I love Billy Joel’s music. So when I heard that Eduardo Saverin, co-founder of Facebook, renounced his US citizenship in order to get around paying taxes on his income from Facebook’s IPO I immediately thought of Billy Joel’s song “I’m Moving Out”. To see the entire song’s lyrics, go here, but I want to show you one stanza to drive a point home: You should | Read More »
Almost Forgetting An Important Job
Thanks to the likes of Coldwarrior, Loren Heal, et al. we are reminded that we should all be elected Precinct Committeemen and familiarize and utilize GOTV efforts for our chosen conservative and Republican candidates. Both jobs or roles are vitally important and are sorely underappreciated at the national, state and local levels of the GOP. However, it occurred to me that we have been forgetting | Read More »
The Battle For The Republican Party
Much has been made online and within the MSM about the conservative vs liberal (and moderate) wings/candidates of the Republican party during this Presidential GOP primary election. On one side – the liberal or Massachusetts Moderate – we have Mitt Romney. On the other side, we have the rest trying to pit themselves as the poster child for conservatism (and the word “conservative” seems to | Read More »
Fear of Republican Cannibalism
Something has been eating at me recently so much that I started to it get off my chest on Twitter the other night and that hopefully I’ll finish here – Republicans and conservatives destroying our candidates while completely ignoring Mitt Romney. I also felt compelled to words from the justinhart front page selection where he wrote: Romney has held consistent conservative values for years now. | Read More »
Illinois Straw Poll Results In Continued Failure
This past week, the Illinois GOP has been running their online straw poll to determine who the Illinois Republican voters like in the GOP primary for President. Yesterday, November 5th, the Illinois GOP also had multiple locations in Illinois where people could walk in and vote in the straw poll as well. To cast a ballot, a voter only had to provide a minimum $5 | Read More »
Is The Tea Party Over? Not By A Long Shot.
I don’t know why I am wasting my time even writing a retort to another lefty’s claim that the Tea Party is over, but here we go…. In the August 7th Chicago Tribune, Clarence Page asks the question “Is the tea party over?‘. Towards the end of his article, he quotes Edmond Burke – father of conservatism – to help try to prove his argument. | Read More »
Taking It Back, One Precinct At A Time
I just love Coldwarrior’s AP News spoof of what the future could be: Republican Party and Democrat Party leaders, and incumbent U.S. House and Senate incumbents, as well as state legislators and governors, have expressed serious concern regarding the surge in attendance by grass roots “tea partiers” and “9.12-er’s” and other members of grass roots conservative organizations at their respective local Republican Party committee meetings. | Read More »
Right Joins The Left – “It’s The Tea Party’s Fault”
I just read Kathleen Parker’s editorial at the Washington Post site. She writes the Tea Party conservatives in Congress are: ” the most destructive posse of misguided “patriots” we’ve seen in recent memory.” Teri O’Brien, conservative talk-show host/blogger, states at Illinois Review that the Tea Party is President Obama’s new BFF (Best Friends Forever) and is already laying the blame for Obama’s re-election at the | Read More »
The Wicked Games That Washington Plays
Winston Churchill is one of my favorite people in history and one of my favorite statesmen. He was always quick with a quote. For instance, when talking about socialism he said, Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery. So true. But another quote of his I believe can | Read More »
A Cynical View Of The Debt Ceiling Debate
Guess what. Both sides are blowing smoke up your you-know-what. Yes, you read that right. President Obama wants to be seen as a spender (to his leftist friends) and a cutter (to the independents that he has lost approval ratings to) at the same time. Obama uses his class warfare arguments of soaking the rich to save the Democrats’ pet programs. Obama threatens to stop | Read More »
PLAs On The Way In Illinois, Rep. Shimkus Must Decide On PLAs In DC
Illinois’ route of President Obama Executive Order 15302 – requirement of project labor agreements on contracts on public works – just took a turn for the worse. As reported to us by State Sen. Kyle McCarter on Facebook last night: Kyle McCarter.com, State Senator, 51st District of IL SB 2987 forces contractors bidding on public works projects to sign a PLA (Project Labor Agreement), raising | Read More »
Primary Rep. John Shimkus? Now Might Be The Time.
I’ve been walking precincts and helping get candidates elected since I was knee high to a ballot box. I was doing door to door pollster work before I was even in high school. I guess politics has always been in my blood. 1996. John Shimkus was running for Congress. I met him and was impressed by him. Good conservative. Anytime someone would point out what | Read More »
Yahoo! “Contributor” Phones It In
I was approached by two members of the Effingham Tea Party Steering Committee today and they asked me if I had seen the article on Yahoo! about the Effingham Tea Party we held on April 15th. I said no, and they said I really needed to check it out….so I did. Talk about phoning it in! First, the “contributor” gets the name of our town | Read More »
What If There Is Nobody To Vote For?
Scary article in the Decatur-Herald (Decatur, Illinois) today – “Counties struggle to find candidates for local boards”. This article made me sad, and livid at the same time. There are those of us like Coldwarrior, Loren Heal and others that are relentless at recruiting not only Precinct Committeemen, but also people to run for public office. Myself, I was just elected to the Effingham City | Read More »
Rep. Shimkus’ (R-IL) PLA Problem
Last night, I attended a legislative forum/meet and greet with our area state representatives and state senators (we have 3 a piece for our little gerrymandered county of 34,000). Also in attendance was our Republican Congressman, John Shimkus of the 19th Illinois Congressional. The evening started out decent enough – light appetizers, drinks, and idle chitchat. After the social, the invited attendees gave brief speeches | Read More »
Astroturf USA: A Tea Party Leader’s Look At The Coffee Party USA “Schism”
While reading Politico the yesterday, I was surprised to find an article about a schism that has taken place within the Coffee Party USA camp founded by Annabel Park. And here I thought the Astroturf USA’s cup had run dry; guess I was wrong. You can view the schism article here. It is today’s article about yesterday’s article that just made me shake my head | Read More »
Land of Lincoln or Land of the Lost?
Exactly what has Illinois become? In the immortal words of Obi-Wan in Star Wars: Obi-Wan: Mos Eisley spaceport: You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. We must be cautious.” Though Illinois is obviously no spaceport (though our state debt and deficit is out of this world), it seems to have become the Mos Eisley Cantina bar of the left. To | Read More »
Liberals Still Don’t Understand The Tea Parties
Despite taking historic losses in the last midterm elections and being the focus of countless protests leading up to the midterms, the liberals still don’t understand what the Tea Parties are. I enter into evidence the possibility of a “Tequila Party“. It would seem Latino leaders are not happy with the Democrats not doing enough to push through Dream Act III and are discussing about | Read More »
Hooverites Want More Taxes
A group of millionaires have made headlines recently requesting Congress to raise taxes on them. Many are Democrat donors including such leftist darlings as Ben and Jerry’s founder Ben Cohen. These self-sacrificers say that it is vital to the economy and the nation’s financial help that Congress raise their taxes. The first question that comes to my mind is why does it take government impetus | Read More »
New Boss Same As The Old Boss?
Saul Anuzis announced his intention to run against Michael Steele for RNC Chair the other day. Part of Anuzis’ campaign for RNC Chair centers around wanting to raise money for a “fully funded Victory program” to ensure that the Republicans win the close races that we didn’t win this year. First, I would like to say that I am not defending Michael Steele in this | Read More »
What Is It About Years Ending In Zero?
2000 – Bush v Gore. After numerous recounts, Supreme Court finally steps in to end the madness. 1980 – Ted Kennedy challenges Jimmy Carter for Democratic nomination, but Kennedy can’t explain why he wants to run for President. 1970 – Indiana Senate race between Richard Roudebush (R) and R. Vance Hartke (D). Hartke seated by US Surpreme Court, recount took 2 years. 1960 – JFK | Read More »
Political Correctness Is Dead
This morning it was announced that Juan Williams had been fired from NPR for his comments the previous night on the O’Reilly Factor regarding Muslims. Punishment was swift from the left because Williams had spoken out against their ideals of multiculturalism and political correctness. I don’t always agree with Juan Williams, but he’s a straight shooter and a wonderful commentator. All day, news channels have | Read More »
The Desperation of Alexi Giannoulias Become Even More Desperate By Playing The Race Card Against Mark Kirk
Mark Kirk was recently secretly recorded talking about watching out for possible voter fraud in Chicago and Rockford on November 2nd. Like it or not, it is a valid argument considering Illinois’ interesting voting past. The terms “vote early and vote often” and “the dead vote” didn’t come into everyday parlance from out of the blue. Just off hand, will the secret recorder be prosecuted | Read More »
“Desperation” – A New Cologne Brought To You By Alexi Giannoulias
The Senate race in Illinois has been thoroughly brutal with both Mark Kirk and Alexi Giannoulias hitting each other as often as possible about each others’ record. However, I feel the tide might be turning towards Kirk with less than a month to go to November 2nd. Kirk has a money lead with $3.9 million cash on hand versus $1 million cash on hand for | Read More »
Ronald Reagan Need Not Apply?
In an interview on CNN, soon to be retired (because he lost his primary re-election bid) Rep. Bob Inglis (R-SC) showed that he still doesn’t get it regarding the Tea Parties: “I think this would be a tough time for Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp,” Inglis added. “They were optimists that believe in America. Right now, unfortunately, conservatism is being presented with a voice of | Read More »