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April 17, 2009

Writing on the Wall for Dodd?

First quarter campaign donation reports are in, and while Connecticut's other senator, Chris Dodd, has nearly $1.4 million cash on hand, only $4,250 of that came from Connecticut donors - a whopping five (5!) people.

From the Connecticut Post:

The five-term incumbent reported raising just $4,250 from five Connecticut residents during the first three months of the year while raking in $604,745 from nearly 400 individuals living outside the state.

While incumbents often turn to special interests for early campaign fundraising, Dodd's out-of-state total seems unusually high and comes at a time when he has been plagued by poor approval ratings among state voters.

Plagued by poor approval ratings among state voters? That's an understatement. More:

Massie Ritsch, a spokesman for the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks federal campaign contributions, said Dodd's low percentage of in-state funding strikes him as unusual.

"Historically, there is no shortage of campaign money that comes out of Connecticut," he said. "In 2008, Connecticut ranked 14th, contributing $53 million to all federal candidates and parties." Ritsch also noted during his last re-election campaign Dodd, a Democrat, raised 30 percent from within Connecticut's borders.

The meager state fundraising effort also seems antithetical to a campaign strategy to rebuild confidence among Connecticut voters that he is on their side.

Now it's early days in the race for campaign cash, so there's always the possibility for the self-described former "dark horse" presidential candidate to come out from behind amongst his own constituents. But when a huge amount of your campaign dollars is coming from non-state residents, it's time to either rethink your strategy or rethink your candidacy. After all, a senator from Connecticut is supposed to represent Connecticut - not special interest groups and residents from other states who might be more interested in keeping a particular party in charge than keeping ethics and integrity intact.

Maybe Iowa is looking for a new senator. I hear Dodd likes it there.

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Vote for me - better yet, send me your money. Pretty please? With sugar on top?

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Posted by Pam Meister at 11:08 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0) | Connecticut Issues

April 16, 2009

Enemy of the State?

My latest over at American Thinker:

If you went to a tea party, you might be an enemy of the state. If you have a bumper sticker on your car that is unflattering to Obama, you might be an enemy of the state. (I find it particularly interesting that the post-racial president is now stoking the fires of racism in order to discredit his critics.) If you are concerned about the government's attempt to radically curb your Second Amendment rights - whether or not you own a gun - you might be an enemy of the state. If you want to revive the true meaning of the Tenth Amendment, you too might be an enemy of the state.

Read it all here.

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Posted by Pam Meister at 09:10 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0) | American Thinker

April 08, 2009

Criticizing Obama's Bow is Not Out of Bounds

This post courtesy of husband-dude:

Recently I wrote an article for FSM called "...for no Earthly King" where I took exception to Barack Obama's uncalled for bow to the Saudi King.

Other conservative bloggers, who will remain nameless (and linkless), take exception to this interpretation. They've pointed out, and posted for example, a picture of former President Bush bowing to receive a medal from the Saudis a while back. This is used as "equivalence" and any reaction to Obama's bow is merely "Obama Derangement Syndrome."

First off, I personally do not think the President of the United States should be receiving awards and medals from any other country. This also applies to cabinet members or elected officials - for example, I do not think Caspar Weinberger should have accepted an honorary knighthood for example for his "services" to England back in 1988.

In both cases however, these were official ceremonies with a defined protocol whether we liked them or not.

Obama's bow to the Saudi King was not part of any official ceremony. There was no protocol being observed. The moment was unscripted and done at Barack Obama's initiative. There was no reciprocity returned. George Bush bowed to receive a medal during the course of a ceremony, Barack Obama bowed because he felt like it.

There's a difference. Pointing out the body language used and its context is not "Obama Derangement Syndrome."

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What's not to criticize?

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Posted by Pam Meister at 03:29 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0) | Our Marxist State

April 07, 2009

Google and Yahoo Blocking Sites Showing Obama Bowing to Saudi King?

Not that this site gets oodles of traffic anyway, but there are reports that sites that feature the photo of Obama bowing to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia - a major breach of protocol and a major breach of taste - are being blocked by Yahoo and Google. This came in an e-mail - please note that I have no official confirmation, but it wouldn't surprise me in the least:

Google and Yahoo apparently have censured access to WND.com and to a number of blogs where the ignominy was being shown. Save the pictures and the video shown in the American Thinker article, before the Obamista "Civilian National Security Force", embodied in this case by Google and Yahoo, censures it. Remember that the might of Lenin's Cheka and Hitler's Gestapo resided in great part in the hordes of civilian informants and collaborators that supported them.

And of course, the MSM is in full spin mode.

Funny, isn't it, that Obama bowed to the Saudi king, head of a police state that continues the despicable act of slavery and treats women as less than chattel, but didn't make the same mistake with Queen Elizabeth? Hmmm... Cliff Thier has more on the bowing phenomenon and what it portends for American/Middle East relations.

Enjoy the photo here; and be sure to download it yourself. Also, if you can, download the video (found at Michelle Malkin's site). And while you're at it, read this.

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"We are not worthy!"

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Posted by Pam Meister at 08:33 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0) | Our Marxist State

'Obamunism - Through the Eyes of a Child'

Great post over at Big Lizards about the phenomenon of The One and his disturbingly naive worldview. Here's a snippet:

That is, if America weakens itself by unilaterally dumping its nuclear weapons, then other nations will feel more empowered to aggressively enforce already existing sanctions against rogue nations. But why? By definition, "already existing sanctions" already exist; if our allies are not willing to enforce them now, why would they be more willing if we become weaker? Does Obama truly believe that the world defies us because we're too powerful? Does he believe that we're evil, imperialist warmongers oppressing the world, causing them to resist us the way that the Jedi knights resisted the imperial storm troopers of Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader?

This is magical thinking at its most emblematic: There is no obvious connection between the United States eliminating its nuclear arsenal and Pakistan following suit -- the latter is far more concerned about India (and vice versa) than about us -- or North Korea and Iran abandoning their own nuke hunt; they see nuclear weapons as their route to power in their own regions or protection against their own enemies. It's silly storytelling, jaw-dropping narcissism, and childish "wishing on a star" to imagine that every other country in the world that has or wants nuclear weapons is only driven by fear of America's nuclear arsenal.

Be sure to read it all - this guy has nailed it.

On a tip from husband-dude.

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Posted by Pam Meister at 08:08 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0) | Our Marxist State

April 06, 2009

Obama and Arrogance

Last Friday, President Obama said America has been "arrogant" in its dealings with other nations around the world - we have failed to recognize Europe's leadership, blah blah blah.

Leftists in Europe and leftists at home must be gloating with glee: an American president "admits" to the stereotype of the ugly American.

Hearing the audio, my blood was boiling. How dare the man who was elected to represent us call us "arrogant?" Our troops are stationed all over the world, in Japan, Germany, South Korea, etc., protecting their sorry asses from aggression. Whenever there's a flood, hurricane, earthquake, or other natural disaster, who sends the most money and other humanitarian aid (and gets criticized when we don't act fast enough for the recipients' liking)? Who stepped in during two World Wars to keep Europe from imploding? Which nation on earth is the biggest magnet for immigrants desperate for a better life? Who spends big bucks on military security in Europe so they can spend their own money on failing cradle to grave social programs?

He bows to the Saudi king, cozies up to the Russians, and tells the rest of the world we're a bunch of contemptuous losers. If we're such a sorry lot, why did he want to be our president?

And for all his sucking up and Bush bashing, what does it get him? Nada, zip, zilch. Because as much as they despise us, the world expects us to continue to do all of the heavy lifting. And we have a president who is not a leader, but a bower and scraper who wants to be part of the global in-crowd rather than a proud President of the United States. And, he wants to spend us into oblivion while he's at it.

It's going to be a very long four years.

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"Oh goodie, I'm destroying America!"


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April 02, 2009

Dodd Continues Freefall in the Polls

So confident was he that he could win the Democrat nomination for president in 2008, he moved his family to Iowa before that state's caucus to suck up to the locals. Looks like he should have stayed at home to suck up to us:

Connecticut Sen. Christopher Dodd trails former U.S. Rep. Rob Simmons, a possible Republican challenger, 50 - 34 percent in the 2010 Senate race, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today, as voters disapprove 58 - 33 percent of the job the Democratic incumbent is doing, his lowest approval rating ever.

Matched against two other possible Republican challengers, Sen. Dodd trails both State Sen. Sam Caligiuri 41 - 37 percent and former ambassador Tom Foley 43 - 35 percent, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

In the Dodd-Simmons matchup, Democrats back Dodd by only 58 - 27 percent while Simmons leads 87 - 6 percent among Republicans and 56 - 25 percent among independent voters.

The incumbent's approval is down from 49 - 44 percent March 10.

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A total of 35 percent of voters say they definitely or probably will vote for Dodd for reelection next year, while 59 percent say they probably won't or definitely won't vote for him.

The number of indpendents who would vote for "the other guy" is significant, because Connecticut has more independent voters than either Democrats or Republicans (the following statistics are from November 2008):

The total number of registered voters in Connecticut is 2,097,635. The largest group of registered voters in Connecticut is unaffiliated, accounting for 883,274 voters. There are 779,784 registered Democrats and 427,020 registered Republicans.

Sure, it's possible that Dodd could rebound, but it's also possible that he won't. Rob Simmons has a chance to get more than just a foot in the door, and if he's savvy, he'll take his chance.

From what I hear, Simmons leans to the left socially - which doesn't thrill me - but if he can oust Chris "Special Interest" Dodd, then more power to him.

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Who's in the doghouse?

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Posted by Pam Meister at 09:00 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0) | Connecticut Issues

Gordon Brown is Right Obama Has Changed America

My latest at FSM today:

Despite being treated like a poor relation by Barack Obama when he visited the U.S. in early March, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown had nothing but wonderful things to say about our president when he arrived in London for the much ballyhooed G-20 summit:

"President Obama, you have given renewed hope not only to the citizens of the United States of America, but to all citizens in all part of the world. And I want to thank you for your leadership, your vision and your courage, which you've already shown in your presidency, and congratulate you on the dynamism, the energy and, indeed, the achievements that you have been responsible for.

"Your first 70 days in office have changed America, and you've changed America's relationship with the world. So I thank you for coming to our country and I hope you will enjoy your visit with us."

I suppose it was a little too much to expect a committed leftist to criticize a fellow traveler, even when Obamas apparent disinterest in the protocol surrounding Browns visit to the White House made Brown look foolish in the eyes of the world.

Read the rest here.

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