Monthly Archives: January 2012

Quoting Red October

I sent this out to my bloggy listers.

by Mark Levin on Sunday, January 29, 2012

It inspired the following exchange with my brother, who is one of the most intelligent and savvy individuals I know.

BRO’S REPLY:  What is the battle about? Who is the enemy? At my age, I give less credence to one’s public statements and more to those tawdry realities which so often dictate our behavior.

In this case, it appears that the real issue is ego.  Fine. Color me naive. But consider a few facts.

Newt is poorly disciplined. I remember well his leadership. And I see those same flaws now.

Remember, I was in his corner as late as last week. My son-in-law is still. But it appears that Newt believes this debate is about him. It isn’t. It’s about Obama.

If Newt is defeated by Romney, how will he act? Romney worked for the party. I fear Newt will work for … Newt.   Given his history, (I too can claim the title ‘historian’) it isn’t clear that he will put party above his own desires.

Goodness knows, looking at his marital difficulties, the man has a track record.

People are upset about Romney’s ‘evolution’ to Conservative principles over these past few years.  And I can understand their apprehension. But would the Gingrich backers in the audience tell me how you criticize the one man, all the while ignoring the former Speaker’s personal behavior over that same time period? If Newt can cheat on his 2nd wife, if anyone can justify cheating on his mate, and then find God at age 68, why can’t Romney abandon some of his earlier positions and find a philosophy closer to ours?  

As Ms. Coulter noted, Romney’s evolution should be seen as a victory for our side. But his opponents are going to find ways to weaken his position. Why? Purity? Or to quote the Third Mate from THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER. “Or was it something else? Ego, perhaps?”

The candidates all appear to agree that this is a critical election.
– Greece is broke, Italy, Spain and Ireland are ready to go.
– While our military must wear white gloves while handling the Koran, the Catholic church is under attack.
– The tax bill is 95% of GDP and rising. Nearly 50% of the nation does not pay federal taxes.

The list of disasters, starting with Holder, Geithner, and Biden grows. The metaphorical Titanic is taking on water. And we are running around the deck, checking the colors on the life boats.

Is this outrage truly about Conservative principles? Or is it about our egos?

MY RESPONSE: You can never lose quoting Red October to me 🙂

I appreciate your input very much. I was too busy being sick and raising kids to pay attention to the world before my first kid went to war. And I pretty much slept through American History in high school.

I am good friends with a lifelong Bay Stater who did pay attention. She thinks Romney is our best choice. And when I read Coulter, she makes me agree.

Then I listen to videos and debates, read other pundits, and I find myself liking Santorum or Gingrich best.

Thank goodness, there’s one candidate I can ignore. Ron Paul’s comments about foreign policy just left me cold.

When the GOP band of brothers (and sister) was huge, the MSM yammered about how weak it was.

Yet what I am struggling with now is how strong it is.

One of the PoliNators said, “I will probably be waffling when I step into the voting booth.”

I’m glad the New York primary isn’t any time real soon!


Filed under Ann Coulter, Elections, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich

Give me a break!

Chrissy’s Site Bites:

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William Kristol said the incident needs to be put in the context of the admirable behavior of 99 percent of our troops 99 percent of the time.


The Silence of the Republican Candidates by William Kristol – Jan 13, 2012


Filed under Afghanistan, Allen West, Armed Forces, Taliban

Whose rights?

IMHO, this video sums up the difference between the Left and the Right.

A small group of Lefties raucously and disruptively shout on and on about THEIR right to abortion-on-demand while actively depriving the assembled Pro-Lifers THEIR right to peaceful assembly, freedom of speech, freedom of religion and freedom of conscience.

Meanwhile, a group of Pro-Lifers that out-numbered the Lefties about ten-to-one did NOT give them the whupping they so richly deserved.

H/t: Pistol Pete’s Grudge Report


Filed under Abortion, First Amendment, Liberty

Leftists blame us for everything bad.

They lie a lot.

At President Bush’s State of the Union address, Congressional Democrats wildly cheered their own intransigence, obstruction, and reverence for the broken status quo [1:10].

When Bush said “The problem is not going to go away,” a much larger group of responsible Americans stood and cheered in rebuttal [1:36].

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Filed under George W. Bush, State of the Union

Catholic Church Rejects Surrender Terms from Obama

Catholic Church Rejects Surrender Terms from Obama by Cliff Kincaid  —   January 30, 2012

Reprinted in full. Original @

My Catholic priest, Father Larry Swink, delivered a homily on Sunday that I told him would make headlines. In the toughest sermon I have ever heard from a pulpit, he attacked the Obama Administration as evil, even demonic, and warned of religious persecution ahead. What was also newsworthy about the sermon was that he cited The Washington Post in agreement—not on the subject of the Obama Administration being evil, but on the matter of its abridgment of the constitutional right to freedom of religion.

What is happening is extraordinary and unprecedented. The Catholic Church is in open revolt against the Obama Administration, with Fr. Swink noting from the pulpit that priests across the archdiocese were joining the call on Sunday to rally Catholics to resistance against the U.S. Government. He said we are entering a time of religious persecution and that Catholics and others will have to make a final decision about which side they are on.

The issue is what the Catholic Bishops have called a “literally unconscionable” edict by the Obama Administration demanding that sterilization, abortifacients and contraception be included in virtually all health plans.

At a time when the media are full of reports about who is ahead and behind in the polls, and who will win the next Republican presidential primary, this incredible uprising in the Catholic Church is something that could not only overshadow the political campaign season, but also may have a major impact on the ultimate outcome—if Republicans know how to handle it. This matter goes beyond partisan politics to the growing perception of an unconstitutional Obama Administration assault on religious freedom. To hear the Catholic Bishops and Priests describe it, our constitutional republic and our freedoms hang in the balance.

The administration claims there is a religious exemption in the mandate, but the bishops say it is so narrow that it fails to cover the vast majority of faith-based organizations, including Catholic hospitals, universities and service organizations that help millions every year. “Ironically,” they say, “not even Jesus & his disciples would have qualified.”

The bishops go on, “Now that the Administration has refused to recognize the Constitutional conscience rights of organizations and individuals who oppose the mandate, the bishops are now urging Catholics and others of good will to fight this unprecedented attack on conscience rights and religious liberty.”

Interestingly, The Washington Post, as Father Swink indicated, agrees with the bishops. The paper said, “In this circumstance, requiring a religiously affiliated employer to spend its own money in a way that violates its religious principles does not make an adequate accommodation for those deeply held views. Having recognized the principle of a religious exemption, the administration should have expanded it.”

So why would the administration pick a major fight with the Catholic Church? There are two main reasons. (1) The administration wants to please its progressive and feminist, secular pro-abortion base. (2) The administration believes Catholics are divided on the issue and will ignore their leaders and follow Obama.

Support for the latter explanation comes in the form of the Obama Administration’s efforts to co-opt the Catholic Church, primarily through appointing nominal Catholics to high-level positions in government and keeping funding going to the church for “social justice” causes. Another player in this effort is the hedge-fund billionaire George Soros, an atheist who nevertheless has found groups that are “Catholic in name only” to accept his financial largesse. These groups, including Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, are designed to give the impression that Catholics are less concerned about issues like stopping abortion and protecting the sanctity of traditional marriage than passing government health care. The Obama/Soros gamble may be backfiring.

It’s true that the bishops went along with Obama’s health care scheme, even lobbying on its behalf. But now they seem to be realizing that the plan was a Trojan Horse designed to force population control measures on the people of the United States. It will be difficult for the bishops to continue working with the administration on other issues, like immigration. They have drawn a line in the sand. They cannot back down.

Father Larry Swink of Jesus The Divine Word Catholic Church in Huntingtown, Maryland, is not alone in his tough language. Pittsburgh Bishop David A. Zubik posted a letter on the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh’s website that said, “It is really hard to believe that it happened. It comes like a slap in the face. The Obama administration has just told the Catholics of the United States, ‘To Hell with you!’ There is no other way to put it.” He added, “This whole process of mandating these guidelines undermines the democratic process itself. In this instance, the mandate declares pregnancy a disease, forces a culture of contraception and abortion on society, all while completely bypassing the legislative process.”

You know it’s serious when the bishops are talking about heaven and hell.

Indeed, Fr. Swink opened his discussion of what he described as the evil nature of the Obama Administration by reading from scripture about Jesus casting out demons. He saw the order on health care coverage as the start of religious persecution. The congregation joined him in calls of “Amen” when he challenged them to stand tall with the church.

You cannot expect the secular Washington Post to go along with such rhetoric. But even its liberal editorial writer saw the ramifications of the health care order, perhaps anticipating the confrontation that we now see developing. From the point of view of this liberal paper, the Obama Administration is not only undermining religious freedom but risking a major backlash to its overall “progressive” agenda and even a second term in office.

Some may see this battle as just another church-state dust-up that will be resolved through litigation. But when apocalyptic imagery is used, such as what I heard at my church on Sunday, one must wonder if there is an awakening on the part of the Catholic community and if there is something else going on here besides politics as usual. In short, is the Catholic Church beginning to finally recognize the real nature of the Obama Administration?


Filed under Abortion, Barack Obama, Catholic Church, Constitution, Elections, Feminism, George Soros, Liberty, Obamacare, Republicans

To Hell With Pro-Lifers!

Please support the civil rights of Pro-Lifers and contact your legislators about this.

Chrissy’s Site Bites:

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Source: ‘To Hell With You’ @

Sorry … I can’t get this URL to heat up or work right. If you go to the addy above, it will tell you “The page you requested does not exist. For your convenience, a search was performed using the query bridging gap hell you.” The top choice is the article. And its URL is precisely what I posted. Oy.

One thought about this. The article by Bishop David A. Zubik begins, “It is really hard to believe that it happened. It comes like a slap in the face.”

“It is really hard to believe” ????? Seriously!?

Dear Bishop, where have you BEEN all these years?! Barack Obama BLOCKED legislation in the Illinois Senate that would have provided medical assistance and comfort care to live-born abortion survivors.

How is it surprising that a man who wouldn’t give so much as a BLANKET to a dying NEWBORN would violate the conscience rights of millions of Americans?


Filed under Abortion, Barack Obama, Catholic Church, First Amendment, Kathleen Sebelius


Posted by Pistol Pete

Chrissy:I was going to comment on your post about what would make a great president yesterday but at the time I was seething with such anger I could not control my motor skills.I was watching The Five on FNC as I usually do,just to check out the high heels Kimberley Guilfoile was wearing.(I’m a pig,sue me.)
That fat turd Bob Beckel was wailing about Allen West’s speech at the Lincoln Day dinner. As I was researching today’s thread I came across this article about it.There’s a video of the exchange between turd-boy and Greg Gutfeld.You can figure out what set me off.

This is a preview of the much-anticipated presidential debates.The outcome is predetermined.


A second Obama term is unthinkable.A Romney presidency would only be marginally better.


I don’t remember when I’ve been so outraged,so disgusted at the GOP.Even though they picked up 2 congressional seats,they redistricted West out to make other republican and democrat seats safer.The Tea Party electees were looked at as interlopers when they came to Wahington.Idealogues are not welcome in the DC den of perdition where everybody gets rich and republicans know their place.

The democrats in Ill-Annoy sure weren’t shy about pushing republican districts together where we face losing some good people.My congressman,Don Manzullo, is a ten-termer who has always stuck with conservatism.Now he’s forced to run against Adam Kinzinger,an Iraq veteran and rising GOP star.We have a difficult choice to make.The game is rigged and I resent it.

This shit is hardly worth mentioning anymore.If you are unarmed,you can be a victim of this heathenous rabble.They think it’s funny to beat up whitey.

The children of republican candidates are not off limits when it comes to personal attacks.Now do you wonder why true conservatives don’t run for office?



Thanks for pointing that out,Captain Obvious



The Good ‘ol Boys club is alive and well.



Assemblyman admits whatever Charlie wants,Charlie gets.


Have a barf bag ready if you watch this



Hmmm…only two fundraisers today?

10:00 am || Receives the Presidential Daily Briefing
10:45 am || Meets with the Cabinet
4:30 pm || Meets with Secretary of Defense Panetta
7:15 pm || Speaks at a fundraiser; St. Regis Hotel, Washington
9:10 pm || Speaks at a fundraiser; private residence

All times Eastern
Live stream of Carney briefing at 1:00 pm



Filed under Allen West, Barack Obama, Bobby Jindal, Democrats, Donald Trump, Elections, Media Bias, Mitt Romney, Occupy Movement, Republicans, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Sarah Palin, Tea Party, Unemployment

Moon Pie, Anyone?

I have to admit there was a moment in the debate last Thursday, January 26th in Jacksonville, FL that really came out of left field for me. I honestly didn’t see it coming, but why shouldn’t I have? It seems so obvious after the fact, with the debate being in Florida and all. That moment came when Newt Gingrich brought up the idea of building a colony on the moon. Of course, it was quickly mocked by Mitt Romney as absolutely ridiculous in a time when the economy is in such bad shape. Romney also chided Gingrich, suggesting that he was playing the politician by going from place to place offering what each locale wanted.

For anyone just entering the campaign, perhaps viewers watching their first debate, this entire exchange looked like a huge victory for Mitt Romney and a crushing defeat for Newt Gingrich. But, as we all know, things in politics are not always as they seem. Was Newt really just pandering to the Florida crowd? His debate responses from December 10th in Iowa would suggest otherwise. In fact, video footage from that debate shows him giving virtually the same answers.

But what about the idea that he’d be crazy to suggest going to the moon while America (and the rest of the world) is on the verge of economic collapse? If you listen closely to Newt’s entire debate response, he wasn’t actually suggesting that the government colonize the moon, but rather that the private sector be encouraged and empowered to do so. In fact, if he could have given the response he wanted to give, I’m quite certain it would resemble this rather inspiring speech he had given in Cocoa, FL just one day prior.

With all that being said, isn’t it a bit “crazy” in this day and age to be talking about going to the moon? It’s like some pipe dream of days long past. But as Newt describes in Cocoa, it’s dreams like these that have inspired and continue to expire our next generation of young scientists all around the world. The irony in all of this is that on the day before the Jacksonville debate, January 25th, this YouTube video went viral.

It seems that two Canadian high school students decided to launch the first Lego man into space. They videotaped this project to share with the rest of the world, because young people really do still have dreams…and one of them is to go into space. It’s one thing to be realistic and practical, to live within our means, but it something else entirely to lack any sort of vision for the future. I don’t want to be part of the crowd that stands around chanting, “Yes we can!” I want to be part of the ones that make it happen!


Filed under Debates, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich

Harry of the Thousand Days

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Article I, Section 8, Clause 1 of the United States Constitution:

“The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defense and general Welfare of the United States.”

The power to tax and spend is essential to the administering of government.

Taxing and spending require that Congress pass a budget.

The federal government’s fiscal year begins on October 1st.

The House and Senate Budget Committees are supposed to begin consideration of the up-coming year’s budget in February and submit a budget resolution by April 1.

If Congress fails to pass a budget the President is willing to sign before October 1st, the federal government is not supposed to continue functioning.

The DEMOCRAT-MAJORITY Senate has refused for nearly THREE YEARS to pass a budget, forcing Congress and the President to squabble repeatedly over short-term temporary budget resolutions to keep the government functioning.

While refusing to do their most important job, Democrat Senate leaders have continued to collect their six figure annual salaries and accrue seniority toward their very handsome retirement plans.

These same Senate Democrats absurdly blame their failure to pass a budget on Republicans.

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Filed under Budget, Democrats, Harry Reid, Republicans, U.S. Congress, U.S. Senate

What do you think?

I got this in email from my niece:

“Aunt Chrissy, What characteristics do you believe make for a great President?”

I thought I’d share my reply.
What a tough question. Phew.

First, there are no women in the race anymore, so I’m not going to bother with him/her PC grammatical gymnastics here.

Second, I think a third party candidate would hand the race to Obama, so I am definitely looking for the person I want for President to win the Republican nomination.

Third, it’s no secret that I’ve become a Right Wingnut. My core values have not changed from when I self-identified as a liberal Democrat, but my knowledge has changed a lot. In every area I’ve explored, I have seen proof positive that Democrat policies are destructive of the very things they say they will support.

Take just one small example: housing costs.

Democrats are big proponents of rent control laws, claiming they create affordable housing for the poor. But the TRUE outcome of rent control is scarce, expensive housing.

The two cities in this nation that have the oldest and toughest rent control laws are New York and San Francisco. The two cities in this nation with the highest rent costs are New York and San Francisco.

In other words, the people who are most harmed by rent control laws are the very people Democrats claimed rent control would help.

In studying Conservative literature, I’ve come to realize that Democrats have everything backwards when they use personal sob stories as a club to get people to accept their ideas. Sob stories are appropriate only as reasons to engage in personal charity. Government policy should be based on the big picture, with a sharp eye toward what is best for most and what really works.

And this is where I have come to despise Democrats the most. It seems to me that whenever Conservatives try to talk about reality, about why we know that our policies will help while Democrat policies will harm the very people in the sob stories, Democrats and their lapdogs in the media shout us down. There’s no dialogue, just name calling.

Frankly, I’m sick of it. I’m not evil, selfish, greedy, racist, homophobic, narrow-minded, stupid or ill-educated. If they want to disagree with us, that’s fine. But how about if they LISTEN to us first?

As for the character of the candidates … wow. We give our president so much power, so much responsibility … you almost have to question the character of anyone who is narcissistic enough to think he can do the job at all, never mind someone who wants it badly enough to go through more than a year of non-stop fund-raising, campaigning, getting slashed to ribbons by opponents and the media, etc.

In 2008, I read somewhere that we should look at voting more like we’re hiring an employee than like we’re choosing the best act on Idol or Dancing with the Stars. I don’t think I’d ever quite thought of voting that way. But when I began to look at the presidency as a job I was trying to fill, I was truly boggled.

Take just the fact that our President has to live at his work. Yuk. I tried that twice … living in a dorm at college and later living on site as apartment manager … and HATED it. Let me go HOME at the end of the day!

One pundit said the Brits have divided up their leadership into the pomp and the policy. The royals do the pomp and the Prime Minister does the policy. We expect the President to do both.

Plus he has to focus completely on each task as it comes up, then completely put it aside to do the next thing.

So, say the President’s day begins with breakfast with his wife. Then he goes down to his office and has the daily national security briefing where they hit him with all the pending and actual crises here and abroad.

Next, maybe he has a meeting with bereaved military parents, where he has to set aside worries about the briefing to be the compassionate Commander in Chief who sent this couple’s child to war.

Next, maybe he goes out to the South Lawn to greet an arriving Head of State … smile, shake hands, make a speech, listen to a speech, stand for a photo spray, then go inside for private high level discussion with Head of State on whatever matters are on the table for our two nations.

While Head of State goes to his digs to get ready for the State Dinner, the President goes upstairs for lunch, after which he has to start in again with the afternoon’s schedule.

Maybe he puts in a call to the space station or yuks it up with some sports team, then gets a report about the latest devastating tornado/earthquake/whatever, and then has a meeting with his advisors about what the opposition party and the people in his own party who don’t like him are cooking up to make his policies crash and burn.

Then it’ll be time to go back upstairs to shower and get primped for an hours-long State Dinner of speechifying, smiling, hand shaking, and looking all-over-enthused about whoever is there.

Finally, bed.

Then, it begins again in the morning, provided of course that nobody wakes him at 3 am because somebody hijacked an airliner or threatened to set off a nuke.

And WE have to decide who’s best for this nightmare of a job? Yoiks!

I used to think the prolonged campaigning was a big waste of time and money, but now I think it’s a really good process.  The candidates get sharpened and the voters get to see and hear how well the candidates perform at the kinds of tasks they’ll have to do if elected. Like, hiring competent staff and working with them. Like, performing while exhausted, giving formal speeches, smiling sincerely during endless photo sprays, answering tough, unplanned questions in any and all settings, and being personable and warm during one-on-one meetings with citizens.

I’ve always looked at core values, but I’m smarter now about not just listening to a candidate’s current position. I also look into his voting history, past speeches, etc. If he has changed positions, does he say it is because he wised up, got better information, or saw that what he thought would work did not? Or is he saying what he thinks will get him elected? Did he say the opposite things in speeches to pro-abortion and pro-life groups, for example?

I’ve also always looked at character, but I’ve gotten more experienced about how to see the real man, not the packaged commodity. One thing I pay a lot of attention to is how a candidate behaves when he’s attacked. I want someone who has a strong backbone, a thick skin and a clear vision of his mission, but I also want someone who can work with the opposition to get things done. So I watch body language a lot, especially the candidate’s unscripted reactions on live debates and at townhalls, interviews and rope lines.

One of the things I greatly admire in Sarah Palin is her ability to stand firm and take no crap, but also to turn aside anger with a quip. Like after that stupid thing where she was criticized for using notes written on her hand … and this from people whose fave prez uses a teleprompter for everything! The next day, she wrote “Hi Mom!” on her hand and waved it at the cameras. I loved that!  Reagan was really good at using humor also. He could rag on his opponents with a smile, but it came off as charming, not smarmy or nasty.

Faith has also been a big issue for me. I supported Carter because he was a Born Again Christian. Then I saw him do a lousy job as President. I think that’s one reason I backed off politics. Once burned, twice shy. But I’ve matured, gotten more confidence in myself and also learned a lot about leadership from watching the military.  I still believe that leaders need the core values I cherish. In particular, I believe they aren’t safe having that much power if they do not know for real that they ultimately answer not just to the voters, but also to God Almighty.

I have come to believe that Democrat policies not only harm the poorest and weakest among us, but also interfere with Democrats’ ability to behave well in their personal lives. Study after study has proven that it is Conservatives who believe in small government, individual freedom and maximum personal responsibility who are the happiest, most generous and most productive members of society.

Obviously, we’re not perfect. But some Democrats act like the problem is having values, not failing to live up to them. Look at the way they treated Clarence Thomas (Anita Hill) vs the way they treated Bill Clinton (Monica Lewinsky). I’ve even seen some of them defend this double standard, saying that people who aspire to live up to high standards are automatically worse than people who do not, regardless of their behaviors!

As for the truly hypocritical Democrats like Al “Carbon Footprint” Gore … well, Jesus had a lot to say about this kind of thing in that parable about the two men who went to the temple to pray. Remember?

But the President needs more than true faith in God and good values. He also needs to be a true leader, someone who can both care deeply about what is best for those in his chain of command, while also setting aside his concern for the individuals in order to do what is best for the mission.

It’s a tough place to be. If he’s too compassionate, he won’t be able to make the tough decisions that get people killed. If he’s not compassionate enough, his men won’t give him their best. Did you ever see U-571?  Leadership is one of the main themes; I highly recommend it.

To summarize: I want a politically Conservative candidate who has the God-centered faith to keep him from becoming a tyrant, the sharp intellect to make excellent decisions, the guts to stand firm when those decisions are unpopular and the heart to inspire others to implement his policies no matter the cost.

Thank you for asking such an inspiring question! I am very flattered you care about my opinion and really admire your willingness to dive into these issues. When I was your age, I had my head in the sand.

I know you’re super busy, but if you have some time, we’d love to have you come and join in the conversation at PoliNation.

Hugs, Auntie Chrissy


Filed under Barack Obama, Christianity, Democrats, Republicans, Sarah Palin