It’s Gettin, It’s Gettin, It’s Gettin Kind of Hectic…in Massachusetts

It’s always fun when there is a special election.  Doubly fun when it’s a national election.  This is the case in Massachusetts.

On Tuesday, January 19, Massachusetts voters will go to the polls to choose a senator to replace Ted Kennedy.  Ted Kennedy held this spot for 46 years until his death last August. 

There is a real dog fight in a very liberal state between Democrat Marth Coakley and Republican Scott Brown.  Below is an ad in support of Scott Brown.

Here is an ad from the DNCC in support of Martha Coakley.  Michelle Malkin reported that the ad has been pulled from the air.

President Obama flew into Massachusetts to try and help the sinking ship named the Martha Coakley, but I’m guessing it won’t fill the holes in the hull. 

I really can’t wait to see the election returns on Tuesday night.  What will happen if a Republican wins Ted Kennedy’s seat.  I guess the super majority will be quashed and the Democrats will actually have to start talking with the Republicans.  I’m sure Harry Reid can’t wait!

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

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Ed Koch: Not Every Muslim Is A Terrorist ‘But There Are Hundreds Of Millions Who Are’

I don’t always agree with Ed Koch, but I liked his views espoused on Neil Cavuto’s show on Fox News.  He was commenting on that the President has refused to call the foiled Christmas day airplane attack as an act of terrorism.  No surprise that he is being totally PC and seems to have an aversion to creating any waves with radical muslims.

Ed tells it like it is:

Exactly.

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

Matt Holliday: Cardinal For Life

As a Cardinal fan, I’m keenly interested in the type of players my team acquires and keeps.  Earlier today, the Cardinals signed OF Matt Holliday to a 7-year – 120 million dollar deal.  I’ve seen the team spend very little (relatively by baseball standards) on their players opting to build from their farm club and picking up fixer-uppers to mold them in the Cardinal way.  This has been a decent strategy, but they were obviously in need of some additional power at the plate.  I am hoping that Holliday will continue to deliver as a back up for Pujols in the #4 spot.  Only time will tell if the trend of signing the big contract will ultimately diminish his performance.  This seems to happen to so many players.

The other issue at hand is resigning Pujols (and Wainwright and Carpenter, and Ludwick, etc.)   He is up for a new contract in a couple of years.  His current salary gives him around $14+ million a year (He’ll actually be making less than Holliday for a couple of years.)  This amount seems paltry, but five years ago when the deal was struck it seemed somewhat high for a young player.  I think that money has paid off with endless sellouts in Busch Stadium, gobs of Pujols merchandise, an NL pennant in 2004 and a World Championship in 2006. 

Some of the sports talking heads wonder if the Cardinals can actually afford to pay the going rate for a player like Pujols when his contract comes up for negotiation.  Looking at the salary level of the team, it’s pretty low when compared to many other teams.  Pujols will demand serious money, probably upwards of $30 million a year, and he’ll get it from someone.  Whether it’s the Cardinals or the Yankees, he’ll get the cash.  For a player of his ability any team would love to have him on their roster.  Not bad for a 13th round pick out of a Juco in KC. 

Let’s hope the Cardinals will take care of the Pujols thing sooner than later.  Putting a two-time MVP with his fabulous numbers on the open market could get extremely ugly, and Pujols knows it.  Don’t expect a “hometown discount” this time. 

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

Gibbs: We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Transparency!

I just love to watch Robert Gibbs.  What an inept example of the Obama White House.  I just have to assume they keep him around to elevate everyone else by comparison.  Just a guess on my part.

I wish I could use that excuse with people in my office.  “Excuse me Mr. VP, I answered that question yesterday, please don’t ask me to answer it again.  Please go back and read your notes from the meeting.”  Yeah, I’m sure that would work out great.

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

Red Eye Robot Theatre Features Media Matters

I found this funny.   Anything making fun of Media Matters is funny to me.  You be the judge.

The “I’ll leave an anonymous comment on a blog” really typifies the blogosphere.   I can’t seem to get the “shave my back” comment out of my mind.  Oh the horror.

  [in robot tone] I must go now, I have a date with Michelle Malkin.   I love her work in Culture of Corruption.

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

Religious Bias at Google?

I found this graphic at a great site called AtlasShrugs.com.  Pamela Geller does some great work and research on a variety of issues including the exposing of radical Muslims for the wackos that they are.  

The article that goes along with the graphic explains the inherit bias built into Google.com.  It is no secret that the Google company has a leftist point of view.  That really doesn’t bother me – it’s a free country (for now) – you can believe what you want.  Where I do have a problem is te systematic exclusion of information that conflicts with their thoughts and ideals.  In this instance, Ms. Geller did a quick test to see what would happen if she typed in several terms including Christianity is, Judaism is, Buddhism is, etc.  The last part of the graphic shows what happened when you type in Islam is.  Nothing, Zilch, Nada.

Evidently Google indicates that this is an error and they are working on it.  Right.  I believe that. 

 

Here is the post from Atlas Shrugs:

CENSORSHIP: Google Blocking “Negative” Searches Related to Islam

Google is blocking “negative” searches related to Islam. Free thought, free will, free men? Only for left-o-fascists. Notice how quick Google is to scrub jihad websites, videos, and incitement to violence? Of course you haven’t, because they don’t. Google-owned you tube runs all the jihad porn, but if patriots get out of line, their vids are deleted and accounts suspended.

Google proudly endorsed Obama and was banning anti-Obama blogs during the election like clockwork.

The leftist Islamic alliance is hard at work. Evil makes for strange bedfellows.

Google’s conduct in all things jihad has been unconscionable.

From the Next Web.

Google Blocking Negative Search Recommendations On Islam – Why? (hat tip Joe)

When you search for the major religions of the world, the monotheistic faiths for example, Google serves up suggestions for the search “Christianity is” such as, “a lie,” or false.” Try it on a a number of faiths, and then Islam.

Notice any difference?

Google is systematically blocking, it seems, all search suggestions for Islam. Why? To remove the chance of an adherent of the faith from being offended by a perhaps severe search suggestion? Why not treat all search terms equally?

Given the complete lack of suggestions, not just terms that could be perceived as negative, it seems that Google is covering its, well, behind.

I tried this little experiment for my self and came up with the same result.  Interesting.

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant