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The American Condition Politically, Culturally, Economically

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Raised in rural Greenbrier Co. WV, BS Chemistry WVU, PhD Chemistry, GA Tech,Chemistry Faculty, GA Tech, 1965-1969, Dir R&D BASF Fibers 1969-1982,Sr.Exec. R&D, Burlington Industries, 1982-1986,Owner/CEO Mann Industries (formerly BASF fibers)1988-1995, CEO/Owner The Mann Group Consultants, 1987-2009, wife Carol, daughters Leigh, Susan

Sunday, February 5, 2012


As I watch NBC's "Run-Up To The Superbowl" and Matt Lauer's interview of "President" Obama, I'm reminded that at $3.5 million/30 seconds NBC just gave Obama $30-35 million of advertising FREE.  I am also thoughtful about those who forcefully claim to me that "there is no bias in the media."  One such person, who claims to be Independent but who, in fact, leans far left, says he gets his news from NBC, which includes MSNBC, of course. It's not bias when the bias comports with one's own, and with the news media, especially NBC and MSNBC, bias is always far left.

But, I suppose I must remember what the great, "unbiased" Bill Maher asserted. The "Progressives have moved to the center and conservatives have gone  __________ ." Fill in the blank with whatever disparaging, denegrating, negative term that could be uttered by Maher. Frankly, for Maher to be a spokesman for the Democrats, the party of most of my family as I grew up in rural WV, is disgusting. But, there many more like him, many in office. Sure this will anger those on the left, but it is what it is.

Friday, February 3, 2012


I have asked my military friends, whose wisdom in affairs military I trust more than my own, "What can be the rationale for the Defense Secretary making such a declaration as "Israel will attack Iran in a few months?" They agree with my opinion that it is unwise and worse.

Then comes the pronouncement that "Iran is likely to attack the USA [ in some way]." This is equally unwise, foolish and more. Inexplicable? Maybe, maybe not!

It was speculated some time ago that President Obama might attack Iran as a political October surprise. Of course, this didn't make the news and I do not remember the source. Could find it but don't think it's necessary because I believe sincerely that it would be within his capability if it was deemed to show strength and win a portion of voters he can't reach now --- knowing his left base, likely ones to object the most, will not abandon him. He could also see it as icing down the Jewish vote, some of which he is reported to be losing. While I am one who believes he will maintain most of the Jewish vote, 80% of which has always voted Democrat, some polls show the support dropping to 67%.

So, I'll take the liberty to let my thoughts wonder to the notion that Panetta is not acting alone and that he is making a political calculation that will get a portion of a voter block committed. If the pronouncement backfires, then the October surprise could be taken off the strategy agenda. Yes, I know the media will play it differently, but that will be their assignment -- to set us up for what's coming.

I remember a few months ago when MSNBC ran a spot with Professor Alan Lichtman of American University proclaiming that Obama could not be defeated with one major reason being he "had no scandals" in his administration. Really??

This came just ahead of the revelation of the Solyndra fraud and about the time "Fast and Furious" gun running to Mexico was elevating to a major scandal. While Solyndra and more solar deals are surely fraudulent, I state up front that it would likely never be adjudicated with AG Holder in charge. At least DOE head, Steven Chu, and even Obama, should be held accountable but it's not likely to happen. 

And, while congress is now going through the motions of trying to get to the bottom of the "Fast and Furious" scandal, it is likely to fall short of holding anyone of power accountable. AG Holder shows little interest in solving the problem and, in fact, shows little interest in The Rule of Law. You know other examples I would hope.

So, it is entirely within the realm of possibility that we are being set up by Panetta on the Iran issue as we have been on scandals.


Most often it is pointless, and even arrogant as some will be compelled to characterize this statement,  to say " I told you so. But, the violence in Egypt and  their elections make it pertinent....even necessary to draw focus on truth.

While the US State Department and Obama were touting the great opportunity for "Democracy" in Egypt and Gen. Klapper, DIA Head, was ignorantly (that word again!! because that's what it is) declaring the Muslim Brotherhood to be "SECULAR," I speculated, even in this blog, that the MB would end up controlling Egypt and the government would become a theocracy, a la Iran. It will happen.

Please access the link above to understand what is already happening to Christians in Egypt. How misguided can this administration be??

All of the mid-East will become theocracies...a la Iran.

Iraq is next, most likely under Moqtada Al Sadr. My Muslim friends will be angry with me, but wait a few weeks to a few months. 

Oh, while I'm taking time from a more urgent priority to write a bit, let's think about Panetta's declaration that Israel will attack Iran only to be followed up by the speculation that Iran will, somehow, attack the USA first.
Maybe readers can speculate on the reasons for these statements other than the shear foolishness (I mean stupidity) of a DOD Secretary saying such.
More later on Iraq, OWS anarchy and more. Not much energy to write
and other issues are more important. Family and loyal friends take top priority!