The Other Discussion on Race (#CPAC)

Impressed as I was with the CPAC opening salvo by John Bolton’s mustache, (accompanied as is usually the case by Amb. John Bolton), by far the most thought provoking event I attended Thursday was “Building the Conservative Hispanic Coalition”.

Barack Obama (and the Left generally) talk about talking about race.  But at CPAC, the Republican party was actually talking about matters of race and ethnicity.

And the whole spectrum of debate took place right before my eyes – the good, the bad, and the ugly.  (There was some yelling.)  Even the good conversation was a little rough around the edges.  The three panelists,(Mario H. Lopez, Hispanic Leadership Fund ; Danny Vargas, Repub Nat’l Hispanic Assembly ; Mario Diaz, Concerned Women for America), were generally constructive.  Unfortunately the moderator Richard Nadler set a provocative tone from the start.

February 27, 2009 at 8:57 pm Comment (1)

Blather on #CPAC

Thurs AM breakfast crew: When discussing Bobby Jindal’s response to Obama’s non-SOTU, a certain bearded, white-haired individual (who shall otherwise go unidentified) referred to Jindal as a “f*****g p*ssy”.  When another breakfast nosher asked for clarification, I offered that Jindal has a small physical stature and a comparatively weak speaking voice.  Our beareded friend then reiterated his assessment.  Hilarity ensued.

No wifi except for Omni guests?  And paid at that?

Limited internet access… Would be nice to be able to plug in some place rather than use the public terminals…  “Blogger’s Row” seems almost antiquated, odd as that may seem… half the people there probably have blogs and want access.  Despite being among thousands of fellow conservatives I felt completely disconnected from the world.

I wonder if Obama was thinking conservatives would be distracted during CPAC when he launched his mondo-omnibus bill.

Leadership Inst – Why did I bother to pre-register if I was going to have to fill out another registration like anybody else and was turned away anyway because the event was full?

In general, #rebuild and two-point-oh events were over-capacity.  CPAC definitely underestimated demand for certain events.  Though there was one event I wanted to skip out of as it was essentially a self-love fest for the youngsters (and the promised “brainstorming session” was limited to filling out some idea cards at the end).  Unfortunately I was unable to get out of the room because several long tables and a horde of people blocked the entry/exit, and I missed out on another event.

I think the Omni doesn’t have sufficient capacity for CPAC.  If there was a line for an event the whole area was virtually shut down.  One would come accross a line in the middle of a hallway and not have any particular idea which event the line was for.

Tania and I decided that Battlestar Galactica should be a viable topic for occasional Water Cooler posts.  (Hey, if it’s good enough for NRO/Corner…)  So on that note, I’ve decided that the Obama administration are all cylons — They have a plan.  It is, however, poorly defined and subject to change, just like in the Ron Moore BSG universe.

February 27, 2009 at 8:38 pm Comments (0)

Re-Electing Arlen

The other day I noted that PA GOP Chaiman Gleason and RNC Chairman Steele didn’t exactly guarantee that Senator Specter would be supported in his re-election bid.

I wondered if the Senate Republicans would have gotten the message.

They didn’t.

when she asked his thoughts on Michael Steele’s suggestion that the RNC might not support the re-election of Senators Snowe, Collins and Specter, given their votes for the Obama-Reid-Pelosi Debt Spending Plan. McConnell first threw cold water on the idea – saying that he would support the re-election of his Senate GOP colleagues. Then he predicted that Arlen Specter would be a more dependable vote in the future, saying:

On most issues going forward, I expect that among those three, we’ll have the support of the Senator seeking re-election in 2010. I think you’ll see that in particular on votes on the president’s budget.

There was no follow-up, so make of it what you will. It’s unclear to me whether this is an indication that Specter has given some private assurance(s), or just a statement that Senate Democrats are moving too far Left for even Arlen Specter.

February 27, 2009 at 2:45 pm Comments (0)

CPAC 2009: Part 1

Apologies for not posting earlier, but the Omni Shoreham does not have good internet in my hotel room that’s free, and I have to blog from the lobby.  So that is where I am now, people-watching and waiting for Ron Paul and Mitt Romney at 4. I’m on my Dell Mini, and uploading pictures will be annoying, so I’ll upload the few pictures I have been taking at some future time, probably post-conference. The short summary of what I’ve seen thus far is that conservatism in Americais far from dead. The speakers have all been excellent, and the speaker hall has been packed. When Newt spoke at noon, the hall had no seats left, and people were watching the speech on TVs from other rooms. I heard that CPAC has roughly 9000 attendees this year, and the Omni has always been really busy and full with CPAC attendees. Thus far I have not really seen many signs of official campaigning here, other than the Draft Palin grassroots group. I skipped Huck’s speech yesterday for a Capitol tour with Judd Gregg’s staff, but I will pay close attention to Mitt’s speech for an indication of his plans.

BTW,  I got my hands on a nice large poster of Palin from YAF that is sure to turn some people that I know back in NH shades of red or green once I hang it in my room.

February 27, 2009 at 2:40 pm Comments (0)

Who is stealing the cows of NEPa?

Yeah. It’s for real. NBC10:

Someone has gone on a cattle-stealing spree in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Yep, that’s right, cattle.

Police are baffled by the theft of black and red Angus steer from a farm along Church Road in Tulpehocken Township, Berks County.

Four bovines have been lifted from the farm over the past two months. Farm owners noticed the latest steer missing last Wednesday.

Each animal weighs between 600 – 800 pounds, which would make anyone wonder how the thieves could pull off the capers without being spotted.

Word of the thefts came a week after a man tried to steal 91 lobsters from Bally’s Casino in Atlantic City.

So why exactly would someone steal four steer?

If they don’t plan on selling them to a slaughterhouse, the thieves may be just stocking up their freezer for some cheap eats.

Or maybe they wanted them to join the Happy Cows out in California.

Who knows, but it looks like the farm owner needs to “beef” up their security. Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.

February 26, 2009 at 9:32 pm Comments (0)

Re: Bill Ayers is Coming

Zombie @ Zomblog went to a Ayers / Dohrn event in San Francisco lately.

He took pictures and video.

Here’s a snippet about the event.

they focus exclusively on their current obsessions: Introducing Marxist thought into schools, and closing down the prison system. However, almost no one who goes to see Ayers and Dohrn gives a damn about hearing monotonous lectures on these particular topics: instead, their fans idolize them because of their violent revolutionary past. So at these events, the audience (as in this case) is full of far-far-far-left radicals who came in order to hear overheated revolutionary rhetoric. But instead, what they get is a boring professorial monologue. If Ayers and Dohrn were nothing more than your run-of-the-mill leftist professors, no one would go to their appearances. They’re coasting on their violent reputation, while at the same time trying to distance themselves from it.

Check it all out.

The residents of Millersville may have nothing to fear but boredom.

February 26, 2009 at 9:23 pm Comments (0)

Bill Ayers Is Coming

to Millersville University next month. The university has asked the anti-terrorism task force, paid for by your taxes, to provide security.The police are not amused.

Read about it here.

February 26, 2009 at 9:15 pm Comments (0)

The Specter(s)

This guy can’t catch a break this week.

On Oct. 1, after a critical vote on a $700 billion financial industry bailout package, Sen. Arlen Specter issued a two-paragraph statement explaining why he “reluctantly” voted, along with 73 colleagues, for the measure.

Before the year was over, a Delaware-based bank holding company that counts the senator’s wife as a nearly decade-long director got a $45.2 million infusion from the bill.

The financial firm was Bancorp Inc., with operations in Delaware and Pennsylvania. Joan Specter has been a director of the firm or its predecessors since 1999, according to company filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Asked Tuesday for comment, Specter spokeswoman Kate Kelly issued a brief statement denying that the senator had any role in securing money for the financial institution.

“Arlen Specter did not lobby TARP (the Treasury Department) or anyone else on behalf of Bancorp. The Treasury Department made the awards based on its own criteria,” she wrote in an e-mail.

She noted that Specter, a Republican, later voted against releasing an additional $350 billion to Treasury “because of the program’s ineffectiveness and lack of oversight/transparency.”

Kelly said Bancorp did not contact or lobby Specter.

In related news, conservative Republican #34234 is being asked to run against Senator Specter in the primary.

Diana Irey of Johnstown.

One strategist said of the close-door meeting the conservative group was particularly impressed that when Irey went up against Rep. Jack Murtha, D-Johnstown, in the 2006 midterm primaries, she was able to raise between $300 to $400K online.

February 26, 2009 at 9:10 pm Comments (0)

Lauer vs. Santelli

Here’s the video clip of this morning’s broadcast of the Today Show I referenced in my earlier post:

February 26, 2009 at 8:28 pm Comments (0)

Remember … The Wealth of Nations

If you aren’t reading or re-reading classic books, you’re missing out on some great insight into what’s going on in the world today.  That’s right, classic books offer great insight into how we got to where we are, what’s going on, and what’s going to happen.

Today I highlight Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations.  Buy it and more importantly, read it.  The book was published in 1776 by Smith, who is often deemed the father of modern economics.  If you think Ayn Rand was visionary with her assessments, then you’ll be blown away by Smith.  Smith, along with other Scottish enlightenment authors and thinkers, was an advocate for the pursuit of self-interest because, he argued, that if a person fulfills their own needs, it benefits everyone else because that man doesn’t become a drag on everyone else.  He also argued against mercantilism saying that government regulation in favor of one producer over another increases the cost of a product or service, which means that the consumer ends of paying more, which ends up causing more hardship to the consumer and hence the society as a whole.  In other words, whenever government acts in the interest of the public by regulating something, it actually has an effect of harming it’s citizens by making them spend more for a product or service, thus reducing the wealth of a nation.

The Wealth of Nations (Bantam Classics)

If our politicians would only read or listen to even a portion of this book, it would lead us out of this economic situation much faster.

The fallacy of our current policy of government action trying to fix our economic situation is as illogical and insane as someone being arrogant enough to think that we need to do something to stop coldness in winter, or stop winter itself.  You can’t because it is uncomfortable – winter is a part of the natural cycle of the seasons.  You can’t control the seasons – just like you can’t control the ebb and flow of economic cycles – you can get out of the way so that the corrections happen faster or get in the way and make the corrections last longer and more painful.

February 26, 2009 at 2:40 pm Comments (0)

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