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Saturday, December 27, 2008

Who's running for RNC Chairman

There are six candidates for GOP Chair. Here are a few links to pages to learn more about the candidates. If you have more sites for the candidates, please send me a link and I'll post it. Thank you.
Three websites for Michael Steele:


Website for Katon Dawson:

Website for Ken Blackwell:

Website for Anuzis:

Website for Mike Duncan:

Website for Chip Saltsman:

Friday, December 26, 2008

The GOP’s power struggle begins!

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The GOP’s power struggle begins!

There are six candidates for GOP chairman. All six are invited to address a self appointed “conservative” steering committee meeting, on January 6th, at which a straw poll will be held to see who is the favored conservative candidate? Who are the candidates? Who’s on this special private committee? Are they really conservative? What defines ‘conservative?’

The day before the candidates are to appear at the Jan. 6 steering committee meeting, they also have agreed to a debate at the National Press Club, sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform, headed by Grover Norquist.

Who will be the next chair for the GOP? Why does it matter? What is Carl Rove’s role and interest in all of this? Will the GOP be a voice and leader for smaller government, lower taxes, small business friendly policy, school choice, secure property rights, or will it remain on the wrong track, promoting bigger government loss of individual liberty?

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Chuck DeVore on the Radio with us today on the unconstitutional move the Dems tried to pull off this week

Show for Saturday December 20, 2008
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CA Assembly Republican Whip, and Candidate for U.S. Senate Chuck DeVore will drop by to give us an update on the CA Budget Crisis and the averted attempt by the Dems to violate the State Constitution and push their tax scheme through, over the Legislature’s head. What now? What next?
Richard Scott, a long time Republican Party Activist whom I met on the Saxby Chambliss run off campaign in Georgia, joins us. He worked for the McCain campaign and we’re talking vital strategy for the GOP. There’s an important election for the chairmanship of the party next month and you should know who’s running and what’s at stake. Compelling reasons why Republicans must reach out to Hispanics—
I posted another blog to my blog, on my list of blogs. This one is eclectic. It’s a Latino blog, in English. I also linked to a website that has some interesting Latino demographic data on the links under my Mission statement, and I discovered a new website, (new to me), called NewsBalanceIndepth News Analysis published by Bill May, board member of The Conservative Forum of Silicon Valley.
The biggest story this week in CA, and second biggest story nationally, after the car bailout, was the budget scheme the Democrats tried to push through. A local TV News station last night referred to it as such.
I listened to both Republican State Senator Abel Moldonado, and Democrat Assembly Speaker Karen Bass, on a radio talk station in the S.F. Bay Area yesterday and it burned me when the commentator said that both sides are acting like children. Or that the Republicans are just obstructing and not compromising. Or that Republicans haven’t offered any plan until recently. They have. I am so grateful for the fight the Republicans are waging to protect all Californians, and I believe that even the most liberal, if they’re not on the taxpayer’s dole, are all grateful for the protection we’ve received to date. Tax payers and all working families are spent and stretched and our only protection from further hurt are the Republicans in the Legislature. Californians are the highest taxed people in the country, outside of New York City. Thousands are losing or have lost their jobs and are currently unemployed. Jobs are leaving CA, and we don’t need to add another strong push for employers to leave by making it more painful and expensive to stay. Many businesses now would leave but for the costs involved in the relocation. All they need is a little push. The Democrats’ scheme would have been a big push in the wrong direction.

The Last Thing Calif. Needs: Tax Increases by Chuck DeVore

Thursday, December 18, 2008

News Balance--Indepth News Analysis

Just discovered this website and want to share it with you. It's another great resource to stay informed and to read the best from different points of view.

Eiditor Bill May is a board member of the Conservative Forum of Silicon Valley, CA.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

BREAKING NEWS: Dems raising taxes BIG-time TONIGHT!

RICHARD RIDER COMMENT: In a stunning end-around move, the California Democrat legislative majority is going to push through MASSIVE tax increases TONIGHT. They've come up with a ludicrous scheme to pass the taxes as "revenue neutral," which means they think they need only a simple majority vote.
Things are moving VERY fast, and, if passed, surely will be challenged in court. It's hard to imagine the tax increases will stand, but let's remember the judges get their paychecks and raises from.
Here's the Democrat plan in a nutshell, compliments of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. The Jarvis write-up is followed by what is apparently intercepted Democrat "talking points" trying to justify their strategy to make California numero uno in taxes (ignore format problems).
Click here to read more

Steve Moore on his book, and it's timeliness: The End of Prosperity

A 3 minute video interview of Steve Moore by James Freeman of the WSJ

SEC to Probe Its Ties to Madoffs

The Securities and Exchange Commission will examine the relationship between a former official at the agency and a niece of financier Bernard L. Madoff, after the SEC's chief admitted "apparent multiple failures" to oversee the firm at the center of an alleged $50 billion Ponzi scheme.

In an extraordinary admission that the SEC was aware of numerous red flags raised about Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, but failed to take them seriously enough, SEC Chairman Christopher Cox ordered a review of the agency's oversight of the New York securities-trading and investment-management firm. The review will include whether relationships between SEC officials and Mr. Madoff or his family members had any impact on the agency's oversight.

D.C.'s Schools Chief Discusses Why She's 'Terrified' Of The Democrats' Education Plans And Why NCLB's Accountability Provisions Need To Stay

Rhee, the controversial chancellor has been mentioned as a potential Education secretary pick for President-elect Barack Obama, but she is critical of the Democratic Party's approach to school reform, saying "soft is not what we need right now."

Rhee: For the last decade or so, the Democrats have not been as strong on education reform as the Republicans have. The Republicans have been much, much better, in my opinion, on ensuring strict accountability for schools and for districts, for ensuring that people are held responsible for closing the achievement gap and significantly increasing student achievement levels for every single child. What worries me about the Democrats is that they tend to be softer on these things, and soft is not what we need right now. Allowing schools to continue to fail year in and year out without significant ramifications either to the district or to the school is doing a disservice to the children. And so any movement backward on No Child Left Behind or on accountability structures, I think, would be incredibly detrimental to this movement.
Click on the link to read more.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Bush says sacrificed free-market principles to save economy

I am embarrassed for what he has done to our country financially, increasing spending the highest amount in 30 years, never mind the bailouts and all the corruption that has prevailed on his tenure, while regulations bloomed and grew. I defend him for the good he did,but he leaves the Republican Party in tatters, at a crossroads, near irrelevant.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Two Polls for you to vote in to support Michael Steele

Howdy, America!

Can you take two minutes to support Michael Steele? I ask you to vote in these online polls:


http://www.thenextright.com/rnc-chairman-straw-poll - This is a NEW poll at this site. We won the previous poll! This one has more candidates, so let's show our netroots strength again!

Support Michael Steele Team

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Why Ron Paul Makes Sense

Why have I not given much attention to Ron Paul? A friend who I was hoping to interview today on my program had shared with me, his estimation of what was wrong with Ron Paul, but I confessed I never gave him any time or consideration. I didn't see him as viable. But, he did garner better numbers in the primaries than the weakest of the traditional or "conservative" candidates.
Look at an example of power rankings of Republican candidates for 2010 and the insiders don't mention him.

Yesterday, I discovered the Daily Conservative blog, while doing a search on Ron Paul. This post I link to on this post happened to be the blog author's new post. I agree with him, we have more in common than not, even if there are some very big differences. If you are a libertarian conservative, as I am, our take is different than Ron Paul's on the war against terror, but we agree on a vast majority of matters when it comes to political economic policy. So let's talk.

Joe the Plumber Says McCain 'Appalled' Him

Joe Wurzelbacher says he felt "dirty" after "seeing some of the things that take place" on the campaign trail

Joe Wurzelbacher said he was specifically put off by McCain when it came to talk of the $700 billion bailout.

About Sarah Palin, he said "Sarah Palin is absolutely the real deal."

Friday, December 12, 2008

I'm Hispanic and I vote for limited govt. I want to spread the message, because it is about real empowerment, hope and opportunity

The GOP has lost ground with Hispanics.

In many ways, it's a failure to communicate, a case of looking at the glass as half empty instead of half full. It will take Hispanics choosing to participate in mass in the Republican Party, for the Republican Party to win elections in CA and the Southwest. It is possible because of the principles articulated in the Republican Party's platform, if only their was a will to communicate the message.

Hispanics want our children to be educated, and that means competition so that the best solutions and approaches can rise to the top.

Hispanic small business owners may decide that they're tired of supporting Hispanic candidates, just because they're Hispanic, and they talk about being for their communities, while they serve the special interests that act to restrict individual liberties, and abilities to start, run, grow, and prosper in a business.

We love the same things that non Hispanics love, our families, good food, wine, beer, a nice home, a car or two, vacations, financial security, and retirement with dignity and comfort. We don't want to be any body's fool, or tool, and we esteem honor. Culturally, there is no shame in working hard at honest work.

The majority of us believe in God and fear Him. Appeal to our sense of honor, of honesty, of justice, of dignity. Give us the benefit of the doubt that we will respond.

Don't get hung up on our use of Spanish. It's the language of our parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles. It's the language of the songs written by the great romantics, including my favorites, Jose Alfredo Jimenez, Agustin Lara, Consuelo Velazquez, Armando Manzanero, and the interpreters like Lola Beltran, Javier Solis, Vicente Fernandez and his heart throb son, Alejandro. To me, the songs and their interpreters evoke that same feeling any American, young or old, worth his credentials, experiences when they hear Frank Sinatra, Hispanic Americans included. It's the same sensation. Young, old, parents, grand parents, children, all know it, and are swept up my it. It's an experience that unifies and transports, enchants, and soothes us. To understand the words is to understand the passion, sentiments, tenderness, romance and heart.

I am sad for all those who cannot understand the words to the love songs. It does not take away from my ability to also enjoy the magic of Frank and other American cultural icons that are not Hispanic. I am richer for it. I am sorry that my sons did not learn Spanish. Their father didn't see the point, when they were young, but later, having grown to understand my family, he wishes he'd supported my desire to teach them both languages. I wish I had insisted.

They have an ear for the music. Every Thanksgiving and Christmas and any other extended family get together, that's what they hear.

There are many funny words, good laughs and endearing moments tied into my memories of my parents and relatives, mixing up English with Spanish language. We have all kinds of malapropisms, and Spanglish words our parents made up. Many of my contemporaries have grown up to barely speak any Spanish anymore, but they understand it because it's what our elders insisted on speaking with us. I'm glad they did.

Speaking Spanish does not have to be an impediment to us understanding principles of liberty or limited government. But communications from non Hispanics that evoke contempt, resentment, a lack of trust, a harsh judgemental tone, because we hold on to our Spanish language or we don't move away from it fast enough--that is an impediment. It builds a wall and cuts off understanding.

Why would anyone want to listen to a message that is delivered, wrapped in anger and contempt? That type of message is adversarial, not unifying or inviting.

Principles of liberty and freedom, equality and limited government are enumerated The Declaration of Independence. "...we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, tht they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness..." These words ring true, whomever hears them and they translate as clearly as the Bible, which by the way, was not written in English--but thanks to scholars, we know we are reading the Word as it was intended to be read.

As a child on the playground in elementary school, when someone pushed their will around, I stood my ground with a phrase I learned in class: "This is a free country." It was how I asserted my right to my turn on the swings or the foursquare court, or on the baseball field when the boys protested a girl on the field.

I wasn't invited to join the Republican Party. I joined because I got that the party I had belonged to for 14 years, since I had registered to vote, was opposed to the principles I came to realize were fundamental to my family's ability to live free, to prosper, self organize and not be punished for success, to compete.

I never stopped loving Los Panchos because I became a Republican. I was weaned on Spanish music. Linda Ronstadt, whose politics are not mine, sings those same songs magnificently, and she can't claim that music for the Left. This music has a place in American culture. It's almost like Jazz. It's been a part of Hispanic American culture since before the Mexican states became U.S. states. The origins extend from Spain, to Cuba, to Mexico, but it evolved across the borders. There are regional sounds. Immigrants from Mexico, and Mexican Americans born in CA, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona were listening to Spanish music in the 1800's, 10's, 20's 30's, 40's, 50's, and 60's, as they pursued the American dream. Today, the music is more international than ever before. It extends from Miami to Argentina and across the globe to Spain, and is enjoyed throughout the world.

It's what we listened to on our record players at home, and at family celebrations, growing up in Los Angeles. Acknowledging and appreciating our cultural idiosyncrasies doesn't take away from our ability to unify around our shared fundamental principles as conservative people.
Many of our sons serve in the military. We all participate in our labor force and business economy. I hope conservatives recognize the different flavors of conservatism inherent in our body politic. Hispanics don't have to stop being Hispanic to embrace the party that thats for limited government, liberty, and our ability to pursue our dreams and goals.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Yeah, we did it! We rallied, Saxby's in, and the work to rebuild the libertarian conservative movement is in play

I made some new friends and learned from all of them, and I hope we are friends for life. I am grateful that I got to be a part of the team of volunteers. I got a lot of perspective and was heartened by their passion and conviction for the principles of life, liberty and limited government. I've loaded my pictures on my facebook page to share.

Saxby's acceptance speech was gracious and he acknowledged the volunteer activists who came from 43 states to support the effort to prevent a filibuster proof congress.

Duncan, the current GOP Chair spoke at the acceptance party but his words were off key and he displayed being tone deaf. He was presumptuous, as opposed to contrite. There was no acknowledging how the Party under his leadership had lost it's way and lost support because people lost their trust and faith in the GOP. He spun this victory as a sign that we were on the road to coming back. It's not. It's a reprieve. It was a victory based on the wisdom of voters who voted, and those who didn't that it's not a desirable thing to have one party dominate and rule without and check on their power. But that's hardly a signal that 'we're back.'

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Please Help Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss of Georgia to retain his Senate seat against the well-funded Democrat challenger!

Obama and Co. are sending thousands of workers and Millions of Dollars to Georgia to help the Democrat's attempt to build a filibuster-proof majority in the US Senate! That would be disastrous!
Please Help! Click the link, retrieve a list, make some calls, read a script, and Save Our Country!

Please review and use the links below to RSVP:
Date: Friday, November 21 at 9:00 AM until Tuesday, December 02 at 7:00 PM
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Friday, November 28, 2008

Show for Saturday November 29, 2008

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I’m in Georgia, volunteering for next week's Georgia Senate run-off race between Republican Saxby Chambliss and Democrat Jim Martin. Thanks to the wonder of technology, I’m as close as your nearest radio, Digital cable system or internet connection.

“The vote is … one with potentially large consequences, since hanging in the balance may be a Democratic supermajority in the Senate.” Collin Levy, WSJ Politcal Diary entry, Wednesday November 26,2008

I’ll share more insights into the Latino vote and what we need to do to get it back. It’s do or die for Republicans. With 67% of the Hispanic vote having gone for Obama, I hope we stop digging and reconfigure. Women are a big component in the picture.

First, our movement for Liberty is not hospitable to any semblance of the Know Nothings. Second, our product is freedom and liberty, and sales and marketing of our product, are honorable endeavors, morally and ethically grounded. It does not debase our principles to regard our mission as marketing and selling our ideas to new markets. It’s Capitalism, free enterprise, the freedom to exercise our God given free will.

If you need to debrief, and get the angst off your chest, I invite you to call in and share your Thanksgiving tales of giving thanks alongside of your relatives who voted for Obama and company.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The Governator Reprises His Role as a Villain, Wins Top Honors

Field and Stream Magazine recognizes Governor Sarah Palin and her policies as the real friends of nature and our ability to co-exist with nature, and indicts Governor Schwarzenegger for his politically correct, anti-business, anti-liberty, anti-2nd Amendment, anti-hunters, chic-green policies which in the end hurt people, and don't do much to protect the environment or our supplies of wild fish and game.

Friday, November 21, 2008

My Radio Show for Saturday Nov. 22, 2008: President of the PR Firm for Prop 8 Joins me to talk Game Plan

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Frank Schubert, president of Schubert Flint Public Affairs, one of THE MOST successful in the business, in America, joins me to discuss the question: Where do we go from here? Schubert was a featured columnist on The FlashReport on Nov 13th and his firm managed the Yes on Prop 8 campaign.

How do we change the direction of California politics from its downhill slide? How does the Republican Party avert descending into complete irrelevance?

Republicans must connect outside of our comfort zone, and Prop 8 illustrates how it can be done, to advance liberty and reign in government’s unbridled expansion. Fresh off the battlefield, another victory to an outstanding record, Frank will speak to the question on everyone’s mind today.

CA Republican leaders in the legislature have fought valiantly, long and hard, to defend the taxpayers, families, and the creators of wealth and prosperity, the business class, from a relentless assault on our property, our wallets, our rights to govern over our own affairs, and our dwindling discretionary income.

There is no satisfying the beast that is our state government. Its only vision is to take as much as they want from those who have anything left to be taken and then distribute it. The Republicans need us to get in formation and advance our position.

There is a way... Join me, Saturday, November 22, at 11AM PST.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

VIDEO: Joy Behar Says Homeschooled Children Are “Demented”

I don't know why I care what this demented woman says or thinks... She really gets under my skin. Everytime I come across a clip of her, I find myself snearing and hissing at her...Elisabeth Hasselbeck should bring in a whole ensemble of homeschooled kids, including artists who are painters, writers, composers, mathematicians, inventors, and entrepreneurs. They can go up and pat Joy Behar's tiny little head that houses her tiny little brain, and tell her "it's OK--we know not everyone is capable of grasping how much we accomplish, and how fulfilled, self expressed, mature, responsible, independent and self directed we are, and we can understand why you couldn't appreciate that..."

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Conservative 2.0: PajamasTV, 130 minutes video of talkers, bloggers, young conservatives and writers talking about Where do we go from here?

One segment consists of two libertarian bloggers, Dr. Helen Smith and InstaPundit.com's Stephen Green interviewing Huckabee on the relationship between libertarians and social conservatives, the next segment includes Jude and Orange County Young Republican Shawn Fago talking about ideas, delivery, message, and young voters...another segment is bloggers and their take on what happened and where we're at... It's pretty interesting. Great discussion. Thumbs up!
There's a button on the bottom left hand side so you can skip to the chapter you want to see, and you can fast forward and reverse right underneath the screen.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Saturday, Post radio program.

My guest today was Richard Rider from the San Diego Tax Fighters' Group. He's a wealth of experience and information and true crusader for the taxpayers. It's a topic that can numb your brain or paralyse you with the sense of being powerless against the collective strength of government employee groups, their unions, and the politicians they help elect to 'negotiate' their contracts and pay raises.

I've been focused on the social conservative issues and thinking about how to establish the coalition of citizens we are not connected with, who are conservative, but vote lock step with the liberals. I haven't quite seen the way yet... I have an idea, but it's germinating. Talking with Richard helps see the possibilities. I think the most exciting idea for me came at the end, from a caller who asked Richard about whether or not we could force government agents to put any proposed pay raise to the people's vote, because the common practice for local governments is to vote themselves payraises and benefits with impunity. Richard's response, it's been done and it works, it's a good idea, and "Do it."

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Michael Steele Makes it Official: He's Running for GOP Chair

I have no idea who the current chair of the GOP is. I read a local paper, the WSJ, RealClearPolitics, Drudge and e-based newsletters and columns everyday. I'm sure I've read the name, or read a commentary along the way, but it left no impression. I presume it's a he, because if it was a she, that would've been news.

We are where we are, and the good news is we are soul searching. I hope those in the position to decide, first ask the right questions, and then make the right choice for leadership and direction.

The disaster started in the 2006 elections. However, in ’08, we didn’t change. Now we’ve lost all footing in the all of the major urban cities on the East and West Coasts and the Northwest. Our message got muddied. We are adrift. Capitalism is on life support.

We lost any previous gains into the Hispanic voter demographic despite the fact that minorities are a natural market for the GOP's core principles. Immigrants don’t come here for welfare. They come for possibility and opportunity. Problem is we have to deliberately take our message to the people who don't know us. They aren’t getting our message on MSM TV or print, and they don’t listen to conservative talk radio. We have to do grassroots work. It's a missionary calling! It's spreading the truth about capitalism. We have to sell competition through choice in education, policy that is supportive of small businesses to grow and provide the jobs everyone is concerned about. It's about flexible, affordable, innovative dynamic health care insurance. It's about individual responsibility coupled with the liberty to self organize.

The urban and metropolitan areas in this country are full of entrepreneurs with an independent streak, and they are a natural constituency. We have winning principles and ideas and we've got some good talent in the Republican politicians that survived the routing in Congress. What we need is good leadership, that inspires, based on priniciples and aimed at measurable results.

I don’t know who is the chair for the RNC today. I bet if you commissioned a poll, few Republicans would know who the current GOP chairman is. I know who Michael Steele is. If you catch him on TV or on radio, he makes an impression. He gets his point of view across, boldly. He's consistent. He has demonstrated that he is principled, strategic, visionary and a formidable communicator.
He would be a total game changer as the new face and voice of the Republican Party. A mentor from my youth used to say 'you're either green (not as in PC dogma green) and growing, or you're ripe and rotting.' Steele's the anecdote to what we've got now.

Check out his website here: http://www.draftmichaelsteele.com/

McClintock's lead expands to 1,283 according to his campain blog's latest post

Our lead has now widened to 1,283 votes out of 326,395 counted, or 0.39 percent. We are now taking 50.20 percent of the votes counted and need 48.49 percent of the remaining 42,500 ballots.

Chauvinist O'Reilly keeps the scurrilous gossip going on Sarah. Claims he's fair, reporting relevant news, but he sat on the John Edwards story.

Last Summer when Edwards' affair with the mother of his love child broke in the Enquier, O'Reilly was too respectible and fair minded to report the story on Edwards, despite witnesses, and photos placing Edwards in the lobby and then the basement and then hiding in a men's room in the hotel at 3am. Such ethical standards! But he just can't get enough of the salacious gossip from anonymous sources, and invites hate mongering washed up hags, misogynists and younger dimwits, to trash Sarah Palin. His integrity about news only applies when it's a guy, ladies, but if it's a woman... Plays with Sarah like a cat with a caught prey. He acts like he has a vicious vindictive streak and he's cross because she has never come on his show, the number one show, as he's always reminding us. He complained about it for the whole two months of Sept and October and the four days in November. I hope she NEVER comes on his show. And I hope his ratings drop because other women, like me, stop watching him.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Confirmed: It Looks Like Obama Just Got Away With Largest Election Donations Fraud in History

Listen, Adapt, Be Positive: Michael Steele--The New Leader of the GOP? That Would be Great!

He articulates what I believe the GOP is supposed to be about, and what I thought it was about when I left the Democratic Party back in '92. Steele personifies the empowering, dynamic, pro- growth leadership of the GOP. He's got the vision, is a great communicator and has great integrity! He would definitely be a game changer.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Camille Paglia's post on Obama, Palin, and the next four years vaporized any calm I was feeling and I’m creeped out again over what we’ve just done

The part of this post that What she writes about Bernardine Dohrn, is what creeps me out.

This paragraph of Sarah picked me up.
I like Sarah Palin, and I've heartily enjoyed her arrival on the national stage. As a career classroom teacher, I can see how smart she is -- and quite frankly, I think the people who don't see it are the stupid ones, wrapped in the fuzzy mummy-gauze of their own worn-out partisan dogma. So she doesn't speak the King's English -- big whoop! There is a powerful clarity of consciousness in her eyes. She uses language with the jumps, breaks and rippling momentum of a be-bop saxophonist. I stand on what I said (as a staunch pro-choice advocate) in my last two columns -- that Palin as a pro-life wife, mother and ambitious professional represents the next big shift in feminism. Pro-life women will save feminism by expanding it, particularly into the more traditional Third World.

Free People, Free Markets: The Foundations of Liberty, Jan 24, 2009

This is a good idea. Every community of activists for the American way, should be holding courses like this one for their grassroots.

Minnesota Ripe for Election Fraud

When voters woke up on Wednesday morning after the election, Senator Norm Coleman led Al Franken by what seemed like a relatively comfortable 725 votes. By Wednesday night, that lead had shrunk to 477. By Thursday night, it was down to 336. By Friday, it was 239. Late Sunday night, the difference had gone down to just 221 -- a total change over 4 days of 504 votes

Pearls of Wisdom Wrapped in Humor while we pause to ponder the question, where are we, and where do we go from here?

'If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed.'
- Mark Twain

'Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress . . . but then I repeat myself.'
- Mark Twain

'I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.'
- Winston Churchill

'A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.'
- George Bernard Shaw

'A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money.'
- G Gordon Liddy

'Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.'
- James Bovard, Civil Libertarian (1994)

'Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries.'
- Douglas Casey, Classmate of Bill Clinton at Georgetown University

'Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.'
- P.J. O'Rourke, Civil Libertarian

'Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.'
- Frederic Bastiat, French Economist (1801-1850)

'Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.'
- Ronald Reagan (1986)

'I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.'
- Will Rogers

'If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free!'
- P.J. O'Rourke, Civil Libertarian

'In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other.'
- Voltaire (1764)

'Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you!'
- Pericles (430 B.C.)

No man's life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session.
- Mark Twain (1866 )

'Talk is cheap . . except when Congress does it.'
- Unknown

'The government is like a baby's alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other.'
- Ronald Reagan

'The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery.'
- Winston Churchill

'The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin.'
- Mark Twain

'The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.'
- Herbert Spencer, English Philosopher (1820-1903)

'There is no distinctly Native American criminal class . . save Congress.'
- Mark Twain

'What this country needs are more unemployed politicians.' - Edward Langley, Artist (1928 - 1995)

'A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.'
- Thomas Jefferson

Saturday, November 8, 2008

GOP Needs Night of Long Knives

Clean House.

Governor Sarah Palin to Young girls: Yup You Better Work Hard, You Better Study Hard, 'cause it's a double standard down there in the other 49.

Yup, there's going to be a couple of extra hurdles for every young woman in America. It makes us work that much harder...In Alaska, the women are tough, and there's equality, and she says come on, to the rest of us... equal opportunity and equal treatment!

Friday, November 7, 2008

November 8, 2008 Radio Program

Saturday November 8, 2008, at 11 AM PST on terrestrial radio, 1460 AM KION Salinas, Santa Cruz, Monterey, CRNtalk.com on the web, and CRN affiliate digital cable networks nationwide, on Channel 5.
CALL IN NUMBER: 831-633-1460

Post Election Program: Where do we go from here?
Dedicated to the proliferation of conservative populism, defined by Jeffrey Bell as "optimism about people's ability to manage their own affairs better than elite can do so for them." I pulled this from an op-ed Ralph Benko penned here. I like it. It’s a good launching point.

The Hispanic vote went 66% for Obama. Why? Does winning over Hispanics mean compromising principles? No.

Prop 8 passed in CA and the Black vote was the largest voter block, percentage wise, in its favor. The Hispanic vote was second. That’s conservative family values in play.

Single women as a block went overwhelmingly for Obama. They put him over the top. Millions of disaffected Democrats broke with the Democratic Party and got solidly behind McCain and Sarah Palin. Will they come back in 2010?

Dr. Lynette Long joins me to talk about the millions of Democrats who voted Republican in this past election. Why? And will they back Palin in 2010?

Slate Writer: McCain 'Rehabilitation' Depends on Angering Republicans

from the Lucianne.com Blog



Thursday, November 6, 2008

Palin on the leaker: A “small, evidently bitter type of person”

Naming names! The buck stops with the leaders of the campaign.
Michelle Malkin is covering this story and posted a petition to show Gov Palin support. The target was for 1000 signatures but over 10,000 signed.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Michael Crichton, Author of State of Fear--a chilling tale and indictment of today's Environmentalist Lobby, dies at 66

The news sites and TV and Radio reports only mention his fame for authoring Jurassic Park and creating the TV series, ER, but his work, State of Fear, produced an adjunct website and spawned countless other like research sites countering politically correct and prevailing doctrine of Global Warming as a man made eminent danger.

For an interesting presentation on Crichton's impressive and inquisitive, thoughtful and creative work: see http://in.integralinstitute.org/contributor.aspx?id=31

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Democrat Rep. Jim Moran says Making And Keeping Your Own Wealth Is A “Simplistic Notion”

Envy, coveting your neighbors property--class warfare. Wake call!

CNN Anchor gets in heated Exchange with Joe the Plumber Over Obama Tax Plan

Attacking Joe, is attacking everyone who knows it's wrong to make a person who earns more, to pay a higher percentage, a punitive additional amount, on what they earn. It's ganging up on the individual. Today, those who earn more pay more; they pay a high percentage on their income already. Obama's idea of fair taxation is not fair, it's confiscatory.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

ABC's 20/20, Vargas interrogates Palin over $150K Wardrobe (oldnews) but will anyone ask Obama about the $700K he spent for lighting self in Berlin?

What about Obama's election night party? $2 million, What about for his stadium pillars and stage and lighting at the convention? Weekly Standard reported: $140,000 Spent on DNCC Podium and the Barackopolis UPDATED: Total Construction Costs at Invesco Total $5.3 Million.
Washington Times reports Obama spent $700,000 on stage lighting for his Berlin act. Where are the reporters questions and harranging of the Senator over that? Oh no, they wouldn't want to get thrown off the Obama plane or cut off from any further interviews, not that Obama or Biden are doing any lately.

Biden was invited but 'he declined.' I guess he's back in quarantine for this last leg.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Seven Web Samurai Transformed Obama from Novelty to Nominee

By Ralph Benko, OpEd Contributor- 10/31/08
Can the Right get this right? A bright strain of conservative populism, defined by Jeffrey Bell as "optimism about people's ability to manage their own affairs better than an elite can do so for them," is imprisoned lightning that could be unleashed just as it was by Ronald Reagan.
It only takes one. And Web 2.0.


The Obama campaign has decided to heave out three newspapers from its plane for the final days of its blitz across battleground states -- and all three endorsed Sen. John McCain for president!

Obama warns: 'It's gonna get nasty' in final days before election"

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- With just days to go before Election Day, Sen. Barack Obama is warning his supporters that things are going to get unpleasant fast -- and that the race will come down to every last vote.

Obama's New Attack on Those Who Don't Want Higher Taxes: ‘Selfishness’

ABC News Senior National Correspondent Jake Tapper

The True Meaning of 'Historic Vote'-- Shifting America's animating idea from creation to protection.

The real "change" being put to a vote for the American people in 2008 is not simply a break from the economic policies of "the past eight years" but with the American economic philosophy of the past 200 years. This election is about a long-term change in America's idea of itself.

Don't Let the Polls Affect Your Vote-- They were wrong in 2000 and 2004.

Latin Heartthrob on Mission Across the U.S.

This is a great story. His mother prayed for him, when he was lost. He turned around and one of his testimonies was the movie, Bella.

Obama's European Vision

Shifting America's animating idea from creation to protection
Wonderland, October 30, 2008

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Small business: Who's better on taxes, Obama or McCain?

By David Lightman and Kevin G. Hall McClatchy Newspapers

Here's what the candidates actually propose. McCain wants to leave in place President Bush's tax cuts of 2001 and 2003 that lowered the top tax bracket from 39.6 percent to 35 percent and lowered the capital-gains tax, a tax on profits, to 15 percent.

Obama would let those tax cuts expire on Jan. 1, 2011, as called for under current law, for individual tax filers whose adjusted gross income exceeds $200,000, and for joint filers whose adjusted gross income is more than $250,000.

Latinos would do well to vote for McCain, because he stands with them, on the issues that matter most to Latino voters

Latinos would do well to vote for McCain, because he stands with them, on the issues that matter most to Latino voters

You would not know it, when you listen to the mainstream media in Spanish or English, but immigration is not the number one issue for Latino voters. It is not number two, three, four, five, or six. According to a Pew Hispanic Center report, published in August of 2008, immigration is last out of the 7 most important "family pocket book issues,” for Latino voters.

The Pew report, based on a survey of 2015 registered Latino voters in June and July, underscored an overwhelming support by Latinos for Obama (66%) to McCain (23%).

Yet if Latinos got where Mc Cain stands on education, cost of living, jobs, and healthcare, he would win enough of the Latino electorate, to win the election, because he boldly addresses the four issues most important to Latino voters, in a way that is most beneficial for Latinos.

The report ranks Education as the number one issue for Latinos (93%). Obama and surrogates, when they address this issue to Latino voters, argue that we need to spend more money. This is the same argument of the past 30 years. Obama’s website promotes an expansion of public education to include a mandatory early childhood program. This ignores the problems in K-12, and asks voters to believe that forcing parents into a government run early childcare education program will reform the failure of public education in K to 12. Only about half of Latinos graduate from high school. In 2005, only 51% of Hispanic students passed the mathematics portion of the California High School Exit Examination.
Obama promises to double funding for ‘responsible’ Charter Schools, but what does ‘responsible’ mean? Obama opposes vouchers. His own campaign, said in a statement in February of ’08, "Throughout his career, he has voted against voucher proposals and voiced concern for siphoning off resources from our public schools." It noted that Mr. Obama's education agenda "does not include vouchers, in any shape or form."

Latinos would agree with John McCain, who believes we can no longer accept low standards for some students, and high standards for others.

McCain believes schools can and should compete to be the most innovative, flexible and student-centered - not safe havens for the uninspired and unaccountable. He believes schools should compete for the most effective, character-building teachers, hire them, and reward them.

If a school will not change, the students should be able to change schools. Parents should be empowered with school choice to send their children to the school that can best educate them just as many members of Congress do with their own children. He finds it beyond hypocritical that many of those who would refuse to allow public school parents to choose their child's school would never agree to force their own children into a school that did not work or was unsafe. McCain maintains that it is a fundamental and essential right we should honor for all parents. This is music to Latino ears!

The second, third and fourth most important issues for Hispanics, the cost of living (92%), jobs (91%), and healthcare (90%), are issues driven home by José, el Fontanero (Joe the plumber). Protecting jobs, keeping the economy stable, and reforming health care while supporting small businesses, is vital. Fewer Hispanics say that crime (82%), the war in Iraq (75%) or immigration (75%) is an extremely important or very important issue to them personally.

In the past four years small businesses provided more than 90 percent of the new jobs in this country. Latino women make up the fastest growing segment of the small business economy and Latinos are opening businesses, at three times the national average. McCain pledges not to raise taxes on the middle class, especially in a downturn economy because he knows small businesses will be forced to close or cut production and hiring if their taxes are raised. McCain understands, a tax increase on the most successful small businesses will hurt them, hurt jobs and the economy.

McCain argues a government mandated healthcare program’s cost to small businesses will put many out of business so he offers reform on health care, in a way that is affordable, does not burden the employer, and encourages competition and choice.

McCain understands that Latinos are not a static group. Each individual is not always in the same economic rung, and like all Americans, they work to achieve their dreams and goals. For many, that dream includes one day owning their own business, and being able to grow that business and hire more employees to sustain that dream and growth. McCain stands with Latinos and Latinos would do well to stand with McCain.

Checks on 'Joe' more extensive than first acknowledged

Tax, welfare info also sought on McCain ally
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 8:05 PM
By Randy Ludlow

Excerpts: Sarah Palin on Policy--'This is when American voters are really paying attention to the issues'

By Elizabeth Holmes, WSJ

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Biden's Tax Truth: That 'tax cut' threshold keeps falling

Well, will families making less than $250,000 get a tax cut under President Obama, or not? Senator Obama has been saying this for months, but on Monday Joe Biden put the tax-cut income threshold at $150,000 in an interview with a TV station in his beloved Scranton, Pennsylvania

The Election Choice: Trade

WSJ Opinion

Spreading the Wealth, Obama-Style

by James Freeman

Change: It’s what you’ll get … and what you’ll be left with.

No thanks to the “mainstream media,” the true parameters of presidential candidate Barack Obama’s plan to redistribute wealth and give tax cuts to 95 percent of Americans are finally becoming clear. Here are some of the “changes” he has in mind for our businesses, freedoms and earnings. (more)

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Obama the Brand vs. Obama the Man – a Democrat Says It Ain’t Pretty

Lynette Long
I am a feminist, a mother, a Democrat and an ardent Hillary Clinton supporter and I am voting for John McCain and Sarah Palin on November 4.

“Art” Exhibit in NYC encourages shooting Sarah Palin. Can you imagine if any one publically suggested, just for fun, to pose shooting at Obama?

Clinton Democrats for McCain/Palin

Let’s Pretend to Kill Sarah Palin
Posted by: Erick Erickson
Wednesday, October 22, 2008 at 02:14PM CDT

Obama Is Wrong About Colombia Labor unions are much safer under Uribe.

After the final debate between John McCain and Barack Obama last week, the media lost no time digging for dirt on Joe the Plumber. Too bad a similar level of scrutiny was not applied to the slanderous remarks Mr. Obama made against Colombia.

Secret Service visits Lufkin woman after 'death threat' allegation from an Obama campaign volunteer

See the movie, The Lives of Others. It's a masterpiece, about citizen artists, writers, a theater actress and drama. The population is kept under strict control by the Stasi, the East German Secret Police. It's chilling, and factually accurate, and the real time story posted below reminds me of that movie and the truth it is based on. If Obama's campaign tactics go this far now, what will it like if he is President, and has a Supermajority Congress? Be afraid.

By JESSICA SAVAGEThe Lufkin Daily News
Monday, October 06, 2008
A Lufkin woman received a surprise visit from the Secret Service last week because of a "death threat" comment she reportedly made about Sen. Barack Obama to a campaign volunteer asking for her support of the presidential candidate.

The victimized citizen, Sharon Hughs, has a blog where she details her experience at http://freezethefascism.blogtownhall.com/

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Stalwart Democrat Feminists stand with Sarah Palin:

Palin Displays Her Feminist Side

Palin surrounded herself onstage with two higher-profile defectors from Sen. Hillary Clinton's camp -- Lynn Rothschild, a member of the Democratic Platform Committee, and Elaine Lafferty, a former editor-in-chief of Ms. Magazine -- along with Shelly Mandell, the president of the Los Angeles chapter of the National Organization for Women, Linda Klinge, the vice president of Oregon's NOW chapter and Prameela Bartholomeusz, a small business owner and member of the Democratic National Platform Committee.

Other so called feminists are shills, either knowingly or unwittingly, for the Big Government-Leftist Democratic Party, the abortion/embryonic stem cell lobby, trial lawyers, and Big Labor.

To these special interests, a woman who is pro life, transparency, limited government, lower taxes, work flex-time, right to bear arms, happily married to an athletic, fisherman, Steel Worker's union member, snow mobile racer Dude, is anathema.

That she's atheletic, charismatic and alluring to boot--she raises hackles and elicits delusional rage. She's a role model. I'd be thrilled if one of my sons brought home such a bride. Through thick and thin, I know their life would be zestful and the world would be a better place!

PolitiFact.com checks out Obama's "95 percent of you will get a tax cut" promise: It's disingenous, and I'm being polite here.

The part of Obama's tax plan that results in widespread tax cuts is a tax credit for workers, intended to offset payroll taxes. Single workers would get $500, and working couples would get $1,000.
But not all taxpayers get paychecks from an employer, and those who don't would not get the credit. Additionally, Obama intends to raise taxes on higher brackets ($200,000 for singles and $250,000 for couples) which would offset any tax cuts for those incomes.
From Politifact.com

What Will Your Taxes Be When the Bush Tax Cuts Expire:

Factual information about how much Federal Tax you paid then and pay now:
http://www.taxfoundation.org/publications/show/151.html Check the figures yourself!
Taxes under Clinton 1999 /Taxes under Bush 2008
Single making 30K - tax $8,400 /Single making 30K -- tax $4,500
Single making 50K - tax $14,000 /Single making 50K - tax $12,500
Single making 75K - tax $23,250 /Single making 75K - tax $18,750
Married making 60K - tax $16,800 /Married making 60K - tax $9,000
Married making 75K - tax $21,000/ Married making 75K - tax $18,750
Married making 125K - tax $38,750/ Married making 125K - tax $31,250

If you make more than $87,900 a year, your payroll taxes (social security) will go up. How high? No limit, and since your employer pays the other half, which you never see, that's a heafty tax on your employer, and maybe you'll be the one he or she has to cut, to make ends meet.

Steve Moore lays it all out below on Taxes that Obama will Raise, starting with Letting the Bush Tax Cuts Expire

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Taxes that Obama will Raise, Starting with letting the Bush Tax Cuts Expire:

Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Stephen Moore: "[Obama is] talking about a series of tax rate increases. So he would increase the capital gains and the dividends tax and the income tax. And one thing that is going to be problematic I think for some people is he also wants to get rid of what's called the cap on the payroll tax." (The Wall Street Journal Website, www.wsj.com, Accessed 2/13/08) Moore: "Whereas the Republicans want to increase private investment, he's talking about increasing government spending and he's calling that investment too, so it would be a multi-billion dollar increase in the size of government." (The Wall Street Journal Website, www.wsj.com, Accessed 2/13/08)

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Senator McCain, ¡No te rajes! --McCain's Greatest Hits at the last debate:

McCain greatest hits last night: "Senator Government… "(Ka-Pow!)

He told Obama to his face, you want to take Joe's money and spend it, and I want Joe to keep it and let him spread it around. (Bam!) The line was drawn, bold and clear.

McCain: "I admire his eloquence…. 'We’ll look at off shore drilling…'” (Calls Obama on his dissembling)

McCain on the Free trade agreement: Columbia, largest agricultural importer of our products. Their goods and products come into our country for free, but we can’t get our products into their country w/out paying a high tariff. Free trade with Columbia is a no brainer! (Boom!)

Barak…. Labor leaders have been targeted for assassinations and there have been no investigations.
“I supported the Peruvian free trade agreement, because it was a well structured agreement..."

McCain made the point that Obama Doesn’t want a free trade agreement with our best ally in the region but wants to sit down without preconditions with Hugo Chavez. (Bam-Bam!)

Why McCain’s message in the last debate has a real appeal to Latinos:

Senator Government vs Joe the Plumber. McCain identified with the heartland of America and with Latinos who are naturally conservative. He's for us, he's for Joe the Plumber, vs THE MAN as in all controlling and invasive Government.

McCain no es presumido. (McCain's not presumptous)
Todos queremos ser propritarios de nuestros propios negocios pequeños, no ser siempre el empliado. Tenemos la illución de algun día ser el patrón, y despues, el dueño.

(We all want to someday own our own business, not always be an employee. We have a dream to one day be the boss and then the owner of the place where we work.)

When McCain rightly asserted that Senator Obama wants to restrict trade and raise taxes,
Obama smiled and flashed a big grin. So presumptous. Such contempt for the average Joe or Jose.

Educación: McCain is standing for parents to have the power to advocate for and safeguard their children, and their education. He believes in our ability as advocates and will promote policy that empowers parents. He doesn’t look down at us common folks as if we can't decide what's best for our children, if we're given the chance to choose.

McCain rightfully indicted Obama for never having been south of the border!!!!
Obama has not visited or spoken with Columbia’s President Uribe. He won’t support the free trade agreement with Columbia, our best ally in Latin America.

Yet, McCain pointed out, Obama is willing to sit down, without preconditions, with Hugo Chavez.

On Life:

Obama would not support a law that would mandate that a newborn that survived a botched abortion get care and treatment. He wouldn’t sign a bill because he said they already get such protection, and he wouldn’t support a bill that would weaken or possibly undermine Roe v Wade. Obama’s casualness around abortion and his indifference to life is chilling.

Senator McCain,

Don't back down! Don't give up! You have the working people of American behind you and we're counting on you and we're behind you to fight to the end!

'Senator Government' vs Joe the Plumber

'Senator Government'
Joe the Plumber cuts to the heart of the Presidential choice
WSJ October 16, 2008

Monday, October 13, 2008

More on Obama's Magic: His 95% Illusion--It depends on what the meaning of a tax cut is.

One of Barack Obama's most potent campaign claims is that he'll cut taxes for no less than 95% of "working families." He's even promising to cut taxes enough that the government's tax share of GDP will be no more than 18.2% -- which is lower than it is today.

Clever. He poses as a middle-class tax cutter while disguising that he's also proposing one of the largest tax increases ever on the other 5%. But how does he conjure this miracle, especially since more than a third of all Americans already pay no income taxes at all? WSJ Op-ed, 10-13-08

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Obama's Magic--Presto, Change-o! Help-o! People, Please!

Obama's Magic
Presto, change-o!
By Kimberley A. Strassel

And now, America, we introduce the Great Obama! The world's most gifted political magician! A thing of wonder. A thing of awe. Just watch him defy politics, economics, even gravity! (And hold your applause until the end, please.)

Friday, October 10, 2008

Saturday on my show, Roy Innis Chairman of CORE and Manny Miranda, Chairman, Third Branch Conference

Roy Innis, Chair of CORE to discuss the allegations of racism in the presidential election. And Manny Miranda, Chairman of the Third Branch Conference, to talk about Joe Biden, and the judicial committee, and the importance of the next President of the U.S. and the Supreme Court.
Program for today's show

Third Branch Conference
Committee for Justice
Committee for Justice Blog

So You Want To Hit Obama Hard With Bill Ayers? Try This Video on For Size

Click Here and Try This Video on For Size . It's a hit!

Caught red handed, hands in the cookie jar, but the media snores

They're supposed to be our heroes, our watchdogs, the lonely noble souls who tirelessly and selflessly pursue the truth, who protect us by exposing the lies, and dangers and abuses of the political class, but instead, they are the cheerleaders for the political party that poses as liberal, as in free and open minded. Their blind allegiance is dumbfounding. You could hit them with a freight train and they'd ignore it, if it was their man driving the train. We are left at the mercy of the few who are driven to tell the real story.

OCTOBER 10, 2008

...Former Countrywide Financial loan officer Robert Feinberg says Mr. Dodd knowingly saved thousands of dollars on his refinancing of two properties in 2003 as part of a special program the California mortgage company had for the influential. He also says he has internal company documents that prove Mr. Dodd knew he was getting preferential treatment as a friend of Angelo Mozilo, Countrywide's then-CEO...

...Mr. Dodd at first issued a strong denial: "This suggestion is outrageous and contrary to my entire career in public service...

...a week later he acknowledged he was part of Countrywide's VIP program but claimed he thought it was "more of a courtesy."...
(Extra, Read all about it! -- here)

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

NBC scrubs SNL Bailout Skit to meet their "standards"

The on screen text bar which displayed over the couple playing the Sandlers, named the Sandlers, and read "People who should be shot," and "allegations of corruption," was removed.

There was a lot of protest on Monday over the disappearance of this video. I don't know if NBC always intended to return it to the web. They were erasing comments posted on their boards all day, as if they wanted it to evaporate from pubic memory. It's disappearance wasn't going to be forgotten or accepted quietly.

Must Not See TV, an op-ed by John Fund on the SNL Bailout Skit
WSJ, 10-7-08
One of the funniest and most politically searing comedy sketches in years has vanished from the Web site of NBC's Saturday Night Live. Visitor comments asking about its disappearance are also being scrubbed from the Web site. The sketch -- a harsh indictment of the housing meltdown that led to last week's bailout bill -- was clearly too much truth for someone to handle.

The seven-minute sketch featured a mock news conference of Democratic Congressional leaders on the bailout bill, during which Nancy Pelosi and Barney Frank inadvertently acknowledge that it was Congress that blocked reform and effective oversight of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. (read the article here)

Monday, October 6, 2008

Why has NBC/Sat Night Live blacked out the Bailout skit?

It was on every major political blog today! I may be exagerating but my assessment is based on annecdotal findings based on a Google search for keywords SNL Bailout.

It was an amazing video, funny, poignant, fair and so revealing! And now it's gone! I want for NBC to have to put it back up for the public to see, just like all their other political videos. This one was exceptional because it indicted Democrats for having known what was going on and having blocked reform years ago. It indicts Republicans for not effectively stopping the corruption. Is that why it's been removed? Is it because of media bias, or was there pressure put on NBC or SNL from Barney Franks and Nancy Pelosi, or Howard Dean? Is this is political heavy handed censorship or just a glitch and the video will be promptly restored for viewing?

Don't blame free enterpise, keep perspective and for goodness sake keep Paul Ryan!

Don't blame it on deregulation!
Blaming Deregulation
Yesterday, October 05, 2008, 9:00:00 PM Sebastian Mallaby
The financial turmoil has pushed the Obama campaign into the lead, and this is mostly justified. Barack Obama is more thoughtful on the economy than his opponent, and his bench of advisers is superior. But there's a troubling side to the Democratic advance. The claim that the financial crisis reflects Bush-McCain deregulation is not only nonsense. It is the sort of nonsense that could matter.

Keep perspective and be cautiously optimistic
Is It 1929 Again?
Yesterday, October 05, 2008, 9:00:00 PM Robert J. Samuelson
Watching the slipping economy and Congress's epic debate over the unprecedented $700 billion financial bailout, it is impossible not to wonder whether this is 1929 all over again. Even sophisticated observers invoke the comparison. Martin Wolf, the chief economics commentator for the Financial Times, began a recent column: "It is just over three score years and ten since the [end of the] Great Depression." What's frightening is not any one event but the prospect that things are slipping out of control. Panic -- political as well as economic -- is the enemy.

OCTOBER 3, 2008
What Leadership Looks Like
Voting for what's right, not what's safe

Paul Ryan has always been one of my very favorite Congressmen. He's always been of impeccable integrity. Even if he was wrong on this vote, it is foolish to throw him overboard when he has been so consistently principled. Give him the benefit of the doubt. He has earned it.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

An American Carol Doesn't Live Up to My Hope and Expectations

I liked the concept and loved the actors, but the movie is unworthy of either.

I love to laugh out loud. I love great slapstick. I laughed out loud at The Forty Year Old Virgin, and Super Bad, and even Knocked up. These movies, though raunchy, had a sweetness, a thoughtful, positive message that could be described as having a good 'moral and ethical' stand for virtues of life and sanctity of marriage and family, and they delivered. Despite being juvenile, they were funny and entertaining.

An American Carol had a lot of promise for great virtues of honor, and courage, and standing up to aggressors who threaten our country's liberty. It had great talent, and a great premise, to mock with biting irony and satire, the foolishness of Michael Moore and his 'Documentaries,' but the movie was flat. It had a few good moments of satire, but lacked real irony and depth.

It relied on symbols, images and cheap gags. It lacked heart and soul. Michael Moore's fictitious character's transformation in the end, was completely unbelievable and formulaic.

I stayed until the end of the movie, wishing it would turn around and deliver me. That was wishful thinking. I have to give it thumbs down. My husband says it's not that bad. Maybe it's a guy's flick.

Joe Biden's Cosmetic Work Can't Mask the Truth

So he's had a lot of Botox injected. What's the big deal?

He's a phony. That's all. He's not blue collar Joe from Scranton. Left there as a a kid and uses the reference only to pawn himself as common folk.

His hair is enhanced with plugs or grafts, his teeth are grinded and then covered with caps so that his smile reveals big white teeth, and his forehead, especially on HDTV, reveals the tell tales of Botox, where his wrinkles on his forehead only show at the temples, but are erased and completely absent from his forehead.

Who is he? What's he really like? Is he really so vain? Does looking good drive him, or does his conscience drive?

He's not a man of the people, he's a man of the trial lawyers, and he does take care of his friends, but that's not us. We pay the price in higher prices for everything, as a result of shakedown lawsuit practices that Joe fights to protect. He blocks reforms and his son, Beau, is one of the greatest benefactors, through his law firm, of which he is a partner, for the high-steaks racket of asbestos litigation in Delaware, Biden's home, since he left the folks in Scranton, back when he was a kid.

Say it 'ain't so Joe. But alas, he's a phony; he's not one of us. He's not looking out for me, or for my family.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

The politicos who wrote the rules that caused the financial mess now control the bailout

Re-Seeding the Housing Mess
WSJ September 27, 2008
The House and Senate Democratic drafts contain an indefensible and well-hidden provision. It would mandate that at least 20% of any profit realized from the sale of each troubled asset purchased under the Paulson plan be deposited in either the Housing Trust Fund or the Capital Magnet Fund. Only after these funds get their cut of the profits are "all amounts remaining . . . paid into the Treasury for reduction of the public debt."
Here's the exact, amazing language from the Democratic proposal, breaking out how the money would be divided and dispensed:
"Deposits. Not less than 20% of any profit realized on the sale of each troubled asset purchased under this Act shall be deposited as provided in paragraph (2).
"Use of Deposits. 65% shall be deposited into the Housing Trust Fund established under section 1338 of the Federal Housing Enterprises Regulatory Reform Act . . . ; and 35% shall be deposited into the Capital Magnet Fund . . . (Continue)

Friday, September 26, 2008

The Public Deserves a Better Deal

Opinion, WSJ September 26, 2008
The Treasury plan to buy illiquid financial assets has been widely criticized as being unfair to taxpayers, who will have to bear losses ahead of shareholders of the institutions that will be bailed out.
There is a better alternative to stabilize the markets: Invest the $700 billion of taxpayer money in senior preferred stock of the troubled financial institutions that pose systemic risks. Let's call this the "Preferred plan." In fact, it is the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac model -- which the Treasury Department has already endorsed and used in practice. It is also the approach Warren Buffett used for his investment in Goldman Sachs.

Retirement benefits for county workers out of control

Friday, September 26, 2008:
This editorial by Bob Suhr is based on Santa Cruz County, but it applies to counties up and down the state, and across the country.

"...due to the power of the government unions, the original program has changed and the county pays the employees’ portion as well as their own. In this example, you can see that the taxpayers’ total funding for this individual, and this year alone, is $20,541. But that isn’t all! There is another $6,324 for the Social Security tax making a total of $26,865 — all paid by the county’s taxpayers.This provides a retirement program of 96.7 percent of salary at age 65. With our deputy assessor, and the $107,000 annual salary, or $8,916 on a monthly basis, the individual’s retirement is $8,498. But when you add the additional $2,185 for the monthly Social Security benefit, also payable at age 65, it brings it up to $10,683. When his or her spouse is 65, they will receive a further payment of $1,092.50 a month — a total of $11,775, compared with $8,916 while working. That is 32 percent more than when the party was on the job. And all paid by the taxpayers! Why should the county public employees enjoy such a retirement benefit at the expense of the private sector?"

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Sarah Palin just gets better the more she is revealed!

Her replies to Charlie were awesome!

Talk about lipstick on a pig, here's Obama's Universal National Service Plan

Time Magazine's published account of this plan reads: "Americans don't like to be told what they have to do; many have argued that requiring service drains the gift of its virtue." Yup. That's right. "It would be based on carrots, not sticks — 'doing well by doing good,' as Benjamin Franklin, the true father of civic engagement, put it."

Who would pay for these carrots? And how? That's what I want to know. And who decides what constitutes virtuous service? Chairman Mao would be so proud!

The plan is simple: Massively Grow Big Government and invest more in government run programs that have no accountability. Pedantic, judgemental, elitist, statist, authoritarian are words that come to mind as I read further.

No where is there any acknowledgement of the service provided by entrepreneurs who engage unencumbered in free enterprise, in a free market system. Wow.

1. Create a National-Service Baby Bond of $5000, in a private 529 plan, except it's not really private and you only get it if you volunteer your life for your college education.

2. Make National Service a Cabinet-Level Department. Sounds Stalinist.

A cabinet level official will preside over weather or not we are engaging in virtuous civic minded service. How large of an army of hires would such an officer require to executive this post?

3. Expand Existing National-Service Programs Like AmeriCorps and the National Senior Volunteer Corps.

No thanks. Saddleback and a network of evangelical churches exponentially outperformed the government run agencies and the Red Cross and other secular organizations. Just streamline and improve the accountability of the agencies we have now, and we'll be much better off.

It goes on, with several more points. I can hear marching armies of militant indoctrinated duty bound 'citizens.' He should lose the election based on this proposal alone. It's a plan Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro would love.

From the WSJ letters to the editor 9-10-08: A Quiz

Under 45, lover of the outdoors, a Republican reformer who has taken on the party establishment, has many children, and a spot on the national ticket as vice president with less than two years in the governor's office -- you describe Teddy Roosevelt in 1900 and Sarah Palin in 2008.
Alec Ellison
Rye, New York

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Barracuda Sarah is such a threat to the leftist liberal culture, she must be destroyed

On OpinionJournal.com today, John Fund writes about the army of lawyers that has invaded Wasilla, Alaska looking for anything they can find to hang our motorcycle riding, gun slinging mama, who flies coach, looks awesome in a pencil skirt, wears lipstick, looks easy going and is a sure footed executive at the same time, and is happily married with children, to her Number One Dude. Women will think she's a role model and they'll start demanding that she be represented in our mainstream culture, including movies, magazines, entertainment and news programs on TV. It seems like a perfectly reasonable expectation, but to the bastions of political correctness, it's down right dangerous.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Martha Montelongo Radio Show premieres Sept 13th, 2008

Our terrestrial home is 1460 AM, KION, in the Salinas, Monterey, Santa Cruz market. But we're also live on CRN Digital Talk Radio, nationwide! It's live at 11AM, Saturdays. Tune in and join us for some rollicking fun while we talk strategy on taking charge and casting off the weight, burden, and abuse of "The Man" aka, government.

Botched Paramilitary Police Raids: An Epidemic of "Isolated Incidents"

"If a widespread pattern of [knock-and-announce] violations were shown . . . there would be reason for grave concern." —Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, in Hudson v. Michigan, June 15, 2006. An interactive map of botched SWAT and paramilitary police raids, released in conjunction with the Cato policy paper "Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids," by Radley Balko. What does this map mean? How to use this map View Original Map and Database


Death of an innocent. Death or injury of a police officer. Death of a nonviolent offender.
Raid on an innocent suspect. Other examples of paramilitary police excess. Unnecessary raids on doctors and sick people.
The proliferation of SWAT teams, police militarization, and the Drug War have given rise to a dramatic increase in the number of "no-knock" or "quick-knock" raids on suspected drug offenders. Because these raids are often conducted based on tips from notoriously unreliable confidential informants, police sometimes conduct SWAT-style raids on the wrong home, or on the homes of nonviolent, misdemeanor drug users. Such highly-volatile, overly confrontational tactics are bad enough when no one is hurt -- it's difficult to imagine the terror an innocent suspect or family faces when a SWAT team mistakenly breaks down their door in the middle of the night. But even more disturbing are the number of times such "wrong door" raids unnecessarily lead to the injury or death of suspects, bystanders, and police officers. Defenders of SWAT teams and paramilitary tactics say such incidents are isolated and rare. The map above aims to refute that notion.

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