Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Ignorance and Government Dependency


Several small studies have been completed by The University of Waterloo, Ontario and Duke University, the finding show that more ignorant a person is on a complicated issue the more likely they are to allow the government handle it. I would think that Global Warming would be one of these issues, as trying to read some of the scientific data on it is a mind numbing experience.


But, I have to wonder would the results be similar if they studied less complicated issues?  We live in a society where government dependency is becoming more and more commonplace. One has to look no further on the record numbers on food stamps at the moment. While there is an economic reason why so many have found themselves in a position to take help from the government at this point in time in our history, can we say that this is not going to lead to more government dependency as time goes on? I don't think that will be clear for quite some time, but it should be a growing concern in this country.


We are seeing Europe going through austerity measures and in Greece the people are not reacting well to having to retire later and getting fewer benefits.  Isn't this sort of the same type of thing?  Is the average person living in Greece looking at the numbers and looking at the not so healthy world economy?  One would think that if they were paying even the least little bit of attention they would realize that the changes are quite literally vital to their country's economic well-being.  


Uncertainty brings anxiety, Shepherd and Kay explain, and one way to deal with that anxiety is to “simply outsource personal responsibility to supposed qualified others.”
Do we really have "qualified others" in our government at present?  I am sure that some are, but just take a look at the failure of the "Super Committee", a committee that was formed that never had a chance of anything but failure.  These are the people we should be looking at as qualified?  


But here is the money item:
 “Being actively critical of something one is dependent on is thought to be psychologically uncomfortable, and therefore avoided in favor of increased perceptions of legitimacy, trust, and desirability. System justification theory posits that people are motivated to justify and legitimize the status quo and the system in which one lives.”
Once you have turned over the control to the government you are basically giving them unlimited power to do whatever they want to your life.  You become complacent and no longer feel the need or the desire to pay close attention to what is going on around you.  You become almost slave like to the whims of people who you have never met, who don't understand your real needs or desires, nor do they care to know.  You have given them unbridled power to behave as they so choose.  They then become addicted to the power and will say and do anything to hold onto that power.  


I have been saying for years that we have no one to blame but ourselves for the mess that we are currently facing.  We have the government that we deserve.  We expected it work just fine on auto-pilot.  Clearly, with trillions of dollars worth of debt, public schools that are failing our children, and public officials that are out of control, we were wrong.  


The one bright spot of the research was the following on the Tea Party:
“Generally I think of those movements as representing instances where people are not following our model, possibly because these are people who feel a) a sense of personal control/efficacy, and b) feel like their behavior can create change. This sense of personal control and ability to create change may make people feel less dependent on the government, or change how they respond to perceived dependence. Either way, it means that the individual may be less inclined to truth authority and avoid the issues.”
It is clear that we must become more involved in our government and the issues facing this country or we face a life of dependency and outsourcing any sort of control over our own lives. 

Monday, November 28, 2011

Marco Rubio on Presidential Politics and Newt's Immigration Stance

 I have this feeling Marco is going to be raked over the coals for his stance on immigration.  I happen to agree with him on most of what he says.  There are some cold hard realities to face; we do not have the political will to deport 11 million people.  The visa system is broken and doesn't work for the needs of the country.  If you are a low skilled worker from Mexico or South America and willing to come and work as migrant farm worker, the visa process is next to impossible.  That must be fixed.  The  borders must be secured.  We then need to figure out what to do with the otherwise law abiding people who have made a home in this country.  He is right, they shouldn't not get citizenship, but a worker's visa is a humane way of handling the problem.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Some Questions that I Wish Liberals Would Answer Honestly


I have some questions that I really would like someone on the left to answer honestly.  I don't want to hear things thrown back about conservatives, just honest answers.  

  1. Progressives, women especially, talk about having safe and affordable access to birth control and reproductive rights.  This is one of the talking points used when discussing tax payer funding of Planned Parenthood.  My question is why have so many objections been raised when states, such as Virginia, are trying to pass laws that would require Planned Parenthood to have the same medical standards as a hospital?  If it is truly about "safe" then shouldn't they be the first in line to demand that the environment be as safe and sterile as a hospital must be?  Or do they prefer that women end up in a Kermit Gosnell's House of Horrors?  
  2. Why can't black people be republicans or conservatives?  No one with an ounce of honesty can say that the left thinks it is OK.  While I am sure that some could care less, but the over the top rhetoric about race traitors, Oreos, Uncle Tom, images and talk are everywhere when come to a black person that happens to believe in limited government.  Michael Eric Dyson was challenged about it today and refused to answer the question and then went on to talk about how Herman Cain is racist.  
  3. If the goal is to make abortion safe and rare, why do they oppose laws that will give the mom to be a waiting period to think it over or to have an ultrasound so she can she for herself what she is about to kill?  
  4. Why are people on the far left trying to normalize sex with children?  
  5. If homosexuality is something that you are born with and cannot be changed, why isn't pedophilia?  
  6. Where is the scientific proof that homosexuality is genetic?  Because there are cases of identical twins being of different orientations.  How can it be genetic if this is true?  
  7. Why is widely believed that homeschooled children are somehow less educated than their public school peers?  
  8. Why do liberals always bring up Hispanics when the conversation turns to illegal immigration?  Don't they realize that illegal immigrants come from all over the world and are not all Hispanic?  The vast majority of illegal immigrants that I have known in my lifetime have been from the UK (many nannies where I grew up). I want them to get legal status and start paying taxes too.  
  9. How does having a Christmas tree in a town square force someone to be Christian?  
  10. What other holiday uses an evergreen tree?  
  11. Why am I less a woman because I am not a liberal?  
  12. Why don't feminists speak out more about the mistreatment of women in Islamic countries?  Where are they about this woman who is a rape victim who is currently in jail and upon her release will be forced to marry her rapist?  Are they really that afraid to say anything negative about Islam?  If so, why?  

Friday, November 25, 2011

Quote of the Day - Matthew Staver Edition

"People either censor Christmas out of ignorance concerning religious law or they worry they may offend someone else, retailers, meanwhile, should not profit off Christmas while pretending it doesn't exist."


Matthew Staver, Chairman of Liberty Counsel

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Christmas Friendly Retailers


Companies FOR "Christmas" 
AFA Online Store
ACE Hardware
Amazon.com
Bass Pro Shops
Bed Bath & Beyond
Belk
Best Buy
Big Lots
Books-A-Million
Cabella's
Collective Brands
Costco
CVS Pharmacy
Dick's Sporting Goods
Dilliards
Dollar General
Family Dollar
H.E.B. Stores
HSN.com
Hallmark
Hancock Fabrics
Harris Teeter Stores
Hobby Lobby
Home Shopping Network
JC Penney
JoAnn Fabrics & Crafts Stores
Kmart
Kohl's
Kroger
Lowe's
Macy's
Marshals
Meijer
Menard's
Michael's Stores
Neiman Marcus
Nordstrom
Office Max
Petsmart
Pier One Imports
ProFlowers.com
Publix
QVC.com
Rite Aid
Sears
Scheels Sporting Goods
Super D Drug Stores
Target
TJ Maxx
Toys R Us
True Value
Walgreens
Wal-Mart/Sam's Club
Zappos.com



Companies marginal on "Christmas" 
1-800-Flowers.com
Bath & Body Works
Cooking.com
Dollar Tree
Hy-Vee Stores
Limited Brands
Safeway
Starbucks

Companies AGAINST "Christmas" 
Banana Republic
Barnes & Noble
Foot Locker
Gap Stores
L.L. Bean
Limited Brands
Office Depot
Old Navy
Radio Shack
Staples
Supervalu
Victoria's Secret
UncommonGoods.com
Whole Foods


The Road in Iowa Just Got Harder for Herman Cain


The Family Leader, a social conservative group, has still yet to back any one candidate in for the Iowa Caucuses.  But, today they have let it be known that Herman Cain will not be getting the nod.  Saying in part he didn't have the proper qualifications and was lacking:
"clarity on the key issues of life, marriage, foreign policy, and presidential readiness,"
Herman Cain had refused to sign their pledge.  Which early on had included wording about how black children were more likely to born to two parents under slavery then they are today.  That language had been removed, but Cain had elected not to sign on to the pledge.  The pledge also included language on staying true to your spouse and many other push button issues for conservatives:
“all forms of pornography and prostitution, infanticide, abortion and other types of coercion or stolen innocence”
 I personally found this part of the pledge to be infuriating.  I am not for pornography in any way shape or form, but it is constitutionally protected.  As such, signing this pledge the candidates are saying they are willing to ignore the constitution, which is unacceptable.  So I say good for Herman Cain for not signing this pledge.  


The unfortunate part is that he now loses a grassroots organization that helped Huckabee win Iowa in 08.  His campaign has not as of yet gotten a solid ground game in Iowa, so losing this grassroots support will hurt him with a good showing. 

Governor Perry on the Hot Seat

Fox News Special Report is having the presidential hopefuls joining the "All Star" Panel and answer questions.



I am really liking his answer on the United Nations.  If the U.N. actually lived up to it's charter it wouldn't be a problem, but they have long ago proven that they are Anti-American and Anti-Israeli and very corrupt to boot. It is a waste of our precious tax dollars to fund this sham of an organization.




Monday, November 21, 2011

Taylor Swift on Role Models

I am not a huge fan of her music, but I do love her answer on this.  She is 100% correct that her words and her lyrics have weight with younger kids.  I firmly believe that is up to the parents to raise their kids, but the truth is parents can't be with their children 24/7 and there are influences out there.  The music that they hear is part of the influence.  


Go Taylor.  


Washington Can Learn a lot from a Drug Addict

It is sad that the truth has come down to this.  But, it has.  Washington is addicted to spending money and we are the ones suffering from it.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Bad Behavior At Nascar

Today the wives of the president and vice president attended at Nascar race in order to help support our troops.  Michelle Obama and Jill Biden were booed by the spectators at the event.  





They were there to bring attention to the fact that many troops have a difficult time finding work after returning home after a tour of duty or once they have finished their service.  An issue that should give most of us pause. 


I remember when Bush was still in office and the outright disrespect that was shown him by the left and I felt nothing but shame because of it.  I had my issues with how President Bush did his job and the decisions that he made while president.  He wasn't perfect and he made mistakes.  But, that never justified the treatment that he received.  The cheering that came from the media and the left when someone in Iraq threw a shoe at him during a press conference was terrible.  It was amazing display of disrespect for our country and our president and didn't deserve to be cheered.  


One of the things that I had always hoped when President Obama took office is that the right would lift up the level of dialogue in our country.  Set a standard for dissent if you will.  Sadly, the display today says that we were unable to accomplish that.  


Dislike the policies of the president.  Disagree with the beliefs that Michelle Obama holds.  But treat the office with the respect that it deserves.  The office of the presidency is bigger than one person.  America will survive the policies of President Obama.  What is really going to be the death knell of America is lack of respect for each other.  Debate and dissent is healthy, disrespect is not.  


Save your booing, and show your displeasure at the ballot box where it belongs.  



Child Abuse & States Rights

I have spoken out about Coach Joe Pa's and Mike McQueary's  lack of morality by not contacting the police themselves about Coach Sandusky's depravity towards children.  I feel that it should be felony to not report someone you witness abusing a child.  Apparently in most states it is a misdemeanor, including in Pennsylvania.  That is something that is tragic.  People should be writing letters to the state legislators and pushing them to make the laws against this stronger.  So in walks Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey.  He is introducing legislation in the U.S. Senate to require all states to beef up their laws and make the failure to report a felony.  One may say that is a good thing.  But it isn't.  


This is yet one more example of the federal government usurping the rights of states.  Child abuse is not a federal issue.  This is an issue that is better dealt with on the local and state levels.  No where in the constitution does the federal government have the right to dictate to states what type of punishments they should be doling out for criminal acts.  The law will be forced on the states.  How do they get around the lack of jurisdiction?  They do it with money.  The legislation will hold back social services money that is granted to the states by the federal government.  Another words Medicaid and schip payments.  All the little things that the federal government pass laws and force the states to give it's citizens without any regards to the budgets of the states.  In order to help states pay for these little goodies that they force upon them, they give them federal tax dollars to help offset the costs.  


The federal government forced the drinking age to be raised in this same fashion.  They had no constitutional ability to mandate a federal drinking age, but they forced the states to raise the age by holding back money if they didn't comply.  In the mid 80's every state across the country raised their legal drinking age to 21.  It didn't matter that states may have felt that 18, 19, or 20 was something that was good for their citizens.  


It does not matter that the law may be a good thing.  It is the way that the federal government is bribing states with large amounts of money to force their will upon them.  Write a letter to your Senators and explain to them being against this bill doesn't make you pro child abuse.  It makes you pro tenth amendment.  


Stand up to the likes of Senator Menedez and his belief that the federal government has the right to bribe states into following their will.  This isn't about child abuse or drunk driving.  This is about rights of the states.  The federal government has no place in state laws.  If you feel that your state should make the failure to report a felony, contact your governor and state senator.

Walmart Thanks Our Troops

I am not a Walmart shopper.  I have real issues with their policies.  But, I give them kudos on this.  Thanks to all who are serving and will be away from their families this holiday season.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Quote of the Day - Prof Hahn Edition


“What is our reaction to the outcome? Let us put it this way: We are neither surprised nor delighted.
“The European Commission is wrong; it should have authorised the claim. That should be more than clear to anyone who has consumed water in the past, and who has not? We fear there is something wrong in the state of Europe.”
Prof Hahn, from the Institute for Food Science and Human Nutrition at Hanover Leibniz University on the EU's ruling that water companies cannot put on their labels that water helps keep you hydrated. 
But at least you can still buy bananas that bend.  (yes they tried to outlaw them in 2008).  
Something is wrong in the state of Europe - Gee, ya think?  

Zero Risk?

Yep, the desire for the Obama administration to create a cradle to grave nanny state continues.  Now they have it in their little heads that we can no longer have cords on our window blinds.  They want to outlaw the sale of blinds with cords.  To heck with the fact that not all homes have children or pets.  The heck with the fact that they are much more expensive.  (I sell them so I know).  To heck with the fact that some windows are very high in some of the newer larger homes and the cords are necessary because can't reach the window without getting on a ladder.  I guess they can just spend the additional $500 or so to get remote control.  The statement literally says zero risk:


In a speech this summer, CPSC Chairman and Obama appointee Inez Tenenbaum told the audience it was time to “eliminate” the strangulation risk from window blind cords. “Notice how I did not say, ‘reduce the hazard,’” she added. “I said, ‘eliminate the hazard.’”
I also read today on Pundit and Pundette that in Toronto kids in school will no longer be able to play with "hard balls", they must be "soft" balls only.  Children may get hurt by a tennis ball or something.  


So, I got to thinking about all the other things we must also outlaw:

  1. Wet leaves.  You may slip and fall.  Don't laugh, I did once and broke my tailbone.  I guess we have to cut down all the trees that have leaves that fall off in the fall.  Of course the planet would die if we did, but remember, zero risk.  
  2. Cars.  They are very dangerous.  Especially now that Obama administration made the mileage standards higher.  The cars will be lighter, which of course gives you less safety.  It won't help a whit with "global warming" but the treehugers will be happy.  Oh, wait we have to get rid of trees too.
  3. Showers.  All must take baths or install a chair/seat in your shower.  You may slip.  Wait, you might drown in a bathtub.  So, only the showers with chairs.  
  4. Razors.  Hey American men out there, get used to your women being hairy.  Don't worry the Europeans survive with hairy women, so can you.  Because even the waxing can cause burns.  
  5. Beds without bed rails.  You know some older people and younger children can roll out of bed and hurt themselves.  
  6. No deep-frying your turkeys next week.  Too big a risk for a fire.  Actually all cooking must be outlawed.  Too risky.  Get used to vegan diet folks.  It is the wave of the future.
  7. We have to find a way to outlaw snow and ice too.  Very risky.  Since that may not be possible, we will have to pass a law that you can't leave your home while there is snow or ice on the ground.  
  8. No electrical outlets in the home.  Children may stick a fork in there or something.  
  9. No long coats or sweaters.  They might get in a door.  
  10. No laces on your shoes.  You might trip and fall if they are not tied correctly.
Zero Risk?  Life is not possible with zero risk.  Accept it liberals.  Life has risk.  


H/T to The Lonely Conservative


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Quote of the Day - Alec Baldwin Edition Part 2

One important lesson, I believe, is that bailouts of major corporations in any and all industries are counterproductive to long term economic health. And not simply direct infusions of cash as loans, tossed like gargantuan life preservers, in moments of greatest perceived dread. I’m talking about the bailouts the US government gives major corporations every day. The excessive fees forced on customers by certain banks, not to mention the predatory lending practices of the mortgage industry (coupled with the remarkably stupid borrowing of certain homeowners).
Alec Baldwin on his lessons from Occupy Wall Street.

Hmm, that almost sounds like a Tea Partier.  Although not if you read the rest.  

Two Words for Fans of Perry's Part Time Congress Idea

Recess Appointments.

Enough said.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Reader Question and Response - Yes, He is a Liberal

I got this sent to me the other day:




Fans of Herman Cain insist that the sexual harassment charges against him are part of a Democratic conspiracy. Well, Cain’s payouts to the victims are a matter of record. So what are we supposed to believe?  That these women knew ten years ago that Herman Cain was going to run for President and conspired to smear him? Not likely. So why are conservatives so angry at these women? Perhaps they honestly believe that a successful businessman has every right to feel up his female associates, and victims have an obligation to keep quiet.
Permission granted to publish this.

My response:

I think you missed this post.  http://912member.blogspot.com/2011/11/yes-rush-went-there.html  I don't think a woman who is truly harassed at work should be quiet.  Nor do I think that every woman who makes a claim is telling the truth.  I happen to have lived through two harassment claims during my career.  Both were bogus.  One, the company paid out because it was cheaper and it was better to just get rid of her.  The other, she asked me to testify on her behalf and I declined because her claims were not true, to the point that she even asked the NAACP to help her (she happened to be black) and they refused and said she had no case.  The company fought it and won.  It cost them a fortune.  The laws are very vague and make it far too easy for people to get an easy payout.  Women who make false claims should be ashamed, because all they are doing is making it harder for women (and men) who are truly harassed to be believed.  

So let me ask you, did you give Paula Jones and Juanita Broderick the same consideration?    If memory serves the press and the left went after them pretty hard and in a disgusting and demeaning fashion.  

There is nothing that some on the right are doing that wouldn't be done by some on the left if the situation were reversed.  How many on the left said that Weiner being a cyber flasher didn't matter?  

Also you must have missed the post I did saying that Cain is not capable of being president.  I did that long before any of these claims came to light.  

I got no response.  


I forget to mention that I firmly believe this whole thing started on the right and not the left. Gov. Perry is my main suspect, but I also think that Romney is just as capable.  I blogged about that as well at the time.  

Gloria Cain on Her Marriage, The Run for the Presidency, and Sexual Harassment Charges

She seems like a nice woman.  I am sure this invasion into her personal life has been difficult on both her and her family.

Occupy Wall Street Quote of the Day Edition Part 10

It was fairly clean, no urine or fecal matter. There weren't things strewn about."


Jeremy Baratta, 32 year old Army vet and Occupy Wall Street Protester on NYC citing health concerns on clearing out Zucotti Park.  


Is that how he judges if his house is clean?  



Monday, November 14, 2011

Liberal Logic Photo of the Day

First Lady Michelle Obama gave these kids MM's while touring a farm in Hawaii on her Let's Move Campaign; designed to fight childhood obesity.  Did the kids have their BMI checked before the got the MM's?  


So Let me get this straight, she was there to promote healthy eating and talked about wiping out childhood obesity in a generation then gave the kids candy.  Ok, got it.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

SNL Take on GOP Debate

They do mock these debates well.  Again, a little over the top on some, but all and all very funny.

Even The Devil Gets It, Penn State Fans

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Quote of the Day - President Obama Edition Part 10


“We’ve been a little bit lazy over the last couple of decades. We’ve kind of taken for granted — ‘Well, people would want to come here’ — and we aren’t out there hungry, selling America and trying to attract new businesses into America,”


Gee, do you think that having some of the highest corporate tax rates in the world has anything to do with it? 


Liberal logic at it's finest.  

Friday, November 11, 2011

Defending the Indefensible?


I don't normally like to point out other blog posts to point out a negative opinion of what they wrote.  This one time I am going to make an exception to that rule.  Matthew Archibold wrote on the National Catholic Register a defense of Joe Paterno.  Not just a defense but to say that Joe is a good man who did a bad thing.

While I agree with Matthew that many good people do bad things.  Let the first without sin cast the first stone.  That is all true.  But, in this case the facts of what happened to those young boys is inexcusable.  These boys were raped.  Their lives were changed forever.  Nothing can make up for that.
People knew that they had a monster in the midst and closed their eyes to it.  Why?  For money.  Penn State Football brings in millions upon millions of dollars to the school.  This can be the only logical reason that a man who talked about honor often would turn his eyes to the rape of young children.  Paterno knew that the man had a foundation that he set up for young boys.  One can assume that the entire reason Sandusky set up the foundation was to have a pool of young boys in which to choose from.  Before his firing the coach made the following statement:
"I have come to work every day for the last 61 years with one clear goal in mind: To serve the best interests of this university and the young men who have been entrusted to my care. I have the same goal today."
It is painfully obvious that he did not have the best interests of the boys who were victimized after he was told that Sandusky was raping a young child in the shower and did not call the police.  All he did was tell one person at the school.  Can anyone say that was enough?  Can someone look that young boy in the face and say "well,  he did tell someone"?  A man was caught in the act of raping a child in a shower and no one called the police.  No one intervened and tried to get that poor boy some help.  He did nothing to serve the interest of that child.  He served the interest only of the university.

Even after Sandusky was fired, did the people at Penn State just think he would magically stop his depravity?  Did they think he was cured?  No, they just were grateful that it wouldn't affect the university, or so they thought.  Archibold says that the name Mike McQueary isn't being talked about enough.  OK, I will talk about him.  He is even worse than Paterno.  He actually saw with his own eyes a boy being raped and did nothing to stop it.  Even if he felt he couldn't stop it (which there is no excuse for) he didn't pick up the phone and call the police.  Penn State still has this man in their employ.  Which to me just says that university has learned nothing from this.

Maybe I am wrong, but a good man who just did a bad thing can look the people he harmed in the eye and explain their actions.  Can the coach really look at the young man who was in that shower and say I made a mistake?  Can he do that to all the victims that have come after?  How many boys has this man raped since that day?  Can he look them in the face?  I don't think he can.

This is not a case of good man doing a bad thing that can be written off.  This is a case of a man who put his own self interests in front of those of a child who was being raped.  There is nothing good about that.

Thank a Veteran Today

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Occupiers Occupy Michele Bachmann Campaign Stop

They have yet to learn to speak for themselves.

Bachmann handled it very well; especially when she got back on stage she touted the first amendment.


Newt "..Lifetime record of being a consistent conservative"



Well, except for his infomercial with Nanny Pelosi on global warming.  Although, he has since admitted it was a mistake.

Perry Laughing at himself

In some ways this has humanized Gov. Perry in a way. He decided to laugh at himself and give the top ten list on The David Letterman Show.  Here is a preview.


Students Defending Joe Paterno



While it is not completely clear exactly what Paterno's actions were after he was told about one of his colleagues was raping a child in a shower.  What we do know is that he was told about it and brought it to the attention of the board.  But he never called the police.

But this young woman is against the firing of Paterno last night.  She doesn't seem to realize that Paterno's inaction led to additional young men to be molested.

I am sure the victims of that monster are very proud.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

This is Scary Beyond Words - Occupy Denver Has Dog as Leader

Above and beyond the dog being the leader is the drone repeating of the words from the man on the microphone.



The dog is cute though.

Yes, Rush Went There

Because he didn't sexually harass anybody because she said stop, and he stopped; she said take me home, and he took her home.
I did notice that when we were listening to Bialek she said that she told him, "What are you doing, Mr. Cain, I don't want you to," and he stopped. She said no and that was it. No means no. . . . When Herman Cain drove the babe home she actually got there and is alive to talk about it. 
Now, I am not a listener of talk radio very often.  While I do sometimes get useful information, I personally feel it more entertainment than substance.  But, shortly after the press conference I was in a car with a friend who was working on a local campaign to re-elect a state delegate doing a get out the vote effort for yesterday's elections.  He happened to have it on.  I thought then that Rush went too far, but I didn't really get to hear the entire thing.  


Jill over at Pundit and Pundette didn't take to the Rush dialog on this any better than I have:


Well yes, it's true, no one's accusing him of abduction or murder. But that's what I'd call a pretty low bar. Would Rush have the same casual response if someone treated his wife like that?
 She asks the question:


What she is accusing Cain of is worse than that. I've been out of the dating scene for a while and I know things have changed, but have we really sunk so low that a guy sticking his hand up a woman's skirt and pushing her head down to his crotch is just making a romantic overture?
There are many things about Ms. Bialek's story that I find troubling.  There are things that just don't make sense to me.  One being that what she was describing is not harassment, but assault.  That was a criminal offense and she should have contacted the police.  Digging to see if she has financial gain to making these allegations, is she prodded along to make them, and if so, by whom?  Those are legitimate questions to ask. Her credibility then becomes questionable.  But, for people to talk about her sexual history is downright low and disgusting.  Bill Kurtis has basically publicly called her a whore:
And lot of people [at CBS] know her and she has a history. . . . There's a lot more to the story that is just developing.
One of the constant themes you hear from the right in regards to the media coverage of the accusations against Bill Clinton once he started running for president was that the media attacked the women instead of dealing with the allegations against President Clinton.  That is exactly what Rush just did.  He now no longer has the credibility to go after the press for not doing their jobs in regards to Clinton.  


I believe that the first women's motivations for making the accusation need to be examined.  Professor Jacobson over at Legal Insurrection has pointed out an article done the by the AP on one of accusers who seems to have a history of making harassment claims.  She went on to make another complaint at her next job, in fact.  In that complaint she was looking for a raise and a promotion.  Apparently, the claim was eventually dropped, but one can detect a pattern of behavior with her that makes her complaint against Cain much less credible.  


As a woman, I find it just more than a more disturbing that the first line of defense is to call the woman a whore and to dig into her sexual history.  In this day and age most women have a sexual history.  Some may be more sorted than others, but few women were pure as the driven snow on their wedding nights.  The right or wrong of that is up to your own particular morals.  But if only a virgin or a woman who was on her wedding night can be a victim of sexual harassment or assault, most women better start not leaving their homes without a guard, because it will open season on many of us.  


I have to hang my head in shame to see where Rush took this conversation.  His sexual innuendo with her last name and saying that since she is still alive to talk about it is way over the line of decency.  I am with Jill in asking if someone stuck his hand up his wife's skirt would he just be grateful that she isn't dead, and to heck with the gesture?  


As a person who honestly believes that the media went too far in going after the women who accused President Clinton in a personal, demeaning, and disgusting fashion, I am no more pleased the some on the right are doing exactly the same thing.  Investigate the claims and look into seeing if they are being driven by money or a sick attempt at 15 minutes of fame.  But leave the woman's sexual history out of it.  It is none of our business.  

Virginia Senate All Tied Up - Gov McDonnell's Statement on Results

"Tonight, Virginia voters have made history. Republicans have gained at least 6 seats in the House of Delegates, bringing our majority to at least 65 members, the highest number Republicans have ever had in that body. In the Senate, Republicans have gained two seats, bringing the Party to 20 seats, with Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling holding the tie-breaking vote in the chamber. Over the course of this campaign, Republican candidates have focused on providing common sense solutions to the challenges facing our citizens. And that is how we will govern in the majority. We will continue to put forward common sense policies that will help the private sector create jobs and reform our government to make it more efficient and effective. I want to thank all the candidates, from both parties, who ran for office. Their commitment to public service is what our Commonwealth and country needs. Now, it is time to come together to govern and make this a true "Commonwealth of Opportunity" for all our citizens."
It didn't go quite as well as some had hoped, but we did manage to tie the Senate.  Lt. Gov Bill Bolling will make the deciding vote on any tie.  We should be able to get more choice for VA students.   

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Get Out The Vote

Today is election day in Virginia.  The GOP needs to get two seats to tie and three seats to have the majority in the senate.  The House of Delegates is highly likely to stay in the hands of the GOP.  


A few things that Gov. McDonnell can get done with a GOP Senate:


Tighter restrictions on abortions
Cut state funding to Planned Parenthood
Close our ABC stores and allow people to open private liquor stores.  
Allow more off shore drilling


Those are just a few of the things on the agenda.  But you need to do your part and GET OUT THE VOTE.


Here is a link to find your polling place.


https://www.voterinfo.sbe.virginia.gov/PublicSite/Public/FT2/PublicPollingPlace.aspx


I am for a day of work at a local precinct and then a election party.   

Monday, November 7, 2011

And I am the Racist? MSNBC Sinks to New Low

Yes, it is possible for MSNBC to sink even lower.



Truly disgusting.

The Latest Herman Cain Sexual Harassment Allegations


Today Sharon Bialek became the first woman to go on the record and formally accuse Herman Cain of being sexually inappropriate with her.  She story is very detailed.  Something that we didn't have in the past.  The Cain campaign has denied the charges as false and baseless.
Here are the issues with her story as I see it.
  1. What is describing is assault, not harassment.  She says that since she didn't work for the National Restaurant Association she felt that had no claim.  That is simply untrue.  If her story is accurate, Cain asked for sex in order in return for a job.  That is exactly what quid pro quo sexual harassment is.  She would have been perfectly within her legal rights to file a claim of sexual harassment against Cain with the NRA.
  2. She never reported this to the police.  Again, this was attempted rape at worst or assault at best, if her story is true.  Both of which are criminal offenses.
  3. After Mr. Cain stopped after her refusal she wants people to believe that she got into a car with him.  Really?  That makes no sense whatsoever.  None.  As a women I can't imagine getting into a car alone with a man who just tried to my force my head into his crotch area so he could receive oral sex.  EVER.
  4. She hired Gloria Allred, known publicity whore and tool for the left.  Just ask Meg Whitman.
The NRA has released a statement confirming her employment that falls within the time frame of her story.  One of the attorney's for one of the original accusers during his time at NRA has also made a statement saying that the accusations of Ms. Bialek are "similar" to that of what happened to his client.  Easy to say, since we have no idea what the accusations of the first two women are.  The Politico story originally said that one was a gesture that was not really of a sexual nature.  Whatever the heck that means.
I hope Ms. Bialek is ready for the firestorm that is going to come her way.  She will have people digging into her past.  Some will be doing it to prove her right, others will be doing it to prove her wrong.
If these charges are true, Herman Cain cannot be president. Character matters.  If these charges are not true shame on the people who have made them so public.  Because once this is all over with, where will Mr. Cain go to get his reputation back again?  People will now always know him as a sexual harasser, regardless of the truth.
Cross Posted at Pundit Press and PotLuck

And In Walks Gloria Allred


Not missing an opportunity to get her name in the papers, Gloria Allred will be holding a press conference this afternoon with another woman who claims she was sexually harassed by Herman Cain.  RadarOnline is reporting that this news conference will be held this afternoon in New York City.  


Allred, the women who has made a very good living representing such women as the porn star who was having an affair with Tiger Woods, who Allred contended deserved an apology.  Let's see the woman slept with a man she knew to be married, and was paid to have sex on camera.  Yeah, she sounded like a victim to me.  She was a paid whore and then got upset that was exactly how she treated.  


There are no available details on this woman that I could find.  So, we don't know how or where she knows Mr. Cain from.  But it would seem to me that if you wanted creditability, the last person you would go to would be publicity whore Gloria Allred.  Although, she successfully helped derail Meg Whitman's candidacy for governor of California with Nikki the lying maid.  Who admitted to committing fraud and still miraculously manages to stay in the country illegally. 


Cross posted at Pundit Press

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Poll of Polls of 2012 GOP Race



PollDateSampleCainRomneyGingrichPerryPaulBachmannSantorumHuntsmanSpread
RCP Average10/14 - 11/3--25.523.011.09.88.23.51.51.2Cain +2.5
ABC News/Wash Post10/31 - 11/3438 RV232512149411Romney +2
Rasmussen Reports11/2 - 11/21000 LV26231487212Cain +3
Quinnipiac10/25 - 10/31869 RV30231087412Cain +7
FOX News10/23 - 10/25328 RV242012109330Cain +4
CBS News/NY Times10/19 - 10/24455 RV25211068211Cain +4
CNN/Opinion Research10/14 - 10/16416 A25268139621Romney +1
RCP POLL AVERAGE
2012 Republican Presidential Nomination
25.5Cain +2.523.0Romney11.0Gingrich9.8Perry
8.2Paul3.5Bachmann1.5Santorum1.2Huntsman

Polling Data

PollDateSampleCainRomneyGingrichPerryPaulBachmannSantorumHuntsmanSpread
RCP Average10/14 - 11/3--25.523.011.09.88.23.51.51.2Cain +2.5
ABC News/Wash Post10/31 - 11/3438 RV232512149411Romney +2
Rasmussen Reports11/2 - 11/21000 LV26231487212Cain +3
Quinnipiac10/25 - 10/31869 RV30231087412Cain +7
FOX News10/23 - 10/25328 RV242012109330Cain +4
CBS News/NY Times10/19 - 10/24455 RV25211068211Cain +4
CNN/Opinion Research10/14 - 10/16416 A25268139621Romney +1
Associated Press/GfK10/13 - 10/17431 A26307138422Romney +4
Rasmussen Reports10/12 - 10/121000 LV29291095422Tie
PPP (D)10/7 - 10/10484 RV302215145512Cain +8
Reuters/Ipsos10/6 - 10/10410 A1923710135--2Romney +4
NBC News/Wall St. Jrnl10/6 - 10/10336 RV272381611513Cain +4
WP/Bloomberg/PSRAI10/6 - 10/9391 A16243136410Romney +8
Gallup10/3 - 10/71064 A18207158532Romney +2
ABC News/Wash Post9/29 - 10/2RV17259179721Romney +8
CBS News9/28 - 10/2324 RV17178127432Tie
Quinnipiac9/27 - 10/3927 RV17228146331Romney +5
Pew Research9/22 - 10/4876 RV132281712621Romney +5
FOX News9/25 - 9/27363 RV172311196334Romney +4
CNN/Opinion Research9/23 - 9/25447 A72110287431Perry +7
Rasmussen Reports9/19 - 9/191000 LV7249286832Perry +4
USA Today/Gallup9/15 - 9/18439 RV52453113521Perry +7
McClatchy/Marist9/13 - 9/14317 RV52263071221Perry +8
CBS News/NY Times9/10 - 9/15747 RV5167235711Perry +7
Bloomberg9/9 - 9/12545 RV4224268921Perry +4
CNN/Opinion Research9/9 - 9/11446 A51853012422Perry +12
PPP (D)9/8 - 9/11500 RV818103111922Perry +13
ABC News/Wash Post8/29 - 9/1RV3234298621Perry +6
Politico/GWU/Battleground8/28 - 9/1LV417536101051Perry +19
FOX News8/29 - 8/31341 RV4183267431Perry +8
NBC News/Wall St. Jrnl8/27 - 8/31RV5235389832Perry +15
CNN/Opinion Research8/24 - 8/25467 A2146276911Perry +13
Quinnipiac8/16 - 8/271185 RV51832491011Perry +6
PPP (D)8/18 - 8/21663 RV71772761032Perry +10
Gallup8/17 - 8/211040 A41432511731Perry +11
Rasmussen Reports8/15 - 8/151000 LV61852991311Perry +11
FOX News8/7 - 8/9319 RV5216136722Romney +8
USA Today/Gallup8/4 - 8/7487 A424717141312Romney +7
CNN/Opinion Research8/5 - 8/7449 A41751512724Romney +2
McClatchy/Marist8/2 - 8/4301 RV6212183832Romney +3
Rasmussen Reports7/28 - 7/281000 LV9226181016--2Romney +4
Pew Research7/20 - 7/24546 RV82131291112Romney +9
Gallup7/20 - 7/241088 A31731581122Romney +2
CNN/Opinion Research7/18 - 7/20455 A61641481221Romney +2
FOX News7/17 - 7/19RV5174149102--Romney +3
PPP (D)7/15 - 7/17730 RV1020611916--2Romney +4
ABC News/Wash Post7/14 - 7/17RV7264871323Romney +13
NBC News/Wall St. Jrnl7/14 - 7/17RV53081191632Romney +14
Quinnipiac7/5 - 7/11913 RV62551051411Romney +11
FOX News6/26 - 6/28324 RV51831371123Romney +5
McClatchy/Marist6/15 - 6/23308 RV5192135812Romney +6
Rasmussen Reports6/14 - 6/141000 LV10339--71962Romney +14
NBC News/Wall St. Jrnl6/9 - 6/13RV1230687341Romney +18
PPP (D)6/9 - 6/12544 RV17229--78--1Romney +5
Gallup6/8 - 6/11851 RV9245--7561Romney +15
FOX News6/5 - 6/7338 LV7237--5442Romney +16
Reuters/Ipsos6/3 - 6/6621 A6184585--2Romney +10
CNN/Opinion Research6/3 - 6/7433 A102410--7411Romney +14
ABC News/Wash Post*6/2 - 6/5A421636311Romney +15
Quinnipiac5/31 - 6/6830 RV9258--8641Romney +16
CNN/Opinion Research5/24 - 5/26473 A10158--12721Romney +3
PPP (D)5/23 - 5/25574 RV12169--99--4Romney +4
Gallup5/20 - 5/24971 A8179--10522Romney +7
PPP (D)5/5 - 5/8610 RV--2420--128----Romney +4
CNN/Opinion Research4/29 - 5/1475 A--1310--10521Romney +3
Quinnipiac4/26 - 5/11408 RV--185--5411Romney +13
FOX News4/25 - 4/27322 RV4197--7331Romney +12
Rasmussen Reports4/26 - 4/26500 LV--179--8------Romney +8
Gallup4/15 - 4/201047 A--136--6421Romney +7
ABC News/Wash Post**4/14 - 4/17A--162021----Romney +14
McClatchy/Marist4/10 - 4/14468 RV2184--7321Romney +11
CNN/Opinion Research4/9 - 4/10385 A--1111--752--Tie
PPP (D)4/7 - 4/10400 RV--1511--54----Romney +4
FOX News4/3 - 4/5344 RV2147--3221Romney +7
NBC News/Wall St. Jrnl3/31 - 4/4238 RV--2111----53--Romney +10
Gallup3/18 - 3/221082 A--1510--6522Romney +5
CNN/Opinion Research3/11 - 3/13504 A--1814--8--3--Romney +4
Pew Research3/8 - 3/14538 RV--2111--8--2--Romney +10
PPP (D)3/10 - 3/13600 RV--1714--9------Romney +3
NBC News/Wall St. Jrnl2/24 - 2/28282 RV--2113--6--21Romney +8
Gallup2/18 - 2/201326 RV--169--5421Romney +7
Newsweek/Daily Beast2/12 - 2/15LV--197--------1Romney +12
PPP (D)2/11 - 2/13400 RV--1712--8------Romney +5
CNN/Opinion Research1/21 - 1/23479 A--1810--7--1--Romney +8
Rasmussen Reports1/18 - 1/181000 LV--2411--4------Romney +13
NBC News/Wall St. Jrnl1/13 - 1/171000 A--1910--8--3--Romney +9
PPP (D)1/14 - 1/16515 RV--1411--7------Romney +3
ABC News/Wash Post1/13 - 1/16425 A--1793----11Romney +8
Clarus Research12/10 - 12/16365 RV--1910--4------Romney +9
PPP (D)11/19 - 11/21400 RV--1819--5------Gingrich +1
McClatchy/Marist11/15 - 11/18337 RV--20105--------Romney +10
Gallup11/13 - 11/14925 A--1913--6--1--Romney +6
Quinnipiac11/8 - 11/15RV--1815----------Romney +3
Rasmussen Reports11/1 - 11/11000 LV--2013--5------Romney +7
CNN/Opinion Research10/27 - 10/30500 A--2012--7--2--Romney +8
Gallup9/25 - 9/26906 A--199--7--2--Romney +10
McClatchy/Marist9/14 - 9/16369 RV--2516----------Romney +9
PPP (D)9/10 - 9/13419 RV--2218--6------Romney +4
CNN/Opinion Research8/6 - 8/10494 A--2115--10--2--Romney +6
PPP (D)8/6 - 8/9400 RV--2221--4------Romney +1
Clarus Research7/26 - 7/27374 RV--2614----------Romney +12
Time7/12 - 7/13260 A--1812----------Romney +6
PPP (D)7/9 - 7/12400 RV--1923--7------Gingrich +4
PPP (D)6/4 - 6/7401 RV--2515--6------Romney +10
PPP (D)5/7 - 5/9539 RV--2321--8------Romney +2
PPP (D)4/9 - 4/11400 RV--33------------Romney +33
CNN/Opinion Research4/9 - 4/11498 A--2014--8--3--Romney +6
CNN/Opinion Research3/19 - 3/21498 A--228--8--5--Romney +14
Clarus Research3/17 - 3/20415 RV--2913----------Romney +16
PPP (D)3/12 - 3/14614 RV--28----11------Romney +17
Gallup2/1 - 2/3490 RV--143--2------Romney +11
ABC News/Wash Post11/19 - 11/23804 A--92--1------Romney +7
CNN/Opinion Research10/16 - 10/18462 A--21------------Romney +21
Rasmussen Reports10/15 - 10/15750 LV--2414----------Romney +10
Clarus Research8/14 - 8/18353 LV--3015----------Romney +15
Marist8/3 - 8/6310 RV--2110----------Romney +11
FOX News7/21 - 7/22303 RV--229----------Romney +13
ABC News/Wash Post7/15 - 7/18A--2110----------Romney +11
Gallup7/10 - 7/12455 A--2614----------Romney +12
Rasmussen Reports7/6 - 7/6750 LV--2514----------Romney +11
CNN/Opinion Research5/14 - 5/17448 A--2113----------Romney +8
FOX News5/12 - 5/13274 RV--1814----------Romney +4
CNN/Opinion Research2/18 - 2/19429 A--21------------Romney +21
Rasmussen Reports11/5 - 11/51000 LV--11------------Romney +11
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