Clark Mountain Musings: May 2008

Saturday, May 31, 2008

"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."

Matthew 6:19-21 (NIV)
On top of Pilot Knob mountain looking to the south.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be.

James 3:10 (NIV)
View of the old iron mine on top of Pilot Knob mountain.
Never forget

President Bush puts it this way,
"The names of these veterans of World War I, World War II, and the Korean War are known only to God. But their valor is known to us all. hroughout American history, this valor has preserved our way of life and our sacred freedoms. It was this valor that won our independence. It was this valor that removed the stain of slavery from our Nation. And it was this valor that defeated the great totalitarian threats of the last century."
Talent for Veep?

The Corner posts an interesting email...

"How about Jim Talent as a possible McCain running mate? I have not heard anyone mention his name. The former senator from Missouri and 6 term Congressman is a very reliable, smart conservative with solid credentials. He narrowly lost a governor's race and senate re-election campaign in Missouri. I recall a thoughtful piece Talent wrote for NR last year calling for tying US military spending to a percentage of GDP and increasing troop levels to better prepare for war in the 21st century.

Talent is 51 years old and, unlike Bobby Jindal or even Mitt Romney, can't be labeled too young, inexperienced or a political lightweight. Talent would provide more "gravitas" to the McCain ticket than Jindal, Romney or a "non politician" and would still allow the McCain campaign to contrast the "experience" issue with Obama. If McCain were to pick a running mate with little or no time in elected office, McCain would lose leverage against Obama on the issue of being "experienced and prepared."Talent would provide McCain with a relatively youthful and competent running mate and would be popular with supply-siders, pro-lifers, and others in the GOP base. At the same time, Talent does not come across as a partisan GOP hack, so he would be appealing to independent voters and could help McCain in some of the Midwestern swing states. "


Saturday, May 24, 2008

My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?

Psalm 42:2 (NIV)
View of a glade on Pilot Knob mountain.
Weather in Islamic Cities

According to today's hardline newspaper, Iran Daily HERE Paris is included as apart of what it considers the "umma".

Look at the bottom of the page, why Paris is there...

Friday, May 09, 2008

We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God.

1 John 4:13-15 (NIV)
View of an outcrop on top of Pilot Knob mountain, Pilot Knob Missouri.
Mapping out the "bitter" voters...

Where are those "bitter" voters we hear about, the "Reagan Democrats"? We hear constantly about the "racial divide" between the Clinton voters and the Obama voters in the current Democratic primary season and the Clintons seem intent on exploiting it... forget the Nixonian southern strategy.. it's the Clintonian southern strategy.

I've yet to see a nationwide county by county map to put this "bitter" divide into place. So courtesy of CNN and a bit of copy and paste jigsaw style on my part I've put together what the country looks like (where data is available by county) prior to the West Virginia and Kentucky primaries. Just ignore the "Fisher" projection which makes Minnesota larger than Texas...
Here's the CNN composite map which shows that the rust/iron belt and much of the south has strong preference one way or the other.

Now... let's see what this map looks like compared to the 1968 Presidential election by states and counties... if you'll recall, the radical segregationist George Wallace ("Segregation now, Segretation forever"..) ran as an independent during that election (he was a Democrat) and was the beginning of the end of Democrat domination of the south and the rust belt (unfortunately many of those voters joined the Republican party).

Found here

NOT saying the blue-collar voter is anything but a populist voting group, BUT, it is true that Wallace carried alot of votes all throughout the country including the Rust/Iron Belt.

Now lets move on to comparing Clinton's 2008 primary voters, the blue collars with George Wallace's 1968 voters. Since the Clintons seem hellbent on making this campaign about her winning "white voters", let's see who she's winning, shall we?

In deep-south Mississippi

In midwest-border Missouri

In rust belt-coal country Pennsylvania

Looks like the Clinton strategy of targeting areas that supported Wallace is working, not saying that's their intent, BUT it does look like there's a correlation between counties supporting Wallace and those voting against Obama, DESPITE the 40 year time span.

Trackbacked to Hot Air Michelle Malkin
Here's an article by Joe Conason who asks... "Was Hillary Clinton channeling George Wallace"? LINK
National Review's Campaign Spot mentions the same LINK