January 19, 2010

I Did My Part

I voted today. Now we await the outcome. 

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?

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January 14, 2010

Guess We'll Find Out Next Week

If you haven't heard, there's a big election coming up next Tuesday in the State of Massachusetts (or Massachusettes if you happen to be Martha Coakley). 

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.

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September 22, 2009

Calling District 41 Voters in Illinois!

I meant to blog this yesterday, but didn't quite get to it.  Matty O'Blackfive is running for office!!!  I'm so excited. 

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.

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September 02, 2009

Listen Up Kids

The Great School Speech is coming your way next Tuesday.  The Prez hizownself is gonna talk at you and tell you to be a good student.  (let us hope the teleprompter fails him not lest he be smitten with a case of the "ummms")

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.


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August 27, 2009

Oh The Irony

So there is now a US Senate seat vacant.  Oh the agony to Democrats everywhere... 

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.

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August 14, 2009

Note To Self

Buy more stuff from Whole Foods!

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. 

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June 15, 2009

So I Followed a Link in a Tweet

And read the apology of David Letterman.

Here is my question. 

When did Bristol Palin run for office? 

Just wondering.

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April 14, 2009

Tomorrow There Will Be Tea Parties

Lots of people across the nation are headed out to let the government know how they feel about the taxes crushing us since the current administration decided to spend us out of debt. 

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. 

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March 27, 2009

Barry - Meet Daniel

I don't blog much politics.  But if you have not heard this beautiful and succinct speech by Daniel Hannan of Great Britain, you are missing something incredible.  (BTW he has a blog!)

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.

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February 12, 2009

I Feel Kinda Bad...

Someone today (who is an Obama supporter) was happily telling me the following... You know how Caterpillar is laying off 22,000 people? Well, they did all that, then if (sorry the "since" was a typo) the stimulus bull (sorry slip of he keyboard) - ahem - stimulus bill passed, they're going to turn right around and hire them all back right away.

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.

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