Michael Reagan and me on the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76)

Friday, July 5, 2013

The Most Dangerous Cities in America (all ruled by Democrats)

10. Cleveland, Ohio

Violent crimes per 100,000: 1,383.8

Population: 393,781

2012 murders: 84

Poverty rate: 34.3%

Pct. of adults with high school degree: 77.0%

Mayor: Frank G. Jackson. January 2, 2006–Present (Democrat)

CLEVELAND, Ohio is in Cuyahoga County, the most Democratic of all counties in Ohio in each of the last three presidential elections. Obama won 96 percent of the vote in the city precincts east of the Cuyahoga River as he collected 94,088 votes there to Mitt Romney's 3,879

9. Baltimore, Md.

Violent crimes per 100,000: 1,405.7

Population: 625,474

2012 murders: 219

Poverty rate: 25.1%

Pct. of adults with high school degree: 80.5%

Mayor: Stephanie Rawlings-Blake February 4, 2010 to present (Democrat)

Baltimore, Md. Has been ruled by Democrat Mayors since Theodore McKeldin left office in 1967.

Rawlings-Blake became mayor after Mayor Sheila Dixon (also a Democrat) resigned as Mayor as part of a plea agreement reached with prosecutors after being found guilty of embezzlement. In 2012, Baltimore, Md. Voted 61.4% for Obama.

8. New Haven, Conn.

Violent crimes per 100,000: 1,439.2

Population: 129,934

2012 murders: 17

Poverty rate: 30.1%

Pct. of adults with high school degree: 78.4%

Mayor: John DeStefano, Jr. January 6, 1994 to present (Democrat)

New Haven, Conn has had a Democrat as Mayor since 1953. In 2012, Obama clobbered Republican Mitt Romney by a margin of 9 to 1 in the New Haven, Ct.

7. Birmingham, Ala.

Violent crimes per 100,000: 1,517.8

Population: 213,266

2012 murders: 67

Poverty rate: 32.0%

Pct. of adults with high school degree: 81.3%

Mayor: William A. Bell January 2010 – present (Democrat)

Birmingham, Al has had a Democrat as mayor since 1975. Bell took office after a runoff election. His predecessor Mayor Langford (also a Democrat), along with investment banker William B. Blount and former state Democratic Chairman Al LaPierre, was arrested by the FBI on a 101-count indictment alleging conspiracy, bribery, fraud, money laundering, and filing false tax returns in connection with a long-running bribery scheme. His public corruption trial ended on October 28, 2009 with convictions on 60 counts, and resulted in his automatic removal from office. After being convicted in a trial in federal court in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Langford is now serving a 15 year federal felony sentence. He is an inmate #27349-001 at FCI Ashland, a Federal prison in Ashland, Kentucky. His projected release date is listed as May 1, 2023.

Although, Romney carried Alabama by almost half a million votes in 2012. Birmingham is in Jefferson County, Alabama's only true purple county. It's where Democrats and Republicans both compete for votes and candidates from either party can be competitive in most races. Obama carried the day in Jefferson County.

6. Stockton, Calif.

Violent crimes per 100,000: 1,548.0

Population: 299,105

2012 murders: 71

Poverty rate: 25.8%

Pct. of adults with high school degree: 75.1%

Mayor: Anthony Silva January 1, 2013 to present (Democrat)

Before he became mayor of Stockton, Anthony Silva was investigated by the Stockton Police Department for an alleged incident involving a 19-year-old woman. On June 28th, 2012 The Stockton City Council approved a petition for bankruptcy and become the largest of a city in U.S. history to file bankruptcy. California is drowning beneath years of liberal policies that can only be called criminally corrupt. It’s a rarity for an elected official in California not to have a ‘D” behind his / her name.

5. Memphis, Tenn.

Violent crimes per 100,000: 1,750.0

Population: 657,436

2012 murders: 133

Poverty rate: 27.2%

Pct. of adults with high school degree: 83.4%

Mayor: A.C. Wharton October 26, 2009 to present (Democrat)

Wharton predecessor, 5 term mayor W. W. Herenton (also a democrat) was widely criticized for doing little in response to the significant rise in crime under his leadership; he stated that "No mayor in any American City can solve the crime problem." Wharton has also been criticized for awarding contracts to his friends, underfunding Memphis City Schools, underfunding the Memphis Police Department, and for cutting services for young people and the elderly, while offering incentive packages to corporate interests. He disagrees with the Forbes rating of Memphis as Most Miserable City in America. In 2012. Memphis voted overwhelmingly for Obama.

4. St. Louis, Mo.

Violent crimes per 100,000: 1,776.5

Population: 318,667

2012 murders: 113

Poverty rate: 27.0%

Pct. of adults with high school degree: 83.9%

Mayor: Francis G. Slay April 17, 2001 to present (Democrat)

During his term, St. Louis was named the most dangerous city in the country in 2006 and 2010, as well as the second most dangerous city in 2007. After the release of the 2010 census Slay stated that he was surprised to learn that St. Louis had lost more than 29,000 residents since the year 2000. St Louis has had a democrat as mayor since 1949. The St Louis Area voted almost 80% for Obama in 2012. Obama carried only three counties and the City of St. Louis.

3. Oakland, Calif.

Violent crimes per 100,000: 1,993.1

Population: 399,487

2012 murders: 126

Poverty rate: 21.0%

Pct. of adults with high school degree: 79.9%

Mayor: Jean Quan January 3rd, 2011 to present (Democrat)

A KPIX poll after almost a year of Mayor Quan term listed her approval rating of 28 percent, with 69 percent responding with "little or no confidence" the mayor's ability to reduce the city’s crime problem. On October 26, 2011 it was reported Quan responded to a recall petition by saying she believed the signatories were frustrated with her lack of progress in creating jobs. She went on to KGO radio claiming "I'm too busy. ... I haven't even had a chance to look at the petitions." But Quan has remained very unpopular in the city of Oakland. A SurveyUSA poll found 60 percent of residents disapprove of her job performance and 65 percent say the city is on the wrong track. Crime is the voters' primary concern. Even though Quan is Oakland first Asian-American mayor, it is the Asian-American community giving her the lowest marks, with 67 percent disapproving of her performance. Her predecessor, Ron Dellums (also a Democrat) faced a recall attempts as well. After his election to mayor of Oakland, Dellums came under criticism for a wide range of issues, including a lack of transparency in government, ineffectual governance, and alleged extended absence from his duties at City Hall. He was criticized for refusing to disavow a staff-generated letter sent in his name in July 2007 to a Federal Bankruptcy Court in support of the Your Black Muslim Bakery, whose owners were suspects in the 2007 murder of reporter Chauncey Bailey. In 2009, Dellums and his wife were cited with failure to pay over $239,000 in federal income taxes. Oakland has had a Democrat as Mayor since 1977. California is drowning beneath years of liberal policies that can only be called criminally corrupt. It’s a rarity for an elected official in California not to have a ‘D” behind his / her name.

2. Detroit, Mich.

Violent crimes per 100,000: 2,122.6

Population: 707,096

2012 murders: 386

Poverty rate: 40.9%

Pct. of adults with high school degree: 77.4%

Mayor Dave Bing May 11th, 2009 to present (Democrat)

Dave Bing came to office after his predecessor Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick (also a Democrat) resigned office in 2008 after pleading guilty to two counts of felony obstruction of justice. Kilpatrick was released on probation after serving 99 days. On May 25, 2010, he was sentenced to 18 months to 5 years in prison for violating his probation. On March 11, 2013, Kilpatrick was convicted on 24 additional federal felony counts, including mail fraud, wire fraud, and racketeering. The conviction stemmed from a 38-charge felony indictment, in what a federal prosecutor called a "pattern of extortion, bribery and fraud" by some of Detroit's most prominent officials. Bing’s time as mayor has been far more lackluster than his MBA career. A campaign to recall Dave Bing is seeking to boot the former NBA star and businessman from office before the 2013 mayoral election. According to WDIV, the petition filed by State Rep. John Olumba (D-Detroit) reads, "Mayor Bing reduced the hours that police precincts are open to the public." Olumba first introduced the petition in October, but the Wayne County Election Commission didn't approve the original language. According to the Michigan Citizen, the original language read: "The mayor has compromised public safety in Detroit. He discriminated against residents by designating only a portion of the city with proper fire emergency response times. He closed fire stations, which has led to prolonged response times for the remaining parts of the city.” In an September 2012 poll More than 63 percent of Detroit residents said they have no faith in Mayor Dave Bing or the Detroit City Council to fix the city, and 82 percent said Bing did not deserve to be re-elected. In 2011: 20 percent of Detroit is on food stamps. Its violent crime rate is 5 times the national average and it’s rated as America’s Most Dangerous City, 40 percent of Detroit residents wanted to leave the city. Home prices have fallen 54 percent in the last 3 years; And Detroit had the highest poverty rate in the nation. Despite the abysmal records of the Democrats running the city, Detroit has had a democrat as mayor since 1962. So guess who Detroit voted for by 98 percent? Obama, naturally. Because when you’re already living in a hellhole, your prime motivation is to drag the rest of the country in with you. The 40 percent of Detroiters who want to leave have drawn no conclusions about the causes of all their problems.

1. Flint, Mich.

Violent crimes per 100,000: 2,729.5

Population: 101,632

2012 murders: 63

Poverty rate: 40.6%

Pct. of adults with high school degree: 82.9%

Mayor: Dayne Walling August 5th, 2009 to present (Democrat)

On August 4, 2009, Walling won the special general mayoral election to replace Mayor Williamson (also a democrat) after his resignation. Williamson announced his resignation in the midst of a recall election. Time magazine named Flint the "most dangerous city in America" in a 2007 issue. The 14th Annual CQ press publication of "Most Dangerous Cities in America" ranked Flint third. During the 2007 election, Williamson claimed that the city had an $8.9 million surplus. However, after the mayoral elections, it was revealed that the city was in a $4 million deficit. Williamson had to fire 60 city employees and proposed firing 60 police officers and 9 firefighters, and closing the city jail. Williamson was accused of bribing citizens for votes by handing out more than $20,000 at the car dealership that his wife owns as part of a "Customer Appreciation Day." Each recipient of the money was given campaign literature In his bid to be re-elected, Walling came in first the nonpartisan general primary on August 2, 2011 with Darryl Buchanan taking second to face off with him in the general election in November. On November 8, 2011, Walling defeated Buchanan 8,819 votes (56%) to 6,868 votes (44%). That same day, the Michigan State review panel declared the City of Flint to be in state of a "local government financial emergency". His authority as Flint Mayor was superseded by the appointment by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder of Michael Brown as the city's Emergency Manager on November 29 effective December 1st. Flint has had a long history of Mayors being recalled or Mayors being replaced by State appointment of Emergency Financial Manager. Flint has been ruled by Democrats since 1975. Flint like Detroit overwhelmingly voted for Obama in 2012.

Friday, March 2, 2012

10 Worst U.S. Presidents of all Time

10) Franklin D Roosevelt If I looked only at domestic policy, he would have easily been a contender for my top spot. His awful management of the economy alone, which extended the Depression for years, would merit a top 3 spot. However, FDR’s leadership during World War II was so meritorious that it simply could not be overlooked. That being said, FDR is often ranked by historians as one of America’s great Presidents. A man whose greatness on the foreign policy front is quite nearly matched by the titanic damage he did to America on the domestic side certainly doesn’t deserve that sort of honor.

9)  Warren Harding: Harding was only in office for a couple of years before he died of a heart attack. The bright side to that silver lining for Harding was that much of the incredible corruption that was going on during his presidency wasn’t revealed until after his death. The worst of these ignominious adventures was the “Teapot Dome scandal,” which involved bribery and a new first in American politics — a cabinet member, Albert Fall, being sent to jail.

8) Herbert Hoover: Hoover didn’t make my list because the Depression started on his watch. After all, it’s not as if he created that problem. But, his protectionist Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act created a trade war at the worst possible time and helped lock the Depression in place.

7) John Tyler: Tyler’s Presidency was rarely taken seriously in his time. People usually referred him to as the “Acting President” or “His Accidency”. Tyler shocked Congressional Whigs by vetoing virtually the entire Whig agenda, twice vetoing Clay’s legislation for a national banking act following the Panic of 1837 and leaving the government deadlocked. Tyler was officially expelled from the Whig Party in 1841, a few months after taking office, and became known as “the man without a party.” In 1843, after he vetoed a tariff bill, the House of Representatives considered the first impeachment resolution against a president in American history. A committee headed by former president John Quincy Adams concluded that Tyler had misused the veto, but the impeachment resolution did not pass.

6) John F. Kennedy: If it were  not for a couple of crack marksmen in Texas JFK probably would have gone down as the worst American president ever
In retrospect, he spent his 35 months in the White House stumbling from crisis to fiasco. He came into office and okayed the Bay of Pigs invasion. Then he went to a Vienna summit conference and got his clock cleaned by Khrushchev. That led to, among other things, the Cuban missile crisis and a whiff of nuclear apocalypse.
Looming over it all is the American descent into Vietnam. The assassination of Vietnam’s President Diem on Kennedy’s watch may have been one of the two biggest mistakes of the war there. (The other was the decision to wage a war of attrition on the unexamined assumption that Hanoi would buckle under the pain.) I don’t buy the theory promulgated by Robert McNamara and others that Kennedy would have kept U.S. troops out. Sure, Kennedy wanted out of Vietnam — just like Lyndon Johnson wanted out a few years later: "We’ll scale down our presence after victory is secure." And much more than Johnson, Kennedy was influenced by General Maxwell Taylor.

 Kennedy gave the green light to another coup in a country that would, thirty years later, be at the center of American foreign policy:
The other coup that JFK supported earlier in 1963 was the Baathist one in Iraq that chucked out a pro-Soviet general. Events in subsequent decades obviously are not Kennedy’s fault, but it still is interesting to look at the documents. There’s a State Department sitrep from Nov. 21, 1963 that states “Initial appraisal cabinet named November 20 is that it contains some moderate Baathis. Of twenty-one ministers, seven are holdovers from previous cabinet, thirteen are civilians, four are from moderate Shabib-Jawad faction of Baath (Defense — Tikriti; Communications — Abd al-Latif; Education — Jawari; Health — Mustafa) and a number of technician-type civil servants.” Did you notice the name of that defense minister? (Saddam Hussein’s uncle.) 

There is, I suppose, some irony in the fact that both the Iraqi coup, which included the assassination of several Generals,  and the coup in Saigon, occurred in the same year that Kennedy himself was assassination. 

JFK's assassination, of course, has tended to romanticized aka the myth of Camelot by Kennedy loyalists

While Kennedy did remain popular throughout his Presidency, thanks largely to relatively good economic times, the truth of the matter is that the real JFK bears little resemblance to the fantasy, especially in the foreign policy era. 

Kennedy’s decision to directly involve the United States in the success of South Vietnam as a state by authorizing the removal of Diem made further American involvement in Vietnam inevitable. 

JFK was hardly a pacifist, and during his three years in office he proved himself to be quite willing to engage in military adventurism. He also intervened in the internal affairs of other nations up to the point of assassinating politicians when he believed it suited U.S. interests.

Kennedy’s foreign policy choices look bad in retrospect, and set the U.S. on a path the led to one of our longest and most controversial wars, but they were fit in perfectly with the dominant views on both sides of the political aisle at the time. We were at the height of the Cold War, Berlin had just been divided by a wall, and the world had been brought to the brink of a nuclear war.

5) Richard Nixon: Not only was “Tricky Dick” Nixon impeached over Watergate, he shook the American people’s faith in our government. Given the chronic overreach of the federal government, some might say that’s a good thing. But, you generally get what you expect and if the American people don’t expect competency, honesty, and decency from our government, we’re not likely to get it.

Nixon did improve relations with China. He also put America in a position where we could have won in Vietnam had the Democrats in Congress not cut off supplies and air support to our former allies and left them to be slaughtered. Still, Nixon did a lot of damage domestically. He created the out-of-control EPA and was primarily responsible for creating the federal government’s Affirmative Action program, which codified discrimination against white Americans into the law. Additionally, he imposed wage and price controls that hurt the economy. That’s not much of a domestic legacy.

4) Woodrow Wilson: The failure of the League of Nations and the Treaty of Versailles, both of which contributed significantly to WWII, occurred on his watch.

Additionally, speaking plainly, Wilson was also a fascist. 

3) Lyndon Johnson: You can thank Lyndon Johnson for dramatically ramping up our forces in Vietnam while simultaneously putting rules of engagement in place that made it nearly impossible for our troops to win the war. Then there was the Immigration Act of 1965, the Gun Control Act of 1968, riots in American cities, and the roots of the modern welfare state in America. 

2) Jimmy Carter: Not only did Carter stand by and watch our ally, the Shah of Iran, get overthrown by fundamentalist crazies, he botched the Iranian hostage crisis that sprang from the overthrow in almost every way possible. It’s also worth noting that the Soviets were inspired by Carter’s naiveté to invade Afghanistan on his watch. In other words, both the war on terror and Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons can be directly traced back to Jimmy Carter’s presidency. To top off all of that incompetence, Carter gave away the Panama Canal.

Then there was the domestic front. Carter was famous for his notorious malaise speech, gas lines, boycotting the Olympics, and an economy that was so dismal it actually diminished people’s faith in the American dream.

1) Barack Obama: It’s not possible to fully evaluate Barack Obama’s presidency because it’s not over, but he has already done a devastating amount of damage in a freakishly short period of time. Happily, there’s still some hope that the utter destruction of the American health care system that he’s trying to implement can be reversed. The socialistic takeovers of whole segments of American industries that began in the final days of the Bush Administration and expanded under Obama can also still hopefully be reversed in the coming years with new leadership. Additionally, we can still hope against hope that Iran will be stopped from getting nukes, that Obama won’t lose the wars in Afghanistan like he did in Iraq and that none of his other disastrous policies like Cap and Trade will be passed. (The word “hope” comes up with Obama as often today as it did during his campaign, just in a different context)

However, Obama’s massive expansion of spending and government for domestic purposes is not only unique in American history; it came at the worst possible moment. At a time when there were genuine concerns in America and across the world that our country no longer has the intention or even the capability of paying off our debt, Barack Obama massively increased spending under the auspices of fighting a short term recession. In this case, the cure is almost certainly worse than the disease. Could America default on her debts because of what Obama is doing? Absolutely. Could this spending be the reason future generations of Americans aren’t as prosperous as their parents? Certainly. Is it possible that we’re literally experiencing the turning point that will take America from super power to economic basket case? Yes. This country is now facing its greatest moment of risk since World War II and it’s an entirely self-inflicted wound.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Releash the Damn Photos

President Obama doesn't want to inflame Muslim opinion by releasing the photographs of Osama Bin Laden with his brainpan ventilated. Now, I realize that the Navy SEALs likely snuffed out the founder of al Qaeda with an MP5K sub-machinegun, and a NATO 5.56mm round fired from one of those bad boys at close range would likely have peeled back Osama's skullcap like a banana and made a nice Jackson Pollack-esque brain splatter on the wall.

But, showing the corpse of Osama bin Laden might inflame the sensitivities of people who follow a religion of peace that bin Laden allegedly hijacked. And we all know what happens when followers of a hijacked religion of peace get inflamed, right?

And so, all we have are faked photos of a dead Osama bin Laden, like the one that looks more like Rodney King after a routine traffic stop in LA than a guy that got pasted by a headshot.

Release the damn photo, Obama!

Now it's time to put the controversy in context.

Do you remember the peaceful Muslims in the idyllic town of Fallujah, Iraq, known as the "city of mosques" for its over 200 Islamic houses of worship. In photographs released to all major news outlets the Muslims are merrily stringing up the charred and dismembered corpses of American contractors (Scott Helvenston, Jerry Zovko, Wesley Batalona, and Michael Teague) on the bridge over the Euphrates River after attacking them, beating them, and setting them on fire.

Careful. I realize there is an impulse to get angry about Muslims killing Americans and desecrating their bodies and putting them on display for the world, but keep your cool. Remember, President Obama prosecuted the Navy SEAL that punched the terrorist responsible for this attack on American contractors.

Remember when we saw photos and video of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, of the Muslim Terrorist recording of his execution by beheading at the hands of his al Qaeda abductors. The taped beheading of Daniel Pearl was made into an al-Qaeda recruitment video, which was subsequently released on the internet as well as aired internationally by Al Jazeera TV and CBS News.

Don't get mad. The man who likely beheaded Daniel Pearl, Khalid Sheikh Muhammad, is in US custody at Guantanamo. KSM, as war on terrorism chroniclers know, is the Baluchistani terrorist on Saddam Hussein's payroll that planned the 9/11 attacks. KSM was arrested in Pakistan after Iraqi intelligence officials defected and surrendered right before we invaded Iraq back in 2003. They knew right where he was, and we went and got him. To me, that justifies the war in Iraq that candidate Obama said was the "wrong war." Saddam Hussein's intelligence services were deep in bed with a terrorist organization that had just killed 3000 Americans. [Don't argue with me, read the Clinton administration 1998 federal indictment of Osama bin Laden]

KSM pled guilty in a military tribunal, and would be executed by now except the wisdom of President Barack "I will stand with the Muslims" Obama believes the Justice Department can get a better verdict in the civilian courts than a guilty plea in a death penalty case in front of a military tribunal.

Don't get mad about Obama not releasing a photo of the dead Osama yet. Remember, according to our wise President Obama, the Daniel Pearl execution video "captured the imagination of the world." I guess like Star Wars, only without the John Williams symphony soundtrack.

Speaking of captured imaginations, remember the internet video of a TSA employee molesting a non-Muslim child to make sure he's not a suicide bomber before he boards a plane. Without getting into the specifics about the leftist incapacity for rational thought, let's just say this venture into absurdity may one day payoff for Obama's "counter-terrorism" efforts when a TSA molester accidentally triggers the detonator on an actual suicide bomber and kills everyone waiting in line to get to their plane. And who wants to bet that that chance suicide bomber blowing himself up in middle of the airport screening line to kill dozens of people will be a person not singled out for scrutiny while the kids ahead of him in line are molested for the sake of not making him feel needlessly inconvenienced as a Muslim?

Don't get mad. Remember, your kids will get molested at the airport and you will get a mild dose of radiation by the backscatter Nudie-Vision x-ray photography machines manned by the Department of Homeland Security for the same reason President Obama won't release Osama bin Laden's death photo: molesting your kids and collecting nude photos of you into a federal database are merely two ways we avoid disturbing the all-important Muslim sensitivities.

Not offending Muslim sensitivities is imperative. Do you remember the front page photos of wounded soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas being treated by medics after the third Islamic terrorist attack on US soil since President Bush left office claimed the lives of 12 people. Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan, a Muslim military psychiatrist went ding-dong and shot up other soldiers preparing to deploy to Afghanistan to fight al Qaeda and the Taliban. Now, we all know psychology and psychiatric degrees are very important to those seeking management positions at Taco Bell, but I'd like to think the field doesn't draw people apt to go ultraviolent jihadi thrill kill on the advice of a Muslim cleric met on the internet. But, hey, I'm trying to be sensitive to Muslims here, and so were the FBI, who were monitoring the good Muslim US Army shrink's communications with a radical Islamist cleric known for condoning terrorist attacks as "holy." That's why the FBI never told the Army that they had a radicalized terrorist sympathizer near weapons and tanks and ammunition and a short drive through the nearest elementary school full of kids. That's why the FBI never made a move on Hasan before he went on a shooting rampage. Don't offend the Muslim sensitivities.

I mean a cartoon caused Danish and Norwegian embassies in Syria to spontaneously combust as peaceful Muslims stood around them carrying Molotov cocktails. The cartoonist, Kurt Westergaard, lives under threats to his life for drawing a cartoon of Mohammed, just as Salman Rushdie does for writing a novel referencing Muhammad's historical making up verses in the Koran to benefit himself allegedly because the Devil made him do it.

Perhaps releasing Osama Bin Laden's death picture will do more harm than good. It's entirely possible that for the first time in the history of human civilization, Muslims might … gasp …attack America. We best not offend these good people with a picture of a dead terrorist.

Monday, March 21, 2011

My 2012 Dream Ticket

In 2012 when Obama / Biden / and Billary get the axe I would love to see the following cast take over

Mississippi Gov Barbour as Pres
Texas Gov Perry as VP
LA Gov Jindal as Sec of Tresury
WI Gov Walker as Sec of Labor
Condi Rice as Sec of State
Sen McCain(R-AZ) as Sec of Defense
Former AK Gov Palin as Sec of Interior
AZ Sherif Joe Arpaio as Sec of Homeland Security
Ben Stein as Sec of Education
SFC (retired) Wallace Tyson as Sec of Veteran Affairs
Exelon CEO John Rowe as Sec of Energy
Matty Moroun as Sec of Trasportation
Doug Oberhelman as Sec of Housing and Urban Development
Donald Trump as Sec of Commerce
Irene Rosenfeld as Sec of Ag
J. Cristian Adams as Attorney General

They'd do nicely ... most would have to take pay cuts ... but they'd kick butt and take names

Joe Biden Railroad

By Joe Stossel
It's amazing how modern politics resembles scenes of Ayn Rand's best-seller Atlas Shrugged.

Like the one in which a high-ranking government official pumps millions of dollars into a failing railroad company. The grateful railroad CEO rewards the government official by renovating his hometown train station and naming it after the government official. The renovation costs $5,700,000 more than expected.

Then comes the ribbon cutting ceremony. The CEO gets on one of his trains to go to the ceremony, but it breaks down. No surprise there: One out of every four trains his company runs is late. The CEO, chuckling at the irony, abandons the train and takes a car to the ceremony.

Unfortunately, that wasn't a scene in Atlas Shrugged. It happened this weekend.

The government official is Joe Biden.

By the way, the first of three Atlas Shrugged movies opens next month, appropriately on April 15th. (TAX DAY)

Read more: http://stossel.blogs.foxbusiness.com/2011/03/21/joe-biden-railroad/#ixzz1HFnoujzd

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

An Open Letter to Harvey Updyke

Dear Harvey Alerbamermoron Updyke, Jr.,

It turns out, your a super smart fellow, for a Bamer - admitting (quite proudly) to have used a horrid herbicide on our trees live on the Radio and everything. And ending your call with a "Roll Damn Tide!!" Oh so classy.

I bet it would have been really hard for a Texas State Trooper to track you down. The fact, that You really do live in Dadeville and are a Crimson Tide fan. And apparently told half the damned town that you did it, bragging to everyone you saw. Oh, and if that weren't tricky enough to throw the Texas State Troopers off the trail, you called a Horticulture professor at Auburn AND LEFT A VOICEMAIL COPPING TO THE POISONING! Bravo! No Texas State Trooper would have ever figured that one out. You did what every police officer on the planet wishes someone would do during the course of an investigation: you confessed in public on the Finebaum radio show and gave enough details to lead even a rookie Texas State Trooper right to his front door in Dadeville, AL. I guess all those years of stopping speeders on Texas highways didn’t do much to make you a master criminal.

One flaw, there big guy: You committed your crime in Alabama not Texas. You see, in Texas the Retards wear State Trooper Uniforms. In Alabama, the retards wear houndstooth printed hats and red jackets with an Atlanta braves ripped off "A" on the chest.

Short of leaving a trail of bread crumbs the size of elephant droppings, you couldn't have made your capture, arrest and soon to be conviction much easier.
You claim that you poisoned the trees because some Auburn students rolled Toomer's Corner after Bear Bryant died in 1983. I guess by now you have been informed by that never happened. By all accounts the Auburn family was both saddened and respectful when the Bear passed. I consider myself a Dye Hard Auburn Fan and I mourned the loss of the Bear - one of my home state's true heroes - a hero who's name and memory you have forever tarnished.

If you really wanted revenge on someone for disrespecting the Bear go after the fan that stole his hat off his head during a post game celebration. Oh I’m sorry, That was a Bama fan.

I know your upset because Auburn won the national championship, posted the biggest comeback win in the history of the Iron Bowl, (and they did it AT Tuscaloosa) and had a player win the Heisman Trophy.

Here's the thing, I know you Bamers hate us Barners. We don't like yall much either. We have spent our lives being the little brother, the butt of all the tractor and cow college jokes while yall keep fielding players with those annoying as hell Bieber-bangs and waving those TP-topped detergent boxes around over your heads.
In yall's minds, the only thing worse than Bama losing is Auburn winning.

And now, for at least the foreseeable future, instead of Nick Satan or Bear Bryant or whatever great recruit the Tide signs, the face of Alabama Football in the eyes of the rest of the nation will a dumb-ass redneck named Harvey Updyke.
Thank you for proving everything I have said all my life about the average Bama fan having no class.

By the way, what kind of inbred Redneck names his kids Bear Bryant And Crimson Tyde. I hear you also named one of you dogs Bear Bryant. Your son has to feel great that his dad loved a person that he never met SO much that you named him AND a dog after that man. By the way, Tyde is miss-spelled. It’s correct spelling is Tide. Have who ever you asked to read this letter to you to point it out on a detergent box.

I would call you retarded redneck, but that would be an insult to retarded rednecks.
I understand from the police report, you answered "do you have anything else of value?" with "a 200 Kia and a T.V." Really? At age 62? those are your items of value? Did you spend your life's savings on fake Alabama Letterman Jackets and Big Al hats?

I can fully understand why your lawyers keep dropping you as a client.
Now, you want your trial moved because you don’t think you can get a fair trial in Auburn. What happen to "Do you think I care?" there Al? Did your cell mates ass rape some sense into you?

Look man. You're pretty damned lucky to be getting a trial at all. Lynching isn't that far in the past in Alabama. Instead of getting a trial you could be hanging from the end of a rope or buried inside a car trunk and dropped into a lake or landfill. "Do you think I care?"

You see, whatever misguided logic or sense of Crimson Tide (not Tyde) spirit and loyalty led down this path of ass clownery - committing at least one felony by putting poison on our trees was wrong.

The trees at Toomer’s Corner don't define us. They are a symbol of us - the Auburn Family. This act of, for lack of a better word, eco-terrorism, will bring all of us closer together while you, the Tide fans and the whole Crimson Tide nation look horrible and pathetic by comparison.

Do your family a favor: save them the expense and embarrassment of a trail by killing yourself. Hanging yourself from a tree would make a poetic footnote to your wasted life. You have some nice size trees in your yard. I am sure you can figure out how to get it done.

On second thought, do this life long Auburn fan a favor: fight the charges to the bitter end - where you’ll loose your house, 200 Kia and TV to try to pay your legal bills before going to prison for 1 to 10 years. Jail will be a good place for you. With luck you’ll get 300 pound black cellmate from Tennessee named Bubba that hates Cops almost as much as he hates Bamers and he'll ass rape you nightly for ten years - while I laugh at the thought of you having wear orange instead of your beloved

Congratulations Harvey, aka Al from Dadeville. You managed to do the one thing that you would never intentionally do in your entire life: You made people feel sorry for Auburn University. Sorry for us in the very same year that we brought home the Heisman Trophy AND the National Championship.

By the way, is it hard to get your Tide-mobile to roll of flat tires?

Thanks and War Eagle!

PS. Spike 80DF is Harmful if swallowed.
You might want to take Bear (your dog not your son) to the vet soon.

Monday, February 7, 2011

My top 25 picks for 2012 Pres Election as of 2/7/11

25) George P Bush
24) John Bolton
23) Herman Cain
22) Jim DeMitt
21) Gary Johnson 
20) Sarah Palin
19) Marco Rubio
18) Tim Pawlenty
17) Joe Libberman
16) Michele Bachmann
15) Dick Armey
14) Newt Gingrich
13) Duncan Hunter
12) the Dystopian Kakistocratic Party's Mr. Beamish 
11) Alan Keyes
10) David Koch
9) Rick Perry
8) Lindsey Graham
7) Mike Huckabee
6) Jeb Bush
5) David Petraeus
4) Scott Brown
3) Mitt Romney
2) Bobby Jindal
1) Haley Barbour

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The Top 7 Violent Left-Wingers You’re Not Supposed to Remember

Even by the Left’s usual standards, the shamelessness and dishonesty of their reaction to psychopath Jared Loughner’s shooting spree in Tucson, Arizona—blaming his actions on the allegedly violent and inflammatory rhetoric of conservatives—is almost without peer. It became clear fairly early on that Loughner had serious mental issues and bizarre, apolitical reasons for hating Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. That did not prevent leftist politicians, journalists, commentators, and celebrities from smearing their political foes as accomplices to murder, however. To date, only one notable left-of-center figure—Kirsten Powers—has had the integrity to condemn this smear campaign.

This isn’t new—leftists have a history of blaming conservatives for apolitical crimes (sometimes they even blame conservatives for leftist crimes). In reality, the Left doesn’t care in the slightest about elevating our political discourse. The clearest indicator of their insincerity is that they never hold their own to these standards. The Left’s record of hate and vitriol is the stuff of legend, and while the media likes to forget about it, leftists commit acts of violence, too. Let’s remind them.

7.) Bradley Neal Crowder

In September 2008, Crowder was busted outside of the Republican National Convention for possession of a Molotov cocktail. It turns out his planned good old-fashioned rioting was a group outing—he came to the convention from Austin, Texas, along with a radical organization called the Austin Affinity Group:

The group brought a rental trailer with them that contained 35 riot shields, made from stolen traffic barrels. The intended use of the shields was to help demonstrators block streets near the Xcel Energy Center in order to prevent convention delegates from safely reaching the convention. St. Paul Police seized these shields on Aug. 31.

According to trial testimony, McKay and Crowder, angered by the loss of the shields, purchased supplies for constructing Molotov cocktails at a St. Paul Wal-Mart on Aug. 31, including a gas can, motor oil and tampons. They also purchased gasoline at a gas station. They then manufactured the eight Molotov cocktails at an apartment on Dayton Avenue where they were staying.

During a FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force investigation, authorities learned through an informant that McKay and Crowder had manufactured the Molotov cocktails. Crowder was arrested on Sept. 1 for disorderly conduct during an RNC demonstration.

During a conversation overheard by law enforcement through electronic surveillance on Sept. 2, McKay told an informant that he intended to throw the Molotov cocktails at police vehicles parked in a lot near the Dayton Avenue apartment. The parking lot was used as a checkpoint area for vehicles entering the security perimeter around the convention site. It was visibly patrolled by the U.S. Secret Service, various police agencies and the military.

6.) Amy Bishop

On February 12, 2010, University of Alabama Professor Amy Bishop opened fire during a biology department meeting, killing three of her colleagues and injuring three more. As Michelle Malkin has documented, Bishop had an assault record, and students and professors had raised concerns about her mental state. She also may have murdered her brother in 1986.

A far-right professor? Nope—her political views were reportedly in line with the average academic. On February 15, the Boston Herald reported that a “family source” described Bishop as “a far left political activist who was ‘obsessed’ with President Obama to the point of being off putting.” On RateMyProfessors.com, students described her as a “liberal” and a “socialist” in a comment that has apparently been since removed.

Granted, Bishop was apparently motivated by fear of losing her job, not politics, but if we’re going by the rationale put forth by Paul Krugman and company, who’s to say the “culture of hostility” her fellow travelers fostered had nothing to do with her seeing “Second Amendment solutions” as a legitimate way to solve her problems?

.) James Von Brunn

On June 10, 2009, Von Brunn shot up the U.S. Holocaust Museum, hitting three and killing security guard Stephen Tyrone Johns. Unsurprisingly, he turned out to be a raging anti-Semite, a brand of bigot often characterized as right-wing by smear groups, but more often drawn to the anti-Israel policies of the Left. As Kathy Shaidle revealed, though, Von Brunn held other views that are much harder for leftists to disavow:

[M]any of von Brunn’s political views track “Left” rather than “Right.” Clearly, a re-evaluation of these obsolete definitions is long overdue.

For example, he unleashed his hatred of both Presidents Bush and other “neo-conservatives” in online essays. As even some “progressives” such as the influential Adbusters magazine publicly admit, “neoconservative” is often used as a derogatory code word for “Jews”. As well, even a cursory glance at “white supremacist” writings reveals a hatred of, say, big corporations that is virtually indistinguishable from that of anti-globalization activists.

James von Brunn’s advocacy of 9/11 conspiracy theories also gives him an additional commonality with individuals on the far-left.

Von Brunn also hated Christianity:

These dangerous, imbecilic, concepts, tenets, and teachings, often treasonous, DESTROYED the Roman Empire and drenched the soil of Europe with Aryan blood for almost 2000 years!

The Big Lie technique, employed by Paul to create the CHRISTIAN RELIGION, also was used to create the HOLOCAUST RELIGION … CHRISTIANITY AND THE HOLOCAUST are HOAXES.

“Christianity” destroyed Roman Civilization. The “Holocaust” Religion is destroying Western Civilization. The Aryan gene-pool dies, “unwept, unhonored and unsung.”

James Von Brunn sounds more like a cross between David Corn, Alex Jones, and Sam Harris than he does Sarah Palin or Rush Limbaugh.

4.) Joe Stack

On February 18, 2010, Joseph Stack crashed a small plane into an IRS building, injuring 13 people while killing himself and IRS manager Vernon Hunter. Left-wing writers wasted no time in linking him to the Tea Party; after all, he hated the Internal Revenue Service, and all anti-government sentiments are pretty much the same, right?

Nope. It turns out Stack was a nut, but not a wingnut. He posted a manifesto online before taking flight, in which he rails against the rich, insurance companies, President George W. Bush, the Catholic Church, and capitalism:

Why is it that a handful of thugs and plunderers can commit unthinkable atrocities (and in the case of the GM executives, for scores of years) and when it’s time for their gravy train to crash under the weight of their gluttony and overwhelming stupidity, the force of the full federal government has no difficulty coming to their aid within days if not hours? Yet at the same time, the joke we call the American medical system, including the drug and insurance companies, are murdering tens of thousands of people a year and stealing from the corpses and victims they cripple, and this country’s leaders don’t see this as important as bailing out a few of their vile, rich cronies. Yet, the political “representatives” (thieves, liars, and self-serving scumbags is far more accurate) have endless time to sit around for year after year and debate the state of the “terrible health care problem”. It’s clear they see no crisis as long as the dead people don’t get in the way of their corporate profits rolling in […]

Some friends introduced me to a group of people who were having ‘tax code’ readings and discussions. In particular, zeroed in on a section relating to the wonderful “exemptions” that make institutions like the vulgar, corrupt Catholic Church so incredibly wealthy […]

The recent presidential puppet GW Bush and his cronies in their eight years certainly reinforced for all of us that this criticism rings equally true for all of the government. Nothing changes unless there is a body count (unless it is in the interest of the wealthy sows at the government trough). In a government full of hypocrites from top to bottom, life is as cheap as their lies and their self-serving laws […]

The capitalist creed: From each according to his gullibility, to each according to his greed.

3.) The Service Employees International Union

Lone gunman and bad apples are one thing; the acts of entire organizations are quite another. That brings us to the SEIU. Last seen assaulting black Tea Partier Kenneth Gladney, these guys are masters of the Corleone School of Getting Your Point Across. And when entire busloads of union thugs terrorize together, it’s kind of hard to run the “isolated incident” defense:

By now, you’ve probably seen the mob-scene that developed on the front lawn of the private residence of Greg Baer, deputy general counsel for corporate law at Bank of America. This was planned for some time by the SEIU as part of a larger national event, their Showdown on K Street, which was shared with National People’s Action and thousands of other activists from MoveOn.org and other left-wing groups.

Prior to the main event on K Street in Washington DC, SEIU and company made a little pit stop. According to Fortune magazine Washington editor Nina Easton, 14 busloads of riled up protesters unloaded on Baer’s private property and stormed up to his doorstep, while his teenage son was home alone. Easton is a neighbor of Baer’s and had called to check on her neighbor’s son when she heard and saw all the commotion outside. Easton writes,

“ Waving signs denouncing bank ‘greed,’ hordes of invaders poured out of 14 school buses, up Baer’s steps, and onto his front porch. As bullhorns rattled with stories of debtor calls and foreclosed homes, Baer’s teenage son Jack — alone in the house — locked himself in the bathroom. ‘When are they going to leave?’ Jack pleaded when I called to check on him.

“Baer, on his way home from a Little League game, parked his car around the corner, called the police, and made a quick calculation to leave his younger son behind while he tried to rescue his increasingly distressed teen. He made his way through a din of barked demands and insults from the activists who proudly ‘outed’ him, and slipped through his front door.

“‘Excuse me,’ Baer told his accusers, ‘I need to get into the house. I have a child who is alone in there and frightened.’”

Can you imagine the press’s nonstop howling if, say, FreedomWorks started bussing hundreds of people to the homes of White House czars to harass their families? It would be universally condemned as an outrage without precedent, and rightly so. But Democrat backers? Cue the chirping crickets.

2.) Harlan James Drake

When anti-abortion radical Scott Roeder murdered partial-birth abortionist George Tiller in May 2009, the usual chorus of death-exploiters howled that the Right was to blame, with character assassins like David Frum suggesting Bill O’Reilly bore special responsibility for (accurately) reporting that Tiller was killing viable babies while possibly covering the rape of teenage girls. Everybody knows about Scott Roeder.

But does the name Harlan James Drake ring a bell? On September 11 of that year, Drake murdered a pro-life activist named James Pouillon (as well as businessman Michael Fuoss, in an apparently-unrelated crime). Several news outlets reported that Drake was angered by Pouillon’s use of graphic images of aborted baby corpses. In a sick contrast to the conduct of Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, whose nonstop railing against talk radio in the wake of the Tucson shooting has led to the entire sheriff’s department shutting up about the case until further notice, Chief Shiawassee County Assistant Prosecutor Sara Edwards presented a more charitable theory about Drake’s motives: “Mr. Drake did not believe children should view the graphic material on the signs Mr. Pouillon carried.” Of course, leftists’ nonstop rhetoric about pro-lifers being woman-hating theocrats couldn’t possibly have been a factor…

The Pouillon case offers another even more striking contrast between Right and Left. While numerous leftists have been tripping over each other trying to tie conservatives to Loughner’s massacre, American Life League took the exact opposite route, with a responsible statement on Pouillon’s killing that puts all of today’s opportunists to shame:

Since a motive has not yet been determined, speculation is useless, if not harmful. We commend the Shiawassee County sheriff’s department for its swift apprehension of the suspect, and we pray for God’s justice and mercy.

1.) Jared Loughner

The biggest, most perverse irony of the Tucson shooting is that, to the extent that Loughner has identifiable political views, they lean leftward, not to the right.

One former high-school friend, Caitie Parker, described him as “left wing, quite liberal” as of 2007. From writings he posted online, we know Loughner believes the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are war crimes, seems to agree with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights’ assertion of “the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care,” and that he posted “Crap on God!” repeatedly. He ranted “No! I won’t trust in God!” and favorited a YouTube video calling America a “terrorist country” and depicting a flag burning. He called The Communist Manifesto one of his favorite books.

Most of these details are simply ignored by leftists, but on January 12, Ann Coulter caught the New York Times in “the most bald-faced lie [she has] ever read in that newspaper—which is saying something,” attempting to misrepresent a sick joke Loughner made about abortion as if it was a pro-life argument:

Only because numerous other news outlets, including ABC News and The Associated Press, reported the exact same shocking incident in much greater detail — and with direct quotes — do we know that the Times’ rendition was complete bunk.

ABC News reported: “One Pima Community College student, who had a poetry class with Loughner later in his college career, said he would often act ‘wildly inappropriate.’

“‘One day (Loughner) started making comments about terrorism and laughing about killing the baby,’ classmate Don Coorough told ABC News, referring to a discussion about abortions. ‘The rest of us were looking at him in shock … I thought this young man was troubled.’

“Another classmate, Lydian Ali, recalled the incident as well.

“‘A girl had written a poem about an abortion. It was very emotional and she was teary eyed and he said something about strapping a bomb to the fetus and making a baby bomber,’ Ali said.”

Here’s the Times’ version: “After another student read a poem about getting an abortion, Mr. Loughner compared the young woman to a ‘terrorist for killing the baby.’”

It’s bad enough that we all get blamed for the crimes of rogue conservatives and non-political actors. But do conservatives really have to take responsibility for the actions of leftists, too?

* * *

Let me be clear: while dishonest, inflammatory, and violent left-wing rhetoric should be condemned for its intrinsic sins, it is not to blame for any of the preceding crimes. Sane human beings possess free will, functioning minds, and ultimately choose their own path, while the actions and motivations of the mentally disturbed are irrational. Individuals are ultimately responsible for their own actions; conservatives should not view these individuals as albatrosses to hang around the necks of all who espouse left-wing political views. That is not what this is about.

This is about demonstrating that madness knows no party lines. This is about challenging the Left to hold themselves to the standards they demand of their enemies. This is about exposing the insincerity of the Left’s crocodile tears. For all their wailing about how sweet little Christina-Taylor Green would still be alive today if only Sarah Palin hadn’t used a target symbol on an election map, not a word of it is genuine. If this was a true moral stand and not opportunism of the lowest sort, they would have also shed tears for Stephen Tyrone Johns, Vernon Hunter, and James Pouillon, while expressing remorse for their own contributions to the toxic state of American political discourse. Somewhere along the way, there would have been some hint of self-reflection: maybe we should quit accusing right-wingers of desiring a return to segregation or knowingly launching wars on phony intelligence. Maybe we should apologize for calling Republicans Nazis.

Good luck finding any such conscience pangs. To their shame, leftists persists in whitewashing their record while defaming ours. They don’t belief in civility or mutual respect. Only by recognizing the full extent of their duplicity, and the twisted morals that animate it, can conservatives hope to defeat the Left.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Egypt equals Obama's Iran (Lord Help Us)

However corrupt Egypt’s regime may have been or continues to be, Mubarak succeeded in keeping the Islamists and the religious radicals in check. The Muslim Brotherhood, a major fundamentalist Egyptian opposition group that Mubarak had banned, will definitely try to take advantage of any further economic frustration or breakdown to set up the longed-for Islamic state, probably by promising those who have nothing that they will create a Muslim utopia of social justice, patterned after the Prophet Mohammad’s rule. That is the bait to hijack the revolution, like the Bolsheviks promised “peace, land and bread” to the uneducated, downtrodden Russian masses to get their support, only to bring in the Red Terror in return.

As history warns, the Islamists, if successful in seizing power, will internally perpetrate a Khmer Rouge/Khomeini-type bloodbath the likes of which Egypt has never seen before. The first victims will most likely be the country’s religious minorities. Externally, they will involve Egypt in a jihad/war against Israel, Europe or the Shiites and, like Iran, strive to build nuclear weapons.

Thus, Western countries and Israel are, naturally, viewing the events in Egypt with grave concern. The West must be prepared to confront the fact that it may be faced in Egypt with an approaching hostile, failed state, similar to Pakistan and Somalia, where terrorists will be welcome. If Obama fails to play this precarious situation right, and drops the ball like Carter disastrously did in 1979 by pulling the rug from under the Shah’s feet in Iran, then this dire situation could coalesce into Islamists capturing Egypt. Sometimes, as with Mubarak, the devil you know is better than the one you don’t.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Obama agrees McCain had it right

Jan 25, 2011 Obama: “Both parties in Congress should know this: If a bill comes to my desk with earmarks in it, I will veto it."

Apr 15, 2008 McCain "I will veto every bill with earmarks, until the Congress stops sending bills with earmarks."

So, even Obama thinks McCain had the better ideas?

Well, that just about sums it up!