Monday, March 30, 2009

I'm not blogging here any more

I've moved all my blogging activities here. Please change your bookmarks & RSS readers acordingly.
I plan a post soon about why and what I plan to do with the blog in the neer future.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Interesting Thoughts On The RNC Chair Debates.

Patrick Ruffini has an interesting post today concerning the Republican National Committee's current campaign for a new chairman.

Here's the money quote:
Whether it's Ron Paul Republicans or movement conservatives or moderates, my message to all is one and the same: the RNC is not a policy making body -- nor should it be. It cannot make Republicans in Congress spend less, worthy a goal as that might be. The RNC's job is to win elections -- period. That means the RNC is made up of good political people -- not policy wonks -- who with all due respect, you wouldn't want making policy.

All the candidates for RNC Chairman are good conservatives. RNC members should choose the one who will win elections. As I've written over the last few days, technology, strategy, and tactics are not the only things -- and success in these areas is inextricably linked to having a Republican message "we can believe in."

That said, technology, strategy, and tactics ARE an out sized concern of anyone leading a political committee like the RNC, and so it's important we probe the candidates on these matters. If you want to ask the powers-that-be about what the GOP's philosophy should be, ask John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, and the Republican governors.
Read more here.

I agree with Patrick for the most part. I would, however, fear getting to far away from policy and vision discussions. If we were to nominate another John McCain, all of the grass roots effort, social media and any other tactics you want to discus mean nothing. If you run Republicans that talk and act like Democrats against actual Democrats, then the real Democrat will win nearly every time. Take our own Senator Gordon Smith against Jeff Merkley as an example.

found Via Michelle Malkin. She has a different take here.

Monday, January 05, 2009

Sunday, January 04, 2009

GOP Chair Race

USA Today summary of the Republican Party Chair election coming up. If we get this wrong, we stand no chance in 2010 or 2012. I'm not completely sold on any of them, but I'm leaning towards Saul Anusis. He seems to have the best grip on new media and social media of the group.

Of course none of that matters if the message isn't good, or if we're selling out on our principles.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Thoughts on Obama

I watched the speeches following the South Carolina Democratic primaries the other night, and then the speeches following the Florida Republican primaries last night, and all I have to say is "Uh-Oh."

I think that if it comes down to it, either Romney or McCain can beat Hillary, but if he gets the nomination, I do not think that any Republican beats Barack Obama. The speech he gave was amazing. While I was watching it all I could think was "there is the next President of the United States."

Monday, October 01, 2007

What Rush really said.

I'm posting this mainly so that I have it for quick reference when I get into a discussion with liberal friends who will never bother to look up the truth, but instead quote the sound bite media.

Senator Reid flat out lied on the floor of the Senate. He said that Rush called soldiers that speak out against the war "phony soldiers." He was actually talking about two specific people who were in fact phony soldiers.

Here is what Rush really said.
"I want to thank you, Mike, for calling. I appreciate it very much. I gotta — Here is a morning update that we did recently, talking about fake soldiers. This is a story of who the left props up as heroes. And they have their celebrities. One of them was Army Ranger Jesse Macbeth. Now — and he was a corporal. I say in quotes. Twenty-three years old. What made Jesse Macbeth a hero to the anti-war crowd wasn’t his Purple Heart, it wasn’t his being affiliated with post traumatic stress disorder from tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. No. What made Jesse Macbeth, Army Ranger, a hero to the left was his courage, in their view, off the battlefield, without regard to consequences, he told the world the abuses he had witnessed in Iraq. American soldiers killing unarmed civilians, hundreds of men, women, even children. In one gruesome account, translated into Arabic and spread widely across the Internet, Army Ranger Jesse Macbeth describes the horrors this way. We would burn their bodies. We would hang their bodies from the rafters in the mosque. Now, recently, Jesse Macbeth, poster boy for the anti-war left, had his day in court. And you know what? He was sentenced to five months in jail and three years probation for falsifying a Department of Veterans Affairs claim and his Army discharge record. He was in the Army, Jesse Macbeth was in the Army, folks, briefly. Forty-four days before he washed out of boot camp, Jesse Macbeth isn’t an Army Ranger, never was. He isn’t a corporal, never was. He never won the Purple Heart. And he was never in combat to witness the horrors he claimed to have seen. Probably haven’t even heard about this. And if you have, you haven’t heard much about it. This doesn’t fit the narrative and the template in the Drive-By Media and the Democrat Party as to who a genuine war hero; don’t look for any retractions, by the way. Not from the anti-war left, the anti-military Drive-By Media, or the Arabic websites that spread Jesse Macbeth’s lies about our troops, because the truth for the left is, fiction is what serves their purpose. They have to lie about such atrocities because they can’t find any that fit the template of the way they see the US military. In other words, for the American anti-war left, the greatest inconvenience they face is the truth."

Great blogging on this subject here.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

It looks like Senator Patty Murray actually beat congressman Peter DeFazio to the blame game.

Wow, she didn't even make twenty-four hours.
story here.

Oregon Congresman Peter DeFazio says bridge collapse is Bush's fault.

It didn't even take twenty-four hours and there are still dead bodies in the water, and our wonderful Representative is already blaming The President and the Republicans,

It's pretty far into the article. Read it here.

.... At a news conference later, Oberstar and Rep. Peter DeFazio, an Oregon Democrat who chairs the committee's subcommittee on highways and transit, criticized the Bush administration for what they said was inadequate spending on transportation funding.

"Unfortunately, we're saddled with an administration that shorted us on the last highway bill," DeFazio said, adding that more money is needed to deal with things like bridge deficiencies.

Oberstar noted that in 2003, the committee had proposed a six-year, $375 billion transportation bill, but had to settle for about $90 billion less because of opposition from the Bush administration. Oberstar was ranking Democrat on the panel at the time, and Alaska Republican Don Young was chairman.

"This administration failed to support robust investment in surface transportation and the funding to accompany it," Oberstar said.