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Friday, August 31, 2012

We Interrupt This Crisis For An Unsolicited, Unwanted, And Unneeded Message From Harry Reid

 I suppose there's a possibility that Harry came up with this all on his own, but it's far more likely that this is just part of the DNC's 2012 election battle plan.  And so, on command, Harry released a statement regarding Mitt Romney's tour of hurricane damage in Louisiana.
August 31, 2012
 Washington, D.C. -- Senator Reid released the following statement on the visit by Governor Mitt Romney to survey the damage from Hurricane Isaac in Louisiana:

“Under a Romney-Ryan administration, we would not have been prepared to respond to Hurricane Isaac. If Paul Ryan and his fellow House Republicans had succeeded in blocking disaster relief last fall, there would have been no aid for the victims of Isaac today. And Paul Ryan’s budget would gut disaster funding, making it much harder to get aid to our fellow Americans in their time of need.

“It is the height of hypocrisy for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan to make a pretense of showing sympathy for the victims of Hurricane Isaac when their policies would leave those affected by this disaster stranded and on their own.

“This is yet another example of Mitt Romney’s extreme right wing agenda, which asks middle class families to sacrifice in order to protect millionaires and billionaires from paying their fair share.”
Of course this is nasty, mean spirited, and a bold faced lie . . . Just what you'd expect from Harry Reid.  But is he really SO drug addled that he believes anyone is buying the bile he's spewing?  This whole "Mitt Romney is an ax murderer who eats small children" schtick needs to stop.

 As Ted Oparowski observed
 “You cannot measure a man’s character based on the words he utters before adoring crowds during times that are happy.  The true measure of a man is revealed in his actions during times of trouble — the quiet hospital room of a dying boy, with no cameras and no reporters.”
 The dying boy was his son, David . . . the "man" was Mitt Romney.  As it turns out this act of compassion is not an isolated incident.  It is quite evident that Mitt Romney is a caring, decent man, who would not (unlike Ray Nagin) leave the victims of Hurricane Issac treading water! He might, however, insist that a disaster relief program be *paid for*, which can be done without soaking the rich or bleeding the middle class.

So, give it a rest, Harry!  Go take a pill, turn on Cspan and watch RNC Convention reruns.  You might learn something.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Best Of The RNC Wednesday Night

This is well worth watching if you didn't see it.  Condoleezza Rice presents a convincing case for American exceptionalism against the national security policies of the Obama administration.  Full remarks . . . Inspiring!


Governor Susana Martinez tells her personal story of success, and this administration's failure.  Full speech . . . Excellent

Paul Ryan . . . "Let's Get This Done!" Entire speech hard hitting and covering most everything.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Why Are The Romney's & The GOP Partying in Tampa?

. . . Why, because black people are drowning in New Orleans, of course! "They aren't concerned at all... They are happy to have a party when black people drown"

This astute observation was made by a Yahoo Bureau Chief named David  Chalian, and streamed online by ABC and Yahoo.  It certainly fits the narrative of greedy, heartless, racist Republicans often repeated by liberals. Unfortunately for Chalian and friends, repetition can't transform a lie into the truth.

Yahoo has announced that Mr. Chalian has been fired for his "hot mic" remarks.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

What's To Like?

A new Washington Post / ABC poll was released yesterday, revealing nothing new.  It's shaping up to be a close election (if you believe these polls).  Though I have a difficult time comprehending how anyone could be in favor of subjecting the country to four more years of this administration, what perplexes me even more is the "likability" gap. 
Q: Regardless of who you may support, who do you think Seems like the more friendly and likable person - (Obama) or (Romney)?
Registered voters:  61% Obama     27% Romney

. . . Likable? . . . Likable? Really? . . . Friendly? Seriously?  He seems a little angry to me, and before anyone accuses me of being racist for using the word angry in a sentence referring to a black man please know that as a misanthrope I am an equal opportunity critic.  I don't like anybody very much... and I mean ANYBODY!  Anyhow, maybe it's all the free stuff he promises, or perhaps it's his determination to stick it to the rich man that people find endearing.  I just don't see it. Class warfare and victimization aren't the acts of a friendly man.  It's also possible that voters are hesitant to express dislike for America's first black president. Doing so would make you . . . well just ask Chris Matthews what that would make you!  Fortunately there are a few willing to chance it! 

John Sununu is right, Barack Obama is not a nice guy, not really much to *like*!

Monday, August 27, 2012

He Really DOES Think It's All About Him!

Via Breitbart:


What you might expect, considering the track record of our *self* esteemed *leader*.  After some consideration I guess one surprising thing about this is . . .

. . . That he didn't just photoshop himself into this picture!  

A more fitting tribute to Armstrong can be found at The Telegraph

Astronaut Neil Armstrong dies, aged 82

Oh, the contrast!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Your Sunday Palate Cleanser . . . Go, Allen!

Allen West, as only Allen  West can, reducing Obama's hocus pocus laser light show to the bottom line!

No matter how you season it, pooh tastes like pooh and the country has no intention of swallowing it!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Ann Romney, "The Michigan Hands", And The Promise Of America

Ann Romney knows that Michiganders all come with a built in map.  Ask us where we're from, and we hold up our hand and point . . .  maybe to the "thumb" or perhaps somewhere near "the middle of the mitten"  It's kind of like a secret handshake, only better! 

She also knows that we Michiganders are a hardy lot.  We farm, we fish, we build, and we manufacturer or at least we did before decades of progressive policies decimated our factories and ruined our economy. While driving into Detroit last Sunday to take in a Tigers baseball game it was heartbreaking to pass literally dozens of abandoned and decaying buildings.  Yet the ballpark was full of families, and people of all shapes, sizes, colors, and means.  Tiger fans, some unemployed, some down on their luck all rooted for the home team! Happy faces were plentiful. 

My Grandson, Colin, enjoying an afternoon at the ballpark.

Ann Romney believes these Michiganders remember the promise of America and long for that promise's return.  Indeed, you could see it in the faces of the fans at Comerica Park, and you can feel it in the air here in the "middle of the mitten".  We remember. Furthermore, for the sake of all our grandsons and daughters, we will do everything we can to elect a President who will help us restore that promise.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

We DID Build It . . .


Mr. Letizio did . . .

They did too:
  1. Brigham Young -- Brigham Young is a name that is forever associated with polygamy, long beards and a certain university in Utah. Students of Mormon history will also associate the name with bizarre and sometimes embarrassing quotes. Nevertheless, the man possessed superior organizational skills and moved thousands of people from Nauvoo to Salt Lake City. Because he died in debt, he cannot be remembered higher on this list, but he did start the ZCMI as a way to keep the people who followed him from buying from the competing non-Mormon businesses that had sprung up in Utah from the 1850s to the 1870s.
  2. Eli Whitney -- Eli Whitney is remembered more for his inventions, such as the cotton gin, than his prowess as a business man. Without Whitney we would not be able to wear as much comfortable clothing as we do, nor would we be able to exchange parts in many of our devices. Interchangeable parts would lead to mass production and further the industrial revolution.
  3. Dale Carnegie --  The author of "How to Win Friends and Influence People" has had a lasting impact on how businesses motivate and manipulate their employees.
  4. Andrew Carnegie -- Andrew Carnegie made most of his money through insider trading. His style was ruthless and he amassed a fortune without worrying too much about the morality of how his wealth was gained. If one thing can be said for Andrew Carnegie, he did decide to give away his money late in life. Many cities have libraries that were founded by this steel magnate.
  5.  Bill Gates -- Bill Gates has received a lot of grief for the statement that 640K [of memory] ought to be enough for anybody. What Bill Gates does not deserve is his reputation for being an innovator. Gates standardized modern computer interfaces by copying the good ideas of other people. The basic concept for Windows can be traced to a Xerox technician who sold his Windows operating system interface to Apple.
  6. Benjamin Franklin -- Benjamin Franklin, one of America's founding fathers, could have written his own Horatio Algiers story. In fact, he did. It was called "The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin." Franklin considered himself middle class for most of his life, even after he became one of America's first millionaires. He showed his prowess as a business man long before he became a statesman.
  7. Thomas Edison -- Nikola Tesla may have more sympathy in the popular press, but Edison made money of of his inventions and did not alienate many of his supporters.  Edison did not die in debt.
  8.  Henry Ford --The reader can have this text in any color he likes, as long as its black.  Ford invented the assembly line and founded the only car company in America that did not take stimulus funds.
  9. Stephen Forbes --Stephen Forbes may have never successfully ran for president, but he comes off as being likable and not too far distant from the average person, even if many of us will never be able to drink a beer from the man. His magazine posts the Fortune 500 which serves as a who's-who amongst successful businessman.
  10.  P.T. Barnum -- P.T. Barnum understood that the public wanted to be fooled, although he never said that there was a sucker born every minute. The gentleman was an advertising genius and would, if he were Catholic, be the patron saint of the marketing profession.
So did Chris McMurry of Crumb and Get It Bakery.  Businessmen and women all across this great nation, are building businesses big and small.  From the corner store to large corporations, they labor to live the American dream.  And despite the current administration's attempts to kill that dream they press on.

Our message to the President is this: We DID built it, we continue to build it, and if you tear it down, after November 6, we will REBUILD it!

American exceptionalism lives!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Monday, August 20, 2012

NewsWEAK Then and Now

NewsWEAK That was then - this is now.  Too late for Newsweek their day has come and gone. The obvious liberal bias has made this magazine irrelevant and though the new cover is cause for much attention - it's too little to late.  The magazine sold in 2010 for $1.00...do I hear $0.25...?

Paul Krugman calls the Newsweak story 'unethical' http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/20/paul-krugman-niall-ferguson-newsweek_n_1810136.html. I don't remember that kind of response to the Newsweak cover and story on Sarah Palin or the tasteless cover of a age progressed image of Diana and Kate. 

Self Doubt And Loathing In The Democratic Party

In a piece entitled "Book: Wasserman Schultz Most Unpopular Obama Campaign Surrogate", The Weekly Standard today quotes a newly released ebook from Glenn Thrush of Politico:
Many of Obama’s advisers have quietly begun questioning whether they should have picked Wasserman Schultz, an outspoken Florida congresswoman, as his DNC chairwoman. She has clashed with Chicago over her choice of staff and air-time on national TV shows — and they think she comes across as too partisan over the airwaves.
Obama’s brain trust secretly commissioned pollster David Binder to conduct an internal focus study of the popularity of top Obama campaign surrogates. Number one was former press secretary Robert Gibbs, followed by Cutter. Traveling press secretary Jen Psaki, who was added to a second study,  was third. Axelrod, Plouffe and current White House press secretary Jay Carney were bunched in the middle. Wasserman Schultz ranked at the bottom.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz, unpopular?  Debbie Wasserman Schultz who's sage political analysis includes:
You have the Republicans, who want to literally drag us all the way back to Jim Crow laws and literally -- and very transparently -- block access to the polls to voters who are more likely to vote for Democratic candidates than Republican candidates.
THAT Debbie Wasserman Schultz?  How could she possibly rank as the most unpopular among the party faithful, when it's acutely obvious that such inflammatory rhetoric is wildly popular with the "base*"!?
*base2 [beys] Show IPA adjective, bas·er, bas·est, noun
1. morally low; without estimable personal qualities; dishonorable; meanspirited; selfish; cowardly.
2. of little or no value; worthless: hastily composed of base materials.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Hoisted By Their Own Petard!

Nancy Pelosi praised them... Barack Obama claimed that Dr. Martin Luther King himself would have blessed the movement.  I'm glad they like 'em because apparently some of their "chickens have come home to roost"!

Via Breitbart
Thursday evening two Obama campaign offices in Portland, Oregon and Oakland, California were invaded by *Occupy* protestors.  They subsequently issued a list of demands to the White House.  There's irony in here somewhere.

Although I understand that the upkeep of a democratic republic can be a little loud and messy, why do I have an almost overwhelming urge to chant "This is NOT what democracy looks like!"? Must be the Tea Party in me.


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Gaffe Or Purposeful Provocation?

gaffe also gaff
1. A clumsy social error; a faux pas: "The excursion had in his eyes been a monstrous gaffe, a breach of sensibility and good taste" (Mary McCarthy).
2. A blatant mistake or misjudgment.
1. The act of provoking or inciting.
2. Something that provokes.

 You be the judge!  Personally I don't care, though I suspect that Joe just tripped over his tongue again.  Either way, it was  poor wording... but not being a very PC person, I don't much care about that either.  What I do care about it the double standard that would have resulted in outrage and accusations of racism had Mitt Romney or Paul Ryan fallen victim to a similar tongue malfunction. Such is life, this may never change... but change of a different sort IS comin'... in 83 days!

Mitt Romney's Speech In Chillicothe Ohio 8-14-12

Best speech of the campaign according to many who were there . . . and written by Mitt Romney himself.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

How Many Times Do You Need To Repeat A Lie Before It Becomes The Truth?

. . . Maybe we should ask David Axelrod.  When it comes to tired lies, he's an expert!  And he was at it again this morning on CNN's Starting Point. According to Axelrod, a Romney/Ryan administration would kill Medicare.  Yes, Medicare would go bankrupt, Grandma would die, and Grandpa who suffers from dementia and incontinence would be left to fend for himself.  The fact that PolitiFact made this "Ryan plan will end Medicare and kill old people" talking point its "Lie of The Year" has not discouraged the Democrats.

Some days it all seems so hopeless!  But in a spirit of bipartisanship... <cough>just kidding!...  How about just because reality, facts, and truth ought to matter, I offer you the REAL Ryan plan, in his own words.

Note that Mr. Ryan doesn't hate old people or Medicare.  Progressives can say that he does as many times as they want, but that doesn't make it true.  Here's hoping that Gramps and Granny aren't as stupid as the DNC assumes they are!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Would Ya Rather?

Memo to George Stephanopoulos:

Caught your segment on Paul Ryan on GMA this morning.  Thought I'd contribute my two cents.  Call me racist (and I'm sure you will), but I'd MUCH rather vote for a candidate who's a former prom king

who once drove the Weinermobile,

than a former pothead

who once strong armed banks into writing bad loans

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Game on . . .

Mitt Romney's selection of Paul Ryan as his V.P. should, if nothing else, give us all hope that during the last days of this campaign we can have a substantive debate on REAL issues.  Can we at least all agree that this is preferable to dung slinging diversional diatribe we've been subjected to so far?  Probably not as no doubt this is a not situation the current administration and their handlers would have chosen. They cannot, however, avoid it if they insist on demonizing Paul Ryan as a granny hating grinch . . . They'll insist.  They can't help themselves!

Fortunately, as you can see, Mr. Ryan is quite capable of defending himself and common sense conservative principles.  Thank you, Mitt Romney, for a choice well made.  November looks a bit brighter today!

Friday, August 10, 2012

The Glasses of Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin appeared on the Sean Hannity show last night to discuss dirty and probably illegal campaign tactics, potential V.P. picks, and the importance of this election for the future of our nation.  New York Magazine was apparently watching and reported what they found to be the most important part of Sarah's analysis . . .

Sarah Palin Did Not Wear Her Sarah Palin Glasses Last Night

Pay no attention to the banner at the bottom of the screen.  Civility be damned.  Ignore the lies and liars.  And whatever you do, do NOT look over the cliff our country is perched on.  Sarah's got a new pair of glasses!