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H/T to ON MY WATCH – the writings of SamHenry. See Who Is Behind the POLITICO “Bomb” That Cain Once Harassed Women?

When I perused POLITICO‘s “big story” today, Herman Cain accused by two women of inappropriate behavior, I just felt shame for my country. Except when there is actually some EVIDENCE, there is no excuse — NONE — for putting our leaders through such torment.

Look carefully at POLITICO‘s “news story”, Herman Cain accused by two women of inappropriate behavior. Search it for hard EVIDENCE. Is there even one shred of EVIDENCE?

Then consider these two idiomatic expressions. Which best fits POLITICO‘s article?

blowing smoke

Blowing smoke
What does Blowing smoke mean?
To be boasting without being able to back it up, talking about action without intent to follow through. Do you really want to buy this car or are you just blowing smoke?
Magicians often use smoke in their performance to obscure your view and conceal a bit of trickery.
A person who is “blowing smoke” is tricking you and attempting to cover it up.

Where there’s smoke there’s fire

where there’s smoke there’s fire
What does where there’s smoke there’s fire mean?
if there is evidence of a problem then there probably is a problem if there is evidence of a problem then there probably is a problem
Where there’s smoke there’s fire and the discussion of the safety problem suggested that the company should try to do something about it.

Do you think POLITICO is blowing smoke? Then make a point of not having anything to do with businesses and organizations who advertise with such a disreputable news source.  Here are some of them:

  • United Healthcare
  • Bank of America
  • Solar Works of America
  • freightrailworks.org
  • securefamily.org

Think of it this way. If someone is willing to advertise with a news organization that is so loosey-goosey with the truth — so willing to risk smearing the reputation of an innocent man with innuendo and gossip, why should you believe their advertisements?

How has Herman Cain responded? Here is a news article that his website links to. 

Below is what Cain has on his website.

Inside the Beltway media attacks Cain

Fearing the message of Herman Cain who is shaking up the political landscape in Washington, Inside the Beltway media have begun to launch unsubstantiated personal attacks on Cain.

Dredging up thinly sourced allegations stemming from Mr. Cain’s tenure as the Chief Executive Officer at the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s, political trade press are now casting aspersions on his character and spreading rumors that never stood up to the facts.

Since Washington establishment critics haven’t had much luck in attacking Mr. Cain’s ideas to fix a bad economy and create jobs, they are trying to attack him in any way they can.

Sadly, we’ve seen this movie played out before – a prominent Conservative targeted by liberals simply because they disagree with his politics.

Mr. Cain — and all Americans, deserve better.

Herman Cain-

Frankly, except for one thing, I think Cain has it exactly right. So long as we are willing to have anything to do with POLITICO‘s sponsors, we don’t deserve any better.


Like American history? blogsense-by-barb has a post worth reading. Check out Sons of Liberty: Patriots or Terrorists?

Curious about the start of WW I? rogueoperator acquainted me with something I did not know. In Tyranny and Crisis: The Rise of American Militarism, he points out that according to the “rules of war” the Germans had every right to sink the Lusitania.

Curious about that secret war fought by the CIA and the Hmong tribes of Laos against the North Vietnamese. thatmrgguy posts The Secret War…Video.

Curious about the latest on the current action. In Senseless Jerry Fuhrman posts a link to an AP story, NATO convoy bomb adds urgency to protecting Kabul.

Curious about the future of war? In Alternative Futures to 2028 for the U.S. Army, James Atticus Bowden observes that the Army provides a curiously open and intellectually honest environment.


presentation1.pngHere we have the fifth post in a long series. If you really want to know what this post is about, check out THE SEARCH FOR THE MOST VIRTUOUS VERSATILE BLOGGER — PART 1. Otherwise, just read on and enjoy.


Pride is one is one of the seven deadly sins. How do we recognize inappropriate pride? Their eyes are haughty (Psalm 18:27). Their look is proud (Proverbs 6:17). Here is what the Catholic Encyclopedia has to say about pride.

Pride is the excessive love of one’s own excellence. It is ordinarily accounted one of the seven capital sinsSt. Thomas, however, endorsing the appreciation of St. Gregory, considers it the queen of all vices, and puts vainglory in its place as one of the deadly sins. In giving it this pre-eminence he takes it in a most formal and complete signification. He understands it to be that frame of mind in which a man, through the love of his own worth, aims to withdraw himself from subjection to Almighty God, and sets at naught the commands of superiors. It is a species of contempt of God and of those who bear his commission. (continued here)

Political bloggers speak often of pride.

Yet pride is the most dangerous of vices.  Mere Christianity (Chapter 8 of Book 3), C. S. Lewis says the following of pride.

According to Christian teachings, the essential vice, the utmost evil, is Pride. Unchastity, anger, greed, drunkenness, and all that, are mere fleabites in comparison: it was through Pride that the devil became the devil: Pride leads to every other vice: it is the complete anti-God state of mind.

An Aside

With the acceptance of the , I took on the task revealing seven things about myself. In PART 4, I revealed two things plus the fact that Dave Jeffers influenced my decision to blog. Here I point one other small detail about myself. I am too proud. From time-to-time I boast.

Lest you laugh, consider this quote from C. S. Lewis (also in Mere Christianity).

If anyone would like to acquire humility, I can, I think, tell him the first step. The first step is to realise one is proud. And a biggish step, too. At least, nothing whatever can be done before it. If you think you are not conceited, it means you are very conceited indeed.


Does Lynn R. Mitchell, the blogger at SWAC Girl preach against the sin of pride? No. What Lynn does is exhibit when pride is appropriate. When is pride appropriate? When it is not at odds with proper humility. A prideful soul sees everything from only point-of-view, his own, and he demands his own elevation at the expense of others. The humble soul concedes that only one point-of-view matters. However, that point-of-view is God’s, the Lord of all.

Because a humble soul loves others, the humble take pleasure in advancing the interests of others. Therefore, pride is righteous when we take pleasure in the accomplishments of others. Lynn’s blog revels in the accomplishments of others.

In fact, Lynn categorizes many of her posts with the label . In addition to 4th of July celebrations, Lynn uses label  for:

Lynn also takes pride in the beauty God offers us in Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County (see hereherehere, and here). Here is how she describes herself.

As SWAC Girl (an acronym for Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County), I have been writing in the Virginia political blogosphere since 2006. One of my passions is to photograph this scenic area as seen from my window on the world. The Shenandoah Valley of Virginia is one of the most beautiful places to call home … the Republican Party most closely carries my beliefs.

Next week we will discuss lust.  😯   How do I go about selecting a blog for that one?❓


Lots of Virginians and other Americans do not bother with voting. To some extent I think that a good thing. When ignorant or foolish people do not bother to vote, at least they don’t vote for the wrong person. On the other hand, many people just don’t know any better. These people never actually learned why our republic is important, how it works, and what they need to do to make it work. Otherwise, how else could they excuse such laziness?

Because we must give government great power over us, as a good Christians we must also be good citizens. When we neglect the duties of citizenship, we risk giving up our families, friends, and neighbors as prey for conniving scoundrels. If we love our families, friends, and neighbors, then we must each do our part to make certain we elect honorable people to represent us.

In what follows, Delegate Scott Lingamfelter hints at the consequences of failing to elect the best people we can.


I will try to keep this to the point, because I really want you to take a minute to read this. As I have gone door-to-door, thousands of doors this year, it is not uncommon for people to say to me, “I’m happy with Virginia, but what are you going to do about Washington?” Most people who ask this know that State Legislators can do little more than the average citizen, which is to vote to install responsible Federal leaders who will actually listen to the people who are concerned with the very future of the nation. But they ask out of frustration, out of a pressing need to voice their concern. What a State Legislator CAN do is give voice to the people they meet on the doorsteps. And I am committed to do so.

People are angry and frustrated with a government that spends recklessly. They despair over the lack of jobs. They worry-a lot-about the international threat arrayed against us. And they see very little coming out of Washington to address any of this. Moreover, they feel the President is more about his view of the world than the view of the vast majority of the nation. People want a government that listens, is in touch with their concerns, and one that will take action to address our problems. Folks, we do NOT have that kind of government in Washington. We DO have that kind of leadership in Richmond with Governor Bob McDonnell and Republicans in the General Assembly who not only have a balanced budget, but a $500 million-plus surplus.

This November 8th-just 11 days from today-you have a chance to go to the polls and vote for your Republican candidate who will build on our work in the General Assembly that has made Virginia the Number 1 place in the nation to do business. Folks, this didn’t happen by magic. It happened because fiscally responsible conservatives that care about small businesses and families took action to get spending under control and focus our budget on the core functions of a limited and efficient government.

And here’s the bottom-line for those of you who are deeply concerned about the nation. Your action in THIS election will send a strong message to Washington when, on Election Night 2011, conservative Republicans are victorious in large numbers. Make no mistake about it; the political halfwits in Washington will be forced to stare reality in the face. All eyes will be on Virginia, my friends. Go out and be heard. And in the process, get fired up and stay fired up for real change in 2012. Our future is in our hands as long as we vote. The consequences of not are simply unacceptable.

On to Victory!

On November 8, we can do more than just send a message to Washington. We can replace some of the conniving scoundrels who “serve us” today. So please vote, and vote thoughtfully and carefully. Take the time.

  • Find out who is on the ballot.
  • Learn about each of the candidates.
  • Encourage your family, friends and neighbors to go to the polls.

Take the time to vote.