Archive for November, 2008

Bush & The Troops – A Long Goodbye

Posted by Talismen | November 26th, 2008

It’s been a long 8 years.

In that time, we’ve witnessed the worst of humanity, and the best.
And during that time, President George W Bush (a man I twice voted for) has been (all in all) a decent leader.

Correct – I don’t agree with some of the things he’s done.
Correct – I think the beginning of OIF was not handled well by those in his administration.
Correct – I’ve come to realized he’s NOT a fiscal conservative.

Yet, for all his faults, what I’m truly thankful for is:

–> He’s a man of decent character.
–> He loves our country.
–> He is compassionate (sometimes to a fault).
–> He holds a sacred and deep respect for our military, and he isn’t afraid to show it.

As to the last one on that list, take for example the speech he gave at Ft. Campbell KY just this week. Here’s a link:

Note the expression on his face at different times during this vid.

He loves our military.
And judging by their reactions…they love him.

And as we head into the long Thanksgiving weekend…I am truly thankful for this.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone, from Nos, Talismen, and everyone at The Nos Blog.


Filed Under: War on Terror

Losing the luster – Obama supporters starting to whine

Posted by Talismen | November 21st, 2008

As predicted, Obama supporters are beginning to furrow their brows, as they slowly come to the realization that their “messiah” really can’t deliver on all his promises to them.

Despite the fact that they were sold a bill of goods that no politician could ever deliver, they obviously still expected him to bring about the “change” they supposedly could only dream of. So now, “the one” is beginning to lose his luster, and those of us who knew he wasn’t all he was cracked up to be are considering taking up a collection to buy a cork for the whine starting to come from his supporters:

First, we had his campaign workers crying about not being paid what they were promised.
See this article at Jawa. Here’s a snip:

“They gave us $10 an hour. So we added it. I added up all the hours so it was supposed to be at least $120. All I get is $90,” said Charles Martin.

“I worked nine hours a day for 4 days and got paid half of what I should have earned,” said Randall Waldon.

Now there are reports of those in the so-called “anti-war” movement (I can think of a better name for that “movement”) crying over what looks like a more hawkish assembly of cabinet members for the incoming administration.

Case in point, here’s a bit of news from an LA Times article (written by Paul Richter). The “anti-war” (read “anti-American”) crowd is pouring out some of their own whine as well:
(snip)

Antiwar groups and other liberal activists are increasingly concerned at signs that Barack Obama’s national security team will be dominated by appointees who favored the Iraq invasion and hold hawkish views on other important foreign policy issues.

The activists are uneasy not only about signs that both Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates could be in the Obama Cabinet, but at reports suggesting that several other short-list candidates for top security posts backed the decision to go to war.

“Obama ran his campaign around the idea the war was not legitimate, but it sends a very different message when you bring in people who supported the war from the beginning,” said Kelly Dougherty, executive director of the 54-chapter Iraq Veterans Against the War.

Ahhh yes. Obama didn’t know what he was getting into, when he bent over and grabbed his ankles for the extreme left.

So, in an effort to get these “brow-beaters” off his back, Obama has dispatched members of his team to lower expectations for the dear “messiah”, in an attempt to calm his “beloved peasants” (apologies to Carol Burnett). See this article from CBS2Chicago (written by Mike Flannery):
(snip)

President-elect Barack Obama and his inner circle fear that some voters expect him to turn around the economy, wind down the war in Iraq and, perhaps, cure cancer — all by the Fourth of July.

They know they must manage and lower those expectations, CBS 2 Political Editor Mike Flannery reports.

A top economic advisor to Obama had a glum warning for the rest of us Thursday morning: Neither the job market nor the stock market will be turning around any time soon.

“This might be a long haul,” said Robert Reich, who was President Bill Clinton’s secretary of labor. “2009 is going to be a very hard year. Some economists say we won’t be out of this for two years, others are saying it may be three, or four, maybe five years.”

Now on Obama’s transition team, Reich worries about what happens after the new president is sworn in Jan. 20.

“We all have to be very careful about the expectations that we are putting on this man, our president-elect,” Reich said. “If we all assume it’s going to be the first 100 days, we’re going to be disappointed.”

But….but….I thought this man’s election would “slow the rise of the oceans”?
I thought he would begin to “heal” the planet?

Hmmmm????


Filed Under: Election 2010, ObamaBorg

Will fiscally responsible “Blue Dog” Dems be an albatross for Obama/Pelosi/Reid?

Posted by Talismen | November 19th, 2008

The “Blue Dog” Dem coalition has (formally) been around since 1995.

Back in 2004, just after George W Bush won his 2nd term and many new “Blue Dogs” were elected to the house and senate, I said then that they may be the “death” of the extreme lurch to the left for the democrat party.

Well, according to the election results from a few weeks ago, the “Blue Dog” coalition upped their members by two (and possibly one more, depending on a still undecided seat in the south).

If there’s one thing conservatives of all stripes can be thankful for (as we head into Thanksgiving week), it’s the fact that “Blue Dogs” tend to stick to their “fiscally conservative” mold. And with that in mind, Obama/Pelosi/Reid may have a huge fight on their hands for at least the next 4 years:

Newsmax has a nice article on this, here:
(snip below)

The left may still be crowing about its resounding Election Day victory, but it’s the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Democrats who are emerging as a significant force in the upcoming Congress.

The influential Blue Dog coalition of House Democrats saw their ranks increase on Election Day, and they’re likely to gain even greater power on Capitol Hill with an ally in the White House.

Just a few days after his victory, President-elect Barack Obama tapped his chief economic adviser, Jason Furman, to consult regularly with the Blue Dog leadership on economic issues.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, meanwhile, acknowledged the new power of centrists when she said, a few days after her party gained at least 20 House seats, that “the country must be governed from the middle.”

Blue Dogs, for their part, say they’ll hold Obama’s feet to the fire.

When we consider what’s going on with the “Mother Of All Bailouts”, the more fiscally conservative” leaders there are, the better.

Pass the turkey please.


Filed Under: Blue Dogs, Congress

NO AUTO INDUSTRY BAILOUT….PERIOD!

Posted by Talismen | November 17th, 2008

You want proof that the big three (GM, Ford & Chrysler) have put themselves in the bind they are in now? See the story linked and quoted below.

Combine the fact that the big three haven’t been producing cars Americans want, but rather producing cars that they want to sell, along with the fact that big unions and their “gimmie” contracts have totally cut ANY profit the companies have been making….and you have the mess we see today in the auto industry in this country. If the big three management regimes had stood up to the unions and said “yes, we’ll pay you a comfortable wage, but a line must be drawn somewhere”, they might not find themselves in the mess they are in. And now they (and most democrats and a few RINO republicans) expect the U.S. taxpayers to bail them out?! I don’t think so.

The best thing they could do is file for bankruptcy, which will then allow them to tear up the existing union contracts and start over.

There’s a reason why the Toyota, BMW and Honda plants in the United States make more profit….
It’s because they don’t cow-tow to the unions.

Here’s the link to that story, and here’s a bit of quoted material:

Monday, November 17, 2008

$73/Hour Bailout

Posted by: Amanda Carpenter at 10:57 AM

Detroit hasn’t been making cars people want to buy and was catering to Big Labor demands long before the mortgage crisis hit. It’s no wonder why they aren’t competitive anymore. (I say this as a Flint, Michigan native.)

Mark Perry of the wonderful Carpe Diem blog put together this chart showing the inflated wages the Big Three automakers pay over their competitors. Big Three union workers, with their gold-plated health care plans, make about $73 an hour in total compensation. And, now they’re begging Washington for a bailout before they even think about negotiating with the UAW.

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(Fantastic chart courtesy of Mark Perry @ Carpe Diem blog)

Maddening, isn’t it?
If you think so too, see the story Michelle Malkin has posted, here.
She’s got embedded links in there, so be sure to check those out as well.


Filed Under: Bailouts, Congress

Obama/Ayers: From “a guy in my neighborhood” to “family friend”…(A lesson in “told you so”)

Posted by Talismen | November 14th, 2008

Well well well…it seems Bill Ayers (unapologetic terrorist)…the man Barack Obama said was just “a guy in my neighborhood”…is now saying that he and Obama are “family friends”. Read here.

(snip)

Ayers: Obama was ‘family friend’
New afterword to 2001 book, Ayers describes Barack Obama as ‘family friend’

November 13, 2008

BY KARA SPAK and ABON PALLASCH Staff Reporters

In a new afterword to his 2001 book, Bill Ayers, former leader of the 1960s radical group Weather Underground, describes President-elect Barack Obama as a “family friend” and denies he wished his group had set off more bombs in the 1960s.

Ayers, a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, adds few new details about his relationship with Obama in the afterword to Fugitive Days: Memoirs of an Anti-War Activist. The book is being reissued this month.

“We had served together on the board of a foundation, knew one another as neighbors and family friends, held an initial fund-raiser at my house, where I’d made a small donation to his earliest political campaign,” he writes.

So – 52% of voters were duped.
Well….that would actually be a smaller percentage than 52%, since there were some that never heard of the Obama/Ayers issue, and still others who refused to live up to their responsibilities as voters and investigate everything they can about the candidates.

Either way – over at Confederate Yankee, they’ve posted this note to the “52″ percent:

Dear 52,

It seems the man you entrusted with your vote lied about his relationship with domestic terrorist and attempted mass murderer Bill Ayers.

Many of you either didn’t hear about Ayers, or accepted Obama’s evolving explanations that Ayers was “just a guy in his neighborhood,” or someone that he thought had gone through some sort of terrorist rehabilitation—perhaps at the Yasser Arafat wing of the Betty Ford Clinic.

But now that Ayers has come out and admitted that their relationship is very close—”family friends” is how he put it—how does that make you feel?

I ask, becuase as Malcolm once explained, you’ve been hoodwinked. You’ve been had. You’ve been took. You’ve been led astray, led amok. You’ve been bamboozled.

You’ve been conned in to voting the family friend of a known terrorist into the White House.

How does that make you feel?

My guess is…they don’t care.
Or at least…they will not care until the disillusionment begins…which will not take long.

(*chuckle)


Filed Under: Election 2008

Other People’s Money: Audit of Obama Fundraising Unlikely

Posted by NosferatusCoffin | November 11th, 2008

Well, I suppose I cannot be too surprised that the FEC is going to just punt on the subject of the massive and (documented) illegalities of the Obama fund-Raising Machine. He has skated along with everything else in his campaign. Whether it was the highly questionable associates he palled around with and pulled strings for. The massive voter fraud perpetrated by the likes of ACORN, who were partially funded with $800,000 by the Obama campaign. The crooked deals with Rezko. As well as all of his past history that was buried, such as his school records, state Senate records, birth certificate and the Annenberg Project funny money funneling.

What makes it worse is that since McCain took public campaign funds, he is the only one subject to an audit, since that is triggered automatically by any candidate who uses public funds. A truly sickening irony.

From NewsMax:

The Federal Election Commission is not likely to conduct a potentially embarrassing audit of Barack Obama’s record-breaking fundraising campaign despite allegations of questionable donations and accounting.

That’s the disclosure from Politico.com, which reports that Obama will probably escape scrutiny in large part because unlike John McCain, he declined to accept $84 million in public financing.

Accepting that money automatically triggers an audit, meaning that the FEC is obligated to thoroughly audit the McCain campaign’s coffers, which will take months and cost McCain millions to defend.

Another factor that will discourage an Obama audit by the FEC is the sheer size of his fundraising haul — more than $650 million — which minimizes the significance of any errors.

“If a House campaign makes a $100,000 error, that’s huge and they’re likely to get audited,” David Mason, a former GOP appointee to the FEC, told Politico.

“If a campaign the size of the Obama campaign has a $100,000 error, then maybe not.”

Another factor: The FEC is comprised of three Democrats and three Republicans, and “is prone to deadlock on partisan issues,” such as “approving a messy and high-profile probe of a sitting president,” the Web site observed.

Emphasis mine.

So, just because the campaign’s total haul was so large, that is used as an excuse to do nothing? That is like saying that since Criminal X has robbed the local bank 23 times in the last year, we do not want to waste the time and manpower to actually investigate and arrest him? Because his “haul” was too big?

Only in today’s world.

Also, why in the heck are there three Democrats on the SEC board? After eight years of a Republican administration, you would think that the GOP would at the very least, have the majority there. You can bet that those three GOPers will be gone come January 20, 2009.

So much for the “New Tone”.


Filed Under: Election 2008

FrankenFraud: How the Democrats are stealing yet another election

Posted by NosferatusCoffin | November 8th, 2008

Over the last days, I have been following Powerline’s coverage of the Franken campaign and MN Democrats naked attempt to steal the very close election between The Spiteful Troll (hat-tip to Mark Levin) and Sen. Norm Coleman.

Here is his latest update:

Coleman for Senate campaign manager Cullen Sheehan released the following statement today after it the perceived efforts of the Franken campaign and outside groups attempt improperly to influence canvassing process. The statement alludes to a “legal proceeding” of which I am not aware:

“Not content to allow the recount process to move forward as prescribed by law, the Franken Campaign and its supporters are attempting a campaign of undue influence. The increasing questions about unexplained and improbable shifts in vote counts, coupled with Franken Campaign antics over the past 24 hours, compelled us to seek legal action to protect the rights of Minnesota voters. We had an election. Senator Coleman won. And we now must have a legal and transparent process conducted in the light of day – and that is our goal and intent.

“Late last night, after another unexplained shift in votes occurred when the Secretary of State’s Office closed, new ballots have suddenly appeared from a heavily Democratic precinct. These ballots have been unsecure since the election, yet the Franken Campaign is demanding they be stuffed into the ballot box, attempting to change a vote count that was already finished. Minnesota election laws provide specific rules for reviewing and counting ballots. Today’s legal proceeding is an effort to ensure that a transparent and orderly process be in place. The Franken Campaign should be joining us in this action, not seeking to push the process outside the bounds of the law.”

As I wrote this morning, the election seems to be in the process of being stolen.

Sweetness and Light also reports:

Miraculously with every recount Mr. Franken gets more votes.

Sure this is typical. But it does not make it any less outrageous.

Eventually a line must be drawn in the sand. We can not have election after election stolen by the Democrats through “recounts.”

After all, why should any count be more accurate than any other?

Please update this thread with the latest news on this violation of our very system of government.

Also try to tell your friends about what is happening in Minnesota, since it this story is being studiously ignored by our one party media.

(This AP story is only showing up on local news outlets in the Mid and Far West.)

Ballots that “suddenly appear” in heavily Dem precincts. Gee, where have I heard that before? Florida 2000? Washington State 2004? The oldest trick in the Democrat book.

The criminal organizations know as ACRON, the Obama campaign and the Democratic Party have so raped the integrity of the electoral process of this country at all levels, local, state and federal that it has become a joke. Now, it is standard procedure that whenever a Republican wins a close contest, that the Dems will just “recount” their way to fraudulent “victory”. When in most cases the only reason it was close in the first place is because a high percentage of the original Dem votes cast were dubious at best and illegal at worst.

Maybe it is time for these “remorseful” media outlets like the Washington Post to actually do their jobs and report on all of this. They are to blame just as much as their Fraudmeister comrades-in-arms.

And the Electoral College could show some guts and actually demand that Obama prove he is a U.S. citizen. And if he cannot do so, the EC should then vote uniamously for John McCain and have him seated as the 44th President of the United States.

Enough is enough.


Filed Under: Voter Fraud