Polls Are Polls Are Polls....EXCEPT!
THIS ONE IS Rasmussen, not Zogby....and it shows a lean toward McCain AFTER PALIN's announcement!
Let us see what happens during the GOP Convention....
The DEMs Warned of A Smear Campaign.....
They failed to tell us They'd be doing the smearing!!!
Little Green Footballs is all over this one....
Dirt upon dirt. No wonder the Democrats needed their special anti-smear group.
New GOP Bumper Sticker?
First stated by Manly Rash in comments at Hot Air:I ♥ SARAH’CUDA
Ya gotta love that one!
10 Things You Didn't Know About Sarah Palin!
From James Pethoukis:". Sarah Louise Palin (nee Heath) was born Feb., 1964, in Sandpoint, Idaho. Her family moved to Alaska when Sarah was an infant. Her father, Chuck, is a retired schoolteacher.2. She attended Wasilla High School where she played point guard on the state champion basketball team. Her nickname was “Sarah Barracuda.”3. Palin graduated in 1987 from the University of Idaho with a degree in journalism. She worked briefly as a sports reporter in Anchorage.4. She refers to her husband, Todd, as the “First Dude.” He’s worked as a commercial fisherman and as a production operator on the North Slope for BP. He enjoys snowmobiling and has won the Tesoro Iron Dog, billed as the world’s longest snowmobile race, four times.5. Palin and her husband have five children, Bristol, Piper, Track, Willow, and Trig. Trig, born in 2008, has been diagnosed with Down syndrome. Her son Track joined the army in 2007.6. Her favorite meal is moose stew.7. She comes from a family of outdoor enthusiasts. Her parents, Chuck and Sally Heath, enjoy hunting and fishing, and have both completed marathons.8. Palin was named Miss Wasilla in 1984 and was a runner-up for Miss Alaska. In 1996 she was elected mayor of Wasilla.9. She’s a lifetime NRA member and enjoys hunting, fishing, and snowmobiling.10. Elected in 2006, she’s Alaska’s first female governor and the youngest governor elected in the state."
We have a candidate for the Conservatives....
DEMS = Male Chauvinists!
Great move John McCain. Not only have the DEMs blackened their own eye with their treatment of Hillary, but also they now are screaming "lack-of-experience" about Palin....this in the face of Obama's complete lack of chops on the national/international stage...Kirsten Powers has a fine story in The New York Post
This one will leave the DEMs hemming and hawing for weeks....Now both parties have a newbie in the campaign, and an oldie as well.....BUT the GOP has a woman!
Bases Loaded HOME RUN! - It Is Palin!
This absolutely surprised me, and I am sure the "Obamaites" are scrambling to see what they can say.
McCain provides Military creds beyond anything seen lately (despite the blithering of Carter) He also provides the status of a "maverick" for the GOP who has sought across-aisle cooperation to get things done (even if often bereft of reason).
Palin brings lots of things.....The same youthful exhuberance as Obama; PRO-LIFE creds; and F-E-M-A-L-E! HERE's A Tape of Palin showing she has intelligence and a grasp of "What IS"!
WOW....Watch the Obama camp now try to deal with their NOT
choosing Hillary as VP.....
The GOP has a hope.I am smiling!
Quick Note: Carter Sucks!
Neal Boortz addresses Jimmah Carter's comments on John McCain "Milking his military record".....
"CARTER SLAMS MCCAIN
Jimmy Carter – who has sadly become a true jerk – is now accusing John McCain of "milking every possible drop of advantage" from his POW time in Vietnam.
McCain is milking his Vietnam experience? My God! Did Carter ever listen to John Kerry during the last presidential campaign? Kerry couldn't talk ten minutes without referring to his daring bravery under fire (yeah, right) in Vietnam. And then there was that "reporting for duty" nonsense at his acceptance speech. Did Carter have anything to say about Kerry?
Every time this man opens his mouth he embarrasses himself. Time to zip it up and go home."
Carter is the only ex-president to endorse most of the terrorists of the world, and has met with more than half of their leaders.
What an ass!
The "Perfect Stranger" Is Not Ready To Lead!
Charles Krauthammer explains The Perfect Stranger!
Empty Suit - Lacking Experience - Hiding what experience he does have behind a mask of yell, scream, threaten Chicago-Style bullying; Obama is both an unaccomplished man, and a self-promoter of the 1st water!
I am certain his antics will draw a knowing glance from the voters by the time the election day draws near. One should not have to threaten folks who are reading his background records....particularly when they are true scholars. The simple fact of threats and yelling indicates there IS a reason to look at the records.
An EGO For The Ages!
Finally, a title for Obama with which I can agree!
A Greek forum for "THE ONE!"
My God, have you ever seen such an ego?
If McCain pulled something like this it would cause rage among the liberal left loonies!
Police In Denver Protect VIP Donors/Senators!
Amazing, yesterday the police refused to step in when a raving lunatic threatened Michelle Malkin on a public sidewalk for MANY minutes.
NOW they arrest an ABC official for trying to film Democratic Senators and VIP Donors leaving a meeting.
And it was all done on a public sidewalk.
Great job Denver....we love it when you blacken your own eyes!
Obama Attempts To Silence Criticism....With Threats!
Michelle Malkin: "I cannot stress how outrageous the Obama campaign’s attempt to silence the creators of the Ayers ad is. Mr. Hope and Change is applying Chicago-style mafia tactics to intimidate those who want to alert the nation to Obama’s troubling ties to, and longtime relationship with, the unrepentant Weather Underground terrorist. Obama’s lawyers and minions are playing hardball with TV stations that have dared to air the ad. They have the gall to champion campaign finance integrity — even as Obama has just admitted hiding payments to his Chicago cronies at ACORN. The Obama campaign can’t cite anything false or defamatory about the ad because it is accurate and truthful."
How true....the man for change also wants to establish gestapo-type control over ANY who offer truth about his connections to Weather Underground.Here's her entire post titled "Fighting Back Against Obama's Thugs!" (including the ad)
The Dems, particularly Obama are actually everything they falsely accuse the GOP of being.
How cute they are, trying to avoid Obama's actual actions.
We Don't Need No Border Protection!
Thank you GWB for your idiocy!WE ARE UNDER ATTACK...
For GWB's transgressions!
Political Correctness Gone Too Far!!!!
Now it is "Your kid is too good, so he cannot pitch!"
I am NOT kidding!GO--READ...Understand this idiocy!
Political correctness in kids baseball.....
The Socialist view...."WE MUST ALL BE EQUAL!"
It Is HARD to Sell Global Warming In THESE Conditions!
The weather outside is COOOOOOLLLL
& The Farmer's Almanac predicts N-U-M-B for Winter...
Given the last five years of cooler weather this is not GOOD NEWS for the Goreites
of the world!
Obama Cites McCain "Houses"....OOPSIE!
Sometimes pols just jump WAAAAAY too soon.....
Obama on houses of McCain & thus we look at House of Obama!!!!OOPSIE!
Careful whom you tackle inexperienced one.......they might look at you as well!
"No Biden Bounce", CNN Poll
Slow Joe apparently added exactly nothing to the ticket as far as polled people are concerned in the 1st such poll following the Obama announcement of a VP candidate.CNN has details.
I am not surprised as the posts below will indicate. I do feel the rah-rah-rah of the coming week's convention will give the team a temporary bounce...at least until the GOP convention the following week.
Then it is off to the races for the next two hectic months!
Obama Wants "Change" & "Hope".....BUT
Wizbang catches the complete incongruity between Obama's critique of McCain for being an insider, and Biden's decades-long Washington hall-walking!
Obama continues to say whatever fits the moment, and damn the previous statements. After all, "can't we all just get along?"
Only a blind person fails to catch his meandering around on almost every topic.
Obama Gaffe #.........er.......8,256?
Turn off Obama's teleprompter and his anti-American side takes command.Hugh Hewitt covers the story!
I cannot wait for an unscripted debate between these two. Obama will spew his hate stuff, demonstrating how much better he feels other places...almost any other places...are.
China's Youthful Competitors
The controversy broils along.....FOX News is on top of it.....
This is one of the stories which might bring extreme shame on the Chinese for cheating....seems they "misunderestimated" the international bloggers!
While one common-tater here is obsessed with the DEM line, even if devoid of facts, he is also missing some great stuff....AT MICHELLE MALKIN's site!
(NOTE: The comments are more priceless than the Malkin bit!)
I never miss her stuff. Not only is she completely politically-aware, but also the cutest little reporter/writer around!& THIS Piece is simply hilarious!!!!
Meanwhile.....THE REAL STORY about money and who has what and who gave what to whom is coming to light.People in glass houses, etc.!
I Am So-o-o-o-o Glad!
Obama has announced that "HE" knows who his running mate is, but he sez he will not tell even if the person selected knows or not.
What a game of blind-man's-bluff........
The two candidates have BOTH decided, and they will milk this for every morsel....especially the "O" man who is desperately seeking A-N-Y news that deflects publicity of the closing gap between he and McCain.
Do you smell the sweat of fear from the Obama campaign. I can hear it, even if I don't smell it.
China's Teeny, Tiny Gymnasts Exposed?
The news is not good for the Gold medalist!THERE IS ALWAYS A PAPER TRAIL!
Now will the completely clueless, and gutless IOC do anything?
Probably not....their theory seems to be....let the waters settle!
An "O"-Bama "Ruh-Roh!"
This is a decidedly less-than-friendly look at Obama's slide in the polls.Election Projection shows McCain AHEAD in electoral votes!
Yoiks!!!! The Obama folks must be seeking cover somewhere.....perhaps at the DEM convention!
BUT...that is followed in a week by.....The GOP convention.
This is getting interestinger and interestinger!
Conventions Are OUTDATED.....
I recall conventions when I was M-U-C-H younger where they actually had votes that mattered. I recall conventions where the candidate was NOT decided prior to June 1st. I remember conventions where the V.P. choice was a deep-dark secret.
That was then.....this is NOW!
There is absolutely no need for conventions today. By the time they are held, the candidates are determined....the V.P. Choice is a media gimmick, and we all know what is going to happen. The ratings on this year's conventions TV coverage will probably be dismal! At least I hope so!
MILLIONS are spent for what amounts to a giant cheer leading spectacle for the two parties. The polls react with a sudden rise of a few points....then return to pre
-convention levels within a week or so.
I, for one, will NOT be watching any of either convention!
I already know how I am voting, and I seriously doubt even those who are yet undecided are going to be influenced by the flatulence gushing from mouths of long-established pols at these glorified self-serving salutes to the anointed
Time to find a new way of doing this!
It is NOT Just Me! - Obama Folks Are Scared!
The reactions of the Obama folks to almost anything these days produces cries of "Racism", "Cheating", "Swift Boating", etc.
The really, really fun thing is the cries are from one party. and they are not in tune with what is happening.
The facts are: Dems are crying the above charges....In Anticipation!
They were So-o-o-o burned by the fact of the Swift Boaters in 2004 that they are today making like whiny folks just "IN CASE"
The GOP looses such a charge.
As a result the Dems are coming off like the kid who cried wolf too many times. Nothing at all has come from McCain to justify such charges. The Dems just WISH there would be something.
As a result the Dems seem completely absorbed in looking for wrong....even when it is not there.
Paranoia stops lots of things....and it may continue to stop "The One"
His campaign is looking more and more like a loser battling against the tide.
I predict he will gain a bounce from the Convention....most candidates do. BUT, then the GOP has theirs and it is negated as has been most of his campaign to this point. This will, after all, be an interesting year politically....not at all the Dem romp some had projected.
Vlad, You've Got Email!
A farcical look at the reaction of three folks to Putin's invasion of Georgia....By Kathleen Parker at Real Clear Politics.
The problem is, this farcical look is W-A-Y too close to the actual reactions of the three to Putin's invasion.
By the way, there is no truth to the rumor that "The One's" email had background music of kum bay ah!
The British Don't Have A Clue About The USA
A recent poll in England showed just how far out-of-focus the British are about US!The Telegraph reports!
If this had been a backward country somewhere, I'd have believed it more readily.
Why McCain W-O-N The 1st "Debate"
Debate is a bit the wrong term, but responses from the two candidates being equal and level, the tale was told plainly.....By BYRON YORK
If one is aware of politics....political decisions....political acumen....it was no contest!
Obama needs to "go back to school" for about 20 years to be ready to make the hard decisions. "Guessing" and "Fawning" are not political answers to representing THE
nation on the planet which is in charge by virtue of success as a nation!
Nuff said...and if you do not agree, you are wearing blinders!
Gitmo Bay In Denver? - The DNC's Dirty Little Secret!
Democrats have been on a tirade against GWB ever since Gitmo was made a base for housing terrorists. Now the DNC has been involved in a similar facility for their convention.Don't ya just hate it when bleeding-heart libs do the same stuff????
I know I do....but they will have an explanation....
Maybe it is OK if you don't waterboard the detainees?
15 - 12 - 10
My ranking in Florida's political blogs is rising. Check the right hand column....
Not sure why, but still like it.
15 when I first surfaced two weeks ago. 12 last week; 10 this week.
That has to drive some liberals cra-zy! (I cannot write that word without hearing the idiotic voice of Jay Bush's dog in their commercial!)
FAY - Update 1
Duchess and I are still negotiating about the RV (she wants to stay and I want to go) and avoiding FAY. I guess, realistically, we should stay. I just like to hit the road, damnit!
However, here is the current. Since this morning we have had three updates. They have danced around a path from somewhere landing North of Punta Gorda to the latest of passing by Tampa at sea and landing North of us toward the Panhandle.
Problem is, the exact course will dictate the strength of FAY. If it stays over the Gulf, it grows and grows. On land it shrinks.
Current path, West of us produces both the worst result (possible CAT 2), and places us on the NE quadrant, notorious for being the absolute worst area. Today we battened down the hatches (loaded lawn stuff, outdoor fireplace, canopy stored, etc.)
We thought we'd know by now where it was going, but crossing Cuba still dictates the future. We'll now not know til Monday morning, if then.
We're ready, and if power should fail, we've got the motor coach just a mile away which we can bring here, and live in for three or more days on the full fuel tanks.....
Waiting for FAY!
Putin's Push Producing Problems....
Putin made a statement; and now, quite likely the West including several states are going to push back......way back!Instapundit makes lots of connections!
Putin may come to rue the day he tried to immitate a Russian bear, and instead pointed out through his depleted, ill-kept, and untrained, rusty army just how weak he is militarily!
Ya gotta love it. Maybe Medvedev will actually take control.....Nah!
Obama Erases Another Line In The Sand....
The man flip-flops so much I swear it sounds like a fish on a wood dock.....Ed Morrissey at Hot Air has the story.
The only thing Obama has not flip-flopped on is.......well, you know.....ah....
Eyes To The South - Watching Fay!
Tropical Storm Fay; on her way to full hurricane force after she climbs over Cuba, is apparently heading to the vicinity of Tampa.
I'll be out today fully fueling "Roadhouse", our motorhome. If necessary we'll be outta here come Monday afternoon or Tuesday morning at the latest.
Problem is the thing appears to be heading right up Florida's west coast. If we leave, after battening down all the outdoor stuff, we still have the decision of where to go. It appears we'd be best served to hit up to I-10 and go West toward Alabama or Mississippi.
This presupposes we leave at all.
Too soon to tell....but Eyes to The South!
A Voice of Reason From Texas!
Some in Texas Get It Right!
The key part of that is....bad guys knowing no guns will await them in undefended schools. Teachers are not the ones likely to go about shooting folks, and I'll bet you the bad guys are not going to go to a school where they know guns are in the teachers hands.
After all the bad guys don't want to get shot! They just want to do the shooting.
The effort to be "winners" instead of "whiners" by the Chinese in their hosted Olympics is drawing all sorts of fire.
Michelle Malkin writes: "With their head-in-the-sand response to the Chinese gymnast scandal, enabling international Olympics officials have driven the final nail into the credibility coffin of the games and turned the guiding principle of athletic competition on its head.
The Olympic Village has become China’s triumphant Potemkin village.
Swifter, Higher, Stronger? Try Smaller, Liar, Younger."
Michelle's entire piece is A nice treatment of this farce.
Thanks IOC for once-again proving your are inept, politically-correct to a fault, and unable to rule anything!
Democrat to Republican - At Age 6 !!!!
An email story from a lawyer friend...."I was talking to the daughter of a friend of mine. She said she wanted to be President some day. Both of her parents, liberal democrats, were standing there, so I asked her, 'If you were President what would be the first thing you would do?' She replied, 'I'd give houses to all the homeless people.''Wow - what a worthy goal.' I told her, 'You don't have to wait until you're President to do that. You can come over to my house and mow my lawn, pull weeds, and sweep my yard, and I'll pay you $50. Then we'll go over to the grocery store where a homeless guy hangs out and you can give him the $50 to use toward a new house.'She thought that over for a few seconds 'cause she's only 6, and while her Mom glared at me, she looked me straight in the eye and asked, 'Why doesn't the homeless guy come over and do the work and you can just pay him the $50?'And I said, 'Welcome to the Republican Party.'Her folks still aren't talking to me."
Corporate Tax Rates - A Primer for The Government Educated!
Another fine offering by Little Duke:
Today’s Wall Street Journal has it. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121875570585042551.html?mod=djemEditorialPage
It’s just another example of politicians depending on the dumb masses. (As Neal Boortz say it, go ahead, say it three times fast) They scream about going after those evil corporations that don’t pay their fair share, while corporation after corporation leaves this country for greener pastures. Anhauser Busch is just the latest and it won’t be the last. While our rates are almost the highest in the world, our revenue from the tax is very low and getting worse. Politicians continue to use the tax code as a favor granting / social engineering scheme instead of a revenue generating vehicle and this leads to every company trying to jump through hoops to comply.
Of course, the dirty little secret that out esteemed elected officials are either to stupid to understand or are lying to us about is that businesses don’t pay taxes, individuals pay them. Don’t believe me? Let me explain what politicians don’t want anyone else to understand. A company makes $100,000 in profit in a year. At 25% tax rate, they owe $25,000 in taxes. Who pays it? You only have three choices…
1. Owners. It comes off the profit, so the stock holders take a $25,000 hit. There goes your parent’s retirement fund. Your parents just paid the tax.
2. Customers. Let’s say the company just built it into the price. That means the customers paid it. Another set of individuals just paid the tax.
3. Employees. What could the company have done with that money? Maybe offer better pay packages to its employees? Not any more, your friendly politician has the money now and just paid for a cow flatulence study that happens to be taking place in their home district. (Any real flatulence study should be done every time a politician opens their mouth.)
There you have it; the tax is paid by one of those groups of individuals, not the company. Instead of allowing the politicians to hide the true cost of government, it is time for the Fair Tax. NO CORPORATE TAXES. Just imagine for a second how fast companies from around the world would be scrambling to relocate here. Our individual tax base would go through the roof.
See the details here. http://www.fairtax.org/site/PageServer
Obama is Not The Messiah! - Ask a Black Man!
UPDATE: O.K., as pointed out in the snarky comment below....I should have checked this. Snopes sez Sowell never said it. I elect to leave it up however as I find the reasoning, message and conclusions to be quite similar to my view.....
Just read this:"The article below was written by syndicated columnist, Thomas Sowell, a black man. He wrote it in a humorous way this past week in a column titled "Random Thoughts" and published it in newspapers nationally, so maybe you've already seen it. If not, be my guest:Senator John McCain could never convince me to vote for him. Only Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama can cause me to vote for McCain. After long and serious thought, I have decided to endorse Senator John McCain for President. I have always voted for the person and have not voted for anyone because some political party was telling me who I should vote for. We all know the choices by now and, that said, I do believe that the process of selecting a chief executive is deeply flawed. The words "money" and "special interests" come to mind, among many others. Here's the way I see it: Barack Obama, you are a fine public speaker. You are also an extremely liberal Senator from the State of Illinois , which has a long and rich history of political corruption of the first magnitude. You are indeed a child of that system. You have finally insulted my intelligence far beyond my capacity to tolerate your insults. It has nothing at all to do with your skin color. As a matter of fact, it would be so COOL to finally have an African-American for President. What a great statement that would be to the entire world that we are indeed the greatest country on earth! But, unfortunately, General Colin Powell is not running, and YOU are NOT the man for this job ! Barack baby, you want me to believe that you have never heard the sermons of your own pastor, the Right Reverend "God Damn America" Jeremiah Wright. It is a matter of record that this has been your church for over 20 years. It is a matter of record that you were married there by this very pastor, and that your children were baptized there. The good Reverend saw fit to visit Khadafy in Libya with you and to give a lifetime achievement award to Louis Farrakhan, of all people. We have all now seen excerpts of his sermons all over the airwaves by now. And you have publicly stated that this man IS your "spiritual mentor." BUT, your pastor is NOT the reason I am NOT voting for you. His words were disturbing enough, but it is your own HUGE church congregation, seen jumping, hooting and howling to his words in the background that disturb me the most. And please don't tell me you attended church there and never once heard a "discouraging word" in the 20 years you attended there. Don't tell me, that in addition to the good reverend, that you are now not having anything to do with all those other people seen hooting and howling out in the audience in the background of his fiery tirades. Even Oprah Winfrey got disgusted and walked out on your campaign. I am no Oprah fan, but still she did the right thing. Now you look me in the eye and ask me to believe that you never heard such language in all the years you attended there! This is like me telling you that I attended dozens of Klan rallies and never once heard the "N" word. Yep. And Bill Clinton "did not inhale". Yes, Mr. Obama, we all have friends who have said stupid things that embarrassed us, but NOW you have asked me to believe something that is so incredibly stupid that you are telling me that I am just stupid enough to believe you. THAT is the main reason that I will never vote for you.I am deeply sorry, that in a country teeming with enormously talented African Americans who would make a good President that the political system has chosen YOU. You are a pathetic and plastic excuse for an American, who will not even salute the Flag during the Pledge of Allegiance. God forbid you ever get near the Oval Office. Which leaves us with Senator John McCain. John, you are a flawed man. You are a bit old, a bit looney, and you have a notoriously bad temper. This perfectly qualifies you, in my humble opinion, to lead us for the next eight years. I WANT your trembling hand on the nuclear button. Think about it. We have Kim Jong IL, Chavez and Ahmadenijad all running around like lunatics, threatening America and threatening to plunge the world into nuclear Armageddon. We have Putin and the Chinese blustering and rattling their sabers at us. I want John McCain in the Oval Office and I want him to be really ticked off at all these other nut jobs around the planet. John, once you are elected, I want you to go into the Oval Office and throw one of your perfect F ITS. Jump up and down and throw something through a plate glass window. Rip the drapes down and foam at the mouth a bit. And I want the whole thing on camera so that Ahmadinejad can see it. I want ALL of these "world leaders" to lay awake at night and to break out in a cold sweat every time they think of messing with the United States of America . I want the nuclear button sitting right next to the alarm clock on your night stand. I want pictures of this to be sent to Iran , Russia , China , Venezuela , Cuba , Libya , Syria , Pakistan , and those other dopes in the sheets, the Saudis. On the domestic front, poor John did try and reach across the aisle to the opposition in a desperate effort to compromise and to get the Congress to do something. You may not agree with his efforts, but at least he TRIED. For all his efforts, all he got handed to him was his head in a basket. The liberals are ticked at him and the conservatives are ticked at him. Just my kinda guy. I predict that John will select Senator Joe Lieberman as his running mate. Good choice. I want a Jew whose memory of the Holocaust is still fresh in his mind and who is royally ticked off at all of these towel-headed morons in the Middle East to be the next in line if something should happen to John. Shalom, Vice President Joe. One heartbeat from the Oval Office. Finally. John McCain knows on a most personal level what it is to suffer horrible torture for years and to see others die, right in front of you, for their love of America . When you ask him about it, he will tell you that what he did was "nothing special. " Even more incredibly, he states that ANY American who truly loves his country would do exactly the same as he did in that situation. You and I will have a hard time believing that, but the real point is that John McCain believes that about the "average American," and that, dear friends and neighbors, iswhy I will cast my one poor ballot for on election day for John McCain -- warts and all."Love the logic.....love the thoughts, and DAMN....He is right on almost every thought!Duke
Do You See Terrorism....I Don't See Any Terrorism!
In what has become a standard for the FBI and Homeland Security, there are N-E-V-E-R any situations which indicate a possible terrorism connection......
This piece by Jay Tea at Wizbangblog
explains just what I am saying.
Let me see if I got that right again:
Muslim from Canada
Flew to USA
Staying in Dem-Convention city
Paying $200 per might for nice room
In possession of 1 LB of cyanide
Nope, no possible terrorism connection there....just move on folks!
Just how idiotic are our protectors.....or are they just trying really, really hard to keep us from knowing what is actually going on?
I don't like either prospect!
99% Sure Democrats (Pelosi & Company) Dragging Feet On Oil Until Election
Professor Glenn Reynolds, Instapundit
to most of us, has a poll suggested by a reader....RESULTS ARE PRETTY CLEAR!
The truly amazing thing is the Dems just really, really do not care as they avoid, at all costs, the votes on drilling.
Meanwhile Jon Basil Utley writes IT IS ALL POLITICS...NOT A LACK OF OIL!
Boy-O-Boy is he right! 11 major hurdles just to get the right to drill....AFTER the area is "freed" for drilling. That is your ten year time frame folks....Political Interference!
Still wonder why the Congress is into single-digit believeability?
by Little DukeEd. note… As I hope a few of you can tell, I borrowed this idea heavily from Ayn Rand’s book Atlas Shrugged. Any brilliance in this idea is hers and any lack of talent in conveying this idea to you is all mine. Enjoy…Robin Hood is a story enjoyed by millions. Robin Hood was a noble who became a hero of the people because he stole from the rich and gave to the poor. I am here to tell you that is a lie. The story is not about rich and poor, although it is about justice. Robin Hood has been misunderstood by generations and it’s time we get it right.In the history of the world, there are basically two types of people. There are producers. They are the workers, the idea people, the business owners and entrepreneurs that create something out of nothing. The other side is called the looters. They are people who produce nothing or at least produce less than they consume. It isn’t just people on welfare. Kids are looters. (Probably until they are in their thirties, I think.) Anyone who has attended a state collage is a looter. (The state picks up part of the tab.) All of us, at one time or another, fall into both of those profiles. Producers and looters are a normal part of society. As long as looters were taken care of voluntarily, they were never really a problem. We all realize we have been there and are willing to help our fellow man. Private charities provided a safety net and the land prospered. We now have looters running the government and taking the producers property by force. This was what Robin Hood faced. Robin Hood was a hero, not because he stole from the rich, but because he stole from the looters and gave back to the producers. The sheriff of Nottingham was the looter. He stole from the producers in order to buy favor and loyalty from other nobles. He used the power of the state to force the producers to give up their hard earned property to finance this vote buying scheme.Nothing in politics really changes. Today, the Sheriff of San Francisco and her band of congressional soldiers are doing the same thing and both parties are in bed together on this. We need a new Robin Hood. The last one that even got close was Ronald Reagan and he was thwarted by a looters congress that spent it faster than he could give it back. Robin Hood! He stole from thieves and gave it back to its rightful owners. That should be the moral of the story. Little Duke
O...K....You Have To Read THIS!
YOU KNOW this is true!We are all ready for the vote!Duke
Three Responses to Putin!
Just WAAAAY too accurate!
This tells the tale.......A Bush deceived....a McCain accurate in his perception....an Obama completely out in left field and floundering!
Just read and know....Then you'll elect McCain...despite his faults!
"Gang of Ten" May NOT Be The "Gang of 14"....
Here is their story as presented on INSTAPUNDIT!
I guess I cannot judge; however, I have found the GOP so far sold out and abandoned in every "cooperative venture" by the parties. I am afraid this is no different.
We need to stick by our guns here, and stop the Democrat idiocy!
Liar, Liar....Pants On Fire!
Too bad the children's phrase from so many years ago does absolutely nothing against the Soviet liars and invaders.
The fact they agree to a cease fire; obviously only to allow themselves more time to divide Georgia and render it completely helpless is astounding.
Meanwhile the U.N. fiddles, and the U.S. issues the obligatory "Harrumphs!"
We are allowing the Soviets to repeat their years-ago invasions of other countries. & We are doing so with absolutely no repercussions against these monsters of the midway!We suck as a powerful nation. Big Time!
Edwards Story Growing Legs - It Ain't Over Yet!
The New York Post Has more "stuff"...
Much of this connects to already-unveiled items. It all points to an Edwards/Hunter attempt to cover. He to protect himself from further political damage...she to help her "love" and, of course to keep receiving the rumored $15,000 monthly.
One of my commenter's got his panties in a wad over Edwards wife and the press exposure. If I am correct, she will be better-informed to find this sniveling "silky pony" is STILL peddling his own brand of pony-poo!
& Yes, I do feel sorry for her, but it is time this entire thing is out and open. The dribbles of information are seemingly coming together much like waters rushing down mountain streams and soon a torrent of items will be out.
"Silky Pony" may soon be a sow's ear!
From The W-T-F? Department!
OBAMA HALTS GEORGIA WAR!
(While vacationing in Hawaii!)
Thank you guv-nah for making a complete ass out of yourself!
DukeUPDATE: By the way Steve Huntley has it right in the Chicago Sun Times!
Pelosi's Firm Position(s) On Drilling....All of Them!
From the CNN Larry King Show:"I would not. It depends how the drilling is put forth. But I don’t — that is not excluded, let me say it that way. It depends how that is proposed, if the safeguards are there. Now, mind you, 68 million acres — 10 million more acres in Alaska where they can drill. But if there’s — if we can get some great things, in terms of renewable energy resources; a renewable electricity standard; wind, solar, biofuels and the rest in that context, because if you make a decision only to go with the offshore drilling, you are increasing our dependence on fossil fuels and you will never free yourself of that addiction unless you invest in the renewable energy resources that are good for the environment, cheaper for the consumer and will reverse global warming. And the consumer is our first responsibility. The American taxpayer owns this oil offshore, by the way. Let me make this one final point. This oil is owned by the American taxpayers. The oil companies drill. We give them money to drill there. But we get very little in return. So I think as we have this debate, which is a very healthy one to have and I welcome it, we have to review and realign the relationship between our oil, big oil’s profits and what it means to the consumer and the taxpayer."What The Hell Did She Just Say??????????
I guess the headline should have been: "Pelosi Hits Bottom....Orders More Shovels!"
McCain Was Right On Russia! - Obama Is Wrong!
Capt. Ed Hennessy at Hot Air offers the story on McCain's correct assessment.
GWB was W-R-O-N-G on this guy from the git-go. Obama just wants to make nice all over Putin & Company!
25 Hints You Might NOT Vote For Obama!
by Peter Kirsanow at NRO:WELL WORTH THE READ!
Grandma's Retirement Check
by Little Duke
Another day, another call from a socialist / progressive to seize those evil oil company’s profits and give them to the “working” people. This time it’s Dick Durbin, the pride of Illinois, who stated that the profit of the oil companies are too big and it’s time for a “windfall” profits tax on the oil companies. Let’s forget for a moment that Mr. Durban couldn’t define windfall if his life depended on it. The real question is why the oil company’s profit margin are so low. Profit margin is the best way to compare profits and the oil companies’ profit margin is 8.3%. That’s 8.3 cents per dollar of sales. Is that a lot? I don’t know… Beverages and tobacco had double that profit margin as did drug companies. Computer companies were at 14 percent. Why isn’t the esteemed Mr. Durban calling out those evil companies? Quite simply, he’s preaching wealth envy.
The arguments are old and tired and let’s face it; they play to the socialist base of the Democratic Party. Most of those that would believe the rhetoric do not really understand any of what was just said. They’re paying a lot for gas and they want somebody blamed. No, we can not win the argument as long as we let the democrat / socialists dictate the terms.
Let’s look at oil profits. Who owns the profit from an oil company? Its stockholders do. Profits are the property of the owners (stockholders) of the company. Approximately 1.5% of oil company stock is owned by oil executives. That means 98.5% of the stock in those companies is owned by; mutual funds; 401K’s; IRA’s and pension funds. In other words, the oil company is owned by your grandmother.
It’s time to change the terms of the argument. Instead of letting Barak say “I want to seize oil company profits to give working people (oh, please) $1,000 checks”, we should report that Barak wants to seize grandma’s retirement to give people $1,000 checks!
Think of how that change takes the wind out of the whole wealth envy argument. We have let the democrats dictate the terms of the argument for too long and grandma needs relief from politicians as much as she needs relief from gas prices.
Thanks to Little Duke for the above......I pity those "government educated" who cannot see the idiocy of the Democrat plan.
This Is NOT Fun!
A close friend.....a fellow Elks member for years, and the person who held my current office for 13 years, is losing his wife of 54 years!
Three weeks ago she had a massive stroke. The primary problem was she lost her memory. She seems to know no one.
Now, her body is failing.....limbs are not getting circulation.
Life is ebbing away, and my friend has not the tools to deal with this crisis. Who among us could deal with the sudden and disastrous
loss of a loved one of 5 decades? Not me.....
Life can be cruel......
B-U-T On the other hand, as offered by many....myself included....they had 50 plus years together....many more than most of us will enjoy!
May God bless you Carl....and he will recieve your loved-one into his arms with comfort.
Accept life and love and caring, my friend!
UNIONS are LIARS!!!
They represent themselves as "for the members"....but they are actually THUGS in forcing union members to place money in their hands to support any candidate/party (READ: Democrat) that supports their goals!JUST CHECK THIS "RANK in RANK & FILE" production
The media have their back, and the DEMs find them irresistible!
B-U-T they are selective in their support.....GOOOOLLLLEEEEEE! Would Ya Believe it???????
Drill, Drill, Drill on a Roll, Roll, Roll...
THE PUBLIC SEZ "DO IT!"
Larry Kudlow, in the above NRO link makes absolutely clear why the Dem leadership will not allow a vote. The Dems would L-O-S-E by a wide margin. I guess they prefer to be opposed by the vast majority of the electorate than to lose a vote and have an even bigger problem.
How nice it is to see the folks who were going to save us now located in a giant pickle jar! Smelly and quite visible!!!
eDWARDS - pART dEUX!
I intentionally left the keys for caps reversed for the above....it was not a typo!
It was to show just how horribly out-of-kilter the Edwards/Hunter thing is.
Mickey Kaus DOES IT SOOOOO MUCH BETTER!
Edwards story is NOT over. He will be toast before it is!
DESPITE THE Main Stream (Antique) Media!
DukeUPDATE: Michelle Malkin traces a lot more through Overlawyered!
YOU JUST HAVE to read it to believe the fact Edwards & Company expect the public to buy this tripe!
Edwards & Hunter Skirt Paternity Issue
Reille Hunter has now publicly stated that she will not submit her daughter to paternity testing.
One could hear the Edwards sigh of relief all the way down here in Tampa.
This also adds fuel to the rumor that there is a $15,000 monthly "fee" being paid to Ms. Hunter by some part of the Edwards organization....a rumor not yet proven nor oft reported in any media. The supposed fee has continued since her work on videos for the former Presidential candidate.
Any one wish to speculate that the fee discussion had already taken place prior to Edwards' admission of involvement and denial of paternity. Yeah, right....He is just fond of making middle-of-the-night visits to the hotel rooms of special advisers to see the advisor's offspring....and then to hide in irrational fashion from the media present.
Sorry folks, this kettle of fish smells to high heaven!
Somehow I have a strong inclination that this apparent attempt to put the fish back in the barrel is not going to quell the media.
It Is O-N-L-Y News IF WE Say It Is!
A completely biased Main Stream (Antique) Media has long been a sore spot with me.
The current brouhaha over the John Edwards story is a prime example of MSM trying to decide the news so we don't have to.....oh, and to help insure that the Democrat machine wins in November.INSTAPUNDIT has lots of links...
The only question I have at this point for your consideration is: How do you think the media would have handled this if the culprit were Romney or some other GOP luminary? Come on....you know the answer to this one!
Senator McGovern; A Democrat...."Union Votes Should Be Private!"
George, ever the Democrat is a fine voice for the opponents of the new union tactic!"The legislation is called the Employee Free Choice Act, and I am sad to say it runs counter to ideals that were once at the core of the labor movement. Instead of providing a voice for the unheard, EFCA risks silencing those who would speak.
The key provision of EFCA is a change in the mechanism by which unions are formed and recognized. Instead of a private election with a secret ballot overseen by an impartial federal board, union organizers would simply need to gather signatures from more than 50% of the employees in a workplace or bargaining unit, a system known as "card-check." There are many documented cases where workers have been pressured, harassed, tricked and intimidated into signing cards that have led to mandatory payment of dues.
Under EFCA, workers could lose the freedom to express their will in private, the right to make a decision without anyone peering over their shoulder, free from fear of reprisal.
There's no question that unions have done much good for this country. Their tenacious efforts have benefited millions of workers and helped build a strong middle class. They gave workers a new voice and pushed for laws that protect individuals from unfair treatment. They have been a friend to the Democratic Party, and so I oppose this legislation respectfully and with care.
To my friends supporting EFCA I say this: We cannot be a party that strips working Americans of the right to a secret-ballot election. We are the party that has always defended the rights of the working class. To fail to ensure the right to vote free of intimidation and coercion from all sides would be a betrayal of what we have always championed."
The Democrat position is, "force the folks into unions!"
They are wrong!
This thing amazes me. I am absolutely astounded that there are such violent encounters on the highway.
Oh, I am not immune to such things. I have been the "offended"; and, I have been the offendee at times during my driving.
The thing is, I cannot find a reason to feel such rage as to wish bodily harm to folks enough to pursue such things.
Shooting folks is just unreal. Defense is one thing...I own a shotgun for such. Just being really, really pissed at someone for his driving is NOT enough of a reason to shoot someone! NEVER!
What makes people pull guns and do violence?
I'll bet this fellow who shot an agent is NOT a licensed gun holder. Guess we'll have to find that out as the story unfolds.
Brown Shirts On Parade!!!
The Obama supporters are on parade, and saluting in the prescribed method!Pajamas Media has details of this "brown shirt" invasion of our political system!
Only the Liberals (socialists) would possibly think of this!
Obamassiah Nutjobs Will Be Soooo M-A-D!!!
Finally, after about eight years, someone other than GWB on the cover of Mad Magazine.
I'll bet it takes about three seconds for someone to scream R-A-C-I-S-M!!!!
You just know its gonna happen!
Obama's Universal Sign!
Yes, it just had to happen from a campaign which has already got a presidential symbol; a plane with his own logo; and, several other such idiocies.Michelle Malkin hosts the five symbols....
The Obama burn out among the public is nearing fruition.
Profanity Rampant on Liberal Blogs!
Someone has finally done an analysis of profanity on web sites which allow comments. The liberals have a 10-to-1 lead over their conservative counterparts.ANALYSIS COMES FROM THE WASHINGTON TIMES
I guess its true that he who has the least to say better say it loudly and with nasty emphasis. This one is of absolutely no surprise to most who travel the blogs as it is readily evident that most conservative sites a) do not use a lot of profanity, and, b) do not allow rampant use of same in their comments section.
I find it interesting that among the two or three members of my email circle who are liberal/socialist in belief there is also a massive amount of profanity and just-plain-meanness whenever someone disagrees with their point of view.
Here he is!
Now, for the challenged in the Democrat Party, identify the folks who have gone under the bus!
Yee Haw! Great Game!!!!!
Pelosi Has A Book????? Who'd A Known!
Yeppers folks, Ms "I am outta touch" has a book which ranks somewhere below the tide tables publications in popularity!
Guess this is another "conspiracy" by the GOP....of course, it could be as the GOP are the only party to actually, you know, read books!
The Democrats are just "picture-browsers!"READ THE SAD PELOSI NEWS!
All at Michelle Malkin!
Pot - Meet Kettle!
OK....One of the commenters here....in fact the one who seems to have fixated on this blog...is really following the Obamassiah line. Blinders on, and fully into the "My mind is made up, don't confuse me with facts" routine.
For Dio......This explanation of just how wrong the latest Obama rant on Big Oil actually is......From Neal Boortz:"FYI ON BARACK AND 'BIG OIL'Barack Obama is trying his darndest to link John McCain to "big oil" and Dick Cheney. Yesterday on the program we talked about Obama's latest McCain-Exxon ad, where he claims that John McCain has received $2 million in campaign contributions from people in the oil industry ... which is completely untrue. The actual figure is more like $1.3 or $1.4 million, but that is beside the point. What Obama failed to mention is that he himself has received well over $400,000 in campaign contributions from "big oil." Nice try, BO!Something else that Barack Obama has failed to bring up ... and that the media has failed to point out (there's a surprise) ... is that Obama voted for an energy bill in 2005 that included billions in subsidies for oil and natural gas production. Dick Cheney was credited with writing, or at least influencing, much of the bill. And yet Barack voted for it ... twice. Even more surprising is that John McCain did not vote for the bill "because it included billions in unnecessary tax breaks for the oil industry."The Obama camp says that he supported the bill because it included "huge investments in renewable energy." Yeah, like the ethanol industry ... and we know how well that has gone.Want another example of Obama's failure to tell the whole truth? He is also saying that McCain is trying to push a $4 billion tax break for the oil industry. Just what is The Chosen One talking about? That would be McCain's proposal to lower corporate income taxes. Currently the United States has the second-largest corporate income tax in the industrialized world. Our punishing tax rates are chasing businesses and capital overseas. Now if you do the math you will see that if McCain manages to get his cut in the corporate tax rate through would cut corporate taxes to oil companies by about $4 billion. So there you go .... Ignoring all of the other American businesses that would benefit, The Big BO is pushing the idea to his ignorant followers that this is really nothing more than a big break for big oil."
Nuff said. Obama is playing a really stupid game of attempted-gottcha. In effect he is more out of step than McCain, and his own voting record and vid clips prove it time-after-time-after-time!
The polls are showing his lack of coherent positions on MANY issues, and the proof is in the pudding as they say. Now the Hildabeast wants to enter her name at the convention. Quite apparently many Democrat biggies are growing restless that "The One" has been unable to show ANY progress in ratings against McCain...in fact he is falling.
I love it.
UPDATE: GOLLLEEEE! As one Gomer would say...... Just check THESE FACTS!
Whoulda A Thunk It!???
YOU JUST KNEW IT HAD TO BE!
T. Boone Pickins, Billionaire oil man is on TV spouting all sorts of alternative enrgy drivel as if he were really, really trying to help.
Problem is he is TRYING TO HELP HIMSELF!
Yeppers, he is all heart....and profit.
THE PELOSI PREMIUM!
Kinda bites when a politician assumes control telling others how "she" and her buds will control oil prices.....and then.....
It is a good time to be using the OOPSIE excuse. By the way HERE'S THE SOURCE AT FREEREPUBLIC!
When Pelosi was campaigning for the Democrat majority in the house, she offered a lot. Guess the gasoline price gambit may bite her more as time goes on. But that's OK cause she'll come back from five weeks of darkened Congress and solve it all...just like she has since 06! Yeah right.
The Dems are gonna lose BIG on this one.
GOP Fight Song, "Drill, Drill, Drill," is Working!
Lawrence Kudlow, at Real Clear Politics, EXPLAINS!
It is obvious to all but Pelosi and Reid, that is! If you watched Pelosi hem, haw and harumph her way through some quite direct questioning in a recent interview by Stephanapoulus, you know she has no answer. Just a lot of political blather.
The real kicker is that the public in general is aware that while gas prices have fallen in the last two to three weeks, they were more than a dollar less a year ago.... and almost a dollar and a half less when the Democrat-led Congress was born. What happened to their strong leadership and lurch to action?
Three-quarters of the people in this country want to know!
Have not mentioned it this week, but Duchess is visiting with daughter, son-in-law and grandkids in.......Houston, TX......medical problem with 7 year old grandson.
They actually live just 18 miles from the Gulf, North of Galveston.
At least the kids new home is built to CAT 3 specs so they should have no problem. I'll be anxious anyway until it is over and we are in touch.
This one is not as strong as it first seemed, and now they think it will not even reach CAT 1; and will remain a tropical storm. That works for me.
Stay safe Duchess, kids and grands!
The ELEPHANT IN THE LIVING ROOM!
Just bet you this connection will NOT be made in the Antique Media (MSM)."A BIT OF A SPIKE IN UNEMPLOYMENTOK .. so the rate is 5.7% right now. When Clinton was president 5.5% was considered to be full employment. Truthfully, this rate doesn't come anywhere near what you would call a disaster. But ... a question. Why in the world isn't anyone connecting the increase in the jobless rate last month to the increase in the minimum wage? At the beginning of the last month the minimum wage went up by 70 cents. When employers are forced to pay people more than they are worth .. they get kicked to the curb."
The above is from Neal Boortz this morning and marks what he and I have both said before. Raise the minimum wage, and unemployment will spike a bit.
The Democrat illusion (delusion?) that raising the minimum wage helps is just that; an illusion. Historically it has NEVER helped, and usually been accompanied by a hike in unemployment. If you mess with a small employer's bottom line to his detriment, he has no choice but to react. The solution is usually eliminate an employee and let the others work harder. DUH!!!!
But boy oh boy, do the folks out there in la la land
L-O-V-E the idea of government giving them anything!
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Obama Solution to Energy! - Inflate Your Ties!
THIS IS ASTOUNDING!
It also points out so very, very well the Obama problem with reality.
Lack-of-experience breeds ignorance in the "World-Wide" field!
Obama could, if elected, wreck this country in 4 years FAR beyond Jimmah Carter's meager attempts.
OBAMA...."They're Gonna Say I'm Black!....I Just Knows They Will!"
The only "racist" item in this election is Obama........NO! Not his person, but his statements.
How ridiculous is the statement by Obama about "presidents-on-dollars-don't-look-like-me!????????
McCain is known to throw ANY staff person off the bus if they so much as mention race. Obama, on the other hand, is known as the ONLY person to mention R-A-C-E in his speeches.
Does he really think voters will not notice!
Obviously he "WISHES" it were so!
SAD, Obama, SAD!
I Ain't Done Nothing....I Don't Know Nothing.....BUT I wanna be PRES-I-DENT!
Glenn Reynolds has coverage of the FIASCO & Obama's admission of "lack-a-experience!"
The public, of course, will be spared exposure to this from the Obamamedia!
The nice thing is the polls show the Obama subtrafuge AIN'T-a-workin!
Polls are notoriously weak, and this is early....BUT the polls usually show a DEM surge and lead here in time.
Be nervous and afraid, but also be encouraged......
DO NOT Attempt to Adjust The Horizontal....DO NOT Attempt to Adjust The Vertical!....
Yeppers folks, it is happening. GOV-MINT is now gonna tell you everything about how you need to live......WELLLLLL, at Least in Los Angeles; the GEM of the Liberal set (well, excepting San Franliberal!)
Just read the damn thing.
Governmint, former of the Post Office....responsible for the Social Security mess, and unable to produce oil when we need it cause it might inhibit the Liberal Democrat theme, is now gonna tell us what we can eat and how many restaurants we can have?????
Somebody stop these idiots!UNELECT THEM!