Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thanks & Giving

Happy Turkey Day!Quick: the Top 5 things you are thankful for RIGHT NOW. And the REAL things, not some sanitized list that sounds good...


1) My chubby little baby Buddha who is smiling and gaining chins by the day.
2) My new Crocheted Ugg boots that are back ordered until May, but that The Man somehow managed to get me for my "Push Present".
3) That The Man has a foreman job at a company that has backlogged construction work in the midst of other company's (and union) lay offs.
4) That Busta and Ninja LOVE their new little brother and rush to help without being asked.
5) That the economy can't be as bad as they say because I had to go to three stores to find Pictionary Man yesterday and Wii Fit is sold out everywhere. I doubt expensive games were flying off the shelves during the Depression...

I hope each one of you has a wonderful day of food, family and friends (in that order) :)

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Best of BS: Top 10 Worst Presidential Errors

Academia has spoken and (amazingly enough) Bush gets a pass from the Top 10 egregious errors committed from the Oval Office.

The survey was conducted by a group of presidential historians (organized by the University of Louisville's McConnell Center) and the list was announced this past Saturday.

10) Clinton's Monica Lewinski/impeachment scandal

9) Ronald Reagan and the Iran-Contra Affair

8) John F. Kennedy allowing the Bay of Pigs Invasion that led to the Cuban Missile Crisis.

7) Thomas Jefferson's Embargo Act of 1807, a self-imposed prohibition on trade with Europe during the Napoleonic Wars.

6) James Madison's failure to keep the United States out of the War of 1812 with Britain.

5) Richard Nixon's involvement in the Watergate cover-up.

4) Woodrow Wilson's refusal to compromise on the Treaty of Versailles after World War I.

3) Lyndon Johnson by allowing the Vietnam War to intensify.

2) Andrew Johnson's decision just after the Civil War to side with Southern whites and oppose improvements in justice for Southern blacks beyond abolishing slavery.

1) James Buchanan didn't do enough to oppose efforts by Southern states to secede from the Union before the Civil War.

Read the full paper and check out the Panel of Presidential scholars that finalized the list.

Best of BS: Right to Death VS. Life

originally posted February 14, 2006

Assisted suicide seems to be a subject that criss-crosses the political aisle. Though I whole-heartedly believe in the "Right to Life" for unborn children who can't voice their wishes...I fully support a cognizant, informed adult's "Right to Die" with dignity. Some may say this is a contradiction...but I don't see it. I don't find the two scenarios in the least bit comparable.

The subject comes into the public discourse again as California has an impending "Right to Die" bill in the works.

Another argument that I find incomparable is the correlation with "Right to Die" and the disabled. The RTD doesn't give doctors the ability to off people at will, but gives patients the ability to legally put an end to ongoing suffering.

One of the groups lobbying against the bill (Assembly Bill 651) is the California Federation of Independent Living Centers --This is their argument:

"Advocates for the disabled blame societal bias against the physically impaired, together with cost-cutting efforts in the health-care industry, for creating a favorable climate for the bill. With an assisted-suicide law in place, doctors who are under pressure to keep costs down and avoid expensive care may be more likely to prescribe lethal drugs to disabled patients.

Members of the disabled lobby groups have said they receive different treatment from the medical profession, they believe because of their physical disabilities. Doctors are quick to suggest that disabled patients sign “do not resuscitate” forms, some activists have said." (source)

What do DNR suggestions have to do with the "Right to Die" you ask? I have no idea. Actually I do...nothing.

How can I justify this with my pro-life stance? Easy. I think people should be able to do what they want with their own bodies as long as it doesn't endanger someone else's body...

Free Kevorkian!

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Best of BS: Guest Post by Nate

The Rhetoric and Realities of the Bush Administration, Originally posted 1-26-06

"The terrorists started this war and the president made it clear that we will end it at a time and place of our choosing." -Scott McClellan (source)

These comments are imprudent, as it unrealistically raises expectations. Furthermore it damages the credibility of the administration. The "War on Terror" has been recast as a "global struggle against violent extremism", (source) and four years after 9/11 we've still failed to capture or kill Bin Laden. The struggle against terrorists will not end quickly, and there will be no decisive end to the conflict.

President Bush yesterday cautioned Democrats not to engage in "irresponsible debate" over Iraq during midterm elections in November, asserting that partisan attacks will harm the U.S.-led mission and risk the lives of American soldiers. (source)

Silly me, I thought that open unrestricted debate was what RESPONSIBLE citizens engaged in. I catalogue this one in the same closet with my duct tape and plastic wrap.

"By promoting liberty abroad, we will build a safer world. By encouraging liberty at home, we will build a more hopeful America." -- George Bush

I must question the credibility this quote in light of secret warrant less wiretaps, and policies of rendition. With freedom like this who needs tyranny?

"The spirit is going to be one of continued exploration . . . seeking new horizons and investing in a program that . . . meets that objective," President Bush said.

The program was hailed as ambitious, but unrealistic. The funding for it is the savings that would come from retiring of the space shuttle, and the US has an obligation to the ISS that requires continued use of the shuttle until 2010. ( Source)

"These are the basic ideas that guide my tax policy: lower income taxes for all, with the greatest help for those most in need.” – George Bush

The Bush Tax Plan:

  • Replacing the current tax rates of 15, 28, 31, 36, and 39.6 percent with a simplified rate structure of 10, 15, 25, and 33 percent (see Appendix for rate schedule);

  • Doubling the child tax credit to $1,000 per child and applying the credit to the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT);

  • Reducing the marriage penalty by reinstating the 10 percent deduction for two-earner couples;

  • Eliminating the death tax;

  • Expanding the charitable deduction to non-itemizers; and

  • Making the Research and Experimentation (R&D) tax credit permanent.

  • (source)

    Again Bush has an admirable sentiment. The devil is in the details. Eliminating the estate tax only benefits those that die with over a million dollars in estate. The poor and middle class have no need for the R&D tax credit.

    Over the ten-year period, the richest Americans—the best-off one percent—are slated to receive tax cuts totaling almost half a trillion dollars. The $477 billion in tax breaks the Bush administration has targeted to this elite group will average $342,000 each over the decade. (source)

    Yet again, the rhetoric doesn’t fit the reality.

    And on a humorous note:

    "You took an oath to defend our flag and our freedom, and you kept that oath under seas and under fire."

    —George W. Bush, addressing war veterans, Washington, D.C., Jan. 10, 2006

    Nate is probably my most liberal commenter, BUT the boy has balls of steel. I respect Nate immensely because he never flames and runs off --he stays and argues his point and takes A LOT of grief for it... He's by far the bravest lib I've encountered. Thanks Nate!


    We Predict You Voted For McCain

    We're 65% sure you voted for McCain.

    You seem to fit the profile of a typical McCain voter.

    We're not saying you should have (or shouldn't have) voted for him.

    But if we had to place a bet, we'd guess you voted McCain this year.

    Monday, November 24, 2008

    Best of BS: Guest Post by CJM

    Get Serious or get Out of Iraq, originally posted January 27, 2006

    Being a good friend of ALa and her husband tesco, I was pretty excited about the prospect of "guest posting" on her blog, but found myself wondering what I could possibly say that hasn't been done all over the internet (or here) already.

    Then the infamous Osama Bin Laden decided to come out of his hole once again. After hearing the translation of his tape, with his threats of another imminent attack on American soil and his supposed "truce" offering, I had all the same thoughts I'd had after previous debuts. "He's on the run." "He's almost dead." "He's just desperate and his backs against the wall."

    That night I caught part of an interview with Michael Scheuer, the author of Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terror, and some of the things he said surprised me. To be blunt, Scheuer's thoughts on the tape hit me in the face like a brick.

    He believes that another attack is definitely on the horizon here and he stressed the fact that OBL and/or al Qaeda was not the 'beaten dog' that most Americans assumed they were. The host implied that al Qaeda must be in trouble since all they seem to be able to pull off is car and suicide bombs that kill mainly civilians. Scheur's reaction was, "War is war". Civilian casualties are indeed a reality of war and al Qaeda seemed to understand that better than we Americans do...they want to win regardless of the cost. Al Qaeda is taking this war to the extreme and fighting to win, whereas we seem to be playing politics and worrying about keeping special interest groups and other countries happy instead of fighting with as much vigor and zeal as the enemy.

    It may sound harsh and cold (saying we need to stop worrying about civilian death), but he made the point by using past wars that were definitively won (WWI & WWII) as examples. Since that time we've changed our tactics and style of warfare with less-than-great results. Now, before people think I'm a sadistic bastard, no one wants women, children and non-combatants to be killed, but it's time we take the kid gloves off or the result will be more civilians killed as the "war" drags out over years.

    Do you know why we are losing the War on Terror...?

    Imagine a televised beheading during WWII and visualize the then-America's response and how hard our wrath would have reigned down on Germany or Japan... Think about the insurgents terrorists that were firing on our Marines from a Mosque –knowing we couldn't retaliate and desecrating the "Holy Place" we were expected to respect. Think of all the lawyers waiting in line to represent the detainees at GITMO. Ponder the effects of politicians making political brownie points by introducing bills that claim making someone stand too long is torture and tying our interrogators hands while lives are at stake.

    The list is way too long to chronicle here, but give me a break already.

    It really gets to me hearing about one roadside bomb after another picking off our soldiers, maiming or killing them after the spectacular drive into Baghdad. Let the boys on the ground fight to win!

    To put it plainly, these Islamic Fascists won't be happy until the world as we know it is thrown back into a total barbaric Taliban-style rule. Period. As for us, the true and only super power, we have to face up to this reality even if it offends our progressive sensibilities. It's time to either say we have been defeated and walk away or "go all the way" and let our troops on the ground fight this war for real-- instead of being sitting targets tied by political restrictions in a hostile country.

    To the people that disagree: Just keep your blinders on and worry about who the next American Idol or Survivor will be until the next attack when you can pull your flags out of the attic and let them fly again.

    Last to our military: I, along with many others, pray for your safety and thank you immensely for the huge sacrifice you and your families have made.

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    Friday, November 21, 2008

    If Only...

    Wouldn't it be wonderful if there really were general aptitude tests before you could vote...? Objecting would be the equivalent of saying you want/count on uninformed constituents...

    You Should Be Allowed to Vote

    You got 14/15 questions correct.

    Generally speaking, you're very well informed.

    If you vote this election, you'll know exactly who (and what) you'll be voting for.

    You're likely to have strong opinions, and you have the facts to back them up.

    The [New] Man

    This hijab was a gift from 1SG Keith in 2005 when he returned from Afghanistan. The baby loves it... I can't believe he's 6 weeks old already!

    Cradle Swing

    I have resisted buying these shirts :)

    Thursday, November 20, 2008

    Obama & The [Un]Fairness Doctrine

    We know that Hillary, John Kerry and Richard Durbin (along with countless other Dems) are in favor of reinstating the "Fairness Doctrine."

    "It’s time to re institute the Fairness Doctrine." -Richard Durbin
    "Well, I think the Fairness Doctrine ought to be there..." -John Kerry (source)

    ("Whenever the title of legislation contains such high-sounding terms as fairness or reform, there’s a good chance that is just a fraudulent label to disguise unfairness as fairness or failure to reform as reform." source)

    But what do we know about Obama's position on this undemocratic legislation?

    Some claim he doesn't support this imposed 'balance':
    "The Illinois senator’s top aide said the issue continues to be used as a distraction from more pressing media business.

    "Sen. Obama does not support reimposing the Fairness Doctrine on broadcasters," press secretary Michael Ortiz said in an e-mail to B&C late Wednesday.

    "He considers this debate to be a distraction from the conversation we should be having about opening up the airwaves and modern communications to as many diverse viewpoints as possible," Ortiz added. "That is why Sen. Obama supports media-ownership caps, network neutrality, public broadcasting, as well as increasing minority ownership of broadcasting and print outlets."

    The Fairness Doctrine issue flared up in recent days after reports that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was talking about a Democratic push to reinstate it, although it was unclear at press time whether that was a new pledge or the restating of a long-held position." (source)

    But many on the Right are adamant about his support for the measure. I decided to check with his devoted faithful over at the DU to see what they thought... (btw, the Democratic Underground is always seeping with a plethora of amusing fodder if you're bored)

    ...And it turns out they seem to think he's all for it. They point to this from the 'Technology' link on his website:

    "Ensure the Full and Free Exchange of Information through an Open Internet and Diverse Media Outlets" (Obama-Biden08)

    Now, the Left may have their beady little eyes set on Rush, Sean, Laura and the many rightwing broadcasters that actually make their companies large profits...BUT O!'s statement of intent clearly says "Open Internet". This means all Leftwing websites are fair game.

    A few days back I called "Firsties" on the redistribution of Oprah's wealth --and now I'm declaring myself co-blogger on the Daily Kos should the Fairness Doctrine be revived. I've heard it said that though the Right has the corner on radio, that the Left dominates online... So... That's right Markos, old buddy old your new partner! And equal time means equal pay right --so I'll be happy to help myself to half of your blogad revenue!

    HERE is a REALLY GREAT article about the fairness Doctrine and Card Check by Philadelphian Herb Denenberg:
    "...[P]oliticians and others used the Fairness Doctrine to harass and intimidate broadcasters from covering certain issues. For example, Bill Ruder, Democratic campaign consultant and Assistant Secretary of Commerce in the Kennedy Administration, admitted that the Kennedy Administration used the doctrine to silence criticism: “Our massive strategy was to use the Fairness Doctrine to challenge and harass right-wing broadcasters and hope the challenges would be so costly to them that they would be inhibited and decide it was too expensive.” The Nixon Administration extended the doctrine to new heights and one published report concluded “private activists directed by the Republican National Committee regularly filed Fairness Doctrine challenges against stations whose reporting angered the White House.” So it’s nice to see bipartisan abuse..." (Read the whole article)

    Just Out of Curiosity...

    Has anyone ever had a company make them wait 90 days to receive Holiday pay? I realize most companies require a 3 month wait for vacation time, sick pay and benefits...but Holiday pay?!

    We just became aware that The Man's [semi] new company doesn't pay holidays until after an employee's 90 day mark. The company is closed two days for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. The Man has only been there two months...which sadly translates into six unpaid days. I wish we would have known about this while he was negotiating the job/salary terms...

    ...and yet this company is in the Top 500 companies to work for in the United States and one of the "Best 100 Places to Work" in Pennsylvania. So maybe this is a common grinchy practice that I was just unaware of...?

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    Wednesday, November 19, 2008

    Card Check, Comedians and Pirates

    I'm on the road today, but a few things have been bugging me since yesterday:

    First, how incredibly typical of Congressional Democrats to hold a PRIVATE VOTE as to whether they should strip Joe Lieberman of his ability to vote with them as they prepare to strip American workers of that very right with the Card Check legislation.

    How dare any Democrat call into question Sarah Palin's experience after their counterparts pulled the lever for Al Franken. Certainly not a governor, not even a Community Organizer...but effing Stuart Smalley. Then again, since many of the ideals on the Left are a joke, I guess a comedian representing them is apropos.

    My guidance counselor never alerted me to the fact that pirate(and possibly wench?) was still on the occupational table... I would have never wasted time with a degree in Education...

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    Tuesday, November 18, 2008

    Could *We* Ever Serve the Kool Aid?

    I'll keep the writer of this email anonymous because I thought it was an interesting question and I don't want the question to get sidetracked by the views of the questioner...

    Regarding the Cult of Obama:

    "I do think Republicans would act somewhat the same way if they were presented with the right candidate. Is there anybody out there you see as having that kind of potential?"

    My first response was a flat out 'No!' (We on the right tend to let our leaders' decisions play out before we lionize them...), but we could explore that. Is there ANYONE that could inspire this much excitement for us? Someone you wish you could recommend if you had a pipeline to the GOP?

    John Hawkins at RWN recently did a 'Right-of-Center Blogger Poll' about the Most Admired People on the Right --here was the list:

    23) Michele Bachmann (4)
    23) Glenn Beck (4)
    23) Pat Buchanan (4)
    23) Victor Davis Hanson (4)
    23) Charles Krauthammer (4)
    23) Dennis Prager (4)
    23) John Roberts (4)
    20) Dick Cheney (5)
    20) Mark Levin (5)
    20) Clarence Thomas (5)
    19) Paul Ryan (6)
    15) Tom Coburn (7)
    15) Laura Ingraham (7)
    15) Sean Hannity (7)
    15) Mike Pence (7)
    12) Jeff Flake (8)
    12) Jonah Goldberg (8)
    12) Antonin Scalia (8)
    11) Jim DeMint (10)
    9) Ann Coulter (11)
    9) Thomas Sowell (11)
    7) Michael Steele (12)
    7) Michelle Malkin (12)
    6) Mark Steyn (13)
    5) Newt Gingrich (17)
    4) Fred Thompson (18)
    3) Bobby Jindal (22)
    2) Rush Limbaugh (29)
    1) Sarah Palin (33)

    ((You can also check out the Least Favorite People on the Right -I love that "McCain staffers" made the list))

    Maybe if Michael Reagan was a biological son...?

    Monday, November 17, 2008

    Obamaism: More on the Cult of O!

    Will Phillybits or RBP please tell me if this Cult of O! is troubling to them in the least? I single out these two because I can see both of them wearing 'yes we can!' tees and I imagine they both shed a few tears as the election results rolled in (I see J. marquis being a bit more level-headed, but maybe I'm wrong). People are chanting the name of a politician...singing the praises of a politician...crying over a politician. This is so inane and foreign to me. It makes me incredibly uncomfortable (a major defining difference in the campaigns was at Obama's rallies the crowds chanted "O-Bomb-ah O-bomb-ah!" and at McCain's rallies the crowds chanted "U-S-A U-S-A!"

    It's so blatant the MSM has to acknowledge it:

    "...What's troubling here goes beyond the clanging of cash registers. Media outlets have always tried to make a few bucks off the next big thing. The endless campaign is over, and there's nothing wrong with the country pulling together, however briefly, behind its new leader. But we seem to have crossed a cultural line into mythmaking.

    "The Obamas' New Life!" blares People's cover, with a shot of the family. "New home, new friends, new puppy!" Us Weekly goes with a Barack quote: "I Think I'm a Pretty Cool Dad." The Chicago Tribune trumpets that Michelle "is poised to be the new Oprah and the next Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis -- combined!" for the fashion world.

    Whew! Are journalists fostering the notion that Obama is invincible, the leader of what the New York Times dubbed "Generation O"?

    Each writer, each publication, seems to reach for more eye-popping superlatives. "OBAMAISM -- It's a Kind of Religion," says New York magazine. "Those of us too young to have known JFK's Camelot are going to have our own giddy Camelot II to enrapture and entertain us," Kurt Andersen writes. The New York Post has already christened it "BAM-A-LOT." (Read the whole WashPo piece by Howard Kurtz)

    If I EVER chant and/or cry over a politician...please, shoot me.

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    Friday, November 14, 2008

    Wait, I *AM* More Hopeful!

    In the days since Obama won the election with a word, I have to admit...I have little by little become increasingly hopeful.

    The more I listen to people, the more I read and the more I see on the 'news' I realize this was by no means a referendum on Conservatism...

    I keep hearing Democrat Senators et all saying that America has shown that it is now a left-of-center country and most Americans sit where they do ideologically. That makes a nice news clip and all, but even they know that's not the case.

    Regardless of the wins for Democrats and the big win for Obama, their ideals were rejected.

    At the end of the day, people voted for their pocketbooks. Well, what they perceived to be better. Obama didn't run as a liberal Democrat. Obama barley ran as a centrist Democrat with his parroting the promises of tax cuts throughout the campaign.

    In California (one of the most liberal states) there was Prop8 (gay marriage prop) and a few global warming initiatives...all failed. Liberal initiatives couldn't even pass in one of the most progressive states of the Union and in the midst of a Democratic groundswell... That should be heartening to all Conservatives.

    Maybe the high ups at the GOP can take a few lessons from this campaign:

    1) Conservative ideas and ideals do not need to be diluted before they are presented to the American people. We can run an ACTUAL CONSERVATIVE and win.

    2) The Grand Old Party needs to embrace the NEW and become more technologically saavy.

    3) We need a star. (People are so starved for political stars they've convinced themselves that Obama's ' a great looking guy' ?!) Sadly for some, this would definitely exclude Bobby Jindal from the national stage...

    So as a party lets stop the pilgrimage to the center and return to the Reagan Conservatism everyone espouses but seems to timid to offer up. Let's stop apologizing for our beliefs. let's stop letting the MSM tell us we need to 'reach across the aisle' and be more centrist in our thinking. Let's start now so we can win in 2012.

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    Thursday, November 13, 2008

    Obama's Minions...

    Furthering the ever expanding theme of the anti-establishment now hailing the establishment we have exhibit 1:

    Always the asshole: Sean Penn

    “I was sitting on the edge of the bed with my family watching our new president-elect,” actor/director Sean Penn said Thursday night as he collected the Britannia Award for Excellence in Film from the Los Angeles chapter of BAFTA, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

    “I have never been able to put the word ‘my’ before president before,” he added, prompting loud applause from the British-American film industry crowd (source)

    I am guessing no one in the audience pointed out to Sean that he was born in 1960 --so I guess Bill Clinton wasn't his President either...

    Exhibit 2: Oprah Winfrey

    How incredibly CONDESCENDING was her post election day "Hope Won" shirt?! I wanted to reach through the TV and slap her. So the other 48% of us had no hope...?! I mean we lost hope when The One won, but only she had hope? For what her dogs? McCain voters apparently had no hope for their country, for their futures or for their children? My only hope now is that he gets to redistributing HER wealth...

    I am SO anxious to see what happens to a country when the press, the celebrities and the "watchdog" websites are all swooning over the leader. Should be interesting.

    Project Valour-IT Needs YOU!

    "The Valour-IT project is out of cash--unless we raise the funds to keep going, it will cease to exist, and the DOD will issue voice software to people who don't have computers to run it." -Charles W. Ziegenfuss

    The donation drive/competition is on. As always, I'm part of the Army team:

    If you are new to these parts and are unfamiliar with Project Valour-IT, you can GO HERE and read up on this awesome program.

    If you want to donate to another team:

    USMC team leader
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    Wednesday, November 12, 2008

    Detroit Union Bailout

    "Barack Obama used [Monday's] Oval Office meeting with President Bush to press for immediate aid for the struggling US car industry, according to leaked reports.

    Mr Bush said that he could support some aid in exchange for approval of a free-trade agreement with Colombia – but there was no sign that either the President-elect or his Democratic colleagues were willing to bend on that issue." (source)

    There is NO possible way bailing out the automotive industry (i.e. paying their UNION BENEFITS) will help the economy. We might as well throw those taxpayer dollars into a hole in our respective backyards. Obama isn't a dumb man...he knows this as well as every money person in the US knows this, BUT he is now beholden to the unions.

    "U.S. labor unions, having helped Barack Obama win the presidency, entertain high hopes he will enact their agenda to bolster their negotiating power with employers and increase their numbers after decades of decline.

    Unions have "an unprecedented amount of leverage" after turning out white middle-class voters for Obama in battleground industrial states like Pennsylvania and Ohio that he won in Tuesday's election" (source)

    And now there's talk about helping people with their credit card bills?! The Great Society part II. A President beholden to labor thugs and the beginning of the end of capitalism and free enterprise (not to mention the wet dream of labor unions...the demise of the small business) Good lord 52% of the country...what have you done?

    The Downside of Cheap Gas

    $3.11!!!Now that gas has dropped to $2.15 a gallon one of my favorite amusements has been taken from me...

    When gas was close to $5 a gallon I would humor myself by yelling to the person next to me,

    "Damn! Why oh why couldn't that war have been for oil!"

    The fun factor was always enhanced when the car in the next slot was a Prius or a Smart Car because there was nothing their hippie owners could say in return. It was usually just a bit if nervous laughter.

    Now how will I pass the hours it takes to fill my gas guzzler?

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    Tuesday, November 11, 2008

    In a Florida Classroom...

    ...and, just like Rush always says, regardless of how we are treated -Conservatives are usually the ones trying to be the better people:

    "...The parents of a child featured in a YouTube video supporting John McCain are coming to the defense of her Fayetteville teacher, who has come under fire for how politics were discussed in her classroom..." (source)

    ...or maybe they're just naive.

    Honoring Each and Every Veteran

    I started to list each and every one of you...but as much as I want to do that I know I would forget someone and I don't want to do that. Thank all of you for the sacrifice that you made and the contribution that you gave.

    Gratitude & Respect

    This is my dad's field jacket from Vietnam...I sort of confiscated it and wore it throughout high school and now my Busta has decided it's the coolest jacket ever. The military definitely got its money's worth with this one.

    Monday, November 10, 2008

    Hot Topic Philosophy 101

    This weekend I was braving the mall with all three boys for the good of the economy...always doing my part for all of you!

    As my boys spent way too long looking at the horror movie action figures in Hot Topic I was amusing myself by looking through the infant onsies and came across an Obama onsie that says "Yes we can!"

    Just then the spiked and pierced 20-something employee meandered by:

    ALa: (holding up the aforementioned onsie and in a heavily sarcastic tone) I thought Hot Topic was supposed to be all anti-establishment and stuff and now you have this crap in here?

    Spiked Boy: ...

    ALa: What happens to the balance of the Universe when Hollywood, Hot Topic and all the little punk and Emo kids that are supposed to be anti-establishment start CHEERING for the establishment?! Doesn't that kinda undermine the whole rebellious thing and turn the world on its ass?

    Spiked Boy: Dude! That's like so true. I never thought of that before. Dude.

    ALa leaves the young enlightened boy to ponder the folly of his ways.

    *I have been saying for years that being a Conservative was now the 'punk' thing to be. Liberalism is so cliche and mainstream -and that's gotta really piss off every art major in every college across American! haha

    REALLY?! The MSM Pulled for Obama?!

    In a "shocking" move the ombudsman for the Washington Post has penned an article conceeding that the paper had an "Obama Tilt in the Coverage" Yeah, no shit Sherlock.

    "...But Obama deserved tougher scrutiny than he got, especially of his undergraduate years, his start in Chicago and his relationship with Antoin "Tony" Rezko, who was convicted this year of influence-peddling in Chicago. The Post did nothing on Obama's acknowledged drug use as a teenager.

    One gaping hole in coverage involved Joe Biden, Obama's running mate. When Gov. Sarah Palin was nominated for vice president, reporters were booking the next flight to Alaska. Some readers thought The Post went over Palin with a fine-tooth comb and neglected Biden. They are right; it was a serious omission. However, I do not agree with those readers who thought The Post did only hatchet jobs on her. There were several good stories on her, the best on page 1 by Sally Jenkins on how Palin grew up in Alaska..."

    And now all should be forgiven and *poof* they're credible again? You can't fancy yourself the fourth branch of government and then neglect each and every check and balance and retain credibilty...

    Happy Birthday USMC!

    "All U.S. Marines are gung-ho. But, few can match the vision and total commitment of the famous 13th Commandant, Gen. John A. Lejeune. In 1921 he issued Marine Corps Order No. 47, Series 1921.

    Gen. Lejeune's order summarized the history, mission, and tradition of the Corps. It further directed that the order be read to all Marines on 10 November of each year to honor the founding of the Marine Corps. Thereafter, 10 November became a unique day for U.S. Marines throughout the world." (source)

    Figured you guys would like this one:

    The size of a Marine's...

    The National Science Foundation announced the following study results on U.S. military recreation preferences:
    1. Sport of choice for Marines: bowling.
    2. Sport of choice for Sailors: football.
    3. Sport of choice for Soldiers: baseball.
    4. Sport of choice for Coast Guardsmen: tennis.
    5. Sport of choice for Airmen: golf.
    Notice how the farther down the list you go, the smaller their balls get. (source)

    AFSis had a great idea, calibrate by purchasing a toy (or a few) for Toys for Tots!

    UPDATE: What an awesome story for today!

    "A half-dozen off-duty Marines who raced through a burning motel on Sunday warning sleeping guests that it was on fire were hailed as lifesaving heroes... (Read the entire story)

    Friday, November 07, 2008

    "In the spirit of reaching across the aisle..."

    "For now, we have a new president-elect. In the spirit of reaching across the aisle, we owe it to the Democrats to show their president the exact same kind of respect and loyalty that they have shown our recent Republican president.

    Starting tomorrow, if not sooner."
    Ann Coulter, The Reign of Lame Falls Mainly on McCain

    ...She always seems to succinctly sum up what we're all thinking.

    Now the MSM Questions 'The One'?

    Charlie Rose & Tom Brokaw

    BROKAW: We don't know a lot about Barack Obama and the universe of
    his thinking about foreign policy.

    ROSE: I don't really know. And do we know anything about the people
    who are advising him?
    BROKAW: You know that's an interesting question.
    ROSE: He is principally known through his autobiography and through
    very aspirational (sic) speeches, two of them.
    BROKAW: I don't know what books he's read.
    ROSE: What do we know about the heroes of Barack Obama?
    BROKAW: There's a lot about him we don't know. (source)

    Charlie Rose & Newsweek Reporters (Evan Thomas and Jon

    MEACHAM: He's very elusive, Obama, which is fascinating for a man
    who's written two memoirs. At Grant Park he walks out with the
    family, and then they go away.
    ROSE: Mmm. Mmm-hmm.
    MEACHAM: Biden's back, you know, locked in the bar or something.
    ROSE: (haughty chuckle)
    MEACHAM: You know, they don't let him out. And have you ever seen a
    victory speech where there was no one else on stage?

    ROSE: Mmm.
    MEACHAM: No adoring wife, no cute kid. He is the messenger.
    THOMAS: There is a slightly creepy cult of personality about all
    I mean, he's such an admirable --
    ROSE: Slightly. Creepy. Cult of personality.
    THOMAS: Yes.
    ROSE: What's slightly creepy about it?
    THOMAS: It -- it -- it just makes me a little uneasy that he's so
    singular. He's clearly managing his own spectacle. He's a deeply
    manipulative guy.

    We were racist hate mongers for bringing up questions like 'Who is this guy?', 'Who does he look up to and associate with?' 'Is he an American citizen?', 'Where are all the papers he wrote while on the Harvard law review?"

    It's amazing to me the MSM is just starting to ask these questions now... CYA I guess.

    Thursday, November 06, 2008

    No Mandate & No Scapegoat Needed

    John McCain's loss on Tuesday was a respectable one. Given all that was going against McCain there should have been an Obama and Democratic landslide... And there wasn't.

  • Obama got to run against an opponent that refused to fight with the ammo that landed in his lap (despite what Colin Powell was saying). There were so many things I would have used in commercials and stump speeches that McCain never touched.

  • Obama may be the only President-elect to complete the election cycle with tough questions from only ONE reporter...Bill O'Reilly.

  • Obama received more free advertising than any political figure --appearing on numerous magazines each week.

  • Obama had the luxury of a despised incumbent president and a subsequent backlash on his party.

  • Obama enjoyed the benefit of high gas prices.

  • Obama admittedly enjoyed the benefits of a flailing economy, housing and job markets.

  • Obama played on many Americans wavering spirit when it comes to sticking it out though a war.

  • Obama had more money than any candidate ever --making a mockery of the Democrats ongoing pleas to have all candidates accept public financing.

  • Obama also greatly benefited from his "present" votes in the Senate and his virtual obscurity because he was able to pull off campaigning as if he was a right-of-center guy. First clue pundits were wrong about O! "governing from the center"? His appointment of "pitbull partisan" Rahm Emanuel as COS.

  • Obama had the press swooning over him from the second he completed his keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention.

  • Obama got to run against a candidate that had spent the previous four years pissing off his own party and alienating his base.

  • Anyone being honest would have to acknowledge that given all this going for Obama and against McCain...the popular vote should have never been as close as it was. The left should be more embarrassed than gloating that this was all 'The One' could pull out after all the 'help' he had.

    But what is McCain's camp doing? Marring this respectable loss by smearing Palin and making her a scapegoat. The aforementioned list is the scapegoat. Palin was a breath of fresh air and brought McCain votes that McCain-Feingold and Teddy Kennedy amnesty had list him.

    Any McCain staffer named for trashing Palin should be blacklisted from ever running a national campaign again. Not in some great allegiance to Sarah Palin, but for defacing what could have been a valiant effort in the face of impossible odds.

    Yo McCain staffers: Obama had the Presidency handed to him on a silver platter and he still had to work his ass ofF to get it --THAT should be the story, not that your feelings were hurt because Palin wouldn't sit down with you before her Katie Couric interview...

    Caption It...

    Caption military members as they learn who their new Commander in Chief will be (even more poignant when juxtaposed with other's reactions):

    Wednesday, November 05, 2008

    I've Never Liked Change

    I am sitting in bed, next to my sleeping husband and month old baby, listening to celebrating Obama supporters saying how America doesn't really know how he will govern because no one really knows him. That's really not to comforting (especially coming from Juan Williams and others like him...)

    I get it though. I too am a minority (and Black men could vote in this country before women could), so I understand how exciting it is to elect an African American to the White House after this country's past. I just really wish the candidate could have been one with experience and actual qualifications and not just the Cult of Personality.

    I'm not ashamed to say a few tears were shed in my house tonight...
    But then I started thinking, it might be nice to be on the offense instead of the defense for the next four years.

    I am grateful for one thing as the sun rises on President Elect Obama... The Man closed our small business last year and got a good job.

    What will those 53% of the country do with a Democratic President and a Democratic Congress...How will they go on when they can no longer Blame Bush!?

    ...Now it's our turn.
    Sent via BlackBerry from T-Mobile

    Tuesday, November 04, 2008

    Voting Lines vs. Starbuck's Lines

    I thought after wading through the union thugs growling as you refused their candidate's literature, I would live blog from the huge line. There was a pretty sizable line in 2004, and CNN kept saying how many new voters were coming out this time...

    But alas, no line. I was in and out of the voting booth with all three kids in tow in less than a minute- unlike B. Hussein who seemed to take longer than most mentally challenged individuals...

    So I am live blogging from a line, but not the voting line... The line at Starbucks to get my vanilla latte. They are giving free coffees to anyone that voted today, but I think their regular coffee is nasty...
    Try to avoid the seemingly inevitable...go vote.

    Sent via BlackBerry from T-Mobile

    Guest Post by Mr. Nimbus

    Once the Shouting is Over

    Over the last few months, people have been asking me how I was going to vote. It was a very tough question, as I felt that each candidate brought a lot of positive attributes to the table. If they govern by these attributes, we could all do well in the next four years.

    In addition, I sensed that both candidates truly loved their country, regardless of the partisan propaganda claiming otherwise. I further believed that either candidate would do their best to help this country out of a very tough place. How successful they are will depend on many things, the least of which is the partisan malaise that has infected almost every aspect of our culture.

    So - who did I vote for?

    Well, I found that I did not fully agree enough with either candidate enough to support them 100%. Additionally, I wanted to support a third party as I am sick and tired of having to deal with bi-partisan gridlock. I only wish more people would vote this way instead of "holding their noses" and remaining loyal to a party that has left them in the dust. I am completely aware that my 3rd party vote pretty much translates into a vote for Obama, as Vermont will easily go into the Blue column with or without my support. That is OK with me. My goal was to help a third party qualify for matching funds should they reach the magic 5%.

    I know most people disagree with this concept, but that is the beauty of this country - we are free to vote as our conscience dictates.

    So here is the million dollar question: After the polling places go dark, the news vans pack up and the final campaign drum roll fades into the distance... what happens next? Do we continue on with the mindless political divisions if our preferred candidate loses or do we actually step up to the plate and take one for the sake of the team?

    Even though I did not cast a ballot for either of the likely winners, I plan on unconditionally supporting whoever wins today. I hope all of you will do the same.

    The bottom line is that if we want to survive as a union, then we need to act like true citizens who share in a united vision of the greatness that IS America... warts and all, as opposed to sniping partisans who believe in only in their skewed and ego-centric vision of what America should be.

    -by Mr. Nimbus

    Guest Post by Zelda


    Levon wears his war wound like a crown

    He calls his child Jesus

    `Cause he likes the name

    And he sends him to the finest school in town

    Levon, Levon likes his money
He makes a lot they say

    Spend his days counting

    In a garage by the motorway

    He was born a pauper to a pawn on a Christmas day

    When the New York Times said God Is Dead

    And the war’s begun.
Alvin Tostig has a son today


And he shall be Levon
And he shall be a good man
And he shall be Levon

    In tradition with the family plan
And he shall be Levon
And he shall be a good man

    He shall be Levon


Levon sells cartoon balloons in town
His family business thrives

    Jesus blows up balloons all day

    Sits on the porch swing watching them fly

    And Jesus, he wants to go to Venus
Leaving Levon far behind

    Take a balloon and go sailing

    While Levon, Levon slowly dies...

    To anyone who has really studied philosophy, what I'm about to write will undoubtedly seem hopelessly amateurish, and I'll concede that right now. Philosophy interests me more and more lately, but I'm no scholar.

    If you haven't studied philosophy at all, it will most likely seem pretentious. That isn't my intention, but I'm not going to tell anyone what to think.

    I realize Elton John would probably faint dead away at this because I think he’s made it clear what an enormous erection he has for [Obama], but this song rather forcefully makes me think of an Obama administration. And since Bernie Taupin wrote the words, I'm not sure that even Sir Elton knows what they really mean.

    Now if you’ll briefly allow me a few liberties I’ll show you why I was a lit major instead of pursuing a more lucrative course of study and why the government should never, ever, finance students of the liberal arts.

    “Levon wears his war wound like a crown”

    Bearing in mind the theme of the Trinity in this song (Alvin Tostig, Levon, and Jesus), and Obama’s God/Messiah complex, Levon is Obama as President. He wears the scars of his political/"racial" battles like a crown of thorns.

    “He calls his child Jesus
`cause he likes the name
    And he sends him to the finest school in town

    He thinks he’s God. And I see America as the Jesus in the song. He’s promising us all the best, but promises do not mean results, and we just may end up on a cross.

    “Levon, Levon likes his money”

    Maybe not his money exactly. More like OUR money.

    “He makes a lot they say”

    He certainly will.

    “He was born a pauper to a pawn…”

    I don’t know about him being a pauper exactly, but certainly born to a pawn. Two pawns, actually. Both supporters of a cause that cared nothing about them.

    “…on a Christmas day
When the New York Times said God Is Dead”

    So now we get hot and heavy into Neitzche, and, I think, the meat of both the song and my interpretation.

    The song is from an album entitled "Madman Across the Water."

    Neitzche's famous quote (the famous headline was in Time Magazine, not the NYT), while attributed to his more widely known "Thus Spoke Zarathustra" was actually first stated in "The Gay Science." It was mentioned in three sections of the work, but Sec 125, where the idea was given the most detail is entitled "The Madman." And the words were spoken by an actual madman addressing atheists and agnostics.

    “God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? ….. What festivals of atonement, what sacred games shall we have to invent? Is not the greatness of this deed too great for us? Must we ourselves not become gods simply to appear worthy of it?”

    If you take Heidegger’s approach, that the “death” of God is actually the death of metaphysics and with it the concept of the Christian God, the idea has been both lamented and embraced. But it can’t really be argued that there hasn’t been a scramble to invent “festivals of atonement” and “sacred games” to stave off the nihilism Nietzche insisted was inevitable. The need to punish ourselves for our sins did not end with the “death” of the Christian God. The racial guilt evoked by Obama’s candidacy is just one manifestation, but his entire campaign and platform has seemed like one long festival of atonement.

    Obama's entire Messianic persona has been given to him by the god-killers, looking for a new god to make them worthy of having killed the old one.

    "And the war's begun"

    Certainly true, but maybe not the war everyone knows right now. There is an ideological war that will be lost if the god-killers gain permanent ascendence. Our rights and freedoms, inherent in the Constitution, are completely dependent on the idea that there is a Higher Power to which we are answerable. The government cannot control us because we are not answerable to them. Read The Federalist Papers, I beg you all.

    I see a relentless quest to destroy this idea without anything to replace it keeping our rights and freedoms intact. Even worse, I see the opposite. A deliberate destruction of the idea of a Higher Power in order for the government in the form of a god-king to gain control over everyone from business owners who will be forced to sacrifice their earnings, to the paupers who will find themselves completely dependent on the government and subject to it's every whim.

    "And he shall be Levon
    And he shall be a good man"

    It's the plaintive cry of those looking for a god-king. Projection will not make it so, but it doesn't stop the hopeful, even wistful chanting.

    But Levon is not actually a good man.

    Of course there is more of the song to interpret (most of it scarily appropriate), but I think exposed a bit of the center. Or at least the inner covering of the center.

    Feel free to skewer.

    -by Zelda, Sleeping Ugly

    Monday, November 03, 2008

    Final Thoughts?

    Here are some of mine...feel free to rant/vent/share yours:

  • Did you catch McCain on SNL this weekend?

  • I was thinking yesterday that the fact that this election has not been about security at all is a HUGE (though inadvertent) vindication for President Bush. His policies have been successful enough to erase these concerns from the national debate amidst threats and troops engaged in two different countries. Hopefully McCain won't pay the price for due diligence the way Winston Churchill did...

  • I was also wondering if all those people calling for "single payer health care"/"universal health care" (or whatever they're calling it these days) have tested the waters by going to a public clinic with their family...

  • Wondering why this is only been reported on now if it was said in January:

    "If somebody wants to build a coal power plant they can, it's just that it will bankrupt them because they are going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that's being emitted," Barack Obama said to the San Francisco Chronicle in January. (source)

  • I'm wondering...since apparently running a campaign (which B. Hussein didn't even do, his campaign manager David Plouffe did) for 19 months is now qualification for the highest job in the land...if my writing a resume (or just paying someone to do it for me) qualifies me for whatever job *I* want...?

  • Campaign line that actually gave me pause:
    John McCain spent more time as a POW at the Hanoi Hilton than Barack Obama has spent in the United States Senate.
  • Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) or “Card Check”

    I first posted about this in March of 2007 and then I graciously allowed a labor union lackey post a defense of the proposed legislation two days later.

    Given this is now being bandied about again in the countdown to the election, I figured I'd refresh your memory...

    "Organized labor, along with the vast majority of Democrats in Congress, have made the so-called Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), or “card check” bill, a top priority and are persuading candidates to pledge their support. This legislation would give organized labor an unfair advantage in union organizing at the expense of both employees and employers.

    *The misnamed Employee Free Choice Act, or “card check,” would strip away the right of 140 million U.S. workers to a federally supervised private-ballot election when deciding whether or not to unionize.

    *Under the card check system, union organizers would only have to gather signed authorization cards from a majority of the workers to claim union representation. Without the private ballot, workers who were intimidated or coerced into signing authorization cards would not have the ability to change their vote in private. The workers’ votes are made public to the employer, union organizers and coworkers. There is no privateballot election. There is no free choice.

    *All workers, in every industry, deserve the fundamental American right to a federally supervised private-ballot election. This right is guaranteed when they vote in political elections; there is no reason why they should surrender this right in the workplace." (source)

    You can find more info here:

    Caption It...

    Saturday, November 01, 2008


    As some of you may know, I used to be a HUGE Howard Stern fan... It's been forever since I listened. I was so grateful someone (thanks Jesslee!) sent me this because it just might be the most poignant piece of 2008 campaign fodder.

    This "social experiment" by Stern succinctly illustrates the SHEEP mentality and the mindless adherence of the Obamites. Everyone needs to hear this.