Posts tagged: Dennis Mansfield
“It's a time of rebirth of inner energy and a time for birth of cute, young creatures waiting for momma to bring the goods,” posts Marianne Love/Slight Detour. “We marvel at welcome hints of color popping from still brown, cold ground.” More here.
Top Post: Conservatives often whine and moan that the “drive-by media” is against them… against us, as a nation. “All media except Fox News, that is. ALL media including regional and local news producers, staff and reporters.” That's the accepted mantra. (And in my experience this is inaccurate regarding the local and regional media.) Chief among the voices chanting such national sentiments is Ann Coulter, attorney, writer, somewhat-iconic conservative political commentator. She's Fox News' fox. (Or at least someone there used her as the archtype for their many blonde-babes.) /Dennis Mansfield. Much more here.
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Question: Do you think any national commenter — conservative or liberal — who makes his/her money stirring up the masses really gives a hoot about the vox populi?
As I listen to talk show hosts and guests saying that Gen. Petraeus should not have been “forced” to resign his prestigious post as CIA Director because “what a person does in private has no bearing on one's public life”, they fail to grasp the two key reasons why he left. First, he chose to leave. There is no conspiracy. No Obama-controlled manipulation. David Petraeus resigned on his own initiative. He admitted he was wrong in what he did. Second, he resigned because he DOES have character. His three-word motto of Duty-Honor-Country would not allow him to remain. He knew he HAD to leave. That's what men and women of character do when they fail/Dennis Mansfield. More here. (AP file photo)
Question: Do you agree with Dennis Mansfield that the voluntary resignation of General David Petraeus was an act of character?
My bride,Susan, and I are doing a daily morning devotion; we're reading author Gary Thomas' Every Body Matters. And it's painful. Each morning we take a quarter hour or so and read a few paragraphs from a chapter in the book. We combine our time also with reading life-giving scriptures from The Bible. It's a good way to start the day. If you like pain…Especially when something pricks at your conscience. As when Thomas asks if we are “chin up only” Christians. Not familiar with that term? It's a nice way of saying that there are many followers of Jesus who are big fatsos. Their faith only affects their mind and spirits. Not their bodies. Below their chin their faith has very little influence. And they're lardos. Excuse me, I meant to add that I was a lardo at one time, too. 60 pounds too heavy. Last Christmas/Dennis Mansfield. More here.
Question: Do you consider overeating to be an addiction?
Boise area blogger Dennis Mansfield posts: Four years ago, Ron Howard produced a clever ad in favor of Candidate Obama. In it he portrayed some of his TV characters - all of who were in support of then-Senator Obama. It attracted millions of views. (Apparently for 2012, the video's been pulled from you Tube. Hmm..) So what do we have this election, instead? Well, Samuel L. Jackson stars in a 4+ minute video on the Internet that has (to this hour) attracted only about 11,000 views. I viewed it on Facebook and deliberated putting it on this blog for you to view. I decided not to. Here's why: Throughout the video the script is inflammatory, base and uses foul language in a way that is unnecessary - even to the point of using a little 8 year-old girl saying “Wake the F- Up” What a comparison of two political ads. More here.
Question: Have you seen any political campaign ads that have riled you up?
Both in Jane Mayer's New Yorker profile of (American Family Association talk radio host Bryan) Fischer and then again in his own blog, (Dennis) Mansfield bemoans Fischer's intolerance.”Debating the rightness or wrongness of homosexuality in our culture is something that Bryan Fischer is actively engaged in, and has been for over a decade. You know what? I used to be there, too. The term 'righteous anger' would have been an appropriate term to describe the ferocity with which I would debate this issue, and others,” Mansfield wrote. “The problem is that it doesn't work. Somebody who yells and screams makes for great entertainment, but little else. I've found that it is exponentially more difficult to shut my mouth, and listen. It is also exponentially more rewarding”/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune Cheers & Jeers column. More here.
Question: Are you more tolerant to other viewpoints today than you were 10 years ago? Or less tolerant?
In a blog post this morning, Dennis Mansfield shares thoughts re: the possible return of former Idaho governor Dirk Kempthorne to the political fray: “The pecking order of politics is named that for a reason. Incumbent officials are always on guard against new people coming onto their turf — pecking at newbies. Every new bird is viewed as a threat. Kempthorne first ran for office in Idaho in '85 (think Ronald Reagan's era) and last ran for office in '03 - almost a decade ago. Kerrey, much the same. Many new cocks have crowed since then. A race in Idaho would pit Kempthorne against Labrador, Risch, Crapo or Otter. These roosters waited long enough for his exit that I doubt they have ANY interest in seeing his return to the barnyard.” More here.
Question: Would you like to see Dirk Kempthorne run for political office in Idaho again? Which one?
I may be in error, but the legislative response of halting the proposed House hearing on the bill, now being reported by the national press, may well be a tactical time-out rather than a strategic stop. The national press will go home. And the Idaho House of Representatives will also prepare to go home … But my call is that prior to the close of the session the House will quickly take up the matter, pass it and let the Dem's in the House and Senate bear the weight of this bill at the polls. It will indeed be a case of political theater, but more accurately: a poltical theater of war/Dennis Mansfield. More here.
Question: Do you really think legislation requiring a pre-abortion ultrasound is dead for the year?
In Boise, Dennis Mansfield is nervous about amendments to the Martial Law Executive Order Friday: “My concern rests on the fact that those who become responsible for the running of the US Government during a martial law period of external OR internal conflict are NOT the MANY elected representatives of the nation. Even the idea of having an unelected faceless-official define what an internal conflict is (and therefore put it into effect in his/her governmental sphere of influence) passing such concern on to the President for enactment of Martial Law, leaves me icey cold … In fact, the Constitution apears to be suspended in such a state of martial law and only these following individuals will have the opportunity to declare that the “emergency” is over and that Constitutional government be reengaged. Full post here.
Question: Is Dennis jumping at shadows? Or should we all be concerned with the Martial Law Executive Order, as amended?
Dennis Mansfield writes of the planned visit Sunday in Nampa of former Arkansas governor, who will be introduced by former First Lady Pat Kempthorne: “I like Pat — Kempthorne, that is … I understand that she'll co-introduce him to those in attendance. I've posted the notice below, if you are interested. Pat Kempthorne is really as great a person as is Mike Huckabee. Faithful, kind, involved in the community. She's weathered storms that most people do not know about and she's come out of it all like a champ. The people of Idaho are honored that Pat Kempthorne will be at the mike with MIke. The old political adage “they never come back to Pocatello” does not apply to Pat.” More here.
Question: Anyone out there in Hucks Nation ever live in Pocatello? Did you ever go back?
The Artist is an unusually entertaining and surprisingly joyful film. My bride, my brother and I watched it Oscar Day+1, not because it won so many Academy Awards, but because my sweet Susan wanted to see the film many weeks ago - and we just did not make time to do so. Tonight we made that needed time. And it was a wonderful investment on our collective behalves. The film is touching and beautifully shot. The techniques of the '20s are employed as if the last master silent film cinematographer had not passed away decades ago. The black and white filming was so sharp and completely alive. The film can be watched by any member of your family … no kidding/Dennis Mansfield. More here. (AP file photo: Jean Dujardin, left, kisses his Oscar for best actor for “The Artist”)
Question: Which of the 9 nominations for movies of the year have you watched?
Larry Grant, Chairman of the Idaho Democratic Party, is often quoted about his disgust with the “culture” of the GOP controlled Idaho State Senate. His comments seem to often link it with the word “corruption” or some other perjorative word; though his recent quotes have not seemed to link those two words, anymore. Maybe Larry Grant's more correct than many of us gave him credit for. Not that the Idaho State Senate GOP Leadership is “corrupt” - as I have witnessed nothing that reflects an out-and-out ignoring of Idaho's laws…pending the Attorney General's report on Mr. McGee's actions, as an individual. However, the press reports on this event have NOW appeared throughout the US, today. Amercia sees Idaho once again as a laughing-stock, back-mountain wild west show/Dennis Mansfield. More here. (AP photo: Senate Pro Tem Brent Hill announcing John McGee's resignation Wednesday)
Question: Is McGee the first domino to fall in a legislative culture in Idaho that has for too long enabled misbehavers and scofflaws to continue to operate as though nothing has happened?
I've blogged since last summer that John McGee must resign. Today he did so. I've received phone messages from certain Idaho GOP State Senate Leaders who have “politely” called me and left voicemails asking me to “call them”. Really? Summoned by these guys who never had the courage to demand John's resignation? Now, watch what happens. It'll be anti-piling on, in a sense… GOP Senate Leadership (as it is now constructed — other than with Senator Chuck Winder, who is a good man) will today open their ranks and spit out Mr. McGee from its caucus. I refuse to pile on John McGee. His is a journey that now takes him to this distant part of a political desert. I hope he receives help in all areas of his life. The Senate Leadership? Pile on, baby, pile on/Dennis Mansfield. More here.
Question: Is Dennis right? Is it time to pile on Senate leadership for not having guts to handle John McGee's bizarre behavior back when?
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter introduced GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney at Romney's Boise campaign rally this afternoon. “Folks, this election is about your and my liberty,” Otter said. “We will turn out for that Idaho caucus. … We will turn out for the man that has the executive experience, understands that we are a free market, not a socialist country, that has been there and done that.” Romney, who's come to Idaho to campaign for Otter in the past, told the crowd, “What a great state this is - you're lucky to live here.” He recalled a summer he spent working on an Idaho ranch near King Hill when he was 15. “I learned so much about cultivating corn and spring corn and irrigating corn,” he said. “I thought I'd never see the end of corn”/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.
At the rally for Mitt Romney in Boise now going on, Dennis Mansfield Facebooks: “
Gingrich went on to say in the article, when asked about those who said he was NOW politically dead:
“The same people who said I was dead in June, or the people who said I was dead in Iowa, those people?” Gingrich said. “They're about as accurate as they have been the last two times they were wrong.”
Newt Gingrich is a member of a very small club of politically un-dead public figures/candidates/possible GOP Presidential nominee Zombies, including Richard Nixon (loss for President, loss for Governor), Ronald Reagan (loss for President in '68, '76) GHW Bush (loss for Senate in '64 and '70, loss for President '80) George W. Bush (loss for the House of Representatives in '78) who, by following their own personal plan, ultimately became president/Dennis Mansfield. More here. (AP file photo of movie zombies)
Question: Can you think of other political zombies who are still shambling among us?
I just NOW heard from some friends at the capitol that there is a move by certain key GOP Senators to ask John McGee to step down from his GOP Caucus leadership position. Like within the last little bit, my insiders tell me. “C'mon John, do the right thing, for a change,” seems to be their request. If this is accurate and Mr. McGee cannot or will not listen to those who CLEARLY are being impacted by his continued and blind self-focus, then either his “vision” must be altered or he risks a brand new name: Mr. Magoo/Dennis Mansfield. More here. (Wikipedia photo of Mr. Magoo)
Question: Anyone out there remember Mr. Magoo?
John McGee would have done himself a lot of good had he simply resigned from Senate leadership. I think somehow this situation has become worse, not better, because of the GOP Caucus meeting last week. Now, every GOP Senator (perhaps every legislator) has somehow become wrapped in John’s cocoon — and the Senate Democrat Leadership sees this opportunity. As the press rolled out, following the “Caucus confidence vote”, I believe that it became apparent to a number of GOP senators that they were now perceived to be supporting John, and even comfortable with his behavior — even though they are not/Dennis Mansfield. More here.
Question: Has John McGee become the Idaho Senate equivalent to Rep. Phil Hart — a pariah that hamstrings GOP legislative leadership?
Win or lose today, the nation will focus its eyes on the Denver-New England NFL game and wonder out loud if it's appropriate for sports heroes like Tim Tebow to “force” his faith on the rest of us who are watching his team on TV. Whether he wins or loses tonight, Tebow will be interviewed. And he'll utter his well-known sentence, ” I'd like to thank my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ” - which has caused not only an awkwardness but an antipathy/anger in many circles - and it will be broadcast across the world, once more. And people will be angry and EVEN portray Tebow as being an angry man and SNL will mock him and so on and so on…even to the point that Playboy Playmates mock Tebow's prayer stance. What they don't realize, I'd bet, is that every knee will eventually bow. (Romans 10:9-10). They do not like this “new thing” of overt and public Christian evangelism/Dennis Mansfield. More here.
Question: Would you want your daughter to marry a guy like Tim Tebow?
On his blog, Dennis Mansfield points to the who's who of Idaho politics who support GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney — and then declares something unusual happened Friday — an anti-establishment candidate won the GOP straw poll. Ron Paul. Quoth Dennis: “Some might argue that the Straw Poll was merely a 'fundraiser' for the state GOP (paying $30 to vote in it could give that impression) — but it was a POLL that Ron Paul will gladly celebrate nationally…and Romney will attempt to deflect intentionally. But, a win over Santorum by 8 votes in Iowa… and a loss to Ron Paul in Idaho? If I were Romney's staff, I'd wonder why this 'fundraiser'/straw poll was not invested in by Mitt supporters. After all, they HAVE the money to spend … So, until March's Super Tuesday the nation will believe that Idaho is owned by Ron Paul.” More here. (In this April 2008 file IPT/AP file photo by Mike Vogt, Ron Paul prepares to sign his book, “The Revolution,” during a visit to Caldwell)
Question: Does Ron Paul “own” Idaho?
I love neighborhoods that subscribe to familiar “watch programs.” It's a case of neighbors helping neighbors. And it works. Often in politics, when citizens are busy living their lives, the only people looking at certain things are lobbyists, politicos, elected officials and (at times) bloggers, including me. So, I decided to look around and see how my “neighborhood” was doing. Were people OK? Anyone sick? I looked at current-State Senator Mike McGee of Idaho to do a follow-up on his illness. Illness? What illness? Well, back when he was arrested for the drunk driving and boorish behavior of grand theft of an auto, part of current-Senator McGee's defense was that he was ill, with a “likely” head problem/Dennis Mansfield. More here. (Illustration courtesy of Dennis Mansfield)
Question: Have the always accommodating Republican leadership of the Idaho Legislature officially swept McGee's misstep under the rug, hoping HucksOnline and loyal supporters, like Dennis Mansfield, won't notice and go away?
Dennis Mansfield: Just as time was on Idaho's side regarding Nazis moving away, multiple marriages stopping and toe-tapping going silent in airport men's rooms, an apparently mentally ill guy from Idaho is arrested, The Blaze reports - for the firing of rounds at the White House. It's not just Idaho…it's Idaho Falls, Idaho … just so we get tagged doubly. More here.
Question: Will Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez join toe-tapping Larry Craig and the nearly departed Nazis as another kooky face of Idaho?