Monday, January 31, 2005

Mayoral Forum In The Valley

ANNOUNCEMENT:

1/31/05
Mayoral Forum In The Valley
This forum is sponsored by the North Hills West Neighborhood Council and the North West Valley Neighborhood Councils. It will run from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at James Monroe High School Gymnasium, 9229 Haskell Avenue (corner of Haskell & Nordhoff), North Hills, CA 91343. Parking is free and the entrance is on Haskell Avenue. The winner will be decided based on free throws.

Cordially,
Walter Moore
L.A.'s Next Mayor
www.Mayor4U.com
Mayor4U Committee, P.O. Box 45705, L.A. CA 90045

I hope those of you out here in the valley area can attend. I am going to try and make time to go down myself.

Friday, January 28, 2005

TERRORISM VS. DEMOCRACY, WHOSE SIDE ARE YOU ON?

Reading Bill O'Rielly's talking points on the Iraqi elections taking place you get a grim picture, yet, I believe a very well thought out and truthful one. His conclusion is pretty straight forward and simple, if the U.S. and subsequent allies fail in Iraq, terrorism will gain momentum and therefore more power. If we succeed, there is a real chance at peace and possibly retarding future terrorist efforts towards America. For some reason though, as Mr. O. pointed out, there are some who for some reason or another fail to get this concept. Stemming from the likes of John Kerry, Diane Finestien and Ted Kennedy is a message of doubt, finger pointing, and dissent towards our efforts in Iraq. Just recently Ted Kennedy gave a speech calling for a plan to pull out troops from Iraq by next year. In it he makes some interesting points yet fails to offer any real solutions to the current situation, that being, terrorism will flourish if America is perceived by our enemies as failures by pulling out too soon. In his speech before the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, he refers to Americas presence in Iraq as an "occupation" as if implying that we are the invaders and not liberators, then in another place points out this very notion by stating
The Administration relied for advice on self-promoting Iraqi exiles who were out of touch with the Iraqi people and resented by them--and the result is an America regarded as occupier, not as liberator.
What are we in his mind I wonder. You can read the rest for yourself but it really bugs the heck out of me when our leaders get on their soapboxes and publicly reveal pertinent info to our enemies about our weaknesses, military losses and mistakes. He is basically sending a "coded" message to the enemy saying "hey, we are hurtin' bad and the terrorist are winning, and not only that but are perceived as heroes by many in the world". If a speech like this doesn't embolden our enemies to keep on keepin on then I'm a monkey's uncle! Does anyone else see the blatant idiocy of such actions? I mean, whose side is this man on? Who is he rooting for? Referring to the terrorist as "insurgents", pointing out that most of them are home grown... so what if they are Iraqi or foreign? They are still terrorists! One key point he fails to realize is that we are fighting this war, not just to liberate Iraq, but to keep these guys from bringing the fight over here on American soil. Capturing Bin Laden or Zarqawi is not going to end terrorism, nor is it going to cripple it severely, but spreading the seeds of democracy and freedom in the very garden that spawned these two individuals and others like them, is what's going to bring victory to the world.

The more democracy spreads in this world the safer we become, very simple reasoning, yet, it is not going to come easily. It took many years for America to become as free as it is today, with much death and bloodshed. In another place in his speech, Kennedy compared Iraq to Viet Nam, well, he has a point, maybe not the one he intended to make, Iraq is very much like Viet Nam, for just as negative propaganda about the war gave the perception of loss on our part and emboldened the enemy to keep fighting then, what is going to ultimately win this war is our ability to change minds through positive propaganda we send to our enemies today, just like in Nam, if we continue to allow dissent and back-biting to ensue among our leaders none-the-less in the public sphere, we will truly lose this war in the minds of the terrorists, and ultimately the Iraqi people who truly do desire freedom. We will win militarily, but will lose politically, and when we do finally exit Iraq, it will be far worse off then before we came. No thanks to the likes of the Ted Kennedy's on "our side".

Friday, January 21, 2005

New NAACP President Russell Simmons????

According to www.sohh.com Russell Simmons, famed music producer of hip-hop music and fashion mogul, is being considered for taking over the helm at NAACP. I hope this is merely roomer and not fact. How desparate can this organization be to actually consider Russell Simmons? I am sure he is a cool guy to hang with at a party or something and has obviously shown himself to be quite the business man but in so far as representing an organization that is supposed to have such high prestige and deep rooted history? Not to mention is supposed to be non-partisan. I don't think so. What about Mr. Cosby? Or as I suggested in a previous post on this very subject, Ward Connerly? Surely there are others who are far better suited than Simmons?

One of the reasons cited in this article for considering Simmons is his wide appeal to the younger generation. As Scot X. Esdaile, president of the Connecticut district states in support of appointing Simmons, "He would bring the young people into the association and wouldn't be beholden to corporations or special interests."

Lets see, music producer and founder of Def Jam records home of various hip-hop artists such as Ludacris, known for his racy videos featuring half-naked women, founder/owner of Phat Pharm clothing, and now founder and owner of Rush Communications all corporate entities. He has also been known to have extreme liberal views include this comment made at a press conference, "
We are threatened as Americans because of the way our president carries himself. He's [Bush] the biggest threat in the world." He has also supported liberal democrats in the past including organizing fundraisers for Senators Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and Charles Schumer (D-NY). He also worked with Al Sharpton on his presidential bid.

Yeah, I can see how he wouldn't be beholden to corporate or special interest. Great choice NAACP, good luck with that. As I stated before, I sincerely hope this is mere roomer. Sad indeed.

Thursday, January 13, 2005

SOME PROBING QUESTIONS....

Lashawn Barber over at Lashawn Barber's Corner has some questions for us bloggers that she would like answered either by posting on her site or emailing her directly. I am going to post my answers here as well as forwarding them to her. You are more than welcome to answer here as well. The questions and my answers are below.

1) How long have you been blogging?
Since May of 2004.

2) Do you believe you’re addicted to blogging? Please explain, and be honest. It is habit-forming, I must confess. (If I decide to use your response, I may have follow-up questions.)
Yes. I often spend hours reading other blogs or just writing about topics on my own, yet I don't always post them. Just getting my thought out really helps to give me clarity. I am able to self-edit and am forced to be clear about what I am saying. I especially love getting feedback since I love to debate and converse with others, especially about hot topics.

3) Have you ever taken a hiatus? If so, for what reason and how long?
Yes, but not willingly. Usually I break from blogging (whether reading or writing) due to ourside responsibilities, i.e. family, work and such.

4) Have you ever thought of giving up your blog? Why or why not?
Yes. Sometimes I feel as if what I have to say has already been said therefore it is pointless to reiterate something that another blogger, columnist or reporter has already stated. Also, and this is a big one, I often think that no one cares to read what I have to say anyway, especially if I get little to no feedback. Usually a look at my hit counter stats helps to put things in perspective. When I doubt that anyone is reading, I review it and see that I've gotten quite a few hits for that day or week. I think a big reason is simply the comments require you to log in and not everyone likes to do that, even I don't like having to log in in order to comment, so this could be a major deterrent to commenting on my blog. This is something I am working towards fixing though.

Well those are my answers. What about you?

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

A HISTORY TEST...

I received this email through the Townhall.com Conservatives meetup group. I found it quite compelling, while there is obvious humor in it, it also sends a very ominous message. That what happened on 9/11 was no coincidence and TRUTH BE TOLD our leaders should have saw it coming.

Subject: History Test...

Please pause a moment, reflect back, and take the following multiple choice test. The events are actual cuts from past history.
They actually happened!!!

Do you remember?

-1968 Bobby Kennedy was shot and killed by
a. Superman
b. Jay Lenno
c. Harry Potter
d. Muslim male extremist between the ages of 17 and 40

1. In 1972 at the Munich Olympics, athletes were kidnapped and massacred by
a. Olga Corbett
b. Sitting Bull
c. Arnold Schwarzenegger
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

2. In 1979, the US embassy in Iran was taken over by:
a. Lost Norwegians
b. Elvis
c. A tour bus full of 80-year-old women
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

3.During the 1980's a number of Americans were kidnapped in Lebanon by:
a. John Dillinger
b. The King of Sweden
c. The Boy Scouts
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

4. In 1983, the US Marine barracks in Beirut was blown up by:
a. A pizza delivery boy
b. Pee Wee Herman
c. Geraldo Rivera
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

5. In 1985 the cruise ship Achille Lauro was hijacked and a 70 year old
American passenger was murdered and thrown overboard in his wheelchair by:
a. The Smurfs
b. Davy Jones
c. The Little Mermaid
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

6.In 1985 TWA flight 847 was hijacked at Athens, and a US Navy diver trying to
rescue passengers was murdered by:
a. Captain Kidd
b. Charles Lindberg
c. Mother Teresa
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

7.In 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 was bombed by:
a. Scooby Doo
b. The Tooth Fairy
c. Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

8. In 1993 the World Trade Center was bombed the first time by:
a. Richard Simmons
b. Grandma Moses
c. Michael Jordan
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

9.In 1998, the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were bombed by:
a. Mr. Rogers
b. Hillary Clinton, to distract attention from Wild Bill' s women problems
c. The World Wrestling Federation
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

10.On 9/11/01, four airliners were hijacked; two were used as missiles to take out the World Trade Centers and of the remaining two, one crashed into the US Pentagon and the other was diverted and crashed by the passengers.Thousands of people were killed by:
a. Bugs Bunny, Wiley E. Coyote, Daffy Duck and Elmer Fudd
b. The Supreme Court of Florida
c. Mr. Bean
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

11.In 2002 the United States fought a war in Afghanistan against:
a. Enron
b. The Lutheran Church
c. The NFL
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

12. In 2002 reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped and murdered by:
a. Bonnie and Clyde
b. Captain Kangaroo
c. Billy Graham
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

Nope, .....I really don't see a pattern here to justify profiling, do you?

So, to ensure we Americans never offend anyone, particularly fanatics intent on killing us, airport security screeners will no longer be allowed to profile certain people. They must conduct random searches of 80-year-old women, little kids, airline pilots with proper identification, secret agents who are members of the President's security detail, 85-year old Congressmen with metal hips, and Medal of Honor winning and former Governor Joe Foss, but leave Muslim Males between the ages 17 and 40 alone because of profiling.

Let's send this to as many people as we can so that the Gloria Aldreds and
other dunder-headed attorneys along with Federal Justices that want to thwart common sense, feel doubly ashamed of themselves - if they have any such sense.

As the writer of the award winning story "Forrest Gump" so aptly put it,
"Stupid is as stupid does."

Come on people wake up!!!

Keep this going. Pass it on to everyone in your address book.
Our Country and our troops need our support!

As I said, funny but also scary. Now with the war on terrorism in full swing we are having issues with racial profiling even more so in regards to people of Mid-East and Arabic characteristics being searched in airports or being deported by INS authorities. An article in the City Journal from Spring 2001 gives some background into the problem and some compelling accounts of the efforts of anti-profilers in New York and other areas in the country. It is amazing how little most people think, where an officer who pulls over a black man for speeding is villainized by the very community he is protecting. Here in L.A., specifically South Central L.A., the people are crying out for justice. They want crime to stop and police to stop it for them, yet, when the very same police department arrests an offender, one who not only committed a traffic crime but also put innocents in harms way through those actions, resisted arrest, and the community goes up in arms and makes a big stink because the officers beat the assailant, who would not comply with police orders to submit. Amazing! The guy needed a good butt whipping since it is obvious his parents failed to do it themselves! Yes I am referring to Rodney King. Then to top it off, when the officers are rightfully acquitted, a riot ensues within the very community that purports to want justice! The people of South Central actually destroy and vandalize their own community. How stupid is that?! They blame racist whites among the so called elite for their so called oppression and injustice but riot and destroy their own buildings, houses, churches, and stores? That makes a whole lot of sense, not! And over what? A known, convicted felon on parole, who did not want to pull over because he didn't want to go back to jail. He even testified to this and admitted that he did not believe that he was being beaten because of his race!!

The man was and is still a known criminal and yet many in the black community herald him as a great martyr. He got what he deserved then and apparently continues to even today, take a look at his arrest record here. Does this look like a record of an innocent motorist just driving along minding his own business and all of a sudden several evil white policemen pull him over and start beating him? Come on, think people! In today's day and age, is it even feasible to believe that the majority of police officers, many of whom are minority, are actually pulling over blacks, Hispanics and others just for the sake of hubris? Give me a break!

If black people really want change in their communities they need to wake up and realize that their problems do not come from without but from within. No one will dare say this though. Now, thanks to many radical, ignorant and amoral "civil rights" and political leaders, the concept of racial profiling will be used to protect terrorists in this country as well. Putting law abiding citizens in harms way and for what, to protect the so called rights of a few law breaking terrorists? Amazing! We need to turn the tide back to common sense and justice and eliminate the whole racial profiling debate altogether, allowing our police to do their jobs. Yet, it may already be too late as our beloved police chief William Bratton has already established and supports policies that only serve to cripple any legitimate efforts by police to enforce existing law. One such policy is called Special Order 40, a police mandate that originated in 1979, established by former Police Chief Gates along with the approval of the L.A. City Council. It prevents police from inquiring about the immigration status of assailants. So if an officer arrests a Hispanic gang member and has reason to suspect that this person is an illegal immigrant, he cannot ask the gang member if he is actually illegal or not nor make efforts to find out, hence, keeping this known criminal within our borders, unable to deport him.

Things are getting worse and worse and it is due to the lack of wisdom among our leaders. Plain and simple. We cannot even begin to make a dent in the war on terrorism with foolish and idiotic policies such as this. We need to remove and ignore people like Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Rep. Maxine Waters, Diane Fienstien and others, keep them out of the policy making/influencing efforts and the public eye, if we really want to prevent another 9/11 from happening right here in Los Angeles.

I pray that God will restore wisdom back to our leadership, soon.


UPDATE:
In the heat of my posting I failed to mention another valuable resource on this very issue, Michelle Malkin's latest book called In Defense of Internment: The Case for "Racial Profiling" in World War II and the War on Terror. It has been very controversial but she makes a compelling argument for racial profiling being used then and now.

Thursday, January 06, 2005

THE L.A. MAYORAL RACE....

I went to another Townhall conservatives meetup on Tuesday night January 3rd where Walter Moore, a 45-year-old business trial lawyer was invited to speak. I found out through the meetup that he is running for Mayor of Los Angeles so I wanted to hear him speak. He is a conservative Republican and I must say an incredibly funny guy. He was invited to speak at this months meetup since he is the only Republican running for mayor, many in the group believed that it would be to our advantage to support his candidacy. Admittedly, there were some, and there still are, who were quite hesitant at supporting him given that L.A. and California in general is for the most part, liberal. Currently all of the other mayoral contenders are of a liberal persuasion. Personally, I did not plan to vote for any of them prior to finding out that there was actually a Republican candidate running. I know many of you may say that a local office such as mayor is supposed to be a non-partisan position. Well, that is true, yet knowing that the potential candidate shares many of the same political views I have makes a world of difference to me in that I can have the confidence that his policies will be in line with what I know to be true.

Moore's platform falls right on target with much of what I believe in and support with a few exceptions, such as the whole dog beach thing. I am not much of a pet lover, although I do love and appreciate God's four footed creatures, but as far as having pets, your barking up the wrong tree. I have two small kids and enough poop and drool to go around.

His stance on immigration really got me interested. After checking out his site and researching on my own, I was quite appalled at what is actually going on right under our noses here in L.A. Did anyone out there know that there is a law called
Special Order 40 which prohibits officers from inquiring about the legal status of potential illegal aliens and worse yet, blocks any efforts by police in working with federal agents enforcing immigration laws? Amazing! Mr. Moore is totally against such practices and seems adamant about cleaning up the "pay to play" politics going on in City Hall. The LAX fiasco is one that has really gotten under my skin. Some of the things that are being funded are absolutely rediculous! I digress, back to our candidate for mayor. I gathered from Mr. Moore's speech that he is not afraid to speak the truth and give his honest opinion, that I like. I also liked is boldness and ease in front of an audience, he didn't back peddle when confronted with a difficult question. Unfortunately, I didn't see him debate, but something tells me he would do quite fine, holding his own against the current line-up of candidates. When he discussed illegal immigration is was like a breath of fresh air to hear someone actually come out and say that it is wrong and is a drain on our system in this city and state. Even some conservatives are afraid to say this even though it is true. Many I've had conversations with simply rationalize that the problem with illegal immigration cannot be solved therefore we should figure out another way to deal with it. I say Bull! Attitudes like that is disappointing to say the least. While Mr. Moore doesn't make any guarantees, he does promise to fight the good fight on this issue and I for one appreciate that. I hope, if elected, he follows through.

Due to this non-PC approach he is going to have an uphill battle in this race for mayor but I will be rooting for him anyway and I compel you Angelinos out there to check out his website, see what the man stands for and then tell your friends to vote for him and vote for him yourself. I truly believe that we need more conservatives in office in this city and state. While Mr. Moore may not win, this should be a great exercise in rallying the troops and getting out the conservative vote, not just on a national level but locally. Maybe over time we can change this city and take it back to being the great place to live and work it once was.

Good luck and God bless to you Mr. Moore, you have won my vote!