* probably a bottle of wine
So, if you happen to be going to dinner with someone, enjoy that opportunity to talk to each other face to face over the table because that kind of verbal contact is becoming rarer and rarer. In fact, the next time you are in a restaurant, note the number of diners who are ignoring their table mates and busily interacting with others on their smart phones.
Bullock and Stallone in "Demolition Man"
That third world guy who called me about “fixing your computer” got back to me, I think, last week but not in Sanskrit as I had requested. Or maybe it was his cousin, but it sounded like the same guy to me. He announced that he was calling from “Medical Compensation.” I told him that was great and that he should put me down for some compensation in the largest size they had available. I cannot figure out why
he hung up on me. But please, don't be taken in by such calls.
Benghazi - CIA - Syria Linkage
Where did I hear that something was going on in Benghazi a year ago which up to now, no one has discussed? Probably CNN. Could it be that the Secretary of State was not aware that adjacent to the Consular office in Benghazi was a CIA facility with a staff of 21 which was engaged in coordinating the purchase of some of the Libyan Army's weapons and transferring or smuggling them to the Syrian rebels? Could this have been the real target of those who attacked the consulate, killing four Americans? I have to assume that the President was aware of this and was willing to leave Secretary Clinton in the dark about it.
This is one of the black ops kind of thing which is always going on and which no government officials will ever talk about, let alone confirm, with knowledge of it available only to those with a "need to know." I can understand why the President didn't want to open this can of worms during the Presidential election campaign.
Republicans continue to use the Benghazi attack as something with which they can safely attack the President, knowing that he will never come out with the full story which would call for him to reveal too much about the CIA's activities. And as for the closing of many of our embassies and consulates in the Middle East because of the possibility according to our intelligence sources of an imminent attack by Islamic extremists, what other course of action could the United States take after the dog and pony show put on by the G.O.P. over the Benghazi attack? "You want our diplomats out of danger and protected, guys? Well, thanks to you, that's exactly what we are doing ... whether it is warranted or not," is the message the White House is sending to the Republicans. And some of them, some of the same Republicans who attacked the President for unpreparedness in Benghazi, are now accusing him of cowardice in temporarily shutting down these diplomatic facilities. They want to be able to have it both ways, so long as they can attack the President.
First Thoughts About 2016
Translated into names, this means that the days of nominees like Bob Dole, both Bushes, John McCain and George Romney are over and 2016 will see a nominee closer to the hearts of the Republican majorities in the majority of the nation’s Congressional Districts. Matthews went out on a limb and predicted that Rand Paul would be that nominee.
(1) Without great enthusiasm, support the candidacy of the right wing nominee,
(2) Withhold their support of the nominee, and stay on the sidelines or
(3) Bolt the Party and run their own candidates, as Theodore Roosevelt did in 1912.
(Former Republican President Theodore Roosevelt, dissatisfied with the policies of his successor, William Howard Taft, bolted from the G,O.P. and ran as a third party "Bull Moose Party" candidate in 2012, splitting the Republican votes and resulting in the election of Democrat Woodrow Wilson. By 2020, however, the G.O.P. was reunited, and elected Presidents up until 1932.)