Monday, June 30

'sanctuary' cities

When I hear about the city of San Francisco using taxpayer money to fly crack dealing illegal immigrants back to Honduras, instead of turning them over to the Feds for deportation, it makes me realize that the Mayors of these so-called 'sanctuary' cities need to be put in jail.

'white working class'

Peter Brown reminds us that the Democrats "have a problem with white voters."

This is especially, in Brown's words, "ironic," now that Obama is the first black nominee for Prez.
"The fact that Sen. Obama is black may not be as much a disqualifier as his background as a Democrat from the Frost Belt with no national security or executive experience and a voting record judged by the nonpartisan National Journal as the Senate’s most liberal during 2007."
White voters, as a group, are "more likely" to favor weaker federal government and stronger posture in foreign affairs. Black voters, a large number of Democrats, the opposite. This nicely explains American political realities of the past 30 years.

More Brown:

"The question this year is whether an unpopular war, an even less popular Republican president and a slumping economy can change those dynamics in favor of Sen. Obama — or perhaps whether just the American electorate has become less white enough so that it does not matter.

"But making a big deal about Sen. Obama’s weakness among white voters, among those with or without a college education, and assuming it has to do just with his race ignores history. It does a disservice to both Sen. Obama and those who oppose him."

whore

Does anybody really take Wes Clark seriously anymore? Anytime his name is mentioned I laugh. Remember, he was the former Supreme NATO Commander was fired for incompetence by Bill Clinton.

Let's call Clark what he is. A shill for hire. Four years ago for Kerry, three months ago for Hillary and now, suddenly, for Obama.

'unresolved issue'

John Bolton highlights the failings in the Bush Administration's handling of North Korea. It ain't pretty.

Sunday, June 29

'objective' journalism

They are at it again: In the name of doing more damage to the Bush Administration, the NYT is doing more damage to America, by outing the al Qaeda hunt in Pakistan, code-name Operation Cannonball.

The clear editorial position of this supposed 'hard news' piece from Mark Mazzetti and David Rohde comes in the 13th paragraph: We haven't gotten bin Laden because of Iraq. It was a distraction, resources were diverted, blah, blah, blah. Stupid Liberal crap!

Meanwhile, I'm sure the families of our special op's forces appreciate this 'objective' reporting from the Bush hating, America hating, military hating NYT.

Does anybody not think the American military is actively searching for senior al Qaeda members? Not a day has passed since 9/12/01 that we haven't been scouring the planet looking for bin Laden.

Mazzetti and Rohde even engage in Monday Morning Quarterbacking, the pastime of cowards and whiners, discussing how "Bush didn't push Musharaf" hard enough, forgetting that Musharaf has been ducking bullets since even before Bush took office.

They even quote Richard Armitage, the Administration's former point man on Pakistan. Remember Armitage? He's the guy who actually did OUT Valerie Plame, NOT Scotter Libby. Armitage, re: current American policy in Pakistan, says "We're kind of drifting." Way to be a team player, Dick.

famously feckless

Republicans, Independents and informed Democrats understand the importance of electing John McCain in November. Israel understands, too.

According to the former head of Mossad, the Israeli intelligence service, Israel has "12 months to destroy Iran's nuclear program," but "they may be forced to act sooner if Obama wins."

Democrats are so famously feckless and weak, even one of our staunchest allies is planning military strikes on Iran's uranium enrichment facility Natanz, above, with this reality in mind.

bitter

I've never had any illusions about Bill Clinton. I've always known and understood the type of person he is. He's a creep.

A lot of people have realized the same thing lately, with Bill's injecting of the race card against Obama. Reportedly, old #42 has confided to friends and associates that if Barack Obama wants his support some butt kissing is going to be required.

Also, Bill doesn't think Barack can win. Something about 'not being able to connect with voters...'

Thursday, June 26

a 5-4 vote, dripping w/ sarcasm

It's reassuring that SCOTUS voted today, by the slimmest of margins, to enforce the 2nd Amendment.

And some people were actually surprised by the ruling, hence the idiotic headline from Reuters:

"Americans have rights to guns."

This is why presidents matter. Supreme Court nominations.

Wednesday, June 25

ten

Bill Bennett is an imperfect messenger, but he and Seth Leibsohn cut through all the Obama crap with ten concerns.

14 states

Obama will focus on 14 Bush states, like Indiana, Georgia and Virginia and key local races in places like Texas and Wyoming.

Very smart. Or very stupid, depending on your perspective.

From my way of thinking it seems that the Democrats are going to have to 'expand the red/blue map' if they are going to win. To get to the magic 271 electoral votes, Obama is going to have to win all of the Kerry states, but he's going to have to pickup a couple of red states, too, like Virginia, Colorado and Nevada.

politics

The NYT is shocked that the Bush Administration won't hire Bush-haters at Justice!

Monday, June 23

benefit?

McCain advisor (and longtime GOP hand) Charlie Black, pictured above, reportedly said that a terrorist attack on American soil would benefit the Republicans. McCain came out right away and voiced his disagreement with Black.

Expect a resignation soon because the Left is sure to whip this into a mini-scandal before long.

As to the comment, I'm not sure I agree. God forbid we get hit again, but if it happens before the general election all Obama has to say is "it's time for change" for the millionth time.

big

Last week Obama called for the US to go back to the Clinton era criminal-justice prosecution of terror suspects.

Says Dick Morris in his daily email blast:
"This is big - because that prosecution, and the ground rules for it, had more to do with our inability to avert 9/11 than any other single factor.

"Because we treated the 1993 WTC bombing as simply a crime, our investigation was slow, sluggish and constrained by the need to acquire admissible evidence to convict the terrorists.

"As a result, we didn't know that Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda were responsible for the attack until 1997 - too late for us to grab Osama when Sudan offered to send him to us in 1996. Clinton and National Security Adviser Sandy Berger turned down the offer, saying we had no grounds on which to hold him or to order his kidnapping or death.

"Obama's embrace of the post-'93 approach shows a blindness to the key distinction that has kept us safe since 9/11 - the difference between prosecution and protection."
Bush has done such a good job with national security Americans have grown complacent. The natural inclination is to believe we can go back to relaxation, thinking that the oceans will protect us from the Middle East like they once did. Believing that would be a big mistake.

Friday, June 20

country club

Obama is reminding me of Bill Clinton more and more every day.

And, for whatever this worth, ABC News' Jake Tapper is reporting that Karl Rove made this statement over breakfast this morning at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington DC:
"(Obama's) the guy at the country club with the beautiful date, holding a martini and a cigarette that stands against the wall and makes snide comments about everyone who passes by."
Tapper's own 'interesting,' snide comments reflect a negative view of Rove.
"Interesting that Rove would us a country club metaphor to describe the first major party African-American presidential candidate, whom I'm sure wouldn't be admitted into many country clubs that members of the Capitol Hill Club frequent.

"But the picture Rove paints is interesting. Who, pray tell, is Rove at this country club?

"The guy telling funny stories near the band?

"The charming president of the club's philanthropic arm?

"The brainy guy with all the sports scores?

"Or the guy who vandalizes your car and blames it on the kitchen staff?"
Tapper is a punk and a very biased one at that. We always know where he's going to stand.

There's been wide speculation that Rove is secretly advising McCain. My guess is that Rove, with these comments, will lose his seat at the table, which is a shame because he's a brilliant strategist.

progressive

Democrats are regressive, not progressive. They are stuck in the past, stuck on stupid.

Meantime, the old codger John McCain is out there proposing progressive ideas like this. And he did it from my alma mater.

900 miles

Israel is such a small country they have to get airspace permission from neighboring countries when they practice military exercises. Wow.

Could this be mere coincidence? It is exactly 900 miles from Tel Aviv to Natanz. Hmm.

Thursday, June 19

4 months

Pelosi and the Democrats are so committed to America's national security they waited four months to finalize the new FISA intelligence bill.

One can only wonder what types of information we missed out on while the Dems were playing politics.

empty suit

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2008/06/19/us/politics/19campaign.xml

Limited access to Obama? Why? Because he's a dolt when's he's off script?

Wednesday, June 18

my dad

My Dad loved the Celtics. So, I'm glad Boston won.

http://m.espn.go.com/wireless/story?w=17d0g&storyId=3450427&i=BB12

truth to power

James Kirchick, the assistant editor of the New Republic, wrote an incredible piece in the LA Times yesterday. The headline alone makes it required reading... "Bush Never Lied To Us About Iraq."

let's be more like france

McCain wants 45 new nuclear reactors by 2030. This is one area where America really should be emulating France.

Why does it seem as if McCain is the progressive candidate?

now playing

'outdated and counterproductive'

That's how President Bush describes Federal Energy policy.

Extraordinary circumstances, extraordinary times. Bush has been consistent on drilling and building new refineries. It's been the cowards in Congress that haven't acted.

Bush asked the Democratic-controlled Congress to take action to expand access to the nation's Outer Continental Shelf.

"Congress must face a hard reality. Unless members are willing to accept gas prices at today's painful levels or even higher, our nation must produce more oil, and we must start now," Bush said in a news conference in the White House Rose Garden.

Bush called on lawmakers to expand US oil production by increasing access to the Outer Continental Shelf, citing experts who say access the OCS could produce about 18 billion barrels of oil.

"That would be enough to match America's current oil production for almost 10 years," he said.

Florida Governor Crist now favors drilling, too.

And more from the President:
"We should expand oil production by tapping into the extraordinary potential of oil shale. Oil shale is a type of rock that can produce oil when exposed to heat or other process[es]. In one major deposit -- the Green River Basin of Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming -- there lies the equivalent of about 800 billion barrels of recoverable oil. That's more than three times larger than the proven oil reserves of Saudi Arabia. And it can be fully recovered -- and if it can be fully recovered it would be equal to more than a century's worth of currently projected oil imports.

"For many years, the high cost of extracting oil from shale exceeded the benefit. But today the calculus is changing. Companies have invested in technology to make oil shale production more affordable and efficient. And while the cost of extracting oil from shale is still more than the cost of traditional production, it is also less than the current market price of oil. This makes oil shale a highly promising resource.

"Unfortunately, Democrats in Congress are standing in the way of further development. In last year's omnibus spending bill, Democratic leaders inserted a provision blocking oil shale leasing on federal lands. That provision can be taken out as easily as it was slipped in -- and Congress should do so immediately."

drill, dammit

McCain equates drilling with basic fairness. He's absolutely correct.

exclusionary

Someone should tell Obama that if he wins he'll be the president of all the people. That includes Muslims too.

blowhard

Al Gore's energy usage is up 10% in the past year.

The amount of energy used at their Nashville mansion could power 232 average American homes.

http://www.nashvilleistalking.com/node/48199

Tuesday, June 17

dropped

Where's Murtha's apology?

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080617/us_nm/usa_iraq_haditha_dc

wtf?

Netflix, supposedly this 'wired' company, doesn't support Mac and doesn't offer "Chaplin."

'a truly dangerous individual'

Osama's 'right hand man in Europe,' Abu Qatada gets out of jail tomorrow.

I bet he's really looking forward to meeting his American lawyer.

iraq for mccain

Democrats want illegal aliens to vote, I say we let the Iraqis vote. If they did, McCain would win in a landslide.

The WSJ's Bret Stephens writes one of the best opinion pieces of the year on the palpable Iraqi fear of the Democrats.

"A sense of incredulity hangs over the way Iraqis see the U.S. political debate taking shape. The governor tells a moving story about their visit to Walter Reed hospital, where they were surprised to find smiles on the faces of GIs who had lost limbs. "The smile is because they feel they have accomplished something for the American people."

"But the Iraqis came away with a different impression in Chicago, where they had hoped to meet with Mr. Obama but ended up talking to a staff aide. "We noticed there was a concentration on the negatives," the governor recalls. "The Democrat kept saying that Americans have committed a lot of mistakes. Yes, that's true, but why don't you concentrate on what the Americans have achieved in Iraq?"

"The Iraqis are even more incredulous about Mr. Obama's willingness to negotiate with Iran, which they see as a predatory regime. "Do you Americans forget what the Iranians did to your embassy?" asks the governor. "Don't you know that Ahmadinejad was one of [the hostage takers]?"

It doesn't overstate the case to say that Iraq's future depends mightily on what happens in November.

what the people want

McCain is wise to change course on drilling. He wants to lift the ban on offshore exploration and leave it up to individual states about specifics, which is a great, real, decisive start toward energy independence.

Monday, June 16

"i only sleep with democrats"

If Reagan Democrats knew about the garbage their party is peddling to attract the '08 youth vote, they'd be amazed. www.truththroughaction.org

c is for change

Jim Johnson...sweetheart mortgage from Countrywide...Democrats Dodd & Dorgan...sweetheart mortgage deals from Countrywide. So much for 'change.'

easy

Quinnipiac's Peter Brown does some state by state analysis of the general election. To sum it up, it's gonna be easy for someone, but the question is...

... Easy for whom?

McCain will glide to office, Brown says, if "he has Ohio neatly tucked away, and holding Obama off in Colorado and Virginia."

If McCain holds Ohio he'll also win in Michigan and Pennsylvania and he'll have a 40 state landslide after winning in places like New Hampshire, New Jersey, Connecticut, Iowa, Missouri and Colorado.

Obama will strut into office, Brown says, if he "cracks Virginia" and is "ahead solidly in Ohio."

Hell, that ain't rocket science, either. Even I know that. Ohio is still the new Florida and Virginia hasn't gone for a Democrat for President for 44 years.

filing the chair

Russert was a decent guy. I'm not sure he was as fair as people have always credited him with being, but...

Bring on the snarky David Gregory.

Saturday, June 14

russert

It's always incredibly sad to lose someone suddenly. We're never prepared.

My family and I were extremely lucky, if you can call it luck, with my Dad. He battled cancer for 18 long months and during that time I was able to share all of my thoughts and feelings with him. Nothing went unsaid.

My heart goes out to the Russert family.

nonsense

One my local TV weather guys, John Coleman, is pretty goofy. His on-air schtick isn't my bag, but it turns out he's an intelligent dude. He founded the Weather Channel and now he's getting a lot of mileage out of his debunking of the mythical Al Gore Climate Change crap.

Read this. Compelling stuff. It makes sense.

consequences

McCain called the 5-4 Supreme Court ruling on granting habeas corpus rights to terrorists "one of the worst decisions in the history of this country."

Friday, June 13

my take

John McCain loves town hall meetings. I caught, and mostly enjoyed, his performance last night on the Fox News Channel. He's quite the ham and feeds off, like all politicians, the adulation, the attention of a crowd, any crowd.

Head to head against Obama I still continue to believe substance will carry the day. McCain doesn't match the razzle dazzle of Barack but he's got a style all his own and he's charismatic and energetic in his own way.

My hope for the campaign is that he'll stop talking about his military service. Everybody knows he was a POW. Morphing into John Kerry, by constantly referencing Vietnam, won't help his chances.

It pained me greatly to be reminded of the fact that McCain, back in the early Clinton years, voted to confirm both Breyer and Ginsberg to the Supreme Court. Under no circumstance would I ever, ever do that if I were a US Senator. But, and this is a window into McCain's soul and its very, very old school Washington. McCain voted to confirm based on qualification, not ideology.

Too bad he's on record as being anti-drilling. McCain couldn't possibly and credibly flip positions now. I think energy, thanks to high gas prices, has finally come around as a general election campaign issue. I believe that enough people will be ready to jettison the silly notion of wild animals being more important than energy usage, everyday economic reality and national security.

At his core, I'm convinced McCain is a good guy and if elected he'll represent America well.

numbers

My site meter stats, which I've never really focused on and never actually cared much about, caught my attention today. I'm averaging 30,000 readers daily. Wow. Thanks for reading.

3-1

Up 24 in the first half, an NBA Finals record, and they still lose? At Staples? What's going on with the Lakers?

Thursday, June 12

the hubris

Ron Paul is finally ending his presidential campaign. He never had a chance, but took people's hard-earned money anyway.

today's supreme court decision

Today's 5-4 Supreme Court decision granting hearings to Gitmo detainees is a huge victory to the enemies of America. It is not, as every media report is gleefully reporting, "a blow to Bush." And that's really what this comes down to in the final analysis. A bunch of hateful Liberals wanting to prove that Bush has been a failure, when, in fact, he's been exactly the opposite.

Newsflash: We're winning the war. And we've won Iraq.

Predictably, Justice Anthony Kennedy, the European sympathizer, provided the swing vote that ascribed rights to non citizens, potentially signed the death warrant of 280 million Americans.

Which will make it easier, as opposed to harder, for terrorists to do what they do. And that is the intended consequence of this decision. I'm not saying that Stevens, Breyer, Ginsberg, Souter and AK desire tragedy to befall the United States. But their ideology led them to this choice. And that ideology subscribes to the notion of a weaker Commander in Chief. Their ideology despises George W. Bush and believes all of his policies to be illegitimate.

The country is the big loser here, as a result of judicial activism, which is another great reason to vote for John McCain. The next president very likely will replace three Justices on the Court.

Wednesday, June 11

crisis mismanagement

Democrats serving on the House appropriations subcommittee blocked drilling today on a 9-6 vote. PA Congressman John Peterson introduced the bill.
"I'm disappointed. I did not expect a partisan vote today. I felt we had a chance of winning this. A lot of Democrats have been talking favorably about my amendment. They know we have to do something. But today was an absolute show of Pelosi power, it was dealt from the top down," he said.

"We are kidding ourselves if we think we can drill our way out of these problems," House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey, D-Wis., said during the bill mark-up session.
How can we be "kidding ourselves" by using our own natural resources? Why do we allow other countries, like China, to use our national resources? They are drilling 70 miles off Florida.

It's unbelievable, especially given the pain Americans are currently feeling at the pump. This from the so-called political party of the little guy and gal? What a bunch of crap. And Obama's out there, making statements that sound as if he's not that concerned about rising prices. Hell, he's not filing up those Secret Service SUV's he rides around in all the time.

President McCain ain't much better on this issue, by the way. He's anti-drilling.

Tuesday, June 10

Is this a Michelle O-sanctioned

Is this a Michelle O-sanctioned activity?
Mobile Politico
http://mobile.politico.com/news/stories/0608/10980.html

new associates

We're in general election mode and I should be going like gangbusters on all this stuff, but, frankly I'm bored. I've got the summer blues or Writer's Block, or something.

One thing that I did notice last week -- but failed to post about -- is Obama's appointment of Eric Holder, he of the Clinton Administration and the controversial Marc Rich pardon in 2000, and Jim Johnson to his VP search committee. I'd definitely say both Holder and Johnson qualify as questionable associates of the new Democratic presidential nominee.

pump this

What's this? The Senate Republicans knocking down a ridiculous so-called "Democratic" windfall profits tax on Big Oil? Are my boys finally showing some fight, some spirit?

Yes they are. The measure went down to defeat, 51-43.

And BTW, do you know what a windfall profits tax actually is? It is taxing an entity that supposedly had nothing to do with said profit. Do the Dems really believe that oil companies don't make profits on energy? No serious person could believe that.

It's not like Exxon Mobil sells cars or dishwashers. Even idiots Reid and Landrieu voted against this.

It's time to start drilling. Now. This summer. Right now.

"not totally sure we can"

New York Mag's Kurt Andersen isn't "Totally Sure" Obama can win. Why?

10. Washington's hopeless.
9. Jimmy Carter
8. The evil in men's hearts.
7. Attractive instincts are weaknesses
6. Elitist/condescending/glib/remote/too full of himself?
5. Civil war re-enactments
4. Independents and women
3. Overstated polling
2. Hillary wants him to lose
1. I pick losers

facts

Over the past eight years Bush myths have become truth in the eyes and brains of many, many uninformed people.

The WaPo's Fred Hiatt sets everybody straight.

Wednesday, June 4

friday

Hillary is "pulling an Edwards."

my senator

Idiot Democrat Barbara Boxer tried to prevent the reading of her own global warming bill on the Senate floor. Why? Doesn't she want the public to know whats in it?

bad people

Obama's financier, Tony Rezko, guilty! I can't imagine this not adversely affecting Barack's campaign.

The Magic Negro surrounds himself with insanely slimy people, yet he tells us he has 'the judgment to lead.'

history books

Barack Obama and I have virtually nothing in common. We don't share many of the same opinions about politics, about America, about the world. I've been extremely critical of the man, his words, his positions, his intellect, his judgment, his choices, his chances.

But watching his speech tonight with a group of Liberal friends in LA, I was struck by the moment. The moment when Barack walked out onstage in front of another massive crowd, this time, he was the new Democratic nominee for President of the United States.

Of course, this is when we have to start talking about race and I hate talking about it. I've said many times that I believe the only true racists in our society, in our world, are those people constantly talking about it. Whatever. Whatever differences I have with the other side, I'm going to put those aside tonight. History was made tonight. Congratulations, Senator.

Tuesday, June 3

I heard Dennis Miller predict a Teddy Kennedy Super Delegate photo op to bring Obama to 2118.

Sunday, June 1

'events, not primaries'

They gave us new definitions of voting, "the dimpled and hanging chads." Remember the Democrats, they are the "count all the votes" party. Sure, the Gore votes were counted and recounted and counted again how many times until the Supreme Court finally stepped in?

But that was so eight years ago. This time around Democrats believe their voters in Florida and Michigan should only count half as much as everyone else.

I love Howard Dean.

20 years later...

He finally quit his God-forsaken church. Finally. Months after the Wright controversy broke and a full week after Pfleger. But he's still "not denouncing it," which tells me that he agrees with all the stupid stuff that has been spoken and taught inside.

Either he doesn't have a brain in his head, or he's got balls of steel. I can't tell.
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