Saturday, November 29
Friday, November 28
From the AP:
"I'd like to be a president (known) as somebody who liberated 50 million people, helped individuals and helped achieve peace," President Bush said in excerpts of a recent interview released by the White House Friday.
"I would like to be a person remembered as a person who, first and foremost, did not sell his soul in order to accommodate the political process. I came to Washington with a set of values, and I'm leaving with the same set of values.
"Frankly, I'm not going to miss the limelight all that much. It's been a fabulous experience to be the president ... But it will be nice to see the Klieg lights shift somewhere else."
Wednesday, November 26
This moment in time, a phase of transition between Administrations in Washington DC, is the testing ground to see if we will continue to be tough as we have the last eight years under a Republican or if we will roll over like we did the last time a Democrat occupied the White House.
And they continue to test us here, too. God bless New York City's subways and trains.
Tuesday, November 25
I'm not too pleased with the idea of Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano heading the Department of Homeland Security. This signals that Obama is not going to fight terrorism the way Bush has. Instead, he's going to have a border Governor focusing on illegal immigration, which I support, but I don't want the Feds to drop the ball on tracking, hunting and killing al Qaeda.
The silver lining in the Napolitano appointment is that the Republicans will pick up a Governor's seat with the elevation of Lt. Governor Jan Brewer.
hugo and the reds
Chavez wants Russian assistance in building a nuclear reactor, he wants to sell them oil and natural gas and he wants weaponry, more weaponry.
How will Obama deal with the Russian military so close to American shores? Will he be tough or will he bend over like a typical Democrat? Had McCain won the election, this wouldn't be happening.
Klaus is the guy who labeled Al Gore "an apostle of arrogance." I love him. Daring to speak the truth. What a breathe of fresh air amongst all those other condescending, snarky, stuffy Europeans.
Now before I get to the meat of his post, let me say that the idea that Liberal Democrats are in any way 'progressive' is a notion I reject out of hand altogether. The Democrats are the party of 'No' on down the line, on issue after issue.
No drilling, no utilization of our own natural resources, no Social Security reform, no aggressive national defense, no missiles in Europe, no missile defense shield, no pre-emptive action, no on immigration reform, no on tax cuts, no on trade, no, no, no, no, no.
How can 'progressives' be progressive at all when they oppose any and all policies that would benefit society on a grand scale? They aren't progressive, they are regressive.
"No one is pointing out that having a debate over the New Deal in 2008, much less recreating it, is patently absurd. The New Deal began 76 years ago. The New Deal is about as relevant today as the economic policies of John Quincy Adams were at the turn of the 20th century or Reconstruction was in the post-World War II period.'Change' as imagined and framed by the incoming Obama Administration looks an awfully lot like the same old, same old tired and failed Democratic policies of the past: economic stimulus, national health care and gays in the military. This is the 'change' that we need?
Republicans should be mocking the fact that "change" apparently means 76-year-old economic dogma that first burst onto the scene a few years after the Talkies became all the rage. The age of liberalism's ideas should be at issue here.
"The agenda of the incoming Obama administration is looking remarkably similar to an unfinished to-do list from the time Democrats last had complete control of the government 16 years ago."
Now, I'm saying no. And yes. Progressives are out of ideas. They've been out of ideas for a long time and the first thing they should do is to stop calling themselves 'progressive.' They are anything but.
Monday, November 24
on the positive, part iii
Does this, at long last, finally belie a eureka moment? Has Obama just learned some fundamental understanding as to how economics works? The rich create companies and those companies hire workers and everybody does better when taxes are
We'll take it.
on the positive, part ii
Elections last weekend were favorable toward the dictator, but the opposition party also fared well, making it harder for Chavez to change the law enabling him to run in 2012.
We'll take that.
on the positive
Treasury Secretary designate Tim Geithner, who has worked at Treasury since 1988, seems to be a wise choice. Although, in the words of Senator Jim Bunning (R-KY), Geitner and others missed a lot “an awful lot of red flags” as regulators over the past decade.
Also, word on the Street is that the Obama Administration won't raise taxes (at least immediately) as they promised during the campaign, which is the key reason for the huge market numbers lately. Smart.
Sunday, November 23
What about all that 'healing the planet' crap?
If a Republican President-elect reversed himself/herself like this the MSM would label it a scandal. There would be hell to pay.
Friday, November 21
top 10 list
10. Steve Poizner, California's Insurance Commissioner
9. Haley Barbour, Governor of Mississippi
8. Jon Huntsman, Governor of Utah
7. Eric Cantor, Virginia Congressman, House Minority Whip
6. Mark Sanford, Governor of South Carolina
5. Bob McDonnell, Virginia's attorney general
4. Mitch Daniels, Governor of Indiana
3. Mitt Romney
2. John Thune, South Dakota Senator
1. Bobby Jindal, Governor of Louisiana
"President-elect Barack Obama and his inner circle fear that some voters expect him to turn around the economy, wind down the war in Iraq and, perhaps, cure cancer -- all by the Fourth of July."Why the hell would we ever think that? Could it possibly be because of the fawning media coverage the President-elect received the past 22 months? Or, maybe because of the words that came out of Obama's own mouth?
Now that the Magic Negro has been elected the 44th President, like clockwork, it's time to lower all those expectations. Maybe Obama's not the Messiah after all. At some point, the Obama people should just come clean and acknowledge the obvious: They lied to us. There is nothing Magical about Obama."We all have to be very careful about the expectations that we are putting on this man, our president-elect," Transition Team member Robert Reich said. "If we all assume it's going to be the first 100 days, we're going to be disappointed."
"We are inheriting an array problems unlike any president has faced, maybe since Franklin Roosevelt in 1932," Chief Strategist David Axelrod said. "It's not going to be easy, not going to be quick."
And what of 'Change'? Screw change. It's been jettisoned, it's a faint memory. The Obama I promises to look like Clinton III, with the hiring of all these Clinton retreads/hacks.
It would be funny if it weren't all so serious.
Thursday, November 20
same old, same old
have we lost our minds?
To me this is a vote for Coleman. End of story. If this voter decided that they did not want to vote for Coleman they had an opportunity to request another ballot and vote for another candidate.
All of this 'determining voter intent' on some 24,000 undervotes is an absurd enterprise. If you didn't vote for a Senate candidate shouldn't that be the end of it?
Here in California, we just approved Prop. 8, which bans gay marriage. This, of course, came after a three judge panel barred the practice in 2006.
Now, the California Supreme Court is going to revisit the issue. Again. So, I say once more. Why don't Liberals accept the will of the people?
Wednesday, November 19
Stevens lost to Begich in Alaska, giving the Dems 58 Senate seats.
The recount is underway in Minnesota. With the very liberal voter intent interpretation in the state, Franken could very easily overtake Coleman's 215 vote lead. After all, there are 24,000 undervotes waiting to be counted. These are ballots that registered a preference for President but not for Coleman or Franken.
God help us.
Romney is correct. In a managed bankruptcy, the car companies could 'shed excess labor, pension and real estate costs,' to ultimately become more competitive and more viable.
"It is not wrong to ask for government help, but the automakers should come up with a win-win proposition. I believe the federal government should invest substantially more in basic research — on new energy sources, fuel-economy technology, materials science and the like — that will ultimately benefit the automotive industry, along with many others.
"I believe Washington should raise energy research spending to $20 billion a year, from the $4 billion that is spent today. The research could be done at universities, at research labs and even through public-private collaboration. The federal government should also rectify the imbedded tax penalties that favor foreign carmakers."But don’t ask Washington to give shareholders and bondholders a free pass — they bet on management and they lost."
Damn, this guy should be sworn in as President on January 20.
"At the G-20 meeting, Bush agreed to subject the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and our other regulatory agencies to the supervision of a global entity that would critique its regulatory standards and demand changes if it felt they were necessary. Bush agreed to create a College of Supervisors.Morris' point is why are we so worried about Obama taking a hard Left socialist turn when the President has already done it?
"Their scrutiny would extend to hedge funds and to various "exotic" financial instruments. The International Monetary Fund (IMF), a European-dominated operation, would conduct "regular vigorous reviews" of American financial institutions and practices. The European-dominated College of Supervisors would also weigh in on issues like executive compensation and investment practices.
"There is nothing wrong with the substance of this regulation. Experience is showing it is needed. But it is very wrong to delegate these powers to unelected, international institutions with no political accountability."
"Let's just be very frank about it. What the party´s got to do is get its head out of the clouds and out of the sand and recognize that the dynamics politically and otherwise around them have changed.This guy is dynamite. I hope the GOP has the good sense to make him the new Chairman of the Party.
"The problem is that within the operations of the RNC, they don't give a damn. It's all about outreach ... and outreach means let's throw a cocktail party, find some black folks and Hispanics and women, wrap our arms around them - 'See, look at us,' " he said.
"And then we go back to same old, same old. There's nothing that is driven down to the state party level, where state chairmen across the country, to the extent they don't appreciate it, are helped to appreciate the importance of African-Americans and women and others coming and being a part of this party, and to the extent that they do appreciate it, are given support and backup to generate their own programs to create this relationship."Outreach is a cocktail party. Coalitions ... a relationship. I'm going to look you in the eye. I'm going to be at your table. I'm going to sit and talk to you."
Tuesday, November 18
Meanwhile, the five-member state Canvassing Board is meeting right now in St. Paul to review the results.
Update: The recount begins. The Democrats have until December 5 to steal this election.
Now along comes a documentary from media renaissance man John Ziegler, "How Obama Got Elected," which nicely highlights the depths of stupidity of the average American voter.
Let's be clear: Obama needed an uninformed, ignorant electorate to win.
Monday, November 17
Friday, November 14
Question number 59 on a 63 question employment questionaire asks 'for information about firearms owned by the applicant and his or her family.'
"Found in the questionnaire’s “Miscellaneous” section, question 59 reads, “Do you or any members of your immediate family own a gun? If so, provide complete ownership and registration information. Has the registration ever lapsed? Please also describe how and by whom it is used and whether it has been the cause of any personal injuries or property damage.”This reminds me of the famous San Francisco quote made by Obama about 'people being bitter and clinging to God and guns.'
"Other questions in the Miscellaneous section ask about the applicant’s postings on Facebook and MySpace Web sites; health and medical status; associations with groups that could be used against the applicant; and any other information that could prove embarrassing to the applicant."
The agency is closing in on bin Laden. Obama would be smart to keep Hayden on as director. That way, he can take all the credit if/when...
Of course, I've long thought that bin Laden was in heaven with his virgins.
I think everybody should just take a moment and notice that the economy is still working. Nothing ever will stop the free market.
Fact is, the car companies are in trouble because they are drowning in those stupid SUV's and other unnecessary gas guzzlers. Detroit is reaping what it sowed and that is a glut of bad cars and they've been woefully slow at adapting to the energy efficient vehicles that Americans want.
Until that time, they have nobody but themselves to blame. Let the free market work and ignore anything that Barney Frank and Carl Levin advocate.
fair and balanced
The Left doesn't much care for dissent and disagreement. They can't stand hearing divergent opinions.
I think that if they can get the fairness doctrine done, they'll do it. What's difficult to understand about that?
way to go
"At its most basic level, capitalism offers people the freedom to choose where they work and what they do ... the dignity that comes with profiting from their talent and hard work. ... The free-market system also provides the incentives that lead to prosperity -- the incentive to work, to innovate, to save and invest wisely, and to create jobs for others.President-elect Obama would be wise to heed this wisdom and read Bush's speech for himself.
"The triumph of free-market capitalism has been proven across time, geography, culture and faith. And it would be a terrible mistake to allow a few months of crisis to undermine 60 years of success."
And they are going back to the tried-and-true Florida 2000 method of 'interpreting the will of the voter.'
"It is the sequence of extremely unlikely events that's giving Minnesotans real concerns. The state's one tight race just happens to be the one with by far the most "corrected" votes, and those corrected votes are occurring in the most Democratic areas - and, no surpirse, favoring the Demcratic candidate."Bottom line, before the recount begins Norm Coleman is in a hole, having already lost over 500 votes after 'correcting some typos.'
a spreading virus
The new Russian leader Dmitry Medvedev will be visiting Cuba and Venezuela later this month. Russia and Venezuela also will be holding joint military exercises with Venezuela. (Isn't that lovely?)
I suppose that this is as good a time as any to remind my dear readers that the idiotic Vice President-elect Joe Biden opposed everything Reagan did to bring down the former USSR, so pardon me if I don't have any confidence in the Obama administration brain trust to handle a newly aggressive Russia the right way.
Oh, and this just in: Chinese leader Hu Jintao is visiting Cuba, too. What a coincidence. Maybe this is the early test Biden was talking about for Obama?
I miss Bush already.
Thursday, November 13
not ready for prime time
Not only did he leak portions of a private Oval Office conversation with President Bush, an unheard of breach of professional protocol, but today we learn that he, in a private phone call to Poland's President Lech Kaczynski, reversed himself by telling Kaczynski that the US-Polish agreement to base missile defense operations in Poland "would continue," then later claiming he made no commitment to Kaczynski.
This is type of stuff that I feared from Obama. And these are just small things. But already we see that our new President eskews tradition and his word is worthless.
"The voters may be full of hope about the looming Obama Presidency, but so far investors aren't. No President-elect in the postwar era has been greeted with a more audible hiss from Wall Street. The Dow has lost 1,342 points, or about 14%, since the election, with the S&P 500 and Nasdaq hitting similar skids. The Dow fell another 4.7% yesterday.Of course, the Dow swung around and around today, before finally finishing up 552 points, so some will say what they say about Obama's influence on Wall Street.
"There's little doubt that uncertainty, and some fear, over Barack Obama's economic agenda is also contributing to the downdraft. If Mr. Obama wants to reassure markets, he could announce that he won't be raising taxes for the foreseeable future."
I watched Senate race after Senate race being called early even though only one or two percent of the precincts had been counted. Why?
Surely, there is a science to calling elections, I just don't understand what it is. Certainly, they follow a trendline and predict who might win based on based on, say, how a certain county or a region has voted before. They use exit polling to determine how people voted. But it seems calling elections early doesn't always work.
In the Stevens/Begich Alaska Senate race, suddenly Begich is up 814 votes, with an estimated 30,000 yet-t0-be counted. How can that be? Why call the race for Stevens last week without counting all the votes?
In the Coleman/Franken Minnesota Senate race, Coleman holds a flimsy 206 vote lead after the Franken team produced a bunch of ballots found in a car. Why? Now, the winner will be decided after a 'postelection audit,' which is essentially a statewide recount.
Let's stop calling elections early. How about that?
'clarity of consciousness'
I'd welcome the reformer Palin running against a possibly unpopular, unsuccessful first term Obama four years from now. That would mean that Obama had become the young, half black Jimmy Carter.
Camille Paglia is still digging on Sarah:
"I like Sarah Palin, and I've heartily enjoyed her arrival on the national stage. As a career classroom teacher, I can see how smart she is -- and quite frankly, I think the people who don't see it are the stupid ones, wrapped in the fuzzy mummy-gauze of their own worn-out partisan dogma. So she doesn't speak the King's English -- big whoop! There is a powerful clarity of consciousness in her eyes. She uses language with the jumps, breaks and rippling momentum of a be-bop saxophonist. Palin as a pro-life wife, mother and ambitious professional represents the next big shift in feminism. Pro-life women will save feminism by expanding it, particularly into the more traditional Third World."I'm optimistic about the future of the GOP. The young leaders will rise from the ranks of the Governor's houses, as they almost always do. And our girl Sarah will take her 'clarity of consciousness' and use the next four or (God forbid) eight years of Obamanation to expand her knowledge base. I think she's the future of the party.
Wednesday, November 12
unoffical lead of 206?
Since the election, three states with too-close-to-call Senate elections -- Alaska, Georgia and Minnesota -- have been preparing for recount efforts and the Coleman/Franken race in Minnesota looks particularly ripe for stealing.
GOP Senator Norm Coleman won by some 700 votes on election night. But Franken's team has suddenly produced 461 uncounted absentee ballots! How 'Democratic' to manufacture votes and now only be down by 206.
In Georgia, GOP Senator Saxby Chambliss and challenger Jim Martin both failed to reach 50%. Chambliss 49.8% Martin 46.8%. Some 100 Obama aides are now heading to the state to 'help with grass roots turnout' for the December 2 runoff.
In Alaska, GOP Senator Ted Stevens leads Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich by 3,257 votes. While I'd like to keep the seat, I have no personal affection for Stevens. He's a crook and the Republicans need a new image, so we should fight to re-elect him and then Governor Palin can name a replacement Senator.
Thursday, November 6
obamanation, part ii
For some reason the word 'narcissism' comes to mind.
Here's what he said about it back on July 2 in Colorado Springs.
"We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we've set. We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded. People of all ages, stations, and skills will be asked to serve."How 'well funded'? Apparently he wants to cut "tens of billions of dollars of wasteful spending," like the missile defense system and the money spent in Iraq.
Sounds like the Brown Shirts to me. What are they going to do? Go around from house to house and confiscate guns?
Wednesday, November 5
Bad, but it could have been a lot worse.
Look at some of our rising stars (survivors).
Rep. Paul Ryan, WI
Rep. Michele Bachmann, MN
Rep. John Shadegg, AZ
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, FL
Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart, FL
Rep. Lee Terry, NE
Sen. Roger Wicker, MS
Sen. Saxby Chambliss, GA
Sen. Norm Coleman, MN
Sen. Gordon Smith, OR
And, we held off Democrats vying for open seats in New York, Ohio and Minnesota.
the obama impact
"Wall Street hardly delivered a rousing welcome to President-elect Barack Obama on Wednesday, dropping by the largest margin on record for a day following a U.S. presidential contest.From Bloomberg:
"The slide more than wiped out the previous day's advance, the largest Election Day rally ever for U.S. stocks."
"The stock market posted its biggest plunge following a presidential election as reports on jobs and service industries stoked concern the economy will worsen even as President-elect Barack Obama tries to stimulate growth."Don't blame me. I voted for McCain-Palin.
Tuesday, November 4
can i get a witness?
So, I would be remiss if I didn't extend a hand of friendship and offer my sincerest congratulations tonight on a hard fought campaign and a job well done to President-elect Barack Obama of Illinois, the man who will become the 44th President of the United States of America.
what should have been
I've come to respect John McCain during this campaign but there were points at which I questioned the strategic decisions made.
Why didn't they let Palin be Palin? Why didn't they hit Obama harder on Jeremiah Wright? Why didn't they put more financial resources into GOTV and micro-targeting efforts? Why didn't they educate the country earlier about ACORN? Why didn't they fight to win? They missed so many opportunities it was painful to watch.
There are tons of questions and accusations and emotions and frustrations and recriminations. I've long held the view that McCain liked Obama and wanted him to win this election. McCain believed, as was evident in his concession speech tonight, that he viewed Obama's candidacy as historic and one that he ultimately believed in himself.
Fine. But why run for President? Why sabotage your own political party? Why waste Palin's time? Why allow me to donate my hard earned money to a campaign that you weren't committed to winning?
what a difference seven years makes...
Nine months ago, Mike Sandvick, head of the Milwaukee Police Department's five-man Special Investigative Unit, submitted a 67 page report on the '04 election with the above findings. And what do these five public servants get for their hard work? City officials in Milwaukee have sacked their unit. That's the reward for combating fraud?
The report encourages mandatory photo ID's before voting and the elimination of same day registration.
Really. Why don't we do this? Why not standardize federal elections? The Supreme Court has already ruled that it is perfectly constitutional to require voters to show identification. This should be standard practice at every polling place nationwide.
democrats are cheating
democrats are cheating
Imagine being the party that seeks not to count the votes of Americans who risk their lives for their country.
democrats are cheating
Obviously, as Governor she can fire anybody she wants if they aren't doing their job.
Monday, November 3
[2.] Inaccurate polling.
[3.] Obama consistently outpolled all year.
[4.] 'Spreading the wealth.'
[5.] A McCain surge at the end.
[7.] Strong Republican early voting.
[8.] Joe the Plumber.
[9.] Iraq isn't a story anymore.
[10.] A larger than expected Hispanic turnout.
"Meet Farah Minwalla, an Obama field organizer in North Carolina. She registered to vote in Mecklenburg County, NC on October 4. According to county auditor reports, the address Minwalla used belongs to a Wanda Nabors. But oddly – Minwalla is also registered to vote in New York AND Nevada. All three registrations are listed as active. So, is she a resident of North Carolina, Nevada or New York? Technically, it appears she could vote in all three."America has never seen this type of nationwide voter fraud, bought, paid for and encouraged by Barack Obama himself. If Obama, wins he will be a completely illegitimate President.
"Julietta Appleton took a leave of absence from work to support Obama. On a TravelObama.org posting Appleton writes, "I knew Florida was a swing state…and I am fluent in Spanish. So I left my job (unpaid) for 6 weeks." She moved to Miami to get out the vote. Now, she's out of money and requesting help to get back to New York. Appleton’s post continues, "The next four days I will be working 24/7, then celebrating victory, then resting for a day, and then flying home to NY." Appleton included a picture of herself voting for Obama in Miami. Florida election laws only allow permanent residents to vote."
"William Jay Urquhart is a field organizer for the Obama campaign in Missouri. Along with getting out the vote, Urquhart decided to register to cast a vote of his own in Boone County. His current cell phone has a Washington, D.C. area code. I called the number, left a message and sent him an email. No response. "
"Election law in Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, Missouri and New Mexico is all the same. You cannot gain residency by temporarily working in the state. Did I mention voting records show Urquhart is also registered to vote in Massachusetts? I found voter registration records of a William Jay Urquhart registered to vote in Connecticut and Massachussets. Is this the same individual?"
Anything could happen. We'll see tomorrow.
not very presidential
Back in '04 Kerry was +5 in the exit polls and everybody thought he'd beaten Bush. The MSM went crazy, bloggers went crazy, I went crazy.
I'm glad to see the McCain campaign's memo today explaining this in detail, reminding us not to overreact and preparing the battlefield ahead of tomorrow.
Sunday, November 2
Saturday, November 1
up or down?
"Is McCain making a move? The three-day average holds steady, but McCain outpolled Obama today, 48% to 47%. He is beginning to cut into Obama's lead among independents, is now leading among blue collar voters, has strengthened his lead among investors and among men, and is walloping Obama among NASCAR voters."Gallup shows an Obama blowout 52%-42%.
Rasmussen has it 51%-46% Obama.
IBD/TIPP says 9% undecided.