Friday, August 11, 2006


Civil Disobedience vs. Common Sense

After the 9/11 attacks and new restrictions on passengers, civil rights proponents went into high gear over profiling passengers. It seems, we cannot look at young Middle Eastern men that have overstayed their visa, but looking at little old ladies with crochet needles is perfectly fine.

Fast forward to Aug. 9, 2006.

Potential attackers in London and elsewhere prepared to attack six different airlines with liquid explosive devises that were contained in everyday containers such as lip gloss, hair gel, and sports drinks.

Already, America's lunatic fringe has stepped forward to combat the measures we have taken to combat the terrorists. Sandra Bernhardt (friend to Madonna and Rosie O'Donnell) states, "When I go to the airport and they try to take my MAC Plushglass away from me, it's going to be World War III!" Perhaps she should be arrested and charged with terroristic threats.

I agree with civil disobedience when laws are such that entire segments of the population are persecuted - African-Americans, American Indians, et. al. Sometimes these actions are the only course available to right injustices.

Actions similar to Ms. Bernhardt, and the others that are sure to follow, are not acts of civil disobedience. Rather, they are acts of lunacy showing a complete lack of common sense. It is readily apparent that Ms. Bernhardt is unable to comprehend the fact that these terrorists want to kill us, not because we are mean people, but because we are not them. Period.

When Osama and Company speak of the "decadent Americans," they are speaking about all Americans in general and the liberal attitudes of Hollywood in particular. So, in effect, Ms. Bernhardt, the measures that the FAA and Department of Homeland Security are putting in place is directed at your security in particular and the rest of America in general.

Thursday, August 10, 2006


Polls Schmolls; Here's My Predictions

Forget the polls. They bounce around like one of those crazy balls you get in a gumball machine. I like to look at the interest being generated in a race, the consistancy of a candidates statements (without being refudiated by the experts), and a gut feeling I have about the particular race.

While not scientific, I have been fairly acurate on recent races. In 2004, I predicted the Holt/Lincoln race, to the final tally, four months out. At that time, most media projections were that Lincoln would win by 23%. I missed the Presidential race by two states, swithching the Wisconsin and New Mexico votes.

All told, I have as good of prognostication as any other dart board in the state.

So here goes with my early predictions:

Governor: Asa Hutchinson by 8 points.
Mike Beebe has been inconsistant with his message. The Arkansas Dem-Gaz has commented on several occassions about inaccuracies and flaws in Beebe's statements. Asa's team has been consistant on pointing out the Beebe mistakes while staying on message. It doesn't hurt to have one of the best grassroot campaigners in Arkansas history running just down the ticket.

Lt. Governor: Jim Holt by 12 points.
Jim's steady pace, grassroots campaigning and a solid Republican ticket will serve him well. While Bill Halter may have more money to spend (mostly his own), he is not gaining traction on his message. Jim has proven in the past that money is not the sole ingrediant to a strong campaign.

Attorney General: Gunner Delay by 21 points.
Gunner has found a solid message for which Dustin McDaniel has now legitimate answer. Gunner has a likable personality that does not exude the negatives which people associate with lawyers. Dustin's record with Remington Arms paints a picture of an opportunist. That will turn the voters off. That and people don't like the government messing with their firearms. Something about the 2nd Amendment and all that.

Secretary of State: Toss Up (Slight lean to Lagrone)
I am leaning towards Jim Lagrone on this one. I don't believe Charlie Daniels can recover from the ES&S fiasco. And Jim is doing all he can to insure that. Lagrone clean background shines when compared to Daniels and the cronyism in his background.

State Treasurer: No Call
There has been little to reference to either candidate in this race. Neither has taken the point on the trail to Little Rock. This race may come down to which party gets the most voters out. It is interesting to note that this race pits an African-American (R) against a woman (D). This should put all of the political scientists in the state in a tizzy.

Well, there you have it. I will revisit my predictions as we near the end of the race and give a final prediction.

How do you see these races turning out as we look with less than three months left?

Tuesday, August 08, 2006


The Mike Beebe Comedy Troupe

East Podunk, AR
Steve Friery - Reporting

In a move designed to confuse the Hutchinson Campaign for Governor, Gubernatorial candidate Mike Beebe appears to have left the governors race with the intent to run for Court Jester. His hijinks have left all supporters and opponents stunned.

Earlier this summer, Beebe showed off his talent for acrobatics when he did a double-backflip somersault on the gay adoption issue. Supporter I. B. Cornfused was overheard saying, "It was the most confounding thing I ever seen."

When asked about his penultimate flip-flop, Beebe stated, "If I can't win 'em with my smarts, I'll dazzle 'em with my tricks."

Beebe is not a one-trick pony, however. His exploding box stunt awed audiences around the state. While speaking on Homeland Security and the Pine Bluff Arsenal, he folded himself neatly into a box and then stood up smiling as his statements exploded around him.

Eyewitness Elmer Fuddrucker exclaimed, "It was crazy! There was smoke and mirrors everywhere."

"I was scared to move for fear of being hit by flying debri," said Patsy Schmo, with husband Joe and their five little Schmos in tow.

Entertainment guru, John Brummett, claimed, "This is the new 'Greatest Show on Earth.' Or at least in Cornfield County."

Joining Beebe on his comedy tour was Jonesboro's own action/comedy act, Dustin McDaniel and magician, Bill Halter.

McDaniel's gun tricks nearly stole the spotlight from Beebe.

"He was shooting left on every shot. And not a solid target in sight," said Dag Nabit.

"This beats all I've ever seen," Mary Q. Contrary.

The Halter disappearing act closed the show as no one could find Halter or his beliefs once the act started.

For show dates and ticket information, call (501)555-LIES.

Sunday, August 06, 2006


Brummett Bumbles Again

I read John Brummett’s article on the Gun Dust-up between Gunner DeLay and Dustin McDaniel with some interest. You see, the first post on the issue came here… and I always read John’s writings as they are intended – as humor. At least that is all I have ever really gotten from John. His essays always seemed too befuddled to be meant as serious writing, to me.

In describing the job of AG, John writes, “What you do is sit in the corner office while lawyers on your staff research the law and issue advisory opinions, represent state agencies in litigation, intervene in utility regulatory matters in behalf of consumers and track down, publicly disclose and occasionally sue over consumer scams.”

Apparently, John has been watching Mike Beebe at work. There is supposed to be a lot more to the job than sitting on your fanny, twiddling your thumbs. An AG is supposed to be a leader. The best leaders we have had in this country were men and women that lead by example.

Filing a frivolous lawsuit is not what I would call “leading by example,” unless of course you take the job of the people’s attorney as frivolous.

And I do believe the lawsuit in question was frivolous. Followed to its logical outcome, we should sue GM when someone uses an automobile in a drive-by shooting. Remington Arms and the guns owners had absolutely nothing to do with those murders. Those boys stole the weapons from a law-abiding citizen to use for a murderous act. All Dustin and his daddy did was to make more victims – this time of the legal system.

Let me ask you something Mr. Brummett. How much did it cost the owner of those weapons in attorney fees? Unless the attorney worked free of charge, it was probably more than the man could afford.

Oh, and John, if you would care to look at the court documents (available at you will notice more than a few places containing Dustin McDaniel’s signature. That means he took an active role in this fiasco, not a passing one as daddy’s lackey.

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