Don Surber

"Exceptional Americans 1" is now on Kindle.

Monday, August 03, 2015

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Pro-choice columnist sees end of Planned Parenthood



Kathleen Parker of the Washington Post describes herself as pro-life and pro-choice, which means she is pro-life when it comes to executing murderers and pro-choice when it comes to aborting babies. But her column on Sunday showed she is willing to be pro-life on abortion for a while as she seemed to make the case for ending taxpayers subsidies to the world's largest abortion provider.

Jeb! -- Planned Parenthood's sugar daddy



Wonder why Jeb! Bush has refused to condemn the ghouls at Planned Parenthood who sell aborted baby parts

Turns out, Jeb! is a sugar daddy for Planned Parenthood.

He had his ups and downs



Business after business failed for Elisha Graves Otis in the 1830s and 1840s. He designed a gristmill, which failed. He made it a sawmill, which failed. He built wagons and carriages. Then his wife died leaving him two sons, one 8 and the other in diapers. He moved to Albany, New York, working for a doll maker and then a maker of bedsteads (which you lay a mattress on instead of box springs). He invented a machine to make bedsteads faster. His boss gave him a bonus and Otis promptly began his own business. He made a bread baker and a safety brake for trains, using a stream to supply energy for his factory. The city diverted the stream for water use, and he was out of business. It was the best thing that ever happened to him.

Sunday, August 02, 2015

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Book preview

Taking the day off to work on the sequel. Please enjoy this chapter from my book, "Exceptional Americans 1" is available here. And the Kindle version is here.

The Wizard Owl



Skyagunsta was a great Cherokee chief born somewhere around 1700. The British took him and several other Indians back to the Old World, where they met King George I and signed a treaty. Skyagunsta then gave a great speech that is remembered nearly 300 years later. He became a revered man.

Thus when the Cherokee honored Andrew Pickens with the title Skyagunsta -- the Wizard Owl -- they acknowledged both his military prowess and his diplomatic skills. The Patriot from South Carolina helped save the South by battling not only the British, but their Cherokee allies as well.

Saturday, August 01, 2015

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NYT: Rush Limbaugh was right



I am cackling over this one. The New York Times begrudgingly admitted that raising pay arbitrarily to $15 an hour stinks.

The set-up is Dan Price, 31, CEO of a start-up in Seattle -- Gravity Payments -- decided to raise everyone's pay to $15 an hour. Rush Limbaugh denounced it.

Jeb! panders

Jeb! wants to be president like Daddy and his big brother.

He thinks he has to pander to get there.

His latest pandering actually shows why Republican pandering to Democrats is destroying the country.

The Clark in Lewis and Clark



William Clark was the youngest of six sons, and the only one too young to participate in the American Revolutionary War. But he along with Meriwether Lewis and a small group of enlisted men and sergeants would explore the unknown world -- the uncharted territory -- west of the Mississippi. After their extraordinary travel, Lewis and Clark became territorial governors, negotiating with Indians to prepare for the inevitable white settlement of the lightly populated and bountiful land.

The best comparison is Neil Armstrong landing on the moon and establishing a moon base. Except he would have to deal with a scattered number of moonmen.

Friday, July 31, 2015

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Why not a Lincoln-Douglas-level debate?

The Republican National Committee will hold the first Republican presidential debate in Cleveland next week on Fox News with Bret Baier, Megyn Kelly and Chris Wallace as moderators. That's not a debate, that's a quiz show. Remember "debate" of the past?
By a show of hands, how many of you believe in global warming?
Coke or Pepsi?
These are game shows, not serious debates.get rid of the moderators and have Brian Lamb come out. Introduce the candidates and then have them proceed to debate one topic. That's how Lincoln and Douglas did it in 1858. Everyone whines about not having them.

Let's have them.

Fourth video shows how Planned Parenthood covers its tracks




How do you know Planned Parenthood is in trouble? The abortion promoters in the media are curled in a fetal ball as they are forced to report on the videos.

Camille Paglia -- frenemy of conservatives



Professor Camille Paglia figured out the Internet early, impressed Matt Drudge, and has become a star online. By making catty remarks about the Clintons and other liberals, many conservatives consider her outspoken and been a friend.

I did.

But then I checked out her latest missive and realized, she is playing us for suckers. And we are.

Linus Pauling, one Nobel too many



Linus Pauling: "If you want to have good ideas you must have many ideas. Most of them will be wrong, and what you have to learn is which ones to throw away."

The double Nobel Prize winner had many good ideas and many bad ones. I believe he was rewarded for both.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

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Clump of cells?

The Centers for Medical Progress videos show Planned Parenthood profits from selling baby parts (you don't negotiate prices if you are covering costs). The videos offer not change, but hope. The videos will not change the hearts of abortion supporters -- for now. Some will say, well, maybe the aborted baby's parts will save a life. But the videos offer hope to the anti-abortion crowd that Planned Parenthood will lose its funding and perhaps its tax-exempt status.

The videos remind people that we abort babies, not clumps of cells. Last August Judy Dutton wrote, "7 Things Babies Do in the Womb That'll Blow Your Mind." I have no idea if she is pro-life or pro-choice. But she makes the point that what is in the womb is a baby.

I defend Bill Clinton


The Fighting Quaker



In 1935, a popular book began:
WAR is a racket. It always has been.
It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.
A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small "inside" group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes.
In the World War a mere handful garnered the profits of the conflict. At least 21,000 new millionaires and billionaires were made in the United States during the World War. That many admitted their huge blood gains in their income tax returns. How many other war millionaires falsified their tax returns no one knows.
How many of these war millionaires shouldered a rifle? How many of them dug a trench? How many of them knew what it meant to go hungry in a rat-infested dug-out? How many of them spent sleepless, frightened nights, ducking shells and shrapnel and machine gun bullets? How many of them parried a bayonet thrust of an enemy? How many of them were wounded or killed in battle?
Out of war nations acquire additional territory, if they are victorious. They just take it. This newly acquired territory promptly is exploited by the few -- the selfsame few who wrung dollars out of blood in the war. The general public shoulders the bill.
And what is this bill?
The author was Smedley Butler, the most highly decorated man in America, who had retired after 33 years in the service as the highest ranking Marine. He received the Medal of Honor twice and the Marine Corps Brevet Medal all for separate actions in the nine wars he fought from 1898 to 1931.