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Saturday, February 27, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
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Wednesday, February 24, 2010
American diplomats will be trading their prime real estate near London's luxurious Mayfair for a spot along the Thames in the industrial neighborhood Battersea. The move has been motivated by security concerns and overall decay at the current site, said U.S. Ambassador Louis Susman.Somehow it just seems ridiculous that under an Administration with the largest debt ever, we continually seem to be looking for new ways to spend money we simply don't have. Every time we turn around something that costs way too much money is now the newest most important thing ever which must be done.
"We will replace our current embassy, which has become over-crowded, does not meet modern office needs and required security standards, and after 50 years is showing signs of wear and tear," he said in prepared statements on Tuesday.
They won't even start on this monstrosity until 2013.......by then we should be bankrupt anyway because we will have nationalized health care.
Monday, February 22, 2010
If you're paying attention to Tea Party or anyone in the conservative movement you know the biggest gripe isn't with the Democrats alone-they are acting just as we would expect them to. Liberal policy dictates they create large social and governmental programs to "help" the masses. However, as Republicans started following suit with more government and a tax and spend mind-set, conservatives started losing it. One of the original nasty deeds was the unfunded, improperly implemented Medicare Part D-Prescription Drug Benefit. Follow that choice then with the auto-bailout and TARP, conservatives have had enough with our own representation. While all government has been growing at a whip-lash inducing rate for far too long, these are recent catalystist which put an already failing system into a fiery tailspin.
It is time to return the Republicans to being the "Grand Ole Party". Republicans have forgotten their roots; I would even go so far as to say that even some Republican voters forgot their roots. We were voting for these guys time after time......one lone voice yelling on the T.V. was our wake up call. We are not "grand" if we are participating in the bankrupting of America.
If not for President Obama pushing for the hard liberal policies of the left, a majority of conservatives may have continued to sit in silence. As these policies have become clear and the Reid/Pelosi tag team have demolished the Constitution, conservatives watched our lawmakers go along for the sake of "looking good". For years we have been subjected to a dearth of leadership within the GOP.........as a result the people are now taking the reins. Once again we realize we are in charge of this country; we are the ones to be reckon with. As shown with the defeat of Dede Scozzafava in New York and the election of Scott Brown in MA-Tea Partiers are vetting candidates, then exerting the pressure to make things happen. We will no longer be silent or allow the GOP to pick who will represent us.
An oft occurring theme during CPAC was Republicans desire to take back the country and bring government and policy back in line with what most of the folks actually want. It is refreshing to hear our representative using these words and throwing out conservative talking points. I just hope they understand they must follow through, otherwise we will come looking for them too. No one is safe from the wrath of conservatives and Tea Partiers who have had enough.
The fact is, I have no problem believing most Conservatives and Republicans would have continued going along to get along, never challenging those who told us they were going to be good for us. While no doubt along the way we will make some mistakes and no single politician will make the choices we want them to at every turn, we will continued to vet, vote out and exert force on those in our party. We will continue to be sure our voices are heard and our wishes are considered.
......so for that I thank you President Obama. You woke up conservatives across the country and gave us the incentive we were looking for to return this country to greatness once again.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
I will live-blog multiple events, do some live MetalBabe for RFC Radio and we will also broadcast "Moore from the Right" from the bar tonight-my most awesome partner the Mohawk, Fingers Malloy will join me and we will give you the days recap. It will be great-you won't want to miss it. There is also an extremely good chance I will do some last minute broadcasts and impromptu interviews. If you don't follow me on Twitter yet, you should-all the breaking news will be there and you will know what's next. Trust me there should be plenty to follow.
If you're attending CPAC be sure to look me up. I will be at all the above places and working some at the Smart Girl Politics booth. I'm generally easy to spot and would love to have the opportunity to meet you. Come on by!
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
This is the most ridiculous thing I have heard this week. We don't need an 18-member panel to tells us how to cut the deficit. I am but one person and I know the answer to this question: STOP SPENDING SO MUCH MONEY! The government has to stop trying to be all things to all people and they have to stop treating the American people as a endless faucet of free flowing money. If you want to lower the deficit, don't raise the debt ceiling, then freeze it at those unsustainable levels. If you want to lower the deficit let business and the free-market go to work on the economy and generate jobs-as has been proven time and time again. If you want to bring America back to what it should be, leave it alone-stop creating panels and interfering every step of the way.
Obama's version of the commission is a weak substitute for what he really wanted: a panel created by Congress that could force lawmakers to consider unpopular remedies to reduce the debt, including curbing politically sensitive entitlements like Social Security and Medicare.
As rejected, the bipartisan 18-member panel would have worked for much of the year and, if 14 members agree, report a deficit reduction blueprint after the November elections that would be voted on before the new Congress convenes next year. The 14 would have to include at least half of the panel's Republicans.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Speaking to Esquire magazine, Pawlenty suggested the bailout was contrived by Goldman Sachs execs for their own self interest. He referred to an unnamed story he read on how the bailout was conceived.I stand by the sentiment that there is no way to say we are better off with the bailouts than we would have been without. You cannot predict with any accuracy that which never happened. I would, however, offer we would have less debt and likely would not be worse off. The bailouts, and in particular TARP, really only helped a select few. The majority who are still suffering are regular everyday people who have not benefited in any way from either of those measures. Republicans are always accused of being the friend to big business, while ironically this Administration has done nothing but prop up big business at every turn, while making few moves to elevate the plight of everyday folks.
"In this story, Paulson, former Goldman Sachs CEO, was meeting with other Goldman Sachs executives, trying to figure out what to do, and surprise, surprise, they came up with the conclusion that the federal government should bail out Goldman Sachs," Pawlenty said.
"So I don't take as an article of faith that the financial world would
have come to an end if we had let more of these institutions fail," he added.
Governor Pawlenty then gives Republicans a little what-for pointing out they were the losing party for the last several years because they have done nothing to lead or differntiate themselves from the Democrats.
Pawlenty also had some harsh words for his fellow Republicans, blaming them for abandoning their beliefs and failing to address Americans' real concerns.Governor Pawlenty is right. As I have pointed out time and time again, being Democrat lite is not going to get Republicans back in office. Tea Party will see to that. Republicans must go back to their core values and stand for the common man once again. The American people don't want to be told what to do at every turn, nor work all week to take home less than 60% of their pay. We don't want to bailout irresponsible businesses when we are expected to keep our house in order. The people want their life, liberty and the ability to pursue their own happiness back. Freedom is what this country was founded on. Freedom is what we want.
"The Republicans had their shot not long ago to address the real needs and concerns of everyday Americans, and they blew it," he told Esquire magazine. "Over the time that they were there and had the leadership opportunity, they blew it. We got fired for a reason."
If Republicans can't give us those things, Tea Party will stand behind candidates that will.
Friday, February 12, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
President Obama brought Republicans to the negotiating table on Tuesday, hoping to stem a steady deterioration in relations between the two parties that has brought business in Washington to a standstill, left the Democratic agenda in tatters and angered voters who are eager to have lawmakers address their concerns.True bi-partisanship would be fantastic. For this Administration to really start listening to the American people and what the majority of them want is good for everyone. Unfortunately, it is clear President Obama is nothing but talk on the issue of bi-partisanship-on the one hand pushing cooperation and on the other claiming yet again Republicans are the problem.
He accused Republicans of indiscriminate obstruction that he said has created legislative gridlock, especially in the Senate, but he also called on Democratic leaders to "put aside matters of party for the good of the country."Weirdly, the "indiscriminate obstruction" the President talks about is the GOP barely hanging on to the core concepts of being Republican.......and I mean barely. I continually complain about how far to the "stupid" our party has moved, but it does seem they are trying to take a value-based stance these days. So now we have a situation where the GOP might be getting a clue and the Dems are all very sad about it. You can't really blame them; after all those years of being Democrat lite, supporting big government and big spending all on their own, for Republicans to now be resistant is like a lovers betrayal.
President Obama needs to stop claiming bi-partisanship when what he really wants is complete submission. The Republicans have continually offered alternative ideas to the debt-ridden, economy killing policies proposed by "leaders" like Pelosi and Reid, only to be shot down at every turn.
When this Administration stops trying to make bi-partisanship look like an S&M session, maybe we can get something accomplished in this country.
No Michael, we criticize you because you are a terrible leader. During your entire run you have flip flopped on the issues, backed the wrong candidates and provided little to no leadership. As the head of the RNC Michael Steele should be a strong voice and ally to candidates, lawmakers and issues that most closely align and represent the core Republican values. He isn't. In many ways the problem with Michael Steele is the problem with the whole of the Republican party right now-we keep having this battle of moving toward the center or expanding our "base". Why some continually push this way of thinking is beyond me.
Speaking to Washingtonian magazine (no online version), Steele wondered why his Democratic National Committee counterpart doesn't get the same criticism he does.
"I don’t see stories about the internal operations of the DNC that I see about this operation," Steele said. "Why? Is it because Michael Steele is the chairman, or is it because a black man is chairman?”
As the Republicans began moving away from all the things that made them great in the late 80's and early 90's they also lost the support of their most loyal voters-even those from the independent voting bloc. When Republicans became Democrat Lite, they also became the party without a chance in hell of winning consistently.
The problem with Michael Steele is he supports this same vein of more moderate, big tent thinking. He blows with the wind and has very little truly conservative 'cred to stand on. Chairman Steele has made gaffe after gaffe and comes across as someone who is out of touch with what voters like me are looking for in this party. Until you get a clue Michael, I won't support you-and baby, it ain't got nothing to do with color.
Monday, February 8, 2010
Sunday, February 7, 2010
(It's on PJTV, you will need to register, but it's free.)
If you prefer to read it, I have posted the entire text of the speech below:
Good morning and thanks for being here. I’m Michelle Moore-I am the Director of Technology & Midwest Regional Coordinator for Smart Girl Politics--one of the fastest growing conservative women’s groups in the nation. Smart Girl Politics began as Stacy Mott’s blog in June of 2008.
Stacy had had enough of what was going on in politics-as many of us had by then-so she started blogging. By November she got tired of screaming in a vacuum and stuck out a help wanted sign on her blog. She asked other women to join her and start a group. That’s when I first became involved with Stacy. We had talked quite a bit on Twitter and when she started asking conservative women if they wanted to join blogs- I jumped at the chance. I remember those early days….a bunch of blogs, stuck together, trying to figure out how we were going to make a difference. My. my, my-how things have changed….from that little blip on the radar, to a NING group in December of 2008-to now-a powerful women’s organization with over 25,000 members ….we have become a force to be reckoned with –
So, what has contributed to our exponential growth in such a short time? Why have we become so popular?
Well, I think there are several reasons for that.
First, we have a fabulous leadership team. We are all very dynamic in our own way. Everyone brings something unique to the table. From the 6 more or less original members Stacy Mott, Teri Christoph, Tabitha Hale, Rebecca Wales, Katie Favazza, and myself-we have now grown to a whole host of leaders in our organization to help guide and direct these women in their quest for conservatism.
Smart Girl Politics has given conservative women a voice. While organizations like NOW and Code Pink have existed for the other side for years, conservative women have had only had a few single voices speaking out for them for quite a while. Women like Michelle Malkin and Ann Coulter have been attempting to speak out for conservative women for years, but they are only individual women. As the past Presidential election cycle came and went and the politics heated up, conservative women began turning out in droves-dying for someone to help them, some to talk to, people to engage with. Smart Girl Politics appeals to women because it isn’t just one conservative woman speaking out, but giving an outlet and a voice for all conservative women to speak out. It has given us a place to educate ourselves about issues, a place to organize, a place to feel empowered-which works out really well since our motto is Engage. Educate. Empower.
Secondly, when a grassroots movement starts as a blog, it is obvious technology, the Internet and new ways of communication will play an important role in your growth. We have used new media, social networking and as much of the latest technology as I can figure out how to work, at a the fastest pace I can manage to work it J Because I am the Director of Technology they often come to me and say “Hey we want to insert a “new, fancy or unusual” request. Can you make it happen?” To which I usually reply “Uh……” but somehow, most of the time, I manage to get it done. Of course, we have a Facebook group, the NING site http://www.smartgirlpolitics.ning.com/ –the main membership site and a couple of Twitter accounts, but we have gone beyond just those things. We have used live video technology to host candidate question and answer sessions and to broadcast parts of our Smart Girl Summit last fall. We have a fantastic on-line magazine “Smart Girl Nation” and a radio show by the same name on RFC Radio.com. Thru these avenues we disseminate facts, figures, and opinion to anyone who wants it. On the news site “Smart Girl Nation” we use a variety of multimedia technologies including video and coming soon-podcasting. We are experimenting and adding new features all the time.
Combine all that with some of the best bloggers around keeping our content relevant and fresh and you have an excellent, refreshing source of information for conservative women.
Another way we have reached out to conservative women is through education. Last fall we launched SGP101. Thru SGP101, we have been able to provide a depth and breadth of training to our members unlike anything else you will find. So far we have trained over 500 women on topics ranging from “Using Social Media to Share Your Message” to “How Political Parties are Structured” We’ve even used online training to teach voter registration, “Get Out The Vote” and candidate training. It is our hope to double the number of women we train this year over last year. Smart Girl Politics believes, arming our members with accurate information and educating them in ways to accomplish their goals, may be the single most important thing we can do to preserve and protect our future.
Thru education and knowledge we are empowered to speak out against that which is wrong, debate confidently the issues of the day and even support or discard candidates. Many of our members are outspoken-a few have even made headlines taking on Legislatures and main stream media. Katie Abrams-took on Arlen Specter saying “You have awoken a sleeping giant” and then asked him “What are you going to do to restore this country back to the constitution.” Then there was 17-year old Jackie Seal who took on MSNBC's Norah O'Donnell at a Sarah Palin book signing. Jackie was wearing a T-shirt that said: "The US government handed out $700 billion in Wall Street bailouts and all I got was this lousy T-shirt." And Nora decided that was good enough cause to argue with a teenager there to see someone she looks up to and Jackie took her task and didn’t back down on her position. Even me, for those of you who know me-you know I have a reputation for being a little…..tough….for those of you who don’t….well I commonly describe myself by saying “I’m just a woman with a big mouth and a bad attitude.” Smart Girl Politics attracts smart confident women who aren’t afraid to speak their mind. Then we give them tools to speak intelligently to any issue they wish.
As an organization for all women, Smart Girl Politics is always focused on the most important issues of the day. When our members expressed concerns with the seeming tax/spend policies of the administration, we provided facts and figure for our members to take to their families and neighbors. On the health care debate we provided educational materials, forms for faxing to Senators and Representatives, and a place to air out opinions-all the time encouraging our members to take action. Smart Girl Politics has spoken out on issues that face conservative women, but not just conservative women. Last year, we had a rare moment to partner with NOW in addressing Whoopi Goldberg's "It wasn't rape-rape" comment. We defended conservative women who were attacked by the left and degraded as sex objects in a crude and hateful Playboy's Top 10 list. Most recently we came out in support of Tim Tebow and his mom's super bowl ad.
So where are all of these “Smart Women” coming from? We’ve talked a little about what Smart Girl Politics offers to women, but let’s talk about what kind of woman is searching for us. As an organization with different personalities, we attract women of all kinds-from all walks of like. Many of our women are strong, outspoken leaders-many ladies join Smart Girl Politics to become better leaders or to train to be the leaders they never knew they could be-until the time came. Some of our members just come for information. They want a reliable and easy way to get access to resources and information. We don’t just appeal to the women either. We have Smart Guys Group and groups for Teens. But it’s the women we aim to support. For years we have loved the great quotes from Michelle Malkin, Ann Coulter-even Elizabeth Hasselback, who often has to defend her stance from the other ladies on The View.
When conservatives started realizing acquiescing to the other side and the smooth-over politics of Washington were taking hold and that those policies had an excellent chance of jeopardizing our future-the women started to look at our children, we looked at our families, our husbands, our partners and we said “WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON OUT THERE!” And we started paying attention. We saw new faces like Michele Bachmann and Robyn Smith-from right here in Tennessee- they were speaking out-and we said “Hey! I agree with her!” We began to listen to these women and to the words they were saying. As we took an interest, we wanted to get involved, we wanted to engage. Then Sarah Palin entered the national stage when John McCain nominated her as his vice Presidential pick. No matter your specific opinion on Governor Palin, NO ONE can deny she has excited conservative women as never before. She has regenerated women’s interest in politics and issues that hasn’t been seen for decades. Maybe ever. Heck she even got liberal women’s attention. To my way of thinking, that was more or less when it all broke loose. After that, conservative women spoke up across the nation, seeking out groups like Smart Girl Politics and their local Tea Party organizations.
We became involved in Tea Parties in February. We became unwitting leaders in March and we ran nearly the entire national stage in April. Low taxes, less spending, less government, investing in the future for our children-these things are our motivation. Groups like Tea Party and Smart Girl Politics our battle machines. They provide the ammunition and backup support that any powerful group needs to accomplish their goal-gearing up for battle when we need it and providing a soft place to fall when we are hurt. There is no force like an army of passionate women.
Over these last couple of years, we have learned to take a hit. We have learned that for us, politics will get very personal. We have learned that some men don’t care for a woman with an opinion but we have also learned that men who do like a woman with an opinion, are eager to fight right by our side. We have found a passion and we are taking the lead.
I know for me it is personal. I have two teenage daughters-a junior and a senior in High School. They are young women; soon to raise families of their own. How could I possibly see a future where they were not afforded the same opportunities as me? How could I not fight for them? I have lived the American Dream. I was married and then divorced young. That left me single mother with two small kids. I wondered everyday how I would provide for my babies-and back then they were babies-but I worked hard-I struggled-worked hard some more and I made it. In my late twenties I started my own technology consulting company for small business and today I make a good living doing what I love every day. What will I do if those same sweet babies who looked up at me all those years ago don’t have the same opportunities I did-to stand or fall of their own volition? How about when my grandchildren look at me? I would never want them to think I had failed them.
For many of us this is the first time we have gotten engaged in the political process. Many of are still learning, taking our knocks, as we push forward and accomplish our goals both large and small. I’ve met so many powerful and wonderfully passionate women along the way. They are leading local groups, they are marching in protests, they are radio hosts and passionate speakers. They are the women who are going to take back this country.
Smart Girl Politics will lead the charge in 2010. Our online training gears up again next week; the Radio show will soon be available as a pod cast on Smart Girl Nation and we will begin holding voter registration drives across the country. Smart Girl Politics will continue to encourage our members to take action and achieve for all of us.
This fall will see the return of Smart Girl Summit. Last year we held it right here in Nashville, this year we converge on Washington DC. Conservative women from around the nation will gather to learn, laugh and train for the coming battles leading up to the next Presidential Election.
As a woman who was looking for a “home” I found one in Smart Girl Politics and the Tea Party movement. I found the voice I didn’t know I had and a certain courage I never knew I would need. I found other women who have become some of my closest friends. Women who two years ago I knew nothing about but we shared a common goal and a kindred spirit. Now I can’t imagine a life without them. Across miles and distance-we are so different, yet the same. You women inspire me-you motivate me-you lift me to heights I could never achieve alone.
Thank you “Women in Politics”-you guys are the best.
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Thursday, February 4, 2010
One of the things keeping me away: I will be speaking at The National Tea Party Convention in Nashville, TN this Friday. Leaving town is always a pain and when you are a small business owner, maybe just a bit more so. I am traveling to the convention on behalf of Smart Girl Politics to discuss Women in Politics. If you are going, be sure to some by and say "Hi!"
Also, "Moore from the Right" will be broadcasting live from the convention tonight. It is my plan to have Molly Teichman (mommentator) and Dana Loesch on and we will do a round-table on women in politics. They are two of my favorite women and getting their perspective on how far women have come in the political area will be great! We look forward to seeing you there. As always, please go to www.preppydudetv.com register for he site, then register for the show. We will see you every Thursday 10pm EST.
Be sure to check back often this weekend-there will be tons of updates and news from the Tea Party Convention and Nashville.