Archive for November, 2006

Brownback ‘08?

Monday, November 27th, 2006

Larry Kudlow over at The Corner likes Sam Brownback as a presidential candidate:

My friend Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas is thinking of throwing his hat into the Republican presidential ring.

I hope he does.

Sam Brownback is an economic, fiscal and social conservative who has strongly backed human rights and democratization in the Middle East.

He is an uncommonly moral person, who can make an uncommonly good contribution to the uncommonly sagging post-election Republican fortunes.

Admitedly, I know little about about Brownback. I know his less than draconian immigration position has made him unpopular in some circles, but that doesn’t bother me much. What does bother me is his rather silly brand of social conservatism. But it’s no worse than Mitt Romney.

There is quite an opening for a conservative in the Republican primary. Neither Rudy Giuliani nor John McCain are filling this void, and I doubt their best efforts will convince many conservatives. Mitt Romney is trying to find his niche as the true conservative, but that’s a challenge for a former pro-choice, pro-universal healthcare, governor of Massachusetts.

So I think Brownback has a decent chance at emerging as the conservative candidate. Socially, Brownback can at least match Romney. And Brownback does not support socialized medicine.

Happy Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 23rd, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tancredo: Bush Want to Destroy U.S.

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006

Not content to merely criticize George Bush’s policies, Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Grassy Knoll) says Bush’s ultimate goal is the destruction of the United States and the foundation of a new nation, the North American Union:

“People have to understand what we’re talking about here. The president of the United States is an internationalist,” said Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo. “He is going to do what he can to create a place where the idea of America is just that – it’s an idea. It’s not an actual place defined by borders. I mean this is where this guy is really going.”

Tancredo lashed out at the White House’s lack of action in securing U.S. borders, and said efforts to merge the U.S. with both Mexico and Canada is not a fantasy.

“I know this is dramatic – or maybe somebody would say overly dramatic – but I’m telling you, that everything I see leads me to believe that this whole idea of the North American Union, it’s not something that just is written about by right-wing fringe kooks. It is something in the head of the president of the United States, the president of Mexico, I think the prime minister of Canada buys into it…”

Why anyone gives this nutcase credibility is beyond me. Lord help us if he runs for president in ‘08.

Marriage Under Attack

Tuesday, November 21st, 2006

Conclusive proof that homosexuals are destroying marriage:

Out-of-wedlock births in the United States have climbed to an all-time high, accounting for nearly four in 10 babies born last year, government health officials said Tuesday.

While out-of-wedlock births have long been associated with teen mothers, the teen birth rate actually dropped last year to the lowest level on record. Instead, births among unwed mothers rose most dramatically among women in their 20s.

The overall rise reflects the burgeoning number of people who are putting off marriage or living together without getting married.

It’s a good thing the people of Tennessee amended the constitution to prohibit gay marriage, even though it was already illegal. Heterosexual marriage is in such great shape; we can’t allow homosexuals to ruin it! [/sarcasm]

Football Picks

Thursday, November 16th, 2006

Last week I was 11-4, and my overall record is now 124-35. This week I hope to do even better…

Boston College over Maryland
Minnesota over Iowa
NC State over North Carolina
Penn State over Michigan State
Miami (FL) over Virginia
Tennessee over Vanderbilt
Northwestern over Illinois
Arkansas over Mississippi State
Michigan over Ohio State
Auburn over Alabama
Washington State over Washington
Wake Forest over Virginia Tech
Rutgers over Cincinnati
California over Southern Cal
LSU over Mississippi

Milton Friedman, 1912-2006

Thursday, November 16th, 2006

Milton Friedman, quite possibly the greatest economist who ever lived, has died. May he rest in peace.

Lott Returns

Wednesday, November 15th, 2006

Trent Lott has been elected Senate minority whip. Not sure why; the GOP obviously needs a new direction, and Lott isn’t going to provide it. Nonetheless, as with Martinez, we will simply have to wait and see how successful he will be.

Martinez to RNC

Monday, November 13th, 2006

This seems like a step in the right direction:

Sen. Mel Martinez, the first-term lawmaker who previously served in President Bush’s Cabinet, will assume the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee, GOP officials said Monday.

Martinez, 60, will replace current chairman Ken Mehlman, who will leave the post in January at the end of his two-year term, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity to avoid pre-empting a formal announcement.

I thought Michael Steele would get the nod, based on the spectacular race he ran in Maryland, and, truth be told, he would have been my first choice. But I think Martinez will do just fine. Hopefully, the GOP has bigger plans for Steele.

Hillarycare Returns

Monday, November 13th, 2006

The junior Senator from New York:

“Health care is coming back,” Clinton warned, adding, “It may be a bad dream for some.”

Truer words have never been spoken.

WWI Vets

Sunday, November 12th, 2006

Interesting article in today’s News-Sentinel about World War I veterans, of which only about twelve Americans remain.