Saturday, February 28, 2009

Representin' for Philly...

You Are City

You prefer big lights and big dreams over the slow paced life of the country.

You crave excitement, and the city has many opportunities for you.

While you appreciate the peace and quiet of the country, it's a little too quiet.

You need lots people, culture, and action to feel truly alive.

I really am. The Man and I have talked about moving somewhere more rural SO many times... It is SOOOO expensive to live here on the East Coast and we could get so much more for our money elsewhere, but I know I couldn't do it.

*I* can complain about Philly, but when outsiders do I get pissed. (Aside from the cop killings and various other homicides) we are a cleaner NYC with incredible and easily accessible restaurants and shopping...and most likely I'll be here forever.


Continuting on an 'I'm ignoring the news and only posting shallow meaningless crap today' theme...

My girlfriend in Spain sent this Heineken commercial that's playing over there:


Should you be wondering who my new crush is these days (because I realize this is a pressing issue on your mind)...

It's chef Michael Psilakis. Sexy, Greek AND he can cook. Hopefully The Man will get reservations for one of his NYC restaraunts for our anniversary (hint, hint) :)

How good does THIS sound?!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Criticism Against Obama From Senior Democrat

...and, of course, former Grand Kleagle.

Obama did campaign for the aging Senator, so it should be interesting to hear how he fairs with his first open criticism from within his own ranks...and so soon after taking office. Even McCain waited a few months before disputing Bush.

"...Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.), the longest-serving Democratic senator, is criticizing President Obama’s appointment of White House “czars” to oversee federal policy, saying these executive positions amount to a power grab by the executive branch.

In a letter to Obama on Wednesday, Byrd complained about Obama’s decision to create White House offices on health reform, urban affairs policy, and energy and climate change. Byrd said such positions “can threaten the Constitutional system of checks and balances. At the worst, White House staff have taken direction and control of programmatic areas that are the statutory responsibility of Senate-confirmed officials.”

While it's rare for Byrd to criticize a president in his own party, Byrd is a stern constitutional scholar who has always stood up for the legislative branch in its role in checking the power of the White House. Byrd no longer holds the powerful Appropriations chairmanship, so his criticism does not carry as much weight these days. Byrd repeatedly clashed with the Bush administration over executive power, and it appears that he's not limiting his criticism to Republican administrations..." (Read the entire piece)

Not Immigration! ILLEGAL Immigration!

I realize it just doesn't have the same MSM headline effect to clarify that we are debating ILLEGAL immigration in this country right now. Leaving out that one word really does change the feel and sentiment of the whole story...therefore rendering what the press is spoon feeding the people a serious lack of journalistic integrity (we may think they have none anyway, but they hold themselves above the common folk in their own minds and circles)

"... An immigration showdown is brewing on Washington's Olympic Peninsula, where simmering tensions and borderline hostility have fueled a turf war between the local community and the Border Patrol agents assigned to protect it.

Now the American Civil Liberties Union has jumped into the ring and upped the ante, rolling out a campaign that will install signs [pictured] inside buses informing riders of their rights — to ignore Border Patrol agents.

The campaign, which could start as early as next week, is the latest in a series of expanding grassroots efforts aimed at curbing the expansion of Border Patrol forces and the powers of its agents.

Last summer the Border Patrol beefed up its presence in the region, and in October it began conducting random roadside stops at checkpoints located at and within the international border to combat, what it says, is a real threat to national security.

This move has put them at odds with human rights groups and even local law enforcement — some who have rejected federal immigration money to protest the Border Patrol's tactics.

The ACLU has joined forces with left-leaning groups around the state — lavender farmers, retirees, activists, grandparents, Socialists, Green Party members, politicians, Unitarians, Christians, vineyard owners, hippies and other assorted protesters — who say these measures have infringed on people's civil liberties.

They say Border Patrol agents spend their time rounding up illegal immigrants well inland of the border and wasting their resources and manpower by conducting immigration status checks on local buses and at random checkpoints on roads well inside the border..." (source)

...and I guess we arrive back at the same question that is posed about Club GITMO... If you are not an American citizen, are you afforded the same liberties and rights as if you were? Yes, you should be afforded HUMAN RIGHTS...but IMO those that knowingly broke our laws shouldn't be looking for protection under them.

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This painting is by artist Andy Thomas. I found prints of it and it's Democratic counterpart on Ebay...the Republican Presidents can't be found for under $350 and yet the Democrats go for about $140....hmmmmm. (H/T to Freeper frankenMonkey for posting this paining --I had never seen it)

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Our Tax Dollars and So-Called “Fiscal Responsibility”

The amount of wasteful spending in this stimulus is appalling...things my kids' grandkids will be paying for.

This from an administration that campaigned on the fact that they would CUT THE DEFICIT IN HALF IN TWO YEARS and that they WOULD GO THROUGH LEGISLATION LINE BY LINE TO ELIMINATE THE PORK.

Let's compile a list of all the waste since Obama doesn't seem to have time to do it:

-More than $1 million for so-called 'Mormon Crickets' in Utah

-$200K for tattoo removal in Los Angeles

-$443K for Beaver Management and Control in Mississippi"

-$2 million for the promotion of astronomy in Hawaii

-$250,000 for security cameras in business districts in Pittsburg

-$215,000 for Stony Brook University to teach scientists how to talk to the media

-$473,000 earmark for the racist group “La Raza” from Sens. Bingaman and Menendez

-$400,000 to combat bullying

-$75,000 for Totally Teen Zone to tell kids it’s okay to totally zone out with Wii and X Box

This SHOULD NOT be a partisan issue --this should be a people against the wasteful government issue and we should ALL demand the “fiscal responsibility” and the CHANGE that we were promised.

"Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), the ranking Republican member on the Senate Finance Committee, said of these entitlement programs and the White House summit, “The current administration inherited a $1 trillion deficit, and in just the first few weeks it added another $1 trillion to the debt with its economic stimulus bill. The bill included new and expanded entitlement programs, and if they’re made permanent, they’ll add at least another $2 trillion to the deficit. Looking ahead, we’re hearing from some people that we can’t reform government entitlement programs until we reform the entire health care system. The problems with our health care system need fixing, but for a lot of people, health care reform is code for spending more, not less.”

Grassley added, “American taxpayers are being asked to swallow a lot right now, and it brings to mind the old joke about Wimpy’s hamburgers. Wimpy said, ‘I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.’ There’s too much of that kind of attitude in Congress and the White House today.” (source)

The fact check on Obama's speech.

The Face(Book) of Addiction

"...Sheriff's officers said a 19-year-old man snatched a Starbucks customers laptop after being told he could not use it to check his Facebook account. According to officers, the man then grabbed the customer's laptop and ran out of the coffee shop, located in an outlet mall.

Two people in the parking lot tackled the man and held him there until a mall security guard arrived.

The victim got his laptop back and the man was charged Saturday with robbery by sudden snatching, a felony..." (source)

"Robbery by sudden snatching" --as opposed to Robbery by leisurely grabbing?
...And here I thought I knew some people with some internet addiction issues!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Equal Opportunity Caricatures...

"Outrage and protests continue to mount over The NY Post's controversial cartoon interpreted by many as comparing President Obama to a chimpanzee that was shot and killed by police in Stamford, Connecticut last week.

Reverend Al Sharpton on Sunday called for a special City Council hearing, urging the city to refrain from advertising in The Post.

The civil rights leader, along with other local lawmakers, is also asking for the FCC to review the waiver extended to News Corp and Rupert Murdoch, which allows them to own more than one television station and newspaper in the same city.

"I think that they have sadly tried to reduce this to some personal fight than to really understand the level of offense," Sharpton said at a press conference on Sunday. "It seems that we cannot have a true level of democracy in terms of how the newspapers and airwaves are used in this city."

The New York Post issued an editorial on its website last Thursday saying the cartoon was meant to mock the federal economic stimulus bill, and apologized to those who were offended by it..." (source)

Type "Bush + chimp" into Google and you get about 644,000 results...This pretty much renders the entire discussion about the NY Post cartoon moot.

I'd wager that it's the same Bush loathers that had animated .gifs of Bush morphing into a monkey as their icons on the Democratic Underground that are screaming about this...

And as a caller to Rush pointed out...Obama didn't write the bill. The monkey was meant to be Nancy Pelosi so this was sexist, not racist ;)

Here's One "Change"

Apparently now you can get pulled over for bumper stickers. If this had been the case under the Bush Administration it would have cost tax payers thousands for every hybrid on the left coast being pulled over daily...

"Police officers seized a sign saying "Abort Obama not the unborn" from a driver's pickup truck, but later returned it after supervisors decided the officers had been "overzealous."

Construction worker Hal Harrison said Thursday that U.S. Secret Service agents interviewed him at his home and walked through his house after police stopped him last week.

"The officer said, 'Do you know why I pulled you over?'" said Harrison, 53. "I said I had no idea, and he said that the sign could be construed by the Secret Service as a threat to the president.

"I thought, 'This is something from Nazi Germany, not in Oklahoma.'" He said he's no fan of Obama but that his homemade sign is a political statement opposing abortion, not a threat to the president..." (source)

If I had a screen printing machine (it's on my wish list) I'd be cranking out "Save a Baby Terminate the Presidency" shirts... Even in the SS came to my house, I'd have a good story :)

Peanut Sniffing Dogs

I fully expect to see a few of these patrolling the grounds of my kids' school...

"...It's one of the first in the world; A dog that can sniff out peanuts for people with severe allergies. A little girl in Monument is one of the first to get this type of allergy alert dog.

Rock-O is so sensitive to the smell, he can detect it even if peanut butter is sealed in a ziplock bag, and put in a cupboard. He sits when he smells it, and whines if you don't pay attention.

Service dogs cost anywhere from $10,000 to $15,000. Rock-O was free, paid for by donations. That's why Sherry heads Angel Service Dogs. That organization is hoping to raise enough money to provide these allergy alert dogs to kids all over the country..." (source)

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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Another Proud Father

This is taken from the site: The Stewardship Coach by Mark Brooks

A reason to rejoice and a proposal for the President February 21st, 2009

"Amidst all this bad news of the economy in my house at least there is good news. Our son in law, Captain Nick Cherry, is on his way home to Hawaii after spending 14 months in Iraq. In just a few hours he will be reunited with my daughter Amy and their two year old son, Jackson. This ends a 28 month period where we first saw our son Jon stationed in Baghdad followed by Nick’s 14 months. For the Brooks and Cherry households this weekend is one of rejoicing.

I am continually amazed by the resilience of this generation of Americans. It bears remembering that this is an all volunteer service. Too often we do not focus on the sacrifice of our men and women in uniform. Day in and day out they suffer through not only separation from loved ones but incredible dangers in often brutal conditions. They deserve our praise and gratitude.

They give campaign medals and ribbons to all our troops who serve in this war on terror. I truly think that wives should get a medal. To me they are unsung hero’s. While their loved one is away they have to keep households in tack, manage the finances, make major decisions alone and raise children essentially as a single parent. While family members and friends do what they can these amazing women carry an incredible burden that is being over looked if not ignored.

So, here is my idea. Why not create a medal of appreciation for spouses of those that have been deployed? If that seems too hard how about a day in their honor? What about if we gave them some bail out money to cover expenses? That is an extra tax I would gladly give to.

Mr. President, can we not come up with some tribute for these unsung hero’s who are making a valuable contribution to this war on terror?

Here is what I can do, I can say thank you to every wife, mother, father and child of a service member deployed. You are my hero’s. I don’t know any others but the ones in my family, so as for me my daughter Amy is today my hero. Thanks Amy you have made me proud!

Mark Brooks
Founder and President
The Charis Group

PS. Please pass this note along. Perhaps we can indeed get something started that will result in recognition of military spouses. Who knows it might even end up on President Obama’s Blackberry!"

RIP Socks

The Clinton's cat (that should have been named "Boots" for what the family did to him after Buddy came along) dies at 20.

I don't know why...but when I think of Socks I always think of Mo Rocca blaming Hillary's ill-fated health care plan on the poor cat:

"QUESTION: Haven't read your book yet, I'm sorry if you addressed this issue. When Bill Clinton became President, he had a cat. At a subsequent point in his term, he obtained a dog.

Was this a shrewd political move based on polling results, or a way to meet chicks?

Mo Rocca: Both. It was also a result of centrist Democrat displeasure with Socks the Cat. It was his urinary tract infection that inspired Hillary's ill-fated health care initiative. Buddy the lab (the most popular breed) was a perfect choice for a White House especially attuned to the polls." (source)

Friday, February 20, 2009

Open Letter From Rush to Obama

Dear President Obama:

I have a straightforward question, which I hope you will answer in a straightforward way: Is it your intention to censor talk radio through a variety of contrivances, such as "local content," "diversity of ownership," and "public interest" rules -- all of which are designed to appeal to populist sentiments but, as you know, are the death knell of talk radio and the AM band?

You have singled me out directly, admonishing members of Congress not to listen to my show. Bill Clinton has since chimed in, complaining about the lack of balance on radio. And a number of members of your party, in and out of Congress, are forming a chorus of advocates for government control over radio content. This is both chilling and ominous.

As a former president of the Harvard Law Review and a professor at the University of Chicago Law School, you are more familiar than most with the purpose of the Bill of Rights: to protect the citizen from the possible excesses of the federal government. The First Amendment says, in part, that "Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press." The government is explicitly prohibited from playing a role in refereeing among those who speak or seek to speak. We are, after all, dealing with political speech -- which, as the Framers understood, cannot be left to the government to police...(Read the whole letter)


"Talk radio icon Michael Savage is joining forces with a Michigan-based civil rights advocacy organization to protect free speech by fighting the return of the so-called "Fairness Doctrine." (Read the whole story)

The Left doesn't realize that if vowed enemies Savage and Limbaugh can come together for a cause...they are in serious trouble. ;)

All this comes on the heels of Democratic lawmakers alluding to the reinstatement of the "Fairness Doctrine" and new stories about how it could be used to "police the internet" as well (source)

Obama's spokesman is saying that Obama does not believe the Fairness Doctrine should be reinstated, but I don't think that answers our concerns. I think we need Obama to promise he would VETO the legislation should it pass over his desk.

Majority or Minority in Academia?!

"...Two of academia’s most controversial left-wing figures — ex-Weatherman Bill Ayers and fired University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill — will share a stage on the Boulder campus next month.

Three CU student groups recruited Ayers, a lightning rod of controversy during the 2008 presidential election, to speak at an academic-freedom rally just days before Churchill’s lawsuit against CU goes to trial.

“What we’re trying to show with this event is that Ward Churchill is not alone in this,” said Aaron Smith, a recent CU graduate and member of Students for True Academic Freedom.

The March 5 event, “Forbidden Education and the Rise of Neo-McCarthyism,” will be held at the Glenn Miller Ballroom, and also will feature author and activist Derrick Jensen. Co-sponsors include the Student Environmental Action Coalition and 180 Degree Shift at the 11th Hour.

Churchill is scheduled to participate in an audience question-and-answer session..." (source)

I'm sincerely hoping that the students that would waste precious beer-pong time to rally for anti-Americans like Ayres and Churchill are the vast minority...

I am all for free speech, but if a teacher can get fired for having pictures of herself with a beer on Facebook or My Space...the things Ward Churchill has done have to warrant firing --just the lying on the resume alone should be grounds...right?

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

The DNC, Abortion and the Bible

"... Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday told U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, a Catholic who supports abortion rights, that Catholic politicians have a duty to protect life "at all stages of its development," the Vatican said.

Pelosi is the first top Democrat to meet with Benedict since the election of Barack Obama, who won a majority of the Catholic vote despite differences with the Vatican on abortion.

The Vatican released remarks by the pope to Pelosi, saying Benedict spoke of the church's teaching "on the dignity of human life from conception to natural death." That is an expression often used by the pope when expressing opposition to abortion.

Benedict said all Catholics—especially legislators, jurists and political leaders—should work to create "a just system of laws capable of protecting human life at all stages of its development."

Pelosi could not immediately be reached after the 15-minute meeting, which was closed to reporters and photographers. The two met in a small room of a Vatican auditorium after the pope's weekly public audience.

A number of the bishops in the United States have questioned Pelosi's stance on abortion, particularly her theological defense of her support for abortion rights..." (source)

There are certain subjects that incur so much ire (and pain/guilt?) that it often stops me from posing them here in deference to people's feelings...

BUT, in my heart of hearts I can't help but question the Catholics and Christians that vote Democrat. Specifically the ones that vote for candidates that claim to be catholic and support abortion -like Pelosi...or claim to be Christian and support abortion -like Obama.

The abortion issue SHOULD BE huge to people that actually believe and strive to live by the teaching in the Bible. I can't see how one could remedy claiming to be a Christian and then voting for someone who would not only defend abortion in its earliest stages, but partial birth abortion AND denying care to living babies that are products of botched abortions (please don't say anything about Conservatives supporting the death penalty here...when people compare child murderers to an infant it's...well, infantile.)

This is not meant to be bombastic...and not meant to be red meat thrown to the masses... my honest inner self has wondered since November 4th about the people that call themselves Christians and pulled the lever for Obama...

Reactionaries VS. Conservationists

"Two separate studies through NASA confirm that since 2003, the world's oceans have been losing heat. In the peak of the recent warming trend, 1998 actually ranked 2nd to 1934 as the warmest year on record.
...A second, independent study was conducted. Takmeng Wong and his colleagues at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia came up with the same results. Wong studies net flux of solar energy at the top of our atmosphere. From the 1980s to 1990s his team noticed increased amounts net energy when comparing incoming solar energy to what Earth radiates and reflects. Since then, the solar flux has remained the same. Other studies have suggested that the sun's output has decreased in the past few years.
Wong's take is that melting arctic ice is responsible for the cooling of the oceans. I contend that if that were the case, why did it take until 2003 to show cooling, after a few decades of warming? Also, the UKMET office showed that Earth's temperatures have been cooling for the past five years. Since 75% of the planet is water, that would make sense. Just last week, I wrote about the arctic sea ice returning to 1979 levels just 1 1/2 years after the fear of the biggest summer ice retreat in 2007..." (source)

The Man and I are conscious of the need for Conservation. I have talked about this before and I wish there was a term for what we are...conservationists (or good stewards of the earth) that don't believe in man-made global warming/colling trends. We didn't start conserving when Al Gore told us to...we always have. We are Conservationists, not Reactionaries... The Global Warming people don't have to stop buying biodegradable diapers if they admit that the since they were relying on was faulty. They can still buy the 99 cent cloth bags at the grocery store. You don't have to buy into the fact that man has created the weather situation to believe that as inhabitants here we should conserve and preserve...

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

One Small Step for Socialism...One Giant Leap Back for The United States

"...Long regarded in the US as a folly of Europeans, nationalisation is gaining rapid acceptance among Washington opinion-formers – and not just with Alan Greenspan, former Federal Reserve chairman. Perhaps stranger still, many of those talking about nationalising banks are Republicans.

Lindsey Graham, the Republican senator for South Carolina, says that many of his colleagues, including John McCain, the defeated presidential candidate, agree with his view that nationalisation of some banks should be “on the table”.

Mr Graham says that people across the US accept his argument that it is untenable to keep throwing good money after bad into institutions such as Citigroup and Bank of America, which now have a lower net value than the amount of public funds they have received.

“You should not get caught up on a word [nationalisation],” he told the Financial Times in an interview. “I would argue that we cannot be ideologically a little bit pregnant. It doesn’t matter what you call it, but we can’t keep on funding these zombie banks [without gaining public control]. That’s what the Japanese did.”

Barack Obama, the president, who has tried to avoid panicking lawmakers and markets by entertaining the idea, has moved more towards what he calls the “Swedish model” – an approach backed strongly by Mr Graham. In the early 1990s Sweden nationalised its banking sector then auctioned banks having cleaned up balance sheets. “In limited circumstances the Swedish model makes sense for the US,” says Mr Graham.

Mr Obama last weekend made clear he was leaning more towards the Swedish model than to the piecemeal approach taken in Japan, which many would argue is the direction US public policy appears to be heading...." (Read the entire story)

Maybe I've been wrong for all these years, but I though privatizing MORE things was the goal of the GOP...not losing entities to government control...

...Hence the reason that over the past 3 years I have been gravitating more and more toward the Libertarian party.

Obama Immediately Evicts Churchill

This hasty act speaks volumes doesn't it...?

"...A bust of the former prime minister once voted the greatest Briton in history, which was loaned to George W Bush from the Government's art collection after the September 11 attacks, has now been formally handed back.

The bronze by Sir Jacob Epstein, worth hundreds of thousands of pounds if it were ever sold on the open market, enjoyed pride of place in the Oval Office during President Bush's tenure.

But when British officials offered to let Mr Obama to hang onto the bust for a further four years, the White House said: "Thanks, but no thanks."

Diplomats were at first reluctant to discuss the whereabouts of the Churchill bronze, after its ejection from the seat of American power. But the British Embassy in Washington has now confirmed that it sits in the palatial residence of ambassador Sir Nigel Sheinwald, just down the road from Vice President Joe Biden's official residence. It is not clear whether the ambassador plans to keep it in Washington or send it back to London.

American politicians have made quoting Churchill, whose mother was American, something of an art form, but not Mr Obama, who prefers to cite the words and works of his hero Abraham Lincoln. Indeed a bust of Mr Lincoln now sits in the Oval Office where Epstein's Churchill once ruled the roost..." (source)

I guess it would have been more appropriate for Obama to replace Churchill's bust with Neville Chamberlain's than Lincoln's. I wonder if with a bit of reading he'd actually prefer party flip-flopper Salmon P. Chase over Republican Abe Lincoln...?

Though, in Obama's defense, even though the Brits are offended the bust is a bit scary...

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The MSM and Obama

We now may have an explanation for the mainstream media's love affair with Barack Obama:

The job of Department of Transportation's director of public affairs and assistant to Secretary Ray LaHood has just been filled, by the Chicago Tribune's Jill Zuckman.

The chief speech writer job for Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner was also filled by a former Chicago Tribune reporter...Peter Gosselin.

Jay Carney, formerly of Time Magazine, is now chief speech writer for Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.

...And leading the short list for the next Surgeon General? CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta. (source)

Things that make you go Hmmmmmmm....

Meet Muzzammil Hassan, a "Moderate Muslim"

"...Muzzammil Hassan is the founder and chief executive officer of Bridges TV, which he launched in 2004, amid hopes that it would help portray Muslims in a more positive light..."

He even received an award from CAIR for his efforts (pictured above).

"Orchard Park police are investigating a particularly gruesome killing, the beheading of a woman, after her husband — an influential member of the local Muslim community — reported her death to police Thursday.

Police identified the victim as Aasiya Z. Hassan, 37. Detectives have charged her husband, Muzzammil Hassan, 44, with second-degree murder.

The killing apparently occurred some time late Thursday afternoon. Detectives still are looking for the murder weapon.

"Obviously, this is the worst form of domestic violence possible," Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III said today..." (source)

This was in NY...not the ME.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Right America: Feeling Wronged

First off... Do you think the Republican Party is "embarrassed by the base?" Do you think that we "try to hide" the people that are claiming that "Obama is the Antichrist" and "Obama is a socialist?"

I don't think so and I think this interview just elucidates the bubble that many New Yorkers and Left Coasters live in. We're not ashamed to be totally freaked out by Obama and we're not ashamed to be readers of Coulter or listeners of Rush and I'm sick of being treated as such...

"Oh, I know you voted for McCain, but you're not one of those freaky Conservatives that worships Rush and Ann Coulter."

Uh, yeah I am.

Maybe that's what you need to tell yourself to be my friend...but I have news for you--aside from Rush's misogynistic side that rears its ugly head ever so often, I can't think of anything the man and I disagree on. Ann says things in a bombastic manner that garners attention, but almost all the sentiments mirror my own.

Andrea Pelosi is a liberal and she is the spawn of Nancy Pelosi, but I like her and I like all the documentaries she's made... So I will be watching tonight as HBO premiere's her newest: Right America: Feeling Wronged.

At least she acknowledges that there are millions of people whose voices are not heard in the MSM and that, despite what you might believe now by looking around you, there were OVER 58 MILLION PEOPLE THAT DIDN'T VOTE FOR OBAMA.

Over 58 Million.

Guest Post by CyberTao

The Lawyer’s Full Employment Bill

"Thanks president Obama, for putting all the unemployed lawyers back to work. The legal industry has been hit hard by the recession, but that’s over now. What some people call the 1,100 page Stimulus bill is really the Lawyer’s Full Employment Bill.

Can you imagine how many lawyers its going to take to interpret it, explain it, write articles about it, find mistakes in it, be on talk shows about it? Then comes the regulations. Oh yes, any government agencies involved, like the White House Mall Sod Revitalization Administration, will want to write regulations, and who do you think will be writing them? Lawyers. After that we have the bidding process for the companies who want to revitalize the sod or build the skateboard park or supply the condoms. You have to have lawyers manage the process, but not to be greedy, maybe some accountants will be included as well.

Don’t forget the fun part, the litigation - suing the government on behalf of aggreived parties who are not getting their fair share, beneficiaries suing each other, and finally, everybody suing everybody else. This is the best thing for the legal community since ERISA!"

(You can read cybertao daily at Becoming Human)

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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day

...the boys are on the 5th day of their Amoxi and I'm on the 3rd day of my Z-Pac and...I can swallow without wanting to chop my own head off! Forget the Presidents...why doesn't Alexander Fleming have a holiday?!

Anyway, instead of a V-day quiz I decided to find out what GS cookie I would be... and it turns out that I'm my favorite. Go figure ;)

You Are Thin Mints

You are bold and brave. You dare to be different, and you are confident about who you are.

Your fearlessness has paid off. You are extremely well liked and popular.

You are charismatic and charming without even trying to be. People appreciate your unique take on life.

You are willing to take risks, speak your mind, and live life to the fullest.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Terrorism & Obama

"...President Obama clearly didn't do his homework before ordering the suspension of military tribunals to try terrorist suspects. We have learned that even his own legal counsel admitted that Mr. Obama erred in discussing details about terrorism with families of victims last week, and that the administration was ignorant of a key point that terrorists exploit to their advantage. In his rush to fulfill a campaign promise to his more fervid anti-war supporters, the president's legal oversights risk the disclosure of some highly classified information to terrorists...

...If nothing else, this admission of ignorance is more evidence that the decision to rush ahead with closing Guantanamo and shutting down the military tribunals was ill-conceived, poorly planned, and may ultimately be injurious to our national security. The president may talk a good game about "swift, certain justice," but it is becoming clear that justice will not be swift, is highly uncertain, and in the end may not even be just." (read the whole OpEd)

Vaccinate Your Children!

( my chiropractor says, "there's too many illegals not to.")

"A special court has ruled against parents with autistic children, saying that vaccines are not to blame for their children's neurological disorder.

The judges in the cases said the evidence was overwhelmingly contrary to the parent's claims — and backed years of science that found no risk.

More than 5,000 claims were filed with the U.S. Court of Claims alleging that vaccines caused autism and other neurological problems in their children. To win, they had to show that it was more likely than not that the autism symptoms were directly related to the measles-mumps-rubella shots they received..." (source)

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Don't Let Anyone Tell You This is Bush's Recession!

2001: Bush warned that Fannie & Freddie were a "potential problem" and that their practices could cause "strong repercussions in financial markets."

2003: White House warned Fannie & Freddie was a systemic risk that would spread beyond the housing sector. Bush was pushing Congress for a new federal agency to oversee Fannie & Freddie.

Who opposed it? Well, who else but Barney Frank saying that "Fannie and Freddie weren't in a crisis." he also said people were trying to "conjure up" problems that he "just didn't see" with "financially secure" institutions like Fannie and Freddie.

2005: Alan Greenspan said that Fannie & Freddie placed our entire financial institution at risk. But once again Fannie & Freddie had defenders from the Left. Chuck Shumer praised Fannie & Freddie's accomplishments.

In 2006 Senator John McCain sponsored legislation to oversee these lenders and gave a speech about the urgency of regulating Fannie and Freddie. ALL DEMOCRATS voted against is...and Obama did not weigh in (I guess that was a "present" vote).

Guest Post/PSA for Veterans: Please Read!

Asbestos is a highly unique mineral that was utilized throughout the 20th century by many military branches and industries in the United States. Asbestos exposure has affected various industries including the military, real estate, power generation and shipyards.

It’s qualities as fire resistant, versatile and durable nature paved the way for its uses as insulation in aircraft, vehicles and buildings. Asbestos appeared on most vessels used by the Navy and in shipyards. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs stated that out of the 25 million military veterans living today in the country, hundreds of thousands were exposed to asbestos while on service.

The asbestos industry transformed itself into a major enterprise around the turn of the 20th century. Substantial economic gain and thousands of employees paved the way for the asbestos scandal. Manufacturers, industries and the U.S. Navy were all aware of the dangers of asbestos. Evidence demonstrates that any information regarding the toxic components of asbestos was swiftly covered up. While the military created one of the most formidable and intense Navy fleets in the world, asbestos concerns were silenced during that time.

As many as four million service men and women worked in shipyards repairing and building giant vessels. Thousands of tons of asbestos were used as piping and boiler insulation aboard navigation rooms, sleeping quarters and mess halls in ships.

Although not all cases of asbestos exposure can lead to a related illness, frequent exposure will increase the possibility. The inhalation of airborne asbestos fibers can cause severe forms of asbestos lung cancer such as asbestosis and mesothelioma. Many symptoms of mesothelioma are similar to other disorders, making it especially difficult for physicians to diagnose. Mesothelioma metastasis can occur when the illness spreads through the lymph nodes or the blood stream.

This can occur in the disease later stages as it can take anywhere from 20 to 50 years for mesothelioma to develop, making it extremely difficult for physicians to accurately diagnose this disease. Mesothelioma treatment has varied affects on patients because once the disease has manifested, it is usually in the later stages of development.

Miscellaneous Exposure Settings

The World Trade Center attacks of September 11th, 2001 set about 2,000 tons of asbestos in the air and resulted in 62 percent of those caught in the dust cloud coping with respiratory problems. Natural disasters are also potential exposure settings. Hurricane Katrina damaged thousands of older asbestos containing homes. Almost three years after the storm, states of the Gulf coast region are still struggling to restore buildings and prevent asbestos exposure.

United States combat troops have been stationed in Iraq and face many extreme dangers on a daily basis. Aside from performing military operations, there is the potential threat of asbestos exposure. Over $194,000 worth of asbestos was imported into Iraq in 2003, documents reveal.

This presents a significant hazard for all soldiers stationed in the country because intense winds and desert sands can carry asbestos dust for long distances.

Military veterans and civilians who have developed an asbestos-related disease find themselves in a tough situation when attempting to receive assistance and benefits for their wrongful illness. The latency period involved with mesothelioma lasts anywhere from 20 to 50 years, allowing the disease to reach its later stages when physicians can diagnose the patient. Currently, mesothelioma is not readily recognized as a service-related medical ailment. However, veterans can apply for Veteran Affairs (VA) benefits for asbestos-related illness and must provide proof that their exposure occurred at the time of their military service.

Many Navy vessels, homes and public facilities could still harvest asbestos-laden materials in older construction materials, brakes, gaskets and clutches. The potential remains for another generation of veteran and civilian asbestos exposure. Individuals should be aware of the hazards involved with this obsolete substance and take the proper initiatives to avoid exposure.


How long has Huffpo been a part of the White House Press corps? Where have I been?

...And I do believe Helen Thomas just might be the ugliest women alive (and I don't feel bad saying that because she accentuates her God-given deficiencies with her hideous makeup and that ridiculous wig and her haggish demeanor).

Monday, February 09, 2009

So Very Sorry...

...That I voted for this shifty little RINO. I had my calculated reasons. I was wrong. I should have bit the bullet, voted my conscience and taken my chances with the actual conservative...Pat Toomey.

He needs to go.

He is part of this ridiculous "stimulus" package:

"...The legislation known as the "moderates" bill, hammered out over two days by Sens. Susan Collins, Ben Nelson, Joe Lieberman and myself, preserves the job-creating and tax relief goals of President Obama's stimulus plan while cutting less-essential provisions -- many of them worthy in themselves -- that are better left to the regular appropriations process.

Our $780 billion bill would save or create up to 4 million jobs, helping to offset the loss of 3.6 million jobs since December 2007. The bill cuts some $110 billion from the $890 billion Senate version, which would actually be $940 billion if floor amendments for tax credits on home and car purchases and money for the National Institutes of Health are retained.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the proposed cuts "do violence to what we are trying to do for the future," especially on education. Her objections are a warning to conservatives that more cuts would be unlikely to win House approval. They are also an admission of the high price that moderates have been able to extract for their support of stimulus legislation..." (source)

This is my question for a real financial person...

If the world were gloriously devoid of 24 hour news and politicians, and no one had been harping on how bad the economy was, and life went on as normal with people spending the way they always spend (instead of hoarding in fear)...would we be in the situation we are now?

Basically, how much of the "economic crisis" was spawned by constant talk of an economic crisis?

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Saturday, February 07, 2009

Words Associated With This Site

I came this site while I was messing around with my brother's laptop last night. These are the words that are used the most here on Blonde Sagacity--the bigger the word, the more it's used...

Anyway, I got a kick out of the top words:

America, Don't: Democratic, Hillary, Islamic, McCain, Iraq, Mulsim, Obama!

Friday, February 06, 2009

Fairness Doctrine Paranoia?

Each and every time the Fairness Doctrine is discussed, someone (or a few someones) from the left claim it's right-wing paranoia and that no one is looking to impose rules that would require radio stations to limit big money makers like Rush Limbaugh to give "equal air time" to big money losers like Air America DJs.

I disagree. I think they would love to impose their brand of "fairness" on talk radio. I also think they forget that EVERY THING else is dominated by them, so would we get equal time in the NYT or in Hollywood movies?

For those that think talk of the Fairness Doctrine is Conservative hype, read this:

"BILL PRESS: Yeah, I mean, look: [Right Wing Radio Hosts] have a right to say that. They’ve got a right to express that. But, they should not be the only voices heard. So, is it time to bring back the Fairness Doctrine?

: I think it’s absolutely time to pass a standard. Now, whether it’s called the Fairness Standard, whether it’s called something else — I absolutely think it’s time to be bringing accountability to the airwaves. I mean, our new president has talked rightly about accountability and transparency. You know, that we all have to step up and be responsible. And, I think in this case, there needs to be some accountability and standards put in place.

BILL PRESS: Can we count on you to push for some hearings in the United States Senate this year, to bring these owners in and hold them accountable?

SENATOR DEBBIE STABENOW (D-MI): I have already had some discussions with colleagues and, you know, I feel like that’s gonna happen. Yep." (source)

An interesting little aside to Senator Stabenow is that her husband is (drum roll please) a liberal talk radio executive. And, though it has no real bearing on the story, you should be aware of the fact that this liberal husband of a liberal Senator was involved in paying for sex and having the poor, young girl just trying to get money for her electric bill sent to prison as he walked... So, using the tenets of the Fairness Doctrine, does a Conservative now get a prostitution pass?

Still Happening?

How is it that your average junkie on the street knows not to share needles, but these nurses f**k it up?
Unsafe injection practices are one of the leading causes of infections in doctors' offices, outpatient clinics and long-term-care facilities, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although most health-care workers are aware of the dangers of reusing needles, other injection guidelines aren't always followed, including disposing of syringes after each use. Contaminated shots can lead to transmission of such diseases as hepatitis and HIV, along with other viral and bacterial infections.

If you suspect that I am agitated about this, you are right! I mean, what the heck? I am old enough, just barely, to have started my training when you would run across the occasional glass syringe or stainless steel syringe that were meant to be sterilized and reused. STERILIZED and reused, not just rinsed or just plain reused. I do remember seeing people reuse syringes without sterilizing them, but they were breaking the rules, as are these people.

However, since then, the only places you will find glass syringes or reusable needles are in museums or collections. There is absolutely no excuse for anyone in the health care field to reuse a syringe or, God forbid, a needle. Even if it just to flush a line. You aren't going to save an appreciable amount of money unless you reuse a syringe a couple of thousand times. Heck, it probably won't last that long. These things are inexpensive and made very cheaply.

Maybe these clinics can sign up for a needle exchange program!

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(In case a Lefty praying threw you off...that's Harry Reid...)

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Civil Disobedience

Join the Civil Disobedience.
Since my single, solitary vote is nothing more that a BB in a machine gun world, I intend to start practicing civil disobedience. In the case of Treasury Secretary Geithner, I am going to have a rubber stamp made that says "Tax Cheat!" in block letters. Every time I see a piece of paper currency with Geithner's signature on it, I am going to stamp over his name with my Tax Cheat stamp. Sure, this action is just as futile as my vote, but eventually maybe others will reach the same conclusion that I have: it is far past time to make our voices heard.

Obama's Tax Evaders

You would think someone that subscribed to the tenets of socialism would be a bit more concerned with those that skirt paying the taxes that support all those social programs...

Here is a great OpEd that deals with this issue:

There are multiple lessons to be gleaned by President Barack Obama from the withdrawal Tuesday of former Sen. Tom Daschle as the White House nominee for secretary of the Health and Human Services Department. Here are four:

- What usually works in Chicago to quell ethics controversies doesn’t wash in the nation’s capital... (cont.)

- Having made strong public defenses of two of your three major nominees with tax problems, you have become a defender of Washington’s business-as-usual culture and given up the opportunity to portray yourself as the man who was going to bring change to the Potomac...(cont.)

- The bigger and more pervasive government becomes, the more difficult it is to find qualified, talented people to serve in high positions who don’t have multiple conflicts of interest. (cont.)

- The federal tax code must be shorn of its bewildering complications, exemptions, deductions and credits so that every taxpayer can pay either with a flat tax return the size of a postcard or a reformed version of the present system. (cont.) (source)

Men are from Mars and This Woman is from Hell

...or at least headed there.

"...A mother murdered her only child after being told by her boyfriend: 'It's her or me.'

Penny Boudreau strangled 12-year-old daughter Karissa after Vernon MacCumber threatened to end their affair because he did not get on with the girl.

Boudreau drove her daughter to a deserted wooded area, knocked her to the ground and strangled her, a Canadian court heard.

The heartless mother ignored her terrified daughter's cries of 'Mummy, don't!' as she pinned her down and wrapped a rope around her neck, prosecutor Paul Scovi said.

She then drove to a nearby river and pulled her daughter's trousers partly off to make it look as if she was the victim of a sex attack, before rolling her into the water.

Boudreau later claimed her daughter had gone missing after they had an argument and made TV appeals for her return. Two weeks later Karissa's body was found on the banks of the river.

Boudreau was caught by undercover officers posing as gangsters offering to destroy any evidence police had against her. She was charged with murder in June last year..." (source)

Her Richard Belzer-esque boyfriend didn't like her she killed her!? It's a daughters prerogative duty to disapprove of her mother's's like a biological check and balance. I not even really sure what else to say...

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Now *Eating In* Isn't Safe Either...

Just yesterday a friend told me that he's now 'bouncing' at a local restaurant/bar that I've been dying to try... "DO NOT EAT THERE!" he practically yelled as I informed him of my intentions. I know people that have worked in too many of the restaurants in the area and it's seriously cramping my eating out choices: Olive Garden is out, Nifty Fifties is out, Friendly's is out, Taco Bell out and I even know someone that claims they used to pee in the Henny Penny fryer at Chic-Fil-A. Ugh. My brother worked at Jones (owned by Steven Starr) and still eats there, which is great because that's one of my favorite places in Philly.

But now eating in doesn't even guarantee you'll be eating pest-free foods...

"...Prather describes a building in which roaches were a constant problem, saying, "Roaches get up there in the dry roast. Some of them blend in with the peanuts. You'd never know they're there."

Health inspectors also noticed roaches as they searched for the source of the salmonella, saying, "A live roach and several dead roaches were observed in the firm's wash room."

But, three or four months ago, Prather says, he saw the rat "dry roasting in the peanuts."

He says he also frequently saw rat droppings in the area where peanut products were made, where Prather worked..." (source)

I think I need to start growing my own food...

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Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Obama Hypocritical on First "Women's Issue"

"President Barack Obama, keeping a campaign pledge, signed a law Thursday to make it easier to sue employers for pay discrimination.

Women who worked on Obama’s Senate staff last year, however, were themselves paid on average 78 cents for every dollar a man was paid, according to data last year from the Report of the Secretary of the Senate.

The data, analyzed by, showed that in the period from Oct. 1, 2007, through March 31, 2008, Obama paid women on his Senate staff an annual average salary of $44,953.21. That was $12,472 less than the $57,425 average annual salary that then-Sen. Obama paid men..." (source)

Now, if you'll remember we knew this before O! was elected. We also knew that the Republican paid his women staffers more AND had more women staffers.

Of course I 100% agree that women should be paid the same amount as a man if they are doing the same job --anything else is absurd. However, that being said, I do not believe that women should be able to now sue employers for 'reparations.' This would be such a blow to companies that other women could lose their jobs to absorb the blow...therefore defeating the purpose.

I guess we should be keeping some sort of 'mortal sins' list to see how much the press allows Obama to get away with --it was be nice to see the end of the honeymoon on paper.

(...and speaking of getting away with murder in the press, did you know O! has appointed 17 lobbyists!?)

Reason #7,942 Why Sex Offenders Should Be Killed Upon Conviction

"...A convicted sex offender pleaded guilty Monday to raping a 6-year-old boy at a Massachusetts public library last year while he was on probation.

Corey Deen Saunders, 27, entered the plea Monday to child rape and related charges. He was arrested Jan. 30, 2008, after luring the boy to the magazine stacks in the New Bedford library while the child's mother worked on a computer just a few feet away.

At a court hearing last year, prosecutors played a videotaped interview in which the boy told a child welfare official the assault was like being attacked by a "T-rex and an alligator."

At the time, Saunders was on probation after serving four years in prison for the attempted rape of a 7-year-old boy.

Saunders had been released in 2006 despite objections from prosecutors, who are allowed under state law to ask that sex offenders be locked up indefinitely after completing their prison terms. Three psychologists supported the commitment request, but the judge granted him probation, citing his lack of sexual crimes while in prison." (source)

I hope this case has caught Bill O'Reilly's attention and that this judge is made to take accountability for this disastrous decision!

At My Local Barnes & Noble...

...I was tempted to inquire whether the store had showcased a similar spiffy display in 2000 or 2004.

Monday, February 02, 2009

Superbowl XLII or MTV circa 1987?

The Man and I watched the 4th quarter of last night's game because we needed to know the final score to see if he won his work's pool (he won $100 btw!) And I have to admit that it was quite entertaining (as much as overweight men in tights rolling on top of each other can be...) I actually wanted the Cardinals to win because I like Kurt Warner (and was getting really sick of people saying how old he is...he was born one month before me!).

...But the real question is: What is with all the hair?! These guys look ridiculous! If they wanted hair halfway down their backs they should have picked up a guitar instead of a football. One of the cardinals (not Larry Feinstein or whatever his name is, the one that did the showboating pose after he took out Pittsburgh's quarterback) looks like a LOTR's Uruk-Hai because of his hair--bet he'd cut it if someone told him that! And the one on the Steelers with the long frizzy locks might have missed the last pass thrown to him because his flyaways flew on his face.

So there you have it, I guess you can't have a news blog and not talk about something as big as the this was this woman's take on Superbowl 43 --the abundance of hair obscured the game :)

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