Saturday, November 08, 2008
The Weekly Standard has some of the charges here....
One of the biggest complaints conservatives like myself always had with McCain was his willingness to sell out conservatives in a moment's notice.
This whole episode just reinforces it.
I guess that's why I should have followed the lead of the other 5 million conservatives that voted for Bush in '04 and sat this one out.
By the way, if any of these things were true, McCain should step up and smooth this over. After all, what does this ultimately say about his judgment?
The maverick is a total tool and we conservatives can go back to hating him again.
Maybe the best move is to select the worst governor in the US to be on your economic team.
Gov. Jennifer Granholm was named to President-elect Barack Obama's transition team on the economy Thursday, and will meet with him and 16 other advisers today in Chicago.
Granholm's appointment to the panel -- former Macomb County Congressman David Bonior also is on the committee -- comes on the heels of the dual roles she played in the late stages of the Obama-Biden campaign. She was a stand-in for Sarah Palin when Joe Biden was practicing for the vice-presidential debate, and was tapped by Obama as a traveling advocate for alternative energy.
Other members of the blue-ribbon economic advisory committee include billionaire Warren Buffett, former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin, Google CEO Eric Schmidt and former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker.
Tell that to the people in California who shot down gay marriage. Yeah that same paradise of "progressive" life.
A report from a black couple....
It was like being at a klan rally except the klansmen were wearing Abercrombie polos and Birkenstocks. YOU NIGGER, one man shouted at men. If your people want to call me a FAGGOT, I will call you a nigger. Someone else said same thing to me on the next block near the temple...me and my friend were walking, he is also gay but Korean, and a young WeHo clone said after last night the niggers better not come to West Hollywood if they knew what was BEST for them.The party of open mindedness.
Friday, November 07, 2008
Secretary of State Mark Ritchie has not carried out his role in the traditionally non-partisan manner expected of the office by contributing money to the Minnesota Democratic Farmer Laborer Party and speaking with press at the Democratic National Convention about “ways Democrats can sway rural voters.” Most alarmingly, officials from ACORN and the Communist Party of the USA endorsed his candidacy for Secretary of State. Ritchie even highlighted ACORN’s endorsement on his campaign website.
Ritchie once worked as a leader of a coalition group that coordinated with ACORN in 2004. As Executive Director of the National Voice, Ritchie worked with a slew of left-wing get-out-the-vote organizations like ACORN and the People for the American Way under the umbrella group "The November 2 Project."
Thursday, November 06, 2008
"What Mr. Obama and his team achieved was impressive. But in 75 days comes the hard part. We saw a glimpse of the challenge Tuesday night. The president-elect's speech, while graceful and at times uplifting, was light when it comes to an agenda. That may have been appropriate, but it also continued a pattern.
Many Americans were drawn to Mr. Obama because they saw in him what they wanted to see. He became a large vessel into which voters placed their hopes. This can lead to disappointment and regret. What of the woman who, in the closing days of the campaign, rejoiced that Mr. Obama would pay for her gas and take care of her mortgage, tasks that no president can shoulder?"
I thought the market had already factored in Obama's tax hikes?
The good news? The national news media will report this as a slight correction in a market inflated by poor Bush policies.
Man, for some reason those Wall Street problems seem to be impacting my Main Street 401k.
I know you didn't do this just to win an election, and I know you didn't do it for me. You did it because you understand the enormity of the task that lies ahead. For even as we celebrate tonight, we know the challenges that tomorrow will bring are the greatest of our lifetime — two wars, a planet in peril, the worst financial crisis in a century. Even as we stand here tonight, we know there are brave Americans waking up in the deserts of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan to risk their lives for us. There are mothers and fathers who will lie awake after their children fall asleep and wonder how they'll make the mortgage, or pay their doctor's bills, or save enough for college. There is new energy to harness and new jobs to be created; new schools to build and threats to meet and alliances to repair.
The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year, or even one term, but America — I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there. I promise you: We as a people will get there.
Exactly where is there? Is it somewhere between New Utopia and East Shangri La. Maybe it's a suburb of Nirvana? Could it be the south side of Chicago that he's improved so much already?
Somewhere, our society has turned non voters into social outcast the likes of a leper who smokes.
Let me just say, if you are the type of person who thinks that voting for one candidate over another means you won't have to worry about your mortgage anymore....
Then, I want to personally thank you for not voting.
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Obama hasn't even had to take the oath and global warming is already improving.
The fight against climate warming has an unexpected ally in mushrooms growing in dry spruce forests covering Alaska, Canada, Scandinavia and other northern regions, a new UC Irvine study finds.Or this.....
When soil in these forests is warmed, fungi that feed on dead plant material dry out and produce significantly less climate-warming carbon dioxide than fungi in cooler, wetter soil. This came as a surprise to scientists, who expected warmer soil to emit larger amounts of carbon dioxide because extreme cold is believed to slow down the process by which fungi convert soil carbon into carbon dioxide.
Knowing how forests cycle carbon is crucial to accurately predicting global climate warming, which in turn guides public policy to curb greenhouse gas emissions. This is especially important in northern forests, which contain an estimated 30 percent of the Earth's soil carbon, equivalent to the amount of atmospheric carbon.
Recent historical Northern Hemisphere tropical cyclone inactivity is compared with the strikingly large observed variability during the past three decades. Yearly totals of Northern Hemisphere ACE are highly correlated with boreal spring sea-surface temperatures in the North Pacific Ocean and are representative of an evolving dual-gyre, trans-hemispheric correlation pattern throughout the calendar year. The offsetting nature of EPAC and NATL basin integrated energy and the strong dependence of combined Pacific TC activity upon ENSO suggest a hypothesis that overall Northern Hemisphere TC behavior is largely modulated by global-scale, non-local climate variability.
Soon to come.... all the homeless will have homes.
"The modern conservative movement began with the decisive loss of Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater in his 1964 presidential race. And it ends with the decisive loss in the 2008 presidential race of the Arizonan who holds Goldwater's Senate seat. But also a hopeful thought, certainly for Democrats, but maybe too for Republicans on down the line: If you had to pick a time and place when modern liberalism destroyed itself, it would be Chicago's Grant Park in 1968, in the riots accompanying the Democratic National Convention. That would be the same place where neoliberalism, of a sort, was reborn last night with Barack Obama's victory speech. The wheel of history keeps on turning."
"The treatment President Bush has received from this country is nothing less than a disgrace. The attacks launched against him have been cruel and slanderous, proving to the world what little character and resolve we have. The president is not to blame for all these problems. He never lost faith in America or her people, and has tried his hardest to continue leading our nation during a very difficult time.
Our failure to stand by the one person who continued to stand by us has not gone unnoticed by our enemies. It has shown to the world how disloyal we can be when our president needed loyalty -- a shameful display of arrogance and weakness that will haunt this nation long after Mr. Bush has left the White House."
My Obama Hangup: My main hangup in voting for Obama today is his support of "card check" legislation that would eliminate the secret ballot in union recognition elections. That would be both a violation of democratic priinciples and a practical drag on the economy, threatening to spread Detroit/UAW-like inefficiencies while reviving the wage-price spiral of the '70s.
If Obama wins, and Democrats gain the expected majorities in Congress, "card check" will be hard to stop. I'll even concede that it will be harder to stop "card check" under Obama than it would be to stop the equally significant, equally misguided "comprehensive immigration reform" under McCain. But there's still a chance--even a good chance. It's not easy to defend "card check" in public. Will Democrats want the public to know that carrying Big Labor's water was their first priority upon gaining unified control of the government? Press coverage won't help their cause. Some moderate Democratic Senators--Mark Warner?--might balk at cloture-time.
But suppose "card check" passes, and unions mount their expected organizing campaigns. If the new law has the expected semi-disastrous consequences, its impact will be partially self-limiting (unionized firms will lose business). And Democrats won't be able to avoid accountability for any economic deterioriation. It will certainly be a lot easier to reverse "card check" than reverse the impact of a failed immigration semi-amnesty. Misguided labor laws can be repealed (think Taft-Hartley). If a failed immigration law legalizes 12 million new Americans and attracts another 12 million illegals hoping to become legall, that will create irrevocable 'facts on the ground"--including millions of new voters and political support for further amnesty.
Isn't a focus on these discrete legislative issues inappropriate, given the grand election themes of war, peace, justice, liberty, hope and change? Not really. If you look at what Clinton actually accomplished in his 8 years, you could be excused for giving a prominence to the welfare reform of 1996--a prominence vastly exceeding the issue's coverage in the press. The same would be true of "card check," though I suspect with a different historical verdict. Both laws alter fundamental economic institutions, with consequences that tend to outlive presidencies.
Even this guy sees the the future job killers coming down the pike....
Thank you, Ohio! Tomorrow, if all goes as expected, Democrats should pause to be grateful that John Kerry didn't get 70,000 more votes in Ohio in 2004. What would have happened if Kerry had won? 1) He would have presided over a slow motion loss, or continuing stalemate, in Iraq. No way Kerry would ever have approved the "surge." 2) He would also have presided over the current housing and financial collapse that has both broken economic growth and, apparently, destroyed any chances of the incumbent party retaining the White House. Democrats don't bear the main blame for this crisis, but is there any reason to think they would have prevented it? I can't think of one. We'd be looking at a Republican wave instead of a Democratic sweep. ... 7:46 P.M.
While Ohio went "blue" this election, the state by county, looks very much the same as it did in 2004.
All the state's urban centers are blue and the rural, suburban counties are red. (I can't seem to print a hard copy yet but link to it here).
So once again, I throw the challenge out to the libs out there. What's so wonderful about life in Cleveland, Dayton, Cincinnati, Toledo, Akron, Canton, Youngstown?
Is it the murders?
Maybe the high taxes?
Maybe it's the flight of people out of those areas?
What about those great schools?
Or the unemployment?
Run down properties?
The homeless population?
I'm still waiting on a lib to tell me what exactly is it that makes all these urban centers, run by democrats for generations, so wonderful to live in.
The fact is, liberals have turned our cities into cesspools and now that they have the Axis of Taxes (Obama, Pelosi, Reid) working overtime in DC to advance their liberal policies, they'll turn our country into the United States of Youngstown in no time.
PS.... For those who are looking at the map and see rural Athens county in the blue. Just remember they have the noble distinction of having the highest population of people living in poverty.
What's so "progressive" about turning our country into Gary, Indiana?
After all, by every measure, republicans took an ass-whoopin'.
None the less, the numbers aren't as conclusive.
For instance, there was this tremendous wave of new voters jumping in to vote for "change", yet the presidential election yielded roughly 3 million fewer voters in 2008 than 2004.
That same vote for change netted Obama all of 1% more votes for him than George Bush received in 2004.
In fact, if we were to line up Bush's results from 2004 against Obama's '08, it's a squeeker.
For instance, in Ohio - Bush (2004) 2,859,764 v Obama (2008) 2,618,612.... Bush flips 20 electoral votes.
Of course, Bush wasn't going to get 2.8 million votes in Ohio this year.
I've read in several places that Bush is uncomfortable campaigning while in office. He believes that it's beneath the office of the president. It was obvious that McCain suffered from the same syndrome. But the fact of the matter is, the presidency is a 24/7 campaign for advancing your agenda and beating down challenges.
Conservatives are sick and tired of the 24/7 beat down with no leadership to stand up to what's right and they abandoned McCain this election; plain and simple. Just think what this would have looked like for McCain without Palin.
Why did conservatives abandon McCain?
Take his stance on the Gang of 14, McCain-Feingold, immigration, etc. If you are a conservative what exactly distinguishes John McCain from from his democratic counterparts?
Bush and McCain both had an obligation to exploit the corruption of the CRA/ACORN/Fannie Mae scandals and expose the culprits (Frank, Obama, Schumer). They owed this to the party and they owed it to the country. Instead, they backed into small little talking points without hitting these guys hard.
Win or lose, conservatives are looking for someone to take the fight of conservative ideas to government and for the past 12 years, their leadership abandoned the cause like they didn't believe in those ideas.
The end result, conservatives saw this election as a vote between two democrats. They didn't care what flavor won.
I have an appointment with my wealthiest client this morning.
But as I was getting ready this morning, I remembered this video, so I just left a message and told him "I'm canceling our appointment this morning because you're going to pay for my mortgage and my gasoline whether I show up for work or not. So go screw yourself".
Welcome to the United States of Detroit.
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
The good news is. I can go to bed early.
The bad news is... the people who voted for The Messiah, will be the ones most hurt by the coming policies of a democratic president and congress.
Here's one prediction I'll back with money.... Two years from now the unemployment rate will be well in excess of the current 6 percent. And it won't be rich guys who will be populating the unemployment lines, it will be the working stiffs.
1) No democrat has collected 51% of the popular vote since LBJ in 1964. Even Jimmy Carter, a southern populist against a mortally wounded Gerald Ford could only muster 50.1%. For those thinking this will be a blowout, go back to your crack pipe.
2) I still believe the polls have a large democratic bias. Especially since so many republicans flipped party affiliation in the primaries to vote for Hillary. I'm thinking that there could be as much as two percent swing based on party affiliation alone.
3) Outside of PA, this campaign has been fought on red turf from the inception. It has an Alamo type feel to it.
4) Who knows how much voter fraud is going on.
After all that, this one is easy. Whoever wins Virginia wins the electoral college. If McCain loses, it will be a bell weather of things to come in PA, OH, MO etc. If he wins, it means more work for Obama to flip other red states.
I do think McCain should win NC but GA might be the surprise of the night.
Just remember, I also picked the Bears and Patriots to win their respective Super Bowls.
Monday, November 03, 2008
Among the thousands of graves at Highland Park Cemetery, one modest tombstone stands out. Alex Holmes Sr. has been at rest in that cemetery for 15 years.
But recent election records show he cast a ballot in this year's primary. And our 5 On Your Side investigation found a home on Cleveland's east side listed as Holmes' address. Jeremy Moore, Holmes' grandson, was stunned. "He's deceased. Deceased since 1993," Moore said. And it doesn't appear to be a name mix-up. Records reveal Alex Holmes Jr. -- who is still alive -- voted in the same election as his deceased father. Cuyahoga County Elections Director Jane Platten said she'll look in to it. "Without having full detail, I have no idea why that would have happened," Platten said.
But this isn't the first time we've uncovered dead voters. Two years ago, another 5 On Your Side investigation exposed 13,000 dead voters registered in Cuyahoga County.
More than two dozen of them cast ballots. Back then, NewsChannel5 was told dead voters would be removed from the rolls. Now, on the eve of an historic election -- when every vote in Cuyahoga County is considered crucial -- our NewsChannel5 investigation has once again uncovered thousands of dead voters still on the rolls, and ballots still being cast from beyond.
The exact number of dead voters is difficult to say this time because Ohio's Secretary of State issued a directive to Boards of Elections across the state to withhold dates of births in public records requests.
That information is important in positively identifying dead voters. Our NewsChannel5 investigative team sorted the data and then hit the streets in neighborhoods across the county.
After all the work, the record showed serious questions about 27 people. Those 27 people appear to be dead voters. In many of the cases this time, the dead were counted because of technical mistakes. In one case, a wife signed in the wrong place and her deceased husband was counted as the voter. "That shouldn't have been counted that way. You agree with that?" Pohlman asked. "Yes," Platten said. And in another case, the word "deceased" looked like a signature. While Platten said she’s concerned about what NewsChannel5 found, she insisted there is no evidence of fraud. "I think that there is not an abuse of it. I think that this is something that internally is something we need to work on and clean up," Platten said. But a "clean up" could be difficult in a system that still counts "ballots from beyond."
Sunday, November 02, 2008
Mr. Obama rarely engages in banter with the reporters who travel with him, and typically is in "robo-candidate mode" on those occasions he does speak with them, Mr. Nicholas said.
"Ironically, those of us who were sent out to take his measure in person can't offer much help in answering who he is, or if he is ready. The barriers set in place between us and him were just too great."
Less is known about Barack Obama than about any major party candidate for president in modern history. His public resume is thin -- eight years in the Illinois Senate, four in the U.S. Senate, with two of them spent running for president.
And no candidate for president has had more problematic associations."
Jack Kelly: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The McCain campaign has seized on this. But with just a few days to go, it might be too late. However, fear can make folks do things quickly. This election is not over until the very frightened fat lady sings."
We cannot afford four more years of the same broken ideological policies. Barack Obama must be our President. And Democrats must once again clean up an economic mess the Republicans left behind. We've done it before, and we'll do it again.
By the close of the Clinton administration, America had created 22 million new jobs. Our nation built a new economy with the lowest child poverty rate in 20 years. Wages were rising and prosperity was shared. The country produced balanced budgets and a surplus. Now, eight years later, they had to add a digit to the national debt clock."
Barack Obama has the kind of cocksure confidence that can only be achieved by not achieving anything else.
Anyone who has actually had to take responsibility for consequences by running any kind of enterprise-- whether economic or academic, or even just managing a sports team-- is likely at some point to be chastened by either the setbacks brought on by his own mistakes or by seeing his successes followed by negative consequences that he never anticipated.
The kind of self-righteous self-confidence that has become Obama's trademark is usually found in sophomores in Ivy League colleges-- very bright and articulate students, utterly untempered by experience in real world.
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