Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The Parker Problem

By John Kubicek

I don't know if you happened to see the Kathleen Parker column, "The Palin Problem". I was surfing while searching for more info about John McCain's stance on the $700 Billion bailout, which I was going to write about yesterday, when I happened to come across PatriotPost.us and Parker's column. My attention immediately shifted from the idiocy of the bailout legislation, which thankfully was defeated, over to the scurrilous attacks on Sarah Palin by Kathleen Parker.

Now, there is this problem that I needed to think about today. There has been much said from a handful of Republicans regarding Sarah Palin's abilities to handle the job of VP, let alone being put in the position where she would have to assume the duties of being Commander in Chief. It is bad enough when Sarah Palin has to endure the viscious attacks from the far left. And now, there is this hit piece by Kathleen Parker to deal with.

First of all, I have to admit, I hadn't yet seen the Katie Couric interview of Sarah Palin, but I had heard that it didn't go so well. So, I went to my source, youtube.com, to find out exactly what happened in that interview. What I saw was appalling. No, I don't mean Sarah's performance, but how the interview was perceived by the Palin haters out there. Want to see an example of what I found? I thought so. Here is one:

Now that you've seen that one, this next one will make more sense (oxymoron unintentional):

Now, besides the fact that those two videos kind of tickled my funny bone, it did bring an epiphany to my attention. First, there is the fact that I had seen Sarah's interview with Sean Hannity, and I was totally impressed with her performance. Here is the first part of that interview:

(See the second part of the interview here)
(See the third part of the interview here)

So, can I ask, did you also notice a huge difference between the Hannity interview and the Couric interview? I sure did, and I suspect you are also thinking so. Doesn't that leave some questions in your mind? It's called video editing. In case you were unaware, the interview segments on the news are NOT done in real time. This means that you take a whole bunch of raw video, and then you get into the production room and put it together so that it fits a time slot that has been allocated. And guess what can happen? Can you see a "slight" possibility that certain biases could possibly infect the final result?

And then there is the Parker Problem. Kathleen Parker is apparently a Republican, but I'm thinking that she is "progressive".... somewhere a little left of even John McCain and Rudy Guilliani. I had to go to her archives at NationalReview.com (NRO) to see about where she stands. What I found confirmed some suspicions. You see, it turns out that Kathleen Parker wrote another hit piece on Gov. Palin way back on September 19, long before the Couric interview was aired. In "A Time to Worry", Parker finished the piece by stating:

Whatever happens, we may deserve what we get. On the other hand, maybe there’s still time to wise up: Obama boots Biden and taps Clinton; McCain dumps Palin and picks Romney. It’s a concept.
Is it just me, or does Parker seem to be just a little on the elitist side?

Now, with that being said, I rest my case. Parker IS one of the problems for the McCain/Palin campaign.

Well, we'll see, won't we. There is that debate between Sarah Palin and Joe Biden coming on Thursday, October 2, 2008. It will be broadcast live, in real time. No editing. Let's just see how well she performs in that situation. My guess is that she will verify that John McCain made the right choice. She won't be heading back to Alaska any time soon.... Maybe in a little more than 12 years from now, if things go right.

References and related stories:
The Palin Problem
A Time to Worry

Sunday, September 28, 2008

One Step Further ... (on the Road to Socialism)

By John Kubicek

I think that we just need to ask two questions about the Wall Street bailout. First, I want to ask who the people that we elect want to help; and second, do they even care who elected them?

I believe that you will find the answers to those questions in the following video that includes George W. Bush's weekly Radio Address to the nation on September 27, 2008. Watch the video and then you decide:

Henry Lamb, a weekly commentary writer for WorldNetDaily.com had some things to say about the financial industry bailout in his column on September 27, 2008, "Soviet-style Collapse in America's future?" (see link below):

The piper must be paid. The question is whether to do it now – and let the chips fall where they may, or, to kick the can down the road and pay the piper later. The answer, of course, is to kick the can into the next generation, with another leap toward socialism. The bailout plan – whatever the particulars – is nothing short of a government takeover of the financial industry. The next president will have to sort it out and build the road toward future recovery or final disaster.

Barack Obama's incessant drumbeat about the failure of the economic policies of the last eight years is either gross ignorance or, more likely, political blame shifting. The cause of the current meltdown is clearly the Democrat's insistence upon giving federally guaranteed mortgages to people who could not afford them. Even now, Democrats insist, not on the minimum government involvement possible, but on adding all sorts of give-away ornaments on the bailout Christmas tree. Obama is also promising to take over the energy industry, the health industry, and to give tax credits and even refunds to some people with money he shamelessly takes from others. This is redistribution of wealth – pure socialism.

But Joseph Farah, in one short paragraph from his column, "Fascism on ascendacy", reveals what this bailout is really all about:
The international bailouts of the banking class are a hint of what is coming soon – a new monetary system, an end to national sovereignty, the rule of law replaced by the rule of men and the will of the people simply a matter of manipulation.
So, now you will understand just why the bailout package will come together, on the weekend - in the dead of night. They think that nobody will be watching.

Just keep the powder dry, if you know what I mean.

Related Stories and References:
Soviet-style collapse in America's future? - By Henry Lamb
Fascism on ascendancy - By Joseph Farah

Friday, September 26, 2008

Bush’s Address to the Nation

By T. L. Farlow

~ Guest Columnist ~

Mr. and Mrs. American Citizen are about to get shafted by the very corrupt government that is supposed to be working for them. Instead, the government is doing their best to work against the citizens of this country. Although that is not unusual, it is significantly important now because of the vast burden that is presently being placed onto the backs of every citizen.

The President of the United States came on television and informed everyone about the importance and gravity of financial circumstances that now face our nation. Normally, during political speeches, my mind wanders a bit and I tend to filter much of what is being said. Below is what I heard our President say and my thoughts that occurred at the same time.

Bush’s Address to the Nation on September 24, 2008

Good evening. (“Good Evening Comrades.”) This is an extraordinary period for America ’s economy. (“Washington has failed miserably and we are getting ready to really stick it to you again. But be assured that this will not be the last time.”)

Over the past few weeks, many Americans have felt anxiety about their finances and their future. I understand their worry and their frustration. ("Yes, we are worried that you politicians will take everything we have.")

We’ve seen triple-digit swings in the stock market. Major financial institutions have teetered on the edge of collapse, and some have failed. As uncertainty has grown, many banks have restricted lending, credit markets have frozen, and families and businesses have found it harder to borrow money. ("And whose fault is that? Certainly not Mr. and Mrs. American Citizen!")

We’re in the midst of a serious financial crisis, and the federal government is responding with decisive action. (“Our Wall Street banking buddies are in a pickle right now, and the federal government is gonna mess it up more by taxing all citizens to pay for this mess.”)

We boosted confidence in money market mutual funds and acted to prevent major investors from intentionally driving down stocks for their own personal gain. (“We keep trying to buy our way out of this and it ain’t working.”)

Most importantly, my administration is working with Congress to address the root cause behind much of the instability in our markets. (“Most importantly, my administration is working with Congress to put the final nail in the coffin for America.”)

Financial assets related to home mortgages have lost value during the house decline, and the banks holding these assets have restricted credit. As a result, our entire economy is in danger. (“Even though the banks made some extremely bad decisions, we still like our Wall Street banking buddies more than we like you regular tax paying citizens and we are going to do whatever we can to save them, even though it is really their fault.”)

So I propose that the federal government reduce the risk posed by these troubled assets and supply urgently needed money so banks and other financial institutions can avoid collapse and resume lending. (“So, I propose that the federal government take every single penny that each of you citizens have and give it to our Wall Street banking buddies.”)

This rescue effort is not aimed at preserving any individual company or industry. It is aimed at preserving America’s overall economy. (“This illegal rescue effort is aimed at completely enslaving American citizens.”)

It will help American consumers and businesses get credit to meet their daily needs and create jobs. And it will help send a signal to markets around the world that America’s financial system is back on track. (“We are confident that we can bluff the rest of the world while really screwing up our own economy.”)

I know many Americans have questions tonight: How did we reach this point in our economy? How will the solution I propose work? And what does this mean for your financial future? ("Yeah…. Americans want to know how they will be screwed again by Washington.")

These are good questions, and they deserve clear answers. ("You bet you they do!")

First, how did our economy reach this point? ("Could it be that government policies, over the last several decades, got us into this mess?") Well, most economists agree that the problems we’re witnessing today developed over a long period of time. ("Your economists, not mine!") For more than a decade, a massive amount of money flowed into the United States from investors abroad because our country is an attractive and secure place to do business. ("Yep, for awhile investors around the world were really taken in. ")

This large influx of money to U.S. banks and financial institutions, along with low interest rates, made it easier for Americans to get credit. ("Artificially, lowered interest rates.") These developments allowed more families to borrow money for cars, and homes, and college tuition, some for the first time. (“This allowed more families to create unnatural conditions of enormous debt.”) They allowed more entrepreneurs to get loans to start new businesses and create jobs.

Unfortunately, there were also some serious negative consequences, particularly in the housing market. (“Unfortunately, the house of cards came crumbling down, particularly the bogus fiduciary tools created by Wall Street with the blessings of corrupt politicians.”) Easy credit, combined with the faulty assumption that home values would continue to rise, led to excesses and bad decisions. (“$@!+ happens!”)

Many mortgage lenders approved loans for borrowers without carefully examining their ability to pay. ("Federal government rules, crafted by greedy and corrupt politicians and bureaucrats, paved the way for these people to get unobstructed access to money.") Many borrowers took out loans larger than they could afford, assuming that they could sell or refinance their homes at a higher price later on. (“They were encouraged to borrow more money, because everyone just knew that the housing bubble would never burst.”)

Optimism about housing values also led to a boom in home construction. Eventually, the number of new houses exceeded the number of people willing to buy them. ("Here again, erroneous investments were made with no thoughts of ‘what if?’") And with supply exceeding demand, housing prices fell, and this created a problem.

Borrowers with adjustable-rate mortgages, who had been planning to sell or refinance their homes at a higher price, were stuck with homes worth less than expected, along with mortgage payments they could not afford. ("Could it be that they made a bad investment decision?")

As a result, many mortgage-holders began to default. These widespread defaults had effects far beyond the housing market. ("Oh, what a surprise!")

See, in today’s mortgage industry, home loans are often packaged together and converted into financial products called mortgage-backed securities. These securities were sold to investors around the world. ("What ever happened to buy American, invest in America?")

Many investors assumed these securities were trustworthy and asked few questions about their actual value. ("And because of their poor decisions to invest in these this affects how and why?") Two of the leading purchasers of mortgage-backed securities were Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. ("Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac consistently purchased politicians to ensure that events happening today will keep their necks off the chopping block if the house of cards they created ever came crumbling down.")

Because these companies were chartered by Congress, many believed they were guaranteed by the federal government. ("Did they read the fine print?") This allowed them to borrow enormous sums of money, fuel the market for questionable investments, and put our financial system at risk. (“So the scam worked really well.”)

The decline in the housing market set off a domino effect across our economy. When home values declined, borrowers defaulted on their mortgages, and investors holding mortgage-backed securities began to incur serious losses. ("So they pulled out their ‘ace in the hole’ and now politicians are again turning tricks for their banking buddies.")

Before long, these securities became so unreliable that they were not being bought or sold. Investment banks, such as Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers, found themselves saddled with large amounts of assets they could not sell. ("If I make a bad decision, there is no one there to pick up the pieces. If an entrepreneur purchases, with no guarantees, some bad products that do not sell, he has the responsibility of losses, since he was the one taking the risk. So, why should I have to pick up the pieces for those who have practiced thievery their entire lives?") They ran out of money needed to meet their immediate obligations, and they faced imminent collapse. ("Tough Luck ….. get over it!")

Other banks found themselves in severe financial trouble. These banks began holding on to their money, and lending dried up, and the gears of the American financial system began grinding to a halt. ("Which is what happens when those greedy little ba$tards stop trusting anyone!")

With the situation becoming more precarious by the day, I faced a choice, to step in with dramatic government action or to stand back and allow the irresponsible actions of some to undermine the financial security of all.

I’m a strong believer in free enterprise, ("Liar…if so then you would not have taken such a grossly socialistic move of nationalizing financial institutions and saddling the people with the responsibility of paying for others mistakes"). so my natural instinct is to oppose government intervention. I believe companies that make bad decisions should be allowed to go out of business. ("So, why didn’t you let nature take its natural course?")

Under normal circumstances, I would have followed this course. But these are not normal circumstances. ("No they are not. Your banking buddies got into deep doodoo and now you are trying to pull their butts out of the ditch.") The market is not functioning properly. ("Never does when greed is so widespread and rampant.) There has been a widespread loss of confidence, and major sectors of America’s financial system are at risk of shutting down. ("Not my problem. I have prepared myself and my family for these contingencies. The problem is never solved by government intervention.")

The government’s top economic experts warn that, without immediate action by Congress, America could slip into a financial panic and a distressing scenario would unfold. ("First of all, I don’t believe a single word that a government economic expert has to say. Their words are always cleverly crafted to screw someone out of something.")

More banks could fail, including some in your community. The stock market would drop even more, which would reduce the value of your retirement account. ("Let it come! Not for one moment did I believe that government could actually manage some of my money, especially the vast amounts of money that was placed into Social Security accounts that I would eventually need to draw upon. Not once was I deceived into thinking that I could rely upon the generosity of government, funded and government, managed programs so that I could retire in peace. I knew long ago that I was never going to see one red cent of that money that you guys in government squandered so frivolously.") The value of your home could plummet. Foreclosures would rise dramatically. ("Easy come… easy go.")

And if you own a business or a farm, you would find it harder and more expensive to get credit. More businesses would close their doors, and millions of Americans could lose their jobs. ("Then perhaps the 50 million illegal aliens will go home????? Please, please promise me that this will happen. Americans will be much stronger after weathering such a financial storm of tremendous proportion. Perhaps, they will again have a renewed skepticism of governments and banking.")

Even if you have good credit history, it would be more difficult for you to get the loans you need to buy a car or send your children to college. ("Perhaps now, the prices will come down from their bloated and exorbitant levels to levels where the common folk can afford.") And, ultimately, our country could experience a long and painful recession.

Fellow citizens, we must not let this happen. I appreciate the work of leaders from both parties in both houses of Congress to address this problem and to make improvements to the proposal my administration sent to them. (Editor’s thought: “What? We have leaders in Congress? You mean like those Senators that lead in who received the most political contributions from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac?”)

There is a spirit of cooperation between Democrats and Republicans and between Congress and this administration. (“In other words, all government entities have banded together to rape and pillage the common citizens in massive proportions.”) In that spirit, I’ve invited Senators McCain and Obama to join congressional leaders of both parties at the White House tomorrow to help speed our discussions toward a bipartisan bill. ("...that will take about 5 full generations to be paid off.")

I know that an economic rescue package will present a tough vote for many members of Congress. It is difficult to pass a bill that commits so much of the taxpayers’ hard-earned money. ("Surprise… surprise… You may think there is more money left over out here in middle America . You are sooooo wrong, Mr. Bush. There is nothing left. You have taken it all. Now if you want to take our homes, our cars, our retirement accounts, our savings accounts, then say so. At least that would be honest of you.")

I also understand the frustration of responsible Americans who pay their mortgages on time, file their tax returns every April 15th, and are reluctant to pay the cost of excesses on Wall Street. ("Frustration? Not the right word. How about rage? How about total disgust at this impossible condition that you are trying to hang around our necks? How about displaying leadership here pal? How about you, Mr. President and all other politicians and your government bureaucrats take all of your salaries that are currently draining the hard-earned monies that have been illegally stolen from the tax-payers and you guys give everything you have and then come back to us and see if that makes a difference? How about you stop all other spending on unnecessary government programs and use that to stem the tide of this tidal wave of retribution from decades of abusive governmental waste and idiotic governmental policies?")

But given the situation we are facing, not passing a bill now would cost these Americans much more later. ("Awww… you’re just saying that to scare us into believing your lies.")

Many Americans are asking, how would a rescue plan work? ("No we are not. We are saying that it won’t work. There is no way that the government can pull this one out of the hat… It is the government after all.") After much discussion, there’s now widespread agreement on the principles such a plan would include. ("Widespread agreement among politicians, government bureaucrats and bankers who found themselves in a bind! Did you actually go out and ask how the common man feels about having his income reduced just because of your stupid banking friends made some really dumb mistakes?")

It would remove the risk posed by the troubled assets, including mortgage-backed securities, now clogging the financial system. ("And you are throwing the risks into our laps!!!!") This would free banks to resume the flow of credit to American families and businesses. (“This will free banks up to resume the thievery, once more, of American families and businesses.”)

Any rescue plan should also be designed to ensure that taxpayers are protected. ("How can you say that? I wasn’t born yesterday. I know a tax is a tax. Just how stupid do you really think we are?") It should welcome the participation of financial institutions, large and small. It should make certain that failed executives do not receive a windfall from your tax dollars. ("Can you guarantee that? But, then again, when can the government really guarantee anything?")

It should establish a bipartisan board to oversee the plan’s implementation, and it should be enacted as soon as possible. (“Open up your wallets America ! Give us all your remaining cash!”)

In close consultation with Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson ("Former CEO of Goldman Sachs"), Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke ("criminal mastermind of the Big Heist of 2008"), and SEC Chairman Chris Cox ("willing accomplice to the Big Heist of 2008"), I announced a plan on Friday. ("It’s a good thing that you gave us advance warning to pre-position ourselves and get ready for the pain that is forthcoming.")

First, the plan is big enough to solve a serious problem. ("…and big enough to sink a nation into permanent debt.") Under our proposal, the federal government would put up to $700 billion taxpayer dollars on the line to purchase troubled assets that are clogging the financial system.

In the short term, this will free up banks to resume the flow of credit to American families and businesses, and this will help our economy grow. (“In the short term, full scale greed will resume to unimpeded levels once more.”)

Second, as markets have lost confidence in mortgage-backed securities, their prices have dropped sharply, yet the value of many of these assets will likely be higher than their current price, because the vast majority of Americans will ultimately pay off their mortgages. ("…in about 30 years, this process of paying off mortgages may begin. ")

The government is the one institution with the patience and resources to buy these assets at their current low prices and hold them until markets return to normal. (“The government is the one institution that can forcefully hijack the taxpayers’ money to fund such a boondoggle.”)

And when that happens, money will flow back to the Treasury as these assets are sold, and we expect that much, if not all, of the tax dollars we invest will be paid back. (“But don’t expect that any of the citizens will get their money back. The government will certainly re-invest any monies received from this heist to fund other governmental entitlements…. if there is any left over.”)

The final question is, what does this mean for your economic future? (“DOOM!!!!! DESTRUCTION OF THE ECONOMY!!!! RECESSION!!! DEPRESSION!!!”) Well, the primary steps — purpose of the steps I’ve outlined tonight is to safeguard the financial security of American workers, and families, and small businesses. ("Not really. This is only to ensure that the bankers can get their money and the citizens will be permanently burdened with the results of their foolish and greedy criminal activities.") The federal government also continues to enforce laws and regulations protecting your money. (“The federal government continues to fashion and enact immoral and illegal laws that amount to ‘LEGAL PLUNDER’.”)

The Treasury Department recently offered government insurance for money market mutual funds. ("And now the FDIC has come to the government food trough to consume its fair share of the plundered loot… to the tune of another $150 billion.") And through the FDIC, every savings account, checking account, and certificate of deposit is insured by the federal government for up to $100,000. ("And the FDIC will guarantee that all these accounts will be refunded as stated in the fine print….. 99 YEARS!!!")

The FDIC has been in existence for 75 years, and no one has ever lost a penny on an insured deposit, and this will not change. ("…except for those who had more than the proposed levels, even though bankers usually twisted the facts to entice many citizens to store more of their money in the bank accounts.")

Once this crisis is resolved, there will be time to update our financial regulatory structures. (“This crisis will not be solved until everyone is broke. When everyone is penniless, homeless and waiting in bread lines at the nearest government run entitlement center, then and only then will this crisis be solved. Yes!!! When all citizens are fully enslaved, then the crisis will be deemed over.”) Our 21st-century global economy remains regulated largely by outdated 20th-century laws. (“Now we need new laws to more expeditiously and efficiently strip the citizens’ of their hard earned wages.”)

Recently, we’ve seen how one company can grow so large that its failure jeopardizes the entire financial system. ("‘Too big to fail’ was their ace-in-the-hole excuse to use. I say let them fail. It will serve them right.")

Earlier this year, Secretary Paulson ("former Goldman Sachs CEO and government mafia lieutenant") proposed a blueprint that would modernize our financial regulations. (“He hatched a plan to capture all the power.”) For example, the Federal Reserve would be authorized to take a closer look at the operations of companies across the financial spectrum and ensure that their practices do not threaten overall financial stability. "Big Brother is watching!")

There are other good ideas, and members of Congress should consider them. As they do, they must ensure that efforts to regulate Wall Street do not end up hampering our economy’s ability to grow. ("Once the Fed and the Treasury Dept. started orchestrating buy-outs on their nationalizing of industries, the die was cast we started down the slippery slope.")

In the long run, Americans have good reason to be confident in our economic strength. ("In the long run, Americans have good reason to distrust anything that the government does.") Despite corrections in the marketplace and instances of abuse, democratic capitalism is the best system ever devised. ("This is not democratic capitalism. This is SOCIALISM.. PURE AND SIMPLE SOCIALISM!")

It has unleashed the talents and the productivity and entrepreneurial spirit of our citizens. ("not to mention the loosing of the banking hounds to take more risky behavior knowing that they will be rewarded if they run into trouble.") It has made this country the best place in the world to invest and do business. ("As long as bad behavior is rewarded, bad behavior will continue and flourish. And it gives our economy the flexibility and resilience to absorb shocks, adjust, and bounce back. (“And it gives our economy the ability to die more readily… to die more permanently.”)

Our economy is facing a moment of great challenge, ("you bet ya it is") but we’ve overcome tough challenges before, and we will overcome this one. ("Are you sure George? Never in our history has such a burden been placed upon our society. Never in our history has such incompetence been demonstrated. Never in our history has the challenge.")

I know that Americans sometimes get discouraged by the tone in Washington and the seemingly endless partisan struggles, yet history has shown that, in times of real trial, elected officials rise to the occasion. ("Are you saying that they are really, really patriotic? Because if you are, then why do we want to march on Washington all other times with our pitchforks and baseball bats and want to chase them out of town?")

And together we will show the world once again what kind of country America is: a nation that tackles problems head on, where leaders come together to meet great tests, and where people of every background can work hard, develop their talents, and realize their dreams. ("...a nation that keeps putting bonehead, partisan, greedy and corrupt politicians back into positions of power because they are able to promise so much to so many unfortunate fools that believe that they are really going to be helped by these idiots.")

Thank you for listening. May God bless you.
... ("May God Help Us All!")

You can see all of T. L. Farlow's columns at The Farlow Journal.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Oh, Joe, gotta go

By John Kubicek

"Umm... uh.... sorry, but, ah... uh, picking a good VP part of my ticket to the White House.... well, uh.... ummm..... may have been above my pay... um, pay... ummm.... pay grade. Uh, sorry Joe, ummm... you gotta ... Uh, J-J-Joe, hang on.... call waiting thing... be right back with ya...."

After fumbling around with hitting the right button on the, uh, keypad, and after another puff of the cigarette burning up in the ashtray, Barry finally gets switched over to his call waiting thing....

"Hey, Hillary, whassup girl? Hang on a sec..." (Barry, actually hitting the right button on his cell to switch back to the previous call).... "Oh, Joe, gotta go"

(My thanks to the NSA agent that kindly forwarded the transcript from top secret phone records to me!)

The Joe Biden Gaffometer has been going off the charts lately. Is it, I don't know, but, can I say intentional? Did the ObamaNation realize the huge error that they made? Hillary supporters crossing the aisle to support McCain? Lots of questions should be asked, and have been.

Rush Limbaugh was already talking about it at the end of last week:

And the amazing thing is that Joe has kept them gaffes coming since then:

If Joe Biden was appealing a decision of the EEOC, to keep his job as the VP wanna-be, he would lose. He has already admitted that Hillary would be a more qualified candidate:

So, Mr. I'm-a-Harvard-grad-and-Community-Organizer, what do you do now? Wow, with the Biden Gaffe Machine going full speed, how are you going to spin this? And shouldn't you do something really drastic, now, as in before that Oct. 2 debate with Sarah Palin? You know darn well, don't you, that Joe will be telling Sarah that she would be a much better choice as a VP by the end of the debate? Wouldn't things be much more interesting with a debate between Shrillary and Sarah Barracuda? Wow, move over, WWE! By golly, can you imagine them on at the same time on "The View" or "Oprah"? Move over, Jerry Springer!

Okay, before I split your brain in half with all of the revelations, most that will come true... please allow me a moment to congratulate the NL Central Division Champions, the Chicago Cubs. What a year! Barry, you should have had Jim Hendry as your mentor. Maybe then you would have known how to pick the right personnel for your campaign! ... Sorry, I'm having a Bob Uecker moment... Joe Biden was not a good choice to begin with, even if the Obamanation now turns to Shrillary. It is the lack of Barry's executive experience that would scare me.

Announcement: "The Blogroll For Freedom Lovers" goes alphabetical


"The Blogroll For Freedom Lovers" list has gone into alphabetical order. There were so many great blogs, and for me to give favor by priority to any of them was a great disservice to the many other fantastic blogs I've added.

Please keep in mind that this is not a "leveling the playing field" strategy where it doesn't matter how good you do. I still believe in striving for excellence. This is actually an effort to allow each of the blogs listed an equal opportunity to excel or fail.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

The Uphill Road to Victory

By John Kubicek

While I believe it to be entirely possible for John and Sarah to win on November 4, it won't be easy. Despite the massive infusion of energy and enthusiasm into the John McCain campaign upon his brilliant decision to pick Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate, there will be much work to do. And yes, to win, our side will actually have to break a sweat.

There seems to be no doubt in my mind that the other side would seem to be winning in the way of quantities of "supporters". That of course, would be what the main stream media wants us to believe. However, there is a big difference between those that say they support the Democrat candidate, and the actual number of people that will vote, let alone, take an active role in promoting their candidate. That alone will tend to negate the results of many polls.

For the Obama camp, they seemed to have all of the energy early in the process of the primaries and caucuses, and it was necessary to defeat Hillary Clinton. Whereas in John McCain's campaign, the energy did not arrive until he picked Sarah Palin for the other half of the GOP ticket.

It was while reflecting on the campaigns, and all of the work that is done to get them set up, that I had the revelation that the energy of the campaign would be directly related to the quantity and quality of the work involved in a political campaign. And while you may be thinking that it all comes down to how good the candidates do, and how well their campaign staff does their job, it is much more than that. It will be much more than the debates or ads or sound bites or news interviews. What I found out is how much goes on at "ground level" - the grass roots - and how it may make all the difference in the end.

When I went to the "Road to Victory '08" McCain-Palin rally in Cedar Rapids a couple days ago, I saw an extraordinary example of what it took to get everything done. From the people that had to get the venue set up, security arranged (including the help of the TSA), down to the volunteers that helped with parking, and arranging the vendors for shuttle transportation and everything else, it amounted to an enormous effort from many people.

Yes, just having this one rally here in Cedar Rapids took a lot of effort. And to think, they are doing this stuff every day! That takes a massive amount of work to be able to manage all the logistics and services needed to pull off these campaign events. The effort is directly related to the passion derived from the candidate's ability to motivate their troops.

What brought me to understand the huge amount of effort by so many people was when I went on a mission to cover this event in this blog, with video included. Not to mention the technical difficulties with software in order to produce a video from the rally, I also went through some great physical adversities, such as standing for more than three hours, holding a camera above my head to take pictures and videos, walking a couple miles back to my car, a good sunburn on my scalp during that walk, etc. etc., it was hard work. I gained a lot of respect for my fellow columnists, journalists, bloggers; people that cover these things on a daily basis.

As an example, let me tell you, I spent a few days just to put this one video together:

In getting a blog and a video about the rally produced, I had many challenges. It took me three days since the rally. But yet, there are people that can get it all done in .... what, about three hours? Three minutes? Of course, in my case, it's just me trying to put all of this together this weekend. Other news distribution outlets have hundreds, if not thousands, of people involved. And then, I've seen individual bloggers that have the equipment needed (like a laptop with a wireless internet connection), and can actually get out their blogs and photos in must minutes, even while at the event; almost in real-time.

While I digress, you may be asking yourself what it has to do with this election, with the McCain-Palin rally I went out to cover on Thursday. I had to ask myself that, so don't feel bad, but I have the answer. I now know, or at least understand, the amount of effort it takes - whether it is in arranging a political rally, or just being one of the bloggers out here. And the key word is, "EFFORT".

The key to Victory in '08 for either side of the aisle, or anyone else that is in the fray, will depend on effort. And that vital ingredient - "EFFORT" - is totally dependent on the amount of energy that the campaigns can generate. Whether it is the candidate, their campaign managers, local volunteers, or even the bloggers such as myself here in Iowa, when you come right down to it, the whole process rests on which side is the most energized. That is going to be the only way to get uphill on the road to victory.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Road to Victory Rally Comes to Cedar Rapids

By John Kubicek

I was hanging out with my brother and our Mom and Dad tonight, and they just happened to mention that John McCain and Sarah Palin were going to be in Cedar Rapids on Thursday morning! I may not have known in time since I don't get the local newspaper (bird cage liner), except I did also find an email from the McCain-Palin's Iowa Team when I got home tonight.

I quickly got online at the John McCain site tonight and have my ticket reserved.

You can get the information about this event here.

Hey, you think I should take my digital camera? Duh! It takes video, too! Maybe by Thursday afternoon, there will be some new pics and/or video for you all to check out here!

See, there really IS a big advantage to living in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. We're always getting great campaign stops here. In October 2004, I was actually asked to be a greeter when George W. Bush and First Lady Laura arrived in Cedar Rapids for a rally. Yes! I met them as them got off of Air Force One, and rode in the motorcade down to the Five Seasons Center. Regardless of what anyone thinks of President Bush, it was a great honor that I will never forget. Not that many people ever get that type of opportunity to meet a sitting President and his wife, face to face.

So, I'm looking forward to the McCain-Palin Victory Rally this coming Thursday morning. Both my sister and brother will be there, too. We'll have fun being together for this time. Oh, and I wonder if they were just jealous that I got to meet President Bush.... and they are looking for their 2 seconds of fame to shake John or Sarah's hand? Hey, I'm just saying.... Maybe I should pull in some favors and give them that opportunity. You think?

Hey, look, on a serious note, I need to say something. Many of my very good friends are not in favor of McCain, even with the addition of Sarah Palin to the team. There are the things like McCain crossing the aisle just a few too many times. That's an issue for many of us, including me! It was why I opposed John McCain as being the Republican nominee for President. I mean, heck, just the thought that he wanted amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants? But there are two points that I consider to be the deal maker right now, FOR John McCain.

  1. This country can not survive if Barack Hussein Obama becomes President. Enough said.
  2. I highly doubt John McCain will serve more than one term. I'd love to see Sarah Palin in the position to run for President in 2012. While John McCain may not be the ideal President, Sarah could be in four years. And I highly doubt that McCain would want to do anything that would ruin her chances, not if he really wants the Republican Party to keep the White House four years from now.
That's my hope at this time. And I certainly believe that there is no chance for a 3rd party to win an election.... not in my life time. We have a choice to make. Voting for a 3rd party candidate, or writing in somebody for President will most likely give us an Obamanation. We can NOT allow that to happen. Not if you don't want America to become Socialist, which it's already heading for.

And finally, I have to say that if we do allow Obama to win, we may NEVER get another chance to make the right decision. It is no doubt a very difficult decision for us to make. If a McCain administration ends up being a failure, I'll just give you my address, and you can come over and slap me on the side of the head. But Obama scares me enough that I'm willing to take the risk.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Palin-Mania Overtakes the Republican Party

By T. L. Farlow

~ Guest Columnist ~

Will the RNC finally learn their lesson? How many times does it take for the Republican Party to get it through their thick skulls that Conservatism is the only game in town that can win?

Let’s back up a bit and see just what we are talking about here.

All during the last eighteen months, we have endured a complete lack of leadership, an absolute dearth of Conservative spirit in this election race. We have had to listen to the likes of the ex-Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, an elite, liberal Republican who has shown he cannot govern with Conservatism. We all cringed when we were told that the equally liberal Mayor Giuliani was being heralded as the presumptive Republican leader, but thankfully, that did not last long. We could not escape the ranting of the Rev. Huckabee, knowing that he leaned far to the left and did not have the wherewithal to battle the likes of deliriously liberal Democrats that infest Washington.

We even were told to accept the presumptive nominee John ‘Amnesty’ McCain. I for one am turned off by this man, for I have seen who he really is. I have had to endure the ultra-liberal ‘maverick’ Republican who does not care for the rule of law. He has promised to allow all the law-breaking illegal aliens the opportunity to be made automatic citizens of our country. He has promised and he has shown his penchant to go over to the enemy camp and make compromises. This crossing activity only further erodes the liberties and rights of citizens on this country.

Juan McCain, the maverick Arizona senator, has demonstrated his ability to throw away proven Conservative platforms to bring about change that will inevitably ruin our country.

It was a dark and dreary summer of hopelessness and despair that many of us tolerated, with no prospect of Conservatism reemerging. We were continually told that Conservatism was dead, never to return; not only by Democrats, but Republicans alike. Moderates and liberals abound in this day and age of government and nothing will engage the loyal Conservative base as a Reaganesque, Conservative Republican.

We were told that change and a movement towards the left, a movement towards conciliation, is what will ensure victory. We saw far too many Republicans fail in the last general election with this attitude. The liberal Democrats ran roughshod over the poorly prepared Republicans who were searching for moderation and leaning left. We are witnessing and experiencing the results of this erroneous tack, with additional liberties lost, rampant out of control spending, liberal policies gaining a stronghold and the moral fabric being shredded by the homosexual mafia, by the immensely powerful teachers unions that hammer their liberalism into the minds of the young, by the ultra-liberal judicial activism that has destroyed the rule of law and the Constitution and by the Republican bureaucratic errors in judgment that have led us to the gate of the ultimate financial destruction of our nation and perhaps the world.

Yes, we have endured, with no hope on the horizon. With lowly hearts we continued to work at our jobs each and every day, worrying about the impending tax increases that will result with another Democrat victory and one which we know we cannot bear. We, as a nation, have suffered a deficiency of Conservatism. Not since the days of Reagan, have we seen the light that shines so brightly, that effortlessly slashes through the darkness, gloominess and despair of liberalism, scattering the devilish agents of communism, Marxism and socialism back under the shadows of the rocks from whence they came.

But now, for all those who had lost heart, there appears to be a new day beginning with a brightness that brings hope to all those in desolation, to all those who anguished over the loss of the spirit of Conservatism. We now have a Mom, a ferocious hockey Mom from Alaska who is validating Conservatism as a vehicle of change, certifying that Conservatism is not dead. She has single-handedly pushed back the veil, exposing to the entire world that we can have hope again, that we can smile once more knowing that there are those who will stand and fight for us in the political arena, choosing to do the right thing, rather than that which is politically expedient. We have found someone who understands Conservatism and will not shrink from the task when confronted with overwhelming adversity.

We have seen our Sarah Palin, Governor of Alaska, former Mayor and former council member of Wasilla, Alaska. We have seen and heard Sarah Palin energize the long forgotten and discarded Conservative base as Vice-Presidential Candidate for the Republican Party and one who is quite capable of being President Palin, given the right circumstances. I would vote for Palin as Vice-President or even as President without thinking twice about it. What a breath of fresh air she has brought to the campaign!

Now, most of us Conservatives still have a problem. John McCain is still the same old liberal maverick he always has been. He has not changed one iota, which presents the most delicate conundrum. Do we pull the lever for Juan, Mister Amnesty, Mister crossing the aisle to the other side, Mister liberal Republican, voluntarily choosing to forget his record? Do we allow this maverick, who in and of himself could not bring this base to its feet? Do we elect John McCain just because he has chosen the most Conservative and most excellent Sarah Palin?

It was only two weeks ago that we were listening to the MSM pundits expound on the imminent choice of Joe Lieberman as his Vice-President. It was only two weeks ago that John McCain was headed into a convention that the Republicans felt as a necessary evil to put behind them, thinking perhaps next time we could field a proper candidate.

Perhaps there are those out there that can justify casting the vote for McCain, when the opposing candidate offers certain doom. I must continue to search my inner self to rationalize this action, one which goes against the very principles of Conservatism.

Is it that McCain has changed? I see no evidence of this. Has he allowed Sarah Palin to bring the base to him? Most definitely! Will the fired up base enjoy the policies that he is expected to institute? It is doubtful!

McCain has virtually suspended his normal talk of liberal policies that were his trademark. He has cloaked himself in Republicanism to find party consensus. John McCain will eventually emerge and become himself again.

In the meantime, what are we to do?

We want to pull the straight ticket lever when we enter the voting booth, but can we do that with this particular candidate? I am ‘torn between two choices’ with one Conservative Vice-Presidential candidate which will not happen unless I vote for the one cloaked Republican President as well.

My conscience will suffer greatly in the next month or so until I enter the booth and I am certain that I am not alone.

The Way Which the Pendulum Is Swinging

By John Kubicek

There seems to be no doubt anymore which way the Pendulum of Politics is swinging in these days before the Election of 2008.

Barack seems to be doing his best to be a centrist. McCain picked the most conservative running mate he could have chosen. It all seems to be now swinging more to the Right. And there is a reason why.

Upon John McCain's brilliant decision to pick Sarah Palin as his running mate, the Obama camp, mostly those far on the left, have done all they could to trash her. And, it has only worked to the detriment of Obama's campaign. As much as I can say I love the McCain pick, it has done more than anything to bring out the kind of vitriol we would expect from the far left in politics.

For example, there was the tragic exposure of a website that sickened and saddened me today, beyond belief. A new friend of mine, oldguy53 rattled my cage last night with a real pit bull of a story. And no, there was no lipstick involved. It was called, in oldguy53's digg, How Low Will Liberals Go?

You see, when I learned about this, I was saddened that anyone could ever come up with that type of vitriol. You see, my friend oldguy53 told us about blog he found that shows how LOW anyone could go, making a mockery of anybody that has some disability. And, I can tell you, there are plenty of people that are, or will be, greatly offended.

Yet, some people that say they care, don't yet seem to understand that it is their candidate that is going to be ultimately hurt by those types of attacks. You see, there are many people that would be our ultimate liberal adversaries, yet, even many of them will be offended. So, while there are those liberal jerks attacking Sarah Palin and using her family as their favorite dart board, they are the ones that will end up hurting Obama's chance for being elected as President of the United States.

Think about it. Obama seems to want to distance himself from the far leftist attacks on the Right and Sarah Palin, while John McCain surprises Conservatives with his pick of Palin for VP. I think the American people, to my amazement, are showing that they aren't so far to the left as some Democrats thought they were. I think we are discovering that it isn't so much Obama's Socialist views that people reject (sadly), but just the far left that is backing him that have gone too far. It's the extreme leftists that support Obama that is scaring off the average people clinging to their religion and guns.

Why I'd vote for John McCain has now come down to his brilliance in picking Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate. The attacks on her show who the real left is. The Obama camp is running so scared, only because they are seeing that there really is still a Conservative base out here that will go all out to support the candidates under the (R) column. The problem is, the Obama camp, HIS supporters, are now showing who they are, and I beleive we should have no choice but to associate Barry with HIS supporters. While we know the kind of people Barry has hung out with, like Jeremiah Wright, Tony Rezko, Bill Ayers.... now we also know who Barry's biggest supporters are: People that take pleasure in making fun of disabled children? That kind of cruelty won't stand with most of us in Middle America.

And now we know something that should make a difference. Not just that Barry Obama is for any type of abortion, but also that his supporters, in many cases, would favor aborting any child that just may be disabled. That was the exact purpose of Planned Parenthood from the very beginning, just in case you didn't know.

When you go to vote this November, do us a favor. Think about the darkness of the people that are behind Barack. It isn't so much the fact that he can barely lead a community organizer effort... as if that should make a difference... but who it is that is really backing the Obamassiah.

The pendulum seems to be swinging in the Right way.

Very Important Update
There was a story that I read by Mark P. Shea on insideCatholic.com, called "How the Enemies of the Normal Are Destroying Obama". It was part of the inspiration of the story.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

You can put lipstick on a lie, but it's still a lie

By John Kubicek

To those of you Conservatives that feel America is run by some global elitist organizations, the "shadow government," you are starting to annoy me. Maybe even more than the Obamassiah annoys me. I wouldn't bring it up, except for the fact that the "ObamaNation" is portraying the current administration in the same light.

To my enlightened brotheren, I'll agree to agree. I am in total agreement that our U.S. Government is doing it's best to control our lives. I even agree that there are people behind the scenes that don't have our best interests in mind. I may just be one of those "sick twisted freaks" (as Glenn Beck would call us) that honestly believes that there are people in the government that do NOT have our best interests in mind. But, at the same time, I'm a "ditto head" and do my best to be a robotic Rush Limbaugh fan... Yes, I'm a Rush-Bot, and I'm very proud of it.

So, as the conspiracy theorists out there seem to want us to believe, that Bush knew about the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001 before it happened, or that he had anything to do with it, that is where I get off. In my humble opinion, not only do I feel that is completely idiotic, it's only something that the Bush-haters wanted us to believe. I have been saddened by all of the silly fools on the Conservative side that have fallen into that trap. I'm mortified by the people that should know better. It should have been easy to actually discern the truth. One would only have to know that if America-haters like Michael Moore or Rosie O'Donnell were saying it, their conspiracy theory that 9/11 was an inside job would have to be a total lie. Their only goal was to try to tear down George W. Bush and his "war-mongering" administration any way they could. Unfortunately, it seemed to have worked on many good people that should have, well... known better.

If the liberal left would have just stuck to the story that the war in Iraq was based on the "Bush-lied-and-kids-died" theme, they may have gotten away with that. What they did, though, was use the 9/11 conspiracies to soften up the minds full of mush just a little more, to build up distrust of the Bush administration, and then lay on their major lies about the War in Iraq. The left's lie about 9/11 conspiracies was the lipstick to try to cover up their lies about the war on Terrorism. You can put lipstick on a lie, but it's still a lie.

It's time to know that if the global elitists are really calling the shots, it's the liberal lefties that are following the orders. Unfortunately, they could be successful if enough of us don't speak up.

On this day of September 11, let me just remind you all that America is STILL a great country, and our freedom is worth any price. This country, the United States of America, is in a fight for the survival of all Western Civilization and freedom as we still know it. That is the only truth that I know, and believe in, and do not hesitate to say in public.

On this day of September 11, please remember those that died on that infamous day, a moment in time when we were attacked by the enemies we are still fighting. And along with those we lost that day, let us honor all of those that have fallen in protecting our freedom.


And just in case you don't remember that day...

Let's Roll!

Bye Bye Joey

By T. L. Farlow

~ Guest Columnist ~

What is happening to Joe Biden? Is Joey readying himself for an ejection from the race?

His comments about Hillary’s qualifications to be vice-president or even president have me wondering what is going on.

With Obama journeying to Bill Clinton’s Harlem office, to “kiss the ring”, is the stage being set for Joe’s exit and Hillary’s return?

It is evident that neither Hussein nor Joey can close the sale to the American public. This Palin phenomenon has taken the Democrats by surprise and they are reeling from the affects of this choice that McAmnesty-Cain has made.

I am pleased to see that the Palin-surge is working. I am still having some difficulty in pulling the lever for Johnny McCain, and I even wish that the roles were reversed, where it was vice-presidential candidate McCain and presidential candidate Palin. That I could go for, in a heartbeat.

As we listen to Sarah talk about conservative ideals, which I dearly love to hear, we are hearing far too little from John McAmnesty. He is letting Sarah do all the talking, getting the voters all excited. What will actually happen if John does get elected? Will it be Sarah’s ideas that come to the forefront, or will John’s old liberal self re-emerge and his policies to take center stage, with amnesty legislation for tens of millions of illegal aliens?

Well, enough of the McCain problem, I need to get back onto Joey Biden’s problem. It appears that he is being set up for the fall here. Hussein Obama cannot take the blame for his own failures. Therefore, Joe will have to fall on the sword to make way for Hillary’s triumphant return.

I sincerely hope that I am wrong here, but the hard evidence is too hard to ignore.

All I can say is bye, bye Joey. Hello Hillary!

[Note to readers: This column was chosen to be cross-posted to johnny2k Is Home as a Guest Column, which I will be doing from time to time. All of T. L. Farlow's commentaries can be seen at the Farlow Journal at the johnny2k.com Forums.]

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Can the 15 Seconds of Fame Live On?

By John Kubicek

Whether it is 15 seconds or 15 minutes, it seems that many of us tend to desire that short amount of time that we receive in the way of attention. And, while you think about that, let me add, is it anything that will be remembered much beyond that moment in time? I didn't think so.

But let me tell you, there are those times when 15 seconds in time WILL be remembered! Moments in history are occassionally made in a very short amount of time. This is one:

Now, there is a video that you'll see over and over. It will be part of the history of this country, when America is deciding who to elect. "Oh," you say, "how could a short 15 seconds make any difference?"

I'll answer that for you. I know that the speech of Sarah Palin at the Republican National Convention touched a lot of people, and I know that it was from a sincere heart. And, that is what is driving the left-wing drive-by media and politicians crazy. They will never get past this one little fifteen second scene. You see, this was just a natural moment, it wasn't scripted; it just happened. This, as compared to two cute little daughters standing on a stage, waving to their daddy on a big screen TV, as he mixed up where he was. First he was in St. Louis, then he suddenly transported back over to Kansas City. Remember that? Hey, I'm sure the Obamassiah was counting on his cute little daughters to deflect the stupid gaff. Right? Not for a moment. Not for 15 seconds.

What little Piper and Trig did was to remind people that their mom represents one of us in Middle-America clinging to our Bibles and guns. She's for real. The real deal. Yes, that 15 seconds of fame will live on.

Monday, September 08, 2008

On the Bridge to Nowhere?

By John Kubciek

I'll just cut right to the chase. No lead up, no tease, no fumbling around. I just want to say that no matter how good I felt after the RNC last week, I still have my doubts and fears.... about John McCain as President. What I'm really looking for right now, is beyond a reasonable doubt, John McCain would be the right choice to make. My decision remains yet to be set in concrete, despite the brilliant decision to pick Sarah Palin as his VP running mate.

And one more honest assessment of my choices that I must consider. My absolute resolution is to work to make sure that Barry and the ObamaNation does not ever occupy the White House. The worst thing ever would be an ObamaNation with Barry in the Whitehouse, and a Congress totally controlled by Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. I don't think the horror of that scenario can even be imagined.

Yet, in the mean time, some of my colleagues in the New Media are just as afraid of a John McCain administration. I do not doubt for a minute that many of them have good reasoning for that opinion. In fact, for much of the time during the primaries, I agreed with much of the "discension" displayed from amongst the Conservative wings of the Republican Party and Independents. I supported Ron Paul in my Republican Party Iowa caucus early last January. I was not "energized" by any of the other candidates except for Tom Tancredo or Duncan Hunter. But neither of them could get anything going.

But doesn't it get confusing when one of our "Conservative" friends tell us that we must not allow Obama to be elected, but John McCain would be worse for America? Huh? Well, those are the two messages I'm getting from Joseph Farah's writings. Isn't that like saying, "Heads they win, Tails we lose"? In "A response to Janet Folger", Joseph writes:

But I absolutely, fundamentally disagree with her about voting for John McCain, a politician who has been at war with her and her values for at least the last eight years – maybe longer.

That was Joseph's response to Janet Folger's column, "Joseph Farah is wrong … dead wrong," where Janet tries to remind Farah of where the ObamaNation could move this country, especially with control of the White House and Congress, in a very short amount of time.

So, now there are really two issues that we must consider. Do we concentrate our efforts on "NObama"? Or, do we consider JSM to be just as dangerous, thus taking on the risk of having Obama by going with a third party candidate?

I was hoping after last week's RNC that those questions were answered when Sarah Palin was picked to be the VP running mate. However, after reading many blogs, comments on digg.com, columns by my favorite pundits, commentaries by my favorite talk-radio hosts, it seems that my confusion and indecision is being magnified. So, for right now, to maintain some sanity, I'll keep with my support for the McCain-Palin ticket. And I claim that it is the necessary decision to make in order to keep our worst nightmare, an ObamaNation, from winning.

Though I do still have major reservations about McCain, his pick of Sarah McCain helped. And then again, it didn't. I'm not so sure that the pick of a VP running mate really makes a difference when it comes down to the actual administration. As of right now, though, I'm hoping it does influence the McCain administration. And now, I'm finding myself out on a limb, because I'm depending a lot on Sarah Palin and what she could help us avoid: Going out on a bridge to nowhere.

Related stories:
Joseph Farah is wrong … dead wrong
A response to Janet Folger
Two Faced Farah (read the comments here!)
~ re: About that 'civilian national security force'
If it ain't a pit bull, it is definitely a hockey mom - with lipstick!

Just in case you missed it

By John Kubicek

If you were watching the Republican National Convention last week, there may have been a couple things that you missed. Of course, I'm sure that you would be able to make your choice on who to vote for without seeing either of these videos...

Well, I would hope so.

But, just in case you happened to have missed these, or want to see them again, I felt I should provide these to you for your absolute enjoyment! And for even further pleasure, be sure to show these to your friends and family, especially the liberal ones! Both of these videos are great and help show Sarah Palin's personal side.

The first video is the RNC Video Montage of Sarah Palin. This Montage was supposed to have been shown just before Sarah's speech, however, Rudy Guiliani's speech went longer than expected, so they skipped showing the video. Instead, the RNC provided the video montage to the media outlets so it could be shown later:

The second video shows Piper Palin, Sarah's youngest daughter, as she spit shines Trigs hair during her mom's tremendous speech. I guess that not all of the networks caught this scene as they panned the audience during the speech, which is why you may not have seen this video:

I would like to thank wrightroadradio on youtube.com for providing these videos. Due to an equipment problem, I was not able to record or post any videos from the convention to my youtube.com channel, TheRealjohnny2k. Therefor, wrightroadradio deserves my generous accolades (my plug) in showing appreciation for the above two videos

Not only were those two videos found at wrightroadradio's channel, they have also included all of the great speeches from the Republican National Convention 2008. You may want to start at the beginning by going to wrightroadradio's Videos. (As of this writing, the RNC videos start on page 2. Since they could eventually move on to later pages as more videos are added, just go to their highest page number in their Videos section to start at the beginning.)

I found this is the place to go to see any speeches that you missed, want to see again, or that you need to show to your family and friends! Especially the liberal ones! Start watching!

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Thursday, September 04, 2008

If it ain't a pit bull, it is definitely a hockey mom - with lipstick!

By John Kubicek

Yep, there's no doubt, the next Civil War in America has just begun!

Fortunately, in this case, it'll be a war that will be fought out in the Presidential campaigns with the final victory taking place at the polls in November of this year. But despite that fact, this one is going to "get bloody"... only in the political sense, hopefully.

I may either become a victom, or a victor, but I'm going to be in it all the way until the end. You see, it was a little less than a month ago, I was totally undecided. Honestly, I really didn't know what I wanted, other than the fact that I wanted the Obamessiah to be defeated. Whether it was because I am afraid The One, Barry, wants a socialist society, or because he was seeming to be too much like the Antichrist, he scares me.

My prayers had tended to be asking the Lord to help us find a way to defeat the Demoncratic nominee for the prize of getting a stay in the White House for a few years. But it was looking very grim, if I may say so. Many of my Conservative Christian friends were expressing their disgust with the way things were with all of the Republican candidates over the last year. I found myself starting to look at Ron Paul as a viable Republican nominee. I even supported him back on January 3, 2008, in the Iowa Caucuses.

Then, when McCain wrapped it all up, I was looking at 3rd party possibilities, because there were many things that bothered me about this presumptive Republican candidate. Just go back and check out previous posts I've written here, and you'll see all the various ways I varied his name, such as "McLame"... I wasn't a McCain supporter as you would notice.

But then... the revelation... the epiphany. In April '08, I had discussed my "Discombobulated Dream". What did I say? Well, in my dismay of John McCain being in the lead for the Republican nomination, I was afraid that John McCain would pick a Liberal, a Demoncrat, to be his running mate. I was in total fear that he would pick a liberal, such as Hillary, to draw in her crowd, and at that time, Barry Obamanation was already looking pretty good for his party's nomination.

Thank God, I was wrong!

First, it wasn't long ago, John McCain had a great appearance at the "Saddleback Civil Forum on the Presidency" and there were the great accolades from the guys I consider to be on my side. I agreed. However, there were reservations, my heroes in the talk radio realm were saying, basically, "that while John McCain did well in exposing his socially Conservative side, we have to worry about him picking a Liberal as a running mate"... You know, like Lieberman or Ridge...

Oh, I was so happy, though, when I discovered this one great article just a couple days following the "Saddleback Civil Forum on the Presidency" and while I was worrying about John McCain picking a Liberal as a running mate. Drew Zahn at WorldNetDaily.com broke the story: Is mysterious website tipping off McCain's VP?

Alaska's Sarah Palin is a bold, first-term Republican governor, a former beauty pageant winner, a mother of five and, if a website of mysterious origin proves prophetic, she could be Sen. John McCain's choice for vice presidential running mate.

I went with that, right from the beginning. Several days before the actual announcement, I finally got that great banner graphic up on my blogs. I was really interested in what Sarah Palin could add to the McCain campaign. But, yet, I still had my doubts.

Yes, I said it. I had doubts about who John McCain really represents. When he publicly announced Sarah Palin as his running mate at the end of last week, though, I had to reconsider a few things. Was I seeing a light at the end of the tunnel? Was it possible that John McCain really is a Conservative? How was it possible that he would choose a person that could be such a hero for Conservatives if he didn't have those values himself?

Yes, I had a lot of questions, but I was feeling the electricity, the buzz of getting the right running mate, as being a brilliant decision. Of course, anyone that saw Sarah Palin's speech tonight would know already, it turns out to have been a decision that will be going down in history as a major political victory.

Now, there is the "Palin Power", and you best get over to that blog and see for yourself. You'll see for yourself that Sarah may seem to be the answer to stopping the ObamaNation. And now, you must, and you will, decide what kind of "change" you want for this country. But I'll give you one major hint: You can be on the winning side, or not. But the winning side has God on their side. And many of us should know for sure which one does or doesn't.

No, maybe the words, "Civil War" may not quite fit. Maybe it is the battle we've known was coming: it's a "Spiritual War". And I can definitely identify with the side I'm for! Are you going to be ready for that decision? I am, and I did. And, so did John McCain, and I'm NOW proud to be supporting him.

Related stories:

The Discombobulated Dream Team