Recommended reading during the financial crisis

September 27, 2008

Conservative columnist Dr. Thomas Sowell does it again.  He makes us think.

Sowell has taught economics at various universities, including Cornell, Amherst, and the University of California at Los Angeles, as well as the history of ideas at Brandeis University. Dr. Sowell is a Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution.

Read his impressive bio here.

Another film icon gone

September 27, 2008

Paul Newman 1925 – 2008

Regarding his rapid rise to fame, initially tied to his magnetic good looks and brilliant blue eyes, he once opined: “I picture my epitaph. Here lies Paul Newman, who died a failure because his eyes turned brown.”

They stayed blue.

A politically active liberal Democrat, Newman was a Eugene McCarthy delegate to the 1968 Democratic convention and appointed by President Jimmy Carter to a United nations General Assembly session on disarmament. He expressed pride at being on President Richard Nixon’s enemies list, according to the New York Times obituary.

We’ll overlook those failings. Newman founded the Hole in the Wall summer camps for seriously ill children, funding them as a nonprofit entrepreneur with a line of foods called Newman’s Own. The Newman’s Own Foundation donates all profits and royalties after taxes for educational and charitable purposes, giving more than $250 million to thousands of charities worldwide.

Rasmussen takes the country’s pulse

September 27, 2008

Today’s polling figures

The numbers via the Rasmussen Reports daily presidential tracking poll are available here.

The review of this past week’s polling on key issues presents an interesting snapshot.

Priests for Life bring carnage of abortion to Congress

September 27, 2008



Fr. Frank Pavone led a team of pro-life advocates to Capitol Hill last week for a three-day educational demonstration directed at pro-choice members of Congress, which set out to reveal the gruesome reality of abortion.

The campaign did not seek to address abortion as a moral issue, but simply explained via medical diagrams and abortionist quotations the true nature of the abortion procedure, which is often ignored by abortion advocates. At a press conference Fr. Pavone said, “In these weeks before our national elections, we are asking all of those who believe abortion should be legal to answer a simple question. We present you with the words of the abortionists themselves and then ask, ‘When you say abortion, is this what you mean?’

The complete LifeSiteNews article is available here.

Sen. Obama debates “John”

September 26, 2008

Candidates clash on spending, taxes and Iraq war

It’s no secret that our home state Senator, John McCain, was not our pick for the GOP nominee. We had hoped to see Gov. Mitt Romney head the ticket. Or even former Sen. Fred Thompson. At the outset, our sights were set on U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter.

We know John McCain too well and have long-held differences with him and many grave doubts about him. In our opinion, he should have been Arizona’s Democrat Senator rather than the man with an R after his name.

But in watching the debate at Ole Miss this evening our reluctant choice is McCain  —  Sen. John McCain who repeatedly referred to the junior senator from Illinois as ” Sen. Obama, ” and Senator Obama who continually referred to his adversary and senior senate seat-mate as “John.”

It was an obviously contrived strategy by Obama.

If it didn’t ring true with the less than enthusiastic Seeing Red AZ, we wonder how it played with American voters.

Here are some clips of past debate highlights. How do you think they square with the first of the 2008 debates tonight? This video segment shows McCain and Obama addressing the current economic crisis this evening.

PAChyderm Coalition announces positions on Propositions

September 26, 2008

 A message from PAChyderm Coalition Chairman Don Goldwater

The PAChyderm Coalition has taken the following positions of support or opposition to the Propositions that will be on the General Election Ballot this year.

Proposition 100Prohibits the state, or any subdivision from directly or indirectly imposing any new tax, or fee on the sale, purchase, or transfer of real property. PAChyderm Coalition strongly supports.

Proposition 101Provides that no law shall restrict a person’s freedom to choose a private health care plan or system or interfere with right to pay directly for medical services. There have been concerns expressed by some of our friends that this would allow people to demand taxpayers pay for specific services. The Proposition nowhere alludes to that possibility. It, in fact, guarantees the right to choose a private health plan and pay cash for services not covered by your insurance carrier and is an impediment to further implementation of Hillary Care here in Arizona. PAChyderm Coalition strongly supports.

Proposition 102Provides that only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in this state. PAChyderm Coalition strongly supports.

Proposition 105Provides that an Initiative Measure that establishes, imposes or raises a tax or fee only becomes law if approved by a majority of qualified voters. With 80% turnout at the General Election it only takes a 62% majority to meet this criteria for passage and we have traditionally greatly exceeded that threshold for important issues we have supported. This is a great protection against Soros type of propositions. PAChyderm Coalition strongly supports.

Proposition 200Provides limited and reasonable consumer safeguards in the Payday Loan industry and eliminates the program termination date. This is something that the Legislature should handle, but they haven’t and we do not believe that they could pass and get signed into law better legislation on this issue. PAChyderm Coalition supports.

Proposition 201Provides that a lawsuit is the ONLY path to remedy any home defect; eliminates loser pay law; will increase the price for all new housing. PAChyderm Coalition strongly opposes.

Proposition 202The title of this Proposition is misleading. Prop 202 will actually gut our current law and allow employers to do business as usual by hiring illegals. PAChyderm Coalition strongly opposes.

Proposition 300Recommendation by the Commission of Salaries to increase the salary of legislators from $24,000 to $30,000 per year. The current economic conditions to the contrary, we feel that paying these public servants a more reasonable salary benefits Arizonans across the board. PAChyderm Coalition strongly supports.



PAChyderm Coalition endorses slate for County Health Board

September 26, 2008

A message from PAChyderm Coalition Chairman Don Goldwater

The PAChyderm Coalition has announced the endorsements of conservative Republican candidates for the Maricopa Integrated Health Systems Board of Directors. The endorsed candidates are Rex Altree (Dist 1), Dr. Harlan Stratton (Dist. 2), Colette Rosati, RN (Dist. 3), Elton Bicknell (Dist. 4), and Todd Hansen, J.D. (Dist 5)

“Together, they bring a unique blend of medical, business and legal backgrounds to this board that oversees the taxpayer supported County Hospital and numerous community health care clinics across the county. This County Hospital venture is one of the costliest single entities the taxpayers are saddled with and needs close oversight.

The PAChyderm Coalition is proud to strongly support this team and asks all our friends to vote for them,” said Chairman Don Goldwater.

Wa happened to WaMu?

September 26, 2008

Largest bank failure in history

JPMorgan Chase acquired the banking assets of Washington Mutual yesterday after the troubled thrift was seized by federal regulators, marking the biggest bank failure in the nation’s history and the latest stunning twist in the ongoing credit crisis.

Under the deal, JPMorgan Chase will acquire all the banking operations of WaMu, including $307 billion in assets and $188 billion in deposits, reports.

Strings? Legislative Council is independent body

September 26, 2008

Not a puppeteer in sight

Maricopa County Republican Chairman, Tom Husband, received an opinion from the General Counsel of the Arizona State Legislative Council yesterday affirming that despite not being reelected as a precinct committeeman, he must continue his service to the county in his capacity as chairman, until his term expires in January.

Kenneth C. Behringer, General Counsel of the Arizona State Legislative Council, after reviewing the facts and the law, determined that Husband is required to conclude his term of office.

The fallacious claims by an irrelevant blogster to the contrary, this independent legal decision has nothing to do with District 11 chairman, Rob Haney, the Maricopa County Republican Committee or the County Executive Guidance Committee. The matter was taken up by legal experts who made a decision based solely upon the law.

Let’s put things in context. It will be remembered that the Shamnesty bill took a nose dive not because of the efforts of District Chairman Haney, whom the blogster credits with pulling the strings on the country chairman, all of the county officers, and the entire western world, but because people across the nation — all shared the same views as this chairman. They rose up in unison jamming the Capitol switchboard to express their outrage over the “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” bill which was nothing short of amnesty. Ultimately their efforts caused its defeat. There are no strings. Just American citizens doing what they have done since the Revolution.

The new and impressive blog, Growing Our Party, also addresses this issue.

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream – or maybe not

September 26, 2008

 It was bound to happen

The wing-nut folks over at PETA have a new ace up their sleeves. They want Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream to tap nursing moms, rather than cows, for the milk used in its ice cream treats.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is asking the ice cream maker to begin using breast milk in its products instead of cow’s milk, saying it would reduce the suffering of cows and calves and give ice cream lovers a healthier product, according to an AP article.

This is PETA’s letter to the ice cream company.

As expected, the idea got a cool reception from Ben & Jerry’s officials, the company’s customers and even La Leche League International, the world’s oldest breast-feeding support organization, which promotes the practice – for babies, anyway

The well-known liberal ice cream moguls do have a conservative rival — of sorts — but co-founders Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield aren’t amused.

If you’re interested in eating a scoop of Lefty Lemon, Obama Surprise or Progressive Pistachio,* here are some Valley locations to indulge your sweet tooth.

*Just joking folks!