Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Time is Supposed to Heal

Dance at Bougival_Pierre Auguste Renoir


Dooryard Roses

I have come the selfsame path
To the selfsame door,
Years have left the roses there
Burning as before.
While I watch them in the wind
Quick the hot tears start --
Strange so frail a flame outlasts
Fire in the heart.

Sara Teasdale

Friday, February 22, 2008

New York Times Outrage

Miranda_The Tempest_John William Waterhouse



Gosh, maybe it's just me but isn't it pretty easy to see through all this phony outrage with the New York Times by the McCain campaign over the 1999 story of the young female Paxon Communications lobbyist Vicky Iseman. First of all let's establish a basic point before we venture on from here. John McCain is the endorsed candidate of the New York Times, they chose him as the Republican candidate, he's their man. Now, the New York Times has been sitting on the story about Vicky Iseman since December of 2007. They have had plenty of time to do research and investigation about this story that happened back in 1999-2000 during McCain's first run for President. McCain is said to have gone to bat at the Federal Communications Commission for the company Paxon Communications who employed Vicky Iseman as a lobbyist. There was innuendo that their was some kind of quid pro quo with a sexual tryst involved. That's the basics of the story.

Now on to the next step. The New York Times has released this story just as John McCain has been determined to be the Republican nominee, there is no chance of Mike Huckabee winning enough delegates so McCain is the defacto nominee. The timing of the story release is important for the fact that it is almost six months to the general election and the details of this story will never be known exactly and this story has been around since 2000. The New York Times under Executive Editor Bill Keller decided to release this story now so the McCain campaign can get it out of the way, have it's details debunked and move on. This was a slow pitch by the New York Times for the McCain campaign to hit out of the park over the left field fence.

I'm laughing at all the talking heads calling the New York Times a bunch of lunatic liberals running a hit piece on McCain when nothing could be further from the truth. The New York Times may be a bunch of lunatic liberals but this story was meant so McCain can clean up this dirty little story with it's scant details so they could be done with it. It was up to the McCain campaign to deal with it in manner that is credible to the moderates and liberals that are going to turn out and vote for him in November. The New York Times was testing their endorsed candidate with a softball so when the fast pitches start coming in the New York Times will be able to give McCain some cover from time to time and not be credibly accused of being in the bag for him. If more details come out on this story now or as they say "the story gets legs" it's because the McCain campaign will have failed in their attempt to refute the story and bury the witnesses with all the details showing the weakness of his campaign committee.

There will be one or two more stories like this in the near future to test the McCain campaign to see if it can keep a lid on the caldron. If so they will bury the big stories when it gets close to the general election. This is the way things work for media panderers like McCain. There's plenty of dirt under the nails at McCain central and if he tries to stray too far from the moderate dark side the media will stop providing the soap he needs to clean up his dirt.

The thing that really gets me though is when McCain's campaign manager goes on the talk shows he refers to McCain as the conservative Republican candidate after every sentence. It would be at least honorable if not honest if McCain would just run the campaign he wants to run and pander to the people that are going to turn out and vote for him and most probably elect him to be the moderate Republican President.

Well demanded, wench:
My tale provokes that question. Dear, they durst not,
So dear the love my people bore me, nor set
A mark so bloody on the business, but
With colours fairer painted their foul ends.
In few, they hurried us aboard a bark,
Bore us some leagues to sea; where they prepared
A rotten carcass of a boat, not rigg'd,
Nor tackle, sail, nor mast; the very rats
Instinctively had quit it: there they hoist us,
To cry to the sea that roar'd to us, to sigh
To the winds whose pity, sighing back again,
Did us but loving wrong.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

USS Lake Erie

USS Lake Erie CG 70


I just got home from work and I heard on the news that my Navy guys aboard the Guided Missile Cruiser USS Lake Erie shot down the malfunctioning US satellite. Congratulations you squids, I'm damned proud of ya!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Obamination

This afternoon while I was watching the news I heard this story about 46 year old Michelle Obama. I heard the words that Michelle Obama spoke while giving an address in Milwaukee Wisconsin on Monday. I have no idea who she was addressing but does it really matter? Michelle Obama's words speak for themselves. "For the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country,” she told a Milwaukee crowd today, “and not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change.”

Michelle Obama is just a few years younger than myself. She and her husband both are college educated in some of the most prestigious schools in the country. Michelle Obama attended Princeton I believe I heard today but if it was some other Ivy League institution what's the difference. The point is; this woman has to be the most ungrateful person I have heard for sometime. While Michelle was leading her protected life of freedom there were people like myself out on the front lines keeping America from being attacked by the Soviet Union so she could go to the nice college she went to. I worked hard to get where I am today and I am completely sick and tired of hearing people like Michelle Obama constantly bashing America especially since she seems to have no special talents herself other than to have been sent to some nice college.

I am not complaining because it took me extra work to get where I am today. I am not complaining that when I first went for a job I was explicitly told they could not hire me for the job I wanted at the railroad even though I had worked hard and studied hard in school. I was told because I didn't fit the racial quota that was being used at that time to hire people, they couldn't hire me for the job. I am white and the quota they had was for blacks. I am not complaining about that.

I am proud to be an American. I served in the US Navy under the Carter administration and survived the disaster they caused in Iran and the Middle east. I am not complaining about that. I am proud to be an American because of the freedom we have to say stupid things like Michelle Obama has said and not worry that the government will arrest you and throw in jail for it. There are so many things that I am proud to be an American about because we have gotten this far and have overcome many difficulties that were created by past generations.

My own ancestors when they first came to this country from Ireland joined the Army to fight a war they did not start or really know much about until the Minnie balls and canister shot were being fired at them. They did that because they wanted to be Americans and have a stake in the success of the nation. This was right after they had to flee their own nation because the British had refused to help the Irish during the potato blight and had starved them into fleeing. When they did get to America they quit their complaining and did something to improve their conditon despite the outright bigotry against them.

Yes Michelle Obama, there are plenty of things I am proud to be an American about despite the mistakes that were made by past generations. Given that you are about the same age as I am, I can see that the college education you received at that nice college you went to wasn't worth the paper that degree was printed on. You haven't learned a thing since either. I hope you and your husband lose this election and go back to the obscurity you came from because Americans that are proud of America don't want to hear anymore of your denigrating and empty words. This is not a personal attack, this is an admonishment to someone for being so damned ignorant and ungrateful.

I am Proud to be an American!!

Angry White Men

I don't normally just cut and paste someone else's work and make a post out of it. This article though says it all about what the majority of hardworking men that keep this country going think about this election. Mrs. Clinton has been trying to get the pivotal votes of white men with phony stories about her hunting ducks in a blind in Arkansas. Being a duck hunter myself I could not for one moment imagine being in a duck blind with Mrs. Clinton with a loaded 12 shotgun out in the middle of nowhere. Anyway, here's the article most American women like myself understand and admire men that think this way.

(from the Aspen Times 2/9/08)

In election 2008, don’t forget Angry White Man


Gary Hubbell
February 9, 2008


There is a great amount of interest in this year’s presidential elections, as everybody seems to recognize that our next president has to be a lot better than George Bush. The Democrats are riding high with two groundbreaking candidates — a woman and an African-American — while the conservative Republicans are in a quandary about their party’s nod to a quasi-liberal maverick, John McCain.

Each candidate is carefully pandering to a smorgasbord of special-interest groups, ranging from gay, lesbian and transgender people to children of illegal immigrants to working mothers to evangelical Christians.

There is one group no one has recognized, and it is the group that will decide the election: the Angry White Man. The Angry White Man comes from all economic backgrounds, from dirt-poor to filthy rich. He represents all geographic areas in America, from urban sophisticate to rural redneck, deep South to mountain West, left Coast to Eastern Seaboard.

His common traits are that he isn’t looking for anything from anyone — just the promise to be able to make his own way on a level playing field. In many cases, he is an independent businessman and employs several people. He pays more than his share of taxes and works hard.

The victimhood syndrome buzzwords — “disenfranchised,” “marginalized” and “voiceless” — don’t resonate with him. “Press ‘one’ for English” is a curse-word to him. He’s used to picking up the tab, whether it’s the company Christmas party, three sets of braces, three college educations or a beautiful wedding.

He believes the Constitution is to be interpreted literally, not as a “living document” open to the whims and vagaries of a panel of judges who have never worked an honest day in their lives.

The Angry White Man owns firearms, and he’s willing to pick up a gun to defend his home and his country. He is willing to lay down his life to defend the freedom and safety of others, and the thought of killing someone who needs killing really doesn’t bother him.

The Angry White Man is not a metrosexual, a homosexual or a victim. Nobody like him drowned in Hurricane Katrina — he got his people together and got the hell out, then went back in to rescue those too helpless and stupid to help themselves, often as a police officer, a National Guard soldier or a volunteer firefighter.

His last name and religion don’t matter. His background might be Italian, English, Polish, German, Slavic, Irish, or Russian, and he might have Cherokee, Mexican, or Puerto Rican mixed in, but he considers himself a white American.

He’s a man’s man, the kind of guy who likes to play poker, watch football, hunt white-tailed deer, call turkeys, play golf, spend a few bucks at a strip club once in a blue moon, change his own oil and build things. He coaches baseball, soccer and football teams and doesn’t ask for a penny. He’s the kind of guy who can put an addition on his house with a couple of friends, drill an oil well, weld a new bumper for his truck, design a factory and publish books. He can fill a train with 100,000 tons of coal and get it to the power plant on time so that you keep the lights on and never know what it took to flip that light switch.

Women either love him or hate him, but they know he’s a man, not a dishrag. If they’re looking for someone to walk all over, they’ve got the wrong guy. He stands up straight, opens doors for women and says “Yes, sir” and “No, ma’am.”

He might be a Republican and he might be a Democrat; he might be a Libertarian or a Green. He knows that his wife is more emotional than rational, and he guides the family in a rational manner.

He’s not a racist, but he is annoyed and disappointed when people of certain backgrounds exhibit behavior that typifies the worst stereotypes of their race. He’s willing to give everybody a fair chance if they work hard, play by the rules and learn English.

Most important, the Angry White Man is pissed off. When his job site becomes flooded with illegal workers who don’t pay taxes and his wages drop like a stone, he gets righteously angry. When his job gets shipped overseas, and he has to speak to some incomprehensible idiot in India for tech support, he simmers. When Al Sharpton comes on TV, leading some rally for reparations for slavery or some such nonsense, he bites his tongue and he remembers. When a child gets charged with carrying a concealed weapon for mistakenly bringing a penknife to school, he takes note of who the local idiots are in education and law enforcement.

He also votes, and the Angry White Man loathes Hillary Clinton. Her voice reminds him of a shovel scraping a rock. He recoils at the mere sight of her on television. Her very image disgusts him, and he cannot fathom why anyone would want her as their leader. It’s not that she is a woman. It’s that she is who she is. It’s the liberal victim groups she panders to, the “poor me” attitude that she represents, her inability to give a straight answer to an honest question, his tax dollars that she wants to give to people who refuse to do anything for themselves.

There are many millions of Angry White Men. Four million Angry White Men are members of the National Rifle Association, and all of them will vote against Hillary Clinton, just as the great majority of them voted for George Bush.

He hopes that she will be the Democratic nominee for president in 2008, and he will make sure that she gets beaten like a drum.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Moderate's Temporary Victory

As history would have it, the moderate, middle of the road, wishy-washy crowd have won a temporary victory getting their man John McCain nominated to run for President in the fall. I think they took advantage of the situation with the democrat's constant barrage of retreat and defeat on the conservatives holding the line over the war in Iraq. The group that call themselves the Republican Mainstreet Partnership have been undermining conservative principles since it's inception. This group of moderate Republicans began just after we won control of Congress in the 1994 "Republican Revolution". Here's a statement from the "History" section of their moderate website:

The November 1994 mid-term elections were commonly referred to as the "Republican Revolution." Given the great gains made by Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate, a group of moderate House Republicans began informal meetings to discuss ways to further a centrist, pragmatic Republican agenda -- one that could accommodate bipartisan legislative results. At that time, there was great concern that a dramatic shift to the right was quickly approaching, given the new congressional leadership.

Given that in the prior fifty years the leftist democrats controlled the US Congress, what did these moderates believe when they said "At that time, there was great concern that a dramatic shift to the right was quickly approaching" Were they worried they would have to give up their minority status and have to stand up and lead? Did they worry they wouldn't be told by their democrat leadership what bill they could put their names on? Before the Republican Revolution of 1994 led by Newt Gingrich these same "Mainstreet Partners" were satisfied being back benchers and losers and they didn't know how to handle success. They believed then as they do now that they must capitulate and let democrat leftists have their way in order to get along.

It has been said that you can make a judgment of a person's character and politics by the enemies they have and not just by the friends they keep. Well the moderates strive to have no enemies and everyone is their friend because they take no stand and have no core principles other than "can't we all just get along". Not in politics baby, its winner takes all and that'll never change.

Here's a list of the current membership of the wishy-washy moderates club that call themselves the Republican Mainstreet Partnership.

From the United States Senate:

Sen. John McCain, Arizona
Sen. Norm Coleman, Minnesota
Sen. Susan Collins, Maine
Sen. Gordon Smith, Oregon
Sen. Olympia Snowe, Maine
Sen. Arlen Fencesitter, Pennsylvania


From the US House of Representatives
:

Rep. Judy Biggert, Illinois <>Rep. Phil English, Pennsylvania
Rep. Brian Bilbray, California <> Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, NJ
Rep. Jim Gerlach, Pennsylvania <> Rep. Wayne Gilchrest, Maryland
Rep. David Hobson, Ohio <> Rep. Timothy Johnson, Illinois
Rep. Mark Kirk, Illinois <> Rep. John R. Kuhl, New York
Rep. Ray LaHood, Illinois <> Rep. Steven LaTourette, Ohio
Rep. Jerry Lewis, California <> Rep. Frank LoBiondo, New Jersey
Rep. Jim McCrery, Louisiana <> Rep. Thomas Petri, Wisconsin
Rep. Todd Platts, Pennsylvania <> Rep. Jon Porter, Nevada
Rep. Deborah Pryce, Ohio <> Rep. Jim Ramstad, Minnesota
Rep. Ralph Regula, Ohio <> Rep. Jim Saxton, New Jersey
Rep. Christopher Shays, CT <> Rep. Michael Turner, Ohio
Rep. Fred Upton, Michigan <> Rep. Greg Walden, Oregon
Rep. James Walsh, New York <> Rep. Jerry Weller, Illinois
Rep. Heather Wilson,New Mexico <> Rep. Mary Bono, California
Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite,Florida <> Rep. Ken Calvert, California
Rep. Dave Camp, Michigan <> Rep. Shelley Moore Capito,WV
Rep. Michael Castle, Delaware <> Rep. Thomas Davis, III, Virginia
Rep. Charlie Dent,Pennsylvania <> Rep. David Dreier, California
Rep. Vernon Ehlers, Michigan <> Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, Missouri


The Governors:

Gov. Linda Lingle, Hawaii
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, California

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Go Out and Vote!

I’ve been leaving some comments on other people’s blogs with an idea on how to head off the impending train wreck if John McCain ends up being the Republican nominee. I got the idea from Indigo Red a regular visitor at Mike’s America.

It is now February the 10th and starting Tuesday February the 12th there will be more Primaries in Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia. Then the rest of the states will vote for the Republican nominee until the convention. The plan I have in mind is for the Republican voters to show up in numbers to vote for anyone else but McCain on the primary ballot. The names of the other candidates will still be on most ballots or there will be a place to write in a candidate. We must make it clear before the convention that John McCain is unacceptable as the candidate to oppose the Clintons in the fall for President. There are uncommitted delegates in many of the states like Maine and others. Mitt Romney may have dropped out of the race but that doesn’t mean his delegates automatically go to John McCain. Friends, Romans and countrymen, we must stop this onslaught by John McCainians because he is the wrong man to lead this country and he is certainly not the candidate we want to represent us as a Republican.

We’ve spent the last 8 years wringing our hands about the inaction at the border with 12-15 million lawbreakers coming across our borders to take something from us and giving nothing in return but a burden on our system that belongs to Americans. The conservatives have to take their collective heads out of sand right now or we will be saddled with a President that will be irresponsible with our tax money and try and turn us in to the same type of socialist society that Europeans are now suffering with. Any of the responsible conservatives that have been on the ticket so far have promised to stay the course and support our troops. To let John McCain win the nomination and then go on to the election in the fall is a mistake that will follow the nation and our party for years to come. If you are a conservative you must go out and vote for the conservative candidate for the Senate, House and your State races but you also have to send the message to the Republican leadership with the primaries that are left “WE DON”T WANT JOHN McCAIN!” There is still time left to correct this impending catastrophe.

Friday, February 08, 2008

Looking for Inspiration

This is what I turn to when I need inspiration. Camille Saint Saens, French composer 1835-1921. Saint Saens, Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso

Saturday, February 02, 2008

OK, OK! "Heeeere's Johnny"

After much himming and hawing and hope that this would resolve itself, I bring to you my friends "the Real John McCain"





Visit Vietnam Veterans Against John McCain to decide for yourself. Watch the DVD that was made about the Senate Select Committee on POW-MIA's and decide for yourself whether John McCain obstructed the truth about his fellow Americans that were left behind in Vietnam.