What’s a TCOT?
I was asked that question today, and I realized “What the heck is a TCOT anyway?” At first, we were a reaction to what we thought was unthinkable, the most liberal Senator in the United States Senate was now President-Elect of the United States. Where did we go wrong? We gathered together, drawn almost as one to go online to seek answers. And we found | Read More »
More California Scheming?
I did my taxes today. I’m screwed next year when my daughter turns 18 as instead of basically being a single Dad, I’ll be a single white male. Slime in California. Turns out I’ll get a whopping $69 back from the Feds (or so), and almost a $600 check (IOU) from the State of California. Whoohoo. But if California Democrats have their way, not only | Read More »
The Obama-Limbaugh Bipartisan Stimulus Plan of 2009
If you missed it today, in the true spirit of “Bi-Partisanship”, Rush Limbaugh, even after The One told us all we “…need to quit listening to radio king Rush Limbaugh if they want to get along with Democrats and the new administration.” offered a real solution to our current financial mess that takes into account the fact that we did not all, in fact, vote | Read More »
CA: Some GOP Legislators put Taxes Back on the Table
It finally happened, as it usually does, state Democrat legislators seem to have been able to reach a few “reasonable” Republicans and get them to agree to tax increases under “certain conditions”. In a “Read my lips” moment California GOP legislators signed a State Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which set in stone their commitment to all Californians to not allow California Democrats to simply tax and | Read More »
Breitbart Calls Hollywood to Task
At his Big Hollywood blog, Andrew Breitbart wonders the same thing many of us have been over the last eight years. How is it they can ignore the deaths of thousands of Americans on 9/11 and twist things to demonize a President they personally hate? Many of the celebrities that were central to demonizing and making life impossible for President Bush for eight loathsome years | Read More »
In California, Atlas Twitches
It seems over the last several years quite a few stories have cropped up in the news of Californians abandoning the state. In 2005, they were headed to the Midwest; A growing number of people are leaving California after a decade of soaring home prices, according to separate data from the Census Bureau, the Internal Revenue Service and the state’s finance department. Last year, a | Read More »
Farewell to the Chief-“Mission Accomplished”
There’s a picture wall at all military units, with the chain of command from the unit’s Commanding Officer all the way to the Commander in Chief. In between the two are the top military and civilian leaders, and the pictures change as commands and appointments change. I’ll never forget the cold January in 2001 when the picture of former President William J. Clinton was removed, | Read More »
The Next Presidential American Idol
It’s that time of year again, a time when football season is nearly over and many of us yield up the remote control to the TV as remuneration for a season (mostly) uninterrupted pigskin perusal. With Season 7 of 24 kicking off, some can reasonably replace Monday Night Football with seeing the war on terror as we’d like it to be, but Tuesday thru Thursday | Read More »
Update on Ventura County GOP
I just had the pleasure of speaking with one Chris Collier, newly assigned Executive Director of the Ventura County Republican Party. I’ll say one thing about this man, he’s energetic! He’s a self-described “Tech Geek”, with a head full of ideas and a plan to paint the County of Ventura bright red, as it was once. The local site should be up soon, and the | Read More »
There IS life in our local GOP
RE: Plans for the future? Within 24 hours of my sending an email to our Ventura County GOP, an answer was received by the new Executive Director. My sense is, as a state all but abandoned by the National Republican Party, there are probably money issues. Hard to fathom in a state the size of California, and “my sense” isn’t verified as yet by anyone | Read More »
Plans for the future?
[The following email I sent to members at the Ventura County GOP website] My name is Erick Brockway, and I want change. Not “Change”, or “Change We Can Believe In™“, but real change from Blue back to Red. I’m noticing there are no events scheduled, no updates on the website since February of last year. Ventura County has gone blue (albeit slightly), and we need | Read More »
I.T. Deceased Local GOP
And yet they wonder; why is Ventura County, California going blue? I last wrote about this here, and after that I thought I’d wait a bit and see if maybe local GOP leaders were just getting over the holidays. Maybe they needed time to commiserate the presidential defeat together or alone, or possibly they won a couple of local races and thought their job was | Read More »
An Example to the So-Called Republican Governor of California
California State Senator Tony Strickland (R- 19th Senate Dist) finally came back from the holidays with an article in the local Ventura County Star newspaper. Like all state GOP legislators, he is a signatory to the State Taxpayer Protection Pledge; I, ____________, pledge to the taxpayers of the _____ district of the State of _________ and to all the people of this state, that I | Read More »
Arnold’s “Budget Cut” Package More Democrat Sleight of Hand
Well, it seems Governor Arnold’s “Budget Cuts” are more smoke and mirrors. Turns out the package he proposes would make ol’ Gray Davis proud; $11 billion spending cut claim calls $4.7 billion in borrowing a spending cut! The governor’s staff has pushed back over the downbeat tone of my last post on his new budget proposal. Turns out I wasn’t remotely downbeat enough. I would | Read More »
Israel Unsure of Future Support from US-Is Obama?
As Israeli Defense Force troops and tanks force their way deep into the Gaza strip, fighting becomes hand to hand, and house to house in a bid to smash Hamas and its ability to rain rockets on Israeli citizens. There is becoming an almost desperate desire on the part of the IDF forces to get in, wrap Hamas up in an inescapable package, and get | Read More »
Paging Audra Strickland (R CA37); Where’s OUR Chuck Devore?
(Hat tip to paulag1955) The California budget fiasco is about to hit the headlines soon, with Democrat legislators still trying their end-run on the California state constitution. Looking for leadership, I’m personally forced to turn to Chuck Devore (R CA-70) down in Orange County for leadership. Here locally, Ventura County, formerly a GOP bastion, has recently turned Blue, albeit barely. The latest numbers: 150,066 Democrats | Read More »
On “Disproportionate Response”, “Remarkable Restraint”, and Kucinich
Once again, Israel has had enough of near daily rocket attacks; Israeli population centers in southern Israel have been the target of over 4,000 rockets, as well as thousands of mortar shells, fired by Hamas and other organizations since 2001. Rocket attacks increased by 500 percent after Israel withdrew completely from the Gaza Strip in August 2005. During an informal six-month lull, some 215 rockets | Read More »
Well this isn’t the smartest thing I’ve ever done, but a drunk driver is in jail. Some of you may have read this post about my daughter being in an accident caused by a drunk driver. I tow cars for one of my part-time employers and deal with the carnage caused by DUI drivers nearly every weekend. To have her nearly killed by one really | Read More »
California Democrats Close to a Deal with Ah-nold
California state Democrats in their quest to bypass the constitutionally required 2/3 vote to raise taxes in California are reportedly “closer to a deal” with “Republican” Governor Arnold. From the Sacramento Bee; “Democratic leaders emerged Friday from a nearly three-hour meeting with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger claiming they are “very close” to a deal they believe could resolve almost half of California’s gaping budget deficit. “The | Read More »
…and several years off of my life this morning. In addition to my full time job, and a part time job in the Reserves, I tow cars at a second part time job. Doing so, I see a lot of wrecked mangled messes left by drunk drivers and how it tears families apart. This morning, at 2:47am, it almost did so to mine. I got | Read More »