Archive for November, 2007

More proof Dachshunds are THE Superior Animal

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

Compare these two videos. First, bunny versus Hawk:

and now, bunny versus Spice:

‘Nuff Said.

Murtha begins to see the light

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

Good on Ex-Marine Murtha for realizing the war is a not only winnable but that the Good Guys are winning.

Still no apology to the Marines involved in the tragic Haditha incident however so you are still scum.

“Global Warming” hearing in State House

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

It does my heart good to see Kentucky Democrats speaking truth to power. Representative Gooch might just run afoul of the National Democrat party…he better watch out for Speaker Pelosi’s minion. 😉

The character assassination is a nice twist as well:

Chairman Jim Gooch, D-Providence, a longtime ally of the coal industry

and

James Taylor is a lawyer and fellow with the Heartland Institute, a free-market think-tank in Chicago partially funded by ExxonMobil.

and

Lord Christopher Monckton, the 3rd Viscount Monckton of Brenchley, is a British journalist and onetime adviser to then-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Monckton generated controversy during the 1980s with his recommendation — which he repeated for lawmakers yesterday — that people diagnosed with HIV or AIDS be locked up for life.

Mr. Cheves manages to shoot down all these people based on their association with other people or entities. Lord Monckton aside, Mr. Cheves dismisses Representative Gooch and Mr. Taylor solely because of who funds their work. Nevermind what they may have to say or what their research is showing.

Ah yes…a classic tactic we have all come to expect from the “Educated” class. Thirty years ago they were ranting about Global Cooling and telling everyone to toss out their RightGuard cans. Thirty years from now their kind will be ranting about the cooling thing again. It’s cyclical ranting on cyclical weather patterns. It’s too bad that so many people are going to waste their hard earned money on the various money grabbing schemes dreamed up by the likes of the Al Gore and his “carbon offset” business.

Good on ya Representative Gooch! Not quite a “Half Horse – Half Gator” nominee but you are working on it.

And the circle is closed

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

The immigration issue is big in this election season. Candidates suck up to their constituents using whatever shtick that works best. Blogs and commenters are alive with excited debates on the pros and cons of illegal immigration/immigration in general. It’s a great time to be a political junkie.

Every once in a while the rhetorical question comes up about terrorists entering the country illegally…it is not longer rhetorical. It appears that we have a story worthy of Vince Flynn in the case of Nada Nadim Prouty.

HotAir posted this news clip from the otherwise useless “Big Story” on Fox News:

Allah’s comments are worth a read as well.

Debbie Schlussel’s background, included in the HotAir link above but presented here as well, is very enlightening as well.

How can an otherwise private citizen, Ms. Schlussel, have more information on this illegal alien/barbarian spy turned Federal Agent than the Federal Agencies who hired her?

Anyone who had authority over Nada Nadim Prouty, who was responsible for her career in the FBI/CIA, should be fired immediately and investigated to determine if they were aware of what she was doing. While authors like Vince Flynn and Tom Clancy can write some wonderfully dramatic stories, for something like this to happen in reality there simply had to be something going on inside these agencies that allowed her to accomplish this feat.

I cannot begin to express my disgust at this whole mess.

Beshear claims his mandate

Sunday, November 11th, 2007

It’s great when a sooth comes out almost exactly as predicted. On election evening I said:

Governor-elect Beshear will probably claim a mandate with this win. Make all kinds of comments about how he has been swept into power to do this and that.

and lookie here:

However, Beshear said last night that voters have given him a mandate to bring casino gambling to Kentucky and end the “rank partisanship” in government — in that order.

It’s good that the incoming Governor is already planning on a key theme of his campaign. It’s a far cry from what the current Governor did. Former Governor Patton said in the article:

“This past episode should give the governor ample reason to say ‘back off,'” Patton said, referring to the indictment of Gov. Ernie Fletcher and 14 of his aides during an investigation of state hiring practices. “Local officials need to understand that is no longer part of the political process in Kentucky.”

Here’s hoping that Governor-elect Beshear can manage to pull this off without landing himself or his administration in the hotseat. I actually have a pretty good feeling about it. Mr. Beshear is a long time State Government guy. He understands how the place runs and what buttons to push to get a desired result. From a purely process perspective, this kind of familiarity should work well for him.

I would caution Mr. Beshear that claiming this election as a mandate for ANYTHING other than the fact that he isn’t welcome in the bed with Mrs. Fletcher would be dangerous. He should realize that many Kentuckians would vote for a truly Conservative candidate should one present him or herself. He isn’t all that….humility is a good thing in a governor.

In his first Cabinet decision as Governor(or soon to be anyway), Beshear says he will appoint my old school mate Jonathan Miller as his Secretary for the Finance and Administration Cabinet. Something certainly needs to be done over there. The story coming out of several agencies in Frankfort is that the purchasing process is an utter nightmare to navigate through and that the once vaunted eMars system is an unmitigated disaster. I don’t think we can pin these nightmares on the Fletcher Administration as I understand eMars in particular was in the process of being rolled out before Fletcher took the Mansion. Still, it should be fixed. I think(hope?) that Mr. Miller will address this.

One last plea for this new Administration, leave General Storm as your Adjutant General for Kentucky’s National Guard. He is loved by his troops and in this time of War while many Kentuckians are still serving over seas, this is not the time to change the vital post.

Band of Bloggers

Saturday, November 10th, 2007

Just caught this show on the History Channel. I was very concerned about how they were going to treat this topic. You can never be sure with the History Channel. I’ve watched programs on Civil War Reenacting that left the viewer thinking that we are all out there re-fighting the war. Rubbish.

To my surprise, they did a very good job with it. They allowed the soldiers to tell their stories. I don’t think anything was taken out of context.

Here’s the showtime list. Make sure to catch this:

  • Saturday, November 10 12:00 AM
  • Monday, November 12 12:00 PM
  • Monday, November 12 06:00 PM

Thanks for the love, Doc. I noticed that they didn’t overtly mention your blogs by name but I read most all of the blogs referenced and knew who was what so it didn’t hinder me. Some how I missed “GI KATE”…quite sorry for that. She seems to be a very engaging young lady.

Kentucky Pre-filed bills

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

Let’s see what we have to look forward to in January

BR 18 & BR 38 Senator David E. Boswell (11/07/07)

I’m a little torn on this issue at the moment. If the taxing and fees placed on these casinos is structured properly it could be a nice bit of income for Kentucky. If, however, it turns into another cash grab by those looking for another county road project it will be a disaster. I’m not sure I buy the notion put forth by soon-to-be-Former Governor Fletcher that all manner of evil will visit Kentucky if we have casinos. I do know that there will be some poor souls that can’t handle the temptation and will gamble themselves into bankruptcy. I am a firm believer in personal responsibility however. If you can’t play responsibly, please don’t play.

I’m sure we will hear all kinds of comments and rants about this as we move forward so let’s just sit back and think on it for a bit, see how the winds start blowing, and make our opinions known when it matters.

There are all kinds of things on the docket for the next legislative session in Kentucky. There are a few that give me that “Oh no they didn’t!” feeling. I think the best one in that category so far is this one:

BR 202 – Representative Tom Burch (10/11/07)

AN ACT relating to the operation of a motor vehicle.
Create a new section of KRS Chapter 189 to define the term “wireless communication device”; prohibit the use of wireless communication device by the operator of a motor vehicle with limited exceptions; amend KRS 189.990 to provide for a warning for first violation and set fine for subsequent violations at between $20 and $100.

(Prefiled by the sponsor(s).)
To: Interim Joint Committee on Transportation

Good heavens. Shouldn’t this already fall under the heading of “wreckless driving”?

It will be good to have them back in town if for no other reason the comic relief factor.

Beshear wins by almost 20 points

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

Governor-elect Beshear will probably claim a mandate with this win. Make all kinds of comments about how he has been swept into power to do this and that. Mr. Beshear should consider the amount of “anyone but Fletcher” in the 20 point margin. I’m in that margin and I can’t think of much where I agree with Mr. Beshear.

I owe it to my fellow Republicans to hold Mr. Beshear’s feet to the fire during his term and I will try to do just that.

Fletcher lost this election on August 29th, 2005. All the rest has been purely academic. That was the date of his press conference where he bristled against the oncoming investigation and claimed he did nothing at all wrong. Later he was indicted and pardoned all his buddies. Kentuckians are a very forgiving people. Had he come clean, made some heads roll, and made things right we would be celebrating his re-election. He did none of those things and is suffering a humiliating defeat because Kentuckians will not be played for fools.

Mr. Beshear, you will do well to remember this lesson. You have won. Congratulations. Now, put aside the partisanship as best you can and serve the proud People of the Commonwealth.

Oh…and Governor Fletcher, save the “I have no regrets and I did it all for the good of the Commonwealth” drivel.  Pack up and get out of my house.