The Democratic Convention

Posted Monday, September 10, 2012, at 7:54 AM
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  • Scary, isn't it. I would say that the POTUS who says that he cares about the poor, and only wants to be help them, gas at the pump up over 100%. Closing coal fired power stations, only to see electric bills go up (he said he wanted them to "sky rocket"). But NOOooooooo, we are too blinded by our own selfish greed of getting something for nothing, we are going to vote him back in. Lord, I hope not. What a sad note that our institutions of higher learning are not teaching kids how to think, but what to think. If you have ever seen any man on the street interviews, it is very sad.

    -- Posted by Conservative Dad on Sun, Sep 9, 2012, at 11:08 PM
  • Dear Charles -

    First off, I'd like to express my own outrage for a moment - that Mitt Romney did not thank or even mention the 75,000 American troops fighting for our freedom in Afghanistan and Iraq in his nomination speech. How disrespectful!!! We're a nation at war, and Romney needs to act like it, and give thanks to the troops. Didn't expect such a ridiculous oversight coming from the RNC. Really disrespectful.

    But thats not my reason for writing - once again, your column is almost obscenely ripe with misrepresentations.

    I've only got time for one such flagrant lie right now.

    Specifically, you claim that President Obama's college trip to Pakistan in 1981 is troubling because Americans "were not permitted entry". Obama did visit Pakistan in 1981, when he visited a college friend's family there, after seeing his mother in Indonesia and other college friends in India. Obama brought all this up himself in the last election - it was never a secret.

    But its patently false that Americans were forbidden entry into Pakistan in 1981. Here's a link to a travel-section story about Lahore from the New York Times in 1981 - . They don't publish travel stories about places people can't visit. Not even the NYT. ;-] Because shortly after that article was published, the consul general in Lahore wrote a letter to the editor encouraging more Americans to visit.

    This is more birther, crypto-muslim nonsense. I'm surprised it still has currency, four years after the last election.

    Remember your history, Charles. Pakistan was a flourishing (and quite liberal/secular) country until the revolution in 1977, when General Zia introduced martial law. Islamic sharia law was only introduced in 1984. Zia and Pakistan were close allies of the US during the 1980s, during the period of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. There was no State Department ban on visitors to Pakistan until fairly recently.

    Oh and by the way, from the news today - the US government just recouped $18 billion on the AIG bailout.

    GM is alive, and Osama Bin Laden is dead.

    Sorry, but there are enough real problems and interesting things in the world (and in politics) without having to invent fictions, which your column does on a nearly weekly basis.

    -- Posted by NorvalJrJr on Tue, Sep 11, 2012, at 7:04 PM
  • And quickly, since you don't offer any real analysis of Obama's speech beyond calling it 'vapid but inspiring', here's a link for those who might be interested, to the Washington Post's video of the speeches with claim-by-claim fact-checking and analysis.

    -- Posted by NorvalJrJr on Tue, Sep 11, 2012, at 7:09 PM
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