Archive for September, 2008

Night Twister’s Son Handicaps the Debate

Posted in Elections, politics with tags , , , on September 28, 2008 by nighttwister

While he was watching the debate last night, my 17-year-old son told me he was going to write up a bulletin on his MySpace page with his observations. The words here are completely his. The only changes I made were formatting.

Economy
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Barack Obama. About a month ago this name might have actually scared me, because I truly believed that this man could win the election. But after hearing this man’s economic plan, he, to me, is a laughing stock. Barack Obama says that his tax plan will reach 95% of Americans, but I find it very interesting how this is possible when only 62% of American citizens pay federal taxes. Meaning, that with Obama’s statistics, there is a 38% amount of people that are unaccounted for. Your plan sounds nice on paper Obama, but when you break it down it’s just as soluble as the paper it’s written on.

The presidential debate was everything I could have ever hoped for. John McCain literally laughed at Barack the entire time while putting down every single accusation Barack could throw at him. He went on further to use factual information that yes, Barack tried to dispute, telling the American people the truth about Barack Obama. That Barack Obama has voted to tax people under his beloved 250,000 dollar a year salary limit.

My personal favorite moment of John McCain’s was how he shot down Barack Obama’s business tax accusation. Barack started off saying John McCain wanted to lower taxes on big businesses; and saying that he himself wanted to raise big business taxes to lower taxes on the middle class, and invest in companies that are here in America. Sounds good right? Wrong. John McCain comes back saying,

If you’ll notice, we have the second highest tax rates in the world on businesses; it’s 32%. Ireland’s is 11%. I want to lower taxes on big businesses so they’ll stay here and not ship much needed jobs overseas.

I can only think of one word that can suffice to this quote, I believe it’s Jon Stewart’s favorite saying, BOOM! Obama was just flabbergasted after this, stuttering, looking for words that couldn’t come to him, and almost bringing me to a laughter induced seizure.

I’d also like to point out that at the end of his speech Barack again uses President George W. Bush as a face for the destruction of the economy. I don’t know how many times a 17 year old kid is gonna have to tell him this, but the congress, not the President controls the economy. Notice that when George W. Bush was in office with a Republican congress, our economy was growing? But then, what happens when everyone turns turbo-democrat and elects a democratic congress? Well, look at our economy :).

War
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Now John McCain is a strong believer that we are winning the war on terror in Iraq. He made this a highlight of his speech on war, but he also put in that he does agree that the strategy needs to be changed and that he himself will change it, unlike Obama who would never admit to doing anything wrong. Barack starts off his speech by saying,

I voted against going into Iraq when it was politically unsafe to do so.

Yea, cuz everyone was for it right? When was it ever politically unsafe to vote against the Iraq war? He continues to use statistics on American deaths and casualties, not the comparison between the two however. Considering that over 16,000 U.S. soldiers died in Vietnam in just one year (1968), while 4,110 U.S. soldiers have died in Iraq in the five years as of September 25th, 2008. Violence is down and AQI is on the run. It sounds like we’re winning to me. Maybe Barack should have spent a little more time concentrating on the fact that those facts are so much in our favor, instead of telling us how many of our guys have died.

Barack was against the surge, correct? He had a plan to bring troops out of Iraq the spring before the surge ever began. The surge was successful. His military experience, zero, is shown by this. Barack further went on to say that,

We haven’t eliminated those safe havens like Pakistan.

Again, his military experience shows. Apparently, if there was a group of people that needed to be killed, surrounded by people that wanted to kill him, he would just jump right in the middle and fight his way out. Sorry Barack, it doesn’t work like that. If you’re going to attack a huge safe haven like Pakistan, you better be damn sure that all the surrounding countries which have the same extremist crazies that want America dead inside it are taken care of first. The other reason is, Pakistan has nukes, and we don’t know at what point they’d be willing to use them.

“I don’t know how credible that is”. That’s Barack’s defense to most of John McCain’s factual information.

John McCain’s plan on beating Iran:

A league of democracies with large global economic power to suffocate Iran into an economic defeat.

Barack Obama’s plan to beating Iran:

Obviously our policy over the last few years has not worked.

Um, what?

Foreign Policy
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I’d first of all like to point out that Barack Obama’s first comment on this was,

Russia is not a democracy.

Russia is most definitely a democracy. Former President, yes President, Vladimir Putin has diluted many of the things that make up a democracy, but Russia is now globally known as a democracy. I thought Sarah Palin was supposed to be the amateur on this subject. Barack then says,

Some of Russia’s nuclear weapons could fall into the hands of Al-Qaeda.

Oh, here come the conspiracy theories! I find it very cool that John McCain knows all of these countries names, along with their leaders. While all Barack knows is Achmadenijad. Honestly, since Barack Obama is good at talking and talking only, I thought it would debate would be the exact opposite.

“Foresight and Anticipation” are Barack Obama’s main two points on controlling Russia. Not action, not prevention, not intimidation. No, we shouldn’t make sure that these kinds of things, such as the invasion of Georgia, don’t happen. We should anticipate them coming and watch them happen.

**Side Note**
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At the end of the debate John McCain man-handled Barack Obama verbally with accusations that he couldn’t disprove, facts about his own political career that Barack couldn’t dispute, and all-the-while staying calm, cool, and collected; just as a President should.

An Obama Link to Palin Smear Ad?

Posted in Elections, News, Obama, politics, Sarah Palin with tags , , , on September 22, 2008 by Randy Streu

The Nutroot corner of the Blogosphere has been abuzzing recently because of a YouTube attack ad against Sarah Palin.  The “facts” presented in the video are demonstrably false — but that’s not really the point.

What is the point is that the group who posted the video appears to claim to be just another “concerned citizen” with no agenda.  But fellow members of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy over at the Jawa Report have done extensive research showing that, not only is this ad created and run by a professional PR firm, but that this firm has ties to various members of the Democrat party, ties to liberal fundraising sources like ACTBLUE, and to Barack Obama. 

Jawa also calls into question whether a group with so much professional work under their belts would do what this company appears to have done without being paid — and if they were paid, whether such an arrangement goes against current FEC standards.

Read the entire report.  Make up your mind.  But something smells, and it ain’t halibut.

(h/t Erick Erickson at RedState)

It’s Time For the “Do Nothing” Congress to Do Nothing

Posted in Economy, Energy, politics with tags , , , on September 18, 2008 by nighttwister

Drill NOW. Drill EVERWHERE. THEN we’ll talk.

In thirteen days, the moratorium on exploration on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) in the United States will be lifted. This will allow companies to begin to explore for our own resources, instead of relying on other countries, especially those that are using the money to further the interests of terrorism. We can produce our own oil right here. We can even become an exporting country, which can help our allies no longer be at the mercy of these nations that oppose freedom and democracy.

Those of you in congress had your chance this summer to do something about this. We begged you to do something meaningful before the end of the Spring session. You not only didn’t come up with a solution, you wouldn’t even discuss the situation. Instead, you took a paid five-week vacation, where you were lounging around on sandy beaches or attending $1,000-per-plate rubber chicken fund raising dinners.

That’s ok, we managed to deal with the crisis on our own. We Americans are a resilient bunch. We cut back demand which drove down the price of oil, but this did not come without a cost. Several companies had to lay off workers. People and businesses spent less to offset the cost of energy, which has contributed to a downturn in the economy. I know there are some of you in congress that actually wouldn’t mind seeing our economy have problems. You believe this will help you on election day. And you would be wrong. We see your game, and we aren’t playing this time.

The fact is, we’re mad as hell and we aren’t going to take it anymore. The people hurt most during and economic downturn are those with the least, which according to you are the minorities, single parents, and the children. So spare me the empty rhetoric that you actually care about them. We aren’t listening anymore.

So here’s what we’d like you to do. Nothing. By doing nothing, the problem will simply take care of itself. If you feel you must stay in Washington, go ahead and name some more Post Offices. You seem to be good at that. And if that doesn’t fill your day, go ahead and add some more meaningless non-binding legislation. If your single-digit approval rating for most of this year doesn’t give you a clue, let me spell it out for you in simple terms.

You suck at your job.

Here’s what I really like you do to though. As your boss, let me suggest that you simply,

Take the rest of the year off. With pay.

No, it’s ok. You don’t need to thank me.

Really.

Night Twister

Gov. Richardson: George W. Bush should have saved the economy from the Democrats — wait, what was the question?

Posted in Economy, Elections, News, Obama, politics, taxes with tags , on September 17, 2008 by Randy Streu

(cross-posted at RedState)

Bill Richardson was on Fox News this morning discussing Obama’s economic plan.  Not much to write home about, but if you had the stomach to sift through (or even *sit* through) the BS, there were a couple of gems worth noting.

 Fox: (after Richardson talks about CEOs and golden parachutes) isn’t it true, though, they were getting the golden parachutes during the Clinton years as well, while you were there?

Richardson:  Well, look, there’s no question about it: what we need is stronger oversight and transparency of these institutions, and my point is, Senator McCain was Chairman of the Commerce Committee that was supposed to regulate these entities.

Translation:  Um… er… ah… yeah, anyway, back to what I was saying before I was so rudely interrupted with fact…

Richardson: Look, I — I want to let businesses deal with their own market.  I think the AIG bailout, in my personal opinion, was the right thing to do, because you’ve got a hundred and 16 thousand employees… but we have an inconsistent policy…

I’m going to pause for a moment to just let that sink in… … …

And, we’re moving forward:

Fox: I know the — there’s the housing enterprise regulatory reform act of 2005, which he (McCain) sponsored, which Democrats killed… and in that reform act, Governor Richardson, he talked about his worry about the way real estate was going, the lack of — McCain — Senator John McCain, that is — and Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac, specifically.
Richardson: Well, but, look: who was in the white house?  President Bush. Where was President Bush?  Look, you know, it doesn’t make sense just to assign blame.  I think what’s important is, where do we go from here.  At least Senator Obama has said, “these are the steps that I would take as President.”

Translation: You’re right, and President Bush should have saved the American economy from the disastrous fiscal policy of the Democrats — um, I mean, hey, you know, let’s not get into the finger-pointing.  You say it was the Democrats, I say the Democrats should have been stopped — but anyway, VOTE DEMOCRAT.

I think, to paraphrase Ronaldus Maximus, that it’s not that Governor Richardson is ignorant… he’s just not very bright.

9.12.08 – Looking for New Bloggers/SIT welcomes NightTwister

Posted in blognews, politics on September 12, 2008 by independentthinking

Society for Independent Thinking is looking for new bloggers.  Don’t worry — we’re keeping the current ones.  But we’re greedy.  Are you a politically active Conservative American with a bit of an anarchist streak?  Are you a long-time blogger who wants to get active?  Have you never really blogged, never really gotten politically active, but would like to start doing both?  Have we covered every angle yet?

In short, we’re looking for conservative Americans with a passion for volunteerism or political activism, who are interested in blogging about both national and local (within your own state or region) news and opportunities for activism.  Promote your local Conservative politicians, carry your local Constitutional battles to a national forum or just give your take on the news.

If this is you, and you can commit to at least one post a month, email a brief bio, along with a writing sample (preferably a current blog, or political essay of some sort), to: randystreu@yahoo.com.

I should add, you don’t have to give up your current blog to be a part of this one.  Some bloggers choose to simply cross-post here, anything they view as relevant to this forum.

And on that note, Society for Independent Thinking would like to welcome a new writer to our ranks.  We are fortunate and honored to have military veteran, IT professional and veteran political blogger Night Twister.  NT posts on not only his own blog, but on RedState, The Minority Report and Colorado-based Schaffer v Udall

Stay tuned.  We’ll be posting our “About” page — finally — and posting an official manifesto.  For right now, if you’re trying to decide whether SIT is a good fit for you, this is a good place to start.

September 11 2008

Posted in Uncategorized on September 12, 2008 by ambrose7

 

There were a number of topics I wanted to look at today, on this day of America’s greatest tragedy; however instead I have chose to just pause for a moment of silence with the rest of our country.  Let each of us remember the brave Americans who gave there lives that day.

Obama: Empty Suit, Empty Words, Empty Head

Posted in Elections, News, Obama, politics, taxes with tags on September 10, 2008 by Randy Streu

(via oo7angel, h/t Rod Patrick)

People can debate whether or not this falls under the definition of “plagiarism.”  But I find it interesting that some of Obama’s “Best” stuff is often other peoples’.

For example:

or:

and

(last three videos from Chrisoh7)

By the way, I note I’m using videos compiled by other people.  Ironic, no?  I’m also giving them credit for it.  Get the difference?

So, what’s my point?  Simple.  Obama is accused of mouthing Democrat talking points.  Of being more of the same.  Of not being the “uniter” he claims to be, because he pretty much just toes the Democrat party line.  These accusations call into question Obama’s intellect and integrity.  These videos don’t help him.

Remember the key to electing a leader:  Leaders lead.  That’s not what we’re getting with Obama.  And what’s really scary is, with Obama, we don’t actually know what we’re getting.  These videos raise the question of what Obama, himself, actually believes.  If the words aren’t his, what about the ideas they describe?

These words by Obama are, indeed, “just words.”  He isn’t a leader — he’s a reader.  He’s a mouthpiece for the party platform.  He’s a good-looking, charasmatic, articulate guy, basically being fed talking points and bamboozling people into believing in his leadership.  On some level, we all know that lofty speeches don’t make a great leader — that some times, great leaders don’t give great speeches.  Let’s hope our fellow countrymen remember this before we put this guy in office.