November 12, 2010

It's Far From Over

In an article written for The American Thinker, Robert Simmons Jr. details ten reasons why conservatives should not be celebrating last weeks election.

On November 2, 2010, the liberals suffered a defeat at the hands of the people over their policies implemented over the last two to four years. As a result, Many Republicans and Tea Party supporters are jubilant in their celebration, and even the often morose Glenn Beck has been heard to be excited about what he calls a turning point. However, the cold, hard reality is that liberalism suffered a defeat but not a crushing one, and the war is far from won. In the past, victories in these minor skirmishes have resulted in people becoming complacent. The battles that are not making the headlines in the war on freedom continue to rage despite the victory.

The problem is this, we are in a war that cannot be resolved solely through the election ballot. The many-layered incursions against our freedoms have not been limited to legislation; much damage has been done through administrative fiat - much like a ukase - an Imperial Russian proclamation issued by the Tsar. Millions of pages of regulations have been rammed down the throats of American taxpayers, without a single vote other than Congress authorizing the creation of another regulatory agency. Instead, hearings are held in places where it is only convenient for lobbyists and bureaucrats to meet and discuss.

Mr. Simmons identifies ten distinct hurdles that must be addressed in order for our nation to return to a semblance of self-governance.

10) The aristocracy is still there in Washington.
09) The bureaucracy in Washington has never been more powerful.
08) The Federal Reserve still remains unchecked.
07) The spending obligations are still there, and the economy is still bad.
06) The unions still have control of the government.
05) The Republican Party hasn't become conservative yet.
04) They still are neither reading nor writing their own legislation.
03) It is still impossible to obey the law.
02) There is no animal quite as dangerous as a lame duck.
01) The socialists and Marxists still have your children.


I believe Simmons is right, we have a lot of work ahead of us.

November 11, 2010

"Shellacking" ...

has been nominated for one of the Top 10 Words of the Year to be Used by or About Our Adversaries.

Congratulations to "Shellacking."

What is the rest of the Top 10?

Pray on it and get back to us in the comments ...

Freedom isn't free...

I watched the flag pass by one day,
It fluttered in the breeze;
A young Marine saluted it,
And then he stood at ease.

I looked at him in uniform,
So young, so tall, so proud;
With hair cut square and eyes alert,
He'd stand out in any crowd.

I thought... how many men like him
Had fallen through the years?
How many died on foreign soil?
How many mothers' tears?

How many pilots' planes shot down
How many died at sea
How many foxholes were soldiers' graves
No, Freedom is not Free.

I heard the sound of Taps one night,
When everything was still;
I listened to the bugler play,
And felt a sudden chill;

I wondered just how many times
That Taps had meant "Amen"
When a flag had draped a coffin
Of a brother or a friend;

I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands.
With interrupted lives.

I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea,
Of unmarked graves in Arlington.
No. Freedom is not Free!

- Kelly Strong

November 10, 2010

10 Nov 2010

Happy Birthday to current and former Marines the world over ... and to all who love them, share their love of country, and are claiming both foreign and domestic beachheads in defense of liberty.

Semper Fidelis.

November 9, 2010

Playing With Pancakes

Question: What do you get when you add a wristwatch, a model bulldozer and a Strawberry Shortbrain doll?

Answer: It's time to play with your Jehadi Jane action toy set with KillerJooos Remote Control!

This photo was actually in last Sunday's New York Times with the following caption.

A lawyer for the Corries pressed the bulldozer operators with props, arranging a plastic toy bulldozer, an orange lump of putty and a Raggedy Ann doll.

The Corries are in the midst of a civil trial against Israel for the death of their activist daughter, Rachael Corrie, who was run over by an Israeli Caterpillar D9 armored bulldozer in 2003.

Books, plays, videos and even an aid ship to Gaza have been dedicated to her memory and spirit, her focus on human rights and the plight of the Palestinians.

And don't forget the yummy pancake syrup too.

The day that Ms. Corrie was killed, her fellow activists sent two photographs of her to news agencies that were then transmitted around the world. The first one showed her standing in an orange jacket with a bullhorn addressing an approaching bulldozer, and the second showed her crumpled on the ground, near death. The clear implication was that the two pictures were sequential, whereas the first was shot hours earlier with a different bulldozer.

The Israeli Army investigation found that the drivers of the bulldozer that killed her did not see Ms. Corrie because she was standing near a high mound of dirt as it approached. The drivers, it said, had limited lines of sight inside their heavily armored vehicle, and that by placing themselves in the bulldozer’s path as human shields, the eight activists bore primary responsibility.

November 7, 2010

Pay Back

The Washington Post (of all things) produced this apocalyptic opinion piece on the fate of the Democrats.

There's really no gentle way to say this, so I'm just going to be blunt: In some ways, the political situation post-Nov. 2 is even worse for the Democrats than it may appear. And I am not just referring to the colossal losses they experienced in state legislatures -- a 650+ seat swing in favor of the GOP that has left the Dems in control of the fewest state legislatures since 1928. The resulting pro-GOP gerrymandering may lastingly blunt the demographic advantage Democrats could otherwise expect to reap from population trends such as the growth of Hispanic America.

There is a double whammy that Herr Lane is referring to. It is the loss of Democratic electors in the Electoral College.

No, what's really bad for President Obama and his party is the likely impact of the 2010 Census and ensuing House of Representatives reapportionment on the distribution of votes in the 2012 Electoral College. We can talk all day about whether a majority of voters would support Obama for re-election or not, but what really counts in presidential elections is the Electoral College. Each state's electoral vote equals its number of representatives in the House plus two, for its Senate delegation. And since the U.S. population continues to flow South and West, reapportionment will probably add House seats in red states and subtract them in blue states. Thus, the Census looks like a setback for Democratic chances to win the 270 electoral votes necessary to become president.

The Electoral College was established in Article II of the US Constitution and is now comprised of 538 "electors". Let's cut to the chase.

[...] Removing Ohio, Florida and Nevada from the analysis, because they are too unpredictable, it looks like Republicans can pretty much count on an additional 7 electoral votes (Arizona, Georgia, South Carolina, 4 in Texas, and Utah, minus the loss of one vote in Louisiana) in 2012, while the Democrats can count on 7 fewer (losses in Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Minnesota, offset by a gain in Washington).

As of January 2011, there will be seven fewer Blue State electors who will be picked up by Red States. Using the 2008 Presidential campaign where McCain (a weak candidate) grabbed 22 states for a total of 173 electoral votes, the Republican bottom line may be about to grow to 180. The magic number of 271 can be had by just holding on to six states that more often than not have swung Republican: Florida, Ohio, North Carolina, Indiana, Virginia and Nevada.

As it happens, all six of these states, except for North Carolina, will have Republican governors next year, and all six, except for Nevada, will have Republican state legislatures.

Get that fork ready. It may be that the Dems are finally done. And we can thank Obama, Reid and Pelosi for marinating their members, preheating the oven and selecting the spices. Even now they just can't figure out how to turn off the gas and cool the rheotric.

Life Imitates Elections

The wind blew and the Red Carpet flew.

Obongo's departure from Mumbai was marred by high winds that played havoc with the red carpet laid out for him in front of Air Force One. After several failed attempts to secure the misbehaving carpet, a decision was reached by the Presidential party to remove it. Employees at the airport promptly nicknamed the carpet, "Sahib Tea Party."


Just released by the White House Press Secretary:

There was a completely unexpected benefit to the removal of the carpet. The Presidential delegation was rife with worry that the unruly red rug made the First Lady's ass look big. They are still worried.

And now, for your listening pleasure: