Media Hype

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C.T.

Media hype, we hear about it all the time, but what is it? Well, by my own personal definition it is, " Sensationalism of mediocrity that sells and gets ratings and acquires viewers." Anyone with common sense or is somewhat well versed in politics and economics knows we are in rough times, or about to be. But when you turn on the tube, what is the "news" you see?


We are inundated about the Democratic mud slinging, Britney, Bush bashing, Obama bashing, Clinton bashing, useless sound bites, human interest stories, and opinion. None of this in my world qualifies as newsworthy. Where is the news? What are the things they should be reporting to the American public and where has it been written that we should take the MSM as gospel on situations?


The answer to these questions is simple; no one reports the news, the American public deserves the truth, not hype or op-eds, and the MSM is not the gospel on anything. Politics and reporting are more intertwined than ever before, I am sure to an extent it always has been. Why is the "news" reported based on the editor's and producer's political background? We do not deserve that, we deserve a report, not an analysis by the so-called experts. Take something simple as a police report, it is a gathering of the facts based on investigation into a particular situation. This sounds pretty simple and it is, this is way the news should be. Now, I do realize that there is always going to be an amount of personal judgement as to what transpired, but that is alright. What we are seeing on the idiot box these days is far passed that.


I would think the media went South after 1968-69 when Walter Cronkite declared the Vietnam war was unwinnable, because of the Tet offensive. Ironic, thing was, that it was the hugest military blunder made by North Vietnam and American forces spanked them. But, the war was unwinnable? Could you imagine if the media had declared that in World War II with the German counter attack in France after D-Day? We might be living with an ever looming fascist threat.


President Lyndon Johnson is reported to have said, "If I've lost Cronkite, I've lost America." This remark, made back in the late 60's, shows the power the media wielded back then. To think that they have not perfected the art even further is foolish. With the advent of the Internet and the speed at which information can be disseminated nowadays the power of the media has been greatly expanded, but so has the power of the little guy to investigate it and find out the truth. No longer are we restricted to just being told what is happening, we can actually find out all the facts and make our own rational decisions.

C.T.
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A Look into the Mind of the Liberals, Provided by the Kossacks

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I have been hearing about the Democrats eating their young lately, or in this case, the party establishment. So, I took a trip via the Net, to the DailyKos, a very popular left wing blog, to get a better understanding of this phenomena. Now, I must admit due to a certain funk in the cyber air, I was only able to go in so far before feeling a putrid and repulsive nausea churning in me. But, I was there long enough to get some insight into the opinions of the Left concerning their latest enigma with Barrack and Hillary. From my impression, the Kos types are resigned to their distaste for Hillary Clinton, and for the most part, are impatiently awaiting her concession. Let's look at a few of their comments.

Due to my inexperience about any legalities concerning the posting of names of posters from another blog, I will simply put their quotes up there. There will be a link to the page that I drew them from, though.



might help close the gap a bit in PA, so her margin of victory will be so small the MSM might call it a loss. But the Clintons keep moving the goalposts on what counts as a "win," and they will probably put out a press release today saying Hillary expects PA to be "close." [1]




Her downfall can't come too soon for my taste. And to think that I started out this campaign season, admiring her. If the Clintons had any brains, if they weren't stuck in 1992, they would've realized there are thousands and thousands of people like me, who used to think we were on the same side and don't think that any more. [1]




Hillary is addicted to personal ambition by engaging in futile aggressive campaigning well past the point where it is productive to her party. [1]


Now that I have washed off the Kos funk, after 12 turpentine baths, and gone through severe shock therapy to get the Communist Manifesto removed from consciousness, I should be alright. Interesting enough I find most of the comments, concerning Hillary at least, could have been posted on a Conservative/Republican website. For the most part, I agree with their assessment of her and the situation.

This person is on the tip of the iceberg and is starting to get it.


There is no reason to drag this on till July 1. We need for Obama to concentrate on beating McCain. The numbers show that Hillary cannot win today, why wait until July 1. [2]


They are getting warmer!!



we can concentrate on McCain and his rhetoric and just how "anti-war" he is. So the sooner we get our nominee, the sooner we can go after McAncient [2]


I am sure there were more, but these are the two that jumped out at me. And in all fairness, this particular list of posting I pulled were from a discussion about Casey's endorsement for ole Hussein. It still amazed me how little they are able to see the big picture. For all practical purposes, Obama is their presumptive nominee and instead of ignoring Clinton or turning up the party heat on her they still kick it around that she is a threat. This is giving the Republicans two great advantages; the first is McCain is on the Presidential trail and June or July might even be to late for the Dems. The second is they are going to have to regroup after concentrating so long on the Hillary threat. This will take away their energy for engaging McCain.

For the Republican strategists, I must say either they have a think tank of Karl Rove clones or they just got handed the greatest gift you could want, I am going with the latter. I am sure there are those on the Left that will attempt to say that this was all engineered by the vast right wing/
PNAC conspiracy. To them I will say this, "The Republicans are just like the the CIA, they are not as omnipotent as they would like you to believe. Not everything is a conspiracy, so shhhhh, it will be our little secret."


November is still a long ways away and it is anyone's guess who will win the general election, but as of now, the Republicans are heavily favored to be the victors. But, do not count out the slime machine from the Dems or Republican ineptness.

C.T.

P.S. I would like to thank the Kossacks for the walk along socialist lane (I think I need to bath in turpentine again). You guys are the best.

[1]
Dean: Shut it Down No Later than July 1st; Comment Page
[2]
Super delegate news; Comment Page
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McCain's Madness?

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In the middle of a Democratic meltdown, one that could deliver the general election to McCain, are Republican strategists practicing the fine art of Liberal buffoonery? McCain, in an address to the World Affairs Council in Los Angeles, attempted to walk to the other side of the aisle. It seems that the Senator and his staff are not content courting their Republican base, but also want to gather up some Left leaning votes .

It was said of McCain that he practiced his campaigning through the primaries backwards. Meaning that he went after Moderates first and then grabbed up his base, the Conservatives. That is wrong, McCain did grab up his base support first, then went after the one's who could make or break his campaign, again, the Conservatives. Is he now alienating those same potential supporters and voters?

After a somewhat honest, attractive, and successful speech at C.P.A.C., McCain followed up on the problem that he has had since he alienated most Republicans. He invoked the name of Burke, the Father of the American conservative movement, and Ronald Reagan, one of its pillars.



And like you, I understand, as Edmund Burke observed, that "whenever a
separation is made between liberty and justice, neither is safe."
[1]





I have also always believed like you in the wisdom of Ronald
Reagan who wanted and warned in an address to this conference in 1975 -- he said, "A political party cannot be all things to all people. It must represent certain fundamental beliefs which must not be compromised to political expediency or simply to swell its numbers."
[1]

At his address to the W.A.C. we see less of the "neoconservative" McCain and more of the moderate, left leaning.




He said the government should close its prison for terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and "work with our allies to forge a new international understanding" on how to treat detainees. He said Americans needed to be "good stewards of our planet," and urged steps to limit greenhouse gas emissions. [2]
Senator McCain said nothing new about these stances that we have not already heard. Most informed voters know McCain wants Gitmo shut down and is Global Warming friendly, at the least. On Iraq, he did not back down on his stances concerning continuing the war. What he did do, that I consider intelligent, was appeal to the Left's emotional thought process.




"We have incurred a moral responsibility in Iraq," he said. "It would be an
unconscionable act of betrayal, a stain on our character as a great nation, if we were to walk away from the Iraqi people and consign them to the horrendous violence, ethnic cleaning and possibly genocide that would follow a reckless, irresponsible and premature withdrawal."
[2]
Short of immediate troop withdrawl, we all know this will have no effect on ardent anti-war supporters. But I propose, as it is easy to see, that it was designed for those potential Democratic crossover voters, Moderates, and Independents, who are on the fence about the war. But, there still is the question of whether or not their will be a net gain of support from these groups. Will this counter the loss of Conservatives who might be reminded of what they viewed as McCain's reckless behavior in the past? In lieu of the Obama incidents and Hillary's last name being Clinton, I would think that many Republicans, whom would not have voted for McCain, were strongly considering throwing a vote his way in the election.

Could there be a backlash? There will be some loss of Conservative support, that is just a given. They probably would not have voted out of protest against McCain's candidacy or would have looked for a reason not to support him. Either way, I am fairly certain, that their numbers are few. Besides, the level of supporters drawn from events like this one, coupled with the Democrats who will not vote for either Obama or Hillary, will counter the loss with great ease.

The one thing to keep in mind, is that this is not an exploration of McCain's philosophies but of his tactics to draw in support to shore up his campaign. McCain, in my humble opinion, is still a RINO who is nowhere near a Conservative. He may not be the best hope for the Republican movement, but as I have pointed out in earlier posts, he is the best hope for the fiber of this country.

C.T.

[1] McCain Addresses Conservatives at Convention
[2] McCain stresses cooperation in L.A. speech on foreign policy
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From Gaffes to Lies, McCain versus Hillary

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Well, the Dems and Hillary are at it again. The irony of Hillary's "gaffe" is that the Left wanted to hang McCain for his "slip." A deeper look into both of them shows one is an outright lie and the other, not even a mistake.

This is an excerpt, from what Clinton is quoted as saying while speaking at George Washington University, on March 17th.



"I remember landing under sniper fire," she said. "There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base." Wow. Now there's a woman you want answering that red phone at 3am. [1]

As pointed out in this article this is no where near what happened. Here is the video, from CBS footage that shows a different situation.





Well, you really do not need to analyze this to see the problem. My question is, " How stupid do they think the American public is?" I have been in some very bad situations, at home and abroad, and those instances are burned into my memory. Now, is there some embellishment? Of course, but they are minor details, not the whole situation.



Here are the problems with Hillary's "gaffe." First, if she is not lying, she has the memory of a gold fish, about seven seconds. Do you want a goldfish as your President? Even though it is doubtful she will get the nomination. Secondly, if it is not lying or a bad memory, then it is insanity. Hillary Clinton must be prone to hallucinations and the only institution she should be serving in is an asylum. Obviously, I am being curt, this no gaffe, she lied. Plain and simple.



As for Senator McCain, there was not really a gaffe, as I and many others see it. His quote was as follows:


Asked about that statement, Mr. McCain said: “Well, it’s common knowledge and has been reported in the media that Al Qaeda is going back into Iran and receiving training and are coming back into Iraq from Iran. That’s well known. And it’s unfortunate.” [2]


The correction.


“I’m sorry,” Mr. McCain said, “the Iranians are training extremists, not Al Qaeda.” [2]



How is this a mis-step? Iran has been training fighters to go into Iraq for years now and some of them are more than likely members or Al-Qaeda. That is common sense and common knowledge. So, where is the problem? Would admitting a connection between a Shi'a country and mostly Sunni organization offend our gentle souled Muslim brothers and sister? Or would this put the United States in a better position to invade Iran because of these links? Not that we do not have enough evidence right now, but this would be the proverbial cherry on the top. Last time I checked Al Qaeda was training extremists, as well. I do not see any evidence here that McCain made a mis-step or a gaffe.

Comparing the two situations; McCain making a mistake depends on your point of view. Implying that he is inept is purely politically motivated and untrue. Hillary, on the other hand, outright lied and there is video evidence.


It is hilarious how the Democrats attempted to abate the Obama situation by sadly attempting to attack McCain about this extremely mild faux pas. If you even want to call it that. This week, Hillary plain out lies, then she says she was mistaken and all was forgiven by the MSM. But there is no biased. Wow!

C.T.

[1] Clinton under fire
[2] McCain Missteps on Iraq; Democrats Pounce
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Racism, Reverends, and Golf

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With all the race baiting, bantering from Reverend Wright, and Barack Obama's statements about his white grandma, everyone seems to have forgotten the plight of Kelly Tilghman. If you don't remember her, she was the Golf Channel commentator who made an off hand remark about Tiger Wood's opponents wanting to lynch him because he is so good.

There was a literal maelstrom of controversy from none other than Rev. Al "Not So" Sharpton. It resulted in Tilghman's public scolding and a two week suspension from work. Tilghman was guilty of nothing more than being glib. There was no racism in her words or intent. Yet she was crucified in the court of public opinion and for what?

Wright and Obama are guilty of the very same thing that Tilghman was accused of. There is video and audio proof of their statements, contradictions, and lies. Tilghman made a simple remark about Tiger Woods and his abilities. Because of what some might call a poor choice of words she is damn near destroyed. But Obama is still vying for the Presidency and Wright's congregation will probably grow.

Another interesting fact is that Tiger Woods refers to himself as a Cablinasian. A word he invented to represent his racial background of Caucasian, Black and Asian. Better be careful not to make any jokes about chopsticks or people who use them. Tiger may just go upside your head with a 9 iron.

In all seriousness, this sham is just another example of the hypocrisy and free ride afforded to people like Obama and Wright. We have to walk on egg shells and get "lynched" for using verbiage that means nothing racially. They, on the other hand, can speak what they see as the truth and no discourse is even allowed. The shallowness of this situation is just another example of the problems that this country is experiencing. It will not be Iraq or the economy which will undo this country; it will be stupidity like this.

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Black Rage!! Black Rage!!

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If you have ever seen the movie "Chasing Amy," there is a scene in the movie that is my favorite an epitomizes the state of the black reverends, and even their community. The character,Hooper X, is giving his diatribe on how Star Wars was a racist movie. When he simply has had enough of the "white boys" stupid questions he unleashes his "black rage" by firing a .45 cal into the audience, appearing to kill a few of the onlookers. Now of course, the scene is set up by him and his two white friends. No one dies and it is simply a publicity stunt. But, best part is is that Hooper X is no more a militant than the average white tax payer in Wisconsin. In fact, he is a gay black man.

Now, how Hooper X applies. Hooper knows that no one will buy a comic book about a militant black super hero, who is fighting Whitey, from a gay black man. So, he adopts a persona that fits what he thinks the black community is hungry for. This is exactly what the Black preachers are doing.

I have lived, most of my adult life, in a city that is about 72% black and was underwater in Aug. 2005. Not a hard one to figure out. I have been to a few inner city black churches and enjoyed myself. I do not think that they stopped the hate whitey speech just because I was there as a guest. The message I heard was one of hope, responsibility, faith, and looking to the future. In my book, the men and women professing this message and the word of Jesus Christ are the one's who get the moniker, Reverend. Now, these churches are not the ones that gain notoriety. Unfortunately, it is the angry, hate-America, it's all Whitey's fault that do.

As a white man, I am told that I do not understand the plight of the American-African culture. It is one of frustration about slavery, prejudice, and discrimination. How could I know about that since I have been so privy to an illustrious upbringing? Well, the fact of the matter is I do. Just like most inner city whites who have lived and worked along side our black counterparts, I have seen their toils and crosses they bear. There is no difference between what the average black man faces than what I have faced. Bills, taxes, going to work, raising kids, maintaining a marriage, just trying to keep your head above water. I see blacks in jobs that as little as forty years ago none of them would have occupied, I have had black women as my boss. Could you imagine in 1968 a white man working for a black woman? As crazy as the thought was, here we are.

If this is the truth then why do so many inner city Blacks buy into these false Reverend's message of hate? Simple, it is easy. Why did so many whites buy into the KKK or the White Supremacist message.? We all do it, because it is easier to blame someone else for our misfortune than taking personal responsibility. When you look into the mirror do you like what you see?

As for the Reverends, these are people who are smart enough to know that if they inundate their community with hatred it will give them a position of power in that community. It is easy to elevate yourself around people who are tired and feel forgotten. You give them an enemy and let them feel like you know how to fight that enemy, you will be on top. It is a tactic that has been around for a very long time. Sadly, it has caused many cities to burn and many countries to fall.

Do we have far to go with race relations? Not really. The only problem we have is the people who profit from division. Get rid of them and the race problem is pretty much gone. Sounds easy doesn't it? Since that is not going to be the reality we should educate each other on the real problem and hope it takes. Then and only then can the "isms" stop.

C.T.

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Sub Prime Sludge and Solutions

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Sub Prime what? A year ago I think this would have been the response most Americans would have given you if you brought up the potential problem. Nowadays everyone is an amateur economist with all the investigation and research going on by the average American.

Before looking at the solutions for the Sub Prime bust, you have to understand what has happened and why. From about 1995-2005 interest rates fell, creating more capital which found it's way into the housing industry. People figured out with the lower rates they could buy a house, maybe even more than one. As prices for real estate began to rise so did the equity and so did the collateral for creating more debt. Thus creating a "bubble."

Enter, "Financial Engineering." Banks, hedge funds, and insurance companies thought they could make a quick buck off this insanity and everyone would be happy. They figured they could transform these rather risky low quality loans in top of the line AAA securities. Now, some of these types of loans did not even require a small down payment. Nothing, zero, nada.

Individual mortgages, thousands of them, were wrapped up into groups called residential mortgage-backed security , or RMBS's. Large Wall Street banks such as, Bear Stearns, would buy the low quality loans from a mortgage broker. Concept was that unlike a regular bond, which was paid by a single corporation, RMBS securities were organized by risk called "tranches." Thousands of homeowners were paying the interest and the principal on these tranches. Most believed this bundle approach was less risky to own because the risk was spread around to so many people at different risk categories rather than just one entity. Well, everything was just fine until the summer of 2006. People for some reason started defaulting on these loans at a greater rate than expected. The big jump in subprime defaults led to the first hedge-fund blowups.

Now, the "liquidation" problem. As the market started collapsing the huge securities ratings were starting to be lowered. This in turn caused hedge fund liquidation. The amount of buyers for the mortgage backed securities dried up quicker than Joan Rivers. With no one their to buy sub prime mortgage brokers were left holding the bag and quickly started dropping like flies. This problem has catapulted all the way to the top, like Bear Stearns.

The solution? On March 13th the President's Working Group on Financial Markets offered some corrective actions.
[1]




Improved Credit Ratings

The report calls for credit rating agencies to improve the way in which
they "grade" securities. Currently, both traditional securities and structured credit products are graded the same way. Structured credit products are
sophisticated and often highly complex packages that include such ingredients as tranches (pieces) of mortgages representing a specific level of repayment risk. They are designed to meet specific investor needs. [1]

This is simple plain common sense. This will attempt to make credit rating agencies much more vitreous. Since most of the risk assessment of the mortgage packages was faulty, the actual risk was underestimated, and the models used to rate them were not disclosed, investors were not able to appraise them properly. These recommendations seek to correct this flaw by disclosing the methodology and assumptions about the credit rating process and encourages reviews of these assumptions. Investors would be kept in the loop about how far these agencies looked into these new credit products and how they attained their ratings.

Improving Mortgage Origination


One factor in the current upheaval is that mortgages were made to homebuyers who normally would not qualify for them and were presented as being of much higher quality than they actually were. While much attention has focused on underwriting problems in the subprime market, the fact is that credit standards were relaxed for most classes of loans with the result that home purchasers found themselves in mortgages that were inappropriate for their financial circumstances, and underwriters of mortgage-backed securities purchased mortgages that were far riskier than they seemed. [1]



To avoid this in the future better standards for underwriting these loans should be implemented. Unfortunately, they also recommend better state and federal regulation of underwriters. This is an unfortunate situation, but had these mortgage companies not acted so irresponsibly, there would be no need for government regulation. According to the Heritage Institute, enforcing licensing requirements on unsupervised mortgage brokers would greatly improve the quality of the mortgages that they create.

Improved Risk Management and Regulation

The report also addresses poor risk management practices within
financial institutions that both purchased and originated sophisticated
mortgage-related investments. One of the more disturbing revelations of the subprime crisis is that major financial institutions are unable to estimate their actual exposure to losses resulting from these types of securities accurately. The causes of this range from improper understanding of the actual risk associated with individual investments to the inability to aggregate the holdings of various investments properly across all of a firm's business lines. As a result, financial institutions have found themselves far more exposed to risk and potential liquidity problems than expected, especially as credit conditions have deteriorated.
[1]

One of the major problems with this whole scenario was the in-ability of these banks hedge funds, etc. to be able to know exactly how much risk they were going to be exposing themselves to. There was little to no understanding of how this undertaking might end up. The supposed protection of wrapping up so many individuals into one package, the RMBS, has been their undoing. So, to compensate this stupidity the government will require firms to have better management information systems so this information will be readily available. Also, they recommend firms meet liquidity and capital standards so that they can even weather the worst of times.

Final thought, from Bear Stearns, all the way down to the individual home buyer, everyone acted irresponsibly, hindsight is always 20/20. The banks thought they were smarter than the system and home owners were offered something they could not turn down, but couldn't afford. Problem is a loan is loan and someone will always expect you to pay it back, whether you can afford to or not.

C.T.

[1] Preventing the Next Subprime Crisis

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Republican Misstep vs. Democratic Implosion

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C.T.

As most know, Senator McCain was on a fact finding Congressional mission in Iraq. While at a news conference in Amman, Jordan, McCain slipped up and was corrected by Senator Joe Lieberman.

Mr. McCain said: “Well, it’s common knowledge and has been reported in the
media that Al Qaeda is going back into Iran and receiving training and are
coming back into Iraq from Iran. That’s well known. And it’s unfortunate.”

It was not until he got a quiet word of correction in his ear from Senator
Joseph
I. Lieberman
of Connecticut, who was traveling with Mr. McCain as part of a
Congressional delegation on a nearly weeklong trip, that Mr. McCain corrected
himself.

“I’m sorry,” Mr. McCain said, “the Iranians are training extremists, not Al Qaeda.” [1]

Does this equate to McCain's incompetency on national security? Hardly, the interesting fact is what McCain is making news about versus Hillary and Obama. The Obama controversy is self explanatory and Hillary's entrance into the news today is a release of her itinerary as First Lady.

Obama has very little experience or a traceable record in the Senate to judge him by. Because of this, the only things we can gauge him with is the company he keeps, his wife, the controversial statements the people have stated, and a bunch of empty suit speeches which sound great, but have very little substance or planning. Obama, no matter how the MSM or the Left try to correct it, is in hot water. His run for the Democratic candidacy may not be suffering, but his run in the general election is substantially damaged.

Clinton, as mentioned, is releasing an itinerary list as First Lady to show her qualifications for President. Last time I did a fact check on the "Office of the First Lady" it was not a political position nor does it show any credentials for President. Wouldn't it be more advantageous to explore her Senate record? Or does her voting record reflect her dichotomy? I would guarantee if you explore Mrs. Clinton's statements about what she believes in and compare it to her voting record you would see two different sides to her. This release is almost as sad as Obama's speech to heal the "racial divide."

McCain is in Iraq, checking on our troops, finding out the results of the Surge first hand, visiting Israel, getting face time with the Iraqie people, and talking to Middle Eastern leaders. He actually took time off from the campaign trail to do his job. But, today the Left is trying to paint him as a boob because of a slip up on some verbage. To them this equates to a person who has no command on national security issues. Now, let's look at this realistically. You have Clinton on one end giving a list of parties she hosted or attended and how she wasted tax payer money on entertaining herself and her staff. Yup, she should get your vote. Then, Obama. Well, the Black Panther/conspiracy nut candidate is done, so stick a fork in him.

Yeah, the Democrats have done a great job convincing me that McCain is incapable of running this country and their candidates are much more qualified. This is almost a laughable situation, their strategists much think the American public is made up wholey of brian dead sheep. I know we have our percentage of them, but for political news junkies, such as myself, their arrogance and contradictions are very entertaining.

C.T.

[1] McCain Missteps on Iraq; Democrats Pounce
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Conservative Right Moving Towards McCain?

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If you have read any of my past posts you can easily deduce I am no fan of Senator McCain's form of conservatism. He has his moments where I like him, but they are precisely that, moments. With that in mind I personally decided to throw my support to the largely RINO candidate. This decision is not because I have found some common ground with the Senator or I am now suddenly a member of that prestigious club that cannot make up it's mind which political philosophy to follow. It is because the Progressives are progressing me into a state of contempt for them. I would rather shave a wild cat's ass in a phone booth than have either Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton as my President.

That is a pretty harsh statement and leaves no doubt where I stand. But my personal beliefs are not the subject of this post, the rest of the true Conservatives are. More importantly, who they are going to vote for and why.

After this past month, much of what was known about
Democrats/Liberals/Progressives has come out on the national stage. They aren't very democratic, they sure as hell aren't liberal, in the classical sense, and they are no where near progressive. They have demonstrated their inability to lead, to make a critical decision, to control their people, blame others for their misfortune, say one thing while meaning something totally different, hurl insults instead of issues, talk about hope but offer no way to get there, and so on and so on. Now, looking at this through Conservative eyes I see nothing but political infants who are screaming they are adults. That is quite sobering and somewhat frightening.

I think most true Conservatives are starting to see that too. But where does that leave them? Stay home and not vote in protest of McCain's candidacy? No, because there is much more at stake here than the fate of one party. It is the fate of a nation, and not just a white nation or a black nation. It is the fate of the American nation. Now enters John McCain.

McCain, ironically is this nation's last hope for some form of conservatism with some common sense. I think that most Conservatives see this and are starting to warm up to McCain as the greatly lesser of three evils. We know what to expect from McCain, some good, mostly bad. But, it won't be the Jimmy Carter years meets Malcom X, either. Over the next few months there will hopefully be a swelling of Conservative support for Senator McCain. They are sick and tired of the bantering from the Left and a vote for McCain is a protest against the real problem, the Progressives.

A McCain victory might damage the Republican party, but I am an American first. I am willing to sacrifice the Republican Conservative movement for awhile to save the moral fabric of this country. After all, my political affiliations are secondary to my national heritage. The latter is something these people want to rob you and I of. Think about that if you said you are going to stay home in November in protest of the McCain candidacy, because I know I'm not. See you at the voting booth.

C.T.
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Democratic Desperation Equals McCain Merriment

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Senator John McCain is at best a weak Republican candidate. He reminds me of Bob Dole in the 96' elections. McCain, like Dole, is a war hero, not a very ardent conservative, a career Washington insider, and just doesn't drum up alot of enthusiasm as a candidate. With all these negatives why is it McCain might have an easier road to the White House than most thought?

Presently, the Democrats are self destructing and McCain is playing his cards right. Unlike 2004, when the Republican war machine jumped into high gear against Kerry with the swift boat ads, they are being strangely quiet on the Wright issue. Because of the divisive nature of this controversy, race, and the reputation that Republicans tend to have concerning minorities, they have decided to let the Democrats commit political suicide on their own.

There is much more than this though. You had Bill Clinton's foot in mouth disease, now, Elliot Spitzer, Hillary's constant insulting of Obama, racial and gender quandaries, and staffers getting fired for looking at someone wrong. It seems that the Democratic candidates are acting like a bunch of third rate pop stars trying to make it on to the cover of the National Enquirer. But, with all this chaos on the left, it must be very appealing for Republican strategists to jump in. Right now, that would be the wrong move. Inaction by the McCain camp is the best tactic and will inevitably be the best strategy.

Democrats seem to be unable to cope with controversy and once it starts everyone wants to be heard, everyone's feelings get hurt, and then everyone is "disenfranchised." If the Republicans allow themselves to be dragged in, it could unite the Left under their common hatred of the G.O.P. Presently, McCain is in Iraq tackling a very tough issue, the war. He is appearing stately and almost Presidential. He is also getting free press from the MSM without having to spend a dime.

McCain's advantages do not end there. While the Democrats are still trying to decide which ego will be their candidate McCain is on the Presidential trail. He is no longer concerned with bumping off Republican rivals. This gives him time to get his message out and brace up against any attacks the Democrat candidate might throw at him. Then there is his reputation. This campaign may just come down to the public view of the candidates rather than issues. McCain will be remembered as the straight talker who stayed above the fray. While Hillary's notoriety is based on her pathological ambition and ability to hurl insults. As for Obama, there will always be the question of his integrity and how much of the Rev. Wright's message he personally believes. Either way, the Democratic National Convention isn't slated until August. More than likely their nominee will be decided there and they will be playing catch up with McCain. By that time, he will have been on the Presidential trail for at least 3-4 months.

C.T.




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The Racist Reverend

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C.T.

Lately there has been alot of clamoring about one Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. If you are not familiar with the name he is the pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, and more notably the spiritual guru to Senator Barrack Hussein Obama.

Mr. Wright has caused quite an upheaval with his opinions about racism, America, and the black conundrum faced in this country.

At a sermon delivered at Howard University he was quoted as saying,




"We've got more black men in prison than there are in college," he began. "Racism is alive and well. [1]



Mr. Wright is accurate, we do have more black men in prison rather than college and racism is quite alive, well and growing. Problem is Wright wants to blame Whitey. Instead of incriminating the white culture for the systemic problems that are rampant in the poorer Black communities, he should be trying to educate his people about the real dangers they face or offering some solutions. Think how easy it is to remain in a position of power when you unify a people against a common, although illusory, enemy. Little reminiscent of Hitler and the Jews?





No black man will ever be considered for president, no matter how hard you run Jesse [Jackson] and no black woman can ever be considered for anything outside what she can give with her body." [1]


No black man will ever be considered for President? Isn't Obama being considered for President? Did I miss the memo that he is running for National Dog Catcher? Also, last time I checked Secretary of State, Condoleeza Rice, was doing more than giving her body to the various leaders of nations around the world.





Mr. Wright thundered on: "America is still the No. 1 killer in the world. . . . [1]


Yup, we are the number one killer in the world, of the innocent. How many abortions have there been since 1973? Well, it is a whopping 48,589,993 [2] . Wonder why the good Rev. isn't speaking on their behalf? I guess stopping the evil of Whitey is much more important.





We bombed Cambodia, Iraq and Nicaragua, killing women and children while trying to get public opinion turned against Castro and Ghadhafi . . . We put [Nelson] Mandela in prison and supported apartheid the whole 27 years he was there. [1]


In this statement Wright goes on to show his ignorance of history and America's foreign policy. From Pol Pot's massacring of from 750,000 to 1.7 million people to Qaddafi's support of terrorism over a 25 year period and everything in between he
continuously blames America for the evil and genocidal activities of madmen and despots. This man is at bare minimum, disingenuous and irresponsible. More realistically he is a fine example of the fringe racist element that are seeking to undo the fabric of this country. Because of his position in the Obama camp he is now free to spout whatever dribble he sees fit with no fear of discourse or any sort of consequences. Even giving him or his message a forum is equivalent to giving David Duke his own nationally syndicated television show.

With all this and more, Senator Obama has done nothing to distance himself from this hatred filled racist. His only defense of Reverend Wright is stating that he is trying to be, "Provocative." Since when is racial prejudice and venomous hatred of America, provocative? If Senator Obama does not subscribe to any of this rhetoric then why participate in the Church at all? I wouldn't go to a KKK meeting just because I like the beautiful linens they wear or try to claim they are a misunderstood social club. I don't go because I don't believe in their message.


One might think or assume that the Senator and his family might share some or all of these core beliefs of the Reverend. Michelle Obama has already made comments about how she is ashamed her country. Where does this come from? This is a woman who has been given the opportunity to attend Princeton and then law school at Harvard. Who in 2006, with her husband, made almost 1,000,000 dollars. Most people would be proud and thankful to a country that would afford them that kind of opportunity. Her distaste for America's culture has to be coming form somewhere and one has to wonder if it is Wright. The next thing to consider is that if this is correct how much power does this man have in their household? To be able to corrupt or bring out this sort of an attitude in a woman that educated is remarkable. Is he the new "Rasputin?"

It seems that an African-American coming this close to the Presidency is indicative of the social changes which have occurred in this country over the past few years. The real shame is that the validity of that change is mired in prejudice of a different kind. Prejudice against being an American and what she stands for. The strange, or not so strange, part is that the problem comes from two communities where diversity and unity are supposed to be most appreciated. The Democratic party and a Church.

C.T.



[1] Obama and the Minister
[2]
National Right to Life
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