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Reflections From the Reddest State of All

Posted by Mark on November 16, 2008

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People keep asking me how I “feel” following the election of Barack Obama, and the worst defeat for the Republican Party in a long time.

First, a sense of pride that Oklahoma is one of only two states to vote entirely Republican by county. For the first time in history, Republican Conservatives control both houses of the Oklahoma legislature. It should make for a bright economic future for the State, if they remember they are Conservatives first, Republicans second.

Second, I feel a sense of real dread for the future of the country. The Democrat Party today has forgotten 9/11. I fear our enemies will send a vivid reminder as Obama and the Left dismantle the safeguards put in to place by President Bush and his administration.

Third, I feel a deep sense of gratitude for President Bush. I know that’s not a popular sentiment these days, but I believe future historians will treat him far more kindly, far more realistically, than the current generation.

Finally, I see the coming two years as a watershed moment for Conservatism. Can we continue to use the Republican Party as the vehicle to promote our agenda? Or like a car with too many miles, is it time to trade it in on a new Party of our own?  For now, I’ll continue to put my money on the Republican Party. But, like that old jalopy, it’s time for a 100,000 mile checkup. It’s time for Conservatives to reclaim the mantle of the Grand Ole’ Party.

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Ahhh….the Ironies of Life

Posted by redsatellite on November 14, 2008

If you want to work for the Obama team, you better be prepared to…’fess up’. Yah….so, if you snorted cocaine and smoked marijuana in college or you started hanging out with domestic terrorists, radicals, racists and convicted felons….you must confess.

Huh?….wait a minute, why do all of these transgressions sound so familiar- OH YAH, THAT’S RIGHTBarack Obama wouldn’t be able to work for himself!

Is that a hoot?

If you want to work for President-elect Barack Obama’s administration, be prepared to spill almost everything there is to know about yourself.

The Obama transition team is sending a seven-page, 63-item questionnaire to every candidate for Cabinet and other high-ranking positions in the incoming administration.

Question 61 seems to have been prompted by the controversy over former 1960s radical William Ayres in
Obama‘s campaign: “Have you had any association with any person, group or business venture that could be used – even unfairly – to impugn or attack your character or qualifications for government service?”

Unbelievable. Only in America can you work for a man who would FAIL with his own application. Oh and one other thing: Obama would’ve never been able to attain a top secret clearance in an industry working with the U.S. government. Ever.

I should know…..I have one.

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Idiot Wind

Posted by redsatellite on November 13, 2008

Idiot wind
blowing every time your move your mouth

Blowing down the backroads heading south
Idiot wind
blowing every time you move your teeth
You’re an idiot babe
It’s a wonder that you still know how to breathe

Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson has decided to use the $700 billion in bailout money to buy stocks in banks. Yah…he changed his mind. Campbell Brown and others think he’s pulled a ‘bait and switch’.

On Wednesday, there was a big change to the government bailout plan and already a lot of people are screaming foul. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson told us he now has a different plan for how to spend that $700 billion of your money.

When Congress OK’d the bailout package, they all told us it would be spent buying troubled mortgage assets. That’s what Congress voted on. That’s what Congress approved.

Now, Paulson says it would be better for the economy if he uses the money to buy bank stocks as a way to help their balance sheets so they are more likely to lend you money for a car or student loan or credit card.

Me?

I personally don’t think he’s that smart. I think he’s a complete idiot. He’s only reacting to how incensed the American people were over the buying up of someone else’s BAD loans… uh…excuse me….I mean ‘troubled assets’. The reaction from Americans over this cockamamie idea- was swift and vituperative– oh heck…let’s make a broader observation- any American with half-a-brain reacted BITTERLY.

So now, he’s changed his mind. Let’s forget buying up those ridiculous WORTHLESS loans and buy stock….encouraging others to do so as well…so that the American taxpayer might….just MIGHT get a return on their investment. If the stocks go up….hmmm….the government and we the taxpayers may get our money back with a bit of profit.

Genius!

The question is: how come he and the Treasury didn’t think of that from the beginning? I make ALOT less than he does, and I thought of that…weeks ago.

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Someone From the Left With a Brain

Posted by redsatellite on November 12, 2008

Camille Paglia. Yes, a liberal woman with a cerebral cortex. (I know…scary huh?) She writes a column for Salon.com and actually articulates her side better than a dozen Maureen Dowds. Yesterday, she mused and ruminated about the presidential election and the potential fallout from liberal behavior and their horrendous treatment of Sarah Palin.

Liberal Democrats are going to wake up from their sadomasochistic, anti-Palin orgy with a very big hangover. The evil genie released during this sorry episode will not so easily go back into its bottle. A shocking level of irrational emotionalism and at times infantile rage was exposed at the heart of current Democratic ideologycontradicting Democratic core principles of compassion, tolerance and independent thought. One would have to look back to the Eisenhower 1950s for parallels to this grotesque lock-step parade of bourgeois provincialism, shallow groupthink and blind prejudice.

As for the Democrats who sneered and howled that Palin was unprepared to be a vice-presidential nominee – what navel-gazing hypocrisy! What protests were raised in the party or mainstream media when John Edwards, with vastly less political experience than Palin, got John Kerry’s nod for veep four years ago? And Gov. Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas, for whom I lobbied to be Obama’s pick and who was on everyone’s short list for months, has a record indistinguishable from Palin’s. Whatever knowledge deficit Palin has about the federal bureaucracy or international affairs (outside the normal purview of governors) will hopefully be remedied during the next eight years of the Obama presidencies.

Good God…a self-reflecting liberal that understands boorish behavior. I almost fell out of my computer chair. She’s actually ashamed of her brothers and sisters on the left. Amazing.

Read the whole post.

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‘Liberal Jews’ Should Be An Oxymoron

Posted by redsatellite on November 11, 2008

All my life, I’ve had close associations with Jews. Intimate ones, casual ones….friends, colleagues, lovers and acquaintances. I grew up attending school with them, I’ve worked with them…and I’ve socialized with them. And the one thing that continues to mystify me…something beyond my comprehension: why aren’t Jews OVERWHELMINGLY conservative?

They aren’t. In fact, they’re just the opposite.

Dennis Prager is probably one of the best known conservative Jews in America. He’s written extensively on this topic. He’s come up with 6 good reasons why– I’ve tweaked it a bit and added one more:

1. Jews are incredibly grateful to (Democrat) Harry Truman for recognizing the State of Israel within 15 minutes of the formal declaration.

2. Jews are raised with a concept called Tzedakah, which basically translates into charity, although the actual meaning is ‘righteousness’ or ‘justice’. This means that they help the unfortunate, not only because it is the right thing to do, but because it is a mitzvah, a commandment. Judaism is indeed preoccupied with social justice (as well as with holiness and personal morality), and many Jews believe that the only way to achieve a just society is through leftist policies.

3. Most Jews are frightened by anything that connotes right wing — such as the words “right-wing” and “conservative.” Especially since the Holocaust, they think that threats to their security emanate from the Right only. (It is pointless to argue that Nazism stood for National Socialism and therefore was really a leftist ideology. Whether that is theoretically accurate doesn’t matter; nearly everyone regards the Nazis as far Right, and, therefore, Jews fear the Right.) The fact that the Jews’ best friends today are conservatives and the fact that the Left is the home of most of the Jews’ enemies outside of the Muslim world have made little impact on Jews’ psyches.

4. Liberal Jews fear most religions. They identify religion — especially fundamentalist religion and especially Christianity — with anti-Semitism. Jews are taught from birth about the horrors of the Holocaust, and of nearly 2,000 years of European, meaning Christian, anti-Semitism. They therefore tend to fear Christianity and believe that secularism guarantees their physical security.

5. Despite their secularism, Jews may be the most religious ethnic group in the world. The problem is that their religion is rarely Judaism; rather it is every “ism” of the Left. These include liberalism, socialism, feminism, Marxism and environmentalism. Jews involved in these movements believe in them with the same ideological fervor and same suspension of critical reason with which many religious people believe in their religion. It is therefore usually as hard to shake a liberal Jew’s belief in the Left and in the Democratic Party as it is to shake an evangelical Christian’s belief in Christianity. The big difference, however, is that the Christian believer acknowledges his Christianity is a belief, whereas the believer in liberalism views his belief as entirely the product of rational inquiry.

6. Liberal Jews fear nationalism. The birth of nationalism in Europe planted the secular seeds of the Holocaust (religious seeds had been planted by some early and medieval Church teachings and reinforced by Martin Luther). European nationalists welcomed all national identities except the Jews’. That is a major reason so many Jews identify primarily as “world citizens”; they have contempt for nationalism and believe that strong national identities, even in America, will exclude them. Just as liberal Jews fear a resurgent Christianity despite the fact that contemporary Christians are the Jews’ best friends, leftist Jews fear American nationalism despite the fact that Americans who believe in American exceptionalism are far more pro-Jewish and pro-Israel than leftist Americans. But most leftist Jews so abhor nationalism, they don’t even like the Jews’ nationalism (Zionism).

7. Denial. It is very, very painful to realize that people that you thought were your friends, for years, actually do not like you. That is the experience of a liberal Jew who loves Israel. You always supported liberal causes – African American causes, every social program that someone in Washington could imagine, the whole nine yards – and then you hear Reverend Wright or Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton or Moveon.org or the folks at the Daily Kos spew hatred towards your people.

So, you’re probably wondering why…I even brought this up…and exactly- what does this have to do with the price of tea in China. What spurred my post was an article…and opinion written by Richard Cohen of the Washington Post.

Obama’s Cabinet: Start With Al Gore

If there is a single appointment Barack Obama could make to signal how dramatically things will change in Washington, it would be to name Albert Gore Jr. – former House member, former senator, former vice president, former presidential nominee and current Custodian of the Planet – as secretary of state. For all the other aspirants to the job, sorry- this is an inconvenient truth.

Can you imagine a bolder statement about a new direction when it comes to global warming and the general care of our abused planet?

This nonsense so aggravated me, that I decided to finally UNLOAD on liberal Jews. Richard Cohen represents a huge group of liberal elite Jews. Jews are likely THE SINGLE MOST EDUCATED group of people in the world….and yet their lack of critical thinking astounds me.

The implication that Cohen makes here…of course….is that as ‘Custodian of the Planet’, Al Gore will help save us from ourselves. And what better way to do so- then to be Secretary of State. Only problem is….Secretaries of State are not concerned with the environment.

This is what the Secretary of State does:

Storage and use of the Great Seal of the United States, performance of protocol functions for the White House, drafting of certain proclamations, formally accepting notice of the president’s resignation, and replies to inquiries. In addition, the Secretary performs such duties as the President is required, in accordance with the United States Constitution, relating to correspondence, commission, or instructions to U.S. or consuls abroad, and to conduct negotiations with foreign representatives.

Hmmm…that’s funny, I don’t see ONE SCINTILLA about the environment in the job description. And I certainly don’t see anything about toxic waste disposal or ‘cap and trades’ or polar ice caps.

In fact, Cohen’s disconnect, is even more profound. A Secretary of State is constantly flying across the globe to meet with leaders of foreign countries. Exactly how is ALL THAT WATER VAPOR from his airplane trips helping the environment? Uh….earth to Cohen…come in Cohen…..it’s making it worse!

If you’re so worried about the United States trashing the environment, why not appoint Gore- head of the Environmental PROTECTION Agency? Wouldn’t that make a tad more sense? Or how about the Department of Energy? (Al could START with his own electric bill!)

Is it possible Richard Cohen is not a liberal or a Jew? Let’s put it this way- I’m so sure….I’d bet my electric bill AND my trash bill on it.

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Re-Branding? Re-Inventing? No…WAKE UP!…is more like it.

Posted by redsatellite on November 10, 2008

For the last 4 days I’ve heard nothing but eulogies for the Republican Party. (And not that they don’t deserve it.) But if you’ve been following my posts for any length of time, I predicted their complete demise months and months ago.

Yesterday, on FOX’s 6pm show, Chris Wallace posed the question to his panel…How can the Republicans ‘rebrand’ their party or ‘reinvent’ themselves to regain their power in government.

And the only one who got it right was Brit Hume. He told everyone that Republicans don’t have to ‘rebrand’ anything. If they would stick to their core tenets…the ones THEY ABANDONED and let liberal democrats shoot themselves in the head….(Yes, I’m paraphrasing…but this is a much more appropriate phrase)- a turn around could be swift.

George Bush, John McCain, and a host of Republican leaders abandoned those tenets and will now pay the price. Oh heck….who am I kidding….we’re ALL about to pay the price.

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Your Buddy Says…Congrats!

Posted by redsatellite on November 7, 2008

Thanks Mahmoud!…Thanks bro!

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad congratulated U.S. President-elect Barack Obama — the first time an Iranian leader has offered such wishes to a U.S. president-elect since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Ahmadinejad said Tehran “welcomes basic and fair changes in U.S. policies and conducts,” according to the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency on Thursday.

“The Americans who have spiritual tendencies expect the government to spend all its power in line with serving the people, rectify the critical situation facing the U.S., restore lost reputation as well as their hope and spirit, fully respect human rights and strengthen family foundations.

Huh?

What a load of happy horse****. Executed any homosexuals lately Mahmoud? Had any of your Shia brothers blow up a few Baghdad cafes lately? Any of your HAMAS cousins lob rockets into Israel recently?

Of course…Obama did say he would sit down with you any time any where- and with no pre-conditions. Hmmmm…no wonder…you’re all spry and chipper about the election.

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Meanwhile….Back in Court

Posted by redsatellite on November 7, 2008

Voters in 3 states rejected same-sex marriages on Tuesday. And what do gay activists do when that happens? (And it happens every election.) They do..what they do best…they head back to court…to get ANOTHER ruling in their favor.

Three groups have petitioned the California Supreme Court challenging the passage of Proposition 8, contending that the ballot initiative banning gay and lesbian marriages was “improperly used.”

Californians passed the measure 52.5 percent to 47.5 percent in Tuesday’s general election. The proposition counters a state Supreme Court ruling in May that said the state constitution guarantees gay and lesbian couples the right to marry.

The three groups are asking for an immediate stay or an injunction to prevent the initiative from taking effect.

They said “such radical changes” as outlawing gay marriage cannot be made by ballot initiative but must, “at a minimum, go through the state legislature first.”

Improper? RADICAL? Say what?

Voters in Arizona and Florida also banned same-sex marriages in ballot initiatives Tuesday.

Are you kidding me? The majority of Americans have rejected gay marriage in every state across the nation that’s put it on the ballot. In election after election. And their the ‘radical’ ones?

Yesterday, in California, it was the VAST majority of blacks who rejected gay marriage- yes that’s right…Democrats-for-life who voted in Barack Obama. So quit blaming the Roman Catholic church or Christians or Mormons or…pick a denomination..for every one of your setbacks- you sore losers.

Put down the self-delusional kool-aid and step away from the lawyers.

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Obamanation

Posted by redsatellite on November 6, 2008

 

And people wonder why I’m a conservative. I was a liberal in the 70’s, but then I grew up. I hate everything secular progressives stand for…

 

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You Will Be Missed

Posted by redsatellite on November 6, 2008

Michael Crichton…a brilliant writer- died yesterday. I’ve had the good fortune to have read almost every single one of his books. He was an amazing talent.

Al Gore and his green minions won’t miss him, but I certainly will.

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