A Virginia Beach home had 89 ferrets, a cat, a rat frozen in freezer and more than 100 live ferrets..That is a little odd since there was no Tabasco found and everyone knows cold ferret should always be accompanied with hot sauce. Oh, and a nice Chablis. Of course I am just kidding...Ferrets go better with a Red Wine...Seriously, this owner(s) should be subjected to the treatment that these animals had to endure as punnishment because that's just plain cruel.
Read Here: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/O/ODD_FROZEN_FERRETS?SITE=VARIT&SECTION=STRANGE&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2008-01-30-19-01-16
Thursday, January 31, 2008
A Virginia Beach home had 89 ferrets, a cat, a rat frozen in freezer and more than 100 live ferrets..That is a little odd since there was no Tabasco found and everyone knows cold ferret should always be accompanied with hot sauce. Oh, and a nice Chablis. Of course I am just kidding...Ferrets go better with a Red Wine...Seriously, this owner(s) should be subjected to the treatment that these animals had to endure as punnishment because that's just plain cruel.
The special Senate subcommittee on immigration eradicated two bills that would have helped Virginia Counties repudiate services to illegal immigrants. The General Assembly needs to provide the county's the authority to prevent undocumented immigrants from applying for certain tax relief (do illegals even pay taxes) and with this group currently in the General Assembly that just isn't going to happen.
Read Here: http://www.potomacnews.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=WPN/MGArticle/WPN_BasicArticle&c=MGArticle&cid=1173354411362&path=
There's history in the making up there in Henrico county at it's all about spelling words and spelling them correctly. Adam Sachs, a first-grader at Henrico County's Maybeury Elementary School, competed tonight in the countywide Spelling Bee at Wilder Middle School and although he lost in the first round by misspelling the word "blockade," he's still a pretty impressive kid. Adam has been reading since age 4 and likes the Harry Potter series and also likes to play a game with his family in the car where he spells words like "cardiologist" and "symphony." Good job little man!
Please disregard any mispelled words in this post
Read Here: http://www.inrich.com/cva/ric/news.apx.-content-articles-RTD-2008-01-30-0271.html
On the Rush Limbaugh show today Rush made a statement (done as a news Conference/Rally) that answered his critics that if McCain wins the nomination he and his fellow Conservative radio host are through; even though talk radio is seeing record ratings....too funny. Below is exerpts from his statement:
RUSH: No, no, no, no. No. Thank you. Thank you. Ladies and gentlemen, to all of those gathered here -- my loyal staff, my enthusiastic supporters, those of you who spread the word to every neighborhood, every precinct -- thank you. Thank you so much for all of your tireless hard work. We all work tirelessly, even I. I personally travel from my home to my studio, and back -- and I travel from my Florida studio to my New York studio. But, alas, we did not win. Now, I know that there are reports of campaign irregularities, but I want to point out to all of you: This is no time to quit. This is no time to feel down. This is no time to feel defeated. (wild applause and cheers) Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. The same media... (boos) The same media that could not call New Hampshire right still... (boos) Ladies and gentlemen, please. The same media that couldn't call New Hampshire right still shamelessly in the prediction game, is predicting my demise and your demise. (boos) But I say, "Bah!" The same media that's losing circulation and readers and viewers and respect (applause) is predicting my demise.
AUDIENCE: Rush! Rush! Rush! Rush!
RUSH: Thank you. Thank you.
AUDIENCE: Rush! Rush! Rush!
RUSH: Thank you. Thank you. We did not win. But we did not and we have not lost. I know of all these reports of campaign irregularities. It has been revealed and documented, ladies and gentlemen. My name was left off the ballots in Miami-Dade and Palm Beach Counties, Broward County. (boos) My name was not to be found on the ballots in Orlando, Jacksonville, in Tampa, St. Pete. (boos) No, no, no, no. Elections are what they are, and one thing we know is there will always be another. This election might have been stolen from us, ladies and gentlemen, but let me assure you we will not -- I repeat -- we will not. We will not pull an Algore and sue anybody. (applause) We will not look at hanging chads, nor lawyers, no lawsuits. Thank you.
Read Here: http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/home/daily/site_013008/content/01125106.guest.html
With the boost from his Florida win, is McCain the nominee? I don't think so but Robert Novak sure does. In his column he lays it on the line about the McCain/Romney race and how he sees the outcome of Super Tuesday...but then again he's never like Mitt to begin with, so there's that going into his predictions. Interesting quotes below:
Sen. John McCain's (Ariz.) successive wins in South Carolina and Florida mean he clearly is the front-runner in a two-man race with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Everything is in his favor in the high population states, and he could come close to wrapping up the nomination because of winner-take-all Republican rules. Time is growing short for the right wing of the GOP to stop McCain or even wrest concessions from him.
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 11:48 AM
The Government Representatives for the Matoaca District on the School Board, BOS and Planning Commission will begin to honor their election promises with several community meeting starting tonight. Matoaca School Board member U. Omarh Rajah, Matoaca District Supervisor Marleen K. Durfee and veteran Planning Commissioner F. Wayne Bass will be holding a series of gatherings with district residents. The meetings are designed to speak to community-specific concerns like planning, transportation, schools, taxes and roads. The meetings will be held tonight and throughout February, schedule is below:
Today at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of Matoaca High School, 17700 Longhouse Lane;
Monday at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of Cosby High School, 14300 Fox Club Parkway;
Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of Manchester High School, 12601 Bailey Bridge Road; and Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria of Evergreen Elementary School, 1701 Evergreen E. Parkway. -- Wesley P. Hester
Will the Independent Redistricting Commission really be Independent? As Senate Bill 38 creating an independent redistricting commission, moves through the General Assembly with the endorsement of Governor Kaine and Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling the question remains will a bipartisan committee actually be independent of General Assembly political pressures when making the hard choices. The major loophole that virtually makes this commission useless is that the General Assembly the final say over the boundaries of congressional and legislative districts. Also, the accountability of the commission id lacking since the members are appointed and not elected.
Read Here: http://www.inrich.com/cva/ric/news/business.apx.-content-articles-RTD-2008-01-30-0143.html
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Do Aliens pay taxes? No, then why may they be getting tax rebates from this farce of an economic stimulus package? Here is the dilemma:
The text of the House passed bill contains language making "non resident aliens" _ illegal immigrants _ ineligible for the tax rebates. But every year, hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants use individual taxpayer identification numbers, known as ITINs, to file income tax returns with the IRS. These ID numbers are used instead of Social Security numbers. There are no exact statistics for how many illegal immigrants file tax returns, but this New York Times story from last year details the significant increase in use of ITINs.
Immigration advocates point out that many legal immigrants use ITINs, so it would be impossible to outlaw rebates for everyone who uses this form of ID in tax returns.
You have got to be kidding be on this, just plain crazy.
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 7:13 PM
Here is a little update on my 1/28/08 post about Brattleboro Vermont attempts to indite Bush an Cheney on a slew of bogus charges like spying and perjury....seems all are not happy.
From the AP:
A town petition making President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney subject to arrest for crimes against the Constitution has triggered a barrage of criticism from people who say residents are "wackjobs" and "nuts."...The petition has no legal standing, since the town attorney has no authority to write an indictment and the police have no authority to arrest Bush or Cheney if either visits Brattleboro..."Be American, not a sniffeling liberal town that sleeps under the shield of safety provided to you by your President," said another e-mail. "Vacation to VT CANCELLED!"...The reaction caught town officials off guard, and left some workers on edge...
Read Here: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080130/ap_on_re_us/bush_warrant
John Edwards has dropped his bid for the Democratic nomination for president...look for him to endorse Obama and be named Attorney General in that administration.
Read Here: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0108/8203.html
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 2:46 PM
$30 billion in funds to commercial banks at an interest rate of 3.123 percent was auctioned off by the Federal Reserve yesterday. This is the fourth auction held over the last two month to combat the credit crisis...and it seems to be working according to the AP.
Read Here: http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2008/jan/29/fed-holds-fourth-credit-auction
The Fed might lower its key rate, now at 3.5 percent to 3 percent, one-half percentage point when their current meeting ajourns today. If this happens look for commercial banks to lower their prime lending rate by from 6.5 percent to 6 percent.
After getting trounced in South Carolina, Hillary decided to make the DEM establishment even madder by campaigning and winning in Florida, although it doesn't mean anything since the DNR stripped them of their delegates...odd. Ironically Ms. Clinton thinks (now that she won) that Florida got rooked in the deal, "I will try to persuade my delegates to seat the delegates from Michigan and Florida," said Clinton. "Democrats have to win Michigan and have to try to win Florida and I intend to do that. The people of Florida deserve to be represented in the process of picking a candidate for president of the United States." They need to be represented now that you won their non-delegates.
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 1:12 PM
Since the Stimulus Package just passed the House, I'd like to visit the tax burden in the US and why the people paying the most taxes are being excluded by the "refund" proposed in that bill. Of the total taxes paid in this Country the top 1% pay over a third, 34.27% of all income taxes. The top 5% pay 54.36% of all income taxes. The top 10% pay 65.84%. The top 25% pay 83.88%. The top 50% pay 96.54%. The bottom 50% pay only 3.46% of all income taxes and they are getting a refund on that...seems a little unfair. As a reference point of the top 50% of incomes; a couple making earned approximately $29,000 and up filing jointly falls into that percentage.
The Economic stimulus Package was approved in House that will give you all a little refund so you'll be happy and won't question any of the economy's bigger issues or all the earmarks that probably were stuffed in the bill. With a vote of 385-35 there was no discussion about making the Bush tax cuts permanent of giving small business(the backbone of our economy) the real incentives they needs to bolster us out of recession. The stimulus package now goes to the Senate, where it will be loaded up with even more earmarks and gifts to make everyone happy for a little bit just in time for the election.
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 1:07 PM
The Jim Gilmore for Senate campaign is looking for volunteers for the 2008 CPAC conference, February 7th – 9th at the Omni Shoreham hotel in Washington, D.C. If you are attending CPAC and interested in volunteering for the campaign please contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gilmore will be at CPAC 2008
College of William and Mary President Gene Nichol gave students the go-ahead this morning to hold the controversial Sex Workers' Art Show on campus next month. This "ART" show features performances and monologues by strippers, prostitutes and other sex workers....William and Mary President Gene Nichol is a slave to the 1st Amendment so he cannot possibly say no to this since he stated he "reluctantly" agreed, like it was out of his hands...but that darn 1st Amendment didn't prevent him from removing the cross for W&M. I guess Nichol didn't read the whole 1st amendment just the part about strippers and prostitutes. VCU was scheduled to hold the show in February as well but has thankfully reconsidered.
Read Here: http://www.dailypress.com/news/dp-now-sexworkers.0128,0,3936712.story
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 11:43 AM
In a article by Bruce Bawer about how the liberal ideology of multiculturalism has made possible the spread in Europe of the highly illiberal ideology of fundamentalist Islam and the spread of enforced sharia law. Although I don't agree with most of Bawer's social views, the concerns he shares with how radical Islam has entrenched its way into Europe and imposed its laws on all citizens should sound an alarm to American liberals who think we should adopt loose immigrations laws.
Read Here: http://pajamasmedia.com/2008/01/first_they_came_for_the_gays.php
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 11:41 AM
It what would signal the end of the Republican party as we know it if it would to happen, Joe Lieberman has stated that he would not run on the McCain ticket if asked. Funny that it would take a Democrat posing as an Independent to save our party, but there you have it...if Obama wins the DEM nomination, there is still an opening for the McCain/Clinton ticket, you know Hillary's ego wouldn't let her say no to anything that may get her back to Pennsylvania Avenue.
Read Here: http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D8UFRM0G0&show_article=1
Why, we do not know but Rudy is going to endorse McCain as early today when he drops his bid to be President. Giuliani's big state strategy did not work as planned and since he spent most of the money in Florida and only gained 15% of the vote, he will drop out. Giuliani's endorsement of McCain will no doubt help McCain nationally against Romney who isn't out of the race by a long shot.
Read Here: http://thepage.time.com/2008/01/29/a-deal/
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 12:52 AM
The totals look to have McCain winning so now the AP has declared him a conservative front runner...that's never going to happen here. Fromt runner yes, conservative never. Totals so far: McCain 35%, Romney 31%, Giuliani 15%, Huckabee 13%, Paul 3%
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 12:42 AM
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
When states mismanage money and need to rasie revenue the first thing they'll do is raise taxes. But taxing things things is just plain stupid...here are just a few:
New York has a proposal to tax illegal drugs (The tax paying criminal? That's all Gotti had to do.)
Leasing a toll highway, like Indiana and Virginia
Tax on pornography and strip joints like in Texas, where they call it a "pole tax."
New York also has a tradition of some of the most outlandish schemes. In 1991, the Legislature famously approved the "sale" of Attica prison to a state authority for $242 million that was then used to help balance the budget.
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 1:47 PM
The backlash of Bill Clinton's recent rhetoric is not coming from usual sources, namely us righties, but from the Clinton's own backyard. The liberal elitist in Washington from members of Congress to fundraisers and commentators have come to the conclusion that Bill Clinton is hurting his wife's Presidential changes as he travels around the country making people mad everywhere he goes with his "off-the-cuff" remarks about her fellow candidates and why the Clinton's feel entitled to win. Here are some more on the subject from John Harris over at Politico:
The toxic relationship between the Clinton's and Washington was always one of the main paradoxes of the Clinton administration — and one of its main mysteries.
Here was a couple who devoted their lives to making establishment connections and scaling establishment institutions (the Clinton's first met Greg Craig at Yale law school). Clinton’s policies embraced elite assumptions favored by Wall Street and Washington think tanks — against budget deficits, for instance, and for free trade.
But there was never love at the personal level.
Read Here: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0108/8164.html
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 1:15 PM
As the Florida race heats up between Romney and McCain, the mud that McCain is throwing is getting to be of Clintonian levels. McCain as downright lied about Romney's stance on the Iraq war and his non comment about time frames for pulling out. Mitt Romney clearly has stated numerous times the stupidity of publicizing dates for withdrawal since all the enemy would have to do is wait it out and strike after we left. When this tactic of McCain playing with the facts backfires as it did with phone calls to potential voters claiming supports taxpayer-funded abortions and opposes President Bush's tax cuts he just denies and goes onto another attack that may or may not be true. As we saw in South Carolina and the backlash of the Clinton attacks on Obama, this old school "say anything to get elected" rhetoric is beginning catch up with these candidates as the new media and the "google" search population can vett out untruths pretty easy with just a click of the mouse. A NcCain/Clinton race would be a civilized race as some have stated since one would probably concede to the other(McCain to Clinton) and they would end up on the same ticket Clinton-McCain...I'm actually getting a little ill just thiniking about it because I don't think it's that far-fetched.
President Bush gave his State of the Union Address and below are some highlight...for last one he will ever give it wasn't as bland as I thought it would be.
"But above all, know this: America will confront those who threaten our troops, we will stand by our allies, and we will defend our vital interests in the Persian Gulf,"..."Our message to the people of Iran is clear: We have no quarrel with you, we respect your traditions and your history, and we look forward to the day when you have your freedom,"..."Our message to the leaders of Iran is also clear: Verifiably suspend your nuclear enrichment, so negotiations can begin. And to rejoin the community of nations, come clean about your nuclear intentions and past actions, stop your oppression at home, and cease your support for terror abroad,"
"We have unfinished business before us, and the American people expect us to get it done,"..."The actions of the 110th Congress will affect the security and prosperity of our nation long after this session has ended," ..."Some may deny the surge is working," Bush said, "but among the terrorists there is no doubt. Al-Qaida is on the run in Iraq and this enemy will be defeated."
Read Transcript Here: http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/01/28/sotu.transcript/
Monday, January 28, 2008
Chesterfield County Republican Committee Meeting tonight 7:00 p.m. at Manchester Middle School... so you better come.
ABC News has another fluff piece on Hillary Clinton where they make the assertion that Hillary Clinton's looks are more scrutinized than her male counterparts...in a culture where tabloids are hardest on women celebrities (one week they're fat, the next to skinny) why is this even news-worthy, Hillary has never been know for her looks to begin with and they're only going to go down hill as she gets older. Below are some sympathy quotes from the article that quotes undoubtedly other ugly women on the perceived double standard.....ironically you never hear Tyra Banks or Julia Roberts talk about the ills of being judged on their looks.
"There's no doubt that [Clinton] is held to a different standard — the evaluation of appearance has always been traditionally different for female candidates," said Sarah Brewer, the associate director of the Women and Politics Institute at American University...."It's really very sexist," Geraldine Ferraro, a former vice presidential candidate, told ABCNEWS.com. "Nobody is going to say they don't like how [Illinois Sen.] Barack Obama looks and nobody is going to say that about [former North Carolina Sen.] John Edwards."BLAH BLAH BLAH
Read Here: http://www.abcnews.go.com/Politics/Vote2008/story?id=4193461&page=1
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 2:44 PM
Don't forget to watch on any of your favorite news outlets...the writer's strike does not apply(would a Republican speech writer join a union...that's one to ponder.)
The Address should have little in the way of surprises and should be more of a rah rah speech for America. Look for him to talk about the $150 billion economic stimulus package, surge triumphs in Iraq, No Child Left Behind, he may even give kudos to Pelosi (egads) and for working with House Republican Leader John Boehner on the stimulus package...let's see which side of the isle stands and sits on that one...oh and there is also the $108 billion request for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as the larger war against terror that's coming due on Feb. 1. Hopefully, Presidents Bush's Presidency will end on a high note and that all starts with the SOTU address tonight.
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 12:51 PM
The disportionate reporting on Iraq (reporting more negative stories than positive)has been a constant struggle for getting the word out that there are some very significant changes occuring there for the better...maybe things are changing? Fellow blogger Arthur Chrenkoff took on this subject back in 05' and he revisits it today on PJM. Here are some interesting quotes:
Firstly, it is true that Iraq has largely disappeared from the media radar, especially by contrast with three years ago. Whereas that one day in January 2005, some 11,528 stories discussed various aspects of the situation in Iraq and the political response thereto, three years later, only 3,552 did.
Secondly, the balance between the negative and the positive reports has improved dramatically. On January 22, 2008, there have been 1,944 stories published that dwelt largely on bad news from Iraq: 687 about a terrorist attack at a funeral, 713 reporting the clashes with a Shia cult during the Ashura celebrations, 169 stories reporting on recent US military deaths in Iraq, 150 news items about Iraq in Democratic debates, with the remainder made up of other miscellaneous stories...That was still a significant number, but the tally of positive news now stood at 1,160. Among them, 711 stories commenting on the decline in roadside bomb attacks, 98 reports about the UN envoy acknowledging the improving situation in Iraq, 46 stories about the new IMF report painting a quite positive picture of Iraqi economy, and various other lesser stories. There have also been 448 neutral news stories, largely relating to troop movements, as well as touting General Petraeus as a possible new commander of NATO.
Nearly three-quarters of all Americans surveyed, 70.7%, indicated they strongly or somewhat agreed that negative media reporting damages troop morale. Over half of all survey respondents, 59.8%, agreed (strongly or somewhat) that negative media coverage damages prospects for success in Iraq because it encourages terrorists, and about half, 49.1%, agreed (strongly or somewhat) that things are likely going better for the U.S. than the U.S. media portrays.
Read Here: http://pajamasmedia.com/2008/01/good_news_from_iraq_more_than.php
In a case of people thinking they are way more important than they actually are and proof that you can got along way on just accusing people of something without any real proof, the town of Brattleboro Vermont is going to vote on whether to indite President Bush and VP Cheney on war crimes, perjury or obstruction of justice. Oh yeah, don't forget the spying and espionage charges(but oddly no treason, go figure.)
I knew Vermont was home to some looneyliberals or as I like to call them "loonieberals" but this is going way beyond that norm. Do you think President Bush will hire a lawyer to defend himself since I hear he like maple syrup or is someone not innocent until proven guilty in Brattleboro and Bush's goose is already cooked...this is just plain stupid and the 500 people who signed the petition are all the 500 stupidest people in this country. I hope I don't get arrested in Brattleboro now.....Yikes!
Read Here: http://www.rutlandherald.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080126/NEWS04/801260359/1003/NEWS02
The Clinton’s still have a thing to learn about politics and to even understand why they won the 92’ election…it's funny that they just don’t get it. The Clinton’s won in ‘92 because they touted change and repackaged old liberal ideas in a new way ( still unworkable but in a whole new fashion .) The reason Obama killed them in South Carolina was not that he is bringing new solutions to the Democrat party, since liberals really have no new ideas to offer, the reason he so soundly beat them was that he repackaged the same old liberal ideas as IF they were new ones (similar to what Bill did in his first election.) The liberal mindset once faced with the reality that their ideas do not work in the real world will then go to the first tactic in the liberal handbook which is the tactic of playing with the facts; they alter them just enough to show how their stance, in the right “context”, is valid. When tactics one doesn’t work they then go to the next tactic (tactic two) that we all learned on the playground and begin the personal attacks in hopes that their opposition with back down affording them a victory by default. When the default victory doesn’t work either then they go to the final liberal tactic of “Who ever yells the loudest, wins.” The Clinton’s have been masters of these tactics for many years but times they are a changing and unfortunately for Hillary, using a former President as your attack dog is so obviously a case of overplaying your had (and as we know in poker when you over play your hand you usually loose and loose big) that is makes her candidacy look desperate, which it is at this point. By the Clinton’s attacking Obama when he comes with his repackaged ideal and “time for a change” rhetoric, they both show that they are just old school liberals and play right into Obama’s hands and will continue to loose if they do not change their tactics now….I for one, really hope Hillary turns it around because she will be easier to beat in the general election but unfortunately their egos will probably prevent them from changing course.
William Kristol writes about how President Bush can end strong and rally public opinion in his favor as he winds down his term in the oval office. The left-wing group, Americans United for Change, plans to spend $8.5 million to ensure that President Bush's public approval rating doesn't improve in his final year in office. They do this so Bush is unable to help the Republican nominee to take his place. This money will be an ill-advised investment since know one has heard of AUC and liberals lost this battle with the American public by electing a ineffective Dempocrat congress that continually has lower approval numbers than the President. Here’s what Kristol has to say one the subject:
That's what most Republicans are saying. But the truth is that Emanuel isn't all wrong: It is important to Republican prospects in 2008, and to conservative prospects beyond, how the Bush administration is judged. Continued progress in Iraq is paramount. That's all the more reason not to risk the progress produced by the surge by prematurely drawing down American troops. Stabilizing the situation in Afghanistan is a priority, too. On other fronts, the administration, unfortunately, seems determined to drift with respect to North Korea and Iran. Meanwhile it is engaged in wishful thinking with respect to Russia and the Palestinian question. Absent a crisis, it may be that all conservatives can do is mitigate the damage--and focus on making sure Iraq and Afghanistan are in reasonably good shape.
It would also be useful if Americans learned that under the direction of drug czar John Walters teen drug use is down 25 percent over the past six years; there are 860,000 fewer teens using illegal drugs than in 2001. Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt should be on television explaining that the Medicare prescription drug benefit has been a success. It has enrolled 24 million seniors and premiums for the basic drug benefit are running about 40 percent below the projected cost. And perhaps the president himself should take some time to explain that his politically courageous August 2001 decision on stem cells, balancing scientific progress and moral concerns, has been utterly vindicated.
Read Here: http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/014/643wtkss.asp
In an article by P.J. O'Rourke in The Weekly Standard, he writes a great open letter to our European friends that explains the political system in America and has the election down cold. Although this article is written with the misinformation Europeans have about how we do things; it should serve as a primer for most Americans who don’t get how we do things either. Here are some insights from the article:
A British journalist once described the situation thus: "America is a one-party state, but just like Americans they've got two of them." (I forget which British journalist said that. But there are so many British journalists who should be forgotten. Maybe it was Alexander Cockburn.)
The difference between American parties is actually simple. Democrats are in favor of higher taxes to pay for greater spending, while Republicans are in favor of greater spending, for which the taxpayers will pay. In foreign policy, Republicans intend to pursue the war in Iraq but to do so with a minimal number of troops on the ground. This is not to be confused with the disastrous Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld policy of using a minimal number of troops on the ground to pursue the war in Iraq. Democrats intend to end the war, but they don't know when. Democrats are making the "high school sex promise": I'll pull out in time, honest!
There are two factors in American politics that may seem strange to Europeans, race and religion. You, of course, don't have any religion. Except every now and then someone who came to Europe lately and is a Muslim blows himself to bits. But I understand that you have EU funding to address these social problems and help Muslims build bombs that release fewer pollutants and less carbon dioxide, reducing the threat of global warming.
Read Here: http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/014/650gxotg.asp
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 12:02 PM
Jeb Bush has been supported Mitt Romney thus for, with all the other top Florida Republicans endorsing John McCain, will this still happen? We’ll see since Jeb should endorse a candidate this week.
Read Here: http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=ZWIxZWMyODNhZDE5ZDI2Y2MwYTY4NjA3OGUwMTU3MGM
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Does Florida make everything difficult? The New York Times is reporting that nearly nearly 350,000 Democrats had cast early votes, either in person or by mail and 400,000 party Republicans had cast early votes, either in person or by mail this created some complexities in the primaries. The pros ans cons are stated here:
Advocates of early voting argue that it makes it easier for people to vote — in some states, 50 percent of the votes are cast in advance — while taking pressure off voting machines and making Election Day easier to manage.
But the practice has been questioned by some academics, who note that voters often make their decisions before they have a chance to hear all the arguments that lead to a final voting decision. Mr. Giuliani’s supporters and some rivals said his effort to bank early votes could save him from a devastating defeat, even though it may not be enough to bring him victory, and thus serve as a case study of one of the objections to the system.
“This is a case where some of the flaws in early voting are exposed,” said Paul Gronke, a political scientist at Reed College in Portland, Ore., who is a consultant to Electionline.org.
Read Here: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/27/us/politics/27florida.html?ei=5065&en=d08febe14b8109fb&ex=1202014800&adxnnl=1&partner=MYWAY&adxnnlx=1201378149-o9OnLMqM7eDf6IOW78cYYQ&pagewanted=print
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 8:13 PM
A man robbing a bank in Lynchburg Virgina changed his mind half way through and then tried to give the money back so he would get into trouble...it didn't work he's going to the Grand Jury.
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 2:14 AM
Florida Governor Charlie Crist will endorse John McCain as the Florida Primary is ready to kick off. Crist's endorsement coupled with the endorsement McCain has already received from Florida Senator Mel Martinez may be the thing that gives McCain the edge to beat Romney, but then again this is Florida.
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 1:48 AM
John Hawkins at Townhall.com has written about the ten things he finds annoying about the Presidential race. It’s not amazing that he wrote about the things that annoy him about the election and primary races; what’s amazing is that he could narrow it down to only ten. Here are some:
Change, Change, Change: Everyone seems to be campaigning as the candidate of change, but what does that mean exactly? Wouldn't a depression be a change? How about basing our economy on Communism instead of Capitalism? That would be a change, right? In fact, I think that's pretty much the core of Hillary's platform. Speaking of which, isn't it odd that in a campaign where everyone is paying lip service to change, the two front-runners are John McCain and Hillary Clinton?
It Never Ends: Technically, the 2008 campaign season started before the election of 2006 and got going full blast at the beginning of January, 2007. At this rate, the 2012 election is probably going to start sometime around the midpoint of 2010, which leads to a pertinent question: does anyone have time to actually govern anymore?
The Gloom and Doom of the Electorate: We live in an age where a person with a $20,000 truck in the driveway of his $150,000 house, eats a steak, surfs the net on his computer, and then sits down and curses at the politician he sees on his 50 inch Plasma screen TV because he thinks that the pol isn't doing enough to make his life better.
Read Here: http://www.townhall.com/Columnists/JohnHawkins/2008/01/25/the_ten_most_annoying_things_about_the_race_for_the_presidency
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 1:40 AM
Saturday, January 26, 2008
The AP is reporting another crazy example of schools overreacting and not even being able to control the classroom in a normal fashion; a kindergartner in Queens was handcuffed after throwing a temper tantrum...a little extreme I say...What say you?
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 10:49 PM
The government will do anything and everything to save us from ourselves(in their opinion), even if they have to tax us all the way to the poorhouse. First they tax Cigarettes, then alcohol, then food cooked in trans fatty oils and now TV and video games. Guess what party wants to do this? You got it, liberals Democrats ,who think they know better then we do on how to live our lives. A Democratic lawmaker in New Mexico by the name of Gail Chasey wants to tax televisions and video games to raise funds to fight childhood obesity and improve education. The money would be used to fund more acceptable lifestyle choices like working with liberal environmental groups like the Sierra Club. I think we do need to do something about the obesity problem in this country but I believe taxing people to live a "government approved" lifestyle is not the way to go…teaching personal responsibility is the best way.
Read Here: http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=080125230108.k05u9plm&show_article=1
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 1:00 PM
One the RPV website there was a news release about Senator Richard Saslaw, a Democrat from Fairfax, , making the quip, "I see we're debating a gun bill…Half of the cast of 'Deliverance' is in town." What does “Deliverance” and debating the second amendment have to do with each other? Nothing..it's just another personal attack from "open minded" liberals on those who have differing opinions. The only thing is that Democrats don’t understand that the majority of Virginians favor gun right (in one form or another) and that includes a the some of his Democrat cronies. These liberal “elitist” need to realize that they are the ones out of touch and they need to stop with the negative stereotypes because since they are the ones out numbered…anyway this is Virginia not West Virginia and everyone knows West Virginia is where are the real hillbillies are.
Read Here: http://www.rpv.org/20080124A.html
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 12:57 PM
Friday, January 25, 2008
Monica Crowley over at Humanevents.com has an interesting article called, "The Real Fairy-Tale" about Bill Clinton as the Mythical "First Black President" and his real efforts to help his wife defeat the candidate that might become the real "First Black President." The article points out that Bill Clinton may have taken his rhetoric one step to far and is assumption of minority support two steps past that. Here are some quotes:
In comments to a newspaper last week, the Candidate [Obama]seemed to casually mention that Ronald Reagan had changed the country "in ways that Richard Nixon did not" and "in ways Bill Clinton did not." He did three crucial things here: 1. he acknowledged that 2008 is a change election year on the scale of 1980; 2. he acknowledged that Reagan was a vitally important change agent (hello, conservatives!); and 3. he hit back at the Mythical First Black President [Clinton], perhaps falling into a trap set for him by the MFBP’s Team in order to reinforce how “naïve” and “inexperienced” he is.
But this may be the only way the Candidate [Obama] can deal with the reality that the Mythical First Black President [Clinton] isn't just a surrogate for the Wife, but is himself running for a third term.
On Monday’s Good Morning America, the Candidate said, "Bill has taken his advocacy on behalf of his wife to a level that I think is pretty troubling. He continues to make statements that are not supported by the facts....This has become a habit, and one of the things that we're going to have to do is to directly confront Bill Clinton when he's making statements that are not factually accurate."
I don'r care if it is the DEMS that are pointing out the Clinton fraud, I'm just glad someone is...."say anything to get elected" politics needs to be stopped in this country and now.
Read Here: http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=24600
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 8:45 PM
In Peggy Noonan's column "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" She makes the statement, "On the pundit civil wars, Rush Limbaugh declared on the radio this week, "I'm here to tell you, if either of these two guys [Mr. McCain or Mike Huckabee] get the nomination, it's going to destroy the Republican Party. It's going to change it forever, be the end of it!"...This is absurd. George W. Bush destroyed the Republican Party, by which I mean he sundered it, broke its constituent pieces apart and set them against each other. He did this on spending, the size of government, war, the ability to prosecute war, immigration and other issues" the premise that the President did all this on his own and he alone killed the Republican Party is flat out wrong and ill conceived in its conclusions.
"W" didn't kill the Republican party, all us Republicans killed it by: 1.) Not holding our leaders responsible for their actions 2.) Defending the President and other top government leaders no matter what they have done; even if they make boneheaded mistakes that go against our Republican beliefs 3.) Not expressing the conservative view in a clear, concise and inclusive manner to people of differencing viewpoints and 4.)Not showing how the world is a better place when conservative ideals are employed to handle our country's ills. It's high time we Republicans (and more importantly conservatives) take responsibility for our leaders action That we stop sitting back and blindly follow them down a course we know goes against our conservative minds and work to strengthen our party from within. We cannot afford to be lazy "couch potato pundits that blame everyone else for our problems when the means of correcting is right in front of us...It's UnConservative, UnRepublican and most importantly it's UnAmerican. The masses hold the power of the political system in America not its leaders so buck up and do something about it!
I thought the debate was very focused on point tonight...each candidate had their moments and it struck me that the Republican party just seems to be coming out as the party of ideas and not hollow rhetoric. I think the debate will help Romney and McCain sustain there neck to neck frontrunner's race and it hurt or help Huckabee, Paul and Giuliani's current standings, which is bad for each of their long term aspirations. Who do you think won?
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 12:10 PM
Have you ever taken up a beer collection at a party and everyone contributes but "the always broke guy" and when you come back with a new keg he is first in line? Do you let him partake in the festivities unquestioned or do you say, "hey bud where's the contribution?" I hope it's the latter especially if it's the good stuff. With that being said, one of the sticking point in all these stimulus packages is if people who don't make enough to pay taxes should get a tax refund...let me state that again... should people who don't make enough to PAY taxes get a tax refund? This one needs to be explained to me because I can't even comprehend how anyone can justify this action. We need to make a stronger commitment to small business in the US for long haul economic sustainability to create jobs and to stimulate important economic factors and not to those that are not contributing to the economy.
Rich Lowry at Townhall.com breaks it down: http://www.townhall.com/columnists/RichLowry/2008/01/24/rebates_for_non-taxpayers
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 12:07 PM
Just kidding..since it's the NY Times editorial staff you didn't think they would endorse a cnservative candidate did you. Reuters is reporting that the NY Times is endorse Hillary Clinton based on her, "Citing the depth of her knowledge and the force of her intellect, the New York Times editorial board on Thursday endorsed Sen. Hillary Clinton's candidacy as the Democratic U.S. presidential nominee." I new the Times editors didn't live in reality but they have to be joking in siting her vast knowledge and her forceful intellect...seriously is it April 1st already.
They also like McCain which is no surprise either....
Sylvester Stallone is supporting McCain for President. The real question should be is McCain supporting Rambo IV. With Chuck Norris supporting Huckabee and Stallone supporting McCain let's have a action star celebrity deathmatch (maybe John MacClian himself, Bruce Willis will join in) to decide the nomination...just kidding. Stallone has to have the worse endorsement quote of all time though with this doozey, "there's something about matching the character with the script."..."And right now, the script that's being written and reality is pretty brutal and pretty hard-edged like a rough action film, and you need somebody who's been in that to deal with" it.
On a side note isn't Sylvester looking more like his brother Frank everyday
Read the AP article here:http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=080124181956.trnk3v1d&show_article=1
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 12:04 PM
IT'S AL THE CAPITAL LETTERS AND OVER PUNCTUATION FOR EMPHASIS!!!!! We here you, we just don't agree with you so stop yelling.
Just attempt having a civil debate on a liberal blog, they get reeeeeaally mad...try it sometime, they even get mad at each other so we all can enjoy making someone mad by typing...Happy Friday!
You all have heard of the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) no doubt and all there cases to rid the US of God references and protecting the extremes of or society but have you heard of the ACLJ? The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) specializes in constitutional law and is based in Washington, D.C. The ACLJ is explicitly committed to the principle that religious freedom and freedom of speech are inalienable, God-given rights. The Center's purpose is to educate, publicize, reconcile, and where necessary, litigate, to ensure that those rights are protected under our law. The organization has participated in numerous cases before the Supreme Court, Federal Court of Appeals, Federal District Courts, and various state courts regarding freedom of religion and freedom of speech. The ACLJ does great work to make sure the US passivity does result in our rights being stripped from us while we're not looking.
Here is their website: http://www.aclj.org
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 12:01 PM
Thursday, January 24, 2008
The new economic stimulus package agreed upon today would give most tax filers refunds of $600 to $1,200. Does this really work or should we be concentrating on helping small business grow instead of given money to people to spend and this measure is just a bandaid to make the President and Congress look good, well I'll tell you... In the short term it works beacuse everyone will take their little check and go to Best Buy or Dillards and buy something but in the long term we need to help the small business, that really sustains the US economy, grow and expand and this measure doesn't do enough along those lines. Some interesting facts from and AP article about the stimulus package:
The rebates, which would go to about 116 million families, had appeal for both Democrats and Republicans. Pelosi's staff noted that they would include $28 billion in checks to 35 million working families who wouldn't have been helped by Bush's original proposal. Republicans, for their part, were pleased that the bulk of the rebates—more than 70 percent, according to an analysis by Congress' Joint Tax Committee—would go to individuals who pay taxes.
Individuals who pay income taxes would get up to $600, working couples $1,200 and those with children an additional $300 per child under the agreement. Workers who make at least $3,000 but don't pay taxes would get $300 rebates.
The first rebate payments could begin going out in May, and most people could have them by July, said Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, noting that the IRS will already be overwhelmed processing 2007 tax returns. The rebates were expected to cost about $100 billion, and the package also includes close to $50 billion in business tax cuts
Read Here: http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D8UCFD1O0&show_article=1
Dennis Kuninich of Ohio is dropping his second long-shot bid for the Democratic nomination for president...Wow, what a surprise! I’m sure his one supporter is devastated.
Read Here: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0108/8090.html
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 5:20 PM
Gov. Mike Huckabee should receive a slight boost from the endorsement he has just gotten from Duncan Hunter and a few votes as well. While Huckabee works through some financial snags on his path to the nomination the loyal Duncan Hunter supporters could be the boost this campaign needs. Below is Hunter’s statement as reported by “the swamp” blog http://www.swamppolitics.com/news/politics/blog/
“I got to know Governor Huckabee well on the campaign trail. Of the remaining candidates I feel that he is strongly committed to strengthening national defense, constructing the border fence and meeting the challenge of China’s emergence as a military superpower that is taking large portions of America’s industrial base.
"Along with these issues of national security, border enforcement and protecting the U.S. industrial base, I see another quality of Mike Huckabee’s candidacy that compels my endorsement. Mike Huckabee is a man of outstanding character and integrity. I saw that character over the last year of campaigning and was greatly impressed. The other Republican candidates have many strengths and I wish them all well. My personal choice is Mike Huckabee."
John Batchelor has an intersting article on HumanEvent.com about a new voting power block, the ABM or Anybody but McCain vote. Batchelor goes on to compare Giuliani and Romney as the leading contenders for these voters with Romney piosed as the capitalist and Giuliani as Americas mayor. The best insight I have read about the Repulican race is stated by Batchelor regarding McCains issues with the Republican base and that is, "When Bob Novak writes that the Republican elite is struggling to accept that John McCain is the party's likely nominee, after these may years of friction and food fighting between the Arizona senator and the conservative base, it has more to do with accepting the weight of party history than with discovering how to live with the unimaginable."
Read Here: http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=24609
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 12:08 PM
Robert Novak has an article about how McCain and Hillary are now the frontrunners and hardly even mentions Romney who at last count is leading the delegate race. I think Novak has obviously tipped his hand for who he is suppoering.Hovak even goea as far as stating that the only Republican's who don't like McCain are outside the the party norm like, get this, Rush Limbaugh...that's right Robert Novak thinkis Rush is out of step with the Republican party, I think not...McCain is the one that is out of step with today's REP party. Here are some other intersting quotes:
The "never for McCain" crowd is noisy, but it is mostly outside regular party ranks (Rush Limbaugh and former Texas Rep. Tom DeLay, for example). McCain is getting support from such non-predictable Republican conservatives as Jack Kemp and Sen. Tom Coburn (Okla.). The Republican tendency to coalesce around a leader will grow if McCain wins the January 29 Florida primary.
One of the most peculiar in the array of celebrity endorsers who went to South Carolina to stand by McCain's side was Sen. Joe Lieberman (ID-Conn.). He votes consistently liberal in the Senate on just about everything but Iraq, but is acclaimed by Republican voters for getting elected in '06 as an Independent despite losing the Connecticut Democratic primary on the war issue. He was cheered and applauded by conservative South Carolina audiences as a conquering hero. There will be no McCain-Lieberman ticket, but Lieberman illustrates McCain's appeal outside the Republican box.
Read Article Here: http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=24630
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 12:07 PM
As the media continues to blow the volatile market out of portion, the market continues to rebound. Stocks again plummeted at the opening bell loosing nearly 300 points by noon but then recovered nicely up up 298.98. As the market goes through a correction period we need to keep in perspective where the market is currently trading (12,270.17) against historic numbers and that we are not in a recession no matter what the chicken littles in the MSM are saying.
The Hill is reporting that RNC Chairman Mike Duncan is offering up some tips to beat Hillary and Obama. The advise is good and for anyone who thinks that a Dem win in the general election is a lock; just look how the McCain, Romney and Huckabee are doing in national polls against the top two DEMS (especially against Hillary.) Quotes from the article:
With Sen. Clinton, it comes down to trust,” Duncan said. “She’s a lifelong liberal politician with some political baggage.”
The RNC’s polling on Clinton found that less than 50 percent of respondents see her as “honest and trustworthy.”
Sixty-five percent say she “will say or do anything to get elected” and 68 percent “agree that Sen. Clinton will raise their taxes.”
Read Here: http://thehill.com/campaign-2008/rnc-chairman-provides-numbers-strategy-to-defeat-top-democrats-2008-01-24.html
The Miami Herald is reporting that in a recent poll for the Republican Presidential nomination, Rudy Giuliani has slipped to third. Giuliani has campaigned heavily in Florida with his "Big State" strategy for delegates; if the actual votes go according to this last poll, his campaign could be stopped cold in his first true test and he will be out of the race for sure. Some interesting quotes from the article
"He may be running for president, but with these numbers he wouldn't be elected governor of Florida,'' said Republican pollster Kellyanne Conway, whose firm conducted the survey with Democratic pollsters Schroth, Eldon & Associates for The Herald, The St. Petersburg Times and Bay News 9. Alluding to the timeworn song, Conway added: ``If he can't make it there in Florida, he can't make it anywhere."
Asked about the 13 percent of the voters who haven't made up their minds, pollster Rob Schroth said he didn't expect them to fuel a Giuliani comeback.
"Giuliani for all intents and purposes has virtually no chance to win in Florida,"
Read Here: http://www.miamiherald.com/campaign08/story/390756.html
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
I love having more information than my opponent in any debate since knowledge is power. Over at Slate there is a post “recommend reading” that lists some source material to give more background on the topics and attacks that occurred. Some of these books seem to make the case that none of these DEMS are worth anything, but that never gets reported in the MSM. Below is some of the list from the article:
Tony Rezko (a.k.a. the "slum lord"): Rezko was a Chicago landlord, political fundraiser, and Obama friend. Rezko was indicted on corruption charges and his trial is set to begin on Feb. 25. Obama has said Rezko raised at least $60,000 for him throughout his entire political career, more than $10,000 of which was given to his senate campaign fund. (Obama donated those monies to charity once Rezko was indicted.) Rezko's corruption charges has led some to call him a slumlord. Complicating things is Obama's pursuit of Rezko's advice on a housing deal while Rezko was under investigation by the feds. It was widely reported that Rezko was under investigation, and Obama has since admitted it was a "bone-headed mistake." Obama then purchased a housing lot that was adjacent to one Rezko's wife purchased on the same day. Furthermore, there are questions about whether Obama did legal work on Rezko's behalf. The campaign says no, but others say yes. Recommended reading: Chicago Sun-Times (x2), ABC News, Wikipedia article for Rezko..
o "Present" votes: Clinton and John Edwards both scolded Obama for his "present" votes in the Illinois state senate that allowed him to show up for a vote but not commit to an aye or nay. This was a minor problem for Obama before the Iowa caucuses, with both of his opponents saying it showed Obama lacked the courage to take a stand on tough issues. Some of Obama's present votes were on hot-button issues like abortion or sex-shops. Obama maintains that it's common practice in the Illinois senate. Recommended reading: New York Times, Chicago Tribune.
o Obama's "party of ideas" and Reagan comments: Before the Nevada caucuses, Obama told the Reno Gazette-Journal's editorial board that he thought the Republican party was the "party of ideas" and that Reagan "changed the trajectory of America...in a way that Bill Clinton did not." Needless to say, that didn't sit well with other Democrats, and the comments have since been misquoted over and over again. Recommended reading: Reno Gazette-Journal (video), Associated Press, New York Times
Read Here: http://slate.com/blogs/blogs/trailhead/archive/2008/01/21/debate-reading-list.aspx
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 2:16 PM
Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, the Gulf War commander, will endorse Senator John McCain today…. McCain is
campaigning in Florida ahead of Tuesday's primary. Schwarzkop will begin to appear on the campaign trail with McCain in a little while. Schwarzkop has quite a following among conservatives but really doesn’t help McCain among his weak spots which is Economic and social Conservatives.
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 1:56 PM
The Contemporary Conservative endorses Donald Williams for Chairman of the Chesterfield County Republican Committee. Donald has been a long time Republican in the state of Virgina, has been appointed as the Director for the Department of General Services by then Governor George Allen (and reappointed by Gilmore) served President George Bush as the head of the U.S General Service Administration's Capital Region. As we grow our party in Chesterfield to be the largest most active committee in Virginia, we look to Donald to lead the way. Donald has been endorsed by Senator Steve Allen, Senator John Watkins, Delegate Kirk Cox, Delegate Sam Nixon, Delegate Lee Ware, Delegate Manoli Loupassi and Art Warren Chairman of the Chesterfield Board of Supervisors and many other. Please vote for Donald Williams as our next Republican Chair so we can grow our party to be force of change and good conservative values.
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 12:18 PM
After a early drop of 465 points, the Dow recovered to a manageable 100 point loss today after the Fed instituted an emergency interest rate cut in hopes of restoring stability to a perceived wavering U.S. economy. To recover completely, Wall Street needs to see strong economic data and solid earnings from the big multinational companies like Microsoft Corp., AT&T Inc., Caterpillar Inc. and Honeywell International Inc. The market also needs to hear that financial institutions like Citigroup Inc. (C) and Merrill Lynch & Co. (MERPO), which have lost billions due to investments in failed mortgages, are on their way to solid earnings as well. The broader Standard & Poor's 500 index was off 14.42, or 1.09 percent, at 1,310.77, while the Nasdaq composite index fell 42.08, or 2.30 percent, to 2,297.94. The market at it worse is seeing a correction and there is not a recession happening, this market fluctuation is being exploited by the press because it is an election year and we need dire straights so the candidates the press feels should be elected are...and we all know what party those candidates belong too.
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 12:17 PM
Human events asked a panel of experts to rank the ten most harmful books of the 19th and 20th century and you may be surprise on some of them (although you shouldn't be if you're reading this blog. Here are some of the list:
10. General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money author John Maynard Keynes
The book is a recipe for ever-expanding government. When the business cycle threatens a contraction of industry, and thus of jobs, he argued, the government should run up deficits, borrowing and spending money to spur economic activity. FDR adopted the idea as U.S. policy, and the U.S. government now has a $2.6-trillion annual budget and an $8-trillion dollar debt.
9. Beyond Good and Evil author Freidrich Nietzsche
:Nietzsche argued that men are driven by an amoral “Will to Power,” and that superior men will sweep aside religiously inspired moral rules, which he deemed as artificial as any other moral rules, to craft whatever rules would help them dominate the world around them. “Life itself is essentially appropriation, injury, overpowering of the strange and weaker, suppression, severity, imposition of one’s own forms, incorporation and, at the least and mildest, exploitation,” he wrote. The Nazis loved Nietzsche
6. Das Kapital by Karl Marx
Marx theorized that the inevitable eventual outcome would be global proletarian revolution. He could not have predicted 21st Century America: a free, affluent society based on capitalism and representative government that people the world over envy and seek to emulate.
...and number one is.....wait for it.....wait for it....come on it's an easy one
1. The Communist Manifesto, by Karl Marx
Read Here: http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=7591#continueA
The smoking Gun has an article about a new video game that lets the gamer kill the current crop of Presidential candidates. In the ever evolving culture of disrespect, where nothing is held in high esteem, this game is assisting in teaching kids that nothing is above entertainment. In a culture where everyone wants to be on reality TV, exploitation television and Jerry Springer we are loosing sight civility for the entertainment value of destroying those institutions that are important to our democracy....you may say this is an overreaction stupid video game but it is a symptom in an ever growing problem facing the US...nothing is sacred anymore.
Read Here: http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/years/2008/0122081miniclip1.html
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 11:40 AM
Rick Amato writes a eye opening article about a new law going into effect in California public schools that, among other things, allow students to 'choose their own gender' when deciding whether to use the boys or girls restroom and locker room facilities and to quite Rick "is a glaring example of the cultural assault taking place in America. At stake are the minds, values and ideals of the children who parents send off to school each morning." The law went into effect on Jan. 11 of this year. This is outrageous and will obviously directly conflict with the obsession that California public schools have with sexual harassment by 3rd graders. Here are some interesting quotes from Rick's article:
...But Jim Kelly — one of four Board members of the Grossmont Unified High School School District in San Diego who is currently suing the state of California over SB 777 — had this to say, "No one is arguing against anti-discrimination. There are current laws ... which protect students against the harmful effects of discrimination." But "what they have done here, however, is turn a disorder into a civil right. Gender identity issues are classified as a disorder by The American Psychiatric Association. This law makes it a civil right."
He added: "Furthermore the guidelines are vaguely written. Who enforces whether or not a 16-year-old teenage boy is permitted into the girls locker room? The teachers? The teachers I have spoken with want no part of this. How do we know when someone has selected their gender? Do they give us written notice, verbal notice, same day notice, what?"
Read Here: http://www.townhall.com/columnists/RickAmato/2008/01/22/learning_about_the_three_sexes
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 11:35 AM
The failed expertiment of the abusive drivers fees ended as they were repealed today on the General Assembly.
Del. David B. Albo (R-Fairfax), who has been one of the strongest supporters of the fees in the House, voted for the repeal after he was not able to pass his own bill and an amendment, which would have kept the fees but also applied them to out-of-state drivers, among other changes..."I gave it my best shot," Albo said. "I promised my constituents that I would not support a bill that applied to only in-state drivers and let out-of-state drivers off the hook. I had to live up to my promise. . . . Without an ability to fix it, we're left with only one choice, to repeal it."
At least one delegate is listening to his constituents and voting they way he said he would
Read Here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/01/22/AR2008012201863.html
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 11:30 AM
CNN is reporting the ratings for the most recent Democratic Debate in South Carolina as the most-watched debate ever in cable news with 4.9 million tuning in to watch the first Democratic debate with any fireworks. Still 4.9 million tuning in to watch something as important as a Presidential nomination debate is pretty weak in my opinion. Hopefully some of these viewers would have seen through the hollow rhetoric and realize there is little to no substance with these DEM candidates. Seven of the 10 most-watched primary debates in cable TV history are from this election cycle according to the AP.
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 11:19 AM
In the New York post there is an article on the discovery of a bomb making operation in a Columbia University Professor’s Brooklyn apartment. Seven pipe bombs with fuses and bomb-making equipment was found in the apartment along with a shotgun, rifle, 9-mm. handgun, two ammunition magazines, a 12-gauge shotgun, silencers, a bulletproof vest and a crossbow. Columbia Prof. Michael Clatts lived at the apartment and are being investigated for terrorist ties and motives for the stockpile of weapons. Quotes from the article:
Ivaylo Ivanov, the man living with Clatts, accidentally shot off the tip of his left index finger and sought police help in the street about 1:15 a.m.
When investigators went to the 37-year-old Ivanov's apartment, they found the bombs, already capped on both ends and filled with powder. One of the pipe bombs was inserted into a Nerf football, cops said.
Investigators with the NYPD-FBI were questioning Ivanov, a native of Bulgaria, to determine whether he had any terrorism or Russian Mafia connections, a source told the Daily News.
"Russian Mafia aren't fazed by getting a fingertip shot off - and they certainly don't go to the cops for help," the source said.
Read Here: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ny_crime/2008/01/21/2008-01-21_bombmaking_factory_found_in_brooklyn_apa-3.html
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 11:17 AM
The AP is reporting that Mike Huckabee stated today that his campaign for President is facing financial difficulties and that top advisers working without pay and some are quitting. This looks dire for Huckabee since publicly stating that yur campaign can only hurt you in the short term. Here are some quotes from ther article:
The former Arkansas governor promised to remain in the race through next Tuesday's Florida primary, telling about 50 people, mostly University of Florida fraternity members: "We are taking a look at everything daily. But we will be here every day in Florida until next week."
In an interview earlier Tuesday in Atlanta, adviser Ed Rollins said top advisers are working without pay and some have left.
"Most people are staying on," but a few have departed, Rollins said. "A number of people, including myself," have agreed to forgo their pay to spend as much as possible on television ads in vital states.
Campaign contributions continue to come in, he said. But he acknowledged that Huckabee is stretched thin as he tries to compete in Florida's primary and many of the two dozen states holding contests Feb. 5.
Huckabee's campaign has stopped arranging charter flights, hotel reservations and other means of helping journalists keep up with his movements. News organizations pay their own expenses, but empty seats on charter planes were costing the campaign money
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 11:15 AM
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
The Hill’s ( www.thehill.com) Walter Alarkon has an article about the NRCC’s (National Republican Congressional Committee) efforts to challenge freshman Democrats in the House. To quote from Alarkon’s article, “To appeal to swing voters they need to win, the GOP challengers are likely to run on pledges to rein in spending and taxes, which Republicans have charged the Democratic Congress has failed to do.” … “For the first time in history, we have a chance to see our children live less well than we do,” he said. “In [upstate] New York … it’s already happening. It’s an example of what high taxes can do to wreck an economy.” …As Wasserman sees it, Republicans may see their chances improve with the focus shifting toward a faltering economy….“This is not 2006,” Wasserman said. “Democrats will not run away with 30 seats. You have to give Republicans credit for toughing it out in a bad political environment [and finding] candidates to run. “
Read Article Here: http://thehill.com/campaign-2008/gopfinds-recruits-to-challenge-freshman-dems-in-blue-districts-2008-01-22.html
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 1:11 PM
Jose Padilla was finally sentenced to 17 years, from his guilty conviction, on the conspiracy changes against him. Padilla was arrested in Chicago on May 8, 2002, and was detained as a material witness until June 9, 2002, when President Bush designated him an illegal enemy combatant and transferred him to a military prison, arguing that he was thereby not entitled to trial in civilian courts. On January 3, 2006, he was relocated to a Miami jail to face criminal conspiracy charges. Padilla was found guilty of all charges against him on August 16, 2007, by a federal jury, which found that he conspired to kill people in an overseas jihad and to fund and support overseas terrorism
Read Here: http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D8UB2CV80&show_article=1
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 1:11 PM
The Project Exile in Chesterfield is easy 5 years in Federal Prison if you are convicted of a crime with an illegal firearm. Last year, the Chesterfield commonwealth's attorney's office prosecuted the 300th “Exile” case since the programs inception back in 2001.
But over time, the program's profile began to fade after the initial burst of publicity -- on television, city buses, billboards and in print ads -- trickled away.
The Times Dispatch quotes Chesterfield Commonwealth's Attorney William Davenport, “, "the deal is that you don't get any bail, you do every nickel of your time and we 'exile' you."…. "And [officers] really are juiced because there's somebody looking out for them," ….. "I see a steady stream of officers and detectives who are bringing those illegal gun cases to Tom."
Thanks God Davenport convinced the Chesterfield Board of Supervisors to continue financing the program.
Read Here: http://www.inrich.com/cva/ric/news/community/chesterfield.apx.-content-articles-RTD-2008-01-20-0004.html
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 1:00 PM
Bearing Drift has a post on the likelihood of Governor Kaine being elevated to a Democrat VP prospect...yes I'm getting a little nauseous right now thinking about it. I have to admit that it is an intriguing idea for the DEMS to consider though.
Read Here: http://bearingdrift.com/blog/2008/01/22/trying-to-raise-kaine-as-vice-president
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 11:23 AM
Since people cannot accept life and need to come up with a cause that can both freak the masses out and make the people at the forefront of every movement a little money; the next Global crisis is the shortage of dirt. As reported in the Seattle Post , the home of most global environmental causes, states that the loss of dirt rivals global warming as the most global-wide catastrophe. It says," On average, the planet is covered with little more than 3 feet of topsoil -- the shallow skin of nutrient-rich matter that sustains most of our food and appears to play a critical role in supporting life on Earth. "
Wow what with Vegetarians do without dirt.....Eat more Chicken, you can raise them on a parking lot.
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 10:20 AM
CNN meteorologist Bonnie Schneider has stated "It's very hard to find any part of the country that's warm," In an article about the Arctic temperatures that have swept across the US from coast to coast. So is it an ice age or are we going to boil to death...let's ask Gore the magnificent.
Read Here: http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/weather/01/21/bitter.cold/index.html
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 10:15 AM
The New York post has a funny picture of Bill Clinton snoozing during MLK jr. ceremonies titled, "Bill has a Dream" During an appearance at Convent Avenue Baptist Church in Harlem, the former president was napping and dreaming of ____ (that one is just to easy).
Link here: http://www.nypost.com/seven/01212008/news/regionalnews/bill_has_a_dream_474243.htm
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 10:10 AM
From the Wall Street Journal front page: 'Former President Bill Clinton stands to reap around $20 million from Yucaipa Corporation. Clinton is going to dissolve a politically partnership tie to Dubai and with Ron Burkle. Mr. Clinton is negotiating to end his relationship with Mr. Burkle's Yucaipa Cos. to protect the presidential campaign of his wife, Sen. Hillary Clinton, from potential conflicts of interest.
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 10:05 AM
The Rosett Report has a post on the newest UN Ambassador of peace, George Clooney….is he creating a resume to run for President or the Senate? …I think so. Since the Presidential election has turned in to a press generated popularity contest, look for more high profile liberal stars to be doing more of this to create some kind of legitimacy when they all begin to run for office. Quotes from article:
As Hollywood buffs and UN money-raisers already know, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has just named actor George Clooney as the UN’s newest Messenger of Peace, with a “special focus on UN peacekeeping.” Clooney, currently visiting Sudan…..This would all be great if UN peacekeeping actually produced peace. But the illusion that the UN is a grand force for good in this world deserves to be catalogued somewhere between World’s Most Amazing Scams and Believe It-Or-Not Best-in-Special-Effects. The reality of today’s UN is more like a cross between “Animal House” (the movie, with John Belushi) and “Animal Farm” (the book, by George Orwell). Libya and Vietnam have just joined the Security Council, where China and Russia hold permanent seats. The Organization of the Islamic Conference has turned the General Assembly into its Manhattan clubhouse — which Iran’s mushroom-cloud-in-chief Mahmoud Ahmadinejad now uses every September as a base to parade around New York and lecture his audiences that Iran is a country of peaceful intentions and no homosexuals.
Read Here: http://pajamasmedia.com/xpress/claudiarosett/2008/01/20/if_george_clooney_really_wants.php
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 10:04 AM
In a great article by Steve Boriss on Pajama Media he expands on the point that the media is a main culprit in dividing our nation along racial lines. In most of the US society (and in my generation and younger) to discriminate along racial lines is ignorant, unproductive and to be honest just plain silly. Race has nothing to do with productivity (education, drive, ethics and being a team player obviously do) and thus should never be applied when including minorities in any endeavor be it job, community activism or friendships. So when the media highlights examples of racism or worse yet creates them it shines light on practices that we all condemn and the majority of us do not practice but we feel divided none the less. As Mr. Boriss states:
It’s not that our nation’s press wants to divide America, mind you — they just can’t help it because they hold certain monolithic views.
To understand this, it is necessary to understand the premises behind left vs. right-wing thinking involving confidence in humanity’s ability to solve social ills. The Right tends to believe the world is imperfect and mankind cannot make it perfect. The Left, on the other hand, tends to believe that the world can be perfected and human beings possess almost unlimited potential to make it so.
But there is a flip side to the Left’s rosy view of mankind. Because they believe that man can solve all problems, they also believe that man causes all problems. Thus, whenever anything goes wrong, a hunt to identify who is to blame immediately ensues.
When this is practiced by the center-left news media, they invariably pigeon-hole each of us into one of the following three groups, then overtly encourage conflict among members of the following groups to resolve the problem:
Read Here: http://pajamasmedia.com/2008/01/old_media_blindness_impedes_a.php
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 10:03 AM
The Democrat debate was pretty interesting for the sheer fireworks and that finally the infighting we all know will implode these campaigns is beginning to show. When you don’t have ideas to run on or to differentiate yourself from the other candidates then rhetoric is all you have…and when empty words run low a personal attack is not far behind. We’ve all had debates with liberals and they all end in personal attacks since their arguments can hold the test of logic so just think what they do to themselves…the South Carolina debate was just the tip of the iceberg. Below are some highlights:
Question: Dr. Martin Luther King were alive today, unfortunately, he’s not, but if he were alive today, why do you think he would or why should he endorse you?
Edwards laid out all the reasons why King would pick him, and it was getting a bit tedious. This set up Obama to steal the show with “…I don’t think Dr. King would endorse any of us. I think what he would call upon the American people to do is to hold us accountable…” along with a charmingly subtle dig at Hillary that “change does not happen from the top down.”
How wonderful it would be if government leaders really believed that. Hillary was left to fiddle again about “change,” and I was thinking about the missing White House furniture.
There wasn’t the crass focus on identity politics that I expected. With all the talk of accountability, it strikes me that identity politics is a way for people to avoid precisely that. To hide behind personal characteristics and avoid being judged by the content of their character.
MLK jr. believed in personal responsibility not buying votes with programs and handouts; so to say he would support this crew is just plain wrong and revisionist history at work
Read Here: http://pajamasmedia.com/2008/01/democratic_debate_in_sc.php
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 10:01 AM
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Is the Clinton ego getting checked by top DEMS? NEWSWEEK (the tabloid for news junkies) is reporting that top DEMS are asking Bill Clinton to tone it down from his recent aggressive outburst on behalf of his wife. To quote the article, “ Prominent Democrats are upset with the aggressive role that Bill Clinton is playing in the 2008 campaign, a role they believe is inappropriate for a former president and the titular head of the Democratic Party. In recent weeks, Sen. Edward Kennedy and Rep. Rahm Emanuel, both currently neutral in the Democratic contest, have told their old friend heatedly on the phone that he needs to change his tone and stop attacking Sen. Barack Obama, according to two sources familiar with the conversations who asked for anonymity because of their sensitive nature. Clinton, Kennedy and Emanuel all declined to comment.”
If Ted Kennedy is telling you to tone down your behavior, you‘re in real trouble
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 10:36 PM
Keith Olbermann continues to show what an ass is truly is (along with Chris Mathews) as they mock both recent GOP speeches…Hey Keith, Hillary is no orator or genius so stop the love fest.
Read Here: http://www.mediabistro.com/fishbowlDC/television/chris_keith_continue_to_laugh_at_gop_speeches_75384.asp
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 10:35 PM
I hate to admit it I love Oliver Stone movies but he IS a wacky liberal freak who has no objectivity with an opposite view from his own. Oliver Stone’s next Movie….biopic about George W. Bush, oh god help us. To quote Stone, “"It's a behind-the-scenes approach, similar to 'Nixon,' to give a sense of what it's like to be in his skin," ….."But if 'Nixon' was a symphony, this is more like a chamber piece, and not as dark in tone. People have turned my political ideas into a cliche, but that is superficial. I'm a dramatist who is interested in people, and I have empathy for Bush as a human being, much the same as I did for Castro, Nixon, Jim Morrison, Jim Garrison and Alexander the Great." ….yeah and Oliver was really objective with those guys…
Read Here: http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117979349.html?categoryid=10&cs=1
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 10:33 PM
Saturday, January 19, 2008
After two-thirds of the precincts counted in South Carolina, John McCain is winning 34 percent of the vote and Huckabee had about 29 percent; Fred Thompson garnered 16 percent for third place.
Read Details here: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22745282/?GT1=10755
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 11:07 PM
Duncan Hunter dropped out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination after the poor showing in the Nevada caucus. MSN quoted a Hunter spokesman as stating “We thought we’d do much better in Nevada, but the numbers weren’t there,” … “We were not able to get any traction.”
Read Details Here: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22746940
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 11:06 PM
Friday, January 18, 2008
In a breakthrough certain to provoke an ethical firestorm, Samuel Wood created embryo copies of himself by placing his skin cells in a woman's egg.
Read Here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/technology/technology.html?in_article_id=508887&in_page_id=1965
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 11:36 PM
In an age where politicians want to divide voters in and “us against them” nation, there is no room to ever admit the other side has any positives as Barrack Obama has found out. Obama states the obvious when Obama told the Reno Gazette-Journal editorial board Monday that "Reagan changed the trajectory of America in a way that Richard Nixon did not and in a way that Bill Clinton did not. He put us on a fundamentally different path because the country was ready for it," Obama said.
"I think it's fair to say that the Republicans were the party of ideas for a pretty long chunk of time there over the last 10 to 15 years in the sense that they were challenging conventional wisdom,"
Clinton: response shows she has no vision and just wants to attack rather than bring fresh ideas to the table…"That's not the way I remember the last ten to fifteen years." She said she didn't consider it a better idea to privatize Social Security, eliminate the minimum wage, undercut health benefits, shut down the government or drive the country into debt.” in other words Blah, Blah, BlahRead Here: http://www.wral.com/news/state/story/2325872
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 11:35 PM
President Bush is making an allowance for a tax rebate of up to 800 dollars to help improve the US economy, according to the AP. Bush unveiled a stimulus proposal to revive growth. The Administration may agree to legislation that does not include an extension of previous tax cuts.
Read article here: http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=080118104215.zxj8hvdk&show_article=1
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 11:32 PM
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Over at Politico Jim VandeHei and John Harris write about the 'SOFA EFFECT.'Ambitious Republican politicians at the state and local levels are not deciding that this is the year to make a bid for higher office. Republican contributors are not opening their wallets and writing campaign checks. Most striking of all, Republican voters are not heading to the polls to vote in the GOP primaries in anything like participation rates of early years.' A quote from Walter Shapiro about electability polls between potential DEM/REP match ups 'Democratic voters last time knew exactly who their opponent would be - and they still could not calculate electability.'
I think our top 5 beats there top 3 in a beat down. This will be the roughest general election of our lifetime no matter who the nominees are.
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 2:55 PM
Bearing Drift has the details about the Democrats in the State Senate voting to give themselves more money when the average person in Virgina just needs to pay the mortgage, on less then the Senator's are making, unreal. Bearing Drift post below:
With a slowing economy, a credit crisis, budget shortfalls looming and Democrats pushing bills to raise taxes, Virginia Senate Democrats have voted to give themselves a raise.
“This was my decision,” said Senate Majority Leader Richard L. Saslaw (D-Fairfax) - Wash. Post.
A nice fat 20% increase in Senators’ per diem! That’s the Democrats for you. Times are tough for you and me, and they want more of your money, not only for their budgets, but for themselves!
And I love the comment from The Squeaky Wheel, "Why not. Fits the party mindset anyway. Global warming… YOU need to change but THEY will fly everywhere to talk about it.
Caucus votes should be easy, unless it does not serve them, then sue.
Animals have rights, unless you are PETA then you can kill them.
YOU should pay more tax, but Dem leadership should get more money.
I couldn't agree more..way to go Senators; you showed you really care about your constituents.
Read Here: http://bearingdrift.com/blog/2008/01/17/virginia-senate-democrats-give-themselves-a-raise
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 2:32 PM
In a new scaled back version of the regional authority to fund transportation projects in central Virginia Dinwiddie, Prince George, Petersburg, Hopewell and Colonial Heights have been kicked out. In the new plan, Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico and Richmond will establish the authority with Charles City, Goochland, New Kent and Powhatan counties being able to opt in once the authority has been created. The tax revenue will be generated with this newly revised plan and that means smaller projects for Chesterfield....
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 10:15 AM
The new planning commission wants the developers to show that roads and schools are adequate when submitting rezoning changes in new proposed changes to the Upper swift Creek Plan per the meeting held on the Jan. 15th. The Amendments that were endorsed by the Planning Commission and need to be approved by the Chesterfield BOS would require, “rezoning applicants in Upper Swift Creek area to show that the area has "adequate road facilities" and "adequate school facilities" to support any proposed development.
This assessment would make use of the practice called a "level-of-service" measurement for the impact any rezoning might have on existing roads. LOS measurements are a slippery slope and not legally binding, so this could afford the county some issues when a rezoning case is being debated. Numerous speakers at the public hearing opposed the change to the Swift Creek Plan, stating the language was too vague and that the county should wait for the adoption of the new comprehensive countywide comprehensive plan.
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 10:12 AM
In an article in the TD, Braves officials are saying that Wilder’s accusations that the Braves organization have been working on moving the team to Georgia behind closed doors is just shifting blame from the mayor. Mike Plant states, "It just tries to punt responsibility," …. "and make our organization look like we were disingenuous in our continuing, drawn-out discussions about how to get a new ballpark up there. That's disappointing to me."
The Mayor’s office issued a press release Tuesday when the Braves announced the move that stated in part that Mike Plant had told the mayor that the Atlanta organization "had been involved with Gwinnett . . . officials for the past two years in planning for a new ballpark there."…this was denied by Plant as never have been said.
Read Here: http://www.inrich.com/cva/ric/news.apx.-content-articles-RTD-2008-01-17-0156.html
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 9:46 AM
Robert Novak looks at the outlook of the increasing “to close to call” Republican race for President. Here’s the insight although I disagree that a Florida loss for Giuliani would ed his chances since I think his chances ended when he left Iowa and started on his “Big State” approach.
This Saturday's South Carolina primary looks like a battle between McCain and Huckabee, but Romney's win could give him momentum..
South Carolina is Thompson's chance to make a splash. A third-place finish or worse is very possible here, and it could be deadly. Romney's resurrection deflates some of the potential gravitation towards Thompson as the conservative candidate.
In Florida, McCain, Giuliani, Huckabee, and Romney are nearly in a four-way tie, with McCain and Giuliani slightly ahead of the other two. A Romney bounce could relegate Giuliani to third, which would effectively end his campaign. Huckabee also has quite a bit at stake in Florida if he doesn't win South Carolina.
The outlook for February 5 Super Tuesday will depend on these questions: (a) Will Giuliani fall in Florida? (b) Will Huckabee be diminished by losing South Carolina? (c) Will Thompson be a contender? (d) Will Romney still have momentum?
In the long term, these are three most likely scenarios: (a) McCain rides South Carolina and Florida wins to a February 5 sweep; (b) Romney wins Florida, and his huge cash advantages carries him on crowded February 5; (c) neither McCain nor Romney dominates, one of them leads in the delegate count, but neither wins a majority of delegates, leaving Huckabee, Thompson, Giuliani, and Rep. Ron Paul (Tex.) with the balance of delegates
Read Here: http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=24501
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 9:34 AM
Robert Novak looks at the outlook of the increasingly tepid Democrat race for President. Below is the insight and I agree that the spat between Obama and Hillary was to short lived...it was the fireworks that these campaigns needed to distinguish themselves from one another.
Since late December, when Obama's lead in Iowa became clear, the Clinton campaign has publicly and regularly spoken about Obama's past and about possible skeletons in his closet -- regularly speaking about how Clinton, unlike Obama, has been "vetted." The sometimes backhanded way of referring to Obama's drug past hurt Hillary in Iowa, but the campaign has hoped it will deter prominent Democrats from jumping on board with Obama.
The tactics are typical Clinton, but now that they are hitting on questions of race -- and hitting a candidate adored by the media -- Hillary is getting grief for them, both in the press and from some in her party. Could it motivate the black vote behind Obama in South Carolina? Clinton decided to back off this week.
Nevada (January 19) will be a tight contest. Obama's endorsement by the prominent Culinary Workers' union gives him a slight edge.
Read Article Here: http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=24501
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 9:32 AM
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Carl Rove knows how to beat Hillary Clinton (or Barrack Obama for that matter) and here are the three main things the Republican nominee needs to do: 1.) first “create a sustaining narrative about themselves.” 2.)“immediately engage on the “kitchen table issues,” like healthcare, education, jobs and the economy and 3.) show that he is serious about campaigning “aggressively in places where Republicans don’t usually campaign.” Rove said that includes among black, Latino, Asian and union voters….sounds like a simple plan but with it work. Other excerpts:
Specifically, Rove hit Clinton for what could have been her worst campaign moment last year, when she had trouble answering a question about driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants at the Democratic debate in Philadelphia.
“You know, Sen. Clinton [has] got a problem with giving straight answers in this campaign,” Rove said. “I thought that was an incredible moment. In the course of 15 minutes, I counted her giving about four different answers.”
The Bush confidant also trotted out one of the lines of attack the RNC has already been working feverishly against Clinton, questioning why she and former President Bill Clinton will not release records from their time in the White House. This, according to Rove, “raises legitimate questions about what she’s hiding.”
Rove made it clear that most Republican attacks on Obama would focus on his “accomplishments and experience.”
“He got elected three years ago, and he [has] spent almost the entire time running for president,” Rove said.
Read Here: http://thehill.com/campaign-2008/rove-previews-strategies-against-clinton-obama-2008-01-16.html
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 4:35 PM
Rick Moran has an article about what a mess the GOP primary season is and to quote Mr. Moran, The aimlessness of Republicans as they continue to search for a leader is not a catastrophe – at the moment. But if the GOP can’t make up its mind prior to the end of the primaries, the small but not impossible chance that they would enter their convention in September without a nominee stares them in the face. Is this what the nomination process should be? Should we tune in to the converntion and already know who the nomination is going to be given too...what then is the purpose of that convention. I think that so far this has been a very invigorating primary season with more and more people getting involved in the nomination prcess that wouls have oherwise sat home. Mr. Maran's ADD must be kicking in if he things that this vigorous debate by are Republican candidate (the good ones and bad ones) can be anything but positive for the conservative movement as whole. Some excepts:
Mitt Romney’s comfortable win in Michigan highlights the utter helplessness that many GOP voters must be feeling about the field of Republican candidates from which they are expected to choose.
The GOP isn’t necessarily demoralized as much as it is perplexed. Exit polls show Mitt Romney won a third more Republicans in this “open” primary state as John McCain while the Arizona senator won decisively among Democrats and independents. McCain was supported by barely a quarter of Republicans who voted. His highly visible advocacy for the ill-fated immigration bill as well as his thumbing his nose at the conservative establishment from time to time has earned him the enmity of many in the party.
Read Article here: http://pajamasmedia.com/2008/01/the_gop_race_is_a_mess.php
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 1:55 PM
I’m usually not one to say the younger generation is getting worse since us Gen X’ers were suppose to be the most horrible generation of all time with our grunge music and dot com companies but this story is just terrible. In Fort Worth Texas a teenage gang has been arrested for forcing girls as young as 12 into a prostitution ring. According to the article the gang apparently targeted runaways and other girls with unstable homes, and if the girls refused to have sex for money the members beat and sexually assaulted them and threatened their families. This gang was organized and young, this is not how we want our youth to turn out, this is just crazy. Here are some excerpts from the article:
The age of the victims and suspects is the surprising part of it," Dean said. "To have such young individuals in a somewhat organized business, a forced prostitution ring, is somewhat alarming and such a horrendous crime against the 12- to 16-year-old girls."
Four alleged gang members were arrested Jan. 3 after they took a 14- year-old to a convenience store to have sex with the owner, a regular customer of the prostitution ring, police said.
After befriending the girls and getting them high, Varrio Central gang members took them to some regular customers and then sought other men by trolling apartment complexes, offering the girls' services for $50, Fort Worth police Lt. Ken Dean said
Read article here: http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D8U70D9O0&show_article=1
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 1:32 PM
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
With his victory in Michigan tonight, that's two for Romney (Wyoming and Michigan), One for Huckabee (Iowa) and one for McCain (New Hampshire) Will Rudy be added to the winners circle in Florida and can Fed take South Carolina? Delegate count: Romney 42 Huckabee 21 McCain 19 Thompson 6 Paul 2 Giuliani 1
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 11:34 PM
Monday, January 14, 2008
I'm sure it was posed as a rhetorical question posed by Scott at Scott's Morning Brew but the answer to the question, "Are the Democratic Party’s "Viable Candidates" self-destructing?" is YES and I have a weird feeling that they are going to self destruct even more before this thing is over..
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 10:51 PM
Over at Shaun Kenney.com, Shaun has great insight, as he usually does, on his response to the Barticle’s post about the 1st Amendment…since this is a post other than about Marshall vs. Gilmore so you know we’re probably going to agree and we do. If America stops believing in an absolute freedom of expression (be it written, stated or sang) this county’s democracy will cease to exist’
Salute to Bart and to Shaun for the echo: http://www.shaunkenney.com/2008/01/barticles-our-inalienable-rights-to.htm
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 10:41 PM
Mark Levin from Nation Review has an insightful article about McCain’s lack of real conservative “Cred.” I don’t think there is a man I personally respect more (he is one tough guy) yet disagree with on a regular basis (except maybe my father.) I’d have John McCain on my side going into battle, even at 71, any day of the week but O could never bring myself to ever vote for him as President. Some excerpts from Levin’s article:
McCain-Feingold — the most brazen frontal assault on political speech since Buckley v. Valeo.
McCain-Kennedy — the most far-reaching amnesty program in American history.
McCain-Lieberman — the most onerous and intrusive attack on American industry — through reporting, regulating, and taxing authority of greenhouse gases — in American history.
McCain-Kennedy-Edwards — the biggest boon to the trial bar since the tobacco settlement, under the rubric of a patients’ bill of rights.
McCain-Reimportantion of Drugs — a significant blow to pharmaceutical research and development, not to mention consumer safety (hey Rudy, pay attention, see link).
And McCain’s stated opposition to the Bush 2001 and 2003 tax cuts was largely based on socialist, class-warfare rhetoric — tax cuts for the rich, not for the middle class. The public record is full of these statements. Today, he recalls only his insistence on accompanying spending cuts
Read article here: http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=YjUzOGY0ODA1YzBmNjFhOWE5NWU0OTY5NTZiOGNhOGQ=
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 10:28 PM