Who Am I Today?

August 11, 2009


Let’s see, this week, I guess I am the Mob:

Earlier this summer I was Neda. This past Spring, I was simultaneously Roxana Saberi and Israeli.

Last summer, I was Sarah Palin.

Also last summer, I — along with everyone else — was Georgian (the country, not the state).

Oh, and last autumn I was Joe the Plumber.

Who am I today? I am a typical American. I got where I am through hard work and with the love and support of my family and friends. I am proud of my country and think it’s the best place in the world to live. I am proud of our military men and women who put their lives in danger for us every day. I am proud of my family and my neighbors. I identify with other hard-working people, whether they carry briefcases or wear hardhats.

Today, I am one of a growing number of people who are becoming alarmed at the direction in which this country is headed. I am a part of what was once known as the Silent Majority, but I’m finding my voice now.

Today, and tomorrow, and next week and next year, I am millions of Americans — tens of millions, a hundred million — who are about to take back our country.

Who am I? By myself, I’m nobody. But watch out. You’ll know me when you see me. I’m part of that Mob.



Obama, Orwellian Math, and a “Joe the Plumber-ism”

March 27, 2009

For me, a couple of things leapt out of the opening remarks in President Obama’s March 26 Virtual Town Hall” – a touch of Orwellian math and a classic “Joe the Plumber-ism”.

As for “1984” aspect… Yesterday, President Obama stood there and bluntly stated that he he had a budget plan that “cuts the massive deficits we’ve inherited in half by the end of my first term.” And everyone applauded.

Ummm… Did anyone stop to think that by Obama’s own account, his deficit will be roughly $600 billion vs. the $400 billion Dubya left behind. Not to mention that by the end of this year, again, by Obama’s own account, we will have a deficit of $1.75 trillion!


Why is it that everyone didn’t say, “Huh?” Am I missing something, or is it that the rest of the world’s collective eyeballs and brain cells were glazed over by Big Brother Obama? Maybe everyone thinks that 600 is half of 400…

Secondly, the president stated that he would “…build an economy in which prosperity is broadly shared.” Isn’t that kinda the same thing he said to Joe the plumber when he suggested that “when you spread the wealth around it’s good for everybody”?

I’m so confused…

Alan Speakman

Thwarted in O-hi-o

December 6, 2008

It keeps getting worse and worse for the state of Ohio, and a civil suit is looking easier and easier for Joe the Plumber to win these days.

The latest: a state worker who ran what she was told was an authorized  check on Joe Wurzelbacher says she was implicitly threatened with being fired if she didn’t particpate in a cover-up of the actions. As reported by the Columbus Dispatch:

Vanessa Niekamp, an administrator for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services’ Office of Child Support and a 15-year state employee, said that when Deputy Director Doug Thompson came into her office, “He appeared very upset, his neck was bright red, and he was shaking. He closed my door.”

Thompson told her she must write an e-mail to the agency’s information-security officer, and then “dictated word for word” what she wrote, Niekamp said. He also reminded her that she could be fired at any time, she said.

We are reminded that Ms. Niecamp is the woman who debunked the story being floatedat the time that it was common practice in Ohio for state workers to do checks on any Ohioan suddenly thrust into the public eye.

As usual, for folks like Doug Thompson and Helen Jones Kelley, it’s never the illicit action that ends up being the problem. It’s always the cover-up. You’d think they’d learn.


Media Bias and Joe the Plumber

October 24, 2008

I’m sure by now nobody is surprised by the blatant and not-so-blatant bias our very own mainstream media displays so frequently, and at times, so proudly. This time, Joe the Plumber is in the crosshairs.

Recently, someone in Columbus, OH used government computers to access information about Joe Wurzelbacher.  No-one is quite sure who accessed the information, or why, but information about Mr. Wurzelbacher was accessed at least three times by the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles, and at least once from the Cuyahoga County Child Support Enforcement Agency. Accounts used to access the information trace back to the office of the Ohio Attorney General, the Cuyahoga County Child Support Enforcement Agency, and the Toledo Police Department.

Seems like somebody is looking for dirt on Mr. Wurzelbacher. I wonder who it could be? Interestingly enough, the Columbus Dispatch report is studiously vague about motives for such snooping, and as for why anyone might be interested in Joe, well, here’s what they have to say:

State and local officials are investigating if state and law-enforcement computer systems were illegally accessed when they were tapped for personal information about “Joe the Plumber.”

Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher became part of the national political lexicon Oct. 15 when Republican presidential candidate John McCain mentioned him frequently during his final debate with Democrat Barack Obama. [emphasis mine]

The 34-year-old from the Toledo suburb of Holland is held out by McCain as an example of an American who would be harmed by Obama’s tax proposals.

Yes, it’s all John McCain’s fault that Joe is in the public eye. Because Joe asked McCain an embarrassing question, and Sen. McCain was just judgementally-impaired enough to give Joe an honest answer, in full view of the press. Oh wait, that wasn’t McCain, it was Obama! What a silly mistake. Anyone could make it, right?

No. It’s just another example of the Fifth Column Fourth Estate trying desperately to re-write history. Don’t let them get away with it.


We Hope He’ll Change

October 22, 2008


Christopher Buckley. Susan Eisenhower. Christopher Hitchens. Dennis Hopper. And now, Colin Powell. All these people have at least one thing in common these days: they are part of a small spate of conservative-leaning public figures who have declared themselves for Obama. These freshly-minted Obamanoids give all sorts of reasons for their apparent change of hearts and/or minds. But all those reasons boil down to one thing, which Christopher Buckley eloquently and optimistically stated thusly:

But having a first-class temperament and a first-class intellect, President Obama will (I pray, secularly) surely understand that traditional left-politics aren’t going to get us out of this pit we’ve dug for ourselves.

Buckley prays (secularly, of course) that Obama will figure out that leftist politics don’t work and suddenly embrace a right-leaning agenda?  I really don’t see how any of these folks can expect Sen. Obama, if he is elected, to abandon the far-left policies and “principles” he has embraced and advocated throughout his short, empty political career. Clearly, that’s the Change they’re Hoping for, but here’s a newsflash: it ain’t gonna happen. And when it doesn’t, you’ll have only yourselves to blame for falling for an engaging and eloquent empty suit.

Luckily for you all, your financial positions likely won’t be affected too much by Obama’s strategies. You  have accountants and tax people to tell you how to get out of paying as much of Obama’s “spread the wealth” policy as possible. That of course, leaves it up to the Joe the Plumbers to foot the bill for all the new tax-and-spend policies we’ll be seeing if The One is elected.

But all those Joes clearly don’t matter much to these folks. I wonder what does.


Don’t Let It Go Down the Memory Hole

October 20, 2008

Poor Joe the Plumber is taking an awful beating these days. He has been investigated to within an inch of his life, he’s been misquoted, he’s been maligned, his words have been distorted beyond recognition. And why? Why all the vitriol for a regular joe, who dared to ask a question? Of Obama. With the press recording every word. Joe didn’t seek out Obama, certainly. Obama, scenting a great “regular guy” moment, barged right up to Joe Wurzelbacher in Joe’s yard and started schmoozing. So Joe asked a simple question.

Nobody hates Joe for asking the question. No, they all hate him for the answer Obama gave. They can’t forgive Joe for eliciting the response that has echoed at least through the blogosphere, a casual, off the cuff, and unscripted remark that came from the heart. A response which the Obama campaign (including the mainstream media) is now desperately trying to shove down the memory hole, for it reveals Obama as what he truly is, a staunch socialist.

“It’s not that I want to punish your success. I want to make sure that everybody who is behind you, that they’ve got a chance for success, too. My attitude is that if the economy’s good for folks from the bottom up, it’s gonna be good for everybody. I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.” (emphasis mine)

“Spread the wealth around.” There you have it.

Don’t let this answer go the way of Wright, Pfleger, Meeks, Rezko, Ayers, and so many other of Obama’s campaign “problems.” Shout this one from the rooftops. Blog it. IM it. Text it. Email it. Watercooler talk it. Obama is a socialist. There are still two weeks before the election, and regardless of what others have blogged about here at Grand Rants, I don’t believe that the American electorate, given all the facts, is blind enough to elect Mr. Hopey Changey Socialist.

“Spread the wealth around.” Keep it going. Pay it forward.