Posts Tagged ‘Democratic Party’
By Le Corbeaunoir Danger
AUTHOR’S NOTE: Some friends and I were drinking beer the other night while watching the news about New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner and his latest apology for emailing photos of his crank and texting dirty on the internet. One of my friends then reminded me that I used to be a sometimes speech writer for a local politician back in my native state of New York, and dared me to write a campaign speech I would like to see Weiner give. After a few more beers, I accepted the challenge and wrote the following parody:
“Hello. My name is Anthony Weiner and I’m running for Mayor of New York. Yes, I want to be the Big Apple’s Big Weiner.
“I thank the Democratic Party for enabling me all of these years. I could not have become all that I symbolize today without the generous encouragement and support of the Democratic Party. I also thank my wife for enabling me to be the kind of person I am. Her approval is what has allowed me to stay in this race and get closer to putting my hand on the keys to the city. The Democratic Party and my wife have freed me from the burdens of good character and common decency, allowing me to flagrantly engage in my own special brand of degeneracy without fear of moral recrimination or political consequences. Their support has never gone limp. For this I will always owe them my amazing political viability.
“Standing fully erect before you today, I say that what City Hall needs is a 6-foot-5-inch Weiner thrust deep into the seat of government. Not just any Weiner, but a Weiner that has performed before the entire world. A Weiner we all have come to know.
“I say that when voters go into those little booths to stroke their ballots in private, I want them to stroke one for me. My new campaign slogan is simple and direct: ‘Stroke Weiner When You Vote.’
“As I look down at New York City spread wide before me, I see a city that craves Weiner. A city that just can’t get enough of Weiner.
“Thinking about how New York wants Weiner has made my political determination rigid and firm, and pointed me in the direction I am taking today.
“And to those who moan that I have gone far enough and now need to quickly pull out of the race, I have this to say: First of all, my pulling out now would be premature, and would leave voters frustrated and unsatisfied. I want to stimulate and satisfy every voter I can between now and Election Day, or my sexting pseudonym isn’t Carlos Danger.
“Second of all, I intend to stick it out. I intend to stick it out all over our great city. I intend to stick it out all over the internet and on cable television. I intend to stick it out in every borough and neighborhood, in and out of every venue I can until the body of voters beg me to please stop because it can’t take any more Weiner.
“I am, above all, a hands-on candidate eager to plunge deep into the body politic, and my campaign organization has the stamina to go all the way, and then some.
“Size matters, and we are campaigning big. Our massive voter communication and social networking effort has exposed more of me to more voters than any other candidate in this race, especially on Twitter. It has made “Weiner” a household word.
“Now, there will be a lot of hot, sweaty campaigning between now and the September 10 primary, and the job will get even dirtier between then and the final election on November 5, but I am confident that I will always end up on top of all the other bodies in the pile.
“My campaign organization will swell and rub against millions of Gothamites, probing them at every turn. I will be go in and out of every community that lets me in, moving deeper and deeper, again and again, slowly at first, and then in ever-quickening thrusts to the pulsating rhythm of raw political intercourse, heaving and groaning, until climaxing on Election Day in a spectacular, orgasmic release of political inhibition. And, after the full rapture of the campaign leaves us exhausted and fully pleasured, the campaign will roll over and have a cigarette.
“I say come with me. Come with me all the way through the campaign, and enjoy the sweet, indescribable joy of sticking a Big Weiner in the City of New York Mayor’s seat.
“Thank you all, and please remember to Stroke Weiner When You Vote.”
Commentary by GH Khan
The nonpartisan race for Mayor of St. Petersburg matters, and the time has come for conservatives of all stripes to fully and without reservation back the re-election of Bill Foster for Mayor of St. Petersburg.
That is the message emerging from a series of polls that show Foster trailing challengers Kathleen Ford and Rick Kriseman in the run-up to the August 27 St. Petersburg primary. Conservatives need to set aside their disappointments with Foster over his often folksy, rather ambiguous, and sometimes downright mushy approach to many of the issues facing our fair city. In particular, conservatives will have to overlook His Honor’s deficient leadership over issues surrounding The Pier.
This is a nonpartisan race with far-ranging consequences. The chief executive of Florida’s third-largest city has influence far beyond City Hall, and far beyond the city limits. This means that the more conservative the mayor is the more favorable the political environment will be for conservatives and their ideas, and that is why this race matters to conservatives.
It is extremely unlikely at this point that any candidate in the mayor’s race will receive the required 50% of the vote plus one to win the race in the August 27 St. Petersburg Primary, which means that there will be a November run-off between the two top vote getters. The two biggest threats to Foster’s re-election are Ford and Kriseman. The other two candidates in the race, Anthony Cates and Paul Congemi, are unlikely to have any statistically significant impact on the race. Ford and Kriseman each show stronger polling strength than Foster, and Foster will have to beat at least one of them in the primary in order to be in the running in the November election. Kriseman, an unremarkable garden-variety liberal Democrat, is seen by some as more beatable by Foster in November than remarkable progressive Democrat Ford would be, making Ford the candidate Foster must best in the primary.
To know Bill Foster is to like him. The Mayor has done a lot of good campaigning to date, and has garnered a lot of important endorsements, but there is a lot more to be done. Foster needs to shore up his base and, to the extent possible, expand his appeal to other voters. He needs to send to voters a sharp, clear message of accomplishments and the path he will take to further accomplishments in his next term. He needs to define his candidacy and the issues of the election, and not cede the initiative to his challengers to define things for him: E.g., The Pier is only one of many issues facing St. Petersburg voters, and not the most important one in this election. No more muddled, ambiguous pandering that appeals to all and satisfies none. He needs to reconnect to social conservatives of all types, and not just the local Republican hierarchy (Foster is a Republican). He badly needs to repair his relationship with St. Petersburg’s African-American community, which has a history of being very forgiving of political trespassing. He needs to raise a boatload of money and use it to saturate the available media with his improved message. Perhaps Foster also needs a new consultant, one who has an intimate understanding of the politics of The Burg and can generate a winning strategy that will get Foster through the primary and on to victory in November.
So, what’s not to like about Ford?
Kathleen Ford has unsuccessfully run for Mayor of St. Petersburg twice previously, losing the first time to Rick Baker and losing the second time to Bill Foster. She has previously served on the City Council. Ford is presently riding a wave of notoriety arising from her litigation over The Pier. This will give her an edge with many of the voters who will be voting on The Pier in the August primary. This popularity is, however, very thin and is undercut by several of Ford’s strong negatives. To know Kathleen Ford is to have strong feelings about her; indeed, one of the jokes going around town lately is that “Will Rogers never met Kathleen Ford.”* Ford has been described as being self-righteous, condescending and rude to those who disagrees with her. She also has been criticized for being reluctant to admit when she is wrong, and being given to blame others for her failings, as when in her 2009 campaign for mayor she disingenuously tried to blame her use of the racially offensive term “HNIC” on the radio host who was interviewing her when she used it. It was this insensitivity and ignorance that earned Ford condemnation from distinguished St. Petersburg Times columnist Bill Maxwell and effectively destroyed her bid for mayor that year. Her overall judgment and competency as an attorney is also questionable in light of the debacle she made of her lawsuit against the City of St. Petersburg over the closing of The Pier, in which she made an ill-fated attempt to join as “indispensable parties” in the suit the more than 15,000 persons who signed the petition to get The Pier on the August ballot.
Ford also has been accused of being self-serving, and some have opined that Ford’s initiation of this ill-fated lawsuit was just a gimmick to get her name in the press and heighten her visibility prior to her run for mayor. She also has been accused of being a loose cannon, which is one of the main reasons that the pro-abortion group Ruth’s List Florida will not back her in this election, despite her credentials as a progressive.For conservatives, there is a lot about Ford to dislike. During the June 28 mayoral candidate debate sponsored by the NAACP, Ford prattled on about, among other things, the need for “affordable” (read: taxpayer-funded) housing, her opposition to police chases, and her belief in (Republican) voter suppression. In past elections Ford has been enthusiastically supported by the SEIU, the Suncoast Sierra Club, and the Florida National Organization of Women Political Action Committee. Ford can fairly be described as a pandering progressive who favors big government with an authoritarian bent, making it very unlikely that she would be willing to work with members of the City Council to forge the sort of consensus that allows city government to serve its citizens effectively.
There is not much time left for conservatives to get in the game. St. Petersburg has chosen not to do early voting, but voting by mail is an option. The deadline to mail ballots to overseas and absent military voters is July 13; the deadline to begin to mail ballots to domestic voters is July 23. The voter registration deadline is July 27. The polls open on August 27 at 7:00 AM and close at 7:00 PM. Don’t forget to bring some identification.
* American humorist Will Rogers is famously quoted as having said that he never met a man he didn’t like.
By Spartacus Thrace
As 2013 dawns across America, the Progressive Movement appears to be at the zenith of their power within the federal government and throughout major sectors of American society and culture. Buttressed by decades-long control or domination of the academy, the theater, the press, labor, and the Democratic Party, the Progressives have fundamentally changed the state of the nation by creating a secular utopian statist path as an alternative to the religious individualistic minimalist government path set down by the Founders two centuries ago and expressed in the obligations of the government to the governed they enshrined in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
The Declaration has long been treated by many in power as an irrelevant historical relic. The radical notion that the Constitution is a “living document” has gained wide adherence across several parts of the societal spectrum, even among those who hold themselves out as experts on matters of constitutional law. America is now governed by a semi-permanent ruling class, engaged in rampant self-entitlement, seeing itself as separate and apart from — and superior to — the governed. The notions of the American melting pot of disparate peoples and American exceptionalism have been lost to Balkanization of the population along the classic imaginary socialist fault lines of race, ethnicity, gender, and class. The fundamental concept of minimalism — where the power of government is a revocable grant from the governed and the government has only that power and authority necessary to perform the essential duties entrusted to it by the governed — has long been smothered by massive growth in the size, power, and reach of the federal government and the concomitant decrease in individual liberty. Read the rest of this entry »
By Spartacus Thrace
We rightfully expect political candidates and the people around them to be morally upright and of excellent character as a condition precedent to the ability to properly conduct themselves in the affairs of government if and when elected. The fact that a candidate for public office has pornography on his or her computer or subscribes to a pornography feed should be big news in any election, as it says a lot about the morals and character of the candidate. Presidential candidates and their committees are no exception. That is why it is significant and relevant to the election of our next President that the Barack Obama campaign subscribes to the pornography feed, https://twitter.com/ILikeTitsDaily, which features a daily posting of (often gaudy) photographs of the exposed breasts of women. Sometimes the breasts are not completely exposed, often the breasts are framed without showing even the faces of the women, and the sexual organs are exposed in some of the photographs.
One of the most enduring and effective weapons employed by the radical statists who comprise the mainstream media (MSM) is the political “hatchet job.” Wielded for decades with near-impunity by the MSM against conservatives, Republicans, and other political enemies, the hatchet job has been a potent force for the Left in its efforts to reduce or eliminate political debate at the national, state, and local levels. This article is a primer for conservatives and members of the New Media on what a hatchet job is and how it is employed.
Hatchet Job Defined
A hatchet job is a biased, maliciously destructive, and often cruel written or spoken critique or attack on the character or activities of a person, organization, or institution. In its most common form, a hatchet job comprises a printed attempt disparage, discredit, and ultimately destroy a targeted person’s or organization’s reputation in the eyes of the public and to deny the target public sympathy or support through the use of innuendo, inaccuracies, and misleading statements. It is also used for the inherently undemocratic purpose of intimidating and stifling political opposition or dissent.
The hatchet job is a work of pseudo-journalist art, psychological warfare, and political disinformation. Hatchet jobs are in derogation of the ethical rule that journalists should always be honest, fair and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting information.1 While some hatchet jobs are one-time efforts, many are part of a sustained political campaign. The smear campaign waged by the MSM against Sarah Palin is an example of the latter. Few are blatant, and most are quite subtle. Sometimes, for example, a direct accusation against the target is merely the carrier for darker and more ominous insinuations. In many more cases, however, factual errors, innuendo, and implications of wrongdoing are placed alongside, and draw plausibility from, scattered truths to create a grossly distorting effect on the reader or viewer. Read the rest of this entry »
(Video courtesy PCREC)
(April 11, 2011) Jay Beyrouti is a man with a mission, and remains focused on Republican victory in 2012. As the Chairman of the Pinellas County Republican Executive Committee (PCREC), he has invigorated that organization’s fundraising, recruitment, and political clout as he readies Pinellas Republicans for the fight of 2012. But the path to victory in 2012 remains strewn with challenges. Read the rest of this entry »
(March 14, 2011) If one wants to see and feel just how much grassroots energy and strength is being generated by the Republican Party these days, one of the best places to go is to a monthly meeting of one of their county executive committees.
The county executive committee is the lowest level of formal organization in the Republican Party, and it is at this level that the future stars of that party are born and nurtured. One such committee worth watching is the Pinellas County Republican Executive Committee (PCREC), which has emerged as a political powerhouse in what traditionally has been one of the biggest swing districts in the State of Florida. Led by its chairman, Jay J. Beyrouti, the unofficial motto of the committee seems to be “Work Hard, Think Deep, Plan Long.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Le Corbeaunoir
It is not every day that someone from the neighborhood makes national news, and it makes sense for a member of the public to think that such an event would attract the attention of the local press. Alas, that is not always the case when it comes to the liberal media.
That having been said, it is remarkable that a 19-month criminal prosecution for voter registration law violations committed by a Pinellas County leftist working for a nationally-scandalized progressive activist group with ties to the Democratic Party has received virtually no coverage in the local press: As a result of this self-imposed news blackout, the recent prosecution of Amy Busefink by the Nevada authorities has made her notorious across the country, yet little is known locally about her and her crimes. That is unfortunate, because this case can be very instructive on the matter of how and why the radicals see voter registration as a key battleground in their class warfare strategy.
With that in mind, this post is intended to help conservatives get a handle on this case, and understand who was involved, what happened, why it happened, and what it means. Read the rest of this entry »
By Spartacus Thrace
R. Scott Andringa is already running for county court judge, even though the 2012 election is almost two years away. He is running for the seat currently occupied by his father.
Among the elected officials in Pinellas County up for election in 2012 is Judge of the County Court, Group 2, a seat currently occupied by Henry J. “Hank” Andringa, who is expected to retire in 2012. Until now, there has been considerable speculation as to who might run for this seat when it becomes vacant. That speculation ended December 13, 2010 when, with little fanfare, Andringa’s son, Attorney R. Scott Andringa, announced that he has entered the race to succeed his father when the next election is held, on November 6, 2012.
Robert Scott Andringa is a 1986 graduate of St. Petersburg High School, a 1990 graduate of Florida State University, and a 1992 graduate of Stetson Law School. He was admitted to the practice of law in Florida in 1993. He has worked as a prosecutor from 1993 to 2004 for the 6th Judicial Circuit in New Port Richey and from 2004 to 2006 in the 16th Judicial Circuit in Plantation Key. He is a solo practitioner doing business in Largo, Florida as R. Scott Andringa, Esquire, LLC, and Suncoast Arbitration & Mediation, Inc., handling administrative, civil, and criminal cases. He has been admitted to practice by The Florida Bar, the U.S. Middle District of Florida, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He also is a Florida Supreme Court-certified mediator in Circuit Civil, County, Family and Foreclosure cases. Read the rest of this entry »
By Spartacus Thrace
On Monday evening, November 8, 2010, outgoing United States Senator George LeMieux addressed the Pinellas County Republican Executive Committee (PCREC). LeMieux, who had been appointed by Gov. Charlie Crist to complete the remaining term of Sen. Mel Martinez, spoke about some of his experiences in the Senate and how important it was to send the right people to Congress. He criticized the Democrat-dominated Senate for its passage of regulation that did not address the underlying problems that brought about the financial crisis, passage of Obamacare and the false promises of its proponents, and the Senate’s adjournment without addressing next year’s taxes. LeMieux also addressed the looming national debt crisis facing the United States, telling his audience that “it’s worth than you think” and that failure of Democrats and Republicans to act will lead to a crisis similar to what Greece is experiencing. LeMieux told his audience that there is nothing that Americans cannot do, that it is not our people who are broken — it is our government that is broken. He told those assembled that they need to send the right people, “problem-solvers,” to Washington who will do their jobs and come home home and live under the laws they passed, and he praised his successor, incoming Senator Marco Rubio, as one of the right people to send to the Senate.
Here is Senator LeMieux’s speech in its entirety, divided into two 10-minute segments [Hat-tip to the PCREC]:
Exit question: Will George LeMieux run for the United States Senate in 2012?