Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Obama is Brilliant: Part II

A few days ago, when it finally dawned on me that Obama was craftily solving our immigration dilemma on the DL, there was something I was still overlooking about our President...

Not only is he eliminating any desire to risk life and limb to come to this country, but it totally escaped me that he was also resolving the Social Security issue.

My generation was pretty much resigned to the fact that the Baby Boomers were going to wipe out any chance of SSI. People live too long now (many times artificially and on the taxpayer's dime) and the Baby Boomers didn't have enough kids to cover themselves (it takes 1.5 people per person).

BUT, the introduction of Obamacare could ensure the longevity of SSI. Rationing of drugs and care (those pesky red pills and blue pills), denial of second opinions, long waits for elective and life-saving surgeries, and mandatory "death meetings" (aka End of Life Counseling pgs. 425, 426) after the age of 65 will all help in shortening recently prolonged life spans.

...Therefore preserving SSI for those Darwin intended to have it.

Once again, Brilliant!

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Jokes baby, Just Jokes...

Gore, Clinton and Obama go to heaven.

God addresses Al first. ''Al, what do you believe in?''
Al replies: "Well, I believe that I won that election, but that it was your will that I did not serve. And I've come to understand that now.''
God thinks for a second and says: "Very good. Come and sit at my left.''

God then addresses Bill. "Bill, what do you believe in?''
Bill replies: "I believe in forgiveness. I've sinned, but I've never held a grudge against my fellow man, and I hope no grudges are held against me.'' ;
God thinks for a second and says: "You are forgiven, my son. Come and sit at my right.''

Then God addresses Barrack. "Barack, what do you believe in?''
Barrack replies: "I believe you're sitting in my chair."

Monday, July 27, 2009

"Change the World"

Many have contended that Obama's one-word campaign slogan, "CHANGE", was instrumental in bamboozling convincing the electorate...

This morning I realized it wasn't even an original idea--it was definitely pilfered...and not even from a previous campaign, but from a movie.

In "Evan Almighty", released June of 1997, Steve Carell plays a Congressman that gets elected with the campaign slogan "Change the World.". I couldn't find an instance of Obama using the slogan "Change" until months after that.

Though, I guess it shouldn't be surprising that Obama would lift a slogan from a comedy about a Chosen One...

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Obama Single-Handedly Solves Illegal Issue

Obama is a brilliant man! I finally see the light.

The illegal alien issue was a lose-lose proposition politically... Hispanics are soon to be the majority if census projections are to be believed and it's understandable that no one wants to alienate future voters.

So a border fence or sharp shooters are out of the question for any politician...the CHANGE has to take place on the down low.

People, that can afford to do so, come from all over the world come to the US for health care. Aspiring small business owners come here for a chance at attaining the American dream (and the endless possibilities currently provided by Capitalism). Illegals sneak over borders and disregard the expiration of VISAS not because of what this country COULD be, but because of what this country has always been!

But, what if instead of pissing off Mexicans by insinuating people should follow the rule of law...you CHANGED THE COUNTRY instead?

If our health care system was the same as Canada's and the UK's and other European countries...their people will stop coming here. If the American Dream was sabotaged by oppressive taxation and small businesses were swallowed up by regulations demanded by unions and "green" lobbyists. If Capitalism was replaced by socialism...

No one would risk their lives to get here. It wouldn't be worth crossing an ocean or dealing with rape trees and the coyotes that create them... People would stay in their respective countries and we would regain all the monies that are currently being siphoned into the black hole of schooling and healing illegals.


Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Generating Revenue Without Class Warfare

I feel as if I should preface this post with a disclaimer. I am not a fan of marijuana. It's not due to any moral high ground, I've just never quite grasped the concept of being hooked on a downer...that being said:

One of the places I tend to part ways with my Conservative brethren is on the issue of drug legalization. I'm for it. I have been advocating for the legalization --and heavy taxation-- of marijuana for years.

As the country delves deeper into debt with bailouts, Cap and Trade and on the cusp of socialized medicine...opponents of legalizing marijuana need to take a long look at why they are against it. Tobacco is legal, alcohol, riding a motorcycle without a helmet and teenage strippers in Rhode Island...is smoking a little herb really worse than any of the aforementioned?

As Californians debate this issue the rest of the country should be entering the dialogue. Imagine how much revenue could be generated with a 9% (+) tax on locally grown marijuana...not to mention job creation. And if all non-violent drug offenders were released from prison. Add on the cessation of the ridiculous 'war on drugs' and we would have SO much money. (Estimations for California alone have been $1.4 billion!)

I'm fed up with hearing all these (unrealistic and unproductive) suggestions for generating cash that rely on more taxing of small business owners and play on America's nasty little habit of thriving in class warfare.

We have a cash cow just waiting to be milked...who will have the nerve to grab the teat?

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When Should Government Dictate Parenting?

The knee-jerk reaction to the charges filed against Jerri Gray maybe be to cheer and agree. Her son is only 14 years old and weighs over 555 lbs.

Here is my dilemma with Alexander's removal from his home and the punishment of his mother: Overeating is every bit of an eating disorder (psychological) as is under eating (or not eating at all). I have yet to hear of a bulimic or anorexic that has been taken from their home and whose parent's have been arrested because they weighed a sickening 85 lbs.

This single mom that's working 3 jobs was arrested and charged with criminal neglect while treatment facilities all over the country are full of girls with feeding tubes and bile rotted teeth with parents that roam the streets freely.

Therein lies the problem with the nanny state...

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Civil Disobedience

As I watched Obama's Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Peter Orszag, refuse to take tax-payer funded abortions off the proverbial table of the new nationalized health care plan(video above), I couldn't help but think of Henry David Thoreau...

I dug out Civil Disobedience and reread it. Ironically, Thoreau wasn't a career social activist --he was more of an Individualist (or a Libertarian that aspired to Anarchism)--but he was just so appalled with what his government had become, he was unable to remain one of the "machines" with "no free exercise whatever of judgment or of the moral sense."

"...But, to speak practically and as a citizen, unlike those who call themselves no-government men, I ask for, not at once no government, but at once a better government. Let every man make known what kind of government would command his respect, and that will be one step toward obtaining it...

...A very few, as heroes, patriots, martyrs, reformers in the great sense, and men, serve the state with their consciences also, and so necessarily resist it for the most part; and they are commonly treated as enemies by it. A wise man will only be useful as a man, and will not submit to be "clay," and "stop a hole to keep the wind away," but leave that office to his dust at least...

...All men recognize the right of revolution; that is, the right to refuse allegiance to, and to resist, the government, when its tyranny or its inefficiency are great and unendurable. But almost all say that such is not the case now. But such was the case, they think, in the Revolution of '75. If one were to tell me that this was a bad government because it taxed certain foreign commodities brought to its ports, it is most probable that I should not make an ado about it, for I can do without them. All machines have their friction; and possibly this does enough good to counterbalance the evil. At any rate, it is a great evil to make a stir about it. But when the friction comes to have its machine, and oppression and robbery are organized, I say, let us not have such a machine any longer. In other words, when a sixth of the population of a nation which has undertaken to be the refuge of liberty are slaves, and a whole country is unjustly overrun and conquered by a foreign army, and subjected to military law, I think that it is not too soon for honest men to rebel and revolutionize. What makes this duty the more urgent is the fact that the country so overrun is not our own, but ours is the invading army..." (Civil Disobedience, Henry David Thoreau, 1849)

I believe this is the time.

Revolt is mandatory.

Is that too dramatic?

I really don't think so. Like Thoreau said, there were people in 1775 saying there should be no revolt, but thankfully the Activists prevailed!

This is OUR government, not theirs. They were elected by us and can be removed by us. The spending is now completely out of hand and criminal in my opinion. If ALL OF US become engaged, if ALL OF US refuse to pay into this illegal use of our money...they will be left impotent to act.

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

The Czars...Constitutional?

Czar (or Tsar) is a term used to describe MONARCHS.

Thomas Jefferson wrote: "I have spoken of the Federalists as if they were a homogeneous body, but this is not the truth. Under that name lurks the heretical sects of monarchists. Afraid to wear their own name they creep under the mantle of federalism, and the federalists, like sheep permit the fox to take shelter among them, when pursued by dogs. These men have no right to office, anywhere, and it be known to the President, the oath he has taken to support the Constitution imperiously requires the instantaneous dismission of such officer; and I hold the president criminal if he permitted such to remain. To appoint a monarchist to conduct the affairs of the republic, is like appointing an atheist to the priesthood." (Writings of Thomas Jefferson, June 1803, 8:237)

If even Robert KKK Byrd is calling the Czars "unconstitutional", I'd say Obama has a growing problem.

America has been busy watching Michael Jackson tributes while Obama is up to 21 Czars (who are accountable only to him --not WE THE PEOPLE or even Congress), he's pushing a health Care bill through that even Obama-fan WashPo says is a bad idea, he's encouraging Congress to be as irresponsible with your health care as they've been with the stimulus and cap and Trade...

Meet one of Obama's Czars:

'Science Czar' John P. Holdren

Holdren views "capitalism as an economic system that is inherently harmful to the natural environment", but even more disturbing are quotes from his book that Zombietime was able to unearth:

Indeed, it has been concluded that compulsory population-control laws, even including laws requiring compulsory abortion, could be sustained under the existing Constitution if the population crisis became sufficiently severe to endanger the society.

It would even be possible to require pregnant single women to marry or have abortions, perhaps as an alternative to placement for adoption, depending on the society.

Adding a sterilant to drinking water or staple foods is a suggestion that seems to horrify people more than most proposals for involuntary fertility control. Indeed, this would pose some very difficult political, legal, and social questions, to say nothing of the technical problems. No such sterilant exists today, nor does one appear to be under development. To be acceptable, such a substance would have to meet some rather stiff requirements: it must be uniformly effective, despite widely varying doses received by individuals, and despite varying degrees of fertility and sensitivity among individuals; it must be free of dangerous or unpleasant side effects; and it must have no effect on members of the opposite sex, children, old people, pets, or livestock. (Ecoscience, Holdren & Ehrlich 1977)

What Would Thomas Jefferson Do?!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Senator Coburn on Point

Recently I have been thinking about all those questions that get side-stepped or answered with talking points that don't actually answer anything at all...

Such as: If the war was for oil, why did oil prices skyrocket? Or, if Michael Jackson is such a wonderful Black icon, why the 18 nose surgeries and the White kids? Or, why the giant push for Cap and Trade and all things Green if data shows warming actually ceased ELEVEN years ago?

While Senator Tom Coburn was questioning SCOTUS appointee Judge Sonia Sotomayor this morning, I had to get off my exercise bike twice to write down questions he posed to her that I found incredibly poignant and that I REALLY wanted her to answer (but knew she wouldn't) --maybe Honest Partisan will do us the honor in her stead?

First, on the issue of life and death made relevant by Roe V. Wade: Why is it legal for a State to make a determination of DEATH by the absence of a heartbeat and brainwaves, yet can't make a determination of LIFE by the presence of those same things?

Second, covering both gun control AND abortion: Why is it the the right to privacy (the basis for Roe) NOT spelled out in the 14th Amendment, yet legally GUARANTEED...but the right to bear arms, which is spelled out in the 2nd Amendment, ISN'T GUARANTEED!?

Two GREAT questions that I fear will end in that heap of legitimate inquiries that never get appropriately addressed...

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Illegitimate CIC?

"In a stunning conscientious objector case, a U.S. soldier has refused to serve in Afghanistan, citing President Obama's U.S. citizenship. U.S. Army Major Stefan Frederick Cook says he should not have to go to the war-torn country because Obama is not a legitimate president and therefore has no grounds for sending troops anywhere." (source)

***BREAKING NEWS***World Net Daily is reporting that Cook's deployment orders have been revoked. HuffPo is reporting the same thing...

So here's the thing, I know WND says they have a petition with over 400,000 signatures demanding to see Bam's actual Certificate if Live Birth despite the fact that Snopes, Factcheck and Polifact have all confirmed the authenticity of the first certificate released...

But truth be told...I'm not really down with the whole conspiracy theory thing regardless of which side is perpetrating it. It's just not in my makeup to get on board with that type of thinking...and besides, tin foil just isn't flattering on me.

I can't decide if people really believe 'O' isn't a citizen or if it's a last ditch effort to save the country from slide into insurmountable debt and despair...

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Monday, July 13, 2009

Senate Judiciary Committee

As the conformation hearings of (more than likely) the next SCOTUS judge are front and center in the news for the next couple of days...I can't help but question what the members of the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary did to qualify them to hold that position.

Are they Constitutional scholars? Cause they damn well should be...

"The Judiciary Committee is charged with conducting hearings prior to the Senate votes on whether to confirm or not confirm prospective federal judges (including Supreme Court justices) nominated by the president. In recent years, this role has made the committee increasingly a point of contention, with numerous party-line votes and standoffs over which judges should be approved. The committee also has a broad jurisdiction over matters relating to federal criminal law. Additionally, it is Senate procedure that all proposed Constitutional Amendments pass through the Judiciary Committee."

But no, as I look through their bios...many aren't even lawyers and some simply possess BS BA's with no more qualification than I would have to be on the committee. AND then I read that STUART SMALLEY WILL BE ON THIS COMMITTEE!!!!

I can't find anywhere that sets the guidelines for these Senate appointments to the various committees --can someone help me out there?

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Friday, July 10, 2009

Big Brother Enters the Pentagon

Apparently it's perfectly okay for our Soldiers, Marines, Airmen and Sailors to walk into a barrage of flying bullets and RPGs, but not to light up a smoke... And to be told this by a Pentagon that is headed by a CIC THAT SMOKES?!

"...Pentagon health experts are urging Defense Secretary Robert Gates to ban the use of tobacco by troops and end its sale on military property, a change that could dramatically alter a culture intertwined with smoking.

Jack Smith, head of the Pentagon's office of clinical and program policy, says he will recommend that Gates adopt proposals by a federal study that cites rising tobacco use and higher costs for the Pentagon and Department of Veterans Affairs as reasons for the ban.

The study by the Institute of Medicine, requested by the VA and Pentagon, calls for a phased-in ban over a period of years, perhaps up to 20. "We'll certainly be taking that recommendation forward," Smith says.

A tobacco ban would confront a military culture, the report says, in which "the image of the battle-weary soldier in fatigues and helmet, fighting for his country, has frequently included his lit cigarette."

Also, the report said, troops worn out by repeated deployments often rely on cigarettes as a "stress reliever." The study found that tobacco use in the military increased after the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan began..." (source)

I wonder if Jack Smith is a combat veteran...?

Good luck with those reenlistment numbers...

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More Blog Babies

As many of you know ~jen~ is pregnant with twin boys after trying for many years...

Well, TODAY is the day! She emailed this morning to say she's scheduled for an 8:30 am C-section (central time).

Keep her in your thoughts and prayers today (I'm guessing Big and Mean is freaking out more than ~jen~!!! LoL)

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Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Presidential TV

I'll be the first to admit that I was no big fan of Mike Huckabee when the 2008 primaries kicked off... Once I saw him on Tyra I liked him a bit more--he seemed to have some decent ideas and he wasn't above utilizing daytime TV. And now that he has his own show on Fox News, I really like him. I'd vote for him even. We had that a little of that "getting to know you" phenomenon with Journeys with George. It was evident from that Andrea Pelosi documentary that Bush was immenantley likable (but that may have been released after the 2000 election).

I have been mulling over a post about this growing need... About the fact that we should be able to actually get to KNOW a potential President and Commander in Chief. They should all have their own talk show or reality show BEFORE we walk into the voting booth. What if Ross Perot would have won? If he would have had his own show people would have known he was a loon. And what if Americans would have seen Hillary hurling Mimi Van Buren's china at her Secret Service agents heads? One of the things the founders talked at length about was an INFORMED electorate...and since kids don't seem to learn about government and the Constitution anymore, we could present it in a package they understand: reality show.

In harmony with my thoughts about this, an article at Newsmax suggests that leaving the Governorship and possibly doing a show for FNC might be the best thing Sarah Palin could do...I might agree. I'd like to see what she's like in that setting...interviewing people, fielding questions from brilliant guests and just being herself.

In an ideal world constituents would do their homework and read about the candidates' ideology and policy proposals...but we don't live in an ideal world, so maybe until then we should get to see them all in their natural habitat before we elect them to the highest office in the land.

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Army Reunions

Over the last few weeks I have been thinking about my Dad flying out of Philly today for a reunion of the Ivy Dragoons 3/8 4th ID (I think that's right)... The guy he was most looking forward to seeing recently lost his job and can't make the trip, but he's excited to see who else is there and I'm excited for him.

He recently got a book written by one of the guys in his battalion: Stars and Stripes and Shadows: How I Remember Vietnam and, much to his surprise, found himself in the book! (To his credit, he told me how much he loved the book BEFORE he discovered his name on the pages!) He says that Tim Haslam's writing is taking him back in time...

So with this departure on my mind this a.m. I happen to see a story about another Vietnam reunion that made me tear up over my egg white omelet:

"In their Army unit, the two men had been almost inseparable until July 12, 1967, when Perricone, after an intense fire fight, was captured near Cambodia, and disappeared into North Vietnam's prisoner of war gulag.

"We got ambushed, and we got hit pretty hard, then one of the sergeants yelled out that Perricone was missing," said Thompson, whose eyes welled often during an interview in his living room. "I've lived with this for 42 years - flashbacks, nightmares."

Until Sunday, neither man - now in their mid-60s - knew whether the other had survived the war.

"I called out to my wife in the kitchen and said, 'Tina, Perricone is alive!' " Thompson said. "I was shaking and crying. I looked him up and called him right away. My wife said it's too early to call, but I said I've been wondering about this man for 42 years." (Read the whole story)

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Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Alec Baldwin VS. Joe Lieberman?

"I wanted to be president of the United States. I really did. The older I get, the less preposterous the idea seems." ~Alec Baldwin

"...A native New Yorker, [Alec] Baldwin said he has been approached by an unnamed Democratic law firm who wanted him to run for governor of Ohio, and he has also considered moving to New Jersey or Connecticut to run for office. "I'd love to run against Joe Lieberman," Baldwin said of the Independent Democratic senator who is no favorite of the liberal wing of the Democratic Party.

Asked if he had ever turned down a sketch on Saturday Night Live, because it was too outrageous, Baldwin responded, "Probably a few. It's hard to remember. I'm often asked if I think about going into politics. If I do, these guys will have a field day. I've given them so much crap to use against me… If I run for political office, they'll have a forest of material to kill me with." (source)

Ya know, I'd love to say this is ridiculous...that they man has too crazy of a past (hello, emotionally abusive father)...no political experience...and that too many people respect the hell outta Lieberman and the position of Congressional leader to make a mockery of it. But we have a novice in the White House. We have an SNL comedian getting sworn into the Congress today. And the Democrats already have Jesse "The Body" Ventura and Jerry Springer...Baldwin might just fit right in...

Congressman Peter King on the Death of Michael Jackson

Rep King asks, "...the bottom line is, 'Would you let your child or grandchild be alone in a room with Michael Jackson?'"

The sad answer, Representative King,...is YES, they would have!

...Of course Rep. King thought we lived in AMERICA, but he was obviously wrong because now there are calls for apologies and law suits... *sigh*

(H/T: The Hill Street Blahg)

Monday, July 06, 2009

Sarah Palin: Exit or Entrance?

By now everyone knows that political lightning rod, Sarah Palin, has resigned as Alaska's Governor. Though speculation is rampant, her explanation concerning ethic charges and personal attacks costing the state and her family too much money seemed quite feasible to me... (Not surprisingly the slimy Blogger that has been fabricating stories about Palin --even the FBI came out to set rumors started by this blogger straight--writes for HuffPo. And Shannyn (with a "Y") Moore's catalog of "articles" shows an exceedingly unhealthy obsession with Palin...)

But, if speculation is true and she's doing this to get ready for a 2012 run...I don't know how I feel about that. I think Palin needs more experience and quitting the job that most qualifies her to run a country may not have been in her best interest.

Speculation about 2012 is a tough one because, as of yet, I am not jazzed with any of the anointed ones and I think I know that was a major problem in our last election. I like Palin, but unfortunately the blood in the water after the last campaign has raised questions about her (fair or not the accusations from McCain's campaign staff lingers...) If she's planning on the 2012 run she has A LOT to do in preparation...

Speculation...? Thoughts...?

Oh, and to give credit when credit is due...big time lefty Bob Beckel openly admitted this morning on FNC that Palin was treated with a double standard by the press and that if any Democratic woman was treated like this...there would have been high level firings...

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Saturday, July 04, 2009

Freedom 101

Thomas Jefferson

"Public debt [is] the greatest of the dangers to be feared.
We shall all consider ourselves unauthorized to saddle posterity with our debts, and morally bound to pay them ourselves."

"May you and your contemporaries preserve inviolate the Constitution, which, cherished in all its chastity and purity, will prove in the end a blessing to all the nations of the earth."

"If a monarchist be in office, anywhere, and it be known to the President, the oath he has taken to support the Constitution imperiously requires the instantaneous dismission of such officer."

"The way to have good and safe government is not to trust it all to one, but to divide it among the many, distributing to every one exactly the functions he is competent to [perform best]."

"The true theory of our Constitution is surely the wisest and best, that the states are independent as to everything within themselves, and united as to everything respecting foreign nations."

Benjamin Franklin

"The more the people are discontented with the oppression of taxes, the greater need the prince has of money to distribute among his partisans, and pay the troops that are to suppress all resistance, and enable him to plunder at pleasure.

"Whenever an office, through the increase of fees or otherwise, becomes so profitable, as to occasion many to apply for it, the profits ought to be lessened by the legislature."

"Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt an vicious, they have more need of masters."

James Madison

"It is impossible for the man of pious reflection not to perceive in it [the Constitution] a finger of that Almighty hand which has been so frequently and signally extended to our relief in the critical stages of the revolution."

"It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood."

Alexander Hamilton

"The fabric of American empire ought to rest on the solid basis of THE CONSENT OF THE PEOPLE. The streams of national power ought to flow immediately from that pure, original fountain of all legitimate authority."

"Inequality would exist as long as liberty existed….It would unavoidably result from that very liberty itself."

John Adams

"I always consider the settlement of America with reverence and wonder, as the opening of a grand scene and design in Providence for the illumination of the ignorant, and the emancipation of the slavish part of mankind all over the earth."

"Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people."

Samuel Adams

"The Utopian schemes of leveling [re-distribution of the wealth] and a community of goods [central ownership of the means of production and distribution], as visionary and impractical as those which vest all property in the Crown."

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You still have time to GET TO A TEA PARTY...you'll be glad you did!

Friday, July 03, 2009

Even Michael Jackson Turns Into A Race Debate...!?

Someone had said it would, but I didn''t believe it... How could anyone make this about race...?

And then I heard a professor from right here in Philly making the claim: (paraphrased) When BLACK celebrities die the media focuses on what they did wrong (pedophilia and drug use) but that's not the case for WHITE celebs. He then went on to say that because Michael was Black everyone was talking about Demerol and the alleged molestation, but no one every did that to Elvis, Johnny Cash or Heath Ledger. He really said that. When I think of any of the three of them I think of selfishness, drugs and excess...and Elvis was indeed a pedophile...how old was Priscilla when they got together, 13?

Someone said that "the Black community has so few heroes" that focusing on a little thing like possible pedophilia just isn''t fair.

First of all, whomever said that should crack a history book. The Black community has plenty of role models--and men/women that did a hellava lot more than moonwalk with a good voice. Possible heroes that weren''t man-children. ...have you ever read about Benjamin Banneker?

And I just don't get why the Black community would even look to claim someone who was maiming himself so he wouldn''t look like them. How many surgeries on his nose did he have? I know people with vitiligo...none of them turned white. And the most telling piece of evidence? The sperm donor for his kids was white--you would have thought he'd realize they should be half and half if he wanted top pretend they were his...but no, he so obviously thought of himself as white--and therefore made his kids white. Sick? Yes. But true.

So to make some big racial issue seems more than absurd.

I hoped that the "Era of O" would usher in a less racially charged America...now that we have definitive proof that Americans are still way more sexist than they are racist...but, I swear, I feel like it's been worse since he won...and that sucks.

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Thursday, July 02, 2009

The Left Turns on Helen Thomas

I'm no fan of Helen Thomas. I think she's crass and rude and she looks like a crazy cat woman... (Though I have to admit to finding the HBO documentary about her, Thank you Mr. President, Helen Thomas at the White House, quite interesting...)

That being said, she's been a member of the White House press corpse since Washington was president and (even though she's an avowed Lefty) is pretty consistent about posing tough questions regardless of the political affiliation of the current administration. At the beginning of the era of O it looked like there was a Prez that might have smitten even Helen...

But yesterday, in light of the fact that Obama's latest "town Hall" meeting was STAGED (and chessmom, even the NYT says so!), Helen Thomas actually challenged the administrations claims of transparency (along with CBS's Chip Reid).

"Following a testy exchange during today’s briefing with White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, veteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas told CNSNews.com that not even Richard Nixon tried to control the press the way President Obama is trying to control the press.

“Nixon didn’t try to do that,” Thomas said. “They couldn’t control (the media). They didn’t try.

“What the hell do they think we are, puppets?” Thomas said. “They’re supposed to stay out of our business. They are our public servants. We pay them.”

Thomas said she was especially concerned about the arrangement between the Obama Administration and a writer from the liberal Huffington Post Web site. The writer was invited by the White House to President Obama’s press conference last week on the understanding that he would ask Obama a question about Iran from among questions that had been sent to him by people in Iran.

“When you call the reporter the night before you know damn well what they are going to ask to control you,” Thomas said.

“I’m not saying there has never been managed news before, but this is carried to fare-thee-well--for the town halls, for the press conferences,” she said. “It’s blatant. They don’t give a damn if you know it or not. They ought to be hanging their heads in shame.” (source)

As would be expected, the Kos Kids are turning on her for daring to throw the Nico Pitney (HuffPo) controversy into the mix...

Who would have thought that it would be ol' Helen Thomas that would have ignited a tiny spark of respect for journalism in the Era of 'O'...

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Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Read My Lips...

Every one of Obama's stump speeches that I heard had the claim somewhere in it that NO new taxes would be levied on the middle class.

He often made the charge that McCain was going to do the unthinkable and tax the health care coverage people have through their employer-- the unions ran with this and used it in mass mailings to scare their members. ...AND NOW? Barack has taxing heath care on the table. That would indeed turn out to be a tax on the middle class.

(I keep thinking of jobs that pay pretty crappy but people take for the great benefits...like firefighters...) Speaking of that, you can read Obama's Top Five Health Care Lies over at Forbes.

And Cap -N-Trade? Does "O" think because it's hidden in 1300 unread pages of a climate change bill, that the politicos out here don't realize that this is going to kill the middle class family in utility bills and outrageous gas prices...?

I been trying to get through to Congress and voice my displeasure on both proposals...to no avail thus far. I'm hoping this is a good sign and tons of you are calling too!

What can we do to reclaim our government (...of the people, by the people, for the people?) And our tax dollars? Well, the "cash for clunkers" initiative goes into effect today--so we can all get a $50 car at our local junkyard and then trade it into Barack for $4,500.

We can call our Senators and Reps and fax them this story. We can demand our Congressmen read that report by EPA analyst Alan Carlin IN ADDITION to every word of the bill BEFORE they let Cap&Trade go through the Senate.

I know I'm "nagging", but we can also FIND A TEA PARTY in our area and GO! The powers that be (and even the MSM) can not ignore us if we're out in huge numbers....

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Guest Post by Grizzly Momma

Obama Administration Supports Dictator in Honduran Power Grab

Via the Washington Post, the Obama administration has come down on the wrong side of the troubles in Honduras recently.

"President Obama said yesterday that the military ouster of Honduran President Manuel Zelaya was illegal and could set a "terrible precedent.."

The facts do not support Mr. Obama's statement.

As seen in the Miami Herald, the Army arrested President Manuel Zelaya, as he was making an unconstitutional power grab.

"His actions have been repudiated by the country's supreme court, its congress, its attorney-general, its chief human-rights advocate, all its major churches, its main business association, his own political party (which recently began debating an inquiry into Zelaya's sanity) and most Hondurans..."

The Army acted on the Supreme Court's orders - and there aren't many in Honduras who would disagree with what they did, morally OR legally.

Obama has joined with Castro and Chavez in condemning the act of the Honduran people - the act of defending their constitution. Although what Obama has said doesn't surprise me, I knew he was a raving leftist, but it does really piss me off.

As Mike points out - Obama didn't have much to say in support of the Iranian people courageously standing up to a despotic and brutal government.

He was pretty quick to condemn Hondurans for exercising their duty to uphold their constitution.

Charles Krauthammer weighs in saying that Zelaya is acting extra constitutionally to dismantle a democracy and establish a dictatorship.

I am sick to death of being embarrassed by my president - he's a disgrace.

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