Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Whose fault is the Financial Crisis?

The Bailout was a bad idea from the start and I am grateful for the faithful few who stood against it...even Dennis Kucinich! Though I am sure that Mr. Kucinich's reasons for being against the bailout were different than mine...I am glad he voted no. I just cannot understand how the Democrat Party comes out clean on this bailout scheme. Barney Frank, Barack Obama, and Nancy Pelosi were the ones telling us in 2005 that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were fine...and now they get to come off like rescuers swooping in to save the economy? The American public cannot be this ignorant...can it? Listen up people! The financial mess we are dealing with right now, is the fault of liberal Washington politicians playing too big of a role in the housing market. This is what happens when you force the market to comply with your values (IE: everyone should own a home), while it would be nice if everyone could afford to own their own home...they can't! Call your Representatives and tell them to stop screwing with the market! If you didn't get a chance make sure to watch the video I posted on here from YouTube yesterday.
* Did you know that this bailout is actually one of the key principles in the Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx?
* The Wall Street Journal seems to generally support the bailout. The London Times supported the Bailout a little more emphatically.
* Here is what happens when a financial expert talks about the economy, and here is what happens when an idiot with a pen throws in their two cents.
* The true story of how Barack Obama and his people have played a role in our current economic troubles. More support for the idea that Obama would be devastating for our economy.

* I have been talking about it for the last week or so but here are some more bullets to put in the Democrat Party over "regulation" of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac...they can blame President Bush all they want but fact are facts. The Democrat Party has been in bed with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac long before this "crisis" started to unfold. Watch through to the end as a stunning "guest" backs up the Republican Party.

* Michelle Malkin puts things in perspective.
* From Neal Boortz...
"Is the financial crisis real? Let's consider the fact that yesterday's Dow dropped 778 points. OMG, that sounds just terrible, doesn't it? But wait! When it comes to a percentage drop in the Dow yesterday isn't even in the top ten!"
* Top ten most liberal Republicans in the Senate...and can you believe #1 is the lady Democrats thought McCain should have picked for VP!
* Great read from my favorite Independent...Mr. Pat Buchanan.
* Liberty University could decide who our next President will be! My big question after reading this article about my alma mater...should the preferred candidate at Liberty University be John McCain? I can decisively say it should not be Obama...but should it be McCain?

Monday, September 29, 2008

Not Throwing My Vote Away!

Often when discussing politics with a friend or acquaintance it will come up that I am supporting a Third Party candidate. The obvious and inevitable response from the person I am talking to is "Your just wasting your vote." The next step is always a precarious one, I do not want to offend the other person, but I do want to educate. The problem here is that for most people they do not want to understand the argument for voting 3rd Party, they would like to sit blissfully unaware of their options. More often than not when I broach the 3rd Party question, the other persons eyes glaze over and they rebut every argument with "but it's throwing your vote away" or "but your candidate cannot win". The point is not whether or not my candidate can win...it is whether or not I should vote for a candidate on the sole basis that he/she is not as bad as the other candidate.
If I vote for John McCain in this election it will be on the sole basis that he is NOT Barack Obama. While I disagree with Obama on almost every single issue, I also disagree with John McCain on almost every single issue...just less so than Mr. Obama. Too many people see politics in the Red and Blue. I am a Democrat so I vote Democrat...or I am a Republican so I vote Republican. There are many shades of gray on the political spectrum. For example: both candidates support the bailout of AIG, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and various other groups who are lining up to be bailed out. Obama wants a lot more regulation and bailout money...while John McCain wants slightly less bailout money and slightly less regulation. I disagree with both men...even though they argue that they disagree with each other.
That is basically how I feel on every issue, from abortion to taxes, so how could I possibly vote for John McCain?
Our founding fathers did not desire a two party system, in fact President Washington did not affiliate with either of the two major party's of his day. Over the last 230 years the Federalist, Anti-Federalist, Whig, and Democratic-Republican Party have all been major parties and have all died. Today's Democrats would identify with Jefferson and his allies but they look nothing like that party. Today's Republicans would identify with party of Lincoln but they are a shadow of what that party represented. The point is this; our country and the party's which represent them all change over time.
What has been the common factor in the end of one major Party and the start of another? The Third Party. In 1824 the followers of Andrew Jackson split from the Republican Party (not today's) to form the Democratic-Republican Party (a new one, the forerunner to today's Democrats) and in 1828 they successfully unseated both major party's and incumbent President John Quincy Adams. In 1854 the Republican Party was born (a new Rep. Party), created by disenchanted members of the Whig and Democrat Party. In 1860 Lincoln would win the Presidency as a Republican and the Whig Party would pass into history. In the late 1800's and early 1900's the progressive movement would win many votes away from the major party's. So many, in fact, that each Party would cannibalize some of the Progressive Reforms and make them their own. Some issues that were first championed by 3rd Party's and then picked up by one of the major party's: 40 hour workweek, child labor laws, women's suffrage, prohibition, direct election of Senators, and these are just scratching the surface. If Americans had not supported 3rd Party's at that time, we may have lost out on some of these reforms. In 1912 Republican Progressives refused to vote for William Taft, and instead supported Theodore Roosevelt and the Progressive Party (Bull Moose Party), the Progressives defeated the Republicans in the election but lost to the Democrat candidate Woodrow Wilson.
Fast forward to 1992, when Texas billionaire H. Ross Perot won 19% of the vote to place 3rd in the election. His campaign helped defeat the incumbent Republican George Bush, and win the election for Bill Clinton. Many view this as the ultimate throw away vote, in which the candidate who was the "lesser of two evils" lost because of a 3rd Party candidate. But what this actually highlights is the feeling of the electorate about the economy in 1992. Which is why we see the "Republican Revolution" of 1994, under the leadership of Newt Gingrich and his "contract with America". Without Ross Perot, there would have been no "Republican Revolution" because the Republican Party would not have seen the need for change in the way business was done.
I would argue that voting for someone that you did not feel comfortable with (for any reason) is wasting your vote. If you choose to cast your precious, single ballot for a man or woman that you do not believe is the right man or woman for the job, you are throwing your vote away. For these reasons and many others, I will be voting for Chuck Baldwin in 2008...and that is NOT throwing my vote away.

STOP THE BAILOUT!

The Truth behind the Big Government Bail Out!

Use the pause button at your discretion, the video moves quick.
* The Federal Government wants to show how it can make communism work!
* More reminders of where the credit crunch started, and who got us there.
* Congress quietly passed a 25 billion dollar bailout of the automobile companies. I hope I am next on this bail out list...I could use a few billion dollars.
* It is the height of ridiculousness that religious leaders (whether Christian, Jewish, Muslim, etc) cannot openly express their political views without fear of reprisal from a fascist government organization like the IRS...unless they agree with the Democrat Party.

***** Remember to call your Congressman and tell them to vote against ANY bailout plan!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Sharing an Email

I received this in an email and thought that it put things in perspective for us. I cannot take credit for it, but it sums up my thoughts quite concisely:
So you want "CHANGE"?
George Bush has been in office for 7 1/2 years. During the first six years,
the economy was fine.
A little over one year ago:
1) Consumer confidence stood at a 2 1/2 year high;
2) Regular gasoline sold for $2.19 a gallon;
3) the unemployment rate was 4.5%.
4) the DOW JONES hit a record high--14,000 +
5) Americans were buying new cars, taking cruises, vacations overseas, and living large!...
But Americans wanted "CHANGE"!
So, in 2006, they voted in a Democratic Congress & yep--we got 'CHANGE' all
right.
In the PAST YEAR:
1) Consumer confidence has plummeted;
2) Gasoline is now approximately $4 a gallon; and still Speaker Of The House Nancy Pelosi & Senate Majority leader Harry Reed
will not allow a vote on more oil exploration in the USA.
3) Unemployment is up to 5% (a 10% increase);
4) Americans have seen their home equity drop by $12 TRILLION DOLLARS & prices still dropping;
5) 1% of American homes are in foreclosure.
6) As I write this, the DOW is probing another low (11,100); $2.5 trillion dollars has evaporated from our collective investment portfolios!
In 2006 America voted for "change", and now Barack Obama wants to really, really give us "change"...I don't know how much more "CHANGE" I can stand...

2008 PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE COMPARISON TALKING POINTS

Favors new drilling offshore US McCain - Yes Obama - No
Will appoint judges who interpret the law not make it McCain - Yes Obama - No
Served in the US Armed Forces McCain - Yes Obama - No
Amount of time served in the US Senate McCain - 22 Years Obama - 143 Days
Will institute a socialized national health care plan McCain - No Obama - Yes
Supports abortion throughout the pregnancy McCain - No Obama - Yes
Would pull troops out of Iraq immediately McCain - No Obama - Yes
Supports gun ownership rights McCain - Yes Obama - No
Supports homosexual marriage McCain - No Obama - Yes
Proposed programs will mean a huge tax increase McCain - No Obama - Yes
Voted to give Social Security benefits to illegal aliens McCain - No Obama - Yes

CAPITAL GAINS TAX
MCCAIN
0% on home sales up to $500,000 per home (couples). McCain does not propose any change in existing home sales income tax.

OBAMA
28% on profit from ALL home sales. (How does this affect you? If you sell your home and make a profit, you will pay 28% of your gain on taxes. If you are heading toward retirement and would like
to down-size your home or move into a retirement community, 28% of the money you make from your home will go to taxes. This proposal will adversely affect the elderly who are counting on the income from their homes as part of their retirement income.)

DIVIDEND TAX
MCCAIN
15% (no change)

OBAMA
39.6% - (How will this affect you? If you have any money invested in stock market, IRA, mutual funds, college funds, life insurance, retirement accounts, or anything that pays or reinvests dividends, you will now be paying nearly 40% of the money earned on taxes if Obama becomes president. The experts predict that 'Higher tax rates on dividends and capital gains would crash the stock market, yet do absolutely nothing to cut the deficit.')
INCOME TAX
MCCAIN
(no changes)
Single making 30K - tax $4,500
Single making 50K - tax $12,500
Single making 75K - tax $18,750
Married making 60K- tax $9,000
Married making 75K - tax $18,750
Married making 125K - tax $31,250

OBAMA (reversion to pre-Bush tax cuts)
Single making 30K - tax $8,400
Single making 50K - tax $14,000
Single making 75K - tax $23,250
Married making 60K - tax $16,800
Married making 75K - tax $21,000
Married making 125K - tax $38,750
Under Obama, your taxes could almost double!

INHERITANCE TAX
MCCAIN
- 0% (No change, Bush repealed this tax)

OBAMA
Restore the inheritance tax
Many families have lost businesses, farms, ranches, and homes that have been in their families for generations because they could not afford the inheritance tax. Those willing their assets to loved ones will only lose them to these taxes.
NEW TAXES PROPOSED BY OBAMA
New government taxes proposed on homes that are more than 2400 square feet. New gasoline taxes (as if gas weren't high enough already) New taxes on natural resources consumption (heating gas, water, electricity) New taxes on retirement accounts, and last but not least....New taxes to pay for socialized medicine so we can receive the same level of medical care as other third-world countries!!!

You can verify the above at the following web sites:
http://money.cnn.com/news/specials/election/2008/index.html
http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2008/issues/issues.taxes.html
http://elections.foxnews.com/?s=proposed+taxes
http://blog.washingtonpost.com/fact-checker/candidates/barack_obama/
http://blog.washingtonpost.com/fact-checker/candidates/john_mccain/ http://bulletin.aarp.org/yourworld/politics/articles/mccain_obama_offer_different_visions_on_taxes.html
You are now informed with the facts! Pass these talking points on to everyone you know.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Don't Bail Them Out!


I read this yesterday and felt I needed to post it, because it says exactly what I feel. Americans are uninformed, unintelligent, simpletons. I know it's harsh but it was the only conclusion I could come to after reading that most Americans blamed the Republicans for the state of the economy. I have taken this excerpt from Neal Boortz' blog.

"According to a poll conducted by CNN, Americans blame Republicans over Democrats for the financial crisis by a 2-to-1 margin. That means that twice as many people out there are playing this "blame the current administration" game. Ahhhh ... the brilliance of the American voters. It is really no surprise if you consider where most people get their information– Entertainment Tonight. It is easy to sit back and just blame the Republicans, rather than trying to understand how we have gotten to this point. Look, folks, I'm not saying that the Republicans didn't have a hand in this ... but Barack Obama has crept back up in the polls to take the lead over John McCain, and you don't think this has anything to do with the economy?
And just who was it that killed a Freddie and Fannie reform bill a few years ago? Why, that would be Democrats. And who was it that was saying everything was cool with Freddie and Fannie? Barney Frank; who is not, by the way, a Republican. And who has been pushing lenders to make loans to unqualified borrowers for two decades? Democrats again. Still, the message doesn't get out. Could that possibly be because of the media love affair with The Chosen One?
Just yesterday, Hillary Clinton said that Barack Obama "is best suited to straighten out the country's economic problems." Question ... what in the wide wide world of balance sheets is she basing this on? What makes Hillary so sure that Barack Obama is the best candidate to handle the economy? What has he ever handled in his entire life? (Wait, don't answer that!) This is coming from a woman who said that "once we get through this immediate crisis," the country should look at some Great Depression-era type of governmental entity to deal with it. I'll tell you what came out of Great Depression politics ... big government. Lots of government. Government dependency.
This is exactly what the Democrats want. They are viewing this entire debacle as a golden opportunity to increase the size of government and expand dependency. Now is the time for you to rely on their party – and their savior, Barack Obama – to lead you out of this crisis and right onto the path of greater government dependency. And it all comes down to one thing, and that is power."

* Dr. Ron Paul is a man America would be fortunate to have in the White House. The folks at the Heritage Foundation have it right. I posted this article yesterday, but it bears repeating...our elected officials should fight for us.
* Mrs. Hillary Clinton is a woman we should be terrified to have in office.

Call your Congressmen and let them know that we will not stand for the bailout...it is a perversion of our system and it should be killed. We are free market capitalists, not European Marxists.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Despot in NYC

* I LOVE this story. This is MY Republican Party. The bailout is a mistake and the Republican Party needs to stop it...even if the President suggested it and most of the Democrats love it. Forget Party politics, go into that room and stand up for the beliefs of the people who elected you. This is why our government has worked so well these last 230 years...politicians standing up for the beliefs of their constituents. The Republican Party is dying, it is gasping for breath and we need men like Jim DeMint of South Carolina to stand in the gap for us. This administration has gotten so many things wrong since the War in Iraq started, and it's time that Republicans stop bickering and start acting.
* It seems like Barack Obama and Joe Biden cannot get on the same page. They keep arguing policy with each other...maybe, they think they are still running in the primary. I have been posting Biden's recent flubs, but wanted to post a link to this concise list of missteps the two comedians...er, I mean candidates have made over the last couple of days.
* Risk is inherent to freedom. Whether on Wall St. or Main St., a free society carries with it certain risks. If we wanted complete protection from terrorists we would live in a police state, if we want complete protection from the collapse of a certain part of the economy...now we are talking about socialism. I don't want or need either.
"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." -- Ben Franklin
"The government is best which governs least." -- Thomas Jefferson or Thomas Paine
Stop the Bailout, call your Congressman.
* I love our country, it is amazing to me that a man like Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who will not allow free speech in his country has the audacity to come to ours and talk about us being "repressive". "American empire in the world is reaching the end of its road, and its next rulers must limit their interference to their own borders," Ahmadinejad said. This guy is an "arse"clown, whose own country hates him.
--- Update: Idiot American groups hold dinner "honoring" Ahmadinejad. This makes me want to curse.
* Two great websites to check out: Yid with a Lid and then the Religion of Peace.
* Democrats will not fight to revive the offshore drilling ban, they are conceding that the Republicans were right about drilling. It's about time.
* From the files of the insane and inane: PETA wants Ben and Jerry's to use human milk to make their ice cream!
* The New York Mets are 1 and 1/2 games behind the Philadelphia Phillies for first in the eastern division of the National League with 6 to go...and 1 game up on the Milwaukee Brewers for the Wildcard spot. Here's hoping we don't choke...again!
Johan Santana of the Mets from espn.com

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Stop calling me a racist!

* Ron Paul has officially endorsed the Constitution Party candidate Chuck Baldwin. By doing this he fixed that earlier mistake of advocating for Ralph Nader and Cynthia McKinney. I am with Dr. Paul here, a vote for Baldwin is a vote to fix the government's ailments.
* Yet another awful truth about Barack Obama that the Main Stream Media will never touch. What makes me angry here is that they will print that there is a rumor that Trig Palin is Sarah Palin's grandson...but they will not print actual, factual truth about Obama. Another one they won't print, Obama's tax plan is clear cut income redistribution.
* Be ready for riots if Obama loses and not just in Watts or Detroit but in Harvard Yard and San Francisco, too. The racial rhetoric of the liberals in this election is painful...they literally blame every problem on the President and none on the legislature. So in their mind, the only way the Democrats can lose...racism.
* Michelle Malkin has posted an update to the Palin smear campaign article from yesterday...it is the smearer's response, and boy are his answers shaky.
* Just under 1/3 of Clinton supporters are backing John McCain...is this because they are racist or John McCain is so similar to Mrs. Clinton that voting for him is almost like voting for her? I'll leave that for you to answer...but I think it's the latter not the former. (Sorry, I had to throw my 2 cents in)
* Bill Clinton making sense. Man, he would be a solid candidate for the Democrat Party...oh wait! Nevermind.
* If I vote Democrat, I might be able to do a whole blog focused on just Joe Biden. That guy is a writer's dream. He is so "off-the-cuff" that he says the funniest things...here he is basically saying that Obama has "terrible" judgement for endorsing an attack ad on McCain. He is the Republican secret weapon...I think that in the Vice Presidential debate he will end up saying something like... "I can see Russia from my house, too!" or "I invented the internet!"
----- An update: Obama now saying that Biden was wrong on AIG (though now right) but McCain was a flip flopper for the same change of views. I happen to think they are all wrong...we are not socialists...none of these buyouts should happen, none of them.
* The speech Sarah Palin had planned to give at the rally protesting the President of Iran's visit to New York was spectacular. However, you never got to hear it because the liberal Jewish community protested having Palin be there once Hillary dropped out. When will the Jewish/Israeli community here and abroad realize that their best interests are served by the Republican Party?
* A couple of stories from the files of the absurd: First, a kid get suspended for wearing an anti-Obama t-shirt. While you are there you should check out what people are posting about those not voting for Obama...apparently if you do not vote for Obama you are a hateful bigot. Also, a church is getting sued for helping the homeless. Darned churches trying to help people! Don't they know that that is the job of the government!?!

Monday, September 22, 2008

* Breaking Story...Obama Campaign Hypocrisy

This is a HUGE story. Normally, I wouldn't really care about a story like this but with all the posturing the Obama campaign has done about stupid arguments (like "lipstick on a pig"), he opened himself up to scrutiny. Mr. Obama and his cronies have been up and down the main stream media attacking McCain's campaign for "not focusing on issues" and "faking indignation" about benign comments. "Investigative Bloggers" may have just uncovered proof that the Obama campaign IS behind the Palin smear campaign. Read through the entire post on Michelle Malkin's website and be sure to read all of the links as well. These bloggers are doing the work that "investigative journalists" are supposed to be doing...they are proof that the MSM has gotten fat, lazy, and biased...and we (the general public) are to blame. We should be holding the main stream media to a higher standard.

Subverted by Socialism.

Picture from michellemalkin.com
* We have allowed our superior free-market economy to be subverted by socialism. Both Presidential candidates have not handled our financial problems properly. The venerable George Will on the subject and if you want to know just whose fault this is...then read this article from Bloomberg.com. Is this truly the end of fiscal conservatism...or is there hope?
* Why does it matter that the McCain's own 13 cars? If I remember correctly, a recent Democratic Presidential candidate was also married to a very, very rich wife...by way of comparison here is an article on the McCain family wealth.
* A list of the 50 richest members of Congress. The only thing that bothers me about this list, is how some of the members of Congress seem to find ways to make extra millions after they are elected to public office. Do they not have good investment sense before they become congressmen? When I see elected officials making millions off of land deals, I get worried.
* Sarah Palin drew a huge crowd near Orlando, Florida.
* Can you believe the Emmy's were full of conservative bashing rhetoric? Well, if it bothers you...read this article and you may just smile.
* From the files of the Ridiculous: A student got in trouble for violating dress code in a California High School. Were his pants hanging to low? Was he shoeless? His violation? An American Flag t-shirt. I kid you not...

Friday, September 19, 2008

I speak Spanish, but I'm not stupid...

* The death of the free market is being presided over by a Republican President...but Neal Boortz uncovers who started this mess. John McCain was made fun of for saying he "would fire the SEC chairman", by none other than the meandering liberal hatemonger Keith Olbermann...but the joke is actually on Keith.
* The Democrat Party had a chance to do some damage in this election, but it looks like they may just be their own worst enemies.
* From the files of the ridiculous...Obama calls McCain out on abortion! Then he releases an ad that attacks abortion survivors.
* Mr. Obama must think that because he plays an ad in Spanish, we Latinos will believe whatever it says. The fact that I speak Spanish does not mean I am stupid.
* Charlie Rangel should have listened to me when I told him to step down. He has gotten himself in more trouble recently.
* Check out Dick Morris' most recent election map...it's a doozey.

I do love the Mets....

This is why you don't fall into a drunken stupor at a Mets game.

You have to love those creative Mets fans, and their Shea Stadium antics.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Important notes...

* A mother fights to rescue her daughter from a global crime ring that kidnaps unfortunate women and forces them into sexual slavery...no this isn't the plot for a Hollywood movie, it is the true story of one brave mother. Today, there are still over 12 million people around the world living in slavery...we all have a responsibility to step in and fight this evil.
Some links to check out:
* Setting Captives Free
* Set all free
* World Slavery
* Antislavery.org
* The Community Organizer's friends are trying to cheat again! What else can you expect from a politician birthed out of the Daley political machine in Chicago? His friends are okay with cheating other Americans out of their votes because to them, the end justifies the means.
* Here is what that Kindergarten sex education bill, Mr. Obama supports, says.
* John McCain gets the endorsement of a pretty smart businessman, who also thinks Obama's economic plan will cost you a lot of money.
* Can I just say...I love Joe Biden. The dude is hilarious. You have to see what he said...

* As someone who loves history, I really enjoyed this article about the final nail in Julius and Ethel Rosenberg's coffins. Personal opinion, the Rosenberg's got off way too easy.

No, I am not a racist.

Jack Cafferty has a quick note on CNN.com, the premise...? The only reason Barack Obama is not winning is because he is black. I cannot formulate into words the anger, disgust, and pain that I am currently feeling because of this article and the comments by readers that follow it. I am a first generation American of Latin descent who is not supporting either of the major candidates, but the one I oppose the most is Barack Obama...and the amount of melanin in his skin has nothing to do with it. Over the last year or so I have tried to articulate reason after reason for voting against Barack Obama, and yet empty-suits like Jack Cafferty think it all has to do with race. It can't be tax policy, or spending policies, or welfare, or abortion, or national security, or crime, or healthcare, or immigration reform, or energy, or states rights issues, or the Supreme Court, or corruption, or Social Security, or socialism, or globalism, or candidate preparation and experience. No, no, no...it must be because he is a black man. Or half-black man. By the way, you do understand the underlying assumption, right? If Democrats are voting for Obama and Republicans are voting for McCain...and Obama is not winning because of his race...ergo Republicans are RACIST. The worst part is that there are others out there who actually agree with him...Jack Cafferty you and your ilk are despicable.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Born Alive

* There is a new 527 PAC called Born Alive Truth who is rolling out a series of advertisements attacking Barack Obama for his refusal to support legislation to protect children who survive abortion attempts.

What the Obama campaign attempts to obfuscate is that in Illinois there may have been a state law in place that in theory should have protected babies who survived abortions...but it was not enforced.

Which is why Jill Stanek was forced to hold a dying baby in here arms while other nurses would have dropped him off in a broom closet. Obama's campaign fails to mention that the Illinois law had loop holes that were routinely used by abortion clinics and hospitals. His campaign also refuses to address how Obama would vote against a law that is exactly like a federal law now in place. Barack Obama is a smooth talking con artist playing a shell game with the truth, and killing people along the way.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Obamination

* This video is a must watch for anyone still on the fence about Barack Obama.

* I read a great article today from the Wall Street Journal, that explains why raising taxes does not work. In fact, it doesn't just explain it...it proves that the way to grow and economy is to cut taxes. I sincerely hope our Presidential candidates read this article. Great analysis from the Boston Globe about Barack Obama's tax plan and how it just doesn't make sense.
* More on Obama's "Community Organizer" friends. This is a rough group of folks who need to be carefully watched. Erick Erickson giving fuller detail to the dangers inherent in the belief system of this group of community organizers.
* Election Map analysis from Newsweek.
* Charlie Gibson shows his true colors.
* I DON'T BELIEVE IN MAN-MADE GLOBAL WARMING! Whew...now that I have gotten that out, read this interview with Vaclav Klaus the President of the Czech Republic. He says it much more eloquently than me.
* The always relevant and always eloquent...Pat Sajak! Chronicling the left's fascination with calling those on the right stupid.
* The Muslim community needs to fight back and destroy this evil. (A must read)

Barack Obama the Communist...er, Community Organizer.

* Melanie Phillips at the Spectator UK is another brilliant Brit, in this article she describes why Obama's work as a Community Organizer is extremely important...but not for the reasons you think. Michelle Malkin echoes the reasons why Mr. Obama's experience as a Community Organizer is a HUGE negative, not the positive that his campaign is spinning it as.
* Why Sarah Palin is important. The author of this column (Melanie Phillips) also mentions that the choice of Obama and Palin shows that the culture war is still alive and well in the USA. She is right.
* Very interesting article...apparently Mr. Obama tried to talk the Iraqi government OUT of making a withdrawal agreement with Bush administration. This article alone should sink Obama's hopes for being President...but people will make excuses for him.
* This article echoes my sentiments about the difference between McCain and Obama. I have been saying for quite a while that McCain is the more moderate of the two, and has a much better record of bipartisanship than the Chosen One.
* Charlie Rangel has run into more tax problems. Rangel apparently forgot about ANOTHER beach house, and some income that he forgot to report. Just last week it was reported that Rangel had decided not to step down, but now after these newest allegations...he should definitely reconsider, and recognize that it is in our country;s best interests that he not head the House Ways and Means Committee.
* The majority of the Bolivian people do not want to be forced into communism. Communism can only work when the government uses violence to force it upon the people. Some people in Bolivia are terrified of what may be ahead if Evo Morales is allowed to complete all of his plans. Make no mistake Morales (and his evil brother Chavez) are intent on harming the USA and it's interests.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Freakin' Polls!

* Michelle Malkin does it again with this hard hitting examination of two recent worldwide polls. Brilliant analysis of the idiocy that runs rampant in the world today.
* I was looking over an AP poll recently and found myself dumbfounded by the time I finished the article/poll. Here is the part I read through, but could not believe or understand (keep in mind that the poll found that McCain had a slight 4 point lead)...
WASHINGTON (AP) -
"Eighty percent (of those interviewed) say McCain, with nearly three decades in Congress, has the right experience to be president. Just 46 percent say Obama, now in his fourth year in the Senate, is experienced enough. Another 47 percent say Obama lacks the proper experience—an even worse reading than the 36 percent who had the same criticism about Palin, now in her second year as governor after serving as a small-town mayor in her state...

Asked to choose between a presidential candidate with solid experience and another whose values and views they support, two-thirds picked the latter. While those preferring experience overwhelmingly back McCain, people seeking agreement with a contender's values say they'll back Obama over McCain, 56 percent to 38 percent...

Even so, McCain has a slight 9-point advantage when people were asked whether they had similar values and principles with the candidates, and an 8-point edge over whether they agreed with the contenders' stances on issues." (Emphasis added)

OK. Do you see why this poll stupefies me? So 66% of those polled say that values and views are more important than experience. Of those who picked values 56% said they will back Obama over McCain...yet McCain has a 9% advantage over Obama when those polled were asked whose values do you agree with. Of the 34% who say that experience is more important, McCain is the overwhelming choice...so how is it exactly, that McCain only has a 4% lead??? These numbers don't add up...or these people who were polled are insane. Here is a quote from the article that sums up exactly why I am frustrated with the American electorate...
"My heart sort of runs with McCain and my mind probably tends to run toward Obama," said David Scorup, 58, a county government official in Othello, Wash. "I think I resonate more with McCain."
WHAT??? Completely ridiculous...

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Gerard Baker...A Brilliant Brit!

I mentioned this article yesterday, but decided it was worth reproducing for you to read here. If you would like to read more from Mr. Baker, and believe me you do, you can find more of his articles at the UK Times Online. Here is the full article:

Barack Obama the speechmaker is being rumbled
There is a yawning gulf between what the Democratic candidate says and how he has acted. That's why the race is so close


- By Gerard Baker

"It's funny how the harder you look at something, the harder it can be to understand it. I can't recall a US presidential election that has attracted more attention. But neither can there have been a time when the world has watched what goes on in America with the nonplussed, horrified incomprehension it has now.

Travelling in Britain this week, I've been asked repeatedly by close followers of US politics if it can really be true that Barack Obama might not win. Thoughtful people cannot get their head around the idea that Mr Obama, exciting new pilot of change, supported by Joseph Biden, experienced navigator of the swamplands of Washington politics, could possibly be defeated.

They look upon John McCain and Sarah Palin and see something out of hag-ridden history: the wizened old warrior, obsessed with finding enemies in every corner of the globe, marching in lockstep with the crackpot, mooseburger-chomping mother from the wilds of Alaska, rifle in one hand, Bible in the other, smiting caribou and conventional science as she goes.

Two patronising explanations are adduced to explain why Americans are going wrong. The first is racism. I've dealt with this before and it has acquired no more merit. White supremacists haven't been big on Democratic candidates, whatever their colour, for a long time, and Mr Obama's race is as likely to generate enthusiasm among blacks and young voters as it is hostility among racists.

In a similarly condescending account, those foolish saps are being conned into voting for Mr McCain because they like his running-mate. Her hockey-mom charm and storybook career appeals to their worst instincts. The race is boiling down to a beauty contest in which a former beauty queen is stealing the show. Believe this if it helps you come to terms with the possibility of a Democratic defeat. But there really are better explanations.

One is a simple political-cultural one. This election is a struggle between the followers of American exceptionalism and the supporters of global universalism. Democrats are more eager than ever to align the US with the rest of the Western world, especially Europe. This is true not just in terms of a commitment to multilateral diplomacy that would restore the United Nations to its rightful place as arbiter of international justice. It is also reflected in the type of place they'd like America to be - a country with higher taxes, more business regulation, a much larger welfare safety net and universal health insurance. The Republicans, who still believe America should follow the beat of its own drum, are pretty much against all of that.

You can argue the merits of each case. But let me try to explain to my fellow non-Americans why Mr Obama's problems go well beyond that. Even if you think that Americans should want to turn their country into a European-style system, there is a perfectly good reason that you might have grave doubts about Mr Obama.

The essential problem coming to light is a profound disconnect between the Barack Obama of the candidate's speeches, and the Barack Obama who has actually been in politics for the past decade or so.

Speechmaker Obama has built his campaign on the promise of reform, the need to change the culture of American political life, to take on the special interests that undermine government's effectiveness and erode trust in the system itself,

Politician Obama rose through a Chicago machine that is notoriously the most corrupt in the country. As David Freddoso writes in a brilliantly cogent and measured book, The Case Against Barack Obama, the angel of deliverance from the old politics functioned like an old-time Democratic pol in Illinois. He refused repeatedly to side with those lonely voices that sought to challenge the old corrupt ways of the ruling party.

Speechmaker Obama talks about an era of bipartisanship, He speaks powerfully about the destructive politics of red and blue states.

Politician Obama has toed his party's line more reliably than almost any other Democrat in US politics. He has a near-perfect record of voting with his side. He has the most solidly left-wing voting history in the Senate. His one act of bipartisanship, a transparency bill co-sponsored with a Republican senator, was backed by everybody on both sides of the aisle. He has never challenged his party's line on any issue of substance.

Speechmaker Obama talks a lot about finding ways to move beyond the bloody battlegrounds of the “culture wars” in America; the urgent need to establish consensus on the emotive issue of abortion.

Politician Obama's support for abortion rights is the most extreme of any Democratic senator. In the Illinois legislature he refused to join Democrats and Republicans in supporting a Bill that would require doctors to provide medical care for babies who survived abortions. No one in the Senate - not the arch feminist Hillary Clinton nor the superliberal Edward Kennedy - opposed this same humane measure.

Here's the real problem with Mr Obama: the jarring gap between his promises of change and his status quo performance. There are just too many contradictions between the eloquent poetry of the man's stirring rhetoric and the dull, familiar prose of his political record.

It's been remarked that the biggest difference between Americans and Europeans is religion: ignorant Americans cling to faith; enlightened Europeans long ago embraced the liberating power of reason. Yet here's an odd thing about this election. Europeans are asking Americans to take a leap of faith, to break the chains of empiricism and embrace the possibility of the imagination.

The fact is that a vote for Mr Obama demands uncritical subservience to the irrational, anti-empirical proposition that the past holds no clues about the future, that promise is wholly detached from experience. The second-greatest story ever told, perhaps."

Bias in the Media?

* As if we needed more proof that the Main Stream Media is biased...check out where the folks who report the news, find the news. I know the Media folks hate when conservatives call them biased and liberal...but if we can be intellectually honest for a second...if we polled the folks at NBC, ABC, CBS, and CNN which candidate do you think they would choose? It wouldn't even be close. John Robert's of CNN proving my point.
* The ladies of the View again showed hatred of Christians and conservatives. Whoopi Goldberg went so far as to ask "Do I need to worry about being a slave again?" ARE YOU KIDDING ME?? Because McCain is Republican and likes the Constitution she is worried about slavery? Does she have the same fears if Obama is elected? Probably not, seeing as how the Democrat Party hates the Constitution.
* How does Barrack Obama feel about babies? Let's just say his daughters are lucky they were planned.
* Barrack Obama may be more intimate with the terrorist leader William Ayers of Chicago, than he lets on. It seems that there is a special task force of Obama cronies making sure that his connections to Ayers are not uncovered.
* The Obama campaign pretends to champion gender equality in the workplace, but the key here is, pretends to champion. This article uncovers the inequality of working for the Chosen One's campaign.
* Great column from Ann Coulter...my favorite part:
"By my count, roughly one in four books in print in the world at this very moment have the words "Bush" and "Lie" in their title. Barnes & Noble has been forced to add an "I Hate Bush" section. I don't believe there are as many anti-Hitler books.
Despite the fact that Hitler brought "change," promoted clean, energy-efficient mass transit by making the trains run on time, supported abortion for the non-master races, vastly expanded the power of the national government and was uniformly adored by college students and their professors, I gather that liberals don't like Hitler because they're constantly comparing him to Bush."
Brilliant.
* According to all of our standards of measurement, we are winning the war in Iraq.
* I don't know who Gerard Baker is, but he is absolutely BRILLIANT! He writes for the UK Times Online, and though I don't often say this...he makes me think that maybe we can still count on the Brits to come through...maybe. This is a wonderful column. Well thought out, and superbly written...I will be searching for more of Mr. Baker's writing.

I tell you what, I still feel very uncertain about John McCain and am still planning to vote for Chuck Baldwin...but every day the Democrats push me more and more to consider John McCain. That's right...the Democrat Party is making me want to vote for McCain...not McCain or Palin or the Republican Party...but their opponent! Boy, is this frustrating.

Friday, September 12, 2008

A Conservative's Fear.

I have been thinking a lot lately about why it seems that on TV people who are liberal are angry but people who are conservative seem afraid. Maybe I am over simplifying, but I can honestly say I am scared that Barrack Obama will win the election in November. (I can't say that I will be happy if John McCain wins, but less frightened) I think it has something to do with some important issues we face in this election. Now remember that these issues really matter most if the Democrats keep control of Congress (which seems likely).
Abortion - If John McCain wins, status quo. If Barrack Obama wins, a reversal of the partial birth abortion ban...but even more...more federal funds for abortion both at home and overseas, a very liberal sex education program in our public schools (starting at kindergarten), federal law striking down parental notification...? As one of the most liberal pro-abortion Senators in the Senate Obama could try to loosen restrictions on abortion in every way possible.
Healthcare - John McCain wins, status quo plus maybe some fighting to lower Healthcare costs by asking insurance companies to help out. Barrack Obama? Socialist Healthcare. An increase in taxes to pay this off, and eventually we have the issues that plague Canada and Great Britain. Where doctors are scarce and getting good preventative medication almost nonexistent. After that, a realization that we cannot possibly pay for everyone to be treated meaning that we can only treat those with the best chance of recovering. So legalized euthanasia and more abortions on demand...especially if the child is at risk for any list of disabilities. Nazi Germany anyone?
Social Security - John Mccain wins, status quo plus maybe a little more privatization of funds. Barrack Obama wins, he realizes that Social Security is not currently solvent. How does he meet this challenge? He must raise taxes.
Education - John McCain, status quo. Barrack Obama, more money for education. I am not a broken record but where does the money come from? More taxes.
1st Amendment Rights - John McCain, status quo. Barrack Obama? Barrack and his friends reenact the Fairness Doctrine mandating more liberal radio talk shows and/or less conservative ones. Obama and co. continue to marginalize the Christian community and continue their support for groups like the ACLU, NOW, and NARAL.
2nd Amendment Rights - John McCain wins, status quo. Obama wins, can you say "repeal"?
Illegal Immigration - Well they are both pretty bad but if McCain wins...status quo. Obama wins, and we WILL have amnesty and our borders will open to Mexico. You can be assured that NAFTA will broaden to allow for more favorable treatment of illegal aliens than is currently afforded to them.
And there is so much more. The point here is that if John McCain wins the liberal wing of American politics loses nothing. They will still have a Democrat controlled Congress to advance their agenda, and they can continue to halt the Republican agenda...as the current "do-nothing" Congress has. If Obama wins, truly terrifying (in the eyes of Conservatives)things happen.
* Speaking of the "do-nothing" Congress why has the media not reported that since they have taken charge of policy the country has seen this current downturn? The average American does not realize how little power the President has in day to day affairs. Your pocketbook issues are controlled by the Congress and it's time for the Republican Party to educate the public on that. The reason Congress has done nothing over the last 2 years is because they have been too busy fighting the Republicans to worry about the USA. In fact the most popular thing the Democrats have done is get behind the Republican idea of drilling more on US soil...and I bet somehow the Democrat Party will get credit for this.
* Democrats fear they may have chosen the wrong guy to lead.
* Other Democrats fear that Obama may hurt their chances for reelection.
* The seem right to be worried, according to this latest Gallup poll.
* Joe Biden admitting there are better people for his job. Boy does Senator Biden talk too much! He seems like a nice guy but he just keeps saying the wrong things!
* Here's a poll that made me quite upset.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

9/11 We still remember...

While others may forget we still remember.
I would like to take a moment to thank all of our soldiers who are fighting for us in those dark places on the other side of the world. Our faith and prayers are with you, and you are truly heroes. For generations the best that America has had, have fought to keep us safe from those who would harm us. During the War for Independence farmers, journalists, lawyers, teachers all stood to fight for our noble cause. In the War of 1812, they fought again to free us from British despotism. During the War between the States brave men on both sides of the fight died for what they thought were nobler and higher purposes. In the Spanish-American War many brave men fought faithfully for our nation. In WWI our "doughboys" left their homes to defend the well being of our allies across the Atlantic. This would mark the first time our soldiers left our soil to fight to save and spread democracy. In WWII our "Greatest Generation" picked up arms again this time to defend us and the world from the tyranny of fascism in Germany, Italy, and Japan. In Korea and then Vietnam our men and women would again and again prove their mettle, even though many would return to perfidious crowds of hate mongers who jeered these soldiers for doing their duty. (Yes I am talking about hippies and war protesters of Vietnam...not that they shouldn't protest but that they treated our soldiers ignominiously.) Then in action around the globe over the next four decades our soldiers would prove again and again that our people and our culture are worth fighting for.
* Memorial in New York.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Ron Paul makes a mistake...

Ron Paul will not support John McCain for President in this election. Instead he has endorsed four 3rd Party Candidates. Chuck Baldwin of the Constitution Party, Bob Barr of the Libertarian Party, Ralph Nader who is running as an Independent, and Cynthia McKinney of the Green Party. I have no problem with Dr. Paul not endorsing John McCain, my only problem here is that crazies lie Ralph Nader and Cynthia McKinney are much less in line with Paul than McCain is. I wish he would have chosen to endorse Chuck Baldwin, who was one of the speakers at Ron Paul's rally in Minneapolis during the Republican Convention...or even Bob Barr (who Dr. Paul did not invite to the rally). I believe that these two candidates are much more closely in line with Dr. Paul than McKinney or Nader...or even McCain or Obama. The nation was obviously open to Dr. Paul's message in this election season, but somewhere along the line he lost many mainstream voters. Dr. Paul seems to think it was because the media would not include him in the major debates (which is partially correct), but I also think it was because Dr. Paul and his supporters grew from passionate believers to shrill zealots. I have long agreed with Dr. Paul on many of his stances...but he is wrong to add Cynthia McKinney and Ralph Nader to his list of endorsements because some of his supporters will take him at face value and punch their ballots for one of these two detriments to society.
* Just as Obama gets angry at the McCain campaign for getting angry at the Obama campaign, a very visible supporter of Obama's plays the RACE CARD. These comments from the Governor of New York David Patterson are completely out of left field, and they are meant to be divisive and explosive.
* Democrat Charlie Rangel will not step down even with all of his recent tax problems. Republicans are the only ones who choose to step down when they are caught in compromising positions...maybe they should stop? We lost Newt Gingrich to an affair...Bill Clinton just got a little messy. We lost Trent Lott to a "racial" comment he made at Strom Thurmond's 100th Birthday Party...Robert Byrd (the former Klansman) gets showered with praise by fellow Democrats.
The above was sarcasm...I think both Republicans and Democrats should step down when they falter, whether for moral turpitude or for major political "gaffes". I would mark Rangel's as a major gaffe...but if it was on purpose it would fall under the turpitude column. (I argued the same way against Al Franken for a similar infraction)
* Charlie Rangel's tax problems are a good argument for something else...the Fair Tax. Charlie Rangel is the chair of the House Ways and Means Committee which oversees the tax code...if the chair of the committee cannot understand the tax code, how can I be expected to understand it?!?
* The scariest thing about Obama...and the people who support him. Only 29% of Obama supporters thing the Supreme Court should make rulings based on the Constitution. 29%!!!!!!!!!!
* The Catholic Church says Biden doesn't know what he is talking about when it comes to abortion. Hmmmmm...this reminds me of someone else....

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Biden gaffe!

Here is the height of hypocrisy! I mentioned the other day how Joe Biden said on "Meet the Press" that life begins at conception. Today said, “I hear all this talk about how the Republicans are going to work in dealing with parents who have both the joy…and the difficulty of raising a child who has a developmental disability, who were born with a birth defect,” he said. “Well, guess what folks? If you care about it, why don't you support stem cell research?”
So because Sarah Palin (who has a child with Down Syndrome) is against embryonic stem cell research, she is somehow against families with children with disabilities? Forget the fact that there is NO EVIDENCE that embryonic stem cells can be used to help in such cases (but real evidence that adult stem cells can work), on it's face this is another slimy, and callous attack on Governor Palin. I know Joe Biden has said stupid things before(Example one, Example two) but I had respect for the man because he at least seemed principled...this wipes that away for me.
Not a smooth move, my friend, not at all.

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac...killin' us.

The bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is exactly whats wrong with our Government. While Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac's failure could have sent shock waves through the worldwide economy(not to mention our economy), it is the Government's intervention that caused the problems to begin with. Of course both McCain and (even more so) Obama are "business as usual" with the bailouts! You should be very angry...
* Some folks think the takeover was a good idea.
* Michelle Malkin backs up Sarah Palin's view of the bailout.

* A very clear and succinct column explaining why Sarah Palin has energized the base and exacerbated the left, by the ever so brilliant Pat Buchanan. I was too young to vote in 1996 but I wish the Republican Party would have given Pat his due and picked him over Bob Dole.
* McCain has picked up a 15 point lead over Obama among Independents. This is the "bounce" everyone talks about and while it is interesting, it's not likely to last very long.
* Top ten attacks that the Democrats properly perpetrated on Barrack Obama. There are actually things I agree with Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden about!?!
* Why is the media so fascinated with "pro-life" Democrats? Wait there aren't any, as this article from Human Events points out.
* The Democrats have flip-flopped on another issue. The problem here is timing, this allows the "do-nothing" Congress to get a few more notches in its belt before November's elections. It also will make some people think that Democrats are willing to change...though the Republicans have been fighting for more drilling for years! If the Democrats would have gone along with Republicans on this legislation a year or two ago, gas prices would have never skyrocketed...oh, but they were worried about Global Warming then...
* A good article outlining the 25 most competitive races in November from Real Clear Politics. I am very excited for this election season, it's like waiting for the Super Bowl or the World Series.

Monday, September 08, 2008

Abortion matters...there must be change.

Baby at 8 weeks...
I have been considering this for a couple of days, thanks to some conversations my wife and I have been having about the issue of abortion. My wife is amazing, she is extremely intelligent and thoughtful and is a wonderful sounding board for any and every idea that floats through my brain. Recently we have been watching the political news each night and noticing that anyone who is pro-life is some kind of right wing nut job. At least that's what the pro-choice people keep saying. I thought that maybe if I laid out a reason for my decision on the matter it might help to make pro-life advocates seem less right wing, for the liberal media.
I believe that murder is wrong, and should be prevented and once done...should be punished. I believe that life begins at conception, so abortion equals murder. Because I (and other pro-life advocates) believe that a baby is a person at conception how can we be faulted if this is a passionate debate for us? Our belief that a baby is a person makes us see abortion as a HOLOCAUST...and any reasonable person would be expected to step in and try and change things in such a situation.
* Joe Biden admits that the Republicans are right about abortion.
* Obama admitting that he says stupid things, and should probably think before he speaks. If he doesn't have a speech prepared he definitely struggles.
* Nancy Pelosi should be worried...she might just be losing her ticket to the happy hereafter!
* Pro-life Democrats fall silent...
* If I could only choose between the two major party's(thank goodness I can vote 3rd party), the first thing I would look at is how the two candidates differed in their views on the sanctity of life.
* An article about the grotesque nature of NARAL by a pro-choice cartoonist. Make sure you check out the cartoon he posts with his article.

Conservative Canada?

www.cfif.org
An interesting turn of events in Canadian politics, happened over the weekend. The Canadian Prime Minister dissolved the Parliament in hopes of getting a more favorable Parliament elected. The Prime Minister rules with a minority of his people in power making it very hard to accomplish the things he wants to accomplish. (Currently in the US we have a similar situation...a Republican President cannot accomplish his goals because the Democrats are the majority in the Legislature.) The surprising thing is this; liberals in Canada say this is the most Conservative government in Canadian history and there is a good chance that with a new election called for on October 14th, it will become even more conservative. The only reason Prime Minister Harper would dissolve Parliament and call for a new election is because he believes his party will win more seats.
If this happens it is part of a growing worldwide trend that is bucking the European liberalism of the last 30-40 years. In Germany the conservative Christian Democratic Union is in power, in England the Conservative Party under the leadership of David Cameron is getting stronger and may unseat the Labour Party in the next election. In France there is pro-US Nicholas Sarkozy who is leader of the conservative Union for Popular Movement party and President of France. In 2005 AnĂ­bal Cavaco Silva was elected President of Portugal from the center-right party of the Social Democrats of Portugal (the first conservative elected for the job since 1975).
I am the last person to say we should follow anything the folks in Europe(and Canada) are doing, but it is an interesting trend, and worth noticing. I am not sure if it is backlash to the growing threat of Islamofascism in Europe (where the Muslims community is growing exponentially), or if it is because the people of Europe are starting to notice that the liberal policies of their governments for the last 20 years have not been working. The Health care systems of England and Canada are broken, the economies of Europe are collapsing (though conservative governments are making progress already), and socialism throughout Europe is causing problems for the entire world. This is why so many of the nations of Europe were so quick to accept the European Union...they needed help with their economies. Whatever the reason, I welcome the HOPE FOR CHANGE to a more conservative, logical, and thoughtful Europe.
* Some surprising news about McCain's post-Convention bounce.
* More poll news, that should excite the Republicans.
* Is Kim Jong-Il dead?
* HA HA...i love it! The Bile Throwing Anchors at MSNBC, are sent packing!
* Boycott MTV and anything else that Russell Brand does. MTV's Video Music Awards, turned into a stump speech for Obama by a foul mouthed Brit who called our President a "retard". Amazing that the politically correct lunatic left hasn't jumped on this guy about using a derogatory term for the mentally handicapped. Oh wait, it's not amazing because he was making fun of President Bush...so everything is OK.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Is it McCain?


Well, I think John McCain made his case for President last night. And for the exact reasons he stated (and the Republicans have been arguing all along) I cannot vote for him. He is an American Hero, a man who has sacrificed more than anyone should ever be asked to sacrifice for their country...but that does not mean you should be President. I am going against my natural tendencies here, but John McCain predilection for working with the Democrat Party on legislation worries me. I know that McCain is the lesser of two evils...but hasn't that been the reason people have been casting their votes since Reagan ran for reelection? John McCain works too often with the Democrat Party and while I am American before I am anti-Democrat Party, the reason I generally vote Republican is because I disagree with almost everything the Democrat Party tries to accomplish. So when a candidate tries to get elected by saying I will accomplish a lot because I will work with the Democrats...it does not make me all fuzzy inside.
* Here is the full transcript of McCain's speech.
* I do think his speech was very good, and it was emotionally moving...I just don't agree with excessive bipartisanship.
* The Democrats say that McCain is too partisan and too entrenched in the Washington political machine. One of the continued themes is that McCain votes 90% of the time with President Bush. Maybe someone can help me, when does the President vote in the Senate? This 90% thing is smoke and mirrors, read this article from Neal Boortz and you'll see what I mean. The Dems use lying as a tactic more often than you realize.
* Ruben Navarette Jr. is quickly becoming my favorite opinion columnist...
* I love that the Brits seem to really like Sarah Palin. In this article from the Telegraph she is called "the New Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan"! Wow.
* The Obama tax plan could plunge us into a new "Great Depression"...I am not being over dramatic.
* It looks like the Presidential race is very, very tight.
* The Mets have a HUGE series with the 2nd place Phillies starting tonight...I will be parked in front of my TV watching these games all weekend! Let's go Mets!

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Day 3 of the RNC.

From michellemalkin.com
So I watched the entire night of the RNC yesterday. I have to say that I was quite impressed by the speakers...I was not impressed by the coverage CNN had of the speeches. Why is it, that when a Republican makes a speech that reinforces our core principles and beliefs it is pandering to the base? When the DNC was going on, I never heard the analysts say, "Well, that speech was just for the base...that wasn't intended for the swing voters..." I have a newsflash for these pundits - I watched the DNC and thought that the entire lot of speeches was focused on the base! I disagreed vehemently with almost every speakers take on America and how they would "change" things. I am part of the Republican Party's base...but I have become disaffected. However, Sarah Palin's speech (combined with Mitt Romney's) really did a lot to comfort me and make me consider a vote for the McCain-Palin ticket...I think that some of what was said by all 4 major speakers last night must have nudged some swing voters. There was a lot of substantive speech last night, unlike at the DNC. The RNC has been full of "red meat" where issues are discussed not personalities. Here are the transcripts to all four major speeches, plus Micheal Steele's (who also did a great job), and my grade of the speech.
* Sarah Palin's VP acceptance speech. A+ Governor Palin knocked this speech out of the park, and really brought up some important differences between Obama and McCain.
* Mitt Romney's speech. A I thought Mitt did an excellent job explaining the importance of a conservative view of economics, and why our way is better.
* Mike Huckabee's speech to the RNC. B+/A- I really liked Huckabee's speech, I think he is an excellent communicator (kind of reminds me of the personal touch of Ronald Reagan or Bill Clinton). I thought the speech was perfect for swing voters in the fly-over states. Huckabee showed that the Republican Party is the party of the middle class...and that we live and work in middle America, not the big, all important media enhanced coastal cities.
* Rudy Giuliani 's rabid attack of the Democrat Party and its messiah Barrack Obama. A+++ I have never been a big Rudy fan...until last night. That was the ultimate partisan speech with the perfect amount of humor and candor about the "other" candidate. He may have been cutting...but his words were true, and that has to count for a lot.
* Micheal Steele is an intelligent guy who should have a bright future in politics...the only problem...he is from a state that won't vote for an African-American Republican. B His speech was a good apologetic for John McCain.

The long and the short of it for me was this...these speakers talked about policy and how Obama and McCain differ, and experience and how the candidates differ. They made a case for what McCain would do in office and how he would do it. While they all made the base feel more at ease with McCain, I felt they gave good arguments for why the swing voter in battleground states should be voting for John McCain.
All of this being said, I am still not voting for John McCain. Though I would much rather seem him in office than Barrack Obama, I cannot vote for McCain for the very reasons Joe Lieberman said that swing voters can. Bi-partisanship is watering down the right thing to do so that the wrong people are satisfied...and I cannot praise McCain for doing that. He reaches across the aisle way too often...I vote conservative for a reason...so my candidates will pass conservative legislation. Not so they will pass moderate legislation...or liberal legislation with a conservative spin.

* Great column on why Libertarians should feel comfortable with Sarah Palin. If McCain can steal some votes from Bob Barr and the Libertarians he could surprise the media with some key wins.
* This article from the Wall Street Journal shows that President Bush has little to apologize for when it comes to the economy.
* Sarah Palin is getting some positive press in the United Kingdom. From the Times, and from the Sun.
* The teleprompter broke during Rudy's speech and the problem carried over to Governor Palin's speech...but they both handled it like pro's...which is more than we can say for Obama.
* The New York Mets finished their sweep of the Brewers yesterday, and now find themselves up by 3 games over the Phillies. Hopefully, we can keep this momentum going forward into the Playoffs!!!

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Palin's night...

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I am waiting on pins and needles for Sarah Palin's speech tonight to the RNC. I hope she knocks this speech out of the park, what is amazing to me is that Sarah Palin can be the most important VP selection since Richard Nixon was selected as Eisenhower's running mate to solidify the conservative voters behind Ike. Voters actually care about what she has to say (unlike Dick Cheney, Al Gore, Jack Kemp, and Dan Quayle). More than that voters actually care about her addition to the ticket...just look at how she has energized the Republican base. Folks who could not care less about John McCain are now stridently supporting him, she has invigorated pro-life advocates, gun-rights supporters, energy worrywarts, and the Christian right into actually working to getting McCain elected. McCain's campaign was a listless monolith prior to the naming of Palin as VP, today the Republican party is an exhilarated juggernaut with a course towards victory in November.
I love listening to Fred Thompson talk, that man can spin a yarn...and his speech last night was PERFECT. He laid out the American story of John McCain, and why after all these years McCain is the candidate you can trust to always keep America's best interests at the forefront of all of his decisions. A couple of highlights from Thompson's speech:
"Democrats present a history making nominee for president," Thompson told the cheering crowd. "History making in that he is the most liberal, most inexperienced nominee to ever run for president.
"Apparently they believe that he would match up well with the history making, Democrat controlled Congress," he continued in the prime-time speech. "History making because it's the least accomplished and most unpopular Congress in our nation's history."
- from CNN.com

Senator Lieberman's speech was also good. I am not one for the Kumbaya mentality of bi-partisanship but I thought that Lieberman laid out an argument that should win over intellectually honest independents who are looking for change in the status quo. McCain is obviously the more moderate of the two candidates, and he has been willing to poke a finger in the eye of the Republican establishment on numerous occasions. Barrack Obama is a party man. He never votes against the liberal wing of the Democrat Party, and on the odd occasion he has teamed with a Republican it has been for subjects everyone could agree on. (From CNN.com - "Gibbs cited Obama's work with Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Indiana, to keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of terrorists and with Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma, on the government budget.")
John McCain has long been the Democrats favorite Republican (lest we forget the 2004 speculation that McCain would be John Kerry's VP nominee), and only now are they turning on him. I thought Lieberman's speech was important for another reason. This is not Zell Miller who spoke to the convention last night (Miller was a former Democrat who supported President Bush and spoke at the 2004 RNC but was a conservative Democrat who is no longer a Democrat), this was Joe Lieberman the Democrat VP candidate from 2000 who still agrees with the Democrat Party on 98% of the political issues. This is a man who just sacrificed his political career to support a man he truly believes needs to be the next President of the USA.
* A nice intro piece to who Sarah Palin is.
* McCain campaign missteps by dissing Phyllis Schlafly.
* Obama's tax plan.
*This from Neal Boortz:
THE LATEST FROM PHIL GRAMM
The liberals already getting bent out of shape about this quote from Phil Gramm at the Republican National Convention ... "If you're sitting here today, you're not economically illiterate and you're not a whiner, so I'm not worried about who you're going to vote for."
So here is the headline for Democrats: "If you're not for John McCain you're economically illiterate." Actually that is pretty close to the truth. Anyone with an ounce of economic understanding would recognize that Obama's tax policies will be crippling to our economy. If your economic understand doesn't go beyond "That guy has more money that I do and I want some of it," then you are certainly a typical Obama supporter. On the Obama side we have people who couldn't tell you the difference between a profit and a profit margin if their lives depended on it ... and who couldn't write a cogent paragraph on the concept of supply and demand. If you told them that prices are the means by which a free economy allocates scarce resources they would stare at you with their mouths hanging open – uncomprehending brook trout.
How dare anyone accuse someone who is ignorant of being ignorant?
Phil Gramm is an economist. He taught economics at Texas A&M. He knows of what he speaks on this one.
* Apparently there can be deleterious effects from the use of cannabis (marijuana). Strange, I was sure that for years people have been saying that smoking marijuana was not that bad for you? If you are to lazy to read the post because you are smoking pot...the basic gist is this; Amy Winehouse may have brain damage due to a pot smoking binge.