Author Archives: Mafia Rose

What’s in a name?

“That which we call a rose, by any other name, would smell as sweet.”   Or would it?  You hear mumblings from time to time about the importance of naming legislation and how this can work either for or against politicians when looking at their voting records.  Well, I happened across this little gem of a video, both entertaining and sad, that illustrates this point very well.  It gives a pretty clear idea of why you won’t catch me referring to Obamacare as the Affordable Care Act any time soon!


Filed under Obamacare

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

It’s Not ALL About Newt

While I may be all about Newt right now, this election is not. I know I’ve been posting a lot on Gingrich lately and don’t mean for this to be a “Gingrich zone.” I’ve been on my big push lately, ’cause we’ve had early voting all week in FL, with the primary wrapping up on Tuesday. I’m an anti-Mitt person and FL’s winner-take-all primary (50 delegates!) has me really focused on defeating him here. Since Santorum’s polling around 10%, I’m really hoping a lot of his supporters will put their vote towards Newt, ’cause polls indicate that he’s their likely second choice.

I intended to put more information on the other candidates’ pages, but just haven’t been focused on that. Please feel free to add anything candidate-specific directly to the comments section on their pages. I’m hoping we’ll all be able to use that as a resource to answer questions about candidates and find some positive information, instead of just all the negativity that’s been going around. (NOTE: Negative items are not discouraged, but hopefully are written in an informative way!)

I hope you’ve all been enjoying the info. We’ve really been ramping things up this month for a big slow-down next month leading up to the all new not-so-super-anymore Tuesday…yay!!!

Anybody have their primary coming up next month?

Are things getting tense near you, yet?

I find it nearly impossible to keep up with the information overload that comes right before an election!


Filed under Newt Gingrich

New Candidate Pages

Take a moment to peruse the newly added Candidates page above for links and information about specific GOP primary presidential candidates.  You’ll find links for each candidate’s campaign website.  You can also utilize the candidate pages for adding links and information about specific candidates that others might find useful in deciding how to vote in the upcoming primaries or how to get more involved.  News items should still be posted on the daily grudge, but this will give everyone a place to look for candidate-specific information, rather than hot issues.

If you haven’t checked it out already, there’s also a new page with countdown timers for the upcoming primaries/caucuses.  I’ve added a link there, as well as on the Candidates page, to the GOP Primary Debate Schedule (which includes links to archives of each past debate).  Don’t Forget…the first of two debates in New Hampshire is tonight at 9pm EST on ABC, followed by a 9am EST (yes…that’s AM!) debate on NBC.  Links to the ABC debate live stream are available on the debate schedule page.


Filed under Elections, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Republicans, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul

Friday’s Path – February 25th, 2011

by Mafia Rose

A Story in Politics and Growing Up…

I went out to dinner last night with my husband and two kids. While we waited for our food, I played a few games on the kids’ menu with my daughter, who’s four. At one point, I lost focus and accidentally won a game (Oh no!). Well, boy could you hear from just about anywhere in the restaurant, how upset she was and how, “It’s not fair!”

I calmly explained to her that she can’t win every game and that she will just have to try again next time. That wasn’t working, and the fit continued. So, I gently informed her that I was done playing games for the night, because “I don’t like to play games with people who get angry when they lose.” Without missing a beat, she replied, “Well, I don’t like to play games with people who win!”

I’m ready to register her with the Democrat party.

Or…maybe I’ll sign her up with the Wisconsin teachers’ union.

You see, as we grow and mature, we realize that there are better ways to handle our disagreements and differences. It’s just too bad that there are sooooo many adults who insist on acting like children. I get enough of that at home…really!

Take a stroll along our Garden Paths today and enjoy the cornucopia of enlightening stories available to read and share. And don’t forget to drop off your news and tidbits here in our own little corner garden.

Me?? I’m going to stop and smell the roses…


Filed under Democrats, Funny Stuff, Unions

Tuesday’s Path – February 22nd, 2011

by Mafia Rose

As the saying goes… “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” Ah, well… we have created such a cozy, appealing atmosphere here at PoliNation, that we have begun to attract our own “bouquet” of imitators, with cutesy little headings, and all. In the very near future, I anticipate the blog world will be filled with peaceful, nature-themed, banner-as-background type conservative political blogs in, well, no time at all! (We’ve only been around for a week, after all, and look at what trend setters we are.)

While my first reaction was one of sheer indignation, upon pausing to reflect in our quiet garden surroundings, I now realize how much more relaxing and enjoyable life will be with all the beautiful plants and flowers to look at. Not to mention the babies! I can only hope that the others are able to find one as cute as Baby Buzz to have as their mascots…

But enough about my hopes, dreams and vision for the future.

What’s going on in your part of the world today?

What’s your vision for the future of this great country?

It’s tea time in the garden.

Pull up a chair. Scones, anyone?


Filed under Loose Pollen