Dear Readers: I am back from a trip to the Wild West, which included a visit to Tombstone, AZ and the Grand Canyon. During the trip, I had a chance to follow the news but not much time to opine. So, I wanted to share some thoughts upon my return, as many of the events of this past week have given me cause to drink!
(MUT Note: I am enjoying a Prickly Pear Margarita at the El Tovar hotel in the Grand Canyon. Margaritas are to me what beers are to Mad Max of Beers with Demo. I may have to start featuring a MUT Margarita Report regularly. This particular blend, featuring prickly pear juice, was the highlight of the trip).
Left Coast Rebel directed me to an intriguing post in a venue I don’t normally enter: Salon.com. However, the title was enough for a peek: What Democrats can do about Obama MUT’s MONEY QUOTE: Obama has ruined the Democratic Party. One can quibble about their diagnosis (i.e., Americans want bigger government and more handouts), but the fact there is such unrest amongst the Democrats has been severely under-reported. Could it be tied into the “Spirit of Unity” photo snapped by W.C. Varones? However, Charles Caesar wants Obama gone a titch sooner than the Democratic primary. No matter — a quaff to celebrate for this PUMA!!!
California is giving me lots of reasons to drink, as usual. It seems some of the Democrats in our Legislature want to “ease regulations”. However, their version is to promote the smaller-scale power grab. This explains why the Golden State has the largest Jobs Gap number compared to the country, which increased rapidly after the passage of one of the most horrendous regulations ever promulgated, AB-32 (Global Warming Solutions Act).
As an extra bonus, Governor Jerry Brown has nominated controversial Obama nominee Goodwin Liu to our state Superior Court — after the Republicans in the Senate refused to confirm him to the federal appeals court. Here is a sampling of the Liu’s jurisprudence, which is antithetical to support of the American Constitution (but in line with Obama’s approach):
Liu has dismissed “free enterprise” “private ownership of property” and “limited government” as “code words for an ideological agenda hostile to environmental, workplace, and consumer protections.” And he has complained that the U.S. judicial system has shown a “resistance” to using foreign authority to shape American constitutional law.
After reading this, I feel the need for something stronger than tequila.
Speaking of the US judicial system, I wanted to mention something about Tombstone. It seems that, despite the economy, this hallmark of American capitalism (it was once a thriving mining town that came back from disaster several times) and arms-bearing freedoms, has actually experienced an bit of a tourist uptick. It makes me think that my fellow citizens are getting in touch with their inner “tea partiers” while being sensibly economical in these tough times. My favorite Tombstone moment: My photo with “Doc Holliday” of the OK Corral re-enactment.
My post today would be incomplete without opining on two of the major news events of this past week: Obama’s speech kerfuffle and Palin’s rhetorical homerun.
Item 1: Obama got the comeuppance he deserved (MUT Note – While it will be a challenge to listen, I will break my no-Obama rule and tune into a Tammy Bruce Mystery Science Theater broadcast of the event). I think there are two significant items that are beginning to worm their way into the elite media that will hit Obama harder than a straight shot of Everclear: Fast and Furious/Gunrunner and the Solyndra /Obama’s Enron.This speech fiasco will soon be the least of his worries.
B-daddy put me onto an IPOD APP that is a super-charged Obama countdown clock that will keep me entertained during Obama’s presentation. B-daddy also has some thoughts as to what should happen to heal the American economy; plan that Obama will do the exact opposite, and you should have a good guide as to what is going into the speech.
Item 2: MUT fans will recognize I am an avid Sarah Palin supporter. I loved her speech, but am unsurprised she made no announcement of her Presidential election intentions (or lack of them). I agree with Professor Jacobson that the essence of the speech was focused on core Tea Party values, and like Shane Atwell did so well in this post, Palin also highlighted the statist attitude of both major parties. Additionally, I thoroughly agree with Smitty of the Other McCain, in response to those upset Sarah did not declare — Fricking relax, people: Governor Palin will either declare, or not. You know who wants her to declare right now, so he can giver her the Full Alinsky? BHO, that’s who
One final comment: Shane Atwell posted something that gave me cause to enhance my celebration: House Bill Proposes Defunding the U.N. Gradually. I consider the UN to be the template for Star Wars’ Mos Eisley: You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. So, onto the last photo in this essay: My Joe’s Crabshack Seafood Bake, which went nicely with a Sam Adams Octoberfest.