January 19, 2010
It's snowing here - again - the roads are slick. Even with my 4WD I had issues on my road. The polling place is straight up a steep hill.
By the time I got there (about 10:30am), I was number 598 on the electronic ballot counter. There were lots more people behind me. It's not even noon yet! It was a steady stream of cars headed up the hill.
There was only one thing on the ballot. The Senate election.
That's pretty damned impressive if you ask me.
I'm very happy to see such a terrific turn out. Nothing is worse than apathy and no voters.
If you live in MA - have you voted today?
January 14, 2010
Here is a little observation from my husband (since he mentioned it the other day, I've been looking too and I have to say I agree with him)...
There are almost no "Coakley for Senate" signs posted in the yards in this area. None on the roads I drive on! My husband said he passes one house with a sign. One!
To understand how incredible this is, you have to have lived here for a little while. These people take their signage very seriously. Every election has them posting signs - usually many signs for the same person (in case you miss the first 5 or 6). I have seen anywhere from 5 to 10 signs in the yards of the local Democrats announcing to the world who they want to be elected.
I have seen Scott Brown signs, but all the usual suspects who had multiple (one might even say prolific) signs out for Deval Patrick and Obama/Biden... their lawns remain silent!
Does this mean anything? I have no idea. It could mean that the Dems will have to come up with quite a few extra dead voters to get Martha elected. Or it might be that it's just too cold for these peeps to head outside and pitch signs in the snow....
We'll know soon. It's certainly interesting.
September 22, 2009
I'm pretty sure I have no readers from the above district... but you never know. If you do live there, you will have a most outstanding candidate to vote for in the next election! Hit the banner to get to his campaign web site.
I am very proud to call Matt my friend and I'm not at all surprised he decided to get in the game and take on the entrenched politicians that inhabit the swampland called Illinois politics. (I hope he's had all his shots - he'll need them!)
Matt is one of the few people I've met who is up to this enormous challenge. It is not for the faint of heart or for those who do not have a clear vision and firm principles. If a person lacks any of the above, they will either be absorbed into the status quo or they will be trampled by the mob.
However Matt is one of those special people who gets things done. Not only that, but he gets them done right. Since the inception of Blackfive Matt has accomplished incredible things for our military many of which are not even listed on his campaign site.
He is well versed in current political affairs and articulate (something people have lately come to realize might be a good thing for those representing us in government). And best of all he has a terrific sense of humor, a trait sorely lacking in far too many people he will be up against.
If you can't vote for Matt because you don't live in his district, please consider a small donation to help him in his election bid. If a donation isn't possible (because times are tough and many people just can't) then stop by Blackfive and wish him well.
We need men like Matt representing us. Even if the representation isn't quite direct.
September 02, 2009
I have seen just a little bit online about this from a couple of bloggers. Venomous Kate knows her boy well and is not worried at all. Gregor wrote a most excellent letter to his local school district. While I applaud Gregor's attempt, I'm pretty sure there is no way to keep schools from hopping merrily on this bandwagon and wasting a bunch of time. Okay so be it.
However, there are many people up in arms and threatening to keep their kids home that day. I think it would be a huge mistake. Here's why.
Since this will be a bit long, the rest goes below the fold. Click if you are interested, pass on by if you are not.
August 27, 2009
As the law currently stands:
the seat would have to remain vacant for the next 145-160 days -- thus busting the Democrats down to 59 Senate seats -- until a special election can be held. The Democrats would be heavily favored to win that special Senate election.
However, there appears to be at least a theoretical possibility that the seat could be filled sooner than that. In the final weeks of his life, Kennedy had called for the law to be changed to allow Gov. Deval Patrick (D) to make an interim appointment, selecting a caretaker who would represent the state and pledge not to run in the election.
Now you may be asking... what irony?
Well, the ability for the governor to appoint an interim Senator was the law until 2004. It was used in 1962 when John Kennedy became President.
But in 2004 when it looked like John Kerry might become President - guess who was governor. Go on, guess... yes that's right, Mitt Romney - a Republican.
The Dems of the state quickly changed the law... just in case. Thus making it impossible for the evil Romney to appoint a Senator the Dems may not like.
Now, of course, this is coming back to bite them. It's the most hilarious thing. The dithering...
Most everyone in the state hates the current governor (Coup Deval), but he is a Democrat and he could appoint a Dem until the next election is held.
I'm pretty sure most of the state's Democrats see nothing odd at all in changing the rules on a regular basis as long as it benefits them. Imagine the uproar if Republicans were doing this. The hypocrisy is astounding. Yet all the people of this state keep electing them to office. Amazing.
August 14, 2009
Via Instapundit we find this:
Health Care Stirs Up Whole Foods CEO John Mackey, Customers Boycott Organic Grocery Store
In his op-ed, "The Whole Foods Alternative to ObamaCare," published Tuesday, Mackey criticized President Barack Obama's health care plan.
This has apparently so outraged the lefties that they are threatening to never shop there again.
Yeah, I can now shop at WF without dodging hippies! I think this is a win-win all around for regular people who want to shop at WF.
June 15, 2009
Here is my question.
When did Bristol Palin run for office?
April 14, 2009
Tomorrow is tax day and is the perfect time to rise up and let the voices be heard.
I wanted to be there. I wanted to go and take pictures... lots and lots of pictures. Meet people. Show my support. It promises to be an excellent event.
Unfortunately work intervened.
One of my coworkers has had to spend the last few days helping to take care of his mother. On Friday she had cancer surgery and has had many complications set in. An ailing mother takes precedence over a tea party every time.
So, I'll be checking out the reports and wishing I could be there while I'm typing like mad.
I think I need a vacation.
March 27, 2009
If only we had anyone (and that includes our Prez - Barry - a man thought to be spectacularly articulate by a large majority of people who have no idea what the word means) who was half as well spoken as this man, with this tremendous grasp of the true problems confronting us, we might be in a position to make things better.
Sadly I don't think even BO's teleprompter can help us out here.
February 12, 2009
I hadn't heard any of it, but it sounded very odd. Even if I was an Obama supporter, I'd be trying to find out when they were gonna kick out the CEO. After all, it's expensive to lay people off. Especially in large numbers. It's not a trivial thing - there are all kinds of issues and problems and, let me reiterate, it costs money. If the stimulus bill was going to solve all their problems, why didn't they just wait to see if it went through or not??? Why go to all the trouble?
Yeah, I feel kinda bad because it's really hard when you strongly believe someone is going to do this miraculous job and then it turns out that... well, maybe not... to believe that this money grab will work wonders before it even gets off the ground... only to find that... oh not quite.
D'oh! Caterpillar CEO Contradicts President on Whether Stimulus Will Allow Him to Re-Hire Laid Off Workers
President Obama today repeated the claim we asked about yesterday at the press briefing that Jim Owens, the CEO of Caterpillar, Inc., "said that if Congress passes our plan, this company will be able to rehire some of the folks who were just laid off."
So there's the quote and here's the response:
Asked if the stimulus package would be able to stop the 22,000 layoffs or not, Owens said, "I think realistically no. The truth is we're going to have more layoffs before we start hiring again"
I have to wonder though how Obama thought he'd be able to get away with saying that. Who told him this was true? After all, it's a bit difficult to hide 22,000 people without jobs.
It shows that Obama is not given critical thinking or he would have asked the same questions I did. I have never run a large company and yet just the claim that "the bill" would immediately solve one company's problems to the extent that they are immediately back in fine business form - just sounds completely bogus. Shouldn't it sound bogus to the President too?
If he was told by an aide that this was the case and he went along with it because it "sounded" so good on tv... what else is he willing to go along with? If he made it up or just heard what he wanted to hear, that doesn't make things better - it makes them infinitely worse.
Ho-hum... back to my 1930's movies. I have a hard time tolerating this crap.
January 29, 2009
I'm guessing Rod's arguments were not especially persuasive.
Just a hunch.
But I get the feeling the Illinois state senators didn't get warm fuzzies because he turned up to give his own closing arguments today.
Since he's a Democrat, you have to love it that he sticks like glue to the Dem talking points:
"How is it an impeachable offense for helping low income families keep their health?" Blagojevich said. "How can you impeach a governor when what we did was about helping families and kids?"
Oh yes, it's for the chiiillldruuun. You will notice he never says a word about "how" he tried to help the chiiiillldruuun, nothing about whether or not the law allows the governor to take particular actions.
Nope - in true Democratic form, he insists that his intentions were of the highest order and that should be enough for everyone to accept that he's a great guy. He's lookin' out for the chiiiillldruuuun.
Sure thing Roddy.
Of course after he spoke, he had to stick it to the tax payers one more time...
Blagojevich will leave the Senate and the statehouse immediately after his closing argument to return home on a state aircraft, to avoid any "plane issues," spokesman Lucio Guerrero said. State lawmakers and Lt. Gov. Patrick Quinn have said Blagojevich is not entitled to state transporation home if he is convicted and removed before he leaves.
Yeah, heaven forbid the guy get behind the wheel of a car and drive the 4 hours up to Chicago. Or even spring for his own plane ticket.
A real man of the people is Rod.
Oops... Nearly forgot. I think someone should have given Blago a copy of this for Christmas. (Think it would've helped?)
January 26, 2009
However, the Boy Gov seems to take issue with this.
Blagojevich says his trial is 'rigged'
Which leads me to wonder... what happens when the seemingly inevitable comes to pass and they vote Blago out of office? To date, the Boy Gov has pretty much ignored what everyone has said to him and suddenly started acting as if he was a real Governor instead of just playing one in Illinois. The news has been full of stories about him heading to the office with the claim that he has "work" to do for the people of Illinois.
Therefore, I have been speculating about the reaction once Roddy Boy is confronted with the vote. Will he hole up in the Governor's Mansion? (that would be a first, he has never lived there since being elected). Will he head to the Mayor's office in Chicago, throw Richie out, proclaim Chicago as the new Capitol of Illinois, and declare all the downstate lawmakers criminals? (that would make him happy since he wouldn't have to ever head to that nasty "downstate" cowtown ever again)
Blagojevich's reign as Illinois governor was different from the start
Different... um... ooookay. Let's have a look at what is "different".
Soon after, the governor's office would become a bunker. He installed locks on the doors of his Capitol offices as if he was hiding something. He began sneaking in the Capitol through basement tunnels. He refused to live in the Executive Mansion, instead commuting between Chicago and Springfield at taxpayer's expense.
Oddly enough the tenor of the article suggests that if Blago had been a bit more conciliatory, a bit more ready to play ball with the rest of the government, everything would be hunky dory because he's not a Republican. (if a Republican had done this, they'd be measuring the guy for a lovely straightjacket. But, since it's a Dem... well, it's just a little odd)
However, after reading the article, I now believe it is not outside the realm of possibility for him to do something... interesting. I would not be surprised to see him make a mad dash to his office, lock himself in as soon as they start the vote, and refuse to come out. (have they checked the room for weapons?)
In any case, I expect even more bizarre behavior before this is over. Some of it may even take place on camera. Stay tuned.
December 17, 2008
Ill. Supreme Court rejects motion to oust Blagojevich
Now just in case this gives you the mistaken impression that I either like the guy or feel sorry for him... PULEEZE!!!
Stop and think about it for a moment. Think about the "law of unintended consequences". If AG Lisa Madigan had been successful - what would be the outcome for all future governors of the state - no matter what party? If you piss off the "right people" they'll have you declared insane.
So, if Lisa were ever able to be elected governor (which is apparently something she is very interested in doing) she'd have to be looking over her shoulder the entire time... waiting for the opposition to jump on something she does or says and have her declared insane. Because that's the way these things work. I bet her enemies could make a pretty good argument after this last week that she's "power hungry" and an "egomaniac" trying to oust Bobby Boy just because she doesn't like him...
I don't think Bobby Boy is insane. I'm pretty sure he's not. He's an Illinois politician without any finesse. He's young and (so it seems now) stupid. Instead of being subtle about using his leverage - like all other Illinois politicians - he decided he could skip the niceties and strong-arm. Worst of all he has a foul mouth about it. In an age where you can't sit through 99% of movies without having a multitude of 4 letter words thrown at you - people are still shocked to hear them being emitted by pols. (go figure)
I'm willing to bet he's gotten away with this crap since he started his way up the political ladder. The more it worked, the more bold he has become.
There are laws in place to deal with this kind of idiocy. Like any laws, they don't work unless they are used. So now it's time to USE them. Let the impeachment process roll, let the feds take their case to court. Stop trying to shortcut and set a precedent that is tremendously dangerous in the future.
Now all we have to hope is that Fitzgerald has the case well in hand and hasn't screwed it up before it started. Sounds like he jumped into this early. If he messes it up just to stop Bobby Boy from appointing a Senator - then he's a bigger fool than Blago and that's saying something.
Update: I want to add that after this fiasco of Lisa Madigan trying to unseat Blago in this way - not only do I think she will not ever be elected Governor, but I don't think she should be. This episode leaves a very bad taste in the mouth.
November 05, 2008
November 04, 2008
I just got back from my polling place. The big problem here is tiny parking lot space, skinny roads, and in a place no one can walk to from their home! I took a far away spot and walked in rather than circle around trying to get close. There was a line inside, but it went pretty quickly.
I have voted.
This time the "big" vote that makes me happy... I got to vote against John Kerry for Senate. Woot!
Early Voting Turnout Could Skew Preliminary Election Returns
You know what this means... so many people voted early - they won't be able to call the election using exit polls.
ROFLMAO - excellent. Not that I'll be watching. Just knowing that news idiots will be squirming over whether or not their "counts" are good - well, that is freakin' hilarious.
October 30, 2008
October 22, 2008
It happens in sports all the time. One team believes they have the game sewn up, the other team comes back at the last minute and wins it. Prior to the comeback - the announcers are all talking as if the game is done.
Why play the rest - the other team will never win. What's the point? Why don't we call it a game and go home now? For that matter, after listening to the pre-game shows on the weekends I often wonder why they play the games at all. Why not just appoint the winners and save us lots of anxiety as we watch the game unfold?
Ask the Red Sox.
Boston looked to be on the verge of elimination in Game Five at Fenway Park on Thursday, when the Rays held a 7-0 lead in the seventh inning. But the Red Sox battled back for the win, becoming the first team since 1929 to overcome a deficit of seven runs in a playoff game.
We left the local bar at the end of the 7th inning thinking it was over.
Ask Matt Ryan and the Boston College Eagles
Virginia Tech; trailing 10-0 with 4:11 left in the game, he led the Eagles on a nine-play, 92-yard scoring drive in 2:05...after BC recovered the onside kick, he put together a seven-play, 66-yard drive that culminated with a 32-yard touchdown pass to Andre Callender with 11 seconds remaining in the game; finished the game 25-52 for 285 yards and two touchdowns...
I turned that game on - saw the time (5 minutes left) and turned it off never believing they could make a comeback win.
Therefore, I too fall into the "geeze it's over" crowd.
Today I see this headline:
Obama takes 10-point lead on McCain
But then there's this one:
AP presidential poll: All even in the homestretch
Which one is right? Neither!
Go out and vote on election day - then we'll see. Until then, it's all propaganda. Every word - good and bad.
It will be over when the votes are counted.
Do not listen to polls. Do not listen to talking heads - they are just like sports announcers. They've decided already, but the game has not even begun.
Get in the game.
Make your vote count.
September 30, 2008
NEW YORK — Billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg has decided to push for a change in the city's term-limits law and run for another four years, a person who has been briefed on the matter told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
The Democrat-turned-Republican-turned independent has long been a staunch supporter of the term-limits law but had hinted in recent months that he'd be willing to overturn the measure.
Apparently he is a STAUNCH supporter of anything that doesn't get in the way of what he wants to do. And what he wants to do is keep the job of Mayor.
Well Mr. Bloomberg, all you have to do is convince enough of the populace that New York City NEEDS you. It will never survive without you. Piece of cake - start calling everyone who disagrees with you a racist. That should get you all the votes you need.
Remember Gentle Readers: A Liberal by any other name still wants to be in charge so he can tell you what's best.
Yes, I think giggling is in order. If New York decides to let him get away with it, then derisive laughter is next on the agenda.
September 13, 2008
I ran across this post which is long with numerous links. The first link in the post is to yet another link filled post yesterday. Both of them pointing out the Obama campaign's focus of the moment... Wait for it...
John McCain can't send email!!! He doesn't get online much!!!
Oh the horror! How could this be?
As I was poking through the links, reading about John McCain's war injuries making it impossible for him to type, thus taking away, early on, the only way it was possible for a person to be "online"*** something occurred to me, something everyone seems to be missing.
Of course the general thrust of the argument is that McCain is an old fogy who is out of touch with the modern world. The problem with that argument is - it proves nothing of the sort. It's like saying the CEO of a company is unable to direct things to make the company more profitable because he doesn't sit in the factory building widgets.
What do they expect McCain to do with email? Oh how about this:
Vlad you dipweed, get the hell out of Georgia now. How could you be such an asshole? Take your f*&^ing tanks and go home or we'll bring in our tanks and stomp your collective asses!
Now that would go over very well, don't you think. Or maybe they think he should twitter all his followers in government telling them what he's up to right now.
Long day, have to deal with that idiot Pelosi woman.
Right. Let's strive for a little bit of sense. The President is supposed to be directing the country. By all accounts McCain is fully aware of the internet as a campaign tool and has used it well. He does not sit down and put it together himself, he hires people who are experts to do the job. Isn't that what the top level executives are supposed to do? See an opportunity and find the people who can help him use it. Or is he supposed to stop everything, roll up his sleeves and do all the coding himself?
Is Obama trying to tell us if he gets into office, that he'll be sending out emails to his staff to give them orders? That he'll spend a few hours every morning perusing Drudge or Kos or one of the other online sites to find out "what's going on in the world"? Now there's a scary thought.
I want a chief executive who will be directing the overall picture. Not someone who is worried about the details. Detail people micro-manage projects into the ground.
You may be asking about my title to the post - where does the "milk" enter the picture? Well, right here. This is exactly the same silliness we get when reporters ask a candidate "do you know how much a gallon of milk and a loaf of bread cost?"
It is an irrelevant question. It tells us nothing about their leadership skills and whether or not they can direct a government - nothing. It only tells us that they either do or do not shop in a grocery store. (It may not even tell us that because even though I buy bread - I don't ever remember the price between grocery visits and I haven't bought a gallon of milk in years)
So let's get a grip. McCain, like Obama knows about the internet. He directs people to use the internet to help his campaign. If the Obama campaign wants to show that McCain is out of touch with the modern world - they need to come up with something else. They won't but they should.
However, I'm used to politicians and reporters wasting my time with irrelevant nonsense. That is one never changing constant in every campaign.
***Someone get McCain a Soldier's Angels voice activated laptop! I think he qualifies!
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