Friday, February 26, 2010

Fairness Doctrine* in Baby Steps...

If the Obama administration can't yet legally pluck Glenn, Rush and Sean from the airwaves...they can at least attempt to use them to push their own talking points.

You're gonna love this: An offshoot of the DNC, 'Organizing for America,' has set up a website coaching libs on how to call Conservative talk shows and what to say to various hosts.

The first time I went on I was told to call Roger Hedgecock's show, given some tips like this:
"Some hosts may challenge your views. Stay calm and firm. Sharing a personal story about how health reform affects you and your family is a great way to show the importance and urgency of health reform."
And then a list of discussion topics.


Next I got Fred Thompson (and numbers are provided with each new selection). Next was 'Focus on the Family,' then Neal Boortz, Sean, Hugh Hewitt... (I could do this all day...)

You are then instructed to submit your report like a good little drone bee.

As unseemly as I find staged support and/or indignation...I have to once again comment on the fact that the LEFT utilized NEW MEDIA much better than the RIGHT and I'm a bit disgusted about that.

(*Fairness Doctrine)

God = Happiness?

So many studies correlate a religious belief with various positive out comes. Happier, stronger sense of right and wrong, less depression, positive outlook, etc. And adding to the growing consensus, a new one was just released:

"...University of Toronto psychologists reported last year that "believing in God can help block anxiety and minimize stress," their research showcasing "distinct brain differences" between believers and nonbelievers.

A new study released Wednesday by Rush University Medical Center in Chicago took the idea a step further.

In patients diagnosed with clinical depression, "belief in a concerned God can improve response to medical treatment," said the new research, which has been published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology.

The operative term here is "caring," the researchers said. "The study found that those with strong beliefs in a personal and concerned God were more likely to experience an improvement." (source)

And you know the evidence must be irrefutable if the scientific community is willing to give a Supreme Being credit for anything...

I have deprived my children of this. Now I have guilt.

My bad experiences and adolescent OD of church (12 years of Christian school, church, youth group, pioneer girls, christian camp, etc) soured me to the hypocrisy man brings to the mix and I removed myself so I wouldn't resent God for man's many shortcomings... But now when someone makes a very basic Biblical reference and my kids are clueless it bothers me more than I ever thought it would. I think they've been to church twice. Once for a Christening and once for a funeral. The Man was raised atheist and he has no empathy or compassion and a very different moral compass than I do --I don't know if this is a direct result of him being a total heathen, but I don't want my boys to grow up that way. He doesn't either.

Starting this Sunday I'm guessing they will really hate me. Starting this Sunday they will start going to church. Staring this Sunday they will be introduced to what is now known as Evangelical Christianity. I even have a Jesus fish tambourine ;)

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Health Care Summit

My question to Obama as he continues to vilify the insurance companies (and to my fellow Americans as well) is...what would HE charge people if it were his $44 million on the line? Would he accept pre-existing conditions if it was his $44 million being used? No one gets into business to lose money -or even to break even and I think many people tend to lose sight of that.

I'm not saying that the system doesn't need to be better. And I'm also not saying that insurance companies are above reproach, but we're too deep in to create a single scapegoat.

I'm not sure if I think the best way forward is to make health care a pay as you go commodity and make insurance what it's meant to be...a tool for catastrophic events. Or, if malpractice reform and buying across state lines alone could be the answer to a more efficient system. Will I watch the 6 hour summit today? Probably.

Revisiting the Death Penalty

"...Three month old [Zara Malani-Lin Abdur-Raheem] was allegedly taken from her grandmother's arms...when Shamsid-Din Abdur-Raheem assaulted the elderly woman, punching and choking her before snatching his daughter and speeding off in his car. The 21-year-old also may have struck the elderly women with the vehicle during his flight.

After allegedly dropping his daughter in the river, Abdur-Raheem drove to an Atlantic City mosque, Masjid Muhammad, and confessed to an imam, according to authorities and the suspect’s father, Muhsin Abdur-Raheem. Abdur-Raheem then traveled to another mosque in Camden County and, ultimately, to his father’s home in Winslow. It was Muhsin Abdur-Raheem who notified police his son was there.

The 21-year-old then told local police he pulled over on the Driscoll Bridge sometime during rush hour, and dropped his infant daughter into the icy Raritan River..." (source)

I hate this story. For days I haven't been able to get little Zara's face out of my mind. Why can't parents love their kids just a little more than they hate their exes?! Who could throw their 3 month old into a February a bridge. ANY 3 month old. Osama Bin Laden's baby...a dog or a kitten even? Please let a jury send Shamsid-Din Abdur-Raheem home to Allah.

RIP little Zara.

ESPN Hannah's Horrifying Outfit

''Hannah Storm in a horrifying, horrifying outfit today,'' Kornheiser said on PTI. ''She's got on red go-go boots and a Catholic-school plaid skirt. ... Way too short for somebody in her 40s or maybe early 50s by now. She's got on her typically very, very tight shirt. She looks like she has sausage casing wrapping around her upper body.I know she's very good, and I'm not supposed to be critical of ESPN people, so I won't. But Hannah Storm, come on now! Stop! What are you doing?'' (source)

This is the statement that got the co-host of ESPN's ''Pardon the interruption,'' Tony Kornheiser, suspended for two weeks.

There is nothing wrong with calling someone out for how they're dressed. And, quite frankly, it looks as if she's surrounded by 'yes (wo)men' because Tony is right when he says that that outfit is not exactly appropriate for a 47 year old woman (maybe Peg Bundy...?)

Now, was publicly guesstimating that her age (and making her older than she is) necessary or nice? No, but suspended for two weeks? I always tell my kids that it's wrong to make fun of things that a person can't change...nose, ears, birth defects, etc. But things that can be changed...clothes, hair style, personal hygiene, etc are acceptable targets in bust wars. (<- Yes, kids have them regardless of what you say so better to set realistic parameters than stick your head in the sand).

Tony should sue and call Stacy and Clinton to be his witnesses that his statements were in deed true. From the 'What Not To Wear' website: "Style Fact: Miniskirts are fine for teenagers, but in your 20s and beyond, lower that hemline."

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Chicago Politics In Pennsylvania: Arlen Kissed the Ring

Okay, be honest...don't let me wax all conspiracy-theory-like if this has been all over the news and I've just missed it (The Man bought me a new sewing machine and I've been preoccupied with making all the baby's old receiving blankets into cute little PJ pants...). But, I really don't think I've seen this anywhere...even FNC:

"In the face of a White House denial, U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak stuck to his story yesterday that the Obama administration offered him a "high-ranking" government post if he would not run against U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania's Democratic primary.

A White House official "vociferously" denied his account yesterday as Sestak insisted on national television that he had told the truth, but declined for a second day to divulge details.

"I was asked a direct question . . . and I answered it honestly," Sestak said in a Fox News interview. "There's nothing more to go into."

Sestak made his startling claim Thursday during the taping of Comcast Network's Larry Kane: Voice of Reason, a public affairs show televised on Sunday evenings.

"Were you ever offered a federal job to get out of this race?" Kane asked near the end of the 30-minute interview.

"Yes," Sestak answered.

"Was it Navy secretary?" Kane asked.

"No comment," Sestak replied..." (Read the whole story)

Regardless of the fact that Senator Specter kissed the has already been shown that just because Obama wants someone elected they don't always get elected...and we all know that it's time for PAT TOOMEY to take his rightful place in the Senate.

Jobs For Conservatives

The other day I started thinking about how lucrative government jobs were --and then how the only thing Obama's stimulus seems to be creating is bigger government. But, that means more lucrative government jobs...right? And if anyone should have those jobs, it should be the CONSERVATIVES that paid all the tax revenue to pay for them!

So I found this site:

First go to your state (Browse jobs by US location) and then after the jobs in your state come up, put your zip in the top right-hand corner and choose a mile radius (within 10 or 20 miles, etc.). Then hit the blue arrow button and Wah-Lah! There were 151 jobs within 10 miles of my house (and quite a few sounded pretty interesting).

So, if you're in need of some work or a CHANGE...this seems to be the only way Conservatives can hang on to their own money in an Obama world.Hey, and if you're in DC...Obama is looking for a secretary!

The Audacity of Skanks

I am sick-to-death of the whole Tiger Woods debacle, but I have to address this one facet of the story because it's it's driving me insane...

I really should have added Gloria Allred to my 'jumped the shark' post. I can't say much about this because I'll get myself too worked up before I'm finished my first cup of coffee...

Ms. Allred has become the embodiment of every joke and bad sentiment there is out there about ambulance-chasing lawyers.

Not the fact that she's representing Tiger's porn star mistress of three years. That's her prerogative. But to be out there demanding Tiger have a one on one apology with her? And the reason: because he lied to her and deceived her? Where to begin?! If this makes my head ache like it's going to explode, I can't imagine what Elin wants to do to this chick...

Let me settle this for your skanky little client Gloria... Dear Veronica Siwik-Daniels, Your entire relationship was based on a lie. He was MARRIED. You knew that. He had two small children. You knew that as well. If he was the HONORABLE man you're saying he should be to confront you now that it's done, he wouldn't have been with you in the first place. Why don't you see that? Nothing decent and lasting comes from that which was entirely predicated on a lie.

I have so much more to say, but my blood pressure is rising...

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Scott Brown: We Knew He Was A RINO

"...A modest job-creation bill advanced in the U.S. Senate on Monday as the chamber's newest Republican bucked his party and sided with Democrats on a $15 billion package of tax cuts and highway spending.

Republican Scott Brown joined four other Republicans, 55 Democrats and two independents to overcome a procedural hurdle that sets up a final vote later this week..." (source)

His Facebook friends were not amused.

It's okay though. A Rino in Teddy Kennedy's seat is still good with me. His win and the collective liberal gasp it caused still exceeded my wildest dreams. So he's pro-choice and pro-porkulous. He'll shape up. I have a feeling. He's eying the Oval Office already. Thinking he can be the next CIC heart throb with a Boston accent. But he knows he can't do that as a pro-abort. He knows he can't do that as a tax-and-spend fiscal moderate (And if he doesn't, there will be plenty of people to tell him). I think he wants to ease in. Tell the Democrats and Independents that voted for him that they did the right thing. And I don't even care. There's a man with an (R) after his name in Teddy Kennedy's seat and the thrill of that has yet to wear off...

Alright, so the fact that he broke a Republican filibuster just a few short days after speaking at CPAC bothers me a bit... but probably not as much as it bothers Teddy that a Republican got his seat.

Nanny State #3,426: Hot Dogs

"...The leading group of pediatricians in the United States is pushing for a redesign of common foods such as hot dogs and candies, along with new warning labels placed on food packaging, to help curb sometimes fatal incidents of child choking.

"We know what shape, sizes and consistencies pose the greatest risk for choking in children and whenever possible food manufacturers should design foods to avoid those characteristics, or redesign existing foods when possible, to change those characteristics to reduce the choking risk," said Dr. Gary Smith, immediate-past chairman of the American Academy of Pediatrics' Committee on Injury, Violence and Poison Prevention and lead author of the organization's new policy statement on preventing choking..." (source)

The more you think about this, the more inane it becomes...on so many levels.

First and foremost, why are you feeding hot dogs to small children? Have you read the ingredients? And once we're over the fact that you're giving animal scraps to your developing don't own a knife? Only in America would a proposal to change an item that's been in existence in its present form since the 1400's be offered up before a simple recommendation to CUT the dog in half? Are there really parents out there that don't realize what a choking hazard a hot dog can be?

But then I read this which made me take pause on my position for a minute: "Choking on food causes the death of approximately 1 child every 5 days in the United States. Hot dogs accounted for 17% of food-related asphyxiations among children younger than 10 years of age. . . ." (source)

A sobering statistic indeed, but then I couldn't help think...shall we ban marbles, grapes, popcorn, nuts and bolts...all choking hazards? Ban fire, electricity and hot water...all potential dangers. It's amazing any of us made to past puberty...

Hot dog patty? Hot dog disc? Hot Dog ball?

Rich and Healthy, Poor and Fat?

I hate to put a quote without a source, but I'm 90% sure that Oprah said it didn't cost any more to eat which I let out a giant guffaw. It costs SO much more to eat healthy --and I'm not just talking about organic stuff (which I don't buy because the only way you can guarantee something is organic is to grow it yourself). But wheat or oat bread is a dollar or two more than white. Brown rice is more than white, wheat pasta is more than regular and wheat pancake mix is almost $2 more than regular. And salmon, much more than ground beef.

Case in point: Philadelphians ranked least healthy in state
"To be healthy, it helps to be wealthy - or at least not poor.

That was brought home in stark fashion yesterday by a new report that ranks Chester County residents the healthiest in Pennsylvania, and Philadelphians the least healthy. Camden County came out near the bottom in New Jersey.

The findings were not a surprise to health-policy experts, who say factors such as obesity, education, and exposure to crime and pollution - all related to poverty - are at least as important as good medical care for maintaining health..." (source)

Now, if you want to really depress yourself...this is Michi's Ladder. In an ideal world, we would only partake from the top two tiers, but the third is acceptable. The bottom two tiers are all contraband. Geno's cheesesteaks aren't on the list, but I'm guessing they're definitely bottom tier ;)

Monday, February 22, 2010

No Misconduct for Bush Interrogation Lawyers

So I guess the Kos Kids and DUers are having yet another day of mourning at the hands of their dear leader...

"The Justice Department is closing the books on its probe of the Bush administration lawyers whose legal memorandums authorized the CIA to waterboard terrorism suspects, but the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee says he remains offended by the memos and will hold hearings

An internal review said the department lawyers showed "poor judgment" but did not commit professional misconduct in giving CIA interrogators the go-ahead at the height of the U.S. war on terrorism to use harsh interrogation tactics." (Read the whole story)

If you care to witness some of the weeping and gnashing of teeth, the loss of hope and crushing realization that there is no such thing as CHANGE in politics first hand...go here.

Bans & Sin Taxes

I know that many of us part ways when it comes to smoking bans. As I recall a majority of you where happy when the bans began rearing their ugly little heads-- touting the fact that your hair and clothes wouldn't smell like smoke --personal freedoms be damned... I know, I know...second hand smoke...blah, blah. Second hand smoke wouldn't be an issue if you were only in a bar here and there right? And maybe I don't enjoy the second hand alcohol vapors from your Jack Daniels breath and would quite enjoy an alcohol ban in bars...

Seriously though, in this horrific economy (that doesn't show much of a recovery glimmer right now) has anyone thought about the effect of these bans and these sin taxes on the economy, jobs, exports and industry? How many Americans are employed by the tobacco industry? I'm guessing a conservative guess would still put the number in the millions? Not to mention the fact that American cigarettes are an absolute delicacy abroad.

So when I read articles like this:

"...Just a year after smokers were slapped with the single largest federal tobacco tax increase ever, public health advocates are urging states to follow up with their own cigarette tax hikes to offset declining revenues lost in the recession and to press more people into giving up smoking.

A new report by a coalition of public health organizations says states could raise more than $9 billion in new annual revenue by increasing cigarette taxes by $1 per pack.

The report, "Tobacco Taxes: A Win-Win-Win for Cash-Strapped States," argues that the taxes also would cause more than 1.2 million adult smokers to quit, prevent more than 2.3 million kids from becoming smokers and save $52.8 billion in health care costs.

But critics say a cigarette tax increase would be "foolish" and that the taxes are now "way too high" and target the poor..." (source)

I never think "Woo hoo, they shouldn't be smoking anyway." I think "these so called 'health advocates' ate going to be mighty shell shocked if the tobacco industries go down. We're at 10% unemployment and states are going bankrupt and are going to be unable to pay out benefits and we have advocacy groups out there trying to collapse an industry? I just don't get it. So Darwinism doesn't apply to business I guess?

Colin Powell & Rahm Emanuel

"Powell, who endorsed Democrat Barack Obama as President, said he would do so again because Obama's agenda, though overly ambitious, helped lift a collapsing economy." (source)

And in other news, it seems Rahm has thrown everyone under the bus. I guess he's leaving?

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Friday, February 19, 2010

I gotta tell ya, it's been so cold in Tennessee lately, I'm down to my last Global Warming Alarmist to throw on the fire!

He Owned a Plane

I mean, can you really complain about being broke and raped by the IRS if you own your own plane?

Robbie over at Urban Grounds has the entire story of Joe Stack (he works 2 miles from the crash scene).

From what his commenters are saying, the MSM has wasted no time in labeling this guy a "right wing tea bagger"...they are dying for someone to take the spotlight from Obama activist Amy Bishop. But take heart my friends...the end of Stack's diatribe has two telling lines that make it obvious he's not one of ours:

You can read the entire manifesto at the Urban Grounds link above, but this is the last part:

"...I saw it written once that the definition of insanity is repeating the same process over and over and expecting the outcome to suddenly be different. I am finally ready to stop this insanity. Well, Mr. Big Brother IRS man, let’s try something different; take my pound of flesh and sleep well.

The communist creed: From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.

The capitalist creed: From each according to his gullibility, to each according to his greed.

Joe Stack (1956-2010)"

I realize this will be an ever-so-small technicality to the folks at WashPo, CNN or HuffPo, but a Tea Party Patriot (or any Conservative for that matter) would never praise the Communist ideology while casting aspersions on free market Capitalism...the entire Tea Party movement revolves around SMALL government (the polar opposite of Communism) and even if they choose to ignore that glaring fact, we know it.

(H/T: SB Smith)

Cheney the Rockstar!

Did you hear the crowd explode when Lynne Cheney announced that her dad was with her...and then when he walked on stage. The man is a CPAC rockstar!

Truthfully, if you floated a bunch of names in front of me now as 2012 hopefuls Vice President Cheney is the only one I would feel 100% confident pulling the lever for. Call me perverted, but I like Dick!

"Dick Cheney just arrived to a thunderous standing ovation in Washington at the Conservative Political Action Conference -- a surprise appearance announced by his daughter Liz Cheney, who was speaking in the ballroom moments before.

"A welcome like that almost makes me want to run for office," he said to another round of applause.

"But I'm not going to do it." (source)

He's the only one that we'd know what we're getting. Waterboarding.

Tea Party Express: Blue State Tour

This is an open post to the Tea Party Express organizers.

You are ready to kick off the third Tea Party Express and still no Delaware Valley stops. No offense, but all the Southern states and flyover states always have Conservative comradery and gatherings...but here in the blue states (and navy blue cities) we're starving for validation. We're chomping at the bit to stop being the silent majority. We want a stop on the damn Tea Party Express.

Quite frankly, I would have given you free advertising if it weren't for the trifecta of snubbery. Come to think of it, there are TONS of Conservative bloggers in this area to spread the word. I have some really good sign ideas that are just being totally wasted...

So how about courtesy of me: Tea Party IV: The Blue State Tour

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Killer Amy Bishop Was "obsessed with President Obama"

Not diminishing the people that lost their lives at the deranged hands of Professor and freak of nature Amy Bishop...but this story really didn't grip me the way it seems to have grasped everyone else. She's a homely woman that was obsessed with her own 'brilliance' (much like almost every professor I had in college).
But then I heard that she was an Obama activist. Of course I didn't hear that on the regular news...I heard Rush talking about it yesterday. I didn't get to hear his take on it because I had to get out of the car, but I'm going to assume it was pointing out that we hadn't heard that from the MSM. Imagine they found out she was a Glenn Back fan on facebook? Or that she had stood in line at a Ann Coulter book signing. Or that she had worked on Bushy's 2004 campaign.

I'm not blaming Obama (the way that the lame-stream-media would blame Bush or whoever...had a right-winger been her obsession) I'm just pointing out the glaring discrepancy YET AGAIN. Just pointing out if she had loved Beck this all would have happened BECAUSE of him, but since she loved Obama it happened IN SPITE of him.

According to the Boston herald Amy Bishop was "a far-left political extremist who was obsessed with President Obama to the point of being off-putting" (aren't all far left political extremists 'off putting'). (source)

And it didn't signal any alarms that a 'far left' professor was going to a gun range...and shooting...a gun!?

Kay In Maine

Real moonbatt or brilliant parody?

There is a website that has been in existence since 2005. It does have pics of Kay posted.

There is also a Twitter page (which I am now following).

Other Lefties link to her posts...

All this seems to be empirical evidence that she is in fact a bonafide lefty, but her comments are SO off the wall...too good to be true really...

I just can't decide.

Dispelling Stereotypes

"A U.S. Marine from Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Marines, takes aim as he tries to protect an Afghan man and his child after Taliban fighters opened fire in the town of Marjah, in Nad Ali district, Helmand province"

(See more photos of this Marine)

And let this one picture be the rebuttal to every Zinn quote I've been subjected to over the past two weeks...

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Evolution of Entitlement

More and more I have been noticing friends and colleagues (that lean and vote right) claiming 'things aren't fair' and 'that shouldn't be allowed.' It's disturbing how the MSM's talking points seep into the psyche of the unsuspecting. Bonuses and profits...loopholes and salaries all vilified and in dire need of regulation. Little by little convincing the American people that we can't exist without government intervention. That we're too small and insignificant to look after our own interests. That we're just too dumb to see the big picture. And it's working! My friends are lamenting the giant bonuses for bankers and begrudging the profits of insurance companies. They're primed to let Big Brother in the door and I'm not sure they even realize it.

That's where it starts. And this is where it ends...In Sweden with 60% or more of your pay going right to the government or in the UK where your tax dollars could be paying for this:

"...A single mother-of-six is getting more than £80,000 [$125,000] a year from the taxpayer to live in a £2million mansion in an exclusive London suburb.

Essma Marjam, 34, is given almost £7,000 a month in housing benefits to pay the rent on the five-bedroom villa just yards from Sir Paul McCartney's house and Lord's cricket ground. She also receives an estimated £15,000 a year in other payouts, such as child benefit, to help look after her children, aged from five months to 14.

The four-storey house in Maida Vale has five bedrooms, two bathrooms, a double living room... two large flat-screen televisions.

Miss Marjam said: 'I moved here at the beginning of the month as I'm entitled to a five-bedroom house.

'I was in a three-bedroom council house but I needed a bigger place once my new baby came along. So the council agreed to pay the £1,600 a week to a private landlord as they didn't have any houses big enough..." (source)

Social programs are THE slippery slope. Full stop.

To Coat or Not to Coat?

As the weather keeps dipping into the teens, and we become experts in navigating around 5' piles of frozen snow while we continue to sound the Amber alert for Al Gore, there arises a much more practical concern than my SUV emissions.

My dog.

To coat or not to coat? THAT, my friends, is the question. As you know I recently adopted a French bulldog named Lola (Did you see the Frenchie that won at Westminster on Monday night?). Unlike many breeds, Frenchie's have no undercoat and most sites (including all the rescue sites) encourage owners to "dress" the dogs appropriately in the winter.

But then while I was Googling to find info about the dog in Brooklyn that was mugged for his coat, I found this article:

"...Miniature dog parkas, sweaters and vests may be adorable — and even seem sensible in the deep freeze of a New York winter — but in fact, vets say, city dog owners who play dress-up could be endangering their pets’ health.

Unless your dog is a Chihuahua or an equally tiny toy pooch with short hair, canines barely feel icy temperatures below 32 degrees, Beaver says.

“Just because we feel cold, it doesn’t mean our dogs do,” says Webb. “Maybe if the dog is coming from a very warm climate like Florida, we might recommend it wear a coat for a few weeks to acclimate. But most dogs, even if they just arrived in Alaska, are pretty much oblivious to the cold.”

In fact, some dogs — including huskies and Newfoundlands — regulate their own body temperature with an insulating layer of fur, which lifts off their bodies in warm weather and pulls in close to trap heat when the mercury drops.

Interfering with this natural climate-control system could lead to heatstroke — and, in a worst-case scenario, even death, says Beaver. (Read the whole article)

Now I feel bad putting her coat on her because I feel like I might be messing with her own body temperature regulation...but as she quakes and quivers I remind myself that this is a man-made breed...and I vacillate.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

al Qaeda SITREP

JOE BIDEN: “We have eliminated 12 of the top 20 [al Qaeda] people. We have taken out 100 of their associates. We’ve sent them under ground."

When a top intelligence official was asked to verify Biden's assertion: ["Well, that depends on your definition of top, your definition of al Qaeda and your definition of eliminated."]

"...A recent study by a Washington think-tank – New America Foundation – reported that under President Obama, drone strikes had taken out half a dozen militant leaders while killing 530 others as well. Of those, 250 to 400 were lower-level militants, and a quarter of them were civilians.

But two counter-insurgency experts David Kilcullen and Andrew Exum wrote in The New York Times that as many as 700 people had been killed in those attacks and 98 per cent of them were civilians, which is 50 civilians for each militant eliminated. (source)

The Biden-Cheney talk show show down was pretty interesting --especially hearing that Cheney was booked and Biden wasn't...until the White House heard Cheney was going to be on and offered Biden up. Would they do that if Cheney was a political nothing (the way they're touting him on the libosphere?) What's really wild is Biden making a point to say that his Administration is doing everything the Bush administration did. Something his base can't be very happy about...

And as I am typing news is coming across that the Top military Taliban commander (Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar) has been captured in Pakistan. I wonder if he's been read miranda rights and handed his enbroidered prayer rug and engraved Qu'ran?

BS Insanity: It's Week 7!

So here's the thing. Before I quit smoking, if I met someone that had quit I just assumed they "weren't a real smoker" to begin with. I guess it was my way of letting myself off the hook. According to me, no 'real smoker' had ever quit. And if they quit they didn't enjoy smoking as much as I did --or they had other vices they could use as a crutch for their stress. But then this 'real smoker' quit.

I feel like many people do this same thing with exercise. They think that the people that are doing it everyday like doing it--or that it's somehow easier for some people than it is for them. Wrong.

I HATE TO EXERCISE. HATE. I doubt there's anyone out there that truly likes it...except for some juice heads. I love how I feel the second I'm done and how I feel in general, but the actual time while I'm doing knee pulls and side crunches for 40 minutes straight...I HATE it.

I actually go through this ridiculous internal struggle every day where I tell myself:
'I'm not working out today.' 'I worked out for four days in a row.' That's more than most people, so I can take off today.' 'Okay, I'll work out but only for 15 or 20 minutes.' 'I'm not doing the whole DVD.' 'I did 20 minutes and I'll stop in 5 more minutes.' 'I look damn good for a 38 year old with 3 kids, I shouldn't have to go through this.' 'Hell, I look better than a lot of girls my age with no kids.' 'Fine, I'll finish the DVD today, but I'm taking off tomorrow.' 'Five days in a row should get me two days off.'

It's so ridiculous that I go through this, but the bottom line is working out sucks and if it's working it HURTS. I'm perpetually sore and it sucks that I use all my free time while the baby is napping working out and then he wakes up and nothing is done.

But the thing is, if I don't the only person I'm hurting is myself.

So, the moral of my story is: It's not easy for anyone so stop using that as an excuse not to get out there and jump around like a fool! We ALL hate working out. It's the RESULTS that become intoxicating. It's buying smaller clothes that's addicting. Not the workout itself.

So, if you're looking for a great starter program, Slim in 6 was really good and IMO doable even if your not an athletic person. Invest in yourself! I am moving on to Power 90 (as opposed to P90X) --I want daily 30 minute workouts. I made the hour commitment for the first 6 weeks, but it's too long... So 90 days of Home Boot camp with Tony I come.

New Nancy Pelosi Workout Video

(H/T: Mom)

Monday, February 15, 2010

Calling All Quakers

pac·i·fism n.
1. The belief that disputes between nations should and can be settled peacefully.
2. a. Opposition to war or violence as a means of resolving disputes.
b. Such opposition demonstrated by refusal to participate in military action

I did finally get around to watching 'Charlie Wilson's War' this weekend and rather enjoyed it. (Though historically, it was strange time to watch it as Charlie Wilson kept bringing up John Murtha and both had died last week...)

What struck me, aside from my previous Charlie Wilson-Ollie North comparison, was a specific scenario to present to pacifists. For some reason when arguing that war is a necessary evil with a pacifist...the 'what about Hitler and slavery' argument never seems to get an answer. But Charlie Wilson's War presented such a detailed glimpse of a tragedy that could have been much worse without million of dollars of Arms...yet another instance in which weapons saved innocent lives.

So, if one of the Friend's Meeting Houses find themselves being targeted by enemy helicopter guns and rockets. Find their children being enticed into the fields by toy mines and having body parts blown off or worse being killed. Having the women raped in front of their children and then their children's throats cut in front of their parents. Having their pregnant women bayoneted through their pregnant stomach and left to die... And then someone comes and offers them weapons that would stop the enemy. Would they refuse? Would they remain lambs for the slaughter and to what avail? Similarly, what would they have had the US do in Somalia, or Rwanda, or Bosnia and Herzegovina. How is it more civilized to allow people to be massacred?

I guess I'm just unsure about the base ideology of pacifism. Are they pacifists because they don't have the right to harm something? Do they not believe in self defense? Do they believe (in the above scenario) the Afghans not doing anything would have made the Soviets rethink their atrocities and go home? I just don't understand the premise. I understand avoiding war at all costs, but I don't understand pretending we live in a world where it isn't necessary...

Just When I Started to Waiver on the Death Penalty...

Two stories this week reaffirmed that some people are just not fit or deserving to live in this world.

The first took place in Vegas. And is so horrific it makes my heart hurt.

Harold E. Montague, 33 and married with two children, took a two and a half foot "medieval-style battle ax" an stabbed his mentally disabled sister-in-law more than 20 times in the torso, stomach and legs. He was her "caregiver."

The he left the house and proceeded to attack a random woman walking down the street with her 4 month old baby. The mother has been hospitalized with "disfiguring face and head injuries" and the baby boy was found dead near the overturned stroller. He was finally subdued with a Taser and arrested.

He hacked to death a 4 moth old baby and severely maimed the mother that was taking blows to her face with an ax to protect her son. He needs to die.

The second took place here in Pennsylvania and involves another mentally challenged woman (who was 30 but said to have the mind of a young teen) Jennifer Daugherty.

This story is a bit more convoluted and this horrific crime that involves more than 33 hours of torture was perpetrated by a gang of six social misfits/rejects/outcasts (whatever word you prefer).

"They shaved her head and smeared her face with nail polish. They forced Daugherty to drink and eat urine, detergent, medication, spices and vegetable oil. They beat her with a towel rack, a vacuum hose and a crutch. They wrapped Christmas lights around her. Knight stabbed her in the chest, side and neck, an affidavit said. Smyrnes told police he cut her in the wrist. The suspects implicated each other in the murder, police said.

Knight and Smyrnes stuffed the victim into a trash can and dragged it a few blocks to the parking lot of Greensburg Salem Middle School, police allege. It was found about 6:30 a.m. Thursday.

Police said they are working to determine how the six lives twisted together to end in murder..." (source)

One of the 6 is only he can't receive the death penalty. But anyone that could conceive of these deranged things and then execute them. Anyone that could watch another human being suffer for that many hours. That human being doesn't get the privilege of existing in this civilized society. All five should get the death penalty and the 6th life.

I want the cases to be airtight. I want there to be irrefutable DNA evidence. I don't want even the possibility of an innocent person wrongly convicted. But once the case is set in stone I want each of these sub-humans to meet their maker...ticket courtesy of my tax dollars.

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Friday, February 12, 2010

An Argument for Wanton Government Spending?

It irks me when politicos can't see outside their own point of view to grasp that there are those that hold the opposing view as vehemently as they hold theirs...but as I read a post by Honest Partisan last night, I realized that I must be inadvertently doing the same thing.

I found myself shocked that he was cheering Big Government and finding fault with Obama's purported discretionary spending freeze and was taking issue with Obama mentioning earmarks instead of driving the agenda that health care costs is what's driving the deficit?! Not to mention saying 'fiscally Conservative' like it's a bad thing? The entire post bothered me on a few different levels, but this thought in particular sums up my utter consternation with the other side of the aisle:

"....Macroeconomic illiteracy is a big political problem in this country, as voters buy the line that government should cut spending in hard times just like families do (the diametric opposite of what the government should do to bring back prosperity)..."

Reading through stuff at the DU or Kos never shocks me because those people are fringe, but when a person I respect (or worse a family member that I love) espouses views I deem so objectionable and always bothers me for a few days.

Democrats Advising Obama to Be President Bush

Well, actually the exact words recently used by one Dem was that Obama should be "going Gangsta" on the Republicans...but then he said this, "Obama's critics keep blasting him for Chicago-style politics. So, fine. Channel your inner Al Capone and go gangsta against your foes. Let 'em know that if they aren't with you, they are against you, and will pay the price." (souce)

Wasn't this was they said Bush did and blasted him for? Didn't Obama himself scold Bush over recess appointments? Oh please, go gangsta Mr. President. Going back on your word and dashing the possibility of the politics of change have been working so well for you thus far that I think you should continue... Do everything you chastised Bush for doing. Break even more campaign promises and then keep caving in on the things that will really piss off your base like adding troops and extending the Patriot Act.

While you're at it Mr. President, maybe you should head over to the Democratic Underground and take some of the stellar advice being offered from your faithful... Like this: "How about changing the rules to only need a simple majority to pass legislation." The American people should love that... Or "Start calling everything the Republicans do 'un-American.'" That should accomplish a lot. (I did learn something in my DU snooping this time --they call their 'Blue Dogs' 'Purple Snakes' -they're just too damn witty...)

We the people over here on the Right...we'll just sit back and watch.

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Charlie Wilson and Ollie North

Charlie Wilson, a 12 term Congressman (D) from Texas and former United States naval officer, passed away yesterday at 76.

I bought the movie 'Charlie Wilson's War' when my local Blockbuster was going out of business, but haven't gotten around to watching it yet... Though I know the general gist of what Representative Wilson was known for.

From Wiki:
"...He was best known for leading Congress into supporting Operation Cyclone, the largest-ever CIA covert operation, which supplied military equipment, including anti-aircraft weapons such as Stinger antiaircraft missiles, and paramilitary officers from their Special Activities Division to the Afghan Mujahideen during the Soviet war in Afghanistan. His behind-the-scenes campaign was the subject of the non-fiction book Charlie Wilson's War and a subsequent film adaptation..." (source)

Hollywood liked him enough to make a film and some libs on FB were lamenting his passing yesterday, but for the life of me I can't figure out what he did differently than Ollie North with the Contras. Funding a resistance group with government funds and Wilson is heralded and North demonized? Am I missing some major component of the story?


"An Arab ambassador called for an instant divorce after discovering his veil-wearing fiancée had a beard and was cross-eyed, it emerged today.

The would-be bride had hidden her face behind a Muslim niqab throughout their short courtship, meaning the diplomat had no idea what she looked like.

But as soon as the marriage was contract was signed in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, he tried to kiss her, before coming face-to-face with her hairy face and strange squint.

‘He was absolutely horrified,’ said a wedding guest.

‘The bride [a physician] had a nice personality, but there was a good reason why she was hiding her looks behind a veil..." (Read the whole story)

There is no way a divorce should be granted...this is your culture, deal with it. You treat your women like dogs so why shouldn't they look like one...

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Global Warming Gone Wild

This is a small glimpse of last Saturday's 20+" and the additional 18" we got last night (and it's still going with icy rain now joining the mix)

I kinda feel as if Al Gore should come help me shovel...

The Corpse VS. The Hand

Freshman year of college, Public Speaking 101: Write down a few key words that will trigger the memory of an entire section of your speech.

Palin wrote “Reining in spending,” “Energy," “Tax” and “Lift American Spirits” and "budget cuts" on her hand for the Tea Party gathering. The Lefties went WILD. Apparently writing key words on your hand ensures you could never run for President. It seems it also disqualifies her from criticizing Obama for his over-reliance on TOTUS.

I think I have proven that I won't blindly stick up for Governor Palin because she's on my side of the aisle, but is this 'scandal' even for real? People really care that she wrote 'Energy' and 'tax' on her hand? Personally, I would have written it on my wrist under a jacket or on my thigh under a skirt...the hand just seems so prosaic...
Or is it just to take the heat off of Obama...

There are certain words that get mispronounced all the time: Xavier (pronounced EX-avier when it should be Zavier), Comparable (Compare-it-able instead of comp-rable), cache (often said cash-ey instead of cash) and for President Obama...Corps (which he pronounces as a dead person instead of CORE).

Considering EVERY day as President he deals with the Press Corps and the Marine Corps and the Army Corps of's pretty bad he doesn't know how it's pronounced.

Is it petty to criticize Palin over hand notes...absolutely. Petty too give Obama a hard time over "Corpse man"...yes...if it weren't for the fact that the Left crucified Bush over every misspeak.

Meghan McCain's Political Insecurity

Do not misinterpret the fact that I understand where Meghan McCain's head is with me excusing her behavior. I don't.

Though, after her appearance and asinine statements on The View, many Republicans may be checking the GOP bylaws to see if the blonde McCain can be excommunicated from the party...I understand her dilemma. She's cute and young and in her reality she's a lone Republican in a vast sea of Democrats. She's bothered by the fact that so many people have bought into the stereotype of the GOP being the party of the rich, rigid, white fat cats and she thinks she's trying to make it 'hipper.'

The fact is, if she took a second to reflect she'd realize these days most of the rich fat cats are sitting on the left side of the aisle (Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, George Soros and all of Hollywood) and that it's much 'hipper' to be the rebel--the lone Conservative in a herd of DNC sheep... She's trying to shatter those stereotypes, but she's going about it all wrong. She's young. She's trying. It's a shame she doesn't get it. She could be a huge asset. Instead she's made herself a huge ass. She working so hard for acceptance from the Left...she'll never get that as long as she's a registered (R).

And it also might behoove her to attend a tea party before she makes sweeping judgments about the age of the attendees...there were plenty of young people at the Philly Tea Party. And I was there -and I'm as hip as her any day of the week -and with 1/1,000th of the cash flow...

By the way, can we excommunicate her?

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Tuesday, February 09, 2010

What the Heck.........

Whoever chose to post this picture should be fired.

Astoundingly Transparent

I would be surprised if anyone reading this blog has not seen this photo and "Miss Me Yet" text before now. However, there is a bit of an uproar because someone put it on a billboard. Libs are trying to find out who has been funding the billboard.

At, a local NPR affiliate has verified that the billboard is real. The folks at NPR are a little confused, however:

Now, the push is on to find out who paid to have it put up.

Bob says there's no readily apparent claim of ownership on the billboard, so he's heading back to the scene to see if he can find out who's behind the message. He's also got some local politicos looking into it. He'll keep us posted.

At first glance, it would seem to be from some person or group who isn't thrilled by President Barack Obama's performance so far -- unless it's a more ironic message from those who didn't think too much of Bush and want to remind voters about him.

Holy Cow, give me a break! Is it possible that anyone with two functioning neurons forming a synapse could think this was anything other than a jab at Obama? Perhaps Rahm Emanuel's "f'in' retards" might think so, but for NPR to suggest this is just a blatant way to put a negative Bush dig into an article.

And what's up with having "local politicos" look into it? Why do they care so much who paid for it? Aimin' for a little retribution, ya think?


Apparently someone misses him!

Guest Post by J.Marquis

"I'm starting to hear more and more about corporations tinkering with the health insurance they provide for their employees. A lot of the tinkering is related to
the biometrics of the other words, stuff like body mass index, blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

What the companies will do first is give it a positive spin, sending a message they're just looking out for the health of their employees. But the next step is actually making your biometric readings part of your job appraisal...because if you cost them too much insurance-wise, they'll start thinking about cutting you loose and hiring someone younger and thinner.

Think this scenario is far-fetched? Just think about how fast the cost of health insurance is rising in this country.

Wow, aren't you glad we don't have the government meddling with our healthcare?"

My Response: At first I was thinking this might be an area where the Left and the Right can one likes Big Brother, right? But then I started thinking about smoking bans, food police, thought police, et cetera and I guess we have to assume that some people WANT Big Brother watching...and meddling. I think common sense would dictate those calling for more government intervention (i.e. single payer heath care) must be the Big Brother fans in question. So, should I assume that J.Marquis thinks a Single Payer system would alleviate this or have we found a progressive that's opposed to socialized medicine?

(You can read J.Marquis daily at Major Conflict)

Sex Education: What's Too Young?

"... A new report by the International Planned Parenthood Federation is advocating that children as young as 10 be given extensive sex education, including an awareness of sex's pleasures.

The report, "Stand and Deliver," charges that religious groups, specifically Catholics and Muslims, deny their young access to comprehensive sexual programs and education.

"Young people's sexuality is still contentious for many religious institutions. Fundamentalist and other religious groups — the Catholic Church and madrasas (Islamic Schools) for example — have imposed tremendous barriers that prevent young people, particularly, from obtaining information and services related to sex and reproduction. Currently, many religious teachings deny the pleasurable and positive aspects of sex." the report states.

The report demands that children 10 and older be given a "comprehensive sexuality education" by governments, aid organizations and other groups, and that young people should be seen as "sexual beings." (source)

Does Planned Parenthood realize that just last week two different 11 year olds gave birth and one 9 year old. I don't know about the Planned Parenthood employees, but I find this beyond disturbing. What possible reason would there ever be to teach a TEN YEAR OLD how pleasurable sex can be...are they also going to teach them that heroin packs a GREAT HIGH once you get by the nausea?

Can we let kids be kids? It's a PARENT'S JOB to decide when and where a sex talk will take place. My guys are 9 and 11 and we've had the sex talk...the basics. We've even given them the pithy puberty books that advise pubescent boys to wear baggy pants...but I don't want some progressive Planned Parenthood syllabus enticing my pre-pubescent son into a situation they think think is no big deal thanks to Roe V. Wade...

Political Zealotry

The other day I was wondering how close political zeal and mental illness are related. Some things just fit perfectly together --like the rituals of Catholicism and Scrupulosity, higher intelligence and Conservatism...and intense political fervor and mania.

I happened upon a running tab of current events penned by someone that used to comment here once upon a time and it was so plain...I have no idea how I missed it before. Pure, unadulterated mania. Bi-polar disorder sheathed so translucently in heated political jargon. Passionate for sure, but also too overblown. Too reactionary. Too unmedicated.

It got me to wondering about some of the more reactionary blogs (on both sides of the aisle). The 'red-meat' blogs and their authors. The Kos Kids, the Media Matters geeks that sit for hours 'monitoring' Glenn Beck and O'Reilly, and all the little blogs where the authors tirade day after day with no comments in return for their trouble.

I love that there are enough people out there that care enough about the State of our Union to sustain a blogosphere (and the cable news channels), but that little tirade I happened across was a good wake up call. A reminder that some days we need to take a step back and enjoy what we have--turn off the PC, shut the laptop, turn off the TV and ditch your newspaper. And breathe. The good fight will still be here when you return.

Monday, February 08, 2010

John Murtha Dies at 77

"...Pennsylvania Democratic Rep. John Murtha, the first veteran of the Vietnam war and one of the most powerful lawmakers in Congress, died Wednesday morning at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, VA, after complications from gallbladder surgery. Murtha was 77..." (source)

Toyota and Honda Troubles...A Little Too Convenient?

Last week I told The Man that I might officially subscribe to my first conspiracy theory.

Toyota and Honda both come out with voluntary recalls on strange things with minimal casualties (an accelerator pedal that pulls down by itself and speeds up?) right after the US buys a huge portion of GM? And GM just happens to have commercials offering and extra $1,000 if you trade in a Toyota at the ready?

Everyone I know that has a Honda loves it. Most people I know would take a Honda over a Ford or GM every day of the week. So with all the pressures on Wall Street and conveniently no mention of the auto union can GM make any money before people take their eyes off bank bonuses and start questioning where the auto bailout repayments are?

"Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood sat down with reporters Wednesday to lay out a timeline of how US officials had "pushed Toyota to take corrective actions" on its pedal problems since 2007.

The meeting came a day after he issued a statement accusing the Japanese automaker of dragging its feet on recalling vehicles in danger of sudden, unintended acceleration due to pedals which could get trapped under floor mats or become "sticky."

He also caused a brief panic when he told a congressional panel that owners of 5.3 million Toyota vehicles affected by the recalls should "stop driving" them.

David Champion, director of automobile testing for Consumer Reports magazine, said the reaction to the recall was overblown.

"When you look at the statistics we are putting an awful lot of effort on a very small risk," he said.

But he said a congressional investigation was an "overreaction" and noted that the "sticky" pedal problem that caused Toyota to halt production and sales of eight models last month was not linked to any accidents or injuries...." (source)

Now that I'm looking around the web, it seems my questioning is in good company. I'm not saying I think Obama was out there putting Gorilla glue on gas pedals, but I do think advantage is being taken of what would normally be an unnoticed recall in a sea of millions...

Geraldine Ferraro Gets Her Facts Wrong...

...while she's on the news saying that Sarah Palin needs to brush up and not get her facts wrong.

My last two posts have been ragging on Sarah Palin to some extent. Don't misunderstand me. I like Sarah as a person and as Army Girl and my brother-in-law can tell you...I was fiercely protective of her during the campaign... But T.Paine succinctly summed up my concerns in the comments the other day:

"While my inclination is to like Palin and her conservative instincts, she has to be much better at articulating her answers to issues and policy. She cannot come across as bumbling in her answers. The comparison to George W. Bush would be non-stop otherwise."

So, Geraldine Ferraro was on some show commenting on Sarah Palin, and while she was indeed voicing some of the same concerns I have, I couldn't help take issue that she was getting some facts wrong as she accused Palin of being shaky on some facts. Ferraro was saying that she had taken time to study and be grilled endlessly on policy and history. I believe her claim was that Joe Biden made Palin look really bad during their Veep debate (truthfully, I don't remember it). She said something like, it was important she (Geraldine) get everything right since she was the first woman to run for higher office in the United States.

But she wasn't. A woman ran for President in 1872. Victoria Woodhull ran on the Equal Rights ticket with African American Fredrick Douglass as her VP (and interestingly, at the "1888 Republican National Convention, Douglass became the first African American to receive a vote for President of the United States in a major party's roll call vote." (source)

I know it's knit-picking, but if Ms. Ferraro is going to call Palin out on knowing her facts...she should get hers straight whilst she does so.