The Naked Emperor

30 August 2008

Moses Called

Just a brief note since darkness has stopped my preparations for Gustav.

It seems I'm wasting my time. The Obama called Nagin earlier today (they exchanged private phone numbers!! OOOOOH!), and assured Nagin that New Orleans would be alright. Since He has the power to stop the seas from rising, I guess the storm surge will spare the city. But since I live north of the Chocolate City, maybe we should prepare after all.

I was outside working when Nagin announced this. And I need to explain a bit.

Thenakedempress proudly voted for Clinton twice. And Gore. And she is much less given to obscene invective than I.

When she came out to tell me about this, her language startled me. Her words: "How can The One assure anything? He's just a fucking Senator!"

I was so proud to witness the birth of another Libertarian.

Remember, The One's holy word came after we'd heard the former DNC chair laughing about our impending troubles, and saying that our possible doom was proof that "God is on our side after all".

So much for Democrats caring about the common voter.

Between today's BS, and The One's speech promising to be all things to all genders, thenakedempress is now a confirmed McCain voter.

As for me, I have been, and am, a reluctant McCain voter. But after this, I will never vote for a Democrat again. I'd sooner vote for an honest communist than a lying democrat who is gleeful over the devastation of my home, my parish, my state. This shows me that they privately were thrilled with the outcome of 9/11. All I can see is the democrats as the celebrating Palestinians on that day.

Dear Deamocrats - Fuck Off.


28 August 2008

Our Brother's Keeper

This is Obama's example of being his brother's keeper:

Save me now.

The American Caesar

This is the speech I want to see given at the Republican Convention next week:

Friends, Americans, Countrymen, lend me your ears; I come tonight to discuss Senator Obama, not to praise him. I have witnessed the victorious Senator in his classic triumph at his Roman Forum in Denver. I choose to answer in kind.

The evil that candidates do lives after them; the good is oft ended with their race. So let it be with Obama. Many have told you Obama is ambitious; If so, it is a grievous fault. And the electorate shall grievously make him answer it.

Yet we are told Obama is an “honorable” man.

He hath brought much cash back to his freinds in Chicago. Yet Obama is an honorable man.

He has long histories of friendship with unrepentant racists and domestic terrorists. Yet Obama is an honorable man.

He wishes to place your children in involuntary servitude, called “mandatory volunteerism”. Yet Obama is an honorable man.

He thinketh that unions and bureaucrats are more capable than you at deciding where your children should go to school. Yet Obama is an honorable man.

He says it is acceptable to slaughter children at anytime up to and including birth. Yet Obama is an honorable man.

He believeth that the rewards of hard work should go to his government, not to your children. Yet Obama is an honorable man.

He seeks to criminalize any dissent from his Almighty policies. He thinketh dissent is patriotic only if your dissent agrees with the One. Yet Obama is an honorable man.

He believeth that America is not a voice or force for freedom, merely another agressor nation. Yet Obama is an honorable man.

He sayeth our noble fighting men and women intentionally target civilians. Yet Obama is an honorable man.

He wisheth to retreat rather than stand up to agression. Yet Obama is an honorable man.

He refuseth to wear a flag, or salute the flag, or to visit our injured warriors, our sons and daughters. Yet Obama is an honorable man.

He thinketh the opinions of the rest of the world matter more than the voters, his voters, here in America. Yet Obama is an honorable man.

He believeth all the good in America has come from government , none from honest, hard working Americans in the private sector. Yet Obama is an honorable man.

He thinketh the answer to any problem is a new tax or a higher tax on working Americans. Yet Obama is an honorable man.

He believeth the only decision we citizens of America are qualified to make without government oversight is between Merlot and Chardonnay. Yet Obama is an honorable man.

What cause withholds you, then, from voting for the Annointed One, The Obama? Could it be that most gracious gift from above, love, including love of country? Or the next greatest gift, the gift of reason?

Although I fear the retribution of that “honorable” man, as for me, my heart is in the race for McCain.


09 August 2008

Unconventional Wisdom

OK, so I've been MIA. So what? You get what you paid for, right?

I won't rattle on about "ridin the Silky Pony", or Georgia/Russia, or even about the horrors of the Tangipahoa Animal Controls mass euthanasia.

Tonight, I want to be presidential.

Right now, the "conventional wisdom" is that the race is Obama's to lose. But I disagree.

I think it's McCain's to lose.

Let me explain.

First of a funny thing happened on the way to the coronation. Clinton's that is. Yes, the voters want something different, "change". But more than that they're fed up. They're mad as hell, and they're not going to take it anymore. (Apologies to Albert Brooks.)

We voters are sick and tired of being told what we're going to do by a bunch of elitists who know about as much about average American life as a fish knows about bicycles.

The Democrat voters didn't like being told of the "inevitability" of Sen. Clinton, and have instead picked the most unlikely potential nominee just out of sheer cussedness.

So we got Sen. Obama. And what did he immediately do? Start acting like he's already president, awaiting HIS coronation. BAAAD move, democrats.

First off, they left a pile of pissed off Clinton supporters in their wake. Remember that those you pass on the way to the top will likely see you again on your way down.

Second, it's not just democrats who are mad. Independents, republicans, and even us libertarians are a bit peeved with politics as usual. See Congressional approval rates for proof.

So when Obama presents himself as inevitable, we react like many of you did for Clinton. When told "you must..." our response is "like hell we do".

So, in a year when every fundamental favors democrats, Obama only led by a handful of points. Then he paraded His Imperial Inevitability (HII) on an overseas trip, and his lead disappeared. Surprisingly, McCain is about even.

But what does the future hold?

The Democratic Convention is just around the corner. Normally, these things are just four day infomercials for the candidate.

But those pissed off Clinton supporters that HII treated so badly, with racist accusations and suchlike, will be there. For the first time in many elections, it could come to a floor fight.

Clinton supporters feel, like many, that the media is in the tank for Obama. They know that events which would normally be covered might end up on the cutting room floor. Unless, of course, such event is so dramatic that it MUST be covered. There may be something big happening in the convention hall. And that would be good for McCain.

Outside, the above average number of demonstrators face the same media dilemma. They too, must be overly dramatic. Some want to recreate 1968, some openly talk of violence. This plays well to get media coverage, but will definitely cause moderates, independents and rural voters to shift away from Obama to McCain.

OK, I predict no real post convention bounce for HII. Maybe a week. But it's also possible he could fall some after. That would have McCain leading going into his convention, a highly unusual situation.

The republican convention should proceed smoothly inside, perhaps contrasting with a turbulent democrat one. TV viewers will be more inclined to vote for smooth running government over turmoil. Outside? After the democrat convention, the protesters will be east to paint as quacks and loons. Give them rope, they'll hang themselves politically.

With a republican post convention bounce, McCain will be leading not only popularly, but also electorally. Blue collar Michigan, Indiana, and especially Ohio will turn red, not wanting to be associated with the excesses seen on TV.

As Obama trails, his first, and most likely attack is racism. Not really McCain of course, but his staff, PR, and most importantly his voters. But that card has been played already, and he'll sound like the little Senator who cried Wolf.

Also, accusing voters of heinous things that they're NOT guilty of is not a good way to persuade them.

Then come the debates. Obama didn't do particularly well there in the primaries. He can deliver a really good prepared speech, but ain't worth a tinkers damn unscripted. That's why he wont do townhall meeting with McCain. Look for McCain to do well.

If McCain doesn't do something to blow it, I'm thinking he'll get about around 290 electoral votes.

And if I'm right, I look for news agencies to call me and pay a lot for face time since I was the first to call it. Righhhhht!


23 June 2008

The Technicolor Candidate

OK, the preemptive race card has been played.

On Friday, Barak Obama said "They’re going to try to make you afraid of me. He’s young and inexperienced and he’s got a funny name. And did I mention he’s black?”

So, if you decide to vote for anyone else, you're a racist.

As I said a couple of days ago, I'm going to very reluctantly vote for McCain, so I guess this applies to me.

But how?

OK, so he's black. But according to the environmentalists, he's also very green. And his handlers would have you believe that Obama's past is as pure white as the driven snow. When he's talked about international affairs, Obama occasionally tries to prove he's not yellow. A couple of his associates used to be, and some think still are, very red. Obama's economics also seem to drive me into the, and make me see, red. He's supported by Code Pink. All of this makes me rather blue.

Frankly, Obama's more colors than my first box of Crayons. Hell that's more colors than my first computer had.

And if I'm racist which one of his colors am I alleged to be opposed to?

For me, it's the yellow, red, green and pink that frighten me. Those colors are an ugly combo. That's why I don't golf, so I won't have to wear pants with that combo.

The yellow/red/green/pink combo is so objectionable that I wouldn't ever vote for him if he bled purple and gold (Geaux Tigers!)

If this has convinced you, orange you glad you read it? And if not, I'm sorry I blue it.


21 June 2008

Delightful Failure

OK, I've tried writing three different blogs today, and got nothing. They were preachy, and about as funny as used Depends. I wanted to write something about the environment, but kept failing.

Recently, I've become quite the fan of Theo Spark's posts over at Last of the Few. He had posted a few videos by Jeremy Clarkson, Brit auto critic. Clarkson's documentaries about Brunel and the St. Nazaire Raid are very well done. But his best is his biting wit about cars. I saw the following video, and realized that I could never be so eloquent. Tonight, Clarkson speaks for me.


UPDATE - Holy Poop, one case of writers block, and one smartass comment on Pajamas Media, and the hit counters go WILD!!

19 June 2008

2008, Straight Up with a Twist

We are now well and truly into the 2008 Presidential election. And I'm depressed.

We're down to only two candidates who will be our next President. I'm not going to talk about the third party candidates, except to bring to your attention one statistic. 3 of 4 people with severe mental disorders are living below the poverty line. The other 1 of 4 is apparently running for national office. Bob Barr? Cynthia McKinney? Nader? If any of these clowns get in, either they must be medicated, or we will.

So I have to pick one of the two major party candidates. Damn.

Back in college, "major party" was sooo much more fun.

We have McCain. OK, I admire his military service and his determination. And I think he's right on the war. But he's bought into the "man-made global warming" kool-aid despite logic, reason, and oh, scientific evidence.

He thinks we should reward illegals for breaking the law. (What's next, free gas for DUI's?) His ethics have been questionable at best.

He may not be the candidate from hell, but damn close. Maybe the candidate from Newark. The only way I'll vote for him is if he's up against the candidate from hell.

Which brings us to Obama. Charismatic, but pretty much a standard Chicago/Daly machine politician.

Don't get me wrong, I like Chicago politics. Growing up in New Orleans, we all knew we had a lot of Zombie voters. The undead vote early and often. And Chicago is about the only place that's worse. Our only sense of pride in Louisiana elections was "At least we're not as bad as Chicago.

Obama changes positions more often than most folks change socks. And it's our fault if we think he's lying, it's just that us rubes don't understand "Nuance". Sorry, Senator. But I calls 'em as I sees 'em. "Nuance" sounds like a sophisticated way to say "I'm full of shit".

And those positions he's firm on are pretty much failed things from the past. Windfall profits tax? Tried that, failed utterly. Made things worse. Surrender to terrorists? We first tried that in the 1790's with, dare I say, Muslim terrorists and kidnappers. Led to the Tripolitan war, 1801-1804. We kicked the muslims ass, and they left us alone for a while. See Marine Hymn, "Shores of Tripoli", Battle of Derna, etc.

Tax our way to prosperity? Done that. Give the Europeans veto over how we lead our lives? Did that for a couple of hundred years. It seems Americans chafed at that, and defeated the worlds only superpower. Little thing called the American Revolution. Look it up sometime, should be in a grammar school history book.

And he has so little experience, he may actually believe his own PR.

OK, O'bama IS the candidate from hell. So I'll reluctantly pull the lever for McCain. but I'll hold my nose while doing it, and wash well immediately afterward.

Right now O'bama seems to be leading. Why?

Well the American voters are "pleading for change".

Pardon me, but I must have missed a memo.

Just when did the American People go from being proudly self reliant to unwashed downtrodden, holding a tin cup and pleading for change?

And if We as a People did, I can assure you that I, and most of my neighbors have not. I am no beggar asking my betters for alms. Besides, I hate metallic stemware.

No, I am a Man. I rely on my own abilities. I worked my arse off to get an education, when almost all my family and friends thought I couldn't do it. Sure, I was helped by a few great professors, vets, and encouraging friends. And I got loans to pay for it, I'm still paying for it.

Crime? I have a concealed handgun permit, and will carry if the situation requires. And shoot as needed. The bad guys may kill me, but they'll know they've been in a fight. I'll call the cops as soon as it's over.

Health Care? I've had my own health insurance since '91. I pay for it, myself. I made the CHOICE to have coverage. I didn't sit around and whine for it.

"But the cost!" I hear you cry. That's why I got an education. So I could earn enough, not "be given" enough, but earn enough to take care of my family.

Taxes? I play by the rules, pay what they say I owe so Big Government goons won't ckuck me in jail or take away my house. And I pay an accountant well to see that I don't have to pay more.

No, I take care of my family's needs. That's what a Man does.

I refuse to turn important decisions over to some Government bureaucrat to make for me. If I chose that route, at best I'd be some beggar boy in a government workhouse.

And I'm sure I'd be beaten for having a set of balls enough to say, politely, "Please Sir, Can I have some more?"

With apologies to Dickens and Oliver Twist.


14 June 2008

A Saturday Night Treat

Well, if you've been keeping up with the surgery saga, all is well. But I've been housebound since Tuesday. The knee is feeling better than it did before the scope, but I'm still a bit leery of doing too much. Hell, I haven't even seen the PT yet.

And I've been behaving myself. Thenakedempress hasn't grabbed a weapon or my Vicodin, or even threatened to.

So it was time to reward her, and myself, and break my confinement.

So we went out to supper at La Carreta's in Amite.

(Click on pics to enlarge)

They have always had good food, and decent service.

But that wasn't the only reason. It was a pleasant summer evening, and we would dine outside. Why? Because Greg Hayden was playing on the patio.

While Greg does mostly original music, he does do the occasional cover. A Van Morrison, one Allman Bros. and a folk song I've only heard from Greg. And while Greg really seems to enjoy playing "Folsom Prison Blues", one of his younger fans couldn't help but dance to the Eagles "Peaceful Easy Feeling".

They also played most of their best, including "Leave It All Behind " from their "Directions" CD, and "Click Your Heels" from the upcoming CD. "Click Your Heels" is such an engaging song that I think I can now sing, well, mutilate the chorus along with the band, even though I've only heard it a couple of times. Sadly, I didn't get to hear one of my favorites, "Dignity".

Gradually the sun set. Good food, good company, and good music. That equals a great evening.

I strongly encourage you to get his CD, or, even better, go see Greg and the boys sometime.

The Naked Emperor

Unprotected Politics

Yesterday, those paragons of virtue, the UN Human Rights Council, said the Brits should "consider" scrapping the monarchy.

Amazingly, the Brits, arguably one of the most free peoples on the planet, have shown little inclination for this.

It seems that the Brit's UN critics know better.

Syria, who loves to support wanton murder and terrorism, and assassinates foreign leaders it disagrees with, says the UK is "discriminating" against muslims. Oh, just because they don't want to clean up any more bodies from a 7/7 attack repeat?

And Iran accused the Brits of "sexual discrimination". What, the same theocracy that preaches that women are second class and thinks sexual mutilation is acceptable? See the Koran and Haditha for further details.

Mostly Cajun had a good response here.

My own, southern American response? F&*K THAT!

And to translate for my Brit readers: Sod Off, UN!

Politics is a lot like sex.

If you have unprotected politics, you should at least know when to pull out.

The Naked Emperor