Friday, April 30, 2010

Iran "Elected by Acclamation" to Protect Women

EXCLUSIVE: U.N. Elects Iran to Commission on Women's Rights

"Just days after Iran abandoned a high-profile bid for a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council, it began a covert campaign to claim a seat on the Commission on the Status of Women, which is "dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women," according to its website.

Buried 2,000 words deep in a U.N. press release distributed Wednesday on the filling of "vacancies in subsidiary bodies," was the stark announcement: Iran, along with representatives from 10 other nations, was "elected by acclamation," meaning that no open vote was requested or required by any member states — including the United States..."
(Read the whole convoluted story)

You'd think that one of the aides could have at least taken the time to Google "Iran crimes against women". I know that most of us will just dismiss this as another ridiculous decision by the United Nations...but there are many people that still look at the UN as a legitimate world body and what message does this send?! This is truly despicable. This is a country that stones women for the "crime" of being raped...!

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Boycott San Fran...Permanently?

"...Sanctuary city San Francisco is leading the charge in pressing municipalities and groups to consider a boycott of Arizona over its law that will allow police to ask people their immigration status.

Mayor Gavin Newsom this week suspended all non-essential travel for city employees going to Arizona, meaning no conference in Scottsdale next weekend for members of the city's housing authorities. The city's Board of Supervisors also has taken the first step toward an economic boycott, a move that could result in the suspension of existing contracts with Arizona-based companies and a ban on new ones..." (source)

Really, can we just kick them out once and for all? You know, as an East Coaster born and bred I'd like to employ President Bush to don his ninja suit and blow up the California fault line the way he did the levees in New Orleans... Have California become its own little entity... But I'll settle for San Francisco gone.

Among hundreds of other infractions, they don't want our military and now they are encouraging a boycott of Arizona for reiterating the law of the land?! People should have been boycotting them FOR YEARS for breaking the law by offering harbor to illegals. So, in the twisted minds of the San Fran elite, these people are an asset while the military is a bad thing? And they reward those that break our laws and now seek to punish those that would uphold them? Doesn't that revoke their membership card or something?

Swiss Birthdays...Not So Passive.

Apparently when you engage in neutrality over the course of 500 years, you develop the need to be mean to someone: And in Switzerland it's your kids that pay the price. They can't help eradicate Islamic terrorism, but they can pay to terrorize their own children. Interesting...

"...Dominic Deville stalks young victims for a week, sending chilling texts, making prank phone calls and setting traps in letterboxes.

He posts notes warning children they are being watched, telling them they will be attacked.

But Deville is not an escaped lunatic or some demonic monster.

He is a birthday treat, hired by mum and dad, and the ‘attack’ involves being splatted in the face with a cake.

‘The child feels more and more that it is being pursued,’ said Deville.

‘The clown’s one and only aim is to smash a cake into the face of his victim, when they least expect it, during the course of seven days.’

If the boy or girl manages to avoid the ‘hit’, they are given the cake as a birthday present..." (source)

...All that being said, it would be worth the shrink bills to do this to my oldest ;)

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Debt Free America


Congressman Chaka Fattah (who I think I've said in the past was the keynote speaker at my college commencement but recently found pictures and it was actually at an honor society induction...just to set the record straight) has a bill on the table proposing...fiscal responsibility. Imagine that. I bring this up because the occasion of one of my fellow Philadelphians doing something I can agree with is few and far between. I have been no fan of Fattah, but H.R. 4646 sounds like a viable solution to me if it were actually carried out as the bill outlines.

"The legislation is straightforward in its call for a "transaction tax" to be implemented as a 1 percent fee on all transactions, except for stock transactions. Fattah's bill directs the revenues generated from the fee be solely dedicated to paying off the national debt and reducing the deficit.

Once the bill is implemented, Fattah says the debt would be eliminated in just 7 years. The following seven year's proceeds from the fee would be directed to broad-based tax reform, including the elimination of personal income taxes.

A novel idea, Fattah says a better plan to purge the debt hasn't been presented. This is the only bill in Congress that offers a feasible answer to erasing the debt.

"The soaring national debt and rising deficits translate into bad outcomes for all Americans, it's time for thinking outside the box," Fattah said." (source)

But, Neil Cavuto rightly points out that having all that money just sitting there, the debt being just an intangible concept and more social programs to be had...it would be so hard for Congressman to resist sticking their greedy little hands in the pot. (And we know it can be done -like Obama using payback from TARP).

Fixing this will take sacrifice. I would support this bill and an additional tax if we could ensure Congress or the President couldn't touch it for anything other than eliminating the debt.

A Civics Lesson for NJ Students Indeed

"...The protest[s] disrupted classroom routines and standardized testing in some of the state’s biggest and best-known school districts, offering a real-life civics lesson that unfolded on lawns, sidewalks, parking lots and football fields...

With their protests, the students sought to send a message to Gov. Christopher J. Christie, a Republican whose reductions in state aid to education had led many districts to cut staff and programs and to ask for larger-than-usual property tax increases. Mr. Christie, who has taken on the state’s largest teachers’ union in his efforts to close an $11 billion deficit, has proposed reducing direct aid to nearly 600 districts by an amount equal to up to 5 percent of each district’s operating budget..." (source)

I guess the NYT is referring to the action of a walk out and a protest as the civic lesson, but I'd say that's more of a civic experience as nothing was really learned.

As soon as I heard about these walkouts yesterday, I thought about what a grand opportunity it was for New Jersey's new governor Chris Christie to give these kids (and kids across the nation) an actual civics lesson.

Let them know that these cuts are a direct result of overspending and corruption of the generations before them and as a result of New Jersey's bloated social programs (New jersey is one of the of the only states that hands out welfare to able-bodied single people). Christie should use this as a tangible example of economic consequences and warn of the bigger cuts to come thanks to new programs instituted by the Obama administration.

Americans don't normally care about something until it effects them personally, so Christie should use these walkouts to impart a valuable lesson about spending when the coffer is empty...about how he was elected to fix this problem but no one wants to sacrifice...an eventually asking them if "Cap and Trade" and "Single Payer health care" is worth even more slashing to their schools and programs...?

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Arizona's Transgression?


Saying that it's illegal to be here illegally?

That warrants this disturbio grande? And for the President of the United States to call Arizona lawmakers "foolish." Maybe that's less about the Mexicans and more about the "birther bill" that might come to fruition in Arizona...

I am SO SICK of this discussion. Why is it wrong to condemn something that's illegal? This IS NOT (nor has it ever been) about LEGAL IMMIGRATION.

You may not know, but my future sister-in-law-to-be is still languishing away in Japan while my brother is here...BECAUSE SHE IS GOING THROUGH THE PROPER CHANNELS TO COME HERE AND MARRY HIM LEGALLY. They have been forced to endure all the hardships of a long, long, long distance relationship for over 4 years now. This is what the "other side" of this debate doesn't seem to understand. People take years to come here the proper and legal way. I can't fathom why it's wrong to punish those that spit on that process.

If sometime during the late 1950's a man wouldn't have left his family in Columbia and a woman wouldn't have braved a journey from the Philippines to America by herself, if they hadn't have met by chance in New York City, if there was no immigration opportunities and they wouldn't have married and had three children...I would never have met three of the best people in the world. The second of those three children is one of my very, very best friends and someone I can't imagine not having in my life. A first generation American.

I know this goes against the stereotype the media has given those that oppose illegal immigration, but I hope someone out there sees that you can have it both ways... You can vehemently opposed those sneaking over our borders illegally WITHOUT having any ill feelings toward those that immigrate here legally.

I realize that some of the problem has to do with the "profiling" aspect, but maybe that will promote the assimilation that immigrants used to engage in in the past...

Immigration Protest Mayhem



I've been to a few tea parties now and despite what the state-run media and Bill Clinton have said...I have never seen an argument let alone cops in riot gear...but we're the angry mob of right wing extremists?

Of course the DUers are saying this was a Tea Party plant sent to rile the crwod. Well, even if it was...we have had plenty of those at the tea Parties and a riot has never ensued.

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Friday, April 23, 2010

A Lone Reed



This is a financial services office in the heart of Jenkintown...liberal oasis. It is directly across the street (maybe 8 paces) from Representative Allyson Schwartz's office.

This very public stand in this very lefty little town has to have hurt their business. I wanted to go in and talk to the owner, but I was running late. Maybe I should make it a point to do that sometime next week...

Preach it Bertha! ...At Least She's Honest



"Any group that says, 'I'm young, I'm Democratic, and I'm a socialist,' is all right with me. You know that's no light thing to do -- to actually say, I'm a socialist -- because you guys know right now we are living in a time which is going to dwarf the McCarthy era. It is going to dwarf the internment during World War II. We are right now in a time that is going to dwarf the era of Jim Crow and segregation," [Bertha] Lewis said.

"This is not rhetoric or hyperbole -- this is real," Lewis said. "This rise of this Tea Party so-called movement -- bowel movement in my estimation -- and this blatant uncovering and ripping off the mask of racism." (source)

Say what you will about ACORN's Bertha Lewis, but she's much more forthright than Obama and his cohorts.

Mr President: If you believe in a socialist ideology and agenda...just say it. Why all the denial? Because you know Americans will reject it? Put it out there and let's fight out Capitalism VS. Socialism on their merits. Do you think the American people are stupid? You have surrounded yourself with Marxists and Alinsky prodigy's...Is that a coincidence? If Socialist isn't a dirty word, why are you perpetuating the myth by your denials? We know that your childhood mentor, Frank Marshall Davis, was a Communist...The "Church" your grandparents took you to as a child (East Shore Unitarian Church) is almost as bad as Reverend Wright's church (then again, I despise moral relativism):

How annoying would these people be?

"We believe in religious freedom and the right and responsibility of each person to explore what he or she truly believes to be good and true and beautiful. Unitarian Universalism upholds the free and responsible search for truth and meaning and will not be constrained in our faith by arbitrary and unchanging doctrines and dogmas. We, therefore, are a creedless tradition in which participation and membership in a congregation is not contingent upon one’s assent to a particular formulation or understanding of "the Truth." (source)

So, say what you may about the ACORN CEO, but at least she's honest and out there claiming her beliefs instead of denying all that's transpired in her life to this point...

Support Our Seals: Case Updates and Norfolk Rally


As I am sure you have heard by now the first of three accused Navy Seals was found not guilty. Petty Officer 1st Class Julio Huertas faced a six man navy jury to defend accusations of dereliction of duty and covering up the alleged beating of a terror suspect. Huertas, in true warrior fashion, has not lost heart and says he will be rejoining the SEALS "as soon as possible." (Read the whole story)

Of course, NAVY SEAL CLEARED OF CHARGES wasn't the headline the Associated Press decided to go with...they thought "Iraqi testified he was beaten by US troops" would be better...

During that trial yesterday, Ahmed Hashim Abed testified that he was punched in the stomach...but in this morning's trial of the second accused SEAL (SO2 Jonathan Keefe’) Abed said that he was kicked in the stomach. Hmmmmm... So ACH-med, you hung our Blackwater guys (military veterans I'm sure) burnt from a bridge and you got a gut shot? The problem is....?

Anyone in Virginia that can attend a rally for the SEALS? Here's the info:

"If these cases are not thrown out before Monday, May 3, we will be showing our support for all 3 SEALs on that day by gathering outside of Gate 5 at Naval Station Norfolk for a Support Rally while Matthew McCabe is in the court room. (Corner of Hampton Blvd & B Avenue / Seabee Rd, Norfolk, VA)

The rally will begin at 10am and, unless McCabe’s trail ends early on that day, we will wrap it up by 3pm. Directly after the rally, everyone is invited to head over to Poppa’s Pub for a drink and to hang out with supporters and possibly a few SEALs.

For more information on this rally, please contact Dawn West at 757.374.2774"

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Out of My Comfort Zone: Combating Charges of Racism

The other day Glenn Beck basically said that we have to start doing things that are "out of our comfort zone" if we have any hope of changing the direction this country is headed in. As he was discussing different things that could qualify, I was thinking that I had indeed ventured out of my comfort zone just a few days prior to Beck's call to action.

The April 15th Tea Party. First of all, just going was the first step. The media's little trick of portraying the Tea Party-ers as racist is working and it sucks. I don't want to be called a racist or be associated with racists because I am so not a racist. I knew it would be uncomfortable standing in the middle of Center City with a group being labeled as racist by the MSM in a city that's roughly 50% African American.

And Black men were indeed walking by yelling "Racist." Did I blame them? Absolutely not, that's that they've been told.

As Grizzly Mommma and I were walking back from signing the Constitution Bus we passed an African American man that was saying something angrily under his breath. On any other day I would have minded my business and walked on by...but I was feeling really pissed at the Media and the Kos Kids of the world for making me feel like I had to justify my involvement and prove my lack of prejudice. That overwhelming urge to yell, "But my first best friend was Black, my favorite teacher was Black...I tried to adopt a Black baby" etc etc. I shouldn't have to feel that way.

So I stepped (way) outside that comfort zone and asked the disgruntled Tea Party heckler what he had said. He looked surprised and then said something about no one caring about all the money that was spent on the Iraq war. I pointed out that people did protest the war often. We began a conversation about why the tea Party exists and he seemed genuinely interested and surprised by what we were saying. He told us he was laid off and really wanted work. We shared that both of our husbands were laid off also and that companies were wary of hiring because of impending taxes and market insecurity...and that's why we were here. Advocating for individuals and small businesses. By the time we parted ways we were all wishing each other good luck in the job search and he was telling us to get back out there and yell louder for the people... It was so gratifying. And hopefully he'll tell his friends and family about us if the Tea Parties come up...

South Park Jihad

Truthfully, I'm sure Matt and Trey are tickled over this...

"...If "South Park" creators are not careful, it won't just be the infidel Kenny who gets it!

An American Islamic group issued a dire Internet warning to the raunchy, politically incorrect cartoon, threatening the writers because of their over-the-top mocking of the Prophet Mohammed.

In a posting on the Web site RevolutionMuslim.com, an angry poster specifically called out the show's creators, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, and seemed to mark them for death.

"We have to warn Matt and Trey that what they are doing is stupid and they will probably wind up like Theo Van Gogh for airing this show," the scary caution said..." (Read the whole story)

For those of you that don't watch South Park, the bear pictured was Mohammad. The last time they drew him Cartoon Network censured the show so this time they put him in a bear suit. You know Islamofascists have jumped the shark when they're wasting jihads on a Mascot Mohammad. Or, they really are in the 13th century and don;t understand that Mohammad isn't actually under the bear suit.

...But I think the real question is: Why were radical Muslims watching South Park to begin with?

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Goldman Sachs is to Obama as Enron was to Bush?

"...Campaign contributions from Goldman Sachs employees to President Obama are nearly seven times as much as President Bush received from Enron workers, according to numbers on OpenSecrets.org.

In 2002, the New York Times wrote: "President Bush is seeking to play down his relationship with Enron's embattled chairman, Kenneth L. Lay. But their ties are broad and deep and go back many years, and the relationship has been beneficial to both." (h/t Lachlan Markey)

But the mere $151,722.42 (inflation adjusted) in contributions from Enron-affiliated executives, employees, and PACs to Bush hardly add up to Obama's $1,007,370.85 (inflation adjusted) from Goldman-affiliated executives and employees. That's also not taking into account how much Goldman contributed to Obama cabinet member Hillary Clinton ($415,595.63 inflation adjusted), which was itself almost three times as much as Bush received as well.

It would be fair to say that the total amount the Obama administration has received from those affiliated with Goldman Sachs is ten times that of what Bush received from Enron..." (source)

Why are stories like this always in an OpEd section? Where are the journalists? How many times do we have to hear (from a very select few news outlets) all the things the Obama administration is currently doing that they accused the Bush administration of doing before the MSM realizes they are being remiss in ignoring the facts?!

Veterans and Suicide: Sobering Statistics

"An Iraq War veteran wearing military fatigues stood in predawn quiet Friday at a monument to soldiers and fatally shot himself with an assault rifle outside the Veterans Affairs medical center where he had been a patient, authorities said.

Police said Jesse C. Huff, 27, fired a second round into his head after he survived a first shot. Authorities said he had appeared to have no intention of harming anyone else, although police searched a military-type backpack near the body and also Huff's van. The police bomb squad detonated the backpack as a precaution.

The Veterans Affairs Department recently said that preliminary data showed a 26 percent increase in suicides among male veterans ages 18 to 29 from 2005 to 2007, the most recent year for which such data was available.


In recent years, the VA has hired thousands of new mental health professionals and established a suicide hot line credited with "rescues" of nearly 6,000 veterans and military members in distress...." (source)

I sincerely hope PTSD doesn't go untreated because it isn't cool or manly to talk about the symptoms... I hope there are some big, badass recon Marines or Navy SEALS that will consider doing some PSAs for the military about this subject. A 26% suicide increase is unacceptable.

And any support you can give AMERICAN WOMEN VETERANS in helping Congress and the Pentagon to admit that women are indeed serving in combat, and that the VA should be treating them for PTSD also, would be greatly appreciated by all the women that performed gallantly in firefights throughout Iraq and Afghanistan...

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Monday, April 19, 2010

When Charity and Realism Coexist


For the life of me I can't figure out why paying drug addicts to voluntarily tie their tubes or get a vasectomy is a controversial thing...

There is such a charity you ask? Yes, PROJECT PREVENTION. An organization that realizes an addict will "cradle her pipe before she cradles her own child." The founder of this charity is the adoptive mom of four children that were born addicted and knows their trials and tribulations first hand.

The sad reality that is happening each and every day:

"He was born weighing one pound, eight ounces, spending four months in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. He had a broviac tube in his heart and an ileostomy for three years.
His mother gave birth to a total of five addicted babies. His four siblings are all on Ritalin for ADHD. All five children will be supported with tax dollars until the age of 18.
He is now nine years old and still developmentally delayed."


Here are Project Prevention's latest statistics:

  • 3,359 - Total number of paid clients.

  • 14,718 - Total number of pregnancies. (Not including miscarriages)

  • 10,291 - Total number of births (some resulted in multiple births).

  • 4,396 - Total number of abortions

  • 691 - Stillborn births. Also, another 384 had very brief lives, dying soon after birth from complications.

  • 5,857- Total number of these children remaining in foster care to date.

  • 1,059 have chosen Depo-Provera, 1,251 Tubal Ligation, 858 IUD, 106 Implanon, 38 Norplant, and 47 Vasectomies.

  • 1,673 clients have been Caucasian, 899 African-American, 433 Hispanic, and 354 of other ethnic backgrounds.
  • (source)

    Anyone that questions this cause should volunteer to hold addicted babies in the hospital. My parents fostered an addicted baby when I was a teenager and it was rough. She cried constantly. She was never happy or content regardless of what you tried. She howled and contorted. I will always remember her and her tormented welcome into this world...

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    Thursday, April 15, 2010

    Philly Tax Day Tea Party 2010

    Today was my second Tea Party and once again I found the crowd diverse, respectful and genuinely concerned about the state of the nation.

    First of all, I FINALLY met another Philly Blogger: Grizzly Momma and her hubby The City Troll. Now, what you may not know is that Grizzly Momma and I "met" way before any of us had blogs...I think it was back in 2002 in the Philadelphia Protest Warrior forums (What ever happened to Protest Warrior?!). It's about time we finally met. We were hoping Skye could have been there too, but she's going Saturday.



    There was a huge bus wrapped in the Constitution for everyone to sign:



    It was a modest turn out...but it is Philadelphia on a work day. I am assuming that Saturday's rally with some local celebs will be a lot bigger. If I had to guess the turnout I'd say a few hundred at the peak. There was a lone journalist from KYW News Radio and a photographer from the AP.



    Here is a shot of the Constitution bus with City Hall in the background and yes, I even talked the Anarchist (aka The Man and also my littlest man) into going...



    There were a few good speeches (I was a homeless person magnet today so it was hard to listen at times), but my favorite was given by Jamal Greene who talked about Why he's a Conservative. It was also cool to meet the national coordinator of the Tea Party Patriots, Diana Reimer.

    When you're there, you really feel annoyed with the media for the gross misrepresentation the Tea party movement has had to deal with...then you remember the instructions of Saul Alinsky and it all makes total sense. Let's keep using their tactics against them...it's working.

    Wednesday, April 14, 2010

    Guest Post by Foxy Wizard

    Look at her... Isn’t she beautiful? That is my grand-daughter Madeline. She just turned two.

    What she doesn’t know is that even though she is only two, she already owes $330,000. So does her sister, her two brothers, her Mom and Dad, each of her cousins. In fact, each and every man, woman and child she meets and cracks that grin to owes that much money as well. Her family of Mom, her Dad and three siblings together owe almost $2 million. They can’t even afford to pay the interest on that debt.

    As she enjoys her ice cream, she doesn’t realize that those of us responsible for our country have mortgaged her future for our own benefit. She doesn’t know that for the past 50 or so years we have shamelessly borrowed so much money for our current entitlements that we will never be able to pay it back, so we have left it for her to pay.

    And while she had her second birthday, she couldn’t possibly know that the country has been embroiled in a fierce debate in the country over a bill whose expense will certainly dwarf those entitlements already pledged.

    In short, she doesn’t know that our generation, out of greed and corruption, "killed the goose that laid the golden egg."

    Spending Deficits and Unfunded Entitlements
    "There are two economic disasters facing the United States. One is the problem of annual spending deficits now approaching trillions of dollars. The far worse problem, however, is unfunded entitlements now approaching $100 trillion."

    How will she pay it back? We don’t know. How will if affect her lifestyle? Don’t know that either. Will she live in as nice of a home as we do? Be able to get the education we did? Take vacations? Enjoy imported food? Have heat to stay warm in the winter? Air conditioning to stay cool in the summer? Electricity to keep food fresh?

    We don't know. We simply haven't thought it out that far. We are the "me, me" generation. We want what we want, and we want it now.

    So, Maddie... Sorry. We just couldn't help ourselves. Sucks to be you.

    ~The Baby Boomer Generation.

    Find A Tax Day Tea Party


    Google "Tax Day tea Party 2010" with the name of your city to find Tea party events in your area. Then make a sign...!

    ***Make sure to take your cameras and phones and RECORD anyone acting out for media attention --we know from websites like "crash the tea party" that the Left is sending in plants to discredit the movement.***

    There are two rallies here in Philly:

    April 15th at LOVE PARK from 12-2 and April 17th at Independence Hall from 12-4.

    Any Philly Bloggers out there going to either one? I can't decide which to attend...

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    Tuesday, April 13, 2010

    Embrace The Party of NO


    NO:

  • New taxes

  • Single payer health care

  • Expansion of government entitlements

  • Government waste

  • Preferential treatment for unions

  • Legislation based on disputed science

  • Back room deals

  • Political correctness taken preference to safety

  • Acquiescing that we don't need to be the best

  • Punishing Americans that have succeeded

  • Smothering small businesses in favor of the unions

  • Appointing self-loathing Americans to the Administration

  • Sin taxes

  • Stepping on States' rights

  • Changing our country without our consent!


  • I say we embrace their talking point...please add to what we are prepared to say NO to...

    Torch Your SUVs, Arctic Ice is...Increasing?


    "...The amount of sea ice covering the Arctic dramatically increased last month, reaching levels not seen at this time of year for nearly a decade.

    Returning ice - after years of declining cover - has astonished climate scientists who blamed unusually cold weather over the Bering Sea.

    Researchers said they recorded the most ice in March since 2001 - and that the cover is approaching long-term average levels for the first time in ten years..."
    (source)

    I'm sure there will be some sort of snappy explanation...like when they mocked us all for thinking Global Warming indicated they thought the world was getting warmer when really they meant climate was changing across the board (silly us!)

    Monday, April 12, 2010

    SCOTUS Appointment #2

    Two Supreme Court picks already. THIS is why I urged everyone to put your problems with McCain aside and vote.

    Apparently, Justice John Paul Steven fancies himself a "judicial Conservative." If he truly was he would have retired during Bush's Presidency so another "judicial Conservative" would take his place. I mean, he was 88 years old during Bush's last year...it's not like he would have been retiring early...

    And before the Left starts their "party of no" (they really are the bumper sticker party huh?) chants...please remember that both Barack Obama and Joe Biden voted against John Roberts and Sam Alito. (*Watch video -Obama praises Roberts as a judge but says he'll vote against him?*)

    So here we are again, with the most liberal president to date on his second SCOTUS pick. If he has any balls whatsoever he'll realize that he's probably going to be one and done and pick the most far-out liberal he can to sit on the highest court in the land... I think his pick will give us some insight as to how he sees his Presidential future...

    Monday Inspiration

    Just another one of those stories that forces us to take a few steps back to look at our "problems" and how we deal with them...

    "...He has no legs and no eyesight, but Marine Cpl. Matthew Bradford has four more years of military service ahead of him after becoming the first blind double-amputee to re-enlist.

    ...Bradford, 23, has learned to walk with prosthetic limbs and navigate without his vision, and he only regrets that he can’t return to combat duty in Iraq, the paper reported.

    Instead the Kentucky native will head to Camp Lejeune, N.C., where he will work with other wounded Marines in hopes of helping them cope with anger, depression and other issues.

    "I'm paving the road for the rest of them who want to stay in but think they can't," he told the Express-News. "I'm ready to get back to work." (source)

    Very humbling.

    Forget Fun, Blondes Have More Cash


    "BLONDE women - for years stereotyped in jokes as dumb and ditzy - are having the last laugh after a study revealed they earn more and marry wealthier than other women.

    The University of Queensland study found that not only did blonde women earn an average seven per cent more than their brunette and red-headed sisters, they married men who earnt six percent more too..." (Read the whole story)

    So, keep telling your blonde jokes...we'll be out shopping with our extra cash! ;)

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    Friday, April 09, 2010

    Real Change in 2012



    I've changed my mind. I don't care if Sarah Palin isn't 100% ideal for me. Maybe that's our problem. Always looking for perfection. The Libs settle constantly.

    The thought of a Palin/Bachmann 2012 ticket... Wow. It makes me understand how even Colin Powell and JC Watts got caught up in the promise of Obama. But this would be REAL change...not just another man in the Oval Office...but TWO women!

    I'm so in.

    The 2010 Census



    I filled out my census and mailed it back the same day I received it. Mine had only questions about those living in my house and nothing about flushing toilets, etc. Though giving any information at all to this government does give me pause, asking who lives in my house is indeed Constitutional.

    The amount of money that has been spent on this particular census disgusts me. I personally received a letter alerting me to the fact that the census would be arriving soon, then a day later I received the census, and then I got not one but two letters letting me know I had indeed received the census.

    This colossal waste is part of the reason I am about to urge my fellow Conservatives/Libertarians to send yours back too. If you don't they'll send a census worker to your house SIX TIMES. And if after the six times they can't get you, they'll send someone out to ask your neighbor. And all this at $18 an hour.

    "...The bureau is spending $133 million between January and May -- or, more than $13 million for each of 10 questions, one of which reads: What is your telephone number? -- to publicize the national head-count. Part of that effort is the Super Bowl ad, which Kendall Johnson, a spokeswoman for the bureau, confirmed Wednesday to FoxNews.com cost $2.5 million to air. The ad, produced by actor and director Christopher Guest, also will appear in other media, Johnson said..." (source)

    And then there's the second concern:

    "Some Republicans are worried that an anti-government surge among conservatives will lead to lower participation in the U.S. census, which they fear could reduce the number of Republican seats in Congress and state legislatures." (source)

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    Thursday, April 08, 2010

    It's Only Semantics For A Man With No Faith


    "President Barack Obama's advisers plan to remove terms such as "Islamic radicalism" from a document outlining national security strategy and will use the new version to emphasize that the U.S. does not view Muslim nations through the lens of terrorism, counter-terrorism officials say.

    The change would be a significant shift in the National Security Strategy, a document that previously outlined the Bush Doctrine of preventive war. It currently states, "The struggle against militant Islamic radicalism is the great ideological conflict of the early years of the 21st century." (source)

    I understand that Barack Obama is holding out hope that involving Muslim countries in world affairs and discussing other issues besides their radicalized citizens will somehow endear them to us...or at least tone down their hatred of the West. Could he really have bought into the fallacy that they hate us because of Bush? I once said here that this gap in the President's understanding of militant Islamics is the product of his own lack of faith. He can't fathom a spiritual fanaticism because he's an intellectual with no roots in faith. He doesn't realize that they believe the Qu'ran tells them to do exactly what they're doing --so no American President, even if his name is a Muslim name, is going to alter that belief.

    Vegans and Vegetarians Seeing Red Instead of Green

    "...If everyone became vegan and so ate only fruit and vegetables, then the reduction in greenhouse emissions for the whole of food consumption would be a mere 7%. The widespread adoption of vegetarianism would have even less impact, while organic food production actually leads to a net increase in greenhouse gas emissions. Those are the conclusions of a research paper published in the journal Progress in Industrial Ecology..." (source)

    Can you imagine the heartbreak this study is having on the high and lofty, judgmental environmentalists?!

    The moral of the story? Man, in his infinite smallness and insignificance, has no cogent impact on the ebb and flow of the Earth's climate. But, don't throw your veggie pita wrappers on the ground, because what the Earth looks and smells like...YOU DO make a difference.

    Wednesday, April 07, 2010

    Judicial Blow to the FCC and Net Neutrality


    We needed some good news: "...A federal court threw the future of Internet regulations into doubt Tuesday with a far-reaching decision that went against the Federal Communications Commission and could even hamper the government's plans to expand broadband access in the United States.

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled that the FCC lacks authority to require broadband providers to give equal treatment to all Internet traffic flowing over their networks. That was a big victory for Comcast Corp., the nation's largest cable company, which had challenged the FCC's authority to impose such "network neutrality" obligations on broadband providers.

    Tuesday's unanimous ruling by the three-judge panel was a setback for the FCC because it questioned the agency's authority to regulate broadband. That could cause problems beyond the FCC's effort to adopt official net neutrality regulations. It also has serious implications for the ambitious national broadband-expansion plan released by the FCC last month..." (source)

    The group behind the push for net neutrality (or, the online version of the Fairness Doctrine) is headed up by a man named Robert McChesney. A man that said these things just last year:

    "Any serious effort to reform the media system would have to necessarily be part of a revolutionary program to overthrow the capitalist system itself."

    "There is no real answer but to remove brick by brick the capitalist system itself, rebuilding the entire society on socialist principles."

    "We need to do whatever we can to limit capitalist propaganda, regulate it, minimalize it and perhaps even eliminate it."

    Read through his thought process.

    Of course when you Google "Net Neutrality myths", Google gives you the ACLU "debunking" those myths at the top spot, then the aforementioned Robert McChesney's group Free Press (kinda've a conflict of interest, eh?)...but thankfully for those that decide to do a bit of research and not rely on the purposefully misleading name (much like the "Fairness Doctrine")...they do offer one decent page.

    Funny, Sad, Drunk or Just Infuriating?



    According to usgovinfo.about.com "the current salary (2010) for rank-and-file members of the House and Senate is $174,000 per year."

    Georgia's Hank" Johnson Jr., one of only two Buddhists in Congressional history, thinks that an island can tip over. He went to law school and he thinks that adding to the amount of people on Guam could cause it to capsize! Truthfully, I wasn't even going to post about this because it's quite disturbing and quite frankly embarrassing.

    The Man is convinced he was tipping the Mad Dog before this little exchange -and I hope he's right. A Congressman thinking Marines can tip an island? Good Lord.

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    Tuesday, April 06, 2010

    Tea Party Vs. Obama


    "On major issues, 48% of voters say that the average Tea Party member is closer to their views than President Barack Obama.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 44% hold the opposite view and believe the president’s views are closer to their own.

    Last week, Rasmussen Reports released data showing that 47% of voters felt closer to the views of Tea Party members than to Congress. Only 26% felt closer to Congress." (source)

    This poll really does make me feel better. I'm happy to know more Americans feel aligned with the Tea Party principles than with what's going on with the current administration...

    I have to find a way to shake this political depression...I can't walk around with this feeling of foreboding until November 2012... This article was suggested in that regard: A Word to the Weary.

    ...though with The Man going on his fifth week of being laid off (for the first time ever), it's hard not to be angry and bitter about the CHANGE.

    My Contribution to the Taxpayer Via Obamacare

    I breastfed all three of my boys for 11-16 mths. I did this because it was the best thing for them, but it seems that under Obamacare the tax payers will also benefit from my three years and five months of nursing...

    "...900 lives, in addition to billions of dollars, can be saved if 90 percent of babies born in the United States were breastfed, even if they are nursed for only six months. This conclusion is the result of a recent study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics.

    The findings suggest that breastfeeding can help prevent hundreds of deaths and many costly illnesses each year, including stomach viruses, each infections, asthma, juvenile diabetes, Sudden infant Death Syndrome and even some cancers like childhood leukemia.

    In the United States, an estimated 43 percent of U.S. mothers breast feed their babies for six months, but not exclusively. Only 12 percent of babies received breast milk exclusively for six months.

    The low breastfeeding rate is estimated to cost $13 billion. " (Read the entire story)

    Monday, April 05, 2010

    Obamacare: Let's Cover Everyone!



    Over the weekend Real Time happened to be on when I walked in the room, and an economist (Stephen Moore I believe) said that he had worked and reworked the CBO's numbers and couldn't come up with any way that this health care bill would lower the deficit.

    He went on to say that if he was wrong and adding 32 million Americans to the current system would lower the deficit by 1.3 trillion dollars...why stop there? Let's add China and Africa, right? We could eliminate the deficit completely!

    Brilliant.

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    Friday, April 02, 2010

    Free Speech Prevails at Camp LeJeune



    Camp LeJeune Marine Corps base in North Carolina tried to ban stickers critical of Islam that they deemed inflammatory (like the one pictured above) but a federal judge has now barred them from doing so.

    "...The ruling came in the case of a civilian employee who had served 25 years in the Marines including two combat tours in Vietnam before he retired.

    Jesse Nieto lost his youngest son, Marc, in the Oct. 12, 2000, attack on the USS Cole by Islamic terrorists and subsequently carried bumper stickers and decals critical of the violence of Islam, including "We died, they rejoiced," "Islam = Terrorism" and a picture of Calvin, of Calvin and Hobbes cartoon fame, urinating on a cartoon illustration of Muhammad.

    The camp base ordered the criticisms of Islam censored, and when Nieto refused, brought court action against him.

    Yesterday's ruling from Senior U.S. District Judge Malcom J. Howard reversed the order.

    "Because defendants have applied Base Traffic Regulation BO 5560.2M … in a manner that discriminates against plaintiff's message, they have violated his individual rights as protected by the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution," the judge wrote..." (source)

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    Thursday, April 01, 2010

    And They Called Palin a Liar...

    For talking about "death panels" in Obama's trillion dollar health care 'reform.' But then there was talk of changing the language. Changing what? I thought she was lying?

    But now, Paul Krugman, (man-crush of the Left) says this:

    "The advisory panel which has the ability to make more or less binding judgments on saying this particular expensive treatment actually doesn't do any good medically and so we are not going to pay for it. That is actually going to save quite a lot of money. We don't know how much yet. The CBO gives it very little credit but, but most, most of the health care economists I talk to think that's going be a really, uh a really major cost saving." (SOURCE)

    Wait...what? "Advisory panel?" "Binding judgments?" Not paying for certain treatments? Save "quite a lot of money?" Hmmm... So..a panel that basically has the power of life and death...and if they choose the later they are a...death panel. So, when they called Palin a liar --was it a debate over Semantics, did the Obamatrons really not believe this was in there, or was it a blatant ploy to hide the truth?

    "Regulating World Capitalism"


    "...French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Tuesday praised President Obama's health care overhaul, called his push for stricter financial regulations "great news" and, standing alongside Mr. Obama at the White House, said he hopes their administrations can team up "to go even further in regulating world capitalism." (source)

    Just recently, I was being regaled with amazing stories from some Polish 20-somethings and the realities of product regulations (only three rolls of TP for you) and name registries (you can pick from these 200 names for your baby) in their life times. Could one President truly put us on a path toward Socialism? Could it be done in four years? Eight? Could a new President enact a return to Capitalism and the Constitution and the small government the Founders envisioned...or is repeal unrealistic? Realistically, what long term damage could this man inflict?