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October 27, 2006

Youtube collection of Republican campaign videos

Over at Right Wing News, they have a good round-up of YouTube videos of the various Senate and House political races.  This was put together in an effort to respond to the recent GoogleBomb campaign cooked up by the moonbats at MyDD (no link for you).  Additional coverage at LGF and Michelle Malkin.

Senate

Connecticut: Ned Lamont
Maryland: Ben Cardin
Maryland: Ben Cardin
Missouri: Claire McCaskill
Missouri: Claire McCaskill
Michigan: Debbie Stabenow
Montana: Jon Tester
Ohio: Sherrod Brown
Pennsylvania: Bob Casey
Tennessee: Harold Ford
Tennessee: Harold Ford
New Jersey: Bob Menendez
Virginia: James Webb

House

(AZ-5): Harry Mitchell
(AZ-08): Gabrielle Giffords
(CO-07): Ed Perlmutter
(CT-04): Diane Farrell
(CT-05): Chris Murphy
(FL-16): Tim Mahoney
(GA-03): Jim Marshall
(GA-12): John Barrow
(IA-01): Bruce Braley
(IL-06): Tammy Duckworth
(IL-17): Phil Hare
(IN-08): Brad Ellsworth
(IN-09): Baron Hill
(NC-13): Brad Miller
(NH-02): Paul Hodes
(NM-01): Patricia Madrid
(NY-20): Kirsten Gillibrand
(NY-24): Michael Arcuri
(NY-29): Eric Massa
(OH-15): Mary Jo Kilroy
(OH-18): Zack Space
(PA-07): Joe Sestak
(PA-10): Chris Carney
(PA-08): Patrick Murphy
(PA-12): John Murtha
(VA-02): Phil Kellam
(WA-8): Darcy Burner
(WI-08): Steve Kagen

October 23, 2006

New GOP.com video - The Tax Man Cometh

H/T: Wizbang!

October 20, 2006

Why should you vote in November? Two words: President Pelosi

Kim Priestap has an
article up at Wizbang!
details the Democrats plan to censure and impeach both President Bush and Vice President Chaney. This article is a must-read for any conservative/traditionalist/Republican who is thinking of sitting out this election.

Kim quotes the following from an article at Lawhawk:

Think I'm kidding? They've already introduced H.Res 635 (complete with 37 Democrat cosponsors) to investigate articles of impeachment, H.Res. 636 (18 cosponsors) to censure President Bush, and H.Res. 637 to censure Vice President Cheney.

What's the end game? President Pelosi most likely. This comes from article 2, section 1 of the US constitution:

In Case of the Removal of the President from Office, or of his Death, Resignation, or Inability to discharge the Powers and Duties of the said Office, the same shall devolve on the Vice President, and the Congress may by Law provide for the Case of Removal, Death, Resignation or Inability, both of the President and Vice President, declaring what Officer shall then act as President, and such Officer shall act accordingly, until the Disability be removed, or a President shall be elected.

This means that should the President and Vice President both be successfully removed from office, that Congress can enact a law designating which officer of Congress shall act as President until a new President is elected. If the Democrats control Congress, you can guess who would want that job ... Speaker Pelosi.

The last major actions on the bills listed above was in December of 2005. This isn't a new idea, and Democrats like Howard Dean will even lie straight-faced to the Washington Post, ABC News while Kerry is out bragging that if the Dems take the House in 2006, Bush is as good as gone.

So the Democrats don't agree with the Bush policies ... that's fine ... that's why we have two parties. But to go as far as they have, and then to lie about it straight-faced to the American people ... that's just going too far.

I for one will cast my vote the day early voting opens here in Texas, that you can count on.

October 12, 2006

Prop 4 Fortune Cookie Update

It looks like the Statesman has published a story on the Austin proposition 4 fortune cookie political ads that I covered over a week ago.

The Statesman reports:

Ronald Cheng, owner of a local Chinatown restaurant, concocted the cookie idea based on his support for the proposal's inclusion of $5 million for an Asian American resource center.

According to the Statesman article, the prop 4 fortune cookies cost an extra $240.00, which was paid by S&L Warehouse, a proposition 4 supporter. The article also reports that many restaurants that received the cookies were unaware of the message inside.

Tim Sorrels, deputy commisioner of the had this to say:


We've never looked at this, so I can't say the law is crystal clear

Maybe there is more to this than I initially thought ... I'll post any updates as I find them. I may have voted for prop 4 out of simple ignorance, but now that I know what it is, I don't support. Austin has more public and private support for the arts than any city I have ever lived in, and I see no reason to throw another $35M of city tax dollars at projects with limited minority appeal.

October 11, 2006

BREAKING: Small plane crashes into building in NYC

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The FAA has reported that a small aircraft has crashed int a building. According to the "eye-witnesses" that they have been interviewing on Fox News a small plane appeared to either "dip a wing" or "perform some kind of acrobatic maneuver" ending up crashing into a building.

Initial assesments on the ground are presently that this was an accident, and not a terror attack.

The FAA has established a 1-Mile no-fly zone in a radius around the crash site. I just heard someone on Fox News say that this shouldn't interfere with commercial flight traffic in/out of New York.

NORAD has issued an alert that fighter jets are in the air over various cities in the US, although their opinion presently is that this is an accident. ( A quick look in the sky from my office shows no planes over the portion of Austin that is visible )

Kim Priestap is on the case as well over at Wizbang!

I will post updated info as it comes in.

UPDATE: Fox News is reporting that Laguardia is currently having "gate hold" delays for several flights from 20-30 minutes and increasing due to the plane crash.

A lot of people are making the obvious reminders of 9/11. We are only 30 days out from the 5th anniversary, and it's just too close not to rattle people.

UPDATE: Fox News is reporting that a man was "taken down" by several police officers for reportedly attempting to get into the building to rescue his "pregnant wife" Lord have mercy. Fox News is now reporting that this person was a "UN Official"

UPDATE: Fox News is reporting that there are two confirmed deaths.

Ms. Understood has video from Fox News.

UPDATE: Fox News also reported that the DJIA had a quick dip by 70 points, and has recovered almost completely.

UPDATE: Allah is on the case as well. Lots of good commentary.

UPDATE: Fox News is now reporting that this was a "Luxury" appartment building.

The image above is a snapshot I just made of the building from Google Earth. You can view the building and surrounding areas also at Google Maps. The address I have for the building is 524 E. 72nd St. New York, NY.

UPDATE: Allah is reporting that The aircraft was a Cirrus-20.

UDATE: You can view a live video feed from WNBC at http://mfile.akamai.com/12913/live/reflector:45117.asx

UPDATE: The confirmed death toll has increased to 4. Two in the planes, and Two on the ground. Keep their families in your prayers.

UPDATE: According to Fox, two local New York stations are reporting that the plane may have been owned by a Yankee pitcher. Fox reports that calls to the Yankees were referred back to the FAA.

UPDATE: Here is a link to the New York Times showing Cory Lidle outside of his Cirrus S20 plane, which fits the description thus far.

UPDATE: If Cory Lidle was indeed flying this plane when it crashed, it may be a horrible case of history repeating itself. Yankees captain Thurman Manson died in 1979 piloting a similar small aircraft. There is a good article on Thurman Manson's last moments on the Daily News site.

UPDATE: Fox News is reporting that this plane was in fact Cory Lidle's plane.

UPDATE: Fox News now confirming that according to ESPN, Cory Lidle was in-fact piloting this plane when it crashed, and is confirmed dead.

UPDATE: Below is a screenshot from the NYTimes article, just in-case they take it down.

UPDATE: There are now reports that Cory Lidle's passport was found on the street.

UPDATE: Here is a link to the FAA registration of the plane involved in the crash. The N number is N929CD as reported by the NTSB. According to the registration, the plane is a 2002 Cirrus SR20 fixed-wing, single-engine aircraft registered in Florida.

October 3, 2006

Fortune cookies as political ads

I ate at the Buffet Palace today at 183 & Lamar, and on the back of my fortune cookie, instead of Lotto numbers, it read:

Vote Nov. 7 for Prop 4 Invest in Austin's Creative Community

No mention of who paid for this political ad, what Prop 4 is, or anything else. I googled around a bit and found a website that talks about Prop 4 (No free bandwidth for you).

As far as I can tell, it's about $32 Million for a whole bunch of minority art projects.

Putting the whole issue of the merit of Prop 4 (which I oppose) aside, I do believe you are required to indicate who paid for a particual political advertisement.

I am going to look into this more ... I may post a scan of it later tonight.

UPDATE: It's legit. Look for yourself over at: http://www.ethics.state.tx.us/pamphlet/G03polad.htm

I wrote an email in to the PAC that's supporting prop 4, and have been told that they didn't sponsor the fortune cookies, just in case anyone is interested.

My take on Foley - The elephant in the room

Over at Wizbang! they are covering the breaking story from the Washington Times asking for Dennis Hastert's resignation over the Foley gay pedophile scandal. I think the problem is much deeper than Hastert, and here's why.

Over the past several decades we have had it beat into our head that being homosexual, and being attracted to boys is normal. Gay men act ... gay ... and we should accept it. This has been so beat into our heads that when a flamboyant Senator chases after teenage boys after they have left the page program, we are pre-programmed to look the other way, and let them be. Oh ... he's just being gay ... I'm not gay, and I don't understand it, so I'll just let him be gay ... I don't want to be labeled a homophobe ...

Gay men are the elephant in the romper room. People need to know that if you see an openly gay man being just a little bit too friendly, it's OK to do something about it. It doesn't make you a homophobe, it makes you a person who loves children, and will do the right thing to protect them. It's time to get over our political correctness and stop giving passes to gay people for behavior that wouldn't be accepted from straight people.

This isn't a Republican or Democrat or Anarchist or whatever issue ... this is a gay issue. Stop giving gay people a pass, and hold them to the same standards we hold everyone else to.

More coverage at Michelle Malkin's blog and some good commentry from Mary Katherine over at TownHall.