August 11, 2008

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August 10, 2008

Obamanable Campaign Financing

Over at Atlas Shrugs they've been working very hard, going through Barack Obama's camaign donations with a fine-toothed comb. The media made a big deal about some legal donations made to John McCain because they were bundled in part by a foreigner. Why are they giving less scrutiny to donations to Obama's campaign?

Atlas Shrugs has found

"Obama’s campaign donation pages are rife with donations that end in CENT. Thousands of them. Odd numbers all. Cathy and I have gone through thousands and thousands of foreign donations that end in cents (as in dollars and cents) for Obama and there were NONE for McCain. More evidence of foreign contributors, since Americans living overseas would almost uniformly be able to contribute dollars.

The donations don’t show up on the FEC search either by individual or by the candidate. If you scroll through the pages of the donations alphabetically for Obama, the dollar amounts
are what you’d expect legitimate donations to look like. i.e., $250, $500, $1000, $2300…but when you look at the database of transactions it is nothing like that. You get $74.37, $42.95, $116.38, $29.70…like that (those are actual examples). Clearly this is what you would get if you converted a foreign currency into dollars, e.g., 50 Euros would be roughly $ 77.12."

There is plenty more to see, such as donations coming from places like Indonesia and Gaza. The American people should know about this but the Media remains silent on the issue.

One person showed up to see Al Franken

Al Franken had a campaign event scheduled and only one person showed up! Anyone who doesn't find that amusing is seriously lacking a sense of humor.

For Franken, it probably would have been better if nobody showed up, then he could have blamed it on a communication error. Obviously, at least one person knew of this event, therefore we can assume that others heard about it and didn't want to go.

August 9, 2008

Michelle Obama-Caught off guard by a 7 year old

Michelle Obama visited some 2nd graders. She asked the children if anyone had any questions, one boy said we should finish what we started in Iraq. Mrs. Obama was clearly taken aback. Watch the video.

Petition the FEC for Obama to cough up his birth certificate

Why won't Barack Obama produce a certified copy of his birth certificate? He's running for President of the United States of America. Shouldn't the people have the right to know if he is who he says he is? Are we to just hand him the keys to the Oval Office based on his word?

Mitchell Langbert created a petition to the FEC requesting that they verify Obama's citizenship and also clarify what US agency bears the responsibility of verifying the citizenship of candidates.


Did Obama fake his birth certificate?

August 8, 2008

Obama's Patriotism-It's not the pin it's his words

Patriotism: devoted love, support, and defense of one's country; national loyalty.

Nothing raises Barack Obama's hackles like questions about his patriotism. When he chose not to wear a flag pin he said "I decided I won't wear that pin on my chest. Instead I'm going to try to tell the American people what I believe will make this country great and hopefully that will be a testimony to my patriotism." Notice he said "what will make this country great", rather than "what makes this country great", but we'll let that slide.

According to Obama, patriotism has nothing to do with whether or not he wears a pin, but with the words he utters.

Earlier this week a seven year old girl asked why he wanted to be President. He replied "America is no longer what it could be, what it once was." He went on that his vision of America is "to be kinder, to be gentler." See Video. Apparently, he share's his wife's view that America is a "downright mean" country.

Did love of country inspire Obama to declare on foreign soil "I know my country has not perfected itself. At times, we've struggled to keep the promise of liberty and equality for all of our people."?

He couldn't resist including in his speech on patriotism how as he "got older, that gut instinct - that America is the greatest country on earth - would survive my growing awareness of our nation’s imperfections: it’s ongoing racial strife; the perversion of our political system laid bare during the Watergate hearings; the wrenching poverty of the Mississippi Delta and the hills of Appalachia."

Are Americans to trust in his patriotism when he can't even give a speech about patriotism without ifs, ands or buts? Do those words imbue devoted, love, support and defense of one's country?

It's like saying to your child "I love you, except for when you were two and threw tantrums, when you lied at the age of 6 and spilled juice on the couch last night. Really, can't you be more perfect?"

August 7, 2008

Lawyers gone wild!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

More lawsuits - that's just what we need in America. Apparently, attorney Curtis Wolfe believes that's true because he's launching the new website Mr. Wolfe said that his website will immediately put potential complainants in touch with live attorneys.

Even Miami trial attorney Richard Sharpstein thinks it's a bad idea. Sharpstein told Time Magazine "As if there aren't enough trial lawyers out there inventing law suits, now we're going to invite the public to do so....It encourages, if not creates lawsuits."

I say, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. When they go live next month let's all log on and tell them we want to bring a class action law suit against the Federal Government to lift the moratorium on drilling and to give the country back to the people.

The Sum of Good Governance

In his first Inaugural Adress on March 4, 1801 Thomas Jefferson said that a "wise and frugal government...shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government."

How would Thomas Jefferson feel about some of Barack Obama's recent promises (bribes) offered to the electorate in 2008? What would he think of a man who openly declares that he will take oil companies' profits, and redistribute those profits to those who didn't earn them?

Had our government left us free to regulate our own pursuits of industry and improvement we would not be paying $4.00 per gallon for gas. We wouldn't be funding our enemies. We would be extracting our own resources from our land. We would have more nuclear power plants and cheaper electricity. Don't people get it.

Could Thomas Jefferson have contemplated what would become of the government he fought so hard to establish?

Protest of the protesters of the protest caught on video!

This is a video of the protesters on Capital Hill on Monday. These are the wackos Barack Obama answers to. The Obama supporters (MoveOn) said they are all for $10, $20 or $30 per gallon gasoline. About 45 seconds into the video a guy wearing an Obama shirt was asked how a single mom would be able to fill her gas tank with gas prices so high and he replied "A single mom probably doesn't need a minivan."

There it is, the mindset of the left "single moms don't need minivans".

August 6, 2008

GOP Revolt Day Four

Wednesday August 6, 2008

House Republicans were at it again today, calling on Nancy Pelosi to cut her book tour short and come back to Washington for an up or down vote on the American Energy Act. Newt Gingrich joined them and, according to the Politico, he said that relying on foreign oil is bad foreign policy, economic policy and environmental policy.

John Boehner's blog has been posting updates every day. Today's quote of the day came from Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX). “There is nobody doing more to help the OPEC nations than the Democrat leaders. We are helping grow these sharks who want to devour us.”

In the mean time, American Solutions reported that has sent an email to their donors telling them that progressives are losing this argument. If you haven't done so already, go to American Solutions and sign their petition to Drill Here, Drill Now and Pay Less.

Hillary Clinton - Still fighting?

Hillary is considering having her delegates heard at the Democratic National Convention. Didn't I read something about Obama considering letting Florida and Michigan place their delegates at the convention? Has anyone done the math lately? Will the superdelegates jump off of Obama's ship now that he's showing weakness in the polls? This could get interesting.....

New Obesity Study-Get ready for a new government program

Wednesday August 6, 2008

All American adults will be overweight or obese within forty years, according to a new government study. While that may sound alarming, what's more alarming is that this is a government study so the government is probably going to want to do something about it.

This study gives the Nannies a little more ammunition in the quest to exert yet more control over another aspect of American lives. Around the corner are we to expect fast-food taxes, more bans on fattening foods or doctors turning people in to the authorities for high cholesterol?

Just last month at the doctor's office we were told she had to calculate the kids' BMI (body-mass index), saying it's a new requirement. She just shook her head in annoyance as she went to find her Children's BMI Calculator.

Why don't we all make a pact to eat better, exercise and stay in shape! We'll all look hot like Paris Hilton while taking away the Nannies' ammo. They may even leave us alone to enjoy our occasional Hostess snack in peace.

Obama Fatigue

The Pew Research Center's most recent poll finds that Americans are just plain tired of hearing about Barack Obama. They needed a poll to figure this out? What's surprising are the 51% of independents and 34% of Democrats that are sick of him.

Americans can only take arrogant politicians talking out of both sides of their mouths in very small doses. Sure, 10% of respondents believe there isn't enough coverage of Obama, but those are just his fans in the media. The 41% who believe the coverage is just right are regular readers of the Huffington Post and Daily Kos.

Gee Whiz, by the looks of things, even his wife is tired of him. When is the last time we've seen Michelle giving a speech on behalf of Barack?

John McCain's New Celebrity Ad

This is the latest ad from the McCain campaign. He calls Obama a celebrity and points out that Obama's policies would hurt American families. I liked the other celebrity ad better, but this one's not bad.

August 5, 2008

Nancy Pelosi on Gas Prices

This is Nancy Pelosi in April 2008. She said that gas prices were $2.56 per gallon. That's how out of touch she is, she didn't even bother to look at the signs at the gas stations on her way to Larry King's studio.

Missed Opportunity

Tuesday August 5, 2008

A caller to a conservative radio show this morning told the host he is fairly conservative but will for Barack Obama. Based on what he said I would guess that the caller is in his early to mid twenties and he's having trouble making ends meet. He complained that he can't find a decent job and really seemed to believe that a President Obama would improve his situation.

The host of the program missed a great opportunity to tell this guy that he is not the exception, he is the norm. Most Americans don't just walk into a great job. To get ahead one must work hard, prove one's worth to his or her employer and build a reputation in his career field. That is the key to career success. Abraham Lincoln put it best when he said "whatever you are, be a good one."

Americans need to stop looking to the government to solve their problems because it just isn't going to happen. Government is the problem.

Spotlight on Russia

Is the Cold War really over, or are we just in a decades-long lull? The war on terrorism, the Presidential election and Brangelina's twins are in the limelight, while Vladimir Putin sneaks under the media radar.

Yesterday Reuters reported that Vladimir Putin expressed his wish to go back to Cuba. This should give Americans pause.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Monday said it was time for Russia to rebuild links with former Cold War ally Cuba, news agencies reported.

The Kremlin is angry at U.S. plans for a missile defence system in Eastern Europe, and last month a news report suggested Russia might use Cuba, a thorn in America's side for half a century, as a refueling stop for nuclear-capable bombers.
If that isn't enough to give you pause, Daniel Silva's op-ed Comrade Lenin: Alive and Well should. Mr. Silva travelled to Moscow last year researching his novel Moscow Rules. He observed the statues, memorabilia, street names and other monuments to the murderous thug Vladimir Lenin. It's downright creepy.

Silva imagines the outrage that would be expressed if there were such monuments to Adolf Hitler remaining in Germany. It would be ridiculous. So why aren't we in the West indignant over the Lenin love-fest going on in Russia?
During the Cold War, many of the opinion leaders in Western Europe—the academics, the essayists and novelists, the campaigners for peace and human rights—were too often willing to overlook the Soviet Union’s inexhaustible list of crimes against humanity because they were adherents of Marxist-Leninist bilge themselves. Lenin was to be forgiven his sins because, in their eyes, his cause was just. As for Stalin, yes, he was a monster, but he was also a hero, the man who single-handedly fought Nazi Germany to a stalemate until the American and British could join the fight. Many conveniently overlook the fact that, by agreeing to the infamous Non-Aggression Pact with Hitler in 1939, Stalin was the one who made the Second World War possible in the first place.
He goes on to spell out how Vladimir Putin is a product of the KGB and the Party, reminding of a 2005 speech in which Putin described the collapse of the Soviet Union as "the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the twentieth century."

Russia is amassing an oil fortune while talking about rekindling their relationship with Cuba. The American people are funding them because we aren't extracting our own resources. In the meantime Congress is on vacation.

GOP Revolt Day Three

Check out House Republican Leader John Boehner's blog to keep up to date on the happenings over at the US House of Representatives. The Democrats remain on vacation.

Fifteen GOP House members have spoken today, including Mike Pence, John Shadegg and Duncan Hunter. Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ) is asking you to let him know what hardhips Nancy Pelosi's inaction is causing you, your family and friends. You can send him an email at

The quote of the day came from Jean Schmidt (R-OH):

“Pelosi is on a book tour, God bless her, she wrote a book. I wish I could take the time to write a book. Well now is the time to vote, not the time to write a book.”

“We can’t pick and choose our alternative resources, we must use them all because they support and compliment each other.”

No wonder Pelosi couldn't stick around. She had to go promote her book to keep it from dropping out of the top 1000.

Update: The funniest news of the day comes from the Politico. Move-On protestors showed up to protest the protest in the house. Then some right wing protesters showed up to protest the protesters of the protest. Do any of these people have jobs?

August 4, 2008

Monday Musings

Monday August 4, 2008

How many rights is the Chinese government violating in its attempt to present a good image for the upcoming Olympics?

We can call off the Presidential election, Nancy Pelosi has appointed herself the new "decider".

Since Global Warming is such a sure thing, should I keep my upstate NY pool open until December?

If my children are lucky they can retire at the age of seventy-nine and a half.

Why did we need a housing bailout when 93.3% of us are paying our monthly mortgage payments on time?

It must be nice to have a five week, taxpayer-funded vacation. Too bad most suckers, I mean taxpayers, don't receive such a nice job benefit.

Barack Obama should choose John Edwards as his running mate. The recent scandal makes him look more human, and when Democrats are caught up in scandals the media either ignores or celebrates them.

What's with Democratic voters who vote big spending liberals into office, then complain about high taxes and move to a "red" state only to elect liberals who raise their taxes?

Here in upstate New York, people can still identify themselves as conservative without fear of job loss. Can you imagine being a conservative in Hollywood? Now that's a lonely conservative!

Governor Paterson-You can't have it both ways

Governor Paterson suffered a lapse from liberal philosophy last week when he called on the state to cut spending. All of you liberals who are disappointed in, worry not, he has reverted back to form.

In his recent op-ed in the Washington Post, the accidental Governor has called on the federal government "to help all states navigate an economic crisis". He insists that the federal government must pass a "second stimulus package that includes investments in our nation's infrastructure" and other short term stimulus investments like paying people's heating bills for them this winter.

His op-ed slamming the Bush Administration and the federal government for wasteful spending, while pleading with the federal government for more spending came one day after his press release congratulating the President and Congress for passing the Foreclosure Relief Act.

Which is it Governor? Are you for or against reckless government spending?

August 3, 2008

Check out this headline

Big Oil has more cash than it can use.

Is that code for "the government should feel free to take Big Oil's money away"? The article isn't suggesting that, but headlines like that only add fuel to the fire of the Democrats' pursuit of Big Oil's profits.

Sunday August 3, 2008

House Republicans to return to the floor Monday

According to the Politico, House Republicans believe that they had enough good press, despite the Speaker of the House turning off the cameras, to return to the House tomorrow for another day of speeches and protest about Congress' inaction on gas prices.

It is unknown whether or not Representative Jim Walsh (R-NY) will make an appearance. The last release on his website is dated July 30 where he took Nancy Pelosi to task for blocking meaningful debate and an up or down vote on drilling.

The Politico's report mentioned Pelosi's interview with George Stephanopolous this morning on ABC News This Week. She was as arrogant as ever, and pretty much indicated that she knows she's right, so why bother to go ahead with an up or down vote. In her mind, it doesn't matter the outcome because she's made up her mind and that's the way it is.

In addition to calling on Republicans to return to the House, perhaps they can also call on many of the Democrats who are willing to vote for drilling. Perhaps they can call on the Democrats to come back and vote on electing a new Speaker of the House. That may do something to improve their approval rating.

How many times must we reiterate that we are a government by the people for the people. The people want drilling and we expect our representatives to remove the barriers to drilling that they have created.

Environmentalists are at it again

For five decades a dam on the St. Lawrence River in Northern NY has controlled the water levels of Lake Ontario. The US and Canada, through the International Joint Commission (IJC), have worked together to determine the proper lake levels.

For property owners along the the lake everything has been going fine, knowing they could rest easy without constant worry of flooding. Things could change next year if the Citizens Campaign for the Environment and The Onondaga Audubon Society have their way.

These groups are lobbying the IJC to change the way they regulate the water levels. They want to increase the variation in lake levels with lower levels as well as higher levels. The higher lake levels will endanger property owners in the area who argue that their sea walls will be eroded and their properties will be in danger of major flooding.

According to the Syracuse Post Standard Gerry Smith of the Onondaga Audubon society actually said that most of the people effected are "baby boomers and up" and that they will only be around for one of the five expected floods per century that will occur if he and his cohorts have their way. In other words, Mr. Smith thinks it's perfectly acceptable for people living along Lake Ontario to have a major flood every twenty years or so.

Most people agree that the Great Lakes are one of our greatest assets and we must do whatever we can to protect them and keep them clean. Responsible land owners should not be punished for the mere fact that they own property on the waterfront. This is one more example of environmental groups putting their crusade above humanity.

Boycott Tyson Foods

Tyson Foods is not going to give their employees labor day as a paid holiday anymore. This is almost unbelievable, but here it is. They are replacing labor day with the Muslim holiday Eid al-Fitr, whatever that is.

Hat tip to Texas Fred's on this one. All I can say is "don't buy Tyson Chicken".

August 2, 2008

Another Obama Shift

For months Barack Obama has been telling us he is beyond the old style of politics, with Obama we can move on to new politics. He wants you to believe he is not a politician, when that's exactly what he is. Just look at his trip overseas. He was perfectly willing to give a speech during a free concert to make it look as though 200,000 Germans actually came to hear him speak, yet he cancelled a visit with wounded U.S. troops because he had to leave his entourage at the door.

He keeps "shifting" (the new term for flip-flopping) positions when it is politically expedient. Is that "new politics"? It sure seems like old politics to anyone who follows politics. His latest "shift" is on drilling on the Outer Continental Shelf. He held his finger to the wind, felt which way it was blowing and decided he would throw the voters a little bone.

His promise to give $1000 to every family didn't give him the bump in the polls he was hoping for. Apparently not all Americans are on board with the rob Peter to pay Paul mentality. Now he is willing to throw his so-called convictions to the wind, throw his base under the bus once again in order to pick up a few points in the polls.

Obama still believes we won't be able to "drill our way out of" the energy crisis, but now he's willing to consider allowing drilling off the Florida coast. The problem is, he's been so against this for so long, who can believe him?

Father of Haditha Marine Speaks

Hat tip to Old Soldier for this video. God Bess the U.S. Marines! John Murtha should be tried for treason.

Making the Case for Capitalism

Democrats and some Republicans lead us to believe that capitalism is bad, that it leaves some people behind while a few get rich, keeping everything to themselves. That sort of thinking is wrong and should be rejected.

In The Spoiled Children of Capitalism Jonah Goldberg makes the point that capitalism has spoiled us, and now many are rejecting capitalism because it has been so successful in improving conditions for humankind.

Capitalism is the greatest system ever created for alleviating general human misery, and yet it breeds ingratitude.

People ask, "Why is there poverty in the world?" It's a silly question. Poverty is the default human condition. It is the factory preset of this mortal coil. As individuals and as a species, we are born naked and penniless, bereft of skills or possessions. Likewise, in his civilizational infancy man was poor, in every sense. He lived in ignorance, filth, hunger and pain, and he died very young, either by violence or disease. The interesting question isn't "Why is there poverty?" It's "Why is there wealth?" Or: "Why is there prosperity here but not there?"

Try to imagine life without capitalism. There would be no economy. There would be no tax base. There would be no "windfall profits" for politicians to try to tax. You wouldn't be reading this right now without capitalism because who would have invented the computer without the incentive of profit? Profit is good, it isn't bad. Capitalism has been a blessing, and we need to remember that.

Links I Like List

I was tinkering with my site and lost my list of favorite sites. If you were on the list, or would like to be on the list, please post a comment with your web address and I'll get it back up there ASAP. I've added a few but I know I missed a lot of you. Thanks and sorry about that.

August 1, 2008

McCain Ad - "Obama the One"

McCain keeps outdoing himself. This is good stuff.

"This is the moment when the rising of the oceans began to slow! And our climate began to heal!"

I just don't get why they are calling this an attack ad. Showing video of "The One", shouldn't Obama be flattered?

GOP Revolt on the House Floor!

According to the Politico Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats adjourned the House and shut down the lights and microphones. But John Boehner and other Republicans are refusing to leave. It started out with just a handful but they are trying to round up other Republicans to return.

The Democrats turned off the lights and the microphones because they don't want this covered by the press. They don't want it covered by the press because they don't want you to know about it. This is good stuff and it's a crying shame that it's not being covered by the media. Doesn't anyone have a video camera? They're calling it a "new Boston Tea Party".

The Politico's last update was at 4:30, they are still there and apparently they aren't going anywhere soon. They've even brought in boy scouts! I wish I was there.

Update: C-Span issued a statement saying it isn't their fault they aren't covering the news on the House floor. The Speaker of the House (Nancy Pelosi) controls the cameras. So don't believe anyone who sayd that Nancy Pelosi isn't keeping the public from knowing what's going on in Washington.

Update: At 5:00 PM they ended their protest, singing "God Bless America".

That's a little bit disappointing. It's now up to President Bush to call them back.

Obama's latest idiotic economic plan.

This post should be titled "Obama's latest socialist plan." The Politico is reporting that Barack Obama has announced a new plan to give families a "stimulus" payment of $1000, paid for by oil company windfall profit taxes.

Anyone who tries to argue that this is not a socialist plan is just absurd. Exxon Mobil paid $32 Billion dollars in taxes in the last quarter alone. Is that not enough for the Prince of Hubris? He wants more of the money the oil companies legally earned, to give to people who did nothing to earn that money.

If you are planning to vote for Obama ask yourself this-if we allow him to take whatever he wants from "Big Oil" who is next? What reason do you have to believe he will stop there?