Sunday, September 26, 2010

Thursday, September 23, 2010

"No more lies!"

Headline: "Obama heckled at NY Event"

And it wasn't even from our folks.  Of course, he responded with another lie.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Worth reading

John Hawkins' latest column, "7 Things The Establishment Gets Wrong About The Tea Party."

Well, well, well...sometimes it takes a while

Politics daily headline, September 21, 2010:  "GOP prepares to unveil new 'Contract with America'"

The article begins with "Republicans are going back to their '90s playbook as Election Day approaches..."  The author then goes on to delineate how Republicans are making promises about what they will do, such as freezing tax rates, cutting back on spending, and a repeal of Obamacare.

I referenced the appeal of the 1994 Republican "Contract with America" previously, in 2005.  One of the points that I raised was that such a contract would hold politicians acountable.  They will either do what they agree to, or they won't. 

In the current political environment everyone wants to appear Conservative -- Democrats are running ads that they opposed Obama, and John McCain reversed his longheld position on border security (now he's for it.)  Politicians will say anything to get elected.  A scorecard will make it easier to see if they keep their word.

But what if they don't?  Senators stick around for six years, and Representatives for two.  They can do a lot of damage before we have a chance to evict them.  Politicians lie.  (72% of Americans have an unfavorable opinion of members of Congress, according to a Rasmussen survey.)  If Republicans win in November, as current projections show, their feet need to be held to the fire.  If -- or when -- they divert from what they agreed to do while campaigning for the job, they need to be blasted by their constituents.  Lying politicians should not have a moment's peace.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Other People Say Smart Stuff, Too - Part XXII

From a Bruce Bialosky column:

You have to just laugh at the Democrats who argued for seven years that the “Bush” tax cuts were for the “rich” and made it a critical point of their 2008 presidential campaign. Now they are arguing for keeping the tax cuts for the middle class (actual 85% of the “Bush” tax cuts) and not the “rich”.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Barack Obama says we don't have any ideas to contribute.  ("Party of no" sound familiar?)  

How about Solutions for America from the Heritage Foundation?  

For anyone born since 1992

Coming this fall: I Want Your Money

Best line, from Ronald Reagan: "I would say they [Congress] are spending money like drunken sailors, but that would be unfair to drunken sailors.  The sailors are spending their own money."

Ice Ice Baby

It's been a while since I've commented on global warming.  The news for the last several months has just been confirming what I've been saying for years.  But this headline from Yahoo News prompted me to get back on the subject:  "Climate: new study slashes estimate of ice cap loss."

The first paragraph:

"Estimates of the rate of ice loss from Greenland and West Antarctica, one of the most worrying questions in the global warming debate, should be halved, according to Dutch and U.S. scientists."

Every new discovery seems to undo the argument of the "manmade global warming" crowd.

Obama's "Mission Accomplished"

Barack Obama, August 31, 2010 - "The American combat mission in Iraq has ended."

September 8, 2010:

Will the media comment on the irony?

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Tom Delay cleared of corruption charges

This story got by me, but former Republican House leader Tom Delay was cleared of corruption charges in relation to his association with Jack Abramoff, the disgraced lobbyist found guilty of bribing politicians.  From the  Wall Street Journal:

"Former Majority Leader Tom DeLay was the kingpin in the Democrats’ 2006 “culture of corruption” campaign that helped force the Texas Republican out of office—and swept Democrats into power....But after a lengthy federal probe, the Justice Department has dropped its investigation, according to DeLay’s attorney, Richard Cullen."

Delay still faces charges in Texas for money laundering and conspiracy.  These charges were brought in 2005 by Democrat prosecutor Ronnie Earle.  The trial is actually scheduled to start in October of this year. That's a five years wait, folks.  Seems like if the prosecution had a case, this should have been tried a long time ago.

This is the kind of tactic that makes me believe within the next six weeks we're going to see a flurry of Republican "scandals" hit the media.  Passing notes in class, spitting on the sidewalk, removing the tag from a mattress -- no Republican transgression is so small that the media can't make a major news story out of it before an election.

Friday, September 03, 2010

Other People Say Smart Stuff, Too - Part XXI

From "Meltdown of the climate 'consensus' " by Matt Patterson:

"What does the best evidence now tell us? That man-made global warming is a mere hypothesis that has been inflated by both exaggeration and downright malfeasance, fueled by the awarding of fat grants and salaries to any scientist who'll produce the "right" results."

Other People Say Smart Stuff, Too (Special Edition)

A story from an unexpected source -- Time magazine -- entitled "How Barack Obama became Mr. Unpopular" details how people have become unimpressed with him. The surprising part is that Time would run such a gritty true story about the Chosen One. Some key passages:

"When Obama arrived in office in January '09, his Gallup approval rating stood at 68%, a high for a newly elected leader not seen since John Kennedy in 1961. Today Obama's job approval has been hovering in the mid-40s, which means that at least 1 in 4 Americans has changed his or her mind."

"In more confiding moments, aides admit that the peak of Obama's popularity may have been inflated, a fleeting result of elation at the prospect of change and national pride in electing the first African-American President.* As one White House aide puts it, "It was sort of fake.""

"People now openly say they didn't quite understand the President they voted for in 2008"

Any of this sound familiar?

* What I said back in January.

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Myths About Katrina

The Democrats, with the media's help, have painted Hurricane Katrina as an example of the Bush administration's incompetence and lack of caring (especially about black people.)  Oddly enough, the facts don't always match the narrative.  Several years ago Popular Mechanics ran an article entitled "Debunking the Myths of Hurricane Katrina."  One salient passage:

"...the response to Hurricane Katrina was by far the largest -- and fastest -- rescue effort in U.S. history, with nearly 100,000 emergency personnel arriving on the scene within three days of the storm's landfall." 

Given the recent publicity accompanying the anniversary of the hurricane -- and the accompanying Bush-bashing -- it might be worth a look to get more of the story.