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Monday, November 29, 2004

As you all can see, I have once again cheated the People's Republic of California and returned home in one piece. I hope you all had wonderful Thanksgiving Holidays and here's a tip for those of you who had to suffer the dehydrated turkey don't walk to here and get you a Willie's Turkey Sitter. It'll be the best investment you ever made in a bird. Boy does it turn out a succulent and flavorful turkey. I did a 15 lb bird on Thanksgiving on an old Weber Kettle grill. Just stacked a ring of coals around the perimeter and get them ashed over. I added a bottle of beer, some fresh rosemary and sage leaves to the sitter and put the bird on over it. Then I placed the sitter with bird into the middle of the grill and kept an eye on her for about 3.5 to 4 hours. Prior to cooking I had rubbed the turkey all over and under the skin with a dry rub I put together of cracked black pepper, kosher salt, minced garlic, fresh rosemary and sage leaves. Whoooooooooaaaah...that was some eatin' that night.

Of course now that I'm home I am scrambling to catch up on political issues germane to my readers. Especially the ongoing implosion of the democrats. Stay tuned for more observations as I get some time behind the keyboard and in the meantime, get that turkey sitter and you'll have a wonderful surprise for your Christmas supper guests.

Smilin' Paul Villa U.S. Senate 2010
cyber-Congressman, R-Reno
Proud Member of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy and 2 SUV Family

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Just wanted to let the faithful know that I'm going to be out of town for a week or so, deep behind enemy lines in the People's Republic of California. Hey after that election I've earned a bit of a vacation. In any event, try the latest recipe and hit the archive for your featurettes and of course, the ongoing trenchant political commentary. When I return, reader Mick Daniels will have some sage advice for us all so stay tuned and enjoy the Thanksgiving Holiday....

Smilin' Paul Villa U.S. Senate 2010
cyber-Congressman, R-Reno
Proud Member of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy and 2 SUV Family

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Yesterday, U.S. Senator Harry Reid, D-NV showed all of us here in the Silver State exactly why he will be a formidable minority leader in the years to come. Ol' Pinky is no slouch when it comes to being politically shrewd. Yesterday Reid nominated Nevada Attorney General Brian Sandoval to a Federal District Judgeship. Sandoval had widely been considered the best chance to unseat Reid in 2010. In one fell swoop, Reid appears to be extending his hand across the aisle in the spirit of bi-partisanship. The populace wins by getting a young, conservative judge on the Federal Bench and Harry Reid wins personally by taking out his most likely competition. Nice move if you can make it.

Of course none of this would have been a problem if I had only received enough votes this year to take Harry's seat. Inexplicably I didn't unless of course you can explain it away by the lack of financing, lack of a campaign and lack of name recognition. Naaaah.....

On the bright side, this is all a rather small blemish on what otherwise has been stellar news coming out of the Administration. President Bush is moving aggressively to implement reforms at both CIA and State. Perhaps oneday we can put to rest the not so far from the truth speculation that State is actually on our Enemies List. Condoleeza Rice will make a fine Secretary of State and she will be everything that Colin Powell and Madeleine Albright were not. She will be the instrument of enforcement for the President's foreign policy and best of all, her appointment has been a wonderfully subtle message to the recalcitrant French and Germans. "So you didn't like our policy before? Well get a load of this!"

Lastly, this really is the best time of year. Fall is the time when game is plentiful, folks around here are always bringing home fish or venison, antelope, elk or fowl. My brothers have recently been turkey hunting and each week friends around here have been hitting the waterways in search of fish or the range and hills in search of bigger game. All of these wonderful meats hit the table in various fashion and I thought that since reader Terry Garcia is always looking for another fish dish, I would serve up one of my favorites. This is a wonderful Cajun recipe for pan fried catfish that is so good, it'll make you want to hit your grandma.

1 cup basic yellow mustard
1 egg
1/2 cup corn meal
1/2 cup all purpose flour
salt and cracked black pepper to taste (I like a lot of pepper for flavor and texture)
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
3 Catfish fillets

Break the egg into the mustard and beat it and keep it separate from the dry ingredients. Mix together the corn meal, flour, salt and pepper and cayenne. Pat the catfish fillets dry and pour about 1/4 to 1/2 inch vegetable oil into a skillet over medium high heat. Now roll each fillet through the mustard and egg mixture and then dredge them in the flour mixture. Add them to the oil once it is hot enough to sizzle when you introduce a bit of the batter mixture. Once the fillets are in the oil, let them cook until golden brown on each side. About 6 minutes. Remove, place on paper towels to drain and enjoy with some dirty rice and greenbeans or a nice salad aiiiieeeeee!!! Good eatin' on ya.

Smilin' Paul Villa U.S. Senate 2010
cyber-Congressman, R-Reno
Proud Member of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy and 2 SUV Family

Friday, November 12, 2004

We are now 10 days removed from an electoral and popular vote thrashing for the left. Do you think for a moment that they would accept it? Of course not, instead the Kool-Aid drinkers at DU are busy peddling the many already debunked conspiracy theories floating around the nether regions of cyberspace. Seems the rage is all being pointed at Florida and Ohio because the dems can't understand how they lost those two states. In Florida they allege impropriety and fraud because numerous counties that have more registered democrats than Republicans voted overwhelmingly for President Bush. Of course a quick examination of the 2000 election results reveals that these same counties voted for President Bush then as well. But of course thats not enough, so further examination reveals that these same counties have voted Republican for the last 20 years. Could it be that these counties, many of which are in Northern Florida could be populated by Southern Democrats? Of course that thought is passed off as too simplistic by the snivelers on the left and so the conspiracy theory gains traction.

As to Ohio, the screams of outrage well from a couple of different sources. Apparently, according to leftist double standards, if you are a CEO of a Corporation that manufactures voting machines and you happen to be a Bush fund raiser, you are the villain in a conspiracy to deliver Ohio by trumping up vote totals for Bush. The support for this comes from a story about an Ohio voting machine that actually tallied 4,000 extra votes for President Bush. What the left ignores is that the error was actually caught and corrected. And still Jean Querry lags some 130,000 votes behind. The dems then raise the issue of a certain Ohio county that had 90,000 more votes tallied than they had registered voters. Of course the dems don't identify the county because it invalidates their obfuscation to do so. I'll spare you all the research. The county with so many more ballots cast than voters? Cuyahoga home to Cleveland and apparently 90,000 phantom voters squeezed into tenement housing somewhere. You see, a little more research reveals that there is not a single Republican elected official in Cuyahoga County. Which means that their Board of Elections is run guessed it....democrats.

Of course the only reason to create such questions and propagate such baseless drivel is to continue the effort to delegitimize the President. The left simply can't accept that perhaps they are out of touch with a majority of Americans. Of course, if they continue to don their tinfoil hats and await the black helicopters, just maybe they'll convince the swing voters that to ever vote democratic would be to invite a sip of the Kool-Aid.

Now then I can think of no more appropriate post election featurettes than....the Bush ladies....

Smilin' Paul Villa U.S. Senate 2004
cyber-Congressman, R-Reno
Proud Member of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy and 2 SUV Family

Monday, November 08, 2004

I had been set to mark the end of the election season with a return to the Monday recipe and boy did I have a great one for you. Instead it is a sober mood around here as our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines have begun the assault on Fallujah in Iraq. I wish the troops Godspeed and pray for thier safe return and ultimate victory. I am attaching a satellite photo of the battle area in case some of you are unfamiliar with the city in order that you might observe the dense nature of the urban battle unfolding.

Apparently at this time, most of the terrorists are holed up in the Jolan and Askari neighborhoods. Hopefully these will be reduced and our troops will be able to turn to the task of rebuilding soon.

Many of you have asked me about my experiences on Election Day. I had to provide a written overview of my activities that day for my Polisci class so I am including it here. The utter disregard for rules by the left should leave you aghast and hopefully determined to volunteer the next time.

I arrived at Washoe County Republican Headquarters at 0655 hrs and the shop was just being opened by Zead Haddad. I walked in with my coffee and a van pulled up disgorging teams of lawyers who have been staying at the Hilton. They came in, sat down and began discussing legal strategies should they become needed. I am waiting for my PDA so that I can be dispatched to my two polling locations. In the meantime, the phone begins ringing off the hook and I reflexively begin to answer it. Many of the calls are from poll watchers checking in and wanting to know the answers to various questions. Apparently the Kerry-Edwards team has small groups outside of most polling locations where they are set up about 2 inches from the no electioneering line, passing out donuts and coffee. Nothing illegal there I tell the poll watchers, just democrats pushing the edge of the envelope.

With nothing to do until 0800 I continue to answer phones and try my best to stay out of the way of the legal teams. There is at least a dozen lawyers and paralegals inside the headquarters with many more dispatched to watch polling locations. All of the poll watchers checking in are saying the same thing, long lines and heavy turnout. Finally at 0800 I receive my PDA from Rob Calderone who is my team leader. I will be inputting voter tallies from 7 precincts into the PDA. I can then transfer that data to the PDA maintained by Calderone which is equipped with satellite communications. The data can then be sent to the RNC War Room in Washington D.C. where they can determine what local precincts most urgently need phone calls and precinct walkers.

At 0900 I walk into the polling station at Holy Cross Church on Vista Blvd. in Sparks. As I entered, I noted that sure enough, the Kerry-Edwards people have set up a booth about 2” over the no-electioneering line. They are passing out donuts, coffee and smiles. I recognize a couple of voters entering the station and they complain to me about the Kerry booth but all I can do is shrug my shoulders. Inside the polling location are tables for each of 4 precincts. There is no central bulletin board that might be used for posting updated lists of people who have voted and the lines to vote are very long and extend well into the parking lot. I find a woman named Jennifer who seems to be in charge and ask her where I can obtain the updated voter lists. She affirms that she is in charge and tells me flatly that no updated voter lists will be posted. I explain to her that Nevada Revises Statutes dictate that the rolls be posted and she refuses. Rather than press the issue I retreat outside where I call Zead Haddad on my cell phone. Haddad asks to speak to Jennifer and so I walk back inside, explain to her that I have the Bush Cheney Field Director for Northern Nevada on the line and ask her to talk to him. After a few moments she states that she will check into it and hands me back the phone. I talk to Haddad who tells me to go to my next polling location, that he will have a legal team dispatched to Holy Cross.

At this point I have become frustrated and know that I am going to require hard evidence of the legal requirements before I make demands of precinct bureaucrats. I call my wife and provide her the number of the NRS dictating that voter rolls be updated and posted throughout the day. I ask my wife to make 6 copies for me and then I swing by her office to pick them up. Now forearmed, I head to my second polling location at North Valley’s Sports Complex arriving there shortly after 1000. My first perception is the stark differences between North Valleys and Holy Cross. Several young people are outside wearing black shirts proclaiming that they are there to protect your right to vote. Protect it from whom I wonder? Another Kerry-Edwards Booth is just outside the electioneering line. Inside the complex is a man who appears to me to be a foreign observer wearing a lime green vest stating that everyone has the right to vote. That’s true of course unless you are too young, dead, a convicted felon, illegal alien or unregistered. Overall it seems I have traded in a relatively calm and representative polling station at Holy Cross for one that is demonstrably paranoid, partisan and chaotic. I have gone from the United States to a Banana Republic.

I approach the first precinct chairs and ask to examine the updated voter rolls and they tell me that they cannot provide them at that time because of the line but will be happy to comply as soon as the line recedes. Somewhat mollified I head to the next precinct. Once again I am confronted by a woman named Jennifer who tells me I cannot have access to the updated voter list. This time I am ready and produce a hard copy of NRS which I show to her and tell her that the law states the updated rolls must be posted. Jennifer makes some phone calls and after a few minutes comes to me and tells me that she is happy to provide me the list but will periodically require that I return it for updates. I agree and begin culling voters from the list who have already cast their ballots and inputting them into my PDA. Overall it takes me about 45 minutes to input numbers from one precinct. This convinces me that while hitech is nice, it is also cumbersome and given the time constraints, one person cannot handle 7 precincts. After completing the transfer of data for that precinct, I head to the next one where I am denied out of hand, access to the updated lists. I try explaining to the woman that the law requires that she comply but she tells me that she doesn’t care what the law says, she is not providing the list to me. When I try to tell her that she can continue to write down voter names on a separate list as they come in and update the precinct list when I am done, she begins to yell at me. At that point, several persons in line begin to jostle their way forward screaming that I am trying to suppress the vote and interfering with their right to vote so I decide to retreat until the legal teams can be directed to the malignant precinct.

A look around this polling station reveals some surprises to me that I had not noted earlier. Behind each precinct bench is a two or three person team of democrats doing the same thing I am, updating lists of voters as they cast their ballots. Of course they are logging it all on paper and are looking over the shoulders of the precinct workers in order to do so. There are poll watchers from both sides present and several AFL-CIO types lingering around the middle also armed with voter lists. Ballot receipts are scattered about the floor. I wander back to the first precinct where there is no line now and ask for the updated voter list. The ladies there provide me with the list which shows check marks for voters only on the first page. The ladies tell me that they have been too busy to update it so they are going to do it later. Dumbfounded, I decide that the only thing that will straighten this mess out is a legal team so I head to my car.

Since I did have one precinct worth of data, I head back to Republican Headquarters at about 1200 hours. I hear on the radio that the stock market is up some 65 pts which I take as a good sign of incoming election results and that the market must be feeling good about President Bush’s re-election chances. When I walk into Republican HQ it is a beehive of activity, I find Rob Calderone and we complete the data transfer. He tells me to get some lunch next door at the phone center and prepare for an updated plan. The rest of the team has apparently struck out, collecting no data on any precincts.

After lunch I am directed to select one of my polling stations to oversee and obtain data at. I select Holy Cross since we have had no data from there yet. I am told that all data collection must stop by 1730 hrs in order to get the information to D.C. in time for it to do any good. During this time I note that the stock market has plunged and is now some 100 pts down. I assume but do not know at the time that it must be related to bad election news and that the first exit polls must be showing bad news. Still I have a job to do and so I head back to Holy Cross Church. Upon arrival there at about 1400 hrs , I find Jennifer again who is much more conciliatory now and directs me to the first precinct and directs the workers there to give up the voter lists. I begin inputting data and once again, for one precinct it takes roughly 45 minutes. I head to the next precinct and they too provide their updated list. Again transfer of the data is time consuming and eats up at least an hour. I move to the next precinct and begin the process all over. Time is rapidly slipping by and when I complete the gathering of data from the 3rd precinct I determine that I will not be able to complete the fourth precinct in time to transfer the data. I do overhear that this particular precinct which I am now passing by has seen 74% turnout. I figure there is little to gain there and so I head back to Republican HQ arriving promptly at 1730 hrs. I immediately find Rob Calderone and upload my data to his PDA which he then transmits to Washington D.C.

Exhausted at that point, I take a small break and begin watching returns where I learn that I was correct in my early assumption about the stock market. Apparently early exit polling had been wildly in favor of Kerry and now the information had leveled off and both camps seemed confident. Returns out of Florida were looking particularly impressive and I hoped they continued. It was about then that our phone bank lost several callers who left in order to prepare for the Victory 2004 party at the Peppermill. Haddad is frantically searching for people to man the phones so I jump in and begin calling voters on a list provided for me. Most of them are not home, a couple hang up, one complains that he isn’t waiting in line for hours to vote and some are very pleasant. At 1900 hrs promptly, Haddad shuts down the phone bank and we celebrate having made some 10,500 phone calls that day. I head next door now to watch returns again and things are looking better in Florida where the President’s lead appears to be holding steady. Ohio is proclaimed too close to call and we all worry about that. The Bush Cheney team representatives are all watching their computers for the first returns from Nevada to be posted and when they are at about 1930 hrs, they celebrate. According to them turnout in some democrat precincts in Clark County has been light and their lead over President Bush isn’t enough to offset the expected Bush wins in the rural counties and Washoe. They are certain that Nevada is safe for the President.

The networks aren’t cooperating. They continue to call the race too close and Susan Estrich gives me heartburn with her assessment that when all the democratic counties in Ohio are counted, Kerry will be the winner. According to Estrich, she has spoken to high level operatives in the Kerry campaign and they are confident. It is beginning to look like it will all comedown to Ohio as Florida is looking more and more like a Bush victory. Although the networks refuse to call it, with some 85% of precincts in, President Bush is enjoying a large margin in the Sunshine State. Soon enough the total percentage of precincts reporting in Florida nears 100% and the networks call the state for Bush. This sets off a wild round of cheers and hugs at HQ. It is close to 2100 now and there is no news from Ohio or Nevada so we decide to shut down Republican HQ and head to the Victory 2004 party.

Once arrived, I break out a cigar that I refuse to light until the victory is assured. Inside the Peppermill, there is a crowd of a couple thousand gathered around several large projectors displaying election returns. As election results come in from Nevada there are several cheers as the original Kerry lead evaporates. The Bush Cheney representatives are telling me that Washoe County is close but thankfully, the rural counties had over performed from the projections. Still there is no news from Ohio. Finally, Fox News calls Ohio for Bush with some 83% of precincts reporting in. A wild cheer bursts forth as everyone realizes the electoral count now stands at 269 which assures the President of a tie at the worst. Such an eventuality would of course throw the election to the House of Representatives where a Republican majority would certainly re-elect him. Now it only remains for us to see if New Mexico, Iowa or Nevada will put the President over the top.

Deep into the evening there is no news. I take heart in the election gains of the Republicans in the Senate and hope that soon one of the battleground states will be awarded to the President so I can light my cigar. The pundits are all talking about the flawed exit polls and what a stunning election night this has been. None of them are confident however that a protracted fight is not in our future. Finally, at about 0200 hrs I can take no more and drive home, content that at the very least we have secured a victory the only thing to be determined is the margin.

November 3: My daughter is utterly contemptuous of my need for sleep and she wakes me at 0630. Once I get her dressed and settled, I turn on the TV and find that nothing has changed in the last few hours. Soon enough though, Fox News begins reporting that Senator Kerry is said to be prepared to concede the election and will speak at about 1000 hrs. This does not come to pass. Instead it is closer to 1130 when he does appear and mercifully concedes. Next the President speaks and I am too tired to even celebrate. Mostly I just feel relief. The pundits are all examining the first raw data from election returns and are stunned. The youth vote did not come out heavily as predicted and Hispanics improved their support of the President. This will be crucial for Republicans in future elections.

November 5: For the past couple days, I have amused myself by visiting the various leftwing websites that I have become acquainted with in the past. It is astounding to me that some of these people inhabit the same country I do. They are convinced we reside in a fascist dictatorship, that the election was stolen and the hatred of the Republicans in general and the President in particular is palpable. I hope and pray that the President can bridge some of the great divide which separates us right now but I do not want him to do so at the expense of a conservative agenda. I want strict constructionist judges on the Federal Bench. I want a reduced role for government overall except the military. I want the tax cuts he signed in his first term to be made permanent and I want him to address both social security and education reform. None of this will sit well with the left. Well we have been experimenting with the programs of the left for better than 60 years now, perhaps it is time the Republicans were given an opportunity to fix those things that are clearly broken.

Smilin' Paul Villa U.S. Senate 2004
cyber-Congressman, R-Reno
Proud Member of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy and 2 SUV Family

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Obviously today is a great day for our Republic. The President has won not only a convincing victory but in addition to his electoral college win, he accumulated the most votes of any President in history. He gathered fully 10 million more votes this year than in 2000 and yes even allowing for population increases that is a tremendous achievement. I feel elated and honored and even exhausted for having been a part of it. If you have never had the opportunity to work on an election campaign and you have even the slightest interest in politics then I encourage you to volunteer next time around. The activity is frenetic and the pace brutal on election day. Adrenaline pushes you and time passes quickly. It is a remarkable journey.

I could write for days about my experiences during the election yesterday and I will be certain to revisit it soon but bear with me now because already my chonies are in a twist about the spin emanating from the mainstream media about the election results. The media are all over themselves trying to paint the country as deeply divided and calling for bipartisanship. Horse hockey I say. By their standards, Americans are deeply divided after every election. I will remind everyone again, IMPEACHED ex-president Clinton NEVER won a majority of the voters. In fact he won in 1992 with a bare plurality of 43% of the vote. That George W. Bush has not only increased his electoral margin from 271 to 286 and increased his percentage of the popular vote from 49 to 51% is reason enough to declare a mandate. However, there is more. How about the addition of 4 Senate seats for the GOP and a pick up of 6 additional House seats? Clearly, Americans are providing the President with the legislative tools to achieve his agenda.

When Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson were elected and provided with majorities in both houses of Congress, they moved to enact agendas that we continue to pay for today. The burden of Social Security and the New Deal, compounded by the failed policies of Johnson's Great Society continue to beset the American people with crushing debt and little return for the investment. These programs need to be revisited and subjected to intense scrutiny as to their continued viability. The only government department that absolutely needs to be expanded at this time is Defense and I hope that the President and Congress will move now to unravel even more of the incredible damage done by the previous administration to both the military and intelligence communities.

I also fondly hope that now the President will move boldly forward with his vision to strengthen the military, prosecute the war vigorously, provide tax relied and most importantly, to appoint strict constructionist judges to the federal bench and the SCOTUS. For the defeated left to cry now about bipartisanship is the height of hypocrisy. How soon they forget the extended hand that the President reached out to Teddy "Breastroke" Kennedy. Inviting the pompous gasbag to the White House for private suppers and movie viewings and inviting the Senator to write the No Child Left Behind legislation which was effectively gutted of conservative principles. I still recall, and I hope the President does as well how his extended hand was spit upon and how he was reviled by the left.

Today the recriminations continue. Bob Bechtel, alleged Democratic strategist was on national TV stating openly that he believes that now that the question of slavery has been settled, the South should leave the union and make it's own country. He doesn't get it. If the South and West provide the necessary electoral votes for victory, then based on the framework given us by the Founding Fathers, then the South and West are the voice of the majority of the people. If you live on the coast and can't accept that there are sincere differences between the coasts and flyover country and you condescendingly wonder if we are out of touch with reality, I would suggest that it is you who needs a reality check. Republicans are in, by solid majorities they possess the necessary tools to enact sweeping reforms. I pray that they begin soon.

Smilin' Paul Villa U.S. Senate 2004
cyber-Congressman, R-Reno
Proud Member of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy and 2 SUV Family