Friday, June 30, 2006

"...Truth, justice and all that stuff."

As the Drudge Report says on its front page, "EVEN 'SUPERMAN' IS NOT AMERICAN ANYMORE? It's a shame Hollywood liberals can't even leave their politics out of the ONE superheroic icon that everyone knows.

According to the article, Superman no longer stands for "truth, justice and the American way" but, as Daily Planet Editor Perry White says in the movie, "truth, justice and all that stuff."
Here's what one of the script writers, Dan Harris had to say about that:
"The world has changed. The world is a different place," Pennsylvania native Harris says. "The truth is he's an alien. He was sent from another planet. He has landed on the planet Earth, and he is here for everybody. He's an international superhero."

Sad, but, I could care less what Harris thinks. I still plan to see the movie. Not because I want to support Hollywood leftists, but because I'm a fan of the Superman story.

So, if you miss the Superman/Clark Kent/Lois Lane triangle and you enjoy fantastic special effects, go see the film. Sometimes we just have to ignore the lefties.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Thank You, One and All

Falcon's Crest had it's one thousandth visitor come from Idaho. Thank you for visiting this humble little site. I blog because I love current events and sharing thoughts and ideas with interesting people.

To all my colleagues, fellow bloggers and commenters, I salute you. Being dedicated to something you love to do on a daily basis isn't easy. But, it is rewarding.

If you'd like to read more posts by myself and some of my great blogging friends, please visit Hang Right Politics. It's a fantastic site, a great read, and we pay homage to many of our fellow bloggers and readers on a regular basis.

Thank you all, again, for your support of this site. Whether you agree, disagree, comment, or just enjoy reading anonymously, you're welcome here.

You Have GOT To Be Kidding Me!

The U.S. Supreme Court today "strongly limited the power of the Bush administration to conduct military tribunals for suspected terrorists imprisoned at the U.S. Navy base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba."

This is just pathetic! Once again, Justice Anthony "moderate" Kennedy sided with the four liberal justices on the High Court. Well, they would have to be high to come up with a ruling like that.

However, this ruling proves why elections matter. We must keep the Congress in conservative hands and we absolutely MUST elect a conservative Republican in the 2008 election. At least two or three of the liberal justices will not make it through another four years on the court. By keeping the White House in Republican hands, we increase our chances of tilting the courts to the right for a generation.

Goodbye, Star and good riddance

Star Jones announced Tuesday that she's leaving the ABC daytime show The View. And, apparently, it wasn't on the best of terms. It appears the long knives are out for the View girls.
Star's out, Rosie O'Donnell, her "archenemy," is in.

It's too bad we can't find a way to fire all of them.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Rowling: 'I may kill off Harry Potter'

"J.K Rowling has given her strongest hint yet that she is planning to kill off the young wizard who has made her a multimillionaire."

Riiight. Unless she's just tired of writing her incredibly lucrative book series, I don't see that happening. But, as she mentions in the story, it would be a good way to ensure the Harry Potter brand dies with her. This would make it difficult for anyone to resurrect him after she's gone.

My personal educated opinion: It's a clver marketing ploy to ensure greater success with the last few books to be released and to increase the sales of those previously released.

(HT: Drudge Report)

They'll do anything to nail this guy

"Rush Limbaugh was detained for about 3 1/2 hours at Palm Beach International Airport after authorities said they found a bottle of Viagra in his possession without a prescription."

The Florida authorities are even planning to report this to the state attorney's office. Well, such is the price of Republican celebrity. However, had this been a prominent Democrat or Democrat supporter, you can bet their would've been something stronger than Viagra found in the bags. You can also bet the Pinocchio Press wouldn't care.

(Cross-posted at Hang Right Politics)

Bush Slams New York Times

Although the President didn't mention the NYT by name, he did say this in regard to the outing of a secret government program to track terrorist through financial transactions:

The disclosure of this program is disgraceful...For people to leak that program and for a newspaper to publish it does great harm to the United States of America...The fact that a newspaper disclosed it makes it harder to win this war on terror.


I guess it's safe to say Bush isn't very happy. Vice President Cheney, in a speech at a political fundraiser in Grand Island, Nebraska, added this,
"Some in the press, in particular The New York Times, have made the job of defending against further terrorist attacks more difficult by insisting on publishing detailed information about vital national security programs."

The Slimes Times has done a grave disservice to the American people. It's good to here our political leaders speak out against that.

Quote of the Week

I know it's early, but I don't see anyone topping the quote I'm about the reference. Regarding the New York Slimes Times Executive Editor Bill Keller's decision to expose a secret government program to track terrorist through their finacial transactions, Kathy at Hang Right Politics says it best:

Having Keller making the editorial decisions as to what is appropriate to report is like handing a toddler a loaded weapon.


That about sums up the New York Times and their recklessness in printing this story.

(Cross posted at Hang Right Politics)

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Life Is Precious

I watched a mother die on Father's Day. It's true. I wasn't sure I would ever write about this, but I've been thinking about it all week.

As I was returning from a trip to see my kids, heading back home to Fort Worth, TX, I saw a horrible accident involving a SUV and an 18 wheeler. It seems a young mother with her baby in the SUV hit the back of the 18 wheeler with such force that it completely crushed the driver's side of her vehicle. There were already people on the scene when I arrived: an off-duty EMT, an off-duty Border Patrol officer and his wife, and several others. 911 had already been called, but we were on a stretch of interstate I-20 that was in the middle of nowhere. The EMT and the BP officer tried frantically to give CPR to the unconscious mother trapped in the SUV. I went to check on the driver of the 18 wheeler and he was physically fine, but seemed in a little bit of shock over what had happened. The others tried to help by directing traffic while waiting for the police to show up. No one saw anything other than the dark cloud of smoke from the collision.

I went back to the SUV to check on the EMT and BP officer as they continued to provide CPR to the young mother. But it was too late for her, there wasn't anything more they could do.
Ironically, it turns out the off-duty BP officer knew her and didn't realize it until after she died. You see, the young mother used to work as a secretary in the same border patrol office as him. He saw her regularly and knew her husband who also works for that office.

When the police got there and took over, I gave a statement and left. I still hadn't heard any news on the baby, but knew the carseat wasn't strapped in the front seat of the SUV where almost all the damage was.

As I drove away, I started thinking of the terrible Father's Day that young woman's husband would have. It also reminded me of the terrible Father's Day the border patrol officer who knew her was having. And it reminded me of this: life is precious.

If you're going through a challenge right now with family, friends, or a significant other, remember... life is precious. If you're sick, depressed, or lonely, remember... life is precious. If you feel unhappy with yourself, physically or mentally, remember... life is precious. Be thankful for the people you have in your life. Tell your spouse, significant other, children, and parents you love them because you never know if it will be the last time you get to say it. Don't waste any time because life is precious.

"Miserly Republicans, Unprincipled Democrats"

Well, this is a very interesting survey about Democrat and Republican attitudes toward race and charitable giving in the aftermath of Huuricane Katrina. Here's just a small flavor of the article in, of all places, the Washington Post:
Democrats and independents were far more generous; on average, they gave Katrina victims on average more than $1,500 a month, compared with $1,200 for Republicans, and for 13 months instead of nine.
But for Democrats, race mattered -- and in a disturbing way. Overall, Democrats were willing to give whites about $1,500 more than they chose to give to a black or other minority. (Even with this race penalty, Democrats still were willing to give more to blacks than those principled Republicans.) "Republicans are likely to be more stringent, both in terms of money and time, Iyengar said. "However, their position is 'principled' in the sense that it stems from a strong belief in individualism (as opposed to handouts). Thus their responses to the assistance questions are relatively invariant across the different media conditions. Independents and Democrats, on the other hand, are more likely to be affected by racial cues."

So, for Democrats, race matters in a negative way. I have news for you, that's ALWAYS been the case with Democrats. To prove this point read this, this, Lorie Byrd contributes this, and this from Real Clear Politics is also worth a read.

James Taranto has an excellent synopsis of the WaPo article.

Hat tip to my friend, Kathy at HRP for bringing these articles to my attention.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Democrat Mantra: "Run away! Run away!"

The Democrat Party seems to really believe their "Cut and run" position on the I raq war is a winner. Well, let's just see what you think. Hang Right Politics has a brand new feature called the Retreat and Defeat Meter where you can read all the latest Dems (in there own words) about how we're losing in Iraq.

Tell me, does that make you wanna vote for them?
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Quote of the Week

From the Ace at Ace of Spades in regard to radical Islamism:
The one religion where you can cut off your daughter's clit, murder your sister for shaming the family by being raped by your uncle, kill homosexuals by pushing stone walls over them, enforce totalitarian stone-age sexual mores, and kill thousands upon thousands of innocent civilians, and liberals will actually applaud you for it.
Ya just gotta love the truth when you hear it, huh?

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Hugh Hewitt and the Daily Kos

I love Hugh Hewitt. Really. I believe him to be largely responsible for the “mainstream” success of the blogosphere. He’s the only talk radio show host I know who promoted blogs and their importance from the beginning. He even dedicated an entire book to it, Blog : Understanding the Information Reformation That’s Changing Your World. In short, he’s a true believer which is why I listen to his show and read his blog regularly.
Today, he once again takes on the Daily Kos rant against The New Republic. My favorite excerpt:

Now, does Kos’ line about the magazine’s “Lieberman-worshipping neocon owners” get close to whispering “the Jooos did it”?
Click here to read the whole Kos rant and associated comments. These people are WAY out in moonbat land.

(Cross-posted at Hang Right Politics)

Lileks has a way with words

James Lileks does great satire on the Democrats/Liberals. Thanks to Betsy, I came across this very funny (and accurate) assessment of the recent political sloganeering. It’s a great read so enjoy.

Cross-posted at Hang Right Politics

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Some People Get the Government They Deserve

The people of New Orleans had a chance to elect someone other than current Mayor Ray “Schoolbus” Nagin a few weeks ago. But, NOOO they decided to re-elect ole “Chocolate City” Nagin to another term.

Now, as crime has risen above last years levels in New Orleans, Nagin asked the state on Monday to send National Guard troops to help patrol the streets of New Orleans. Here's an excerpt from the story:

"In recent weeks, as crime increased and the Police Department struggled to return to its strength from before Hurricane Katrina, many politicians, editorialists and citizens have asked for outside help, a move Mayor Nagin appeared to acknowledge Monday was necessary as he asked for 300 Guard troops."

Let me get this straight. New Orleans has HALF the population it used to have and its police force is back to pre-Katrina levels. With all that, the force can’t stop some out-of-control teenagers with guns? You really need the National Guard to help you control punk kid drug gangs?

Wow! Talk about inept! But then again, they voted for this kind of leadership.

Update: The first contigent National Guard troops arrived in New Orleans on Wednesday. This would be funny if it weren't so sad.

(Cross-posted at Hang Right Politics)

REPUBLICANPUNDIT: Geneva Convention be Damned. U.S cannot let the brutal death of two of our brave soldiers be forgotten

I am sick and tired of having our troops targeted by these disgusting terrorist thugs. It's time to make them afraid - very afraid. And feel the same way Republicanpundit does.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Connie Chung Has Lost Her Mind

I heard about this today on the Rush Limbaugh Show. All I can say is, Wow!! Connie Chung really isn’t taking the cancellation of her and her husband’s lame MSNBC weekend show well.

Time for a Prozac the size of a plate, Connie. Nightey night.

Betsy’s Page has more.

Another Democratic Myth Exposed

COgirl writes an excellent post about the true history of Democrats and the Black community during Reconstruction. It will give you some insight into what Dems in power thought of Blacks then.

From what I've seen of the way they treat Blacks now, not much has changed.

Congratulations Betsy!!

This just goes to show what a great teacher you are.

Friday, June 16, 2006

See? I Am a Conservative

Mary Katherine Ham took this quiz and found out she was a Libertarian. Well, at least according her answers. So, I decided to give it a shot and, as I suspected, I'm a Conservative.

For those of you who may not be sure, test yourself. Just remember, if you don't like the answer, don't blame me; blame the quiz.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Zarqawi’s Death Reaps Huge Rewards

More bad news for the Liberal Left. It seems the killing of Zarqawi was more helpful than we could have imagined:

Iraq’s national security adviser said Thursday a “huge treasure” of documentsand computer records was seized after the raid on terror leader Abu Musabal-Zarqawi’s hideout, giving the Iraqi government the upper hand in its fightagainst al-Qaida in Iraq.National Security Adviser Mouwafak al-Rubaie alsosaid he believed the security situation in the country would improve enough toallow a large number of U.S.-led forces to leave Iraq by the end of this year,and a majority to depart by the end of next year. “And maybe the last soldierwill leave Iraq by mid-2008,” he said.

Since the al Qaeda in Iraq leader’s death, American and Iraqi forces have carried out 452 raids, killing 104 insurgents. So how will the “cut and run” crowd handle that news?

(Hat tip: Drudge)

Kim Priestap at Wizbang! has more.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Keith Olbermann - “Dumber than a suitcase of rocks.”

It appears, if this is true, that MSNBC Countdown host Keith Olbermann IS even dumber than he looks. Apparently the incredibly insufferable Olbermann is having a bit of a personality clash with MSNBC hostess Rita Cosby:

“Rita’s nice,” Olbermann wrote to a fan from his MSNBC E-mail account, “but dumber than a suitcase of rocks.” Yesterday Cosby retorted: “Keith got it wrong. I’m not that nice.”
Now, this story could just be a manufactured event to try to boost both lame shows’ ratings. But, I don’t think anyone would care enough to watch even if the feud is true.

Olbermann is the only person on MSLSD (as Mark Levin calls it) that I cannot stomach for more than 3 minutes. Considering that’s the same network that carries Hardball with Chris Matthews, that’s saying something!

Crossposted at Hang Right Politics

(Hat tip: Drudge)

A Special Thanks to the HRP Team

I’m very pleased to be part of the Hang Right Politics team. This site has become a fast favorite of mine. The writing is superb, the writers are brilliant, funny, and interesting. I feel honored to be a small part of such a great blog.

I’ll continue blogging here at Falcon’s Crest as well. But I look forward to this opportunity I’ve been given.

Thank you, COgirl, Jeanette, and Kathy. As a new member of your phenomenal group, I hope to make you proud of the decision you’ve made.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

'"Why Do You Dress White?"

When I was 15 years old growing up in San Diego, CA in a racially diverse area, I liked to dress comfortably when "kickin' it" in my neighborhood. So, I often wore blue jeans, a white T-shirt, and my leather jacket.

A Black female friend stopped me when I was walking to 7/11 one day and said, "Hey, Steve. Why do you dress white?" I replied, "I didn't know there was a Black handbook that would tell me how I should dress."

I was reminded of this incident while reading about actor Joseph C. Phillips' new book, He Talk Like a White Boy. I just ordered the book and am looking forward to reading it. Something tells me aspects of the book will seem very familiar. Especially those portions that deal with what it's like to be Black and a Republican.

This article by COgirl was also very timely in reminding me how difficult life can be for Black Republicans and the inherent racism we suffer because we refuse to live on the Liberal/Democrat plantation. It's very well written and contains some apt historical references about Republicans and the 1964 Civil Rights movement. It's definitely worth a read.

They Just Can't Bring Themselves to Do It

Give President Bush kudos for his surprise visit to Iraq, that is. Here is how Democrat congressional leaders reacted to the news of the president's secret trip.

If it weren't so sad, it would be funny.

This Has Been a Bad Day for Democrats

First, President Bush makes a surprise trip to Iraq to meet the Iraqi PM and show American troops support after they successfully killed Zarqawi (and many of his supporters) last week. Then they find out that the president's top political strategist, Karl Rove will NOT be indicted by the special prosecutor over the CIA leak case.

Add to that Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) pleading guilty to DUI over his crash into the Capitol fence last month, Hillary Clinton being booed at a liberal convention, and John Kerry flip-flopping on his position about the Iraq war (again) and I'm sure many Libs hope this day was just one long bad dream.

Mr. Bush Goes to Baghdad

President Bush has made a surprise visit to Iraq today to meet with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and the new leader's Cabinet in Baghdad. For a great synopsis of this story read Jeanette's post at Hang Right Politics. The ladies who run that blog are fantastic writers and it's a daily stop for me. Check it out.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Arab Condolences

It appears there are some moderate Arab voices who aren't all that unhappy with the death of al-Zarqawi. Tariq Alhomayed, Editor-in-Chief of Asharq Al-Awsat, an Arab international daily newspaper, has written an interesting and humorous editorial about those in the Muslim world mourning the dead terrorist's passing. It's definitely worth a read.

(Bankshot hat tip: Tim Blair via Hugh Hewitt)

The Perils of Racial Hypocrisy

Sometimes, in order to see the truth, one needs only to open ones eyes. This is how I came to the realization that I had to leave the Democrat Party. After reading about their long history of bad behavior toward Blacks, I knew becoming a Republican was the right thing to do.

I was lead to this conclusion, partly, by reading a fascinating book called, It's Okay to Leave the Plantation: The New Underground Railroad by Clarence Mason Weaver. It was given to me by a very sweet couple when I worked on the Bush presidential campaign in 1999 (as a Democrat). The book really opened my eyes to how badly Black people are treated within the Democrat Party and how much worse we're treated when we attempt to leave it. It's been that way from the days of Jim Crow and not much has changed since then.

Betsy has an excellent post detailing the Dems most current hypocrisy on the issue of racial inclusion within the party. She's a sharp, articulate writer and you'll truly enjoy her insights. I recently come to realize that Betsy's Page is simply a must read.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Zarqawi Mourners

I was going to write a bit more extensively about the peculiar reaction liberals are having to the death of terrorist killer Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. But, Republicanpundit, WizBang!, Lorie Byrd, Hugh Hewitt, and many others have done a far better job than I could.

Please read and ask yourself these questions: Why are liberals and the drive-by media so invested in American defeat in Iraq? Why is good news from there always put in the most negative light?

Update: Michael Barone, in his latest RealClearPolitics article, has a broader view of what this type of negativity is doing to Democrat election prospects.

And the Next President of the United States Will Be...

I told a close friend months ago who I thought would win the Republican presidential primary, and ultimately the presidency, in 2008. He thinks I'm crazy and maybe he's right. But let me remind you that I started looking at then Texas Gov. George W. Bush as a great prospect to win before he had even announced and while I was still a Democrat. So, just keep that in mind.

I've been watching this guy for a while now and, after the Tennessee Straw Poll and this Boston Globe story, I'm more convinced than ever that Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has the best shot to win of any of the current prospects. I know there could still be some surprise entries (like Texas Gov. Rick Perry) and Romney appears to have a couple of negatives going against him, but he's got what it takes to win.

What say you?

Quote of the Week

Markos Moulitsas Zuniga, founder of the Daily Kos (an ultra-leftist website) in 2002, was part right. According to the LA Times, he had this to say at a recent liberal/leftist conference in Las Vegas, "The media elite has failed us; the political elite, both parties, has failed us — Republicans have failed us because they can't govern; Democrats have failed us because they can't get elected."

Well, I agree with the second half of that statement.

(Hat tip: Oak Leaf)

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Why We Blog

Hailey from Hang Right Politics does a fantastic job of explaining why the blogosphere works so well. I'd never thought about the answer she gave before but it's right on the mark. Please read and see if you agree.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Mor(e)0n Ann Coulter

As I've said previously, Ann Coulter is a great writer who sells a lot of books. Her newest book Godless:The Church of Liberalism is sure to do quite well. She has a quick wit and a sharp tongue. But she is totally unserious when it comes to politics. And her recent comments about certain 9/11 widows proves it.

This time I think her propensity for biting humor has gone too far. By suggesting that the Jersey Girls" were "enjoying their husbands deaths" or to say that we don't know if "their husbands weren't about to divorce these harpies? Now that their shelf life is dwindling, they'd better hurry up and appear in Playboy..." These kinds of attacks completely cheapen her central argument: that a few of the 9/11 widows have parlayed their grief into celebrity for the sole purpose of attacking the Bush Administration.

That's a valid argument worth debate. But to turn this into a personal attack towards these women enjoying their husbands' deaths is just sick. Even IF it's true of one or more of the Jersey Girls, it's still sick to say.

For one thing, it's not provable. Instead, it's hateful rhetoric and it tarnishes other valid points Coulter may have. For another, it's (as we used to say in the old neighborhood) LOW. It's just plain low.

Grief does strange things to people. Some people deal with losing a loved one with a great deal of strength and dignity as many of the seldom-heard-from-by-the-MSM 9/11 families (Debra Burlingame comes to mind) have. Others, like Cindy Sheehan and Kristin Brightweiser lash out and look for a central figure to blame. It's okay to be critical of these people but, please keep the blows above the waist.

Coulter has appeared on Hannity and Colmes saying she's willing to debate the Jersey Girls but they have declined. She continues to stick by her vulgar statements as do some talking-head conservatives. Ann, and anyone who defends these statements, is WRONG.

Now, the cynical side of me thinks Ann is doing this for increased media attention to sell more books. Challenging the Jersey Girls to a debate on her statements leads me to that point. If that's not the case, she should decline her debate offer and say she went a little overboard in her statements.

But, as I fear, it is a publicity stunt, then that, too, is just LOW. It would make Miss Coulter an even bigger media whore than she claims the Jersey girls to be.

"Coulter the Cruel"

Conservative author Ann Coulter is a brilliant, articulate, funny, and attractive writer. Her books are interesting, hard-hitting, incredibly funny, and informative. I enjoyed her last book, Treason, a lot. Coulter is known as a "firebrand" conservative. I title I think she enjoys because it helps with book sales.

But, there's no way I can agree with her recent statements about the Jersey Girl 9/11 widows. She should apologize but I know she won't.

More on this later.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Republican Stupidity - Part 3

The most annoying thing Republicans do is exercise their near uncontrollable urge to eat their own publicly. I mean, what's the point of calling President Bush "El Presidente Arbusto" or saying he should be "impeached" because of his view on illegal immigration? We already know the drive-by media template is to find any crack in the Republican coalition and use it as a weapon against the Bush Administration. Why give them ammunition to fire at your own?

This isn't a trait you see in Liberal Democrats. Bill Clinton was, arguably, a scumbag. But, no matter what he did: break the law, sexually harass women, sell nuclear technology to China, sellout the unions, or even lose Democrat control of Congress, they stuck by him. There was usually a desire by the left to put the most positive spin on almost everything he did. That's because the left knows they have enemies and, before George W. Bush, were unwilling to give them any extra ammunition against "their guy."

Perhaps Republicans should learn to exercise a little bit of this trait. I'm not saying blindly follow and defend a member of the party even if that person is corrupt. But, is it really necessary to publicly eviscerate them? Is it productive to say you won't vote Republican this year and encourage others to do the same? No it isn't.

Contrary to SER (scorched-Earth Republicans) belief, the President is NOT the enemy and neither is the Republican-led Senate. On the immigration issue they're both profoundly wrong. But on taxes, social issues, judges, and the GWOT they're with us far more than they aren't. Does anyone really believe a Senate and House controlled by Democrats would be better for the country over the next two years?

For those of you who "want to send a message," do it in the primary rather than the general election. You have a much better chance of getting the kind of candidate you want to represent you. And if the candidate you support loses in the primary but places well, you'll be sure you've gotten your representative's attention. Hey, that's why they call it representative government right?

AWESOME!!

I didn't think THIS would happen as soon as it has. I got a call from a friend who told me to turn on the news and it's the BEST news I've had all day!

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Republican Stupidity - Part 2

I understand what angers the Scorched earth Republicans about the President's immigration stance. In fact, I actually agree with them about "enforcement first" policies towards illegals. But, there's a difference between supporting tough immigration policy and rejecting Republicans at the polls if things don't quite your way on this issue. Here are the problems with the latter attitude:

First it's incredibly short-sighted. For those who believe that making sure Republicans lose elections will get you what you want, can you name a single time that's actually worked? Were you the same people who supported Ross Perot or didn't vote for George H.W. Bush in 1992 just to teach him a lesson? How did that work out for you? Anyone remember Bill Clinton, Madeline Albright, North Korea nukes, Rwanda, Chinagate, or Supreme Court Justices Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg? Yeah, that cutting off your nose thing really paid HUGE dividends, didn't it?

Second, it's stupid politics. If there's an elected official you have a problem with, seek to defeat that official in the primary (within the party) and replace them with people more to your liking. Hey, if a small Pennsylvania county can do it, so can you. But NEVER, EVER vote for third party candidates or sit on your hands and stay at home. This always has the result of giving the person you least agree with a win thereby ensuring you don't get what you want.

My fellow Republicans, in the words of Bill Clinton, "I feel your pain" at our party right now. But don't allow your emotions to lead you to do something stupid.

Part 3: Why we should act more like Democrats (in certain instances) in order to further our goals. And why it's better to send a message in the primary rather than the general election.

President Bush’s Victories Get Little Attention

It's nice to see this story inthe news today. It looks like Bill Sammon has been paying attention. But, to be fair, the blogoshere was way out front on reporting these things.

Brian Bilbray Wins in California!

Republican Brian Bilbray defeated Democrat Francine Busby in a special election for the seat imprisoned former Republican Congressman Duke Cunningham. It was a battle between the Busby claim of a Republican "culture of corruption" vs the Bilbray's strong border enforcement, no amnesty for illegals message.

Well, so much for the "culture of corruption" message.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Republican Stupidity - Part 1

As I mentioned yesterday, I used to be a Democrat and a proud one at that. Nevermind the fact that I was often wrong on my views, I was still proud. Heck, I even voted for Clinton TWICE. Yeah, I know but if it helps, I feel really bad about it now. Anyway, as a Democrat, I was a huge supporter of President Clinton. Well, I never gave any money to Democrats or worked in any Dem campaigns but I did drive 2 hours to see Clinton speak in Phoenix once. So, I guess that made me more of a fan than a supporter.

Nonetheless, when the Monica Lewinsky scandal broke, I started to reevaluate my belief system. All the news media wanted to talk about in 1998 was oral sex with an intern (thank God my children were only 4 and 2 years old at the time). But, what I was focused on was that the President of the United States lied. I mean, out and out lied right to our faces! I started thinking, "If he'll outright lie about something stupid like this, what else has he lied about?" Not only that, he broke the law: willfully obstructed justice, lied to a federal court, and tried to cover up evidence.

That's when I realized all the Dems, who were still supporting Clinton, were lying. Even though they knew what he did, they went out and lied for him some more. At that point I realized I couldn't be a part of this group anymore. I did some research on the Republican party and realized it was where I should've been all along. I became an early supporter of Gov. George W. Bush for President in 1999 and I never looked back.

Now, after all the success Republicans have had over the years, the recent immigration debate has reminded me of the ONE thing I both liked and disliked about the Dems: DEMOCRATS STICK TOGETHER. This is especially true when their president is under attack. They may not agree with or like what their president has done, but they don't turn tail and start beating him up because of it. They don't start calling him a traitor or saying that he should be impeached. They don't, purposefully, give their enemies ammunition to defeat him.

This appears not to be a trait Republicans carry. Even when their president is no where near as flawed or corrupt. If some Republicans don't "get their way," all of a sudden their president is "clueless" a "traitor" or is committing "an impeachable offense." And because of this disagreement with the president and certain members of the party, the Scorched Earth faction believes we should show our disapproval by not voting in the upcoming election.

That trait is something I've always disliked about Republicans. Besides being just plain silly this is a short-sighted, suicidal view of politics.

More on why the Scorched Earth view doesn't work and what does tomorrow.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Tomorrow's Post: Republican Stupidity

For those of you who don't know, I used to be a Democrat. In fact, I was a registered Dem for more years than I've been a registered Republican.

Tomorrow I'll begin to explain what I still like about the Democrats and loath about Republicans. It'll be an interesting read, may take more than one post, and it will hopefully help some of you out there who've been a little disheartened over the past few months about the GOP and how stupid many in the party have been acting lately.

Look forward to seeing you all then.

Brangelina...The Cottage Industry

I've avoided writing much about Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie mainly because I'm jealous of him. Well, that and I don't really care. But, the thing I really find interesting about the recent birth of their baby girl, Shiloh, in the little-before-known African nation of Namibia is the huge increase in tourism that nation will see because of the Brangelina baby saga. Heck, according to that article, they pretty much own the Namibian government as it is.

The power of celebrity never ceases to amaze me. This is especially true when it comes to celebrity children and the media fascination with them. Stars tend to reap huge rewards from this type of free publicity. In fact, Brangelina plan to sell their new-born baby girl's pictures to Getty Images and give the profits to charity. Their little girl's barely one week old and she's already making huge money on her image. Now THAT'S star power!

Sunday, June 04, 2006

What's Up?

Hey, all! Please forgive my brief absence. I was in Tucson, AZ picking up my kids so they could spend a few weeks out here in Texas with me. I apologize for not having posted anything in the past couple of days. But, due to the nature of the trip (and lack amount of time I would spend in Tucson), it couldn't be helped.

So, what's up? What's been going on over the weekend since I left?

Friday, June 02, 2006

Economy Slips, But Unemployment Rate Dips

The U.S. economy only created 75,000 new jobs in April. But the employment rate dropped to 4.6%. that's the lowest it's been since July 2001. For a slightly more upbeat view of what this means for the economy read this.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Michael Moore to be Sued by Iraq War Vet

You just gotta love this story! "Sgt. Peter Damon, 33, a supporter of President George W. Bush and the Iraq war, claims Moore misused the footage to portray him 'in a false light' and as 'disagreeing with the president about the war effort and as disagreeing with the war effort itself.' "

Hopefully, this young soldier will win and BIG. Good luck, Sergeant and happy Moose...er..Moore hunting!

My Name Is Steve...and I'm a Blogger

Jeanette has admitted to a malady many of us of suffer from. Please read the article and lend your support. I'd like to give a special thanks to Lorie Byrd who helped bring this to my attention.

I think this is one support group I'll definitely be joining.