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Friday, January 25, 2008

Cajun Music at Augusta 2007

It's Friday night, put on your old sabots, get your partenaire and make your way to the piste de danse for some down-home two-stepping with Paul Daigle, Jesse Lege and friends. - Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez! (Let the good times roll!)

PRES. BILL CLINTON OPENS UP

I've heard of Bubba Gump, get ready for Bubba Dump! Bill unloads on CNN reporter about recent comments made about her from the Obama camp.

Did Bill Clinton Borrow A Tim Conway Sketch?

Life imitates art as shown by this old video from a Tim Conway comedy routine that presages Bill Clinton's power nap during a recent speech honoring the late Reverand Martin Luther King.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Clintons Play "Rope-a-Dope" with Obama

On October 30th 1974 Muhammad Ali faced off with George Foreman for boxing's world heavyweight title in Kinshasa, Zaire in a bout billed as the "Rumble in the Jungle". Foreman was considered "invincible" he had strength, speed and was seven years younger than the 32-year-old Ali. Foreman was favored to win in the fight because of his youth and skill but Ali had experience, speed, skill and cunning.

Ali used a technique called "rope-a-dope" to wear out his youthful opponent. Ali fought well and when he wanted to save his strength he would lure Foreman toward the ropes where he would use his arms to protect his body, lean back on the ropes and let Foreman flail away at his arms and gloves. While he was lying against the ropes Ali would taunt Foreman saying, "Is that all you got George?....My Grandma punches harder than you do....You supposed to be bad!" The surly Foreman would become enraged at his opponent's taunting and flail away uselessly as Ali held up his guard and let the ropes absorb the impact from Foreman's punishing assaults.

By the eighth round Foreman's strength for the rumble was spent. Ali had judged rightly that the moment to finish-off his opponent had come. As Foreman staggered from the momentum of his last punch, Ali countered with two rights, a left hook and a final right that sent Foreman into a slow spin to the mat. Muhammad Ali won by a knockout over the invincible George Foreman.

Thirty-four years later, that fight in Zaire is being replayed in the political arena in the bout to win the title as the Democratic Party's 2008 presidential nominee. The Clintons are playing Muhammad Ali to Barack Obama's George Foreman. The recent Democratic Party candidate's debate in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina set in motion the events that will send Barack Obama's campaign as the Democratic Party's 2008 presidential nominee into a slow spin toward the gentle environs of mat-land.

One has to admire the Clinton's canny political instincts. After a series of campain trail jabs against the Illinois Senator by the battling Clintons, Mrs. Clinton took an opportunity in the South Carolina debate to castigate Senator Obama on his praise of Ronald Reagan. Senator Obama quickly became visibly flustered by the sharp criticism and spluttered a few phrases about how he was only complementing Reagan for his ability to sell his ideas to the Democratic electorate against their own best interests. Mrs. Clinton then floated in like a butterfly to sting Obama like a bee on his flip-flopping on the war in Iraq. The New York Senator pointed out that Obama voiced opposition to the war but went ahead and approved funding for the Iraq war anyway and then tagged him with the charge that he had even removed the transcript of an anti-war from his website.

That's when Obama had his George Foreman moment. He sputtered, he fluttered, he flailed his arms mechanically and that's when he busted in with, "While I was working on those streets watching those folks see their jobs shift overseas, you were a corporate lawyer sitting on the board at Wal-Mart". He then raised his voice to say, "I was fighting these fights." and repeated "I was fighting these fights." You could see Mrs. Clinton's face brighten. She was positively beaming. She knew she had gotten to the ever-cool, ever-poised Obama and she was in familiar territory because mud wrestling is what the Clintons do best. Her thoughts may have been, "Oh you want to wrestle in the mud? I love to mud wrestle, I'm really good at it too." Mrs. Clinton then shot back with "Well, you know, I think we both have very passionate and committed spouses who stand up for us. And I'm proud of that. But you also talked about the Republicans having ideas over the last 10 to 15 years. I was fighting against those ideas when you were practicing law and representing your contributor, Rezco, in his slum landlord business in inner city Chicago." At this the crowd gasped probably not ever hearing of Tony Rezco and his ethical lapses.

Mrs. Clinton was able to get the cool-as-a-cucumber and logical Obama to look angry, flustered and petulant, qualities that would disqualify him as presidential material to voters in contrast to the Mandarin-like Junior Senator from New York who is well versed in maintaining her cool under pressure. In fact while on the stump in the Palmetto State Mr. Clinton remarked "I know you think it's crazy, but I kind of like to see Barack and Hillary fight,". The tag team of Clinton and Clinton have Obama swinging at their gloves. The Clintons love a good fight and now they've led Obama to the ropes. Expect a knock-out punch from the duo in the eighth round.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Martin Luther King, Jr.'s last speech

This old film clip of Dr. King's last speech on April 3rd 1968 at Mason Temple, the Church of God in Christ Headquarters in Memphis, Tennessee still sends shivers down my spine. Dr. King foretold of his own untimely death which came the next day from an assasin's bullet as he stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. Years earlier Dr. King led the famous March on Washington where his address to the masses gathered there was televised before the nation as he stood before the Lincoln memorial to remind us of this nation's great calling to "Let Freedom Ring". He challenged the nation as he quoted the prophet Amos in the fifth chapter, the twenty-fourth verse to not be satisfied until, "justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream." He later said during that moving speech, "And so let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York.
Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of
Pennsylvania. Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado. Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California. But not only that:
Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia. Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee. Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.
And when this happens, when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"

There shall not be another inspiring and compelling leader like him in our lifetime.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Tensions Flare Between Obama and Clinton at SC Debate

While "Bubba" was catching up on his Zzzz's, the Mrs. and Barack Obama were mixing it up in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. You can feel the love between the Clinton and Obama camps as the battling Senators trade jabs and score upper-cuts as they dance around the debating ring.

Bill Clinton Falls Asleep During Martin Luther King Speech

Ya' gotta love Bill! The 42nd President of the United States takes time during his busy schedule for a power nap during an address honoring the late Reverand Dr. Martin Luther King at Convent Avenue Baptist Church in Harlem. This segment is laugh-out-loud funny! Check the part where he dozes off during the speech, rouses himself, and then checks the time on his watch only to fall back asleep again! Priceless!

Snowfall in Silicon Valley

Darn Global Warming! Now it's snowing in the South Bay. All those Northern California kids having fun playing in the snow on MLK day. It's enough to make the Goreacle and his Global Warming lemmings sick!

Friday, January 18, 2008

Monty Python- Knights Of The Round Table/Camelot Song

And now for something, completely different. Monty Python - The Knights of the Round Table.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Bill Clinton gives heated response on voter disenfranchiseme

A reporter with ABC news affiliate chanel 7 in San Francisco gets a sample of Bill's famous temper when he questions the former President on why the Nevada state teachers union which has ties to the Clintons filed a lawsuit to shut down special precints for Casino workers on the Las Vegas strip. The lawsuit came just two days after local 226 of the Culinary Workers Union endorsed Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton for the Democrat presidential nomination. While traveling in the Bay Area, Bill offers up some fuzzy math to explain the reason for the lawsuit by claiming special precints give some Democrat voters a "five-to-one" advantage over party voters working in other parts of the city. The lawsuit was rejected by U.S. District Court Judge James Mahan. Judge Mahan ruled that since the participants were caucusing and not voting in a general election that rules pertaining to precint location are set by national parties and not applicable to federal equal protection guarantees. Current polls show Clinton, Obama and Edwards in a statistical dead-heat in the Silver state. The Nevada State Education Association was one of the plaintiffs in the case. Nevada State Education Association president Lynn Warne, a Clinton supporter and a member of the campaign's Nevada Women's Leadership Council announced that the teacher's union would not appeal the court's decision.

Manchurian Candidate

Just in time for the 2008 election, The Manchurian Candidate. Get a copy of "The Shadow Party: How George Soros, Hillary Clinton and the Sixties Radicals Seized Control of the Democratic Party"
By: David Horowitz and Richard Poe. These former campus radicals and dedicated communists alledge that Soros and company plan to use the 2008 election to get their candidate elected to initiate an "open society" revolution from the upper tiers of society. It would explain why liberal / "progressive" politicians and media indulge in the apparently self-destructive behavior of championing movements opposed to the interests of the United States. Cause for pause.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Romney takes Michigan

Massachusetts former governor Mitt Romney won the Michigan's Republican presidential primary last night with a convincing win over his main rival Senator John McCain of Arizona. Mr. Romney with the help of his homegrown ties to the Wolverine state beat out Senator McCain by a margin of nine percentage points to take the primary with 39 percent of the votes cast to McCain's 30 percent. Former governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee gained 16 percent of the primary vote total for the Republican side.

With the ailing auto industry and Michigan's ranking as the state with the nation's highest unemployment rate serving as the backdrop to the political drama, Governor Romney was able to best Senator McCain's campaign by emphasizing his message of "optimism over Washington-style pessimism". The Massachusetts Republican told voters that he would fight for every Michigan job in contrast to the Arizona Republican's "straight talk" message that "those (manufacturing) jobs aren't coming back". McCain emphasized that workers would need to find other things to do in the new economy citing economists who claim the state's auto manufacturing jobs are gone for good. On the stump, Romney hammered away his message that cars were "in his DNA" referring to his father's career as the CEO of American Motors who later entered politics to become a popular three-term governor of Michigan.

McCain congratulated Romney on his win yet vowed to take the South Carolina primary when voters of that state go to the polls this Saturday. Former Senator Fred Thompson has been campaining in the Palmetto state where he is expected to put up a strong fight to stem the tide of steady losses he has suffered at the hands of his main rivals.

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton won the state's Democratic primary with 55 percent of the vote as that party's only major candidate to 40 percent voting "uncommitted" on the ballot. Michigan would normally have 156 Democratic delegates in play for their party's convention but because of Michigan state party officials move to hold the primary earlier than the normal February 5th contest, the DNC penalized Michigan officials by stripping them of all their delegates. Last year all of the major Democratic candidates pledged to not campaign in Michigan because of the move to an early primary. The decision left Democratic voters with a choice of Mrs. Clinton or "uncommitted" on their ballots, relegating their primary to a "beauty contest" in the rough and tumble world of presidential politics. Even with the severe penalty enacted by the party, it is expected that all Michigan delegates will be seated at the convention later this year.

Attention will now be focused on the South Carolina primary and Nevada caucus to be held on the 19th.

Monday, January 14, 2008

The Democrat Party Uncivil War (2 of 2)

Hillary Clinton's disparaging comments on the Today Show with Matt Lauer saying that Barack Obama "hasn't done the spadework necessary to be president." come back to haunt her in this narrative of the uncivil war between the Clintons and the Obama camp. Earlier in the week Clinton supporter Andrew Cuomo in referring to Mr. Obama's polished oratory before cameras commented, "You can't shuck and jive at a press conference,...All those moves you can make with the press don't work when you're in someone's living room." Don't think for a moment that these demeaning, personal, and racially tinged jabs by the Clintons and their proxies are accidental. The subtext of their comments and those of their surrogates are meant to tell their major opponent in the Democratic Party, "just who do you think you are?"

The Democrat Party Uncivil War (1 of 2)

Rush narrates the tale of the Uncivil War between the Clintons and their minions and Barack Obama's supporters within the Democrat Party.

Michigan Crowd Boos McCain On Illegal Immigration

McCain hits back at detractors in Michigan while speaking about amnesty for illegal aliens.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Mrs. Clinton gets marriage proposal at IBEW in L.A.

While campainging in Southern California for that state's February 5th participation in Tsunami Tuesday, the AP reports that Senator Hillary had just outlined the main points of her "Economic Stimulus Package" before a crowd of supporters at the IBEW union hall in the City of Commerce, California. During the Q&A period the first question came from a man who said, "Hillary, marry me baby."

The crowd loved the moment of levity and heartily applauded amidst the merriment that filled the packed auditorium. The Senator responded with a polite no to the proposal and ventured, "That is certainly the kindest offer I've had in a while,....I'd probably be arrested."

I have to hand it to Senator Clinton's staff for running this latest phase of her campaign to soften her image as a steely, grasping political wonk and add an element of warmth to the candidate. This latest offer sure beats the one she got while campaigning in New Hampshire.

While addressing voters gathered together in a New Hampshire school auditorium the Senator was greeted by a pair of "protestors" who held up a sign that read; "Iron My Shirt" while chanting the slogan, before Hillary called for the lights to be turned on so the crowd could see the "Dumb and Dumber" apprentices.

The scruffy duo turned out to be a pair of jokers from a local radio station. The big guy in the video was identified by the New York Daily News as Adolfo Gonzalez Jr. and his partner in nascent adolecscent idiocy was Nick Gemelli. Both men were suspected by Clinton critics of being planted in the crowd in order to get a visceral reaction from the Senator's supporters. It did seem like a pretty smooth transition for the Senator to move from being the one heckled to turning the spotlight back on the heckler to bask in the jeers and ridicule of the crowd. It also gave Mrs. Clinton an opportunity to riff, “Oh the remnants of sexism, alive and well tonight,” and cracking wise about "breaking glass ceilings." I wonder if she's been moonlighting as a stand up comic while keeping her day job in the Senate.

F-16..Iraq war...blowing up bad guys :]...big bomb

Terrorist vermin get hurried along for a meet-up with their 72 virgins (all Madeline Albright and Helen Thomas look-alikes) as F-16 scores direct hit on al-Qaeda scum.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

John McCain Victory Speech From New Hampshire - Part 1 of 2

Good speech from John McCain.

Hillary wins New Hampshire:

Senator Clinton's acceptance speech last night. A little bit mushy for me but it obviously worked for the crowd.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Clinton and McCain Rock rivals in the Granite State

Seizing a last minute victory from the jaws of defeat Senator Hillary Clinton beat her main Democratic rival in the race to the White House in a stunning come-from-behind victory over freshman Senator Barack Obama of Illinois. Clinton had been expected to finish second in New Hampshire's presidential primary by a margin of 5 to 10 percentage points behind Senator Barack Obama. Clinton instead surged ahead of Obama winning 39 percent of the vote to 36 percent for the former Illinois state senator. Clinton's victory was due in large part to the support of women and independents who flocked to the Democratic camp by a margin of 40 percent versus 30 to the Republican primary.

John Edwards finished a distant third in the race, securing 17 percent of the vote leaving former Governor Bill Richardson with less than 5 percent at the end of the day. After the third place finish, Edwards appeared undeterred by the result telling supporters it was, "Two down, Forty-eight states to go!" The former South Carolina Senator will be looking for a win in his home state when South Carolinians vote in their primary on January 26th. Edwards best shot at the nation's top job will be solid win in the palmetto state in order to build momentum for his own campaign in time for Tsunami Tuesday on February 5th when voters in twenty-four states will hold caucuses or primaries for the presidential election.

When it came to New Hampshire everyone said Clinton would lose. Pollsters had the former first lady losing today's race and predicted a second win for Obama in less than a week. Pundits said the Clinton's were stale and boring and that the electorate were tired of Bill and Hill. The Clintons battled back to show they are still the team to beat on the road to the 2008 Democratic convention. Clinton now leads her challengers in total delegates to her party's convention with 187 delegates including superdelegates. Obama trails with 89 and Edwards with 50 delegates committed to him. This win in the Northeastern state has breathed new life into the Clinton campaign which will be refined and can be expected to move away from highlighting Mrs. Clinton's years in the public limelight and focus more on Senator Obama's newcomer status in presidential politics.

For John McCain the day couldn't be sweeter. He has prevailed in a contest where he was outspent by his wealthy rival Mitt Romney. Both men have been at loggerheads over immigration, tax cuts and previous stances on social issues and at times their spats have been nettlesome and petty. Despite this, Senator McCain was able to pull in the support of independents and moderates in the Republican party to beat his opponent by carrying 37 percent of the Republican primary vote compared with 32 percent for Romney and 11 percent for Huckabee. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giulliani walked away with 9 percent of the vote edging out Texas Representative Ron Paul who garnered 8 percent. Fred Thompson finished with only 1 percent of the vote in the Republican New Hampshire primary. John Edwards isn't the only candidate who has to do well in South Carolina. If Thompson can't turn in a respectable finish in the red turf of South Carolina he may as well concede and lend his support to his good friend John McCain.

The focus for the Republicans will now turn to Michigan where McCain and Romney are in a heated contest to win that state's primary next Tuesday. Both candidates are running television ads and are campaigning in the state today. John McCain's gold place finish in New Hampshire catapults him from also-ran status to national viability as a GOP contender. A subsequent win for the Arizona Senator in Michigan will seriously hurt Romney and push McCain into the forefront as the Grand old Party's man to beat in 2008.

This should be one great horse race to the finish line.

Dixville Notch goes to Obama and McCain

CNN reports the tiny hamlets of Dixville Notch and Hart's Location, New Hampshire have cast their votes for Senators Barack Obama for the Democrat and John McCain for the Republican primary elections. The little communities situated near the border with Canada were the first to cast their ballots in the granite state's 2008 primary. Senator Obama carried Dixville Notch with seven votes, former Senator John Edwards received 2 votes, former Governor Bill Richardson got 1 vote and Senator Hillary Clinton received no votes along with Congressman Dennis Kucinich.

The voting results for these boroughs may be a harbinger of things to come in the New Hampshire primary later today. Democratic voters are responding to Obama's clarion call for change in the way things are run in Washington. Barak Obama points to his experience working with Republicans in the Illinois state legislature as proof that he is able to break the political gridlock in Washington, although the three year freshman Senator from Illinois has no stellar record of voting outside party lines while in the nation's capital. Despite the claim by Democrats and their media allies that the fractious partisanship we see today is due to the "failed policies of the Bush administration" the fact is that partisanship has existed in the Republic since the establishment of a two party system. Senator Obama talks a good talk but his bipartisan resume is razor thin.

People are longing for change today as they do in every election cycle. Modern campaign promises to break deadlock and partisan bickering in Washington date back to the campaigns of Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy. Nothing much has changed here except for the public's desire to see new people at the helm of the ship of state. While I'm no fan, Mitt Romney accurately summarized the public's current mood for change recently when he remarked, "It’s long past time to bring real change to Washington,....That’s never going to happen if all we do is send the same people back to Washington to sit in different chairs.”

Change is in the air. For the Democrats, contrast the tired, almost somber rallies of the Clinton faithful with the exuberant party-like celebrations of the Obama backers. One pundit has already taken the time to chalk up the Clinton years as the "End of an Era". Peter Wehner writes in Commentary Magazine, "watch the Clintons’ rage and desperation grow in the last days of this campaign will not be pretty. They will lash out at everyone, including Obama, the media, her own campaign, and maybe, eventually, each other. This is a couple not known for their grace or for holding lightly to their grip on power."

Change is also in the air for the Republicans. Voters are saying with their endorsements of Huckabee in Iowa and soon-to-be victorious McCain in New Hampshire that money can't buy elections. Republicans are looking for a candidate whom they can identify with and will most likely weather the tough trail all the way to the White House.

Monday, January 07, 2008

ABC New Hampshire Republican Debate - 1/5/08 - Part 8 of 9

Good section on illegal immigration and the difference between Obama and the GOP candidates.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Hillary Clinton's Heated Response

The mask falls off in this interview with Hillary.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Huckabee / Obama win Iowa Caucuses

First term Senator Barak Obama won the Iowa caucuses last night edging out his rivals John Edwards and former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton in the opening bout leading to the New Hampshire primary only five days from now.

Matt Drudge reported Obama's win with 37.53% of support of Iowa's caucus goers compared with 29.88% for Edwards which relegated third place to Clinton with 29.41% of the vote. Mrs. Clinton badly needed to win in Iowa in order to blunt any doubt as to her viability as a presidential candidate and with a third place finish behind former Senator John Edwards of South Carolina the veneer of inevitability has come off of the New York Senator's campaign for the White House.

Yesterday morning, Chuck Todd of NBC News predicted the spin that the candidates would put on a win, lose or draw result from the Iowa caucuses. As Todd writes, "the Clinton team would rather lose to Edwards than to Obama. Third place would be a near-disaster scenario; (for Clinton)". Todd maintains that although the Clinton's might be down if dealt a third place finish, don't count them out. But Hillary is no Bill Clinton. As predicted, Clinton spun her third place finish as a "great night for Democrats" and vowed to "keep pushing as hard as we can."

New Hampshire awaits the candidates and as they gear up for the next five day bout of campaigning in the Granite State. Some of the presidential hopefuls wasted no time and are already in New Hampshire getting ready for the state's January 8th primary. The political winds of the cold Iowa winter will provide strong downwinds for the caucus winners and stiff headwinds for the losers. Those New Hampshire primary voters who were likely to support Hillary due to the specter of inevitability conferred upon her by the usual phalanx of political pundits can be expected to reconsider their backing of Mrs. Clinton in light of her third place loss to the upstart Obama.

Obama's campaign theme of asking voters to believe not just in his ability to "bring real change in Washington" but challenge to voters to believe in their ability to bring change struck a resonant chord with the Iowa electorate. The resonnance that Obama stirred with voters in this middle America state will not be dispelled by the former first lady's claim to embody presidential and world class leadership experience by virtue of her one-time window to the world from the vantage point of 1600 Pennsylvannia Avenue.

ABC News commentators George Stephanopolous and Charles Gibson noted that Clinton's support from Independents fell to a distant third behind Barak Obama, and also pointed out that her support among women fell to only 30% in contrast to 35% for Obama. These numbers point to serious weaknesses in the Clinton campaign which has put much stock in the support of Independents and women in order to portray her as a winning candidate for her party's nomination. Results like this will not bode well for Clinton in the upcoming primaries. As Captain's Quarters' Ed Morrissey points out Edwards finished two points lower than his 2004 performance in the Iowa caucuses during that contentious race. Hillary was unable to take advantage of Edward's decline to gain even the number two spot in Iowa!

On the Republican side Mike Huckabee walked away from Mitt Romney in his party's contest to win over the Iowa caucus goers. Huckabee finished the race with 34% of the vote leaving Romney trailing way behind at 25%. Fred Thompson finished the race with 13% of the vote, barely edging out rival John McCain who also garnered a statistical 13% leaving Ron Paul far behind with 10%, and Rudy Giulliani who barely spent a week in Iowa with 3% of the caucus-goers support. Republicans Duncan Hunter and Tom Tancredo finished at well under 1% of the vote in the Hawkeye state after the results were tallied.

Huckabee proved that he is a master in the art of retail politics. The former Arkansas governor excels at pressing the flesh, giving speeches on the stump and talking first-hand with voters. Romney, who is no slouch on the campaign trail outspent his Southern opponent by a margin of 20 to 1 and dispite a withering barrage of negative campaign ads aimed at his chief rival failed to carry the day in the tall corn state.

Analysts quickly pointed to polling data that showed that evangelical Christians were wary of endorsing a Mormon for president. Despite Romney's populist appeal and charismatic personality, voter ambivalence regarding his faith was cited as a major factor behind Mike Huckabee's major victory over the former governor of Massachusetts.

With New Hampshire in sight, the political landscape will change for the Republican candidates where conservative evangelicals do not hold sway over election results as in breadbasket states like Iowa. The Huckabee campaign will shift focus to sound a more poplulist theme in their message to voters in the upcoming primaries. With Huckabee's proven ability to connect with voters like those in his native Arkansas where Democrats outnumber Republicans by a sizeable majority and with the kind of folksy appeal that Huckabee displays with voters when he's out working the "stretched chicken" circuit, you can bet that a repeat of the Iowa victory is not out of the question at this stage of the race.

Four months ago Huckabee was an asterisk in the race for the Republican nomination as the party's standard bearer for 2008. Now his opponents must contend with a candidate who enters New Hampshire carried along by the strong winds of his Iowa victory behind him.

Clinton drops to third place in Iowa poll

New polling data from 905 likely Iowa caucus goers compiled by Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby show Senator Clinton in third place against her rivals Barak Obama and former Senator John Edwards according to a report posted by Reuters today. In results that could portend a serious threat to Senator Clinton's presidential aspirations 24% of caucus-goers sampled in the poll said they would likely vote for the former first lady as compared to 31% for Obama and 27% for Edwards.
Other Democratic contenders in the race registered single digit polling numbers according to the report.

On the Republican side, Mike Huckabee surged six points ahead of his most contentious rival Mitt Romney in the poll. Governor Huckabee of Arkansas moved to 31% to Romney's 25% of GOP caucus-goers.

Methinks the wheels of the Clinton juggernaut will come off in the snows of Iowa.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Hillary Clinton displays ignorance of Pakistani elections

In an op-ed for the Middle East Times Thomas Houlahan, director of the Military Assessment Program at the Center for Security and Science marvels at Presidential hopeful, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton display of ignorance regarding the upcoming elections in Pakistan. Clinton's remarks before CNN journalist Wolf Blitzer and later with ABC's George Stephanopoulos betrayed the Senator's lack of the most rudimentry knowledge of politics in the country referred to by some as "the most dangerous place on earth" according to Houlahan.

Houlahan writes that after returning from a brief television appearance regarding the security of Pakistan's nuclear weapons, he tuned in to CNN to watch their coverage of the Bhutto assassination's aftermath. It was there that he saw the Senator denounce the Pakistani government of President Musharraf as lacking "any credibility at all". Mrs. Clinton went further in her comments stating that if president Musharraf wanted to run for election he should, "abide by the same rules that every other candidate will have to follow."

Unfortunately for Mrs. Clinton's illustration, Mr. Musharraf was already elected president of Pakistan back on October 6th by an overwhelming margin of the country's electorate. Benazir Bhutto before her assassination, was running for election as a member of Parliment and not president of Pakistan. Mr. Musharraf has in fact just started his five-year term as the president of that troubled country so he would be highly unlikely to run again after having served only three months in that position.

Mrs. Clinton who we are told is the "smartest woman in the world," accustomed to flying into the world's most dangerous hot spots with comedian "Sinbad" in tow repeated her assertion on ABC's "This Week" with George Stephanopoulos. The junior Senator from New York said that, "He (President Pervez Musharraf) could be the only person on the ballot. I don't think that's a real election."

Because Wolf Blitzer and George Stephanopoulos are in deep with the Democratic Party establishment, (Blitzer by virtue of his job with CNN, the Clinton News Network and Stephanopoulos from his prior work as Bill Clinton's deputy campaign manager for communications and later senior advisor to the president for policy and strategy) neither interviewer dared challenge Mrs. Clinton on her blunder. However had Mrs. Clinton been a Republican you could bet your last coffee and danish that both interviewers would have made much hay of her political faux pas and we'd be hearing about it for weeks!

So here we have "smartest woman in the world" aspiring to be the leader of the free world in the most powerful country on the face of the earth offering up uninformed opinions about the political situation of an allied nation that could soon become the front line on the war on terror. Is there any way we can get "Sinbad" to run in 2008?

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

California School cracks down on illegals

Residents in Calexico, California are cracking down on students illegally entering the U.S. to attend the city's local schools according to a recent AP report. Classroom overcrowding caused by students crossing the border from neighboring Mexicali, Mexico has become so pronounced that legal residents of the district have had to resort to bussing their children away from local schools to remote locations across town.

While school district administrators cannot address a student's immigration status it can enforce rules requiring residency in local districts. Enter Daniel Santillan, an unlikely hero in the fight against illegals crowding into U.S. classrooms from Mexico. Santillan a Vietnam War veteran who posts the likenesses of Cesar Chavez and Che Guevara in his ranch-style home makes the trek to the U.S./Mexican border in his SUV to photograph Mexican students as they exit the U.S. inspection building and head for class in Calexico's schools on the U.S. side of the border. The residences of students whom officials suspect are living in Mexico are verified by early morning calls to the addresses provided by the families. Students who are found reside in Mexico are kicked out of the district's schools.

The enforcement program began when residents of Calexico were told they would have to bus their children to alleviate overcrowding in the city's schools even though voters had approved a 30 million dollar construction project to provide for more classrooms for the city's burgeoning student population back in 2004. Voters demanded that something be done to solve the problem of classroom overcrowding by illegals.

Call me a "nativist" but I'd say it's a step in the right direction and I'll wear the "nativist" banner proudly. Americans are by and large good-natured, hard-working, charitable people. But even the most forbearing of those who pay their taxes, make many personal sacrifices and approve bond measures so their children can receive an education, get to the point where they've had enough of unconscionable individuals who take the short route and send their kids into a neighboring country to sponge off the generosity of others to get the benefits of a U.S. education at the expense of their neighbors just over the border.

The full article can be viewed here.