Friday, October 31, 2008

 

Atlas speaks

Mr. Obama,

Given the uproar about the simple question asked you by Joe the plumber, and the persecution that has been heaped on him because he dared to question you, I find myself motivated to say a few things to you myself. While Joe aspires to start a business someday, I already have started not one, but 4 businesses. But first, let me introduce myself. You can call me "Cory the well driller". I am a 54 year old high school graduate. I didn't go to college like you, I was too ready to go "conquer the world" when I finished high school. 25 years ago at age 29, I started my own water well drilling business at a time when the economy here in East Texas was in a tailspin from the crash of the early 80's oil boom. I didn't get any help from the government, nor did I look for any. I borrowed what I could from my sister, my uncle, and even the pawn shop and managed to scrape together a homemade drill rig and a few tools to do my first job. My businesses did not start as a result of privilege. They are the result of my personal drive, personal ambition, self discipline, self reliance, and a determination to treat my customers fairly. From the very start my business provided one other (than myself) East Texan a full time job. I couldn't afford a backhoe the first few years (something every well drilling business had), so I and my helper had to dig the mud pits that are necessary for each and every job with hand shovels. I had to use my 10 year old, 1/2 ton pickup truck for my water tank truck (normally a job for at least a 2 ton truck).

A year and a half after I started the business, I scraped together a 20% down payment to get a modest bank loan and bought a (28 year) old, worn out, slightly bigger drilling rig to allow me to drill the deeper water wells in my area. I spent the next few years drilling wells with the rig while simultaneously rebuilding it between jobs. Through these years I never knew from one month to the next if I would have any work or be able to pay the bills. I got behind on my income taxes one year, and spent the next two years paying that back (with penalty and interest) while keeping up with ongoing taxes. I got behind on my water well supply bill 2 different years (way behind the second time... $80,000.00), and spent over a year paying it back (each time) while continuing to pay for ongoing supplies C.O.D.. Of course, the personal stress endured through these experiences and years is hard to measure. I do have a stent in my heart now to memorialize it all.

I spent the next 10 years developing the reputation for being the most competent and most honest water well driller in East Texas. 2 years along the way, I hired another full time employee for the drilling business so that we could provide full time water well pump service as well as the well drilling. Also, 3 years along the path, I bought a water well screen service machine from a friend, starting business # 2. 5 years later I made a business loan for $100,000.00 to build a new, higher production, computer controlled screen service machine. I had designed the machine myself, and it didn't work out for 3 years so I had to make the loan payments without the benefit of any added income from the new machine. No government program was there to help me with the payments, or to help me sleep at night as I lay awake wondering how I would solve my machine problems or pay my bills. Finally, after 3 years, I got the screen machine working properly, and that provided another full time job for an East Texan in the screen service business.

2 years after that, I made another business loan, this time for $250,000.00, to buy another used drilling rig and all the support equipment needed to run another, larger, drill rig. This provided another 2 full time jobs for East Texans. Again, I spent a couple of years not knowing if I had made a smart move, or a move that would bankrupt me. For the third time in 13 years, I had placed everything I owned on the line, risking everything, in order to build a business.

A couple of years into this, I came up with a bright idea for a new kind of mud pump, a fundamentally necessary pump used on water well drill rigs. I spent my entire life savings to date (just $30,000.00), building a prototype of the pump and took it to the national water well convention to show it off. Customers immediately started coming out of the woodworks to buy the pumps, but there was a problem. I had depleted my assets making the prototype, and nobody would make me a business loan to start production of the new pumps. With several deposits for pump orders in hand, and nowhere to go, I finally started applying for as many credit card as I could find and took cash withdrawals on these cards to the tune of over $150,000.00 (including modest loans from my dear sister and brother), to get this 3rd business going.

Yes, once again, I had everything hanging over the line in an effort to start another business. I had never manufactured anything, and I had to design and bring into production a complex hydraulic machine from an untested prototype to a reliable production model (in six months). How many nights I lay awake wondering if I had just made the paramount mistake of my life I cannot tell you, but there were plenty. I managed to get the pumps into production, which immediately created another 2 full time jobs in East Texas. Some of the models in the first year suffered from quality issues due to the poor workmanship of one of my key suppliers, so I and an employee (another East Texan employed) had to drive across the country to repair customers' pumps, practically from coast to coast. I stood behind the product, and made payments to all the credit cards that had financed me (and my brother and sister). I spent the next 5 years improving and refining the product, building a reputation for the pump and the company, working to get the pump into drill rig manufacturers' product lines, and paying back credit cards. During all this time I continued to manage a growing water well business that was now operating 3 drill rig crews, and 2 well service crews. Also, the screen service business continued to grow. No government programs were there to help me, Mr. Obama, but that's ok, I didn't expect any, nor did I want any. I was too busy fighting to make success happen to sit around waiting for the government to help me.

Now, we have been manufacturing the mud pumps for 7 years, my combined businesses employ 32 full time employees, and distribute $5,000,000.00 annually through the local economy. Now, just 4 months ago I borrowed $1,254,000.00, purchasing computer controlled machining equipment to start my 4th business, a production machine shop. The machine shop will serve the mud pump company so that we can better manufacture our pumps that are being shipped worldwide. Of course, the machine shop will also do work for outside companies as well. This has already produced 2 more full time jobs, and 2 more should develop out of it in the next few months. This should work out, but if it doesn't it will be because you, and the other professional politicians like yourself, will have destroyed our countrys' (and the world) economy with your meddling with mortgage loan programs through your liberal manipulation and intimidation of loaning institutions to make sure that unqualified borrowers could get mortgages. You see, at the very time when I couldn't get a business loan to get my mud pumps into production, you were working with Acorn and the Community Reinvestment Act programs to make sure that unqualified borrowers could buy homes with no down payment, and even no credit or worse yet, bad credit. Even the infamous, liberal, Ninja loans (No Income, No Job or Assets). While these unqualified borrowers were enjoying unrealistically low interest rates, I was paying 22% to 24% interest on the credit cards that I had used to provide me the funds for the mud pump business that has created jobs for more East Texans. It's funny, because after 25 years of turning almost every dime of extra money back into my businesses to grow them, it has been only in the last two years that I have finally made enough money to be able to put a little away for retirement, and now the value of that has dropped 40% because of the policies you and your ilk have perpetrated on our country.

You see, Mr. Obama, I'm the guy you intend to raise taxes on. I'm the guy who has spent 25 years toiling and sweating, fretting and fighting, stressing and risking, to build a business and get ahead. I'm the guy who has been on the very edge of bankruptcy more than a dozen times over the last 25 years, and all the while creating more and more jobs for East Texans who didn't want to take a risk, and would not demand from themselves what I have demanded from myself. I'm the guy you characterize as "the Americans who can afford it the most" that you believe should be taxed more to provide income redistribution "to spread the wealth" to those who have never toiled, sweated, fretted, fought, stressed, or risked anything. You want to characterize me as someone who has enjoyed a life of privilege and who needs to pay a higher percentage of my income than those who have bought into your entitlement culture. I resent you, Mr. Obama, as I resent all who want to use class warfare as a tool to advance their political career. What's worse, each year more Americans buy into your liberal entitlement culture, and turn to the government for their hope of a better life instead of themselves. Liberals are succeeding through more than 40 years of collaborative effort between the predominant liberal media, and liberal indoctrination programs in the public school systems across our land.

What is so terribly sad about this is this. America was made great by people who embraced the one-time American culture of self reliance, self motivation, self determination, self discipline, personal betterment, hard work, risk taking. A culture built around the concept that success was in reach of every able bodied American who would strive for it. Each year that less Americans embrace that culture, we all descend together. We descend down the socialist path that has brought country after country ultimately to bitter and unremarkable states. If you and your liberal comrades in the media and school systems would spend half as much effort cultivating a culture of can-do across America as you do cultivating your entitlement culture, we could see Americans at large embracing the conviction that they can elevate themselves through personal betterment, personal achievement, and self reliance. You see, when people embrace such ideals, they act on them. When people act on such ideals, they succeed. All of America could find herself elevating instead of deteriorating. But that would eliminate the need for liberal politicians, wouldn't it, Mr. Obama? The country would not need you if the country was convinced that problem solving was best left with individuals instead of the government. You and all your liberal comrades have got a vested interested in creating a dependent class in our country. It is the very business of liberals to create an ever expanding dependence on government. What's remarkable is that you, who have never produced a job in your life, are going to tax me to take more of my money and give it to people who wouldn't need my money if they would get off their entitlement mentality asses and apply themselves at work, demand more from themselves, and quit looking to liberal politicians to raise their station in life.

You see, I know because I've had them work for me before. Hundreds of them over these 25 years. People who simply will not show up to work on time. People who just will not work 5 days in a week, much less, 6 days. People always looking for a way to put less effort out. People who actually tell me that they would do more if I just would first pay them more. People who take off work to sit in government offices to apply to get free government handouts (gee, I wonder how things would have turned out for them if they had spent that time earning money and pleasing their employer?). You see, all of this comes from your entitlement mentality culture.

Oh, I know you will say I am uncompassionate. Sorry, Mr. Obama, wrong again. You see, I've seen what the average percentage of your income has been given to charities over the years of 2000 to 2004 (ignoring the years you started running for office - can you pronounce "politically motivated"), you averaged less than 1% annually. And your running mate, Joe Biden, averaged less than ¼% of his annual income in charitable contributions over the last 10 years. Like so many liberals, the two of you want to give to the needy, just as long as it is someone else's money you are giving to them. I won't say what I have given to charities over the last 25 years, but the percentage is several times more than you and Joe Biden. combined (don't you just hate google?). Tell me again how you feel my pain.

In short, Mr. Obama, your political philosophies represent everything that is wrong with our country. You represent the culture of government dependence instead of self reliance; Entitlement mentality instead of personal achievement; Penalization of the successful to reward the unmotivated; Political correctness instead of open mindedness and open debate. If you are successful, you may preside over the final transformation of America from being the greatest and most self-reliant culture on earth, to just another country of whiners and wimps, who sit around looking to the government to solve their problems. Like all of western Europe. All countries on the decline. All countries that, because of liberal socialistic mentalities, have a little less to offer mankind every year.

God help us...

Cory Miller

just a ordinary, extraordinary American, the way a lot of Americans used to be.

P.S. Yes, Mr. Obama, I am a real American... www.cmillerdrilling.com

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

 

Never Mind The Gap

I ask again, is it voter suppression to ask that you only vote once?

(via Michelle Malkin) On sale at The Gap:


Tuesday, October 28, 2008

 

I would have been in the 25 million

My Dad told me a story about my grandfather. Both were staunch conservatives, anti-communists, and lover's of America. My grandfather told him that he should fight as hard as he could against the communists in America because if they ever took over, with a last name like ours, we would be the first on the list. I always thought this was rather histrionic. Sure his fervor for freedom rubbed off on me but I never thought that those nice hippies that populated my school would want to kill me. Boy was I wrong.

I asked, “Well what is going to happen to those people we can’t reeducate, that are diehard capitalists?” And the reply was that they’d have to be eliminated.

And when I pursued this further, they estimated they would have to eliminate 25 million people in these reeducation centers.

And when I say “eliminate,” I mean “kill.”

Twenty-five million people.

I want you to imagine sitting in a room with 25 people, most of which have graduate degrees, from Columbia and other well-known educational centers, and hear them figuring out the logistics for the elimination of 25 million people.

And they were dead serious.





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More Election Thoughts and Questions

Is it Voter Suppression if you ask voters to only vote once?

How about if you ask that voting be limited to only those who are living and legally registered to vote?

Why is Bill Ayers teaching at UIC? Regardless of what people think about his affiliation with Obama do they want someone like Ayers teaching anywhere?

If the Democrats are proven successful at blaming the current financial crisis on "Bush's failed policies" wont they also be successful in blaming any future mess they create on the one they "inherited"?

Sunday, October 26, 2008

 

Polling used to depress the vote(rs)

Via Hot Air headlines. Things are a lot less gloomy than you might believe.

It begs the question, why would pollsters be willing to sacrifice their credibility to try and drive the Republican vote into despair? Rush's opinion is that the polls will tighten this last week so that they don't look as foolish. I have pretty much given up on anything coming out of the MSM. I had to laugh at the attempt to make Sarah Palin look elitist by pointing out the cost of her wardrobe. Ignore voter fraud, concentrate on clothes. Yeah, like I'll pay to hear that garbage.

Diego: At Townhall there are similar thoughts, asking why Republicans/Conservatives would have any faith in the MSM: "We don't believe the media because they're carrying water for Obama, but we're feeling lousy because the polls by these same people say Republicans are going to get creamed? What utter nonsense."

I'm looking at this election like a College Bowl game where the two teams involved have not played each other before and have had no common opponents by which to try and predict an outcome. There is often a clear favorite but when the team labeled 'underdog' wins it doesn't seem like such a big deal when you see their strategy and performance on the field.

Given the hype, I wont be surprised if Obama wins by the margin the polls currently suggest. But I also will not be shocked if McCain wins by that same margin. The reasoning behind such a victory is sound and American Thinker makes an argument for it here.

 

Oliver Stone's W bombs

Via Hot Air headlines.

There's been tremdous interest by the public in the box office fate of Oliver Stone's W. for its second weekend in release. Well, it ran out of steam. QED International/Lionsgate's Bush biopic sank 58% to No. 8 with $1.5 million Friday from 2,050 dates for what will probably be a $5.2M weekend. The $30M negative cost film should end up with $23M domestic box office gross by the end of its North American run. That means, with a $25M P&A investment and Lionsgate's distribution fees, the film won't recoup.

The word you are looking for is schadenfreude.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

 

Election Thoughts

Did Joe Biden deliver a post election victory speech early? It would seem to me that warning (lowering the expectations?) people about enemies generating a crisis to test the mettle of an Obama Presidency should come only after the office is secured.

Follow up questions for Joe:

1. Does he think Obama is ready to be President? He might need to be reminded of his opinion expressed during the primaries.

2. Could these future crises he speaks of be averted by electing McCain instead?

3. Shouldn't we be sticking with Bush's plan for Iraq in the same way he asks us to stick with Obama during the 'Oh my God, why are they there in the polls? Why is the polling so down? Why is this thing so tough?' periods?

Other elections thoughts:

I'm interested in seeing how the actual election results compare to all the polling data that is being collected. I'm not sold on the inevitability of an Obama victory but I also don't find his current polling lead unbelievable.

Obama might just be able to coast to victory in this election but he is planning on some major network air time to further his chances. While he is good at delivering speeches, he also is capable of making mistakes. It is possible he could deliver what he considers to be a positive message that winds up turning people off. Sometimes a campaign ad works for well for both opposing candidates. I think the video of children singing for Obama was something that could have worked well for McCain.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

 

Not Reporting For Duty

At least not that duty: "Mr. McCain has an unambiguous duty to the nation to force the public to at least be informed as to the nature and character of Barack Obama. He needs to lay out all the accurate available information on Mr. Obama's prior alliances, affiliations and conduct both for the purpose of revealing Mr. Obama's character and his radical policy disposition. "

I'm not expecting much of this at the debate tonight. If McCain does bring such things up I don't think it likely that he will persist with the issue and thus Obama could very well explain his past away yet again without saying much.

ACORN is a little different though in that it is current news and still unfolding. I was surprised to see that CNN has been covering this and has made at least some connection to Obama. McCain might find that this issue is fair game but based on his assessment of that term so far, who knows?

 

Civil Discourse

It doesn't lose this election. It was lost long ago.

I don't disagree with the previous post's point, just the timing. My experience suggests politics are not something easily discussed. It may have always been this way and I'm only noticing it as I age and take greater interest in political issues but I'm not finding many conversations on such topics to be all that pleasant. In fact, conversations are often not even possible.

Last week at work I heard whispers outside my office following a group lunch where politics was discussed. For years I have been quiet during such gatherings but I knew this day was coming. I heard someone say, "I'm just going to ask him", and then they did: "Do you mind if I ask you something....Are you an Obama supporter?" (In other words, Are you one of us?)

I laughed when they asked. I work for and with good people and get along with everyone. Some are passionate about their politics though, and I don't want to express contradicting views in order to avoid heated discussions. I'm under no pressure here, I just like the nice environment here and prefer to keep it that way. I'm not afraid to speak my mind but there is one thing I would rather not say or imply and that is that some of the information I often would like to share was obtained reading blogs while at work. I wouldn't get fired or disciplined for that but it is probably better to stay away from that.

So I responded to the question about supporting Obama: "Not really." And to the follow up about supporting McCain: "Not exactly a big fan but I don't think it matters since Obama is sure to win Illinois." I got out of disclosing who I am voting for at least for now but I think it will come up again in the future. The 'all on the same page' notion during our birthday lunches is probably gone for good. To what extent I participate in political discussions is something I am going to have to consider. Once you are in, you usually are in for good and I'm likely to stay as quiet as possible.

Aside from with friends (to the left or right, doesn't matter) I'm staying out of political discussions for the most part. It is tempting sometimes to offer an opinion or question someone's facts but civility is not something to expect.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

 

No matter who wins, civil discourse loses

Today during one of my classes, by the way I am changing careers, the professor made a snide comment about Sara Palin. I smiled and kept my mouth shut. He acknowledged that he wanted to keep politics out of the classroom but said he was really itching for an argument. On a previous occasion he made a comment that you could spot his car because it had the anti-Bush bumper stickers.

Please don't tell me I should give him one. I doubt he would try and sabotage my grade but why take the chance. Besides, he really hasn't politicized the classroom other than a couple of comments and they weren't made during the lecture. I can live with that. What is noticeable is that the other students, who are all a good deal younger than me, just stay quiet when he has made these comments. I mean not a word was spoken nor a sound made in protest or agreement. I get the feeling that Generation Y has had enough of ideological battles.

Unfortunately, their parents aren't as civilized. Elderly poll watchers in a battle. An Obama volunteer turns in a McCain supporter to the Secret Service. Slamming heads against walls. Where are we going to be after the election is over. Here is one possibility.

This is surely small of me, but if Obama wins, I plan on giving him as much of a chance as the Democrats gave George Bush. I will gleefully forward every paranoid anti-Obama rumor that I see, along with YouTube footage of his verbal missteps. I will laugh and email heinous anti-Obama photoshop jobs, and maybe even learn photoshop myself to create some. I'll buy anti-Obama books, and maybe even a "Not My President" t-shirt. I'm sure that the mainstream bookstores won't carry them, but I'll be on the lookout for anti-Obama calendars and stuff like that. I will not wish America harm, and if the country is hurt (economically, militarily, or diplomatically) I will truly mourn. But i will also take some solace that it occurred under Obama's watch, and will find every reason to blame him personally and fan the flames.


After 16 years of acrimony both liberals and conservatives are really touchy about this election even more than the 2004 election when, arguable, more was at stake. Socionomics has an explanation for this animous. If you remember, socionomics postulates that changes in social mood predate drops in the stock market, civil unrest, wars, etc. Social mood is cyclical. Cycles can vary in length from months to centuries. Larger recessions or depressions indicate larger down cycles in social mood which often end in larger wars. If we are in a large downswing in social mood then it is not surprising that there is more strife in this election cycle. That differences are magnified and tempers shorter.

So where does that leave us? It is not that I will give an Obama administration much slack but I do think that conservatives shouldn't deny that Obama is our president. We shouldn't engage in slander against him and we shouldn't point out that his memoir was ghostwritten by Bill effing Ayres. We should be civil but oh boy is it going to be tough.

Diego: There will be temptation to imitate the left's anti-Bush behavior and direct it towards Obama if he wins but I agree that restraint is the better option. Making light of such behavior and applying it towards Obama in parody is another matter. Perhaps offering to remake and update the film Death of A President with Eddie Murphy cast as President and doing his Buckwheat's been shot routine could work if the absurdity of the original was exposed without any suggestion that some lunatic take it serious.

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Why Obama's Socialism Doesn't Matter

Bookworm has a good post at The American Thinker on why Socialism should matter but another post by Paul Kengor explains why it is not likely to matter in this election.

"The leftist intelligentsia that dominates higher education, and which writes the civics texts used in high schools -- I've read and studied these texts -- and which trains the teachers who teach in high schools, is not in the slightest bit notably anti-communist. These liberals do not teach the lessons of communism...

It is easy to teach, if the professor desires. The problem is that it isn't being taught. Consequently, Americans today do not know why communism is such a devastating ideology, at both the level of plain economic theory and in actual historical practice."
Getting people to understand Obama's past is a big challenge all it's own. Getting them to care is another.

Monday, October 13, 2008

 

Returning Money Isn't A Benevolent Act

An argument conservatives need to make

Ed Morrissey is disappointed in the GOP's reaction to the Democrats proposed economic stimulus plan:
Earlier this year, Congress passed a “stimulus plan” that consisted of sending a small part of our own money back to us in hope of boosting the economy. One might have thought that conservatives would have used that as evidence that the best way to stimulate taxpayers would be to take less taxes in the first place, but apparently we’re still content to fight on populist turf instead.
This is exactly the problem.

People don't realize that its their own money. Conservatives have conceded to the liberal narrative regarding taxes, as have the American people. I do not understand why.

I will never forget the time I laid my eyes on my first legitimate paycheck. I knew taxes would be deducted for various reasons but still, I thought it was light. I noted how much was taken out for "withholding" and asked my mother about it. I didn't like her explanation. In talking to my friends and co-workers, I was surprised nobody was angry or upset about . The predominant attitude was that's what the government does, and what can you do about it.

It didn't make sense to me then, and it still doesn't. In fact, the rationale behind the withholding tax has made me ever less tolerant of liberal narratives in particular and paying taxes in general. Over the years, in talking with friends and co-workers, I've come to the conclusion that it is the most pernicious of all taxes and should be eliminated. That conservatives don't push for this frustrates me.

Like most liberal notions, the logic underpinning the concept of a "withholding" tax is absurd. After all, what gives the government the right to -- even temporarily -- deprive me of my property without any compensation at all based on nothing more than an assumption? Brute force, something which is lost on most people, and paradoxically reinforces the notion that government is benevolent.

The whole concept of "withholding" both instills and reinforces within the minds of taxpayers the notion that their hard earned money -- and thus the resources of society -- first belongs to the government. Many people I have talked to over the years hope to receive a tax refund from the government every April. When I have I've pointed out that receiving a refund means that the government has kept their money for a year or longer without offering them any compensation, the general reaction I get is, "So what. I'm just hoping the government gives me something and I'll be happy if it does." They are actually thankful that the government returned to them on its own time table and without any compensation what so ever what was rightfully theirs in the first place, an attitude which is disturbingly deferential to government power. Until this attitude is changed, the Democrats will win the argument over what constitutes an economic stimulus package every time.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

 

Voter Fraud

It is the only issue I can see that will take down Obama. Especially with McVain running as a moderate and contradicting his own campaign commercials. People can understand voter fraud a lot better than they might understand the intricacies of the sub-prime mortgage mess. Of course, it doesn't hurt that ACORN was involved in shaking down getting banks to make loans to people who could not afford them.

Even the PUMAs are getting in on the act. RICO? Now that is a serious acronym.

Oh yeah, Rezko's singing. I bet BHO is really regretting not trying to get rid of Fitzgerald.

Diego: The potential for voter fraud to decide this election goes far beyond just one state. ACORN, like Obama, has gone national. However, Ohio appears to be the worst case. If I'm understanding the situation correctly, voters were allowed to register and vote at the same time and without supervision as with normal voting. Reports of single individuals registering 72 times to vote is one thing (there has to be some follow up work to actually get those 72 votes) but doing it all in one shot and without any accountability can blow away the theory that it has to be close for cheating to make a difference.

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Friday, October 10, 2008

 

No Panic, Just Depression

Ace suggests that panic is not the answer: "We're behind. McCain has been dunderheaded, well-nigh suicidal, in his poltiical instincts. If political malpractice were a crime, he and his senior advisers would be facing 20 years at Leavenworth, and whoever decided that we mustn't confront the Democrats on the subprime crisis would actually be facing the gallows."

I don't think Ace gets it. I'm not suggesting panic, just that McCain is not on the same page with Ace and likely Republicans in general. The video (no longer available?) of McCain at a Wisconsin rally yesterday shows someone from the crowd suggest McCain fight for them and McCain promises to do so. The problem is that the supporter and the candidate are talking about two different fights.

McCain is going to fight by crossing party lines when necessary and taking a bi-partisan approach to doing what he feels is right. Republicans believe there are issues which need to be emphasized by McCain, as Ace notes: "But these are explosive issues, powerful issues, and potentially winning issues. They can break through at almost any moment. Indeed, it seems we have an embarrassment of riches as far as negatives on Obama -- so much so we're arguing among ourselves which should take precedence."

This is not the fight McCain is promising. He could still push things but I'm afraid he will not. I'd like to be proven wrong but I think McCain passes on the opportunity at next weeks debate and in that case Obama will likely coast to victory with perhaps another reassuring Rev. Wright type speech if necessary. Obama has bought a half-hour of air time from CBS and is looking for additional air time elsewhere.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

 

Kings of Leon

This is a RED alarm music alert*

There is a new band called the Kings of Leon. I have spent the last week and a half listening to their new album and I love it. Please check them out on youtube. More later.

*This means a band that I will obsessively listen to like the Flaming Lips.

Diego: PBS has shown their Austin City Limits performance (2007?) a few times and I was impressed. I downloaded some of their tunes from Amazon and would recommend exploring their 2 or 3 previous albums if you haven't already. I heard their latest tune on XRT last night and was convinced to pick up the new album. Based on the one song I heard I would suggest that if you like the current sound you would really appreciate their earlier, more raw sound.

Bill C: I will check that out. As I noted, I have their current CD on continuous loop in our car. It isn't often that my wife and I agree on music. :-) I really want to play a song called 17 for John O, track 7, because it opens just like a Lips song which escapes me. What I like is that there are many songs on the album which I like as much as the current single, Sex on Fire. No weak filler songs. With i-Tunes allowing fans to download specific songs it doesn't make sense to put out an album with 50% or more throw away tunes.

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Support

The stock market is falling and everyone is talking deflation and depression. Time to pick a place where the market might find support. (Support is a term used in technical analysis of prices which indicates a lower price where buyers might come in.) There is a lot of support in the lower 7000s. The 2003 low and the 1998 LTCM crisis both bottomed in that area. Tonight as I write this markets around the world are collapsing. The Dow futures are down over 200 so we could reach this support tomorrow. As I recently told my mother, the financial world is now electronic and people can read and act on news around the clock so if you have a investing or trading idea you will have to act on it very quickly.

Of course, finding a support level does not mean an end to the bear market. If we reach the low 7000s, and I am pretty sure we will at some point during this bear, then it might be a good time to buy a little or rearrange your portfolio. Also, bear markets have more to do with psychology than economics so we really have no way to judge the extent of the bear other than technical analysis and this is a educated guess at best. That is always why it is a good idea to keep some cash on the sidelines.

Finally I would like to add that I am not happy to have been right about the collapse of the American economy. I just saw that easy credit and monetary authorities who ignore asset bubbles have always lead to financial ruin. You should prepare yourselves for what is to come. I don't know if it will get as bad as the thirties. That depends on how the government responds to the crisis. Just don't take that possibility lightly.

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Suggested Question For McCain to Ask Obama

How can the American people believe what you say you are going to do when you wont even tell us what you have done?

The media could always just ask Obama that question but I don't think that will happen. Perhaps the townhall style debate was not the right place, I'm not sure I believe that, but McCain has another chance next week.

There is still time for the MSM to be pressured into confronting (or offering as comfortable an environment as possible for an explanation from) Obama about his past but he might be able to just ride things out.

As Dennis Miller said of McCain last night: "Come on, John. Fight!"

The list is growing: Ayers, Dohrn, Rezko, a Socialist political party, Acorn, Fannie/Freddie...

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

 

Tonight's debate

Andy McCarthy at NRO pretty well sums up what I think of tonight's debate.

Memo to McCain Campaign: Someone is either a terrorist sympathizer or he isn't; someone is either disqualified as a terrorist sympathizer or he's qualified for public office. You helped portray Obama as a clealy qualified presidential candidate who would fight terrorists.

If that's what the public thinks, good luck trying to win this thing.

With due respect, I think tonight was a disaster for our side. I'm dumbfounded that no one else seems to think so. Obama did everything he needed to do, McCain did nothing he needed to do. What am I missing?

You're missing nothing, McVain just handed the election to the most radical leftist to run for the office. And what is with this plan to buy up mortgages directly from distressed homeowners? Are you effing kidding me? How about floating a trial balloon before you make these hugely expensive, completely anti-free market proposals because the prospect of allowing the gov't to rewrite contracts is incredibly scary to me.

Dick Morris was all for McVain suspending his campaign to go to Washington and work on a bailout. O'Reilly called him on it and the almost immediate plung in McVain's poll numbers. Morris explained that all McVain did was go there and sign off on Bush's plan without making a case for free market principles. I think that is correct but either way any crisis that highlights the Bush administrations willingness to throw out conservative ideals was going to hurt the Republican candidate. The Republicans have the videos of Barney Frank brushing off concerns about Fannie and Freddie and they haven't been able to get them into the national consciousness. That has a lot to do with why McVain is sunk.

Diego: I think McCain is running as an Independent. He is not looking to blame Democrats for anything. He was supposed to have been washed up in the Republican primary but kept on going along and walked right into the nomination. I think he is going to continue on with that strategy. He gave the Republican base Palin but that will be all. His pride and his appeal for votes is based on his independence from either party, not his affiliation with the Republican party.

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Sunday, October 05, 2008

 

101

Bwahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

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Friday, October 03, 2008

 

Gone Twice as Fast?



Two Chicago teams make the playoffs for the first time in over 100 years but they could both be gone come Monday morning. As of now the White Sox are in a much better position and I like their chances. If there is a game 4, I'll be there.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

 

McCain Speaks Out

McCain is obviously the one to speak for this election but Republicans/Conservatives need to address the issue of media bias much more seriously:

Hours ahead of the vice presidential debate, Sen John McCain (R-Ariz.) criticized the selection of PBS's Gwen Ifill as moderator because she is writing a book called "The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama."

“Frankly, I wish they had picked a moderator that isn’t writing a book favorable to Barack Obama — let's face it," McCain said on "Fox & Friends." "But I have to have confidence that Gwen Ifill will handle this as the professional journalist that she is. ...
As noted here before, the Republicans let the MSM run their primary and they are now running the election. Glenn Reynolds has some thoughts on how to counter the MSM bias but conservatives need to speak out more right now. The MSM is dominated by Democrats and should be treated as a the opposing party by Republicans.

Conservatives simply cannot win under current conditions. They can't even control their own party. Playing along with the media and hoping people read between the lines will not work.

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