Saturday, April 28, 2012

Merriam-Webster Agrees With Obama.Pit Bulls ARE Delicious. Palin 2 Obama 0

President Obama yucked it up at the annual White House Correspondents Dinner tonight and showed that Sarah Palin lives rent free in his head.He had a lame attempt at a hit back on her satirical remark about him eating dog meat as a child

His comment that "pit bulls are delicious" was meant to be a sly attack back on Palin but a moments consideration, and a look in the Merriam-Webster dictionary shows that in point of fact Obama gave Palin an (unintended) compliment.

                             Palin 2 Obama 0

Palin's "Eating Dog Meat" Remark Must Have Cut Deep With Obama As He Gives a Lame Response

Here is an analysis from RedState

 However, I did catch wind of this lame attempt at humor.  He took a swipe at Sarah Palin by making light of his taste for dog meat. Apparently, he thinks Pit Bulls are “delicious,” or something.
The joke went over like a lead balloon. Even Michelle Obama looked perplexed by it. Here’s another gem from his speech as reported by Politico.
“As my stepfather always told me, ‘It’s a boy-eat-dog world out there.’”
His campaign is clearly worried about the buzz around his dog eating past. I don’t think this will help make the story go away, and I suspect his speechwriter will be looking for another job on Monday.
Here’s the clip of the “Pit Bulls are delicious” remark.

First Report (Very Positive) On Palin's Extraordinary Women Conf. Speech In Alabama

Sarah Palin tells Christian women to follow Alabama's motto, 'Dare to defend our rights'

Published: Saturday, April 28, 2012, 6:10 PM     Updated: Saturday, April 28, 2012, 6:33 PM
Sarah PalinFormer Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin speaking during a previous trip to Alabama in 2010. (AP Photo/Jamie Martin)
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin told an enthusiastic gathering of Christian women today that they should follow Alabama's state motto and dare to defend their rights.
"I'm not just talking about our political rights, but the rights we are given as a daughter of God," the 2008 Republican vice-presidential candidate told women this afternoon at the Extraordinary Women's Conference in Birmingham.
"He trusts us with the responsibility to live big, to live bold, to live passionately and to live vibrantly so we can effect change to the world around us," she said.
Palin was the keynote speaker at the two-day gathering organized by the Virginia-based group, Extraordinary Women. Speakers discussed their own faith journeys, based on the theme "passionate faith."
Palin used examples from her political and personal life, as well as the lives of her children and grandchild, Tripp, to show why a strong faith in God is crucial to surviving life's challenges and setbacks.
She discussed how giving birth to her youngest child, Trig, who has Down syndrome, helped strengthen her faith.
"He is the most precious, amazing child," she said. "God has good plans for us. Trig shows us what really matters and how much God loves us. He only will give us the best."
Palin, an author and commentator paid homage to Alabama's prowess on the college football gridiron -- giving both "Roll Tide" and "War Eagle" shoutouts.
She praised recently drafted Crimson Tide star Trent Richardson as a role model for recently accompanying a cancer patient to her school prom and "giving this girl hope."
She said the nation has recognized Alabama as "a champion in the midst of storms, of restoration." As Alabama rebuilds from last year's deadly tornadoes, the country recognizes how its residents "are persevering with grace," she said.
Palin used the recently broken crystal BCS championship trophy as a metaphor for the state's travails, and the strength that comes from faith.
"It provides a providential lesson," she said. "Shattered dreams and things can be restored."
Palin veered into politics, touching on national Republican Party themes such as the size of the national debt, the country's dependence on foreign oil instead of drilling domestically and the need to support Israel.
She warned that the federal government now risks making the same mistakes as the captain of the ill-fated cruise ship Titanic, ignoring warnings of danger ahead until it is irreparably damaged and sinks.
Palin also took potshots at the "leftist, liberal reporters" and "granola crunchers" who oppose gun-owners' rights. She told the audience to stick to their beliefs and values.
"It's hurt people who hurt people," she said.
But Palin's message Saturday mainly centered on the message that hope and faith are inseparable and that believers should remain strong in their faith when it inevitably is tested.
"Don't be intimidated as they try to reduce you, to mock you, to stop you," she said. "Get off the sidelines. We were created to make a difference and help others put back together their shattered lives and dreams."

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Not Fade Away? It's Difficult To View Photo's Of Old Rock n' Roll Stars As They Now Are

Nothing illustrates the passage of time and the approaching end bit than to make the mistake of checking to see what pop stars from ones youth look like today.

Somehow one imagines that they have not changed, especially when an "oldie" song comes on the radio-the artists seems frozen in time in ones minds eye.

However, on reflection, once the shock wears off (and part of the shock is reflecting on ones own mortality of course (although one tends to think that they have aged and one has not) the reality is that they have had remarkable life experiences and brought much pleasure to the world. Hopefully further reflection brings to ones mind a lot of happy memories from across a life well lived.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Is It Wrong To Show A Picture of TWO Giraffes In Case Of A Surfeit Of Adorableness??

One giraffe is adorable, but showing two in one picture runs the risk of a surfeit of adorableness, which may cause some of a gentle nature to take to their beds to recover.

Nevertheless I feel it is right to share this picture of my son Dr. Sheppard who is an environmentalist employed at a major zoo in the field of species recovery.

Say ahhhhhhhh!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Palin Attacks Obama Admin's Child Farm Labor Regulations And Hey Presto They Are Rescinded

Sarah Palin-the supposed "irrelevant" one- posted this on Facebook two days ago

Governor Palin: If I Wanted America to Fail, I’d Ban Kids From Farm Work


The Obama Administration is working on regulations that would prevent children from working on our own family farms. This is more overreach of the federal government with many negative consequences. And if you think the government’s new regs will stop at family farms, think again.
My family is a commercial fishing family, and commercial fishing in Alaska is much like the family farm (but the year ’round farmers no doubt work harder than we do!). I guarantee fishing families wouldn’t stand for this nonsensical intrusion into our lives and livelihoods, and, as a former 4-H member, I don’t believe farm families will either. Our kids learn to work and to help feed America on our nation’s farms, and out on the water.
Federal government: get your own house in order and stop interfering in ours.
- Sarah Palin

Government apologists hit back and stated that Palin had it all wrong there was no such regulation in the pipeline.

The American Catholic strongly attacked the Obama Admin's plans too AT THIS LINK "Nanny state down at the farm"

But today, in shades of "death panels" reaction 
this happens;

"Obama administration said Thursday it would drop an unpopular plan to prevent children from doing hazardous work on farms owned by anyone other than their parents.
The Labor Department said it is withdrawing proposed rules that would ban children younger than 16 from using most power-driven farm equipment, including tractors. The rules also would prevent those younger than 18 from working in feed lots, grain bins and stockyards."

Palin is right-she doesn't need the actual title of president as she can run things quite comfortably from Wassila and when things get out of kilter she just has to make a Facebook comment and hey presto things are back in balance

The Coming "Permanent" Democratic Party Grip On The Presidency

As a conservative it pains me of course to write this analysis, but hopefully, being a conservative, and thus older, indicates one has a firmer grip on reality than when a youthful liberal. Thus facts must be faced and solutions looked for-if there are any of course.

And of course a number of tomes have been written by well qualified political analysts predicting  a permanent majority for respectively the GOP, (the "Southern strategy") and then the Dem's, and of course both fell over subsequently. What makes this prediction possibly more accurate is the inexorable grind of demographics. Basically people vote (assuming a similar inter-generational economic position) as their parents did, and if more parents are of the Democratic Party persuasion, then the weight of numbers will prove insurmountable to the conservative element in society, as the party system is currently constructed.

If the current state of the Electoral College is considered, which is all that matters, the polling numbers which seem reasonable surely to most observers, we find this;

Thus President Obama needs another 43 Electoral College votes to get to the 270 needed for re-election.
His options are plentiful. He is leading in Pennsylvania (20) Florida (29) Virginia (13) New Hampshire (4)
Colorado (9) and Ohio (18) a total of 93 EC votes. Thus Fla/Va/N.H. or Pa/Va/Oh or Pa/Fla or Fla/Oh
would be decisive, and are more than reasonable options, as he won all these states in 2008 as well as leading in the polls now.

Of course the economy could collapse, there could be a major foreign incident and other "black swan" events, which no amount of prognostication can account for. However, in the normal course of events and allowing for the fact that sitting presidents tend to be re-elected, one could reasonably expect President Obama to win again.

If that is indeed the case, and 227 EC votes is the Dem's base, as seems reasonable, then what does the future look like based on that concept? It could reasonably be assumed that Pennsylvania, if it keeps ongoing for the Dem's, can have its 20 votes added to the 227 which takes the total to 247. PPP Polling asks if Colorado, which Obama won handily in 2008 "can even be considered a swing state anymore" the increasing Hispanic population there being one reason for the move left. This moves the EC vote to 256.
Why New Hampshire should not be a part of the seemingly rock solid liberal block in the New England states is a mystery, and with confidence the 4 EC votes can be added which takes the total to 260. North Carolina and Virginia went to Obama in 2008 and he is currently polling in the lead in Va. but perhaps it is too early to include them as Dem states, but if either of them moves in that direction then the Democratic majority is ensured.

The key to what appears to me to be an unavoidable, unassailable, Democratic majority in the Electoral College, is the growing Hispanic population. If, as PPP posits, Texas will be in reach for the Dem's in, perhaps, two elections, then I can't see how the GOP, as currently structured, can win. 227 plus 38 (probably more after the next census) is 265, just 5 EV short. Thus with Pa. or any sizeable state, (and the Dem's are also looking to Arizona's growing Hispanic population moving that state their way) the Dem's have a lock on the Electoral College-barring a black swan from time to time of course. Yes, turnout amongst Hispanics will affect the pace of change, but inexorable population growth and DNC targeted funding will assist in accelerating the process.

This one party dominance is the normal state of affairs actually. The Democratic party from Jefferson to Buchanan was the dominant party-under Monroe it was the only party. From Lincoln to Hoover the GOP was the dominant party and, from Roosevelt to LBJ, the Dem's again. Since LBJ the presidency has swung back and forth but demographics have continued their inexorable march. Even the population shift to the south, which gave the GOP extra EC votes from 2008, will not be enough to counter the growing Hispanic population. So is there any hope for the conservative element in society to ever see the presidency again?

On a purely demographic basis I don't believe so, but on an economic basis there certainly is hope and again, it is the inexorable tide of history which will grind slowly but surely that will bring the eventual change.

Just as with the rise of a Black middle class, recent years have seen a growing number of conservative Black candidates and prominent political personalities, so will the improvement in living standards for the Hispanic population see a rise in the number of conservative Hispanics. Already two are being proposed as vice-presidents, Rubio and Martinez, and an increasing number will join these high fliers as rank and file members of the party.

As a growing and prosperous Hispanic middle class joins their similarly prosperous Black conservatives in the suburbs and Cain/West, Martinez/Rubio are joined by numerous others, the inexorable grind of American capitalism, which brings conservatism to individuals personal prosperity, will start turning the wheel of history back to the GOP-or its inheritor party.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Josh Painter Closes "Conservatives For Newt" With No Regrets And No Support For Romney

Josh Painter, a well known blogger (Texans For Sarah Palin) and true conservative is closing his Gingrich supporting site "with no regrets" except, as he says to see the last conservative pass out of the race.

He advises that he will not support Romney both in Texas and nationally. Here is his farewell, fullof wisdom and fight. There are some nice comments from folks thanking him for his efforts which readers may wish to add to. Cheers Josh and please continue to fight the good fight.

 I have moved on to Palin4President 2016 as an adjunct to this blog and I am pleased to note it is up to about 2000 page views already. I am confident that sort of response will be the future, per day, after November.

You can see the links to that site and to Josh's at the bloglist on the right of  the blog

Last conservative standing prepares to sit down

It appears that the last conservative standing is about to take a seat at the Republican Party table.

I have said that I would be with Newt until he endorses Mitt Romney. After that, I cannot support the former Speaker in any way, shape or form in anything he does. Please don't take that the wrong way. I have no regrets about supporting Newt, which I have consistently done since October, when Sarah Palin announced that she would not get into the GOP presidential race. I decided to support Gingrich because he was the last Reagan conservative standing at that point, and he has been the last conservative of any stripe standing since Rick Santorum ended his campaign.

My problem is not with Newt. It is with Mitt Romney and the corrupt Republican Party which ensured from the start of the primary campaign that the fix was in for Mitt and that any real conservatives should abandon hope of winning the Stupid Party's presidential nomination. My problem is with the social conservative wing of the GOP which shoots the conservative cause in the foot every time, like it did with Huckabee in 2008 and Santorum this time around. My problem is also with the so-called conservative media which demonized the former Speaker at every turn and by so doing, killed conservative's hopes of having one of our own at the top of the ticket in 2012.

I will not support Mitt Romney in any way, nor will I cast a vote for him in the Texas primary or the general election. I don't know whether Romney is a true Alinskyite or not, but he has allowed Alinsky tactics to be used in his behalf against Newt Gingrich this election cycle, just as he did against Fred Thompson in 2008. In this regard, he is no better than Barack Obama, who is a true Alinskyite. On a number of the issues of this campaign also, Romney is not much different from Obama. Mitt is a pure opportunist with no core at all, and he has demonstrated that he will turn on an issue at the drop of a hat. The man turns my stomach, and I cannot abide his supporters, whom I refer to as "Mittwits" for good reason.

I understand why Newt Gingrich cannot continue his campaign. Being $4.3 million in debt is no easy thing to live with. But as an independent Ronald Reagan conservative myself, I cannot understand why Newt wants to make nice with a GOP which is apostate to the cause of conservatism. I have seen loyalty to political parties my entire life, but I still cannot fully understand it. Political parties are pretty far down my list, which has God at the top, followed closely by family and country. But if Newt wants to try to work himself back into the graces of a party which has tried to destroy him since his days in the House of Representatives, that's his business. But he can do it without my help. I wish him well, and I thank him for making the effort and preaching the conservative message during his time on the battlefield. My only wish is that Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin were not so loyal to a party which has never shown either of them any loyalty in return. Together they could design and build a true conservative party in America which would advance the conservative cause in ways the GOP refuses to do.

With the coming suspension of the Newt 2012 campaign, the justification for continuing this blog no longer remains. I've put some time and effort into it, and its always sad to see a project in which you've invested so much have to end, but end it must. On the plus side, I will have much more time to devote to my writing and blogging efforts elsewhere. My sincere thanks to all who took the time to read this blog and comment on the posts. God's blessing to Newt, you, his and yours.

- JP

The Astonishingly Accurate Predictions Of How The GOP Elections Would End.Pure Genius

On October 8th 2011 in an article in The American Thinker entitled "Palin's Withdrawal Means Obama Wins" Robert Eugene Simmons Jnr. wrote an astonishingly, actually, "astounding" still doesn't do his prescience justice, predictive analysis of where the GOP primary campaign would end up.

Perhaps Mr. Simmons is not so much gifted with the gift of being a seer, as having a mind freed from too close partisanship so that he sees the wood and the trees. In considering his so clear sighted predictive post, it struck me that perhaps the aficionados of the various candidates, Cain, Santorum,etc were so attached to their favorites, that the mechanisms in place to defeat them, so obvious in hindsight, were not apparent. 

If one believes ones favorite is immune to the schemes of his or her opponents, one might tend to overlook them, or dismiss them, when in fact they were highly effective. I read it that Simmons considers only Palin could have been a serious challenger to Romney, or rather the forces backing Romney, as everything possible had been dug up and thrown at her. This was a pleasure none of the other non-Romney's had yet experienced. 

I see it differently, and believe that although the various forces would not have the same manner of trying to defeat her if she ran, she might not have been able to compete with Romney's money-as Gingrich found to his cost in Florida.

That won't be a problem in 2016 if, as Simmons and I both agree, Romney will lose to Obama for the reasons he sets out in his article. Below is an extract from his piece which shows his amazing analytical skills in action. Please read the whole piece at The American Thinker AT THIS LINK

N.B. Cain left the campaign on December 3rd 2011 for exactly the reasons Simmons predicted he would 
Rick Perry dropped out on January 19th 2012 for exactly the reasons Simmons predicted

"So here is how the election will go.  The media hasn't seriously opened up on Herman Cain, but most assuredly they will.  Cain has been in business for decades, and the liberal media will troll through every relationship, every business deal, every word he has ever spoken.  If that fails, the lies will start.  To see evidence of this, we need not look at far as Palin.  Rick Perry, another progressive, was attacked for something that someone painted on a rock on land his family leased out.  That narrative will be used to attack both Perry and Cain -- Perry for having "allowed" it and Cain for making a big deal over "nothing."  Both narratives will be forwarded, potentially in the same program.  Once the liberal media goes through Cain's past with a fine-toothed comb, they will doubtless find disgruntled business adversaries, accusations of infidelity, and more.
All of the personal attacks will be done to assure that Romney gets the nomination.  The GOP bigwigs will do it because they feel it's Romney's "turn."  The media will do it because Romney will be far easier to defeat than a Tea Party candidate.  Because Palin has withdrawn, her endorsement will be of limited value, as she has drawn most of her influence from the mortal fear the establishment and liberals had of her becoming president.  Without that fear, her power will be practically inconsequential.
The propulsion of Romney to the nomination is already in full swing, as evidenced by the trivial "scandals" plaguing the news cycle about Perry, Cain, Bachmann, and everyone else who is a threat to Romney.  At the same time, the media is being absolutely kind-hearted to Romney himself.
Once Romney wins the nomination, the liberal media will open up on him just as they opened up on McCain.  Prior to McCain winning the 2008 nomination, he was the darling of the liberal media.  But after McCain took the nomination, everything changed."

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Romney Apathy Rules;100,000 Behind McCain's 2008 Pa.Primary Turnout

Here is a brilliant analysis of the primary results from April 23rd compared to McCain's in 2008 at essentially the same stage of the race. This is from a gentleman "Frank" who is commenting at 
Conservatives4Palin and who makes an outstanding comparison.

Two of the races drew interest from me. Rhode Island and Pennsylvania were held in 2008 after McCain had essentially won the nomination just as Romney has now.

2008  Rhode island
McCain    17,480
Huckabee  5,847
Paul           1,777
Uncommitted 570
Total Votes  25,674

2012 Rhode Island
Romney  9,157
Paul        3,462
Gingrich     878
Other         579
Total Votes  14,489

Romney only got a little over 50% of what McCain got and McCain was not Mr Charisma. The turnout was down over 11,000.

2008 Pennsylvania
McCain       595,175
Paul            129,323
Huckabee     92,430
Total Votes  816,928

2012 Pensylvania (99%)
Romney   462,123
Santorum 146,337
Paul          104,942
Gingrich     83,523
Total votes 786,925

In Pennsylvania, it looks like turnout may be slightly below or even with the 2008 race. However Romney is running over 100,000 votes behind Mr Charisma, John McCain.

Overall, people are not rushing out to support Mitt Romney. When you are trailing John McCain, that is not good news. The percentages were not that impressive. Not a good night for Romney.