Saturday, May 31, 2008

We Don't Need No Stinking Delegates

If you notice on the little sidebar thingy, B. Hussein Obama comes up 5 delegates short, even when he is given all of the uncommitted delegates, all of the available delegates, and all of the Breck Girl's delegates.

The nutroots protesters, sure to be at the Democrat Party covention, will be paraphrasing President Reagan: "We begin rioting in 5 minutes!"

Friday, May 30, 2008

Harvey Korman, RIP

I heard last night that Harvey Korman had passed away at 81. All of the obit pieces dealt mainly with his involvement in the Carol Burnett Show. However, I will always remember his role in the classic Mel Brooks film Blazing Saddles. As Heddy "It's Hedley!" Lamarr, Korman was never funnier. Especially when he humped the statue of blind justice!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Why Republicans Lose Elections, Part II: Paralysis and Denial

A great column by Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma appears in today's Wall Street Journal addressing the confusion in today's republican party:.
"Many Republicans are waiting for a consultant or party elder to come down from the mountain and, in Moses-like fashion, deliver an agenda and talking points on stone tablets. But the burning bush, so to speak, is delivering a blindingly simple message: Behave like Republicans."

Senator Coburn takes a veiled, and well-deserved, swipe at President Bush and Carl Rove in his references to "compassionate conservatism" and the "K Street Project."

His analysis of the republican identity crisis (gender confusion?) is right on. However, I view his endorsement of Senator McCain for the presidency as dubious at best. Perhaps Coburn is trolling for the veep? Regrdless, McCain needs a solidly conservative running mate who believes in limited government and individual liberty. In other words, someone who believes the government should:

1. Tax less.

2. Spend less.

3. Regulate less.

Adopt and embrace these principles, republicans, or continue to be defeated by leftists.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

The Naivete of Obama: Chamberlain Redux

"How horrible, fantastic it is that we should be digging trenches and trying on gas-masks here because of a quarrel in a far away country between people of whom we know nothing. I am myself a man of peace from the depths of my soul."

-Neville Chamberlain, 1938

Obama's insistence on meeting with the leaders - now "leadership" - of foreign nations hostile to the United States and our allies is irresponsible, reckless, and downright stupid.

The president of Iran has called Israel a "stinking corpse" which needs to be buried. He is openly hostile to the United States, and has provided money, men, and materiel to the so-called insurgents we are fighting in the war on terror. Obama says he is misquoted, insisting that he means to meet with the leadership, not necessarily the president. Does it make a difference? The mullahs of Iran are no better (and perhaps worse) than president Ahmadinijad (or however his repellent name is spelled). They all hate Jews and the West. We know what they intend, and we know they are preparing to execute their plan. We need make no 21st century Munich Agreement.

The left insist "Reagan met with Gorbachev!" True, but Reagan had also built up our military strength so he could negotiate from a position of strength, and only after negotiations had been conducted on a much lower level. They also cry "Kennedy met with Krushchev!" Also true. Shortly after taking office, Kennedy and Krushchev did meet. Nikita the K decided Kennedy was a wuss, which lead directly to the Cuban missile crisis.

Is Obama naive? He is either naive, or the middle-east Manchurian Candidate. To wit: Obama has been endorsed by Hamas.

N.B. - William F. Buckley was present at the aerodrome during Chamberlain's infamous flapping of the worthless Munich Agreement. Strangely, he was also part of the honor guard at FDR's funeral.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Energy Policy

1. Drill in ANWR, continental shelf, Gulf of Mexico, and anywhere else we have our own oil.

2. Build a new refinery or three, something we have not done since 1976.

3. Eliminate botique blends of gasoline additives.

4. Eliminate ethanol as an additive.

5. Forget about the silly notion of a "windfall profit tax."

6. Burn only coal in traditional power plants.

7. Build nuclear power plants.

8. Eliminate CAFE standards.

9. Go back to the old-style diesel engines and old-style diesel fuel.

10. Quit yer bitchin' and eat another polar bear steak.

Why Republicans Lose Elections

San Francisco Chronicle: Schwarzenegger calls for 'rebranding' GOP. I agree, but not in the way the Austrian Oak recommends:

"The Republican idea is a great idea, but we can't go and get stuck with just the right wing," Schwarzenegger said. "Let's let the party come all the way to the center. Let those people be heard as much as the right. Let it be the big tent we've talked about."

"Let's invade and let's cross over that (political) center," he said. "The issues that they're talking about? Let them be our issues, and let the party be known for that."

Uh, no.

That is how we hand the control of government to leftists. By becoming leftists ourselves. A conservative voter finds no real difference in his choice, and is less likely to support the republican. A leftist, concerned with brand identity, will always choose the democrat candidate. Result? Leftist weenies win elections. If the democrat candidate can co-opt some conservative issues from the republican candidate (e.g., Jim Webb and Mark Warner), all the better for them.

The GOP needs solidly conservative candidates to run on a solidly conservative platform. We do not need to go masquerading in liberal costumes of climate change, health care, minimum wage, and illegal alien amnesty.

Gadsden Flag

A new flag is flying at the Polymathschloss, below Old Glory. It is the Gadsden flag, commonly known as the "Dont Tread On Me" flag. I had been thinking of replacing the modern 50-star ensign with a historical flag, most likely the "Betsy Ross" flag, with 13 stars in a circle. But when my boys saw the Gadsden flag, they immediately demanded that I get the "snake flag" (being amateur herpetologists). I find it an inspiring addition to our staff.

Regarding the symbolism of the rattlesnake, Benjamin Franklin wrote:

I recollected that her eye excelled in brightness, that of any other animal, and that she has no eye-lids—She may therefore be esteemed an emblem of vigilance.—She never begins an attack, nor, when once engaged, ever surrenders: She is therefore an emblem of magnanimity and true courage.—As if anxious to prevent all pretentions of quarrelling with her, the weapons with which nature has furnished her, she conceals in the roof of her mouth, so that, to those who are unacquainted with her, she appears to be a most defenceless animal; and even when those weapons are shewn and extended for her defence, they appear weak and contemptible; but their wounds however small, are decisive and fatal:—Conscious of this, she never wounds till she has generously given notice, even to her enemy, and cautioned him against the danger of treading on her.—Was I wrong, Sir, in thinking this a strong picture of the temper and conduct of America?

Rattlesnakes just want to be left alone, happily devouring voles, mice, rats. Whatever furry varmint it can get its jaws around. To see one in the wild is both amazing and frightening, the beauty of the skin juxtaposed to the unnerving buzz of the rattle.

A variation of this flag has been used by the Free State Project, a libertarian group whose members intend to move to New Hampshire and work for the libertarian cause. Their variation features a cute, cuddly porcupine - big mistake in my estimation.

For more on the Gadsden flag, click here.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

RINO Hunting

Lock-and-Load policy by Pat Toomey of the Club for Growth has the RINOs defecating in their trousers. Rightly so. Why should conservatives accept a "political strategy devoid of principle"?

Read about it at the Wall Street Journal

Saturday, May 03, 2008

"My Immigrant Vagina is Angry"

I have no idea, either.
Recent MayDay atrocities documented at Michelle Malkin.

What is happening to my country?

Thursday, May 01, 2008

For Smallholder: Vocabulary is Cool

My word-o-the-day calendar has this great one for today: Georgic.


The Changemaker: Down with Big Oil!

Senator B. Hussein Obama wants to impose a $15 billion tax on Evil Oil Company profits should he become president. It is more fun to pronounce "evil" with a sustained stress on the "e," by the way.

Here's a tip, Mr. Obama: Wealth is only held by individuals, in this case the stockholders of the aforementioned nefarious petroleum conglomerates. Chumps like me who own oil stock, in other words. The oil companies will simply factor the tax, as they do all other taxes, as a cost of doing business. They will either pass the cost on to the stockholders, or fail to remain profitable and cease operations. The latter is probably the true motive of Mr. Obama and others of his ilk. Force the evil (sustain the e, please) corporations out of business! (Insert maniacal laughter here)
The true evil is what the "Long Legged Mac Daddy" wants to do with the cash: Give it away to the poor, poor pitiful poor! Yay!

Happy May Day to all you commies out there.