Thursday, November 24, 2011

Not on FOX or GBTV

I am sure many of us feel the same way about Obama, but we do not get to show our disdain so publicly as Tatyana Limanova did on REN TV in Russia. You don't see this on Fox News or Glenn Beck TV. Too bad, although since she was fired for this, may be Glenn or Roger Ailes will hire her. Go Tatyana. 

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

CNN Helps Ron Paulvorkian Poke the Eye of Newt

By Jim "The Right Guy" Lagnese

Whatever you think of Ron Paul, CNN definitely gave Dr. Paul more time than he has received in the last debate and then some. In last night's debate, the true believers might see it as a vindication of Ron Paul and a chance to push his candidacy beyond the single digits he's been in all along. His detractors will say it framed him for the batshit crazy lunatic he is. Some fully expected not only the tin foil hat, but the matching aluminum foil gauntlets as well. Never say that Dr. Paul is sartorially challenged. Of course, the truth lies somewhere in the middle.

Ron Paul is 100% right on economic and domestic issues. Where I part with his adherents are that they think he's 100% right about everything. Ed Koch used to say, if you agree with me 75%, vote for me, if you agree with me 100%, you need a psychiatrist. So it goes with Dr. Paul. I believe he fails in two ways: One, his foreign policy principles and objectives are a little short sighted and naïve. The notion that somehow we had any complicity in the 9/11 attacks is insane. I also think he doesn't understand how to deal with real threats. It's not as if his positions offer some practical leeway in dealing with a panoply of situations, but rather they are subject to a set of principles that back him into a corner both philosophically and empirically. I really don't believe he has the depth to handle a situation that really would require some sort of legitimate use of military force, and I use the term legitimate in the context of what he believes.

By contrast we have Dr Newt, the ersatz narcissistic sociopathic professor that looks as if he's spent too much time at the Golden Corral while thinking it was the OK Corral. I don't think there are more polar opposites in this campaign than Drs Paul and Newt and CNN surely gave them both ample opportunity to prove it. Can we demonstrate even one area where they agree? Immigration? Gingrich promotes what is basically amnesty. Healthcare? No way. Earlier this year, Newt promulgated his own version of Obamacare.  I'd have to wonder what wonderful neocon scenarios Mr Gingrich would love to test out if he had the chance. He's a very bright guy, but I wouldn't trust him. I think there is a disconnect between what he believes, what he says and what he really wants to do. The problem with both of these gentlemen is that they do not have the polished people skills and amicability that would endear them to voters. I don't think most people like either of them. My wife tells me Dr Paul is more like Dr. Kevorkian and Newt is a cross between Professor Kingsfield and the Mucinex booger snot. No matter how good their ideas are, do people want to listen to them?

In the last few debates, there has been one candidate that has the ability to explain things more simply without being facile and has at least a more anodyne demeanor and that is Mitt Romney. I hate to admit it, as I have called him both a Sears and Nordstrom Mannequin in the past, but the man does his home work, tries to relate and explains things in a way most of us would understand without being patronizing or condescending. Is he the most ideologically grounded? No. Is he as avuncular as Herman Cain or Ronald Reagan? No. Would he do a good job? I think so and that is more than I can say about BO or most of the people on stage. I'll also add that Michelle Bachmann had a fantastic night at the debates and really showed some nuanced thinking in her analysis of our foreign policy issues.

So, in the battle of the Doctors, who won? You tell me, I'd like to hear what you have to say.

Thank you for reading this blog.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Enhanced Interrogation...Over Ice Cream

Jermeller Steed and Cicely Reed, two ex-employees of a Jonesboro Georgia care facility have been charged with waterboarding a resident. The resident, 89 year old Anne Foley was waterboarded over an argument about ice cream. Ms. Foley has dementia.

May be they were trying out for the CIA or the TSA. We'll have to see if there are any grouping charges that support the latter. Or may be it's just another James Dickey Meme.

Whatever the case, it isn't enhanced interrogation, ice cream or not.

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Thanks Steve, for everything

Real genius comes once or twice a century and we've been lucky enough to witness a little bit of it. Most of us wish we could accomplish with our lives what he had done in one year or even less...Anyway Steve, see ya down the road.

Thank you for having read this blog.

Palin isn't in it

Our very own Saracuda isn't running in 2012. Ok. She says she'll jump behind a candidate and support the pick for GOP to defeat Obama. I wonder who she will choose? Will she play queen of the ball and wait to see what the suitors hold, or does she have someone in mind? My guess is she'll support Herman Cain. What do you think?

Monday, September 26, 2011

Ayn Rand on Conservatism

H/T Left Coast Rebel

The Florida Straw Poll: Winners, Losers and Also Rans

Tuesday night's show is a panel that will be discussing the straw poll that took place in Florida last weekend. Our guests include Zack Smith, a young 23-year-old law student at the University of Florida and Rick Perry supporter who was a delegate at the Florida Straw poll and Jason Freeman, who is a civil engineer in Orlando and a Ron Paul supporter, Chuck Quackenbush, deputy sheriff from Fort Meyers where he is the deputy sheriff, he is a Cain supporter and Tim Nance of Naples Florida who is a Paul supporter.

Host Andre Traversa

Co-host Jim Lagnese

Show time Tuesday September 27 at 7:00PM CST

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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Well Looky here...

Can Hermie do it? I hope so. The folksy entrepreneur turned politician won the Florida Straw Poll following this week's debate on Fox News. Let's hope slow and steady wins the race.


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Nature of Existence

This movie is very much worth watching and I endorse it without qualification. You can stream it through Netflix.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Should New Mexico Repeal Driver's Licenses for Illegals?

Should New Mexico repeal its law allowing illegals to have driver's licenses?

Our first guests are Cristina Parker, spokeswoman for the Border Network for Human Rights and Patricia Morelin, a Tea Party activist from Albuquerque New Mexico.

Cristina opposes the repeal and supports the current law, Patricia does not.

Other guests TBA

Host Andre Traversa

Co-host Jim Lagnese

Showtime 7:00 PM CST Tuesday, September 20

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Gay Marriage in North Carolina

The Andre Controversa Show Presents:

Our first guest is Kevin Daniels who is president of the North Carolina chapter of the Frederick Douglass Foundation.

We will touch on the Marriage Amendment vote in North Carolina and political andcultural issues facing the African-American community.

Host Andre Traversa

Co-host Jim Lagnese

Showtime September 13, 7:00PM CST

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Sunday, September 11, 2011

This Bud Is For You

9/11: 10 Years Later

Normally I post this on the anniversary of 9/11. The one thing different this year is that as far as I know, OBL is dead. Still, there was little or no closure as I didn't get my pound of flesh. In some ways, I wish they captured him live, brought him here and executed the bastard publicly. We did it to McVey, why not OBL? I would have liked to have tied him to a pole in the middle of ground zero and let my fellow NYers pass justice. Such isn't the case. We won't even see photos let alone the video of the piece of shit's death. We might upset the muzzies. All I have to say is, fuck OBL, fuck Al Qaeda and fuck islam.

Lastly, if you truly believe in heroes, please donate to The Pat Lyons Foundation.

Thank you for reading this blog.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Should Gays Serve Openly in the Military?

Our First guest is Jonathan Hopkins, a spokesman for OutServe, a group that supports open gays in the military.

Our second guest is Judson Phillips, who will be discussing the comments by union leader Jimmy Hoffa.

Host Andre Traversa

Co-Host Jim Lagnese

Show time Thursday September 8, 7:00PM CST
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Monday, August 29, 2011

9/11: The Never Forget Project

Credit: The Yeshiva World
The Andre Controversa Show presents:

Our first guest at 7:00 pm is Ron Meyer, Program Officer for the Young American's Foundation. His topic, the 9/11 Never Forget Project.

At 7:30 pm we will have a panel to discuss Marco Rubio. Our first panelist is Kevin Wagner, Political Science professor at Florida Atlantic University. At 8:00 pm professor Susan MacManus from the University of South Florida, will be calling in.

Other guests TBA

Show time 7:00PM CST Tuesday August 30

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Host Andre Traversa

Co-host Jim Lagnese

Monday, August 22, 2011

Why Does The Tea Party Not Like Mitt Romney?

The Andre Controversa Show Presents:

Mitt Romney
Judson Phillips of The Tea Party Nation will be discussing why the Tea Party doesn't like Mitt Romney and the presidential race in general.

Show time Tuesday August 23 8:00 PM CST

Host Andre Traversa

Co-host Jim Lagnese

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Steve Forbes on the Credit Downgrade

The Andre Controversa Show Presents:

Steve Forbes will be with us to discuss the recent credit downgrade of the government.

Host Andre Traversa

Co-host Jim Lagnese

Showtime 7:00PM CST Wednesday August 17

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Monday, August 15, 2011

Police Do Nothing When Flash Mob Robs Store

Of course if a flash mob member tried to video tape or take a picture of the cops, they would have acted, but since it is only the act of stealing, they cops thought they should be allowed to walk away. Where is a Texas Ranger when you need one? It seems to protect and serve means only themselves.

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Rick Perry: According to Dave Nalle

The Andre Controversa Show Presents:

Our first guest is Dave Nalle, Chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus. He will be discussing Rick Perry.

Audio-tape a cop, get 75 years in jail. Our second guest is Michael Ellison who is out on bail after audio-taping a cop. He is facing 75 years in jail.

Our Third Guest is Dan Hunt who is a volunteer with the campaign to recall Robert Wirch in Wisconsin

Host Andre Traversa

Co-host Jim Lagnese

Showtime, Tuesday August 16, 7:00 PM CST

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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Michele Bachmann Wins in Iowa

Michele Bachmann won big in the Iowa Straw Poll and we had her here first on the Andre Controversa Show. Listen to the show and hear Michele espouse her conservative principles.

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

The Fallout of the Wisconsin Recall Elections

Our first guest from 7:00-7:30PM will be Charles Franklin, political science professor at the University of Wisconsin Madison to discuss the results of the recall elections.

Other guests TBA

Host Andre Traversa

Co-host Jim Lagnese

Showtime 7:00 PM CST

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Tuesday, August 09, 2011

The Wisconsin Recall Elections

Mother Jones
Senator Dan Kapanke calling in from Wisconsin at 8:40PM to talk about the recall elecitons. Other guests TBA.

Host Andre Traversa

Co-host Jim Lagnese

Showtime 8:00PM CST

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Monday, August 08, 2011

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Payback is a Bitch

It was bad enough this morning when I read about 31 american soldiers that were killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan, but then to find out most were SEAL team members and many of the SEAL team that killed OBL, that was unbelievable. My first first though was revenge. My second was, who sold them out. I think that the answer lies in who announced the crash. That would be Hamid Karzai.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai announced the number of people killed in the crash and the presence of special operations troops before any other public figure. He also offered his condolences to the American and Afghan troops killed in the crash.

I don't think the Taliban just got lucky. Payback is a bitch. Not only were the majority SEALs from team 6, but it was the biggest kill against American troops in Afghanistan extant. This was a huge propaganda win for the Taliban, that is for sure. It'll be interesting to see how this plays out. Where is Obama now? He was the big cheese in chief when they capped that miserable bastard. He's probably off playing golf or eating a heart attack burger somewhere. There's no political gain in this for him.

Thank you for reading this blog.

Monday, August 01, 2011

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

American taxpayers fund Chinese research

The Andre Controversa Show Presents:

Andrea Lafferty
Our first guest is Andrea Lafferty of the Traditional Values Coalition. She'll be discussing the federal grants that have been awared to Chinese scientists at Chinese universities.

Your tax dollars at work.

Other guests TBA

Host Andre Traversa

Co-Host Jim Lagnese

Show time 7PM CST Thursday

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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Confessions, Observations and Projection

I have to admit it. I was on the Islam is to blame train with the Oslo Bombing and Shootings. Shit, I was on the phone with Eric at Libertarian Republican before the news was spread very far and he hadn't heard of it yet. The first thought in my mind was, it was the fucking muslims. I mean they do have a pretty strong history for these things. Instead, we find out that it was a blond haired, blued eyed, crazier than a bag of squirrels cock-sucking son of a bitch. His point of view might be understandable, I mean muslims have immigrated into Europe in such numbers that things are changing for the natives there. Instead of looking for political solutions like a Geert Wilders, he decided to take matters into his own hands. No, he didn't blow up or shoot the muslims, who he hated. He went out and made a bomb with over 13,000 lbs of fertilizer (the Norwegian government was alerted to this) and detonated it in front of the building where the Prime Minister's office is, killing at least 7 people there and went to an Island where he gunned down scores of people killing at least 86. What is even more ironic is that he belonged to a political party called the progress party, which opposed the muslim immigration policies (if you want things back the way they were in the past, how is that progress? Just saying. ) of the Labor Party. He was also a Mason and part of some group called the Knights Templar. I feel sorry for the Masons after this fiasco.

So, instead of some imam in lockup, we have a modern day version of a hitler youth turned mad. What will the Norwegians do? Will this guy get executed? I hope so, and quickly too. Terrorism should be tolerated by any society, although it has in Europe with the likes of the IRA, but that is another story, for another time. Europeans have been way too tolerant of islamists as well. Even the Archbishop of Canterbury says that we might as well give up, as sharia and islam will be "unavoidable".  Still, what to do about it? For one thing, stop being saps and breaking your backs bending over backwards for people that don't respect you. Two, it's time to say enough and put an end to the open immigration policies and put some sanity to whom is allowed in and who isn't. Even though my ancestors came from some of these European countries, I would have a harder time gaining entry for the purpose of citizenship than if I was from Pakistan or the Sudan. That's fucking retarded.

In the end, the Europeans need to start believing their culture is better than anyone else's. Right now they have a moral equivalence about themselves that every culture is equivalent and therefore equal. They aren't. This quest for some sort of egalitarian mantle will only bring about their own demise and furthermore, the people they are trying to please won't give a hoot and will take advantage of their "good will". Basically, the Europeans are naive. They are to blame for this too. Because of their lack of backbone, lack of conviction in who they are, their lack of understanding what is, has allowed a mental case like Anders Breivik to come about. Monsters are a creation of their environment and this guys wasn't dropped in Norway by little green people. No, he's a home grown nut job and he won't be the last.

Thank you for reading this blog.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Andre Controversa Show: Should Russell Pierce be recalled?

From 7:00-8:00PM CST Thursday
Russell Pearce is president of the Arizona Senate and a strong border hawk. He drafted SB 1070. We will have a panel that includes:

Mike O'Neil, President of O'Neil Research, an Arizona polling firm, former congressman from Colorado Tom Tancredo, Matt Toman, chairman of Citizens opposed to the Pearce Recall and Cad Snow, chairman of Citizens for a Better Arizona, who support recalling Russell Pearce.

From 8:00-9:00PM


Host Andre Traversa

Co-host Jim Lagnese

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Heroes and Assholes

Normally, you might find me ridiculing or being hard on Leonard Boswell, the Democrat Congressman from Iowa's 3rd congressional district. I have to tell you I have found some new respect for Mr Boswell. You see, last Saturday night, an assailant entered Mr Boswell's home in Davis City and held a gun to her head while demanding money. Mr Boswell, who is 77 years old, tackled the assailant and in the process broke a rib. His grandson retrieved a shotgun, pointed it at the assailant, who then fled. I have to give props to Leonard, he's no cacasotto, as we say in the old country. He did the right thing, as did his grandson, although I think it would have been better if his grandson sent an ounce and a half of #6 at David Dewberry, who has a criminal history of being a second floor man and he's only 20 years old.

Leonard, ya done good.

Our next award recipient is Lindsay O'Brien, 28 years old, pregnant and from Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love. It seems Vaughn Matthews thought he was entitled to her laptop bag and laptop and tried a snatch and grab. Ms. OBrien, over 3 months pregnant, gave chase down the stairs and when confronting Mr Vaughn, he broke her wrist and hit her in the abdomen. For his troubles, Lindsey kicked him twice in the leg, breaking his tibia in two places, which will require two surgeries. Mr Vaughn was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, robbery, theft, receiving stolen property and reckless endangerment. I like it when a plan comes together.

Can you say Mama Grizzly?

Lastly, our asshole award goes to the liberal scum and police in New York City. Jason Fordell was beaten and robbed by four black assailants on the subway who taunted him with terms like cracker and white boy, and were encouraged by other passengers on the train to beat him, one of whom asked to join in and asked "I get a few shots too". This particular asshole, Barminthe Ramoutar of Brooklyn, was arrested. Thing is, the cops didn't think this was a hate crime, but would continue to investigate. Of course of if Mr Fordell had used the term "nigga", I am sure he would have been arrested forthwith. That said, with the detritus that runs the city, it's no wonder. Say what you want about Rudy, but he was straight up compared to who replaced him, who is a bleeding heart asshole in republican clothing.

"I had a whole lot of bleeding from my skull," he said. "My eye is swollen five different colors. There was blood in my urine. I have a footprint on my back and on the back of my neck."
The case is being investigated by detectives, but has not been assigned to the NYPD hate crimes task force because cops are unsure if the suspects were motivated by bias, sources said.
"They have to look at whether that was the motivation before the robbery," a police source said.
Motivation? They are scum of the earth and they did it because he was a white weakling. Of course, according to some civil rights commentators, blacks can't be biased or racist. Res Ipsa Loquitur. If this was reversed, we'd have Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson parading around 260 Broadway with Bloomberg doing his best Lewinsky impression on each of them. Sfacime.

Monday, July 18, 2011

The Andre Controversa Show: The Undefeated

At 7:00 PM our first guest is Trevor Drinkwater, CEO of Arc Entertainment, the distributors of The Undefeated, discussion about Sarah Palin to follow.

Show time 7:00PM CST

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Host Andre Traversa

Co-host Jim Lagnese

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Is Obama Losing Jewish Voters?

Our 8:00 PM guest is Tevi Troy with the Hudson Institute. He'll be talking about Obama's sinking clout with Jewish voters. Other guests to be announced.

Show time 7:00PM CST. Call in at 949-203-4821 or stream here.

Host Andre Traversa
Co-host Jim Lagnese

Thursday, July 07, 2011

The Undefeated: Sarah Palin

The Undefeated Teaser Trailer from Dain Valverde on Vimeo.

UFOs, ETs and Gay Marriage

The Andre Controversa Show Presents:

Our first guest at 7:00PM will be Craig Huey, running for Congress in a special election in California's District 36. He is running t o repalce Democrat Jane Harman, who resigned after her re-election.

We're doing a panel on the New York gay marriage law; specifically on the lousy religious protections in the law. We have Michael Long, chairman of the New York State Conservative Party, who will be joining us at 7:15.

Our guest for the second hour is Stephen Bassett, director of the Paradigm Research Group, he's going to discuss the evidence for UFO's and ET's.

Host Andre Traversa

Co-Host Jim Lagnese

Showtime 7:00PM CST

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Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Happy Birthday GOP

Jul 06, 1854, In Jackson, Michigan, the Republican Party started its existence at a convention. So, on this July 6, 2011, I wish the GOP a happy birthday. 157 years of supporting such diverse presidential candidates from Teddy Roosevelt to Calvin Coolidge. Lets also not forget that the GOP was the african-american party. That my friend is a very big tent. Hopefully the Tea Party reshapes the GOP for the next 157 years as it lost it's way.

Thank you for reading this blog.

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

The Andre Controversa Show: Jamie Radtke Guest, Virginia senate race v. George Allen

Jamie Radtke is our special guest tonight on the Andre Controversa Show. Jamie is a Tea Party favorite and a Republican running against George Allen for the Republican senatorial nomination versus the incumbent Democrat, Jim Webb.

From her campaign bio:
"Jamie is a principled conservative leader with a passion for fighting to maintain the Founders’ vision of constitutionally limited government, fiscal responsibility, free markets, and virtue and accountability. Prior to declaring her candidacy for the U.S. Senate, Jamie served as President of Richmond Tea Party and Chairwoman of the Federation of Virginia Tea Party Patriots, which the Wall Street Journal described as “the most advanced of any in the country.”"

Show time 7:00PM CST Tuesday July 05

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Host Andre Traversa
Co-host and Producer Jim Lagnese

Posted by Ran; Photo credit: Kelly J. Mihalcoe

Monday, July 04, 2011

Happy Independence Day

In spite of all the festivities, pomp and circumstance, are we any freer than we were 235 years ago? Some may see this as a rhetorical question, some as a ridiculous one, still others won't care a whit, having become accustomed to the hamster wheel.

Recently, I had read a quote by the new age philosopher Vernon Howard, who said: "Our freedom can be measured by the number of things we can walk away from." He also said: "Freedom begins as we become conscious of it." Vernon was one interesting cat and I encourage anyone to check him out. In this context, how many things can we walk away from? Are we conscious of our freedom or lack of it?

To expound on the first question, I'll further ask, can you give up your iPhone or other smart phone, computer, fast food, alcohol, drugs, the need for a bigger house, better car, crappy job, great job, wife, husband, children, petty grievances and desires, hatred of others, hatred of self, religion, god, malignant self-importance, the need always to be right? What are we running from, what are we running to? Some of these, such as family, have certain obligations that are a trade off in whatever perceived freedom might be gained. Some are trade offs that we perceive for some benefit that the do gooders like to call the common good. Still others here are mere objects of desire and delusion that we use to reinforce our sense of self-importance, relevance and perceived fecundity. While some are useful tools, they still latch on like spidey's web, creating dependence that is in fact anathema to being free. Are you willing to walk away, give it up?

To the second question, are we aware of it? Certainly not in a conscious and caring way that would want to remediate it. While in some ways, the impetus of our founding, to be free of the king, is looked on with such anti-monarchial pride, the yoke of taxes, or social, economic, and political burden we have taken on since, makes or genesis seem mild in comparison. Part of it is based in paternalism or what I call the ideology of Farm Animals®, and part in the distraction of meaningless bullshit that we encumber ourselves in everyday life.  Basically we would rather give up personal sovereignty to ensure some sort of guarantee of existence. In other words, safety. In our own hearts be true, we know this and we know how feckless we have become. So we surround ourselves with more stuff in an effort to delude ourselves of what it is real. If you don't believe me, look at it in the extreme with Horders, which is all the reality show rave now. All addiction is based on disconnecting with reality. Reality is harsh, it can suck. Buy more stuff, drink more alcohol, eat more food, do more drugs. It'll all be better in the morning.

Now, back to our collective independence day. Are we more free than we were then? I think not. Collectivism makes it harder if not more difficult to walk away and in a way is the ultimate addiction that is a necessary and purposeful distraction for those who are behind that curtain. Like a cow with a nose ring, we are led around by our noses by those that are less than us and worse, who we appoint, encourage, reward and enable. Democracy has allowed us to become masters of our own enslavement and while not by divine right of a king or queen, we are still slaves, indentured servants and fools.  we still have an awfully long way to go if we want to be considered truly free.

Thank you for reading this blog.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

135 Years Ago Today

George Armstrong Custer met his end on a stretch of high plains in Montana called the Little Big Horn. Originally touted as a sacrificial lamb to the barbarian tribes and true american hero, revisionist historians have since painted him as a 19th century glory hunting nut job that died not soon enough.

As with most things in life (all things), the truth is somewhere in between. If the jingoistas of the 21st century only knew how bad these guys had it back then, they wouldn't be so strident. Soldiers today have it much easier. Soldiers of 1876 had no telephones, let alone Skype, iChat, Email, Smart Phones, Digital Cameras, and Video Cameras. Certainly the food was worse as were the living arrangements and pay. I'd have to wonder how today's men and women (there were none in service then) would fare against an aboriginal adversary under less than modern conditions.

Still we see parallels. Soldiers were used as a tool of foreign policy (remember, these were territories, not states and the indians were considered part of a their own nation). No matter what Custer or any other soldier thought about the Indian, he had a job to do. On this day in June, 1876, there were missteps, screw-ups, and the results at this point are history and far too lengthy to go into here. So on this day in June, how do we judge such men? How will we judge our soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan 135 years hence? Will revisionism strike again?

George Armstrong Custer by all accounts was an overachiever. While graduating last in his class at West Point, he proved himself in the Civil War and became the "Boy General". The take away here is that he delivered, which is the lynchpin of leadership. Under promise, over deliver, or to put it another way, don't write a check with your mouth that your ass can't cover. Ultimately, his risk taking caught up with him, in a big way.

On this day in June, 2011, I salute George Armstrong Custer, that crazy bastard that gave his all on that hill in Montana. We still need crazy bastards like him from time to time. It keeps the shit merry-go-round moving in the right direction. Unfortunately, we have become a society of effete diletantes that would rather sell their mother in a back room deal than put any skin in the game and hence, are poorly suited to real leadership, especially in bad times, because they are more concerned about themselves than anything or anyone else. What they deliver is perception, not always reality and that is the politicalization of modern society. Look behind the curtain and see.

So, was he a glory hunting nut job that died not soon enough, or a sacrificial lamb to the barbaric tribes and a true american hero? You tell me.

Thank you for reading this blog.

Monday, June 20, 2011

The Andre Controversa Show

The Andre Controversa Show Presents:

Our first Guest at 7:00PM is Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness.
Our topic will be some pro-gay sensitivity training propaganda put out by the usda, which is being implemented by the Office of Personnell Management, which wants to mandate these guideleins in all federal agencies.

Donnelly will discuss the potential effect this could have on the military if these guidelines are implemented among our armced forces.

At 7:30PM will be is Claudia Cooper. She's a student at West Hills Middle School in West Bloomfield Michigan.

She was part of a contest called Exploravision, in which young science students have to come up with technologies for use 20 years in the future. They also testified in teams before congress. We will talk about how to get young kids more interested in science; as well as the creative aspect of this contest.

At 8:00PM, for the first 30 minutes, we will be discussing a crazy ordinance in Cedar Falls, Iowa, right in your home state, mandating lockboces on all apartment buildings so that the fire department won't have to bust the door down in case of an emergecny; they would have the keys already.

Our guests for ths topic is Judd Saul, a local Tea Party activist strongly opposed to the measure and Nick Taiber.

Show time 7:00PM CST Tuesday June 21

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Host Andre Traversa
Co-host and producer Jim Lagnese

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Thursday, June 09, 2011

The Andre Controversa Show: Open Lines Thursday

Andre Traversa and Jim Lagnese host the Andre Controversa Show tonight and feature Open Lines Thursday. Call in to discuss any topic you want with people that contribute to Libertarian Republican and The Right Guy Show, like The Right Guy, the ever exuberant Chuck, Ran, Will and Eric Dondero.

Show time is 8PM CST, call in at 949-203-4821 or stream here.

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

The Tea Party and 2012

The first hour will feature a panel discussion on the Tea Party's influence on the 2012 election, with emphasis on the NY26 race. Russ Thompson of Tea Party NY and Jim Martin of the 60 Plus Association will be on the panel.

The second hour will be open lines .

Show time 7:00PM

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Host Andre Traversa

Co-Host Jim Lagnese

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Biker Chick for President

AP Photo of Sarah Palin at Rolling Thunder Rally
No, it's not Katey Sagal from Sons of Anarchy. In a seemingly de rigueur photo op for Mrs. Palin at the Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Rally, Sarah poses for the cameras while riding bitch for a...female motorcycle rider. While the ersatz reporter Andrea Mitchell says Sarah wasn't invited, It seems the riders at the rally didn't mind at all. I surely didn't.

Palin, the Vice Presidential running mate of John McCain in the 2008 presidential election, seems poised to jump in the fray for the White House. Being a motorcyclist in addition to being a libertarian republican, I welcome her willingness to ride a bike, even if it seems forced. She looks pretty good astride the Harley Davidson Electraglide Ultra Classic, I wonder if she'd mind riding pillion on my Beemer? I wouldn't.

Next up for the Palin Tour? Is it Philadelphia or Gettyburg? Keep in touch. Ride on pretty mama grizzly, right on to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Minnesota Marriage Amendment and More

Our first segment will be rants and raves of the day and our second segment will feature Tom Prichard of the Minnesota Family Council will discuss the Marriage Amendment that passed the Minnesota house and senate.

Show time is 7:00PM CST

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Host Andre Traversa

Co-Host Jim Lagnese

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Do Boys Get The Short End of the Stick

Tonight's show examines the changing environment for boys and the new problems they face in a changed society.

From 7:00-7:30 PM our first guest is author and psychlogist Tom Golden.

At 8:00 PM we have Dan Gaynor calling in from Media Research Center calling in to talk about Goerge Sorros and his undue influence on the media.

Host Andre Traversa

Co-host Jim Lagnese

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Raw Milk, What's the Beef?

Tonight's subject is the controversy with raw milk. The Obama administration has decided to go after milk producers that sell raw milk.
Our guest for the hour is Robert Scott Bell, a homeopathic doctor and host of Health Radio, who opposes the FDA's rule on the selling of raw milk across state lines.

During the second half of the show, we'll have testimony from Leah Mack, a former vegan and owner of  Grazy Days Family Farm in Union Bridge Maryland.

She's all about  raw milk.

Host Andre Traversa

Co-Host Jim Lagnese

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While Rome Could Burn, Obama Picks Up The Fiddle

In a turn of events, we find out that Iran is building missile sites in Venezuela. That's right, the country in South America. Sound familiar? We've been here before, in 1962.

From The Jerusalem Post:

Iran is building intermediate- range missile launch pads on the Paraguaná Peninsula, and engineers from a construction firm – Khatam al-Anbia – owned by the Revolutionary Guards visited Paraguaná in February. Amir al-Hadschisadeh, the head of the Guard’s Air Force, participated in the visit, according to the report. Die Welt cited information from “Western security insiders.”
The rocket bases are to include measures to prevent air attacks on Venezuela as well as commando and control stations. 
The Iranian military involvement in the project extends to bunker, barracks and watch tower construction. Twenty-meter deep rocket silos are planned. The cost of the Venezuelan military project is being paid for with Iranian oil revenue. The Iranians paid in cash for the preliminary phase of the project and, the total cost is expected to amount to “dozens of millions” of dollars, Die Welt wrote. 
The Paraguaná Peninsula is on the coast of Venezuela and is roughly 120 kilometers from America’s main South American partner, Columbia. 
According to Die Welt, the clandestine agreement between Venezuela and Iran would mean the Chavez government would fire rocket at Iran’s enemies should the Islamic Republic face military strikes.
You have to wonder what Obama is doing? Basking in the afterglow of the Seals capping Osama while lighting up a Kool? Or is he planning another vacation to play golf for two weeks? This is very shocking news.  Of course it is nothing new. Obama has been fiddling while all sorts of nations have been pissing on the Monroe Doctrine. The Obama Doctrine is to turn the United States into a urinal for the rest of the world. So far he's succeeding.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The Andre Controversa Show: The GOP in 2012

 Open discussion from 7:00-7:30PM Thursday, May 12.

Panel Discussion on the GOP contenders for 2012 from 7:30-8:30PM.

First guest is Corey Lewandoski, state coordinator for Americans for Prosperity in New Hampshire. Other guests TBA.

Host Andre Traversa

Co-Host Jim Lagnese

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Sunday, May 08, 2011

Justice for Osama

From my friend Pat:

My personal favorite is the pork chop and fireman's axe.

Happy Birthday Harry

Where we knew the buck really stopped...Happy Birthday Harry, wherever you are.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

The Andre Controversa Show: Bin Laden and the Palin Doctrine

Tonight's show will focus on the Palin Doctrine and the death of Osama Bin Laden.

Showtime 8PM CST

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Monday, May 02, 2011

Significance of the Date of Osama's Death

It's really quite simple: He attacked us on 9/11 or 911. 911 is a phone number to dial for help: An emergency. If Osama Bin Laden was killed on 5/1 that is May Day, as in a call for help. May day, may day... Coincidence? I don't think so.

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Sunday, May 01, 2011

Bin Laden Dead: Good riddance, but...

I wish I could have done it myself...


Our Next President?

Monday, April 25, 2011

Human Trafficking: How Do We Fix It?

The Andre Controversa Show PResents:

Tonight's show will feature a panel on human trafficking. Guests will be Nathan Wilson, Director of the Project Meridian Foundation and Renee Unterman, State Senator from Georgia, who has introduced a bill protecting trafficking victims. Other guests TBA.

Host Andre Traversa

Co-host Jim Lagnese

Show Time Tuesday 7:00PM CST

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A Valiant German Women Defies Islamic Radicals

As posted at LR:

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Zetas Invade US?

We will be discussing the Zetas, a brutal Mexican drug gang that is making major inroads in the US. Our first guest is George Grayson, professor of government at the College of William and Mary, who is an expert on these thugs.

Other guest TBA.

Host Andre Traversa

Co-Host Jim Lagnese

Show Time 7:00PM CST

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Andre Controversa Show: Reclaiming a Culture of Charity

Andre will discuss the corrosive effects of government assistance, not just on those who receive it, but on the taxpayer as well.

Two essential points:
Government assistance has eroded charity in this country, and, if America defaults on its debt, we won't have a choice; we will have to  create a culture of charity, or we won't survive.

Host Andre Traversa

Co-Host Jim Lagnese

Show time: 8:00PM-9:00PM CST

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Monday, April 11, 2011

The Andre Controversa Show: Boehner Bad Budget Deal?

7:00-7:30 Open Discussion.

7:30-8:30 A Tea Party panel will discuss the bad $38 billion budget deal. Our first guest is Lorie Medina, Dallas Tea Party acitivst and author of an e-book out from Harper Collins called Community Organizing for Conservatives.

8:30-9:00 The Libertarian Party's take on the budget deal with Kevin Knedler, Chairman of the Ohio Libertarian Party and at large rep for the Libertarian National Committee.

Host Andre Traversa

Co-host Jim Lagnese

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Thursday, April 07, 2011

The Andre Controversa Show: Special Guest Judson Phillips

Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips will discuss Wisconsin Politics and John Boehner's role in the current budget crisis.

Host Andre Traversa
Co-Host jim Lagnese

Showtime 8:00PM CST

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Monday, April 04, 2011

Lindsey Graham: Jackass

H/T Steve Deace:

If there was ever a woman on fire, here she is. She makes Sarah Palin seem effete, she makes Michele Bachmann look uncommitted. She may be a french fry short of a happy meal, but man, she's got fire. She's also right about the Quran. Those words are from their own book. They say the truth will set you free. In this case it set the Quran on fire. I hope she is well armed, as the real nuts will be coming.

and the best part:

Sister Wives To Become Legal North of the Border?

The Andre Controversa Show Presents:

Gwen Landot, an attorney and national VP of Real Women of Canada will be our first guest. She will be discussing her opposition to a movement in Canada to legalize polygamy along with Susan Lambert, president of the British Columbia Teachers' Federation

At 7-30 we'll be talking with Virginia delegate Bob Marshall, we've had him on before, about an onerous new regulation from the State Department of Family Services, which would force private adoption agencies to exclude sexual orientation, marital status, and religion from their adoption criteria.

Our next will be Mike Hintze, Wisconsin state coordinator of Tea party Patriots, who will discuss the battle to reelect Judge David Prosser, which is slated for this Tuesday. This election is pivotal, and will determine whether the anti-union law remains in force in Wisconsin.

Show time: Tuesday April 5, 2011 7:00PM CST

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Host Andre Traversa
Co-host Jim Lagnese

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Friday, April 01, 2011

Palin 2012 a Reality

It's Official: Sarah Palin has announced her candidacy for president of the united states. In a press conference scheduled for later this morning at the Jefferson Memorial, Palin will make it official. Some sources say that the ticket will be Bachmann and Palin, leaving some to speculate that the ticket would be called Bachmann-Palin Overdrive. I guess we ain't seen nothing yet. Personally, I think it'll be her and Herman Cain.

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Human Trafficking: What cost?

The Andre Controversa Show Presents:

For Tuesday, March 29 at 7:00PM CST, our first guests will be a panel on human trafficking. Nathan Wilson, creator of the Meridian Project Foundation, Joni Cutler GOP State Senator from South Dakota and William Carroll, former district director for the INS, Arlington VA District.

Second hour: Tom Pauken, former Texas GOP chair and currently chairman of the Texas Workforce Commission. He will be discussing rethinking of GOP foreign policy and Libya.

Other Guests TBA.

Host Andre Traversa

Co-host Jim Lagnese

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A Bridge Too Far

We could argue all night about whether the killings were just or not, or whether we should be in Afghanistan, but one thing is for certain: We've lost the moral edge and we've lost our way.  Almost 10 years ago we went after Osama Bin Laden in Afghanistan and we still do not have him.

The latest cinematographic treatises created by our soldiers in Afghanistan show that our soldiers have lost their moral compass. They are enjoying themselves and going beyond killing the enemy, whoever that is. This is a result of two factors: The lack of real, attainable goals with an end game and no oversight. We hear talk of killing innocent civilians and framing them with planted weapons. Sounds like something corrupt police do. Obviously they know they've done something wrong, otherwise why plant the guns? Further, it is disgusting to mutilate bodies and save relics. I've always thought our soldiers, especially the latest iteration of the US Army, are the best there is and have ever been. I feel like this proves me wrong.

The responsibility for this non-sense falls squarely on the soldiers themselves as well as the command. We need to discipline these people quickly and with extreme prejudice. There is no place in our military services for people like this. We also need to take a long hard look as to why we are there. We have no real attainable goals, no end game and we haven't accomplished anything other than sending soldiers home in coffins and wasting billions of dollars on a bridge too far. The Russians failed in this stone age play and so have we. I believe if we wanted Bin Laden, we could have had him by now. I really have to wonder why such jackasses like Obama and Bush implemented, promulgated and continued this charade like a pair of 3rd grade cowboys and indians dilettantes. I have come to the conclusion that political power, money and position are no substitute for efficacy, competence and good, moral, judgement. This is nothing to be proud of and god help us.

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Michele Bachmann: An Insider's look at a future presidential candidate

Updated Time: The Andre Controvera Show Presents:

Tony Sutton, chairman of the Minnesota GOP will be discussing Michele Bachmann's controversial tenure in the State assembly and her future as a presidential candidate.

Doug Hill, founder of Laisez-faire Books will be discussing books he publishes.

More guests to be announced.

Host Andre Traversa

Co-host Jim Lagnese

Showtime 8:00PM CST

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Finally Exposed

Anyone with an IQ above Nancy Pelosi (or John Boehner for that matter) would have come to this conclusion the first time Obama opened his mouth on his presidential campaign. In fact before that. Still, we've gotten to the point that it's become a bad joke like the uncle that does a combover and thinks he looks young and sexy. There's no use defending it, there's no use hiding the elephant in the room. No amount of camouflage can cover the incompetence that lunks in the White House, no matter how hard Obama's lackeys in the main stream media ignore it or try to paint a happy face.

The last straw as it were is the situation in Libya. Obama has built his presidency on the premise that he is not like the previous president in that he will not invade countries, preemptively. Up to this point he has kept his word, but now we find ourselves involved with Libya in a half-assed fashion. We can argue whether or not we should be in Libya, but that is not my fight here, but I will say that Qaddafi is responsible for the murder of how many Americans from the bombing in Germany and flight 103? He should have been made room temperature a long time ago, but I am digressing.

Obama numbers have been down for awhile. Not good for any politician who is coming up to an election year. In the one chance he has to be presidential, meaning decisive, commanding, confident, and successful, he falls back to his pusillanimous  nature and fails miserably. The rebels in Libya were pushing Qaddafi's forces back, winning, but couldn't hold the line for long. They asked for American intervention. Instead of acting decisively, he waited for consensus with his "European partners" of how they would procede. If history is any indicator of future actions, studying the martial habits of the wine drinking and cheese eating dilettantes should indicate whatever happens, it will be tepid, half-assed and ineffective at best. In the meantime, Qaddafi spends some gelt and buys mercenaries from Chad, Niger and  Mali. Now the rebels are pushed back by Qaddafi's refreshed forces and the rebels are on their heels. At this point, Obama gets involved, because he and his "European Partners" have come to consensus. Understand, that like a child that takes the keys to the car without his parents permission, Obama never sought congressional approval in this adventure and furthermore does not ask for forgiveness either.

So now, we are left to wonder, what gives? I think we have a few forces at work here. One, we have a feckless person in the office of president, one that probably was pushed around as a child and needs the support of others to act. This man is not a natural leader in the sense of taking control and being decisive, even with evidence and information in hand (can we say the Gulf Oil Spill?). The second part is that he doesn't like being responsible for things that go badly. I suppose who does, but true leaders, great leaders take the good with the bad, brickbats along with adulation. In all his political life, he's never been in an office long enough for accountability to catch up with him. Now that he's reached the top, there really is nowhere to hide, no one to blame. He's elected himself into a box where he cannot extricate himself into a new and higher political position. He does have the personal tools to get elected, the smile, some charisma, the reparte that seems to go over. On the other hand, he hasn't shown the skills to deliver the goods. He's feckless. Three, he doesn't believe that America is even a first among equals, let alone the preeminent country in the world. Furthermore, he believe's it is his mission, to bring us down to the level of just another socialist democracy as we have with European countries. I am not a very religious person, but hearing this passage of scripture (KJV Matthew 18:8-9) over the weekend drew some comparisons with Obama:

 8Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire.
 9And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.

Now, I think Obama sees capitalism and the success of America as the hand, foot or eye. His template is to reverse everything that has been done, a Mr Opposite if you will. But underlying it all, is the cleansing of the sins of the white man, of everything that has made America great. Juxtapose this template with the personality traits I have discussed, and we have what we have: The worst president in American history and while this will be unpopular but true, he is the spawn, the penultimate fruit of affirmative action. Before all the left wing malcontents throw brickbats at me, let me say that affirmative action is counter intuitive if not counter factual to the mantra of the civil rights movement and it master progenitor that fomented the possibility of affirmative action: A person should be judged by the content of his or her character, not the color of his or her skin. To put it plainly,  two wrongs have never made anything right. Now we have the product of that faulty thinking and it is the worst president extant.

So here we are, wondering, how did we get here? As with most elections, there is always a divide between right and left in this country and the deciding factor is ofter the mushy moronic masses that occupy the middle. Swayed not by ideology, but by feelings. They felt they should give Obama a chance, inaugurating a new age in American politics with the election of our first black president. Now that even the monkey with the white flag knows what a feckless mound of walking protoplasm Obama is, will this mush in the middle of moronic excellence give the mountebank in chief a second chance? As sure as Obama says he won't give up his Nobel Peace Prize for things he hadn't done yet (Rewarding forward, do you see a trend here?), he certainly won't give up the office of president without a fight. The question is, will the M&M's believe in his promise and give him a chance, even after being exposed at last as a mountebank, a feckless failure and dilettante, a product of affirmative action and marxist indoctrination? It remains to be seen. Never underestimate the idiocy of the American voter. All I hope for is that we have someone on the right that is not only good, but a slam dunk. Right now I have my doubts.

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