Former DNC Chair Don Fowler think Gustav hitting New Orleans Would Be “Cool”.

Despicable remarks by former DNC chariman Don Fowler. Democrats are enjoying this.
Posted on Redstate.com

 http://www.redstate.com/diaries/absentee/2008/aug/30/fowler-fouls-hurricane-is-gods-favor-to-dem/

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Why Pick Palin?

McCain/Palin 2008

McCain/Palin 2008

I waited for the media leak (of which there was none to speak of) all night. Well, actually I only waited until about 2:00am. Alas, around 9:00am I catch wind of the first reports of the McCain VP pick and my first reaction is…Who? Palin, Palin the name is vaguely familiar but I can’t place it. Alaska, oh yeah, now I remember. This is that governor that is pushing to drill in ANWR. Now I’m thinking, “so far, so good”.

I had to let it sink in for a while. Why would McCain pick Palin. Virtually unknown outside of her home state until recently, and not a very experienced politician either, I struggled to put it together. Obama likes to say John McCain doesn’t “get it”. Well, on the contrary, I think he not only gets it, but gets it right.Governor Palin is the perfect choice!

Just as Obama chose an experienced Washington insider partly to augment his own lack of experience, McCain is off-setting his significant experience by choosing a running mate unfamiliar with the inner dealings of Washington. Obama missed the boat by not picking Hillary Clinton as his Vice President. She garnered a lot of votes and it would have most certainly built a massive machine to be confronted in November. In addition, the first Black/Female ticket would have diffused any attempt by McCain to do just what he did, choosing a woman as a running mate to siphon off disgruntled Hillary supporters. Perhaps, just perhaps, they will find Sarah Palin a more suitable choice for leadership not only because of her gender, but due to her common sense policies for the American family.A conservative with the bravery to confront unethical and wasteful spending who is able to reach across the aisle to get things done, is also just the type of leader America needs in the White House.

A McCain/Palin ticket seems to have just the right amount of moderate conservatism to win in November. Her age and family life also has a lot of appeal. She is at a stage in life where many Americans find themselves today and will be able to relate. As a father and husband close to 40, I can tell you that her story closely resembles mine and that of many voters, Democrats, Independents, and Republican alike. She understands what it means to raise a family with high moral standards and a good education in today’s society. She knows what it means, with our shrinking paychecks and inflated grocery bills, to have to put $50 in the tank each week, pay for health care, and what the rising cost of goods do to the middle class family. McCain and Palin will put America first. They will work to reduce spending and taxes, reduce our dependence of foreign oil, and ensure government reform, so that American families can reduce the burden they are experiencing from a struggling economy and housing market. As a lifelong NRA member Palin will fight to protect our second amendment rights so we can protect our persons, property, and family. She will work to reform government and upset the status quo in Washinton, placing country first, and cronism out the door.
The McCain/Pladin ticket has the ability to transform american trust in government and the Republican party. I would like to learn more about this “Wow” pick from Alaska. But, so far I like what I’ve learned. Yep, I think John McCain “get’s it”. And I think a McCain/Palin ticket is exactly how he shows it.

Sarah Palin Addresses America

Best possible pick McCain could make. The more I find out about her the more there is to like. More on this later.

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McCain/Palin – Vice President – Web Ad

Nice post found on youtube. McCain / Palin

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Convention Night

Could you imagine a Democrat doing the same thing as John McCain in commending his opponent? I doubt it.

To think, McCain spent his own campaign money to make this advertisment. What a gentleman.

This is the kind of guy I want to be my next president!

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Obama Attempts to Quash Free Speech

"Stop! You can't say THAT about me."
Barrak Obama’s Action Wire has sent an email regarding a segment on Chicago’s WGN radio, Am 720 featuring Stanley Kurtz. Apparently the Obama camp does not want the people to hear what this man has to say about Obama’s link to William Ayers, and who knows what else.

Full text of the email is posted below:

In the next few hours, we have a crucial opportunity to fight one of the most cynical and offensive smears ever launched against Barack.

Tonight, WGN radio is giving right-wing hatchet man Stanley Kurtz a forum to air his baseless, fear-mongering terrorist smears. He’s currently scheduled to spend a solid two-hour block from 9:00 to 11:00 p.m. pushing lies, distortions, and manipulations about Barack and University of Illinois professor William Ayers.

Tell WGN that by providing Kurtz with airtime, they are legitimizing baseless attacks from a smear-merchant and lowering the standards of political discourse.

Call into the “Extension 720” show with Milt Rosenberg at (312) 591-7200

(Show airs from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. tonight)

Then report back on your call at http://my.barackobama.com/WGNstandards

Kurtz has been using his absurd TV appearances in an awkward and dishonest attempt to play the terrorism card. His current ploy is to embellish the relationship between Barack and Ayers.

Just last night on Fox News, Kurtz drastically exaggerated Barack’s connection with Ayers by claiming Ayers had recruited Barack to the board of the Annenberg Challenge. That is completely false and has been disproved in numerous press accounts.

It is absolutely unacceptable that WGN would give a slimy character assassin like Kurtz time for his divisive, destructive ranting on our public airwaves. At the very least, they should offer sane, honest rebuttal to every one of Kurtz’s lies.

Kurtz is scheduled to appear from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. in the Chicago market.

Calling will only take a minute, and it will make a huge difference if we nip this smear in the bud. Confront Kurtz tonight before this goes any further:

http://my.barackobama.com/WGNstandards

Please forward this email to everyone you know who can make a call tonight.

Keep fighting the good fight,

Obama Action Wire

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The Facts on Barack and William Ayers:

William Ayers was involved with the Weather Underground when Barack Obama was eight years old, and Barack has roundly condemned their actions.

Last night on Fox News, Kurtz tried to radicalize an education reform program in Chicago called the Annenberg Challenge. The Challenge was funded by Republican Walter Annenberg, introduced by Mayor Daley and Republican Governor Jim Edgar, and one of its initiatives was even praised by John McCain.

Kurtz claimed on Fox News that William Ayers recruited Obama to the Annenberg Challenge — a flat out lie. Ayers did not serve on the board of the Challenge, and he had nothing to do with Barack’s recruitment. Some more background on Stanley Kurtz:

Stanley Kurtz Is Tied To Bill Kristol’s Conservative Think Tank. Kurtz is a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. The Policy Advisory Board includes: William Kristol. [Bio, policy advisory board, EPPC website, accessed 8/27/08]

Stanley Kurtz Was A Research Fellow At The Hoover Institution. In 2004, Stanley Kurtz was a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. [Boston Globe, 3/10/04]

Stanley Kurtz Claimed That Same Sex Marriage In Denmark Led To A Decline In Marriage Resulting In 60 Percent Of Children Being Born Out Of Wedlock. Stanley Kurtz stated: “Data from European demographers and statistical bureaus show that a majority of children in Sweden and Norway are now born out of wedlock, as are 60 percent of first-born children in Denmark. In socially liberal districts of Norway, where the idea of same-sex registered partnerships is widely accepted, marriage itself has almost entirely disappeared. [Boston Globe, 3/10/04]

Analysis Of Statistics On Marriage In Scandinavia Was Debunked. “Kurtz’s argument — which O’Reilly embraces — is that when legal rights are accorded to gays, through some unspecified process heterosexual couples begin bearing children out of wedlock and refuse to marry when they otherwise would. There are many government policies that alter the incentives to get and stay married, and thus have direct and unsurprising effects on marriage; for instance, the availability of no-fault divorce leads to more divorces, and laws providing the same rights for cohabitating heterosexual couples as married couples lead to fewer marriages, as couples make private commitments to each other without seeking the imprimatur of the state. But neither Kurtz nor O’Reilly has provided a plausible justification for their belief that extending rights to gay couples harms heterosexual marriage.” [Media Matters For America, 6/3/05]

Claimed That The National Nursing Shortage Was The “Fault Of Feminism.” In 2002, the Los Angeles Times reported, “Back at National Review Online, contributing editor Stanley Kurtz makes the same point! He, too, says women shouldn’t be trying to play by men’s rules. Of course he has a slightly different take. According to Kurtz, the national nurse shortage is the fault of feminism, for bringing about “the replacement of a traditional ethic of sacrifice by a post-’60s ethos of self-fulfillment.” Kurtz stated at the time “Nursing was once built around a spirit of feminine compassion and sacrifice. In the new, feminist world, that is unacceptable.” [Los Angeles Times, 7/21/2002]

Stanley Kurtz Stated That The Harvard Faculty No Confidence Vote In Lawrence Summers Would Cause “Lasting Damage To The Cultural Left.” On March 19, 2005, Stanley Kurtz stated on the National Review Online website, “I think the vote of no confidence in Lawrence Summers is a wonderful thing. Harvard continues to discredit itself with the American public. The faculty is trapped. If Summers resigns, this extraordinary example of political correctness will come back to haunt Harvard, and the entire academy, for years. But if Summers hangs on, the faculty itself will have been humiliated — checked by the very fact of public scrutiny. Either way, Harvard is tearing itself apart. So long as the public simply writes of the academy, the mice can play. But the intense public scrutiny in this case puts the captains of political correctness into a no-win situation. Like the closely watched Susan Estrich fiasco, this battle is doing lasting damage to the cultural left. As they say, sunlight is the best disinfectant.” [National Review Online, 3/19/05]

The Obama Action Wire is a grassroots rapid response group for supporters to fight smears, spread the truth, push back on misleading media, and take positive action.

Forward this email to everyone you know or sign up for the Obama Action Wire now.

Obama Gloats

Obama Gloats

Obama Gloats

It looks like Obama is the cat that just ate the bird.

As Convention Begins, McCain Ad Features Hillary Supporter For McCain

Vote McCain. It’s OK…Really!

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Why Is Captain Leadbottom A Republican?

This being my “official” political blog, I thought it should start with something about myself and a little bit about why I am Republican Party supporter.

I believe that the government is here to serve the people and is of the people. No party holds their ideals as close to what our Founding Father’s intended as the party of Lincoln, the Republican Party.

The republican party stands for small government, more personal control over ones life and family, and fiscal responsibility with our tax dollars. In addition, no party has made the commitment to protect our national interests like the GOP. Our national security is constantly tested and when vulnerable we can and will be attacked. Republicans understand this and will always ensure the US has the strength, the might, and the will to protect their great nation.

This is the party the believes that the best way for the government to help, is for it to help those who help themselves. As Regan said, “The most frightening things to hear is, I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” I would rather be poor and have opportunity, than to wait for the government to come help.

Republicans also understand that the best way to educate our children is to allow parents to control theireducation and what is being taught. The constitution provides for each American’s education, not the curriculum. Schools should be held accountable for their performance, and when they underperform competition should force them to change. Republican believe this is a parents choice, not the bureaucracy’s

The Grand Old Party, the Republican Party, is truly the party of the people.

Now, for a little personal history and some things that helped shape my views.

I wasn’t always a republican or conservative, but for as long as I cared to exercise my right to vote, I have been. I suppose Sir Winston Churchill was right when he said, “Any man who is under 30, and is not a liberal, has no heart; and any man who is over 30, and is not a conservative, has no brains.” At least it’s true in my case. I wonder if it has something to do with being a (very,very,very) distant cousin? Not to say that I didn’t have a brain when I was young, nor am I heartless currently, but it certainly rings true for me.

Amusingly, I can remember a time when I could not even tell you which party was which. Of course, at the time, I really didn’t care. I recall not really liking Carter when I was very young, mostly because I would hear my father complaining and calling him and idiot. I also remember liking Regan for perhaps a similar reason, although my father wasn’t into politics himself. I was in the sixth grade during his assassination attempt, but the impact was vague during my childhood.

As a teen I was as flaky as they come. Squandering my education and intelligence, I fell in with “That Crowd”, the one good mom’s all over warn against. It’s funny how at the same stage of my youth, when I could care less about politics, I was living the life of a pseudo-hippy/ 70’s rocker. I was an “artsy type” that many of my like-minded conservatives today would label a “liberal”. Good thing I wasn’t old enough to vote then or my record of conservative voting might have been blemished. I still play the guitar for my kids and I can’t listen to the Grateful Dead without feeling the urge to “boogie”. So, I think that I have not completely lost touch with my “liberal” side. I just don’t feel the urge to make impulsive, stupid, “feel-good” decisions as I did then. I naively thought that no nukes and welfare programs were good things. I had a utopian view of the world that came from being sheltered by my parents, as I think most children are. Once out in the “real” world, that view starts to change (at least for those who are open-minded enough). Liberals like to claim that open-mindedness for themselves, but in fact, they are the most stubborn, uneducated, irrational, irresponsible group in government.

At age 18, my first republican vote, and first vote ever, was in the general election of 1988, helping to elect President George Bush Sr. I was not paying much attention to the actual campaigns, I just knew that I wanted to exercise my right as an American who had just come of age. Truthfully, I didn’t even know why I was voting for Bush, I just knew that Dukakis didn’t seem trustworthy and we won’t even mention that funny guy with the big ears (oops, I think I just did). Being a child of the Regan era also probably had some influence. Watching the Great Communicator defeat communism and dropping the Iron Curtain certainly effected my opinions on diplomacy and national security.

Actual political policy entered the equation during my service in the US Navy. During the late 80’s and early 90’s Republicans were at the top of their game. Following my first vote that November, I enlisted in the United States Navy and was in boot camp when elder Bush was sworn in. I served during Desert Shield/Storm and it was probably this experience that first started to mold my own political standards and beliefs. Naturally, veteran benefits, national defense, and military pay became important issues for me then. As I started looking closer into what the two parties stand for, I found that the Republican Party would serve my own interests best. Not being a family man at the time, my selfish personal interests were paramount in my decision making. I would register and now delcarethat I was a Republican.

Then came Clinton. My friends (most of which were Navy) were all enamored with this cool, sax-playing politician who had a penchant for young women and scandal. Many were so engulfed by the “no new taxes” issue, that was the elder Bush’s undoing, that they actually voted this “Slick Willy” into office. I however, remained hopeful that Bush would win a second term and voted accordingly.

Now out of the Navy and starting a career in sales and marketing, I still was not particularly involved in politics and certainly not on a local level, being that I did not live in my home state. I was single and happy and making a good living. Clinton wasn’t so bad, right?

Wrong! During the Clinton presidency I married and started to raise a young family. As I matured from a self-centered young man, into a devoted husband and father, my political interests changed. They changed in the sense that I was now paying attention to new laws, Supreme Court decisions, international politics, and the economy. It wasn’t too difficult to realize that if I wanted my children to grow up in a safe and prosperous nation, that conservatism was the answer. Clinton and the democrats were raising taxes, and growing our government to unacceptable levels, while at the same time diminishing our military capabilities and destroying the moral ideals taught to our children.

Clinton’s policies were making our nation vulnerable. I quickly realized the understanding I had been missing until now. The understanding that liberalism was not only shrinking our military, wasting valuable dollars on special interests, overtaxing us, and over governing. Liberalism was corrupting our youth, making our nation literally unsafe from foreign enemies, and pushing us closer to the communism that Ronald Regan had so tirelessly fought against. The Lewinskiscandal and the failing economy heading into recession sealed the deal. The Democratic President of the United States lied on television to the public and lied under oath about a relatively insignificant personal issue. What else can or has he and his ilk lied about. It was apparent that this behavior was not only condoned by leadership in his party but perhaps even admired for it’s gall. I became convinced that I could never vote a liberal into office, ever. I would do more to teach my children about politics and party values than my parents did with the hope that they are not overly influenced by the liberal education establishment. I became a galvanized Republican.

Bush Jr. winning the White House in 2000 brought me some hope for our future. Hope that our education system could be improved, hope that our military secrets would remain so, and hope that we would see some tax relief.

Things changed again on 9-11. I watched the events of the day unfold from shortly after the first plane struck the tower. As soon as the second plane hit, I knew in an instant that we would soon be at war. I didn’t know when, how, or with whom, but somebody would be paying the price for an attack on US soil.

I was afraid. I feared for my children, and what they would soon be experiencing with what comes with war, this kind of war. I was too young to remember Viet-Nam and only heard stories of it from my father, and WW2 stories from my grandfather. Based on those anecdotes and my history lessons I feared The War on Terrorism would cost many American lives and even more lives of our enemy. I can honestly say I am glad that we had a Republican in the White House on that day, and still today as I write this. I belive that our nation is safer today than before 9-11. A more dangerous world perhaps, but our nation is safer from it.

Bush has made plenty of mistakes, bad decisions, and has stupefied me on occasion. I take issue with many things this administration had done (or not done). I won’t get into those topics in this post, but I am by no means a Bush “fanboi”. I will however continue to cast my conservative vote for Republicans in local and national elections, and support this Republican administration, because to do otherwise would be to give up my personal security and choice.

Despite my preference for another presidential hopeful and my initial reluctance to vote for McCain, this November I will again vote Republican. Once again hopeful that my vote will help to keep America a safe and prosperous country to raise my family.