Monday, October 1, 2012

From The Mouth of Matuszak: If I Were Preparing For The Debate

Once in a while people will play one of those "what if..." games. These are those games where a few people sit around and ponder some pseudo-philosophical question such as "What if you were world emperor  for the day?" or "What if you suddenly had $200,000,000,000.oo?". Today I will play my version of that game along slightly more serious lines that could have dire consequences for our country, and the world.

The first presidential debate is on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 9pm Eastern, 8pm Central, 6pm Pacific. I'm sure that Steve Green AKA "The Vodka Pundit" will "live-blog" the debate while slurping down on some nice cocktails. (By the end it will probably turn into shots of Everclear to numb the pain). The main topics are set to be economic and domestic policies. The debate, in Denver, will be televised. However, it is also scheduled to be simulcast on live-streaming.

If I were writing the questions, I would target certain subjects we all know the mainstream media "moderators" will probably attempt to avoid. Here are some of my key questions:

On the subject of the economy I would ask Obama to justify his failed economic policies as well as explain his understanding of both "Supply side" and Keynesian economics. I would  have him explain the proper role of government in a constitutional republic with a structured capitalist economic structure. I would ask him to explain how giving people fish instead of teaching them to fish is going to improve our national economy. I would ask him how taxing those who produce into deciding to stop producing is supposed to benefit anybody. I would add the example of the twenty-seven new Obamacare taxes. I would then address Romney about much of the same, instead asking him what he plans to do differently, and how his policies and plans would be better. I'd ask him to use actual business models, but explain it in layman's terms.

On domestic policy, they plan on centering around healthcare. Instead of beating the Obamacare horse into glue, I would shift gears slightly. I would then ask Obama about his various department heads and their failures, and how his second term would be different. I would ask him about the failed stimulus. I would ask him about the ridiculous and runaway EPA with their unconstitutional regulations. I would ask him about his AG and the DoJ, including Holder's criminal past and his involvement in Operation Fast and Furious. I would ask him about his State Department's attempt to circumvent the Second Amendment through international treaty. I would ask him about the Department of Education's overreach and violation of the 10th Amendment, as well as their and the USDA's interfering with parental rights in searching kids' lunches, also a violation of the 4th Amendment. To Romney, I would ask him what his planned bureaucratic structure will be. I will ask him what policies he will keep and what executive orders he will repeal. I would ask him how much power he will permit those departments of the executive branch to employ.

Since they will attempt to frame the debate around healthcare and the PPACA, I would put up that famous organizational flow chart and ask Obama to explain it. Then I would ask him about the "death panels". To Romney, I would ask if he supports repealing the law, and , if so, what plan would he propose, support, or lobby congress to pass.

Now, taking the role of the participants, I will attempt to enumerate some of my talking points.

Obama's talking points are easy. They are pander, lie, sidestep, blame Bush, blame the conservative majority in the House for the Senate's inability to pass a budget (including Obama's own proposal), then pander and lie some more. His is a record of abject failure. His platform at this point can only be "I need more time, 4 years wasn't enough to complete my destruction of the USA". Other talking points he will use are to target Romney for the Massachusetts health care laws and target his time with Bain Capital where he worked with a venture capitalist company that saved what businesses could be saved. Obama will stay away from the tax issue since he knows Romney released his records, paid more taxes than Obama, did not claim deductions for all the charity he gave (unlike Obama who claimed every penny), and gave more in charity in one year than Obama has given in his life.

If I were Romney, I would use these debates to strike fast, hard, and surgically at all of Obama's administration's failings. As the chief executive, which the president is, Obama is responsible not only for his own actions, but those of all of those in the executive branch under him.

Under the subject of the economy, I would target the failed "investments" to all of these dysfunctional so-called "green energy" companies. Included in this, I would target the ecological impacts of those toxic batteries in hybrid cars and the Chevy Volt. I would take the time to illustrate the over 8% unemployment rate for the majority (so far, the entirety) of Obama's term. I would shame Obama with the truth about decreased workforce participation and paint a target on Obama for all of those cases of depression filed as SSDI claims because people couldn't find work under Obama's economic plans. I would illustrate what "right looks like" and contrast it against Obama's failed economics. I would blast Obama for the ridiculous government spending.

In the realm of domestic policy, if I were Romney, I would flat out state I wouldn't hire a criminal such as Eric Holder as the top prosecution attorney for the US. I would blatantly name Brian Terry and blame Obama's policies for his murder. When Obama says he was "kept in the dark", I would ask him how he can call himself a leader if he refuses to make his subordinates accountable and accept responsibility for their actions, as a true leader should. I would question Obama on what Valerie Jarrette's actual credentials are, and how how her alleged "expertise" applies to her position in the administration. I would zing Obama for his attempts to bankrupt farmers with regulations on "farm dust" and "bovine flatulence". Since they do tie together, I would hit Obama where it really hurts, demonstrating the waste of tax dollars his bloated bureaucratic structure has become, and show how it has hurt everybody at every income bracket. Then I would  hit Obama with his use of the false terms "middle class", since, legally and constitutionally, there are no classes in the US. Everybody can work hard and try to become a millionaire. It is up to the individual.

Since the PPACA falls within both economic and domestic policy, and the lap-dogs are going to attempt to allow Obama to champion it, I would use that to "stick the fork" into the well-done Obama talking points. That chart of the expanded bureaucracy would come out. I would explain how it is full of wasteful spending just in salaries and payments to federal workers' unions. I would talk about how it will actually reduce the quality of care for all but a small, select elite group. I would explain the costs to businesses and how it will actually cause many small corporations (LLCs) to shut down. I would explain how it will cause more unemployment in net numbers, despite the increased employment working as slaves to the government. I would read the parts of the law that direct the executive branch to establish bureaucratic "death panels".

Romney is a smart guy. I'm sure if I prepared and researched, I could toast Obama in a debate, then Romney should have no trouble at all. Of course, that means Mitt will have to pull off the kid gloves and get full on, street level MMA on Obama's rhetoric and false narratives. I would use Mental Aikido, turning Obama's own emotive verbiage against him and pin him, sweaty, broken and confused, with facts and the truth. I wouldn't go wrestling with a pig. I would fight like my life and the lives of the citizens of  this country depended upon it. I would do so because it does.

Original article at Mental Aikido.

I25 Shut Down Due to Presidential Debates in Denver on Wednesday

The first Presidential debates are taking place this Wednesday night, at Denver University.

One of the biggest things this is affecting, in Denver, is that I25 will be shut down from 5-10pm MDT.

Yes, that's going to affect a lot of traffic for the metro area.

University and Buchtel Boulevards will be closed for shorter times, so don't try using them at all, in the area of DU.

Bus routes will be affected by the closures, but the light rail is supposed to be going as normal.

Semi trucks and other vehicles will not be allowed on I25 between I-225 and I-76 from 3-11pm MDT nor on Santa Fe Drive (US 85) between I25 and Hampden Avenue (US 285) and on Hampden Avenue between Santa Fe Drive and I25 from 3-10pm MDT.

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Blue to Gold: ARMY Sgt. 1st Class Riley G. Stephens

ARMY Sgt. 1st Class Riley G. Stephens, thirty-nine, of Tolar, Texas, died September twenty-eight, in Wardak, Afghanistan.

The small town of Tolar is preparing to honor a native son killed in action in Afghanistan.

The Department of Defense said that Army Sgt. 1st Class Riley G. Stephens, thirty-nine, died in Wardak Province, Afghanistan.  He suffered fatal wounds during an attack on September 28.

Stephens was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) based in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.  He was a Special Forces Medical Sergeant. This was his fifth deployment during Operation Enduring Freedom.

He was a native of Tolar, forty-six miles southwest of Fort Worth. Stephens is survived by his wife, three children and father.

According to Jherri Carter, of Meridian Bank, Stephens will be honored at a candlelight vigil on Wednesday, October 3, at 7:30 p.m. The service will be at the Old Tolar Rattler Football Field at 401 East 7th Street.  Parking is available at Tolar High School at 301 Rock Church Highway.

The Department of Defense said Stephen's military awards include the Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device, the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the Army Achievement Medal with Valor Device, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal and many more.

Blue to Gold: ARMY Sgt. Jonathan A. Gollnitz

ARMY Sgt. Jonathan A. Gollnitz, twenty-eight, of Lakehurst, New Jersey, died September twenty-six, in Pul-E Alam, Afghanistan.

A Western New York native has lost his life in Afghanistan. The aunt of Army Sgt. Jonathan Gollnitz, Kimberly Gollnitz, said her nephew was on patrol with another soldier when they were attacked by a suicide bomber earlier this week. Both were killed.

Gollnitz was 28, and the father of a four-year-old son. He served five years in the Navy before joining the Army last year. His aunt, Kimberly Gollnitz, who happens to have the same name as Sgt. Gollnitz' mother, said he was just injured in July and hospitalized with a leg injury.

She said her brother and his wife flew out to Dover, Delaware, Thursday morning for the return of their son's remains.

When asked what she would like people to know about her nephew, Gollnitz said it would be that he was a loving man who treasured time with his family and friends.

Fredonia school officials say they were notified of his death yesterday. A moment of silence was held for him this morning. The mayor of Fredonia, Stephen Keefe,  said Jon attended Fredonia High School, but transferred to Levant Christian School in Falconer for his senior unit.

Blue to Gold: ARMY Staff Sgt. Orion N. Sparks

ARMY Staff Sgt. Orion N. Sparks, twenty-nine, of Tucson, Arizona, died September twenty-six, in Pul-E Alam, Afghanistan.

A Tucson soldier, Army Staff Sgt. Orion N. Sparks, was killed Wednesday in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense said Friday.

Sparks, twenty-nine, and another soldier were killed in Pul-E Alam, Afghanistan, when an insurgent wearing a suicide vest detonated the bomb near their patrol.

The soldiers were serving with the 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team. The Schweinfurt, Germany-based unit was deployed in Logar province in eastern Afghanistan.

Including Sparks' death, fifty-two troops with Southern Arizona connections have been killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars; twenty in Afghanistan since the 2001 invasion of that country.

The other soldier who was killed in the incident was identified as Sgt. Jonathan A. Gollnitz, twenty-eight, of Lakehurst, N.J.

Sparks "touched the lives of many soldiers during his time in Anvil. He is remembered as a contagious optimist who was always in good spirits. Someone that could relate to soldiers on a personal level and helped guide them through life. Orion was an outstanding trainer of soldiers and a leader who was not afraid to get his hands dirty and lead from the front. A true NCO to the end. He was a cornerstone in Anvil Troop," said a statement posted by Lt. Col. Whit Wright, the 173rd Airborne's commander.

Blue to Gold: NAVY Gunners Mate 2nd Class Dion Rashun Roberts

NAVY Gunners Mate 2nd Class Dion Rashun Roberts, twenty-three, of Chicago Illinois, died September twenty-two in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.
NORTH CHICAGO — The young sailor from North Chicago who died in Afghanistan on Saturday was the victim of a single-vehicle accident, according to a statement released Wednesday by the Department of Defense. Gunners Mate 2nd Class Dion Rashun Roberts, 23, a 2005 graduate of North Chicago High School, was serving in support of Operation Enduring Freedom when he was killed in the eastern city of Jalalabad, according to the statement. He was assigned to the East Coast Naval Special Warfare Unit. Roberts, the son of John and Janice Roberts of the 1800 block of Elizabeth Avenue, also leaves behind a sister and nephew. He was due to return from a six-month deployment in October. Navy officials told the family that Roberts was killed during a training exercise. He is the first native of North Chicago to die in the War on Terror. Twenty-eight servicemen with Lake County ties have died since 2001. Roberts, a Navy petty officer, was recalled as charming, charismatic and friendly by friends and relatives. “He was very highly thought of,” said North Chicago High School Principal Eric Gallagher, who said Roberts was a student in the school’s Academy of Finance, and that he was on the volleyball and tennis teams. Roberts was also a leader in NJROTC. He enlisted in the Navy as a high school senior and went through boot camp at Recruit Training Command Great Lakes. “He had a strong character,” recalled a close friend, Aamin Stokes, who said he enlisted with Roberts on Valentine’s Day, but later changed his mind. “He was one of a kind, an extraordinary personality,” Stokes said. “He could make any situation the most hilarious.”

Read more: http://sgt-jim.blogspot.com/2012/09/rip-gunners-mate-2nd-class-dion-rashun.html
The young sailor from North Chicago who died in Afghanistan on Saturday was the victim of a single vehicle accident, according to a statement released Wednesday by the Department of Defense.

Gunners Mate Second Class Dion Rashun Roberts, twenty-three, a 2005 graduate of North Chicago High School, was serving in support of Operation Enduring Freedom when he was killed in the eastern city of Jalalabad, according to the statement. He was assigned to the East Coast Naval Special Warfare Unit.

Roberts, the son of John and Janice Roberts, also leaves behind a sister and nephew. He was due to return from a six month deployment in October. Navy officials told the family that Roberts was killed during a training exercise.

He is the first native of North Chicago to die in the War on Terror. Twenty-eight servicemen with Lake County ties have died since 2001.

Roberts, a Navy petty officer, was recalled as charming, charismatic and friendly by friends and relatives. 

"He was very highly thought of," said North Chicago High School Principal Eric Gallagher, who said Roberts was a student in the school’s Academy of Finance, and that he was on the volleyball and tennis teams.

Roberts was also a leader in NJROTC. He enlisted in the Navy as a high school senior and went through boot camp at Recruit Training Command Great Lakes.

"He had a strong character," recalled a close friend, Aamin Stokes, who said he enlisted with Roberts on Valentine's Day, but later changed his mind.

"He was one of a kind, an extraordinary personality," Stokes said. "He could make any situation the most hilarious."
The young sailor from North Chicago who died in Afghanistan on Saturday was the victim of a single-vehicle accident, according to a statement released Wednesday by the Department of Defense. Gunners Mate 2nd Class Dion Rashun Roberts, 23, a 2005 graduate of North Chicago High School, was serving in support of Operation Enduring Freedom when he was killed in the eastern city of Jalalabad, according to the statement. He was assigned to the East Coast Naval Special Warfare Unit. Roberts, the son of John and Janice Roberts of the 1800 block of Elizabeth Avenue, also leaves behind a sister and nephew. He was due to return from a six-month deployment in October. Navy officials told the family that Roberts was killed during a training exercise. He is the first native of North Chicago to die in the War on Terror. Twenty-eight servicemen with Lake County ties have died since 2001. Roberts, a Navy petty officer, was recalled as charming, charismatic and friendly by friends and relatives. “He was very highly thought of,” said North Chicago High School Principal Eric Gallagher, who said Roberts was a student in the school’s Academy of Finance, and that he was on the volleyball and tennis teams. Roberts was also a leader in NJROTC. He enlisted in the Navy as a high school senior and went through boot camp at Recruit Training Command Great Lakes. “He had a strong character,” recalled a close friend, Aamin Stokes, who said he enlisted with Roberts on Valentine’s Day, but later changed his mind. “He was one of a kind, an extraordinary personality,” Stokes said. “He could make any situation the most hilarious.”

Read more: http://sgt-jim.blogspot.com/2012/09/rip-gunners-mate-2nd-class-dion-rashun.html
The young sailor from North Chicago who died in Afghanistan on Saturday was the victim of a single-vehicle accident, according to a statement released Wednesday by the Department of Defense. Gunners Mate 2nd Class Dion Rashun Roberts, 23, a 2005 graduate of North Chicago High School, was serving in support of Operation Enduring Freedom when he was killed in the eastern city of Jalalabad, according to the statement. He was assigned to the East Coast Naval Special Warfare Unit. Roberts, the son of John and Janice Roberts of the 1800 block of Elizabeth Avenue, also leaves behind a sister and nephew. He was due to return from a six-month deployment in October. Navy officials told the family that Roberts was killed during a training exercise. He is the first native of North Chicago to die in the War on Terror. Twenty-eight servicemen with Lake County ties have died since 2001. Roberts, a Navy petty officer, was recalled as charming, charismatic and friendly by friends and relatives. “He was very highly thought of,” said North Chicago High School Principal Eric Gallagher, who said Roberts was a student in the school’s Academy of Finance, and that he was on the volleyball and tennis teams. Roberts was also a leader in NJROTC. He enlisted in the Navy as a high school senior and went through boot camp at Recruit Training Command Great Lakes. “He had a strong character,” recalled a close friend, Aamin Stokes, who said he enlisted with Roberts on Valentine’s Day, but later changed his mind. “He was one of a kind, an extraordinary personality,” Stokes said. “He could make any situation the most hilarious.”

Read more: http://sgt-jim.blogspot.com/2012/09/rip-gunners-mate-2nd-class-dion-rashun.html
The young sailor from North Chicago who died in Afghanistan on Saturday was the victim of a single-vehicle accident, according to a statement released Wednesday by the Department of Defense. Gunners Mate 2nd Class Dion Rashun Roberts, 23, a 2005 graduate of North Chicago High School, was serving in support of Operation Enduring Freedom when he was killed in the eastern city of Jalalabad, according to the statement. He was assigned to the East Coast Naval Special Warfare Unit. Roberts, the son of John and Janice Roberts of the 1800 block of Elizabeth Avenue, also leaves behind a sister and nephew. He was due to return from a six-month deployment in October. Navy officials told the family that Roberts was killed during a training exercise. He is the first native of North Chicago to die in the War on Terror. Twenty-eight servicemen with Lake County ties have died since 2001. Roberts, a Navy petty officer, was recalled as charming, charismatic and friendly by friends and relatives. “He was very highly thought of,” said North Chicago High School Principal Eric Gallagher, who said Roberts was a student in the school’s Academy of Finance, and that he was on the volleyball and tennis teams. Roberts was also a leader in NJROTC. He enlisted in the Navy as a high school senior and went through boot camp at Recruit Training Command Great Lakes. “He had a strong character,” recalled a close friend, Aamin Stokes, who said he enlisted with Roberts on Valentine’s Day, but later changed his mind. “He was one of a kind, an extraordinary personality,” Stokes said. “He could make any situation the most hilarious.”

Read more: http://sgt-jim.blogspot.com/2012/09/rip-gunners-mate-2nd-class-dion-rashun.html
NORTH CHICAGO — The young sailor from North Chicago who died in Afghanistan on Saturday was the victim of a single-vehicle accident, according to a statement released Wednesday by the Department of Defense. Gunners Mate 2nd Class Dion Rashun Roberts, 23, a 2005 graduate of North Chicago High School, was serving in support of Operation Enduring Freedom when he was killed in the eastern city of Jalalabad, according to the statement. He was assigned to the East Coast Naval Special Warfare Unit. Roberts, the son of John and Janice Roberts of the 1800 block of Elizabeth Avenue, also leaves behind a sister and nephew. He was due to return from a six-month deployment in October. Navy officials told the family that Roberts was killed during a training exercise. He is the first native of North Chicago to die in the War on Terror. Twenty-eight servicemen with Lake County ties have died since 2001. Roberts, a Navy petty officer, was recalled as charming, charismatic and friendly by friends and relatives. “He was very highly thought of,” said North Chicago High School Principal Eric Gallagher, who said Roberts was a student in the school’s Academy of Finance, and that he was on the volleyball and tennis teams. Roberts was also a leader in NJROTC. He enlisted in the Navy as a high school senior and went through boot camp at Recruit Training Command Great Lakes. “He had a strong character,” recalled a close friend, Aamin Stokes, who said he enlisted with Roberts on Valentine’s Day, but later changed his mind. “He was one of a kind, an extraordinary personality,” Stokes said. “He could make any situation the most hilarious.”

Read more: http://sgt-jim.blogspot.com/2012/09/rip-gunners-mate-2nd-class-dion-rashun.html