Monday, December 29, 2008

The Historical Roots of Kwanzaa

Apologies for our December repose, but it was a much needed break to reflect on and enjoy the holiday season. In that spirit we thought it appropriate in this week of Kwanzaa to link an informative piece from the archives of the Wall Street Journal. Here is an excerpt:

Kwanzaa was started in the late 1960s by Maulana (né Ron) Karenga--a California civil-rights activist and now a professor--as a series of days for blacks to reflect on "The Seven Principles," which constitute a credo "by which Black people must live in order to begin to rescue and reconstruct our history and lives." The principles themselves are utility, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith, each of which goes by its name in Kiswahili, the major language of the East African country of Tanzania (e.g., umoja, ujima, ujamaa).

Many sources of inspiration have been identified in Mr. Karenga's thinking, most prominently the teachings of Julius Nyerere, the son of a minor chief in rural Tanzania who studied in Britain and returned to his country to lead it to independence in 1961. Nyerere served as Tanzania's charismatic president for the next 23 years.

In 1967, Nyerere announced that ujamaa, often translated as "familyhood," would henceforth be the guiding principle of Tanzanian social and economic policy. He felt that the "relentless pursuit of individual advancement" was not well-suited to African society.

Predictably, Nyerere's version of socialism drove the already low-flying Tanzanian economy into the ground. The forced relocation of 10 million to 12 million peasants into 8,000 "cooperative" government villages (and the razing of their ancestral homes) resulted in badly inefficient land use. The country went from being the largest exporter of food in Africa in 1961 to the greatest importer of food in 1980. Production of sisal, the primary raw-material export in 1960, shriveled to 20% of its peak by the early 1980s. With most of Tanzania's foreign exchange devoted by then to food imports, nothing was left for spare parts for the aging industrial sector or for fuel to get farmers' meager produce to market. It was altogether a disaster.

But you don't have to take my word for it; listen to Nyerere himself. When he stepped down as Tanzania's head of state in 1984, he summed up his tenure in perhaps the five most honest words ever uttered by a world leader: "I failed. Let's admit it."

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

If the shoe fits... throw it!

By now most have heard about the shoe episode at Bush's recent press conference in Iraq. An irate Iraqi journalist hurled his shoes at Bush during a press conference. Of course, many on the Left think that this was great theatre and a perfect ending to the administration of someone they hate so much.

Actually, the episode was a metaphor for what many of us love about George Bush. First, he reacted quickly to avoid the shoe. It was a good throw and if he had not ducked, it would have hit him square in the face. Not only when threatened by shoes, but also when threatened by terrorists, Bush was quick to react. Secondly, after the episode, Bush was laughing and cutting up, showing that he had not the least bit of fear. He waived off his Secret Service guard and watched in amusement as the wacko journalist was subdued. In the face of much bigger and more serious threats, Bush displayed the same courage.

George Bush made many mistakes, but in doing the most important thing, keeping us safe, he succeeded. The world is a better place because of George Bush. I know that last line will drive liberals into apoplexy, but it is how many who love George Bush still feel.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

McConnell Against $14 Billion Bailout For U.S. Automakers

This was just reported by AP:

The top Senate Republican says he's against a $14 billion bailout for U.S. automakers, breaking with President George W. Bush.

Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says the measure "isn't nearly tough enough" on struggling automakers. The Kentucky Republican says a primary weakness in the measure is with the so-called "car czar." McConnell says that post wouldn't have the power to force the car companies to make the tough concessions needed to ensure their survival.


And McConnell says the government shouldn't intervene in some industries and not others.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Mandatory Arbitration Provision Could Cost More Jobs

The incoming Obama administration, as part of its effort to appear moderate, has fallen silent on the so-called Employee Free Choice Act. That's the proposed law that would take away the right to a secret ballot in a union election and replace it with a "card-check" system.

The polls show that voters overwhelmingly disapprove of workers losing the right to a private ballot on the important issue of whether to unionize. However, there is another aspect of the legislation that has received little attention but could do even more damage than the loss of the private ballot.

The Employee Free Choice Act contains a mandatory arbitration provision. At first glance, it sounds like a good idea to bring in a third-party -- unconnected to labor or the company management -- to iron out disagreements. But the arbitrator would have extraordinary powers. For example, the arbitrator could impose a binding arbitration agreement upon the union and company. That agreement would last for two years, and the company could not appeal it, even if it forced the company to raise wages.

Canada tried such a system, as the San Francisco Gate notes. It didn't work so well. One arbitrator, for example, forced a company to increase wages by 33 percent. That company then had to cut jobs to pay for the hefty raises. Though all ten Canadian provinces had mandatory arbitration, six provinces have repealed it.

The real problem with mandatory arbitration is that it prevents a company from being light on its feet; it precludes a company from reacting quickly to changing markets. It destroys the flexibility needed to survive perilous economic times.

As we watch the American auto companies, lumbering up to the Hill in search of bailouts, weighted down with expensive union contracts, we should be cautious of legislation that will let arbitrators make companies less competitive.

Even if, by some miracle, labor lets the "card-check" provision be dropped from the Employee Free Choice Act, the mandatory arbitration requirement still renders this a piece of legislation that should never become law.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Old Grey Lady Needs a Bailout

The New York Times has borrowed $225 million against its midtown Manhattan headquarters, according to the International Herald Tribune via Drudge.

The Times has watched its circulation and its stock race toward the bottom. The stock has been downgraded as below investment quality. That's right, the Times stock is officially junk. Trading at $7.64 when the market closed on Friday, it costs less than a pizza. Personally, I'd take the pizza.

To be sure, the Times is confronting the same obsolescence that all Old Media face: the Internet. But the so-called Paper of Record has not done itself any favors running some of the garbage it passes for news and commentary -- like Bill Ayers' rationalization of his terrorist days:

The Weather Underground crossed lines of legality, of propriety and perhaps even of common sense. Our effectiveness can be — and still is being — debated. We did carry out symbolic acts of extreme vandalism directed at monuments to war and racism, and the attacks on property, never on people, were meant to respect human life and convey outrage and determination to end the Vietnam war. (Emphasis added.)

Well, by that reasoning, those 19 young men who flew planes into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon were only carrying out "symbolic acts of extreme vandalism directed at monuments to war" and the like.

Ayers failed to mention that the Weather Underground actually killed people, and the New York Times not only gave him a pass, they publicized his propaganda.

That's why its stock is junk. For all its challenges lately, the market still reflects value.

H/t: Hotair and Drudge

Friday, December 5, 2008

Bizarre Protest Petition Against McConnell

There's a petition going around against Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell by a group of "progressives" who don't like the filibuster.

But it's more than just a petition. Perhaps inspired by the Boston Tea Party, these lefties say that if McConnell filibusters anything, they will to pour Jack Daniels and Southern Comfort down the drain, and not buy any more, because Brown-Forman donated to McConnell's campaign.

At least they're not wasting Kentucky Bourbon.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Not So Sure About This

The Washington Post (via Drudge) is reporting that the Pentagon will deploy 20,000 uniformed troops "within the United States by 2011 trained to help state and local officials respond to a nuclear terrorist attack or other domestic catastrophe, according to Pentagon officials."

As strapped as our military is right now, I'm surprised at the timing of the announcement. Perhaps it assumes that the Afghan surge and the retreat from Iraq will be over by 2011 and our troops will have nothing better to do.

The tragedy in India reminds us that we must continue to improve counter-terrorism and homeland security measures. And the hurricane damage locally is a recent example of how the military can help local police in an emergency: those soldiers literally kept traffic moving for many days before electricity was restored to traffic lights. But that was a temporary response to a most improbable disaster, a hurricane in Kentucky.

Could 20,000 troops have proved useful after Hurricane Katrina? Certainly to some extent. But those people who refused to evacuate, knowing the dangers and given a way out, had the right to stay in their homes, even if many of us would have chosen differently. No doubt a big solider in uniform with an assault weapon could have changed a few minds, and and therefore saved lives.

Still, the amount -- 20,000 troops -- and the permanent nature of this deployment troubles me. These troops are not the national guard; it's an active duty combat brigade. The ACLU and the Cato Institute have weighed in against it on the grounds that the deployment would violate the "Posse Comitatus Act, a 130-year-old federal law restricting the military role in domestic law enforcement." It's the same tension we've seen since 9/11 and perhaps throughout our history: the balance between safety and freedom.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

Abe Lincoln gets the credit for Thanksgiving, especially in the Era of the Obama Team of Rivals Transition. I prefer to go back to the real source for the holiday: George Washington.

If this post resembles last year's Thanksgiving post, so does my dinner menu. Some things are timeless, including the words of the Father of Our Country and pumpkin pie. Drive safely and try not to fight too much with the relatives.

Political correctness has undercut the meaning of Thanksgiving for some small children and historically-challenged adults. As a result, there is some confusion about to whom the Pilgrims gave thanks that First Thanksgiving.

Though the Pilgrims invited the Indians (or Native Americans, if you prefer) to their feast, in gratitude for the Indians' kindness, the point of the feast was to worship and thank the Lord -- not the Indians.

George Washington understood that distinction and amplified it in his Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1789. Our first president reminded us that "it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor."

America's exceptionalism is a direct blessing that flows from the faith of Washington and many of our other Founders.

In addition to gutting the reason for our most sacred holidays, political correctness also teaches us that we should dismiss the Founding Fathers as a bunch of "dead white guys." And any time a public official refers to the Lord, we are warned that the "religious right" stands ready to impose a theocracy.Washington's Proclamation reminds us, however, that we are a country founded upon Judeo-Christian values. The Pilgrims sought freedom of religion -- not freedom from religion.

Our first president's directive speaks to us as forcefully today as it did to our new country in 1789: we are to give thanks to the "great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be."

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

So Which Country Would Kentucky Join?

A supposedly respected Russian analyst, who 10 years ago predicted the collapse of the U.S. economy, now says that America will break apart into six or more little countries.

Professor Igor Panarin told Izvestia that the failure of investment banks, U.S. debt and tough times for the auto industry convince him that the end of America is near.

He also cited the "vulnerable political setup", "lack of unified national laws", and "divisions among the elite, which have become clear in these crisis conditions."

That "vulnerable political setup" would be the constitution -- the framework of the longest functioning democracy in the history of the world. That "lack of unified national laws" would be federalism, which has allowed us to survive this long. Those "divisions among the elite" would refer to that consequence of free speech: differences of opinion.

He predicted that the U.S. will break up into six parts - the Pacific coast, with its growing Chinese population; the South, with its Hispanics; Texas, where independence movements are on the rise; the Atlantic coast, with its distinct and separate mentality; five of the poorer central states with their large Native American populations; and the northern states, where the influence from Canada is strong.

He even suggested that "we could claim Alaska - it was only granted on lease, after all." (Note to Igor: Sarahcuda may have something to say about that.)

Now as to those six parts, I don't see where Kentucky fits. We are on Eastern Standard Time (barely) and we do have a "distinct and separate mentality." But I fear that those snobs in East may not want us to join their country. They may not even want Upstate New York. If the Atlantic states are in a different country from the "northern states,"the Atlantic country will probably set its border somewhere around Westchester County.

Does the esteemed professor deem Kentucky one of the five "poorer central states with their large Native American populations"? Kentucky is a poor state, no question. We did have Native Americans at one point, before we drove them west. Consequently, we have a governor who likes gambling but no reservations with casinos. As best I can tell, only the park system in Louisville and the names of a few high schools hearken back to that Native American influence. I don't see Kentucky in the Native American Republic.

Perhaps we fall in the "South with its Hispanics." We are sort of Southern, at least around Derby time. And Kentucky's Hispanic population is on the rise.

Kentucky does not fit neatly into any of the professor's categories. That could be because Kentucky truly is sui generis. Or it could be that the Russian prof does not know we exist: plainly, our "sister city" of Perm, Russia has not been pulling its weight.

If and when the end comes, therefore, we need to form our own Republic. President of Kentucky -- now that would be a fun election.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Hillary's a Great Pick

Dick Morris sent an e-blast that warns of the perils of Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State. To be sure, Morris has a unique perspective on the Clintons. Nonetheless, I think that President-elect Barack Obama should nominate Hillary to be Secretary of State.

As Joe Biden ominously (and bizarrely) warned during the campaign, the Obama administration will be tested, early on. That is a certainty in an otherwise uncertain world.

Given that reality, we need someone who won't be pushed around by the likes of Vladimir Putin and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Hillary is tough enough, relentless enough and ruthless enough to protect America's interests. She doesn't seem to suffer from the world appeasement syndrome -- the need to be loved by all -- that plagues the rest of her party. Hillary represents the best chance for our country to remain as safe as possible under Obama.

Obama will have his hands full with her. He already does; the leak of her prospective nomination came from her staff, not his. (The infighting will be great fun to watch. )

Following a thorough hearing on all the donations that Bill Clinton has received from assorted despots and tyrants, the Senate should confirm her.

The Ad CBS Refused to Run

CBS refused to run an ad that opposes the card-check legislation. That's the proposed law that would take away the right to a private ballot for workers voting on whether to unionize. CBS apparently objected to the ad because it singles out House Speaker Nancy Pelosi -- who allowed members of Congress to elect committee heads by secret ballots. Pelosi -- who was scheduled to appear to appear on a CBS show -- doesn't want the little people to enjoy the same right to keep their vote secret. Here's the ad.

Friday, November 21, 2008

McConnell Press Conference

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell held a press conference to reiterate that the Republican caucus will demand the right to offer amendments on proposed legislation:

So the point I would like to make here is that the 42 Republican senators represent 157 million Americans. Their voices are entitled to be heard. And the way to be heard in the Senate is to have an open amendment process. And that’s what we’ve had historically until the last Congress where it was routinely the device of the majority leader to prevent the minority from offering amendments.
That is not going to stand. We are going to try to get that genie back in the bottle so that the 157 million people that we represent will have an opportunity to have their voices heard.Link


McConnell dismissed the notion that his reelection had been close:

Well, first of all, I don’t consider myself the leader of the Republican Party. I consider myself a leader of the Republican Party in Kentucky. Secondly, let me hasten to remind you my election was not close. I won by over 100,000 votes. I carried 87 out of 120 counties. It was the third largest margin I’ve ever gotten. It was contesting, but it was not close.

And I know the difference between a close election and a not close election. I won by six percentage points, and I believe Barack Obama won by -- what -- 54-48. So it was not close.

H/t: Congressional Quarterly

Why Obama Made Nice to McCain

The Wall Street Journal has an interesting take on the real reason President-elect Barack Obama invited Sen. John McCain for a sit-down -- and it wasn't to heal the nation or show post-partisanship or any other such platitude. It was to begin the process of peeling away Republican votes needed for filibusters

In short, the Obama-McCain summit was a preemptive attack on Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell's ability to hold his caucus together when confronted by Obama's policies.

As Kimberly Strassel writes for the Journal, Obama's meeting with McCain was

directed, pure and simple, at co-opting Mr. McCain's help against what Mr. Obama understands is now his biggest obstacle: Senate Minority Leader McConnell.

. . .

Standing in the way is Mr. McConnell, one of the shrewdest Senate operators in recent history, and a man who knows the institution inside-out. He also knows what his members want, and what he can demand in return.

The minority leader is already crafting ways to keep his caucus together to block Mr. Obama's more destructive proposals. If the new president wants 60 votes, he's going to have to fight for them, vote for vote.

Look for McCain to go all mavericky on us and sell out Republican principles. As time goes on, we may give thanks that he was not elected; it least now conservatives have an opportunity to regroup and develop candidates who actually believe in the party platform.

In the meantime, I give thanks that Kentucky voters were not duped by Bruce Lunsford's millions and returned McConnell to keep the firewall in the Senate.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Mitt: Bankruptcy, Not Billions, For Detroit

Former Mass. governor and presidential candidate Mitt Romney told Fox News that the U.S. auto industry should restructure pursuant to the bankruptcy code, rather than soaking up additional billions from a taxpayer bailout.

His perspective is worth noting for two reasons. First, as Hot Air points out, Romney's family made its money in Detroit's auto industry. Second, by profession, Romney is a turn-around guy. In fact, in discussing the need for outside faces to reform the auto industry, Romney sounds like he'd enjoy the challenge of making Detroit globally competitive. And I don't doubt that he could do it.

Romney makes the point that a bankruptcy is a restructuring, not a liquidation (essentially the difference between Chapter VII and Chapter XI of the bankruptcy code).

As a result, bankruptcy is an opportunity; it would give Detroit the chance to rewrite contracts -- including with labor -- to allow Detroit to reduce its costs. Those savings would be passed on to consumers, which is the only way that American auto makers can compete with Japan and company.

On the issue of executive compensation and perks, Romney sounds down-right populist. This could be a good issue for Romney while he waits for 2012. Recall Lee Iacoca; he saved Chrysler, wrote a book. Then everyone wanted him to run for president.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

McConnell Reelected GOP Senate Leader

Sen. Mitch McConnell was unanimously reelected Senate Republican Leader today. Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona was elected Republican Whip.

Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee was elected to be Republican Conference Chairman.

Senator John Ensign of Nevada was elected Republican Policy Chairman and Senator John Thune of South Dakota was elected Republican Conference Vice Chairman.

Friday, November 14, 2008

William Ayers Remains Unrepentant

What do you say in response to someone who argues the night is day?

William Ayers is at it again, this time in an interview with ABC News, which reports:

Ayers defended his bomb-throwing past and repeated a statement that has infuriated his critics: "I don't think we did enough."

The college professor also
argued to "Good Morning America's" Chris Cuomo today that the bombing campaign by the Weather Underground, the group he helped found, was not terrorism.

All we can do is hope the ghost of Abraham Lincoln terrorizes Ayers if -- heaven forbid -- once he's inaugurated, President Obama ever invites Ayers to sleep over at the White House.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

RNC Launces Web Site For Grass Roots Input

The Republican National Committee has launched a new website to give activists at all levels and all over the country an opportunity to shape the party's future.

It's called RepublicanForAReason.com. (I'll add it to the blog roll on the right.)

The Republican Party has become fat and intellectually lazy as a result of too many years in power. It's time to return to the tenets that Ronald Reagan relied on: limited government, individual responsibility, judicial restraint, respect for life and peace through strength.

Let the RNC know your vision for our party.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

AUTO BAILOUT! Let's think about it.

Being a capitalist in business and in thinking I believe the free market should decide the outcome of our future. As a capitalist I realize I succeed or fail based on my decisions as a business owner. I believe that bigger companies have greater resources than I to make better decisions for their outcome and improve their chances of success.

With that said I realize the economical impact of losing any or all of our big auto makers.

I do question why they cannot trim their cost first. One item I heard the other day was just absurd. The automakers are forced by the unions to retain a “bank of workers” that they no longer need due to new robotics that do the job of the worker more efficiently. This bank of workers sits in the cafeterias of the auto plants idly putting in their time waiting to be called to the line if needed. My source stated that this bank amounts to 15,000 workers each day, earning in the area of $31.00 per hour. My quick math says this is approximately $100,000,000.00 per year that could be trimmed out of the auto makers cost.

If we pass a bill to save the big three automakers with out making them and the unions make concessions, would we not be subsidizing the costly unions and the demands they in turn make on the automakers?

Let’s learn a lesson from our bail out of AIG and make sure the taxpayers are not going to subsidize spa treatments for their executives and unnecessary costly demands of our unions that bog down our ability to produce a competitive product.

George Will and David Hawpe Square Off On McConnell's Significance

George Will and David Hawpe have competing columns published today on the Courier Journal's editorial pages. (Will's piece is linked here; Hawpe's is here.) The topic is whether Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell is the greatest Republican congressional leader that Kentucky has ever produced. Judge for yourself which of these writers has the best argument. My money is on Will, who calls McConnell "Kentucky's most important politician since Henry Clay, 'the Great Compromiser.'"

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

A Timeless Epistle...

The following letter was written by my grandfather to his best friend on December 19, 1944. I share it because the words are as fresh and relevant today as the day they were written. Furthermore, the letter's conclusion was true then, as it is today, and always will be.

Dear Eli:

In these days of the glorification of imbecility and the enthronement of dishonesty, vindictiveness and chicanery as crowning qualities of moral dignity, Mary Louise and I wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and the happiest New Year possible.

The long winter of our discontent is here. There is hardly a doubt that we shall witness and many of us experience strange and possibly harrowing convulsions in the years ahead. Out of the darkness, however, there is a light which still shines with undiminished brightness, a steady solid brightness --even in twenty years the whole motley array of political perverts, social saboteurs and schizophrenic straphangers in Washington together with their scattered helots, can really not do very much about the Ten Commandments and the eternal compensations which have always been the reward of decency.

Sincerely,

Sloane Graff

Barbadian Calls Kentuckians "Hillbillies" And Obama A Proverbial King Tut

Poor Kentuckians and Obama! We now are being called dumb "Hillbillies" by a Barbadian for not voting for Obama, who is called a "Pharoah". I'm not sure which nickname is worse, though apparently the writer intended Obama's new title to be a compliment. Check out this amazing piece of Obama oblation:

Blessings for US, Pharoah Barack Obama
Published on: 11/11/08.

GOD BLESS the United States.

The scales have fallen from her eyes as she travelled metaphorically on the road to Damascus. She has redeemed herself! For God has raised up a horn of salvation, to redeem our low estate from the abyss of slavery, by the enthronement of Pharoah Barack Obama in the House of White in the land of the United States. The God of our Forefathers has not forgotten the plight of our people, neither has he lent a deaf ear to the lamentations of the children of Africa. He has magnified us by this election!

President-elect Obama, who is really a Kabaka of one of the ancient princely houses of the Rift Valley of East Africa, ran a brilliant and finely tuned political campaign which attracted the young educated voters of the United States and the vast majority of all the various groups of voters who participated in that amazing election. The Hillbillies in Kentucky could not bring themselves to vote for a man of colour. But then that group of citizens is not known for cerebral considerations.
. . . .

I salute President-elect Barack Obama, Pharoah of the Upper Nile!

McConnell "Ran One Heck Of An E-Campaign"

Nikki Schwab at U.S. News & World Report reports that Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell "ran one heck of an E-campaign." She explains:

Much like the presidential candidates, the Kentucky senator used everything from E-mail to online advertising to YouTube and Facebook to boost his re-election chances against challenger Bruce Lunsford and ended up beating the Democrat by six percentage points and being re-elected to a fifth term.

While many members of Congress failed to be superinnovative on the Web this election cycle, Senator McConnell was interested from the start. While he's known in Washington for using old procedural tricks to trip up the Democratic majority on legislation the GOP opposes, McConnell turns out to be equally masterful with the new tricks of the election trade. "Senator McConnell, when he hired me, stated as a goal that he wanted to run the best Senate campaign in America and he wanted to take advantage of all the latest technologies and methods," Campaign Manager Justin Brasell tells Whispers. With that, McConnell's Web team created a new site for the senator, TeamMitch.com, and advertised heavily through Google. They promoted the senator's campaign using banner ads that were often timely, like the General Petraeus one shown above that was placed on conservative websites around the time the general was testifying on Capitol Hill. McConnell would check with staffers for weekly updates on how many people were viewing his YouTube videos, how many were opening his E-mails, etc. "He followed it pretty closely," Brasell says.

The Web presence brought in supporters and money alike. "Conservatives were really looking for a way to support him and they were using Google to do it," explains Peter Pasi, executive vice president of Emotive, the company that developed McConnell's Web strategy. When people Googled the senator's name, they would see sponsored links from the campaign that enabled them to donate to the candidate. "What we found is that starting around September, when the race got really tight, we had a lot of money coming in just from basic search," Pasi says. By Election Day, the average person who Googled McConnell was giving the campaign $80. And for every $1 the campaign spent on advertising on the search engine it was making between $25 and $30.

Like A Rodgers and Hammerstein Song, "Getting To Know You, Getting To Know All About You"

From WhiteHouse.gov:

President George W. Bush and President-elect Barack Obama walk the Colonnade to the Oval Office Monday, Nov. 10, 2008, as the President and Mrs. Laura Bush welcomed the President-elect and his wife, Michelle, to the White House. White House photo by Eric Draper


Update: Sorry we couldn't resist the Rodgers and Hammerstein allusion. As Hammerstein wrote for another tune, "[t]he corn is as high as an elephant's eye."

St. X's Football Stock Is Rising, and Trinity's Is Not Far Behind

In the new national rankings of high school football teams, as determined by Rivals.com, St. Xavier High School of Louisville is ranked 22nd in the country. Trinity High School of Louisville is ranked 69th. Regarding St. X, the commentary notes:

Stock Rising This past weeks 56-0 thrashing of Covington Catholic was very impressive. St. X looks poised to take home Kentucky 6A hardware.

Congratulations, Tigers! And hang in there Rocks: you are bound to play St. X again in the playoffs.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Senate Republican Conference News

The Hill.com reports that Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell is likely to retain his leadership position when the Senate Republican Conference meets on November 18. But Senator Norm Coleman's "cliffhanger reelection race in Minnesota has complicated his long-sought bid to take the reins of an influential Republican campaign committee, senior GOP aides said Monday."

Other issues that may be on the agenda:

In next week’s meeting, the conference also may decide on rules changes proposed by Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), including a one-year ban on earmarks and term limits for leadership positions and for Republicans serving on the Appropriations Committee. The conference will also begin to debate how to handle Sen. Ted Stevens’s (R) felony conviction, especially if he pulls off a win in his Senate race in Alaska. Some Republicans seem open to standing behind the longest-serving GOP senator in history as he appeals his conviction, while others argue he should be stripped of all committee assignments and ultimately expelled to show that the party is rooting out corruption. DeMint has also informed his party's leaders that he will offer a rule targeting Stevens's ability to serve in the conference, one aide said Monday.

In addition to McConnell's almost certain retention of his post,

Minority Whip Jon Kyl (Ariz.) and Republican Conference Chairman Lamar Alexander (Tenn.) are expected to retain their leadership spots next Congress.

Meanwhile, Sen. John Ensign (Nevada) plans to relinquish his NRSC chairmanship to become the next GOP Policy Committee chairman, the No. 4 spot in leadership, and Sen. John Thune (S.D.) is running uncontested to become the next vice chairman of the conference.

Coleman Clings By Fingernails To His Lead Over Franken

The latest from AP is that Republican Senator Norm Coleman's lead over Democrat Al Franken is now only 204 votes:

That's down 17 votes from the margin reported last week in tallies that are still considered unofficial. The difference of only about one-hundredth of 1 percent between the two candidates will trigger an automatic recount next week.

AFP: "McConnell Is The Sole Check On Democrats In Congress"

AFP confirms what we have been saying about Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell's increased significance in the Washington after the election:

The most powerful Republican in Washington is Mitch McConnell, the leader of the party's battered Senate army.

With a few races from Tuesday's election still to be decided, Democrats look set to fall short of the 60-vote super-majority needed to forestall Republican filibuster obstruction tactics in the Senate.

So McConnell is the sole check on Democrats in Congress -- given that Democrats extended their dominance in the House of Representatives, triggering bloodletting among the Republican leadership.

McConnell set out his stall in his first response to Obama's election in a statement.

"The Republican leadership stands ready to hear his ideas for implementing his campaign promises of cutting taxes, increasing energy security, reducing spending and easing the burden of an immense and growing national debt."

Sunday, November 9, 2008

We Will Fight...

Now is not a time to be glum or depressed. We lost. Get over it. Now is a time to fight. It is an exciting time, actually a time of great hope and promise. Now more than ever it is important that conservatives be positive, courageous and bold. I am reminded of the words of Winston Churchill in his great speech delivered on June 4, 1940. They were delivered in the context of the menace of Germany and the defense of England, but they can be equally stirring and profound in light of our present situation. Substitute what words you will to make the speech fit our present challenge ( the halls of congress, the courts, the school board, the church, the boardroom, the classroom, etc.)

"We shall fight on the seas and oceans,
We shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air,
we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be,
We shall fight on the beaches,
We shall fight on the landing grounds,
We shall fight in the fields and in the streets,
We shall fight in the hills;
We shall never surrender...."

so FIGHT!

Give Us A Joe, Please

Joes are important these days. During the campaign, it was Joe the Gaffer versus Joe the Plumber. Since the election, there is a new cup of Joe with the morning paper -- Senator Joe Lieberman.

The Moderate Voice (aptly named, given the topic) explains the drama and intrigue. The pertinent questions include whether President-elect Obama will punish Lieberman for having supported Senator McCain, whether Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid will allow Lieberman to retain his chairmanship of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and what Lieberman will do in response.

The Connecticut Senator could caucus with Senate Republicans, as Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell wants. Let's hope McConnell succeeds in persuading Lieberman. Another Joe would help take away the ache that still pounds in Republican heads since the election.

Will Obama Appoint The Justice To Overturn Roe v. Wade?

President Eisenhower once famously said that his nomination of Earl Warren to be Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court was "the biggest damned-fool mistake I ever made." Warren (as well as his associate, Justice Brennan, another Eisenhower appointment) turned out to be far more activist than Eisenhower had expected, such as when the Warren Court recognized far more expansive constitutional rights for criminal defendants than previously understood.

Warren is one of many members of the Supreme Court who surprised the Republican presidents who appointed them. In fact, the majority of the Court in Roe v. Wade were appointed by Republican presidents. Ironically, given that Roe has become such a cardinal of faith for the Democratic party, one of the two dissenters in the case was a Democrat who had been appointed by President Kennedy -- Justice Byron S. White.

Here is a excerpt from Wikipedia regarding Justice White's dissent:

Justice White wrote:

"I find nothing in the language or history of the Constitution to support the Court's judgment. The Court simply fashions and announces a new constitutional right for pregnant mothers and, with scarcely any reason or authority for its action, invests that right with sufficient substance to override most existing state abortion statutes. The upshot is that the people and the legislatures of the 50 States are constitutionally disentitled to weigh the relative importance of the continued existence and development of the fetus, on the one hand, against a spectrum of possible impacts on the mother, on the other hand. As an exercise of raw judicial power, the Court perhaps has authority to do what it does today; but, in my view, its judgment is an improvident and extravagant exercise of the power of judicial review that the Constitution extends to this Court."

White asserted that the Court "values the convenience of the pregnant mother more than the continued existence and development of the life or potential life that she carries." Despite White suggesting he "might agree" with the Court's values and priorities, he wrote that he saw "no constitutional warrant for imposing such an order of priorities on the people and legislatures of the States." White criticized the Court for involving itself in this issue by creating "a constitutional barrier to state efforts to protect human life and by investing mothers and doctors with the constitutionally protected right to exterminate it." He would have left this issue, for the most part, "with the people and to the political processes the people have devised to govern their affairs."

Now, what does all of this have to do with President-elect Obama?

A column of Russ Pulliam published yesterday in The Indianapolis Star ruminates on what we might expect from the Obama administration, based upon comments from Senator Evan Bayh. Pulliam suggests that Obama surprisingly may try to govern from the center:

Almost always the man in the political middle, Sen. Evan Bayh hopes he can swing President-elect Barack Obama away from left-wing temptations.

Having spent two hours with Obama for a vice presidential interview this summer, Bayh came away thinking the incoming president will look for what works. Yet Bayh knows the liberal wing of his party in Congress may try to pull the new administration leftward.

"He's more of a pragmatist," Bayh said in an Election Day interview with the Star Editorial Board.

When Obama ran the Harvard Law School review, Bayh added, "He picked three members of the Federalist (conservative) Society to be masthead editors." Obama did that not necessarily to make all sides happy, but to have a good publication.

Obama appoints Federalist Society members to the bench? It just might happen, if Obama (like the predecessor he admires, President Kennedy) chooses judges based on merit rather than an ideological litmus test. Granted, not all Federalist Society members support overturning Roe. But Bayh's comments suggest that it is entirely possible that Obama's appointments to the bench will produce judicial surprises to rival what President Eisenhower experienced.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

The Pair That Will Control Washington


The "Ditch Mitch" Demoblog, R.I.P.

On election eve, I wondered how the folks at Ditch Mitch would spin their loss. Yesterday, Jim Pence provided the answer with characteristic profanity, sarcasm and loathing of the Commonwealth:

Needless to say I’m very disappointed that Bruce Lunsford didn’t beat Senator Mitch McConnell, but I can take comfort in knowing that I gave it my best shot to get rid of Mitch McConnell’s slimy ass and I also realize that Bruce Lunsford must be disappointed because Bruce gave this race his all. The way I see it the best man didn’t win, but on the brighter side the policies of Senator Mitch McConnell inspired the rest of America to elect Barack Obama.

I suggest if the Republicans are smart they will ditch Mitch McConnell as their Senate Minority Leader, but I hope they don’t because Mitch McConnell inspired millions of Americans all across this land to vote for Barack Obama and helped the democrats gain House and Senate seats. Nationally Mitch McConnell is the gift that keeps on giving and if the Republicans keep Mitch McConnell as their minority leader Mitch will lose them more House and Senate seats in 2010. Keep up the good work Mitch.

As a Kentuckian I apologize to the majority of of the citizens in the United states of America that we didn’t get rid of senator Mitch McConnell and I thank all of the states that voted to elect Barack Obama as the next President of the United States of America.

Last night we saw history being made and I just couldn’t let this moment go by without trying to capture it so I put my camcorder next to a flat screen TV and videotaped Kentucky folks watching Barack Obama giving his victory speech. As I videotaped these folks watching Barack Obama, with tears of joy running down my 70 year old cheeks, I knew I was at the right place at the right time even if it was Kentucky.

Good game, Mr. Pence. See you in 2014.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Our New President!

Let's get behind our new president!

I guess we conservatives are too optimistic but I feel that we need to support our new president until he proves to us he does not deserve our support. Personally, I hope I have been completely wrong on how I feel about President Elect Obama (boy that was hard to type, not sure I will be able to verbalize it out loud). It goes against my thinking but I have been wrong before. To not work with our new President would be the same as having two ideologies working against this wonderful country.

This is not the outcome I was hoping for or what I felt was best for our country. The fact is the voters have elected a president they feel will be the best for our country and they did not agree with me.

"The voting is done, so it's time to be proud Americans. Today we come together as one nation, under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all."

Demo-blog Angst On Why Mitch Won

Jake at Page One attributes Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell's loss to Bruce Lunsford as primarily the fault of the Kentucky Democratic Party leadership for not working harder.

I see it differently. Sure, the KDP leadership makes silly mistakes on a regular basis. But if Bruce Lunsford could not win in this political climate, the ultimate fault is the candidate's. Lunsford lost because he is Lunsford. In a little state, too many people know him and have felt his sharp elbows; he could not reinvent himself.

Crit Luallan or Ben Chandler, on the other hand, could well have won this race this year, and must be kicking themselves for not running.

Lunsford didn't lose because of lack of money or effort. Sen. Chuck Schumer recruited Lunsford to self-fund, and Lunsford obediently ponied up his millions. Lunsford worked hard and waged a very aggressive campaign. Whatever help the KDP failed to provide was more than offset by the ads from national Democrats, 527's and labor unions and Lunsford's vast personal fortune.

Though Lunsford's campaign was aggressive, it was a vacuous campaign. He mimicked the Obama rallying cry for change, but never gave us specifics, and wouldn't even take a position on the financial bailout for a month. It was aggressiveness for the sake of aggressiveness, and all the voters could be sure of -- in this, Lunsford's third campaign -- is that he really, really wants to get elected to something, anything. Any benefit to Kentucky would therefore be incidental to Lunsford's personal aggrandizement.

Kentuckians understood that without McConnell, as far as the elites in Washington are concerned, our state might as well not exist. Kentuckians picked the man who can prevent our state from being invisible and forgotten when the pork is served. And under and Obama administration, make no mistake, the amount of pork will be stunning.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Ditch Mitch? Kentucky Answers, No Way!

Congratulations, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.

Kentucky Is Home To Now The Most Powerful Republican In America


The Winning Team


State Representative Ron Crimm Savors His Victory


Mitch McConnell Is The Projected Winner


Anne Northup Concedes


Problems With Straight Ticket Voting

For those who have not yet voted in Kentucky, note that there have been reports of problems in some cases for citizens who voted a straight ticket. If that's how you plan to vote, please scroll down and make sure that all the Republican candidates are selected. I don't know if Democrats are experiencing the same problem, but to protect their vote, Democrats voting a straight ticket should likewise be on the alert for machine malfunction.

The Kentucky Republican Party reports that the machines at issue are the eSlate machines. If you have a problem, call the Republican office and ask to speak to attorney. The number is (502) 498-5191.

Remember, everyone who is in line at 6:00 will be allowed to vote, so be patient.

WHAT A GREAT DAY!

I GOT TO VOTE.

I live in a country where I have a chance to decide my leaders and those that are going to represent me. My privilege was fought for and hard won and I am happy I got to exercise the right that was given to me.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svhq4C9HhUg

God Bless America
Godspeed Our Troops

P.S. Do you think it curious that the Republicans are still very upbeat and happy? Are we just happy and optimistic all the time?

Vote, Then Pray

We will be told tonight that some party "controls" the White House, and/or the Congress. Let's not forget that no matter how the ballots add up, God is in control.

The Anchoress is always a great place to turn in times of high anxiety. Her quote form St. Teresa of Avila says it all:

Let nothing disturb you,Let nothing frighten you,All things pass away:God never changes.Patience obtains all things.He who has God Finds he lacks nothing;God alone suffices.

The Anchoress then advises:

Do your civic duty, say your prayers - help get out the vote, if you’re able - and then put all of your concerns into the Sacred Heart and be ready for whatever happens. It’s all you can do.

God Bless America.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Is Obama Congratulating McCain Or Flipping Him Off?

You decide. The video is here.

Go Vote, Kentucky

Just a reminder -- Kentucky's polls open at 6:00 a.m. and close at 6:00 p.m. local time. Click here for more info, but if you have not yet registered, it's too late unless your name is Mickey Mouse, in which case ACORN's got you covered. No beer sales until the polls close.

Joe The Gaffer Speaks!

Sen. Joe Biden made two gaffes in as many minutes. Fox, via Hotair with gaffe number one:Link
Biden called his sister a "girl-boy," meaning a tomboy, and then explained that girl-boys are softer than "girl-girls."

"You know why I think Jill likes Claire McCaskill so well, Senator McCaskill? Jill is one of five sisters, Claire is one of three sisters. And I tell you what, you women raised with sisters are different than women raised with brothers," Biden said as both women joined him on stage.

"My sister is smart, runs every one of my campaigns; is beautiful; graduated with honors from college; is homecoming queen. But she's a ... she is what I call a 'girl-boy' growing up, you know what I mean?"

"And I tell you what? Girl-girls are tougher than girl-boys," he said. "But there's one important thing I noticed.The great thing about marrying into a family with five sisters, there's always one that loves you. 'Cause you can count on splitting them a bit. You know what I mean?

No, Joe, we have no idea what you mean. Do you?

Gaffe number two:

"In the most recent debate between John McCain and Barack Obama, John McCain felt the need to say to Barack, to the commentator and to all America that he was not John McCain," Biden said in the slip-up. "I mean, he was not President Bush."


Burckle Named College Swimmer of the Week

Louisville native Clark Burckle was named National Collegiate Swimmer of the Week. Burckle is a junior at University of Florida. He swam for St. Xavier and the Lakeside SeaHawks before heading off to college.

According to Collegeswimming.com,

Burckle (Louisville, KY) had two wins in a 166-131 victory over LouisianaState University. Burckle won the 200 breaststroke (1:58.71) and the 200 butterfly (1:49.05). The junior was also on the winning 200 medley relay (1:30.14).

Burckle is every bit as nice as he is fast in the water. Congratulations!

Shut Up And Act, Ashley!

I loved Joe Gerth's description of Ashley Judd's big campaign stop for Bruce Lunsford:

The Democrats might want to brief Ashley Judd a little better the next time they bring her to Kentucky for campaign events. She spoke -- largely about Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama -- at a get-out-the-vote rally Saturday at Iroquois Park in Louisville.

Apparently, the Kentucky native and actress didn't get the memo about Bruce Lunsford's wealth or that McConnell has been mentioning in television ads that Lunsford has 11 homes.

"Sen. (John) McCain has seven homes," she said, talking about the Republican presidential nominee. "Someone with seven homes is not going to be in touch with what it's like to be poor in the United States."

Lunsford was in the wings at the Iroquois Amphitheater; his staffers in the audience cringed.
Afterward, Lunsford said about half of his property is for investments, not to live in.


Like none of McCain's properties are for investment.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Obama Polishes His Righteous Wind Ventilator

From AP:

For Obama, buoyed by record campaign donations and encouraging poll numbers, it was a time for soaring rhetoric and forays into Republican territory. "We have a righteous wind at our back," the Democrat said Saturday.

Just Horsin' Around With Bruce

Well, I hear you went up to Saratoga
And your horse naturally won

Lunsford Lears

Then you flew your Lear jet up to Nova Scotia
To see the total eclipse of the sun

The $14 Million Single's Ad


You’re so vain, you probably think this campaign’s about you…

Could He Make His Mug Shot Any Bigger? (Are The Porsches In the Shop?)


"Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall." Prov. 16:18 NRSV

Obama Wants Electricity Rates To Skyrocket

Not only does Obama want to bankrupt the coal industry (see Bridget's post below), but he also wants consumer electric bills to skyrocket. I know it sounds incredible that Obama would acknowledge that this is his energy plan, but in fact he made this admission in an interview in January 2008, as reported by Hotair.com. Here is his exact quote:

You know, when I was asked earlier about the issue of coal, uh, you know — Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket. Even regardless of what I say about whether coal is good or bad. Because I’m capping greenhouse gases, coal power plants, you know, natural gas, you name it — whatever the plants were, whatever the industry was, uh, they would have to retrofit their operations. That will cost money. They will pass that money on to consumers.

(emphasis added)

So what little money we have left after taxes and Obama's "spreading the wealth" will go to pay our electric bills. Now, remind me again, why is it that any thinking person would want to vote for this guy?

McCain's Incredible Growing Lead (Part II): Here's The Skinny From Charlie Black

As reported by Time's Swampland earlier today:

On a brief jump flight from Philadelphia to Scranton, McCain adviser Charlie Black and Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback came back to talk up the campaign's conviction that the glass if half full. "Four years ago at this point, George W. Bush was down five points in Iowa," Brownback said. "Today John McCain is down one point in Iowa."

He was citing an unreleased internal McCain campaign poll of the state, which was completed last Thursday, said Black. (The campaign stopped doing its own polling after Thursday, he added, because television time through the election all had to be purchased by Friday.) However, public polls in Iowa suggest that McCain is still in a big hole. Last week, the Des Moines Register poll, which has a good record of prediction in that state, put McCain's deficit at 17 points, with Barack Obama garnering 54 percent of the support.

"McCain is in a good position to win every red state," Black said. "Plus he is probably going to win Pennsylvania and Iowa." Polls have narrowed sharply in Pennsylvania in recent weeks, though Obama still has a sizable lead of 7 points in the Real Clear Politics average. Black said he had seen a poll recently that showed McCain tied in the Philadelphia suburbs, a crucial swing region of the state.

(emphasis added)

McConnell Up By Eight Points

WHAS is reporting results of a new SUSA poll that show Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell beating Bruce Lunsford by eight points (53-45). Only three percent of voters (and that's rounded up) remain undecided.

Let's convince those last few undecideds and put this race away with a big margin so that we don't have to endure the spectacle of "perennial candidate" Bruce Lunsford running for Sen. Jim Bunning's seat.

Obama On Coal: We'll Bankrupt You

Sen. Barack Obama on an issue that is vital to the economic future of Kentucky and the energy independence of America: coal.

So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can; it’s just that it will bankrupt them because they’re going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted.

That will also generate billions of dollars that we can invest in solar, wind, biodiesel and other alternative energy approaches.


The only thing I’ve said with respect to coal, I haven’t been some coal booster. What I have said is that for us to take coal off the table as a ideological matter as opposed to saying if technology allows us to use coal in a clean way, we should pursue it.

So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can.

It’s just that it will bankrupt them.

Obama has never been able to hypnotize Kentuckians. Pennsylvanians, Virginians and West Virginians and Ohioans need to listen up. He wants to bankrupt an entire industry.

Jeff McCain, A Credit To His Dad

Midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy were allowed to dress up for Halloween at dinner Thursday, according to a Louisville Midshipman. Two Obama-Biden supporters dressed up as Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Joe Biden. Then they stood up and began urging their 4000 fellow Midshipmen to vote for Obama-Biden.

Suffice to say that these two young men are in the political minority at Annapolis. As they campaigned, therefore, the dining room grew tense -- until Sen. John McCain's son, Jeff, stepped forward with two McCain hats and placed them on the heads of the costumed "Obama" and "Biden." Jeff McCain joked that it was a picture that CNN would love to have.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

WHAS Ex Does NOT Dis Palin (Updated)

A former WHAS 11 reporter who moved on to a Tampa Bay station is getting her 15 minutes of fame, just not the 15 minutes she might have chosen. Freerepublic ran a picture of Ms. Carol Minn Vacca at a Sarah Palin rally in Florida, filing her fingernails.

Minn Vacca previously worked for the campaign of Georgia Governor Roy Barnes, a Democrat.

Update: I just spoke with Minn Vacca's mother in law, who clarified me that the photo was not taken while Palin was speaking; Palin had not even arrived. Ms. Minn Vaccca, moreover, got up at 1:00 in the morning to cover the rally and spent four hours waiting for Palin to arrive, thus the down time. So she was not expressing any disrespect for Palin, and I am sorry to have suggested otherwise. I am trying to get Freerepublic, where I got the link, to publish this update in fairness to Ms. Minn Vacca. In the heat of the campaign, we need to keep the focus on ideas and remember that these are real people, with feelings.

The Governator Attacks "Girly Man" Obama

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger campaigned for Senator John McCain yesterday in Columbus, Ohio. Schwarzenegger did not call Obama a "girly man", but that was the clear inference from his remarks. AFP reports:

Muscleman-turned-actor-turned-politician Arnold Schwarzenegger called on Barack Obama to beef up his his policies -- and his body -- at a high-voltage campaign rally for Republican John McCain Friday.

Schwarzenegger, the Hollywood action hero who is now the Republican governor of California, delighted a crowd of several thousand at a McCain campaign event in Ohio by ridiculing both Obama's policies and his slender physique.

The Austrian-born former Mr Universe has hosted a bodybuilding tournament in Columbus for several years, and opened his address by inviting Obama to participate in the next event.
"Every year in March I come here to organize the Arnold Classic, which is all about building the body and pumping," Schwarzenegger said.


"That's why I want to invite Senator Obama because he needs to do something about those skinny legs. I'm going to make him do some squats.

"And then we're going to make him do some biceps curls to beef up those scrawny little arms. But if he could only do something about putting some meat on his ideas.

"Senator McCain on the other hand is built like a rock. His character and his views are solid."

Schwarzenegger's best line of all was this:

"John McCain has served his country longer in a POW camp than his opponent has served in the United State Senate."

McCain's Incredible Growing Lead (Part 1): A Miracle In The Making

For many days we have chronicled Barack Obama's incredible shrinking lead. Today, we are happy to report that McCain's tortoise-like progress in the polls has allowed him to catch up with and now finally surpass the sputtering hare. The pollster Zogby has this to say about the latest numbers from the Zogby poll:

"Is McCain making a move? The three-day average holds steady, but McCain outpolled Obama today, 48% to 47%. He is beginning to cut into Obama's lead among independents, is now leading among blue collar voters, has strengthened his lead among investors and among men, and is walloping Obama among NASCAR voters. Joe the Plumber may get his license after all.

"Obama's lead among women declined, and it looks like it is occurring because McCain is solidifying the support of conservative women, which is something we saw last time McCain picked up in the polls. If McCain has a good day tomorrow, we will eliminate Obama's good day three days ago, and we could really see some tightening in this rolling average. But for now, hold on."

(emphasis added)

For those not enamored by the tortoise vs. hare analogy, how about this one: The McCain-Palin team is like the American men's relay team at the Beijing Olympics who did not catch up with the French team until the very end of the final lap to out touch them at the finish and bring home the gold for Michael Phelps and the other Americans.

This election promises to be a very special and historic one for the Republican presidential ticket.

Newt Makes A Pitch For Mitch

Former House Majority Leader Newt Gingrich has made an email pitch for Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. It reads, in part,

Holding together a group of elected officials isn't easy. During my time as Speaker of the House I was in charge of negotiating tough deals with the opposition and making sure our chamber produced the best for the American people.

Today I want to encourage you to support someone who does just that in his job every day. I'm talking about Mitch McConnell, the Senate Republican Leader.

Gingrich singled out McConnell for his leadership on legislation to make America energy independent by taking an "all of the above" approach that includes off-shore drilling:

Senator McConnell advocates strongly for "common-sense" solutions to problems which affect all Americans alike – Democrats, Independents, and Republicans. So earlier this year as gas prices went through the roof, Mitch introduced a comprehensive energy plan which included tax credits, research into alternative energy sources, and enhanced exploration.

Thanks to Mitch McConnell's leadership we stopped the renewal of the extremist ban on offshore oil drilling and opened up thousands of miles to new exploration. Senator McConnell was a key leader in this charge even though very well-funded special interests blocked him every step of the way.

Gingrich never mentioned Bruce Lunsford by name, and unlike Ann Coulter -- who called Lunsford a "pinhead" -- never even alluded to Lunsford.

Nor did Gingrich explicitly mention the financial rescue package, although the former speaker may have been referring to that bill:

Senator McConnell understands that everyday people in Kentucky and across the nation are hurting - and that they need leaders in Washington to do what's right for our country - even when it's hard.

Gingrich is right. It's easy to cast votes for popular bills, and the bailout was by no means popular. That's why it was so important for our elected representatives to take the courage and reach across the aisle to solve a problem the likes of which we'd not seen before. That's why, even in an election year, McConnell called Rep. John Yarmuth's decision to change his vote to support of the bill patriotic.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Ann Coulter on Bruce Lunsford

Ann Coulter called Bruce Lunsford a "pinhead." Even worse, Coulter alluded to Lunsford as the guy Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell is running against. It's like Lunsford doesn't even have a name. Now, however, he has a nickname: "pinhead."

PolitickerKy caught Coulter's comments on Fox:

Calling McConnell one of the two "smartest Republicans in the United States Senate," Coulter said the incumbent could be "hurt because Republicans are discouraged and don't go out to vote."

"If I could just say to voters of New Hampshire and Kentucky, please do not get rid of two of the smartest United States Senators - [New Hampshire Republican John] Sununu and McConnell," said Coulter to Fox anchor "And both of them are running against Democratic pinheads - vote for the smart Democrats, not these. Please. Please."

Shortly after those remarks were broadcast, the Lunsford campaign targeted Coulter's sentiment in an e-mail to supporters.

As Jake at PageOne notes, if Lunsford's campaign "hadn’t brought it up [Coulter's remark], no one would be laughing about it at this very moment."

Thanks, Bruce!

Trick or Treat

We have decided to implement a new procedure for trick or treaters this year. When they come to the door, we are going to ask them if they support McCain or Obama. If they say McCain, we will give them candy. If they say Obama, we will take candy out of their basket. This will not be done in a mean hearted or partisan spirit, but to illustrate to the little tikes what life will be like if Obama is elected.

Race Over: Moveon.Org Campaigns For Boswell

In his bid to represent Kentucky's 2nd Congressional District, Democrat David Boswell has tried mightily to portray himself as a conservative. That ruse is over -- the race is over -- now that Moveon.org has sent an email to voters on Boswell's behalf.

Boswell trailed Brett Guthrie in the race by 10 points. But with Moveon.org meddling in a race for the Congressional district that encompasses Fort Knox, Guthrie's lead will continue to widen until he wins next Tuesday. The only thing that could make Boswell lose by a wider margin is for Cindy Sheehan to campaign for him (Cindy is busy losing her own race.)

Here's the email from Moveon.org:

Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2008 07:34:34 -0700From: moveon-help@list.moveon.orgSubject: David Boswell needs your help Dear MoveOn member, Progressives have a big job next Tuesday. Not only do we need to elect Barack Obama, but we also have to give him a solid majority in Congress to enact the sweeping changes America needs. In Kentucky, that means pulling out all the stops to help Democrat David Boswell and other candidates.

Right now, David Boswell needs volunteers to win, and Obama needs David Boswell in office. Your help in these last few days is critical.Can you volunteer with the Boswell campaign to help get out the vote? Click here to sign up:http://www.moveon.org/r?r=31310
Or call the campaign at (270) 684-5800.Thank you for all you do.

–Adam, Matt, Andrea, Daniel and the rest of the teamWant to support our work? We're entirely funded by our 4.2 million members—no corporate contributions, no big checks from CEOs. And our tiny staff ensures that small contributions go a long way. Chip in here.

PAID FOR BY MOVEON.ORG POLITICAL ACTION, http://pol.moveon.org/. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee. This email was sent to kmod on October 31, 2008. To change your email address or update your contact info, click here. To remove yourself from this list, click here.

Brett Guthrie has called on Boswell to renounce Moveon.org:

“Kentucky’s Second District is home to Ft. Knox. It is home to the families of men and women serving in combat. It is home to widows and widowers, parents of fallen soldiers, and families that have been touched by the War on Terror in terrible ways. David Boswell invited the liberal Democratic establishment into our communities, and he has taken money from them and now support from their mouthpiece. The people funding Boswell’s campaign, in fact, say they want to cut our military by 25%.

“I call on David Boswell to renounce moveon.org’s tactics, and to apologize to the military families in Kentucky’s Second District for inviting this trash in to our state. And I promise to all voters that I will stand up for the military, for Ft. Knox, and for the families of the fallen. And, unlike my opponent, I will never disrespect our commanders and armed forces that fight to keep us safe.”


The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee must be regretting the money it wasted backing Boswell. That's the challenge for the DNC and its committees: it can't control the crazies on the left fringe.

Bruce's Hound Dogs Turn On Him

Here's the latest McConnell ad. I like the dogs, but I'm betting my boys will prefer the shots of Bruce's private jets and fancy cars.

Martian or RINO?

Republican In Name Only Warren Stone has endorsed Democrat Michael Kelley, who is running in Kentucky's 4th Congressional District against Republican Rep. Geoff Davis.

Stone sought the Republican nomination but lost to Davis in the primary this past May.

In 1979, Stone reported to UFO Evidence that a flying saucer landed in his yard in Independence. Space aliens emerged and took him for a 90 minute ride.

In his own words,

The craft was round, shiny and bright. A hatch opened that formed a ramp down to the ground. The alien was a male human, long blond hair and very mild mannered, his name was Alan or Adam, I can't remember. There was a female with dark hair, but I didn't talk to her. He asked me if I would like to go for a ride, and I agreed. I could remember seeing my house from above, then all the houses in the area, then the blackness of space. Before I knew it we had returned. It felt strange to know how things looked from above because at that time I had never flown.

Stone explains his decision to endorse Kelley by analogizing to Colin Powell's endorsement of Sen. Barak Obama. We await the next installment of UFO Evidence to learn whether Powell has had any "close encounters."

DSCC Spreads Wealth to Kentucky TV Stations

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is still sulking about Tom Daschle's defeat four years ago to Sen. John Thune (R-S.D); that's why the DSCC has dumped $2 million in Kentucky in a vain attempt to defeat Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, according to The Hill.

That looks downright stingy compared to the $ 18.5 million that the DSCC has spent on television advertising against Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-N.C) and Sen. Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) Bruce Lunsford should call his buddy Chuck Schumer and complain.

The Hill notes that Democrats

have been waiting to give Republicans a taste of their own medicine after then-Republican leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) broke an unwritten rule of Senate civility and targeted Daschle for defeat. Frist took it a step further by traveling to South Dakota to campaign against Daschle - a shock to some of his Senate colleagues.

Democrats were denied the opportunity to directly retaliate against Frist, who retired from the chamber in 2006, but now appear to be settling for McConnell, instead.

DSCC chairman Charles Schumer told reporters Wednesday that he had no qualms about targeting McConnell because of Daschle’s experience.

Schumer's lie of the day: "Schumer insisted, however, that he had not targeted McConnell because of his leadership position." Right, and tonight the Great Pumpkin will rise out of the pumpkin patch and bring toys to all the good children.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Palin Supporters Have A Message For The LA Times; Do You Have A Message For Laura Ingraham?


What is it on that tape of Barack Obama at Rashid Khalidi's party that the Los Angeles Times does not want us to see? If you know, Laura Ingraham has posted a way for you to get out the word:

HELP US LOCATE THE LA TIMES' TERRORIST PARTY TAPE! We have set up a toll-free hotline--(877) 684-1371--that you can call to leave a message if you have any information on the videotape the LA Times refuses to release of Obama attending a 2003 party for Rashid Khalidi, former racist/terrorist hack for Palestinian president Yasser Arafat, along with other assorted terror nuts like Bill Ayers. You can also mail any evidence to:Talk Radio 1314 B Center Drive Medford, OR 97501 Anyone who leaves a voicemail or mails a package will remain anonymous.

More Observations From The Palin Rally

I too went to the Palin rally. After spending two and a half hours in traffic to an event that our Courier stated had plenty of seats left we arrived just in the nick of time. Yes, as Eric mentioned, the crowd was very pleasant. My wife kept inviting people from the back to come forward and get a look. Of course they would have to look through two guys' shoulders and necks and wait until someone further up moved either left or right and then you could see her.
I especially like the diversity of the crowd. Young, old, businessman, country folk. Children in tow etc.

Can you believe it started with Sarah leading us with the Pledge of Alligence followed by Hank Williams Jr. singing our national anthem? Sung loudly by the crowd. I don't hear the national anthem sung at sports events unless there is a singer. Can anyone report that the Allegence and National Anthem are sung at Obama/Biden rallies? Not being mean spirited just wondering.

Attending gave me great faith that we can still win this event. Nixon spoke of the silent majority and from what I observed yesterday the silent majority will come through for us again along with the undecided.

I still have a great feeling about this election.

Guthrie Leads By 10 In KY-2

Brett Guthrie leads Dave Boswell by ten points (53-43) in the battle to replace Congressman Ron Lewis. According to a poll commissioned by Roll Call and WHAS, Guthrie leads in all groups except seniors, where the two candidates are tied.

The district, which encompasses Fort Knox, gives President Bush a 39 percent approval rating. That's how conservative it is.

Now, will the DCCC take its money and its ads elsewhere so we can watch TV again in peace? It's not happening for Boswell, no matter how many visits the Clintons pay us.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Sarah Palinizes Barack Before 15,000 Adoring Supporters In Southern Indiana


Sarah Palin Addresses Rally In Jeffersonville, Indiana


Hoosiers Welcome Sarah


Country Comes First At Palin Rally




The crowd cheered to the country beat of Hank Williams, Jr.

Sarah Palin Is Everyone's Favorite Running Mate


Sarah Delivers It Straight



After Sarah arrived on the Straight Talk Express, she lived up to the name.

The Enemy Of My Enemy Is My Friend


And The Sign Said . . .



Sarah Palin fans express themselves through their homemade signs.



Palin Wins Hearts Of Those Too Young To Vote


Sarah Palin Rally

The following is a guest blog by Eric Bush:

Tonight I went to a Sarah Palin Rally. As a ten year old, this had been the first major political event I have attended. Most of the time, my fiend Jacob and I were wandering around trying to get images and footage for this blog. On the way to the rally, there was obviously a traffic delay, so I was one of the thousands of people who barely made it on time and didn't get a seat. In fact, I could barley even see Sarah, so I was looking at a projection screen. I was not alllowed to go inside the stage area, only secret service members were, because it was all filled up. But a nice lady took a picture for me. One thing I noticed was the kindness of the audience. I could make my way to the front without on complaint. I finally persuaded a security guard to let me in to film some, but only for about two minutes. There was a good turnout (15,000) including a surprisingly large percent of friends and neighbors. The conclusion of tonight was that out of all the events I've been to, (from football games to rock concerts) this was the friendliest crowd I've ever seen.

Lunsford's Race Baiting

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has dropped a reference to Secretary of State Elaine Chao and her Chinese ancestry from its website republication of a memo from Bruce Lunsford's campaign. The Lunsford campaign memo dated October 27, 2008 complains of Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell's alleged ties to China. McConnell is married to Chao, who emigrated to America from China with her family at age eight.

The memo attacks McConnell for, in essence, selling out America to China, supposedly because he has a conflict of interest. A screen capture of the original shows that as of 2:00 Monday afternoon, the original Lunsford memo posted on the DSCC website contained a sentence that read,

1. McConnell is married to Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao, a prominent Chinese-American, and said that her connections were instrumental in raising money from Chinese-Americans.

That sentence is no longer on the website. The sanitized memo, as currently posted on the DSCC web site, reads:

McConnell has a Major Conflict of Interest When it Comes to China.

1. McConnell received contributions from donors with ties to Chinese intelligence agencies.

2. McConnell’s father-in-law was a schoolmate and close friend of the former head of the Communist Party in China, with whom McConnell worked to expand trade with China.


3. McConnell’s family owns a Chinese shipping company and profits from trade with China.

Note that there is no longer any reference to Chao. As originally posted on the DSCC web site, the memo contained four points under the "conflict of interest heading." The DSCC dropped point number one (regarding Chao, "the prominent Chinese-American") and renumbered the points two through four as two through three.

The Democrats rise up in outrage whenever anyone uses Sen. Barack Obama's middle name, Hussein. We are told that the country has "turned a page" and that we must not demonize Obama for having an "exotic-sounding name" and "not looking like" the Dead White Guys on our currency. We are reassured that just because Obama has a Muslim name, that is no basis to question his patriotism or portray him as Muslim or a Muslim sympathisizer.

It is equally despicable to campaign against McConnell for being married to a woman of Chinese ancestry, and to accuse him of casting votes because Communist China bought for or otherwise influenced his vote. In fact, the reference to Chao is even worse, because it calls to mind the statutes that criminalized intermarriage between races.

So the DSCC was correct to edit the reference to Chao from the memo; it's good to know that even the DSCC has its limits. The Lunsford campaign, on the other hand, is so desperate to win and so bereft of ideas that it has appealed to racisim as a basis for voting against McConnell.