Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Deadbeat Celebrity!

check it out!

“Conservative Deadbeat” last night contributed $85 to National Review. It’s his duty, he explains:
Nancy Pelosi said unemployment benefits are the best way to stimulate economy. I am trying to prove her right. I was fired a month ago and am donating my unemployment checks to conservative candidates and blogs so we can undo everything she and her buddies have done and turn this economy and country around. You guys do a great job, keep fighting the good fight!
Sean Bielat in Massachusetts and Allen West in Florida, among others, have also benefitted from his generosity with his unemployment checks.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Second Round of Donations

Thank you guys for my massive avalanche of followers (7) and spate of comments (2), it really means a lot.

Time for the Second round of donations and to redistribute other peoples money into ways that I think it will be better utilized (Hey Barrack I understand now, this is fun!).

For new readers check out the idea of this blog here, or just scroll down to the first post

Two of the three candidates chosen today are from the comments, which I cherish, so here we go

#1 Ruth McClung from AZ

You know how when Obama was running we were constantly assured about how smart and capable he was?  How he had the credentials of someone who knew about the world and was gifted with a mind to match his oratory?  When he said things like 57 states in America, that inflating our tires and getting regular tuneups would solve our dependence on fossil fuels, or used failure of the Post Office vs UPS and Fed Ex as a justification for nationalizing medicine we were told Shut Up.  He is smarter than us.  He went to an Ivy League school.  It always really bothered me, I am not impressed by Ivy League educations (Sorry Dad) and especially degrees in Political Science.

However, I am impressed by Rocket Scientists, like Rush McClung.  Worked her way through college on a combination of a tennis scholarship and the night shift at Del Taco.  Now works as a rocket scientist while her and her husband try to start their own business.  Again, the recurring themes, out of the political establishment, small business owner and veteran will keep popping up here.  Maybe a rocket scientist can translate what in God's name Joe Biden and Barney Frank are talking about.  Explain how expanding health coverage over 50 million new people will make things cost less.  How we have to spend money to stop ourselves from going bankrupt.

Further, she is trying to unseat Raul Grijalva, who is at the top of the Progressive Caucus.  He actually called for a boycott of Arizona, the state that he represents and lives in, as a response to the AZ immigration law and he supports expanding federal funding of ACORN.  Good enough for me

$100 her way.  Read more and Donate here

#2 Jesse Kelly AZ-8

This is from the comments and from Ace.  Veteran, Small business, and political outsider.  Jesse decided to run for office the day Obama signed the Stimulus / Generational Theft Act.  Small government conservative who is against Obamacare, the stimulus amnesty etc etc.

Really like his take on bipartisanship also

"People want their representatives to work together in a bipartisan way to get things done," said Giffords, who touts her 2009 rating by the nonpartisan National Journal as the most centrist member of Arizona's congressional delegation. "My opponent has said some remarkably tough statements such as, 'Hopefully, there will be no Democrats left in Congress' after the election and that he wants to 'crush liberals.' That's not my approach. To be a community leader, you need to bring people together."
Kelly, an Iraq war veteran who grew up in Montana and has never held elective office, scoffs at the idea of bipartisanship.
"Bipartisanship in Washington means Republicans selling out their conservative principles in order to appear nice on MSNBC," he told a town-hall meeting at the Oro Valley Country Club.
Kelly blasts Giffords for voting for health-care reform. He also criticizes her votes on an energy bill that sought to reduce global warming but which critics said would increase energy costs. And he said the $787 billion stimulus bill that Giffords supported has not created jobs.
"Gabrielle Giffords has provided four years of failure - on the border, on unemployment, on the deficit," Kelly said.

$100 His way.  Read more and Donate here

#3 Allen West of FL

He was not supposed to give a speech, this was mostly off the cuff, give it a listen.  Listen to the way he riffs on American Exceptionalism and the founding of this country,  I get goosebumps from stuff like this.  

Conservative veteran who is unflinchingly patriotic and proud of his country.  Speaks with passion and cites founding fathers, historical dates and events and leads chants about bayonets.  What more do you want?  Fiscally conservative and strong supporter of Israel.  Get on board.

He was fined during his time in Iraq, not court martialed.  Basically, there was an up tick of ambushes and IEDs in his sector and his men were being killed.  He took over an interrogation that had been going nowhere and told the prisoner if he did not talk he was going to shoot him.  He counted off the paces and fired a shot over the guys head and, after crapping himself I assume, the terrorist talked.  Two more insurgents were captured and the attacks stopped.  Resigned his commission when he came home.  Listen to this whole thing, the money line is here

"When I was asked if I would do this again I clearly stated if it was about the health and safety of my men I would go through hell with a gasoline can."

How refreshing and inspiring is this when you have a President that is such an effete pantywaist he has to convene a panel of experts to determine whose ass he should kick?

$100 his way, Read more and Donate here

For the blog this week its going to go to NRO

I read The Corner and the Campaign Spot all day long.  Great sources of election information, pop culture nonsense and Friedman and Krugman bashing.

$85 their way

Friday, October 22, 2010

What is the difference

Between Juan Williams

“I mean, look, Bill, I’m not a bigot. You know the kind of books I’ve written about the civil rights movement in this country. But when I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.”

and Obama?

The point I was making was not that my grandmother harbors any racial animosity, but that she is a typical white person. If she sees somebody on the street that she doesn’t know (pause) there’s a reaction in her that doesn’t go away and it comes out in the wrong way.”

I can no more disown him than I can disown the black community. I can no more disown him than I can my white grandmother – a woman who helped raise me, a woman who sacrificed again and again for me, a woman who loves me as much as she loves anything in this world, but a woman who once confessed her fear of black men who passed by her on the street, and who on more than one occasion has uttered racial or ethnic stereotypes that made me cringe.

I dont see much to choose from between the two.  And I thought Eric Holder told me that we were a nation of cowards for not being able to have a conversation about race. No?

Either way, I do not give a rats ass what is on NPR, they can kowtow to the CAIR and institute sharia, its not like anyone listens to them aside from cab drivers who are on their cell phone anyway and pantywaist liberals.  They can all wear Che shirts and talk about Mao, just get them off the public teat.  If that is not the first thing we can agree to defund to shrink the size of government it has to be at least in the top 5.  I would choose Dept of Education first, but that one is a little harder to gain traction

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Making a Point and or Sending a Message

I was doing some GOTV work with a very conservative woman.  She could not have been any nicer, she referred me to a number of intellectual conservative groups in Chicago that sound really interesting and we got along great.  The one area that we disagreed was on the upcoming IL Senate race.  She refuses to vote for Mark Kirk and I completely understand.  Kirk voted for Cap and Tax and voted against the surge in his time in the House.  He is a classic RINO, cut from the exact same cloth as Snowe, Collins, Graham or McCain.  Worships at the altar of bi-partisanship which, in his eyes, means conservatives forsaking their principles so the Times and MSNBC will say nice things about them.

That is why on election day I am going to wake up, vote for Mark Kirk, then hit the phone banks for 4-6 hours to make sure as many people as I can reach do the same thing, then go home and take an hour long shower with steel wool and bleach.

I agree with wanting send Mark Kirk a message but I think of this the way we used to think about foreign policy.  That politics stop at the water.  I am fully behind rough and tumble primaries that define the idealogical direction of a party or a campaign but once that is decided vote for the guy who won.  Or at least the guy who is not a mobbed up failed banker like Alexi.  I plan on campaigning like hell for Kirk because he will take office in November and serve through the lame duck term and will be another speed bump for any nonsense that the Dems attempt in that time.  I will also campaign like hell for any real conservative that challenges him in the next primary.  Take your medicine and deal with it.

PS.  Wish Murkowski Castle and Crist would subscribe to this school of thought.  The entrenched establishment  Republicans needs to go but it needs to happen in a primary, not electing criminals to Congress out of spite.

Monday, October 18, 2010

First Round of Donations

Approved for my unemployment benefits of $385 a week.  As Nancy said, this is the best way to stimulate the economy.  My experiment/way of not feeling like a complete deadbeat is to donate this money to conservative candidates who will stimulate the economy by undoing everything Pelosi, Reid and Obama are doing.  Now let's get to the good part, the donations.

First is a completely visceral decision.  There is no politician that bothers me more than Barney Frank.  If you are reading this blog and need a primer on why Barney Frank is despicable, you are probably in the wrong place and should head back to tmz.com, but I will give a quick recap.

Out of touch with the real world and realities of the market, especially in the housing market, encouraging FNM and FRE to "roll the dice" by taking on more subprime risk.

Refuses to acknowledge his and the governments roll in the crisis and demagoguing class warrior.

On top of all this, just an arrogant, blustering, condescending jerk with an overinflated sense of entitlement.

My first $100 is going to Sean Bielat, to retire Barney Frank.  Marine who builds robots to kill terrorists when he is not killing them himself.  Real world experience, leadership on the battlefield and in the private sector.  Experience building business and willing to speak like a grown up on budget and entitlement realities.  Check out his site for more details and to donate.

Barney is ahead, but hes scared.  He is raising hell to get Obama and Bill Clinton to make campaign appearances for him in the one the deepest blue districts in MA.

Second $100 donation is a little more local for me.  Bobby Schilling is a small business owner trying to unseat Phil "The Constitution does not matter to me" Hare.  Bobby quit the corporate world and opened a pizzeria with his family that has grown from a storefront to multiple locations (military vet and small business owner are going to be recurring themes in where my donations go as I think those are two of things that should be pre reqs for office).  Whereas Bobby has experience meeting payroll growing a business, Phil Hare thinks that the massive federal debt is fiction.  I would rather my state be represented by someone living in a reality based world.  Learn more about Bobby and donate here

My next $100 is a bit of a cop out.  Victor David Hanson is one of my favorite writers.  He teaches Classics at Stanford and writes books about ancient Greece, western thought and political commentary.  If you are a military history geek like I am, his books are a can't miss.  I think he is one of the smartest, coherent and engaging writers in the political word today.  He also rarely raves about specific candidates so when I read this about Chris Gibson I was sold:

[A] rare American -- war hero, author, West Point instructor, retired colonel, conservative-- Chris Gibson is running neck and neck in New York's 20th Congressional District [against incumbent Scott Murphy]. I don't get involved in political races per se; but I met Chris during his one-year stay at Stanford, and found him a rare Renaissance figure -- yet another of these idealistic first-time candidates without a political resume who are entering the fray to save this country. I think pundits have not appreciated the fact that this is not quite a red/blue, Republican versus Democratic race, but a historic election in which many of the Republican candidates are first-time politicians, beholden to no one, and not part of the Republican establishment. Their ascendancy should make things very interesting. Chris is a rare candidate, whose integrity is as unquestioned as his talents are boundless. It was an honor to be called his friend. He is an investment in our collective future.

read the whole thing 

Find out more about Chris and donate here

Last $85 is not going to rehab for my knee or mortgage payments but to my favorite blog, Ace of Spades HQ,  This angry blog with creepy ewoks, a Valu-Rite vodka problem and hobo-homicidal tendencies is smart, funny and completely over the top.  They are also partnering with freedomworks for a grass roots GOTV effort.  This is incredibly important if you have the time and inclination give a few hours, every little bit helps.  It is not all hard work and misery, I was solicited in Spanish by a prostitute when I was out putting up signs this weekend.  So there are perks.

Once again, I welcome any input from anyone in the comments or email.  Tell me about someone who is an exceptional candidate or going against someone particularly distasteful who is close and could use the cash.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Tax day

I got an extension on my income taxes and paid today, hours before the deadline and I feel ill.  The amount of money I had to give to the government is gross, especially for someone recently unemployed.  I wonder how many million of hours and tens of billions of dollars are wasted on the tax code.  How much more efficient would things be if we had a flat tax, or just a VAT.  Think of the hundreds of thousands of people who spend their entire lives looking over spreadsheets and trying only to maximize return and minimize cost.  These are not helpless people, these are quantitatively adept, detail oriented people that could be doing something useful (I am aware of the rank hypocrisy of an unemployed trader calling into question the contributions other professions make to the world, thanks).  They could be contributing to the country and economy not just battling with each other over excel and deductions and EBITA, one side trying to take it all and the other wanting to hold on to it.  As a trader at least I was only being useless to the world on my own.  I did not require hundreds of other traders on the other side to counteract what i was doing.  It just seems to me like a massive waste of a lot of smart people in an endeavor drains mountains of resources from both sides.


$13 billion for the IRS, but that is just a drop in the bucket.  The amount every business needs to spend covering it's ass about taxes must be astronomical.

My best solution would be if you could pay your taxes on a post card.

What did you make _________
multiply by .25
What you owe: __________

Have a nice day!

No deductions, HSA forms, declarations dependents just simple math.  Done and Done.  Hell, we may not even have to pay that high of a % if we don't have to hire tens of thousands of people to enforce the current byzantine system we have.

Anyway, got approved for unemployment today, will decide on where the first batch of donations are going by the end of the week, try and keep the debate civil in the comment section guys.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Help me prove Nancy Pelosi right!

First some background:

I was fired from my job as a trader three weeks ago and had knee surgery the next day, leaving me with a lot of time for contemplation, I had this idea while reading my favorite right wing blogs ranging from the civilized, the beta male friendly, to my personal favorite, the wildly inappropriate and angry Ace of Spades HQ.

I am extremely conservative and feel the next two election cycles will be pivotal moments in the direction that our country takes in the future.  I love this country and appreciate the gifts and blessings that come from living here in the freest, most tolerant, most charitable and upwardly mobile society in the history of the world ever.  I am the embodiment of the American Dream, the grandson of plumbers and the great grand son of goat herds, the son of the first member of the family to attend an Ivy League school.  I realize that there are no other places in the world where this is remotely possible and I worry for the future of this great nation.

Now the idea

I have always felt this way, but I now I am doing something about it.  I am volunteering for local campaigns and GOTV efforts and gave to candidates that I like, Rubio, Miller, Angle, Bielat and West among them. I was thinking about what else I could do to help and I remembered that Nancy Pelosi said that the best way to stimulate the economy was through unemployment benefits.  I completely disagreed with her point at the time but I think I can prove her right.  The best way to stimulate the economy would be to get rid of Nancy Pelosi, Barney Frank and the rest of the morons running the show in Washington.  To that end, I am going to give my generous unemployment checks from now until the election to candidates that can help turn Congress, our economy and our country around. 

I would like input from anywhere, the closest races where my dollars can make the difference, I want to use these funds as efficiently as possible to retake Congress and turn the tide.  Either the strongest conservative names or the ones with the best chance to take down someone truly despicable, like Alan Grayson.  

I will post the results and reasons so people can (hopefully) follow my lead