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Posted at 9:48am on Jun. 16, 2008 Time to Call Mitch McConnell

By Erick

Your must read of the morning is this editorial at the Wall Street Journal.

This week, the Senate takes up the Mortgage Bailout Bill.

We have known Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) received preferential treatment from Countrywide Financial.

We now know that the legislation will mostly benefit mortgage lenders like Countrywide Financial.

We now know that the two Senate leaders pushing this legislation, Chris Dodd (D-CN) and Kent Conrad (D-ND), received preferential treatment from Countrywide Financial, in addition to Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA).

Kent Conrad, on Friday, issued a statement saying he "never met Angelo Mozilo," the CEO of Countrywide Financial. But, the Wall Street Journal reports Senator Conrad now admits he "called Mr. Mozilo and asked for a loan. The result was a discounted loan on his million-dollar beach house and a separate commercial loan of a type that residential lender Countrywide did not even offer to other customers, regardless of the rate."

Call your Senator at (202) 224-3121 and tell him we should not be bailing out mortgagors as payback for Senators.

Call the Republican Leader, Senator Mitch McConnell, at (202) 224-2541 and tell him that in light of apparent Democrat indiscretions with Countrywide, he should not agree to limit debate on the mortgage bailout.

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Posted at 9:15am on Jun. 16, 2008 Complete Garbage

By Erick

The RNC says Obama has no credibility talking about Iraq because he has not been there to see for himself what is going on.

Ike Skelton (D-MO) notes, ""You want to learn something? Talk with the master sergeants, the first lieutenants, have breakfast with them …. You learn a lot."

Brookings Institution military expert Michael O'Hanlon, who advised 2004 Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry, says politicians need to see the post-surge changes in Iraq firsthand.

"I think it's a no-brainer," says O'Hanlon, adding that Obama would be "remiss" as a candidate if he didn't visit soon. O'Hanlon once was sharply critical of U.S. policy in Iraq, but after several post-surge visits he is hopeful of a good outcome.

But, of course, Susan Rice, Obama's senior foreign policy adviser, calls this all "complete garbage."

After all, Obama is omniscient. He sees all and knows all. Just like he knew what all was happening at Trinity United Church of Christ.

Oh, wait . . .


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Posted at 9:46pm on Jun. 14, 2008 Jennifer Granholm Is a Greater Threat to Women Than John McCain

By Erick

Jennifer Granholm is a desperate woman. Witness her attack today on John McCain.

Seeking to block an effort by John McCain to draw support from Hillary Clinton supporters, Gov. Jennifer Granholm on Saturday called for women to unify behind Barack Obama and attacked McCain's record on women's issues and the economy.

McCain's outreach to Clinton-backing women "is an effort to mask his effort on the issues important to the women who supported (Clinton)", said Granholm, who supported Clinton during her primary campaign against Obama.

Telling reporters that "women are not single issue voters," Granholm immediate waved the red shirt of abortion. That is so typical.

Likewise, Granholm highlighted the economy as a reason to support Barack Obama. Does anyone trust what Granholm says about the economy? Under her watch in Michigan, more people have left the state than any other state in the Union save Louisiana, which was hit by Hurricane Katrina.

It's too bad Granholm's tenure does not qualify as a federal disaster, because Michigan sure could use the federal investment to repair the damage Granholm has done.

Given the jobs, education, and economic statistics of Michigan, Granholm herself is not good for women. As Hillary Clinton, the candidate Granholm endorsed, said, she and McCain bring experience to the White House. Obama, Granholm's new choice, will bring a recycled speech.

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Posted at 12:38pm on Jun. 14, 2008 If only we could fuel the world with the horse manure Obama hoses on his townhall crowds

By Erick

Barack Obama today blamed the administration for higher gas prices.

Now, it isn’t an accident that gas prices are this high. It’s because Washington failed to deal with the challenge of alternative energy when it had the chance. Instead we’ve had an energy policy that’s been written by and for the big oil and gas companies.

Barack Obama failed to mention that he voted for that energy policy and John McCain voted against it.

Likewise, Obama told the crowd

While Senator McCain has spoken out on energy reform in the past, in this campaign, he isn’t offering any solutions to help Americans pay for high gas prices. Instead, he’s proposing a gas tax holiday that’s nothing more than a Washington stunt.

What Obama did not tell the crowd is that while John McCain wants lower prices, Barack Obama supports higher gas prices to force consumers to use less and seek alternatives.

At the same time though, Obama is opposed to real energy alternatives like nuclear energy and he opposed to expanded drilling for petroleum fuel sources. Well, let's let John McCain remind us of Senator Obama's real position:

So, to summarize: Obama tells people that the energy policy he supported and John McCain opposed was a bad policy. He also said John McCain is offering no solutions to lower gas prices, but failed to say that his position is to support higher gas prices.

No wonder people faint in his presence. The stench is overwhelming.

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Posted at 11:53am on Jun. 14, 2008 Why Do Prominent Tennessee Democrats Think Obama Has Terrorist Ties?

By Erick

You know, if Tennessee Democrats think Obama has terrorist ties, what are independent voters going to think?

Fred Hobbs, a state Democratic Party Executive Committee member representing part of Davis’ district, said he understands why Davis is not endorsing Obama and is “skeptical” of the Illinois senator himself.

“Maybe [it’s] the same reason I don’t want to — I don’t exactly approve of a lot of the things he stands for and I’m not sure we know enough about him,” Hobbs said when asked why he thought Davis wasn’t endorsing Obama. “He’s got some bad connections, and he may be terrorist connected for all I can tell. It sounds kind of like he may be.”

Even Representative Lincoln Davis's Chief of Staff is hesitant.

His chief of staff, Beecher Frasier, said he doesn’t know for sure if Obama is “terrorist connected” but he assumes he’s not.

Holy cow this year is going to be so much fun.

Harold Ford, Jr., by the way, has repudiated Beecher Frasier's statement (Frasier was Ford's campaign manager in 2006) and the Tennessee Democratic Party has smacked Hobbs.

But the damage is done.

Oh, and Obama does have ties to terrorist Bill Ayers and has ties to a number of people with very questionable backgrounds and affiliations.

Let's see how the anti-smear site handles this. I can't wait for them to classify Bill Ayers as anything but a terrorist.

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Posted at 11:23am on Jun. 13, 2008 Time for a RedState Reality Check and an Apology

By Erick

Moe was going to put this up under this name. He wrote it. As Editor of the site, however, I think it is my responsibility to take responsibility for this. The offending user has been privately chastised and will be banned if he ever does anything like this again. Thanks to Moe, though, for writing this and his willingness to make the apology — Erick

OK, time for a little reality check.

If you were paying attention last night, you might have noticed that, for some reason only known to God, we got a very strange diary popping up on the site - and by "very strange" I mean "highly disturbing, and we reported it to the relevant authorties."  While we make good faith efforts to keep things down to a dull roar, stuff like this happens in sites where comments and diaries are not screened before they show up. What should not happen is that any of our readers should think that it's a good idea to take obviously disturbed garbage inflicted upon us and repost it on other sites.  That happened last night, which is why I now have to offer an apology on behalf of this site to both Markos Moulitsas and the readers of Daily Kos for the actions of one of our commenters. 

Now, I understand that many people seem to think that there is, or that there needs to be, some sort of Grand Blogospheric Conflict between the Left and the Right sides.  This is nonsensical, particularly when it comes to RedState.  We are not interested.  What we are interested in is political activism; our goal is to further conservative and Republican policies, which does not mean getting involved in single-combat warfare with the Daily Kos.  From our point of view, the only use that Daily Kos has is to serve as a handy Awful Example of what progressives sound like when they think no moderates and/or conservatives are listening.  Other than that, they're frankly irrelevant to what we need to do here.

Now, I understand that they obsess over us - precisely why is a good sociological question, given that we have, what, one-twentieth of their traffic?  One-fortieth?  Heck, let me grin and call it one-hundreth if that's what it takes to move on - and that some of you may find it pleasant to cause them trouble.  If you have to do that - if you absolutely, positively have to do that, which I think that you shouldn't - don't drag it back here to this site.  We don't roll that way.  We also don't feel like giving them either the satisfaction or the validation that rolling that way would give them, so kindly don't involve us in these sorts of games.  Besides, if you really want to tick the Online Left off, there are much simpler, and much more satisfying ways.  Elect Republicans.  Get a conservative agenda passed.  Volunteer for campaigns.  Win.

Liberals purely hate it when we do all of that.

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Posted at 10:53am on Jun. 13, 2008 Jay Carney, You Ignorant Slut*

By Erick

Don't you read your own magazine?

Jay is out blaming right wing bloggers and Rush Limbaugh for starting the Michelle Obama "Whitey Tape" rumor.

Of course, as Jay's own co-worker Karen Tumulty noted in the same magazine that Jay writes for

According to campaign officials, what finally launched Obama into a full rumor counteroffensive was a story that apparently first made a big splash on the Internet in late May in a post by pro-Hillary Clinton blogger Larry Johnson.

Come on Jay, you're better than that. I know you like to blame the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy for everything from global warming to those mysterious panties in your hotel room that one time back during Bush-Cheney 2000 (it is, I believe, a requirement to blame the VRWC for everything if you want to work at Time), but try not to follow the herd here, Jay.

It was Hillary Clinton supporters who started the rumor. Not us.

*I like Jay Carney. I think he's a good reporter. The title is humorous and based on a Saturday Night Live skit. But Jay is definitely ignorant in this matter.

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Posted at 9:04am on Jun. 13, 2008 Where is Laura Ingraham?

By Erick

It should not go unnoticed that one of the nation's most popular radio hosts is off the air.

What happened? No one is talking. What I do know is that Laura wants to be back on the air. She does not want to be off the air.

You guys always kind of chuckle when Rush or anyone else talks about liberals wanting to shut down talk radio. Well, Laura Ingraham has been pulled off the air.

The longer she is off the air, the more likely it is the stations could replace the programming altogether. That would be bad.

Here's a state by state guide for Laura Ingraham's show. Please call your local station and tell the station you want Laura back on the air.

Remember, if this can happen to Laura Ingraham, it certainly can happen to any other conservative talk radio host. The left is already agitating about sweeping media reforms to shut conservatives out.

Let's speak up for Laura since she cannot speak up for herself right now. Call your local station.

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Posted at 8:33am on Jun. 13, 2008 Shame on the Louisiana Legislature

By Erick

The Louisiana Legislature has held Governor Jindal's reformist agenda hostage.

The legislators, who are only part time legislators, want pay increases from $16,800.00 a year to $50,790.00 and they want an annual increase in their salaries after that -- for their part time job.

Sadly, the legislators have been fairly united. More than two-thirds in each house have told Governor Jindal that they will kill every one of his legislative proposals unless he goes along with this salary increase.

He has no choice but to agree to the ransom.

On the bright side, this is probably a response to Governor Jindal's ethics reforms. Now that the legislators cannot take bribes as easily, they need the extra income.

Nonetheless, it is shameful.

Speaker Jim Tucker's phone number is 225-342-7263. The vote will happen today.

Whether you live in Louisiana or not, you should call the Speaker and tell him how very shameful the legislature's conduct is.

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Posted at 4:47pm on Jun. 12, 2008 Obama's Truth Site Already Has a Problem With the Truth

By Erick

Barack and boys from Chicago have set up a new website to combat all the "smears" against the candidate.

One of the smears is the "Whitey" tape wherein Michelle Obama tells an audience of leather clad San Francisco gay men and radical muslims "F--- you and your Jesus, Whitey. My husband is the new messiah and the crackers can deal with it." She thereafter pees on a statue of the Virgin Mary and replaces the little crucifix Jesus with an Obama logo.*

To respond to this smear, the Obama campaign has created a smear of its own. They are falsely accusing Roger Stone of claiming to possess the Whitey tape.

Stone never said that.

If the Obama campaign is going to combat smears by smears of its own, we might need to do an anti-anit-smear site. Of course, we're already tied up just dealing with Obama's day to day fabrications, lies, and minimal truthiness.

Perhaps he really does have a plan of burning out right-of-center bloggers by giving them too much to write about.

*Hey, I haven't seen the tape. I'm just making an educated guess based on the various emails, conversations, blog posts, and news items that have been out there.

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