News Busters Comedy

News busters takes some shots at President-elect Obama, Michael Moore, the networks, and Joan Rivers. Pretty funny stuff.

Video credit to News Busters.
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Islamic Extremists vs. Liberal Media

It seems that Islamic extremists aren't fans of NPR either. But rather than just turn the dial they have taken a different and much more violent approach.

From USA Today,
BAGHDAD (AP) — U.S. broadcaster NPR says some of its journalists have escaped injury when a bomb exploded in their car as it was parked along a street in west Baghdad.

NPR's foreign editor Loren Jenkins said the journalists left their vehicle Sunday to interview people inside a restaurant.

Iraqi soldiers ran up and warned them that a bomb had been placed in their car while they were inside the restaurant. Moments later, the vehicle exploded in flames. No one was injured.

NPR said on its website that Iraqi soldiers arrested a shopkeeper from a store next door.

Use of "sticky bombs" attached to cars, buses and trucks has become increasingly common in Baghdad since increased security has made it difficult for extremists to use truck bombs.

Thankfully no one was injured or killed. However I am sure we will hear the cries of righteous indignation from NPR and press releases that Iraq is deteriorating "again."

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India and Pakistani Relations Strained

So far 195 are reported dead, 295 injured, captured terrorist, Azam Amir Qasab, drawing links to Lashkar-e-Taiba, Home Minister Shivraj Patil (India's top security official) submitting his resignation, and Pakistan warning India about troop escalation. Just another day at the office.

Accountability: In an article from the AP, via Yahoo, it was reported that Home Minister Shivraj Patil submitted his resignation letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Patil, has become increasingly unpopular with the handling of the Mumbai rampage which started on Wednesday night. Some citizens are extremely angry and resentful towards their leadership. Wondering why the government's hands were tied by 10 militants.
AP-As officials pointed the finger at "elements in Pakistan," some Indians looked inward and expressed anger at their own government.

"People are worried, but the key difference is anger," said Rajahs Jan, chief executive officer at a brokerage firm, Prank Securities. "Does the government have the will, the ability to tackle the dangers we face?"
BBC-Chris Morris reports from the city that many people in Mumbai want their own government to look into the failure of intelligence which allowed the events of this traumatic week to unfold with such bloodshed.
Links: Proof is starting arise as to who trained the terrorists that carried out the violence in Mumbai. The alleged militant, named as Azam Amir Qasab, in a statement said that his group received training from Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistani-based terrorist organization.

Rising tension: Pakistan and India were already facing tenuous relations, prior to Mumbai. The implications of a Pakistani based-terrorist group financing or training the militants could have serious repercussions for the two countries.
BBC-A senior security official said Pakistan had now received preliminary evidence from India, the BBC's Barbara Plett reports from Islamabad.

But he warned that if India started to mobilise troops, Pakistan would respond in kind, even if that meant pulling soldiers away from fighting Islamist militants on the Afghan border.

He said the next 48 hours would be crucial in determining to what level tensions would escalate.
Hopefully, the situation between the two governments can be handled diplomatically. Cooperation between Pakistan and India is a must for maintaining peace in the region. As well as bringing justice to the individuals who were overall responsible for the attacks.

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Pakistan Withdraws Intel Offer to India

Amid bi-lateral tensions, Pakistan has withdrawn its offer to send an ISI top official to assist India in its terror investigation. President Asif Ali Zardari attributed the reversal to a miscommunication with Indian government officials.

The offer for intelligence cooperation between the two nuclear neighbors has been seen largely as a symbolic gesture; an attempt at easing already strained tensions. However,the Pakistani ISI, Inter-Services-Intelligence, has had a long standing reputation for working with and supporting militant-terrorist organizations.

A group, known as the Deccan Mujaheddin, has claimed responsibility for the attack. But, due to the sophistication and logistics required, most experts are looking at the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba, which maintains ties to al-Qaeda.

There are concerns that any involvement by Pakistani terrorist based groups could worsen the relationship between New Delhi and Islamabad. Pakistan and India already have a very strained relationship, the two countries have fought three wars since 1947 over the disputed province of Kashmir.
Washington Times-Lisa Curtis, a South Asia analyst and senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation, said the strikes could heighten tensions between India and Pakistan, "especially if investigations show that the attackers received training, finances or logistical support from Pakistan-based terror groups."
While there is ample evidence suggesting the violence originated from a Pakistani based terrorist network. There is no information affirming the government of Pakistan had any direct involvement in the Mumbai attacks.

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Mumbai Aftermath

Video from CNN concerning the aftermath of the Mumbai tragedy, specifically the Taj Mahal Hotel. The images are very surreal and give you a decent idea of how intense the fighting was.

Video credit to CNN

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An Oldie But A Goodie: Which Demowit is the dumbest?

Let's play an oldie but a goodie, it's called, "Which Demowit is the dumbest?" The way it works is we give you three relevant stories concerning each of the after-mentioned Dems, and you decide. Your options are: 1) Nancy Pelosi 2) William Jefferson 3) Al Franken.

1)Madame Screecher (The Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), in light of increasing pressure regarding the future of Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), said she wants to wait for an ethics report on the Ways and Means Committee chairman. read more...

Rangel has a long laundry list of alleged ethics violations: failure to pay taxes on $75,000 in income from a vacation home in the Dominican Republic, his use of his congressional office to raise funds for the Rangel Center in New York City, and his control of four rent-stabilized apartments in a Harlem high-rise that he lives in. Does little Nancy qualify for stupid or political opportunist for woefully ignoring her dear cronies obvious ethics problems?

2) William Jefferson (Crews Most Corrupt)-On June 4, 2007, Rep. Jefferson was indicted on 16 criminal counts, including two counts of conspiracy to solicit bribes, two counts of solicitation of bribes by a public official, six counts of honest services fraud by wire, one count of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, three counts of money laundering, one count of obstruction of justice and one count of racketeering. The indictment stems from multiple instances in which Rep. Jefferson agreed to perform official acts for 11 different companies in return for bribes payable to him and his family members. read more...

Jefferson, unfortunately for me, is actually my Representative. Hard for me to admit, but at least I didn't vote for him. If you recall also, he is the numb-nut who kept $90 thousand in his refrigerator, giving a whole new meaning to, "Cold hard cash."

3) Al Franken (The Franken’s campaign is “disappointed” that as many as 12,000 absentee ballots will not be counted in Minnesota’s hotly contested Senate race but will not appeal the decision.In a conference call with reporters following the decision, Franken recount attorney Marc Elias said the campaign was “disappointed” in the decision. But he added: “We are not going to appeal.”Elias noted the board “has indicated they will consider this further next week” at another meeting and said the campaign “will no doubt have more to say” at that point. He also expressed confidence that, in the end, “these votes will be counted.” read more...

Instead of conceding defeat, Franken and his attorneys, have been hell bent on draggin' Minnesotans through the legal mud. This all in order to ensure a filibuster proof majority in the Senate. In Al Gore fashion, the talentless comedian and village idiot, has been crying about disenfranchised voters and trying to the get all the fish in the 10,000 lakes registered to vote. Of course, the fish are Democrats. Aren't these the same people who gave us hanging chads and "disenfranchisement" of Democratic voters in the primaries?

I personally have to go with the home team and cast my ballot for Jefferson. Feel free to leave your votes in commentary.

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Michael Steele on the Politico

Steele wrote an interesting piece for the Politico, called Reports of GOP death exaggerated. Steele, the former Lt. Governor of Maryland and current chairman for GOPAC, tossed his hat in the arena for the chairmanship of the RNC recently.

Steele wrote, "Sure, Republicans have had a hard couple of elections. But you’ll excuse me for suggesting that reports of our death have been more than a little exaggerated."

The 4 point victory for the Presidency was a sound but not the mandate for Barack Obama that the media would like people to believe. The 1980 victory of President Reagan over incumbent President Jimmy Carter displayed a mandate. Reagan defeated Carter 50.7% to 41% and carried 44 states versus Carter's 6+DC. Consequently in 1984 Reagan furthered the Reagan Revolution by obliterating Walter Mondale in 1984. Reagan won with 58.8% to Mondale's 40.6% of the electorate, carrying 49 states to Mondale's 1+DC. With all of the media hype, money spent and technological assistance, the Obama camp could only muster a 4% victory. If someone on the GOP side ccould understand these tactics and how to implore them with a conservative bent, Republicans will win soundly in 12'.

Steele has a decent grasp of the strategies required; optimism, using communication technology, aggressive forays into Liberal held territory, GOP accountability, representing the middle class once again, and returning to purist Conservative thought. One of the advantages Steele has is his face time as a Fox News Analyst. Out of all of the candidates running for the Chair of the RNC, Steele not only has the right ideas, he has the credibility and venue to market the new direction of the GOP.

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Closed for Turkey Day


Have one helluva Turkey Day!! Remember, no matter how bad it gets out there. You always have something to be thankful of. So, exercise your God given right of thanking and be sure to eat plenty of turkey!

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Fairness Doctrine rev 3.0



The main concern of most Americans right now is the economic crisis and how it will effect their futures. Why wouldn’t it be? We are facing possible financial ruin amid a Keynesian scramble to spend our way out of it. People are frightened and rightfully so. For the Progressive led Congress and White House, this attitude and environment could be the catalyst they need to push through legislation like the Fairness Doctrine.

Earlier this month CoS designate, Rahm Emanuel, was quoted in an interview as saying, “Rule one: Never allow a crisis to go to waste,” “They are opportunities to do big things.” This is a very ambiguous statement which might make some leery about the upcoming administration's motivation.

What does all this have to do with the Fairness Doctrine? A lot. As noted on The Foundry; conservative talk show hosts actually shifted the political dynamic of the electorate concerning comprehensive immigration reform. It gave them a look into the heart of the legislation and made the more politically active among them swamp Congressional representatives with calls. The result was that the package was summarily defeated.

Howard Kurtz, of Washington Post fame, had an article back in February of 2008 that itemized some of Rush Limbaugh’s contributions to shaping policy inside the Beltway. These examples show that Conservative Talk Radio has had a profound effect on many issues; from electing certain candidates to stopping legislation. It has been a powerful tool for the Right in regards to information dissemination.

Due to
Conservative Talk's popularity, obvious influence, and the failure of Air-America, the Left has been demonstrating their willingness to re-enact the Fairness Doctrine. Support for the renewal of this legislation ranges from; Nancy Pelosi, Diane Feinstein, Louise Slaughter (Slaughter, re-introduced its failed legislation in 2004-05), Barbara Boxer, and Chuck Schumer.

More than likely an introduction of the Fairness Doctrine, in its present form, would alienate a large portion of the voting bloc. This could serve as a rally cry for the GOP in 10' and possibly even 12'.
So, this brings up the Fairness Doctrine rev 3.0.

Due to this potentially divisive nature and the Progressive juggernaut's political prescience, I highly doubt we will see direct legislation. They are much smarter than that. The expectation should be that any sort of laws limiting talk radio (Free Speech) will be attached as bill riders or under the guise of "localism." (President-elect Obama claims he opposes the Fairness Doctrine, but supports localism.) If attached as riders, they should be showing up in economic bills related to solving the credit crunch. This puts GOP Reps and Senators in a precarious position. Who in their right mind would oppose an economic package designed to "help" the people based on how it will limit talk radio? It's a political "Catch 22."

The political environment is ripe for the Progressives to make their legislative moves. If they are ever going to do it, now is the time. They would have to wait another 30-40 years for an opportunity like this to arise. And remember,
"Rule one: Never allow a crisis to go to waste,” “They are opportunities to do big things."

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PCT Video Cast (The Auto Bailout)

The Big 3 recently were on the Hill asking Congress for a $25 billion taxpayer funded bailout. Detroit has been claiming, in recent months, that they are victim of rising fuel costs and the economic downturn. Truth or lies of omission?


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Regulating Human Kindness

The city government of NYC is taking bureaucratic intrusion to a new level. Because of an idiotic city rule, churches which were providing a place for homeless persons to sleep in freezing temps, are now being ordered to halt this practice.

"the churches must obey a city rule requiring faith-based shelters to be open at least five days a week -- or not at all."
Don't worry though, "Big Brother" is there to fill the void.
The Department of Homeless Services said the city offers other shelters with the capacity to accept all those who have been sleeping in the churches. The city had 8,000 beds waiting.
8,000 beds are wonderful!!! Too bad there is this little problem, (Taken from the Coalition for the Homeless)
Indeed, in September 1,464 new homeless families entered New York City shelters, the highest one-month count since the City began keeping records 25 years ago. And nine months into this year, 2008 is on target to see the all-time highest number of new homeless families seeking shelter since modern homelessness began in the late 1970s.
Realistically these churches are not going to be able to alleviate the deficit between the amount of homeless and the number of beds. However, this lack of compassion for their fellow human beings is outrageous. Any help that can be given from private charities or faith based institutions should be welcomed. Not slamming the door in their faces due to some inane city ordinance.

Hopefully people will start waking up to the rampant ineptitude of over-bloated and so-called "Progressive" government institutions. Maybe city officials should spend a couple of nights in the NYC cold with no where to go. I bethca' they would love a warm church to sleep in when all the shelters were filled up.

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The End of Amtrak Joe


Politics aside, Joe Biden has demonstrated a quality that I have long admired him for. That is his daily 90 minute commute back and forth from Delaware to Washington DC and the reasons he did it.

On December 18, 1972, shortly after winning his Senate seat, Biden's first wife, Neilia Hunter and his one year old daughter were killed in a traffic accident. His two young sons, Beau and Hunter, were critically injured, both eventually made full recoveries.

Because of this tragedy, Biden commuted from Wilmington, Delaware to DC in order be home with his sons. He continued this throughout his Senate career, earning him the nickname, "Amtrak Joe."

Now that he is Vice-President-elect, Biden will be residing, with his family, at No. 1 Observatory Circle on the grounds of the US Naval Observatory, ending his 36 year commute .
The Observatory has been the official home for the Vice-President and their families since 1974. Also, this is the first time the Biden's will be living in Washington DC.

Picture credit to Gerald Herbert/Associated Press.

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Obama: Chicago Politics plus Clintonites Equals Conservative Dream?


For two years, from campaigning to President-elect, the Obama platform and objectives have remained an enigma which has been entirely ignored by his supporters and queried, with no success, by his opposition. There has been nothing to examine except supercilious speeches about “change” and “hope” and some very questionable associations. Starry-eyed Progressives and a hyper liberal media bent on making history refused a vetting process of President-elect Obama by their own, or anyone for that matter. To even think of it was considered heresy and demanded be burned at the stake.

However, the first light being shed on his intentions, and that of the senior members of his team, are their Cabinet choices. Unfortunately for his supporters, the same light that they thought was a beacon for the Progressive slide to collectivist equality might just be showing something slightly different than what they expected.

Since the announcement of Hillary Clinton as SoS designate, some have been scratching their heads in confusion as to what to expect out of President-elect Obama. This appointment along with the possibility of Bill Richardson at Commerce, Eric Holder as Attorney General, and 31 out of his 47 member transition team being made up of former Clintonites has some on the Left worried they are not getting what they bargained for. Pundits and bloggers from both sides of the aisle are taking notice also: Pajamas Media, Dissenting Justice, Gun Toting Liberal, LA Times, and the Politico.

His choice for his top advisor role, not surprisingly filled by David Axelrod, member of the Chicagoan political machine extraordinaire. and Rahm Emanuel as his CoS designate, see previous description, set the tone for this strange mixture of Chicago politics and Clintonian Renaissance. With their ascendancy to positions of prominence within the Obama administration it should come as no revelation to Obama supporters, and his opposition, that we see the return of the Clintonites.

Interestingly enough, and often overlooked, both of these men have moderate to strong ties with the Clintons. Axelrod has worked as a political consultant for HRC, has done political advisory work for Bill Clinton in 1996, and has personal ties to Hillary through a charity for epilepsy co-founded by his wife . Emanuel, as is well known, was Assistant to the President for Political Affairs and then Senior Advisor to the President for Policy and Strategy, serving in the Clinton White House from 1993-98.

Both men are very close personally also, having worked for Mayor Richard Daley of Chicago. Emanuel served as an adviser and chief fundraiser for Daley in 1989. Axelrod also joined the Daley campaign in 1989 as has remained close to Daley ever since. In 1984, Axelrod served as Press Secretary to Senator Paul Simon while Emanuel worked for the Senator’s campaign. When Emanuel married his wife Axelrod signed the ketuba, a Jewish marriage contract, at Emanuel's wedding, an honor that usually goes to a best friend.

A look at some of the top Obama campaign staffers and you still see signs of the Clintonian tendency; Valerie Jarrett-a senior unpaid adviser and fixture in Chicago politics. Her great-uncle Vernon Jordan, a lawyer, is a Bill Clinton confidant. Daniel Tarullo-Tarullo worked for Bill Clinton for six years, the last three in the White House as the president's point man on international economic policy. Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar-A veteran of President Clinton's 1996 re-election campaign, Cuéllar, now 35, was a top Treasury Department official from 1997 to 1999. Many of Obama's advisers served in the Clinton State Department or on the National Security Council. Philip Gordon and Ivo Daalder are two notables. Tony Lake-One of Obama's top foreign-policy and national security advisers, Lake was once closely associated with President Clinton, having served as national security adviser from 1993 to 1997, and as the president's envoy for negotiations that ended the war between Ethiopia and Eritrea. Frank Loy- The 79-year-old pillar of the environmental community serves on the boards of several national green groups. He held State Department posts during the Clinton, Carter, and Johnson administrations. David Cutler-Obama's top health care adviser served on the Council of Economic Advisers and the National Economic Council during the Clinton administration, and he helped develop the Clintons' failed universal health care proposal in the early 1990s. Stuart Altman- He served on President Clinton's transition team but declined to participate in the Clintons' health care reform effort in the early 1990s.

More confusion has been heaped on the minds of Progressives with Gates possibly being kept on as SecDef and Timothy F. Geithner as Secretary of the Treasury. Nevertheless, one thing Progressives and Conservatives can agree upon is that none of us are getting the bill of goods we were sold. The chances of him governing as a moderate with center right tendencies is still very slim in the mind of this Conservative. Because of this doubt, the GOP must be prepared for the collectivist hammer to drop at a moments notice.

Obama Camapign post descriptions taken from the National Journal

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PCT Vid Cast: (The Rightosphere)


Hopes of a grassroots movement to re-introduce Conservatism back into the GOP might just fall to semi-professional media outlets like Conservative blogs. Can the Right Wing blogosphere pull off the same coup d'etat that their Liberal counterparts did within the Democratic Party?

Happy Hunting!

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Obama Cabinet Choices are Political Poison



In an article on PJM, Obama’s Rumored Picks Cheer Up GOP, by Jenifer Rubin, there is a supposed buzz in the Conservative community about some of Obama's picks for his Cabinet.

Rubin offers three possible scenarios for these supposed bi-partisan picks,
First, it may be that Obama does not care all that much about national security policy and wants to leave it in capable hands while he rushes off to re-enact the domestic New Deal.

Another theory is that Obama never believed much of anything he was telling the left wingers during the campaign. It was all a carefully devised scheme to capture the nomination.

And yet another explanation is that he is entirely a political creature, devoid of well-thought out policy positions. Clinton was selected to get her out of the Senate. Gates will calm the GOP. Rahm Emanuel will keep a lid on Nancy Pelosi. It is all about power — consolidating it and preventing well-formed opposition.
The third is the most plausible since it covers all the bases. No matter how Senator Clinton and President-elect Obama engage each other in public. It is not hard to detect the large amount of tension between the two of them, even through a television. The Obama camp knows that Hillary Clinton is still a force to be reckoned with in the Senate. She could be a potential problem if not corralled.

Besides this, her possible appointment as Sec. of State is puzzling. This woman is a fantastic politician, however, she does not have a diplomatic bone in her body. The corralling theory is the only one that makes a modicum of sense. Her involvement in the Presidency will keep her close, so she will be easy to keep an eye on. Also, what real power does the Sec. of State actually have? It is more of an abstract diplomatic position that can be influential and robust if the President allows it to be.

Gates staying on creates the perfect fall-guy if something goes wrong militarily. Liberals will be able to say he wasn't their guy, but what choice did they have, they needed to keep him on since we are at war. It also quiets the Republican argument and concerns about Obama's lack of national security experience. How can you argue against Robert Gate's and his advice to the President-elect. After all, you listened to him for two years under the Bush administration with the Surge. Now he isn't good enough?

GOP'ers need to realize that everything that the Obama crew does is not without some calculated motivation. There is always a plan A,B, C,D...and so on. Obama, with his first pick of David Axelrod as his chief campaign strategist to his appointment of Rahm Emanuel as his CoS, you see a disturbing pattern of Chicago political alliances. All three men profess to be very good friends, and Axelrod and Emanuel will both have Obama's ear. It is safe to garner that their planning of these selections has been well thought out.

The smoke screen of bi-partisanship makes for a great bed time story. Nevertheless, there is always some malevolence or blueprint that runs deeper than what is being presented. This is what Conservatives and Republicans need to remember. If the GOP starts to fall for Obama's hypnotic gaze or gets over confident about his picks, they will be dooming themselves to a loss in 10' and 12'. Obama must be dealt with like a snake; very carefully, cautiously, and patiently. If not he will be able to strike when you least expect it.

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The Democratic Kabuki Dance


Rahm "Rahmbo" Emanuel, the White House CoS select, took an opportunity to today to "embrace" his Republican colleagues in a kumbyah session on the Hill. Emanuel expressed an openness to his Republican associates from the Senate by having a 30 minute meeting with their leadership. He also went a bit further and held dialogue with House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence (Ind.)and later House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (Va.).

Emmanuel stated,
"We welcome their ideas and their concepts." "It's challenging times economically. The middle class is working harder, earning less and paying more. The challenges facing the country require that people of both parties work together to solve those problems."

"I told them that I welcome their ideas, be that in their area of education, health care, taxes, energy policy, national security," Emanuel added. "Give us those ideas, because we are formulating what we're going to do in the Obama administration."
All of the "great feelings" and "teamwork attitudes" were reciprocated for the cameras by the Republican leadership.
Sen. John Ensign (Nev.), chairman of the Republican Policy Committee, said Emanuel demonstrated "a really good attitude about wanting to work with us"
However, while everyone was making nice-nice, a significant event of a very non-partisan nature occurred. California Rep. Henry A. Waxman dethroned longtime Energy and Commerce Chairman, Rep John Dingell of Michigan. Waxman is a noted Beverly Hills representing environmentalist of Gorian proportions, and a staunch advocate of environmental controls being imposed on industry and manufacturing.

With Congressional appointments, such as this one, Cabinet picks like Eric Holder and Rahm Eamnuel, it is difficult to see the bipartisan handwriting on the wall. If I were a betting man I would wager that in the meetings on the Hill today, Emanuel explained to the Republican leadership how things are going to be. And in usual lap-dog fashion they were obviously more than eager to please by singing Emanuel's praises in front of the cameras.

Here is an idea for our already beleaguered Republican leaders, try having a backbone and fight. Maybe a comment like, " We look forward to the new Administration's openness to our Conservative ideas." That might get the point across to Emanuel and the gang as to what they can expect from Republicans.

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PCT Video Cast: (Introduction)


Our first attempt a video cast. Just an intro.

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Conservatism: A Tale of Two Cities


Cross posted at Conservative Badlands

As Conservatives we are at a juncture, many of our own brood are calling for the Evangelical Right to be the fattened calves of this election loss and offered up to the altar for sacrificial repentance. The question that I have, when in the course of this election did they (i.e. Evangelical Conservatives) become the boogey men, it was not really an issue with anyone. Except, when the election was obviously lost, those on our side who are practitioners of the modernist philosophy and Ayn Rand objectivist viewpoints started searching for a scapegoat.

The Left did not make much of a fuss over the Evangelicals, minus ridiculous slurs against Governor Palin. This was possibly due to President-elect Obama’s profession of his own Christian faith which he claims to use as his own personal “moral compass.” The real problem came from those within our own halls.

Modernists see the world in terms of individualist and rationalist culture. Modernity accompanied the growth of science, the Industrial Revolution, and the rise of capitalism and constitutional democracy.
All true, if not for the rational nature of the human mind we would not enjoy all of the cultural freedoms and technological advantages of the modern world.

As important as the Age of Enlightenment and modernism has been, it has also created a sterile climb to the height of stagnation and an elimination of the more poetic and imaginative side of the human spirit. The belief in God to those of the more “educated” in the world stands as the pillar of proof of the ignorance of the faithful. How could there be belief in something that is not seen, heard, or touched, but only felt? Only a dullard could believe in a magic fairy man in the sky who grants your every wish. Of course this is only a caricature painted to demoralize and anger those who profess a belief in the Almighty.

The argument that Conservatives should only be concerned with issues such as national defense, free market, freedom of speech, etc. is as foolish as those Evangelicals saying we were not Conservative enough. While I admonish those factions on the Right which are prostelizing for the removal of the Evangelicals from the Conservative thought process. I also hold the Evangelicals to certain degree of responsibility for this electoral misfortune.

There is a lofty hypocrisy that infects the “saved.” This has given way to the judgment of their brothers and sisters rather than charity. Their faith has turned into a weapon to be used against those they deem not worthy for the Divine. It is not for us to judge, it is only for us to assist and offer a hand to those who are downtrodden, so they may live in and hopefully help create a better world.

Both sides have lost their way in this war while the compromise is so simple. It is pragmatic balance. All one has to do is understand the true meaning of Conservatism as a state of being. An almost Zen like condition of existence that uses the wisdom of the past and the rationality of the present to build on the faith in the future.

By removing that faith from the Conservative ideologue you will take away that which we believe inspires the liberty of humankind, the fountain of our independence. The very poetry and art of our freedom. However, if you delve to deeply outside one’s personal belief in Christianity, you enter a world of combative forces which will mire you down in your own hypocrisy. It is that quiet and humble conviction in the Divine that will bring us through. Not political punditry or loud acclimations from the pulpit. Stay vigilant in your beliefs, but like your Conservatism understand the wellspring of your independence and liberty, the Divine. It is in those origins that our movement is rooted and should always be thought of in every move you make, but never used as a gateway to the moral high ground.

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al-Qaida’s Olive Branch to Obama: "Your a House Negro"



In a recent tape that was that was released by Ayman al-Zawahiri, 2nd in command of Al-Qaida, which calls Barrack Obama a "House Slave." Or as provided by Al-Qaida in sub-titles, "House Negro."

From Hot Air:
Al-Qaida’s No. 2 leader used a racial epithet to insult Barack Obama in a message posted Wednesday, describing the president-elect in demeaning terms that imply he does the bidding of whites.

The message appeared chiefly aimed at persuading Muslims and Arabs that Obama does not represent a change in U.S. policies. Ayman al-Zawahri said in the message, which appeared on militant Web sites, that Obama is “the direct opposite of honorable black Americans” like Malcolm X, the 1960s African-American rights leader.

In al-Qaida’s first response to Obama’s victory, al-Zawahri also called the president-elect — along with secretaries of state Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice — “house negroes.”

Speaking in Arabic, al-Zawahri uses the term “abeed al-beit,” which literally translates as “house slaves.” But al-Qaida supplied English subtitles of his speech that included the translation as “house negroes.”
Obama might be a high tax loving, culturally depraved, socialist leaning President-elect, but by God, he is my high tax loving, culturally depraved, socialist leaning, President-elect. Calling Obama a "House Negro" is just reason number 10,465 to hunt down al-Zawahri and kill him. Let him feel the open end of a Sig .45 gently pressed against his skin in the cool air of the Pakistani night. And a placid voice asking, "Any last words?" He might reply, "Did the "House Negro" send you?!?!"

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Conservative Community Activism and Charity


As time allots, I will check my blog during the day and watch my tracker out of curiosity. I am very interested in what people think about current events, political philosophy, etc. and I am a proponent of commentary, both positive and negative. Unfortunately, either due to lack of writing style or just sheer stupidity of topic choices I don’t get much feedback. But I do digress.

The point is what people are looking for; many of my hits as of late have been concerning Obama conspiracies. Nary an investigation into why Republicans lost the election, what to do about it, or where to go from here. As the leadership of the party mulls over ignorant topics like should we stick with a fiscal agenda and throw away the social conservatives, should we try appealing to Moderates, Huckabee was a better choice than Romney, or Palin in 12’, everyone is missing the obvious. You cannot put the cart before the horse, Conservatives have no idea who in the hell they are anymore.

After I wrote my last post on Conservative Badlands, Conservative Exile to the Badlands, I touched on the 10 basic principles of Conservatism as laid out by Russell Kirk. Coincidentally, Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana spoke about the need for healthcare reform for American citizens and an article about Conservative activism appeared on American Thinker, Republicans--You Can’t Say I Didn’t Warn You, by Alicia Colon.

Why is this important? Simple, they both characterize a very essential principle that most Conservatives overlook and one of the main reasons Republicans are so lost. The concept of charity and activism within a community based on caring for your fellow human being, not political opportunism. Or Kirk’s 7th principle.

When the topic of service to others is brought up, most Republicans dry heave in revulsion because it brings to mind Liberal community activists, welfare, and people with their hands out. This is not the case at all, this is using your station in life to inspire others to lift themselves up from the burdens they have shackled themselves with. It is about face-to-face interaction with those in the community whom are being enabled in their lifestyles by government intervention but could do much better on their own. There is no greater reward than the freedom from economic slavery and the dignity which one can aspire to through independence.

However, there are those in our ranks who will say that this is fine and dandy but these people have all the economic opportunities that we have but they choose not to use it. Although this may be true, one has to consider the fact that many impoverished people have been raised in generations mired with government dependency and Liberal activists promising them something for nothing. They have not seen the face of economic liberty nor have they been educated in it. None of this is about hand outs, it is about information and direction. You can lead a horse to water but you cannot make it drink, that is up to the horse. Nevertheless, have any of us really tried?

There will be abysmal failures as well as stirring successes. There will be those who seek to use and con their way into something free. This is the nature of humanity, not the nature of the poor. So it is to be expected and learned from.

The next question a person might ask is what do you do? The direction of your charity has to be of a intellectual and spiritual nature as well as physical. Helping folks eat, make bills, or get gifts for their kids during the holidays are noble and just but they are short term. If one wants a long term fix their thinking needs to reflect this in their endeavors. Conservative charity should be about direction in life. How hard would it be to go into a destitute community in your area and organize a job fair with local businesses? How difficult would it be to get with your local community college and assist the underprivileged with something as simple as filling out a student federal aid application so they can attend school?

Our motivation cannot be political opportunism like most on the Left. It must be driven by our American Conservative principle of liberty for our fellow citizens. Assisting them in the humblest way possible to achieve what we already know, the true American Dream of self-reliance and independence.

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Conservative Exile to the Badlands


Cross posted at Conservative Badlands.

It was in the Badlands of North Dakota that Theodore Roosevelt found himself. It was the influence of those rugged and vigorous Americans living the frontier life that helped him shed his Eastern snobbery and intellectual elitism. It was this practical lifestyle that defined the balance between his mind and spirit. It was this place that helped him become President.

This was the inspiration for the name of this particular blog (i.e. Conservative Badlands) and it is the place that Conservatives need to go into self-imposed spiritual and philosophical exile, until they understand who they are.

How much does this mean to the average person? Not much. With the everyday conundrums we face things such as political thought and philosophy seem like a game for college professors, politicians, activists, and entertainers. Who has the time? Work, kids, family, jobs, etc. it all builds up and we filter out issues that directly effect our lives.

Problem is if you don't understand then how will you know the difference between a true leader and some glamorous Hollywood/Facebook/American Idol creation? How will you recognize someone who wants to jam some far right-wing or far left-wing agenda down your throat and then the generations behind us suffer. Whether you want to think about it or not we have a responsibility to them and what we do now effects history. Don't believe me? Pick up a book and read, then call me a liar.

Then there is the non-voting part of the electorate with their daily cop-out, "It doesn't matter how I vote, nothing will change, they are all the same." I used to believe that, until I started understanding politics and political thought from a layman's viewpoint. It showed me that attitude is bullshit.

In this wasteland of coming Progressiveness, cousins to the Socialist, there must be a counter balance that represents the average American, and it sure as hell isn't the Republican Party. This state of mind is known as "Conservatism."

These are the 10 principles of Conservatism, as presented by Russell Kirk, and explained in my words

1) Men and nations are governed by moral laws; and those laws have their origin in a wisdom that is more than human—in divine justice. As Conservatives we have an obligation to our fellow human beings, morally and ethically, as ordained by God. It is imperative that we tap our wisdom as well as our intellects to recognize and protect our right of liberty, and more importantly, the rights of those who cannot protect themselves. This does not mean special interest groups or so called minorities. Within a true Conservative's world there are just human beings with certain natural rights.

2) Variety and diversity are the characteristics of a high civilization.-
Egalitarianism/Socialism/Progressiveness destroys the vigorous existence that is truly American. The Conservative resists this egalitarian push with every ounce of their being, recognizing a diverse society is the key to its survival. A cookie cutter culture is doomed to stagnation and eventual destruction. Du Tocqueville described this best, "Such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd."

3) Justice means that every man and every woman have the right to what is their own—to the things best suited to their own nature, to the rewards of their ability and integrity, to their property and their personality. In other words, we all have a ceiling that we can rise to because of personal limitations. However, we all have equal rights under the law, not equal things. This concept drives dumbshit Socialists and Progressives up a wall.

4)Property and freedom are inseparably connected; economic leveling is not economic progress. Property defines a person's stake in life. Besides family, this gives us a reason to work hard and better ourselves. As the old saying goes,"Carpe Diem."

5) Power is full of danger; therefore the good state is one in which power is checked and balanced, restricted by sound constitutions and customs. Look at the present state of politics in America concerning the Progressive/Socialists rise or even when the Republicans held the majority in Congress and the Presidency. Those two situations should explain this concept fairly adequately.

6) The past is a great storehouse of wisdom. Burke said, “the individual is foolish, but the species is wise.” Odds are when a situation arises, there is something in the past that was similar and can give us a starting point to finding a solution. But this inspiration must be studied with pragmatism, if it is not you can repeat debacles such as FDR's New Deal, George Bush's reasons for going to war in Iraq, or Jimmy Carter's Presidency as a whole.

7) Modern society urgently needs true community: and true community is a world away from collectivism. A Conservative is highly-charitable with time, effort, and when needed, money. True community is driven by love of neighbor not compulsory government collectivism . Local governments, Churches, volunteer organizations, etc. are the answer, not forced Bolshevism.

8) In the affairs of nations, the American conservative feels that his country ought to set an example to the world, but ought not to try to remake the world in its image. It is an absolute mistake to think we can remake the world in our image. Whether it be through cultural imperialism or outright military effort. All we can do inspire with our example. This is not to say we should adopt the flawed paleo-conservative model of isolationism. However, we should recognize our own diversity of thought extends to the rest of the world. As much as we do not want European politics or Islamic values forced upon us, we should extend the same courtesy. There are exceptions; when threatening the liberty of this nation, we have a right, duty, and obligation to blast any despotic maniac or group back to hell with every weapon in our arsenal.

9) Men and women are not perfectible, conservatives know; and neither are political institutions. Only a myopic twit, like a Progressive/Socialist thinks that government is the end all be all for solving the woes of humanity. Inevitably, it is still occupied by flawed humans who will make horrible decisions. This rings true for a true Democratic state as well. This is why it is so important that we look to history for our lessons and generate a practical solution that is well thought out with wisdom and intelligence. We may not be able to create heaven on earth, but as Kirk said, "We can create hell."

10)Change and reform, conservatives are convinced, are not identical: moral and political innovation can be destructive as well as beneficial. Change is not a bad thing as long as it endeavors to look to the past for lessons and is based upon time tested traditions. Our formula has been successful for many years and it was not until we sunk into excess that we became flawed. Now we are at the brink of excess yet again, when will we learn?

Kirk explained the problems with our society in the end of his essay, "The Essence of Conservatism" the best. "For the radical collectivism of our age is fiercely hostile to any other authority: modern radicalism detests religious faith, private virtue, traditional personality, and the life of simple satisfactions. Everything worth conserving is menaced in our generation. Mere unthinking negative opposition to the current of events, clutching in despair at what we still retain, will not suffice in this age. A conservatism of instinct must be reinforced by a conservatism of thought and imagination." Strangely enough this was written in the 50's and yet it applies now more than ever.

As Conservatives, until we understand and live these principles we will be in self imposed exile in the political and philosophical Badlands. If and when we re-adopt these basic precepts we will be able to return to positions of leadership, until then we do not deserve them.

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Fear and Loathing in Detroit: The 25 Billion Dollar Gamble


Pelosi and Reid are at it again, trying to fill up a vacuous black hole with greenbacks. The auto industry, as we all know, is calling for a $25 billion bailout stop the hemorrhaging of $1 billion a month in cash. GM says it will be out of cash by the end of the year if something isn't done now.

What is at stake? If all of the Big 3 fail there will be a loss of about 2.5-3 million jobs, a loss of 4% of the GDP of the United States, putting at risk the benefits of about 1 million retirees and dependents while severely saddling the federal government with the additional cost of picking up the tab, which is guaranteed by federal law. When it is all said and done it could cost the Fed an additional $150 billion over the next three years. Pretty frightening when you consider it could cost us just $25 billion to save GM. However, this would be great if the information we are getting about the causes of GM's failure were true.

Looking at the short term implications of a GM failure is frightening. However, in order to figure out a solution you have to first understand why we are here. GM claims this is a result of the the downturn in economy which has resonated to their industry. No one is buying cars or SUV's so they are suffering and need assistance. Not really, many of GM'S long term problems have been caused by the high cost of labor and faulty product thinking.


In November of 2007 GM reported a $39 billion hit in profits, one of the largest ever reported on the books. One of the main problems was the excessive labor costs which GM was paying out. It was the equivalent to a cancer eating away at the care manufacturer throughout the years. Keep in mind, these numbers are January 2007, no data is avaliable since the September 2007 agreement between the UAW and GM management does not take effect until 2010.

Health care was the largest portion, its cost was $1,635/car manufactured for a current employee or retired. Line relief, work rules, and holiday pay amount to $650/car manufactured. Add in another $350/car for paying workers while the plant is shut down and no work is going. The UAW has seen the handwriting on the wall, if the car giant is allowed to go under they stand to lose their already eroding base of membership and assets. They have realized, along with GM, the gravy train is long over. Hence the 2007 agreement reached which amounts to too little too late and calls for a bailout plan. The constant raping of GM under the guise of worker protection is costing everyone and boils down to greed.


It would be nice to place all of the blame on a outdated and corrupt entity like the UAW, but alas that is not the case. GM has lost its flair for innovation and creating new products. Not to mention the overbloated management and nameplate owners that have bogged down the company as well. While companies such as Toyota, Honda, and Nissan have been producing quality and more fuel efficient cars, GM has stagnated. GM's CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Rating) rating is 4th, behind Honda, Nissan, and Toyota. They are 3rd for imported cars and an abysmal 11th for light trucks. It's undeniable, Americans are concerned about gas mileage. Whether it is financial concern or they are becoming more green minded, GM has failed to answer their call by altering their product line in time. GM's upper management, once the toast of the town for innovation, creativity, and leadership is now as bankrupt as their company.


GM failure puts us between a rock and a hard place. Due to the UAW and GM's stupidity it would be nice to say let them fail, they caused it. But when you make up 4% of the nation's GDP, this is not an option, then again a bailout shouldn't be either. What makes people like Pelosi and Reid think it is going to work in an environment that is much more difficult? Minus the moral implications of corporate welfare, you have the growing concerns of the American taxpayer; where does this end and who is going to pay for it?

First option, and not to popular, is Chapter 11. This would allow GM to stave off credit obligations and give them time to restructure for the 100th time. There would inevitably be some layoffs, however, you would not be facing the loss of 200 thousand plus workers we are facing now. Also, GM stock would stabilize, albeit at low levels, but their would be time for growth potential and possibly renewed interest by investors. We have already been down this road with the steel and airline industries. Both have gone through this painful process but adjusted and rebounded, why should car manufacturers be any different?

Second option is merger, why not turn the Big 3 into the Big 1. The corporate and industrial infrastructure is in place, the cash bleed off would be alleviated, and you could spread out debt obligations. Along with this, Detroit's attitude towards business would have to change. This would require them to follow the Japanese models for production in the US. Which is non-unionized, very innovative in their production lines, and treat their workforce with a certain modicum of respect.

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2010: Year of the Tiger or the Conservative?


2010? Could this be the year Conservatives start making their comeback? Well this depends on a few factors that revolve around Congress and Obama. The President-elect, will more than likely be worrying about the economic meltdown as his main platform. It is an absolute necessity for the survival of his Presidency as well as the nation.

While the White House is concentrating on issues such as this, pulling out troops from Iraq, and dealing with Guantanamo, this leaves Congress up to its own mischief. Although they will be involved in any type of corrections the White House deems necessary to solve these present circumstances, Democratic Progressives seem very intent on pushing through their pet legislations while no one is looking. It is a prime opportunity they have not had in many years.

Taken from the National Journal,
Early on, however, expect some low-hanging fruit to get plucked. Democrats will probably push through the State Children's Health Insurance Program, which got significant Republican support in the current Congress. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has a bill ready to go authorizing federal financing for embryonic-stem-cell research, and another that would overturn a limited Supreme Court decision on women's ability to sue for wage discrimination.
Despite this, Obama will still have to make legislative pay offs to those who helped get him elected and obtain the Democrats a nice majority in Congress. Obama, for all his charisma and serendipity will still have to play old fashion get down-n-dirty Washington politics, and this could comeback to haunt him and Congress. There are too many who assisted him in being elected and want their seven pieces of silver in return.

Congress’s leadership, as is well known, is dominated by Progressives. Their attitude towards governance is not going to help them hold Congress if they do not slow down. . Their intention seems to be fast tracking government to Mach one without worrying if there are any brakes.

National Journal,
Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio said "This era is even more conducive to that kind of grassroots progressive push on the Congress. There clearly is going to be an inside-outside strategy here where progressives are going to push on our Congress and the president to move forward -- that's the definition of progressive, and we are going to have lots of help from the outside, and that is going to help our government move."
In order for Conservatives and Republicans can stake their claim in the House and then further, they will need a few signs it is time to attack. When divisions start to appear between Conservative Democrats and the Progressives, this will be the first stages of infighting. Another good indicator will be the Moderate Dems caucusing with Republicans against some major legislation that Reid, Pelosi, and the rest of the Progressive pack are trying to push through.

2010 is not that far away and Conservatives are like a lost hippie trying to find himself in the desert. If they lose their bid at the House in two years, you can pretty much hang it up and join the Dems, because that will be the sign the Conservative identity crisis has run to deep.

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Rumor: Newt Gingrich running for RNC Chair. Reality: Why not?


There seems to be a little bit of a rumor developing on the Conservative blogs that Newt Gingrich is going to make a run at the RNC chair. After searching for the beginning of the rumor, hoping to find a practical source of information to clarify, the search ended up back where it started. An article on Digital Journal, with no substantiating links or visible resources listed.

Obviously based on hear say and conjecture, this theory does have a practical side to it. Gingrich had expressed interest in running for President in 2008 and is rumored to have aspirations for 12’. Due to his attachment to the impeachment of Clinton and his own personal problems (i.e. an extramarital affair and a messy first divorce), Gingrich is an unlikely candidate for any office, especially since he would be identified with the polarization back in the 90’s.

However, for his pluses, Gingrich was credited with almost single-handedly returning Congress into the hands of the Republican Party in 1994, after forty odd years of Democratic domination. He also was a Rep. in the days of a Liberal dominated Congress, when he came to office in 1978. Gingrich recognizes how to operate in an environment non-conducive to Conservative thought and remain successful.

Most of the present Republican leadership came into power either during the Bush years, or a little before. They have functioned with little to no opposition from very weak opponents causing them to get drunk with power. They have fallen into a malaise and a false sense of security, which led them away from their core Conservative principles. Nor do they possess the strategic experience to combat the present day Liberal juggernaut. Gingrich, on the other hand, does.

His education is another factor. He is simply put, is a Conservative intellect, possessing a Doctorate in European History from Tulane, in New Orleans, La. He also taught at the University of West Georgia form 1970-78. He is a consummate student of history, something the Republicans are in desperate need of since they are so far off the beaten path. His leadership behind the scenes and at the grassroots level could possibly shake up the Conservative movement and help redefine and unify their fractured party.

Also, Gingrich is presently leading a charge for social issues that most Republicans have shied away from, such as health care. Much like Obama and the liberals made raids into Republican held territories Gingrich might be trying to do the same, in a philosophical sense. This is not to say that he does not believe in these issues just that not enough Republicans do. These are wholeheartedly Conservative topics, which tie right in to the “natural rights” system of thought.

One other advantage Gingrich would have is a very limited but impressive pool of talent to draw from. You have Jindal, Pawlenty, Palin, etc. and all have two things in common; they are Governors and they are young. Ironically, every successful Republican President in the past forty years has been served in this office. Until President-elect Obama, a Senator had not been elected to the office of President since John F. Kennedy. Another point, whenever Republicans have fielded a candidate, in recent times, that was a Senator, they have been stingingly defeated by the Democrats.

Finally, Gingrich brings three things to the table; the elder statesman facet, the inspiring mentor adage, and an activist state of mind. He may possess to many personal flaws to be a viable candidate for office and is often prone to some hubris. However, his vast intellect, leadership skills, and command of the bona fide Conservative frame of mind could be the core to a successful movement within the RNC.

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The Kremlin is Coming, The Kremlin is Coming!!



It didn’t take Vladimir Putin very long to succumb to the call of his old station. The Russian egomaniac seems bent on attempting to attain his former post of El Presidente through a change to Russia’s infant Constitution. This with the Russo parliament more than happy to extend an open hand for Vladimir to return to the Kremlin. Lawmakers recently promised that they will have the necessary legislative changes made to the Constitution by the end of the year.

His successor, President Dmitry Medvedev, once a Russian law professor and noted Putin toady, seems more than willing to renege on his duties as President for his former mentor. Then Mother Russia could possibly boast 12 more years of ole’ Vlad and his East German style leadership.

Although Putin never attempted this during his tenure as President of Russia he is very willing to let Medvedev be the hatchet man on Russian law and push this issue. The State Duma, Russia’s lower house, as reported, has already started drafting the legislation for the amendments necessary.

According to the AP article, it takes at least a 2/3 majority in the Duma to get the legislation passed. Then it goes to the regional Russian legislators where another 2/3 majority is required. Since pro-Kremlin supporters’ dominate the Duma, passage of the amendments should be no problem.

With growing nationalism in Russia, its overt aggression against its neighbors, and its willingness to use it natural resources as a weapon to keep Europe in check, it is not to difficult to wonder what their intentions are. Since Putin was the architect of this nationalistic and totalitarian monster, it is no surprise that he wants back on its saddle.

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Political Partisan Accepts White House Chief of Staff Position



President-elect Obama, announced on Thursday that his choice for White House Chief of Staff is Rep. Rahm Emanuel D-IL, a fellow member of the Chicago political machine with ties to Mayor Richard Daley. The CoS post is considered, by most, to be the job of “White House Enforcer,” and considering Emanuel's reputation, he might be a perfect fit.

Emanuel served under the Clinton administration as a senior advisor and political strategist. After a period of working in the banking community, Emanuel won a House seat in 2002. Since then, he has climbed to the number four-in-power within the Democratic caucus. He is also credited with being one of the chief designers of the Democratic sweep of Congress in 2006-through tireless fund-raising efforts and the selection of viable candidates.

Throughout his career, Emanuel has earned a reputation as a hard-hitting, highly aggressive, partisan insider, who is prone to the love of publicity. He is reported, at one time, to have mailed a dead fish to a political opponent. Emanuel’s specialties while serving in the Clinton White House, were outlining domestic policies such as health care, welfare, and trade and his hard nosed style earned him the nick,”Rahmbo.”

His appointment and acceptance was met with fierce opposition by Republican opponents who are fearing this is an indicator of the Obama administration's lack of willingness to work outside party lines. In a quote from the AP, House Minority Leader, John Boehner R-OH, called his selection an "ironic choice for a president-elect who has promised to change Washington, make politics more civil and govern from the center." The RNC (Republican National Committee) issued a statement, obtained from the Politico, calling Emanuel "a partisan insider" and referring to him by his nickname of "Rahmbo": "Barack Obama's first decision as president-elect undermines his promise to 'heal the divides."

Not all Republicans met Emanuel’s appointment with the same chagrin as their colleagues, "Rahm knows Capitol Hill and has great political skills," said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. "He can be a tough partisan but also understands the need to work together."

The President-elect’s motivations for this possibly divisive choice are hard to determine. While Emanuel brings a hard line partisan template to this administration, he also fills in some of the gaps in Obama’s résumé. His knowledge of the Congressional landscape and necessities of the White House are great assets for the upcoming administration. How Rep. Emanuel will handle policy implementation and structuring the White House is another story though. One, which all Republicans and the like can do, is sit back and watch unfold.

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Brass Knuckling Congressional Policy



In a stunning display of utter duplicity Madame Screecher and Harry "The Nervous Chihuahua" Reid offer a hand of friendship to Republicans. While reminding them, ever so gently, that there is a pair of political brass knuckles, better known as a "mandate," in the other .

Taken from the Washington Wire, WSJ Online.

"Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada declared that the American electorate gave the Democratic Party a “mandate” as he pledged to aid the middle class and restore fiscal responsibility to “lead this country to a much better place."

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California pledged bipartisanship and civility in Washington, D.C. Obama built much of his campaign around changing the culture of Washington.

“We have a great deal of work to do, and we can do some of it right from the start,” she said. “But the rest of it will take a while. We must take a very deliberate, steady course for America. That’s exactly what Barack Obama is prepared to do.”
Over the past two years, the leadership of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi has been nothing more than an attempt to bulldog progressive policies through Congress. The only redeeming features was a President who is an ardent partisan himself and had no fear of using his veto. In the end, they were two extremes, which balanced each other out, but also caused political stagnation. But now that is not the case, we have a hyper Liberal President with a Congress being led by a hyper-Liberal caucus. To think that there won’t be a rubber stamp philosophy in Washington is naive.

This situation brings the Lord Acton adage to mind," Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." This has applied to the Republicans as well as the Democrats. Look at the past decade and a half of barren partisanship, neither party has displayed any desire for cooperation with the other. Especially if that party was holding a very comfortable majority.

So, forgive the 56 million of us in the electorate who question their offer of cooperation and if we are rightfully leery about their motives. Most know it is very easy to speak in niceties about your opponent when celebrating your victory. Nevertheless, it’s a whole other ballgame when it comes time to get to work and you have a pair of political brass knuckles in your pocket.
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Awesome Interactive at Partisan Report

Our buddy LoozianaJay, over at the Partisan Report has posted a pretty nice interactive electoral vote counting map for your viewing pleasure.

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Montana: Local Business Owner thinks Obama plan is "Poop Sandwich."

BUTTE, Mont.--

Democrats are criticizing a 38-year-old man who parked a trailer load of manure across the street from Whitehall's Democratic campaign office to protest presidential hopeful Barack Obama.

Terry Reed, who owns a construction and excavation company in Whitehall, parked the trailer near the office on Saturday. He also posted a sign in the manure mocking Obama's "change we can believe in" slogan as "a load of crap." Read more...

Well I think we know who this gentleman is not voting for. I like his protest method, pretty original.
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What if Obama loses, who goes to the gallows?



It's no secret that most Conservatives aren't fans of the MSM. We often hearken for their demise, in a figurative sense of course. That's why when CT posted the article, Slate-to-Slate polling, I thought it would comical to follow it up with an even more interesting article provided by Slate, If Obama Loses, Who Gets Blamed?

John Dickerson, the author, contemplates what an Obama loss would mean,
CLEVELAND—If Barack Obama wins the election, it will be historic. And if he loses, it will be pretty historic, too: It would mark the biggest collective error in the history of the media and political establishment.

An Obama loss would mean the majority of pundits, reporters and analysts were wrong. Pollsters would have to find a new line of work, since Obama has been ahead in all 159 polls taken in the last six weeks. The massive crowds that have regularly turned out to see Obama would turn out to have meant nothing. This collective failure of elites would provide such a blast of schadenfreude that Republicans like Rush Limbaugh would be struck speechless (another historic first).

This situation lends a feeling of unreality to the proceedings as we begin to measure the time until Election Day in hours. It is the elephant on the campaign plane. No one is letting on. Journalists aren't supposed to. Plus, we've been wrong so often, and politics can be so unpredictable, it would be dumb to say that Obama is going to win big.
Of course after all this talk about Obama, Mr. Dickerson felt the Mathews tingle up his leg. Like an excited mutt that just got through peeing on the floor, he proceeded to trash a fairly good article. Showering praises on Obama for his metrosexuality and GQ-ishness. Dickerson for Godsake, stay on topic! As it is, you might be out of a job soon.

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Slate to Slate Polling


Slate has some interesting dynamics it just put out. Seems there has been a shift in state-to-state polling and it is moving in McCain's direction. Coincidentally, Mac is campaigning hard in the NorEast and with the release of Obama's coal video there might be some waves up in the Keystone State shifting it to him. Unlikely, but that is coal country after all.

Here is an excerpt from Slate,
Of 20 new statewide polls, 15 show a shift in McCain's direction. The biggest comes from a SurveyUSA poll in Kansas, where McCain leads 58-37; he led 53-41 in the same poll a week earlier. CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corp. and Quinnipiac polls in Florida showed shifts toward McCain of one and three points, respectively, though both polls still show Obama ahead.
This little surge is expected, especially when national polling, a few days back, was showing McCain closing gaps. To me, this is more important than the national polling data due to the what it represents for the electoral votes. This is what this election has been about for the past three months.

Now the question still remains, does McCain/Palin have the ground game to cover the space needed in time. The next 48 hours or so will answer that question. I wonder if Barack Obama feels like the New England Patriots did at the start of the Super Bowl.

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Cap and Trade Off Another Industry


I am positive I am not going to be the first to run this or the last. This is an interesting video and excerpt taken from News Busters. Seems Obama gave an interview to the San Francisco Chronicle back in January of 2008 concerning his green agenda and cap and trade requirements for coal plants.

Excerpt from Obama's interview with the Chronicle (Jan 2008).
Let me sort of describe my overall policy.

What I've said is that we would put a cap and trade system in place that is as aggressive, if not more aggressive, than anybody else's out there.

I was the first to call for a 100% auction on the cap and trade system, which means that every unit of carbon or greenhouse gases emitted would be charged to the polluter. That will create a market in which whatever technologies are out there that are being presented, whatever power plants that are being built, that they would have to meet the rigors of that market and the ratcheted down caps that are being placed, imposed every year.

So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can; it's just that it will bankrupt them because they're going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that's being emitted.

That will also generate billions of dollars that we can invest in solar, wind, biodiesel and other alternative energy approaches.

The only thing I've said with respect to coal, I haven't been some coal booster. What I have said is that for us to take coal off the table as a (sic) ideological matter as opposed to saying if technology allows us to use coal in a clean way, we should pursue it.

So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can.

It's just that it will bankrupt them.

Obama has referenced using a scalpel on the economy, well this is tantamount to using an ax on the coal industry's head. Government regulation should be used as a tool to guide industries into how you want business done, not a battering ram for your philosophy on Green tech and Gorebull Warming.

If they were smart they would start tapping into the coal and shale industries for use until the Green tech can be developed. Plus incentives to these industries would also provide them motivation to speed up R&D for clean coal technology and its implementation. But alas all the Far Left understands is fear and intimidation.

Conservation and a clean environment are just common sense. We should be good stewards of the Earth, but we also have a responsibility to ourselves. Phased planning for renewable energy sources and cleaner modes of production for other industries is a must. But, you cannot successfully push all this "change" through at once and expect it to work, especially when the tech is at best version 2.0. You will further destroy the economy and harming the people you have pledged to protect.

Here is the vid if you are interested, via YouTube:

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