My Parents Are Terrorists!
Apparently, according to President Obama, my parents must be terrorists. First, I digress. One of my earliest childhood memories is hearing my parents talking one day about my grandparents coming to visit us for a meal, as they lived not too far away. My distinct recollection is my father saying to my mother, “My folks are coming for dinner.” That was the first time I | Read More »
Cain’s RedState Gathering Epilogue
The first and only time I met Herman Cain was in Austin, Texas, at my first RedState Gathering. The time was October, 2010. Frankly, I had not really heard of the guy until the conference. But when he spoke, I was (politically speaking) “swept off my feet.” So much so that I penned a RedState blog entitled “I Just Met the Next President of the | Read More »
Please forgive the brevity of this post. It’s intended as more of a news item than a posting of analysis. According to my sources, former Arkansas governer Mike Huckabee is seriously considering venturing back into the GOP 2012 presidential race. If he decides to do so, he’ll likely announce within the week. ANALYSIS As RedState’s likely staunchest Huckabee supporter in 2008, I have mixed feelings | Read More »
Texas Six-Man Football Update
In Texas high school six-man football from last night’s season opening games, we have the following score: Paint Creek 50, Novice 33. Hmmmm, this score is rich with potential symbolism. I know who is from Paint Creek. The question is…who is from Novice?
Debt Ceiling Media Hysteria Casualty: Medicare Admits ObamaCare Won’t Lower Costs
Lost in the forest of today’s media theatrics is this little story: ”Reform law won’t bend cost curve, CMS accountants say” from Modern HealthCare magazine. “‘The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will not bend the cost curve’ of national healthcare spending over the coming decade, according to the latest projections by the CMS’ accountants….. “‘Many people would argue, and I’m one of them, that | Read More »
Does Prince Ryan’s Medicare Plan Have No Clothes?
Let me be clear…I’m a big fan of Congressman Paul Ryan. However, I strive for philosophical and intellectual consistency, and I’m having a hard time with all of the conservative applause for Ryan’s Medicare reform ideas. I’m no longer a supporter of Newt Gingrich, but his recent description of Ryan’s plan as “right-wing social engineering” appears to me to be more accurate than we conservatives | Read More »
The most recent Zogby poll of likely GOP primary voters shows Herman Cain has rocketed from relative obscurity to the most preferred candidate (19%), ahead of Chris Christie (16%), and Mitt Romney (11 percent). http://www.zogby.com/news/2011/05/23/ibope-zogby-poll-cain-passes-christie-among-gop-primary-voters-no-one-gop-field-leads-obama-/ In addition, Gallup is now reporting that Cain’s positive intensity is stronger than other GOP candidates and prospects. http://www.gallup.com/poll/147782/Herman-Cain-Begins-Race-High-Positive-Intensity.aspx It is not surprising that the mainstream media haven’t picked up | Read More »
At RedState Gathering, I Just Met the Next U.S. President
It’s been awhile since my last blog entry. It’s not that I haven’t had things to say. It’s just that I’ve been busy running my small business during tough economic times. Nonetheless, I’ve been actively reading the site and keeping abreast of the issues.Several months ago I made the decision to attend my first RedState Gathering…and I’m writing this blog from the event. I can | Read More »
Dem House Candidate Wins Primary on “Impeach Obama” Platform
Texas Congressman Pete Olson (R-TX-22) may not have to worry much about his upcoming re-election, but his opponent sure knows how to get attention. http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/6899832.html Kesha Rogers called for the impeachment of President Barack Obama as the centerpiece of her campaign for Congress, and on Tuesday she won the nomination of her party. The Democratic Party. Rogers has “denounced warnings of global warming as imperialist | Read More »
It’s Too Late to Apologize…for Messing with Our Constitution.
I’m not a big fan of music videos or spoof songs with new lyrics (with the possible exception of Shanklin’s parodies on Rush and Weird Al Yankovic). However, may college senior daughter forwarded this to me. It appears to be relatively new and I haven’t seen it yet on RedState or elsewhere. It sends a good message for those of us who base our political | Read More »
ObamaCare: Pay to Pray??
Utah (R) Senator Orrin Hatch and Massachusetts (D) Senator John Kerry are working with the Church of Science (and others) to find a way to incorporate into the Senate’s version of ObamaCare reimbursement for prayer. http://www.mercurynews.com/politics-government/ci_13871576 That’s right. If they’re successful, and ObamaCare passes (which in itself may not have a prayer!), tax dollars will go to “spiritual advisors” who pray for your healing. So now | Read More »
Questions for Military Lawyers Re: KSM
As a conservative, I am a strong believer in following the Constitution. My political philosophy derives from following a strict interpretation of the Constitution. The rule of law is paramount. This way of thinking should also apply to interpreting how to view the prosecution of terrorist KSM. Since I am not an attorney — and have little knowledge of military law — I have important | Read More »
GM TV Ad Malfunction. How appropriate.
This morning I was watching This Week on ABC. During one of the commercial breaks a new Chevrolet advertisement appeared. In the 60 second spot, the new Chevy CEO was walking and talking in glitzy Madison Avenue style in front of new or newly redesigned Chevy automobile products. The music soundtrack was upbeat and positive. I’m sure Mr. Chevy CEO was saying some really nice | Read More »
Clunker ROI? A disaster. Embarassing. Most importantly, just plain and simply, sad.
A clunker that travels 12,000 miles a year at 15 mpg uses 800 gallons of gas a year. A vehicle that travels 12,000 miles a year at 25 mpg uses 480 gallons a year. So, the average Cash for Clunkers transaction will reduce US gasoline consumption by 320 gallons per year. They claim 700,000 vehicles, so that’s 224 million gallons saved per year. That equates to a bit | Read More »
What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
I don’t know Linda Franklin, but I received a forwarded email from her which is short and to the point. It’s worth repeating: Obama’s health care plan will be written by a committee whose head says he doesn’t understand it, Passed by a Congress that hasn’t read it and whose members will be exempt from it, Signed by a president who smokes, funded by a treasury chief | Read More »
NFL Adds Federal Team to Ensure Competition
NEW YORK (OP) — In a surprising move sure to rock professional sports, The National Football League announced today the creation of a 31st team. Tentatively dubbed “The Federal Co-ops,” the new team is slated to begin play in four years, or for the 2013 season. Roger Goodell, NFL Commissioner, said, “President Obama and the Democratic leadership have been in secret negotiations for the past | Read More »
Public Option, R.I.P.
For months, two notorious, wicked, evil, immoral brothers — Public Option and Co-op Option — terrorized the country. One day, Public Option died and his brother, Co-op Option, was given the responsibility of organizing the funeral. He went far and wide to find a minister who would officiate at the ceremony, but alas, he could find none. The clergy hesitation wasn’t due to their fear | Read More »
Let’s Be Careful What We Propose As Alternatives to Healthcare Reform.
There is an aspect to our conservative response to healthcare reform which is growing increasingly troubling to me. When we provide our own “solutions” to the perceived healthcare “crisis,” one particular proposal is to enhance healthcare insurance policy portability by breaking down state regulatory barriers prohibiting a person in one state from purchasing a less expensive or more appropriate policy in another state. On the | Read More »
Palin More Popular in Northeast? Huckabee Polls Best Against Obama?
The Rasmussen polls released yesterday reported on Mitt Romney’s and Sarah Palin’s competitive state against President Obama in 2012. Another reputable polling outfit, Public Policy, released its latest poll yesterday, with some interesting results: http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/pdf/PPP_Release_National_720.pdf Among other things, Sarah Palin appears to be more popular among Northeastern Republicans than in other parts of the country. http://publicpolicypolling.blogspot.com/2009/07/notes-on-palin-and-gop.html And, among four potential GOP contenders (Romney, Palin, Huckabee | Read More »
It’s Fathers’ Day. Please spare me the lecture!
Each May, we all honor our precious Mothers. By “all,” I mean individuals, institutions (such as churches), the media, and others. We call our Mothers and send them cards thanking them for their love, support, gifts, and all the things we know about — and sometimes don’t know – which have brought richness to our lives. We attend church services where we present roses or other | Read More »
My Apologies, Sen. Cornyn. The NRSC-Crist Endorsement Was Brilliant!
Several months ago, I made my first political contribution to the NRSC. I promised the telemarketer who called that I would contribute $X for every GOP senator who voted against the TARP bill. Last month, the same telemarketer called again for more money. I basically told them to take a hike because I was furious that Sen. John Cornyn and the NRSC had endorsed Florida | Read More »
Congratulations to my “bestest” RedState blogger friend, mbecker, for his RedHot posting privileges. Even though his commentary is often “redhot” itself, he tells it like he sees it, and — believe it or not — does have a “cuddly” side. As for me, I’ll have to settle for continued “Mr. EdHot” posting privileges. And I thank the RedState editors for the honor of being able | Read More »
Universal Retirement: Socialism’s Grasp Tightens
The march toward Obama’s vision of total control of individual’s lives continues. From the authors of Universal Healthcare comes the sequel: Universal Retirement Savings: http://www.usnews.com/blogs/planning-to-retire/2009/06/05/should-retirement-savings-be-required.html This is an attempt to try to achieve the type of universal coverage in retirement that we are hoping to achieve in healthcare,” says Mark Iwry, Deputy Assistant for Retirement and Health Policy for the U.S. Treasury. That’s funny, the | Read More »
Jack Nicholson to Play Obama in New Movie. See Trailer.
Word out of Hollywood today that President Obama’s speech in Egypt has inspired Jack Nicholson to agree to play the lead in a new movie about U.S.-Iranian relations. See the trailer below. <object width=”320″ height=”265″><param name=”movie” value=”http://www.youtube.com/v/0A5lVv3gnUU&hl=en&fs=1&rel=0″></param><param name=”allowFullScreen” value=”true”></param><param name=”allowscriptaccess” value=”always”></param><embed src=”http://www.youtube.com/v/0A5lVv3gnUU&hl=en&fs=1&rel=0” type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” allowscriptaccess=”always” allowfullscreen=”true” width=”320″ height=”265″></embed></object>
Found: Lost Sotomayor Video
It was inevitable that additional video of SC Justice nominee Sonio Sotomayor would surface. This may explain some of her leanings toward using personal experiences and “empathy” in her rulings. In addition, the video reveals never-before-seen footage of Sen. Chuck Schumer and other Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_4_ZC3IM_g Perhaps someone can embed this video for me. I still can’t figure out how | Read More »