Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Dirk Nowitzski is a great guy and player. He does not deserve another lousy finish to the playoffs. (The sting: Hornets end Dallas Mavericks' season, 99-94)
Mark Cuban is gonna go crazy and make a ton of changes. I hope that he does not trade away more young players, as he did to get Kidd a couple of months ago. The Mavs did not play well once Kidd came here. I'm not saying that it's all Kidd's fault but the team did not play well.
Let's hope that Cuban does not touch Nowitzki or Coach Johnson. This is not the coach's fault! However, I wouldn't be surprised if Cuban fires the coach any day!
On the ice, the Stars are just playing great. They are up 3-0 on San Jose with another OT win!
Go Stars! The Stars is all we have this spring!
The Dems foolishly skipped Fox News this election year. Why foolishly? The answer is viewers, specially the kind of white men that Dems need to win back the White House.
On any given weeknight, Keith Obermann leads the media in Bush bashing. Over at FOX, Bill O"Reilly beats him with viewers. Can you believe 3-1?
Why not bring Clinton and Obama to The O'Reilly Factor?
They won't get softballs.
Obama will have to answer questions about Rev. Wright.
Clinton will have to explain her NAFTA and Iraq War flip flops.
In the end, the country will learn that they are a couple of charlatans who can't give you specifics.
On second thought, there won't be an O'Reilly debate. The Dems can't afford to be exposed!
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
How in the world does Barrack Obama stand by Rev. Wright now?
Susan Estrich is right: Who Needs Friends Like Rev. Wright?
James Taranto is on target: The Great Divider
This morning, Rev. Wright had a choice: he could talk about theology or inject himself into the presidential campaign with more outrageous remarks!
He chose to go crazy again! The Rev loves the attention and he got lots of it today. The Rev is on top of the charts and will stay there for a bit longer!
Barrack Obama has two awful choices:
1) He can give another vague response, i.e. the "crazy uncle" option! Unfortunately, this crazy uncle is just too crazy!
2) He can cut ties with Rev. Wright. Is he tough enough to do that? I don't think so! I have not seen anything in Obama to suggest that he will fight against anybody. It's all "hope and change" for Obama!
The Dems have created this mess and now must live with it.
The super delegates (i.e. the unelected delegates) have to know that Obama is unelectable. He can't win! He can't even the white vote in Dem primaries.
Who is going to take the nomination away from the man who swooned the Dems for months?
He told them what they wanted to hear.
He forced Hillary Clinton to go to the left on Iraq and NAFTA.
What a mess!
Monday, April 28, 2008
Michelle Obama or Cindy McCain will be our next First Lady. So what are the two ladies saying these days?
Cindy is next to McCain and does not do politics. She is happy being John's wife and lets her husband do the talking.
I guess we call that "The Laura Bush School of First Ladies"! We love First Ladies who take care of their husbands and write books about reading to your children.
On the other hand, Michelle Obama is turning into one opinionated lady. Listen to her:
"Barack Obama will require you to work.
He is going to demand that you shed your cynicism.
That you put down your divisions.
That you come out of your isolation, that you move out of your comfort zones.
That you push yourselves to be better.
And that you engage.
Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual, uninvolved, uninformed."
I can't wait for Barack "Zig Ziglar" Obama!
Will Obama engage us after or before he tells the nation that his Iraq War promises were just a lot of campaign hot air?
Or will he move us out of our comfort zones after he learns how capital gains taxes work?
Or will he shed our cynicism after he tells the "yes we can screamers" that the stuff about NAFTA was just pandering to unions?
Yes, there is going to be a lot of it when the "yes we can screamers" learn that Barack Obama is just an empty suit with a flair for good lines.
P.S. On second thought, we should thank Rev. Wright. The Rev may have saved the Republic by filling an empty vessel named Barrack!
The Rangers finally got to 9 wins but it took 25 games. Today, Vicente Padilla gave the Rangers what they needed most: a complete game 10-0 shutout!
The Mavericks are hard to follow. They lose their first two, win game 3 and lost game 4. I'm scared of falling in love with this team. I am afraid that they will break my heart. I'm still sore over the Cowboys!
The Stars are my heroes this month. They won game 1 in San Jose, overtime! It was late at night but worth staying up for! Dallas Stars captain Brenden Morrow had the winning shot! They won game 2! They are 2-0 against the Sharks!
Let me say this. The Stars have played two unbelievable over time games in their history.
In 1999, they won the Stanley Cup in triple overtime in Buffalo! Still the greatest hockey game for me! It was Hull who put it in somehow. On the other side, Eddie Belfour stopped shot after shot! It was an amazing hockey game.
In the first round of the '99 playoffs, they played another triple time series clincher in Edmonton. I guess that staying up until 2am for hockey is good as long your team wins! They finally won when the amazing Nieuwendyk scored in the 57th minute of overtime! I can still hear it on the radio! I jumped on the bed and scared my wife to death!
The Stars are playing great. We are betting on the Stars to save our spring, specially since the Rangers are off to an awful start and the Mavericks are so unpredictable these days.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
For 35 years, we have been talking about an energy policy in the US. From Nixon to Bush, we have done nothing.
Why? Because the irrational environmentalists, and their friends in the Dem party, have stopped every effort to increase supplies.
We can't build nuclear plants because a couple of cows got sick during The 3 Mile Island incident in 1979. It's so expensive to put up a nuclear plan in the US that no one has the money or inclination to pay the lawyers. Why start a business if you are going to be sued every minute of the day? (GREENPEACE founder now backs nuclear power; no proof global warming is caused by humans... )
We can't build new refineries. Yet, we have the technology to do it and protect the environment. Again, it's so expensive that no one has the money to do it! Why start a business if you are going to be sued every day because some little worm was molested in the environment?
We can't drill for oil even though we have plenty to fulfill whatever demand we may have. We have lots of oil in Alaska. We have lots of oil in the Gulf of Mexico. Again, no one has enough of legal fund to put up with the mindless lawsuits brought on by the "amblulance chasers" financing the Dem party.
So here we are.
Gas is $3.50 and it's all Bush's fault!
Yes, everything is Bush's fault!
Perhaps, we will finally have a serious debate about what happens when demand grows (Indian and China) and supplies don't keep up. (More Oil Drilling, Please) The result is high prices. Welcome to Economics 101!
The Clinton-Obama show moves on to NC and Indiana.
The McCain show moves to another town hall meeting with real voters.
In other words, McCain is talking to real people. Obama and Clinton are calling each other names.
Obama is talking about the return of Rev. Wright!
The "Rev is back" is Obama's worst nightmare, specially since the candidate can not explain how he sat in this church for 20 years.
How can you say that you are tough enough to stand up to terrorists when you don't have the courage to stand up to your racist reverend?
How can anyone sit in a church and allow his children to hear what Rev. Wright was saying about AIDS and the US government?
Why didn't Obama quit after the 9-11 sermon?
Obama either slept at church or did not attend the services.
Or, he is a wimp who can't stand up to anyone!
The Obama-Wright connection will go a long way toward painting everything red between LA and New York City this fall!
It does not help to hear this from the Obama camp: Plouffe: McCain has the racist vote
Over at the Clinton camp, Hillary Clinton is trying to keep her husband under control. (He's Back: Bill Clinton gives his wife's campaign new momentum as he seizes a bigger role)
Former Pres. Clinton is giving the nation a preview of what a Clinton-Clinton White House will look like.
She can not control him!
Can you imagine what a First Spouse Bill Clinton will be like when he is running around on public planes raising money for his Foundation and Library? The WSJ had a good editorial about this: Clinton Foundation Secrets!
Bill Clinton is not going to sit back and play second fiddle to his wife!
Is the nation ready for two presidents in the White House?
I don't think so!
Do you understand now why Howard Dean is having such a bad case of indigestion?
McCain is enjoying an incredible amount of good luck. Beyond that, McCain is also reaping the rewards of a very distinguished public career.
Let's face it: McCain is exactly the kind of war hero and public figure that most Americans respect.
You may not agree with him. At the same time, he does not read polls to tell you where he stands.
Over and over, McCain has been willing to take unpopular positions.
Again, you may disagree with McCain. However, you don't need a translator to tell you where he stands.
Rasmussen Reports has an extensive report on issues and candidates:
"Given a choice between McCain and Clinton, 47% trust McCain more while 42% prefer the former First Lady. Given a choice between McCain and Obama on the economy, 46% trust the GOP nominee while 39% opt for the Democratic frontrunner."
"However, when it comes to the War in Iraq, McCain is trusted by more than either Democrat. Fifty percent (50%) trust McCain over Clinton while 40% hold the opposite view. Forty-eight percent (48%) trust McCain over Obama while 39% prefer Obama."
"When it comes to national security, McCain is trusted more than Clinton by a 54% to 34% margin. With Obama, McCain’s advantage is 52% to 31%."
"McCain is trusted over Clinton 45% to 36% and by a 41% to 38% margin over Obama."
Yes, I know that it's only late April.
Yes, I know that the election is 6 months away!
However, no one can deny that McCain is doing quite well.
To be fair, some of these numbers will change when the Dems finally choose a nominee.
The Dems will come together to a point. However, the nasty primary has taken a toll on voters.
Will blacks support Hillary Clinton if they feel that the party took the nomination from Obama? Probably not! It's tough for the Dems (who usually get 90% of the black vote) to win if blacks stay home!
Will those older white voters in PA and Ohio vote for Obama after the San Francisco comments? Probably not! Obama is exactly the kind of liberal that has cost the Dems so much trouble in recent years!
Again, I don't think that McCain's success is totally due to the Dems' fight.
Clinton and Obama are both suffering from a very bad case of vagueness.
On the economy, their entire plan is to "tax the rich" and pitiful "class warfare".
This kind of rhetoric may work before the "yes we can screamers"!
It does not work in front of real people who actually pay income taxes.
On free trade, they are both pandering to unions.
Obama and Clinton have crossed the line of demagoguery and irresponsibility on NAFTA and the Colombian Trade Pact.
Wonder if Pres. Calderon is looking forward to a Clinton or Obama in the White House? Wonder how the Canadians feel?
On Iraq, McCain has been very consistent. Clinton & Obama have been very vague.
Obama can not explain why his foreign policy advisers continue to contradict him in public.
Clinton has been all over the map on Iraq. She once supported the war. She is now against it.
The Dems basic problem continues:
First, you can't win an election by blaming everything on Bush. At some point, voters need to hear a position rather than another cheap shot at Bush.
Second, the Dems have a "male problem".
LBJ was the last Dem to win the white male vote and that goes back to 1964. The Dems had no problem with the "male vote" when they nominated men like FDR, Truman, JFK and LBJ.
Today, men are more likely to vote Republican. Why? Men do not feel that the Dems are tough enough to defend the country.
Bush beat Gore and Kerry because he won big with white men! Bush also did very well with the so called "security moms" or married women with children!
Perhaps the party needs a little Viagra!
Third, you can't win if you engage in "tax the rich, class warfare". Most Americans are smart enough to know that "tax the rich" usually ends up taxing the middle class.
Class warfare may work for Lopez-Obrador in Mexico but has never worked in the US.
It's early but McCain looks strong. He must be eating his Lucky Charms every morning! Wonder what Howard Dean is taking for indigestion?
Friday, April 25, 2008
We are not into "doom and gloom" in this blog.
We appreciate the fact that we live in the most prosperous, generous and greatest nation in the history of the world.
We don't dwell on negatives. We are not obsessed with looking for every negative and turning it into another opportunity to take a cheap shot at Pres. Bush!
What happens when you hear that everything is a "crisis"? I guess that you have a very uneven view of the US economy or the challenges we face.
"And are we really experiencing a mortgage-default "crisis"? No. The Mortgage Bankers Association's 2007 fourth-quarter survey reports that foreclosures came to 2.04 percent of all mortgages.
Many of those were speculators seeking flip profits rather than homeowners losing a dream house. During the quarter, only 0.83 percent of homes entered the foreclosure process.
It may get worse -- in March, "foreclosure filings, default notices, auction sale notices and bank repossessions rose 5 percent," Reuters reports.
But let's keep things in perspective:
Ninety-eight percent of borrowers are not in foreclosure.
Only a small percentage of them are even late in payments."
What should you do?
Step back and see the big picture. The sky is not falling.
As I continue to say, McCain is the only one telling the truth about the Iraq War. (Also NAFTA but that's another post!)
Clinton and Obama are playing with their voters. They are telling their voters what they want to hear.
A few years ago, Clinton had a responsible position on the war. Since Obama started moving up, she dropped it and started rushing to the left wing corner.
Today, we have two candidates promising to end the war. What we don't have is a clear idea of how they will end the war.
The anti-war movement is fit to be tied with the Pelosi-Reid Congress over Iraq. They will be even more angry when Pres. Obama or Clinton doesn't do anything to end the war as quickly.
Michael Crowley is a senior editor at The New Republic. Today, he brought some reality into this debate with Barack in Iraq (Can he really end the war?).
I'n not sure if most Dems have the courage to read it or believe it:
"What he is offering is a basic vision of withdrawal with muddy particulars, one his advisers are still formulating and one that, if he is elected, is destined to meet an even muddier reality on the ground.
Obama has set a clear direction for U.S. policy in Iraq: He wants us out of Iraq; but he's not willing to do it at any cost--even if it means dashing the hopes of some of his more fervent and naïve supporters.
And, when it comes to Iraq, whatever the merits of Obama's withdrawal plan may be, "Yes, We Can" might ultimately yield to "No, we can't.""
If Obama or Clinton wins, then the anti-war movement will be reduced to say that "Obama lied, people died".
Also, the anti-war supporters will finally realize that the world's problems are a lot more complicated in the Oval Office than at the "yes we can" rallies.
Again, McCain will win this election. Obama (or Clinton) won't have to deal with the idiocy of their campaign rhetoric.
After McCain's victory, the Dems will go back to the bleachers and blame everything on McCain!
What's new about that? The Dems have a PhD on blaming everything on the guy who beat them in the election!
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Back in 1938, Orson Wells' "The war of the worlds" drove drivers off the road and people to jump off their roofs. Everybody thought that the Martians had landed somewhere near New York City.
For many of us, Rush Limbaugh is a wonderful lunch companion. I laugh hard with Rush. He is the best radio host in the country. He understands how radio works better than anybody else. I guess that 20 million listeners can't be wrong!
Rush Limbaugh has gotten into the Dems' heads with "Operation Chaos".
How many Republicans switched to vote for Clinton in PA? Probably not many! I just don't think that most people would do it!
Nevertheless, Limbaugh has the Dems in a state of panic. Last night, the media was speculating over the impact of Clinton winning PA because conservatives switched to vote for her. It also impacted exit polls!
Again, my guess is that Operation Chaos had a small impact. Yet, we can not deny that Obama is having trouble connecting with so called Reagan Democrats.
This fall, those Reagan Dems are more likely to vote for McCain than Obama!
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
My prediction was pretty good. I said 53-55% for Clinton. So far, she is leading Obama, 54-46% with about 76% of the vote in.
What does it mean?
First, the fight moves on. Clinton will be re-energized to move on to NC and Indiana.
Second, Obama can not close the sale. He is like the salesman who looks the part, makes a wonderful presentation but doesn't get the signature on the application.
Third, Clinton has a honesty problem with Dems. I saw an exit poll that a plurality of Dems don't think that she's trustworthy.
Can Clinton convince super delegates to take the nomination from Obama? I don't see it.
Obama will be the nominee. As a McCain supporter, I'm very happy about that!
Did I hear that right? Obama has cancelled a debate with CBS News!
Unlike McCain, who is doing a ton of town hall meetings and press conferences, Obama has decided to avoid questions.
Frankly, this is a mistake.
Also, where is the media outrage? Where are the reporters screaming that Obama is refusing to talk to them?
Obama had a terrible debate a week ago. He had trouble with questions about his past. He had even more trouble with questions about current issues, like taxes. He came across as someone who does not understand capital gains taxes. Rick Moran has the day's best line: "But his handlers have scrapped the idea of any more debates and the candidate himself is dodging the press as if they all had ebola."
Don't misunderstand. Clinton has her problems, too. I agree with Ed Morrissey:
"Democrats have discovered an ugly truth: neither of the two candidates left will unite the party, and for good reason.
They’re both lousy candidates.
People like Obama more on a personal level, but both carry significant negatives now, and both candidates have contributed to them.
Hillary Clinton’s Tuzla Dash will guarantee her defeat in November, and if not, Bill Clinton apparently will. Hillary now gets less of the African-American vote than Republicans — only 8% in Pennsylvania.
Obama can’t even buy a victory despite having more money than Croesus, and he has lost every big state the Democrats need to win in November."
Let me say it again: How did John McCain get so lucky?
What did the good people of Tennessee know about their native son Al Gore?
They knew enough to give Texan GW Bush their state's 12 electoral votes.
In 2000, those 12 electoral votes made the difference between winning and losing. (Bush won 271-267)
What's Al Gore up today? He is making movies about global warming.
What kind of movies is he making? Can you say a movie with fake scenes:
Like most of you, I want clean air and water. I do not like pollution. Conservatives do not like to live in polluted cities either.
What's our problem with Gore's hysteria? It is hysteria.
You don't go out and raise fears by making a movie. Also, you don't make a movie that uses fake scenes to make your point.
As I wrote before, serious environmentalism is great! Hysterical environmentalism is not!
Is Al Gore going to apologize to all of those school children who made reports based on this movie? Wonder what the public school teachers' unions that supported Gore will say about this?
Watch the video!
According to Nice Going, Jimmuh:
"It is long past time for the disgraceful Jimmy Carter to get off the international stage.
I would never suggest that Barack Obama is as feckless, as deluded or as dishonest as Jimmy Carter.
But Carter's example should make one think about the wisdom of electing as President a man who seems to believe that the world's dangers can most effectively be met with an endless willingness to talk with our enemies."
Yes, former Pres. Carter went to see Hamas against The White House's wishes. He did not have a lot of support from Israel, either. Wonder why?
Again, it's time for former Pres. Carter to go back to working with charities and supporting elections throughout the Third World. He was a lot better doing that than sticking his nose in diplomacy.
Monday, April 21, 2008
The Dems are now the anti-free trade party.
They've walked away from one of the most successful chapters of the Clinton years. Back in the 1990s, Clinton understood that free trade helped the US economy. Clinton and Gore supported NAFTA and gave us the trade deals with China.
So why are the Dems dumping the Clinton years?
It starts with Obama. He is pandering to labor unions in Pennsylvania and everywhere else. Why isn't Obama telling the truth to PA or Ohio voters? Why doesn't he tell PA or Ohio voters that they must get over the past and move into a brand new world that includes free trade? (Clinton is no better but she is not going to be nominee anyway)
How is any of this Dem protectionism helping the US build relations in Latin America?
It is not!
You don't help US-Lat Am relations by stabbing serious leaders like Colombia's Alvaro Uribe and Felipe Calderon in Mexico.
Today's Washington Post has a great editorial attacking the protectionist Dems. Read Colombia's Case:
"There are two important countries at the north of South America.
One, Colombia, has a democratic government that, with strong support from the Clinton and Bush administrations, has bravely sought to defeat brutal militias of the left and right and to safeguard human rights.
The other, Venezuela, has a repressive government that has undermined media freedoms, forcibly nationalized industries, rallied opposition to the United States and, recent evidence suggests, supported terrorist groups inside Colombia.
That U.S. unions, human rights groups and now Democrats would focus their criticism and advocacy on the former, to the benefit of the latter, shows how far they have departed from their own declared principles."
Where is Obama today? Guess where?
He is pandering to unions at another "hope and change" rally!
Again, it is Hugo Chavez who benefits from the Dems beating up Alvaro Uribe.
See Nancy ♥ Hugo by Matthew Continetti:
It is Chávez who profits most from the CFTA's demise.
For years now, he's been locked in a struggle with Colombian president lvaro Uribe over the future of South America.
Chávez wants that future to be socialist, authoritarian, friendly to other dictators, and belligerent toward the United States. Uribe wants it to be market-oriented, democratic, and integrated into an international system friendly to freedom and organized and led by the United States.
The two visions could not be more different."
A few years ago, Canadian Mark Steyn published America Alone, a book that compares the US to to the West. I think that the Pope got first hand knowledge of Steyn's point. A few days ago, Steyn commented on the Pope's visit:
"In my book America Alone, I note a global survey on optimism:
61 per cent of Americans were optimistic about the future, 29 per cent of the French, 15 per cent of Germans.
Take it from a foreigner: In my experience, Americans are the least “bitter” people in the developed world.
Secular gun-free big-government Europe doesn’t seem to have done anything for people’s happiness." (God and Guns)
Yes, Americans are more optimistic because they are more religious. Despite the rise of secularism, we are still a religious people.
The Pope is from the World War II generation. They were liberated by the US. They were protected by US troops in Germany. They were also more religious than their grandchildren.
Today, Europe has voted itself outrageous entitlements, taxed itself to economic stagnation and walked away from its churches.
Do you understand why the Pope is so concerned about Europe?
The Pope came here to introduce himself and bring closure to the sex abuse scandal. I think that he did that well.
The Pope takes back first hard evidence that our leaders talk about God and there is nothing wrong with that. The White House ceremony was wonderful and full of references to God.
At least, the US is having enough babies to be around in 50 years! Can we say that Western Europe?
Some of us are old enough to remember Sen. McGovern's 1972 3am acceptance speech!
Yes, the party rules pushed the candidate out of prime time and into the early hours of the morning.
Most people didn't see the speech. Most people didn't vote for McGovern either. Nixon won 61% of the vote along with 49 states.
After that, the Dems came up with this "super delegate" system. It was intended to stop another McGovern debacle.
Today, the Dems' super delegates must choose between Obama or Clinton.
Will they be super delegates and actually select the better candidate against McCain? Or will they simply vote for the candidate that carried their district or state?
In my opinion, super delegates are supposed to act in the best interests of the party. They must look at the big picture and go with the stronger candidate not necessarily the choice from the floor.
Will they? I don't know! Let's see what else is in Obama's closet!
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Like most left wingers, Bob Herbert is furious with the Dems.
Herbert thinks that the Dems are blowing their big chance to win it all in 2008:
"The Democrats have become so psychologically battered by these many decades in the leadership wilderness that they consider the Clinton years, during which the president was impeached and they lost control of both houses of Congress, to have been a period of triumph." (Road Map to Defeat)
What Herbert forgets is that the Dems started losing when they opened the door to the crazy left.
In other words, they started losing when they took people like Bob Herbert seriously!
What are the Dems saying? Just read Herbert's columns.
There is too much Bush-bashing rather than alternatives to his policies. At the end of the day, Americans will not vote for Bush bashing dressed up as change.
Want the Dems to win? Throw Bob Herbert off the wagon. Let Herbert find another political party to support.
The Dems won't get over their 40 years of electoral funk until they exterminate the angry left from its ranks.
What do you do when you have two unelectable candidates?
You go into panic mode and bring up McCain's age. (VIDEO: Operative Takes on McCain's Age: 'He's older than FM radio'... )
Isn't that some kind of "-ism"?
What would the party of diversity scream if we said that Obama is too young? What "-ism" would they accuse us of?
Hillary Clinton is going nowhere, although she is likely to win Pennsylvania and hang around until we get to Denver. Yet, Peggy Noonan is right on target:
"Mrs. Clinton is transmitting, but people aren't receiving. She has been branded, tagged. She's been absorbed, understood and categorized. People have decided what they think, and it's not good."
Have you read what the left is writing about Sen. Clinton? It makes what the 'right wing conspiracy" said of her sound like a Valentine Day's love note? (Huffington Post: Hillary and the Commies)
They hate Hillary Clinton. Why do they hate her so much? Because they don't think that she is genuine.
What took so long to figure that out?
Barack Obama is just as unelectable but for different reasons.
Nobody knows a thing about Obama's past. Most Dems don't know a thing about this guy! Just ask them! (How Obama Fell to Earth -David Brooks)
Obama's nomination means that the Dem party would hitch their wagon to a left wing ideologue. He can't win, specially after that performance on the debate:
Obama Shaken, Rattled, and Rolled by Dick Polman
Honeymoon is Over for Obama by Michael Goodwin
WSJ and IBD agree — Obama’s a lightweight on tax policy by Ed Morrissey
The Dems are in a terrible position. They are about to nominate a woman with high negatives and a man that no one knows:
"McCain is viewed favorably by 56% and unfavorably by 41%.
Obama’s ratings are 47% favorable and 51% unfavorable.
For Clinton, those numbers are 43% favorable, 55% unfavorable" (Rasmussen)
Trust me. Obama's number will deteriorate over the next few weeks.
I can't wait for Denver. It will be fun!
Have you ever seen anything like this? I have not!
The American left is at war with ABC News because they asked Obama about Rev. Wright and a fellow named Ayers.
Is this unusual? Not at all.
The media is always digging up info on candidates' friends and business interests. It comes with the territory.
Sometimes, the findings are meaningless, such as all of the nonsense about VP Cheney and Halliburton.
After all, what was Cheney supposed to do during the 1990s? Was he supposed to be unemployed? Cheney took a job with Halliburton and that was that.
Nevertheless, I'm OK with the media digging up these facts. We need to know these things.
The Ayers relationship is the latest chapter in Obama's lefty past.
Question: Why are all of Obama's crazy uncles a bunch of leftist wackos?
One crazy uncle is OK. Two crazy uncles may represent a pattern.
Michael Barone has a summary today The Rules Change for Obama:
"The Weather Underground attacked the Pentagon, the Capitol and other public buildings; Ayers was quoted in The New York Times on Sept. 11, 2001, as saying, "I don't regret setting bombs; I feel we didn't do enough."
It was at Ayers' house that Obama's state Senate candidacy was launched in 1995; Obama continued to serve on a nonprofit board with Ayers after the Times article appeared."
Like with Rev. Wright, Obama has a problem walking away from bad situations. He is either tone deaf or just don't have the guts to stand up to these characters.
What would The NY Times be saying if McCain attended a church with a racist minister or hung around with a guy who blew up abortion clinics!
Obama's problems go beyond his "crazy uncles".
Obama can't answer questions about the economy. Larry Kudlow nailed Obama:
"But here's the deal: During the debate, Obama bungled his answers on tax policy, big time.
Period. End of sentence.
End of story.
To my liberal friends in the media, all I can say is: Get over it. Your guy has a very poor grasp of basic economic principles.
First off, you don't raise taxes during a recession. That's a no-brainer.
Second, doubling the capital-gains tax rate will affect Americans up and down the income ladder, not just rich hedge-fund managers.
In addition, capital-gains tax cuts are self-financing, and they stimulate jobs and the economy.
You want to raise budget revenues and spark economic growth?
Cut the cap-gains tax rate. That's what history shows.
The Wall Street Journal's Steve Moore points out that in 2005, almost half of all tax returns reporting capital gains came from households with incomes under $50,000, while more than three-quarters came from households earning less than $100,000.
Obama also proposed uncapping the payroll tax, another blunder that will hit people up and down the income ladder.
While Obama pledges tax hikes only for folks earning more that $200,000 a year, his tax hike on payrolls would actually slam middle-income earners.
The cap on wages subject to the payroll tax is presently $102,000.
By eliminating that cap Obama will be soaking veteran firemen, cops, teachers, and health-service workers, along with a variety of other occupations."
Obama was awfully unprepared for that debate. Didn't he anticipate these questions? His answers were those of a man who has been doing too many "hope and change" rallies rather than taking serious questions from the press.
Don't blame ABC News this time. Don't blame Tim Russert of NBC News for asking Hillary Clinton about driver licenses a few months ago.
What's the problem?
The Dems are irrationally obsessed with Iraq. They went out and found the only Dem in the country who spoke against the war in 2002. They found him and Rev. Wright, Ayers and everybody else waiting in the wings.
The Dems' primary process does not challenge candidates from the center right. During the long primary, the Dems have been trying to outdo each other in getting out of Iraq, reversing the so called "tax cuts for the rich" and blaming Bush for every sin in the planet.
The Dems are totally unprepared for the questions that will come up in the general election. The general electorate is more suburban, more white, more married, more rural, more conservative, more religious and more likely to be among the 50% that pays 97% of the federal income taxes!
You can't win the general election by saying that you will withdraw from Iraq. We need to hear a specific idea that takes into consideration the region and the consequences. We have not heard that from Obama or Clinton because they are too busy pandering to the anti-war left in the primaries.
You can't win in the general election saying that we must tax the rich. It does not fly! Most Americans are smart enough to know that "taxing the rich" eventually includes everybody.
Last, but not least, you can't blame everything on Bush. He is not running. They are running against McCain who has huge support from independents.
Friday, April 18, 2008
Great moment. What a wonderful video of a very historic moment. First, Pres. Bush welcomed The Pope to the White House. Last, but not least, the US Army Chorus delivers an amazing performance of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic":
Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored,
He has loosed the fateful lightening of His terrible swift sword
His truth is marching on.
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
His truth is marching on.
I have seen Him in the watch-fires of
a hundred circling camps
They have builded Him an altar
in the evening dews and damps
l can read His righteous sentence
by the dim and flaring lamps
His day is marching on.
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! His truth is marching on.
I have read a fiery gospel
writ in burnish`d rows of steel,
"As ye deal with my contemners,
So with you my grace shall deal;"
Let the Hero, born of woman,
crush the serpent with his heel
Since God is marching on.
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
His truth is marching on.
He has sounded form the trumpet
that shall never call retreat
He is sifting out the hearts of men before
His judgment-seat Oh, be swift, my soul, to answer Him! be jubilant, my feet! Our God is marching on.
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
His truth is marching on.
ln the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,
With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me:
As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free, While God is marching on.
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! His truth is marching on. " (lyrics)
By the way, this is the wonderful story of the song! Read it and share it with your children!
We need to do this more often in Washington DC!
You don't have to be Catholic to love this one! This is beyond denomination.
Congratulations to Pres. Bush and Pope Benedict for their remarks. It's great for our leaders to talk about God!
For months, Obama has gotten a free ride from the media. Last night, he was finally forced to answer difficult questions.
Obama does not like questions!
He does not like anything other than the "hope and change" speech.
Sorry Obama. We need to know more about you. No one gets a free pass to The White House. Not even Obama!
Today, Obama whined that it took "45 minutes" to get into serious subjects during the ABC debate.
It's taking us months to hear any substance from Obama. As I wrote before, the Dems are about to nominate a candidate for president that they don't know anything about! It is amazing!
Also, what's so bad about learning more about Obama's friends? His church? His Chicago connections? They speak volumes about Obama's judgement.
Sorry Obama. You need to stop whining. Your days of "hope and change" are over.
Also, do you think that Charlie Gibson was tough?
It's going to be a lot tougher in the Oval Office, specially when you have to tell your "yes we can" screamers that the troops are not coming home like you irresponsibly promised them during a "yes we can" rally!
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