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Posted at 7:54pm on Apr. 6, 2008 Condoleezza Rice Might Be Pursuing the VP Spot

By David Hinz

By David Hinz

ABC News is reporting that Condoleezza Rice "is actively courting the Vice Presidential nomination, according to Republican Strategist Dan Senor."

Senor, best remembered for his role as chief spokesperson for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, under Presidential Envoy L. Paul Bremer III, is a Republican Political Strategist with close ties to the Bush White House.

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Posted at 6:36pm on Apr. 3, 2008 Bob Barr for President? Viva la r3VOLution!

By David Hinz

By David Hinz

Former Georgia Congressman Bob Barr has been making the Talk Radio circuit today, hinting, but not announcing, that he will seek the nomination of the Libertarian Party, for the office of President of the United States. He told both Frank Beckmann of WJR in Detroit, and nationally syndicated host Sean Hannity, that he was "thinking about it" and that he would be announcing his decision next week.

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Posted at 10:44am on Mar. 30, 2008 Requiem for Nana

By David Hinz

Saturday I attended a memorial service for a 90-year old woman who died in her sleep around 3:00 pm on Good Friday. Thanks to the propitiation of Jesus, I feel certain that she was with him a 3:01. Nana was first generation Polish. Her father, who lived to 99, never did learn to speak English, beyond a few simple phrases. She was fluent in both, while her children know only a few words of Polish, most of which could not be printed here. (Those words would be courtesy of the influence of Pop, who preceded Nana in death a few years ago.)

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Posted at 7:02pm on Mar. 28, 2008 Knut, Bill, Michele et al

By David Hinz

A couple days ago, The Frank Beckmann show on 760WJR Radio in Detroit noted the latest news about Knut the cuddly polar bear that the Berlin Zoo had decided to raise from a cub. If you recall, at the time, animal-rights groups such as PETA wanted the cub destroyed, rather than raised by man.

Now, a fully grown bear, Knut, it seems, has become addicted to publicity. It occurs to me, that with slight modifications, the story of Knut can be told, and retold across the American political landscape. First, the original story from the Daily Mail:

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Posted at 7:12pm on Mar. 26, 2008 Does ANY Candidate Want My Vote For President?

By David Hinz


In the first place, to assuage the concerns I am sure will soon be voiced by Adam C, let me state for the record that I will PROBABLY still be voting for John McCain in November. But GAWD! Is he doing everything humanly possible to make that decision as tough as possible?

The short answer is YES!

While I admit, I was not listening to his speech before the Los Angeles World Affairs Council live, I did hear enough excerpts to force myself to pull over to the side of the road until the red rage want away, and I could once again see straight enough to drive.

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Posted at 11:44am on Mar. 23, 2008 Rendezvous with Destiny

By David Hinz

It constantly amazes me how the words of President Ronald Wilson Reagan, sometimes uttered decades ago, can still be so prescient today. While looking for a simple phrase I knew President Reagan to have said, I came across his "A Time For Choosing" speech given in 1964 in support of Gov Barry Goldwater for President. I thought at first to lift cogent passages from his address, and how they relate to the world of today, but upon reflection, decided to post his speech in its entirety.

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Posted at 11:35pm on Mar. 22, 2008 Obama Has A Real Problem With Terrorism

By David Hinz


By now, I am sure, most of the regular internet posters on either side of the political divide are aware of the 1995 connection between Barack Obama and William Ayres, famed Weatherman terrorist. Conservatives look at that relationship and question his judgment. Liberals look at that relationship and point out that it was more than a decade ago, and what is the big deal anyway?

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Posted at 7:19pm on Mar. 9, 2008 The Rush Limbaugh Program (1988-2009) R.I.P.

By David Hinz

By David Hinz

Rush Limbaugh, the most visible Conservative voice of Talk Radio, has expanded his listening audience through the tenure of four US Presidents. Dire predictions of his demise, in 1992, with the election of President Clinton, were greatly exaggerated. suggestions that the election of President Bush in 2000 would lead to waning listenership were equally inaccurate.

However, regardless of the winner in the 2008 Presidential election, we could well be listening to Rush Limbaugh for the final time, sometime in 2009. This is not to predict a sudden shift in the taste of his listeners, because that will not take place. Nor does this suggest that he will suddenly choose to hang up his microphone, because that is also not likely to be the case.

Government action, originating in Congress, and signed into law by the new President, will likely silence Rush Limbaugh, and all other Conservative radio voices, forever.

The Fairness Doctrine

I am speaking, of course, of the reinstatement of the so called Fairness Doctrine. In Red Lion Broadcasting v FCC, the Supreme Court of the United States in upholding the Fairness Doctrine opined:

A license permits broadcasting, but the licensee has no constitutional right to be the one who holds the license or to monopolize a... frequency to the exclusion of his fellow citizens. There is nothing in the First Amendment which prevents the Government from requiring a licensee to share his frequency with others.... It is the right of the viewers and listeners, not the right of the broadcasters, which is paramount.


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Posted at 2:44pm on Mar. 7, 2008 Who Exactly is Responsible for the Sub-prime Meltdown?

By David Hinz

by David Hinz

We have heard professional Congressional bureaucrats scream about the Sub-prime Mortgage meltdown. We have heard about predatory lenders and unscrupulous mortgage brokers taking advantage of poor and minority homeowners; homeowners who were unqualified for the loans they received.

So who really is to blame for the resulting crisis? Well, while banks and mortgage lenders are not blameless, Congress must bear a large part of the blame as well. It has been Congress, and their (we can only assume) well-meaning meddling with the economy, in the interest of fairness, that has created the fiasco.

Congress, in an attempt to confront discrimination against minorities, enacted the The Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) in 1975. The purpose of the act, according to the FFEIC website:

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Posted at 9:53pm on Mar. 3, 2008 The Magical Misery Tour

By David Hinz

By David Hinz

Roll up, roll up for the misery tour.
Roll up, roll up for the misery tour.
Roll up WE'VE GOT EVERYTHING YOU NEED, roll up for the misery tour.
Roll up SATISFACTION GUARANTEED, roll up for the misery tour.
The magical misery tour is hoping to take you away,
Hoping to take you away. Take you away...

(a special thank you to AK for the album graphic)

The Democrat Magical Misery Tour is rolling into a town near you. They will bring promises of Hope and Change to all Americans. Neither Barack H Obama nor Hillary R Clinton has met an American citizen in the past eight years who was successful and happy. Neither candidate has been able to find a single thing in this entire country, under the administration of President George W Bush, that provides any sign of hope.

Well, they are here to change all that...

Barack H Obama tells us in a YouTube video that "...if there is a child on the south side of Chicago who cannot read, that matters to me, even if it's not my child. If there is a senior citizen somewhere who cannot pay for their prescription, that make my life poorer, even if it isn't my grandparent. If there is an Arab American family being rounded up without benefit of an attorney, that is my civil liberties..."

Arab American families are being rounded up in this country without benefit of an attorney? Wow! Which takes us to our first selection of the day...

The Fool On The Hill

Day after day alone on the hill,
The man with the foolish grin just can't keep still,
And everyone wants to know him,
They can't see that he's just a fool,
And he never gives an answer,
But the fool on the hill
Sees the sun going down,
And the eyes in his head,
See the world spinning around.

This is actually a little difficult for me. Trying to isolate, for purposes of this piece exactly who among the Democrat elite in Washington is the fool on the hill is a monumental task. It is fertile ground. From Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Edward Kennedy, Charlie Rangel and Jack Murtha, to each and every Democrat candidate for President, the choices are legion. But, to center on just two names; the former President, and the man who would be president...

George Stephanopoulos had this to say about former President William J Clinton;

"We're also seeing something, this is truly unique in American history, I guess we can say that just about every week in this presidential campaign. Three big weeks of primaries, in each one now we've seen Bill Clinton, former President of the United States, play basically attack dog-in-chief. Before Iowa, he goes on "Charlie Rose" and says that Barack Obama isn't ready. Before New Hampshire, he goes and talks about the fairytale of his positions on Iraq. He was out there this week attacking the caucuses..."

Katrina Vanden Heuvel said;

I spoke to someone close to the campaign, who said, "Bill Clinton, people are looking at him like a little league dad who's having these temper tantrums in every state. He has to be sent far away for he reinforces it's a referendum on the Clinton presidency, the dynasty problem."

And Mathew Dowd had this to say;

Well, it's, you know, you can win and still do dumb things, as we've all seen campaigns that have done dumb things and won...I think the best thing they can do is he sort of take a step back, go off the stage, and let her stand on her own.

Unfortunately, for Hillary R Clinton, every time her husband does step back a step and allows her to take center stage, and the American people are allowed to see her for who she really is, she loses support. Her numbers were never higher than when people had no idea what she stood for.

The other fool on the hill, her opponent, Barack H Obama is probably much worse. A short collection of Barack Obama quotes on a number of issues demonstrates why he is a candidate for top "fool" honors. On the economy:

"It's no surprise that after months and months of watching families struggle to get by in this economy, George Bush finally offered a stimulus plan last week that neglects 50 million workers and seniors who need our help the most."

The man will bring down the world price of oil by removing the American threat of force in the Middle East. That is correct, by withdrawing from the region, he will bring down oil prices.

"...of the $90 that it's costing right now for a barrel, about 30 percent of that is just risk. It's not dictated by supply and demand. If we can lower the rhetoric, with respect to military action in the Middle East, that will have an immediate impact."

Barack H Obama shows no understanding of the market -- of the laws governing supply and demand -- of emerging markets in China and India, putting greater and greater stress on world supplies -- of domestic needs for new drilling and exploration, and relaxation of regulations governing the building and expansion of refineries -- of costs associated with transportation -- and most of all, of how unstable world oil supplies would be without our presence in the Middle East. He is simply a fool on the hill.

Once again we see that America is the problem -- Barack H Obama is the answer. On illegal immigration, Obama has spoken out against the "fear-mongering." He has been critical of attempts by Congress to address the estimated 20 million illegal immigrants now in this country.

"A president not only has to speak out forcefully against anti-immigrant sentiment ... but make sure all workers are taken care of..."

All workers? Legal, as well as illegal, Senator? Should we simply throw open our borders and allow access to anyone who wants to come here, regardless of education or ability to communicate? We are a rich country, after all, and there is no reason why the wealthy people of America cannot provide food, shelter and healthcare to a few million illegals. Right, Senator?

And, of course, Barack H Obama is a military expert who would have prevented, had he been given his way, the successful Surge strategy in Iraq. In 2007 he introduced legislation that would have prevented the George W Bush Administration from winning in Iraq. His explanation of his Iraq War de-escalation Act;

"This plan would not only place a cap on the number of troops in Iraq and stop the escalation, more importantly, it would begin a phased redeployment of U.S. forces with the goal of removing of all U.S. combat forces from Iraq by March 31st, 2008 - consistent with the expectations of the bipartisan Iraq study group that the President has so assiduously ignored."

Had Senator Barack H Obama gotten his way, there would have been no progress in Iraq, either military or political, and within a month from now, all US military troops would have been gone. Hindsight might be 20/20, but it would seem that he might possibly have been wrong on this issue. That is correct, President Barack H Obama would have already lost the battle against Radical Islamic Jihad in Iraq. We had better hope that if he is elected there is never another emergency anywhere in the world, because he will not respond.

The good Senator from Illinois is in a fog...

Blue Jay Way

There's a fog upon L.A.
And my friends have lost their way
We'll be over soon they said
Now they've lost themselves instead.

In 2007 in a speech before the Democrat National Committee, Hillary Clinton said:

Because of the debt that this government, under this president, has exploded, we are now dependent upon China, and how do you get tough on your banker?

Some candidates are more dependent on China than other candidates it would seem. Norman Hsu appeared before a Manhattan judge last week, pleading not guilty to charges that he violated campaign finance laws, and was given a court appointed lawyer.

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Posted at 11:54pm on Feb. 27, 2008 The First Black President

By David Hinz

First posted at The HinzSight Report

I remember the Watts Riots in 1965. I remember the Detroit and Newark riots in 1967. We all watched the riots outside the 1968 Democrat Convention in Chicago of that year. The country was in flames as racial tensions "Burned, Baby Burn."

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Posted at 12:15pm on Feb. 24, 2008 The Late Great United States of America

By David Hinz

In order for Democracy, or in the case of the United States of America, a Representative Republic to succeed you need an educated and informed electorate. We can no longer make that claim in this nation. Fifty years of liberal "outcome-based" education have so dumbed down the electorate, as to make issues almost entirely moot -- while elevating appearance over substance. The electorate is no longer interested in substance.

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Posted at 6:06pm on Feb. 23, 2008 Saving Social Security [Updated]

By David Hinz

And Curing Other Social Ills

The imminent demise of Social Security, not to mention the skyrocketing costs of Medicare and other social programs has been a topic on the minds of the American public for quite some time. While politicians of all stripes seem content to kick the can down the road, leaving it for future Congressional inhabitants to wrestle with the giant snake of irresponsible government spending, the people have become increasingly disquieted with the prospects.

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Posted at 3:29pm on Feb. 17, 2008 The Cotton Candy Presidential Primary

By David Hinz


A Presidential Primary Season that began almost as an embarrassment of riches, with so many seemingly good candidates vying for the two nominations, has turned into an Agatha Christie-style murder mystery. Like her classic, Ten Little Indians (the British version of which I will not even consider discussing), the candidates have been killed off one by one, until we are left with only one credible choice.

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Posted at 1:34pm on Feb. 9, 2008 It Took Four Years of Carter to Get Reagan

By David Hinz


One rationalization I hear from Republicans so opposed to Sen John McCain that they would vote for The Hildebeast™ or Obama, is that "it took four years of President Carter to get us President Reagan." Another fear -- and a quite rational one -- is that the coming economic recession is going to be blamed on the party in power, and so it is better that the Dems hold the White House during this meltdown.

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