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We now know why our President did not want to discuss what happened at Benghazi before the election. We also now know why Hillary Clinton was in hiding in South America. They were AWOL on the night our Ambassador and three other Americans were killed.


As low as ones opinion may be of Obama and Clinton, few thought that the two of them were off in a hot tub somewhere having a little party. Of course, we do not know what they were actually doing that evening because they continue to stonewall us on the entire issue. One thing we now know because of testimony last week is they were not actively following the action. That may be why we did not see any nifty photos like we did after the killing of Osama.

This is follows on the heels of our column last week. The press should be ashamed of how it has handled this issue. A pliant press that genuflects at the altar of a left-wing President endangers all of us as much as the weak leadership of the officials. They should hand in the credentials in shame.

Our soon-to-be Treasury Secretary, Jack Lew, has a fascinating resume. He started as a Legislative aide in Washington at the age of 27. Six years later he became the principle domestic policy adviser to the-then Speaker of the House, Tip O’Neill. Only in Washington would someone gain such “wisdom” in six years working as a staff person to garner such a lofty position.

No wonder people say 23 years later, he is intellectually arrogant. He was like Yoda -- so young. He’s arrogance is such that he is taking a job for which Hazel at the Coffee Shop has more experience. At least she has some business experience. She probably has to bank her own customers. But he did attend Harvard. That is good enough in the Obama Administration.

Speaking of cabinet members (important ones), how does someone with such a thin resume as Chuck Hagel get to be nominated as Defense Secretary? Are we that void of leadership in this country? Really what was Obama thinking? Are there any grownups in the Democratic Party who can tell the President to pull this nomination for the sake of the country?


I received an update on our worker’s compensation policy due to a new California law. The good news is that both sleeping disorders and sexual dysfunction will no longer be considered for permanent disability under worker’s comp. However, temporary disability and medical treatment will still be payable. And people say we are whacky in California.

What I don’t understand is that if you look at a woman cross-eyed you can be charged with sexual harassment, but sexual dysfunction is covered by worker’s comp. You can’t win for losing.

Is there anyone left voting for the Baseball Hall of Fame that actually follows the game? Given the opportunity, these guys would not vote in Musial or Gehrig.

For you Academy Awards fans, the Academy’s governing board certainly has a fraud going. As you know they recently expanded the category of best picture from five choices to anywhere from five to ten with nine nominees in 2013. But there are four nominees that don’t have a chance. Those are the ones where the director of the film was not nominated for Best Director.

In my book that means Argo, Les Miserables, Django Unchained and Zero Dark Thirty have very little chance of winning as Best Picture. Maybe a film could win if the director does not win, but certainly it has no chance of winning when the director does not even get nominated. Thus, those films are added simply to churn interest and viewers of the show itself. Thus, the fraud.

After suffering through the carpetbagger Frank McCourt era of LA Dodger ownership, it is certainly nice to have the new crew. In addition to obtaining some competitive players, they are immediately doing the updates to the stadium that were so utterly necessary. New High–Definition video boards; a new sound system, modern Wi-Fi and cell connections, new bathrooms and redone food concessions will bring Dodger Stadium back to its heyday.


Where would you rather be on opening day, April 1st, at Dodger Stadium in short sleeves looking out at Palm trees or bundled up at Yankee Stadium fighting a cold wind?

Bill Kristol had it partially correct that Republicans should not be falling on their sword to save tax rates from rising on high-income taxpayers. If someone graphed out where the people reside that are making over $450,000, the vast majority of them would be in Blue States; i.e., New York, Connecticut and California will be the hardest hit.

Don’t waste your time waiting for the residents of those states to defeat their Congressmen and Senators who voted to raise their taxes. They are too stupid to figure it out, which brings into question how they are able to make that much money in the first place.

Certainly you heard about the loony left’s idea of minting a platinum coin and declaring it worth a trillion dollars. For now it has been put to rest, but don’t bet against this idea getting advanced. This is how these lunatic ideas become a reality to the loathsome. They repeat it and repeat it until they believe it. After all, they have convinced themselves that there is actually money in the Social Security Trust Fund and that it is financially solvent for the next 20 years.

This time they have enlisted their Zen-meister, Paul Krugman, who they believe has creditability because some Norwegian narcissists gave him a Nobel. Krugman received his award for explaining the patterns of international trade and the geographic concentration of wealth by examining the effects of economies of scale of consumer preferences for diverse goods and services. And who exactly did he explain this too? If Krugman can promote this idea, God knows what is in those 20 books he has written. Got to be some pretty heady stuff.


If you ever doubted the degradation of our culture read this. We were listening to American Top 40 created by Casey Kasem and now hosted by Ryan Seacrest. Seacrest offered “coming up after this next song we will see whether new mother Snooki has any pregnancy advice for Kim Kardishian.”

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