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Dear Washington State Conservatives…

Posted by necessarygrace on June 29, 2012

What’s the DEAL?

I move back after four years in a “purple” state only to find that while on the one hand, the Republican Attorney General, Rob McKenna, seems to have a real shot at the governorship (if the Dems don’t steal it again), on the other hand, the local Republican party has all but given up any hope of unseating Maria Cantwell. WHY?

I know, I’m late to the game. But after yesterday’s nightmare of a court decision, I’m playing some serious catch up. Apparently the R’s had a “hard time” finding someone to run, at first. But good news! Michael Baumgartner stepped up. And while I’m pretty much only judging from his website and the info in the online voters pamphlet, he’s seems really good. Seriously. The guy has major boni fides for this job.

* A Masters of Public Administration in International Development from Harvard in 2002

* Economics Officer at the US Embassy in Iraq working in the Office of Joint Strategic Planning & Assessment in 2007-2008

* Embedded Advisor to an Afghan Counternarcotics Team in Helmand Province (2008-2009).

* Serving in the WA State legislature, on the Ways and Means Committee, the Higher Education Committee, and as Ranking Member on the Economic Development Committee (2011)

He knows economics and he knows foreign policy. Which in my book puts him way ahead of where Obama stood back in ’08. And on top of that, he’s promised to vote to repeal Obamacare. So what’s up with the pathetically lame fundraising? And why did I have to work so hard to find this guy online? Why one earth isn’t his website linked on every local Republican and Conservative blog and website? C’mon Washingtonians, at least PRETEND to make an effort!

This 2012 election isn’t just about the President. I mean, yes, obviously, let’s do everything we can to kick Obama to the curb. But let’s not fool ourselves… Romney is not a card carrying Conservative. And even if he were, there’s not a heck of a lot he can do without majorities in the House and Senate. “All politics is local” … in this case that means, if you want to get the federal governments boot off your neck, you need to make a real genuine effort to elect Conservative Republican congressman AND senators.

If you are sick and tired of the same two liberal women representing Washington in the Senate year after year (after year…) – DO SOMETHING. Volunteer. Contribute. Find Michael Baumgartner on FB, like him and send the link to all your friends.

And if you are not from Washington? Insert {Your State’s Name Here} and do the same! (And while you’re at it, if you could say a little prayer that WA state voters will finally come to their senses, well, I’d really appreciate it. If the last 3+ years of insanity haven’t woken them up, I don’t know what ever will.)

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Obama’s Friends March in California

Posted by Nancy on May 7, 2011

Former SEIU president Andy Stern has visited the White House more than any other person since the president took office, so they must have some common interests.  What could they be, and what has the SEIU been up to lately? 

Why, marching with Communists, or course.

Those on the left used to become outraged at the mere mention of the socialist/communist affiliations of friends of Obama’s administration, but now they seem to be flaunting it. Here the Communists and union members (SEIU, AFL-CIO, and teachers) are chanting “Legalization or Revolution.”

There are more pictures and videos of the event at Pajamas Media, which links to a full-length photo essay at Ringo’s Pictures.

How about that extensive coverage of this event by the Main Stream Media?  Hmm, I must have missed that.

Nothing to see here, move along.  But don’t be surprised if demonstrations proliferate this summer and boil over next year before the election.  That’s what community organizers excel at, after all.

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CPAC Energizing Conservatives

Posted by Nancy on February 12, 2011

I spent the past three days at a state political convention.  Unfortunately, it was not the kind that helps select tomorrow’s leaders but the kind where you spend all day in class learning how to dispatch the responsibilities for which you are already elected.  It is an annual event, it is always informative, I always enjoy being there, but this time it took up time I would rather have been using to follow the goings on at CPAC.

At least I can do a little catching up via the internet.

Romney’s speech stuck to his strengths and the country’s weakness – the economy and job creation.  I always feel confident he could do better with getting us out of the economic morass we are in than anyone else and think he would be a good and honorable president.  His style of speaking is a *little stiff* though, and he was followed later  in the day by someone who both is dynamic and has a good message. 

If you haven’t already met Herman Cain, founder of Godfather’s Pizza and the only announced candidate for the presidency at this time, here is his speech. Notice all the standing ovations in the last third or so.

Whether he has a chance of winning the presidency or not, he is an inspiring speaker.  He pulls no punches in saying what he thinks, like “Stupid people are ruining America” (shortly after the eight minute mark).  Or “Democrats have no strategy, only three tactics,” which he calls SIN: switch the subject, ignore the facts, and name calling (shortly after the ten minute mark).

Glad he’s in the Conservative camp.  He’s saying things many are afraid to say.

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I Can’t Believe She Said That

Posted by Nancy on January 27, 2011

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Shootings in Tucson, But All’s Quiet in Hollywood

Posted by Nancy on January 16, 2011

Now that you mention it, have you noticed how most of the leftist Hollywood glitterati have been AWOL in blaming right wing extremists for the recent shootings in Tucson?  Seems a little out of character for people who usually would kill, er die, no um, push their way to the front of a line to get in front of a camera and blame conservative Americans for anything wrong in our society.  

Wonder why they have been so quiet this past week?  Could it be they don’t want anyone paying attention to the product they inflict on us on a regular basis?

Dennis Keohane makes some relevent points in his article at American Thinker, and gives two movies as examples. 

Shooter (2007)

Ned Beatty plays evil Senator Charles Meachum, a character who resembles Dick Cheney.  The senator is linked to the massacre of Ethiopian villagers in the interests of his “big oil” consortium.  The hero, a former military sniper played by Mark Wahlberg, kills the senator.

Try to imagine the reaction to a movie with an elected official shown as corrupt but who is also presented as being liberal on various positions (e.g., supports unions, subsidizing clean energy companies, auto industry bailouts) and is made to resemble Senator John Kerry or Vice President Biden.  Imagine the reaction if this character were killed by the movie’s hero.

Thomas de Zengotita, contributing editor at Harper’s Magazine, wrote this at the Huffington Post:  A really smart bit of left wing (I’m for it!) propaganda aimed at the Bush administration, the Iraq War and, especially, Dick Cheney…see the movie and tell me that Ned Beatty, as Montana Senator Charles F. Meachum, isn’t doing an SNL version of Dick Cheney. Then reflect on what happens to him in the movie…We are all entitled to fantasies of vengeance

David Edelstein, film critic for NPR’s Fresh Air and CBS Sunday Morning, wrote in New York Magazine:
Lefty peaceniks who object to the red-meat vigilante action genre on moral and political grounds but down deep wonder if they’d enjoy watching evil right-wing war criminals get their heads blown off should check out Shooter.
Writing of the film’s sniper hero who kills the Cheney lookalike Senator, Edelstein says he “doesn’t need subpoena power to do a little government housecleaning.”
 
Machete (2010)
 
In Machete, directed by Ethan Maniquis and Robert Rodriguez, Robert De Niro plays the evil right-wing Senator McLaughlin, who campaigns on securing the southern border while warning of an impending invasion of Mexican illegals.  In what is intended to be a humorous scene, the senator is killed during a battle on the border when his murderous anti-immigrant vigilante allies mistake him for a border-crossing Mexican.
 
Marshall Fine has written and reviewed films for USA Today, the LA Times, the New York Daily News, and the Huffington Post.  His review finds the movie entertaining, and note how he describes the murderous vigilante “types” that get their violent comeuppance at the end:
( … [Rodriguez] does point out the hypocrisy, hyperbole and fear-mongering of the right wing.) It’s mostly a backdrop and plot device to build to a massive final battle between Mexican-Americans and Tea Party types … Yes, there will be those who dismiss “Machete” … But that would be to deny both the wit and imagination that Rodriguez brings to this extravagantly entertaining movie.
 
While the NY Times has been at the forefront in blame-gaming the Tucson shootings, its review found nothing objectionable in this movie that had a senator killed…  [T]he Times has nothing but disdain and contempt for anyone who might find such objectionable:
McLaughlin (Robert De Niro), a Texas senator who campaigns on a rabid anti-immigration platform and whom Mr. De Niro plays as a crinkly-eyed, hate-spewing hybrid of Lyndon B. Johnson and George W. Bush; one campaign commercial compares illegal immigrants to cockroaches … The only viewers it is likely to upset are the same kind of people who once claimed that the purple Tinky Winky in “Teletubbies” promoted a gay agenda.
 
At the Daily Kos, Markos Moulitsas and writer after writer blamed the Tucson shootings on the right, and in particular Sarah Palin.  Oddly enough, some months ago, a Kos diarist named Dartagnan wrote about his concerns that Machete could possibly lead to violence, and as a result, he was accused in the comments of thinking like a fascist.  Dartagnan then made specific his concern that the movie will “glorify the killing of a U.S. Senator to avenge the treatment of illegal aliens[.]”
 
For that, Dartagnan was accused of racism and pandering to the right…  In short, concern that a movie showing the killing of a senator could possibly lead to real violence against elected officials was in short supply at Daily Kos.

Finally, a quick promotional ad before I close.  Make sure you don’t miss the exciting new film premiering at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.  Titled Hobo With A Shotgun and starring Rutger Hauer, it’s the story of a homeless man with a shotgun who becomes a vigilante hero

Yeah, and I’m pretty sure there are no subpoenas, police officers, juries, or judges involved before the Hobo shoots all the bad guys while becoming the movie’s hero.

Any more questions on what is driving our country toward violence?  Just make sure you watch what YOU say and don’t put any offensive symbols on YOUR maps.

 

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Guess I’m Not An Average Elected Official

Posted by Nancy on January 15, 2011

What an interesting article, and what a dismaying result it shows.

For five years now, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute has been conducting a national survey to gauge the quality of civic education in the country. We’ve surveyed more than 30,000 Americans, most of them college students, but also a random sample of adults from all educational and demographic backgrounds.

Included in the adult sample was a small subset of Americans (165 in all) who, when asked, identified themselves as having been “successfully elected to government office at least once in their life” — which can include federal, state or local offices.

And those dismaying results are that the general public scores 5% higher on the test than those who have been elected to office at least once in their lifetime.  Of course, 54% as opposed to 49% still isn’t good.  Can you do better?

To read the entire article and take the quiz yourself click here.

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One Month Post-Election Report From Fly Over Country

Posted by Nancy on December 5, 2010

The election is over, the dust has settled, we’ve had time to ruminate over its consequences, and many of us are ecstatic.

The House Republicans, led by John Boehner of Ohio, seem primed to listen to the voters and legislate according to their positions.  What a change from San Francisco’s Nancy Pelosi, who thought her constituents were representative of the entire country and crammed their ultra-liberal agenda down our collective throats the past two years.  Seems like we can breathe a little easier now.

The Senate Republicans, in a weaker position but still able to maintain a filibuster, are staying cohesive behind Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.  Must say I’m surprised at his performance, but he must have gotten religion too after seeing the returns. There may be hope for our country yet.

There is Change in the air too, and the media doesn’t like it.  They are back to attacking the Republicans with a vengeance.  But now that everyone has put their cards on the table and we know where they’re coming from, it doesn’t matter as much.  It just seems to be impotent ravings from insignifcant people.

We’re seeing a lot of Gadsden flags and bumper stickers with conservative sayings.  Things like “Socialism isn’t the change we had hoped for,” and “Repeal ObamaCare.”  A lot less political correctness and a lot more determination to save the republic.

What there isn’t much hope for are the moderate Republicans, also known as Democrat-lites or RINO’s.  They may be heading for extinction as the voters show their wrath at those who don’t “get it.”  Maybe it would help if they had a theme song to lift their spirits; I’m recommending this one.

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Some Post-Election Humor

Posted by Nancy on November 6, 2010

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Get Out and Vote!

Posted by Nancy on October 31, 2010

Dennis Prager, a syndicated conservative radio talk show host, columnist, author, and public speaker was part of a panel discussion at the University of Colorago in Denver in May 2010. Here are some of his thoughts.

Polls out tonight show an unprecedented 15 point lead for Republicans in the generic ballot, and Democrat pollsters are admitting they expect at least a 60 seat loss in the House.

Vote as if our country depends on it. It does.

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I Worked So Hard for That Title

Posted by Nancy on October 22, 2010

This offering is from famed filmmaker David Zucker, done as an act of pennance for once upon a time donating $5,000 to Senator Ma’am’s first senatorial campaign. He has regreted it ever since. Sorry for the embed problem, but click the link for a laugh.

http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=16072732&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=1&color=&fullscreen=1&autoplay=0&loop=0

Call Me Senator from RightChange on Vimeo.

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