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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
-- 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.

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

(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

(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

(8) Tennessee at Memphis-
This game is currently on. This game is often a good one. I think the same today. Tenn wins though.
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

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

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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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

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

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 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! 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

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 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

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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