Extinction Event

Today’s post title is taken from a story that appeared this morning about an endangered species—coal-country democrats. At one time, the United Mine Workers of America owned coal-country and through the UMWA, so did democrats. In a recent blog post, I remembered the first time I voted in an election. I didn’t know at the time I was voting illegally. I do remember my father reluctantly indicating that I should follow the order of the union official at the polling place.

Times have changed. Democrat policies since Roosevelt and LBJ have taken their toll. The federal government is horrifically in debt. Personal liberty is a shadow of that possessed in past decades. Our military has been infiltrated by incompetents and political sycophants elevated not for their military skills but for their political allegiance.

But the changes have not all been towards socialism and political tyranny. There have been casualties on the left. In West Virginia, coal-country democrat office-holders are now extinct and that’s a good thing. The struggle between right and left, democrat and republican, communism and individualism continues. What happened in West Virginia could spread to coal-country in other states.

Another Species Has Gone Extinct

It’s a new month!

Today, if you haven’t yet noticed, is the first of July. Across the state line in Kansas, newly passed legislation comes into force. One of those is open carry. It is now legal to carry a weapon openly in Kansas. Are there restrictions? I don’t know. That is one reason why I won’t be open carrying when I cross the state line.

But the local news media has noticed. One TV station is already in the process of whipping up mass hysteria, just watch the biased video. So far, no one is biting.

Open carry law now in effect in Kansas


The Mississippi establishment GOP is wondering, “Wha’ happened?” after Tuesday’s primary. Their man, Thad Cochran, came in second in a field of three. A close second, admittedly, but still second. (See yesterday’s post.)

Their political machine is spinning up in the face of a run-off election against Chris McDaniel in a few weeks. None of the candidates acquired the needed 50% plus one vote to win the primary.

EDITORIAL: Mississippi vote rattles Cochran, Republican country club

Angry Republicans put their pallid party establishment on due notice

By THE WASHINGTON TIMES, Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Chris McDaniel promises a victory to a late night audience Tuesday July 3, 2014, at the Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg, Miss. McDaniel and six-term Sen. Thad Cochran dueled inconclusively at close quarters in Mississippi's primary election Tuesday night. (AP Photo/George Clark)

Chris McDaniel promises a victory to a late night audience at the Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg, Miss. (AP Photo/George Clark)

Taking out an incumbent U.S. senator is not easy. Nine of 10 senators up for re-election in the last congressional elections held their seats. This kind of job security makes the Senate a bit of a country club, where the attitude of “going along to get along” ensures a life of relative ease and comfort.

Tea Party activists have been itching to cancel a few of those country club memberships and invite conservatives of a deeper shade of red to the club. They have a shot now in Mississippi, where six-term Sen. Thad Cochran trailed state Sen. Chris McDaniel by less than a percentage point — 49.5 percent to 48.9 percent. Mr. McDaniel would have won it outright with another half-percentage of the vote. Now there’s a runoff on June 24. If it’s difficult to unhorse an incumbent, it’s nearly impossible for an incumbent senator to win a runoff election; a majority has already told him goodbye. Incumbents can win a runoff, but they don’t do it often.

Until Tuesday night, the Republican establishment was pleased with its success in beating back Tea Party challengers across the country in this primary-election cycle. The National Republican Senatorial Committee, which is run by senators, naturally distributes money and assistance in a way that preserves incumbency. They stepped up their game to meet the Tea Party surge.Mr. McDaniel is not the perfect candidate. He has been a talk-show host and said the occasional foolish thing that talk-show hosts inevitably say. But he’s running as a constitutional conservative committed to reining in spending and to repealing Obamacare, and some in the party establishment are breaking into the usual Republican backpedal. Defiant talk of repealing Obamacare was only talk.The contrast with Mr. Cochran — who has been in the Senate since 1978, when his challenger was just 6 years old — is clear. He takes pride in his record as an earmarker, bringing hundreds of millions of dollars of pork to Mississippi. Mr. Cochran opposes Obamacare, but wouldn’t stand with Sen. Ted Cruz to block all bills that funded the scheme. “Shutting down the government to show how much we dislike the law won’t stop Obamacare,” Mr. Cochran said last summer.


Tom DeLay Acquitted!

Many of you, especially the under-40 crowd, may not remember Tom DeLay. He was the ‘Pub Majority Whip in the mid-90s while Newt Gingrich was Speaker of the House. It was his job to get the ‘Pubs in line whenever a vote or an issue arose. He did his job so well, he was known as the “Hammer.”

In fact, DeLay was so effective that he was specifically targeted by Texas democrats. They charged him with money laundering—in Austin, “the only liberal hotspot in Texas,” not DeLay’s home county—chose a specific prosecutor who was a long-time enemy of DeLay—and cherry picked a liberal jury. As the democrats planned, tom DeLay was found guilty, fined an enormous amount and sentenced to prison for not less than three years.

“Got ‘im!” they thought.

Then their plans unraveled. DeLay appealed and was allowed to go free pending the appeal. The dems dug in their heels and delayed, and delayed, and delayed for nearly a decade. DeLay was in limbo. He could not run for his House seat while convicted, not even while under appeal.

Yesterday, the Texas Appellate Court announced their judgment. Not only was the conviction reversed, Tom DeLay was acquitted! That last, the acquital, was very, very unusual. You see, there was NO crime. Money cannot be laundered unless it was illegally gained. The money DeLay was accused of laundering was campaign donations. There was nothing illegal about the money. Therefore, if the money was legal, there could not be any criminal ‘money laundering.’

The Texas democrats used a law to specifically target a political opponent. The prosecutor in that case is now, herself, under investigation—as she should be. What goes around, comes around.


Will they or won’t they? Defund Obamacare, that is. (Update: the House just passed a CR that does not include funding for Obamacare.) The title of the article below tells the tale. There are ‘some’ GOP who are willing to stick to their guns and keep funds for Obamacare out of the Continuing Resolution and the subsequent debt limitation bills.

Boehner and Cantor in the House and Mitch McConnell in the Senate are the core of the weak-willed in Congress. Sure, the House can delete Obamacare funding and Harry Reid will stick it back in—as he has already vowed! The bill(s) will go back to the House where the dems expect the spineless GOP to cave and vote to accept the CR with the funding of Obamacare intact.

I’ve discussed this topic on several venues. One FB commentator took offense at the idea of defunding Obamacare. He called it, “an abuse of Congressional power.” I called it an application of checks and balances as designed in the Constitution. He, like all too many of the ignorant, listen to the lies of democrats. He should, instead, heed the intent of the Founders to limit the power of government by balancing power between each branch of government. The Executive branch is not supreme, contrary to the dictates of Obama.

Some in GOP willing to endure government shutdown to defund Obamacare


Congressional Republicans’ willingness to risk a government shutdown to defund Obamacare could squander their single biggest political asset heading into the 2014 elections: the party’s unified opposition to this increasingly unpopular law.

House Republican leaders calmed a brewing intraparty divide this week when they announced support for a budget bill that would keep the government running beyond the Sept. 30 deadline, but eliminate funding for implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The legislation is set for a vote Friday and the overwhelming GOP support it is expected to have should quiet a sharp disagreement over the tactics of defeating Obamacare that has engulfed Republicans for weeks.

But the reprieve is likely temporary. The issue is sure to resurface early next week, when the Democratic Senate takes up the budget bill.

The Senate is expected to strip the Republican bill’s Obamacare provision, replace the money for its implementation and return the legislation to the House, putting back in Republican hands the responsibility for passing a budget bill or allowing the government to shut down on Oct. 1.

Neither House Republicans committed to defunding nor pragmatists worried that a shutdown will backfire politically have figured out what to do when the Senate and President Obama inevitably reject the defunding provision and the government shuts down. One option is an alternative House bill that doesn’t defund Obamacare but would delay its implementation for a year. Republicans bent on defunding, however, have so far showed little enthusiasm for a delay.

“I think we have a united front, not just among conservatives, but among the majority of our conference, to really fight for this thing,” said Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., a House leader of the defund movement. “Going back on my word, to allow Obamacare to be implemented, is not something that I can do, nor many in our conference can do.”

Polls continue to show low public support for the new health care law, whose implementation will accelerate on Oct. 1. Among Americans’ worries is that Obamacare would raise insurance rates and reduce access to quality care.

The article continues at the website.

The establishment ‘Pubs, like Lamar Alexander (R-TN) fear a backlash of voters in the next election. I say to them, “Fear a backlash of your core supporters. We can remove you from Congress quicker than any democrat backlash.”

Once again around the ring

Around the ring.  That phrase seems so appropriate today.  I made my quarterly trek to the vampires last week for them to check my cholesterol, blood sugar, and all the other items that now seems to be the norm for us who’ve seen 60 come and go.

My problem was that out of all the tests the lab was supposed to do, they only did one. My doctor’s nurse called yesterday and asked if I’d come in this morning for a do-over.

The bottom line is that it’s a bit after 11:00am and I’ve must now started on my daily post. Usually I’m done by this time, more than done.  To you who’ve dropped by early today, I apologize for being late.


Hizdishonor, Mayor Doomberg of NY is in the news again. He’s banned Big Gulps and other large soda drinks “because they make people fat.”  So he’s gonna go after thirsty people. At the same time, he’s turning a blind eye towards druggies. He’s told his troops, the NYPD, to not arrest pot users.  Huh!  He’s created a law that has suddenly made tens of thousands of New Yorkers into law-breakers and he’s letting druggies,long-term law-breaking druggies go free!

So many ask why New Yorkers put up with this petty tyrant.  Now, not so petty.  I don’t ask. If the people of New York are so stupid to put up with this, on their heads beit. You can’t fix stupid and that is exactly what New York is—stupid.

The problem is not limited to New York City. It’s the entire state.  The state legislature has continued with their tax and spend policies and continue to increase their debt.  Their solution? Soak the rich. More and more, the rich is anyone with a job.  Those who can are voting with their feet and leaving the state.

New Yorkers Leave Like East Germans Fled Communism

 Posted 05/30/2012 06:42 PM ET

Big Government: New York thinks of itself as the place to be, but its high taxes have made it a place to flee. Those who have escaped the Empire State tax man could fill a major city.

From 1949 to 1961, more than 2.6 million of East Germany’s 17 million population escaped to West Berlin or West Germany, a hemorrhage of humanity that led the Communists to construct the infamous Berlin Wall in 1961.

The state of New York, with about 19.5 million people, has no known plans to erect concrete barriers or barbed wire fences. But from 2000 to 2010 it suffered an exodus of some 3.4 million New Yorkers — nearly a million more people than in Germany’s post-war experience and more than that of any other state.

And the outflow hasn’t stopped. The income loss for the state is $45.6 billion, the Tax Foundation says.

Granted, it’s not just one-way traffic. New York has plenty of immigration from abroad; its more than 4 million foreign-born residents give it the second-biggest immigrant population in America.

So net outward migration is about 1.3 million.

Note those statistics. More people have fled New York state from 2000 to 2010 that fled from East Germany from 1949 to 1961—a 10 year period for New York compared to a longer 12 year period for East Germany. Almost a million more people fled New York.

Like all too many, when New Yorkers leave, they don’t suddenly become conservatives overnight.  No, they want all those socialist benefits they had before…they just don’t want to pay for them. New Yorkers leave for Florida. Californians leave for Nevada, Arizona, Colorado and take all their bad habits with them.  The only difference is that like all parasites, they expect someone else to pay for what they receive.

It’d be better for all of us if they’d just stay home and fix the problems they, by voting for democrats all those years, helped to create.


Texans have spoiled some liberal plans in Houston. In a nutshell, examine closely any candidate who claims he’s a conservative.  He may not.

In the Huston area, trial lawyers ponied up $1 Million to run a RINO against a proven conservative.  Short response, they lost, Texas won.  But it is a cautionary tale.

May 30, 2012 — 9:58 PM

Mitt Romney clinched the GOP nomination in Texas on Tuesday, as everyone expected. But farther down the ballot, a political war to protect Texas’ strong business record was being waged. Although the ending was a happy one, the story should serve as a cautionary tale for Republican voters everywhere. When a candidate claims to be the conservative in the race, check where his money is coming from before you believe him.

Steve Mostyn, a Texas trial lawyer who made his fortune in hurricane damage lawsuits, contributed $10 million to Democrats in the 2010 cycle, mostly at the state and local levels. The large-scale influence-buying scheme failed when Democrats were crushed that November. Trial lawyers like Mostyn were rolled in the following legislative session. New hurricane insurance reforms chipped away at an apparently cozy relationship between the state-run hurricane insurer and trial lawyers who were suing it and taking 67 percent attorneys’ fees at settlement.

Texas’ Democratic Party is in shambles today, despite tens of millions in trial lawyer money that was invested to rebuild it. This year, Democrats failed even to field a credible candidate for U.S. Senate. And so to avoid throwing too much good money after bad, Mostyn and other trial lawyers changed their strategy. Instead of going all-out for the Democrats, they found and funded friendly Republicans to run in the contests that were decided this week. They concentrated especially on two open-seat state Senate races where they saw an opportunity to install Republican friends of the trial bar. They made huge individual contributions to candidates, and funneled millions more through PACs mostly connected to Mostyn, with deceptive names like “Conservative Voters of Texas,” “Texans for Insurance Reform” and “Texans for Individual Rights.”

In the Houston area, they spent $1 million against state Rep. Larry Taylor, who had championed the hurricane lawsuit reforms in the state House. Despite this, Taylor finished the night with 58 percent and the nomination for a state Senate seat. The trial lawyers’ preferred candidate finished with just 25 percent, or fewer than 13,000 votes.

The trial lawyers suffered a similar setback in a Dallas-area open-seat race in which Kelly Hancock, the candidate against whom they spent $500,000, took 65 percent of the vote. And their $700,000 effort to protect one of their favorite incumbent Republican

senators in the San Antonio area — Jeff Wentworth, the only Republican senator who voted against the hurricane reforms — came up short. He finished with only 36 percent and was forced into an unexpected runoff with a very good chance he will lose.

Texas Republican voters were not fooled when liberal Democratic trial lawyers fielded puppet candidates on GOP ballots. The lesson for everyone else is not to be fooled when the same thing happens in your state.

Along these lines is the news that Mitt Romney has selected a new adviser, Utah governor and Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt to lead his transition effort.

The problem? Leavitt is another big-government RINO who never saw a tax hike he didn’t like. The Cato Institute gave him a D rating for Fiscal Policy. The same grade given to democrat DNC chairman, then Vermont governor, Howard Dean the same year.

One of the major questions during the Republican presidential primaries was whether Mitt Romney intended to actually govern as a small-government conservative if he is elected president, or whether he was merely talking tough about shrinking government to appeal to a conservative GOP electorate. Unfortunately, Romney has already given limited-government advocates reason to worry.

Over the weekend, Politico reported Romney had tapped former Utah governor and Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt to lead his transition effort should he win the presidency. At best, Leavitt is a puzzling choice. Although most Republicans, including Romney, have warned about the dangers of President Obama’s national health care law, Leavitt is a leading Republican advocate for implementing Obamacare’s burdensome health insurance exchanges in all 50 states. Conveniently, his consultancy group won a contract last month to set up the new exchange in New Mexico.

This is troubling. Romney, who championed a health care law in Massachusetts that included exchanges like the ones in Obama’s national law, has vowed to repeal Obamacare and replace it with market-based reforms. But how does this square with his choice of Leavitt for such an important post, from which he would lay much of the policy and personnel groundwork for a Romney presidency?

Beyond the health care issue itself, there is a cronyism issue involved. One of the biggest fears about the “CEO presidency” that Romney’s election would herald is that his business background would cause him to conflate a pro-business philosophy with one that favors free markets and a limited government. As somebody who could profit personally if more states implement Obamacare exchanges, Leavitt clearly comes from the tradition of a Republican Party that is willing to expand government in the name of helping well-connected businesses. — Washington Examiner.

Romney may have secured the GOP nomination for Prez. That doesn’t mean he’ll get a free ride from conservatives.  Every move Romney makes, every statement, every act, every appointment will be scrutinized. And when any don’t pass muster, conservatives will apply the screws.  If Romney wants to succeed, he’ll need those conservatives. He’ll need to sell his programs to the growing Tea Party and Ron Paul voters. They are not going away and they…they will be voting for GOP Representatives and Senators too.

Without clear majorities in both houses of Congress, more importantly in the Senate, Romney will be a do-nothing president, much like the long unlamented Gerald Ford and likely the dems will win in 2016 and we’ll have to fight the same battles all over again.

The Countdown continues

Five days until the election.  Conservatives and Tea Partiers are getting ready. Dems and libs are fearful. 

On the national scale, Boxer and Fiorina are in a statistical dead heat (48 Boxer vs. 46 Fiorina).  Sharon Angle now leads Harry Reid by two points according to Rasmussen and in Washington state, Murray is barely ahead (49 to 46) of Rossi. 

Locally, Jacob Turk is single digits away from defeating machine congressman Emmanuel Cleaver. Turk has been fund raising and now running TV ads documenting Cleaver’s statements and voting record.  Local democrat pols are fearful their tame voters will stay home this year.

In Missouri’s 4th Congressional District, for the first time, Vicky Hartzler is ahead by one point in the latest poll over 30+ year incumbent and Pelosi lapdog, Ike Skelton. 

I wish I could vote against Skelton. Alas, after the 2000 census, the dem controlled state legislature stripped off conservative northern Cass county and put us into Cleaver’s district.  This was done solely to dilute our conservative votes in the democrat cesspool of Kansas City. Now, I think they’ll rue that move when Turk tosses Cleaver on the political trash-heap.

I’m normally pessimistic about elections. In the past, I’ve gone to bed early just to get it all over.  Not this time. I think it will be a blood-bath with dems falling all across the country.  According to more and more pundits and pollsters (I trust the pollsters more), conservatives will take the House and the Senate.  According to the latest averaged estimates, the ‘Pubs will gain 80 to 100 seats in the House and will end up with 51 seats in the Senate.

I pray it will be so.                  

Don’t Tread on Me

Here’s a video my wife passed to me.  I think you’ll enjoy it.