Monday, May 31, 2010

Al Qaeda Number Three Killed

Breaking news from MSNBC-- apparently al Qaeda is claiming that their number three has been killed. Qaeda has no reason to claim this, so it seems strangely plausible. This member, Shaykh Mustafa Abu Al-Yazid, is Osama bin Laden's brother-in-law. So it looks like we've hit something big.
Another official said that "in terms of counterterrorism this would be a big victory," describing Saeed as "the group's chief operating officer, with a hand in everything from finances to operational planning. He was also the organization's prime conduit to Osama Bin Laden and Ayman Al-Zawahiri. He was key to al-Qaida's command and control."
Let's see the confirmation.
Cross-posted at World Threats.

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Is "Leave Me The Hell Alone" Conservatism on The Rise?

Rick Moran of Right Wing Nut House published an article on whether or not "Leave me the Hell Alone Conservatism" is on the rise within the GOP this morning, and I feel compelled to write about National Defense related Conservatism real quick.

It's true that Western Conservatism, or "Leave Me The Hell Alone Conservatism", has gained considerable momentum within the Republican Party since President Obama was inaugurated last January. However, this momentum will never takeover the GOP and some aspects of the movement should never be heard or seen.

Let's begin with this momentum will never takeover the GOP; as long as the Southern United States is still apart of the Union, Evangelical-Social Conservatism will have a strong hold within the GOP; which is a good thing considering the Pro-Life stance is gaining ground, and that more and more states are declaring "gay marriage" illegal.

Now when talking about and some aspects of the movement should never be heard or seen; I am referring to the Isolationist, gut the Military, neo-anarchist aspects of this movement, which populates the fringe of American politics, and doesn't understand it's 2010, and that our National Defense should function as if we're in the year 2010.

To make things simple: Western Conservatism, or "Soft Libertarianism" as Rick Moran dubbed it; might have a few more advocates, such as Glenn Beck, and Sarah Palin, but it will never make a permanent mark on our current political society. And when it deals with a National Defense or War related issue; should never be heard or seen.

I'm not calling Sarah Palin an Isolationist (I'll call Beck that), and I know her motives are more along the "rugged Individual" line of the West, but her endorsement of Congressman Paul's son over a certified Conservative is troubling, especially when we already have 58 Senators and a good portion of the House prepared to gut our Armed Forces.

As I've written before: National Defense or nothing.

Also; Domestic Western Conservatism should be used on a regular basis (exempting the anti-drug-on-war and anti-social conservatism attitude) when dealing with Domestic issues only, I'm not objecting to that, but once National Defense is touched - all of those Western Isolationist carpetbaggers should be kicked the hell out of office.

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The Jewish Vote in 2012.

The last Republican Nominee to capture the Jewish-American vote in a Presidential Election was Warren Harding, during the 1920 Presidential Election; and that only happened because Jewish-Americans split their vote between Socialist Eugene Debs and Democrat James Cox.

The only other Republican to come close to winning the Jewish-American vote since 1920 was Ronald Reagan in 1980; when John Anderson won 14% of the Jewish-American vote; allowing Reagan to almost capture a plurality over Jimmy Carter. No surprise there.

However, after decades of Democratic domination over the Jewish vote; could 2012 be the year another Hebrew Exodus occurs? Considering the ever-increasing anti-Israeli tone of the current Administration towards our allies and friends in Israel; anything could happen in just 30 months.

But could the next Republican Nominee really capture the Jewish-American electoral vote? In four decades the Republican Party will win the Jewish-American vote by default; considering a interesting trend in Jewish voting patterns over the past few years, that trend being that young Jews are more Conservative, and thus more Republican than their elders.

In the end it will come down to the Obama Administration: Do they want to retain a 90 year old Democratic voting bloc, or do they want to appease the enemies of Israel; through UN Treaties designed to target, exploit and blame Israel over current Middle Eastern conflicts.

I'm not Jewish, and thus I have no standing within their community or voting bloc, but I would like to make this personal appeal to my fellow Americans; Which Party has supported Israel in the best and worst of times? Which Party continues to stand with Israel, regardless of the cost we might pay at the polls? Which Party refuses to blame Israel for the mistakes of the Arab world?

You know which one I'm talking about.

Also, the conditions are right for a Jewish-American Republican to receive the Nomination in 2012, and to restore Conservatism in the Jewish community. And the conditions are also right for a Republican, regardless of nationality, to receive the largest percentage of Jewish votes since 1980.

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Sunday, May 30, 2010

The Two-Party system is faltering in England.

The financial situation in England is horrific, their English population is aging, and Islamists are slowly gaining control. However, there might be one threat greater than all three of the before mentioned combined: The death of England's Two-Party system.

You don't have to believe me, but I would ask that you read into these electoral results for the last four Parliamentary elections:

1997 - Major Two Parties = 73.9% of the vote.

Labour - 418 seats - 43.2% of the vote.
Conservative - 165 seats - 30.7% of the vote.
Liberal Dems - 46 seats - 16.8% of the vote.
Other - 30 seats - 9.3% of the vote.

2001 - Major Two Parties = 72.4% of the vote.

Labour - 413 seats - 40.7% of the vote.
Conservative - 166 seats - 31.7% of the vote.
Liberal Dems - 52 seats - 18.2% of the vote.
Other - 28 seats - 9.3% of the vote.

2005 - Major Two Parties = 67.6% of the vote.

Labour - 356 seats - 35.2% of the vote.
Conservative - 198 seats - 32.4% of the vote.
Liberal Dems - 62 seats - 22.0% of the vote.
Other - 31 seats - 10.6% of the vote.

2010 - Major Two Parties = 65.1% of the vote.

Conservative - 306 seats - 36.1% of the vote.
Labour - 258 seats - 29.0% of the vote
Liberal Dems - 57 seats - 23.0% of the vote.
Other - 29 seats - 11.9% of the vote.

What do the above mentioned electoral results tell you?

1. England is evolving into a Three-Party political system; which will result in more coalition governments, unstable governance, and ultimate political power for the Liberal Democrats & Nick Clegg (at least for the moment).

2. Other political parties (most of which are sectionalist parties; Scottish National Party, Sinn Fein, etc.) are increasing their "vote percentages" across Great Britain, which one day could result in a Islamic Party that carries significant political capital.

3. The kingmakers of government could soon be controlled by either rightwing or leftwing loons, unless the Major Two Parties neutralize them through (rightwing or leftwing) non-government coalitions, or dissolve the fringe political parties into their mainstream parties.

What can Conservatives do to capitalize from this Two-Party system downfall?

1. Govern as promised for the next four or five years; win back the trust of English voters.

2. Deal with Britain's awful economic problems first; solve what needs to be solved.

3. Dissolve the UK Independence Party into their own; Right-Of-Center unity.

I fear for the future of Great Britain; but I have great hope in the current Prime Minister and in British Conservatives that a solution to the Nation's declining Two-Party system can be resolved without significant damage.

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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Halladay tosses Perfect Game!

Roy Halladay, ace of the Philadelphia Phillies' pitching squad; just tossed the 20th Perfect Game in Major League Baseball history! Not only did Halladay retire 27 consecutive Marlin hitters, but the Phillies' won the game one-to-nothing. It doesn't get any better than that!

It's hard to believe Halladay could do anything more in his career; considering his 150 wins, 54 complete games, 1,500 strike outs, six MLB All-Star game appearances, a Cy Young Award, and his league wide respected dedication to and love for the game. And I almost forgot: His Perfect Game on May 29, 2010.

Congratulations to Roy Halladay! Greatest Major League Baseball Pitcher in the 21st century to date, and that's saying something, considering most of his professional baseball career has been during the "steroid era".

Also; Halladay's Perfect Game is the second Perfect Game to be pitched within this month (Dallas Braden of the Athletics tossed his Perfecto on May 9); never before have two Major League Pitchers tossed a Perfect Game within the same month before in history.

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Reid Beating Angle, Losing to Lowden

I wrote about this last week. If the Republican Party in Nevada nominates Sharron Angle for Senate, Harry Reid will have another term. Angle simply divides too many voters and hands too big of an advantage to the incumbent. According to a Las Vegas Review Journal poll, Sue Lowden is strong-- Angle is not.

Lowden (R): 42%
Reid (D): 39%

Reid (D): 42%
Angle (R): 39%

And the primary votes are also telling:

Lowden: 30%
Angle: 29%
Tarkanian: 23%

Lowden and Tarkanian are both mainstream, viable candidates. Angle, on the other hand, is too libertarian and out there to not only win the election, but to effectively serve the people of Nevada. I know that people want outsiders right now-- but to the GOP primary voters, don't choose someone outside of reality.

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Sestak Up by 2% Over Toomey

According to a new... yes, Daily Kos-Research 2000 poll, Congressman Joe Sestak is beating Republican Pat Toomey in the Senate contest in Pennsylvania. Kos polls don't tend to be too accurate, but since that's what we have today, we might as well highlight the results.

Sestak (D): 43%
Toomey (R): 40%

So what can we make out of this? There's still 17% undecided. With no incumbent and quite frankly, no incumbent party, it's baffling to see where the undecideds fall. However, considering that PA is a blue state, Toomey better be pushing hard if he wants to win.

Also according to the poll internal dynamics, 30% of independents are undecided....

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"From the Halls of Montezuma............."

As millions of Americans prepare to celebrate Memorial Day in one aspect or another, I believe one hymn deserves special recognition and celebration; the Marines' Hymn, which was written during the 19th century, and mentions two historic battles where the United States Marines did what United States Marines do.

From the Halls of Montezuma,
To the shores of Tripoli;
We fight our country's battles
In the air, on land and sea;
First to fight for right and freedom
And to keep our honor clean;
We are proud to claim the title
Of United States Marine.

Even though I plan on enlisting in the United States Navy this fall; I believe that no branch of the Military can compete with the United States Marine Corps: The Few, The Proud, The Marines.

May God Bless all of our Soldiers this Memorial Day weekend; and may all those who perished for America and for all of our freedoms be remembered for not only their heroic last measure of devotion to their Nation, but for what they sacrificed their lives for.

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Friday, May 28, 2010

Gary Coleman Dead

Gary Coleman, best known for his role in the television sitcom Diff'rent Strokes, has died at age 42. The cause of death was an intercranial hemorrhage. Mr. Coleman passed away in a Utah hospital at 12:05pm this afternoon.

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Say Hello to Obama's Primary Challenge

 President Obama will be challenged in the 2012 primaries. You can count on it. His hands-off approach to leadership has been a near-disaster for the Democratic Party, which took almost ten years to regain its 'credibility' and take back the White House and Congress. Now it appears that the President is rightfully being hammered over his lack of response to the Gulf oil spill. But there's more. From terror, to the economy, to even health care, the left is angry at him for being unable to provide real leadership. His approval is likely going to slide into the low-to-mid forties, and unless he gets a plan together, he's not going to get it higher.

Which sets the stage for Hillary Clinton.

There's a rumor out there that she wants to leave her current position as Secretary of State. During her tenure she has traveled around the world with a high (and relatively uncritical) profile. She has not had to cast any controversial votes in the Senate and is able to show herself as above the fray of the chaotic Obama Administration.

She's probably waiting for a trigger of some sort. Probably she's hoping for a GOP landslide in November. A GOP comeback, coupled with Obama's ratings below forty percent, is likely to allow her to jump into the race in January 2011.

She likely has some pretty potent talking points lined up:

1. I Told You He Was Inexperienced: This will be the big one. From the oil spill to terror to the economy to the health care plan, she's going to harp on the fact that since Senator Obama barely knew what he was doing in Congress, he wasn't able to bring any discernable skill to the White House.

2. I've Got Foreign Policy Credibility: Might sound crazy, but compared to President Obama, she has it in spades. Her campaign commercials can show her with all sorts of foreign leaders signing important treaties.

3. He's Clueless on Terrorism: In the Times Square and Christmas Day plots, the Administration's response was lackluster. Whether it be the terrorist resurgence in Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen, or Afghanistan, Hillary will be able to portray herself as a hawk. In addition, Obama's shameful lack of action towards Iran will be seen as his downfall, especially if they get the bomb anytime soon.

4. I Will Fix the Economy: This is likely the number two message. It will be in almost everything she says. Her husband (rightfully or not) earned high marks for handling the economy. With unemployment near 10% and the debt out of control, she can argue that no matter what she does, she could do a better job.

Remember, Hillary did not dismantle her 2008 campaign. She simply 'suspended' her campaign. Parts are still active and with a two-month incubation period, could get back off the ground. Prepare to see a major battle next year-- with Hillary coming out on top.

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Administration Asked Bill Clinton to Offer Sestak Job

In a report released by the White House today, it was revealed that the Administration asked former President Bill Clinton to urge Joe Sestak out of the Democratic Pennsylvania Primary by offering him a job.

The press release states, amongst other things:
White House staff did not discuss these options with Congressman Sestak. The White House Chief of Staff enlisted the support of former President Clinton who agreed to raise with Congressman Sestak options of service on a Presidential or other Senior Executive Branch Advisory Board. Congressman Sestak declined the suggested alternatives, remaining committed to his Senate candidacy.
That is illegal. Very illegal. And just because the idea was floated, but not put into practice, does not mean that it is not against the law. Just like talking about robbing people or planning to kill people is against the law.
Offered Sestak a Job

Joe Sestak is set to give a press conference soon. We'll see what happens.

So, will the Main Stream Media pick up on this story? I doubt it.

Update: Joe Sestak has released a statement in which he states that Rahm Emanuel asked former President Clinton to offer him, Sestak, a job. In other words, Sestak confirmed the White House story. Stay tuned.

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5 Republicans support the repeal of DADT.

It pains me to write this, but 5 Republican Representatives voted for the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" last night; against the will of the United States Military, the Chiefs of all four Military branches, and common sense. It's not just the fact that our Military's opinion was thrown right out the window, but that this repeal will go into effect, even if the Department of Defense rules the change "hostile" to troop morale and cohesion.

While 26 Congressional Democrats sided with the overwhelming Republican opposition, the measure still passed with general ease; once again over the objections of the United States Military. Those 26 Congressional Democrats deserve some recognition for standing with our Military, but those 5 Republicans who sided against our United States Military for either political or personal reasons, should be ashamed of themselves:

Congressman Cao (LA 02).

Congressman Djou (HA 01).

Congresswoman Biggert (IL 13).

Congressman Paul (TX 14).

Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen (FL 18)

Representatives Cao, Djou, and Biggert do reside in "blue districts", and their vote (atleast Cao and Djou) would probably be different if their congressional district was located in Southern Kansas or Northern Oklahoma, but Congressman Paul just doesn't care about troop morale or cohesion, and Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen, even though she is a fierce Conservative legislator, favors the "gay agenda", regardless of political or realistic circumstance.

Than again opposing the United States Military for political reason is worse than supporting legislation that provides personal wealth. Look at Congressman Castle of Delaware; he's running for United States Senate in one of the deepest blue states in America, and even though a vote like this could be used against him in November, he still stood with the Military; that's real courage.

I hope Senate Republicans (40 of whom oppose repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell) with the help of Senator Webb (D-Virginia), can filibuster Democratic attempts to "social engineer" our United States Military, and to hopefully force our Congress, and the President, to await the much anticipated Department of Defense survey of over 350,000 American soldiers (due out in December), and their valued opinions on what such change of policy would have on them.

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President Obama On Oil Spill: 'I've Got It'

Over one month after the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, President Obama declared that he would take care of the problem.

Unlike many, I haven't faulted Obama for the terrible spill or the aftermath. However, I have faulted him for some of his actions. Allowing Janet Napolitano to say that the Administration was handling the situation 'from day one' was foolhardy. The President has also been foolish to make grandiose statements about what role government plays in this sort of crisis.

Now that the President has declared that the crisis is his, however, he must be held accountable. Here's what President Obama said:
"In case you were wondering who's responsible, I take responsibility. It is my job to make sure that everything is done to shut this down."
The fact of the matter is, the President has been declaring that he has the ability to stop or help stymie the crisis for some time now. Whether or not this is true is debatable, but to state it unequivocally is to take full responsibility, regardless of reality.

Therefore, regardless of his actual role in the situation, the blame for failure must be directed at the President. From this day forward, failure (or possible success) must be laid at the President's feet.

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Why Obama's Courting of Sestak is Not a Crime

A former White House ethics officer in the Bush (43) Administration lays a good case of why Obama offering Joe Sestak a job does not constitute a laspe of ethics or lawbreaking.

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Burns Up in November Poll

Republican Tim Burns, who almost beat former John Murtha staffer Mark Critz for the PA-12 Congressional seat, is coming back strong. Burns suffered due to the Democratic Senate primary taking place on the same day, hurting him in the district where Democrats outnumber Republicans two to one. Despite that, Burns only lost by eight in a district where Murtha won handily in 2008.

New polling by PPP has Burns actually in the lead against Critz for the November contest:

Burns: 48%
Critz: 47%

I think that Burns might be able to pick Critz off on this one.

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Halter Ahead in Runoff

 Arkansas Lt. Governor Bill Halter has jumped to a three point lead over incumbent Senator Blanche Lincoln in a poll conducted by Reasearch 2000 (but set up by the Daily Kos). Kos polls tend to be a bit off and give misleading questions, but the results here may be accurate due to the fact that it's a poll of Democratic primary voters.

According to the poll, the most leftist Halter beats the centrist for the nomination:

Halter: 47%
Lincoln: 44%

The poll also says that Halter would lose by less to Republican nominee John Boozman. I tend to think that indies will run away from Halter once they hear what he has to say.

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Feingold Only Up By 2%

 Russ Feingold, one of the most liberal members of the United States Senate, is not exactly beloved in his attempt to achieve reelection in Wisconsin. Wisconsin, a culturally conservative swing state, has sent Feingold to the Senate without massive support in the past. According to a new Rasmussen poll (the most accurate in the business), Feingold only holds a 2% lead over relative unknown Ron Johnson, a businessman.

Even worse is that Feingold does not break 50% even against this non-politician. If President Obama's approval keeps slipping and Democratic turnout crashes, Feingold may see himself tossed from the Senate.

Feingold: 46%
Johnson: 44%

There's still a 10% undecided factor here, but most of these people are probably already acquainted with Feingold. He needs to win them back quickly before Johnson's machine gets into full gear. Considering that undecideds tend to split 2/3 for the challenger in races like this, Feingold would then lose 50.6%-49.4%.... Keep an eye on this one.

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Blumenthal Up by 25%?

Coming after the New York Times story that Connecticut Democratic Senatorial Candidate Richard Blumenthal lied about serving in the Vietnam War, apparently a new Quinnipiac poll places him ahead by a staggering 25%. I know that it's Connecticut and that Democratic voters aren't exactly the most logical types, but this is stupefying.

And it also comes a week after a Rasmussen poll had Blumenthal up by only three.

So who are we to believe? Are we ready to accept that the people of Connecticut, which was almost so stupid as to put Ned Lamont in the Senate is now willing to accept Blumenthal there?

Blumenthal: 56%
McMahon: 31%

And of course the kicker is that 61% of those polled said that the Vietnam revelation wouldn't affect their vote.

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Did President Obama Commit an Impeachable Offense?

In the last week, it has been revealed that the Obama Administration "offered" Joe Sestak "a job" to drop out of the Democratic Primary in Pennsylvania. The question is, of course, is this an impeachable offense? President Obama has assured the Press and the American people that disclosure on the subject is coming very soon.

I am not one for blindly calling for the President's impeachment over every minor scandal; I resented the same when Bush was President. Therefore, instead of pointing at spurious things, let us look at the hard facts (at least the ones that are obtainable) and go from there.

Article II, Section 4 of the United States Constitution states:

The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.
Further, offering someone a job to drop out of a race is unquestionably illegal. Here's the law, which is USC 18, Section 600 (with added emphasis):

Whoever, directly or indirectly, promises any employment, position, compensation, contract, appointment, or other benefit, provided for or made possible in whole or in part by any Act of Congress, or any special consideration in obtaining any such benefit, to any person as consideration, favor, or reward for any political activity or for the support of or opposition to any candidate or any political party in connection with any general or special election to any political office, or in connection with any primary election or political convention or caucus held to select candidates for any political office, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.

The law is very specific, and if the Administration did this, it is very illegal. But does that mean that the President can be impeached?

It is unknown whether the President himself actually offered Sestak a job. If President Obama did not, then he cannot be impeached if he was unaware of what was going on. Likewise, if the President knew that the offering had occurred, but after the fact, he probably cannot be impeached. If the latter is the case, facts need to be uncovered about when the President found out and what he did about it.

The only way that President Obama committed an impeachable offense is if he himself directly offered Sestak a position, or if he himself told someone to do so.

The problem, however, is that what exactly occurred is unknown. Did Obama not know, did he spearhead it, or is this all a crazy misunderstanding? Until the disclosure that the President promises comes to fruition, nothing can move forward on the subject.

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Bloggers needed in NY 29.

Just as Conservative bloggers were needed in New York's 23rd district, the Senate election in Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania's 12th district; our call of duty is now in New York's 29th district, where Governor David Paterson is refusing to allow a special congressional election to restore representation for political reasons.

When Congressman Eric Massa resigned in March of this year, most expected the Governor to move quickly in calling a special election, just as he had in New York's 20th and 23rd districts. But, Governor Paterson is using the lame excuse of "disenfranchising" voters to avoid calling a special election until November.

Disenfranchising voters is not calling a special election until November! And allowing his citizens to go ten whole months without representation in the Peoples house of Congress is immoral at best, evil at worst.

Tom Reed and his campaign have been fighting against Governor Paterson in Court, attempting to force a Constitutionally mandated special election in New York's 29th congressional district. I believe it's time for members of the Blogosphere; whether you reside in New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Rhode Island, or otherwise; to unite behind the Reed campaign, and demand Governor Paterson call a special election to restore representation.

Please visit the Tom Reed for Congress campaign website, and please consider visiting NY 29 in the coming weeks and months, so national attention can be directed towards the incompetence of Governor Paterson, and at the lack of "voting" representation in the Peoples House for over six hundred thousand American citizens.

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