Saturday, July 07, 2007

Why Fred Thompson Doesn’t Matter

I know that many polls out claim to show Fred Thompson as the front runner for the Republican nomination, but I have a hard time believing he will get the necessary support once people learn a little bit more about the guy. In many ways, he is the Republican Obama: a candidate you can wish all of your desires upon since he does not have a very hard track record. I have yet to hear this man give a detailed response as to what his administration would look or act like if he were elected.

But the real reason the guy will not get elected is this:

Pretty hot woman right? You may think that she is Fred’s daughter or niece, but you would be wrong. That is his wife!
Maybe I am not PC enough, but I really don’t think the Republican base is going to go for a candidate with a trophy wife. Just my two cents.

Friday, July 06, 2007

4th of July: San Francisco Style

The Bay Area’s great photo journalist at Zombietime brings us another great set of photos from the “Fuck the 4th” celebrations that went down in San Francisco on Independence Day.

Yep, that is San Francisco for you. I was there with my father a few days back, and I was trying to explain to him that the Bay Area he grew up in has long since died and many of its inhabitants are radical adherents to anti-Americanism and just about any ideology that vilifies the States. He didn’t believe me until we came across countless homes with American flags flown upside down: it was unfortunate that we could not have been there on the 4th, as he would have been properly introduced to the new bread of far leftist in the Bay Area.

Fun for Children of all-ages!

Thanks to Bob from Brockley and Drink-soaked Trotskyite Popinjays for War, I have come across a site that applies a parental guidance label to your blog based on the content within it. “But, I am a Liberal” received:

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But who wants to have an all-ages blog? All ages movies generally suck, and I extend that same logic to the biosphere. So if I add a few words such as these (fuck, shit, vagina, kill, porn, cock, asshole, George Galloway), then we pull in a most awesome R!

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Tuesday, July 03, 2007

For Freedom and Justice

Happy American Independence Day folks! I hope you are enjoying some bbq with friends and family on this rather arbitrary date. Apparently, most of those who signed the Declaration of Independence did so on the 2nd of July (some as late as August 2nd), and felt that it was that date that would remembered as the day the lines were drawn (which is odd in and of itself since parts of New England had been fighting England since 1775).

John Adams wrote:

“The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”
Adams sure would have looked like a dumb ass if they had lost the war. I could just see how the British could have laughed at that last line about picnics if things had not played out so well for the American separatists.

The document was not finalized and voted on until the 4th, which is obviously why we celebrate the day as our Independence Day, but the date has never made sense to me. How about celebrating the day we won the war? Heck, the day the first shot was fired. I assume it is difficult to pin down a day to celebrate the birth of any nation; history rarely works in grand overtures that suite a public holiday.

But hey, the point is that we reflect on the meaning and accomplishments of our nation, and eat hot dogs till we are sick and must throw up all over our uncle’s front lawn. As Apu from the Simpson’s said: “Celebrate the birth of your country by blowing up a small part of it.”

McCain’s uphill Battle

John McCain, once falsely assumed to be the frontrunner for the Republican Presidential nomination, has experienced some serious fundraising failures as of late. On top of that, his stance on the War in Iraq and immigration reform remain unpopular with the base of the Republican Party. McCain is even polling in single digits according to some polling data.

I knew that his campaign was not reaching their financial goals when they called me 3 times in the last two weeks asking for money. I am hardly a big spender, and I appreciate that they appreciate my support, but it didn’t seem worth their time to get another 100 bucks out of me. I figured they must really have needed that money, and I was right.

It has been apparent to observant viewers for some time now that McCain has always had an uphill battle to pick up the nomination, and yet a slew of commentators still hold to this asinine assumption that McCain has abandoned his independent streak and had been pandering to the right wing base of the Republican Party. John Dickerson over at Slate hits it right on the head when he wrote:
“Perhaps the pandering stories will stop now, a weary McCain aide suggested to me today. It's hard to know which myth died faster in the GOP presidential race of 2008: 1) that John McCain was the GOP front-runner or 2) that he was pandering to the party's base to win the nomination. McCain infuriated conservatives by fighting for his immigration bill, and he still had to watch it die. Twice. The campaign-finance bill bearing his name was largely overturned by the Supreme Court last week. As if to prove that bad news loves company, he is about to take his sixth trip to Iraq, another place where they're having trouble meeting their benchmarks. The troop surge that he continues to passionately support is opposed by as much as 70 percent of the country. If McCain is a panderer, he may be the most ineffective one in the history of American politics.

Since McCain can't suck up very well, he's going to have to hope that people see their disagreements with him as evidence of his principle and grit. That hasn't happened enough for him yet. It also means he's going to have to wait for voters to fall in and out of love with Fred Thompson and give up their sustained flirtation with Giuliani. That's going to take patience and inhuman endurance, since everyone is going to spend the next few months asking when McCain is going to fold up shop.”

I don’t think this is the end of McCain’s campaign. I personally feel he will do better in the Iowa and New Hampshire primaries than current polls suggest. I seriously doubt Giuliani will get the nomination, no matter how he is polling at the moment, and Fred Thompson is simply pulling in favorable support because he is the “new kid on the block” that the base can wish all their desires upon. McCain may not have a great relationship with the base of the party, but I think his ability to work within Washington will bring in voters when it counts.

Monday, July 02, 2007

New C. Hitchens

Christopher Hitchens has yet another great piece up at exposing the brutal intentions of the terrorists in England.

I should be getting a copy of Hitchen’s new book “God is Not Great” tomorrow, and I look forward to reading it. His work on George Orwell is still necessary reading for anyone who breathes.

(And this just so happens to be my 350th post. Fancy that!)