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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Obama throws Kennedy under bus


This article over at Hot Air tells an interesting story. Obama was all for the healthcare bill until it became clear that the costs were a political liability. At which point he can throw Teddy under the bus.

It does beg the ultimate question of who exactly is running point on the healthcare bill on the Hill these days? And more so, if there isn’t one neck to choke in terms of accountability for success/failure of this, then how are the differences between the various bills going to get ironed out? As things stand, the various committees, writing legislation for healthcare can’t seem to agree on much of anything.

Politico is delusional…


Or the people mentioned in the article are. This is kind of what you’ll see in some other mainstream media publications. That doesn’t exactly jive with what’s going on in Tehran, now does it?

Click here to read Politico article.

ABC News to turn over programming to Obama


Everyone reading this needs to go to the abcnews website and register your complaints. This is a blatant example of a media outlet crossing the line into an area that our Founders NEVER ever wanted.  Media is supposed to be unbiased, free, and unbeholden to government for anything.  This is outrageous, and regardless of anyone’s political stripes, this should bother you immensely.  Wars were fought in this country to preserve the freedom of the press and individual rights to get information in a free fashion.  This flies in the face of that.

So, Katia’s questions to ponder

  1. Just how much “in the tank” is ABC now?  Can we ever trust anything they say again as being the truth or at least not heavily biased towards the Administration?
  2. We already know that NBC is in bed with General Electric which has a huge position in renewable energy sources.  So, NBC and MSNBC bias a lot of their coverage to favor liberal positions.  When is the last time you saw any Republican on either channel that got a fair shake?
  3. CBS News proved last year during the election campaign that they would do ANYTHING to destroy John McCain.  Katie Couric has been said to mention to people that she’s glad the conservatives have been absolutely marginalized.  And this is who is delivering the news?  Her ratings speak for themselves.

Where then does one go for news?  The declining ratings of the big 3 newscasts seem to indicate that people are abandoning them in droves for other sources.  Small surprise, right?

Drudge has the link up about this…  Watch this.  It will be interesting to see the reaction.

More on Iran… At the brink


Hot Air has great updates on what is going on in Iran on the ground. Suffice it to say there is a boiling undercurrent of anger in the people who knew full well they’d be disenfranchised on a massive scale. Try ZERO FRANCHISE!!

Click here to read the latest one.

Props to this article for mentioning the Twitter channels and users where you can follow this in real-time. Please mention this site on Twitter too so we get more readers here. I’ll post some other back-stories on this later today or tomorrow, as I find them.

Meantime, keep reading below on the site and you’ll find other articles I have on Iran and other topics. Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to vote for the site at BlogRankers by clicking on the link at right.