MO Rep. Todd Akin Wins Primary to Face McCaskill in Nov. (Video)

Just between you and me – Akin was my favorite to win, but I didn’t have a problem with any of the front runners. Any one of them could have easily beaten McCaskill.

The News Leader reports:

U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, who touted himself as the most conservative congressman in Missouri, won a hard-fought Republican primary Tuesday for the right to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill in a contest that could be pivotal for party control of the chamber.

Akin topped suburban St. Louis businessman John Brunner and former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman in a primary in which all three leading candidates tried to appeal to conservative voters and tea party activists. McCaskill, who bills herself as a political moderate, was unopposed in the Democratic primary.

Their matchup in the general election will be one of several pivotal races nationwide as Republicans seek seek the four additional seats necessary to take control of the Senate away from Democrats.

Here’s the tail end of Akin’s victory speech at his election party in St. Charles, Tuesday night.


The full speech:

Heart Wrenching Personal Suffering Caused By Obama Administration’s Termination of Delphi Pension Benefits

Breaking News today at the Daily Caller:

Emails obtained by The Daily Caller show that the U.S. Treasury Department, led by Timothy Geithner, was the driving force behind terminating the pensions of 20,000 salaried retirees at the Delphi auto parts manufacturing company.

The move, made in 2009 while the Obama administration implemented its auto bailout plan, appears to have been made solely because those retirees were not members of labor unions.

The internal government emails contradict sworn testimony, in federal court and before Congress, given by several Obama administration figures. They also indicate that the administration misled lawmakers and the courts about the sequence of events surrounding the termination of those non-union pensions, and that administration figures violated federal law.

Delphi, a 13-year old company that is independent of General Motors, is one of the world’s largest automotive parts manufacturers. Twenty thousand of its workers lost nearly their entire pensions when the government bailed out GM. At the same time, Delphi employees who were members of the United Auto Workers union saw their pensions topped off and made whole.

The White House and Treasury Department have consistently maintained that the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) independently made the decision to terminate the 20,000 non-union Delphi workers’ pension plan. The PBGC is a federal government agency that handles private-sector pension benefits issues. Its charter calls for independent representation of pension beneficiaries’ interests.

Ace sums up:
So the Administration made a ruthless decision to benefit its union allies over non-union workers. And then claimed they had not made this decision at all; an “outside” group, the PBGC, had made the decision.
But it turns out Treasury  “disinvited” the PBGC from discussions about the pensions, thus blocking them from making any of the decisions they are in fact supposed to handle. They weren’t even allowed in the room.

And now  the Obamahoods who looted the pensions of these non union employees, are now calling Mitt Romney the reverse Robin Hood for stealing from the 99%?….

The audacity.

For two years now, Michelle Malkin has been reporting on The Delphi Economic Horror Story:

The White House believes it can win back depressed and economically stressed voters by turning President Obama into the storyteller-in-chief again. But victims of Obama’s Chicago politics don’t want to hear any more of his own well-worn tales of struggle and sacrifice. They’ve got their own tragedies to tell — heart-wrenching dramas of personal and financial suffering at the very hands of Obama.

Consider the real-life horror story of 20,000 white-collar workers at Delphi, a leading auto parts company spun off from GM a decade ago. As Washington rushed to nationalize the U.S. auto industry with $80 billion in taxpayer “rescue” funds and avoid contested court termination proceedings, the White House auto team schemed with Big Labor bosses to preserve UAW members’ costly pension funds by shafting their nonunion counterparts. In addition, the nonunion pensioners lost all of their health and life insurance benefits.

The abused workers — most from hard-hit northeast Ohio, Michigan and neighboring states — had devoted decades of their lives as secretaries, technicians, engineers and sales employees at Delphi/GM. Some workers have watched up to 70 percent of their pensions vanish.

John Berent of Marblehead, Ohio, lost one-third of his pension: “I worked as a salaried employee for GM (30 years) and Delphi (10 years). After 40 years of dedicated service, I was forced to retire. Then Delphi terminated my health care, life insurance, vision, dental, then terminated the pension plan. Everything I worked 40 years for was wiped out.”

Kelly Fabrizio of Franksville, Wis., saw her pension reduced by 55 percent after working 30 years at Delphi/GM: “I am truly scared for my future. Every day I wake up, shake my head and say out loud — This Is Not How It Was Supposed To Be.”

Roger Hoke of Columbus, Mich., and his wife were both longtime Delphi workers. His pension shrunk by more than 40 percent: “After 33 years with GM and another 10 with Delphi, what did I do wrong to deserve such a fate?”

Bruce Gump, a former Delphi worker, testified at a hearing Examining the Delphi Bankruptcy’s Impact on Workers and Retirees, December 2, 2009.

You can listen to the whole thing, but starting especially at 3:21:

A woman who was forced into retirement at age 54 and had been working 30 years of dedicated service has lost all of her healthcare insurance and will lose more than half of her pension. She could barely afford to purchase a high deductible insurance policy to provide some protection for herself and her self employed husband. Two weeks later she found out she might have cancer. Because of the high deductible policy that she had she had to bare the entire  burden of the costs of the tests to determine if she would live or die.

Anyone on the Romney campaign want to follow up on that story? Or any of the 20,000 or more other tragic stories coming out of the Delphi disaster, Obamahood orchestrated?

Charles Cunningham, a former Delphi worker, also testified at the hearing examining the Delphi Bankruptcys Impact on Workers and Retirees in December 2, 2009. He hit the Obama administration on its lack of transparency.

We believe that further significant evidence concerning the discrimination against the Delphi salaried retirees exist in the Treasury and automotive Task Force documents related to the GM and Delphi bankruptcies. We’ve requested these documents under the FOIA over two months ago, but the production of these documents by the Treasury has not been forthcoming. In fact, a written request for these documents was also sent by Senator Enzi following a Senate Hearing on pensions on October 29, 2009. To date, this request has also been ignored……This is not transparency. This is not what we would expect from our government. I think it’s outrageous that we don’t know why we were treated in this manner…and our Congressional Leaders can’t know it.

Nearly three years later, we finally know the U.S. Treasury Department, led by Geithner, likely on orders from the White House, was the driving force behind the horrendous  Delphi disaster that victimized 20,000 workers.

I bet a large number of these folks wouldn’t mind appearing in a Romney ad to tell their stories, either.


I see the Romney camp is already plumbing these depths.

Here’s an ad Mitt did back in May:

A new ad by the conservative advocacy group, Let Freedom Ring just released a new ad .

Video: The Most Despicable Ad, Yet

Priorities USA, the Obama Super PAC that John Hayward of Human Events reminds us, “was happy to take money from noted misogynist Bill Maher” has produced perhaps the most disgusting political ad in a decade.

It brings back former GST Steel employee Joe Soptic, a laid-off plant worker who was used early in the Obama campaign’s War on Capitalism.  Soptic initially blamed Mitt Romney for losing his job, but now he blames Romney for the death of his wife.

In the ad, Soptic claims his wife kept her increasing distress from cancer to herself – because he thinks she knew they couldn’t afford health insurance thanks to “Mitt Romney and Bain” closing the plant he worked at.  By the time she was admitted to the hospital with pneumonia, her cancer had become terminal.

They are in essence, putting a woman’s death from cancer squarely on Mitt Romney’s shoulders. It doesn’t get any lower than this:

Romney must be stopped before he kills again.

Reminder for anyone who might be fooled by the lying propagandists of the bottom-feeding Priorities USA: even if you’re willing to accept the twisted logic that a business manager is personally accountable for the health of every terminated employee’s family, Mitt Romney left Bain Capital before GST Steel went bankrupt.  GST Steel was shut down in 2001.  Mitt Romney left Bain Capital in 1999.  The person most directly responsible for making the decision to close GST was Bain executive and Obama supporter Jonathan Lavine.  Priorities USA just accused an Obama supporter of complicity in this poor woman’s death.

Courtesy of Business Insider, the Romney campaign issued this response: “President Obama’s allies continue to use discredited and dishonest attacks in a contemptible effort to conceal the administration’s deplorable economic record.  After 42 months of unemployment above 8 percent, it is clear that the President and his campaign do not have a rationale for reelection.  He focused on health care instead of the economy, he hasn’t been able to pass a budget through Congress, he hasn’t been able to cut the deficit like he promised and he’s done little to change the way Washington works.  Mitt Romney has a Plan for a Stronger Middle Class that will jumpstart the economy and bring back millions of jobs.”

Barack Obama has blown millions of Americans completely out of the workforce, bringing us years of double-digit unemployment.  Do we get to blame him for the death of every relative of every American left unemployed by his policies?  How about if we make it sporting by focusing only on businesses that have been directly and aggressively destroyed by his Administration, such as offshore drilling companies and coal mines?

Hayward opines that  “the President should be asked to disavow Reid and Priorities USA’s despicable ad at every public appearance he makes… ”

Jay Carney was asked to comment on the ad at the White House Press briefing, earlier today, but had no comment, as he claimed he hadn’t seen it yet. The reporter asked if he would watch it and have a comment about it tomorrow.

I don’t know how anyone can watch this ad, even without knowing all the facts, and not be viscerally disgusted. It reeks of desperation and flop sweat – yet another example of the Obamacrats coming perilously close to jumping the shark.

If they are going to play this way, here’s some material for the Romney team to work with:

Today, Team Romney decided to hit Obama on the politically risky subject of welfare reform: New Romney Ad: So, Obama Just Gutted the Successful Clinton-Era Welfare Reform Law

It’s all good, but they need to hit Obama hard on Fast and Furious as well.

UPDATE: Cancer Victim had Health Insurance for 2 Years after Bain closed Plant.

Well, first it turned out that Soptic’s wife, Ranae Soptic, died in 2006 — five years after the GST Steel plant closed. And now, CNN reports that Soptic told them that Ranae Soptic had health insurance through 2002 or 2003, due to her job at a local thrift store (hat tip: Greg Pollowitz):

Man, that guy is a total JERK for politicizing his wife’s death like that, but then, Democrats do have a sordid history of lying about and politicizing the deaths of loved ones.


The cowards disabled comments on the YouTube video, but you can still thumb it down, which I highly suggest doing. It stands at 502 likes, 801 dislikes as I post this.


Political Clown Parade notes:

One can be certain he has been paid handsomely to spew lies about his wife’s death for the sole purpose of elevating the image of a president undeserving of his demented loyalty.
He has lost his wife in pieces over a long period of time.  The manner in which he has chosen to retell her loss is reprehensible.  I say it is reprehensible because his lust for money to repeat damned lies overshadows the needs of a country that can no longer bear the burden of a president who possesses uncommon incompetence.
Mr. Soptic is standing in a forest of sorrow and has lost his way.
Marcus Porcius of The Conservative Review is even more pointed in his criticism of Monsieur Soptic:

Let’s just put it out there plainly.  Joe Soptic is a vicious liar and union thug, and is so despicable that he would use his own dead wife, whose death he is far more responsible for then Mitt Romney, in a completely falsified ad to help his Marxist god Barack Obama.

Further details emerged about Soptic’s wife’s cancer too.  It turns out, when Joe Soptic said

I don’t know how long she was sick and I think maybe she didn’t say anything because she knew that we couldn’t afford the insurance, and then one day she became ill and I took her up to the Jackson County Hospital and admitted her for pneumonia and that’s when they found the cancer and by then it was stage four. It was, there was nothing they could do for her,

He was lying about that too.  He does know how long she was sick, and while she might not have said anything, the subject of his wife going to the doctor because something was obviously wrong did come up.

When Ranae started losing weight, “I tried to get her to the doctor and she wouldn’t go”

In other words, her cancer wasn’t caught because she wouldn’t go to the doctor and he didn’t do enough to persuade her.  It had nothing whatsoever to do with health insurance and he knows it.  He knew it when he made all these ads.

I have to agree.

And I’ll give Keith Koffler of White House Dossier the last devastating word:

What’s spooky is the depths to which these people will go to maintain power. It suggests a lust for power and a willingness to do anything to preserve it that should frighten Americans.

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Small Wars Journal Publishes “Full Spectrum Operations in the Homeland” – War-gaming Against the Tea Party

You’ve all heard the rumors…so it must be asked: is the US Army War-gaming a military response to Tea Party?

The influential  Small Wars Journal published the article by Gen. Wesley Clark disciple, COL Kevin Benson: Full Spectrum Operations in the Homeland: A “Vision” of the Future.

Mike Vanderboegh of Sipsey Street Irregulars looked into the story – and it is as bad as you think:

Bringing the War Back Home. “Full Spectrum Operations in the Homeland”: Getting the military to start preparing for the violent repression of its own citizenry. US Army “deep thinker” creates an “enemy” out of the Tea Parties & “extremist militias.” “Red Teaming” from an Ignorance-Inspired Faulty Premise.

Before we plunge into this column, a little background is in order. The first thing for the reader to understand is where this ill-thought, offensive and dangerous article appeared:

The Small Wars Journal (SWJ) is an electronic journal and website focusing on counter-insurgency. Aside from its online journal, SWJ hosts an accompanying blog and the Small Wars Council discussion board. Other site features include an online reference library, recommended reading and event listings.

Contributing authors to SWJ include Gary Anderson, Matt Armstrong, Robert Bunker, Lieutenant General William B. Caldwell, General Martin Dempsey, Thomas Hammes, Jim Gant, Gian Gentile, Robert Haddick, Frank Hoffman, David Kilcullen, Robert Killebrew, Peter Mansoor, William “Mac” McCallister, John Nagl, Malcolm Nance, John Sullivan, Bing West, Paul Yingling and Michael Yon among others.

The title Small Wars Journal is a reference to the 1940 Marine Corps Small Wars Manual, which used “small wars” as a catch-all term for unconventional and guerrilla warfare, also encompassing foreign internal defense (FID), military operations other than war (MOOTW) and military operations in urban terrain (MOUT). — Wikipedia.

To say that the Small Wars Journal is influential in current military thinking circles is an understatement.

The scenario that supposedly leads to a tea party insurrection….

The Great Recession of the early twenty-first century lasts far longer than anyone anticipated. After a change in control of the White House and Congress in 2012, the governing party cuts off all funding that had been dedicated to boosting the economy or toward relief. The United States economy has flatlined, much like Japan’s in the 1990s, for the better part of a decade. By 2016, the economy shows signs of reawakening, but the middle and lower-middle classes have yet to experience much in the way of job growth or pay raises. Unemployment continues to hover perilously close to double digits, small businesses cannot meet bankers’ terms to borrow money, and taxes on the middle class remain relatively high. A high-profile and vocal minority has directed the public’s fear and frustration at nonwhites and immigrants. After almost ten years of race-baiting and immigrant-bashing by right-wing demagogues, nearly one in five Americans reports being vehemently opposed to immigration, legal or illegal, and even U.S.-born nonwhites have become occasional targets for mobs of angry whites.

In May 2016 an extremist militia motivated by the goals of the “tea party” movement takes over the government of Darlington, South Carolina, occupying City Hall, disbanding the city council, and placing the mayor under house arrest. Activists remove the chief of police and either disarm local police and county sheriff departments or discourage them from interfering. In truth, this is hardly necessary. Many law enforcement officials already are sympathetic to the tea party’s agenda, know many of the people involved, and have made clear they will not challenge the takeover. The militia members are organized and have a relatively well thought-out plan of action.

Hokay. Several things he gets dangerously wrong right off the bat…uh, if there’s a change in the White House in 2012, a Republican is now in charge, so wouldn’t the “insurrection”  most likely going to be coming from the left? Any budget cuts that are made are not going to inspire the tea party crowd to go full metal jacket. That angry mob would be the already revolutionary Occupy crowd. Is this guy nuts?  “A vocal minority directs the public’s fear and frustration at nonwhites and immigrants? ”  Excuse me – the people trying to stoke a race war are the racialist loons on the left.  “U.S.-born nonwhites have become occasional targets for mobs of angry whites.” The exact opposite is happening RIGHT NOW! Mobs of angry young blacks have been attacking whites in alarming numbers. There is simply no reason to believe that there will soon be mobs of angry white racists out there attacking blacks and Hispanics. It’s hard to believe a supposedly intelligent expert in insurrections could get so many things wrong.

With Darlington under their control, militia members quickly move beyond the city limits to establish “check points” – in reality, something more like choke points — on major transportation lines. Traffic on I-95, the East Coast’s main north-south artery; I-20; and commercial and passenger rail lines are stopped and searched, allegedly for “illegal aliens.” Citizens who complain are immediately detained. Activists also collect “tolls” from drivers, ostensibly to maintain public schools and various city and county programs, but evidence suggests the money is actually going toward quickly increasing stores of heavy weapons and ammunition. They also take over the town web site and use social media sites to get their message out unrestricted.

When the leaders of the group hold a press conference to announce their goals, they invoke the Declaration of Independence and argue that the current form of the federal government is not deriving its “just powers from the consent of the governed” but is actually “destructive to these ends.” Therefore, they say, the people can alter or abolish the existing government and replace it with another that, in the words of the Declaration, “shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.” While mainstream politicians and citizens react with alarm, the “tea party” insurrectionists in South Carolina enjoy a groundswell of support from other tea party groups, militias, racist organizations such as the Ku Klux Klan, anti-immigrant associations such as the Minutemen, and other right-wing groups. At the press conference the masked militia members’ uniforms sport a unit seal with a man wearing a tricorn hat and carrying a musket over the motto “Today’s Minutemen.” When a reporter asked the leaders who are the “red coats” the spokesman answered, “I don’t know who the redcoats are…it could be federal troops.” Experts warn that while these groups heretofore have been considered weak and marginal, the rapid coalescence among them poses a genuine national threat.

Okay, again, the Tea Party would not have anything to do with the KKK or other white supremacist groups. They are anti-racist/fascist/socialist  so  those people are persona non-grata  and every tea partier knows it.

Ex KKK Grand Dragon David Duke, the American Nazi Party, US Border Guard, and White Revolution have all endorsed Occupy, however.

That is only a small snippet from the report, but the whole thing is based on a ridiculously faulty premise.. See SSI for the rest.

The question is — how could this retired Col. have everything so ass-backwards?

Is it because he really doesn’t know shit from shinola, or does he know something about how things are going to look in the not too distant future, but cannot share the truth  with the general public, so he replaces the truth with common left wing myths to fool people with? The tea party is the natural enemy of Marxists/Statists/Socialists/Communists/progressives.  Keep that in mind.

It’s all very unsettling.