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Thursday, February 10, 2005

Al Franken You Dumb Ass

Franken Expected to Make Announcement on Candidacy
KSTP
2/10/05

Just one day after U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton decided not to run for a second term, comedian Al Franken may be throwing his hat into the ring.

Last year, Franken said he wanted to run for the Senate in 2008. But last night he told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that he is now considering his candidacy for next year.

Franken, a Minnesota native, plans to make an announcement live on his national radio show in Washington D.C. this morning. 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS will be in the studio with Franken for that announcement...
Hahahahahah. Is this a joke? I hope he leaves Air America, doesn't even win the primary, and then has to come crawling back to try and get his show back. They he can go cry about it on a Canadian news program. Even the people in Minnesota (only state that didn't vote for Reagan) aren't dumb enough to elect this jack ass. Hopefully not, anyway. He's got so many idiotic things to quote from his radio program, I think his own words would bury him pretty damn quickly. The RNC should just play the video of him crying for ads, with the caption underneath "Do You Want This Guy In Charge???"

For more laughs at Franken's expense, go here.

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Democrats: Good Enough For Us, Not You

Private Account Myths
National Review Online
By Cesar Conda

In the Democratic response to President Bush’s call to make Social Security a better deal for younger workers through voluntary personal retirement accounts, Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid likened the plan to a risky game of “roulette.” New York Times columnist Paul Krugman called it a “system in which workers engage in speculation that no financial advisor would recommend.” In opposing personal accounts, the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) launched national ads stating: “Winners and losers are stock market terms. Do you really want them to become retirement terms?”...

...The truth of the matter is that many Democratic politicians have expressed great confidence in Wall Street through their own personal investment decisions. For example, Massachusetts Sen. John F. Kerry’s most recent public financial disclosure includes 70 pages of investments in stocks, mutual funds, municipal bonds, and other private investment vehicles. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi invests in several common stocks, including approximately $300,000 in Amazon.com. Senator Reid has put his hard-earned money in a number of publicly traded blue-chip companies as well as a variety of municipal-bond funds — a good mix of diversified and stable investments.

Interestingly, while warning of the dangers of investing in the stock market, the AARP’s website promotes the AARP-Scudder Investment Program, which offers senior citizens a wide selection of 38 low-cost mutual funds, including “money market funds, bond funds, U.S. large cap funds, U.S. small cap funds, and international funds...

...Under President Bush’s Social Security reform plan, the management and investment options of personal accounts would be strikingly similar to those of the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) — the retirement program available to Sen. Reid and Rep. Pelosi, their congressional staffs, and millions of federal government workers.

Like the TSP, personal retirement accounts would be invested in a conservative mix of broadly diversified bond and stock funds. In addition to these TSP-like investments, the Bush personal-account plan would offer a “life-cycle portfolio” that would reduce the level of market risk as people approach retirement by automatically allocating funds toward safe and secure government bonds.

A centralized administrative structure would minimize compliance costs for employers. Further, the TSP-style personal accounts would be low-cost, thereby preventing funds from being consumed by hidden fees. According to the Social Security administration actuaries, the administrative costs of the personal accounts would be only 30 basis points, compared to 88 to 125 basis points for bond and stock mutual funds.

In addition, under the Bush plan, retirement funds would be paid out over time through some combination of annuities and phased withdrawals pegged to life expectancy. This would protect retirees from emptying their retirement nest eggs all at once.

The Thrift Savings Plan has had a demonstrated track record of safety and soundness, while producing healthy annual rates of returns for 3.4 million federal workers. For example, the TSP’s most conservative fund, the bond index fund, has produced a 4.58 percent real annual rate of return, more than double the paltry 1 to 2 percent rate of return under Social Security...”

I know I quoted a lot from this article, but I wanted to point out just what it is the Democrats are doing. They have virtually the same type of set up going on for their own SS accounts that Bush is trying to put into place for all of us, but they don't believe we should have the option. Democrats think everyone but the elite are idiots, too dumb to tie their own shoes without someone to tell them how. If people want to keep their money in the normal government accounts, THEY CAN. What the hell is wrong with allowing people the option to invest a portion of THEIR TAX DOLLARS in private accounts, with the VERY HIGH possibility of making more of a return than they would had they left it in the government account?

'Draft Condi'?

To Stop Hillary, Draft Condi
By Dick Morris

...The political fact is that a Rice candidacy would destroy the electoral chances of the Democratic Party by undermining its demographic base. John Kerry got 54 percent of his vote from three groups that, together, account for about a third of the American electorate: African-Americans, Hispanics and single white women. Rice would cut deeply into any Democrat’s margin among these three groups and would, most especially, deny Clinton the strong support she would otherwise receive from each of them.

Rice’s credentials for a candidacy are extensive and will grow throughout her tenure at the State Department. As former chancellor of Stanford University, she would have much in common with the pre-political careers of Woodrow Wilson and Dwight Eisenhower, presidents of Princeton and Columbia universities. Her service as national security adviser during a war and her current efforts as secretary of state demonstrate her ability to handle crises and to conduct herself with dignity and impact on the world stage.

As a social conservative and deeply religious person, she would face no bar in winning the votes of the Christian right, so crucial to winning the Republican nomination. Unlike former New York Mayor Rudy Guiliani (R) and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) — both of whom could probably win in November — she would be very attractive to the pro-life, anti-gun-control, anti-affirmative-action base of the GOP...
I really like this idea. I'll admit, at first, when I started hearing these "Condi in '08" people several months back, I wasn't really on the boat. But ya know, I would take her over Rudy or McCain anyday, and I wouldn't be surprised if more right wing/conservative Republicans don't start thinking the same way I am. She's such a brilliant woman and would help send a message to the country a poor black person CAN succeed in this great country of ours.

I was thinking in the back of my head as I was reading this - what are all the names liberals will call Condi if she becomes President if they can't call her a racist or a sexist? That takes away atleast 2/3 of the loony chants they love so dearly. When she's pro-life and anti-affirmative action, who are they to criticize? She's a black woman :]

This is the first time I heard she was socially conservative. Rudy and McCain are great guys, great for the party, but not only do I disagree with them on a lot of issues, so does the rest of the base. Rudy is for partial birth abortion. McCain... is well known to be Republican-lite. Just in the not so distant past he was criticizing the war, Bush's tax cuts "for the rich", Donald Rumsfeld, etc etc. Not to mention McCain has done little that I can think of as Senator besides Campaign Finance Reform (HA!) and that John Kerry Vietnam mediafest event (remember, they confirmed there were no more Vietnam MIAs or POWs with virtually no proof). If McCain or Rudy became President I think I would start to have a LOT of disagreements with them. Condi is perfect. She's fresh, intelligent, knowledgable, socially conservative, AND to top it off she'd help pound the idea out of liberal's heads that Republicans are sexist and racist.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Liberal Politics


Krauthammer, You've Done it Again

TIME Magazine
By Charles Krauthammer

...We would never have invaded Iraq to depose Saddam without 9/11. After 9/11, we finally understood that helping build decent, representative, tolerant societies in the Middle East is ultimately the only way to prevent endless generations of young Arab men from finding fulfillment by crashing airplanes into buildings filled with infidels. Europe has a similar interest, having suffered, with the train bombings in Madrid, the kind of fanatic nihilism that visited the Twin Towers.

Now that Jan. 30 has voided the claim that resisting the American democratic project is in the service of the Iraqi people, it is time for Europe to look to its common interest in helping Iraq succeed. But don't ask for a Condoleezza Rice apology in return. No apology ought to or will be given. The U.S. may not be the world's most artful liberator. But it is hard to think of a more sincere one. Ask the 8 million Iraqis who for the first time in their lives enjoyed that singular democratic experience: the free and secret ballot.
Charles Krauthammer, sir, you are the shit.

Bush Budget Screws Counties Into Paying for Ilegal Immigration Costs

The Tucson Citizen
By Sergio Bustos and Claudine Lomonaco

The budget, released yesterday, kills the $305 million program that helps states and counties offset the costs of keeping illegal immigrants behind bars.

Last year, Pima County received just under $750,000 from the program.

The cut adds "insult to injury, the injury being we don't get reimbursed nearly at cost," said Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry.

Huckelberry estimates the county spends $8 million to $10 million housing illegal immigrants each year. The federal program covers only 10 cents for every dollar the county spends, he said.

"The federal government has completely ignored its responsibility along the border as it relates to local taxpayers," he said.

Chris Simcox, founder of the border watch group Civil Homeland Defense, says the proposed cuts are "another indication that President Bush is so out of touch with what local communities need."

In December, Bush signed an intelligence bill into law, promising to deliver 2,000 new border patrol agents per year for the next five years.

The president's budget proposal, Simcox says, provides for only 210 new agents...
Bush man, seriously, what the fuck. Illegal Immigration is one of the few things the Federal government SHOULD help fund. We've got enough money being drained from the southwest from illegals, now the funding to keep them behind bars is slashed?

In that huge budget of pork, you couldn't cut $300 million from something a little less important than a national security issue? Because that's what illegal immigration is - a national security issue. The Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) estimates that 78,000 illegal aliens from countries who are of special concern in the war on terror currently live in the United States.

Luckily, as the article points out, our REAL Senator here in Arizona, Jon Kyl (not that other John here in Arizona who does absolutely nothing about illegal immigration), is sponsoring a bill that "would pump at least $5.4 billion into the detention-assistance program, keeping it alive until 2011." As Kyl put's it, with complete intellectual simplicity, "The federal government should be reimbursing affected states for the costs of its failure to resolve what is clearly a federal issue." Well no shit!

And to rub salt in the wound, he doesn't send as many guards to the border as he promised. Why? Why do our politicians, many Republicans and virtually all Democrats, insist on refusing to take the illegal immigration situation seriously? Are they trying to get Latino voters? Do they have pressure from big business special interests to not crack down on laws and take their workers away? Are they just oblivious? Bush was the Governor of Texas, a state that shares more of the border with Mexico than any other. He really should know better.

Hopefully they can save this program. Bush, I love to agree with you man, but it's impossible to do so when you're so off base on an issue.

Abolish 'Capital Gains' Tax Now!

By Gordon Bishop

...Our founding fathers declared war on Great Britain in 1776 over “Taxation without Representation.” In those days, there were no income taxes or sales taxes or property taxes. After the Tax Revolution, America was truly the land of the brave and the free.

Now we’re the land of the taxes and the weak.

Today, we have excessive representation and excessive taxation – and a multi-trillion dollar federal government that’s draining taxpayers of what little savings or investments they worked hard to put aside for their retirement.

Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush have failed to abolish the anti-American capital gains tax. With Republicans now in control of both Congress and the White House, this is the time to act for all working taxpayers and those senior citizens seeking to live on fixed incomes...
Sadly, both Republicans and Democrats in power have effectively run away with our country and our money. We're taxed as a society into oblivion, and I pity the man who claims we're living our forefather's dreams. The new budget released by Bush, although it will cut 150 programs and .7% of the budget, is not enough. We're spending 59% of our total budget this year on social programs. And this is at a time of war! Six out of ten dollars paid to the government are taken from one American to supply another "less fortunate" American. We should be removing 1,000 programs AT LEAST. Many Republicans are slacking on this, often not being any better than the Democrats. It's called SOCIALISM.

Getting the government off your back is something every American can relate to. Republicans in Washington need to start acting like Republicans and do whatever it takes to fix this mess we've gotten ourselves into. We are NOT a socialist country, but we're sure as hell starting to look like one.

Dems Offer No Social Security Reforms

By Patrick O'Connor

House and Senate Democrats have decided against introducing an alternative Social Security reform plan yet, preferring instead to focus attention and criticism on President Bush’s proposals, according to a number of senior Democratic aides.

Democrats have been consistently critical of the president’s plan to create personal retirement accounts as a way to salvage the Social Security system, but they have not yet introduced a plan of their own.

The tactic could go either way. According to a Newsweek poll yesterday, 65 percent of Americans agree with Bush that the Social Security system is in crisis. But more people oppose his plan to fix the entitlement than support him.

During a Sunday morning interview on ABC’s “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) repeatedly declined to discuss specific Democratic alternatives to the Bush plan, focusing instead on the party’s broad goals for reform and the need to give Democrats a seat at the negotiating table...
Surprise surprise. Just like the President pointed out during the debates last year, a litany of complaints is not a plan. When will the Democrats realize that the average American won't buy this crap they're trying to pull? The President is taking the risk of trying to fix social security, something Clinton also said needed to be done. Now that it's not their guy at the top anymore, at risk of not getting the political brownie points their always searching for, their only strategy is to oppose every plan that is offered to Americans. Real nice.

And what is this shit about blaming the Republicans for not giving the Democrats a "seat at the negotiating table"? Was she too busy doing her make-up and hair during the State of the Union last week to hear the President say he's open to suggestions from both sides of the aisle? Specifics of the plan haven't even been laid out yet, but the left has already begun their blame-it-all-on-bush strategy. I guess I'll just never understand these people.

Apparently her lack of answers was enough to tick off even George Stephanopoulos. I heard he got pretty frustrated with Pelosi by the end of the interview. I may not agree with old Georgie boy on virtually anything, but a bright guy like that knows political suicide when he sees it.

Monday, February 07, 2005

Germany: All Women Are Whores

'If you don't take a job as a prostitute, we can stop your benefits'
A 25-year-old waitress who turned down a job providing "sexual services'' at a brothel in Berlin faces possible cuts to her unemployment benefit under laws introduced this year.

Prostitution was legalised in Germany just over two years ago and brothel owners – who must pay tax and employee health insurance – were granted access to official databases of jobseekers.

Under Germany's welfare reforms, any woman under 55 who has been out of work for more than a year can be forced to take an available job – including in the sex industry – or lose her unemployment benefit...
The state's power over social programs has effectively turned it's citizens into whores and the government into a pimp.

A perfect example of where the road of liberalism leads to. The more government you create and the more secular that government becomes, the more that government will be able to control it's people. It's a slippery slope, as they say.

Do Me One Favor


Dear Readers,

If I become one of those blog clones who constantly uses the terms "Moonbat" and "Troll", please come to my house and murder me.

Thank you.

Janeane You Smell of Something

Janeane Garofalo, the Hollywood actress turned liberal Air America radio talk show host, turned downright nutty during MSNBC's post-State of the Union address coverage early Thursday morning. Here's the diatribe, courtesy of the Media Research Center:

"The inked fingers was disgusting. ... The inked fingers and the position of them, which is gonna be a Daily Show photo already, of (Republican members of Congress) signaling in this manner (does a Nazi salute), as they have solidarity with the Iraqis who braved physical threats against their lives to vote as if somehow these inked-fingered Republicans have something to do with that.

"And also, the bit of theater about the very distraught parents of the soldiers who have died, the point is not if this was a real moment, if it was staged, if it was PR. The point is, is those parents and their son were misled about why that young man went into Iraq. ... (I)t is not helpful to the country when a Republican president and his partisan Republican Party continue to perpetrate a myth and dishonesty on the country."

A week before, Ms. Garofalo declared: "George W. Bush is unelectable." Talk show host Joe Scarborough asked, "Why does he keep winning?" To which Garofalo replied, in part, "I don't know, voter fraud?"
As angry as this woman used to make me, she really can't even phase me anymore. I've learned that the average American doesn't believe anything these dumb asses say, and it does more to help our side than theirs. Air America Radio probably creates more Republicans than Fox News.

You smellin' that sweet irony, Janeane?

And It Begins...

CNN Poll: Iraqi Elections Give Bush Boost
The Iraqi elections that went "better than expected" produced a bump in President Bush's approval rating, according to the latest CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll.

Between January 14 and 16, 51 percent of survey participants expressed approval of Bush's performance as president. But 57 percent of the 1,010 respondents during the February 4 thru 6 poll stated that they approved of how the he does his job.
Bush's approval rating has jumped six percentage points in a three week period. My initial assumption that the successful Iraq elections would radically change Bush's approval ratings seems to be coming true. I have no doubt that his inauguration speech, his recent State of the Union, as well as his new SS plans have also helped raise this number. 57% is a very positive number, and I wouldn't be surprised at all to see it climb over the 60% mark within a month or two.

More interesting results from the poll:

• 55% said the United States did not make a mistake sending troops to Iraq, up from 47% last month.

• 53% said things are going very or moderately well in Iraq, compared with 40% last month.

• 64% said it is very or somewhat likely a democratic form of government will be established in Iraq, up from 47% last month.

• 10% said more U.S. troops are needed in Iraq, down from 24% who said that before the elections.

• 50% said they approved of how Bush is handling Iraq, up from 42% last month; 48% said they disapproved, down from 56% last month.

FDR Supported Private SS Accounts



"In the important field of security for our old people, it seems necessary to adopt three principles--first, noncontributory old-age pensions for those who are now too old to build up their own insurance; it is, of course, clear that for perhaps thirty years to come funds will have to be provided by the states and the federal government to meet these pensions. Second, compulsory contributory annuities, which in time will establish a self-supporting system for those now young and for future generations. Third, voluntary contributory annuities by which individual initiative can increase the annual amounts received in old age. It is proposed that the federal government assume one-half of the cost of the old-age pension plan, which ought ultimately to be supplanted by self-supporting annuity plans."

--Franklin Delano Roosevelt


So there you have it, straight from the horse's mouth. It's funny that when Democrats decided to organize a media lovefest the other day in front of the FDR memorial (pictured above), basking in their glory days long past with nothing but rain clouds in their future, a mention of this never came up. I gaurantee you that countless democrats will argue against social security and mention how Bush is going to ruin the great idea FDR put into effect. The reality is, FDR realized that the program would work best if people had the opportunity to privately invest portions of the money they pay into SS. Bush and other GOP members who will be defending the President's new SS reform plan need to make sure to hammer these old FDR quotes home. Don't let the Democrats get away with lying about FDR's intentions.

So please, everyone, do us all a favor, and shove this quote down any liberal's throat who dare disregard history.

Two Bin Laden Fan's Duking It Out

Bin Laden’s Film Maker
Sues Michael Moore
A former close associate of Osama Bin Laden is to sue the film-maker Michael Moore for using his footage of the Al-Qaeda chief in the documentary Fahrenheit 9/11.

Essam Deraz, an Egyptian, spent almost four years in Afghanistan filming Bin Laden at training camps and fighting, gaining unprecedented access to the terrorist leader. He was the only person to film Bin Laden during the late 1980s and has the only footage of the Saudi exile in battle in Afghanistan.

Deraz has started legal action in Egypt and America to seek compensation for use of his footage in Fahrenheit 9/11, the biggest-grossing documentary in cinema history.
Deraz claims he had not signed a distribution agreement with Moore or anyone else. “I was the only cameraman with the Arabs. All of those shots of Bin Laden talking in the cave, talking into his walkie-talkie, they were all my work.
As hilarious as this whole thing seemed at first, on second analysis it's actually extremely troubling. Imagine if this guy wins in court here in America, which it sounds like he very well could. Proceeds from that awful movie of Moore's will actually be going straight to one of Bin Laden's henchmen. Now I realize it's only a guy who filmed him, but to think that people's money will be going to Bin Laden's camera man is truly disturbing.

I'm not sure what's worse; giving money to a terrorist friendly camera man like Deraz or giving money to a traitor like Michael Moore. Both are dead wrong in my book.

March On Young Soldier!

Armed with a new template - Conservative Rebel is now officially underway. This blog will reflect no one's opinion but my own on the Politics, News, and Entertainment of today. I am not your typical conservative, and to many I will be seen as a refreshing change. The youth of our party must begin to stand up on our own political legs, and begin the march towards our country's destiny...

Be Afraid....

And so it begins, the politicals rantings of a 20-something GOPer on one hell of a serious mission...


 
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Thursday, February 10, 2005

Al Franken You Dumb Ass

Franken Expected to Make Announcement on Candidacy
KSTP
2/10/05

Just one day after U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton decided not to run for a second term, comedian Al Franken may be throwing his hat into the ring.

Last year, Franken said he wanted to run for the Senate in 2008. But last night he told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that he is now considering his candidacy for next year.

Franken, a Minnesota native, plans to make an announcement live on his national radio show in Washington D.C. this morning. 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS will be in the studio with Franken for that announcement...
Hahahahahah. Is this a joke? I hope he leaves Air America, doesn't even win the primary, and then has to come crawling back to try and get his show back. They he can go cry about it on a Canadian news program. Even the people in Minnesota (only state that didn't vote for Reagan) aren't dumb enough to elect this jack ass. Hopefully not, anyway. He's got so many idiotic things to quote from his radio program, I think his own words would bury him pretty damn quickly. The RNC should just play the video of him crying for ads, with the caption underneath "Do You Want This Guy In Charge???"

For more laughs at Franken's expense, go here.

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Democrats: Good Enough For Us, Not You

Private Account Myths
National Review Online
By Cesar Conda

In the Democratic response to President Bush’s call to make Social Security a better deal for younger workers through voluntary personal retirement accounts, Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid likened the plan to a risky game of “roulette.” New York Times columnist Paul Krugman called it a “system in which workers engage in speculation that no financial advisor would recommend.” In opposing personal accounts, the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) launched national ads stating: “Winners and losers are stock market terms. Do you really want them to become retirement terms?”...

...The truth of the matter is that many Democratic politicians have expressed great confidence in Wall Street through their own personal investment decisions. For example, Massachusetts Sen. John F. Kerry’s most recent public financial disclosure includes 70 pages of investments in stocks, mutual funds, municipal bonds, and other private investment vehicles. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi invests in several common stocks, including approximately $300,000 in Amazon.com. Senator Reid has put his hard-earned money in a number of publicly traded blue-chip companies as well as a variety of municipal-bond funds — a good mix of diversified and stable investments.

Interestingly, while warning of the dangers of investing in the stock market, the AARP’s website promotes the AARP-Scudder Investment Program, which offers senior citizens a wide selection of 38 low-cost mutual funds, including “money market funds, bond funds, U.S. large cap funds, U.S. small cap funds, and international funds...

...Under President Bush’s Social Security reform plan, the management and investment options of personal accounts would be strikingly similar to those of the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) — the retirement program available to Sen. Reid and Rep. Pelosi, their congressional staffs, and millions of federal government workers.

Like the TSP, personal retirement accounts would be invested in a conservative mix of broadly diversified bond and stock funds. In addition to these TSP-like investments, the Bush personal-account plan would offer a “life-cycle portfolio” that would reduce the level of market risk as people approach retirement by automatically allocating funds toward safe and secure government bonds.

A centralized administrative structure would minimize compliance costs for employers. Further, the TSP-style personal accounts would be low-cost, thereby preventing funds from being consumed by hidden fees. According to the Social Security administration actuaries, the administrative costs of the personal accounts would be only 30 basis points, compared to 88 to 125 basis points for bond and stock mutual funds.

In addition, under the Bush plan, retirement funds would be paid out over time through some combination of annuities and phased withdrawals pegged to life expectancy. This would protect retirees from emptying their retirement nest eggs all at once.

The Thrift Savings Plan has had a demonstrated track record of safety and soundness, while producing healthy annual rates of returns for 3.4 million federal workers. For example, the TSP’s most conservative fund, the bond index fund, has produced a 4.58 percent real annual rate of return, more than double the paltry 1 to 2 percent rate of return under Social Security...”

I know I quoted a lot from this article, but I wanted to point out just what it is the Democrats are doing. They have virtually the same type of set up going on for their own SS accounts that Bush is trying to put into place for all of us, but they don't believe we should have the option. Democrats think everyone but the elite are idiots, too dumb to tie their own shoes without someone to tell them how. If people want to keep their money in the normal government accounts, THEY CAN. What the hell is wrong with allowing people the option to invest a portion of THEIR TAX DOLLARS in private accounts, with the VERY HIGH possibility of making more of a return than they would had they left it in the government account?

'Draft Condi'?

To Stop Hillary, Draft Condi
By Dick Morris

...The political fact is that a Rice candidacy would destroy the electoral chances of the Democratic Party by undermining its demographic base. John Kerry got 54 percent of his vote from three groups that, together, account for about a third of the American electorate: African-Americans, Hispanics and single white women. Rice would cut deeply into any Democrat’s margin among these three groups and would, most especially, deny Clinton the strong support she would otherwise receive from each of them.

Rice’s credentials for a candidacy are extensive and will grow throughout her tenure at the State Department. As former chancellor of Stanford University, she would have much in common with the pre-political careers of Woodrow Wilson and Dwight Eisenhower, presidents of Princeton and Columbia universities. Her service as national security adviser during a war and her current efforts as secretary of state demonstrate her ability to handle crises and to conduct herself with dignity and impact on the world stage.

As a social conservative and deeply religious person, she would face no bar in winning the votes of the Christian right, so crucial to winning the Republican nomination. Unlike former New York Mayor Rudy Guiliani (R) and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) — both of whom could probably win in November — she would be very attractive to the pro-life, anti-gun-control, anti-affirmative-action base of the GOP...
I really like this idea. I'll admit, at first, when I started hearing these "Condi in '08" people several months back, I wasn't really on the boat. But ya know, I would take her over Rudy or McCain anyday, and I wouldn't be surprised if more right wing/conservative Republicans don't start thinking the same way I am. She's such a brilliant woman and would help send a message to the country a poor black person CAN succeed in this great country of ours.

I was thinking in the back of my head as I was reading this - what are all the names liberals will call Condi if she becomes President if they can't call her a racist or a sexist? That takes away atleast 2/3 of the loony chants they love so dearly. When she's pro-life and anti-affirmative action, who are they to criticize? She's a black woman :]

This is the first time I heard she was socially conservative. Rudy and McCain are great guys, great for the party, but not only do I disagree with them on a lot of issues, so does the rest of the base. Rudy is for partial birth abortion. McCain... is well known to be Republican-lite. Just in the not so distant past he was criticizing the war, Bush's tax cuts "for the rich", Donald Rumsfeld, etc etc. Not to mention McCain has done little that I can think of as Senator besides Campaign Finance Reform (HA!) and that John Kerry Vietnam mediafest event (remember, they confirmed there were no more Vietnam MIAs or POWs with virtually no proof). If McCain or Rudy became President I think I would start to have a LOT of disagreements with them. Condi is perfect. She's fresh, intelligent, knowledgable, socially conservative, AND to top it off she'd help pound the idea out of liberal's heads that Republicans are sexist and racist.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Liberal Politics


Krauthammer, You've Done it Again

TIME Magazine
By Charles Krauthammer

...We would never have invaded Iraq to depose Saddam without 9/11. After 9/11, we finally understood that helping build decent, representative, tolerant societies in the Middle East is ultimately the only way to prevent endless generations of young Arab men from finding fulfillment by crashing airplanes into buildings filled with infidels. Europe has a similar interest, having suffered, with the train bombings in Madrid, the kind of fanatic nihilism that visited the Twin Towers.

Now that Jan. 30 has voided the claim that resisting the American democratic project is in the service of the Iraqi people, it is time for Europe to look to its common interest in helping Iraq succeed. But don't ask for a Condoleezza Rice apology in return. No apology ought to or will be given. The U.S. may not be the world's most artful liberator. But it is hard to think of a more sincere one. Ask the 8 million Iraqis who for the first time in their lives enjoyed that singular democratic experience: the free and secret ballot.
Charles Krauthammer, sir, you are the shit.

Bush Budget Screws Counties Into Paying for Ilegal Immigration Costs

The Tucson Citizen
By Sergio Bustos and Claudine Lomonaco

The budget, released yesterday, kills the $305 million program that helps states and counties offset the costs of keeping illegal immigrants behind bars.

Last year, Pima County received just under $750,000 from the program.

The cut adds "insult to injury, the injury being we don't get reimbursed nearly at cost," said Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry.

Huckelberry estimates the county spends $8 million to $10 million housing illegal immigrants each year. The federal program covers only 10 cents for every dollar the county spends, he said.

"The federal government has completely ignored its responsibility along the border as it relates to local taxpayers," he said.

Chris Simcox, founder of the border watch group Civil Homeland Defense, says the proposed cuts are "another indication that President Bush is so out of touch with what local communities need."

In December, Bush signed an intelligence bill into law, promising to deliver 2,000 new border patrol agents per year for the next five years.

The president's budget proposal, Simcox says, provides for only 210 new agents...
Bush man, seriously, what the fuck. Illegal Immigration is one of the few things the Federal government SHOULD help fund. We've got enough money being drained from the southwest from illegals, now the funding to keep them behind bars is slashed?

In that huge budget of pork, you couldn't cut $300 million from something a little less important than a national security issue? Because that's what illegal immigration is - a national security issue. The Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) estimates that 78,000 illegal aliens from countries who are of special concern in the war on terror currently live in the United States.

Luckily, as the article points out, our REAL Senator here in Arizona, Jon Kyl (not that other John here in Arizona who does absolutely nothing about illegal immigration), is sponsoring a bill that "would pump at least $5.4 billion into the detention-assistance program, keeping it alive until 2011." As Kyl put's it, with complete intellectual simplicity, "The federal government should be reimbursing affected states for the costs of its failure to resolve what is clearly a federal issue." Well no shit!

And to rub salt in the wound, he doesn't send as many guards to the border as he promised. Why? Why do our politicians, many Republicans and virtually all Democrats, insist on refusing to take the illegal immigration situation seriously? Are they trying to get Latino voters? Do they have pressure from big business special interests to not crack down on laws and take their workers away? Are they just oblivious? Bush was the Governor of Texas, a state that shares more of the border with Mexico than any other. He really should know better.

Hopefully they can save this program. Bush, I love to agree with you man, but it's impossible to do so when you're so off base on an issue.

Abolish 'Capital Gains' Tax Now!

By Gordon Bishop

...Our founding fathers declared war on Great Britain in 1776 over “Taxation without Representation.” In those days, there were no income taxes or sales taxes or property taxes. After the Tax Revolution, America was truly the land of the brave and the free.

Now we’re the land of the taxes and the weak.

Today, we have excessive representation and excessive taxation – and a multi-trillion dollar federal government that’s draining taxpayers of what little savings or investments they worked hard to put aside for their retirement.

Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush have failed to abolish the anti-American capital gains tax. With Republicans now in control of both Congress and the White House, this is the time to act for all working taxpayers and those senior citizens seeking to live on fixed incomes...
Sadly, both Republicans and Democrats in power have effectively run away with our country and our money. We're taxed as a society into oblivion, and I pity the man who claims we're living our forefather's dreams. The new budget released by Bush, although it will cut 150 programs and .7% of the budget, is not enough. We're spending 59% of our total budget this year on social programs. And this is at a time of war! Six out of ten dollars paid to the government are taken from one American to supply another "less fortunate" American. We should be removing 1,000 programs AT LEAST. Many Republicans are slacking on this, often not being any better than the Democrats. It's called SOCIALISM.

Getting the government off your back is something every American can relate to. Republicans in Washington need to start acting like Republicans and do whatever it takes to fix this mess we've gotten ourselves into. We are NOT a socialist country, but we're sure as hell starting to look like one.

Dems Offer No Social Security Reforms

By Patrick O'Connor

House and Senate Democrats have decided against introducing an alternative Social Security reform plan yet, preferring instead to focus attention and criticism on President Bush’s proposals, according to a number of senior Democratic aides.

Democrats have been consistently critical of the president’s plan to create personal retirement accounts as a way to salvage the Social Security system, but they have not yet introduced a plan of their own.

The tactic could go either way. According to a Newsweek poll yesterday, 65 percent of Americans agree with Bush that the Social Security system is in crisis. But more people oppose his plan to fix the entitlement than support him.

During a Sunday morning interview on ABC’s “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) repeatedly declined to discuss specific Democratic alternatives to the Bush plan, focusing instead on the party’s broad goals for reform and the need to give Democrats a seat at the negotiating table...
Surprise surprise. Just like the President pointed out during the debates last year, a litany of complaints is not a plan. When will the Democrats realize that the average American won't buy this crap they're trying to pull? The President is taking the risk of trying to fix social security, something Clinton also said needed to be done. Now that it's not their guy at the top anymore, at risk of not getting the political brownie points their always searching for, their only strategy is to oppose every plan that is offered to Americans. Real nice.

And what is this shit about blaming the Republicans for not giving the Democrats a "seat at the negotiating table"? Was she too busy doing her make-up and hair during the State of the Union last week to hear the President say he's open to suggestions from both sides of the aisle? Specifics of the plan haven't even been laid out yet, but the left has already begun their blame-it-all-on-bush strategy. I guess I'll just never understand these people.

Apparently her lack of answers was enough to tick off even George Stephanopoulos. I heard he got pretty frustrated with Pelosi by the end of the interview. I may not agree with old Georgie boy on virtually anything, but a bright guy like that knows political suicide when he sees it.

Monday, February 07, 2005

Germany: All Women Are Whores

'If you don't take a job as a prostitute, we can stop your benefits'
A 25-year-old waitress who turned down a job providing "sexual services'' at a brothel in Berlin faces possible cuts to her unemployment benefit under laws introduced this year.

Prostitution was legalised in Germany just over two years ago and brothel owners – who must pay tax and employee health insurance – were granted access to official databases of jobseekers.

Under Germany's welfare reforms, any woman under 55 who has been out of work for more than a year can be forced to take an available job – including in the sex industry – or lose her unemployment benefit...
The state's power over social programs has effectively turned it's citizens into whores and the government into a pimp.

A perfect example of where the road of liberalism leads to. The more government you create and the more secular that government becomes, the more that government will be able to control it's people. It's a slippery slope, as they say.

Do Me One Favor


Dear Readers,

If I become one of those blog clones who constantly uses the terms "Moonbat" and "Troll", please come to my house and murder me.

Thank you.

Janeane You Smell of Something

Janeane Garofalo, the Hollywood actress turned liberal Air America radio talk show host, turned downright nutty during MSNBC's post-State of the Union address coverage early Thursday morning. Here's the diatribe, courtesy of the Media Research Center:

"The inked fingers was disgusting. ... The inked fingers and the position of them, which is gonna be a Daily Show photo already, of (Republican members of Congress) signaling in this manner (does a Nazi salute), as they have solidarity with the Iraqis who braved physical threats against their lives to vote as if somehow these inked-fingered Republicans have something to do with that.

"And also, the bit of theater about the very distraught parents of the soldiers who have died, the point is not if this was a real moment, if it was staged, if it was PR. The point is, is those parents and their son were misled about why that young man went into Iraq. ... (I)t is not helpful to the country when a Republican president and his partisan Republican Party continue to perpetrate a myth and dishonesty on the country."

A week before, Ms. Garofalo declared: "George W. Bush is unelectable." Talk show host Joe Scarborough asked, "Why does he keep winning?" To which Garofalo replied, in part, "I don't know, voter fraud?"
As angry as this woman used to make me, she really can't even phase me anymore. I've learned that the average American doesn't believe anything these dumb asses say, and it does more to help our side than theirs. Air America Radio probably creates more Republicans than Fox News.

You smellin' that sweet irony, Janeane?

And It Begins...

CNN Poll: Iraqi Elections Give Bush Boost
The Iraqi elections that went "better than expected" produced a bump in President Bush's approval rating, according to the latest CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll.

Between January 14 and 16, 51 percent of survey participants expressed approval of Bush's performance as president. But 57 percent of the 1,010 respondents during the February 4 thru 6 poll stated that they approved of how the he does his job.
Bush's approval rating has jumped six percentage points in a three week period. My initial assumption that the successful Iraq elections would radically change Bush's approval ratings seems to be coming true. I have no doubt that his inauguration speech, his recent State of the Union, as well as his new SS plans have also helped raise this number. 57% is a very positive number, and I wouldn't be surprised at all to see it climb over the 60% mark within a month or two.

More interesting results from the poll:

• 55% said the United States did not make a mistake sending troops to Iraq, up from 47% last month.

• 53% said things are going very or moderately well in Iraq, compared with 40% last month.

• 64% said it is very or somewhat likely a democratic form of government will be established in Iraq, up from 47% last month.

• 10% said more U.S. troops are needed in Iraq, down from 24% who said that before the elections.

• 50% said they approved of how Bush is handling Iraq, up from 42% last month; 48% said they disapproved, down from 56% last month.

FDR Supported Private SS Accounts



"In the important field of security for our old people, it seems necessary to adopt three principles--first, noncontributory old-age pensions for those who are now too old to build up their own insurance; it is, of course, clear that for perhaps thirty years to come funds will have to be provided by the states and the federal government to meet these pensions. Second, compulsory contributory annuities, which in time will establish a self-supporting system for those now young and for future generations. Third, voluntary contributory annuities by which individual initiative can increase the annual amounts received in old age. It is proposed that the federal government assume one-half of the cost of the old-age pension plan, which ought ultimately to be supplanted by self-supporting annuity plans."

--Franklin Delano Roosevelt


So there you have it, straight from the horse's mouth. It's funny that when Democrats decided to organize a media lovefest the other day in front of the FDR memorial (pictured above), basking in their glory days long past with nothing but rain clouds in their future, a mention of this never came up. I gaurantee you that countless democrats will argue against social security and mention how Bush is going to ruin the great idea FDR put into effect. The reality is, FDR realized that the program would work best if people had the opportunity to privately invest portions of the money they pay into SS. Bush and other GOP members who will be defending the President's new SS reform plan need to make sure to hammer these old FDR quotes home. Don't let the Democrats get away with lying about FDR's intentions.

So please, everyone, do us all a favor, and shove this quote down any liberal's throat who dare disregard history.

Two Bin Laden Fan's Duking It Out

Bin Laden’s Film Maker
Sues Michael Moore
A former close associate of Osama Bin Laden is to sue the film-maker Michael Moore for using his footage of the Al-Qaeda chief in the documentary Fahrenheit 9/11.

Essam Deraz, an Egyptian, spent almost four years in Afghanistan filming Bin Laden at training camps and fighting, gaining unprecedented access to the terrorist leader. He was the only person to film Bin Laden during the late 1980s and has the only footage of the Saudi exile in battle in Afghanistan.

Deraz has started legal action in Egypt and America to seek compensation for use of his footage in Fahrenheit 9/11, the biggest-grossing documentary in cinema history.
Deraz claims he had not signed a distribution agreement with Moore or anyone else. “I was the only cameraman with the Arabs. All of those shots of Bin Laden talking in the cave, talking into his walkie-talkie, they were all my work.
As hilarious as this whole thing seemed at first, on second analysis it's actually extremely troubling. Imagine if this guy wins in court here in America, which it sounds like he very well could. Proceeds from that awful movie of Moore's will actually be going straight to one of Bin Laden's henchmen. Now I realize it's only a guy who filmed him, but to think that people's money will be going to Bin Laden's camera man is truly disturbing.

I'm not sure what's worse; giving money to a terrorist friendly camera man like Deraz or giving money to a traitor like Michael Moore. Both are dead wrong in my book.

March On Young Soldier!

Armed with a new template - Conservative Rebel is now officially underway. This blog will reflect no one's opinion but my own on the Politics, News, and Entertainment of today. I am not your typical conservative, and to many I will be seen as a refreshing change. The youth of our party must begin to stand up on our own political legs, and begin the march towards our country's destiny...

Be Afraid....

And so it begins, the politicals rantings of a 20-something GOPer on one hell of a serious mission...