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Sharron Angle and the Quest for a GOP Congress

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Sharron Angle is running hard for Harry Reid’s spot as Senator from Nevada and Senate Majority Leader.   She’s excited the Nevada tea party and though she’s a fresh face on the national, she’s been known to Nevada residents for sometime.   She’s ahead in the polls and has been able to comfortably concentrate her campaign commercials on showing what kind of guns she can fire instead of policy issues.

She’s been a big advocate for religious rights ever since she pushed to get a Scientology program into Nevada women’s prisons in 2003.  In fact, Angle has argued that the separation of church and state imposed on this country in the first amendment is unconstitutional.

In the case of abortion, it is her faith that guides Ms. Angle.  Saying “God has a plan”, Angle is against abortion in case of rape and incest because she believes that God would not have had the woman in question raped if he did not have a plan for her and her baby.   The plan may be grand like the baby growing up to be President or it may be small like the shame of the mom being a lesson to other loose women to control their alcohol intake, dress more modestly, and not go into strange bars without a male escort.  I think it’s very reassuring for all rape victims to know that even if it was scary, God planned their rape and was guiding the actions of the rapist all along.

Angle is also ready to make big noise on the economy by forcing the lazy to get back to work.   Angle favors cutting unemployment benefits so that goldbrickers are forced to go back to work and take the many entree level jobs that they turn their noses up at.   Much of the current unemployment is caused by the desire of so many people to start in middle management or higher.  There’s an attitude sweeping the country that if you’re not going to get a key to the executive washroom, you might as well just live off your dividends and put off applying for work.

With a woman of faith and intelligence like this, the GOP is well on their way to taking over Harry Reid’s Senate seat and Majority Leadership.

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June 30, 2010 at 9:34 pm

Kirk Leads GOP Charge for Senate

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There’s a Republican tidal wave growing to take back the Senate and this wave is going nationwide.  Nowhere is this seen as clearly as in a seat that the Democrats never thought they’d lose.   Former Notre Dame quarterback and astronaut Mark Kirk is poised to win President Obama’s former Senate seat in Illinois .

At a news conference today, Kirk who first gained prominence writing a series of hit songs for the band Jefferson Starship in the 1980s including We Built This City and Sarah, looked every bit the front runner.  “I have made mistakes concerning certain aspects of my accomplishments and experiences, and I apologize for those mistakes and I pledge to correct those errors,” Kirk said. “I am not perfect and was careless. I will do better and I will make sure this never happens again.”

Kirk, who designed the 46 defense for the 1986 Super Bowl Champion Bears, was unjustly attacked by the media after several claims he made about his background in the military and in education were shown to be false.   Kirk apologized with all the grace and aplomb that one would expect from the former Cousin Oliver on the Brady Bunch and while he could not guarantee that he would not do it again, the former Starlight Express cast member did promise to apologize the next time it happens.

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June 29, 2010 at 8:12 pm

Yankees Prospect Strasburg Dazzles

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Through four starts with the Washington Nationals, 22 year old phenom Stephen Strasburg has been nothing short of diminating–leaving Yankee fans thrilling at the prospect’s success even though he won’t be eligible for the Yankees roster until 2017. 

Through his first 4 starts, Strasburg has not given up more than 2 runs in any start going 2-1 with a 1.78 ERA in just over 25 innings pitched.  He’s also struck out 41 batters.  Many look at him as the next great pitcher in the major leagues.   However, baseball’s odd and complexing free agency rules mean that the Yankees will need to compete with both the Red Sox and Mets to sign the pitcher when he is finally allowed to leave Washington.

For Yankee fans there’s little they can do except wait and follow their prospect as he develops and learns to pitch at an even higher level.  In the meantime, baseball fans in Washington should have a great show for the next half dozen years.

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June 26, 2010 at 8:16 pm

Give Tony Hayward His Life Back

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It has been over 60 days since the Obama administration fell asleep on the job and the chaos of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill was born.   My question is after 60 days, haven’t we beat this thing to death yet?  Were we this vindictive against Jesse James, Tiger Woods, or Lady Gaga.  Surely, the time has come to move on and give Tony Hayward his life back.

Hayward is the CEO of BP and this whole thing has been very disruptive to his life.   Only this week people were giving him a hard time for going to a yacht race around the Isle of Wight in England instead of staying in Louisiana.  Excuse me, but how can they have a yacht race in the gulf?  The oil would require massive scrubbing on the yachts.

Its no wonder that Republican congressmen have described the attack on BP as a “shakedown”.   As we require them to pay for this damage, who looks after their share holders?   The people who live on the gulf should understand that this is a hazard that they are voluntarily subjecting themselves to.  It isn’t like Hayward has been heartless.  Do you think BP doesn’t care?  As BP Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg put it, “I hear comments sometimes that large oil companies are greedy companies or don’t care, but that is not the case with BP. We care about the small people.”

How much more can the public ask for.   Even Toy Story 3’s beloved Randy Newman doesn’t care for small people or short people anyway.  All Tony Hayward has ever asked for is his life back.  After two months, it is time for the American people to honor this request.  The man and the company have been hounded enough.

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June 21, 2010 at 9:42 pm

Lessons from my Father

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I may the world’s greatest father.   My daughter Emily is very lucky to have me in her life looking out for her and I’m sure she knows this.  I should be getting a call from her soon to wish me a Happy Father’s Day and as I reflect on the holiday I reallize that so much that I have learned about parenting, I learned from my own father.

1. Play with Your Kids – My father wasn’t shy in playing with my sister and I.  He was a big kid at heart and it was from him that I developed my killer instinct.  Whether it was tackling me on the football field or returning my sister’s serves right back at her until she was one big bruise from all the tennis balls crashing into her, my father never took it easy on us just because we were kids.  I still remember the time I almost beat him at basketball.  It was a cold November Sunday and the score was 14-13 in my favor.  I faked left and went right and threw up a layup.  It was a prayer that rolled around the rim 3 times before going in.  As I started celebrating, my dad started yelling at me that you had to win by 3.  My dad and I had a big argument and that was the last time we ever played.  I really wish I would have beat him legitimately just once, but it still meant a lot to me just to get to play with him.

2. Have a Sense of Humor – My dad was forever playing pranks.   One of his favorites was to wake us up in the morning by splashing a glass of ice water on our face while we were sleeping.  My mom was always yelling at him to take the ice out of the glass first.  He loved to light fire crackers underneath his bedroom window when my mom was trying to nap just to watch her wake up with a start.  He loved to hide her tranquilizers or to switch her medicine.  He even had a younger sister he never told her about–My Aunt Samantha.  I met her several times when I was with my dad, but I was always told to keep it secret from my mom and that we’d surprise her someday with the news.   I wish I hadn’t lost track of her.  Family is important.

3. Live your Values – In 1968, the South Side of Chicago was a dangerous place for a white man to preach racial equality, but my dad worked with Dr. Martin Luther King when he marched through Marquette Park.  While King was walking in the street getting all the headlines that Summer, my dad was organizing a neighborhood watch.  Armed only with baseball bats, his friends and he patrolled the South Side to make sure that race riots wouldn’t break out.  He was always thinking of the marchers too.  When they marched in the sweltering summer heat, my dad was always yelling for the fire department to turn their hoses on the marchers to cool them off.

4. Value Education – My dad was always involved in our schooling.  If a teacher gave my sister or I a bad grade, my father was up at school to demand they be fired.  When communists tried to infiltrate our schools in the 70s, my dad stood up for American values by demanding that communist or socialist teachers be fired.  He always reminded us that education was a competition against the other kids in our class and that there was no such thing as second place.

5. Honor God – My dad was not a religious man.  He rarely went to church when it wasn’t a wedding or Christmas.   Still, he always instilled a believe in us that if we misbehaved, God would get us even if we escaped his notice.   He reminded us that God was vengeful and homosexuals, communists, and fornicators would soon meet his righteous wrath.  He showed the ultimate strength of his convictions when my sister married a Catholic and he disowned her.

Thank you for being such an amazing dad!

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June 20, 2010 at 8:59 pm

Autotune the News #12- The Gregory Brothers

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June 19, 2010 at 7:09 pm

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Every now and then, I get just a little too big for my britches.  Because of my tremendous access to Congressman Jack Kimble (R-CA), I sometimes try and get in touch with other politicians to promote them through the blog.   One politician, whose cause I have championed is Rand Paul.  Rand is the son of Ron Paul and he’s following in his father’s footsteps by running for Senator for Kentucky.

I tried to set up a telephone interview with Mr. Paul and unfortunately discovered that Rand Paul has changed his media strategy since  Paul has canceled on Meet the Press and refused to speak to non-ideological media, preferring the safe platform of Fox News. Last weekend, after a speech to Republican activists in the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, Paul balked at the prospect of talking to local reporter Ryan Alessi. Paul instead instructed Alessi to “submit your questions to us and we’ll look at them”

I figure the easiest thing for me to do is to submit my questions here and alert Rand Paul’s campaign I have done so.  Maybe I will be granted some answers:

1. You have made it clear that the Civil Rights Act was a mistake and that private companies like Greyhound should be free to require black people to sit on the black of the bus, while government owned mass transit should not have preferential seating by race.  What do you think the rules should be for a company like Amtrak which is privately owned, but heavily subsidized by the government.

2. Could our government make a bureaucracy so big that it would be unable to create a government agency to untangle it?

3. How much do you believe car accidents are the results of government imposed speed limits?

4. How do we bring back sweater vests?

If you like those Mr. Paul, I would very much like to continue this dialogue.

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June 16, 2010 at 8:31 pm