Friday, January 29, 2010

Kerry Illustrates He Just Doesn't Get It

Does he really think the Tea Party anger is about money? That Scott Brown took the liberal lion's seat because our taxes are too high? Is he seriously that dense or just that condescending...or both?

"Climate change advocates must match the intensity of conservative “tea party” activists, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) said Wednesday.

“I want you to go out there and to start knocking on doors, and talking to people and telling people, ‘This has to happen,’ ” Kerry said in a speech at a climate and energy forum hosted by labor, farm and environmental groups.

“If tea party folks can go out there and get angry because they think their taxes are too high, for God's sakes a lot of citizens ought to get angry about the fact that they are being killed and our planet is being injured on a daily basis by the way that we provide our power and our fuel and the old practices,” Kerry added.
.." (source)

Let me help you out Senator Kerry, the Tea Party outrage is about the trashing of our Constitution, the disregard for our founding fathers, the refusal to use history as a guide and the looming threat of the collapse of everything we know and love...the free market system of the land of the free and the home of the brave...the hope of the American dream.

*Kerry pictured in his group-think bubble.

It Can't Compete With the Ballsy Germans...

...but this story is pretty wacky in its own right. Ready?

"...According to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the women reported they went outside their home at 255 Browning Road, Telford, when they heard barking dogs. Jessica Kathleen Alexander, 18, and Tammy Nicole Ortego, 29, said two men then threw them to the ground and raped them.

However, police said both women later recanted their original story.

They allegedly admitted they had met a man on a telephone chat line and then met him for sex. In exchange, the man — who police say was previously unknown to the women — gave them one pack of cigarettes.

The WCSO said Alexander advised they filed the report because they “didn’t enjoy the sex.” (source)

There's so much I could say here about jails being full if women could have men arrested every time they "didn't like the sex"...but I won't say a thing! ;)

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

SOTU or Stump Speech

During FNC's last 'focus group' with Frank Luntz, he gave a website to see if an upcoming focus group would be in your area. I almost went on, but then decided Fox would never have a focus group here in navy blue Philadelphia. So yeah, the focus group on Hannity's show last night was in... PHILADELPHIA.

Okay, just had to vent about that for a second. SO, what I do when I watch a speech or debate is to jot down certain points/quotes and to write my thoughts to certain things. I know this makes me a giant nerd (that and the fact that I put a piece of duct tape over Nancy Pelosi's freaky Botox face so I wouldn't have to look at it the whole speech), but I do this so later when I watch the talking head reaction, I know what were my original thoughts and then what -if anything- I take from them or agree/disagree with.

The first things I have written:
"Doesn't seem very Presidential."
"Not the 'great orator' we're used to."
"So far sounds more like a stump speech than the SOTU."
"All these promises make him seem scared and manic."

Then about the content of the speech:
"How far in until we get to the Blame Bush section?"
"Is he really telling us why we're mad? And getting it totally wrong?"
"What all the talk about the BANK BAILOUTS and crickets on the AUTO UNION BAILOUTS?"
"Where is the charge to the AUTO UNIONS for their bailout?"
"Nuclear power, off shore drilling and clean coal? What is he Sarah Palin now?"
"Slamming SCOTUS and having the Dems stand and applaud when they're in the first rows?"
"What did Alito mouth?"
O: those that "disagree with the overwhelming scientific evidence on climate change." Nice dig, but no one is disputing that the climate is changing --or hasn't changed in the past and will again...they're disputing MAN'S INVOLVEMENT in that change. (Personally, I now have to come clean and say that my new dog might be solely to blame...she emits more methane gas than a herd of cows!)
"End Don't Ask. Don't Tell, document earmarks, cut tax on small business and no freeze on military spending" --he's making promises to every possible constituent and that means he probably won't keep any of them.

I went into the speech thinking that it was going to be a grand slam. That after the Kennedy seat slap down he would make this the Hope and Change hypnotizing speech of the century. I really thought I'd be writing what a good, moving speech it was (regardless of whether I agreed with any of it). But alas, it wasn't.

Sarah Palin described it in one word as "lecture," but I disagree. My one word would be "manic."

Ellie Light = A Kos Kid!

Is that just too good to be true? A crazed Kos Kid sending out letters defending his man?

Forget the Kos minion for a second though...What does that say about the dead tree editors? You can read the infamous email here. Personally, I didn't find it to be any literary wonder and hardly some prolific gem to be read and re-read. It was published 69 times because the editors of all of those papers AGREED with the sentiment.

Back to the Kos Freak. You couldn't be more of a Obamatron than to take the time to send letters to 69 publications (possibly sent to more that didn't print them), 31 states, 3 national publications and a Yahoo link AND 2 foreign publications. What a LOSER, right? Geez. That's even more than the 13 year old ALa penned to Diamond David Lee Roth... This dude definitely wins the Kathy Bates 'Biggest Fan' award.

So, Fifty-one year old Winston Steward came forward after his wife was accused. And turns out --surprise, surprise-- he had a Daily Kos Diary.

And, I saved the best for last:

And WND reports that he's also a HuffPo member. And not surprisingly, he only has 14 friends on Facebook (where the pic is from).

Of course, all of those publications will write a quick little apology blurb that no one will ever see and this will all go away...

Is It Just Me...

Does anyone find it strange that a company would name a product Aciphex? And then have things on their website like:

Get a free trial of Aciphex.
In adults, the most common side effects with ACIPHEX include pain, sore throat, gas, infection, and constipation.


...or am I just really, really immature?

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Great Uniter?

Obama's first State of the Union is in a few short hours and I was just sitting her wondering if there was anything he could say tonight to make his adversaries happy...or even a little less scared for the future of their country?

He did indeed said one thing recently that made me smile:

“I’d rather be a really good one-term president than a mediocre two-term president,” he told Diane Sawyer of ABC News. (source)

Yeah, I'd rather that too.

Obama was billed as the "Great Uniter" -juxtaposed to Bush being the "Great Divider"...but now just one short year after Obama's inaugural speech we see him polling with the BIGGEST DIVIDE of any President thus far:

"Gallup: The 65 percentage-point gap between Democrats' (88%) and Republicans' (23%) average job approval ratings for Barack Obama is easily the largest for any president in his first year in office, greatly exceeding the prior high of 52 points for Bill Clinton." (source)

Let's take a trip back to 8/15/2007 when Obama said: " an interview that he has the capacity [Hillary] may lack to unify the country and move it out of what he called "ideological gridlock." (source)

I'm sure they never imagined that Hope & Change would bring a larger divide than the evil Dubya! I'm sure they'd just say we're all racist and it has nothing to do with his policies though.

And I think we know what tonight's strategy will be...what it's always been: Blame Bush.

"...House Democratic leaders said a report by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) showing a $1.35 trillion deficit in 2010 was the result of policies put in place by President George W. Bush and Republicans in Congress, who controlled the House and Senate until the 2006 elections.

"Today’s CBO report is a clear reminder of the Bush and Republican Congress-era policies that have resulted in the loss of millions of jobs, led to the worst recession since the Great Depression, and turned record surpluses under the Clinton Administration into record deficits," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in a statement..." (source)

I guess Barack's mom never told him that "blame shifting is a sign of immaturity."

Mr. Yudhoyono Tear Down That...Statue.

"About 55,000 Indonesians have signed a petition to have a statue of US President Barack Obama removed.

The statue of the US president as a young boy is located in a park in the capital Jakarta and was unveiled last month. Barack Obama lived in Jakarta from ages six to ten.

Critics say Mr Obama has done nothing for Indonesia and does not deserve a statue. They have opened a petition on the network site Facebook and submitted the results to the Indonesian authorities who have said they will consider the issue..." (source)

Alright, I hate to do it, but I have to stick up for The President here. First of all, I'm pretty sure he didn't ask for the "little Barry" statue to be erected in the first place...after all, he spent his campaign trying to distance himself from Jakarta (shouldn't that have been their first clue?)

And what was he supposed to "do" for them? Did they ever consider the fact that young Barry probably resented the hell out of the stepfather that drug him and his mother to some totally overpopulated little country--and that thoughts of the little conglomeration of islands might bring back bad memories?

After all, according to Wikipedia::

"Indonesia is the stinkiest fart in Southeast Asia and a member of the G-20 major economies."

Winner: Craziest Story ...Ever.

Now, you all know I have a penchant for insane 'news' stories and pride myself in the fact that, over the past 5 and 1/2 years that I've been blogging, I've unearthed some real doosies.

But I've now come across the most insane, inane, over-the-top story ever. Ever! It's so kooky and disturbing I'm not even going to paste a teaser for you to read. Yeah, I just re-read it and there's nothing I can post here...

Weird Story All Time Winner

I dare you produce a stranger entry!

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Mirandizing Terrorists...Please Explain This To Me

"...The Independent chairman and the ranking Republican on the Senate Homeland Security Committee, Joe Lieberman and Susan Collins, demanded that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab be charged as an enemy combatant rather than in a U.S. criminal court.

The decision to charge him in a criminal court "almost certainly prevented the military and the intelligence community from obtaining information that would have been critical to learning more about how our enemy operates and to preventing future attacks," they said in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and Obama's counterterrorism adviser John Brennan...." (source)

Of course as everyone knows (and has most likely yelled at the TV about) is that Crotch-bomber Abdulmutallab is being afforded the right to remain silent and the right to an American tax-payer funded public defender.

Yesterday, Judge Andrew Napalitano and Shepard Smith were both criticizing Lieberman, Collins and any Americans that agreed with them. I believe the Judge said something like (and I'm paraphrasing) ["they agree until they get pulled out of their house and taken down to GITMO"]. What? Judge, the difference is *I* am an AMERICAN CITIZEN. Seriously, does that not matter? Is anyone that enters the country afforded our protections --even if they were trying to blow us up and I missed that history class?

Is this mandated by law or does this administration actually think of terrorism as a criminal act...regardless of what they say? I want to understand.

45 Americans Sought Asylum in Britain

"...statistics show that between 2004 and 2008, 45 Americans submitted asylum applications to the UK Border Agency claiming they had fled the US and were unable to go back because they had a well-founded fear of persecution. Fifteen Canadians also applied. All 60 were turned down.

A US government source said the American applications were most likely submitted by self-declared "political refugees" claiming they faced discrimination under the last administration. The applications from the US peaked in 2008, the final year of George Bush's presidency, when 15 Americans submitted asylum claims.

Between 2004 and 2008 there were 132,640 asylum claims made in the UK, according to government statistics.

The Home Office refused to reveal the rationale behind the claims or why they were refused, saying a manual search of the records would be required, exceeding the time limit for Freedom of Information requests..." (source)

As you read this, did you totally get a mental image of these nut bags? I'm wondering if I should email the gal that wrote the article --she's looking to interview any of the 45...I'll tell her I think they're all pictured here).

Truthfully, I'd love to interview one of them too... Did they return triumphantly the day Bushy left wearing a Hope & Change shirt or are they still locked in a storm cellar somewhere paranoid of America regardless of who is at her helm?

(photo: Zombie, of course)

Top 10 Best Political Gaffes

Well worth the minute and 53 seconds! :)

Rielle Rides the Silky Pony...On Tape.

"... As if John Edwards was not dealing with enough problems already, new reports have surfaced that the former Democratic presidential candidate has starred in his very own tape that contains "several sex acts," reports media blog

The alleged sex tape which is said to feature Edwards and Hunter, "is explicit and reveals that Edwards 'is physically very striking, in a certain area,'" the site reported.

Edwards' aide, Andrew Young, reportedly found the footage on an unmarked tape..." (source)

For some reason, as I read this story, I was laughing thinking of Zelda's reaction. This would all be a lot funnier if his wife didn't have terminal cancer. Are there any other blows she'll have to shoulder? And whomever felt the need to share the possibility of an Edwards' sex tape...that's all we need to know. We really don't need the actual tape released because--mark my words--someone will show it to me and I DON'T WANT TO SEE IT. Ewww.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Beck's Revolutionary Holocaust

If you didn't see Glenn Beck's documentary on FNC this past Friday should take the time to watch it:

Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

I realize that it's easy for the Left to dismiss Beck as an "FM shock jock" (which is absurd given that they have Senators that were Stuart Smalley and a Grand Klegal) but common sense would dictate that Rupert Murdoch wouldn't risk his kingdom over a "FM shock jock" let loose to slander, libel and lie. Though groups like Media Matters exists soley to monitor Glenn, Rush and the like...none have been sued to my knowledge. You'd think if Glenn Beck actually was the "Misinformer of the Year" some lawsuits could have been brought...right?

I want to get a liberal reaction to this...well, other than Politico's article where they found very weak refutes of the content and then seemed upset some of the people questioned seemed impressed with Beck's they buried their quotes at the end of the article on the second page.

Politico's synopsis: "Over the past year, Beck has used images from Nazi rallies or the Soviet Union when stoking fears of creeping socialism in the United States. And he's often placed historical figures into the far-out theories he diagrams on his chalkboard. But in Friday's hour long documentary, titled "The Revolutionary Holocaust: Live Free ... or Die," Beck doubled down on the use of imagery pulled from the 20th century's totalitarian past to make a point about citizens needing to be wary of government overreach in the present."
Buried on the second page: But Edwards said he was impressed by Beck's "solid research" and willingness to take on "still-prevailing myths about Che Guevara and Mao." In Edwards opinion, it was "one of the best documentaries [he's] seen on communism," and rare in today's media world.

"I think this suggests the line on Beck that he is some kind of wild man is just not true," Edwards said. "This guy is thoughtful and interested in history. How many journalists in cable, print or whatever have this kind of interest in giving you a historical context. I think he should be commended for that."

Gillespie, who covered the Hollywood-ization and marketing of Guevara as a fashion icon for Reason, agreed that Beck is doing something no one else is doing in cable news — which even critics would probably agree with, although for different reasons.

"Beck may be a strange mix of comedy and pathos, but he's also bringing substantive discussion to cable news and creating arguments that can be engaged, refuted or amended," Gillespie said after the film aired.

Goldberg, reached before the show aired, described what he'd seen of it as "very hard-hitting."(source)

There have been articles suggesting a Palin-Beck 2012 ticket...Consider me in.

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Who is Ellie Light?

Yesterday a trend began to emerge. Status updates on facebook started to appear asking the question "Who is Ellie Light?"

These cryptic updates caused predictable curiosity and subsequent searching --driving trends on Google and Yahoo to help expose Ellie Light for what would have gone unnoticed in pre-internet vigilance times...

Explanation from Newsbusters:

"In January, an anonymous person supposedly named "Ellie Light" launched a massive PR campaign on behalf of President Barack Obama.

The goal appears to have been to infiltrate as many newspapers as possible to spread pro-Obama propaganda -- as if the press needed the help.

Light's plan was simple enough: write a compelling letter to the editor, pretend to be a concerned reader in the region, and persuade the paper to print her liberal blather.

For three weeks, editors of mainstream newspapers big and small allowed Light to spread Democrat talking points under the guise of small-town grassroots without anyone bothering to double check her story. Read the whole story

Anyone with a facebook page- write "Who is Ellie Light?" as your status update...then sit back and smile contently as all your friends Google it and unwittingly help spread the word :)

(Another good article about Ellie Light)

Update: Another one has popped up: Who Is Mark Spivey?

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Great Finds

Last night I was looking around Etsy for French bulldog stuff (for you man-types: Etsy is an online community for buying and selling handmade items...but not just for men, anything you could want! ...even things for Jpck, Free or Rickvid)

I ended up buying a recycled cardboard Ronald Reagan cuff bracelet (how cool is that?), but then I found a seller that has the coolest stuff...

Is that the cutest thing ever? She also has Harry Potter and Twilight ones... But, I think I might have to order this mini Constitution necklace:

Her Etsy shop is called Sophie's Beads.

And I guess while I'm telling you about a complete stranger that doesn't even know I'm posting this, I should direct you to my friend's Etsy shop (which I did some of the photography for): Payton Woodcraft. Her and her husband make really cool wood jewelry. I don't know about you, but I like to know I'm helping Conservative-owned small businesses!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Scott Baio Gets Liberal Death Threats for Free Speech (and the Truth)

So, have you heard about the Scott Baio-Twitter-Michelle Obama controversy? Could you ever have imagined there would be a such thing as a Scott Baio-Twitter-Michelle Obama controversy?

So, Scott Baio (the hot Chachi Arcola from Happy Days) Tweeted this pic of the first lady that read something like, [Can you believe President Obama has to wake up next to this every morning?]

Little did he know that little Tweet would unleash a torrent of liberal rage. The death threats began. He had to contact the FBI. Then, predictably, accusations of racism came flooding in.

"After receiving the initial criticism, Baio protested the photo was only a joke and appealed to his fellow Twitter users to have a 'sense of humour'.

He wrote: 'I did not alter that picture. Stop bashing my charity just because I post an unflattering pic of a woman. Grow up people, have some humour.

'One bad picture of a woman and everyone wants to bash me? If it had been of (Sarah) Palin people would have probably cheered. I am NOT making fun of anyone.

'People need to relax and laugh a bit. Life is too short no matter what (political) party you are with. A joke is just that, a joke.'

However, one Twitter user in particular was particularly incensed and sent Baio some chilling threats, which the actor then posted on his own page, also known as 'Re-Tweeting'. source

Newsflash: You can say an African American is ugly and that doesn't make you a racist. There are ugly Black people, just like there are ugly white people and I'm sure if there were purple people there would be ugly ones! Whay are they acting shocked? Michelle Obama certainly does the most with her $44 million and the looks she's been given, but it's obvious she's no Lauryn Hill. And so what, not every can be.

So, Baio was right on with the Sarah Palin comment and he should have left it's where he messed up:

"Then, in a bid to prove he wasn't racist, Baio posted a photo of himself with a black friend of his wife.
Scott Baio

Worrying: Baio's posted the threats on his Twitter page for all to see

He said: 'I'm NOT racist for posting a pic of Michelle Obama. My wife's best friend is black, hello.

'If I'm racist, don't think I would have directed shows like The Parkers and The Wayans Brothers or worked 41 episodes with Victoria Rowell on Diagnosis: Murder.' (source)

He gave validity to the racism claims by addressing them--and then trying to prove them wrong with the 'I have a Black friend' thing. Listen, I totally understand the desire...I have gotten called racist here tons of times and you have to learn to walk away from the computer knowing that people in my real life KNOW without a doubt that I am not racist at all... I wish he could have done that.

David Bowie's wife and model Iman called Michelle Obama ugly, but since she followed it with how intelligent she was no one seemed to care...

"Cultural Ignorance" or Necessary Precaution?

"A Jewish prayer box worn by a teen passenger caused a Thursday morning furor on a flight from LaGuardia Airport, forcing an emergency landing in Philadelphia, authorities said.

The mix-up involved the 17-year-old boy's tefillin, a black box filled with Biblical verses and tied with leather straps to his head, said Philadelphia police Lt. Frank Vanore.

Although the teen explained the significance of the tefillin to the crew, the pilot opted to land the plane in Philadelphia anyway, Vanore said.

The tefillin-wearing youth was traveling with his sister from New York to Louisville. The boxes - a second one is tied around the arm - are typically worn by men in certain Orthodox Jewish communities." (source)

Hello! People! I don't give a crap if you're carrying the ashes of Abraham Lincoln and praying that they don't spill. This is POST 9/11 and if you have black boxes strapped to you and you're mumbling prayers (regardless of which God you are praying to), consider yourself a threat. Consider the fact that you're scaring the crap out of the other passengers that are jittery flying anyway. Please consider praying silently in your head and refraining from garb that could harbor explosives for the duration of the flight --is that really too much to ask?!

I was shocked that a poll on the NY Daily News' site has a poll in which 58% voted that this flight landing was due to "cultural ignorance" and 42% (myself included) voted that it was a "necessary precaution in this day and age."

I say bravo to the flight crew that decided to err on the side of caution, and to the young man that cooperated fully (and probably won't be calling the ACLU). This should send a message to CAIR that anyone in strange clothing carrying strange objects and mumbling prayer is subject to suspicion...not just Muslims.

Best Historical Figure (other than Ronald Reagan)?

Not sure if you remember when my oldest had the Living Wax Museum project at the end of 3rd grade...he was Ronald Reagan? Well, now it's that time again and take a wild guess who my middle son wants to be?

Yes, George W. Bush. Actually his first choice was Harry Houdini, but someone else picked him. Last night he said he wanted to be Dubya and I discouraged him. Which sucks that I had to do. I asked him why he wanted to be him and he informed me that they have a lot in seems they are "both Republicans, both love baseball and both list tacos as their favorite food." I told him teachers might treat him different if he chooses Bush. He doesn't know this and I would never get into it with him...but I'm 99.9% sure his teacher this year is a big Ellen fan...if you know what I mean...

It sucks I have to burden a 9 year old with this crap. He should just be able to be the person he wants...but the possible backlash/smirks/sneers is reality, right? Am I over-reacting? I'd bet my life there will be multiple Michelle and Barack Obamas -possibly a Hillary or two and those parents won;t struggle over the decision. He asked me if teachers could give him bad grades because he liked Bush. Then we discussed 'should' and 'could...'

Any other suggestions? Stormin' Norman? Ollie North? Chesty Puller? Winston Churchill? It's supposed to be someone that changed history...

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

"Don't Jam Through Health Care 'Reform'"

"President Obama warned Democrats in Congress today not to "jam" a health care reform bill through now that they've lost their commanding majority in the Senate, and said they must wait for newly elected Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown to be sworn into office..." (source)

When I read this, I couldn't wait to see how the DUers and the Kos Kids were taking the admonishment...The answer is --not well. I'm sure they scanned our sites after Obama won to gloat at our depression, so we should feel no guilt at doing the's a little snapshot of their pain:

First they all turned on Obama:
Says it all, doesn't it
Yep - how disappointing.
I guess [Obama] just does not get it.
He gets it
Not Sure
He cares more about being the bipartisonator
If he's more interested in how the GOP likes his initiatives than in how they affect Americans

But before you feel proud that Obama is doing the honorable thing by haltingn the bill until Brown is seated...don't. In this same interview he basically said that Brown won because of eight years of anger over the Bush administration. Huh?

Ok, back to the Democratic Undergrounders, once they had verbally spanked the President their ire turned to Senator Jim Webb:

"Less than 15 minutes after the race was called for Republican Scott Brown, the first of what could be many conservative Democrats asks for leadership to put the brakes on health care reform.

Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) congratulated Brown on his win and delivered a zinger:

"In many ways the campaign in Massachusetts became a referendum not only on health care reform but also on the openness and integrity of our government process. It is vital that we restore the respect of the American people in our system of government and in our leaders. To that end, I believe it would only be fair and prudent that we suspend further votes on health care legislation until Senator-elect Brown is seated." (source)

WTF is Webb doing congratulating that POS?
It's pro-forma. Obama called Brown, too. So did Vicki Kennedy, though
So much for Webb doing the "Democrats" much good. Of course, the Dems don't even fuckin' know who
They had a chance to get HCR right.
I doubt HR 676 ever had any real support, despite its 100 co-sponsors. For one thing, it
Webb got the part about "a referendum not only on health care reform but also on the
Amen brother. n/t
(Scan the entire conversation here)

And really the DUers have been totally out-done by the Kos Kids who all want their campaign time and money back from Obama...who they are affectionately call 'Oatmeal.' This thread is well worth the peek... (and I took their graphic too).

Meet Frances Quinn's Father...John Edwards

"Former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards has finally come forward to admit that he fathered a child with a videographer he hired before his second White House bid. "It was wrong for me to ever deny she was my daughter," he said Thursday.

"I will do everything in my power to provide her (Frances) with the love and support she deserves. I have been able to spend time with her during the past year and trust that future efforts to show her the love and affection she deserves can be done privately and in peace."

Edwards also said, "It was wrong for me ever to deny she was my daughter and hopefully one day, when she understands, she will forgive me."

"I have been providing financial support for Quinn and have reached an agreement with her mother to continue providing support in the future," the statement said. "To all those I have disappointed and hurt, these words will never be enough, but I am truly sorry."

Harrison Hickman, Edwards' longtime political adviser, called the situation "a lot more complicated than people think." (source)

I many men could/would deny a child for the dream of the Oval Office? Normally I would feel bad for the children, but in this case my sympathy goes to his wife. I'm sure this has all been very therapeutic for someone with terminal cancer...Ugh, could he be a bigger douche? I can't believe my mom believed him...

Liberal Analysis of the Race in Massachusetts

I'm not a huge Jon Stewart fan, but this did make me laugh (and i do like to check in and see what the opposition is telling the masses...)

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Mass Backwards
Daily Show
Full Episodes
Political HumorHealth Care Crisis

(h/t: kali)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


"This isn't Ted Kennedy's seat. This is the people's seat." ~Scott Brown

I hope Teddy can see up this high.

So truthfully, I was so incredibly jazzed about a Republican sitting in "the liberal lion's seat" that I hadn't even read much about Scott Brown prior to the election (other than the posing naked in Cosmo thing of course).

First, kinda cool that his daughter is named 'Ayla' (I guess he's also a Jean M. Auel fan...) Apparently, she was an American Idol contestant. But some things that actually matter:

  • He has worked to tighten sex offender laws and increase sexual abuse victims' rights.

  • He is pro-choice but has the endorsement of the Massachusetts Citizens for Life, who believe he would vote for a pro-life Supreme Court judge. Against partial-birth abortion and for parental notification.

    -"Roe v. Wade is the law of the land, and I don't plan on overturning it, but I've always felt that, you know, I'm against partial-birth abortions and believe in parental consent, a strong parental notification law." The Boston Globe, Nov. 20, 2009

  • Is against gay marriage but favors civil unions.

  • Why was every Democrat that was interviewed last night drumming the "Republicans were riding the populist wave" line --Nate said that here too...I guess it's the DNC talking point for the loss.

    Populist: a believer in the rights, wisdom, or virtues of the common people. (www.

    The common man vs. the elites...isn't that what the DNC always purports to be? SO why are they saying it like it's a bad thing now? If Obama and his minions are pushing through a health care bill that the majority of Americans are against...isn't that indeed the common man vs. the elites?

    A Republican vowing to be the vote needed to slow down/stop the health care bill sitting in the seat occupied by Teddy Kennedy for the last 46 years. Pinch me. And this time last year the MSM was saying the GOP was a dead party...

    But just so you don;t think the delusions have subsided-- the Washington Post's headline after the Brown win: Massachusetts race wasn't a referendum on health-care reform...

    Stuart Smalley was so stoked to be the 60th vote...he must be fuming. How wonderful.

    Now, are we just an angry mob? Just a bunch of tea baggers...?

    Update: Why don't Democrats realize that doing interviews today proclaiming that the reason Scott brown lost is because health care 'wasn't explained good enough' and that the President needs to 'get out there and talk about it in simpler terms' is SO INCREDIBLY INSULTING/ their group think bubble really that impenetrable?

    Free Fry Mumia

    "The Supreme Court on Tuesday threw out a court ruling that invalidated former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal's death sentence for killing a Philadelphia police officer in 1981.

    Since Abu-Jamal's 1982 conviction, activists in the United States and Europe have rallied in support of his claims that he was the victim of a racist justice system. Abu-Jamal has kept his case in the spotlight through books and radio broadcasts.

    The appeals court upheld Abu-Jamal's conviction but held his death sentence invalid. The Supreme Court earlier rejected Abu-Jamal's appeal of his conviction...

    The case is Beard v. Abu-Jamal, 08-652." (source)

    Anyone left out there that may still harbor some hesitation as to whether it was Mumia that killed Officer Daniel Faulkner in cold blood...only need read the transcripts. They even made a convert of one of my liberal brothers whose friends were all on the 'Free Mumia bandwagon'...thankfully he did the reading.

    Is it sad or amusing that the LA Times is calling a decision by the Supreme Court to keep the death penalty a setback for Mumia. Setback?

    "This assassination has been made a circus by those people in the world and this city who believe falsely that Mumia Abu-Jamal is some kind of a folk hero," then-Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham said when the federal appeals court upheld the conviction. "He is nothing short of an assassin."

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    Tuesday, January 19, 2010

    Bay Staters...GO VOTE!

    I thought this would be the worst day ever. Last Monday during the baby's 15 month routine checkup, his doctor heard a systolic heart murmur. He told me not to panic, but promptly handed me a referral for a pediatric cardiologist. I am going today at 9:30 for my little man to have an Echo and EKG. Despite all the doctors assurances, I am pretty upset about it.

    ...But, I do have to say that the special election today in Massachusetts is helping to keep my mood afloat. I think if it weren't for the whole damper of someone questioning the function of my baby's heart, I'd be absolutely giddy...

    Teddy Kennedy, champion of the socialization of health care, replaced by a Republican vowing to be the vote to end the health care bill? Could anything be better?

    Even though the latest polls have SCOTT BROWN polling at 51 over Coakley's 46 (Holy crap!), I am trying not to get my hopes too far up because this really is just too good to be true.

    Bay Staters...Go Vote! Everyone else...fingers crossed!

    Relief for Haiti

    My lack of Haiti blogging does not denote a lack of interest or concern... It's just so horrific -and like 9/11 you can't seem to escape the images...

    Presidents Bush and Clinton have already raised $8 million dollars. I can't believe how old Bushy looks. When I walked into the room while this press conference was on, I thought it was his father at first. I don't know who would ever want to be President --it sucks the life blood from you.

    Friends of mine are in the middle of adopting a little boy from Haiti. The two year old survived the quake, but only today were the children of his orphanage given a tent. They have had to go through so much red tape to adopt this little one --and for as long as they've been going through the motions, he should have never even have been there for this. He should have been and sound. Why do other countries stall the American adoptions?! I hate that pride comes before the well-being of their orphaned children.

    Speaking of the unspeakable, I NEVER want to hear anyone complain about their job again. Haitians are being paid $1.50 A DAY to pull dead, rotting bodies from the rubble--and it's not all relative.

    Look through the Red Cross pictures


    BS Insanity: Beginning of Week 3

    For any newcomers...Bathing Suit Insanity is the culmination of a bunch of us here that decided that whether we needed to lose 5, 25, 60 or 100 lbs (or just tone up), it was better to do it with support and partners in pain. The bravest of the brave will post a picture of their progress...possibly in a bathing suit...on July 26, 2010. We have a little over 6 months.

    There were two days last week I couldn't do the DVD so I walked with the baby instead (and I had guilt-so that's a good sign). I'm liking Slim in 6 --the second DVD gets a lot harder than the first one was (there are 3)... I have never used resistance bands before and I have to assume they work as I am sore in places I didn't know had muscle...

    Because of many of your recommendations (and that of a friend whose Sensei is using it), I decided to order P90X for when I'm done Slim in 6. I found all 13 DVDs for $40.

    The hardest thing for me is always crunches...I ALWAYS hurt my back and neck regardless of who helps me with form. The other thing that sucks is the "nothing 3 hours before bed."

    The Slim in 6 has a host of supplements that I didn't order, but now I'm wondering if I should. Do I need them if I am eating well and taking a multi-vitamin?

    Monday, January 18, 2010

    Michelle Obama: On Words and Deeds

    There is a great article posted at American Thinker about the vast crevasse that divides Michelle Obama's "pronouncements, advise, injunctions and edicts" from her actions.

    It starts with her quick dismissal of Harry's Reid's racial gaff and then deals heavily with the contradiction of partaking in the couture life while espousing socialist ideals.

    "...The First Lady is well aware that the President stresses that Americans should surrender personal aspirations for the sake of the collective. "All Americans will have to sacrifice to put the economy back on track," Obama said. "Everybody's going to have to give...Everybody's going to have to have some skin in the game." To date, Michelle's contribution to "skin in the game" is the acquisition of an off-the-shelf, $1,900.00 snakeskin clutch.

    Excusing herself, Michelle is of the opinion that "in order to get things like universal health care and a revamped education system ... someone is going to have to give up a piece of their pie so that someone else can have more." (Read the whole article)

    This is something that interests me greatly --given that both of the Obamas are constantly being heralded as role models. I want to see some substance behind the claims...and I haven't. I have already exhausted my posting about their lack of charitable giving, but it's something I think about often. How can they believe that wealth should be redistributed for the common good, then promptly exempt themselves (AND THE UNIONS) from that redistribution...and manage to do it without a negative sound from the so-called fourth branch of government? When will the press's obligation to the people and commitment to the truth overpower their love affair with the Obamas?

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    Special MLK day edition :)
    (Needless to say, this was taken many years before the Obama endorsement...)

    Saturday, January 16, 2010

    Coming Soon to a Liberal Bastion Near You
    A Republican In Teddy's Seat...?!

    The latest polls have the Lt. Colonel of the Army National Guard and former "Cosmo's Sexiest Man" Scott Brown pulling ahead of anti-hockey, terror-disbelieving Martha Coakley.

    The Dems are even pulling out the 'big guns'...Bubba was there and Obama is on his way. Lest the pundits divert the issue from the people being opposed to this disasterous health care bill to blaming the candidate --Coakley won her bid for Attorney General easily....with over 70% of the vote.

    Will the Dems ignore the message? Will they pretend the fact that a no-name Republican is polling this close to getting a seat weighed down by a Kennedy for over 40 years means THE PEOPLE are upset over Health Care and spending?! Will they give the Tea Party movement some validity? (Of course these are rhetorical questions...they'll probably just find a way to blame Bush for the loss...)

    Too Many to Choose From

    I'm not normally a t-shirt slogan person, but there are so many on this site that I love...

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    Friday, January 15, 2010

    Things That Are Getting Better

    The new issue of "O Magazine" has a cover article entitled "100 Things That Are (Actually) Getting Better." I was thinking 'getting better' as in despite a rotten economy, etc. But now that I've read it, I'm thinking it means getting better since the other O! took office...

    This was the first one that caught my eye:

    "The CDC's National Center for Health says that American divorce has dropped every year since 2006, bringing it down to the lowest point since 1970."

    That is good and I was hoping the rest of the list would be as uplifting. There were silly additions like M&Ms in more colors and better girdles, but there were also these three gems buried in the list:

    #29 "Our reputation around the world. Looks like the Ugly American has gotten a makeover. According to the Pew Research Center, the nation's standings on the rise in Latin America, Africa, much of Asia and Western Europe (a certain Norwegian prize committee comes to mind...)."

    The there was #67 -which I thought was just a bit strange:

    "Beirut. With chic hotels popping up, a thriving gay scene taking hold, the thrumming bars and clubs of the trendy Gemmayzeh district becoming international hot spots Beirut is rebuilding itself in high style."

    And, of course, #89:

    "The EPA. A shot of much-needed vitality and resolve has come to the Environmental protection Agency courtesy of Lisa Jackson, its first ever African American chief and in her cross hairs: greenhouse gasses, hazardous waste sites, climate change, tailpipe emissions, protection of our waterways and clean air standards."

    (Source for all bolded quotes: O Magazine, February 2010, Volume 11, Number 2)

    Maybe I'm just jealous. Oprah has this huge platform and I'd be lying to say that if I had it, I wouldn't use it the same way. I guess it just really bothers me that her political views don't reflect her life struggle. She came from nothing -she is the American dream. Proof that Capitalism and the free market system is alive and well... Proof that anyone (poor, female, minority, etc.) CAN make it with hard work, a strong work ethic and perseverance.

    We've Decided to Adopt

    ...a dog instead of buying a puppy. This is a big step for me. Trusting a dog I didn't raise from a pup around my kids...

    So I've been looking for the perfect fit for our family. A breed that I know and trust. A dog that is proven to be above reproach around children. A dog that had the "right" story.

    First, let me just say that the application process (and competition) is insane! I felt like telling them to leave my pages on file in case I ever wanted to forward it to a human adoption agency. It was seriously that intense. I even had to send pics of our yard, every room of our house and one of each of us...

    But, last week I finally found her. Lola, L. O. L. A. Lola. A three year old French Bulldog. She's currently in upstate NY and I am going to get her on Sunday.

    There are so many dogs out there being surrendered because of the economy. Most breeds have their own rescue groups --so choosing to adopt doesn't mean you have to end up with a dog/breed/mix that you aren't crazy about...

    Lola is already spayed, housebroken and obedience trained...wish I could have gotten my kids that way! ;)

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    Thursday, January 14, 2010

    Earthquakes as Retribution?

    Yesterday Pat Robertson said that the earthquake that devastated Haiti on Tuesday was the result of a pact the Haitians made with the Devil to oust the French in Revolution. He believes that this pact has been the cause of the many hardships that have plagued the small country throughout the years since its independence. (He supported this argument by pointing to the fact that the Dominican Republic has tourism and lacks the abject poverty that beleaguers Haiti).

    Out of curiosity (and boredom) I looked up Haiti's religious makeup and was surprised (in light of Robertson's comments) to find that the majority of Haitians are Roman Catholic...majority as in 95%! There are also Jehovah'’s Witnesses, Evangelical Christians, Pentecostals and a small number of Muslims. There are indeed those that practice Vodou, but mainly in the rural parts of the country--and it seems from what I can gather, there is still a stigma attached.

    So, given this information, I wonder why Pat Robertson would make this statement as thousands of children are trapped under rubble...? Does he believe that God would create a dooms day Sodom and Gomorrah scenario for a country in which 95% of its citizens believe in Him and His son?

    Unlike a few in the MSM I heard last night, I'm not questioning Robertson's prerogative to believe this AND to say it...I am questioning the logic and the data behind the belief...

    What I do find amazing is the fact that most people believe in the supernatural retribution of "karma" and talk about it quite freely, but if someone dares to imply the supernatural retribution is "God"...they're crazy or "vile." If you do believe in God, why wouldn't he punish people with earthquakes and other destructive happenings? The rainbow is a promise the Earth won't be destroyed by water...not shaking or whipping winds.

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    100 Hours

    Liz Cheney's Keep America Safe ad:

    Keep America Safe: "100 Hours" from Keep America Safe on Vimeo.

    Shall we explore Ms. Cheney in the 2012 Meet and Greet?

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    Wednesday, January 13, 2010

    Teddy's Seat is in Play?

    No one expected there to be any contest in the election over the late Teddy Kennedy's Senate seat. But, according to the polls, it might actually be in play (if I were a Conservative in MA, I wouldn't hold my breath...we are talking about a Commonwealth comprised of a voter base that repeatedly re-elected Kerry and Kennedy after all...).

    What I find interesting about the race between Martha Coakley (D) and Scott Brown (R) is they are both using healthcare as a major talking point. Brown is promising to be the 41st vote that can break the filibuster-proof majority and Coakley is (predictably) saying she will be Obama's 60th vote.

    The fact that the polls have these opponents within a few points (some polls as many as 15, but some have Brown leading by one) speaks volumes about the frustrations of the past year...Massachusetts is a liberal bastion... Can you imagine the sheer panic that will grip the DNC if a Republican takes Teddy Kennedy's seat!?

    If the GOP had some balls they'd mimic the very late Joe Kennedy and get this seat the way he got it for his son... Hire someone else named Martha Coakley to run to split up her vote allowing Scott Brown to win. Hey, it was good enough for JFK...

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    Tuesday, January 12, 2010

    Racism or Bigotry

    Senator Harry Reid, as we all know, gave an interview to Mark Halperin and John Heilemann when they were collecting information for their book, Game Change. According to the authors, and acknowledged by Senator Reid, “He was wowed by Obama’s oratorical gifts and believed that the country was ready to embrace a black presidential candidate, especially one such as Obama—a ‘light –skinned’ African American ‘with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.’”

    Was this racist?

    The Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary defines racism as: a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race.

    A bigot, however, is: a person obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices; especially: one who regards or treats the members of a group (as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance.

    I suggest that Harry Reid’s comments were not based in racism. I have not seen any information that suggests that he believes racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race.

    I propose that his comments were based in bigotry. Not racial or ethnic bigotry, but bigotry against whites who do not hew to his “progressive” politics. The definition of a bigot is one who is intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices.

    My opinion is that Mr. Reid is/was of the opinion that whites, especially southern whites, would never vote for a dark-skinned man with a “Negro” dialect. However, those rednecks might accept a light-skinned African American with no “Negro” dialect.

    It is amazing, and a frequent topic here, that libs cannot accept that someone might have a difference of opinion based on intellect. They, as a generality, are bigots. They are obstinately and intolerantly devoted to their own opinions.

    It is not based on race, but on bigotry and intolerance. The funny think, when you think about it, is that he is bigoted against "low class" whites while this argument is all about whether black people will be offended!! The people who ought to be offended are the white people that Harry Reid is saying are too racist/stupid to see past a person's appearance or voice.

    Harry Reid's Vernacular

    The new hard drive has been working like a charm...until we downloaded MacAfee. Last night we got the dreaded blue screen again. Coincidence? I have no idea, but this is getting old...

    Anyway, I was thinking about this whole Harry Reid thing -and I think I've proved that I won't fake indignation... But, Bob Beckel (who greatly disappointed me by mispronouncing comparable) is right...there is a huge difference between Trent Lott's statements and those made by the Majority Leader.

    Granted, Lott's were stupid, and when put into a story reiterating all the views Strom Thurmond held in his 20's it looked pretty bad, but I honestly don't think anyone believed Lott was advocating the perseverance of slavery. He was at some ancient dude's b-day, tring to make a nice speech. A memorable speech if you will...well, mission accomplished, right?

    Reid on the other hand, though the spirit of what he said was fine...the fact that he still uses the word "negro" is just plain weird. I'm almost 40 and that word was already out-of-use for the duration of my lifetime--it's like he's trapped in some bad Oprah-sponsored movie.

    But, aside from the blatant hypocrisy of the top Dems all calling for Trent Lott to step down and nothing but excuses for their Health Care the Mormon thing (which I haven't heard anyone else bring up). If a Repub had said this, and a Mormon at that (let's say Mitt Romney), the press would be bringing up the racial past and skeletons of LDS. Yet not a peep. Religion is always blamed first...unless you want health care reform or your pastor is Jeremiah Wright I guess...

    Senator Reid, I always tell my kids, 'you can't "slip" and say something that isn't in your vocabulary to begin with...'
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    Monday, January 11, 2010

    Unsung Heroes?

    Jasper Schuringa.
    Kimberly Munley.
    Mark Todd.

    Though I was really glad to hear that we are indeed at "War with al Qaeda" and not just dealing with "man-caused disasters," I feel The President (and all of us for that matter) have neglected major contributions to that war. Heroes that have gone largely unheralded. The heroes pictured above.

  • Jasper Schuringa: "....he was only certain something was wrong when he saw smoke. He saw Abdulmutallab's pants open and he was holding a burning object between his legs.

    "I pulled the object from him and tried to extinguish the fire with my hands and threw it away," Schuringa said.

    He said he then screamed for water and pulled Abdulmutallab out of his seat and dragged him to the front of the plane.

    To ensure the suspect did not have other explosives on his body, Schuringa stripped off Abdulmutallab's clothes. He then handcuffed the alleged attacker with the help of a crew member.

    Schuringa said the other passengers applauded as he returned to his seat and that he sustained minor injuries during the take down..." (source)

    This dude is hardcore. He grabbed the burning underpants with his bare hands with no second thought --the plane had 200+ people on it and no one else did that. No one else jumping into action like that. Of course over at HuffPo, they're probably mad he roughed up an al Qaeda and are writing disparaging articles and putting HERO in quotations...
    Well, *I* think you're a HERO (no quotes) Jasper and if you want the rights to the picture YOU took, I think it's the least we can do...

  • Kimberly Munley: I don't care that Officer Munley wasn't the one that actually stopped Hasan the Ft. Hood shooter...she drew her weapon and started shooting while he was shooting at her. Under fire (literally) she proved her character. And, once again despite what HuffPo says, she's a hero in my eyes. Can you fathom that the moonbats at HuffPo are making about "military lies" and a Black man VS a White woman? Don't they get it that it's Americans against radical, crazed Muslims?

  • Mark Todd: The civilian police officer that actually took down Hasan at Ft. Hood.
    "...[Todd] and Munley arrived at the base processing center at the same time, but split up.

    Munley encountered Hasan first and was shot three times in the ensuing gun battle. It's unclear if Hasan was hit.

    Still on his feet, the blood-thirsty Army psychiatrist paused to load his handgun before Todd found him.

    "I came around. I challenged him. I saw him turn toward me and I started taking fire again, and then I returned fire," Todd told NBC's "Today" show.

    Todd said that his shots knocked Hasan off of his feet and he then he checked the gunman for other weapons.

    "I thank God to this day that I wasn't hit," Todd added. "It was a miracle." (source)

  • The fact that all of them kept their head and reacted amidst the chaos of both situations is amazing --and truthfully, other than a flash in the pan here and there, I don't feel like enough attention has been paid to their contributions...except by HuffPo to disparage them...

    Under Duress

    Apparently Haloscan is now defunct. Yes, the Haloscan that I paid for a "lifetime account" is no more. Now it's Echo...which I had to pay for or "lose all comments that have ever been made."

    Should I leave the comments as is with the newest at the top or see if I can switch it? I do like that we can add photos in the comments...I have always wanted to do that.

    So, halt the emails complaining about the know I hate CHANGE. I had no choice.

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    Sunday, January 10, 2010

    CBFTW on Huckabee

    Colby playing Slayer on Huckabee! How awesome is that? :) What some of you might not know is that CB and I connected because of our common music bond. I actually burned him a CD while he was in Iraq that I decided not to send because it was just too hard core and I didn't want to be responsible for a Haditha-type incident...

    Saturday, January 09, 2010

    See, Even Blogthings Says I'm Funny...

    You Are Humor

    You love to laugh at life, and if possible, get others to laugh along with you.

    You believe there's always a humorous side to everything. And your sense of humor ranges from upbeat to very dark.

    You are outrageous and very honest. You're often the only one willing to say what everyone else is thinking.

    You are witty and verbally talented. You like to play with words and say things in interesting ways.

    Friday, January 08, 2010

    The Twisted Thoughts of the Far Left

    The Left just makes crap up. Strange things that really have no bearing on politics, so I have no idea why they assign such far out narratives to the Conservatives amongst them. Case in Point:

    Our friend KayinMaine has a post on her site that begins with this picture and asks things like: "Who is this person in your mind? Would you want him in your home? Sitting next to you on a plane, or in Gitmo?"

    As if brown hair and brown eyes denotes a terrorist in the very small minds of the Right? How many Conservatives here have dark hair and dark eyes?

    The article then proceeds to "Shock you" by letting your small mind know that it was indeed a representation of Jesus Christ that you wanted strip searched.

    Now add a keffiyeh, a prayer mat, a Qu'ran, a long pubic hair beard and mumblings about killing Jews to that dude and yes...I want him cavity searched before he gets on my plane.

    Now what's really interesting, aside from this post that made me open up my narrow mind and realize that not all brunettes are out to blow up the comments under the post.

    Things like this:

    "...And he looks kind of….whispering….Jewish. I’m always amazed how Christians ignore that fact and of course almost everything that was ever attributed to him saying, especially do unto others..."

    First of all, isn't it Conservatives that are the stalwart defenders of the Jewish State? Aren't Conservatives the ones that encourage faith?

    And stating that Christians will only accept Jesus if he "looks like a WASP" --is that implying Americans don't find Jews attractive? I guess Kay and her minions have never seen Adrian Grenier or James Franco...or David Lee Roth back in the day for that matter...

    Two Questions for Gay Marriage Advocates

    My position on gay marriage is well documented--and though I am totally against denying any American legal rights and protections that another is privy to, I have reservations about going as far as gay "marriage."

    Here are the two questions that comprise the basis of my hesitation:

    First, if gay marriage is made legal, could the ACLU and others of their diabolical ilk sue a Christian/Catholic/Mormon/Muslim church that refused to marry a gay couple due to religious conviction/beliefs? And would the SCOTUS have to uphold a ruling because of the new found legal status?

    Second, yes...sorry...the dreaded "slippery slope" argument. What about polygamy? People that claim they were born loving more than one--that feel it's their calling? Or a group that feels as if cousins--or half brothers and sisters should marry? If we broaden the definition of marriage, how do we determine when to stop? How is it fair to allow two men to marry but not a man and two women?

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    Thursday, January 07, 2010

    "Cadillac" Health Care & First Responders

    This morning, as the Congressional Democrats of the self-proclaimed "most transparent administration ever" meet in secret behind bolted doors, we hear leaks that Obama is encourages said Democrats to get over their resistance to taxing the "Cadillac health care plans."

    "...President Obama signaled to House Democratic leaders Wednesday that they'll have to drop their opposition to taxing high-end health insurance plans to pay for health coverage for millions of uninsured Americans.

    In a meeting at the White House, Obama expressed his preference for the insurance tax contained in the Senate's health overhaul bill, but largely opposed by House Democrats and organized labor, Democratic aides said. The aides spoke on condition of anonymity because the meeting was private.

    House Democrats want to raise income taxes on high-income individuals instead and are reluctant to abandon that approach, while recognizing that they will likely have to bend on that and other issues so that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., can maintain his fragile 60-vote majority support for the bill." (source)

    Now, as giddy as I am over the prospect of this administration alienating another group of their backers...and as much as I might enjoy seeing the almighty labor union leaders get royally screwed by the very candidate they "encouraged" all their minions to vote for... would really suck for the first responders. Yes, police and fire do what they do for paltry pay checks...but the health care benefits and pension plans work to ease the pain of the crappy wages. If these plans were heavily taxed, it would seriously be an undo burden on their families.

    I feel bad these guys that actually work and risk their lives might have to go down with the corrupt Union ship...