Saturday, January 19, 2008

McCain wins South Carolina!

I was a bit worried that Huckabee might upset here. And it was close. I'm glad I was wrong.

Florida is looking good for McCain also.

HotAir looks at those who say Thompson made the difference. He split the evangelical vote so McCain could win.

The Flying Monkeys have been released.

Obama's campaign manager:

"It is a sad day when Democrats start trying to suppress the vote of other Democrats," he said of push polls, robo-calls, and what he called "old-style say anything or do anything to win" Clinton politics.

What was the robo calls about? Not much except to repeat Barack's full name several times. "Barack Hussein Obama."

Just a flying monkey.

Back in June Peggy Noonan warns us:

This is the woman credited with starting and naming the War Room. Her staff has nicknamed her "The Warrior." Get in her way and she'd squish you like a bug. This has been her reputation for 20 years.

This is just the beginning folks. I almost feel sorry for Obama.

Rudy's Ad and some thoughts

It's pretty effective, but the Kos Kids are appalled.

I also noticed, while scrolling through the Kos site,they do not like Hillary. It occurred to me that in the blogosphere the right doesn't like McCain and the left doesn't like Hillary, and yet the American people don't seem to care what we think here in cyberworld.

We still have a long way to go and there are always surprises and scandals waiting, but right now I see the nominees being the two people that no one in the blogosphere wants. McCain and Hillary.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Just a note from a badass hero....

A wounded Navy Seal puts this on his hospital door.
From the Navy Seal code:
Brave men have fought and died building the proud tradition and feared reputation that I am bound to uphold. In the worst of conditions, the legacy of my teammates steadies my resolve and silently guides my every deed. I will not fail.

Which is why we have the greatest fighting force in the world.
via Blackfive and Assad Baghdad

The Race Card

Well played.

This article is about the lawsuit the teachers union, which supports Hillary, brought to stop mainly culinary workers (mostly Latino) from conducting some of the caucuses in casinos. They lost and this ad was played on Latino radio stations in Spanish:

"Hillary Clinton does not respect our people. Hillary Clinton supporters want to prevent people from voting in their workplace on Saturday. This is unforgivable. Hillary Clinton is shameless."

Now, I want you to combine this with the furor over Hillary's remarks regarding MLK and Lyndon Johnson.

This is what Hillary said:

“Dr King’s dream began to be realised when President Lyndon Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It took a president to get it done.”

So the whole thing took off that Hillary was diminishing MLK's role in the Civil Rights Act.

Now, trust me when I say, It hurts me to defend Hillary, but we all know she didn't mean anything like that. But that is the beauty of someone playing the race card. Not Obama, but some of his supporters. You don't have to be correct to play it.

I watched a montage of clips of CNN, Fox, MSNBC, ABC, all of them beginning their stories with something like, "Is race becoming an issue with the Democrats?"

Completely silly considering her remarks. It just is. But the thing about it is that while those of us who political junkies keep up with the details of a story like this, most people just hear that question being asked by reporters. All they hear is that Hillary said something that gave Lyndon Johnson more credit for the Civil Rights Act than Martin Luther King Jr.

And that, my friends, is enough to get even more of the black community riled up to vote for Obama big time in South Carolina.

The Spanish ad works even better because many of the culinary workers only listen to Spanish radio and that is all they are ever going to hear about the lawsuit. Even the ones who had no intention of caucusing will probably do so now. And it will most certainly be for Obama.

The teachers union vs the culinary workers union. It's like watching them eat their own. Pretty enjoyable.

I know Obama isn't behind all of it, but his supporters are political geniuses to do this. It's the best dirty politics I've seen in a while.

Hillary may not deserve this particular swipe, but sometimes we reap what we sow.

Hurrican Ivan

This is from NASA, a satellite view of Ivan. Pretty cool, huh? (I lost the link)

Bin Laden's son seeks "a new way"

Omar Osama bin Laden, the 26-year-old son of the Al-Qaeda leader, tells the Associated Press that he wants to be an "ambassador for peace" between Muslims and the West. As part of his campaign, he and his wife are planning a 3,000-mile horse race across North Africa.
The Saudi-born Omar lived with his father in Sudan and moved with him to Afghanistan in 1996. He trained as an Al-Qaeda fighter for the next four years before deciding to seek another way. He left Afghanistan in 2000 and returned to Saudi Arabia.

"I don't want to be in that situation to just fight. I like to find another way and this other way may be like we do now, talking," he said.

He doesn't criticize his father.
Yeah, that's the thing that bothers me the most. When your Dad tried to kill tens of thousands of innocent Americans and did kill 3000 of them, and you would rather "find another way?" You might want to criticize that bit of terror.

Hillary Clinton no respeta a nuestra gente los partidarios

Does anyone else find it funny that the whole "disenfranchised" garbage from the past two elections that the Democrats latched onto, is now backfiring on the Clintons?

Thursday, January 17, 2008

The McCain Ad that says it all for me

Because we need men like that leading our country


I have noticed that although as many of you are reading this blog as before, not as many are commenting. I think they may have to do with the frustration of comment moderation.

I think I am going to try this. When I am at the computer and able to check comments frequently, I am going to turn off moderation. When I am going to be away for a few hours or at night, I will turn it back on.

I just can't deal with the vitriol and hatred that some on the left leave in the comments. I don't want their comments there even for a moment. I don't even have to read them when I moderate. So if it looks like everyone is behaving, I may keep it off for good.

I have some good news about my doggie. He is much much better today and was even walking around for awhile on both back legs. Such a relief!!!

While I have had dogs and cats my whole life, I have never lost one to being run over. It's truly awful.

Christianity vs. Islam


h/t BigDog via Euphoria Magazine

Push Poll by Huckabee supporter against Fred Thompson

You gotta love the guy's emphatic "NO!"

via Cameron's Corner

Fred makes his case

Pretty simple. Very conservative.

If only he had tried this hard at the first. Is it too little, too late?

Some good news

The most comprehensive study in years of abortion in America underscores a striking change in the landscape, with ever-fewer pregnant women choosing abortion and those who do increasingly opting to avoid surgical clinics.

The number of abortions has plunged to 1.2 million a year, down 25 percent since hitting a peak in 1990, according to a report being released today — days before the 35th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion.

The abortion rate has fallen to its lowest level since 1974, the first full year after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized the procedure nationwide.

The annual rate has been falling steadily since 1981, paralleling a sharp decline in the number of abortion providers.

In the early 1980s, nearly one in three pregnant women chose abortion. The most recent data show that proportion is closer to one in five.

The only problem I have with this is that the research was conducted by the Guttmacher Institute, a long arm of Planned Parenthood. Sorry, I just don't trust them. I'm very glad for the lower number, but why can't someone more objective do the studies on abortion and abortion rates? Hopefully, perhaps the rates are even lower.

It doesn't surprise me that the decline began in 1981 since that is when the pro-life movement started in getting information out to women. We had a President who respected life so much that he wrote an essay about it while in office, and in the following years we were finally able to defeat the pro-abortionists in giving women "informed consent" where they are given all the information about pregnancy and offered alternatives (you know, like in every other surgery).

It's always been a grassroots effort for us, fighting the golaith of the pro-abortionist lobby, politicians, and media. Women have always deserved better, and their unborn children have always deserved life.

Bill Clinton treats black people like he treated Monica

So says Obama's preacher:

Rev. Jeremiah Wright preached on Sunday morning.

..amid intensified crossfire between Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Obama over the use of race in the Democratic presidential campaign - Wright was preaching from the Gospel of John, using his powerful style to link the story of the loaves and fishes to a contemporary political message…

Some argue that blacks should vote for Clinton “because her husband was good to us,” he continued.
“That’s not true,” he thundered. “He did the same thing to us that he did to Monica Lewinsky.”

Many in the crowd were on their feet, applauding - amazed, amused and moved by the fiery rhetoric of their preacher, who is about to retire.

I saw this yesterday at Ace's and was wondering when the msm would get a hold of it. I mean that's pretty strong rhetoric. But no such luck. Other than the Baltimore Sun, that wrote the story, I can't find it reported anywhere. It's not that it is the most important thing in the world, it isn't, but it is red meat stuff in a political campaign. Why wouldn't the media report it? My feeling is that they really like Obama and they don't want to add fuel to the fire.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

The Utopia that is Cuba


h/t BigDog

Conservative Bigotry

It's the new black.

William Kristol was announced as the new conservative columnist for the NYT left-leaning Op-Ed page after William Safire retired:

The choice of Safire, who retired in 2005, set off a storm of protest. “The Times could have saved themselves about 50 grand a year if they just sent an office boy over to the White House to pick up the press releases,” fumed Nicholas von Hoffman of The Washington Post. Kristol’s appointment has not fared any better. “Pretty much the worst idea ever,” grumped Gawker, the New York media gossip Web site.

Editorial page editor, Andrew Rosenthal received particularly hateful e-mail:

“That rotten, traiterous [sic] piece of filth should be hung by the ankles from a lamp post and beaten by the mob rather than gaining a pulpit at ANY self-respecting news organization,” said one message. “You should be ashamed. Apparently you are only out for money and therefore an equally traiterous [sic] whore deserving the same treatment.”

This sort of thing even has the liberal author of the article a bit unnerved:

Kristol would not have been my choice to join David Brooks as a second conservative voice in the mix of Times columnists, but the reaction is beyond reason. Hiring Kristol the worst idea ever? I can think of many worse. Hanging someone from a lamppost to be beaten by a mob because of his ideas? And that is from a liberal, defined by Webster as “one who is open-minded.” What have we come to?

What have we come to? Well, isn't it obvious? We have come to a place in the liberal mind where no other idea or opinion need apply.

Sulzberger said The Times wanted “a columnist who brought to our pages a deeply held and well articulated point of view in line with what you might call the conservative Republican movement. ... Our Op-Ed page is a marketplace of ideas. He’ll strengthen the discussion.”

But don't you understand? They don't want discussion. They want the right shut down.

You know what they call this, right?

h/t BigDog

Oh, those funny Arabs!

Arab Sitcom Becomes Surprise Hit in Israel

It's called "Arab Work."

The show focuses on an insecure journalist named Amjad, who lives with his wife and 5-year-old daughter and works for an Israeli newspaper.

The show's main writer, Israeli-Palestinian Sayed Kashua, 32, says the series is loosely autobiographical.

"It's just a comedy of being on one side Palestinian or Arab and on the other side an Israeli. Already this definition is comic and tragic at the same time and that's what I tried to do," he says.


In one episode, Amjad decides it's time for his daughter Maya to go to kindergarten, instead of playing poker with his parents all day. He first tries an Islamic school where his daughter dons a headscarf, learns the Quran and tells her father he will be punished for being a nonbeliever. Maya tells her mother she's only pretending to be religious so she can go back to playing poker.

Punished? As in "head cut off" punished? Hilarious.

In another episode, Amjad proposes a hard-hitting piece on the barrier Israel is building in and around the West Bank. His editor says no and demands something hipper and lighter, so Amjad finds a sheep that's been trained to pull its owner's ID card out of his pocket at Israeli army checkpoints. Sheep prove difficult to interview, but his story makes the front page.

West bank humor? Alrighty then. Wouldn't it be like a sitcom about Iraq playing here? Seems strange to me. But if they can laugh at it all despite the world around them, who am I to judge?

Some Israeli reviewers have compared it to The Cosby Show. Like the Huxtables, Amjad and his family are credited with facilitating cultural understanding, but they are also accused of reinforcing negative stereotypes.

Did anyone feel like they were learning about black culture with the Huxtables? I didn't. It was just a funny show about family to me. And I certainly don't remember any negative stereotypes about blacks. You can watch the Dave Chapelle show for that.

"This is the first time that Israelis can see what Arabs think of themselves. It's done in a humorous way, but if you look through, the humor has a lot of sadness in it," says Jerusalem lawyer Jonathan Livny.

Interesting. I'd like to see it, wouldn't you?

The Sexual Revolution...

...just keeps giving us payback.

via LST

Prayers of the faithful

From Iran that is:

"Our country experiences severe pressure from outside. What ever we do, they protest against us. We exercise the law of Islam by cutting the hands of thieves, and those countries who prohibit execution of the law of Islam criticize us...---Ayatollah Mohi al-Din Ha'eri Shirazi, Friday Prayers.

Can you imagine? In Iran they PRAY about the rightness of cutting off hands as punishment, and yet this doesn't seem to bother the left in this country who pretend that the U.S. somehow violates human rights on a daily basis.

Romney wins Michigan

It's quite the horserace, isn't it? According to First Read, the independents just didn't come out for McCain like they did in 2000. It certainly helped Romney to have been born there, having a father who was a governor and chairman of American Motors, and to have outspent McCain 2 to 1.

Also of interest, 41% of those who identified themselves as evangelical Christians went half for Romney and half for Huckabee.

One of the mistakes that I think McCain is making is to keep talking about the things that make conservatives mad. I heard him go on and on about global warming yesterday. Why??? There are so many things to talk about that are more important than buying into the extreme beliefs of the global warming crowd. The irony of this, which I read about at NRO, is that the cold snowy weather played a big part in turnout in Michigan.

He also chooses to focus on justifying his illegal immigration stance instead of focusing on the things that he does want to do that we agree on. He drives me crazy when he does this. That might be fine for the general election, to appeal to a broader electorate, but for now...PLEASE, focus on conservative issues.

South Carolina will be important. Now that we have three winners, it will propel one of them to seem more as the winner of winners.

And then there is Fred. Can he make any head way in South Carolina? Huckabee seems to have the advantage here.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Hillary didn't honor agreement. Shocking!

From Gateway Pundit:

The Detroit Free Press reported:

The Michigan Democratic ballot is a sham that was rigged by Hillary Rodham Clinton, her husband and her supporters to give the nation the impression that she’s the leading candidate in Michigan, an angry former Sen. Don Riegle said Monday.

Riegle appeared at a rally in Detroit today to encourage would-be supporters of Barack Obama and John Edwards to vote uncommitted in Tuesday’s primary. Riegle said he supports one of the two, but wouldn’t say which.

“What happened in Michigan is not very different from what used to happen in the old Soviet Union,” Riegle said. “The Clinton machine manipulated the ballot. They don’t care how they win, only that they do. It’s wrong and people need to know that.”

Riegle said the Democratic candidates had an understanding, after Michigan defied the party and tried to become the first state to hold a primary, that none of them would compete in Michigan. Obama and Edwards honored the agreement, but Clinton did not and put her name on the ballot, he said.

“People should not permit the Clintons—both Bill and Hillary—to have an unfair advantage in Michigan,” said Riegle.

Oh, did I mention that Riegle is a former Democratic Senator?

Glad to see some Democrats are getting the picture.

h/t Dave Hagan

Open Thread

I have had a terrible few days, a few bothersome things not worth mentioning, and then one of my dogs got out (the black lab mix, Shaq) and was hit by a car. I thought he had paralyzed his back legs at first and he wouldn't move at all. I thought we might have to put him to sleep and I have been very upset. I finally got him to the vet and the GOOD NEWS is that it isn't nerve damage and possibly not even a fracture either. They think it is a soft tissue injury and put him on antibiotics. I can't tell you what a relief it was. I burst into tears at the vet, which I am sure they are used to, but I had been so stressed about it, and to hear that he was probably Ok, was just such a relief.

Anyway, dave bones, my leftwing radical from across the pond, wanted me to have an open thread. I think he wants to ask us Republicans some things. There is no telling when he will get here, so talk amongst yourselves.

"Scientologists see things the way they are"

Tom Cruise cruising down crazy lane.

via HotAir

Michigan fun

My sweet friend E.M Zanotti has an amusing look at what is going on in Michigan. Check it out at NRO.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Hillary makes nice with Obama

From NRO:

This statement just in, from her campaign:

“Over this past week, there has been a lot of discussion and back and forth - much of which I know does not reflect what is in our hearts.

“And at this moment, I believe we must seek common ground.

“Our party and our nation is bigger than this. Our party has been on the front line of every civil rights movement, women's rights movement, workers' rights movement, and other movements for justice in America.

“We differ on a lot of things. And it is critical to have the right kind of discussion on where we stand. But when it comes to civil rights and our commitment to diversity, when it comes to our heroes - President John F. Kennedy and Dr. King – Senator Obama and I are on the same side.

“And in that spirit, let's come together, because I want more than anything else to ensure that our family stays together on the front lines of the struggle to expand rights for all Americans.”

The year 2051

Dang it! The TV news will still have that annoying scroll! Oh yeah, and NYC will be under water. Global warming and all that, ya know.

via Gawker

"The enemy is the human!"

From Gawker:

Here's an audio clip of one of the most amazing newsroom tantrums I've ever heard. That man yelling, with growing fury, is Matthew Winkler, head of Bloomberg's news organization.

Pretty funny.

"Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians”

By Judicial Watch. No surprises, except Mike Huckabee. Click link for explanation of why each are the most corrupt. It's an interesting read.

1. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY)

2. Rep. John Conyers (D-MI)

3. Senator Larry Craig (R-ID)

4. Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA)

5. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R-NY)

6. Governor Mike Huckabee (R-AR)

7. I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby

8. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL)

9. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)

10. Senator Harry Reid (D-NV)

via LST

I ask Democrats this all the time

Why on earth would we choose to put the Clinton family drama at the center of our politics again?

It is a nice reader's digest version of all the lies of the Clinton's too.

I remember when Drudge said he wanted Hillary to be President, because she was his "bank." In other words, the drama, the lies, the headlines, the disgust, the hatred, the hypocrisy, and the manipulation, would be money rolling in for his web site.

With all respect to Drudge's finances, I'd rather have a President without drama, baggage, and lies.

We can do better than this America, can't we?

Why so many find the NYT ridiculous

NRO has this:

On Sunday The New York Times editorialized:

Mr. Bush has nothing to show in the way of political progress, which is even more important for ending the war.… Mr. Bush’s troop buildup was sold as a way to buy Iraqi politicians breathing room to finally address the tensions driving sectarian violence, including an equitable division of oil wealth and strategies to bring more Baathists and Sunnis into the Shiite-led government. Those goals have not been met, and the administration has virtually abandoned them.

On Sunday The New York Times reported:

BAGHDAD — The Iraqi Parliament passed a bill on Saturday that would allow some former officials from Saddam Hussein’s party to fill government positions but would impose a strict ban on others. The legislation is the first of the major so-called political benchmark measures to pass after months of American pressure for progress… President Bush, traveling in Kuwait and Bahrain on Saturday, praised the vote, calling it “an important step toward reconciliation.”

Why would editors run an opinion piece that is false on the same day they report a story that proves such?

Sunday, January 13, 2008

BET Should Be Ashamed

First read has the story of BET founder Bob Johnson, who introduced Hillary Clinton at a town hall today at Columbia University, took a low blow at Barack Obama:

"As an African American, I am frankly insulted that the Obama campaign would imply that we are so stupid that we would think Hillary and Bill Clinton, who have been deeply and emotionally involved in black issues, when Barack Obama was doing something in the neighborhood that I won't say what he was doing but he said it in his book... When they have been involved, to say that these two people would denigrate the accomplishment of civil rights marchers, men and women who were hosed, beaten and bled, and some died... To say and to expect us now all of a sudden to say we are attacking a black man.


The Obama campaign later produced this statement from former South Carolina Rep. "I.S." Leevy Johnson:

“It’s offensive that Senator Clinton literally stood by and said nothing as another one of her campaign’s top supporters launched a personal, divisive attack on Barack Obama,” said Johnson. “For someone who decries the politics of personal destruction, she should’ve immediately denounced these attacks on the spot.”

The Clinton campaign then produced this comment from Johnson: “My comments today were referring to Barack Obama's time spent as a community organizer, and nothing else. Any other suggestion is simply irresponsible and incorrect.

His comments were referring to Obama's time has a community organizer!?? Give me a break. Is there anyone who believes that??? Let' look at it again:

when Barack Obama was doing something in the neighborhood that I won't say what he was doing but he said it in his book...

Of course he was referring to the drug use of Obama's. We are not idiots. "I won't say what he was doing."

Sure, because one not dare utter the words"community organizer!"

What is insulting is to try to make us believe anything but the obvious, which was a shot at Obama's drug use he wrote about in his book.

MCain is having a good month

NRO points to this The new New York Times poll showing presidential preference among Republican primary voters. To the quesiton, "Who would you like to see the Republican party nominate as its presidential candidate?" Republican primary voters answered:

McCain 33
Huckabee 18
Giuliani 10
Thompson 8
Romney 8

In a poll released December 10 the numbers looked like this:

Giuliani 22
Huckabee 21
Romney 16
Thompson 7
McCain 7

What a difference a month makes!

Since Bigdog in the comments only respects Rasmussen polling, try this one on for size:

McCain vs. Clinton matchup

McCain 49% Clinton 38%

Also this.