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Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Toby Keith Comes Under Fire in Afghanistan
A bit like the Dixie Chicks, huh?
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Michelle Obama Complains About Their Debt
The only reason we're not in debt is because Barack wrote two bestselling books."
Michelle Obama began making $316,000 per year in 2005 (the year after Barack earmarked $1 million to her hospital, incidentally). Barack Obama makes approx. $165,000 as a U.S. Senator. That's only $481,000 per year. Thank God for Barack's books because the poor Obamas simply would never have been able to get out of debt on that kind of income.
Obama is Shocked....Shocked with Wright
"I don't think he showed much concern for me..."
Bush Scolds Journalist Over Dumb Question
McCain a Good Fundraiser After All
"We have certainly seen an increase in fundraising. They're rolling in so fast we can't possibly keep up with them."
Incidentally, McCain had better get used to the GOP using Jeremiah Wright as a tactic. Mississippi is also using it against the Democrat opponent. It appears that John McCain is the one "out of touch with reality."
Monday, April 28, 2008
Wright Keeps Talking
Of course, the crowd must have forgotten three simple facts: 1) Dick Cheney isn't running for anything; 2) Neither Democrat candidate has served; 3) John McCain's biggest single virtue is his military service.
PS - Rev. Wright also has a book coming out later this year (wonder if it will be before November).
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Obama Backtracks on Tax Increases
But in today's interview with Chris Wallace of FoxNews, Obama changed that $250K figure to $75K. No surprise.
Another Global Cooling Datapoint
BBC Shocker: America is Actually Peaceful
Saturday, April 26, 2008
McCain Angers NC Republicans
Friday, April 25, 2008
Scalia to Appear on 60 Minutes
LESLIE STAHL: "People say that the 2000 Florida election decision was not based on judicial philosophy, but on politics."
JUSTICE SCALIA: I say nonsense.
STAHL: Was it political?
JUSTICE SCALIA: Get over it! It's so old by now. The principal issue in the case, whether the scheme that the Florida Supreme Court had put together violated the federal Constitution, that wasn't even close. The vote was 7-2. It was Al Gore who made it a judicial question. It was he who brought it into the Florida courts. We didn't go looking for trouble. It was he said, "I want this to be decided by the courts." What are we supposed to say? "Oh, it's not important enough."
CBS also adds:
Call him conservative, just don’t call him biased on issues before the Supreme Court, including abortion, he says. "I am a law-and-order guy. I mean, I confess to being a social conservative, but it does not affect my views on cases," he tells Stahl. "On the abortion thing, for example, if indeed I were…trying to impose my own views, I would not only be opposed to Roe versus Wade, I would be in favor of the opposite view, which the anti-abortion people would like to see adopted, which is to interpret the Constitution to mean that a state must prohibit abortion." "And you’re against that?" asks Stahl. "Of course. There’s nothing [in the Constitution to support that view]."
The Context of Rev. Wright
And as Hot Air points out, the context doesn't make any of his statements sound any better.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
McCain Can Criticize Bush, but not Obama
But of course, McCain doesn't want anyone to criticize Obama and condemned the ad being run by Linda Daves in North Carolina. (Even though there was absolutely nothing wrong with the ad, which simply shows the Obama-Rev. Wright connection, but McCain buys into the Leftist view that this is somehow racist.)
It's no wonder that Jenna Bush hesitated when Larry King asked her if she would definitely vote for McCain.
Linda Daves appeared on several media outlets today to essentially tell McCain to butt out. Good for her.
Bill Ayers' Real Influence
He was recently elected vice president for curriculum of the 25,000-member American Educational Research Association (AERA), the nation’s largest organization of education-school professors and researchers. In this position, he has the chance to influence thousands of classrooms with his "liberation" and anti-capitalist ideas.
And that is very radical.
Michelle Malkin has more.
CIA to Brief Congress on North Korean Proliferation
And yet some people (including the State Dept) still want to trust North Korea, as well as Iran...
Murtha To Have a Challenger
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
"Peace" Thugs Attack Iraq War Vet
The Coming Ice Age
While he may be overreacting based on one year's worth of data, it's no worse than those proclaiming the coming Global Warming.
Operation Chaos Succeeds
Also, there is this news report from WTAE, which quotes a Republican cross over:
"Now that Hillary is running, I decided to register Democrat so I could vote for the woman," said Rotigel, who said he does not like Clinton. "We need to keep this Democrat family feud going as long as we can. Hopefully, it will go to the convention floor and destroy the Democratic Party for five decades."
The Liberals are still in denial about Rush's influence and McCain continues to be the luckiest politician ever.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Another "White Guy Election"
Hillary Clinton's release Monday of her first Osama bin Laden ad sets the stage for a general contest that Republicans could only dream about: an election fought over issues of patriotism, 1960s radicalism, liberal elites, gun control, terrorist threats, intimidation by a black preacher, and a 3AM phone call signaling enemy attack.
With the bin Laden spot, Clinton has set the stage for an election in which a crucial voting block will once again be white men, and the issues will be those that tend to push these voters to the right, towards the Republican Party, regardless of which Democrat is the nominee.
The dirty little secret is that elections are typically about white men. Gore and Kerry each lost white men by huge margins and right now, I would find it hard to believe either Hillary or Obama will do any better.
Record Snowfalls Continue in Canada
Newt Gingrich Rationale for Ad with Pelosi
First of all, I want to be clear: I don't think that we have conclusive proof of global warming. And I don't think we have conclusive proof that humans are at the center of it.
But here's what we do know. There is an important debate going on right now over the right energy policy, the right environmental policy, and making sure we do the right things for our future and the future of our children and grandchildren. Conservatives are missing from this debate, and I think that's a mistake. When it comes to preserving our environment for future generations, we can't have a slogan of "Just yell no!"
Hmm. I think it's a reasonable position, but I disagree. The American public is already accused of being like Holocaust deniers if it dares question the Global Warming premise. And I don't think Newt's appearance helps that perception at all. In fact, it seems to further stifle any debate about whether the premise is valid.
Tribute to Earth Day
At first, many of the causes we championed, such as opposition to nuclear testing and protection of whales, stemmed from our scientific knowledge of nuclear physics and marine biology. But after six years as one of five directors of Greenpeace International, I observed that none of my fellow directors had any formal science education. They were either political activists or environmental entrepreneurs. Ultimately, a trend toward abandoning scientific objectivity in favor of political agendas forced me to leave Greenpeace in 1986.
The breaking point was a Greenpeace decision to support a world-wide ban on chlorine. Science shows that adding chlorine to drinking water was the biggest advance in the history of public health, virtually eradicating water-borne diseases such as cholera. And the majority of our pharmaceuticals are based on chlorine chemistry. Simply put, chlorine is essential for our health.
This is the evolution of the modern Earth Day, encompassing everything about "Global Warming." True, there has been no rise in temperature in a decade and a very marginal increase over the past century. True, the Antarctic ice sheets have been thickening, and true we had our coldest winter on record on over half the planet, and true, just 30 years ago everyone thought we were entering a mini ice age. And of course, farming on Greenland and Iceland used to be prevalent just 1,000 years ago and yes, the Earth has gone through natural warming and cooling cycles for thousands and thousands of years.
But somehow we are also supposed to believe that we need to change everything we do at all costs today or risk imminent destruction. Welcome to Earth Day.
Monday, April 21, 2008
Who Do White Men Hate More?
But now there are two and we're facing Pennsylvania and whom are we kidding? This is an election about whether the people of Pennsylvania hate blacks more than they hate women. And when I say people, I don't mean people, I mean white men.
So white men are either racist or sexist and tomorrow we will find out!
Obama Cancels NC Debate
Obama's Tech Advisor Lessig Ridicules Christians
Fannie Mae Execs Get a Pass
The upshot is that former CEO Franklin Raines will forfeit some underwater stock options, make a donation to charity and pay $2 million to the government, although that last sum will be covered by Fannie's officers-and-directors insurance. The lawyer for former CFO Timothy Howard called it a "capitulation" by the government, and it's hard to disagree.
I'm sure it's just a coincidence that Franklin Raines, Jim Johnson and Jamie Gorelick, all top brass at Fannie, were all prominent Democrats that worked in former administrations.
Carter's Useful Idiocy
Santorum Endorses McCain
"He is not Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton."
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Al Sadr's Militia Being Destroyed
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Left Wing Journalists Write to ABC to Complain
But as this post points out, there wasn't any problem when the media questioned Bush's National Guard service (or for that matter, his DUI from decades earlier). At the time, those issues were important to determining the character of a commander-in-chief.
But now, apparently nothing short of proclaiming Obama the next Messiah is important enough to discuss.
Friday, April 18, 2008
Obama Giving Hillary Finger?
Well, 99% of Americans already know where Barack stands on those issues from the 21 previous debates. What no one knows are the questions he refuses to answer:
1) His association with Tony Rezko,
2) His decision to listen to an anti-American race baiting pastor for 20 years,
3) His friendship with a member of a known American terrorist organization (William Ayers),
4) His plan to raise taxes on anyone who makes $97K or owns a mutual fund,
5) His view on the first and second amendments, and
6) His most liberal voting record in the entire US Senate.
John Hawkins has the video in this post. Go to about 1:22 in the clip - there is no doubt that this was Obama's intent - and he becomes increasingly sophomoric.
Obama: No More Debates
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Obama Whines About Debate
Remember the first Republican debate hosted by MSNBC? (i.e. "What do you hate most about America?" "Would you have fired Rumsfeld before or after Bush did?" "Do you believe every literal word that's in the Bible?") That was a lot worse than this, but putting Dems in a bad light on a national stage is simply against MSM protocol.
Hamas Says Carter Meeting Boots Legitimacy
Obama: the $4 Million/year Food Stamp Candidate
American Thinker thinks the claim is simply incredulous.
I thought the questioning from Gibson and Stefanopolous of ABC was excellent and quite different from the softball questions the Dems have had up until this point.
Case in point: just read this editorial at WaPo from Tom Shales. Gotta love it.
Obama Compares Ayers and Coburn
But one of the more egregious points of the debate was Obama's defense of his relationship with William Ayers to that of Sen. Tom Coburn. As Red State points out, it is entirely unfair for Obama to say that he disagrees with Ayers' views just as he disagrees with Sen. Coburn's views.
William Ayers is a terrorist who has not repented about killing innocent Americans because of his hatred for the country and yet Obama still has a friendly working relationship with him.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Quick Thought on Dem Debate
1) They are both socialists who want to control every aspect of people's lives, and
2) They are both deceitful who admit they will say practically anything to get elected.
Overall, the questions have been very good - everything from Jeremiah Wright to William Ayers to Hillary's Bosnia sniper fire, to Obama's not wearing an American flag, both candidates look absolutely awful.
Charlie Gibson asked the single BEST question I have ever heard from a journalist during any debate. He pointed out to Obama that history proves that raising the capital gains tax rate lowers revenue and reducing the rate actually raises revenue. If that's the case, he asked Obama, "why raise the rate at all?" Obama bobbed and weaved and said that we needed more revenue, etc. so Gibson asked the question again, pointing out that his logic and history "proves otherwise." And Obama blundered badly. Absolutely brilliant question. I have a newfound respect for ABC News.
NYTimes posted a transcript of the debate. Here is the exact exchange on cap gains taxes:
MR. GIBSON: All right.
You have however said you would favor an increase in the capital gains tax. As a matter of fact, you said on CNBC, and I quote, "I certainly would not go above what existed under Bill Clinton, which was 28 percent."
It's now 15 percent. That's almost a doubling if you went to 28 percent. But actually Bill Clinton in 1997 signed legislation that dropped the capital gains tax to 20 percent.
SENATOR OBAMA: Right.
MR. GIBSON: And George Bush has taken it down to 15 percent.
SENATOR OBAMA: Right.
MR. GIBSON: And in each instance, when the rate dropped, revenues from the tax increased. The government took in more money. And in the 1980s, when the tax was increased to 28 percent, the revenues went down. So why raise it at all, especially given the fact that 100 million people in this country own stock and would be affected?
SENATOR OBAMA: Well, Charlie, what I've said is that I would look at raising the capital gains tax for purposes of fairness. We saw an article today which showed that the top 50 hedge fund managers made $29 billion last year -- $29 billion for 50 individuals. And part of what has happened is that those who are able to work the stock market and amass huge fortunes on capital gains are paying a lower tax rate than their secretaries. That's not fair.
And what I want is not oppressive taxation. I want businesses to thrive and I want people to be rewarded for their success. But what I also want to make sure is that our tax system is fair and that we are able to finance health care for Americans who currently don't have it and that we're able to invest in our infrastructure and invest in our schools.
And you can't do that for free, and you can't take out a credit card from the Bank of China in the name of our children and our grandchildren and then say that you're cutting taxes, which is essentially what John McCain has been talking about. And that is irresponsible.
You know, I believe in the principle that you pay as you go, and you don't propose tax cuts unless you are closing other tax breaks for individuals. And you don't increase spending unless you're eliminating some spending or you're finding some new revenue. That's how we got an additional $4 trillion worth of debt under George Bush. That is helping to undermine our economy, and it's going to change when I'm president of the United States.
MR. GIBSON: But history shows that when you drop the capital gains tax, the revenues go up.
SENATOR OBAMA: Well, that might happen or it might not. It depends on what's happening on Wall Street and how business is going. I think the biggest problem that we've got on Wall Street right now is the fact that we've got a housing crisis that this president has not been attentive to and that it took John McCain three tries before he got it right.
The only thing that could have made this more enjoyable is if Gibson followed up again asking, "Senator Obama, an increase in the capital gains tax would likely hurt the housing market even further, wouldn't it?" Still great though.
Obama Criticizes for Carter for Hamas Talks
Yet Obama has long said he would talk to Iran, who has said the exact same thing (and incidentally, funds Hamas). Interesting logic.
Ed Koch's View on Jimmy Carter
When he ran for reelection, he asked me to campaign for him in 1980 - I was by then Mayor of New York City -- and I said that I would vote for him, but not campaign for him because he was then engaging in hostile acts towards Israel. I was popular with the Jewish community and when I would not campaign for him unless he changed his position, he called me to his hotel in New York when attending a fundraiser and said, "You have done me more damage than any man in America." I felt proud then, and even more today, since we now know what a miserable president he was then and the miserable human being he is now as he prepares to meet with Hamas.
Hamas Endorses Obama
Bush Just Wants to Be Loved
His latest blunder will be announced later today as he outlines his "fight against 'global warming.'" This, just as new evidence that the global warming hoax comes to light every day. Instead of giving in to the fallacy in order to "get a seat at the table," why not challenge and refute the ideas, which are very easily refutable?
Just another sad day as a conservative. What's next - an admission that his tax cuts only helped the rich and that we need to raise them?
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Brigitte Bardot on Trial for Muslim "Slur"
Swiss: Plants Have Rights Too
McCain Proposes Cutting Gas Taxes Temporarily
Hey, even a small tax reduction is better than nothing.
Venezuela's Health Care Crisis
Carter's View on Dictatorships
"In a democracy, I realize you don't need to talk to the top leader to know how the country feels," he said over the weekend, responding to a question from an Israeli journalist who noted that Mr. Carter had been snubbed by most of Israel's top leadership and reprimanded by its president, Shimon Peres. "When I go to a dictatorship, I only have to talk to one person and that's the dictator, because he speaks for all the people."
That's right - in the world according to Jimmy, Fidel Castro represents the feelings of all its people; in Venezuela, it's Chavez, in Zimbabwe, Mugabe, and so forth.
Obama is a Lie
"An e-mail from a reader said that, while Hillary Clinton tells lies, Barack Obama is himself a lie. That is becoming painfully apparent with each new revelation of how drastically his carefully crafted image this election year contrasts with what he has actually been saying and doing for many years.
Senator Obama's election year image is that of a man who can bring the country together, overcoming differences of party or race, as well as solving our international problems by talking with Iran and other countries with which we are at odds, and performing other miscellaneous miracles as needed.
There is, of course, not a speck of evidence that Obama has ever transcended party differences in the United States Senate. Voting records analyzed by the National Journal show him to be the farthest left of anyone in the Senate. Nor has he sponsored any significant bipartisan legislation -- nor any other significant legislation."
Monday, April 14, 2008
Bush Ally Reclaims Power
Most Americans Think Taxes are too High
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Alicia Keys: Gangsta' Rap Conspiracy to Kill Blacks
" 'Gangsta rap' was a ploy to convince black people to kill each other. 'Gangsta rap' didn't exist," the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter tells Blender magazine.
Keys, 27, said she's read several Black Panther autobiographies and wears a gold AK-47 pendant around her neck "to symbolize strength, power and killing 'em dead," according to an interview in the magazine's May issue, on newsstands Tuesday.
I think Obama may have found a new artist for his campaign appearances.
Obama Must Be a Bitter Pennsylvanian Too
Saturday, April 12, 2008
CNN's Defense of Obama
The people are frustrated. The people have no economic opportunity. What happens to folks like that in the Middle East, you ask? Well, take a look. They go to places like al Qaeda training camps.
So there you have it - it's Bush's fault that all these Heartland hicks are losing their jobs and they are going to become terrorists.
This is the closest Senator Obama has come to openly sharing his wife’s view that “America is a mean country”. Not since Governor Dukakis have we seen anyone so out of touch with normal Americans. It makes perfect sense that it was in a fundraiser in San Francisco that he would have shared the views he has so carefully kept hidden for the entire campaign.
Olmert Tells Carter to Take a Hike
The Tax Me More Act
This is already an option should people choose to do so. Last year the IRS collected all of $2.6 million from it. Of course, liberals don't want to pay more - they just want to dictate to everyone else what to pay.
Friday, April 11, 2008
Obama: Why Pennsylvanians are Bitter
"You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing's replaced them, And they fell through the Clinton Administration, and the Bush Administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. And it's not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."
Just a tad bit condescending.
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Report to Show Saddam's WMD Moved to Syria
I do believe this is plausible, but at this point it doesn't matter. The Administration seems to have little desire to change the MSM/Democrat line that the war was built on "lies about WMDs." They didn't even raise much of a fuss two weeks ago when a new intelligence report was released that showed clear ties between Iraq and Al Qaeda.
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
Rockefeller Insults McCain
But of course, Barack Obama is patriotic because he refuses to wear a U.S. flag on his lapel.
Mass. Universal Health Care Causes Shortage
But hey, as long as all illegal aliens and non-tax payers (what Dems call the "middle class") get their free health care, that's all that counts.
Monday, April 07, 2008
Hillary Tells Another Lie on Stump Speech
Here's another one.
Sunday, April 06, 2008
Greenspan: US Not in a Recession
Incidentally, Greenspan is also endorsing John McCain as president.
Veteran Sentenced For Tearing Up Mexican Flag
It seems that "freedom of speech" only applies to tearing up the Stars and Stripes these days.
Saturday, April 05, 2008
Obama's Capital Gains Ignorance
One of the common fallacies of taxes, which have been very poorly communicated by Republicans, is that higher tax rates typically mean lower future revenues and lower rates mean higher future revenues. This has been evident since the Kennedy administration through the Reagan, Clinton and Bush administrations.
Critics howled this would reduce tax revenues, and they howled when Republicans cut the rate to 15% in 2003. What followed in both cases was an enormous "unlocking" effect, as investors sold more stock and assets to take advantage of the lower rate. Capital gains realizations soared to an estimated $729 billion in 2006 from $269 billion in 2002. This goosed Treasury receipts from capital gains, to an estimated $110 billion in 2006 from $49 billion in 2002.
Mr. Obama doesn't have to guess what sort of "distortion" would come from significantly raising the cap-gains rate. In 1986, the tax rate jumped to 28% from 20%, a 40% increase. Tax revenues spiked briefly in anticipation of the hike (as investors moved to cash in at the lower rate), then dropped precipitously. Four years later, in 1990, the federal government was still taking in 13% less revenue at the 28% rate than it did in 1985 at the 20% rate.
Why this tax message never gets out to the public is beyond me, but it's been true for the better part of five decades and counting. It's time that historical results start counting for something.
Absolut's Mexican Reconquista Project
Thursday, April 03, 2008
Karl Rove on Obama
Have you gotten to know Hillary or Barack to any degree?
Yes, I have.
What have been your dealings with them?
Well, you know, I used to have her office at the White House. And I got to know [Obama] because we have a mutual friend, Ken Mehlman, who was his law-school classmate at Harvard. And so as a result, whenever in the last three years he's been around at the White House, I've gotten to see him, and we sort of would hang around and chitchat about things. I'm actually in his book. He wrote that "people like Newt Gingrich, Tom Delay, Ralph Reed, and Karl Rove say we are a Christian nation." And I did not say that. I confronted him about it. At the White House.
And what did he say?
Well, first he denied that I was in the book! And then he denied that it said that I said that it was a Christian nation. And then when I pulled out the thing [he had a copy of the offensive page with him] and showed it to him, he sort of blah-blah-blah-blah-blah- blah-blah. And I thought, That's who he is. I mean, look, he may claim that he's for a different kind of politics, but that was a cheap shot. And I'm not certain if any of the four said it either. But it was like, you know, Let's just strap it in there and see if it goes someplace. Another example: Him saying, "We honor John McCain for his fifty years of service" was a cheap shot. He was going out of his way to say John McCain's old.
Indiana to Challenge Republican Voters
The challenge process would work like this: Voters must declare their party affiliation in spring primary elections. Local party officials watching the polling locations then could check the names of voters against a list of all registered voters that shows past party declarations. Fajman said any voter whose party affiliation is challenged can either decline to vote for the party in question or sign an affidavit, swearing under oath that they voted in the last election for a majority of the regular nominees of the party."
The funny thing is that Hillary and Obama have both been targeting Republicans to switch over and vote for them. And apart from that, Indiana's Democrat suggestion here is unconstitutional. And it's quite hilarious (no pun intended).
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
Ted Turner: Global Warming to Lead to Failed State
Capitol Building to Get New Lighting System
Will it save costs? Even if the lighting costs were reduced to zero, it would take 45 years to recoup the taxpayers' money. Good thing they aren't focused on investment returns for our money.
Hillary Fired By Zeifman for Lies, Unethical Behavior
“Because she was a liar,” Zeifman said in an interview last week. “She was an unethical, dishonest lawyer. She conspired to violate the Constitution, the rules of the House, the rules of the committee and the rules of confidentiality.”
Hot Air has more.
Oil Executive Pony Show Concludes
Unfortunately, all three presidential candidates are blocking access to ANWR, which is the single largest undeveloped known source of oil in North America.
Obama Doesn't Want Kids "Punished with Baby"
Look, I've got two daughters, nine year old -- nine years old and six years old. I'm going to teach them first of all about values and morals, but if they make a mistake, I don't want them punished with a baby. I don't want them punished with an STD at the age of 16. You know, so it doesn't make sense to not to give them information.
At least he's being honest.
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
Clinton as Rocky
Clinton Camp Praises FoxNews
Operation Chaos Success in Pennsylvania
According to the MSM and Democrat web sites, such as Daily Kos, who seem oblivious to Operation Chaos, seem to think that this means Republicans are actually turning Democrat because they prefer Hillary or Obama in November. It's impossible to prove either way right now, but I would side with the Rush factor and his 20 million listener audience.
Chelsea Slams Bush
I wonder if anyone would be upset if President Bush campaigned for McCain and said something like, "the world cannot afford putting the lying Clintons back in the White House."