Observations: Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Fall arrives a week from today.  Where did summer go?  It seems only like last week that Vacation Bible School started and the local pools and playgrounds were filled.  The adage that time accelerates as you get older is obviously true.

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Earlier this week I wrote about “Signs and Portents”, referring to the upcoming special election in New York to fill the Weiner’s House seat.  The polls at that time indicated the ‘Pub, Turner, was ahead.  The polls were right. Turner beat democrat Weprin.  It is the first time a non-dem will  hold that seat in over a hundred years.  More amazing is that the district is 40% Jewish and Weprin is also Jewish.  Jewish voters turned against one of their own.

Yep. Signs and portents.

Perhaps Obama’s policies against Israel have made a few voters understand just who are their allies.  Evangelical Christians are uniformly strong supporters of Israel.  I submit that Jews and Christians have more in common than Jews and liberals.

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As I’ve written before, I have no preference in the ‘Pub herd for President.  I have eliminated a few.  Romney, Ron Paul, Huntsman were never in the running as far as I’m concerned.  

I’m reluctantly eliminating another, Michele Bachmann. She attacked Perry about his executive order to provide HPV immunizations in Texas.  It was a mistake and he’s admitted it should have gone to the legislature instead of him issuing an Executive Order.

That’s the facts.

What is not true is the statement it would force all girls to be immunized.  Contrary to Bachmann’s claims, there was an opt-out option.  It should have been an opt-in option but the fact is that no girl would be forced to be immunized without parental consent.  Bachmann knows that and lied.

Strike one, Bachmann.

If Bachmann had stopped there, I would continue to look at her as a viable candidate. But she didn’t.  After the debates she spoke with Greta Van Susteren’s on Fox. She continued her claim that girls would be forced to be immunized, implied that Perry had been bribed by Merch, the company that produced the vaccine, and that the drug caused mental retardation.

There are no facts indicating any retardation after the immunizations.  Bachmann claims a mother after the debate said the immunization caused retardation in her teen-aged daughter. Bachmann spread that claim without bothering to investigate the facts. 

Strike two, Bachmann. 

The claim that Merch influenced Perry is untenable.  The information is publicly available to prove those claims false. If Merch had bribed Perry, that would be a crime.  Where are the facts.  True, Merch donated $5000 to Perry’s campaign.  They also donated similar amounts to other candidates.  Did they “bribe” those candidates too?

Unlikely. This is another variation of “Governor have you quit beating your wife?” strawman argument.

Strike three, Bachmann!  You’re out!

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I have to confess, I’m a people watcher.  And, listener.  I like to go to various greasy spoons for lunch and observe people and listen to their conversations.  You hear the wildest things that way. 

You also pick up trends and how the social and political winds are blowing.  The winds in New York’s 9th Congressional District are blowing here too.

Many of the patrons of the greasy spoons are blue-collar workers.  Landscapers, construction workers, plumbers, electricians, retirees, and minor politicians.

Most of these people have been democrats.  They grew up in democrat households. They belong to unions. They’ve played petty party politics for generations.  They now have to face the reality of that history.

They don’t like it.

When you hear union members being in favor of Right-to-Work, the unions are in danger.  When you hear blue-collar, self-employed tradesmen complain about taxes, licenses and fees, state and federal regulations, the burden of sustaining a family business, a core constituency of the democrats is in danger.  When you hear democrat pols talk about cutting spending and taxes, the democrat party is in danger.

I think the elections next year will be worse for the democrats than they have ever envisioned.

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The Census released the yearly poverty statistics this week.  What a joke.  The income levels for poverty does NOT include income from welfare, WIC, food-stamps, the Earned-Income-Tax credit (the negative income tax.)  That flaw makes the entire report false.

It comes down to: If you don’t like the figures and they don’t support your agenda, change the rules.

If it works for unemployment figures, it can work elsewhere too.

More governmental lies.

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Overhead at lunch this last weekend.

Man with union hat: “You watch Obama the other night?”

Companion: “Nah.  Watched the game.”

Man with union hat: “Me, too. Didn’t miss anything.”

Companion: “Yeah. Can’t believe anything from those turds.”

Man with union hat: “Yeah, he’s toast.”

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Fall has arrived a few days early. The highs today will only reach the mid-60s and that will continue until the weekend.  The long-range forecast has temps only in the mid 70s at the highest.  Summer  is over.

Stone Soup, September 13, 2011

I can understand, Alix.

Mama Griz

I made an earlier post about the New York Times and Washington Post recruiting to examine 13,000 Palin e-mails written during her term as Alaska’s Governor.  Those e-mail were just released by the state.

Palin has been making a tour of the US with her family with “journalists” following her like fleas.  Charles Hurt of the Washington Times notes that it isn’t wise to keep prodding “Mama Grizzly.”

** FILE ** In this May 31, 2011, file photo, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin walks to the door of Trump Tower for a scheduled meeting with Donald Trump in New York. Thousands of Palin's emails from her first two years as governor are being released by the state of Alaska, a disclosure that has taken on national prominence as she flirts with a run for the presidency. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File) 
** FILE ** In this May 31, 2011, file photo, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin walks to the door of Trump Tower for a scheduled meeting with Donald Trump in New York. Thousands of Palin’s emails from her first two years as governor are being released by the state of Alaska, a disclosure that has taken on national prominence as she flirts with a run for the presidency. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File)
You don’t exactly have to be Grizzly Adams to know that if you go out to shoot an Alaskan bear, there is one rule that rises above all others. Whatever you do, just don’t wound the bear.

Kill it, miss it, don’t shoot, run and hide, whatever. But if you hit it, you better kill it. Because the last thing you want coming after you is an angry wounded Alaskan bear with nothing to lose.

This is particularly true of the famed mother grizzly bears of which Sarah Palin has warned us Lower 48’ers about.

“In Alaska, I always think of the mama grizzly bears that rise up on their hind legs when somebody is coming to attack their cubs, to do something adverse toward their cubs,” she told us a while back. “You thought pit bulls were tough, well you don’t want to mess with the mama grizzlies.”

Unfortunately for liberals everywhere and professional Republicans here in Washington, Mrs. Palin’s wildlife lesson came too late. Or, so ascendant into their rarified air from the brutalities of nature or the concept of actual consequences in life, they simply failed to heed her wise counsel.

So, for years now, these liberals and professional Republicans have been out hunting this powerful, ferocious Mama Grizzly. Being mostly sissies from the city or generally opposed to gun ownership, none of them have been properly armed.

The Palin-hating left go after her with their peashooters, homemade slingshots and bullhorns that only annoy the Mama Grizzly.

Even funnier to watch are the professional Republicans who have had such heartburn ever since the Mama Grizzly was invited into their country club, causing scenes and tipping over cocktail carts with her wide swagger.

These fellows profess to cherish their Second Amendment rights but the best they can muster is a .22 target rifle like the ones skiers use in that ridiculous Winter Olympics competition. Even with aim worthy of an Eagle Scout badge, these small loads just bounce off bear hide.

Most hilarious of all is watching the goth Washington press corps stumble about. They whip out their throwing stars and nunchucks from youth, march as a pack into the woods and quickly discover they never did really learn how to use their weapons with any effectiveness. Especially not against the Mama Grizzly. The best was watching them last week poring over emails while live-blogging their embarrassing failure for the entire world in real time.

Which brings us to “Undefeated,” the new movie about Mrs. Palin’s life before she was thrust into the unforgiving glare of the national stage. John McCain’s disastrous campaign introduced her as a “hockey mom” but this movie reminds us that Mrs. Palin had a very impressive political career before we knew her.

She was a successful mayor of a booming town and took on Big Oil and the entrenched Republican Party in her state to become the wildly popular governor of the nation’s largest state.

“Undefeated” is powerful and persuasive for anyone open-minded enough to watch it. The film contains so much of the left’s caustic and vulgar hatred of Mrs. Palin that the uncut version is rated “XXX.”

Who knows whether the movie is as successful as it deserves to be. But if people do watch it, they will have a hard time walking out without a renewed respect and admiration for Mrs. Palin and the horrifying treatment she has endured.

And if Mrs. Palin emerges unscathed from all the the hate, prejudice and distortion that she has suffered though, there will be no stopping her. She will be the Mama Grizzly, rousted from her slumber with nothing but fury for those who have threatened her cubs.

You can read the entire article here.

There is a lot of speculation whether Pain will run in 2012.  There are polls out that 45% of the respondents say that if Palin runs for prez on the ‘Pub ticket, it will be bad for the party.  This was a Rasmussen poll and his are usually fairly accurate.  But I have to question the veracity of the poll.  Who were the respondents?  Where were they? What was the actual question and what were the choices offered. Given the poll’s headline, you also have to realize that 55% must have indicated that it would be good for the party if Palin runs.

Rick Perry is expected to announce soon whether he will run in 2012.  Michelle Bachman has already announced her candidacy.  Frankly, I could vote for any of the three.

My first choice, however will be Sarah Palin.

Newt, Redux and other ‘Pub failures

I let loose with a rant against Newt Gingrich last week.  Since then, Newt has been in a constant damage-control mode with appearances on Rush and other talk shows.  The more he tries to cover himself, the worse he appears.  Bob Gorrell’s cartoon below illustrates Newt’s presidential chances best.  None.
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I’ve a number of friends in Hoosierland and every one has the same opinion about Mitch Daniels.  Every one is glad Daniels wimped out. I think Frank James said it best.

Ditch Manuals’ refusal to run for President is all in the news this morning and everyone knows how I feel about him.  For those who don’t I can only say IF you like and appreciate Richard Lugar’s schennigans as a U.S. Senator, you would love Ditch Manuals.  ‘Nuff said about that.

Gary Varvel supports Frank James’ view from another perspective.

When you find the MSM supporting a ‘Pub candidate like they did with Mitch Daniels, you know they think he’s too weak to win against Obama.  To see whom the left fears most, watch whom they vilify—like Sarah Palin.