Sunday, June 27, 2010
Have you had coffee with any "yes we can screamer" lately?
Well, I have......and they are divided into two groups:
1) It's the Republicans' fault; and,
2) The truly disenchanted.
Of course, it's tough to blame Republicans when the Dems have a president & the congress.
Why so much doom and gloom from the land of "yes we can" fantasies?
Let's check out a couple of headlines today:
Key Dem: Immigration bill lacks votes
Closing Guantánamo Fades as a Priority
The Dems ran to pass immigration reform and close GITMO. I guess that reality caught up with them.
Arizona is well known for beautiful parks, wonderful terrain and lots of people who love to spend time outdoors.
Furious at Obama for failing to keep his election year promise to promote comprehensive immigration reform when he had a super-majority at his disposal, they are deserting the president and his party in droves.
The Arizona situation is insane but this is Obama, the man who sat in Rev Wright's church for 20 years but never heard a racist or anti-Jewish sermon.
Frankly, I never thought that I would see our federal government tell its citizens that a park is unsafe for families to go camping, picnics or hiking.
Again, this is BO's world!
Thankfully, more and more Americans, including the millions of "hispanos" who came here legally and love "the rule of law" are checking out of "the hope and change" express.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
What does it mean for Afghanistan?
What does it show about Pres BO's management style?
Can Pres BO keep his promise to start withdrawing troops in July 2011?
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Friday, June 25, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Guess who is playing at a .606 pace? (Are the Rangers really going to win 100 games this year?)
The Rangers continued their amazing streak of good pitching and timely hitting?
What happens when your pitchers go deep and your hitters get clutch hits?
The answer is that you win and you win a lot of games
Last night, Hamilton got a night off but they won 13-3 anyway.
Andrus went 3 for 5.....Young got 3 hits & 4 RBIs......Nelson Cruz got 3 hits and raised his average to .333 and Borbon is up to .298 after a very slow start.
Logic tells us that the winning streak will end and that Texas is not going to finish with a 100 victories.
Nevertheless, this is a fun team to watch. This is also a team that looks like it will win the AL West.
Another day and another set of challenges for BO!
What else could go wrong? A Chicago scandal? (Corruption trial distant, unwanted headache for president...)
Back in Chicago, the "Blago trial" is getting very interesting: Lawyers seek summaries of Obama interviews ...
From day 1, I've had one question: Did BO know that his Senate seat for sale? Did he know that his aides were involved in a potential crime to sell his seat?
I don't know the answer. It'd help if Pres BO would make a statement and explain his involvement in the whole thing!
We learned this today:
"Arizona Democrats facing tough reelection races are distancing themselves from the Obama administration as it prepares to file a lawsuit against the state over its controversial immigration law." (TheHill)
Why are Dems doing this?
The Arizona law is very popular at home.
We reiterate our position that all of this talk about a lawsuit is political posturing and pandering to Hispanic Dems.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Gen McCrystal's tactics were wrong.....however, Pres BO needs to understand that the soldiers are not happy with "his withdrawal comments"!
Sooner or later, this volcano was going to explode and expose the growing feud between Pres BO and the guys trying to do a job in Afghanistan.
Don't get me wrong.
I believe in civilian control and the constitution.
In other words, Pres BO is the commander in chief and the generals follow orders.
Pres BO has every right to dismiss Gen McCrystal.
At the same time, this problem is not going away because we change heads.
Afghanistan is a mess because Pres BO played to his frustrated base and called for an early withdrawal.
Pres BO's politically motivated decision has made life impossible for the guys trying to work with the locals over there.
Let me repeat: No one defends insubordination.
We repeat even louder: This is a much bigger problem than a general who didn't restrain himself with the media.
Pres BO needs to reassure the soldiers that he is committed to victory rather than giving his disgruntled base something to digest for now.
It will be a very hard summer in Afghanistan. We will see lots of casualties as US, UK and Canadian troops take the fire to the enemy.
Our soldiers need to know that Pres BO is committed to this difficult fight...and will not make their lives harder with stupid, and I mean stupid, statements to appease the anti-war base!
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
First, they promise the "base" that they are going to follow up on campaign promises.
Second, they never say "where or when"!
Or, they put it off into the future, as they are doing with a decision about terrorist trials: The Obama administration will make a decision on where to hold terrorist trials…after the November elections. Surprise, surprise!
So what will happen with the Arizona law?
We are still waiting for a formal confirmation about a lawsuit.
All we have so far is an answer to a reporter's question in Ecuador!
The Obama administration faces two huge challenges:
1) Americans support the Arizona law:
".......recent ABC News/Washington Post poll, Americans side with Arizona by a 58 percent to 41 percent margin.
In late May, Quinnipiac put the numbers at 51 percent to 31 percent.
CBS found that 52 percent think the Arizona law is "about right" while only 28 percent believe it "goes too far."" (WJAntleIII)
Good luck trying to go against public opinion again.
2) The feds may not have much of a case, no matter how much hysteria and fear mongering has been peddled by self-appointed Hispanic leaders, and sadly, by so many in the Spanish speaking media:
"But Arizona did not create new immigration violations out of thin air. It took what were already federal crimes and made them state ones too, while giving local police a reasonable opportunity to enforce them.
In other words, Arizona followed the federal government's immigration policy.
Even the state's enforcement role is limited. Arizona can't deport anyone.
It can only refer the people it believes are illegal immigrants to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.
The federal government remains the ultimate arbiter of who is in the country illegally and still sets immigration policy." (JWAntleIII)
What's the federal case? Are they going to say that a state can not enforce federal laws?
Again, good luck with that! This is not going to be "slam dunk" that so many have been predicting. The people who wrote the Arizona law understood the challenges and crafted a law to address each one of them.
I agree with Ed Morrissey:
"The Obama administration is about to fall on its face in court....."
Put me down as someone who will believe it when I see it!
In the meantime, "el gran coqueteo" of "hispanos" continues.....the Obama administration has used Hispanics cynically and shamefully!
How much longer will "hispanos" continue to buy into this? Or vote for people who tell them what they want to hear?
Hopefully not long!
Monday, June 21, 2010
Did you hear about the Jones Act? Here it goes:
"......a protectionist law that prohibits foreign-flagged boats and crews from doing port-to-port duty within 3 miles of the US coast." (CSM)
I guess that taking care of the unions is more important than cleaning up the gulf!
The people in the gulf are calling on Pres BO to allow foreign ships to come in and help in the clean up.
Back to the CSM:
"On Friday, Sen., Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R) of Texas filed legislation to waive the Jones Act to welcome more high-tech foreign clean-up boats, saying the Jones Act is standing in the way.
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said last week "that we have not had [a] problem" with the Jones Act.
At the same time, US marine interests complain that up to 1,500 US-flagged skimmers sit idle, and should be used first."
Pres Bush waived the Act in 2005 during the Katrina crisis.
Why can't Pres BO do the same thing and allow some of our friends to help us? They have the special boats and the willingness to lend a hand.
What's more important? Cleaning the gulf or pleasing the unions?
Check out our "Sunday night chat":
Afghanistan was the Dems' favorite war when they were out of power and in "the speech business".
It's a lot different now, specially since Pres BO committed 30,000 troops.
What's going wrong over there?
First, where are all of those "madly in love with BO Euros" and their troops?
Remember the days when the NATO countries told us that they were turned off by the Texas cowboy?
What's up now? Why aren't we seeing NATO troops other than Canada, the UK and the US?
Second, Pres BO made a huge mistake by telling the enemy that we would begin withdrawing in the summer of 2011.
How can NATO troops cut deals when the locals suspect that we are going home?
What happens when the locals understand that the Taleban will settle scores after we leave? Cut their heads off? Rape their daughters? Kill their sons?
The Wash Post has a message for Pres BO and all of the confusion coming out of this administration:
"One is the uncertainty created by President Obama's stipulation that U.S. troop withdrawals begin in July 2011 -- which seems to have caused many Afghans to conclude that American power and influence will quickly recede after the coming year.
The second, related to the first, is the administration's lack of a clear definition of the political end-state it seeks -- other than a set of conditions that will allow U.S. troops to withdraw without handing a new sanctuary to al-Qaeda."
Unlike a lot of Dems, we supported Pres BO's decision to send the troops and get serious about finishing Al Qaeda, the Taleban and whatever else is a threat to our national security over there.
We want to see "a little Bush in BO".
In other words, we want the locals to understand that we are there to stay and finish the job.
It worked in Iraq! Let's do it in Afghanistan.
Check out our "Sunday Night chat":
On Sunday, Josh Hamilton tied the game in the 9th and then won it in the 10th!
Most guys would be happy to have a game like that....!
However, this is just a bit of what Hamilton has been doing in June:
"Hamilton finished 5-for-6 on the afternoon and was 20-for-39 with three home runs and 10 RBIs on the trip.
He also has a 16-game hitting streak. During that streak, he is 31-for-64 (.484) with seven home runs and 23 RBIs.
Hamilton was great in 2008, but this could be the hottest streak he has been on with the Rangers. " (MLB)
He is hitting .337 with 16 HRs and 58 Rbi's.......and we've only played 69 games.
My guess is that Hamilton will cool off at some point. However, this is new territory for me!
I have never seen a hitter look better than Hamilton this month!
P.S. Hamilton, and starters going deep into games, add up to having the Rangers in first place in mid-June!
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Saturday, June 19, 2010
TCU of Ft Worth, TX, is the local representative in the college baseball finals. (They beat # 2 Texas to clinch a spot in the finals)
They are formally known as The Texas Christian University Horned Frogs! (What's a horned frog?)
And they've earned their trip to Omaha for the college baseball finals.
Today, TCU started its quest for a title with a nice win over Florida State: 8-1
Stefan Stevenson has a good analysis of the TCU team:
"So you're suddenly a huge TCU baseball fan, huh? That's OK, there's plenty of room on the bandwagon as it arrives in Omaha for today's opener against Florida State.
Is it a shock the Horned Frogs are in the College World Series?
TCU was one win away in 2009.
Before the season began, players and coaches talked in matter-of-fact tones about their stated goal: Omaha.
TCU has good pitching and they play defense. And they look like a "team of destiny", the kind of club that could win it all in 2010!
Did anyone see this one coming? We've gone from the guy walks on water to he can't swim!
It's another weekend and another round of critical columns about the Obama presidency.
Let's start with Charles Blow, the very liberal NY Times columnist:
"It is becoming increasingly apparent that the magic has drained away.
Even among his most ardent supporters, there now exists a certain frustration and disillusionment — not necessarily in the of his duties, but in his inability to seize moments, chart a course and navigate the choppy waters of public opinion."
Let's check with Professor VD Hanson:
"But what exactly does Barack Obama wish to accomplish abroad?
In interviews and speeches, Obama emphasizes his nontraditional background and his father's Islamic heritage.
Apparently, he hopes that by reminding the world that he is not George W. Bush, America will be better liked."
As we pointed out during the peak of Obama-mania, be careful about a foreign policy based on love and an obsession to be liked.
Peggy Noonan, one of those conservatives who bought into "hope and change" is now worried that BO is Carter:
"The president is starting to look snakebit. He's starting to look unlucky, like Jimmy Carter."
Did Carter have bad luck or did he project such a weak foreign policy that the bad guys decided to challenge the US all over?
The Carter analogies are all over Europe, a continent that can not defend itself and relies on a strong US president.
Weren't these people in Europe jumping up and down two summer ago?
Mort Zucherman delivers the final punch: World Sees Obama as Incompetent and Amateur
So what's going on?
Bo's candidacy was based on two first class :
First, "everything is Bush's fault"! In other words, replace Bush and everybody is happy again!
By the way, the blaming Bush stuff is losing its political value: 47% Blame Bush for Nation's Economic Problems, 45% Blame Obama
BO owns this economy, as every Dem seeking reelection knows quite well.
This is 2010 and not 2008! Read: Earth to House Democrats: It’s time to push the panic button. But don’t take my word for it; consider the evidence.
Second, and more damaging than the first, BO's voters did not take seriously the fact that their candidate had no executive experience.
As we've said before, this is not going to end well for all of those who got caught up in "the personality " and did not look into the man's lack of qualifications to serve as president.
As your parents warned you, irrational decisions bring bad results, no matter how often the speaker tells us what you want to hear!
She did not say "where or when"!
We are still waiting for AG Holder to confirm that the Obama administration is really going to file a lawsuit.
Sec Clinton told the reporter that it's up to the federal government to fix immigration.
Memo to Sec Clinton: Who is the federal government? Didn't you people win the election?Sec Clinton's comments have created a little confusion up here:
Third, this is an extremely popular law in the US. Poll after poll shows that most Americans support it!
Also, there is no certainty that the challenge will reverse the Arizona law.
What if the courts agree that Arizona's law is simply calling for the enforcement of current immigration law?
Politics aside, I want the courts to decide, for once and for all!
At the same time, can't we expect that the Obama administration will take a serious stance and stand up to the most dangerous regime in the Middle East?
Michael Hirsch makes a good point:
The Obama administration appears to be adopting something like the former approach with Iran. "
In other words, the Obama administration doesn't believe in a tough policy toward Iran.
How is it doing?
"Muslim countries wary of U.S. and Obama, poll shows"
It's not going well in the UK either. Our relations with the UK, the only country that has not hesitated in Afghanistan, is not going well.
The Brits are not happy with the way that BO has treated them.
We are showing weakness with the world's rogue states.
We are also showing incompetence, according to Mort Zuckerman:
"The end result is that a critical mass of influential people in world affairs who once held high hopes for the president have begun to wonder whether they misjudged the man.
They are no longer dazzled by his rock star personality and there is a sense that there is something amateurish and even incompetent about how Obama is managing U.S. power."
Sorry.....but what in the world did all of these people see in BO anyway? What were they smoking?
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Friday, June 18, 2010
I am not the only who can't understand that speech a couple of nights ago.
"But the only thing people want to hear from him is word that the problem is on its way to being solved — and this message he cannot deliver."
Check out Dan Froomkin:
Thursday, June 17, 2010
The Rangers are playing great and Michael Young is leading the way again.
Tonight, Young passed Ivan Rodriguez to become the all time hits leaders:
"Michael Young is now the Rangers' all-time hit leader. The one that put him on top also put the Rangers over the top in a 6-3 victory over the Marlins." (MLB)
Isn't that the ultimate team player?
He breaks a record but he helps the team win a big game!
Congratulations to Michael Young.
He will get a lot bigger hits in the future!
P.S. Hamilton went 4 for 5 and he is now hitting .323 and 48 RBIs!
Ed Morrissey posted a succint review of Pres BO's speech:
"Even Obama’s supporters have begun to see what his critics have long known: Obama is an empty suit.
His sorry performance last night showed just how little he understands his job, the situation, and the expectations of the American people."
It gets really bad when Robert Reich writes this about the speech:
"The man who electrified the nation with his speech at the Democratic National Convention of 2004 put it to sleep tonight. President Obama's address to the nation from the Oval Office was, to be frank, vapid."
It's starting to look a lot like Carter......and that's one comparison that the Dems won't like!
Check out our audio comments on the speech: