Thursday, November 06, 2014

In a blink





BLINK


Unplugged


Five Things

I just stumbled across this Blogger list of my 5 most viewed posts since 2006 (when this 2nd edition began).  The only one I remebered from the title was The Grizzly Man.  FWIW.

Nailed
May 23, 2013
Fricken Elephants
Apr 12, 2012
Last November I posted about using a bar of s
Feb 25, 2006,
Ricky Capleton; nigga wannabe
Apr 4, 2014
The Grizzly Man The documentary f...
Feb 25, 2006

PS.  Of the 5,  I suppose Frickin Elephants would be my favorite.

More Body Count


Please Sir, May I Have Another


Climate change supporters suffer losses
Despite millions spent to make climate change a wedge issue during the midterms, environmentally friendly candidates didn’t fare well on Election Day.

Green groups funneled an unprecedented amount of money into top Senate races that determined control of the upper chamber but fell short.

The nation’s top environmental groups including the League of Conservation Voters, the Sierra Club, the Environmental Defense Fund, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and billionaire Tom Steyer’s NextGen Climate spent at least $85 million on six Senate races.

Out of those six races, only two candidates willing to take action on climate change won their races.

Second Amendment Crushes Gun Control Candidates in Midterm Elections

As the election returns came in on November 4 one thing was evident—the Second Amendment crushed gun control candidates in Senate and gubernatorial races around the country.
In so doing, the Second Amendment annihilated the left's relentless claim that 90 percent of Americans support more gun control.

Hollywood Reeling from Bitter Election Defeats...

Tennis Channel chief Ken Solomon said he and his fellow Hollywood fundraisers realized in recent weeks that their candidates were in trouble. As Barbra Streisand sent out a donation plea to Democratic fundraisers across the country, industry politicos began to prepare themselves for a losing battle.

"It was the worst election map since Eisenhower," Solomon said. "We all put on our body armor and were waiting for this explosion. Now we just need to move forward."


via Drudge

Tea Party, a net winner?

 How the "Tea Party 'radical' wing of the
Republican Party" did on Tuesday.

                               







Freeper Viennacon does yeomanlike work examining how the "Tea Party 'radical' wing of the Republican Party" did on Tuesday (or conversely, how the GOP wing of the Democrat party fared against traditional Americans).  This is a follow up to his/her excellent, and comprehensive  MY ULTIMATE MIDTERM ANALYSIS.

As will always be the case in any such analyses, there are quibbles (see the comments).  

Of the Tea Party caucus in the House, we lost a total of ___ members.

Michelle Bachmann (MN-6) - Retired Kerry Bentivolio (MI-11) - Lost primary to establishment hack David Trott who won the seat in the general Steve Southerland (FL-2) - Lost general election to Democrat Gwen Graham Steve Stockman (TX-36) - Abandoned seat to try an unseat Republican senator John Cornyn. Lost that primary. Paul Bround (GA-10) - Abandoned seat to run for senator. Lost that primary. Phil Gingrey (GA-11) - Abandoned seat to run for senator. Lost that primary.

So, a total of 6 Tea Party losses in the House.

Well, that means the Tea Party 'radical' wing of the Republican Party lost 6 and gained 15, for a net total of 9 pickups for the Tea Party in the house.
Now, it is true that overall, the Republicans picked up likely 17 seats formerly held by Democrats, and so this dilutes it a little, but it seems like a wash to me.
Rumors that Boehner now has enough 'spare' votes to ignore his Tea caucus are false. He's in exactly the same position he was in before, perhaps even moreso a hostage, as he did lose a couple of moderates himself (Bachus, Hall, Wolf).
What about the gains?

John Ratcliffe (TX-4) - Shot down incumbent Ralph Hall in the Republican primary. Ran unopposed.

Dave Brat (VA-7) - Astonishingly demolished incumbent house majority leader Eric Cantor in arguably the cycle's biggest upset. Won the general.

Tom Emmer (MN-6) - Succeeding Bachmann, Emmer has a solid fiery conservative record. He won easily.

Jody Hice (GA-10) - Succeeding Broun, this guy is infuriating Democrats who are calling him 'the most evil republican of 2014!'... so you know he's solid gold! Easily won in the deep red district and has said he wont vote for Boehner.

Barry Loudermilk (GA-11) - Succeeding Gingrey, Loudermilk is actually more conservative than his predecessor, endorsed by SCF, ran unopposed and won't vote for Boehner.

Mia Love (UT-4) - Early Tea Party favorite, after much struggle, she is IN!

Alex Mooney (WV-2) - Solid conservative wins the seat previously held by moderate now-Republican-senator Shelly Moore Capito in a walk.

David Rouzer (NC-7) - Been waiting to come to congress for a while, this was his year. Replaced retiring blue dog Democrat Mike McIntyre.

Ken Buck (CO-4) - Likely to be a little more conservative than now-Republican-senator Cory Gardner, former 2010 senate candidate is now a congressman.

Barbara Comstock (VA-10) - A Mark Levin pick for congress, she won easily the seat of retired RINO Frank Wolf.

Bruce Poliquinn (ME-2) - A very conservative candidate who won the primary in an upset. Establishment thought he'd lose. He didn't.

Crescent Hardy (NV-4) - Consevative state assemblyman. He beat Democrat Steven Horseford in an upset. Democrats already griping he's a radical.

Mike Bost (IL-12) - Dubbed Meltdown Mike for his explosive defenses of the 2nd Amendment on the floor of the state house, he is going to be giving as much hell to the democrats and RINOS as Stockman did.

Gary Palmer (AL-6) - Seizing the seat held by retiring RINO Spencer Bachus is a solid Alabama conservative.

Johnny Tacherra (CA-16)??? - Seems on course to unseat Democrat incumbent Jim Costa in an upset nobody saw coming. He comes out of the Tim Donnelly school of California right wing thought.

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Well, that means the Tea Party 'radical' wing of the Republican Party lost 6 and gained 15, for a net total of 9 pickups for the Tea Party in the house.

Now, it is true that overall, the Republicans picked up likely 17 seats formerly held by Democrats, and so this dilutes it a little, but it seems like a wash to me.

Rumors that Boehner now has enough 'spare' votes to ignore his Tea caucus are false. He's in exactly the same position he was in before, perhaps even moreso a hostage as he did lose a couple of moderates himself (Bachus, Hall, Wolf).

I hope this provides some encouragement. The Tea Party is ALIVE AND WELL.

 posted on 11/6/2014, 3:00:49 AM by Viennacon