Sunday, October 31, 2010

Instapundit worthy II

Gearing up for the Election, here's a post that Instapundit linked in August.

Instapundit has often used the phrase "Don't get cocky" after describing good polling news for the Republicans or tea parties. Maybe it's good to be cocky. Really cocky.
The more enthusiasm on the Republican side, the more likely the opposition will be down and unable to match the enthusiasm. Which leads to mistakes that can turn close Democratic wins into close Republican wins. To reverse the last two election cycles, the enthusiasm must be on the Republican side and discouragement on the Democratic side.
I'd like to see the Republicans win 111 more seats - one for each panel, commission or government entity in the health care plan.
Too big? Probably. But you've got to dream big to win big.
Living in the sixth district of Virginia, we have no worries of a Democratic win. No Democratic candidate is running. They tried in 2008, and lost despite coattails of Barack Obama and Mark Warner. With no potential coattails this year, no one is trying.
Instead, Democrats not used to challenges will be seriously challenged. The list of competitive races grows as the election gets closer.
The wave appears to be building. Don't rest on your laurels, but put yourself in perfect position to ride the wave to victory.
It's just like bodysurfing on the ocean. The wave is there and you just have to find the sweet spot. Instead of missing the action, you're propelled to the shore with great speed and enjoyment.

Instapundit worthy

Gearing up for Election Day, I thought I'd rerun my post that earned an Instapundit link four weeks ago.

Look at your keyboard and you'll know why President Obama has failed.
Your keyboard is the QWERTY keyboard, a legacy of the early typewriter, designed in the 1870s. We don't have typebars inside our computers to produce letters, but the QWERTY keyboard lives on.
Your grandmother or great-grandmother might not know how to operate a computer, but they would know how to type on one. The keyboard has basically been the same for 125 years.
President Obama rode high in 2008, promising "Hope and Change". Change ran into legacy systems. And legacy systems are winning.
How does QWERTY survive? Everyone who types knows it. They learned it when they were young. Once you've learned it, you barely have to think of it. It's natural.
Another keyboard system would bring tons of errors. The fastest typists would take lots longer to type until they learned it. And would be extremely unhappy at whoever forced them to change from what they learned and knew so well.
In his campaign, President Obama's rhetoric focused on the imagined "nefarious cabal" who led the country into the ditch. Change the leadership - to him - and the country would change.
He forgot the legacy systems. They stay not because of the decisions of a "nefarious cabal," but because they've worked for years. The newer alternatives can't overcome their problems. Instead, President Obama leads the "nefarious cabal" trying to disrupt everyone's life.
Think of all the things you remember from your childhood. Even if you're in your 70s, you remember plenty of what you learned in those early days.
You're comfortable with them. Even if you're a hunt-and-peck typist, you have a certain level of comfort with the QWERTY keyboard. Something new would disrupt you.
In the Oval Office, President Obama must use a QWERTY keyboard. He should look at it sometime.
Every day, thousands of journalists sit at their keyboards and write about politics. The reason for the Democrats' failures is right under their fingers.

So easy

GrandpaJohn shows the best way to save money.
So easy to put that together.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Almost president, Sarah Palin

In honor of Sarah Palin's trip to suburban Poca Saturday, a take on one of West Virginia's favorite songs. Apologies to John Denver.

Almost President, Sarah Palin
From the mountains to the Kanawha River
Voters think here, hate the deficit,
read the Constitution, watch the Democrats flee

Tea Party, on the road
to the place, we belong
big White House, beat Obama
Tea Party, on the road

All the voters gather 'round her
No finer lady, strange still to blue voters
Dark and dusty, liberal charges fly
She offers Reagan's sunshine, makes Pelosi cry

Tea Party, on the road
to the place we belong
big White House, beat Obama
Tea Party, on the road

We hear her voice, from the podium she calls us
Internet reminds me the Tea Party's here to stay
Listening to her talk I just can't wait to go cast my vote on Tuesday, Tuesday

Tea Party, on the road
to the place we belong
big White House, beat Obama
Tea Party, on the road
Win the vote, now Tea Party
Win the vote, now Tea Party

And a video of the inspiration

UPDATE: Part of Don Surber's Monday scoreboard.

Obama says "Don't be cocky"

A pretty good reason for Republicans and conservatives to be cocky as Election Day looms.

How Obama is the Messiah

He raised the Republican Party from the dead.
Pretty impressive feat after what George W. Bush did to the party brand.

Thanks, Mitch

I signed up to receive Obama emails, and answered the call that I'm committed to vote.
They can count it as a vote, probably for them.
It's a Republican vote, but I guess they don't care. Because I just received a new email from the Obama crew.

Yesterday, we sent an email to those who committed to vote with Organizing for America.

Because of a technical error, a small group of individuals received the wrong reason for their commitment. We're sorry for that mistake.
When you signed up, you wrote that you were choosing to cast a ballot because:
I'm voting Republican. And urging my friends to do so.
Thanks for all you do,

Mitch Stewart
Organizing for America
Thanks for reminding me to cast my vote for Republicans Tuesday. And please readers, join me in casting a vote for your local Republican.

How about this endorsement

Blue Virginia touted some endorsements for Rep. Rick Boucher.
How about an endorsement for his challenger from the Bluefield Daily Telegraph?
There is no questioning Boucher’s record. He has been a loyal and steadfast supporter of Southwest Virginia. Through his successful Showcasing Southwest Virginia program, he has created many jobs for the 9th District. Boucher also has helped fund roads, broadband, water and sewer projects for our region, and a large-scale flood-proofing project in Grundy over the past decade.

However, he seems to be out of touch with his constituents on the much demonized —and rightfully so — cap-and-trade legislation. Boucher supported — and continues to defend — this legislation, which could be particularly harmful to the region’s coalfields.
In the coalfields, vote for the coal supporter - Morgan Griffith.

Friday, October 29, 2010

New normal - Republican rule

No matter how Democrats spin it, losing the House will be bad news. Maybe worse than they are willing to admit.
Some say the Democrats were due to lose seats since they won so many in 2006 and 2008. So those seats were really Republican seats and Democrats just held them for a short term.
Instead of being a major wave, the 2010 election is a restoration - a restoration of Republican rule. The way things should be.
Nancy Pelosi's time as speaker was a fluke, brought on by Republican mistakes. It's time things got back to normal.
After the election, it's time to focus on redistricting. The move of seats from Democratic areas to faster growing places in the south and west. Republican areas.
No wonder Nancy Pelosi and many Democratic leaders might retire if they lose the majority. Lose this majority, and they will not see another in their lifetimes.

Tired of commercials?

I can no longer watch the Charlottesville TV news - too many commercials in the Hurt-Perriello battle.
It's hard to listen to the radio.
And my in-laws in West Virginia disconnected their phone and got a new number - too many phone calls in the Raese-Manchin Senate campaign.
Good thing Wednesday it's back to regular programming - and Republican rule.

Headed for the home?

Obi-Wan gives some good news, which might mean a change of residence for him.
Crazy stuff happens in wave elections. And right now the “happy times” wave seems close. But if the Superwave shows up — and the Gallup low turnout number is probably indicative (at 14 this week, which is unheard of) — anything could happen. Here is the fun thought for the weekend. (Though, remember now, this is all but pure recreation.) Will certain Senate islands get washed over? Oregon and Wyden? One of the New York seats? Maryland and Mikulski? Though, as I say, if Leahy loses in Vermont you can get me at one of the local homes. Old guys can handle just so much cognitive dissonance.

Bring on the cognitive dissonance.

A bypass sure would be nice right now

President Obama is coming to Charlottesville Friday - where I now work.
Fortunately, I work on the west side of town and head west after work. Some of my coworkers won't be as lucky.
There's plenty of road closures in town and on U.S. Route 29 between the city and airport about eight miles north of the rally site. Hope they get out early enough to make it home, and don't have plans on that major commercial strip.
The state has thought about building a bypass around that area for many years, but never could get it done. Tractor trailers still clog the main road.
A completed bypass would give residents an alternate route around the presidential visit. Something to think about in the traffic jam.

Weekend watchdog

It's Trick or Treat meets Seventh Inning Stretch.
Go vote after watching the new champions celebrate - maybe?
The Texas Rangers and the San Francisco Giants started the 2010 World Series Wednesday on FOX, and it's Game 4 on Halloween night. Good thing it's in Texas, not a colder northern climate.
If necessary, Game 5 is Monday. Go vote Tuesday, then see if the series heads back to San Francisco for the final two games Wednesday and Thursday.
The Giants are looking for their first championship since Willie Mays patrolled the Polo Grounds. The Rangers had never won a postseason series until a few weeks ago.
Someone's long drought ends shortly.
The NBA opened its regular season Tuesday, and ESPN has a Friday doubleheader, with the Magic-Heat at 8 p.m. followed by the Suns' game against the Lakers.
Comcast gets its first Wizards game Saturday, when they meet Atlanta at 7 p.m.
The Ravens have the weekend off, but Sunday Night Football goes up against the World Series with the Steelers visit to New Orleans. Monday night on ESPN, you can watch the Texans at Colts if you don't care for World Series Game 5.
Sunday afternoon, will Brett Favre limp onto the field when the Vikings face New England on FOX at 4:15 p.m. The Redskins are in Detroit at 1 p.m., while CBS in Washington, D.C. goes with the late game of Titans at Chargers. Other parts of Virginia will see Jacksonsville's game against Dallas.
The college football weekend starts Friday as ESPN2 has West Virginia trying to bounce back against Connecticut.
Notre Dame, fresh off another loss to Navy, hosts Tulsa on NBC. Feel the tradition. The CBS game oozes tradition, as Georgia meets Florida in the world's largest cocktail party.
ABC has a pair of top 20 showdowns in the afternoon - Michigan State-Iowa and Missouri against Nebraska - then in primetime offers top-ranked Oregon at USC or Ohio State taking on Minnesota.
Virginia hosts Miami on ESPN at noon Saturday, while ESPN2 shows Purdue-Illinois. ESPN2 has Auburn-Mississippi at 6 p.m. followed by Oklahoma-Colorado, and ESPN offers Michigan's battle with Penn State at 8 p.m.
The ACC game of the week features Clemson taking on Boston College.
MASN has a pair of games Saturday - the Big East game of the week between Louisville and Pittsburgh at noon, then East Carolina's visit to Central Florida. Versus offers Stanford at Washington at 7 p.m.
Comcast offers a doubleheader Saturday - Oklahoma State against Kansas State at noon, then the CAA battle between Massachusetts and James Madison. If you get Comcast-plus, there's Arizona-UCLA at 3:30 p.m., followed by Baylor taking on Texas.
NASCAR heads to Talledega for Halloween weekend, starting at 1 p.m. on ESPN.
The Capitals are on the road this weekend, visiting Calgary Saturday at 10 p.m. on Comcast. With no local teams playing Friday, Comcast offers the Penguins and Flyers at 7 p.m.
The MLS playoffs have begun, and ESPN2 has L.A. vs. Seattle Sunday at 8 p.m.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Go Bielat, retire Barney

How's it going for Barney Frank the weekend before the election?
His seat is leaning the wrong way.
People are betting he won't be in Washington in 2011.
Hoping to see him replaced by a robot maker.

Make your picks

Ace of Spades is taking a survey - how big is the Republican wave going to be across the board.
Visit, make your picks and see how your thoughts compare with other readers.

Wile-e Democrats

Found at Reaganite Republican Resistance.

The audicity of Boehner

Ace of Spades notes Rep. John Boehner's travel plans the weekend before the Election.
Democrats are desperately trying to save guys like Barney Frank and Boehner is out campaigning with like the most controversial Republican he can find in a race Real Clear Politics doesn't even have on their scoreboard.

Winston Wolfe would be disappointed and impressed with the audacity. But mostly impressed with the audacity.
No more Audacity of Hope. Hope Democrats can live with the Audacity of the Republican wave.

Bloggers - you can't take them anywhere

Iowahawk gets his hands on the transcript of President Obama's meeting with the left-side bloggers.

Miami Hurricane football, Virginia football and Barack Obama

Name three things that have seen better days.

Happy Blogiversary

It's two years of blogging at Fishersville Mike today.
Things sure look different in politics from that October day in 2008.
It's been a good year - three Instalanches, numerous Other McCain-lanches, membership in the Axis of Fedora and the Axis of Cheddora, Pundette-lanches, Trog-lanches, Swacgirl-lanches, Pat-lanches, Yankee-Phil-Fishy-lanches, No Sheeple-lanches and other links.
Looking forward to celebrating next Tuesday and more commenting in 2011.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Cell phones and rotary phones

You always hear how Democrats need the young Obama voters this mid-term election. But what about the older voters who read their newspapers, have lived in the same houses for 40-plus years and still vote Democratic?
Jerry at From on High looks at the polling in the Boucher-Griffith race.
5) Here's the most important set of statistics to emerge from the SurveyUSA study (which was conducted between the 21st and the 25th of October): The age of those polled, and the likelihood that they'll go and vote on November 2.
Those under the age of 50 are - by far - in support of Republican Morgan Griffith - 55% to 37% - with almost the reverse being true of those over 50 - 53% to 41% in favor of Boucher.

For some, voting Democratic is like watching the same channel for the Nightly News. They've always done it and always will.
Unfortunately for Democrats, there are fewer and fewer of those kind of voters in 2010.

Get your Gunn

DaTech Guy highlights a great quote from Republican candidate Bill Gunn.
“I offer you the difference between the three candidates today. I offer you on the one hand a candidate that respects liberty, respects freedom, respects the potential of every individual to attain heights only imaginable. I offer on the other hand candidates that want to dictate to you what healthcare you must have or not have, what you can and cannot to, and will sentence your children to a life of mediocrity.”

Who learns from 1995?

After the Republicans win bigger than in 1994 on Tuesday, the next battle is to see who learned the right lessons from 1995.
The year ended with President Clinton defending being relevant, and ended with the government shutdown that gave Republicans a black eye.
Will Republicans learn how to get their way and still stay on the good side of the public?
Will President Obama learn how to deal with a stronger opposition?
After reading this, I'm betting on the Republicans learning the right lessons for 2011.

Tie me kangaroo down, sport

Australians think families should only have two children.
Shrimp that don't want to be put on the barbie approve that message.

Still waitin' on Obama

Cletus T. Judd has high hopes for Obama. Does he still?

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

How big a tsunami?

How big of a disaster awaits Democrats next Tuesday?
The Weather Channel must be debating where to send Jim Cantore. He covers all major disasters, right?

Where's Cantor's district?

In talking about President Obama's visit to Charlottesville, Blue Virginia wonders why he's going to an area with only one congressional district.
Two posts later, they talk about the Democrat going against Republican star Eric Cantor - if only he could get support.
Hey, doesn't Cantor's district neighbor Perriello's? Charlottesville TV covers much of Cantor's district between Richmond and the Shenandoah Valley.
Share the spotlight, Tom. You'll have plenty of time to rest after November 2.

28 taxes and fees

Supposedly, it's a bad thing that Robert Hurt approved 28 taxes and fees in his political life.
That sounds like a good afternoon in the Obama administration.

Obama coming to Charlottesville

The Daily Progress has the first news of President Obama's visit to downtown Charlottesville Friday evening.
Get off work early before the traffic jams start on the Belmont Bridge.
Dan Rather will be an hour away in Lexington about the same time. Wonder if he'll stop by.

Hulk smash Democrats

Jay Cost offers a two-part analysis of next week's election.
via NRO's Campaign Spot.

Up next - 24 months of Rep. Hurt

Rep. Tom Perriello toured the 5th District Monday as part of "24 hours with Tom."
Does the all-day campaign tour ever work? Didn't Bob Dole try it in 1996, to show he was up to the job?
Seven days until Rep. Perriello can get some rest.

Two years' work, summed up

Contentions looks at the Battleground poll and sees the Democratic bodies littered on the battlefield.
In sum, Obama and the congressional Democrats have frittered away their advantage on every significant policy issue. The public disapproves of Obama’s performance and likes him a whole lot less than they used to. And next Tuesday, they can and will express those sentiments.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Get out the vote vs. get out of our way

Seven days to go.
Reading this story about "who will vote" in Virginia's 5th district, it's the Democrats' hopes for strong "get out the vote" effort to the Republicans' excited base.
A base that will crawl over broken glass to vote out Democrats.
A base that will be at the polling place at 6 a.m. to vote.
A base like a runaway train, that no one can stop. Unstoppable comes to the voting booth 10 days before the movie hits the theaters.

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Barry the hat

Paco looks past Election Day to President Obama's next looming debacle - the visit to India.
And what not to wear if he visits the Sikh temple.
Mr. President, a baseball cap with an image of Joe Camel smoking a “Camel wide” was perceived by the Sikhs as being, er, insufficiently respectful.

Know your waves

Over at NRO's Campaign Spot, advisor Obi-Wan looks at the looming scenarios.
And it looks bad for Democrats because of one man - President Obama.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see one showing that Obama orating at a rally without a jacket on instead of being president gave the country an exact daily image of what’s bothering it about him: he’s a candidate, not a president. Victor Davis Hanson wrote an interesting article about how this guy spent his whole life not really accomplishing anything but just making an impression. So he’s addicted to rallies—he needs the love. And Axelrod doesn’t know what else to do. Fire-up the base. Right. The Republican base. They should have had him playing president all election-cycle not banging a podium and working the rope line.

Palin - so smart, she's off the charts

In 9 days, when candidates endorsed by Sarah Palin have given their victory speeches across the country, will she get credit?
Will media stories of her political savvy fill the pages, and air time on cable news and the networks?
Will people finally realize how smart she is? How in tune with the regular people of the country?
We'll be waiting.
To see how many pundits are smart, and can see what's so obvious.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Naming rights

The NBA season is about to start, and Dustbury notes the Oklahoma City Thunder's arena will have a new name.
Click over and pick your favorite of his choices.

Take it to the bank

Over at Ace of Spades, here's a common sense observation about voting machines.
It amazes me that a broken-down, beat-up, and graffiti-ed ATM can process hundreds of transactions every day with perfect accuracy, but the government can't handle regularly scheduled elections even with months to prepare. Every. Damn. Election.
I used to work at Diebold as a contract employee - I cleaned a Diebold office in Maryland 29 years ago - and I approve this message.

Nothing to see here

Recently, Blue Virginia has highlighted the thought that the Tea Party is just a media-phenomenon. Nothing really going on.
But watch politicians, the professional class and those who closely follow politics. They are reacting like the Tea Party is a real thing.
Saying move along, nothing to see here didn't work for Frank Drebin either.

"D" stands for "Done"

Instapundit has been linking stories with "D stands for Desperate."
It's the final countdown.
D stands for Done.
Why? Because they hate us.

Maybe they meant "funraising" week

There's been lots of fun in the blogosphere this week, with everyone slamming NPR for letting Juan Williams go.
It's NPR fundraising week.
Look at all the entertainment and intellectual stimulation they provided the right this week. It's been fun.
And raise all the money you can. Williams still makes more money with his new FOX contract.
That's really fun to think about.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Defunding fun

If it has initials and comes from Washington, somebody wants to defund it.
In southern West Virginia, Republican candidate Spike Maynard has his sights set on the EPA.
And NPR - No Product, Really - brought its problems upon itself this week.
This is just the initial list of defunding candidates.

Fighting those Obama terrorists

Democratic congressman Nick Joe Rahall wants to keep his job. He tells the Bluefield Daily Telegraph who he's fighting.
Today, coal is once again under attack by the Obama administration, and the Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson, Rahall said.

“The Al Gore EPA was also after us, and we survived that,” Rahall said. “And so now we are in another battle over coal especially with the practice known as mountaintop removal.”
So, Nick Joe, what do those in Washington think of the coal industry?

“So coal is not popular in Washington,” Rahall said. “My acts have been defensive in nature. I’ve had to hold off many threats. It’s kind of like fighting terrorism. When you are successful in fighting off the threat, but the threat is never published it isn’t known.”

Thanks for the warning about those Obama Democrats. The new Republican leadership will take things from here.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Kos said 65-70 seats

The Baseball Crank delved into the DailyKos archives and found some jewels from the fall of 2008. Ace highlights the numbers that were close, but a little low.
Kos meant the possible number of Democratic senators after the 2010 election.
Instead, 65-70 is the low end of looming Democratic losses in the House.
At least he was close with the number.
The best news for Republican winners in 2010? When their term is up, they'll be on the same re-election ballot as President Sarah Palin.

Down three games to one, you usually lose

The Yankees are trying to win two games in Texas to advance to the World Series.
The Phillies have two games at home, and wins at home will put them back in the World Series for the third straight time.
Both teams can advance to the World Series, but the odds are long to win three straight after going up 3-1.
That's what I've learned from competitive sports.
Democrats hoping for a comeback can remember Curt Schilling and the 2004 Red Sox. But we remember that team because comebacks from deep deficits are so rare.

This is what Pat Sajak was talking about

Thursday, Blue Virginia fussed about Pat Sajak's comments about government workers and their participation in the voting process.
Today, comes the news that the biggest outside spenders in this campaign are - government worker unions.
Over at Ace, Drew says:
If I were Tom Friedman for a day and I could wish for some totalitarian measure to be imposed on the US, I'd wish for a way to make public employee unions illegal or at least prevent them from spending on campaigns. There's something deeply corrupting about employees bribing their managers (politicians) to shovel the money of the owners (citizens) to them.

Can we cut government by the amount of dues being used to pay for campaign ads?
It's a real fine place to start.

Weekend watchdog

The NFL probably felt very good about this week's national games - Vikings going to Green Bay Sunday night and Giants-Cowboys on Monday - until the season started.
After Sunday's meeting, the Vikings are 2-3 and the Cowboys 1-4. People will still watch them, but it's likely they won't be watching them when the playoffs start.
Hey, Cowboys, which team will be in your locker room for Super Bowl XLV?
The Redskins travel to Chicago Sunday at 1 p.m. on FOX. CBS has the doubleheader, starting with the Ravens hosting Buffalo. Most of the country will get the Patriots' visit to San Diego, another disappointing squad, at 4:15 p.m.
The baseball playoffs will have their World Series participants by Sunday night. The Rangers have two chances to put away the Yankees and reach their first-ever World Series. The teams meet Friday at 7:30 p.m. on TBS. If the Yankees win, then it's Game 7 Saturday.
The Giants led the National League series, but the Phillies forced a return to Citizens Bank Park. They play Saturday on FOX, with Game 7 if necessary Sunday night.
CBS has a college football doubleheader Saturday, thanks to Navy playing host to Notre Dame. The game kicks off at noon from the new Meadowlands, then it's an SEC shootout between LSU and Auburn.
ABC has a pair of top 25 battles in the afternoon - Wisconsin-Iowa and Nebraska vs. Oklahoma State - but ACC country will likely watch Georgia Tech's trip to Clemson. In prime time, Oklahoma takes on Missouri.
Virginia Tech seeks its sixth straight win as the ACC game of the week against Duke at noon.
ESPN2 opens the college football weekend as South Florida battles Cincinnati at 8 p.m.
Saturday at noon on ESPN it's Michigan State-Northwestern. In the evening, Alabama goes to Tennessee at 7 p.m., followed by Washington heading to Arizona.
ESPN2 has Syracuse facing West Virginia at noon, then at 7:30 p.m. it's North Carolina taking on Miami.
MASN offers a pair of games Saturday - the Big East contest between Rutgers and Pittsburgh at noon and a Big South match between Stony Brook and Coastal Carolina at 7 p.m.
Comcast has Texas taking on Iowa State at 12:30 p.m., followed by Massachusetts-New Hampshire from the Atlantic 10.
NASCAR visits the short track at Martinsville Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN. The Nationwide races are in the Midwest, at the Gateway track outside St. Louis, Saturday at 3 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Capitals host Atlanta on Saturday on Comcast.
ESPN offers an NBA preseason doubleheader Friday, with the Heat facing the Magic at 7:30 p.m. and Warriors-Lakers at 10 p.m. The regular season starts Tuesday on TNT.
There's Big 10 women's volleyball Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2, with Illinois facing Minnesota.

Friend of coal, not Obama

The Bluefield Daily Telegraph runs a lengthy report on Rep. Rick Boucher, running to keep his job against the Republican tide - by highlighting his distance from President Obama.
Boucher said he does not agree with the direction the Obama administration is taking on coal, as well as efforts to declare fly ash as a hazardous substance.

“Another example is with regards to surface mining,” Boucher said. “Surface mining is a key part of the economy of Southwest Virginia, and it must be maintained. I have sent a series of letters to the administration, and have had personal discussions with ranking officials who are on policy levels with the administration to express my strong (opposition).”
Boucher said the administration’s environmental policies could provide “deep injuries” to coal.
Vote for me and I'll keep my friend from hurting you.
Boucher made sure voters know what side he's on.
“I am the person on the Democratic side of the aisle that the coal industry comes to when they have a problem,” Boucher told members of the Daily Telegraph’s editorial board last week. “I’m the person the electric utility comes to when they have a problem. In that role, I have fought for the coal industry every step of the way, and will continue to do that as long as I have that opportunity in Congress.”
Vote Boucher to slow the Obama administration. I thought that was the Republicans' job.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Thanks, NPR

Two weeks before an election where rising voter anger is lifting Republican spirits, NPR fires Juan Williams.
Thanks guys. Focus on an issue that could cripple liberals, and inspire conservatives when they really don't need inspiring.
I wonder if it was smart of NPR to–12 days out from an election where leftism is headed for a defeat of rejection–re-inforce the perception that both liberalism and the media are out of control; that they have utterly cast off their former roles as champions of free speech and free thought, in favor of compulsory conformity.
Gateway Pundit has the video of Williams' appearance on the O'Reilly Factor.

Wheel of Grouchiness

What else has Blue Virginia found to complain about?
Pat Sajak's voice at Mount Vernon.
Sajak said something Blue Virginia didn't like. Get rid of him.
Blue Virginia thinks Sajak wants to silence the voices of federal workers, so let's silence him. Okay.
No vowels, Pat. Can he buy a clue?

Money we don't have

Candidates will sometimes have taglines that quickly sum up their philosophy.
In Virginia's 5th District, I wish Republican Robert Hurt would use this more - money we don't have. It's simple, to the point, and grabs the Tea Party mantra of not spending our children's future today.
Democrat Tom Perriello often uses the tagline "10 years of Hurt is enough." Since Hurt will still be a state senator if he loses, there will be more than 10 years of Hurt. I guess Perriello is trying to tie Hurt to George W. Bush's time in office, starting with the 2000 Election.
"Money we don't have" is the theme of the next year. The next decade. And maybe beyond.
We'll better prepare the country by reminding them what lies ahead.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Luke, I am your pumpkin

The best Star Wars pumpkins.
h/t Little Miss Attila

Elites could pave way for President Sarah Palin

Rush Limbaugh has issued the warning - elite Republicans, don't blow this.
If the elites Republicans mess up - working with elite Democrats in Washington instead of the people who will give them electoral triumphs in 2010 - what does it mean for 2012?
Will Tea Party people give up hope, or march behind the true outsider Sarah Palin - toward victory in 2012? The elites' worst nightmare - President Palin - might become easier if the elites continue working together against the newly expressed will of the people.
Congressional Democrats had their chance to learn the lessons of being in the wilderness after 1994.
They failed to learn, and thus Republicans will get a second chance at governing. Has four years in the wilderness been enough?
They will face extremely tough issues, those that have been kicked down the road for years. But they have a corps of voters who see the challenges and will help Republicans make the necessary tough choices.
If Republicans fail to meet the challenge, I doubt we'll be begging Tea Party members to vote in 2012.
They'll be begging for help getting up after being run over by the Tea Party Express.
And the chief engineer of the Tea Party success - Sarah Palin.

What quality do you expect to get?

I just saw a t-shirt "Will sell my wife for a beer."
Last night at Wal-Mart, they had shirts for sale "Will sell my husband for some wine."
If you want to make that trade, exactly what are expecting to receive in return? Think of the worst drink you can, and it's probably below that.
If you wear these shirts in public, what do you think your spouse would trade you for? Some used socks or bent paperclips? If you're lucky.

Is there a senior discount for campaign donations?

Barney Frank lent $200,000 to his political campaign last quarter.
No wonder he didn't want to pay full price on his vacation in July. Gotta save that dollar.
"Hey, I need the money for other, more important, things."
So do we, Rep. Frank.
So do we.

Don't be distracted

Driving on I-64 last Friday, I noticed a message on the sign board ahead.
What could it be? An accident? Fog or bad conditions on Afton Mountain?
I got closer and it was a safety message - don't drive distracted. Well, I wasn't distracted until I saw the sign the state put up.
In Alaska, senate candidate Joe Miller isn't being distracted.
Two weeks to go. Focus on the big picture.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Out of pizza and beer

Professor Jacobson, after taking care of The Other McCain and Da Tech Guy, hopes to gain focus for the final two weeks of Campaign 2010.
Stay focused on the big issues people care about, the economy, jobs and the Democrats' abysmal record of failure.

Party like it's 1773. And 1774

Sarah Palin invoked the Boston Tea Party Monday, and got silly liberals upset.
There were plenty of Tea Parties, as the different colonies received word of the Boston Tea Party. I found a picture of this one from Annapolis, Maryland later in 1774.
Just like the current Tea Party is spreading from sea to shining sea.
The party will continue after November 2.

Pinned down

Future Minority Leader Steny Hoyer (maybe) must fight for his seat.
Poor guy.
He's stuck near D.C., giving political reporters a chance to notice his polling trouble.
When Republicans take the House, Hoyer will likely replace Nancy Pelosi as Democratic leader. If he survives.

Scared is the new angry

Roger Simon tries to figure out what President Obama is saying.
Good luck.

Texas-sized question for Obama fans

NRO's Corner is looking at Texas, and it's job growth towering over other states the past two years.
And Jonah Goldberg asks the obvious question.
If Obama’s policies are creating jobs, why on earth are they so disproportionately popping up in Texas?

Go ahead, Democrats. Answer that question.

When Martha calls Creigh

Martha Coakley and Creigh Deeds have been the poster children for flailing Democratic candidates recently.
NRO's Jim Geraghty adds Kentucky's Jack Conway to the list.
In today's newsletter, he writes about Conway's failure to use Rand Paul's answer on the Civil Rights Act against him.
Somewhere Martha Coakley is turning to Creigh Deeds and scoffing, "Even I could have gotten some traction with that."

It's not just 2010

Green Miles isn't happy with Sen. Webb's current position on coal.
Sounds like more Democratic hopes going up in smoke.

Crashing Democrats

Being on the election ballot must make Democrats forget how to drive.
Last year, Creigh Deeds had a car accident in Louisa County driving home from an event.
Friday, Rep. Tom Perriello sideswiped a car on U.S. 460 in Nottoway County.
The Democrats are creating jobs - at body shops, for insurance adjusters, emergency crews....

Monday, October 18, 2010

Where is the song parody?

Don Surber employs his parody work to ask the musical question "Where are the Jobs?"

Road trip

The Other McCain and DaTech Guy are on the road across the Northeast, visiting conservative candidates and bloggers prior to Election Day.
The Camp of the Saints provides the roundup and graphic for those who need to catch up with the road trip.

Runaway numbers

What's Gallup's latest numbers on the Congressional campaign?
Take off your shoes. You'll need fingers and toes to count the Republican lead.

Good advice for President Obama

Grandpa John finds some words from President Obama, from last year's Virginia gubernatorial campaign.
Wonder if Obama will follow the advice after November 2?

With without

The word of the day at Contentions blog is "without."
Those without hope include Democrats and President Obama.
A good way to start a Monday.

Just a bit outside

Don Surber shows just how outside reality is Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs.
h/t Instapundit

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Follow the leader

Fred Barnes knows who's hot and who's not in Delaware.
When Christine O’Donnell and Chris Coons emerged from an ornate Hotel du Pont ballroom, the world media were ready for them. They’d debated for 45 minutes with few harsh words passing between them, and now reporters (and TV cameras) from the Irish, French, British, Asian, and American press were eager to pump them with questions.
But O’Donnell, the young (41), pretty, and very conservative Republican candidate for Delaware’s open Senate seat went one direction and Chris Coons, her Democratic opponent, the other. The media swarm had to decide quickly whom to pursue. It was nearly unanimous. The horde rushed en masse after O’Donnell. Only a few followed Coons.
“I looked over my shoulder and there was my opponent taking my leftovers,” O’Donnell told a TV reporter later.

Periodic table

Killtruck compares two messy things - periods and mid-term elections.
Choose your favorite. I think this is mine.
Both make me want to choke a kitten and beat you with it.

That 70s show

George Will sees the parallels between the Carter years and Obama years.
Obamacare is today's expression of liberalism's kamikaze devotion to unwanted help for Americans, the ingrates.
Democrats, there you go again.

Bumper sticker of the day

Legal Insurrection posts one, sent by a reader from Tennessee.
It won't cost you 10 cents to click the link.

Great post at Blue Virginia

Will President Obama be able to motivate those who voted for him to vote again in 2010?
Read this post at Blue Virginia and the answer is clear - no.
One of the distinguishing attributes of the DPVA and many of its local committees is a certain disdain for the grassroots; the lack of a welcome mat; the insular attitude. Few of the independent grassroots workers from the Webb '06 effort or the Obama '08 steamroller are active members of either today.
If the campaign workers of '06 and '08 - the most motivated, excited Democrats - were frozen out, will the regular people come to the polls?
Why? The Democratic club didn't welcome the most active members of the grassroots. It used them and took the power gained from their efforts.
Same thing is happening nationally. The grassroots won't rescue Obama and the Democrats Election Day. They blew their chance but not changing their ways with Obama's win.

Obama explains his election

President Obama was talking about 2010, but sounds like what happened in 2008 to me.
"Part of the reason that our politics seems so tough right now and facts and science and argument does not seem to be winning the day all the time is because we're hardwired not to always think clearly when we're scared."
Wasn't the fall of 2008 scarier than today? The stock market collapse first hitting should be scarier than the people's emotions two years later.
People were scared in 2008 and voted Obama.
People are scared of Obama in 2010 and will vote against anybody with any connection to the White House.

Granny vs. kids with backpacks

I just saw an ad from American Action Network for the first time.
Cute kids trudging off to school with heavy backpacks, laden with debt.
One of Tom Perriello's ads features a grandmother talking about her benefits - those Republicans want to fill that "darned donut hole."
It's "respect my elders" vs. "for the children." But if Rep. Perriello would like to be an elder worthy of respect, he'd better think of the burden on the children.

Economic indicators - GOP cash and pudding sales

Maybe President Obama should say the economy would improve faster if people wouldn't give so much of their money to Republican candidates.
"Spend your money on anything but them."
Sixteen days until Election Day. Watch for shortages of pudding.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Home Depot vs. Home Despot

The founder of Home Depot takes on President Obama - with a sledgehammer, not a small one.
My question to you was why, during a time when investment and dynamism are so critical to our country, was it necessary to vilify the very people who deliver that growth? Instead of offering a straight answer, you informed me that I was part of a "reckless" group that had made "bad decisions" and now required your guidance, if only I'd stop "resisting" it.

Paco likes the thoughts, and plans a trip to support their business.

So you think you know Sarah Palin

How many of the "five myths" do you believe?
And what does Sarah Palin's future hold?
At the moment, however, Palin still expresses her agenda mainly in negative terms, focusing on her opposition to Obama and the Washington establishment. She hasn't defined her "common-sense conservatism" in positive language. And she hasn't found a unifying, exhilarating theme.

Then again, she just might get along without one. After all, a presidential contest is a choice. The public might not love Palin. But by 2012, Americans might absolutely despise Obama. Two more years of a bad economy and an unpopular Afghan war, and anything is possible. Yes, there's a ceiling to Palin's support. But in 2012, there also will be a ceiling to Obama's.


There's big money behind the tea party.
There's big money behind big government.
If Democrat think their argument will change minds now, they are in for a world of big hurt.

"The most popular Democrat"

President Obama is the most popular Democrat in the country, according to the Today Show.
Sort of like being the tallest of the seven dwarfs.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Sad but true

In Delaware Friday, President Obama said picking Joe Biden as Vice President was "the single best decision I have made."
Sadly, it's true.
Every decision he's made since then has been worse than picking the worst Senator in the Senate.

Numbers game

Morning Jay at the Weekly Standard collects predictions of Republican gains in the coming election.
Take the worst case for Republicans and Nancy Pelosi still hands over the speaker's gavel in January.

Keep 'em in the dark

Jim Geraghty would like to break the news about a good poll - but the source wants to keep Democrats in the dark.
After November 3, we might call Democrats the mushroom party - kept in the dark and crap piled on top of them.

Weekend watchdog

Fresh off their three-game sweep of the Twins, the New York Yankees continue their march to spoil the postseason for Yankee-haters everywhere.
The evil empire opens the American League championship series Friday on TBS in Texas. Game 2 is Saturday, and the series shifts to New York Monday evening.
The Yankees won baseball championship number 27 last season, but must travel as the wild-card team from the AL East.
The Rangers have never won a World Series, or a league pennant. Or a playoff series until Tuesday in Tampa. They lost nine straight games in three division series against the Yankees in the late 1990s.
Saturday night on FOX, the National League series starts in Philadelphia, as the Phillies try to make a third straight World Series trip. The Giants are seeking their first World Series title in San Francisco. Game 2 is Sunday at 8 p.m., then the teams head west for games Tuesday through Thursday (if necessary).
Peyton Manning gets another shot at the Sunday Night spotlight, bringing the Colts to face the Redskins on NBC. Monday night on ESPN, the Titans visit the Jaguars in a battle for first place or last place in the AFC South (all four teams stand 3-2 after week 5).
Sunday afternoon, the Ravens visit New England on CBS. Fox has the doubleheader without the Redskins, meaning NFC East foes get the TV time - the Eagles hosting Atlanta followed by the 1-3 Cowboys at 1-3 Minnesota. Not where those teams expected to be.
CBS gets another top SEC matchup Saturday afternoon, with Arkansas facing No. 7 Auburn. On the other side of the competition scale, Notre Dame faces Western Michigan at 2:30 p.m. on NBC. Bonus points if you know where the school is located and its mascot (Kalamazoo and the Broncos).
On ABC, Texas visits Nebraska or Iowa-Michigan in the afternoon. The game not on ABC in your area will be on ESPN.
ESPN opens the college football weekend Friday with Cincinnati against Louisville. At noon Saturday, it's Florida State taking on Boston College while ESPN2 has Minnesota-Purdue.
ESPN's big contest in primetime is Ohio State's visit to Wisconsin, followed by Oregon State-Washington at 10:15 p.m. ESPN2 offers Alabama hosting Mississippi at 9 p.m.
Maryland's trip to Clemson gets the ACC game of the week coverage Saturday at noon.
MASN offers a pair of college games Saturday - the Big East game between Pittsburgh and Syracuse at noon and the WAC battle between Idaho and Louisiana Tech at 4 p.m.
Comcast has the Big 12 matchup between Texas A&M and Missouri Saturday at noon. Comcast-plus offers Villanova against Maine at noon, then California-USC and Oklahoma taking on Iowa State at 7 p.m.
Versus joins the action with fourth-ranked TCU facing BYU at 4 p.m., followed by Arizona's contest against Washington State.
NASCAR heads back home this weekend, racing in Charlotte Saturday night on ABC. The Nationwide racers hit the track Friday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Capitals head south to play the Predators Saturday night on Comcast.
D.C. United will be in Chicago to fight the Fire Saturday at 4 p.m. ESPN2 offers the Chivas USA game at Seattle Friday at 11 p.m.
For fans of volleyball, ESPN2 will show Minnesota at Penn State Sunday at 1 p.m.

40 under 40

Blue Virginia highlights that Tom Perriello has been named to Time's 40 leaders under 40 list.
I saw "40 under 40" and thought they were talking about the vote percentage Perriello and his Democratic friends would be getting when they lose November 2. (You know, Hurt 61%, Perriello 39%).

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Wisdom from Huffpo?

Potluck stirs up the trouble faced by the Obama administration - voiced by Huffington Post.
Voters are angry about the economy and they have two devastating perceptions of this administration: voters think it is incompetent and that it has overreached over the past two years.

Obama's Great Depression

Democrats continue to spout that their policies prevented a Great Depression in the economy.
Too bad they didn't prevent a Great Depression in the White House.
Pundette highlights the sad thing in New York Times' magazine, and the multitude of reactions to the doom and gloom exuding from the White House.
In their darkest moments, White House aides wonder aloud whether it is even possible for a modern president to succeed, no matter how many bills he signs. Everything seems to conspire against the idea: an implacable opposition with little if any real interest in collaboration, a news media saturated with triviality and conflict, a culture that demands solutions yesterday, a societal cynicism that holds leadership in low regard. Some White House aides who were ready to carve a new spot on Mount Rushmore for their boss two years ago privately concede now that he cannot be another Abraham Lincoln after all.
If you're a Republican, read the whole thing. You won't be depressed at all.

Rocking Sooners

Oklahoma had a 5.1 earthquake Wednesday.
Dustbury has the report, and an idea of who to blame.
I opined at the shop that maybe this was due to folks emigrating from California; like Tom Joad in reverse, they brought everything they could, including a fault line or two.

NFL - Numerous Financial Losses

Hope you're enjoying the NFL season, in case there's labor trouble in 2011.
Maybe the owners will sober up when they read this.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

That Scott Brown feeling

DaTech Guy writes about the "Scott Brown feeling."
Smitty at The Other McCain runs a song parody.
Put them together and 'You've got that Scott Brown feeling."

You've never voted our way on bills in Washington
And there's a cluelessness that we really just can't stand
You're trying hard not to show it, (Barney),
but Barney, Barney you know it

We've got that Scott Brown feeling
Oh, that Scott Brown feeling.
Dems are gone...gone...gone....wooooooh.

Now there's no welcome look in your eyes when we talk to you
And we see criticizing is about all you can do
It should make you feel like crying (Barney)
'Cause Barney, it's your career that's dying

We've got that Scott Brown feeling,
Whoa, that Scott Brown feeling
We've got that Scott Brown feeling
Soon you're gone.....gone...gone...woooooah

Barney, barney, no one goes to polls for you
If you would only, only, please get a clue, yeah
We have a vote...a vote...a vote coming up in a few days
We won't...won't...won't...won't let it slip away.

Barney (Barney), Barney (Barney)
No begging us please...please
Don't need you here (don't need you here), Don't need you here (Don't need you here)
You're not going back (not going back), you're not going back (not going back)

Here comes that Scott Brown feeling
Wow, that Scott Brown feeling
A burning hot Scott Brown feeling
Soon you're gone...gone....gone,
and you won't go on,

Here comes that Scott Brown feeling
Yeah, that Scott Brown feeling
Watch out, the Scott Brown feeling
and Dems are gone...gone....

Here's a video of the inspiration song.

UPDATE: Thanks for the link, Smitty.

Mass appeal

DaTech Guy has the report on Massachusetts' shifting attitudes toward Democrats.
Charlie Cook the pollster have moved two formally “safe” democratic seats ma-4 and ma-5 into the “likely democrat” in two weeks I suspect he will be moving the entire state of Massachusetts into the column “Oh my God!”

Sing it, Stacy

The Other McCain has a great song parody in honor of President Obama's visit to Delaware.
Why is Obama visiting Delaware?
Smaller carbon footprint than a longer trip?
“Given the map out there, there’s a finite number of places Obama can go, and this is one of them,” the strategist said.
Maybe Obama can start his overseas trip a few days early. Celebrate Halloween and Election Day in Europe.

Swoon over Parma

Ace highlights another Democrat who has to work hard to hold his seat in 2010 - Dennis Kucinich.
At least his picture is hidden, so you have to click to see the creepiness.

Coming soon - Obama attacks Fishersville Mike

Rich Lowry watches President Obama targeting different villians against his presidency.
Obama has become a master at the art of self-diminishment. He’s working his way down the food chain of targets for shrill attacks. He started at George W. Bush (who is out of office but at least a former president), descended to John Boehner (the House minority leader people have barely heard of), and finally alighted on Karl Rove (who is a political operative and pundit).
I'm waiting for the president to attack something in my blog. You don't get much further down the food chain of targets than me.
I'm probably about the size of target he can handle.

Let's get ready to ruuuuumble

I'm sure somebody has headlined a post about the Connecticut Senatorial race like this.
I just had to add mine.

Is it E-Mom or O-Mom jeans?

GrandpaJohn finds the latest fundraising offer from the Obama White House.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Paco's punchline

Great photo over at Paco Enterprises.
Might be the only way Obama can win in 2012.

"We don't know where this money comes from"

Thus says White House spokesman Robert Gibbs about the Chamber of Commerce ads.
He could say the same thing about tax money. Democrats don't know who provides the money for them to play with.
Those who provided the federal tax money know where it came from. And they plan on keeping more of it in 2011 than Gibbs and his friends would like.

The stench of death

You can smell it everywhere. Democratic campaigns dying.
From sea to shining sea, Republicans have Democrats on the run.
It's the stench of death.
Each party knows it in its own way.
Republicans saw it in 2008 with John McCain, and 1996 with Robert Dole. You work hard and hope, but know it's not going your way.
Democrats had plenty of the stench of death in the 1980s, and 2004.
But nothing as overpowering as now.

More Dick Morris optimism

Dick Morris sees the trend going Republican, three weeks before the election.
The gigantic Republican gains of the past week indicate that party trend is now beginning to kick in big time. The Republican leads until this past week are largely due to the voting decisions of people who closely follow the process. The surge in Republican support in the past seven to ten days indicates that the less educated voters who do not follow politics as closely are breaking for the Republicans. Normally, these downscale voters are Democrats, but the economy and the alienating values of the Obama Administration (e.g. Ground Zero Mosque) seem to be driving them to the GOP.
And Democrats can talk about?
And the Democratic Party has no message. Its campaigns are a hodgepodge of personal negatives and fabricated issues. No Democratic candidate is even trying to defend Obama’s health care legislation or argue that his stimulus program is working. Cap and trade is never mentioned by Democrats on the campaign trail. We have the spectacle of the most substantive legislative program in generations having been passed by Congress and now finding that it has no defenders in the election campaign, only Democrats scurrying to prove their independence.

Speaker Cement Shoes

How many Democratic house members are going to lose November 2?
Great job, Speaker Nancy Pelosi. They voted for you as speaker last January, not knowing they were slipping on cement shoes. And sinking without a trace this election season.

Help Tom Perriello find a job

Three weeks until the election.
Three weeks until Tom Perriello loses his Congressional seat. What will the TV station fill its time with when the campaign's over?
What's Perriello going to do after the election? If 50-75 Democrats lose their House seats, there will be lots of competition for a few D.C. jobs for Democrats.
Perriello would probably be among the top five Democrats who could help President Obama the next two years. Obama will need someone whose proud not to be a Democratic rubber-stamp when dealing with the Republicans.
Best of luck Tom. Many voters in the 5th district will be able to give you advice on finding a job in the tough Obama economy.

Monday, October 11, 2010

What's the carbon footprint?

President Obama and friends are having house parties Tuesday to excite the Democratic electorate.
How far would Fishersville Mike have to travel to find the closest party to Fishersville?
How about 100 miles? Richmond, Winchester and Blacksburg are the closest to me.
Nothing in Charlottesville or Harrisonburg, home of lots of college students.
I would have to use a lot of gas to hear a lot of hot air.

Quite a swing

It's almost time to analyze the 2010 Democratic debacle as something that's happened. John Podhorertz looks at how big a swing a +8 Republican swing will be after President Obama's winning margin in 2008.
An 8-to-15 point Republican margin in 2010, which seems increasingly possible, will represent a partisan and ideological turnaround of 15 to 24 percent. That is without precedent in the modern era.
They said if people elected Barack Obama for President, it would be history making. And they were right.

Sarah says

The Other McCain highlights the latest endorsements from Sarah Palin.
Good news for those on the list, especially West Virginia senate candidate John Raese.

We are, Gov. Rendell, we are

Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell tried to stir up the troops Sunday - "Vote like your life depends on it."
I think that's been the theme of the Tea Parties all along.
Vote like your life, your kids' lives and grandkids lives depend on it. Because if we continue down this road, their lives will be much worse.
Glad to see he got with the program. Since it's Democratic programs that have us in the current mess.

Your money lesson

Greg Mankiw looks at the impact of higher taxes on his life and earning decisions.
Reasonable people can disagree about whether and how much the government should redistribute income. And, to be sure, the looming budget deficits require hard choices about spending and taxes. But don’t let anyone fool you into thinking that when the government taxes the rich, only the rich bear the burden.
It's easier to want more taxes from the rich when you don't understand their motivation. And people don't have to be filthy rich to be hit by Obama's increased taxes.
h/t Instapundit

Qualification qualifier

The newest way to create controversy is asking a candidate if Sarah Palin is qualified to be president.
Doesn't matter.
All of those who thought Barack Obama was qualified to be president were wrong in 2008.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Spice up your political ads

Cubachi follows the Old Spice ad to Connecticut, in a great spot for a Republican challenger.
When will there be a Republican take on this ad?

Fedora Mafia Judges Reform Awesome

Friday, Smitty added some significant members to the Axis of Fedora. Thus, it's time to roll out a new FMJRA roundup.
Smitty rolled into Richmond and snagged a picture of SWACgirl.
Later in the day, he posted photos of
Just a Conservative Girl
Cathouse Chat and
Debbie Lee from America's Mighty Warriors.
Obviously, the fedora survived being pictured with me.
Chris Cassone got the honor of a Fedora photo Saturday.
It's been a busy weekend, so I haven't had time to find more fedora pictures. As long as I post one of the Fedora founding father, I'm okay.
Enjoy the week ahead. Because very few Democrats will be enjoying the month of October.

1972 Dolphins pop the cork

With the Kansas City Chiefs' loss to Indianapolis, all 32 NFL teams have suffered a loss in 2010.
For the 38th straight season, the 1972 Miami Dolphins stand alone as the only team to finish a perfect season with a Super Bowl victory. Members of the team will celebrate tonight, and again Tuesday when mentioned on ESPN's Tuesday Morning Quarterback column.

Negotiate with Iran? OK. Negotiate with Tea Party? Never

Blue Virginia has an interesting collection of Democratic comments on whether it's okay for a Democratic elected official to attend the Tea Party convention. Most say no.
During the 2007 debates, didn't Barack Obama say he would negotiate with Iran and other dictators without precondition?
So this is your Democratic talking point: Dictators, OK to talk to. Tea Party, Nah.
Democrats, you'd better learn to talk with the Tea Party. They're going to be running things in Washington in 2011.

Pumpkin panic? Not around here

The Al Dente blog wonders if there will be a pumpkin panic in 2010. Not around here, I'd say.
In Fishersville, one of the churches has a pumpkin stand set up - raising money for Haiti. Another stand is set up in Staunton, near the Frontier Culture Museum (and the Starbucks Smitty visited). We bought from there last Halloween, when the oldest decided Halloween morning to get a pumpkin. There were only a few left, but we got two for carving.
SWACgirl noted the pumpkin festival in Churchville. If you can't make it this weekend, there's always next weekend.
If you need pumpkins, Augusta County is the place to be.
h/t Instapundit

Give us your washed-up personalities

Dan Riehl has a great take on CNN's pursuit of "talent?"
CNN? Am I supposed to watch that? Is it important?

Saturday, October 9, 2010

No 'fore'thought

President Obama golfed again Saturday.
The man deserves his breaks. Being president is a hard job.
But if I were him, I'd hang at the White House and watch college football. Have a picnic with the family on the grounds.
No bad pictures for use right before an election.

You're going to lose. Whether you vote or not

Blue Virginia highlights the Democrats' desperate "Get out the vote, please" video.
Yes, the people in the video are voting. They don't mind if you vote.
They know they're going to win in November.
And because of that, the United States will win.

Which witch is which?

I was confused watching the Today Show Friday. The Jerry Brown-Meg Whitman story came on, and they said he called her a w----.
Being up to date on Delaware, I thought the offending word was witch.
Imagine my surprise to hear it was another w----- word.
The Democrats, the party of women. Unless they are Republican women running for office.
We know how is the real party of women.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Blogging 101

Want to start your own blog?
Stuck with how to write on your blog?
Dustbury brings back a refresher.

Ace summons the army

An interesting post over at Ace of Spades.
He's thinking of launching an online project to link bloggers, twitters and comments in a get out the vote push. With a goal in mind - total destruction of the Democratic party. Because if one Republican loses, David Plouffe might declare victory.
Ace has another vision -
David Piffle set us a standard of success. Fine, David: We accept. And we're going to get as close to your mark as possible.

If you want to declare victory lying bloody and toothless in an alley because you still have your shoes, fine.

How come?

People with "Eat Local" bumper stickers on their cars are more likely to want Washington to run our lives instead of local people?

Weekend watchdog

October means the baseball postseason.
And the NHL season openers.
Ice hockey returned Thursday with three games, and Versus continues the action from Europe the rest of the weekend. Carolina and Minnesota play at noon Friday, followed by Columbus against San Jose in Stockholm. Saturday at noon, it's Boston facing Phoenix from Prague.
Enjoy the different dasherboards.
Here in the States, the Capitals open their season Friday in Atlanta against the Thrashers. Saturday is the home opener against the Devils, then they play Ottawa Monday on Comcast.
TBS has the baseball division series coverage, with game two of both National League series Friday. Saturday it's game three in the American League contests from Texas and New York, then Sunday there will be either two, three or four games, depending on how Saturday's games go.
If various series go the full five games, they will be Tuesday in the American League and Wednesday in the National.
Brett Favre returns to New York, as the Vikings visit the Jets at new Meadowlands Stadium Monday on ESPN. The Eagles' game against the 49ers gets featured on NBC's Sunday night game - will Michael Vick play? Can San Francisco win a game?
The Packers visit Washington Sunday at 1 p.m. on FOX, while CBS has doubleheader coverage most places - except Fishersville. We will get the Titans' trip to Dallas at 4:15 p.m., but the early game gets blacked out. Richmond and the rest of Virginia will be watching the Ravens host the Broncos, and I hope my cable picks up that game.
ESPN starts the college football weekend Friday with the Big East matchup between Connecticut and Rutgers at 7:30 p.m., while ESPN2 goes with Oklahoma State and Louisiana-Lafayette at 9 p.m.
Saturday's schedule starts at noon on ESPN with Indiana against Ohio State, while ESPN2 shows Illinois-Penn State. In primetime, ESPN has LSU-Florida.
CBS goes with top-ranked Alabama's visit to South Carolina at 3:30 p.m., while Pittsburgh visits Notre Dame on NBC. ABC's regional action includes Clemson at North Carolina in ACC territory, while other areas see a top 20 battle between Michigan State and Michigan or Arkansas vs. Texas A&M from Cowboys Stadium.
In primetime, ABC has the ACC battle of Florida with Florida State facing Miami. Other parts of the country will watch USC-Stanford, while ACC country gets that game on ESPN2.
N.C. State's contest against Boston College gets coverage as the ACC game of the week. Can the Wolfpack hold a lead this week?
MASN shows the Big East game of the week at noon, then West Virginia hosts UNLV at 3:30 p.m. Comcast has a Big 12 game between Texas Tech and Baylor at noon, while Versus goes with Oregon State's visit to Arizona at 7 p.m.
Jimmie Johnson's back on top of the NASCAR Chase for the Cup, with seven of the 10 playoff races to go. Will someone catch him or will his lead balloon? We'll find out Sunday at 3 p.m. as the drivers take the track at Fontana on ESPN.
The Nationwide Series will race Saturday at 4 p.m. on ESPN2.
In MLS play, D.C. United hosts San Jose Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast-plus.
The NBA preseason has started, and TNT shows it's lone exhibition Sunday night as Dallas plays Phoenix.

Read and learn, youth of today

Sports Illustrated reruns a 39-year-old feature on its website - George Blanda's story of his youth and first professional season in 1949.
Blanda lists his inspirations from his youth in the midst of the Great Depression.
We knew about competition, and we knew about work. All my dad ever did was work, work, work. He'd come home grimy and black and exhausted from 10 hours half a mile down in the earth, mining coal, and he would always tell us, in that broken English of his, "Nobody else in family sets foot in those mines, you hear me. Nobody else. Only me." And he made it stick. From my oldest brother Pete, now the Western manager of the Kewanee Oil Company, to my youngest brother Tom, a mathematics instructor at West Point, not one of us has ever seen the inside of a coal mine. My father was a hard man, a good drinker, a ruthless disciplinarian, but I will always respect him for keeping us out of the mines.
Blanda's tough life seems so far removed from our lives today. And the spawning ground of many of today's athletes, especially those who run from camp to camp at early ages.
It wasn't too long ago that you worked hard because that's all you knew to do.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Wasn't this the 2008 campaign theme?

President Obama is out trying to inspire his 2008 voters to vote again.
Talking about "hand-to-hand combat" if Republicans win.
Reminding his supporters that voting is not a once in a lifetime event.
"If we think that we can just vote one time, then we have a nice party at Obama's inauguration, and then we can kind of sit back and suddenly everything's going to change – that's just not how it works."

But that sounds like most of his speeches in 2008. Vote for me and everything's going to change. Can't blame his supporters for thinking what Democrats basically said.

Dullest knife in the drawer

Vice President Joe Biden was in Wisconsin Thursday.
Makes Dan Quayle look like Einstein.

"Parade of horribles"

Six months ago, Obamacare passed.
Is it more or less popular than in March?
That breeze you feel is Democratic candidates running away from the measure.
That should answer your question.
h/t Campaign Spot's Daily Jolt

94 means?

People are talking about "94."
Some are talking about 1994, when the Republicans won 52 seats and took control of the House for the first time in 40 years.
Some are talking about 1894, when the Republicans won 100 seats in a bad economy.
Maybe in the end, 94 will be the number of Democratic House members ousted in November. Even Dick Morris would be happy with that.

Meltdown goo

Victor Davis Hanson lists the ways President Obama has gone wrong in his time in office.
And what does he think the future holds?
After November, Obama can only hope that he can outsource the messy work of cuts and budget balancing to the congressional Republicans. Chances are he will demagogue them as heartless while taking credit for an economic rebound once investors, businesses, and corporations see an end to Obamism and its gratuitous slurs against the wealthy, and thus start using their stockpiled trillions to rehire and buy equipment in 2011.In the meantime, an entire generation of Democratic House members and senators are going to pay a heavy price for falling for a clearly inexperienced, untried, and often petulant candidate amid the exuberance of the 2008 hope and change wave.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Baseball symmetry

Roy Halladay threw a no-hitter in Wednesday's playoff game.
It's baseball's 106th postseason. (The World Series began in 1903, skipped 1904 and missed 1994 due to the strike).
Don Larsen threw his perfect game in the 1956 World Series.
In baseball's 53th postseason.
It was precisely the right time for another no-hitter.
The next postseason no-hitter will be 2063. Add a year to this prediction for each postseason lost to labor strife or other causes.

Dust in the wind

Is the EPA trying to regulate dust? Smokey Shott of the Bluefield Daily Telegraph hopes not.
Pigpen could not be reached for comment.

Two tickets to paradise?

The Today show led its broadcast Wednesday with the rumored pairing of Hillary Clinton with President Obama in the 2012 election.
Pat looks at the talk.
Sounds to me like the ship is sinking, taking on major water. Hillary, Bill, Chelsea and the rest of the family aren't enough to keep it afloat.
And if you're a Democrat, don't you enjoy spending time 27 days before Election Day discussing how terrible your prospects look in 2012?


The presidential seal fell off a podium while President Obama spoke Tuesday.
Is it a one-time thing, or could it be like Jimmy Carter's sweaters or Gerald Ford's stumbles - an event that sums up a presidency.
h/t Instapundit

Gone fishing

No Sheeples Here highlighted this cartoon.
Look out, Democrats.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Give to your favorite blogger instead

Michele Obama has another email out.
Don Surber provides the text, if you're not on the list.
How about sending money to your favorite bloggers instead of the Democrats? You'll get better value.

Looking forward to Nov. 2

Is Dick Morris being too optimistic about Republican chances in November?
Or will he go from seeking a 100-seat gain for the Republicans to 125 or 150 seats by the last week of October?
I've optimistic he'll continue to be overly-confident.

A month out, then they'll be out

It's 28 days until Election Day.
Contentions has the roundup.
Sorry to make you cry, Democrats.

SEIU? CU Later

Blue Virginia touts a poll showing a close race in the 5th congressional district.
A poll whose sponsors include SEIU.
Think there might be a bit of bias coming through?
The partisan breakdown of the poll is Republican 35%, Democratic 33% and Independent/other 32%. I'll believe that when I see it.
On Sept. 28, Survey USA's poll had Hurt up 58-35. The partisan breakdown for that poll was Republican 38%, Democratic 27% and Independent 33%.
The good thing about polls, you get to see how they look on Nov. 2.

"Idiot boards"

When you're getting reprimanded by Walter Mondale about your speeches, you know you're in trouble.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Welcoming committee

Blue Virginia makes a fuss about congressional candidate Patrick Murray being pictured with Alaska senatorial candidate Joe Miller.
Murray's just being a good neighbor. Miller will be moving to the D.C. area after November, and it's good to know people where you plan on living.

Deep and wide

Imagin you're a Democrat, trying to figure out which drain to pour your money down. Because an awful lot of Senate races aren't looking good. In addition to the ones where the white flag is already waving.
The Campaign Spot has the roundup from the GOP.

Hoping to retire in style

The Atlanta Braves are back in the baseball playoffs.
Manager Bobby Cox will be retiring after the season, so it's good to see him back in the postseason.
Closer Billy Wagner also plans to retire. In the spring of 1990, I watched him pitch his senior year in high school - and no one could hit him.
In college and now pro baseball, very few could hit him. I hope he get a few chances to save Brave wins this postseason.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

A good day

A fine Sunday in Fishersville.
Beautiful weather.
The Ravens beat the Steelers.
The Braves made the playoffs.
I got an Insta-lanche.

Vote Democratic. We're inept

Blue Virginia posts Michael Moore's rant of ways to fire up the Democratic base and turn the election season around.
It starts hot.
1- Immediate Wall-to-Wall TV Ads, Internet Videos, and Appearances Hammering Who the H**l Put Us in the Misery We're In. This is necessary because Americans have short memory spans. Moore says "I don't know a single person in Hollywood who wouldn't shoot those spots for you for FREE. Dems: Do not pull a single punch on this.... the public will be astonished that you've found your courage and your spine."

We're Democrats. We don't have enough power to cause problems. The problems are too tough are us to have solved over the past two years. Give us two more years and we'll do better. We promise.
We're Democrats. George W. Bush and big business are tougher than we are.
We're Democrats. You don't understand how much we can help us. Let us tell you. Stop watching Lady Gaga and listen to us.
We're Democrats. Hollywood won't help you unless you ask. It's not important enough to any one in Hollywood - any of us - to volunteer to help you. But Hollywood will give you a win if you ask.
We're Democrats. Don't like where the country is? It's not our fault. Really.