Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Monday, January 28, 2008

a live note about the President's State of the Union (2008)

While President Bush was talking about No Child Left Behind as a "bipartisan effort" and a "good law" Ted Kennedy was sitting next to Barak Obama (whom he endorsed for President today). Senator Obama was staring ahead as if he had heat vision. Senator Kennedy looked down, as if adjusting glasses. Neither were clapping. I've read that Obama has qualms with the Bush 43's education bill in his autobiography. Ted Kennedy's hostility is puzzling because he wrote the bill. Apparently alliances demand a revisionist sort of history.

ultimate candidate obligation quote by Ashcroft

"a political candidate at his best is a trustee of the people. A trustee has a responsibility to guard the assets of others with a higher degree of care than he does his own. Those who nominated the candidate deserved the best effort possible." - John Ashcroft Never Again p 31

Friday, January 25, 2008

goshdamed communists

“They were so desperate to slow the advance of the German Sixth Army that they would send us into battle without weapons. Among the Red Army soldiers in front of us, there was quite a lot of panic. When they heard that the Germans were on their flanks, they started to run. To get rifles or submachine guns we had to take them from these men. Sometimes we even had to fight them for the weapons” *Russian soldiers account of the battle of Stalingrad*

"The Capitalists will sell us the very rope, from which we will use to hang them." *Vladimir Lenin*

"We're at war with the most dangerous enemy that has ever faced man kind in its long climb from the swamps to the stars; and its been said if we lose that war, and in so doing lose this way of freedom of ours,
history will record with the greatest astonishment, that those who had the most to lose, did the least to prevent it from happening, well I think its time we ask ourselves if we still know the freedoms that were intended for us by the founding fathers." *Ronald Reagan*

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Fred Thompson MySpace Bulletin - the End

From: Fred Thompson

Date: Jan 22, 2008 2:57 PM
Subject: Statement from Sen. Fred Thompson
Body: Senator Fred Thompson today issued the following statement about his campaign for President:

"Today I have withdrawn my candidacy for President of the United States. I hope that my country and my party have benefited from our having made this effort. Jeri and I will always be grateful for the encouragement and friendship of so many wonderful people."

Thanks for your support, everyone.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Duncan Hunter MySpace Bulletin - we end this campaign

From: Duncan Hunter in 2008

Date: Jan 19, 2008 11:45 PM
Subject: Tonight, we end this campaign...
Body: We started this campaign a year ago right here, in San Diego Harbor, against the backdrop of American Naval power. We launched a campaign emphasizing a strong national defense, enforceable borders and restoring the industrial base of America.

Today we end this campaign. The Nevada caucuses reflecting only 2% of the vote for me. I ran the campaign exactly the way I wanted to, and at this point not being able to gain traction in conservative states of Nevada and South Carolina, it's time to allow our volunteers and supporters to focus on the campaigns that remain viable.

It's time for me to gear up for 2008's defense bill that will be put together over the coming weeks. There is work to be done in the areas of troop protection and new capabilities to be deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. And over the horizon, the emergence of Communist China as a military super power will require a new emphasis on U.S. capabilities in undersea warfare, space, and long range air-power.

The best way to maintain a new era of peace is for the U.S. to remain strong. Over the coming year I will endeavor to help craft a defense bill that meets the new security challenges.

Since our campaign began over 200,000 additional manufacturing jobs have been lost. 1.8 million jobs have left the U.S. for China. This fracturing of the U.S. industrial base is a long term threat to America. I hope that the remaining candidates will recognize it and address it. As the senior Republican on the House Armed Services Committee, I will seek to address it.

Only hours ago a border patrolman was killed in the California Desert. This tragedy emphasizes more than ever the compelling case for the completion of the border fence. Since I wrote the bill that mandates 854 miles of double border fence only a few miles have been constructed. Over the next year in Congress I will do everything in my power to get that fence built.

Finally, for Lynn and me, the campaign over the last year has shown us this: America is a wonderful country. Our people have great character and goodness, and the meeting of new friends has enriched our lives.

The failure of our campaign to gain traction is mine and mine alone. But we have driven the issues of national security, the border fence, the emergence of China and the need to reverse bad trade policy. Because of that, this campaign has been very worthwhile, and for the Hunter family, a lot of fun.

To our friends and supporters and volunteers: many thanks. And now it's time for me to focus on developing a 2008 defense bill that serves our troops and our nation.

Thanks, and God Bless America,

Duncan Hunter

America's Accumalating Abortion Aversion

Over on Real Clear Politics Steve Chapman lays out how the number of abortions have dropped across the nation compared to pregnancies. Abortionists insist that America wants to tear children from their wombs, bleeding and convulsing, except that there are not enough abortion clinics to do so. Free market capitalists retort that if there really were such a demand for abortions across the country as abortionists insist there is, the market would supply abortion clinics to meet the aforementioned demand. The conclusion of the article is that the nationwide desire and bland general approval of abortions has decreased.

I agree with the article, if only because it is so logical in its argumentation.

Abortion aversion would be a good thing.


I'm having trouble remembering Gloria Steinem


Gloria Steinem, undercover as a Playboy Bunny for an expose on the New York Playboy Club, 1962

Friday, January 18, 2008

South Carolina finds Mike Huckabee moving right on immigration while John McCain stays left

I find Mike Huckabee's rise towards the Presidency only mildly encouraging because I believe ultimately he may be browbeaten towards doing the right (conservative) thing. Part of his rightward shift is this Tancredo-like move.
Gov. Mike Huckabee yesterday continued to move to the right on immigration during this year's presidential campaign, signing a pledge to enforce immigration laws and to make all illegal aliens go home.

The pledge, offered by immigration control advocacy group Numbers USA, commits Mr. Huckabee to oppose a new path to citizenship for current illegal aliens and to cut the number of illegal aliens already in the country through attrition by law enforcement — something Mr. Huckabee said he will achieve through his nine-point immigration plan.

"Some would say it's a tough plan. It is, but it's also fair and reasonable," Mr. Huckabee said.
John McCain isn't doing so well on that front, as people putting pressure on him for immigration policies, which included cuddling with Ted Kennedy in all the wrong ways. Further problems come from
charges from a group called Vietnam Veterans Against McCain.

The McCain campaign said the veterans group is circulating fliers that say Mr. McCain turned his back on fellow prisoners of war in order to receive special treatment while in captivity in Vietnam.
That sounds almost like a conspiracy theory to me, but I do not know the facts or the truth.

Eaton County GOP call to convention

Date and Time: Thursday, February 7th. 2008 from 7:00PM to 8:00PM*
The meeting will be a "Call to Convention," where we vote on delegates to the State Party Convention. The convention is usually held first and then the regular meeting. Please arrive early if you want to vote.
*Regular meetings are the first Tuesday of the month, unless posted otherwise.
Place: Tony M's
Home-cooked Italian meals and refreshing beverages.
3420 South Creyts Road (map)
Lansing, MI 48917
Parking: Free and plentiful around the building.
Attire: Casual, most people come directly from work on meeting night.
Eligibility: Anyone with an open mind. New members are always welcome.
Costs: The meeting has always been free to attend. Food and beverage is the responsibility of the guest.
Notes: Many members arrive at 6:00PM to buy dinner or stay after for drinks and conversation.

2008 Republican State Convention:

Date and Time: February 15th. and 16th., 2008
Place: Lansing Center
333 East Michigan Ave.
Lansing, MI 48933
Parking: Please see the Lansing Center website for parking options.
Attire: Both formal and casual events.
Eligibility: Must be an elected Eaton County Delegate or Alternate to the convention.
Costs: Handled by the attendee, hotel and other discounts may be available.
Lansing Center Hotel Partners
Notes: Information packets will be mailed to each Delegate or Alternate.

Romney lowers expectations

Romney lowers expectations and won Michigan through his populist, optimistic message.

His message was Granholmesque. I've touched on it before. I'll do it again later.

Fred Thompson's Africa

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

a copy of my old Blog roll

The following has been in my side bar, unfortunately unedited, for the past year as I reckon. It should be more flexible and fixed. So many of these sites are stupid or dead and so many just should be on the list but are not. So I will keep a copy of this thing so I don't forget anything.

After all.

Needless to say a Template Update is coming.

The Corner on NRO
The Mark Levin Blog on NRO
David Frum's Diary
Victor Davis Hanson's Private Papers
Various and Sundry (Augie De Blieck Jr.)
VandS Politics
Rep. Jack Hoogendyke
Blogs For Bush
Blogs for Terri
Political Mavens
Legal XXX
Copious Dissent
Power Line
Captain's Quarters
Citizen Smash - The Indepundit
Jim Treacher
Comic Treadmill
Red State
Beldar's Blog
Aprocryphal Evidence (John David Long)
Ben Bartlett
Fort Awesome (Eric Spratling)
Liberty and Virtue
The Dawn Patrol
The Thing Is
Iraq the Model
¡No Pasarán!
Live From Brussels
David Limbaugh
Michelle Malkin
Dan Flynn
Balloon Juice
Stuart Buck
Dean's World (Dean Esmay)
The Bleat (James Lileks)
Roger L. Simon
The Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler
Right-Wing News (Conservative News and Views)
Cox and Forkum Editorial Cartoons
The CounterRevolutionary
Occam's Toothbrush
Gideon's Blog
Rachel Lucas
The Patriette
The Royal Flush
Six Meat Buffet
The Galvin Opinion
David (Horowitz)'s Blog
Bad Eagle Journal (Dr. David Yeagley)
Right-Thinking from the Left Coast
Right Thoughts
The Politburo Diktat
Friends of Saddam (UN scam)
The Volokh Conspiracy
The Commons Blog
The Adam Smith Institute
The Invisible Hand
The Revealer
- 213 -
Bleeding Brain
Rings of Benzene
Blogs of War (John Little)
Scribbler Works
GELATOMETTI (Jim Lee & co)
Peter David - Writer Of Stuff
David Brin
Neil Gaiman
News From me (Mark Evanier)
DigitalPriest.Com: Weblog

choice Napoleon quotes

Give me enough medals, and I'll win any war.

A Constitution should be short and obscure.

A journalist is a grumbler, a censurer, a giver of advice, a regent of sovereigns, a tutor of nations.

Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets.

A leader is a dealer in hope.

A man's palate can, in time, become accustomed to anything.

A true man hates no one.

Ability is of little account without opportunity.

Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily.

Doctors will have more lives to answer for in the next world than even we generals.

Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.

He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat.

He who knows how to flatter also knows how to slander.

History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon. [History is a set of lies agreed upon]

I am sometimes a fox and sometimes a lion. The whole secret of government lies in knowing when to be the one or the other.

If you start to take Vienna - take Vienna.

In politics stupidity is not a handicap.

It is the cause, not the death, that makes the martyr.

Let France have good mothers, and she will have good sons.

The above come from this site.

Medals, Motivation, and Leadership towards Advancement

Napoleon Bonaparte said

“Give me enough medals and I'll win you any war.”
Read to learn to motivate and how it is apparently the core of leadership. Not that I read the article or anything.

The Muslim Observer endorses Ron Paul

I don't know what it means. It did not win Ron Paul Michigan. There is a logic floating here that "the Patriot Act" is especially threatening to Muslims above other people but I won't follow it.

Duncan Hunter MySpace Bulletin - Hunter picks up endorsement

From: Duncan Hunter in 2008

Date: Jan 16, 2008 5:45 PM
Subject: Hunter picks up endorsement
Body: Congressman JD Hayworth, author of Whatever It Takes: Illegal Immigration, Border Security and the War on Terror endorses Hunter!

Hayworth bucks the milquetoast trend of the GOP party-establishment to marginalize the immigration issue and tuck it out of the way of the current crop of amnesty candidates.

Instead, he's voting for the last remaining border security hawk in the race: Duncan Hunter.

Congressman Hayworth writes:

"To base a primary vote on 'electability' instead of ideas and principles seems to me a reduction of your rights via rationalization.

No one will ever completely agree with every position that a candidate takes…as Sharon put it, 'there is no perfect candidate,' but I believe my vote should go to the candidate who comes closest to espousing the philosophy I share.

That brings me back to Duncan Hunter.

No, he won't be on the stage tonight in the South Carolina GOP Debate, and his name appears nowhere near the top of the polls…but he supported tax cuts, did a masterful job as Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, and stands for 'enforcement first' on illegal immigration.

That's why he'll get my vote and my support for as long as he is in it."

inclusive right-wing blog lists

That is, they are inclusive in that they link to this weblog.

Hugh Hewitt doesn't know what he's talking about

Clearly Hewitt knows nothing about my state or the protracted Primary battle that has occurred here for the past 15 months. His headline regarding the Mass Governor's Primary win in Michigan: Romney Wins Easily

I tell you the truth: I am not a Mitt Romney supporter. At best I am a skeptic and a cautious one at that. It is inarguable that Governor Romney had to fight and work very hard to score his one and only Primary victory (that does not count his one earlier Caucus). To suggest otherwise in fact undercuts the work of his crew, employees, so-called "Grassroots" infrastructure, and campaign organizers.

Mitt Romney doesn't have a chance of getting nominated.
Update 9/16/08: It was a drubbing
Yes, Romney has superior organization. Yes, he outspent McCain 2-1. Yes, he’s a native son. Yes, weather likely played a factor (how about the irony of global warming-panicked McCain losing voters because of cold, snowy weather?).

But Michigan plays to all McCain’s strengths. He won it over a Romney-esque Bush in 2000 because the state has a large independent vote, plenty of Reagan Democrats ready to cross over, and a primary where only the Republican vote mattered.

Yet, McCain stepped all over himself with a careless, “straight-talking” strategy of telling Michiganians their jobs weren’t coming back. And then he stubbornly stuck to the line despite its obvious damage.

The comment came across as callous and out-of-touch, independents stayed home, and Romney rode it all the way to a nine-point shellacking. Even Huckabee, who had been playing tag team with McCain against Romney, couldn’t resist jabbing at McCain’s defeatism.

Romney's victory was greater than I anticipated, thanks to the difference between today's views of the poll numbers and yesterday's forecast.

Despite the great numbers, indicating a whopper, my initial assertion is correct. Mitt Romney had to work disproportionately hard for this victory and part of the deficit between the Mass Governor and the Arizona Senator is because John McCain slipped up personally on the road. Ultimately for all the Massachusetts native put into this state (and other states) his victory should have been a lot easier. One could say it would have been "easy" if he put in less money and his visits carried much word of mouth, or if he had to visit less while spending as much, but if what Mitt Romney did in Michigan was easy... a lot of people lying, which would not be unusual in politics.

curse you talk radio!

I like Jonah Goldberg but I have never heard him on the radio or seen him on television. I don't count webcast videos.

So there's this for yesterday.
Today's Schedule

9:05am-9:25amEST Glenn Beck

12:00pm-12:15pmEST Sirius/Thom Hartmann Show

4:15pm-4:20pmEST TRN/Jerry Doyle Show

In my market, commonly called Lansing, the station that plays Glenn Beck (#3 talk show in the nation), 1240 AM, only plays exactly one half of the show, that running from 10 AM to 11:30 AM so I definitely miss Glenn's interview with Jonah, which I am certain was a laugh riot. Now I love the Jerry Doyle Show so certainly I could catch the interview that was in hour 2 on 1320 AM. I cannot do that because a few months ago some bright guy decided to move Jerry Doyle to a late night slot (so the episodes aired are pre-recorded and not live) and the two of the three hours that were played in the afternoon (fortunately the current slot features all three hours for what it is worth) were replaced by not-live but pre-recorded two hours (the first two hours out of three) from the Dennis Miller Show.

Dennis Miller is funny but not as fun or interesting as Jerry Doyle, but apparently the majority of the 1320 AM listeners would rather listen to a recording of Dennis Miller's show than a live airing of Jerry Doyle's.

Jerry Doyle's program airs 3 to 6 PM ET, Dennis Miller's airs from 10 AM to 1 PM I believe. It doesn't really matter. I just prefer my radio programs live and whole. That's sort of irrelevant now that I just cannot listen to the Goldberg interviews that sound so awesome conceptually.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Mitt Romney's misshapen idea of government Part I

I certainly hope this is a willful misinterpretation of Mitt Romney's politics and political philosophy based on my natural suspicion of all politicians. I don't want to be correct here in my suspicions given the odds that this man may be the Republican candidate for President.

This is a clip from CBS' "Face the Nation" aired on January 13th, 2008. Bob Schieffer interviews Governor Romney and the central focus is on Michigan's recession and the automotive industry. Governor Romney talks about not "sitting back" and that's indicative of a bad idea in general. He talks about "getting together" with private sector leadership in the automotive industry, especially regarding how the government will regulate the companies. That is, instead of interfering outright, he'll enter into hostage negotiations before organizing government interference.

When he means that "we" will "fix" Michigan it generally means more government involvement. Government involvement already is Michigan's problem. That's a philosophical argument though. It's a libertarian view.

Just past the three minute mark we see Mitt Romney's notion of investing in science and technology. By "investing" he means government subsidies, grants, and payments in the (probably vain) hope for technological, scientific growth and generally positive constructive results. He will take your money and my money and lots of people's money and put it somewhere based on his judgment, which really isn't an idea that appeals to my better instincts.

Clip 2 boasts the last four minutes of the interview. He talks about his expertise and experience in the private sector, and that while he isn't an insider in Washington (I've heard that rhetoric before from a lot of people) he is knowledgeable how the country work, based on his leadership success in the business world, the private sector. (Mike Huckabee's quote probably won over Mr. Schieffer to some extent; populism and victim-politics are ugly things but persuasive). Governor Romney has done many good and wonderful things in the private sector and generally shaped companies, and thus human lives, for the better. He was even willing to cut people off as necessary. "Don't cast rocks at people who are trying to create jobs and turn around businesses."

I have no problem with ideas such as cutting positions and other data-heavy pursuits and I'd love to see that role being fulfilled.

Now, I'm one of those folks that is fond of the expression "run America like a business". That is we wish it to be not wasteful, especially given the investments are somewhat absolute in nature, and we don't care for redundancies. The fact is though I don't like the notion of a President being akin to a corporate CEO to the ultimate logical extent of the notion. A corporate head may or may not have flexibility in the extent of his own power to fulfill his vision of an improved company. That depends on who is empowered to limit his abilities and how much controlling stock or controlling ownership the corporate leader has in the company. The President of the United States, on the other hand, practically and historically can expand the power of the Executive branch quite extensively and so the limits of Presidential power are not very tangible. Yet Constitutionally and ideally the President has a specific role to fulfill and the wisest of the citizens don't want the President to work his ways especially as he sees fit.

We'll see how this fits in with Mitt Romney and why that makes me uncomfortable in Part II.

Wow. There is someone out there that watches "Face the Nation."

Although I do respect Bob Schieffer, K. Oberman, not so much.

Its bad enough B. Gumbell is on the NFL network. Oberman... sigh.

Keith Olbermann versus Fred Thompson

Presidential candidate makes a joke about 72 virgins... and gets a veritable pride award for the effort.

Dang Iranian evil speedboaters.

I'm confused about Disney and Citadel

ABC, the television network as we know it, is owned by the corporation known as Disney.
ABC Radio Networks is owned by Citadel Broadcasting, the largest pure-play radio company in the United States with a strong national footprint reaching more than 50 markets. Citadel Broadcasting owns 177 FM stations and 66 AM stations in the nation's leading markets.
Who owns Citadel Broadcasting? The ABC Radio Networks and television networks have the same logo, so what exactly is the relationship between the two and what therefore is the relationship between Citadel and Disney?

Perhaps the solution to my question lies here:
Media Contacts for ABC Radio Networks:
Omar Thompson (972) 448-3387

abc tv sold it's radio division years ago and has nothing to do with abc radio networks as we know it today. disney bought abc radio networks and then sold it to citadel broadcasting. so there is no relationship between disney and citadel....

how Fred Thompson defines the Conservative

Going back to Senator Thompson schooling Charlie Rose, it can be use to illuminate something.

"(Fred Thompson is) a conservative. What does that mean today?"

Fred Thompson breaks it down and leads it, links it, right to the beginning of everything.
I think that it means things that are consistent with God`s design for man. It`s consistent with human nature. It`s consistent with the lessons of history and the lessons of the ages. They found form in the Constitution, I think, and what our founding fathers believed. They understand that man can do great and wonderful things, but man is prone to error, and sometimes do terrible things. That too much power in too few hands is a dangerous thing, that power is a corrupting thing.

CHARLIE ROSE: In all of that, you didn`t mention abortion, gay rights — all things that have been part of recent presidential elections.

FRED THOMPSON: Those — well, you`re talking about different things there. Those are issues that are before us, which derive from principles. I don`t consider them to be...

CHARLIE ROSE: Principles.

FRED THOMPSON: ... the first principles. But the principles are what guides you in coming to positions with regard to the issues. You know, the Declaration of Independence said that our basic rights come from God and not from man. The founders talked about, you know, life and liberty and the importance of that. And everything is based on those basic principles. And I take those principles, and you know, for example, I come to a pro-life conclusion there. And when we had issues, you know, for eight years when I was in the United States Senate about whether or not the federal government should be funding, for example, abortion-related activities and things of that nature, you know, the application of those principles in that instance told me the answer was no, properly.
So there is a difference between issues and principles. One comes from and another and defines how the proper leaders acts.

Michael Novak writes about atheism

He breaks down the different sorts of non-believers and anti-godists into different types.

Michigan Adventure

Mike Huckabee versus Fred Thompson

Mike Huckabee abandons his Mister Nice persona and attacks Fred Thompson.... which is a problem considering how the cigar-smoking Senator probably has more ammunition against the smoking banner.

Also: attacking a Republican for supporting the Republican incumbent in 1976? How stupid is that?

a plurality of votes in South Carolina

This Corner post raises the question whether Fred Thompson is divining voters of his own from Huckabee crowds, or if he is merely splitting off voters from Huckabee or McCain thus strengthening the other candidate, enabling a victory with a mere plurality of votes.

It starts off with the possibility, imposed by an e-mailer, that what Fred Thompson is offering (real Conservatism) has little appeal to the type of South Carolinan in the Huckabee crowd. That suggests terrible things about South Carolinans.

McCain ges mixed reception for mixed messages

People cheered him when he said something suitable Patriotic and good, but when something was un-Conservative and could damage the country, like Senator McCain's immigration law policies, he received jeers and boos.

This was at "the Americans for Prosperity Summit held Saturday in the Detroit suburb of Livonia."

That makes the sort and sorts of reception somewhat predictable.

500 Conservative activists... makes me wish there was more than one of me so I could have gone.
I wonder how John Stossel was.

Huckabee MySpace Bulletin - Mike Campaigns in Michigan on Monday

From: Mike Huckabee for President (Official)

Date: Jan 13, 2008 11:52 PM
Subject: Mike Campaigns in Michigan on Monday
Body: Little Rock, AR - Former Arkansas Governor and Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee will attend events in Augusta, Lansing, Ypsilanti, Detroit and Warren, Michigan on Monday, January 14, 2008.

NOTE: Subject to change.

Monday, January 14, 2008:

8:30 a.m. ET - Augusta, MI - Attends "Mike Huckabee for President" Rally at the Brooke Lodge Hotel and Conference Resort, 6535 N 42nd St.

1:00 p.m. -- Lansing, MI -- Tour of Demmer Corporation, 1600 N. Larch St.

3:30 p.m.-Ypsilanti, MI - Tour of General Motors Run Plant (Next to Willow Run Airport).

4:30 p.m. - Detroit, MI -- Attends Detroit Auto Show, COBO Center, One Washington Blvd.

7:30 p.m. - Warren, MI - Attends "Meet Mike Huckabee for President" Rally at the Royalty House, 8201 E 13 Mile Rd.

Friday, January 11, 2008

some video game type reflections

Fred Thompson teaches principles to Charlie Rose

It's not about issues. It's not merely about policy. It's about the deep ages-old reasonings behind them. That which unites various ideas and notions and movements are core principles, some would say first principles.

Many so-called Conservatives, and most liberals or media types fail to realize this. Charlie Rose is among them, so candidate Senator actor Philosopher King Potential Fred Thompson educates him.

And Rush Limbaugh noticed. Jim Geraghty/Campaign Spot noticed that he noticed. The Freepers noticed and copied it

truth parallels John McCain cartoon

The real-life John McCain believes what the cartoon John McCain claims to believe. These are not good things. Who wants me to support this characiture of sound public policy?

Just don't.

For the record: I love John McCain and respect John McCain. I admire the war hero and I wish I had the sort of character he demonstrated in the sixties and seventies.

It's unfortunate that he has such support for become President in this state.

an excellent endorsement for Fred Thompson

from Amanda Zaluckyj

over at Right Michigan.

Fred Thompson Iowa media push

see this Campaign Spot entry

Jeri Ryan set up the Barak Obama craze

Senator Barak Obama became a Senator, we assume, because he was practically uncontested, his only opponent being perennial candidate Alan Keyes, literally moved in from another state to replace Jack Ryan.

But if Jeri Ryan (most famous for playing Seven of Nine on Star Trek: Voyager) had not divorced Jack Ryan in such an ugly and vicious way then Barak Obama may simply be a little State Senator dreaming of becoming Klingon High Council Leader. One hot blonde inadvertently and indirectly changed the fate of the world. Atomic Trousers and Charlie Sykes explains it.

I wrote about this on message boards before but I really should go into depth on it, from my particular angle some day. But until then Atomic and Sykes makes anything I have to say about it redundant.


Jeri Ryan did not divorce Jack Ryan in an "ugly and vicious way". She divorced Ryan because of his sexual proclivities and because those proclivities did not match her own.

Jeri and Jack both asked that the divorce files be sealed to protect their only child who was very young when the divorce happened. I fail to see how Jeri Ryan can be blamed for either the divorce (Jack takes all the responsibility there, in my book. Repeatedly asking your wife to have sex with strangers on a dirty mattress while you watch when she is clearly not agreeable is despicable.) or the revelations of the contents of the divorce papers (Which were unsealed via court order through a reporter during the campaign. Jeri fought the court order and failed to keep the papers sealed.).

Perhaps your blame would be better aimed at the reporter who sued to have the divorce papers unsealed?

Gravatar Just because the ugliness was on his part doesn't mean the viciousness wasn't on hers.

I would hope that any woman I'm with would be tasteful enough to not expose anything I do that's utterly tasteless.

Jack Ryan was obviously unfit to have her if he was.... I'm saving this for my article.

Suffice to say some things should remain in-house.

And all divorces are ugly. So she divorced him in an ugly and vicious way.

Gravatar does anyone recall that Jeri was under a [very real] death threat in 2001?
it wasn't the cyber stalker either..

Gravatar Nope.

Anyone got a remembrance?

Gravatar Are you speaking of Marlon Pagtakahn of Burlingame who stalked, cyber-stalked, and threatened to kill Jeri and Brannon Braga and was convicted in 2001? He received prison time and 5 years probation and was recently arrested again for stalking and death threats, this time against a female wrestler?

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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Bill Kristol: MI 'Ground Zero' For GOP Hopefuls

The following is a press release from the Michigan Republican Party website.


Bill Kristol, editor of the Weekly Standard and newly announced conservative columnist for the New York Times, told a Detroit talk-radio show today that Michigan is now "ground zero" for Republicans seeking the presidential nomination.

Bill Kristol, editor of the Weekly Standard and newly announced conservative columnist for the New York Times, told a Detroit talk-radio show today that Michigan is now "ground zero" for Republicans seeking the presidential nomination. Michigan holds its presidential primary on Tuesday, Jan. 15.

Speaking on WJR-AM's "Frank Beckmann Show," Kristol said:

"Michigan now becomes 'THE' state, I believe, for the Republican nomination with McCain, Romney and Huckabee going at it...I think Michigan becomes ground zero for the Republican race."

Listen to Kristol's complete interview with Frank Beckmann here.

iron my shirt, woman!

I heard about this on Rush. I'm sorry I cannot watch this right now.
10 minutes into Sen Clinton's address to a crowd of 700 in Salem, NH, a man near the front of the hall interrupted the remarks — standing up with a big, yellow sign reading "Iron My Shirt" and loudly chanting the same phrase. He was soon joined by another man in the back.
Added: January 07, 2008
As Mr. Limbaugh sees it, it's a rip-off of a joke he told at an event. In fact, he (and I) both suspect that these two "sexists" and "idiots" are plants to set up how Hillary can react well and wittily under pressure. They set her up and she completes with a series of remarks glass ceilings and other bits of gender-themed idiocy. This is rot that Margaret Thatcher would have deemed beneath her. The issues of defending the free world do not have much overlap with sick selfish gender politics, but unfortunately getting high in Democrat Party polls have a lot to do with gender reflecting.

NRO's 2007 year-in-review

An non-all-inclusive tour

All Eyes Look To Michigan

The following is a press release from Saul Anuzis on the Michigan Republican website.


GOP Presidential Contest Moves To Great Lakes State for Crucial Electoral Match Up Jan. 15

MANCHESTER, N.H. - The polls in New Hampshire are closed and now Republican presidential candidates are heading to Michigan for what could be a watershed GOP primary in the Great Lakes State.

"Michigan is positioned to be a make-or-break state for Republican candidates," said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Saulius "Saul" Anuzis. "Michigan is a better test of a candidate's general election appeal than most of the early primary states. Michigan is a perennial bellwether political state. Its citizenry is extremely diverse, and it and has a long tradition of independent-minded voters. A Republican who does well in Michigan will do well across the country."

Anuzis said Michigan will play a major role in determining the next Republican nominee for president, adding that the decision to move up the state's primary to Jan. 15 - despite the likelihood of delegate sanctions by the Republican National Committee - has proved the correct one. Starting Wednesday, candidates will fan across Michigan in a final push to woo the remaining undecided voters.

"The early states set the tone and tenor of the primary elections," Anuzis said. "Michigan, with its single-state recession, higher-than-average unemployment and recent population losses, faces unique economic challenges the next president must help address. Making sure the Republican contenders spend time in Michigan getting to know its people and issues will make sure we have a friend in the White House next January."

For an up-to-date list of presidential candidate visits to Michigan, visit

Defending the American Dream Summit details

Location: The Laurel Manor Banquet

Confirmed Speakers:

John McCain, Presidential Candidate

Mitt Romney, Presidential Candidate

John Stossel, Co-Anchor, ABC 20/20

Rep. Mike Rogers, U.S. Congressman (Michigan)

Steve Moore, Wall Street Journal

Jack Hoogendyk, Michigan State Representative

James Muffett, Citizens for Traditional Values

Mike LaFaive, Mackinac Center for Public Policy

Rich Studley, Michigan Chamber of Commerce

Invited Speakers:

Rudy Giuliani, Presidential Candidate

Fred Thompson, Presidential Candidate

Ron Paul, Presidential Candidate

Mike Huckabee, Presidential Candidate

Grover Norquist, Americans for Tax Reform

Tom Coburn, U.S. Senator (Oklahoma)

Jeff Flake, U.S. Representative (Arizona)

It's January 12th, 2008. Details include
Saturday, Jan 12, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Laurel Manor
39000 Schoolcraft Rd.
Livonia, MI 48150
Lunch provided

It's by Americans for Prosperity.

Go here for registration.

Presidential Candidates' Appearances in Michigan

This is ripped from Saul Anuzis' weblog. It is by no means absolutely complete, given the busy schedules. Mike Huckabee is still an enigma and aside from some indefinite indeterminate rumors, Fred Thompson will be spending the entire time in South Carolina until the SC Primary.


CONTACT: Bill Nowling (517) 487-5413 or

Michigan GOP Presidential Primary Events Calendar

The Michigan Republican Presidential Primary is Tuesday, Jan. 15. Below are the scheduled campaign and Michigan Republican events as of 5:52 PM Wednesday, January 9, 2008. Candidates confirmed unless otherwise noted.

Events contained on this list are based on notifications to the Michigan Republican Party from the individual campaigns. If no events are listed for a particular candidate then that campaign has not made its Michigan schedule available to the Michigan Republican Party. Please confirm candidate appearances directly with the individual campaigns.

Wednesday, Jan. 9

10:15 AM McCain for President

Grand Rapids Rally and Town Hall Event

Gerald R. Ford International Airport Northern Jet Management

(Past the terminal on the right)

Confirmed speakers: Senator McCain

5500 44th Street SE

Grand Rapids, MI

1:15 PM McCain for President

Oakland County Rally and Town Hall Event

Oakland County International Airport at McInerney Center

Confirmed Speakers: Senator McCain

6740 S Service Drive

Waterford, MI

3:00 PM Romney for President

East Grand Rapids Campaign Stop

Confirmed Speakers: Governor Romney

Downtown Business District

East Grand Rapids, MI

Contact: (248) 254-6530

Thursday, Jan. 10

5:30PM Huron and Tuscola Republican Parties

Lincoln Day Dinner

Confirmed Speakers: Congressman Hunter


178 Park Drive

Caro, MI

6:00PM Cheboygan, Presque Isle, Montmorency Republican Parties

Presidential Gathering

Confirmed Speakers: State Senator Allen

State Representative Casperson

Stoney Creek Restaurant

19011 East M 68

Onaway, MI

Friday, Jan. 11

12:00PM Huckabee for President

Detroit Economic Club

Confirmed Speakers: Governor Huckabee

211 West Fort Street #105

Detroit, MI

5:30PM Huckabee for President

Free Rally

Confirmed Speakers: Governor Huckabee

Birch Run Expo Center

11600 North Beyer Road

Birch Run, MI

6:00PM Michigan 4th District Republicans

Fourth District Round-up

Confirmed Speakers: Congressman Camp

State Chairman Anuzis

Doherty Hotel

604 North McEwan Street

Clare, MI

7:00 PM Ottawa County Republican Party

Lincoln Day Dinner

Confirmed Speakers: Governor Romney

Congressman Hunter

The Pinnacle Center

3330 Highland Dr.

Hudsonville, MI

Contact: (616) 396-3791

Saturday, Jan. 12

9:30 AM Huckabee for President

Free Rally

Confirmed Speakers: Governor Huckabee

Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

187 Monroe Avenue Northwest

Grand Rapids, MI

10:45 AM McCain for President

Macomb Town Hall Meeting

Andiamo Celebrity Showroom

Confirmed Speakers: Senator McCain

7096 Fourteen Mile Road

Warren, MI

12:00PM Americans for Prosperity “American Dream Summit”

Confirmed Speakers: Senator McCain

Congressman Hunter

Governor Romney

Laurel Manor

39000 Schoolcraft Rd.

Livonia, MI

1:00 PM Livingston County Republicans

Pre-Primary Party (Candidates invited)

Shark Club

1140 Pinckney Rd.

Howell, MI

More Info Call: 810-632-5503.

3:45 PM McCain for President

Oakland Town Hall Meeting

Confirmed Speakers: Senator McCain

Clawson High School Trojan Hall

101 John M Ave.

Clawson, MI

6:00PM Charlevoix, Emmet, Antrim, Otsego Republican Parties

Reagan Day Dinner

Confirmed Speakers: Congressman Hunter

Senator Brownback on behalf of

Senator McCain

Congressman Hoekstra

State Representative Casperson

State Representative Hoogendyk

U.S. Senate Candidate Raczkowski

Attorney General Cox

State Senator Allen

State Representative Elsenheimer

Castle Farms

5052 M 66 North

Charlevoix, MI

Contact: Wes Dilworth (231) 582-6886

TBD Berrien County Republican Party

Candidate Meet and Greet

Confirmed Speakers: Governor Romney

St. Joseph, MI

Contact: BCRP (269) 983-6303

Sunday, Jan. 13

2:00 PM McCain for President

Livingston County Town Hall Meeting

Crystal Garden

Confirmed Speakers: Senator McCain

5768 East Grand River Ave

Howell, MI

2:45 PM 1st District Republicans

Mitt Romney in Marquette

Confirmed Speakers: Governor Romney

The “W” at Sawyer International Airport

310 Avenue A

Marquette, MI

Contact: Joel Westrom (906) 360-0020

4:00 PM McCain for President

Lansing Town Hall Meeting

Michigan State University Kellogg Center

Confirmed Speakers: Senator McCain

55 South Harrison Road

East Lansing, MI

5:00 PM 15th Congressional District Republicans

Presidential Rally for Michigan

Confirmed Speakers: Governor Romney

Congressman Hunter

U.S. Senate Candidate Raczkowski

Ford Senior Center

6750 Troy

Taylor, MI

Contact: (313) 278-6160

6:00 PM McCain for President

Fireside Townhall Meeting

Confirmed Speakers: Senator McCain

Cacades Manor House

1970 Kibby Road

Jackson, MI

7:45 PM McCain for President

Battle Creek Town Hall Meeting

Confirmed Speakers: Senator McCain

Burnham-Brook Center

200 West Michigan Ave

Battle Creek, MI

Monday, Jan. 14

7:30AM Grand Traverse-Leelanau Republican Parties

Presidential Breakfast

Confirmed Speakers: Rev. Keith Butler, former U.S. Senate Candidate

Park Place Hotel

300 East State Street

Traverse City, MI

9:45 AM McCain for President

Kalamazoo Town Hall Meeting

Confirmed Speakers: Senator McCain

Kalamazoo Christian High School

2121 Stadium Drive

Kalamazoo, MI

Noon Ingham County Republican Parties

Lincoln Day Luncheon

Confirmed Speaker: Governor Romney

Lansing, MI

Contact: ICRP (517) 655-5992

12:15 PM McCain for President

Holland Town Hall Meeting

Hope College DeWitt Theater

141 Columbia Ave

Holland, MI

4:00 PM McCain for President

Spring Lake Get Out the Vote Rally and Town Hall Meeting

Confirmed Speakers: Senator McCain

Nichols Company

1391 Judson Road

Spring Lake, MI

5:45 PM McCain for President

Kent County Get Out the Vote Rally

Confirmed Speakers: Senator McCain

Kent County Republican Headquarters

264 Leonard Street NW

Grand Rapids, MI

6:30 PM Oakland County Republican Party

60th Anniversary Gala

Keynote Speaker: Governor Romney

Shenandoah Country Club

5600 Walnut Lake Rd.

West Bloomfield, MI

Contact: (248) 655-0501

Tuesday, Jan. 15 – Michigan GOP Primary

8:15 AM McCain for President

Traverse City Get-Out-The-Vote Rally

Confirmed Speakers: Senator McCain

Northwestern Michigan College Haggerty Place

715 East Front Street

Traverse City, MI

TBD McCain for President

Washtenaw County Economic Club Town Hall Meeting

Confirmed Speakers: Senator McCain

Event Details TBA

Ann Arbor, MI

Contact: (734) 665-4433

To have your Michigan Presidential Primary event added to this calendar, contact Bill Nowling at (517) 487-5413 or .