Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Count Your Blessings

I watched "White Christmas" the other night with offspring #2 and #4. We enjoyed it (again). Oh, yeah, there's some sap and a side of corny. But it's a Christmas classic on many levels.  I mean, the "Sisters" act by Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye makes the movie worth watching by itself.  

Plus, the hero of the film really is a good guy, even though he is repeatedly doubted by his flame. You know the movie was made a long time ago if the leading man was actually right and the woman in his life was wrong ... and more than once.  What were they thinking?!  Kids could be corrupted watching that stuff. 

The girls in the movie also seemed to want to be girls, and they acted like ladies.  What gives? Boys, well, they went into "the service" and served their country. I mean pretty much all of them. Then they took care of their Army pals and generals when they got out, no questions asked.  That's just what you did. 

Post-WWII America was acquainted with sacrifice and hard times. Virtually every one knew the effects of war and a real depression. The hearty and generous spirit, and perseverance of that generation are an encouragement, even today.

And in the film, Bob Wallace (Bing Crosby) encouraged the sleepless Betty Haynes (Rosemary Clooney) with the words of this simple but profound little song:
When I am worried and I can't sleep,
I count my blessings instead of sheep.
And I fall asleep counting my blessings.

When my bankroll is getting small,
I think of when I had none at all.
And I fall asleep counting my blessings.

I think about a nursery,
And I picture curly heads,
And one by one I count them
As they slumber in their beds.

If you're worried and you can't sleep,
Just count your blessings instead of sheep.
And you'll fall asleep counting your blessings.
Blessings are more than gifts, of course.  They are gifts from God, as the "White Christmas" generation understood well.  We had blessings then.  We have them now.  

Christmas is about the ultimate blessing landing on earth to announce that God would go to any and all lengths to make a way for relationship with fallen mankind.  

Count your blessings.  

Merry Christmas. 

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Chin up, Conservatives: God Still Controls the Weather and Hell is, in Fact, Freezing Over

Let's get this straight.

Snow in my home town of Houston. Snow in New Orleans. Snow in Vegas.

Snow in Malibu? Wow, can you imagine what a cold snap it takes for it to be so cold everywhere while the earth is burning up? Global warming could be saving us from another Ice Age. It's truly remarkable.

All of this makes me smile and recall again Who is sovereign and who is not. Man is going to burn up the planet? I sneer at this blind faith/ideology masquerading as science.

All we need at this point is for the insufferable, pedantic Al Gore to be found buried in a snowdrift in Memphis, whilst clutching a copy of "Earth in the Balance" in his frostbitten fingers.

The foregoing is merely a humorous reminder from on high that man cannot control the universe.

Speaking of the role of the Deity, it is apparently not the Rev. Wright, but rather Rick Warren -- the pro-life, pro-Prop. 8 pastor from California -- that will be giving the invocation at Obama's Inauguration. Left ... meet apoplexy.

Of course, Obama is still who he is (which is way left). I do continue to realize that.

Still, though, Hell is freezing over. And the libs are without coats in these conditions, per usual. It's ironic that Hell has to freeze over for the post-modern left to note that it may exist.

Monday, December 08, 2008

BCS DECLARES GERMANY WINNER OF WWII -- U.S. Ranked 4th

(Via CNN -- Cutter Network News) ... Borrowing from reports from random spammer with some original reporting interspersed ...

After successfully determining the Big-12 Championship Game participants, the BCS computers were put to work on other major contests, and today the BCS belatedly declared Germany to be the winner of World War II.

"Germany put together an incredible number of victories beginning with the annexation of Austria and the Sudetenland and continuing on into conference play with defeats of Poland, France, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium and the Netherlands," said BCS Commissioner Pi. "Their only losses came against the US and Russia, and weather played a large factor in the Russian campaign. Furthermore, the D-Day Campaign utilized a high degree of deception to land Allied Forces where the Germans were not expecting them to be."

The BCS tries to looks at the overall picture, and who would be a more "feared opponent", if the war were to continue even though it had already been fought to a conclusion. As Commissioner Pi explained, "Considering the Germans' entire body of work –– including an incredibly tough Strength of Schedule and brutal routs –– our computers deemed them worthy of the #1 ranking."

When questioned about the #4 ranking of the United States, Mr. Pi stated, "The US only had two major victories –– Japan and Germany. The computer models, unlike humans, aren't influenced or even killed by head-to-head contests. Rationality lives on, and our computers, along with the many German military officers who vote in our "human-element" polls consider each contest to be only a single, equally-weighted event."

German Chancellor Adolph Hitler, through a spokesman in Iran, said "Yes, we lost to the U.S., infidels, rather invaders; but we defeated #2 ranked France in only six weeks." Hitler had been criticized for seeking dramatic victories to earn "style points" to enhance Germany's rankings. However, Hitler protested: "Our contest with Poland was in doubt until the final day and the conditions in Norway were incredibly challenging and demanded the application of additional forces. In France, we marched in straight lines under the trees along streets so pretty."

The French ranking has also come under intense scrutiny. Commissioner Pi, though, commented that "France had a single loss against Germany, and following a pre-season #1 ranking, they only fell to #2. Plus, although the battle was over relatively quickly in France, the French managed to keep casualties extremely light."

Japan finished ahead of the U.S. in WWII with a #3 ranking, based largely upon its victories including Manchuria, Borneo and the Philippines. Additionally, as of WWII, BCS computers did not account for the effects of a nuclear attack, Pi said.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Proving that I could be a Sports Blogger: If Texas doesn't get to play for the National Title, blame Provincialism

For those of you who watched Texas dismantle the hapless and hopeless Aggies last night, the message was clear: Texas deserves a chance to play for the National Title.

I was impressed by the combination of humor and ingenuity of U.T. students with their myriad "45-35" signs. Of course, the Horns won their annual slugfest with then-No. 1 OU, 45-35, on a neutral field at the Cotton Bowl. That should pretty much settle which team is better, one would think.

There were a lot of good signs at DKR-TexasMemorial, such as "If I thought 35 > 45, then I'd be a student at OU". I also liked the nice acrostic for the ESPN audience: "Every Sooner Prays No One Remembers ... 45-35."

This PR campaign is in full force because it appears that a number of the voters in human polls that make up a good portion of the incomprehensible BCS system were impressed with the "style points" scored by OU in its 65-21 national TV thrashing of Texas Tech. Meanwhile, Tech beat Texas on its home field on a miracle pass with one second left to play.

If the three teams (all currently with one loss) end up tied for the Big 12 South lead, the one with the highest BCS ranking will represent the South in the Big 12 Championship Game vs. Missouri, which Texas has already beaten, 56-31, by the way. If either Texas or OU goes to the Big 12 game and wins, then a trip to the BCS National Championship follows.

Given Tech's meltdown at OU, they have essentially fallen out of National Championship contention. Thus, the PR battle is raging between Oklahoma and Texas. In that regard, consider this fine effort. Heck, there is even a giant Facebook group devoted to UT's effort.

So, let me roll a grenade into this debate: The only reason that OU is considered to have a shot a passing Texas in the polls at this point is ... provincialism. Put another way, it's good ol' East and West Coast ignorance.

Around here, pretty much every one understands that Texas Tech is a much different -- and much, much better team -- at home, where they needed a miracle to beat a beat-up Texas team. On the road, Tech has been, well, Tech. It's been this way forever. Thus, my in-office prediction for the OU-Tech game was: OU 55, Tech 24. I was surprised not at all by the OU-Tech result.

Of course, Bob Stoops kept Sam Bradford in the game and winging it well into the 4th quarter to run up the style points, too. People around here are familiar with the Stoops (and Tech) pattern in this regard, as well.

But if your only familiarity with Lubbock and Big 12 football is what you see on ESPN or ABC, then you might not know all of the above. You might want style over head-to-head. Put another way, if you're an LA writer who is still wretching about the turkey being murdered in the background of the Palin video, then you probably don't know that there wasn't much style or surprise to the Tech meltdown versus OU.

My sneaking suspicion is that things will break such that the great campaign underway will get derailed by an Oklahoma State upset Saturday night. This, too, shouldn't be a shocker to those who are familiar with life and football in these parts.

But a little study ... a little getting out-of-doors ... a little opening of the mind is in order. Yes, Virginia, there are small-minded people in large cities near large bodies of water.

To be of assistance, I might suggest a little heavenly guidance. Look up and seek wisdom. I hear that the "45-35" crowd has rented a plane to fly over Stillwater (that would be the home of Oklahoma State for you East Coast beat writers) on ESPN Game Day with a "45-35" sign.

It promises to be some of the best aerial propaganda out here in Flyover Country since the Wicked Witch was talking smack to Dorothy.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving to All

Here's wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving. We've still got a lot to be thankful for. Hey, can you believe that Pres.-Elect Obama is keeping Robert Gates on as Sec. of Defense? And he's hiring a retired Marine general as his National Security Advisor? I wonder what he must have thought and learned when he sat down with Pres. Bush and got his intelligence briefings.

Kudos to Obama for these smart moves. They address my first concern about him: Will he be committed and effective in protecting the country? He's still Obama, of course, but hey ... just consider the Kos Kid reaction to keeping the architect of The Surge around to wreak havoc on jihadis in Afghanistan. Consider it, and then be thankful.

Obama is also adding people to his economic team who actually believe in the free market. What gives? I am not completely sure, but hey, again, I am thankful. It's funny to to think about true blue lefties feeling had. Who knew that The O had a little McCain in him? I am sure we'll see some true believer-lefties in full flower eventually in the Obama Administration, and we do have the Holder pick, but I must admit ... I am surprised (and pleasantly so) by Obama's first round of picks.

Don't worry. I am not going to let down my guard. We still sleep with one eye open whilst the Lefties have the keys to all the national vehicles and are out beyond curfew every night. But we pause to recall that all ideologies eventually tumble headlong into reality. Then we find out what really works outside of an Ivy League Discussion Seminar. There's something else to be upbeat and thankful about.

I love Thanksgiving. It is an American holiday where we pause and give thanks -- to God, not your public school teacher -- for His many blessings. In doing so, we also remember those early Americans bitterly clinging to their guns and Christian faith, and then surviving. It worked for the Pilgrims when their ideology met reality.

Speaking of reality, here in Big 12 Country, Thanksgiving means football, of course. Big 12 football is not to be confused with that lame, Big 10 brand played by the "Nittaly" Lions and such. It's the real deal. Players are big and fast. They lift their arms up and propel the football down the field in the air (they pass, in other words). Then, they catch the football and even run with it.

The powers that be (that would be ABC and ESPN) dictated that the UT-A&M game would be moved back to Thanksgiving, per the prior tradition. I liked the Thanksgiving Day game until I grew up. Then, I liked the bone that ABC threw me to where we could go to the game on Friday. Now, I have to watch the Horns on Thanksgiving Night on ESPN. Could be worse. I could be a Sooner fan watching OU lose to Oklahoma State on Saturday night (I think this is a probable result, so stay tuned).

For those on the fence, here is another reason to pull for Texas on Thanksgiving Night.

Good overview of the whole A&M psyche/mindset is found here:



Hook 'em Horns. Happy Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Where to next for conservatives?

I want to offer a few thoughts for what I see coming for us conservatives as we move into the political wilderness that we face with the forthcoming Obama Administration combined with large Demo majorities in Congress.

I still remain upbeat. Life is too short to waste it being negative. I am not talking about ignoring reality in saying this, but rather embracing it. If people want to pout and talk about how the U.S. is going to the Hot Place because of this election, they can go right ahead.

They can't make me go there, any way. Lack of jurisdiction or something like that.

So, listen up:

1) The Demos are about to get tested in a way that a lot of them haven't contemplated. They are grabbing the wheel on a tough stretch of the road; they will get the credit they deserve for how things go. They've dodged responsibility for a long time, for most of the Left's handiwork is, by necessity, done in the dark. The testing of the Demos in the light of day is going to be good. Why? See #2.

2) Unless they moderate/change their ways, Demos don't have the answers to how to improve the economy (more regulation and taxes?) ... preserve the culture (Prop. 8, any one?) ... or defend the nation (closing Guantanamo and leaving Iraq are the centerpieces of a muscular foreign policy?). Americans don't like much of the Demos' agenda; that's why they hide it and masquerade as tax-cutters and such during national campaigns. Still, the Hard Left Lemmings want to run over the cliff and drag Obama with them. Here's the Demos' problem: Either they wise up and stay in power or they govern as the Demos they are and they go home. Lemmings wishing for wings meet gravity. Works every time.

3) Republicans in Congress should now focus on conservative ideas rather than the next election. I like Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin. But, excepting the ongoing battles to keep Demos from stealing Minnesota' Senate seat and to preserve Saxby Chambliss's seat in GA, Republicans need to move on to what's next. The election is over.

4) What's on the agenda now is fighting the Demos in the halls of Congress and every crevice where they may be located. In doing so, let's get back to the spirit of Reagan, where we cheerfully fight the Demos in the arena of ideas. If we do so, we win. Plus, we get to smile because they are really funny, albeit unintentionally so. Think about it. Some of the best funnies in life are fumbles and noises in quiet elevators.

5) Here on Main Street, it's time for conservatives to get back to work in the real world. Let's live our lives like conservatives; that is, we believe that the government is not the end-all-be-all. So, let's act like it. Take care of your family. Work hard. Mind your sphere of influence. Make first downs. Watch out for your neighbor. Stand watch while your buddy gets some rest. Make it happen, day by day.

So I can get back to my real world, I will be pulling back as we hit the first of the year. Look for ye olden Christmas post (before they are outlawed by the Demos) on or about December 22, one bonus post after Christmas, and a New Year's greeting.

After that, unless/until circumstances warrant once again, I plan to be a simply be a blog reader/lurker/and, of course, a commenter at St. Nick's place ... assuming that GNN sticks around for a while. I am certainly hoping so.

And I will be making hay in my neighborhood.

What about you?

Friday, November 14, 2008

The Final, Definitive Election Post-Mortem: McCain doesn't love Bush. He just loves losing to Democrats

Okay, so I thought the picture was funny. Other than that, it wasn't the reason that McCain lost. Why did McCain lose?

First, let's get the lay of the land. Here goes:

The demographics in '04 were pretty much like the '08. Not much changed. Exit polling showed that the same amount of people called themselves conservatives and liberals, turnout was about the same as '04, there was no surge of new or young voters, etc. However, instead of a 51-48 Bush win it was a 53-47 Obama win.

Bush got 62 million votes in 2004. Obama got 66 million in '08. McCain got one in five Hillary voters, but lost one in five Bush voters. This was hardly a tectonic shift.

The country has not changed dramatically, but we had a decisive Demo win in the presidential election.

As for McCain, well, I've was against him before I was for him, but I want to preface what follows with this: I've got nothing personal against McCain. He will always have my respect for his service to the nation. However, his ideas and way of dealing with political opponents (Demos at least) have been experimentally verified again and again to be fundamentally flawed.

To take off on Carville's old adage: It's the ideas, stupid.

So, here's my take on what happened:

1) The Economic Meltdown (and McCain's response to it) -- The economic meltdown pretty much made McCain's chances of winning slim, unless he had been able to thread the needle with an exceptional campaign. For better or worse, most voters blame the party in power when the economy goes south. And they equate the presidency with "party in power".

To compound this problem, McCain's extraordinarily poor response to the meltdown was really the defining moment of the presidential campaign. First, he suspended his campaign. Then, he went back to Washington and got set up like a stooge by Demos in Congress. Rather than appropriately firing back, McCain pressed for Blessed Bipartisanship. Demos meanwhile stuck knives in his back and prepared to get as many Republicans to sign on to the bailout monstrosity as they could get.

If McCain had listened to me ... and Dick Morris, and Rush, and many other conservatives, he would have had a defining issue to campaign on down the stretch. Americans hate the bailout (thank God it has saved us, though ... ahem). After all, McCain even could have voted against it and not stopped its passage. He was in a perfect spot. But incredibly he snuggled up next to Obama and voted for the bailout. During this process, too, don't forget that McCain was wildly proposing things left and right on a near-daily basis, i.e., buying back mortgages, firing the SEC Chief, etc.. He railed against corporate greed and excess and couldn't find the heart and energy to go after the Demos who created the Fannie-Freddie mess that was a huge log in the raging economic fire.

Simply put, McCain didn't know what to do, and it showed. Obama just stood there, and he looked like a genius by comparison. Amazingly, McCain singlehandedly put to rest much of the country's doubts about Obama with his own erratic behavior. In such a time, a conservative would have gone back to first principles of the free market. McCain went back to first principles -- bi-partisanship and just doing something, ideas be damned. But elections and politics are about ideas. Election over.

2) Two Terms of a President in Power -- Two terms of any president makes it much harder for his party to win a third term. Pres. H.W. Bush pulled it off while riding the very large coattails of the Reagan Administration. Still, he only had to get past Mike Dukakis, who mounted a tank one time too many.

In this election year, though, we also had two ongoing wars, combined with the public's view that at least one of these wars (if not both) should have been won long ago. Given the aforementioned economic problems, we had a situation where it was tough for Republicans under the best environment.

3) Failures of both Pres. Bush and Republicans -- People were and are rightfully disappointed in Republicans. Republicans lost their way during the last 8 years as the supposed party of smaller government and individual liberty. Republicans in Washington seemed afraid to compare and contrast their views with Demos' views. Indeed, the positions became to hard to distinguish, at all. Republicans advocated open borders like the Demos. Republicans were supposed to know how to manage wars ... get in, win, and get out.

Given the choice between a real Demo and a Republican acting like one, the electorate will choose the real thing every time. Conversely, given the choice between a real Republican and a wannabe, the real thing triumphs every time. Why is this? Such a form of argumentation concedes to the audience watching that the "real thing" is on the high ground.

Of all the failures of Republicans, I think the most deadly one was the failure of the Bush Administration to explain itself, defend itself from critics, and particularly to explain why/how the Demos could get us all killed. The Bush Administration has done an excellent job in taking on the jihadis, but this was not explained to Americans. They didn't even try. If the Administration itself won't tell Americans, why should we expect the public to really know or understand how significant a point this is? Given the non-stop Bush Derangement Syndrome and toxic rhetoric utilized by the Demos for 8 years, a lot of things -- whether fair or not -- eventually stuck in the minds of many voters.

4) Ineptitude of the McCain Campaign -- The McCain campaign was rudderless, and it didn't even have a message of any kind until bloggers caught Obama on tape blabbing to Joe the Plumber. McCain's pick of Sarah Palin was a great move, but then his people hid her from the media. Palin and other conservatives instinctively knew that the Rev. Wright issue was important and could be pivotal. But John McBiPartisanship declared this potential silver bullet off-limits. Instead, there was a late run at Obama on the Ayers issue (a legitimate issue, but nowhere near the association that Obama had with Wright), but still ... the campaign never really explained why Ayers was so important, either. McCain himself made and repeated the inane statement, "I don't care about an old washed-up terrorist." His campaign crowds would boo him when he said this. I care about Ayers. I think he should be in prison for what he did. Most Americans had no idea even how Ayers beat the wrap. But McCain wasn't about to explain it. You could tell he felt dirty just bringing it up.

The myriad associations issues surrounding Obama should have been hit hard and relentlessly throughout the month of August and burned into the brians of voters. If they had been, voters would have likely been unwilling to view Obama as favorably as they did when the stock market melted down in October. McCain wanted to be nice, but Obama wanted to win.

Let us not forget that the McCain campaign was rudderless because McCain is a moderate. Moderates, by definition, lack rudders but unfortunately, they still like to sail.

While McCain was meandering Obama was focused and on message. McCain showed, once again, that he truly believes that politics transcends message and ideology to "get things done". (See his response to the economic meltdown above).

Such an approach "gets things done" all right. It gets Demos elected.

5) Failure to Run as a Conservative -- McCain left a lot of conservative ammunition unspent. Why? He doesn't believe in using it. He may have started as a foot soldier in the Reagan Revolution, but he doesn't share a lot of the views of the Republican base today.

Some criticized Gov. Palin for failing to properly defend McCain's positions on issues, but who could defend McCain's views? McCain, in true moderate fashion, has positions all over the map. Don't look for the common denominator, because such an exercise is futile, a cruel trick question. McCain voted against the Bush tax cuts but then campaigned for them. He changed his position during the campaign to support offshore drilling, but not drilling in ANWR. Who can rationally explain this without reference to the need/desire to get elected?

McCain also refused to meaningfully espouse socially conservative views during the campaign, even though he ostensibly shares the same views. The country does, too. How appropriate that on the night Obama won that Nebraska also voted to end affirmative action? And Florida voted against same-sex "marriage", as did California. California?! McCain had an opportunity to win over many Americans of goodwill on the abortion issue, as well, given Obama's extreme views and support of partial-birth abortion. It was a golden opportunity to move this debate forward, but McCain passed. McCain and other moderate types are uncomfortable making such arguments.

This is why moderates have difficulty winning national elections.

6) Money, money, money -- How appropriate is it that McCain the "Campaign Finance Reformer" would become trapped in the system he created ... and then defeated by the Demo Machine that never was and never will be constrained by such regulation? Conservatives like me warned McCain that this would happen. Funny, but it was also conservatives like me who were left to defend the McCain campaign when the David Brooks and Kathleen Parkers of the world were going wobbly. That's the way it usually goes -- conservatives work to prevent evil and are then left to fight it when it comes. But I digress (slightly).

Obama's campaign openly broke campaign finance laws by failing verify credit card donations. So, contributors could provide unlimited credit card donations from all over the world. But guess whose campaign is going to get audited? You got it. The one that got the federal matching dollars. Good thing McCain got that $85 Million for his whole campaign because Obama raised that much in two weeks on the internet.

McCain and many in Washington propose new "reforms" without simply insisting on compliance with existing regulations. Conservatives know such an approach won't work, and we know that the Demos and their media allies have a huge advantage when we don't have the dollars to fight them off. We told McCain this during the Campaign Finance debate, but he got his way.

Obama's huge financial advantage was pivotal in many close states, and such a fiasco should never be allowed to happen again. McCain-Feingold is a disaster and no Republican should ever be hoodwinked again into staying within the public financing system. Sure, they will say we are trying to buy the election (like Obama just did).

They might even say other mean things about Republicans. Then, we'll track 'em day and night and put up ridiculous wind surfing videos of their leftist candidates and such all over TV in every close state and laugh all the way to the White House.

You commit to fight to win. And then you fight to win. McCain, for all his "fight" rhetoric, failed to fight to win this election.

7) Information, organization, and dissemination -- The Demos own the internet right now, and McCain's campaign acted like it was looking for that other internet that Pres. Bush referenced during his 2004 debate with Kerry. Where are you, Karl Rove? In addition to having an in-the-tank media, Demos got out their message via the internet far better than Republicans. In some way, leftist blogs have a structural advantage over conservatives, but we can and must be more focused.

It helps when you party's candidate is beloved by the party's base. Then, this and other problems tend to take care of themselves. Note that the "great center" doesn't do the heavy lifting in campaigns. (This is yet another reason why you don't tailor your campaign to such voters.) Hard to get excited when you can't decide, I guess.

Live and learn. There is a place for moderates to be elected in the Republican Party -- as congressmen, senators, governors and state legislators in blue states.

Here's the bottom line: In this toughest of election years, McCain still could have won. The loyal oppostion has work to do. But that work is rebuilding a party, and not remaking the country.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

A quick note ...

whilst I am distracted from posting the mother-of-all-election-post-mortems. Note the exquisite timing, too, now that every one has moved on from the election back to covering Sarah Palin.

But seriously, you don't want to miss it. It's going to be really special. Really, it's not. But don't miss it. Probably tomorrow.

In any event, I was just noticing something. The MSM broke in from covering Sarah Palin with a snippet about how Obama's team is full of Clintonoids. The only two missing are Bill and Hill. What's with that? It is kind of humorous, if you think about it.

Hope? And change? Hope, Ark. and Change (Clinton Admin. w/o Clintons)?

And Warren Christopher. I am glad to see he is still alive, but ... is it just me does he look like some one just popped a paper bag in his ear every time he appears in public? Let the guy get some sleep and stop waking him unexpectedly, people. Can't we all get along?

Talk to you soon ...

Monday, November 10, 2008

10 Nov 2008

Happy Birthday, USMC. This particular birthday reminds me of the one I celebrated on active duty in 1992. Most all the Marines I knew weren't enamored with the election results back then. Indeed, we were shocked. Then, we were told to get our pre-election paraphernalia down. We complied.

Then, we went back to work. That's what Marines do. That's what the nation does. It goes back to work.

Today, the USMC is 233 years young. It's older than the nation, as we Marines sometimes like to recall and remind others. It's older than national politics, I guess you could say.

As long as we have Marines and Americans who share their fighting spirit in the large and small of life, we'll be just fine. Sure, we'll be outnumbered at times. Heck, we'll often be outnumbered.

But numbers don't decide battles. Rather, fortitude, courage, and faithfulness do. Today, the Marines are deciding battles as they have for 233 years.

Semper Fidelis.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

So, where from here?

I am heading out this weekend to take Cutter Junior to a college visit and watch some football. Time to get away from the talking heads and blogs for the weekend. It's official. I have ODS -- not Obama Derangement Syndrome, but O'Reilly Derangement Syndrome.

Hey, Cutter Junior voted in his first election on Tuesday. He hung on the Republican lever, so we are still feeding him. And he got a text from one of his friends reminding all Obama supporters to vote on Wednesday. They are still lined up at the polls here in Texas. So, there is hope for the future.

I see that the long knives and recriminations are already starting to come out. There will be time for that, but for now, I think it's good to clear my head. I will have some thoughts next week on why McCain lost (because I think it is instructive to know exactly why), and more importantly, where we go from here. As Joe Biden would say, in three words, "It's going to be okay, folks."

Can you imagine if Sarah Palin had said 10% of the outrageous things that Joe the Biden said? But I digress.

As for posting as we head into the rebuilding of the conservative movement and Republican Party, well, my agent and I will have a statement on that later. A press conference? Nah, I am not talking to the media, including Fox. I will tell you, though.

Hey, the sun has come up two days in a row now since Obama was elected. We are going to make it. Keep your heads up, your hearts right, and your smiles on.

I will talk to you early next week.

Update: In case you haven't noticed, the Goomba News Network has returned, at least for now. The mercurial descendents of Goomba make appearances from time to time. This time, Goomba News showed up just in time to tip the election to Obama. Let's hope GNN sticks around, any way.

Speaking of which, I was wondering ... Does Goomba work for Reuters?

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Congratulations to Barack Obama and the Democrats

Well, we fought hard but came up short. We can discuss what happened and why (I have some ideas along the same lines as my main man Rove). But that is for another day and time.

Tonight, Barack Obama has defied the odds. Sure, I am disappointed at the outcome, but we must stop for a moment to recognize the magnitude of the achievement.

It started to hit me when I saw Juan Williams choking up describing how amazing the election of America's first black president truly is. Obama himself echoed it. This is is a great country. Let there be no doubt that a black man can achieve his dreams in America.

I sincerely hope and pray that I have been wrong about Obama. I don't think I have been, but time will tell. But know this: I am an American first, last and always. Unlike some, I wish the best for our presidents, whether they were/are my choice or not. I won't have Obama Derangement Syndrome. I am a free member of the loyal, conservative ... Republican opposition. I am feeling pretty good tonight, all things considered.

You see, my country has spoken ... and resoundingly. And I am duty-bound to acknowledge and respect what it has said. And I do. Hey, I even know some good people who voted for Obama.

So, tonight, let's pause and recognize the momentous achievement of Barack Obama's election. Let's hope this puts race behind us as a nation ... and for good.

Now, back to work. Saddle up.

Talk to you soon.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Election Day Message: Keep the Faith and Keep up the Fight

Greetings, All. Well, we come to Decision Day. It has been rewarding to return to this post for these past few weeks and lay out 25 -- yes, 25 -- reasons to vote for McCain/against Obama. The case is overwhelming, from football to national security. Will we pull it off? It remains to be seen, but ... I think we are looking at a much closer race than a lot of the Obamaphiles have been willing to admit. There's a lot of stuff breaking late. Too bad we didn't see it earlier, but there is a lot of info floating around for those who may not be disposed to vote for the One.

Here are a few things to keep in mind today:

1) Pay no attention to any rumors, leaks, etc. that you hear while the polls where you live are open. This is really important, so don't forget. It happens every four years. We hear the leaks re: a Kerry landslide, Florida is called while the polls are still open, etc. We should be prepared by now. Just vote. Tell some one else to vote. Make a call or two. Send an email. Encourage the faint-hearted on our side. Stay in line, and vote. It's a privilege to participate in the government of the greatest country in history. So, go about it with thanks and good cheer.

2) Remember that, whatever happens today, we are going to make it. We are Americans. We are not a government. We have a government. We run this government, and though this notion may seem antiquated to some, it is still the case. Whatever happens, they can't tax our spirit. They can't regulate our minds. They can't make us surrender to our enemies. We will overcome the same way we always have -- with courage, perseverance, and fortitude. Few people that I know are more concerned about the potential of an Obama presidency than I am. But let's not act like we are beaten (or saved) because of the results of any particular election. We are bigger than this. We are Americans.

3) Have the spirit of a fighter. Prove the critics wrong. Don't let the MSM, the Obama Tide, political correctness, etc., keep you from what you know is right. Life is lived better when facing obstacles. It's harder but more rewarding. There are many standing with us today. Remember that. And remember the fighting spirit of the greatest military on earth.

If our troops were casting all the ballots in this election, it would be a landslide for the good guys.

Here's what they think about Obama:


Don't let them down. Get after it.

Talk to you soon.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Via Ace: Just-Released Video Footage of the End of the Obama Campaign

Odiousness in Full Flower: B.O. Flips off War Hero

Take a look.



Well, he can't be all bad. He flipped off Hillary, too.



But seriously, this is what people are thinking about going for? Obama is clueless and classless, and our nation will be diminished by having him elected as president. Note the two clownesses in the back howling at B.O.'s antics. Oh, that's so cute when a candidate for president shoots another candidate the finger.

Let me tell you what I really think: The Obama Campaign is a steaming pile of fetid defication ... on a good day. He showed no respect for Hillary Clinton, and it's the same thing now with John McCain. We are lucky to have His Eminence shining down on us, you see. Those who dare to question the Great Ob are scared off with a few fake lighting bolts, a middle-finger salute, etc.

B.O. thinks he has it won. But he just proves over and over again that he just stinks.

Day 25/Reason #1: If we're all dead, none of this matters

National Security. It's why I started this blog more than four years ago. Wow, has it been that long?

But national security is the first duty of the federal goverment. As the Commander in Chief, it's the first duty of the president. Pres. Bush has done an excellent job in protecting America from its enemies since 9/11.

These are serious times ... still. We are at war with Militant Muslims in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Iraq has largely stabilized but the situation in Afghanistan is precarious. Nuclear Pakistan is on the brink, as well, and we are increasingly fighting jihadis there. Iran is trying to develop a nuclear weapon, and it repeatedly threatens Israel with its holocaust-denying madness.

Then there's North Korea and Venezuela. There's growing Russian nationalism and expansionism. There are countries most Americans haven't heard of yet.

If elected, Barack Obama will be tested, all right. Even French President Sarkozy calls Obama's Iran policy "utterly immature".

Foreign policy typically defines presidents, unless they wilfully ignore it, a la Clinton. We have enemies now who will not ignore us. The jihadis we are fighting want a fight.

Biden got it right with his recent comments: We tempt our enemies if we elect Obama. Worse yet, we hamstring ourselves.

You can count on Obama being opposed to using U.S. military force. He was against going to war when every one in the world thought Saddam Hussein had WMD. He was against the surge. He said our troops in Afghanistan were "air-raiding villages and killing civilians."

Barack Obama does not understand or trust our military.

I submit that he does not understand or trust America.

I do not trust him.

We know that John McCain loves our military and would defend this nation from all enemies, foreign and domestic. I have great concerns that Obama would fail to defend this nation from foreign and domestic enemies. We know he won't hunt down terrorists like Pres. Bush has.

Obama is not fit to be Commander-in-Chief. McCain is. Case closed.

Go vote, if you haven't already. Make some calls. Send some emails. Drag some folks with you. Let's roll.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Day 24/Reason #2: Don't you want to see the Demos/Leftists/Same Things Go Ballistic on Nov. 5?

If McCain and Palin pull this off, can you imagine ... I want you to close your eyes now ... wait, you have to open them to read this ... can you imagine the reaction, hand-wringing, implosion, and hysteria that we would see on the Left? There's your reason to watch Olbermann.

But seriously, we need to break the back of the MSM that have foisted the most fraudulent "journalism" on the public in American history. To defeat Obama and his press relations department in the MSM would be a significant victory for free speech, and for liberty as a whole.

Can you imagine reading your favorite blogs (starting here) and then listening to Rush, et al., on Nov. 5, 6, 7, 8, etc.., if we pull this thing off?

Could anything --at least in politics -- be better? Maybe a few things, but not much.

Now, shut your eyes. And imagine. Glorious.

Now, go make it happen. Make some calls. Send some emails. Get out the vote.

One more. See you in the a.m..

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Day 23/Reason #3: The High Nine on the Potomac

The Supreme Court. Frankly, I am shocked at how many conservatives forget how critical the Court is, and how Supreme Court nominations are often a president's most lasting legacy.

Consider that Pres. H.W. Bush vacillated between conservative Edith Jones and some unknown judge out of New Hampshire named Souter. He got that one wrong, but he did nominate some guy named Thomas.

Pres. Reagan had his first two conservative choices to replace Lewis Powell -- Robert Bork and Douglas Ginsburg -- nixed by the MSM and their lefty allies in the Senate. Ah, this was before the rise of Rush and Talk Radio. Those were the days the libs want to go back to, but I digress ...

Pres. Bush has taken a lot of heat on seemingly every front. Some of it is deserved. I was out front opposing his initial nomination of Harriet Miers. But he relented and nominated Samuel Alito. Outstanding, outstanding choice. For Chief Justice, we got Justice John Roberts. Outstanding, outstanding choice.

Pres. Bush's nominations were better than his father, better than (dare I say it? I shall) Pres. Reagan, who nominated Scalia (who is the best justice on the Court, by far) and elevated Rehnquist to Chief Justice, but also left us with Sandra Day O'Connor and Kennedy.

With McCain, we would get judicial appointments to every level of the federal judiciary in the mode of Reagan and Bush.

With Obama, we would get judges who would promote the mushy idea of leftist "fairness" and would eschew interpreting the Constitution as written. We would have no law, if enough of these people are on the bench.

Remember, too, that Obama thinks that the Warren Court was not radical enough. They didn't engage in enough "redistributive justice", as he calls it.

Leftists like to (and have to) do their best work out of the daylight of the legislative process. If Obama gets to appoint 2 or 3 Supreme Court Justices, God help us.

Issues such as the War on Militant Islam, abortion, the Fairness Doctrine, etc., will all be on the table. Obama wants lifetime-appointed leftists to redefine our Constitution.

Don't let him do it.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Day 22/Reason #4: The first unalienable right enunciated in the history of the nation

Life.

In Obama, we have the most pro-abortion candidate to ever run for president. For partial-birth abortion. For government funding of abortion. Against life-saving measures for children who survive abortions.

Radical.

McCain and Palin have been and are consistently pro-life.

I want to take a moment to speak to those who do not share my pro-life views. I believe -- as did the founders -- that abortion should be a matter for the individual states to decide. Most conservatives share this viewpoint. If Roe v. Wade were repealed, we would be back to where we started in this country. Each state could decide.

Undoubtedly, some states would keep abortion legal while others would restrict abortions, and perhaps outlaw it. In our great federalist system, we can quickly see what works in areas such as education, tax policy, etc. The same can and would be true for abortion.

I realize and respect that this is a difficult issue. Many of us have been personally affected by abortion.

While respecting those who disagree with me on this issue, as a pro-lifer, I am proud to support McCain-Palin.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Day 21/Reason #5: We did not call Obama "the Messiah"

Consider who did, though:



Chilling.

What more do you need to say than perhaps one of the craziest, most anti-American, anti-Semitic bigots in the world thinks you're the Messiah?

Four more things, that's what.

See you manana.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Day 20/Reason #6: Obama's for "Fairness" ...

the "Fairness Doctrine", that is. Funny how so many sheep in wolves clothing, especially in the political world, have such nice-sounding names ... "campaign-finance reform" ... "pro-choice" ... "comprehensive immigration reform". Woops, McCain was for two of those, but still ...

Make no mistake about it. If Obama is elected (and he will have increased Demo numbers in Congress, under almost any scenario) he and his leftist pals will move to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine. New Mexico Demo Sen. Bingaman caused a bit of a stir when he came out in favor of repealing it recently. Reid wants to repeal it. Pelosi wants to repeal it. Kerry wants to repeal it. If Demos can do it, they will. In a heartbeat.

So, what does it mean? If reinstated, the Fairness Doctrine would potentially mean the death of Talk Radio as we know it. The "Fairness Doctrine" would require talk radio stations to put on an opposing viewpoint each time some one complained. Litigation would explode and it would be too costly for most, if not all, stations to run talk programs. By the way, there are more than two viewpoints on a particular issue. The whole concept of "two opposing views" and regulating speech is deeply flawed.

After all, there's a reason there wasn't any Talk Radio before Pres. Reagan got rid of the "Fairness Doctrine" in 1987. Ah, but we have the major news networks to keep us informed. I feel better already.

Recall that Talk Radio was about the only thing that kept "Comprehensive Immigration Reform" from becoming the law of the land. We need Talk Radio and free speech to stand against elitists in both parties.

In particular, though, it's the Demos who don't care much for free speech. There's a reason their pathetic, boring Air America can't gain traction. People don't want to listen to it.

The multitude of conservative voices on the radio, on cable, and on the internet are vital to keeping America informed and free.

Think the last part of that sentence goes too far? Consider the tactics of Obama and Co. in attempting to shut down radio programs critical of Obama in Chicago, asking authorities to take ads off the air in Missouri, boycotting news stations that ask tough questions of Biden, calling Sean Hannity an anti-Semite?!!, etc..

I believe in free speech, as most conservatives do. Be very afraid of those who would attempt to use the power of the state to reduce debate.

The Obama crowd is about "getting in the faces" of opponents, per the counsel of the street agitators that trained the O. Make no mistake: If Obama wins and has enough allies in Congress -- as he likely would -- he will come after his critics on the right ... the Constitution be damned.

These are serious times. This is a key issue.

Tomorrow, we begin with the Top 5.

See you then.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Day 19/Reason #7: Who do our enemies want to win?

I've talked about this line of reasoning before. It's often instructive to see who is pulling for one side or another to sort out the good guys. Here, when we look outside the U.S., we see ...

Less than 10% of the French want McCain. Okay, I realize France is not an "enemy" per se, but the French are a pretty good political contra-indicator.

But let's look at Venezuela, where Bill Ayers' hero Hugo Chavez was just heard slamming Sarah Palin. Chavez called Gov. Palin a "pitiful beauty queen who did not know what she was saying."

When did Chavez get the MSM gig?

Really friends, that's about all you need to know. But still, there's more.

How about al Qaeda? I realize some crazies allegedly are pulling for McCain, but a) I don't believe them, since they saw how the OBL experiment blew up in 2004 in the Bush-Kerry race; and b) if they are truly crazy and are admitting they want a fight with us -- so that they can test the 72-virgin theory -- and McCain will facilitate said fight, then I say it sounds good to me.

Why would al Qaeda fear Obama, who has opposed the "air-raiding villages and killing civilians" American military and our efforts to fight terrorism every step of the way since 9/11? Oh, I forgot ... he flip-flopped and voted for FISA after he had secured the Demo nomination, in the spirit of "tacking to the middle" when it doesn't mean anything other than misleading people to get votes.

What about Hamas? Haven't they endorsed Obama?



And doesn't Obama have a pal named Khalidi (Reason 11A, I recall correctly)? I forget.

What about that "tiny" country Iran? Think they would rather dodge bullets from McCain or talk with Obama?

Coming down the home stretch now, we have six more ... doozies. Don't miss it.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Day 18/Reason #8: Pelosi + Reid + Obama =

Disaster in D.C..

You know, I can hear the voices of a lot of conservatives talking about how "burning the house" down will teach us all a lesson. We'll teach those wascally Republicans, you see.

The problem is, we all will suffer the consequences.

With Pelosi in charge of the House with increased numbers, and Reid with nearly a filibuster-proof Senate (or, God-forbid, 59 other myrmidons to steamroll the Republicans), the only check on the runaway leftist train would be the White House. However, with Obama occupying it, the White House would actually be pulling the leftist/socialist train ... and fast.

Never before will we have had such a conglomeration of committed, incompetent leftists in charge of our government. So, hold on to your property, and find good cover and concealment because you, mainstream America, will be on your own.

It is naive to think we can undo such damage in 2 or 4 years. We may not have the opportunity to do so for a generation.

Politics involves making choices, which are always imperfect. However, the potential combination of Pelosi, Reid, and Obama, makes the ol' RINO look nearly perfect by comparison. That's saying something, I know, but ... that's the truth, nonetheless.

So, vote Republican. Hang on that lever. It will make you feel good, and it will do the country good.

By the way, with all due respect to Sean Hannity ... come up with 25 reasons and then we can talk.

See you tomorrow.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Day 17/Reason #9: What do you get if your investigated in more than a dozen states for voter registration fraud?

You get promoted to work on the Obama transition. Check out this video:



This is the One, the glorious transformational, trans-partisan candidate. He has represented ACORN, worked with them and their ilk as they squeezed and intimidated lenders to make loans to people who had no business to buy houses.

And, oh yeah, in case you haven't heard, banks have had some trouble lately.

But these shakedown artists are going to get promoted under an Obama Administration. I am sure that the Transcendent One's Justice Department will investigate ACORN thoroughly.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Day 16/Reason #10: "The Most Anti-Capitalist Candidate Ever Nominated by a Major Party ...

... is leading in the race to win the presidency?

So says Investors' Business Daily. According to IBD, this explains (at least in part) the recent panic in our stock market. The "socialist tsunami" is coming. Note that IBD called Obama's plan "socialist" even before Joe the Plumber did.

America will be less prosperous under an Obama Administration, if he gets much of what he wants. His "spreading the wealth" around has been tried, and it doesn't grow the pie. It eats the pie.

That's how you give a tax cut to 95% of Americans when there are approximately half that many taxpayers. You cut up the pie and hand it out.

Less pie equals less liberty for us all.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Day 15/Reason #11: Ayers retains the mind and ideas of a terrorist. Obama has retained the association with Ayers

Bill Ayers. We've heard a lot about this terrorist (but only in his thoughts now).

We know the highlights (although more dribbles out all the time, no thanks to the MSM). We know that Ayers is not just "some one in the neighborhood", as Obama falsely proclaimed during the Demo primary season. Obama and Ayers have remained friendly through the years, Obama started his political career with the help of Ayers, the two served on boards together, and they directed funds to projects designed to radicalize students together (as we discussed five days ago). Obama blurbed Ayers' book. No doubt they have similar, or at least compatible world views.

Consider this video:



Obama's mindless mantra on this subject is that Ayers engaged in terrorist acts when he was 8. But ... but ... Ayers is not sorry, and, in fact, he lauds his prior terrorist acts. He glories in stepping on the American flag while being photographed.

Ayers retains the mind and ideas of a terrorist. Obama has retained the association with Ayers.

This fact alone should disqualify Obama from the presidency.

Think about it. Do you know any terrorists? And if you did, would you socialize with them? Promote their books?

Wouldn't you report them to the FBI? I would. At least find out that he is not wanted any more, and then good riddance.

Okay, so Ayers didn't even make the Top 10 reasons to vote for McCain/against Obama.

And ... we didn't even mention Rashid Khalidi. (We'll make Khalidi 11A).

We could go on and on.

We will tomorrow.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Day 14/Reason #12: Like your guns? Liberty? When caught expressing a desire to take liberties away, Obama tacks to the middle (verbally, at least)

A classic illustration of the m.o. of B.O. is his treatment of the right to bear arms. When he was campaigning for the Demo nomination, Obama was in full liberal flower mode, expressing his consistent support of handgun regulation. He also expressed support for the unconstitutional handgun ban in Washington, D.C. Remember what the "bitter Americans" were clinging to, after all.

But then, two things happened: 1) B.O. got the Demo nomination; and 2) the Supremes found the D.C. handgun ban to be unconstitutional.

Then, B.O. said he was against the ban, or he at least didn't like it. You gotta give him credit for at least being for it before he was against it, though. It's a fine Demo tradition.

Here's the story of where McCain busted him on his flip-flop.

Here is what you get with Obama: He's a full flower leftist when unscripted and unconstrained by mainstream American opinion (i.e., when he's trying to get the votes of liberal Demos to secure his nomination). When he is pulled into the mainstream and/or asked to explain himself, as he was by Joe the Plumber, Obama tacks the middle, but only verbally.

He provides platitudinous bilge in support of "basic rights", the "American people", fundamental liberties", blah, blah, blah. The media and mushy, moderates melt, coo and ask no further questions.

If you like owning your guns and the rights that we as free Americans have taken for granted since our founding, this is another reason to vote for McCain and against Obama.

The NRA agrees.

See you tomorrow.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Day 13/Reason #13: How long do you have to spend in the church of an anti-American racist to be unqualified for the presidency?

Jeremiah Wright. That he is reason #13 should tell you how very bad an Obama presidency would be. I fear for my country.

Lest you think that Obama had no idea re: Wright's views (i.e., the U.S. government infected blacks with AIDS, America deserved 9/11 because of its foreign policy, U.S. Marines are the equivalent of Roman oppressors, "G.D. America", U.S of KKK A, etc.), recall that Wright married the Obamas, baptized their kids, and prayed with Obama when he decided to run for the White House.

Check out this video:



If Obama were white, he would be doomed by spending 20 minutes, much less 20 years, in the church of an anti-American racist.

Again, on my list, this is #13. You could argue it should be higher, and I wouldn't quibble with you. But ... there is more as we climb the list.

See you tomorrow.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Day 12/Reason #14: When off script, you get a glimpse of what the candidates think of our military, our country, our property



Any one who would make such a statement is not qualified to be president.

Jack Murtha, who slandered U.S. Marines as murderers, is not qualified. I don't care if he was in the U.S.M.C.. So was I. Murtha is just as unqualified for elected office as his pal Obama.

If you make an anti-American statement (and that's what Obama's in the above clip was, period), then you shouldn't be president. Motives are irrelevant. If the statement stands, your candidacy should not succeed. If you are troubled by the actions of American troops and/or the inevitable mistakes that ensue in battle, then you make such points in a way that respects our military.

We see this sort of brazen leftist thought by Obama when he is in his element -- i.e., campaigning for far-left voters in the N.H. primary or speaking off-the-cuff with Joe the Plumber.

Moments like these show you what is inside Obama. It is not pretty. For all of his warts, we don't ever have to worry about such a statement out of McCain. We know where he stands.

No wonder Biden says America's enemies will test Obama to see what he is made of -- and fast. His rhetoric sounds like theirs.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Day 11/Reason #15: "Health Care is a Right" vs. a Responsibility Approach

Incredibly, Obama blurted out his true intentions during the second debate on the subject of health care when he told Tom Brokaw that he believes health care is a "right". Almost no American leftists have been brazen enough to state their true views on this subject, but caught off-guard and feeling pretty good about himself, Obama let it go.

On the other hand, McCain advocates a tax-credit approach that would require people to take charge of their own health. There are many personal preferences and choices bound up in health-care decisions. The consequence of allowing the government to control health care would be disasterous.

Obama's approach, coupled with a solid Demo majority, would put us on the road to what Hillary tried to do back in 1992 -- government-run health care, or as Joe the Plumber would accurately describe it, "socialized medicine."

If he succeeds in this effort, Obama will have undermined American liberty and our economy in a fundamental way. Our quality of care would diminish, as would our options. Responsibility would diminish. America would diminish.

We must not let this happen.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Day 10/Reason #16: On Education --Radicalism and Ignorance vs. Choice

Perhaps you didn't expect to see this reason here, but I thought the last part of the last debate was instructive.

Obama will be the friend of teachers' unions and will help continue the slide toward national ignorance. Why? You'd have to ask him, but ... Have you seen/heard from some of these grand "newly registered" voters?

On education, Obama is lying (again). He will never oppose teachers' unions in a meaningful way. By contrast, McCain calls education the "civil right of the 21st century". It's a good line, but more importantly, it reveals an understanding of what is at stake when we continue to turn out high school students who can text but can't understand the difference between G. Gordon Liddy and Bill Ayers. Maybe they, too, can grow up to be late-night comics.

And incidentally, remember that Obama now admits only an affiliation with Bill Ayers on education policy. They worked together to get money to Chicago schools to do what? Check it out. Folks, Bill Ayers' education philosophy is to use the public schools to radicalize American students. So, we get politically active little leftists who can't spell. How delightful. I wonder who those pupils will vote for.

On the other hand, McCain shows a commitment to educational choice, which is a key issue to conservatives who see family involvement and accountability as the foundations of education.

An ignorant populace can and will fall for the scams of the smooth talkers of the world. Are we doing that now?

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Day 9/Reason #17: McCain's Energy Policy vs. Obama's Energy Policy (pictured below)















Remember that this is the guy who thought we should "get tune-ups" and "inflate our tires" instead of drilling for oil.

McCain and Palin will drill. You watch, and when we get moving in that direction, prices will fall. It won't take years for that to happen. Plus, McCain is going to ANWR and will come around on drilling there, too. McCain supports a comprehensive, Pickens-like approach. Makes sense.

Obama claims he is for drilling. That's a joke. He claims he's okay with nuclear. Come on. Again, his extremist, environmentalist friends will never let him do these things, and he knows it.

Obama and his crew like it that we are paying through the nose for gasoline now. It makes us more like Europe, saps our national prosperity (it was one of the factors triggering the current economic mess) and it gives the Demos a chance to argue that the American economy needs to be remade in the image of Socialist Europe. Everywhere you look, liberal Demos like Obama are at the core of our economic problems.

Obama's energy policy reflect his small view of America. Inflate your tires. Ride your bike to work. Be a good citizen of the world. Recall his admonition in Oregon earlier this year:



He gets happy feet in front of his lefty friends, you see.

Obama's crowd would like us all driving electric Yugos and living in shacks a fraction the size of Joe the Plumber's.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Day 8/Reason #18: Immigration and the Sound of Crickets

I know a lot of folks were infuriated that certain subjects either didn't come up in the debates and/or the campaign itself.

Remember the Obama Ad touting his immigration position? You can hear it here.

Well, the O did run one comparing McCain to Rush Limbaugh on immigration. Funny. A lot of us fought ol' Johnny McC tooth and nail because of his immigration position, and he was accordingly chastened.

McCain now says he is committed to enforcement first, and then to reforming our immigration laws. At least with McCain, conservative Republicans who stopped the immigration nonsense last time have some sway. His running mate opposed him on this, too.

With Obama ... well, I know it's a familiar theme, but he would make McCain look like Limbaugh on immigration. Folks, if you don't think things can get a lot worse, just wait. How do you say "ACORN" in Spanish?

The MSM knows this, too. That's why we get the types of questions from the debate "moderators" that we do during debates on an issue that is a winner for Republicans. Remember the question on immigration?

Please note: I have finally figured out how to put pics back on this here blog (after my old program got deleted. You are forewarned. Tomorrow's reason will thus be accompanied by an illustration of my point. Stay tuned.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Day 7/Reason #19: The Future of an Antiquated Notion -- Restraining Government Spending

One thing that has long undercut the Bush Administration with conservatives -- and the country as a whole -- is its inexplicable and utter failure to restrain government spending in any way. For all of McCain's past heresy on tax cuts (he has repented of those sins, at least for now), McC has always been a champion of restraining spending and highlighting the "earmarkers" and "porkbarrelers". McCain doesn't have to name Obama for us to know that he is one of these; the One has learned the Chicago way well.

Those of you who think the most important thing our government should be doing is spending less of your money have a clear choice in this election. I mean, one of these guys is even named "Sen. Government." What a glorious fumble-in-the-end-zone-and-fall-on-it moment that was by McCain last night. By the way, I thought Johnny McC did fine in the debate. Thought he was going to whip Obama's demo when he was talking about Lewis's incindiary remarks. Was his best performance by far. But I digress ...

The only spending that Obama will cut is defense spending. For everything else, you can count on Obama and his Demo buddies in Congress to be heading out on a shopping spree. Since there will be no tax cuts with the Demos in charge, they also know that such a policy will increase the drumbeat of the need to raise taxes.

In a post-9/11 world, my view is that government spending is important -- particularly when you consider the related effect on other issues -- but it's only reason #19 to vote for McC/against Sen. Government.

Still, all those who clamored for an alternative to Bush should be excited about a McCain Administration.

And those who thought things couldn't get worse than the Bush Administration, please, please, give it a rest ... let me tell you a scary bedtime story about a big, bad, boogie man named Carter that will keep you up all night ... and watch your wallet. You may not have as much dough these days, but the Obama Administration has some things on its shopping list and wants to take you to the mall (don't worry, you'll save money on defense).

Okay, 18 more to go. Fear not. We'll hit it all by the end.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Day 6/Reason #20: Imperfect Candidate or Intolerable Government

Conservatives know, or should know, the limits of this world. We should be among the first to eschew perfect churches, organizations, and political campaigns, for in joining them, we ruin them.

McCain is certainly an imperfect candidate, and I have typed a lot of words in this space detailing my views in this regard. But really, at this point, what is the point of such arguments? The very real specter of an Obama presidency looms. The theoretical among us like to argue about what ought to be, but the rest of us have to live with what is and what will be.

McCain is an imperfect candidate, for sure. But his campaign will end, and then will begin the presidency of either McCain or Obama.

Obama's whole life story shows us that he would lead the nation farther to the left than any president in our history. His government would be a great encroachment on American liberty and livelihood, that is, if his national security policy doesn't get us all killed first. This intolerable government (what will be, not what may be imagined dancing on the heads of pins), this unmitigated disaster, is the alternative to the imperfect candidacy of John McCain.

So ... for those conservatives who want to bemoan what might have been or what ought to be in this election season, the rest of us are left here to deal with the here and now.

We must defeat Obama. And a conservative not voting for McCain in this election is, in effect, giving a vote to Obama. The Rev. Wright and Co. would like to congratulate and thank you.

Those who whine and look for perfect candidates when we have a candidate the likes of Obama on the other side are worse than ignorant. They are what Obama's Marxist friends used to call "useful idiots". So, don't pat yourself on the back for your "uncompromising conservatism" as the country we love is dismantled by an Obama presidency working alongside big Demo majorities in the House and Senate.

Of course, the Perfect Churchers and Campaign Critics are more virtous and smarter than all of us dolts who are going to vote for McCain. Plus, I mean, the McCain campaign is run so poorly, how could we vote for it, even though the other side was threatening to set the house on fire? What are we, color-commentators or Americans?!? The Left is playing for keeps, and we better realize it.

There may not be much to build back in 4 years, although I am sure that some of the Ominicient Ones Whose Views Should Be Those of Us All can clearly forecast the opportunity to rise again with great vigor under an Obama Presidency.

Theoretically, they might be right in the future. But in reality, Obama is very wrong for the country and leading in the polls right now.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Day 5/Reason #21:Styrofoam Columns, Fake Presidential Seals and Such

The comedy created by Obama's fake Greek temple at the DNC in Denver wasn't just funny; it was also instructive. Obama worshippers suddenly found their hero prancing naked down the street at the parade ... as some lowly citizens dared to call him on the audacity and placticity of his stage. They seemed stunned that we would notice the man behind the curtain.

That's what all this seems to be in the campaign season to Obama -- a stage. It's unreal. His campaign is a fraud of a performance, designed primarily to trick and create false illusions rather than inform. That he is running on the amorphous and unchallenged platform of "change" makes it all the more surreal. Indeed, Obama is practicing the oldest and dirtiest type of politics -- deceptive demagoguery disquised as statesmanship. Thus far, his appeal stems from the fact that he has done it well, or at least without much scrutiny from the media.

Think about the fraud of the One campaigning as the "first post-racial candidate", while he has been a parishioner in the church of one of the worst race-baiters in America for 20 years. There is talk of a RICO suit against the professional vote fraudfeasors at ACORN (which is "shockingly" an arm of the Obama campaign), but, in reality, the entire Obama campaign is a bait-and-switch of the worst type.

One of the illusions is the sense of inevitability that Obama has been pushing, not just recently (it's over, don't you know?) but for quite some time. Recall the fake presidential coins. Ask no questions, just fall and worship o ye who are unworthy. "Change, change, give me even your ... "

We've never seen such a mixture of fraud and boldness in American politics.

See you tomorrow as we get into the top 20.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Day 4/Reason #22: Hanoi Hilton vs. the Harvard Hawaiian

My personal view is that you can tell a lot about people by how they treat those who really can't do much for them in return. A good example of this is found in how people treat waiters, flight attendants, and the like. A corrollary here is that our private conduct is much more indicative of the type of person we are than our public conduct.

I read a story the other day about how Obama and his staff treat the press traveling with them like dirt. Mind you, these very same members of the press are true-blue lefties and in the tank for The One. He-Whose-Defication-Is-Not-Odiferous, however, no doubt knows that these lefties in the press will surely stay on the team regardless of how he behaves. He doesn't need to be nice to them, so he won't.

McCain, on the other hand, drives many of us on the right mad by trying to show decency to all. He even told angry supporters on Friday that Obama is a decent guy. McC has that famous temper, but it is generally reserved for politicians. They can take it. (It would be nice to see hm lay into Demos more, but hey). By all accounts, though, McCain shows decency to most every one he encounters, whether they be big or "little people".

Ah, but to Obama, we're all little. My conclusion is that the vast gaps in life experience of the two -- Hanoi Hilton vs. Hawaii-Harvard-"Community Organizer"-pre-Messiah education -- explains this difference.

McCain's life experience has taught him his own personal limits and fallibility. Meanwhile, Obama has been cheered every step of the way as some gift from on-high to all of us lucky beneficiaries. To me, the greatest experience argument against Obama is that life has not tested him in any real way. Rather, life appears to have propped him up, and perhaps given him an inflated view of himself as a result.

As a result of Obama's life experience (or the lack of any real test of leadership), we are left to wonder if Obama has ever been to a place where he only had to rely upon his character and faith for survival. We know McCain has been there.

We should be greatly afraid of a politician who thinks he is better than all of us peons. Arrogance in the small things will show up in the larger things. In stealing our liberty, Obama will know best.

Four down, 21 to go. See you tomorrow.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Day 3/Reason #23: Obama Flunked Math ... actually more serious and fundamental subjects than that

You might have forgotten the twister that hit Kansas in May 2007. It was pretty bad. Obama, ever the student of U.S. history that he is, understood the magnitude of the disaster and pegged it as the worst natural disaster in U.S. history, with a death toll at 10,000.

In reality, though, the worst natural disaster in our history is the Great Storm (not Ike) of 1900 that hit down the road from here in Galveston. The death toll was estimated at 6,000 to 10,000.
The death toll in the 2007 Kansas twister was 12. Here's the story. Okay, so the One (as in "I can count to one, but not much farther") was 9,988 off. What's the big deal?

After all, Obama was attacking America's military effort in Iraq and Pres. Bush, and that's a most sacred task to the Left. What apparently happened was that Obama was so giddy to attack America's military (remember it was politically expedient at that time) that he got "happy feet" and got drunk, fast and really loose with the facts. To me, it was a telling moment.

Obama's purported opening to attack America's military effort in Iraq was that the war had depleted the Kansas National Guard (and thus impacting the ability to respond to the aftermath of the twister).

Consider the argument made by Obama's flaks afterward that the Anointed was tired and made a misstatement as a result. That's crazy. If he did misspeak, why didn't Obama correct himself during his remarks? Messiahs don't err, I guess. Actually, they were probably trying to slip the comment in the punch bowl and hit the road before any one noticed.

To the Obamaites, though, they don't believe there shouldn't be any real fuss. After all, his larger point, they argue, was correct -- the Iraq War and Bush are so evil, we need to make the case as dramatically as we can.

But the Kansas Mega-Gaffe showed me then that Obama is a vapid mouthpiece for forces much larger than he. He's the Left's Chauncy Gardner, so who's behind him? I wondered that back in 2007.

Now, some of those creepy characters backstage are coming forward. Just a reason to consider, but we have 22 more.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Day 2/Reason #24: Obama sure is secretive, but could he get a secret clearance?

I've had a secret clearance, and John McCain has likely gone top secret. But query: Could Barack Obama get a secret clearance?

If Obama were to apply for one, he would be asked about: illegal drug use (check); questionable friends and associates (check); people known in college (check?); medical records ... Wait a minute. Where are Obama's medical records, any way? And his education records? What the h .. Is there a journalist in the house?

McCain should confront Obama and challenge him to release these documents. If the issue is relevant to getting a security clearance and Obama wants access to the red button, then hand the info over. Heck, Obama's goons spent weeks in Palin's trash cans.

Obama's drug use alone might disqualify him, but the associations surely would. The point: How can you be elected president if you can't get a secret clearance? I mean, even Slick Willie probably could have gotten one (with an asterisk, because he did not inhale). But seriously, Obama makes previous Demos look, dare I say it? Conservative ...

FYI, click here to see the security clearance questionnaire.

Maybe the moderator at the next debate (Bob Schieffer) can ask questions from the security clearance application of both candidates? Maybe not.

Again, this issue alone is reason enough to vote for McCain/against "the Big O", but I will give you 23 more.

See you tomorrow.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Day 1/Reason #25: McCain knows how to use a football. Obama? Would probably look worse than Kerry if he started lobbing one around the tarmac

John McCain gave his North Vietnamese captors the names of the Green Bay Packers offensive line to escape torture at the hands of America's enemies.

On the other hand, Obama's friends gave the names of the Dallas Cowboys to escape a free and fair election by Americans.

McCain: Fought to defend American liberty. Obama and his cronies: Fighting to steal said liberties. Liberties not stolen will be taxed.

Actually, this is reason enough to vote for McCain, but ... we'll see you tomorrow any way. Spread the word. We've got 24 more days of fun.

Get your friends, liberals, and all in between in here.

Out

P.S. About that stock market, if we lose 700 points a day, this thing can't last more than two weeks? Not helping? Look at it this way: There goes the capital gains tax that Obama was going to jam down our throats.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Welcome NY Times Readers? Yes, indeed.

The NY Times digs this site. Not really, but this blog was linked by Angry Left Epicenter's Times Topics page, along with Ace of Spades, the Heritage Foundation, and Digby, for what it's worth.

Seems the Times editors want to know what discerning DC readers want to know: How could there possibly be 25 reasons to vote for McCain? Or put another way, can there be any reason at all, much less 25, to vote against the Big O? It's inevitable, don't you know?

Also saw a number of hits coming in here from a site called "Rezkorama". These internets are great, and these are going to be an exciting few weeks.

DC's Campaign with 25 Days to Go: 25 Reasons to Vote for McCain and against Obama

Greetings, all. These are important times. I agree with Rush that it looks like conservatives are "going to have to drag McCain" over the finish line. However, today it looks like he has picked it up a bit, in that McC actually named Barney Frank and Chris Dodd for their complicity in the mortgage-financial meltdown.

Four years ago, I broke down John Kerry's anti-American book, "The New Soldier", in the month leading up the election. I did so because I thought then (and now) that the sentiments expressed by Kerry in the book laid the groundwork for why he could not be allowed to become Commander-in-Chief. In my view, his worldview disqualified him from being president. I made the judgment that Kerry's failure to reverse course on his prior anti-Americanism during the Viet Nam War meant that he should not be allowed to lead America. For me, it's pretty straightforward. If you give us good reason to doubt your love for the nation, then it's nonsensical that you should be allowed to lead the nation.

What we saw in Kerry, we see all over again (and then some) in Obama. Actually, the people that Obama is comfortable associating with make Kerry look mild by comparison. Obama is masking a radical agenda with soothing and well-delivered rhetoric.

I am concerned for my country. You know, I've been proud of it all my life.

So ... I will "come out of retirement" for the next 25 days to do the following: I will provide a short post each day to remind you of one reason to vote for McCain and/or against Obama (if that makes some of you feel better).

Posts will be short. If I can't write them in 5 minutes or less and you can't read them in 1 minute or less, well, feel free to slap your computer screen.

It is on.

See you in the morning.

"He's just a guy who lives in my neighborhood"

"He's just a guy who lives in my neighborhood" could be the phrase that defines a candidate's downfall in '08, as "I was for it, before I was against it" defined '04.

Until very recently, McCain's campain has shown a reluctance to take on the Elephant in the Room (Obama's troubling associations). Ayers, Wright, Resko, Phleger, ACORN, etc. These multiple associations cry out for an explanation. Obama is giving none, or at least none that make sense.

Obama's favorite line is that "I was 8 years old" when Ayers committed his acts of terrorism. But this misses the point. No one would hold Obama responsible for Ayers terrorism, but the fact is that Obama has had a working political relationship with Ayers well into the 1990s. Meanwhile, Ayers has continued to double down and say that his acts of terrorism were virtuous. That Obama would continue to associate with a person with these views is inexplicable. That he claims he would not know of Ayers prior terrorism is unbelievable.

"He's just a guy in the neighborhood" is both untrue and revealing at the same time. The statement shows that Obama knows it's a problem for him that he associated and worked with a terrorist like Ayers. Now, perhaps ... perhaps, probably not, but perhaps ... one might overlook Obama's association with Ayers as an aberration, but Obama has a number of these troubling assocations, and they all occurred long after he after he turned 8.

Obama's racist pastor spews anti-American hatred and claims we deserved 9/11. This sounds a lot like Ayers. Then there's Rezko, the crook. Then there's the crazy Father Pfleger. Then there's ACORN (which is being investigated all over the country for apparently trying to steal the election for Obama). Recall, too, that ACORN received money from the Obama-Ayers association. The associates, it appears, are associates, as well.

And remember who knows Obama best of all -- his soulmate. Michelle Obama said that Obama's selection as the Democrat nominee made her "for the first time in her adult life, proud of her country."

Obama's multiple troubling associations show that he is comfortable in the company of people who at best, don't love America, and at worst, don't like America at all and want to fundamentally undermine the nation and change it to suit their radical worldviews.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Fantastic Political TV tonight

Wow, it was a fun night. The energy (Palin) is back in the campaign. I thought she did very well, as most folks did. Sure, she missed some opportunities, but I have come to believe that McCain and Co. are intentionally holding their fire on the obvious Fannie connections and the hay to be made.

Overall, the impression made by Palin was extremely strong. Of course she is not a policy wonk type. It would be nice to have a Newt-like character up there busting Demos on every point, but then again, that would be the whole debate. But really, I think many (both inside and outside the MSM, Washington elite) miss that many voters are not attracted to the wonkish approach. I thought Biden didn't do too bad. He made a lot of stuff up ... and he rewrote the Constitution (executive is now discussed in Article I, instead of the legislature).

In truth, I think Palin strikes a deep chord with people, and in a very good way. She has that Reaganesque quality of having strong beliefs but still being very warm and likeable. Don't underestimate the power of this, you ideologues out there. People implicitly know she is trustworthy.

But hey ... the VP debate may not have even been the best political TV on tonight. Did you see Dick Morris savage Kermit the Colmes after the debate? I am looking for the video but can't find it. Morris called Colmes an idiot and asked if he could only read his Demo talking points and threatened to leave the set if Colmes didn't shut up. Colmes was speechless. I thought he was going to start calling for Miss Piggy.

But then, there was this beatdown. O'Reilly called B-Frank a "liar", a "coward" and questioned his manhood. Does it get any better than that? Oh, yeah. He told him to "Stop the crap!" It was inspiring.

You know, O'Reilly has not been at the top of my list of favorites. His schtick and ego can wear thin. But I tell you ... tonight, he did us all proud and he did the nation a service in nailing Frank.

Let's hope that foreshadows what we will start to see over the next few weeks.

It was a good night. (It will be better when I find the clip of Morris slappling Kermit around.)

BTW, told you it would be. Stay strong.

Update: Here is the clip of Dick Morris' old-school education (with paddle) of Kermit.



Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Bailing out Palin

As for the bailout ... I would still vote no, absent a serious move to make the bill more free-market oriented, i.e., loans to troubled financial institutions instead of government ownership of assets or an insurance plan.

I see the Senate has added tax breaks to their proposal to sweeten the deal. Expect the measure to make it through the Senate. Courage is in short supply there, rather, acting on the voters' wishes is in short supply because only one-third of them face the music every two years. But don't spending bills have to originate in the House? Never mind ... I forgot that's the irrelevant and arcane application of the Constitution.

In the House, the voters structurally have more say. All you need to know about the bailout is that basically every House member that is in a tight re-election race voted "No". Wait, there's one more thing -- Obama's for it ... now, he is. What he is for is getting political credit, and he thinks something will pass this week.

Obama is to respected, if only for the fact that he campaigns like the first black president -- who incidentally this week blamed Demos for refusing tighter regulations on Fannie and Freddie that led to the current mess. Interesting. Clinton appears to be increasing his "campaigning" in this race, now that O-Vapid has opened up a little lead. The Clintons will leave nothing to chance.

McCain, meanwhile, is for "bi-partisanship." Please. That begs the question about what we are committed to work on together. I haven't yet been persuaded that the Paulson Plan and its variations are going to prevent the sky from caving in, or even that it is a worthy endeavor in the first place. Aren't we about a week after D-Day, any way? In my world, people who are asking for $700B and a large stake in the American mortgage industry have the burden of proof, and it's a high one.

Here's what I suggest for McCain and Co.: Let the Senate and the House Demos pass what they are willing to pass. Pelosi has enough Demos to do the trick, so let her go for it. Chastise the hell out of her for not leading and getting her Demos in line. McCain should oppose the plan, on the principle that this bailout pretty much stands as an antithesis for all he has claimed to stake his political career on ... except for Blessed Bipartisanship.

Let the Demos take credit for this plan, thus, we'll have a coalition of Demos and Bush. The Candidate of Change sides with Bush and McCain sides with us. Now, there's a story. There's the election. Can you imagine the next two presidential debates as McCain hammers Obama for voting for the Bush bailout ... and then Obama tries to break out that 90%-with-Bush nonsense (McCain only sided with Bush when it wasn't a big deal)? McCain says, "There you go again. I oppose Pres. Bush on principle and on weighty matters, and you side with him for political purposes. The American people rightfully and deeply distrust this bailout, and we will reap the consequences for many years. You have shown you are not ready to be president."

But alas, it appears McCain has sided with Blessed Bi-Partisanship. Put your hand over your heart when you read that, understand? You ideological miscreants who put country ahead of getting along, you.

Speaking of the election and letting things happen ... Let Sarah be herself tomorrow night, and she'll likely wipe the floor with Biden. You know and I know that Sarah doesn't wake up in the a.m. filling her lungs with the fresh air of Blessed Bipartisanship and extolling the virtues of Democrats. She would field-dress 'em, if she could.

I pause for a moment for a quick word for the Washington-NY conservative intelligentsia set which is now expressing doubts about the Palin pick, arguing that she is "out of her league", "unprepared", "should withdraw", etc.

You want to know what the "Smart Set's" problem with Palin is? You ready? They don't think she's ready because she's a conservative Christian. They are uneasy with Palin's faith, which should make us uneasy with a lot of them. Funny, how these same people can put faith in the government bailout plan and chastise fellow conservatives for being skeptical of Paulson and Co., but are at the same time skeptical of people who place their faith in God.

Bottom line: McCain's Nervous Nellies who have been reining Sarah in need to let that girl run. Bail her out. Bail her out of this "bipartisan" straight jacket so she can speak freely call Obama-Biden on the carpet. If they free her, she'll run all over Joe like a herd of caribou, and she will filet Obama like a freshly-caught Alaskan salmon, all while the nation watches. And there will be a huge audience, too.

In all this talk of experience, many have lost sight of the fact that Palin's got something that Obama and Biden lack -- character. Thus, if she is free to speak her mind, this puts Biden in a perilous position.

Friday, September 26, 2008

DC to the Bailout, er, Rescue

Not Washington ... me. Just kidding. Most Americans intuitively know they don't need the feds to bail them out. They just need the feds to move "out the way".

Quick hits on the bailout:

My position: Opposed. Strongly so. We should pursue an an approach along the lines of that advocated by House Republicans (that is, where the government becomes lender, rather than owner, and the taxpayer can be paid back with interest from loans as they perform). This seems to be a sound approach. The Paulson plan is very troubling, and on many levels -- i.e., the rush to passage, the government confiscation of a huge sector of the American economy, and the demand that we minions accept the $700 billion approximation of the problem without question or amendment.

Republicans' and McCain's performance: Excellent, so far. I admit that I thought it was a bad idea for McCain to pull out of tonight's debate and go to Washington. In retrospect, that decision is looking better. Republicans (in particular in the House) pulled the rug out from the Demos yesterday. Demos pretended like they had a deal before McCain got to Washington. Then, all hell broke loose. Frankly, it was good to see. I am also taking some perverse pleasure in watching Congress have to do something substantive right on the eve of the election.

Their shock collars are on, and it's funny to watch them hit us voters at the fence.

Keep in mind, too, that a lot of these Demos -- Dodd, Frank, Obama, et al. -- are hip-deep in Fannie Mae money and mess. Indeed, you can trace a lot of this debacle back to the Demos' refusal to accept tighter controls on the loose money practices of Fannie/Freddie, and the reckless loans that were backed and spawned. As the dust settles, there will be likely be more focus here.

Outlook: Yesterday, before the Republicans turned this thing over, I was thinking we should just replace 90% of Congress every two years, regardless of person and party. Today, I am again reminded that there are indeed differences between the Republicans and Democrats, and these differences matter. This is especially so in the House, where Republican congressmen face the music every two years.

Here is all you need to know about what the country thinks and whether the Republicans are pursuing a wise strategy in demanding changes to the Paulson Plan: Demos have the votes to pass this. But they want Republicans to go along for political cover. I read that one Demo congressman in Pennsylvania reported that calls on the plan were running 50-50 -- 50% of constituents were saying "No!" and 50% were saying "Hell no!"

I hope you have noticed the exquisite irony of Demos begging Republicans to go along with Pres. Bush's Treasury Secretary, who is apparently begging Nancy Pelosi to go along with him.

McCain might have lost some ground in the short-run here, but he is setting himself (and Republicans in Congress) for a surprisingly-good Nov. 4. Demos need Republicans to vote with them on whatever plan is adopted, and Republicans are proposing changes that the public will support. In the meanwhile, Demos are aligned with Pres. Bush and Republicans are opposing him. Some weird Jedi mind trick must be at work. Has any one seen Karl Rove lately?

Barney Frank is apoplectic, so you know something good is happening.

Stay tuned.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Which beach would the Candidate of Change identify more with ... Malibu or Galveston?

Greetings, all. We continue to emerge from our hovels around here as life begins to slowly return to normal. Make no mistake, it was bad here on the Texas Gulf Coast. It still is.

The power at our house was restored a short while ago, but about 1.25 million as of this writing remain without power.

There is no delicate way to say this: The national media's coverage of this disaster has been breathtakingly ignorant. It's understandable for many outside the Gulf Coast to think the story line here is that the "storm surge was less than expected". The truth is that, while the surge could have been higher, it was wide and deep. The hurricane made a direct hit on the Houston-Galveston area. Hurricane-force winds in this huge storm blanketed the Houston-Area for hours as about 15 inches of rain fell.

The area looks like a war zone in many spots. Trees and power lines are down everywhere. In much of the Houston area, houses that did not lose trees are the exception.

To get a good idea of what really has been happening, go to the Houston Chronicle's web site. Check out the photos on the site. Say a prayer for those who are suffering so mightily and send a donation to a relief organization, if you are so inclined.

You won't hear a lot nationally from the residents of the Texas Gulf Coast, the same people who shouldered much of the burden of sheltering Katrina refugees. Most will just go on about their business of trying to pick up the pieces of their lives.

Life goes on. Here, we get hit about every 20 years or so with a major hurricane. Since the last one was 25 years ago, I blame global cooling for the 5 year respite.

Lots of politicians have been on the radio the past few days. There's been a little finger-pointing, and certainly some pandering from time to time, as you might imagine. Mostly, the comments and the efforts have been constructive, though. The best line I heard came from Pres. Bush, who doesn't need to campaign in Texas (or anywhere) any more. The President said, "By helping your neighbor, you are helping your nation."

Lots of my neighbors are helping their nation around here. That's how many of them live. On Saturday, one neighbor who I didn't even know showed up with a chainsaw to remove a fallen tree from my driveway. Another showed me how to pump my septic. Others gathered and distributed intel about where to get gas. There were thousands of acts of kindness and generosity that you will never hear about.

There were some isolated pockets of exceptions, but the rule was amazingly-civilized and neighborly conduct around here. Nearly all the stop lights have been out (I mean no lights at all), but people respect each other and the law and treat them like 4-way stops. It's a small thing, but it gives you insight into the deep decency of the people of the Texas Gulf Coast.

Meanwhile, on Galveston Island, the situation is dire. Incidentally, Galveston is a heavily-Democrat area of the state. It seems, though, that the national Democrats don't seems to have much time to spend on Galveston Beach. Surely, this doesn't have anything to do with Texas' shiny red status, does it?

Maybe the many black residents who lost everything on Galveston Island can ask the Candidate of Change at the next opportunity.

But alas, it appears they won't get the opportunity. Obama found a beach in Malibu more to his liking than Galveston. The Barack and Babs gathering of last night speaks volumes, and on many levels.

Trembling markets and the self-anointed change agent of our time simultaneously and ominously announce the weakness of much of our sick, self-absorbed politics and culture.

And the cure won't be found in the government.

The cure is among us ... out in the neighborhoods and in our homes.