Sunday, January 30, 2011

Late January POP in the Valley

Way back in days of yore.....or actually 2006, I came up with the idea of POP -- Politics or policy in the Valley.
Now, in 2011, I am ready to update POP.
Keep reading.
Since I missed some news at the end of this month, here is a quick way to catch up.   Ready to POP?
1)  President Obama's SOTU -- Policy and Politics -- Here is the transcript.  All I have to say is the words sounded good, but let's see what actions President Obama follows up with.  Obama and the Democrats want to kiss up to business NOW on the way to Election 2012.  If you are a businessperson, do you really trust the Democrats after the past two years?
2) Tunisia and Egypt -- People Power or Political Posturing? -- Something not predicted by the big mucky mucks at Davos, the peoples revolution of Tunisia and the revolution in Egypt.  What is happening is something I always argue for -- Nixionian support of Dictators will hurt American foreign policy in the long run, but Wilsonian support of people to live free under Democracies and capitalism (with some rock and roll) should be encouraged.  According to Wikileaks, President George W. Bush funded Democracy movements in Egypt (as did his father in Iraq).  Obama (and Clinton respectively) de-funded these programs. 
Let me conclude with a three points:
A)  This is the triumph of the New Media against the Old Dictators. 
B) If the Muslim Brotherhood takes Egypt, I predict that Israel will re-take the Sinai within six weeks.  
C) And no, the Democrats don't believe in free people.
 3)  Pop tART -- Pop Art -- the beautiful Lenora Claire opened an Art Gallery in Koreatown.  I went and among the Hip and the Cool (and the Drag Queens), I felt neither hip nor cool (nor do I feel the need to dress up in women's clothes unless I am playing Dr. Frank N. Furter on stage).  Cool art gallery, I shall return to see it.  Hip and cool yes, but run by a beautiful redhead, so I will give a review when all the pictures are up.  (Yes, the Valley will promote Lenora Claire this year because it can).
4) Upcoming writings in the Valley -- Posts --  An old professor of mine wrote a book predicting 2012 (and many election before and after), here's a hint: Put your money on Red in 2012.  Another post, how the Left's White Hot hate will keep the Republicans in power for a long, long time.Also, my take on Tea Party, our friends who work in the dark and the folks who dance in the dark.   And finally, I shall return to Doctor Who episodes on the weekends.  Why?  Because Fez's are cool..
5) Helping a Friend get back her Life -- Pro Bono -- My friend Ash had her identity stolen and needs help from a lawyer who can do Pro Bono work.   She needs the legal help to get back her life.  If you know of someone, contact me and I will pass the name along.  Ash is smart, beautiful and intriguing; I hope my readers can help.  Thanks! 
6) Doing Yoga -- Positioning -- My 40 year old body felt pain today in places I didn't even know. It helped get my mind back on track.  So, here I am!
Please keep reading the Valley! 
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I'm Back Ya'll!

I took some time away from the Valley; January was a bad month in many ways, but I'm refreshed (after doing some Yoga today) -- but I am ready for February.

There is an article coming out in March, a future book project coming from said article and a getting a meeting with an up and comer in California (hopefully -- more news Tuesday night).

So, while I write the next post, enjoy this tune:

Brenden Perry, Utopia (Live at Galway May 2010)

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

A Sacred Place: Uluwatu temple

My sister who is on a well deserved vacation, mentioned Uluwatu Temple as a beautiful place to visit, so here is what I found:

There is a story about Hindu priest from Java called "Dang Hyang Nirartha" or " Peranda Sakti Wawu Rauh", full of mystical episodes since his arrival until his disappearance in Bali. One of Hindu teaching is the same as other religion that is concerning the world after death or the "here after world " This world is contrasted into two polarization such as Eden garden and hell. For those devotee, a promise of all goodness and happiness are there which is called "sorga" In the tradition of Hindu in Bali it is said that the "sorga" is undescribed by words, and undepicted with picture. Where truth is an absolute, and body is embraced into it, so it only exist " enlightenment". But one can not enter the sorga with worldly body except their holy spirit when he/she during the life had completed duties and behaved as indicated by religious teaching. The other way one can reach sorga by the way called "moksa". It is not quiet clear what is actually meant by the word "moksa". Many assumptions arose. One thought it is a body sublimation, that one who has reach his stage of moksa disappeared in the world without living his/her physical body. This stage can only be reached with a severe body control on senses while developing knowledge by meditation or hermitage. Others thought that when a person dead, their spirit become one with the absolute being, and will not experience rebirth ( Sanskrit : samsara ) anymore. Since life is basically a punishment of sins and misdeeds of their past life ( Sanskrit : Punarbawa ). So, actually based on the last teaching human being during his life is stirred to do the good thing.

Dang Hyang Nirarta is believed the one that have reached such stage, and he accomplished his moksa on a spot of land which is believed to be the sacred place. In this sacred place then was built a temple called Ulu Watu. That was why the place has been considered a very special place by the king in the past. It is not only Uluwatu temple that is associated with Dang Hyang Nirarta, but many temple such as Ponjok Batu at North West Bali, Rambut Siwi in Negara regency and Sila Yukti in East Bali. It is probably the claim from Hindu priest in the past that their role in the society was unquestionable.

Other side of above story, one phenomenon is certain during Balinese history that was during the disintegration of period of Balinese kingdom ca. 16th century to 17th century many small kingdoms tried hard to build their identification to at least same as Klungkung. The foremost one was the temples. Each kingdom would build one sea temple, one city temple, and one mountain temple. There are 8 kingdoms still alive in Bali, when Indonesia announced the declaration of Independence in 1945. Each of this kingdom had their own 3 main temples at the level of smaller social unit such as " Desa " another 3 temples are also built. Uluwatu is belong to Badung kingdom, and until now the owner is one of the palace heirs of Jero Kuta.

In Badung was divided into 2 kingdoms during 17th century, one the bigger is Mengwi kingdom covered almost bigger part of Badung current regency and part of Tabanan regency, even Blambangan regency in east Java which is now Banyuwangi kingdom. Uluwatu was most probably built by Mengwi kingdom as sea temple, at the same time as Ulun Danu as mountain temple. The development of the kingdom later obliged Mengwi kingdom to give Uluwatu temple to Badung kingdom, and Ulun Danu to Tabanan kingdom. Shortly after 1634 AD Mengwi again built other 2 temple, one is Tanah Lot as sea temple, and other is Pucak Mangu temple in Pelaga area as mountain temple.

Today is not only the area of Badung and municipality of Denpasar feel that Uluwatu is their temple or as Bali main temple ( Bali "Sad Kahyangan" ) but other areas of Bali which were different kingdom in the past. The main holder of the temple who daily look after it, and bear the responsibility of the temple maintenance and ceremony is one of the king family in Denpasar, under the regency of Badung.....

(h/t: Bali off the Beaten Track)

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The Mirror Crack'd: The White Hot Hate and the False Civility

For a long time, I studied how the Two parties in American Politics acted:

The post 1968 Democrats (whom I've left in Summer 1992 -- but I learned Politics from the pre-1968 Machine Politicos)  have used Orwell's 1984 as a guide, not a warning.  I've already documented within the Valley, the Left's need for an Emmanuel Goldstein, now and forever. 

On the Right, the Party used to follow the lead of the Country Club Republicans.  The Right would campaign on our issues while the post-68 Democrats would throw everything at our people. 

The Mirror
After Bush, after Palin, after Tuscon, Don Surber wrote a piece that received cheers across the Right Blogospherre:
"For a decade, from the election of Bush 43 forward, the Left has lied and cheated as it tried to return to power. Al Gore made a mockery out of the American electoral system by being a spoilsport over Florida, which Bush indeed won by 537 votes. Dan Rather forged a document to try to derail Bush’s re-election. Twice Democrats stole U.S. senators from the Republicans. After voting to support the war to get by the 2002 election, many Democrats quickly soured on the war. The profane protests were cheered by liberals who misattributed 'dissent is the highest form of patriotism' to Thomas Jefferson; the words belong to the late historian Howard Zinn.

"Once in power, liberals were the opposite of gracious.

"For two years now, I have been called ignorant, racist, angry and violent by the left. The very foul-mouthed protesters of Bush dare to now label my words as “hate speech.”

"Last week, the left quickly blamed the right for the national tragedy of a shooting spree by a madman who never watched Fox News, never listened to Rush Limbaugh and likely did not know who Sarah Palin is.

"Fortunately, the American public rejected out of hand that idiotic notion that the right was responsible.

"Rather than apologize, the left wants to change the tone of the political debate.

"The left suddenly wants civil discourse.

"Bite me.
"The left wants us to be civil — after being so uncivil for a decade.

"Bite me."

There has been a break between the Old Ivy Educated leaders of the Right and the "local yokels," and Bloggers.  The break came because of Governor Palin.  The mirror began to crack. 

In 2008, The Republicans elected (after years of complaining) a MODERATE Republican -- it was Governor Palin who brought the Conservatives to the polls.  

Did anyone who wanted Republicans to vote for a Moderate on the top of the ticket, endorse McCain? NO.

After the 2008 election, the Conservatives and Republicans lost.  Senator McCain went back to the Senate and Governor Palin went back to Alaska.  Game over -- everyone moves on, right?  WRONG.

As detailed by Dan Riehl, the Elvis of the Right Blogosphere and Robert McCain, the Hunter Thompson of the same place, wrote multiple articles on how the Obama White House funded the false Ethics charges against the Governor.  Because of the worry of bankruptcy and the loss of energy working on Alaska problems, she stepped down on July 3, 2009.

And that's when Conservatives, Republicans and Tea partiers went from opposing to angry.  That is when the mirror cracked. 

The Country Club and Ivy league Republicans who never fought back, saw fit to give ammunition to the Democrats by piling on Palin.  We, in the activist and Blogosphere trenches have gone to war against them.  We who have to defend and fight for our candidates still believe in having each others back. 

Those like Kathleen Parker, David Brooks, Mike Murphy and David Frum do not know how to do is fight back against the attacks.  In their heads, it is easier to calculate how to help Democrats then to help the "movement Conservatives,"

Palin saw what happened under the Bush Administration when the leader turned the other cheek.  You can remember it here. 

 Turning the other cheek meant that the Left and Liberals would use any excuse to attack.  But President Bush turned the other cheek, what did it get Conservatives and Republicans? White Hot Hate from the Left.

Not much of a bargain -- no?

The Breaking of the Mirror July 3, 2009

What happened to Governor Palin reminds me of what Kyle Reece (Michael Biehn) said in the Terminator:

Listen, and understand! That Terminator is out there! It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead

The Left acts like the Terminator, needing a target (their current Emmanuel Goldstein) and doing everything (with their handmaidens in the media) to destroy the leader of the Republicans; Be it a President (I remember when everyone went after President George H.W. Bush -- another moderate in 1992), a Senator (Dole or McCain) or a former VP candidate. 

When we on the Right realized turning the other cheek didn't work, and seeing how Governor Palin was martyred.  The tea parties along with the ground level activists and bloggers chose a new tact: Fight back or die. 

Destroying Palin brought the Tea Partiers, Bloggers and activists together.  It brought that coalition against the "insider," Republicans  -- by breaking the mirror of demonizing Palin in 2009, the anger rose.

After Tuscon, the Dark Mirror and the New Mirror for the Right

And like clockwork, after Tuscon, the Left tried to demonize the Right and Governor Palin for something we had nothing to do with. 

But this time, for the first time in forever, the Right fought back by forcing the Lrft to look into their own dark Mirror. 

Neither Krugman's White Hot Hate or any other blame that came towards the Right (h/t Althouse) were proven true.

Michelle Malkin had two  posts forcing the Left to stare at their own Dark Mirror.  And let me tell you, they do not like it. 

"Civility," was the new Left Code Word for "Shut up,"

The False Civility

Professor Glenn Reynolds ("Instapundit") called it right from the beginning:

"Part of Civility is supposed to be accepting a Democratic verdict even if it goes against you,"

As I've said earlier to the Left: WE DON'T BELIEVE YOU.

There was a reason Democrats and Liberals held onto the Congress for 40 years from the 50's to the 90's and today, they can barely hold onto Congress for 5 years. 

Liberals don't believe in Liberalism, only Leftism (there is a difference).  A Liberal would fight for Rush Limbaugh's freedom of speech, a Leftist would try to shut it down.

And when will those manners of civility hold this President to account for these quotes to inspire his followers:

** Obama: “They Bring a Knife…We Bring a Gun”

** Obama to His Followers: “Get in Their Faces!”
** Obama on ACORN Mobs: “I don’t want to quell anger. I think people are right to be angry! I’m angry!”
** Obama to His Mercenary Army: “Hit Back Twice As Hard”
** Obama on the private sector: “We talk to these folks… so I know whose ass to kick.“
** Obama to voters: Republican victory would mean “hand to hand combat”
** Obama to lib supporters: “It’s time to Fight for it.”
** Obama to Latino supporters: “Punish your enemies.”
** Obama to democrats: “I’m itching for a fight.”

That is not Civility.  Asking for Civility now, when Democrats control the Senate and the Presidency is years late. 

The Democrats who ran the Congress for 40 years knew civility, not the current generation of Democrats.  They (and their supporters) live in the White Hot hate. 

But there is a cost, to quote the band Faithless,
"My story stops here, let's be clear,

This scenario is happening everywhere.
And you ain't going to nirvana or far-vana,
you're coming right back here to live out your karma.,"

That's why 2012 is a Republican year, we don't live in the White Hot hate and the public that doesn't follow politics daily saw who does.

Hint: It was not Governor Palin.  Even Charles Blow of the new York Times said so:

"Within hours of the shooting, there was a full-fledged witch hunt to link the shooter to the right....The only problem is that there was no evidence then, and even now, that overheated rhetoric from the right had anything to do with the shooting...

"The American people know it, too. According to a USA Today/Gallup poll released Wednesday, 42 percent of those asked said that political rhetoric was not a factor at all in the shooting, 22 percent said that it was a minor factor and 20 percent said that it was a major factor. Furthermore, most agreed that focusing on conservative rhetoric as a link in the shooting was “not a legitimate point but mostly an attempt to use the tragedy to make conservatives look bad.” And nearly an equal number of people said that Republicans, the Tea Party and Democrats had all “gone too far in using inflammatory language” to criticize their opponents. ...

"Great. So the left overreacts and overreaches and it only accomplishes two things: fostering sympathy for its opponents and nurturing a false equivalence within the body politic. Well done, Democrats. "

When there is President Palin, let's see how civil the Left is, until then, we on the Right must fight back.  The mirror, broken, will not be the same.

My question: Why do Democrats need the White Hot Hate and Emmanuel Goldstein's to survive? 

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Monday, January 17, 2011

The Content of our Character....

Today we celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.  
Here is his unforgettable speech at the Lincoln Memorial:

And the words we have to live by:

Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends.

And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of "interposition" and "nullification" -- one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; "and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together."

There are good, bad and ugly people in all creeds, colors and philosophies; Mankind is flawed and hypocritical, but what makes me a Conservative (with a Social Libertarian streak) is that we all strive to be better people. 

If you don't have faith in your fellow man (or women) kind, what kind of person are you?

Back to Politicking tonight.

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Sunday, January 16, 2011

I Cheer These Speeches, So Should You

This is the almost Coda to the Bad week.
First, a speech about the shooting by President Obama:

Good speech.

Now a speech as a rebuttal to the Demonization:

Sarah Palin: "America's Enduring Strength" from Sarah Palin on Vimeo.

Praise both speeches and then, let us move foward! 

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Honor, Politics and Friendship 2: Code of Honor

Think of a Small Dodecahedron that light can pass through that you can hold in your hand.  As the light passes through each side, another vision is seen of looking at the world.
The Valley is one part of my world; In a town where people make the world their stage, this is mine, I can be a harder partisan here then I am in real life.  My views are not different from my real time, I still believe that Commerce, Democracy and Rock music can save the world.  Here in the valley, I amp it up, but sometimes my emotions of the moment seep through.
One anecdote that carried me through this hellish week was about Federal Judge John Roll who went over to Rep. Gifford that Saturday morning to say "Thank you," for helping him on an issue.  As a partisan, as a former Hill intern, I saw how important it was for both Judge Roll and Rep. Gifford to help each other across the aisle. 
Remember my rule: Politics and policy is about Coalitions.  You don't build coalitions by damning people. 
When the shooting occurred, it affected me on multiple levels that for the first time in ages, I told my friend Ron at Ruin that night, "I wanted to get drunk,"  But I was the guy driving him home, so I stuck with one beer. 
Back to the story:
Here are the multiple levels, that I, JSF, was affected by the shooting:
1)  I used to intern on Capitol Hill for two Congressmen, Rep. Zimmer in the 103rd and Rep. Dan Miller in the 104th.  It is the job of each Congressperson to get to know their Constituents -- this shooting by the crazy person hinders that.
2)  I have two mentors who work as Chief of Staff to two separate Congressmen on the Hill.  Their jobs become tougher, and I worry, do my friends have targets on themselves too?  Hence, my reason to want to get drunk on Saturday night.
3)  Had the votes flipped in Merlin Froyd's race, I would have been a staffer on the Hill.  Would he or I have a target on either of our backs?
4)  Guess who else deals with mental health issues daily?  I won't rehash it here, but suffice it to say, in my gut I knew this was a random shooting by a deranged individual.  What happens to people like me who fight to deal with their own mental health issues?  
When I did the "Close the Pandora's Box," post -- inside I was upset. At those who got hurt, how does this affect my friends who do this job daily and what I knew was coming -- the demonization of Tea partiers and Sarah Palin.
I hated the shooting, but I knew what was coming.  I will damn the shooter to hell many times over, I just wanted others to damn the demonization.  A few friends caught my mood on this and a few stood up: Kudos to Jason Buckley, my ex-gf Toni, Bob Flenner in NY, David Petreca and my sister from thousand of miles away who "got" it.  
Anyone who saw my last post and my first link in facebook should have known I was upset.  Rather then say, be an actual friend, Douglas Day, the anti-republican, damned me for my first feelings, and he was supported by someone I thought would have known the above four things and taken my side.  
Or picked up the phone or email within hours of the post as my sister and Jason Buckley did, to help calm me down.  These two did not.
When I got back from the club, I saw I was damned by Douglas Day, for he in his White Hot Hate could not ever admit to being wrong on anything political (even though it's a world I inhabited since I was 15 years old, in both parties ,on multiple levels -- did not matter). 
I was taught by Old School Politicos in Queens about some of the Old School Rules.  Even though I blog and tweet, dance to songs by Chameleons UK, I am at heart a guy who lives by Rules. 
To succeed in any dangerous industry, it helps to have a Code of Honor (many, many, many people cited that in my pain as why they liked my writing and my political journey -- both Progressives and Conservatives).
I need only go back to my Rostonkowski post to show you what they are:
1) Americans who are the partisan opposite of you are not "The Enemy," no matter how much you wish it so. [This is true of the Left unfortunately] Stop needing Emmanuel Goldsteins' and respect those who choose and honor Public Life. The Americans involved with politics and policy love their country. Treat them as fellow Americans, not as Enemies. Stop calling them "crazy, stupid or Evil," They are not. But you are if you throw those words around.

2) Politics used to stop at the Water's Edge, but Democrats broke that contract in 1991 and 2002. Choose one foreign policy to define your Party, Wilsoniansism [Spreading Democracy Overseas], Nixonianism [Playing chess games with Dictators and failed states] or Isolationism [Stay away for all foreigners overseas]. And support the President on this issue, he reads Intel in the AM, you don't. And if you say "Afghanistan is the real war," Then stand by your words when you gain power. I have yet to see the Left define their Foreign Policy clearly in opposition or in power, Choose one.

3) Those dictators or groups that want to attack America or allies, do not give them a seat at a table. Again, Columbia University gave President Ahmadinihjad a seat, but they can't find a place for Conservatives to speak. The Left cheered Chavez and Ahmadinjad at the United Nations because they hated Bush,. I have yet to see any active partisan of the Left defend their President when there is an R next to his or her name. Not Reagan, Bush I or Bush II. Don't like how we are treating Obama, think twice before you raise the room temperature on a President who has a differing philosophy then you. Remember, even Rostonkowski respected the presidents he opposed. If he can do it, why can't any Left on facebook?

4) Don't say Third parties are needed if you have never voted for both Democrats and Republicans on a Federal Level. Sorry, unless you can understand and reject both philosophies (and not stereotype either), then don't declare it a loss. The Two parties have different philosophies, only idiots stereotype, but partisans learn. I have yet to see a Liberal correctly identify the different branches within Conservatism and get it right.

5)  If you believe in the People, support them whatever their decision.  History has a way of repeating itself.  Election 2000repeated Election 1960; Impeachment 1998 repeated Impeachment 1974.  The Republicans accepted and moved on, Democrats never did.  The 60% of the populace who don't do this daily, looked, shrugged their shoulders and accepted the decisions.  Democrats never did.   Look at Prop. 8. the people made a choice and the Left tries to overturn rather then convince MORE of the populace why their side is correct.  Nope, the people are stupid according to the Left.  Have you ever noticed the Left NEVER tries to convince people?  Just calls them names.  The Race card is now a Dead Parrot
6) Live by your own rules. If you believe that Government needs more tax Money, open up your wallet and give. If you beleieve in Global Warming, don't drive a car or live near the beach. If you want civility done to your people, show it when your side is not in power. It ain't rocket science, but no Leftie can figure this out.

7) Finally, do not mock those who are involved. The Americans interested in politics are interested in the health and well-being of it. Former Governor Palin, Vice President Cheney and Former President George W. Bush all have their reasons mocked. Their supporters are mocked. Why should anyone reach out if they are being mocked?

Read all of that, I follow those rules myself. 

Between trying to be honorable, being duly affected on many levels on the Gifford shooting, my emotions got the better of me.  I pulled back -- but Douglas Day can continue living in White Hot Hate and gets away with it.  People who began demonizing the Tea Partiers and Palin got away with it.

The shooter was wrong, the demonization is wrong.  I say that easily as a partisan, why can't those who venture onto my world say the same thing?

The other parts will arrive as I'm ready to deal with them.

Thanks to all who helped me, and saw my pain and understood it, during this time. 

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Intermission Ends

I have a lot to write tomorrow, it will start from this post.  The next few posts will continue in the same vein.

From the disappearance of the last post, dancing in Ruin Hollywood, my personal Code of Honor, from my face book to the disgusting Arizona shooting of Rep. Gifford and the subsequent demonization of  Palin, all will be discussed.  If I cannot say it here, what is the worth of the Valley? 

Honor, politics and Friendship -- I have a lot to say, I will not be silenced.

Before we get deep, here are some tunes I've been playing over and over again since last Saturday Night:

Peter Gabriel, I Grieve

Depeche Mode, People are People;

Faithless, Mass Destruction;

Tangerine Dream, Running out of Time (From the Miracle Mile Soundtrack)

Brenden Perry (formerly of Dead can Dance), Utopia;
(I always dance to this -- Hat Tip to Carrie whom I danced with at Ruin on this)

My question: What songs get you through hard times?

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Thursday, January 06, 2011

The 112th Congress First Day -- The House

Had there been a few more voters supporting the Republican Candidates in the Southland, I would be in DC .

Yesterday, Minority leader Boehner became Speaker Boehner and Speaker Pelosi became Minority Leader Pelosi. 

Here s the video of the changeover and the transcripts (Speaker Boehner; Minority Leader Pelosi)

And here is the US Constituion being read on the House Floor today.

Compare how Minority Leader Boehner gave the gavel to Speaker Pelosi in 2007:

Here is something the Left, the Liberals and the Democrats don't get -- we on the Right are civil, but we're not the ones interrupting Convention speeches or committee hearings. 

However, it looks like the Right will rise, our bench is younger then the Left's bench.  Seriously, if your last Ways and Means Chairman is 80 effing years old, good luck explaining the technological economy. 

Next up: The Senate!

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Monday, January 03, 2011

Best Posts of 2010

Before Congress reconvenes, before the political ball bounces across the policy court, now is the time for all good Bloggers to tell of their greatest hits of 2010.....Or at least, that's what I'm going to do.

Last year started off with a Bang! by having the first of many Instalanches and ending with a The Other McCain linkage leading into the New Year.

So, right now, the Valley offers a trip into the Wayback Machine (or a TARDIS) into the best posts of 2010!  If there is an (I) next to the post, that means it was instalanched.

20. Friends over Party Labels -- This post stopped the New York City News Media from harassing my friend Alexandra and her Dad, my former mentor when I was a Democrat.  The Valley wins.

19.  Life, Imitating Southland Tales --  As the argument over Net Neutrality goes forward, it was Director Richard Kelly who predicted the future. 

18.  A Bipartisan Post.... -- This post shows the difference between the partisan and the ideologue.  The partisan shows respect for the President whomever is in office; The ideologue cannot repeat this post when the positions are reversed.  Game, set, match.

16. Senator Brown (R-MA) wins!  -- And I make an early predictions for 2010 and 2012.  The Tea Party birthed it's first victory.

15. The Chilean Miner Rescue -- A happy post.  G-d bless those miners. 

14. America is not Weimar... -- Teaching Democrats opposition to President Obama does not mean Hitler is going to rise in America (You, on the Left, have been saying that since 1964, give it up already!).
      14a. Situational Ethics by the Left on two Coasts -- Continuing the lesson of the Liberals not believing what they shout from the rooftops.  Remember to the Left, Palin is more evil then President Ahmadinijad. 

13.  Spies and Goths; Missile from Mu -- Goths, spies, HP Lovecraft, and the mysterious missile off the coast.  The Light and Dark intertwined. 

12. Bloggers vs. Establishment GOP or Bloggers AS Establishment GOP (i) -- With a touch of Gothiness too!  Keep your eye on this post.  We'll see if JSF starts work for the CRP soon....
       12a. Tribute to Pamela Geller;
The subsection of people, great and small in the Blogosphere.  (of course, with links).

11.  Winning in Los Angeles (1,  2 3)  and the Obamajam in Los Angeles - The first bits are for a book. I was on the ground for the Obamajam in Los Angeles, it was my story that was heard.  To be continued...

10.  Sun Tzu on the Southland Fundraiser and National Elections -- Sun Tzu is a great strategist.  Here are two posts proving that point.
          10a. How the CRP can learn from my friend Charly, and her band, Many of Odd Nature;
          10b. How the RNC should do business;
          10c. The End of the Southland Fundraiser

9.  Fisking 60 Minutes 2010 (1,  2,  3,  45,  6,  7,   8,  9,  101112)
 Keeping on eye on the eye because no one else will!

       9a.   Joe Klein and the idiocy of arrogance(i);
       9b.  Fareed Zakharia, Andrew Sullivan and Helen Thomas are the same;
       9c.  Why Ezra Klein belongs in jail;

 8.  President Obama, his lack of understanding of the Right and FY2011 (i)
      8a.  President Obama's lack of "Grey Men," ;
      8b.  The US Government is fine -- it's the Left that cannot Govern;
      8c.  Senator Obama would not support President Obama;
      8d.  The cries of Civility by Democrats are years late.
      8e.  Rep Rostonkowski and the Old School (i)

7.  Environmentalists = No Jobs

6.  Endorsing Steve Poizner and Carly Fiorina

5.  Zombie Voters ,Vampire attacks and the Greatest 

4.  Why Governor Palin, not Governor Romney will win 2012;

3.  How LADWP will help bring Los Angeles into Republicans hands

2.  Late Night Words of Wisdom at a Goth Club at 3 AM

and finally:

1.  The First Annual Golden Bear and Rotten Orange Awards for LA and CA GOP players

And what do we have to look forward to in 2011? 

My article in the American Spectator is coming up in February, and possibly a job with the CRP.  The valley will be on top of those things.

Also, I will promote my friends bands and will popularize the artiste Lenora Claire

Why? Because I can.

My question: What were your favorite posts of last year?

And finally a great hits mix here:

AFI's  100 Great Movie Quotes (Intro)

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