Maxine Waters plays the “Blame Bush” Card.

Embattled Rep. Maxine Waters on Friday blamed the Bush administration for her ethics problems… (source)

Of course, she had to pull the “blame Bush” card, cuz the Race Card is maxed out.

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Back in Biz

So… yea.  I’ve been pretty quiet lately.  But anyone who truly knows me, knows there are times when I have “writer’s block”.  Even more so when it comes to politics, there are times when I just have to stick my head in the proverbial sand in order to survive. I never can predict just when I will go AWOL, or when I will return.

But I’m back… for now.

If I was in charge of the party…

After the whole debacle of the GOP backing DeDe, I’ve heard whispers and rumors here and there about the possibility of the Tea Party movement starting a new political party.  I believe it’s a bad move.  I think conservatives would have much greater impact by taking back the party of Reagan, and making the RNC a haven for conservatism once again.  But how?  How can we do this?  I’ve thought long and hard about this and have several ideas that I would like to see the GOP do.

The first thing I’d do if I was in charge at the GOP, would be to close the primaries.  No more Open Primaries, no more allowing Democrats to pick our candidate for us.  And while we’re at it, get rid of the caucuses.  This nonsense of everyone show up and gather in our corner! “Quick, we don’t have enough to to beat him, and neither do you, join us!” Yea….  No.  Enough is enough.  Secret ballot is the way to go.  Set the registration deadlines and voting days for the primaries such that democrats can not register as republicans, vote, then switch back.  No more.  Republicans should be the ones picking the Republican candidates, thank you very much.

Step two for me would be to create a platform.  To do this, the GOP leadership should go to the people and ask what is important to them.  Novel idea I know, but hey… It just might work!  I’d bring in the Tea Party leadership and really listen to what they want.  Reconnect with the base and find out just what they want.  I’m betting that most conservatives would love to see a return to fiscal responsibility, lower taxes, less government intrusion in our lives.  We want candidates that support our ideals – that means Pro-Life.  We do not want things like Cap-n-Trade, Public Option Healthcare, or Card Check.  We want our freedoms back.  We also want to be safe, and no, those two are not mutually exclusive.  We want the congress to back off our intelligence guys, and let them do their jobs without fear of criminal charges.  We do not want “Enemy Combatants” on our soil, and we want candidates who will support our nation’s military and give them what they need to do their jobs.  As far as health care goes – two words.  Tort Reform.

Once the platform is set, we need to clean house.  All candidates and incumbents need to sign on to the party platform in order to recieve RNC support.  Anyone who does not vote in line with the platform, will not get funds from the RNC.  Not only that, but when a RINO crosses the line and will not vote in line with what the people want, the RNC should immediately call them out on it.  If, given the chance to change and the RINO does not, the RNC should pull funding from that campaign, and instead support a candidate who will support the party platform and vote the will of the people.

Along with that, if I ran the GOP, I would require all candidates wishing party funds to supply the party with every bit of dirt on their lives.  Like the pron? Have a weird fetish? We need to know.  Experimented with drugs? Cheated on a test in school?  We need to know.  If a person so much as stole a piece of cake off the wrong rack in a restaurant at age 4, I want to know.  The reason for being so intrusive – the Democrats will work overtime, and even hack into personal emails – to find the dirt on our candidates.  So we need to not only know ahead of time, but get ahead of the attacks.  We need people willing to say, “Yea, I did that… so what?” and let things roll off them.  We need to know what we are getting into and whether someone has too many skeletons in their closet to make it in politics.

Finally, we need to put up candidates in *every* race, from the Presidential race, all the way down to the smallest local races in each town.  There should never be a Democrat running unopposed, anywhere.  We need to tap into the base and get people to do more then just pick up a phone.  We need people willing to serve as Mayor, School Board Member, etc.

Fund raising will be easier when the people like what we stand for and are willing to support what we are trying to do.  The people have proven, with the NY-23 race, that the old GOP line – “At least we’re not as bad as the other guy!” – just will not do anymore.

Goodbye and thank you, George W. Bush.

We moderate, gay, Hillary loving, Boystown-living, lifelong Democrats will always hold a special place in our hearts for Dubya and his bullhorn. We were proud to be Americans on that terrible, terrible day — and proud of our president who led us with such clear conviction and courage. We didn’t vote for the man (either time), but were sure glad he was on duty on a day we’ll never forget.

via Goodbye and thank you, George W. Bush. You did the very best that you could, and we are grateful for your service. « HillBuzz.

Wow.  I can totes give mad propz to a leftie when they speak with their mouth and not their rear.  The class act over HillBuzz shows that there is hope that history will be kind to the man who has spent the last 8 years as the media punching bag.   Very much worth the read.

Pelosi’s lame attempt at humor

Oh puh-leaze.

It’s official. Rick-roll is dead.

YouTube rick-rolling the world last April Fools was funny.  Annoying, but funny.  Foster’s Friends rick-rolling the Macy’s Day Parade was genius and hilarious.  This…  Ugh.  I don’t know what’s worse, that the Speaker, or more likely someone on her staff, took the time to do this, or that there is a note that pops up telling people to google “rick-rolling” if they don’t get it.

Interesting take on the CPSIA situation

Found this at Believe. Act. Achieve – dcr Blogs dot Com » Blog Archive » Congress Wants You to Spend Less Time with Your Kids.

So, essentially, it will be okay to let your kid listen to a portable MP3 player. It’ll be okay to sit your kids in front of the television all day long. It’ll be okay to let them play with video games. It’ll be okay to let them play with mass-market toys. All those things will be produced by manufacturers who produce the items in such mass quantities that the cost of testing will be largely marginal and simply passed on to the consumer.

But, the smaller market items, the crafting supplies, the different things around which you, as the parent, may spend time doing with your children, those things may be effectively banned.

Earlier, I asked you why it was for kids under the age of 13. Are you beginning to see why? When kids start hitting their teen years, they naturally want to spend less and less time with their parents.

But, during those younger years, kids often enjoy playing games or doing crafts with their parents. It can help build lasting memories that they’ll remember into adulthood and want to repeat with their own children.

But, now, building those memories during the pre-teen years will become harder for parents, as the things that will certainly remain available, such as television and DVDs, are things that tend to keep families apart rather than bring them together. Many parents don’t agree with the values that are expressed in mass-market products, like some children’s books as an example, but, after the CPSIA, the smaller market products, the products that may be more in alignment with their values, may not be available anymore, simply because the cost of testing will be too high for small businesses to bear.

Is that the real intent of Congress here? To drive families apart? To effectively ban, without directly banning, those activities, such as rubber stamping, scrapbooking, crafting, etc., that bring young families together? To effectively ban, while perhaps skirting First Amendment issues, small market media that may give children “dangerous” ideas?

It is definitely something to think about…

Go read the whole thing. Eye opening.

“because nothing says ‘Friends?’ like being in the top five”

I get frustrated w. all the idiots who come out of the woodwork looking to condemn Israel for standing up for itself. But this… This made me laugh so hard I almost snarfed my hot chocolate.

Because the previous diplomatic negotiations, hence the aforementioned ceasefire agreement? It was totally made up. You know, Israel could solve this problem by just sending a beautiful FTD floral arrangement over to Hamas. Or perhaps a delightful fruit basket – the ones with the pretty cellophane that come with a bonus plush toy? If all else fails Israel could just make Hamas their top friend on Myspace because nothing says “Friends?” like being in the top five, right?

via Crisis in Middle East brings out the attention-starved D-listers «.

Seriously, I love Loesch’s brand of sarcasm.  Go read the whole thinghere, it’s great.

Where’d bailout money go? Shhhh, it’s a secret

Where’d bailout money go? Shhhh, it’s a secret –

The article found in the Boston Herald points out that no one knows what the banks have done with the money Paulson gave them.  This is why we conservatives out here fought so hard against this.

The bill was a bad one. No oversight, handing the Treasury Sec. virtually complete control of the “welfare of the American people”.  What does that mean?  Apparently, now it means bailing out the Big 3 Auto with money that was originally supposed to save the housing market.

And as for that housing market, the one that we were all told we needed this $700 billion to keep people from losing their homes?  Paulson said only a few weeks after getting the money, he wouldn’t be doing that, the the “bad assets” the money was supposed to buy up were a bad investment.  Really genius?  You don’t say?  I guess that’s why they were “bad assets” to begin with. <source>

In all honesty, the automakers bailout probably would not have been such a big deal if it hadn’t come 2 months after the Wall Street one.  If Big Auto gets to Washington first, we bail them out, no questions. How many times have we bailed out the airlines & automakers in the past?

But because of the evil that was the Wall Street bailout, people are tired of watching Washington hand out our money.  Especially when the Wall St. thing was jammed down our throats so fast, and now no one can tell us what been done with it, other then some company that imports child-size wooden arrows got a tax break. Great.