So President Obama gave another useless, boring speech (along with numerous softball questions).
President BARACK OBAMA: If the election is about the policies that are going to move us forward versus the policies that will get us back into a mess, then I think the Democrats will do very well.
Stick you fingers in your ear and hum real loudly, Mr. President. It won’t change the facts that the Democrats are going to suffer at the ballot box for moving us “forward”. Neither will repeatedly chanting the “Obama Mantra”: Republicans are evil, the “rich” are evil, business is evil, capitalism is evil, free trade is evil, oil is evil, banks are evil, money is evil, moderates are evil, conservative Democrats are evil, free speech is evil, questioning him is evil, tax breaks are evil (except when it garners support), making health care decisions for yourself is evil, small government is evil, etc., etc., ad nauseam. (Note variations that include descriptions like racist, bigoted, un-American, or any other word with negative implications.)
At least 15 people have been killed and 40 injured in a car bomb attack on a busy market in Vladikavkaz, capital of Russia’s North Caucasus Republic of North Ossetia.
Sadly this was inevitable after Russia invaded Georgia to sieze South Ossetia and Abkhazia after stirring up ethnic and religious tensions in the region to undermine the Georgian government. The Ossetia separatists made it clear back then that they wanted North Ossetia from Russia as well as South Ossetia to form their own nation. I suspect such attacks will become more common (as they have in Dagestan, Ingushetia, and Chechnya) if the Ossetian separatists do not get what they want, especially the closer the world gets to the starts of the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.