Mitt Romney won the 2009 CPAC straw poll with only 20% of the vote. That’s good news for Romney, of course. But the bad news is that Ron Paul, a man who will be 117 in 2012 got 13% of the vote. Safe to say this is not a representative sampling of GOPers across the country. And before the resident Ron Paulites trash me, let me remind you Ron Paul has not and never will be a viable candidate for president. So when a horse with zero chance of winning the nomination ties for third, we have no choice but to discount the overall results.

Nevertheless, that’s three straight wins for Romney and I’m sure beating Palin and Jindal put a smile on his face. The biggest surprise? Sanford was a complete non-factor at just 4%.

As for our contest, it appears everyone’s favorite pot stirrer, Rob, is the winner by guessing Romney at 21%. Drop me a line, Rob, with your address and I’ll send you a book. (either for you or as a gift) Congrats!

Bizarro Reagan

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Filed Under General on Feb 27 

Charles Krauthammer once again has done a magnificent job of articulating what it is we are about to experience from the Obama coronation. After reading this great article by Charles I went back and listened to Ronald Reagan’s first Inaugural Address. WOW, how the world has “changed” since 1981, I just can’t say that it is change I believe in.

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After all, no one is likely to notice.

For those of you who sat through the 60 minutes or so of Obama’s empty promises to America the other night, you probably heard his arrogant slight towards Bush about ‘inheriting’ a bad deficit. Pompousness aside, Obama promises to actually cut the deficit in half by the year 2013. Well, that shouldn’t be too hard to do when you’re the one more than doubling it in the first place.

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Interesting how the line in 2009 is 4x that of 2008…..or ever!!

But, it’s all going to a good cause, right?

Wrong.

Not only did we hear an empty promise of economic ‘stimulus’, but we were also told the complete lie that there was not one earmark in the entire bill. Hmmm. Many sources have counted about 9,000.

Sean Hannity has found some of the more productive and meaningful ways our tax dollars will be going to good use:

$150K for Idaho Historic Theater

$2 Mil for astronomy promotion in Hawaii

$400K for teacher training to combat bullying

$200K for tattoo removal

$800K for catfish genetics in Alabama

$2 Mil for swine odor and manure management

$2 Mil for buildings for grape genetics (that’s right–grape genetics), by the one and only Chuck Schumer

$300K in shellfish technologies

$500K for a fruit fly facility in Hawaii

$59 Mil for Pacific Salmon research

And the list goes on. I don’t know about you, but promoting astronomy and managing odor sure top my priority list.

I find it laughable that the Obama-Pelosi-Reid gang criticize the ‘inherited deficit’ from Bush. Yet here they are about to spend an unprecedented 3.7 trillion dollars at the drop of a hat. Perhaps the Obama administration needs a refresher course on how to read graphs, because according to the above chart, the deficit will more than quadruple by the end of the year.

CPAC kicks off today. As is tradition, the conservative gathering will feature a presidential preference straw poll. The official ballot choices for the GOP nomination in 2012 are:

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist
Former House speaker Newt Gingrich
Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal
Texas Rep. Ron Paul
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin
Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney
South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford
Other

Who will win and with what percentage? Pick the right guy and be closest to the correct percentage and I’ll send you something fun and exciting from my book shelf. Results will be announced from CPAC on Saturday night.

Bonus: Correctly pick the winner and his exact percentage (to the tenth of a percent) and I’ll send you something fun from my bookshelf with a $100 bookmark tucked inside. Plus Fountain and Kaiser will personally teach your children to play the harp or accordion, your choice. (Some restrictions apply, see store for details, void where prohibited, do not pass Go…)

Obama’s fuzzy tax math

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Filed Under General on Feb 26 

I’m still recovering from having served a two-week sentence in Chicago – in February. After much consideration, I’ve decided I need a new booking agent.

I’ve read through many of the State of the Union that really wasn’t the State of the Union reviews. Obama spent a good deal of time throwing numbers and figures around whilst engaging in a revision of automotive history for which W would have been laughed off the lectern. While Henry Ford may have invented the automobile assembly line, it was a German that actually invented the horseless carriage. His name escapes me at present, but I’m sure German Observer will provide the details later.

End digression.

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The real bad guys

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Filed Under General on Feb 26 

Democrats blame Republicans. Republicans blame Democrats. Cats chase mice. Dogs chase cats.

It all seems quite natural, doesn’t it? But taking a closer look at the global economic crisis, it becomes clear to me every day that the real bad guys in this situation are the nit-wits that run these endangered banks.

Exhibit A:

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What did you think of Governor Bobby Jindal’s response last night? Personally, I found the content strong but the delivery remarkably ordinary. I know BO has unrealistically raised the bar on oratorical skills, but Jindal looked more like the Boom Goes the Dynamite kid than a potential presidential candidate. Fortunately he’s got time to improve, but if the campaign started today I think he’d be swallowed up by the more polished styles of Romney, Huckabee and Sanford.

Newt nails it

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Filed Under General on Feb 25 

Now this is something I can sink my teeth into…

Obama’s Vaporware

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Filed Under General on Feb 24 

Over the course of my professional career, I have been on both sides of the buying and selling table for a wide variety of stuff – mostly computer software and related material. This type of presentation and related conversation can be angst ridden (for the seller) and entertaining (for the shrewd buyer).

The smart software salesman does not come to the table selling a software package – he comes selling a “solution”. His answer to every question posed by the potential client is “yes” – followed by very carefully nuanced conditions which avoid – at all costs – the mention of the ultimate cost to the client.

This is how your CFO purchased a piece of database software which you are required to use as a word processing program. It has a spell-checker, therefore it fits the requirements.

During this conversation, a demonstration is usually made where software bugs and other unsightly features are glossed over and made to seem less harmful than they actually are. Promises are made that patches will be developed by the boys in the back room – the code zombies with nine-inch foreheads – which will enable the software to function as promised. Noticeably absent from these promised patches is any hint of the date by which they will be released.

Sometimes in the course of selling this “solution”, the potential client gets sucked into buying what some in the business refer to as “Vaporware”.

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The “brain trust” — and I obviously use that term very loosely — that compiles the Power Rankings is hotly debating the next edition of the 2012 rankings. Here’s how they stacked up last time:

Sarah Palin
Mitt Romney
Mike Huckabee
Mark Sanford
Tim Pawlenty

(others receiving votes)
Rudy Giuliani, Bobby Jindal, John Thune

How would you rank them and why?

I suppose Obama has good reason to think we are all idiots, America mostly rolled over and said “you’re calling it ‘economic stimulus’, so it must be good”.

I can’t make this stuff up. Obama said every single one of these things today as reported in the CNN article, “Obama pledges to cut deficit in half at fiscal summit“.

“I refuse to leave our children with a debt they cannot repay.”

Really? What about that $787 billion of debt you just signed into law? Rick Santelli said it best: “You can’t buy your way into prosperity. If the multiplier that all of these Washington economists is selling us is over 1, then we never have to worry about the economy again. The government should spend $1 trillion dollars per hour because we’re going to get $1.5 trillion back!” Read more

Attorney General Eric Holder calls Americans “a nation of cowards” for not talking about race. The Manhattan Institute’s Heather MacDonald takes him up on the challenge on the City Journal website. She responds, “Is he nuts? Leave aside for a moment Holder’s purely decorative call for a ‘frank’ conversation about race. The Clinton-era Conversation also purported to be frank, and we know what that meant: a one-sided litany of white injustices.”

She then goes on to have that “frank discussion” on race in matters of crime, education and the family. She also explains why what she calls “the race industry” has to keep racial issues alive:

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I don’t even know what to say to this. Just watch:

Three Republicans won’t rule out White House run

(CNN) – In January of 2006, Illinois’ junior senator definitively stated on NBC’s Meet the Press that he was not interested in running for president.

On Sunday, three Republican governors and potential White House hopefuls were considerably more cautious in answering the same question Barack Obama did three years ago.

“What I’m saying is I’m running for re-election. I have no, no plans beyond that,” Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said on Meet the Press after facing repeated questions about his political future.

On Fox News Sunday, neither South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford or Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty would definitively rule out running.

“Is it a plan? Absolutely not. Is it a likelihood? Absolutely not. But I’ve learned that you never say guaranteed on tomorrow when you don’t know tomorrow,” Sanford said.

Pawlenty, meanwhile, said he is currently deciding whether to run for reelection in 2010.

“I’m first thinking about running for reelection for governor in the state of Minnesota, and that’s my focus. And if I do, you know, people would expect you to serve out that term,” he said.

To be sure, all three answers were significantly less definitive than the answer then-Senator Obama gave in 2006.

“I will serve out my full six-year term,” he said then. “My thinking has not changed.”

I seemed so unbelievable I actually had to do the math. Incredible.

Chimp

Is this a statement of racism?

Or is this a statement of competence and intelligence?

I remember years ago a car commercial with a mechanic assuring someone he had his “best people” working on their car – with the next scene showing 3 monkeys beating the engine with baseball bats. I also remember a commercial where an investment company was discerning the best strategy for the market: cut to a scene with monkeys throwing darts at a paper tacked to a dartboard. Quite funny…

So why is this cartoon from the NY Post out of line?

Will all monkey, chimpanzee, orangutan, and ape references be taboo for the next 4 years?

Will the color black be outlawed until 2012 as well?

Maybe Eric Holder was right. Maybe we are a nation of cowards when it comes to racism.

Your thoughts…

It’s a wonderful life after all. This clip from Glenn Beck had me switching from fits of laughter to fits of tears. Unfortunately, in this version of the film, the evil slumlord (played dutifully by Frank) might prevail and the guardian angel appears to have missed his cue. Perhaps he is still lurking somewhere on stage right.

One of my chief complaints about Sarah Palin’s campaign for Vice President was her inconsistent stand on the infamous Bridge to Nowhere. As you’ll recall, she repeated over and over that when offered the money she told Congress “thanks but no thanks.”

That’s true, after once supporting the project, she reversed position and said she wouldn’t use the money for the bridge. But did she return the taxpayer money? No, she kept the funds. But it sure made for a great applause line.

Now comes word that South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford will take his state’s portion of the bailout money, despite opposing the bailout itself.

SC gov says he’ll take money despite misgivings
Feb 19, 7:40 AM (ET)

WASHINGTON (AP) – South Carolina’s Republican governor says his state will accept money from President Barack Obama’s stimulus plan even though he is ideologically opposed to it.

Gov. Mark Sanford says being against the plan “doesn’t preclude taking the money.”

Sanford said Thursday on CBS’”The Early Show” that he took a stand against the president’s economic plan because it’s “a bad idea.” But he says ultimately he represents the interests of the almost 5 million people of his state, and he will look over the plan and decide which parts would help South Carolina.

Sanford also expressed skepticism about Obama’s plan to reduce home foreclosures. The governor says: “Throw enough money at any problem and you’re going to help some folks.”

Is this a consistent conservative stand? If you’re a Sanford 2012 supporter, wouldn’t you rather he take some heat at home and stand firm against Crapulus 2009? Imagine the press conference where Sanford holds up a giant golf tournament-sized bailout check and sets it aflame with a lighter. Grassroots conservatives, and likely many moderates, would applaud him.

Sanford could have said to Congress, “thanks but no thanks.” But instead he’s saying, “when in Rome.”

The world really is upside down when former KGB agents make more sense than American leaders. In a recent speech, Vladimir Putin, of all freaking people, described why our path to Socialism is wrong.

Excessive intervention in economic activity and blind faith in the state’s omnipotence is another possible mistake.

True, the state’s increased role in times of crisis is a natural reaction to market setbacks. Instead of streamlining market mechanisms, some are tempted to expand state economic intervention to the greatest possible extent.

The concentration of surplus assets in the hands of the state is a negative aspect of anti-crisis measures in virtually every nation.

In the 20th century, the Soviet Union made the state’s role absolute. In the long run, this made the Soviet economy totally uncompetitive. This lesson cost us dearly. I am sure nobody wants to see it repeated.

Nor should we turn a blind eye to the fact that the spirit of free enterprise, including the principle of personal responsibility of businesspeople, investors and shareholders for their decisions, is being eroded in the last few months. There is no reason to believe that we can achieve better results by shifting responsibility onto the state.

Seriously, it’s sad that Putin makes more sense than Obama, Reid, Pelosi, and company.

HT: Liberty Belle

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