Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Guest Post by Eric Aves

I believe the bar known as lunacy and hypocrisy has been raised Paul Krugman, an op ed contributor to the New York Times whom has recently shown how afraid of Gov. Rick Perry he is. Paul Krugman is also a 2008 winner of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences and has a B.A from Yale and Ph.D. from MIT... Notice any similarities with any other left leaning folks?





Well, apparently our economics problems have been solved.. Krugman has informed us that a Space Alien Attack will save our economy!! He went on to claim a stimulus, somewhat similar to the WW2 works program, would help.

A quote from Mr. Krugman: "No, there was a Twilight Zone episode like this in which scientists fake an alien threat in order to achieve world peace. This time we don’t need that we need it in order to get some fiscal stimulus."

This is the real kicker. The Left, and Paul himself, have claimed all recent wars were fake: Iraq, Afghanistan, and he was against Libya as well. But, a fake Alien Invasion would be just fine. Mr Krugman must watch too much SCIFI. Sorry, Paul, but since you seem to be stuck in a fantasy world, let us remind you it was not FDR's work programs that got the US out of the depression, it was WW2. The stimulus bills have only extended this recession that, if we would have followed history, we could be free of. I guess the left can usher in a fake alien invasion, but like the stimulus bills, we're bound to continue this high unemployment trend.

By the way, if imaginary aliens do try to invade, we can introduce imaginary weaponry and techniques to repel these imaginary invaders..

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Guest Post from Rickvid in Seattle

An Evening Among Muslims

Went to an Iftar (Islamic community dinner to break the Ramadan fast) dinner Saturday night, sponsored by the Turkish community on the East Side (Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond) and the Acacia Foundation. Some friends, who trend politically left, had taken a cooking class from a Turkish woman who in turn invited them to this event. They invited me. I checked out the Acacia Foundation (for obvious reasons) and it seems to be a legit cross cultural and charitable organization. I drove. Of interest is that I have a small Israeli flag in the passenger side window in the rear of my car. I wondered if my passengers would mention it and want me to remove it. They did not. The dinner was held in the Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center.

We sat at table with a young Turkish couple and their 4 year old son. High school aged girls in bright Turkish costumes bustled about setting big foil platters of food on serving tables, putting plates of dates, dolmas, bread, and water on the seating tables, and generally seeing that everything was being done to serve the diners. Women in hijabs flitted from table to table welcoming everyone. Many women did not wear hijabs, and I wondered if many who did that evening did so as it was a religious, as well as community, event.

The cooking teacher was in charge of the kitchen. She is a short round woman, the type of momma you’d know from any ethnic group, smiling, welcoming all, greeting strangers. The only thing she, and the others, did not do that would be done in the Italian or Polish or Irish enclaves I knew back in Baltimore was shove some food at us right away. We needed to wait until sundown. As that time approached, a fellow on stage welcomed us, and introduced a fellow who faced east and opened with prayer in the Muslim style. After the call to prayer we have all heard on TV, films, and maybe in real life, he recited a prayer in Arabic, and a woman then read the same in English. It thanked Allah for his blessings, for we guests, and prayed for relief of famine in East Africa. Oddly, unlike we Christians or Jews, nobody stood or bowed their heads, although at one point the Muslims hold their hands up in a supplication gesture, then rub their hands across their faces. Nobody expected us non-Muslims to participate. Immediately after all that, people ate dates and drank water. Dates and water are traditional for breaking the fast. Then, in line for some amazing food.

The young couple at table were quite chatty. We discussed what would happen to a Muslim who lived in the very far north where there is no sun up or sun down, and that, because everything is based on the lunar cycle, Ramadan is observed 10 days earlier each year. Next year will be an even longer day than this year. The husband is a software engineer at Microsoft, and said the bulk of the Turkish community in the Seattle area are MS employees. MS is a major engine of immigration here.

A few local politicians got up and spoke, briefly thankfully. A University of Washington professor who offers classes on Islam talked about Ramadan and the discipline of fasting. Any Jew or Christian who has practiced the discipline of fasting could certainly relate to the basis of this fast, but Muslims refrain from ingesting anything from sun up to sun down. Up here in the north, that is a long day! The professor says he asks his students to do one Islamic thing that they do not usually do, such as wear a hijab or fast, for one day. He says he has seen quite a few changes in the students who fast from food, water, coffee, and smoking, (even pot he points out to them). They never do anything like that, usually, and learn a great deal about restraint, compassion, focusing on things other than themselves. Sound very familiar to this Christian.

In all, the evening was very pleasant, very filling!, and interesting. The Turks are a wonderful people, and were gracious and welcoming to all. I have known and worked with Turks on and off for years here. If there is anything like this in your area, you might want to check it out. Putting real faces onto good people gives perspective to the evil of some, making it all the more vile and despicable.

~Rickvid in Seattle

Monday, August 29, 2011

Guest from the Right: Free0352

Social Security IS A LIE. The difference couldn't be more clear.

Yet another reason to vote for Rick Perry.

"Asked by a woman in the crowd about Social Security being viewed as an entitlement program, Perry reiterated the suggestion in his anti-Washington book, Fed Up!, that the program amounts to a Ponzi scheme.

"It is a Ponzi scheme for these young people. The idea that they're working and paying into Social Security today, that the current program is going to be there for them, is a lie," Perry said. "It is a monstrous lie on this generation, and we can't do that to them."


As a member of that generation, I strongly agree with Governor Perry. I'm voting for the guy who's trying to stop my generation (and myself) from being ripped off. You damn sure don't hear Mitt Romney defend us like this.

(You can read Free daily at: John Galt for President)

Guest From the Left: J. Marquis

GNP (Grover Norquist Party)



The following video illustrates why the popularity of the Tea Party is dropping like a rock. People are getting sick of pledges, talking points and the far Right's complete inability to compromise.

WATCH THE VIDEO

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

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Friday, August 26, 2011

Bare All for Ron Paul?

A new Rasmussen poll has Obama at 39% and Ron Paul at 38%.

I can never quite succinctly articulate my feelings about Ron Paul other than resorting to joking about his very unfortunate predilection of wearing sneakers and a suit. That's partially jokes and partially serious because it's symptomatic of a larger issue. Indicative of someone that's a little clueless...and a little out of touch. Not just with fashion faux paus, but with public feelings and sentiment. I'm not comfortable giving the reigns of the country to the D&D geek from high school. Don't get me wrong, I love D&D guys (and am a gaming geek myself) and I certainly want those guys and gals at NORAD and at NASSA and engineering the weapons that will protect our troops...but running the country...not so much.

There is someone out there that did a much better job than I in highlighting some of Paul's more dangerous views:

The Friend of My Enemy is Ron Paul (Read the whole piece!)(H/T to FreeMom on this one!)

"In the fashion of all anti-war leftists who disregard the Constitution’s requirements that the Congress must provide for our national defense not destroy it, Ron Paul’s foreign policy beliefs demand that America demilitarize and extend the hand of friendship to an armed enemy that in fact does have an army—the politically powerful and violent Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps begun during Islamic Revolution of 1979."


But, while doing a bunch of reading about Ron Paul over the past couple of days I came across another strange phenomenon. Baring it all for Paul?! What about this little man that elicits this?! :)






































































Maybe if David Beckham was running for President...

FU IRENE


So...the first year I rent a house that is actually ON THE BEACH...Irene. Hopefully this is a bit of 24 news cycle hype and the storm will pass, the house will still be standing and we can go down Sunday and just miss a day. Is that wishful thinking? We evacuated last year for a total dud. FINGERS CROSSED!

An earthquake and a hurricane in the same week...maybe the Mayans were on to something...

(This delay also means there is still time to send guest posts!)

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Dear President Obama,

It must have been crushing news to hear the CBO declare that unemployment would most likely remain at 9% throughout your reelection bid.

I am not implying it's your campaign that has you down and not the record number of Americans that can't find a job. I thought, in light of this, you might want to hear a success story. A story of literally TOO MUCH work thanks to your policies.

My husband, The Man, is a "Super" (supervisor/foreman) for a large East Coast mechanical company. This entire summer vacation his children and I have seen him only once for more than eight consecutive hours. Imagine that, all these people that can't find a job and this company has so much work that one of their Supers is currently running FOUR jobs and two of then are TWO HOURS from our home.

In the past there was always one Super per job and they could actually go home to their families and sleep at night. But no more! Thanks to the uncertainly of the markets, the economy and the possibility of Obamacare, the company doesn't want to hire. They went through a huge layoff a few years ago and don't want to go through that again.

So, when the press and your GOP opponents hassle you about job creation and unemployment rates...remind them about a company in Pennsylvania that --thanks to you-- has so much work that their employees can never leave.

As Always,

ALa

Tear Jerker



I get a lump in my throat every time I look at this. The epitome of a picture being worth a thousand words.

RIP Petty Officer Jon Tumilson

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

East Coast Quake of 2011



I realize you Left Coast folks (like Jpck) think that all the fuss over a 5.9 quake is excessive. It's not. And I'll tell you why. First, we were the ones that physically went through 9/11 (felt the rumbles, saw the smoke, got evacuated from buildings for weeks to follow), so this evoked bad memories for many East Coasters. And second, your weather warrants these things. When you live somewhere with pristine weather, you pay for it in huge disasters that strike at once. Hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, mudslides and forest fires. Here on the East Coast we have our good and bad weather distributed evenly --therefore exempting us from any major weather/natural disasters.

Yesterday, I was in Whole Foods looking at the various kinds of gluten free bread when suddenly the bread began moving. It was such an odd feeling. Not being melodramatic, but my equilibrium felt 'off' for the next 10 minutes or so. Yet, my sons and many of my friends felt nothing? Strange.

But, for me, the most disturbing part of the East Coast quake was that we lost all cell phone contact for HOURS. The earthquake was in Virginia. In PA and NY we lost all cell phones for at least two hours. 10 years after 9/11. Still no cell phones in an emergency. Still no way to contact loved ones. That's disturbing...

Parenting Advice from the Obama Administration


Having trouble with your teens? Need some help with your toddler? Look no further than the sage advice from Obama's Health and Human Services' FAQ page...


...Children are human beings and therefore sexual beings. It's hard for parents to acknowledge this, just as it's hard for kids to think of their parents as sexually active. But even infants have curiosity about their own bodies, which is healthy and normal.

...Parents should only be concerned about masturbation if a child seems preoccupied with it to the exclusion of other activities. Victims of sexual abuse sometimes become preoccupied with self-stimulation.

...Thinking sexually about both the same sex and the opposite sex is quite common as teens sort through their emerging sexual feelings. Some teens may also experiment with sexual experiences, including those with members of the same sex, during the years they are exploring their own sexuality. These experiences, by themselves, do not necessarily mean that a teen is gay or straight.

Aren't you relieved this is out there and that your government has your back when it comes to raising your kids?! Here's THE LINK in case you'd like to consult Kathleen Sebelius on any more of your parenting concerns...

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

RIP Joey Vento



Joey Vento, the outspoken owner of Geno's Steaks in Philadelphia, has passed away at the age of 71.

(Forced) Transparency


"A federal judge has ordered the Secret Service to release eight months of White House visitor logs it had previously kept hidden, an estimated "tens of thousands" of records from Obama's first year in office.

U.S. District Judge Beryl A. Howell – an Obama appointee – earlier this week ruled in favor of the government watchdog organization Judicial Watch, which had argued the Jan. 20-Sept. 15, 2009, visitor logs were agency records subject to public inspection through the Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA. (source)


Are you as curious as I am to see that visitors' log?

Illegal Participation?

"Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich was back in Seattle Saturday, taking the stage at Seattle's Hempfest, where he gave an impassioned speech comparing marijuana- legalization efforts to the Civil Rights movement and the Arab Spring." (source)


First, I'm not even going to get into what a MASSIVE insult this is to every Black man, women and child that couldn't get a certain job, sit in a certain seat or walk into a certain building. I can't even believe Kucinich is comparing the sometimes bloody struggle to gain basic human rights to a bunch of white kids with dreads not being allowed to smoke a bone?! Really...?!

Now, as you might know, I am on the legalization side of the argument. Not because I smoke weed (I don't). And not that I give a crap about Johnny White Kid with Dreads smoking his bowl (I don't). I just think too much money, time, man power is spent on keeping it illegal...and at the end of the day...who really cares if some Dead Heads toke up and kill what few brain cells they have. How many brain cells do you need to work at Hot Topic anyway?

So, aside from Kucinich's slap in the face to all the Black folks that lived through the actual Civil Rights movement, and aside from the fact that I mostly agree that marijuana should be legal (or at least decriminalized)...my question is:

Can a sitting Congressman be at public rallies advocating for an illegal activity?

What if they were advocating for the legalization of all drugs, mercy killing, honor killing or even NAMBLA?

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Guest from the Right: Free0352

Yes they do have Stockholm Syndrome.



Retard extraordinaire Janine Garofalo is accusing Black Conservatives like Herman Caine, Michael Steel and Allen West of having Stockholm Syndrome. At first I wanted to argue the point, but then I got to thinking about this-

Stockholm Syndrome would be better applied to a group of people who still vote for the party that:

Fought to keep slavery legal.

Founded the KKK.

Imposed Jim Crow laws.

Created the Jim Crow Minstrel to boot (Thomas D. Rice – D)

Imposed the Dred Scott Decision.

Revoked special field order 15, or “40 Acres and a Mule."

Revoked federal positions for blacks.

Pro segregation in schools and military.

Opposed the Civil Rights Act.


All these things Democrats were for and Republicans against.

The Dems can spare my the "Southern Strategy" gobbledygook. There was no party switch, that is, unless you’re talking about black voters. Blacks started voting Democratic long before the supposed “party switch,” before the supposed Southern Strategy. The black community was disenfranchised by Democrats, and then established as a voting stock for the Democratic party as early as FDR’s first term, as he brought in the entitlement society.

Furthermore, the Dixiecrats went back to the Democrat party, as they said: “We would vote for a yellow dog before voting Republican.”

It would take too much time to list all the Dixiecrats who went back to the Democrat party (George "Segregation Forever" Wallace comes to mind) but liberals always showcase that cherry-picked exception known as Strom Thurman. Thurman should have remained a Democrat. He would have been forgiven for being a bigot, like lifelong Democrat and former KKK Grand Wizard, Senator Robert Byrd.

The truth is many Blacks indeed do have Stockholm Syndrome, and anytime one of them tries to jump off the Democrat Plantation... a white overseer like Garafalo is there to hunt them down and drag them back.

(You can read Free daily at: John Galt for President)

Guest From the Left: J. Marquis

What's the Magic Number?



The comments on the previous post got me thinking about the actual tax numbers the country has been fighting about for several decades.

Is there a perfect tax percentage that should never change? Is that where we are now? Were the tax rates during the Clinton administration immoral in some sense?

Or is it simply a case where the Republicans got away with reducing taxes on the wealthy and now they refuse to change things no matter what kind of problems face the country?

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

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Salacious Sex with Perry and Man-Made Sweating with Christie


Isn't it interesting (and pretty telling) that while Obama's camp was yapping (anonymously of course) about how they hope Rick Perry is the nominee because he would be much easier than Romney to beat (Puh-lease!)...there is an ad running asking for strippers, escorts or 'young hotties' that have had sex with Rick Perry. Yes, I know it wasn't an Obama supporter that ran the ad...but it seems that Obama's people can keep their hands clean when they have Ron Paul's minions doing their dirty work!

Have you had sex with Rick Perry?
No
Yes
I don't remember
  
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And, by now I'm sure you've all seen this:

Gov. Christie admits climate change is a real problem, that human activity plays a role

In the last very UNscientific poll here 27% of you were with Ann Coulter and wanted Christie to run. This didn't change that for Coulter...how about you?

Does Christie's "Global Warming is man-made" statement change how you think of him?
Yes
No
I've been telling you all he's a RINO for months!
  
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Saturday, August 20, 2011

How Should YOU Change the World?

Haven't posted a ridiculous quiz in a while... :)




You Should Change the World Through Inspiring Others



You don't brag about your accomplishments, but the truth is that you set an amazing example for others.

You're the type of person who likes to pay it forward. You are a big believer in karma.

You are unemotional and calm. You don't let anything ruffle your feathers.

You are the type who will change the world by showing strong numbers. You were born to speak out and get people to act.


Friday, August 19, 2011

Tax the Hell Out of the Money from Money People

This past week much ado has been made over Warren Buffet's OpEd in the NYT: Stop Coddling the Super-Rich (worth reading if you haven't already).

So the Left will read this and cheer and demand more money they didn't earn go to entitlements like save the fluted brown bush --and will distribute "I stand with Warren Buffet" petitions to all their friends on Facebook.

The Right will get defensive before they even read it and shut out hearing any suggestion because it seems so phony coming from all their annoying Lefty friends that are most likely in the 50% of Americans that don't pay any taxes at all...and then they'll send those Lefty friends the Youtube link for the kids asking college students to redistribute their GPA scores.

BUT, there actually is a middle ground on this one.

In the center of the piece Buffet made a comment that got me thinking. He talks about the two different kind of rich people. Those that "make money with money" and those that "earn money from a job." So, the redistribute GPAs analogy only works when discussing the EARNERS. If someone was handed their grandfather's inheritance/GPA, taking some of it away wouldn't be bad at all because NEITHER person earned it.

What gets me is the kid sitting on his stoop complaining about the rich when he should be at a job...any job...asking for even more money from the likes of Oprah. Someone that was born as poor as he was and took risks and worked like crazy to get where she is and have what she has.

But what about the 6th generation money kid that has never had a job, that been to rehab twice, gotten a 911 Carrera for his 16th birthday and complains that the Hamptons house doesn't have enough staff when his parents are out of town?

Tax the shit out of that kid.

The "mega-rich" do carry the tax burden for the majority of the country and I agree that taxing them more could adversely effect our already depleted job market. Let's leave the "Earn money from a job" people be. BUT, as for the "make money from money" folks...they are fair game in my book...

See, a middle ground.

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Rick Perry is Exciting the GOP

Michelle Malkin doesn't like that he required girls in Texas to have the HPV vaccine. I vacillate on that issue. Of course, the Libertarian in me hates the thought of the government mandating something I have to do with my child, but the practical side of me knows how prevalent HPV is and that most parents are in denial about their teens sexual activity... Malkin's accusation is that he erred on the side of his vaccine-maker friends, but with HPV having over 75 identified strains and the fact that it can be transmitted even when a condom is worn makes me think he erred on the side of public safety. That being said, I would like him to explain this action and how/if it differs from other actions looking to control personal decisions by the government (i.e. snack bans to curb obesity).

On the other hand, self-proclaimed presidential seer Gene Simmons is declaring that America will have a President Rick Perry.

Perry is dominating the news. The MSM may have even forgotten about Bachmann's "crazy eyes." Poor Ron Paul doesn't even exist despite coming in a razor sharp close second to Bachmann in the straw poll.

From what I've seen the drive-by media has been feverishly compiling the 100 ways Rick perry is the same as George bush list...

They're already setting him up as the "George Bush on steroids" ("too-Bush-y" the "George Bush knock-off" etc, etc.), the low grade earner, popular frat boy, male cheerleader, prankster and finally Texas Governor...hell, he even looks a little like Bush in his Air Force photo... So ready yourself for all the Photoshop pictures of Dubya and Perry morphed together...and all the *yawn* signs about America not being able to afford another Texas Governor...

As for me, I'm reserved for now. I'm going to order his book Fed Up! Our Fight to Save America from Washington on my Nook today. I have more reading and searching YouTube for past interviews, etc to do... But, I have to admit...he's given me a glimmer of hope I didn't have a few weeks ago...

September Dolphin Slaughter Approaches



For those of you who haven't seen "The Cove"...see it.

This is when it really SUCKS that all the animal rights groups have marginalized themselves as kooks and made it so the general public doesn't take them seriously--now when something truly horrific is happening (and has been happening)...it has no voice.

This documentary is packed with more than just save the Taiji, Japan dolphins pleas... Like information on the UN's impotent International Whaling Commission, mercury (Minamata disease) in Japan and the heinous, shallow water slaughter of so many dolphins the water turns to blood daily...

The dolphin hunt and slaughter is fueled by aquariums, Sea Worlds and "swim with the dolphins" facilities and begins each September... An estimated 23,000 dolphins are killed in Japan this year --and September is 13 short days away...

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Go Vote!


Captain America has been nominated as a Philly Most valuable Blog in the Local Interest category. How cool! PFD representin'! WooHoo! I'm pretty sure the powers-that-be in the Philly Fire Department don't appreciate his blog --which makes this nomination even cooler...

GO VOTE FOR First In!

2012 Wishful Thinking



Who would you vote for if the election were today...
Michelle Bachmann
Ron Paul
Herman Cain
Rick Perry
Mitt Romney
Newt Gingrich
Rick Santorum
Jon Huntsman
  
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Who would you most like to see enter the race?
Sarah Palin
Chris Christie
Paul Ryan
John Stossel
John Bolton
  
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(If you hit your computer's BACK button instead of the quiz's BACK button...you won't get any popups!)

Put Your Grades Where Your Mouth Is?

Favorite response of a lib when they get caught in hypocrisy, "That's a bad analogy!" Please. You gotta love this kid...

Apparently, Still Not Hot....


Yesterday, I inadvertently came across a post from last year in which I was griping about being excluded from the 20 Hottest Conservative Women in the New Media. I decided to do some poking around to see if they had the contest this year--and if my kvetching had earned me a spot on the list.

So, yes, the 3rd edition 2011 version took place. Without me. Again.

Go ahead, go look at the Top 20 Hottest Not Me Bloggers.

Bitter? Not me! Sending all John Hawkins' emails to spam have nothing to do with this! ;)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

"Cain is Able"




This is a great article about Herman Cain's visit to Michael Savage:

Savage says Cain is able (An article which I only initially read because in my world witty headline writers get rewarded by me stopping to peruse.)

"I've not only run small businesses and medium-size businesses, saved businesses and started businesses, I've actually made the sandwiches and made the pizzas," Cain told "The Savage Nation" listening audience today.

Cain told Savage he tossed pizzas at Godfather's before running the company and flipped Whoppers at Burger King before taking charge of 450 of the chain's restaurants in the Philadelphia area, transforming his region from Burger King's least profitable to its best within three years.

At Godfather's, he returned the company to profitability within 14 months.

"My philosophy, whenever I took over a new business, was to learn how that business works from the most fundamental, basic level," said Cain, who served as chairman of the board of directors to the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City in the 1990s.

Cain noted that he went through training at Burger King to learn how to prepare the companies' products then ran a local franchise after he already had been a vice president at Pillsbury.

"I said if I'm making decisions out of my executive office, I'd know what I was talking about," Cain said.

"My philosophy is just real simple," he explained. "If you want to know how to solve a problem, or you want to better understand a business, get down and get your hands dirty and do it for a while."


Do you think it's safe to say it's going to be Perry, Bachmann or Cain...or is that wishful thinking on my part...?

We keep letting the MSM and the Left dictate to us who is "kooky" and we panic and vote for the McCains and the Mitts of the game. Do YOU think Herman Cain is kooky...radical even? I certainly don't --and if Mitt is to normal what Cain is to kooky...give me kooky any day of the week! Bachmann's "crazy eyes" the new lefty talking point...really? Let's stop letting them brand our candidates and maybe we'll win this time around...

(UPDATE: A few hours ago Politico published a report that Rove thinks Paul Ryan and Chris Christie are still thinking about a 2012 run.
UPDATE: The Weekly Standard is now reporting that Ryan is close to a Presidential run decision.)

Monday, August 15, 2011

Guest from the Left: J. Marquis

I was watching Michele Bachmann being interviewed today on Meet the Press and she was getting testy because David Gregory was asking her some really reasonable questions about whether or not she would appoint an openly gay person to her cabinet or even a judgeship.

She implied he was asking her "gotcha" questions.

The other night at the debate, Byron York asked her a reasonable question about her submitting to the will of her husband.

She felt like he was asking her a "gotcha" questions.

This is a bunch of crap. You can't constantly throw out red meat extremist statements to conservative groups you're trying to woo and then refuse to defend those same statements when you're in a different situation.

Sorry, Mrs. Bachmann...the camera and the microphone are on. And they have excellent memories.

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

Guest From the Right: Free0352


Part I:

You know who really wants Mitt Romney to be the nominee? Liberals. That way no matter who wins, they get a Democrat for President. ~Free0352

That in essence, is why you should never, ever, vote for him.

Part II:

"And I’ll promise you this: I’ll work every day to make Washington, D.C. as inconsequential in your life as I can." ~Rick Perry

Okay, John Gault For President officially endorses Texas Governor Rick Perry for President. This is what we want to hear.

(...and Free isn't the only one endorsing Perry already)

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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Wanted: Guest Posts

The time for my yearly pilgrimage to the Outer Banks of North Carolina is almost upon us. I would love to have some guest posts set up for your reading enjoyment while I'm gone.

If you would be interested in writing something, whether it be humorous, liberal, conservative, personal or even pro-Mitt Romney, please email it to me by the 25th with a link to your site.

And then you can all have something to read while I am sitting here:

Friday, August 12, 2011

GOP's 2nd Debate


I really wish I would have watched the GOP debate last night, just so I would know in what context and for what reason Michelle Bachmann was asked if she "would submit to her husband?" Huh?!

Unfortunately for all these candidates, I'm a political junkie and I am still finding Paulie D a little more compelling than any of them.

So, for once I have the NY Magazine to thank for bringing me up to speed (not really) with their little video montage of what they thought were the most important moments of the night... Though I heard Ron Paul has a sort of foreign policy meltdown that isn't on the reel. Those who watched can let us know how they did and what was missed...

GOP DEBATE HIGHLIGHTS

Okay, I should have know, the Ron Paul people have the full debate posted (in three parts):



PART 2

PART 3

...And the winner was?

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

What the Left is Saying


In a biting NYT OpEd about the "towel-snapping" Tea Party Caucus, Maureen Dowd ends by asking her liberal following,
"What if this is all a cruel joke on us? What if the people who hate government are good at it and the people who love government are bad at it?"

Ponder that...and then as you watch the GOP debate tonight, think about this sentiment by Richard Cohen in WashPo (a common theme on many Left-leaning sites):
Only the GOP can save Obama. His political shortcomings cannot be fixed because he is who he is. He can rely on running against a party that has the soul of an actuarial table and will cut programs that the poor and the middle class adore. Whoever that Republican candidate may be, he or she will be stuck in the amber of the early primaries and caucuses where extremism runs rampant and moderates go to die. Neither Jon Huntsman nor Mitt Romney has so far shown the political dexterity to squiggle out of the box that is the Iowa or South Carolina contests.

Obama is the very soul of common sense. As he talks, I nod my head in agreement. Mostly, I think, he has done the right thing. But I doubt anyone will ever recount how he cried in the Oval Office any more than I can recall a soaring passage from a speech. This president got elected because he was cool. He could be defeated because he is cold. (source)


I have such a sinking feeling that we are going to squander this golden opportunity with Mitt Romney... The Left wasn't afraid to nominate a far-left liberal (and he won!), so why do we always feel like we have to wallow in the middle with recycled career politicians like Dole, or McCain, or Mitt...

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Move Over Bill Cosby...Here Comes Philadelphia's Mayor Nutter


The fireman here in Philly hate Mayor Nutter for closing some stations (though when I asked if they would give up their free lawyers to keep those stations open there were no takers...hmmmmm....) --and maybe my expectations have been seriously lowered over the past decade, but I like him. As much as a right wing nut job can like a Democrat, pro-union Mayor anyway. He's always been pretty blunt, but the recent 'flash mob violence' has brought out the Bill Cosby in him...this week going as far as telling these "knuckleheads" (his word) that they're "damaging their own race."

Here are some other recent gems by Mayor Michael Nutter:

  • “Take those God darn hoodies down, especially in the summer. Pull your pants up and buy a belt ’cause no one wants to see your underwear or the crack of your butt. Nobody.”

  • “If you walk into somebody’s office with your hair uncombed and a pick in the back, and your shoes untied, and your pants half down, tattoos up and down your arms and on your neck, and you wonder why somebody won’t hire you? They don’t hire you ’cause you look like you’re crazy!”

  • “The Immaculate Conception of our Lord Jesus Christ took place a long time ago, and it didn’t happen here in Philadelphia. So every one of these kids has two parents who were around and participating at the time. They need to be around now.”

  • "Parents, get your act together. You need to get hold of your kids before we have to."

  • “Parents who neglect their children, who don’t know where they are, who don‘t know what they’re doing, who don‘t know who they’re hanging out with, you’re going to find yourself spending some quality time with your kids in jail.”

  • To fathers: “If you’re not providing the guidance,and you’re not sending any money, you’re just a sperm donor.”

  • "A particular problem in the black community is we have too many men making too many babies that they don't want to take care of," he preached to applause. "We end up dealing with your children."

  • "If you want to act like an idiot --move! Move out of this city. We don't want you here anymore."


  • Maybe he needs to hop a flight to London and have a few words there too...

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    Tuesday, August 09, 2011

    Dear Governor Rick Perry


    I was thinking that maybe you need to give Fred Thompson a call and ask him how playing games and getting into the race late worked out for him...

    Just a thought.

    The Left Comes Clean...

    Have you been wondering if deep down all the folks that voted for Obama actually have 'buyer's remorse?' We like to say they do, but if that had much common sense and any foresight...they wouldn't have been bamboozled by the cult of personality to begin with, right?

    From the far left liberal and the coerced union steel worker to the political fence sitter, these people defended their decision to pull the lever for a novice and vehemently denied all the concrete arguments against him.

    So, what are they saying now? Well, one article is blaming his inability to place blame. This NYT article is definitely worth the whole read (but make sure to keep checking back as the Gray lady has been forced to keep publishing corrections!):
    What Happened to Obama

    "Americans needed their president to tell them a story that made sense of what they had just been through, what caused it, and how it was going to end. They needed to hear that he understood what they were feeling, that he would track down those responsible for their pain and suffering, and that he would restore order and safety. What they were waiting for, in broad strokes, was a story something like this:

    “I know you’re scared and angry. Many of you have lost your jobs, your homes, your hope. This was a disaster, but it was not a natural disaster. It was made by Wall Street gamblers who speculated with your lives and futures. It was made by conservative extremists who told us that if we just eliminated regulations and rewarded greed and recklessness, it would all work out. But it didn’t work out. And it didn’t work out 80 years ago, when the same people sold our grandparents the same bill of goods, with the same results. But we learned something from our grandparents about how to fix it, and we will draw on their wisdom. We will restore business confidence the old-fashioned way: by putting money back in the pockets of working Americans by putting them back to work, and by restoring integrity to our financial markets and demanding it of those who want to run them. I can’t promise that we won’t make mistakes along the way. But I can promise you that they will be honest mistakes, and that your government has your back again.” A story isn’t a policy. But that simple narrative — and the policies that would naturally have flowed from it — would have inoculated against much of what was to come in the intervening two and a half years of failed government, idled factories and idled hands."


    But, the BEST past paragraph of the piece:
    "Those of us who were bewitched by his eloquence on the campaign trail chose to ignore some disquieting aspects of his biography: that he had accomplished very little before he ran for president, having never run a business or a state; that he had a singularly unremarkable career as a law professor, publishing nothing in 12 years at the University of Chicago other than an autobiography; and that, before joining the United States Senate, he had voted "present" (instead of "yea" or "nay") 130 times, sometimes dodging difficult issues."


    Really? Didn't they deny all this stuff to the death when we had the gall to point it out?

    And, as this author pens all the reasons that Obama isn't living up to the expectations of his far left base (or even just the people he wooed into believing he could create a socialist utopia) he forgets one scenario. Now, I am not a likely defender of this President, but maybe...just MAYBE now that the CIC has access to unfiltered advice and classified information--he doesn't want to follow through with some of the lofty proclamations he made while uniformed on the campaign trail...

    Guest Post by Rich

    RAPE:
    4. an act of plunder, violent seizure, or abuse; despoliation; violation: the rape of the countryside.
    5. Archaic . the act of seizing and carrying off by force.


    Now, think of the Democrats and Obama’s taxation. I seriously can’t see differences between the Democrats' abuse of power and the most violent rapist who forces his perversion upon others. I suppose the ONE difference is the Democrats ALWAYS have a line of those behind them like ‘gangsta’s’, waiting to take their turn against those who have done no crimes.

    KNOWING THIS, WHY HAVEN’T THE LIBERALS BEEN CHARGED WITH RAPE against society? They plunder; they act out violent seizures and send in swat teams for unpaid taxes! They are nothing more than rapists!

    Oh, before someone tells me that the rape of women is different than these liberals raping our incomes and livelihoods, please remember that the charge of rape is an offense AGAINST SOCIETY, NOT THE INDIVIDUAL. Allow me to explain.

    Laws are set up to PROTECT society as a whole, NOT THE INDIVIDUAL. When you commit a crime it's SOCIETY that charges you with a crime against it as a whole and not against an individual victim; in other words, we are viewed by the government and the law as owned property, like a fish in a public lake. They don’t give a hoot about that one fish, they care only about the entire school of fish. They view it as stopping a disease before it spreads. Laws are designed to preserve the OVERALL protection of SOCIETY and NOT THE INDIVIDUAL. When someone is charged the victim is nothing but mere evidence to the crime against society. The criminal serves their time to SOCIETY and not to the individual. The individual that was the target of the transgression is just part of a big mass of fish and has no standing as an individual. The criminal pays fines to SOCIETY and not the individual. If the individual wants to be paid for damages and suffering done to them they have to hire a lawyer in an effort to obtain these damages; the State and Feds won't provide a lawyer or a single penny towards your expenses. THE truth is this, THEY DON'T CARE about you as an individual, they only care of the preservation of society as a whole.

    Well knowing this, why isn’t society being protected from the likes of these liberals who are raping us as a nation over and over? I suppose we have allowed ourselves to become a victim.

    Maybe I should write about how people like Jackson, Sharpton and Obama have been "Date Raping" our nation with their lies of persuasion. Their actions are little different than an overly hormonal punk trying to get into the pants of a young lady he has no intention to stay with, honoring or supporting...but instead of a woman's panties, their goal is our billfolds!

    Monday, August 08, 2011

    Guest from the Right: Free0352

    We told you so



    You see Liberals, it's not about being able to borrow more, it's about the plan to pay it back.

    You have no budget, you have no plan. When is America going to learn?

    Predictably, Liberals are trying to blame anyone but themselves. This from Daily Kos:

    I'm still waiting to hear why, back when conservatives were scoffing that "deficits don't matter" and cranking them up, there was no credit downgrade, but now ratings agencies are twitchy because we are trying to reduce the deficit, but supposedly not by enough.

    Then again, I suspect my real problem is trying to apply logic to either Washington or Wall Street.


    Let me help you out Liberals, this is why they care now. You increased the national debt by 40% in three years and ran massive deficits each of those years - and have no realistic plan to pay it back what-so-ever. Did you really think that wouldn't have consequences? We told you so.

    (You can read Free daily at John Galt for President)

    Guest from the Left: J. Marquis

    Governor Goodhair's Heavenly House Party



    Rick Perry crosses the church/state line big time today with an event chock full of speakers who are quick to condemn any American who doesn't fit into their narrow vision of decency.

    If this yahoo gets elected president? Be afraid, very afraid.

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

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    Friday, August 05, 2011

    Right or Left Amercia


    A liberal friend posted this on Facebook yesterday as a sort of eulogy for the country. I normally don't read links people put there, as FB is my non-political oasis. I couldn't resist this one though because one of his contacts commented that "he should do some more research because issue-by-issue America is a liberal country." His source? He linked "non-partisan source" Media Matters.

    Budget brinkmanship in a conservative America:

    "JARED BERNSTEIN, a progressive economist who until recently worked for the vice-president, tells it straight:

    If your conclusion is that Democrats got rolled because the President is a lousy negotiator, I disagree. Not on his negotiating skills…as someone said in comments, I wouldn’t want him in the auto showroom with me when I’m bargaining for a better price. I disagree that better negotiating skills would have made a big difference. The problem goes much deeper. ...

    The problem for progressives is that not very many Americans are progressive. As Mr Bernstein put it:

    Those of us who do care about [progressive programmes] will not defeat those who strive to get rid of it all by becoming better tacticians. We will only find success when a majority of Americans agrees with us that government is something worth fighting for.

    There you have it...

    ..."Liberals just aren’t the 'base' of the Democratic Party in the same way that conservatives are the base of the GOP", Mr Yglesias observes. The major parties, he notes, "are very asymmetrical in their structure and composition". Quite right." (source)

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    (Seems the President and I do have something in common...we both just had milestone birthdays, and are both Leos...I'm pretty sure the similarities end there.)

    Thursday, August 04, 2011

    545 People Responsible For All Of U.S. Woes


    This is an article that appeared in the Orlando Sentinel Star in 1985, penned by Charley Reese and even more applicable today than is was then...

    "Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.

    Have you ever wondered why, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, we have deficits? Have you ever wondered why, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, we have inflation and high taxes?

    You and I don't propose a federal budget. The president does. You and I don't have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does. You and I don't write the tax code. Congress does. You and I don't set fiscal policy. Congress does. You and I don't control monetary policy. The Federal Reserve Bank does.

    One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president and nine Supreme Court justices - 545 human beings out of the 235 million - are directly, legally, morally and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

    I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered but private central bank.

    I excluded all but the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman or a president to do one cotton-picking thing. I don't care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it.

    No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislation's responsibility to determine how he votes.

    A CONFIDENCE CONSPIRACY

    Don't you see how the con game that is played on the people by the politicians? Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.

    What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of Tip O'Neill, who stood up and criticized Ronald Reagan for creating deficits.

    The president can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it. The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating appropriations and taxes.

    O'neill is the speaker of the House. He is the leader of the majority party. He and his fellow Democrats, not the president, can approve any budget they want. If the president vetos it, they can pass it over his veto.

    REPLACE SCOUNDRELS

    It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 235 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted -- by present facts - of incompetence and irresponsibility.

    I can't think of a single domestic problem, from an unfair tax code to defense overruns, that is not traceable directly to those 545 people.

    When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.

    If the tax code is unfair, it's because they want it unfair. If the budget is in the red, it's because they want it in the red. If the Marines are in Lebanon, it's because they want them in Lebanon.

    There are no insoluble government problems. Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take it.

    Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exist disembodied mystical forces like "the economy," "inflation" or "politics" that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.

    Those 545 people and they alone are responsible. They and they alone have the power. They and they alone should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses - provided they have the gumption to manage their own employees." (source)

    Taxed To Death Til Death

    Accounts Receivable Tax
    Building Permit Tax
    CDL license Tax
    Cigarette Tax
    Corporate Income Tax
    Dog License Tax
    Excise Taxes
    Federal Income Tax
    Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
    Fishing License Tax
    Food License Tax
    Fuel Permit Tax
    Gasoline Tax (currently 44.75 cents per gallon)
    Gross Receipts Tax
    Hunting License Tax
    Inheritance Tax
    Inventory Tax
    IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
    Liquor Tax
    Luxury Taxes
    Marriage License Tax
    Medicare Tax
    Personal Property Tax
    Property Tax
    Real Estate Tax
    Service Charge Tax
    Social Security Tax
    Road Usage Tax
    Recreational Vehicle Tax
    Sales Tax
    School Tax
    State Income Tax
    State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
    Telephone Federal Excise Tax
    Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax
    Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes
    Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
    Telephone Recurring and Nonrecurring Charges Tax
    Telephone State and Local Tax
    Telephone Usage Charge Tax
    Utility Taxes
    Vehicle License Registration Tax
    Vehicle Sales Tax
    Watercraft Registration Tax
    Well Permit Tax
    Workers Compensation Tax


    Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, & our nation was the most prosperous in the world. We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world...

    Wednesday, August 03, 2011

    The Roof, The Roof, The Roof is On Fire...

    or, should I say the ceiling...?



    President Obama promptly signed the measure and submitted a formal request to Congress to lift the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling, instantly giving the Treasury $400 billion in additional borrowing power." (source)

    "Just 44 percent of Americans approve of the agreement between Democrats and Republicans to "raise the federal government's debt ceiling through the year 2013 and make major cuts in government spending over the next few years," while 52 percent disapprove.

    Republicans and independents are driving this disapproval. Democrats approve of the agreement, 63 percent to 32 percent. But only 35 percent of Republicans and independents approve of the agreement. More than three-in-five independents disapprove." (source)

    Is everyone else sick to death talking about this? My own household monies are tedious enough without feeling the weight of the country's debt. As I've said before, it's hard for me to watch my country do the irresponsible thing. My family's motto for the past five years: If you can't pay for it in cash, you shouldn't have it. I wish my country could make the same sacrifice...

    You know what Rock Master Scott & the Dynamic Three would say: 'Let the motherf***a burn!'

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