Paul Ryan Campaigns In Oxford, OH Where He Attended College

Photo credit: Ushanka

Ohio Gov. John Kasich introduced Miami University graduate, Paul Ryan as a hometown hero in Oxford, Ohio, today,  where Ryan told the crowd he welcomed the coming debate over who has the best plan to overhaul Medicare.

USA Today reported:

“We want this debate. We need this debate. And we will win this debate,” the Republican vice presidential hopeful told thousands of supporters outside the university’s engineering complex.

Other than a couple references to his alma mater, Ryan’s speech fell in line with what Republican Mitt Romney gave the day before in Chillicothe to a much more enthusiastic crowd, also outside and about the same size. While providing applause and cheers at key points, Ryan’s crowd was subdued compared with the reaction to Romney’s fire and brimstone speech.

Ryan, dressed in khaki slacks and an open collar, long-sleeve blue shirt, revealed he liked 5-way chili. And Oxford, of course, is not his hometown. That would be Janesville, Wis.

This was Ryan’s first campaign visit to Ohio since being named to the ticket. His second will be Thursday in Canton at Walsh University.

Photo credit:Ushanka

Check out Ushanka‘s blog for more photos from the rally. Video of his speech, here.

Paul Ryan is said to have honed his conservative economic views at Ohio’s Miami University where his interest in politics and economics thrived during his four years on the small-town campus.

The AP sent a reporter to Oxford OH to look into Ryan’s days there.

The liberal arts school of 14,000 students prided itself on its teachers and the kind of personal availability that Ryan found with Hart, who Ryan has said challenged him and set him on “a vision quest” to improve the nation’s economics.

Hart had Ryan, an economics/political science double major, in a junior-level macroeconomics class designed to be a “weeder” — loaded with analytics and math, it wasn’t meant to help grade-point averages.

Ryan had little trouble mastering the work, Hart said, and he stood out with an intellectual curiosity that brought him frequently to Hart’s office to talk things out. They dissected what they saw as flaws in Keynesian economics and government approaches, and traded thoughts on writings such F.A. Hayek’s 1944 warning against state control, “The Road to Serfdom,” and Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged,” about creative and productive individuals rebelling against increasing government control and taxation.

Hart doesn’t remember Ryan ever discussing plans to run for office, but he said he wasn’t surprised when Ryan asked for a recommendation for an internship in the office of Sen. Bob Kasten, R-Wis., which Ryan landed, or when Ryan went to work after college for New York Rep. Jack Kemp. Hart considered Kemp, with his optimism and font of conservative ideas, a natural political mentor for Ryan.

Ryan had joined the College Republicans and took on tasks such as putting up yard signs and knocking on doors for Boehner, who would win election in Republican-dominated Butler County in 1990 to the seat he still holds.

Miami’s political connections go back to President Benjamin Harrison, Class of 1852. Vice President George H.W. Bush campaigned on the campus in 1988, Ryan’s freshman year, and the campus was among the settings for George Clooney’s 2011 presidential politics thriller “The Ides of March.”

Ryan stayed in the Anderson Hall dormitory his freshman year, then moved to the Delta Tau Delta house. Several Greek houses were founded at Miami, and about a third of its undergraduates are in fraternities or sororities.

A younger fraternity brother recalls Ryan participating in fraternity parties, but not to excess.

“He was a pretty conservative guy, and with a very good sense of humor,” said Michael Loisel. “He liked to engage in conversation, and with a little more depth than the ‘Where did you go last night?’ and ‘How much did you drink?'”

Loisel, now an assistant prosecutor in Lucas County, Ohio, remembers Ryan as not engaging in the heavy-handed hazing of pledges. “He was one of the guys you could talk to. He wouldn’t belittle you,” Loisel said.

By his senior year, Ryan was obviously very popular, said Tom Hall, an economics professor who had him in a class on business cycles.

“There’s always some senioritis in the last semester, but he was glad to be there. He had a good attitude about learning,” Hall said. “His fellow students liked him a lot. That came across. … When you are a teacher, you can tell who the other students like.”

Hall added, “I just remember thinking this guy would do well in whatever he does.”

Hmmmm, smart, popular, affable, a natural leader – yep, sure sounds like Paul Ryan.

It’s funny. I don’t remember hearing about any reporters being dispatched to Occidental or Columbia or even Harvard in 2008 to learn about then Senator Obama’s college days. It wasn’t until January of 2009 that we got to hear from Obama’s ex roommate about his Columbia years living in a shoddy apartment in NYC.

Barack Obama with a friend, Sohale Siddiqi, in the fall of 1981. (All photos courtesy of Phil Boerner)

Well, wait a sec – there was one guy who had a story to tell in 2008 about the Obama he knew at Occidental, but no one in the media was interested in hearing about it.

Dr. John Drew, a former Marxist who knew Obama when he was at Occidental, has shared his story in numerous venues outside of the MSM.  You can read some of  his recollections, here.

My graduate studies that fall had tempered my earlier Marxism with a more realistic perspective.  I thought a revolution was not in the cards anymore. There was no inevitability, in my mind, to the old idea that the proletariat would rise up and overthrow the ruling classes.  Now, the idea that we could entirely eliminate the profit motive from an advanced industrialized economy seemed like a childhood fantasy.  The future, I now thought, would belong to nations with mixed economic systems — like those in Europe — where there was government planning of the economy combined with a greater effort to produce a more equitable distribution of wealth.  It made more sense to me to focus on elections rather than on preparing for a coming revolution.

Boss and Obama, however, had a starkly different view. They believed that the economic stresses of the Carter years meant revolution was still imminent. The election of Reagan was simply a minor set-back in terms of the coming revolution.  As I recall, Obama repeatedly used the phrase “When the revolution comes….”  In my mind, I remember thinking that Obama was blindly sticking to the simple Marxist theory that had characterized my own views while I was an undergraduate at Occidental College.  “There’s going to be a revolution,” Obama said, “we need to be organized and grow the movement.”  In Obama’s view, our role must be to educate others so that we might usher in more quickly this inevitable revolution. 

I know this may be implausible to some readers, but I distinctly remember Obama surprising me by bringing up Frantz Fanon and colonialism.  He impressed me with his knowledge of these two topics, topics which were not among my strong points — or of overwhelming concern to me.  Boss and Obama seemed to think their ideological purity was a persuasive argument in predicting that a coming revolution would end capitalism.  While I felt I was doing them a favor by providing them with the latest research, I saw I was in danger of being cast as a reactionary who did not grasp the nuances of international Marxist theory.

Chandoo let Boss and Obama take the crux of the argument to me.  Chandoo, in fact, seemed chagrined by the level of disagreement in the group.  I cannot remember him making any significant comments during this discussion.

Drawing on the history of Western Europe, I responded it was unrealistic to think the working class would ever overthrow the capitalist system.  As I recall, Obama reacted negatively to my critique, saying: “That’s crazy!” 

Alrighty then.


Little bit of a contrast, there, eh?

OPSEC Video: Obama’s Dishonorable Disclosures

  OPSEC are a band of Special Operators who have come together to hold the Obama administration accountable for its damaging leaks.

Intelligence and Special Operations forces are furious and frustrated at how President Obama and those in positions of authority have exploited their service for political advantage. Countless leaks, interviews and decisions by the Obama Administration and other government officials have undermined the success of our Intelligence and Special Operations forces and put future missions and personnel at risk.

The unwarranted and dangerous public disclosure of Special Forces Operations is so serious — that for the first time ever — former operators have agreed to risk their reputations and go ‘on the record’ in a special documentary titled “Dishonorable Disclosures.” Its goal is to educate America about serious breaches of security and prevent them from ever happening again.

Use of military ranks, titles & photographs in uniform does not imply endorsement of the Dept of the Army or the Department of Defense. All individuals are no longer in active service with any federal agency or military service.

Is this yet another Special Ops group that has formed to defeat Obama?

First there was Special Operations Speaks:

Mission Statement:

We, as veterans, legatees, and supporters of the Special Operations communities of all the Armed Forces, have noted with dismay and deep alarm the recent stream of highly damaging leaks of information about various aspects of America’s shadow war in the overall War on Terror.  Our principles are the same as when we were in active service — Duty, Honor, Country.

Our goals are:

  • To emphasize the pressing need for the nation and its representatives to understand the value of our Constitution and actively support a return to its application in all phases of government;
  • To illuminate the failed operational security environment of the Administration and to provide the public with accurate information about these repeated releases of highly classified information;
  • To restore accountability in government and with it the trust in our government that We The People deserve and demand.

Then,Special Operations for America:

Mission Statement:

  • Special Operations for America (SOFA) is committed to a strong and independent military that is capable of defending America’s freedoms and interests.
  • SOFA is dedicated to restoring strong leadership to the Office of the Commander-in-Chief and those senior officials appointed by the President.
  • SOFA believes in American exceptionalism along with leadership that does not minimize American greatness or politicize military achievements for personal gain.
  • SOFA pledges to accurately address issues that affect our military and those core threats to National Security.
  • SOFA will identify and provide accurate information on policies that harm or discredit our national security and those who bravely protect us.

and now OPSEC.

Mission Statement:

STOP the politicians, President Obama and others, from politically capitalizing on US national security operations and secrets!

EDUCATE the public on the importance and necessity of Operational Security in today’s environment.

To Do Nothing is not an option as that allows the special operations and intelligence capabilities to be degraded, and paraded around like a show dog…ACTION IS REQUIRED NOW!

Is it safe to say that our current Commander in Chief has stirred up a hornets nest with his cynical politicization of National Security?

See also:

Righteous outrage from Bryan Preston of PJ Tatler in response to the insufferable Bob Beckel’s assertion that the men behind this video are guilty of TREASON. To the left, opposing  treason….is treason.

If Bob Beckel wishes to become acquainted with treason, he should look into the mirror and recall his own effort bribe the Electoral College into giving Al Gore the 2000 election. Fox should seriously consider separating itself from Beckel after he accused special operators of treason, because they want the Obama administration to stop leaking our national security secrets.

Update: Video here. Kimberly Guilfoyle rapped Beckel after his outrageous smear, but the show went on. Maybe I’m a little too close to this because I’m former military, but if I had been there when Beckel said that, one of the two of us would not have remained on the set. I would have either left or had security escort his disgusting self out of the building. Life is too short to sit next to the likes of him. As long as he’s on The Five, I won’t watch anymore. SportsNation or something else for from now on.

I’m with Bryan here. Beckel makes any show he’s on unwatchable – does Fox not get that? His “cuss box” on The Five isn’t cute, and left-wing political operatives aren’t loveable to anyone who understands how much they are destroying this country.

And that goes for  Alan Colmes, Tamera Holder, Santita Jackson, and all the other tedious liberals Fox makes us endure for the sake of “balance”. I know what’s going to come out of their useless pie-holes before they do. It’s a complete waste of air time. /Rant off.

Hat tip: Infidel Joe

Confirmed: Family Research Council Gunman Carried a Chick Fil A Bag

Daily Mail: Local and federal investigators work to gather evidence after a security guard was shot in the arm at the headquarters of the Family Research Council August 15, 2012 in Washington, DC.

Big Government reported:

A gunman, posing as an intern, entered the The Family Research Council and shot a security guard. The FRC is a conservative pro-life and pro-traditional marriage organization which has been labelled as a hate group by leftists and gay rights organization in recent days. The gunman may have had more sinister motives toward FRC employees.

A source told that the suspect “made statements regarding their policies, and then opened fire with a gun striking a security guard.” The gunman may also have been carrying a bag from Chick-fil-A, a restaurant that has been attacked by those on the left because of its owner’s stance against gay marriage and has been all over the news in recent weeks. reports the “gunman entered the lobby of the organization’s Chinatown headquarters around 10:45 and expressed disagreement with the conservative group’s policy positions” and “when the guard, who was not identified, asked him where he was going, he opened fire, according to police.”

Sources told that after the guard took away the shooter’s gun, the suspect said, “Don’t shoot me, it was not about you, it was what this place stands for.”

“The security guard here is a hero, as far as I’m concerned,” D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said. ”He did his job. The person never made it past the front.”

According to, the guard was shot in the arm and is in stable condition while the  gunman was being questioned by the FBI. The shooting is being treated as a case of domestic terrorism.

An NBC reporter on Twitter has since confirmed #FRC shooter had #Chik-Fil-A promotional materials in backpack, along with 2 loaded 15-round ammo clips.

The Daily Mail reported:

The Family Research Council is a right-wing, conservative lobbying organistaion that is against abortion, euthanasia and same-sex marriages.

‘The police are investigating this incident,’ said FRC President Tony Perkins in a statement.

‘Our first concern is with our colleague who was shot today. Our concern is for him and his family.’

The council was also recently in the news when Mr. Perkins defended the chief executive of restaurant chain Chick-Fil-A, who made comments critical of gay marriage.

‘All Chick-Fil-A did was refuse to be bullied by the politically correct crowd,’ said Mr. Perkins.

The former president of the Family Research Council and former Republican presidential candidate, Gary Bauer also said at the time: ‘The values of the Family Research Council—pro-life and pro-family—are shared by millions of Americans of many backgrounds, and should not make anyone a target of violence.’

It’s about time conservative think tanks start labeling left wing groups it doesn’t like as “hate groups” – and I would include The Southern Poverty Law Center, and Human Rights Campaign among them.

The unhinged left is and always will be more of a danger to civil society than any of the conservative groups they demonize.

In 2010, the Southern Poverty Law Center named the FRC a “hate group” for opposing the homosexual agenda, along with several other Christian organizations.

The Human Rights Campaign also called the Christian organization a “hate group” for disagreeing with gay marriage.

Commenters at the HRC article blamed the pro-gay group for the shooting.

“Your article has lead to a shooting at the Family Research Center… you should feel disgusted with yourself, (sic)” wrote “Breitbart_Lives.”

“Well, HRC, you better hope you can prove all your claims against FRC because inciting Riot or Inciting Domestic Terrorism by stating inflammatory false information would be great grounds for a Lawsuit (sic),” wrote “Bill Steward.”

This is a developing story. Updates will be provided as they are available.

Update: Romney says he is “appalled” by the shooting, while Obama remains conspicuously silent. More here.

Megyn Kelly reported on her show, earlier today, that the case is bring called domestic terrorism:


Dan Riehl: “Chicks-for-Gays”: Democrat anti-Chick-fil-A politicians and activists now have blood on their hands

Gaffetastic: Biden Thinks We’re In 20th Century (Video)

Okay now  –  THAT was a gaffe.
Yesterday’s diarrhea of the mouth was an Obama approved bid to sow racial division that only looked like a gaffe because of his outrageously clumsy delivery.
Big dif.
God love him….
Oh wow –The gift that keeps on giving…

The Obama Campaign Accuses Mitt Romney of Growing ‘Unhinged’

Via the Blaze:

Mitt Romney gave a no-nonsense speech to roughly 5,000 supporters in Ohio on Tuesday, and the Obama campaign responded by, essentially, calling him a liar and a lunatic.

Campaign press secretary Ben LaBolt said: “Governor Romney’s comments tonight seemed unhinged, and particularly strange coming at a time when he’s pouring tens of millions of dollars into negative ads that are demonstrably false.”

Uh huh. Does this sound “unhinged” to you?:

You want unhinged?

Check out the latest photos of Obama out on the campaign trail where he continues to make unforced errors, (probably due to being rattled by polls showing him losing ground in swing states):

We all take bad pictures, and Romney and Ryan will surely take their fair share of lousy photos out on the campaign trail, too.

But I defy you to find any that are comparable to …. the ones above.


Found it:  El Rushbo commenting on the “demonic” pictures appearing online of the President stumping for Democrats during the mid term election campaigns.


Doh: Former Obama campaign co-chair to stump for Romney

Linked by Lady Liberty, thanks

Iowa Beer Tent Owner Fumes Obama’s Stop Cost him $25,000 in Beer Sales

Doh. There’s two sides to every story, and today we get to hear the beer tent owner’s side of Obama’s Iowa beer tent story.

Yesterday, Obama chose to do a photo op in the beer tent at the Iowa State Fair, ( he likes to be seen drinking beer – to appeal to the “Joe Six-pack” crowd.)

He made a point of saying he’d buy everyone a beer, except for the guy holding the Romney sign, (instead of, as Dana Perino suggested on The Five, yesterday, displaying some graciousness by singling him out to buy him a beer.) He eventually bought beers for a lucky ten people in the tent.

Today, Mike Cunningham II, the third generation owner of the 65-year-old Bud Tent is telling his side of the story. Obama’s photo op required that the Bud tent be shut down during the peak beer drinking hours. Fairgoers who wanted to meet the President  were screened and scanned by the Secret Service and penned inside the tent by yellow caution tape. The whole production amounted to giving Obama a campaign donation against his will, Cunningham complains.

…the small business owner side of Cunningham fumes that the president “put a damper on what I’m trying to do here.” His Bud Tent was shut down at the most lucrative time of day, with a popular rock cover band, Hairball, about to perform at the Susan B. Knapp Amphitheater next door ­ with legions of thirsty fans.

“I was in a position to make a campaign donation against my will,” said Cunningham, a Republican.

Cunningham played the gracious host during the president’s visit ­ — smiled, posed for photos, raised a beer with Obama, gifted him a “Save Water; Drink Beer” T-shirt.

A tweet from Grassley Monday evening, in the senator’s trademark abbreviated social media lingo, was one of the first signs of disgruntlement: “How does PresO justify havin secret service shut down the bud tent @ the state fair nd the owner told me he loses 50,000 n 1 nite.”

Cunningham said that the more accurate figure for what he likely lost in sales Monday night is $25,000. He appreciated that fellow fair vendor Barksdale allowed him to set up a Bud beer station near the amphitheater stage and recoup some dollars from those Hairball fans.

Cunningham says, “I wouldn’t have voted for (Obama) before, I won’t again.”

Cue the Obama flying monkeys who will now swoop in to make Cunningham’s life hell for the next six months or so.