Thursday, October 16, 2008

Each year at the annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Dinner politicians get up and make fun of themselves.  This year John McCain gave a great speech, and had Obama laughing and Hillary almost falling out of her chair.  Enjoy!


Part 2


I don't want it getting out of this room, but my opponent is an impressive fellow in many way. Political opponents can have a little trouble seeing the best in each other. But I've had a few glimpses of this man at his best and I admire his great skill, energy and determination. It's not for nothing, but he's inspired many folks in his own party and beyond. Senator Obama talks about making history and he's made quite a bit of it already. There was a time when the mere invitation of an African-American citizen to dine at the White House was taken as an outrage and an insult. Today is a world away from the cruelty and prideful bigotry of that time - and good riddance.

I can't wish my opponent luck, but I do wish him well.


Friday, October 17, 2008 4:06:41 AM (Mountain Daylight Time, UTC-06:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [8]  |  Trackback

Thanks to Hugh Hewitt for pointing me to Dan McLaughlin's series on "The Integrity Gap" between McCain and Obama.  It is an extremely well documented look at what may well be the key issue in this race,

Part I talks about Governor Sarah Palin:

One of the most basic ways in which a candidate can demonstrate the integrity voters are looking for is to build a record of standing up to corruption and waste - and doing so even when it appears in his or her own party, or on the part of his or her own allies or backers. This is not just a matter of honesty and prudence, but of toughness and courage.

Part II Chapter 1


Chapter 2 Obama's Rootless Ambition

looks at the influences that shaped Obama before he ran for office.

Chapter 3 Obama and the Extremists

looks at his relationships with left-wing radicals and how they were an integral part of his rise in politics.

Chapter 4 Obama and ACORN

looks at his intimate relationship with a network of community organizers with a pervasive record of voter fraud and deep involvement in the subprime housing crisis.

Chapter 5 Obama and the Machine

looks at Obama's long, deep and multifacted partnership with machine politicians in Chicago and Springfield.

Chapter 6 Obama and the Favor Factory

looks at Obama's routine practice of trading favors with his political benefactors.

Chapter 7 Obama, "New Politics" and Principles

looks at the illusory nature of Obama's "new politics," his absence of a record of fighting tough battles on principle, and wraps up and concludes the series.

Part III is yet to come.

Friday, October 17, 2008 3:09:43 AM (Mountain Daylight Time, UTC-06:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [5]  |  Trackback

If Barak Obama is elected we might well find ourselves in a repeat of the Great Depression, because Obama wants to take your money and "spread the wealth around".


Hugh Hewitt makes a great point in his post President Barack Hoover, Part 2: Spreading Your Wealth Around On The Way To A Depression

We are almost certainly in a recession.  It could be short or long.  It could be shallow or deep.

A vote for Senator Obama is a vote for long and deep for the simple reasons that Senator McCain explained last night:  Raising taxes and restricting trade is the recipe used by Herbert Hoover and it is the program being pushed by Obama.

Read his entire post.

Friday, October 17, 2008 2:18:10 AM (Mountain Daylight Time, UTC-06:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [6]  |  Trackback
 Monday, October 13, 2008

ACORN is a huge national pro-democrat organization that has registered millions to vote and has ties to Barack Obama.

The NY Post reported:

in the early '90s, Obama was recruited ... to run training sessions for ACORN activists

ACORN also got funding from two charities, the Woods Fund and the Joyce Foundation, when Obama served on their boards, and from the Chicago Annenberg Challenge - the radical "education reform" outfit Obama ran from '95 to '99.

Meanwhile, Obama was right there by ACORN's side all along.

"I've been fighting alongside ACORN on issues you care about my entire career," he told the group last November.

In 2006 the Wall Street Journal reported:

So, less than a week before the midterm elections, four workers from Acorn, the liberal activist group that has registered millions of voters, have been indicted by a federal grand jury for submitting false voter registration forms to the Kansas City, Missouri, election board. But hey, who needs voter ID laws?

We wish this were an aberration, but allegations of fraud have tainted Acorn voter drives across the country. Acorn workers have been convicted in Wisconsin and Colorado, and investigations are still under way in Ohio, Tennessee and Pennsylvania.

In 2007 the Seattle Times reported:

King and Pierce County prosecutors filed felony charges today against seven people who allegedly committed the biggest voter-registration fraud in state history.

The defendants, who were paid employees and supervisors of ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now

In 2008 the Detroit Free Press reported:

The majority of the problem applications are coming from the group ACORN, Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, which has a large voter registration program among its many social service programs. ACORN's Michigan branch, based in Detroit, has enrolled 200,000 voters statewide in recent months, mostly with the use of paid, part-time employees.

"There appears to be a sizeable number of duplicate and fraudulent applications," said Kelly Chesney, spokeswoman for the Michigan Secretary of State's Office. "And it appears to be widespread."

On 10/7/2008 the Washington Post (the radical left wing newspaper in Washington DC) reported:

The Nevada office of ACORN had planned a potluck dinner at its Las Vegas office Tuesday night to celebrate the 80,000 newly registered voters its staff had signed up in Clark County as part of its work with low-income communities nationwide.

Instead, their office was raided Tuesday morning by agents of the Nevada Secretary of State and Attorney General who alleged in an application for a search warrant that ACORN had hired 59 felons through a work release program as canvassers and submitted nearly 300 apparently fraudulent voter registration cards as part of the drive.

On 10/8/2008 the Associated Press reported:

Officials in Missouri, a hard-fought jewel in the presidential race, are sifting through possibly hundreds of questionable or duplicate voter-registration forms submitted by an advocacy group that has been accused of election fraud in other states.

Charlene Davis, co-director of the election board in Jackson County, where Kansas City is, said the fraudulent registration forms came from the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN.

On 10/8/2008 the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported:

ACORN's canvassers filled out forms with fake names, addresses, officials say 

Agents with the secretary of state and state attorney general offices served a search warrant on the headquarters of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN, at 953 E. Sahara Ave. shortly after 9 a.m. They seized voter registration forms and computer databases to determine how many fake forms were submitted and identify employees who were responsible.

On 10/9/2008 the New York Post reported:

Barkley estimated he'd registered to vote "10 to 15" times after canvassers for ACORN, whose political wing has endorsed Barack Obama, relentlessly pursued him and others.

Claims such as his have sparked election officials to probe ACORN.

On 10/10/2008 The Post, from Ohio University reported:

Last week, they were everywhere.  They stood on the corners of streets, with tables full of Obama buttons and voter registration forms.  It was almost impossible to make it to a class without hearing, “Are you registered to vote?”  But behind the façade of cheery smiles and clipboards lurked something that few dare to acknowledge, something dangerous to our republic: voter fraud and suppression, enabled by a woman known as “the most partisan state official in Ohio”: Jennifer Brunner.

Association  of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), for which presidential candidate Barack Obama worked as a “community organizer,” is being investigated by the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.  According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, ACORN workers “often handed in the same name on a number of voter registration cards, but showing that person living at different addresses.”  ACORN also turned in registrations that “showed a number of people living at an address that turned out to be a restaurant.”

There are lots more stories about Obama's friends at ACORN and voter fraud, but I am sure this makes the point.  Even still I can hardly believe this report from CNN.  ACORN submitted 5000 new voter registration forms just before the deadline in Lake County, Indiana.  Officials there started checking the "new voters" registered by ACORN.  Of the first 2100 forms they checked, ALL WERE FRAUDULENT!!!  Watch this report from CNN:


Note that the lawyer for ACORN tried to blame the election officials saying they should have started checking the forms back in May.  CNN says, however, that these 5000 forms were all just turned in before the deadline.

This is a massive attempt by friends of Obama to try to steal the election for him.


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 Saturday, October 11, 2008

BTW I'm Voting For Mccain / Palin


Sunday, October 12, 2008 2:36:47 AM (Mountain Daylight Time, UTC-06:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [7]  |  Trackback

20 Republican Senators including John McCain signed a letter on May 5, 2006 urging action be taken:

We are concerned that if effective regulatory reform legislation for the housing-finance government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) is not enacted this year, American taxpayers will continue to be exposed to the enormous risk that Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac pose to the housing market, the overall financial system, and the economy as a whole. ...

Today, almost half of the home mortgages in the U.S. are guaranteed by these GSEs. They are mammoth financial institutions with almost $1.5 Trillion of debt outstanding between them. With the fiscal challenges facing us today (deficits, entitlements, pensions and flood insurance), Congress must ask itself who would pay this debt if Fannie or Freddy could not? [emphasis in original letter] ...

It is vitally important that Congress take the necessary steps to ensure that these institutions benefit from strong and independent regulatory supervision, operate in a safe and sound manner, and are primarily focused on their statutory mission. More importantly, Congress must ensure that the American taxpayer is protected in the event either GSE should fail.

John Hinderaker of Power Line writes:

One thing I hadn't realized is that McCain's reform legislation was passed through the Senate Banking Committee, but was not able to gain majority support on the Senate floor. All twenty Senators who signed the letter calling attention to the urgency of reforming Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac were Republicans. After May 2006, the Democrats continued to use Fannie and Freddy as their private slush funds until the inevitable collapse, which McCain had warned against so eloquently, occurred.


Sunday, October 12, 2008 2:26:36 AM (Mountain Daylight Time, UTC-06:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [8]  |  Trackback
 Wednesday, October 08, 2008

John Hinderaker of Power Line posts some interesting background on Obama:

it appears clear that as of 1996, the New Party and its parent organization the Democratic Socialists of America considered Barack Obama to be their guy--one of a handful of avowed socialists running for office at any level in the United States. It strikes me that Obama has some explaining to do.

They have screen captures showing both groups considered Obama as their candidate when he ran for State Senate in Illinois.

Thursday, October 09, 2008 4:32:59 AM (Mountain Daylight Time, UTC-06:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [2]  |  Trackback
 Saturday, September 27, 2008

Those were the words of Missouri Governor Matt Blunt today regarding the Obama campaign's enlisting of Missouri law enforcement to threaten and intimidate his critics.  The Governor's statement on his official Missouri State website is here:

“St. Louis County Circuit Attorney Bob McCulloch, St. Louis City Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce, Jefferson County Sheriff Glenn Boyer, and Obama and the leader of his Missouri campaign Senator Claire McCaskill have attached the stench of police state tactics to the Obama-Biden campaign.

What Senator Obama and his helpers are doing is scandalous beyond words, the party that claims to be the party of Thomas Jefferson is abusing the justice system and offices of public trust to silence political criticism with threats of prosecution and criminal punishment.

“This abuse of the law for intimidation insults the most sacred principles and ideals of Jefferson. I can think of nothing more offensive to Jefferson’s thinking than using the power of the state to deprive Americans of their civil rights.  The only conceivable purpose of Messrs. McCulloch, Obama and the others is to frighten people away from expressing themselves, to chill free and open debate, to suppress support and donations to conservative organizations targeted by this anti-civil rights, to strangle criticism of Mr. Obama, to suppress ads about his support of higher taxes, and to choke out criticism on television, radio, the Internet, blogs, e-mail and daily conversation about the election.

“Barack Obama needs to grow up. Leftist blogs and others in the press constantly say false things about me and my family.  Usually, we ignore false and scurrilous accusations because the purveyors have no credibility.  When necessary, we refute them. Enlisting Missouri law enforcement to intimidate people and kill free debate is reminiscent of the Sedition Acts - not a free society.”

Emphasis added.

Saturday, September 27, 2008 10:33:10 PM (Mountain Daylight Time, UTC-06:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [3]  |  Trackback

One bit of actual good news is this report on a 30 year old church run affordable housing program that actually works and has not resulted in the foreclosures that are behind our current financial crisis.

Many affordable housing programs and their proponents are to blame for this mess, including ACORN.

However, there's one notable example of an affordable housing program that has avoided the foreclosure fate thus far.

Read the whole article!

Saturday, September 27, 2008 8:04:37 PM (Mountain Daylight Time, UTC-06:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [8]  |  Trackback

I don't know if this report is true but William Kristal passes on a report that:

The huge European bank Fortis is apparently about to fail. The ripple effect on the American banking system could be disastrous, with bank runs, liquidity crises, and stock sell offs possible Monday. Wachovia may well fail next week. As Larry put it, this really will be 1933 soon if we don't move rapidly to stabilize the banking system.

And here's the bad news: the current bailout bill, whatever its merits and likelihood of passage, does nothing to address this.


Saturday, September 27, 2008 7:59:55 PM (Mountain Daylight Time, UTC-06:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [3]  |  Trackback

This video is almost entrely video clips from CSPAN showing the arguments made for and against fixing this problem before our banks and Wall Street melted down.


HT Gateway Pundit who also observed:

Former Fannie Mae Chairman Jim Johnson is still advising Barack Obama.

Saturday, September 27, 2008 4:24:52 PM (Mountain Daylight Time, UTC-06:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [9]  |  Trackback

We still do not know what will happen with the the Bailout Bill being debated by our Congressmen and Senators in Washington DC.

Center right opinion as to what should be done varies all over the map.  The Wall Street Journal warns:

Above all, the risk is that the current panic will damage the overall economy and lead to a deep recession

They have a good point since the Great Depression was caused by bad government policies.  However they conclude:

our vote is that this government intervention is justified to defend the system.

The Wall Street Journal also warns of the Democrat's efforts to add things to the Bailout Bill that will actually make things worse.

Democrats have already decided to spin off potentially billions of taxpayer dollars from the bailout fund to their own political buddies

This needs to be stopped, and the House Republicans supported by John McCain are trying to do so.  Let there be no mistake, the Democrats have a majority in both the US House of Representatives and the US Senate, and therefore have the power to pass any bill they want.  The only reason the Republicans have any power to influence the end result is that the Democrats are scared and want to be able to share the blame when the problems with the Bailout become apparent.

Michelle Malkin is one of those on the Center Right that most strongly opposes the Bailout.  Her commentary can be read here.

Hugh Hewitt has been a strong supporter of the idea that a Bailout is required, even if it is less than ideal:

without it the financial crisis will spread and the small businesses of America and the people who own and staff them will be deeply injured.  These businesses are the backbone of the economy, and they are in danger.  This isn't just a bailout of Wall Street; it is a breakwall for Main Street.

Dr. Jerry Pournelle writes:

As I surmised, the bailout -- good idea or poor -- can't be made to happen until Barney Frank and Senator Dodd are allowed to wet their beaks. The Democrats want part of that pie. Obama's leadership abilities were put to the test, and apparently found wanting ...

It's a horrible bill. It gives arbitrary power to executive officials and absolves them from blame (barring actual theft). It potentially saddles every taxpayer (which is not the same as every citizen!) with several thousand dollars in debt. ...

There isn't a hell of a lot of leadership being shown here. ... That is probably not going to work. I sure hope something does before it's too late and nothing will work.

Dr. Pournelle's point about taxpayers versus citizens is that a very large percentage of the population don't pay any taxes and therefore only those who actually pay taxes will get the bill for paying for this.

Glenn Reynolds speaking of home ownership for the masses:

I agree, but it needs to be homes that people can actually afford.

Here in Boulder County Colorado and worse yet in the city of Boulder, our Democrat elected officials are doing their best to keep housing prices high by buying up every available scrap of land for Open Space.  Those same officials are shocked shocked when there is so little affordable housing in the city of Boulder and Boulder County.  They don't seem to get the concept that when they take land off the market, all housing will go up in price including affordable housing.

Rick Newman in US News and World Report writes:

How to Punish Wall Street, Protect Main Street

Federal loan sharks: what a concept. In exchange for its deep pockets, the government funded by you and me could keep our financial-service providers in business and either make money on the deal through fees and high interest rates, or cause its borrowers so much discomfort that they race to get out of hock. Now, there's a deal that's too good to refuse.

We can only hope that the Bailout does more good than harm.

Saturday, September 27, 2008 4:15:57 PM (Mountain Daylight Time, UTC-06:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [4]  |  Trackback

Thanks to Power Line blog for the lead to this video.  It provides an understandable explanation of the mess we are in.


Saturday, September 27, 2008 2:47:11 PM (Mountain Daylight Time, UTC-06:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [17]  |  Trackback
 Saturday, September 20, 2008

Newt Gingrich delivers a powerful history lesson in this video clip, and in the process shows how much of an idiot Charlie Gibson is.

George Santayana said:

Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

May we learn.

HT GatewayPundit

Sunday, September 21, 2008 1:46:57 AM (Mountain Daylight Time, UTC-06:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [7]  |  Trackback

As the last week has brought home to many, we live in troubled financial times.  Scott Johnson of Power Line posts some great advice from Lawrence Lindsey on financial self-preservation in times like these:

First, readers would be well advised to actually sit down and write up a budget if they have any doubts about whether their current income is covering their bills. Just to be clear, expenses include not only the minimum payment on an item like a credit card, but all the charges incurred in the month plus the minimum payment. And income does not include any draws on saving or home equity lines of credit. I once went through a budget exercise with a struggling 20-something and asked why he didn't have anything budgeted for gasoline for his car. His response was that he simply put it on his credit card so it didn't count as long as he was making the minimum payment.

Making minimum payment on a credit card or other revolving credit account is the path to bankruptcy.  If you can't pay the whole thing off every month, pay all new charges plus twice the minimum payment.  If need be cut up the credit card so there will be no new charges, and then pay more than the minimum payment each month.  No matter what you do, make sure the payment gets in on time each month.  Late charges will cost you far more than the interest rate.

Second, people should make sure that they have at least three, and ideally six, months' income saved in a place where they can get at it readily like a bank account or money-market fund. This is on top of items like retirement saving and college accounts.

Have enough cash (as in the folding green stuff) on hand to hold you though at least a week in case you can't make it to the bank (storm or other emergency).

Third, once this threshold is met, it is doubtless a good idea to start reducing debt, particularly on credit cards and auto loans. These are about to get much harder to obtain as the credit crunch inevitably spreads from the commanding heights of the financial sector into the consumer credit arena. It will not be surprising to see the limits on credit cards lowered sharply, fees for holding cards rise, and auto loans tough to qualify for. The goal for households should be to be able to use credit cards for convenience only--paying the bill in full each month--and to have the ability to pay cash for larger purchases like a car.

Finally, for those lucky enough to meet the above criteria, where one deploys one's assets becomes a serious matter in the current environment. There was a saying in the 1930s that you should not have all your eggs in one basket. It meant spread the assets around. In the calm environment of the last few decades this dictum was rejected for the convenience of one-stop financial shopping. You might want to consult a financial adviser or at least inquire at the institutions where you have assets what the insurance limits are and under what circumstances your assets can be seized by creditors of the institution. This means asking questions about deposit-insurance limits, the assets backed by money-market funds, and whether your investments are in custodial accounts.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) insurance limit is high enough to protect the amount of money most folk have in a bank, but for those better off it may be required to split your money among several banks to be sure it will all be covered.

Another factor to consider is that if your bank fails, while the FDIC will make sure you don't lose your money, it may take some time before you have access to it again.  Meanwhile you still have to pay the mortgage, the auto loan, credit cards, and put food on the table.  This is another reason to have an account at another bank with a month's worth of money in it.


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 Tuesday, September 16, 2008

La Shawn Barber tells the story today of Gianna Jessen:

Jessen’s teenage mother attempted to kill her via a saline solution procedure when she was seven and a half months pregnant. During this despicable procedure, a so-called doctor injects saline into the woman’s stomach, and the solution poisons the baby as he swallows and burns his skin. The baby dies, and the mother goes into labor, delivering a dead baby. ...

Jessen miraculously survived but suffered injuries as a result of the abortion attempt. She developed cerebral palsy. Jessen’s mother put her up for adoption, which she should have done in the first place instead of trying to kill her. Today, Jessen is a Christian and pro-life advocate who has testified before the U.S. Congress and the British House of Commons. Since 2005, she’s run in two marathons.


I have posted before here and here about Obama's votes against the Born Alive Infant Protection Act.  As Obama said himself when denying he had done what we have multiple official proofs (including an audio recording) he had done, "It defies common sense and it defies imagination ..."  Of course he was speaking of those who were telling the truth about his actions, not the evil he had supported

I wonder what Obama would do if confronted by Gianna Jessen?  Andrew at Founding Bloggers writes:

I am not religious, or a card carrying member of the right. I am pro-choice! And this ad is absolutely devastating.

Gateway Pundit writes:

This is the defining ad of the campaign season...

How can any decent human being let alone anyone who calls themselves Christian watch this ad and read Gianna Jessen's story and still vote for Obama?

Wednesday, September 17, 2008 1:14:31 AM (Mountain Daylight Time, UTC-06:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [5]  |  Trackback