Tuesday, December 29, 2015

A Review of And the Good News Is...

Over the years that I worked for him he became much more to me than my boss or even the President of the United States.  He became like a second father, a friend, and a confidant.--Dana Perino 
-I ended up loving this book and Dana Perino much more than I expected too.  She followed Tony Snow as the White House Press Secretary and those were big shoes to fill.

What I loved about her and the book:
-Her optimism-she has this in common with her former boss, George W. Bush.  Optimism endears me to people and was one of the things I loved about W.
-Her love and loyalty for George W. Bush
-Her patriotism
-Her unashamed defense of being a conservative
-She too was upset by Scott McClellan's book unfairly attacking the Bush Administration
-She reaffirmed my respect for Bush as a man and a president
-She reaffirmed my love and respect for Tony Snow
-I appreciated the advice she gave, and it was helpful to me
-She was able to say nice things about Obama and Biden as men, even though she disagrees with them.
-I enjoyed hearing about how she met and fell in love with her husband.

-What was incredible to me as I read the book, was how emotional I still get about the loss of Tony Snow

-I can't recommend this book highly enough.  If you want to be inspired by a strong woman, Dana is your gal.  She represents conservative women well.  I'll be watching The Five much more often.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Fox Business/Wall Street Journal GOP Debate (11-10-15)!


Marco Rubio: "We can’t even have an economy if we’re not safe. There are radical jihadists in the Middle East beheading...
Posted by Fox News on Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Rubio had his usual stellar night, it's simply amazing! There's no
subject on which he's not fluent, forceful and passionate.~Charles
Krauthammer
According to many, Marco Rubio is now 4-0 at the GOP Debates.  Below is a great summary of the debate and assessment of the candidates:
My take on the Republican presidential debate that just ended: I thought Marco Rubio won again. He's got tremendous raw political skills, and he gave a preview of the argument he'd like to make against Hillary Clinton in the fall--that this is a time for generational change. 

Ben Carson showed more energy but no mastery of issues. 
Jeb Bush did better than in previous debates but not well enough to stop the momentum for Rubio among donors. 
Kasich may have hurt himself with his interruptions and unpopular answers. 
Trump was more mellow than before, but he strikes me as the least wattage intellectually on stage. 
Carly Fiorina had a good night and had some nice lines. 
And Ted Cruz may have the highest IQ but the lowest EQ.~Nicholas Kristof

Things I was happy about:
-Mike Huckabee didn't make the cut to be a part of the main debate.
-Rubio did a great job as always.  He is knowledgeable on all the issues and does an amazing job of presenting them and in responding quickly to other candidates.
-Rubio crushing Rand Paul.
-Trump getting booed twice!
-Carly Fiorina holding her own.
-The moderators not being idiots.

Things that annoyed me:
-Trump insulting Kasich.
-Rand Paul attacking Rubio.
-Bush and Kasich bumbling and trying to interrupt.  It just looked kind of pathetic.
-Ted Cruz annoys the hell out of me every time he talks.  He just comes across as smarmy, and like a slick used car salesman.


More praise for Rubio:
Rubio knocked it out of the park when debating military spending and the right role for America in the world with Rand Paul. He got a meatball of a question when asked  by the moderators about Hillary Clinton's résumé as compared with his own; he, unsurprisingly, answered it well and easily. Time and time again, he oozed knowledge while appearing entirely relaxed.~The Washington Post

If you rank everybody, Rubio, of course -- look he has done well, and he’s been at the top of the top. ~Karl Rove

I thought Marco Rubio did very well. I thought he did exceptionally well. ... He’s not only knowledgeable, which is important, he’s good at politics because part of running for President is showbiz. I mean that in the best sense, and he’s good at that as well as being knowledgeable.~Bernie Goldberg

Winners:
Rubio and Cruz leaning a bit toward Rubio.
2. Carly had a good night.
I think everyone else was kind of just a mix. All did fairly well but had something that set them back.~Glenn Beck

Monday, November 09, 2015

First Lady Profile #9~Abigail Adams

Abigail was the support and 'dearest friend' who helped John reach the greatest heights. She will be remembered for this and also for her own strengths. Self-reliant, she raised her family and managed the farm for the many years that John was away during and after the war. Brave and caring, she inspired her family and friends to stand up for their beliefs, and found time to comfort them in time of need. Spirited and witty, she brought cheer to all around her.--Kem Knapp Sawyer
-Fortunately, there is a wealth of knowledge about Abigail Adams.  She and John wrote many letters during their frequent absences from each other.  These letters were saved (unlike the letters between George and Martha Washington, which were destroyed), thus giving us a wonderful picture of history:
Abigail started writing at a young age, and she never stopped.  She used her pen to reflect on-and influence-the course of history.--Kem Knapp Sawyer
FACTS:
-Abigail was born in November of 1744 in Weymouth, Massachusetts.  Her father was a minister and a farmer.
-She wanted to go to school but was sick a lot as a child and girls didn't have the same schooling opportunities as boys.  Her mom taught her the basics and she educated herself by reading many of the books from her father's library.
-She married John Adams on October 25th, 1764.  She was 19 and John was 28.
-Abigail had 6 children: Abigail (Nabby), John Quincy, Susanna (who only lived 13 months), Charles, Thomas and a baby that was born stillborn.
If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.~Abigail Adams
-She was a strong woman who took care of her children and managed the farm during John's many absences in service to their country.
-Abigail actually watched the Battle of Bunker Hill from their farm and wrote about it to her husband.
-She was her husband's confidant and principal adviser as he helped shape the country by being a part of the Constitutional Conventions, being a foreign minister, the vice president and finally the 2nd President of the United States.
-She was a fierce advocate for the rights of women and African Americans.  Both she and John were against slavery and never owned slaves.
-She died on October 28, 1818 and sadly never got to see her oldest son become the 6th President of the United States.

First Lady Links:
-National First Ladies Library
-C-Span Series on First Ladies

My Abigail Adams Books:
-First Ladies: Presidential Historians on the Lives of 45 Iconic American Women--Susan Swain C-Span
-America's First Ladies--Diana Dixon Healy
-First Ladies--Betty Boyd Caroli
-First Ladies of the White House--Nancy J. Skarmeas
-John Adams--David McCullough

Reference Material that I checked out from the library:
-Abigail Adams--Kem Knapp Sawyer
-Abigail Adams--Alexandra Wallner
-John and Abigail Adams (PBS Video)
-Abigail Adams: a Revolutionary Woman--Jacqueline Ching

Previous Profiles:
-Martha Washington
-Dolley Madison
-Louisa Adams
-Julia Grant
-Lucretia Garfield
-Frances Cleveland
-Edith Roosevelt
-Eleanor Roosevelt

Monday, November 02, 2015

KC Royals #TakeTheCrown and win the World Series Against the Mets!

The Royals took the crown and beat the Mets 7-2 on Sunday to win their first World Series since Ronald Reagan was President. Not having had a championship season since 1985, the KC team were in last year’s World Series but came up short against the San Francisco Giants.~Dominic Patten
-I'm not a big baseball fan, but when your whole city gets excited about something, it is hard not to get excited too.

-I bought my Royals' shirts to wear at work, and started watching the games.

-So many of the postseason games were exciting as I watched them be down by runs and then come back to win in the end.

-It was electrifying tonight to see the game go into extra innings, and then for them to pull it off and become World Series champs.

-Congrats KC Royals!!! Congrats Salvador on winning MVP!!


-And the above photo makes the win even sweeter!!

Sunday, November 01, 2015

2015 Book List


There were some great movies at the end of last year, based on amazing books.  American Sniper and Unbroken were both so good, I knew I needed to read the books.  I finished Unbroken, and I plan on reading American Sniper.

Here are the books I've read so far:

1) Top Secret Twenty-one--Janet Evanovich
2) America's Suicide--Michael H Davison
3) The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation--Gene Roberts
4) Selma and the Voting Rights Act--David Aretha
5) The Murder of Emmett Till--David Aretha
6) A Call to Conscience: The Landmark Speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.--Clayborne Carson
7) Unbroken: A World War II Book of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption--Laura Hillenbrand
8) Churchill--Paul Johnson
9) Freedom Summer--David Aretha
10) Marching in Birmingham--William J. Boerst
11) The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement--Taylor Branch
12) James Madison--Jeremy Roberts
13) The Finish: The Killing of Osama bin Laden--Mark Bowden
14) John Quincy Adams--Debbie Levy
15) The Conscience of a Conservative--Barry Goldwater
16) Gandhi: A Pictorial Biography--Gerald Gold
17) No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama Bin Laden--Mark Owen
18) Lost and Found: Finding Hope in the Detours of Life--Sarah Jakes
19) True Love--Jennifer Lopez
20) I am Malala: The Girl who Stood up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban--Malala Yousafzai
21) Martha Dandridge Custis Washington--Charnan Simon
22) Skinnygirl Solutions--Bethenny Frankel
23) I Suck at Relationships So you don't Have To: 10 Rules for Not Screwing Up for Your Happily Ever After--Bethenny Frankel
24) The Lost Girls: The True Story of the Cleveland Abductions and the Incredible Rescue of Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry, and Gina DeJesus--John Glatt
25) The Attack on the USS Cole in Yemen on October 12, 2000--Betty Burnett
26) Lady Washington--Dorothy Clarke Wilson
27) Lost and Found: The True Story of Jaycee Lee Dugard and the Abduction that Shocked the World--John Glatt
28) Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland--Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus
29) 41: A Portrait of My Father--George W. Bush
30) Practice to Deceive--Ann Rule
31) Slavery of Faith: The Untold Story of the Peoples Temple from the Eyes of a Thirteen Year Old, Her Escape from Jonestown at 20 and Life 30 Years Later--Leslie Wagner-Wilson
32) Praying God's Word: Devotional Journal--Beth Moore
33) The Assassin's Accomplice: Mary Surratt and the Plot to Kill Abraham Lincoln--Kate Clifford Larson
34) Martha Washington: An American Life--Patricia Brady
35) Yes Please--Amy Poehler
36) Abigail Adams--Kem Knapp Sawyer
37) Abigail Adams--Alexandra Wallner
38) Abigail Adams: A Revolutionary Woman--Jacqueline Ching
39) Dolley Madison: First Lady--Barbara Witteman
40) Dolley Madison: Her Life, Letters and Legacy--Holly Shulman
41) Dolley Madison: America's First Lady--Myra Weatherly
42) George Washington--Michael Burgan
43) George Washington--Heather Lehr Wagner
44) George Washington: An American Life--Laurie Calkhoven
45) John Adams: Patriot, Diplomat and Statesman--Miriam Gross
46) Thomas Jefferson--Jacqueline Ching
47) A Perfect Union: Dolley Madison and the Creation of the American Nation--Catherine Allgor
48) Faith of the First Ladies--Jerry MacGregor
49) Women of the American Revolution--Mary Rodd Furbee
50) And the Good News Is: Lessons and Advice from the Bright Side--Dana Perino
51) Raven: The Untold Story of the Rev. Jim Jones and His People--Tim Reiterman
Previously:
2014 Book List
2013 Book List
2012 Book List
2011 Book List
2010 Book List
2008 Book List

Saturday, October 31, 2015

A Review of 41: A Portrait of my Father


1st--I ended up liking this book a lot more than I thought I would. I wasn't paying attention to current events when George Bush Sr. was president. As a result, my view of him was tainted by the few facts that I heard about him from various sources.

2nd--I was impressed with Bush Sr. once I saw him as a whole man--the way he lived his life, his character, the jobs he took and his principles. The Bush family was admirable as well.

3rd--I loved getting the unique perspective of a presidential son of his presidential father. It was neat to have him compare different events in both of their presidencies, and how they affected him and his father. As George W. Bush brings up, historian David McCullough said he would've loved to have read a book written by John Quincy Adams about his father, John Adams.

4th--I love George W. Bush and think he was an amazing president. I enjoyed hearing him read this audio book himself.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Paul Ryan Becomes the 54th Speaker of the House!

So after all the meshugas on the right over the past few years, the Republicans could wind up with two new leaders going into this election, Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan. That’s a pretty excellent outcome for a party that has shown an amazing tendency to inflict self-harm.

Ryan is the new House speaker and right now Rubio is the most likely presidential nominee. The shape of the presidential campaign is coming into focus. It’s still wise to expect (pray) that the celebrity candidates will fade as the shopping phase ends and the buying phase begins.~David Brooks
-I've been a huge Paul Ryan fan for a long time.  I used to live in Wisconsin, and was so impressed to see such a strong conservative get elected there.

-I was excited when Romney put him on the ticket in 2012.  If only the VP picks could've saved the actual candidates in both 2008 and 2012.

-So, when it looked like Ryan was going to get the speaker job, I was happy.  It sounds like a grueling job to have, but I think Ryan could actually make a positive difference.
My friends, you have done me a great honor. The people of this country, they have done all of us a great honor. Now let’s prove ourselves worthy of it.~Paul Ryan


-The above video gives a small glimpse of his character.

Ryan's plans:
Before Ryan embarks on some of his legislative goals — tax and welfare reform, for example — he'll face the task of following through on his promises to the rank and file. To prove he’s serious about reforming the institution, Ryan is embarking on an overhaul of internal House procedures, restructuring a powerful committee that selects committee assignments. Ryan has told his colleagues that he plans to rewrite internal institutional rules by the end of the year, with the help of the entire House Republican Conference.
-I look forward to the future with Ryan as speaker of the House and hopefully, with Rubio as the Republican nominee for president.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

October 28th GOP CNBC Debate!

All the Republicans came out to play hard tonight but Senator Marco Rubio and Governor John Kasich clearly won—but for two different reasons. Rubio weathered very tough attacks with facts, passion and style.~John Zogby
Marco Ru­bio knocked just about every ques­tion he faced at the third Re­pub­lic­an pres­id­en­tial de­bate out of the park, wheth­er it was from the CN­BC mod­er­at­ors or from one of his rivals. The Flor­ida sen­at­or re­gistered a clean coun­ter­punch against Jeb Bush, one of his top com­pet­it­ors, and he lam­basted one of con­ser­vat­ives’ fa­vor­ite punch­ing bags, the main­stream me­dia.
All the while, Ru­bio suc­cess­fully de­flec­ted some of the most com­mon cri­ti­cisms he’s en­countered on the cam­paign trail: namely, his sparse con­gres­sion­al at­tend­ance re­cord and the hand­ling of his per­son­al fin­ances. And the audi­ence took no­tice, of­ten re­spond­ing with re­sound­ing ap­plause or even laughter.~Adam Wollner
-I had a lot of competing TV choices tonight.  The World Series with my Kansas City Royals was on, my kids and I always watch Survivor, and then for this political junkie, I had to watch the GOP Debate.

-To be honest, the main reason I was excited to watch, was to see my guy Rubio do well, and he never disappoints.

-CNBC showed their true colors in how they ran the debate, the moderators were condescending, extremely biased and didn't control the debate well at all.  They tried to pit the Republicans against one another, but it backfired.  It seemed to unite the Republicans and enabled Rubio and others to shine in light of it.


Rubio had some amazing moments tonight, and there are quite a few video clips that show just how well he knocked it out of the park.



1) The truth about candidates missing votes while running for president!  The above clip shows exactly what Zogby was talking about, Rubio responded to the moderator and to Jeb with "facts, passion and style".

-Jeb blew it when he tried to pile on, Rubio mopped the floor with him, and this might be the final nail in Jeb's coffin.



2) The truth about Rubio's tax plan!  John Harwood proved he was an idiot by using incorrect information about Rubio's tax plan, that he HIMSELF had to correct 2 weeks ago, wow!!  Below is the correction:
The best quotes of the night from Rubio:
The democrats have the ultimate Super PAC- it's called the main stream media.

The more you tax something, the less of it you get.

We have 11 good candidates on this stage, the Democrats can't even come up with ONE.

I'm against anything bad for my mother.
The best quotes from others:
The questions asked so far in this debate illustrate why the American people don’t trust the media. This is not a cage match.~Ted Cruz

Do you want me to answer or do you want to answer? Because I got to tell you the truth, even in New Jersey what you’re doing is called rude.~Chris Christie

Folks, we’ve got to wake up. We cannot elect somebody that doesn’t know how to do the job.~John Kasich

I may not be your dream candidate, just yet, but I can assure you: I am Hillary Clinton’s worse nightmare.~Carly Fiorina
Some great articles about the debate:
-The 15 most explosive moments of the GOP debate

-Marco Rubio made a big splash at the third GOP debate

-Is Marco Rubio's Breakout Debate Win Enough to Oust the Outsider Candidates?

-Who Won the Third Republican Presidential Debate? 
In Conclusion, Bill Kristol sums up the debate and the World Series game in one short tweet:

Friday, October 23, 2015

First Lady Profile #8--Martha Washington!

Painstaking research reveals a delightful, intelligent, and passionate woman who shared a life of mutual love and support with the country's foremost founding father.--Patricia Brady
-I am a big history buff when it comes to the presidents and first ladies.  I embarked on this first ladies series awhile ago, and since then I've discovered C-Span's series on the First Ladies.  This has given me a renewed desire to dig even deeper and read numerous books on each first lady.


-I am watching the C-Span profile on each first lady, and then reading books on each of them.  I also bought the book on the first ladies which is a companion piece for the C-Span series.

-I have always known a lot about George Washington and very little about Martha.  I have been impressed by what I have learned about her and it has greatly increased my respect for her.

-As I read about her, I was struck by how much she loved both of her husbands, and her children, and not just her biological children, but the many children she took on as her own throughout her life.

-She also was very smart and was considered a "great catch" when George married her.  She was the perfect woman to be the first "first lady".

FACTS:
-She was born on June 2, 1731 on a plantation near Williamsburg, Virginia.  She was the oldest of 9 children and went by Patsy.
-She was 18 when she married Daniel Parke Custis on May 15, 1750.  She had 4 children with him: Daniel, Frances, John, and Martha.
-Daniel and Frances died in childhood, and her husband Daniel died in 1757.  Martha was a rich widow at age 25 with 2 children.
From the time Martha first gave birth at eighteen or nineteen, she was a really wonderful mother.  She doted on her children, her grandchildren, her nieces and nephews.  During the war with the young officers, young aides-de-camp, she was more or less like a housemother at a fraternity; she looked after these young men...Forever afterword, the young men of those days remembered her as their foster mother.--Patricia Brady  
-She married George Washington when they were both 27, and George helped raise her children.
-Her daughter Martha (who also was known as Patsy), had epilepsy and died during a seizure while she was a teenager.
-Her son John (known as Jacky) married and had 4 children.  He died during the Revolutionary War from typhus.  George and Martha raised 2 of his children after his death, Eleanor and George.
George Washington was the indispensable man to the success of the American Revolution, and Martha Washington was the indispensable woman to him. He could bear all those years away from home, creating a national army, because she spent part of every year with him, no matter how awful the conditions in camp might be. 
Their mutual love, confidence, and support helped keep him going in the face of every disappointment, setback, and defeat.  Every year she made a home for him, where he could rest and refresh his spirits until it was time to go back in the field another time, for however long it took to win the war.  Out of those eight and a half years he spent in command of thMe army, she was with him for nearly five, more than half the war, in stays ranging from three to ten months.  Martha was truly the secret weapon of the American Revolution.--Patricia Brady
-During the Revolutionary War, George and Martha could not bear to be apart, so Martha always traveled to be with him for several months out of the year.
-During George's two terms as president, Martha was a great example of what a first lady should be like.  Abigail Adams was in awe of her.
She talked about how the experience of her life had taught her that 'our happiness or misery depends upon our disposition and not our circumstances.'  That is a remarkably wise observation, but it's an observation distilled from a life full of tragedy.  She'd lost a husband, she lost all four of her children, she lost countless nieces and nephews, and then she found herself repeatedly uprooted from the life she expected, to follow George either on the battlefield, or on a different kind of battlefield.--Richard Norton Smith
-She died on May 22, 1802 at the age of 70.

My Martha Washington Books:
-Martha Dandridge Custis Washington--Charnan Simon
-Lady Washington--Dorothy Clarke Wilson
-Martha Washington--Patricia Brady
-First Ladies: Presidential Historians on the Lives of 45 Iconic American Women--Susan Swain & C-Span
-Mount Vernon Love Story: A Novel of George & Martha Washington--Mary Higgins Clark
-America's First Ladies--Diana Dixon Healy
-First Ladies--Betty Boyd Caroli
-First Ladies of the White House--Nancy J. Skarmeas


Previous Profiles:
-Eleanor Roosevelt
-Julia Grant
-Louisa Adams
-Frances Cleveland 
-Lucretia Garfield 
-Edith Roosevelt
-Dolley Madison

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Trump Questions!


-Will Trump ever fade?

-Will Trump ever get more than 28% support among Republicans?

-What will it take for the 28% to stop supporting Trump?
At Red State, Leon Wolf asked just that.  He replied with this:
I ask because I would have thought that being a repeat donor to Clinton and other Democrats might have been that point for principled conservatives.

I ask because I would have thought that using Michael Moore’s talking points on 9/11 might have been that point for principled conservatives.

I would have thought that defending federal funding of Planned Parenthood might have been that point for principled conservatives.

I would have thought that adopting Democrat rhetoric on the need to raise taxes on the wealthy might have been that point for principled conservatives.

I would have thought that publicly professing a love for eminent domain might have been that point for principled conservatives.

I haven’t even gotten into the insanely liberal things Trump said and did before he decided to run for President, because apparently being an unprincipled and opportunistic flip flopper only bothers principled conservatives when the candidate in question is Mitt Romney. It doesn’t even apparently matter that The Donald’s immigration stance is likewise a transparent flip flop from what he said as recently as 2013.
-Why are people like Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity not criticizing him?

-Why are people like Ann Coulter and Mark Levin supporting him?  
Coulter actually said Trump could perform abortions in the White House as long as he stuck to his stance on immigration.  She was trying to be her normal satiric self, but I found that analogy horrifying.  We are willing to sell out all our other beliefs as long as Trump is good on immigration??  And what guarantee do we have that he won't change his stance right after being elected.  Rush has always said moderates were people that would stick their finger in the air to see which way the wind was blowing.  That describes Trump to a tee.  Coulter has permanently lost my support.  I was a huge fan of hers for years, but this just pushed me over the edge.

-Am I establishment because I can't stand Trump?
I don't think I am, I'm a principled conservative who supports candidates that are conservative as a whole and likely to get elected.  That's why I don't get conservatives that I have admired for years cowtowing to him.  It blows my mind.
-What are the top things that have ticked me off about Trump?
1) Right out of the gate he attacked POWs for getting captured during a war.  Who does that?  I don't even see Democrats saying something that stupid.
2) He attacks a woman moderator at a debate and has a track record of attacking women.
3) He blamed Bush for 9/11.  I can't tell you how much this pisses me off.  What kind of jackass says this???
4) He has no conservative framework or center.  He just spouts off what comes to him in the moment.  He has changed his mind on numerous important issues constantly and recently.  Sean Hannity went after Obama's past by digging up the stuff about Ayers, etc..  Yet, when asked by Glenn Beck why Trump's past didn't matter, Hannity just said it was what he was saying now that was important.
-Why are people supporting Trump when we finally have some great Republican candidates this time around?

I have always admired people who speak their minds and don't care what others think.  Yet, that doesn't extend to being a jackass.  He reminds me of Jesse Ventura who flamed out quickly, hopefully Trump does the same.  I just hope that the Republican party and some of its' biggest power players don't get destroyed in the aftermath.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Back to the Future--October 21, 2015


October 21, 2015--Back to the Future Day

-30 years ago I went to the movie theater to see Back to the Future.  I was 15 years old and a huge Michael J. Fox fan.

-Tonight, I went with 3 of my kids to see the movie, and my youngest son is 15, it was kind of cool.


-The significance of today's date, October 21, 2015, is because in the 2nd movie, they go to the future on October 21, 2015.

-It is hard to believe, when I was watching it, 2015 seemed like a long time away.



-I still love Huey Lewis and the News and I embarrassed my daughter by expressing my love for his music during the movie.

-While watching the 2nd movie tonight, I reflected on how history is skewed by Biff Tannen and his wealth.  As I saw the world descend into hell, I was struck by the similarities between Biff Tannen and Donald Trump.  I couldn't help but think we might be thrust into a similar hell if Trump is elected.
Update:
It turns out the character was actually based on Donald Trump, too funny!!

Some articles about the 30 year anniversary of the movies:
--10 Predictions that 'Back to the Future Part II' got right
--Huey Lewis Shares the Inspiration behind the Back to the Future anthem 'The Power of Love'
--Huey Lewis almost passed on going 'Back to the Future'
--'Back to the Future' cast reunites, flashes back to their monumental time together

Facebook:
October 21, 2015-Back to the Future Day

Twitter:
#BTTF2015

Friday, August 07, 2015

August 6th Fox News Top Ten Republican Debate

Impressive–Rubio, Bush 
Solid–Walker, Christie, Kasich 
Didn’t help/hurt themselves – Carson, Cruz, Huckabee 
Weak--Paul 
Horrible--Trump
~~Stuart Rothenberg
-I had a great time live tweeting during the debate last night.  It has been 11 years since I've been excited to watch a Republican debate.  There were a lot of great quotes and comments from the candidates and other people tweeting about it.

-I have to admit there are 2 things that "I didn't get" last night.  All this conservative anger that cheers on Trump and trashes Fox News and the Fox News' anchors/moderators.  I find myself at odds with people I used to admire.  As many of my readers know, I used to love Ann Coulter and I've read most of her books.  But she has gone off the rails the past couple of years and her celebration of Trump and trashing other great candidates just doesn't make sense to me.

-I love Megyn Kelly and Bret Baier and 24 million people watched the debate last night.  I thought Trump's comments to Kelly were disrespectful and offensive.


-I was excited that my guy, Marco Rubio shined last night.  Many others agreed with me.  I literally cheered when Rubio said the above quote about God blessing the Republican party.  He came across as optimistic and confident.


-After I saw the above tweet from Dana Perino, I looked up what en fuego means.  Below is the exact description:
Translated from Spanish, literally means, 'on fire'. It's what you call anyone or anything that is awesome. 
-I couldn't think of a better way to describe Marco Rubio.  Below are some more articles praising Rubio's performance:
~~Rubio Wins
~~Mainstream Media surprised by Republican Debate as Rubio, Cruz and Fiorina score
~~Marco Rubio and Carly Fiorina win the Republican debate
-Besides Rubio's stellar performance, I liked Scott Walker and John Kasich last night.  Kasich is getting some traction.  I was a little surprised Walker didn't do better, but like Rothenberg said, he gave a solid performance.  My favorite line was the one about mush.

-Bush did okay, surprised he didn't perform better.

-Carson was funny at the end but seemed lost the rest of the debate.

-Huckabee and Cruz reinforced me cringing every time they talk, can't stand either of them.

-Rand Paul surprised me with some good lines, especially when he called out Christie hugging Obama.  But if I wanted a candidate weak on defense, I'd vote Democrat.


-Trump really made me mad when he attacked Megyn and his response about his women comments wasn't impressive.

-I don't get the support for Trump at all.  He's not a genuine conservative and just seems to be garnering all the angry/hater type people's support.

August 6th Fox News Happy Hour Republican Debate!

Since [Donald Trump] has changed his mind on amnesty, on health care and on abortion, I would just ask, what are the principles by which he will govern?--Carly Fiorina
-The 1st Debate last night, which was dubbed the "Happy Hour Debate" was fairly uneventful except that Carly Fiorina rose to the top of the 7 candidates that didn't make the cut for the "real debate" later that night.

-I have always liked Fiorina but know that she doesn't have much of a shot at the nomination for numerous reasons.  That said, she did a great job last night and was the only candidate of the 7 that did anything for me.


-CNN listed her 5 best lines:
1. "Hillary Clinton lies about Benghazi, she lied about emails, she is still defending Planned Parenthood, and she is still her party's frontrunner."
2. "[T]he potential of this nation and too many Americans is being crushed by the weight, the power, the cost, the complexity, the ineptitude, the corruption of the federal government."
3. "I know more world leaders on the stage today than anyone running, with perhaps the exception of Hillary Clinton."
4. "Since [Donald Trump] has changed his mind on amnesty, on health care and on abortion, I would just ask, what are the principles by which he will govern?"
5. "I didn't get a phone call from Bill Clinton before I jumped in the race ... maybe it's because I hadn't given money to the foundation or donated to his wife's senate race."
-I think Fiorina would make an excellent VP for my favorite candidate, Marco Rubio.  She would also make a great cabinet pick.

-The other candidates didn't impress me at all.  Perry was the only one I liked, but his performance illustrates why he crashed and burned last time around and why he's getting no traction this time.

-Graham, Gilmore and Pataki know they have no chance in hell of winning and must be running to create publicity for themselves.

-Jindal just doesn't come across well at all, he makes me cringe.  Santorum didn't have a chance last time and he sure doesn't this time.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

2016 Presidential Hopefuls--Rankings!

This is the strongest field of Republican candidates in 35 years.--Charles Krauthammer
For the first time since Bush got re-elected in 2004, I am excited about the Republican field of candidates for president.  During 2008 and 2012, I was discouraged because there were no stellar options.

In my previous post on the 2016 candidates, I talked about which ones were my favorites and which ones weren't.  Since then, I have watched most of the interviews done by Sean Hannity and Bret Baier on their shows.  As each candidate officially announced they were running, Hannity and Baier would then have them on their shows for the whole hour.

As much as it pained me, I forced myself to even watch the interviews of people I wasn't a fan of.  It was good and either helped me to see them in a better light or reinforced why I don't like them.

Now that I have more information on each of the candidates, I've decided to rank them.



1st--Senator Marco Rubio--
This is no surprise, since I have already done numerous posts about him.  I think he has everything that he needs to win both the Republican primary and the general election.

This is what I said about him in the last presidential hopefuls post:
I can't think of much that I don't like about him.  As I said in my post yesterday, he is a solid conservative, articulate about his views, a good sense of humor, optimistic, good looking, likeable and charming.

What sets him apart for me is that he is a solid conservative, he is strong when it comes to his foreign policy, and he has an attractive personality.  You don't win the presidency by being a moderate and by being boring, just ask Bob Dole, John McCain and Mitt Romney.
--Hannity's Interview with Rubio
--Bret Baier's Interview

My previous posts on Rubio:
--Marco Rubio Enters the 2016 Presidential Race
--Making the Case for Marco Rubio--Part 1
--Making the Case for Marco Rubio--Part 2



2nd--Governor Scott Walker--
This man is impressive!  He took on the unions in a blue state and won.  He is a solid conservative and has some great experience from being Governor of Wisconsin.  I LOVED his announcement speech.

3rd--Jeb Bush--
I wanted him to run in both 2008 and 2012, because he was a conservative governor and much better than both Romney and McCain.

He's not my first choice because of his recent stances on immigration and common core.  But I'm surprised at how many conservatives are overlooking his other conservative stances.  Especially since some so called conservatives like Trump for his immigration stance when he has recently held many other very liberal positions on a lot of important issues.

4th--Governor John Kasich--
I've loved Kasich since the first time I saw him on a Sunday morning news show years ago.  I think he has been a great governor of Ohio, and he is articulate and persuasive.  I just don't think this election cycle is his time.

5th--Carly Fiorina--
She has guts and she isn't afraid to take on Hillary Clinton.  I have been impressed with how she has run her campaign, and she has actually made a little progress in the polls.  That said, she hasn't ever held elected office and she lost running for senator.  She doesn't have a chance of winning, but she has been a valuable part of the process.

6th--Governor Rick Perry--
He is a good guy, and I had high hopes for him in 2012.  Yet, he gained no traction and stumbled.  We have better options this time around.

7th--Dr. Ben Carson--
He is a great guy, but has never held elected office.

8th--Rick Santorum--
Oh, Rick... I used to really love him and was so disappointed when he lost his senate seat in 2006.  But he has never had what it takes to become president.  He should've been a great option for conservatives in 2012.  On paper he looks good, but in person he just doesn't cut it.  If he didn't give Romney a run for his money in 2012, he certainly won't against some great candidates this time around.

9th--Governor Bobby Jindal--
I remember anticipating his response to Obama's SOTU back in 2009.  To say I was disappointed was an understatement.

10th--Governor Chris Christie--
Initially, I loved Christie, I was so impressed with how real and outspoken he was.  I wanted him to run for president in 2012.  He reminded me of Scott Walker.  Yet, he went down in flames for many conservatives when he decided to cozy up to Obama right before the 2012 election.  That didn't sit well with me, and he's done a couple other things that have revealed some of his liberal stances, nope.

11th--Donald Trump--
I used to like Trump as a person, and I enjoyed watching The Celebrity Apprentice last year.  That said, he is NOT a conservative.  As many have pointed out,  Trump has held numerous liberal positions, like being pro-choice, giving $ to Hillary Clinton and being for government run health care.

He is also no stranger to offensive comments, as Stephen Hayes points out:
Idiotic statements are nothing new to Trump, who called George W. Bush "evil," who has long advanced birther conspiracies about Barack Obama, and who used his announcement speech to suggest that Mexican illegal immigrants are “rapists.” 
Later in his appearance here, Trump was asked directly by an audience member whether he would rule out running as a third party candidate for president. “No, no,” Trump said. “I won’t go on record as saying that.”
There is no love lost between John McCain and I.  Yet, despite that, what Trump said about him and other POWs was beyond the pale.  People have tried to justify what he said and claim it was taken out of context, but I've seen him make all the comments and he essentially spit in the faces of POWs.

Just because he's taken a strong stance on immigration doesn't mean he's even close to being the right guy to run for president.

12th--Lindsey Graham--
I can't believe he thinks he has a prayer.  

13th--Ted Cruz--
On paper, Cruz looks good, but he makes my skin crawl.  I don't know what it is, but I don't like him.  I forced myself to watch his interview with Hannity and wasn't impressed.

14th--Rand Paul--
As I've made clear on this blog, I am NOT a fan of Ron Paul.  I gave Rand a chance because I thought he might be different than his Dad.  There are some differences, but when it comes to national security, he is just as bad as his Dad.  If I wanted someone who was weak on national security, I'd elect a Democrat. 

15th--Mike Huckabee--
The list of why I'm not a Huckabee fan is extremely long.

Twitter Assessment of the Candidates by @ProducerSusan 's non-political husband (amusing and mostly accurate):

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Making the Case for Marco Rubio--Part 2


The more I learn about Marco Rubio, the more I get excited about him and his chances to not only win the Republican primary, but to win the presidency in 2016.

Some articles that I have found recently that help make the case:
-Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio Solidify Front-Runner Status

-Marco Rubio Lights It Up
Have you seen Marco Rubio?  Marco Rubio is lighting it up, and there are two things that have happened here.  The first thing that happened is that Larry Ellison of Oracle, worth something like $57 billion, is throwing a huge fundraiser for Rubio out in California where he lives.

And then Rubio shows up on the Council on Foreign Relations and literally ran rings around everybody, including Jeb Bush.  I read that Jeb Bush's speech and performance, the Q&A at the Council on Foreign Relations was not inspiring. He appeared unprepared, a little halting and unsure of himself, whereas Rubio was conversant on anything that was brought up.  He was able to answer any question that anybody asked him.  His speech was all-inclusive.
-Why Marco Rubio Could Upend 2016
The headline polls may understate Rubio’s advantage. Alone among candidates on either side, he has positive favourability among Republican and Democratic voters. At 57 per cent among Republican primary voters, he is way ahead of Jeb (37 per cent). Although Jeb leads marginally in voters’ first preference, Rubio tops the second-choice rankings. In a fragmented field, that could count for a lot. Finally, Rubio is neck-and-neck with Jeb in the key swing states, including Ohio and Florida, and comes closest of any Republican to defeating Hillary in a head-to-head match-up.
-The story behind a Rubio campaign video that the campaign didn't make

Pic Credit: @MarcoRubio_2016

Some factors that help make the case:
-Twitter is exploding with accounts supporting him.  I have been shocked at the sheer number.  The other candidates probably have some major support too, but there is GENUINE enthusiasm for Rubio that I think is missing for a lot of the other candidates.

-The All-Star Panel on Special Report with Bret Baier considers him to be 1 of the 3 top tier candidates in the Republican race.  Charles Krauthammer is probably his biggest fan.
Previously:
-Making the Case for Marco Rubio--Part 1
-2016 Republican Presidential Hopefuls

Sunday, June 14, 2015

The Roosevelts: An Intimate History!--A Review (Part 5)

5-The Rising Road (1933-1939)
There have been 3 presidents who were larger than the office they inherited.  One was Washington, who fairly invented the office; there was Lincoln who preserved the country at the center of which sits that office; and then there was Roosevelt, who fundamentally changed the relationship of the citizen to the central government.--George Will
Franklin Roosevelt
-When FDR took office, 15 million were unemployed.  A sense of fear pervaded the country. It was the 3rd year of the crippling depression, and people wondered how long it would last.
-FDR connected with the American people over the radio in his fireside chats.
-He appointed the first woman to a cabinet position.  He appointed Frances Perkins to be Secretary of Labor.
-President Herbert Hoover's mail was handled by only one clerk.  The Roosevelts needed 50.  During the week following FDR's inauguration he received 450,000 letters.
-Most of the American people didn't know that FDR was in wheelchair.  The press wasn't allowed to to take pictures or video FDR in his wheelchair or getting assistance standing and/or getting in and out of vehicles.
The best of the New Deal programs was FDR's smile.  He was armored with Christian faith that the universe is well organized and with the American faith that history is a rising road and things are going to be all right.--George Will
-FDR's critics accused him of bringing socialism to the U.S. with his New Deal programs.
-He was re-elected in 1936 carrying 46 of 48 states and getting 60% of the popular vote.  Many think that the passage of the social security act was what ensured FDR's re-election.
-He became a type of "savior" to the American people.  Many families had his picture on their walls.
-FDR was upset about the conservative members on the supreme court.  They overturned several of his New Deal programs.
-He then arrogantly tried to find a way to change the make-up of the court by introducing legislation that would force justices to retire at age 70.  Even one of his own friends admitted that FDR was trying to pack the court.  The legislation never passed.
-Yet, he was eventually able to pack the court to his liking.  By the time he passed away, he had replaced 8 of the 9 justices.
-The American public was against the U.S. getting involved in World War II.  So, FDR moved very slowly towards what he realized was the inevitable.

Eleanor Roosevelt
-She starts having weekly press conferences of her own.  She only allowed female reporters because only men could attend her husband's.  No previous first lady had ever done anything remotely like this.
-She started writing a syndicated newspaper column called, My Day. She also had a network radio program of her own as well.
-The Roosevelts were more sympathetic to African Americans than their predecessors.  Eleanor even more than FDR fought for them.
-Eleanor had a total of 6 children with Franklin.  One son, Franklin Jr. died in infancy.  Later they had 4 more sons, one of them was also named Franklin Jr., and the others were Elliott (named after Eleanor's father), James and John.  They had one daughter named Anna.
-Even though the Roosevelt's marriage was troubled, they never divorced.  Yet, it seemed to have a big impact on their children.  Between the 5 children that survived, there was a total of 19 marriages.

Previously: 
Episode 1-Get Action (1858-1901)
Episode 2-In the Arena (1901-1910)  

Episode 3-The Fire of Life (1910-1919)
Episode 4-The Storm (1920-1933)

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

A Review of I Am Malala

I was a girl in a land where rifles are fired in celebration of a son, while daughters are hidden away behind a curtain, their role in life simply to prepare food and give birth to children.

I was named after Malalai of Maiwand, the greatest heroine of Afghanistan.--Malala Yousafzai
-I have been impressed with Malala Yousafzai since I first heard about her.  She is an outspoken young woman who grew up in an area where women are supposed to be quiet. 

-Malala has a strong mother, and a father who always encouraged her to speak the truth and to stand up for girls getting an education.  Although her father didn't have much money, he took a lot of risks to start schools in Pakistan to provide an education for many.

-Malala and her father knew that by being outspoken about the rights of people to get an education, they were risking their lives.  The taliban was executing people on a regular basis if they didn't toe the line on women obeying every aspect of sharia law.

-If women in the middle east are ever going to be ushered into the 21st century, they need many more women who are willing to risk their lives like Malala did.  She was shot by the taliban in the head, and yet, survived to carry her message around the world.

-In reading her story, I learned a lot about what life is like in Pakistan & Afghanistan for girls.   I was inspired by her courage, and look forward to seeing what the future has in store for her.  She has already won the Nobel Peace Prize at 17 years old (the youngest ever to receive the award),  so the sky is the limit.

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

The Roosevelts: An Intimate History!--A Review (Part 4)


4-The Storm (1920-1933)
Great suffering can change a person.--Eleanor Roosevelt
Franklin Roosevelt:
-1920 was the first election where women could vote.  James M. Cox was the Democrat nominee for president and he picked Franklin to run as his vice presidential running mate.  They lost to Warren G. Harding & Calvin Coolidge in a landslide.
-Harding appointed Teddy Roosevelt Jr. to be Assistant Secretary to the Navy.
-On August 10, 1921, Franklin felt funny, after this day he would never walk without help again.
-Eleanor and Louie Howe took care of him, and then also hired a nurse.
-He was 39 years old when he was finally diagnosed with polio.
-Eleanor and Sara (Franklin's mother) disagreed on what Franklin should do to get better.
-On October 9, 1922 Franklin went back to work.
-He spent a lot of time away from Eleanor trying to rebuild his legs.  He also ignored his children during this time.
-He thought he could improve his legs & walk again even though his doctors told him it was unlikely.
-During 1925-1928, he would spend 116 weeks away from home trying to fix his legs.
-He and Eleanor were living separate lives, and their children were being ignored and indulged.
-Teddy could outrun his depression demons, but FDR couldn't walk, so he was stuck with them.
-Franklin didn't want the public to know he was crippled.  Yet, it was the polio that gave him the gift of empathy.
-He bought Warm Springs, Georgia and used it as a place for polio patients to recover.
-On June 26, 1924 FDR gave the introduction for Al Smith who was running for president at Madison Square Garden.
-Al Smith persuaded Franklin to run for Governor of New York.  He did, and campaigned in all 62 counties, something no other candidate had ever done before.  Democrats lost big that year, but FDR won the governorship.
29 years earlier Teddy Roosevelt had promised the American people a "square deal".  Now, 11 years after polio seemed to have crushed his political hopes, FDR made a promise of his own, a "new deal".--The Roosevelts
-In 1932, FDR was the front runner for the Democratic nomination for president.  He won against 9 contenders.
-On election night, November 8, 1932 FDR won by 7 million votes.  He won 42 of 48 states, and the Democrats won a majority of seats in both houses of Congress.
The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself.--FDR
Eleanor Roosevelt:
-After finding refuge in work during the war, she refused to give it up after the war, even though her Mother-in-law wanted her too.
-She would always crave action liker her husband and her Uncle.
-In June of 1922, Nancy Cook (from the Women's Division of the state Democrat party), called and asked Eleanor to speak at a fundraising luncheon.  Cook and Marion Dickerman became good friends of Eleanor's.
-Eleanor began organizing the Democratic women of Duchess county.
-Louie Howe not only coached FDR, but also Eleanor and helped her with public speaking.
-She began her own career after FDR was struck with polio.
It is always disagreeable to take a stand, it is always easier to compromise.--Eleanor Roosevelt
-Franklin was proud of Eleanor having her own career.
-After FDR was elected Governor of New York, she toured hospitals and prisons on her husband's behalf and attended political functions.
-When FDR was elected president, she was happy for him, but she was troubled for herself.  She knew this would be the end of any personal life of her own.

Previously: 
Episode 1-Get Action (1858-1901)
Episode 2-In the Arena (1901-1910)  

Episode 3-The Fire of Life (1910-1919)

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Making the Case for Marco Rubio--Part 1


Recently, I did a brief post on the Republicans who are likely to run for president in 2016.  I expressed how I really like Governor Scott Walker, but Marco Rubio is the guy that has me most excited. 

As I continue to follow the race, I let out a BIG groan when I saw that Huckabee is going to make his announcement about getting into the race on May 5th.  I thought he was smart enough not to run this time, so much for wishful thinking.  Yet, despite his high hopes, I think that Cruz, Paul and Huckabee will all be fighting for the fringe vote.

Meanwhile, I have discovered some articles that make the case for Rubio and thought I would do a rundown of them:
-Marco Rubio leads GOP field in new national poll

-The Talented Mr. Rubio
David Brooks makes the case for Rubio and has a lot of great points.  Below are just a few excerpts:
Along comes Senator Marco Rubio of Florida. Rubio, 43, doesn’t just speak in the ardent patriotic tones common to the children of immigrants like himself. His very life is the embodiment of the American dream: parents who tended bar and worked at Kmart with a son who rose to become a United States senator. His heritage demonstrates that the American dream is open to all who come here legally and work hard. He is what many Republicans want their country to be.

1-He is, for starters, the most talented politician in the race.  In most primary battles, the crown goes to the most talented plausible candidate.
2- Rubio gives a very good speech.
3- He has an upbeat and pleasant demeanor. 
4-He has a great personal story. 
5-His policy agenda is more detailed and creative than any of his rivals. 
6-He has an overarching argument — that it is time for a new generation to reform and replace archaic structures.

Can Rubio win a general election? Well, he believes more in expanding the party than in just mobilizing the base. In his past races, he’s done better than generic Republican candidates because of his success with Hispanics. Youth is America’s oldest tradition. Who’s to say that voters won’t side for the relative outsider over the know-what-you’re-getting Hillary Clinton?
-The GOP Racing Form: First Edition
Charles Krauthammer loves Rubio as much as I do, and puts him in the top tier of candidates.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Conscience of a Conservative (A Review)

Thus, for the American Conservative, there is no difficulty in identifying the day's overriding political challenge: it is to preserve and extend freedom.  As he surveys the various attitudes and institutions and laws that currently prevail in America, many questions will occur to him, but the Conservative's first concern will always be: Are we maximizing freedom?--Barry Goldwater
I've heard a lot about Barry Goldwater, but had never taken the time to read much about him.  During my study of the civil rights movement in the 50's and 60's, Goldwater's name came up.  Some accused him of voting against the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and thus being against civil rights for African-Americans.

I did some research.  While researching, I came across his short book that I knew outlined the conservative movement.  I decided to read, Conscience of a Conservative and find out for myself his stance on civil rights.

While he did vote against the Civil Rights Act of 1964, he wasn't a racist nor was he against African-Americans having civil rights.  Yet, I found his view on this lacking in compassion.

He argued in Chapter 4, that the Federal government shouldn't be involved in forcing states to abide by civil rights' laws.  But in the next chapter, he argues for federal legislation to "fix" the problem with farmers getting subsidies.

Why was it okay to push for new federal laws for farming, but not for the much more important issue of civil rights?  While studying the civil rights' movement, I was shocked at how racist some of the southern governors were.  There is no way African-Americans would've been treated equally in the south had they not be forced to by the federal government.

Yet, for the most part, I agreed with the rest of what he laid out in the book.  Below I will list the Chapters and a short description of them.  It is amazing how this book was written 55 years ago, and yet most of it still applies today.

Chapters:
Chapter 1--The Conscience of a Conservative
Chapter 2--The Perils of Power
Chapter 3--State's Rights
Chapter 4--And Civil Rights 
I've already addressed this issue.
Chapter 5--Freedom for the Farmer
Not much has changed on this issue in the past 55 years.  Most Republican Representatives are against subsidies for farmers (or anyone for that matter), but farmers make up a big percentage of conservative voters.  Thus, the representative continues to support farm subsidies to keep his constituents happy.
Chapter 6--Freedom for Labor
Goldwater was spot on in describing the problems with Unions, we are still having the same problems, although they have been weakened in some states like Wisconsin.
Chapter 7--Taxes and Spending
This too, of course, is the same today except the numbers have gotten drastically larger.
Chapter 8--The Welfare State
Again, the same today, except the number of people dependent has risen sharply.  We have implemented some reforms, but not even close to enough.
Chapter 9--Some Notes on Education
Chapter 10--The Soviet Menace
While the Soviet Union no longer exists, and the Cold War has been won, Goldwater's views on how to deal with them could be applied to today's War on Terror.

I highly recommend this book for all conservatives.  Goldwater is said to be The Most Consequential Loser in American Politics.  I think that is true.  Goldwater influenced Reagan (who had a lot more charisma), and Reagan ended up being able to apply a lot of Goldwater's principles and make the Republican party more conservative.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

2016 Republican Presidential Hopefuls


As I said in my Rubio post, it is nice to finally have some good options this time around.  When I looked at the field of candidates in 2008 & 2012, it left me depressed.

This year we have some great picks, and as always some less appealing ones as well.  I will admit that my assessment of some of these is more of a gut check reaction.  Yet, I have found my gut to be pretty reliable.

1) My Favorites
Senator Marco Rubio--
I can't think of much that I don't like about him.  As I said in my post yesterday, he is a solid conservative, articulate about his views, a good sense of humor, optimistic, good looking, likeable and charming.

What sets him apart for me is that he is a solid conservative, he is strong when it comes to his foreign policy, and he has an attractive personality.  You don't win the presidency by being a moderate and by being boring, just ask Bob Dole, John McCain and Mitt Romney.

My only concern about Rubio is he doesn't have a ton of experience.

Governor Scott Walker--
Walker isn't as likeable as Rubio, but he does have an incredible track record and some great experience.  Who else has taken on the Unions and not only survived, but came out stronger?  He not only survived a recall election, but then won a second term.

He too is a solid conservative and a great governor.  A long time ago I thought Chris Christie was the same type of guy, but he turned out to be way too liberal.  Walker is a tough guy and a conservative, I like that A LOT!!

2) Acceptable Candidates
Governor John Kasich--
It isn't clear that Kasich is going to get in the race, and I'm not sure how much of a chance he has, but I have always really liked him.  He has great governor experience in the swing state of Ohio.  He is a fairly solid conservative.

Governor Mike Pence--
I love this guy, but don't think he will run.

Governor Jeb Bush--
I have always loved Jeb, even apart from him being W's brother.  But he is definitely too moderate for me.  That said, I wouldn't freak out if he ends up being the nominee.

3) People that I like, but don't think they have a chance
Dr. Ben Carson
Governor Bobby Jindal
Governor Rick Perry
Rick Santorum 
Carly Fiorina
Donald Trump--
He says he is seriously considering it this time.  He is a great businessman, and would do a much better job of running things than Hillary, but I don't see how he gets the conservative vote.

4) Not a Fan
Rand Paul--
He has several strikes against him.  He is Ron Paul's son, most of you know how I feel about Ron Paul.  I tried to give him a chance, but he is weak on foreign policy.  If you are going to be weak on foreign policy, we might as well have a Democrat in office.

Ted Cruz--
This is definitely a gut check problem for me, there is something about him that I just don't like.  Apparently, he is very popular among Evangelicals, well, not with this Evangelical he's not.  I watched his interview with Hannity after he announced he was getting in, and he didn't impress me at all.  I guess you could call it the Huckabee Syndrome--where a candidate makes your skin crawl.  I also don't think he has a prayer of getting the nomination.

Mike Huckabee--
I have been extremely open about my lack of support for both Ron Paul and Mike Huckabee on this blog.  I don't think Huckabee has a prayer of getting the nomination and would be shocked if he ran this time around.

Chris Christie--
When I first started learning about him, I was a big fan.  He stood up to the teacher's union and he reminded me of Rudy Giuliani.  But it wasn't long before he got cozy with Obama and did several other things that showed he was way too liberal.