October 17, 2008

Do I need to be vetted too?

I am taken aback by this Joe the Plumber guy. Well, not him exactly. Poor guy had no idea he was going to be the Next American Celebrity, he just asked the guy who wants to be President a question.

Now people are digging into his life and reporters seem to be talking to him 24/7. The question has been raised about how well the McCain campaign vetted the man before he mentioned him in the debate.

Joe is just a guy on a rope line. Obama let him ask the question. If Obama is not pleased with how his answer to the question played out, how is that Joe's fault? Why does it matter if "Joe," as it's now being written, goes by his middle name? Lots of people go by their middle names. No, his life isn't perfect. He's not making what they say he said he's making. That's because he didn't say that's what he was making, he said he was looking at buying a business that made that.

But none of that matters because it's not in line with the way Obama wants to be seen. Not because of the question Joe asked but because of the answer Obama gave.

So essentially Obama, his staff, the media who can't get off these stories about Joe, and the lefty supporters who keep talking about everything that is wrong with Joe, are essentially telling us all that we are not worthy to talk to the people who want to be elected. Or maybe we are but they get to look at all our financial records and the list of websites we've looked at first.

But the big scoop is: Joe asked a really good question. And, in my humble opinion, Obama gave him an honest answer. That's the important bit.

Here's hoping Joe survives the election. He may be the best thing that's happened to it.

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October 6, 2008

'Traces of Nuts'

ACORN - The Big Picture

And this is a PUMA website!

Really excellent presentation of where the money's going.

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September 23, 2008

"But I Wanna!"

Obama has now said he won't rescind the tax cuts or raise taxes on the wealthy because it would be bad for our economy in these slow times. Today, he said the bailout will mean he can't implement the spending plans he has, at least not as quickly (hmm, maybe I'll think twice about that bailout now). We all know he's not really sure what he wants to do with Iran and he's thinking a bit about what to do with Russia. So, essentially, we have a man who is asking us to vote for him because he just really wants to be president.

Me too. I wanna be president. Vote for me!

What I don't get though is this: Obama seems like a pretty smart guy. How come he can show us that he knows high taxes are bad for the economy and yet persist in asking us to vote for him so he can raise them? How can he be smart enough to figure out that we're all trying to figure out how we can afford to bailout Wall Street, that he knows it's going to tap us out and we're all worried about that, but he's asking us to vote so he can spend all our money? He's a smart guy, why can't he see the contradictions in his premises?

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September 22, 2008

Why Am I Not Surprised?

It appears that the internet smear campaign against Palin is being orchestrated by a Dem PR firm with ties to Obama's chief media strategist. What a classy guy Obama is, huh?

More information here.

Posted by Ith at 8:54 AM

September 20, 2008

Old Tactics are Not New Politics.

This new Spanish Obama ad is very interesting to me. While I've heard arguments to the contrary, I think this will really hurt Obama.

Most people are used to "mean" political ads. There are general discussions over the nuances of some that are not exactly truthful because they miss this or that nuance. This ad, however, is one big ball of lies. Forget how badly it takes Limbaugh out of context, it paints McCain as something he clearly isn't. This isn't even an issue of people having to search back into piles of C-Span archives to find out what he really thinks. This was front page stuff. He almost lost the primary over this issue. Anyone who's most important issue is immigration knows where McCain stands. Defending McCain from this ad might inflame one or two people who are still angry about his position on this but most of those people have had months to come to terms with voting for him anyway.

Obama. on the other hand, has shown that he's willing to do anything to get his way. He's willing to completely lie. Not stretch the truth or re-state something in the terms he understands it, he's willing to completely lie. While not the only example of politics as usual from the man who came to power to heal the wounds of the country and stop partisan politics, that is lower than most of the politicians before him have chosen to go. Mostly because the people don't like to be lied to.

Posted by Sea Rover at 11:02 AM

September 17, 2008

Girl Talk

Palin Power

...Fortunately, many other women, those who don’t write blogs for the Times (or books about how much better it is to be a mother in France than in America, as Warner has), have no trouble understanding Palin’s enormous appeal. Palin inspires primarily because she lives her beliefs with strength, with enthusiasm, and with unswerving commitment to her values — the values her supporters share.

We all know it’s not Palin’s take on the issues, or even her lack of experience, that is driving many women in the media crazy (especially those speechwriter Chriss Winston calls “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Rants”). What is really frightening them is that the woman who finally might do it, break through that glass ceiling, might not have “Democrat” stamped on her uterus. She might not feel that American women, just because they are women and no matter what life hands them, are victims.

And as for how Sarah should handle the out-to-get-her media, Candace Beuhner has some good advice: “Can you believe Charlie Gibson?” she writes. “He reminded me of my four-and-a-half-year-old reprimanding my three-year-old. The whole superior air, followed by an elaborate instruction on the ‘right’ way of doing something, with the grand finale of, ‘Yes, well, that’s because I’m smarter than you.’ In our house, that whole tableau is usually followed by my three-year-old giving his big brother a big whomp on the head. I kept wanting her to say, ‘Come off it, Charlie. We all know who you’re voting for.’ I just wish she could have taken him caribou hunting.”

Posted by Ith at 4:54 PM

September 14, 2008

Says It All

From an Obamessiah supporter:

'I had become complacent," she said. "I thought the election was in the bag. Then, all of a sudden, we've got this big fight on our hands."

Didn't Darth Vader have something to say about overconfidence?

Link

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September 12, 2008

Two Contrasts

But first, if you aren't reading The Corner over at NRO, you're really missing out!

It isn't a surprise how Gibson and ABC treated Palin, after all they're all in the bag for Obama. But it would be nice if there was some semblance of fairness. I hope she's planning on doing a similar interview with someone like Brit Hume.

First, there's this bit of an Alternate Universe:

Charlie Gibson: "Senator Obama, you have referred in the past to 'my Muslim faith.' How strong is your Muslim faith?"

Barack Obama: "You know, I don't know if that was my exact quote."

Charlie Gibson: "Exact words."

Yeah, we'll never see that, but if they treated Obama the way they treat Palin, we would.

And second, compare what Gibson called a 'blizzard of words' to a similar question asked of Biden. You can find it here.

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September 9, 2008

Small Town Girl?

Her sudden elevation to the vice-presidential slot on the Republican ticket shocked no one more than her enemies in Alaska, who have broken out into a cold sweat at the thought of Palin in Washington, guiding the Justice Department's anti-corruption teams through the labyrinths of Alaska's old-boy network.

It is no surprise that many of the charges laid against her have come from Alaska, as her enemies become more and more desperate to bring her down. John McCain was familiar with this track record and it is no doubt the principal reason that he chose her.

Focusing on the exotic trappings of Alaskan culture may make Palin seem a quaint and inexplicable choice. But understanding the real background of her steady rise in politics suggests that Barack Obama and Joe Biden are underestimating her badly. In this, they join two former Alaskan governors, a large number of cronies, and a trail of enemies extending back over a decade

Read all of it here.

Posted by Ith at 11:48 AM

September 5, 2008

Believing

I remember Bill Whittle from back when I was first blogging, and now he's writing for National Review. And what he wrote is so exactly right. I think it may be the perfect article for me to point to when people just don't get it.

For the first time, I feel like we deserve to win more than they deserve to lose.

Posted by Ith at 3:26 PM

Just What I Was Saying

I've been talking a lot about the concept of 'Western Conservatism' with friends both online and in RL lately, and here's a reporter in the UK who has nailed it exactly:

Hailing from Arizona and Alaska, the Republican ticket has a chance to rekindle a western conservatism different from the old Yankee paternalist sort or the Bible Belt version. They like their guns out there (some still kill their own food) and they are pro-life and deeply pro-America, of course. But at a time of grave challenges, the themes of economic freedom and opportunity, the resistance to the idea that government holds all the answers, could resonate with voters.

Odd that a Brit journalist gets it when our own media just doesn't.

The whole thing here.

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September 4, 2008

PUMAs for Palin

Fausta has the scoop.

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Not Me

How often am I told that the Republican Party is the party of rich old white men? And yet, I'm a life long Republican -- not a man, not rich, and not old. Thought I am white, or as I prefer 'Anglo Celtic American', and I certainly would have no objection to being rich! But honestly? I don't know any rich old men - of any colour. Most of political social circle are women. I'm not even married, or a mother. Single, childless, California native. I guess I'm supposed to be a Dem, but I never drank that particular Kool-Aid. I think the constant assertion that this is a party of rich white men is just another way for the liberals to try and marginalize those of us who don't conform to their very limited viewpoint of who women and minorities should be. And I've never been a conformist!

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The Next Morning

Between Rudy and Sarah, we were pretty fired up in our house last night! I said to Nin that we could be seeing the first female President standing there. What a moment! I'm in my forties, Nin is in her thirties, and neither of us have children, but both of us can relate to Sarah Palin. She's a genuine, what you see is what you get, real woman. I came out of last night with a feeling of hope and possibility. And guess what? Her mom, like my mum was right -- an American woman can walk through any door and be anything she wants to be.

Just stop for a moment and realize how blessed we are to be American women. How blessed we are to be Americans. It's a good morning.

Later: and since I'm lazy, two of my Cotillion 'Palinesque' blog sisters have roundup posts.

CalTech Girl & Kat.

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August 31, 2008

Palin & National Security

Interesting email posted at The Corner on Sarah Palin's NS responsibilities as governor of Alaska.

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August 29, 2008

Amazed!

Before I went to bed last night, I said 'I hope I wake up and find that Sarah Palin is the pick. But that won't happen because McCain only ever does things that tick me off!' I think I scared the cats with my 'SQUEEEE!!!!' when I turned on the TV this morning.

Finally, a woman on the Republican ticket! And a woman I can relate to and enthusiastically support. Who would have thought? I teared up a bit when she was announced and as she began to speak. I wouldn't ever vote for a woman just because she's a woman, of course, but to be able to do so this election? Priceless.

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August 28, 2008

Way To Go, Obama!

Lord knows, I do not like John McCain, and I was going to vote for him unhappily holding my nose. But Obama is an agent of change really for real! After his speech, I'm actually going to donate to McCain's campaign. Change! what a crock! He's just the same old same old Dem politician. The anger and the nasty tone totally turned me off. I bet he wasn't expecting that sort of change, huh?

Posted by Ith at 8:18 PM | Comments (3)

Is There?

Is there enough wine in the world to get through watching the Obamessiah's speech?

I told my coworker I'd see him tomorrow unless his acceptance speech brings on the Rapture [insert eye roll]

Posted by Ith at 6:46 PM

August 22, 2008

Why Not...

Caroline Kennedy as Obama's VP? She has the same job Cheney had before he was tapped as running mate.

Just an idle thought.

Posted by Ith at 12:52 PM

August 14, 2008

You're Doing It Wrong

I keep hearing that Obama is supposedly the Anti-Christ. Seriously? Dudes, have you heard the guy speak when he isn't using a teleprompter? Unless he's going to 'uhhh' and ummm' us into the Apocalypse. I was looking for something a little more charismatic for the 'Ultimate Evil'. But that's just me.

Posted by Ith at 9:04 AM

July 23, 2008

Obama's Hair

Maybe it was just the lighting outdoors at the press conference he had in Israel this morning, but his hair sure looked a lot grayer than I remember it. Has he stopped colouring it so he looks older?

And speaking of the Obamessiah, he's sure not the gifted speaker they try to make him out to be. He may be great with a crowd in front of a teleprompter, but her really sucks at off the cuff type speaking. "Israel is a great friend of Israel"! Hah! And all the umms and ahs. But you won't see the MSM talking about his verbal gaffes, will you? That's saved for Bush.

Posted by Ith at 9:38 AM

July 15, 2008

Gah!

If I have to hear Michelle 'Bitter' Obama prattle on for the next four odd years, I'll be the one that ends up bitter. Could this woman be any more out of touch with regular working women?

"You're getting $600 -- what can you do with that?" Mrs. Obama said in Pontiac, Michigan last week. "Not to be ungrateful or anything, but maybe it pays down a bill, but it doesn't pay down every bill every month. The short-term quick fix kinda stuff sounds good, and it may even feel good that first month when you get that check, and then you go out and you buy a pair of earrings."

Yeah, that's what I did. /sarcasm

Here's the whole story, along with a roundup of some of her other more memorable moments.

As a woman, she just makes me cringe.

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May 31, 2008

And *Bush* Is The Stupid One?

Lord!

From Obama's visit to Mt. Rushmore:

He did express curiosity about the filming of a chase scene in "North by Northwest," Alfred Hitchcock's 1959 classic starring Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint that included a death-defying scramble over Rushmore's presidential faces.

"How did they get up there in the first place?" he asked ranger Wesley Jensen.

"They didn't. It was a movie set," Jensen told him.

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May 19, 2008

You Just Can't Make This Stuff Up!

So Obama thinks the rest of the world gets to have a say on how much I eat and where I set my thermostat. Like I always say, real life is very often a Monty Python skit. What's frightening is that this guy could be President.

I would love to see what him and Bitterchelle spend on groceries and what their utility bills are. I bet they aren't sitting under blankets during the cold Chicago winters, or sweating during the summer without air conditioning.

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April 29, 2008

Question Time

Good Question:

They note that "the government-subsidized burning of our food supply to create ethanol has both increased carbon dioxide emissions and driven up food prices at a startling rate" and join the growing chorus to end the mandate.

Add the fact that it takes more energy to produce a gallon of ethanol than you get out of it, and that it requires an enormous amount of another increasingly precious resource — water — in order to process this inefficient fuel, and you wonder how ethanol was ever considered green to begin with.

So who's going to pull a George Stephanopoulos, and ask Obama about his support for Third-World-starving ethanol policy, just ahead of the Indiana primary?

Posted by Ith at 9:20 AM

April 28, 2008

Bitter Californians

From an Obama delegate:

* Message # 3: If someone in SF asks you about those "strange rural people in PA"...don't indulge their liberal, latte drinking bull [poop]...Just tell them if they want to understand rural and ethnic PA that they should get in the Prius's and drive down to Bakersfield or any of the other mid state towns in California where there are people who actually lead ordinary lives and care about God and own guns....

The rest here.

Posted by Ith at 10:49 PM

March 4, 2008

Nifty

I was watching FNC, and they said if you went to their website, you could watch their Strategy Room as a live feed on the internet when the main broadcast isn't airing them. I decided to check it out. It's pretty neat! Though I seem incapable of listening to them and the TV at the same time.

In other election news, I watched McCain's speech and tried not to wallow in depression :) Really and truly, I'm trying to prepare myself for the reality of having to vote for him. and I will. I just need a little more time for acceptance!

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February 9, 2008

'Obama, the Progressive Pragmatist?'

I thought this was an interesting article.

An excerpt:

...Here is what one successful and high-profile political consultant—one who has worked for both Democrats and Republicans—told me recently: "What most people don't understand is that Hillary is the idealist and Obama is the pragmatist."

It's an assessment that will surely surprise many people. Clinton, after all, is the "experience" candidate with five- and 10-point plans on pretty much every possible policy topic, including housing, healthcare, and technological innovation. And critics will point to her Iraq war vote in 2002 as the ultimate pragmatic political move. Obama, on the other hand, is more noted for soaring speeches about hope and unity than for Washington wonkery. He was also rated the most liberal U.S. senator in 2007 by National Journal. Yet this veteran politico was sure that if elected, Clinton would be the one, for instance, to push hard for a government-run, European-style healthcare system that would go far beyond what either she or Obama has suggested so far.

Posted by Ith at 10:11 PM

February 7, 2008

Romney Out

I guess it was inevitable [sigh] So does this mean Huckabee is going to 'do the right thing' now, and drop out? Why should Romney be the only one? Yeah, I'm seriously irritated right now, and really tired of seeing Huckabee's smug smirk on my TV.

Posted by Ith at 9:18 AM

February 6, 2008

Depressing

I voted for Romney because the other guys all dropped out, and because he wasn't McCain. But the more I've seen of Romney over the last few weeks, the more I'm liking him. Which just makes this whole McCain thing even more depressing.

Here's hoping that four years form now, there will be a candidate I'll be excited about.

Posted by Ith at 10:20 AM | Comments (1)

February 2, 2008

GAH!!

This is exactly what I'm talking about. Every time I try and choke back my dislike of McCain, there's crap like this.

Hate speech!??! Far Right? Seriously? So because I think McCain would make a terrible president, and I don't like him, that constitutes hate speech? We may as well roll up the carpets and let the Dems win because when the supposed leaders of our party have stooped to this level, it's all over already.

I thought I could hold my nose and vote for him in November, but I don't know if I can do that now. If McCain and his people would shut their mouths for maybe five minutes, they might drive away a few less voters. Oh, but I'm not 'rational', so they obviously don't want my vote anyway. Nice to know. I've voted Republican in every single election since I turned 18. But John McCain isn't interested. Good luck with that, John. hope it works out for you and your 'rational' friends.

Seriously ticked off this morning.

The full text of the email is below in the extended entry.

Brad Marston, National Chairman - McCainVictory08.com

To all:

Wow this is great to see. Political muscle is built by one person talking to one person and so on. Now it seems we have jumped to dozens of people talking to dozens more.

I urge you all to do as I have done and simply contact the stations that carry the likes of Hannity, Limbaugh, Coulter et al and let them know that you are tuning them out and turning them off. If enough of us do it, they'll get the message.

I have no problem with someone supporting a different candidate. Steve Maloney supported Rudy when I was already strongly pro-McCain. But just like Rudy and McCain, we kept our discourse respectful and civil and see where we are now; working together for the betterment of our party and our country.

I believe that ultimately the frenzied hate-speec
coming from the far-right towards John McCain will backfire in much the same way Bill Clinton's attacks on Obama in South Carolina led to Obama's devastating victory over Hillary there.

I would suggest that those of us working to elect John McCain constitute the new majority in the Republican Party...what I like to term,
the Rational Right.

PS...any of you on this list who are bloggers, please send me the URL as I would love to come visit and check out your blogs.
PPS...Sheridan Folger's new e-mail address is madirishmaninc@comcast.net

Brad Marston

Brad Marston
National Chairman
McCainVictory08

Posted by Ith at 12:31 PM

February 1, 2008

I Voted

My ballot is in the mail. You all know I feel about McCain, so it probably won't be hard to figure out who I voted for. And only seven propositions this year! A one page ballot!

Posted by Ith at 6:31 PM

January 29, 2008

Depressed

Please don't tell me I'm going to have to vote for McCain in November. Of all people! I need a drink.

I guess I'll vote for him, but there won't be money, involvement, or passion involved. All he gets from me is a vote, and not a happy one at at that.

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January 19, 2008

It's Been Awhile

I was sick, then I was out of town, and now, I guess I'm back.

Between CA and UT all we saw were Ron Paul yard signs/billboards. He sure is popular out in the desert!

Somewhere around Mojave, we saw a bumper sticker that said 'Life's a Bitch, So Why Elect One?'

So they wanted California votes to count more, so they moved our primary to next month from June. Yet, all the pundits are saying that anyone who doesn't place well in SC will/should probably drop out. Just how does the fact a handful of states have voted translate into these same few states having such a huge influence? What was the point of moving the damn primary then? Maybe we need to hold primaries on the same day all across the country. It just ticks me off! No, I still don't know who I'm voting for, though I'm leaning towards Thompson. Refuse to vote for Huckabee or McCain. But, no one I want to vote for may be left by the time our primary comes around!

Seen around: "Electile Dysfunction ....the inability to become aroused by any of the choices for president put forth by either party in the 2008 election year." How true!

The blog is still somewhat broken, so you can comment, but all comments end up in moderation. But I do check the queue frequently to approve them. I just don't feel I blog enough anymore to justify putting more money into maintenance. If I start blogging more, I'll see about fixing all the busted stuff.

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November 16, 2007

I Like This

From K-Lo on The Corner:

Women Against Hillary: Because we've waited too long to get it wrong.

Exactly!

(Yeah, I've been a bad blogger. I lost my blogging motivation somewhere and haven't found it yet.)

Posted by Ith at 9:05 AM

August 31, 2007

Ask And Ye Shall Receive

Ith asked for guest bloggers. And my login still works. So here we go.

A word to the wise. You might want to be careful how you place your bumper stickers.

I didn't have the camera, so I can't prove it... but the car in front of me just now had two stickers on the rear window. The one on the left read "Obama '08." To its immediate right: "He's not MY president!"

Interesting message. Somehow I don't think they meant it the way it comes out.

Cross posted at Coffee with CrankyBeach

Posted by CrankyBeach at 10:52 AM

July 20, 2007

2008

Have most of you already decided who you are supporting in the primaries? I'm wondering just how out of step I am in that I haven't yet. For me, it's too early to tell, though I have leanings.

Posted by Ith at 11:39 AM

June 21, 2007

Cool Beans!

How awesome is it that Ralph Nader may run for President again? This could be fun!

Posted by Ith at 1:11 PM

Just Say 'No' To Unsolicited Email

Can't figure out why Sam Brownback keeps emailing me. I didn't sign up for his campaign, and none of the other candidates are sending me email, just him. It's getting rather annoying. Kind of like the guy who kept sending me McCain booster type emails. Finally had to email them and tell me to remove me from the mailing list I never signed up for! Geez! Is there anything on my blog that would indicate I'm a big McCain fan? I think not. Just the opposite in fact.

So just a note to all you presidential candidates out there -- please knock it off with the spam, unless I request said spam. you aren't winning my affection this way, believe me.

kthxbye

Posted by Ith at 8:35 AM

June 11, 2007

So Why Bother Voting?

So much for the will of the people and the consent of the governed.

I didn't vote in the latest local special election because I did not have the time or the energy to study the issues thoroughly to make an informed choice. The ballot measures all had to do with land use and development issues, and I can't remember when I have seen and heard as much obfuscation on both sides of an issue. At one point I was tempted to vote against one measure based solely on the sign pollution of the side in favor.

The voters soundly defeated all four ballot measures, so that should be the end of it. Right? Wrong! Those Who Know BestTM are taking steps to thwart the will of the people.

. . . supporters said not so fast. They are plotting a comeback with lawsuits and creating GPU-5, a plan that combines the concepts of Measure A and GPU-4 while rejecting development in the Rancho San Juan area.

Several lawsuits are already pending against the county and more are expected to be filed. County counsel said it could be years before this issue is settled in court.

Despite the fact that voters shot it down two years ago and again on Tuesday, the Butterfly Village project, a provision of Measure D, could still move forward.

I think I'm getting a headache.

Cross-posted at Cranky's place

Posted by CrankyBeach at 11:09 AM

June 6, 2007

5pm?

I turned on the TV just before 6pm to watch the debate last night, only to discover it was almost over! I vote the next one be on at 8pm PDT just to be fair and all.

Posted by Ith at 12:24 PM

May 31, 2007

Divorce

Or so says David Frum:

It's Divorce

That's what has happened between President Bush and his party over this immigration bill. And if they insist on pursuing it, I fear it is what will happen between the Senate GOP leadership and the party base as well. The issue has already all but killed the McCain candidacy.

While I may not be quite ready for divorce court, I'm well on my way to filing for a legal separation.

Posted by Ith at 1:12 PM | Comments (2)

May 15, 2007

Tonight's Debate

Tried to make a few notes tonight.

Thank god FOX is doing this one!

Brownback just lost me with bio fuels. (not that he ever really have me, but he had a remote chance)

"Congress spends money like John Edwards at a beauty shop" !! LOL

"Rudy McRomney "

They have commercials?!? Well, since I DVRed it, and am a few minutes to behind, it doesn't really matter.

"I'm going to give you another 30 seconds to actually answer my question." Zing!

McCain trying to convince me he wants to protect the borders? Uh huh. Sure.

I won't vote for anyone in the primary that supports amnesty or any stealth amnesty. Just say NO!

Rudy seems to be doing much better this time around.

Argh, temporary worker program. NO! McCain is doing ZERO to convince me to support him. ZERO!

This Ron Paul dude -- if he's run as a Libertarian (at least that's what I though I heard) why is he running as a Republican and why is he in this debate?

If Romney is telling the truth, about not giving a special pathway to illegals I'm warming to him.

Ron Paul is a doofus.

Go Rudy!

McCain looks very old tonight.

I'll admit, I have trouble telling the second tier candidates apart.

But honestly, are we under any illusions that terrorists are going to treat our prisoners well no matter how we treat theirs?

Jack Bauer made it into a debate.

I liked a lot of what Tancredo said - if only he were more mainstream, more electable.

Romney and Gulianni seemed to do the best overall.

Overall, no one won my support tonight. I guess there will be many more debates to watch before February.

Posted by Ith at 7:07 PM

May 3, 2007

This Is What I Call Feminisim

So after watching the debate, I haven't really come away with any new insights into who I might support. But if Fred Thompson were in the race? That might change. I just read this article by him, and this is what I want to hear from our leaders.


America, Saving Muslim Women’s Lives

....The next time I’m reminded of the suffering women endure in too many radicalized Muslim cultures, or apathy toward their plight back here at home, I’m going to conjure up the image of 40 or 50 thousand Muslim mothers smiling into the faces of healthy babies. You might try the same — and remember, while you’re doing it, that these babies would not be alive today if it were not for the U.S. and Coalition soldiers.

Posted by Ith at 6:38 PM

April 3, 2007

If I Get A Nifty X Wing Fighter Out Of The Deal

Conservative Voters, It's Time to Give In to Your Inner Rebel

Posted by Ith at 8:39 AM

February 7, 2007

Happy To Be Quirky

Don't have much to say on the whole Edward's campaign blogger chick kerfuffle. Pretty much it's been covered by many much more eloquent than I am. But all the coverage did lead me to one conclusion: there's no way in hell I'd want to ever be an official blogger for anyone ever! I may not be crude and rude, but I am odd. I freely admit it. The last thing I'd want is to have national exposure of my eccentric and quirky personality! [shiver] So no, I'm quite happy to trundle along in virtual anonymity -- easier on the nerves. I may never be famous, but I'll sleep better, not to mention spend less money on booze.

Posted by Ith at 10:36 AM | Comments (1)

November 7, 2006

All Done In

Well, as I said to C tonight, "We're Republicans in Monterey County -- we're used to disappointment". So I guess it's just a matter of how much damage Pelosi and her band of nutburgers can do in the next two years. And hopefully, they'll only have two years. We've survived Dems in power before, no doubt we'll do it again. Hunker down and be prepared to take care of ourselves, 'cus we certainly can't depend on them. The opposite in fact. The one silver lining is that a lot of the Dems elected tonight aren't the fringe whacko leftists of the Dem leadership. I guess we'll see.

Pelosi third in line to the White House. If that doesn't give you nightmares, I don't know what will.

One happy thought: I can be as obnoxious about their congress as the other side as been. That has potential. One thing I have learned from the Dems is that playing nice gets you nowhere. I hope we take a page from their book, finally, and stat playing hardball like they do.

Sorry for the rambly post, but that's the best I can do tonight.

Posted by Ith at 10:39 PM

August 20, 2006

A Point Awarded to Romney

Romney: U.S. needs skilled immigrants


Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney told the California GOP convention Saturday the United States should encourage foreigners with skills to immigrate, while discouraging those who come here illegally and without skills.

"It is wrong for us to build an absolute concrete wall against those with skills and enterprise," he said, referring to foreign students who come here for advanced study, "and have a wide open door for people with no education and no skills.

Posted by Ith at 1:08 PM | Comments (3)

April 25, 2006

Guess Who's Running For President?

I just got an invite for a luncheon in honour of, get this, George Pataki! For a mere $1000 ($2000 for the nifty privilege of sitting at the same table!) dollars I to can help support his candidacy. Errr... not!

Posted by Ith at 4:07 PM | Comments (2)

March 21, 2006

Back Here At Home

She doesn't want to run the country, she says, but Condoleezza Rice is the hottest thing in politics right now. Pollster Frank Luntz did a straw poll at the recent California Republican convention. Guess who won? Stanford University's provost before joining the Bush administration, Rice was first with 29 percent, followed by Virginia Sen. George Allen at 26 percent and former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani at 16 percent. What's it mean? With Rice on the 2008 ticket, even as veep, California could go Republican.

Article here (via The Corner)

Posted by Ith at 10:25 AM | Comments (2)

January 24, 2006

Great News

I'm still home sick, but did want to mention the results of the Candadian election yesterday. My uncle will be happy! Check out the blogs in the Red Ensign Brigade for a full roundup.

Posted by Ith at 12:45 PM | Comments (1)

January 23, 2006

September 27, 2005

2008

For me, 2008 is still too far away to think about, but this is an interesting concept. It has a lot more angles than the usual internet straw poll.

Posted by Ith at 12:17 PM

June 21, 2005

Groove For The Governor

The Monterey County Republican Party will Groove for the Governor on Wednesday, July 6 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Grassroots supporters of the Governors reform agenda will gather and enjoy a delicious BBQ meal, celebrate Californias road to recovery and learn what they can do to support Governor Schwarzeneggers historic reform agenda.

Posted by Ith at 12:05 PM | Comments (3)

June 18, 2005

Adopt Hillary

From Bill Clinton on the Letterman show:

... Clinton also talked about his friendship with his 1992 election rival, George H.W. Bush. The two former presidents will spend time together at Bush's summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine later this month, he said.

During a recent appearance together in Houston, Clinton noted that Barbara Bush had taken to calling Clinton "son."

"I told the Republicans in the audience not to worry, every family has one you know, the black sheep, kind of drifts off," he said. "I told them, I said, `This just shows you the lengths at which the Bushes would go to get another president in the family and I wish I could get them to adopt Hillary.'"

Posted by Ith at 1:23 PM | Comments (5)

June 17, 2005

Love It!

I've asked to join the "Blogroll for McCain's Opponent". It's right up my alley, so to speak :)

Via My Vast Rightwing Conspiracy

Posted by Ith at 10:37 AM | Comments (3)

June 1, 2005

Because It's Never Too Early!

The 2008 Presidential Wire.

Posted by Ith at 4:17 PM

May 31, 2005

Truer Words

Patterico on John McCain.

Posted by Ith at 12:20 PM | Comments (1)

May 23, 2005

Total Cave

The defintion "Republican Senator" today: a total lack of of backbone.

Details here.

I am very unhappy with my party right now.

Later: what he said.

And what he said too.

Posted by Ith at 5:34 PM

January 21, 2005

Wasn't Me

Bill at INDC Journal asks, "Now my question is, who voted for him [Newt Gingrich] in the poll? Were they serious? Were they high? Stand up and admit your folly."

Newt was on my least desired list. I enjoy listening to him on FNC, but I don't want him to be President.

Posted by Ith at 10:54 AM

January 20, 2005

It's Never Too Early...

to start talking 2008. Hey, don't blame me, I didn't start it! What's this all about? This right here. And yours truly was one of the bloggers asked to participate.

Posted by Ith at 8:51 AM

November 2, 2004

The Bitch Pledge

Going to have to go along with Spoons on this one.

I hearby pledge that if Kerry [gurgle] is elected [choke] I'm going to be a grade "A" bitch about it. I swear! Cross my heart, hope to die, stick a needle in my eye.

That's a pledge you can take to the bank!

Who else wants to take the "Bitch Pledge"? Come on, you know you want to!

Posted by Ith at 5:57 PM | Comments (7)

Reflexive Reloading

I'm an obsessed political junkie, I admit it!

The sites I'm reloading over and over:

The Corner

The Kerry Spot

FNC (they have a nifty java map thingie that doesn't generate popups like Yahoo's does)

Drudge

Posted by Ith at 5:45 PM | Comments (3)

Now The Nerves Kick In

Now I'm starting to get the anxiety. No, not becuase of the exit polls -- which are historically unreliable -- just because :) Until precincts start reporting, we aren't going to know anything, and even then, it's probably going to be a long night. Hopefully, I have enough drinkies to compensate!

And if you haven't voted... GO! SHOO!

Posted by Ith at 3:23 PM | Comments (2)

Nothing Left But The Tears

It's been a long haul, hasn't it? But the day is here, the cards have been dealt, and now all that's left to do is wait. I'm feeling more optimisitic today, believe it or not, than I have for months. So virtual hugs to all of you have commented and read and stood here with me through this election. Couldn't have done it without you!

Here's hoping that come tomorrow, we can all draw a sigh of relief and look forward to the next four years!

Posted by Ith at 9:34 AM | Comments (10)

November 1, 2004

At Least A Microwave!

I've done my bit for converting others to the cause. First, Nin, who when she moved in was a Dem, changed her party officially to Republican this election cycle and has cast her second vote for President Bush. Second, the admin assistant here at work who is a black, single mom in her mid twenties, and voting for the very first time -- for President Bush.

Forget the toaster, I deserve a larger appliance!

Posted by Ith at 5:59 PM | Comments (3)

October 21, 2004

The "Little People"

Why do I have the feeling that to Ta- ray- za, taking care of the "little people" means letting the servants have a half day off on Saturday?

Posted by Ith at 9:24 AM

October 14, 2004

A Retarded Nazi

When I first saw this yesterday, I thought it had to be a hoax. I mean, come on! But it's actually real.

Feel the love, people. If you're a Republican, you're not only evil and a Nazi, you're retarded too! Though, I think they're mixing their metaphors, because Nazis murdered the mentally disabled, didn't they? Yeah, John Kerry being elected is really going to heal the divisions in this country. If he wins [wards off evil eye] I get to have a President who thinks I'm a retarded Nazi! Cool!

You know, I didn't vote for Clinton, but I gave him the benefit of the doubt when he was elected. Kerry, on the other hand, isn't getting even 5 seconds from me. I'm going to use the Democrat party as my example on how to treat a President. It'll be different, but turning the other cheek is over rated. I think an eye for an eye is more along the lines of what I'm going for.

Posted by Ith at 1:11 PM | Comments (3)

October 8, 2004

To Watch, Or Not To Watch?

Since I hate debates anyway, I'm seriously thinking about not watching tonight. I especially dislike these town hall ones YUCK! With their "undecided voters" -- yeesh, right, pull the other one why don't you? "Undecided" like the guy NPR trotted out who turned out to have been a Kerry and DNC donor. And why are all the moderators always liberal MSM types? It would have been nice for a token attempt at balance to have someone from FNC moderate one. Anyway, back to the audience asking questions... the other thing is that these people almost always ask stupid questions, they never seem like they've studied any issues in depth, and that they got most of their info from Jay Leno's monologue. Okay, maybe this time it will be different, and I won't come away from it thinking that the questioners should be ashamed of themselves. Juuust maybe.

Nah.

A Bit Later: What was I saying? (via the mighty Allah)

Posted by Ith at 9:59 AM

October 1, 2004

A Draw, But...

I think it will be seen as pretty much a draw, but when it came to being resolute and making me feel like this guy knows what it takes to protect me and my family, the President won, IMHO. Sure, Kerry speaks well, but I'm looking for a President, not an MC.

I don't know how Bush's evident annoyance at Kerry will play for the average Jane, but I saw it as a man who knows what's important and has to stand there and listen to Kerry prattle on, acting like a smug prima donna. So I thought the annoyance was just fine -- it was normal and human.

Some people have commented on how tired the President looked. I noticed it too. But I said to Nin that of course he looks tired! The Presidency takes a toll anyway, being a President in a war doubly so. I saw a man who has put body and soul into his duty to us as President. It just made me more certain that he is the man for the job now, and for the next four years.

Posted by Ith at 9:24 AM | Comments (6)

September 30, 2004

Eeek!

I'm already cringing. I can't look. I'm pacing around my room, trying not to shout at the TV. (except for sitting down to type this)

6:10 - OK, I liked Bush saying, "It isn't going to happen." (when asked about Kerry being elected and another 9/11 attack)

Oh, "you regret to say". Suuuuuure! Listing military people is the best you can do?

6:14 - Hah! (Bush commenting on Kerry's stament that no one who didn't think Saddam was a threat didn't deserve to be President) Pre Sept. 10th mentality!

6:18 -- Dear god, I'm so sick of the whole "no plan to win the peace". Get a new line!

6:19 -- ARGH!!!!!!!!!!! no particular reason, just on general principles.

Oh, wait, will he tell us about his "secret plan"???

6:24 -- Kerry is such a goober. How does a tax cut relate to tapes not being translated? You can't magically create translators. It takes time! You can't make people work for the FBI. Maybe Kerry would like to institute a draft for anyone that speaks Arabic?

Posted by Ith at 6:07 PM

Have You Noticed?

That there's been more time spent covering the debate before it even happens, than the time the debate itself will actually take?

Just asking.

Oh, and BTW, does anyone else find debates cringe inducing? I just hate watching them, even though I do watch.

Posted by Ith at 11:56 AM | Comments (3)

September 14, 2004

'Cus Chicks Dig It

John Kerrys gender gaffe

Talking about how Kerry no longer has a lock on the female vote, and why women love the President:

.... Im thinking that Bush has developed some qualities that Ronald Reagan once used to garner strong female support. These characteristics were eloquently outlined last June by Michelle Easton of the Clare Booth Luce Policy Institute in an editorial tribute titled Why Women Loved Reagan. Easton identifies three key factors:

First, she pointed to Reagans appointment of women to high-level positions.

Similarly, George Bush has given top assignments to such likable and visible women as Condoleezza Rice, Karen Hughes, Christine Todd Whitman and Elaine Chao. We saw many of these women in prominent roles during the convention.

Second, Easton cited Reagans respectful and loving relationship with his wife Nancy. The incumbent first couple exhibits some of the same chemistry. Laura Bush made her presence particularly felt during August, when Kerry was losing ground to her husband.

I did a check of the Factiva.com news database and found that in July there were 1,024 articles about Laura Bush. But in August, there were more than twice that number, 2,128. With Laura Bushs favorable rating at 66 percent in both July and August, according to the ABC/Washington Post polls, that doubling of the coverage of Laura Bush paid huge poll dividends for her husband.

Finally, Easton said, Reagan made women laugh often by laughing at himself. In the past month, we have seen more Bush humor, especially of the self-deprecating kind.

Over and over, I have heard ordinary people repeat his line from the GOP convention: I knew I had problems with the English language when Arnold Schwarzenegger started correcting me.

Like Laura Bush, women everywhere are finding reasons to love George Bush.

Posted by Ith at 4:42 PM | Comments (2)

September 8, 2004

Make It Go Away

I was talking about just this at our Townhall Meetup last night on why I'm afraid Kerry could win:

.... And he may be hitting on something that will resonate with the not-very-engaged voter. In short, his message is, Go away, world. The Iraq war is costly and casualties are unpleasant to hear about. Americans dont want to say, cut and run, but they want the Iraq war, the war on terror, the ugly images of the Beslan school massacre all of it to go away.

From The Kerry Spot

Posted by Ith at 12:15 PM | Comments (2)

September 7, 2004

Give Me An "F"!

You probably know what Kerry said yesterday about what "W" stands for. So I wonder what "F" stands for? Hmmm....

Foolish

Flip Flop

Frightening

What do you think the "F" stands for?

Later: Flake, Fruitcake

And Later Still: Fop!

Posted by Ith at 8:55 AM | Comments (9)

September 4, 2004

The "Fringe"

Aren't we always being told that the Nazi/Hitler stuff comes from the far left fringe of the Dem party?

Former senator John Glenn (D-Ohio) took the defense a step further by comparing the Republicans' misleading statements to those of Nazi Germany. "You've just got to separate out fact from fiction. . . . Too often, too often, in this country, if you hear something repeated, it's the old Hitler business -- if you hear something repeated, repeated, repeated, repeated, you start to believe it," he said.

It's looking to me like the whole damn party is "the fringe".

And I used to respect John Glenn.

(via The Corner)

Posted by Ith at 3:28 PM | Comments (8)

A Promise Kept

As I posted yesterday, Susan Estrich promised the Dems are going to get "mean" [ooooh! shivers in boots]. Looks like she keeps her promises, because NEWS ALERT!! George Bush was a drunk!! Yes! It's true! Can you believe it?!?!?!

[yawn]

All hat, no issues.

Posted by Ith at 11:33 AM | Comments (1)

September 3, 2004

On What Planet?

Susan Estrich declares that, " The trouble with Democrats, traditionally, is that we're not mean enough". On what planet would that be?

For more than four years, starting when Bush was the Republican nominee, the Dems have been nothing but mean.

He's a drunk

He got his girlfriend an abortion

He stole the election

He's a fascist

He's Hitler

He lied

Iraq was all about Haliburton

He was AWOL

And those are just off the top of my head. Guess what, Susan? It's been the Dems continual meanness and hate that has turned this election personal for me. If you think the Dems haven't been "mean", then I have no idea what your definition of the word would be.

(via The Corner)

Posted by Ith at 11:01 AM | Comments (4)

August 31, 2004

Failure

I was going to write this really great post (to my mind at least) and then I got horribly sidetracked. But I'll leave you with a hint of its future content: After going around and around on the Swift Boat issue with Mickey on an email list, she inspired an epiphany in my leetle brain that roared into a full fledged potential blog post on why I'm taking John Kerry's actions so personally.

I know you just can't wait, but be patient!

Posted by Ith at 6:22 PM | Comments (1)

August 29, 2004

For Me, Not For Thee

You have to go check this one out!

What a pack of hypocrites!!

(I too have taken a screen grab)

Posted by Ith at 2:02 PM | Comments (2)

August 27, 2004

Not Quite Gone

Ith says she's too tired to blog right now, so she has turned me loose (again).

On the way to the grocery store this afternoon, I followed a car with a bumper sticker that said "John Kerry - President." Not "John Kerry for President." Now that's bloody annoying. He's not president, and, Lord willing and the creek don't rise, will never be.

When I went into the grocery store, a sign stood outside offering--in Spanish, yet, in a white-bread neighborhood--to register Democrats to vote. Evidently its owner was on a break.

When I left the store, the registerer-of-Democrat-voters was back on the job. Should I even mention it was a long-haired, maggot-infested creature of indeterminate gender, with pants six sizes too big?

This is going to attract what kind of voters to the Democrat party?

It's Friday. I hereby quit thinking for the day. :)

Posted by CrankyBeach at 5:11 PM | Comments (2)

August 22, 2004

Ancient History With Teeth

Was just answering an e-mail from a good friend who is sick of all this Swift Boat controversy. I suggested that when someone chooses to run on ancient history, when that ancient history comes back to bite him in the arse, he has no business complaining about the teeth marks!

Just my $.01 (adjusted for taxes and inflation) on this foggy Sunday morning.

Posted by CrankyBeach at 8:55 AM

August 20, 2004

I Know You Are, But What Am I?

My current events list is having a discussion on the headline currently up on Drudge:

KERRY CAMPAIGN CALLS FOR BOOK BAN

The Kerry campaign calls on a publisher to 'withdraw book' written by group of veterans, claiming veterans are lying about Kerry's service in Vietnam and operating as a front organization for Bush. Kerry campaign has told Salon.com that the publisher of UNFIT FOR COMMAND is 'retailing a hoax'... 'No publisher should want to be selling books with proven falsehoods in them,' Kerry campaign spokesman Chad Clanton tells the online mag... Developing...

My reaction earlier:

I am stunned! CRUSHING OF DISSENT!! BROWN SHIRTS!! NAZIS!! Oh, wait... that's us Republicans. I forgot.

I'm thrilled Kerry suddenly cares about the truth. Maybe he will call for the banning of F9/11, the Richard Clark book, the Joe Wilson book.... Oh, wait... that's right -- it's okay to publish books and release movies with lies about the President. I'm sorry, I get so confused. I need to put a sticker on my sweater to remind myself that I'm the Eeeeeevil Digital Brown Shirt, and Kerry is a po' misunderstood lil bunny. I apologize profusely. I'll try and do better at remembering my evilness and the Dems saintliness.

Posted by Ith at 9:41 AM | Comments (1)

August 16, 2004

Let's Play A Game!

The all new "Question the Timing" Drinking Game! With the Dems, one could get drunk very quickly. Why just today, another opportunity to imbibe:

Bush announces major troop realignment

Wait for it....

The announcement comes less than three months before the presidential election. Some Democrats questioned the timing of Bush's announcement.

Take a drink!

Posted by Ith at 3:39 PM | Comments (3)

August 13, 2004

Fool Me Once

I haven't said much on Kerry and his ever changing Vietnam memories since so many people are doing a much better job than I could. But I did have a few random thoughts I wanted I'd share.

Back in the day, when the Monica thing broke, and Clinton got on TV and told us he'd never had sex with "that woman", I believed him. Yeah, I was stupid, I know. But even though I didn't vote for him, he was still the President, my President, and maybe I couldn't let myself believe he'd make such a bald faced lie on national TV. It didn't take long for me to discover how naive I'd been. And then we were told that his lies didn't really matter because it was all about sex. A "personal" matter between adults.

Turn the clock to today. John Kerry wants to be President, supposedly my President, though I'm not sure I believe that anymore. He's made Vietnam the centerpiece of his campaign. He reminded us again and again about his time there, and how that qualified him to be President. Okay, me personally, I don't think military service automatically confers Presidential ability. And I remember the Dems making sure we didn't think so when war heros like George H. Bush and Bob Dole were the candidates in question. I want to know what the man wanting the highest office in our land has done lately. Especially when we're at war now. But John Kerry felt differently, so did his party. After all, they've tried to denigrate President Bush's service from day one. They've tried every trick in the book to compare his service unfavourably to Kerry's, they've trotted out men who served with Kerry, and their whole convention was a testament to Kerry's service in Vietnam. Now, of course, it turns out Kerry is still lying, as a man in his fifties. As much as I dislike him, naive old me never really expected it. I know he lied back when he was protesting the war, but the fact he's still doing it just floors me. I guess it shouldn't.

This time, it isn't "just about sex", so I wonder what excuse the Dems will come up with to justify these lies? And what contortions the media will go through to keep the spin going for "their" candidate.

Later: edited this a bit for clarity -- or tried to -- after reading Peter's comment. Sometimes writing at work doesn't always result in the clearest posts.

Posted by Ith at 10:41 AM | Comments (5)

August 10, 2004

Is That Bias Over There Behind The Potted Palm?

Get a load of this one:

According to a Kerry campaign source, senior campaign advisers tasked two Washington-based campaign staffers to vet the recently published Unfit for Command.

"The purpose was to compare what that book had with what we had on file from Senator Kerry," says the campaign source, who said that the research project developed more than 75 instances where Kerry's recollections, previous remarks, or writings conflicted with the book's reporting.

"We took some of the most glaring examples, like the Christmas in Cambodia story, and presented them to senior staff, and we assume that those things were put in front of Senator Kerry," says the source. "We haven't heard a word about it. All we were told is that it was being taken care of."

The campaign source said that the book was not considered a "serious" problem for the campaign, because, "the media wouldn't have the nerve to come at us with this kind of stuff," says the source. "The senior staff believes the media is committed to seeing us win this thing, and that the convention inoculated us from these kinds of stories. The senior guys really think we don't have a problem here."

(emphasis mine)

You have no idea how much I want these minions of Kerry's to eat crow. Or maybe you do. Every time I read something like this, the election gets more and more personal.

Posted by Ith at 9:53 AM

August 5, 2004

Someone Give This Man A Job!

Rudy hits another bullseye (Via "The Kerry Spot").

Rudolph Giuliani responds to Kerry's criticism of President Bush on the morning of 9/11:

"John Kerry must be frustrated in his campaign if he is armchair quarterbacking based on cues from Michael Moore. John Kerry is an indecisive candidate who has demonstrated an inconsistent position on the War on Terror, who voted against funding for our troops at war and who cannot give a clear answer on his position concerning the decision to remove Saddam Hussein."
Posted by Ith at 1:21 PM | Comments (3)

Let's All Hold Hands Now

Via The Corner, John Kerry wants to provide a more "sensitive" war on terror:

I believe I can fight a more effective, more thoughtful, more strategic, more proactive, more sensitive war on terror that reaches out to other nations and brings them to our side and lives up to American values in history.
Posted by Ith at 11:51 AM | Comments (4)

August 4, 2004

Kerry Spot

Been meaning to mention the excellent "Kerry Spot" on NRO. I check it several times a day to keep an eye on what Kerry is up to. Very informative and up to the minute reporting.

Posted by Ith at 3:14 PM

August 2, 2004

Shhhh! It's A Secret!

So John Kerry has a plan for Iraq. But don't hold your breath wondering what it is, because it's a secret.

.... Kerry accused President Bush of misleading the country before the war in Iraq, burning bridges with U.S. allies and having no plan to win peace. But when questioned about saying Thursday in his acceptance speech, "I know what we have to do in Iraq," he would not tip his hand.

"I've been involved in this for a long time, longer than George Bush," he said. "I've spent 20 years negotiating, working, fighting for different kinds of treaties and different relationships around the world. I know that as president there's huge leverage that will be available to me, enormous cards to play, and I'm not going to play them in public. I'm not going to play them before I'm president."

Reminded that he sounded like Richard M. Nixon, who campaigned in 1968 by saying he had a secret plan to end the war in Vietnam, Kerry responded: "I don't care what it sounds like. The fact is that I'm not going to negotiate in public today without the presidency, without the power."

Maybe if I joined the John Kerry Fan Club, I could get a secret decoder ring! I wonder what else would come with my membership kit? Rules for the "Purple Heart Toss" game perhaps, maybe a coupon good for a bowl of chili at Wendy's, a copy of "A Guide To Marrying Rich for The Modern Man", and I'm sure there would be a special for members only pamphlet on how to "Have It Both Ways Without Really Trying" too.

What else should be in the membership packet?

Posted by Ith at 11:51 AM | Comments (4)

July 27, 2004

Strike A Pose

The Kerry people are saying that there were to be no photos taken at NASA and that they were leaked to smear him. But looking at the set, Kerry, and those with him, sure look like they're posing for a picture to me.

Posted by Ith at 6:21 PM | Comments (5)

July 15, 2004

I Think That Was The Other Cheek

Yesterday, we chatted about "...it's a slap in the face for every woman in America..." blah, blah, blah. Today, I think the other cheek just got it.

John Kerry has asked Hillary Rodham Clinton to introduce her husband, former President Clinton, on the first night of the Democratic National Convention....

I dunno, isn't that kind of like asking her to cook when the guys come over to watch football? I'm just asking!

Posted by Ith at 3:30 PM | Comments (1)

July 14, 2004

This One Is For Scully

aka Justene.

NYT PAGE ONE THURS: BUSH TO DROP CHENEY GOSSIP

The latest theory about Vice President Dick Cheney's future on the Republican ticket, advanced privately by prominent Democrats, including members of Congress, holds that Cheney recently dropped his personal doctor because of drug addiction so that he could hire a new one, who will conveniently tell him in August that his heart problems have made him unfit to run with Bush!

So reports the NEW YORK TIMES, in a planned Front Page story on Thursday.

Reporter Elisabeth Bumiller is set to kick the gossip into high gear with a 1,600-word speculative, newsroom sources tell DRUDGE.

Developing...

Posted by Ith at 6:30 PM

I Don't Care!

From an AP story on Hillary not speaking at the Dem festivities:

"It's a slap in the face, not personally for Hillary Clinton, but for every woman in the Democratic Party and every woman in America," said Judith Hope, a major party fund-raiser.

Oh, puhlease!! Spare me.

!!!pet peeve pet peeve pet peeve!!!!

I hate it when they say things like that! "Every woman"? ARGH!!!

No, Judith it is NOT!! Why the hell would I care?

Geeeez!

Get a frellin' grip.

Posted by Ith at 12:01 PM | Comments (1)

"It's the Hypocrisy, Stupid"

In Bush's War Room, the Gloves Are Always Off

Shortly before 2 p.m. on Monday, a handful of President Bush's campaign aides huddled around two small speakers in a room that, with its shades drawn, was lit by the glow of 15 television monitors. They were listening to the voice of Senator John Kerry.

None of the networks were carrying Mr. Kerry's entire speech to a group of financial donors, mostly women, in Boston that day. But Mr. Bush's operatives had somehow arranged for their own audio feed, they refused to say how, and were listening intently, ready to pounce on any opening for attack.

After sitting impatiently through what seemed to be a typical stump speech, they found one: Mr. Kerry said he was "proud" of votes by him and his running mate, Senator John Edwards, last fall against the president's requested $87 billion appropriation for troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is a vote that Republicans have used to make a case that Mr. Kerry has been failing to support the troops after voting to authorize the war.

[....]

Several journalists who cover Mr. Kerry later said they were too embarrassed to say publicly that it took the Bush operatives to spot what was notable in Mr. Kerry's remarks.

[....]

But Mr. Kerry's pronouncement that he was proud of the vote against the $87 billion appropriation gave the war room something to attack. He was actually referring to Mr. Edwards when he said: "I'm proud to say that John joined me in voting against that $87 billion when we knew the policy had to be changed."

Posted by Ith at 10:42 AM

July 8, 2004

The Company You Keep

I found this interesting tidbit following the links in this article by Hugh Hewitt.

.... Not only was the leadership of the Democratic Party at the Michael Moore premiere, so was Richard Ben-Veniste, the supposedly non-partisan member of the 9/11 commission. It should also be noted that Daschle was the one that appointed Ben-Veniste and that Daschle had weekly strategy meetings with him as the commission's hearings unfolded.

Go read it all. And check out the rest of the blog while you're at it -- full of yummy bloggy goodness. And read the Hewitt article too. Yes, I'm being bossy. Deal!

Posted by Ith at 4:38 PM

'Mini-Watergate'

Democrats could be participating in a "mini-Watergate" effort to get Ralph Nader out of the presidential picture, the consumer advocate charged Thursday.

"They're hiring lawyers to go up to technicalities in places like Arizona, they infiltrated our political convention," Nader, an independent candidate for president, told FOX News on Thursday. "I spoke to John Kerry and said 'you'd better look into it because it could be a mini-Watergate, possibly."

Whole thing here.

Posted by Ith at 12:41 PM

July 3, 2004

UN Election Monitors II

Yesterday morning, I posted this. Just now, they did a report on FNC about it. Seems most of the elected officials that requested the UN to monitor our election are members of the Black Cacaus. For the UN's part, they say they only monitor elections at the request of the Executive branch.

One other tidbit from the report: the Dems have already hired teams of lawyers to monitor election sites across the country. To me that means they'll do their best to intimidate people, disenfranchise those that aren't voting for Kerry, and make sure military votes aren't counted like last time.

I sure hope the Republicans have their own teams to counter these.

Later: they are all Dems, according to the news I'm hearing now. Gee, what a surprise!!

Also, it would take about 20,000 foreigners to monitor our elections.

Posted by Ith at 1:41 PM | Comments (2)

July 2, 2004

This Is Rich

Apparently, the Bush/Cheney campaign is organizing its support in churches and the left is just appalled!!

"I think it is sinful of them to encourage pastors and churches to engage in partisan political activity and run the risk of losing their tax-exempt status," said Steve Rosenthal, chief executive officer of America Coming Together, a group working to defeat Bush.

Imagine that! Using churches for partisan political activity! Who would have imagined? Oh, yeah, that's right -- all those Dems that give campaign speeches from church pulpits every time you turn around.

Posted by Ith at 4:40 PM | Comments (3)

June 24, 2004

That Wasn't The Damn Question!

I was watching FNC before I left for work, and they were doing a piece on Florida and how it will play out this election. As usual, they had one guy from each side to spin it. The Dem guy was an ass! No matter what question the anchor asked him, he used a variation of the same reply every time. It went something like this: "I think it's interesting that Senator Kerry holds a lead over the President when the voters don't really know Senator Kerry and know President Bush very well." After the fourth time he worked that in to his reply, I was more than ready to reach through the screen and smack him upside the head!

Sometimes I wish the anchors could say what they must be thinking.

Posted by Ith at 8:57 AM

May 20, 2004

A Theme

So John Kerry's campaign theme is going to be: 'Let America Be America Again'.

So what's America now? Cheese? Or maybe America is Ceti Alpha 5, and we're actually surrounded by aliens (or those nasty little ear critters from "Wrath of Khan"). Heck for all I know, America has actually been a guy named Lewis who lives on the Maine coast collecting driftwood.

Posted by Ith at 10:10 AM | Comments (14)

May 13, 2004

One Word

Seems there was a poll done on what one word is most used to describe President Bush, and Kerry. Since I was on the phone, I didn't hear all of the segment on the radio, so I don't know what the results were. So here's my "one word":

President Bush: steadfast

John Kerry: untrustworthy

And how about "one word" for some favourite bloggers?

Jay: incorrigible

Rae: incandescent

Michele: vibrant

Andrea: piquant

Jen: sparkling

Dean: multifaceted

More later as time permits.

Posted by Ith at 12:10 PM | Comments (6)

May 9, 2004

This About Sums It Up

Friday, I wondered about the twisty way Kerry's mind works when it comes to him being able to rationalize his stance on the abuse of the prisoners in Iraq versus his admission of acts he committed when in Vietnam.

This pretty much sums it up IMHO:

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Posted by Ith at 12:31 PM

May 7, 2004

Twisty

Today, Kerry "dismissed Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's apology for U.S. abuses of Iraqi prisoners and said the responsibility lies with the commander in chief." according to this report.

Does anyone else think this is just bizarre? What I mean is that by John Kerry's own admission he participated in atrocities against the Vietnamese, and yet he thinks he should be President. But George Bush, on the other hand, shouldn't be President because Iraqi prisoners were abused by military personnel. Seems to me, that by Kerry's own logic, he's unfit to be President. Wouldn't it be like one of the soldiers in the photos -- let's say the woman with the cigar -- running for President twenty years from now?

This is making my brain hurt. I shouldn't be serious on a Friday afternoon, me thinks.

Update: Since this is one of Kerry's favourite soundbites in wanting Rumsfeld to resign, you should head over here for what "the buck stops here" really means.

Posted by Ith at 2:31 PM | Comments (3)

May 5, 2004

Keeping Tabs


Journeys With John

Posted by Ith at 9:22 AM

April 20, 2004

Tit For Tat

You know, some days I really enjoy a good tit for tat moment. This is one of them!

PAYBACK: NOW GOP WANTS KERRY TO SHOW ALL RECORDS

Heh!!

After months of Dems haggling over President Bush's military records, the GOP now moves to demand full-disclosure from John Kerry!

The day after Kerry told MEET THE PRESS he would make all of his military records available for inspection at his campaign headquarters, a spokesman said the senator would not release any new documents, leaving undisclosed many of Kerry's evaluations by his Navy commanding officers, some medical records, and possibly other material.

Republican National Committee Chair Ed Gillespie is planning to deliver a speech later today calling on Kerry to make good on his promise to release all his records, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.

[The Bush military records commotion intensified earlier this year after DNC Chair Terry McAuliffe challenged Bush to show records after Bush made a similar promise on MEET THE PRESS.]

Coming Gillespie in a speech to be delivered in Ohio:

"John Kerry's pattern of caveats, qualifications, disclaimers, policy reversals and vacillation are not the qualities voters are looking for in times of change that demand steady leadership.

Posted by Ith at 9:10 AM | Comments (3)

April 14, 2004

Do I Really Want To?

Kerry's starting a press conference. Do I really want to listen to it? [insert pondering music] Well, I'm home sick, and boy do I feel like crap. Listening to Kerry will no doubt make me even worse, so let's turn if off.

I feel better already.

(The UN ran away, you dolt!!!) (Okay, I'm turning it off now, really)

Posted by Ith at 11:36 AM

April 8, 2004

One Of Our Own

There's a good piece here by U.S. News on the kind of money both campaigns are spending, and what kind of money they're going to be spending. Lots of good stuff worth reading, but I'm going to just excerpt this bit:

Despite its huge cash advantage, the Bush camp is concerned by the lurking presence of a series of well-funded outside groups, the 527s allied with Democrats that have become a wild card in the campaign. These groups include MoveOn.org, which helped propel Howard Dean (news - web sites) in the early days, and the Media Fund, backed by George Soros, a billionaire and ardent Bush foe who has given $10 million to help defeat the president. "In politics, there is a lot of focus on winning and losing, and in the winning and losing game having a lot of money, a huge war chest, is what you need," says Wes Boyd, president and cofounder of MoveOn.org. "We have taken it upon ourselves to make sure that there are countervailing voices to Bush's, and we take that seriously. We are committed to it."

This is something I've wondered for awhile -- why isn't there a conservative organization that will do what "move on" does for the Dems? It seems like something it's time for.

And for those that are savvy on such things: I get almost weekly requests for money from the R.N.C., the Bush campaign, and (I think it's called) the Republican Senatorial Committee. So who do I give my money to? Where will my few bucks do the most good?

Posted by Ith at 12:20 PM | Comments (3)

April 4, 2004

The Secret Search

Quick and Quiet Search to Fill the Democratic Ticket

And it turns out my pick for Kerry's running mate is actually on the list:

.... Democratic officials said that in addition to the main list, other candidates being debated as running mates include Senator Evan Bayh of Indiana; Gov. Edward G. Rendell of Pennsylvania, another swing state; and Gov. Mark Warner of Virginia. Inevitably, some Democrats have been pushing Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York for the spot.
Posted by Ith at 3:33 PM

April 2, 2004

With Friends Like This...

Via Left Coast Conservative, comes this: Maverick McCain rips GOP.

And he's supporting the President's reelection!! Dang, I'd hate to see what he'd be like if he wasn't. Watch the press drool over this one, because they're McCain obsessed, and in their eyes can do no wrong.

Posted by Ith at 10:40 AM | Comments (2)

March 29, 2004

International Allure Part II

Back in February, I posted about a group called "Democrats Abroad" and their upcoming meeting in Scotland. Today, I found an article on the ongoing meeting. Kerry's sister was a speaker, and she's toeing the party line quite nicely:

.... And speaking on BBC Radio Scotland later, the former teacher warned of a "personalised attack" on her brother in the forthcoming fight for the White House.

She said: "We know it is going to be a very tough campaign, we expect that there will be an attempt on the part of the attack machine to smear my brothers name and his record.

Because her brother's campaign is so warm & fuzzy, you know.

[....]

Ms Kerry has spoken strongly and emotionally over the past few days, saying that her brother would "work to heal the anti-US feeling that is rampant across the world since the Bush administration came to office".

She added: "The reason we are out with Democrats Abroad is that there are many Americans who consider themselves not necessarily Democrats, but who understand the worlds problems are going to make them Americans Overseas for Kerry supporters and we want to harness that group as well.

Because, of course, the Europeans are never at fault and us silly Americans living at home don't know any better. "French looking" indeed.

[....]

A spokeswoman for Democrats Abroad pointed out the importance of the vote outside the US.

She said: "Democrats Abroad contributes a lot. Congressional races have been won on an absentee ballot. We are registering vast numbers of people who have never voted before.

"There is a fire and passion about this years election because of the 2000 election, Iraq and environmental issues.

You're not the only ones with fire and passion. Here's hoping come November our fire consumes yours.

According to the article 5 million Americans live abroad. I wonder if the Republican party has a similar outreach to get voters registered?

Posted by Ith at 5:54 PM | Comments (1)

March 27, 2004

Have The Euros Signed Off?

John Kerry says he'll renew American competitiveness. What I want to know is if he shouldn't okay such a move with the Euros and the UN first?

And 12 million new jobs? Is there some secret ACME job-o-matic factory out there?

Posted by Ith at 4:39 PM | Comments (1)

March 26, 2004

Put That In your Crock Pot

I was watching Neil Cavuto last night and he was interviewing Nancy Pelosi. You know what the top of my list is for stupid things politicians say? It goes something like this: "I'm supporting John Kerry because he will unite our country and heal our divisions." What a load of crap! Read my lips, Nancy, HE WILL NOT. It's impossible! If John Kerry is elected, nothing is going to change. Our disagreements and divisions will be all bright shiny new, ready to battle it out for the next four years.

Do politicians actually believe the platitudes they spew? Do they think we do? Does Nancy think that Sally in Iowa is watching her on the TV and telling her husband how that nice woman from CA thinks John Kerry will bring rainbows and unicorns to us all so we should vote for him?

Lord grant me patience!

Posted by Ith at 7:55 AM | Comments (2)

March 20, 2004

What Bias?

And they claim the media isn't biased. Check out how some falls are more newsworthy than others.

Posted by Ith at 2:26 PM

March 19, 2004

What Class

Nice way to talk about a guy whose job it is to throw their body between you and a would be assassin:

....His next trip down, a reporter and a camera crew were allowed to follow along on skis just in time to see Mr. Kerry taken out by one of the Secret Service men, who had inadvertently moved into his path, sending him into the snow.

When asked about the mishap a moment later, he said sharply, "I don't fall down," then used an expletive to describe the agent who "knocked me over."

One more example of Kerry and his belief that he's privilaged and special. And another example that money doesn't equal class. If that's how he refers to one of his Secret Service detail, imagine the lack of regard he has for the rest of us peons.

Posted by Ith at 1:24 PM

March 18, 2004

Follow The Money

Nifty little resource offered up by Jonah Goldberg on the Corner today. You can find out how much money your neighbors contributed to political campaigns.

For instance, Leon Panetta gave $1000 to Dick Gephardt.

I also note that I have a lot of rich neighbors...

Posted by Ith at 1:46 PM | Comments (1)

March 16, 2004

"French Looking" Indeed

This whole article has me thinking France is a few flakes short of a croissant. Lordie!

It is so important to have a president who knows Europe, whose spirit is open to its people and culture. Bush is so closed to the world.With Kerry there is a hope that we can start getting along with the United States again, she said.

Don't expect to be getting along with this American anytime soon, chickie. It'll be a cold day in hell before I forget France's perfidy.

[....]

He is the closest thing that you will have to a French politician, with a certain diplomacy, a certain elegance, she said.He is more like a leader would be in Europe, Mr. Parmentier said. Asked in what way, he laughed and replied: Well, he doesn't look Texan.

If there was ever a reason to not vote for Kerry (and there's lots of them, I know), this would be a pretty good one. After all, do we really need "Chirac light" in the White House? He doesn't "look Texan"?? What the heck does that mean? What on earth do the French think a Texan looks like compared to say, a Californian, or an Alaskan? Who knew "Texan" was a new ethnic group. Not I!

It must be all those Blue Cheese fumes....

Posted by Ith at 6:52 PM | Comments (4)

Don't Need No Stinkin' Rules

When I heard this speech, I wondered about the seeming double standard that Kerry was indulging in. John Weidner did more than wonder, he wrote a very good post on the subject. So go read it. Like, now already.

Posted by Ith at 5:28 PM | Comments (2)

No Prize For Second Place

Christopher Hitchens on "Whom should the Democrats nominate?"

I'm a single-issue person at present, and the single issue in case you are wondering is the tenacious and unapologetic defense of civilized societies against the intensifying menace of clerical barbarism. If in the smallest doubt about this, I would suggest a vote for the re-election of George Bush, precisely because he himself isn't prey to any doubt on the point. There are worse things than simple mindednesspseudo-intellectuality, for example. Civil unions for homosexuals, or prescription-drug programs, are not even going to be in second or third place if we get this wrong.
Posted by Ith at 5:10 PM

March 12, 2004

Al Gore School Of Truth In Campaigning

Seems like Mr. Kerry has several imaginary friends that he's made on imaginary trips. Isn't that sweet? I wonder of one is a 7 ft tall white rabbit? There's nothing like a presidential candidate with an active fantasy life. What's scary is that the more Kerry runs off at the mouth, the more attractive, not to mention stable, Dean looks! The possibility of Kerry becoming president brings a whole new meaning to "shadow cabinet", doesn't it?

Posted by Ith at 7:55 AM | Comments (4)

March 11, 2004

A Piker

According to this WaPo article, Pres. Bush is a "piker" compared to FDR when it comes to "wrapping himself in the mantle of commander in chief."

A few comparisons:

Item: Roosevelt delivered his acceptance speech to the convention by radio from where? From the San Diego Naval Station, because, he said, "The war waits for no elections. Decisions must be made, plans must be laid, strategy must be carried out."

Item: If FDR's politicizing of his wartime role seems blatant, what does one say of the main speakers at the convention? Keynoter Robert Kerr, then governor of Oklahoma, declared that "the Republican Party . . . had no program, in the dangerous years preceding Pearl Harbor, to prevent war or to meet it if it came. Most of the Republican members of the national Congress fought every constructive move designed to prepare our country in case of war."

tem: Kerr was restraint personified compared with the convention's permanent chairman, Sen. Samuel Jackson of Indiana. As he contemplated the possibility of a Republican victory, he was moved to ask: "How many battleships would a Democratic defeat be worth to Tojo? How many Nazi legions would it be worth to Hitler? . . . We must not allow the American ballot box to be made Hitler's secret weapon."

History is always such an eye opener, ain't it?

Posted by Ith at 5:34 PM

March 5, 2004

More To The Eye

I got an email with a link to a website called Free Republic claiming that the group of "offended" 9/11 relatives isn't quite as innocent as it would seem. Apparently they're part of a group called Peaceful Tomorrows and they're funded in part by Teresa Heinz Kerry.

If you want to see the post I was sent, it's here.

And Right Wing News has a post up related to this as well.

It will be interesting to see where this all goes.

Posted by Ith at 5:46 PM

March 3, 2004

The VP Game

My choice for Kerry's eventual running mate: Senator Evan Bayh.

Posted by Ith at 5:20 PM

February 26, 2004

Mirror Image

Was sent this by Bush/Cheney '04 and thought it was amusing:

As the Democrats prepare for tonight's debate in Los Angeles, it may be helpful to remember a few things about John Kerry...

The NEW John Kerry says that he now supports some of the tax cuts in the President's plan. The fact is that the OLD Kerry voted against tax cuts for American families when he had the choice...

The NEW John Kerry has slammed NAFTA, saying he would vote against it. The OLD Kerry praised NAFTA as a path to the future...

The NEW John Kerry slams the Patriot Act. The OLD Kerry, who helped write the law, praised the Patriot Act as key to the War on Terror...

The OLD John Kerry said that Saddam Hussein was a threat and must be disarmed. The NEW Kerry says that the President made a mistake in addressing that threat...

With so many positions on the crucial issues of our time, maybe the NEW John Kerry should debate the OLD John Kerry tonight.

Posted by Ith at 11:40 AM | Comments (2)

February 25, 2004

Kerry & MIAs

Saw this yesterday, but lost the link, then found it agian today on The Corner:

From the Village Voice:

Senator John Kerry, a decorated battle veteran, was courageous as a navy lieutenant in the Vietnam War. But he was not so courageous more than two decades later, when he covered up voluminous evidence that a significant number of live American prisonersperhaps hundredswere never acknowledged or returned after the war-ending treaty was signed in January 1973.

The Massachusetts senator, now seeking the presidency, carried out this subterfuge a little over a decade ago shredding documents, suppressing testimony, and sanitizing the committee's final reportwhen he was chairman of the Senate Select Committee on P.O.W./ M.I.A. Affairs.

Posted by Ith at 7:58 AM | Comments (2)

February 12, 2004

Just One Question

What is it with Democrats and interns? (allegedly, of course)

Posted by Ith at 9:10 AM | Comments (4)

February 11, 2004

That International Allure

So Americans of the Democrat persuasion, living overseas, are getting together in Scotland to send delegates to the Dem convention. Turns out these folks are feeling quite important these days and are basking in all the attention. According to the organizer of this little soiree: ""Expatriate Americans are seen by the Democrat National Committee as the 51st state, so we have voting power in the convention.". Now this is all well and good, but I want to know why Scotland? (Not that there's anything wrong with going to Scotland. In fact, it would be the top of my list for a trip any day!) Or more specifically, why any foreign country? These caucusers -- or would that be caucusees? -- are coming to Edinburgh from all over the world to participate in their country's democratic process, so why don't they come home for this meeting? You know, home? The U.S.A., the place you're considered a "51st state".

It's just a question.

The other bit that I found interesting was this:

The candidates - John Kerry, Howard Dean, Wesley Clark and John Edwards - will send either videos or personal envoys to the event. Those present have been given the voting power of a small state on behalf of the five million expatriate Americans with the right to vote.

Five million?? Wow! I had no idea so many Americans lived abroad. Though I'm not sure from the way it's written if it means five million Americans registered as Democrats, or all together.

Posted by Ith at 5:33 PM | Comments (6)

February 9, 2004

Some Blacks Claim Michigan Caucus Confusion...

Can you believe it? Those damn Republicans, trying to disenfranchise minorities! Why, I ought to.... Oops, wait...

Michigan Democratic Caucuses: Problems anger blacks; Sharpton sends message.

Democratic??? But how can that be? I mean, I thought it was only evil Republicans that perpetrated such nefarious deeds? [shrug] Learn something new every day!

Posted by Ith at 5:08 PM | Comments (1)

February 5, 2004

The Last Nerve

Remember last week when I was ticked off about all the spending going on? And I wasn't sure how enthusiastic I was feeling about the election? Well, I got over it. The Dems got on my last nerve last night while I was watching one of their operatives on Hannity & Colmes. He was just lying through his teeth and it seemed like he's told the same lies so often, he actually believed it himself! That was that. I opened my email and followed the link I'd gotten a few days before from Bush campaign asking me to volunteer, and filled out the form. Watch out Dems! I'm on the case now. Yes, I'm sure they're shaking in their boots as I type.

Hey, this is what passes for excitement in my life!

Posted by Ith at 6:45 AM

January 31, 2004

It's All About The "Little People", Right?

Kerry Leads in Lobby Money

Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.), who has made a fight against corporate special interests a centerpiece of his front-running campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, has raised more money from paid lobbyists than any other senator over the past 15 years, federal records show.

Kerry, a 19-year veteran of the Senate who fought and won four expensive political campaigns, has received nearly $640,000 from lobbyists, many representing telecommunications and financial companies with business before his committee, according to Federal Election Commission data compiled by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.

Posted by Ith at 3:55 PM

January 29, 2004

Two Birds

A member of my current affairs email list posted this morning about the President increasing funding for the NEA, and he wasn't happy about it. I figured my response was killing two birds with one stone if I made it the basis of a blog post:

So more money for the NEA. And here I didn't vote for John McCain because he was too liberal for me! I have to admit, I have not been happy with many of the President's domestic policies. If I wanted massive increases in social spending, I would have voted for Gore. I thought I was voting for a small government conservative. My bad.

That being said, for me, the most important thing is national security. All the prescription drugs and feces covered paintings won't matter if we have dirty nukes going off in our cities. So I'll still be voting for Bush because there really isn't any alternative I can see for me on this issue.

Of course, the other aspect of this is that by ticking off his base, people like me
will be voting, but may not be enthused enough to go get out the vote. That's not a good thing. I'm not ruling out volunteering here locally on the campaign, but it sure gets harder to be enthusiastic with every liberal policy he enacts, and every dollar he spends on things like the NEA.

Update: Connected? I wonder as I read this article. Now, bearing in mind that my brain isn't working on all cylinders this morning, this is what I'm pondering: I'm a lot more conservative than the average Californian, so trying to look at this from the perspective of the typical CA "moderate", could the very policies I'm annoyed with the President over be the very thing that's giving him a chance to win this state? Is it all in aid of getting the amount of electoral votes you just can't sneeze at? A devil's bargain: figure your base will hold their nose and vote for you anyway, and bring in people who wouldn't vote for you without the big spending government programs, thereby winning the election.

Does this make any sort of sense? Or am I being too convoluted and cynical?

Posted by Ith at 7:55 AM | Comments (5)

January 23, 2004

Socks

I'd never really seen Dennis Kucinich "in action" so to speak, till last night's debate. Oddly enough, I was struck by his uncanny resemblance to a House Elf -- just without the ears. I can only imagine that this must be what Kreecher looks like!

(I figure if director guy can make current event comparisons, so can I!)

Posted by Ith at 5:17 PM | Comments (2)

The Tiniest Violin In The World

Clark's blaming FNC now. What a whinger.

And The Corner has posted a Michael Moore screed on Kosovo followed by a question for Moore fans and for Clark supporters.

Posted by Ith at 1:52 PM

January 21, 2004

It Could Get Ugly

Interesting article on NRO about the Dem convention and all that's involved in a brokered nomination.

... Newsflash for mainstream journalists: Democratic presidential hopefuls do not actually win states. They win delegates proportionate to their support within that state (Article 2, Section 4b of their charter). The Democratic party's primary system is not winner-take-all, like the GOP's.

As an example, in 2000 Al Gore won 64 percent of the vote in Iowa. Bill Bradley won 35 percent of the vote. Gore received 29 delegates from Iowa and Bradley received 18 delegates. A similar split occurred in New York that year. Gore received 65 percent of the vote and 158 delegates. Bradley received 34 percent of the vote and 85 delegates.

John Kerry did not win all of Iowa's convention delegates Monday night. He won approximately 38 percent of its delegates. This means that if we were to see the results in Iowa replicated in each and every upcoming primary contest (which we won't), there would be no nominee with the delegates to lay claim to the nomination. Democratic presidential wannabes would then begin to wheel and deal and seek support from the roughly 800 Democratic super-delegates and from each other.

Will this happen? It is more possible than people think.

Posted by Ith at 5:49 PM | Comments (3)

January 20, 2004

Lesser Of Multiple Evils

Here's a question for you all: Hypothetically (of course) (knocking wood), if you had to pick one of the Dems running to be President -- that seems to have an actual chance of getting the nomination -- which would be the least scary choice to you as Commander in Chief? And if you feel so inclined, explain why.

I'm curious to see if the responses match the mental conversation I've been having with myself today.

Posted by Ith at 6:45 AM | Comments (23)

January 19, 2004

Creepy

I'm watching Dean's speech on the news, and he is eerily similar to a cross between a WWE announcer and a televangelist -- just without the powder blue polyester suit.

Ugh!

Now he's talking about taking the country back for ordinary Americans. Gee, someone took my country away? I guess I didn't get the freakin' memo.

Posted by Ith at 7:43 PM | Comments (6)

January 2, 2004

Teaching Us "White Folks"

This entire article is just begging for a complete Fisking, but I'm going to just pick two gems:

Dean said his own education about unconscious racism began at Yale, where he graduated in 1971. He was trying to get a child from the inner city of New Haven that he was tutoring to talk "proper" English. One of his African-American roommates told him, "Why don't you leave him alone?" He said he had the "traditional white liberal idea that if black people were like us then we'd all be fine. Sort of like the Republican idea. If we all played golf at the same country club, then there wouldn't be any racial problems."

So, trying to teach a child how to speak proper English is racist in the mind of Howard Dean. How about teaching a child math? Social Studies? How about teaching a child anything that might possibly help them make an honest living when they grow up? Why send kids to school at all?

This is a man who wants to be President of the United States, and he thinks that teaching proper English is wrong.

Lord help us.

Then there's this one:

Another seminal moment was during his freshman winter. One of his roommates became a leader in the black student alliance, which resulted in frequent, large gatherings of African-American men in his dorm room. At one of these gatherings, Dean said, "I suddenly realized I was the only white person in the room, and literally the hair went up in the back of my neck. 'Cause I thought, what if it was always like this? What if everywhere in your world you were the only white person and everyone else was black? For one instant I had some tiny inkling what it was like to be black in America."

Gads! Get over yourself! Being the only white person in the room makes the hair go up on the back of your neck? Lord, if that was a universal reaction, how would I have ever made it through elementary school? Or, for that matter, get through a work day. Believe it or now, Howard, there are days when I'm the only white person in the office.

And Howard Dean thinks he's not a racist.

Posted by Ith at 3:47 PM | Comments (1)

December 18, 2003

Ack!

I'm getting email form Wesley Clark (not one, but two emails!)!! They're trying to assimilate me...

My Fellow Americans,

My name is Wes Clark. I'm running for President because I love this country and want to see us fulfill our great promise as a nation. I'm running to restore leadership to the White House, to revitalize our economy, and to reclaim our role as a respected leader of the free world.

Please join my campaign today!

In the past three years, I've watched in dismay as everything we fought for has unraveled before our eyes - 3 million lost private sector jobs, rising health care costs, failing schools, and a loss of security at home and around the world. These difficult times call for bold and visionary leadership, but instead, we've been given short-sighted policies that have alienated our allies, and tax cuts that only benefit the richest Americans, those earning more than $200,000 a year.

As a military officer, a West Point economics professor, and a businessperson, I always stood up for my troops, students, employees, and their families. I fought to make sure they had access to top notch health care; that their children had first-class schools; and that they had safe and affordable housing. And I always stood up for our American values - democracy, equality, and shared sacrifice.

That is exactly the kind of leadership I will bring to the White House. But I can't get there alone. I ask you to join me today.

Please visit my website to learn about my career, my vision for America, and my detailed plans to address the challenges our nation faces. Read more about my Success Strategy to get us out of the mess in Iraq. And take a look at my Turnaround Plan for America to get our economy, health care system, environment, and schools back on track here at home.

If you can contribute, please do so today. If you can volunteer, please get involved today. But above all, please recognize the importance of the coming weeks and months. Your participation in the democratic process counts! Together we can turn America around.

Your country needs you. Please join me today.

Sincerely,

Wes Clark


About Wes Clark

Wes Clark is a retired four-star General who served his country with distinction for 34 years in the U.S. Army, culminating with his role as Supreme Allied Commander of NATO. He led the operation in Kosovo that saved 1.5 million Albanians from ethnic cleansing - without losing a single American life. He has the courage to make the tough calls that will get our economy back on track and help Americans feel safe again - both at home and abroad. Sign up for more information about the man who can help restore the promise of America.

Another reason to avoid my Yahoo! spam mailfolder

Posted by Ith at 8:39 PM | Comments (4)

October 26, 2003

What The?

I'm watching FNC, and there's the Dems, campaigning in churches again! What the heck is with that? A church seems -- to me -- to be a very inappropriate place to be making campaign speeches. I wouldn't want that sort of this to happen in my church, and I admit I find the acceptance of the practice to be very odd. Not to mention disrespectful.

Is this just me?

Posted by Ith at 12:16 PM | Comments (5)

October 7, 2003

Hmmmmm...

Just thinking... Since Gray Davis was recalled, does that mean that his political career is over?

Been pondering that off and on for a few weeks.

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September 24, 2003

Gen. Shelton With A Great Big "NO!"

Here's what Gen. Shelton, former head of the JCOS, had to say about the Clark run for the White House:

...."What do you think of General Wesley Clark and would you support him as a presidential candidate," was the question put to him by moderator Dick Henning, assuming that all military men stood in support of each other. General Shelton took a drink of water and Henning said, "I noticed you took a drink on that one!"

"That question makes me wish it were vodka," said Shelton. "I've known Wes for a long time. I will tell you the reason he came out of Europe early had to do with integrity and character issues, things that are very near and dear to my heart. I'm not going to say whether I'm a Republican or a Democrat. I'll just say Wes won't get my vote."

Posted by Ith at 7:50 AM | Comments (4)

Ahhh, Berkeley

My home town. (now you know why I'm a conservative!)

Anyway, this was on The Corner this morning:

Talk about campus political correctness. It looks as though the student government of the University of California, Berkeley may have illegally diverted $35,000 in student fees to help defeat Ward Connerlys California Racial Privacy Initiative (which would ban the collection of personal racial data by government).

Speaking of Prop 54 (I think that's the right number), Bustamante is running one ad after another about how we should vote 'no' on 54 because it's more important than politics. (I think these are the same ads he's paying for with the Indian casino money he's been told to give back). It may be more important than politics, Cruz, but that's why I'm voting 'yes'.

Posted by Ith at 7:33 AM | Comments (1)

September 22, 2003

The Money Quote

'I WOULD HAVE BEEN A REPUBLICAN IF KARL ROVE HAD RETURNED MY PHONE CALLS'...

That says it all, doesn't it? Does Clark have any idea how petty and childish that sounds? Will he threaten to hold his breath if he doesn't win his first primary?

Update: Clark Never Called Rove

Now that's very interesting.

Posted by Ith at 7:25 AM | Comments (3)

September 11, 2003

Polls and Voting Calculus

Go over to my site for a take on polls, voting decisions and McClintock.

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August 28, 2003

Her Resume

Drudge has a blurb that "Hillary Clinton has set a date to discuss a run for the presidency..."

Now, aside from the fact that her being President is a nightmare scenario, I just would like to know what she thinks makes her Presidential material. No, seriously, what does? She's a lawyer? So are thousands of people. She was First Lady? So she's qualified to be President because she was married to one? Not very feminista of her, is it? Not to mention her supporters that seem to think that who you marry is some sort of entree into the most powerful position in the Free World. She's been a Senator, for what, two years? Yeah, that fills me with confidence in her experience.

I'm going to bed now on these happy thoughts.

Posted by Ith at 10:27 PM | Comments (2)

August 25, 2003

Finally!!

Watching FOX News before I head off to work and finally they're reporting on Cruz Bustamante's ties to AZTLAN. And in the segment prior, they reported that Spanish language news here in CA is purposely highlighting Bustamante's run for Governor to the exclusion of the other candidates. They guy that runs one news outlet actually admitted it! Made some comment about a Latino candidate being the one that had relevance to the Hispanic community. So does that mean English stations should ignore Bustamante since he's Hispanic and has no relevance to non Hispanics? Just asking.

Posted by Ith at 7:46 AM | Comments (1)

July 31, 2003

Heh Heh

Edwards is 4 months late on taxes

Sen. John Edwards, North Carolina Democrat and 2004 presidential hopeful, is four months delinquent in paying the property taxes on his Georgetown mansion and owes the cash-strapped District more than $11,000, city records show. Mr. Edwards is worth somewhere between $12 million and $30 million after a successful career as a personal injury lawyer, according to his financial disclosure forms. He bought the eight-bedroom, 6,672-square-foot home in the tony neighborhood for $3.8 million in September

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This is not the first time the Edwardses have failed to pay tax bills on time.
In at least eight instances during the past decade, the Edwardses have been so late paying property taxes on their Raleigh home and various automobiles that bill collectors assessed them penalties, according to records kept by Wake County in North Carolina.
In 1995, for example, they were more than two months late paying their taxes on a 1989 Mitsubishi and a 1991 Acura. That same year, they were nearly a month late paying taxes on their Raleigh home.
Last year, they were late paying their taxes on a 1998 Volvo and a 1998 Buick.
That did not include the dozens of times the Edwardses paid months past the due dates on their Raleigh tax bills but were not assessed late penalties.

Do I sense a pattern of behavior here?

Posted by Ith at 6:10 PM

July 30, 2003

Everything Old Is New Again

Backers pressure Gore to run again next year

Former Vice-President Al Gore is coming under pressure from political supporters and friends to jump into the 2004 presidential campaign even though he ruled himself out in December.
Posted by Ith at 7:10 AM | Comments (1)

July 26, 2003

Twilight Zone Calif. Style

You know the state you live is part of the Twilight Zone when you see headlines like this: Gary Condit Urged To Run For CA Governor.

Not to mention Arianna Huffington! Gag me with a spoon! :)

Posted by Ith at 11:31 AM | Comments (5)

July 23, 2003

Like This Is A Surprise

..... Both Democratic presidential hopefuls risked being overshadowed by the surging campaign of Howard Dean, who jumped to the front of the nine-player contest to challenge Bush in 2004 in a poll, released Tuesday, of California's likely Democratic voters.

The poll, from the non-partisan Field Research Institute, said the former governor from Vermont was the candidate of choice for 16 percent of those likely to vote in California's Democratic primary in March. Close on his heels were Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts with 15 percent and Lieberman with 14 percent. Gephardt garnered 7 percent in the poll.

The poll's margin of error was put at 5 percentage points, leaving the top three contenders in a statistical dead heat.

This is California -- of course Dean is the favourite.

The whole article here.

Posted by Ith at 7:58 AM

July 2, 2003

Equal Time

CBP also has something to say about John Edwards. So go take a look at this one too!

Posted by Ith at 6:08 PM