What Socialism IS, and is NOT.

 5/17/2022 7:00 PMPolitics

​Let's clear things up.

Socialism is NOT:
Public schools
Public roads
Police departments
Fire departments
Gas Taxes
Armies and Navies
National borders
A court system
Public libraries
The National highway system
A 40 hour work week
Income taxes

These are examples of GOVERNMENT. The concept of government, of a centralized agency that collects money from the people who live in a certain area in order to provide services to ALL the citizens of that area, is as old as civilization and is for the most part, quite fair: It taxes everyone more or less equally to provide services to everyone more or less equally. These are things you could probably take care of yourself, but it's easier to centralize them a little. You may not use these services every day, but you pay for them so they are there when you need them. It predates the concept of socialism by several millennia. Also, most services are provided at the lowest level possible, like the city or county.

Socialism IS, by varying degrees:

Minimum wage
The Alternative Minimum Tax
Social Security
Food Stamps
Rent Control
Free College
The Earned Income Tax Credit
The New Deal
The Green New Deal
Ethanol subsidies
Farm subsidies
Anything subsidized by the Federal Government
The Paris Accords
Global Warming schemes
All the horrors of the Soviet Union, China, Venezuela, Cuba, North Korea, Kampuchea, and other socialist countries
"You have earned enough money"
"Paying it back to the community"

Any government plan that specifically targets certain people or industries to take money from them, and specifically GIVE money to certain groups of people.
That's socialism. It is justified by a hundred different reasons, and it is called many things: Collectivism, Communism, Socialism, Democratic Socialism, Progressivism, Marxism, Fascism, and even Liberalism. It has the same arguments it always had, that they are "making things fair" or "leveling the playing field" or just simply "punishing the rich". It is always coming from the left, and it always spreads the misery equally, whereever it is attempted. They also lie to you about it, and try to equate government with socialism, and they are very much not the same thing.
It is responsible for the death of 100 million people in the last century.

Time to let socialism die. For the sake of all it's future victims.

Without capitalism you have nothing else.

 3/15/2021 10:00 AMPolitics

Comrade Cortez has no understanding of basic economics. No surprise, since she has a DEGREE in the subject from a major university. It shows how ideology, not thought, is what drives our colleges today.

She is critical of capitalism, claiming that to pursue profit is somehow evil. What she fails, utterly, to understand is that without capital, without profit, YOU HAVE NOTHING ELSE.
A government does not generate money. The money has to come from somewhere, either taxes paid by the people, or taxes levied on good from somewhere else. A prosperous economy raises all boats. Each sale, each transaction, makes money for the owners of the company. But that’s not all. It makes money for each employee in the company. It makes the life better of the person paying for the sale. Each employee can then spend their money on something. Each purchase by another company allows that company to make and sell goods and services, and the cycle continues.
When an economy is growing, it only brings MORE money into the government, which allows the government to provide for the needs that the people decide the government has to provide. Without money, government can do nothing.
If the simple desire to have a socialist government and provide for the needs of the people was the ONLY thing government required, then the people of Venezuela wouldn’t be starving in the streets. So why doesn’t the government of Venezuela provide for the people? Because socialist policies, the very same ones that Bernie and Comrade Cortez want to force on you and me, have destroyed Venezuela’s economy. No economy, no profit, no government. So no one produces, and everyone starves. Well, everyone expect the people who are running the government.
Please, please, please, my liberal friends, prove to me where I am wrong. Explain to me why you would want your country to look like Venezuela. Or Cuba. Or North Korea. Or the Soviet Union. Explain it to me why living there is better, and why you haven’t moved there to experience it.

It's Just a Mask

 3/9/2021 10:00 AMPolitics

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The secret of life

 8/5/2020 9:00 AMPolitics

Discover your passion.
Find someone stupid enough to pay you to do that.
You will never work another day in your life.

The House FISA Memo was released!

 2/2/2018 1:00 PMPolitics

A tale of two scandals (sort of)

 1/31/2018 7:00 PMPolitics
So, we have two alleged scandals to investigate, one on the left, and one on the right.

On the right, we have the presumption that Trump colluded with Russia to win the election. How exactly did Russia interfere? With $50,000 worth of Facebook ads? With hacking DNC emails that prove that Hillary stole the DNC primary? Even if we can determine that Russia was behind the hacking, I consider that a public service. It revealed the truth, which the mainstream media is trying awful hard to keep secret.

So, Donald Trump, a man with no political power before he won the election, managed to arrange high level meetings with Russian officials, and keep all of this secret, right?

Well, certainly a novice like Trump would not be able to cover his tracks, right? And a full year of an independent counsel and the entire mainstream media would have uncovered something, right?

So, let’s see what we know:

Flynn talked to some foreigners, and lied about it to Mike Pence, and was fired.

Jeff Sessions met a Russian general as part of his job, and misunderstood a question asked by the Senate, and corrected the record. He was so worried about a conflict of interest that he recused himself from the investigation.

Paul Manafort had some questionable business dealings several YEARS before working on the campaign.

Don Jr. met with ONE Russian lawyer, who had worked for the DNC in the past, who misrepresented herself to get a meeting. His testimony before the Independent Counsel lasted longer than the meeting itself, by a factor of ten, I think.

So, where is the collusion? Where is the smoking gun?

OK, on the Democrat side:

Hillary and the DNC paid Fusion GPS, through third parties, to get opposition research on Trump, as did some GOP candidates, at least until he won the primary. THEN, Hillary paid Fusion GPS to create a FAKE dossier on Trump.

Fusion GPS hired a British former spy to write this dossier, who hired Russian spies to help write it.

The DNC shopped this dossier around DC for months, but none of the media was willing to write about it, until Buzzfeed released it, and then they had cover. Sleazy, but still not so bad.

THEN, the FBI used this fake dossier, that everyone knew was fake, to lie to a FISA judge to get a wiretap order against Trump and his campaign.

THEN, the Obama Administration used these wiretapped conversations, unmasking the American citizens taped talking to foreigners, and released the transcripts to the media, which is how we know about Michael Flynn in the first place!

On top of which, senior leadership in the FBI who were strong Hillary supporters and anti-Trumpers, were not only involved in the Clinton email investigation (and derailed it) but are also involved in the Russian probe!

NOW, five months of texts between two or more of these FBI officials magically disappeared, only to magically reappear again. Just like Lois Lerner and Hillary Clinton and other prominent Democrats, the hard drives and the files and the emails that could incriminate them magically disappear, in violation of every law regarding safeguarding government communications.

That’s all just off the top of my head, of course there is plenty more.

Can any of you, with a straight face, tell me we shouldn’t be getting to the bottom of this?

Tax Policy II

 9/30/2017 8:00 AMPolitics

​Liberals not only want taxes to be higher, they want them to be complicated. They want you to have to use accountants and lawyers to navigate the arcane tax code, because you are more likely to make a mistake, and then you can be punished. Conservatives want the tax code to be simple. Some have suggested you should be able to submit your taxes on a post card. I have concerns about privacy issues with an actual post card, but I like the idea of simplicity.

The reason the tax code is so convoluted, is becauses business are not run by idiots. They want to keep as much of their money as possible, so they spend money to lobby Congress to create loopholes for their particular business, a small investment for a bigger payoff. More often than not, it is the very large corporations that get tax breaks that hurt their competition: the much smaller businesses run by families or individuals, who can't afford lobbyists. Both parties are guilty of taking favors from lobbyists and crafting loopholes. But you notice the only politicians who ever talk about a simpler tax code, are conservatives?

If the tax code is complicated, we need a larger IRS to manage it. Is there any government agency that is feared by the average American, more than the IRS? What is especially troubling, is that some Presidents have actually used the IRS to punish their political opponents. Think about that. We are citizens, not subjects. We own this government. It serves us, not the other way around.

We need to simplify the tax code. It needs to be more transparent. It needs to be understandable by anyone with a high-school education. If we can simplify it enough, we may even be able to eliminate the IRS altogether. We spend somewhere between 6 billion and 9 billion hours a YEAR doing our taxes: https://www.cnbc.com/2017/04/10/americans-spend-6-billion-hours-doing-taxes-better-get-moving.html How could that time be better spent?

Tax Policy

 9/30/2017 7:45 AMPolitics

​Let's talk about taxes for a moment. I will stipulate that most of the elected officials in the Democrat Party are liberal, and they run the show; while some or most of the elected officials in the Republican Party are conservative, but they do NOT run the show. But I am talking ideology, not party.

Liberals want bigger government and higher taxes. Conservatives want smaller government and lower taxes. Period.

Liberals feel that every dollar you earn, as a private citizen or as a corporation, belongs to the government. Whatever they graciously let you keep is a gift. Thus, when you use the tax breaks they put into the system to keep more of your money, you are "stealing" it from everyone else who did nothing to help you earn it.

Conservatives know that every dollar you earn is yours. Government needs money to operate, and for good or bad, income tax is one of the primary sources of money for operating the government. But government should be small enough that we don't need so much of your money.

Liberals don't want anyone to have a tax cut, ever. So they make you think that if "the rich" are going to get a tax cut, you will oppose you getting a tax cut yourself, to spite the rich. This is contrary to your own best interest, and based on a lie.

Let's use a simple example. Let's say you earn $50,000 a year, and pay ten percent in taxes. That means you pay $5,000 to the federal government. Now, let's say I earn $5,000,000 a year, and pay twenty percent in taxes. That means I pay $1,000,000 to the federal government.

Now, let's say the conservatives want to give us BOTH a tax cut, letting us keep more of our own money. They change the rates to nine percent and nineteen percent. You are now paying $4,500 (a $500 savings) and I am now paying $950,000 ( a $10,000 savings). The liberals will scream that I am getting a much bigger tax break than you, because I get to keep $10,000 of my own money, and you only get $500. THIS IS THE BIG LIE.

You got a ten percent cut in your tax rate, from 10 to 9 percent. I only got a FIVE percent cut in my tax rate, from 20 to 19 percent. I paid more in taxes than you, I got a smaller percentage cut than you, and I STILL pay a whole lot more taxes than you. But because the actually amount I get to keep is so much more in simple dollars than yours, liberals will tell you that this whole tax cut program is a "giveaway to the rich", and get you to oppose it. So, you could have kept more of your money, but to spite the evil rich, you turned it down.

Rush Limbaugh on Fox News Sunday

 11/23/2015 7:00 PMPolitics
​​​​Rush nails Obama in his recent press conference:
"Barack Obama's No. 1 enemy is the Republican Party, and the conservative movement. You see he gets animated. He does not need cue cards, he does not teleprompter when he starts ripping into them. But when you get ISIS on the board or anything in the Middle East, he's very cautious, very precise, very... Don't want to offend them; don't want to make them mad... I think it's very dangerous."

Socialism, Communism, Fascism, and Liberalism

 11/5/2014 7:00 PMPolitics

​During a lengthy discussion with a friend on Facebook, I wanted to preserve a section for future use. It relates to my disgust with liberals trying to paint conservatives as Nazis or fascists, when the opposite is true:

Socialism: a political and economic theory of social organization that advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole.
synonyms: leftism, welfarism;

Communism: A political theory derived from Karl Marx, advocating class war and leading to a society in which all property is publicly owned and each person works and is paid according to their abilities and needs.

Fascism: 1. the tenets of a centralized totalitarian and nationalistic government that strictly controls finance, industry, and commerce, practices rigid censorship and racism, and eliminates opposition through secret police.

Liberalism (the way it is practiced in America, not the classic definition of individual liberty): Outcomes are unequal, which is unfair. Use taxes and regulations to level the playing field. "You didn't build that." profit is evil, and must be punished. Strong central government, high taxes, burdensome regulations, limitations of civil liberties. Also indulges in crony capitalism (not limited to just one party).

Marx wanted to turn the whole world socialist, and thought it would instantly flip to communism overnight, because there was no more competition between countries or individuals. ALL of these system share one thing: total faith in a strong central government and zero faith in the individual. Minimum wage is a small thing, but it reflects a central tenet of left-wing thought: The STATE gets to decide what a person (in this case, entry level or low-skilled) is worth, or at least gets paid. The BUSINESS does not. We have all grown up with minimum wage, so we are used to it, and most of you don't see it for what it is: government control.

Have you ever heard Barack Obama or Bill Clinton PRAISE capitalism? Private business? the rights of the individual? Or do they talk about how life is unfair, outcomes are different, people need a helping hand, businesses are taking advantage of workers. They don't believe in the free market. So tell me, Scott, what tenets or policies of the modern Democratic Party are moving AWAY from the principles of socialism?

To show the other side: 

Capitalism: An economic and political system in which a country's trade and industry are controlled by private owners for profit, rather than by the state.
synonyms: free enterprise, private enterprise, the free market, enterprise culture, "the capitalism of emerging nations"

Conservatism: A belief in smaller government, lower taxes, less regulation, a strong national defense. Championing the rights of the individual over the state. A belief in the free market. Yes, there will be unequal outcomes, but since people and situations are unequal, that is what is FAIR.

Libertarianism: An extreme laissez-faire political philosophy advocating only minimal state intervention in the lives of citizens.

Libertarianism and conservatism are right-wing. All the other isms I mentioned are left-wing. there is nothing right-wing about a strong, controlling centralized government. As much as some try to paint fascism as right-wing, it simply isn't. You don't require a massive controlling government to have national pride, although fascism does promote nationalism. But that is the only thing we have in common.

​ I will stipulate that although the overwhelming majority of Democrats are liberals, and a good percentage of the Republicans are conservatives, the parties do not accurately reflect the left/right divide. Most of the GOP in power have no problem with an ever expanding federal government. it's like democrats are full-speed ahead towards socialism, but the GOP wants to tap the brakes once in a while. If conservatives could retake our party, you would see a more contrasting difference between the parties.​

Charity Navigator

 7/14/2014 7:00 AMMasonry; Politics

Charity Navigator
It is a good idea to know how much of your charitable donations go to those in need. Check out ​http://www.charitynavigator.org/ for an impartial rating of your favorite charity.


Buy Solar Panels for your home

 6/29/2014 9:00 AMPolitics
​One of my Facebook friends gave me a brilliant idea. Every person who supports green energy needs to immediately buy solar panels for their roof and/or a windmill on their property. Eventually, this will bring about a revolution and everyone will follow. I'll explain:

1. Solar panels and windmills WILL generate some amount of electricity and lower your electric bill.
2. This amount varies depending on where you live, but the cost of installation is so high, they won't pay for themselves for decades. So people don't do it.
3.This needs to be sold among rich people as a status symbol, much like wearing an awareness ribbon. Except in this case, it actually accomplishes something: As more people buy solar panels and windmills, more companies will spring up to meet the demand, competing with each other for your business, and they will become cheaper to buy.
4. As the cost comes down, more people buy them, thus encouraging the cycle. Eventually, they will be cheap enough for everyone to afford, and become the must-have item, just like plasma TVs are today. The poorest people you know have a plasma TV, don't they?
5. All of this is accomplished WITHOUT a massive taxpayer funded program run with great inefficiency by the federal government. WIN-WIN!

By the way, this concept won't work for electric cars. Electric cars run on electricity, which comes from coal, so it isn't green enough.

Who's with me? Let's start a national campaign to #BuyGreen!

Five Million Americans have lost their health insurance because of Obamacare

 11/17/2013 1:03 PMPolitics

Five million people​ have lost their insurance because of Obamacare. FIVE MILLION of my fellow Americans (and counting) had health insurance this year, and will not have it next year, because of a law passed exclusively by Democrats in the House and Senate, and signed by a Democrat President. Never forget that. It is completely ​a Democrat law that is causing all of this pain and suffering. Oh, and the 100K who enrolled? The government counts people who registered without committing to a plan in that number.

That's like you going to Amazon (except Amazon actually works and is easy) and putting something in your wish list, or your shopping card, without completing the purchase. If Amazon claimed that sale as income, they would go to jail. But that's how your government does things.

Five million. 


Obama blames failed economy on "phony scandals"

 7/25/2013 6:08 PMPolitics; Humor

​Candidate Obama, apparently unaware that he has been President fo​r the past five years, blames the economy on "phony scandals" and gridlock in Washington:

Obama tries to refocus message on economy amid summer setbacks​

I am curious as to which of these scandals he considers phony: Obama Scandals List​

Bob: “Did you hear about the Obama administration scandal?”

Jim: “You mean the Mexican gun running?” 

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “You mean SEAL Team 6 Extortion 17 and deaths?” 

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “You mean the State Dept. lying about Benghazi?” 

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “You mean the rampant voter fraud?” 

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “You mean the military not getting their votes counted?”  

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “You mean that 3 or 4 of Obama’s Gay boyfriends were mysteriously MURDERED when they came forward with claims he was gay too?” 

Bob: “No, the other one.

Jim: “You mean the president demoralizing and breaking down the military?” 

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “You mean the Boston Bombing?” 

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “The NSA monitoring our phone calls, e-mails and everything else?” 

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “You mean the president wanting to kill Americans with drones in our own country without the benefit of the law?” 

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “Giving 123 Technologies $300 Million and right after it declared bankruptcy it was sold to the Chinese?” 

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “You mean the president arming the Muslim Brotherhood?” 

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “The IRS targeting conservatives?” 

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “The DOJ spying on the press?” 

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “Sebelius shaking down health insurance executives?” 

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “Giving SOLYNDRA $500 MILLION DOLLARS and right after they declared bankruptcy 3 months later the Chinese bought it?” 

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: ” Do you mean the Illegal obamacare fiasco?” 

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “Do you mean ignoring our constitutional rights?” 

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “The NSA monitoring our phone calls, e-mails and everything else?” 

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “The president’s ordering the release of nearly 10,000 illegal immigrants from jails and prisons and falsely blaming the sequester?” 

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “The president’s unconstitutional threat to impose gun control by Executive Order in order to bypass Congress?” 

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “The president’s repeated violation of the law requiring him to submit a budget no later than the first Monday in February?” 

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “The 2012 vote where 115% of all registered voters in some counties voted 100% for Obama?” 

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “The president’s unconstitutional recess appointments in an attempt to circumvent the Senate’s advise-and-consent role?” 

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “The State Department interfering with an Inspector General 

investigation on departmental sexual misconduct?” 

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “HHS employees being given insider information on Medicare Advantage?” 

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “Clinton, the IRS, Clapper and Holder all lying to Congress?” 

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “I give up! … Oh wait, I think I got it! You mean that 65 

million low-information voters stuck us again with the most corrupt

administration in American history?” 



Obama wins reelection

 11/7/2012 7:49 AMPolitics
On the plus side, I can finally get that sweet gig at the Ministry of Truth. Remember:

  • Unemployment has always been at ten percent.
  • We have always had blackouts in New York City.
  • Gas has always been over five dollars a gallon.
  • The Senate has never had to submit a budget.
  • We have never used oil, coal, natural gas or nuclear power from here.
  • The President has always been able to serve as many terms as he wants.
  • We have always told companies where they can build their products and how many employees they have to hire.
  • We have always sold guns to our allies in Syria and Mexico.
  • That little incident at Benghazi? Just anger at a video, which we apologized for.
  • We have never been at war with radical or any other kind of Islam.
  • We have always been at war with Israel.​​

Every human being has unlimited potential

 10/14/2012 1:20 PMPolitics
Every man and woman has the potential to grow, to change, to learn more, to acquire skills, to be better. Stop settling for your lot in life. Stop complaining that you are stuck where you are because of your class, your race, where you were born, how your parents raised you, etc. These are only excuses holding you back.

Stop pretending that because someone else is rich, that you are poor; that someone else has a job, so you do not; that a company is profitable, so yours is not. The world is not a zero-sum game. YOU have the ability to grow yourself, to grow your business, to make things better for you and those who depend on you.

The world owes you nothing, but the opportunity to make your mark upon it. No one owes you a job, a certain wage, an education, a house, health care, or any other material thing. Work for it, apply yourself, discover your hidden talents and develop them, and you will have everything you ever wanted.

Most of all, follow your passions. Discover what you love to do, get someone to pay you to do it, and it will never feel like work again.

Why a company exists

 10/14/2012 10:20 AMPolitics
A company exists to make money. It hires more employees when it needs them to do work, and lays them off when it no longer needs them. A company has no moral obligation to create jobs, pay taxes, pay a certain wage to its employees, provide insurance, pay for college, sell a product or service you like, offer that product or service at the price you want to pay, make the world a better place, be environmentally friendly, or provide day care.

How much profit a company makes is none of your business, unless you are an investor in that company. When a company makes a profit it is never, ever a bad thing. Society has no moral claim on a company or a man. The only responsibility a company has it to its owners and stockholders. Only the free market determines the actual value of a product, a service, or a wage. Any interference by the government obscures the true value of that thing, and benefits no one.

If you are worth more than the company pays you, demand more, or go work elsewhere. If the company charges too much, offer less, or buy it elsewhere. It is that simple. The market corrects itself, when the government does not interfere. You have no right to a certain wage or a certain price for something, you only have the right to take your business or your skills elsewhere. If your skills are such that you can't make a decent living, improve them until they can. No one is preventing you from improving your value, except a government that wants you to depend on it, instead of yourself.

If the market demands that companies pay higher wages, or insurance, or college, or day care, or sell a product that does something different; the company will respond to the market accordingly. If the market decides that it doesn't want cars that run on gasoline, a company will step forward to offer them. If highly skilled workers demand insurance or day care to work for a company, the company will offer it to keep and attract those workers. Only when it is profitable will a company pursue it. The government forcing a company to offer a product that is not profitable or pay a wage that is not driven by the market is a violation of the free market and obscures the true value of the thing.

We all need to learn the lesson that government has no place interfering in the marketplace. Most people in government only know how government works, most have no idea how companies work. Why are so many willing to trust the government to decide how to build something, how much to charge for something, how much to pay someone for the work they do? Not only is morally wrong for the government to do this, but how can anyone think that government knows better than the free market?​

Nine years ago...

 9/9/2010 12:00 PMPolitics

I wanted to post this picture again, in advance of the nine year anniversary. Nice to know they plan to have construction finished by the TEN YEAR anniversary. I just hope that mosque doesn't get built there, I think many people in this country don't get the real significance if we let that go through...​​

President Bush surprises the troops

 8/12/2010 11:52 AMPolitics

President Bush greets U.S. Soldiers at Dallas/Fort Worth airport.

I'd forgotten what a President with class looked like.

Obama's Nuclear Policy

 4/9/2010 12:16 PMComics; Politics

I liked it better when we had a President who couldn't PRONOUNCE it, but at least knew it was important to have...​

The cartoon to kill for

 3/1/2010 7:27 AMComics; Politics

This cartoon got several people killed, and western newspapers line up to appease Islamic extremists and throw away the right of free speech: http://www.dianawest.net/Home/tabid/36/EntryId/1296/Westergaard-I-Fear-This-Is-a-Setback-for-the-Freedom-of-Speech.aspx

Ted Kennedy dead at 77

 8/26/2009 8:37 AMHumor; Politics

No word yet on whether the esteemed Senator will run for another term...​

Who would you rather have a beer with?

 7/31/2009 5:38 PMHumor; Politics
To quote Rich Lowry, of National Review Online's The Corner:
The conscientious guy, concerned with helping those around him? Or the oblivious guy, striding majestically alone?
Original source: The American Thinker

Sarah Palin to resign as Governor

 7/6/2009 12:11 PMPolitics
Sarah Palin announced on Friday that she was stepping down as Alaska governor. I predict she is doing this in order to (a) raise money, (b) campaign for conservative candidates in 2010; and if successful with a and b, (c) run for President in 2012.
Expect to hear even more criticism for this decision. I admit, short-term, it makes her look bad and it is easy to label her a quitter. I have never seen such hate and vitriol against anyone in politics, even against President Bush. I am also surprised at the amount of heat she gets from her own party. Obviously, people are afraid of her, from the Ubama (peace be upon him) White House to the country club Republicans who thought John McCain was the ideal candidate (and blame HER for his loss). I say, wait and see. If she becomes the voice of the conservative movement, we could do far worse (ahem, Michael Steele).

Sanford: Unfaithful to wife with "dear friend"

 6/24/2009 3:51 PMPolitics
​COLUMBIA, SC (WMBF) - Gov. Mark Sanford says he is publicly apologizing for letting down South Carolinians after admitting he was having an affair during a press conference at the statehouse in Columbia Wednesday.
My observation: Having an affair during a press conference is rather risky. There are lots of reporters with cameras there, I think they would eventually notice.

David Letterman makes jokes about Palin's daughter

 6/15/2009 8:53 AMPolitics
The king of tired, offensive, late night comedy, David Letterman, tells jokes about Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and her daughters, including one about A-Rod impregnating her 14 year old during a seventh-inning stretch.
What class.
It is quite revealing about the left that even though McCain lost, and they (the left) blame Sarah Palin for him losing; they still can't stop talking about her and running her down. I think it's because they are scared to death of her and what she represents. Time will tell.

What kind of imbecile...

 4/29/2009 7:47 AMPolitics

Thinks that flying Air Force One over New York City, after 9/11, is a _GOOD_ idea? Clearly our current president, who now claims that his office had no idea this was going to happen. I actually think that's worse.

Here's your president

 4/27/2009 8:16 AMPolitics


And what liberals think of him (just don't ask what they think about the REAL savior).
From newscom.com: "The Truth" by Painter Michael D'Antuono which will be unveiled on President Obama's 100th Day in Office at NYC's Union Square.

An Area of Darkness

 11/17/2008 9:30 AMPolitics
Just read a great column by Jay Nordlinger in National Review Online, comparing the rise during the Cold War of "Soviet Studies" in American colleges and universities, purportedly to combat the threat of the Soviet Union. Trouble was, a lot of college professors were sympathetic to Communism and the Soviets, so we got a got of Soviet apologists for our trouble.
Fast forward to today and the threat of Islamofacism, where we really need experts on the Middle East and Islam, and the same problem emerges:
Professors of Middle East studies would be very helpful right about now. But they are, unfortunately, among the worst of the lot: among the worst in the American professoriate. A range of departments, of course, is the province of radicals and ideologues, rather than genuine scholars. But departments of Middle East studies may take the cake.
Here is the article:

Our new Affirmative Action President

 11/5/2008 7:57 AMPolitics
Well, history has been made. America has elected it's first black President.
Also, it's most hopelessly unqualified Presid​ent,
it's most socialist President,
it's most under-investigated President.
We see the results of Bush Derangement Syndrome. Over the next four years, America will learn about the pig in a poke they bought.
I hope the nation will survive.
Fortunately, my little blog is too small to be noticed, but watch what happens to talk radio and right-wing web sites under Obama's benevolent leadership. It won't be pretty.
All hail the Fairness Doctrine!

Bill Ayers - 'Reformed' Terrorist

 10/20/2008 1:03 PMComics; Politics

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After seven years...

 9/11/2008 2:32 PMPolitics

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The Seventh Anniversary of 9-11

 9/11/2008 2:31 PMComics; Politics

Seven years without another attack on American soil. Way to go, Mr. President.



Sarah Palin energizes the GOP

 9/9/2008 5:15 PMComics; Politics


Despite what many on the left are saying isn't happening, Gov. Palin (the jury is still out on PAH-lin versus PAY-lin, I am pronouncing it as if Michael Palin of Monty Python fame were her older brother) has energized the Republican base. Speaking as a focus group of one, I was resigned to the idea of McCain as our nominee. I believe I expressed it to my coworkers as, "If it HAS to be a liberal, big-government democrat in the White House, it might as well be McCain". Governor Palin has changed all that. I must admit how shrewd McCain is to have chosen her, she is the ideal candidate to counter the Obamessiah's campaign. I think Mitt Romney might have been a better VP, but she has a better chance of helping win the election.
This is the most interesting presidential campaign I can remember. I have been more enthusiastic about other candidates (Reagan, both times) but I have never been more intrigued by the twists and turns of this election.
Credit for the comic to Michael Ramirez at Investor's Business Daily. UPDATE: You can find his link under "Comics" in the Links list on the home page.


McCain picks Sarah Palin as his VP!

 8/29/2008 12:26 PMPolitics
John McCain picks the Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, as his running mate - a conservative with more executive experience than McCain, Obama, and Biden put together!
UPDATE 5/30/2013: After five+ years of the collosal faillure of the Obama Administration, the above statement is STILL true!

The War in Iraq Is Over.

 8/12/2008 5:20 PMPolitics
What Next?
This article by Bing West details how much the situation on the ground in Iraq has changed, and why it is critical not to draw down for the sake of drawing down, as the Obamessiah would have us do:

Reagan and Buckley

 2/28/2008 2:20 PMPolitics

This speech was delivered by President Ronald Reagan at National Review's 30th anniversary dinner on December 5, 1985.
William F. Buckley was asked once what position he wou​ld prefer in the (new) Reagan Administration. He replied, "Ventriloquist".​

William F. Buckley, R.I.P.

 2/28/2008 2:17 PMPolitics

The heart and soul of National Review and father of modern conservatism has passed on. NRO has a tribute going on, naturally, but I could not find a link that will not fade as time passes. This search of NRO will probably suffice, if you read this link in a few days.
UPDATE: Here is an updated list on National Review of memorials and obituaries. ​​

The Democratic Race So Far...

 2/22/2008 10:56 AMPolitics

Just saw a priceless quip from Michael Graham on The Corner:
"It's an amazing dichotomy. Hillary Clinton right now could announce she's handing out $100 bills and people would yawn. Barack could then announce he's taking the 100 bucks away, and people in the crowd would faint with excitement.​"

Our congress at work

 12/24/2007 1:41 PMComics; Politics
More cartoons by Mic​hael Ramirez. UPDATE: See the Links list on the home page.​​

Campaign Contributions

 11/16/2007 5:06 PMPolitics
​This is a pretty cool map, showing where presidential candidates are getting donations from. Very interactive web application.

Thanks and Praise

 11/8/2007 5:17 PMComics; Politics

Chris Muir hits the target again at www.daybydaycartoon.com.
Michael Yon reports from Iraq:
A Muslim man had invited the American soldiers from “Chosen” Company 2-12 Infantry to the church, where I videotaped as Muslims and Christians worked and rejoiced at the reopening of St John’s, an occasion all viewed as a sign of hope.
The Iraqis asked me to convey a message of thanks to the American people. ” Thank you, thank you,” the people were saying. One man said, “Thank you for peace.” Another man, a Muslim, said “All the people, all the people in Iraq, Muslim and Christian, is brother.” The men and women were holding bells, and for the first time in memory freedom rang over the ravaged land between two rivers. (Videotape to follow.) 
Read the Michael Yon story here.

Lousy T-Shirt

 10/23/2007 3:28 PMPolitics


I read about this T-Shirt in Jay Nordlinger's column, Impromptus.
A quick google search found it here, at www.thoseshirts.com.
By the way, Jay's column is an excellent source for skewering liberal double standards, tidbits about American culture, language items, and for reading about human rights abuses in Cuba, China and elsewhere. Hardly the sort of information you will find in the Dinosaur Media. I heartily recommend him.​

Beijing’s Demonstration Sports

 10/17/2007 12:46 PMPolitics

John Derbyshire at National Review Online has a terrific article on the upcoming Beijing Olympics. It is amazing that we live in a world that pays lip service to human rights and yet awards the prestigious Olymics to a murderous, tyrannical regime like China.​

Congress vs. the war on Terror

 10/10/2007 4:00 PMComics; Politics

This cartoon sums it up for me. Michael Ramirez at Investor's Business Daily does an awesome job skewering the left.​


 9/17/2007 6:42 PMPolitics
​"We must stop thinking of the individual and start thinking about what is best for society."
"Society cannot allow the private sector to do whatever it wants."
"From each according to his ability, to each according to his need."
The above quotes are from Karl Marx, Hugo Chavez, and Hillary Clinton. In order, they are, um, wait... is there is difference?
I guess for some of you, you nod your head to all three.

On the 6th Anniversary of 9-11

 9/11/2007 1:00 PMPolitics

My wife and I were living in Phoenix, Arizona. I had just finished riding my bike for a morning workout, walked into my loft apartment and turned on the radio. I think it was the Hugh Hewitt show, out of L.A. I typically listened to the radio in the mornings, vice watching the news. I heard him mention planes and the WTC, also the Pentagon. He was not saying much (this was about 9:30 East Coast Time, so it was only 7:30 our time), and seemed very somber. My wife and I looked at each other, and I turned on Fox News, just in time to see both towers in flames, and within a few minutes, the first tower fell.
They were saying on the news that this event touched every American family. In my case they were right, it turned out my wife's cousin was scheduled to pilot one of the flights out of Boston (we found out later he had missed a connecting flight the night before, and was in Kansas City or someplace).
We must never forget the people who died there, nor shall we rest until the followers of this peversion of Islam are all rooted out and destroyed.​

A Map of the Internet's Black Holes

 9/6/2007 5:32 PMIT; Politics; Surfendipity

Strange Maps has a map of countries that block Internet access to their citizens (Not 100% accurate but still interesting).​

"Sir, I Will Die For This Post"

 8/7/2007 3:19 PMPolitics

W. Thomas Smith, Jr., National Review Online correspondent, reports from Ira​q.

All I can say is, Ooh-Rah.​


 7/11/2007 10:44 AMHumor; Politics
​This is not an article from the Onion, I swear. I guess you really can't write good parody anymore, the real world is too weird: 
A British woman has married a son of Osama bin Laden after a holiday romance and is to apply for a visa so that he can visit Britain, The Times has learnt.
Jane Felix-Browne, a 51-year-old grandmother and parish councillor from Cheshire, has until now kept her marriage to Omar Ossama bin Laden, 27, secret from everyone apart from her immediate family and close friends. But she has now agreed to speak about her relationship with bin Laden's fourth eldest son.
"It would be nice if, like any other married woman, I could stand up and say this is my husband and this is his name, but I have to be realistic about things," she told The Times. "I hope people don't judge me too harshly. I married the son, not the father."
Mrs Felix-Browne says she is aware that some people will be hostile to her marriage. Among the numerous terrorist plots linked to her new father-in-law are the London suicide bombings on July 7, 2005, the July 21 plot, and the recent attempted attacks in London and Glasgow. "I just married the man I met and fell in love with - to me he is just Omar," she said. "I hope that people will take a step back and think what it was like when they fell in love. He is the most beautiful person I have ever met. His heart is pure, he is pious, quiet, a true gentleman, and he is my best friend."
Mrs Felix-Browne, who has been married five times previously, met Mr bin Laden in Egypt in September while undergoing treatment for multiple sclerosis. She says that their fairytale romance began when her future husband saw her riding a horse near the Great Pyramid. They were married in Islamic ceremonies in Egypt
Mrs Felix-Browne was initially reluctant to discuss her new husband but news of their relationship inevitably began to leak out in Britain and the Middle East. "I don't want any of my family distressed or upset by my actions," she said. "I know that for everybody who likes me there will probably be a million enemies."
Now she hopes that Mr bin Laden will come to Britain. "He would like to spend quite a bit of time here," she said. "There is no reason why he should not come to live, but I don't think he would like the weather."
Mrs Felix-Browne said that the couple hoped to use their position to help to heal the wounds caused by her father-in-law. "All we want is peace in this world and I will do all I can to promote it."

Gatekeepers of Hillaryland

 6/21/2007 6:07 PMHumor; Politics

From the Washington Post:
The Candidate's Coterie From Her White House Days Is Back Together, All for One and One for All​

An interesting map of the United States

 6/18/2007 12:41 PMIT; Politics; Science
​As I told people in the office, here are some geeks of a whole different stripe than us. These guys went to the trouble of comparing each State's GDP with countries GDP. For example, California is roughly equivalent to France. Check it out: 


 5/15/2007 12:33 PMHumor; Politics
​Are you a liberal female who wants to vote for Hillary, but just can't bring you​rself to do it? Try OxyClinton!
Courtesy of "Dr" Laura Ingraham, on the rarely-funny Fox Half Hour News Hour. Maybe they should just do 30 minutes of commercials, like this one?


A rarely seen Union Ad

 4/27/2007 12:35 PMHumor; Politics
​Ever wonder what AFSCME is all about? This Public Service announcement explains it all (Profanity warning):

World's Smallest Political Quiz

 3/2/2007 12:25 PMPolitics; Surfendipity; Timewasters
​This is a little ten-question quiz, it could be more detailed, but it gives a snapshot of your political leanings:

Middle East Game

 12/7/2006 12:07 PMPolitics; Timewasters
​This is a fun little game, more challenging than it looks. You have to drag the name of each country to its proper place on the map. Helps teach you where all the 'Stans' are: 

New direction for America?

 11/14/2006 11:34 AMComics; Politics

Temper Tantrum Redux?

 11/8/2006 9:25 AMPolitics
​Well, Peter Jennings is dead, but if he were still alive and was hosting the news, I d​oubt he would have called this election another "tantrum" of the American people, like he did in in 1994.
Clearly, a lot of voters are unhappy with President Bush and the War in Iraq (which almost everyone, including the media and most commentators, even conservative ones, have successfully lied to their own minds to separate it from the War on Terror, as if they were two different and unrelated things altogether). I do agree that this is a strong signal that people want change. Do they have any idea what kind of change they are going to get?
The Democrats have won control of the House. As of this writing, about 5 am on Wednesday, the Senate is still too close to call. I am disappointed that Michael Steele, a black Republican, could not win a largely black state against a poster child for old white men (Cardin). I think it speaks volumes that Barack Obama told blacks in Maryland NOT to vote for someone by skin color (because Steele is Republican) but told voters in Tennessee the EXACT OPPOSITE (because Ford is a Democrat)! The dishonesty continues.
Anyway, I am trying to think of positive things to say about this election, so here goes:
- At least Lincoln Chafee lost. We need to get rid of all RINOs, IMHO. If you are a liberal Senator from New England, by law you should have a (D) next to your name. Too bad Snowe got through, again. I guess we get another shot at Snowe in a few years.
- There is a chance the Liebster will jump ship, since his party abandoned him. That will firm up the Republicans in the Senate. We can call him Jumpin' Joe Lieberman, another proud New England tradition.
- The Democrats in the House, who ran without ANY plan or foreign policy ideas, will now be FORCED to actually submit legislation, now that they are in charge. It has been easy for them to second-guess every step of the war, and Monday-morning quarterback for six years. Now, they have to actually step up and OFFER alternatives. Remember Social Security? What was the Dems alternative plan to fix it? Oh, right, they didn't bother to have one!
- The dinosaur media (formerly the MSM) can now run all those stories about how good the economy is, since they supressed all the good news for the last three years. You will be amazed to find out just how good things are going, since the press can give credit to Democrats for it, now.
- There is a slight, SLIGHT chance that there will be ethics reform in the House. But I doubt it.
- Republican leadership, which was used to forty years of sitting on the back bench, at first seemed unable to BE the governing party. Once the ten items on the Contract With America got voted on (remember, all ten WERE brought to the floor, even though only two (?) actually passed), the GOP seemed unwilling to actually LEAD. Now, after twelve years in power, all they seemed focused on is how to stay in power (see the lobbying scandals), instead of acting as conservatives.
Maybe we are only good at being conservatives when we aren't in charge, I don't know. We had twelve years of controlling the House and sometimes the Senate, and we held the White House for six years. Were conservative things accomplished? On balance, I don't know. I am worried that the next two years will be an endless line of supoenas and investigations into the Bush Administration, and we will be attacked again on our soil. Maybe it will take another attack for Americans to realize, we live in dangerous times, too dangerous to let Democrats decide foreign policy.
We get the government we deserve. I shudder to think what that will turn out to be.

Election Day

 11/7/2006 10:28 AMHumor; Politics

Well, today we see if the people of this country believe in winning a war against enemies who want to defeat us, or if they support those who only second-guess and have no plan.
If you agree with John Kerry that our troops are idiots stuck in another unwinnable war, please make your vote count - get out there Wednesday morning and vote!​

Maps of War

 10/6/2006 11:39 AMIT; Politics
​Want to see the hist​ory of the Middle East for the last 5000 years in 90 seconds?
Click here.

Just a coincidence?

 9/19/2006 12:33 AMPolitics; Surfendipity

This is only an observation, nothing more. One of my favorite shows, T​he Wire, on HBO, has a character named Tommy Carcetti, a Baltimore City Councilman (on the left). Driving in and around Laurel, MD, I kept seeing election posters for a Maryland State Senator, John A. Giannetti, Jr. (on the right). I thought the similarity in appearance was rather striking (The Senator's poster looks even more like the actor). One Maryland Democrat politician for real, one Maryland Democrat politician on TV.
Kind of a weird coincidence, I thought. ​​

On the 5th Anniversary of 9-11

 9/11/2006 10:58 AMPolitics

My wife and I were living in Phoenix, Arizona. I had just finished riding my bike for a morning workout, walked into my loft apartment and turned on the radio. I think it was the Hugh Hewitt show, out of L.A. I typically listened to the radio in the mornings, vice watching the news. I heard him mention planes and the WTC, also the Pentagon. He was not saying much (this was about 9:30 East Coast Time, so it was only 7:30 our time), and seemed very somber. My wife and I looked at each other, and I turned on Fox News, just in time to see both towers in flames, and within a few minutes, the first tower fell.
They were saying on the news that this event touched every American family. In my case they were right, it turned out my wife's cousin was scheduled to pilot one of the flights out of Boston (we found out later he had missed a connecting flight the night before, and was in Kansas City or someplace).
We must never forget the people who died there, nor shall we rest until the followers of this peversion of Islam are all rooted out and destroyed.​

A Question

 6/9/2006 2:22 AMHumor; Politics
​​​What is the difference between Elvis Presley and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi?
Elvis is still alive...

Babs STILL can't spell

 3/7/2006 12:22 PMHumor; Politics


It never fails to amaze (and amuse) me, how the whining left are just... plain... wrong. ​According to the Drudge Report, Barbra Streisand recently posted a blog entry about "that C student" George Bush, with ELEVEN spelling mistakes! Never mind that George Bush attended Harvard and Yale, and got a higher GPA than John Kerry, Babs herself never attended college. One would think that before attacking someone for being a C student, they would run... um, a spell check?

Oh, and Babs also blames the typist for the mistake. I find it hard to believe that someone who puts words on the page for a living wouldn't use a spell-checker.
For the record, I wrote this blog engine myself, it has no spell-checker, and I proof my own words after posting them. And I can't imagine having 11 mispelled words in one post, even though I am a one-man operation.
People who live in very expensive glass houses, shouldn't post stones...

Once again, ER's writers have to slam Bush

 3/2/2006 2:35 PMEntertainment; Politics

​I don't think I will watch ER again. Over the past several years, my favorite show on NBC (actually, probably the only network show left for me except Law & Order) has used every possible excuse to slam President Bush or the war in Iraq. The last one was when James Woods, in a guaranteed Emmy performance because he ​attacked Bush, said in a flashback to 2002 words to the effect of, "Hope? Didn't you hear? Bush just cut off funding for stem cell research!". His character obviously was hoping stem cell research would help cure his debilitating disease. Obviously, neither Mr. Woods nor the writers on the show bothered to look at the facts, which is that President Bush was the first president to START funding stem cell research, he just put some restrictions on it. And not to go too far down this line, but since when did limiting (or even stopping) the spending of federal dollars on something become the equivalent of banning it? I heard the same crap about the NEA, when Aerosmith and other burnouts bitched and moaned that if the government wouldn't PAY for obscenity, that meant that it was now against the law. 

Anyway, to get back on point, Dr. Carter (Noah Wyle) makes a return to ER, where he is now in Darfur. I agree, the tragedy there is horrendous, but the blame for Darfur lies at the feet of the U.N. (remember John Kerry saying we should consult the U.N. before doing anything, anywhere?) The black doctor on the scene is telling Carter "Darfur, Somalia, New Orleans... if there are black faces suffering, the help does not come" or is slow to come, or some crap like that.
Give me a break. I cannot BELIEVE that the writers of ER, who are so angry that Bush was reelected, who kept inserting political commentary into a show that was SO apolitical for so many years, and now every time I turn around, there is a character who had NEVER uttered anything remotely political is spewing something negative about Bush!
Now, I love politics. I love Talk Radio, I love to watch the commentators on Fox News, I love to hear both sides going back and forth. However, when I am watching a television show like ER, I do NOT expect to hear people making political speeches! On Law & Order, even though the writers are pretty liberal, they do make an effort to keep it balanced. Arthur Branch makes me nod my head in agreement to almost everything he says, and not surprisingly, it is always a measured, thought out response; in contrast with the usual emotional outburst of the former lesbian or Jack McCoy. But it is always in context with the show! If the episode involves a political point, we hear both sides of the argument! On ER, just like Six Feet Under for it's final two years, we are just moving along, happily following a story, and someone pipes up with "Yeah, just like Bush lied to get us into the war!"
I mean, get serious, ER writers! You are supposed to be gifted, intelligent, artistic people who weave many elements into a believable story. There are several shows over the years that I feel I know the characters better than people in my own family. They are real, their situations are real. Dramatic TV is, in essense, escapism; and I want to drift along with the story, not reminded of the blatent political bent of 90% of the people in Hollywood! If you can't win the elections, keep your stinkin' political opinions out of our favorite shows, or we will STOP WATCHING THEM!

New Supreme Court nominee

 11/10/2005 1:11 PMPolitics

President Bush has - thankfully - withdrawn (oops... er... ACCEPTED THE RESIGNATION OF) Harriet Myers. Judge Alito is a far superior pick, both in his clear conservative record and his overall qualifications. I stated in this blog during the John Roberts hearings that if the president nominated an UNQUALIFIED candidate (which Roberts clearly was not) that his own party was responsible for rejected the nominee, which thankfully we did. Conspiracy theorist that I am, I think this whole thing was a Karl Rove judo move, to give the President cover for not nominating a woman - twice - to fill Justice O'Connor's seat.
By the way, I was a little surprised when I first heard this nomination, for a second I thought he had nominated this guy.​

Happy Birthday, U.S. Marine Corps!

 11/10/2005 1:01 PMPolitics

Today is the 230th Birthday of the United States Marine Corps. Happy Birthday to me, and all other Marines. We serve in every clime and place, and the boys in green today are under a lot more fire than I ever was, that's for sure. May God look out for you, fellow Jarheads. Semper Fi.​

Mallard Fillmore

 8/26/2005 2:47 PMComics; Politics

Sometimes, the duck says things better than I ever could.

I pity those poor people without cable, who only get the story on Iraq (and everything else) from the mainstream media.

Viva Fox News!​

The Crawford Vigil

 8/16/2005 12:52 PMPolitics
I heard a few talking heads arguing on Fox & Friends this morning about Cindy Sheehan. The lefty guy, I forget his name, but I thought he was a writer for NewsDay, lately he's just been a left-wing schill; he kept bringing up the poll where 61% of Americans want to pull out of Iraq, and equated that view with what Cindy Sheehan has been saying.
Of the many opinions floating around about the Iraq war, I would imagine the vast majority of Americans fall in one of these camps:
1) The war is not going well, we've done all we can, now we should cut our losses and get out. Nation building is not what we came here for.
2) The war IS going well, but we need to look at pulling back some and seeing if the Iraqis can handle things.
3) We need to stay until the Iraqis can handle things by themselves.
4) We need to stay there, keeping the terrorists focused in one place (the flypaper theory), fighting side by side with the Iraqis, even if it takes ten years or more.
Now, a good percentage of Americans may agree with point one, which seems to be the path of least resistance. Point two is probably where Sec. Rumsfeld is leaning, with some of the comments he's made of late. This is a bit risky and may require us to come back in a few years from now. Point three or four is where the President is. I personally think four is the best option, since it keeps most of the terrorists in one place, instead of here on our shores. Note I said MOST.
In all of the above points, points one and two might represent a majority of American opinion. However, ALL of the previous points accept the premise that there was a valid reason to go to war in the first place, what with Saddam's tyranny, the threat (still not resolved) of WMDs, etc. The nonsense being fed to Cindy Sheehan does not reflect the majority opinion of this country, not by a long shot. Ms. Sheehan is parroting the usual leftist clap-trap, this was a war for oil, Bush started the war so Halliburton could make money, if Israel (Israel!) would pull out of Palestine there would be no more terrorism, etc., etc.
Everything she has said of late can be found on the most fever-brained leftwing web sites. She is no longer just a grieving mother looking for answers, she has swallowed whole the answers given to her by nutjobs on the left. For the umpteenth time, people, this was NOT a war for oil. Bush did not just declare war on his own, the House and Senate signed a bill allowing him to go to war. If this was a war for oil, wouldn't gas prices have come down some? Hmmm? President Bush gave clear reasons for going to war (I have tried to find a short list somewhere to reprint here), and the only reason the MSM will talk about is WMDs, since that's the only reason that hasn't been resolved.
I guess my main point here is, while a majority of Americans may (I said MAY) be in favor of pulling out and declaring victory, that is a far cry from Cindy Sheehan saying we only went to war so King George can help his oil buddies.

More on the Crawford Vigil

 8/16/2005 6:13 AMPolitics
​There is an interesting column by Matthew Brooks at the Republican Jewish Coalition website (wait... Jews... Republicans... I thought Pat Robertson spoke for the entire GOP? I can't keep up).
Anyway, since Ms. Sheehan seems to speak for the anti-war movement, and by extension the Democratic Party, does the entire Democratic Party think the Iraq war is (a) a war for oil and/or (b) an evil plot run by our Zionist masters? Mr. Brooks spells it out better than I do here.

Three Words...

 8/2/2005 6:38 AMPolitics

Take that, libs.
I think Senator Chris Dodd (D-Sandwich Isles, above) said it best, while on Fox& Friends, "He (Bush) can't just appoint whoever he wants!" Actually, Mr. Dodd, he can. And you in the Senate are obligated to vote for or against him. If the party that runs the Senate is the same party that is in the White House, then the person will be confirmed, unless the President goes off the deep end with someone his own party won't accept, which rarely happens.
Bolton deserved an up-or-down vote. He didn't get one. Bush appointed him anyway. Works for me.​​

Open letter to George Lucas

 5/17/2005 1:23 PMPolitics; SciFi/Fantasy
​As everyone should know, the (probably) final film in the Star Wars Saga, Revenge of the Sith, premieres this week. Unfortunately, some people have decided that it is a tale about George Bush and the Iraq war, and George Lucas has made remarks at Cannes that support this crazy idea. Another blogger has put it much more succintly than I, in An open letter to George Lucas. The point that galls me about liberals is that they constantly accuse George Bush of being a dictator, and leading this country into a theocracy, when nothing could be further from the truth. Ponder this: If these same people has made the same comments, in Iraq, about Saddam Hussein when he was in power, would they still be free today? Could they make similar comments in the old Soviet Union about the Communist Party? Could any of these liberals fly down to Cuba, "the worker's paradise", and denounce Fidel Castro, and not be thrown in jail along with everyone else? How about in North Korea? What is it about liberals that they can never see REAL dictatorships to condemn them, yet they insist that George Bush and John Ashcroft (who resigned after his term, by the way) have used the Patriot Act to stifle all dissent here in America? Why are Natalie Maines and Micheal Moore not in prison right now? I thought the Patriot Act allowed John Ashcroft to take away all our rights?

Immortalized in the Corner!

 5/17/2005 5:56 AMPolitics
​The highlight of my Conservative career (ok, so I haven't done much)... I am now a 'helpful reader' in the Corner! Derb had a posting asking whether the U.S. Military uses the maneuver 'Stack Arms'. I recalled learning Stack Arms in Marine Corps Boot Camp, so I quickly found a drill manual online and forwarded the info to the Derb. K-Lo then posted my info (from the manual) in the Corner:

(The following is for the M-1; From Appendix A of the Marine Corps Drill and Ceremonies Manual, available here. Thanks to a helpful reader for this.)

WOW! National Review now mentions me (OK, not by name) as a 'helpful reader'! I guess I will now get twice as much mail from the RNC now!

John Bolton

 5/11/2005 11:15 AMPolitics

You know the difference between John Bolton and John Kerry? Kerry was voted on!
OK, a little weak, sue me. This whole thing with Bolton and the judicial nominees and Condi Rice and everybody else just sickens me. News flash for you Democrats: YOU ARE NOW THE MINORITY PARTY! While I'm at it, news flash for my Republican party: YOU ARE THE FREAKIN' MAJORITY PARTY! ACT LIKE IT! Democrats just can't accept the fact that they are not in charge, and neither can the GOP. Every nominee deserves an up or down vote. Dems just can't accept that if the rules are followed, everyone President Bush nominates will win. That's just so unfair, isn't it? Imagine, there being consequences for losing seats in the Senate every two years for the last twenty years or so! We are the majority party, the President is entitled to have his nominees voted on. If there was a nominee that was so offensive, there would be GOP Senators who jumped ship, but not likely. No one that has been nominated by the Pres has been unqualified, it's just that the Dems can't allow any more conservatives on the Bench, and want to try to slow down the President by not letting him fill cabinet positions. It's just sour grapes, people.
I think the Republicans need to stop trying to get along with the Dems and just GOVERN! At least this trend will continue in the near future, more and more seats in the House and Senate will go to the GOP, and soon there won't even be a filibuster threat. One can hope, anyway. Send Bolton to the U.N.!​​

First Marine Chairman of JCS - Ooh Rah!

 5/9/2005 2:18 PMPolitics

As a former Jarhead, let me co​ngratulate Gen. Peter Pace for his selection as the first Marine Corps General to be the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. This is long overdue. Here is a quote from a briefing in 2001, that should give some insight (he was Vice Chairman at the time, I don't think he served as Commandant):

Q: On tunnels and caves, does the United States have the kind of embedded capability that it developed during World War II, during Vietnam, to specialize in going into tunnels, caves, analyzing it, fighting in it? Do we have that special -- (inaudible) -- any more in the ranks?

Pace: Our specialized approach to caves and tunnels is to put 500-pound bombs in the entrance.


We Support Our Troops... When They Shoot Their Officers

 3/9/2005 6:42 AMPolitics
This blog entry is a little late, but I wanted to make sure I included it when I got my blog up and running. This image here sums up the Anti-War, Anti-Bush crowd perfectly.

It makes my stomach churn to think that there are people in the U.S., the country with the greatest freedom in the world, who are so twisted that in THEIR minds, the U.S. Military is no better than the ​military of any dictatorship in history; where the troops are mere conscripts and the officers are hand-picked by the dictator to enforce his will.

It might suprise these so-called Americans that both the officers AND enlisted of the U.S. Military are the most dedicated, best trained, most patriotic human beings you are likely to find anywhere in the world. U.S. troops and officers would not idly stand by, much less participate in, the genocide we know took place in Saddam's Iraq. The same regime, by the way, that these same people saw no reason to remove from power. I could go on, but I think you get the point.

Credit to FrontPage Magazine, one of the few places on the web I found this picture. Let no one forget the mind-set of the Anti-War, Anti-Bush left. ​

National Review

 3/4/2005 12:07 PMPolitics
​I can't let this blog go for long without mentioning ​National Review. They can be found at www.nationalreview.com. Hopefully soon I will have links working, so I can put links in here. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, I have made three or four today. Wish me luck!​