I have a newsflash for the liberal media: Sarah Palin is running for President.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
I have a newsflash for the liberal media: Sarah Palin is running for President.
Monday, May 30, 2011
In the movie "Saving Private Ryan", Captain John Miller (played by Oscar-winner Tom Hanks) squelches a rebellion in his unit by revealing a secret about his profession.
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Here is some video of Rand Paul making a very eloquent defense of his position rejecting the Patriot Act.
Rand paraphrased the famous Ben Franklin quote about people giving up liberty for security, and receiving neither.
"Do we want a government that looks at our VISA bill?", he asks.
“I spent 22 years in the United States Army on the tip of the spear protecting the citizens of this great nation in uniform. As a Member of the House of Representatives, I have taken an oath to protect the constitutional rights of the citizens of the 22nd Congressional District of Florida and all Americans.
I support the work that law enforcement around the nation does in order to protect our citizens and apprehend individuals who want to kill innocent people and try to destroy our way of life.
I have spent the past two months investigating these provisions to the PATRIOT Act, their effect on American citizens and their impact on apprehending terrorists to better keep our country safe. After much reading, many briefings, and conversations with local law enforcement and federal agents, including FBI Director Robert Mueller, I am not fully convinced that by extending these provisions for four years, we would be any safer, but instead I fear they may only give us the illusion of being safer.
I also have concerns that these provisions were pushed through during the final hours on the very last day before the provisions were set to expire, and there was no open process for myself and other members of Congress to fully review the document.
In a letter to FBI Director Robert Mueller last week, I asked for clarity on several issues and asked the following questions, which I did not receive answers:
Can you provide a breakdown of how many times these provisions have been used on citizens and non-citizens?
How many people were ever convicted or investigated?
Out of those held, how many were released without being charged?
Are there any individuals that are still being held that were never charged?
What intelligence, if anything, came from these instances in which Section 206 was implemented?
There is a constant struggle between liberty and safety, and it is a principle that I am prepared to balance as a Congressman of the United States.
Benjamin Franklin, one of the founders of our nation, wrote, ‘They who give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.’ These are words I do not take lightly.”
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Congresswoman Michele Bachmann yesterday came out with a speech in Congress where she defended her vote to extend the Patriot Act.
Friday, May 27, 2011
...and I couldn't be happier. Two big power players in the Republican Party look now like they are leaning more and more towards a run for the White House.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Last night I watched the new HBO movie "Too Big to Fail" about the financial crisis in America in 2008. The cast was led by William Hurt, playing Henry Paulson, who was trying to save the world from another Great Depression. His team managed to pull it off, but just barely. The end credits of the movie state that this could happen again.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
I was thinking this morning about the announcement that Tim Pawlenty is running for President. I was also thinking about how the liberals in the media keep saying that Pawlenty is the logical, mature choice for the GOP. That only adds to my apprehensions about a Pawlenty candidacy and my strong opinion that he should not even be considered as an option.
Sunday, May 22, 2011
In a midnight email, Mitch Daniels told his closest friends he wouldn't be running for President in 2012.
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Friday, May 20, 2011
Thursday, May 19, 2011
There has been a lot of jibber-jabber in the media in the last few weeks about the Republicans not having any good candidates to defeat Obama in 2012. Well, they are partially correct. The best candidates are not in the race.... not yet, anyway.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
I'm kind of excited about this development, but I don't want to jinx it.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
There is a low key election being held today in Los Angeles. Few candidates and few voters. Please go to the polls and vote for Lydia Gutierrez for the Los Angeles Community College Board of Trustees.
Monday, May 16, 2011
Among all the anxiety-ridden Republicans who are desperately looking for our best candidate to defeat Obama, I have to say that I wonder why this mans name doesn't come up more often.
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Lately I've been noticing the liberal media networks seem to be hyping Tim Pawlenty for President. I think they figure he is a nice, safe liberal and there would be no reason to vote for him over Obama.
Saturday, May 14, 2011
As I have said before on my blog, I think Mike Huckabee is going to say no to a 2012 run for President.
Friday, May 13, 2011
The other day, I'm driving to start my work day and I turn left from Oxford southbound onto Wilshire Boulevard going eastbound. It's about 8:30 in the morning. Right next to this traffic island in the middle of Wilshire I notice a large orange object on the side of the road and I swerve a little to avoid it. As I'm going past I see that it is the body of an orange cat. Poor little kitty, I think. Probably got hit by a car sometime during the night.
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
You see a lot of offensive things done by our President. You always think you've seen the worst, but then he always comes up with a way to top it.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Word has been filtering out in the media that former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is going to officially enter the race for President in the 2012 election.
Monday, May 9, 2011
I read something the other day on the internet that not only raised my curiosity, but it also bothered me quite a bit. There was a story about how several large political figures from Iowa were traveling to New Jersey to meet with Governor Chris Christie. Their intent was to plead for Governor Christie to enter the Presidential race in 2012. This indicated to me a complete lack of faith and trust in the candidates who are currently running for the GOP Nomination in 2012.
Sunday, May 8, 2011
I have to be honest. Mothers Day has never meant much to me. My Mother died back in the 1970's when I was just a kid. She had epilepsy and suffered from occasional seizures. Her health declined and she eventually died from this problem. My memories of her grow weaker and weaker as I get older.
Saturday, May 7, 2011
Today, golf lost a great champion and a great friend. We also lost a great entertainer and ambassador for our sport.
I have always had wonderful respect for Seve’s ability, how he played the game, and the flare he brought to the sport while achieving the success he did. It was his creativity, his imagination, and his desire to compete that made him so popular not only in Europe but throughout American galleries, too.
He was a great entertainer. No matter the golf that particular day, you always knew you were going to be entertained. Seve’s enthusiasm was just unmatched by anybody I think that ever played the game.
Seve was able to create shots, invent shots, and play shots from anywhere. When he won at Royal Lytham in 1979, he played the 16th hole from a parking lot. I have watched him play 1-irons out of greenside bunkers, when just fooling around. He could get up-and-down out of a “garbage can.” He could do anything with a golf club and a golf ball. Seve learned how to take the shots and mentality he developed in a caddie yard as a young boy to a sophisticated golf course. He never changed himself; he only learned how to adapt his game to the golf course.
Seve was, without argument, a terrific player—his record speaks for itself—but more important was his influence on the game, especially throughout Europe. Through the years, his involvement with the Ryder Cup, as both a player and captain, served to further elevate the stature of the matches. He was probably the most passionate Ryder Cup player that we’ve ever had. I think his teammates always rallied around him and that passion of his. He was Europe’s emotional and spiritual leader, the heart and soul of their team. The Ryder Cup was something that was very, very special to Seve. And Seve was very special to us.
We can only imagine how difficult this battle has been for him and his family the last few years, but I know Seve faced it with the same grit, fight and spirit he approached his golf career. We had the opportunity to honor Seve at the Memorial Tournament last year, but it was truly all of us who were honored. Although he was unable to travel to Ohio, he sent a video that was simply terrific. It had humor; it had emotion; it had Seve’s touch. We can not honor and celebrate Seve enough, because he has meant so much to the game of golf and to all of us who love this sport. As I said, Seve was the heart of the Ryder Cup for decades. And speaking on behalf of my wife Barbara, today Seve and his family are very much in our hearts, on our minds, and in our prayers.
Friday, May 6, 2011
There has been a controversy brewing the last few days over the potential release of the Osama Bin Laden death photos. Unfortunately, this has come about because we have a President who is pretty fond of talking the talk, but not walking the walk.
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
I took a lot of political heat last year for cybersquatting and taking the planned website of my rival in the Republican primary.
Yesterday, I was on my way home from a trip to the bank. It's only about 500 yards, so I walk.
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
This is a story that goes back a few years. A lot of years, to be exact.
Monday, May 2, 2011
Colonel Nathan Jessup: "Son, we live in a world that has walls. And those walls need to be guarded by men with guns."