Can We Help? Yes We Can!

December 31, 2009

UPDATE: The guys at Hillbuzz are officially obsessed with getting Scott Brown elected. They’re putting their money where their mouth is, by volunteering and phone banking for Scott. The fact that they refer to him as Sen. Hottie McAwesome just makes it even better. We officially dub them “Hillbuzz McAwesome.”

 Some of you may be aware of the 2010 Senate and House races, where it is just within the realm of possibility that Republicans (hopefully conservative Republicans) could take back the House, and re-balance the Senate a bit more evenly. Hey, it’s possible.

But did you know that there’s a race coming up in January where we have a chance to make a great head-start in re-balancing the Senate? Yes, now that the “Lion of the Senate” has gone to meet his heavenly Maker, his Senate seat is up for grabs in a special election to be held on January 19, 2010. That’s less than three weeks away.

And girding his loins to sit in Merlin’s seat is Scott Brown, an actual Republican in Massachusetts. He’s up against MA Attorney General Martha Coakley, and give that this is Massachusetts, and that Scott is a Republican, it’s going to be a battle.

But you can help. Coakley has the might and money of the whole Democrat machine behind her. Mr. Brown has received a veritable pittance from national Republican committees.

GOP U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown has been all but abandoned by the same national Republican committees that pumped hundreds of thousands in campaign cash to former governors Mitt Romney and William Weld during their long-shot bids for U.S. Senate.

The snub has outraged local Republicans who say national conservatives should be jumping at the chance to nab the first open Senate seat in decades despite Brown’s tough odds in the Jan. 19 special election.

And you don’t have to be from Massachusetts to help. Similar to the “Ten Dollars for Tark” effort to help Danny Tarkanian unseat Harry Reid in Nevada, folks from all over the country can donate $10 (or more if you can) to help Scott Brown become the first Republican Senator in Massachusetts since Henry Cabot Lodge whoops! Ed Brooke.

Donate here. Follow his Twitter feed here. And help bloggers spread the word!


2012: It’ll Be Here Before We Know It

December 30, 2009


You can bet your bottom dollar that the Democrats are already planning for 2012. In fact, President “I’d Rather Be Campaigning” still has his political organization mobilized and working toward his re-election.

If Obama is to be defeated in 2012, the GOP had better start girding its loins now for a massive fight to take back the country. And it will be a fight. We have all seen the new “transparency” that President Obama has brought to the White House. It’s a style strangely reminiscent of Chicago bare-knuckles “they send one of yours to the hospital, you send one of theirs to the morgue” type of brawling that is so popular with Obama and his buddies at ACORN and the SEIU.

But there’s another twist to 2012 that the boys at Hillbuzz are pointing out; we need to find and groom the best Conservative candidate for 2012 and not allow the media to choose him/her for us–because the media will deliberately “annoint” a Republican candidate who can’t possibly win:

…[W]e believe the current president’s unprecedented decision to maintain his political campaign organization, in perpetual campaign mode, during his presidency means that in 2011, if not sooner, Democrats will work aggressively to select a doomed Republican presidential candidate for 2012.  We believe, as we repeatedly say here, the MSM is already at work on this, pushing “The Five Horsemen of the GOP 2012 Apocalypse”… None of these men can do what needs to be done in 2012:

(1) Provide an obvious, clearcut, immediate remedy to Dr. Utopia, since a winning GOP candidate must be a narrative answer to all of Dr. Utopia’s failures

(2) Excite supporters to hit the ground, phone bank, donate, and work their tails off to take back the White House

(3) Control the campaign’s message despite the media’s every effort to sabotage and destroy it

Amen to that! In the same post they pull out another hard truth that we may wish were untrue, but that we disregard at our extreme peril, as we did in 2000, 2004, and 2008:

Republicans need to understand they are not just up against the DNC and the White House.  They are also going to have to run against the MSM itself in 2012.  The MSM is 100% committed to re-electing Dr. Utopia.  Many, such as Chris Matthews at MSNBC, have said on air their job is to see that he succeeds.  The only positive thing we can say about the MSM, thus, is that they are so open about what they are doing.  They are no longer journalists, but de facto political staff volunteering for Dr. Utopia while being paid as “journalists”. [Emphasis mine]

Since 2004 when Newsweek editor Evan Thomas readily admitted that media bias could account for as much as 15 points in the election, the mainstream media has gone nearly 100% into the bag for our current President. If the Republican National Committee has a hope of retaking the White House, they’d better start planning now how to combat not just the Democrat Party, the unions, and the community organizations like ACORN, but also the fourth estate, which has thrown away any and all pretense to journalistic integrity and is going whole hog for the Obama and the Democrats.

So let’s get started. All we have to do is find a great candidate…


Preventing Terrorist Attacks: A Modest Proposal

December 30, 2009


Want to cut down on the chances that another undy-bomber will be able to attack a U.S.-bound passenger plane? Want to avoid the embarrassment of having a “systemic failure” of your airline security by allowing would-be terrorists onto U.S. jets in the first place? Here’s a simple solution.

Since Yemen seems to be today’s big threat and the next battlefield in this war, anyone from Yemen — or whose passport shows they have visited Yemen — who wishes to board a plane to the U.S. has two choices: be subject to a thorough strip and body cavity search before being allowed on, or turn around and leave, with the caveat that your name will then promptly be added to the no-fly list.

Once that is up and running smoothly, we can add other countries to the “strip or skip” list as needed.

It may not answer all issues, but it’s easy to implement, requires no new technology, requires no extra training, and could be an immediate deterrent.

Or, you could just blame Bush.


Mailing It In

December 29, 2009


You can’t blame him, really. After all, he’s on vacation. So to ask the President to sound, well, presidential as he makes his “reassuring” little speech about the Christmas Day attempted terrorist attack three whole days after the event,  is really a bit much. And I think it’s entirely understandable that he sounds rather perfunctory.

Oh, and that “…we will not rest until we find all who were involved and hold them accountable” bit? Hyperbole? Poetic license? Mere rehtoric?

You tell me.


It’s All Yours, Madame Secretary

December 28, 2009


Regardless of whether airport screening and security worked (DHS Secretary Napolitano, Saturday) or failed (Napolitano, Sunday), the system as it currently exists is all hers. Fox News gets Secretary Napolitano to admit that she in fact had reviewed the system, despite the fact that she tries to blame its failures on the Bush administration.

Janet, this one’s all yours, baby!

See the full interview here, and count how many times our current DHS Secretary tries to blame the previous administration for the miserable failure in security.


H/T: Free Republic

Napolitano: “The System Worked”

December 28, 2009


UPDATE: Oops, she was wrong. “The system failed miserably.” I still say she should be fired.

In what kind of Cloud Cuckoo Land is our Secretary of Homeland Security living?

“…[O]ne thing I’d like to point out is that the system worked. Everybody played an important role here. The passengers and crew of the flight took appropriate action. Within literally an hour to 90 minutes of the incident occurring, all 128 flights in the air had been notified to take some special measures in light of what had occurred on the Northwest Airlines flight.”

So the system that worked allowed a man, one whose own father reported him for extremism to our embassy, to walk right onto a plane, wearing underwear full of a deadly and volatile explosive, and then attempt to detonate that explosive. That’s the system that worked?  

We’re counting now on the incompetence of terrorists to prevent things like PETN from detonating on a plane, killing all on board and possibly killing hundreds more as flaming debris rains down on Detroit Metropolitan Airport. That’s the system that worked?

We’re supposed to hope that there are enough brave people on board plance who will tackle would-be terrorists and prevent further damage to our airplanes? That’s the system that worked? 

Pardon me while I change all my future travel plans to Amtrak.

PETN is an incredibly volatile explosive. Take a look at what approximately 8 ounces can do:

“The system worked.”

Throughtout this year, Janet Napolitano has beclowned herself. This is just her latest delusion. Fire her and replace her with someone who doesn’t have her head lodged so firmly where the sun don’t shine.


Bowie + Bing Still = Christmas Magic 30 Years On…

December 25, 2009

It was September, 1977. Bing Crosby was in England, taping a Christmas special to be broadcast here in America.  It could have wound up being just another show of traditional Christmas music… stuff we had all heard 100 times or more… But this was Bing Crosby, crooner extraordinaire. Bing was getting on in years but his laid back delivery was still spot on.

The sad truth was, less than a month later, Crosby would be gone.  So it was an especially meaningful show to watch, as it didn’t air in America until after his passing. And we all knew his kind of performer will likely never come this way again. 

As a  young man, I watched this 1977 Christmas special, partly because Crosby was gone and even as a young man, I understood Crosby’s stature in show business. But I was also interested in watching a young emerging star named David Bowie.

I don’t think anyone was quite prepared for the appropriately conservative performance we were about to see. It was a traditional Christmas rendition of “The Little Drummer Boy.” But something new had been added. New words and music layered on top of the traditional melody and lyric.

It was one of those moments of serendipity that catches people off-guard… at the end of the century, TV Guide would credit the Crosby-Bowie duet as one of the 25 most memorable musical moments of 20th century television.

In the new portion, Bowie sings hopefully: 

Peace on Earth
Can it be?
Years from now,
Perhaps we’ll see
See the day of Glory
See the day when men of good will
live in peace, live in peace, again
Peace on Earth…
Can it be?

Today, some 32 years later, we’re still asking the same question. My generation certainly has failed in the task. Still, my wish for you all this Christmas:

I pray my wish
will come true
for my child
and your child too
They’ll see the day of glory
see the day when men of good will
Live in peace, live in peace, once again.
Peace on earth
Can it be?

In the 20th Century, we proved we cannot do it alone. Maybe we’ll learn our lesson here, in the 21st. Because if we don’t, there may not be a 22nd.

May God help us find our way… we’re not doing such a good job on our own. And that is why I choose to believe, and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ today.

H/T YouTube poster Sungchoi

Gerry Ashley