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Friday, October 27, 2006

Further Thoughts On The Whole Webb Book SEX Saga

I must say I have little sympathy with the Webb camp. The Webb Camp as well as much as the Democrat party has done everything they could to portray Sen Allen as some racist. Further, bring up issues such as the confederate flag and confederate history month to slime ALLen has been distasteful. In fact that whole race has been disappointing. The Washington Post bears some responsibility in this in their unfair treatment of Senator Allen.

That being noted, as I said earlier I think this whole new theme of Webb the new Larry Flynt is stupid. STUPID!!! Michelle Malkin is not the only one that is saying that by the way.

I was over at the National Review's Corner blog section. Their thoughts:

The Webb Excerpts [John Podhoretz]

Sometimes I'm embarrassed to be on the Right. The outbreak of cynical Babbitry on the part of the George Allen campaign in using sentences from novels written by James Webb against Webb makes this day one of those days.
Posted at 5:18 PM

Flannery O'Connor to Webb's Rescue? [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Another reader on Allen's novel approach:
I'm going to be holding my nose and voting for Allen, but it will be a pity if he only wins because of Webb's fiction. Sure, those scenes are sick, but that doesn't mean they are wrong, either morally or as literature. Flannery O'Conner wrote disturbing stuff, and she did it for God (and was fairly explicit about that motivation, as I understand). More recently, Wolfe's I am Charlotte Simmons was loved by conservatives, but it certainly has some parts that aren't exactly Sunday school material. Well, unless said Sunday school actually reads the Bible, which is crammed with perverse stuff. Lot's daughters, anyone? Without more context it's impossible to tell whether those scene's in Webb's books are are wrong (a la Lolita, which is a horrible book, regardless of what Derb says) or right (as in the examples above) or somewhere in between. Posted at
9:34 AM-

A novel tactic [Rich Lowry]
The Allen campaign is now attacking Webb's novels! How absurd...
Posted at
6:21 PM-

Now to be fair they posted some email from readers that thought this was great. Many are saying hey you have to fight tought grow some manhood. Hey I am all for fighting tough and bareknuckled when you have too. But this is effective if only done a few days before a election where the other side doesnt have a chance to respond. This is playing stupid and is really treating the electorate like they are idiots. Just saying better hope is doesn't backfire. I am for going for the jugular but this strikes me as a boomerang. I think the above poster I referenced on the Corner is correct. Flannery O Conner was much more graphic and even disturbing than Webb. Do we really want to have this discussion?

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Louisiana Blogsphere Making A Difference?

Since I am taking the weekend off I am going back to doing a blogroll roundup. I know I have been promising that for a week. However I wish to highlight what We Saw That posted in their entry-Lousiana Blog Revolution? We Saw ThatSays:
so why isnt louisiana's blogosophere making a difference? one theory of ours is that louisiana doesnt have a true blogosophere. the few prominent bloggers that get the publicity are really nothing more than propaganda agents for the criminal network errr the republican party. citizens can read the writings of oh say jeff sadow, emily metzgar, read and listen to jeff crouere, moon griffon and others and deduce that they are merely propaganda and it makes the rest of the blogosphere look bad. common sense tells us that if any of these and others were truly concerned about louisiana, conservative values and the republican party then they would be speaking out against the bush regime.

Ok we realize that the tone of the above is pretty partisan and calling Bobby Jindal vermin later on isnt exactly the blogsphere at its best lol. Also I don't know the "hits" We Saw That gets but I suspect they are substantial. I also notice that it seems the local paper there seesm to being paying attention to him. Therefore it is not like the entire Louisiana blogsphere (cue spooky music) is some neo con plot. Good grief just look at the blogs in the New Orleans.

However, I do think he hits on something. Personally I would put Emily Metzgar outside the Republican spin machine. One problem is that the Louisiana Govt is currently under control of the Democrats so I can't see how I can blame her for attacking problems under their Parties governance. That being said I still find the Louisiana Blogsphere sort of a non factor. I enjoy The Dead Pelican but I do get a sense that there is a agenda that is not quite so open. We all have agendas but goodness some of the headlines at that site drive me up the wall. For instance the recent Jay Dardenne/Mike Francis race was one where one got a sense that Jay wasn't getting a fair shake.

My schedule has been very hectic the past few weeks and thus I have been away from the blogs. It is amazing how quickly uninformed I one can become when that is happening. One realizes that so much local and National news is well crap.

One problem I see is the lack of geographical balance in the Louisiana political blog land. There are precious few blogs in Shreveport/Bossier. I have yet to discover one in NorthEast Louisiana. Lake Charles?-forget it. I suspect they are out there but I have yet to find many.

I have always thought that Louisiana bloggers should get together at some type of weekend conference. Invite people in the field as well as the MSM media types. The New Orleans bloggers did this quite successfully with their "Rising Tide" conference. Blogs can make a difference because most Louisiana papers are owned by one company. I do feel that we might see a explosion in this world in the next years election cycle. I do hope so.

On the positive side, I hope we see more bloggers like the Marshall Fannin Blog out of Shreveport. Blogs like this are a positive development and it is interesting to see who has been hanging out in that comment section.

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Catholics and The Voting Booth

Well its time to revist this issue again. The Catholic Church has been under attack by the right(immigration) and the left(abortion, gay marriage, and stem cell) on it daring to have a voice in the public square. Well to say the least it gets tiresome.

However, we as Catholics, as well as all Christians, have to make choices next month about the people who will represent us and our values. It to say the least is not a perfect World we live in and the choices are not clear cut. However the Church does give us guidance.

Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted of Phoneix has produced a wonderful pamphlet called Catholics in the Public Square. I am trying to find a copy on the web at this time. But several links give us the meat of what he is saying. In fact I used this in deciding whom I will support in the 08 Republican Primary bid. I shall announce that choice after the upcoming election.

Here is a good link giving a overview.

From that link I think Our Current Pope hits the bullseye when says:

In his encyclical Deus Caritas Est (28), Pope Benedict XVI states: “ It is not the Church's responsibility to make this teaching prevail in political life. Rather, the Church wishes to help form consciences in political life and to stimulate greater insight into the authentic requirements of justice as well as greater readiness to act accordingly, even when this might involve conflict with situations of personal interest.
The Holy Father goes on to write (ibid): “ The Church cannot and must not take upon herself the political battle to bring about the most just society possible. She cannot and must not replace the State. Yet at the same time she cannot and must not remain on the sidelines in the fight for justice. She has to play her part through rational argument and she has to awaken the spiritual energy without which justice, which always demands sacrifice, cannot prevail and prosper

LA Catholic blog also asks us to heed this part of the Bishops thoughts :
Are all political and social issues equal when it comes to choosing a political candidate?
Absolutely not! The Catholic Church is actively engaged in a wide variety of important public policy issues including immigration, education, affordable housing, health and welfare, to name just a few. On each of these issues we should do our best to be informed and to support those proposed solutions that seem most likely to be effective. However, when it comes to direct attacks on innocent human life, being right on all the other issues can never justify a wrong choice on this most serious matter.
As Pope John Paul II has written, " Above all, the common outcry, which is justly made on behalf of human rights - for example, the right to health, to home, to work, to family, to culture - is false and illusory if the right to life, the most basic and fundamental right and the condition for all other personal rights, is not defended with the maximum determination ." (Christifideles Laici, 38)

That right there pretty much sums it up. As I tell my liberal democrat liberal friends, I also share many of their concerns regarding immigration reform, the poor, the environment, etc. However if the dignity of human life is not respected those issues too are at risk. That is the reason why issues such as Abortion and certain forms of stem cell research are more important to me than lets say person x position on public housing. If the Democrats would allow their prolifers to flourish they would be suprised at the results. In fact are we not seeing that happening in certain races around the country.

The good bishop did a homily on this issue of Cathlolics and voting entitled The Rosary, Faith and the Public Square. The pdf of that homily can be located here.

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I Can't Believe it MIchelle Malkin and I Agree(The whole Webb Book Thing)

Actually Malkin and I agree on many things. I just disagree with her tactics some time and how she seems to throw red meat to the wolves.

However, Michelle Malkin had a great column today on all this nonsense trying to make Hay of Webb's books. Webb is the Democrat running against the incumbent Senator Allen. Well, yesterday the Allen campaign, the Drudge report, and various bloogers tried to make a big deal about certain parts of his book. Charges of Sexual deviant, pedophilla, blah blah blah. Folks this is stupid. I read those excerpts and to make that charge is dishonest in my view.

Further it is fraught with risk. If you call Webb a pervert then you call the voters that enjoy reading his work perverts. Insanity. We got this race about won in Ole Dominion. We dont need to make Senator Allen look like the preacher in the movie "Footlose" that wanted to ban dancing in town. I have a feeling if a enterprising reporter asked Laura Bush(former librarian and organizer of the White House Book fair) what she felt the answer would not be too pleasing to many folks.

In the end I think this was a bad move by Allen because the substance of the charge will not hold up. Voters are not stupid. Yes I know he has got unfairly bashed but this can backfire.

Yesterday, I was on Free Republic on this thread. I am Catholicfreeper and my responses start at post 605. By the end of the thread I have people wanting to ban me and calling me a pervert!!!! Boy, I wonder how the voter is going to respond to that. This is Silly and I hope he moves on.
One Conservative blogger(among many I suppose) disagrees.

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Microtargeting Voters

I wnet back on my promise to myself and went back to the phone banks for the Republicans. I shall now take the next five days off. I am now burned out big time.

However I would like to bring up one point. There has been much talk about how Republicans over the past few years are great at picking out and able to ID the 5 Republican leaning voters out of Democrat area. Let me say I was privileged to see that in action. In the old days to get honest results one had to pretend to be from a newspaper and purport to be conducting a poll. Now however many people have vast detailed information about "you" the voter. It s incredible. I know what magazines you subscribe too, who you donated too, how many kids you have, your income, your wifes name, your religion., and your voting history. Democrats are playing catch up with theior on "voter vault" as it called. But right now I feel we have the advantage.

ANywho, I have missed my dear ole blog and today I am going to write a ton of stuff.

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Monday, October 23, 2006

Election News

Just a few quick links here. I am going to be doing some early Calling for Republicans tonight but I am going to make myself post some stuff when I get in. There are quite a few good post on my blogroll I want to point out.Oh by the way if you sent me a email don't be offended. I haven't checked it in a week. I also do that. I get behind checking my email and then feel guilty about not doing. Thus I don't check thus complicating the problem. Its a problem lol.

I did do some research last night on a favorite topic of mine. That is the the always interesting Minuteman Movement. Seems that some of my fears about their PAC is correct. I shall post on that onight.

ON to the Election

The Christian Science Moniter ponders a Romney/Obama 2008 Race. Hmmm , I say dream on. Obama for VP maybe? But that is doubtful.

The Houston Chronicle tries to make a case that the Republican Governor of Texas MIGHT be in trouble. Pleaseeee. Expect more article like this in the future. If Perry loses I will streak across Tiger Stadium and post the pics.

Democrat Columnist Alter is actually trying to prepare the Dems for election day reality in his There Might Not Be a Tidal Wave. I agree with that. Also I am sensing more signs of Republicans and others returning to the fold. More on this later.

The Weekly Standard speaks to the thankfully shrinking "lets lose so we can win" crowd of Republicans and Conservatives.

If there is one article you should read its this one by Jay Cost on this supposed Republican Meltdown as to some polls we keep hearing about. Jay ran the famous(in political nerd circles) Horserace blog in 2004. HE tells it like it is and knows his stuff. Good read.

Also at Real Clear Politics is a great article called Don't Expect a Political Realignment. This examines what would happen if the Dems take lets say the House. I agree with this. The 1994 Republican landside happened for reasons that go beyond the famous"Contract for American" What occurred in that race was a political structural correction that was long overdue. Further those seats that the Republicans gained in the flood that they shouldnt have in a normal political year have gone back to the Dems. So again no 50 to 60 Dem gains

On a final note and one that is Louisiana based please read from REDSTATE-Encouraging signs in Bayou Country. As someone on the ground here it hits this piece hits it right on. A encouraging sign that has got many Dems worried. The fact that the Dems could not get a serious challenger against first term Repub Boustany in this south Louisiana District tell much. This district has always had a very heavy blue dog democrat flair. Its even more telling because this guy might be our best bet to defeat Dem US Senator Mary Landrieu. Often politcos focus on the suburbs of New Orleans when focusing on the emerging Republican dominance in the state. I have always disagreed with that. The real story is the dominance of Republicans and conservatives in Lafayette that is the real key IMHO. From that city it spread into the adjacent areas.

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Sunday, October 22, 2006

Louisiana Football Wrapup

Before returning to the world of politics, a little Saturday roundup. Great day and week for the Bayou State. People should at times takes a step back and think how blessed we are.

LSU V Fresno State-
Great Game. Really!!! I enjoy WAC football and I would love if LSU would put Fresno State on their schedule more. Fresno is one scrappy little team that plays with heart and more importantly is about to reach the next level. Great Coach too. It was good for the Tigers to go up a little unknown and they produced fine.

The LSU Fan Base needs to get a life-
Ok the constant bitching and moaning about Miles, Jemarcus Russell, and us beating "cupcakes" is getting tiresome. Please stop. The Coaches poll came out today and we are ranked are number 13 in the Country. Not to bad if you ask me. If we win out our losses will prob come to teams that will be in the NC hunt perhaps till the SEC Championship in December.

It is bad we have a bye week because I am sure that will send the LSU fans up the wall. This is my top 15 internet threads I expect to see on LSU boards

15) 101 reasons why theLSU QB Russell is the worst thing to happen to Louisiana since the yellow fever epidemic of the 1870's

14) When can we start criticizing BasketBall Coach John Brady

13 )Fire Bertman _LSU SPORTS PROGRAM IN CRAPPER - No LSU Swimmers likely to be in 2008 Olympics

12) New Hope- Candy Picou Edwards prenatal Check up(with Pics)

11) I wish Miles would show emotion

10) I wish Mike the Tiger would show more emotion in his cage at Tiger Stadium

(9) You know with this talent we could or should (fill in blank)

(8) THe LSU Game of the Century Revisited- The Peach Bowl and Brett Farve( I mean Matt Flynn)

(7) Fans who spend thousands of Dollars and mortgage the House and pimp out out their wife to MILF films to support the Tigers are above Criticism so STFU

(6)I wish we had Spurrier

(5) Will we drop in the polls since we are not playing?

(4) Lets Pretend- Who would you like as Head Coach?( remastered with new Special effects)

(3) Does this Home Schedule suck or what

(2) WWSD- What would Saban do?


Honorable mention thread Theme- Take off your purple and Gold Glasses and quit ******** Miles off. We are going to lose to Tenn.

Oh and don't get me started on the fans in the stand last night. Yes I know radio reports were misleading about the weather but still.

Last week ULL played a great game with Florida Atlantic in the Sunbelt.It was one of those Weeknight games. They won. ULL might win the conference. Nice talent

Nice win against Utah State- Keep it up Dawgs

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