Thursday, July 31

45%-44%

America has become accustomed to razor thin Presidential elections.

greatest hits

I never get tired of seeing this.

israel

Where's Bibi Netanyahu when you need him?

Toughness and moral clarity. That's what Israel needs.

That's what America needs.

imagine

What's this? Second quarter economic growth? You mean we're not in a recession? Why are the Democrats lying to us about the economy? That, or they don't know how the economy works. Either way, they shouldn't have anything to do with economic policy.

And look! Those stimulus checks did have an impact after all, didn't they? I thought that mailing out stimulus checks wouldn't do anything for the economy? The Democrats lied to us. Again.

Imagine what the economy would do if Congress, realizing the error of their ways, finally wised up and made the Bush tax cuts permanent for the good of the country.

I feel like John Lennon.

Wednesday, July 30

all about the o

Obama told a closed door meeting of House Democrats Tuesday night "I have become a symbol of the possibility of America."

Think this guy doesn't love himself? Have an out of control ego? A God complex?

The last guy with an ego problem who became President was Clinton, the second worst leader in American history.

President McCain.

33 minutes from now

Obama must still be feeling the effects of jet lag. He claimed today that inflating one's tires would save gas. That's just dumb.

I found a Reuters story, on Google, supposedly posted online at 8:30 EST (5:30 PST) trumpeting a "study" from Edmunds.com that agrees with this tire inflation tripe being a legitimate way to save energy.

The time as I post this: 4:52 PST. I'd say that's some pretty good coordination Reuters has going with the Obama campaign.

seems so

Reuters gets it wrong. The Senate isn't 'deadlocked.' The Democrats won't allow a vote on drilling.

Of course, this screws Americans, who are paying high gas prices. But, it's the only move for the Democrats, who have painted themselves into a corner on energy much the same way they did on Iraq. They can't do anything other than do what they do best: Obstruct progress.

If Reid allowed a vote he'd lose. Same for Pelosi in the House. Which begs the question. Is what's good for Democrats always bad for America?

problemo

Obama has a problem with the Babes. Women over 40 don't like him. And women over 50 really don't like him.

From the Chicago Sun-Times.
"Barack Obama is like the organic chicken at lunch. Sleek, elegant, beautifully prepared. Too cool."
From Dick Morris.
"For a Democrat to be losing among women over 40 is without precedent in the past 20 years."
It's not sexist to say that women like to feel secure. President McCain is tough and ready to kick terrorist butt. He's ready to defend the country without a bunch of wasted rhetoric and empty diplomatic glad-handing.

It's summed up nicely in the new "Country First" slogan. The electorate is listening to McCain and sensing that he's better qualified for the job.

socialism

I'm not understanding why President Bush signed this housing bill into law this morning, bailing out 400,000 homeowners and protecting Fannie and Freddie?

The official White House line once was that this was nothing but big time socialism. Now the new official White House line is "Confidence and stability in the markets." And this bit of crap also:
"The Federal Housing Administration will begin to implement new policies intended to keep more deserving American families in their homes."
When did we become England? Nobody told me. The job of the American government is not to help keep families in their homes. And are we really comfortable with the government determining who and who is not 'deserving' of staying in their homes?

I don't see the political upside to this, although I'm sure McCain supports it. Seems like Chris Dodd, Barney Frank and the wannabe Socialist Democrats just got a big victory.

preferences

I'm pleasantly surprised that McCain backs a ban on affirmative action in Arizona. Good for you, Mr. President.

Besides, what logical person wouldn't reach the same conclusion? Talk about an antiquated approach. Americans all have the same opportunities today.

Tuesday, July 29

indicted

Alaska's GOP Senator Ted Stevens is just the latest example of what happens to people when they spend too many years in Washington.

Concealing $250,000 + of gifts? Bad idea. Not quite on the Cunningham level, but still illegal and unsavory.

Term limits, anyone?

big shifter

During this morning's earthquake my house moved in a remarkable and completely noteworthy way.

And I hope it never happens again.

house paint

I love it. The Democrats are $10 million short on fundraising ahead of next month's convention in Denver. What about 'hope' and 'change'?
"The host committee is as much as $10 million short in fundraising, and financial difficulties have forced it to cancel two dozen parties for delegates. Denver officials are scrambling to deal with the logistical challenges of Barack Obama's acceptance speech being held at an outdoor stadium instead of in the arena where the rest of the convention will take place. Even special daisies that the city bred partly to show off for the convention are failing to sprout.

"Criticism has been so harsh that this month the host committee felt compelled to issue a news release defending its much-mocked catering guidelines, which recommend organic produce and color-coordinated meals and discourage fried food.

"It's an embarrassment, particularly for the political class," said Floyd Ciruli, a former chairman of the state Democratic Party who is now an independent pollster unaffiliated with the convention effort. "At this point, everybody's thinking about the burdens rather than the benefits."
History shows that everything DNC Chief Howard Dean (above, front center) touches turns to crap, but this is ridiculous. Even the special daisies planted for the occasion aren't growing. Now Denver's Mayor Hickenlooper has compared the entire convention experience to a time when once, as a kid, he got stiffed painting a house.
"If we'd known back then what we know now, we'd never have done it," said the Mayor.

'teaching some limits'

Obama is phonier than Bill Clinton.

The whole western wall prayer thing last week in Jerusalem? All planned beforehand and staged.

I think it's time for politicians to learn some limits about how to not insult the electorate.

And speaking of 'limits,' Barack and Michelle don't give birthday or Christmas gifts their daughters. Is this some sort of weird Muslim thing?

Monday, July 28

monday round up

The head-in-the-sand Democrats are about to start bitching about "the politics of fear," because some high profile events have America in a "heightened alert stage." Read about it here.

Next time someone tells you what a failure Bush is gently remind them of the number of terrorists attacks on US soil since 9/12/01. That number is zero. Viva Bush.

During a routine doctor's visit in Arizona, President McCain had a spot removed from his face. They're calling it "a precautionary removal." And he's up 4% with likely voters.

The hater-Left is undoubtedly hoping McCain becomes stricken with cancer before November so they can use it as a campaign issue.

A new search engine launched today from some of the same brainiacs behind Google: Cuil.com

Sadly, our friend Bob Novak has a brain tumor. Some pigs on the Left will celebrate that too.

PA Governor Ed Rendell isn't sold on Obama. I predict McCain will carry the Keystone state.

My Governor has vetoed a bill mandating global warming curriculum in California schools. Thank you, Arnold.

Above, a video of Jay-Z, rapping about the death of President Bush. Classy.

'broader context'

I'm listening to Obama talking about how the surge must be spoken about in a broader context.

Yeah! I bet he thinks that. Now. After he not only voted against it but also after he's been so vocal from the stump that the surge would fail. He was wrong.

Now that he's a player on the world stage I'd call this a collosal failure on Obama's part. What happened to that 'Having the judgment to lead' crap?

At least the idiot in the White House got it right.

sanctuary

Let's hope that San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsome and his new bride, the "actress" Jennifer Siebel have a relaxing honeymoon in Africa.

It's been a really stressful month, y'know? First, his policies result in dead Americans at the hands of illegal aliens on the streets of his city. Then his city council was caught using taxpayer funds to fly crack dealers back to their countries of origin instead of turning them over to the feds for deportment.

He must need a break. As does the new Mrs. Mayor. Being an "actress" must be grueling.

Oh, and look. Nancy Pelosi flew to Montana (using even more taxpayer funds) to attend the wedding.

Sunday, July 27

f@#! the caribou

Barone writes about "Enviro Lunacy," the man-made hysteria that was destined to fizzle out at some point.

He points out that the aversion to drilling ANWR isn't so much a desire to keep Alaska pristine; rather it is "the work of environmental restriction groups that depend on direct-mail fundraising to pay their bills and keep their jobs. That means they must always claim the sky is falling."

What else can we expect from the Left? Another myth, more pie-in-the-sky crap. This is the type of phony mumbo jumbo that cannot possibly withstand the forces of reality, say, like paying $76 to fill up my car with gasoline.

McCain needs to continue to talk about drilling. Offshore, shoal, ANWR, everywhere. Gas prices are already falling just because smart politicians are publicly discussing ways to become energy independent.

surprise, surprise

"In big shift, US seen as winning war in Iraq."

That's the headline of an AP story on the front page of my crappy local paper.
"The United States is now winning the war that two years ago seemed lost."
It seemed lost to many in the media because of a widespread bias against the war from the start and a bias against President Bush. The MSM has only recently been forced to report the truth about Iraq because the progress can't be ignored a moment longer. The elitist, Leftist press is finally catching up to the reality of the situation. Good for them.
"Despite the occasional bursts of violence, Iraq has reached the point where the insurgents, who once controlled whole cities, no longer have the clout to threaten the central government's viability."
This isn't new. Since the beginning of the surge 18 months ago the terrorists -- and they aren't insurgents, by the way, they are terrorists, let's get that straight -- have been unable to threaten governmental viability.
"That doesn't mean the war has ended or U.S. troops have no role in Iraq. It means the combat phase is ending, years past the time when President Bush optimistically declared it had."
Here we go again with that damn "Mission Accomplished" banner, even though said banner was referring to the USS Abraham Lincoln and the completion of their mission, not the Iraq war. It was not, as this article declares, "the premature declaration by the Bush administration of “Mission Accomplished” in May 2003.

What I find amazing is this idea that the US was ever in a position to lose this war. The superiority of our forces always made losing to a group of rag tag terrorists an impossible scenario.

Yet they are surprised. They're surprised that they were wrong. They're surprised that after all their attempts the past seven years to make Bush look like a idiot and a liar and out of touch and arrogant and whatever, he's actually none of those things. And they know it. They've known it all along.

Just like they've known all along that the Iraq war wasn't going nearly as badly as they themselves were reporting. Yet they're still "reportedly" surprised.

Saturday, July 26

country first

I'd say this ad is the most damaging yet of Campaign '08. Those TV cameras sure can cramp your style.

And what about Obama claiming that "his committee" was the Senate Banking committee, a complete and provable lie?

The press isn't covering that much, are they?

Friday, July 25

picture books

Andrew Clavan makes the case that George W. Bush is Batman.
"Like W, Batman is vilified and despised for confronting terrorists in the only terms they understand. Like W, Batman sometimes has to push the boundaries of civil rights to deal with an emergency, certain that he will re-establish those boundaries when the emergency is past.

"And like W, Batman understands that there is no moral equivalence between a free society -- in which people sometimes make the wrong choices -- and a criminal sect bent on destruction. The former must be cherished even in its moments of folly; the latter must be hounded to the gates of Hell.

"The Dark Knight," then, is a conservative movie about the war on terror. And like another such film, last year's "300," "The Dark Knight" is making a fortune depicting the values and necessities that the Bush administration cannot seem to articulate for beans."

Maybe this is fitting, since many on the Left believe that the President reads at the comic book level.

eventuality

David Aaronovitch of the Times of London opines that one day, if he becomes President, everybody will hate Obama.

It just goes with the territory.

Thursday, July 24

'global test 2008'

"The Political Redeemer" spoke in Berlin today and declared he wasn't speaking "as a candidate for President, but as a citizen of the world."

Oh, yeah. He's "proud" to be an American, also. How patriotic of him.

"People of Berlin, people of the world, this is our moment. This is our time."

Time for what? Higher taxes? A dead economy? A crippled stock market? Socialized medicine?

America doesn't need the Obama brand of change. It needs reform.

P.S. Nice photo of the "objective" press corps on Obama's plane. Smiles, laughter, good times.

Wednesday, July 23

how's elizabeth?

John Edwards is exactly the guy I always knew he was.

not a damn thing

What does any of this have to do with running for President?

A press conference near ancient Roman ruins? Obama is an arrogant ass and this is going to hurt him, all this obnoxious parading around Europe and the Middle East, pretending to be president.

I'm sure he did nothing to discourage a reporter from calling him "Mr. President." How about someone finally calling him what he is, "Mr. Community Organizer."

Tuesday, July 22

obama orgy

Even Andrea Mitchell hasn't seen anything like this. A Presidential candidate, traveling overseas and pretending he's already been elected President?
MITCHELL: Let me just say something about the message management. He didn't have reporters with him, he didn't have a press pool, he didn't do a press conference while he was on the ground in either Afghanistan or Iraq. What you're seeing is not reporters brought in. You're seeing selected pictures taken by the military, questions by the military, and what some would call fake interviews, because they're not interviews from a journalist. So, there's a real press issue here. Politically it's smart as can be. But we've not seen a presidential candidate do this, in my recollection, ever before. Being a reporter who was not present in any of those situations, I just cannot report on what was edited out, what was, you know, on the sidelines. That's my issue. We don't know what we are seeing.
Obama famously opposed the surge which has proven to be all successful. Yesterday, ABC's Terry Moran interviewed Obama and asked him if he could vote again, would he support the surge?
OBAMA: Well, no, keep in mind, these kinds of hypotheticals are very difficult. You know, hindsight is 20/20.
Hindsight? When someone mentions hindsight in a sentence they are admitting they were wrong. That's newsworthy, I'd say.

Meanwhile, one reporter shows up to greet McCain in New Hampshire. One.

Monday, July 21

mccain/romney

Novak is reporting that McCain's VP pick will be announced this week in hopes of stealing some of the globe trotting Obama's media thunder.

Jonathan Martin at the Politico is saying this week isn't likely.

I'm hoping it's my buddy Romney. He's solid on television, a vigorous speaker and he's got the economy down cold. McCain could (and should) just give Mitt the wheel on economic policy and let him drive.

Plus, he's young, so he'd be a built-in successor in four or eight years, he'd most likely deliver Michigan to the Republicans in the fall, which would be huge and his donor base could would be a considerable help in fundraising.

phony op-eds, photo-op tours

Obama is on photo op tour of Europe and the Middle East and the press would have us believe he looks Presidential. (To me it looks as if he's pondering a way out of this insanity so that he can go back to being 'a Community Organizer.')

Anywho, today he met with the Iraqi government. Apparently they both agree that US troops should withdraw by 2010.

It's funny how wrong Obama has been about everything related to Iraq. He even predicted The Surge would fail. But, now, magically by the power of Allah, he and the Iraqis agree. How convenient.

Meanwhile, the NYT ran Obama's op-ed last week but they won't publish John McCain's op-ed this week. Apparently it's not very well written. The decider? The Op-Ed editor, some hack named David Shipley who worked in the Clinton White House, who advised McCain that his piece should "Mirror" Obama's.

This is how stupid the NYT is. 'Mirror'? These are two different candidates with two very different positions on Iraq. How could one guy 'mirror' the other? Shipley just disagrees with McCain's take.

From Drudge:
"Shipley, who is on vacation this week, explained his decision not to run the editorial.

"'The Obama piece worked for me because it offered new information (it appeared before his speech); while Senator Obama discussed Senator McCain, he also went into detail about his own plans.'

"Shipley continues: 'It would be terrific to have an article from Senator McCain that mirrors Senator Obama's piece. To that end, the article would have to articulate, in concrete terms, how Senator McCain defines victory in Iraq.'"
To his credit, Drudge then posted the entire McCain op-ed.

Saturday, July 19

'vanity'

Krauthammer touches on the complete arrogance and nothingness of Obama.

"Obama is a three-year senator without a single important legislative achievement to his name, a former Illinois state senator who voted "present" nearly 130 times. As president of the Harvard Law Review, as law professor and as legislator, has he ever produced a single notable piece of scholarship? Written a single memorable article? His most memorable work is a biography of his favorite subject: himself.

"It is a subject upon which he can dilate effortlessly. In his victory speech upon winning the nomination, Obama declared it a great turning point in history -- "generations from now we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment" -- when, among other wonders, "the rise of the oceans began to slow." As economist Irwin Stelzer noted in his London Daily Telegraph column, "Moses made the waters recede, but he had help." Obama apparently works alone."

In retrospect, and by direct comparison, Gore and Kerry were over-qualified for the Presidency.

Thursday, July 17

preventing a vote?

How 'Democratic' of you, Nancy Pelosi. You won't allow a House vote on oil exploration?

So much for caring about us little people who have to drive to work, to the grocery store. What about killing the economy, Nancy? Don't you care that people can't afford to drive?

Nancy?

See, Nancy doesn't have to pay to fill up her limo. The stupid taxpayers -- Us! -- we pay for her transportation all over DC. We pay for those frequent long flights to and from San Francisco, too.

At least Harry Reid is saying he's not completely opposed to drilling. People in Vegas must be giving him an earful.

uneven trade

Swapping live criminal Palestinian terrorists for the bodies of dead Israeli soldiers?

I don't get it.

baked cookies, frequent flyer mileage

Word is, Michelle Obama is being sent home from the campaign trail.

Smart. Very smart. The Obama campaign is smart not to risk a repeat of Teresa Heinz Kerry in '04.

I also think that the New Yorker cover gave new urgency to this decision.

Oh, and look. First he didn't want to go, but now that he is, Obama's trip to Iraq is such big news that all the big three news are going. Yeah!!! An 'objective media' is going to cover their candidate. And some 200 hundred 'journalists' have asked to go on the trip, as well.

Never mind that McCain makes foreign trips all the time, including one to Iraq. Katie, Brian and Charlie didn't care about making that trip.

But screw the old man, Iraq sounds like a party, doesn't it? Let's all go hang out with Barry!

Wednesday, July 16

lobbying

My friend Chris is fond of telling me that "Obama doesn't take PAC money."

Ooops.

Steve Farber is a politically connected Denver lawyer. Not only is he the Farber in Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, one of the fastest growing lobbying 'shops' in the country, but he's also the guy who is financing next month's DNC Convention.

Farber has lined up all the sponsors, AT&T, Comcast, Google, Western Union, United Health Group and the National Association of Home Builders, which just happen to be his clients.

But Obama doesn't take money PAC money? Okay, I just wanted to keep it straight.

too busy

Speaking of Obama, did you know that he's the Chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on European Affairs? The subcommittee has done nothing for two years.

How about that attention to detail? I thought Obama had the "Judgment to Lead"?

This guy wants to be the leader of the free world but he can't even find the time to run a Senate subcommittee? Or to travel to Afghanistan? He has all the time in the world to go to Africa with Oprah, but he doesn't have time to go to Afghanistan?

on record


The best thing from Bush's press conference yesterday:
"I don't want to be a "I told you so," but if you go back and look at the strategy we put out early on in this administration, we understood what was coming. We knew the markets were going to be tight. And therefore, we called for additional exploration at home, plus what has been happening, which is an acceleration of new technologies -- including ethanol technologies -- to get us less dependent on crude oil from overseas."
Barack Obama and the Democrats continue to stand in the way of America becoming less dependent on foreign oil.

Tuesday, July 15

wrong, wrong, wrong

Not only was Obama wrong about the surge -- because it worked -- but now any and all mention of said opposition has been purged from his website.

He seems to be about 18 months behind on actual events. You'd think he'd get better briefings or meet with General Petraeus, or study harder.

Maybe he just doesn't care what the truth is when it comes to the issue the Democrats have been lying about for the past five years.

Monday, July 14

"the race"

President McCain, in town today for the La Raza thing, tossed his microphone to someone in the audience who wanted to ask a question during official Q & A. Apparently, the event organizers wanted to go home before everyone else was finished.

hysterical/satirical

Have you seen the cover of "The New Yorker"? It's got Clinton fingerprints all over it...

It's all part of the ssssshhhhhhh shadow campaign (whispering) that Hillary's running.

trippy

McCain really shamed Obama into taking some trips to the Middle East, didn't he?

Not only is he going to Iraq and Palestine, but he's taking Chuck Hagel with him.

executive order

I've wanted Bush to lift the executive ban on offshore drilling since 2001. Now the onus is on the Democrats. They caused this situation now it's their turn to fix it.

My hope is that Pelosi and Reid do step up and do the right thing. Starting now is imperative. We can't wait another day. But I wouldn't bet on the clueless, feckless, games-playing Democrats to do anything good for the country.

Sunday, July 13

man of the people

I could be having breakfast right now with Barack Obama just down the road at the El Cortez, but I thought $14,250 was a bit steep for eggs and coffee.

Saturday, July 12

free money

al Maliki is handing out dinars to Iraqis on the street.

r.i.p.

Tony Snow was a good, decent, honest guy. He treated everyone, friends and foes alike, the same way.

Such people are rare and hard to find anywhere, much less Washington DC.

He'll be missed.

Friday, July 11

photoshop

Did Iran launch seven missiles or eight? Does it really matter?

I think it makes me less afraid of the regime, if they have to resort to doctoring pictures of a moderately successful missile test.

Maybe they're not as scary as we thought.

corrupt democrats

I don't hear the MSM spouting off about the Democrats' "Culture of Corruption." There's a long list of them to be sure.

Washington's illegitimate Governor Gregoire is taking in record contributions from Indian tribes and granting favors to her "bankrollers."

Illinois Governor Blagojevich has been really busy talking to the Feds about Obama's buddy Tony Rezko.

Elsewhere in Chicago, three former aides to Mayor Daley have been indicted.

Pennsylvania State Senator Vincent Fumo has been indicted and his longtime advisor Howard Cain has pleaded guilty to tax evasion.

Willie Herenton, the Mayor of Memphis, re-elected nine months ago has announced his resignation the end of July after a Federal probe looked into his relationship with a city contractor.

The Mayor of Inglewood, CA, Roosevelt Dorn has been charged with felony misappropriation of public funds.

The sister of indicted Louisiana Congressman William Jefferson, has plead guilty and could face prison time.

The Feds have evidence that Michigan Congressman John Conyers' wife, Monica Conyers, the Detroit City Council President Pro Tem, benefited financially from a city-approved sludge contract.

New York City Council member Domenic Recchia is involved in improper loans.

Jackson, MS, Mayor Frank Melton has been indicted on federal civil rights violations.

Oakland, CA, City Administrator Deborah Edgerly has a lengthy record of improprieties and nepotism.

Mark DeSimone, an Arizona State legislator, has announced his resignation after being arrested for domestic violence.

Massachusetts State Senator James Marzilli has been indicted on sexual harassment charges. He harassed four separate women in one day, was caught by police, gave "a false name" and then fled the scene.

John Ford, the former Tennessee State Senator, and brother of Democratic Leadership Council and former Congressman Harold Ford, is one trial for public corruption. Governor Phil Bredesen is involved in the mess.

Sharpe James, the former Mayor of Newark, NJ, was convicted in April of shady land deals.


A grand jury is examining corruption charges against Hartford, CT, Mayor Eddie Perez.

Jersey City, NJ, Mayor Jerramiah Healy has been convicted of resisting arrest and obstruction of justice.

And Ernest Page, a former city commisioner and interim Mayor of Orlando, was arrested after failing to turn himself into police after being convicted of bribery and misconduct.

An honest, fair and objective media would report both Republican and Democrat corruption.

Thursday, July 10

really?

Lucky me. I just was so fortunate to be channel surfing and happened to be cruising by CNN as Mrs. Dan Senor, that would be Campbell Brown, was busy being her fair and balanced "journalistic" self.

Introducing upcoming segments on animal testing and the Presidential campaign, the video showed a rat as Brown started talking politics.

"That would be John McCain," she said. As if we needed her to tell us.

hey, jealousy

Jesse Jackson wants to "cut (Obama's) nuts off?"

I bet he does. How jealous do you think JJ is of the Magic Negro?

'regrets'

Obama has a lot of regrets. He regrets that he allowed his daughters to be interviewed. He regrets buying property from the criminal Tony Rezko. He regrets having said that American soldiers killed in Iraq had wasted their lives. He regrets offending Pennsylvania voters with his elitist comments.

From Luke Boggs @ the AJC:

"Barack Obama just may be the most regretful figure in American politics, no small feat for a freshman senator.

"Americans understand that you don't get a bunch of easy do-overs in the Oval Office. You have to make tough calls, even when they may be politically costly.

"I can't help wondering what Obama might regret in four years as president. What might he regret doing —- or not doing —- on the world stage? What might he regret saying —- or not saying —- to Putin or Kim Jong-il or Ahmadinejad?

"Only time will tell. Depending on what happens in November, we may begin to find out next January. When we do, some voters may well have regrets of their own."

Moral clarity is a prerequisite to be President.

now playing


Check out The Kills online.

money

McCain wins the fundraising battle for the month of June with a take of $22 million and $95 million in the bank.

So much for us not being able to compete, huh?

retail politics

Why the hell is McCain economic advisor Phil Gramm out there claiming that America is currently suffering through a "mental recession"? Way to identify with people's suffering, Phil.

No question Americans are having a tough time. My stock portfolio is taking a pounding. My wallet is lighter. I'm paying $75 to fill up my car with gas. Times are not the worse they could be, thank God, but they ain't great, either.

Is this the worst economy since the Great Depression? Hell, no. Are the Democrats talking down the economy to appeal to ignorant voters? Hell, yes. Nothing new about that. But Gramm's a smart guy, he should be able to filter his public comments from his private thoughts after how many years in public service.

One thing he is correct about: Americans are whiners. We've had it so good for so long, we've lost perspective.

"a lot needs to be done"

Novak peers inside the supposed "unity" of the Democrats and finds things not nearly as rosy as Obama would like us to believe.

In fact, that "unity" meeting between Obama, Hillary, her supporters and big cash donors got particularly "tough."

An "angry woman from New York," demanded a preference roll call at next month's DNC Convention. Another woman spoke of Clinton being the victim of "misogyny."

Post event spinning duties fell to Clinton flunkies Terry McAuliffe, Vernon Jordan and Lanny Davis.

Wednesday, July 9

love

This best McCain ad yet. And he might out-fund raise Obama in June.

91%

The Pelosi/Reid Congress has a 9% approval rating? That seriously undermines the conventional wisdom that the Republicans are doomed this election year.

If the GOP could formulate a compelling message around energy and low taxes we could turn this thing around, hold the White House and pick up, rather than lose, Congressional seats. I don't think the Democrats have it locked up at all.

Let's start engaging the other 91%.

It could start by trolling for votes at gas stations around the country. All you have to say is "Hey, the Democrats have stymied all efforts to explore and drill. They are the reason gas prices are so high."

speak american

Why should American children have to learn Spanish? Why should any of us have to learn Spanish, if we don't want to? Shouldn't people immigrating to our country learn English so they can communicate with us?

I have a guy, a great guy, who comes to my house to wash my cars. He's Hispanic and his English is terrible. I know rudimentary Spanish, but even still, talking to him is always a challenge. He was here on Sunday and he told me that I should learn Spanish. And I told him he should learn English, since he's in America.

"When in Rome...," you know?

And why is Obama 'embarrassed' when Americans speak bad French? What business is it of his if I'm fluent in other languages or not? Is he going to mandate that all Americans have to learn 3 languages?

This is one of the many, many problems I have with these elitist Liberals. They wish they were Europeans, not Americans. America "embarrasses" them. It doesn't embarrass me. Elitist Liberals embarrass me. I'm sorry they are Americans.

spinning wheels

Reuters is reporting that Democrats Durbin and Reid "may back offshore drilling," if oil companies drill on land leased from the federal government."

Oil companies have drilled on land they lease from the federal government, and have found little or nothing in the way of oil or gas. Why would they ever agree to waste their time and money to do it again?

High gas prices are killing the economy because the Democrats have prevented drilling and exploration for thirty years and they are still playing games. Imagine being so unfamiliar familiar with business that you would consider this to be a smart proposal?

'electioneering abroad'

The arrogant Obama has requested to speak at the Brandenburg Gate, the historic symbol of German unity in Berlin.

Is this his way of telling us that he's running for office in Germany?

German Chancellor Merkel called it "inappropriate" to stage a "campaign rally" abroad. Damn right it's inappropriate. It's offensive. Merkel's spokesman rightly stated that "no German candidate for high office would even thinking of using the National Mall in Washington or Red Square in Moscow."

This kumbaya, "We Are The World" crap doesn't work for me. It's tacky. What's next? Suggesting that Europeans vote in American elections?

clinton holdouts

Interesting piece about Obama's difficulty in the wooing of top line Clinton donors. Hillary's female supporters are still pissed about the primary campaign, so much so that many are considering voting for John McCain.

There's a new website, Together4us.com, which seeks party unity with the "(fair) representation of Hillary Clinton."

And McCain, identified in the piece as "a mediocre fund-raiser, raised nearly the same amount as Obama in May, $21.8 million to $21.4.

Tuesday, July 8

put the country first

And if you haven't already figured out for yourself that Obama is an unqualified lightweight, his definition of patriotism should help you reach said conclusion.

Let me back up. This past Sunday, the cover of Parade Magazine featured both McCain and the Magic Negro under the banner "What Is Patriotism?"

McCain's response is succinct, traditional and correct. It means putting the country before everything else, one's political party, one's self included. America is a cause, an ideal and we are either patriotic or we aren't. There's no middle ground.

Obama's response is meaningless double-speak. 'Faith in one another as Americans' might be the title of a Maya Angelou poem or the name of a junior college philosophy class, but it has absolutely nothing to do with patriotism or the good of the country.

joint chiefs

Obama really doesn't know what he's talking about...
"On my first day in office, I will bring the Joint Chiefs of Staff in and I will give them a new mission, and that is to end this war responsibly, deliberately but decisively."
In particular, he doesn't know that the Joints Chiefs of Staff aren't part of the command structure of the military.

politics as usual

Barbara Boxer, my Senator, who chairs the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, is accusing the Bush Administration of a "cover up," to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from preventing greenhouse gas emissions.

Greenhouse gases are essential to all human, animal and plant life on earth. Just because a couple of global warming zealots think we should curb these emissions doesn't mean we will or even should.

Apparently, the Environmental Protection Agency found "greenhouse gases may reasonably be anticipated to endanger public welfare," in a December '07 report.

"May reasonably be"? I thought there was "consensus" on climate change? Sounds pretty shaky to me.

Anyway, now that Jason Burnett, the EPA's former associate deputy administrator resigned last month claiming that the White House "pressured" him to retract the December finding, Boxer is engaging in various conspiracy theories and Harry Reid thinks the White House is "immoral."

What a bunch of crap.

Monday, July 7

oh, the absurdity

Naomi Wolf, the "consultant" who suggested that Al Gore wear earthtone colors, believes that the White House is trafficking in sex crimes.
"The sexualization of torture from the top basically turned Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo Bay into an organized sex-crime ring in which the trafficked sex slaves were US-held prisoners. Looking at the classic S and M nature of some of this torture, it is hard not to speculate that someone setting policy was aroused by all of this."
I'm on record as not caring about "torture." I support doing anything to terrorists to get the information necessary to protect Americans and America from jihad.

Arabs don't like women very much. In the world of terror women don't have any rights, so the fact that Wolf takes umbrage at the interrogation techniques of female members of the American military as it related to Abu Ghraib and as it still relates to Gitmo, her opinion is as illegitimate as it is irrelevant.

No matter how you choose to slice it, putting a woman into a position of influence over a male terrorist is the ultimate insult to the terrorist. That's a good thing. Obviously. And breaking down these prisoners so that they give us the intelligence we need, that's the name of the game. If we have to put women's panties on a guy's head or whisper sexual innuendos in his ear, so be it.

newsflash: sean penn was wrong

I thought there were 'no WMD' in Iraq? "Bush Lied, People Died."

The Democrats have been lying about this, demonizing the war effort and assassinating the character of the President of the United States for the past five years, yet, strangely enough, Saddam's 550 metric tons of enriched uranium have been sold to Cameco, a Canadian corporation, to be used as fuel for nuclear reactors.

But before it got to Canada it had to be "quietly moved" to Baghdad. And then it had to be "quietly" flown 37 times over a two week time period to cargo ships on Diego Garcia and then be "quietly" shipped to Montreal.

Sean Penn never imagined this, did he? So much for that "Actors know there were no WMD" crap. I bet he's surprised, as are top Democrats Reid, Pelosi, etc., even though they've been attending all the classified briefings all these years, only to then trot out to the television cameras and tell lies to score political points.

Kerry, Edwards, Durbin, Kennedy, Rockefeller, Schumer, Boxer, Levin, Gore, Rangel, Leahy and the rest all have egg on their faces today.

Bush himself has briefed Obama and Clinton on the war. Do you think they didn't know about this huge cache of yellowcake?

How can anyone take the Democrats seriously? They are complete and utter fools. Idiots.

Friday, July 4

god bless america

Happy Fourth of July, America. Ours is the greatest country on Earth. I am a proud American.

exclusionary

Black Churches.
The Black Community.
Black Entertainment Television.
Ebonics.
The Black National Anthem.
Kwanza.
And now 'Black Patriotism.'

Haters like Eugene Robinson are society's only racists. They talk about and think about it all the time because it defines who they are. They play up the differences between the races for monetary purposes.

I don't watch 'White Television.' I don't live in the 'White Community.' I speak the English language. I live in Southern California, so I don't celebrate 'White Christmas.' I love my country, it has nothing to do with the color of my skin.

This effort to be separate, to be hyper exclusionary, disgusts me. I'm tired of it and I wonder how long certain black people intend to hold the slavery grudge. At some point it might make good sense to just, oh, I don't know, move on.

Tuesday, July 1

free trade

Free trade is just one of many things opposed by the Democrats.

authentic

This ad is brilliantly simple and true. This stuff is what McCain is all about, he didn't just show up wet behind the ears three years ago wanting to be President.

no change, no hope

The 'Party of No' has produced a shiny, happy, new, but not very progressive candidate. God help us.

drilling, gas tax holidays...

Harry Reid is bitching and moaning about fossil fuels, yet he opposed drilling in ANWR twelve years ago and he left Washington for three months to take his summer vacay without doing anything to alleviate the pain at American gas pumps.

At least the Republicans are proposing stuff to lessen our dependence on foreign oil. The Democrats are doing nothing but playing politics, pointing fingers and passing the buck, as always.
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