Sunday, November 25, 2012

SEC Championship: Will The Dawgs Roll Over And Play Dead?

I can’t help but notice all the hype since Saturday’s arch rivalry games in which the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Georgia Bulldogs emerged victorious against Auburn and Georgia Tech respectively.

I want to set the record straight.  I am a diehard Bama fan.  Have been all my life. 

My devotion to the Tide goes all the way back to the Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant years.  I can remember times when Alabama would overwhelmingly destroy an opponent and the sports media would describe the loss as a fluke.  A lot of that thinking had to do with their prejudice against any team from the South.

In recent years, they’ve scaled back some on their prejudice.  Don’t misunderstand me here.  It’s one thing for a Gator fan, a Tiger fan or a Bulldog fan to trash talk Bama.  It’s altogether different for some New York sportscaster to deliberately dis my boys.

What’s at stake this Saturday in Atlanta is the SEC Championship and the chance to go up against the vaunted Irish of Notre Dame for the national championship on January 7, 2013.

Call it bravado, call it blind faith, but I believe with all my heart that Alabama will best the Bulldogs Saturday in the SEC Championship Game.

Georgia has two national championships to their credit.  Alabama has 14.  Georgia won their first national title in 1942.  Their last was in 1980.  Alabama’s last national title was in 2011.

The Bulldogs are outmatched in rushing and kicking.  Georgia was the second-most penalized team in the conference.  The Tide finished their regular season with more sacks, more pass deflections and intercepted passes than the Dawgs. Alabama dominated Georgia in punt returns outgaining the Bulldogs 328-153.

Now, I want to be fair.  Aaron Murray has the advantage in touchdowns, but A. J. McCarron has thrown fewer interceptions.  Alabama hasn’t made the mistake of making McCarron a one-man team.  If Georgia expects Murray to carry the day, that would be a fatal game strategy.
I predict a crushing loss for Georgia and Alabama will advance to the BCS Championship against Notre Dame.

That’s a post for another day.  Meanwhile, Roll Tide Roll.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

A House Divided

This is the final week of college football’s regular season.  Today’s lineup includes a few “house divided” matchups:
Georgia (3) Georgia Tech 12:00PM
Michigan (19) Ohio State 12:00PM
Oregon (5) Oregon St (15) 3:00PM
Florida (4) Florida State (10) 3:30PM
Alabama (2) Auburn 3:30PM
Stanford (8) UCLA (17) 6:30PM
South Carolina (12) Clemson (11) 7:00PM
Missouri Texas A&M (9) 7:00PM
Notre Dame (1) USC 8:00PM

I know I’m going to catch a lot guff for what I’m about to say, but here’s how I hope the day will end up.

I want Georgia to defeat Georgia Tech’s Rambling Wreck.  I’ll be pulling for the Gators to take down the ‘Noles of Florida State.  Naturally, I’m anxious to see the Crimson Tide roll past the Tigers of Auburn.  And finally, I’ve got my fingers crossed that the USC Trojans rout the Irish of Notre Dame.

Bama’s regular season schedule ends with the Iron Bowl at home at Bryant-Denny Stadium.  This is a must-win for the No. 2 Tide to advance to the SEC title game against No. 3 Georgia. 

Auburn is under investigation by the NCAA for its recruiting practices and Head Coach Gene Chizik has recently come under fire for Auburn’s dismal season.  These are factors that will serve to distract the Tigers today in what I predict will be a solid victory for Alabama.

If Alabama emerges victorious, they will be headed to Atlanta to face the Dawgs of Georgia for the SEC Championship.

Some say that Alabama is not the unstoppable team the Tide faithful claim because of its loss to Texas A & M, but let’s not forget that just last week Oregon and Kansas State suffered crushing defeats. 

Notre Dame is the only undefeated team going into this weekend.  Just a few weeks ago, the Fighting Irish were considered to be the weakest undefeated team in college football.  I’m not looking to make any enemies here, but I still think they are.

UPDATE I:  Dawgs wreck Tech 42-10, Tide destroys Tigers 49-0 and Gators chomp Noles 37-26.  Awaiting kickoff between USC and Notre Dame.

UPDATE II:  Aw geez. The Irish whipped the Trojans 22-13.  Now the rest of the nation’s college football fans have to listen to garbage like this from ESPN’s Gene Wojciechowski:  “For the moment, Notre Dame is better than everyone. That's what the record says. That's what the BCS standings say. That's what the locker room celebration said.”

Friday, November 23, 2012

Right Jabs For November 23, 2012

Politics is not a playground, it’s a battlefield.  Here are a few links from conservative bloggers who are waging a war of words against the misanthropy, priggishness, prejudice, luddism, illiberalism and irrationalism of the mainstream media bobble-head dolls and groupthink poodles of the press corps.

“…you can have open borders or you can have a welfare state, but you can’t have both”.

There's a reason it's called "Black Friday."

Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes.

“Could it be that the Editorial Board of the Washington Post is a pack of pathetic political hacks who’ll engage in racial hate speech in order to advance the White House’s agenda?

It’s quite obvious who made up the fantasy about the YouTube video, so let’s quit playing games

…how soon until conservatives turn on him as a complete sellout?  My guess is it'll happen as soon as some of those 2000+ pages of provisions start to kick in.

Buckle up, freedom loving patriots; we’re in for a bumpy ride.

It’s déjà vu all over again.

Is there no Democrat with virtue who will decry this madness?

If they throw away their alleged principles and try to out-Democrat Democrats, the GOP could easily end up losing even more than it hopes to gain. It’s a complex, not a simple equation.

Why does anyone care what Marco Rubio thinks about creationism?

“The entire English language was created by slave owners as a means of oppression. You can’t just say that one word is a racist code word or another. The whole language, every single word, letter and apostrophe in it is racist. It’s a fact. If you speak English, you’re a racist.

Hey, why not?  The national government is nothing but a farce these days anyway.

Why are we here? To get drunk? Yes, but Americans are specifically in this place because we're not like the rest of the world. With our dedication to preservation of liberty, we should be happy when the rest of the world doesn't like us. Not to be mean, but the feeling's mutual, except for how we usually have a case.

They no longer wished to be part of a union held together by “force of bayonet”. 

Instead of running a “we’re thankful for…” editorial Thursday, something positive, the Washington Post editorial board attempted some tushy covering for Team Obama and Susan Rice.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Food Coma Day

This has been a busy week for ‘ol Curmudgeon.  I’ve taken the entire week off from work.

On Sunday morning, early, early, early, I packed up the pooch and headed to the beach to visit my best friend of thirty-three years.

We headed out to Home Depot to purchase Christmas lights (for me) and a rosemary bush (for her) to add a holiday fragrance to her new home.  She decided she needed new lights for her house as well.  A beautiful, pre-lit Christmas tree caught her fancy, too.

We took our loot back to the house and then we slopped up on the sofa and the lounger and watched a movie.  Later, after we’d caught some ZZZ’s, we got gussied up and went out for a steak dinner.

On Monday night, we headed out for a buffet dinner with her ex-husband and his wife, her son and his new girlfriend, her daughter-in-law, her niece and nephew and a couple of neighbors.  And, yes, we pigged out big time.

I left for home the following day with Sophie, the dog, in tow.  You never really appreciate how wonderful home is until you’ve gone away and return.  It’s not called Home Sweet Home for nothin’.

Wednesday, I went to the grocery store to pick up the fruits and vegetables I would need for the feast on Thursday.  I prepared what I could in advance and left the chaos for Thanksgiving morning.

Enter Food Coma Day.  Family and friends gathered at Casa de Curmudgeon to enjoy an appetizer of baked spinach dip in bread.  The main course consisted of roasted turkey, sausage dressing, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, bacon wrapped green beans, deviled eggs with bacon, baked cranberry sauce and corn muffins with honey butter.

Then everyone retired to the TV room for the obligatory football game.  On the bar were the desserts I had made on Wednesday:  apple butter pumpkin pie, banana nut bread and fruited ambrosia.

I tried to get a handle on cleaning up the devastation at the table and in the kitchen.  I swear, I think I heard pants buttons pinging off the walls.  I wasn’t sure until I heard someone say, “My God, you almost put my eye out.”

Now, after all that, if you think I’m leaving my humble abode to mix and mingle with the masses for Black Friday you’ve got another think coming.

I’ve got to pull out all my Christmas decorations, decorate the house inside and out and address my Christmas cards.

Hope your Food Coma Day was bountiful and blessed.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

May the good things of life
be yours in abundance
not only at Thanksgiving
but throughout the coming year.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

They Don’t Teach You What To Say To A Friend Who’s Dying

If we are lucky, we make friends across the blogosphere.  Years ago, I was the proprietor of the blog No Sheeples Here.  It was there that I “met” Amusing Bunni.

Bunni was a regular commenter there.  She’d pop in and give encouragement, offer kudos and generally wish cheery thoughts of the day.  She always brought joy to your life.

Bunni was always the kind of person who left footprints on your heart.  For those of us who were the recipients of the “little flowers” she left for us, we are able to walk forever in a beautiful garden of blooms enveloped in delightful scents.

I just learned that Bunni has fifth stage inoperable liver cancer.  She has been told by her doctors that nothing can be done and has been given three to six months to live.

This news is devastating, heart-wrenching.

I will not cry because her life on this earth is coming to a close.  I will smile that our friendship happened in the first place.

The blogosphere has rallied around Bunni to help defray her medical expenses.  It’s the least we can do for such a giving, caring person.

A PayPal account has been established to help Bunni.  Please, whatever you can give will be greatly appreciated.

As we approach Thanksgiving, it is a time when we take stock of all the things we are thankful for.

Those of us who know Bunni are thankful for her friendship and her many kindnesses.  The least we can do is show her that we love her back.  Won’t you please help Bunni now in her time of need?

If times are hard for you right now, please consider visiting her site and letting her know that she is in your thoughts and prayers.  You will be blessed for having done so.

Hugs and kisses, Bunni.  Fate ordains that friends must part.  They don’t teach you what to say to a friend who’s dying.  I will never forget you.  May God place His Hand upon your shoulder and comfort you in the days and weeks to come.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Bring Me The Head Of Bill Kristol

In a tersely worded blog post, BigFurHat wrote, “Hey Kristol, this is not a TAXATION PROBLEM, you goddamn moron. And to allow the left to frame the debate as if this is the problem means that you need to go away now. We need people on The Tee Vee that know how to properly converse AT, not WITH, the left.”

His fiery post was prompted by Bill Kristol’s comments on Fox News Sunday’s panel discussion in which he predicted that “Republicans will have to give in much more than they think” because of President Barack Obama’s overwhelming electoral defeat of Mitt Romney.

The comment which has drawn fire across the dextrosphere was, “The leadership in the Republican Party and the leadership in the conservative movement have to pull back, let people float new ideas. Let’s have a serious debate. Don’t scream and yell when one person says, ‘You know what? It won’t kill the country if we raise taxes a little bit on millionaires.’ It really won’t, I don’t think.”

“I really don’t understand why Republicans don’t take Obama’s offer to freeze taxes for everyone below $250,000—make it $500,000, make it a million. Really? The Republican Party is going to fall on its sword to defend a bunch of millionaires, half of whom voted Democratic and half of them live in Hollywood?” Kristol insisted.

To dissect his logic one needs to refer to the exit polls on Election Day.  Question:  Should income tax rates increase for all?  52% Obama, 44% Romney; increase only on income over $250,000—70% Obama, 29% Romney; not increase for anyone—23% Obama, 75% Romney (Sample:  5179 respondents).

Then we need to check the veracity of his assertion that half of the millionaires voted Democratic and half live in Hollywood.  According to Roll Call, here are but a few millionaire Democrats:  John Kerry (D-MA) worth $193M, Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) worth $81M, Mark Warner (D-VA) worth $76M, Jared Polis (D-CO) worth $66M, Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) worth $55M, Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) worth $53M, Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) worth $46M and Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) worth $35M.

Some of the more notable titans of business who donated to our re-elected emperor, according to Forbes, include:  Microsoft’s Bill Gates at $61B, Berkshire Hathaway’s Warren Buffett at $44B, Oracle’s Larry Ellison at $36B, NYC Mayor Nanny Bloomberg at $22B, Obama Puppetmaster George Soros at $20B and Facebook mogul Mark Zuckerberg at $17B.

We would be remiss if we didn’t include the richest African-American actors like Samuel L. Jackson with a healthy $150M,  Morgan Freeman worth $90M, Chris Rock worth $70M, and James Earl Jones with a tidy sum of $45M.

How about those Hollywood types who always presuppose to tell the great unwashed how we should think?  Glad you asked.

Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins have a combined net worth of $100M, the nubile Roseanne Barr worth $80M, Alec Baldwin worth $65M and let’s be sure to include in our list Steven Spielberg whose net worth is $80M and Angelina Jolie is worth $23M.

And last, but not least, One-Percenter and corpulent movie-maker Michael Moore has $50M in the bank.

At first blush, it would be magnificent payback to the loudmouths with all the loot to feel the pain of higher taxes.  Admit it, it would.  But it wouldn’t stop there.  This regime is hell-bent to continue spending money like its water.  Without cutbacks on spending, raising revenue from taxing “the rich” won’t even put a dent in our national debt.  Moreover, once the Republicans agree to “reach across the aisle” they will undoubtedly become accomplices in the fiscal calamity.  They must avoid the “poisoned pawn” gambit.

In effect, Kristol is calling for Republicans to take the offered chess piece creating what could easily become a fatal mistake and thus, I say, bring me the head of Bill Kristol.

“General Betray Us” And The Cries For Help In Benghazi

“And so Petraeus was seduced by a Democratic political operative. Hubris. Now his mighty reputation is soiled beyond repair, his marriage is likely sundered, his prospects on the lecture circuit zilch. This is what Democrats do to the gullible, and the prideful. Don't ever get in bed with these scorpions. They are vile creatures, with no conscience and no soul.”—Velociworld

Paula Broadwell, the alleged paramour of CIA Director David Petraeus, was speaking at her alma mater on October 26th when she confirmed the information that Fox News had been reporting just days after the September 11, 2012 attack on the “consulate” in Benghazi where four Americans were abandoned to die at the hands of savages.

In her “Alumni Symposium 2012—Paula Broadwell”, she said the CIA annex asked for a special unit, the Commander-in-Chief’s In Extremis Force, to come and assist it.  She also said that the force could indeed have reinforced the consulate, and that Petraeus knew all of this [within 24 hours], but was not allowed to talk to the press because of his position in the CIA, according to Israel National News.

During the symposium, in a question and answer session, Broadwell was asked about the fatal September 11 attacks against the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.

She said, “Now, I don’t know if a lot of you heard this, but the CIA annex had actually taken a couple of Libya militia members prisoner. And they think that the attack on the consulate was an effort to try to get these prisoners back. So that’s still being vetted.”

Did you get that?  There was a U.S. prison or CIA detention center in Benghazi.  This is the smoking gun.  This is clearly why the West Wing sent out Susan Rice to lie on all five Sunday talk shows claiming our countrymen were brutally murdered because of a video.

A spokesman for the CIA said, “The CIA has not had detention authority since January 2009, when Executive Order 13491 was issued. Any suggestion that the Agency is still in the detention business is uninformed and baseless.”

The CIA’s denial came just hours after Arutz Sheva, an Israeli news outlet, first published a partial transcript of Broadwell’s speech.

The Daily Beast reports, “On Friday, her personal website and Facebook page were scrubbed from the Internet. (The Washington Post reported Sunday that “Officers close to Petraeus grew concerned about her posts on Facebook, which they believed sometimes divulged sensitive operational details.”)

In my post of November 10th, I covered the assertion made by John Batchelor that when Petraeus testified on the Hill he was not under oath and did not correct the public record regarding the attack.

During an October 16th interview, Denver’s WUSA-TV reporter Kyle Clark asked President Obama a two-part question: “Were the Americans under attack at the consulate in Benghazi, Libya denied requests for help during that attack, and is it fair to tell Americans that what happened is under investigation until after the election?” 

“Well, we are finding out exactly what happened,” the president again said. “I can tell you, as I’ve said over the last couple of months since this happened, the minute I found out what was happening, I gave three very clear directives. Number one, make sure that we are securing our personnel and doing whatever we need to. Number two, we’re going to investigate exactly what happened so that it doesn’t happen again. Number three, find out who did this so we can bring them to justice. And I guarantee you that everyone in the state department, our military, the CIA, you name it, had number one priority making sure that people were safe. These were our folks and we’re going to find out exactly what happened, but what we’re also going to do it make sure that we are identifying those who carried out these terrible attacks.”

If the president did, in fact, issue those orders where are they?  Let’s see them.

There is a bitter irony that, on this Veterans Day, when our military heroes are honored for their service that one of America’s most vaunted generals has become “General Betray Us.”

Right Jabs For November 12, 2012

Source for “Force” Graphic:  Bosch Fawstin
Politics is not a playground, it’s a battlefield.  Here are a few links from conservative bloggers who are waging a war of words against the misanthropy, priggishness, prejudice, luddism, illiberalism and irrationalism of the mainstream media bobble-head dolls and groupthink poodles of the press corps.

Yes, and you’ve ruined America. Well done, asshole.

Between this, Iran shooting at our drones, an awful economy, a plummeting stock market and the impending fiscal cliff, poor Obama will have so many challenges he’ll inherit from the previous administration. Watching him blame himself for four years should be quite amusing. We’ll all need a sense of humor to get through it ourselves.

These people do not deserve any respect as journalists; they are political operatives who masquerade as neutral.  I prefer honest Daily Kos bloggers any day to dishonest journalists.  They deserve to be treated with the same disrespect with which they treat the news process and conservatives. Investigate the investigators.

Some are saying that they are living like animals and wonder whether they are in a third world country or the United States. Well, you did vote Obama in for a second term so it’s really hard to tell these days.

“All men are created equal,” says the American Declaration of Independence.  “All men shall be kept equal,” says the British Socialist Party.

“Come right in and step right up. See the bright lights and the oddities of nature. Inside folks, for the low price of twenty-two trillion dollars, you can see Binders of Women, Team Big Bird and entire reams of green windmills and fields full of bayonets and horses. Here lies become the truth and everything is full of sugar. And the highlight of the show will be Barack, the Exotic Prince from the Wilds of Indonesia and Kenya, with a special appearance by Oprah and a hologram of JFK. Here in the Carnival of Fools, the party never stops and no one ever has to pay the bill.

Why does it always have to be “Floriduh” to get the dunce cap after every election?

“How is it the Democrats ever imagined that a man who was all but accused of "betrayal" in the Paper of Record by one of their main propaganda organizations could be relied upon to go all the way to the mat for their president? How is it that they thought he would sit in front of congress and the American people and engage in obfuscating-as-usual in a massive farce not of his making? In a scandal on par with others which have credibility of past administrations?”

“Oh, that’s right, I forgot, tolerance does not apply to them does it? Of course not, tolerance, as defined by the Left means that certain groups must stamp out all vestiges of other groups, so as to not be offended!”

Holder’s wife is the part owner of an abortion clinic, but for some reason he never saw fit to disclose this information. Gee, I wonder why.

Let’s be clear: not every layoff, bankruptcy, and closing can be laid at the feet of Obama, his policies, and those of Democrats. These happen even in times when the economy doesn’t suck. But, you can polish a turd, it’s still a turd; and this economy is a turd.

Somebody please loosen the wheels on the word “mandate’s” motorcycle so it falls into the shark tank mid-jump.

“Keep in mind that we're talking about Fredneck County [Frederick County, Maryland], where impoverished black and brown cows paint their faces white and cower in fear of ‘violent rhetoric’ emanating from the rabid packs of elderly, white Republicans who roam our hills and dales looking for trouble. The whole area is frighteningly white, we might say (were we fond of that sort of racially tinged invective). On the bright side, with all the narrative-challenging and unexpected consequences floating around this weekend, we're beginning to believe the next four years might be downright fun.”

That had the perverse effect of driving the bishops into the arms of a Mormon.

“But, consider this: A president of the United States just ran a reelection campaign based on the promise of government largess, exploitation of class division, the demonization of success, the glorification of identity politics, and the presumption that women are a helpless interest group; and he did so while steadfastly refusing to acknowledge the looming—potentially fatal—crisis that the country faces. And it worked.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Thank You For Your Service

As I think of all you've done, my feelings become too powerful for words and all I can say is thank you.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Petraeus Will Not Walk “The Benghazi Plank” For Obama Regime

On CNBC’s Kudlow Report, John Batchelor revealed that when David Petraeus testified on the Hill about the Benghazi attack he was not under oath.  You read that right—he was not under oath.

Batchelor is reliably ahead of news cycles and he informs that “Petraeus did not resign because of the affair he mentions in his resignation letter.”

Batchelor boldly asserts that Petraeus did not want to return to the Hill under oath next week to be confronted over the inconsistencies in his remarks about the CIA’s part in the fiasco.

The White House developed the hateful video talking points which Batchelor describes as “nakedly fallacious” and Petraeus did not, did not correct the public record.

At risk right away is the administration's plan to seat Susan Rice as the next Secretary of State in Obama’s cabinet.  However, all the principals of the national security apparatus are at risk:  Tom Donilon, Hillary Clinton, Leon Panetta, the Joint Chiefs, the President and Vice President.  It appears that the American people were purposefully misinformed by the Obama administration.  

The Senate Intelligence Committee will proceed at all possible speed in the Lame Duck session and this will go far and high in the administration.  We already see that the leaking is brutal as it reveals Obama’s secret policy of aiding strongmen and warlords regardless of their Jihadist connections.

Ever since the story broke that four Americans were left to die in Benghazi, the only news outlet that covered the tragedy was Fox News.  It is inescapable now for the media lapdogs to ignore the story since infidelity on the part of Petraeus is part of the new narrative.

Did Petraeus resign to outmaneuver the White House that was making threats against him and Broadwell about security?  Did the White House get surprised by the resignation?  

Only a fool would accept a White House-engineered resignation about an affair of the heart with a glamorous mother of two.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

And So It Would Seem…

Four years from now, those of us who grew up cherishing America will find it barely distinguishable from socialist Europe.

Our brethren, our own countrymen cast their vote for its demise.  Those of us who believed in the character of the American spirit, freedom and liberty are now at the mercy of an uninformed electorate.

This most wonderful experiment in democracy is vulnerable now and in grave danger of changing forever or disappearing entirely from the face of the earth.

Despite the disappointing results of last night’s presidential election, we must fight for the America we love.

I defer my final thoughts to Daniel Greenfield:
“Revolutions are not born out of success; they are born out of despair. They rise out of the dark hours of the night. They come from the understanding that all the other options are running out. Sometimes you have to fall down to rise and sometimes you have to hit bottom, to gather one last breath and fight to reach the top.”

Sunday, November 4, 2012

To Lift Again A Tattered Flag

I have no pedigree from an Ivy League school, I don’t live in or near the vaunted Beltway, I don’t have a degree in Political Science or Psychology.  I’m just a 60-year-old woman whose lifespan has included the presidencies of Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Hussein Obama.

Barack Hussein Obama has generated more debt, dependency and decay than any president in the history of this great nation.  He is the man the Las Vegas Review-Journal described as “a narcissistic amateur who seeks to ride this nation's economy and international esteem to oblivion.”

We have witnessed him spend everything and build nothing, nothing for four long years.

The Left insists that the Chicago Messiah has received a bounce in the polls from appearing to be “presidential” during the Hurricane Sandy disaster as he “comforted” a woman in a photo-op while in New Jersey.

I vehemently disagree.  The words this errand boy sent by grocery clerks uttered in Springfield, OH ushers an anger in me that I cannot describe.  Revenge?

Those words are a window into the soul of this scrawny little emperor.  He wants to stay in power.  Why?

The answer to that question is encapsulated in the following quote from Valerie Jarrett, Iranian-born Communist sympathizer and Barack Obama’s Senior Adviser:
“After we win this election, it’s our turn.  Payback time.  Everyone not with us is against us and they better be ready because we don’t forget. The ones who helped us will be rewarded; the ones who opposed us will get what they deserve. There is going to be hell to pay.  Congress won’t be a problem for us this time. No election to worry about after this is over and we have two judges ready to go.”
What American president that you know of has people around him who think and speak like this?  Clearly, this is the revenge the president was referring to and it’s terrifying.

With one day to go before the election, everybody and their brother are offering their predictions on who will win.  You can drive yourself insane with an interactive “Path to the White House” or you can trust Silver’s “science”.  Either way, you’re spinning your wheels.

Jay Cost, at the Weekly Standard, believes the rising power of the independent vote will determine the outcome of this year’s election.  “I am not willing to take polls at face value anymore. I am more interested in connecting the polls to history and the long-run structure of American politics, and when I do that I see a Romney victory.”

I’m tired of seeing the Chicago Messiah’s obedient followers wearing T-shirts that read, “Obama said I’m gonna knock you out.”  I’m tired of hearing blathering fools like Bill Maher threaten, "If you're thinking about voting for Mitt Romney, I would like to make this one plea. Black people know who you are and they will come after you."  Oh, and let's not forget those threats of riots in the streets if Romney wins.

If The Left believes that people are going to stand by and let this lunacy continue unabated then somebody is off their meds.

Call me a Pollyanna, call me a kook, but I see a Romney victory, too.  For the love of country and to lift again a tattered flag.

Fifty-One Seconds In Death Valley

Today, I will depart ever so briefly from politics and take a moment to gloat.

Last night my beloved Alabama Crimson Tide met the LSU Tigers at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge.  The stadium, as any rival will tell you, is known as Death Valley.  And with good reason.

Over its storied past, news services have long proclaimed Tiger Stadium the most intimidating venue in college football.  Even famed Alabama Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant confessed, “Baton Rouge happens to be the worst place in the world for a visiting team.  It’s like being inside a drum.”

Tigers faithful say it’s where visiting teams go to die.

I was at work while the game was on.  I was nervous about the game because of the intense rivalry and getting alerts on my Smartphone weren't helping erase my anxiety.

My first alert told me LSU scored a field goal in the first quarter.  Not to worry I thought.  The second alert let me know that ‘Bama scored two TDs in the second quarter.  Alright, boys.  Way to go!

With 12:58 left in the fourth quarter, LSU scored a touchdown and was leading 17-14.

Knowing how tough the Tigers are, I got scared.  Bear in mind, I’m at work and can’t watch the game.  I can’t really get a sense of what’s going on.  All I knew was that LSU QB Zack Mettenberger had a 25 of 36 pass completion rate averaging 8.2 yards per throw.  He was besting ‘Bama QB A. J. McCarron who was 14 of 27.

I left work at 11:00 PM.  As I drove home, I waited and waited for another text alert.  I finally pulled up in my driveway, rushed inside and turned on my TV.  I was able to catch the final minute of the game.  OMG!

LSU was on the verge of putting the game away, driving into Alabama territory and forcing Coach Nick Saban to call his remaining timeout. But Drew Alleman missed a 38-yard field goal, and McCarron took over from there.

He completed three straight passes to put Alabama in scoring position. With 51 seconds left in the game, LSU brought a corner blitz and McCarron got the ball away quickly to T. J. Yeldon. The freshman running back broke one tackle and faked out another defender, racing to the end zone for the winning score.  Talk about a Saturday night stunner in Death Valley.

There was one curious thing I was yet to decipher as I stood there watching that final minute.  The cameras on the field were focusing on McCarron as he sat on the bench with a towel to his face.  I wondered what was going on.

Mystery solved via Cecil Hurt writing for the Tuscaloosa News
“On Saturday night in Tiger Stadium, the machine didn't function quite so well. Alabama was minus-two in turnovers, bereft of forward momentum, a team that looked young and rattled and, well, human. Which is what made the final few minutes, and the improbable win which emerged from Baton Rouge, an instant classic. Certainly, there was good execution—a final defensive stop that led to a missed LSU field goal, a dramatic two-minute drive. But what made it far more memorable was that Alabama, for the first time all year, felt human. Superman had been punched in the nose by an adversary just as big, just as strong, and it had drawn blood.” 
“This game humanized Alabama. LSU exposed weaknesses that the relentless hype machine had denied. Alabama may still be the best team in the country and may prove it in Miami, but it doesn't seem like such a foregone conclusion. That isn't all bad. Seeing Alabama in a different light, with AJ McCarron weeping for joy or Jesse Williams exulting after an exhausting evening, doesn't somehow make them a lesser team. It makes them more human, but that only makes them more memorable.”
Then, there’s Erin Andrew’s tweet:  “AJ McCarron's emotion has me a little choked up…this is why I love college fball so much…what a moment…awesome scene…goosebumps.”

Unbeatens Oregon, Kansas State and Notre Dame, all ranked 9-0 at the time of this post, were praying LSU would pull off college football’s upset of the year.  Request denied.

Oh, and Zack, you’ll want to stop taunting the Tide faithful with your “call me” gesture.  It’s not so funny now, is it man?

Finally, to my friend Pat who blogs at And So It Goes In Shreveport, we didn’t get into our annual chick fight. (NOTE:  I’m still having email problems.  If Pat tried to email me to trash talk and make our wager, I’m unaware of it.)

I’m going to assume that she would have done so and have contributed $100 to the Wounded Warrior Project to celebrate the Tide’s victory in Death Valley.

“If you want to walk the heavenly streets of gold, you gotta know the password, “Roll, Tide, Roll!”—Bear Bryant

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Right Jabs For November 3, 2012

Politics is not a playground, it’s a battlefield.  Here are a few links from conservative bloggers who are waging a war of words against the misanthropy, priggishness, prejudice, luddism, illiberalism and irrationalism of the mainstream media bobble-head dolls and groupthink poodles of the press corps.

We know how you vote and we know where you live.

You would think that politicians would know by now that they ought to pay hookers.

This is a man who spends his days micromanaging the amount of soda New Yorkers are allowed to have in their beverage containers rather than, say, the amount of ocean New Yorkers are allowed to have in their subway system

“Did you see what President Obama said today? He asked his supporters to vote for revenge–for revenge. Instead, I ask the American people to vote for love of country.”

It’s time to close one of the ugliest chapters of American history. It’s time to vote Barack Obama out of the White House and restore some dignity and decency to the Oval Office.

The idea of a cowardly POTUS, whose ‘gutsy calls’ come only after excessive amounts of Hamlet-esque hand-wringing is staggering. If you don’t grasp the basic notion of “never-leave-a-buddy”, then you are not fit for the role of Commander-in-Chief at all

Pay attention, Joe! Repeat after me: P-O-T-A-T-O.

I'm nervously optimistic, but can't pretend to be objective.

“After we win this election, it’s our turn. Payback time. Everyone not with us is against us and they better be ready because we don’t forget. The ones who helped us will be rewarded; the ones who opposed us will get what they deserve. There is going to be hell to pay. Congress won’t be a problem for us this time. No election to worry about after this is over and we have two judges ready to go.”

Seems even the Obama regime's relentless and deeply-damaging efforts to divide this country by race/sex/income for political gain aren't enough to fool all-of-the-people all of the time…

With such a clusterf*ck in Benghazi before during and after it is simply amazing that no one has resigned their post. One would think that someone would do the honorable thing or one would go forcibly.

We have no grand schemes or manifestos, no glorious visions of caliphates and socialist republics, our vision is of our homes and our stores, our families and our friends, the communities that we have built and the small things that we have done every day of our lives for the sake of all these things. These small things, the little uncounted freedoms and the self-chosen responsibilities are our manifestos, they are our battle cries and they are what we fight for. They are our world and we hold them now in the light of day against the destroyers who would bring against us the fall of night.

What the fuck have you been doing to not see through the chimera of Hope and Change and that entirely media-constructed joke of a president

"My advice to the people of Staten Island is do not donate to the American Red Cross. Let them get their money elsewhere.”

“If you’re thinking about voting for Mitt Romney, I would like to make this one plea:  black people know who you are and they will come after you.”

This sounds more like something you’d hear from a candidate running against a long term third world dictator

Or maybe it would be Justices Holder, Clinton, and Clinton. But then they’d have to live in the same city together.

In a Hardball segment about the connection between global warming and Hurricane Sandy, Congressman Ed Markey (D-Mass.) for some reason took the conversation in a decidedly disgusting direction.

Not only are liberal states in decline and in peril of collapse, liberalism itself is decrepit and tottering

…with scenes of devastation proliferating on voters’ TV screens around the nation and evidence mounting of an insufficient response, Obama obviously felt he had to be seen at FEMA for a second time this week before heading back out to campaign. After the visit to FEMA, Obama departed for Ohio.

We have the crews. You have the unions. Enjoy the dark.