Monday, December 31, 2012
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Friday, December 28, 2012
If you are a Liberal Democrat, you think that the shooting of 20 schoolchildren is such a tragedy that you want all guns banned. If you are a Conservative Republican, you think that tyrannical governments murdering over 100 million people is such a tragedy that you don't want anyone to be unarmed.
Sunday, December 23, 2012
If you haven't been able to guess from my posts over the last few days, I'm not one of these touchy-feely liberals who feels the need to pass a new law every time something bad happens.
I'm a Conservative. And Conservatives understand that there is only so much you can control in life. And the misbehavior of others is not one of them.
Sure, the elementary school shooting at Newtown was a tragedy, but our lives are filled with tragedies.
Planes crash, ships sink, tornados and hurricanes kill hundreds...sometimes thousands. And there is not a damn thing we can do about it.
Sadly, the loony liberals are all apoplectic and righteously indignant all over the airwaves right now. Nutty CNN host Piers Morgan is demanding we ban all firearms with automatic capacity.
Well...he's a nut who hasn't done his homework. Australia tried banning firearms a few years back... and crime rates skyrocketed!! Why? Because the people who weren't going to follow the ban suddenly knew that most people in their society had been disarmed.
It doesn't take a brain surgeon to figure out their reaction to that fact.
Also, another reason you don't ban firearms is because they are our last resort against tyranny.
We already have a President who decided that you don't have freedom of choice as to whether or not you buy health insurance. He has also been busy seizing car companies and banks.
Do I foresee a time when we Americans will have to take up arms against our leaders? For the time being, I would say no. But world history has shown us that situations can devolve very quickly.
Five years ago, the citizens in Libya and Syria certainly didn't think that their government would be gunning them down in the streets in 2012, but it happened. You always have to beware of the possibility of a total lunatic taking control of the government. History teaches us that it happens often...and in every possible corner of the globe.
I think the better reaction to a situation like Newtown, Connecticut would be to allow massive amounts of concealed-carry permits. Many of these school-shooting situations like Columbine and Virginia Tech could have been stopped quickly by the presence of just one more person with a gun.
Even a loony who is suicidal and intent on killing others sees his options drop dramatically when confronted by another armed individual. And that is the way I would prefer it.
Because when seconds counted, the Newtown Police were only 20 minutes away.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Sunday, December 9, 2012
There is a fight for freedom going on in America today.
A fight between the liberal progressive Democrats, who believe that government is the answer to every problem, and the freedom-loving Conservatives, who pretty much believe the opposite.
This is a cultural war, and only one side can win.
Saturday, December 8, 2012
This is Jonathan Manziel from tiny Kerrville, Texas (population 22, 826)
At Texas A&M, he is also known as "Johnny Football". Tonight he will probably become the first freshman player to ever win The Heisman Trophy, the most prestigious individual award in American collegiate athletics. He is a humble kid from a small town in Texas who -- six weeks ago -- could never have imagined that this could happen. I couldn't be happier for him. #JohnnyFootball
Friday, December 7, 2012
According to the Los Angeles City Clerks Office, there are 8 qualified candidates who will be on the ballot for Mayor, with one more possibly being qualified. That means there will be a maximum of nine candidates, making this number of candidates a smaller number than in 2009, when a sitting Mayor was running for re-election. That is a bit of an oddity, if you think about it. It is highly likely that potential or prospective candidates may have been frightened away by the possibility of both Rick Caruso and Zev Yaroslavsky running for Mayor. However, both declined their opportunity to possibly take up residence in the Mayors office on Spring Street.
I'm not going to waste time talking about the unknown or underfunded candidates. They are not going to rise up and defeat a career politician who has been repeatedly elected by the voters of this city. It is a lesson I wish I had learned before running for Mayor myself in 2009.
There are four people who can be the next Mayor of Los Angeles.
1. ERIC GARCETTI
Eric Garcetti is a smooth, polished, career politician. He has a legacy name and a built-in constituency, as most of the voters in his 13th Council District will likely vote for him in the election. He has shown his poise and character over several years while serving as President of the City Council. He is calm and respectful of others at Council meetings, while some of the other blowhards on the Council are often seen losing their composure and shouting at various local gadflies and activists during contentious Council meetings. Garcetti has an intangible quality that is deadly with the voters....
It is difficult to find people in Los Angeles who hate Eric Garcetti.
Garcetti is so smooth and measured in his professional behavior. He tries his best to avoid offending anyone with his policies or decisions. It is very difficult to beat a politician like that. He is the overwhelming favorite right now. I don't see any way that he doesn't make the runoff.
Voter response in March: 33% of the vote
Odds to make May Runoff: 80%
2. WENDY GREUEL
"The Pixie", as I like to call her, is a much more dangerous opponent than anyone realizes. As I said in a previous blog post, "Wendy is very low-key about the way she sticks daggers in the backs of the other candidates. You almost don't notice her doing it."
She will, no doubt, be coming up with some surprise piece of information that cripples the appeal of other candidates to City voters. Don't count her out. If she gets one on one with Garcetti, the media will go nuts about possibly having a woman serve as Mayor. She is Garcettis biggest threat, and don't think that he isn't spending time on a game plan against her.
Voter response in March: 22% of the vote
Odds to make May Runoff: 66%
3. JAN PERRY
"The Hamburglar" has another built-in constituency with her 9th Council District voters. Perry is a bruiser from Cleveland who has no problem stepping on other peoples toes. Unlike Garcetti, it is fairly easy to locate political enemies of Jan Perry. City Attorney Carmen "Nuch" Trutanich threatened to throw her in jail over some of her shady dealings with corporate giant AEG. Perry will get a dominating percentage of the African-American voting block and might even win over some of the female voters who don't care for Wendy Greuel. But overall, Perry is not as popular among the Democratic voters of this city as either Garcetti or Greuel. She has a lot of work to do to catch them. Perry should have dropped down to the race for Controller and tried to win there. Her built-in constituency could have sent her to a June runoff for that spot.
Voter response in March: 19% of the vote
Odds to make May Runoff: 33%
4. KEVIN JAMES
I don't agree with Kevin James on every political issue, but of the four candidates, he is the only one I could consider voting for. He's not a Big Government Socialist like the other three candidates. Kevin will get a massive percentage of the Conservative/Republican voter base here in Los Angeles. The problem for Kevin is that the Republican percentage of the overall vote is not enough on its own for him to win or even make the runoff. It is most likely that the next Mayor of Los Angeles will be a liberal Democrat. That's just how this City rolls. Sickening, but true. I add a caveat that James is supposedly going to get support from a Republican super-pac for funding, but that money has yet to be seen. James is not as well-known as the other candidates, and he can take no comfort from the fact that this city has elected a repulsive degenerate like Antonio Villaraigosa... twice.
Voter response in March: 18% of the vote
Odds to make May Runoff: 20%
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
We have an Old School Gangster in charge of Los Angeles right now.
Those City Elections in March need to hurry up and get here.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Sarah Palin, responding to a question from Sean Hannity on "Hannity".
"Yeah, well first...let's address President Obamas flip-flop on his philosophy there when it comes to raising the debt ceiling. He certainly condemned President Bush in those years of raising the debt ceiling. And then.. uh...look at where he's taken this country. He's taken us into a state of bankruptcy with his changed idea on it being a good thing to raise the debt ceiling. A very scary proposal was recently revealed too, by Geithner, uh...essentially saying 'let the President have free reign' on raising the debt ceiling to whatever level he wants it. That's a very scary thought because Barack Obama is a Socialist. He believes in Socialism...in redistributing wealth...in confiscating hard-earned dollars of our small businessmen and women...so that they cannot re-invest their dollars and hire more people and grow and expand. Instead he believes in these failed Socialist policies. And I say that not to personally condemn our President, but I say it because I face reality and I see what's going on and I see the path that we are on. And the fact that Barack Obama has not had a budget in the four years that he's been in office and not been worried about it and continues to spend recklessly other peoples money and that is a sign of that idea of loving Socialism."
Monday, December 3, 2012
The Second Amendment exists to protect us from exactly the type of tyranny inflicted by British forces on American Colonists in the mid-to-late 1700s. Our Founding Fathers never wanted to see that again.
Sure, the misuse of firearms can cause misery. But the lack of them can cause a lot worse.
History has taught us that unarmed populations are the ones that are most likely to be enslaved and slaughtered.
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Today is the anniversary of the day in 1955 that civil rights legend Rosa Parks was arrested on a public bus for refusing to give up her seat to a white man and move to the back of the bus to sit in the "colored" section.
It is a reminder of the fact that, as a society, we need to be very careful about the laws that we are willing to inflict on others.
Sometimes the law itself is immoral or unjust.
And those are the laws need to be eliminated or changed.