Meet Rodney Lee Conover, CA-08

Reblogged from Joeforamerica.com.

Rodney Lee Conover is a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 8th District of California. He was a writer for the Rush Limbaugh Show, a conservative stand-up comic for 12 years entertaining people and troops throughout the world, a talk-show host on SiriusXM for eight years and most recently, speech writer for Herman Cain and Joe “the Plumber” Wurzlebacher.

Many of us know Rodney from his columns at JoeForAmerica and Patriot Update. Now some may just shrug their shoulders and think that California is too far gone and hopeless for any conservative to live in much less get elected in. Well, to quote Lee Corso on ESPN College Game Day, “Not so fast, my friends.”

rodneyleeconoverWhile California does not have a congressional delegation that looks like Kansas, it also does not have a congressional delegation that looks like Connecticut. The 113th US Congress has 15 Republicans out of 53 congressional seats in the California delegation. The 103rd US Congress had 22 Republicans out of 52 congressional seats in the California delegation. The aftermath of the amnesty in 1986 and redistricting makes it hard to see Republicans gaining 8 seats, but they could gain 3 seats in a 2014 wave election. A new rule in the 2012 California elections had the top two primary candidates competing in the general elections instead of the top Republican competing against the top Democrat. This new rule had two Republicans competing in the general election for the 8th district seat. The Partisan Voter Index (PVI) for California’s 8th district is R+10. There are only 2 districts in the state with a better PVI than California’s 8th.

Rodney is not running for office because he wants to be a career politician. If he lived in California’s 4th district, then he’d simply be voting to reelect Tom McClintock. California’s 4th district also has a PVI of R+10. There is a BIG difference in the performance of incumbent Tom McClintock and 8th district incumbent Paul Cook. Heritage Action Scorecard grades Tom McClintock 90% on key votes taken and grades Paul Cook 62%. Rodney is running because he believes a majority of conservatives in the 8th district are not getting represented by Cook and they deserve a dog in this fight.

Rodney knows that just having an R after the name does not equate to being conservative. Gov. Schwarzeneggar is exhibit A. He is asking for a vote from those living in the 8th district, and money to support his campaign from anyone no matter what district you live in so conservatives will be represented.

Victor Davis Hansen, NRO writer, sums up what conservatives think about living in California.

What worries us in our beloved California is that a state with singular natural gifts (the best agricultural climate and soils in the world, vast ports facing the rich Pacific Rim, vibrant tourism, huge reserves of gas, oil, and timber), and a wonderful inheritance from our ancestors (the UC system, Caltech, Stanford, USC, the origins of the American idea of freeway transportation, brilliantly engineered hydroelectric and irrigation systems, and a mostly harmonious, skilled, multiethnic populace), has been so mismanaged, by both recent Republican and Democratic governors, as to result in chronic budget crises, terrible public schools, and a third of the nation’s welfare recipients, with nearly a fourth of the state’s residents ranked below the poverty level — the highest rate in the nation.

Conservatives have not really “declared the state doomed” but have instead pointed out that it is in dire jeopardy — and not just because “the political balance shifted.” After all, a supposed Republican, Arnold Schwarzenegger, was recently governor for eight years. The real problem is math, not politics, and it finally caught up with us in terms of massive deficits and unsustainable aggregate debt.

If you want more information about Rodney and want to support him, then visit his website here, and visit and click Like on his facebook page here.
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Sugar Bowl And 2013-14 Sooners Reflections

It has been almost three days since OU defeated Bama in the 2014 BCS Sugar Bowl, 45-31.  I have read and listened to much both before and after the game, with numerous incongruous statements coming from the same alleged experts in both aspects.  The only honest alleged expert, the bald headed Bama homer Paul Finebaum, admitted the day after the game that he was an “idiot” for saying Bama would win.

Neither the Sooners, nor I, cared much for the prevailing mentality, that Bama would not only win, but that they could name the score.  When it comes to the experts, we just don’t care anymore what they have to say.  Like the song says:

I don’t care no more!

You listening? I don’t care no more!

Now for some personal admissions.  Since this past summer I have made numerous posts about the Sooners and their season.  I never made any predictions on game scores or the outcome of the season as a whole.  I did make some fairly accurate statements about the players, their abilities and potential.  I’m wise enough now not to invest too much into the games played by very young men and all the things that can happen during the season, such as injuries and discipline issues.  Those things were evident this year with two players removed from the team that were expected to make significant contributions, as well as too many season ending injuries to some of the biggest contributors to the team’s success.  Those occurrences are sadly part of the adversity a team has to contend with.

I admit I was wrong when I said in a recent post that this season was a disappointment because there would be no conference championship, no shot at the MNC in Pasadena or even a BCS bowl.  I was 50/50 in that statement.  I made that statement prior to OU defeating OSU and being selected for the Sugar Bow and well before their victory.  The disappointment I felt at that time was genuine, but not grounded in reality.

I must also admit that from the moment it was announced that OU and Bama would play in the Sugar Bowl, I truly believed that OU could/would win.  Sure I had my doubts, at times, but my gut feeling was that OU would win.  I told family and friends not to count the Sooners out of this game.  When (finally) it was time for the game and all the talking heads had made their predictions about how badly Bama would trounce OU, I felt very comfortable with the excitement, but not nervous or a feeling of dread.  In fact,  the only times I ever felt apprehensive or nervous before a game was before the two games OU lost this season.  A message from a higher power?  I don’t know, but it is a gut thing and I have learned to trust my gut feelings.

As for the game itself, (OU highlights are here) if the OU QB Trevor Knight had played that way all year, OU would be playing in the MNC Monday night. His performance can only be described as phenomenal.  Bama feared his running ability, but not his passing ability and rightly so, based on his performance through the regular season and Bama’s trouble with running QBs.  The running game for OU was stifled for most of the game, but was serviceable.

The OU defense, however, was sensational.  I am still a little puzzled as to why Bama didn’t run the ball as much as they did during the regular season, but by trying to throw the ball, they played into the strength of the OU defense, the pass rush.

Striker’s Hair Is On Fire

Striker had to take his helmet off after sacking the Bama QB, his hair was on fire.  In fact the entire OU defense had the same issue and for one simple reason, their DC Mike Stoops coaches with his hair on fire.  With seven QB sacks, four forced turnovers and McCarron running for his life and throwing passes away due to pressure, the OU defense stifled a talented Bama offense that was unaccustomed to being harassed in this fashion.

Bama racked up lots of yards, mostly on explosive plays and I wasn’t surprised by that outcome, nor do I think the Sooners were.  They knew they were facing a talented and experienced team that many thought would be playing for the MNC for the third year in a row.  The Sooners never fretted or sulked, they just fought and scrapped their way to victory, just as they had done all year.

Coach Bob Stoops said he loved his team in the trophy presentation and his comment was sincere.  I also believe this young OU team loves and believes in their coach.  With only 14 of the 56 Sooners that saw action in the Sugar Bowl being Seniors, the potential for this team next year is exciting.

One final note about winning and recruiting.  Late Saturday afternoon, at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, the games MVP and nations #1 all-purpose running back,  Joe Mixon, announced he was committing to play for the Sooners.  In a tweet he stated that the OU Sugar Bowl victory “shut the deal” as to which school he would attend.

Winning, just like losing, is contagious.

Everything always looks better when you win.

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