Author Archives: Dave C

Video: The Debt Limit Made Simple

It’s a little over five minutes long but simplifies down how the Debt Limit works.

The video is a little over a year old but still timely.

Cross posted at The Daley Gator and At The Point Of A Gun.


Posted by on February 11, 2011 in politics


The Parable Of The Shot TV

Did you know that if you voted for Bristol Palin on Dancing With the Stars, you helped to improve the economy?

It’s true.

As she progressed week after week in the contest, people became further and further incensed at her. Enough to where one Steven Cowan picked up his gun and shot his TV.

You might think that he might be a little off his rocker. He may have misread his medication as “6 pills every 2 hours” instead of the other way around. He may have thought that it would have impressed Brook Burke. Who knows?

But here’s what I think happened. He was looking to stimulate the economy.


He went Elvis on the TV and ended up in a 15 hour stand off with the police. The police do not work for free. They’ll be getting extra pay in their checks for the overtime and hazard duty*. Then there is the cost for the courts and lawyers. Those attorneys need someway to pay for the big ad on the back of the phone book.

Not to mention that Cowan’s wife will buy a new TV. She’ll have more disposable income as well because she won’t be supporting his TV viewing habits. . . His diet of Natty Light. . . His PPV bill. . . This is the proverbial finding a dollar in the gutter for her. Maybe she can now afford a divorce attorney?

All because you voted for Bristol, the economy was stimulated.

With any luck, she will win. That means more TVs will be shot and more stimulus for the economy.

Or something.

*Not sure if police get hazard pay or not. But it sounded good for the posting so I left it in.


Posted by on November 23, 2010 in politics


This Election Isn’t Over Yet

AKA, One Last Call For Ten Buck Friday.

Renee Ellmers still needs your help.

Noted choke-hold expert Bob Etheridge will not go faintly into the night after finding a couple of hundred ballots someplace. Etheridge’s “Get The Extreme Elderly Out To Vote” seems to be working better than expected.

The margin was close but enough for a decisive win for Ellmers. Until a “counting error” was found. If anymore votes are “found”, it trigger a recount by law. And the recount will go on and on until enough votes break for Bob “WWF” Etheridge.

Ellmers needs your support more than ever.

Election night, after the ten counties in my district had reported their votes, I led Bob Etheridge by 2,100 votes. (That number is crucial because under North Carolina law Congressman Etheridge is not entitled to an ‘automatic recount’ if he trails by more than 1% – or 1,888 votes.)

Then, yesterday afternoon – unexpectedly – the vote totals changed. The State Board of Elections reported my lead had dropped to 1,600 votes. Two hours later Bob Etheridge announced he intended to call for a recount.

As a result, last night my campaign began hiring attorneys – eleven attorneys in all. One in each county to monitor each recount and an attorney to work with the North Carolina State Board of Elections.

Right now, our best estimate of the minimum cost we face is $50,000. But, of course, my campaign spent every penny we had before the election.

Yesterday, we appealed to the National Republican Congressional Committee for support, asking if they could contribute to help pay the costs of this recount. Their answer, unfortunately, was, No – that we would have to raise the money to pay for the recount ourselves.

I was afraid that would be their answer. Months ago, I went to Washington and asked the National Republican Congressional Committee and many conservative leaders to help my campaign. Many conservative groups – like the Susan B. Anthony List, Concerned Women of America, Freedom Works, and Sarah Palin’s Sarah PAC all helped, but the NRCC declined. Later, they did support other campaigns in North Carolina – which, unfortunately, lost – but we never received their support. In fact, their spokesman told the press “that the campaign wasn’t ready for prime time” – which actually made it even harder for us to raise money. So, I am doubtful we will get support from the NRCC to help with the expense of the recount.

Since that time, the NRCC has finally done their part for this “Not Ready For Prime Time” candidate who happened to win her election. They did the job they are supposed to do.

Back to Ten Buck Friday.

It was an amazingly simple concept that many blogs picked up on in the run up to the general election. At the end of each workweek, take 10 bucks (or 20 or 30 or whatever amount you wanted to use) and donate it. Instead of dinner for four at Pizza Hut, you could have bought a take and bake pizza and a bottle of soda and sent the price difference to the candidate of your choice. It’s that easy.

So here is the scoop. I already donated to Renee’s recount fund. And between all of the blogs I contribute to:

Out of those five blogs, surely there is a readership of more than a hundred people on any one day. And if those 100 readers could donate 10 bucks each, it would make it an easy grand in her bank. If it helps, I already donated $25 bucks this morning.

I don’t make this bleg (blog beg) lightly. And I’m not saying that Bob “Five Martini Breakfast” Etheridge is out to steal this election. But I’m not not saying it either. And by steal I mean that liberals mean to render you mute on how you want this country to be ran. Don’t let them steal your voice and your vote. Speak out today.

Thanks to Bob for some of the links and the reminder for Ten Buck Fridays.

Sidenote:  I realize this is dangerously close to being a double post and for that, I apologize but the word needs to get out.


Posted by on November 5, 2010 in politics


Bob Etheridge “Finds” Ballots

How convenient for him to want a recount. Considering that he lost to Renee Ellmers.

It’s his right but it sounds like shenanigans of Al Franken proportions.* In case that’s not clear enough:  Yes, I’m saying that Bob “Who’re you” Etheridge is going to try and steal this election.

The NC-2 Race, in which Renee Ellmers is poised to take down manhandling Bob “Who’re You” Etheridge, has gotten complicated. Last night, it looked like a clear victory for Ellmers and she claimed victory. The gap tightened, however, and now he wants a recount.

Etheridge is a 6 term incumbent in what was considered a very safe seat for the Democrats. Unfortunately for Bob, it looks bad when you put a college student in a headlock for asking question, and his constituents suddenly became a lot less excited about supporting someone who might attack them.

Recounts and elections lawyers aren’t cheap. Please donate to help out Renee.

*Back in 2009, a trunk full of ballots that were heavily slanted toward Al Franken just happened to have been found right before a recount.


Posted by on November 4, 2010 in politics


These Are The People Who Will Cancel Out Your Vote

So get out there and punch that ticket, dislodge that hanging chad, touch the computer screen, fill in the line between the two brackets on the oversize ballot and– who knows if these machines are still out there– pull that lever tomorrow.

Then the real work begins.

Because for the most part, we’ll be turning over the keys to the Republicans. They didn’t drive the car into the ditch– that was the Democrats in Congress– but they damn well came pretty close before giving up and handing the keys off to someone else. And we all know how that turned out.

So get out and vote. Except for Democrats. They are voting on Wednesday.

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Posted by on November 1, 2010 in politics


It’s Not Enough That A Republican Wins But The Right Kind Of Republican

One more Republican who lost his primary supports the Democrat. What was that about conservatives having to suck it up and support McCain two years ago? That doesn’t work both ways.

David Brady — the Republican who lost to West in the primary — also endorsed Klein. West beat Brady by a landslide in the primary so his endorsement isn’t a big boost to [U.S. Rep. Ron Klein (D-Boca Raton)]’s campaign — though if the race is close every vote could count.

I’ve heard this tune several times this year. Charlie Crist, Arlen Spector, Lisa Madcowski, and– he’s not running on an independent bid or third party, he did take his ball and go home– Mike Castle.

Brady lost out to Allen West. Excuse me, that’s Lieutenant Colonel Allen West (US Army, Retired). Who once said about his mission in Iraq, “If it’s about the lives of my men and their safety, I’d go through hell with a gasoline can”.

So it boils down to a man accepting the endorsement from someone who has no honor (Ron Klein and David Brady) to a man who has honor in spades.

This should be an easy call.


Posted by on October 11, 2010 in politics



Video: Where Dick Blumenthal Attempts To String A Series Of Buzzwords About The Economy And Job Growth Together And Hopes No One Notices That He Doesn’t Know Anything About It

Too bad it was during his televised debate with Linda McMahon.

In many ways, what he did is kind of what I do here. Except the difference– and this is key– is that I’m not running for Senate.

Thanks to Ace who thinks McMahon won the race because of this.

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Posted by on October 6, 2010 in politics


This Should Be A No Brainer

Yes! Upon Odin’s one eye, privatize the ABC Stores!

Why is the Commonwealth of Virginia doing in charge of these stores to begin with? Besides the obvious. They want the money from the sales and, more importantly, the ability to control the public’s access to the stores.

The governor’s plan for privatizing liquor sales was endorsed yesterday by all members of his commission on government reform, except for three Democratic legislators who think it will hurt the state budget and lead to more underage drinking.

McDonnell, speaking after the commission vote, said he will soon decide whether to call the assembly into special session next month to vote on his plan for privatizing liquor and other reforms recommended by the special panel he appointed.
[. . .]
McDonnell defended his decision to drop proposed taxes in his plan and abandon an assurance made in his gubernatorial campaign that a privatized liquor industry would generate at least as much money for the state as ABC.

“I said it would be substantially equivalent,” he said. “I think we’re in the ballpark.”

The political challenge for the governor is building enough support to overcome opposition by Democrats, as well as concerns among Republicans about the loss of revenue in tight budget times; the potential social consequences of ending state control of liquor sales; and the fierce opposition of wine and beer wholesalers.

If the Democrats and some of the Republicans are concerned about revenue, the private sector can do a much better job of selling booze than the state government can. Private stores will have more access for the public, better hours and many stores already deal with selling beer and wine. What’s one more shelf item that has the same restrictions? And the state will still collect whatever sales tax from the transactions of selling alcohol.

There will be the added benefit in savings. The state won’t have to operate the ABC stores. Let the private store worry about personal and the liabilities running a liquor store. The privates store will have better hours and the ability to specialize for the area. Meaning more sales and more sales tax.

Private stores can customize their inventory. Places in Petersburg will stock up on malt liquor in 40 ounce bottles while stores in Midlothian will have Grey Goose and Maker’s Mark in stock. Location.

As for the strawman about “For The Children”? Again, many stores already sell beer and wine. Teenagers will drink Natty Light if they get their hands on it. It’s not going to change their behavior. Wanting to go out on a Friday night and get drunk at a party can’t be legislated away.

Why Virginia has taken on the responsibility of selling liquor when they can just as easily pass it onto the public and still receive the same benefits from the revenue is beyond me. Especially when you consider that beer and wine is already being sold in private stores. Government should be a regulatory agency, not retail. It’s not about access to booze but principles of the free market.

I shouldn’t have to close with this, really, but it’s common sense.


Posted by on October 6, 2010 in politics


The Power Of Your Vote

It may not seem like much but your vote is the single most powerful tool you have in helping to shape our nation. No other government is as beholding to the citizens than our country. All because of “One man, one vote.”

Which is why when groups like ACORN help to perpetrate voter fraud is really a literal threat at our government and way of life. When fraud happens, it takes away your vote. It’s not just one vote canceling out yours but it’s two votes, three votes or more votes from one person canceling out your voice.

And your vote isn’t just a vote. It’s your voice in saying how you want your government to be ran. There isn’t a monarch that a Prime Minister needs to kneel before, asking for permission on how to form the government. The vote is your most important tool that you can use to help shape this Republic.

So when voter fraud happens, it’s not just canceling out your vote but its stealing your voice in how you want the country to be ran.

And it looks like it’s up to “We The People” to do something about it:

When Catherine Engelbrecht and her friends sat down and started talking politics several years ago, they soon agreed that talking wasn’t enough. They wanted to do more. So when the 2008 election came around, “about 50” of her friends volunteered to work at Houston’s polling places.

“What we saw shocked us,” she said. “There was no one checking IDs, judges would vote for people that asked for help. It was fraud, and we watched like deer in the headlights.”

Their shared experience, she says, created “True the Vote,” a citizen-based grassroots organization that began collecting publicly available voting data to prove that what they saw in their day at the polls was, indeed, happening — and that it was happening everywhere.
[. . .]
“The first thing we started to do was look at houses with more than six voters in them” Engelbrecht said, because those houses were the most likely to have fraudulent registrations attached to them. “Most voting districts had 1,800 if they were Republican and 2,400 of these houses if they were Democratic . . .

“But we came across one with 24,000, and that was where we started looking.”
[. . .]
The group called for help and quickly got 30 donated computers and “tens of thousands of hours” of volunteer work. And then the questions started to arise.

“Vacant lots had several voters registered on them. An eight-bed halfway house had more than 40 voters registered at its address,” Engelbrecht said. “We then decided to look at who was registering the voters.”
[. . .]
Most of the findings focused on a group called Houston Votes, a voter registration group headed by Sean Caddle, who also worked for the Service Employees International Union before coming to Houston. Among the findings were that only 1,793 of the 25,000 registrations the group submitted appeared to be valid.

Be sure to read the rest.

It shouldn’t be surprising. It’s the radical left who is pushing much of the voter fraud. They lie, cheat and steal in order to obtain power.

The “True The Vote” people helped to produce this video. Hopefully, more and more conservatives will take noticed and can take action in their own districts.

More here about Texas vote fraud.

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Posted by on September 30, 2010 in politics



I was never any good at ice breakers so introductions are somewhat awkward from me at times.  My name is David and I’ve been sober–  Wait.  Wrong type of forum.

I use to live in Michigan until I became a victim of progressive policies in practice.  The economy tanked and unemployment skyrocketed.  My wife and I were able to take refuge in Virginia where she is a contributing member to society and I try not to take up too much space.

Since then, I’ve started my own blog, At The Point Of A Gun*, and have been known to chip in at other places as well.  Mainly Conservatives 4 Palin, Not One Red Cent and The Daley Gator.

P. Henry Saddleburr invited me to contribute here the other day. I asked him if he was certain of that. He said he was and– even better– he read my blog (which brings it up to a grand total of three people who do. Thanks to my mom and dad). So that’s about it in a nutshell.

*The name came from the book, Atlas Shrugged. It was a phrase that kept popping up again and again throughout the story and it struck me as a cool name for a blog.


Posted by on September 30, 2010 in politics

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