Once More Into the Breach
Finding Nonsense and Beating it Sensible
- Name: Xyba
- Location: Virginia
I used to watch TV news and yell at the box. Now I jump up from the couch, sit at the computer and begin to type laughing maniacally saying "Wait until they read this." It's more fun than squashing tadpoles
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
The Bailout Fails for Now
Congress seems bound and determined to become mortgage bankers. All in the name if fixing the financial crisis yet the experts are all saying that they are not sure if it will work but they think it will "calm" the credit markets. $770 Billion is a very hefty bet that this bailout will work. Heftier when it's our money they are betting with. So what happens if they do nothing or wait to find a better way to deal with it that doesn't risk taxpayers money? They claim we will all be doomed. If that were the case than they sure have spent plenty of time packing pork into the bill, failing that calling each other names and storming off for a holiday?
I know that I will have to take on some unpleasantness because of the economic problem the liberals have gotten us into. I can handle whatever comes along. I would prefer to do it without the government picking my pocket first.
I know they are not done trying to stick it to us but I'll not stand by and let it happen without a fight. It is for keeps this time. If they prevail we will become chattel to the government.
Economics, Democrats, Politics,
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Official Vote Fraud in Ohio
Cincinnati.Com's Peter Bronson reports that Secretary of State of Ohio, Jennifer Brunner who won her position on the issue of voting irregularities is now actively trying to suppress votes for McCain.
Two Hamilton County voters have sued, accusing her of "the disenfranchisement of thousands of voters."
The John McCain campaign sent out more than 1 million applications for absentee ballots to Republicans. Each had a line at the top next to a box: "I am a qualified elector."
Brunner sent a memo telling county election officials to reject those applications for absentee ballots if the box was not checked. "Failure to check the box leaves both the applicant and the board of elections without verification that the applicant is a 'qualified elector'," she wrote.
But that's contrary to state law and Brunner doesn't have the authority, according to the lawsuit and an opinion from Hamilton County's Republican Prosecutor Joe Deters.
Ohio law allows voters to request an absentee ballot on the back of a grocery sack if they want to, as long as they include their name, address, date of birth, signature and either a driver's license number, last four Social Security numbers or a valid picture I.D.
There is nothing in the law about checking a box to verify a qualified voter. The voter's signature is enough, because that's what is checked to send ballots, said Hamilton County Clerk of Courts Greg Hartmann, who ran against Brunner in 2006 and is now county chairman for the McCain-Palin campaign. "It's just bald partisanship," he said. "She's trying to disqualify likely McCain voters."
"While state law does not require a check box, the McCain-Palin campaign designed its form to require that voters check a box to affirmatively state they are qualified electors."
Yet she claims she is just looking out of the system.
Brunner's web site says she "wants to ensure that Ohio elections are free, fair, open and honest; and to encourage the highest level of participation in our democracy."
Unless of course if those votes are Republicans.
She is being tough on the people with applications from the McCain campaign but she is liberal on letting just about anybody else get in to vote. So much so that the law requiring a person to be a resident for 30 days before being eligible to vote is being interpreted to only apply to the period before election day and not to the period of early voting by absentee ballot.
The "no-fault absentee" voting law has been in place since 2005, when it was passed by the Republican-controlled General Assembly and signed by GOP Gov. Bob Taft.
The law allows absentee voting, for any reason, to begin 35 days before an election. Another law on the books for several years closes voter registration 30 days before Election Day.
That leaves a five-day period during which people can register and immediately vote absentee. In Franklin County, about 60 did so for the 2006 general election, with no recorded complaints.
But the registration/voting window suddenly has become an issue this year because Democrats have announced a get-out-the-vote campaign to capitalize on the opportunity.
Kevin DeWine, a state representative and deputy chairman of the Ohio Republican Party, argues that Brunner's interpretation creates "an illegal loophole in the state law to advance same-day registration and voting ... which was never a consideration when the General Assembly passed the law."
DeWine said Brunner's "troubling partisan agenda" violates elections law that requires voters to have lived in a precinct at least 30 days before they are qualified to vote.
"This has nothing to do with denying people access to the ballot," he added. "The issue is about whether or not safeguards are in place."
By Alan Johnson
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
So she is willing to let slide a loophole on one end that Democrats are exploiting but be strict to the extreme when judging Republican applications. So much for her Profile in Courage award for standing up for the integrity of the vote.
Ohio, Democrats, Politics,
h/t Rick Moran at The American Thinker
23 September 2008
Perhaps we who are veterans of Democrat Franklin Roosevelt's World War II, Harry Truman's Korean War and Lyndon Johnson's Vietnam War are among those Barack Obama wants to argue with the Republicans and Independents - to "get in their face." If so, we can do that, but we need help from the Democrat party leadership.
We need the Democratic National Committee to explain to us how our "opponents" are lying when they say the senator received more political monetary contributions from "Fannie Mae" and "Freddie Mac" than any other politician except the chief of the senate banking and housing committee, Christopher Dodd.
The DNC must tell us what to say when our "adversaries" claim Barack is a communist whose close and durable relationships with communists and bomb throwers like William Ayers, Bernadine Dohrn and Frank Marshall Davis helped mould his political leanings. Should we assert Obama is not a communist when his every proposal for new legislation calls for transfer of wealth and nationalization of industrial production?
The DNC must tell us how we should explain Barry Hussein's "post-national" stance - why he asserts he is a "citizen of the world," and is reluctant to demonstrate any affinity for the Flag of The United States. Is he simply a man without a country?
Cliff Kincaid, Jerome Corsi, David Freddoso and others have documented their critical information on Barack Obama. (See "Special Report on Barack Obama," "The Obama Nation," and "The Case Against Barack Obama.") When will the DNC provide specific refutations of published assertions?
Absentee ballots are already being cast. The only way this urgently needed information will reach the electorate in the few weeks remaining is in video; e.g., television. By and large, we get our news and views from television, not talk radio. Getting in the faces of adversaries on the street is useless if we don't have supporting facts to articulate.
POMIL Research Analyst
Obama, Democrats, Politics,
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Palin's Speech at the UN Protest
Hillary Clinton, true to form, skipped out on a protest of Iranian President Ahmadinejad's appearance at the UN because her self interest trumps any National interest. She was afraid her speech would be overshadowed by Gov. Palin's. Like a school girl Hillary ran and hid then let her surrogates complain and press to have Gov. Palin removed also. It's the old "If I can't be prom queen than she can't either!" pettiness that so becomes a world leader wantabe.
For those of you who may be curious I am printing the text of the speech that Gov. Palin would have given had Hillary and the Democrats hadn't gotten their panties in a snit.
I am honored to be with you and with leaders from across this great country — leaders from different faiths and political parties united in a single voice of outrage.
Tomorrow, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will come to New York — to the heart of what he calls the Great Satan — and speak freely in this, a country whose demise he has called for.
Ahmadinejad may choose his words carefully, but underneath all of the rhetoric is an agenda that threatens all who seek a safer and freer world. We gather here today to highlight the Iranian dictator's intentions and to call for action to thwart him.
He must be stopped.
The world must awake to the threat this man poses to all of us. Ahmadinejad denies that the Holocaust ever took place. He dreams of being an agent in a "Final Solution" — the elimination of the Jewish people. He has called Israel a "stinking corpse" that is "on its way to annihilation." Such talk cannot be dismissed as the ravings of a madman — not when Iran just this summer tested long-range Shahab-3 missiles capable of striking Tel Aviv, not when the Iranian nuclear program is nearing completion, and not when Iran sponsors terrorists that threaten and kill innocent people around the world.
The Iranian government wants nuclear weapons. The International Atomic Energy Agency reports that Iran is running at least 3,800 centrifuges and that its uranium enrichment capacity is rapidly improving. According to news reports, U.S. intelligence agencies believe the Iranians may have enough nuclear material to produce a bomb within a year.
The world has condemned these activities. The United Nations Security Council has demanded that Iran suspend its illegal nuclear enrichment activities. It has levied three rounds of sanctions. How has Ahmadinejad responded? With the declaration that the "Iranian nation would not retreat one iota" from its nuclear program.
So, what should we do about this growing threat? First, we must succeed in Iraq. If we fail there, it will jeopardize the democracy the Iraqis have worked so hard to build, and empower the extremists in neighboring Iran. Iran has armed and trained terrorists who have killed our soldiers in Iraq, and it is Iran that would benefit from an American defeat in Iraq.
If we retreat without leaving a stable Iraq, Iran's nuclear ambitions will be bolstered. If Iran acquires nuclear weapons — they could share them tomorrow with the terrorists they finance, arm, and train today. Iranian nuclear weapons would set off a dangerous regional nuclear arms race that would make all of us less safe.
But Iran is not only a regional threat; it threatens the entire world. It is the no. 1 state sponsor of terrorism. It sponsors the world's most vicious terrorist groups, Hamas and Hezbollah. Together, Iran and its terrorists are responsible for the deaths of Americans in Lebanon in the 1980s, in Saudi Arabia in the 1990s, and in Iraq today. They have murdered Iraqis, Lebanese, Palestinians, and other Muslims who have resisted Iran's desire to dominate the region. They have persecuted countless people simply because they are Jewish.
Iran is responsible for attacks not only on Israelis, but on Jews living as far away as Argentina. Anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial are part of Iran's official ideology and murder is part of its official policy. Not even Iranian citizens are safe from their government's threat to those who want to live, work, and worship in peace. Politically-motivated abductions, torture, death by stoning, flogging, and amputations are just some of its state-sanctioned punishments.
It is said that the measure of a country is the treatment of its most vulnerable citizens. By that standard, the Iranian government is both oppressive and barbaric. Under Ahmadinejad's rule, Iranian women are some of the most vulnerable citizens.
If an Iranian woman shows too much hair in public, she risks being beaten or killed.
If she walks down a public street in clothing that violates the state dress code, she could be arrested.
But in the face of this harsh regime, the Iranian women have shown courage. Despite threats to their lives and their families, Iranian women have sought better treatment through the "One Million Signatures Campaign Demanding Changes to Discriminatory Laws." The authorities have reacted with predictable barbarism. Last year, women's rights activist Delaram Ali was sentenced to 20 lashes and 10 months in prison for committing the crime of "propaganda against the system." After international protests, the judiciary reduced her sentence to "only" 10 lashes and 36 months in prison and then temporarily suspended her sentence. She still faces the threat of imprisonment.
Earlier this year, Senator Clinton said that "Iran is seeking nuclear weapons, and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps is in the forefront of that" effort. Senator Clinton argued that part of our response must include stronger sanctions, including the designation of the IRGC as a terrorist organization. John McCain and I could not agree more.
Senator Clinton understands the nature of this threat and what we must do to confront it. This is an issue that should unite all Americans. Iran should not be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons. Period. And in a single voice, we must be loud enough for the whole world to hear: Stop Iran!
Only by working together, across national, religious, and political differences, can we alter this regime's dangerous behavior. Iran has many vulnerabilities, including a regime weakened by sanctions and a population eager to embrace opportunities with the West. We must increase economic pressure to change Iran's behavior.
Tomorrow, Ahmadinejad will come to New York. On our soil, he will exercise the right of freedom of speech — a right he denies his own people. He will share his hateful agenda with the world. Our task is to focus the world on what can be done to stop him.
We must rally the world to press for truly tough sanctions at the U.N. or with our allies if Iran's allies continue to block action in the U.N. We must start with restrictions on Iran's refined petroleum imports.
We must reduce our dependency on foreign oil to weaken Iran's economic influence.
We must target the regime's assets abroad; bank accounts, investments, and trading partners.
President Ahmadinejad should be held accountable for inciting genocide, a crime under international law.
We must sanction Iran's Central Bank and the Revolutionary Guard Corps — which no one should doubt is a terrorist organization.
Together, we can stop Iran's nuclear program.
Senator McCain has made a solemn commitment that I strongly endorse: Never again will we risk another Holocaust. And this is not a wish, a request, or a plea to Israel's enemies. This is a promise that the United States and Israel will honor, against any enemy who cares to test us. It is John McCain's promise and it is my promise.
Thanks to the New York Sun for publishing this speech.
Texpat over at Lone Star Times went there and has a good report.
UN, Democrats, Politics,
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Obama Giving Away Free Yard Signs
Dear Xyba,emphasis mine.
People always ask me what they can do to help Barack win Virginia, and the answer is simple: get out and talk to your neighbors.
Face-to-face contact with undecided voters is the single most powerful thing you can do to help spread Barack's message of change.
And with all the distortions and smear campaigns out there, we're counting on supporters like you to spread the truth about Barack -- who he is and where he stands on the issues that matter to Virginians, like tax cuts for 95 percent of working families.
You can have a big impact right now by joining a Campaign for Change Virginia Truth Team.
This weekend and every weekend until Election Day, November 4th, supporters like you from all across Virginia are coming together for Truth Teams canvasses -- going out in teams to knock on doors and grow this movement for change.
And if you sign up for a Truth Teams Canvass and bring some friends along, you and a guest may be chosen to meet Barack the next time he comes to Virginia. Your name will be entered for each friend you bring -- so bring as many friends as you can, and make as big an impact as possible.
This weekend, bring your friends, go door-to-door, and make a difference for Barack right here in the commonwealth:
In just the last three months, supporters like you have led an unprecedented voter registration drive that has helped more than 110,000 Virginians register to vote.
It's a remarkable accomplishment. But with less than 50 days before Election Day, November 4th, we need to act right now to make sure that those voices are heard.
You can make a difference this weekend by bringing some friends with you to join a Truth Teams Canvass.
No experience is required. Campaign for Change staff will provide you with everything you need, every step of the way.
And if you bring a friend with you to canvass, you'll be entered for a chance to meet Barack the next time he visits Virginia.
Join a Truth Teams Canvass to grow this movement and for a chance to meet Barack:
Such an opportunity could not be passed up but then I get this email sweetening the pot. I suppose the chance to meet Obama was just not reving up the volunteers.
Dear Xyba,emphasis mine.
I wanted to be sure you saw this note about how important supporters like you are going to be to our efforts right here in Virginia.
This state is a crucial general election battleground, and we have a real chance to win. But with less than 50 days left before November 4th and just two weeks left before Virginia's voter registration deadline, we need your help right now.
Joining a canvass at one of our 42 Campaign for Change offices this weekend is a great way to help grow this movement. But it's also a chance for you to meet Barack and get a yard sign.
For each friend who joins you going door-to-door on a Truth Teams Canvass, your name will be entered for a chance to meet Barack the next time he comes to Virginia. The more friends you invite, the better your chances.
And after you knock on just 40 doors, make sure you stop by the office in your area to pick up your free Obama-Biden yard sign.
Sign up now and make a difference in Virginia:
Deputy Campaign Manager
Obama for America
Good Googly Moogly! A FREE yard sign! That just sealed the deal for me. I'm going to round up some friends and knock on some doors so I can get my very own yard sign. If I'm really lucky maybe Obama will autograph it if I get to meet him.
UPDATE: 22 Sept. 6:24 pm. There are a pile of people hitting this post I assume because they want a free sign. I'd be asking myself if I were them why does a guy who has taken in $400 million can't let his supporters have a sign without charging them $8.00? While they're at it they may ask why a guy that has spent more than twice his opponent is still struggling to pull ahead?
Obama, Democrats, Politics,
Buy Obama Waffles
They have the nerve to call Gov. Palin a book burner. What a bunch of cry babies.
Obama, Democrats, Politics,
Obama's Great Exhortation to Fight On
The critics of Obama claim that he is all talk and no detail. In an effort to remove any doubt about this Obama exhorted his followers to quell any misgivings about what he is about with the following strategy.
In Elko, Obama tried to anticipate his critics and called on the crowd of about 1,500 to sharpen their elbows, too.
"I need you to go out and talk to your friends and talk to your neighbors. I want you to talk to them whether they are independent or whether they are Republican. I want you to argue with them and get in their face," he said.
"And if they tell you that, 'Well, we're not sure where he stands on guns.' I want you to say, 'He believes in the Second Amendment.' If they tell you, 'Well, he's going to raise your taxes,' you say, 'No, he's not, he's going lower them.' You are my ambassadors. You guys are the ones who can make the case."
Good Googly Moogly," Less filling - Tastes great" is more substantive than that.
Obama, Democrats, Politics,
Friday, September 12, 2008
A Vetran Speaks on Iraq
Saturday, September 06, 2008
Obama and the Community He Organized
Check him out at http://www.antoinemembers.com/
Aslo see "Not playing the game" at This Ain't Hell but You Can see It From Here
Obama, Democrats, Politics,
Democrats Trash US Flags
by David Harsanyi on September 6, 2008
This morning, Republicans tell me that a worker at Invesco Field in Denver saved thousands of unused flags from the Democratic National Convention that were headed for the garbage. Guerrilla campaigning. They will use these flags at their own event today in Colorado Springs with John McCain and Sarah Palin.
Before McCain speaks today, veterans will haul these garbage bags filled with flags out onto the stage — with dramatic effect, no doubt — and tell the story.
"What you see in the picture I sent you is less than half of total flags," a Republican official emailed. "We estimate the total number to be around 12,000 small flags and one full size 3×5 flag."
Not surprising if you knew the first day of the Democrat convention they had to scroll the words of the Pledge of Allegiance across the big screen so everyone could keep up.
Update 4:05 pm 6 Sept. The Democrats are saying those flags were being stored next to those dumpsters.
Damon Jones, spokesman for the Democratic National Convention Committee, released a statement saying McCain should applaud the fact that thousands of American flags were “proudly waved” at their convention.
“But instead his supporters wrongfully took leftover bundles of our flags from the stadium to play out a cheap political stunt calling into question our patriotism,” he said.
Obama, Democrats, Politics,
Friday, September 05, 2008
McCain or Obama
While those of you who come here often may already know how I stand let me reiterate it once more for new readers. I am very cynical toward politicians of every stripe. They have consistently shipwrecked their principles when seduced by the siren's call of power and privilege. No sooner do they gain office than they become the representatives of government interest rather than their constituents. From bottom to top there is a desperate grasp for more tax revenue to finance the stampede to buy votes from people willing to sell their souls for government cheese. Worse yet are the liberals who display an active contempt for the very nation they purport to serve. Yet the Republican Party has found no backbone to stand up to them, until now.
I was resolved to four years of Carter era policies. Barack Obama has embraced every tenet of Jimmy Carter's administration. I lived through that era and all I can say for it was it was blessedly short. I did not see much evidence that John McCain could overcome the weight of nonsense that is Obama until his speech at the convention and his choice of Sara Palin as his running mate.
Some signs quickly emerged that this will be a different kind of ticket. Most telling was the near universal criticism of the choice for VP. The howling of the media and discontent of the Republican establishment told more than even the resounding support of the general public. Whatever moves contrary to the pundits and autocrats is sweet music to me. As for McCain's acceptance speech, one line stands above all the rest. It's not in the text of his speech, he said he would veto bills larded up with pork and make famous the names of those politicians who put that stuff in. The light of day is the first weapon against the parasites in our legislature. The next is the anger of the public. A president who will hold our elected officials responsible will do a great service to our nation. That is why I am whole heartily for John McCain and Sara Palin for our next President and Vice-president.
Politics, McCain, Palin,
Thursday, September 04, 2008
Get Your Democracy Bond Now
The Democratic Party is offering "Democracy Bonds" so that you and I can "Make your commitment to reform the political process, build the Democratic Party in every state, and win elections at every level of office."
When I saw this I naturally was intrigued. Offering an investment just seemed foreign to the Democrats who regularly impugn the profits made by investors. Democrat elected officials are always looking to tax away the gains so they may be paid out to others who have done nothing to warrant such largess other than their willingness to vote for politicians who will give them more. That they would now be willing to offer a bond to finance the efforts of the party is just remarkable. The only investment I've ever heard offered from a Democrat is the false investment of tax revenue into some socialist scheme.
Just for reference I have included the definition of what a bond is from TheStreet.com:
Bonds are debt securities issued by corporations and governments.
Bonds are, in fact, loans that you and other investors make to the issuers in return for the promise of being paid interest, usually but not always at a fixed rate, over the loan term. The issuer also promises to repay the loan principal at maturity, on time and in full.
Because most bonds pay interest on a regular basis, they are also described as fixed-income investments. While the term bond is used generically to describe all debt securities, bonds are specifically long-term investments, with maturities longer than ten years.
Try as I might I could find no offer of interest on the money I sent in. Quite the contrary. What they offered was an opportunity for me to have them automatically withdraw money from my credit card account each month. For that I get a " Democracy Bond." There just may be no noun that the Democrats haven't twisted into something it isn't. George Orwell, Newspeak has arrived.
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