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Well, excuse me for not getting all hot ‘n bothered about Allen West’s comments on Debbie Wasserman-Schultz

Congressman Allen West is right about Debbie Wasserman-Schultz. She is despicable, a flame thrower. She lies so often and so easily that Michelle Malkin opined that she’s Alan Grayson in heels and Grayson was as big an ass as they come!

Forgive me for not jumping to her defense in the dust up between her and West , but alas, I cannot. It is worth noting how whining cowardly Bill Maher hateful, bitter, misogynist of all Conservative women in politics (particularly Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachman) gets a pass and West gets jumped on for calling Wasserman-Schultz unprofessional (she is), and a coward (right again!).

Bill Maher whining sexist and misogynist of Conservative women with power.

In my humble opinion when one woman is unfairly attacked all women are hurt.  Unless and until, NOW and women everywhere, REGARDLESS OF POLITICAL AFFILIATION start calling out the hate speech of liberal/progressive lefties Ms. Wasserman-Schultz can stand in the quagmire of her own making!

Hate speech, is hate speech whether is comes from the right or the left. It shouldn’t be tolerated PERIOD!  If Democratic women cannot defend conservative/Republican women when cruelly attacked they shouldn’t expect sympathy from me.


So, Ms. Wasserman-Schultz, as Steve Martin used to say, “Well, excuse me!”



We have definitely found ourselves on the other side of the looking glass. The New York Times and the Washington Post, aka the Tweedledum and Tweedledee of the journalism, have issued nearly identical press releases asking for 100 people to help them “analyze” the 24,000 Palin e-mails that Alaska will be releasing on Friday.

What do you mean we're not journalists?

It is an act of yellow journalism unparalleled in the 21st century.  These tabloid rags are mining for dirt on a woman who isn’t running for president and isn’t even a candidate for office.

The newspaper that the great Kathrine Graham once headed has made the National Enquirer look good. Her newspaper went after President Nixon and oversaw the Watergate coverage that eventually to his resignation.

Fast forward to today, where we have a fraud with multiple social security numbers sitting in the White House.  Instead of searching for the truth about Obama and his eligibility, his wholesale destruction of the economy, bringing us into a third war in Libya, these papers are instead focused on their Palin Derangement Syndrome. This is sad and disgusting; and they wonder why readership is down!

This is from the Washed-Up Post:

Over 24,000 e-mail messages to and from former Alaska governor Sarah Palin during her tenure as Alaska’s governor will be released Friday. That’s a lot of e-mail for us to review so we’re looking for some help from Fix readers to analyze, contextualize, and research those e-mails right alongside Post reporters over the days following the release.

We are limiting this to just 100 spots for people who will work collaboratively in small teams to surface the most important information from the e-mails. Participants can join from anywhere with a computer and an Internet connection.

If you need inspiration before getting started, take a look at what to expect from the e-mail drop. For micro-updates as tomorrow unfolds, check out our new Twitter feed.

This is from the NY Times:

On Friday, the State of Alaska will release more than 24,000 of Sarah Palin’s e-mails covering much of her tenure as governor of Alaska. Times reporters will be in Juneau, the state capital, to begin the process of reviewing the e-mails, which we will be posting on NYtimes.com starting on Friday afternoon.

We’re asking readers to help us identify interesting and newsworthy e-mails, people and events that we may want to highlight. Interested users can fill out a simple form to describe the nature of the e-mail, and provide a name and e-mail address so we’ll know who should get the credit. Join us here on Friday afternoon and into the weekend to participate.

Now here’s the best part. Go to the comments of both papers and read what people are saying. Many, many of the comments are negative.  There are some really good ones that pull no punches.  Here are a few examples before they are scrubbed.

From the WaPo:

That sucking sound you hear is WaPo slipping down below the National Enquirer in quality and integrity.

That cracking sound in the background is the last remnant of the Washington Post’s integrity falling to the ground.

wow! not since the 1930s in Nazi Germany has there been such evidence of mass psychosis ..

One-Think, One-Speak partisan lap-dogs.

You’d think this was the release of the Pentagon Papers.

And these are from the Times:

Jesus, is this what it’s come to? E-lynch mobs combing through data to use to as “gotcha” material?

I don’t remember the NY Times asking the public to go through then Senator Obama’s emails to find newsworthy materials…

Astonishing to see how low the lamestream (aka state run) media have sunk. This is nothing more than juvenile junior high clique style gossip and defamation of character. It is hilarious to watch you all jump out of your skin when Sarah says, “BOO!”
No honor or pride left in the journalism business, eh? The professionalism went a long time ago.

Both the Times and the Washington Post are sending out identical notices of recruitment!! What is this journalistic ploy? How many staffers do you plan to let go to cover this assignment with “just plain folks”? Well, I guess the Progressive “investigators” can do as well. Does Obama get to add the “volunteers” to his job creation tally?

This is pathetic and quite creepy

That last quote sums it all up, doesn’t it?


Bill Clinton, Great One Moment… Cheesy the Next

I am a Bill Clinton fan and have been from the beginning … imperfections and all. I’ve supported him through thick and thin (here), and that’s why I am so disappointed with some of his comments lately.

Listen to this entire interview, and tell me part of you doesn’t wish we had a Clinton in the White House today instead of the incompetent Poseur that is taking this country down.

This is Clinton at his absolute presidential best. In particular, pay attention to his comments about Sarah Palin about the 5 minute mark.

Now listen to him being clever, cute, and cheesy.


It reflects poorly on you and hurts all women running for office, including HILLARY. Cheap shots are so unpresidential… we get enough of them from Team Obama and the MSM.


Here are the statistics.  According to Investors.com Palin’s endorsement record is impressive. Of the 36 candidates facing contested primaries that she has endorsed, 25 have won. That’s a win ratio of just under 70%. Opps, looks like the grass roots Tea Party movement is the real deal!

Gov. Sarah Palin in Dover, NH Sarah Palin, the tough, astute, savvy politician that the MSM and their Democratic/Progressive  pals are fond of mocking and portraying as a dullard is whipping the pants off the Washington establishment.

Portraying Palin, the Tea Party, and conservatives of every persuasion as racists (that one’s getting old isn’t it?) spoilers, angry, and demented has come with a price … defeat at the ballot box!  Yes!

It has been grand fun listening to the pundits on MSNBC and CNN, and the likes of Bill Maher and the hideous Michael (can I squeeze another cheeseburger into my mouth) Moore continue to rant and wring their hands as they get the Tea Party movement wrong! They still don’t get it!  I’m guessing that’s because they have no concept of what it means to act on principle and hold adherence to the law as an American ideal.

They continue to rant:

that the Tea Party is leaderless and will never impact the country (leaderless in vague sort of way, yes, but the TP impact is transformative).  The flip side of that coin is that Sarah Palin (and Rush, and Shawn, and Glenn)  all lead the Tea Party (definitely wrong) and are in bed with the GOP (wrong, again as the O’Donnell win in Delaware demonstrates).  The TP hates Obama (wrong, his policies not the man).  Those in the multitude of Tea Party organizations across the country don’t understand the Constitution (Really?), they are afraid of Mexicans (no, we just want our laws enforced and our borders protected).

And, we must not forget the standard delegitimizations;  Palin, conservatives, Tea Party members, and all those who oppose Obamacare, TARP, and the radical agenda of the Democratic Progressives are white, uneducated, gun loving, frightened, confused, and myopic … incapable of seeing the greatness of Socialism and the New World Order.

The real shock though has come from Karl Rove and the other sore losers in the establishment GOP in Delaware, Alaska, and elsewhere in the country.  Christine O’Donnell won in Delaware because her opponent voted for TARP and increasing the deficit, Cap ‘n Trade, and would not support the repeal of Obamacare.   O’Donnell’s opponent, Mike Castle, was worse than a RINO (Republican in Name Only)!

And it gets better.  Harry Reid recently called Chris Coons avowed Marxist and O’Donnell’s opponent in November, his pet! God, gag me with a spoon! (Where is that barf bag?)

What does all of this mean?  Well, here’s a heads up for those currently in power  (Republicans and Democrats alike) who continue to disregard the obvious.

The American people have found their voice.  Our expressed wishes for the direction of the country will no longer be diminished, disrespected, and ignored.  In the very same way the MSM and the liberals and Progressives on cable have made themselves and their companies irrelevant, so too are the two controlling political parties in the country racing to make themselves irrelevant.  Christine O’Donnell’s win wasn’t a fluke … her win is the future!

Now, the question is will the former power brokers in the Democratic and Republican parties  go the way of the horse and buggy!


On average, women give at least three reasons for choosing abortion: three-fourths say that having a baby would interfere with work, school, or other responsibilities; about two-thirds say they cannot afford a child; and half say they do not want to be a single parent or are having problems with their husband or partner. For more statistics read here

This thought has gripped me for the last several days.  Here in the midst of one of Christianity’s most holy holiday seasons, this question will not leave my consciousness.

Forget for a moment that the time of year Jesus was born was more likely March or April (shepherds tend their flocks at night during the spring and keep them sheltered inside during the winter months) or the timing and relationship of our celebration of His birth which just happens to coincide with the Winter Solstice and pagan celebrations.  If one believes in His birth and resurrection, taken in the context of the right to choose verses the right to life movements, this question resonates.Mary & Jesus Stained Glass

I found it to be particularly poignant given the Christmas Eve vote on heath care that the Democrats rammed through, despite the fact that most Americans hate the bill and do not want the government to control heath care.

This is a bill that contains exclusions for 13 states, goodies for a host of legislators lacking even a speck of integrity.  There was Senator Reid celebrating … joyous at the “gift” we were just handed from a group of whores that calls corruption compromise and that continues to insist that this is way “things are done in Washington”… justification for legislation that is indefensible by any measure.

Lurking out there is abortion funding and how the Congressional sleezoids will try to insert it in the final bill.  Progressives & radical Democrats are adamant … support for abortions must be funded with our tax dollars; which brings me back to Mary and her child Jesus.

What if Mary’s choice was to abort her son?  After all what could be more inconvenient for a young 14 or 15 year old Jewish girl than becoming pregnant out of wedlock in Jewish society of the 1st century?  She could have been stoned to death for this pregnancy … a fate that is still melded out in certain societies in the 21st Century.

Absent rape or incest, if a couple decides to have unprotected sex (which is their choice knowing full well that a baby could be the end result), why should the life that has been created be tossed aside?  If one believes that all life is precious, how does one reconcile abortion and the ultimate destruction of new life?   Choices, good or bad ones, always have consequences and convenience shouldn’t be the deciding factor … unless your father is Barack Obama.

Obama is on record as saying if his one of his daughters became pregnant he wouldn’t want their “mistake to follow them the rest of their lives.  As an Illinois legislator Obama also had no problem with funding that allowed third trimester abortions!

This is the same mindset that allows life that can be disposed of so easily at the beginning can also be disposed of, if need be, at the end.  Just ration or withhold health care for those deemed to have already lived too long!

Aborting a few cells during the first weeks of a pregnancy is one thing.  Aborting a life capable of surviving outside the womb during the third trimester is nothing short of murder.  Don’t like the word murder?  Tough! Is there a prettier word for this barbaric act?  Tell me what politically correct word fits?

Yes, but doesn’t every woman have a right to choose what happens to her body?  The answer is yes … and no.  Might I opine that it has always been that way?  Life and death issues are rarely simple …  they are usually multi-layered and complex.

Ultimately there are only two kinds of acts in life, those that are selfish and those that are selfless.  Mary’s decision to bring her son into this world was selfless. Sarah Palin’s decision to have Trig knowing that he would be a Down’s syndrome baby was selfless, particularly since 90% of these babies are aborted after amino synthesis accurately predicts this condition.

Before any moron goes on a tirade and decides I am comparing Mary and Sarah Palin, don’t bother, I’m not.  The point of comparison was selfless acts not the women who chose to behave in this manner. Girls and women who find themselves with an unwanted pregnancy and yet choose to carry their babies to full term (sometimes defying the men in their lives who would sooner dispose of the life they helped create) are behaving in a selfless way.

Their choices may include adoption, sacrifice, and for some this means financial struggle … yet they choose the life of the child within over the destruction of a life that might grow and change the world.  These are women whose decisions are courageous, that fly in the face of pressures from the outside world that emphasizes that life is cheap, that scream, “You’ll get over it” … move on!

All of which brings us to today and the picture below which I first viewed on Afrocity in August.  It is a devastating indictment on those so called Progressives in Congress and elsewhere who preach that every woman has a right to terminate her pregnancy regardless of the consequences or circumstances.  If the life within is inconvenient, dispose of it post haste.  Rock on and let’s party!

Abortion is the ultimate act of selfness, particularly in a civilized society where there are so many other choices open to women besides purposefully snuffing out the life of an unborn.  The truth is, that many women never “get over it” and regret their decision to take (what seemed at the time) to be the easy way out.  Some are haunted by voices of their unborn.  Some are so self-absorbed that they never consider the hideous nature of their decision to choose lifestyle over life … to rid themselves of this “sudden inconvenience” like an old pair of shoes.

Do I want to return to the time of back room abortions with wire hangers, women dying because of infections brought about by unsanitary conditions or being butchered by an uncaring abortionist?  No, of course not, there are times when abortion is the only alternative.  Saving the life of a mother has to be of paramount consideration when medical complications arise.

But let’s be clear when we talk about a woman’s right to choose we don’t have to look very far to see where the consequences of this mindset can lead to and the public policies that it can foster. We already suffer other societies that use abortion as a form of population control … where the life of a male baby is valued over the life of a female baby so female babies are destroyed.  Need I go further?

In this most holy season let us rejoice in the miracle of the birth of Jesus, let us be thankful that this young Jewish girl, Mary, had the strength, grace, and selfless courage to trust that her son would grow strong and ultimately change the world. Let us pray that more women in this country choose the life of the unborn inside them over desecration & despair.


Does anyone go to MSNBC for news anymore?  Thought not.  Why bother?  Last week was a prime example.  It didn’t matter what time of day you tuned in there were only a few stories being “covered” …  Sarah Palin’s resignation, Michael Jackson (ad naseum), Governor Sanford and his Argentinian girlfriend.

Here’s the news MSNBC failed to cover.

File this first story under, It’s not Racism When We Do It.  H/T Flopping Aces

Akron police say they aren’t ready to call it a hate crime or a gang initiation. But to Marty Marshall, his wife and two kids, it seems pretty clear.

It came after a family night of celebrating America and freedom with a fireworks show at Firestone Stadium. Marshall, his family and two friends were gathered outside a friend’s home in South Akron.

Out of nowhere, the six were attacked by dozens of teenage boys, who shouted ”This is our world” and ”This is a black world” as they confronted Marshall and his family.

The Marshalls, who are white, say the crowd of teens who attacked them and two friends June 27 on Girard Street numbered close to 50. The teens were all black.

”This was almost like being a terrorist act,” Marshall said. ”And we allow this to go on in our neighborhoods?”

They said it started when one teen, without any words or warning, blindsided and assaulted Marshall’s friend as he stood outside with the others. When Marshall, 39, jumped in, he found himself being attacked by the growing group of teens. His daughter, Rachel, 15, who weighs about 90 pounds, tried to come to his rescue. The teens pushed her to the ground. His wife, Yvonne, pushed their son, Donald, 14, into bushes to keep him protected.

File this second story under, “HEY there’s still a war going on in AFGHANISTAN and that we have troops that are dying.”   News busters reported

Two days after Sunday’s Washington Post carried a letter from a woman who asked “where was the coverage of my nephew or the other soldiers” who were killed in the days after Michael Jackson died, attacks in Afghanistan took the lives of seven U.S. soldiers, but their deaths earned a total of less than one minute combined on the ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts on Monday night — 1/20th the time devoted to Jackson a week-and-a-half after he passed away.

On CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, news reader Erica Hill and Cooper spent nearly 40 seconds discussing the “Wife-Carrying World Championship” in Sonkajarvi, Finland and how the winner got his wife’s weight in beer, but allocated just 15 seconds to Afghanistan. (The Situation Room aired a full story on the challenges in Afghanistan.)

Emblematic of the disparity in priorities, CBS anchor Katie Couric read her 13-second item on the deaths in Afghanistan as she sat in Los Angeles with the Staples Center, the venue for Jackson’s memorial, in the background. Those 13 seconds were squeezed in around just over 13 minutes, more than half the newscast’s 22 minutes, dedicated to Jackson — a disparity of 60-to-1 (790 v 13 seconds). ABC and NBC allocated about eight times more time to Jackson than Afghanistan (2:50 v 20 seconds on ABC; 3:00 v 23 seconds on NBC).

File the third story under, “You had no problem reporting these numbers when Bush 43 was President.”  This is from UPI

KABUL, Afghanistan, July 9 (UPI) — There were 736 attacks on coalition forces in Afghanistan using roadside bombs in June, a monthly record, the U.S. military says.The Pentagon reported Taliban use of improvised explosive devices has escalated, USA Today said Thursday. There were 234 IED attacks in June 2007, 308 in June 2008 and the numbers rose to 361 in March, 407 in April and 465 in May.


In April 2007,  Don Imus uttered the now infamous “nappy headed ho” comment about the woman’s basketball players from Rutgers University.  His 30 second off the cuff comment was a dumb ass, unscripted moment . . . part of the “guy talk” and banter during the sports segment of his radio show.

Long time listeners like myself, winced knowing he didn’t mean to intentionally harm the girls. In fact, it was uncharacteristic for the I Man to after anyone like the women basketball players.  Imus saved his shot for the rich, the  pompous, the famous and infamous, political hucksters and hacks alike; that’s why we loved him.

The behind the scenes story that the MSM didn’t cover was this.  Media Matters had been monitoring his show for over years, recording it, waiting for him to say something that could be used against him. Imus gave Media Matters  an opening they were looking for:

At 6:14 a.m. on Wednesday, April 4, relatively few people were tuned into the “Imus in the Morning Show” when Don Imus referred to the Rutgers women’s basketball team as “nappy-headed ho’s.”

Ryan Chiachiere was. A 26-year-old researcher in Washington, D.C., for liberal watchdog organization Media Matters for America, he was assigned to monitor Mr. Imus’s program. Mr. Chiachiere clipped the video, alerted his bosses and started working on a blog post for the organization’s Web site

[…] Media Matters posted the video and transcript on its Web site and sent an email blast to several hundred reporters, as it does nearly every day.

The fact is, that Media Matters sent out an email blast to groups that included the National Organization for Women and National Association of Black Journalists.  When the Reverend Al got involved Imus was toast.  The rest, as we know, is history.

The truth is the whole event was scripted and staged.  People that had never heard an Imus broadcast were outraged . . . we had weeks of manufactured “outrage” by people with an agenda and raw political motives . . .  the cowardice and complicity of the MSM were on display. Imus apologized, multiple times, he was fired by MSNBC and CBS.

When the Imus brouhaha  happened, I was sure the conservatives and the cable entourage over at FOX News were going to have a hay day skewering Imus … he called Vice President Cheney, Pork Chop Boy on a regular basis.  He was critical of the Bush administration, after all.  But I was wrong! Wrong!

In fact, conservative radio and the right leaning cable shows jumped to his defense!  Ann Coulter (!) defended him, as did a legion of others I was sure would desert him.  I was stunned to see people in the press I had admired for years turn out to be frauds!  Slowly, I witnessed the bias of  liberal MSM . . . liberal bias wasn’t a delusion of those on the right!   It wasn’t a delusion and I was wrong.  Time Magazine was a rag and forget MSNBC.

It was the Imus controversy that started my activism.  I was calling radio shows (!) and blogging for the first time in my life, defending a grumpy old comic on principle! Irony abounds here, because at the time I was very critical of Hillary Clinton . .  and  I wouldn’t change my opinion about her until the New Hampshire primary, but that’s another story!

By the time the primaries were in full swing, the MO of the MSM was easy to spot and predict.  It was clear the MSM had a school girl crush on Obama.  Hillary and Sarah, on the other hand, were targets of the most vicious attacks and would remain so.  What happened to them remains unconscionable, which leads us to today, CBS and Dave Letterman.

Now comes Dave Letterman, CBS’s late night comic.   Apparently, Letterman is an Obama crackhead . . .  no longer capable of figuring out that a 14 year daughter of a politician is off limits to sexual comments and innuendo during a “comedy” monologue .  What he said was crude, tasteless, insensitive, and unnecessary.  Actually, it was unforgivable given the fact that his monologue is scripted and described over at HillBuzz:

On June 9th, 2009, David Letterman told his audience that Sarah Palin’s daughter had been “knocked up” during a New York Yankees game by 33 year-old Alex “A-Rod” Rodriguez.  Sarah Palin’s daughter, the only child of hers attending that Yankees game in New York, is 14 years-old — making Letterman’s joke about statutory rape, and how funny it is that during a baseball game at the new Yankee Stadium Alex Rodriguez took time during one of the innings to rape Willow Palin, impregnate her, and then get back to his duties on the field.

The next day, on June 10th, 2009, David Letterman said Willow Palin had become a prostitute, and was now kin to the hookers hired by former Governor Eliot Spitzer.

This is, of course, in addition to Letterman calling the Governor of America’s largest state “a slutty flight attendant”, accusing her of having a crack habit, denigrating her intelligence, and implying she was a lesbian.

I’m going to say this again, the monologue was rehearsed & scripted and meant to hurt, demean, and diminish Sarah Palin and her family. Not only did the monologue go on for several minutes, but the controversy has continued roiling for days. The words in Letterman’s monologue were the equivalent of  media approved violence against a 14 year old young girl and a woman whose political views the MSM is terrified of. Cowards and bullies pick on girls and women attending a baseball game!

I can’t rid my system of the bile when I see videos of Letterman’s attacks on Sarah and her daughters.  His apology that he didn’t mean the 14 year old daughter, but the 18 year old daughter is obscene.  I guess rape against the 18 year old is OK.  Dave, you are an asshole!

And what about CBS’s reaction and the reaction of the cast of characters that were so outraged over Imus?   CBS the network of Katie Couric, the network that fired Imus … because of a 30 second unscripted moment  . .  has remained silent … not even a slap on the hand. The National Organization for Woman, the same group that went after Imus like a bunch of cats after a field mouse,  finally issued a tepid statement about Letterman’s Palin derangement … after three days!

Of course, NBC and MSNBC have not disappointed us in the hypocrisy department either.  Contessa (I’m dumber and denser than a stone) Brewer remains perplexed  why Palin didn’t understand Letterman’s joke.  Olbermann has continued his blame the victim routine against Palin; ya, how dare Sarah think she could go to a baseball game with her daughter and not be attacked? Matt Lauer took Letterman’s side while Sarah Palin defended her daughter and girls and women across the country.

The list of hypocrites and Palin/conservative haters goes on and on . . . all defending the indefensible.

So,  boys ‘n girls what have we learned through all of this?  Well, apparently some comedians get a pass and others don’t.   See, it depends on what color you are and your political persuasion.

If you are liberal, left, and an Obama supporter you get a free pass no matter how vile and hateful your words are. That’s why Letterman still has a job … what he said was comedy.  See the difference?

If you are perceived to be conservative, pro-life, or anyone that is perceived to threaten Obama and the liberal/progressive agenda . . . watch out.  If you are a black comedian attacking a white girl you get a pass as well, ask Miley Cyrus. See, what this jerk-off said was comedy. See the difference?

It’s become de rigueur . . . you must be rude and crude and anything goes.  That’s why Anderson Cooper can poke fun about how difficult it is to talk while tea bagging, Jenine Garafalo can spew her venomous hatred towards all things not Obama.

BTW, Al Roker former NBC Today Show fatso (see fatso is OK because it’s just a little teasing),  was among the cast of characters who was “outraged” at Imus 30 second remark . . . a few weeks later he was joking around &  made an off the cuff comment of his own about epilepsy and epileptic seizures.  He didn’t get fired.  See, the difference?

Obama dissed the Special Olympians during the campaign.  Any  outrage here by the MSM!  No, of course not!   See, the difference?


Does anyone think if Sarah Palin were Governor of California that the state would be facing sure bankruptcy?  I think not.  Why?  Because Palin is practical, that’s why.

California has the worst bond rating in the country and it appears that the Fed (to its credit) is not going to bail the state out. Bravo! That means taxpayers in states across the country, living in states that run efficiently, aren’t going to bail the bums out; and why should we.  California voters kicked Gray Davis out and replaced him with the Governator Schwarzenegger . . . showing once and for all that things really can go from bad to worse.  Don’t ask states that know how to make tough choices to bail states that don’t.

The real kicker in all of this is that California has the tools at hand to bail itself out, but not the political will.  California has a $15.4 billion dollar shortfall and could benefit with revenues starting at $100 million from the off shore drilling.  Things are so bad in Cal- e-fornia that Governor Schwarzenegger has just proposed new drilling  and allowing one lease.   Believe this . . opening one lease is controversial!

As detailed in California’s Capital by Greg Lucus:


Awarding the (one) lease would nullify a January ruling by the three-person State Lands Commission, which regulates drilling in the first three miles off the California coast.

The commission rejected the lease sought by the Plains Exploration and Production Company to drill in Tranquillon Ridge, offshore from Vandenberg Air Force Base near Lompoc on a 2 to 1 vote, despite support by environmental groups.

“I am concerned about setting a precedent in approving California’s first offshore oil lease in 40 years,” said State Controller John Chiang in defending his “no” vote on the commission, which has not approved an offshore oil lease since the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill.

The only “aye” vote came from Schwarzenegger’s representative on the commission.

The GOP governor reiterated his long-standing opposition to offshore drilling in June 2008, breaking with then-President Bush and U.S. Senator John McCain, who called for lifting the ban.

“California’s coastline is an international treasure,” Schwarzenegger said at the time. “I do not support lifting this moratorium on new drilling off our coast.”

The state could be benefiting from the jobs, revenue, and royalties from opening up these off shore leases.  The country could be benefiting from increased domestic oil production and less reliance on imported oil.   But no, California would rather release prisoners, furlough teachers, cut budgets for police and fire departments.

Make no mistake about this.  I care about the air we breathe and the water drink, etc.; but I am a pragmatic environmentalist not an esoteric one.  I write another blog called Say No to Plastic that is addressing the enormous impact that our unnecessary use of plastic is causing in our oceans and on a world wide level.  We are talking about a huge environmental disaster of our making.   I invite you to go to the site and look at the issues and support our efforts.

While you are there, review the page that talks about working with business.  This approach separates us from every other environmental group in the country. Here’s the reason why.  Environmental groups that seek to advance their agenda usually forget there is a financial component/solution that has to be looked at.  Actions have the net effect of job loss for someone in the community where you live will face mighty opposition. If groups refuse to address the economic impact of their efforts or they are not addressing collaborative ways to solve the issues, they are skirting success!

All of which brings us back to Sarah Palin, the governor of state that is rich in oil reserves, a governor that was able to refund taxpayers with check for $1,200.00 each.  Her policies have and improved the lives of  Alaska’s citizens by allowing drilling. It is often overlooked, but Sarah is a small business owner who understands what it means to make payroll, and suffer the consequences of a poorly managed company.

What this country needs is more small business owners in politics, people with common sense that know you can’t spend a country out a bad economy by adding more debt.  Here’s something else the country needs . . . the recognition that few things in live are either black or white . . . that balance is what we should be striving for in all things political.


OK, where was I? Oh ya, I had just been handed my head, figuratively speaking of course, by the site administrator over at Free Republic for a still undisclosed and unknown reason.


"Off with her head!", the Red Queen said.

What was really weird was I had just posted an update on Obama, martial law, and Blackwater. How could my “offense” have anything to do with that? Hmmm, not likely. Could it be my last post of a few days earlier, on my other blog, Say No to Plastic and entitled, Memo to Megyn Kelly – Using Plastic Bags is So Yesterday? If that was the reason, that would also be weird for two reasons.

One, I’ve posted on concerns about our thoughtless use of all forms of plastic before on Free Republic without suffering any consequences. While most did not agree with me, some did. I didn’t expect complete agreement. One knows in advance that people preaching about global warming, for example, are not welcomed there. I’ve tried to be respectful and mindful of that . . . never vilifying the plastic industry.

Besides we can’t all agree with each other all the time; Kool-Aid Kids and Obama bots do that . . . not adults. Aren’t Freepers and Puma’s against lock-step thought and absolute adherence to every point of view held by their leaders? I thought so.

Two, if the Megyn Kelly post was the offense, why take this action now? The post had already been up for days.

So what happened? I still don’t know. What I do know is this. This action by the administrator at Free Republic is emblematic, symptomatic of what has happened to Americans in our country. We just don’t listen to each other any more. Most of the time, we don’t have the courtesy to give the other side an opportunity to talk and present their side of an issue. Sad. We spend more time looking for bad guys than we spend on looking for good ideas. The former is a waste of time . . . the latter is productive.

That is too bad, because we are all diminished when, with “knee jerk reactions”, we close our ears and our minds to those holding opposing opinions. Holding onto strident positions without considering, even momentarily, that there is another legitimate point of view weakens us.

Let me give you two small examples of personal changes I have made.

For years I have been against drilling in ANWR and building new nuclear plants. While I remain a Hillary supporter, once it was clear Obama was going to be selected to run for POTUS by the Dems, I became a McCain/Palin supporter believing that putting country ahead of party was the only thing to do.

I thought Palin was a brilliant pick by McCain . . . still do . . . and if the Republican Party wants to resurrect itself, it needs more common sense people like Palin. Anyone think if Palin was Governor of California that the State would have the deficits that have been allowed to grow under Schwarzenegger? No, of course, not. Ah, but I digress.

When Sarah was campaigning I heard her discussions about ANWR. Who better to discuss the issue than the Governor of Alaska. Not surprisingly, her observations of the importance of ANWR and its environmental impact were markedly different from what is generally portrayed in the MSM.

I also listened to McCain discussing nuclear power and remembered living through Three Mile Island when I lived in Pennsylvania. I still remember radio station KYW’s updates. We were told that there was a real possibility that we were going to have to evacuate; the fear was thick, palpable. I remember asking myself, if there’s only a half hour to decide what to keep and what to leave behind (forever?) what my choices would be.

I listened to McCain’s point about accident free power on subs and throughout the country; not a single accident in 20 years. Even after having lived through the Three Mile Island fear, I changed my position. Times change, the economy changes, what is necessary to continue to foster growth and greatness changes. We need to look at ourselves and ask if we are holding on to positions that no longer make any sense.

Right now the State of California has the resources and ability to run budget surpluses and get out of debt. Want to know how? Start opening the off shore oil leases. Start pumping the oil. In a barely reported story, FOX detailed how California and the country could profit. Instead, lacking the political will to do what makes sense and is for the common good, the “Governator” would rather take money from the “stimulus” bill . . . would rather have tax payers from Georgia and across the country foot their largess!

So what’s the moral to this? Well, for starters, any site/blog administrator can choose to do what they want, but I would suggest there was a better way to handle this.

I’ve deleted a hand full of comments over the last year . . . maybe six or seven. I’ve also left repugnant comments when I felt the comments were a true reflection of the person making them. In one case I was called a Nazi ”C” word . . . no not that “C” word . . . Conservative . . . the four letter one that begins with “C” and rhymes with runt.

I have a page called “Deleted” that gives the posting guidelines here. The first guideline is not to attack me personally. Attack the problem or topic of the post. This blog is supposed to be place for intelligent discourse, after all.

Let me point out, yet again, that no group has a monopoly on common sense, good ideas, or ideas for moving this country forward. More than ever before, we need to be talking to each other and listening . . . listening . . . even if the topic being discussed is one we do not agree with.

BTW, I checked my emails again this morning. Still no response to query. Think I’ll ever here back?

{{Sound of crickets}} Bueller? Bueller? Hello . . . is anyone there?


A few days ago I posted this under the title Can One be PUMA and a FReeper at the Same Time. Yesterday I realized that what I am discussing is much larger than a site administrator suddenly revoking someone’s posting privileges without any notice and completely out of the blue or my bruised feelings about the unjust accusation. Hence the title change.

This is really about us. All of us . . . closing ourselves off into little groups, hurling accusations, like spit balls, at people and ideas we don’t agree with. As you read this. Ask yourself how many ideas you are really giving a fair voice to?

For months, the answer to that question has been yes, as it relates to me. That all ended two days ago, when my posting privileges at Free Republic (where FReepers come from if you don’t know) were suspended for being a troll. A troll! AN OBAMA TROLL? WHAT KIND OF TROLL?

Need I say that I was stunned? Anyone that continues to visit this site knows my positions on faux President Obama and his ineligibility of hold the office of POTUS, the new age phony Democrats, my support of Sarah Palin, and host of other topics that continue to plague this country. Taking about plagues, we can put Princess Pelosi, Haughty Reed, Piggy Schumer, and Barfy Frank in that class. Scratch the word “class” none of these people have any class . . . replace that with cabal.

For those who have never heard of Free Republic, it is a conservative site where “true believers” and Reagan Republicans come to blog and share information. Some have called it a rabid den full of conservative loonies, not me, but guess who? Before going any further, if anyone wants to jump ugly about either PUMA’s or Freepers, don’t. This is not meant to be disparaging of either group!

I, on the other hand, found it to be a place that welcomed me, a fierce moderate (something I share with Benjamin Franklin), a Hillary supporter, and a one time Democrat. Point of fact, they found me before I found them. I’d never heard of them and probably would have never sought this group out on my own. So how did the relationship happen?

When reviewing the blog stats for this site, I continued to see numerous hits from the Free Republic site. Hmmm . . . who were these people? Freepers were reading what I had to say on a daily basis. After visiting their site and with a little trepidation, I joined the group because I found I agreed with most (not all) of their positions. (Candidly, I’m always a little suspicious of people that claim to hold every position I hold. That’s not possible and anyone who claims to hold identical thoughts with you all the time is either lying to themselves or lying to you.)

Yes, I joined a group with the dreaded “C” word . . . no not that “C” word you fool . . . Conservatives. What I found were smart, savvy, to the point, and in your face people who dislike the direction our country has taken, as much as the PUMA’s do. Yes, I am a PUMA and proud of it.

So, what could be the problem since both groups that I associate with share a love of country, a belief that the Constitution is of paramount importance . . . that it is the life blood of this country and that our country’s continued greatness is dependent upon adherence to the Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence, and the documents that form our most perfect Union.

The only thing I can figure out is I have second blog that has a very tiny following. It is called Say No to Plastic which I will get back to in a minute. It couldn’t have been my last post at Hillary and me, which focused on an update on Obama’s abilities to declare martial law. SO, I’m guessing this is the reason because I really don’t know. I immediately sent an email to the site administrator asking what I had done that caused the equivalent of my being guillotined in France. The response I received was:

{{Sound of crickets}} Bueller? Bueller? Hello . . . is anyone there?

Yup, no response from the administrator of a group that should represent respectful freedom of speech and thought . . . one would think anyway. Not a word …. Zippo, zero, zilch, nada.

Tomorrow, more in Part II.