Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Arizona Congressional Candidate Pamela Gorman Gets 100% Endorsement From NRA

This is from Chris at Conservative Perspective. This woman is amazing and would have my vote in a heartbeat. Those that read The Right Guy Show know I am the only person that would get more than 100% from the NRA if I were running for anything, but 100% is awesome. All I have to say is, Pamela, where have you been all my life, and are you married? :) Good luck in your race and I hope you win.





This is a fun video put together by some volunteers. If you want information about me or my candidacy for U.S. Congress in Arizona's 3rd district, you can find it at my website. www.Gorman2010.com. 

As much fun as this video is, you should know that I am very serious about the future of America. I do hope you will take a closer look at my work record in public policy and my conservative positions on key issues.

If not, I hope you at least enjoyed the video these fine folks put together and will share it with others!
From: pamelagorman10

H/T HotAir.com


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The Feckless Commander-in-Chief Appeals to a Higher Authority

In a day of indecision, Obama supplicates, in his mind, a higher authority. Obama has decided to accept international assistance for the gulf oil spill. this collective wisdom is not by mistake, although it is  one, and it is part of his agenda in marginalizing the standing of the United States with the rest of the world.

According to the article:
The United States is accepting help from 12 countries and international organizations in dealing with the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. 
The State Department said in a statement Tuesday that the U.S. is working out the particulars of the help that's been accepted.

The identities of all 12 countries and international organizations were not immediately announced. One country was cited in the State Department statement -- Japan, which is providing two high-speed skimmers and fire containment boom.

More than 30 countries and international organizations have offered to help with the spill. The State Department hasn't indicated why some offers have been accepted and others have not.
In the same day, Venezuela says it will nationalize 11 US owned oil rigs, in a property grab by Chavez. One should wonder where the smell of sulphur is really coming from.

And in an act of hubris and desperation, house dems voted down a trip to visit the oil ravaged gulf. Covering for dear leader and his regime you think?

What keeps coming up, again and again is the utter incompetence of Obama mixed with an agenda that is more than wrong with a democrat majority in congress. In may come out some day that Obama wasn't incompetent at all: Obama purposely let the oil spill go on (we are almost 2 and half months in now) because he wants to push a radical energy agenda in cap and tax as well as force car manufacturers into electric cars before their time, which he is doing now anyway. While it is a good idea to get away from foreign  oil, we certainly have enough of our own reserves to supply us fully for the next 50 years. This is more than enough time to transition to something else. With Dear Leader, his timeline is 5-10 years. Much to quick and he is much too willing to put pain on his own people (business and citizens) to suit his agenda.

No one is asking these questions because they are afraid of what the answer might be, which is that Obama is willingly incompetent. I'd settle for plain old stupid, which is more than likely what Occam's Razor will reveal, but with people like Rahm Emmanuel in the White House, anything is possible. Obama just may end up being not only worse than Carter, but as dirty as Nixon. Truly our worst president no matter how you cut it.

One question to all the idiots that voted for him: Was it worth it?

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Yet Another Stupid Muslim Terrorist Story

As Appeared at our mother publication,Libertarian Republican:

Unfortunately with Deadly Consequences

From Cliff Thies:

The headline of the London Daily Mail reads "Innocent couple died 'after wrong house was fire-bombed in bungled honour killing'."
An innocent couple died in a house fire at the hands of assailants who got the wrong address in a botched honour killing, a court heard today.

Abdullah Mohammed, 41, and his wife, Aysha Mohammed, 39, were overcome by smoke and fumes after an accelerant was poured through their letterbox and set alight.

Their killers were ordered by another man to avenge his family's honour but instead of firebombing 135 London Road in Blackburn, Lancashire, they started the blaze at 175 London Road, the court heard.

Opening the case at Preston Crown Court, Brian Cummings QC said: 'The prosecution allege that Sadik Miah, Mohammed Miah (no relation) and Habib Iqbal were directly responsible for starting the fire that night

'The prosecution say, on behalf of his family, Hisamuddin Ibrahim wanted to kill a man by the name of Mo Ibrahim (no relation) to punish him for damaging the family's honour for having an affair with his married sister, Hafija Gordi.'
Just another stupid Muslim terrorist story? No! More like another story of creeping Sharia Law.

Abdullah Mohammed, 41, and his wife, Aysha Mohammed, 39, who were murdered in a botched 'honour killing,' were indeed an 'innocent couple,' as the headline puts it. Ditto their minor children who, thankfully, survived. But so were the persons the murderers intended to kill. In Great Britain, as in our country, a person is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Even then, the punishment is to fit the crime. Guilt is not to be determined by any Sadik, Mohammed, Habib or Hisamuddin, with punishment determined by primitive tribal standards masquerading as a religion, and executed by hired assassins. It's bad enough that immigrants don't respect the rule of law. But, for the editors of a great newspapers to accept that the intended victims might not be innocent is much worse.

Photo of London row houses not actual site of fire.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Supreme Court Affirms Natural Right to Self-Protection

The Second Amendment – The original homeland security.
Anonymous


The supreme court today struck down the Chicago gun ban. In a 5-4 decision, the court overturned the 1982 ban on guns in Chicago. The 1982 ban was so restrictive that no firearms could be legally owned or possessed within a domicile in the jurisdiction of Chicago. None.

The statist and fascist mayor Daly had this to say:

Daly said his primary goal would be to protect police officers, paramedics and emergency workers from being shot when responding to an incident at a home. He said he also wants to save taxpayers from the financial cost of lawsuits if police shoot someone in the house because the officer felt threatened.

"If the ban is overturned, we will see a lot of common-sense approaches in the city aimed at protecting first responders," Daley said. "We have to have some type of registry. If a first responder goes to an apartment, they need to know if that individual has a gun."

In other words, we may have to allow people to own firearms, but we will regulate you to death. The safety of police and other first responders is a red herring. In States like Texas, Arizona, Florida and Utah (Along with Vermont and Alaska) have the most liberal laws in regards to gun ownership, and I mean truly liberal. Police there generally do not have a problem with individuals legally possessing firearms. This is a fall back measure by Daly to restrict people based on his illogical and statist world view.
Writing for the court in a case involving restrictive laws in Chicago and one of its suburbs, Justice Samuel Alito said that the Second Amendment right "applies equally to the federal government and the states."

This is a happy day for liberty loving people, even with the continued threat from social progressive statists like Daly, Obama and others. Alito's affirming that gun ownership extends to the states sends a clear message to left wing progressive ideologues that our natural rights will be defended, promulgated and affirmed at all levels of government, no matter how much it pains them in their pursuit of making us Farm Animals®.

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Sunday, June 27, 2010

The latest from Arizona Governor Jan Brewer - Mr. Obama "Do your Job!"

The Right Guy is on vacation, spending some deserved time with his family and away from temporal and other earthly concerns. Below is a posting from LR recently.



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Thursday, June 24, 2010

The Daily Manure Pyle

From today's manure pyle we have such stinking news as Al Gore the crazed sex poodle, MaoBaMao eating burgers with Medvedev, and Sir Paul McCartney MBE, equating global warming deniers with holocaust deniers. So basically, it was just another day. There was some good news amongst the crap: 48% of Americans see government as a threat to individual rights, Australia gets it's first female PM, and of course, what we have all been waiting for, the Taliban endorses General Patraeus. Eric Dondero must be beside himself that he missed that one.

Of course the good news doesn't stop there. Jack Abramoff is now delivering kosher pizza's, talk about falling down, and we find out Rahminator and CapObama were deeply involved in the Blago fiasco. Can a Watergate type of menagerie be far from sight? With the Welshmistriss replacing Rudd, anything is possible. Keep hope alive.

And from the bottom of the cesspool, see BP is has sushi chef training, a school locks down after kinder moms brawl, and an elementary school from the land of Der Schwimmer is reconsidering giving elementary school students condoms. I guess since ted is dead, the threat is gone.

So there you have it, the pyle from the pile. Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.



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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Horror of Horrors: Stalin Statue at D-Day Memorial

From The Washington Times:

Robin Reed, slated to become the next president of the National D-Day Memorial Foundation on Monday, is standing by his predecessor's decision to install a bust of dictator Josef Stalin at the memorial in Bedford, Va.

I must live in some alternate universe or something. That is what I thought when we had a guest on Libertarian Politics Live tonight. The guest was a late booking, but we had Marcus Kilga of the Global Museum On Communism on the second segment. A must listen.

Marcus said that the donor that gave the money to commission the statue was anonymous. Efforts are being made to find out who it was. The pusillanimity of Robin Reed is reprehensible. I cannot for the life of me figure out how this makes sense. Russia had nothing to do with D-Day. No Russians were there. Stalin made Hitler look like a boy scout. 30 million killed is a conservative estimate, and these aren't war losses, not to mention, The American Tragedy In Stalin's Russia. They all died while FDR played his fiddle, so to speak. As Cassius Clay would say, Stalin was a Baaaad Man.

Dr. Lee Edwards of the Global Museum on Communism had this to say:


Since the fall of the Soviet Union, statues of Joseph Stalin have been torn down all over Europe and even in the former Soviet Union itself. The world is closer than ever before to a consensus on the evils of communism and Stalin's primary role in the worst crimes of the last century. And yet a statue of Stalin is included in the National D-Day Memorial, to be dedicated in Bedford, Virginia, this Sunday, June 6.
Near the statue of Stalin, a plaque catalogues Stalin's crimes against millions of people both in Russia and throughout Europe. But no mere plaque can justify the inclusion of the statue which dishonors the heroic individuals who sacrificed so much on D-Day and in the Cold War.
A bust of Joseph Stalin has no place in a memorial whose purpose is to salute the brave soldiers who made D-Day a vital victory in the crusade for freedom.

The fact that this happened under the Obama Regime isn't a coincidence my friends.  Even W would have had contempt for this. It's outrageous and a legitimization of Stalin. Juxtapose this with the removal of Churchill's bust from the White House, replaced with a magazine cover of Obama walking on water, You have to wonder. The world has truly turned upside down.

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Andre Traversa Presents Libertarian Politics Live: Special Guests Carlos Miller and Michael Pancier

Tuesday night's topic involves both the right to privacy and free speech, both at odds. Police have been arresting people that video tape them, citing right to privacy issues. The problem is that police have video cameras in cars and these same police have allowed themselves to be videotaped when there is a positive spin to it, but suddenly it's wrong when they are caught doing something that could get them in trouble. Read the article at my blog here.

Hosts Jim Lagnese and Andre Traversa

The show date: Tuesday June 22

The show time: 8-9pm CST Live stream at Libertarian Politics Live

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Sunday, June 20, 2010

The Same Old Sunday Schweinerei

After a while, what else is there to talk about about? We all know what a fuck up Obama is, How screwed up the gulf oil spill is, how great Palin is, what a disappointment Palin is, how Tiger is going down the tubes, the continuing trend of losing privacy, the illegal immigration problems in this country, Islam, and it goes on and on, the same shit day after day.

You have to admit, my fellow bloggers, that we really just keep the shit merry go round turning. Nothing new here, just rehashing the same stories day after day with some interesting insight from time to time.

I know we mean well and and want things to change to fit our world view, but to be honest, where are we really going? Are we making a difference? We all can't be Sean Hannitys, Rush Limbaughs or Glenn Becks and it's not about talent either. The market is full of people like us, but I digress. I am sitting here on a Sunday afternoon, on father's day no less, with nary an idea of what to write about. It seems it has all been said dozens of times over to the point that everything starts to sound like talking points, whether or not it started out that way.

So here's my suggestion to all my peeps in the blogospheria: Talk a day or two off, have an adult beverage or two, talk to your wife and/or kids if so equipped, if not, call on a friend or family and if you are really hard up, call me. Whatever the case, take a break and lets see how long the shit merry go round lasts without us. My guess it's the journo-political version of the perpetual motion machine. It just keeps on keeping on, no matter what happens. If you are in my neck of the woods, you are welcome to stop by and I'll pour you a few fingers of some 18 year old scotch and we can bullshit about something more interesting like the meaning of life or how many angels can dance on the head of a pin. At the very least we will get a lot more accomplished.

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Happy Father's Day Dad

It's been two and half years since dad passed. While today my kids celebrate me on father's day, I give kudos to my dad. Quiet, unassuming, diligent, and unlike his son, never cursed, at least in english. Dad was part of the greatest generation born in the mid 1920's the 6th child of Italian immigrants from Vitulazio Italy. He served in the Army Air Corps during WWII as a tail gunner on a B-17, 8th Air Force, 305th BG, 364 BG, Chelveston England, 35 missions. Dad worked as a greenskeeper for 39 years, married for 37 years and had two sons and two step-daughters that he treated as his own. He was a life long republican.

On this day I would like to say thanks dad for being there and being my father. I wish you were here dad, as I still have a few questions...


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In the back yard in North Bellmore with my brother and I ca. 1963

Thursday, June 17, 2010

More Regime Stupidity

In a never ending cascade of incompetence and stupidity,  The Obama Regime, through the proxy of the Coast Guard, has order Bobby Jindal's barges to stop siphoning crude from the gulf.
Eight days ago, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal ordered barges to begin vacuuming crude oil out of his state's oil-soaked waters. Today, against the governor's wishes, those barges sat idle, even as more oil flowed toward the Louisiana shore.
Towns along the coast are through waiting for the government's help.

"It's the most frustrating thing," the Republican governor said today in Buras, La. "Literally, yesterday morning we found out that they were halting all of these barges."

Again, the Regime is not only not doing it's best, but doing the opposite of what works. It's been the mantra of the Obama Regime from day 1: Mr opposite. Whatever Bush would have done, or anyone with a scintilla of common sense, Obama does the opposite. While this worked for George Costanza on Seinfeld, it isn't working for The Messiach of Marxism.  He isn't George Costanza and this isn't freaking television, although I am sure Larry David could make a sitcom from The Regime.
Sixteen barges sat stationary today, although they were sucking up thousands of gallons of BP's oil as recently as Tuesday. Workers in hazmat suits and gas masks pumped the oil out of the Louisiana waters and into steel tanks. It was a homegrown idea that seemed to be effective at collecting the thick gunk.

"These barges work. You've seen them work. You've seen them suck oil out of the water," said Jindal.

Well Bobby, don't worry. Obama will don his cape and suck the oil up with a straw. If you believe that, I have a bridge in Brooklyn I'd like to sell you.

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Obama's Lost That Old Black Magic

I have often called Obama the Magician, as well as other things line Mountebank, charlatan, fabian socialist, marxist, and supplicant in chief. This is mild compared to some bloggers.

Obama has a talent that we haven't seen since Clinton and had been mastered by FDR. That is to be able to speak to many different and disparate constituencies,  telling them the fairy tale they want to hear best, but his greatest talent is that of misdirection. While he palavers to the hoi palloi with one hand, he doesn't want he really wants with the other. He's done this with great success and it has gotten him where he is. It's never been about results, but about the perception of what he can do or better, will do.

It turns out he is not a many of action or results, but rather a pensive man trapped by process and decision making thereby freezing him into inaction. That is a charitable description. Part of the M.O. here is someone that gets the date, but can't deliver. In the position as PotUS, results matter and he's been in office long enough that he can't blame Bush anymore. He owns it. I imagine, on some level, he is at a loss. He's never been an executive with bottom line experience and hasn't carried something so critical as running a country or anything from conception through completion. I suspect the stakes have been too high for personal indemnity. It's kind of like the guy that goes around getting all sorts of women pregnant and while being able to father children, he doesn't know or want to be a dad.

So here we are, a year and a half into his term, and he has fallen into his Waterloo, his Little Big Horn. He can't run from the BP fiasco, and his only response is to point the finger, talk to experts, and tell the american people we need to change our energy policy and raise taxes. Is it incompetence, rectal-cranial inversion, or willful neglect? For a man who is gifted in rectal parlance, I have to wonder. He's lost that old black magic, the master of misdirection, the mountebank in chief. People are starting to see the big picture, the whole man behind the curtain. Impatience is building. While he can't suck the oil up with a straw, and he can't dive to the leak and cap it himself, he can do a lot more, and has waited almost 2 months to address it on TV. This is incredulous. I hate to say it, but he's worse than Jimmy Carter. W is Reagan by comparison.

My hope is that the American people have awoken from the spell of a cult leader and realize they have ben had. Even the State Run Media is having a hard time covering Dear Leader's and the Regime's ass.

My other hope is that the opposition parties don't screw this up. It's more than just an opportunity. It's a new beginning. It's up to us not to screw this up.

Will Obama get his magic back in time? What do you think?

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Andre Traversa Presents Libertarian Politics Live: Special Guests Kevin Theriot and Jeff Poor

For Thursday Evening, 8-9pm CST

Our first guest is Kevin Theriot, senior counsel with the Alliance Defense Fund. He will be speaking about the right of pastors to endorse candidates from the pulpit. Jeff Poor, with the Culture and Media Institute, who will be discussing the unsubstantiated rumors of adultery plaguing Nikki Hely's candidacy for South Carolina governor.

The audience can call in at 646-915-9887

Who's Responsible For Oil Spill?

From LR

May be Obama needs to reassess who is reckless.



NEW FROM REASON TV

"Obama should think about kicking his own ass" -- Nick Gillespie

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Monday, June 14, 2010

Andre Traversa Presents Libertarian Politics Live: Special Guest Charles Lollar

Our first guest is Charles Lollar who is running for the 5th congressional seat in Maryland against Steny Hoyer. Second Guest to be announced.

Host Andre Traversa, Co-Host Jim Lagnese

Time: 8PM CST, Tuesday June 15

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Sunday, June 13, 2010

George Washington Drives a Hemi Challenger

Why not? After seeing this, I want one and with a 6 speed manual. Screw the Camaro SS.



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H/T Hack Wilson and Conservative Perspective

We Con The World

H/T: LCR

From LCR's post, we learn that this video has been removed from You Tube. At least we know where they stand. Thanks to The Jawa Report for the video.



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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Are We That Freaking Surprised?

Are that Freaking surprised? As the Fabian socialist constituencies (read that eco-terrorists and other far left leaning misanthropes) that propelled Obama to the white house are giving him a pass on the oil spill, the general public is growing ever frustrated with his incompetent and ersatz performance as president.

Here is a guy that never has had profit/loss responsibilities of running a business, and has not had any executive experience at all. The average manager of McDonalds has more executive experience than he had before being elected president of the United States. It's been on the job training since January 20th, 2009.

On top of this, his career has largely been a vehicle to create a mythical narrative for his ascendancy to where he is now. He's never taken any chances, and it's always been about him. Now that he's in a position where he can't pass the buck, where he can't blame anyone else, where he can't control the press or all the political operatives involved, we find out not only is the king naked, but he has a small pee pee and doesn't know what to do with it. he does ask a lot of advice from very respected people though.

We are almost 2 months into this oil well spewing millions of gallons of light crude into the gulf, and now we have the coast guard giving an ultimatum to BP: You better stop that leak. It's incredulous. For all the abuse George Bush took for Katrina and being labelled an idiot, he never earned it. Truth be told, Governor Landrieu told Bush she had to think about it for 24 hrs as to whether to accept his help or not, but he was down there in days, not months. And yet, we have the state run media playing along as best it can with rear facing excretory orifices like Matt Lauer asking when is he going to kick ass. Matt Lauer couldn't find his membrum virile with a map, GPS, Katie Couric pointing at it and Willard Scott giving directions. Obama is worse. I don't think anyone could make up a story as ludicrous as the scenario that has unravelled in the last 2 months, let alone the last two years.

So, in an ode to Stymie, that charming con man-boy from the little rascals, I hear by award Obama with the Stymie Mountebank Straw Man Magician Award for Total Incompetence for 2010. He conned most of us into electing him, and he'll try to con us into forgetting how bad he really is. The problem for him is, he can't run or hide from the truth now, and even with a if not obeisant press, a sympathetic one. The problem is, who is the Reagan of 2012? To be honest, that person hasn't shown up yet. What do you think? Are you surprised by his incompetence? If you think I am indulging in some schadenfreude, you are right. It's just that I love saying I told you so.

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From Dick Riding to Rapping, Obama Entertains

H/T Feed Your ADHD



As for Dick Riding Obama:



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The Asininity of the State Run Media

 It what was probably thought of as a witty if not derigueur headline New oil numbers may do more harm to fish, wildlife, turns out to show how stupid the state run media is. The first question that comes to mind is, how can numbers change the impact of something that has already happened? The oil that spilled, spilt. Nothing can change that. The same number of animals and habitats will be affected regardless of the numbers assigned to the disaster. It only changes our perception. It's like saying the Romans used 5 nails to put Yeshua on the cross instead of 3 or the Nazis used 20 tons of sarin to gas the Jews instead of 10 tons. It doesn't matter. Yeshua died on the cross and 6 million Jews were exterminated.

This is all to gin up support for what will eventually become the destruction of the oil industry. While BP is responsible for this ultimately and will have to clear this up, it also shows that quite possibly, besides incompetence, that there are factions on the left that want inaction so as to use this to further their agenda. When we had Exxon Valdez, the PETA/Greenpeace types were on the shore cleaning up. Not so much here. The inaction from many sectors in the enviro-terrorist movement is incredible. I'd like to call it manufactured Karma. That is what the left does very well, besides straw man arguments and emotional based appeals. They also like to manufacture Karma.

Ultimately, what seems to be a lack of critical thinking on the part of AP writers (and boy is it prevalent), may turn out to be deliberate and calculating. What do you think?

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Andre Traversa Presents Libertarian Politics Live: Guests Mike McKenna, Solomon Yue and Linda Zweig

Our first guest will be Republican  strategist Mike McKenna, with MWR Strategies, who will be discussing the latest primary results; particularly how the Internet is aiding challengers to incumbents. Appearing with Mike will be Solomon Yue, a RNC member and co-founder of the Conservative Caucus inside the RNC.

Second Guest will be Linda Zweig, spokesperson for the San Diego County Fair, who will be  discussing all the decadent fried food they are serving, like chocolate-covered bacon and fried butter. We would love to get callers on this one so they can talk about their gastronomic experiences at state and county fairs.

Host Andre Traversa, Co-host Jim Lagnese. Call in at 646-915.9887. Stream here.

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Wednesday, June 09, 2010

It's a New Day

It's a new day after the GOP primary in Iowa. At least it is for The Right Guy. I have to say I am disgusted with political parties, particularly in this state, where they like the same old, same old, Same old. Out of 2,000,000 registered voters, only 150,000 republicans decided who would be the nominee for Governor. If you take 20% off the top as being independent, that leaves 1,600,000. It is said that the dems outnumber the republicans by 100,000 in this state. Ok, so that would be 850,000 democrats, and 750,000 republicans. That means only 20% of registered republicans decided who the next governor will be. Chet Culver, the democrat incumbent is so damaged that I could beat him, and I am the most publicly inarticulate, foot in the mouth blunt, hurt everyone's feelings type of guy. If I am not rallying against the doughnut tax or cursing some bicyclist in two different languages, I am probably telling the locals how stupid they are for having their hand out for taking farm subsidies, better known as corn welfare. That's how damaged Chet "Jethro Bodine" Culver is.

But, it's a new day for The Right Guy. No more party line crap, no more right versus left. Just liberty versus slavery, free will versus indentured servitude, freedom versus being a Farm Animal®. I won't be hemming, hawing and gawking over post modern mama grizzlies, and I am not Rush Limbaugh swearing off carrying water for the GOP, as he never has. Today I am of No Party affiliation, and it's liberating. It really is. And lets be clear here: The Tea Party is not a party. It's an organization of pissed off people that are being co-opted by the GOP to swing the pendulum the other way. They are aimless in their approach, and it will not have legs, just like Obama won't. It's back and forth, two steps forward, two steps back. Sometimes 2 and half steps back, rather than moving in one direction. The net effect is that in the last 70-78 years, we have become progressive more socialist. Nothing really changes for the better, we continue to trade our free will for government largesse. Prove me wrong if you will, but in that continuum, you know I am right. All we do is keep the farmers fed. After today, everyone gets a turn at the paddle.

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Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Iowa Governor Results

From the New York Times:

Iowa Governor Results87% reporting


DemocratsVOTESPCT.
Chet CulverINCUMBENTUNCONTESTED
RepublicansVOTESPCT.
Terry Branstad97,58350%
Bob Vander Plaats78,66340%
Rod Roberts17,6349%










Looks like I will have to stick a fork in Vander Plaats. It's a shame as Branstad is a RINO and full of himself as a 4 term governor thinking he can save the world. Go to Disney Terry. Anyway, I will not vote for Branstad come the fall and I officially here say I am changing my party registration. I am tired of being in a group where it is expected I "fall in line".  Branstad won because he isn't rocking the boat. People in Iowa are afraid of change, and most are pragmatics that I call mush in the middle. It happens when you have your hand out for subsidies. Anyway, here we go. It'll either be NP (No Party) or Libertarian. Libertarian is not an official party in Iowa, just a non-party political organization, whatever that is. They mustn't have the support to be an official party with a primary. To be honest, this move by me has been in the works since McCain. I am tired of the lesser of two evils and I do not owe any party anything. They seem to have gotten in backwards in thinking voters owe them some sort of loyalty like a brand or sports team. In my eyes, they haven't earned it. Automatically expecting it is the height of arrogance. It reminds me of the aholes at Lithia VW of Des Moines: They wouldn't try to get me a car with a manual transmission as they don't order cars with them and expect me to buy what they have. The result is I'll spend my money elsewhere and it's their loss. That attitude is typical in Iowa. In NY, if they want the sale, they'll make it happen.

As far as the Tea Party goes, they are just a group of pissed off constituents that are being co-opted by the GOP. Palin's endorsement put the cap on that and showed she is a gangster and no longer a crusader. So much for being a maverick. While she's learning to play that game, she's lost her authenticity and can't be trusted any more than any other snake oil salesmen. The bloom is off the rose as they say. I will predict that while the GOP will may make gains in 2010, the Tea Party phenomenon will not have the legs some think it will and it will not extend beyond the GOP (unless of course things go much worse, thereby growing the pissed off constituency). It's a subset. Back to the same old pendulum politics.

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Andre Traversa Presents Libertarian Politics Live: Guests Rob Bishop and Isaac Hayes

Protect the Northern Border too!

Republican Congressman Rob Bishop of Utah will be a guest on Libertarian Politics Live this evening at 8 pm cst.

Rep. Bishop will discuss his new legislation on border security and immigration, which protects the nothern border with Canada in particular.

Guest for the second segment is Isaac Hayes, who is running against Jesse Jackson jr.

Host - Andre Traversa

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More Guests: TBA!


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Monday, June 07, 2010

The Right Guy Endorses Bob Vander Plaats

This should come as no surprise. My excoriation of Sarah Palin because of her obedient endorsement of Terry Branstad set the stage for this. Palin, who was once described as a maverick and a crusader, has shown herself to be a gangster. Some might say it is to get a seat at the table, but I would say she's been that way for at least 1 years 9 months. She's gotten a taste, and fell in line.

This isn't about Palin though, it's about who is the best choice for Iowa as governor among the available candidates. He's does very well among social conservatives, and while I am not one in the sense that I am using the term, I find that for the most part, Vander Plaats fits the bill. He'd like to make government smaller, he wants to lower taxes, and he wants the branches of government to do their respective duties. By this I mean that the judicial branch does not pass law. Last year, the Iowa Supreme Court struck down a defence of marriage act in Iowa and Chet Culver, our current governor allowed the decision to act as law, not a decision that sends the issue back to the legislature where laws are made. Let me be clear here: I am not making an argument for or against gay marriage, but rather that the process that is happened was severely flawed. These judges are not elected officials and there is no recourse for any decision they make  that is interpreted as law. It's by fiat. This is egregious no matter what side of the issues you are on. The issue needs to be settled by the people, IE the legislature, one way or another.  This didn't happen.

The reason this didn't happen is because Terry Branstad appointed left wing progressive, and I do not use the term liberal, judges to the Iowa Supreme court. He is largely responsible for this. I will also add that Branstad is a narcissist. The guy is making multiples of what he would make as governor, he's already served 4 terms as a tax and spend RINO governor, and somehow he believes he is the only one the can save Iowa from itself. How nice of him to show up, the self-important self-loving narcissist. At this point, he should give someone else a shot, and both Roberts and Vander Plaats can beat Culver in the general election. Chet is that damaged. It's pure ego on Branstad's part and I am here to tell you that if  Terry wins, I will not vot for him. I will write in/vote for Jonathan Narcisse or Bob Vander Plaats, but I will not vote for Terry Branstad in the general election. His Hubris has pissed me off that much and idiots like Charlie Gruschow, who think we should all fall in line like dutiful farm animals, needs to go to hell. I won't, and he, Branstad and the rest of the mushy RINOs in this state can go to hell as well. There, I feel much better now.

So tomorrow, I will cast my vote for Bob, and you should too.

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Sunday, June 06, 2010

Thousands Show Up To Protest The 9/11 Mosque: Where is the Media?

It what was a surprise turnout, thousands of people showed up in lower Manhattan to protest the 9/11 Mosque.

Leading the charge was Pam Geller from Atlas Shrugs, a libertarian/objectivist blog. From Atlas Shrugs:

Robert and I were expecting 500; imagine our wonder when close to 5,000 showed up. This is just the beginning. We are going to sue to designate the Burlington building a war memorial. There is a large piece of an airplane in that building. That is a war memorial. Instead of a mega mosque at ground zero, let's build a 911 war memorial to the victims. The current plan for a 911 museum is several floors underground, like a dungeon. And the mosque plan calls for the mosque to be on the top floor, looking down triumphantly on the burial ground of Ground Zero.
And from El Marco, another blogger covering the event:
Pamela Geller did interviews with Al-Jazeera, AP, Chilean television, Italian television and many others; I was interviewed by Italian television and TV Asia. ABC? NBC? CBS? CNN? Even FOX? AWOL.
Good question El Marco. I mean Fox News should have been a shoe in for this and they ignored it. Are they afraid of the racism card? Did they get told not to do it and if so, by whom? I encourage everyone to watch Pat Condell's video about this, here at The Right Guy Show as he paints a grim picture as to their motives. The silence is deafening. I only wish I still lived in NY so I could have joined in with this protest. Kudos for Pam for being in the fight if not leading it. The fact AP and Al Jazeera interview Geller is incredible. If Sean Hannity or Glenn Beck had any balls, they'd be down there too, whether participating or interviewing, instead of eating caviar by the pool in Lloyds Neck and Greenwich (or Westport, or may be they got invited to Rush Limbaugh's wedding. Priorities. ).

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Saturday, June 05, 2010

Pat Condell's message to Americans: Wake the bloody-hell up before it's too late

This is posted at Libertarian Republican and as a courtesy, I am posting it here. Pat Condell has been posted on my site many times. I'd love to get him on Libertarian Politics Live. Are you listening Eric and Andre? Anyway, The guy is a one man anti-jihad brigade and his opinion is always welcome here.




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Police Arrest Those That Video Tape Them: Is it a privacy issue or CYA?

If there's one thing I could say about myself it is that I am anti-authoritarian, which means I am pro-liberty or libertarian. This belief transcends political parties or religion and remains my prime mover if you will, that people should be free.

Ayn Rand said it well in this statement:
"The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities."
She also said
"Any alleged "right" of one man, which necessitates the violation of the rights of another, is not and cannot be a right. No man can have a right to impose an unchosen obligation, an unrewarded duty or an involuntary servitude on another man. There can be no such thing as "the right to enslave".  Strong words from an articulate woman.
When it comes to a philosophy that summarizes this in a way to live, Thomas Jefferson said it thusly:
Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.

Yesterday I received a message through chat from a friend of this blog and myself, Hector Portillo. Hector has a blog, The Electric Eye. Hector was one of my first readers and has engaged me in very meaningful conversation that has had a profound effect on some of my ideas. He's a very intelligent young man and we keep in touch as they say. Anyway, Hector sent me this link, Are cameras the new guns? from Gizmodo. Probably knowing how pro-second amendment and individual rights oriented I am,  he sent this to me for comment.

In the United States, most states are what they call single party consent states. Usually this means that if I am involved with a conversation or interaction, I can record it without the other members consent. In 12 states, the consent must be from all members involved in the conversation.

After reading the article, I have come to the conclusion that some police in all party consent states have come up with the bright idea of using this law to cover their asses. This is what happened in one case:

On March 5, 24-year-old Anthony John Graber III's motorcycle was pulled over for speeding. He is currently facing criminal charges for a video he recorded on his helmet-mounted camera during the traffic stop.
The case is disturbing because:
1) Graber was not arrested immediately. Ten days after the encounter, he posted some of he material to YouTube, and it embarrassed Trooper J. D. Uhler. The trooper, who was in plainclothes and an unmarked car, jumped out waving a gun and screaming. Only later did Uhler identify himself as a police officer. When the YouTube video was discovered the police got a warrant against Graber, searched his parents' house (where he presumably lives), seized equipment, and charged him with a violation of wiretapping law...

Wow. And the story Continues:
2) Baltimore criminal defense attorney Steven D. Silverman said he had never heard of the Maryland wiretap law being used in this manner. In other words, Maryland has joined the expanding trend of criminalizing the act of recording police abuse. Silverman surmises, "It's more [about] ‘contempt of cop' than the violation of the wiretapping law."
3) Police spokesman Gregory M. Shipley is defending the pursuit of charges against Graber, denying that it is "some capricious retribution" and citing as justification the particularly egregious nature of Graber's traffic offenses. Oddly, however, the offenses were not so egregious as to cause his arrest before the video appeared.
Almost without exception, police officials have staunchly supported the arresting officers. This argues strongly against the idea that some rogue officers are overreacting or that a few cops have something to hide. "Arrest those who record the police" appears to be official policy, and it's backed by the courts.

Interesting. There have been incidents, according to this article, where police have been willingly videotaped without explicit consent and did not interdict or prosecute the videographer, such as when the police are doing something positive, heroic, etc. Do news people get releases from police? I don't know, but I bet not.

What makes these cases interesting is that they do rely on law that is clear and can be used to justify their actions. The question of privacy is a valid one, but I haven't seen the police exercise such concerns with the cameras in their cars, speeding and red light cameras, and certain municipalities that have installed cameras to monitor the public, including police, as in New York City and Chicago. In all these cases the police seem to go along with the program.

What seems res ipsa loquitur about this is that their actions are self-serving. We have seen many cases where police brutality has been uncovered with video and if it were not for the video, such abuse would have gone unpunished. It's an interesting juxtaposition of rights here, and if I had to take a stand, it would have to be on the side of the public. The police work for the government and as such an agent thereof with powers that extend beyond the average citizen, come under a higher level of scrutiny and a set of standards.  An individual in society should be able to use any means to document interactions with these agents of the government as a protection of their rights. I might have a slight difference of opinion if police were against red light and speeding cameras, as well as cameras in public. They are not. They are also not against cameras in their own cars, which we have seen malfunction at certain times. What I would like to see happen is the thin blue line go away. This fortress mentality has not served police well and this type of enforcement we see here does not serve them well either. They seem to forget they serve us. Since when does the servant become our master? Let me know what you think.

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Friday, June 04, 2010

Why Palin is a Sellout

I have been back and forth about Palin in he past year and nine months. She's attractive, funny, sometimes witty, schticky for sure, and by all accounts has gone beyond her 15 minutes.

I had really started to come around to her in the last couple months, and then she went and did it. She endorse Terry Branstad, the Iowa version of FDR in that he's already served four terms as governor.

It's not like I hate Terry, but he's not the best candidate, just the one with the deepest pockets and largest donor list. I also imagine, considering he's of retirement age, he must have been bored to death at Des Moines University to want to run for governor, as it paid a lot more and he also must have a good case of narcissism.  Iowa doesn't need that right now. We also don't need a RINO, who appoints judges that pass law, that has a history of growing government and taxes, and is basically a middle of road mush type of RINO republican.

The sad thing is that Palin endorsed him. Jeez sarah, I hope the blue chip or money you got was worth it, and if it wasn't that, you've lost your mind. With that said, I've also come to the conclusion that Palin is about Palin. It's schtick, it's kitsch, and it's about staying on stage long enough to get to 2012. It's all about Sarah. She's nearly as narcissistic as Obama. Haven't we had enough of that? I'd really like to know what she was thinking with this, but I don't expect the phone call to come explaining it. What I can say is that come Tuesday, this republican will not vote for Branstad, but someone else and come the fall, if Branstad is the "Party's nominee, don't expect me to fall in line like sheeple, which Charlie Gruschow expects me and other republican and tea party members to do. Sorry charlie, sorry sarah, but back room big party politics is not what I am about, and if you might have learned anything about the tea party thing, it's that we don't want the same old, same old. Branstad is moribund and desiccated in that category. Endorsing him leaves us wondering what the fuck were you thinking, which is, you are a political hack like any other. Zie mir gezunt and don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out. You don't get it.

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Thursday, June 03, 2010

Israel and the Rest of the World

What has become apparent in these last few days if not confirmed is that Israel (and the United States) and judge by a different standard than the rest of the world.

We have found out the the peace protesters attacked the Israeli commandoes. We then found out they were armed. They we find out that they had stun grenades. Then we find out they were funded by the Turks. Yet the onus is on the Israelis. Somehow they should have given the peace terrorists a bouquet of flowers and kissed them on the lips. Is there something wrong here?

When we look to the rest of the world, North Korea sinks a South Korean Naval vessel in South Korean waters and nothing happens. Everyone is more afraid of China than they are of us or anyone else. This is just a continuation of the Obama Obsequiousness World Tour. No bad deed will be punished, unless of course it's allegedly perpetrated by the US or Israel. It fits Obama's narrative that the US has been the purveyor of evil in the world.

And what about evil? Ahmedinejad calls for the destruction of Israel, not on one occasion but continually over the years, while he now has enough material to create 2 nuclear weapons. Hamas' mantra is what? The destruction of Israel.

Pat Buchanan and rest of the anti-Israel malcontents will say, what does the destruction of Israel have to do with the US? It hasn't happened. Take a few steps back and look at the proponents behind this. It's islam, it's global jihadists. It's not about the fact we are the best or the richest, or the freest. It's about a world view that sees the end game as a global caliphate. In spite of the assertion that Israelis forced out palestinians, whatever that is, the jews were forced out by muslims over 1000 years ago, continuing the diaspora. So who forced who out first?

Look at the muslim invasion of Europe, now in its third iteration. Sharia law is allowed in the UK, and Rowan Williams sees Sharia and Islam dominance in England and Europe as inevitable. They are giving up without a fight (and people in this country worry about Mexicans. In time we will want them with open arms compared to the coming muslim problem).

So while the destruction of Israel doesn't raise a few hackles, who's next after them? Us of course. The problem is, we have no Charles Martel in our time. By the time the west recognizes there is a problem, it's wont be one anymore as it won't matter. We want to be so open minded as to let bad things in and accept them. Aristotle said that "It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." A wise man whose ideas have been forgotten by most. The rational mind has been supplanted by the feeling one. 


While I am not an interventionist, I think we need to recognize threats when they arise. It's the rational thing to do. Criticizing Israel is just an attempt by those who would enjoy her destruction to foment that in an incremental fashion because of the accurately perceived weakness that our enemies and other countries who interests are not the same as our own see in Obama and his regime. They know this stranger lover will throw his own under the bus in order to be loved by those that hate him. He's a deranged narcissist and cannot help himself. The result is that those outside out circle have grown hungry in their appetite for our destruction and the destruction of of allies. It's a case of malignant and pro-active schadenfreude on their part. 


So some will ask, why not bring these people into our inner circle? I will ask, will that change their intentions, and if you believe so, show me an example where that was true. I believe it is good to have talks that build common ground if possible, but sooner or later the white elephant in the room will have to be dealt with, whatever that is. Diplomacy has mixed results here at best. It's a poker game where every tool in the toolbox must be brought to the game. Obama & Co. think they can get it done with just one tool. The problem is that these problems are out of the scope of community leaders and their normal solution of spreading around walking around money. Talk is cheap, especially with those that are resolute. 


So where does this leave us? In the case of Israel with the Jihadist Flotilla, They have a few choices. All have their consequences. When the commandoes boarded the boat, they actually didn't expect the resistance they received and actually wished to pursue more peaceful methods of interdicting. It didn't go well and it will not be repeated, I assure you. it was a one shot deal. The Israelis have a legitimate concern about these "humanitarian" boats bringing weapons to Gaza. What was found on the boats justifies their concern, yet we have the mess. 


Ultimately, Israel will do what they have to do to protect their interests. Obama should be supportive and the truth supports that position. The problem is he is breaking his back trying to get our enemies to love him, or at least not hate him. The time has come for tough talk. All tools need to be put on the table and shown to these despots and other half rate and third world idiots of what their options are. The problem is, what are our options? Frankly, we are over extended. What could we do? 


The bottom line is that in a dangerous world where certain countries are becoming more dangerous. While we should avoid posturing and also becoming over extended, we need to send a message that cuts through all the noise. 



  1. The United States will defend itself against all enemies foreign and domestic with extreme prejudice. 
  2. The United States will support our allies in the face of aggression. We will defend them if asked. 
  3. The United States will use all tools available in diplomacy. Nothing is off the table. 
  4. The United States will judge it's relationships not by words, but by actions, and their will be accountability. 
  5. The United States will no longer support countries financially or otherwise that "Take the piss" on us. 
After these statements of facts are made, then our actions must match them. The model for this was created by Ronald Reagan and modified by me. I would be slightly more hard ass. Again, actions must match words, or it's meaningless. It is like the guy that says, you better not cross this line, then the other guy crosses it, and he draws another one and makes the same demand again. It's a recipe for being playing and being feckless. It done by the Farm Animals® in Europe, but obviously it has not served them well. 

The real bottom line is that the rest of the world is behaving like a petulant, obstinate child whose behavior has been reinforced by doing nothing. It's time for some tough love. If we want this double standard to stop, we must be willing to stand up and say enough is enough. Neville Chamberlain has been dead a long time and unfortunately was reanimated in November of 2008. It's time to send him back. We know where his pusillanimity lead, and it's no different this time around. 

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Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Obama Regime Bills Wounded Soldier for Lost Equipment

The Cheapskate and Thief-in-Cheif has now allowed the government to stoop to a new low: They are docking soldiers for lost equipment in a war zone, specifically equipment lost when soldiers are wounded.

An injured soldier who spent a year recovering at Joint Base Lewis-McChord said the military gave him a Purple Heart - and a bill for $3,000...Former Oregon National Guard soldier Gary Pfleider told the news station that the base billed him for equipment he allegedly lost. In 2007, Pfleider was shot by a sniper in Iraq.

What I am surprised at is that Obama hasn't had him arrested for stealing. This is truly an insult to all service personnel and the American people. IS this how we treat our citizens that serve for us?

Pfleider received a Purple Heart three days after he was shot. Two years later, he got a bill from the military for missing equipment, including clothing and grenades. Pfleider contends he lost the gear when he left Iraq and shouldn't be responsible for it now, but the federal government is taking money from his disability check each month.

If we can pay the medical bills for illegal aliens, why can't we pay for their equipment when they are wounded or killed? It's not like he deliberately destroyed or lost his stuff. This smacks of parsimonious penny pinching bean counting meanness. Like most problems faced by the Obama Regime, this one is ignored. They are off talking to professors and ersatz experts when action is demanded and needed. The etherial and cerebral president is better suited to a game of trivial pursuit than actually solving anything. If you don't believe me, look at the BP oil spill? He lack of engagement and response with North Korea torpedoing a South Korean Naval vessel. He purely pusillanimous and obsequious posture amount third world despots and second rate monarchs and political know nothings. Whatever demands action or common sense, he does the opposite.

I know I will get emails and comments saying, it's the Oregon National Guard for god's sake and has nothing to do with Obama. Well, he's the "Command In Chief", and the buck stops somewhere, and it is with him. This is the symptom of the Wesley Mouch disease that has infected our country on January 21, 2009. What's the cure? What's the treatment? I hope it isn't palliative.

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Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Global Jihad on Flotilla

According to the IDF, 50 people on board the Mavi Marmara are part of the Global Jihad Network. Is this a coincidence?
According the Jerusalem Post, "During its searches of the Mavi Marmara on Tuesday, the military also discovered a cache of bulletproof vests and night-vision goggles, as well as gas masks. On Monday morning, at least nine foreign activists were killed during the navy’s takeover of the Mavi Marmara, which was trying to break Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip.

The group of over 50 passengers with possible terror connections have refused to identify themselves and were not carrying passports. Many of them were carrying envelopes packed with thousands of dollars in cash."
Obviously, these bozos weren't on a peace mission. While I could see the hollyweird types creating a reality series like Whale Wars (may be they will call it Palestinians For Peace or some other non-sense) and portray these sfacimes as some sort of freedom fighters, meanwhile they strap bombs to their children to blow up night clubs. I digress.

On top of this we have Obama calling Reçep Tayyip Erdogan, the prime minister of Turkey offering condolences (BTW, Turkey is funding the terrorists on this peace mission). What's next, calling the Saudi royal family when we whack OBL? Should we send them a mass card? I wonder what tribute will be inside the card? Obama truly talks out of both sides of his ass. On another front, we here the Irish are sending a boat to run the blockade. This is the country whose own home grown terrorists aligned themselves with the PLO. The hypocrisy never ends.

What this amounts to is every anti-israel constituency in the world is piling on because they see Israel weaker as the Obama Regime does not support Israel as the US traditionally have. They see it as an opportunity to not only slander Israel, but shame them into giving up the west bank and whatever else the PLO can get out of them. This is nothing more than a political stunt and it won't work. Israel will not fold like a cheap camera and in fact, look for more sparks to fly. It won't end well for the "peace activists".

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