Masters of Delusion

Just when you thought the hard left couldn’t separate themselves any further from reality, something like this happens

Arizona, which Messina says was only off the table in 2008 because the Republican nominee, John McCain, was the state’s senior Senator, is the main target in an Obama path to 270 that expands on his 2008 tally of states. Arizona Democrats certainly say the state’s nasty fight over SB 1070 has led to a fired up base that could flip the state into Obama’s column next year, especially with a GOP nominee running with Romney’s baggage when it comes to the Hispanic vote. (Someone like Newt Gingrich may have less of a problem with that slice of the electorate.)

Let’s see. SB1070 “fired up the base” so much the Dems were able to replace SB1070’s champion, State Senator Russell Pearce, with… 

another Republican.

The Democratic Party can’t afford many more wins like that one. 

If the Dems think that SB1070 has “fired up their base”, let’s take a look at what Obama has done to fire up the Republican base in Arizona. 

That’s just the direct actions he’s taken against the Copper State. We’ll leave his complete and utter failure to manage the economy and the housing crisis for another day. 

And if the Democratic base is so “fired up”, why did the head of the Progressive Caucus have a tough battle last election cycle against a political newcomer

And if that wasn’t enough (and it is) the Dems have to deal with history. (source)

Arizona Presidential Election History

Yeah, that screams “Dem Pickup!” to me….

The Obama campaign can talk about winning Arizona all they want, but their dreams stand little chance of becoming reality. But then again, dealing with reality hasn’t been their strength for a long, long time.

 
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December 29th, 2011 by admindude

The walls are starting to fall.

Jack Cafferty is not a fan of Eric Holder. 

And he’s not a fan of George Bush, either, lest anyone think he’s being a partisan stooge for the right wing. 

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December 21st, 2011 by admindude

Number IV

Who ranks himself as the Forth Best President of all Time?

Like you had to guess.

In the full interview, Barack Hussein Obama said:

The issue here is not going be a list of accomplishments. As you said yourself, Steve, you know, I would put our legislative and foreign policy accomplishments in our first two years against any president — with the possible exceptions of Johnson, F.D.R., and Lincoln — just in terms of what we’ve gotten done in modern history. But, you know, but when it comes to the economy, we’ve got a lot more work to do.

Of course, that part was cut from the interview (I’m shocked, shocked…) because the media doesn’t want this laughable quote from Hussein the Wise getting out to Middle America.  Gotta keep up appearances of being competent and serious, past performances notwithstanding.

Well, at least he thinks highly of himself…

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December 21st, 2011 by admindude

The Essence

There is more to the Occupy __________ “movement” than garbage, rape, drugs, robbery, public defecation, arson, inane slogans, Guy Fawkes masks, and general incoherence.

As the cleanup (funded by taxpayers) continues, so does the analysis.  NRO has a very interesting post on this subject, starting with in-depth analysis of the movement of Frontier Labs.  Distilled down to its essence, that most occupoopers are socially isolated people who want to be a part of something larger than themselves.

What did Frontier Lab discover? First, that many of the rank-and-file occupiers feel isolated in their lives, and appear to lack basic community ties such as are provided by participation in clubs, churches, and strong families.

Despite social media tools, the internet, pervasive media, and ubiquitous data connectivity;  these kiddos lack real social interaction with others.  This isolation from reality shows itself in how these protesters were easily manipulated by the organizers and leaders of this “spontaneous” movement.  Go back in the archives or visit YouTube for examples of how clueless these children are.

They have have education, technology, electronic connectivity, media, and capital (shhh, keep that on the down low!) but are not grounded in the reality the actual 99% of us live in.

It goes to show that Astroturf® campaigns like this lack the soul and conviction that genuine mass political movements have.  That’s why Occupy __________ will be remembered as a dirty farce rather than a serious force.

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December 20th, 2011 by admindude

Will Power

George F. Will does a takedown of Robert Reich on ABC News, watch for yourself.

The key point that Will brings to light is that government is using the tax code to transfer wealth from largely young and productive people to largely old and retired/non-working people.  The power of the state is being used in this endeavor and its crushing economic growth.  This is similar to what is going on in Western Europe and Japan, the result is anemic economic growth.

Those on the Left will argue that government needs to get more involved in people’s lives to address the “inequality” and “unfairness” that currently exists.  However, the current situation we find our country in is largely because government at all levels is excessively involved in people’s affairs.  As George Will points out, those who have the money (the old and wealthy) will use their economic power to perpetuate their position.  They vote and they don’t want the gravy train to stop.

We find ourselves indebted and stuck in economic neutral because all the interference and solutions of the Progressive Era make problems worse.  More government involvement leads to higher barriers to innovation and competition in the marketplace, where resources can be most efficiently allocated.  The solutions and thinking that Robert Reich offers have been the default behavior of the last eighty years, look at where it has taken us.

The good news is that the message being sent by Will is resonating with more people as these truths become evident.  Big Government is a problem and its limits are being reached.  This will result in a lot of pain and a great deal of anguish amongst liberal pundits as their ideas are shown to be as bankrupt as the economy.  The opportunity to recalibrate the relationship between government and the citizens is coming and I for one look forward to it.

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December 19th, 2011 by admindude

It’s raining soup out there

All we need to eat is a bucket and the will to go outside.

Jerry Pornelle’s “A Step Farther Out” shaped a lot of my worldview growing up. Not only did he nail what a world with DARPANET/Internet would look like, but he elquonetly and definitely laid out the case that the future of the human race lies in outer space.

(He also takes apart the neoMalthusians of the modern environmental movement, but that’s a topic for another post).

And now it looks like the aerospace industry is coming around to the idea that mankind’s future in space isn’t tied to the government of man, but our innate desire to boldy go.

(Ph.d and former Shuttle Missions Director Mary Lynne) Dittmar writes that she was initially “disinterested” in the idea: The space community had “moved on” from the Shuttle program and commercial shuttle program efforts were nothing new and generally financially unsustainable.  Dittmar outlined four prerequisites for a viable commercial space shuttle project:

1) No government money for development or operations

2) A real business without NASA as a customer

3) An ability to reimburse the government for any infrastructure costs involved

4) She would only support a serious effort and a team she trusted.

According to a lengthy report on NASA Spacelight.com, Dittmar not only became a revival supporter and a key liaison in the Shuttle revival plan, but also saw real benefits in the switch to commercial operations.

“One of the advantages of our purely commercial approach is that it allowed our engineers to consider alternative suppliers and advances in manufacturing, materials, processing, and production across the globe and across several industries,” Dittmar told nasaspaceflight.com.

The stars, our destination.

 
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December 19th, 2011 by admindude

A Leader of Significance

Before most of us were born, before the Fall of Communism, before this year’s Arab Spring there was the Prague Spring.

In 1968, there was a brief period of reform behind the Iron Curtain.  First Secretary (CPC) Alexander Dubcek brought about some minor reforms within Czechoslovakia during the early days of his administration.  They were promptly crushed that fall by the Soviet Union when they invaded the country and removed Dubcek from office.

The events of that year inspired a group of musicians and writers to resist the tyrannical rule of communism in their country.  One of them was Vaclav Havel, who died today.

He tireless wrote and spoke out against the crushing boot of oppression by the USSR.  As a result, he was imprisoned and placed under house arrest for a close to two decades.  However, he eventually helped lead the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia in 1989 allowed that country to become free again.  It came at great cost to him but he never wavered in his struggle to see his country free.

Most people have short memories of those days in the late 80’s when freedom took hold in Eastern Europe.  I remember seeing Havel speak from a balcony on a cold night in 1989 and thought “Communism is finished, we really are going to win!”  The fact that freedom is now considered normal in Eastern Europe is a tribute to his struggle and sacrifice.

While it is sad to hear of his passing, there is no doubt the Havel was a man of significance who made a lasting impression on the world we live in today.  He used words to convey ideas that are stronger than any weapons that could be brought to bear on him.  Radical ideas of freedom, representative government, and the right to dissent made him a true hero in his country and all liberty-loving people worldwide.

Vaclav Havel could never be accused of simply voting “Present”.

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December 18th, 2011 by admindude

Evil?

Although I would describe myself as a Conservative/Libertarian (akin to Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan) my party registration is Republican.  My guess is that many other readers like you share this viewpoint.  Despite what the Democrat Party/Academia/Legacy Media say, we actually aren’t evil.

Witness…

Bill Whittle sums it up pretty well in less than eight minutes.

HT to Hillbuzz for posting this.

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December 15th, 2011 by admindude

Keep safe in the woods

My family and I went up to Payson over the Thanksgiving holiday to spend time with my parents and visit Tonto Natural Bridge. I have an extensive (and rather large…) “Go Bag” in my car, but I left it behind for this trip because I didn’t want it sitting exposed in the cargo area of my wife’s Nissan Pathfinder.

While the hike was on an smooth, well-marked trail, mistakes can happen on the easiest of trips that can lead to some really hairy situations. I figured I needed something I can keep in the car that can provide the essentials and be something that we can easily take with us whenever we head into the woods. 

Looking around, I realized that the other “pocket survival kits” all have a few things in common.

  1. They’re built for areas that have water handy. 
  2. They’re loaded with candles and other items that would melt if left in a glovebox during an Arizona summer. 
  3. They’ve stuffed with items that are only marginally useful over the short-term. 
  4. They’ve got items with expiration dates that need regular replacing.
  5. They’re too cheap for their own good. 

I wanted a kit that was small enough to carry with me anytime I headed into the woods, provided the basics of outdoor survival in Arizona, didn’t have the useless gadgets found in other kits, and I could leave in the car and forget about until (God forbid) I needed it.

Altoids Survival Kit

Tin
An Altoids box. Aside from duct tape, an Altoids tin may be the most useful thing in the world. They’re small, sturdy, lightweight and have at least 22 other uses besides holding breath mints.

Contents (clockwise from top left)
– Water Filter
– 10 feet of paracord
– Emergency whistle
– Button compass
– Ziploc bag
– Flint and striker
– Paper Matches
– Tinder (2 pieces) 
– Straw for water filter
Tool Logic pocket survival tool Update: Removed
– Safety pins, needles (on tool cover)
Signal Mirror Update: Replaced
– First aid kit (2 bandaids, butterfly closure, antiseptic, hand sanitizer)
– Not shown: Ibuprofen, single-edge razor blade Update: Added Imodium and Zyrtec,

Living out here in the desert, you quickly realize just how important water is for survival, and I was shocked that so many kits neglected clean water altogether in favour of sewing kits, snare wire and fishing tackle. If you’ve got time to fish, you’ve got time to get hit with some really nasty water-borne diseases that’ll make eating food a moot point. I chose an Altamira water filter over the more-common chloride pills because I didn’t want to deal with chemical expiration dates, and if that didn’t work, I can always boil water in the Altoids tin or put water in the ziploc and sterilize it using UV radiation

This leads me to an important point: A single point of failure will fail every time. I wanted backups: I have a signal mirror (a small glass mirror backed with duct tape) a small sheet of cut and stick auto mirror replacement and a whistle. I have matches and a flint striker. I have a Tool Logic tool in the kit to back up the Leatherman Micra and the CRKT Pazoda that I carry with me every day. I don’t have a backup for my Pelican mini-flashlight, but my iPhone does have a flashlight app, and if that fails, well, there’s always fire. Update: Added a Photon Micro II, clipped an additional CRKT Pazoda to the paracord on the outside and added $20 in small bills. 

Altiods kit with water filter

The whole kit is about 3 1/4″ by 3 1/2″ by 1 1/2″, fits easily into a front or back jeans pocket and it’s also light enough to not be a burden. Will what I have work for you? Probably not. But the time to think about what WILL work for you is now, not when you’re lost out in the middle of the woods.

The cost? $33. 

Altoids Tin Survival Kit     $33.00
Aquamira Water Filter 1 $8.00 $8.00
Paper Matches 1 $0.00 $0.00
Flint 1 $8.00 $8.00
Tinder 1 $5.00 $5.00
Whistle 1 $4.00 $4.00
Razor Blade 1 $0.00 $0.00
550 Cord (wrapped around tin) 1 $0.00 $0.00
First Aid Kit 1 $2.00 $2.00
Pocket Survival Tool 1 $5.00 $5.00
Compass 1 $1.00 $1.00
Needle, safety pins 1 $0.00 $0.00
Zip lock sandwich bag 1 $0.00 $0.00
 
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December 9th, 2011 by admindude

Panned, (not)Mitt, and Tested

CBS News reports their latest polls show that Gingrich “as being the best at handling an international crisis and the most prepared for the Presidency.” 

Sounds about right.

I was onboard the Perry Ferry and the Cain Train before one sunk and the other ran off the rails. While there’s something to be said for nominating a candidate with a “Yes we can do” attitude, there’s alot more to be said for candidate who can do more than read than a teleprompter.

At debate after debate after debate, Newt’s proven that he’s the one candidate in the room with the intellectectual firepower to answer questions not with campaign pledges but gives actual answers that provoke thought as much as they provoke applause. 

After four years of the boy-king, it’s going to be nice to have an adult in charge once again.

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December 7th, 2011 by admindude