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Buncombe GOP Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner Opening Video

Posted by Thunder Pig on February 29, 2008

Here is the opening video, and I’ve re-posted the Senator Dole speech below, so that you may watch both if you desire.

I should have the rest of the videos up sometime this weekend. I apologize for the delay.

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More Improvements for West Carolina Report

Posted by Thunder Pig on February 29, 2008


I have almost finished the next round of improvements for my headline news site, West Carolina Report, and have updated it with fresh headlines, and a series of widgets that will deliver fresh content from RSS Feeds.

I have been typically delivering content based on a mix of geographic location (for the WNC and NC pages) and theme (for the National and World War IV pages). Now, I will be adding a fifth page, Science & Technology, to cover scientific and technological news over the weekend.

Eventually, I hope to be able to have all 13 sections active and constantly being updated by me and other team members to deliver a comprehensive coverage of news and politics in the coming months. The learning curve has been steep.

So, be sure to check out what I’ve been up to over there.

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McCain Leads BOTH Obama and Clinton in National Poll

Posted by Thunder Pig on February 28, 2008

The Mason-Dixon Poll on the numbers for the general election:

  • John McCain 47%
  • Barack Obama 37%
  • John McCain 49%
  • Hillary Clinton 40%

McCain leads Obama 47%-37% and Clinton 49%-40%. The Arizona senator leads the Democrats across the board. About 80% of Republicans are behind McCain. Only 66% of Democrats are behind Obama and 72% are backing Clinton in one-one-one match-ups with McCain. Currently, 17% of Democrats indicate that in a match up with Obama, they’d support McCain; 16% say so in a match up with Clinton. Seventeen percent of Dems also say they are undecided in a match up with Obama; 13% say so with regard to McCain-Clinton. Those numbers though could be a reflection of McCain being the presumptive nominee and Obama and Clinton still engaged in a fight for the nomination.

Commentary

Wow! This confirms my assertions here, and in several forums that Obama will be easier to defeat than Hillary.

Posted in 2008, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John McCain, polls | Leave a Comment »

New York Slimes Tries To Slime McCain AGAIN!

Posted by Thunder Pig on February 28, 2008

You wouldn’t know that the Times recently endorsed McCain for President by their recent attempts to derail his campaign. First, they re-printed an old, already discounted rumor. Second, they question his eligibility to become President.

Idiots. Is there not one editor at that paper who has not had a class on US History, where the US Constitution is studied?

Am I more intelligent than the editors of that paper?

The latest sliming by the Times was forwarded to me by a local lefty blogger.

WASHINGTON — The question has nagged at the parents of Americans born outside the continental United States for generations: Dare their children aspire to grow up and become president? In the case of Senator John McCain of Arizona, the issue is becoming more than a matter of parental daydreaming.

Mr. McCain’s likely nomination as the Republican candidate for president and the happenstance of his birth in the Panama Canal Zone in 1936 are reviving a musty debate that has surfaced periodically since the founders first set quill to parchment and declared that only a “natural-born citizen” can hold the nation’s highest office.

Almost since those words were written in 1787 with scant explanation, their precise meaning has been the stuff of confusion, law school review articles, whisper campaigns and civics class debates over whether only those delivered on American soil can be truly natural born. To date, no American to take the presidential oath has had an official birthplace outside the 50 states.

Source: New York Times

Commentary

I responded thusly:


I see the New York Slimes lives down to it’s poor reputation and is bereft of knowledge common to me since High School US History Class, and a simple reading of the US Constitution by anyone with half a brain. (I know today that seems to exclude the majority).

In recent history, three people have run for President who were born outside the Union proper, George Romney (born in Mexico), Barry Goldwater(born in Arizona before it became a state), and John McCain (born in the Panama Canal Zone to US Parents, one of whom was serving in the military).

You may argue that the Canal Zone is no longer US Territory (thanks, Jimmah), but Art 1, § 9 and Art. 1 § 10 prevent an ex post facto conviction. So, yes, he WAS born in the United States, even though it is no longer our territory. [Eligible #1]

McCain is a natural-born citizen under 8 USC 1401(c): “a person born outside of the United States and its outlying possessions of parents both of whom are citizens of the United States and one of whom has had a residence in the United States or one of its outlying possessions, prior to the birth of such person.” [Eligible #2]

I could go on, but there is no need. This does, however, give me an opportunity to note that the New York Times is engaged in tabloid journalism, creating controversies where none exist, and attacking a candidate for public office to the right of their position.

The question is settled law.

Feel free to email me if you have any further elementary questions regarding the US Constitution.

I had those references already on file due to having run across this problem before by reading through the fevered swamps of several Ron Paul forums [1] [2], and the equally fevered ramblings of Ted Samply, who (if he believes his allegations) should have pursued his crapola to get McCain removed from the Senate…and not wait until the man has the GOP Nomination locked up.

Previously on this blog:

John McCain IS A Natural Born Citizen

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Buh-Bye Hillary!

Posted by Thunder Pig on February 27, 2008

It looks like her last debate performance has done in the Hilda Beast!

Source: Gallup

I think I will be breaking out the bubbly next Tuesday night!!!

Posted in 2008, Debate, Democrats, Hillary Clinton, polls, Primaries | Leave a Comment »

Temperature Monitors Report Widescale Global Cooling

Posted by Thunder Pig on February 27, 2008

Twelve-month long drop in world temperatures
wipes out a century of warming

Over the past year, anecdotal evidence for a cooling planet has exploded. China has its coldest winter in 100 years. Baghdad sees its first snow in all recorded history. North America has the most snowcover in 50 years, with places like Wisconsin the highest since record-keeping began. Record levels of Antarctic sea ice, record cold in Minnesota, Texas, Florida, Mexico, Australia, Iran, Greece, South Africa, Greenland, Argentina, Chile — the list goes on and on.

No more than anecdotal evidence, to be sure. But now, that evidence has been supplanted by hard scientific fact. All four major global temperature tracking outlets (Hadley, NASA’s GISS, UAH, RSS) have released updated data. All show that over the past year, global temperatures have dropped precipitously.

A compiled list of all the sources can be seen here. The total amount of cooling ranges from 0.65C up to 0.75C — a value large enough to wipe out nearly all the warming recorded over the past 100 years. All in one year’s time. For all four sources, it’s the single fastest temperature change ever recorded, either up or down.

Source: Daily Tech

Commentary

The evidence is mounting from every quarter that the earth is cooling, not warming. I can imagine lefty enviros out protesting Global Warming in the snow in the next few decades, as it piles ever higher around them.

Posted in Environmental Lunacy, Global Ice Age, global warming, Progressives, science | 2 Comments »

RIP William F. Buckley (1925-2008)

Posted by Thunder Pig on February 27, 2008

One of the icons of the conservative movement has died:

I’m devastated to report that our dear friend, mentor, leader, and founder William F. Buckley Jr., died overnight in his study in Stamford, Connecticut.

After year of illness, he died while at work; if he had been given a choice on how to depart this world, I suspect that would have been exactly it. At home, still devoted to the war of ideas.

As you might expect, we’ll have much more to say here and in NR in the coming days and weeks and months. For now: Thank you, Bill. God bless you, now with your dear Pat. Our deepest condolences to Christopher and the rest of the Buckley family. And our fervent prayer that we continue to do WFB’s life’s work justice.

Source: The Corner

I am saddened to hear about this. During my early years of being a conservative, I watched his show, Firing Line, on the local PBS station, and read National Review, when the internet came along, I read the magazine online. I also enjoyed many of his books, and looked forward to his columns in the magazine he founded.
I like to tell people that Jimmy Carter made me a Republican, William F. Buckley taught me conservatism, and Ronald Reagan showed showed me conservatism in action.

This man was a giant who helped keep this nation from slipping completely into socialism.

My prayers go out to his family, friends, and co-workers.

Here are sources of info about him, his life, and tributes to him. I will post them as I find them:

Wikipedia Article

Quotes at Think Exist

Quotes at Brainy Quote

03-24-2006 on Charlie Rose

06-09-2004 on Charlie Rose Remebering Reagan

Chomsky Interview

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GOP to Play Lucy to Democrat Charlie Brown in Senate

Posted by Thunder Pig on February 27, 2008

Or, How the GOP Will Punk the Democrats on Retreating From Iraq!

The details:

Republicans remain almost unanimously opposed to any required withdrawal timeline, but they supported opening the debate because they want to draw attention to the decreased violence and other military progress in Iraq since the United States sent an additional 30,000 U.S. troops there last year.

“There’s been so much improvement in the situation in Iraq. Since [Democrats] are the ones who want to turn back to the subject, we’d like to spend the time talking about the dramatic improvements in Iraq,” Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters moments before a preliminary vote on the withdrawal measure.

The Senate voted 70 to 24 in favor of beginning a debate on a motion to formally vote on the bill, with 43 Republicans joining 26 Democrats and one independent.

In five previous efforts during the past 20 months, Sen. Russell Feingold (D-Wis.) had not received even 30 votes to bring his bill to a final vote. Not a single Republican had previously supported any of Feingold’s withdrawal bills, which have proposed the deepest cuts of any legislation requiring troop pullouts from Iraq.

The Republican move to back the debate on the Feingold proposal caught Democratic leaders off guard. Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.), who supports the Feingold measure, had hoped the Senate would begin considering a package addressing the mortgage crisis late yesterday. He had expected Republicans to remain opposed to debating the withdrawal plan as well as another bill requiring a new administration strategy on the fight against al-Qaeda.

Source: Washington Post

Commentary

I am looking forward to this, especially since I can now download and edit video of the proceedings. This is a real opportunity to show just how stupid the Democrats (and the anti-war lefties who support Ron Paul) are…and it is good to see the GOP Senate finally showing some backbone.

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Kathleen Willey on Political Pistachio Radio

Posted by Thunder Pig on February 27, 2008

Note: the widget above will play the show live at 10pm if you click the play button while the show is in progress, otherwise, it will play the podcast after the show is over.

Details of tonight’s show from Douglas Gibbs:

Kathleen Willey, wife, mother, and Democratic Political Activist, was working as a White House volunteer when, in 1993, President Clinton sexually assaulted her in the Oval Office. On the same day, her husband of 23 years committed suicide. Four years later, she was drawn into the Paula Jones sexual harassment lawsuit and subsequently, the Monica Lewinsky scandal, when she was forced to testify against Bill Clinton. Now, she has been targeted by the Clintons for daring to tell the truth, becoming the focus of media smear campaigns, terror tactics, and witness intimidation.

Willey was also betrayed by Hillary Clinton, stating in her book, Target: Caught in the Crosshairs of Bill and Hillary Clinton, that Hillary Rodham Clinton also “. . . betrayed all of the women her husband abused when she brought her power to bear on her husband’s prey.”

Despite Hillary’s husband’s 20 years of infidelity, made famous when the Monica Lewinsky affair broke in 1998, she is now a Democratic presidential frontrunner with Bill by her side.

Tonight on Political Pistachio Radio Kathleen Willey is our guest. She will explain years of accusations by women such as herself, Gennifer Flowers, etc. And we will discuss Mrs. Clinton’s actions, and how she was willing to do whatever it took to ensure Bill Clinton’s actions did not ruin their political careers. After all, for Hillary Clinton, it is all about power, and she is willing to do anything to reach the White House again.

Willey also says that her book contains explosive revelations that could damage Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, including accusations of campaign finance violations, new revelations about harassment and threats by the Clintons and their associates, and the identification of the person who threatened her just prior to her testimony against President Clinton – a man who turned out to be linked to the Clintons. Willey was also the target of an unusual house burglary that nabbed a manuscript of her book, while little else was taken from her home.

Now, Kathleen is warning that the Clinton Machine will sharpen its attacks on Obama, now that Hillary has been losing a string of primaries and caucuses to Senator Barack Obama. Willey has said that Hillary seeks to break Obama’s momentum, “and we are going to see a lot more of the same Clinton tactics that I and a number of insiders have experienced.”

Indeed, the Clinton Camp has launched a new “kitchen sink” strategy which intends to also go after pledged delegates, intended to get them to switch sides, regardless of state’s caucus results. “In their desperation, they are creating another scenario for war within the Democratic Party.”

Join us tonight at 10pm Eastern Time as we discuss this with Kathleen Willey on Political Pistachio Radio.

Warmest Regards,

Douglas V. Gibbs
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Profile of the Murderer Che Guevara

Posted by Thunder Pig on February 27, 2008

The Young Americans Foundation, carrying the torch of conservatism to a new generation.
Hat Tip: Gateway Pundit
Related: The Victims of Che Guevara
Profile: Discover The Networks
Merchandise: Che-Mart, for your anti-Che swag
Mocking Che: Free Republic, from which we get these gems exposing the myth of Che…

5. HE CONNECTED WITH THE PEASANTS. In fact, he died precisely because he never connected with them. “The peasant masses don’t help us at all,” he wrote in his Bolivian diary before he was captured—an apt way to describe his journey through the Bolivian countryside trying to stir up a revolution that could not even enlist the help of Bolivian Communists (who were realistic enough to note that peasants did not want revolution in 1967; they had already had one in 1952).

6. HE WAS A GUERRILLA GENIUS. With the exception of Cuba, every guerrilla effort he helped set up failed pitifully. After the triumph of the Cuban revolution, Guevara set up revolutionary armies in Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, Panama, and Haiti, all of which were crushed. He later persuaded Jorge Ricardo Masetti to lead a fatal incursion into that country from Bolivia. Guevara’s role in the Congo in 1965 was both tragic and comical. He allied himself with Pierre Mulele and Laurent Kabila, two butchers, but got entangled in so many disagreements with the latter—and relations between Cuban and Congolese fighters were so strained—that he had to flee. Finally, his incursion in Bolivia ended up in his death, which his followers are commemorating this Sunday.

7. HE RESPECTED HUMAN DIGNITY. In fact, he had a habit of taking other people’s property. He told his followers to rob banks (“the struggling masses agree to rob banks because none of them has a penny in them”) and as soon as the Batista regime collapsed he occupied a mansion and made it his own—a case of expeditious revolutionary eminent domain.

8. HIS ADVENTURES WERE A CELEBRATION OF LIFE. Instead, they were an orgy of death. He executed many innocent people in Santa Clara, in central Cuba, where his column was based in the last stage of the armed struggle. After the triumph of the revolution, he was in charge of “La Cabaña” prison for half a year. He ordered the execution of hundreds of prisoners—former Batista men, journalists, businessmen, and others. A few witnesses, including Javier Arzuaga, who was the chaplain of “La Cabaña”, and José Vilasuso, who was a member of the body in charge of the summary judicial process, recently gave me their painful testimonies.

9. HE WAS A VISIONARY. His vision of Latin America was actually quite blurred. Take, for instance, his view that the guerrillas had to take to the countryside because that is where the struggling masses lived. In fact, since the 1960s, most peasants have peacefully deserted the countryside in part because of the failure of land reform, which has hindered the development of a property-based agriculture and economies of scale with absurd regulations forbidding all sorts of private arrangements.


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