Some pre-election questions

Shelby GOP chairman Lang Wiseman has some questions for the press. With the election days away, I would like to know, too.
He writes: “Where are the stories reminding the voters about the tax liens, court judgments and personal financial problem of some of the Democrat candidates?
“Where are the stories reminding the voters about Democrat Juvenile Court Clerk candidate Shep Wilbun’s previous term in that office – that is, before the voters threw him out after the Tennessee Waltz investigation started poking around?
“Where are the stories about Democrat Trustee candidate Regina Newman’s recent $260,000 purchase of a new phone system that the County Finance Administration called unnecessary?
“Where are the stories about Criminal Court clerk candidate Minerva Johnican and the employee travael scandal that occurred during her previous term in that office – that is, before the voters threw her out? Or her effort to raise salaries before the new clerk could take over after she was defeated in the election? Or her incendiary comment back then that ‘the only good Republican is a dead Republican’ – a comment for which she has never apologized?”

I’d like some answers, too, and the voters surely would.

Satire? No, the future

money-go-roundI had just put up my bicycle in the garage – so much room in there now since the government and Ed Begley Jr. persuaded me to dump my carbon footprint making, gas pedal throttling Toyota – when I realized I had forgotten to buy a replacement light bulb.

A few weeks back I had (clumsy me!) dropped my energy efficient mercury light bulb. Weeks of cleaning furniture, washing bedding, removing carpet and airing out the room for days (I follow my EPA directions!) ensued. Now, when I finally was able to remove my gas mask and pedal to the store I left my list behind and forgot the bulb.

How could I have forgotten it? Well, there’s a lot on my mind since my aging parent had to report to the Donald Berwick Senior evaluation center. Her hip was hurting a lot for months and she was hoping to get a replacement. At 63 they deemed she would be an inefficient use of the taxpayer money under our new Health Care Reform bill (they’re probably right, she was a stay at home mom and a real drag on society) so Mom’s going to move in with us.

Now the builder and my EPA agent were going to arrive soon to talk about making an extra bedroom for her and it would have to be done in the dark.

Yes, it will be costly to make a new bedroom. But, lucky for me, without car payments I was able to pay for the thousands of dollars in environmental compliance upgrades mandated by the Home Star Retrofit Act of 2010. And with my Smart meter installed I don’t have to rely on my own eyes to check the thermostat to make sure it’s at the most energy saving level; the government does it for me! Think of the money I’ve saved paying out thousands in energy savings. And they say Obama doesn’t care! Sure he does, and Congress, too, since they passed the Home Star Efficiency loan and I can conveniently use Fannie Mae as my official lender.
But back to the bedroom. We won’t make it too big, especially since I’ll have to pay for the installation of proper hookups for charging an electric vehicle. Not that I have one, but the guy working for the builder will have to charge his up somewhere, as he makes improvements, won’t he? He was one of the 400,000 lucky people in the right demographic group allotted his for free! Isn’t government wonderful? I’m sure he could use it with all his family now coming across the border since Obama declared amnesty.

Should anyone think this scenario is far fetched and unlikely, take a look at the latest Senate energy bill unveiled last week. These proposals are in it buried under pages devoted to “Oil Spill Response,” “Reducing Oil Consumption,” “Protecting the Environment” and other innocuous sounding titles. In essence, though, it is a move towards more government spending and social engineering.

Check out the article “Poison Pill: The New Senate Energy Bill” at and then tell me this can’t happen here.

More on Andy

A caller to Rush Limbaugh today commented on the Health Care Reform ad made by Andy Griffith.
Rush said he was not surprised at it as Griffin is a well known lefty who campaigned for Obama. In fact, according to Rush, Democrats in 1994 urged Griffith to run against Jesse Helms for the Senate seat in North Carolina.
The caller detailed an incident 35 years ago in California when Griffin came by his store in his Rolls Royce. Griffith was rude, demanding and wasted no time talking to anyone. Limbaugh concurred that he had that reputation.
EIB then played a funny parody of Andy and Barney skewering them on Obamacare.

A Tale of Two Weddings

(R) vs. (D):  Could there be a better illustration of what they are than contrasting Jenna Bush’s 2008 wedding with Chelsea Clinton’s 2010, much ballyhooed affair?

Start right there – ballyhoo. The press has been fawning about it all weekend. The glamor, the glitz, the celebrity, the cost; it can’t be too much or too good for a Democrat’s daughter. Of course it must be lavish with lots of guests. Small and intimate is for losers like President Bush and Jenna.

Cost? Anywhere from 3 to 5 million for Chelsea. Estimates asses the catering at $750,000; flowers $250,000; music $40,000;  lighting 75-100,000; invitations $50,000. The supposed cost of the wedding cake alone is $11,000 which approximates to $22 a slice. Jenna had a tres leches cake with dulce de leche and whipped cream icing. Chelsea opted for a  politically correct vegan, gluten free wedding cake.

For Jenna it was $100,000 for the whole wedding.

The Bushes did it at their own home in Crawford, Texas, a red state if ever there is one.

The Clintons did not use their own home. They preferred to use  the Astor estate in New York, epitome of the blue state.

Donors paid for Chelsea’s big day, significantly George Soros, billionaire plus.

The Bushes paid for Jenna’s. They preferred family and friends to political chums.

But then again Jenna is a schoolteacher who went to Latin America and wrote a book about the young girl she found struggling with AIDS there, “Ana’s story.”

Chelsea worked for a Soros hedge fund and her husband was at Goldman Sachs.

I think those differences pretty clearly outline where Republicans and Democrats are coming from and their attitudes.

Tennesseans support Arizona

District 83 State Representative Mark White is returning today from Arizona with two other Tennessee legislators. They went to deliver a resolution to Governor Jan Brewer showing Tennessee support for the controversial law.

White said he wanted to see how we should address the problem of illegal immigration since the state will address the issue in the 107th General Assembly which will convene in January 2011, according to an article in

As for the appeal to the 9th circuit court of appeals, the Democrats may have made a big mistake.

The Department of Justice argued against Governor Brewer’s request for an expedited case. Now, the case will be scheduled to start November 1.

With the midterm elections the next day, Nov. 2, voters will be reminded of the issue as they go to the polls.

Angry-O-Meter (Poll)

No ‘A’ from Aunt Bee

Aunt BeeAndy in Wifebeater

The AP is reporting that Andy Griffith, 84, has been tapped by Medicare to make some commercials touting the new health care reform bill.

Seniors are not responding to it, positively, and they wonder why?

In the TV ads, Griffith says “good things are coming” and emphasizes that the elderly will get free preventive checkups and lower cost prescriptions.

I think he leaves out the part about rationing that Dr. Donald Berwick, in charge of the program, has said and that Rahm Emanuel’s brother/doctor/adviser admitted. Hard not to believe there wouldn’t be a cost/age ratio for treatments if you listen to those in charge.  It has the ring of something Jim Jones would have said as he was pouring the Kool Aid at Jonestown.

I do not think seniors are that ignorant.

This performance by Griffith seems more like the huckster/politician role he played in “A Face in the Crowd,” than the beneficent sheriff of Mayberry.

Somehow, I don’t think Aunt Bee would approve.

Haslam = State income tax?

Knoxville News Sentinel Nashville Bureau Chief Tom Humphrey reports:

“Zach Wamp suggested in a gubernatorial candidate forum Tuesday that ‘the same sort of logic’ Bill Haslam used to support a property tax increase as mayor of Knoxville could lead him to support a state income tax if elected as governor.

‘When the mayor of Knoxville became mayor, he said his predecessor left him in an awkward position and he just had to raise taxes,’ said Wamp in his opening remarks at a telephone conference call with members of the National Federation of Independent Business.

‘We’re going to be in an awkward position next January when the stimulus money evaportates… is the same kind of logic going to be used next year that, ‘Oh, we’re just going to have to raise taxes?’

“Even the thought of a state income tax is going to be on the table, I think, if Bill Haslam becomes our governor,’ said Wamp.

The congressman said members of the Haslam family had in past years supported efforts to enact an income tax in Tennessee and ‘this is a concern’ for the future.

‘I can see a scenario where they would say, ‘Well, we just don’t have any choice; we’re just going to have to go ahead and push through a state income tax.’

Haslam made an opening statement to the conference prior to Wamp’s statement, then left, leaving Will Cromer, his campaign policy director, in his place to speak on his behalf.

Cromer dismissed the scenario, noting that Haslam is ‘100% opposed’ to a state income tax and has vowed to balance the state’s budget through cuts rather than any tax increase.”

Obama explained

For a devastating assessment of Barack Obama’s psychological demeanor, go read “Barack Obama, Adult Child of an Alcoholic” at

Did you know his father was an alcoholic and died at 42? Or that his drunk driving  resulted in many accidents, one ending in someone’s death? His father was also described as staggering through hallways at Harvard and unable to do his job by his fellow professors.

Add to that, the young Obama’s friendship with communist and hard drinking Frank Marshall Davis.

A pattern of poor responses to problems is consistent with being the child of an alcoholic, according to author M. Catharine Evans. It is even more alarming when you recall the admonition he received after his last physical in February. The doctor recommended he “pursue moderation in his alcohol intake.”

A very interesting analysis.