Ricky Bobby 2012!
Okay, not that Ricky Bobby. I’m talkin’ Rick Santorum and Bobby Jindal. What’s that you say? Santorum hasn’t gotten the nomination yet and Jindal hasn’t been tapped or accepted a veep nod? No matter! This is purely speculative and while a bit tongue-in-cheek, perhaps not a bad idea. If Mr. Santorum is able to garner the Republican nomination for President, Mr. Jindal would be a | Read More »
He Had Pawlenty Of Time For Ames – Now Let’s Prognosticate 2012
If you hadn’t heard the news, “T-Paw”, Mr. Pawlenty, the former governor of Minnesota who had campaigned for the chance to become the Republican Presidential contender bowed out today after a somewhat lackluster performance at the Iowa Ames Straw Poll. Some of you don’t know a thing I’m talking about, and for the most part, that’s okay. To be honest, I really haven’t been following | Read More »
Cry Me A River: Third Party Spoilers?
With the results of this Tuesday’s election, some are crying foul. Several “Tea Party” candidates lost and one or more individuals (specifically from within the Tea Party) are blaming <a class=”zem_slink” title=”Third party (United States)” rel=”wikipedia” href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Third_party_%28United_States%29″>third party</a> candidates for their Tea Party backed candidate’s loss. Certainly, their grievance has some sound reasoning, but much of it, in my opinion, is angry spin rooted in | Read More »
Reviewing Numbers: Looking At 2012 for Missouri
In this post, we’ll begin with a review of the turn out numbers for Missouri from yesterday’s election and compare that to several prior election cycles. We’ll focus on the Governor, State Secretary, and US MO1 & MO3 as well as make some postulations on the next US Senate race. Nearly 1,937,000 votes were cast in the Senatorial race with Mr. Blunt winning over Mrs. | Read More »
Stepping out, er, on…
This has the potential to not go well. The headline is “Woman’s head stepped on by Rand Paul supporters”. I can bet that liberals and anti-Paul, anti-Tea Party types will take that line and run with it. It’s laden with assumptions and stereotype. Thoughts about Kenneth Gladney’s beating by SEIU thugs at a Russ Carnahan townhall last year come to mind, but clearly there is | Read More »
Is Your Word Just Another Word?
Do we truly mean something when we say it? Do we believe in honor, in our yes being yes and our no being no? It’s one thing to give a caveat or when you make a proclaimation or statement; it’s something more weighty when you say, “I will…” To be sure, no one is perfect, and daily we all say things we either don’t follow | Read More »
A Failure To Grasp: The Two Party System
I am often ridiculed by fellow conservatives for bringing up even the idea of third parties. The continual response is basically that in concept they’re good, but in reality they’re not. Sometimes theory doesn’t translate well into reality; case in point, Marxism/communism. A utopian ideal of pure equality and communalism is a wonderful idea, but since man is flawed, a cultural/political construct devoid of a | Read More »
Here, Let Me Pull The Lever For You…
Un-flippin’ believable. Every day it seems that Chicago/Illinois politics leave historic New York and Louisianian corrupt politics in the dust. It used to be, with a wink and a nod, that Tammany Hall or the Louisianian Democrats post Reconstruction and their political progeny were it. But long gone are the days of Boss Tweed and Tammany Hall or Cousin Dud* and the Longs, Huey and | Read More »
For Missourians: November 2010 Election Ballot
This posting is applicable primarily to people living in/near my district, but certainly Missouri as a whole. I will note measures and offices as well as particular candidates of interest. Links will be available to allow you to do your own research – an educated voter is a smart voter – and though you’re free to ignore or disagree with some of my assessments and | Read More »
Doubling Down On His Religion With Another Flop?
Recently Mr. Obama attended an event in New Mexico where a supporter asked him a question about his faith. Mr. Obama answered; he wants to be clear after all. He was asked ‘why he is a Christian’. His response? “I came to my Christian faith later in life and it was because the precepts of Jesus Christ spoke to me in terms of the kind of life | Read More »
The Mockery Report
So, apparently Stephen Colbert went to speak before a Congressional hearing on farm workers and jobs, having been invited by one of the Democrats on the committee panel… and testify he did, with his shtick. Funny, right? You know, it’s one thing to be a celebrity and to use your fame to bring attention to a particular cause. Fine; I get that and don’t necessarily | Read More »
Continuing the discussion on balance.
Yesterday I had a long discussion with a very good friend of mine (one of the trio outside my wife). It naturally and largely focused on politics – given the opportunity we’d both be at a table from dusk till dawn discussing, debating and hammering out our thoughts on various issues – and I was reminded yet again of my effort and struggle that I’ve | Read More »
Comedy Central makes a bandwagon and jumps on.
If you hadn’t heard, Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert are having “dueling” events in Washington D.C. My first response was, “But of course,” as I rolled my eyes. I’ll admit, I don’t think highly of Stewart or Colbert. The few snippets I’ve watched of their shows, maybe only once or twice did they get me to crack a grin. I like some good satire and | Read More »
Strategery, or principle: Can there be a balance?
The struggle I am having right now – and no doubt many of you who think my half-pence worth a nickel – is finding the right balance, where and if compromise is acceptable and necessary. If you hadn’t figured it out, I’m talking about faith and politics; specifically, Christianity and involvement in our government and political system at any and all levels. Actually it’s a | Read More »
The Next Day, Going Forward
Today is September 12th, 9-12, and after the infamous day nine years ago, many looked to the following day, this day, symbolically as a call to action – 9-11 being the wake-up call. Initially of course it wasn’t seen as that, people dwelling on the carnage and the anger as well as seeking some answers. In looking for answers, people began to see the larger | Read More »
I’ve already discussed the proposed Quran burning for this weekend by Dove Outreach in Florida. To make matters more interesting, or worse – depending upon how you look at it – apparently the church has worked together at least once before with Fred Phelp’s Westboro Baptists (according to a radio interview given by a local talk show with Mr. Jones). On top of that, material | Read More »