Sarah Palin strikes back…


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Go Sarah!

Boy… You gotta love her spunk. She lets these liberal media dummies have it right between the eyeballs.

Some of the polls show her running neck-neck with Obama, and close to the top of the pack among Republicans in 2012.

I’ll write more about this later in the weekend, but definitely, one can’t argue anymore that Palin is not a serious force to be reckoned with, regardless of whether she runs for office again, or not.

Obama team’s panic – They’re losing voters


Obama team’s panic over losing whites.

Patrick Buchanan can be rightly accused of going over the top, but in this case, I give him a bone for being right.

Obama ran on being a post-racial president. If you go down Patrick’s column you see a number of incidents where that post-racial perspective has been destroyed:

  1. The brouhaha over the Cambridge Police Department’s handling of Professor Gates.  Recall Obama said the police acted “stupidly”.  It took a beer summit to smooth the feathers over that one.
  2. Obama asking the USDA and Secretary Vilsack to fire Shirley Sherrod, when it was clear that the full story and tape on her speech had not yet been made public.
  3. The most egregious charge against Obama’s post-racial perspective is his refusal (by not DOING anything) to hold Eric Holder accountable for dropping the case against the New Black Panthers.
  4. Here’s one that Pat did NOT mention…  This came from a Department of Justice whistleblower who came out and spoke against Holder’s actions in the New Black Panther case…

In comes J. Christian Adams, the former DOJ attorney turned whistleblower saying the case was dropped because of “racial issues.” Adams also said “The [voting] section doesn’t want to protect white voters.”

“He testified that Deputy Assistant Attorney General Julie Fernandes told Voting Section management that there would be no more cases brought against black defendants vindicating the rights of white victims.  Adams personally heard Fernandes say that the division would only bring “traditional civil rights cases” (code words  for suits against white racists).  Adams also heard Fernandes say that  she had no interest in the Voting Section enforcing Section 8 of the National  Voter Registration Act (which requires purging rolls of ineligible voters to  prevent voter fraud), because Section 8 does not increase voter turnout.  Fernandes now needs to be questioned under oath, as does the head of the Civil  Rights Division, Thomas Perez, who previously testified this was not the  Justice Department’s policy and that he was unaware of such views.”

Grrrr…. Excuse me??  Our Constitution and our laws are intended to be blind to race, color, skin tone, gender, etc. All persons are treated equal and are afforded the same rights to protect their ability to vote, pursue their rights to happiness, liberty and life.  The instant we have an enforcement arm of the government that will NOT abide by this equality and due process principle, we begin to slide down a very slippery slope.

My dad is brown-skinned, Muslim by heritage, but he’s an American. He never lets anyone forget he got where he is because of his parents and his own talent. No one gave him anything.  Favoritism has NO place in our voting system, or anywhere else in public life.

After reading Patrick’s column above, I ask you to keep watch over what the President does during the summer and fall. Does he demonstrate ANY understanding that he HAS to keep white voters in his fold, otherwise his chances of retaining any political mandate go out the window?

Somehow, I’m not gonna wait with baited breath for evidence that he has learned the lesson.

Fox News and MSNBC talent together…


Here’s the question of the day…

If you could put the best of talent from MSNBC and Fox News together on another channel, who would you pair up for 3 separate shows, each show having two hosts?

My picks?  I’d love to see O’Reilly and Olbermann on one show… Then Chris Matthews and Sean Hannity on another show.  My last one would be Glenn Beck and Rachel Maddow

What would happen? Would the earth implode?  What say you?

NAACP and Glenn Beck agree: People rushed to judgment on Sherrod


Hot Air » NAACP and Glenn Beck agree: People rushed to judgment on Sherrod.

I’ll admit, even I did too.  But, the true story is out now and we should all be ashamed of the fact that the press seems to pursue the “jackal” mentality. Pile on, run someone’s name through the dirt and ask questions later (maybe…)

Am I the only one wanting our media to stop, look, listen, and think before reporting something?

Government Control of Fox News? It could happen.


Hot Air » Journolisters debate, endorse gov’t control of Fox News.

Well… This shouldn’t be a surprise.  Liberals have made no secret of the fact they hate Fox News.  So, the bigger question is when the American people will “call” them on the bias by refusing to watch/read their content anymore.

Liberals in the media, for the most part, want to make conservatives feel dumb or stupid, or render their communications channels irrelevant.

Fox News is NOT a partisan organization.  I personally know of a number of people who work there who are liberals. Apparently “fair and balanced” doesn’t resonate with the liberals, now does it??

Obama hits low in Quinnipiac approval rating


Hot Air » Obama hits low in Quinnipiac approval rating.

Not surprising.  Definitely the Gallup poll from last week is now proven to be an outlier.

The question on everyone’s mind today is when the President abandons his plans so that he can save his party.  Or, does he just continue on, assume he loses the US House to the Republicans, and then see how he can position himself for 2012?

Keep an eye on independents in these polls from Quinnipiac, Rasmussen and other outlets. If they continue to break solidly against the President, his prospects for 2012 are going to start looking bleak.

(Updated) Saturday Morning Update – June 27 2009


Good day to all…

Lots of stuff has happened in the last few days, from the death of Michael Jackson, to the dizzying fall of South Carolina governor Mark Sanford, to the House vote yesterday on the Waxman-Markey “cap and trade” bill.

Let’s begin with the fall from grace of Mark Sanford.  It turns out that he deliberately misled his staff so they didn’t know where he was, and they in turn propagated a set of lies about his location.  Since none of them could get in touch with him, the fault is his.  We also found that he had already started a trial separation from his wife several weeks ago, because she knew about the affair he was having.

I recommend continuing to follow this using the local newspaper for Columbia, South Carolina.  Here’s the link.

A few things to watch on this.

1. Does he resign, or does the legislature (or the public) push him to resign? He says he wants to remain in office, but I don’t see how he can claim to properly represent the interests of a Red State like South Carolina when he has these issues in his personal life

2. Does his wife take him back?  From accounts I have read, she was the one who helped him launch a career in politics in that state.  She really holds the cards here in terms of whether their marriage will survive

One other point is that I hope when Democrats are found to have abused and destroyed the trust of their families and the voters in the same fashion, that they are exposed with the same zeal that the national press used in going after the governor. We should not demand perfection in our elected officials, but it is proper to ask whether they’re living their lives in the same manner that most of their constituents are.

Exit point.  Is it ANY coincidence that Sanford was brought down, Palin was attacked by Letterman (and the national media), again, AND Senator Ensign of Nevada was also brought down by adultery too.  Let’s not forget that all THREE of these politicians were or are mentioned as top-liners for the 2012 Republican nomination.  So, now we are back to Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney and a handful of other “so what” Republicans.  WE NEED TO FIND principled opposition to run against Obama.

Well, that’s a nice segue into the next topic.  Maybe John Boehner is the guy to put closer to the top of the 2012 list… Why?  He came up with the precedent setting idea of doing what amounted to a filibuster on the House floor last night.  He put together a very masterful piece of political theater that was dead serious and a huge rallying cry for conservatives everywhere.

What led him to do this is the very sneaky, underhanded, devious and some would say almost criminal way the Democrats added an amendment to the Waxman-Markey climate change bill. The House was set to vote on it last night, and they put in a 300 page amendment to a bill that was already 1,200 pages long.  The amendment was dumped into the hopper at 3:09AM in the early morning on Friday.

I don’t know about you, but I doubt anyone could have been expected to read the bill, much LESS the amendment before the vote came up.  So, Boehner decided to helpfully walk the House and the American people through the 300 page amendment.  He did so, taking an hour to go through it nearly page by page.  You can watch the video here. What was really interesting is about 20 minutes or so in, Henry Waxman, the primary author of the bill, asks the Speaker Pro Tempore of the House to rule on whether Boehner can continue to speak, because he was yielded only a few minutes of time.  The Speaker rules that it is House custom to listen to whatever the Leader says. That brought the house down.

With this filibuster and the attention it got in Republican/conservative circles, I bet we need to keep an eye on this guy.  He may just have vaulted into the top tier of candidates for the Republicans in 2012.

The bill did pass the house, but ONLY because 8 Republicans decided to break ranks and vote with the Democrats.  You should know who these people are.  Michelle Malkin has a post about them on her blog.  CALL THEIR OFFICES AND MAKE SURE YOU TELL THEM YOUR FEELINGS on their vote.

The bill now goes to the Senate, but I have serious doubts about whether the Senate will ever get a corresponding bill passed.  Senator Inhofe from Oklahoma says the bill is dead and the Republicans expect to get enough Democrats to support a filibuster if anything should make it to the floor.  Here’s an article.

In terms of the Michael Jackson story, there are plenty of outlets on the Web where you can get information, but TMZ.com appears to have a lot of good inside information.  I would also check in with Greta Van Susteren at Fox News.  She’s a brilliant legal analyst and does have lots of contacts in Los Angeles since she used to live there and practiced law there years ago before she made her break reporting on the O.J. Simpson mess.

Michael Jackson was truly the kid who never grew up. He truly believed in the Peter Pan story and tried to live his life like it.  So, he surrounded himself with people, as any celebrity does.  I believe those people took full advantage of his naivete. When he wanted drugs to continue his drug habit, they provided the drugs and enabled his addiction.  The world is mourning the loss of a great talent.  But, some questions remain to be answered in the coming days.

1. Who was this cardiologist/doctor that Jackson had living with him, and did the doctor know about the injection of Demerol that Jackson was given just before he went into cardiac arrest?  Demerol is usually only given just after surgery, and in a hospital because it can bring on slowed respiration and cardiac arrest.  In a hospital counter drugs would be available along with cardiac paddles to re-start the heart. None of this appears to have been around in Jackson’s home.  I hope that the local and state prosecutors go after this doctor and anyone else around Jackson who may have been negligent or set in motion the events that led to his death.

2. Anyone who falsely got prescriptions for themselves and then gave the drugs to Jackson should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.  I wonder if the pharmacy involved may also be culpable.

3. The will and estate Jackson leaves behind will be litigated over for years to come.  This should provide a nice sideshow for the lawyers, but I think Jackson should be remembered as the icon he was. We’ll never get to see that comeback tour he had planned, but we can remember the many musical memories he left with us.

Update: I saw this article which seems to make a pretty compelling case that Obama’s poll numbers are falling to the point where he can no longer argue that his predecessor is fully responsible for the problems we have.

Also, Hot Air has a great article where it appears like the Republicans are carrying forward from Boehner’s filibuster yesterday and framing the messages to use against the liberals next year in the mid-term elections. It’s about time.

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Katia’s Evening Update – June 19 2008


Good evening to all…

There are several things I’ve been following that you might want to know about…

1. Glenn Beck read a very powerful, emotional, and heart-felt manifesto on his show the other day, which was written by an ordinary mother, grandmother and housewife in Arizona. Her name is Janet Contreras and I think the letter is an absolute MUST READ.  It brings to the forefront all of the issues, feelings, emotions and thoughts that many have expressed to me since the new Administration took over.

Here are several links for you…  First, click here to see the transcript of Glenn reading the letter on his radio show.  Then, here is his interview with her which aired the next day. If you want to sign the petition, go here.  EVERYONE who wants their voice to be heard by our elected officials should read this letter and then sign the petition.

If you want a You Tube clip, here you go… Click here for Glenn reading her letter.  It’s one of the most powerful things I have ever seen on television.  Then, here is his interview with her on his TV show.

If the conservatives, Republicans, libertarians and like minded independents cannot rally behind this manifesto and use it as a platform for 2010 and 2012 elections, then as far as I’m concerned, we deserve to lose the White House again.

2. The White House has shown an extremely disturbing trend towards getting rid of people who stand in the way of their political philosophies and also the ability of their political machine to protect liberal politicians around the country.  The latest example is the firing of Inspector General Gerald Walpin.  This story has not gotten a whole lot of press, so let me offer a link to bring you up to speed.  Then, here is a link to Glenn Beck’s commentary.  This guy, Walpin, was just doing his job and I doubt anyone could successfully character assassinate him.  But, Obama’s machine is certainly going to try… Click here for a note over at Hot Air about OTHER Inspector Generals that have been fired or let go recently.  These IGs are the watchdog that have the responsibility to check government programs for waste, fraud and mismanagement.  When Obama says he wanted to run the most transparent administration in history, something is very wrong with that statement if you put it up against the events here.

3. Politico has an interesting article today on how the dynamics of the healthcare bill are shaping up from a legislative perspective.  Clearly, there are too many cooks in the kitchen and I think Obama is not doing himself any favors in the long run by letting Congress write the bills however they want.  I’d much have preferred him to take his SIGNATURE issue during the campaign and draft the legislation so that Congress had a place to start.  Although, given the flaws in the proposals, which I’ve discussed elsewhere on this blog, maybe being forced to throw this out and start over might not be such a bad idea.

4. Update: This one just popped up on Hot Air.  Justice Sotomayor, who is up for the vacancy on the Supreme Court just said she would quit being a member of an all-female group called the Belezian Grove. I’ll let you read the article here.  This is much-ado-about-nothing.  The press has already reported on this justice’s character, intellect and temperament and I believe she is lacking in most of those areas. Being a bully, as she is well known to be in court, is not an endearing trait for the cerebral, rational thinking we want on the Supreme Court.  She will probably be confirmed anyway, but it is a great loss for all of us when Obama had the opportunity to nominate a female liberal and minority, if he wanted, and he could have chosen far, far better than this.

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Katia’s afternoon update – June 18th, 2008


Greetings to all…

Wanted to bring you up to date on a few stories worth paying attention to today…

1. The New York Times issued a poll which seems to still show a gap between the President’s personal approval ratings, and how the public feels about specific policies.  People appear to like the president, but his policies aren’t receiving the same perception. The question for all of us is how much more damage can he sustain on the policy front in terms of negative perception before his own personal ratings also start to suffer.  Note: registration may be required to click on the NY Times link and get to the story.

2. I found an excellent live blog over at The Guardian in the UK that appears to be doing a pretty decent job of indicating what is going on in Iran in more or less real-time.  I offer the link here for your bookmarks.  You might have to go back to their main page here to find the same blog tomorrow, as the above URL appears to have today’s date hard-coded in it.

3. The Democrats appear to want to cut spending on the missile defense system. The link over at Pajamas Media is here.  With North Korea having missile technology and the means to produce nuclear weapons grade material, this seems like a foolhardy move because it does not take that much of a leap in rocket technology to get a missile that can reach from North Korea to Alaska or Hawaii, or even Tokyo.  According to the article, $32M has already been spent to put the interceptors in Alaska, $120M remains to be spent to finish these sites and put the technology in.  The article correctly points out that many civilian technologies come out of the military domain where a requirement is stated, technology is developed and then put into military applications, which is something many Democrats forget. Well, let us consider some ideas in that regard…

  • The Internet (apologies to Al Gore for being incorrect) was invented through work by the military.
  • The idea of routers/switches that drive all the traffic across the networks you use to view this Web page.  Also came from the military
  • GPS and most commercial navigation systems came out of the military
  • High speed jet engines also came out of the military
  • The reduction of transistors and integrated circuits into smaller and smaller spaces also came from the military.  Without that, the technology to develop the iPhone and mobile cellular phones that are so sleek and small wouldn’t have happened.

My point with the above list is it is a complete fallacy for Democrats to say that military spending provides no useful benefit.  In this case, with a confirmed madman in Pyongyang, and a government there that has both rocket technology and nuclear material, I believe it is wise to consider all defense options that we have.

4. According to The Hill.com, Senator Baucus now has the problem of having to cut $600 Billion from the healthcare bill, and Republicans, rightly so, are deriding the whole thing as a sham. The basic problem is that neither party has been able to come together with the other one to draft some principles that are bipartisan.  So, the bill that makes it to the House and Senate floor will be much more tilted towards the Democrat perspective.  What one should watch for is whether the public (government) option is created in such a way as to drive the private insurers out of business over time.  Remember that government can run losses on such a plan, as they’re doing with Medicare, and then we all lose because if there is less choice in the private marketplace, businesses will cut your current insurance and dump everyone in the government plan.  My preferences would be to

  • Figure out how to get the people who are NOT insured covered
  • Put more preventative care clinics in areas where they’re needed
  • Invest heavily in more doctors/nurses, and offer to pay or forgive some of their school loans if they serve in these clinics
  • Put together a catastrophic care bill that can be offered to EVERYONE so that people do not get wiped out by a large surgery or illness that traditional insurance won’t cover

5. Senator DeMint is going after Senator Boxer for her comments to a general who was testifying on the Hill.  Link is here at Hot Air. Apparently, the general decided to call her “ma’am” and she chided him and asked him to call her Senator.  I only include this one here because it is interesting how the Senator forgets that everyone in uniform has seen things in wartime that are unimaginable and many of them give up huge sacrifices to be in uniform for us. She should defer to the General, not the other way around.

That’s the evening roundup for today.  Come back tomorrow for notes on the interesting stories I’m following.  Have a great evening, and thank you very much for coming by.

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Katia’s Evening Update


Touche. I suppose I expected this. The President goes after Fox News…  Here’s one link… and also a link to Hot Air’s story about this. It’s the only channel on the dial where conservative and libertarian views get a fair hearing. So, naturally, the President would feel like Fox’s sole aim is to make life difficult for him. I’ll leave it to the reader to watch Fox News sometime and make up your own mind as to whether they are balanced in their coverage or out to get the President.

However, I’d like to point out that if he really CARED about the conservative or libertarian perspective, and he wanted to be President of ALL Americans, he would be bi-partisan and come on Fox News once in a while to answer questions. The reason most conservatives and Republicans have problems with Obama is the President shows zero inkling towards wanting to meet them halfway. At some level, Mr. Obama will have to realize that bashing your opposition can and will backfire.

Americans voted for Mr. Obama because President Bush basically went silent during the last 2 years of his last term. He also did not do a good job of putting PR people in his cabinet that could carry the messages of the day from the White House. The combination of this and his unwillingness to go personally after liberals on the Iraq war cost the Republicans any chance at victory in 2008. John McCain being chosen as the nominee was the straw that broke the camel’s back.

I’m not going to repeat the often spoken criticism that Obama is a socalist or a Marxist. I’ll leave that for you and history to decide. But, Obama will have to figure out how to govern from the center, or face a big correction in 2010 when the House gains a number of Republican seats and he loses several seats in the Senate.

Meantime, we all have an obligation to insist that the government as a whole stop the process of doing things that are counter-intuitive:

  1. Proposing healthcare legislation that is going to add $1 trillion to the debt, over and above what has already been allocated.  In other words, we start Fiscal Year 2010 in October with the government running a $2 trillion deficit.  Now, add $1 trillion on top of that during the next 10 years.  Sure, it is only $100 billion average a year, but even the Congressional budget office says that the proposed plan will NOT insure everyone it is supposed to.  About half the pool of uninsured people will still be left out in the cold.  Seems like an expensive $1 trillion to spend…
  2. Pushing the secured creditors to the back of the line at GM and Chrysler during the bailouts so that the government and unions could take first and second position respectively in equity.  The bond holders had contracts with GM and Chrysler which were nullified, effectively.  The Supreme Court was asked to step in and declined to.  So, firemen, teachers and other public services workers, plus ordinary Americans who had bonds invested (which are supposed to be a good hedge against risk) now are left with essentially nothing.  Someone remind me again if you choose to diversify AWAY from stocks into bonds, you usually PRESERVE your assets.  When did that little rule of economics go out the window???
  3. The government also shows little inclination to address the fact that tax rates here in the US are beginning to exceed those in Europe. Over time, this will lead to US companies setting up in Europe, or offshore.  Even if they pay taxes to re-patriate income from overseas, many companies will still come out ahead. In fact, with the spectre of inflation coming back… The dollar is going to lose purchasing power, providing an incentive for corporations to locate to other regions where the organic currency goes farther than the dollar.

So, that’s the evening update for today.  Keep an eye on these stories by coming back here.  Thanks for dropping in.

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