Category Archives: 2008 Election

Lindsey Graham Leads The RINO Parade

Tonight, this from CNN:

Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd said he thinks Emanuel is a “great choice.”

“I know that he and Barack Obama have a very good relationship going back a long time. So it touches all of the critical elements, it seems to me, in beginning that kind of transition we’d like to have. So I think it’s a great choice, and I think the president-elect will be well-served with Rahm Emanuel,” he said.

Republican Lindsey Graham sided with Dodd and called Emanuel a “wise choice.” [emphasis mine]

I hold in my hand a blank voter registration card. If the Republican Party leadership doesn’t repudiate self-serving, aisle-crossing, Liberal-in-Conservative-Clothing RINOs like Lindsay Graham, Olympia Snow, Susan Collins, et al, I will re-register as “Decline to State.” Then, the RNC, NRSC, and all the other scum-sucking, money grubbing Republican PACs will never see a dime from me again.

P.S. – If Sarah Palin hadn’t been on the ticket, I would never have voted for John McCain.

P.S.S. – I’m tired of my Party’s representatives being geriatric dinosaurs or pasty white men who have to use a can of hairspray each day to keep their comb-overs in place.

Extra Reading:

Leadership questions in the GOP, HotAir.com

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One Republican’s View of the Election Defeat: The Fighter Still Remains

Early this morning, me and a colleague were sorting through all the paper in the communal printer’s output tray. She tentatively asked, ” So what did you think of the election yesterday?”

“My husband and I watched the hockey game and a video. Neither of us wanted to watch wall-to-wall pundits bleating over everything and nothing for eight hours.”

Near the bottom of the unclaimed papers, we found a printed email from our Director to one of the senior managers. It was an invite to a cocktail party to celebrate the end of the “W” era. The obviously personal email was filled with invectives against the President.

“You know, Bush has done some things that I don’t like, but this nastiness just isn’t right,” my colleague said furtively and glanced at me sideways.

“Don’t worry. I’m a Republican. I won’t turn you in to the Political Correctness Police.”

Her eyes widened. “Thank God. So am I. I never see you laughing when the others joke about Palin and McCain and other Republicans. My husband and I were both sooo upset last night.”

Welcome, once again, to my surreal job in Academia. After ten years of constant liberal braying and insults, I always assume that I’m the only conservative and that I am all alone. This little story illustrates the depth of fear that non-liberals enjoy while working for liberal universities.

That two people can share an office for a year, sit four feet away from each other during one of the most heated and high-profile political campaigns of recent history, and not know that they share the same political views because we’re both afraid to reveal ourselves and be ridiculed is poignant. Suddenly, the lone wolves are running parallel tracks. Defeat has brought strangers together. One multiplied is two, two multiplied is four, four becomes sixteen… reach out, organize and grow strong.

Useful Reading:

To Conservative Who Are Thinking About Tomorrow, Tony Blankley

A Way Out of the Wilderness, Jeff Flake

How the GOP Got Here, NRO Symposium

Congratulations, Sen. Obama: An Open Letter to the President-Elect, Matt Moon, The NextRight

Not the end of the world
, Chizumatic

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To My Conservative Friends: Don’t Dream It’s Over

Crowded House…

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California Proposition 1A: Suburban Sprawl with a Bullet

Tomorrow, California residents will be voting on Proposition 1A, a measure to finance construction of a high-speed “bullet” train. CalVoter.com
has posted a nice summary of the initiative’s glittering intentions:

  • Provides long-distance commuters with a safe, convenient, affordable, and reliable alternative to driving and high gas prices.
  • Reduces traffic congestions on the state’s highways and at the state’s airports.
  • Reduces California’s dependence on foreign oil.
  • Reduces air pollution and global warming greenhouse gases.
  • Establishes a clean, efficient 220 MPH transportation system.
  • Improves existing passenger rail lines serving the state’s major population centers.
  • Provides for California’s growing population.
  • Provides for a bond issue of $9.95 billion to establish high-speed train service linking Southern California counties, the Sacramento/San Joaquin Valley, and the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Provides that at least 90% of these bond funds shall be spent for specific construction projects, with private and public matching funds required, including, but not limited to, federal funds, funds from revenue bonds, and local funds.
  • Requires that use of all bond funds is subject to independent audits.
  • Appropriates money from the General Fund to pay bond principle and interest.
  • Fiscal Impact: State costs of about $19.4 billion, assuming 30 years to pay of both principle ($9.95 billion) and interest ($9.5 billion) costs of the bonds. Payments of about $647 million per year.
  • Fiscal Impact: When constructed, additional unknown costs, probably in excess of $1 billion a year, to operate and maintain a high-speed train system. The costs would be at least partially, and potentially fully, offset by passenger fare revenues, depending on ridership.

Most critiques of Proposition 1A have focused on the $9.95 billion projected cost of the bond. My fear is that constructing a high-speed bullet train between San Francisco and Los Angeles would bring the state one step closer to construction of an immense megalopolis between the two cities.

The coming new Ice Age, a world so overpopulated that humankind would cease to exist by the year 2000, and a giant megalopolis seen from space as a bright continuous blob of light between LA to SF were three of the prominent environmental scare stories that I was taught about in school in the late 60s and early 70s. In my child’s mind’s eye, the state was a vast, unknowable expanse. Stockton was just that–a stockyard town–not a sprawling suburb. Vacaville was a dusty farm town along the interstate whose only point of interest was the NutTree, a storefront along Hwy. 40 selling candy and treats and toys. All one has to do is to look at the impact that construction of the Interstate Highway system has had on California. It created a population explosion in what once had been farmland (e.g., Modesto, Stockton, Dixon, Fairfield, Vacaville, Fresno, Bakersfield). Small towns between San Francisco and Sacramento exploded into suburbs covered with houses and malls.

Construction of a high-speed rail system may be history repeating itself:

The Interstate Highways that were created to help protect and defend the United States of America were also to be used for commerce and travel. Though no one could have predicted it, the Interstate Highway was a major impetus for in the development of suburbanization and sprawl of U.S. cities. While Eisenhower never desired the Interstates to pass through or reach into the major cities of the U.S., it happened, and along with the Interstates came the problems of congestion, smog, automobile dependency, drop in densities of urban areas, the decline of mass transit, and others. [U.S Interstate Highway System at About.com]

The term “edge cities” was coined by Washington Post journalist and author Joel Garreau in his 1991 book Edge City: Life on the New Frontier. Garreau equates the growing edge cities at major suburban freeway interchanges around America as the latest transformation of how we live and work. These new suburban cities have sprung up like dandelions across the fruited plain, they’re home to glistening office towers, huge retail complexes, and are always located close to major highways. [Edge cities at About.com]

Environmental advocacy groups such as the Sierra Club are in favor of Proposition 1A.

“The Sierra Club supports Proposition 1A because a zero-emission high-speed train system will cut global warming pollution and help Californians move around without getting stuck in crowded airports and congested freeways,” said Bill Magavern, the Director of Sierra Club California. “Proposition 1A will save costly fuel and promote sustainable land use and urban revitalization. The California Air Resources Board projects that a high-speed rail system would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by a million metric tons in 2020. By 2030, when the whole system is in place, high-speed rail travel is anticipated to reduce California’s greenhouse gas emissions by up to 6 million tons per year.”

With major metropolitan cities limiting sprawl and creating greenbelts around their outer edges, the amount of land available for construction of single-family homes is declining. Environmental and conservation groups assume that the train’s clients will prefer to live in one of the two major urban areas servicing the rail system. This is naive beyond belief.

A high-speed rail system would create an incentive to build or expand cities into areas that have remained untouched (e.g., the Altamont Pass, Pacheco, Ontario, and Tehachapi).

Think twice before voting “yes.” You may be voting to create California’s version of BosWash, the megalopolis between Boston and Washington.

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No room for girlie men: Schwarzenegger & McCain

Full version (approx. 12 minutes):

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3 Stooges: Obama, Reid, Pelosi

Too funny to pass up…

“Where are those three loafers?”

“They’re in there, talking politics. I just heard one of them say, ‘Let’s have a New Deal’.”

– Harrison Greene & Hilda Title, ANTS IN THE PANTRY, 1938

Would you fight for this great Republic, and…”

“Republican?! Naw, I’m a Democrat!”

“Not me!! I’m a pedestrian!”

– Edward LeSaint, Moe and Curly, HALF-SHOT SHOOTERS, 1936

c/o ThreeStooges.Net

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You couldn’t fool your own mother on the foolingest day of your life with an electrified fooling machine!

The trouble with practical jokes is that very often they get elected. ~Will Rogers

Just to remind you, Barney Frank was one of the Democrats in the 110th Congress who was in a position to oversee and reform Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac before the September debacle. Barney Frank, in his own words (at 4:50 and 6:04) found no fault with Fannie/Freddie’s performance:

Frank was given a well-deserved tongue lashing for his failures and comments by Bill O’Reilly on the FoxNews show, The O’Reilly Factor.

Now, Barney Frank is shamelessly trying to cast blame for his own failure to oversee Fannie/Freddie onto the Republicans… Republicans such as Newt Gingrich, who hasn’t been in a member of Congress since 1998.

Boston.com is reporting the following exchange of comments by John McCain and Frank:

“You know, we’ve already seen a preview of their plans. It’s pretty simple and unfortunately pretty familiar: tax and spend. When the chairman of one of the most powerful committees, Barney Frank, says . . .” McCain said Friday night in Durango, Colo. “Here’s what he said, my friends, and I quote, ‘focus on an immediate increase in spending,’ we should take him at his word,” McCain went on. “And when he says there are, quote, ‘a lot of very rich people out there whom we can tax,’ it’s safe to assume he’s talking about you.”

Frank yesterday dismissed McCain’s words as “an appeal to prejudice” that he said reminded him of past Republican efforts to raise voter concerns about the prospect of congressmen Charles Rangel and John Conyers, who are black, becoming committee chairs.

“I’m flattered by this,” said Frank, who is gay. “But I don’t think I’m the single most important member of the House after Nancy Pelosi. There are also a lot of straight white men who are committee chairmen. [emphasis added]

Awww, the prejudiced bullies are picking on the poor, misunderstood little gay man from Massachusetts, the man who’s been sitting on his hands, doin’ nothin’ (North Central American English dialect) in Congress for 28 years.

How the voters in his Massachusetts district can continue to re-elect this shameless, spineless twit is beyond me. They let him off the hook for this:

In 1990, the House voted to reprimand Frank when it was revealed that Steve Gobie, a male escort whom Frank had befriended after hiring him through a personal advertisement, claimed to have conducted an escort service from Frank’s apartment when he was not at home. Frank fired Gobie earlier in 1990 and reported the incident to the House Ethics Committee after learning of Gobie’s activities. After an investigation, the Ethics Committee found no evidence that Frank had known of or been involved in the alleged illegal activity and dismissed all of Gobie’s more scandalous claims. The committee recommended that Frank receive a formal reprimand for his relationship with a prostitute. Attempts to expel or censure Frank, led by Republican member Larry Craig (who himself was later embroiled in his own gay sexual scandal), failed. Rather, the House voted 408-18 to reprimand Frank who later won re-election in 1990 with 66 percent of the vote, and has won by larger margins ever since.

And more details here:

Frank admitted a lengthy relationship with a male hooker who ran a bisexual prostitution service out of Frank’s apartment.

Not to mention this conflict of interest:

Unqualified home buyers were not the only ones who benefitted from Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank’s efforts to deregulate Fannie Mae throughout the 1990s.

So did Frank’s partner, a Fannie Mae executive at the forefront of the agency’s push to relax lending restrictions.

If there ever was a better argument for term limits, I can’t find one.

[Title quote from Homer Simpson]

EXTRA READING:

Video: Guy who helped wreck the economy touts his “work” on the subprime crisis, HotAir.com

Barney Frank: People Are Blaming Me For the Subprime Crisis Because I’m Gay, and Not Because I Blocked Reform and Determined We Should “Roll the Dice in Favor of Affordable Housing”, Ace of Spades

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