Thursday, August 28, 2008
I hope Bill Kristol is right and John McCain chooses Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin as the VP candidate.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
|Saturday, Aug 30|
|Football||California||Berkeley, Calif.||8:00 PM||ABC|
|Saturday, Sept 6|
|Football||Eastern Michigan||East Lansing, Mich.||12:00 PM||Big Ten Network|
|Saturday, Sept 13|
|Football||Florida Atlantic||East Lansing, Mich.||12:00 PM||ESPN or ESPN2|
|Saturday, Sept 20|
|Football||Notre Dame||East Lansing, Mich.||3:30 PM||ABC|
|Sunday, Sept 28|
|Women's Soccer||Iowa||East Lansing, Mich.||12:00 PM||Big Ten Network|
|Saturday, Oct 4|
|Football||Iowa (Homecoming)||East Lansing, Mich.||12:00 PM||ESPN, ESPN2 or Big Ten Network|
( Click on an event for complete event information )
|Date||Opponent / Event||Location||Time / Result|
|08/30/08||at California||Berkeley, Calif.||8:00 p.m. ET|
|09/06/08||vs. Eastern Michigan||East Lansing, Mich.||12:00 p.m. ET|
|09/13/08||vs. Florida Atlantic||East Lansing, Mich.||12:00 p.m. ET|
|09/20/08||vs. Notre Dame||East Lansing, Mich.||3:30 p.m. ET|
|09/27/08||at Indiana *||Bloomington, Ind.||TBA|
|10/04/08||vs. Iowa (Homecoming) *||East Lansing, Mich.||12:00 p.m. ET|
|10/11/08||at Northwestern *||Evanston, Ill.||TBA|
|10/18/08||vs. Ohio State *||East Lansing, Mich.||TBA|
|10/25/08||at Michigan *||Ann Arbor, Mich.||TBA|
|11/01/08||vs. Wisconsin *||East Lansing, Mich.||TBA|
|11/08/08||vs. Purdue *||East Lansing, Mich.||TBA|
|11/22/08||at Penn State *||State College, Pa.||TBA|
|Date:||Aug. 30, 2008|
|Time:||8:00 p.m. ET|
from Michigan State University Official Athletic Site
Fallacy: “I went to law school on a full academic scholarship. The only one in my law school to have a full academic scholarship.” – Joe Biden
Fact: He had a partial scholarship that was based on economic need.
Fallacy: “I graduated with three degrees from undergraduate school.” – Joe Biden
Fact: He had/has one undergraduate degree.
Fallacy: “I went back to law school and ended up in the top half of my class.” – Joe Biden
Fact: He later released is law school transcript which revealed he placed 76 out of 85.
A number of the details for Joe Biden's rampant dishonesty, or at least his prevalent dishonesty regarding his own history can be found in this New York Times article.
The above was adapted from Brian Davenport. It originally appeared as a message to members of the Facebook group Stop Barack Hussein Obama: (One Million Strong AGAINST Obama).
I only call him a dishonest partisan because he is a partisan and still pretends to be objective. Of course, instead of being the Edward R. Murrow he wishes to have us believe he is, he is a diva.
Maybe the NRO article is not a realistic piece of fiction. Maybe I have too much fun with it. Maybe it is merely parody and I enjoyed it too much. Would Barack Obama confront an electoral delegates lock-up against Senator Clinton with such a mix of stand-offish and personal tactics?
Michigan Historical Museum, Lansing
(Admission is free, although there may be a charge for special programs.)
- Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.
Misunderstood Messianism [Ramesh Ponnuru]
Jonathan Chait writes, "The Cult of Obama is no stranger or kitschier than the Cult of Reagan or the (short-lived) Cult of George W. Bush. . . . It's true that a lot of Obama supporters have unrealistic expectations of what he could accomplish as president, but that is not a good reason to vote against him."
Three points. First: Reagan had actually accomplished a few things—for example, he had had a successful presidency—before anything resembling a "cult" formed around him. The lionization of Obama given his meager accomplishments is a much stranger phenomenon. Second: When political movements exaggerate their leaders' virtues, their opponents will make fun of them. Chait has written articles ridiculing the Right's Reagan-love; why can't we do the same thing? Third: The point of the McCain campaign's attacks on Obama as a celebrity is not to make people vote against him in disgust at his supporters. It is to suggest that once the halo is taken off him, he isn't a very compelling figure. Agreeing with that assessment as I do, I don't see anything wrong with putting it forward (although there are of course better and worse ways to do it).
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
- I do not respect Katie Couric.
- I barely respect the oblivious Partisans at PBS.
- I do not care what the ABC Disney folk want to present.
- Brian Williams is the least offensive, but I did not turn on the Democrat Party National Convention to hear him and Dan Rather throw out prognostications.
I assume if I had cable these same feelings would apply to Fox News, MSNBC, and CNN. I want C-SPAN.
I just want to see.
Separating Church and state does not mean separating faith and political issues. Real pluralism requires a healthy conflict of ideas. In fact, the best way to kill a democracy is for people to remove their religious and moral convictions from their political decision-making. If people really believe something, they’ll always act on it as a matter of conscience. Otherwise they’re just lying to themselves. So the idea of forcing religion out of public policy debates is not only unwise, it’s anti-democratic.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Down to brass tacks.
- Senator Barack Obama has selected former Nemesis Biden as his running mate. To be fair I would feel safer with President Biden than President Obama as far as experience goes, but ultimately the Democrat platform typically mirrors the more cynical and pessimistic swings, moods, shifts, and views of the country. I am not saying that those views are not valid at one point or another but I emphasize that no matter how everyone can believe what they want to belief, government policy should not be based on worst instincts, primal instincts, fears or feelings.
- It is hideous that both Presidential candidates choose to frame those who produce and manufacture, distribute en masse, the fuels that power our daily commutes, as villains to be combated. In one television advertisement John McCain promises to "combat Big Oil". Why must companies, corporate entities, people, be vilified for these candidates to be self-glorified, especially given that life would not be possible as we know it without these entities? In my mind these candidates become less and less worthy of the office simply for the weight of the false sins heaped on these other folk. John McCain seems like a lesser man for his attacks.
- The 2008 State Republican Convention was a success in that all that they required to occur did. All I was required to accomplish was made done.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
We're Ready - It's Showtime!
To members of Let's Rock The House! I Support The Guerilla Congress
To members of Let's Rock The House! I Support The Guerilla Congress
The session is expected to begin around 10 AM Eastern. The designated Twitter hashtag for who are stepping up to get footage from the event is #rth, and Eyeblast.tv has offered to promote any media uploaded to the website. The Twitter feed #dontgo, accessible at http://dontgo.us, will be used by members and other observers to relay information about the event itself outside the Capitol.
If you plan to report from the event, be sure to stick to #rth and upload to Eyeblast.tv. From there, we will need all of you to alert the media about the Eyeblast content and promote it as much as possible.
Be sure to follow http://dontgo.us and Rock the House for continuing developments tomorrow.
Media Advisory: AUL President Dr. Charmaine Yoest to Attend Saddleback Civil Forum, Will be Available for Interviews
Los Angeles -- Dr. Charmaine Yoest, President of Americans United for Life, will attend the Saddleback Civil Forum on the Presidency, Saturday, August 16, 2008, in Lake Forest, California. This will be the first public forum between the two candidates.
In the discussions leading up to the event, one topic has been consistently minimized: abortion.
Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church, has said he will be more interested in “uniting” questions, and has suggested he will stick to topics such as poverty, HIV/AIDS, climate change, and human rights.
However, recent reports that the Democratic Party has modified its platform language regarding abortion make the issue particularly relevant and timely. The conversation is certain to continue with the addition of a statement supporting both Roe v. Wade and “a woman's decision to have a child.”
Dr. Yoest said, “to try to establish a moral equivalency between motherhood and abortion is offensive to millions of voters."
“Abortion remains a key issue for millions of American voters. I hope the candidates will engage this important issue at the forum,” added Yoest.
Dr. Yoest will be available for interviews immediately following the event.
About Americans United for Life
Americans United for Life (AUL) is a nonprofit, public-interest law and policy organization whose vision is a nation in which every human being is welcomed in life and protected in law. The first national pro-life organization in America, AUL has been committed to defending human life through vigorous judicial, legislative, and educational efforts at both the federal and state levels since 1971. The Wall Street Journal has profiled AUL, and PBS' Frontline program chronicled AUL's successful efforts in Mississippi.
ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN COMEDY TOUR TO TOP 15TH ANNUAL FUNNIEST CELEBRITY IN WASHINGTON EVENT
Unlikely Group to Star In Sept. 10 Fundraiser Featuring Huckabee, Barr and More
WASHINGTON, DC – For 15 years, the Funniest Celebrity in Washington Contest has brought together so many political opposites. Tucker Carlson and Paul Begala, Dennis Kucinich and Ed Gillespie and so many more “enemies” have called a truce in the name of comedy. Only at this annual fundraiser can Democrats, Republicans and people of all political persuasions grace the stage together.
However, on Wednesday, September 10th at 7pm at the world-famous DC Improv ( 1140 Connecticut Ave, NW ), members of the internationally-acclaimed Israeli-Palestinian Comedy Tour will break new ground for the show’s 15th anniversary: trying to solve the never-ending conflict in the Middle East .
“Some of the best comedy comes from conflict,” said show producer Richard Siegel. “And who’s got more conflict than Israelis and Palestinians? It’s like ‘The Odd Couple,’ but of Biblical proportions.”
The Tour, the featured act of the evening, consist of the only partnership between Palestinian and Israeli standup comedians in the world and have performed several tours throughout Israel and in East Jerusalem. The four-member troupe consists of Palestinian Ray Hanania, “ Second City ” veteran Aaron Freeman (a black Jewish convert), and Israelis Yisrael Campbell and Charley Warady. While diplomacy and fighting have not settled the differences between Palestinians and Israelis and Jews and Arabs, they decided to give stand-up comedy a try. Hanania and Freeman will represent the group and close the show on Sept. 10th.
The star-studded competition for the prestigious “Funniest Celebrity in Washington ” title will feature former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, current Libertarian presidential nominee Bob Barr, Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA), David Shuster from MSNBC’s “Hardball,” nationally syndicated radio host Jim Bohannon and many more.
Individual tickets for the event are $200, while a VIP package of a table for eight, seating with a celebrity and VIP reception passes costs $5,000. Comedian Brett Leake will deliver a private show to VIP ticket holders.
Proceeds from the event will benefit VSA arts, an international nonprofit organization founded in 1974 by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith to create a society where people with disabilities learn through, participate in, and enjoy the arts. VSA arts provides educators, parents, and artists with resources and the tools to support arts programming in schools and communities. VSA arts showcases the accomplishments of artists with disabilities and promotes increased access to the arts for people with disabilities. Each year millions of people participate in VSA arts programs through a nationwide network of affiliates and in 55 countries around the world. VSA arts is an affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. For more information, visit www.vsarts.org.
|From:|| Operation Rooster |
|Date:||Aug 19, 2008 3:48 PM|
|Subject:||The Argument Against Idiots: "The Rich"|
|Body:|| "Arguments Against Idiots" is a feature of Glenn Beck's free email newsletter. This is where Glenn gives you the arguments that you're idiot friends will throw at you concerning various topics, and he gives you the facts to combat the idiotic arguments.|
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What The LIberal Whiners Say:
'The rich should be willing to pay more'
'As Barack Obama said, If you believe in good schools, good roads, if we want to make sure that kids can go to college and if we don't want to leave a mountain of debt for the next generation, then...we've got to pay for these things'
'You conservative-Christians claim to be so into the Bible, why don't you read it sometime! We're supposed to take care of the poor'
Your Winning, Logical, Reasoned, Argument:
Why? Why should anyone be willing to have their hard-earned money taken from them by force, and then wasted by an out-of-control government?
2. So, the only way to have good schools is to spend more money? Then why are some of the worst schools in America, scholastically speaking, in Washington DC, where we spend the most money per student? New York spends the most per student at $14,119 yet ranks 44th in SAT scores. DC ranks 3rd in spending-nearly $13,000 per student, yet ranks 51st, yes dead last.
As for leaving a "mountain of debt for the next generation", here's a concept…CUT SPENDING!
3. We sure are. And if you can show me even ONE verse in the King James version of the Bible where it says that governments should tax their citizens more to help the poor, I'll swallow the Bible whole, join the democrat party right now, donate 50% of my income to the federal government, and do bake sale fundraisers for Barack Obama.
INDIVIDUALS have the responsibility to take care of the poor NOT governments…each person is responsible for himself and his family, then if he can't make it, his other family members should step in, then friends, then church organizations. If none of those can help then, as a last resort, the government is there. If we had these values, there would be no need to forcefully take obscene percentages of successful people's income from them.
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The Argument Against Idiots: "The Rich"
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Mind you, so far this has not helped me get a job, so my mother would to some extent question the utility of maintaining these relationships, and to a large but not total extent I agree.
We would both agree that there is some (great and incalculable) value to keeping Congressman Walberg in office and preventing the ascension of State Senator Mark Schauer to the DC-based federal legislature. There is a great deal of personal satisfaction serving my community in this small way. The Walberg Campaign needs warm bodies in its events and rallies; I enjoy serving in nearly any relevant role, and believe it or not, this is relevant. These things must get done. I must play my part.
Congressman Tim Walberg greets supporters.
At this point it started to rain, so we retreated inside of Linn Products. I cannot recall what they make: something metal. I have more photographs inside the plant, but I do not care for them enough to just upload them here. Ultimately as we all arrived Congressman Walberg thanked various individuals as he could, and mentioned quite fervently State Senator Schauer's rather naked rhetoric and legislation on energy. The representative from the Schauer campaign was there with a video camera; he almost looked like a tourist and acted vaguely friendly but he refused a sticker, and was there for the simple purpose of taping the speech hoping for something that the Democrat campaign could use out of context. The best the spy could hope for though was some fresh intelligence on the Congressman's talking points, because there was nothing (that I could hear or notice) that would compromise Tim Walberg in the collective mind of his District, in the speech.
Tim Walberg mentioned (as I knew) that he was one of so-called "Guerrilla Congress" standing in the US House Chambers, congregating with other supporters of energy policy reform on a federal level, coincidentally all Republicans, in the face of Speaker Pelosi dismissing our fair and legally appointed, elected Representatives, so she could pursue a book tour.
The theme of this speech, and I reckon this campaign, is energy. There are a number of different elements and notions about gathering and distributing energy, including availability, cost and benefit. One wants petroleum to be less expensive and the American dependency not in the Middle East. The partisan stance on the Left rejects traditional terrestrial energy (I do not doubt that this rejection is related to the green lobbies and the global warming movements, which support the Democrats) in favor of un-traditional terrestrial energy, and "alternative energy", neither of which has been proven in a wide-scale, economically viable and reproducible model.... and to some extent the "alternative energy" envisioned by President Bush in 2006, Governor Granholm a few years ago, and State Senator Schauer and Senator Barack Obama now, is of a greater science fictional quality than the moon shot when President Kennedy called for it way back then. Naturally Americans, including the "Big Oil" companies, use petroleum because it is the most efficient and least expensive fuel resource. The logical course of action, based on that, is to seek more petroleum. What is also logical, aside from keeping an eye on the basket we put the energy eggs in, is also to seek more baskets, different eggs, and keep a sort of open eye to what we know works and what we theorize might work.
I am only sightly oversimplifying when I state that the Democrats keep a firm dogmatic view towards the use of unproven technologies as the best choice, with the most national resources (at least what resources that the government can directly and indirectly control) dedicated towards vitalizing those technologies. I prefer the Right-Wing view, which is quite simple. We Americans support everything that does work, keeping in mind what might work. So we should release, allow, American petroleum companies to search for, pump, drill, refine, and take up, own, acquire all that black gold energy that is possible. The best goal is for government to get out of the way.
Congressman Walberg understands this. There is no high tax for a large company, be it an energy company or not, that is a moral default position, or morally is a default position. Unlike various advertisements for Senator Obama's Presidential campaign or those seeking to tear Congressman Walberg from his seat there is no automatic American expectation for a producing company to be heavily taxed, and it is no sin for in American minds for a profitable company to not be punished for those profits, even if the product distributed that led to those profits is egregiously expensive. On the other hand, this ties in to the politics of class envy, which is a classic tactic of the Left. I hate that.
Nominally the solution to a necessary good being overly expensive is to increase the supply, which would lower the price. The Guerrilla Congress seeks to do that. It is not a Guerrilla Congress, however, if the Legislature convenes as normal and then, finally votes for the regulatory reforms, or at least publicly deliberates on regulatory reform as the Democrats stonewall, that would allow various "Big Oil" companies to pursue actions which would ultimately result in lower fuel prices
It is sick that the Democrat candidates talk about "alternative" sources of energy but they are not interesting in diverse sources of energy to the point where they would seek to support the original petroleum establishment. Eventually fossil fuels will burn out and run out, but crippling the industry to use those fuels while they are available hurts our economy now, and discourages the principal actors when it comes to innovation later.
When it rained, the Congressman took the speech inside the plant. He asked us to sign the petition, to send messages however we could.
Before it rained the Congressman described his photo opportunities at various gas stations.
He also referred to a television advertisement that he had filmed, one which gave him the opportunity to ride his Harley-Davidson motorcycle, and not do so just for fun.
Naturally when the speech was over those of us that could took Walbeg lawn signs.
It was good.
Friday, August 15, 2008
I already backed up my old list of links and blog roll so if you want to know what I removed, go find the old list and just compare. The why I removed what I did may come later if I care.
So what will I add?
Five Michigan blogs I like or wish to try out: that's what.
I am a Contributor to
Let's keep going.
"The Urban Conservative Movement will begin through Akindele Akinyemi. The only urban conservastive blog in the State of Michigan that tackles issues from a controversial point of view Mr. Akinyemi is aiming to change the minds, hearts and souls of those who are lost in the wilderness of Michigan."
Akindele Akinyemi has the right perspective for the Problem(s) of Detroit. I would have abandoned the city and tried declaring it not a part of the country. Mr. Akinyemi has more faith and hope than I do and thank God that he does!
Jack McHugh's Blog
"Hopefully not-boring, not-trite comments on politics, policy, culture, history and more"
I'll confess I may just want to be invited back to his house for the next barbecue.
"American Triumphalism in Action"
Brian Koss is a friend and colleague of mine in a variety of endeavors past and present. I was going to add his blog to a different, more important list on my blog, but I procrastinated.
Congressman Tim Walberg
Tim Walberg is the Congressman of my beloved 7th District and he defends liberty. He is also one of the only politicians to throw off my natural suspicion of politicians. Which means I have to devote special energy and attention to scrutinizing him. Whatever the case, I actually, genuinely trust this particular elected official.
I already had Jack Hoogendyk's Core Principles on my list.
Michigan Taxes Too Much
"Michigan burdens its Taxpayers as well as Michigan Issues, Satire, and Commentary"
This should require no explanation.
Part of the above is to make a good attempt in the Right Michigan Bloggers Challenge.
Part of it is community obligation.
Although I will add Shamus Young's
It is a good weblog.
UPDATE: Dean Esmay is out! So how could I have forgotten to add Blackfive.net?
Thursday, August 14, 2008
| The Talking Cure |
Sometimes it makes things worse.
by Max Boot
06/23/2008, Volume 013, Issue 39
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Aired on C-SPAN
Segment 1 is edited to remove President Bush conducting the United States Marine Band.
Monday, August 11, 2008
Interestingly enough, this is not only Senator Obama's 47th birthday, but the day before Senator McCain's tire gauge attack really made a genuine impact across the country.
The response that was launched on that day involved a pack of approximately seven people (not being a journalist means I forgot to feel obligated to take a proper count, let alone a proper picture of us) acting as volunteers. Included in that group were three official McCain staff operatives, including the intern from the Farmington Hills office (the head office of the McCain Campaign in Michigan), and three volunteers, as well the official camera man.
Two McCain staffers.
The intern attempting to give out a tire gauge to Obama supporters.
The intern talking with the media.
The McCain staffer talking with the media.
Another volunteer, who shall remain nameless, handing a tire gauge to a Bob Alexander registrar.
This is the same volunteer handing another gauge to another Alexander supporter.
(There are no pictures of me because I took my own pictures).
What is interesting is that Gretchen Whitmer (if I recall correctly) and Mark Schauer refused tire gauges, even after the explanation. Since this is before the "McCain gives out tire gauge" thing gained national attention we showed up incognito and were passing out the gauges as a public service, explaining it straight, as if it were a useful thing to follow Senator Obama's advice to check your tire pressure to save gasoline and petroleum, and thus reduce the need for oil and curb the need for more oil. Interestingly State Senators Whitmer and Schauer do not seem to care. The point was to make some sort of a stir and highlight the ideas as ridiculous. I think we failed. At the time I thought it was a stupid idea and a wasted opportunity. As conservative talk radio show hosts and various pundits may think it is clever now, and for all I know it has made a negative impact against the Democrat candidate, at the time it was simply one day before it became widely known. In hindsight it was one poorly-executed part of a fine idea. We had about six or seven volunteers and I believe one individual with an inexpensive video camera. We certainly did not give out many tire gauges and we ran out quickly.
One analysis later from a fellow volunteer simply came out the staff simply was not quality. I have no qualm with that analysis. Our half of the event was a failure. It is fine that we were invisible as volunteering for McCain. But we did not make such an impact to take even a fraction of attention away from Senator Obama's speech.
As it is, I think the tire gauge giveaway is an excellent idea in hindsight, if done in a proper volume. Anything that brings up a discussion of the "energy crisis". I believe most people do not get the joke, which mostly implies that no matter how much gasoline one saves by keeping their tires at the proper air pressure, or how efficient that keeps one's automobile, it is something that a lot of people were doing anyway, or should have been doing, and so is not worth much. The second implication is that even with the most efficient fuel economy one's automobile is capable of, that is not a replacement for simply seeking more fuel.
The greatest reason the tire gauge stunt is effective overall is that it actually casts a lighter shade to the whole election. While staying close to the issues, making fun of what an opposing candidate says, advises or implies quite effectively keeps everything from getting too serious, reminds that John McCain and company are not as humorless as the Republican Party's collective reputation would have people believe. That routine automotive maintenance alone is as great a contribution towards ending fuel price problems as seeking more energy sources is ridiculous, but this exhibition is more politically effective than any mere words spoken by a Senator could ever be.