The Parable Of The Shot TV

Did you know that if you voted for Bristol Palin on Dancing With the Stars, you helped to improve the economy?

It’s true.

As she progressed week after week in the contest, people became further and further incensed at her. Enough to where one Steven Cowan picked up his gun and shot his TV.

You might think that he might be a little off his rocker. He may have misread his medication as “6 pills every 2 hours” instead of the other way around. He may have thought that it would have impressed Brook Burke. Who knows?

But here’s what I think happened. He was looking to stimulate the economy.

Really.

He went Elvis on the TV and ended up in a 15 hour stand off with the police. The police do not work for free. They’ll be getting extra pay in their checks for the overtime and hazard duty*. Then there is the cost for the courts and lawyers. Those attorneys need someway to pay for the big ad on the back of the phone book.

Not to mention that Cowan’s wife will buy a new TV. She’ll have more disposable income as well because she won’t be supporting his TV viewing habits. . . His diet of Natty Light. . . His PPV bill. . . This is the proverbial finding a dollar in the gutter for her. Maybe she can now afford a divorce attorney?

All because you voted for Bristol, the economy was stimulated.

With any luck, she will win. That means more TVs will be shot and more stimulus for the economy.

Or something.

*Not sure if police get hazard pay or not. But it sounded good for the posting so I left it in.

This Election Isn’t Over Yet

AKA, One Last Call For Ten Buck Friday.

Renee Ellmers still needs your help.

Noted choke-hold expert Bob Etheridge will not go faintly into the night after finding a couple of hundred ballots someplace. Etheridge’s “Get The Extreme Elderly Out To Vote” seems to be working better than expected.

The margin was close but enough for a decisive win for Ellmers. Until a “counting error” was found. If anymore votes are “found”, it trigger a recount by law. And the recount will go on and on until enough votes break for Bob “WWF” Etheridge.

Ellmers needs your support more than ever.

Election night, after the ten counties in my district had reported their votes, I led Bob Etheridge by 2,100 votes. (That number is crucial because under North Carolina law Congressman Etheridge is not entitled to an ‘automatic recount’ if he trails by more than 1% – or 1,888 votes.)

Then, yesterday afternoon – unexpectedly – the vote totals changed. The State Board of Elections reported my lead had dropped to 1,600 votes. Two hours later Bob Etheridge announced he intended to call for a recount.

As a result, last night my campaign began hiring attorneys – eleven attorneys in all. One in each county to monitor each recount and an attorney to work with the North Carolina State Board of Elections.

Right now, our best estimate of the minimum cost we face is $50,000. But, of course, my campaign spent every penny we had before the election.

Yesterday, we appealed to the National Republican Congressional Committee for support, asking if they could contribute to help pay the costs of this recount. Their answer, unfortunately, was, No – that we would have to raise the money to pay for the recount ourselves.

I was afraid that would be their answer. Months ago, I went to Washington and asked the National Republican Congressional Committee and many conservative leaders to help my campaign. Many conservative groups – like the Susan B. Anthony List, Concerned Women of America, Freedom Works, and Sarah Palin’s Sarah PAC all helped, but the NRCC declined. Later, they did support other campaigns in North Carolina – which, unfortunately, lost – but we never received their support. In fact, their spokesman told the press “that the campaign wasn’t ready for prime time” – which actually made it even harder for us to raise money. So, I am doubtful we will get support from the NRCC to help with the expense of the recount.

Since that time, the NRCC has finally done their part for this “Not Ready For Prime Time” candidate who happened to win her election. They did the job they are supposed to do.

Back to Ten Buck Friday.

It was an amazingly simple concept that many blogs picked up on in the run up to the general election. At the end of each workweek, take 10 bucks (or 20 or 30 or whatever amount you wanted to use) and donate it. Instead of dinner for four at Pizza Hut, you could have bought a take and bake pizza and a bottle of soda and sent the price difference to the candidate of your choice. It’s that easy.

So here is the scoop. I already donated to Renee’s recount fund. And between all of the blogs I contribute to:

Out of those five blogs, surely there is a readership of more than a hundred people on any one day. And if those 100 readers could donate 10 bucks each, it would make it an easy grand in her bank. If it helps, I already donated $25 bucks this morning.

I don’t make this bleg (blog beg) lightly. And I’m not saying that Bob “Five Martini Breakfast” Etheridge is out to steal this election. But I’m not not saying it either. And by steal I mean that liberals mean to render you mute on how you want this country to be ran. Don’t let them steal your voice and your vote. Speak out today.

Thanks to Bob for some of the links and the reminder for Ten Buck Fridays.

The Power Of Your Vote

It may not seem like much but your vote is the single most powerful tool you have in helping to shape our nation. No other government is as beholding to the citizens than our country. All because of “One man, one vote.”

Which is why when groups like ACORN help to perpetrate voter fraud is really a literal threat at our government and way of life. When fraud happens, it takes away your vote. It’s not just one vote canceling out yours but it’s two votes, three votes or more votes from one person canceling out your voice.

And your vote isn’t just a vote. It’s your voice in saying how you want your government to be ran. There isn’t a monarch that a Prime Minister needs to kneel before, asking for permission on how to form the government. The vote is our single most important tool that we can use to help shape this Republic.

So when voter fraud happens, it’s not just canceling out your vote but its stealing your voice in how you want the country to be ran.

And it looks like it’s up to “We The People” to do something about it:

When Catherine Engelbrecht and her friends sat down and started talking politics several years ago, they soon agreed that talking wasn’t enough. They wanted to do more. So when the 2008 election came around, “about 50” of her friends volunteered to work at Houston’s polling places.

“What we saw shocked us,” she said. “There was no one checking IDs, judges would vote for people that asked for help. It was fraud, and we watched like deer in the headlights.”

Their shared experience, she says, created “True the Vote,” a citizen-based grassroots organization that began collecting publicly available voting data to prove that what they saw in their day at the polls was, indeed, happening — and that it was happening everywhere.
[. . .]
“The first thing we started to do was look at houses with more than six voters in them” Engelbrecht said, because those houses were the most likely to have fraudulent registrations attached to them. “Most voting districts had 1,800 if they were Republican and 2,400 of these houses if they were Democratic . . .

“But we came across one with 24,000, and that was where we started looking.”
[. . .]
The group called for help and quickly got 30 donated computers and “tens of thousands of hours” of volunteer work. And then the questions started to arise.

“Vacant lots had several voters registered on them. An eight-bed halfway house had more than 40 voters registered at its address,” Engelbrecht said. “We then decided to look at who was registering the voters.”
[. . .]
Most of the findings focused on a group called Houston Votes, a voter registration group headed by Sean Caddle, who also worked for the Service Employees International Union before coming to Houston. Among the findings were that only 1,793 of the 25,000 registrations the group submitted appeared to be valid.

Be sure to read the rest.

It shouldn’t be surprising. It’s the radical left who is pushing much of the voter fraud. They lie, cheat and steal in order to obtain power.

The “True The Vote” people helped to produce this video. Hopefully, more and more conservatives will take noticed and can take action in their own districts.

http://www.youtube.com/v/WTaQW4hLGWI?fs=1&hl=en_US

The Yardstick And The Tea Parties

Yeah, it’s old and Ace had it first but it’s still serves as a good illustration on what the Tea Party is upset about.

As much as I want to get snarky with this (John McClane called to say, “Welcome to the party, pal!”), I shouldn’t.

First, she’s completely right about the yardstick theory. The first time I read it, Eric Cantor popped into my head holding the yardstick at the 28 inch mark saying, “You need to thank me for this.”

Second, the former speechwriter for Ronald Reagan went googly eyed over Barack Obama in 08. Now, she might be coming around. It’s important to remind her when she’s right about something. Who knows, she might be right more often.

I see two central reasons for the tea party’s rise. The first is the yardstick, and the second is the clock. First, the yardstick. Imagine that over at the 36-inch end you’ve got pure liberal thinking—more and larger government programs, a bigger government that costs more in the many ways that cost can be calculated. Over at the other end you’ve got conservative thinking—a government that is growing smaller and less demanding and is less expensive. You assume that when the two major parties are negotiating bills in Washington, they sort of lay down the yardstick and begin negotiations at the 18-inch line. Each party pulls in the direction it wants, and the dominant party moves the government a few inches in their direction.

But if you look at the past half century or so you have to think: How come even when Republicans are in charge, even when they’re dominant, government has always gotten larger and more expensive? It’s always grown! It’s as if something inexorable in our political reality—with those who think in liberal terms dominating the establishment, the media, the academy—has always tilted the starting point in negotiations away from 18 inches, and always toward liberalism, toward the 36-inch point.

Democrats on the Hill or in the White House try to pull it up to 30, Republicans try to pull it back to 25. A deal is struck at 28. Washington Republicans call it victory: “Hey, it coulda been 29!” But regular conservative-minded or Republican voters see yet another loss. They could live with 18. They’d like eight. Instead it’s 28.