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Archive for March, 2006

It’s the Economy, Stupid

Posted by Sal on March 20, 2006

The U.S. economy is close to full employment. The job market for graduates is the best it has been in 5 years, and salaries are on the rise. The market is at an overall 5-year high, oil prices are falling, and GDP growth is expected to continue at a record clip. All indicators point to a booming economy. This is a solid win for the Bush administration, one that they need to talk about more and put the message out on the success of the tax cuts of the last several years. These tax cuts need to be given the credit they are due, and be made permanent so that the economy can continue to grow.

President Clinton got a lot of credit for a booming economy in the late 1990s. Whether that was deserved or not is a matter for another discussion, but regardless of that, he got credit for it. Bush, on the other hand, is getting virtually no credit for the booming economy that we find ourselves in. In fact, most people don’t think the economy is doing that well, because the Mainstream media is saying otherwise. The U.S. Economy is in great shape, and it’s time everyone knew that fact.

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Is This All They Got?

Posted by Ryan on March 18, 2006


Apparently, thousands of people around the world are protesting, or getting ready to protest our military involvement in Iraq. A military involvement that:

  1. ended the Oil for Food debacle: the corrupt bargain that Saddam had with, amongst others, our European “allies” France, Germany and Russia, Kofi’s son, and a few bad US and international companies.
  2. gave teeth to UN Security Council Resolutions.
  3. ended the state sanctioned mass killings, rape rooms, and torture chambers against the Shiites, Kurds, and political dissidents.
  4. ended any hope of Saddam to reconstitute his WMD programs… whether he had them or not, HE DOESN’T NOW AND WON’T LATER!!! Ha!
  5. instilled hope for some form of self-government for tens of millions of formerly oppressed people.
  6. allowed a political system to be put in place where a woman can exercise her will through voting, while potentially bringing moderation to the political process.
  7. showed a region of the world, which we saw every night on the news getting torn apart by political and religious violence, that it’s no longer in America’s interest to sit idlely by while oppressive dictators perpetuate that violence and threaten the semblance of stability in the world’s most oil rich, yet religiously radical areas.

Oh, yeah–I forgot, “Bush Lied, Kids Died.” That trumps all, I suppose. Where’s my fat man and his camera? I guess that’s much of what it takes to be an anti-war movement. That, and some college kids and PAC members who might complain less if they got real jobs.

But, I digress.

During the height of the Vietnam War, protests ranging from 250,000 to 500,000 took place in Washington, DC for years. While those numbers may be a little fuzzy (as was many things to the average hippie back then), they do illustrate a few points: This is not 1969, nor is it Vietnam, nor is there a massive popular uprising against the concept of the war in Iraq. If this is indeed all they have after THREE YEARS, then I’m not worried about their chances for success in the long-term.

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Cold in the Forecast for NYC

Posted by Mike on March 17, 2006



I expect a cold spell later today as She Who Must Not Be Named marches in a St. Patrick’s Day parade about a block away from my office. Parade Chairman John Dunleavy isn’t thrilled about her presence. He recently condemned the woman who would make it “always winter but never Christmas” if she had her way, stating that he only sees her when she’s campaigning for votes. I hate to say it, but it looks like your luck is running out Mr. Dunleavy.

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Do Nothing Senate

Posted by Mike on March 16, 2006

Picture this. A Republican President sends eleven well qualified judicial nominees to the Democrat-controlled Senate for consideration. The Democrat Senate takes no action on these eleven nominees. Oh…wait a minute. Did I say a Democrat Senate?

I meant a Republican Senate. Get your act together Senator Frist. Sometimes it seems like Republicans want to lose in 2006.

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Operation Swarmer

Posted by Ryan on March 16, 2006


Operation Swarmer attacked insurgent targets in the Salad ad Din (Saladin) Province, about 60 miles north of Baghdad. It is being dubbed the largest airborne invasion since the Iraq War began three years ago. It also has a high contingent of Iraqi Security Forces involved. I hope it turns out well and we take a few high-profile bad guys out with the rest of the trash!

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Connecting the Dots Between Bush and Hitler

Posted by Mike on March 16, 2006

Many on the left can’t resist comparing our President to Adolph Hitler. Of course they can’t back up this claim with evidence because the comparison is absurd. With this in mind, The Right Place decided to help liberals connect the dots between Bush and Hitler. At least now they can back up their argument.

And they say conservatives can’t connect the dots.

Link via The Anchoress

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Happy Republicans

Posted by Sal on March 15, 2006

According to a new poll by the Pew Research Center, Republicans are generally happier in life than Democrats are, regardless of income level. This is not surprising, since Republicans typically believe that they are responsible for themselves, while Democrats rely on an inept government to fix all their problems.

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Still Irrelevant

Posted by Ryan on March 15, 2006


The United Nations has approved a new human rights council that would still include known rights violators like Cuba, Sudan, Myanmar, Zimbabwe,etc. If you’re going to bother to “reform” a grossly negligent part of the UN, then actually change something that’ll make a real difference! Still irrelevant. Still obstructionist. Still harming the international order by not listening to the USA.

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How On Earth is Liberal Debbie Winning?

Posted by Mike on March 15, 2006

This is not photoshopped. Liberal Debbie has indeed created a Republican campaign commercial. It wouldn’t be a bad commercial because incompetence has been the hallmark of Stabenow’s tenure in the Senate. However, thanks to lackluster recruiting by the NRSCC, Stabenow is well positioned to win re-election.

Photo courtesy of Michelle Malkin

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Government to run out of Money

Posted by Sal on March 14, 2006

U.S. Secretary of the Treasury John Snow warned this week that if Congress does not raise the current statutory debt limit of $8.184 trillion, the government will be unable to borrow more money and will not be able to fund the government. Democrats are balking at raising the limit, which is interesting since they passed most of the legislation that requires the funding. Part of me hopes the statutory limit isn’t raised. Maybe a financial crisis will finally curb the wasteful government spending of the last 60+ years.

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Michelman Bows Out in Pennsylvania

Posted by Mike on March 14, 2006

Former NARAL President Kate Michelman is not running for the Pennsylvania Senate seat as an independent. Undoubtedly realizing that her radical pro-choice agenda would be best served by electing Casey, Michelman explained: “Despite profound and fundamental differences, I have decided that Pennsylvania will be better served by electing Bob Casey to the U.S. Senate than giving his opponent another term…”

Damn. It appears this “useful idiot” is neither useful nor an idiot. Michelman realizes that her radical agenda needs a Democrat Senate led by “pro-life” Harriet Reid. That can’t happen unless Santorum is defeated. Electing Casey can only serve the interests of Kate Michelman by putting folks like Barbara Boxer in the majority party. The former NARAL President realizes it. I hope pro-lifers will as well.

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Happy to Hear It

Posted by Ryan on March 14, 2006

Steve Laffey has gotten some props from a Wall Street Journal editorial writer and President of the Club For Growth, Pat Toomey, whose organization is endorsing Laffey. Toomey writes some common sense: Chafee is at best a luke warm centrist Democrat who loves taxes, while Laffey is a more fitting heir to theRepublicans of the Reagan Revolution, which saw centrist Republicans lose to the conservative, limited government ones. Hope that starts happening again– in the RI Senatorial Republican primary. I’m happy to hear Toomey’s endorsement.

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Trouble Brewing

Posted by Ryan on March 14, 2006

A “bipartisan” committee is being set up to investigate Bush’s Iraq War policy. Though it is being headed by James Baker III, I am still a bit suspicious. In the article they harken to a member of the 9/11 Commission being on this new, Congressionally sanctioned committee (wonder if Operation: Able Danger will be in this report!).

While I embrace clear thinking and fresh looks at policies, the possiblility for taint and political maneuvering abounds. I’ll be watching how this all pans out, hoping that they focus on the future trajectory of the Iraq situation, and less into a devolution into a “Bush lied, kids died” bunch of partisan political nonsense.

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Republicans faring better than Bush

Posted by Sal on March 14, 2006

According a recent Rasmussen poll, President Bush’s decline in support in matters of national security has not translated to the Republicans in general. The American people trust Republicans more than Democrats on matters of national security 43% to 38%. This is in contrast to President Bush, who is behind Democrats in congress 41%-40%.

This is good news for the mid-term elections, in that Republicans still hold the edge in this matchup. If national security is a major issue, expect Republicans to do well. Also, with the Dubai Ports deal dead, the NSA story coming back into the forefront, and talks of Censure and Impeachment by the Democrats, look to the numbers of both the Republicans and President Bush to rebound significantly within the next couple of months.

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Frist Grows a Spine, Tells Dems to Put Up or Shut Up

Posted by Mike on March 14, 2006

We all know of Moonbat Russ Feingold’s censure resolution. Yesterday, Senate majority Leader Bill Frist called Feingold’s bluff by demanding a floor vote on the resolution. Fearing another vote like the Murtha resolution, Harriet Reid blocked a vote. Today we learn Frist isn’t backing down. According to Drudge, Senator Frist is daring Democrats to bring this up again and will continue to do so, effectively telling them to “put up or shut up.” Well done Senator Frist.

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O’Connor Fears a Dictatorship

Posted by Mike on March 13, 2006

In a speech designed to attack pro-lifers, former Justice Sandra Day O’Connor warned that criticizing the judiciary could signal the beginning of a dictatorship. It warms my heart to hear O’Connor’s concerns about democratic decisions yielding to the fiats of the few. Her sense of reality is unmatched.

Thank God this woman is off the bench. Maybe she can redeem herself by convincing Justice Stevens how wonderful retirement can be.

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BEER!!!

Posted by Ryan on March 13, 2006


Check this story out. A woman in Norway ended up getting beer to run out of her faucet. No, it was not a tap, nor was it on purpose. It was just providence acting on the absent tap’s behalf!

Pict from Netorpheus.

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Weak on National Security? Damn Right You Are

Posted by Mike on March 13, 2006

I was pleased to learn that my initial reaction to Russ Feingold’s censure resolution against President Bush for using his war powers to fight Al Qaeda doesn’t differ too much from the Great One’s. Politicizing a war against international terrorism where our national survival may be at stake is sick. Democrats deserve to pay the political price, Whig Style.

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Jerk!

Posted by Ryan on March 11, 2006


Slobodan Milosevic is dead. Very dead at 64 years old. Yet, the old communist apparatchik turned nationalist ethnic cleanser, got away easy. In fact, much easier than thousands of ethnic Albaninias in Kosovo and Muslim Croats did. From his initial 1989 speeches in Borovo Selo, an historic Serbian battle site in Kosovo, to his removal by NATO forces in 1999-2000 Slobo, like Saddam, thumbed his nose at the world community and practiced racial policies that were never supposed to happen in Europe again.

Whereas his time of death was in God’s hands ultimately, the International War Crimes Tribunal in the Hague really dropped the ball on this trial. He was brought up on charges in 2002 and in 2006 he was STILL awaiting his defense! He should have been convicted years ago instead of serving as an example for Saddam and future baddies on how to obstruct the international war crimes trial process.

Pict from Radio Nederland. Note the picture’s site is in Spanish!

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Massachusetts Liberals to Orphans: “Screw You”

Posted by Mike on March 10, 2006

Catholic Charities in the Boston Archdiocese has stopped providing adoption services because of a state law requiring adoption providers to place some children with gay and lesbian couples. The Catholic Church cannot place children with homosexual couples because the Church believes it is immoral to do so. Fortunately, Governor Mitt Romney plans to introduce legislation which would exempt religious organizations from the law, calling it “…a mistake for our laws to put the rights of adults over the needs of children.”

Once again, Massachusetts liberals are stopping at nothing to force their radical agenda down people’s throats. You’d think they’d at least have the decency to leave the orphans alone.

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Harry Potter Timesuck

Posted by Mike on March 10, 2006

Harry Potter fans should check out JK Rowling’s official website. It’s a pretty good timesuck.

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Would she lose NY?

Posted by Sal on March 10, 2006

She-who-must-not-be-named apparently would not win the State of NY in a Presidential race. Although NYers apparently for some reason unbeknownst to me, support her for another Senate term by a substantial margin (57% in favor), she would only get the vote of about 33% of NYers for President. I know it’s early and there are no opponents as of yet, but if she can’t carry NY, she has no shot at the White House.

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Speaking English is Insensitive

Posted by Sal on March 10, 2006

Apparently, speaking the English Language and being proud of that is insensitive and amounts to harassment. Laura Ingraham has a bullet in her “Read it or Weep” section at her website. Mike Gray, a government county employee in Denver, CO, has a side business of doing lawn work. A sign on his truck reads, after his company name and information, “English-Speaking American”. His day-job supervisor told him the sign had to come off his truck that he parked in the employee lot because it was offensive to Hispanic employees. Since when did being proud to speak the official language of this country become offensive?

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Port Deal collapses; Harry Reid loses mind

Posted by Sal on March 9, 2006


Today the Dubai Ports deal collapsed, with the management of Dubai Ports World announcing that they would divest the portion of the British Company that currently manages the ports. Democratic Leader Harry Reid immediately called for an up-or-down vote to block the ports from being managed by Dubai Ports World after Dubai Ports world announced the deal was dead.

Look, Democrats, we know that this deal was like manna from heaven, but it’s over. The deal is dead, the free market doesn’t prevail, and things can get back to normal.

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Waste of Taxpayer $$$

Posted by Sal on March 9, 2006

The State of Texas now has a program where cops will pull over good drivers to give them minor league baseball tickets. There are many problems with this, some of which include:

  1. It is a complete waste of time
  2. It is a complete waste of taxpayer money
  3. Are there not enough criminals for the police to track down that they have to inconvenience good law-obiding drivers?

Think about it. If you’re late somewhere, or have a commitment, do you really want to be stopped for obeying the law?

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Iraq Solved 13 Problems Today

Posted by Ryan on March 9, 2006

Iraq has enough problems to deal with: from their experiment with democracy to getting the power grids on all day to foreign fighters, Saddam loyalists and Democrats trying to foil them at every turn.

Now Iraq has turned up the heat, by executing 13 people involved with shinanigans to usurp the authori-ty of the democratically elected government. One of whom apparently worked with Syrian foreign fighters in Mosul to blow things up and create general mayhem. I think that it’s a good move by the Iraqi government to show some willingness to hang people for being treasonous. I also think Syria better watch itself– they’re on thin ice as it is.

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Police State? Keep Talking

Posted by Mike on March 9, 2006


She Who Must Not Be Named is now accusing Republicans who support enforcement of immigration laws of trying to establish a “police state.” That is absurd. Enforcing immigration laws does not require police officers to knock on every door demanding identification. All that is required to enforce immigration laws is to patrol the borders and deport illegal immigrants when they are encountered. Of course, She Who Must Not Be Named views every illegal alien who enters the country as an illegal vote for her Presidential campaign. (Let’s require ID at the polls).

In addition to be flat out wrong, She Who Must Not Be Named is once again showing her political ineptitude by slandering the majority of Americans who want to enforce laws against illegal immigration. I hope she continues to pursue this strategy.

While we’re on the topic of a police state, I’d like to point out that using your bar bouncer friend to round up the FBI files of your political opponents is something far more likely to be found in a police state. She Who Must Not Be Named has a past you see. Unlike during the 1990s, today we have an alternative media which is ready to expose this woman’s hysterical rantings and hypocrisy.

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Vagina Monologues

Posted by Mike on March 9, 2006

The Vagina Monologues debate is old news to the members of the Providence College and Notre Dame families. By and large, I am happy with the responses of both newly installed Presidents on this topic. I discussed the reactions of Notre Dame and Providence College to the play with one of our readers a couple of weeks ago. Today, I finally get around to posting the statement of Providence College President Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P., Ph.D., outlining his reasons for banning on campus performances of the play. Way to go Father Shanley!

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Lt. Governor Fogarty Makes the Case for Electing More Republicans

Posted by Mike on March 8, 2006

Rhode Island Lt. Gov. Charles Fogarty (D), the presumptive Democrat nominee for Governor, has made the case for electing more Republicans to the legislature and he doesn’t even realize it. Citing Governor Carcieri’s promise to run the government like a business, Fogarty whined that state government in RI is starting to look like Enron.

What Fogarty doesn’t seem to remember is that Governor Carcieri never gets his way on budget issues because Democrats like to override the his vetoes. Republicans simply lack the votes necessary to enact their agenda or block the Democrats’ agenda in Rhode Island. Rhode Island budgets are the product of the Democrat legislature, not the Republican Governor who fought those proposals every step of the way.

Applying Fogarty’s logic, more Republicans need to be elected in order to sustain Governor Carcieri’s vetoes of the budgets which have made the state government look like Enron. Budgets passed by Democrats and Democrats alone.

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Why the UN is irrelevant

Posted by Sal on March 8, 2006

Earlier today, Gauvin posted with a reference to Vice President Cheney giving Iran a warning. Well, U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan rebuked the U.S. Government, and called on the U.S. to “Cool its rhetoric“. This is patently absurd. Iran is a terrorist state that has threatened Israel, ignored the UN, and poses a danger to the entire civilized world by continuing its nuclear program. And liberals wonder why conservatives feel the U.N. has become irrelevant.

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