Everything You Wanted to Know About Mitt Romney

The Republican convention is now over.  I was watching last night in part because it was held in the Tampa Convention Center, and in July 1995 my daughter and I attended an Amway convention in the same place.  The building looked much larger than the one I was in, though.  Either they built a new building, or the main arena was actually in the nearby hockey rink, the Ice Palace.

Anyway, it’s now official, Mitt Romney is who we need to fix this economy.  Whereas Barack Obama promised to stop the rising of the oceans (a modern-day King Canute?), Romney mainly promised more jobs.  That is what I need the most right now.  I can’t eat green energy, and gay marriage is useless to an old, straight guy like me.  And my work history will show you that if I have to choose between having a job and health care, I will take the job any day; I’ve been uninsured for a big chunk, maybe even half, of my adult life.


Also, in 2008 the voters chose Obama as an act of faith, though we knew (and still know) almost nothing about his early life.  For the other presidents, we have stories about what they did before becoming president:  George Washington may have chopped down a cherry tree, Abraham Lincoln used to split rails, Harry Truman ran a haberdashery before entering politics, John F. Kennedy was a World War II hero, and so on.  We have no such anecdotes for Mr. Obama, though.  And it turned out that he had no experience for the top job; in fact, the presidency is the only real job he has ever had (being a lawyer, state senator and one-term US senator don’t put you in touch with what the rest of America is doing).  Even his name turned out to be an acronym – for One Big Awful Mistake America.

So we don’t make the mistake of choosing an unknown person again, here are the facts on Mitt Romney.  I didn’t compose this – it came to me as an e-mail two months ago – but it does the job.

Mitt Romney

Personal Information:

·His full Name is: Willard Mitt Romney

·He was Born: March 12, 1947 and is 65 years old.

·His Father: George W. Romney, former Governor of the State of Michigan.  He also ran for president in 1968. 

·He was Raised in: Bloomfield Hills , Michigan

·He is Married to: Ann Romney since 1969; they have five children

·Education: B.A. from Brigham Young University , J.D. and M.B.A. from Harvard University

·Religion: Mormon – The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints

Working Background:

·After high school, he spent 30 months in France as a Mormon missionary.

·After going to both Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School simultaneously, he passed the Michigan bar, but never worked as an attorney.

·In 1984, he co-founded Bain Capital, a private equity investment firm, one of the largest such firms in the United States.

·In 1994, he ran for Senator of Massachusetts and lost to Ted Kennedy.

·He was President and C.E.O. of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.

·In 2002, he was elected Governor of the State of Massachusetts where he eliminated a 1.5 billion deficit.

Some Interesting Fact about Romney:

·Bain Capital, starting with one small office supply store in Massachusetts, turned it into Staples; now over 2,000 stores employing 90,000 people.

·Bain Capital also worked to perform the same kinds of business miracles again and again, with companies like Domino’s, Sealy, Brookstone, Weather Channel, Burger King, Warner Music Group, Dollarama, Home Depot Supply, and many others.

  1. ·He was an unpaid volunteer campaign worker for his dad’s gubernatorial campaign 1 year.
  2. ·He was an unpaid intern in his dad’s governor’s office for eight years.
  3. ·He was an unpaid bishop and stake president of his church for ten years.
  4. ·He was an unpaid President of the Salt Lake Olympic Committee for three years.
  5. ·He took no salary and was the unpaid Governor of Massachusetts for four years.
  6. ·He gave his entire inheritance from his father to charity.
  7. ·Mitt Romney is one of the wealthiest self-made men in our country but has given more back to its citizens in terms of money, service and time than most men.

Mitt Romney is Trustworthy:

  1. ·He will show us his birth certificate.
  2. ·He will show us his high school and college transcripts.
  3. ·He will show us his social security card.
  4. ·He will show us his law degree.
  5. ·He will show us his draft notice.
  6. ·He will show us his medical records.
  7. ·He will show us his income tax records.
  8. ·He will show us he has nothing to hide.

Another Door Closes

Earlier this week, one of the local headlines was that one of our largest employers, Lexmark, is getting out of the inkjet printer business, so it will be laying off 1,600 workers, 500 of them right here in Lexington.  Lexmark was one of the companies I was hoping would hire me, since I was laid off in 2010.  Well, I can forget about them now; they won’t be hiring while they are busy firing.

As for the other companies, a former co-worker of mine told me not to bother with Lockheed Martin; they are running Bluegrass Station far less efficiently than L-3 Communications, my former employer out there, did.  That leaves Big Ass Fans as the only company I know of, that is hiring people with my skill set here in central Kentucky.

In this long night in the wilderness, I have wondered if it is not really God’s will for me to have a job.  That would make sense if my best hope is to succeed with LegalShield.  On September 17, the TV commercials for LegalShield will start airing here.  As far as I know, the only people in Central Kentucky who can do this full time, without a job getting in the way, are Leive and myself, and our sponsor, Terrell Cherry.  Therefore we’ll be the ones in the best place to reap the windfall from those ads.

On Tuesday my church’s men’s group went to see the movie “2016:  Obama’s America.”  I had been led to expect the film to be a dystopia, a frightening look at the nation in a near future that we hope will never come.  Instead it turned out to be a movie version of Dinesh D’Souza’s book, “The Roots of Obama’s Rage.”  Still I found it very thought provoking, as it shows what makes our president tick.  If you plan to vote in November, check it out.

Ouch!  Earlier this week, gas prices around here jumped to $3.95 a gallon.  I know, Hurricane Isaac was responsible, because it forced a bunch of oil refineries in Louisiana and Texas to shut down.  Still, the high prices might be worth it, if it keeps our president and congressman from getting re-elected.

Speaking of which, the polls now appear to be shifting in that direction.  Did you hear about the two electoral analysts who are predicting that this presidential election will be the biggest blowout for the Republicans since 1980?  I made a map showing how they predict the states will go (see below); if that prediction comes true, you will see the map on my election page, come November.



The Crimean War

When I first wrote my Russian history papers, back in 1990, I breezed over the Crimean War, only devoting a paragraph to it, and mainly focusing on the causes and aftermath, rather than on the war itself.  Now I have decided the conflict deserves more than that; like World War I, a lot of men died in vain here.  You may consider this a tribute to them.  Keep on reading here, or go to the new section in Chapter 2 of my Russian history series.

The Crimean War

In foreign affairs, the system of international cooperation worked out so carefully at Vienna came undone as a result of events in the only European power that did not attend the 1814-15 congress: Turkey. The Turks never got over the defeats they suffered at the hands of Christian nations in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and the next crack in the Ottoman Empire’s once-impressive facade was not long in coming; it was Greece, which declared independence in 1821. Europe’s five principal nations could not agree on what to do about the Greek War of Independence (1821-29); Prussia and Austria refused to have any part of it, while Britain, France and Russia jumped in on the side of the Greeks. Together the three allies easily defeated the Turks, and Greece was freed, but the friendliness that existed between the kings of Europe was gone. Now there could only be peace as long as no king became greedy for more land or power than he already had.

As the nineteenth century progressed the Ottoman Empire, which Nicholas I scornfully called “The Sick Man of Europe,” grew visibly weaker, and as it did so, the temptation to exploit this weakness grew stronger every year. In 1853 Nicholas succumbed. He sent an ultimatum to the sultan demanding the right to protect his Christian subjects (about 40% of the Ottoman Empire’s population); when the sultan said no, he declared war. The Russian Black Sea fleet destroyed the Turkish fleet off Sinope (modern Sinop, Turkey), and the army occupied the nearest Turkish provinces, Moldavia and Wallachia.

The Western response was quick; nobody liked the Turks, but a strong Russia controlling Constantinople was a bigger threat to world peace than a weak Turkey. Britain, France and Piedmont-Sardinia (an Italian kingdom) joined the war on the side of the Turks, and landed an expeditionary force on the Gallipoli peninsula, at the entrance to the Black Sea. They also persuaded the Greeks, who hated the Turks and were thinking of getting involved on the Russian side, to stay out of the conflict. The Russians couldn’t count on their central European friends, either; Prussia stayed neutral and Franz Josef of Austria threatened to join the Allies if Nicholas did not pull his troops out of Moldavia and Wallachia immediately. Nicholas was furious–it was, after all, only a few years since he had saved Franz Josef’s bacon in Hungary–but he could not take on all of these countries at once, so he recalled his forces.

That eliminated the reason for the fighting, because the Russians were back to where they were before the trouble started; if the war had ended here, only fans of historical trivia would remember it today. But the British and French felt they could only teach a proper lesson to the Russians by defeating them in a battle somewhere, and since the Russians would not come to them they must now go to Russia. They decided that Sevastopol, the Russian port in the Crimea where the Black Sea fleet was stationed, would be a suitable target. September 1854 saw the joint Anglo-French force enter the Black Sea, blockade the Russian Black Sea fleet in Odessa, and land 50,000 men at Eupatoria, a spot on the Crimean shore one hundred miles from Sevastopol.(8)

The Crimean War dragged on for more than a year because of incompetent leadership on both sides. The Russian commander, Alexander Menshikov, was so confident he could crush the intruders that he did not interfere with their landing. Six days later, he tried to stop the advance of the Allies at the Alma River, but in the battle of the Alma, the British charged from an unexpected direction, and the Russians broke and ran. Then it was the Allies’ turn to blunder. Disagreement between the British and French commanders on how they should attack Sevastopol meant it would take the rest of September and October to surround the city, giving the Russians plenty of time to fortify and supply it.

The Russians made two major attempts to break the siege of Sevastopol, at Balaklava (October 25) and Inkerman (November 5). Two British units distinguished themselves at Balaklava: the 93rd Highland Regiment, which earned the nickname the “thin red line” because it didn’t have the strength to hold off a Russian cavalry charge, but did so anyway; and the Light Cavalry Brigade, which was ordered to recover some cannon the Russians had captured from the Turks, before they could take the guns away. The order was extremely vague; it didn’t say which guns to take, or where they were. Consequently the Brigade bravely charged a position which they had no chance of taking; only 195 of the Brigade’s 661 men survived. Afterwards, Alfred Lord Tennyson made the Brigade famous by writing a poem which emphasized their valor and the foolhardiness of their mission: “The Charge of the Light Brigade.” The battle of Inkerman was even bloodier, and is sometimes called “The Soldier’s Battle” because heavy fog isolated the armies into small units, forcing individual soldiers to think for themselves, rather than simply obey orders from their superiors.

Although the Allies had won both battles, they did not have enough strength left to continue their offensive. Nor were they prepared to face a Russian winter; a severe storm in mid-November sank thirty British ships in Balaklava harbor and destroyed the supplies they were carrying. Remembering how the armies of Charles XII and Napoleon had suffered, the tsar boasted, “I have two generals who will not fail me: Generals January and February.” The next few months seemed to prove him right; the Allies steadily lost men to cholera and the cold weather; all they could do was defend themselves. And keep in mind that the Crimea has one of the mildest climates of any spot in the Russian Empire; the Allies would have lost the war for sure if they had gone after St. Petersburg or Moscow!

The Allies, like the Russians, thought at this stage that the best way to win the war was through attrition, so the siege of Sevastopol continued through the winter of 1854-55. This meant that more lives would be wasted on both sides. Wars of attrition are also as uncreative as the artist who uses a paint-by-numbers kit to copy a masterpiece; generals who wage them are not remembered as brilliant strategists. For the Allies, the only bright moment during that winter came in February, when the Turks won a battle against the Russians at Eupatoria. The tsar himself became a victim of “General February”; he caught pneumonia and died during that month, leaving his son Alexander II (1855-81) to pick up the pieces. Another February casualty was the British government, which fell to a no-confidence vote when folks at home learned that the British army was being destroyed by incompetence, neglect and bad organization.

When warmer weather arrived, it took all of spring and most of summer for the Allies to build up their positions around Sevastopol, before they could go on the offensive again. Attempts were also made to cut off the Russian supply line, by capturing the ports of Taganrog and Rostov-on-Don, but these attacks failed. Still, it was the Russians who had the supply problem now, because the empire had almost no railroads. The French did better; when they captured Malakoff Hill, the most important redoubt defending Sevastopol, the Russians had to evacuate the city, and Sevastopol itself surrendered in September 1855.

A Russian campaign in the Caucasus in the summer and fall of 1855 captured the Turkish city of Kars, but the fall of Sevastopol meant continuing the war was futile. Alexander II wasn’t as determined to fight as Nicholas had been; that, and more threats from ungrateful Austria, persuaded him to talk peace. Negotiations went on for three months in Paris, culminating with the signing of a treaty ending the war in March 1856.

To show the Allies had made their point, the treaty dismantled all of Russia’s naval bases on the Black Sea, forbade the Russians from building any fortifications on the Aland Islands (to replace the ones taken out early in the war) and declared that nobody had the right to interfere with Turkish affairs on behalf of the sultan’s Christian subjects. Russia also agreed to hand over the Danube River delta to the Turks, and to return Kars, their only gain from the war. To keep the Russians from entering the Balkans again, Moldavia and Wallachia were united in 1858 to create a new country, Romania, and the tsar agreed to leave it alone.  He even gave the coast of Bessarabia to the new state, so the Romanians would have access to the sea. Finally, the war taught both the British and the Russians that professional soldiers make better military leaders than nobles who got their commands through family connections or money.(9)


8. The main theater of the war was the Crimea because both sides had the idea that whoever got Sevastopol would win. However, it was not the only campaign, or even the first. In July 1854 an Anglo-French naval force sailed into the Baltic and destroyed the Russian forts on the Aland Islands, between Sweden and Finland. Another Allied squadron besieged the remote Pacific port of Petropavlovsk, on the Kamchatka peninsula, but failed to take it (September 1854-April 1855).

9. The origin of the Romanian people is one of the unsolved mysteries of the past. Before 1858 they were called Vlachs or Moldavians, depending on where they lived. The first record mentioning either name dates to 1230; Wallachia and Moldavia were independent states in the fourteenth and early fifteenth centuries. Today’s Romanians claim they are descended from Roman soldiers and colonists who settled the province then called Dacia, between 106 and 270 A.D.  Their language is clearly a Romance language, related to Italian, French, Spanish and Portuguese, but the Roman colonist story doesn’t explain how they could have survived in the region for more than a thousand years, without being assimilated into the barbarian tribes (e.g., Goths, Huns, Avars, Bulgars, Petchenegs, Polovtsi and Mongols) that passed through. It now appears more likely that their ancestors were from Latin-speaking communities south of the Danube, who kept their language after the Eastern Roman Empire switched to Greek; they probably moved north of the Danube to fill a vacuum, one or two centuries before the Ottoman Turks moved in.

Turning Algae into Clean Fuel

You’ve heard that Israel is second to nobody else when it comes to solar power, and I posted the news last year about the discovery of natural gas and oil shale deposits in the Holy Land.  Now some Israelis are putting their knowledge of desert agriculture to work in the energy business.  If they pull this off, Israel will take the lead in biofuels, too.

Turning Algae into Clean Fuel | United with Israel.

My Brother Is OK

Just a quick note to let you know that Hurricane Isaac spared the Florida peninsula.  My brother Chris lives in Naples, and for a while last week it looked like he would be hit.  Instead, the storm veered farther west than expected when it crossed Cuba yesterday, and the eye ended up missing Naples by more than 100 miles.

I haven’t talked to Chris in several days, but I see from his messages on Facebook that he is doing all right.  He probably didn’t even lose power for long, if at all.  First he talked about boarding up his windows, and that the boards will stay on until November, because it is too much remove to remove them and put them back on again, every time they get a hurricane warning.  Today he said that there is flooding around his post office, so it may be several days before he can check for mail.  Finally, he reported that the east coast of the state got more wind and rain than he did, believe it or not.

All this also means that the city of Tampa erred on the side of caution.  The Republican convention was supposed to start today, but today’s events were cancelled, leaving the delegates and reporters with nothing to do.  Now the storm is headed across the Gulf of Mexico, bearing down on Mississippi and Louisiana.  That’s where the real danger is.  Are we going to see a repeat of the Katrina disaster, seven years to the day after the first one?

The Second Coming of the Antichrist

The Second Coming of the Antichrist: Peter D. Goodgame,Donna Howell: 9780985604516: Amazon.com: Books

Last month my pastor tipped me off to this book, and on August 15 it became available, so I ordered a copy.  Because I had some points available from previous Amazon purchases, it only cost me $1.26.

Yesterday my copy arrived in my mailbox, so I am looking it over now.  I was interested because the author, Peter Goodgame, teaches that the dictatorship of the Antichrist during the endtime Tribulation years is really a restoration of the empire that built the Tower of Babel, and the Antichrist himself may be a reincarnation of Nimrod, or at least someone just like him.  Despite the title, the book talks mostly about the evidence from the first coming, and from the first two civilizations that followed it, the Sumerians in Iraq and Archaic Egypt.  I also noticed a chapter discussing the Mahabharata, which looks very interesting.  Anyway, all this sounds like what I was teaching about Babel at my church in Florida, and what I wrote about it in two places:

1.  Chapter 12 of The Genesis Chronicles

2.  Chapter 2 of my Textbook, A Biblical Interpretation of World History

On first glance, I caught a line or two that sounded like something I had written.  Unfortunately, there is no index or bibliography, so I’m checking the footnotes to see if I am quoted anywhere!  What I did find was that Mr. Goodgame quoted one of my friends, David Rohl, quite a bit, from his books “Legend” and “The Lost Testament.”  I plan to publish a full review when I’m done reading.  At any rate, it looks like this will be the most important book I read this year, the way “The Parthenon Code” was in 2006, and “How Civilizations Die” was in 2011.

If you don’t want to wait for my review, you can get your own copy at the link below:

The Second Coming of the Antichrist: Peter D. Goodgame,Donna Howell: 9780985604516: Amazon.com: Books.

The World’s Shortest Books

I have seen variations of this list over the years, with titles like “Naughty Things I have Done In My Life” by Pat Boone, and “My Life on Land” by Captain Jacques Cousteau.  Here is the latest one:

The World’s Shortest Books

By Tiger Woods
By The Kardashian Sisters
By Jane Fonda & Cindy Sheehan
Illustrated by Michael Moore
Foreword by George Soros
By "The Rev Jesse Jackson" & "The Rev Al Sharpton"
By Hillary Clinton
By Bill Clinton
By Bill Gates
By Dennis Rodman
By Al Gore & John Kerry
By Amelia Earhart
By Dr. Jack Kevorkian
By Ellen Degeneres & Rosie O’Donnell
By Mike Tyson
By O. J. Simpson & Casey Anthony
By Ted Kennedy
By Bill Clinton
With introduction by
The Rev. Jesse Jackson
and foreword by
Tiger Woods with John Edwards
By the Minnesota Vikings
By Nancy Pelosi
And the shortest book of them all . . .
by Barack Obama

Still No Light at the End of the Tunnel

On Wednesday I had a phone interview for a one-year assignment at Fort Knox.  Sure, it means I would be gone for most of the time, but I could still come home on weekends, and at least the job is in the same state as my house.  Which is more than you could say for the most recent job I had.

After me, two more candidates were interviewed, and I learned today that the last one got the job, because he lives in the Fort Knox neighborhood.  Oh well, now where do I go from here?

The TOTUS Upstages the POTUS


I know, the person with the camera happened to be at just the right angle for this shot.  Still, it’s hard to think of a picture that says as much about someone or something as this one.

It reminded me of a random thought I composed two or three years ago, so I put a copy of the picture on the webpage where I posted that.  Quote:

A true leader has to be willing to go against his core group of followers, if necessary, to get an important job done. How does that apply to presidents of the United States? Well . . .

1. FDR was rich.  He dumped on Wall Street.
2. Ike was a general.  He attacked the "military-industrial complex," giving liberals a buzzword they have used ever since.
3. JFK was a Catholic.  He gave the Pope no more attention than Protestant presidents did.
4. LBJ was a Southerner.  He supported the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts.
5. Ronald Reagan was the oldest president.  He had senior citizens fearing that he would trash Social Security.

Along that line, I predict that the first woman president won’t get along with feminists, the first Jewish president will be pro-Palestinian, the first Hispanic president will be tough on illegal immigrants, and the first Mormon president won’t like the Osmonds.

Now Barack Obama is being called the first black president (does anybody remember when Bill Clinton had that title?).  If he follows the above examples, he will be an Uncle Tom.  During the 2008 election, he showed no signs of doing that, but now I’m wondering who is putting words on the teleprompters he always keeps around, even for minor speeches.  Hopefully it’s not George Soros, Bill Ayers, or the ghost of Saul Alinsky.