The Jake Files

January 30, 2006

Shadegg for Majority Leader

Filed under: Arizona,Conservative,Politics,Republican Party — Amazing Jake @ 10:51 pm

This is encouraging (hat tip Instapundit):

But neutral observers and individuals sympathetic to Bohener and Shadegg say that in the complicated world of leadership races, endorsements are good for only one go around on the carousel. And a source familiar with the Shadegg campaign notes that it is “tricky for Blunt to whip a second ballot given his” public claims of having already reached 117. Asked outright if Shadegg has asked for and received promises of second ballot support from Blunt and Boehner backers, this source offered an unequivocal “yes.”

As I’ve posted on previously, Jeff Flake is my representative, not Shadegg.  I don’t know that much about Shadegg other than what has been reported.  What I do know, is that he’s the best hope the GOP has to stop the insanity that is big government, big spending, appearance-of-impropriety, etc. 

I remember reading a post at The Truth Laid Bear right after Shadegg entered the race endorsing his prospective leadership, which was countersigned by quite a few other conservative bloggers.  Count me in.

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Support Cindy Sheehan!

Filed under: Cindy Sheehan,Moonbats,Politics — Amazing Jake @ 10:31 pm

Help make Cindy Sheehan the next Senator moonbat from California, by supporting her efforts to unseat Diane Feinstein:

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January 28, 2006–Cindy Sheehan, the peace activist who set up camp near President Bush’s Texas ranch last summer, said Saturday she is considering running against Sen. Dianne Feinstein to protest what she called the California lawmaker’s support for the war in Iraq. “She voted for the war. She continues to vote for the funding. She won’t call for an immediate withdrawal of the troops,”…

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January 28, 2006

Saturday Morning Catch-up

Filed under: General,Judicial Activism — Amazing Jake @ 9:12 am

So, The Amazing Jake has been busy lately, and hasn’t had much time to post, much less keep up on the news of the day.  Stuff I’ve wanted to comment on for the last week or so include:

Judge Cashman reconsiders the molester sentence, but is still still woefully inadequate in handing down a appropriate punishment.

UPDATE:  Preschoolers tear-assing through the house and various weekend chores interrupted my Saturday morning blogging.  More to come when time permits.

January 13, 2006

French Aircraft Carrier Stopped by Egyptian-Environmentalist Alliance

Filed under: Environmentalist Whackos,France,Military,Old Europe — Amazing Jake @ 9:52 am

I didn’t even know the French HAD an aircraft carrier:

The misadventures of the French aircraft carrier Clemenceau – once the pride of the fleet – have taken another surprising turn with Egypt refusing to let the decommissioned ship pass through the Suez Canal on its way to an Indian scrapheap, citing concerns that it contained dangerous amounts of asbestos.

The Clemenceau’s two-week voyage, behind a tugboat and with a French naval escort, comes after drawn-out legal squabbling with environmental groups and has sparked a fierce controversy in France and India…
…Hours before the announcement, two activists from the environmental group Greenpeace climbed high on the vessel with banners reading “Asbestos Carrier: Stay Out of India.”
Greenpeace, which has campaigned to stop the Clemenceau from traveling the 4,730 nautical miles to India, or 7,000 kilometers, accused France of acting illegally. Greenpeace contends the ship would pose a risk to Indian shipyard workers.
Will French take Egypt to the UN, or will they act unilaterally to protect their national interests?  (my money’s on unilateral action)  Will France surrender to the Rainbox Warrior?  The Amazing Jake will be closely monitoring this international development.

January 11, 2006

Lost: 23rd Psalm

Filed under: General,Lost,Television — Amazing Jake @ 9:37 pm

The first new episode of Lost since November aired tonight, and it was definitely worth the wait.  TV Squad has a good summary here (beware of spoilers).  One question I have is, what verses were carved into Eko’s club?  If anyone knows, leave a comment.  I’ll watch it again when I get back home.

 

 

January 10, 2006

Business Travel Sucks

Filed under: Family,Work — Amazing Jake @ 10:05 pm

So, some may have noticed that I haven’t followed up on the state of the state address yesterday, and I have yet to post once on the Alito confirmation hearings.

The reason is, I spent all day flying to get to Columbus OH for a 2-day business meeting.  My flight got in late, it was raining, and I’ve never been here before.  I forgot to print out a map before I left home, so I was at the mercy of the guy at the rental car company, so it took me a while to find my hotel.

I get to my hotel room, and my options for catching up on the day’s events are:  CNN and MSNBC (Tucker Carlson).  No Fox News, no C-SPAN.  So, while I unpacked, changed, ate, etc., I got a few quotes with the appropriate snarky comments from Jon Stewart.  My hometown senator, Jon Kyl (the OTHER Sentator named Jon from Arizona), hit the bigtime by being mentioned on the Daily Show. 

The other thing that sucks about business travel is I tend to have family crises while I’m gone.  The last time I traveled, the air conditioner went out at home, during the summer, while I was out of state.  Hundreds of dollars, and buckets of my wife’s and kids’ sweat later, the air was restored just before I got home.  This time, my car went out just as I was trying to get to the airport.  So, the Amazing Mrs. Jake had to drop me off at the airport, which is no big deal, but she’ll also have to pick me up close to midnight on Thursday night, with the kids if we don’t find another alternative.  Not to mention the hundreds of dollars it’s going to cost to get the car fixed.

Travel also makes me appreciate my family.  I can’t wait to get home.

January 9, 2006

Arizona State of the State Address

Filed under: Arizona,Border Security,Illegal Immigration,Politics — Amazing Jake @ 2:49 pm

I heard a little bit of Janet Napolitano’s State of the State address on the radio.  I missed most of it, but will look for a transcript and update the post later.

What grabbed my attention was her 4 part plan to address illegal immigration.  She says she will propose $100 million to fund these initiatives:

  • Address criminal activity by illegal immigrants and criminal syndicates
  • Strengthen border security and increase DPS funding.  She has asked Secretary Rumsfeld to invoke some statute that would allow for federal funding for National Guard troops to be stationed at the border.
  • She wants us to “get real” about the root cause of illegal immigration.  She referred to an executive order issued last year on the subject of prohibiting state business with employers that hire illegal immigrants.  (Not sure how this is enforced)  She is proposing “substantial” fines and penalties for all employers that hire illegals.
  • My phone rang during point #4, but it had something to do with encouraging immigration reform at the federal level.

At first blush, these seem like fairly conservative ideas.  My only other reaction so far is, it sure beats the defeatism of the 51 foot ladder:

 “You show me a 50-foot wall and I’ll show you a 51-foot ladder at the border. That’s the way the border works,” Napolitano told the Associated Press.

Will have to get the transcript later.  AZCentral.com already has a brief recap here.

 

Border Fence

Good old-fashioned ingenuity in Iraq solving real problems:

SINIYAH, Iraq (AP) – Villagers watched from rooftops as U.S. military bulldozers heaved a wall of sand into snaking lines around their homes Saturday in an attempt to trap insurgents believed to be hiding among them.

The drastic tactic in Siniyah came after weeks of increasingly bold insurgent attacks, including almost daily roadside bombs targeting 101st Airborne Division soldiers patrolling the village, 250 kilometres north of Baghdad.

“This is not in any of the courses they teach in the army,” said Maj. Shawn Daniel, who oversees operations for the 3rd Brigade’s 33rd Cavalry Regiment. “But if bad people are coming to Siniyah to attack coalition forces, let’s catch them at the gate.”

Spanning 10 kilometres and broken by watchtowers to be manned by Iraqi security forces, the three-metre tall crude barrier is the army’s latest tool to rout out insurgents.

Construction was expected to last several days. (emphasis mine)  Once complete, all vehicles leaving or entering the village will be stopped as soldiers look for known insurgents, bomb-making materials and illegal weapons.

So, the army can erect a crude barrier in a matter of days to keep terrorists out of an Iraqi town, using nothing but what they already have on hand in Iraq.  The estimates for a fence on the southern US border with Mexico run $1.5 to $2 million PER MILE:

WASHINGTON — The House voted last night to build nearly 700 miles of fence along the U.S.-Mexico border as it began the first major floor debate in years on enforcing immigration laws.
    
    The vote, 260-159, came on an amendment to a border-security and employer-verification bill that is scheduled for a final vote today.

Mr. Hunter’s plan calls for 698 miles of fence at five locations along the 1,940-mile border. The barrier would be modeled from the San Diego fence, a two-layered reinforced fence with roads, surveillance cameras and sensors. Cost estimates run from $1.5 million to $2 million per mile.

So, some quick math leads me to believe it would cost $1 billion to $1.4 billion for just the 698 miles proposed in the bill on December 15th.  To cover the whole border with Mexico, it would cost between $2.9 and $3.9 billion.

If the military can use their initiative to solve a problem like this in short period of time with just the tools they have available, why can’t the Congress and the Dept of Homeland Security do the same thing at home?

The answer:  the political will to do it.

Tom Delay Out as Majority Leader

Filed under: Arizona,Conservative,Main Stream Media,Politics,Republican Party — Amazing Jake @ 12:41 am

So, I saw this as breaking news on Fox as I left the house this morning and haven’t had much time to research the story.  One nugget I heard yesterday had to do with this, but I didn’t find the details until just now:

WASHINGTON – Arizona’s Rep. Jeff Flake on Friday was among Republican lawmakers leading efforts to permanently replace Rep. Tom DeLay as majority leader amid the growing corruption scandal tied to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Flake and Rep. Charles Bass, R-N.H., began circulating a petition to House colleagues calling for a special election when the House returns to Washington later this month to pick “permanent representatives for any vacant leadership position.”

“Congressman Flake is not pleased with the current direction of the Republican Party and he feels that a leadership election would spur some competing visions for reform,” Flake spokesman Matthew Specht said. “He believes that the party needs a course correction and that starts with an election for a permanent majority leader.”

Now, Representative Flake is my congressman.  I generally agree with most of what he stands for, although I frequently find myself wondering about his effectiveness in Congress.  He seems to be against things more than he is for things, which in a weird sort of way, reminds me of the democrats.  He is very conservative (which I like), especially on spending (which I really like), but he has a reputation for being hard to work with in Congress so I wonder how well he is representing my district.  Those 320-10 votes – he’s usually one of the 10, voting against a bill on principle because of a spending issue.  I LOVE the principle, but I think he goes about it the wrong way.

Which brings me back to circulating petitions to oust the majority leader.  Tom Delay has been, on balance, a good majority leader for the party.  He’s brought a hell of a lot of bad publicity, and the target on his back is largely of his own doing.  I love the fact that he smiled in his booking photo after being arrested to deny the MSM the opportunity to photoshop his picture for the next weekly news magazine, a la OJ Simpson.  But that kind of thing sends the lefty fringe over the edge, and that brings more attention.  Bottom line, Delay pushed the edge and surrounded himself with unethical people, but I doubt he broke any laws.  If he did he deserves whatever punishment he gets, but my sense is this whole sordid affair (regarding Delay’s involvement, not Abramoff) has been largely manufactured by the Dems and their MSM lackeys.

So, Delay showed bad judgment in getting caught in the appearance of impropriety.  Just the appearance, given the current political climate, should be enough to make him take one for the team and resign.  What he didn’t need to do is resign under pressure, with a knife in his back from my congressman.

Now that he has decided to resign, who will take his place?  Most media reports I’ve seen agree that current majority whip and acting leader Roy Blunt (MO) is the frontrunner, and John Boehner (OH) confirmed as challenging him. 

Yawn.

There’s something to be said for having someone in the leadership that has zero name recogntion.  Speaker Dennis Hastert hasn’t been villainized by the opposition because no one knows who he is, and he doesn’t do anything controversial (that I’ve heard of).  That’s one approach.

Another approach would be to go with one of the dark horse candidates, specifically Mike Pence of Indiana.  Representative Pence is known as the fiscal conservative who dared to suggest that Hurricane Katrina relief be paid for by offsetting cuts in earmarked appropriations (i.e. PORK) in other districts.  I could find the links on Instapundit, but this post is so long already I think I need to stop.

So what was the point of all this rambling?

  • Tom Delay out – not a bad outcome
  • Jeff Flake – love the positions, hate the methods
  • Mike Pence – more interesting than the favored candidates

Brevity is the soul of wit, and I shall endeavor to remember that for the next post.

 

January 7, 2006

Battlestar Galactica

Filed under: Entertainment,Television — Amazing Jake @ 11:28 pm

Last night’s episode, Resurrection Ship, was worth the wait.  Minor spoiler alert – I love the way both Adama and Admiral Cain are plotting each other’s assasination.  This will be interesting to watch play out.

As an aside, catching up on the previously DVR’d Arrested Development episodes was so much more satisfying than The Book of Daniel (see previous post).  I predict cancellation within 3 more episodes. 

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