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The author of this blog has moved his efforts over to a new group blog. Please visit The Arizona Growler.

O'Hara Factor
Thursday, November 11, 2004

Veteran's Day

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In honor of warriors past and present.  Godspeed.
Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Arafat is dead

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Group blog? // Gibbs reported to FBI?

Per the exchange of comments on my previous post, it's possible that Laura and I might be starting a group blog, and yes, others will also be invited. If you know me, blog already, and are within the "Christian right", chances for you are good. I'm trying to come up with a title, so let me know if you have any ideas.

Boring ideas

  • The Arizona Growler (yes, it's old, but can be resurrected)
  • UA Conservative Blog Coalition (yawn)

Better ideas

  • Vast Christian-Right Conspiracy (eh...overused)
  • Voices of Opposition to Pacifism, Veganism, and Overall Stupidity (better)
  • Defuse and Desist! (after "Refuse and Resist!". Logo is easy to reproduce.)
  • Shave the Males (Only because Pave the Whales and Nuke the Whales are taken. It may be anti-hippie/anti-terrorist, but this is a co-ed blog, so maybe not.)
  • Attack of the Killer Tortillas (Based upon previous post.)

Any ideas?

In unrelated news, Sheocracy Now! reports that UA professor David Gibbs has been reported to the FBI for his politics. FreeRepublic is currently raising questions over the claim's legitimacy. The Wildcat alluded to the supposed incident in August in an article on which I've commented earlier. This isn't the first time Goodman has interviewed Gibbs, as the two talked about two years ago regarding CIA presence on college campuses.


The Sheocracy Now! page quotes Gibbs as stating:

Another student on a weblog during the summer said he took my class and also said that he didn't like my politics and suggests that students shouldn't take my class but should drop by and try to disrupt it.

Did I say that?

Gibbs is hardly qualified to speak on the issue, as I was his student in "Individuals and Societies 103: What is Politics?" during the Spring 2004 semester. Classes tend to be riddled with unproven conspiracy theories from the liberal side alone, along with anti-Bush jokes put in for his own self-entertainment. I do NOT recommend ever taking one of his classes, but simply dropping in some time to kill his arguments.

That's hilarious.

Be sure to check out Arizona Watch. Looks like a well thought-out blog on state affairs.

Monday, November 08, 2004

Giorgio! Long time, no see!

Laura had my exact thoughts regarding this morning's Wildcat mailbag, but little did I know that one of the letter writers was somebody with whom I had become infamous: none other than Giorgio Torrieri, the man who successfully uncovered my identification with the Arizona Growler during my first infiltration of the far-left.

Ahh, the good old days. If you click that link for my first infiltration and browse around, you'll be able to browse the archives of Laura and I's old site. I miss it to this day.

Also, I sent a letter to the Wildcat Friday morning (around 0200?), so expect to see it no later than Wednesday.

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Reflections on the election

It's official now.  Senator Kerry as conceded, and President Bush will have another four years.  I'm glad that it's over; it's about time we heard something else in the news.

Kerry was going to be bad news for this country.  I may have said this before, but Jimmy Carter calling him his "shipmate" was the last straw, especially as I sat onboard NAVSTA San Diego while he said it.  I found myself middle-fingering the television time and time again during the DNC.  This is not because of his politics.  This isn't even about his service in Vietnam.  That's still up in the air.

This is because of his betrayal of my shipmates and brothers in arms after Vietnam.  If Jimmy Carter's his "shipmate", I don't know what ship that is.

But emotions aside, let's analyze both of the candidates' policies.  I can analyze the President's.  While his domestic policy is decidedly liberal, his foreign policy is what we need.  John Kerry's?  Well...he's switched positions so many times, it's hard to tell.

But at least according to his anti-defense Senate record, there was nothing good about his policy.  And while he flipped on taxes, promising not to raise taxes on the middle class, every spending policy was an increase.  Frankly, there were two differences between the domestic policies of the Senator and the President: Kerry would spend more than Bush and would raise taxes on the top 2%.  Never mind that the top 10% pay two-thirds of all taxes.  Forced charity is no charity at all.  I find no moral difference between me stealing a rich man's goods and the IRS stealing a rich man's goods.

By the way, Robin Hood stole from the government, not from individuals.

If I recall correctly, Proposition 200 passed with 56% of the vote.  Don't expect much out of it, though.  Looking back on it, I still have questions over my NO vote.  But let me play devil's advocate for a moment and argue in favor of it, and start a good, clean, friendly debate.

The main opposition to 200 in my estimation was making it a class 2 misdemeanor for a public official not to report illegal immigrants applying for non-federally mandated public benefits.  This would basically mean welfare from the State of Arizona, not livesaving medical treatment.  Fooling the State into giving you money to which you are not entitled is a crime that can be summed up in one word: theft.  Furthermore, it is justified to charge a public official with failing to stop this with another charge: deriliction of duty.  Part of the job of any public official who is entrusted with the money of the people is to only distribute that money to those who have lawful entitlement to that money.

Don't expect too much out of it except some really angry people.  Immigration is a problem on the federal level, and this is one of the major failings of the Bush administration, not that Kerry would have done any better.  The solution to the immigration problem?  Well, there's enough homeless people around here to take every job held by an illegal immigrant, and it's labor regulations that give these jobs to illegal immigrants.  Why would a farm owner pay $5.15 to an American when he can pay $1.00 to a Mexican if he's not going to get caught?  Lose welfare, lose the minimum wage, and start enforcing laws.  Not only will the illegal immigration problem stop, but unemployment will drop like a stone, because businesses will hire Americans.  There wouldn't be any more incentive for illegal immigrants to come here.

Now it's really going to be interesting instead of annoying.  President Bush will now have to possibly nominate new cabinet members.  Sen. Zell Miller (D-GA) didn't run and his seat will now be in Republican hands.  It'll be very interesting to see what he may contribute to the administration.  I can see the Marine being Secretary of the Army or the Navy easily.  Maybe even Secretary of Defense if Donald Rumsfeld wants to quit.  Zell Miller is MY FAVORITE DEMOCRAT.

Also interesting will be Bush's replacement on the Republican ticket in four years.  VP Cheney will not run; his age and health won't let him.  But I'd vote for a Zell Miller or a Condoleezza Rice anyday.  I've joked before that a Rice-Coulter ticket would result in many suicides within liberal special interest groups, but there's interesting times ahead.

I suppose that means that anti-military insults against me will continue, too.  I got called a war criminal today.


I'm calling it for Bush, as he has good majorities in Nevada and Ohio. Bush wins with 274 electoral votes.