Posted by: reddiva | April 6, 2010

Potpourri for Tuesday


7 – 7 – 27 – 24

Jerry Sabato’s Crystal Ball has an interesting grouping of numbers on the right side bar.  His current projections for GOP pick-ups in the mid-term elections in November give the Republicans seven new seats each in the Senate and Governorships and 27 in the House.

Market Watch has this interesting quote:

The Republicans have history on their side. The party that controls the White House almost always loses seats in the midterm election. Over the past 65 years, the president’s party has lost an average of 24 House seats in the midterm elections. The president’s party has gained seats in only two of 16 midterm elections since the war.

Well, as you might guess, I have an opinion on this as well.  Thirty-six of the one hundred Senate seats are up for grabs.  All 435 seats in the House of Representatives must be filled.  What that tells me is that there is a possibility for 36 new Republican faces in the Senate and 434 new faces in the House of Representatives.

In case you’re wondering, the Representative from TX-1, Louie Gohmert, will be overwhelmingly re-elected.  I know that because that is my district, and I know who is running against him.  Gohmert’s opponent has the same chance as a snowball existing in hell for 30 minutes.

Naturally because I think there are still some Kool-aid drinkers out there, I don’t expect all of the seats to be filled with Republicans, but it would be nice, wouldn’t it?  Especially if they are all CONSERVATIVE Republicans!

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Brave Dude

Did you see where Eddie Burke, an obviously Conservative talk-radio show host in Alaska, is running for Alaska Lieutenant Governor?  Isn’t that terrific?  Another fine example of normal everyday conservative citizens standing up to say, “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it any more!”  Good for you, Eddie.  I wish you much success in this new adventure.

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3-2-1 Liftoff!

STS 131 launched successfully early Monday morning on its way to the International Space Station.  There is a glitch of some sort with the Ku-band antenna, so live transmissions from on-board Space Shuttle Discovery will be severely limited.  I’ll still be watching my NASA TV channel because if nothing else, the views from the ISS of Earth and the shuttle as it approaches will be worth the view.

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I like this man!

Sheriff Joe’s latest inventive idea for saving a little money while providing valuable instruction to prisoners is a good one.  Want to watch tv?  Okay, fine, hit the stationery bike.

PHOENIXMaricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has started a program he calls “Pedal Vision,” in which inmates pedal stationary bikes to generate electricity for television sets. The bikes are customized to turn on connected TV sets once inmates at Phoenix‘s Tent City Jail pedal enough to generate 12 volts of electricity. An hour of pedaling equals an hour of television.

Arpaio said inmates only will be able to watch television if they choose to pedal.

He said he started the program with female inmates because they seemed more receptive.

Arpaio said the only exercise female inmates have been getting is speed-walking around the tent yard.  He said Pedal Vision gives them a reason to get moving and a way to burn calories.

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His Closest Friends

What may be the most impressive news item I picked up yesterday comes from Nevada.  Have I made it clear to you in times past that Harry Reid is not even my LEAST favorite person?

First there is this item from The Las Vegas Review-Journal about the kick-off for his two-week re-election campaign in his hometown of Searchlight. (emphasis mine)

U.S. Sen. Harry Reid launched his re-election campaign Monday with a sentimental send-off from his hometown of Searchlight, cheered on by more than 100 close supporters.

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Reid dismissed polls that show him running behind his top potential Republican opponents seven months before Election Day. He said the early opinion surveys are not relevant because they are one-on-one matchups while there will be more than a half-dozen candidates on the ballot in November, including Reid, the GOP nominee, several nonpartisan contenders, and one each from the Independent American Party and the Tea Party of Nevada if Scott Ashjian stays in the race.

“I’m not a big poll guy,” Reid said, dismissing surveys with a wave of his hand. “Everyone who knows me knows I have never paid attention to polls. The only poll that matters is the one on Election Day.”

What about Tea Party conservatives who converged with up to 10,000 people in Searchlight on March 27 in the largest political protest rally in Nevada history with the movement calling for Reid’s defeat?

Reid said he understands why some are angry at government and Washington during an economic recession that cost people jobs and sent the home foreclosure rates skyrocketing.

But he expressed confusion about what the Tea Party movement wants when its members call for more liberty and freedom and cite the Constitution in denouncing what they see as an expansion of the federal government, including with health care reform.

“The people who are really upset don’t really know why they’re upset,” Reid said.

“What do they mean?” Reid said he wonders when they call for more liberty and freedom. “I’m happy to talk about issues.”

Well, now.  Isn’t that amazing?  I could have sworn that liberty and freedom ARE the issues, Harry!

No doubt you’ll remember the crowd estimated at between 8,000 and 10,000 people in Searchlight, Nevada, just a week or so ago.  Math was never my strong subject, but I think 100 “close supporters” fall just a hair short of 8,000 serious protestors in opposition.

The headline in the Las Vegas Sun of March 27, reads “Sarah Palin rallies thousands in Harry Reid’s hometown.”

And what did Harry have to say about it? “”I’m happy so many people came to see my hometown of Searchlight and spend their out-of-state money, especially in these tough economic times,” Reid said.  “This election will be decided by Nevadans, not people from other states who parachuted in for one day to have a tea party.”

I guess the part he missed is that the garbage he and his partners in crime are dishing out from Washington, DC affects the entire United States – not just Nevada.  Does he really expect Americans from other states not to show up to support our fellow citizens from Nevada?

Say good night, Harry!

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