Friday, January 25, 2008

Stimulus?

Does anyone really think $600 will stimulate anything? Its nonsense of course and runs the danger of being inflationary. Consumers are being squeezed by energy prices and frozen wages. I have blogged on this earlier. What happens after you have spent the $600? If your personal economy is still being squeezed 3months from now we are right back where we started, except the government is $150billion lighter.

The Feds need to address the underlying issues. An energy policy that increase supply, making the tax cuts permanent,, returning retirement and healthcare to the marketplace so it is no longer affected by federal price controls.


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Blogging From My IPhone

First time for everything. Can't add pics but saw some great music last night at Smith's Old Bar in Atlanta. Tonight Scott Miller and tomorrow a wedding then Cadillac Sky at Eddie' Attic.
Missed a lot I guess. The Republicans in the debate last night finally getting around to hitting back at Democrats. Yeah! The Democrats have made race the central issue. No surprise there. My guess is African Americans are finally getting the chance to see the real Democratic Party. When it comes to power anyone is a target. These Democrats are not the party of the people.


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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Cadillac Sky

While I am off in Atlanta and the Sound Off Daughter and future son in law are watching the hunting dogs ... here's a little Cadillac Sky to hold you over ... and I get to see them Saturday in Atlanta at Eddie's Attic. Just lucky I guess.




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Tommy Womack

My friend, guest on the show, and the only musician I know with a non stop sense of humor. Here he is ladies and gentlemen ... in the flesh. This is what happens when you give an adult a toy.


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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Powerline Book Of The Year

This is just great news. A chance for conservative and republitarian authors to be recognized. And the prize money is not only outstanding but goes to help the soldiers.


I have said it before. The folks at Powerline are treasures.


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More Elana


Somehow I missed this article. Really nails it ... but no surprise to my listeners.

Here's a bit:

At just 33 years old, James has already become noteworthy through her work as member of Hot Club of Cowtown. After seven years the band split in 2004 and James took to touring with Bob Dylan. Yeah-the Bob Dylan and it gets better; she had to pass up touring with Willie Nelson to accept Dylan's offer ...  James, an Austin, Texas native has found her calling which compares to the lounge sounds made popular by Norah Jones and Diana Krall but doesn't get bogged down by the calm soothing beats of the aforementioned jazz influenced singers ... If the CafĂ© 9 crowd is lucky, James will thrill listeners with the bubbly upbeat rhythm of Liza Jane, a square dance tune that will bring you right back to gym class-oh, for a good dosi-do. 

Earning accolades along the way, James may be the next big thing and here's your chance to catch her show before the tickets cost you your whole pay check.


You folks can say you knew her when ... 
Here are the links to the two Elana movies if you want to watch: Movie 1 Movie 2

Editors Note: one correction to the Play New Haven Article. James, as many of you know, is not an Austin native, she lives there now, but not a native.


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This Is Just Too Funny


ESPN Playoff Awards by Bill Simmons. One of the funniest columns I have ever read on football ... and if the rest of the jock journalists write with this much flair ... it will be a fun two weeks. Read it all. Here's a snippet.


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The Dwight Howard Award for "Guy who most needs a nickname"
We need to figure out this Brandon Jacobs thing. The nickname "Nigerian Nightmare" made Christian Okoye sound 10 times more terrifying, yet "Brandon Jacobs" sounds like someone who got expelled from boarding school for trying to steal the SAT. Even worse, you can't shorten his name ("B-Jake" doesn't work), and you definitely can't use his initials because, well, you know. So what do we do? The man clearly needs a nickname. Can we dust off "Night Train" for him? That has been dormant for a good 50 years since Dick Lane had it. Should we call him "The American Nightmare" as an homage to Okoye? At the very least, the Giants' Web site should have a nickname contest to figure this out.


Read it all ... a few shots at Brady, Tom Coughlin (very funny), Norv Turner, Green Bay fans (very sympathetic) and of course Tiki ... ahh Tiki.


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Bill To CNN: Hey, who's side you on?

OK ... here's the video I promised. Bill on the campaign trail campaigning for President in SC ... ummm ... well not for him ... for ... oh forget it.


Anyway a reporter references this story. In it a former SC Democratic party Chairman tells Bill to stop smearing Senator Obama ... you're starting to sound like legendary Republican strategist Lee "Take No Prisoners" Atwater.
Here's Bill's response to the CNN reporter asking him about the quote:
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Also ... note the logo in the top right and the one in the bottom left. Hmmm ... shouldn't these be reversed? No really ... how cool is that. (the video is from Fox)


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The $30 Million Dollar Man

NY Giants DE Justin Tuck was on Neil Cavuto to talk about the Giants in the Super Bowl and his new $30 million dollar contract. This was the best part. Tuck has no problem saying no ... spoken like a man who knows what its like to work for a living. Think he's a market man?


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Why is it whenever someone comes into a little cash everyone says ... hey ... you can afford it. Oh well ... hope someone says that to me some day ... Gooooooo Ggggggggmen!


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The Dodd Mortgage Bailout

This is just a bad idea and a bad use of taxpayer money. Nevermind the fact that it is not the government's job to bailout either businesses or homeowners who got greedy and made bad decisions. 


It sets a bad precedent as well. Think the government should step in help bailout people who can't make their second mortgages too ... you know ... borrow for a vacation, college, maybe a new boat. You remember the ads?

Here's what our good friend Jonathan Hoenig has to say on it. Ouch!
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I guess I can see more regulation ... But for what ... to save us from ourselves or the bankers? I'm not sure. Seems like mortgages were already regulated. Everyone just found a way around them.




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Billary vs Obama

Michelle is blogging petty nicely on this and I will have video soon. By the way it's the Atwater line that got to Bill. To refresh, Atwater was the Republican strategist for Reagan, dubbed Darth Vader. Petty funny. Bill Clinton the new Lee Atwater. Hmmm.


Then read this from The Wall Street Journal. If it weren't so sad it would be funny. Actually its pretty scary. Welcome to our world Mr Obama.

I have to admit I have not been following this very closely. I think I just assume Hillary gets the nod anyway. Maybe I am wrong.


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Wall Street Pulls Off Stunning Comeback From Yet Another Sharp Decline

Ok ... when markets act this way ... I am officially nervous.


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Yeah ... it's Dr Helen Time!

Instapundit points out that Dr Helen is back. This time ... 40 year old virgins.


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Fred's Out But John's On It

A conservative perspective on the failed candidacy of Fred Thompson. It's long but very good.


From my perspective, Fred said everything right, but it seems voters prefer an emotional connect and Fred never did. In America, it's all about feelings. "You hurt my feelings", "I feel your pain", "I feel inspired", "I've got a feeling". Today's instant oatmeal society wants instant emotional gratification and validation that what they are "feeling" is real and urgent and .... oh well. Bye Fred, we hardly knew ye.


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Tensions Over Quotas ... But Not Who You Think

I say repeatedly ... whenever liberal politicians try to fix something ... invariably they create yet another situation that needs to be fixed. In plain English ... their social engineering eventually screws up. Welfare, public housing ... even the war on drugs. And now this.


Powerline links to this article, so read it first ... here's a snippet.

This battle over quotas for public-sector jobs is a glaring example of how immigration is turning the race-based policies of the last 40 years, originally designed to help blacks, against them. For African-American leaders like Claud Anderson, head of the Harvest Institute, the turnabout represents a betrayal of the civil rights movement: only blacks deserve quotas. “When did our government ever exclude immigrants or deny them their constitutional rights, as they did African-Americans?” he asks. But for other blacks, the demands of Latinos and Asians that government set-aside programs include them are further evidence that racial preferences were misguided in the first place. “Blacks who support skin color privileges now will be singing a different tune later once government starts discriminating against them once again, this time in favor of Hispanics,” writes columnist and blogger La Shawn Barber.

Black, white or hispanic, you need to read this and understand why social engineering in a free market eventually will hurt the very people it tries to help.


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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Chuck Norris Vs John McCain

Hey ... I disagree ... but not to his face.
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John McCain fires back .... and then  ... oh by the way ... here's John's age.

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While Bill Sleeps ... Andrea smacks down Chris.

The video from Hardball last night is pretty funny. Out late Sunday night were we?


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Then Andrea decides to defend Bill with a little shot at Chris.

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Shocked ... shocked I tell you. Media bias?

By four-to-one margins, Americans surveyed see The New York Times (41.9% to 11.8%) and National Public Radio (40.3% to 11.2%) as mostly or somewhat liberal over mostly or somewhat conservative.
By a three-to-one margin, Americans see news media journalists and broadcasters (45.4% to 15.7%) as mostly or somewhat liberal over mostly or somewhat conservative.
And, by a two-to-one margin, Americans see CNN (44.9% to 18.4%) and MSNBC (38.8% to 15.8%) as mostly or somewhat liberal over mostly or somewhat conservative.

Read the whole thing here. Oh and wait till you see who the most trusted news source is. 

The most trusted national TV news organizations, for accurate reporting, in declining order included: Fox News (27.0%), CNN (14.6%), and NBC News (10.90%). These were followed by ABC News (7.0%), local news (6.9%), CBS News (6.8%) MSNBC (4.0%), PBS News (3.0%), CNBC (0.6%) and CBN (0.5%).


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Rumble In SC

Please don't tell me the people don't like negative ads ... then again maybe it is just the negative "ads" they don't like. Whatever ... Bill's attacks on Obama are working.


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How The Dems celebrate MLK Day

I'm like Dr King .... no I'm most like Dr King ... no it's me ... over here. Vote for me. Oh brother.


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Hey, where did Hillary's accent go? I was just starting to like it.


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Crime In Hartford

Great interview on Face the State on Sunday ... just got around to it ... with Chief Daryl Roberts. Part one ... if you're looking for trouble you'll find it ... can't say I disagree.


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Part Two ... blame the media. I can't say I disagree here either, although Chief, murders tend to frighten people no matter why they are committed.

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Monday, January 21, 2008

Blogging

Oh yes I will still be blogging this week. Thank you.


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Sunday, January 20, 2008

Super Bowl LVII


Eli is definitely the MANNNNNN(ing). Enough with the critics. Enough with the "He hasn't proved anything." Paxico, Toomer and yes Webster. Unreal. Congrats to the biggest Giants fan there is ... Sgt Mel.

And now ... it's Future Father-In-Law vs Future Son-In-Law in the first ever "In-Law" Bowl. But now it's a time to savor.
The GGGGGGGGGGG Men!

Great pictures of this game from AP at Yahoo! Check it out!


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Let Them Eat Green Stamps

No real value to this other than its funny. On ABC's This Week George wants to know if the Dems will add an extra special something for people on unemployment. Of course you know the answer .. of course ... but the ending is great ... and not a bad idea. I'll use mine to get that swell George Foreman grill.


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We Can Work Together!

I have mixed feelings on this but ... has Congress finally gotten the message? They are working together on this misguided stimulus package ... but they are working together and not even George Snuffle could get Charlie Rangel to lose the love.

The issue is: Will Democrats fight for rebates even for people who don't pay income taxes. W&M Chairman Rangel ... oh no you don't GS ... we love each other now. 

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BTW, if there is a stimulus package it should indeed include everyone and not just taxpayers. This is no damn rebate folks ... its a transfer payment. You are not getting back percentage of your payment. If you are trying to stimulate the economy (which it won't do) send out the damn checks to everyone. period.


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Giuliani On Tax Cuts

He is non-committal on the the stimulus package which I am against. And he is right on the tax cuts. Business wants certainty.


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NBC to Republicans: The King Is Dead.

Just had time to go over MTP this morning. Video below. First of half of show, the death of Ronald Reagan ... well so to speak. To sum up now: Republicans in chaos. Scroll down. Second half ... Democrats in the midst of a family quarrel. Still the Clinton stuff is well... priceless.


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Dems to Bill: Pipe Down!

Yeah ... ummm ... I don't think so. Do you know who I am brother?


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Clinton Slight of Hand Part 2?

Does it still take two hands o handle a whopper? Bill makes a claim on the campaign trail ... NBC calls him on it ... the Clintons say "We'll get back to you". This is just too much. Listen for Peggy Noonan's voice at the end ... "When, Monday?"


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Clinton Slight of Hand Part One

This is a Video Daily Double. It's all about Senator Obama's comments that Reagan and the Republicans have long been the party of ideas. 

The first video is the response from the "Rich Man Poor Man" candidate and Senator Clinton.
Then listen to Ms Goodwin and Tom Brokaw ... she is right of course ... and nice to see Tom mention Hillary's par for the course slight of hand. Enjoy. Best part of the show.


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Just Mush The Issues

Doris Kearns Goodwin hearts McCain. A noble man who stood up against key conservative principles (tax cuts, immigration, free speech). Her suggestion ... run on your war record and mush the rest and hope no one notices. Listen to how Peggy Noonan responds at the end. Priceless!


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BTW I like John McCain and to be fair ... he is calling for the tax cuts to made permanent and is not yet ready to back this short term big buck economic"stimulus" package which I am not sure will stimulate anything but inflation. 


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The King Is Dead?

Another one of those insufferable expert round tables on MTP. Topic: The Reagan Revolution is dead ... discuss among yourselves.


I actually like Jon Meacham, editor of Newsweek. But surely you can't believe that when Mitt Romney says "Washington is broken" he speaking of President Bush? Perhaps ... just a thought here, Governor Romney might be referring to the "absolutely do nothing" Democratic Congress with a 20% approval rating, which, by the way, happens to be lower than the President's. Ya think? Judge for yourself.

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I will say this ... Meacham fit nicely into their theme today. "The Kind is dead ... long live the Queen!"


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Run Away With Me

Yes its dark ... but the place was dark. 


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Elana Movie


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Elana James


Great week of music with Elana James. First Cafe Nine in New Haven. The owner is just a great host and really welcomed the Sound Off Audience. The place was packed. Elana appeared with Whit but Beau has moved on and was replaced by Elana's long time base player Jake who really kicked. She sang all her familiar standards and a few new ones.

Then last night at Club Helsinki in Great Barrington, MA. This place is a real treasure and clubs like this one are disappearing all across the country and we can't let that happen. Please make a point of catching some music there.
I have uploaded some pictures of the event ... and I took this video with my Sony still camera. Not great ... but then remember ... low light and it is primarily a still camera. Enjoy.


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