Is there a conservative Presidential candidate to be excited about?

I’d love just once to have a presidential candidate I can be proud of rather than a “lesser of two evils.” In my life I’ve voted in every Presidential election save one (traveled unexpectedly) but on few occasions was I voting for my candidate so much as against his opponent. I hope I don’t find myself in that situation again as I watch the Republican front runners stumble.

But … I have a few thoughts on the criticisms the top line Republican candidates are facing even IF they turn out to be true …

I’d rather vote for a Herman Cain that’s pinched a couple of fannies than an Obama who’s pinched off oxygen to the American economy with extreme regulations and Western European type socialist policies. I’d rather vote for a Mitt Romney that flip flops to please the American public than an Obama who rolls over the American taxpayer for liberal causes (Solyndra, Cap and Trade, drilling embargo, etc.) that do nothing to make our lives better or our country stronger. I’d rather vote for a Rick Perry acting a little tipsy during a speech (watch the whole thing, not just the 8 minutes that his opponents stitched . . . → Read More: Is there a conservative Presidential candidate to be excited about?

The pro-gun vs. anti-gun White House petition situation — meh!

Earlier I was worried that we on the pro-gun side were going to lose a grassroots type online vote.  Turns out to be a non-issue.

The first pro-HR822 (nationwide CCW) poll went down with less than the 5,000 votes in 30 days required for an administration response, but it did come fairly close.

The anti-HR822 poll, promoted by Mayor Ramsey of Philadelphia, skyrocketed quickly to 8,000 votes and seemed on track to hit the 25,000 votes currently required for an administration response, but died as quickly as it exploded. It has been stuck at less than 9,000 votes for some time with only 10 days left and little chance of making the grade.

There is a new pro-822 bill to vote on, and I hope you will, but unfortunately pro-gun/conservative types tend to be adverse to posting their contact information to a white house server (though I really don’t understand why).

So the whole poll thing is pretty much a joke. The administration will (supposedly) have to make some statements on some odd subjects that got enough votes, many having to do with legalizing pot, but with the new threshold for a response set to 25,000 votes in 30 days . . . → Read More: The pro-gun vs. anti-gun White House petition situation — meh!

Cutting up the Government’s credit cards

The liberal panic over the Federal government reaching its debt limit, with the Democrats and Obama claiming it’s a catastrophe of epic proportions that will throw us into a second recession (like we ever really got out of the first one), just shows how lousy our leadership has been for the last two years. Because it’s not like tax revenues aren’t still pouring in — they are, with every paycheck we receive. And from every business. What this is is about is not cutting off all government money, it’s about cutting up the Government’s credit cards.

My family, like many others, tends to maintain a small credit card debt — sometimes higher, sometimes lower — though after over-borrowing early in our marriage and sacrificing to pay it back we keep it under control (something Democrats have yet to learn).  The credit cards are a way to handle the unexpected car repair one month, or pay for the vacation we didn’t saved up enough for, and then we can pay it back as quickly as possible.

But if you yanked all our credit cards away but we still had our jobs, we would be OK. We’d have to be careful and . . . → Read More: Cutting up the Government’s credit cards

Obama wants Israel to pull back to its pre-1967 borders; Hamas wants pre-1945 borders

So President Obama wants Israel to pull back to it’s pre-1967 borders, but from what I’ve read of the stated mission of Hamas they won’t be happy until the Jews in Israel have pulled back to their pre-1945 borders. In Germany.

Now I understand there’s a little give and take necessary to get a peaceful outcome, even if it’s not really just to one side or the other, but I haven’t seen any give whatsoever from the Palestinian side as I’ve watched this situation over the last few decades. In any case … the 1967 war was fought 44 years ago, and it’s pretty ridiculous to think that Israel should give up everything they’ve fought for for two generations.

But even if they did … what’s the point? This won’t be enough to placate the other side, a faction of which has promised to “push them into the sea.”

With the renaming of the newest navy ship after Cesar Chavez (a courageous man and hero to many, but not a military man or government leader) and other moves, it’s apparent the Obama administration is doing everything they can to get the Hispanic vote. But with this statement on Israel, clearly . . . → Read More: Obama wants Israel to pull back to its pre-1967 borders; Hamas wants pre-1945 borders

In less than 24 hours the killing of Bin Laden became an MSNBC anti-Bush/pro Democrat party hate fest. Wow.

In the hours following the taking of Usama (Osama?) Bin Laden we heard all kinds of great pro-American/non-partisan words. Everyone from President Obama to former President George W. Bush. Good Stuff, and it made me proud to hear Americans with such different views on current issues coming together on this one, the taking out of the greatest mass murderer in American history. But now I just sat through most of The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, and the thin-lipped expressionless-one who replaced Olbermann turned his entire show into a partisan pro Democrat/Bush attacking hate fest. Seriously? Where they heck do they get these people?!

He started his show by staring into the camera and stating in his monotone:

President Bush had 2086 days to catch Usama Bin Laden. President Obama got that job done in 831 days.

Yes, he did. Using intelligence taken from operatives captured during Bush’s term and interrogated in the Gitmo prison created by President Bush — possibly with the methods that the Democrats claimed were useless and torture.

Now if one wanted to become partisan on this issue one could legitimately ask why it took until now to get Bin Laden if they’ve known where he . . . → Read More: In less than 24 hours the killing of Bin Laden became an MSNBC anti-Bush/pro Democrat party hate fest. Wow.

Osama Bin Laden currently facing a judgment far beyond what a military tribunal at Gitmo could do

Osama Bin Laden. Hi Jesus

The Bible says to pray for your enemies. So I will, and have. But it’s hard not to be a little happy/relieved right now at the demise of Usama Bin Laden, even though I wouldn’t be surprised to read of significant counter strikes in the weeks to come. Doesn’t matter, it had to be done.

One retired general on Fox made the comment that this is good timing for offing the bastard; most of the Arab nations are tied up with their own problems right now. I hope so.

God bless the US forces who undertook this dangerous mission and took this guy out mano-a-mano (or as close as you can come with modern warfare), with boots on the ground rather than unmanned drones overhead. And to those who helped them find him.

The war goes on. But at least one figurehead is off the playing field. He won’t be missed.

Off Road

The best book ever written!

By me, anyway.

Set against the background of the American civil war of “progressives” vs. patriotic American traditionalists and a family caught in the middle, Off Road is a journey into the uniquely American world of God, guns, big trucks . . . → Read More: Osama Bin Laden currently facing a judgment far beyond what a military tribunal at Gitmo could do

Paying for Planned Parent Hood “health services” in the age of ObamaCare: More duplicate spending?

So for better or worse congress passed Obamacare into law last year. And the argument was we’d save money by making sure everyone had health insurance with government mandated preventative care, like mammograms. And now the argument liberals use for keeping Planned Parenthood on the government dole is that they provide mammograms and other health services to women who wouldn’t otherwise get them. So maybe PP did serve a purpose in the past (highly questionable), but now they’re just another case of government refusing to shutdown a spending program — for political purposes — that has outlived its usefulness. But make no mistake — this isn’t about mammograms, it’s about abortion. And that’s why Pelosi and Reid are determined to keep throwing money at this group.

Abortion, at least in the early stages of pregnancy,  is something that we American conservatives have to accept as the law of the land. I get that, and I think that fighting for an absolute end to abortion is something we should stop doing (it divides our ranks and accomplishes nothing) and accept that early term abortion is a right. Just as we expect liberals to accept that gun ownership is a right, however . . . → Read More: Paying for Planned Parent Hood “health services” in the age of ObamaCare: More duplicate spending?

Obama’s reluctant trade of blood for oil (Obama Sighed, People Died)

I have no doubt that Mr. Obama only took action in Libya with the greatest reluctance. But that said … it does seem to go against his previous stances. This has been widely covered by others, but here is a recap of the irony.

On March 20, 2003, President George W. Bush launched the Iraq War. On March 20, 2011, President Barack Obama launched attacks against Libya.

President Bush claimed the Iraq war was in the interest of the United States as one of the primary (stated) objectives was to rid Iraq, and therefore potential future terrorists, of WMD’s. President Obama makes no claim that the attack in Libya is in the interests of the U.S.; it is just to make the world a little better place and support the people of Libya (at least those who do not support Qaddafi).

Senator Obama claimed that a President must get approval from Congress before engaging in military actions. President Obama just cared about what European Union nations wanted.

Senator Obama criticized President Bush for staying involved in a civil war and upping the ante (Iraq surge). President Obama got us involved in a war that was a civil war, plain and . . . → Read More: Obama’s reluctant trade of blood for oil (Obama Sighed, People Died)

With the “jobless” rate below 9%, there are real signs of recovery … but who gets the credit?

With the economy showing signs of recovery that actually matter — as in job creation up and reduced unemployment – do the Democrats get the credit for their 2 years of “stimulus” spending/investing, or do the Republicans get the credit for winning the election last fall and showing they have the political will to actually cut government back and allow businesses to prosper? Once again … either side may win the battle of public opinion. But smart people understand it’s the latter and this growth is happening because of the TEA party and conservative (aka Republican) gains.

As we get into the election season  and the economy continues to improve (unless skyrocketing energy/oil costs slam us back down into recession/depression) the main stream media is going to be spinning like crazy to put the credit on Obama and the Democrats. But that’s nuts.

The Democrats were focused on shoveling money into work projects and (Union) construction workers. And while that’s not always bad, and certainly good for the guys who get jobs, it does nothing for the long term. And here’s why.

It’s nice to get roads fixed, but everyone knows that the government money is limited in duration and . . . → Read More: With the “jobless” rate below 9%, there are real signs of recovery … but who gets the credit?

Ian Murphy: The hero of the far left who punked Scott Walker … and mocked American soldiers

Buffalo Beast blogger Ian Murphy got a lot of acclaim from the far left (aka MSNBC) when he punked Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker by calling him and pretending to be billionaire David Koch. I’ve got not problem with that — he was trying to reveal something about somebody in an unguarded moment, and if Walker had answered the phone with, “Yes, my master, the plans are underway, and the destruction of America is imminent! Bwa-ha-ha-ha” Mr. Murphy would be a hero (there wasn’t any real story there, BTW — Walker talked respectfully as any Republican would to a major donor. And if he talked with Koch so often he knew him personally he never would have fallen for the prank in the first place, so the only story is — Scott Walker IS a politician but IS NOT a puppet of the Kochs).

The post is here. I’m going to — out a few nasty words as I don’t want them on my blog, but I think you’ll be able to fill them in.

So, 4000 rubes are dead. Cry me the Tigris. Another 30,000 have been seriously wounded. Boo f—–g hoo. They got what they asked for—and cool robotic . . . → Read More: Ian Murphy: The hero of the far left who punked Scott Walker … and mocked American soldiers