Saturday, November 7, 2015

Should Matt Bevin's Kentucky Win Scare Democrats In 2016?

Short answer: most definitely.
Long answer: well, that's what National Journal looked at in their analysis of Matt Bevin's victory Tuesday night in the Kentucky gubernatorial race. There were four lessons NJ looked at....

  1. Polls are increasingly becoming worthless. Going into Election Day, the polling averages had outgoing Democrat AG Jack Conway winning over businessman Bevin (the last poll had Conway up 45-40)....on Election Day, Bevin turns around and wins 53-44 over Conway. The problem: pollsters are increasingly having to deal with a voting public that is turning more to cellphones and not the old traditional linelines; on top of that, its' becoming harder & harder to find representative sample populations, something even the best pollsters - Gallup & PPP come to mind - have acknowledged. In addition, even when pollsters do get the numbers relatively right, voters often surprise them on Election Day (Britain, Israel & Canada come to mind here).
  2. Even if the GOP's outreach this year to black voters didn't entirely pan out, it continues a pattern that should scare Democrat leaders. Bevin, to my knowledge, is the third GOP candidate to successfully outreach to black voters (the other two that come to mind are Maryland's Larry Hogan & Illinois's Bruce Rauner) and while most pundits might dismiss Bevin's efforts, it is telling that, in all of the years of elections in the Bluegrass State, it was the GOP who set another milestone in electing the state's first black Lt. Governor in Jenean, Democrats' will say, "Oh, but she's just a token black..." to which the GOP, if they're smart, will use to remind voters of how petty & shallow the Dems' are towards one of their main constituencies.
  3. Elections are increasingly becoming nationalized affairs. Former Speaker Tip O'Neill once famously opined that "all politics are local". That saying - like point #1 above - is increasingly becoming outdated. Since 2008, the Dems' have lost over 1,000 elected positions at all levels of the electoral spectrum and Republicans look poised to continue building on what increasingly is looking like a generational majority. To borrow & paraphrase Pres. Obama's infamous quote, "Finally, something the Dems' built!"
  4. Rand Paul's Election Night Gift. Now, one might wonder what Rand Paul has to do with Matt Bevin's victory? Well, in leading the GOP ticket statewide (4 of 6 statewide victories, including Bevin's), one of the Democrat victims was State Auditor candidate Adam Edelen, who was - had he won Tuesday night - expected to challenge Paul down the road for Paul's senate seat. Unfortunately, Edelen's loss means that Paul can increase the throttle on his presidential aspirations and not worry as much about defending a senate seat that is all-but-certain to remain in GOP hands, even if Paul were to decide not to defend it (remember, Dems' tried and failed to force the issue of which race Paul was going to run in).
Of course, the question now has to be: can Republicans take advantage of Tuesday's results? Smart money says they should...of course, as the saying goes, "Only time will tell."

Rand Paul Bashes Big Government Elites

...I might disagree w/Sen. Paul on foreign policy, but you gotta' admit he's dead-to-rights on the topic at hand here...

Friday, November 6, 2015

Senate Democrats Mount Yet Another Filibuster Of Defense Bill

Why do Democrats hate the American military?
Senate Democrats launched a third consecutive filibuster of the bipartisan defense appropriations bill yesterday, once again blocking consideration of legislation that would fund the United States military and pay members of our armed forces. (Townhall)
And the reason? Partisan politics, of course...
(...) the ostensible reason that Democrats have engaged in this obstruction over recent months -- which also entailed filibustering the Veterans Affairs appropriations bill -- was to exploit the troops and veterans as leverage to force Republicans to agree to higher federal spending on unrelated matters. It was a cynical play, but thanks in part to President Obama's hyper-partisan veto, it worked. Leadership in both houses huddled together and hammered out a noxious budget deal that raised spending caps on both defense and domestic discretionary spending, relying on gimmicks to "pay for" the increased outlays. (Townhall)
A little background: a few weeks ago, just before Speaker Boehner left, Congress passes a budget that fully funds the government through March 2017 or thereabouts; part of the budget deal was a $40 billion increase in budget caps for both defense & non-defense budget items. Now, given the state of the U.S. military at present, that was a necessary evil, but now, the Democrats' won't even allow the bill authorizing the military's spending under the budget agreement to go through.

Like I said earlier, why does the Democrat Party hate our military? Why?

Founder's Quote, 6 Nov. 2015

It was remarked yesterday that a numerous representation was necessary to obtain the confidence of the people. This is not generally true. The confidence of the people will easily be gained by a good administration. This is the true touchstone. - Alexander Hamilton, speech to the New York Ratifying Convention — 1788

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Seared Music: Billy Joel - "The Longest Time"

....remind me once more about how good music was in the past?

The Buckley Rule

Say whatever you want about late National Review major-domo William F. Buckley, Jr., but damn if he wasn't right about one thing:
(The Republicans') goal should be to apply the rule promoted by the late National Review editor, William F. Buckley Jr.—that is, support the most conservative Republican candidate who can win. And to avoid brutal primary fights, they should weed out the candidates with the least chance of winning. (The Weekly Standard)
That rule ought to be burned into every conservative's brain; too many times before, we've lost elections because the base didn't like some of the options...that kind of attitude frankly needs to stop, especially with 2016 on the horizon.

Founder's Quote, 5 Nov. 2015

As to Taxes, they are evidently inseparable from Government. It is impossible without them to pay the debts of the nation, to protect it from foreign danger, or to secure individuals from lawless violence and rapine. - Alexander Hamilton, Address to the Electors of the State of New York — 1801

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Seared Music: King Crimson - "21st Century Schzoid Man"

*looks at the video thumbnail above* I know what my mind looks like most days...a jumbled, schzoid mess.

Founder's Quote, 4 Nov. 2015

I believe a time will come when an opportunity will be offered to abolish this lamentable evil. Everything we do is to improve it, if it happens in our day; if not, let us transmit to our descendants, together with our slaves, a pity for their unhappy lot and an abhorrence of slavery. - Patrick Henry, letter to Robert Pleasants — 1773

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Seared Music: Procol Harum - "Conquistador"

....good song. Enough said.

Congress Moves To Label Muslim Brotherhood As Terrorist Group

....why they haven't done it sooner is a mystery to me....
Lawmakers in both houses of Congress filed legislation on Tuesday that would formally designate the Muslim Brotherhood a sanctioned terrorist organization, according to an advance copy of the legislation obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.
The legislation outlines the Brotherhood’s long history of sponsoring terrorism and outlines congressional support for it to be designated a global terrorist outfit. The bill also would force Secretary of State John Kerry to explain why the Obama administration has been hesitant to label the Brotherhood a terrorist group.
The Brotherhood’s political wing has been banned in Egypt, where affiliates of the organization overthrew the government and then violently cracked down on its opposition, the United States has avoided labeling the organization a sponsor of terrorism. Should the State Department refuse to move forward with the designation, the bill would require it to provide a justification for this policy, according to the bill.
Multiple House lawmakers spearheaded a similar effort last year, but the bill failed to become law. This time around, Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) is heading the legislation in the Senate, while Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R., Fla.) is handling the House version of the bill, sources said.
“We have to stop pretending that the Brotherhood are not responsible for the terrorism they advocate and finance,” Cruz told the Free Beacon. “We have to see it for what it is: a key international organization dedicated to waging violent jihad.  Since the Obama administration refuses to utter the words'”radical Islamic terrorism,’ and Congress owes it to the American people to tell them the truth about this threat.” (Washington Free Beacon)
For what its' worth, can we just go ahead and label the whole of Mohammedanism as a terrorist group and get it over with?

Founder's Quote, 3 Nov. 2015

[T]o preserve the republican form and principles of our Constitution and cleave to the salutary distribution of powers which that [the Constitution] has established...are the two sheet anchors of our Union. If driven from either, we shall be in danger of foundering. - Thomas Jefferson, letter to Judge William Johnson — 1823

Gawker Publishes Vile Article Following Former Senator's Passing

Over the weekend, former Tennessee senator and acclaimed actor Fred Dalton Thompson passed away following, according to news reports, a recurrence of lymphoma. Now, even the most jaded of cynics, when faced with a person's passing, would at least give the family and friends of the deceased a few days to mourn before slagging on them....apparently, no one told trash internet magazine Gawker that little bit of advice:
A headline run by the website Gawker just hours after the death of former Sen. Fred Thompson was so “vile” and “disgusting” that it made the satire website The Onion “look like the New York Times.” That’s what users on Twitter are saying after Gawker published this headline on Thompson’s passing Sunday evening: ”Actor, Former Senator, and Predatory Home Refinancing Shill Fred Thompson Dead at 73.” (The Blaze)
And the picture that went with it?
 Now, I know I can be a cynical bastard at times...but even I have to say, "Stay classy, Gawker, you sons of bitches!"

Monday, November 2, 2015

Founder's Quote, 2 Nov. 2015

Such an institution may be sometimes necessary as a defense to the people against their own temporary errors and delusions. - James Madison, Federalist No.63

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Federal Court Halts Environmental Overreach

This may sound weird for a conservative to say, but I honestly believe that there is a place for government in regards to protecting the environment, through the creation of national parks, forests, and wilderness areas, along with protection of the waters therein....however, stuff such as the EPA's Clean Water Rule are a bridge too far...and for once, the federal courts have stated as such:
Fortunately, federal courts have been stepping up to challenge President Obama’s overreach of executive powers, whether in recess appointments or immigration policy. Now it’s happening in the environmental field as well.
Recently a federal circuit court issued an injunction against enforcement of the EPA’s Clean Water Rule, which would have placed hundreds of millions of acres of additional land under federal regulation.
If water trickled any time of year anywhere near an ocean, river or creek, the EPA wanted to call those “living waters of the United States” This follows a similar case a few months ago in which the Supreme Court struck down a regulatory expansion of the Clean Air Act. (Townhall Review)
Now, like I said, there needs to be some basic level of protection for the environment, but what has transpired over the course of the Obama Administration - an administration which I'm shamed to say I voted for, twice - is nothing more than rank overreach and it is about damn time they were called for it.