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Wednesday, November 05, 2008

A Word About Palin

Choosing Sarah Palin as Vice President is virtually the only right move made by the McCain campaign team. While they mishandled her badly, had she not been a part of the campaign, McCain wouldn't have broken 42% of the vote.

She brought out the base.

If the RNC decides to lay all of the blame for McCain's loss at her feet, they will virtually guarantee the loss of more Congressional seats in 2010, and a second Obama term in 2012.

The McCain campaign repeated the Gore blunder of 2000; trying to run away from a President you were inextricably associated with by the press. McCain tried to run to the center, making certain he would get a tepid response from the base. Palin countered that by appealing to the base, while also appealing to the middle, had she been handled properly.

The RNC appears to be deciding that they should have run further to the middle, that Palin alienated the undecideds, and that next time, their candidate needs to be more centrist. The problem with this idea is that if voters want someone to the left of a Republican, they'll vote for a Democrat, not another Republican.

If the Republicans want to recapture lost ground, they must first articulate exactly what conservatism is, and then sell that vision to the American people. If Republicans continue to run by apologizing for being conservatives, they'll never win another Presidency.

Run to the right and convince the center that you are right to do so.

One final word about Palin: If the RNC decides to trash Palin, don't be surprised to see her run as a third party candidate. It's not like she doesn't have a reputation for exposing corrupt stupid Republicans or anything.

Palin/Paul in 2012? That could spell the end of the Republican Party.

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Saturday, November 01, 2008

Dear Mr. Obama

If this offends you, then leave.

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Friday, October 31, 2008

Silencing the Critics

The Obama campaign just kicked three newspapers off of the campaign plane. Of course, it's just a coincidence that all three newspapers endorsed McCain, right?

Remember, a vote for Obama is a vote for censoring the press based on their ideology.

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Another Obama Lie

Remember how the Obama campaign said he's not anti gun? Remember how Joe Biden said that if Obama came after his guns, there would be trouble?

Well, my friends, ya got trouble. Right here in Liberal City.
Trouble with a capital T that rhymes with G, and that stands for Gun grabbing.

NPR interview.

Spin that you lying bastards.

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Cory the Well Driller: Paying the Price of Success

If you want to know who it is that you will be taxing to pay for all of Obama's giveaways, it's guys like Cory Miller.

You see, Mr. Obama, I'm the guy you intend to raise taxes on. I'm the guy who has spent 25 years toiling and sweating, fretting and fighting, stressing and risking, to build a business and get ahead. I'm the guy who has been on the very edge of bankruptcy more than a dozen times over the last 25 years, and all the while creating more and more jobs for East Texans who didn't want to take a risk, and would not demand from themselves what I have demanded from myself. I'm the guy you characterize as "the Americans who can afford it the most" that you believe should be taxed more to provide income redistribution "to spread the wealth" to those who have never toiled, sweated, fretted, fought, stressed, or risked anything. You want to characterize me as someone who has enjoyed a life of privilege and who needs to pay a higher percentage of my income than those who have bought into your entitlement culture. I resent you, Mr. Obama, as I resent all who want to use class warfare as a tool to advance their political career.

Go read the whole thing:

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

More from my Email

The Ant Story

There are two Versions - Read Both


The ant works hard in the withering heat all
summer long, building his house and laying up
supplies for the winter.

The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and
laughs and dances and plays the summer away.

Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed. The
grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies
out in the cold.

MORAL OF THE STORY: Be responsible for
yourself! (How 'bout that.... )


The ant works hard in the withering heat all
summer long, building his house and laying
up supplies for the winter.

The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and
laughs and dances and plays the summer away.

Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a
press conference and demands to know why the ant
should be warm and well fed while others are cold
and starving.

CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, and ABC show up to provide
pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to a video of
the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with

America is stunned by the sharp contrast. How
can this be, that in a country of such wealth, this poor
grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?

Kermit the Frog appears on Oprah with the
grasshopper, and everybody cries when they sing,
'It's Not Easy Being Green.'

Jesse Jackson stages a demonstration in front
of the ant's house where the news stations film the
group singing, 'We shall overcome'.
Jesse then has the group kneel down to pray to
God for the grasshopper's sake.

Nancy Pelosi, Barack Obama, John Kerry &
Harry Reid exclaim in an interview with Larry King that
the ant has gotten rich off the back of the
grasshopper, and both call for an immediate tax
hike on the ant to make him pay his fair share.

Finally, the EEOC drafts the Economic Equity
and Anti-Grasshopper Act retroactive to the beginning
of the summer! The ant is fined for failing to hire a
proportionate number of green bugs and, having nothing
left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated
by the government.

Hillary Clinton gets her old law firm to represent the
grasshopper in a defamation suit against the ant, and the case
is tried before a panel of federal judges that Bill Clinton
appointed from a list of single-parent welfare recipients.

The ant loses the case. (Imagine that !)

The story ends as we see the grasshopper
finishing up the last bitsof the ant's food while the government
house he is in, which just happens to be the ant's old
house, crumbles around him because he doesn't maintain it.

The ant has disappeared in the snow. The
grasshopper is found dead in a drug related incident
and the house, now abandoned, is taken over by a gang
of spiders who terrorize the once peaceful neighborhood.


Be very careful how you vote November 2008

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Shifting the Goal Posts

Wasn't it $250,000 just yesterday?

Let's see, a 20% drop in one day, 8 more days, 20% per day, so by election day, he will be promising not to raise your taxes if you make less than $41,000 per year.

Now that, I might believe...

Seriously, what the heck is up with that $50,000 shift? He acts like it doesn't even exist!

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Monday, October 27, 2008

The Palin Rally in Asheville

I nearly started a riot; film at 11.

Lissa and I left Knoxville about 2PM, looking to get into Asheville around 3:30, well ahead of the 7:30PM start time. We figured we'd beat most of the traffic and get good seats.

Nope. I-240 became a parking lot about a half mile from the exit, and it took us every bit of an hour to travel that half mile. By the time we got off the interstate, found a place to park, and walked over to the Asheville Civic Center, it was 4:30PM, and we were lined up with around 15,000 of our new best friends, plus 200 or so people who seemed like they didn't like us, but we didn't worry about them too much.

There was very little in the way of crowd management or any organization on the part of the Rally planners, and we had no idea which line to follow. One stretched right, one stretched left, and there was a great clot of people in the middle. We chose the right side and took our places in a line that stretched around the block, down to the next street, up the alley and back over to the Civic Center.

I was pretty sure we weren't going to get into the rally so while Lissa stayed in line, I went around the area, taking pictures and video, and trying to get an interview or two with Obama supporters. Unfortunately, most of them wanted to chant slogans or yell things about Palin, or in the case of one rather cryptic individual, strut around the area saying only, "I'm not a second class citizen."


We waited in line, got to know the folks next to us, and absorbed a little heckling from Obama supporters as they drifted by. One rather grungy looking young man walked by and decided to exchange pleasantries with us.

"It looks like an Obama rally!" he said.

"No, we're too well dressed and have too much money for that!" I responded.

The young man seemed shocked, not just that I responded but that I blatantly played the class warfare card before he could.

"Well, you...ummm....errr...." I think he'd been listening to too many Obama speeches when the teleprompter was broken.

"Well you're right," he finally sputtered. "You do have too much money!"

"Hey," I said, "I'm not embarrassed to admit that I have a brain, education, and training, and I use them to make a good living. I'm not embarrassed at all to live well."

He had no answer for that.

So we waited in line and about 6:45, Civic Center personnel came out and told everyone that not only the hall was full, but standing room was full, and the overflow was full. We weren't going to get in. Hundreds of people left to go get some dinner, but we decided to walk over to the front of the Civic Center to hang out with other McCain/Palin supporters who didn't get in.

That's when things got really interesting.

The Obama supporters had crossed the street, and were now directly in front of the Civic Center and one of them said something to me relating to "Get an education, read a book!"

"I did get an education, I do read, and that's why I am employed and don't need the government to take care of me."

I don't know why, but that really seemed to upset these folks, and they proceeded to remonstrate with me most forcefully. Apparently, they did not realize that I have a very loud speaking voice, a command of the facts, and for some strange reason, I decided to use both of them that evening. To those who were arguing that McCain's tax plan was unfair, I pointed out that, according to the IRS, under Bush the wealthiest 20% of Americans saw their tax burden increase, while the poorest 20% saw it decrease from 0 to -4%. I pointed out that Obama planned to offer tax cuts to 95% of Americans while raising spending by $1 trillion dollars, and that math doesn't work no matter how hard you try it. I told them that in America, it is not the responsibility of the government to take care of them, that it was up to them to take care of themselves and their families. I told them that the size of government didn't start exploding under Bush, it started exploding under Roosevelt and the New Deal, and that entitlements had grown exponentially since then.

And I pointed out that when a people become dependent on a government for their daily survival, they stop being citizens of that government and become subjects instead.

They chanted "Obama!" and called me a liar.

Well, that's not entirely true. There was one young man there, and in six months of asking people what they knew about Obama's platform, he was the first who could answer in any more detail than, "He's for changing healthcare." Instead of meaningless drivel, this man knew Obama's health care proposals by heart, and was able to quote them to me.

I congratulated him for taking the time to get to know something about his candidate, and then asked him a simple question.

"How much will all of this cost?"

He didn't know.

"Where is Obama going to get the money to pay for it?"

He didn't know.

"Didn't Obama say during the debate that he had accounted for all the spending and he had funding for every dime of it in his budget?"

"Yes, he did!"

I asked one final question. "Then why do you suppose he hasn't put that information out there to his supporters, on his website, anywhere?"

I left the young man there to ponder that question as another Obama supporter was saying something about the military that I needed to respond to.

It was a very interesting 20 minutes or so, and later, Lissa told me that the police were afraid they'd have to break it up so I wouldn't get hurt. The funny thing is that as I disengaged from the discussion, Lissa took over and began carrying the argument to the Obama supporters herself. At one point, the Obama crowd began arguing with each other about whether they were for or against regulation, and that's when I knew it was over. Lissa and the young lady she was arguing with ended up hugging and then we walked off.

Then the Civic Center opened up the auditorium, and let in the overflow folks who were still left, so we got to see the rally after all, even though it was via video. Sarah Palin was her usual self, elegant, eloquent, and enthusiastic. She attacked Obama for the treatment his campaign and surrogates have given Joe the Plumber for the crime of asking a question. She praised John McCain and mentioned his plan to freeze most spending in Washington and balance the budget in his first term. (Math hint for those educated in government schools: To balance a budget you have to cut spending and/or raise revenue. If you raise spending without raising revenue, your budget will never balance. It's called mathematics. You might want to look into it.) She went on to call out Obama for not telling the truth about his plans, his ideas, or his associations. It was an effective performance, designed to fire up the voters in the audience.

And then it was over and it was time to make the drive over the mountains back home.

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Speaking of Codewords, Listen to This

The Supreme Court should have spent more time on redistribution of wealth? The Court didn't do enough to break down the constraints laid down by the Founding Fathers?

Remember, a vote for Obama is a vote to break down the Constitution in order to redistribute wealth.

Codewords for reparations and socialism.

Marx and Engels would be proud. Let's hope Lenin and Stalin are disappointed.

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Speaking of Racists

They were out in full force at the rally yesterday. WHile we were standing in line to get into the rally, we got to know some of the folks around us. Standing about 5 people behind us was a young black man who was there to hear Sarah Palin speak. A care filled with Obama supporters drove by, chanting "Obama!" and whooping and hollering, until they saw him. The driver called out, "Shame on you!"


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More Pictures from the Palin Rally


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Top 5 Reasons Why I Will Never Vote for a Democrat

#5. If Sarah Palin leaves her clothes behind, I want to be where she is!
#4. The SDS rejected my application for still having all my own fingers.
#3. The real Sarah is much more attractive. And smarter.
#2. I left all my tacky T-shirts in Pigeon Forge for tourons like her.
#1. Anybody who thinks this is appropriate doesn't deserve to be anywhere near children or sharp objects, much less the highest office in the land.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Why I Support McCain/Palin

On Twitter, Barry complains about all the negative campaigning and asks why people don't say why they support their candidate instead of why they are against the opposition.

There's a very simple answer to that question. Based on everything I've read, not only do most Americans not know what their candidate stands for, they don't care either.

I posted a question for all the Obama supporters to point to their candidates accomplishments that make him a viable Presidential contender. The always vocal Obama supporter Manish took a pass, as did everyone with the exception of vagreda, who gave his reason as "It's time to let the other guy drive."

That's it. I know there are several strong Obama supporters who read this blog, and none of them could be bothered to state any record of accomplishment by their candidate.

But they still rabidly support him anyway. Obviously policy and issues have nothing to do with their support; it's all about personality. And evaluating a candidate by their personality is great for a first date or a game show, but it's a very weak way to chose a President.

So to point out once again the difference between a liberal and a conservative, here are my reasons for supporting McCain and Palin.

John McCain has demonstrated time and again his commitment to our country, and has put duty and honor before his own needs repeatedly. Barack Obama has associated with whoever he needed to in order to increase his own personal wealth and political power.

John McCain demonstrated that his race for the Presidency is motivated by a desire to serve, suspending his campaign to deal with the credit/housing debacle. Barack Obama demonstrated that his race for the Presidency is motivated more by personal aggrandizement than the welfare of the country, offering to phone in his support from the campaign trail.

John McCain has stood strong for his core principles, even when that meant standing virtually alone, and even when it cost him dearly. These stands cost him years of torture and imprisonment, and more recently, appeared to cost him any chance of winning his party's nomination for President. Barack Obama has no core principles that he is willing to stand for, showing us over the years that he will say whatever it takes to win. To win the nomination, he committed to bringing the troops home as soon as he is elected, regardless of what the generals said. Now he says he will of course work with our generals to make sure that our policy is the correct one. Before, he said he wanted to ban all semi-automatic weapons. Now, he says he believes in the second amendment.

John McCain believes that life begins at conception, a belief backed up by science. Barack Obama isn't even sure if life begins after birth, supporting a horrendous procedure known as live birth abortion.

John McCain believes we must win the war against terrorism. Barack Obama believes we only need to end it.

John McCain believes that the primary goal of any US energy policy must be energy independence. Barack Obama believes that the primary goal of our energy policy must be to curb carbon emission to reduce the illusory catastrophe associated with global warming.

John McCain believes that dissent is a part of the political process, and that people can disagree him without triggering a vindictive attack. Barack Obama believes that anyone who questions him is a de facto racist and must be punished harshly.

John McCain believes that a man owns what he earns. Barack Obama believes a man owns only what the government lets him keep.

John McCain is tried and tested, and his record shows that he won't back down. Barack Obama has no record, and his own VP candidate says that he will be tested by our enemies within months of getting into office. The Presidency is not the place to prove your mettle; it's too expensive for the rest of us who have to pay the price.

I disagree with John McCain on many issues, so many in fact that I planned on sitting this election out. But the more Barack Obama revealed of his positions and his character, including the vile attack orchestrated by his followers and supporters on Sarah Palin and her family, the more I realized that I couldn't sit this one out.

I've done everything I could do to get the truth out about Obama and his plans, and it met with a great yawn of disinterest from Obama supporters.

They simply don't care about the issues.

So Barry, this is my answer to you. I told you exactly why I support McCain in detail, linking it to aspects of his character, his beliefs, and his policies while contrasting those positions with Obama. Now, does it mean any more to you than my explorations of Obama's policy short comings? His radical friends? His years as a player in Chicago's corrupt political machine? His utter failure as a community organizer and education reformer?


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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The Obama Wrap Up

If you can read this post and still vote for Obama, then there really isn't anymore to say. If you don't care about the dishonesty, the lies, the radical positions on taxation, abortion, health care, and defense, if all you see is "Hope" and "Change" then the education system and the media have finished their job.

Here's a question for you. What has Obama accomplished that makes you think he's ready to be President? What has he done? For get the associations, the corruption, the lies, and everything else and just answer o9ne question.

What has this man accomplished the gives him the experience and the record to be President of the United States?

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It’s Not Just Me.

Even Joe Biden is predicting catastrophe if Obama is elected. He even tells us that we aren't going to like how Obama reacts, but asks us to back him anyway.

Remember, a vote for Obama is a vote for certain catastrophe and an ineffective response.

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