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Saturday, December 25, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
With lawsuits filed by Republican challenger Joe Miller about November's election being dismissed, Murkowski has won another six years in the Senate. Apparently, she does not care that she will be considered a traitor to her party. This is clear from her votes during the so-called "lame duck" session of Congress.
Going completely against the Republican grain, Murkowski has embraced Democratic President Barack Obama's agenda in its entirety. Obama, reeling from major Democratic defeats in last month's mid-term elections, pushed hard for a new agenda and movement. Murkowski clearly agrees.
Murkowski is the only Republican Senator who voted for each of the most visible bills that the President supported. She voted in favor of repealing the nearly two-decades old "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," which stated that members of the military would not be questioned about their sexual orientation; under it, gays were not allowed to serve openly in the military.
Dubbed "New START," an agreement between President Obama and Russia was also approved by Murkowski. Some conservatives lambasted it, as it lowers the amount of nuclear weapons in the United States' arsenal.
Finally, Murkowski voted in favor of cloture for the DREAM Act, a bill frequently derided by Republicans. Though the bill has failed, Murkowski's intent was clear.
It is yet to be seen whether Murkowski will continue to buck Republican trends. She seems to not know, not care, or has contempt for the fact that most RINOs were voted out last month, as well as dozens of Democrats in Congress. However, if her recent actions are any indication, Senator Lisa Murkowski is officially a RINO out to be a foil for her very party.
Christian Heinze of The Hill has suggested former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani might be the perfect dark horse candidate to come in and clean up the 2012 Republican nomination. I'm still aggravated that Giuliani decided against running for either the Governorship or the Senate in New York this year, but a potential 2012 bid would explain his hesitation to both appealing public offices.
Would Mayor Giuliani be the most Conservative candidate in the field?
Absolutely not. His views on abortion and illegal immigration are detestable. However, despite his very socially liberal viewpoints, Giuliani did receive the Primary endorsement of Pat Robertson during his previous Presidential bid. Selecting a solid social Conservative* for Vice-President would definitely win over the evangelical voters (such as me) who dominate the Party.
Would Mayor Giuliani be the most accomplished Conservative in the field?
Absolutely. None of his potential opponents have real executive experience in handling the War on Terrorism like him, or in governing America's largest City (which is more populous than most of his potential candidates own states), or in handling, and successfully reducing widespread crime in America's largest City.
I'm still 100% on the Haley Barbour bandwagon, but just the prospect of a dark horse Giuliani candidacy is quite exciting to me. He received 600,000 votes in 2008 when he was well out of the race, and with foreign policy issues once again rising (and with folks like John Bolton) in the news - it's quite possible a Giuliani candidacy could compete for the hearts and minds of GOP voters in 2012.
Should "America's Mayor" remain in retirement, or return to politics?
* - Such as Mike Pence, or Jim DeMint.
A strong storm system churning its way through the desert Southwest early Thursday will bring metro Atlanta a good chance for a white Christmas, with accumulating snow possible as far south as the Columbus and Macon areas, forecasters said.
While the ground probably won't be white when you wake up on Christmas, a rain-snow mix expected to begin during the morning will likely change over to all snow later in the day, Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Brad Nitz said.
There has been at least a trace of snow on all but four days so far this month. In one four-day stretch last week, 43.2 inches came down. Never mind the inch or so that fell earlier in the fall.
"Barack Obama was the biggest loser of 2010. He allowed the angry Tea Party movement to grow powerful, he did not pass any decent laws despite his majority in Congress and he was aloof, elitist and indecisive. He had to accept a formidable, yet entirely understandable, defeat in the midterm elections as a result. No one expected much from Obama, at least not during the rest of this year."
"Now, just days before Christmas, Congress has ratified the New START disarmament treaty with Russia. … Will Obama build on this victory? Is it Obama's breakthrough as a president? Will it mark his comeback as a reformer? … Is a new era of cooperation beginning?"
"The opposite is much more probable, namely that the disarmament treaty will be Obama's last significant achievement for a long time. In January, the new Congress will convene. The new representatives who won in the midterm elections will come to Washington, including those Tea Party activists who have little interest in making compromises with Obama. With them, Congress will move to the right …. Possibly the only reason why so many Republicans voted for Obama's law was because they themselves fear the new era and see few chances of passing sensible, bipartisan laws in the new Congress."
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Red represents growth and Yellow represents decline.
2010 Census Bureau winners:
Texas (R) - 4 seats. Florida (SS) - 2 seats. Arizona (R) - 1 seat. Georgia (R) - 1 seat. Nevada (SS) - 1 seat. South Carolina (R) - 1 seat. Utah (R) - 1 seat. Washington (D) - 1 seat.
2010 Census Bureau losers:
New York (D) - 2 seats. Ohio (SS) - 2 seats. Illinois (D) - 1 seat. Iowa (D) - 1 seat. Louisiana (R) - 1 seat. Massachusetts (D) - 1 seat. Michigan (D) - 1 seat. Missouri (R) - 1 seat. New Jersey (D) - 1 seat. Pennsylvania (D) - 1 seat.
Republican states continue to grow, while Democratic states continue to shrink.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
My husband is currently serving in Afghanistan in the Marine Corps. He loves his country and the Corps. His MOS — military occupational specialty — is an 0311, an infantry rifleman. This is a combat MOS. Like many Marines, he wasn’t a fan of repealing DADT. The number one concern I have heard from many Marines around Camp Lejeune was how the repeal would affect unit cohesion, although there are many other issues that come into play. The benefit of DADT has been that it allows the military to remain the gay rights agenda. How will the military now be forced to handle a gay soldier in a relationship? Will they be forced to approve of gay public displays of affection? What about those in the military who aren’t comfortable with their children seeing two men kiss while they’re doing their grocery in the commissary? How will the military be forced to handle a gay soldier who gets married in a state that allows gay marriage? Will gay spouses receive now, too? And what about the gay servicemembers who aren’t married because their state doesn’t allow it, but are in committed relationships — do they qualify for benefits, too? Will gay and straight servicemembers be allowed to sleep in barracks together? What about when a unit is deployed, and the men are forced to sleep in even closer quarters? What will happen to the soldier or Marine who is uncomfortable with sleeping next to a gay man?on homosexuality. Now, the military will have to reconcile service with
Monday, December 20, 2010
Take his newly written Yahoo "news" article. According to Collinson, the country has returned to the kool-aid induced hysteria of rabid Obama support. So declares his headline, "action restores Obama luster." This "journalist" then goes into detail.
Here is his opening paragraph in its entirety:
"WASHINGTON (AFP) – From the wreckage of the mid-term elections, US President Barack Obama, preaching pragmatism and bi-partisanship, is engineering a political rebound and reinvigorating his administration."Yes, yes, of course President Obama has been preaching pragmatism and bi-partisanship... He's always done that (wink, wink). Unfortunately for Collinson, people cannot see him winking while reading the slop he calls an article.
But wait, there's more:
"After delaying his departure for his annual holiday in his native Hawaii, Obama was also working overtime to close another significant political victory -- Senate ratification of a new nuclear arms deal with Russia.
December's achievements will join a historic health care reform, a financial regulatory overhaul and the rescue of the banking and auto sectors in an already full presidential legacy after two crisis-scarred years in power."Sigh. Will these so-called journalists never get it? They cannot simply lie to Americans and get away with it. We are more intelligent than they can comprehend.
|Obama: According to Liberals, he's back and better than ever|
Sunday, December 19, 2010
I can see the 2012 Republican candidate's campaign advertisement already:
Where was Senator Joe Manchin when Washington liberals were forcing the pro-illegal alien DREAM Act down our throats in 2010's lameduck session of Congress? He was drinking egg nog, singing carols, and avoiding his official Senatorial duties at a Christmas party he never misses.
Tell Senator Joe Manchin that on November 6th: We wont miss him either.
What was Senator Joe Manchin thinking when he made this idiotic decision?
The New York Jets (10-4) have defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers (10-4) twenty-two to seventeen this afternoon. The Jets won the game on a late fourth quarter safety by Jason Taylor that forced the AFC North division leading Steelers to drive for an unsuccessful touchdown in the final seconds, instead of a field goal.
Brad Smith (kickoff return) and Mark Sanchez (rushing) accounted for the Jets two touchdowns, while Nick Folk succeeded in both of his field goal attempts. I think this solid victory could be the spark that the Jets have lacked this season.
The Jets are traveling once again next week to take on the Chicago Bears.
NY Jets (10-4) - 22.
Steelers (10-4) - 17.