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Saturday, March 7. 2009
Hopeful about Afghanistan
Imagine what they'd be saying if Bush did this
How did California commit suicide? VDH
Via Animals as Weapons at Ace:
Always check your car for snakes.
From Krauthammer's The Big Bang Agenda:
"A financial crisis is the worst time to change the foundations of American capitalism."
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If that chart were to go further back, would it show the market up around 11,000-12,000 when The Øne clinched the D-Rat nod for the top job?
I keep asking: What are we going to do about it other than vent on blogs?! Haven't heard an action plan yet. For one thing, GOP should be aggressively recruiting candidates in all 435 House districts and all Senate seats up in 2010 and 2012.
2010 will be a referendum on Obama and this Congress; GOP already has the winning issues after less than 50 days of Obama. Now is the time to build those grass roots organizations, and warchests, and be ready to go all in as 2010 unfolds.
After this massive betrayal by Obama and Congress, the Indies and old timey Democrats will swing back to the GOP in large enough numbers to insure victory across the board. I am quite certain that Obama and this Congress have so audaciously overplayed their hands that there is no saving them now.
Unfortunately, I don't see to many conservative leaders emerging.
I have consistently written Senate and Congressional representatives and the GOP to counter every move with ideas. Republicans are not very good politicians though.
Here is some encouragement: Start with the vote totals from '08. Obama had 54% of the vote, McPalin got 46%. Assume that none of the 46% will swing to Democrat candidates for Congress in '10, or Obama in '12. So, the swing needs to be 5-7% to put the GOP back in the saddle.
Now, of the 54%, how many voted for "History-making" Obama who will never turn out again? Quite a few I would bet. What % of the 54 are so-called "Independents" who surely did not vote for this left wing, spend- us- into- bankruptcy, coup d'etat? I believe that this number could be as much as 20% of the 54%, making Democrats and Obama highly vulnerable.
Democrats and Obama will be on defense in '10 and therefore a resurgent GOP should be able to sweep. I've already seen a devastating TV ad hanging this whole mess on the Democrat Congress, the one that shows spending $1 million a day since A.D. 1 would not equal what this Congress spent in the stimulus bill. Wowie.
Should be a field day for the GOP campaign commercial writers in '10! No excuse for the GOP not to sweep back into the majority in the House, not sure about the potential in the Senate. The Obamacrats have already teed up the '10 election beyond any Republican's wildest dreams.
Current and meaningful. Listen to the U.S. Marine.
I agree, venting on blogs amounts to very little.There has to be a National figure to Organize, set dates and places. If a name seems appropriate maybe a mailing campaign or a flood of phone calls to said person would be effective. ...
..Is ( Kill'em and Girll'em ) Ted Nugent too loud for this purpose?
(Kill'em and Girll'em)? Freudian slip in the title, Habu? Nugent didn't do that song.
Santana, kill 'em, kill 'em, kill 'em, kill 'em
J.R., grill 'em, grill 'em, grill 'em, grill 'em
I will pop you while I'm popping a pop-a-wheel
Paid In Full, not the deal, put him in Potter's Field
Rastus..... you are not authorized to speak on my behalf, so please refrain from doing so.
I thought from some of the pushback that I was doing a fine job of expressing myself...
Habu --what do you think of this?
It's tremendously difficult to tell what macinations precipitated the lad's departure. We can observe however the so far 0bama is making horrible appointmets to sensitive positions, many times with people who are openly hostile to the United States...Carole Browner comes to mind.
I fully believe that within a few more months there will be such a push back from Wall Street and the military over 0bamas policies that he will be force to alter his behavior.
He won't abandon it because he has the political votes in the House and Senate to do darn near anything but by the mid terms his communist orientation will have eclipsed every other aspect of his faux personna.
I have heard from more than one source that the military is about to take him to the woodshed. It should be interesting. I know this doesn't answer your question but the organization 0bama is attempting to set up inside the US as a SS type organization bears close watching.
There are already bills in the hopper to confiscate our guns. That will start the shooting revolution so 0bama is now attempting to set up parallel intelligence gathering organization via Presidential directive...this sounds like a first attempt.
jester ... you seem to want some suggestions for a smart political leader to back in the coming months. How about Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma? I've been watching him for some time, and have agreed with many of the positions he takes, particularly his take on the non-existant manmade global warming hoax, as well as his principled resistance to the Democrat wild spending efforts which have polluted the political landscape since Mr. Obama took over the White House.
Now, Inhofe might not be the answer, and I'm not sure his charisma quotient is great enough to rally all of us out here who are so discouraged by Democrat efforts to bankrupt not only this country but the world in general. But what do you think, Habu and Barrett about this?
Didn't mean to leave you out, GM Punter, since we think alike so often. In fact, I think we ought to get busy during these dark days, developing some coherent plan to oppose this situation, so that we'll be ready to present it when the unrest gets to the flashpoint. I'm afraid Reagan won't rise again to help us now, but there are great men out there, unknown to us as yet, who can take on this unholy mess and start to lead us out of it. My tendency is to look toward our heroic military, who will be returning from the Mid East soon. They have already demonstrated their courage and determination on the battlefield. Maybe they can step up here and fight and win once more.
At any rate, we better get started. Soon.
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Going forward I believe our greatest challenge will be containing all of the toothpaste that has already escaped the tube.
Obviously the banking situation is the nexus of all the other problems and one 0bama won't or can't face as he pushes more socialism onto the American people via stimulous packages passed in panic which is a classic communist presciption for diverting attention away from what you're doing....create panic. But bankers aren't up to the job of ramrodding the discipline we will need to thwart the growing myriad of national and international problems that are now only in their nascent stages.
I would take a hard look at vetting General Petraeus along with Newt Gingrich. Patraeus has the attributes to be a Cincinnatus and I've yet to see anyone in DC or elsewhere outsmart Mr. Gingrich.
I would allow companies that are failing to do so under the current bankruptcy laws and I would quit whipping the rich who provide the jobs and take the risks. I would closely examine hedge funds, so far unregulated to have some regulation and kick every Global Warming acolyte into a special think tank at McMurdo Station in Antarctica for an in depth 25 year study of the "problem"
Those are just a few limned thoughts. In the near-near I would fire up the GOP by firing Mr Steele and getting Mr Black back to do what the RNC is suppose to do, develop candidates and win election. Better yet Haley Barbour.
Finally just a wee bit farther out from the near-near I'm going to continue cleaning my weapons and buying more ammo.
Habu ... I have been watching Petraeus and being greatly impressed with him for some time. I'm so grateful to him for carrying out the Surge successfully that he gets better looking every time I see a picture of him. Outstanding military minds do very well in peacetime, as General Washington and General Eisenhower proved. After winning World War II [stretching it a bit, but not too unrealistically], he went on to become president of Columbia University and then President of the United States, doing a very good job at all of them.
I admire a man who has practical smarts, technical smarts, and human relations smarts. Petraeus has all three. The Iron Hand in the velvet glove, so to speak. I like Newt Gingrich too, but he's a bit of a wild card, so to speak. Most of the time you can count on him to be sensible, and sometimes brilliant. Petraeus is that all the time.
I've been looking for Petraeus' name to come up also, but I've suspected he's not interested, wishing to remain non-political like a good US military leader tries to be. Maybe there's a vetting issue, though I'd be surprised. Of course everyone has a vetting issue to some degree. I do think he's the best man for the job. Newt has too much baggage, though I do think he's a better thought-leader for the GOP POV than Rushbo.
I agree with you that it might be very difficult to get Gen. Petraeus to stay permanently engaged in the political world . That is why I threw in the aspect of being a Cincinnatus for the nation. Come in ,get things squared away and go back to enjoying life.
I believe he might be approachable on those grounds.
I like Newt , baggage and all, because he's nobodies fool and he's a tremendous person at using the methphor to break down the complex so the citizenry can understand. He also has a creative mind and often unique approaches to our challenges. I would want him in the VP spot however, drawing some of the fire away from Patraeus.
Do I believe either will happen ...no
For me it would be a stretch, but I suppose I could see Newt as VP. As much as I like him philosophically he just seems a rather impractical choice. Anyone who's childhood ambition was to be Speaker of the House seems a bit suspect in an executive role. I think he would make a terrific (and more effective) right-hand man role as chief of staff or a major cabinet position. Might be hard on the ego to be chief of staff as recently that tends to go to an up-and-coming type. I think he would be the best man for it, however. The more I think about it, as COS he would make an excellent compliment for Petreaus. Maybe Romney as Treasury, hmm...
I guess this means that the folks who were saying back in October that the market was already discounting an Obama victory were... um... wrong.
Not at all. The market began discounting Obama as soon as it became clear he would be elected.
However, no one really knew what Obama would do. He had taken every side of every issue during the campaign. The market was hoping that Obama would govern from the center-left at worst.
As Obama has emerged, he is proving to be an extreme left candidate that is hostile to wealth, productive capital and entrepreneurial activity. He has proven that he does want to confiscate and redistribute the wealth in America.
If he is successful in establishing a "French-like" socialist society, everyone will be approximately 30% poorer. You can imagine what that will do to economic activity and ultimately the stock market. While I will not predict what the market will do, I would not be surprised if we continue to experience volatility and continue to trend lower.
Keep your powder dry unless you are nimble and know how to trade. Good luck.
MM and All,
The GOP needs at least three to six strong leaders to take the national stage.
Regarding the GOP, Habu is right. The GOP needs to develop candidates and focus on electoral strategy. This needs to be done on the state level as well. I am concerned that Steele is not the strategist or tactician needed to do this job. This is where Newt would be most helpful. He could help frame the platform and debate (and he has more ideas than the rest of the GOP combined). He also has the tactical knowledge to manage both the national and state efforts. I also see him as having the energy to do what is a very big job. Yes, he would take some lightning bolts, but so what. Unfortunately, Newt likely has too much baggage to be elected.
Sanford, Petraeus, Pawlenty and Inhofe come to mind.
What needs to happen is not see who will be the next candidate for President. What is needed now is leaders who can point out the lies, distortions, straw men and corrupt ideas and explain why they are wrong and why conservative values and ideas are best. If done right, it will be a message of hope based on hard work and a decrease in government.
People are afraid and fear is the strongest emotion. Obama is playing fear and asking people to trade freedom for bread. We are in a war of ideas, but the message must be framed so that the person on the street gets it.
I believe we need to get the four Presidential timber more exposure, lots more.
In the near term ID strong candidates for the mid terms so we can cut 0bamas support. At this writing I haven't bothered to look up just how many Dems have Senate seats that will be in play, but we sure know the number of House seats in play and we've got to get tough on the Dems in those seats, like now.
I very much agree, Barrett. And I feel that we should get busy on this as soon as we can. If the centrist conservatives on the 'Net can cooperate to draft a basic battle plan for the next three and three quarter years, and spread it through our 'Net connections as widely as possible, and keep on repeating and repeating our message, we can reach our congresspeople and convince them that we back them and can help.
The repeating part is very important, as any public relations executive will tell you. That's what the Democrat flacks have been doing, and they have been successful in imprinting their lies on the general public. That's how they have convinced a lot of voters that the Federal government was slow and lazy in their response to Katrina, when exactly the opposite was true. The slow and lazy folks were Ray Nagin, and Kathleen Blanco, who refused to request Federal assistance when Bush called her the day before Katrina came ashore -- and then again when he phoned her again the next day and asked her to request National Guard help.. That fact came to be inundated in a blizzard of lies and lame excuses.
I have several ideas as to how to begin. We must first learn to do what Emanuel does "manage the crisis in our favor". I believe a good first strike would be this: an underground call on the internet for "white people" to stop enlisting in the military. Barrister knows that when you are riding on a "hot" horse the first thing you have to do is 'pull em up short'. That means to use whatever means you have to get their GD attention!! I think a steep decline in military enrollment would do that! By the way I am still watching the news reports when they show pictures of Americans who have died in action recently: 1 out of 10 is a person "of color". If they (the radicals who now control the US) don't like "conflict" well fine--give em no military! Those who think this is not a racist conflict--well fine let the people of color fill the vacancies left enemy by the other 9 out of 10. Time has come folks: face up on the table!
Dude... yo.... Our fust Hip Hop Militery.
I kin see it now.
Taliban sayin 'Jump Niggaz'
An de niggaz jump.
Hi five niggaz.
An de niggaz hi fi.
Hip Hop soldiers
All bros now
No mo' killin
No mo' grillin.
I, too, am a big Newt fan and would be very happy with Newt as head of RNC. No one else on the GOP scene today has the original ideas and communication skills of Newt and, as you may recall, he is a tremendous organizer and recruiter to boot. Remember the 53 House seats won in 1994? That was Newt's deal all the way.
I've been watching the American Experience PBS series on Nixon and I realized again why Nixon was impeached: Because Nixon was the all-time champion liberal slayer of the '40's, '50's, and '60's, well into the '70's. Nixon played like they do: Whatever it takes to win.
Newt is from the same mould, and he will not allow the race card to be played. Winning is not pretty- but that is the price of winning. And we need a leader now who will not be marginalized by the likes of Rahm Emanuel and the other power crazed operatives in the WH.
apple pie ... I'm not fond of the idea that 'white people' should stop enlisting in the military, and I can't quite see your reason for it. The largest proportion of our all-volunteer standing military are 'white people' although we have many outstanding military of other races. The backbone of our military today are from families who, historically, have always had members who served in the military. That's the tradition for them. One of my favorite military blogs is Neptunus Lex, the blog of a naval aviator who retired just a year ago as a Captain, after serving 26 years. He was an F-18 fighter pilot. His son is headed for Annapolis from which his father graduated. Lex's father was also military.
This is the tradition in many military families, as it is in Habu's and probably quite a few others who read this blog. I would hate to think what would happen to our military if we no longer recruited from 'white folks' who have been serving their country in the military since before it was officially the United States of America.
I agree. In fact, I would argue the opposite. We need the best, brightest and bravest to serve today. We need those with military traditions to serve. There are several reasons.
First, these people understand tradition, history and the values upon which this great nation was founded.
Second, these people also understand the proper role of the military, which is to defend America from foreign threats. The American military is not to be used for domestic purposes (which is why Obama wants to establish what I call a civilian force so neighbors will spy on neighbors and family members on family members akin to East Germany).
Third, my hope is that the military will ultimately choose to defend the Constitution if it comes down to that.
I am working from the premise that Obama is an evil person who has no loyalty to America or the Constitution. I get there because he has said that in his own words.
The largest threat that could cause the American military to be deployed on American soil is radical Islam. There are many cells in the US, including training camps that the FBI knows about, but so far has done nothing about it. While this is an outrage in and of itself, it illustrates that every citizen must be vigilant. There are approximately 8 million Muslims in the US. That would be a severe crowd control problem if a large portion of Muslims erupted into violence. Remember what a small group did in Paris.
re always check your car for snakes: Years ago, I jumped into one of our old farm trucks to load it with corn. It had not been moved for a couple of weeks. After starting the engine I noticed a snake on the floor between my feet. I bailed out real quick and a four foot long bull snake followed me out. He was none too happy about that truck being started. He had to have entered via the hole in the floor for the gear shift. Not the same as a cobra but it gets your attention none the less.
Barrett ... I share your worries about Muslims in the U.S. I have already gotten my husband to promise that, if I should be hospitalized, which considering my age and his, is probably going to happen, that he make sure that I am not treated by a Muslim physician. Muslims feel that women are chattel, and that infidel women can be offed at any time. Combine that with 'universal health care' and my age, and it's a lead pipe cinch that they would plan to rid the world of the old lady. Ooops. So sorry.
I know this sounds somewhat crazy, and I'll cop to that to a certain extent. But think about it. And make plans to protect the old ladies in your own life. We want to continue to live just as much as younger people do. We want to see what happens next, how it all comes out, if things will improve. And the busybody Democrats think we're taking up too much space, even though we have paid our own money for it.
Millitary tradition (Navy) is very, very strong in our family also! However, we need to make an immediate and peaceful demonstration of protest. Just as you would have people stop buying, or investing, so too should we stop putting our people into the command of the enemy. I do believe that the folks who stole this election (as predicted four years ago), are people who have no intention of upholding either the Constitution, or the Bill of Rights. Desperate times call for desperate measures. A moratorium on "White" enlistment say for 6 months--would surely send a painful reminder to the enemy in the White House. It would be quick and without violence--but it would get their attention! Which as I can see to date--nothing else is planned, or being planned that will have the same level of impact.
I know where you are coming from, but it will not have the impact you expect.
Obama wants to gut the military and this would only help him make the force weaker. You are playing into his hands. I want more of our high quality kids to serve in part because they would be taught the traditions and have the fundamental values that made America great reinforced.
As far as protest goes, I have already started by attending the Tea Party in New York City last week. There were about 450 people there.
This is the one I am waiting for. It is the Capitalist March in Washington, DC in September. It is being organized now.
I hope you and every other freedom loving, capitalist American can be there.