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Saturday, September 30, 2006

Louisiana Election Results Coming up

Besides watching 4 games at once , I have been following the Louisiana election returns. I shall have a full post on that and my thoughts. However can some one explain to me why it is 11:43 at night and a whole Parish still has not recorded their votes with the Sec of States Office(St Charles)?

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College Game Day thread(Updated all Day and Night)

Pondering American's Top Ten Games of Interest and other other games
(1) LSU vs Misstake-(kickoff 11:30)
Good Grief, this game is going to be brutal for Miss State. We will be sure to give them some pretty beads though after we violate them though. LSU will win baby
UPDATES-
-WHOO HOO LSU SCORES ON FIRST POSSESSION LSU 7 MISS STATE 0
-- Second Possession of the Game LSU SCORES LSU 14 Maroon folks 0
--- 3rd Possession of the game LSU Scores 21 Miss State 0
----4th Possession of the game LSU SCORES LSU 28 MISS State 0
-----5th Possession of the game LSU scores LSU 35 Miss State 0
------Miss State shows some Life LSU 35 Miss State 3
-------Game Delay early in the 3rd quarter lightning within 6 miles. MSU was showing some momentum. Had to unleash our weather experiments
Whoo Hoo LSU WINS Geaux tigers-

(2) Louisiana Tech V Clemson-
Ok Tech will get beat. I realize that. But the hell with ESPN gameday where they said Clemson will put 48 to 58 points on LA Tech. La Tech will a tad harder than that.
- Clemson 7 Tech 0 in the first
--Yuck so far ESPN guys are right despite my hopeful sentiments Clemson 24 Tech 0 in the second
Clemson wins- Sad

(3) Ole Miss Vs Georgia-
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Poor Coach O from Ole Miss. Been a bad week. Rumors about a wife that makes profanity an art form and reports about fights with the neighbors. I suspect it will not get better today. The great state of Mississippi will be embarrased twice on National TV today. Georgia will win.
-Interesting Game here at the Half Old miss 3 Georgia 0.
-- GEORGIA WINS A DOWN TO THE WIRE GAME IN OXFORD 14 to 9

(4) Ohio V Iowa-
I so want Ohio to lose. However they will not. Ohio will win. But a close one
OHIO WINS DAMN DAMN DAMN-

(5) USC at Washington State-
I am so looking forward to this game. I am not over awed with USC this year. Even though I love their quarterback because he is a local Louisiana boy and I have hung with him before. Speaking on Mr Booty, you should see his My Space page. Jeez, he is one lucky Shreveport boy. Hot girls. Anywho I am predicting Washington Wins. Sorry John David, LSU needs USC to go down. Have your 3 or 4 of your nice hotties console you. It will help
-In the first quarter USC 7 Washington 3
--USC 14 Wash 6
Good Grief USC Wins. Good Game though USC 28 Wash St 22- USC IS OVERRATED

(6) Alabama V Florida-
My brain says Florida but my gut has been telling me something else. I think this will be a killer of a game. Alabama I think has a real chance. However Florida is good real good. I am going with my brain and saying FLORIDA WINS.
-- This game has been fun and I am praying that Florida wins In the 4th Florida 14 Bama 13
FLORIDA WINS 28 to 13

(7) Michigan at Minnesota-
I am so tired of Michigan this and Michigan that I can scream. However it seems I will just have keep on screaming. Michigan will win
MICHIGAN WINS-

(8) Tennessee at Memphis-
This game is currently on. This game is often a good one. I think the same today. Tenn wins though.
Update-
It is Halftime Tenn 13 Memphis 0- Should be noted that 2 of Memphis star players were suspended by the Coach for the first half for being late to a team meeting this morning
---Tenn Wins 41 Memphis 7

(9) Purdue at Notre Dame -
Heck, can't root against Notre Dame this week. Tough game but I expect Notre Dame to win.
Notre Dame Wins 35 to 21-

10. Boise State at Utah -
Tech Starts up WAC conference play thank God next week. Unfort it is against Boise. Boise wins this one
OHHHH Bosie Showed up today. Good thing because some people are taking a killing on the spreads today. Boise State Wins 36 to 3

OTHER GAMES-
This will be added to as the day rolls on

Michigan State V Illinois (possible upset alert)
It is tied in the final minutes of the 4th. Been watching this game during the LSU weather delay. It is 20 to 20
--Illinois pulls Upset beats Michigan State 23-20-

Virgina Tech V Georgia Tech(Major Upset in Making Alert)
-Georgia Tech currently ranked 24 is beating 11th ranked Virginia Tech 31 to 13 in the 3rd
--UPSET GEORGIA TECH WINS 38 to 27


Miami V Houston- Potential big meltdown alert if Miami loses. It is tied 7 to 7 in the 2nd
-Houston 13 Miami 7 in the 3rd

MIAMI WINS 14 to 13 Cokers Wife Does't have to pack the China tomorrow
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Geaux Tigers Beat Mississippi State

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It is game day and GAWDDDDD it is a early kickoff. Freakin 11:30 am. Urggggh. I hate LSU day games. I still have not got over the gospel that LSU does not play as well during the day. But heck it is the truth. Anyway should be a good win today. I was considering driving down for the game at 6 am this morning but I am too tired after this week to makee the 4 hour drive and come back at like 2pm. So we shall have the College Game day(Updated All day and night) up above.

LSU links-
From the papers

LSU, State to rise early today

LSU Defense Makes Case as Nation's Best

Tigers' defense could feast on Miss. State

Landry sees similarities between '06 and '03


From the LSU Blogs

TigerSmack blog is interviewing our opponents who are fans and bloggers. Pretty cool. This week he interviews a Miss State one check it out. Oh be sure to see Comeaux the Clarivoyant Corndog game predictions.

MISS State-
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Be sure to check out the SIX Pack Forum.


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Louisiana Citizens- Get Off Your Butts and Go Vote

Today is election day and several important things are on the ballot. Polls opened at 6 AM and don't close till 8 pm. Therefore plenty of time after the LSU game and before the Tech game to go vote. I have been up since 1 am doing my annual election tradition. That is putting up signs for my guy all over God's creation. In this case a certain three parish Area in North Louisiana. Yes I am one of those you cuss but it works -promise.
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Friday, September 29, 2006

Oh Well Republicans have lost another House Seat

It appears that emails from Republican House member Foley of Florida to a males page that worked for Louisiana Congressman Alexander has caused another to go into the Dem column. The only hope we got is a write in and that ain't going to work. Not good news

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Election Endorsements

Secretary Of State-
It is sad that the political ads for this campaign rarely focused on what the Secreatry of State's Office actually does in the whole scheme of things. This office is in charge of corporations, LLC'S and other rules and regulations regarding such entities. It is also charged with handling elections as well as having number of museums under its control. In essence it is important you get someone in charge of this that knows what they are doing.

I am voting for Sen Jay Dardenne for Secretary of State. This is where his political experience and background is a plus. I feel he knows what works there and what doesn't. His experience of interceding on behalf of the people of his district when they had problems with this office should be a plus. Sen Dardenne in my opinion is the most competent man for the job.

Const Amendments-(Vote YES on 1-4)
As usual we have a ton of Const. amendments on the ballot. I think some of these amendments were poorly written. However I wish to just focus on the amendments that deal with coastal erosion issues. I strongly urge everyone to vote YES for amendment 1. Amendment 2 is a tough choice. This shifts money from the tobacco lawsuit into coastal erosion. That money is supose to be going into fund to help citizens to smoking related ailments. I am voting YES on Amendment 2 because it acts in tandem with Amendment 1 and only 20 percent of that fund can be used for such purposes. The money is needed. The other two amendments(3 and 4) I am voting yes on as well. Four is a tad controversial but it will be needed when Louisiana has to make tough choices as to Diversion projects. There are many other amendments on the ballot. I might take a look at them in a seperate post.

Secretary Of Insurance-
Again another race that seemed not to talk about the issues that much. I frankly don't like any of the guys running that much. Howwever one still has to amke a choice. I am supporting Donelon and praying tht is the best choice.

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ELECTION ENDORSEMENTS COMING UP

I am returning home today but have managed to find a computer so I can post a couple of items on first. Tomorrow is elecction day in Louisiana so I shall be a Pondering Endorsement post in a bit
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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

The Mexico Fence Issue Again

I am going to give an update on the whole Miunteman/Minutegate monkeyshines soon. I had to tke a break from that madness for a few weeks. However, the fence issue is about to come up again. Of course the problem is that it is only the fence and not comprehensive reform.

Big Lizards has a excellent post on this issue. It is well worth the read. Big Lizards hits it dead on when he says:
Simply put, the fence is great; I'm all in favor of the fence; but there are other reforms equally vital, without which the fence alone cannot work. And here's the kicker: once we get the fence, the enforcement-first crowd in Congress will turn into the enforcement-only mob, and I am 100% convinced that they themselves will do everything in their power to obstruct and disrupt every other element of immigration reform.
The only incentive for "enforcement only" Congressmen to support other reforms is to tie those reforms to the border fence. It's a sad state of affairs for the nation -- but one that is forced upon reformers by the monomania of the enforcement-only representatives and senators. Both moderates and conservatives have immigration ideas that are vital to solving this problem; but the hard right refuses even to consider the moderates' ideas... even to the point of letting the border fence go unbuilt, if to build it means they have to accept some other reforms
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I must say after immersing myself in this issue he has hit it on the nail. I am all for a fence in places being part of the solution. However, it is not the entire solution. Remember the goal of many of these anti immigration groups is to bring immigration to a vitural standstill. We have the goalpost moved constantly by the enforcement first crowd. Sorry I don't have the patience to play that game and neither do large segments of this country. This issue will kill the Republican party in the long run if we don't come up with a sensible solution. Read the whole post. Another great read.

One final note. I think we Republicans and conservatives might need to be a tad more discerning in what we are reading as to this issue. For months I have heard that the hardliner appraoch is a winning formula for the GOP. In fact it is the only winning formula to some. If that is the case, I would like to know why the heck it appears not to be panning out. Look at the Santorum Senate race in Penn. More importantly look at the Graf(r) v Gifford(d)House race in the border state of Arizona.Graf was a founder of the minutemen and was backed by Tancredo. He barely won the Rewpublican primary. Gifford favors a comprehensive approach. Guess what? She is ahead in all polls.


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Meanwhile Way Out There On Mars

Nasa is still kicking it. From the Washington Post

When the Mars rovers Opportunity and Spirit reached their distant destination in early 2004, NASA scientists hoped the vehicles would probe the planet's frigid landscape for 90 days before they pooped out or were undone by the harsh Martian environment.
More than 900 days later, however, both robotic explorers are going strong-- and Opportunity is on the cusp of what is likely to be its greatest accomplishment.
After enduring an 18-month trek through rugged terrain, dust devils and daily temperature swings approaching 200 degrees, the rover is scheduled to arrive today within easy lens view of a deep and geologically revealing crater. By tomorrow, if all goes well, the little robot that could will be right at Victoria Crater's edge and in position to peer inside and send back images like none seen before.
"Exploring Victoria is something we joked and fantasized about but never really thought we could realistically get to it," said Steven Squyres of Cornell University, principal investigator for the rovers' science instruments. "This is the absolutely highest-priority destination we could have reached."
The reason is that Victoria is an impact crater about 200 feet deep and half a mile wide, with sheer cliffs and layers upon layers of exposed rock. Before Victoria, the deepest crater the rover visited was Endurance, which is a mere 23 feet deep.
The scientists think Victoria Crater is the kind of geological formation that can tell them a great deal about Mars's history, and especially about whether and when water may have covered parts of the planet. Water is essential for life as we know it
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To awesome. I wish we would hear about things like this a bit more.

The Nasa Page to keep up todate on this mission is here. Great pics and resources.

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Blogroll Roundup

Called As Seen talks about and links to the response of Secretary Rice Clinton little manufactured temper tantrum.
Update- The Anchoress has more input and links also.

American Papist brings us some major news that the media seems to be clueless on as to it importance. That is the news that the Vatican has excommunicated Archbishop Milingo. About freakin time I say. American Papist points out there is a big risk here but I really don't see any other way. Be sure to check out this link as to the worse case scenaro.

The Pink Flamingo has some good stuff on the whole McCain V Romney match up. Check out what the McCain camp is doing in Utah and the Romney camp in Arizona. Its the unknown Mormon factor and if they will block vote for Romney out West. It appears that might not be the case

Keeping on the 08 theme the Caucus Cooler tells us the breaking news of a very significant hire in Iowa for the Pataki camp. Again he is showing more early strength there

My Mike Huckabee blogger brings us a couple of interesting tidbits. He will be in Washington State speaking. Also he links to a person that is thinking like I am that Huckabee will be a major contender in Iowa. IF Brownback doesnt get in this race and put on top of that the possibility of Allen taking a pass then Huckabee has to be considered a major person in the field. I am at a loss why the media is ignoring him at this point.

A little LSU/Saint News

LSUnpredictable has some thoughts on last night great win. YEs Iheard those fans shouting LSU fans shouting LSU LSU LSU too after the game lol. We are everywhere. I thought it was very David Toms like when all those LSU fans were chanting at the Gold Tournament in New Orleans. I loved it.

TigerSmack has some LSU/Tulane post game musings. It a riot
Be sure to check out the Jay Dardenne little goof at the game who by the way running for Secretary of State.
One of my favorites musings he has up:
15. If you are a small, wirey, gay looking Tulane fan, walking with only one other small, wirey, gay looking Tulane fan, and a group of 20 or so big, drunk LSU fans, all shirtless and built like Marines, start yelling “Tiger Bait!” at you, your best bet is to smile, wave, and keep walking. They don’t mean anything by it, they’re just having fun with you. Flipping them off and yelling “War Eagle!”? Bad plan. Really, really bad plan. We don’t know how you talked your way out of that one, but you should probably consider spending some more of Dad’s money on law school, because that shit was downright impressive. For the record, had they Rodney King’ed your ass, we would’ve snapped pictures rather than trying to break it up, because you asked for it. Just sayin’.

Not Right about Anything has some thoughts on the game. He also take the view that the Spike Lee moment during the game was GREAT. My response is WTF.

One other sports related note. The Hedgehog blog has a great post entitled Keith Oblermann was pretty good when he was doing sports. I so agree. Click and see the latest rant.


Also the always excellent Done with Mirrors tells it like it is in the post Olbermann: Becoming That Which He's Supposedly Been Attacking All This Time.


GopProgress has a update on a issue I talked about yesterday. That is the McCain/Romney/Mormon flareup or lack of in South Carolina.

The is much more on the blogroll. Check it out

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Monday, September 25, 2006

Honoring the Other President Bush

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Needless to say, I am thrilled with the Saints winning and the coverage ESPN gave us. Great day for New Orleans and Louisiana. It feels that the Dome has been baptized and the evil and suffering washed away. There was one negative point involving a certain moviemaker that was in the ESPN booth but I shall not drell on that.

President George H. Bush was in attendance tonight at the game. He like many Louisiana people had his own Superdome moment that was not Katrina related. Bush of course received the Republican nomination for President in the Superdome way back in 1988. I wonder what was going through his mind tonight? He gave a great classy and positive pre- game interview on ESPN. He gave accolades not only to the Govt his son heads but to the state and local govt as well.

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He , with his typical good nature humor, did the opening coin toss. George Bush along with President Clinton has done the Lord's work with their charity relating to Katrina.

It is a shame but Bush Sr. will not be appreciated till he is dead I am afraid. The media and others will allow some people to speak out about this great man at the funeral hopefully. People forget that as communism was dying, it was George Bush that made sure things did not become a disaster. When the attempted coup happened in Russia, it was Bush at the helm. When the Berlin Wall came down Bush did not gloat and use it for photo ops. He knew that wasn't the time in those delicate days. Eastern Europe came to freedom largely on his watch. He helped guide it and made sure that those countries former overlords were not replaced with a different kind of terror. People also forget the domestic opposition to our first excursion into Iraq. He was willing to do what was right even though he knew it posed great risk. There were many more accomplishments. It should be remembered he served his country before he was President. He was a congressman and helped build the Republican party in Texas to what it is today. He was head of the CIA, the head of the National Republican Party, and ambassador to China. Oh yes he was Vice -President for eight years,t hat should not be forgotten either.

He ,like his son, was made fun of and took a million unfair jabs. Before "compassionate conservativism" we had the the dad's "thousands points of light". It too was ridiculed but I still believe in both. That re-election campaign was one to watch. It is the Economy Stupid was the theme of the democrats and Team Clinton that year. I am still not sure if "stupid" was referring to Bush or to us voters. I still remember watching CNN the day after Clinton won and the networks announcing we were coming out of the light recession we were in. I SO WANTED TO SHOUT AT JEFF GREENFIELD ON CNN THE DAY AFTER AS HE WAS JUST MENTIONING THAT LITTLE FACTOID FOR THE FIRST TIME. That news and those economic studies of course were not highlighted by the media during the campaign.

George Bush was the last WWII President this country will ever have. I just hope we don't forget the lessons that the pacific fighter pilot that became leader of the free world gave to us.

Bush Sr has been a very classy Ex President. He of all people would have been given a pass to really say what is on his mind since his son is an occupant currently of that office that carries such weight. I wish certain ex- Presidents would take him as a role model. I remember President Jimmy Carter at the Coretta Scott King funeral and it's was like night and day.

I am going to try to keep track of his speaking schedule in the future and try to keep track when he is within driving distance to my little part of the World. I am proud he was our President and am grateful of how he has made his new vocation as ex- President a force for so much good. Hopefully before he dies I will have a opportunity to tell him that fact in person.

God Bless You President George H Bush
Update- LOL Never post a post when you are in excitement over the game still. Not Right about Everything pointed out that these pics are not from last night game. As can be seened from the Jerseys and the Stadium. They were the first ones I saw at the Saints Home page so I put them up. Corrected pics to come up shortly. However still a stellar performance by bothe Bush's, the player and former Prez, and the Saints

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Saints in the Superdome Tonight

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We are Still here and it feels good.

I think that is the message tonight. I hope everyone watches the game and the special halftime show.

I just saw part of the pre game concert on ESPN and it brings tears of joy to ones eyes. The Song was by the Goo Goo Dolls and it was Better Days.
And you ask me what I want this year
And I try to make this kind and clear
Just a chance that maybe we'll find better days
Cuz I don't need boxes wrapped in strings
And desire and love and empty things
Just a chance that maybe we'll find better days

So take these words
And sing out loud
Cuz everyone is forgiven now
Cuz tonight's the night the world begins again

And it's someplace simple where we could live
And something only you can give
And thats faith and trust and peace while we're alive
And the one poor child that saved this world
And there's 10 million more who probably could
If we all just stopped and said a prayer for them

So take these words
And sing out loud
Cuz everyone is forgiven now
Cuz tonight's the night the world begins again

I wish everyone was loved tonight
And somehow stop this endless fight
Just a chance that maybe we'll find better days

So take these words
And sing out loud
Cuz everyone is forgiven now
Cuz tonight's the night the world begins again
Cuz tonight's the night the world begins again


Yep its time to forgive and all move on.

New Orleans has got a lot of negative coverage. Much of that criticism was justified but my God a lot it has not been. New Orleans and the surrounding metro area have some of the greatest folks on the planet. 99 percent of the struggles and yes even victories have never been brought into the public eye. Tonight is one of those important ones. It is much more than a football game tonight.

GO Saints

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A new Interesting GOP Site and Commentary on "rinos', conservatives and moderates

I am going to be adding this site to my blogroll called GOPProgress.com. I like what I see.

It bills itself as:
If you’re a moderate or a small “l” libertarian Republican looking for a forum to share your views on everything from taxes to national security to our environment, you’ve come to the right place! GOPProgress.com gives mainstream Republicans like you a place to discuss current policies and politics in the nation's capital and across the country. Voice your opinions, meet like-minded people, and engage in thoughtful debate with Republicans committed to the ideal of real progress for our party, and real progress for our country.

I am not in the traditional use of a term a GOP moderate and despite at times having libertarian leanings on some things, I am not one even with a small "l".

Despite that I like the site because it is a source of good news and appears a place where thoughtful debate and comment can be had.

I really believe that the problem this Republican party has is from the "labeling" police of the extreme right that wishes to conduct purity test 24/7. The base of the Republican party is indeed a conservative one. However, it seems to me that all this rantings we hear is not from the "base" really. The constant complaining is from a largely unelected subset of the "base" that seems to think he is the guardian of all things "conservative".

I am anti abortion and only are for the three exceptions for purely pragmactic political reasons. I am wary of stem cell research, euthanasia, and anything in this technological age that makes human life a commodity or devalue its. I also wanted Terry Schivo to live. I am against restrictions on the right to bear arms and am a big supporter of the NRA. I am for less taxes and getting a grip on federal spending. I believe that the freedom of religion is paramount and that the actions of the San Francisco City Council and the Government of Canada are abhorrent and more frightning than any of the ravings against the so called religious right. I am against campaign finance reform as championed by John McCain and only ask that the donations be transparent. I am for a robust National defense and aggresive US foreign policy. I believe in free trade and commerce and against protectionism except when National Security dictates. I am for welfare reform but wish to have a safety net. I am against gay marriage and support a Const ban to prevent it from coming in the back door in states throught the "full faith and commerce clause". I think you get the point. I am a conservative. However, nowadays I feel perhaps that maybe I am a
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Rino(republican in name only) was a term that used to be employed to describe very liberal republicans. Now it is used to describe people it seems that don't agree with Michelle Malkin, Ann Coulter , Tom Tancredo and similar folk on every little issue. Why have I been called a Rino?

I have been called a rino because I believe in a comprehensive approach to immigration and treating even the illegals here with human dignity.

I have been labeled a rino because I believe that the handling of the DUBAI terminal deal was a huge disaster and threatened our vital relationships.

I have been called a rino because I don't cotton to talk that the Muslim faith should be banned in the US and that they are all the "enemy".

I have been labeled a rino because I am not so sure all this global warming stuff is ALL without exception poppycock.

I have been called a rino because I thought the "gang of 14" in the senate was a reasonable
compromise.

I have been called a rino on national conservative forums because I plead with people to help us stop coastal erosion in Louisiana.

I have been called a rino because I have the gall to tell people that not all people think like we do and we can not just purge all moderate republicans from the party and to think in a pragmatic way.

Believe it or not to show you how far we have fallen, I am a rino because I support NAFTA and CAFTA for goodness sake. Reagan must be spinning in his grave.

The above are my sins that seem to be unforgiveable by the unelected talk show hosts, the big so called "conservative bloggers", and the rest. For the above stances I am a rino. Should I fight back and say you can't steal the term conservative or should I adopt this new name with a passion? I think I shall fight.

This of course is not about me. The issue is not that my feelings are hurt or that I am being labeled incorrectly. The issue is that it is happening to conservatives far more important than me.

Governor Mike Huckabee of Arkansas is labeled a rino by the very aggressive but very much factually challenged in this instance Club for Growth.

In fact while having the gall to call a conservative like Hugh Hewitt a Rino, Save the GOP says as to Huckabee George Allen, Sam Brownback, Bill Frist, Rudy Giuliani, Mike Huckabee, John McCain, and Mitt Romney that they are not "conservatives". Good grief , could Ronald Reagan pass their test? I mean ok we can debate at thios point if Giuliani and maybe Romney are more moderate than the average GOP voter but the others? Give me a break.

Senator Graham? Well just take a look at this FR thread. It pretty much voices the mindset of the "rinos" under my bed folk. He like other "rinos" often have stellar conservative credentials.

Of course the biggest Rino to some of course is President Bush. Sad.

I could go on and on. The main crime the above have is theydon't march in lockstep on every issue that they are demanded to do so on. In effect they don't heel and roll over like a dog everytime the blogsphere or the rightmarch.com folks tell them to doWe saw that with Congressman Cannon this year and the horrible way he was treated. For that sin they must be purged.

Of course the moderate and liberal Republicans act silly at times. Their obsession this year with what they call the "religious" nuts in the party is pretty lamebrained. Conservative Catholics and Evangelicals are not the problem. The problem is this demand for 100 percent conformity and no debate on every issue the supposed "base" decrees obedience on. The Anchoress when commenting on Bush's problems with the supposed base said it best:
Some say that the GOP should consider “losing in ‘06 to win in ‘08.” Some conservatives say that they’re going to not vote - to sit out an election or vote for a third party candidate to “teach the GOP a lesson.”
The far-right gwwwwarks like a cracker-obsessed parrot: Bush has abandoned the base, he’s abandoned the base, he’s abandoned the base.
Ever stop to think maybe the president feels his base has abandoned him, that uncontent with 75%, they’ve simply moved beyond reason? Ever stop to think that while you’re calling the president every despicable name in the book and demanding his fealty or you’ll “teach him a lesson,” that perhaps there is a lesson you need to learn? That a good man, disinterested in merely laughing or crying for the camera for 8 years and looking to do a difficult job in the face of unprecedented hate, unprecedent speed of communication, unprecedented global instability, unprecedented backstabbing from within his own CIA, deserves some loyalty and the benefit of a doubt as he tries to bring you the 75% you so callously spit back at him as insufficient
......Here is a question, and I’ll be writing on it some more during the week, but start thinking about it, now: HOW DO YOU RECEIVE A GOOD?
How you receive a good has a lot to do with whether any more “good” comes your way. The Conservatives got a “good” in 2000 and 2004; they’re receiving it very badly, indeed. I think the throwing-under-the-bus-of-George-W-Bush by “the base” is one of the most shameful things I have ever witnessed in all my years of watching politics, from both sides of the political spectrum. How do you receive a good
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It is a great read and should cause the "base" some serious soul searching if they bother to read anything outside their echo chamber. But I am rino because I haven't heeled on every SINGLE issue so what do I know. I used to laugh when I saw Dems screaming that Hillary Clinton was not a "liberal". I thought how stupid and out of touch the left wing was to think such a thing. I don't laugh anyore because it is happening over on our side now all the time.

So visit GOPPROGRESS.COM. I don't agree with everything that is posted but at least I suspect if you go and are rational and respectful you won't get banned and even might learn something. Isn't that what the joy of politics is all about.



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A Blogroll Roundup and my Comments

Called as Seen has some good post up as usual. He has a few words over that leaked intelligence report we have all been hearing about today. He also has a link to Mel Gibson's latest comment on Iraq and Bush. I will always like Mel Gibson and unlike many I often don't care if movie stars politics are different than mine. There are a few noteable exceptions lol. I do find Mel Gibson's view interesting though. I often wonder if this is because of the schismatic Catholic faith he practices. I have heard similar thoughts from these " extreme traditionalists" before and I have yet to figure out why.

The Pink Flamingo has a post people should take a good look at. The meat of this post deals with a law that that congress just passed relating to "possible strip searches of kids" at school and other violations of privacy by non law enforcement officials. In case your wondering the bill might make it far more easier as well as expand invasions of privacy. The bill in question is HB HR 5295 and it appears that both the right and the left are raising alarm bells. I am going to do some research as to this issue myself. It is true that children in a school setting have less reasonable expectations of privacy than the rest of us. However this seems absurd if true.

The Subway Canaries blog has a great post giving some background to the anti immigration movement in Artizona. Also she hits on Graf's problem with the infamous David Duke endorsement.

Let me give my some my thoughts here. This David Duke issue should be handled carefully. I have had to endure 4 Louisiana election when that man was running in either local or statewide races. I have had the opportunity to speak to him on a number of occasions. The man is a publicity hound and he is getting exactly what he wants right now. I am sure that Graf didn't go after this endorsement and is not pleased with it. The David Duke's of the world of course favor a hardline extremist approach on immigration. However all hardliners are not "David Duke". For instance I oppose affirmative action and so do the David Duke's of the world. That doesn't mean though I am agree with the real philosophy of David Duke however.

We conservatives must be careful. Remember the KKK endorsed Ronald Reagan. Does that mean that Reagan was allied with the KKK? Of course not. I am not thrilled with the publicity Duke is getting right now at all. He is one of the few people when I met him I sensed evil. This is getting him back into the game and it should be avoided at all cost.

That being said the media is missing the real story here. As Subway Canaries points out the real issue is PAN and this other associations. . Hard questions relating to that are legitimate and should be asked.

If you concerned about good Louisiana Government and protecting the taxpayer, please go see this post WE SAW THAT has got up. This is more on reservoir "scam".

The Hedgehog Blog has a link up showcasing some of the things going on in the always rough and tumble South Carolina Republican primary. If you are interested in McCain, Romney, or the Mormon issue you will want to pay a visit. I still think the Mormon issue will not be a huge factor among evanglicals or other Christians in this election. There will be a moment when it is has its media moment , but after that I suspect it will fade
-UPDATE- Called As Seen has some thoughts what Romney should do.

In other McCain news, the Caucus Cooler tells of a very significant hire in Iowa.

We in Louisiana and especially New Orleans of course are looking forward to tonight. The Saints play the Falcons in the Superdome. I am glad to see this special place come back to life. Not Right About Anything has some great Saints highlights from the past in honor of the occasion. YES there were some!!!!!

Another Louisiana Blogger , Paw Paws House talks about a real interesting aspect of that Clinton interview. I agree with Paw Paw that would have been an interesting question. Also I concur I have never heard of a former President admitting we do that either.

More Iowa Republican Caucus news from the Krusty Konservative blog. Check it out. It' s not good news for Hillary Clinton.

One other bit of election news. Strata Sphere has a link to a great TV ad by our hopeful in Maryland. Check it out. This could be a needed pickup.

Much more on the blogroll but it is time for lunch. Check it all out.




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Sunday, September 24, 2006

Thoughts on College Gameday Week Four

(1) New Clock Rules-- Still Bleauxs- Hopefully these will be repealed next yeR

(2) LSU- Pretty awesome game last night. Scott is a Godsend for the running game. First time I can ever recall seeing 4 LSU quarterbacks in a game. Next week should be great too

(3) Florida will be the extreme test. I am very impressed with that team. They played against a much improved Kentucky last night . Calm team that doesn't get rattled easily.

(4) Georgia needs to stay at number 9 in the polls.

(5) Notre Dame was a incredible game last night. However how the ESPN idiots are already treating them after their win is silly.

(6) USC has a close one last night considering who they were up against. They can still fall.

(7) Air Force needs some love from the media.

(8) Finally, yesterday shows anything can happen in this college football season. No major upsets but it looked several times yesterday that there would be .


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Saturday, September 23, 2006

The Pondering American College Football Games of the Day-Updated throughout the Day

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Updates as to scores and other football thoughts will be posted today

1. How much does LSU have to win by to stop this crying game in Baton Rouge and to make sure we don't drop in the polls. It seems this year rules are out of the question when only a loss could drop you
*These games and the struggles that several big teams have had makes me nervous. Just a few minutes till kickoff
**LSU up 7 to zip against Tulame with 9 min left in the first
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LSU 14 Green Folks 0 still in the 1st
*** Whoo HOOO Right at the Start of the 2nd LSU scores LSU 21 Green people 0
****LSU beating the "Harvard on the Bayou" 28-0
*****In the 3rd LSU 35 - Tulane 0
******4th Quarter LSU49 Tulane ZIPPO
******* For those Keeping Score I believe the worse ass whooping we gave Tulane was 62- 0. It is in reach
*********Rats Tulane Scored its a Final LSU 49 Tulane 7 GEAUX TIGERS
2.Mississippi State
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Let my people go!
And behold! There was darkness on the face of the people! And they were without understanding
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Will Coach Croom and the Miss State bulldogs quit embarassing the SEC today and win against UAB? We shall see. Lose or win be sure to check out this Miss State board. If they lose it will be a riot. Anyway good luck Maroon Doggies. I feel for you and we have been where you are at. Well not that low but close. By the way I pick Miss State
*Seems things are getting off for a slow start for the State of Mississippi. UAB 7 Miss State 0 in second quarter
**HOLY TAPDANCING MOSES MISS STATE WINS- It is a start of a streak. To bad they play LSU next week MSU 16 UAB !)

3. Arkansas V Alabama
I am clueless who will win this game. I am looking forward to this game since both of the teams are in the SEC west. I am looking forward to see Bama play. This game will tell us alot what sort of condition both teams are in especially Bama. My hunch is Bama wins.
* 12:01 left in the second Ark 3 Bama 0- messy game already as to Penalties
** At the Half its Bama 10 Ark 3
*** With 9 min in the 3rd it is Bama 10 Ark 9(missed extra point by Ark- ouch that is going to hurt the way it looks)
****On the way back home got to listen to this double overtime game. Arkansas Wins beats Bama 24 to 23. This game would have gone into a third overtime if the Bama kicker had not missed the extra point.


4. Ole Myth v Wake Forest
Ole Miss wins- If they don't expect the home of William Faulkner to be burned down in Oxford.
*Game Delayed necause of lightning
**In the first Wake beating Ole Miss 7 -0
*** It is truly a William Faulkner moment at Ole Miss. Full of shadows and tragedy. In the second Wake Forest 10 Ole Myth 0
**** At the half Wake 10- Ole Myth 3
***** Good Grief like a minute left in the 3rd Wake 27 Ole Miss 3
OLE MISS LOSES- BAAWWAAAAA- Wake Forest 27 OLE MYTH 3

5. Louisiana Tech v Texas A @ M
Local interest for me. I so want the Bulldogs to win but I know it will be a uphill struggle but Wac Football is getting better. Of concern is that Louisiana Tech had its hands full with Nicholls State last Saturday.Perhaps they will take inspiration form Nevada's win over Northwestern last night.
* Nice in the second quarter LA Tech leading 7 -0
** Tied up 7-7 in the second
*** At half 14-7 A and M
****There was hope for a good bit of the game - My Poor Dawgs TEXAS A and M 45Louisiana Tech 14-

6. Boise V Hawaii-
I think this is going to be a killer game in the WAC and I so wish I could catch it on the tv. Boise is of course one of those teams that could spoil the BCS Bowl hopes of the biggie schools. Boise is predicted to win. I am not so sure. Hawaii is a good team and I think might be flying below the radar. They played a good game against Alabama which is always tough. This could be a upset. If it is there will be sighs of relief from the school currently in the top ten.
* Well Hawaii isnt delivering. Right not Boise is whomping them
**Boise 41 Hawaii 27- Disappointing Hawaii was doing sort of a comeback
BOISE WINS 41 Hawaii 34

7. Michigan V Wisconsin-
This game is on right now and it is tied in the 2nd. Wisconsin is a tough team and I have been thinking this will be a upset. I hope so LSU needs Michigan to lose.
*- Seems that Michigan finally woke up Mich 24- Wis 10 in the 4th 9 min to go
** Michigan wins 27 to 13- Damn

8. USC V Arizona
USC does not look as impressive to me as last year. They win this one though. But LSU and Auburn fans have a few more hours to dream and fantasize about a loss.
*I must say if this is the upset of night it would take the sting out of last week. Starting the 2nd quarter 0-0
** USC 3 Zona 0 at the half
***USC 10 ZONA 0 (sigh)
*** USC 10 Zona 0 at start of third Darn
****Double Darn USC wins USC 20 Arizona 3

9. Arizona State V Cal-
Cal wins but this might be a goody to watch
* Hmm Arizona got out first but in the Second it is Cal 21 Arizona St 7
** Well at the half it looks like Cal has got this game under control Cal 42 Ariz-14
CAL WINS-


10.Notre Dame V Michigan State-
Going to be a tough game and prob be my evening choice of games to have on the TV as I am listening to LSU on the Radio. No pay per view for me today. There seems to be a groundswell of feeling that Michigan State will win. I am going for Touch Down Jesus since I am Catholic and dont want to spend more time in Purgatory .
* Michigan State , always a dangerous team is giving Notre Dame hell. It is currently 14 to 0 in the 2nd with 6 minutes to go
**This is not pretty Michigan 31- Our lady 14 at the half
*** MSU 37 ND -21 in the 3rd
****Good Golly Miss Molly -People must be saying the Hail Mary's MSU 37 ND 33- Oops missed extra point-that hurts 4:49 left
*****I think Notre Dame is Going to pull this one out ND40 MSU 37 1:32 left but MSU is driving
*******TOUCHDOWN JESUS COMES THROUGH HE MUST HAVE BEEN VISITING SPARTAN FIELD- I cant believe it Notre Dame finds a way to win ND 40 MSU 37
********I like Notre Dame but please ESPN know need to start the puffing up of them already


Updated-
Georgia

Boy the 27 point favored Georgia Bulldogs are having some major problems right down against Colorado. In the second it is Colorado 10 Georgia zero and that is on top of what seems to be bad calls against Colorado. Yikes!!!
*Good Grief Georgia is sucking. This sucks- Meltdown in the State of Georgia in 5 4 3 2 1
** Georgia has new lease on life. Georgia 7 CU 13 with 9 min left in the game--bad news Georgia has to waste a timeout on field goal because didn't have enough people on the field
*** Georgia Attempting to a comeback but it is not pretty They waste another timeout 1:30 left
**** GEORGIA WINS SEC HONOR UPHELD Georgia 14 CU 13
***** Final Thoughts on Georgia. I think Georgia should stay at number 9. Every team has a close one like this during the season for the most part. A loss should take you down not a close ball game. Also I expect Georgia to have a nice little quarterback controversy next week.

Ohio
An interesting game developing in the Ohio(1) vs Penn State(24) game
It is the second quarter 7 min left and it is still scoreless.
* Poor Coach Patterno of Penn State. Getting over a bug and had to leave the field to go to bathroom. Has not returned yet. But in his absense Penn scores a field Goal. At the half Penn 3 Ohio-0
** Damn- Penn State blew a chance early in the third and even missed the field Goal. Ohio has scored. In the 3rd Ohio 7 Penn St 3
***Back from Mass and my hopes as to this game are dashed- Appears that in the 4th things came togther for Ohio. OHIO WINS-28 to 6. I hate scores like this. It doesnt show how good the game actually was.

Texas-
It seemed early in the day we had the makings of a possible upset Sunday. It appears that might be getting a second gasp late in the afternoon
Texas is having problems with Iowa St down in Austin Texas 16 Iowa St 14 in the second.
*Hmm Looks Like Texas is waking up Texas 23 - IowaSt 14
** Seems like Texas is fine shape- At the half Texas 30 Iowa State 14
*** This game was delayed in the 2nd half because of Weather- Is it me or is there bad weather all over the place as to these games. Right now Texas cruising to victory- Texas 37 Iowa State 14
****TEXAS wins looks real solid

West Virgina-
Even though not in my top 10 games of interest West Virgina is tied 7 to 7 with East Carolina State in the Second. I am sure WVU will wake up be we LSU folks can dream.
*I must say I am wishing I didnt have to run to Sat Mass with all theselots of interesting games. With 5 left in the half its WV 14 ECU 7. No telling what the scores of some of these games will be like.
** Appears the dreaming is coming to a end for a West Virginia loss. Tough game though
In the 4th with about 2 minutes left WVU 27 ECU 10
Final West Virginia wins 27-10

Florida V Kentucky-
I told a Florida Fan I felt they would have no problem with Kentucky. It appears I spoke too soon. Florida is having in hands full with Kentucy right now. I am flipping between that and the Notre Dame game. Kentucky put on a very impressive performance against Ole Miss last week. Currently with 12 min left in 2nd its Florida 6- Kentucky 0
*Florida 12 Kentucky 9 in 3rd
** FLorida will win this and is a very good team Fla 26 Kentucy 7
***Its a wrap 26 to 7 Florida wins. Kentucky is much improved
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The National Problem of Louisiana Coastal Erosion And Louisiana loses money because of Federal goof.

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There are some good articles about the national problem of Louisiana coastal erosion out today.

First a good piece out of the New York Times entitled Time to Move the Mississippi, Experts Say. That article talks about possible solutions. I found this intriguing as to where we would divert the River:One possible location is near Davant, about 45 miles southeast of New Orleans. Another is near Empire, further down the river, where the levees could be opened. In either case the river flow into wet and marshy areas to the west. Another way would have to be found — or constructed — for ships to reach the shipping lane, possibly something engineers call a slack-water channel.

That makes sense to me. If nothing is done that area will slowly go into the gulf anyway. The question is who on the Federal and State Level will lead and make the difficult choices.

LSU has produced a controversial report that is talked about in the Picayune article Study challenges thinking on wetlands. It makes the claim that contrary to popular thinking that hurricane help prevent Coastal erosion. I am not buying that yet.

On a typical Louisiana note we find because of a goof during the Clinton administration that Louisiana will lose out on a huge pile of money as to the new field that was found. I suspect that we will not see a dime. It appears that even the Chevron people had no idea of this goof. If under pressure they even try to alter that contract their Stockholders will sue so fast it will make your head spin.-DEPRESSING-

Louisiana folks and their leaders need to wake up quickly. We have a Presidential election coming up and Louisiana electorial votes could make the difference in the election. This is a bipartisan issue. Republicans and Democrats must take it upon themselves to make sure that they support the person in their respective parties primaries that will deliver on the Coastal erosion problem


As always to learn more about this problem, go to Conservative Cajun and check out his link section.

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GEAUX TIGERS BEAT TULANE

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It's GameDay: LSU and Tulane Renew Old Rivalry -

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Friday, September 22, 2006

OOPS - Maybe the Immigration Hardliners will Want to Retract This Study

The Center for Immigration Studies is often on tv and presented as some non partisan think tank. That of course is utter nonsense. It is a tool of the John Tanton groups. They have a new study out today called The Impact of New Immigrants on Young Native-Born Workers, 2000-2005. Let me say the study is deeply flawed as usual. They say "Over the 2000-2005 period, immigration levels remained very high and roughly half of new immigrant workers were illegal. This report finds that the arrival of new immigrants (legal and illegal) in a state results in a decline in employment among young native-born workers in that state.

Despite the flaws a question here is left out in the air. Currently the US Unemployment national rate fell to 4.7 percent in August from 4.8 percent in July. IF half the new Jobs were taken by immigrants(legal or illegal) who in the heck would replace them? Sounds like this is a reason we need a sound guest worker program that is reviewed on a quarterly basis.
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Well, Let Me Reconsider About Tom Tancredo

Yesterday I mentioned that in the spirit of Republican unity I would try to go light on Congressman Tancredo during the general election season. I must say comments like these make that hard.

An immigration compromise plan will not work, because President Bush cannot be trusted to "certify" America's borders are secure, Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.) said Thursday........"I don't trust the president to say the borders are secure," Tancredo told an audience at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. He said immigration policy should be formulated with an emphasis on law enforcement as opposed to "political pandering" for votes....

I have had a enough to be quite honest. Tancredo can disagree with the President but to imply that the President can't be trusted is insane and sounds like something from the other side of the aisle. Disagreement fine. However, to continue to use this rethoric to appeal to this segment of the voters is beyond the pale.

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The Chickens Coming Home to Roost?

Before I retire for the night, I wish to highlight a post the Anchoress has written that I believe hits just the right tone. The Anchoress brings up the the uncomfortable point that what Chavez was ranting about yesterday might have its source right here at home.

Some leading democrats spoke out and rightfully so. It was so refreshing because I hate to say I did not expect it. That shows us perhaps what was decent and right thing to do not even 20 years ago is now a rarity.

Of course as the Anchoress said before, if I recall correctly, we are in danger in becoming what we hate(paraphrasing). We on the right seem to be becoming affected slightly with this disease also. Case in point this Ann Coulter Column that the Pink Flamingo pointed out in a post I linked earlier. Good Ole Ann said:McCain, along with Sen. Lindsey Graham and Sen. John Warner -- or, as the Times now calls him, the "courtly Virginian" ("fag-hag by proxy to Elizabeth Taylor" being beneath his dignity these days) -- want terrorists treated like Americans accused of crimes, with full access to classified information against them and a list of the undercover agents involved in their capture. Liberals' interest in protecting classified information started and ended with Valerie Plame.

Ouch- was that really necessary? How in heavens name does that advance reasoned debate and uphold the dignity of the US Senate. The problem is that is nothing compared to the slams on the character of these men we have seen the past few days on the blogs , in the conservative internet "press", and in the forums. So have no doubt that this poison that started and is in full blossom on the left can also infect us. Right now we are just testing it out on our own.

This over heated rethoric must stop. We must stop pretending that we live in a world where every utterance of Cindy Sheehan and Air America and other talking heads has equal weight, validity and substance as any other.

I do have hope though. I am praying that Hillary Clinton does not receive the Democrat nomination for 08. My reasons having very little to do with her policy. I think we need a clear break and fresh faces. On the Republican side this will be the first Presidental election in 25 years that doesn't have a Bush or Dole on the ticket. Perhaps it would be wise for the Democrats to break with the past too. I have one hope if this is the outcome . That because of the emotions of the Clinton years and the Bush years on all sides that perhaps taking the symbols that push our relative buttons might calm us all down some. It might be naive hope and I think deep down I don't really believe it. (Remember Jesus land on all those famous faux Electoral maps) But right now I am willing to try anything. Especially since we have a enemy that wants to kill us in very vast numbers.


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Compromise on Interrogation

I am hearing some compromise has been reached regarding the interrogation issue. I am hearing that it is a decent one. Regardless it is time for the bashing of McCain, Snowe, Grahmn, and Warner to stop. It has been quite over the top and I say that as someone that was leaning toward the President's view. Pink Flamingo has a great post on this including some comments that Senator Grahmn from South Carolina made. THose Senators and especially McCain and Grahmn are great example of Republican US Senators. The conservative press should not bash them fore their stance. There is nothing wrong about slowing things down and asking the tough questions. In fact that is what the Senate is suppose to do.

I see this as a win for the system and win for Republican leadership. I am sure the media has some spin on this that doesnt fit the reality.

This episode shows me that the media is a big part of the problem in this process and not so much the political parties. Even some of our darlings such as Ann Coulter goes way over the top as the Flamingo shows. One reason I had a hard time coming to a decison on this was that the media frankly was not too helpful in informing me. It seemed to be all about the supposed "showdown" and precious little about substance.

Lets us just pray we made the right one


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US Blows Great PR Opportunity

I suppose someone was asleep at the Switch this week in the US Govt Pr department. Heck I would have loved to seen this mentioned in the President UN Speech or asked by one of the reporters to the Dr Evil of Iran. Done with Mirrors has the great story of the first female Muslim in space



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Thursday, September 21, 2006

How Come PAT BUCHANAN Can Appear on a Racist Show and No One Blinks a Eye

I just don't understand politics I guess. I am pretty clueless how Pat Buchanan can appear on the extremist and racist Political Cesspool Show and no one seems to care. Here is a link The Political Cesspool 9/14/06 (TN) . The Council of Conservative Citizens on their main page says
It is our esteemed honor to announce that Patrick J. Buchanan, one of the most sought-after guests on talk radio, will be joining The Political Cesspool on Thursday evening, September 14. We'll be talking to Pat about his latest best-selling book; State of Emergency: The Third World Invasion and Conquest of America.In STATE OF EMERGENCY, Pat Buchanan charges Mexico City with an Aztlan Plot, a conscious campaign to use America as a dumping ground for its poor and unemployed, to relieve social pressure at home and effect a re-annexation of the American Southwest. “La Reconquista,” the re-conquest by Mexico of the lands lost in the Texas War of Independence and Mexican-American War is underway, Buchanan charges, and President Bush is guilty of an impeachable dereliction of duty in his failure to defend America from the greatest invasion in human history. If this invasion is not stopped, Buchanan writes, America will be finished as a nation.Our interview with Mr. Buchanan will provide you with many facts about this invasion and we'll be sure to ask all the important questions. What will America look like in 2050 if this trend isn't reversed? What about America's political paralysis in dealing with this vitally important issue?Please remember to join us Thursday night, September 14, as we interview Pat Buchanan in The Political Cesspool. As always, you may tune into The Political Cesspool each weeknight from 7:00pm - 8:00pm Central Standard Time on AM 1380 WLRM in the Greater Memphis listening area. You may also access our live internet simulcast and broadcast archives by visiting our website at, thepoliticalcesspool.org.

If I were George Bush and Karl Rove , I would freakin unload on him with this information. This is a guy that hates the Bushes and give the President and a ton of others unholy fits. He must have some little book full of secrets on everyone in DC for him to get such passes. Why is he given a pass by MSNBC, FOX, and CNN?

What is ironic is that the Republican party will get tagged with this even though Pat is no longer a Republican and does everything he can to hinder us as a party..

I did a post/expose of the Political Cesspool show here. For Goodness sake!!!!! the guy that interviewed Pat Buchanan is a member of the biggest white hate group site on the web called StormFront. The political cesspool show is very much promoted on the Stormfront site and it radio threads.

The StormFront site had the following topics today(there are far worse ones) -

WHITE PRIDE WORLD WIDE DAY!
Securing a White Homeland
Your all-time favorite Hitler sayings...
Third Reich achievements that were held back?
jewish armbands had a purpose
Do black Christians share heaven with whites?
Massive Collection of Pro-White Racial Science Websites
NEW WHITE NATIONAL SCHOOL (K-12) FORMING....
Tactics used to compel White science students to drop out of college
Global Aryan Solidarity Day 9/22/06 Locations Worldwide
KKK Cookout:OCT. 7TH
50th Anniversary Celebration of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

At times I feel like I live in a political twilight zone.



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The Funniest Damn College Football Sport's Board Period

I have to admit I feel sorry for poor ole Mississippi State. In fact it seems the entire State of Mississippi is having problems in the football department. Soon the State will all be rooting for little USM in Hattisburg.

However Mississippi State is having huge problems. Things have not recovered since 2004 , when Mississippi State embarassed the SEC by losing to MAINE in their opening game. I might do a post after this weekend on Miss State if they happen to lose this weekend. They might have a problem with the press if they try to fire their Coach or buy his contract out. I suspect the press will not be fair in their coverage. Anywho we shall be postive for Miss State and for Coach Croom this weekend. Geaux SEC.

However you might as well laugh instead of crying. The below is from a funny as heck Miss State's Sports Board on last weeks game(Miss State lost to Tulame).

DickStick MemberPosts: 88(9/17/06 1:12 pm)Reply
I stayed till the very end ringing my cowbell.
Does that make me a sheep?
STARKDAWG MemberPosts: 384(9/17/06 1:13 pm)Reply
nope.....just a dumbass
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DickStick MemberPosts: 89(9/17/06 1:14 pm)Reply
Re: Really?
Why is that?
BigMotherTucker MemberPosts: 229(9/17/06 1:14 pm)Reply
No... It makes you a glutten for punishment.
I feel for you.
DickStick MemberPosts: 90(9/17/06 1:15 pm)Reply
Re: No... It makes you a glutten for punishment.
Not anymore. I was just going out strong - Front and Center.
Coach34 PeachesPosts: 4056(9/17/06 1:19 pm)Reply
Re: No... It makes you a glutten for punishment.
you're an idiot...i hope you get tendonitis for being so stupid..
"we couldnt get six wins if we played everyone TWICE"- Maddawg"I would rather watch bully sh*t on the field than watch the offense.
"- cb6228"I thought about giving my tickets to underpriviledged kids but they've been through enough in their life and making them watch Miss State footbll seems cruel."- CroomOwesMeAnApology
WalkTheDawg MemberPosts: 667(9/17/06 1:20 pm)Reply
Re: No... It makes you a glutten for punishment.
Going out strong would have been walking down behind the bench after the final whistle and throwing you bell at the feet of Croom.
DickStick MemberPosts: 91(9/17/06 1:27 pm)Reply
Re: No... It makes you a glutten for punishment.
If I have to get tendonitis from something I guess ringing my bell would be the way I would want to do it.Better than some internet nerd jerkin off to porn sites.
memphisbluesagain MemberPosts: 469(9/17/06 1:33 pm)Reply
Re: No... It makes you a glutten for punishment.
so you never jerked off to internet porn sites?maybe you should give it a try.much more satisfying than Mississippi State football


This particular Mississippi State board is so funny there should be a warning label. Whenever I need a laugh I go and read the post.

So Congrats Bulldogs. You might Suck at football , but the SIX Pack Board rocks

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Tancredo Alert--Good Grief the Koodum Citizens League Again

In the interest of party unity for the general election, I am attempting to tone down my criticism of such people as Randy Graf and Congressman Tom Tancredo. Needless to say to prevent the freak show of groundless Democrat investigations into everything Bush or worse Impeachment proceedings, I realize we have to hold on to every seat we can in 06.

However some things need to be called out. Especially when they are related to the Council of Conservative Citizens. The Pink Flamingo has a excellent recap of what has been going on as to these possible shennigans.

I suggest going to her links and taking a look at it for yourself. Tancredo needs to answer these questions.

First off some of the media, yet again, is talking about the darn wrong things again as to this issue. The result being that the issue gets clouded and people that feel attacked stop listening.

The Denver Post goes off on the wrong track and struggles to return but never does.

A great potential article gets sidelined by these nuggets
When Tancredo pleads immunity from all this, it's a wink and a nod. By demonizing illegal immigration, Tancredo has empowered and enjoyed the support of Mexican-hating xenophobes. Now, he has added the progeny of the Confederacy, whose ancestors backed slavery and racial segregation. Tancredo insists he doesn't share their bigotry. But the people he attracts help define him.

What Tancredo did is like Hillary Clinton appearing with a hammer-and-sickle flag, talking socialized medicine to an audience that includes Communists, then singing the Russian national anthem.
I asked to speak to Tancredo about the divisive symbolism of the Confederate flag and Dixie. He chose not to talk
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Wrong and wrong. Growing up, guys like me were used in racist social experiments run by people who believed in the Confederate flag and Dixie. Those people meant to convince kids that whites were better than blacks. That's why guys like me avoid symbols of racial prejudice.

Let me say the above is not helpful. The Council of Conservative Citizens and increasingly the League of the South are very dangerous and extremist organizations. The league of the South is a kooky organization that has a goal the SECESSION OF THE SOUTH from the United States. The League of the South is quite upfront they are not a Southern or Confederate heritage group. Note to researchers. The League of the South is trying to take over a real confederate heritage organization. Perhaps if the Denver Post had done some research they could have interviewed these good men.

The issue is not the rebel flag or Dixie for goodness sakes. When I was at Vicksburg Military Park in Mississippi recently I was struck by its history. Many of the people that helped formed that park were Union veterans of that horrible siege. They were concerned that their former foes and now their fellow countrymen were honored. This bashing of all things Confederate would not please them. Like wise the old Confederates would not be happy with the ultimate aims of the League of the South either. Again, heritage is not the issue. TO continue to make these side issues a focus will just empower these groups. The issue is hate and kookdum. Not the issue of trying to equate people ancestors with Nazis. That will backfire.

That being said I strongly urge you to go to Pink Flamingo and look at the links. The Council of Conservative Citizens as well as the League has tried to legitimate themselves by being involved in the immigration debate. Every politician ,whether Democrat or Republican, need to know they will be called out if they have involvement with these organizations.

What are my personal feelings here? I suspect that Tancredo knew exactly who he was talking too. Especially as to the Council of Conservative Citizens. I also that for all practical purposes much of the membership of the League of the South and the Council of Conservative Citizens in South Carolina is shared. I do wonder this. Why does Sen Allen, who has far less ties to the CofCC get crucifyed by the media , but Tom Tancredo is not. Will Lou Dobbs bring this issue up? I doubt it.

UPDATE- BE SURE TO VOTE IN PINK FLAMINGOS TANCREDO POLL


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An Quick LSU Update

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Time to take a break from the politics of the world and update LSU football

First off to any of my readers that were in the parking lot at Bogies last night in Baton Rouge. Please email me and give me the scoop lol.

Tigersmack gives us a interview with a Tulane Blogger and his thoughts on the game.


LSUsportsnet gives us a overview of the upcoming game from the LSU side. There is a Les Miles post game interview at the link.

Scott Ferrell at Bayou Bengals blog says it like it is as to the "quarterback controversy". Thankfully that is dying down.

The Baton Rouge Advocate has a article on the question that is on all minds - The LSU running game.

The NOLA Times Picayune has a good article on LSU defensive tackle Ricky Jean-Francois .

Kirk Herbstreit from ESPN gives the SEC and LSU some Love-
couple of observations, please nobody ask who has the best conference in football this year. There is the SEC and then everybody else. Secondly, Auburn, congratulations on the win, but my friends, the best defense in the country hails from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Auburn won the game, thanks in large part to playing it at home with a vocal fan base. The thing that I walked away with was that Auburn deserved credit for finding a way to win, but LSU's defense is scary.

Now a cool pic. When I first lived in Baton Rouge I didnt realize that there was a great school for the Deaf in Baton Rouge. I think this is a major cool pic-
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Louisiana School for the Deaf 8 Man Team. 2005 Deaf 8 Man National Champions!

No Link but I am hearing that LSU lost out a major Baseball Stud . It appears that Carmen Angelini of Barbe in Lake Charles has committed to Rice. UGHHH










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An Interesting Poll on the Immigration Issue and My Take on the Media

I took some time to visit the always informative immigration blog called Migra Matters today. To say the least that blogger is far more to the left on politcs and immigration policy than I am. However, I encourage people to visit him because often he has links to information that Lou Dobbs and others fail to give us. Trust me you want go blind if you visit a left leaning site. I suspect most people can discern the spin and look at the raw data.

He has a very interesting poll in Colorado as to the immigration issue. I think he says it best when:An interesting poll was published Monday in the Rocky Mountain News, not particularly surprising, but none the less interesting. It reflected the usual mix of feelings about the contentious immigration issue. 61% of Coloradans support an earned citizenship approach for undocumented immigrants, allowing them to stay in the country and eventually become citizens if they meet certain requirements like paying taxes and learning English. Only 15% favored deportation. Yet half said that immigration hurts the state more than it helps and a majority of respondents said that immigration was one of their top concerns along with the economy. Nothing strange there. This poll generally reflects what similar polls show throughout the country. Respondents prefer a mix of "get tough" policies going forward and pragmatic compassion when it comes to the undocumented already living and working in the country.

This like he says is no surprise. The immigration issue is a tough issue that is not going to have a solution found in easy 30 second sound blurbs. The biggest failure of the people that wish to have true comprehensive immigration reform was to engage the religious community. Especially the evanglical community. Hopefully that mistake will not be repeated next year.

Migra Matters goes into a element of the poll that focuses on white males without a college education that generally support a hardline appraoch. I suspect that there is a similar result could be found among african americans in a similar situation in other states. I engage that demographic a little in his comment section. Again the concerns of this demographic are valid. That is one reason I support a guest worker program that can be reviewed on a quarterly basis to take in economic indicators.

The frustrating fact about this poll is that it shows that a comprehensive approach to the immigration issue is not anathema to the American people. They are not embolden to the approaches of the "delete the border crowd" nor are they in agreement with all facets of the Tancredo approach.

In the end they want security, they want the border controlled, they want this not to hurt American workers, and they want a fair and just way to handle the illegals already here.

One final thought as to this debate. I am still shocked at how the media has across the board fallen down on its job here. Lou Dobbs at times seems to be running the entire newsroom over at CNN. Fox news ,despite showing some signs of attempting to show both sides, has now decided that conservative people like Governor Huckabee, Sen Grahmn, Sen Brownback, Sen Martinez, Sen Brownback and their views on the issue do not exist. The other networks including the three had similar shortcomings. Why was this? Why did the liberal leaning press seem to take a big lack of interest in this debate ,or more precisely seemed not to give a platform to the other voices that wanted a compromise?

I think much of it come down to this obsession by many to see if Bush and the Republicans are falling apart. Look at the media this last week and how they framed the issue of the Republican Senators who disagree with President Bush on the interrogation issue. I have seen headlines such as "Republican Revolt" and my favorite "Republican Rebel alliance". Well, in reality President Bush is not Darth Vader who has just terminated the Imperial Senate and John McCain and associates are not a modern version of Princess Leia in the opening scene of Star Wars. What we have is the Government working and especially the Senate working. There is no crisis because this is how Government works. In the end there will be a solution because largely the President and the dissenting REPUBLICAN Senators are grown ups.

In the end the media seem to me interested in the intra party squabble in this affair than they did the actual important problem. That is a shame. OF course the democrats did not help matters much. The democrats in the House on the whole I believe have been AWOL on this issue. It seems that I am always hearing their voices on the war for instance but I can't recall hearing much of their voice on immigration. Perhaps it is because the MSNBC's of the world were more interested in having Republican vs Republican and conservative voters ranting against Bush on the TV.

Well , despite the poison that has been released in this debate it appears that Americans have not adopted the Tancredo/John Tanton Groups approach. Let us hope next year a comprehensive solution can be had.



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Trancripts of the Ahmadinejad and Chavez Speeches

Called as Seen Blog has links to the speeches of the Ahmadinejad and Chavez that they "performed" in front of the UN yesterday. As the Hedgehog blog noted yesterday the media for some unearthly reason is not focusing on the conclusion of Ahmadinejad speech yesterday. NPR states (they have a audio report) It is said that in the 10th century, the 12th and last Imam of the Shiite branch of Islam disappeared. He is said to be hidden by God and will reappear at the end of history to lead an era of Islamic justice. But lately, actions by -- and rumors about -- Iran's president have renewed interest in the 12th Imam. Let me say I think they even understate it. More information here as to this important theology that appears to be guiding the Iranian President that wishes to obtain the "bomb".


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