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Monday, December 11, 2006

My campaign season is now over

My little "urgent matter" turned into a little job for a week. Yes I was priviledged to participate in that little travesty of an election now known as the re election of William"Cold Cash" Jefferson to the United States Congress. I was hired by one of the many groups down there that were operating inthat race. Frankly this has been a tiresome election year for me and I am glad its over. Well at least I got some coin im my pocket for the holidays but that does little to alleviate my feelings. I saw this coming weeks ago but was hoping for a Christmas miracle. It did not occur. I had a long frive back yesterday and I shall state my thoughts on this election in the next post

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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

The Thorns on The Roses and The Damn Irish

I have to run down to South Louisiana on a urgent matter , but I wanted to put a quick entry up.
There is to be honest a little letdown this week in Tigerland. Somehow the planets aligned to deprive LSU of our Rose Bowl trip. Also AGAIN the demonic forces of USC seemed to be involved in our fate. In case you have been living under a rock USC got upset in a huge way against their rival UCLA. There was still hope though that Arkansas would win and thus save us a Rose Bowl berth. However, Florida won in such a dramatic fashion that they went to number 2. The rest is history. I was looking forward to going to out to LA to the granddaddy of the bowls. The Rose Bowl parade is one of my earliest TV memories. Also from what I hear a good many California folks were looking forward to the Tiger Nation Invasion. OH well maybe we shall go when the Rose Bowl has the National Championship. Also it would have been great for the program for LSU to play Michigan.

Pour Some Sugar on me-
However the Tigers are going to the Sugar Bowl to play the much hated Notre Dame. That will be a great experience for the fans and the program regardless. I am looking forward to this game a great bit. Notre Dame should not be overlooked. I think there is a lot of trash talk right now but that will change. THe bowl Drought streak that Notre Dame has is a major concern of mine. That coupled with talented players coupled with the pride of Notre Dame is a dangerous combination. I was at the last bowl game that Notre Dame and LSU played. That was at Independence Bowl in the late 90's. Both teams were pretty matched and both teams felt just lucky to get a Bowl game. LSU won by the way and of course it was all glorious. I am praying that the same thing occurs. LSU fans will not admit it , but they are a tad nervous about this game. If we played our hearts out and still lost in a respectable fashion to Michigan it would be ok. However, losing to Notre Dame would cause a huge shadow to fall over the program. In other words it would be a long winter, spring, and summer. A lot is at stake including SEC pride. Should LSU fans be nervous? YES!!! However if we bring our "A" game we should be alright. I trust the the team will ignore the media hype.

We shall have a little fun with the Notre Dame game this month. I shall try to highlight some of the Notre Dame blogs. It will not be just all football but some politics too.

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Good Morning

Or Good Evening since its currently 1:40 am in the morning. My long awaited return since my "hot beverage" computer debacle will have to wait a couple of hours. I had a emergency with a friend and just returned home. However I did visit my blogroll and shall give a update on that after I get a few hours of sleep.
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Monday, December 04, 2006

Glory Glory We are Back Online

Many thanks Ted for salvaging my computer from my most unhappy "hot beverage" incident. All beverages are now a safe distance form my computer and will never be again balanced in precarious position on my monitor again. Coming up a few updates. Yes first it will be football. How could it not be. Then a blog roundup because to be honest, without being online for about 5 days I am clueless at what is going on.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Shreveport mayors race and why its important

Before I do a national story let me hit on a statewide theme.

The Shreveport Mayor's race is important for more reasons than the city elected its first black mayor. I talked on a earlier thread about how the Dems did a successful trial run in this race that shows there is a way to make up for the lost New Orlean's vote cushion. That also when combined with similar efforts that will be done in Monroe Louisiana and Rapides parish for example show a subtle but profound power shift to North Louisiana. However this race also showed something different and important.
For the record I ended up supporting Jones in the mayor's race who is a Republican. However I am pleased that Cedric is the mayor. The Shreveport based Forum weekly again had a great analysis of this race .I have already touched on the successful Dem GOTV effort but this is real interesting. It appears that Glover got a very respectful part of the white vote. These are white Dems and yes even Republicans.
These Republicans he got were of three kinds I suspect. (1) The ones that didnt like Jones(intra party bad blood), (2) The Republicans that are thinking in a strategic sense. That is very much like the New Orleans Nagin Republicans who made a choice between Nagin and Landrieu.

These "Cedric Glover" Republicans know that the city will have a black mayor. Cedric Glover who was always respected by the entire community was a perfect choice. In a effect why put off the inevitable and lets go for the best black Democrat mayor that might be do a great job and set a precedent versus wait for the old black machine to pick it. (3) Those that just thought Cedric was better. It appears that Cedric received anywhere from 17 to 18 percent of the "white vote". In Precinct 10 where 545 people voted Glover received 16 percent even though there were just 5 registered black voters. In Precinct 16 where 843 voted Gover got 17 percent with only 9 registered black voters. As a Republican I hate we lost but these numbers do give me something to cheer about. It means that racial bloc voting is starting not to be a sure thing.

I think its important to look at the recent Louisiana Secretary of States Race. Jay Dardenne, the Republican, received 40 percent in very black middle class areas of baton rouge. In New Orleans Jay received very respectble numbers in black strongholds of New Orleans. True it was a white v White race but still a defection of such numbers toward a Republican is significant. I think both election contest show that perhaps voting patterns shall have less to do about race but ideas in the future. That is something we can all cheer about.

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WHOA BABY LSU TO THE ROSE BOWL

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Just confirmed on ESPN Radio. We shall be playing either Michigan or USC . So no matter what we are going. More later. But now to some boring political stuff. Look here for Rose Bowl/LSU updates throughout the day

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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Louisiana Democrats are not Dead yet

I wish the The Forum based out of Shreveport Louisiana had their articles online. There is one that should be getting attention that was in their Nov 22 addition. The CW is that because the Dem Machine in NOLA is basically gone that people like Blanco and especially Sen Mary Landrieu are toast. I was starting to believe that till the Shreveport's mayors race.

The Louisiana Democrat party put huge resources in this race. At first I thought that was stupid but now I am not so sure. The turnout in the black areas of Shreveport jumped big time in the runoff and that is what got Cedric Glover in the winner' seat. The Louisiana Democrat state party spent 30,000 dollars on election day alone. They had at least 75 election workers just to get people to the polls. What has been done in New Orleans was done for the first time in Shreveport with great results for the Dems .

The theory is that this was a trial run. It appears to be successful. Caddo Parish has 66,000 black voters, Ouachita has 30,827, and Rapides 22,064. The Dem party has never devoted the resources to get this vote out in north Louisiana urban areas like it has in New Orleans. Simply by adding 50,000 votes from these Cities and Parishes along with the existing black vote in NOLA it appears that the Dems are back in the game in a big way. I hope the Repubs are looking at this and thinking long term
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Great week Ahead

I am still on cloud nine after my LSU tigers beat Arkansas last Friday. More on that in my football roundup post. I made myelf do some serious Christmas shopping this year early instead of like the day before. That is done now so I am setteling back into the news. Lots of things of interest have occured that I was reviewing last night. That coming up later also.

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Friday, November 24, 2006

Geaux Tigers Beat Arky

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The day has arrived. At 1:30 this afternoon the number 9 LSU Tigers will play the 5th ranked Ark Razorbacks in Little Rock. It shall be on CBS televised nationwide at 1:30. Therefore you don't have a excuse not to see my Tigers play My excitement level for this game reach a pretty high point yesterday before Lunch and hasn't come down. In Louisiana and Arkansas there is but one topic and it is this game. A lot is riding on this game this afternoon for both teams.

My prediction : Close game but
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Da Boot trophy is staying where it belongs.
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That is Louisiana. Geaux Tigers





The Tigers shall win out and thus get a great New Years Bowl game.

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Thursday, November 23, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving

It' sbeen a busy two days but I wanted to take time out this blessed day to wish everyone a happy Thanksgivng. Till later tonight

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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Thanks St Louis - Also Kookdum is about to have to eat their words on a certain Quarterback

My paleoconservative conservative friend congrats us on LSU mighty victory. Thanks!!! We have no where to go but up now. Like I said I am dreaming of roses now. In fact I am planning to sign up at this kookdum sports site and talk about it.

In particular I am going to this entry and make them eat their words on our great quarterback.
Especially this entry:
Steve Beuerlein was that stupid CBS announcer. He definitely made himself look silly. Look at the fawning over DuhMarcus' arm strength this way: what they are not saying, ad nauseum, is that he's "heady," "smart," or a "field general." By dousing Russell with the same two or three compliments every time hs name is mentioned, they make it even more apparent that no one believes he is a complete QB. Russell is just a big, strong guy who is otherwise an average QB. LSU is loaded with offensive talent, which combines to make DuhMarcus look good. His fellators are quick to cite his record as a starter, which is something like 15-3 now. That record, though, belongs to the team. It's not as though Russell carries the team, like they'd be rather average without him. They don't win by blowing anyone out; defense is LSU's strength. DuhMarcus Russell would not be 15-3 if he were the starting QB at Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Kentucky, or South Carolina. He wouldn't make Arkansas a better team. He would not make 'Bama an SEC Champ contender (and forget Vandy - he'd never make the grades!). Notice the CBS commentators refrained from harsh criticism of the way Russell mis-managed the clock on LSU's last drive. He wasted valuable seconds by taking a sack that was long in the making, instead of throwing the ball away. Everyone knows he could "flick his wrist" and dump the ball beyond the sidelines, right? So, the Tigers wind up on the 5 yard line as time expires...

Translation- We want the white quarterback in. Now I love Flynn but Jamarcus is the bomb. Stay tuned to that entry because I intend tos blow away their racist cobwebs in their brain as to one of the smartest quarterbacks in the conference and even the nation.

By the way this is the site I shall be doing a expose on this week. Who knows maybe tonight. I think blogmeister you will enjoy it. It will be fair and even handed. What is frustrating about this site is that actually they do hit on a few nuggets of truth. But then what good that is is blown away by their racism and their radical agenda. I was planning to do it Saturday but decided not to ruin the best day of the week by going into this kookdum.

Ona more politcal note, the blogmeister of the Council of Conservative Citizens has a post on the supposed Buchanite wing of the Republican party. I actually agree with him a tad on this. The Buchanite wing will never be comfortable on the GOP. Partly because its full of quacks that want to try to implement policy that has proven time after time to fail. But most importantly because so much of its base is kookdum. Even the blogmeister I notice doesn't buy into all the conspiracy koolaid that so many of its people post on the net.



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Its time to be serious about Moslems

Quick post today because I am under a deadline here. The right(in a which I am member of) has some faults. This ranting against all moslems is one of them. What I see on the web is very distressing to me. Also it disturbs me because it is so damn uneducated. That annoys me in this day where information is so available. I have no pie in the sky view of the Islamic world. I know currently there are major problems. Also as a Catholic, I come from a faith that has dealt with Islam since the beginning. Trust me, when as a Catholic you value the desert fathers, and the works of Augustine it is sad to see that ancient land of our Christianity gone.

The needs to be dialouge. It appears we want moslems to assimilate but wqe shoot down any true discussion in the blogsphere. Too many sterotypes.

If there is one person to put on your blog list or favorite links its this conservative Republican lady. Please visit Smart and Final Isis. First read her post Isis’ Guide to Sensible Islam Posting. Good stuff. She is trying to start serious dialouge between moderate Muslims and the rest of the world. There has been far too little of that. Which is amazing in this world of the blogs and the internet. ANother example of how we retreat to our echo chambers. Anywho till tonight




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The Touchdown live from Tiger Stadium(LSU/Ole Miss)

Ok Just one more LSU post lol. This is too good. The LSU/Ole Miss game came down to the wire. The Tigers had to pull it together like never before to come from from behind. The Critical point was as the 4th Quarter was in its final seconds. It was 4th down and we were behind by 6 points. We were either going to win and keep our BCS Bowl hopes alive or lose a game that would be a heartbreaking memory for the rest of our lives.(note Ole Miss blocked the extra point having us go to overtime where we run but this was the most dramactic moment)

Friends have told me that the Crowd noise rivaled the famous LSU/AUBURN Earthquake game at this point. Now you can be the judge through the magic of you tube. I of course like hundreds of thousands was listening on the radio about to have an heart attack.
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God I love Tiger Stadium. If that doesn't send chills down your spine you need to go check in at the morgue.

Update here is a closer live view of the touchdown from another fan

Update II- Thank God I am finding all these Clips. This was the second most exciting and critical play of the game. This shows the stud that LSU's Quarterback is. Watch Jamarcus Russell spin twice and throw it 53 yards while on the run- Priceless

Update III- Another Great View from the stands fromm our earlier Touchdown. Great shot of Student section, Band and T -I-G-E-R-S- TIGERS Cheer.







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Monday, November 20, 2006

The Pondering American Is Smelling Roses

One final LSU post. Yes I am smelling roses. That is ROSE BOWL roses for LSU. True, we have to have USC beat those Irish folks at Notre Dame and Rutgers to win this week but it could happen. You see LSU has got to catch a break. You see my mind goes back to the third game of the year. If it had not been for 4 and half tiny yards we would be in contention for the national Championship at this moment. Surely God is going to smile on his Tigers and allow this to happen. I think it would be a great game and most likely it would be USC we would playing against. The drama of that game would be a huge draw.

However if we do take care of business this Friday against the swine in Little Rock I am pretty sure the Orange Bowl would take us. -Note to LSU Fans going to the game Friday be sure to sneak in the oranges to throw them on the field if we win. Those Orange Bowl people like that stuff plus its gets on TV.

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What Do I think About An Ohio/Michigan Rematch in The National Championship?

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Sunday, November 19, 2006

Sen Landrieu I have a Deal for You to Save Your Senate Seat

This morning I was high as a kite. Nothing like a close LSU/Ole Miss(and LSU victory) to get your Sunday morning started off right. Then I read the sunday paper.
Seems like the the Democrats have big plans that effect poor ole Louisiana in a big way.It seems that the Democrats are about to kick Louisiana when its down in a big way.

The Tax Cuts that are being targeted include Topping the list for repeal are:

_Tax breaks for refinery expansion and for geological studies to help oil exploration.

_A measure passed two years ago primarily to promote domestic manufacturing. It allows oil companies to take a tax credit if they chose to drill in this country instead of going abroad
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Sen Landrieu you know the importance of the oil industry and know that these actions take the food out of our mouths. This goes directly against the aims of the Blanco administration in trying to get the Kuwait Govt to build a oil refinery in Louisiana.

Further we know if the Democrats will not allow the offshore revenue sharing bill to pass while they are in control. A move that will cause us to lose funding for the Coastal Erosion projects that are needed to literally save the ground beneath our feet.

I offer this proposal. Sen Landrieu you become a independent these next two years and agree to to work with the Republicans to elect their leadership in the Senate. The Senate will return to 50/50 with the VP as the tying vote.

In exchange you will get two things. That the GOP Senate pledges to pass the offshore revenue sharing bill. (2) That the Louisiana delegation agrees to a non agression pact for your election in 2007. A race that we all know you have serious problems with. A non agression pact means that there might be an agreement that Congressmen such as Baker, Alexander, or Boustany agree not to run against you in 07.

Do I think this deal is possible. Yes I do. On this issue in Louisiana Republicans and Democrats are on the same page. Jindal will benefit because he is heading up the effort in the House while such action would assure your re-election. How could Congressman Boustany(your likely opponent) refuse such a offer for legislation that would benefit his district in a most dramactic way. The national GOP leadership would go for this because they know that loosing the Chairmanship of the Senate Committees for the next two years will be a disaster. Especially as to the Judiciary for example.

Louisiana has one moment in time to get the resources it needs to save its future. Sen Landrieu are you ready to lead and take a risk? Who knows you might find being a independent something you wish to do beyond 2008. Further, we know the future leadership of a Democrat congress puts you in a tough situation as to some votes coming down the road. Votes that you know the typical Louisiana democrat is not in line with.




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Saturday, November 18, 2006

The Minutemen Scam Saga Updated.- Cha Ching More Money More Money

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Football Saturday is not the best day to be talkng about the monkeyshines of the Minutemen, Chris Simcox Connie Hair, Maureen Otis, Alan Keyes ,American Caging and others. However since I shall revisit this again I suppose its ok. But I just noticed something in their long awaited financial reports. By the way the report does not talk about any money received in 2006 which of course is a disappointment. The very Conservative Washington Times which has been following this scam pointed out as to this report:
While the IRS papers document MCDC collections and expenditures through Dec. 31, a reported donation total of $418,493 is significantly less than the $1.6 million MCDC President Chris Simcox told The Washington Times in July that the group had collected in donations since its April 2005 creation. That figure was said to include $1 million in direct MCDC contributions and $600,000 toward the construction of a $55 million border fence.

Now as background to this, I have reported how something was rotten with American Caging in Houston Texas. A caging company usually handles the donations for certain groups. Mainly processing and other matters. Well American Caging is associated with what to say the least appear to be conservative groups that seem to be making a lot of money for themselves versus money spent on the "cause". I do strongly suggest this thread on a conservative forum that looks at American Caging and has a ton of links to primary sources and news reports.

Well, the Minutemen Faction under Simcox(the fence scam people) has issued this report that the Washington Times references above.


Now to say the least that report is not very illuminating. However lets look at the the Minutemans 990 they had to file with the IRS as a part of this.

http://www.minutemanhq.com/~video/2005_990.pdf

Now remember this is just for 2005 funds which is not when the bulk of money came into to this dubious group. Now like the report above is showsa substantial sum of the Donors money going to caging. We know that the Caging comapny is American Caging owned by Maureen Otis. At least that is the only owner we know of. We haven't quite figured out if there are certain "private partners".

Now please go to page 5 of the report. Well my Golly Mauren Otis owner of American Caging is on the freakin board. Is that proper? But you go well she recieves no compensation so what. But wait she does because a percentage of almost every Donor's dollar goes into her pocket.

However I'm interested in page 6 of the Form 990, where it asks if any of the officers of the company are related to any of the companies listed in Part II, which lists the expenses including caging fees.
On the form, it says NO, even though some of the money seems to have gone to Maureen Otis' caging company."


But looking at the report you wouldn't know that their caging company is American Caging nor that Board member Maureen Otis owns it. Things that make you go hmmmmmm. Well you know who cares if conservatives and on the average retired folks who donated are told the whole truth. After all the Minutemen and Associates are patriots(sarc)



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Anti-Bush Republicans

The Strata-Sphere has done it again. Last night I posted this great piece called Bush Conservatives. Today he looks at the opposite number- The anti Bush Republican. It's a important piece that is also a nice little history lesson. A history lesson we need to look at because those that don't study it are apt to repeat its mistakes. You will not hear this view very much among the echo chamber of the blogsphere but I am convinced its true.

I am concerned about this Buchanite populism that is pretending to be conservative. It is like a nasty flu bug that keeps popping up every few years. This is not Regan Conservatism by any stretch of the imagination. This is one reason why kookdum like the Council of Conservative Citizens and various hardline anti immigration movements are such a threat. They are attracted to this and in fact its what they believe. It goes way beyond "illegals". It is protectionism and it is Isolationism that is at its roots. In many cases its fear.

Good read and please look at his comment section

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Geaux Tigers and Geaux To Hell Ole Miss

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This is the week of the year I have to hear this crap from my Ole Myth Friends.



HODDY TODDY

ARE YOU READY???
Hell yes, damn right!!!
hoddy toddy
gosh almighty
who in the hell are we...HEY!!!
flim flam, bim bam
OLE
MISS BY DAMN!!!

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Good Grief, well Col. Reb is crying up in Ole Miss and he will hopefully be crying tonight. Which reminds me that we need to watch funniest damn YOUTUBE football related thing all year. Who can't want to watch it over and over again. Here is the story behind this internet sensation.


I do think the fans are overlooking this game a tad. However lets pray the players have not. Getting beat by Ole Myth would make my life hell for a year.

A few notes. It's Senior night and we say goodbye to our departing LSU players tonight in their last game in Tiger Stadium. We of course are wondering if it is a certain Junior Quarterbacs last night too. LSU of course is hoping to hit the trifecta and not only win but have Miss St beat Arkansas and Bama beat Auburn. If that happens our fate is in our own hands. Its quite amazing to think that for 4 and half yards in the final seconds of the Auburn game we would be in contention for the National championship. Well that is what makes this game exciting.

By the way please check out my LSU bloggers on my blogroll such as Tigersmack and LSUnpredictable

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Friday, November 17, 2006

A Friday Night Roundup of Kookdum

Time to look at a week in kookdum. I look at a great bit of kookdum but I specialize in exposing the koodum that wishes to hijack our Conservative politcal movements. If your new to my blog , I have been on a hiatus for the past few weeks because I was volunteering for the dear ole GOP. Hey, don't look at me most of my guys I called and worked for won!lol!

Anywho, any Koodum roundup must start at the Council of(word hijack) Conservative Citzens-St.Louis Branch. I mention the good Blogmeister last night. Let me say hello Blogmeister and thank you for your kind words about my blog and my absense. I was actually thinking of you during the World Series and wondering perhaps if you were entertaining extreme paleo-conservatives in the Council's box seats during the series. Congrats on winning. By the way tell the executive board they have seen nothing yet. Well the Vatican of this extremist group through its unoffical voice has been busy on some output on his blog. The blogmeister talks about how our pandering to the hispanic vote didn't work. First I hate the word pandering in this context. When certain conservative factions are mad at the GOP its because they were not "listened too". When we try to listen to the needs of the hispanic community its called pandering. The average Republican/Conservative doesn't consider it pandering by the way to listen to hispanics or other groups. Only the extremist do.

Anywho blogmeister what do you expect them to do? They were not going to vote for Graf or Hayworth in Arizona that talks about deport then all big or small. All rational Republican voices on this issue got drowned out by that abortion of a show that Lou Dobbs host. Do you expect them to vote for Tancredo? Tancredo is one of the most despised ridiculed men in the Republican Congressional Caucus but the way the media portrayed him you would have he as the leader of the party. No the problems was the radical Buchanite wing got the press this year. Many of them not even republicans. Such as the infamous Pat Buchanan himself. But I am happy that Buchanan/Graf/Dobbs bunch went down to defeat pretty much. So our lower hispanic vote is just a bump in the road. That being said the blogmeister at least runs a half intelligent racist site and often has things of interest outside koodum. I suggest this interesting post he has on a little known facet of now deceased Milton Friedman and his thought and contribution to a big issue.

Lets now leave the Vatican of Kookdum and go the main Council of Conservative Citizens Web site. Before I go further let me tell you my view on racist koodum. I am a conservative republican. I don't cry racism at a drop of the hat. I am not to thrilled with efforts by some liberals to make all people that like the Confederate flag or against gay marriage the same as the Klan or the Nazis. In the end I use common sense The Council of Conservative Citizens is a dangerous radical organization. It has especially become more radicalized in the last few years. They have open associations with kooky fringe groups, white supremacy organizations, neo nazis, and similar ilk. The stuff they believe and especially all the conspiracy nonsense that is spreading is incredible. They also are desperately trying to gain a legitimate foothold in political discussion. One misson of this blog is to stop that. More on this group in later post and feel free if you have any questions about this group just ask. I want to highlight a article that the the Council has on a certain judge named Terri Willingham Thomas that won in a seat in the great state of Alabama. You cant link directly to the the CofCC post but from the Nov 8th post:County District Judge Terri Willingham elected to Alabama Civil Appeals Court despite weeks of media attacks over speaking at a CofCC meeting.Once again left-wing newspapers tried to use the CofCC to hurt a political candidate and failed. Judge Terri Willingham had been viciously attacked by the Montgomery Advertisor and other left-wing papers for weeks over a speech she gave to the CofCC. The ultra-left wing Montgomery-based Southern Poverty Law Center, headed by former Ted Kennedy fundraising chief Morris Dess, was behind the attacks.Terri Willingham ingored the media attacks and was elected to the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals with 54% of the vote.

To say the least this is troublesome. We must do our best to educate politicians that the Council of (word hijack) Conservative Citizens is not a conservative organization. In cases like this I usually give politicos the benefit of the doubt. I also am ready to forgive past transgressions when the organization was even less well known and had not become the radical extremist group that it is today in most of it chapters. That being said it must be made clear to the good judge that any interaction with this organization is taboo in a big way. So lets keep a eye on her just to make sure this doesn't happen again. We shall be highlighting more of this kookdum that is the Council of Conservative Citzens each week. I have a few things up my sleeve as to finding out what is going on behind closed doors. Stayed tuned.

Keep looking everyday for Kookdum roundups and post. I think we can all agree no matter our politics that these groups cannot gain legitimacy. I hit a number of groups and try to highlight whats going on. Tomorrow I shall be doing a special Kookdum Sports related post. Yes folks racist kooky sports sites. I shall be typing that tomorrow as I am hopefully watching Miss State pull a upset on the Arky hogs tomorrow.



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The Bush Conservative is Me. Is it You?

I often get asked what kind of conservative I am. This question generally comes from some faction of the conservative movement. On my blog roll today there is a answer to that question. I strongly urge you to read AJ Strata's The Bush Conservatives. This is where a lot of us are at. You want hear our viewpoint on conservative talk radio often nor on the conflict loving MSM. But this is us. Are you one too. The Anchoress appears to be one. I think its a must read and should be read in concert with the other opinion pieces taking about what ills the Grand Ole Party.

I am willing to bet this where the average Mass going Catholic voter is at. A voter that Bush carried in 2004. I am willing to be this iswhere the average evanglical voter is at too that I live among. You know the ones that are social conservatives but also have concerns about prescription medicine for mom.

Good read. Will it be listened too?

Update Some are listening
A great blog that I intend to add to my blog roll agrees too. Go check out The Squiggler.

Update II
It is a movement- My Vast Wing Conspiracy Agrees too. And boy she is not holding back. We need a Banner
She say just at the beginning:Frankly, I am sick and goddamned tired of conservatives–or as Squiggler calls them, the “neo-right”–invoking the name of Ronald Reagan when they attack other Republicans and any time they take a stand. It’s kinda like Godwin’s Law, in a sense–you can’t just throw out a name and assert moral authority, you have to back it up with facts and reality. Or alternatively, you could (I do) call it blasphemy. None of these “neo-right” types have anything to do with Reagan, in either deed or words. Reagan wasn’t an angry man, he was certainly no pessimist, and he did NOT violate his own 11th Commandment. These people are Buchanan Conservatives, if anything; not Reagan Republicans. Similarly, they like to say Bush is a “Rockefeller Republican;” believing, like leftists, that naming someone makes things so. (Of course, there’s plenty written about the similarities between ideological extremes.) Keep calling Iraq a “quagmire,” and it is one. Keep calling Bush a “Rockefeller Republican,” and he is one. Right. Click on the link to read more

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A look Around My Blogroll

I am thankful I am getting back to this as a regular part of my blog. I have missed highlighting the great things that my blogroll is saying the past few weeks.

First let me go to one of my favorite Bloggers the webmaster of both The Pink Flamingo and Subway Canaries. Pink Flamingo talks about statements released from Connie Hair about the Minuteman Fence Scam. I shall be going into that report. Its pretty hilarious and as I expected all hat and no cattle. Oh and be sure to read your link about the voodoo Priest that put a curse ont he President. Over at Subway Canaries she has a very serious piece entitled The Price of Too Much Caution - Too Many People Die - While Awaiting New Drugs to Be Approved. I am going to dig into that one more tonight.

Called As Seen has a post entitled "Powerline almost gets it... " In it he talks about the hardliners on immigration. I agree.

I need to quickly highlight four very good Louisiana blogs.
Tiger Smack shows that our freedoms are under attack again under the guise of feel good legislation. Stuff like this just infuriates me. Whats amazing is the article doesn't even talk about the proposed sanction if you violate this law.

Conservative Cajun has made a Presidential Endorsement. Cajun Conservative is going to be an Advocate for Congressman Duncan Hunter for President. Please go and take a look at the positions of Hunter that Cajun Conservative has compiled. He will not be my choice but I am gald that Cajun Conservative is starting to highlight this very important race and take a stand.

Not Right About Anything of the small enclave of unhinged liberals from Lafayette has a review or Borat. He is in Journalism so his review is interesting. I am planning to go Sunday and watch it myself

We Saw That talks about the 110 pound Grover Cleveland lobster in their post 110 year old lobster sacrificed to the god of consumerism . I think he makes a valid point. I think one question is how many of this lobsters are around. I mean age is not the only point. Look how old alligators get and we eat them all the time.

This is a limited blogroll roundup post. Part of the reason is that I want to spend substantial time talking about what two of my blogroll folks are talking about. That up next.







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Thursday, November 16, 2006

Bush Arrives in Vietnam

According to the AP. Now take a deep breath and read that again. Bush Arrives in Vietnam. One would think all the Cable News shows would be breaking in to cover this historic event. Nahh they are talking about OJ's book and upcoming TV appearance.



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Graceful in Defeat Democrat Patti Cox is Suing Congressman Jim McCrery

She is saying that Louisiana Congressman Jim McCrery doesn't live in the district. So I suppose she wants another election or maybe just wants him taken out so she and fellow Democrat Artis Cash(who finished Second) can go out it in a new election. Patti Cox finished third but to her credit edged out anti immigration goofball Chester Kelly. Chester Kelly ran tons of ads that featured illegal aliens and nuclear mushroom clouds going off.

According to KTBS news she filed her suit in Caddo District Court. McCrery said it was pretty pointless since he has a address in Shreveport where they are paying rent.
She also filed this without a lawyer which shows how meritless pointless all this probally is.

Here is the link to the story.

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Coming Up

Well its not all immigration all the time here at my little ole blog. I shall be doing a Blogroll roundup tonight and talk about Bobby Jindal announcement here in Louisiana among other things. Till then I am going home to open up birthday present. Yes, my birthday is not till tomorrow but you know. So till then GEAUX TIGERS and GEAUX TO HELL OLE MISS

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On "Tancredo" Like Immigration Policy its Damn the Torpedos and Full Speed Ahead at The National Review

I love the National Review. I especially love the always fun "The Corner Blog" on their web site. This year however their lack of diverse thought on the immigration issue has become tiresome. There appears to be no thoughtful analysis going on about immigration politics in these post election days. . My God if the very agenda oriented Center for Immigration Studies(A John Tanton founded group) says it true well my golly it must be.

Well, The Corner Blog has been placating the "Its Amnesty-hide the women and children" crowd with all sorts comforting echo chamber spin. Today and yesterday was no exception. Now I should not pick on poor Mr Ledeen because he has not been the worst offender. But this just sent me over the top. From the Corner:

Time Mag's Karen Tumulty (where do they find these names?) on Hoyer/Murtha" [Michael Ledeen]
It's pretty hard to beat this for sheer demagoguery:
Time.com ^Karen Tumulty
Nancy Pelosi showed us something important about herself this week. If Tip O'Neill thought that all politics was local, Pelosi's view is that it's personal. But what may have more significance in the long run is what her caucus showed her — that, unlike the Republicans they are replacing, they will not march lockstep at every dictate from their leaders.

Riiight, Karen. The insurrections against Harriet Meiers and the Bush immigration scheme never happened. Lord knows McCaine never ever challenged Frist or the White House. Snowe and Collins always did what they were told. And Specter was always in lockstep with his colleagues. It was stormtroopers marching in lockstep, all the time.Posted at 5:15 PM
.(BOLD AND CHARACTER ENHANCEMENT MINE)

I addressed this email to him a few moments ago:

Mr. LeDeen let me say I just love The Corner. It is one my favorite places to come to keep up to date on what is happening. It is always thought provoking. However, I must say this year though your site has been an ordeal for me. It seems in the world of The Corner that Republicans and Conservatives that think perhaps the Tancredos of the world are slightly wrong do not exist. Yes, we are the people that want to get tough on illegal immigration but are not thrilled with the "deport them all big or small" or "starve them all back over the border" philosophy.

Now I know that NR has John Tanton's boy from the Center on Immigration Studies on staff. But perhaps throw us a bone or better yet give some thought of trying to portray both sides as to this issue. In that regard can you please refrain from using the words "Bush immigration scheme". That sounds like such a Democrat politcal way of talking. Much like when they talk about Bush's "tax Schemes". It is clever tactic but does little to elevate the debate.

Thank You
JH
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Immigration Politics Myth Number 1 of 06- Democrats Pretended to be Tougher On Illegals

I keep hearing this line all over the web and on TV and radio that democrats snookered the American people as to immigration. That is they pretended to be tougher on the illegals than the Republicans. In fact that some democrats downright stole the hardline position.

This is often brought up as to Hayworth defeat in Arizona. Rep Hayworth was one of those that said any compromise outside the Tancredo view was "AMNESTY". The gospel seems to be that his opponent just mirrored Hayworth's position. Well in my neck of the woods that is called a LIE. A lie that keeps circualting it seems.

From Congressman Hayworth's campaign web site on the immigration issue:
The congressman believes that under no circumstances should we reward illegal aliens with benefits such as citizenship, Social Security benefits, or in-state tuition at Arizona colleges and universities, all of which will result in more illegal immigration.

From his opponents Web Site:

Every sovereign nation has a responsibility to secure its border. In Congress, I'll make it a top priority to secure the U.S.-Mexico border and stop illegal immigration.
I'll deliver results, not rhetoric, and will work with both Republicans and Democrats to get the job done. This includes both securing our border and offering realistic solutions for the immigration problem our country faces.
Specifically, I'll work to
Station more Border Patrol agents along the border;
Put more high-tech tools along the border so we can better monitor border activity;
Extend existing fencing in urban areas;
Establish a temporary worker program that allows us to keep track of who crosses our borders; and
Hold employers accountable for whom they hire.
I oppose amnesty and will not support it. Still, we must deal with the millions of illegal immigrants who are already here. Catching and deporting 11 million illegal immigrants, as some have suggested, is neither realistic nor wise. I believe we should give families an opportunity to gain legal status if they pay a penalty for breaking the law, pay their taxes, learn English, and hold a job for a period of years.
Illegal immigration affects Arizona more than it does other states - more than half of all illegal crossings over the U.S.-Mexico border happen here in Arizona. In the State Senate, I worked closely with Governor Janet Napolitano to increase the penalties for violent human smuggling, and I supported her decision to declare a state of emergency along the border. I saw firsthand how Washington's complete failure to do its job continues to hurt our state. We need representation in Washington that secures our border and offers realistic solutions to our current immigration problem. I will bring that tough, yet realistic, voice to Capitol Hill, just as I did as Mayor and State Senator
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Do people see the difference? Yes Mitchel is tough on immigration. Just like many of us Republicans that are outside the Tancredo mindset on this issue. But the difference is that Mitchell does not endorse the "deport the all big and small" or "starve them back over the Border" viewpoint as those here. This is where Americans are at. However when you the radical population control folks at FAIR, CIS , and Numbers USA calling the shots this solution will not fly. You see again this isn't really all abot illegal immigration. Now true Hayworth had other problems in this race. But what has been marketed to Republicans as the issue of the century did not save him.

Let us look at the Graf/Gifford Race. This was a open seat in Ariz that was held by Republican Congressman Kolbe. Graf was the ultimate Tancredo immigration hardliner guy in the race. In fact he helped found the minutemen. He holds the same position as Hayworth. This district by the way is on the border.

What was Gifford's position? From USA Today :Gabrielle Giffords, the Democrat who defeated Graf, also carried Cochise County, Ariz., along the U.S.-Mexican border where frustration with immigration is highest. Gifford says she believes voters there preferred her because "people want solutions, not slogans." From another Arizona paper: Ms. Giffords is calling for comprehensive immigration reform, including a guest worker program, workplace sanctions and improved relations with Mexico.

Now of course Tancredo like hardliners won elections last week. But many of these elections did not have immigration as the a major issue. Many were far away from border areas. But I think its fair to say that AMericans are not enthralled with an approach that is so draconian as to ALL the illegals here. More analysis later.

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Koodum In St Louis

Since the election is over, I have time to delve into the mischief that kookdum(both left and right) are doing. I had to see what my good friend at the Council of (word hijack alert) Conservative Citizens- St Louis Branch was doing. The St Louis Branch is sort of the Vatican of this radical racist organization. Well the blogmeister is as busy as ever. The blogmeister gives major kudos to "CofCC idol" Lou Dobbs and Senator-Elect Webb from Virginia. Of course the blogmeister is a little disappointed that the soon to be Senator doesn't believe in segregation but you can't have it all I suppose. However he does hit in the head as to Webb. I don't think the democrats have realized, northe people of Virginia, that they elected a Pat Buchanan in that fine state. God help us all.

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The Simcox Minuteman PAC- Where did the money go?

To say the least it was not a stellar day election wise for the Simcox Minutemen. Many of their cguys and gals lost. The Minutemen faction headed up by Simcox have also released their long awaited audit. More on that later in a seperate post. However I wish to concentrate on the political action committee side of the Minutemen for a bit.

For some background ,please read last months Washington Times article on this whole affair. Its quite illuminating.

He are some tidbits:
According to the most recent Federal Election Commission (FEC) records, the Minuteman PAC spent $240,000 through the first week of September on eight congressional campaigns, although just $5,000 was direct candidate contributions.
The FEC records also show that about 60 percent of the Minuteman PAC's expenditures through early September went to private companies -- several with ties to a labyrinth of Virginia-based tax-exempt charities and fundraising groups founded or headed by Mr. Keyes. The money was used for direct-mail fundraisers, telemarketing programs, advertising campaigns and disbursement fees for four candidates.
The Minuteman PAC spent nearly $88,000 through early September on its own operations, including fees to many of the Keyes-aligned private firms to collect and disburse donations and do direct-mail fundraising, the FEC records show. Other PAC money went to Web site construction, bank charges, salaries and advertising
.......Several current and former Minuteman members and supporters told The Washington Times that they have been deluged with requests for money from various conservative organizations since the Minuteman PAC was formed.
Response Unlimited, which calls itself the "best and most comprehensive source of mailing lists for conservative and Christian mailers and telemarketers," offers the names and contact information of Minuteman donors for $120 for 1,000 names. The Waynesboro, Va., firm, headed by Christian right activist Philip Zodhiates, also has an "exclusive contract" with the Declaration Foundation......s

Now that article was from last month. What in heck was this important PAC doing in the months of October and November? Well if one goes to their Web Site they certaintly are patting themselves on the back it seems. One gets the impression that they were out there fighting the good fight after the primaries helping out the so called No Amnesty crowd. What really happened?

Well the intial FEC filings show quite a different story.

The Minuteman PAC made the following payouts according to FEC records(note these are mainly 48 notices so we don't know how much went to caging and other folks). $73,798 to Mountaintop media related to the Graf campaign on Oct 2. $ 20,350 to Mountain Top media related to the Graf Campaign on Oct 10. $21,334 to Mountain Top Media related to the Graf campaign on Nov 1 .So basically the Minuteman PAC gave a few direct contributions of their money to 5 people(Graf included) and the rest went to the Graf campaign. It should be remembered that Randy Graf was using our friend American Caging. What in the World does this mean. Why in heavens name were they pouring all their money into one campaign? A campaign that was always 10 points behind.Why were they not helping poor ole Rep Hayworth just up the road who was in the fight of his life? Questions? Questions? Questions? Don't you think the donors were expecting that perhaps this money was going to be spread around a little bit more? It is true they were helping others out in the primary season but this sole spending on one race is awefully curious. We shall delve into this later in much more detail.

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Immigration Politics, The GOP, and Those Darn Miuntemen

Today we are going to start focusing a little on the whole immigration politcs side of this election. I think its clear that the ultra hardline approach was not the issue that was going to save us our as a party. We shall also be going back into the Simcox Minuteman Scam. Looking at the campaign finance reports shows us something interested. Thats up next.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Immigration Politics - Some People Haven't Learned

The Tancredo immigration hardliners are trying to make a comeback it appears. Despite signs that are apparent all over the nation that Americans are thrilled neither with the "delete the border crowd" or the Tancredo "deport them all big and small crowd" it seems we have not learned the lesson. Elements of the GOP and Conservative base want to push us further in future political extinction. I am going to go into this a great deal tonight. I have looked at a lot of these races as to the immigration issue. I shall also tell how the Simcox Minutemen scammed us again. Oh by the way they are suppose to open the books this Nov 15. I havent forgotten that. I notice with interest this little item on the National Review Corner blog today talking about how Rep Pence(the only adult in the room at times) seems to have jettison any sort of compromise he once promoted for what appears for political advantage.

I just emailed the esteemed Mrs Lopez at the Corner and said:
"I just saw your post on Mike Pence. I must say his stock has gone down in my book now. I know that conservatives hate to admit some truths about immigration politics. I know because many of us "comprehensive reform type" conservatives were flamed and banned from many conservative blogs and forums for even mentioning the idea or wanting to debate it. However, its clear to me that after the election most Americans are not thrilled with open borders nor the Tancredo approach. Labeling everything amnesty in my book is as honest as the democrats Mediscare tactics.

Pence was the grown up in the room on this debate. Now it appears he will jettison all this for his own political advantage. Sorry, this issue is too important for that. I have now seen some of the character of the man. I will remember that in the future
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More later on how the ulta hardliners are screwing up again.

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Monday, November 13, 2006

The Dead Pelican Misses the Point

I suspect the The Dead Pelican site gets the most hits of any Louisiana Internet site that focus is the news. Today the Dead Pelican had this Headline-BLANCO'S TRIP TO NOWHERE?.

The Dead Pelican says in part:A story put out by WAFB today reads that Blanco's recent meeting with the Kuwaitis has resulted in the signing of a memorandum. The memorandum is not binding on the Kuwaitis, however, and can be terminated at any time.
According to the story, Blanco and the Minister of Energy of the State of Kuwait, H.E. Shaikh Ali Jarrah Al-Sabah, signed a Memorandum of Understanding Sunday to explore building the refinery in Louisiana. But the memorandum was not a legal obligation and talks between Louisiana and Kuwait could end without penalty if it is terminated. Blanco and AL-Sabah agreed to meet as necessary on the project, WAFB reported.
A recent story in THE ADVOCATE read that Blanco would return with only a memorandum of understanding that would be "more diplomacy than deal-making."
In the end, Blanco will come home empty handed, but that hasn't stopped the Louisiana media from reporting on Blanco's adventures day, after day... after day... after day. Blanco and her Economic Development officer Mike Olivier have stated several times that the refinery is years away, if it comes at all. The same basic story has been recycled almost daily over the last few weeks (see excerpts below).

I shall not be supporting Madam Governor for her campaign to return to the Governor's mansion. But to imply this is a boondogle or worthless is not being fair. Trips like this pay dividends for the future. Our former Governor Mike Fostor, being too busy taking Helicopter lessons, getting a law degree, and riding his Harley, never made trips like these. While all the time other Southern Governors did and got huge returns in the end. There is a lot of faults to Blanco but this isnt one.



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LSU and The Sec Championship

Before we go to the less important things of life, let me please put to rest all this confusion about what has to happen for LSU to get to the SEC Championship. I keep hearing that all that has to happen is that Arkansas loses against Miss State and then we beat Arkanasas the day after Thanksgiving. For the one thousandth time that is false. There seems to be some theory out there that even if Auburn doesnt lose we just need to be 5 BCS points ahead of them. Wrong Wrong Wrong. I even heard a major LSU Sports radio guy spout this nonsense. Both Auburn and Ark have to lose this weekend for LSU to have a chance to go to the SEC championship.

One poster on a LSU board had it right on in his explanation:
If Arkansas loses to Miss. State and Auburn beats Bama, LSU CANNOT GO TO ATLANTA! Reason: Arkansas would have two SEC losses (2 in the SEC West - LSU and Miss St), Auburn would have two SEC losses (1 in the east - Georgia, 1 in the west - Arkansas), LSU would have two SEC losses (1 in the east - Florida, 1 in the west - Auburn). According to the SEC three-team tie-breaker rule, Arkansas would be eliminated first due to their Western division record, thus making it a head-to-head for LSU and Auburn. Auburn beat LSU, so Auburn would go to Atlanta.

Thus, Arkansas AND Auburn would have to lose this weekend to send LSU to Atlanta (assuming the Tigers win out, of course). If Arkansas beats Miss State, they're headed to Atlanta, regardless of the outcome of the LSU-Ark game. If Ark loses to Miss. State and Auburn beats Bama, then Arkansas would have to beat LSU to make it to Atlanta; if LSU beat Arkansas under that scenario, then Auburn would go to Atlanta
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Here is the official rules in event of a three way tie in SEC West

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Lots of Talking Not Enough Facts

I went down the LSU/Bama game as a reward to myself. Great Win!!! More on that later perhaps. I decided to stay away from politics a good bit for a few days so I could get some perspective. Reviewing the stuff that is circulating about why the Republicans lost is a tiresome ordeal. One reason is the spin. Each side , whether factions in the Republican party or liberal Dems ,have a spin they are promoting. However it is quite apparent most of this is not based on any thing relating to facts. A true analysis of the why and hows of the loss shall take a few weeks to even start seeing the full picture. I do feel though we can see some overall trends in this election cycle. I shall post on that shortly. Today I am starting to work on another blog I will be starting dealing with a Presidential hopeful That announcement coming up soon. I will a have two post up after midnight so stay tuned. I am ready to get back into the fight

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Thursday, November 09, 2006

The Election

I have just gotten in. I was in Missouri volunteering my time in Missouri to get Sen Talent reelected. That effort was not successful I hate to say. Anywho, I am exhausted. I am glad to say that my blogging will get back to its past levels. I have spent the last few weeks spending my nights doing calls for Republicans and other such things. TO say the least I am drained mentally and physically. I shall give my thoughts on election day later today when I wake up. I am going to bed
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Thursday, November 02, 2006

In Arizona, GOP finds the issue of immigration no help at polls

I have kept off the whole immigration/minutemen/Tancredo issue for a while(not counting yesterday). I have done this to foster some party unity here. But this article needs to be socked away.

Now its a good article and it shows that the Dems are trying to court what is called the "anti illegal" vote. But this is telling: Getting tough on illegal immigration is a winner in Arizona. Yet the issue is not playing out as House Republican leaders planned six months ago, when they bet their majority that a hard-line, no-compromise stance would rescue them in a brutal election climate dominated by the Iraq war and corruption.
With Tuesday's election days away, in districts where illegal immigration is Topic A, Republican hardliners are the candidates in trouble here. As many as three GOP House seats are in jeopardy, including that of six-term incumbent J.D. Hayworth, whose race has slid from shoo-in to toss-up.
The fire-breathing Hayworth, a staple of conservative talk shows and author of the border-security tract "Whatever It Takes" (Chapter One: "Overrun"), is in the battle of his career for the Phoenix suburbs against mild-mannered Democrat Harry Mitchell, an avuncular former mayor of Tempe who supports a guest worker program and a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants already in the country.
In Tucson (Pima County), the open-seat district that spans the nation's busiest corridor for immigrants and drug trafficking, card-carrying Minuteman Randy Graf is expected to lose to pro-guest-worker Democrat Gabrielle Giffords
......think people realize that it's just not as simple as just rounding people up, sending them back, and sealing off the border," Mitchell said over lunch in Tempe, where he is so beloved that the city erected a 35-foot statue of him. "I think there's some sentiment for the fence," but "at the same time you need to be working on a guest worker program with employer sanctions."
Mitchell said a fence ignores underlying economic forces. "The illegal immigrants are not coming over here because the border is porous," he said. "They're coming over because there are jobs."
Democrats contend that House GOP leaders blundered last spring when they decided to refuse to negotiate with the Senate on its immigration bill -- sponsored by wildly popular Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain and backed by Bush -- that offered a legalization program for the estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants now in the country and a guest worker program for new arrivals.
Instead, House leaders denounced the Senate bill as amnesty and held dozens of hearings across the country highlighting the virtues of a border crackdown.
The result, however, was that only the fence bill passed. Much as Arizonans like fences, virtual or physical, many do not believe barriers alone will stop the tide of people.
Even Minutemen gathered to hear Graf debate Giffords in Sierra Vista, a conservative town near Arizona's southeastern border, said fences have limits, pointing to the rugged mountains towering over the town.
"You can't put a fence in there, that's for sure," said Gordon Cruger, a new resident of Sierra Vista.

I am not trying to rub this in but I have been screaming this forever. Go to the Pink Flamingo(whom you should visit every day) on my links. She is there and no doubt she is seeing the same thing. But please fellow Republicans listen to these words:Matt Salmon, chairman of the Arizona GOP and a former member of Congress, conceded that the House plan was flawed. "It was a good strategy, but there needed to be more accomplished," he said. "There needed to be a more comprehensive immigration reform package installed."
Democrats have exploited GOP divisions, fending off
.After this election serious questions must be asked. No matter how mad it makes Lou Dobbs

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Conservatives Take A Deep Breath the Polls Are OK

Some needless anxiety going on in Conservative land. The always intelligent and reliable JAY COST has a article that will calm you down . Very informative so you might want to print it out.

A word on polls conservatives. They are ok-promise. They are ALL not a plot. There are many variables to polls and if used and analyzed correctly they are our friend. Lets not be afraid of them but use them to aid us in our victory. Perhaps I shall do a later post where I shall expalin The Pondering American's Poll Truths. But right now I see hope in many polls not unavoidable disaster.

I must say the whole subject of polling has created some fussy people today. I had a run in on a conservative forum with a guy that I forgot I had a spat last week. The guy is convinced I am evil because I was not sold on the whole Webb Book Scandel as a vote getting tactic in Virginia. He was talking about this Poll conspiracy. He mentioned the 2004 exit polls. I just mentioned for clarity that there was no conspiracy and that the company running the poll was sending out warnings all day that they were troubled at their results. His response:

Please, nationwide exit polling showed the same damn trend on election night. That was not by accident. It was intentional. I have done this dance with you before about this election. YOU SURE LIKE TO TRY AND HELP DISCOURAGE REPUBLICAN VOTERS. I KNOW WHERE YOU STAND AND IT IS NOT YOUR BEST INTERSET FOR REPUBLICANS TO WIN. GOOD TRY WOLF IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING.All - this freeper defended the words of Jim Webb about a father picking up his 4 year old son and puttting his penis in his mouth!!!!


Good Grief dude go get a drink or get on medication. Even with a few days till the elections some folks are concerned about finding rinos and outing secret liberals. I shall be back later. I have to run down to the Wal-Mart and scare old people in to voting Dem by telling them that Republicans want to take away their SS check(Sarc)



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Wednesday, November 01, 2006

By the Way Please Visit My Blogroll

I think I have one of the best really. I am currently on a computer that has a over active filter and is denying me access to blogrolling. Which means I can't see my link list. Tonight during the Boise St/Fresno game I shall return home and hopefully do a blogroll roundup.

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Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu Out Campaigning For The Democrats

Most Louisiana residents are just bystanders in all this election fun the nation is having. The hottest races in the state are races for mayor in ALexandria and Shreveport, a fun Sheriffs race in St Landry Parish, and an interesting Congressional race in New Orleans where William "Cold Cash" Jefferson is running. There is also a contested congressional race deep in cajun country but anyone besides the most partisan will say that is a safe Dem seat.

However, just because there is a lack of excitement in Louisiana doesn't mean our congressional delegation is just sitting around. I noted with interest this Slate article talking about Sen Mary Landrieu up in Tennessee campaigning for Harold Ford. The writer states: The other day I wrote that it's ridiculous to say that Tennessee Senate candidate Harold Ford Jr. has "Hollywood values." But today, I'm at a "Women for Ford" event moderated by longtime Tennessee resident and political activist Ashley Judd. Also on the stage: Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu, a conservative, religious Southern Democrat whom Ford is clearly trying to emulate politically.

I must say that I never have thought of Landrieu as a "religious" candidate. I am not slamming Mary's personal faith here. It just never has seem to be a big theme of her campaign. Does going to Church make one a "religious Democrat"? Further looking at the demographics of Mary's vote last time. I wonder if she needs to emulate Ford and not the other way around. Besides that I am sure Senator Landrieu doesnt mind being up in Tennessee. The further away she is from that messy Congressional race in her own district the better for her politically. Plus she will need all the chits she can call in when she runs in 08.


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What Does a Possible Democrat House Majority Mean to Immigration

I thought I would revisit an interesting topic today. That is what is the future of immigration politics if the House goes Democrat. This subject is one that no one seems to be talking about on the conservative forums and blogs with much frequency. That is understandable fore several reasons. First, this is not the time for whole Conservative blogsphere to admit defeat in the House. Even with my preliminary prediction below, I still think we need to fight for every seat. Second, I even the hardliners know its not time to bash the President and also depress turnout among the immigration hardliners.

However my blog does not have the readership of the of the National Review's Corner blog so I have no fear that I shall cause any problems.

Mickey Kaus at Slate is one of my favorite Democrats. He often is the only Democrat that tells his fellow travellers honest truths. Kaus also is the liberal version of Tom Tancredo on immigration. Kaus has been thinking of this issue quite a bit. He recently posted:
I've been trying to figure out if a Democrat-led House would actually pass some version of the Bush-McCain semi-amnesty immigration bill. Everyone I talk to in Washington pooh-poohs the idea, arguing that Pelosi-led Democrats will never give Bush something he wants. I'd like to agree, but I'm skeptical. The only thing standing in the way of the Bush legislation was the Republican House, and if that's gone ... . Plus, there will be intense pressure from Latino groups for Democrats to take advantage of the rare welfare-reform-like opening in which a President is willing to defy his own party's Congressional caucus. Not to mention all those new citizens for Dems to register. ... V-DARE immigration-restrictionist Steve Sailer is skeptical too, though he notes the possibility of a split among the Dems, with a significant Lou-Dobbsy "preserve unskilled wages" faction finally emerging. But Sailer leaves out the possibility of a McCain presidency--which would presumably mean at least four more years of White House pressure for "comprehensive" reform. ... P.S.: Anyone who can help me think through this somewhat crucial question, please e-mail. ... 9:55 P.M.

If you are new to this blog let me say upfront that I am a supporter of the Bush view of a comprehensive approach to immigration. I agree with Influence Peddler blog that this is a no brainer. Peddler states:A Democratic House of Representatives is going to have a tough row to hoe. With a Republican Senate (presumably) and White House, they will have no trouble finding issues on which to draw distinctions with the GOP (expanded access to health care, minimum wage increases, ramped-down commitment in Iraq, and deficit reduction). But they will also have to protect themselves against the charge that they stand for nothing but obstruction, and there are few issues where they agree with the Senate and the White House.Wait a minute. Did I say 'few issues?' I meant 'no issues' - apart from immigration.Further, there is the latino constituency to think about. After the signing of the Secure Fence Act, and after whatever happens on election day, do you think the President will sit back and forget about his efforts to woo latino voters to the GOP? What could be a better pitch than to say 'The Senate has passed earned legalization; I will sign earned legalization, but Nancy Pelosi opposes earned legalization.' Knowing that he doesn't need to appease the GOP base anymore, Bush can sing that song far and wide. And guess what? If Nancy Pelosi stubbornly refuses to cooperate, it will rankle the GOP base even less.And lastly, Pelosi will need to demonstrate that they can deliver for business on something. If the Democrats win the House, and their agenda with regard to business includes tax increases, increased regulation, a grinding halt to trade expansion, beating up on China, and investigating federal contracts, how much more likely will business be to redouble the effort to make Pelosi a one-term Speaker? There will be relatively few issues where House Democrats could do something to buy off the animosity of Big Business. Immigration will be a big one.

Like I have said since June, the Tancredo hardliners have played bad politics with this issue from the start. There were clear indications from polling data and just plain history that the Dems could retake the house. That is one reason why the refusal of many to compromise with the President on any aspect of his plan has been baffling to me. Anyone that has run for Class President could see that this was weak hand policy wise when looking down the road at the eelctions that are now upon us. There were promises that this issue would bring us election dividends. My question is where are they at? Former Minuteman and Immigration hardliner Randy Graf in Arizona is tanking in his race in Arizona. Is this issue saving our GOP Senator in Pennsylvania? I think not. For all the talk of how this was going to be the issue of the ages it seems way down the list of topics we are hearing about.

If the Democrats win the House then immigration reform is coming back in a big way. President Bush will of course be lameducked. However this issue is important to him. One gets a sense that besides his failed efforts to get people to reform the Social Security program that this is his biggest domestic vision. Perhaps more than his education policy accomplishments. I also agree that the Dems will deal with the President on this issue. Its a win/win for both the democrats and the President. However sad to say this will be the only silver lining for the Bush administration if the House Democrats takes the house.



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Preliminary Predictions For Election Day

I shall go into a more detailed analysis later this week.

By the grace of God we keep the Senate. I think Coker's lead in Tenn is real and he should pull that race out. Virginia is though is troublesome. At some point one cannot ignore the poll after poll showing Webb ahead. Will the GOP GOTV operation save Allen? I hope it will. My gut instinct is that AlLen will pull this out but it will be a nailbiter. The other race that I am hopeful about is Burns in Montana. I had written this race off months ago. However, there is room for hope in this race also. I think the GOP suprise of the night will be in Maryland.

THe HOuse on the other hand is a different story. After looking at the top 30 races I believe we lose the House by5 to 7 seats. Can the GOP GOTV save the house? Sure it can. However right now I see the function of the gotv of preventing a 20 to 25 seat takeover by the Dems. More analysis later.

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Monday, October 30, 2006

Republicans still making mistakes on the Black Vote( A look at at a Miss House Race)

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Let me say I am pleased the GOP is devoting resources to the Steele in Maryland. He ,if elected, will be only the second black US Republican Senator since the the turn of the century. Hopefully if elected the mistakes in this article will not be repeated.

This article focuses on a House race in that is taking place in the Mississippi Delta. The incumbent is the insufferable democrat Benny Thompson. Benny Thompson by the way will become head of the House Homeland Security Committee if the Dems take the House. That possibilty should scare any American. Why did Benny Thompson leave the agriculture committee to take a spot on the Homeland Security committee? Good Question. Especially since his district is largely farming. Furthermore, besides an nuclear power plant in Port Gibson and two bridges on the Mississippi River, I can't quite imagine what terrorist would even want to hit in the Mississippi Delta. The Casinos in Greenville Mississippi?In other words , I have a feeling its low on the priority list of Bin Laden.

So why did he make a move that is so counterproductive to his district? The answer is Representative Benny Thompson is looking out for Benny Thompson as always. The last time I saw Benny was at a Vicksburg Casino. He was strolling around in his jogging suit and even had bodyguards it appeared. Good Grief. Well, maybe his new bodyguards will be better since I suspect we shall be paying for it in the future.

If Republicans wish to to maintain long term viability they must be go after people that are currently minorities. Republicans buy too much into the Gospel that African Americans will not vote Republican. That is false. I do not analyze political races with Republican rose colored glasses ,so I am not saying that Republicans can capture the 51 percent of this demographic. But Republicans need to recognize trends that show the African American community is becoming more independent from the Democrat party machine. When individual Republicans make a effort to get go after the African American vote it shows dividends. I have seen that recently in my home state of Louisiana. In the Louisiana Secretary of States race, Republican Jay Dardenne received very good numbers in black areas especially in New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Why? Well because he asked for their vote . This was a factor in the Democrat dropping out of the race in the runoff.

Why should Republicans devote money, time, and resources to this obscure race in the Mississippi delta?.

Well first it is the right thing to do. As a resident of the deep south, I have observed the problems of black community first hand. In fact unlike many of our northern and western fellow countrymen, blacks and whites are truly integrated in the schools and in many facets of everyday life here in Dixie. Why do the problems in the black community seem to continue year after year? May I suggest that the lack of a viable two party system in that community is a huge part of the problem. There is a lot of bashing of the two party system nowadays. However the current system does do a important function. That is it offers debate on policy. I hate to say that is often absent in the black community at a substantial level. That is not to say that all black politicians believe in the same things. However the lack of true party partisans hinders true policy debate that can create change beyond the halls of Government. In an area that is as poor as the the Mississippi Delta, that has real life consequences.

The second reason is we can win it. In 2002 and 2004 a black Republican by name of Clinton LeSueur ran against Thompson. He was to say the least very underfunded. He could be seen around the district putting up his on yard signs. The result? He got around 44 percent of the vote. Thompson to say the least was shocked. In the rematch in 2004, Thompson unleashed the full power of his machine against LeSueur who again not well funded by the RNC. The result was that LeSueur received a very respectable 41 percent of the vote. Local Mississippi Republicans will tell you that if Le Sueur would have had help from the National party to combat that machine, the results would have been different. I agree with that assessment.

The Republicans have a fine Candiate in Yvonne Brown. She would have been a lot more viable at this point if the GOP had highlighted this race. This should have been obvious when Thompson had a serious Democrat challenger this year in his own primary. How many more wasted opportunities like this will occur till black Republican hopefuls might just give up? But it is still a week till election day. For this week ,I can dream of an conservative African American female Republican representing a majority black district in the deep South. A dream that would signal a lot of hope for people of all races in the deep south. The problem is it didn't just have to be a dream.

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