who seem to be immune to HIV. This phenomenon has long been known in medical circles, and it crops up from time to time in the mainstream press. Here’s an excerpt:

Genetic resistance to AIDS works in different ways and appears in different ethnic groups. The most powerful form of resistance, caused by a genetic defect, is limited to people with European or Central Asian heritage. An estimated 1 percent of people descended from Northern Europeans are virtually immune to AIDS infection, with Swedes the most likely to be protected. One theory suggests that the mutation developed in Scandinavia and moved southward with Viking raiders.

All those with the highest level of HIV immunity share a pair of mutated genes — one in each chromosome — that prevent their immune cells from developing a “receptor” that lets the AIDS virus break in. If the so-called CCR5 receptor — which scientists say is akin to a lock — isn’t there, the virus can’t break into the cell and take it over.

Vikings? Perhaps someone should look into Iceland’s situation, as their genetics have been kept in the family for a millenium now. The article is worth a read.

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June 7, 2006 at 11:17 am

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