June 6, 2008

Caption This.


OBAMA WAS SELECTED, NOT ELECTED

I don't quote Ann Coulter much. Mainly because I get so tired of hearing people rant and rave because she said something that offended someone at this time or that... Well, she nailed this one.

Words mean nothing to liberals. They say whatever will help advance their cause at the moment, switch talking points in a heartbeat, and then act indignant if anyone uses the exact same argument they were using five minutes ago.

When Gore won the popular vote in the 2000 election by half a percentage point, but lost the Electoral College -- or, for short, "the constitutionally prescribed method for choosing presidents" -- anyone who denied the sacred importance of the popular vote was either an idiot or a dangerous partisan.

But now Hillary has won the popular vote in a Democratic primary, while Obambi has won under the rules. In a spectacular turnabout, media commentators are heaping sarcasm on our plucky Hillary for imagining the "popular vote" has any relevance whatsoever.

It's the exact same situation as in 2000, with Hillary in the position of Gore and Obama in the position of Bush. The only difference is: Hillary has a much stronger argument than Gore ever did (and Hillary's more of a man than Gore ever was).

Unbeknownst to liberals, who seem to imagine the Constitution is a treatise on gay marriage, our Constitution sets forth rules for the election of a president. Under the Constitution that has led to the greatest individual liberty, prosperity and security ever known to mankind, Americans have no constitutional right to vote for president, at all. (Don't fret Democrats: According to five liberals on the Supreme Court, you do have a right to sodomy and abortion!)

Americans certainly have no right to demand that their vote prevail over the electors' vote.
The Constitution states that electors from each state are to choose the president, and it is up to state legislatures to determine how those electors are selected. It is only by happenstance that most states use a popular vote to choose their electors.

When you vote for president this fall, you will not be voting for Barack Obama or John McCain; you will be voting for an elector who pledges to cast his vote for Obama or McCain. (For those new Obama voters who may be reading, it's like voting for Paula, Randy or Simon to represent you, instead of texting your vote directly.)

Any state could abolish general elections for president tomorrow and have the legislature pick the electors. States could also abolish their winner-take-all method of choosing presidential electors -- as Nebraska and Maine have already done, allowing their electors to be allocated in proportion to the popular vote. And of course there's always the option of voting electors off the island one by one.

If presidential elections were popular vote contests, Bush might have spent more than five minutes campaigning in big liberal states like California and New York. But under a winner-take-all regime, close doesn't count. If a Republican doesn't have a chance to actually win a state, he may as well lose in a landslide. Using the same logic, Gore didn't spend a lot of time campaigning in Texas (and Walter Mondale campaigned exclusively in Minnesota).

Consequently, under both the law and common sense, the famed "popular vote" is utterly irrelevant to presidential elections. It would be like the winner of "Miss Congeniality" claiming that title also made her "Miss America." Obviously, Bush might well have won the popular vote, but he would have used a completely different campaign strategy.

By contrast, there are no constitutional rules to follow with party primaries. Primaries are specifically designed by the parties to choose their strongest candidate for the general election.
Hillary's argument that she won the popular vote is manifestly relevant to that determination. Our brave Hillary has every right to take her delegates to the Democratic National Convention and put her case to a vote. She is much closer to B. Hussein Obama than the sainted Teddy Kennedy was to Carter in 1980 when Teddy staged an obviously hopeless rules challenge at the convention. (I mean rules about choosing the candidate, not rules about crushed ice at after-parties.)

And yet every time Hillary breathes a word about her victory in the popular vote, TV hosts respond with sneering contempt at her gaucherie for even mentioning it. (Of course, if popularity mattered, networks like MSNBC wouldn't exist. That's a station that depends entirely on "superviewers.")

After nearly eight years of having to listen to liberals crow that Bush was "selected, not elected," this is a shocking about-face. Apparently unaware of the new party line that the popular vote amounts to nothing more than warm spit, just last week HBO ran its movie "Recount," about the 2000 Florida election, the premise of which is that sneaky Republicans stole the presidency from popular vote champion Al Gore. (Despite massive publicity, the movie bombed, with only about 1 million viewers, so now HBO is demanding a "recount.")

So where is Kevin Spacey from HBO's "Recount," to defend Hillary, shouting: "WHO WON THIS PRIMARY?"

In the Democrats' "1984" world, the popular vote is an unconcept, doubleplusungood verging on crimethink. We have always been at war with Eastasia.

Superviewers, heh.

Elephants Never Forget


(Sometimes they just need a friendly reminder!)
I am feeling very optimistic about my party this morning. (No, I'm not referring to the upcoming 8th grade graduation party at my home this weekend...Anytime my mother comes for a visit it's a stressful time for me!) I'm referring this time to the GOP. I received a link to a video of Newt Gingrich with his take on what conservatives need to do to rebuild and regain leadership status in our country. I'm delighted to see our state party adopting Newt's ideas and following his lead.

I, like many conservatives, have long admired Newt for his common sense approach to politics. Of course, lefties will continue to berate and belittle him. To those of us on the "right" side, that's a compliment. One of the highest you can receive, actually.

Newt believes, like I do, that when conservatives profess their stance clearly to the public--with confidence and enthusiasm, voters will follow. The overwhelming majority of our fundamental philosophies are supported by the public. For some reason (cowardice) we don't stand from the rooftops and proclaim them.

The disappointment I felt while in the legislature with my Republican colleagues was certainly no secret. Running from editorial board criticisms, apologizing to illegal immigrant proponents, kow-towing to radical environmental groups, and placating unions were activities I didn't sign up for when I ran for Senate. My motto was always, "They hate us ANYWAY. Really, how much MORE can they hate us?!"

Our new job as conservatives has been to "gently remind" the elephants in our party's leadership of what being a Republican really means. I'm proudly saying today that our new state party chairman, Reince Priebus hears us. Not only does he hear us, he's one of us. Coming from someone who was exhausted with our party's "vanilla" and "politically correct" approach for too long, I feel a tingle of enthusiasm again.

Keep up the good work, Reince. You're the leader our party's been looking for. Now, we just need to get the rest of the members to follow. Keeping with Newt's messages, you'll do just that. Congratulations, my friend.

Quick!

Someone name a county that has substantial oil deposits, yet refuses to drill?

Anyone?
Anyone?
Beuller?

Remember global warming? Some countries are more ok with it than others.

"The development of the oil industry is one of the most important components in Greenland's effort to establish a self-bearing economy"

...and yet, we cannot drill because of the cariboo, right?

Happy Donut Day!!!!!

Happy Donut Day kids...

Donuts, is there anything they can't do?

I'm late again.

Congratulations to our MRQ of the week winner, Plebian.

I’m an engineer and a dork (but I repeat myself).

New poll shortly.

Obama's Money Man

Numb What? Spelling Bee

How is Obama going to deal with this guy?

Ahmadinejad: Prepare for a World Without the U.S.

Thursday, June 5, 2008 11:55 AM By: Patrick Goodenough
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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been making headlines during his first visit to Western Europe as Iran's president by attacking the United States and Israel, but he also is trying to use the opportunity to show that he's not as isolated as his opponents would wish.

Ahmadinejad failed to secure meetings with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and the Pope while in Rome for a U.N. food conference that ends Thursday, but he did meet with the prime minister of Japan for half an hour.

Japan and Iran last held a leaders' summit eight years ago, when President Mohammed Khatami, generally regarded as a moderate, was in office.

Since Ahmadinejad was elected in 2005, Tehran's lengthy dispute with the international community over its nuclear program has deepened, while the controversial president has caused outrage with comments calling for Israel's demise and questioning the Holocaust.

Given the U.S.-led efforts to isolate Tehran over the nuclear issue, Ahmadinejad will likely view his meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda as a diplomatic coup. Japan is a close U.S. ally, which next month hosts the annual Group of Eight leaders' summit.

Fukuda's spokesman, Kasuo Kodama, said the prime minister had urged Ahmadinejad to comply with U.N. Security Council resolutions on halting uranium enrichment.

The official Iranian news agency, Irna, had a different take on the encounter, saying Ahmadinejad had told Fukuda that U.S. domination was in decline. "Iran and Japan as two civilized and influential nations should get ready for a world minus the U.S.," he said.

June 5, 2008

I just have one question.

Can you see Hillary Clinton playing second fiddle to anyone?

June 4, 2008

They could care less what I say, but....

The website for the Democratic Party of Racine County has given space on their sidebar to two of the four Democrat candidates for Congress in the first congressional district: Marge Krupp and Paulette Garin.

Completely absent from the website are Dr. Jeff Thomas of Janesville who is seeking the office for I believe the eighth time, and Mike Hebert of Kenosha who finished second in the primary in 2006. (If memory serves)

I'm pretty sure I know why Thomas and Hebert were excluded; because the webmaster does not like either of those candidates. She has lambasted them publicly on her website on multiple occasions.

I'd just like to clue in the Democratic Party of Racine County website on the ethics of a primary from an official party entity. An official party website should in no way pick a favorite until after the primary has been held, a first district officer should know that.

But then ethics have not really been the strongsuit of the Racine County Democratic Party for the last several years.

It has begun...

The slow death of western life.
I could have easily done this with the foot washing stations at the Minneapolis airport.

Scoff all you want, a frog doesn't hop out of a boiling pot of water if the temperature is raised slowly.
It'll just die.

There you go folks.

It was Bill's fault.

Good for you Noah...

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Green Bay Packers running back Noah Herron thwarted a would-be burglar by hitting him with a bed post during a break-in at his home.

Brown County Sheriff Dennis Kocken said Tuesday that the break-in happened late last Friday and the injured the intruder remained hospitalized but is expected to recover.

"Noah Herron used necessary, reasonable and justifiable force in protecting his life and property," Kocken said in a statement. "Herron, the victim in this random home invasion, is cooperating with law enforcement."

Herron, 26, missed all of last season with a knee injury.

Chief Deputy John Gossage said Herron called police at 11:19 p.m. Friday after he heard glass breaking in the lower level of his suburban Green Bay home. He said an unknown number of people had entered the house.

One of the intruders entered Herron's bedroom, and Herron hit the person with a post he had unscrewed from his bed, Gossage said. Herron was not injured.

The injured burglar was taken to a hospital, and a second suspect was arrested outside the home, Gossage said.

Interesting story, but why did they have to add, "Herron, 26, missed all of last season with a knee injury."?

June 3, 2008

Tuesday Night.

We were watching the Brewer game... (Fielder, Braun and Hardy went yard!)

Anything going on tonight?

Yo, Al!

Where is all that global warming?

Dude, it is the first week of June and it is 50 degrees out after our stunning high of 60 today.

Al, buddy, it is freaking cold!

Like I could make this up..

This is the UN flipping all you lemmings the bird....again.

Please, please, government, take more of my money and give it to the UN...they only help.

LMAO!

Tragic.

Gm is closing their Janesville plant.

Who is Obama?

Erick Erickson has done an amazing piece of work showing Obama's rise to power and his association with the New Party.

This is a long, worthy and frightening read.

June 2, 2008

True.



Good question Jon.

My buddy Jon Henke asked a good question on Twitter.

Did Obama leave Trinity because of (a) years of racism or (b) months of criticism?

MRQ, Can I get a do-over?

MRQ

He also punched a New York Times reporter in the groin. Plebian.

I like sparkly! Kate,

I don't think she'll be tuning in to Oprah anymore James.

I guess I'm just a heathen Still Unreal.

Let every vote half count. Wigdy.

Naive and narcissistic on one hand, dangerous on the other. Peter.

Spandex Mafia Chris.

get out and eat Ally.

Drinking leads to forgetting stuff. Dad29

My understanding of women is somewhere between marginal and nonexistent Dustbury.

a load of Bullpucky! Patrick.

Does this baby make me look fat Jones.

I will wholeheartedly support the plan and ask, no...demand, that Fred Dooley pay whatever amount of taxes it takes to make it a reality. Casper. (Veto!)

TRQ

Can I get a do-over? Amy.

Pills + beer = funny Amy Amy.

my hands are cold Dr. Blogstein.

tape the back of your ankles. Nick.

I'm as red as Fred Kessler. Wiggy.

I'm an 18 year old in a 42 year old man's body :) Pete.

the ear muffs of summer. Nikol.

Panera bread rocks! Eric. (Agreed)

"...and if that doesn't work, just say 'change' about a hundred times." Jon

secret club handshake ICHCB

Bill you never cease to amaze.

Bill Clinton calling out Vanity Fair for "journalism of personal destruction at its worst".

Bill Clinton calling out anyone for using personal destruction as a tactic... He is the master of that. I think he is just jealous.

Ben has all the details.

June 1, 2008

America's latest tax deadbeat.

Ultra-lib hater pundit Kieth Olbermann has over $100,000 in tax warrants and judgements outstanding.

Franken, Sharpton and now Olbermann... What is with these rich liberals who think our taxes should be higher that do not pay their own tax bills?
Pay what you owe you deadbeat and apologize to the nice people who have less than you that do pay their taxes on time.

Yup....

20 years later and after he figures out that it is no longer in his best intrest,
we have "change" - Chosen One Style.

Can't you just feel the difference in this guy?

Clinton Supporter Ejected From DNC Meeting Shows Bruises

Clinton Supporter Thrown Out of Rules Committee Meeting

If I were Hillary Clinton...

If I were Hillary Clinton I would be asking one question repeatedly...

How can the DNC magically award Barack (censored) Obama 59 delegates from a state where his name did not appear on the ballot?

I have to agree with Hillary Clinton, she should be winning this race. She is leading the popular vote and she should have received all of the Michigan delegates. I can't blame her for sticking around and fighting for this.

She'll never win though and the reason is obvious (although no one is willing to say it).

The DNC is afraid of ticking off the black vote. If for any reason Obama does not win the nomination the backlash against the party from the black community would be catastrophic for them for years to come. I have no idea how many would cross party lines and vote for McCain, but I think many more would just stay home.

In their attempt to unite the party it seems to me that they have driven a wedge even deeper. Howard Dean must be so proud.

If John McCain were smart he would be using this to his benefit, asking for all votes to be counted. (sadly he is not that smart)

Only in America can a major political party get away with counting half of the votes and calling it compromise.

Weekly Bad Teacher recap.

This weeks hall of shame from the reports at Bad Bad Teacher.

This weekly series is an attempt to shine a light on a problem that is bigger than anyone wants to realize, people who we have entrusted with the care of our children preying upon them.

I'll provide my usual disclaimer, the vast majority of teachers are good people who are likely more enraged by the actions of their peers than you are. This post is not an attack on teachers in general.

When will the media stand up and start paying this problem the attention it deserves? When we get outraged.
  • Rowdy Androy Willis, 25, a school bus driver for Hulbert Public Schools, in Hulbert, Oklahoma has been arrested on a complaint of second-degree rape of a 15-year-old female student.
  • Damien G. Henderson, 28, a former teacher at McLain Junior High School in McLain, Mississippi has pleaded guilty and been sentenced on a charge of child exploitation. In December 2006 Henderson was alleged to have sent explicit text messages to a student at Greene County High School.
  • Christopher Welch, 38, a health and physical education teacher and sports athletic trainer at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North in Plainsboro Township, New Jersey has been arrested and charged with sex crimes. It is alleged that Welch touched six female student-athletes in an inappropriate manner while employed as the athletic trainer
  • Michael Scott Call, 44, a teacher at Whitewright Middle School in Whitewright, Texas has been arrested and charged with online solicitation of a minor. Police say that Michael Call has been participating in on-line chats with what he thought was a 14-year-old female since February.
  • Demetrius Busby, 45, a Jr. ROTC instructor for Sarasota High School in Sarasota, Florida has been arrested on allegations of a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old male student. The alleged victim has told investigators that he and Busby had sex at least ten times in the ROTC office
  • Paula Tomlin, 36, a former school bus driver and part-time teacher’s aide in the Staunton, Virginia school system has been arrested and charged with three counts of a custodian taking indecent liberties with a child and with four counts of indecent liberties.
  • Alex Diaz, 37, a teacher at Bell High School in Bell, California has been arrested on suspicion of having sex with a female student. It is alleged that Diaz has sex with a now 18-year-old female student when she was 17-years-old.
  • Herbert Hernandez Tobar, 26, a substitute custodian at Brazoswood High School in Clute, Texas has been arrested and charged with two counts of sexual assault on allegations that he had sexual contact with a 14-year-old female student twice in one week.
  • Janmattie Singh, 22, an English teacher at Richmond Hill High School in Queens, New York has been arrested and charged with third-degree rape and endangering the welfare of a child. It alleged that Singh had sex with a 15-year-old male student and his two 18-year-old cousins.
  • Kerry Smith Foulk, 47, a ormer substitute teacher at Nederland High School in Nederland, Texas has pleaded guilty to felony charges of indecency with a child for engaging in sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl in September 2006.
  • Jeremy Dennis, 25, the former drama teacher at Mountain Range High School in Westminster, Colorado has been arrested on allegations that he sexually assaulted a student. Dennis is reportedly charged with two counts of felony sex assault on a child by a person in a position of trust.
  • Raymond Earl Totten Jr., 47, the tennis coach and boys’ golf coach at Fort Walton Beach High School in Fort Walton Beach, Florida has been arrested and charged with 50 counts of lewd and lascivious molestation of a child under 16.
  • Darrel Johnson, 37, a former teacher at Hiram High School in Hiram, Georgia has been arrested and charged with the sexual assault of a 17-year-old female student. The Paulding County Sheriff’s Office was alerted to the allegations on May 16. Johnson was arrested on Tuesday.
  • John Colazzi, 60, a teacher’s aid at Discovery School 67 in Buffalo, New York has been indicted by a grand jury on allegations that he sexually abused an autistic kindergarten student. The grand jury charges that Colazzi had sexual contact with a 4 year old male kindergarten student while in the lavatory
  • Monica Michelle Martin, a substitute teacher at North Caddo High School in Vivian, Louisiana has been arrested for allegedly having sex with an 18-year-old male student. It is alleged that the pair met at Martin’s apartment and a Bossier City motel among other locations in a relationship that started in March
  • Craig A. Gullicksen, 59, a former teacher at St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy in Delafield, Wisconsin has been sentenced to six months in jail after being convicted of repeatedly sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl.
  • Albert J. Calabrese III, 24, a long term substitute teacher at Buchtel High School in Akron, Ohio has been charged with corruption of a minor and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. Calabrese allegedly had a sexual contact with a 14-year-old female after meeting her in an Internet chat room.
  • Thomas Bavedas, 38, a former third-grade teacher at Waltersville School in Bridgeport, Connecticut has been arrested and charged on allegations that the raped a girl under the age of 16 on three separate occasions between 2001 and 2005.
  • Carol Elizabeth Walsdorf, 23, an agricultural science teacher at Nordheim High School in Nordheim, Texas has been arrested on a charge of improper conduct between educator and student. Walsdorf is accused of having a sexual relationship with a male student at the school.
  • Tyrell Brewer, 26, the principal at Bible Fellowship School in Tulsa, Oklahoma has been charged with the second-degree rape of a 17-year-old student. It is alleged that Brewer had sexual relations with the girl at the school on four occasions from April 30 to May 6.
  • Daryl Thornton Finley, 29, band director at Mount Hope High School in Mount Hope, West Virginia indicted by a grand jury on a felony count of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian or custodian has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of misdemeanor battery.
  • Norman J. Finizio II, 46, a special education teacher at Quincy High School in Quincy, Massachusetts has been arrested and charged with indecent assault and battery on a child under 14. Finizio is alleged to have assaulted the 9-year-old girl, who is not a family member, in his home on various dates
  • Lindsey H. Froehlich, 26, a teacher at the Regional Institute for Children and Adolescents, in Rockville, Maryland has been arrested and charged with sexually abusing a 16-year-old male student/resident of the school which focuses on emotionally challenged children.
  • Kevin Holladay, 42, a drama teacher at Bardstown High School in Bardstown, Kentucky has been arrested on charges of sexual abuse and unlawful transaction with a 15-year-old female student. His wife Marta Holladay, 34, also a teacher at the school is charged with assaulting the same female student on school property.
  • Ryann Springer, 25, a teacher at South Kitsap High School in Port Orchard, Washington has been arrested on allegations that she was involved in an on-going sexual relationship with a 17-year-old female student.
  • Todd Proa, 38, a former teacher at New Gate School in Sarasota, Florida has been arrested on three counts of child abuse on allegations he had sex with a 17-year-old female student in 2006.
  • Robert Howard Williams, 62, of Sanford, Florida and a seventh-grade teacher at Millennium Middle School has been arrested on 50 counts of possession of child pornography.
  • Eve Victoria Pierson, 37, a special education teacher at Rancho Vista High in Temecula, California has been charged with two misdemeanor counts of annoying or molesting a child under the age of 18.
  • Charles Elsbury Whedbee, 41, a social studies teacher at Pasquotank County High School in Elizabeth City, North Carolina has reportedly been arrested and charged with three counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor. Whedbee allegedly was involved in a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old student.
  • Gregory Orlando Pili Keau, 30, a teacher’s assistant at McKinley High School in Honolulu, Hawaii has been arrested and with sexually assaulting a 17-year-old female special education student in a classroom.
  • Norman Micah McMillan, 25, the former leader of the gospel choir at McCaskey High School in Lancaster, Pennsylvania has been on allegations that he had a sexual relationship with a then 15-year-old female student. It is alleged that McMillan had a seven month long sexual relationship with the girl two years ago
  • Michael Dolan, 29, a former swimming coach at Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania has been arrested and charged with multiple counts including solicitation of a minor for involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, unlawful contact with a minor, promoting prostitution and related charges.
  • Donald Clark Jr, 29, a math teacher at Chesapeake High School in Chesapeake, Ohio has been arrested and charged with juvenile sexual battery on allegations of a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old female student.
  • Scott Jones, 37, a band teacher at Rock Hill High School in Ironton, Ohio has been arrested and charged with sexual battery of two female students ages 15 and 17-years-old.
  • Cedrick Lamont Holmes, 31, a para-professional and the attendant for in-school suspension at Sweetwater High School in Sweetwater, Tennessee has been arrested and charged with one count of aggravated statutory rape of a 17-year-old girl and two counts of sexual battery by an authority figure.
  • Garry Wilcox, 44, a geography teacher and girl’s soccer coach at Helix High School in La Mesa, California has been arrested on allegations of having sex with a female student. Wilcox was arrested on Sunday night and booked into the county jail on suspicion of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor
  • Hubert Eugene Crosby, 47, a former substitute teacher and athletic coach at Reynolds and Mount Tabor High Schools in Winston-Salem, North Carolina who is already facing sex charges for alleged offenses against two boys has been charged with additional crimes against a third.
  • David James Wagner, aka “Jamie” Wagner, 32, a history teacher and softball coach at Madison Junior/Senior High School in Madison Township, Ohio has been arrested for allegedly “engaging in sexual activity” with a 17-year-old girl. Wagner has recently been under investigation for an inappropriate relationship with an 18-year-old female student.
  • Scott Rogers, 33, a second-grade teacher at Thomas Edison Charter School - South in Nibley, Utah has been arrested on two counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child.