Saturday, June 30, 2007

War on Islamist Terror Requires President John McCain

It is time to elect a President who can fight a War on Islamist terror. It is time to work for John McCain. Senator McCain will be in Iraq with our troops during this year's July 4th Celebrations. The candidates of the other Parties will be Poll dogging. It is time to get smart on this long and mismanaged war.

In Chicago to raise funds for his run for the Office of the President of United States, the only candidate capable of fighting the War on Islamist Terror, Senator John McCain spoke with ABC- & Chicago.

Immigration Reform, Health Care, the Economy, Education, Homeland Security, the Environment and Social Security are all linked to America's War Against Islamist Terror. John McCain is the only candidate in any Party who can lead America in this War. This is the National Priority and John McCain is the only candidate who can unite and lead an America determined to fight this war.

To paraphrase the best political mind and soul in the Democratic Party, James Carville, 'It's the War Stupid.' Too many of America's best women and men going back there for the second, thrird and fourth times. Let's get smart. Let's get with John McCain.

Friday, June 29, 2007

Barack got Based! Hilary is the Black Candidate! Mary Mitchell Opined!

'Hey, Keep Your Opinion to Yourselves! Get Back Honky Cats!''

Long before Senator Obama made his stirring and thoughtful announcement to seek the Presidency of the United States of America, the Clinton Carryover Campaign were hard at work getting ready to pull the rug from under the Freshman Senator from Illinois.

Last night's Democratic Debate, the site of Obama's Howard University "Quiet Riot" speech last month, might be just the pry bar to extract Obama from that podium.

More than Tony Resko's Dough Paving of Illinois Political Driveways, the Race Matters One Note Samba Card of the Progressive Trick Deck may be flipped and soon. Race Matters; Best Believe that! Yes, Sir Senator! Even you get a plateful! My opinion is diminished in this Matters Issue - read about that fact in Mary Mitchell's column of yesterday ( June 28, 2007).

Here are Chicago Sun Times columnist Mary Mitchell's recent thoughts on race relations and the propriety of a white man offering such an opinion - She and her colleague disagreed over racial perceptions of what takles place when wife killers are cuffed - One black and one white:
"I'm comforted by the fact that a lot of black people knew where I was coming from. And since white people haven't walked a step in our shoes, they don't get to tell us what our views on race ought to be, anyway.
Few blacks and whites agree on this subject. And frankly, quiet as kept, most black people couldn't care less about what white people have to say when it comes to race. "
( italics my own)

It would seem that had Ms. Mitchell cared less about what Mr. Steinberg had 'to say when it comes to race' that her column would have had a very different spin on her race bias themed column - Steinberg Opinion Free, as it were.
Naw. Mary Mitchell has a single theme.

It seems obvious to Mary 'No One Walks in My Shoes' Mitchell - which would seem to limit the impact of her opinion to the singularly angry ink-slinger herself ( Oh, well!)- that Obama is not nearly as appealing to the Mitchell's Black Base as Hilary 'Let's Get To Marching' Clinton. Mary could care less what I think. Here's why: in Mitchell logic, if you have not had cancer, keep your thoughts about the disease to yourself.;unless, you are Neil Armstrong, stay off the moon; And, all of you Non-Popes out there - keep your Parouisa and Eschatological spins on Marian Doctrine off the tablet. You feeling me?

Personal (albeit White Guy's Opinion) Aside: I work at Leo High School - 100% black young men; Catholic League; 93% in college upon graduation including Mario Bullock U.S. Military Academy at West Point Class of 2008; Alma Mater of the next Heavyweight Boxing Champion Thomas Hayes & etc.:
Deeds not Words is our school's motto. Neil Steinberg has done alot for the black kids at Leo High School - ask Leo senior and Boxer Curtis Banks.
Hilary never gave them a thought. Race Matters? Naw, Good people do.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

You are Invited to Keegan's Pub for My Book Signing and These Two Are Not!

'Look Sweetheart, we're banned and I guess that's the end of it with these people - I know you want to go back in there, but you are with me and with me you will stay . . . Right? Look you go to that clown's book signing at Keegan's Pub after I've been turned away and . . . Now, this elephant wants to crowd us off the curb - this day just gets better and better!'

'Hickey's kids do not like you - now, when I put you down . . . take it on the arches . . . and do not try to get back in, Andy - I gotta say Mass at 5:30 today!'

As of this morning, with one week to go, folks were getting ready for June 30th's Pat Hickey Book Signing at Keegan's Pub! The two clowns above are not invited due to the intrinsically flawed natures both males deport in commerse with their sisters and brothers of human species.

All the rest of us can be assured of cold beverages, spicy Italian deli cuts from Calabria Imports here in Beverly, tingling conversation and the warmth of good fellowship. The Book Signing starts at 2PM, but Bernard Callaghan opens the doors wide open at Noon on Saturdays. We will have books for sale and free gifts to dole out to all who attend.

The Chorito Hog Leg, Book One: A Novel of Guam in Time of War by Pat Hickey will be sold by the Beautiful Allison Platt, owner and proprietor of The Bookies Paperbacks and More.

Keegan's Pub
10618 South Western Ave.
Chicago, IL 60643
(773) 233-6829

The Bookies Paperbacks and More
2419 W 103rd St
Chicago, IL
(773) 239-1110

See you all on June 30th! Pay no attention to the two mopes on the outside; they would do as much for you!

Friday, June 22, 2007

Why I am For John McCain

Imagine a good guy leading this country!

I have donated to John McCain's campaign and I will continue to do so. I believe that he is the only person of either Party ( Mike, Bull Moose ,Bloomberg and ,soon, Ralph Nader - the ubiquitous Presidential cold sore that no dose of L Lysine can arrest - included ) with the character and common sense to lead America.

The War on Terror is a now a smoking cauldron of misplaced talent and shifting loyalties under President Bush. He got in a fight he can't finish and had the wrong guys holding his coat. John McCain knows how and why to fight; but, it is on immigration reform that John McCain explains what it takes to lead and in the language of the heart of one of our neighbors.

Unlike the shrill parrots of Fox News anchors or bow-tied Preppy Anchors, this public servant takes a cold look at our problems with a warm heart. He speaks staright and offers no 'bumber sticker' rhetoric or snake-oil buzz button ideas like Newt Gingrich's recent:

'Out source it to Fed-EX! Visa and Mastercard - Priceless!' Newt back to work on the novels about Old Dixie, Son.

Here is what the 'cutting the lawn next door to you guy' thinks - the guy who went to Vietnam, Desert Storm, and now raises his kids like a Man and Citizen:

This is John McCain on Immigration reform without the Spin:

"This problem cannot be allowed to continue any longer. Finding an effective, just and practical solution is difficult, but it is our work to do, on our watch. The politics of Washington have encouraged us to leave solutions to the toughest problems for another unluckier generation of leaders. Problems are left unsolved year after year, because we fear the political consequences of seriously addressing them or value their utility as political attacks in our campaigns. Illegal immigration and our porous borders are problems that we have, to our shame, ignored for too long because it was too hard and politically risky to solve. But the problem has grown too acute and dangerous to ignore any longer. To do nothing now would be an unconscionable abrogation of our responsibilities to defend the security, prosperity and values of our country.

There is simply no practical way to do that, and most Americans understand that. We have proposed a way to encourage them to come out from the underground economy, submit to a criminal background check, pay fines, back taxes and prove they are gainfully employed in exchange for a visa that would allow them to continue working here. Getting these people to declare themselves and prove they have come here for a job, pose no security threat and have no criminal record beyond entering the country illegally will enable our security and law enforcement officials to concentrate their resources on those who have come here to threaten our way of life rather than embrace it. DHS Secretary Chertoff, who helped negotiate this legislation, has warned that two million people in this country illegally have committed serious crimes. If some of them attempt to legalize their status, we will apprehend them. If they don't, we can concentrate our efforts on locating them and not rounding up lettuce pickers, hotel maids, and babysitters. Most importantly, we can devote all the resources necessary to finding terrorists who have broken our immigration laws, like three of the terrorists who intended to attack our soldiers at Ft. Dix. "

Senator McCain does not go in for the 'those are not people; they are a horde' logic of the mean spirited loser at the end of the bar and the last of his dollars ordering his 15th Bud Light of the afternoon. John McCain is a person who lost his home for quite a while and had only memories of what is best about his native land - McCain was a Prisoner of War and tortured repeatedly, abused, and demonized by people who did not want him in their country.

"I missed all of it, very much, but I still carried her ideals in the habits of my heart. And because they were all I possessed of my country, I cherished them all the more. I cherished the honor of being a citizen of a country that was the last, best hope of mankind, the great refuge of those who sought escape from despair and tyranny on crowded, miserable steamers into New York harbor, on small rafts across the Florida Straits, and on foot across the punishing deserts of the southwest. I know why people want to come here. I once thought I would rather die than be denied my country for one more day. "

McCain lays down rules for those who want in - welcome to our home and behave accordingly.

Later, I will relate some of John McCain's 'effective, just and practical' means of making immigration reform a task Americans can complete. McCain'll do the heavy lifting- the leading. I'll bet that he might even get that poor mope at the end of bar in the neighborhood tavern to Man-Up for this work!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Nader's Raiders Want to Phone it In Again!

With Mike Bloomberg hitting the silk on GOP; Fred Thompson on hiatus from Law & Order; Hilary channeling the Sopranos and Beltane upon us all can Ralph Nader - the reason why God made Prepartion H in the first place - be far behind?

Some prescience from Blogspace.

Always nice to see that a gold-plated jerk gets some more face-time with our thoughtful media. Only Tyler Perry seems to get this much attention with about that much talent.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Chicago Tribune Reports on Guam Strategic Build-up

Chicago Tribune reporter Kirtsen Scharnberg presented a great three page report on the beginnings of a new surge in American military presence on the American island of Guam.

In the weeks to come more will be in the news concerning the People of Guam, the Chamorros, who have remained loyal to a America, even though most of their fellow Americans give them little or no thought whatsovever.

The Heritage Foundation cavalierly dismissed the Guam Loyalty Recognition Act as a reparations scam and the blogoshere responded in kind - without one bit of thought to the people behind the need for such an Act. Americans ignore Guam - until a time of war.

Guam is America's most vital stategic base in the Pacific and this build-up only points to that fact. Kudos to the Chicago Tribune's Kirsten Scharnberg for putting this important story out front and with the depth it deserves. The People of Guam deserve much more.

Here is an excerpt from a great column which appears in tomorrow's Marianas Variety. It is from a 1945 memo by the Commander of the Marianas: 'great attitude' this guy - actually it is not far from that of the Heritage Foundation's point of view:

“The characteristics and nature of the majority of inhabitants on these islands are such that the artificial or forced raising of their standard of living to one approaching that of the United States would be detrimental to their best interest and would contribute little to the safety and welfare of the United States,” Murray said.

Read the whole article:

Saturday, June 16, 2007

What Others Might Think of U.S. (A.)

I am proud to be an American. We are a welcoming, fair and generous people - and then we get involved in politics. Not politics per say - but politics behind the politics. We are a spectator society at times and government gets mistaken for politics, much in the same way as Talk Sports Radio is akin to athletics.

The hot button topic for the next sixty seconds is immigration reform. John McCain and others have been taken to task for leadership on immigration reform. Lots of opinions and lots of spleen to go with those opinions.

I happen to like John McCain's leadership on this issue.

Politics demands that some of the candidates for President be eaten by the other candidates. Forces behind the Conservatives get chewed up by the True Conservatives who in turn are devoured by the 100% No $hit Conservatives, in order to fatten up the Hannibal Lector Libertarian Conservatives just prior to the final Primary Count-down Feast. The same thing is happening in the Liberal or Democratic Old Country Buffet on Saw-Horse Tables in Iowa and New Hampshire.

Immigration Reform is the ugliest blood sport, at the moment. Fences and borders and tons of Hey What About ALL those . . . stories are bandied about as 40 Watt intellects mimick their favorite Ann Coulter, Michelle Malkin, or Barry Manilow keening - I just threw in Barry for giggle. My thoughts are these:

  • Come to America and Welcome!
  • Bring Your Work Ethic
  • Leave your old Allegiances in the Old Country
  • Adopt American Values
  • Behave Accordingly

When there is a family feud, remember that there are neighbors and that those neighbors get their impressions of what we think of them and ourselves. Let's try to put on a nice view for our neighbors.

Friday, June 15, 2007

The Land of Endless Hours, Suicides, Goofy Films and Congestion Taxes Has Something for Chicago

Every Time a Progressive opens his mouth, it costs a lung!

Giving 40 Watt thinkers like Joe Moore an idea is like giving a blow-torch to a pyro-manical pre-teen under-achiever for his stroll through the aisles of Krazy Kaplan's Fireworks Emporium.
'Have a good Time Joey, your Mom and I will be back from Saugatuck in a few hours; now mind that torch, Son! He's going Places, Candy, I just Know it! Do they still sell fois gras in Michigan, Babe?'

Ed Burke offered a suggestion to engage the thought of a 'congestion tax' to help ease the traffic flow into Chicago.
Because London, a city with eight times the population of Chicago, cool taxis and Cops with checker-board hats, has one, The City Of Big Shoulder Pads needs one. Swedes are Hip! Let's get Sick!
This dandy idea one also got lift-off in Stockholm - very similar to Chicago - like looking in a mirror, almost.
As the Progressives say, 'It's Chilling!'
Chilled Glug!

WTTW - the Window to Tony Winnetka - Channel 11 jumped all over the idea with traffic expert from Northwestern University Engineering guy Joe Shofer thinks that it's a grand idea. I have a feeling that Joe might not drive into the City, unlike builders who need to get down to the Permits lines at City Hall; the folks paying the incomprehensible alley easement fees at Dave Orr's 'the fee changes as the clock ticks' emporium, the thousands of Cook County Court patrons who need to park - pay a lung and get to court on time, as well as the hundreds of thousands of south and southwest siders who need to pop intothe Loop.
BTW - Sweden and London had built up Public Transit Systems before the 'Congestion Tax' went into effect - Ed Burke felt that this tax could help FIX THE CTA! Joe Moore will be all over this one!

Monday, June 11, 2007

Support the Guam Loyalty Act - About Time!

Americans on Guam put their lives together following two and half - years of Japanese Occupation and a horrific battle for the Liberation from July 21 -August 10, 1944 - the last Japanese occupier surrended in 1972. It has taken Americans much longer to recognize the Loyalty and Patriotism of the People of Guam.

Back in May, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the HR 1595 - The Guam Loyalty Recognition Act. Prior to that vote which takes the Bill to the U.S. Senate, The Heritage Foundation harrumphed that this Act was a merely a reparations scam. Here is my reply to Ed Feulner of the Heritage Foundation which appeared in the Washington Times:

More to the point:
This long over due legislation would be welcomed as a great honor to the men you as a great honor to the men listed on the Asan war Memorial above the 1944 landing beaches - the Americans who died and were wounded Liberating Guam. Believe it - their sacrifices are the very fabric of Guam's culture.

Guam was caught in the switches between MacArthur's Consular ambitions over Post-War Japan and the realities of the Cold War.

The People of Guam are the most loyal and pro-miltary Americans; always faithful and always willing to sacrifice their lives for our country - without hesitation. That is our problem - we mainland Americans -that the hesiation has been to recognize Guam's loyalty.

Whoever decided to policy these folks into reparations lotto ticket scammers should do much more study of Guam's history and commitment. The reparations broadbrush was unworthy of what is best about America - our abilty to recognize and give tribute to patriotism. Guam is long over due such a small nod from all Americans.

To date this tiny island of America is in double figures for KIA in the War on Terror and in Vietnam lead the nation in per capita loss of life (74 KIA on the Wall). Guam stands in the sights of North Korean nuclear missles and is pro-active in helping fight terroism out of the P.I.s. At this moment the Americans of Guam are making room for 8,000 more Marines evicted from Okinawa as well as the island's expansion as America's most forward and strategic base in the Pacific Rim.

These Americans are owed more than bumper sticker rhetoric and history. We are better than this.
Here is a link to the Bill before the U.S. Senate:

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Chump Change from Us Chumps

Here's embattled Chicago State University President in happier times with former Speaker of the House Denny Hastert in a happier time - chatting the golden merits of 'chump change,' or 'chumps' change?' I gave the President plural times, because they are still rolling! Denny Hastert's is parenthetical.

The story in today's Chicago Tribune concerns the strange fiscal and fiduciary concerns of a tax-payer funded and salaried university President, Elnora Daniel.
Ms. Daniel is under fire for an audit of expenditures in her office - cruises and dinners and what not.

Daniel's biography speaks of her love of cold soup, cruises and travel:

The story in the Tribune fleshes out some of the finer points, particularly Madame President's opinion of the source of the 'chump change' $ 75,000 taked on to her annual compensation and her stewardship of this State financed university.

Cold soup and cruises - now, how would the Miller High Life man feel about President Daniel? Would he statrt yanking her metaphorical 'Champagne of Bottled Beers from her shelves? I mean, what the heck -Miller Brewing gave her a plaque according to the posted biography excerpt. That change don't add up to this chump.,1,1252174.story?coll=chi-newsroom-hed

Friday, June 08, 2007

John McCain Will Be The Last Man Standing - So Will Hillary.

Due to the stalled Immigration Legislation in the Senate: Harry Reid back-burnered it 15 votes shy of whatis needed, John McCain will be carved up by extreme right wing conservatives who want to stall for time for one of the other debutants to shore up a position. Hillary Clinton gets to stay above the Immigration Debate and Obama will be spinning his 'Quiet Riot' remarks into his exit in a few weeks.

In the mean time, McCain will be fighting a holding action against the tin-foil- hat crowd Progressives who have 'mobilized' the rhetoric clouding the importance of immigration reform.
The next few weeks will see John McCain maintaining the common sense line in this fight. The weak sisters in his Campaign are jumping ship for a cushier berth on other campaigns.
That is good. Stay tuned boys and girls - the Man who stood up to the Hanoi Hilton is well-prepped to withstand the pince-nez patriots who wrote for the Dartmouth Daily Denouncer and then got patriotic in Reagan's Administration. They bleed blue-blood - rhetorical hemoglobin mind you.
John McCain is a Leader.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

D-Day Yesterday; Paris Liberated Today!

With Bear Shaun Gayle asking for his 'all in' back in the Sun Times; twenty four hours after D-Day Kind of Mentioned; Americans Can celebrate the Liberation of Paris!

The First National Skank is Out of the Joint! Shaun, Keep Hope Alive!

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Quiet Riot? Obama's Malaise?

Senator Obama's 'Quiet Riot' remarks will get a close reading from pundits, pollsters, politicians and people - people who vote. I believe that Barack Obama is one of the mosts exciting and talented persons in public life. I also believe that since his elevator ride to the observation deck of the life political, he has been hand-cuffed to Progressive strategists who could not win an election three- hundred yards west of Lake Michigan. Last night seemed to bring that out.

The Quiet Riot in Hampton will mark Obama's political biography in the same way as Jimmy Carter's American Malaise - too bad. Leaders challenge people. Comtemplating the National Navel, page one of the Progressive Playbook - ' Sure Fire Methods for Shooing Away Votes,' is not the hallmark of Leadership. What happened to the Audacity of Hope? Putting bandaids on cancer? Nurses trained to teach Parenting? Or Riots?

Senator, this might be the beginning of the end or the end of the beginning. That is too bad. You played a bad hand last night - All In! Drawing dead now.

You'll be back! Make sure that you put some miles between your talents and instincts and paid losers who have an enviable record of Malaise.

John McCain is the only leader, the only candidate doing someting about illegal immigrantion, the only real Warrior, and the only candidate challenging America's best abilities. That is what a President needs to do.

Here is an excerpt from Senator John McCain's address to the Hoover Institute:

. . .Our moral standing in the world requires that we respect what are, after all, American principles of justice. Our values will always triumph in any war of ideas, and we can't let failings like prisoner abuse tarnish our image. If we are model citizens of the world, more people around the world will look to us as a model.
When our nation was founded over two hundred years ago, we were the world's only democratic republic. Today, there are more than 100 electoral democracies spread all across the globe. We must reaffirm our faith in the principles that our founders declared to be universal, that all people are created equal and possess inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We fought a Revolution, a Civil War, two world wars, and a cold war to vindicate these principles and ensure that freedom could be enjoyed, as Abraham Lincoln promised, by all people of all colors everywhere.' We were right to struggle for democracy then, and we are right to do so now.
This is not idealism, my friends. It is the truest kind of realism. Today as in the past, our interests are inextricably linked to the global progress of our ideals. The vision of a new era of enduring peace based on freedom is not a Republican vision. It is not a Democratic vision. It is an American vision. The American people have known instinctively for two centuries that we are safer when the world is more democratic. Whatever our differences, we all share the same goal: a world of peace and freedom, of prosperity and opportunity, of hope. We have a duty to ourselves to be true to those beliefs, to use our great power wisely on behalf of freedom. As Ronald Reagan proclaimed in his speech to the British Parliament in 1982, Let us go to our strength. Let us offer hope. Let us tell the world that a new age is not only possible but probable.'

That's Leadership!

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

John McCain - The Paradigm for an American President

This ain't no photo-op shot taken by Karl Rove's Boys and Girls - This guy is the real deal!

I have always liked Barack Obama. As a life-long Democrat, I admire his brains and his heart. As a legislator in Illinois he was effective and impressive. Then came the last Democratic National Convention and the newly minted Senator from Illinois electrified America. I hope that was not his high water mark.

Within days of DNC, Senator Obama was elevated to political Olympus and in the months that followed he was surrounded by the acolytes of every Democratic political disaster over the last twenty years. Though he eclipsed every National wannabe - especially Rep.Jesse Jackson, Jr. who got himself a tummy-tuck right after Obama's Sun Ascended, Senator Obama ran into the arms of the Amature-Hour politicos ( they get paid, of course, but they couldn't deliver a win even if the 'old school fix' was in). The Clintons' people, old Bowie Knife slashing Arkansas gut -stabbers, have been through Obama's life like and IRS man on steroids. Right now, Senator Obama is being ham-strung in the debates and shows early signs of fighting for his political life ( Who prepped him for the Debate? Joe Moore? Dick Simpson? Casper Milquetoast?)- Stay tuned.

There is only one person running for President who has the heart, lungs, liver, brains and every other metaphorical organ necessary to lead America - John McCain. Here are the words of leader.

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Come to the Signing Party at Keegan's Pub!

You will not need to wade in over a reef to get to Keegan's,
but things do get wet in there!

Beverly Neighborhood Book Signing Party
Saturday – June 30th 2007 from 2PM -5PM
Hosted by
Keegan's Pub
10618 S. Western Ave.

The Bookie Paperbacks
2419 W. 103rd StreetChicago Illinois 60655
(Next to the White Hen)

Pat Hickey will sign copies of The Chorito Hog Leg, Book One a Novel of Guam in Time of War – I have refrigerator magnet book markers for all of the practical and good natured folks who join us!

Gifts , Food, Drinks and Neighbors!