Saturday, April 12, 2008

How Does McCain Compare to the Opposition?

For many voters, there's not a dime's worth of difference between the two major political parties and even less between the presidential candidates. There was a time I might have agreed with that assessment.

Given the fact that all the candidates are Americans - to one degree or another - it should not be surprising there is a fair amount of agreement in their positions. JB Williams, New Media Journal, has researched 20 issues and compared the Senatorial records of the three candidates. The campaign rhetoric is often at odds with their Senate voting records so he relied upon the record over the speechifying.

In "My Fellow Conservatives...", Williams shows that Senator Obama has only one conservative position out of twenty, which Clinton and McCain also hold. Senator Clinton has two conservative positions, half of which she shares with McCain and Obama. Senator McCain has a commonality on five of the twenty issues, one of which is a conservative issue. He shares ground with Clinton and Obama on four issues: gay rights, restrictive energy policy, illegal immigration, and restricted campaign funding. On the other sixteen issues, McCain is as conservative as any Republican in Congress.

In the position compilation Williams put together Liberal Positions are in RED / Conservative Positions are in BLUE --
1. Abortion on Demand
Obama - Strongly Favors
Clinton - Strongly Favors

McCain - Opposes

2. Affirmative Action
Obama - Strongly Favors
Clinton - Favors

McCain - Opposes

3. Homosexual Rights
Obama - Strongly Favors
Clinton - Strongly Favors
McCain - Favors
Aligned - X


4. School Prayer
Obama - Opposes
Clinton - Opposes

McCain - Favors

5. Death Penalty
Obama - Opposes
Clinton - Favors
McCain - Strongly Favors


6. Three Strike Sentencing Laws
Obama - Opposes
Clinton - Opposes

McCain - Strongly Favors

7. Private Gun Ownership
Obama - Strongly Opposes
Clinton - Strongly Opposes

McCain - Strongly Favors

8. Socialized Medicine
Obama - Favors
Clinton - Strongly Favors

McCain - Opposes

9. Privatize Social Security
Obama - Strongly Opposes
Clinton - Strongly Opposes

McCain - Strongly Favors

10. School Choice
Obama - Opposes
Clinton - Strongly Opposes

McCain - Strongly Favors

11. Restrictive Energy Policy
Obama - Strongly Favors
Clinton - Strongly Favors
McCain - Favors
Aligned - X


12. Enforce Drug Laws
Obama - Strongly Opposes
Clinton - Opposes

McCain - Strongly Favors

13. Church Based Welfare
Obama - Favors
Clinton - Favors
McCain - Strongly Favors
Aligned - X


14. Increased Punitive Taxation
Obama - Strongly Favors
Clinton - Strongly Favors

McCain - Opposes

15. Illegal Immigration
Obama - Strongly Favors
Clinton - Strongly Favors
McCain - Favors
Aligned - X


16. Free Trade
Obama - Opposes
Clinton - Opposes

McCain - Strongly Favors

17. Expand Armed Forces
Obama - Opposes
Clinton - Opposes

McCain - Favors

18. Restrict Campaign Funding
Obama - Strongly Favors
Clinton - Strongly Favors
McCain - Strongly Favors
Aligned - X


19. Patriot Act
Obama - Strongly Opposes
Clinton - Strongly Opposes

McCain - Strongly Favors

20. War on Terror
Obama - Strongly Opposes
Clinton - Strongly Opposes

McCain - Strongly Favors
Those issues that McCain shares with Obama and Clinton bother me greatly, as they should any conservative voter. I thought about voting Democrat or sitting out this election, but given the complete socialist/communist agenda of the opposition, a vote for McCain may have to serve as a stop gap measure, if not a reversal of the damage done already, until the Republican Party and conservatives can get their act together and take it on the road.



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8 Yr Old Yemeni Girl Asks For and Gets Divorce

Mohammad, the false prophet, is the perfect man according to Islam and his life should be emulated in every way. But, come on! At least, Mohammad waited until the little girl, Ayesha, was 9 years old before he raped her. Nojoud was only eight when she was raped and abused by her 30 year old 'husband'.

From the Yemeni Times (hat tip Pamela Geller, Atlas Shrugs:


SANA’A, April 9 - An eight-year-old girl decided last week to go the Sana’a West Court to prosecute her father, who forced her to marry a 30-year-old man.

Nojoud Muhammed Nasser arrived at court by herself on Wednesday, April 2, looking for a judge to handle her case against her father, Muhammed Nasser, who forced her two months ago to marry Faez Ali Thamer, a man 22 years her senior. The child also asked for a divorce, accusing her husband of sexual and domestic abuse.

According to Yemeni law, Nojoud cannot prosecute, as she is underage. However, court judge Muhammed Al-Qathi heard her complaint and subsequently ordered the arrests of both her father and husband.
[According to law, she can't prosecute, but she old enough to be married off by her father to a pervert. What a bunch of sick people!]

“My father beat me and told me that I must marry this man, and if I did not, I would be raped and no law and no sheikh in this country would help me. I refused but I couldn’t stop the marriage,” Nojoud Nasser told the Yemen Times. “I asked and begged my mother, father, and aunt to help me to get divorced. They answered, ‘We can do nothing. If you want you can go to court by yourself.’ So this is what I have done,” she said. [Dear ol' dad said she would be raped if she DID NOT marry. She married and was raped anyway.]

Nasser said that she was exposed to sexual abuse and domestic violence by her husband. “He used to do bad things to me, and I had no idea as to what a marriage is. I would run from one room to another in order to escape, but in the end he would catch me and beat me and then continued to do what he wanted. I cried so much but no one listened to me. One day I ran away from him and came to the court and talked to them.”

“Whenever I wanted to play in the yard he beat me and asked me to go to the bedroom with him. This lasted for two months," added Nasser. "He was too tough with me, and whenever I asked him for mercy, he beat me and slapped me and then used me. I just want to have a respectful life and divorce him.”
[How could anyone think Nojoud was old enough to marry if she wanted to go out and play?]

Nasser’s uncle, who does not want to reveal his name, is following the case now as her guardian. According to her uncle, after Muhammed Nasser, the girl's father, lost his job as a garbage truck driver in Hajjah, he became a beggar, and soon after suffered from mental problems. [SOON AFTER SUFFERED MENTAL PROBLEMS!! The man was a lunatic from the get go. What the hell are these Mohammadans thinking?]

Thamer is in jail now. “Yes I was intimate with her, but I have done nothing wrong, as she is my wife and I have the right and no one can stop me," he said. "But if the judge or other people insist that I divorce her, I will do it, it’s ok.” [DID NOTHING WRONG? YOU RAPED A CHILD!!]

So far, no accusations have been made against her father, who was later released due to health problems, or Nasser's husband, who will remain in jail for further investigation.

“So far there is no case and no charges, as Nojoud arrived by herself to court asking just for a divorce,“ said Shatha Ali Nasser, a lawyer in the Supreme Court who is following Nojoud Nasser’s story.
[These guys are getting off easy. They're lucky Nojoud only wants a divorce.]

Shatha Ali Nasser confirmed that item number 15 in Yemeni civil law reads that “no girl or boy can get married before the age of 15." However, this item was amended in 1998 so parents could make a contract of marriage between their children even if they are under the age of 15. But the husband cannot be intimate with her until she is ready or mature,” said Nasser.“This law is highly dangerous because it brings an end to a young girl’s happiness and future fruitful life. Nojoud did not get married, but she was raped by a 30-year old man.” [Finally, some admitting of truth - Nojoud wasn't married, but raped. In a normal society, marriage ends a young girl's happiness is debatable. Apparently, it's not so debatable in Islam.]
Nasser confirmed that Nojoud Nasser’s case is not the first of its kind in Yemen, but it is the first time that a girl went to court by herself to ask for a divorce.

“We are not planning to return Nojoud to her family. Who knows? Maybe after a few years the same thing will happen to her again," said Shatha Ali Nasser. "We are planning to put her in Dar Al-Rahama [an non-governmental organization that works with children], where she can have a better life and education. We do not want her family to pay her expenses, as they are poor.”
[How very thoughtful. The state will warehouse the little girl until she is old enough to be legally raped.]
A similar case is playing out with an equally lunatic group in Fort Concho, Texas where "officials said they now have temporary legal custody of 401 children taken from a polygamous sect's [Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints] ranch in Eldorado." Brutish beliefs and behavior is not exclusive to Islam. The difference is that in Texas and the other 49 states, neither the State nor the dominant religion condone the polygamy practice. And rape is always wrong.



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Friday, April 11, 2008

Katie Couric's Days Are Numbered

CBS News anchor, Katie Couric is on her way out. Some people close to Couric (and some professional associates, too) told the NYT "it was now likely she would not remain as anchor through the election, and might even leave in the next few weeks." Senior CBS suits denied the rumors, but not very heartily, "Katie is absolutely going to continue as anchor until the inauguration and very possibly beyond that."

When the former cheerleader took over the anchor duties Sep 2006, writes the WSJ, "incorporated longer interviews, occasionally conducted in front of a fireplace, and chatty asides into the broadcast. For the first few days, curiosity drove more than 10 million viewers to tune in, but in the months that followed, Ms. Couric's ratings plummeted to a low for the broadcast, bottoming out to around five million in the spring of 2007 -- well below the seven million viewers the show was drawing before Ms. Couric's arrival." She did all that for only $15 million - such a deal.

The network and the news division still say they don't know why the public did not respond positively to Katie Couric. Maybe they should listen to her when she told the Washington Post, "the constricted nature of the 22-minute format had left little room for the humor and freewheeling approach that once defined her style. 'It's really hard to show that side of my personality on the evening news, and that's a frustration for me.'"

There's the rub, "...hard to show that side of my personality on the evening news." Anchoring a news program is about the news, hard news, it's not about the anchor's personality. CBS news division forgot what they were in business for and they lost.


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Hillary, "Bill, shut up."

Sen. Hillary Clinton told her husband, Mr. Bill, to stop talking about her fabled 1996 Bosnia sniper story. The former President told news reporters and ABC,

"Hillary called me and said, 'You don't remember this. You weren't there, let me handle it.' I said, 'Yes ma'am,'" the former president said. "She said, 'Look, just let me handle this cause you don't remember it, either.'"
I like that - "either."

Jake Tapper dissects Mr. Bill's statement in toto finding five outright lies and two mistakes.



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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Over One-half of American Pop. Depend on Fed Checks

This is very depressing. As of 2004, 154 million Americans depend on the government for their primary livelihood. Economist A. Gary Shilling toted up the the portion of the population working for the Federal government; those working for companies doing their primary business with the government; those getting welfare, food stamps, retirement and disability Social Security, and other entitlements. More than half the American population, are dependant on the U.S. government for their daily bread.

(click graphic to enlarge)

Though the graphic is unrelated to Walter Williams' essay, "What About Upholding the Constitution?", he wonders if the current crop of presidential hopefuls will make any dent in these findings.

Do any of the prospective nominees of either party deserve respect from the American people? The answer partially depends on your knowledge, values and respect for the Constitution.

When either Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton or John McCain take office, he or she will place a hand on the Bible and take the oath: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

It will be a phony affirmation, but what's worse is that the chief justice of the United States, who administers the oath, and the average American will believe the new president.

You say, "Hey, Williams, that's a pretty tall charge! Explain yourself." There's a measure introduced in every Congress since 1995, by Rep. John Shadegg, R-Ariz., called The Enumerated Powers Act, which would require that all bills introduced in Congress include a statement setting forth the specific constitutional authority under which the law is being enacted.

The Enumerated Powers Act currently has 44 co-sponsors in the House. In the Senate, it has never had a single co-sponsor, and that's a Senate that includes our three presidential aspirants. The question one might ask is why would Sens. Obama, Clinton and McCain have a distaste for, and fail to support, a measure binding them to what the Constitution actually permits?

There's a two-part answer to that question. First, few congressmen, including our presidential aspirants, have the integrity, decency and courage to be bound by the Constitution, but more important is that congressmen and presidents simply reflect the constitutional ignorance or contempt held by the American people.

Most of what Congress is constitutionally authorized to spend for is listed in Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution and includes: coining money, establish post offices, to support armies and a few other activities. Today's federal budget is over $3 trillion dollars. I challenge anyone to find specific constitutional authority for at least $2 trillion of it. That includes Social Security, Medicare, farm and business handouts, education, prescription drugs and a host of other federal expenditures. Americans who have become accustomed to living at the expense of another American would not want Congress to obey the Constitution, especially if it left out their favorite handout.

A harebrained politician or lawyer might tell us that the Constitution's general-welfare clause authorizes those expenditures. Here's what James Madison, the acknowledged father of the Constitution, said: "With respect to the two words 'general welfare,' I have always regarded them as qualified by the detail of powers connected with them. To take them in a literal and unlimited sense would be a metamorphosis of the Constitution into a character which there is a host of proofs was not contemplated by its creators."

Later, Madison added, "If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, and will promote the general welfare, the government is no longer a limited one possessing enumerated powers, but an indefinite one subject to particular exceptions."

Thomas Jefferson explained, "Congress has not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare, but only those specifically enumerated."

At one time there were presidents who respected the Constitution. Grover Cleveland vetoed hundreds of spending measures during his two-term presidency, often saying, "I can find no warrant for such an appropriation in the Constitution." Then there was Franklin Pierce, who said, after vetoing an appropriation to assist the mentally ill, "I cannot find any authority in the Constitution for public charity," adding, "To approve such spending would be contrary to the letter and the spirit of the Constitution and subversive to the whole theory upon which the Union of these States is founded."

We should consider ending the charade and get rid of our 200-year-plus presidential oath of office and replace it with: I accept the office of president.



Source:
Investors Business Daily
Orange County Register


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Wednesday, April 09, 2008

There's More Than One Absolut World

Sweden extended its hegemony over Finland in the 13th century. The Finnish language was spoken only by peasants, clergy, and local courts while Swedish became the official language of the aristocracy, nobility, and national government. Swedish is still the second official language spoken by 5.5% of the population.




(H/T Planck's Constant and Pink Flamingo Bar and, of coarse, Michele Malkin is on the case)






Not content to limit the avenging mockery to the Absolut home of Sweden, the Ideal World has washed over the planet.




We had our chance in 1848 and blew it.
(Image: Absolut Ads)
















Germany tried in 1939.
(Image: The Nose on Your Face)

Will Jihadis fare any better?(Image: The Nose on Your Face)

Or, the Caliphate fate?
(Image: Pirate's Cove)




Others have different opinions, though.
(Image: Cletus The Nose on Your Face)

Maybe Mexico and the US can compromise.
(Image: A Second Hand Conjecture)




















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Dems Demand Iraq Pay for Blood With Oil

Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich and chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, says the Iraqi's should pay for the war with oil.

"...we need to put continuous and increasing pressure on the Iraqis to settle their political differences, to pay for their own reconstruction with their oil windfalls, and to take the lead in conducting military operations."
The (dis)Associated Press says, Iraq has about $30 billion in surplus funds in U.S. banks. "Iraq is looking at a potential boon in oil revenue this year, possibly as much as $100 billion in 2007 and 2008. Meanwhile, the U.S. military is having to buy its fuel on the open market, paying on average $3.23 a gallon and spending some $153 million a month in Iraq on fuel alone."

Hey, weren't we already stealing Iraqi oil? At least, that's what the Dem Libs have been claiming since the battle began. If that's true, why are we paying open market prices for the oil we stole? That would be like paying Mexico $15 million for the Southwest territories we stole in 1848. That would be stupid.



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Another Top Tier Terrorist Bites the Dust

Abu Ubaida al-Masri, the Islamofascist responsible for the July 7, 2006 bombings in London, is dead. the disease riddled body of the Egyptian born bomb-master couldn't hide from hepatitis. The bastard pig died in Pakistan's tribal region. He was under indictment on several charges in the US under the name Sufyian Barhoumi.

Read more here.


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Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Cartoon Pulitzer Prize Winner


Investor's Business Daily cartoonist and Senior Editor Michael Ramirez has won jounalism's prestidious Pulitzer Prize for the second time. Here is a sample of my favorite political cartoonist's work, those that gave me a chuckle.




















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Monday, April 07, 2008

Change for Britain


British coinage has been graced with the image of Queen Elizabeth II for the past four decades. Not anymore.

This month the Royal Mint introduced newly designed coins from 1p to 2 pounds, says the Telegraph. Over the remainder of this year, the new coins will replace the old. Matthew Dent, the 26 year designer, has produced clever design that recalls British history and is fun. Each coin is embossed with a portion of the Royal Coat of Arms. When placed placed together, they reveal the complete image. See the magic at the Royal Mint website.


The coinage of the United Kingdom is changing. Familiar designs that have served us well for almost 40 years will be replaced by a new set of designs, contemporary in treatment yet grounded in the traditions of the coinage. Now, in a new age, the time has come to rejuvenate the coinage by seeking designs that treat traditional symbols in an innovative and modern way. The series that has been chosen brings new life to the coinage and, like the decimal designs 40 years ago, draws inspiration from the very fabric of British history.





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Sunday, April 06, 2008

Absolut World and Real World

The Absolut vodka campaign has made quite a splash here in Baja Canada ... uh, I mean the United States. The ad campaign currently running in Mexico was designed to appeal to the Mexican sensibility that America "stole" the best parts of Mexico in 1848 as a result of the Mexican-American War.

Under the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, Mexico got $15 million, less than half of what the US offered for the territory before the war. The US also assumed the entire $3.25 million debt owed to US citizens by the Mexican government. Apparently, that wasn't enough and now Mexico wants the land back in exchange for absolutely nothing and Absolut feels their pain.



Evidently, the best parts of Mexico were those that contained the oil empires of Texas, the gambling meccas of Las Vegas and Reno, the entertainment capital of Hollywood in Los Angeles, Silicon Valley near San Francisco, Coors Beer HQ in Golden, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in Salt Lake City, the cattle ranges of Oklahoma and Nebraska, and the ski resorts in Utah and Lake Tahoe. Somehow, though, we manage to hold on to Microsoft and Starbucks in Washington.

In this blog posting, let's forget the really stupid blunder French owned Swedish booze maker Absolut committed in so far as their American (former)consumers are concerned. With the blog uproar, maybe Absolut has caused Americans not directly affected by illegal immigration to pay more attention to the Reconquista of the Western United States led by Mecha, La Raza, and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaragosa. How close to reality has Absolut come to reflecting the true demographic US-Mexico border?


Pretty damned close I'd say. And we seem to be losing Microsoft and Starbucks to boot. Maybe a small thank you note to Absolut would be okay.



Sources:
LA Times
Absolut Vodka

Related posts:
Annex Mexico
America Owns the Southwest and Here's Why



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