Friday, December 19, 2008

Obama hearts Rick Warren...and other reasons for the Left to freak out!

* The Democrat Party and Al Franken are stealing the election in Minnesota. When George W. Bush won the state of Florida in 2000, cries of "stolen election" ran rampant from the left. The problem with the "stolen election" theory was that Bush "stole" the election by following the law. The Electoral College "stole" the election, not President Bush. In Minnesota the hypocritical left, is actually, literally, stealing the election. Leading up to every national election that I can remember, the Democrat Party has always attacked the Republican Party for trying to suppress the vote and the Republican Party has always attacked the Democrat Party for trying to commit voter fraud.
The problem here is that we never hear incidents of real organized Republican Party attempts to suppress voting. We do, however, hear of real organized Democrat Party (and their surrogates) attempts to commit voter fraud and voter registration fraud...and most years (even when a Democrat is clearly favored) we see more instances of Democrat suppression of the vote than Republican.
What is happening today in Minnesota is a travesty of justice and a blatant attack on the democratic/republican system.
* There has been a big fuss made from both the right and left over the Pastor of Saddleback Church, Rick Warren, being chosen to give the invocation at President-elect Obama's inauguration. The Left hate Rick Warren for his stance on gay marriage and abortion. The Right are angry with Warren for agreeing to give the invocation, because they feel it amounts to an endorsement. I heartily disagree. I don't believe that Warren voted for Obama in the election, and I do not believe his praying for our President will amount to an endorsement. I think it is the responsibility of every Christian citizen of the United States to pray for our Presidents best. Whether they be Democrat, Republican, or 3rd Party. I am not a fan of Pastor Warren as we disagree on other ecclesiastical ideas, but I support him fully in this.
* More on Rick Warren as he discusses why he would not change his mind on gay marriage even if science found a "gay gene". I think the interview was solid, he gives intelligent, logical answers to Anne Curry's questions and does not get offended when she shows her true liberal colors.
* Time Magazine proves media bias should be a real concern.
* Another meteorologist breaks ranks from Algore's Eco-Fascists. Read the main article here, and a follow-up from Gateway Pundit.
* Solid Libertarian argument that the bailouts are unconstitutional (or illegal), and that any economic stimulus plan carried out by the federal government basically amounts to central planning. (Recognize that term from the old Soviet Union?)
* It's time for Republicans to take a refresher on their college economics classes!
* Jonah Goldberg notes how different things are for Caroline Kennedy and Sarah Palin. Caroline Kennedy isn't the woman for the job. You can vote here if you think the media has had a double standard.

* Gwen Ifill thinks there are more Republicans in the media than Democrats!
* "Deep Throat" is dead...
* Today is the anniversary of a not-so-memorable day in American politics.
**** I will be taking a short hiatus (about 2 weeks) from the blog. In the meantime;
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Hey! It's 70 degrees in Atlanta!


* Seeing as how it snowed in Las Vegas (picture to the left from Ft. Irwin in the southern California desert) yesterday, and Gateway Pundit was so obliging as to put it together; I thought I would post a must read Global Warming 2008 review.
* Joe Scarborough asks some tough questions, but walks away happy with some poor answers.
* Laurence Vance at lewrockwell.com thinks Christians who are okay with the war in Iraq are "absolutely nuts". Mr. Vance calls himself a "conservative Christian"...as much as I agree with him about the war in Iraq, I find it disturbing that he can so easily throw around the "absolutely nuts" tag.
* Rick Warren will give the invocation at President-elect Obama's inauguration.
* The media involving itself in church discipline. Stories like this are why churches have membership, to insulate itself from angry people like this. It is the church's job to confront member "Christians" involved in sin and implore them to repent of that sin. It starts with one on one confrontation, if that doesn't work then 2 on one, and eventually it leads to a church wide confrontation. This is what the woman signed up for when "joining" this church...or any other church that handles its affairs the way the New Testament has commanded.
* The Republican Party seems happy to let the Democrat Party steal the Minnesota election.
* Scary times in Russia. Dissent is now treason.
* Some exciting news; in 2008 government spending commitments increased by %25!
* Al Sharpton is against Card-Check legislation that is being foisted upon union members by the Democrats. I have seen it all...I now agree with Al Sharpton about something...wonder of wonders.
* Proof that California legislators are crooks.
* George Bush has been a friend to the Jews.
"The rich keep getting richer because they keep doing what it was that made them rich ... ditto for the poor."- Neal Boortz

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Death of the Free Market...

* Quick! Who said this; "I've abandoned free-market principles to save the free-market system." Give up? The statement comes from the man who epitomizes conservative disappointment.
* I read an excellent book a few years ago,(that I highly recommend) titled "Crisis and Leviathan" by Robert Higgs. It seems that the book has some insights into today's political/economic machinations. More from Mr. Higgs on how the New Deal prolonged the Depression.
* Dr. Ron Paul on the FED-SEC scandal.

More from Dr. Paul on Iraq, Iran, and the Bailout.
* If you'd like a glimpse into the future, click here. If you are worried about how you are going to make it through this future, here is a plan to help!
* Neocons and modern Democrats are not that different.
* A must read on this year's Secessionist Conference.
* Conservative social workers are continually discriminated against.
* John McCain just keeps proving he was "the wrong guy".
* More innocent casualties in the war on drugs.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

"Who throws shoes!?!"

* The Republican Party needs to get back to the business of ideas and growth.
* The brilliant Dinesh D'Souza on the necessity of Christianity in our modern world.
* How about a Christmas gift suggestion list? Here is a top 10 list of books for Christian Libertarians!
* Or just good books for Christmas!
* "12 Days of Global Warming"

* Academia's Top 5 Abuses of the Year.
* The border agents prison terms must be commuted.
* "News organizations" who defend terrorists and fascist despotic Muslim regimes claim that the reporter who threw a shoe at President Bush has had his "freedom of speech" violated. And the big surprise of the day; the reporter who threw the shoes is also a fan of the terrorist al-Sadr and the murdering pig Che Guevara. While actual free media outlets condemn the shoe throwing reporter. Kurdish media outlets realize why this was actually a good moment for President Bush and Iraq...imagine if that reporter had done the same thing to Saddam Hussein. How would that shoe throwing fit have ended? And here at home? The LA Times is comparing the shoe-thrower to Joe the Plumber. If you need an alternate view of the main stream media's reality...see how the rest of President Bush's recent trip to Iraq and Afghanistan went.
* These parents deserve an award...on a more serious note; what do you think about the Shop-Rite's decision not to serve these customers? On one hand I believe that private businesses should have the right to refuse service to whomever they wish. On the other hand something about the way this situation played out, and the majority of the population came out against these folks kind of freaked me out. This family is scary, no doubt...but isn't their treatment a bit scary too? I don't know, maybe I am thinking too hard about it.

Monday, December 15, 2008

The Libertarian Party Shuns the Right.

There has been something on my mind for the last few weeks and I felt like today would be a good day to discuss it, it has to do with my evolution from dyed-in-the-wool Conservative, to right-leaning Libertarian. It has happened at a measured pace over the last 10 years or so... In High School I fought passionately for the causes of the Young Republicans, in college I began to transition to Constitutional Conservative but realized that my beliefs on the Constitution sometimes slammed up against my Republicaness! In my early professional years as I have met more diverse groups of people, I have begun to realize that many of the "truths" I have long held dear can be misused by others of the same political mindset (for example; anti-welfare = racism, anti-gay adoption = homophobia, etc., etc.). I am not attempting to imply that this is the case for everyone (as I myself am still anti-welfare and it has nothing to do with the color of your skin), but that there are elements of both parties that hold certain beliefs (that may be right) for the wrong reasons.
This progression (or you may see it as a digression) has led me to where I am today. A right-leaning Libertarian. I am still pro-life because of my belief that life begins at conception and that all of the rights of man should be given to the weakest of us. I truly believe that is the ultimate measure of a society, how it treats those who are its most helpless. I generally lean right on most other issues because the Left just annoys me so much...(is that vindictive?)...I am a Christian but against faith-based government initiatives because government involvement with any religion is worrisome. I am against the war on drugs because it just hasn't worked. I am on the fence over gay marriage and gay adoption...but suspect I am on the fence only because the pro-gay groups seem so hateful and scary. I am for civil unions and am for a much easier adoption process in America. I am for (almost) anything that broadens and protects our individual civil liberties, and am against (most) things that would limit our rights for the greater good. I believe that the greater good is better served by protecting our individuality. My general belief of government; spend less, tax less, fight less, do less...
All of this said I have run into a problem. I thought that with what I saw as mostly Libertarian Orthodox beliefs, I would quickly be accepted into their ranks...not so. As I have said about the only thing I disagree with the Libertarian Party on is abortion (and maybe anarchy), which is why I voted for Chuck Baldwin of the Constitution Party (who I personally believe is more of a Libertarian than Bob Barr of the Libertarian Party was). I read strike-the-root.com, lewrockwell.com, and reason.com as well as several other libertarian sites daily...and the more I read the more I realize that because I lean right...they don't really like me. The more I get into Libertarian issues and discussions the more I realize...they don't want me around.

Just a couple of examples:
http://polycentricorder.blogspot.com/2008/12/left-libertarian-vs-right-libertarian.html
http://www.independentpoliticalreport.com/2008/12/angela-keaton-resigning-from-lnc/
http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/024323.html
http://lastfreevoice.wordpress.com/2008/12/04/bob-barr-asks-for-a-bailout-for-bob-barr/
http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/024335.html
And these are the mild examples. Surf over to the left-leaning Libertarian pages or the anarchist pages and the vitriol and disdain are almost perverse!

I recently discussed this with another Libertarian-right friend of mine, and here was his response:
"I agree with you there. My experience with the LP (Libertarian Party) has been mixed, yet mostly I felt shunned. I got to know the state party chairman of Florida, yet he was the only one who accepted me as part of the party. I tried to get involved with the Broward Party, but they knew I was a conservative coming over from the GOP, and didn't quite welcome me with open arms. They looked at themselves as the only "true believers". I argued that they will never be able to grow the party at any level, let alone be successful with that attitude, which they basically said they would rather be pure than be diluted with "outsiders". So I am now a man without a party, yet may go back to the GOP and work with the GOP Liberty Caucus. I won't just support any GOP nominee for President (hint no Palin), but I am happy that Jeb is considering running for senate in 2010. The CP (Constitution Party) here in FLA is extremely weak, considering their nominee is from Florida."

I completely agree with his assessment. The Libertarian Party should take note of us and accept us because we right-leaning Libertarians can help. Perhaps it is time you stop shunning us.

Friday, December 12, 2008

The President Elect is Ramblin'

* Surprise, surprise. One of Obama's rumored cabinet choices is not so clean (ethically I mean)...in fact she is dirty, dirty! And scary, scary...!
* Obama is a creation of the Chicago Political Machine which has found a new home in Washington, D.C.
USA Today says "Pay no attention to the corrupt man behind the curtain..." look at South Dakota!
* What did President-elect Obama really offer Governor Blagojevich? And Obama's right hand man Rahm Emanuel could be in a some hot water.

* Mr. Obama is lucky he is a Democrat, otherwise he could be in a lot of trouble with the recent events from his home state/city.
* The President-elect is no centrist.
* Anyone else notice that there are no Southerners in the President-elect's upcoming cabinet?
* What is really happening in Greece?
* Winning the War on Terror requires we be people "of faith". Nice to see a politician who is not afraid to speak the truth...Pakistan is the epicenter of terrorism. The hypocrisy of the Left and the European Union.
* Chris Matthews and Terrorist William Ayers...not so different.
* A reasoned argument for relaxing gun control laws in India.
* Help Oliver North pick a car.
* A quick note on a few of my previous posts...I am withdrawing my suggestion that Duncan Hunter be drafted to head the RNC. Why, you ask? He voted in support of the auto bailout...tsk, tsk, tsk. I am stunned by his decision, especially since he voted against the October bailout.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Let the Big 3 die...

* The Auto Bailout passes the House...want to know who the liberal, weasel, Republican turncoats are in the House? Here is the list.
* Senator David Vitter (R) of Louisiana thinks the auto-bailout is "ass-backwards"!
What does Dr. Ron Paul think of the bailout...?

* One of the preeminent thinkers of our time, Ted Nugent, chimes in on the auto bailout.
* Obama's stimulus plan won't be stimulating.
* Is China now more capitalist than the USA?
* The UN has proven that Global Warming exists, "beyond the shadow of a doubt". Are you kidding me? (Then these scientists timed their announcement wrong...)
* What happened? The articles proving that Obama met with Blagojevich have disappeared...
* "Eminent Domain" is an offense upon our Constitution and our Rights as Americans!
* Al Franken is still trying to take a Senate seat.
* The legacy of Daniel Patrick Moynihan.
* Che Guevara was a sick, demented, psychopathic murderer...but Hollywood loves him.
* Oliver Stone showing what's wrong with Hollywood.

Oblivious to Reason

The moment we want to believe something, we suddenly see all the arguments for it, and become blind to the arguments against it. - George Bernard Shaw

Short and to the point:

Bush is definitely leaving his stamp on the American political and economic system, albeit with the help of Obama. Federal spending is sky high, and will only keep rising. Where are the "free-market" economists who should, at the very least, feel obligated to stand up against these movements? I mean, these politicians are lawmakers who have no idea how to handle an economy.

This isn't even "progressive" reform. All they're doing is sticking they're finger in the dike. They're just slowing the pace of this crisis; they're not actually fixing anything. Due to their incapacity to realize that more government means more problems, sooner or later we’re going to slam into that big brick wall they’ve been trying to steer us away from.

Higher spending by government = less spending for private sector. The private sector is the largest provider of employment, and is responsible for the biggest portion of economic productivity.
But honestly, who cares? When all reason is thrown out the window all we have left is eachother. So, why not spread the wealth? The purpose of our government is to make sure all of our freedoms are protected, not stifled.

Bernanke is a sell out....

K-Rod and JJ Putz!


Great day for New York Mets baseball! My beloved Mets have signed Francisco Rodriguez (aka K-Rod), and traded away some baggage for a dominant set-up man in JJ Putz.
They were able to sign K-Rod to a 3 year $37 million dollar deal. Which in baseball terms, is actually pretty good.
They traded away Aaron Heilman, Endy Chavez, Jason Vargas, Joe Smith, and 3 minor leaguers to get JJ Putz. All in all, a very good deal for the Mets.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Charlie Rangel is Dirty!

* Charlie Rangel is the dirtiest politician this side of Rod Blagojevich. Michelle Malkin chimes in on the Democrats "culture of corruption".
Gary Varvel
* It seems as though the Blagojevich scandal will hit other Democrat lawmakers too...the first? Jesse Jackson Jr. is apparently connected to some of the Governor's dirty dealings. Oh, and there is proof that Obama and Blagojevich did meet to discuss potential replacements for the President-elect...and they were closer than Mr. Obama would like to admit. President-elect Obama does not seem to be tainted by the Blagojevich corruption...but most of his people are.
* A while back Newsweek writer Lisa Miller wrote that a good defense of gay marriage can be offered by using Scripture (I am not kidding), well she was to appear on the Laura Ingraham show today to discuss the article...but backed out. Instead Laura spoke to Albert Mohler who offered up his rebuttal to the Miller article. His article was entitled "Turning the Bible on its Head" and is a very good read.
* My favorite liberal (Camille Paglia) lays out some support for Sarah Palin, and takes a surprisingly open minded view towards gay marriage and religion in America.
* Killing the 6th Amendment, New Hampshire's answer for tough economic times. The boys at Reason lay out exactly why this is one of the worst ideas EVER.
* Just like today's Democrats, Hitler was a big fan of public works projects too. The old New Deal was a disaster, and this new New Deal will be too.
* The problem with "free" healthcare.
* Scientists revolt over the global warming farce...though President-elect Obama is still a believer.
* Jews get killed but Muslims feel vulnerable...? Does this make any sense?
* Today's news of the "so ridiculous I could not have made it up"; Mexico will not stand having illegal immigrants in their country!
I want to thank Mexico for sponsoring my laugh of the day with this utterly ridiculous announcement.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

RNC should shift towards LIBERTY!

Michael Steele wants the Republican Party to be more inviting to Pro-Abortion Republicans... Yeah, 'cause the whole moving left thing has really worked out, the last two elections.
Will someone please make sure this guy doesn't become the RNC Chair?!?! Let's draft Duncan Hunter for the job...
If you are going to choose issues to try and broaden party appeal, then I suggest going the Libertarian route...ie; CUT SPENDING, cut taxes, fight the bailout in all of it's permutations, adopt the Fair Tax in the party platform, end the war on drugs, advocate for the end of the Patriot Act and begin a broader push for individual civil liberties in America -- stand up for property rights (fight eminent domain), strengthen gun rights, fight arcane anti-smoking laws, -- remove red-tape bueracracy from private charities, read more Thoreau and Friedman, read less Marx and Krugman, and lastly...embrace the Free-Market.
Let's try to be more open to the libertarian leaning parties, like... the Libertarian Party, and the Constitution Party, etc...
By opening ourselves to them we can reach out to many disenchanted independents.
The added benefit? Aligning ourselves more with libertarians means angering Mike Huckabee...which I am OK with.

* Anarchists understand the importance of "A Christmas Carol".

The Chicago Machine is still Corrupt! GASP!!

* BREAKING NEWS!!!! The Governor of Illinois has been arrested! Well it seems as though the corrupt Democrat Chicago Political Machine is still alive and well. More from Gateway Pundit. And the mandatory media bias; no mention of his party (he's a Democrat), and apparently Larry Craig is still the better breaking news.
Michelle Malkin puts her own poetic spin on the event.
* Perhaps the benevolent dictator of Venezuela was not wrong? Our government seems to be on the verge of nationalizing another industry...
* Neal Boortz on socialism.
* Don't expect to have your rights respected in New York City.
* Leave the Mormons alone!
* Left actually complaining about Obama! Complaining a lot in fact. (For MetsFan)
* Mel Martinez cannot leave soon enough. There is an online petition to draft Jeb Bush into his soon to be open seat. Also, in the Mel Martinez article - Saxby Chambliss should practice what he preaches...and Tim Pawlenty dishes out some "tough love".
* Don't believe all of those unemployment numbers you have been hearing.
* McCain may have been right about Obama's sex ed policy.
* Americans know American Idol better than American History.
* News of the weird; "The Nanny" Fran Drescher wants to replace Hillary Clinton as Senator of New York...seriously.

Monday, December 08, 2008

WWMFD?

* WWMFD? What would Milton Friedman do? It would not resemble the bailout... more support for a tax holiday.
* The US military says that "In many respects, scientific conclusions about the causes and potential effects of global warming are contradictory." As you can expect this has caused some in the Global Warming Disorder community to get up in arms, here is their response; "that spreading the inaccurate perception that the causes of climate change remain an open question could result in government agencies not taking the issue seriously enough." So, the causes of climate change is an open and shut case and no one has serious evidence to contradict the global warming community...? This is the insanity of the left folks. Where something is true if you say it often enough.
* Jeremiah Wright says that "Barack(Obama) is still my child" and Elisabeth Hasselebeck is a "dumb broad".
* Mexico is being hypocritical...again.
* Government intervention caused our financial crisis, and government intervention will make it worse. Uncle Ted preaches on about smaller government and better government.
* Health Fascism! Smokers have rights, too... our country is effectively marginalizing an entire group of Americans.

Talking Butts: A Smoking Documentary; this is a great 25 minute movie about smoking in America...a must see!
* If you didn't like us getting involved in Iraq...you are really gonna hate the Obama years.
* What we need is Soviet style communism!
* Andrew Breitbart discussing the nominee for Secretary of State and her "groper".
* Some good news for the Republican Party..."Cold Cash" William Jefferson has lost his seat in Louisiana.
* Obama a parlimianterian?

Friday, December 05, 2008

Free Plaxico!

(Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
* Free Plaxico!
Okay, he isn't in prison yet but...if Plaxico Burress is convicted of weapons charges, President Bush must step in and pardon him. New York's laws are unconstitutional and cannot be allowed to stand...in fact someone should convince Plaxico to use this trial to challenge the legality of the laws of New York. I don't care if the guy ever plays for my beloved New York Giants again...but at the very least I care that he might be imprisoned for a crime that should not be a crime.
* Say No! to the war on Drugs. It isn't working...time for a new strategy.
* Will history vindicate President Bush as a humanitarian hero? Or might he be remembered for keeping us safe?
* Representative Gohmert explains his "bailout" proposal...a 2 month tax holiday. Sounds like a better idea than anything else being floated...people seem to think that the government can actually create jobs. Newsflash...it can't.
* Strong Republican Presidents generally give way to weak empty-suit Democrat Presidents, and this election was no different. Prepare for some rough seas ahead...oh, and the Latino community is already getting screwed by the upcoming administration.
* How the GOP can begin winning back the black vote.
* A little more proof that Democrats and Republicans are treated differently by the media.
* Canadian Liberals miscalculated.
* Oprah is upset that she is being "snubbed" by Sarah Palin.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Israel...alone?


Israel may have to "go it alone" on Iran. Our old friend might be stepping into a hornet's nest by attacking Iran without the support of President-elect Obama. I think that Israel has decided that the pain of war with Iran (and possibly others) is worth fighting them now without nuclear weapons. If Israel chooses to not engage Iran now, they may face annihilation in the very near future, when Iran finally does have nuclear capabilities. Israel seems trapped...the Mediterranean on one side and the world's leading anti-Semites and hatemongers on the other.
* Used to be you could count on Minnesora to run a clean election...ah, the good ol' days.
* The Left has an aversion to truth.
* These guys should be running things.
* GM's plan to turn around its lagging company is all smoke and mirrors...I hope it's clear by now, that the Big 3 want to scare you into submission. Contact your representatives and tell them NOT to bailout the Big 3!
* No, Micheal Moore, Cuba is not a nice place to live.
* Medical Atrocities did not end with the Nazi's, though the amount of involvement from the medical field in the Nazi movement might shed light on prevailing medical ethics issues.
* Had you heard that casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan have fallen to their lowest level since the start of the war? No? I hadn't heard either...the media is doing a great job, huh?
* California's environmental policy will continue to decimate the economy.
* Jobless claims are down, and gun sales are WAY UP.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Make love, not climate change!

After seeing snow here in the Atlanta Metro area yesterday (and watching my DVR'd episode of Stargate Atlantis from last Friday...which revolved around Global Warming), I felt compelled to post a few articles about the never-gonna-happen catastrophe that is Global Warming. (From Gateway Pundit)
"The oceans have been cooling since 2003.
Sea ice is growing at the fastest pace on record.
There are growing fears of a coming freeze worse than the ice age.
Alaskan Sea Glaciers are advancing for the first time in 250 years.
US Climate Map October 07 - November 08 showing below average temperatures around the country.
And, for the second straight year the Earth is, in fact, cooling... not warming."
But the UN is still holding pointless and expensive meetings on man made climate change...or maybe we should listen to Al Gore who says the Mayans didn't heed his warnings either.
* Ugly attacks on the Mormon church out west.
* The President of Georgia gives a compelling argument for Georgia's self defense.
* Most people like the idea of freedom, just not all that it entails.
* How is terrorism successful?
* Good riddance to RINO rubbish.
* Gotta start indoctrinating those kids early...hmmm, maybe we can get them to all wear brown shirts too?
* If you tie this article about gun and ammunition regulation to the one above about the indoctrination of our nation's youth; you have to wonder what comes next?
* Former President Bill Clinton says that he is "not interested" in his wife's soon to be vacant Senate seat. Just a quick unimportant point...it it illegal for Senator Clinton to serve in President Obama's cabinet.
* Since when is it normal to borrow money for everyday purchases?

Monday, December 01, 2008

Manic...not Panic...Monday!

Be afraid, be very afraid. I am reminded of the words of Mr. Benjamin Franklin; "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."
All Americans should be terrified at the idea of a standing army operating as a military force within our borders. It's time to wake up folks.
* Tomorrow, December 2nd, the voters of Georgia will make two decisions with one ballot. They will decide who will represent them in the US Senate (and if the Democrats can get a filibuster proof Senate majority). Just to show a little of the difference between the two men running for Senator from Georgia; Chambliss is campaigning with Governor Palin today, while Martin is campaigning with the Ludacris. And just a reminder that the main stream media thinks Palin is a bigger problem for America than a vile, hate-spewing rapper.
* The other important Senatorial race still going on is in Minnesota.
* Deepak Chopra blames the US for the Mumbai attacks...and Iran agrees.
* Heartbreak.
* The Main Stream Media would rather break a story than consider the safety of the source. CNN too.
* The misnomer that is the AIDS epidemic. More evidence?
* One of President-elect Obama's newest flak's played an important role in losing Osama bin Laden. Another flak (Attorney General nominee) is a gun-rights nightmare...(and two sneaky articles, here, and here, about why it's good to have guns when you need them). The newest flak? She is married to a bold-faced liar, who might be the next Senator from New York. By the way, Mrs. Clinton is still scary wrong about most issues. Have you noticed the "change"?

* Oh...your kid is a liar!
* The Black Republican Association would like President-elect Obama to apologize for 150 years of racism from the Democrat Party.
* From the news of the-so-absurd-it-is-heart-wrenching-and-sickening; Planned Parenthood is offering gift certificates for abortions. I have no words.

Media and Government to Merge?


The Media as mouthpiece for the government? It may be coming to a TV near you...
Yet another good analysis of Media Bias. Will it change anything? Probably not.

* Two good examples from just today!
---- ABC Ignores Party ID of Dem Mayor Accused of Racist Remarks, Nepotism.
---- Birmingham, Alabama mayor arrested, but the Birmingham News (and AL.com) make no mention of party affiliation...he is a Democrat.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving ya'll!
I will be on a short (week-long) hiatus.
During this Holiday Season, remember to be thankful for all of the blessings of life! For me part of those blessings is living in the greatest nation in the world...a place where liberty, justice, and equality comes standard with being a good, productive citizen.

"The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government."
Thomas Jefferson
"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."
Thomas Jefferson
"When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty."
Thomas Jefferson
"The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground."
Thomas Jefferson

"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand."
Milton Friedman
"History suggests that capitalism is a necessary condition for political freedom. Clearly it is not a sufficient condition."
Milton Friedman
"I am in favor of cutting taxes under any circumstances and for any excuse, for any reason, whenever it's possible."
Milton Friedman
"The Great Depression, like most other periods of severe unemployment, was produced by government mismanagement rather than by any inherent instability of the private economy."
Milton Friedman

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Election Night Pain!

And a little comedy gold from election night...no, not the Presidential election. The American Idol election...

Friday, November 21, 2008

Friday Fun!

* The main stream media and moderate/liberal Republican elites need to stop trying to blame conservative talk radio for the Republican losses. Rush, Hannity, Boortz, Laura Ingraham,etc...have nothing to do with why the Repubs lost this election. If the Republicans had been listening to these guys for the last eight years, things would be different today. The Republican Party of the 2008 election season lost for one simple reason; they were the Democrat Party lite. The Republican Party offered no new answers, and no new ideas. What the Party did do, was swing wildly to the left on almost every political issue. Take for instance the debate (or lack of debate) over the bailout. The arguments that arose were over pork, but both sides generally agreed on the main tenets of the bailout. When the choice is between Democrat and almost Democrat, people will pick the guys who know how to be Democrats every time.
* The vast majority of registered Republicans want the Party to move to the R-I-G-H-T!
* Gary Bauer unmasks the populist Mike Huckabee.
* If Mr. Obama is FDR or Lincoln redux we are in some deep, deep doo-doo.
* Absurd headline of the day? Breathalyzers are racist.
* Don't want to die? Go to church.
* Diane Sawyer is enraptured by the magnificence of the new President-elect.
* Our current financial crisis is nothing like the Great Depression! Also, in case you missed it...there is no credit crisis.
* The miracle of Haleigh Poutre!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Moore stupidity.

* Micheal Moore is angry at the "Big 3" automakers. Moore proves he is either a lunatic or an idiot with a couple of his statements in this interview.
"...We can't let all these people lose their jobs because of the bad decisions, the stupid decisions made by the management of these auto companies. I think what has to happen here is that Congress needs to pass some legislation, and our president-elect needs to do what Roosevelt did." Let me translate: the employees of the "Big 3" have the "right" to keep their jobs. The problems at these companies isn't their fault, it's managements fault.
Actually, Michael the blame here lies with both management and the unions....and their jobs are not a right, but a privilege.
"President-Elect Obama has to say to them, yes, we're going to use this money to save these jobs, but we're not going to build these gas-guzzling, unsafe vehicles any longer. We're going to put the companies into some sort of receivership and we, the government, are going to hold the reigns on these companies. They're to build mass transit. They're to build hybrid cars. They're to build cars that use little or no gasoline. We're facing a national crisis, not just an economic crisis, but a crisis of the polar ice caps are melting. There's only so much oil left under the Earth. We're going to run out of that, if not in our children's time, our grandchildren's time."
Translation: the Government should "bail out" the "Big 3" by buying them out or confiscating their means of production. Then turn them into the "tip of the spear" of the war on Global Warming, that way the workers get to keep their jobs and we save the polar bears and the planet from utter destruction. It will only cost the American people a few billion dollars more...
(The author unleashes a Primordial scream!)
Deep breaths.
Mr. Moore, it is not the government's job to protect the jobs of the people who work for the automakers. It is not the American people's job to pick up the tab on failed businesses. It is the American people's money and many Americans disagree with your ideas as public policy... The ideas you have advanced in this interview would be better suited as a private business. Private businesses are (generally) better run and better funded then government programs. Let the "Big 3" fail, and in their place we may see the next American revolution in technology, perhaps it will be a new surge in "green" technology that allows American to once again be cutting edge in transportation technology. I have the perfect "fall back" job for any worker who will lose their jobs.
Enforce immigration law, and open the door for these factory workers to take over the employment opportunities in construction, farm labor, and other high immigrant fields...that is the American way. When one door closes another opens.

* Libertarian's and Social Conservatives have too much common ground to keep pushing each other away!
* Another "right" we don't have? The "right" to win.
* My father always said, "Everything in moderation, son." Well he was right! Apparently a little bit of pot goes a long way.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

(D) and (R)...both stand for socialism.

* Don't kid yourself, folks. Republicans are just as socialist as Democrats.
* Speaking of socialism....$4.3 trillion. That is the bill for the bailout...so far. That is not even including a new auto bailout. $4.3 TRILLION...wrap your head around that.
* Mike Huckabee's new book rips the other Republican Presidential candidates and exposes Huckabee's true leanings. Take this as my "I told you so...", Mike Huckabee is not a movement conservative. He is a social conservative, but an economic populist. He is Huey Long redux, and he does not deserve any Republican support. You cannot trust this man with your paycheck or your liberties, send him back from whence he came (to Hope, Arkansas). In his book he also attacks my strain of Libertarian Conservatism...folks, hear me when I say...Libertarian Conservatism is true American conservatism.
* Oh, and Dr. Ron Paul is still against the bailout. And so is Fox News' Shephard Smith.

* A little follow up to the gay marriage debate from Michelle Malkin.
* Is President Bush trying to make up for lost time? Finally becoming a champion for pre-born life? It may be too late to make the real difference he could have, but at least this will slow President-elect Obama's mission to make abortion more widespread.
* The Seattle Mariners have made history by hiring Don Wakamatsu as their new manager. Coach Wakamatsu is the first Asian-American manager in Major League History.
* The Red Sox Dustin Pedroia won the American League MVP award, but it was not deserved.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

My BIG secret.

I have a secret. It is buried deep in my philosophical soul. It is so far down, that it has been forced into hibernation to survive...but it's there. As often as I shout from the rooftops, "I am a CONSERVATIVE!", it still sits. My deep, dark secret? I am a proponent of the legalization of natural narcotics (ie. marijuana), and am not an opponent of gay marriage! I am a Constitutional Libertarian! !GASP! I know...I know. Please don't hate me, or stop reading my blog...(all 3 of you)...let me explain. I consider myself a paleo-conservative. I believe the Constitution to be the supreme law of the land, and feel that these issues are under the purview of each individual state (and their people) not the federal government. (This is also part of the reason I am an avid pro-life advocate...and believe that all Libertarians should be pro-life if they truly buy in to the Libertarian dogma) Now, I make my caveat. I generally find myself in arguments with people where I argue the opposite side (meaning I argue against gay marriage, or against the legalization of any drugs), mostly because I find liberals so stinkin' annoying! I cannot bear to agree with them on ANYTHING because of the way they defend their arguments, or justify their actions. What is happening in California and Michigan and other parts of the country is just more proof of the problem.
Dr. King Jr. had it right when he tried to change the hearts and minds of the American public. He did it peacefully, and graciously. Today's proponents of gay marriage (NOT ALL of them, mind you, just the vocal majority), are trying to force their agenda down the throat of the majority of Americans using terror, force, aggression, and hatred. The majority of the population in California voted to ban gay-marriage...but instead of talking calmly, and educating peacefully we (by we I mean other parts of the country) see the proponents of gay marriage in California marching, yelling, and aggressively promoting their cause. The difference between this and Dr. King's movement? The rhetoric. Dr. King spoke of "peace", "love", and "brotherhood". The gay marriage protesters? They shout in anger and rage about the small mindedness of others, about the hatefulness and homophobia of the masses, about the evil of conservatism, and the soullessness of America's churches. This isn't the way to win majority support...it's the way to spark violence and anger. Speak softly, speak clearly, speak logically, speak emotionally...don't incite your rivals to anger. Those of us in the middle detest your methods...and while we might be swayed to your cause...you push us away. I am conservative Christian who happens to believe homosexuality is sin...does that mean I would pass laws restricting your freedom to practice? No. Does that mean I would support measures to keep you from adopting? No. Does that mean I would support a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage? No......Not yet anyway.

How Mr. Obama got elected.

Great article about the above video from Hot Air.
* Those of you who support nationalized/universal/socialized healthcare...please stop. If we continue down the nationalized healthcare road, our model will most likely follow that of the UK...and here is a quick snapshot of how things are working out for them.
"The NHS (England's National Healthcare System) is getting to the point where it must choose between buying expensive drugs for terminally ill patients or providing more care to more people."
* Are you an idiot for continuing to pay your mortgage?
* The National Review Online defends itself against a NY Times hit piece. The media often does this to anyone who has ever agreed with George W. Bush on anything...
* The LA Times has just realized that President-elect Obama has a "thin resume"!

The Terrible Aftermath...

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Conservatism in action.

I have recently been burdened by the idea that as a pro-life conservative, I must be more proactive in my support for adoption. It is a consistent attack leveled at the pro-life community that we have not taken a big enough role in adoption to support our pro-life stance. I am not entirely sure that is correct, as a simple google or yahoo search of Christian adoption agencies provides a plethora of information. However, I do know that in my own life...the attack has found it's mark. I have been ardently pro-life for years, and have been becoming more committed to that cause as time has progressed...but have until very recently not seriously considered adoption for my family. That is changing. The LORD has blessed my wife and I with a beautiful son, and very soon a daughter...but my heart truly breaks for those on society's fringes who have been left without parents. I think it is the job of all Christians, and to a lesser extent of all conservatives to carefully consider adoption. As a Christian the argument is easy to make, we have been commanded to care for the orphans and widowed. As an anti-abortion - pro-life American my beliefs on abortion and the moment life begins demand that I be involved in adoption and foster parenting. As a conservative my politics dictate that I take part in ensuring that the least of our society have a place of comfort and refuge. My politics dictate that the government should not take the lead in the welfare of individual citizens, but that private charity should. The only way for private charities to make enough money to help the people who need it, is for those of us with the resources to help...to indeed provide help. For years we have given to charity through our church and through specific charities themselves; such as Samaritan's Purse, World Help, World Vision, and several others. I cannot help but imagine a world where every American gives at least 10% of their income to a private charity...these charities are much more able than the government to use your funds to help people. A world where every American sacrificed just 10% of their earnings for private charity, would be spectacular. If we stopped asking government to help us, and started instead to say, I will help others...the mind cannot even begin to fathom the difference that would make.
Please visit abbafund and find out how you can help "the least of these" right here at home.

James 1:27 The New International Version
"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world."

Psalm 146:9 The New International Version
"The LORD watches over the alien and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked."

* A 16 year old girl has been drafted to pitch by professional baseball team in Japan. How did she do it? By throwing a sidearm knuckleball...
* Albert Pujols has won his 2nd National League MVP award.
* Dr. Paul preaches truth.
* Keynesian economics is killing us.
* Secretary of State Clinton? Honestly, President-elect Obama could make a much worse choice...
* Why do we continue to allow ourselves to be duped by global warming alarmists when all of the relevant data (see examples one and two) and history say they are wrong? But of course in the land of fruits and nuts...
* It is funny how dictatorships that don't allow the free market to work in their own countries, suddenly understand how important the free market is when they need money! I just wish our legislators would get the connection between supply and demand, and how Adam Smith's invisible hand really works...
* Freedom or government?
* You thought Republicans were bad...wait until you see the War Hawks hovering around the Obama administration!

Friday, November 14, 2008

The "real" America.

Newsmax Election Map
The above map just kind of put into perspective what the nation really thinks. So who really speaks for the "common man"?
* President Bush gave a speech warning against abandoning free-market capitalism...it seems a little too late for that, no? Now that our nation has spent more than a trillion dollars making private companies into public companies. We have long since abandoned our loyalty to the free-market system, and that is precisely why our economy has taken this latest tumble. Interventionist government policy has caused the crumbling of our nation's economic foundations, and I fear that our latest actions to salvage it have only caused more severe long-term damage.
* The Heritage Foundation adds up the numbers and explains how much the stimulus packages and the bailout will cost us...and this doesn't include the numbers on the next proposed bailout and stimulus packages.
* Apparently some Republican Governors are a little jealous of Sarah Palin. The thing that struck me most about this article was Tim Pawlenty's apparent rejection of a GOP return to conservatism and embracing of broadening the GOP's appeal to more groups. I don't mind reaching out to more groups (like my fellow Latino's, or blacks, or women, etc.) but we must not try and do that by changing our ideals and message. We reach out by answering the questions that they have with our conservative principles, for too long the Republican Party has allowed the Democrats to "seem" more in touch with the black community or to "seem" more able to help women meet their life goals. We don't have to stop being pro-life to reach out to more women, and we don't have to support affirmative action to reach out to the black community. We just have to learn to better express WHY our ideas (born from our values and beliefs) are better for them then the Democrats bankrupt ideas.
* Abstinence education works better...and there is proof in Africa.
* Milton Friedman could see the future.
* Who didn't see this coming? The Russians are waiting to pounce.
* France's "lurch to the left".

My Plan for the New York Mets.

Free Agency opens up this morning; Friday November 14, and I have a plan for GM Omar Minaya of those Amazin' Mets!

I would not have picked up Carlos Delgado's option, even though he had that break out 2nd half last year...but since you did, I will keep him in my plans as well. What that means is that we will not be chasing Mark Texiera in free agency, even though a Gold Glove first baseman who hits a ton would be nice. I would recommend finding a trade partner to unload 2nd baseman Luis Castillo immediately... post haste... even if it means eating most of his ridiculous contract. Hopefully, Daniel Murphy has progressed enough on defense over the off-season that he can take over at 2nd base for Castillo. If not, then Orlando Hudson would seem to be the obvious (though expensive) choice to pursue (though my preference would be skip Hudson and pursue Cesar Itzuris or David Eckstein to play 2nd).
At SS and 3rd base we continue with the best left side of the infield in baseball, David Wright and Jose Reyes.
At Catcher it seems that Brian Schneider and Ramon Castro will continue to platoon.
In RF and CF; Ryan Church and Carlos Beltran...this continues the best defensive right 2/3 of the OF in baseball. A stretch? Maybe, but they are both Gold Glove caliber defenders. In LF comes the biggest offensive question mark for the Mets...how do we fill this hole? Manny Ramirez would be spectacular hitting in the clean-up in our lineup, but boy, the price may be prohibitive...even for the Mets. After that there are a cluster of options; Bobby Abreu, Raul Ibanez, Adam Dunn, or Juan Rivera. The C-list could perhaps be a continued platoon of Nick Evans and Daniel Murphy in left field. My personal advice here; we have skimped thus far on the Free Agents by moving Murphy to 2nd base and skipping the Texiera hunt; so splurge and chase Manny down. If the cost is too high, try and coax Abreu to Queens.
Batting order: 1. Reyes 2. Murphy 3. Wright 4. Manny 5. Beltran 6. Delgado 7. Church 8. Schneider/Castro

That takes care of the offense, now to pitching:
Billy Wagner is gone for the year, and it seems like his career may be done. The Mets would have been a playoff team last year with a more stable bullpen, so we have to shore it up. I think the Mets should start by re-signing Luis Ayala, but don't expect him to close. He worked hard late last year, and was an overall plus for the bullpen. After that, I would aggressively pursue several options; K-Rod, and Brian Fuentes topping the list. My choice here would probably be to wait on K-Rod until he realizes that the market for a BIG payday is not there and then offer him the next best deal. 3-4 years at about 13$ million a year. I would also try and bring Bobby Howry into the fold and get Aaron Heilman a shrink.
At the Starter position we are losing two starters; Pedro Martinez and Oliver Perez. Now, Pedro won't exactly leave a gaping hole...though it will be nice to be free of his salary. Oliver's shoes will be harder to fill...but I say let him go. He won't be worth the cost, whatever it is. I would target Derek Lowe and CC Sabathia with the last of my free agent dollars. (Though we are going to assume CC passes, because I can't see him signing with the Mets.) The Mets get their man in Lowe, and once CC turns them down, they turn their sights on AJ Burnett and Ben Sheets. I think Burnett will be too expensive, and Sheets will sign with the Rangers...so we have to keep looking. The pitchers I would focus on are; Mark Mulder, Mark Prior, Brad Penny and Jon Garland. I think the Mets should take a shot with any combination of 2 or 3 of these guys. Remember that they would be anchoring the back end of the rotation, and that the Mets have some wiggle room financially. The first 3 of these guys could be a steal, and Garland should continue to be solid.

So what does my 25 man roster look like?
C - Brian Schneider/Ramon Castro
1B - Carlos Delgado
2B - Daniel Murphy
SS - Jose Reyes
3B - David Wright
LF - Manny Ramirez
CF - Carlos Beltran
RF - Ryan Church

SP - Johan Santana, Derek Lowe, John Maine, Mike Pelfrey, Mark Mulder/Mark Prior/Brad Penny
RP - K-Rod, Heilman, Ayala, Pedro Feliciano, Duaner Sanchez, Bobby Howry

Bench: Nick Evans, re-sign Damion Easley (cut Marlon Anderson), Fernando Tatis, Argenis Reyes, re-sign Endy Chavez
Alright, this was actually 27 guys...but I expect that Argenis Reyes would begin the year at AAA, and we would have to move a reliever...probably either, Heilman or Sanchez.

It may be a bit optimistic to hope for Manny and K-Rod but I am by nature an optimistic guy.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Guns, Guns, Guns...Come and get your guns!

* It's time to dump the RINO's and move back to our platform.
“Uncle Ted hereby declares it is open season on RINOs. No bag limits or permits required. Conservative ideas, arguments and votes are the weapons we will use. Hunt them down and shine a blazing light on these RINO turncoat cockroaches…
We must not make the mistake of keeping the GOP tent so big that there’s room for RINOs.”

--- Ted Nugent
* Is the firearm industry the next market bubble? Since the election of Mr. Obama gun sales have skyrocketed! Gun sales are booming in Florida, and in Virginia, and in Georgia, and in Missouri, and in Ohio, and in Wyoming, and in Tennessee, and in California and around the country.
Even the LA Times is worried.

* Is Fred Thompson considering a run at the Republican Party Chairmanship?
* I for one, will be voting again on December 2nd...and casting my vote for Senator Saxby Chambliss.
* The Gardasil massacre continues.
* This is what Georgia Representative Paul Broun was talking about when he compared the upcoming Obama administration with Hitler's Germany..."compulsory civil defense service".

If you are intellectually honest, and think about it logically...it does sound a little "Hitler Jugend", no? It is an attack on our nation's youth...an attempt to mold the minds of our children to the government's values...a lot like public schooling...but I digress.

WWRD?

* The Constitution Party has it's best showing ever...by almost 25%! In Missouri, the Constitution Party was able to dislodge the Libertarian Party as the strongest third party in the state!
* I will drive to Washington and march hand in hand with the Catholic Church if it means stopping the Freedom of Choice Act. This is one we HAVE to fight...even if it means getting a little dirty.
* WWRD? What would Reagan do?
* Perhaps President Reagan would have joined Mr. Nugent in a bit of RINO hunting?
* Get rid of this corrupt clown quick.
* Camille Paglia may be a member of the vast left-wing conspiracy but boy, can she write! Another great article about Ms. Paglia's affinity for Governor Sarah Palin. It worries me when I agree more with a left wing feminist than I do with the once reasonable Peggy Noonan.
* The venerable Pat Buchanan argues for a return to Hamiltonian economic principles.
* Some positivity on our nation's immediate future.
* Has America lurched left? I think so, but we have been moving this way for the last 30-40 years.
* Howard Stern had it right when he switched party affiliation from Democrat to Republican...the Left is the party of censorship. We conservatives may hate the vitriol people like Howard Stern spew...but we will always allow them the opportunity to spew it.
* The MSM has dropped the ball on an obvious "hate crime". Now, I personally think hate crimes are an abomination to freedom of speech and thought...but I digress.
* Don't be fooled most Americans like socialism.
* Some perspective on a rough election year? How about "the fuller's soap"...
From Henry Payne