Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Sarah Palin Was Too Pretty?

"...In a paper just published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, psychologists Nathan Heflick and Jamie Goldenberg of the University of South Florida describe an experiment they conducted... Building upon 1980s research suggesting attractive women in high-status jobs are perceived as less competent (a finding that has been challenged in recent years), they examined whether Palin’s sex appeal — the subject of endless media chatter in the weeks after she joined the ticket — hindered her ability to make the case she was up for the job.

“It wasn’t her appearance per se” that soured people on Palin, Heflick said in an interview. “It was the effect her appearance had on their perception of her competence and humanity. Those variables made people less likely to vote for her.”

Heflick noted that all the self-proclaimed Democrats participating in the exercise indicated they were voting for Obama. So at least in this sample, it was Republicans and independents who were internally debating Palin’s suitability for the job. The study suggests that their confidence in her abilities may have decreased the more they focused on her looks — and thus, in feminist terms, objectified her..." (Read the whole sad story here)

I know, I know...Hoss hates when I'm a feminazi...but please tell me how any woman can read this without having her head explode? It's still hard enough for me to stomach the fact that America summarily rejected the idea of a woman in either of the top two seats of power...and instead chose an utterly unqualified man; but now I have to add to that a sinking realization that being pretty was a factor in that rejection?

The NYT Was Watching Out For Obama

I'm beginning to feel like the task of pointing out all the hypocrisy and double standards being perpetrated by the MSM is painting me as a whiner. I should be immune to it by now, but I find myself constantly confounded at the blatant bias --and infuriated at the blanket denial that it even exists. It's becoming exceedingly frustrating...

"...A lawyer involved with legal action against Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) told a House Judiciary subcommittee on March 19 The New York Times had killed a story in October that would have shown a close link between ACORN, Project Vote and the Obama campaign because it would have been a “a game changer.

...Ms. Moncrief told Ms. Heidelbaugh the [Obama] campaign had asked her and her boss to “reach out to the maxed-out donors and solicit donations from them for Get Out the Vote efforts to be run by ACORN.”

Ms. Heidelbaugh then told the congressional panel:

“Upon learning this information and receiving the list of donors from the Obama campaign, Ms. Strom reported to Ms. Moncrief that her editors at The New York Times wanted her to kill the story because, and I quote, “it was a game changer.”’

Ms. Moncrief made her first overture to Ms. Heidelbaugh after The New York Times allegedly spiked the story — on Oct. 21, 2008. Last fall, she testified under oath about what she had learned about ACORN from her years in its Washington, D.C. office.

“The New York Times keeps going over the line in every single campaign and last year was the worst, easily,” said Mal Kline of the American Journalism Center. “They would ignore real questions worth examining about Obama, the questions about Bill Ayers or about how he got his house. Then on the other side they would try to manufacture scandals.”

Mr. Kline mentioned Gov. Sarah Palin was cleared by investigators of improperly firing an Alaska State Trooper, but went unnoticed by The Times..." (Read the entire story)

Re-Naming the GWOT

"...The (Obama) administration has stopped using the phrase and I think that speaks for itself. Obviously," Clinton told reporters traveling with her to The Hague for a conference on Afghanistan, which Bush called part of his "global war on terror."

"I have not heard it used. I have not gotten any directive about using it or not using it. It is just not being used," said Clinton when asked whether the term had been officially dropped by the Obama administration.

Clinton has said one of her main roles as top U.S. diplomat is to improve the U.S. image abroad, particularly after the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003..." (source)

I'm glad to hear this --I never liked the Phrase "Global War on Terror" because it was too flimsy and non-committal.

I think we should take this opportunity to help Secretary of State Clinton out and suggest new names for our ongoing struggle...and I'll send them along with our questions for Obama in one big email to the White House. :)

Monday, March 30, 2009

No More "Freedom Tower"?

"...The Port Authority is taking the "Freedom" out of the Freedom Tower.

Although the 1,776- foot tower hasn't been fully built, funded or leased - and won't be occupied until 2014 - the agency decreed Thursday it will no longer be called the Freedom Tower. It will simply be known as 1 World Trade Center.

"As we market the building, we will ensure that it is presented in the best possible way - and 1 World Trade Center is the address that we're using," said PA Chairman Anthony Coscia..." (Read the entire story)

I am torn about this story. Part of me thinks this move denotes cowardice (or will be perceived that way on the 'Arab street'), but a smaller part of me wonders if keeping 'Freedom' in the name would unnecessarily tempt fate...especially with a Dovish CIC at the helm?

Global Warming in Action?

This is a picture of the hail that covered my lawn yesterday...each piece was bigger than a Peanut Butter Captain Crunch.

I think I would like to discuss with failed Presidential candidate Al Gore the subtle implications of giant balls of ice plummeting Philadelphia at the end of March...mere hours after the close of Earth Hour...

He has to be pissed. All this coldness, ice and snow might put a damper on his impending Global Warming book release.

The public is finally starting to question the MSM:

"Although a majority of Americans believe the seriousness of global warming is either correctly portrayed in the news or underestimated, a record-high 41% now say it is exaggerated. This represents the highest level of public skepticism about mainstream reporting on global warming seen in more than a decade of Gallup polling on the subject." (3/11/2009 Gallup Poll)

Please conserve, recycle and be as green as you can...but do it as a good steward of the Earth --not because Al Gore told you that man has the power to change the weather.

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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Turn Your Lights ON for "Earth Hour"

While the rest of the planet is playing into the massive, money-making Green Machine and turning off their lights tonight at 8:30pm --be a rebel and turn all of yours on!

Let's exercise our freedoms while we still can! Okay, that might have been a little over-dramatic...how about, let's mess up their Google earth pics and piss them off! :)

But if you thought *I* was being overly dramatic, listen to this:

"This year, Earth Hour has been transformed into the world’s first global election, between Earth and global warming...Your light switch is your vote!"

Saturday, March 28, 8:30-9:30pm. (your local time)

Turn 'em ON outlaws!!!! :D

Friday, March 27, 2009

The Employee "Free Choice" Act & Union Thuggery
Card Check in Action

The UAW was allowed to use Card Check to try to unionize a small, auto parts shop in Indiana by public ballot. This is how it turned out:

"President Barack Obama supports the bill. An original co-sponsor of the Employee Free Choice Act, Obama urged his Senate colleagues to pass the bill during a 2007 motion to proceed:

"I support this bill because in order to restore a sense of shared prosperity and security, we need to help working Americans exercise their right to organize under a fair and free process and bargain for their fair share of the wealth our country creates."

"I will make it the law of the land when I'm President of the United States", he told a labor federation meeting in April, 2008. While Obama didn't talk about this issue much before general audiences, it was his main promise when he spoke to unions.[18] (source)

The "Freedom of Choice" Act has about as much freedom of choice as the Fairness Doctrine has Fairness...

Congress Disses Bloggers?

Congress is considering laws that would protect journalists and their sources...but, now that blogging has proven far more than a passing fancy, the question of 'who qualifies as a journalist' must come into play:

"...The House version, on the other hand, puts limits on who is covered in a way that potentially leaves most bloggers and many others outside the protective zone of the shield. From the bill:

The term "covered person" means a person who regularly gathers, prepares, collects, photographs, records, writes, edits, reports, or publishes news or information that concerns local, national, or international events or other matters of public interest for dissemination to the public for a substantial portion of the person's livelihood or for substantial financial gain and includes a supervisor, employer, parent, subsidiary, or affiliate of such covered person.

"Substantial" isn't defined, but one would assume that many bloggers, student journalists and even those who freelance for magazines or papers that pay poorly, could have a hard time utilizing the protections afforded by the bill, should this version become law..." (source)

I don't consider myself a journalist...more like a journalists' Cliff Notes or an OpEd writer, but there are more and more Bloggers that are publishing original content. There are also Bloggers that are earning their "livelihoods" with the revinue from their Blog. The Representatives in the House need to realize it's only going to get harder to legally differentiate between an Blogger and a journalist...

...And further more, doesn't it show a greater commitment to "news or information" that some of us have done this for 5+ years for free?!

Chris Jericho Slams Obama

Thankfully my boys aren't into WWE (don't you still want to call it WWF?) Wrestling... My brothers used to watch it back in the Hulk Hogan -Andre the Giant days, but now Monday nights just mean that House and NCIS reruns will be preempted by "Monday night Raw."

That being said, the other day TMZ was talking to Chris Jericho (who I liked much better when his hair was long...not that I know who he is or anything) and they had this witty little exchange:

[TMZ]: "You're a wrestler ... so, do you think you have better abs than Barack Obama?"

Chris Jericho: "As of right now I have better abs ... but pretty soon he's gonna take 65% of my abs away from me and give 'em to somebody else." (source)


Open For Questions

I thought in lieu of a Friday "Caption It" we could ask Obama our own questions...

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Obama on the "Wrong Track?"

Anyone that's been reading here for a while knows how much I hate the "Is this country headed in the wrong direction" polls --this is a question that requires the "Why?" followup before it can be used as political ammunition as far as I'm concerned...

Every week during Bush's time in office we had to hear how many people thought the country was headed in the wrong direction, but I had to search this morning to discover that 55% of Americans think that this country is headed in the wrong direction...

We KNOW why people think this now...let's look at Obama's economy using a great new tool for Conservatives: AskHeritage.com

"During his presidential campaign, President Barack Obama promised the American people a "net spending cut."1 Instead, he signed a "stimulus" bill that spends $800 billion, and he has proposed a budget that would:

* Increase spending by $1 trillion over the next decade;
* Include an additional $250 billion placeholder for another financial bailout;
* Likely lead to a 12 percent increase in discretion­ary spending;
* Permanently expand the federal government by nearly 3 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) over pre-recession levels;
* Raise taxes on all Americans by $1.4 trillion over the next decade;
* Raise taxes for 3.2 million taxpayers by an average of $300,000 over the next decade;
* Call for a pay-as-you-go (PAYGO) law despite offering a budget that would violate it by $3.4 trillion;
* Assume a rosy economic scenario that few econo­mists anticipate;
* Leave permanent deficits averaging $600 billion even after the economy recovers; and
* Double the publicly held national debt to over $15 trillion ($12.5 trillion after inflation).2

Before the recession, federal spending totaled $24,000 per U.S. household. President Obama would hike it to $32,000 per household by 2019— an inflation-adjusted $8,000-per-household expan­sion of government. Even the steep tax increases planned for all taxpayers would not finance all of this spending: The President's budget would add trillions of dollars in new debt.[1][2]

Yet, the President's budget may even understate future spending and deficits..." (Read More)

If you "don't trust" the scholars at the heritage Foundation, you could always reference MSM's AP article entitled FACT CHECK: Obama having it both ways on economy?

I don't want to be all alarmist like those on the Left have been for the past eight years, but I really am scared. A "war for oil" can't collapse America as we know it...but this socialist, money printing "stimulus" can...

My Biased Barnes & Noble

Yes I know, I complain about my local Barnes & Noble all the time...with their giant table-shrine to Obama and their stereotypical Birkenstock wearing, unkempt beard having personnel...

But what's a girl to do when she doesn't want to wait for a book to come via snail mail (and I have to say that after years of satisfaction, my last two interactions with Amazon.com have been less than fruitful!)?

So I talked my oldest into taking a ride and made my way over to my B&N for a venti, decaf vanilla latte and Mark Levin's new book Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto.

Alas, the book was no where to be found.

At the information desk I asked the sales associate, we'll call him Seth, why I couldn't find Levin's new release. Seth, who I swear was wearing wool socks and Birkenstocks, found the book on his computer and turned the monitor my way...as if needing irrefutable proof I was indeed inquiring after a Conservative Manifesto.

"Is this the book?"
"Well," his voice drops, "we wouldn't have ordered many of those."
I jab my index finger right into his flat screen monitor at the "sales ranking #1" and ask, "And why is that?"
He mumbles incoherently...probably remarking on the fact that he now has my fingerprint for my FBI Conservative outlaw file...Then offers to "call another store."
"Forget it Seth," I said, which must have baffled him as I have no idea what his name really was, "I'll get it from Amazon."

...but I wanted it yesterday! I know Dad, if I had your Kindle, I could "have" the book in "under a minute." But I like to have the physical book in my hands... But now I might get it...just to spite Barnes & Noble and all the Seths that the Kindle will put out of work!

Worst School Ever?

There are mistakes...and then there are mistakes.

"...A couple mourning their dead teenage daughter were sent a letter by her school two months later blasting her poor attendance.

The note threatened to ban Megan Gillan, 15, from her year-end prom unless she stopped playing truant.

...A school spokesman apologized and told the Manchester Evening News, "that letter should not have gone out," and blamed it on a "software error." (source)

If there was ever an instance that warranted the saying "rubbing salt in the wounds..."

(H/T: Liz)

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

What Happened to the Articulate Savior?

Broken promises. Serious gaffes. Teleprompter malfunctions. What is happening to The One?

First off...I could link to SO MANY articles and stump speeches in which Obama is chastising "Bush's signing statements." But now that he's in the Oval Office is he doing the exact thing he railed against?
"...President Obama failed to consult Congress, as promised, before carving out exceptions to the omnibus spending bill he signed into law — breaking his own signing-statement rules two days after issuing them — and raised questions among lawmakers and committees who say the president's objections are unclear at best and a power grab at worst..." (source)

Then there's the fact that the White House seems to still be dog-less (which truthfully is better for which ever little girl is allergic --I am proud to say I don't remember his daughters' names...wait, Sasha and Aliya? Anyway, I worked at a vet for 9 years and there is really no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog no matter what people say...) I think the Obama's started talked about a dog when the polls showing the multi-pet McCain family leading the petless Brack in polls.

As for gaffes...the Jay Leno "Special Olympics" remark was pretty bad for the President of the United States to make. Almost as bad as the classic moment when Joe Biden told wheelchair-bound State Senator Chuck Graham to "stand up."

Throw another bucket of water on him... He's Mmmmeelllttinnggg.

A Hairy Predicament in New Jersey

"...New Jersey may ban the Brazilian bikini wax as a health hazard.

The state Board of Cosmetology and Hairstyling will meet April 14 to decide whether to ban genital waxing, a procedure made popular in Brazil to accommodate skimpy thong bikinis, the Associated Press helpfully points out. Normal bikini waxes would still be permitted.

The Philadelphia Daily News quotes Jeff Lamm, a spokesman for New Jersey's Division of Consumer Affairs, as saying the proposal was prompted by complaints to the board from two women who were injured and hospitalized.

The AP quotes skin care experts as saying genital waxing can be dangerous in that the hot wax can irritate or tear delicate skin in the bikini area, resulting in infections, ingrown hairs and rashes..." (source)

I, of course, would argue that the LACK of hair is much more hygienic...not to mention aesthetic. But once again we have the lowest common denominator dictating what happens to the rest of us. So two women probably went in to a salon with a circa 1972 Studio 54 situation going on down there and then had a skin reaction. Most women have skin reaction to waxing (regardless of where on the body it takes place) the first time. Now the entire Jersey shore needs to be punished...and hairy? Thankfully I already booked my house in OBX ;)

(H/T: Liz)

Monday, March 23, 2009

What Will Sean Penn (and the Rest of Hollywood) Do?

...Now that his hero Hugo Chavez has called the Messiah an "ignoramus?"

"...Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez said on Sunday his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama was at best an "ignoramus" for saying the socialist leader exported terrorism and obstructed progress in Latin America.

"He goes and accuses me of exporting terrorism: the least I can say is that he's a poor ignoramus; he should read and study a little to understand reality," said Chavez, who heads a group of left-wing Latin American leaders opposed to the U.S. influence in the region.

Chavez said Obama's comments had made him change his mind about sending a new ambassador to Washington, after he withdrew the previous envoy in a dispute last year with the Bush administration in which he also expelled the U.S. ambassador to Venezuela..." (source)

Though, being fair...Penn has never been that impressed with Obama's voting record. ...And here I didn't even know he had one.

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Sunday, March 22, 2009

What Makes You Groove?

Your Taste in Music:

Nineties: Highest Influence

Classic Rock: High Influence

Punk: High Influence

Alternative Rock: Low Influence

Eighties: Low Influence

Friday, March 20, 2009

Obama's (Ongoing) International Embarrassment

As if Barack and Michelle Obama presenting the leader of our closest ally with DVDs and toy boats (after returning the UK's Winston Churchill bust within moments of commandeering the Oval Office) wasn't embarrassing enough...

I assumed everyone realized DVDs had different zones. It shouldn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that movies come out in the US months before they are released in Europe --if ours worked overseas, what would stop Americans from cashing in before the actual release over there? Common sense, right? Apparently not.

"...British newspapers earlier this month made hay out of the supposedly unequal exchange of gifts between the two leaders during Brown's visit to Washington. Brown gave an ornamental pen holder with an indirect tie to the Oval Office desk — both items were made from the timber of sister ships — and a first-edition set of a seven-volume biography about Winston Churchill.

Obama responded with a DVD set featuring 25 classic American movies. "About as exciting as a pair of socks," declared The Daily Mail.

Now it turns out Brown can't play the discs because of region-specific limitations, The Daily Telegraph reports.

DVD players are coded to limit themselves to material meant for specific geographic areas. The United States and Canada are Region 1. Western and Central Europe are Region 2.

Players sold in one region aren't supposed to play discs sold in another. Had the same sort of protection applied to Brown's gift, Obama would need a special key sold only in Europe to open the Churchill books..." (source)

As of right now there are only 15 stories about this blunder...I can only imagine how many there would have been if Bush had been this dim witted...

Lowest-Achieving Schools Get Bonuses

"...Seventeen Charleston County principals who oversee the school district's lowest-achieving schools will receive more than $320,000 in bonuses this year for working at their respective schools.

The bonus money comes directly from the state and can't be used to cover the $13.3 million in mid-year state funding cuts or the projected $28 million deficit next year. But the supplement money could be used for other school-based programs, such as credit recovery courses or training for teachers.

The practice of offering the bonuses started three years ago under former Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson, and the goal was to attract experienced principals to its most needy schools. The district since has offered bonuses at some below average and unsatisfactory-rated schools to recruit the best applicants..." (source)

And I totally agree with this. I have some issues with "No Child Left Behind." I agree that there needs to be a certain level of achievement and accountability, but anyone that has been in a classroom in a lower socio-economic area knows that unless you're Merlin...you're not getting through to many of the kids. And NOTHING but a change in the child's living situation (not the school, the teachers or the administration) could help mend that.

I would recommend all non-teachers watch the documentary "Hard Times at Douglass High: A No Child Left Behind Report Card" This is a really first hand and intimate look at what inner city teacher face every day. I have never openly criticized NCLB before because I don't have a better plan...or even an idea of where to begin. Maybe a parenting test?

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

A Case For Abstinence

Have you noticed that everything in our society is dictated by the lowest common denominator of our population (i.e. "caution: coffee is hot" or "remove baby from stroller before folding")...except for sex. The Left wants to regulate the hell out of every other aspect of our lives, but God forbid we even suggest abstinence to teens that can't even remember a hall pass let alone a condom. It's perfectly fine to remind them not to put bags over their head, but let's not insinuate they aren't mature enough to procure "protection" in the heat of the teenage hormones moment...

I'm not an abstinence only advocate...I think we should be realistic and teach all forms of birth control, but to take abstinence off the table is absurd...

Especially in light of rising HIV rates and rising teen pregnancies.

If we live in a country where people need to be told to blow out a candle before you throw it away...how do we expect them to comprehend preventing pregnancy...?

Pregnant Prostitute

Just when I thought nothing could shock me... There was a pregnant prostitute at the Moonlight Bunny Ranch. And apparently she got picked...a lot.

“When I was six months pregnant and bills were stacking up, you need a quick fix. If you go to a minimum wage job it¹s going to take me so long to catch up on bills. I don’t want to bring a child into this world having nothing, I want to be able to have at least what I had before I was pregnant.”

“I just have it in my head that I’m just doing this for my daughter. I wouldn’t want my daughter to do this. I don’t want to have to have her experience this stuff. I want to protect her from things.”

I blame men...if there wasn't a market for this, she couldn't do it.


Wednesday, March 18, 2009

When Will Murtha Apologize?!

"...A military appeals court Tuesday upheld the dismissal of war crimes charges against Marine Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani, the highest-ranking Marine charged in the 2005 killing of 24 civilians in Haditha, Iraq.

The court agreed with a military judge at Camp Pendleton who ruled in June that there was the appearance of "unlawful command influence" in the matter because a Marine lawyer who investigated the case had sat in on meetings where it was discussed with the general who later decided to charge Chessani and seven other Marines..." (source)

Read the Judge's decision here

A military investigation of the Nov. 19, 2005, Haditha firefight, however, found "no indication" that the Marines had "intentionally targeted, engaged and killed noncombatants." (source)

Just for the record, I'd like to once again object to the oft used phrase "Iraqi civilian deaths." ALL non-coalition deaths in Iraq are civilian deaths as we are fighting no proper army. This may seem like a small point...but in the face of "winning hearts and minds" here and abroad (and really just reporting a truthful, realistic view of what's going on), this phrase is somewhat misleading and detrimental.

And, if calling our Marines "cold blooded murderers" wasn't enough to keep this man from being re-elected (it wasn't btw), maybe the anger over the economy will:

"A Pennsylvania defense research center regularly consulted with two "handlers" close to Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.) as it collected nearly $250 million in federal funding through the lawmaker, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post and sources familiar with the funding requests. The center then channeled a significant portion of the funding to companies that were among Murtha's campaign supporters. — Washington Post

...Aside from that, our "waiting for Rep. John Murtha to apologize" vigil continues...

The "Teleprompt President"

"...Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen was just a few paragraphs into an address in Washington when he realised it all sounded a bit too familiar.

It was. He was repeating the speech President Barack Obama had just read from the same teleprompter.

Mr Cowen stopped, turned to the president and said: "That's your speech."

A laughing Mr Obama returned to the podium to take over but it seems the script had finally been switched and the US president ended up thanking himself for inviting everyone to the party.

Mr Obama is an accomplished orator but is becoming known in America as the "teleprompt president" over his reliance on the machine when he gives a speech..." (source)

I like how the journalist apologizes for him in that last paragraph...he is "an accomplished orator"...really. Though, maybe he smoked a bit too much dope and has killed his short term memory? I don't know where the great orator comes in...all those "uhs" and my public speaking teacher would have failed him for sure.

Do "great orators" need to read their speeches word for word? Heck, Reagan even WROTE his own speeches. Bush rarely used a teleprompter -and preferred cue words on 3X5 cards (that's the way we were taught to give a speech). I know the Left loves to berate Sarah Palin, but what happened when her teleprompter went down? She went on with her speech and improvised seamlessly where she needed to.

So, great orator? IMO, Not so much. Great at hiring someone to come up with a word ("change"). Absolutely.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Guest Post by Mark Brooks

The Stewardship We Owe Our Veterans

Christmas night 2003 my son Jon was nearly killed by an Improvised Explosive Device while driving through the streets of Baghdad . The bomb was a near miss and he and another soldier were only slightly wounded. Still to this day he bears the marks of that blast. Fragments of concrete or shrapnel remain in his knee. His back and hearing were affected. While mild compared to many other wounded veterans he none the less is rated 50% disabled. My concern is that as he ages those wounds which now in his youth he takes in stride will become more of an issue.

So you can imagine my horror when I read the headline that said, "The American Legion Strongly Opposed to President’s Plan to Charge Wounded Heroes for Treatment.” The lead paragraphs tell the story. I have copied them below.

“The leader of the nation’s largest veterans organization says he is “deeply disappointed and concerned” after a meeting with President Obama today to discuss a proposal to force private insurance companies to pay for the treatment of military veterans who have suffered service-connected disabilities and injuries. The Obama administration recently revealed a plan to require private insurance carriers to reimburse the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in such cases.

“It became apparent during our discussion today that the President intends to move forward with this unreasonable plan,” said Commander David K. Rehbein of The American Legion. “He says he is looking to generate $540-million by this method, but refused to hear arguments about the moral and government-avowed obligations that would be compromised by it.”

The Commander, clearly angered as he emerged from the session said, “This reimbursement plan would be inconsistent with the mandate ‘ to care for him who shall have borne the battle’ given that the United States government sent members of the armed forces into harm’s way, and not private insurance companies. I say again that The American Legion does not and will not support any plan that seeks to bill a veteran for treatment of a service connected disability at the very agency that was created to treat the unique need of America ’s veterans!”

I am not sure that I can say it any better than Mr. Rehbein. Our troops did not ask to be sent into harms way. They certainly did not ask to be shot at and blown up. They served believing in our country and believing that our country would honor their service by fulfilling its promises to them. What are we saying not only to today’s soldiers but also those that served in years past? In our rush to save a dime are there not some things that should be off limits? The care of ALL veterans but especially those who belong to the fraternity of the Purple Heart should be sacred and secure.

Just a few days ago our politicians were telling us that our concern over earmarks that totaled billions of dollars was unfounded. We were told that the earmarks were only a fraction of the cost of the bailout bill. At the time I wondered if our politicians were so removed from reality that they thought nothing of another $7.7 billion that the thousands of earmarks total up to. Yet when questioned about the earmarks they had submitted they without shame explained the absolute necessity of why all Americans needed to pay for beaver control in North Carolina and countless other programs.

So I have an idea. Since our law makers think nothing of inserting a few million here and a few million there why can they not find another $540 million to help veterans? After all when added to the trillions they have already voted for what is another $540 million? Tell me what is more important, fulfilling our promise, “to care for him and her who shall have borne the battle,” or 9,000 earmarks?

I for one would not mind if my taxes went up to support those that have sworn an oath to defend me and my freedoms. I would gladly pay my part without hesitation not just for the sake of my son but the countless others who have so selflessly sacrificed for our country. On April 15th I could have some sense of satisfaction that the tax I pay goes to something worthy and worthwhile. Now I am left to wonder what we really value and what the future holds for not only the men and women in our service but for our nation.

Good stewardship means taking care of those that have taken care of you!

Mark Brooks
Founder and President
The Charis Group

(You can read Mark daily at The Stewardship Coach)

Obama Fried Chicken?

Though this may look like something done in Photoshop to be sent in a never ending email forward...it's not. This is a real product in Germany. "The company says it was unaware of the possible racist overtones of the product."

"...Many sales executives have drawn the same conclusion: What better poster child for hope than US President Barack Obama? There are Obama dolls, Obama T-shirts, Obama soap-on-a-rope. There is even Obama thong underwear on offer.

Not wanting to miss the boat, a German food company has now gotten into the act. Sprehe, a company that has all manner of frozen delicacies on offer, has come up with a new product it calls "Obama Fingers." Far from being real digits, though, the "fingers" in question are "tender, juicy pieces of chicken breast, coated and fried," as the product packaging claims.

Fried chicken, in other words. With a curry dip.

...The idea, she claimed, was to get in on the Obama-mania which is continuing to grip Germany. The word "fingers" in the name refers to the fact that it is a finger food. "It's like hotdogs," Witting said. "No one would ever think they are actually from dogs."

For Americans in Germany, though, there is a risk that the product might be seen as racially insensitive. Fried chicken has long been associated with African-Americans in the US -- naming strips of fried chicken after the first black president could cause some furrowing of brows." (source)

This weekend I noticed that the Obama commemorative plates originally $29.99 at Bed Bath and Beyond are now on clearance for $7.99. Also at Spencer's Gifts the Obama and "Yes we Did" tees had also made their way to the clearance bin. I think the MSM hype led these product makers to forget there was over 58 million people that voted against Barak Obama...

BS PSA: Disinfect Your cell Phone!

I am sure I am not the only one out there that has a Blackberry (or some other type of cell phone) that has become a permanent fixture on their person... My recent bought with strep got me thinking about the little bundle of germs a cell phone must become. I was grateful when I came across this article and realized I could use Clorox wipes...

"...When University of Arizona researchers tested 25 cell phones, 20 percent came up positive for MRSA. "When was the last time you cleaned your cell phone? I'm willing to bet never," says Charles Gerba, Ph.D., the study's lead researcher and coauthor of The Germ Freak's Guide to Outwitting Cold and Flu. "These things are very germy, especially the keypads and mouthpieces." Picture it: Every time you dial a number or send a text message, you're transferring the germs on your hands to your phone and then straight to your mouth.

How to beat it: Sanitize your cell once a week with Clorox disinfecting wipes (or any of the supermarket-brand clones). "The wipes won't get into the internal parts of the phone and damage it the way a spray might," says Gerba." (source)

Did I tell you that someone STOLE my Blackberry right out of my pocket in the grocery store a few weeks ago?! I wept like I had lost a child...it was pretty pathetic.

Monday, March 16, 2009

What Obama's Stump Speech Should Have Been

I know some of the hard-core Obama voters won't want to believe this is a true story, but I have already been privy to some first hand Obama buyer's remorse... In one specific instance about a week ago, a former staunch Obama supporter looked at me and said flat out, "I made a mistake." Yes you did! Hey, that can be our t-shirts...Mistake? Yes you did!

This is a great OpEd about what Obama's stump speech SHOULD have been:

”As we approach Election Day, the American people should not waste the crisis we find ourselves in.

“Consequently, if elected, I promise to get us over the Bush financial meltdown with a stimulus program that will borrow $787 billion - which, of course, will add to the already sizable budget deficit (nearly $500 billion) projected in the Bush administration's last budget.

“By March of next year, my new $3.6 trillion budget will include a spending bill with more than 8,500 budget earmarks to target in-need constituents.

“In addition to the stimulus/borrowing plan, I intend to devote $634 billion to fund a new supplementary national health-care system. But that is not all. Unfortunately, the initial Bush bank bailout of some $700 billion also may well have to be augmented by an additional $750 billion.

“Although my new spending proposals may raise the federal deficit in my first year to $1.75 trillion, I promise the American people that by the end of my first term, I will halve the federal deficit - albeit adding another $3 trillion to $5 trillion to the national debt. (Read the entire piece)

Like Father, Like Daughter?

Meghan McCain had (and still has) a chance to reach out to young Conservative voters. Personally, I like her because she's a "hipper", cuter, and better dressed political figure than America is used to. I take heat for it here, but since most Americans do "judge a book by its cover", I think appearances are extremely important --especially if you're a politician (or representing one). One thing the GOP hasn't figured out how to do yet is bring in a new generation of voters and Meghan McCain could be the one to help do that ...

...If she could let the wishy-washy politics of her Dad be the child that was left behind. Now, don't get me wrong, unlike Michelle Malkin, I don't totally blame her for her recent flubs (saying she disproves of Ann Coulter while praising bi-polar, sex & heroin addict Russell Brand...he was pretty funny in "Forgetting Sarah Marshall"). She is young and she shouldn't have to shoulder the media perceived riff between Conservatism and coolness all by herself. She's been around K street enough times to see what happens to young GOPers in the press.

But, if Meghan were smart she'd realize the unique position she was in and she'd parlay it into starting a True Religion wearing, Prada toting, Miss Sixty having clique of cute little Conservatives about town... She could become the next Newt Gringrich of the Conservative movement...but with a cooler contract for the youth of the party... ;)

Instead if being worried what Jimmy Kimmel or Bill Maher will say about her, she should stop denigrating her and take a page from Coulter's book and use her current position to secure a easy job for life...as a hipster with values and a Kooba bag.

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Friday, March 13, 2009

Liberals Denigrate a Teenager for Political Gain

Most MSM outlets didn't report on the fact that a candidate for the president of the United States was cheating on his dying-of-cancer-wife (even now as he has the audacity to give speeches about moral standards!), BUT they'll talk ad nauseum about an 18 year old that decided to break up with her boyfriend? Are you kidding me? A grown man that PUT HIMSELF in the spotlight gets a pass, yet the CHILD of a politician get eviscerated?

I was reading some of the posts about Bristol Palin over at the Democratic Underground and... Ugh. I just kept getting a mental image of Golem typing with a wicked smile... Whose heart is dark enough to relish in the heartbreaks of a teenager? Whose life is empty enough to have time to care?

There is an entire article about her, uh, well...see for yourself. Even the "reputable" HuffPo is rife with gossipy trash.

Say what you will about "right wing nut jobs"...but they are out there looking to protect children (even before they're born). All politics aside, I truly believe in my heart that only those on the Left would exploit a child like this... I don't even understand the criticism...Did any of them every do what was expected by their parents when they were a teen --'cause I know I sure didn't. Is there some magic method out there to make your children obey you? Because I'd like some of that please. Children have free will --Sarah Palin can only teach her children what she believes and what they do with it from there is up to them... Isn't that just common sense?!

Limbaugh & Carville: Just to be Fair & Balanced...

Everyone is STILL talking about Rush Limbaugh saying that he wanted Obama "to fail" (yawn!) Actually, he said he wanted Obama's policies to fail, but why get technical when reporting "news" right?

Considering Chris Matthews and his ilk find this so appalling...I thought we should give everyone that hasn't read it already a little blast from the past:

"...On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, just minutes before learning of the terrorist attacks on America, Democratic strategist James Carville was hoping for President Bush to fail, telling a group of Washington reporters: "I certainly hope he doesn't succeed."

Carville was joined by Democratic pollster Stanley Greenberg, who seemed encouraged by a survey he had just completed that revealed public misgivings about the newly minted president.

"We rush into these focus groups with these doubts that people have about him, and I'm wanting them to turn against him," Greenberg admitted.

The pollster added with a chuckle of disbelief: "They don't want him to fail. I mean, they think it matters if the president of the United States fails."

Minutes later, as news of the terrorist attacks reached the hotel conference room where the Democrats were having breakfast with the reporters, Carville announced: "Disregard everything we just said! This changes everything!"

The press followed Carville's orders, never reporting his or Greenberg's desire for Bush to fail. The omission was understandable at first, as reporters were consumed with chronicling the new war on terror. But months and even years later, the mainstream media chose to never resurrect those controversial sentiments, voiced by the Democratic Party's top strategists, that Bush should fail.

That omission stands in stark contrast to the feeding frenzy that ensued when radio host Rush Limbaugh recently said he wanted President Obama to fail. The press devoted wall-to-wall coverage to the remark, suggesting that Limbaugh and, by extension, conservative Republicans, were unpatriotic.

"The most influential Republican in the United States today, Mr. Rush Limbaugh, said he did not want President Obama to succeed," Carville railed on CNN recently. "He is the daddy of this Republican Congress."

Limbaugh, a staunch conservative, emphasized that he is rooting for the failure of Obama's liberal policies..." (source)

I know we'll never agree on ideology...but can we try to agree on ending the annoying, partisan hypocrisy?

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

My Chance at Redemption

Excerpt from this blog -Nov. 13, 2004:

"PA Primaries...2004...I stood inside the booth for way-too-long...wrestling with myself...vote strategically?...or vote my conscience?

Arlen Specter or Pat Toomey.

Arlen Specter is a RINO plain and simple. He is more liberal than many of the Democrats in Congress. He is pro-choice and anti-tort reform. He was one of the very few Senators that voted FOR having our servicemen & women stand before an international criminal court! He is bound to the lawyers lobbies and even worse...to organized labor. The PA unions actually asked members to change party affiliation before the primaries so they could vote for Specter (that's a BAD sign to a conservative voter). But no one said the man is dumb, he votes conservatively whenever an election is on the horizon. He voted for the war, for the ban on partial birth abortion and for the unborn victims of violence act...because he was up for re-election.

I pushed the button for Specter...felt sick in my stomach...Toomey was a far better candidate...BUT I didn't think Toomey could beat Mr. Moveon.org Hoeffel in the General election...for the first time in my life I opted to vote against my conscience..." (Blonde Sagacity, 11-13-04)

Next year I WILL NOT make the same mistake. I WILL NEVER VOTE FOR ARLEN SPECTER AGAIN. It is so worth risking the seat to get an actual Conservative in there. I don't know why I didn't realize that in 2004.

I would like to joins the ranks that are already officially endorsing Pat Toomey. And to pledge my services to his campaign as penance for my past actions.

MSNBC Readers Grade Obama

MSNBC must be ruing the day they posted the live poll asking for readers to grade Obama's job performance thus far...They have even posted an explanation that argues that their own poll is probably crap and not reflective of how the country actually feels to explain Obama's abysmal marks.

You might remember the Pew study that found MSNBC was Obama's biggest media cheerleader in the run up to the election:

"MSNBC stood out for having less negative coverage of Obama than the press generally (14% of stories vs. 29% in the press overall) and for having more negative stories about McCain (73% of its coverage vs 57% in the press overall.)

MSNBC was more positive toward Democrats and more negative toward Republicans." (source)

And how could any of us forget Chris Matthews claiming that Obama's speech "made him cry" and "Caused a thrill to go up my leg"

Yet, even after all that positive spin...57% of MSNBC readers give Obama an "F" for his first 50 days in office.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The "Mythical" Fairness Doctrine

The Left continues to insist that the "Fairness Doctrine" is a Minotaur (or whatever mythical creature you choose) meant to conjure fear in the rank and file...but I wonder what they are thinking now with each news story confirming the existence of such a beast...

"...Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told CNSNews.com on Thursday that she supports an amendment to a Senate bill that would force the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to “take actions to encourage and promote diversity in communication media ownership and to ensure that broadcast station licenses are used in the public interest.”

The amendment’s language is viewed by many media experts as a means to regulate conservative talk radio, particularly popular programs such as the Rush Limbaugh Show and the Sean Hannity Show, among many others..." (source)

I hope all the lefties that espouse the importance of free speech with stand with Conservatives and oppose this.

Pet Store Corpse

Yes, I often look for bizarre news stories...something to lighten the oft dismal political mood. The story I found this morning took place in my own backyard. We got Busta's Beta fish at this store...

"...PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Employees of a Pennsylvania pet store expecting a shipment of tropical fish and salt water got a man's dead body instead. Mark Arabia owns the Pets Plus store in northeast Philadelphia, where the mix-up was discovered Tuesday. He says he learned the body was that of a 65-year-old San Diego-area man who died of early onset Alzheimer's disease.

The body was supposed to go to a research laboratory in Allentown, a 70-mile drive away.

US Airways Inc. released a statement saying the air cargo problem was caused by a "verbal miscommunication between a delivery driver and the cargo representative." The Tempe, Ariz.-based airline said it's deeply sorry.

The fish were shipped in three boxes. The corpse was shipped in a wooden coffin wrapped in cardboard.

Arabia said the fish were left at the airport and probably died..." (source)

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Beyond the Religious Debate is the Issue of Waste

Completely remove the "religious issue" from the embryonic stem cell debate. (Which I object to anyway...I know quite a few atheists that are opposed to using aborted embryos for stem cell research).

If that debate is removed we are left with the simple fact that the government will (once again) be paying for unproven science...

It seems so elementary. There are famous, rich people with diseases that this research could supposedly cure. Don't you think those rich folk would have either solicited private funding or thrown their own cash in the pot? There has never been success with this, so of course they don't want to put their own money up.

For me the issue is about the ever growing compost pile of wasteful spending that will be plaguing our economy for decades to come...

"...Adult stem cells, on the other hand, are found in all tissues of the growing human being and, according to latest reports, also have the potential to transform themselves into practically all other cell types, or revert to being stem cells with greater reproductive capacity. Embryonic stem cells have not yet been used for even one therapy, while adult stem cells have already been successfully used in numerous patients, including for cardiac infarction (death of some of the heart tissue).

Stem cells are of wide interest for medicine, because they have the potential, under suitable conditions, to develop into almost all of the different types of cells. They should therefore be able to repair damaged or defective tissues (for example, destroyed insulin-producing cells in the pancreas). Many of the so-called degenerative diseases, for which there are as yet no effective therapies, could then be alleviated or healed.

It is remarkable that in the debate–often carried on with little competence–the potential of embryonic stem cells is exaggerated in a one-sided way, while important moral questions and issues of research strategy are passed over in silence. Generally, advocates of research with embryonic stem cells use as their main argument that such research will enable us to cure all of the diseases that are incurable today–cancer, AIDS, Alzheimers, multiple sclerosis, and so forth. Faced with such a prospect, it is supposed to be "acceptable" to "overlook" a few moral problems.

On closer inspection, however, the much extolled vision of the future turns out to be a case of completely empty promises: Given the elementary state of research today, it is by no means yet foreseeable, whether even one of the hoped-for treatments can be realized. Basically, such promised cures are a deliberate deception, for behind the mirage of a coming medical wonderland, promoted by interested parties, completely other research objectives will be pursued that are to be kept out of public discussion as much as possible..." (source)

DNC Slogan for Rush

The DNC is giving Rush tons of free ad time--front and center on their website. They are asking their members to submit a slogan to put on a billboard near Rush's house.

When I read through all the finalists, I could only shake my head...how lame. The 'Caption It' entries here are 100X wittier than the 'winning entries' there... You'd think since the Dems claim all the performing arts people are in their camp (which obviously isn't true), they'd show a little more creativity!

Monday, March 09, 2009

Caption It...

I guess this isn't really a Caption It... I just hought it was pretty funny and it comes from an entire site dedicated to The One called www.BadPaintingsofBarackObama.com (just keep clicking on the paintings to advance to the next one)

Friday, March 06, 2009

Obama and the Plummeting Economy

"...It's hard not to see the continued sell-off on Wall Street and the growing fear on Main Street as a product, at least in part, of the realization that our new president's policies are designed to radically re-engineer the market-based U.S. economy, not just mitigate the recession and financial crisis.

The illusion that Barack Obama will lead from the economic center has quickly come to an end. Instead of combining the best policies of past Democratic presidents -- John Kennedy on taxes, Bill Clinton on welfare reform and a balanced budget, for instance -- President Obama is returning to Jimmy Carter's higher taxes and Mr. Clinton's draconian defense drawdown.

Mr. Obama's $3.6 trillion budget blueprint, by his own admission, redefines the role of government in our economy and society. The budget more than doubles the national debt held by the public, adding more to the debt than all previous presidents -- from George Washington to George W. Bush.." (Read the entire article)

And while your at it, there's another great article, by Charles Krauthammer, over at Real Clear Politics entitled Deception at Core of Obama Plans that is definitely worth the click.

I'm truly scared and upset that my kids' kids will be paying for cricket research and beetle sperm long after I'm gone...

And reminiscent of how the hypocrites on the Left screamed about not wanting a President that "learned on the job" and then heralded Obama's breathtaking lack of experience...They writhed and screamed over Bush's spending while now pretending that Obama's will somehow save us...

(Almost) Actual Justice

Of course it's a Muslim country, so the story had to have a stab at women even when "protecting" them...

"...An Iranian woman living in Spain is welcoming a Tehran court ruling that awards her eye-for-an-eye justice against a suitor who blinded her.

In a Spanish radio interview, she says her aim isn't revenge -- it's to make sure her suffering isn't repeated.

Ameneh Bahrami was blinded and disfigured in 2004 when a man she had spurned threw acid on her. Late last year, an Iranian court reportedly ruled that Islamic justice calls for the attacker to be blinded with acid, too.

But the victim says she is entitled to blind Majid Movahedi in only one eye, because under Iranian law "each man is worth two women."

She also says he would be blinded by having several drops of acid put into one eye, whereas she had acid splashed all over her face and other parts of her body..." (source)

I wonder how much crimes against women and children would decline (all over the world, but specifically here in the U.S.) if the cowards that perpetuated them knew they would have to face the same fate at the hands of another man...?

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Thursday, March 05, 2009

Frivilous Lawsuitsmakers
Democrat in WV Tries to Ban Barbie, Just Like Democrats in VT

"Just in time for Barbie's 50th birthday, a West Virginia lawmaker wants to outlaw the doll.

Democratic Delegate Jeff Eldridge is proposing to ban the sale of the Mattel doll and others like her in West Virginia.

He says the dolls influence girls to place too much importance on physical beauty, at the expense of their intellectual and emotional development.

He joins others who have criticized the doll over the years for promoting materialism and an unnatural body image..." (source)

"I just hate the image that we give to our kids that if you're beautiful, you're beautiful and you don't have to be smart," the second-term state lawmaker, who has been an educator and social worker, told West Virginia media Tuesday.

Barbie was banned in Montpelier, Vt., in 2006..." (source)

Geez, I hate this guy. Is he (shall we cal him Burgermeister?) looking to ban GI Joe dolls because they're tough and ripped and he grew up to be a doughy geek in a bad, brown tie that's obsessed with Barbie dolls? With the press calling someone that went from a size 6 to a size 8 fat (when the average American women is probably a 12 or 16) like they did to Jessica Simpson...Barbie dolls are the very least of what little girls have to worry about...

Oh, and I hate Vermont too...that is definitely one state I will never step a non-Birkenstocked foot in...

Like this is a pressing issue with everything going on? He should be fined just like the chicken McNugget lady.

A Chicken Emergency!

"A Fort Pierce [FL] woman called 911 three times to report an emergency after McDonald's had run out of McNuggets, according to a police report obtained Tuesday.

Latreasa Goodman, 27, was issued a written notice to appear in court for misusing the 911 emergency communications system..." (source)

I was SO happy to hear someone was finally cited for misusing 911. I wish to God we did that here in Philly because the city could make enough money to stop closing fire stations and laying off much needed police officers!

But wait...there were people that AGREED a lack of nuggets was an emergency:

"...Customers at the McDonald's where the incident occurred had mixed feelings about the McNugget meltdown.

Daniel Slaton said he typically orders McNuggets when he goes to McDonald's, saying simply, "I just like them better than anywhere else."

But Sallee Bair had a different perspective.

"That's a little overboard," Bair said. "That's way too much, way extreme for chicken nuggets. They're not that great." (read the whole article)

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Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Pelosi's S#@! List

See, Nancy Pelosi and I have something in common...I too am a list maker. (Though I'm not a politician, so my lists won't end up on CBS to embarrass me...)

Apparently these are the people that cause Pelosi the most agida:

1. Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.). No Democrat has done quite so much in so short a time to arouse Pelosi’s disdain as the failed-Redskins-quarterback-turned-ambitious-North-Carolina-congressman.

The conservative, anti-abortion Shuler would have made the list for voting against both bank bailout bills and the stimulus package, but the way he went about it didn’t help; Shuler told an audience back home that “House leadership and Senate leadership have really failed” on the $787 billion package.

The thing that riles Pelosi most, according to several House aides, is that she believes Shuler’s motives are as much political as they are ideological - and that he’s picking a fight with her to position himself for a run against Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) next year.

Unless Shuler is planning a long House career, picking a fight with Pelosi may indeed have its advantages: His 2006 opponent, incumbent GOP Rep. Charles Taylor, scored points by portraying Shuler as a Pelosi acolyte.

"I don’t know if Shuler is talking without thinking or if he’s just making the calculation that distancing himself from Pelosi is never a bad thing to do," said a senior House leadership aide.

2. Rush Limbaugh. He’s Pelosi’s sworn enemy - and she views him as beneath contempt and unworthy of her comment.

Asked about the right-wing talk-radio king the other day, Pelosi said: "I don’t speak to that. I’m the speaker of the House. I don’t get into the popular culture."

3. Rep. Paul E. Kanjorski (D-Pa.. Pelosi and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee made an all-out effort to help the veteran Scranton congressman win a tight race against longtime nemesis Lou Barletta last fall.

So aides say the speaker was taken aback when the western Pennsylvania representative bucked leadership by voting “no” on the original version of the stimulus bill.

He voted for the conference report later, but hard feelings persist.

4. Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.). It’s no surprise that Pelosi isn’t crazy about the young, aggressive minority whip, who has marshaled an anti-Pelosi GOP insurgency in the House.

Pelosi has good personal relationship with House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio). But members of her leadership cadre are starting to really dislike Cantor, despite their public pose of studied indifference. Part of the reason: Cantor is employing many of the same techniques Pelosi used so successfully to torture former House Speaker Dennis Hastert when she was the Democratic whip in 2002 and 2003.

It remains to be seen if Cantor’s power-of-"no" philosophy will work - congressional approval ratings have actually spiked on the stimulus - but he’s gotten traction by nitpicking Pelosi’s proposals and magnifying the majority’s blunders.

5. Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.). The fiscally conservative gadfly would have topped the list had he not reversed his first stimulus “no” by voting in favor of the final package.

Even so, the most outspoken of the Blue Dog Democrats is still on thin ice with leadership, thanks to his comment that he “actually got some quiet encouragement from the Obama folks” for initially bucking Pelosi on the stimulus. That required a hasty Obama-Pelosi cleanup effort that resulted in a Cooper clarification - although he continues to express dissatisfaction with what he sees as Pelosi’s top-down leadership style.

Counterintuitively, Cooper enjoys a good relationship with many in Pelosi’s inner circle, including Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) and Waxman - with whom Cooper shared a long lunch at the Democrats’ recent retreat in Williamsburg, Va.

6. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.). The squeakiest liberal wheel in the House has always been more than willing to articulate his differences with leadership.

But his role as the lone Democrat to switch from "yes" on the original stimulus bill to a "no" on the House-Senate compromise was viewed as grandstanding in the speaker’s suite.

DeFazio, who chairs a subcommittee on highways and transit, makes a compelling counterargument, saying he was betrayed by Pelosi’s acceptance of lower-than-promised allocations for infrastructure representing 8 percent of the total package.

7. The House Appropriations Committee staff
. Pelosi’s relationship with Appropriations Chairman Dave Obey (D-Wis.) remains strong. But she was reportedly infuriated that Obey’s staff failed to scrub the first draft of the stimulus bill of politically damaging proposals such as billions for resodding the National Mall, funding anti-STD programs and providing free contraceptives.

8. CIA Director Leon Panetta
. Pelosi supported Panetta’s appointment at the CIA and has said nary a negative public word about her fellow Californian and former colleague. (source)

...So this is our new list of heroes? ;)

Rush Limbaugh VS. Michael Steele and the RNC

"...It's an elephant-on-elephant slapfest - and the White House is likely loving every minute of it.

The Republican rumble pits conservative talk icon Rush Limbaugh against new GOP boss Michael Steele in an increasingly nasty war of words.

"I would be embarrassed to say that I'm in charge of the Republican Party in the sad-sack state that it's in," railed Limbaugh yesterday, adding he "might get out the hari-kari knife" if he had Steele's job.

Limbaugh lashed out at Steele on his radio show after the party boss slapped the talk legend's style during an interview Saturday.

Steele had insisted that he - and not Limbaugh - was at the helm of the party.

"Rush Limbaugh is an entertainer," Steele said on CNN. "Rush Limbaugh, his whole thing is entertainment. Yes, it's incendiary, yes, it's ugly."

That was enough to set off Limbaugh.

He accused Steele of being "gutless" and afraid to challenge President Obama..." (Read the whole article)

What was Steele thinking?! Did he think about the fact that Rush has an estimated 20 MILLION listeners a week? How many tune in to hear what Rush has to say as opposed to how many flip to C-Span to hear a Senator speak? Not only does Rush have the 20 million (on over 600 channels) but he has all the Rush babies. Kids like The Man's helper that were raised with their parents listening to Rush. They might not listen anymore, but they share his principles... Is the RNC's figurative head this far up its figurative ass? I don't even think Obama could pull off a $400 million dollar deal to talk for 3 hours a day considering he could only pull in approximately 38 million viewers when he was the first Black man accepting the nomination of the DNC.

I knew the MSM wouldn't get Rush's "I want Obama's policies to fail" rant, but I never imagined the powers to be at the RNC wouldn't get it either... IS there an IQ test to be in Congress...and if not, shouldn't there be?

I Wish I Had a Prize

...for the person that could best explain what the artist was thinking when (s)he painted this: (...And there's many more where this came from.)