September 26, 2008


Ed Morrissey at HotAir noticed that the indictments are flying. It seems a federal grand jury would like to speak with some of the friends of Angelo Mozilo, the beleaguered CEO of Countrywide Mortgage, who got sweetheart deals on mortgages and loans–deals not available to the common folks.

Already public among these “friends of Angelo” are Senators Chris Dodd and Kent Conrad, Donna Shalala, Richard Holbrooke, Fannie Mae CEO Jim Johnson, and many others. We now discover that the woman many feel was behind the intelligence failures leading to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Jamie Gorelick, is also a good friend of Angelo Mozilo.

Of course, if she were still just a lowly Deputy Attorney General, she and Angelo might not have been so chummy. However, after her “Wall of separation” and 9/11 Commission “experience,” little Jamie came up in the world. Despite her seeming lack of economic experience, she was deemed fit to be named Vice Chairman of Fannie Mae. During her tenure there, she not only took in $26 million, but her company was embroiled in a multi-billion dollar accounting scandal, out of which Jamie got a bonus of nearly a million dollars. Here is a woman worthy of being a friend of Angelo, indeed.

And what a friend Angelo was! His “special friends” unit handled her $960,000 mortgage re-finance with kid gloves and, no doubt, low interest rates and fees. And little Jamie claims she was unaware of the preferential treatment. I’d like to think that a person bright enough to help head up Fannie Mae is bright enough to know when she’s getting a break on interest rates and fees. Is she stupid? Or is she lying? Neither choice is flattering to her, or to any of Angelo’s other special friends, who are already making the same claim.

I’m sure there are times when we all wish we had a “friend” like Angelo. On second thought, maybe not. I don’t like the kind of “invitations” his friends are currently receiving. And while having to choose between stupidity and perjury is less than appetizing to any of them, I hope they all choke on it.


Coinage of the Realm

September 24, 2008


It got to the point a long time ago where we coined a new term, stubris, to describe Obama’s stupidly hubristic words, ideas, and actions. The list is quite long already, and we’re about to add to it:

  • Sen. Obama complains about the price of arugula to the common folk.
  • Big “O” hand symbol
  • Soviet-style glorification posters 
  • “Vero Possumus” faux Presidential seal
  • O-Force 1, the campaign plane with two Obama seals painted on it but only one tiny American flag
  • O-Force 1, with the royal throne with “President” embroidered on it
  • The “citizen of the world” speech in Berlin
  • Grandiose staging with Greek columns for his address to the Democratic Convention

Most of those pale in comparison with the latest. As reported by the Birmingham Post, a small company in Birmingham is making commemorative coins for the ever-optimistic Barack Obama. The obverse of the coins show the profile of Sen. Obama superimposed over an image of the White House. It has not been reported what the reverse will show, but based on past behavior, I have a few ideas:

  • Obama with olive branches in one hand and 13 arrows in the other
  • Obama in a Roman toga in front of Roman columns
  • Obama posed as Rodin’s “Thinker
  • Obama holding the world on his shoulders, a la Atlas
  • Obama parting the Red Sea
  • Michelangelo’s Obama giving the spark of Life to Adam

I’m sure there are other ideas out there. Please share!


McCain Trumps Obama

September 24, 2008

 McCain Trumps Obama: Suspends Campaign, Returning To Senate To Address Financial Emergency, Calling For Bi-Partisan Effort

In a brilliant display of LEADERSHIP, Senator John McCain announced moments ago that he is suspending his campaign effective immediately in order to participate in the Senate hearings to address the financial crisis.

This is a brillant move on the part of McCain that undoubtedly has the Obama campaign kicking themselves for several reasons:

  • It’s the right thing to do. This is the biggest financial crisis this country has faced yet. Warren Buffett described it today as “An Economic Pearl Harbor.”
  • For either Senator to continue campaigning and passing at the opportunity to part of the solution would be the ultimate display of indifference to the American Taxpayer.
  • McCain got it and acted on it. Obama didn’t. In time of crisis, you want the person who knows how to respond and does so first to be your leader. McCain clearly scores in this area. Such is the value of a leader with EXPERIENCE. 

Where was Obama? Holding a rally at Knology Park (minor league baseball field in Dunedin, Florida). 

McCain announced he is requesting the debate Friday be postponed until Congress has addressed the bailout issue and says he is contacting Obama and requesting that he join him. The breaking news now is that Obama requests a “joint statement” with the McCain campaign. Translation: You trumped us on this, now we want the chance to appear Presidential too.

Ladies and Gentlemen, we’ve just seen a sampling of how each man would run the country as President in time of crisis: McCain knew his priorities and TOOK ACTION.  Barack had to be informed the right course of action and immediately took steps to try to make it look like it was his idea all along. Again, the difference is EXPERIENCE and McCain Just showed us all how important that is.

Stay tuned.

Gerry Ashley

John McCain Just Became the Next President of the United States

September 24, 2008

While Biden and Obama were lost, John McCain just did something that locked up his presidency. He suspended his campaign, asked for cooperation across the aisles, and called upon the President in order to bring full force to bear on the economic mess. (

He has also asked that the presidential debate over foreign policy (his strongest suit) be suspended.

This is what Americans have been looking for – selflessness and leadership.

Expect follow ups from here as events unfurl.

Alan Speakman

Don’t Give Up. Now Is the Time to Show Our Best.

September 24, 2008

For the past week, we’ve been inundated with various economic doomsday predictions due to the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac debacles. We’ve yet to see the potential depth of the abyss. Oh, we can see the hole in the earth, we just don’t yet have a light beam strong enough to see absolute bottom.

And so come the questions:

  • What will it take to fix this mess?
  • Do we have the ability to fix it?
  • How bad is this, really? No, really.

As Americans, this is where we look for that instant solution, that panacea. “Yeah, yeah, alright, let’s get on with it already! I’ve got stuff to do and places to go!”

Only this one is going to be felt. This isn’t a situation for a band-aid. We’re talking a body cast and full traction, folks. We will feel this impact, potentially, for years to come. And that’s only if we do this the right way… the HARD way. But this is not necessarily a bad thing completely. In point of fact, it’s actually an opportunity for us to “right” this ship we’re on. Let me explain.

Here are a couple of points not open to debate:

  • We are not going to make it through this economic event unscathed. The only question is how badly will we each be affected?
  • Character: You either have it, or you don’t. There’s no way through this kind of event without it. Those without character will stick out like Barack Obama at aToastmaster’s meeting without his teleprompter.
  • The Good News: This is the kind of event that defines our character, that lets us show who we really are. And those who do NOT havecharacter will have the chance to develop it.

Sadly, we know there will be people in our society who won’t be able to deal with the changes we’re likely to see. Some may use the current situation as an excuse to resort to violence, rioting (depending on how bad things get), and perhaps worse.

Stay with me for a moment. Some five years ago, I lost just about everything I owned. I was out of work for nearly a year except for what I was able to scrape together with my photography and my writing. There were times when I felt I wouldn’t make it. But, like Peter Gabriel’s inspirational song, “Don’t Give Up,” I quickly discovered I had friends to encourage me when times got rough. And ROUGH it got…

in this proud land we grew up strong
we were wanted all along
I was taught to fight, taught to win
I never thought I could fail

Just when things seemed to be hopeless, I had that moment of clearness some speak of. It no longer became a question of how long my situation would last. The answer was, “Only as long as you let it.”

It wasn’t easy, but I sucked it up and some two years later when I made it back on my feet financially, I looked back and realized how much of my misfortune turned out to be a blessing in disguise. I was forced to make changes to my lifestyle that ultimately made sense and helped me to “right my own ship.” It made me realize how insignificant so many things I used to worry about were. In fact, I felt like I had climbed Mt. Everest. So will you. And when you reach the mountain top, just know it was character that brought you to the summit.

Sometimes it’s good to be forced back to discovering the basics about yourself and what you are made of. That’s what happened to those Americans who went through the depression. It built the kind of character needed by those who brought us through World War II victoriously.

It was the dream of those who got us through that war to create a world where we would never have to face the kinds of trials they did. And they were successful in doing that for some 60 plus years. Now it’s OUR TURN to do the same for the next generations. My question to you is blunt and simple: DO YOU HAVE THE CHARACTER TO MOVE FORWARD? Think carefully, because the answer to that question will determine what kind of country we leave for our children and their children… or whether we leave behind a country at all.

Gerry Ashley

Just In: Democrats To Allow Off-Shore Ban To Expire

September 23, 2008


This just in off the wires: The Democratic Party will allow the off-shore ban on drilling for oil to expire. As you may recall, President Bush struck down the Executive Ban on off-shore drilling several months back, but the Do-Nothing Democratic Congress refused to go along. This resulted in countless e-mails and phone calls from citizens demanding a Congressional decision to go forward with the drilling.

With 42 days until the election, it really comes as no surprise to me. This could easily be in response to pressure on incumbant Democrats up for re-election. The details are still to follow, and as more information is available, we’ll analyze it and have more comments on the development, but this is a watershed decision by the Democratic party.


Falling Victim to a Classic Blunder

September 23, 2008


Sen. Obama chose Sen. Biden as his running mate. It’s a done deal, there’s no going back. Obama very pointedly did not select Sen. Clinton; in fact, he didn’t even bother to have her vetted. Courtesy might have suggested that his staff do a cursory vetting; dignity might have recommended it; prudence might have dictated it. Regardless, Obama and his staff very publicly left Hillary off the short list, and in doing so:

“You fell victim to one of the classic blunders. The most famous is ‘Never get involved in a land war in Asia,’ but only slightly less well known is this: ‘Never go in against a Clinton when an election is on the line.”

And so having gone in against a Clinton and so casually dismissed her after his Primary victory, Obama fell victim to a classic blunder: he underestimated the Clintons. He probably expected them to campaign for him. After all, Democrats must stick together and win the White House back from the horrible regime of Chimpy McHitlerburton and his Evil League of Evil. Party solidarity trumps all else…

Or does it? In the case of the Clintons, the answer is clearly, “No, it does not.” Oh, they’ll pretend to support him. They’ll pay lip service to the party line and the nominee. They may even say some nice things about him and Sen Biden. But full-throated support? Not even close. We have seen this frequently since Sen. Clinton stepped down suspended her campaign. Her speech to the convention in Denver: about Obama? No, about Hillary Clinton. Her support in speeches around the country has been at best tepid, and at worst has elicited responses from concerned party members. At a recent rally in Florida: “It was a platonic type of endorsement,” Mr. Montes said. “It wasn’t real love. She’s just doing what she’s supposed to be doing.” And “’She should have been a little more forceful and more convincing.’ Ms. Payne said.”

Obama’s lack of understanding of the Clinton mindset could prove to be his Achilles heel, the thing that in the end, dooms his candidacy. It reinforces a sort of naivete or obliviousness to the politicking going on, not just behind his back, but in speeches and on national television. It once again calls into question his judgment; and with no executive experience, only a few days in the Senate, and extremely questionable friends and associates, his judgment is about all he has to campaign on. How’s that working out for you, Senator?

The latest example of his confusion and mis-underestimation concerning the Clintons came yesterday, courtesy of The View. Here’s Bill, discussing whom to vote for, noticeably lacking that clarion call of support to Obama:

Never count the Clintons out. Never.