Wednesday, December 31, 2008
The number eight has been my lucky number since I turned 8 years old. Even on 8/08/88, my ex-girlfriend called me at work to wish me a happy multiple eight. 1968 was the year I won my first district championship as a 106 pound wrestler, (little big-man on campus), and my sweetheart was the homecoming queen. 1978 was a great year for California cabernets. Not sure what happened in '98, but 2008 may go down as my least favorite year. Saying goodbye to a President, (that may take historians a few decades to sort though the biased media's crucifixion before getting the story straight), I can't help but feel a little less safer with the liberal-pseudo-mentality that's now in charge of protecting this nation. Those who passed away in 2008 may be the fortunate one's who will not have to endure the potential mayhem to come. Gone, but certainly not forgotten was Charlton Heston, a champion of protecting our 2nd amendment rights. Other legends that passed on this year include Bo Diddley, Jim McKay, and the other "old blue eyes" Paul Newman.
On the political side, never in this nation's short history has the tide of liberalism/socialism been so blatantly aided by an unrelenting media hell bent on shoving their ideology down the throats of a gullible electorate. This was definitely the year that if you promised the moon, (with no regard to the cost passed on to generations), you got elected. Even our President-elect Barack Obama spent most of his campaign promising up to a trillion dollars in new social welfare programs knowing full well none could be delivered with a conscience of fiscal responsibility. Following this new President's 126 day tenure as a Senate representative, is a trail of stench emulating from a "time honored" corruptive system of Chicago Machine politics where quid pro quo warrants an Oscar winning performance that the Hollywood left would envy. What transpires ahead with a brazen Governor bred in corruption, ("f**k his appreciation"), and apparently giving the Illinois electorate and Washington establishment the proverbial finger, only the liberal media can fold this embarrassment into a "well baked" story of racial inequality and justifiable to the masses. 52% has already swallowed the head of the poisonous snake----might as well swallow the tail/tale.
It only took two years for a "new direction" democrat controlled house and senate to relegate the congress to the lowest ratings in Gallup polling history. Now that they control both the legislative and executive branches of our government, it's only a matter of time before the judiciary is infected and begins re-writing the constitution. As a conservative that has held onto the morals of individual responsibility, I'm not only disheartened by the events that took place this year, I fear this "new direction" is fraught with more dissection and denigration of a once moral society that took the ten commandments seriously.
While I attempted to "google" up a lighter and more positive side of this nation's political direction, sadly I found little that could brighten up our future as leaders of the free world. George W. Bush and our fallen Patriots of this great nation rose to the task when this country saw three thousand souls perish on 9/11. He took the fight to their shores and their caves that these cowards crawl in. Oh, and in the process, managed to liberate two nations who had lived for decades in tyrannical repression where civil human rights did not exist. Bush also promised to do everything in his power to prevent another attack on our soil. To that end, his promise has been fulfilled, and for that we should all be grateful. Historians will again be tasked with the responsibility for "righting" / writing these facts while filtering out the media bias that allowed infectious fabrications (fueled by Bush Derangement Syndrome) and led by the liberal garbage of the New York Times, (Bill Keller), NBC, (Jeff Zucker) et all, where Joe the Plumber and Sarah Palin's family were "scrutinized" more than our President-elect.
Disclaimer: While I detest Barack Obama's politics of socialist welfare ideology that may hasten this country's regression into government dependency, unlike most of my liberal friends that never recognized President Bush as legitimate, (like it or not), Barack Obama IS my President. I cannot in good conscience and moral standing wish any ill will on a man that has so much "ordained" on his shoulders in these trying times.
2008 may very well go down in U.S. history as the "year/progression of change". But the number eight may also have faded from my "lucky number" adoration.
May the New Year bring about a sanity of individual responsibility based on the moral principals that our founding fathers thought were critical enough to put in our constitution that not only provided, but protected us from a government for and by the people. History has provided us with what happens to a society that hands too much power or dependency to any government. Whether we are doomed to repeat it remains to be seen.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Via Newsbusters, this is one of the best indictments of the failures, (deliberate omissions), by the mainstream media.
From Mark Finkelstein:
"In one of the more incisive indictments of the MSM I've witnessed, certainly by one of its own, Joe Scarborough tore into the media this morning for its failure to have investigated Barack Obama's political roots. In particular, the Morning Joe host ripped the MSM for not testing the truth of Ryan Lizza's reporting, above, of Rahm Emanuel's claim that he and Obama were central figures in Blago's 2002 gubernatorial campaign. Scarborough pointed out that already this summer, when the Lizza article appeared, it was known that Blago was under a deep ethical cloud. Yet the MSM charged off to Wasilla to investigate Sarah Palin's librarian, utterly uninterested in the report of Obama's intimate link with America's most corrupt governor. John Harwood of NYT/CNBC and Mike Barnicle played the perfect foils for Scarborough's impassioned tirade, Barnicle going so far as to claim that no investigation was necessary: his "instinct" told him that Emanuel had overstated Obama's involvement with Blago's campaign." LINK
Please go to the link and watch the video of Scarborough basically saying what most Conservatives said thoughout the Presidential campaign: "where's the vetting process for Barack Obama?"
Some one needs to archive this video before it gets vaporized by MSNBC.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Governor Rod Blagojevich (D-Ill) apparently did not get the memo that the practice of "squeeze" politics would not transcend to the upper levels of Washington. The Chicago Machine bread governor must have misinterpreted Barack Obama's promise of change from the business as usual style of quid pro quo, lobbyist funded earmarks, or the standard pay to play modus operandi that has plagued Illinois politics for generations.
It's possible that President-elect Obama's right hand man, chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel may have also missed the memo. According to the Washington Times, a "president-elect advisor" may have engaged the Obama team in questionable negotiations with the governor over who would inherit Barack Obama's senate seat:
Five days after Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich was arrested in a "pay-for-play" scandal, President-elect Barack Obama's transition team has yet to reveal the name of the "president-elect advisor" mentioned six times in a federal criminal complaint in the case or what the adviser's conversations with the governor were about. Chicago power player and Mr. Obama's newly named chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, continued Saturday to decline to comment, even as reports emerged that the Illinois congressman had conversations with Mr. Blagojevich's staff both before and after the Nov. 4 presidential election about Mr. Obama's preferred candidates for his now-vacated Senate seat. LINK
The article goes on to explain how Governor Blagojevich was taped saying he wanted the "president-elect advisor" to know he expected some valuable concessions for appointing candidate number one, (now understood to be Valerie Jarret) to take Obama's seat. While Mr. Emanuel remains quiet during these past few days, Obama has insisted that no one on his staff engaged in any wrong-doing:
On Thursday, Mr. Obama told reporters that nobody in his transition office tried to make a deal with the Illinois governor about filling the vacant Senate seat, adding that he had not been contacted by federal authorities during their investigation of the governor. Mr. Obama said his office was compiling and would present any contacts his staff had with the governor, but said he is "certain" they didn't cross any lines, although it was unclear when any such report would be made public.
"Our office had no involvement in any deal-making around my Senate seat. That I'm absolutely certain of. That would be a violation of everything this campaign is about," Mr. Obama said.
The media and the public will be waiting with baited breath for Mr. Obama's "presentation". One can be certain that it will be a well thought out dissertation revealing just enough red meat to give the "journalist" and bloggers indigestion, depending on which way the string is wound around the top. So far, our left-streamed media, (print and broadcast), has painstakingly reported this scandal with the same curiosity and disgust as the right-wingers who are salavitating over ever detail. The only obvious omission/neglect is the missing party affiliation when writing their stories. (Note to "journalist": this is a democrat scandal that measures with some of the worst corruption cases in this nation's history----and yes, our President-elect is indirectly involved.)
Thursday, December 11, 2008
"The heart of machine politics is deal making and deal making is a political tradition in Illinois. You give nothing away. Everything is traded. Everything is a deal and that's how this state has operated from the very beginning." (Paul Green, director of the Institute for Politics at Chicago's Roosevelt University) LINK
How soon will some one write a book about the rise and fall of Rod Blagojevich? Byron York at National Review Online writes about how an investigation suddenly stopped.
The Chicago Machine, a political juggernaut within itself, is probably feeling like an ant under a magnifying glass, and the heat should be unbearable. Susan Jones, Senior Editor at CNSNews.com warns of more Chicago-style corruption with government intervention into private business.
The Service Employees International Union may have been playing a large part in this scandal.
Patrick Fitzgerald should be feeling like Eliot Ness right about now. Taking on the “Mob” mentality in 21st century Illinois parallels Ness’s late 20’s adventure of bringing a furniture dealer named Alphonse Capone to justice.
So far, President-elect Barack Obama, (who emerged from the cesspool of the Chicago Machine) has been tip-towing through the tulips avoiding the apparent associations that shaped his political career. (insert link)
If “candidate number five” is Jessie Jackson Jr. and number one is Valerie Jarrett, will candidates number two thru four please step forward and accept your prize?
Could some one remind the moron journalist and editors in the mainstream media that the political affiliation belongs in the first paragraph after the named perpetrator? (note to publishers: Blogojevich is a democrat!)
Al Gore is still waiting to cash in his carbon credits with Barack Obama.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Dear Governor Blagojevich,
I’m interested in the Senate seat vacated by our new President-elect. I will be moving to Illinois soon to establish residency. Will trade 1982 Toyota PU (still running), three Jose Canseco rookie cards, and a one original Marilyn Monroe Playboy Centerfold. Please respond by email, usdoj.gov/compensation/bribes/.........
C. Moore Butts
Saturday, December 06, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Two of each species----one male and one female, or in the case of college football, God has been replaced by an entity called the BCS, who can still choose ONLY TWO. (by Rovin)
FLORIDA, OU, TEXAS, and yes USC, all one loss teams chasing an undefeated ALABAMA for a spot in the national championship game. With one week left to go the BCS and the “pollsting lobbiest” will be in full force. Of all the teams left here, USC has by far the best defense in the country while Oklahoma has by far the best offense. Oklahoma can spot any team in the nation 50 points and they still lose by an average of 12 points. Any other year and a USC win over Notre Dame counts for something. This year, at 6-6, the Irish can't help themselves let alone anyone else. While my bias, (and the stats), say USC deserves to be in this championship mix, I’m afraid they are still on the outside looking in.
For the record, league championship games, (LCG’s) suck. One can make a great argument against LCG’s when at the end of a great season for teams that are ranked in the top four or five in the nation, (or for that matter, an undefeated #1 Alabama that has to play against a top four ranked team, Florida) because some idiot came up with the idea that would make the league MORE MONEY. Because the Big 12 divided themselves into two divisions, (north and south), we now have the dilemma of allowing the BCS, (and coach’s) that will determine who plays in their LCG. Either Texas or Oklahoma are going to be disappointed later today when the BCS polls come out. Then again, if the “winner” defeats a now suspect Missouri, (which lost to Kansas yesterday), how does this game help either team in the rankings?
Confused? Unless you are an avid college football fan, you have every right to be confused. Going into the final week of a great season of college football there are still good arguments for who should be in the national championship game, (NCG). An Alabama win over the Gators could solve the #1 slot and eliminate Florida as a contender. This would still leave us with Oklahoma, Texas, and arguably USC with a legitimate shot at the #2 spot in the NCG.
(for the record, you can scroll down to this post to see how I feel about an over-rated Florida)
Update: BCS choose's OU to play in conference champoinship game----Texas fans not happy.
Here's a little comment I found that produces some "irony":
"Remember a few years ago when Mack Brown lobbied and called in favors to coaches and others to vote down California so Texas could play in the Rose Bowl? It worked and Cal was sent packing to the Holiday Bowl as some voters did not even put them in their top 5 (they were 11-1 with their only loss coming at #1 USC by 6 points). What goes around comes around! Enjoy it Cal!"
Update II: This BCS mess lies at the feet of the Big 12 (Ivan Maisel at ESPN makes a good argument among many)
Sunday, November 23, 2008
College Football Observations:
Out of the top eight teams in the BCS, the most over-rated and un-tested (against other quality teams) is Florida. Why was Florida playing the Citadel the week before Thanksgiving?
Teams Florida has beaten this year:
4-7 Arkansas who were severely beaten by Bama, Texas
4-7 Tennessee who "upset" Vandy yesterday but lost their previous three games by combined score of 69-22
6-5 Kentucky who have not beaten a top 50 team this year
6-5 Vanderbilt who have won one out of the last six games (Kentucky)
7-4 Miami who were killed by Georgia Tech yesterday (41-23)
(Florida also started their season by having a 6-5 Hawaii fly across two time zones and beat them 56-10 whoo whoo!)
Florida also still has to play an 8-3 Florida St and finish with currently # 1 Alabama. Even if Florida wins both of these last games convincingly, they still have not been what I would call "tested" by a season of quality teams that would rank them any higher than a # 4 in BCS rankings.
If / when Florida beats Bama in the SEC championship game, we could be down to seven "quality" one loss teams who could be considered for the national championship game.
(undefeated Utah, Boise St, and Ball St. deserve "honorable mention" in their respective divisions AND if there was a playoff system, each of these teams would deserve to have a spot.)
My pick for the "BIG GAME" would be (if they win out their seasons) Oklahoma and Texas
"Fantasy Games" I would love to see------ Florida vs USC, and an under-rated Penn St. against any of the top five teams.
Final Observation------The BCS still sucks! Bring on the Playoffs
Saturday's matchup in Stillwater will be the first time both teams are ranked in the top 11 nationally since a 1984 matchup when Oklahoma was No. 2 and Oklahoma State was No. 3. And Saturday night's game likely will determine the Big 12 South's champion as the final game of the regular season.
The Sooners hold a decisive 79-16-7 edge in the series and have won five straight over the Cowboys. But Oklahoma State has played them closely in recent seasons, twice stunning them in big upsets that foiled the Sooners' national championship hopes in 2001 and '02. Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops has a 3-1 edge in previous games in Stillwater, although none of his victories there has been by more than six points. link
Saturday, November 22, 2008
The State of the Economy and Bailouts
This is a spirited debate on the economy and bailouts, (and how they should be handled) among anyone who chooses to participate. Also included is the email conversations and a graph that our dear northern friend has supplied.
First up----original opinion and graph: (you can left click on the graph to enlarge)
Names with-held (and others…)
"This bear market is only second to the 1929 crash and seems to be far from over… "
"I thought this interesting (chart on the top right)… a comparison of percentage drops in the market from 3-earlier bear markets along with today’s markets. Showing percentage drop of each from start of each drop out 810 days… It has dropped percentage wise 51.9% so far this time which only beat by the crash of 1929… the other two recovered where the 1929 continued all the way to 89.2%… …and much faster than the previous drops if you exclude the 1929 drop…Interesting times to say the least!" (from the northern guy)
The "southern guy" responded:
"Don't believe this....First, it's comparing apples and oranges....second, the 29 crash was actually a 3 year phenomenon...it went down about 25% in the first two days in 29, but by 32, it was down 90%; as bad off as the Dow is, it's still got a ways to go to hit that number....and for a different, not so pessimistic view, check this out....
Then, the "northern guy" responded:
Rovin and Southern Guy.
Not clear on your thoughts … apples and oranges??? Note in my defense: My opening line should be taken at face value, no more… “I thought this interesting (chart below)…” The 51.9% fall so far was what caught my eye as I think it is not near the bottom by any means… The whole world has its nipple in the ringer yet it appears by the dollars action over the last 6-months we are still considered a safe haven, we live in interesting times …
I read the article you sent and the only issue that stood out to me was the auto deal. I have been waiting to see how congress is going to respond concerning the auto bailout monies asked for, as this may indicate how they would deal with what yet is ahead of us.
From my understanding, not sure if I have gotten the true figures from that which I have read, but if so the US (Detroit) car cost approximately $2,000 dollars extra “EACH” due to contracts the laborers and their unions have secured for them over the years (great wages, great health benefits, great retirement, maybe to great). If this number is true and is not addressed as part of any bailout plan the money in any amount is not going to help, money down the rat hole from my perspective. I would guess/bet they will not deal with this (don’t want to offend the unions as there will be another round of voting in 4-years), time will tell. If not I vote for letting them fail.
From my understanding there are 85,000 auto workers in the south making autos so efficiently that they can ship them to Europe and still make a profit… once the Detroit automakers fail some of these workers who supported and loved their union to the point of self destruction may have to take their training and move south to get a new job with companies that are still competitive… For us this means more cheap houses on the market in the most dangerous city in America, anyone ready to move?
Just my two-cents worth…
The Northern Guy…
(these responses are unedited for spelling and content----I will amend all content on request)
addendum: My post just below this one is my response to the auto industry bailout--Rov
Friday, November 21, 2008
Obama Team Said to Explore `Prepack' Auto Bankruptcy (Update1)
Nov. 21 (Bloomberg) -- President-Elect Barack Obama's transition team is exploring a swift, prepackaged bankruptcy for automakers as a possible solution to the industry's financial crisis, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Obama's team has already contacted at least one bankruptcy- law firm to say that Daniel Tarullo, a professor at Georgetown University's law school who heads Obama's economic policy working group, would call to discuss the workings of a so-called prepack, according to this person.
U.S. lawmakers yesterday postponed until December a vote on whether to give General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler LLC a $25 billion bailout as an alternative solution. Automakers such as GM could use court protection to reduce debt and reject unfavorable contracts.
``It creates the environment to deal with GM's problems but limits government financial commitment,'' said bankruptcy lawyer Mark Bane of Ropes & Gray in New York. (link to complete article)
I've been personally calling for bankruptcy and reorganization of the auto industry for months now. Throwing $25 billion at an industry that refuse's to change or even adjust to conditions around them is simply a waste of taxpayer dollars. Who ever has made this suggestion on Obama's team needs to stick to their "guns" on this issue. And some one needs to follow the lobbyist money.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
I rolled out this morning
Kids had the mornin' news show on
Bryant Gumbel was talkin' 'bout the fighting in Lebanon
Some senator was squawkin' 'bout the bad economy
It's gonna get worse you see, we need a change in policy
There's a local paper rolled up in a rubber band
One more sad story's one more than I can stand
Just once how I'd like to see the headline say
"Not much to print today, can't find nothin' bad to say", because
Nobody robbed a liquor store on the lower part of town
Nobody OD'ed, nobody burned a single buildin' down
Nobody fired a shot in anger, nobody had to die in vain
We sure could use a little good news today
I'll come home this evenin'
I'll bet that the news will be the same
Somebody takes a hostage, somebody steals a plane
How I wanna hear the anchor man talk about a county fair
And how we cleaned up the air, how everybody learned to care
Whoa, tell me
Nobody was assassinated in the whole Third World today
And in the streets of Ireland, all the children had to do was play
And everybody loves everybody in the good old USA
We sure could use a little good news today
Nobody robbed a liquor store on the lower part of town
Nobody OD'ed, nobody burned a single buildin' down
Nobody fired a shot in anger, nobody had to die in vain
We sure could use a little good news today
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
There is no occupation or profession that should receive the level of recognition, respect or distinction more than those who have served to protect this great nation. A single day of adoration to honor our Veterans fails in its attempt to pay a proper tribute to a body of U.S. souls who have given so much and yet ask for so little in return. I pray this is still a grateful nation that acknowledges the commitment, sacrifice, and respect they so richly deserve.
Friday, November 07, 2008
This essay is in response to a Kenneth G. Davenport article called Bush Fatigue
When Bush came into office in 2000, I believe he still clung to the conservative principals of a smaller and more efficient government----less regulation on business's and yes lower taxes that provided investment and spending. 9/11 changed much of the process of Bush's agenda.
(This is where a partial theory sets in, but also facts that transpired to support the "theory")
Somewhere around early 2003, Karl Rove, and some in Bush's leadership had convinced Bush that the best way to defeat the coming tide of the left in the 2004 election cycle was to take much of their agenda/platform off the table by passing key legislative bills favorable to the Democratic Party. The Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act, (signed by Bush in Dec of 2003) was among the largest of these programs that barely passed in congress, but also took a major platform/agenda off the democrat's table.
Bush had at this point opened the door to big spending programs and a culture of more government-sponsored dependency, popular enough to get re-elected, but scorned by the true conservative portion of the electorate that literally stayed home in protest in 2006.
Enter the 20+ years of an experiment in socialized housing to millions who could not afford to purchase a new car let alone a new house, and presto---a trillion dollar financial crisis arises that may not get cured for a generation. A once rich and powerful nation has again forsaken the principals of creating wealth through individual achievement and opened the "credit extension" doors that led us to the first depression, the S&L crisis, and again today's fiscal disaster. We're two steps away from a complete socialized government and the dependency that comes with it. If you think the current deficit and national debt is huge now---"you ain't seen nothin' yet."
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Promise your (middle class) electorate lower taxes, free health care, free college tuition, an end to all wars, peace, hope, and change; throw in a 600 million campaign war chest and 90% of the print and TV media at your feet; presto!, you're the President.
While this campaign will be called a referendum on the failed policies of George Bush, President-elect Obama will have more challenges pre-loaded onto his shoulders than most other Presidents. With the world in economic turmoil and rogue nations still a threat to our national security, Mr. Obama already has a plate full of problems to deal with. He will need the full support, (this nation did not give to George W. Bush), from all who can give it, to get through the next four years.
I wish him and his family God's blessing and guidance as this nation goes forward. He will need it.......we all will.
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Monday, November 03, 2008
(When "I left my heart in San Francisco" takes on a whole new meaning)
Born and raised in Sacramento until the late sixties, I had the taste of state politics and the conflicting ideologies two hours away in San Francisco. When some of us would drive into "The City", (what we referred to as SF), to catch a concert at the Filmore or Winterland, we had no idea that we were in another world compared to the cow pastures, almond orchards, and wide open spaces where farmers, cowboys and rednecks still reined as the dominant force up and down the center of California. The only things we shared in SF was the new ballads from the likes of Janis Joplin, Jimmy Hendrix, and the Grateful Dead. No one had a clue that San Francisco would become a matrix of ultra left liberal thought consumed in marxism, socialism, and hell bent on destroying the capitalistic system as we know it today.
Fast forward to 2008. We are in the last day before this nation selects a new President, and the most liberal candidate to run for the office not only insults the fine folks in Pennsylvania that they "cling to their guns and religion", now Barack Obama has, (in his own words), said he plans to bankrupt the coal industry. The fact that half this nation's electrical power comes from the production of coal and employs millions of related jobs must not have entered Obama's mind when he made this statement. It's one thing to promote clean-coal technology by advancing the way coal is mined and burned to produce this vital source of energy, but to claim that a government mandate will bankrupt an industry that states like Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Colorado, Wyoming, Kentucky depend on for large portion of their economies, reeks of an economic disaster.
Is there a hidden agenda? Not when Barack Obama seems to visit San Francisco, or his quotes get properly vetted from the "City" where I left my heart. Will this "City" once again be famous for ending the career of another liberal that inadvertently made his intentions clear to the electorate? Out of work coal miners and hard working rednecks want to know. Stay tuned.
Monday, October 27, 2008
The latest data show that a big portion of the federal income tax burden is shouldered by a small group of the very richest Americans. The wealthiest 1 percent of the population earn 19 percent of the income but pay 37 percent of the income tax. The top 10 percent pay 68 percent of the tab. Meanwhile, the bottom 50 percent—those below the median income level—now earn 13 percent of the income but pay just 3 percent of the taxes. These are proportions of the income tax alone and don’t include payroll taxes for Social Security and Medicare. LINK
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Who would have thought after two years of a presidential campaign, it would take the efforts of "two Joes" to do the job the mainstream media has deliberately refused to do?
With just ten days before the election, there are still so many questions that remain unanswered about who we should choose to lead this nation for the next four years. Pollsters are all over the place with Barack Obama leading anywhere from one point all the way to twelve in the over-all national counts. Obama also leads in some key battleground states the McCain must hold to be victorious. Meanwhile, our esteemed Obama cheerleaders, the mainstream media, have done their "journalistic" best to put their chosen one in the White House. Never, in the history of U.S. Presidential elections has there been this level of outright bias shown by the media towards one candidate over the other. One of the biggest "cheerleaders" this year, (no surprise), is the New York Times, who is reporting a 50% drop in advertising sales, and a business rating company has put the Times in a the heralded category of junk. As of last week, the Times Ombudsman, (the in-house critic of their own paper), has declared the Times a fair and balanced paper when it comes to reporting on the election process. On the level of credibility, this is akin to assigning a fox to watch over the sheep-----some one's going to get eaten, and in this case it's the general public that still thinks this paper has the pulse of the nation.
If Acorn, (the community based "advocacy" for the disadvantaged, that has just announced that they may have up to 400,000 bogus registrations that were turned into state election boards), was in any way connected to the McCain campaign, does anyone think this story would not be on the front pages of every major paper across this nation? Quick scans of this morning’s print media suggest this is not the case.
If an unrepentant admitted "former" domestic terrorist, (now a college professor at a respected institution), had close personal ties with John McCain, would this simple fact be missing in the daily print or TV media in the last days of an election?
The fact is who ever wins this critical contest; the national media's reputation for journalistic integrity has been forever stained. "Credibility", thy name is not worthy of the word to be used when describing today's mainstream media. They decided a long time ago that they would be advocating for anyone other than another Republican in the White House.
Enter Barack Hussein Obama; a south-side community organizer turned state senator, 126 legislative days of experience in the U.S. Senate, and now a potential President of the most powerful nation in the free world. It would be unfair at this point not to mention that the mainstream media is still spending more ink and air time vetting the vice presidential Republican candidate, (Sarah Palin)-----that entered this race on August 29th of this year-----than Barack Obama has received since he entered the race on January 17, 2007, (over twenty months). The media's obsession with Sarah Palin's short history as a hockey-mom turned small town mayor, and now governor of Alaska, has been unrelenting, and at times "journalistically" embarrassing. The fact that this woman has more executive experience in her short political career than Obama's lifetime achievements speaks volumes to a media that refuses to even acknowledge that Joe the Plumber may actually have more experience than Barack Obama.
With national and global economic conditions on the minds of the electorate, an Ohio (unlicensed) plumber named Joe managed to get more information on the agenda and political philosophy of Barack Obama than the mainstream media has in two years. Obama's "spread the wealth" statement was already understood by the media. But the media did not care to share this little fact with the public because these socialistic ideas are not necessarily accepted by mainstream Americans. The reason the media did not ask Joe's question is because they also believe in Obama's radical government controlled redistribution of wealth policies.
With Obama's economic agenda now exposed, we will turn our attention to the "other Joe" that managed to do the media's job. Obama's vice presidential candidate Joe Biden said the other day that Obama will be tested by some outside threat to this nation within the first six months of his tenure. Senator Biden says that under these conditions we, (the electorate), must stand behind Obama's decisions whether they are perceived as right or wrong. Would you stand behind your dog if he were pissing on your mother-in-law's leg? O.K., wrong analogy, but you get my point. Biden has managed to formulate the question that the media has refused to ask----is Barack Obama qualified to lead this nation in a time of crisis? Or, who is the best person qualified to step up in a national crisis that will protect this nation from physical harm?
Thanks to "two Joes", (and no thanks to the Obama Press Corps); the electorate finally has some serious questions that have been asked of who will lead this nation and in what direction it will follow. I will stop here with one of Sarah Palin's favorite----"Only John McCain has actually fought to preserve the liberties and freedoms this nation has enjoyed". And this includes the right to privately vote for the candidate of your choice. When you walk behind those curtains, please remember that your liberal media did not do their job to fairly present these two candidates. They have led many of you like sheep to the wolves with their agenda of socialism driven on pure bias that has no disguise, no shame, and no interest in what is the best choice to lead this nation. A vote for John McCain and Sarah Palin will send a notice to the media that you were not deceived.
What's with Bill Ayers red star on his tea shirt? And how has the Obama campaign convinced two icons in Ayers and Wright to maintain complete and utter silence?
Monday, October 20, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Still Fighting For You
Last night John McCain let the people of this great nation know that he still intends to fight the good fight. He said he would defend America against the class warfare that Obama and the Democratic Party has embraced throughout this election cycle. McCain also reminded Barack Obama that he is not George Bush:
"Senator Obama, I am not President Bush," snapped Mr. McCain, the clear underdog in polls, in one of many lively volleys. "If you wanted to run against President Bush, you should have run four years ago. "I'm going to give a new direction to this economy in this country."
McCain also took the opportunity to bring up Obama's associations with characters and organizations that bring into question the Democrat candidates judgement:
From the Washington Times:
And the senator from Arizona raised many of the issues that have been simmering beneath the scenes: abortion and judicial nominations; Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez and Mr. Obama's pledge to meet with him; Mr. Obama's ties to William Ayers, a member of the Weather Underground group that bombed government buildings to protest the Vietnam War; and his ties to the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), which is accused of voter registration fraud.
Mr. Obama brushed aside those attacks, denying that he is associated with Mr. Ayers or ACORN, and for the most part tried to keep the focus on his plans to revive the economy.
But "Joe the Plumber" sets the tone for the remaining three weeks of this campaign. Obama's pledge to "spread the wealth" reeks of socialism and marxism that his past relationships help to solidify. Now the choice is up to us------to embrace big government much like the Carter years when the welfare state nearly broke this nation economically and morally by our dependence or stand up and tell the liberals that this government will be returned to the people as a tool and not our nanny.
Update: From Beldar, a guest poster at Town Hall:
"John McCain did fine at the third debate, but he benefited mostly because Barack Obama's ordinariness became more obvious to more people. More people escaped the mass hypnosis tonight. They sat up suddenly, took a deep breath, and as they watched Barack Obama, do you know what they did next?
They patted their pants pockets, or looked around the room to see where they'd set down their purses. They checked their wallets. That's smart, and it's good for the McCain-Palin ticket. There's easily enough time left, friends and neighbors, for enough more people to awake and to do a wallet-check before they cast their votes on November 4th."
Monday, October 13, 2008
Last week the media drove the stock markets into a world-wide panic and produced the largest one week loss in history. Today the stock market rebounded by producing the largest single day gain and I will post the "after-market" remarks by our beloved pundits that have thrived on the economic downturn to boost the democratic party.
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
The social experiment of providing affordable housing to the unqualified buyer IS the major cause of the current financial crisis. While attempts were made, no one put this policy in check while the program swelled to catastrophic debt levels.
Obama’s UNIVERSAL health care policy/program goes far beyond McCain’s health care credit plan to purchase private care. Obama’s plan IS another government owned program that will make FM/FM look like a popsicle stand.
Next up, Obama’s insistence the higher education should also be “free” (with the government again picking up the tab)
Throw in Obama’s “tax give-away” to 95% of the “middle class”—-40% who PAY NO TAXES—-and you have spending and entitlement plans that run into the TRILLIONS.
AND GUESS WHO PAYS FOR ALL THESE GRAND SOCIAL SCHEMES? Every middle class worker/taxpayer who’s struggling to make ends meet.
Can this nation really afford even four years of Barack Obama’s socialist disaster?
Monday, October 06, 2008
In the spirit of the Dan Rather/Mapes air national guard FABRICATION that was the most egregious attempt by the liberal left wing media to effect the outcome of a Presidential Election, Rovinsworld presents------The Rather-gate Awards.
Instead of nominations, Rovinsworld will accept submitted names, (in comments below), of the "journalist" you think will win the "Grand Prize" in the remaining days of this election cycle. Seriously, which major journalist do you think will sacrifice the integrity of their career and the "reputation" of their network or newspaper for the sole purpose attempting to effect the outcome of a Presidential Election. In the interest of qualifying the level of journalistic prowess, there will be three categories: Major News Network Anchors, Cable Network Anchors, and Print Media. (please remember to specify category)
Winners will be treated to an all-expense paid trip to their nearest McDonald's or fast food eatery of their choice. Not to mention all the exposure of having your name and website published on Rovinsworld, that has the traffic of an Alaskan Polar Bear in Beverly Hills.
I will list the prospective nominees here in the form of updates. Enter as often as you like!
Update: Imagine my surprise when I discovered that the link to the "FABRICATION SITE" is the creation of the infamous Lorie Byrd from Wizbang. Lorie has used the wiki format to install the chronology of the events that transpired when Dan Rather decided to end his career. Nice work Lorie!
Sunday, October 05, 2008
So, you, (the middle class taxpayer), think that this near trillion dollar bailout legislation passed last week is a sign of relief in the financial markets that were threatening main street pension and retirement plans? THINK AGAIN!
There are some experts that say this is only the tip of the iceberg. Let’s start with the housing market:
The vast majority of subprime mortgages — 90 percent or more, by some estimates — are inside giant pools, or trusts, which have in turn sold bonds with different levels of seniority to institutional investors around the world.
Even if the government acquires hundreds of billions of dollars worth of mortgage-backed securities, finance experts say, the Treasury Department would be unlikely to acquire all the bonds tied to a particular mortgage pool. And if the government did not own all those bonds, it might not have the power to demand changes in the underlying mortgages. Link
This Times article appears to advocate home owner relief while the banking industry cautions this approach:
On Monday, 30 community and consumer groups from around the country sent an open letter to lawmakers to press their case.
“It is an illusion to assume that bailing out financial institutions is the same thing as providing relief to foreclosure-plagued American homeowners,” said the groups, which included the Consumers Union, the National Council of La Raza and the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights. “The only way to make sure that relief is achieved is to give Main Street Americans what they need: Chapter 13 bankruptcy relief.”
The banking and securities industries, meanwhile, are fighting the change with all their might, as they did when it came up with the housing bill that was adopted in July.
“Authorizing write-downs of mortgages by bankruptcy judges will increase the risks of mortgage lending at a time when the market is already struggling, and this will harm consumers,” wrote Floyd E. Stoner, a top lobbyist for the American Banking Association, in a statement on Monday.
And there are tons more assets that are undervalued and will need “propping up” to secure other sectors of the financial market. Interest rates and taxes will have to be raised to balance these “books”. With the already rising prices of “goods” to the consumer, spending will continue to spiral down. Without consumer confidence, spending, (which is the lifeblood of a healthy economy) will cause manufacturers to reduce production and inventories, which will mean layoffs. Layoffs mean more foreclosures. And here we are-----right back to a deteriorating housing market.
How do we break this downward cycle?
This returns us to the title of my post---- Affordable Housing -----The Great Multi-Trillion Dollar Social Experiment. I’m going to get brutal here, so if you’re a bleeding heart liberal that feeds on the part of society that wants to advance the poor and downtrodden by giving them a government handout at the taxpayers expense so you can feel better about yourself, stick your asinine selfish social experiment where the sun don't shine. YOU are slowly bleeding this nation’s economy of the free market principals based on capitalism, that little program where people worked, saved, and purchased their goods (and toys) based on the discipline and reality of living within their means.
This affordable housing experiment took a portion of our society that had no financial or personal business to purchase a home; created a market and a government sponsored institution to back it up, (Freddie and Fannie), and then waited for bill to come due on the unsuspecting middle-class American taxpayer. Talk about the ultimate Ponzi scheme. Yes folks, this was a liberal experiment started in the late eighties, accelerated in the nineties, and run amuck in the 21st century. Warnings were sounded and defeated by the interested parties. On the face it appears that our liberal Democrat friends had the bulk of the responsibility to put this runaway experiment in check and refused to let the money go. Personified greed and the asinine “understanding” that they were promoting societal health to the truly downtrodden may very well be the reason for another economic depression that could take twenty years to recover from, if at all.
Now here comes the real scary part. Barack Obama has based his entire political career on promising the electorate he will add to this “social experiment” by subsidizing health care and higher education using the same principals of this affordable housing experiment. Look in the Constitution! No where in this document does it say the people have a right to demand that the government supply taxpayer funded health care or education, or a damn free house! This is called SOCIALISM/COMMUNISM/MARXISM and Barack Obama and his leftist liberals friends plan on instituting these programs to the tune of TRILLIONS MORE OF YOUR HARD EARN MONEY.
ONLY YOU CAN STOP THIS SICKNESS THAT IS EATING AWAY AT OUR PRINCIPALS OF WORKING AND EARNING AND LIVING WITHIN OUR MEANS WITHOUT GOVERNMENT SPONSORED SOCIALISM.
VOTE FOR JOHN McCAIN AND SARAH PALIN ON NOVEMBER 4TH.
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
An Open Letter to Sen. McCain---(Guest Post)
Dear Sen. McCain,
Sen. McCain, there is not much time left. And you need to remember what put you atop the polls. You were a fighter; you were attacking Sen. Obama, attacking by telling the truth about him and his policies. You weren't trying to be the statesman. You weren't trying to stand above the fray and plead for bipartisanship. You were in there swinging daily. Since I had first sent $25 to your campaign in July, 2007, I was glad to continue sending money. And I thought those weeks before the convention, you had learned the lesson that the only way to win this election was by fighting -- by telling the country what they needed to hear: that Obama and the Democrats would be a disaster for this country.
But I'm sorry to say that the last week or two, I have not seen this fire, the willingness to fight, and to tell the truth about the harm Obama and the Democrats will do this country. In the debate, there was not a single mention of Franklin Rains. Instead you talked about earmarks. Why not ask Obama why he had a man on his staff who led Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to ruin? Sen. McCain, earmarks aren't the problem. The problem is simple -- Democratic policies and those Republicans who unfortunately act like Democrats.
You once said that you would rather lose an election than lose a war. Well, do you want to lose an election because you failed to tell the whole truth at every opportunity? Because you wanted to appear statesman-like? The truth is we are in this "financial crisis" because of Democrats...so say it! We are not in this crisis, Senator, because of Wall Street greed. We are not in this crisis because of pork barrel politics. We are in this crisis because Democrats instituted a bunch of bad policies. And they want to institute more. And you need to say that. Say it in every speech, in front of every camera, to every reporter, and for heaven's sake, please say it in the debate !!!!
Tell the American people that you and the Republicans tried to warn about the problems, but Democrats wouldn't listen. Tell the American people that Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats crassly manipulated yesterday's vote. Tell the American people about the millions of dollars that have flowed from Fannie and Freddie to Democratic coffers. And if your staff doesn't know the details, please, please Senator, have them give me a call, and I'll tell them how they can find out.
I know you want to put country first. But you simply won't have the opportunity to do that if you don't remember what had you leading in the polls at one point. At every turn, Democrats villify and distort. Yesterday's House vote was no different. Cynical and callous, they chided Republicans for not doing their part and blamed them for being petty. YOU, Sen. McCain, need to step up and say that politicians who side with 80% of the country are not to be villified by the likes of Nancy Pelosi. Twelve -- 12 !! -- of Barney Frank's own committee members didn't vote for the bill. Why weren't those 12 vilified by Pelosi? Why didn't Barney Frank talk "uncharacteristically nicely" to them?
Sen. McCain, please tell your staff that every time you utter the word "bipartisan," they are to show you the things that Obama and the Democrats and their allies in the media have been saying about you and Gov. Palin. Do you really think Obama people have been respectful toward you?
And I'm not asking you to lie or distort or to engage in name-calling. Just tell the truth, Senator. Tell the truth about Obama. Tell the truth about Biden. Tell the truth about Democrats. Don't be deterred by what the media says about you. I hate to be the one to tell you this, Senator, but nothing you say or do at this point will make the media elites say nice things about you.
So, you have a very simple choice to make, Senator. Will you spend the next five weeks trying to get the "establishment" to recognize how bipartisan you are? Trying to get them to say, "Gee, that McCain, what a statesman?" Right before they go out and play "gotcha" with Gov. Palin?
Or will you do what you promised us you would do at the end of your acceptance speech -- go out and fight for us, the American people? And I know there's a lot of ways to fight for somebody, Senator. But there's one way to fight for somebody that's been working for a long time -- punch the bad guys in the mouth. Punch'em hard and punch'em often. And keep punching them, till they either leave or don't get back up.
But it's up to you, Senator. If you want to be "statesman-like," ok. But if you want to fight, there's a bunch of us out here that'll fight with you.
East of Eden
Legal Socialized Terrorism runs amuck in our House of Representatives
Let's see, the Speaker of the House returns from a much needed five week vacation, rams through an energy legislation bill that does nothing to promote energy independence from foreign countrys or provide hundreds of thousands of American jobs-----then on BLACK MONDAY (Sept 29th, 2008) she manages to cost this nations real market value over a TRILLION DOLLARS by playing political games when she march's around the floor of the House telling her Democrat drones to vote NO on legislation that will rescue our financial institutions. (Pelosi's pre-vote speech didn't help much either) In a span of just over two weeks this woman has done more economic damage to this nation than Osama Bin Laden could have accomplished in his lifetime. This is the "new direction" congress this nation voted into power in 2006.
"We believe Democrats will have control of the House and look forward to working with Democratic leaders on the issues that remain foremost on the agenda, including winning the war in Iraq and the broader war on terror and keeping the economy on a growth path," said Tony Snow, the White House spokesman.
Ms. Pelosi told an enthusiastic crowd in Washington that her resurgent majority was prepared to work with Republicans "in partnership and not in partisanship," hoping to break the gridlock of what could be a divided Congress. Link
Tony Snow, God rest his soul, couldn't have been more wrong on his prediction of the Democrats agenda.
"The American people voted to restore integrity and honesty in Washington, D.C., and the Democrats intend to lead the most honest, most open and most ethical Congress in history," Pelosi said.
Are Jefferson's freezer deposits still safe Nancy?
On July 16, 2008, Gallop reported that Congress had lowest approval rating in Gallops history at 14%. With the performance of Nancy Pelosi and the House over the month of September, these numbers are sure to get into single digits.
Exit question: Can this country afford a to have Nancy Pelosi or this "new direction" Congress in charge of our affairs for two more years?
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Congratulations go out to our "new direction" congress that has managed to put their collective fingers in the whole of a dam while the sides are falling in around them. While the politicians can now go home, (and attempt to explain how this bailout is a "good thing" for middle America), regular working taxpayers have to be scratching their heads over what just occurred. Two weeks ago Pelosi and Reid "took a pass", (failed on a fourth and one for you football fans), on passing any energy legislation that could have opened up a resurgence of an industry that has been buried in environmental and special interest litigation for thirty years. Seventy percent of the folks in this nation were in favor of opening up offshore drilling and the "all of the above" inclusion of alternative energy ideas to get us off of the 700 billion a year dependence on foreign supply. Where was the outrage in the mainstream media? They were too busy wondering if Sarah Palin is not elite enough to fit their warped view of a new socialist America. With the prices at the gas pumps still sucking the hard earned dollars out of our pocket books, our government, (yes, from Bush all the way down to the last staff member in both houses) shoves another 700 billion dollar tax bill down the throats of the electorate. And now they're coming home to ask for your vote. The "restructuring" of the financial markets should be preceded by an over-all restructuring of the mentality in Washington that has returned us to the welfare status of the Carter years. And to think it only took two years of Democrat control to get us into a condition of relying on the government for our every need. (Conservatives also have contributed to this run-away spending in the name of social equality that has put the fiscal burden on the backs of the taxpayers.) When does it end? Maybe a financial breakdown on Wall Street would be a healthy way for all of these big spenders to get back to where they can live within the means of real capital without the governments "extension of credit" / BAILOUT. When your legislators come home, let them know that you're not very proud of any "accomplishments" they plan to brag about------there aren't any.
Friday, September 26, 2008
Why the Deal was never a deal----------
Timeline: Thursday, September 25th (sometime in the middle of the day)
Six Democrat Leaders step up to the cameras and a slew of reporters. Without even consulting or even asking House Republicans if they had ANY input into this financial crisis, these dipshit six stake their claim that "we have a deal". While not following the Dems favorite style of governing, (by reading the polls of the electorate and "us common folks") ----- and totally ignoring a body of House Republicans that were collectively united in their resolve to NOT rush this proposal, (and had some ideas of their own on how to fix this mess), these SIX ARROGANT DEMOCRATS precluded themselves by making the bold, (and erroneous) statement that "We have a deal".
On the political side, our mainstream media morons and many Democrats are attempting to frame this stalemate as a McCain induced debacle. Nothing could be further from the truth. John McCain was probably on board with the Bush/Paulson/Dem-majority plan until he was made aware that the House Republicans were being shut out of the process AGAIN. This has been standard procedure ever since the Democrats took over the House and the Queen Bee, (Nancy Pelosi) and her "new direction" fantasy. When ANY major legislation is introduced in the House, Republicans are not allowed to offer amendments, offer any alternative bill, and all "rules" are suspended. Compromise is not even considered. So much for reaching across the isle to reach a consensus.
With the overwhelming majority of the electorate, (and the "folks"), on the side of the House Republicans on this issue of an unrestricted and unfettered bailout to a bunch of greedy fat-cat bankers, speculators, and hedge funders, Ms. Pelosi and the Democrats are the ones who are in the corner of the room knee deep in doo doo. It might be advisable for them to listen, (for a change), to the taxpayers of this country------and the not-so-silent House Republicans that are doing their job-------representing those "folks" that elected them.
Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., said the White House meeting was thrown off course when participants were blindsided by a new "core agreement" that emerged in the meeting that not many had seen before.
NOT SEEN CHAIRMAN OR NOT ALLOWED TO BE CONSIDERED?
Charlie Gasperino (spellcheck last name) on CNBC this morning: "The average folks don't understand this crisis". Yes Charlie, they really do!
When one Democrat leader was being interviewed on CNBC this morning, the question was asked, "what are your emails looking like on the support for this bailout?". Answer: 50/50 ----- 50% NO----50% HELL NO.
Unchecked Rumor: Democrats had inserted into the plan that 20% of the funds returned from the bailout would be allocated to a housing fund. And Acorn was mentioned as a benificerary in this??????
UPDATE: Ed Morrissey at Hot Air thinks we’re having a financial crisis in ten minutes. Ed also substantiates the Acorn addition to the bailout.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Which of these two actions would you call leadership: Having a House Majority Leader claiming that restoring the ban on offshore drilling is a top priority next year, or having a Presidential candidate suspend his campaign to return to his job in Washington to help prevent the nations biggest financial crisis since the great depression?
Yesterday, over strong objections from the Obama camp and the mainstream media, John McCain decided to suspend his campaign to focus all of his energy and leadership qualities on the nations critical financial crisis that could send this country, (and possibly the world), into economic chaos. Once again, the Maverick has proven that "putting his country first" is not just a campaign slogan, but, by his actions, has shown the leadership that can certainly be called Presidential.
Meanwhile, the liberal mainstream media climbed on board the mantra that McCain's actions throws their schedule of manipulating the Presidential campaign into further chaos. While McCain is insisting that both sides of the isle must come together to put a non-partisan bill together to solve a national crisis, Obama and his whining band of cohorts are crying about a postponed debate that was supposed to have been held in Mississippi on Friday with the subject of the debate on foreign policy and national security issues. It should be mentioned that, since the end of the primarys, McCain has invited Obama to join him in numerous town hall debates, (where the general public would be allowed to ask questions), and Obama has declined.
With congress rejecting the initial White House and Paulson proposition, this nation would be best served if Barack Obama and John McCain resumed their jobs in Washington to pass this bill. Critical provisions need to be written into this bill to protect the taxpayers from inheriting a burden that our children and grandchildren would have to pay. Oversight, and yes, regulatory measures must also be written into this legislation to prevent these run-away practices of granting unsecured and unqualified loans. "Finger pointing" and fixing the blame on who caused this crisis must be put on hold to allow a bipartisan resolution to put the financial sector of our economy back on track. John McCain knows where his priorities are when a crisis arises of this magnitude by putting his campaign on hold and putting the needs of his country first. If the liberal mainstream media and Barack Obama don't understand this form of leadership, maybe they should go back to the drawing boards to examine who comes first.
Update: Bill Clinton agrees with McCains "good faith" in pulling out of debate. (via Hot Air)
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
After a full day of testimony to the Senate Banking Committee, Paulson and Bernanke, (and Cox) left many of the electorate in a state of confusion and frustration over the proposed 700 billion bailout of the financial sectors of Wall Street. As more information comes to light how the markets got into this mess, the public has become more inflamed over the total lack of regulation and oversight while unchecked financial institutions fed on the freewheeling practice of supplying unsecured and ill-advised home loans to millions of unqualified buyers. Now these same irresponsible institutions are claiming that they have so much unsecured debt they are in no position to extend further credit while teetering on becoming insolvent/bankrupt. What to do?
For starters, most everyone agrees that a 700 billion dollar blank check written to the Treasury Department with little or no restrictions or oversight will not fly. The problem that lies ahead is how much our politicians plan to add to the bailout without literally killing the bill with their own petty provisions and restrictions. Make no mistake, both sides of the isle see the control of 700 billion, (and the power that comes with this responsibility) as an opportunity not seen since the institution of Social Security.
But let me digress for a moment. This photo posted above is about as repulsive to me as the whole financial debacle. Why a news outlet would post a photo-op with the two most inept politicians ever put in charge of our legislative branch of government gives me a moment of pause----right before nausea sets in. While rating as the worst congressional leaders in the history of this nation, Reid and Pelosi have the gall to stand in front of an adoring liberal press as some kind of saviors of our bank accounts. After literally telling the American electorate last week that our ENERGY CRISIS is not relevant to this country's current liability and reliance on a 700 billion a year transfer of wealth to foreign governments, these two pathetic excuses for leaders of their party should be impeached and run out of Washington in disgrace. Two years of total control as Speaker of the House and the best Pelosi can come up with concerning our energy independence is "I'm trying to save the planet". Can we have an Al Gore hallelujah and pass the carbon credits? This liberal socialist/marxist mentality is choking this nations ability to remain the industrial and economic leader of the free world. The fact that this nation allowed an Iranian President to step on our soil and threaten our sovereignty and the worlds stability should be reason enough to advance our resolve to become energy independent.
Is there plenty of blame to pass around for the current financial crisis on both Democrats and Republicans? You bet. Many would love to tell the banks and financial institutions that passed out home mortgages like candy to "eat shit and die", (edit for publication), but the reality is without the bailout of the financials the taxpayers and future homeowners and the overall economy will likely cost billions more with no end in sight. But with close to two years of control of the House and the Senate and over 600-plus oversight hearings to bring down the Bush Administration, many could ask where was the oversight of our financial institutions? This nation can ill afford a Democrat controlled Presidency along with control of the House and Senate that would go unchecked with their socialist policies and agendas that would return us to a welfare state that Carter embraced. It's time to send the Democrats failed policies packing. It's time to elect John McCain and Sarah Palin to provide sanity and solvency again to a nation hungry for real leadership with fiscal and national security policies that will keep this country "the greatest nation on God's green earth". (Medved) The alternatives are a recipe for disaster.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Sham bill said to be one of the most embarrassing pieces of legislation produced by this "new direction" House of Representatives.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats released their one-sided Energy Bill to the rest of the House on Monday at 9:30pm for debate and passage to be completed yesterday, Tuesday Sept. 15th. There were no hearings and no amendments allowed by the Republican party and yet she called the bill a bi-partisan comprehensive energy bill.
Last week Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) was skeptical of the upcoming legislation:
"But Minority Whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) criticized the approach taken by Pelosi, which he said amounted to shutting the minority out of the process. And he hinted that he and other GOP leaders will attempt to vilify the bill as purely partisan.
"We’ll see what she has," Blunt said. "But you seldom get a compromise when you don’t talk to a single member of the other side."
It turns out Blunts worst fears were realized:
The bill was passed by a vote of 236-189. Thirteen Democrats also voted against the bill.
Most Republicans opposed the bill because it would allow new oil drilling only between 50 and 100 miles offshore. Democrats know that according to specialist, the bulk of the offshore oil reserves are inside this 50 mile limit.
Even before the House vote, the White House said President Bush was prepared to veto the measure should it reach his desk. An administration statement said the bill would "stifle development" of offshore energy resources by essentially making permanent drilling bans within the 50-mile coastal buffer, while imposing new taxes on the largest oil companies.
But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said the bill "represents a new direction in energy policy" and a "bold step forward that will end our dependence on foreign oil" by using billions of dollars collected in taxes on large oil companies to promote alternative fuels and energy efficiency.
Republicans called the drilling measure a ruse to provide political cover to Democrats feeling pressure to support more drilling at a time of high gas prices.
"How much new drilling do we get out of this bill? It's zero. Just zero," declared House Republican leader John Boehner of Ohio. "It's a hoax on the American people. This is intended for one reason ... so the Democrats can say we voted on energy." Link
Rep. Jeb Hensarling, a Texas Republican, shot back that the Democrats' bill is a "sham" and a "fraud."
"This is a bill designed to ensure Democrats' re-election, not designed to ensure affordable energy in America," Hensarling said.
Hensarling also complained about how the bill was brought to the floor: "No amendments, no substitutes, no committee hearings. Is this democracy? No." Link
One Republican legislator said you could get more energy by burning this legislation than what's in it.
So there you have it. The American electorate has been told by Pelosi and the Democrats you can forget about your precious energy independence. Pelosi never had any intention of passing anything that moved this country toward energy independence. Her scam of claiming they passed an energy bill is just that----a scam. And she's relying on your ignorance.
I believe it's time to begin an impeachment process to remove Nancy Pelosi from her throne for putting this nation on a path of national security disaster. You're a embarrassing joke Ms. Pelosi and we're not going to take your obstruction any longer.
Updates to follow..............
Monday, September 15, 2008
An argument McCain wins:
"Over the weekend, I saw on several occastions an Obama campaign ad attacking John McCain's credentials as a reformer by pointing out that lobbyists occupy key positions in his campaign. The ads are classic "guilt" by association attacks, and their effectiveness against a candidate known to much of the public as a maverick reformer and a war hero is likely to be limited. On the other hand, with Obama apparently now trailing McCain, he has little choice but to go negative with ads of this sort that seek to peck away at McCain's image."
"However, today comes word that, with the exception of Chris Dodd, Barack Obama received the most money of any member of Congress in campaign contributions from Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac, a total of $126,000 plus change. John McCain is well down the list at around $22,000."
"If the choice is between a candidate whose aides make money by lobbying for various big industries and a candidate who himself benefits through contributions from an industry that Congress failed to keep an eye on, to the well-publicized detriment of taxpayers, it's pretty clear who wins that argument." Posted by Paul at 2:05 PM Permalink