Friday, January 30, 2009
Mr. Steele is now the face of the GOP. And that is good not only for my party, but for the nation.
Now, the leaders of both political parties are black. And it shows that the GOP is finally realizing that it needs to reach beyond the base in voters. Mr. Steele has a way of articulating the conservative message in a positive-re: Reagan-manner. It has been sorely lacking and with the GOP in the minority at the national level, this vote was very important and showed that the GOP can rise to the occasion.
HT: Jim Geraghty at the Campaign Spot @ www.nationalreview.com/campaignspot
I have been linking to your analysis!
The good news is that Mr. Blackwell has endorsed Michael Steele. If the Blackwell voters go to Mr. Steele, he should be the GOP Chair on the forth ballot.
It will be great news that the leader of the Republican party will be some one of Mr. Steele's background and character.
Mr. Dawson picked up 28 votes, but Mr. Steele has been consistently gaining on each ballot.
Come on RNC, do not make a stupid error and choose Mr. Dawson. Mr. Steele will be able to reach more voters than Mr. Dawson. And there will not be the whole private country-club question to dog Mr. Steele.
Continue to stay tuned!
Bad news is that Mr. Dim Wit Duncan chose not to support one of those left.
Worse, according to The Campaign Spot, the race comes down to Michael Steele and South Carolina Republican chair Katon Dawson. Read the link to know why this is bad.
After three ballots, Michael Steele is gaining ground and now has 51 votes. The one who gets 85 votes becomes the Chair of the RNC. Mr. Steele went from 46 votes in the first ballot to 51 on the third and latest ballot as of this posting.
Mr. Steele is what the Republicans need. A conservative, yes Mr. Steele is conservative, who is not the same boring, corporate white guy that Dim Wit Duncan represents way too much. Someone not afraid to talk to seemingly unlikely people that will at least listen to a conservative, Republican message. That is Michael Steele.
Hopefully, Republicans will get this one right.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
It is in Iceland that the current financial services crisis has ruptured bringing down a government and even prompting this usually very peaceful nation to outright rioting.
But, the real downside is that Iceland is simply ahead of many nations.
In nationalizing it's banks. In having its stock market all but collapse. And,with rising unemployment and inflation.
It is too much to bear on this nation.
And, it is about to elect a very left-of-center government in response to the crisis.
Disturbing as all of that is, I was interested in the inflation aspect of the Iceland collapse.
Most Americans 30 and under have no idea what inflation was like in the United States in the 1970s.
It was destructive. It was coupled with high interest rates and high unemployment.
The inflation rate in the United States was in double-digits and constantly rising. People's incomes, those that were still working, could not keep pace.
That is the real danger that the West faces. A return of inflation.
Inflation is a job killer. It is what ruins any savings. It ruins investment. It makes companies unwilling to hire new workers.
It is what brought down another American president, one Jimmah Carter.
Watch out for what is going on in Iceland. Because it can be what will happen here.
Take a good look at this photo of our president, Barack Obama, in the Oval Office.
What do you notice? Or to be a little more direct, what do you not notice?
No suit jacket?
BINGO! DING! DING! DING!
In and of itself, it is not all that big of a deal. Former President Bush 43 made the rule that the coat and tie was to be worn at all times in the Oval Office. Clearly, President Obama prefers to be a little more workman-like sans the coat. But, you may be surprised to know the real reason that there is no coat on our president.
Well, because President Obama likes it a little warm. In fact, he likes it down right hot. So hot, that according to top advisor, David Axelrod, “He’s from Hawaii, O.K.? He likes it warm. You could grow orchids in there.”
Does that mean that the White House thermostat is above 72 degrees, Fahrenheit? If so, it would appear that our president is, well, kind of sort of going back on something that he said about the rest of us on the campaign trail. In a campaign rally in Portland, Oregon, then Senator Messiah Barack delivered this little gem:
“We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times … and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK,” Obama said.
“That’s not leadership. That’s not going to happen,” he added.
Hmm, very interesting.
Oh, and speaking on the food front, did you know that then Sen. Messiah Barack had a private chef? Well, you do now! Sam Kass will be assisting the current White House head chef, Cristeta Comerford, appointed to her perch by former First Lady, Laura Bush.
So, lets review.
President Obama likes the Oval Office a lot hotter than 72 degrees. Because he is from Hawaii after all. And, he has a private chef that will be assisting the current White House chef to make "healthy, local and sustainable" food to the Obama's taste.
What about the SUVs?
Are we soon to see hybrid Toyota Prius' in the White House motorcades? I doubt it.
So, I guess leadership by example is not exactly on President Obama's front burner.
Oops! That front burner is the Oval Office, I guess!
Hope and change, baby! Hope and change!
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
It is not all that surprising that all of the most religious states are in the South. And they are growing in population. And tend to be Republican leaning.
A surprising stat is that in the 10 least religious states, only four states fall below 50%. Meaning that in 46 states, religion's importance is 50% or more.
Considering the decline of Christianity in Europe, I think that this poll is interesting in showing that by and large, the United States continues to be a religious nation.
One can attribute that to the freedom of religion enshrined in the United States constitution. Most nations in the world have not had the kind of freedom of conscience that the United States has enshrined in law.
Thankfully, religion plays an important role in most American lives on a daily basis.
Sarah PAC mission statement is a positive one and talks about a Republican renaissance which is very important at this turning point in American history.
With the federal government about to embark on the largest grab of the private economy since President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, it will be people like Gov. Palin to lead the Republican party out of the national wilderness.
Now, correctly, Gov. Palin dismisses reports that this is her prepping to make her own run at the White House in 2012. But, it is good to get her ducks in a row now. After all, President Obama began his quest for the White House in a two-year time span.
What this PAC should do is give money to like-minded, re: conservatives, candidates and also for Gov. Palin running for reelection as governor.
The field will either be very crowded for the Republican party in 2012 or one or two candidates.
Better to get a head start now.
And that is what Gov. Palin is doing. Getting the head start.
In President Obama's first attempt to get some hope and change with some bipartisanship, the president utterly failed.
President Obama went to Capitol Hill yesterday to meet with Republicans in both Houses of congress and he would not budge on tax cuts.
So, coupled with President Obama all but accusing Republicans of taking marching orders from Rush Limbaugh, I wished they would, and his unwillingness to to budge on taxes, while the bill did pass, there is no Republican cover.
And, if the economy does not recover as quickly as promised, it will all be on President Obama and the Democrats.
As noted in a previous post, this is not the era of hope and change. It is the hype and no change era. With a $825,000,000,000 price tag.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Judge E. Curtissa Cofield was pulled over on a suspicion of drunk driving on October 10, 2008.
And, watch the video. Judge Cofield goes on a beautiful, racist tirade over getting arrested for suspicion of DWI.
The irony is that Judge Cofield is black as well as the police officer that she is harassing.
This judge was appointed by former Gov. Lowell Weicker, a onetime "Republican" who ran for governor as an "independent". And, a Republican governor, Jodi Rell, renominated this judge for another term that runs until 2015.
Hopefully, the Judicial Review Council will remove this judge yesterday.
What an ignoramus!
Not exactly hope and change, baby! not exactly hope and change!
Monday, January 26, 2009
Worse, ten Republicans caved and voted for Mr. Geithner.
The 31 Republicans and three Democrat votes against Mr. Geithner is as follows:
The 10 Republicans who gave the Obama administration cover were as follows:
While a lot attention has been payed to about Mr. Geithner's tax cheating, the real scandal is that Mr. Geithner is one of the Goldman Sachs architects of the $700,000,000,000 bank "bailout/rescue" plan that so far is an abysmal failure.
But, the tax issue is fascinating because of the dancing that Mr. Geithner tried to do on the issue of his owing over $47,000 of back taxes.
In rarity of rarities, I agree with the geriatric Democrat senator from West Virginia, Robert Byrd, "Had he not been nominated for treasury secretary, it's doubtful that he would have ever paid these taxes". And he is spot on.
Wyoming Republican senator Mike Enzi had some blistering criticism of Mr. Geithner in regards to the back tax issue, "Nominees for positions that do not oversee tax reporting and collection have been forced to withdraw their nomination for more minor offenses. They have been ridden out of town on a verbal rail," Enzi told the Senate. "The fact that we're in a global economic crisis is not a reason to overlook these errors.""The Senate," he scolded, "is not supposed to be a group of 'yes' men."
Again, say it brother!
The back tax issue is more ridiculous because Mr. Geithner blamed TurboTax software for his "error".
Remember, this is the man that President Obama believes can help guide the United States' financial services mess.
The man can not even figure out TurboTax software.
One of the worst acts in the waning months of the Bush administration was the overreaction and panic that led to the $700,000,000,000 bank "bailout/rescue" that has done not one thing to solve the credit crunch. And now, one of those who worked behind the scenes, Timothy Geithner, is now on his own to steer the ship right.
I have no confidence in a man that can not use simple tax software and avoids paying taxes righting the Titanic of an economic mess that the United States is now in.
Something to remember in 2010.
HT: Gateway Pundit @ www.gatewaypundit.blogpsot.com and The Corner @ www.nationalreview.com/corner
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Really? The Republican party listens to Rush Limbaugh?
If the leadership and Republican voters had listened to Rush Limbaugh, maybe Sen. John "F--- You" McCain would not have been the Republican standard bearer in 2008.
If the Republican leadership did listen to Rush Limbaugh, maybe they can talk about conservative, small government principles with the same conviction and seriousness that Rush does.
I think blogger Jammie Wearing Fool hits it right on the head.
How can President Obama take the time to imply that Republican congressional leaders take their marching orders from a radio talk show host?
Because, President Obama is not stupid.
He knows that Rush Limbaugh is now the go to outside of the Washington beltway establishment. Along with a lot of other conservative radio talk show hosts. These are the building blocks of opposition to the president's policies.
And, there is always room for that. Opposition that is.
President Obama knows that it was a strong effort led by many in conservative talk radio that ended the so-called "comprehensive immigration reform" bill-scam. Also, though divided, many of the same hosts led the opposition to former president George W. Bush and his appointment of Harriet Miers to the supreme court. And to the ill-fated Dubai ports deal.
You see, conservative talk radio can be a potent force of democracy. And that has to scare President Obama.
Much of the noted areas that conservative talk radio led opposition to was against former president George W. Bush. Imagine what they will do to President Obama.
And, that is why he made the comment that he did to congressional leaders. Oh, and at the same meeting, he also told the same Republicans that he won the election. DUH! No kidding.
What the charade is being put on by President Obama is simple.
If the economic plans fail, he will be able to inoculate himself by saying that many Republicans were on board as well.
Thus, in two huffs and puffs, President Obama tells these Republicans not to listen to Rush Limbaugh and that he won the election. So, President Obama is saying listen to me. Work with me.
I agree with Rush on this.
If working with President Obama is to institute socialism in the United States, no thanks. Keep the change.
Oh, BTW, Rush will win this one. And that maybe the worst defeat of this young presidency.
Friday, January 23, 2009
Now, lets get a couple of things out of the way.
First, it is no secret that New Majority editor David Frum is not taken by the Alaska governor. Many see this as a direct hit piece on Gov. Palin. The author of the story, Moira Bagley seems to indicate as much in her piece.
Secondly, in and of itself, this story is not much of a story. Except that it dredges up the stupidest act of the 2008 presidential campaign. Other than us Republicans nominating Sen. John "F--- You" McCain in the first place.
Now, the question comes down to this.
The current Republican National Committee Chair is one Mike Dim Wit Duncan. Mr. Dim Wit Duncan was the Chair during the campaign, when the party went on this moronic clothing spending spree in the first place.
Will someone assign Mr. Dim Wit Duncan responsibility for this fiasco?
Many of us actually sent money to the Republican National Committee. Especially after Sen. "F--- You" McCain asked Gov. Palin to be his running mate. Now, I know that some big donors underwrote this moronic expense. But, it is the P. R., Dim Wit! The P. R.! Especially since Sen. "F--- You" McCain could not raise a million Zimbabwe dollars without a government handout.
If these brain surgeons wanted to spruce of Gov. Palin and her family, was it really necessary to go to crazy designer stores? To Neiman Marcus? Of course not! There are many fine fashions at places like Macy's. Maybe if they wanted a little higher end, Nordstrom could have done.
What these idiots did was not play at Gov. Palin's strength. These idiots made Gov. Palin look like a spendthrift.
Gov. Palin had a well known reputation of shopping for many of her clothes at a consignment shop in Anchorage. And, I will admit I am not a high-end fashion connoisseur. But, her clothing looked fine to me.
There was no reason to do what these big money people did in trying to remake Gov. Palin. Whoever advised this should be fired. And, RNC Chair Dim Wit Duncan should have put a stop to it.
But, Dim Wit Duncan did not.
Now, a lot of clothes are in a slew of trash bags at RNC headquarters.
Sure, Dim Wit Duncan did a great job raising money for the RNC. But, how it was spent was stupid. Plain and simple.
What the RNC can do now is give a few staffers a bag each to take to Goodwill. The Salvation Army. Anywhere that takes clothing donations. And yesterday.
Gov. Palin made good and gave the clothing back in good faith that the RNC would take of the donations on their end. But, alas, they did not and once again, Gov. Palin critics within certain conservative circles and the Republican party can snicker.
But, the one that looks bad is Dim Wit Duncan.
Next week, the Republican National Committee will choose a new chair. It can not be Mike Dim Wit Duncan. Any of the above will do.
And, The New Majority can stop with this kind of reporting. Because Sarah Palin is not going away no matter what you think Mr. Frum, et al. She is here to stay. And, it would be wise to actually see how she has governed and is governing Alaska.
As evidenced by his remarks that there should not have been a hold on Secretary of State Clinton's nomination vote, and his remarks to CNN's Larry King, it is time to put aside differences and hop on the Hype and No Change, damn it!, Hope and Change express.
The one-day delay was put in by Sen. "F--- You" McCain's arch-nemesis, Texas GOP Senator John Cornyn, did not amount to much. And the senate did vote for Mrs. Clinton, 94-2. But, opposition has to start somewhere.
That leads to a question.
How about the Secretary of Treasury designate, Timothy Geithner? Should we not question the fact that the man who will be the head of the Internal Revenue Service can not seem to pay his taxes? OK, how about the fact that he, along with former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Federal Reserve chair, Ben Bernake, have created this fiasco known as TARP?
No, no questions on that I guess in this new era. Or any questions.
National Review's Jim Geraghty pretty much sums it up, regrettably.
That the right man won the 2008 presidential election. And, you got it. It ain't Johnny, "F--- You" Mac!
Sen. John "F--- You" McCain is a loser. Pure, plain and simple.
Sen. "F--- You" McCain should have been the Republican nominee in 2000, but could not beat a Texas governor in the middle of his second term named George W. Bush. Fast forward to 2008 and Sen. "F--- You" McCain was simply the last man standing. And, once again, he could not win.
And, he lectures us conservative Republicans on how to deal with President Obama, and the Democrats in congress.
Sorry, but Republicans should not take any advice from this guy, Sen. "F--- You" McCain. We tried to run a moderate and he could not turn and pivot when events changed and the economy took center stage. Ol' Johnny "F--- You" Mac seemed to be doing the right thing in going back to Washington to be part of the debate over the original TARP legislation. But, he ended up looking like a fool and then Sen. Obama looked like a genius for just sitting at a big table in the White House.
In fact, Johnny "F--- You" Mac, since you lost, please SHUT THE HELL UP!
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
But, today, upon reflection, there was a lot of the pomp and circumstance of yesterday that rang in loud and clear.
Do not be fooled by the "hype and no change", er "hope and change".
Now, I realize that there were few Republicans and or conservatives in the crowd in Washington yesterday. It was a Democrat victory and a Democrat day.
But, the classiness of a group of supporters of President Obama could not let go their BDS* and had to get one more slam at the now former president. In an act of class that is usually reserved for the bleacher section at a baseball game, a group chanted "Nah nah nah nah, hey hey, good-bye." to former President Bush.
Oh yes, hype and no change. They could not respect the dignity of the moment. Get that last dig in to George W. Bush.
Then there was the swearing in ceremony itself for President Obama.
The supreme court chief justice, John Roberts, flubbed the oath as did the president.
But, so many libertards thought that the chief justice did so on purpose.
Why you may ask? Well because the oath has to be said correctly and recited back verbatim.
I am certain that Chief Justice Roberts sat up the night before, in full Snidely Whiplash hand-rubbing fashion muttering, "How can I screw-up the swearing-in- he! he! he!"
Both men were nervous. It was a momentous occasion and they both were caught up in it.
But what I wanted was our new president to give a speech that would be uplifting and inviting all to be a part his vision. Even if we did not vote for him.
And there, I felt, President Obama fell flat.
But I could not figure out why until I read this post on the Weekly Standard blog by Jonathan Last.
It did have an olfactory whiff of a little too much partisanship. Especially when the president you are replacing is sitting right behind you.
Read the other inauguration speeches on the link.
I did not sense a call to duty as much as a campaign speech that could have easily been given in Iowa or New Hampshire in the dead of last winter.
To be fair to President Obama, he did assert that those who think that they will be able to wage war against the United States should not think that he will roll over for them. And I am paraphrasing, not quoting verbatim.
I want to be able to say that I can find a way to support something about the new president without giving up on the principles that I believe in. I did not quite feel that I could be a part of that yesterday.
Maybe there will be a time and place for that.
One thing for you libertards to realize.
FORMER President Bush is no longer the whipping boy for your frustrations. The candidate you wanted is now the President of the United States. All the decisions made are his, not the man you held in contempt for eight years.
LET IT GO! SET YOURSELF FREE! STOP THE HATE!
It is too bad that you could not let it go starting yesterday.
*Bush Derangement Syndrome
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
To warm you up a little, here is some take from Ace on the new president and Mrs. Obama.
Stay tuned folks.
It is less than 24 hours since President Obama took the oath of office, but the fun is just beginning!
No question, as one being for the other candidate, it is always hard to see the other candidate up there taking the oath of office.
But, that is the dichotomy of living in a democratic republic.
Those of us who are Republicans win elections and lose elections. Same for the Democrats.
This is a Democrat moment, but a unique one as the first man of color is now our president.
I do think of those that can remember a time in this nation that they were kept away from a certain part of restaurants. Or told not to use a "White" drinking fountain. Or, for many entertainers, they could perform for White audiences, but could not stay in the same hotels. They had to go to "Black" hotels. And there is the real crime of slavery that was done to those who came before my generation. A terrible stain on this nation's history.
But, there he was, up on a dais in front of the United States Capitol, Barack Obama, taking the oath of office and becoming president.
And, it was that.
And, many if not the majority of Americans were for a brief moment, happy at what took place. I know that I was.
Tomorrow, we who did not vote for President Obama begin the comeback. That too is the dichotomy of living in a democratic republic.
That we can relish the peaceful transfer of leadership from one to another. And, the next day go back to business as usual.
Yes, I know, a lot of people want this unity, hope and change.
But, it is not realistic and it should not be.
It is part of the checks and balances. As there are the three branches of government, there needs to be two political parties. Two different ways to give to the people of America a chance to choose what way they want in the executive branch for at least four years.
So, I write this congratulations to my president, Barack Hussein Obama, because he won a hard fight to be the President of the United States.
Monday, January 19, 2009
While I believe that the two agents should have gotten a full pardon, this is the best that we could have hoped for from the Bush administration. It threads the needle. By a commutation, it lets stand their convictions. But, by commutation it also sends the message that the sentences were indeed harsh.
Actually, there should not have been any sentences and neither Messrs. Ramos and Compean should have ever been prosecuted in the first place.
Now, these two heroes that were trying to stop an illegal alien drug smuggler will be able to go home to their families and begin their lives anew.
Johnny Sutton, the over-the-top federal prosecutor that tried the two men, should hang his head in shame that he went after these two people trying to do their jobs. And, in the process gave the illegal alien drug smuggler amnesty. So that the same dealer could testify against Messrs. Ramos and Compean and continue smuggling drugs over the border.
This has been a black mark against the Bush administration. But, by this action by the president today, he has taken a step to rectifying this black mark and letting two dedicated public servants back into society to take care of their wives and children.
And thank you, President Bush, for at least meeting us halfway on this issue.
BTW, President-elect Obama. If you really want to impress many conservatives, consider a full pardon of Messrs. Ramos and Compean.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
I do not know if it will truly be a speech to remember, as few inaugural speeches are. But, there are signs that along with the Hope and Change, it may be a really bumpy ride for our soon-to-be 44th president.
Take relations with congress.
Both houses of congress may be controlled by the Democrats, but they are not going to be controlled by the White House of President Obama in any significant way.
Take this interview with Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, on Fox News Sunday. She is certainly still suffering from Bush Derangement Syndrome, BDS. She is going to let lefty loon congressman John Conyers, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee go on a witch hunt of the Bush administration. And, that is what it will be. A witch hunt.
On the senate side, Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid is not going to let Vice-President-elect Biden participate in the weekly lunch of senate Democrats. A big mistake. It shows that the senate does not want to take any suggestions and or advice from the White House. And, it keeps both sides on different pages.
Then there are some of the appointments that President-elect Obama has made to his cabinet. Of course there is Secretary of State designate Sen. Hillary Clinton. I can write a whole post on this one. But, my only comment is that there has to be more of a payoff to Sen. Clinton than this. Otherwise, she may be lucky to last in the post around two years and go off into the sunset. Back on point.
There is the Treasury Secretary designate, Timothy Geithner. He has been caught not paying taxes. To the tune of about $47,000. Rick Moran has an excellent post over at Right Wing Nut House as to why Mr. Geithner should not get the post. Lets be clear. Just because there is a very deep recession, we do not let the chickens guard the hen house. Mr. Geithner is part of the problems that we are in. He is an acolyte of the current Treasury Department dictator, Henry Paulson.
Then, somewhat related to the Conyers witch hunt is the case of Attorney General designate Eric Holder. In testimony last week, Mr. Holder flat out said that water boarding is torture. That gives the opening to whack jobs like Mr. Conyers to begin the witch hunt and harass members of the Bush administration if not President Bush himself. Ridiculous.
More ridiculous is that the Republicans in the senate are not taking any of this seriously. These are going to be the people heading the most important posts in the day to day governance of the United States.
And those promises that President-elect Obama has made, including and not only nationalized health care.
What happens if he can not deliver on that within the first two years in office? If the 2010 mid term elections follow traditional patterns, the Republicans will make reasonable gains in both the House and Senate and that would make it more difficult for a President Obama to enact major portions of his domestic policies.
But what should be the thing to worry about is unforeseen events.
Ask President Bush.
The terrorist attacks of 9/11 totally changed the Bush presidency.
Now, that was a major and traumatic event in the history of the United States.
But, there can and will be some event that this soon-to-be president will find either out of his control or handled poorly.
For every president makes mistakes in office. Some offend the opposition. Some the supporters. And some offend all sides.
But, mistake coupled with unforeseen events can do the most damage to a presidency.
And, a President Obama will have to realize that what got him to the White House is not just Democrats. But a majority of independent voters. And smatterings of Republicans.
If those voters begin to turn, then what? Revert to the base? That is not where a President Obama wants to be.
There are more potential forks in the road for this man about to become president than for almost any other in recent memory.
It will be how he deals with those that determine what kind of presidency Barack Hussein Obama is about to endeavor to.
Look, I actually look forward to the presidential inauguration no matter who it is because each one is different and is handled differently.
But, this one for President-elect Obama is just mind-numbingly nauseating.
The gang at Powerlineblog have linked this article that shows media coverage of past inaugurations. Of course, the Democrats always seem to get rather positive coverage, the Republicans, well they are always happy to use Republicans vs. Republicans as in President George H. W. Bush and his "kinder, gentler" theme. And forget about the current President Bush.
But it is not just that typical coverage that is nauseating.
Take today's newspaper. There on the front page of the USA Today Magazine is a horrible photo of the president-elect and soon to be First Lady, Michelle Obama. Mrs. Obama looks great in the photo. But, man did they do a lousy air-brushing of the soon-to-be 44th president.
Oh, turn on CBS and the commercials for the Monday night comedy slot from 8-10pm has a recurring theme. Care to take a guess as to what it is? "YES WE CAN" and at the end has the creepy 1930s-style Obama-like pictures of the programs in question.
Then there is the Pepsi Cola campaign that wants people to write an open letter to the president-elect. Now, do they really want a lot of conservative, Republicans writing what they want from the president-elect? I don't think so.
How about the wall-to-wall coverage on the cable news outlets? I just can not watch anymore. I want to watch the event itself, but why do we need so much coverage of an inauguration? It is not a coronation.
It is important to not lose sight that it is a historical first. That this great nation has elected the first black to the presidency. But, what is happening is not dignified for such an occasion. It is pretty much what I thought the left does not like.
I, for one, can not wait until 9:01am on Tuesday. When President-elect Obama becomes PRESIDENT Obama and this mindlessness stops!
Friday, January 16, 2009
Some questions to ponder as you read through the trivia.
1) What number inauguration is this one?
2) Why was the inauguration originally held on March 4?
3) President Calvin Coolidge's 1925 inauguration had a first. What was it.
4) What inauguration had the record for rainfall?
5) How many inauguration balls were there in 1989?
6) Who was the last president to wear a stove-pipe hat to his inauguration?
Now, I would really be excited if President-elect Obama were to wear a stove-pipe hat to his inauguration! And, I am not kidding. It is a tradition that should make a comeback.
Most important that no matter what has happened in our nation, when one party loses an election, power changes peacefully. Even in the middle of a civil war, an inauguration was held for President Abraham Lincoln.
That is what make the United States the greatest nation in the world.
Born in rebellion, yet out of the rebellion came order. And showing the world that winners and losers are gracious. That power can change hands without bloodshed. For that we are the envy of the world.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
More painful than reading the prepared 11 minutes in remarks was listening to it.
There were no proposals.
There was nothing to get both sides back together to hammer out a real budget, not the smoke and mirrors variety that both Democrats and Republicans have hammered out over the last 10 years.
It was a C-movie type of speech.
I really would have liked to hear Gov. Benedict Arnold propose a total overhaul of how California taxes its citizens.
I really would have liked to hear Gov. Benedict Arnold say that he will simply let the state fall off the precipice if the clowns in the legislature do not find a serious way to resolve the budget crisis.
I really would have liked to hear Gov. Benedict Arnold say that there is hope in California. Not just pass the buck to the Democrats in the state legislature. That he will lead with real, common-sense approaches to the problems in not just the state budget, but the way that California is governed.
An example would have been for Gov. Benedict Arnold to find five areas of the state budget that could either be cut or eliminated entirely.
Show some leadership.
It is mind-numbing to have heard a nothing speech given by a sitting governor that went to Sacramento on the white horse of reform only to be rejected and giving up. Had Gov. Benedict Arnold learned anything in his infamous special election and defeat of reform proposals it should have been this. Go back to the drawing board. Take on what you believed to be the most pressing of the reform issues and beat it into the ground like a dead horse. Change people's minds. But, he chucked any of that and simply became former Gov. Gray Davis-with a personality.
What leads to this fact in the upcoming 2010 elections.
Whoever the Republican gubernatorial nominee is will have to run against the Democrats and Gov. Benedict Arnold. He or she will have to admit that Gov. Benedict Arnold showed no leadership and skills when it counted. And give voters a reason why he or she would be different. And, if defeated not to give up but dust them self up and try again.
In 2011, I want to hear a Republican governor, God willing, give a real speech about leadership. About making really tough and yes, unpopular choices. About reforming a broken state tax system. About the fact that government can not continue to grow unchecked. About the need to get business rolling again in this once great, Golden state.
Because we sure as hell did not hear that speech today by the current, "Republican" governor.
Named after an infamous Massachusetts, of course, legislature named Elbridge Gerry, it is the way that legislative lines are drawn. From the city council all the way to the congressional level.
And, when one political party is in power at the time of the decennial census, they always try to draw the lines for congress, the state legislature, even county supervisorial districts to give their party the maximum amount of power.
In and of it self it is what politics is all about. Who gets the most out of their time in power.
One of the highlights of the article is the slide show that highlights the 20 most gerrymandered congressional districts in the United States. Of course it shows the overwhelming number are in Democrat governed states. Yes, there are Republican districts, but they are in the minority.
The point of the article is simple.
Is there a better way?
In reality, there is no perfect way. Bottom line, there is only perception.
Here in California, the voters this past November approved an initiative that takes the redrawing of the state lines, for the state assembly and state senate out of the hands of the state legislature. Now it will be a commission that would be roughly evenly partisan divided and with a number of "independents", or as referred to in California as decline to state.
The midterm elections of 2010 will be the first test of whether this will be a better way or just another scam.
California's legislature is Democrat-dominated. They have always packed the legislature and that is their prerogative. But, in 1980 and 1990, the Republicans, fought the process and were somewhat successful in 1990. The districts were not so gerrymandered that there was no Republican representation.
Allegedly, this commission will take the partisan edge off of the process. That remains to be seen.
But, it makes for great conversation and that is how it is possible to realize that this is and no matter what will always be a partisan process. It is how blatant the process is that often drives the other side crazy.
I would just like to see rational district lines. Whether it is to the advantage of one party or the other. The lines almost always make no real sense.
The Slate article is a good one and the slide show is eye-opening. And we will see if California's commission will do a better job in 2010.
HT: The Weekly Standard blog @ www.weeklystandard.com
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
If anyone was paying attention during the presidential campaign, Sen. Graham hung on the Republican presidential nominee, Sen. John "F--- You" McCain as if he was but an appendage of the senior Solon from Arizona. Everywhere Sen. "F--- You" McCain was, there was the lap dog, Sen. Graham.
I guess that Sen. Graham is tired of being Sen. "F--- You" McCain's lap dog and is now attaching himself at the hip to President-elect Obama according to this report in The Politico.
Among the nuggets:
- Obama nodded pensively as Graham explained that he looks forward to working with Obama to win the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan – even if he would have preferred a different outcome in November.
- Graham then offered support for the president-elect’s beleaguered Treasury pick and even gave an unsolicited glowing review of Obama's popularity abroad. "I cannot tell you how much enthusiasm we saw in Pakistan for the new president."
Once again, the tone of "bipartisanship" rang through loud and clear.
My problem is that "bipartisanship" is a code for Republicans holding water for Democrat positions. Not that Democrats may reach out to support any Republican initiatives.
That was the problem in the Republicans having a candidate as Sen. "F--- You" McCain at the top of the ticket.
On numerous issues, there was not much different between Sen. "F--- You" McCain and then Democrat candidate Sen. Obama. On "climate change", closing down the prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, domestic policy. Too much agreement with the other side. And with that, voters wisely chose the real deal. The other side. And President-elect Obama.
Now, this sniveler, Sen. Graham is hanging his hat on becoming the real Republican sycophant to President-elect Obama. And, don't think it does not marginalize ol' bipartisan Sen. "F--- You" McCain.
Remember, Sen "F--- You" McCain did not earn that "F--- You" because he shouted that to a Democrat, a friend. Ask Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn.
In a time in which Republicans need to be able to offer fresh alternatives to President-elect Obama and his initiatives, we can always count on "Republicans" as Sen. Graham to do all in his power to hit at his fellow Republicans to score brownie points with his friends, the Democrats.
Hope and change, baby! Hope and change!
In this report, the United States Joint Forces command says that the current situation with the powerful drug cartels and their influence within the government structures could lead to a total collapse that could lead to an American military response.
And, a flood of illegal aliens that no nation has ever seen before.
Here is a clue that the incoming Obama administration should work on.
Encouraging economic policies that Mexico can follow that leads to a strong middle class. With a strong middle class, the extremes and corruption are considerably lessened.
This is one of the failings of the Bush administration and their push for "comprehensive immigration reform".
How about reform within Mexico?
It appears that their whole nationhood has to depend on it.
Monday, January 12, 2009
Here is the exchange in question between President Bush and Mr. Hume:
HUME: Now, your political family, the Republican Party...
G.W. BUSH: Yes, sir.
HUME: ... what do you think is its likely fortunes going forward? How have you left it? What does it need to do?
G.W. BUSH: I think -- look, I mean, obviously, it got whipped in 2008, and there will be a new wave of leadership arriving on the scene.
I can remember the '64 elections, the Goldwater -- the Johnson landslide against Barry Goldwater, and you know, we were -- everybody said the party was wiped out. And then a whole new wave of Republicans ran, including George H.W. Bush, who got elected to the United States Congress from the 7th Congressional District.
Same thing will happen. But it's very important for our party not to narrow its focus, not to become so inward looking that we drive people away from a philosophy that is compassionate and decent.
And I would -- my call for our party is to be open-minded about different...
HUME: About what?
G.W. BUSH: Well, different people's opinions. We shouldn't have litmus tests as to whether or not you can be a Republican.
G.W. BUSH: And we should be open-minded about big issues like immigration reform, because if we're viewed as anti-somebody -- in other words, if the party is viewed as anti-immigrant -- then another fellow may say, "Well, if they're against the immigrant, they may be against me."
We've got to be a party for a better future...
UGH! No! No! No! We do not need to be "open-minded" about immigration "reform". What we the Republican party and those that value the rule of law must be for is enforcing the laws that we already have on the books.
What is bothersome about this exchange is that President Bush seems to go out of his way to use the term "anti-immigrant" rather than "anti illegal immigrant". Because that is what most who have opposed the "comprehensive immigration reform" bill-scam are against. Illegal immigrants.
I, for one, welcome those that want to come here, play by the rules and live the American dream. Also, I would increase the numbers of those that want to come here legally.
There is no question that there is a small minority of people that are racists and truly anti-immigrants that oppose any real, meaningful immigration reform. But they can and should be marginalized.
But, to imply as President Bush does, that any Republican opposed to the "comprehensive immigration reform" bill-scam that he and the GOP standard-bearer in 2008, Sen. John "F--- You" McCain supported is somehow racist, not open-minded or anti-immigrant is disingenuous.
Many people would let a number of illegal aliens stay in the United States, but in a staged by length of time they have been in the United States. The longer that one has been here, the better that they would want to become citizens.
Make no mistake, blanket amnesty is not the way to go.
And a little honesty on both sides would go a long way.
Democrats want a huge, new potential voting pool. Pro-amnesty Republicans want cheap labor.
Want Americans want is to see the rule of law upheld.
That means companies and business that knowingly hire illegal aliens be prosecuted, fined and if necessary, people go to jail.
It also means that illegals actually be deported when caught.
And if there is to be any amnesty, those that want to stay and become citizens have to go to the back of the line and those that have done it the right and legal way get to the front of the line.
If Republicans want to buy this argument about what did them in 2008, good luck.
The Republican party would be a party in the minority for a long time.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Jack Bauer is back and 24 started off with a bang as a Homeland Security technogeek was abducted in broad daylight as ol' Jack was about to testify before a senate committee witch hunt.
The CTU unit has been disbanded.
But, there is an FBI agent that thinks that Jack can help get the technogeek back before anything serious happens.
But, this is 24 and something serious always happens!
Jeanene Garafalo's charecter is not to be trusted. No, not because it is Jeanene Garafalo! But, because she is one nervous Nellie. Never trust a nervous Nellie!
The president is played by an actress named Cherry Jones. She strikes me as a Barack Obama kind of president. Wanting to go into an African nation in which there is a civil war and genocide. Admirable but usually foolhardy.
Her husband is a potential loose cannon as he is trying to prove that their son did not commit suicide. The First Gentleman, as he is refered to, is playing fast and loose and "going off the grid" to find out what he believes is the truth.
So far, none of the old CTU crowd has shown up yet. But, you know they will.
Also, it appears that the emphasis is on domestic terror. Maybe an election of a new president. Maybe a politically correct script. No matter. It may not end up that way.
And that is what makes 24 the great series that it is.
That is the kind of show that one of the fossil networks, ABC, CBS or NBC, should have on. Maybe then people would watch them more than they do now.
Another episode is on tomorrow night at the regular night at 8pm, 7pm Central and Mountain time on Fox Broadcast Network
IT IS ABOUT TIME!
We shall see if the rumors are true. That this is a new, more politically correct Jack Bauer and the gang at CTU. Or, if Jack is up to his ol' shenanigans.
No matter what, it should be fun to watch.
Will have my take after the show.
Friday, January 09, 2009
This item appeared in the local fish wrap, the Pasadena Star-News on Thursday (the Star-News is part of the MediaNews group):
The San Gabriel Valley Newspaper Group on Wednesday eliminated an unspecified number of jobs as a part of a cost-reduction plan aimed at offsetting revenue shortfalls. "These moves, as difficult as they are, will fortify our company in the face of a tough economic market," said Fred Hamilton, publisher and CEO of the Los Angeles Newspaper Group, which includes the San Gabriel papers.
It is official that within 60 days, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer will either be sold, or become an internet only news source, or fold altogether.
I hope that it folds all together.
Now, to be clear, it is not good that people will be out of work. But, in this case, it has to come back to the reason that they will have been put out of work.
It is because the Dinosaur, Drive-By, Mainstream, Obama-Worshiping Media continues to be nothing but a shill for one side of the social and political side. And guess what side that is? Did you mutter "liberal"? Ding! Ding! Ding! You got it.
In Seattle, there are supposedly two newspapers. The P-I, as it is known locally and the Seattle Times. Both newspapers are left, and left-of-center. Now, that makes sense in the city of Seattle it self. But, both newspapers present themselves to a larger audience. Mostly in suburbs and even some rural areas. Not exactly hotbeds of liberalism. But, their model ends up giving nothing but the coffee-drinking, left-wing Seattle view of things. And, their left-wing censorship is astounding.
Take this reaction from David McCumber of the P-I reacting to the outrage that the newspaper deliberately would not print the photos of Islamic men being questioned by the FBI on suspicion of potential terrorist activity:
"I understand that people have a hard time with the concept that we get to decide what is news and what isn't, and what is fair and what isn't."
And, with that arrogance, the P-I is getting what it deserves. A slow, painful death.
And, it will not be alone.
There has been rampant speculation that the Ol' Grey Lady herself, The New York Times, could belly up as soon as May of this year.
I think that the DDBMSOWM's throwing in the towel and all but coronating the president-elect, Barack Obama, may have been the final nail in the newspaper coffin for many of these newspapers.
But it could be that some reporters who were touted as rising stars, Janet Cook of the Washington Post and Jayson Blair of The New York Times were too good to be true. Because they were and were caught in plagiarism or patently making stories up.
Or could it be advocacy "journalism" that always has a left-of-center tilt. Such as in the illegal alien debates. Rarely are the any stories about the cost of illegal immigration. But you will read sob-stories about the illegal aliens themselves.
What ever it is, it may take large newspapers to go under to wake up the industry. That it needs to get out of the cocoon that they are in and try to appeal to a wide audience. Not just liberals read newspapers.
Maybe the soon-to-be death of the P-I is what will be needed.
Or, a newspaper bailout!
Thursday, January 08, 2009
I mean, they sold the Democrat primary/caucus voters a real bill of goods.
Get out of Iraq in 16 months. It will not happen.
Middle class tax cut. Guffaw! guffaw! It will not happen.
The list will go on and on.
But, where they learned is from the master, one William Jefferson Blythe Clinton.
And, what did they learn from former President Clinton?
That when all else fails, have a poll-driven presidency.
Then, you can give your base a big middle finger and ask them where are they going to go.
Then, you can say that you did what the people wanted.
So, instead of referring to the big government infrastructure program as what it is, Team Obama calls it an "investment."
And, don't keep calling it a recession. No, no, no. Keep talking "recovery."
Really, I think that Team Obama should be straight with the American people. If he is going to raise taxes, say he is going to raise taxes. He should talk about infrastructure, not investment. And if we are in a recession, say it.
Playing cute by a half is what gets politicians in trouble in the first place.
It would really be change to believe in if President-elect Obama says what he means and sticks to it.
I will probably not agree with it.
But, it will be in plain English.
No bull. No buzz words and or buzz phrases.
Eventually, the American people catch on to when a politician is giving bull, buzz words and or phrases.
I want our president to speak clearly and what he really believes. Govern the way that he thinks is right, not what a poll and or consultants tell he should say or believe.
We had a poll-driven president in Bill Clinton. And, while a lot of people think that he left the United States in a better place than when he took office, there were a lot of things that were ignored and swept under the rug.
As much as I may not support much of the Obama agenda, the American people deserve a president that speaks the truth, as he sees it, with the American people. And, does not sweep potential road blocks or unpopularity under the rug.
Now is the time for leadership. Leadership that Barack Obama ran on. Now is not the time to go to the poll well.
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
It was Sen. Diane Feinstein that broke ranks and urged Dirty Harry Reid to seat Sen. Burris as the replacement for President-elect Obama's Illinois senate seat.
Dirty Harry Reid thinks that he should not seat Sen. Burris because he was appointed by arrested Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
Remember, Gov. Blagojevich has not been formally charged yet with a crime. Nor has he been convicted of any crime.
But, the Democrat-controlled Illinois legislature wants to impeach Gov. Blagojevich in relation to the arrest.
So, a sitting governor appoints a successor to the senator elected President of the United States and Dirty Harry Reid sics his Bull Connor senate sergeant-at-arms on Roland Burris and tells him to go away.
Sen. Feinstein was right on target to say that Dirty Harry Reid was wrong and time to stop the drama and seat Sen. Burris.
And, while it appears that Dirty Harry Reid will continue to drag out this saga, Sen. Feinstein gets two thumbs up for standing up for what is right and seating the duly appointed Sen. Roland Burris.
It appears that it is in multiple parts of his body. And it is not known the type of cancer that Mr. Kemp has.
There will be more tests done to determine the course of action that doctors will take to either put the cancer in remission or to beat it.
Jack Kemp must be remembered for being the architect of the Reagan administration tax cuts. And for being an advocate for enterprise zones. There would be where companies and small businesses would be given tax breaks for going into the not so good neighborhoods of urban America.
I hope that you will join me in praying for a recovery for Jack Kemp, one of the great men in politics.
In the interview with John Ziegler, one point Gov. Palin rightfully brings up is that when President-elect Barack Obama said that his wife, Michelle, and family were off limits to media scrutiny. The Dinosaur, Drive-By, Mainstream, Obama-Worshiping Media dutifully complied. But, damn if the American public did not know sordid details about the Palin family including the pregnancy of her oldest daughter, Bristol.
Watch the whole thing.
I know that it will not change the minds of the Palin haters and that is fine. They are haters anyway and will never be open to any possibilities. But the majority of the American people love second acts. And, when Gov. Palin runs for reelection for governor in 2010 and I hope for president if not in 2012, but 2016, they will be willing to look at her record and judge accordingly.
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
It is the creation of Mr. Breitbart to show that there are conservatives, libertarians and, THE HORROR!, R E P U B L I C A N S in the entertainment community.
Mr. Breitbart is doing something about it instead of the constant whining that I often hear from my side, the conservative side, about the culture.
Mr. Breitbart is giving a place for those in the entertainment community to go to. To come clean, so to speak, and admit their political leanings. And to write about what they see as right or wrong with their industry.
It is also a way for us to show some support for those that will contribute to this site at a lot of risk to their careers. If those that contribute to the site have a substantive backing of regular Americans, they will no longer have to keep their opinions to themselves. If there is blacklisting of known conservatives, libertarians and or Republicans, this is a way for that to stop.
I recommend reading Mr. Breitbart's introduction to this new, important site. And I want to highlight the truth Mr. Breitbart speaks:
Until conservatives, libertarians and Republicans - who will be the lion’s share of Big Hollywood’s contributors - recognize that (pop) culture is the big prize and that politics is secondary, there will be no victory in this important battle.
Want to know why the Republican party loses young voters? This will be the place. Want to know why many Americans believe that conservatives and Republicans are not cool? This will be the place.
It is time that conservatives, libertarians and Republicans in the arts realize that there is a public yearning for them to speak truth to power. Not just those such as Gary Sinise or Jon Voight. But, up and comers and those that are put off by the phony baloney liberalism.
Big Hollywood is going to be a go-to site.
Thank you, Andrew Breitbart!
Now, some people are upset that he will not run for the seat of incumbent senator Mel Martinez. Some of the same people believe that he is the only Republican that can keep that seat in 2010.
First, I think that it is a good thing that Jeb Bush is sitting this election out. I do not think that Bush Derangement Syndrome will have subsided enough to allow Jeb a fair run at the senate seat. Sure, BDS is against his big brother, George W, but it could be a bad thing for Jeb to run soon after George W leaves Washington with 25% approval ratings.
Secondly, it is not a good sign that many a pundit believes that once again, Republicans need to go to the Bush well for anything.
One of the appealing aspects of President-elect Obama. He is not a Clinton or a Bush. Sure, he put Hillary in the cage known as the State Department, but she will not last there too long.
Or to put it another way.
This is the first time since 1980 that there will not be someone with the last name Clinton or Bush in the executive branch.
Now, that is hope and change!
But, say this about Jeb.
He is a smart politician. He knows that it probably did not help when his old man, George H. W. , said on Fox News Sunday that he would make a great president someday. And, while a lot can and will change in two years, one thing is certain. The American public will still have a negative attitude about politicians with the last name of Bush. That is too bad because without a doubt, Jeb Bush is the most consistent conservative in the family. And, his record as governor of Florida bears that out.
But this is a transition period for the Republican party.
It is time for the Grand Old Party to look to the future, not the past.
And, the Bush name is the past. At least for a couple of election cycles.
The up and coming leaders are also governors.
Their names are Hoeven, Jindal, Palin, Sanford.
They are the future of the Republican party.
And now is their time to shine. And not in the shadow of the past and the Bush family name.
I hope that Jeb Bush does stay in the arena. He has been a solid champion of conservatism and has had a bad case of timing for he would make a great senator.
Monday, January 05, 2009
The decision was written by Justice Ming W. Chin and basically says that one of the parishes, St. James of Newport Beach, can not take the property with them as they have left the diocese of Los Angeles and the Episcopal Church.
And, it may have an effect on two other parishes, All Saints Anglican in Long Beach and St. David's in North Hollywood.
But, as I have written in the past, there is a chance that a case may end up in the hands of the United States supreme court.
This could be the one.
But, there are many other cases in state courts all across the nation.
Because some judges and other state supreme courts may end up with different rulings, there seems to be no other eventual remedy than one of the multitude of similar cases ending up before the nine United States supreme court justices.
The ending quote in the article is the most important quote and it is from the Rev. Ian Douglas, professor at Church Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts:
"No one wins in these cases," he added. "We're so busy battling each other that we're not doing God's work, and that's the tragedy."
And that is most accurate. But, what this also shows is the great schism that is occurring in mainline Protestant Christianity over numerous issues including but not limited to the following:
- Biblical interpretation.
- The role of gay and lesbian people in the Church.
- Whether or not believing in Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth and the light.
- Christianity's role in relations with non-Christians.
But, with overbearing bishops in the Episcopal Church that do not think the rules apply to them, unless threatened in the manner of parishes leaving the diocese, just because courts rule one way or the other does not end the disputes.
And, that is the tragedy of the whole process. And, as the Rev. Douglas notes, no one is doing the work of God.