30 October, 2010

Why Would ANYONE Vote For Charlie Crist?

For anything?

In the last year, he has reversed himself on every significant position, from Obamacare to Cap and Trade to the stimulus, even on the qualifications of Sarah Palin. He tried to play the “Hispanic Race Card” against Marco Rubio. He’s resorted to beyond sleazy tactics to get the true Democrat out of the race.

He started out as a moderately squishy Republican, then tilted right to try to win the primary. When it was obvious that wasn’t going to work, he switched to Independent and has run to the left of the Democrat in the race. He promised to refund his campaign donations when he switched to Independent, and then reneged on that promise. Now he says he’ll caucus with the Democrats.

I’m not sure they’d want him. This is obviously a man with no principals whatsoever.

He represents everything this election is about. If I could sum it up in a single candidate, it would be him. Well, I might need two candidates. Lisa Murkowski has some similar issues, and one or two that he doesn’t have.

But this is someone who no one should vote for. No matter what your political beliefs or what your party is. It is quite obvious that this man will screw his constituents over if he thinks it will help him in his power grab. He has no interest in representation, just power.

Think about that when you’re at the polls, Floridians.

Sorry about the lack of links. Everything I said in this post is true and you can look it up. I’m just in a hurry tonight, and don’t have time to put the links in. I may go back and add some tomorrow.

3 days until the flood. The flood needs to hit this man hard.

Rally To Restore Boredom

Ok, it wasn’t as bad and offensive as I predicted.

Still, there were plenty of examples of what I pointed out in my last post.

Did draw a pretty good crowd though. Maybe a third the size of the real Rally to Restore Sanity, which didn’t feature a free concert.

And since every other right wing blog will be talking about it, I have to mention this too.

I like the music of the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens as much as the next guy, but you really want to feature a man who has called for the murder of Salmon Rushdie at a “Rally to Restore Sanity”? Really? Umm…who thought that was a good idea?

Of course the real problem with the rally is that it put everyone to sleep. Memo for the future: sane to lefties is boring while sane to righties is inspiring.

Something to think about there.

I expected the rally to be a spectacular failure. As it is, I have to give it a C-.

29 October, 2010

Want To Restore Sanity? Go To A Tea Party Rally

Jon Stewart’s “Rally To Restore Sanity” is this weekend. Of course, the point of this is not to restore sanity at all. It’s yet another attempt by the left to portray normal hardworking Americans as extremists, and to portray the tone-deaf political class as normal.

His rally is taking a direct jab at the Glenn Beck “Restoring Honor” rally. Unfortunately for Stewart, Beck’s rally will likely be a lot more sane than Stewart’s. The Beck rally was quiet and peaceful and people cleaned up after themselves. They were well behaved and didn’t bring offensive signs or wear clothing plastered with obscenities. They came on their own, taking time off from work. These were parents and families who came together to remind this White House that they weren’t going to continue to let President Barack Obama (D-USA) and his cohorts destroy America.


In short, this was the Rally to Restore Sanity.

Stewart’s rally hasn’t happened yet, but we know what we’ll see.


Click the picture to see some more.

For almost two years, the left has been projecting its insanity on the right with no evidence whatsoever. When they did come up with “evidence” it was manufactured, such as the “Obama as Hitler” protestor that was a Democrat plant.

Despite these incidents of poor behavior by the left, what got House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA-08) so riled up? She claimed (with no evidence whatsoever) that the Tea Partiers were acting crazy and waving swastikas. The point here is not to tell the truth, but to paint the opposition, the American people, as extremists.

Yes, as I mentioned above there were some “Obama as Hitler” signs (funny that the MSM frothed at the mouth about those, but laughed at the “Bush as Hitler” signs, but I digress). In every known instance of the “Obama as Hitler” the purveyor was either a Democrat plant or a LaRoucher. People to the left even of Obama.

In fact, the Obama-Hitler theme (see right) is a recurring one for LaRouche. The top listing under the "Our Campaigns" header on his home page is "Stop Obama's Nazi Health Plan." Clicking on it leads you to a series of anti-ObamaCare videos, including one entitled "Hitler's T4 Program - Obama's Health Care Inspiration."

The MSM were willing accomplices in this. In fact, if all you watch is CNN and all you read is the New York Times, you haven’t heard of anything mentioned in this post. But it all happened. And much much more. These were just the examples that I remembered off the top of my head.

And there was the Jack Conway supporter dressed up as a Rand Paul supporter making racial slurs at a rally.

This week there was finally an incident with a Rand Paul supporter at one of his rallies, where a woman was apparently attacked. Of course, the woman was a MoveOn.org plant trying to get just this sort of reaction by pretending to be attacking Rand Paul.

Despite this, right-minded blogs were quick to denounce the incident.

Let us begin with what should be obvious and unnecessary to discuss: don’t stomp on anyone’s head. There are no mitigating circumstances to be presented in this article or video. You don’t stomp on a person’s head. Tim Profitt was wrong and should not have resorted to violence. If a police officer subduing a suspect were caught on video doing exactly what Profitt did, that officer would be in hot water.

Ken Gladney and several others are still waiting for the same from the left.

The fact that conservatives condemned Tim Proffit sticking his foot on Valle’s shoulder shows, again, that the right polices their side. The left does not. They create standards that they expect everyone else to follow; I’ve still yet to see a single one of them condemn the attack of Kelly Owens, on camera by SEIU, Kenneth Gladney, Alle Bautsch, Bill Rice, John McCormack, the assault on NC tea partiers, I could go on. The left has yet to rise to the challenge and match the right in condemning violence such as the examples I’ve given here.

There was some shouting and obnoxious people at the various ObamaCare townhalls last summer. Unfortunately, for Stewart, most of the shouting and bad behavior was from up on stage:


Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX-18) decided during her town hall that it was more important to talk on the phone than answer her constituents questions:


But they weren’t finished yet:

Of course, the poor behavior by the people who represent us wasn’t always up on stage.


Who can forget Howard Dean’s words about the Republican party?

I hate the Republicans and everything they stand for.

And I’m not even going to get started on soon to be former Congressman Alan Grayson (D-FL-08). I could spend an entire post talking about this crazed lunatic.

And let’s not forget our prizewinner in civility this week.

Have the tea partiers been loud at times? Yes. Crazy? No.

They’ve been loud when necessary. If you’re walking downtown with a friend and she happens to start to step out into the street in front of an oncoming bus, you don’t politely say “Excuse me, but you really should watch where you’re going.” No, you grab her by the arm and yell “STOP!”

Which is exactly what the Tea Partiers tried to do all last summer.

Unfortunately, the reps didn’t listen. And now they’re paying the price.

See, the problem with Stewart’s rally is that he’s allied himself with the crazies, not the sane. He did say one thing that’s correct:

We live in troubled times with real people facing real problems, problems that have real if imperfect solutions that I believe 70 to 80 percent of our population could agree to try and could ultimately live with. Unfortunately, the conversation and process is controlled by the other 15 to 20 percent.

Here’s the problem, Jon. You and the people you’ve allied yourself with are in the 15 percent. Anytime you want to join the 85 percent, we’d love to have you. We won’t be at your rally, but you’re more than welcome at a Tea Party rally any time.

But as I said at the beginning, I don’t believe that you really have any interest in restoring sanity. What you’re doing smacks of hypocrisy and is another blatant and desperate attempt to paint the regular people of America as extremists. Just like you and yours have been doing for the last two years. I’m sorry, Jon, but it hasn’t worked yet and it’s not going to work. The American public knows who the extremists are, and despite you, we’re going to vote them out in 4 days.

Jon Stewart, don’t stick around too long after your rally. You might get hit by the flood.

28 October, 2010

The New Normal–Change We Can Believe In

Saw this on Drudge: German Unemployment Dips to 18-Year Low…

At first, I thought to myself, “Now why are things getting better in socialist Europe than they are here in center-right America? Couldn’t have anything to do with the Europeans waking up and moving away from socialism while America leaps at it, could it?”

But then I thought to myself, “Wait. Hold on a minute here. Let’s check the details before we jump to conclusions.”

German unemployment fell slightly in October, dropping to its lowest level in 18 years as the impact of persistently strong growth in Europe's top economy continued to filter through to the jobs market.

Well, that sounds like it fits my expectations. So, reading on…

The number of jobless fell by 3,000 to a seasonally adjusted 3.153 million, figures from the Labor Office showed on Thursday, while the headline level dipped to 2.945 million, confirming figures announced a day earlier.

The headline reading fell below the 3 million mark — a key political threshold — for the first time since November 2008, to its lowest point since October 1992.

Hey, wait a second. Germany isn’t that big. Isn’t 3 million unemployed still a pretty high number?

On an adjusted basis, the jobless rate held steady at 7.5 percent, while economists had forecast 7.4 percent.

"Although October's decline in unemployment turned out weaker than expected, the underlying trend in the German labor market clearly remains one of rapid improvement on the back of strong economic growth," said Aline Schuiling from ABN Amro.

So, the best unemployment number in Germany in 18 years is 7.5%?

Oh. See what I get for jumping to conclusions? This article says even worse things about the Obama administration than what I originally thought.

No wonder President Barack Obama (D-USA) isn’t all that upset about 9.5% unemployment. He’s comparing the U.S. to his idols, the Europeans. We’re not that far behind the Germans who are experiencing their best economy in decades.

This is what we can look forward to in America if we continue the policies of the Obama administration. 9-10% unemployment is to be expected, and 7.5% unemployment is something to cheer about. In 18 years. If we ever get there. Welcome to the new normal. You can travel to Europe and see the effects of it any time.

This perfectly sums up what is wrong with today’s Democratic party. I can’t think of a better example. They want America to emulate Europe, a society in decline. They don’t understand that America was founded on the principals that the European top-down model of government is wrong. And that those principals have led to unparalleled success for over 200 years.

On Tuesday, we have to remind them that America’s strength lies in its people, not its government.

5 more days.

5 more days.

The flood is coming.

October 28, 1886

Today in 1886, President Grover Cleveland (D-USA) presided over the dedication of the “New Colossus”, the Statue of Liberty.

Here’s to you, and another year of lifting your lamp to the golden door of freedom.

27 October, 2010

October 27, 1964

Sarah Palin just reminded me that today in 1964, Ronald Reagan gave his “A Time For Choosing” speech. So much of this speech is relevant today.

This is the issue of this election: Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American Revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capital can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves.


The Founding Fathers knew a government can't control the economy without controlling people. And they knew when a government sets out to do that, it must use force and coercion to achieve its purpose. So we have come to a time for choosing.

Public servants say, always with the best of intentions, "What greater service we could render if only we had a little more money and a little more power." But the truth is that outside of its legitimate function, government does nothing as well or as economically as the private sector.


They say the world has become too complex for simple answers. They are wrong. There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right. Winston Churchill said that "the destiny of man is not measured by material computation. When great forces are on the move in the world, we learn we are spirits--not animals." And he said, "There is something going on in time and space, and beyond time and space, which, whether we like it or not, spells duty."

You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children's children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done.

Really, the whole speech is incredible.

Give it a listen.


This should have been my flood post for today.

Oh well.

6 days. The time for choosing has come again.

It’s Official–Democratic Party Says Sayanora To Catholics

From the Democrat-Farm-Labor party of Minnesota (they go by DFL, but they are the Minnesota Democratic Party) sent out the mailer below.

If you’re having trouble reading it, that’s a man wearing a Catholic Priest smock wearing a button with the words “Ignore The Poor”.

As Gateway Pundit points out:

The Catholic Charities network is the nation’s fourth largest non-profit, according to The NonProfit Times. The combined revenue of the Catholic Charities network from all sources, public and private, was $2.69 billion in 2000. Nearly 90 percent of these funds were spent on programs and services, making the Catholic Charities network one of the country’s most efficient charities.

Stay classy, Dems.

A local TV station called them on it:


No apology. No response.

This is disgusting. The Democratic party of Minnesota has declared war on the Catholic Church.

Think this election isn’t important? These people want to destroy America. There’s no other way to look at it.

6 days. Time to clean house with a nice big flood.

26 October, 2010

Cocktail Party Gets One Right, One Wrong

I’ve gotten tired of calling our Republican elites the “GOP Establishment”. From now on, I’m just going to call them the “Cocktail Party”.

They’ve decided not to have a “party” on election night.

[Y]ou don't celebrate at a time when one in 10 Americans are out of work and our children's future is threatened by mountains of debt," NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain told CNN.

Several Republican sources have told CNN over the past few days that Boehner made clear to colleagues and staff that he wants Americans to see that Republicans in Washington understand that the public is angry at Washington – and that includes the GOP establishment.

These sources say that even if Republicans take over the House, Boehner and other GOP leaders want to avoid the images of the Democrats in 2006, where Speaker Pelosi, then-Rep. Rahm Emanuel, and others were dancing on the stage.

Good. Perhaps there’s hope for these folks yet.

On the other hand, there’s this:

In anticipation of major GOP gains in next week’s elections, House Republican leaders have put together a list of experienced Washington hands to help fill top staff positions for the surge of newly elected outsiders.

Leading the effort are Minority Leader John Boehner (Ohio), Minority Whip Eric Cantor (Va.) and the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Ugh. We’re voting for these people because they’re outsiders. We don’t want your insiders infiltrating and corrupting these people. This is so very wrong and exactly the thing citizens need be on the lookout for over the next two years.

The Cocktail Party thinks that come January, they’ll be running the show. They still haven’t gotten it, but they will. The Tea Party is running the show. We have the leaders. Now you can follow or get out of the way.

Too Controversial? Hardly

Is this commercial controversial? Maybe a bit. But, it’s also deftly done and reminds us once more what H.G. Wells was writing about. Paradoxically, Steven Jobs sounds more like the man on the screen these days, but that’s beside the point. Remember the mood of 1984. We’d experienced the promise of peace with Reagan, but all of us were still worried about Big Government and Big Brother.

It only ran once, during Superbowl XVIII, but is highly memorable.

The woman with the sledgehammer shows us that all it takes is one person to stand up to oppression, one voice that will not be silenced. Without directly injecting politics, there’s no doubt that there was a political side to this ad and that side was not a pretty one.

Still, I don’t recall anyone complaining that the ad was “too controversial”. In point of fact, the ad received numerous awards and is regularly touted as not just the best ad of that year, but one of the best ads ever.

Now compare to another ad, this one from the Citizens Against Government Waste.

The tone is strikingly similar. In many ways, it’s kind of the “It’s A Wonderful Life” version of the Apple ad, as it shows where we could be without the woman in the red shorts.

This ad is definitely political, but I don’t believe any more “controversial” than the Apple one. While it’s ironic that someone from China would be talking about America dying because of government largesse, perhaps that’s the scariest part of the entire ad. Or perhaps the scariest part of the ad is just how believable it is.

Still, the History Channel and A&E regard the ad as too controversial and refuse to air it. I see that the History Channel has a show called “Armageddon” and another called “Life After People”. And A&E has one called “Obsessed” and another called “Billy the Exterminator” not to mention reality shows about the families of “KISS” and “Twisted Sister” stars. So, I guess they’re experts on “controversial”.

Or, perhaps they’re experts on burying their heads in the sand.

I keep hammering on the fact that the pace we’re on is unsustainable (and this won’t be the last time). This ad shows why.

Both ads are terrific if you ask me, but the Apple 1984 ad isn’t my favorite one time Superbowl ad. For that you have to go to Superbowl XXXVI:


We can prevent the future scene from the Apple ad and the CAGW ad, as well as preventing more events like 9/11. But we’re running out of time.

7 days until the first step. You can choose whether to be one of the mindless drones in the audience, or to be the woman with the sledgehammer. The choice is yours.

The flood is coming.

UPDATE: Apple ad wouldn’t display. Fixed.

25 October, 2010

President Obama, You Go Too Far

Ok, now I’m mad.

President Barack Obama (D-USA) has a history of inserting subtle but still racially charged phrases into his speeches. Phrases designed to strike a chord with his black (sorry, I don’t do the whole hyphen American thing—deal with it) followers.

But today he went over the line.

Republican leadership should be demanding an apology for this.

He said Republicans had driven the economy into a ditch and then stood by and criticized while Democrats pulled it out. Now that progress has been made, he said, "we can't have special interests sitting shotgun. We gotta have middle class families up in front. We don't mind the Republicans joining us. They can come for the ride, but they gotta sit in back."

This is clearly designed to remind voters of a time when blacks had to sit in the back.

Well, guess what, Mr. President? Those days are long past. Although if not for Republicans, that might not be the case. Your own Democratic party never had the guts to take on racism, and still advances it every day when it suits their ends.

But not this time.

I’m not going to let you this time.

Two can play at this game, champ. I bet my line is better than yours.

Are you ready?

We’re not going to sit in the back any longer, Mr. President. Just like Rosa Parks, we’ve had enough.

And now a word from our sponsor:

But when I had to face that decision, I didn't hesitate to do so because I felt that we had endured that too long. The more we gave in, the more we complied with that kind of treatment, the more oppressive it became.

Who’s the oppressor now, Mr. President? Who wants us to give in? Who is making us endure? Who is it that thinks that common Americans are “bitter clingers” and treats us like second class citizens.

You, Mr. President. Actually, I’m being kind. You treat non-citizens better than us.

It’s bad enough you want to destroy my country, Mr. President, but being President doesn’t give you the right to use these bigoted and racist themes.

You, sir, are a disgrace to the office you now hold.

In 8 days I’m going to cast my vote, and it won’t be for any Democrats. The flood is coming, Mr. President.

And you’re in the way.

24 October, 2010

Fiscal Irresponsibility

It’s a cliché, but it’s true. You never stop being a parent. Even if all your children have graduated from college, gotten married, and moved out on their own. They’re still your children, and it’s up to you to watch over them and give them advice and to set a good example.

I had to set my two daughters down for a long talk this weekend. Neither of them have jobs or any source of income, and together they’re almost $90,000 in debt. They don’t have the assets to pay this off, or anything on the horizon that might indicate they’ll be able to pay it off anytime in the near or distant future.

What would you tell your children? What would you do?

I wanted to cut up their credit cards, but they don’t have any. I wanted to sell their cars, but they don’t have any of those either. They’ve never even applied for a loan of any kind.

You see, my daughters are 6 and 3.

The $43,000 in debt that they each owe is their share of the $13 trillion that America owes.

Since President Barack Obama (D-USA) took office, their share of the debt has increased by $9,000. Each. Add the Democratic takeover of Congress in 2006 and it’s another $4,000. Each.

No, Speaker Pelosi (D-CA-08), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), and Barack Obama didn’t create this problem for my daughters. We had over 200 years to get into this fiscal mess. But the Democrats have hit new heights of fiscal irresponsibility, even for “tax and spend” Democrats.

I love my daughters. I can’t bear to look at them knowing the financial burden being placed upon them and not do something about it.

I’m sure you feel the same way about your own children. I hope you do, anyway.

If this doesn’t bother you, stay home on November 2. Or vote Democrat.

As for me, I’m going to do something about it. I still want a brighter future for my two wonderful daughters.

November 2 is 9 days away. The flood is coming.

College Football Week 9

Congratulations to Virginia Tech, Baylor, Nebraska, Northern Illinois, Temple, Arizona, Stanford, and Mississippi State, which all became bowl eligible this week. That brings the number of bowl eligible teams to 22. There are 35 bowls this season so we’ll need 70 bowl eligible teams.

Condolences to Minnesota, Bowling Green, Washington State, Eastern Michigan, San Jose State, and New Mexico which made the bowl ineligibility list. That brings the number of teams ineligible for bowls to 8.

There are 120 teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision (the division formerly known as D-1A) for those keeping score at home. So, if the number of ineligible teams reaches 51, we have a problem.


Computer top 5:

  1. Missouri
  2. TCU
  3. Oregon
  4. Oklahoma
  5. Auburn

The computer rating is a composite of a “Win”-based rating much like what’s used in the BCS, and a somewhat Margin-Of-Victory (MOV) based rating.

In case you’re interested in the breakdown, here’s Win:

  1. Missouri
  2. Auburn
  3. Oklahoma
  4. TCU
  5. LSU

MLE (maximum likelihood estimates):

  1. Oregon
  2. TCU
  3. Missouri
  4. Alabama
  5. Boise State