Archive for July, 2008

Where there’s smoke, their ain’t no fire, if the Socialists in Washington get their way, that is. The House passed by an unusually large margin a bill to allow the FDA to regulate tobacco products. An article in the NY Times relates the story in its usual liberal fashion, making more Government control sound like a good thing. It’s kind of funny that Congress wants to shut off the use of tobacco, citing health risks and costs to the public, while at the same time Massachusett’s Barney Frank wants to decriminalize the use of marijuana. That’s just another way the Liberalies try to win their support. Kind of like a pervert luring little kids into his house with candy and ice cream. Of course, that’s no surprise, considering the source.
The article has a cute little picture of Michigan’s John Dingall, who of course supports yet another measure giving the government more control. He looks like one of those tight asssed Baptist preacher types. You know, the ones that are so prim and proper that they squeak when they pass gas. There’s no question that smoking isn’t the best thing you can do to improve your health, but yet another level of control isn’t going to solve the problem.
Like many products we consume, it’s a matter of personal desire, not a coerced activity. MacDonald’s isn’t the best thing we should be putting into our stomachs, but I don’t see these Left Wing controlomatics rushing to put the fast food industry out of business. There are already tons of regulation and control, not to mention taxes on the books that are supposed to convince the public that smoking isn’t good for them, why more?
When I see underage kids puffing away, trying to look “cool” I have to wonder where they got the stuff? After all, it’s illegal to sell the product to minors, or to give a minor tobacco, so where’s the source? The way to change a populations way of life is through example and leadership. We no longer have either of those in this country. The liberal left educates our children in the way of “free thinking” while at the same time picking their future pockets and placing them under more and more control. It’s time for congress to start acting like leaders and stop increasing the burdensome controls they insist upon placing over the public.
It’s hypocritical of them to try to control smoking while introducing bills to allow marijuana, while at the same time blocking efforts to control their own ethics and standards by refusing to allow passage of the Public Corruption Prosecution Improvements Act. In a seemingly increasing corrupt house of representation, the act allows the DOJ greater power over investigations in unethical behavior of the lawmakers who break the laws. But I guess the makers and enforcers of the law are always above the law, aren’t they? An article in the LA Times does a pretty good job with the discussion over that issue.
That’s where electing people Charlie Summers and re-electing Susan Collins as our chosen representatives can help towards reversing the trend the Washington Beltway seems to be taking. We need to have leadership, coupled with a sound moral platform if this Nation is going to improve its outlook and future. Democrats who support more control, higher taxes and an increasingly grim future, Like Obama and Tom Allen do, are not the answer.

Posted: 30/07/2008 in Uncategorized
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Fox Islands wind power project gets yes vote on Vinalhaven….

FDA warns against eating Maine Lobster Tomalley….

The NEWSMAX Minute…

Articles well worth the read….

Election ’08: A plan by Barack Obama to redistribute American wealth on a global level is moving forward in the Senate. It follows Marxist theology — from each according to his ability, to each according to his need.
We are citizens of the world, Sen. Obama told thousands of nonvoting Germans during his recent tour of the Middle East and Europe. And if the Global Poverty Act (S. 2433) he has sponsored becomes law, which is almost certain if he wins in November, we’re also going to be taxpayers of the world.
Let’s face it. The average individual American has little or no clout with Congress and can be safely ignored. But it’s a different story with groups such as the Environmental Defense Fund, Sierra Club and Nature Conservancy.
When they speak, Congress listens. Unlike the average American, they are well organized, loaded with cash and well positioned to be a disobedient congressman’s worse nightmare. Their political and economic success has been a near disaster for our nation.
Reid plan splits Dems

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has split the Democratic front opposed to drilling with a plan that would open new areas for exploration.

Reid’s proposal was meant to insulate Senate Democratic candidates from public anger over gas prices. Instead, it has created a divide with liberal colleagues and drawn fire from senior House Democrats.
While mousing through the net this morning I ran across an interesting graphic at the WP that lists a couple of statistics regarding our elected representatives voting records. You can find it here. Basically, it listed the number of missed votes, and the percentage of party line votes. Bipartisanship is a necessary component of the political structure of this country, and that is one of the qualities I look for in a candidate.
This time around, we have Susan Collins defending her seat in the Senate against Tom Allen, who currently sits in the House. Susan Collins missed 0.0% of votes in the Senate. She also only voted along party lines 67.7% of the time. This shows me that she’s willing to ignore the power of the party in favor of the power of the people. In other words, she puts the entire spectrum of the public at the forefront of her decisions to vote yea or nay.
Tom Allen, on the other hand, missed 2.9% of his votes, and voted along party lines 98.2% of the time. And that shows me that he is unwilling, or unable to break from voting in favor of a specific segment of the population, namely the increasingly Socialistic tendency of the Democratically controlled Government to increase controls and regulation, and raise our tax burden to fund special interest projects that do nothing to strengthen our economy or protect our borders an nationality.
All things considered, I’m going to let my brains do the voting for me this coming November. Personally, I’m tired of hearing the Dems constant drivel that is degrading our sovereignty and reputation overseas, while at the same time chipping away at the very philosophies this country was founded upon. If Pelosi and her crowd likes Socialism so much, why don’t they pack their bags and move to Russia?
It’s time to return to a market based environment so we can strengthen our economy, and get rid of all of those special interest laws and regulations imposed upon us. It’s time to stop bickering and get back to being the United States. I’m voting conservative this time around.

A Changing World?

Posted: 29/07/2008 in Uncategorized
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This Time Its Different, the headline read. A report in the Washington Post heralded “Global Pressures Have Converged to Forge a New Oil Reality” and how right they are. The United States have for so long been the king of the hill, we gave little credence to those pesky little third world countries trying to climb the hill to be with us. And when it comes to the top of the hill, to steal a line from the movies, there can be only one. Sadly, it looks like we’re not going to be that one for much longer.
Political infighting, bickering, backbiting and other assorted down and dirty tricks intended to gain victory in Americas empty poll industry has give us a pretty bad name in some parts of the world, not to mention the destabilizing of our economy. But nobody wants to see the forest for the trees, so we go tripping lightly down the yellow brick road. Ostensibly to Xanadu, I presume.
Maine really isn’t any different than the rest of the nation though, are we? The Democrats are engaging in their own little war, just like at the national level. But that’s quite all right. It’ll only hasten in my predictions of the future. And I’ll be right, and they’ll be wrong. Unfortunately, it’ll be too late, and irreparable damage will have set in.
There are a couple of items to bring ones attention to regarding the political climate here in Maine that will have some serious repercussions down the road. And yes, they both have to do with the democrat party. One of the issues is an AP article in the PPH. According to the article, Lu Bauer and David Bright were ousted from the Dems executive committee for their support of Herbert Hoffman, Dem turned Indie for Senate.
Granted, the executive committee has the right to do this action, but it merely serves, in my mind at least, to cement the idea that the democrats are becoming ever closer to being true blue Socialists, with an eye for communist style controls. The issue at hand was the Dems efforts to block Hoffman’s presence on this Fall’s election ballot. This action took place before the State Supreme Court even made the decision as to whether the Dems would be allowed the maneuver. Whatever inkling of support, minute as it was, for any efforts by the democrat party is now completely gone.
Of course, this will make it even easier for Susan Collins to defeat opponent Tom Allen. Resources that the Dems should have allocated to his efforts will be shortened with Hoffman’s campaign running in the fray. But that’s a good thing by Dan’s Maine view. Any little thing we can do to defeat these bogus global warming puppets will only help in the long run.
Which brings me to the second issue that needs to be addressed. And that is the state of our economy. Richard Fabrizio had an excellent article concerning foreign investments, dollar value etc, while complaining about Canadians in Speedo’s. Can’t say as I blame him. I’ve seen guys wearing those things. Have they no shame?
While it’s more than fair to say that our business climate holds a good portion of the blame, I think we need to realize that a good deal ore of it has to lie with the political climate at the moment in this country. If you really think about it, while there has been an increase in the oil price during Bush’s tenure as President, the bulk of the increase has occurred since Madame Pelosi and her fruitcake brigade took over as Speaker of the House. In fact, most of the decrease in the value of our currency has occurred in just this year alone, starting in February.
Kind of coincidental that happened after it became clear that Obumble had a great deal of pull and very well may become our next President. Since he appears to be unabashedly Socialist in his political theology, this sends a scare throughout the world. “The US is going to fail,” is that message. Fine state of affairs we’re in ain’t it?
Don’t believe me? check out this article in today’s IBD on Obama’s plans for this Nation. Here’s an excerpt from that article: (Italics are mine, by the way.)

Among his proposed “investments”:
• “Universal,” “guaranteed” health care. ( a Socialist philosophy)
• “Free” college tuition. ( a Socialist philosophy)
• “Universal national service” (a la Havana). ( a Socialist philosophy)
• “Universal 401(k)s” (in which the government would match contributions made by “low- and moderate-income families”).
• “Free” job training (even for criminals).
• “Wage insurance” (to supplement dislocated union workers’ old income levels). ( a Socialist philosophy)
• “Free” child care and “universal” preschool. ( a Socialist philosophy)
• More subsidized public housing. ( a Socialist philosophy)
• A fatter earned income tax credit for “working poor.” ( a Socialist philosophy)
• And even a Global Poverty Act that amounts to a Marshall Plan for the Third World, first and foremost Africa. ( a Socialist philosophy)

And this isn’t the only instance where we can see what Obama has in store for us. And naturally, the rest of the Socialist world doesn’t like it, mostly because they have long regarded the US as their very own gravy train. If Obama gets elected, there goes the world’s economy. Right into the dustbin. And so we have a severe weakening of our buying power, as well as our ability to be a world leader.
Do the research and find out for yourselves. Voting Democrat will eventually destroy what little is left of this Nation.