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The Didgeridoo in Asheville

Posted by Thunder Pig on February 12, 2008

I found this video:

I don’t know why, but I love listening to didgeridoos…and didn’t have a clue the eclectic community in Asheville had a glassblower who could play the instrument.

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Jack Kemp Has Written To Me

Posted by Thunder Pig on February 12, 2008

Here is a letter Jack Kemp has written to conservatives up in arms over John McCain:

Dear fellow conservatives:

I’m writing to you soon after Mitt Romney suspended his campaign and Sen. John McCain addressed the Conservative Political Action Conference, not to calm you down, but to put McCain’s campaign and career in historical perspective.

We all love history and understand that to ignore its lessons is to put our Republic in harm’s way. As a student of 20th century history, I’m rereading Martin Gilbert’s great biography of Winston Churchill. As Gilbert chronicles the life of Churchill, he recalls the discomfort Churchill caused his Tory friends when he joined the Liberal Party in 1904. Churchill, a man of principle, left the Conservative Party because of its apostasy on trade. The Conservatives turned protectionist early in the 20th Century, and Churchill crossed over to the Liberal Party. The vitriol it provoked was of legendary proportions.

Churchill was a well-known maverick. He was a pugnacious and provocative speaker who challenged many of the icons of British Parliament and certainly made a number of enemies in and out of his party.

Churchill had what he called his “wilderness years” in the late 1920s and early 1930s, but as the storm clouds gathered over Europe in the ’30s, he became increasingly at odds with the government of Neville Chamberlain. He was even banned from talk radio (aka the BBC) in those days.

As war engulfed Europe and the Nazis terrorized the Low Countries and France, he was called back to service as prime minister of a divided war Cabinet. Gilbert’s history of that event says:

“By nightfall on 10 May, 1940, Churchill was prime minister. He later wrote of how, when he went to bed that night, he was conscious ‘of a profound sense of relief. At last I had authority to give directions over the whole scene. I felt as if I were walking with destiny, and that all my past life had been but a preparation for this hour and for this trial.’ Yet there was still some Conservative opposition to his emergence as prime minister; on May 11 Lord Davidson wrote to Stanley Baldwin: ‘The Tories don’t trust Winston. After the first clash of war is over it may well be that a sounder government may emerge.'”

Obviously historical parallels are never perfect, but I believe this one reflects the reality that, like Churchill, McCain’s whole life has been but preparing him to be best able to lead our nation and prosecute this war on terror to a successful conclusion.

His courageous and perspicacious support for the surge in Iraq gives him a unique role to play in this trial, every bit as important as defeating Nazism and fascism.

The mistakes he alluded to in his CPAC speech reflect humility going forward that is encouraging to those of us like me, Steve Forbes, Ted Olsen, former Sen. George Allen and other conservatives who wanted to see in him a genuine desire to work with, and listen to, some of the original Reaganites.

Source: Townhall

My response to Jack Kemp (and John McCain) is as follows:

Dear Jack and John,

It is nice to hear that you are now interested in my vote. You haven’t been too concerned before, instead you have enjoyed tweaking me at every opportunity, laughing in my face, and holding hands with those who are not conservative.

I want a little romance from you. I want you to woo me with a written promise that you will stake your Presidency on building a wall on our southern border. I want you to put all Immigration Reform considerations on hold until the wall is completed.

If you promise me that, and put it in writing (consider it flowers delivered to me at work, so my co-workers can exclaim in wonder) and I will consider going out with you. Until then…my hair needs washing.

Don’t Forget to write,

Thunder Pig

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Potomac Primary Polls and the McCain-Obama Juggernaughts

Posted by Thunder Pig on February 12, 2008

Things are looking well for McCain and Obama in today’s primaries:

For the Democrats, there are 238 delegates in play for today, and Obama is expected to take them lion’s share of them. Hillary is now on defense, and her current strategy is now set on betting the farm on Ohio and Texas in the March 4th Primaries. I just can’t believe our best chance to keep the White House is going down in flames…but remember that the Clinton’s should never be left for dead. The stake must needs be driven in but good.

On the Republican side, it is all but over, with Huckles still auditioning for his Ego, and a misguided effort for the Veep slot. Methinks the “straight-Talk Express” will run right over him. There around 119 delegates up for grabs today, and with a winner take all result…it looks like McCain will add at least 100 delegates to his count, which would bring him to within 350 of securing the nomination, which he could accomplish sometime in March or very early April.

Data for this post was gleaned from the latest Rasmussen Poll, the opinions are my own, and my plans are proceeding apace….

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Texas Communists For Obama and other Essential Morning Reads (updated with video)

Posted by Thunder Pig on February 12, 2008

This is gonna be fun:

Photo in an Obama Campaign office, with Communist Che Guevera adorning the wall on a Cuban flag, just showing how closely aligned American lefties are with Communism. At least McCain (or his supporters) won’t be likely to be lending support to Communists…like Fidel Castro. I just hope the rumor is true that he has said he would work to free Cuba of Communism. Read more on this at Redstate.

**update** 7.49am I have obtained an embeddable version of the video:

Why all the fuss about Che Guevera? Che Guevera was Fidel Castro’s chief executioner and a terrorist. I always find it deliciously ironic that the left…ostensibly against the death penalty, would hold a man who murdered in cold blood as a hero, adorning their clothing, walls, and vehicles. This should tell you all you need to know about progressives…they are harbingers of socialism, and would bring a new generation of murderers and executioners with them. It is also one of the things that set me against the Ron Paul Revolution, so many Idiot Ron Paul Supporters idolize Che Guevera, as indicated in this T-Shirt design.

For more information on the murderer Che Guevera, read The Real Cuba, a website devoted to exposing the Lies of the Left regarding Cuba, and check out the Che Guevera profile on Discover The Networks.

More people telling the truth about Cuba:

Babalu Blog, who has a team of bloggers focused on Cuba, and Latin America.

Kill Castro: A War Blog. Need I say more?

I’ll leave this discussion of this EVIL man with one of his quotes:

“To send men to the firing squad, judicial proof is unnecessary…These procedures are an archaic bourgeois detail. This is a revolution! And a revolutionary must become a cold killing machine motivated by pure hate. We must create the pedagogy of the The Wall! (El Paredón)” –Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara

We confine our enemies in a luxurious prison in Club Gitmo to await a tribunal, while the Lefty Hero Che just lined up men, women, and children and shot them. Never forget that about lefties…they would do what they accuse everyone else of doing.

Now, on to a real hero, Norman Podhoretz:

Powerline gave an award to Norman Podhoretz for his new book, World War IV, which is drum I’ve been beating for a while now…that we are engaged in a Fourth World War. Gateway Pundit has the scoop, and links to more scoopy stuff related to the evening.

In Minnesota, of all places, citizens are standing up to their tyrannical government by…lighting up. Smoking has been barred in restaurants and bars. Unless it is as part of a theatrical production. In at least one location, people take part in the evenings entertainment, and Captain Ed has the program for the performance.

And, speaking of tyrannical government, if either Democrat gets elected to the office of President in November, we are likely to be forced to buy health care…even if we don’t want it. The bottom line of this whole exercise is to steal money from the healthy to pay for the insurance, and the votes, of the unhealthy. Those of us who have taken care of our God-given bodies will be forced to pay for other people’s laziness, and lack of foresight. Read more at The American Thinker.

And speaking of tyrannical behavior…the lefties at CNN are now joining the lefty boycott of Fox News by dissing one of the guys on their die at Fox – Geraldo Rivera – who has a new book coming out, “His Panic: Why Americans Fear Hispanics in the U.S.” – was booked to appear on Nancy Grace’s CNN show on Feb. 28. But then he was disinvited and told CNN had “a blanket boycott” against anyone from Fox. ” ‘The Most Trusted Name in News’ just chickened out,” Rivera told Page Six. “This reveals a corporate insecurity.” Fox has had on as guests both Wolf Blitzer and Glenn Beck. A CNN rep denied any boycott and blamed a scheduling conflict. Newsbusters has the story.

At least Governor Mike Huckabee’s “Al Gore” moment has slipped away with the loss of the Washington vote count, what a silly boy he is, he doeasn’t even realize the race for the GOP nomination is over, and McCain can win in November!

The Democrat nomination is scrutinized by Patrick Ruffini, by way of spreadsheet.

So, that is a brief, brief snapshot of the American landscape as observed from the Pig Pen.

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