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Conservative State Project endorses Chuck Purgason for MO Senate…..

Joining our list of endorsements which include John Oxendine,John Hostettler, Sue Lowden, Mick Mulvaney, and Mike Vasovski, Conservative State Project is pleased to announce our endorsement of Chuck Purgason for the US Senate. Here are the issues I base my support of Purgason on:

1. Balanced Budget: Purgason knows that the number one plank of the Republican Party platform is a balanced budget. But when the GOP was in charge with the President, House, and Senate, why was it not balanced? Spending increased under their leadership. What we had were politicians who said they were for a balanced budget but voted for budgets that put more debt on our families. He promises to not vote for a budget that is not balanced, offer amendments, and show leadership to bring fiscal sanity back to our nation’s capitol.

2. Earmarks: Purgason also knows that another plank in the Republican platform was no earmarks. How is budget of the United States balanced when 535 members of Congress are allowed to use our governments “credit card”? In our debtor nation, we must stop this runaway and unaccountable spending. Purgason pledges to not vote for any earmarks and work to reform this failed system.

3. Family Lobbyists: Purgason believes that family lobbyists are a conflict of interest. No member of his family is involved in any function of government other than being a working taxpayer who gets stuck paying bills lobbyists and politicians come up with.

4. Stimulus: Purgason believes that the TARP program opened the door for the process of government picking who survives and who dies in our free market system. Instead of protecting taxpayers hard earned dollars and allowing taxpayers to stimulate the economy by spending their money, the politicians put us more and more into debt by increasing government spending and involvement in our lives and free market system. He will vote against any spending measure put before the Senate if elected.

5. Campaign Funds for Bailed-out Companies: Purgason sees that an example of this monstrosity is Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. How can you use tax dollars to bail out those companies and then accept campaign contributions from them? He will do what it takes to put an end to this.

6. Out-of-State Fundraisers: After seeing the other candidates hosting fundraisers in places like Chicago, New York, Washington, and a lobster bake on a beach in Florida, Purgason pledges to hold no fundraisers outside the state of Missouri.

7. Term Limits: Purgason has served under term limits his whole career. In order for us to break the corrupt cycle of entrenched politicians, he pledges to serve only two terms as Missouri’s Senator.

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March 4, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Law, Media, Men, PoliticalDogs SE posts, Politics, Updates | , | Leave a comment

PolitcalWire Quickies……Paterson….Weiner…..The House and Healthcare…and Karl Rove on the Bush Years….

From PolitcalWire…..……

Paterson Lawyers Up

New York Gov. David Paterson (D) sought the help of prominent criminal defense lawyer Ted Wells, the New York Times reports, as new information emerged indicating that the governor’s contact with the woman his aide was accused of assaulting had been more extensive than previously reported.

Bonus Quote of the Day

“Fool me once, shame on me; fool me 290 times, shame on you.”

— Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY), in an interview with CBS News, referring to the 290 bills already passed in the House but ignored by the Senate.

Weiner made the point in arguing the Senate should pass a fixed version of health care reform before the House has to vote.

How Will the House Vote?

The Wall Street Journal has an excellent vote tracker showing how each House member voted on the health care reform bill last November and what they’re likely to do when the bill comes to a final vote this month.

Rove Lifts Veil on Bush Presidency

The New York Times previews next week’s release of Karl Rove’s memoir, Courage and Confidence.

“The book is the latest in a stream by top figures from the Bush administration. Mr. Rove’s may carry special interest given his outsized reputation as the political maestro who vaulted a Texas governor to the presidency and guided him through a tumultuous tenure that saw war, terrorism, natural disaster and recession. A hero to conservatives and villain to liberals, Mr. Rove may be the most high-profile White House aide in modern times.”

The Washington Post notes Rove claims in the book not to know why President Bush gave him the nickname “Turd Blossom.”

March 4, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Healthcare, Law, Media, Men, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , , | 6 Comments

V-22 Osprey………

U.S. Marines jump from an Osprey.

The Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey is a multi-mission, military, tiltrotor aircraft with both a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) and short takeoff and landing (STOL) capability. It is designed to combine the functionality of a conventional helicopter with the long-range, high-speed cruise performance of a turboprop aircraft. The V-22 was developed and is manufactured jointly by Bell Helicopter, and Boeing Rotorcraft Systems. It is operated by the United States Marine Corps and Air Force.

Two USAF CV-22s, landing at Holloman AFB, NM, 2006.

The Wiki link…….

March 4, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Government, Military, Politics, Travel, Updates | | 1 Comment

Are Democratic Presidents Smarter Than Republican Presidents?

This is a good one……He, he, he……

Is there any doubt that the collective brainpower of Reagan, Bush I and Bush II wouldn’t come close to that of Carter, Clinton and Obama? But before conservatives and Republicans yelp, I will acknowledge that there’s not necessarily a direct connection between intelligence and leadership. Carter was seen as hapless by many Americans. Clinton was plenty dumb regarding his behavior in the Oval Office. And Obama’s brilliance, to date, has not wowed Congress sufficiently to win him health care reform. And according to the polls, his assorted displays of intellectual acumen have not raised his approval ratings. (By the way, a new scientific report finds that self-identified liberals have higher IQs.)

Whenever I ponder the relationship between political success and smarts, I recall an interview I conducted with a particular George W. Bush supporter at a Wisconsin campaign rally shortly before the 2000 election. At that event, Bush had produced what seemed a record crop of weird and mangled statements, including this classic: “Families is where our nation finds hope, where wings take dream.” Once the event was done, I asked this enthusiastic Bush-backer — a middle-aged woman — if she thought there was an intelligence gap between Bush and Al Gore. She conceded that Gore had more upstairs than Bush, but she quickly added, “Being smart isn’t everything.”

He’s the link for the PoliticsDaily piece…..

The author plays its safe..and really doesn’t answer his question……check the comments…..the posters call him out for it…..

March 4, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Counterpoints, Entertainment, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics | , , | 3 Comments

Conservative State Project endorses Mike Vasovski for South Carolina's 3rd House District….

Joining our list of endorsements such as John Oxendine, John Hostettler, Sue Lowden, and Mick Mulvaney, Conservative State Project is pleased to endorse Mike Vasovski for US Congress. Here are the 3 principles of which I support him on:

1. A Wall Separating Big Business and Big Government: Mike Vasovski knows that the essence of socialism is when the politically powerful wield their political power to protect and promote their own personal profits, and that it’s why the foremost principle of our great Republic must be a separation of private profit from public power. When a politician uses their position for political gain and to get money, we call it corruption. When a company uses their money to influence a politician, we call them special interests. This double standard needs to end, as well as the practice of using government to benefit private businesses. The idea that government exists to serve big businesses is wrong and just as dangerous as the idea that government exists to regulate business. Governments exist to serve the people, not the business interests of wealthy and powerful individuals. It is with this in mind that our forefathers created the constitution, a document defining the limits of power. This was not an idea that came out of nothing, it was an idea that came about because they understood the dangers of letting government become too powerful, especially a government that could be bought and paid for by the wealthy interests of the world. It’s time to let business and the Government do what’s best for the people.

2. The Role of Government: Vasovski believes that governments exist to serve the people. This is the paramount idea behind the republic, that people know what’s best for themselves, and they should be able to elect representatives that will represent their ideals. Do Americans think government acts like a government? We are mad when people stick their noses into our business, when other people simply assume that we’re dishonest criminals. We are offended when other people tell us how to live, or what to believe, or what health treatments we should get. Why do we let government do these things? Why don’t we get offended when politicians tell us what products are worth a tax credit, or when our politicians tell us we need to open our bank accounts to government inspectors? Why don’t we get offended when our government tells us how long we can water our lawn, or what kind of light bulbs we use in our houses? We are not as stupid as our government presumes. It’s time to remind Congress that it serves the people, not the other way around.

3. Partisan Politics: Vasovski believes we can’t afford to turn away a good idea because it might have been proposed by someone on the other side of the aisle. A good idea is a good idea no matter whether sponsor is a Democrat or a Republican. We are Americans, a good idea from any of us ought to be considered on its own merit. It’s time that our politicians stop playing games with the American people. We have real serious problems in this country today. The last thing we should be doing is arguing with each other over credit for the solutions. We need to focus on finding common-sense solutions to these pressing problems, not Republican solutions or Democrat solutions. It’s time to put partisan games aside and start putting common-sense solutions in place to face the problems of the 21st century.

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Conservative State Project endorses Mike Vasovski for South Carolina’s 3rd House District….

Joining our list of endorsements such as John Oxendine, John Hostettler, Sue Lowden, and Mick Mulvaney, Conservative State Project is pleased to endorse Mike Vasovski for US Congress. Here are the 3 principles of which I support him on:

1. A Wall Separating Big Business and Big Government: Mike Vasovski knows that the essence of socialism is when the politically powerful wield their political power to protect and promote their own personal profits, and that it’s why the foremost principle of our great Republic must be a separation of private profit from public power. When a politician uses their position for political gain and to get money, we call it corruption. When a company uses their money to influence a politician, we call them special interests. This double standard needs to end, as well as the practice of using government to benefit private businesses. The idea that government exists to serve big businesses is wrong and just as dangerous as the idea that government exists to regulate business. Governments exist to serve the people, not the business interests of wealthy and powerful individuals. It is with this in mind that our forefathers created the constitution, a document defining the limits of power. This was not an idea that came out of nothing, it was an idea that came about because they understood the dangers of letting government become too powerful, especially a government that could be bought and paid for by the wealthy interests of the world. It’s time to let business and the Government do what’s best for the people.

2. The Role of Government: Vasovski believes that governments exist to serve the people. This is the paramount idea behind the republic, that people know what’s best for themselves, and they should be able to elect representatives that will represent their ideals. Do Americans think government acts like a government? We are mad when people stick their noses into our business, when other people simply assume that we’re dishonest criminals. We are offended when other people tell us how to live, or what to believe, or what health treatments we should get. Why do we let government do these things? Why don’t we get offended when politicians tell us what products are worth a tax credit, or when our politicians tell us we need to open our bank accounts to government inspectors? Why don’t we get offended when our government tells us how long we can water our lawn, or what kind of light bulbs we use in our houses? We are not as stupid as our government presumes. It’s time to remind Congress that it serves the people, not the other way around.

3. Partisan Politics: Vasovski believes we can’t afford to turn away a good idea because it might have been proposed by someone on the other side of the aisle. A good idea is a good idea no matter whether sponsor is a Democrat or a Republican. We are Americans, a good idea from any of us ought to be considered on its own merit. It’s time that our politicians stop playing games with the American people. We have real serious problems in this country today. The last thing we should be doing is arguing with each other over credit for the solutions. We need to focus on finding common-sense solutions to these pressing problems, not Republican solutions or Democrat solutions. It’s time to put partisan games aside and start putting common-sense solutions in place to face the problems of the 21st century.

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Tip of the day; How to tie your shoes……..

From Talkandpolitics……

There’s a great one in nytimes today, about a woman who discovered she’s been tying her shoes the wrong way for half a century. The little things in life..

Here’s the difference…….

Balanced knot on the left, granny knot on the right.

From Runners World.….

Lately I’ve been thinking of the things my parents taught me — all those habits that were handed over to me one by one when I was a child. These are the sorts of thoughts I always have when I’m teaching writing, which is partly the act of revealing bad habits to their surprised owners. What got me thinking this time was the discovery that I’ve been tying my shoes wrong for more than half a century.

I’ve been tying a granny knot in my laces, a lopsided knot that tends to come untied even when doubled. It’s the knot my mother taught me. But thanks to a tip on the Internet, I learned that if I wrap the lace around the first bow the opposite way, I get a reef, or square, knot, which lies evenly across the shoe and doesn’t come untied.

(You can see for yourself at http://bit.ly/92NW56.)

I believe that if my mother had known about the reef knot, she would have taught it to me. What mother wants her child’s laces to come undone?

Here’s another example. My dad taught me how to adjust the sideview mirrors on a car. In their reflection, I learned, I should be able to see the edge of the vehicle I’m driving — as though vertigo might set in if I couldn’t locate a mechanical version of myself in the mirror. But this is exactly the setting that creates a blind spot on both sides. There’s a better way (http://bit.ly/cY2dtl). I’ve been using this new setting on the freeways of Los Angeles, and I realize now that I’ve been driving with my mirrors improperly adjusted for more than 40 years.

These are small things. They’re also deeply embedded and as close to unconscious as learned acts can be. To tie a reef knot in my laces, I have to try to tie a reef knot. That means beginning to do what I’ve always done and then undoing it — reefing the granny, in other words. I’m sure my dad didn’t want me to have blind spots. He simply passed along the blind spots he’d inherited. Now I’m having to learn to trust what the mirrors show instead of what they don’t.

One of the beauties of the Internet is its ability to cough up tips like these from the collective experience of humanity. I’ll discover more, I’m sure — slight, but somehow significant adjustments to the things my parents taught me, the deep habits of a lifetime. I don’t imagine that I’m driving without blind spots in reef-knotted shoes on my way to the examined life. But something has changed, and I welcome it.

March 4, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Media, Men, Other Things, Sports, TalkandPolitcs, Updates, Women | , | Leave a comment

Conservative State project endorses Mick Mulvaney for South Caorlina's 5th House District……

Joining our list of endorsements like John Oxendine, John Hostettler, and Sue Lowden, Conservative State Project is pleased to endorse Mick Mulvaney for Congress. Here are the issues I base my support of Mulvaney on:

1. The Role of Government: Mulvaney is a believer in the Constitution, limited government, and that the government’s primary duty is to protect our personal freedoms so that we can do our best as individuals. He also believes that the best balance comes in recognizing and honoring the limitations on the federal government and the importance of the people and the states set forth in the Constitution.

2. Spending: We got into this financial catastrophe by spending money we didn’t have. Washington’s solution is to spend more money that we don’t have. It would seem crazy in any place beside Washington, but it is. Mulvaney like most other Americans believe that the Government needs to end the spending and live on a budget.

3. Jobs: Mulvaney believes that to have employees, we need employers. Simply demanding jobs does not solve the problem. We need to eliminate the capital gains tax, lower tax rates on business, and cut income tax rates. The best thing that the federal government can do to create jobs is to get out of the way and let the American people known as private enterprise and the free market do what they do best, which is to create, innovate, produce, and hire.

4. Health Care: Lets face it, America needs Health Care Reform, but more Government is not the answer. Mulvaney believes that the solution can be found in more personal control and free market competition, less government intervention, and some common-sense reforms. This means private purchase and ownership of policies, interstate competition, an end to the anti-trust exemption for insurance companies, and a crackdown on frivolous malpractice lawsuits.

5. Bailouts: Mulvaney believes that failure is as much a part of our capitalist system as success. In fact, business failures are often instrumental in tremendous innovation and improvement. These bailouts have only favored those with strong political connections. GM was stolen from private bondholders and given to unions. The Wall Street bailouts rewarded those who were “too big too fail” and big enough to have considerable pull in Washington. Smaller, regional and local banks which had run on a budget, but didn’t have the same influence, ended up with more regulation, higher taxes, and lost opportunities.

6. Transparency: Mulvaney knows that people need to have confidence that the system works, and that laws are applied evenly and fairly to all. The best way to do this is to simply let people know what is going on with their own government, which would include an Audit of the Fed.

7. Cap & Trade: Mulvaney believes that energy independence, green technology, and innovation are something we need to pursue as a nation. We should not seek to accomplish that by taxing people based on questionable science. Neither should we ignore domestic energy resources such as coal, natural gas, and oil because of baseless claims regarding global warming. He also believes that making it easier to drill for and use domestic resources, build nuclear power plants, and develop new technologies is the best way to end the current energy regime, which essentially has us empowering governments and groups that are very clearly anti-American.

8. Sanctity of Life: Mulvaney believes that life begins at conception. For him, this is more than a political ideal. It is what he’s seen first hand with his triplets. Seeing it from his point of view, being pro-life is not about politics, it is about the life of an innocent child.

9. Term Limits: Before he became a Legislator, Mulvaney opposed term limits. He believed that the ballot box was the ultimate term limiter and high turnover among accountable, elected officials would give more power to unelected bureaucrats. After 3 years, he supports term limits after watching lawmakers pick the voters, instead of voters picking the lawmakers. He sees that the ballot box has lost much of its power, and the bureaucrats are powerful anyway, simply given the size of government.

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Conservative State project endorses Mick Mulvaney for South Caorlina’s 5th House District……

Joining our list of endorsements like John Oxendine, John Hostettler, and Sue Lowden, Conservative State Project is pleased to endorse Mick Mulvaney for Congress. Here are the issues I base my support of Mulvaney on:

1. The Role of Government: Mulvaney is a believer in the Constitution, limited government, and that the government’s primary duty is to protect our personal freedoms so that we can do our best as individuals. He also believes that the best balance comes in recognizing and honoring the limitations on the federal government and the importance of the people and the states set forth in the Constitution.

2. Spending: We got into this financial catastrophe by spending money we didn’t have. Washington’s solution is to spend more money that we don’t have. It would seem crazy in any place beside Washington, but it is. Mulvaney like most other Americans believe that the Government needs to end the spending and live on a budget.

3. Jobs: Mulvaney believes that to have employees, we need employers. Simply demanding jobs does not solve the problem. We need to eliminate the capital gains tax, lower tax rates on business, and cut income tax rates. The best thing that the federal government can do to create jobs is to get out of the way and let the American people known as private enterprise and the free market do what they do best, which is to create, innovate, produce, and hire.

4. Health Care: Lets face it, America needs Health Care Reform, but more Government is not the answer. Mulvaney believes that the solution can be found in more personal control and free market competition, less government intervention, and some common-sense reforms. This means private purchase and ownership of policies, interstate competition, an end to the anti-trust exemption for insurance companies, and a crackdown on frivolous malpractice lawsuits.

5. Bailouts: Mulvaney believes that failure is as much a part of our capitalist system as success. In fact, business failures are often instrumental in tremendous innovation and improvement. These bailouts have only favored those with strong political connections. GM was stolen from private bondholders and given to unions. The Wall Street bailouts rewarded those who were “too big too fail” and big enough to have considerable pull in Washington. Smaller, regional and local banks which had run on a budget, but didn’t have the same influence, ended up with more regulation, higher taxes, and lost opportunities.

6. Transparency: Mulvaney knows that people need to have confidence that the system works, and that laws are applied evenly and fairly to all. The best way to do this is to simply let people know what is going on with their own government, which would include an Audit of the Fed.

7. Cap & Trade: Mulvaney believes that energy independence, green technology, and innovation are something we need to pursue as a nation. We should not seek to accomplish that by taxing people based on questionable science. Neither should we ignore domestic energy resources such as coal, natural gas, and oil because of baseless claims regarding global warming. He also believes that making it easier to drill for and use domestic resources, build nuclear power plants, and develop new technologies is the best way to end the current energy regime, which essentially has us empowering governments and groups that are very clearly anti-American.

8. Sanctity of Life: Mulvaney believes that life begins at conception. For him, this is more than a political ideal. It is what he’s seen first hand with his triplets. Seeing it from his point of view, being pro-life is not about politics, it is about the life of an innocent child.

9. Term Limits: Before he became a Legislator, Mulvaney opposed term limits. He believed that the ballot box was the ultimate term limiter and high turnover among accountable, elected officials would give more power to unelected bureaucrats. After 3 years, he supports term limits after watching lawmakers pick the voters, instead of voters picking the lawmakers. He sees that the ballot box has lost much of its power, and the bureaucrats are powerful anyway, simply given the size of government.

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The Dog has a new 'whip'……..

The Dog and Mrs Dog are the lessee’s of a Brand New Toyota Highlander…..

And while we are happy with the vehicle….we wish express out displeasure with the whole song and dance you go through to obtain a new vehicle…..

The Salesman  isn’t really a salesman at all…..

He takes the opening requests…..then goes back and forth negotiating for your behalf with the Sales Manager….who is the judge…

He’s the person that coasts out the deal…

Hidden in the desk above the sales floor he ‘s the bean counter…..

So we sat in a cubicle while the dance went on with the sales man running back and forth…..

I wasn’t too happy with the month price in the end….but the closer and the sles man where ok….

The Sales Manager can go fish……..

We’ll get him on the survey……

Why did we get a Toyota Highlander?

Because Consumer gave the vehicle great reviews and the darn thing is stingy on gas…….21/27……city/open road numbers…

The vehicle is a bit smaller than the Trailblazer but drives more like a car….and is just as roomy….

I’ve said this before…I do not know why GM stopped making the Trailblazer..it got alright reviews..but it was a good six=zed vehicle..and there are a million of them still on the road…..they should have just fixed the gass mileage and made them better instead od coming out with vehicle to small (Equinox ) that is a bite off of the MB M350 and the  Traverse which doesn’t know if it’s a van or a Trailblazer on steroids…..

March 4, 2010 Posted by | Automobiles, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Ecology, Media, Men, Other Things, Travel, Updates, Women | , , | 5 Comments