High (?) on Obama

Ben Stein reports something he heard while lunching with friends in Sandpoint, Idaho. A social worker who works with children of meth addicts and alcoholics was commenting on how bad things are. “What’s really making it worse,” she said, “is this 99-week thing. Now that people who are unemployed can get paid for doing nothing for almost two years, some of them just stay high as long as they can and don’t do anything else.” Y’a think?

Mad Men GOP Image

Don Draper stumping for the GOP? When he went to his son’s birthday party in Sunday’s episode of  “Mad Men, ”  he brought  the tyke a great big stuffed elephant. Relevant, because his ex-wife’s husband works for  Republican governor Nelson Rockefeller and has been approached by John Lindsay’s camp to work for him. Republican Lindsay went on to win the New York mayor’s race in 1966, but later changed to Democrat. Figures. He was considered a lousy mayor.

Hook, line and stinker

Carp for the Czar
Something fishy from Obama

With the economy floundering, and definitely in the tank, you’ll be heartened to know that the Barack Obama administration has busied itself finding us a new czar for our problems. A Carp Czar.

No, that isn’t a typo for Car Czar. I think that czar has already taken his place in the Obama firmament. Nor Tarp czar; I believe we have one of those, too. Nor is it a czar who will monitor and address the carping most of us have done at the Obama administration’s destructive policies, although he would be busy 24/7. Continue reading “Hook, line and stinker”

Turn on the Right Network

Wednesday marked the beginning of www.rightnetwork.com, a new website started by actor Kelsey Grammer and some fellow conservatives. Their aim, as I interpret it, is to give the right a place for comedy, documentaries and shows a home of our own.

I first clicked on some of the shows they are offering. I like the idea for “Running,” which follows candidates who have never run for office before.  “Have you ever wondered what makes someone run for Congress and subject their families to all that goes with it?” asks the host. Incumbents like Dan Rohrabacher of California and Thaddeus McCotter of Michigan throw in their commentaries. The first episode runs 46 minutes and follows John Dennis, who is challenging Nancy Pelosi, and An Davis, who has aimed at Henry Waxman. Looks promising. Or at least it does for us political junkies.

“Right 2 Laugh” features comedian Evan Sayet and others. Set in a comedy club, the show has other stand ups who like to skewer political correctness and indulge in satire. There is another show about a fictitious senator and other offerings as well.

You can also find interesting articles, documentaries, Hulu clips, a weekly poll and weekly news items on Right Network. I was interested to see the writers and bloggers who endorse and/or submit articles. It’s a great list of talented authors such as James Lileks, Iowahawk, Michelle Malkin, The Corner, Robin of Berkley from American Thinker, Hillbuzz and Andrew Breitbart’s Big family: Government, Hollywood, Journalism and Peace.

Take a look at it and see what you think.

Mark White at Midtown Meeting

Mark White
Mark White shows the size of the U.S. Constitution.
Pour the Bubbly
Ruth and Dean Henderson pour a splash of Champagne to celebrate the recent Shelby GOP win.

Last night, Mark White, Tennessee State Representative, District 83, addressed the monthly meeting of the Midtown Republican Club.

After we toasted the spectacular 9 out of 9 GOP election win of August 5th, White talked about what motivated him to get into politics.

“Why did I want to go to Nashville after 25 years in business? I believe in the business community and that it is business that generates jobs,” White said. “We’ve lost our way in government. We’re not governing ourselves anymore. We have a Constitution that is just a few pages,” he said, holding up a pocket copy. “But now we have bills that are 2-3,000 pages.”

His first week in Nashville serves as an example. Eager to do something substantive to help his constituents, he found his first bill to tackle concerned whether to allow fish tanks in barbershops.

“A woman had wanted to open a barbershop and when the code enforcer came he found she had a big fish tank there. We spent two weeks discussing this issue! When I brought up what about beauty salons, we spent another week talking about that,” White said. “Then we found that a beauty salon is in a completely different category – cosmetology.”

He continued to discuss the need for less intrusive government.

“Look at Walmart vs. the Post office. The latter has been in business for 235 years and still doesn’t have it’s act together. They’re broke. Social security is 75 years old and they’re broke. Fannie Mae 72 years and broke. And Medicare/Medicaid 45 years old and broke.”

White says he is wary of more government takeovers and an expanding bureaucracy.

“The Department of Energy was begun 33 years ago with the purpose of developing domestic sources of energy. It started out small and now has 16,000 employees and a budget of 24 billion. And now we import more energy than we ever did in the past.”

On the Health Care Reform act he noted that the bill will “cost us millions to run it alone.” White hopes that a new Republican governor in Tennessee will appoint an attorney general unlike our current one and that he will join other states in suing the federal government about it.

As for immigration, that’s another issue he sees the new Tennessee legislature addressing next year.

“”Tennessee was the only state to recognize Arizona’s new bill. I flew out to meet Governor Jan Brewer with some other congressmen at our own expense to give her the resolution. Although I didn’t know it before I left, Governor Brewer is a big Elvis fan. I took her some stuff from Graceland and she really appreciated it,” White added.

He has hopes that the next Congress can take on the budget. “Stimulus money will be gone in 2011 and we’ll begin to feel it. Republicans say they will not have an increase in taxes in the budget. But,” he noted, the state of Tennessee has less debt than Shelby County.”

White, having won his primary, is unopposed in the November 2 election.

Dog Days for O

Talked About Like a DogA bunch of us guys were lifting a few at the Hydrant, our favorite bar. The bosses had given us the day off since Labor Day means a backyard barbecue and some of us can’t hold our meat. (Did they really miss that rack of ribs I took last year? How was I supposed to know it wasn’t for me?)

Anyhow, the television was on and all of a sudden Barack Obama was on the screen. I hear him say “they talk about me like a dog.” All the woofing stopped at once and every ear in the place perked up.

“Son of a …” the usually quiet Akita started before the Scotty stepped in.

“Stop right there! Don’t talk about our moms like that,” he said. “Besides, maybe he really meant to say ‘dogged’ or ‘they talk doggerel,” he suggested.

“No,” said the poodle, who was still burning over the Tony Blair lap poodle analogy. “He means it in a negative way. These people are so politically incorrect I could barf,” he said.

“Take it easy,” said Splash. “Don’t get your leash in a knot. My boss Teddy was called a horn dog and I think he liked it. Although I kept his leg away from me whenever I could.”

“Just thank God you’re not Bo,” said the shepherd. “How’d you like that gig? The guy can’t even walk a Portugese water dog,” he said as he lapped his Heineken.

“Why even the Dog Whisperer’s jaw drops seeing that you know you’ve got a bigger problem than saving the House in November,” added the chihuahua. “And you can kiss those Blue Dogs there good-bye, by the way.”

“That Barack better hope he never gets stuck in a well or an avalanche,” said the St. Bernard. “What rescue dog worth his kibble would go help him out after this? And by the way, I need another brandy, the cask is running low if you know what I mean.”

“Like the economy,” said the lab, who never missed a chance for a leap in the conversational pool.

“Well, the way it’s going we won’t have him to kick around anymore in two more years,” said the cocker spaniel.

“If I were Bo I’d watch my back,” said the lab. “Remember what happened to Buddy? Not long after Clinton left the White House Buddy was ‘impeached.’ Right on the front of a car.”

“If he knows what’s good for him he’ll slip out of the House the next time the Missus is on vacation,” said the dachshund. “And we know that could be any other day,” they chortled.

“Better go home and rattle some cages,” said the terrier. “Besides this place closes in a few minutes. Meet you all back on Hump Day.”

“This time let’s keep that TV off. Or at least on Animal Planet. Next thing you know they’ll be saying the country’s going to the dogs.

“They should be so lucky!”

Poll Questions

Zogby sends me a poll to fill out during the election seasons.

In the past I have been puzzled by some of the weird questions they throw out that have involved everything from horoscopes to bathroom usage in pools. Whatever. I like to fill them out and take the opportunity to express my views.

But I have often had doubts about them and how they are used. For instance, some questions fail to have all the possible answers, as in “does not apply to me” or “I don’t know.” Taking their choices will not express my view.

Even so, you can cut Zogby some slack , I suppose, as  they are looking for easy to quantify results and numbers.

Still, I have questions as I do tonight. First, I notice that some candidates names don’t just have a circle to punch, but also a square around them, calling attention to them. That would usually be the Democrat candidates, and, not surprisingly, the Democrat candidate always seems to get the top billing, even if his name is alphabettically towards the end. That happened when the question of Tennessee governor came up. McWherter superseded Haslam, and had a square around his circle.

I punched Haslam and the program came to a screeching halt. I clicked on “Continue ” and nothing happened. The page  said 77% of the questionnaire had been completed, so it was not the end. I refreshed my browser and then, when I tried to resume the survey, a box popped up and said “Thank you for completing the survey.” I could not get back to where I was to finish.

I guess I don’t have a high opinion of pollsters or I would not have these questions about their intent. Perhaps these are all odd coincidences; but most of us today are savvy enough to believe our own “lying eyes” over theirs.