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Monday, October 20, 2014

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Carolina Panthers Vs Green Bay Packers

The 3-2-1 Panthers face the 4-2 Packers at Lambeau Field today.  Kickoff is 1:00 PM ET on Fox.

Readers of this blog are accustomed to seeing the mascots of each team depicted in front of an image of the stadium where the game is being played.  This was not possible this week.  Why?  Green Bay doesn’t have cheerleaders and it doesn’t have a mascot.  With that in mind, I decided to show a bulldog donning the world-famous Cheesehead Hat® since the two teams are going to fight like cats and dogs.

My “Angry Kitties” lead the NFC South.  Green Bay is currently tied for first place with the Lions in the NFC North.

Ever since Packers QB Aaron Rodgers told fans to R-E-L-A-X, the team has won three straight games.  The Panthers are struggling on both sides of the ball.  All the experts say today’s game is crucial to the NFC playoff picture.

I have been a Packers fan since 1965 when they defeated Johnny Unitas and the Baltimore Colts.  I have been a Packers fan since 1967 when they beat the Cowboys 21-17 in the legendary “Ice Bowl”.  I was cheering for Green Bay when Vince Lombardi was the team’s head coach and Bart Starr was their quarterback.

Today, I’m rooting for the Packers against my Angry Kitties.  The Panthers are celebrating their 20th year in the league.  The Packers have had my heart for 49 years.  I’m not a turncoat.  I’m not a traitor.  I am loyal and remember when football was played by honorable men.

GO PACKERS!

And because no football post is complete without pom-poms, here is a picture of Top Cat Samantha since Green Bay is too chilly for cheerleaders in skimpy outfits.


Saturday, October 18, 2014

White House Has No Interest In Travel Ban Despite Calls From Congress

Nearly 100 lawmakers favor placing travel restrictions on persons infected with Ebola in order to decrease the odds of entering the U.S.

At least 80 members of the House and 20 members of the Senate have said they favor banning flights that could carry passengers coming out of West Africa or temporarily rescind the visas of residents of Ebola stricken nations.

Nearly every African nation has instituted travel bans on West African countries with significant outbreaks but The World’s Most Dangerous Community Organizer won’t budge.
HOUSE REPUBLICANS IN FAVOR OF TRAVEL BAN
Alabama:  Bradley Byrne
Arizona:  Paul Gosar, Matt Salmon,
California:  Ed Royce, Gary Miller
Colorado:  Mike Coffman, Doug Lamborn,
Florida:  Curt Clawson, David Jolly, Bill Posey, Dennis Ross, Steve Southerland, Ted Yoho
Georgia: Paul Broun, Lynn Westmoreland
Idaho:  Raul Labrador
Illinois:  Rodney Davis, Peter Roskam
Indiana:  Susan Brooks, Jackie Walorski
Kansas:  Lynn Jenkins
Kentucky:  Andy Barr, Thomas Massie
Louisiana:  Charles Boustany, Steve Scalise
Maryland:  Andy Harris
Michigan:  Candice Miller
Mississippi:  Gregg Harper, Steven Palazzo
Missouri:  Ann Wagner 
Montana:  Steve Daines
Nebraska:  Adrian Smith, Lee Terry
New Jersey:  Scott Garrett, 
New York:  Michael Grimm, Pete King
North Carolina:  Richard Hudson, Mark Meadows, Robert Pittenger
Ohio:  John Boehner, Bob Gibbs, David Joyce, Steve Stivers
Oklahoma:  Tom Cole
Oregon:  Greg Walden 
Pennsylvania:  Lou Barletta, Mike Kelly, Tom Marino, Tim Murphy, Bill Shuster
South Carolina:  Jeff Duncan
Tennessee:  John Duncan, Stephen Fincher
Texas:  Joe Barton,  Kevin Brady, Michael Burgess, John Carter, John Culberson, Blake Farenthold, Louie Gohmert, Sam Johnson, Kenny Marchant, Michael McCaul, Randy Neugebaugher, Pete Olson, Pete Sessions, Lamar Smith, Steve Stockman, Roger Williams
Virginia:  Randy Forbes
HOUSE DEMOCRATS IN FAVOR OF TRAVEL BAN
Arizona:  Kyrsten Sinema
California:  Scott Peters
Florida:  Alan Grayson
Georgia:  John Barrow, David Scott
Iowa:  Dave Loebsack 
Minnesota:  Collin Peterson
West Virginia:  Nick Rahall
SENATE REPUBLICANS IN FAVOR OF TRAVEL BAN
Alabama:  Jeff Sessions 
Arkansas:  John Boozeman
Florida:  Marco Rubio
Georgia:  Saxby Chambliss, Johnny Isakson
Iowa:  Chuck Grassley
Kansas:  Pat Roberts
Kentucky:  Mitch McConnell
Louisiana:  David Vitter 
Missouri:  Roy Blunt 
Nebraska:  Mike Johanns
Ohio:  Rop Portman
Oklahoma:  James Inhofe
South Carolina:  Lindsey Graham 
South Dakota:  John Thune
Texas:  John Cornyn, Ted Cruz
Utah:  Orrin Hatch, Mike Lee
SENATE DEMOCRATS IN FAVOR OF TRAVEL BAN
Florida:  Bill Nelson
North Carolina:  Kay Hagan

14 States For Which No Elected Official Expressed Concern
Alaska
Connecticut
Delaware
Hawaii
Maine
Massachusetts
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Mexico
North Dakota
Rhode Island
Vermont
Washington
Wyoming

This past Friday, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said new “Ebola Czar” Ron Klain will report to former UN ambassador and current National Security Advisor Susan Rice.

As a reminder, Susan Rice is the woman who went on five Sunday talk shows to lie about a YouTube™ video being responsible for the 9/11 attack in Benghazi. She is also the same person who said alleged Army deserter and Taliban sympathizer Bowe Bergdahl served with honor and distinction.

Alabama Vs Texas A&M

I have missed the last two games Alabama has played.  The friend I was visiting while on a recent vacay abhors football.  Yours truly loves the game.  And when it comes to loving football, there is no greater love than that which The Crimson Tide imbues in me.

Today at 3:30 PM ET I will be “couch-gating” big time as my beloved Bama takes on the Texas A&M Aggies in Tuscaloosa at Bryant-Denny Stadium.  CBS will air the game.

The oddsmakers have Alabama as a 13.5-point favorite. 

Ole Whistlebritches is full of it over at SB Nation.  Saying “Dark times have fallen upon the Alabama Crimson Tide, whether the faithful and the coaching staff will admit it or not,” is sacrilege to this devout fan.

The Aggies are coming off a 35-20 defeat to Ole Miss at home. Alabama traveled to Arkansas and got a 14-13 victory over the Hogs.  No matter what naysayer Ole Whistlebritches may say Ala-by-God-bama is still in the thick of the playoff race.

QB Blake Sims is looking strong under center and the Aggies don’t have a certain arrogant SOB at quarterback this year.  We’ve got TJ Yeldon and Derrick Henry at running back to form the most talented duo in the country.  Can you say “smashmouth”?

Roll Tide Roll!

And since no football post would be complete without a picture of pom-poms, feast your eyes upon these Bama lovelies.


Friday, October 17, 2014

Kay Hagan: If You Like Your Thief, You Can Keep Your Thief (UPDATED)

On Wednesday, October 7th, Don Carrington, Vice President of the John Locke Foundation, broke the news that North Carolina Democrat Senator Kay Hagan’s husband and son created a solar energy contracting company in August 2010, and then, using $250,644 in federal stimulus grant funds, her husband hired that same company to install solar panels at a building he owns.

The company’s original application stated the total project would cost $438,627, and said JDC would contribute “leveraged funds” amounting to $187,983, or 43 percent of the total. As the project reached completion, however, JDC revised the total budget downward by $114,519 and applied all the savings to its share, keeping all the taxpayer funding.

Public records show that Green State Power was formed seven weeks before JDC Manufacturing—a company owned in part by Greensboro attorney Charles “Chip” Hagan III, Sen. Hagan’s husband—received the stimulus grant for the solar project at a 300,000-square-foot facility in Reidsville, NC.

At a Monday press conference in Raleigh, North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Claude Pope announced that he has asked the U.S. Senate’s Select Committee on Ethics to investigate Hagan’s involvement with the stimulus grant.

News of Hagan’s payday, which she kept hidden away for years and is now lying about, was picked up by Forbes and Breitbart’s Big Government.

  • JDC Manufacturing LLC was set up originally as a plastics recycling company, but its latest filing lists its business as real estate ownership and management. The three managers are Kay Hagan’s husband Charles “Chip” Hagan and Chip’s brothers John and David.
  • Plastic Revolutions Inc. is a plastics recycling company that leases JDC’s building in Reidsville, which is where the stimulus-funded energy project was installed. John Hagan is the president and Chip Hagan is on its board.
  • Solardyne LLC is a solar design and installation company that filed its articles of incorporation Aug. 9, 2010—two days before JDC filed for the federal stimulus grant for which Solardyne performed work. Its 2011 annual report listed the managers as Chip Hagan and his son Tilden Hagan.
  • Green State Power is the current name of Solardyne. Chip Hagan filed the name change in May 2012 with the state’s Corporations Division.  A 2013 annual report lists as managers Chip Hagan, Tilden Hagan, and Will Stewart, Chip and Kay’s son-in-law. 
When the conflict of interest first came to light that JDC Manufacturing received grants from the stimulus, Hagan’s campaign stressed that everything was above board and “disputed any suggestion they have profited off the law.”

Hagan had sought legal/ethical advice on the issue from Washington, DC-based attorney Marc Elias of the Perkins Coie law firm rather than going to the Senate Ethics Committee for a legal opinion.

According to Carrington, Hagan’s campaign spending report shows that, through the end of June 2014, over the current campaign cycle (spanning 2013 and 2014) her committee has paid the Perkins Coie firm $155,000.

I want to thank GrimmCreeper, a fellow North Carolinian, for the comment he posted today.  It was his observation that Hagan’s corruption had not sufficiently seen the light of day that prompted me to post this information.  It should be infuriating to the voters of the Tarheel State.

On November 4th, if you like your thief, you can keep your thief OR you can go to the polls and fire Kay Hagan and Harry Reid.

UPDATE 10-18-2014:  The Tillis campaign published the ad “Tucked Away” appearing in the embedded video below.  Once again, Joel Gehrke at National Review is helping to call out the Corruptocrat in what will likely be a devastating October Surprise.

Kay Hagan’s political future may depend on how voters react to the story. The Super PAC, Freedom Partners Action Fund, plans to spend at least $1 million to bring that message to TV screens across the Tar Heel state, starting next week.


Ten Buck Friday: Helping Harry Lose His Gavel

As of today, there are 18 days left before the nation goes to the ballot box.  The latest ABCNews/Washington Post poll shows the Democrat Party’s popularity is the weakest it has been in 30 years meaning they are “heading into the midterm election in trouble.”

Seventy-seven percent of Americans are worried about the economy’s future, and 57 percent say the country has been experiencing a long-term decline in living standards; a grim assessment for the party in power.

We’ve been hearing good news coming out of Iowa for Republican challenger Joni Ernst and The Denver Post is conceding polls are favoring Republican Cory Gardner at a key moment in the election season.

The DSCC has chosen to go dark in Kentucky realizing that Mitch McConnell is likely to hold his seat.  They’ve shifted their attention to Georgia’s open seat and are saturating Michelle Nunn’s campaign coffers.  They see a Nunn victory as a way to “stymie the growing odds of a Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate.”

North Carolina is my home state and I’ve been sweating out the contentious battle between incumbent Kay Hagan and challenger Thom Tillis.  More than $6.5 million has been spent against Hagan and nearly $19 million opposing Tillis according to the Sunlight Foundation.

Hagan’s minions have repeatedly charged that Tillis "cut $500 million" from the state's education budget.  That charge is false.

Other attack ads have claimed Tillis "raised taxes on 80 percent of North Carolinians."  This is also fabricated.

Hagan’s campaign claims Tillis "supports a plan that would end Medicare as we know it and raise premiums."  Nope.  Not true.

Attack ads repeatedly maintained her challenger "supports a plan that could end up costing seniors $1,700 more every year for prescription medicine."  This claim refers to Paul Ryan's Medicare plan, on which Tillis has not taken a position.

Joel Gehrke at National Review believes that cracks are beginning to appear in Harry Reid’s North Carolina firewall.  “North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan’s admission that she skipped a hearing about the Islamic State to attend a campaign fundraiser threatens to waste the $42 million that Democrats have spent in this race to protect her candidacy and their Senate majority.”

Tillis hammered her for that during their last debate. Local press has also focused on how the Hagan family has benefited from government spending programs that the senator supported, such as the 2009 stimulus.

Ten Senate races are rated toss-ups by Real Clear Politics, where the ratings are based on poll averages. The GOP must get to 51 seats to control a Senate majority.

Current polling of the races the Ten Buck Friday bloggers have been watching:

Arkansas:  Tom Cotton leads by 3.6 points
Colorado:  Cory Gardner leads by 3.0 points
Georgia:  David Perdue leads by 1.2 points
Iowa:  Joni Ernst leads by 2.0 points
Kansas:  Tie
Louisiana:  Bill Cassidy leads by 5.3 points
North Carolina:  Thom Tillis trails by 1.4 points


Each Friday between now and November 4th we are asking our readers to consider contributing $10 to the campaign of the candidate(s) we have highlighted that week.  Make sure to mark your contribution “Ten Buck Friday” so the candidate(s) will know the conservative blogosphere is with them in standing guard over liberty.  

If you are unable to make a contribution, you can help the candidate(s) tremendously by encouraging friends, family, neighbors and/or co-workers to vote.  Volunteer your valuable time.  Put up a campaign sign in your yard.  Make sure you go to the polls.  We cannot afford to sit this election out. 

Contribute to Tom Cotton (AR) here.
Contribute to Cory Gardner (CO) here.
Contribute to Joni Ernst (IA) here.
Contribute to Bill Cassidy (LA) here.
Contribute to Thom Tillis (NC) here.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Watch Live: CDC Director Returns To Testify On Ebola Threat

A Much Needed Dose Of Humanity

…And There's This Sense Of Panic Because We Don't Yet Know The Scale Of The Disaster Of This Imported Chaos

For six years now, the duplicitous press poodles of the media have aided and abetted The World’s Most Dangerous Community Organizer in a fashion they hoped would camouflage his ineptness.  Their arrogance has cleared the way for their messiah to risk an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in America for his own ambitions.

Susan Rice is unequivocally unqualified to serve as National Security Advisor.  Evidence of which is demonstrated by her comments on last Sunday’s Meet The Press when she pointed a finger at other countries for the spread of Ebola: 
“No, they haven't done enough. And we are pushing very hard for everybody to do more. This is going to take all hands on deck, because the goal has to be to contain this epidemic in the three countries that we've seen in West Africa to try to prevent its spread and to provide the appropriate care to those that need it.”
And now we’re discovering that CDC Director, Dr. Thomas Frieden, isn’t qualified to take your temperature.

Representatives from the CDC and the Obama Administration were notably absent from a Dallas city press conference early Wednesday morning.  The presser included remarks from Dr. Daniel Varga of Texas Health Resources Clusterfuck Central who called Ebola “an unprecedented crisis” and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings declaring that, “It may get worse before it gets better but it will get better.”

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The Dow tanked more than 400 points in midday trading Wednesday after news that a second Dallas health-care worker had contracted the deadly Ebola virus and flew on a commercial airline and the fear that more cases were now likely.

What is most galling for this observer is congressional testimony offered on September 16, 2014 by Director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) representative, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, who brazenly demurred that sequester-related cuts, which amounted to $1.55 billion in 2013 "eroded our ability to respond in the way that I and my colleagues would like to see us be able to respond to these emerging threats. And in my institute particularly, that’s responsible for responding on the dime to an emerging infectious disease threat, this is particularly damaging.”  His assertion proved to be patently absurd.

The UK’s Daily Mail provides an infuriating list of “highly unusual research that redirected precious funds from more conventional public health projects” like producing an Ebola vaccine in time to combat this year's epidemic:
  • The NIH budget included $2.4 million for a new condom design whose inventor is now being investigated for fraud
  • Another $939,000 taught scientists that male fruit flies prefer younger females
  • $257,000 went to create a companion website for first lady Michelle Obama's White House garden
  • It cost $592,000 to determine that chimpanzees with the best poop-flinging skills are also the best communicators, and another $117,000 to learn that most chimps are right-handed
Ebola is not a new phenomenon.  It first appeared in 1976 in South Sudan.  The second outbreak occurred in 1995 in the Democratic Republic of Congo.   The next major outbreak hit Uganda in 2000.  The DRC was stricken with yet another outbreak in 2007 and again in 2012.  In March of 2014, the World Health Organization reported a major outbreak in Guinea.  The deadly infection has metastasized enveloping Sierra Leone and Liberia.  Ebola is lethal.  Unfortunately, the seriousness of the disease has been profoundly mishandled.

Edward-Isaac Dovere at Politico (I refuse to provide a link) offers his conjecture that The World’s Most Dangerous Community Organizer called a cabinet meeting yesterday to discuss the government’s response to the outbreak scrapping fundraisers in New Jersey and Connecticut to avoid “the risk of embarrassing juxtapositions of dying health care workers while out campaigning.”  According to reports later that day, we learned that today’s events in Rhode Island and NYC have also been canceled.

I’ll close my rant with the remarkably satisfying carving up of this president by The Washington Times’ Joseph Curl:
Team Obama is in full panic mode—but only for political reasons.  Although the president flew to a fundraiser in Colorado on Sept. 12, 2012—just hours after four Americans were slaughtered by terrorists—Mr. Obama on Wednesday suddenly canceled plans to attend two fundraisers.  He hastily scheduled a meeting on Ebola. 
That move followed another on Saturday, when The First Golfer, already in his limo preparing for yet another round of golf, delayed his outing so he could take a phone call from Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell.  The move was pure politics:  He couldn't very well take that call on the way to the course, and by staying at the White House; he was able to call in the photographers, who moved photos of him "working." 
Ebola is now Mr. Obama's Katrina.  But where President George W. Bush was trying to mobilize thousands of rescue workers and tons of supplies for a surprisingly damaging hurricane, Mr. Obama could have prevented the arrival of a catastrophic illness that had been stomping across Africa for months.  With three words: "No one in." 
During August, when Ebola was emerging as a worldwide threat, Mr. Obama was playing golf daily on Martha's Vineyard.  He did not direct his top advisers and Cabinet secretaries to leap into emergency mode.  No Drama Obama made it all sound like everything was peachy (while throwing salt in the wound that was Ferguson, Missouri). 
But with an election just three weeks away, the president is suddenly engaged. Every day brings more announcements of blue-ribbon meetings on Ebola, more pictures of him hard at work solving the world's problems (no reporters, so no questions).  There was even sudden talk of him going to Dallas to make it all OK. 
The White House has repeatedly used one word to describe the administration's response to the Ebola crisis: "Tenacious." 
The real word that applies though is "mendacious." Or "fallacious." Any other claim is audacious.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Rested And Thankful

I just returned from a little vacation to the home of my best friend of 40-plus years.  I was able to spend some quiet time sitting on the patio beneath a pergola overlooking a waterfront alive with egrets, mallards, swans, turtles and fish.  The turtles and fish were an item of interest for the next-door neighbor’s black lab, Skeeter, who regularly leaped into the little channel and swam around chasing them to her great amusement.

During my visit the temperatures ranged in the mid-70s with clear, blue skies.  The weather was perfect for a couple of rounds of golf at the Burning Ridge Golf Club adjacent to Myrtle Trace Retirement Community where my friend lives and we moseyed over to the horseshoe pits and bocce ball courts for a little outdoor fun with some of the other homeowners of Myrtle Trace.

We took a road trip to visit Atalaya Castle at Huntington Beach State Park and then enjoyed an extraordinary dinner at Folly Beach’s BLU Restaurant and Bar.  I selected petite Charleston crab cakes with a Cajun remoulade, barbeque jumbo shrimp wrapped with bacon, grilled swordfish with creamy polenta, summer vegetable gratin, a strawberry salad with candied pecans and a honey and fig vinaigrette dressing and a truly delicious 2005 Trimbach Gewürztraminer Seigneurs de Ribeaupierre wine. 

We lingered at our table watching pelicans by the dozens as they flew by the massive windows that offered an unobstructed view of the ocean and concluded our dining experience with a raspberry and white chocolate bread pudding.  We were so full we had to be rolled out of the restaurant.

Later in the week I did a little shopping at Tanger Outlet and visited The Christmas Mouse at Barefoot Landing where I purchased a “Sprinkle of Magic” Snowbaby and a whole host of ornaments intended for the new Christmas tree I plan to buy this year.

My friend and I joined her son Ronnie and his “current” girlfriend, her nephew Cole and his squeeze Erin at Buffalo Wild Wings to play Team Trivia.  We were angling for the $50 prize.

The “Ronald McDonalds” were in First Place the entire game until the final question.  Teams were asked to arrange in the correct descending order the following:  What was Clementine’s shoe size?  What is Shaquille O’Neal’s shoe size?  How many points are on Kermit the Frog’s collar?  Crystal is given for which wedding anniversary?  You could wager up to 15 points and that’s just what we did. 

Correct Answer:  Shaq’s shoe size is 23; 15th anniversary; 13 points; size 9

We didn’t have the correct number of points for Kermit’s collar so we lost, but we had a blast testing our trivia knowledge.

After packing up the car and putting Sophie in the front seat to ride shotgun, I said my good-byes to my friend and headed back north for Hendersonville to buy some Appalachian-grown apples.  I stopped at Coston Farm.  Coston’s is a 4th generation family-owned farm and apple orchard and its pet friendly.


I bought a bushel box of Honey Crisp apples, four ginormous pumpkins, some Indian corn and some fall decorations.  I enjoyed an apple cider slushie as I sat in a white rocking chair on the porch of the gift shop.  Sophie was the only pup there and everybody wanted to pet her.  She got spoiled from all the attention she received from customers and staff.  We hung around for about an hour stretching our legs and headed home.


It’s good to get away but it is by far better to be home again.  Sophie is glad to be home so she can snooze on her own sofa once again.  Now, I’ve got to get busy baking a poopload of apple pies, homemade chunky applesauce with cinnamon and canning some apple butter.  I have everything I need to churn out the goodies except a bottle of Dr. McGillicuddy’s Apple Pie Schnapps for the apple butter.

Proof, proprietor of Proof Positive and co-blogger here at PCP, was kind enough to keep the motor running while I was vacationing by putting up several posts.  On Saturday, October 4th he posted “Powerful Ad Running Against Mary Landrieu” .  He followed that up with “There Goes The Neighborhood”, “The Return Of Ten Buck Friday”, “Panthers Vs Bengals” and finally, what has become a Monday regular favorite for the menfolk, “Flowing Curves Of Beauty”.

I thank him for taking on the task.  He’s a good guy when “his muse strikes so long as his muse is not on strike.”

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