Friday, August 31, 2012

Mitt Romney, War Mongering Saber Rattler?

Ed Rendell was on MSNBC today perpetuating a meme that has been started about Mitt Romney's “war mongering” and “saber rattling” during his acceptance speech at the RNC last night. It seems the left is trying to tell America that “independents” and “undecided voters” don’t want to hear about national security. I beg to differ.

I’m not buying what the liberal media is selling, if they want me to believe that Americans aren’t worried about the possibility of a nuclear Iran. All reasonable people understand that we can’t police the world everywhere and all the time. We also have the capacity to accept our ally Israel’s right to defend herself, and I personally believe ultimately Israel will do exactly that when the time presents itself.

But the American left fails to recognize the significance of our role in standing beside Israel on moral ground, and that is where I believe this current meme fails.

In 1980 Ronald Reagan spoke about communism, Jimmy Carter’s failure to negotiate with Iran, and the general depletion of America's stature worldwide. And remember, this was a nation that had been at war for what seemed forever in Vietnam, a conflict that had started during the Kennedy era and officially ended only five years before Reagan's election.

Reagan also talked about education, taxes, family, Faith, love of country, and so much more.

I’m not here to sell Mitt Romney as the next Ronald Reagan, although the similarities between the times then and now are striking.

What I am suggesting is that it is not always true what those inside “The Beltway” or in the “Big Apple” say, and Americans need to be smarter than to buy into what they are told in print, on TV, or on the radio. Critical thinking at this time is of utmost importance, and while I appreciate all forms of media for the information they provide, I hope all Americans stop to think about what they are being offered as truth before they step into a voting booth this November.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Make My Day

The MSM is spinning out of control on this one. Clint Eastwood was hilarious, and there's no two ways about it. He told the truth and made us laugh, and the left can't stand it.

There is so much happening right now and I'm just one person so I can't monitor it all, but Breitbart's Big Journalism has a good roundup
of the media's hysteria surrounding all the events from Thursday night. I'd recommend you check it out, it's rather interesting.

I'm watching for Mitt Romney's full speech and will post it when I find it, unless I fall asleep before it shows up on the interwebs and then I'll post it tomorrow.

In the mean time here is Paul Ryan's excellent speech from last night, with two facts posted below that debunk the "factcheckers" who claim Ryan 'lied' about the Janesville plant and Obama's promise to help them once elected:

Obama's speech in Janesville, in which he made his promise.

Details about the actual closing date of the Janesville plant, which was in 2009, not in 2008 as the media is trying to tell us.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

We Are Better Than This

Recently I said conservatives should take the high road, because we are better than the actions I have seen from American liberalism.

Today it makes me sad to bring you a story that, unfortunately, flies in the face of my beliefs about my fellow Americans. I saw this article, which describes the way some attendees of the RNC treated a young woman who was inside the convention doing her job, and frankly I am disgusted.

Politics should be about the issues, not the name-calling and slander. It is shameful that any person would treat another human being in such a manner.

I was glad to read the official response from the convention took such a hard line.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Ann Romney

It’s true that Mitt has been successful at each new challenge he has taken on. It amazes me to see his history of success actually being attacked. Are those really the values that made our country great? As a mom of five boys, do we want to raise our children to be afraid of success?

Do we send our children out in the world with the advice, “Try to do... okay?”

And let’s be honest. If the last four years had been more successful, do we really think there would be this attack on Mitt Romney’s success?

Of course not.

Mitt will be the first to tell you that he is the most fortunate man in the world. He had two loving parents who gave him strong values and taught him the value of work. He had the chance to get the education his father never had.

But as his partner on this amazing journey, I can tell you Mitt Romney was not handed success.

He built it.


Mitt doesn’t like to talk about how he has helped others because he sees it as a privilege, not a political talking point. And we’re no different than the millions of Americans who quietly help their neighbors, their churches and their communities. They don’t do it so that others will think more of them.

They do it because there IS no greater joy.

“Give and it shall be given unto you.”

But because this is America, that small company which grew has helped so many others lead better lives. The jobs that grew from the risks they took have become college educations, first homes. That success has helped fund scholarships, pensions, and retirement funds. This is the genius of America: dreams fulfilled help others launch new dreams.

I thought Ann Romney did an excellent job of presenting a case for her husband. It was reported that she wanted to speak freely without script or prompter, but the party reigned her in. Certainly that's understandable to a degree. She made some excellent points about both her husband and the state of our nation, some of which I have quoted above.

Here is Ann Romney's RNC speech in its entirety, with a link to the transcript here.

Obama, Republicans, Isaac and Optics

As I drove to work this morning, I heard a report on the radio that discussed President Obama’s plans during the first few days of this week, as the Republican National Convention (RNC) takes place. The reporter said that Obama had remained low key yesterday, but today would be in a couple locations on the campaign trail.

Isn’t there a bit of a longstanding tradition in presidential politics, in which one party allows the other to take center stage during their convention? …The Los Angeles Times says so.

When George W. Bush was president, and the destruction in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina became more apparent, blame was instantly assigned by the media. Bush was said to be not only at fault for the government’s inability to assist the people of New Orleans, but he was also said to be completely uncompassionate.

If I remember correctly, there was an issue of skin color discussed a lot, and how Bush simply didn’t care about Black people. That discussion was held more prominently in far-left circles like Huffington Post and MSNBC... oh, and celebrity music mogul Kanye West may have mentioned it, but that's okay because we all know conservatives are racist, right?

But I digress.

And the “mainstream media” certainly did not look at the irresponsibility of New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin, who had fleets of school buses at his disposal and let them sit there and be destroyed with the rest of his “Chocolate City.”

After all there was a Republican to be destroyed, and Mayor Nagin led the charge. Mistakes by local authorities were readily passed off on the federal government, and the media was as happy as could be to write that narrative loud and clear.

So.. please help me understand, because I’m just not seeing ‘fairness’ here. We know a monstrous hurricane is headed directly toward the mouth of the Mississippi. We know people in charge need to be completely at the ready, and since there is likely to be need for federal assistance I might say that could include President Obama. After all, isn’t Obama the President who is asking us to put our faith in him and the government to always be there for us?

Reports are surfacing that New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu has decided not to order mandatory evacuations. Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal has cautioned that “this storm will present its own unique set of challenges.”

My question is simple. As we pray for the best, what will happen if all goes wrong and disaster strikes New Orleans? Who do you think will get the blame? Your choices are Democrat Mayor Landrieu, Republican Governor Jindal, and President Obama. I'm going out on a limb, and I'm going to say Bobby Jindal will receive the lion’s share of the media directed responsibility for any and all failures. President Obama, not so much to blame in the eyes of the mainstream media.

We know that during Katrina, George W. Bush was a horrible manager, because that’s what the media told us. The fact that FEMA was completely unprepared for the calamity they were handed wasn’t so much about the size of the storm as it was about Bush’s unpreparedness and inability to lead. Bush was unprepared, incompetent, uncaring… and dare I say racist.

George W. Bush made an optical and logistical mistake by taking Air force One and the Presidential caravan to the middle of a disaster, but it is my belief that just like September 11, 2001 he wanted to be there for the people who needed their leader most.

I don’t expect President Obama to fly to New Orleans, but seriously… our President will be out on the campaign trail while people may suffer along the gulf coast? Media, are you paying attention???

And shall we discuss the media already having to debate the optics of the Republicans continuing to hold their convention? For the Republicans, it could be an optical disaster, I have heard said in more than one place. How dare they have their party for Romney while people are suffering the threat and aftermath of a hurricane?

But the business of campaigning for Obama’s reelection must go on, so our President will hit the stump and we should not question.

Perhaps while he is out campaigning, President Obama can talk about the memory of Katrina, and how he is so concerned about the folks in that region. I guess that will be good enough… because there’s nothing quite like drumming up an old George W. Bush memory, telling people you care, and having a fawning media report your narrative for you, and not even raise one question about the optics of the situation.

And hey, media – I apologize in advance if I am wrong about you, but let’s be honest… you don’t have a very good track record of providing equal coverage to both sides of the political aisle.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Facebook Page - Kill Romney

This morning Snarky Basterd posted on Facebook "Report this FB page advocating for the murder of Mitt Romney:"

When I clicked on the page to report it, I saw this:

I thought you all should know.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Maureen Dowd

The fact that Maureen Dowd is allowed to pass this trash off as journalism is a disgrace to the industry.

Ms. Dowd should be ashamed of herself. She lies, distorts, and slanders in this piece of garbage. Not only does she insult the politician, which is sadly par for the course in politics from both sides, but she ends her piece by calling Americans like you and I "neo-Neanderthals."

Keep it classy, Maureen.

The Mitt Romney the Mainstream Media Doesn't Want You to See

There is a lot we will not be told about Mitt Romney, unless we are inquisitive enough to look outside the jaded sphere of the mainstream media.

An admitted conservative publication called Human Events offers some interesting insight into the man I believe is the better choice for President this election cycle. This article offers a few brief stories that highlight a side of Mitt Romney we will not be shown by NBC, ABC, CBS, NPR, or The New York Times. This story discusses Romney in a way the left doesn’t want you to see him. This piece displays a great leader, a compassionate man, a humble man, and a man who inspires others to greatness.

From the article:

”In July 1996, Bob Gay told Romney that his 14-year-old daughter Melissa was missing. Romney’s response was swift and decisive. “I don’t care how long it takes,” he told his partner. “We’re going to find her.”

Romney immediately closed the [Bain Capital] Boston office and sent 56 employees to New York City to help in search efforts, while 250 Wall Street employees from various firms were also enlisted to assist. They set up a tip line and handed out 200,000 brochures. Melissa was found in Connecticut, where she had traveled without her father’s knowledge. The search efforts were reported by the press, with the Boston Globe writing that Romney and his partners “decided that finding a missing daughter was more important than operating a $1 billion investment firm.”

You can read more of this article here

I would like to thank Kemberlee Kay for her link to this article. You can follow her on Twitter here.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Out With The Old...

There is a new media, in case you haven’t heard, and they’re offering facts you won’t get from the “traditional” media. Here are some facts and opinion you won’t get from taxpayer funded NPR or any of the alphabet networks, let alone The New York Times or Washington Post.


[…] “When the unemployment rate increases, the media tells us that's a good thing. When the economy shrinks from 4.1 to 1.5%, the media still call it "the recovery." When an idiot in Missouri says something stupid about rape and abortion, the media launches into a week-long narrative accusing Republicans of being soft on rape.

Meanwhile, Obama supports infanticide. Romney opposes abortion except in cases of rape, incest and when the mother's life is at risk. Yesterday CNN released a poll showing 62% of the American people agree with Romney and only 32% with Obama.”

And from Red State:

"They cannot help themselves. But why are they doing it?

They are doing it for the exact same reason Joe Biden is claiming the GOP will put black people back in chains and why Barack Obama would rather talk about uteri than jobs? They all know Barack Obama is losing this thing.

Hysteria creeps into campaigns when the campaigns know they are losing. When George H. W. Bush saw the election slipping away in 1992, he took to referring to Bill Clinton and Al Gore as Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum. The invective went up as his poll numbers went down."

Thanks to The Conservative Lady for bringing these two articles to my attention.

As always, thank you for investing your time in my offering of opinion and information.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Oh, Those Mysterious Mormons

There was uproar from the left in 2008 when Barack Obama's religion and church were called into question.

Claims that there should be no religious test came out like mosquitoes on a balmy summer night by the lake. The only reason the “Mainstream Media” ever finally spoke about Trinity United Church of Christ was because there was so much pressure put on them by Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck, Fox News Channel, and other “extreme right-wingers” on talk radio and a cable channel that, according to President Obama himself, was “out to get him.”

And I don’t believe any of the major media outlets ever did an exposé on Black Liberation Theology. A Google search offers a brief piece by NPR that mostly defends Wright and his beliefs, and an American Thinker piece that goes more in depth, but nothing from any “major” news source on the first page of results.

Yet here we are, less than one week before the Republican National Convention, and ABC has run segments during their prime time news show and NBC apparently ran an hour-long special… about Mormonism.

But the MSM is not biased.

Honestly, I have no issue with fair and equal treatment. But that’s not at all what is going on this election cycle, and this is one glaring example. I plan to discuss this issue more in the coming weeks, because the way I see it my silence might as well be an endorsement of the media’s spin on the issues.

The ABC segment I have seen (part 1 of 2) had ominous music playing in the background. Remember, this is ABC Nightly News. There should be no music, and there should be no bias. This is supposed to be news, not opinion like what we know we are getting when we turn on Hannity or Maddow’s show.

As Diane Sawyer introduced her segment, she said Mitt Romney's nomination next week will be “A profound and historic moment for the Mormon faith…” and then she closed that sentence by describing Mormonism, “Which is still a mystery to a lot of people.” That statement alone is media bias. She should just have just kept her mouth shut and run the piece, but instead she interjected her leading statement, which to the unsuspecting mind is truth and therefore must be considered.

Multiple times during the segment the words “controversial” and “secret” were used. It came across as a fair and decent piece, except for the messaging of the narrator, and it even appears the Church offered some information willingly.

Here is the clip; decide for yourself:

The “mainstream media” would not discuss Jeremiah Wright saying “God Damn America.” They didn’t want to talk about how Jeremiah Wright told his congregation the United States government developed the AIDS virus “as a means of genocide against people of color.” They simply would not touch it. The only time President Obama’s religion was ever significantly discussed during the 2008 campaign was when Obama held a press conference and threw Wright under the bus for political expediency.

And anyone who tried to discuss Black Liberation Theology? Racist. No more discussion, they were racist and that was that. They were trying to present Obama as “other” instead of accepting him for what he was.

Well what he was, then, was a candidate for the most important office in America and truly the most important office in the world. Yet we were not given any insight about him, from the people who are charged with the duty of offering us as much information as possible about our government and the people asking to represent us.

You don’t hear about Mormons teens doing drive-bys and shooting up neighborhoods. You don’t hear about gangs in predominately LDS neighborhoods. Mormons are respectful, decent people who live in tight knit communities. They take care of one another. Their churches are huge networking resources for them, as well as houses of worship where they gain strength and resolve. That is what a church should be.

Mormon neighborhoods here in Arizona remind me of the neighborhood I grew up in. Nicely maintained yards, nice vehicles, people dressed nicely when they are out about town shopping. People smile at each other and say hello. I don’t go to church, but everything I see makes me believe that The Church of Latter Day Saints would be a wonderful place to worship and make friends.

Can we say exactly the same things about the South side of Chicago?

Recently we were told by President Obama that "Chicago is an example of what makes this country great," so I don’t think I am out of line asking about the neighborhood Obama calls his home outside Washington D.C.

Crime is rampant in Chicago, especially on the South Side where Wright’s former church is located. Single parent homes… mostly mothers with multiple children, often from multiple fathers, are prevalent. I don’t know the circumstances behind all these situations, so I do not intend to judge any individual case. But when we are told by our President that a place is an example of America's greatness, I would kind of think he might be offering me better than the South Side of Chicago.

We are expected to treat President Obama as if he is no different than any of the rest of us, because that is the right thing to do. I do not see President Obama as un-American. I do believe he holds a set of values that are very different than mine, but I do not think those values make him a bad man. I have studied enough Marxism, specifically his theory called “scientific socialism,” to understand that Obama’s belief system are very close to that Marxism. It is a fact; I am not racist simply because I present facts, regardless of whatever the media and Democrat Party say.

In whatever short time ABC has devoted to Mormonism thus far, they have tried to persuade some number of people that there is something “controversial” and “secret” about the life Mitt Romney chooses for himself. Perhaps they are trying to paint Romney as “other.”

Now… the man who worshiped for 20 years in a house where the preacher said “God Damn America” and asserted that the United States government created the AIDS virus “"to maintain affluence at the expense of the Third World"?” Don’t question that.

But question the rich white guy, because the people of his faith believe something different than whatever “traditional” Christianity says must be true, and at some point in their past they had a family structure that was non-traditional.

Hey… gay people have non-traditional family structures don’t they? And isn’t it true that gay people are good and decent people, and that everyone should accept them? I know I accept gay people, and believe in many cases gay couples can provide good and loving homes to children.

Oh, and the gay issue is today, in this day and age, not over 100 years ago. Mormons have made changes in their own culture to become a more acceptable part of society over the last 120 years or so… but you would not necessarily know that if you paid attention to ABC Nightly News.

So why exactly is it we are being told that Mormons are “controversial” and “secret” and a “mystery?”

You think the media isn’t biased? Think again.

A closing note – I wrote the majority of this post before I saw today’s news. It seems today (8/24/2012) during a stump speech in Michigan, Mitt Romney made a crack about how nobody asks to see his birth certificate. He was in his home state; the state of his birth. This is all MSNBC is talking about tonight, it was the main on Huffington Post for a while, and even Fox News discussed it.

My personal opinion is that since Romney has continuously dismissed the “birther” concept, and President Obama himself has even made jokes about his own birth certificate, it should be no big deal… but that’s not good enough.

Conservatives need to be better than all of that. We clearly can see that the Democrat Party is not going to be respectful, so we must be. I believe one of the keys to political success in this election cycle is taking the high road. For all the accusations made by Obama and all his surrogates lately about Romney being responsible for cancer deaths, a tax cheating felon, a dog abuser, leading some “war on women,” et cetera… we need to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that we are the respectful and decent people we know ourselves to be. The high road is ours for the taking, because to quote Socrates, “When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.”

As always, I thank you for your time and I appreciate any feedback.

Mitt Romney In His Own Words, Sans Media Bias

I am committed to capping federal spending below 20% of GDP and reducing nondefense discretionary spending by 5%. This will surely result in much wailing and gnashing of teeth in Washington. But a failure of leadership has created our debt crisis, and ducking responsibility will only cripple the economy and smother opportunity for our children and grandchildren."

Read more here

Thursday, August 9, 2012

An Open Letter To Chris Rock

In this clip, comedian Chris Rock discusses on CBS This Morning how he wishes the presidential election were "more fair." He also talks about how he wishes both sides “could only spend the exact same amount of money and let the best man win.”

Mr. Rock, I almost want to agree with you. You say you want it to be about the best man, and I like that spirit. But then you say you want to make sure both sides are guaranteed equal money, and that does not sit well with me at all.

You see, Mr. Rock, that does not sit well with me because in 2008 President Obama out-raised John McCain by a landslide, and I didn't hear one peep from you about that. Whatever you said then, if anything, and whatever you have said since President Obama got elected, you have never discussed how President Obama spent so much more money than John McCain that it seemed "unfair" to you.

Mr. Rock, what I want is the best man to win. The man with the best economic plan, the best vision for the future of America, the strongest leader, and the best value system are at the beginning of my selection process. A lot goes into deciding for whom I should vote, as should be the case for every American.

Mr. Rock, I look at Mitt Romney’s record as a successful businessman and he wins the economic prowess debate hands down. I mean, President Obama keeps trying to take credit for saving General Motors, but nobody talks about the fact that TARP was organized and initiated under… wait for it…. George W. Bush’s tenure. But we know… have cake, eat it too… as long as it is good for Obama, that’s how Obama is spinning the story of what that transition was really all about - because nobody was really paying attention back then. They all had thrills running up their legs:

Regarding vision for America, I admit Romney could be scary to me since he was the creator of ‘Romneycare” and all, but there is also a benefit to his experience there. He will have a greater understanding of how to dismantle “Obamacare” effectively. Plus, there are some changes needed to the current system and Romney can take an effective leadership role in that process. Given Obama’s track record on leadership when he had both Chambers of Congress at his complete disposal, I’d say Romney wins leadership too. After all, he did troubleshoot and revive the Salt Lake City Olympics. Hmmm… a troubleshooter executive in Salt Lake… a troubleshooter executive for government and “Obamacare”…. Mr. Rock, do you see a pattern here? Or do you just see a rich white guy who needs to disclose his tax records? The media’s messaging has been rather effective so far, I must say.

I will talk just quickly about value system, Mr. Rock, because I think this is self-explanatory:

Barack Obama began his political career in the home of William Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn. They are the former unrepentant domestic terrorists who were part of the “Weather Underground” back in the 1960’s. Those nice people bombed federal buildings and the homes of Judges and government officials.

Now I believe in redemption, Mr. Rock. You see Mr. Rock, I am a recovered addict, so I have to believe that if you repent you shall be forgiven, because it has been true for me. But Ayers and Dohrn will not repent. Have not and will not, ever. And not only that, Mr. Rock, but President Obama – back when he was outspending John McCain in 2008 – lied to us and told us all he had no idea who Ayers and Dohrn were. Of course now we know that is not at all true, but your friends in the media wouldn’t discuss that, and everyone called people like Breitbart, Rush, Sean and Glenn and.. well, people like me… a racist for discussing how Obama “palled around with terrorists.” The “palling around” is a cute way to say it, thanks to Sarah Palin for that one… but truth is truth, and Obama knew Ayers and Dohrn very well.

That lie, about his association with Ayers and Dohrn, combined with the history of those to people and their unwillingness to repent, is a line that I cannot cross. Those are people who were bent on destroying America in a violent fashion… kinda like what you say about Tea Party people, except in the case of Ayers and Dohrn it is really true, not just propaganda created by the government’s “Department of Homeland Security.” Government for ALL the people, Janet, not just the people you agree with. And that goes for you too, Mr. Attorney General Holder, but I digress.

And that’s not to even mention Reverend Wright and the way Obama treated that man. Regardless Wright’s politics with which I vehemently disagree, Obama took the man who married him to his wife, and was “part of the family,” and threw directly under the bus for political expediency.

There’s your value system, Mr. Rock.

Mr. Rock, we have a little problem, you and I. Our problem is that you don't believe that what I say are my values really are my values, because like so many other celebrities and misinformed media people, you have pointed your finger at me and called me racist. with no proof whatsoever. Simply because I believe in smaller government and more individual liberty, you have told the world that in your opinion, I make all my decision based upon the color of the skin color of others.

Well Mr. Rock, if this is the case and you really don't believe I can make a decision without skin color having an effect, then in return, I shall believe the same of you. After all, you are all about equality, true? Well, now I shall hold an opinion equal to that which you hold about me. That seems fair enough, doesn’t it? And remember, we’re all about fairness in Barack Obama’s America.

Therefore, and in conclusion, Mr. Rock, I do not believe you when you say you want the best man to win. I believe you want “equal” spending so that President Barack Obama can win re-election simply because he is the Black man, and for no reason other than the color of his skin. And because of this, Mr. Rock, I find it shameful that your voice is given credit in the discussion of politics… yet sadly there are just enough uninformed people who think you know something about some things that you just might get your wish, and Barack Obama might just be reelected.