Archive from January, 2009
30 Jan
2009
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Michael Steele is RNC Chairman!

Congratulations Michael Steele! After six rounds of voting, Michael Steele is the Chairman of the Republican National Committee. Thank you to everyone who helped Michael Steele win this election today. The RNC is in good hands. Now, let’s get to work, start winning elections, take back the House in 2010, and kick Obama out of the White House in 2012!

30 Jan
2009
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City’s Labor proposals…aka: UGH!

It appears Mayor Bloomberg has warned labor unions in the city that they must renegotiate their contracts or risk loosing 23,000 jobs. Most of these are going to come out of the Department of Education. No doubt they will push back and we will all come to some sort of understanding that does absolutely nothing for us but push back the inevitable.

When are we going to face the problem of wasted resources and uninterrupted bullying by our countless labor unions. Do not misunderstand me, I am all for people making a living and improving their quality of life and doing so in a collective manor if they absolutely must. However, I also expect you to accomplish that without compromising the well being and resources of the community at large.

Take for example my attempt this week to renew one of my dogs city licenses. Last years form indicated that I should use the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s website to renew said license. I went online, pulled up the web page, proceeded to search for my dog’s license under his name and the license number that had been assigned him a couple of years ago and guess what: “Our search resulted in no known record.”

Great! Awesome! I tried countless variables of the pets name, license number, web browser, etc etc… The end result was always the same, we can’t help you, please call 311 with any questions. So I did, and a lovely lady attempted to help me after having me on hold for ten minutes (it helped that I was making this call after 8PM otherwise the hold time might have been eternal.) It turns out, she had absolutely no idea were to start and she also had no idea how to find the telephone number to the Department of Health either.

I would be very curious to know a few things:

1 – How many millions of our city taxes have been spent on building the Department of Healths’ website and database?

2 – How many people are manning the 311 call center around the clock and how much do we pay them?

3 – And why are we considering axing most of the city employees out of the Department of Education (read teachers) when there are so many other areas that are clearly under performing?

Don’t misunderstand me, I do believe that our city’s educational department is in dire need of restructuring. I also understand that the changes needed will take a very long time to draft and implement. However, I also understand that slashing headcount from the Department of Education could very well mean forcing parents to divert energy and focus away from providing for their families in a time of great need.

30 Jan
2009
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WSJ Covers RNC on Twitter


The Wall Street Journal has a front page article today on how some in the RNC are actively using Twitter. According to the article:

“Some Republicans worry that all the tech talk is overshadowing more fundamental tasks, like recruiting new candidates and broadening the party’s appeal.”

Why should one need to overshadow the other? Why not a two-pronged approach to increasing the party’s presence and influence online, while also reenergizing the party’s message? The RNC desperately needs to work on its appeal, but it is also important that the RNC doesn’t end up even more behind in technology when the next election rolls around.

For a list of influential conservatives on Twitter, check out: http://topconservativesontwitter.org/

30 Jan
2009
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Halt Terrorist Trials? Not So Fast

A military judge has put the brakes on President Obama’s summary order to temporarily halt all judicial proceedings against terrorist suspects. This particular action is with regard to the case against Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri who is accused of masterminding the U.S.S. Cole attack in 2000 that killed 17 American servicemen.

The ACLU practically had a cerebral hemorrhage when hearing the news. They want Defense Secretary Gates to drop charges against al-Nashiri so that he can be tried in a civilian court. Now, I could be off base hear, but if al-Nashiri is a committed Jihadi warrior and he deliberately planned the attack and murder of U.S. military personnel, where does the “civilian” part come in?

This is going to be an interesting fight.

30 Jan
2009
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Hyperinflation a Possibility

According to Morgan Stanley:

Hyperinflation is a possibility say Morgan Stanley

This is what happens when governments bailout banks, nationalizing credit. Bye bye private sector, hello chaos!

In case you may have forgotten, we now have the most left-wing president in American history picking up where Bush left off, with a nearly $1 trillion spending – pork, that is – package.

30 Jan
2009
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The Cognitive Disconnect on Overseas Abortion Funding

Without getting into a debate about the wisdom or folly of pro-life or pro-abortion stances (wish me luck there), I wanted to throw this thought out there for consideration:

Liberals contend that the federal government should spend more money (meaning the taxpayers should spend more money) on health care so that the uninsured and the poor (not always one and the same) can have decent health coverage. In other words, there aren’t enough resources to go around for everyone.

So why did President Obama sign a bill that would allow federal funds (taxpayer dollars) to pay for abortions in other countries?

Wouldn’t that money be better spent on health care in this country? Not necessarily abortions, but tangible critical care that so many Americans are lacking?

Pardon me for being rude, but get your priorities straight, Mr. President.

30 Jan
2009
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Blago Gets Booted

The Illinois State Senate voted unanimously today to remove Gov. Rod Blagojevich from office after he was arrested by federal authorities for attempting to sell President Barack Obama’s former U.S. Senate seat. He vows to continue his fight, but if he couldn’t win it from the bully pulpit of the top elected office in the state, he likely won’t have much of a shot as a private citizen.

Looking back now that this saga has essentially come to a close, the funniest part of the last week had to have been Blago’s media charm offensive. He went on Today, The View, CBS and told the same story to all of them – that he couldn’t get a fair trial. That of course was due in large part to the fact that he refused to show up at his trial.

So now Blago slips off the front pages and into annals (anals?) of history.
Bye now.

29 Jan
2009
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Call your Senator TODAY to object to Eric Holder

Please call your Senators, Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, today to object to the nomination of Eric Holder for Attorney General. Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nomination of Eric Holder, but the full Senate vote is TODAY.

Sen. Schumer can be reached at (202) 224-6542.

Sen. Gillibrand can be reached at (202) 224-4451.

Why object to Eric Holder? As deputy attorney general in the Clinton administration, in 1999, Eric Holder was responsible for the pardon of 16 FALN terrorists and the pardon of Mark Rich. In 1994, when Holder was a U.S. Attorney in D.C., federal Judge Royce Lamberth asked Holder to investigate the Clinton health czar Ira Magaziner for perjury, but Holder refused to investigate.

So, please call Senators Schumer and Gillibrand today to object to Eric Holder.

29 Jan
2009
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Obama Stumbles Big Time in Arab TV Interview

Okay, I didn’t watch the interview President Obama gave to Al Arabiya Television, but I did read the transcript.

Obama let one rip that just stunk to high heaven. A quote, I mean. Check out this jaw dropper:

“…the same respect and partnership that America had with the Muslim world as recently as 20 or 30 years ago, there’s no reason why we can’t restore that.”

Okay, so 20 or 30 years ago. What was going on then? Umm, there was the Iranian hostage crisis. There was a series of suicide attacks on American tourists in Europe by Muslim extremists. There was the murder of 241 sleeping Marines by a suicide truck bomber in Beirut, Lebanon. There was the killing of wheelchair-bound American tourist Leon Klinghoffer. And there was also a series of plane hijackings that focused almost exclusively on American-owned or U.S.-bound passenger jets.

Oh yes, by all means, let us go back to the heady days of yore when there was respect and partnership between America and the Muslim world.

Does our president just spit this stuff out without thinking? I thought that was Joe Biden’s job.

29 Jan
2009
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Donkeys Kick Through Stimulus in House

$819 billion. Only an insane person would say that it is not too much money for an economic stimulus package. Particularly when that package, which we are told is essential to our very survival as a nation, includes cash for condoms and ATV trails and paint jobs for public buildings in various Donkey districts. It is a pork barrel paradise that will not boost the economy. It will only add to our debt and bury us in taxes for a generation.

After a party line vote that drew not a single Republican and lost 11 Democrats, Nancy Pelosi said proudly “We are taking America in a new direction.” She is certainly right about that. That direction could very well sink us, though.