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A friend's sources in the Democrat Party are telling him Barack Obama is being pressured to dump Sen. Joseph Biden from the ticket and replace him with Hillary Clinton, the switch to come just after the vice presidential debate Oct. 2.  Speculation about such a switch has emerged on several left-wing blogs.  "It's time to dump Biden and replace him with Sen. Hillary Clinton," said Andy Ostroy on the Huffington Post today (9/15).  "I'm starting to think that if Team Obama doesn't do something dramatic fast, it's gonna lose this election." What might prompt such an act of desperation?  The polls -- which indicate the race is a statistical dead heat -- are cause for concern, but not for panic.  This might be the reason:


Black Sea-American Lake

The Greeks called it the Euxine Sea. Jason and the Argonauts sailed across it to steal the Golden Fleece from the King of Colchis. The great city of Byzantium was built at its entrance, which became Constantinople, which became Istanbul.The 20th Century didn’t hear much about the Black Sea because, except for its southern Turkish shore, it was a Soviet lake. Early in the 21st Century, however, to the chagrin of the Russians and the joy of non-Russians who populate its shores, George Bush is transforming the Black Sea into an American Lake.



Immediately after Sen. Barack Hussein Obama committed his now-notorious "lipstick on a pig" gaffe, the McCain campaign demanded he apologize for the remark, and rushed out a Web ad (meaning it was meant for YouTube, not paid television) criticizing him for making it. CBS News yesterday (9/11) forced YouTube to pull McCain's "Lipstick" Ad because it contained an unauthorized clip of Katie Kouric.  No matter - it was already seen by its target audience. That ad shows the genius of what the McCain campaign is doing.   Whether its outrage was real or faux over the lipstick gaffe, the McCain campaign has Sen. Obama looking rattled, talking about the Republican candidate for vice president instead of talking about issues that might win him votes.   That's why the Lipstick Web Ad was designed for an audience of one - The One -  and it worked.  Sen. McCain is so far inside Sen. Obama's OODA loop that I almost feel sorry for him.  Very almost.


Democrats, Poverty, and Rich-Bashing

Witnessing the scramble among Democratic presidential hopefuls to appeal to voters in the various states about to have primaries is not a pleasant experience. What has come to be the main theme of these candidates is the refrain that whoever isn’t rich, whoever has had a brush with poverty at anytime in his or her life, must want and is fully entitled to have governments engage in massive, relentless wealth redistribution. This is a pitiful and quite disgusting message to put out in America, the country to which the poor of the world used to — and often still — flock precisely to escape their poverty through hard work, entrepreneurship, and ingenuity.



"We need to throw every last molecule of s**t we've got at McCain and Palin," said a poster at the Democratic Underground blog.  "Demonize them.  Dehumanize them." Panic brings out the ugliness in ugly people.  And ugliness of this sort is not restricted to moonbat bloggers. "In the press galleries at the convention, journalists wrinkled their noses in disgust when Piper, Ms. Palin's youngest daughter, was filmed kitty-licking her baby brother's hair in place," wrote David Carr in the New York Times Sunday. How dark must your soul be for you to be "disgusted" by a six-year-old girl who is behaving lovingly toward her baby brother? News organizations have flooded Alaska with investigative reporters, hoping to dig up something -- anything -- bad to say about Sarah Palin.  As mayor of Wasilla in 1996, did she try to ban from the public library books that weren't published until 1998?  The sewer that is the left-wing blogosphere is pumping its bilge directly into the "mainstream" media.


You Don’t Have To Win To Win

If you were to describe in one word the Democrats fantasizing they can beat Bush in November, you would say Dean is a hothead, Clark an egomaniac, Sharpton a hustler, Edwards an ambulance-chaser, Kucinch a kook, Lieberman a moderate, and Kerry…?The word that Democrats want to apply to Kerry is “electable.”  What does this mean?  Exactly nothing, for that’s all he is -- that somehow he possesses some magical capacity to defeat GW.


When Taxes Are Not Seen For What They Are

In mainstream discussions taxation amounts to little more than the unpleasant burden that comes from government spending, no different from having to earn money so as to buy stuff in any normal household. Politicians make spending decisions, which become public policy and commit government to fund what was promised and the funding comes from taxes. No other source of revenue is even considered.

A recent meeting of top government economists and policy makers at the Washington-based Brookings Institute was addressed by several mainstream thinkers and their message was that unless taxes are increased, or at least the Bush tax cuts



"You arrogant ass.  You've killed us!"  So said the executive officer of a Soviet submarine to his captain in Tom Clancy's novel "Red October" after the captain had recklessly fired a torpedo that homed in on his own sub. NBC's David Gregory must have had similar thoughts as he noted, ruefully, that the news media's assault on Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin boosted substantially the television audience for her acceptance speech Wednesday night. No friend of Barack Hussein Obama -- and this last week has demonstrated he has no better, nor more unscrupulous, friends than those in the news media -- can be happy about that. Last night (8/03), her enemies learned firsthand why her nickname is "Sarah Barracuda."  With a smile on her face, Ms. Palin sliced and diced Obama with the skill she dresses a moose she just shot.