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Archive for May, 2010
And no, no, I do not mean the usual brain-dead and vapid comments left by hordes of ObamaBorg on many conservative blogs and sites. (I actually wrote about that phenom last year)
This is one I just received a little while ago. You can usually spot spam comments inside 3 seconds, since certain keywords, poor grammar and sexual/scam/foreign URLs are attached to them. Lately however, spam comments have cleaned up the grammar, reduced typos and use more innocent-looking URLs to hide behind.
On the other hand, one thing they have not been able to do with much success is have the comment itself be relevant to the topic at hand.
Here is the comment (not yet published) in response to this post:
Barack Obama is a innovator that might go down in history for more than simply being the first dark United states president. Considering the global financial trouble there were some difficult situations currently for Us residents and for the whole world and Barak has had to deal with the correct way to cope with this and many additional concerns. He has his followers and his critics yet he’s without doubt made a great contribution to The states.
The mail server is from Down Under, the URL goes to a mish-mash, key-word laden hypnosis site and the email address is a GMail one (which seems to be the favorite mail service of spammers nowadays).
Granted, the subject of the comment does not precisely match the topic in the post and is basically just a random series of talking points condensed into a sentence or two. However, it is very interesting to see this trend start to play itself out.
Only with Obama, that is.
Now THIS is how you govern.
Sorry NEA, but you either start tightening your belts along with everyone else, or just go the way of the Edsel. There is no more money. Not in state coffers. Not in federal coffers. Period.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — speaking at The Plaza hotel about his plan to cap property-tax increases at 2.5 percent — ripped into his state’s teachers association yesterday, blasting it as an “an absolutely out-of-control union that is used to getting everything it wants.”
And the poor, poor NEA heads are whining over a 1.5% tax on their salaries to cover their massive and bloated bennies, when the average private sector worker has to cough up upwards of 30%?
The opposing sides have butted heads over Christie’s proposal to force teachers to pay 1.5 percent of their salary to cover their medical, dental and vision benefits.
“In the private sector, this is a deal that employees would run each other over for,” he said. “The response from the teachers union? This is the greatest attack on public education in the history of the world.”
As for the media, well Christie is a breath of fresh air from the long-standing stink of corruption, union handouts and media apathy.
If nothing else comes out of the 2010 elections, it is that the population as a whole and the conservative wing in particular, are paying a lot more attention to their state and local primaries this cycle. No more of the “ho-hum, just let the Establishment guy/gal sail through” type of thinking.
From Real Clear Politics:
ID-1: Labrador Upsets Ward In GOP Primary
Local tea party favorite Raul Labrador upset Vaughn Ward last night in the Republican primary for Idaho’s 1st congressional district. Labrador overcame a fundraising disadvantage and Ward’s endorsement by Sarah Palin to win 48-39 percent.
Labrador, who told the Idaho Statesman that the key to his victory was a consistent conservative message, will now face freshman Democratic Rep. Walt Minnick.
After defeating Republican Bill Sali in 2008 with 51 percent in the conservative 1st district, Minnick entered this election cycle as one of the most vulnerable incumbents. But he’s voted with his party less than any other member of Congress, according to the Washington Post Votes Database, and flies back to his district nearly every weekend, despite the distance and unease.
As poisonous as Obama is to Democrat hopefuls, the GOP Establishment touch is proving to be just as noisesome to many of their own handpicked candidates.
This is bad news for both sitting RINOs and those that the Establishment are grooming for the usual, “Yes, but…” type of compromising with the opposition.
Big day in Hawaii as the GOP is looking for it’s first House Representative in decades.
From Fox News:
Republicans may have struck out in their bid to pick up a House seat in Tuesday’s special election in southwestern Pennsylvania, which they had hoped would signal they were headed toward wiping out Democrats in November.
But Republicans will get another shot Saturday, in a special election in President Obama’s native Hawaii. And their chances are looking good, as Democrats remain divided on who to support.
If Charles Djou wins Saturday against two Democrats who seem to be splitting their party’s vote, he will be Hawaii’s first Republican congressman in decades.
Obama, who was born in Hawaii, carried the state with 72 percent of the vote in the presidential election just two years ago. But prominent Democrats acknowledge the possibility of losing the seat on Saturday.
“Yeah,” Rep. Chris Van Hollen, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said simply when asked this week if his organization is writing off the special election.
And more bad news for Democrats. In Arkansas, John Boozman holds big leads over both incumbent Blanche Lincoln and Lieutenant Governor Bill Halter in the race for the U.S. Senate.
From Rasmussen Reports:
Arkansas Democrats still have to pick their candidate in a June 8 runoff, but for now Republican John Boozman holds sizable leads over both his potential rivals in the state’s U.S. Senate race.
A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in Arkansas, taken Wednesday night, shows Boozman, the winner of Tuesday’s state GOP Primary, with 66% support in a match-up with Senator Blanche Lincoln. The Democratic incumbent picks up just 28% of the vote. Two percent (2%) prefer some other candidate in the race, and four percent (4%) are undecided.
If Lieutenant Governor Bill Halter is his opponent, Boozman, currently the state’s only GOP congressman, earns 60% of the vote to the Democrat’s 33%. Four percent (4%) like someone else in the race, and three percent (3%) remain undecided.
In previous surveys, all the Republican Primary hopefuls outpolled both Lincoln and Halter, generally by double-digit magins.
Closer and closer.
Bailouts. Bankruptcies. Boondoggles. One of the major hallmarks of this administration.
Are you sick of them? Well, too bad, for here comes another one. One that is laden with political incest and ideological inbreeding that would make a Deliverance family member blanch.
– ShoreBank co-founder Jan Piercy was a Wellesley College roommate of Hillary Clinton’s, who has long supported the bank along with former president Bill Clinton.
– Former ShoreBank Vice Chairman Bob Nash worked for Mrs. Clinton’s presidential bid as deputy campaign manager. Board of Directors member Howard Stanback is a Hyde Park neighborhood pal of President Obama, who served with Stanback on the board of the radical Woods Fund (where Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers also sat).
– White House senior advisor Valerie Jarrett served on the board of Chicago Metropolis 2020 with ShoreBank Director Adele Simmons, former president of the liberal MacArthur Foundation, where she focused on “climate change” and “global governance” issues.
– The bank and its employees donated some $12,000 to the Obama 2008 presidential campaign, and co-founder Mary Houghton reportedly gave advice to Obama’s late mother about small business lending issues.
So, the American taxpayer now has to cough up more money for a Obama/Clinton (and Gore is probably in there as well, since this “bank” is big on “green” projects) money laundering front. Tony Soprano looks like a 5 year-old stealing a Baby Ruth in the local 7-11 compared to these Sticky Fingered robber barons. What next? A bailout for the hand sanitizers and toilet paper rolls in the Goldman Sachs throne rooms?
As Michelle so properly puts it:
In other words: ShoreBank is too politically connected to fail.
And the American worker (those that still actually have a job, that is) are too tapped out to support any more outrages like this.
I can see November from my checkbook.
Here is a nice little slideshow showing unemployment by region since the Democrat takeover of Congress in January 2007.
One thing that sticks out is that from the Midwest to the East Coast, the only pocket of sub-6% unemployment rates are in the Northern VA/DC/Suburban MD areas. Which just also happens to be where most federal government workers are concentrated.
And not by accident.