Archive for January, 2010

Presidential Tracking Poll

Posted by courage On January - 22 - 2010

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 25% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty-three percent (43%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -18.

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Need I say more?

Self-proclaimed “Moderate” Senator Bayh Bamboozles Hoosiers

Posted by courage On January - 22 - 2010

With the vast number of letters I have sent Senator Bayh since the first of the year, we should be on a first name basis.  But this is not the case.  Continually letters are answered with generic form mail, barely addressing the questions this constituent poses.  Rest assured though he can send out mass emails which champion his quest for fiscal responsibility; yet he never makes the connection between this stated policy position and the alarming increase in government bureaucracy, as evidenced by his health care “yea’ vote .  When calling either his local or Washington office I have yet to reach a live person; a vast majority of these times the voice mail box was full.  With legislation that impacts each and ever Hoosier can’t the Senator’s staff even find time to clean out the voice mail?

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Scott Brown (R) Wins Massachusetts By 5%

Posted by courage On January - 20 - 2010

US FlagA month ago it was a foregone conclusion that Martha Coakley would replace Ted (I can swim) Kennedy in the Senate.  She was ahead by 30 percentage points, that was then, this is now.

This is a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans 3 to 1.  Massachusetts has been considered a strong, no doubt in our mind, Democratic state.  Over the coming weeks analyst’s will be slicing and dicing what this means to the political landscape.  Need I remind anyone that Massachusetts already has a state mandated health care program, which only 32% of the residents believe it to be a success.
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Bringing Gitmo Terrorists to NY for Trial… Maybe Not !

Posted by courage On January - 19 - 2010

Top administration officials are getting nervous that they may not be able to proceed with one of their most controversial national-security moves: trying Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other accused 9/11 conspirators in federal court in New York City. Last November Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. portrayed the trial as a way to showcase the American justice system to the world—and to accelerate President Obama’s stalled plans to shut down the U.S. prison at Guantánamo Bay.


Showcase the American justice system, who doesn’t believe that this will give the terrorists exactly what they want… a world platform to spew the hate they have for this country?  This was a stupid, stupid move by the administration; which becomes obvious in light of the recent federal court ruling which dismissed a majority of the evidence in preliminary hearings for
Musa’ab Omar Al Madhwani (see here)

Certain lemming Democrats will continue to support the administration’s quest to bring enemy combatants to the US and afford them Miranda rights.  At a recent Gary town forum held by Pete Visclosky Indiana Representative from the 1st District,  he was asked about trying Gitmo terrorists in civilian court.  True to his unwavering blindness to view all things Democrat as superior, he stated he “supported all individuals being given rights under the Constitution.”

But because of shifting political winds in Congress, the trial is now “potentially in jeopardy,” a senior official, who did not want to be named talking about a sensitive situation, tells NEWSWEEK. The chief concern: that Republicans will renew attempts to strip funding for the trial and, in the aftermath of the bombing attempt aboard Northwest Flight 253, pick up enough support from moderate Democrats to prevail. Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham says he will force another vote on his amendment to stop the trial (which was defeated 54-45 in November) once Congress reconvenes.

Another big factor? The price tag. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently sent a letter to the White House budget office seeking more than $216 million to provide security for the trial this year—and more than $200 million for each year after that. The figures have prompted some critics to say that, given the years a complex conspiracy case could take, the final cost could approach $1 billion. (The U.S. Marshals Service has briefed congressional staff members on a separate request for an extra $118 million for surveillance aircraft and armored vehicles to guard against terror attacks. White House budget officials, however, knocked the figure down to $40 million.) The Justice Department has yet to indict the suspects, nor has it given Congress the required 45-day notice that it plans to bring them to New York. But spokesman Matthew Miller says the attorney general remains “committed to bringing to justice those allegedly responsible for the murder of nearly 3,000 people”—and “we can do it in trials that are safe, secure, and respected around the world.”


We can make sure the trials are safe and secure in New York, but what of the potential aftermath which I predict will see an increase in terrorist violence against the US?

If Holder’s plans are thwarted, though, one top administration official, who also didn’t want to be named talking about delicate issues, notes there is a Plan B—reviving the case against the alleged 9/11 conspirators before a military tribunal, just as the Bush administration tried to do.

This is exactly what the administration should have been doing from the start, use military tribunals.  But those pesky campaign promises which Obama made came back to haunt him.  It is vastly different running a campaign, being able to say whatever you want without a clear plan for executing the words and holding the office of the Presidency.

Massachusetts Miracle

Posted by courage On January - 18 - 2010

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Unions Suck !

Previously I have identified as a card carrying union member, don’t hold this against me; I have no choice in the matter I work in a closed shop.  For years I honestly thought unions were a good thing, protecting workers and such… yet unions are no longer about the average Jane or Joe worker.. they have become big business and are concerned most about the dues they collect and the members they can scrap in to their dismal pension programs.  Last week I wrote about the proposed tax on “premium”  health care packages and how that was going to affect union workers.

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Pete Visclosky Town Hall Forums

Posted by courage On January - 17 - 2010

Over the past week, Courage and One Nerve Left attended 3 of the 24 local town hall forums sponsored by Representative Pete Visclosky.  Each of the forums was scripted in the same manner; submit cards with questions for the Congressman, while he shuffles through the questions,  a local high academic 8th grader gives the bio of the Congressman.

The next 45 minutes Visclosky took the floor touting the wonderful things has done for the area; he is in full campaign mode with far too many “I” statements.  When he did direct statements toward the state of the nation he was quick to blame previous administrations; namely Bush.  This was predictable, given that the current crop of Dems can not seem to find anything but virtuous intent in their own actions.  The remaining 40 minutes or so was used to read and answer the questions which were submitted.  Often his answers would flow in to expanded rhetoric which only vaguely answered the original question and left the audience unsure of the reasoning.  This point was evident with the numerous times individuals in the audience would say right before he moved on to the next question, “you didn’t answer the question.”   After the second of these forums, it was obvious that he would not debate the merits of his positions which frustrated the audience and us.

Being proactive sort of people, prior to the third event we hastily wrote up a sheet called “We-The-People Speak: Rebuttal to previous town forums held by Representative Visclosky” and handed then out at the door of the event.  The sheet was based on previous statements which either went unchallenged during the event because they were offered during the 45 minute “I’m a great guy” beginning segment or statements which were either ignored or rhetorically tossed aside.

Here’s our rebuttal: With some minor corrections for clarity and typos,

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In a fundraising e-mail to Democratic supporters, Pelosi said that the Democratic agenda is moving the country forward and the Democrats toward victory this fall.

“Republicans are in full-blown ‘spin mode’ attacking the president and claiming he has lost support,” she wrote. “But that is just hype and hyperbole. You and I know better — together we are moving America forward.” (emphasis mine)

Oh really?  I suppose she hasn’t been watching the most recent Rasmussen poll.  The President’s ratings are down, as are the polling numbers of many Democrat’s facing re-election this year.

This reminds me of mid-December comments made by the speaker:

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has privately told her politically vulnerable Democratic members that they will not vote on controversial bills in 2010 unless the Senate acts first.

Hey Nancy, if you are not worried and all this is “hype and hyperbole” then why the drawback in the House?  Of course anyone with any sense knows why; as the agenda of this administration goes from the blank slate (Obama’s words) to concrete action the country is  concerned and those concerns translate in to votes.

The Dems thought “Teddy’s seat” in Massachusetts was a shoe-in, suddenly it has become the early 2010 election anyone interested in politics or the course of this nation is watching.  Even the wasted air space on MSNBC is seeing the writing on the wall…  Oh yes they are very worried about Scott Brown.

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As only this brand of Democrats seem able to do, Chicago thug politics rears its ugly head as a conservative newsreporter attempts to question  Martha Coakley after the debate with Scott Brown.  Why is it I see a continuing pattern of violence coming from the Democrats?  (this will be a future post)

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And how does Scott Brown answer the “Teddy’s seat” quip in the debate?

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And he is spot on.. the seat belongs to the  People !

Pelosi and the Democrat party refused to acknowledge the 9-12 March on DC where at least 1.5 million people took to the streets, they can ignore the rising tide of patriots in the country.. ignore it all.. but this I will promise, you have awoken a sleeping giant and WE-THE-PEOPLE are mad as hell and not taking it anymore !

March 11

We came on 9-12 and we will come again, whether by car, plane, bus or ballot box.  The American people will not sit idly by and let you a destroy the country !

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