Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Mitt, Bret and Heat in the Kitchen

Brett Baier, the host of Special Report, knows how to loosen his tie a bit, but he also knows how to conduct a thorough interview and keep his subject on topic. On his show this evening, Baier's interview with Mitt Romney aired. At times, the interview seemed rather contentious, especially when the issue of health care came up. It was observed in Romney's body language and tone of voice. At the conclusion of the interview, Romney called Baier out, alluding that he was "overly aggressive."

My message to Mitt Romney: get over it! This interview was nothing to what Barack Obama and his potential $1 billion will do to slice and dice your record and reputation if you're the candidate; whether true or not. Fox News are the only ones in the media who will treat you fairly! You're a Republican, Mitt, going against Obama, which means you're enemy #1 to many news outlets, including MSNBC, even if you're not on their radar now!

We're already starting to see evidence of Obama and the Dems coming after Romney, so I'm very surprised he would attack Baier for doing his job. Health care is a viable and valid issue in this campaign, due to the background and record of both the president and the former Governor of Massachusetts. Mitt Romney would be wise to answer every question, and if he can't stand the heat, he should get out of the kitchen!

Gridlock and Narcisissm Not Necessarily Part of the Christmas Spirit

Tonight is the tree lighting in Rockefeller Center and because of the warmer temperatures, will attract more people, and as I watch the NBC special, Al Roker stated there are in the vicinity of 500,000 people in the area of Rockefeller Center. On this same evening, President Obama is at a fundraiser at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers, only four blocks away from Rockefeller Center. When the president is in New York City, his presence closes down streets near where he is and inconveniences tourists and locals alike.

The sad fact is that this is a pattern of "me first" narcissism with this president, which has been established all the way back to the beginning of his administration, and can not only be examined through his patterns of upstaging, but also his body language. And with the upcoming election cycle, there is sure more to come of it!

New Yorkers must be commended for their endurance of the street closings and detours in Midtown, and "The 'Right' Solutions" hopes that the Christmas spirit that NBC attempted to showcase with the lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree can rub off on all of us.

Herman Cain, Double Standards and the Media

How times have changed! In late September, Republican Presidential Candidate Herman Cain was in the midst of a surge in popularity that propelled him to the top of the 2012 GOP field. Within weeks, he has been pounded by the media and there is now the allegation of a 13 year extra-marital affair. This news has caused him to "re-assess" his campaign.

There is a clear double standard here with these attacks and sadly, it mirrors what occurred when Clarence Thomas was in the midst of hearings to serve on the US Supreme Court. Democrats and the media, flat out, are threatened when a Conservative African-American gains notoriety. Since the 1960s, African-Americans have voted anywhere between 80 and 95 percent Democrat, and Democrats will do what it takes to hold on to that voting bloc, regardless of whether or not the attacks on the Conservative African-American appear to be in racist tones. And in the case of this election, a Cain candidacy opposing Obama, the first African-American president, takes away the false premise of the Democrats that (a) Republicans are racist and (b) Anyone who disagrees with Obama must be a racist. Therefore, they will throw at him anything that brings about the appearance of impropriety to voters who may consider him, regardless of whether or not the allegations are true.

The parade of women have may have raised questions about Cain, but questions have also been raised to the veracity of their stories, as there are no specifics, unlike what was printed in the Starr Report about Bill Clinton. No texts have been released, no specific examples of impropriety have been stated and it seems like a battle of "he said, she said."

It remains unknown as to whether or not Herman Cain will stay in the race, but if these allegations sink his campaign and are proven to be false, Americans must, in more aggressive actions, continue to question what they read in the news and see through the double standards.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Another Chris Christie YouTube Moment

He's baaaaaaaaaack!

Governor Chris Christie has another YouTube moment about the president and here you go:

Except for OWS and the TEA Party being of the same genesis and both parties deserving blame, I believe Christie hit the nail on the head with this one, calling out the president on his lack of leadership. We'll be seeing this go viral on an extreme level very, very soon!

Ramifications of the Second Half Collapse

After tonight's defeat, it's clear the New York Giants are tanking, and tanking fast! To be honest, I did not expect them to be as far as they are. At the beginning of this truncated off-season due to the lockout, GM Jerry Reese made some bold dumb roster changes on the offense with the release of Wide Receiver Steve Smith, Tight End Kevin Boss, Center Shaun O'Hara, passing on Plax (not that bad of an idea, in my opinion, but there are many who would have wanted him back) and not drafting Mark Ingraham. With these changes, there were no big time free agent signings, which led me to believe that he was putting it on the coaching staff to make the youngsters ready for prime time. For a while, it was working, but they are all still quite young and this inexperience, combined with injuries, are catching up with their grueling second half schedule. This is not a good situation and fans should take note.

Most importantly, this slump is NOT TOM COUGHLIN'S FAULT! He is a stellar coach, led his players to a Super Bowl victory and has done his best under very troubled circumstances. Knowing Coughlin is in the last year of his contract, the personnel moves made by Reese, the fact that he did not hire Coughlin, and the availability of Bill Cowher, it troubles me that Reese is setting up Coughlin and will not face action for his roster decisions. I continue to stand by Tom Coughlin, as I did last season. What needs to be done is for the Maras and the Tischs to FIRE JERRY REESE. And with these bonehead personnel moves, I'm not the only one who thinks the heat in the kitchen may be increasing.

The Giants have some very tough remaining games, but if they can perform well against their NFC East Rivals, (two games remain against the Cowboys and one against the Redskins) they could still be in the fight. These youngsters must, when not on the practice field, spend time in the film room or in the weight room to stave off any more injuries. And if they miss the playoffs, Giants fans can hope Jerry Reese will be set free to destroy the roster of another NFL team.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Bye-Bye, Barney

As 2012 nears closer and it looks as though it's going to be another Republican election year, the Democrats are losing one of their most stalwart leftists. Congressman Barney Frank of Massachusetts will serve out his term and not seek re-election. Having held this seat for what seems like forever, he hasn't shown himself to be accountable for his positions, as shown by his role in the 2008 Financial Crisis, his public dressing down of a constituent, as well as a student, and his contempt of anyone who may disagree with him. In 2010, he may have won re-election, but for someone who has been in Congress as long as he has and for someone who comes from as blue a state as Massachusetts, Sean Bielat should not have come so close.

That electoral scare, combined with a redrawn MA-4 may have pushed Barney to say good-bye. Congress will be a much better place without him and we await to see if Sean Bielat decides to give it another shot in 2012.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

A Battle of Endorsements

With Iowa and New Hampshire fast approaching, Republicans pols and publications are starting to line up behind candidates. In any normal year, they'd start to line up behind the candidate chosen by the mainstream of the party, but this is no normal election.

Mitt Romney, who has not been spending much time or money in Iowa, decided to jump into the state with the endorsement of South Dakota Senator John Thune, who himself came close to running this cycle. This could be seen as a surprise to many, as Thune, in an examination of his voting record, is more of a consistent Conservative than Romney, yet their endorsement also is an act of lining up behind who they believe will be the winner, as it will improve their standing in the party.

Rick Perry, yesterday, gained the endorsement of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. This is an important endorsement, as Arpaio has a significant TEA Party following, yet a bit of a surprise, considering the sheriff's position on illegal immigration, combined with Perry's "have a heart" moment.

Newt Gingrich just received the endorsement of the New Hampshire Union Leader, an influential newspaper in the state that holds the first primary. Many thought Romney would have gained this endorsement, as he's predicted to win New Hampshire, but this was a significant upset that favors the Speaker. Also a surprise is former President Bill Clinton's comments of praise of Gingrich. Considering the two battled it out in the 1990s, this is big and goes a long way into helping Newt battle critics that his time and lack of achievements as Speaker make him unelectable.

This race is young and will only get more interesting as we get closer to Iowa and New Hampshire.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

We here at "The 'Right' Solutions" wish you all a Very Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy a bountiful meal, some good football games and time spent with friends and family. God Bless!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Travel Day and a Recent TSA Experience

If you've been reading "The 'Right' Solutions," you know that we are critics of the TSA and their screening tactics. While we'll readily point out the bad, we'll also point out the good. I recently traveled to Atlanta and in my time at Newark International Aiport and Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, I had very good experiences with the TSA. At EWR, I'm starting to think that it's a Terminal A thing, as they seem to be less intrusive in the quieter Continental Terminal, as opposed to the main Continental Terminal (C). At Hartsfield, the largest and busiest airport in the US, TSA staff I encountered were friendly, easy-going and very unintrusive to this average traveler.

On this busy day of travel, we would like to provide you with some tips in reducing TSA headaches:

- If flying with children, be sure to ask the airline that their boarding pass will not be tagged as a spot search.

- Fly early! Not only will delays, especially at an airport as busy and overcrowded as Newark, be reduced, but there will be no waits at the security checkpoints.

- Be prepared before entering that line. Find a chair pr a bare corner, and take out your drivers license, your boarding pass and your Ziploc bags with liquids and electronics. If you do not separate the electronics through the machine, your bag will likely be opened and searched.

- Scan the lines and if you have an aversion to the body scanner, choose a line without it.

- Wear socks! You will be taking your shoes off and putting them through the machine. You can't necessarily eat off an airport floor, so why expose your feet to it!

- Do not wear cargo shorts. You will be frisked in the vicinity of the extra pockets.

- Look as if you know what you are doing and do not wait for the TSA to tell you where to go. Go through that magnetometer before they direct you elsewhere.

- If they do ask you to go through the body scanner, it is your right to opt out for a pat-down. Be firm and if they refuse, tell them you want to speak with a supervisor or you will report their badge number.

- If you are patted down, make sure it is in public and person doing the patting down is the same sex. This is imperative with children! Also ask the agent to change their gloves.

We wish you safe and quick travels on the way to your holiday destination!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Jonny Pulling a Madoff

We saw this one coming! As a Senator, Jon Corzine not only spent his own money on that particular seat, but he spent other people's money, through his liberal, big-spending, redistributionist policies. He continued this trend as Governor of New Jersey, bankrupting the state and then getting beat by Governor Christie. Now his securities firm, MF Global, is filing for bankruptcy. But there's more...

In order to keep the company's head above water, customer funds were diverted to support the company's trades. This is a big no-no and as a result of this Enron-esque cooking of the books, investigations are commencing.

It will be interesting to see how far this goes and how this is reported, knowing who is in power and knowing Corzine's political persuasion.

New Lows for Jimmy Fallon

Since taking over from Conan O'Brien, SNL Alum Jimmy Fallon has had some funny points with his celebrity beer pong segments, but last night he hit a pretty low point, giving away he and his bosses' political persuasion when they introduced Michele Bachmann on his show. On these variety shows, the house band usually plays a "theme song" for the guest, in other words, a song that relates to the guest. The Roots, Fallon's house band, on this evening chose a 1985 Fishbone song, for the purpose of this blog entry, I will rename "fibbing donkey, female dog."

Ever since Bill Clinton played the saxophone on Arsenio Hall during his 1992 campaign, many candidates make a beeline for the late night variety talk shows. While the free media time is always helpful, these shows are a crapshoot because many times, they can turn into an attack-fest and while some like Jay Leno may do a good job at interviewing candidates, most don't. In fact, they get very peronal and the host's bias may come out. It is for this reason, I would advise any Republican from going on these shows, and if they do, make sure their campaign states the rules before they appear.

While I wait for NBC to apologize to Bachmann (it'll be a long wait), I will wonder if The Roots will ever align these songs with the following politicians:

- Barack Obama

- Harry Reid

- Joe Biden

- Nancy Pelosi

- Bill Clinton

- Hillary Clinton

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Meeting Herman Cain

I had the pleasure of meeting Herman Cain last weekend at the Young Republican National Federation's Fall Quarterly in Atlanta. He gave a great speech, without usage of a teleprompter or notes-truly spoke from the heart. The YRs appreciated him taking the time to return to his hometown to address the YRs. Here are a few video clips I took of his speech:

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Gollum is at it Again

It looks like Senator John "Gollum" McCain is at it again, speaking his mind about the issues of the day, while throwing his own party under the bus.

While I do agree with McCain in that Americans are fed up and there is potential for the rise of a 3rd Party, I vehemently disagree with his claims that Republicans are partially to blame. It's the Republicans who have been the adults at the table, trying to control this president's out of control spending, while also coming up with solutions for an economic rebound. McCain shows his "Gollum" when he fails to recognize this, and also, fails to recognize the power and influence of TEA Party on the Republican Party and politics in general. To me, it sounds like a veiled "get the hell out" to these TEA Party members, who brought the party back to prominence in 2010 and can do so again in 2012. If McCain gets his wish and a TEA Party split occurs before 2012, (Note to Mitt Romney if you are the GOP Candidate: DO NOT DIVIDE THIS PARTY!) Barack Obama has ensured his second term, the American people have ensured a continuation of this horrible economy and the RINOs will have put the Republican Party on the ash heap of American History.

It was those TEA Party Members, and your former running mate, Senator McCain, who stuck their heads out for you in 2010 to beat back a challenge from JD Hayworth, so how about a little gratitude!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Continued Innuendos and Assumptions on a Fishing Expedition

The craziness continues to surround Herman Cain in the past week, as he has faced numerous stories without concrete evidence, of past incidents of sexual harassment. Today, a "victim" came out, represented by attorney ambulance chaser extraordinaire, Gloria Allred.

When we look closely at this whole affair, we have 138 stories in 7 days on nothing but assumptions and innuendos. Members of the media are acting like high schoolers who are fanning flames to baseless rumors about one of their peers. Today brings about the first face of harassment, yet I don't buy it, just like I didn't buy it with Anita Hill. If Ms. Bialek were so aggrieved, why did she wait 15 years to speak of it? Why did she not file a complaint or lawsuit 15 years earlier? Anita Hill did the same thing; and also continued to work with Justice Thomas after her alleged incidents took place. They're not producing any credible evidence, therefore they should do it or stand down.

We all don't want to talk about race here, but let's face it-race is a factor here, just like it was with Clarence Thomas. Liberals can't have a successful African-American Conservative because they feel it will hurt their "phony monopoly" on the black vote. As observed by Cain's approval rating and fundraising figures, Americans are not buying into the fishing expedition.

Throwing an Ally Under the Bus during a Hot Mic Moment

President Barack Obama and French President Nicholas Sarkozy had a bit of a hot mic moment, trash-talking and mocking Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. This action is inexcusable from both leaders, but especially from the American President. Israel should be arm in arm with the United States in fighting the War on Terror, considering they are the only free state within the Middle East, yet this isn't surprising, considering Obama's past incidents with Israel and Prime Minister Netanyahu. Furthermore, Benjamin Netanyahu has tirelessly fought, on the world stage, to protect his people and has shown a strong resolve to never allow history to repeat itself.

Just another example of the lack of decorum of this president and hopefully, voters in South Florida, New York and Southern California are watching.