Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Guest from the Right: Proof

"Obama's Enron"

What's the difference between Enron and the Obama Administration? Enron's accounting was more honest.

By now, some liberal, happy warrior has brought your attention to Ray Nutter's, er, Nutting's Market Watch piece about how Obama is Mr. Fiscal Conservative, and that

"under Obama, federal spending is rising at the slowest pace since Dwight Eisenhower brought the Korean War to an end in the 1950s."

Seem too good to be true? That probably seems counter intuitive to what most of you know to be true, and it should, because there's some Enron style accounting going into those figures*. First of all, it includes a heaping helping of stimulus that wasn't in Bush's budget. But since it happened in 2009, when traditionally, the previous president is responsible for the spending, it was in Enron's, er Obama's benefit to count it as Bush's spending.

To make the bamboozling even worse, what most of us thought would be a one time stimulus, is now built into the baseline of the federal budget, so that, according to the plan, about an additional billion dollars is spent, before there is any "increase". That's how they figure the increase is lowest since Eisenhower. It is a shell game. Obama is spending money faster than a drunken Congressman. And like Obama's phoney claim to have cut millions from the budget, Obama, should he be re-elected, would spend more every year he is in office. He's told us that we would. Now if only his willing accomplices in the media would expose this charlatan, this bamboozler of the gullible, for the big spender he really is, we can send him packing back to Chicago. Or Hawaii. Or Kenya. Or wherever he wants to go. Just go.

*When White House press secretary Jay Carney starts quoting them, it becomes a part of the administration's spin machine.

(You can read Proof daily at: Proof Positive Blog)

Guest from the Left: J. Marquis

"An Empire We Can't Afford"

I hope the Obama team does a good job of pointing out who Mitt's foreign policy advisors are. A big chunk of the deficit is due to the neocon mindset inflicted on us during the Bush administration.

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

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Familiar Strangers

This past February marked the 10th year we've lived in our house, and we have been blessed with great neighbors.

Behind us two thirty-something X-gamers (could there be better neighbors for a family with 3 boys?), next to us a guy that rebuilds antique cars with his always amicable wife and across from us the average, all-American family. John a retired union carpenter and Donna a writer. Recent empty-nesters that have a tall handsome son with a new wife and baby and a and knockout daughter in her early 20's. Less than a year before we moved in, they had lost a daughter to meningitis. She was just 15. A sophomore in high school. When we moved in, John told us how horrific it had been. That she just had the flu on Friday and was gone by Sunday. He said they would never be the same. He asked us to understand if they seemed withdrawn. But, he never did.

For ten years we have waved and yelled 'Hello,' 'Good Morning,' 'I can't believe this heat/snow/rain' or 'How are you?' back and forth across the street. We run into each other at WaWa, the Starbucks counter at Genuardis and at Lowes. He watches our cars when we're in the Outer Banks and he and The Man have been known to whisper about catalytic converters and recirculation valves under open hoods. We talk every day...but never really talk. Except when he became a grandfather. He crossed the street to impart that wonderful news face to face, complete with an ear to ear smile. And last Tuesday I happened to be walking on his side of the street while he was having a smoke on his porch and we had our longest conversation to date. Nothing earth shattering, just about the amount of rentals where we live, how big my puppy has grown, and how painful it had been to put down our last dog.

I went home to get ready for my goalie's hockey game and I'm told he went for a customary herbal massage. I'm told after the massage, he had a massive heart attack in the parking lot. He was just 56.

It's a week today. A week of not waving when I leave the house. A week of my stomach turning every time I go outside and see his truck parked in the wrong place. A week of mourning someone that I'm not quite sure how to classify.

How does your brain process the swift and sudden loss of someone you saw and smiled at 3+ times a day for 10 years, but someone who was a stranger in many ways. I have no idea what John's favorite color was, his favorite food or his music of choice. I know he loved his truck, his grill and his lawn. He appeared to be a stalwart husband and certainly a proud father.

But how do you grieve a familiar stranger? And why am I having so much trouble dealing with it?

Rest in Peace John. I wish I would have talked a little longer last Tuesday, but Mason had a game. I wish we would have gone out to dinner with you and Donna. But really, I wish we could smile and wave just one more time...

Friday, May 25, 2012

The Nasty Front Lines of Pay to Play

I have to imagine that even pro-union folks from some cute little Midwest town would be absolutely floored at the abject thuggery that goes down here in Philadelphia. When you meet wildly anti-union people (like me), it's not because we don't understand the history of the need to organize or the fact that some companies do take advantage of workers. It's because we have faith that free market and healthy competition has corrected that need. And it's because we have been direct recipients of the brand of justice unions here see fit to dish out. Screaming in your face is the best of it and handing out pictures of your children or your wife photoshopped in some bizarre sex act, property damage and bodily harm the worst of it.

The Man is now on a job so contentious it's made national news. He is escorted in daily by Blackwater security.

You can see signage and video feeds of the actual and documented thuggery here:

Do you remember the fire that just took the lives of two firefighters from my brother's station? Well, that fire took place in an abandoned building that was neglected by the owners and the city that became a den of iniquity and a major health risk for the community...and ultimately two public servants.

This building The Man is at (pictured) is similar. Dubbed "the Graffiti building" by local residents it is a rat infested, homeless flop house, eye sore that has the potential to be a health/fire hazard to the surrounding residents. They are THRILLED that this building is being revitalized. Turned into posh apartments by two ballsy guys from Virginia that refuse to play by the Pay to Play rules here in the city of brotherly love. Kudos to them for standing strong.

We've heard that the unions, all of them, are "more riled up than they have been in 25 years." They can't believe these guys aren't caving.

Yesterday, escorted by 2 Blackwater guys and a detective, as The Man drove in to the fenced parking area through a throng of 40+ union members (the masons and the carps that particular day) the guys were screaming various things like, "we know who you are" and mumbled threats...but the two that always floor me...? "We're fighting for your living wage!" The guys at The Man's company get paid on the exact scale the union guys do, except they don't have to pay union dues. Duh. And, "You're taking food out of my kids' mouths!" Ummm, you dolt, what about my kids?! Are they supposed to starve? If it's between my kids and your what bizarro realm am I concerned about yours?

I wish I could have some Blackwater guys so I could go pick the brains (?!) of these lemmings...

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Guest from the Right: Editor

Just who is waging a war on women?

This story has been making its way around the blogosphere. This one from Donald Douglas:

Jeez, this dude needs to put on a raincoat — either that, or keep it holstered permanently.
See the Los Angeles Times, “Man who had 30 kids with 11 women wants child-support break” (via Memeorandum)

As Darleen Click put it, “Dependency is the new freedom . . . .”

Your Editor has seen this story floating around, and while the irresponsibility of Desmond Hatchett is obvious, what I haven’t seen is anyone asking:

  • Don’t the women involved have any responsibility for contraception; and

  • Just what kind of self-respect do the ladies in question have if they are copulating with a guy who has been fornicating with that many other women?

  • The feminists who normally comment on just about anything relating to sex and families have been notably quiet: Amanda Marcotte has, at least thus far, said nothing, Feministing has been completely silent, despite having an article up about maternal health still being a feminist issue, and is concerned about the possible sexism on a picture of a woman riding two dolphins, Melissa McEwan was very busy condemning those who are concerned about the recent demographic news that more non-white babies were born in the US than white ones, including a condemnation of anybody who is in any way critical of contraception, yet hadn’t a word about the Hatchett case, Think Progress and the Lost Kos and the Delaware Liberal were all silent.

    Why? Well, if any of our friends on the left even questioned this case, it would raise questions about the women’s responsibility as well as the man’s. Thirty children by eleven different women means that most of these women had to have multiple children by the same man to whom they were not married and could not support. Were our friends on the left to raise this topic, it would call into question their abandonment of the apparently quaint and surely anti-feminist notion that sex has natural consequences, that women bear the greater burden of these consequences, and the old-fashioned norms that women shouldn’t screw around were for their own protection and well-being.

    Contraception? It’s inexpensive and widely available. Abortion? Yes, your Editor would like to outlaw it, but it is still perfectly legal, and a large city like Knoxville, Tennessee (which is the home of the University of Tennessee) has two abortion clinics, with inexpensive fees, along with a link to an organization which can help poor women with those fees.

    Dr Douglas concluded:

    And it is. The report indicates that some of the mothers of Hatchett’s children get as little as $1.50 a month. Somewhere along the way, probably as early as the first child, Hatchett and his hookups were relying on government to pay for their children, the hospital costs, for example (and pre-natal care), and unless the mothers are living with family members and self-sufficient, there’s no doubt that the kids are being supported through public assistance. Indeed, that’s why the county is all over this dude to get with the program. And I can guarantee you that if you say one word about the breakdown of individual responsibility in this case you’ll be attacked as racist. It’s almost unbelievable to think about what’s happened to this country. That’s almost unbelievable. As long as marriage is ridiculed by the enlightened progressive, and as these same left-wing idiots insist on perverting the institution through gay marriage radicalism, things will only get worse before they get better.

    The county “is all over this dude to get with the program?” How? He makes minimum wage which, if the reports are accurate, means he is making $7.25 an hour, or $15,080 a year. Supposedly half of his income is being taken for child support, but, divided among thirty children, doesn’t go very far. If some of the children’s mothers get $1.50 a month, the administrative costs alone are higher than what the recipients get.

    The war on women? It was waged with not by Republican policies, but with Desmond Hatchett’s dick, and the people who are suffering the casualties are the eleven women who have children for whom they receive virtually no child support (they were willing casualties), for the thirty children growing up without their scumbag father, and the taxpayers who are going to have to pay for the irresponsibility of Mr Hatchett and his eleven sluts.

    (You can read The Editor daily on The First Street Journal)

    Guest From the Left: J. Marquis

    No Surprise Here...

    It cracks me up when I hear conservatives complain that the president hasn't been able to unite the country. It's a little bit like an abusive parent complaining that his children haven't nominated him for Father of the Year.

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

    Tuesday, May 22, 2012

    War Dogs

    As I am struggling with the daily trials and tribulations of training a 4 month old puppy while mothering a 3 year old son (what was I thinking?!), I can only get through each day by imagining when this wayward pup will be a loyal family dog.

    As you can clearly see, he was Chewbacca in a past life:

    But, I came across this wonderful article on the history and use of war dogs and it was a nice reminder (after a particularly trying evening) that it will be worth all the frustration and chewed shoes, pants and feet when my family has a wonderful and faithful companion...

    Memorial Day Tribute to War Dogs

    It not only has the history, but some stories of famous war dogs and even how to adopt a retired dog of war.

    Man Cave Decor

    The Man can't really decorate his Man Cave (or 'Man Room' as our little one calls it) in the way he would were he a single man without children wandering in and out of it. So, in lieu of scantily clad Maxim beauties and when you're not really a "sports guy," what's an old married man to do with bare walls?

    I might have found an answer. Mixed in with all his one-of-a-kind framed records and Clash memorabilia could be some framed political posters from The Man isn't overtly political, but I think many of the offerings there will appeal to his ever-growing anti-government sentiments. The site has a ton of cool quotes, sarcastic quips and military posters, but I think I've narrowed it down to these three:

    If I order some black poster frames from Ikea and frame up these three posters for Father's Day am I overstepping the bounds and rules of the Man Cave or am I being a wonderful and thoughtful wife?

    BTW, I see the site says they are always looking for new artists...I am envisioning some Conservative Femi-Nazi/Mommy Wars Swag. Any ideas?

    Monday, May 21, 2012

    Settled Dust & Fickle Yutes

    So, the wedding was lovely.

    If TLC ever does a "Say yes to an important event planned in a week or less" show, my family is a lock for the first episode. We also seem to love little humorous Ken and Barbie on the cake, giant heart pinatas and Rick-rolling the guests...

    Congratulations to my brother and his beautiful bride!

    In other news, while in Spencer's to find an embarrassing "Girl's Night Out" gift for the aforementioned beautiful bride, I came across these items:

    Obama countdown clock $11.99:

    Obama toilet paper $4.99:

    During the '08 election, I blogged about Spencer's/Hot Topic having their pro-Obama merchandise displayed predominately beside all their Anarchy merchandise (and that sadly the staff nor the clientele seemed to notice the discrepancy between being the 'anti-establishment store" and then pimping the establishment).

    Well, now that the store is touting it's anti-Obama gear...does this mean they finally get it, or just that they're really fickle?

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    Thursday, May 17, 2012

    Confessions of a Control Freak...

    So, just in case you thought the Obama Administration had swooped in and relocated me to an undisclosed location...fear not.

    Actually, it's worse than all that.

    My brother's fiance's VISA was approved. He also just finished his doctorate and was offered a research position in Montreal. His fiance landed on American soil from Japan a few days ago...they are marrying SATURDAY and then proceeding to move to Canada for the next two years.

    The moral of this story? My mom, other brother and his wife and I are planning and executing a wedding in FOUR DAYS (of which only two are left).


    I'm off to make cake pops and origami cranes. Talk amongst yourselves.

    Tuesday, May 15, 2012

    Guest from the Right: Captain America


    President Obama doesn’t even have the courage to “come out” and endorse gay marriage even though he clearly supports it. The guy simply doesn’t have the courage of his convictions. The fact is that he talks out of both sides of his mouth on this (and most other sensitive issues). Here he sounds like he supports marriage as defined as the union between a man and a woman just like THE PEOPLE OF NORTH CAROLINA.

    Yet as the controversy builds we are fed a line that his position is “evolving”. Really? He’s a grown man. What is it about this issue that needs to evolve for him? For the record, just because you support the traditional definition of marriage (between a man and a woman) doesn’t mean you have any animosity towards those in the gay community. Straight couples have every right to stand up for their beliefs like everyone else.

    (You can read Captain America daily at First In!)

    Guest from the Left: J. Marquis

    Beyond Belief

    How are the Republicans responding to the JP Morgan fiasco? They're advocating for less financial regulation.

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

    Monday, May 14, 2012

    Smoker No More...

    Just wanted to acknowledge the passing of my FOUR YEAR anniversary of quitting smoking. I do this not to pat myself on the back, but to possibly give hope to a "real smoker" out there that doesn't believe they could ever quit.

    I was a 'real smoker.' I smoked a pack and a half a day for 19 years. Maybe 2+ packs if we were out a bar/show...or I was really stressed. I loved smoking. I loved that I could smoke instead of eat. I loved having something to 'occupy' myself with in uncomfortable situations. I loved the crutch.

    I didn't believe smokers like me, 'real smokers,' could ever quit. When I heard of someone quitting for good --I believed they had been a fair weather smoker...or an 'I only smoke when I drink' person. I believed the 'real smokers' always relapsed.

    BUT, I was wrong. (Though I still believe this country is chock full of closet smokers...)

    I was a 'real smoker' that quit for real. Not even a drag in 4 years. I NEVER thought I'd say that.

    I am a firm believer in cold turkey being the only way quitting will work. Unfortunately. Just like being hungry is the only way to lose weight. There is no magic pill. Chantrix and/or Nicorette will only prolong the inevitable. Rip off the band-aid. Then read 'The Easy Way to Stop Smoking' by Allen Carr. It won't help you quit per-say, but it will help you vet your decision to quit... (You can get it for 1¢, so what excuse do you have not to?)

    My two realizations after I gave up my Marlboro Light Menthols?

    1) I was shocked at how much I had smoked out of boredom as opposed to habit.

    2) I was shocked at how many things in my life I was rushing through so I could have that next smoke.

    And I was never one to believe that anti-smoking commercials have any impact...but, wow, the new 'Tips from former smokers' campaign is rough (and effective? I don't smoke anymore, you tell me)!

    Monday Morning Levity

    H/T: MSGKeith

    Thursday, May 10, 2012

    Guest from the Right: Proof

    Convicted Felon, Inmate #11593-051 Gets 42% in West Virginia Democrat Primary

    Four out of ten Democrats in West Virginia voted for a convicted prison inmate for President, over Barack Obama. A less talented headline writer might have said something like “West Virginia Dems No Likee Socialist Job-Killing President Job Killer”.

    The inmate, Keith Judd, is serving time at the Beaumont Federal Correctional Institution in Texas for making threats at the University of New Mexico in 1999. Voters in other states showed their displeasure with Obama in Democratic primaries last March. In Oklahoma, anti-abortion protestor Randall Terry got 18 percent of the primary vote. A lawyer from Tennessee, John Wolfe, pulled nearly 18,000 votes in the Louisiana primary.

    For an incumbent President, running virtually unopposed, to lose 42% of the vote in a state primary to a virtual unknown, is, among Barack’s many, many accomplishments, again… unprecedented. Maybe something about putting the coal industry out of business had something to do with it?

    The tepid response to Barack’s campaign kickoff in Ohio, the number of Democrats who are indicating they would vote for Anyone But Obama, ought to send a shiver of fear through the delegates of the upcoming Democrat convention. Of course, for anyone to oppose a seated black President is… unprecedented. I have attempted to save the Democrat party from itself, by suggesting they nominate someone stronger in foreign policy and perhaps a more attractive candidate. When 42% of Democrats in your state vote for a convicted criminal, this could be virtually anyone! Maybe Obama could grow his own mullet between now and November?

    Whether or not the Dems awaken from the Hope and Change stupor of 2008, and see the incumbent's campaign as a mere rehashing of the same tired ideas that haven't worked for the last four years, is doubtful.

    When the lemmings shout "Forward!" at the brink of the abyss, who is there to stop them?

    (You can read Proof daily at Proof Positive Blog)

    Guest from the Left: J. Marquis

    The Great Conspiracy That Wasn't

    One of the reasons I've stood up for the president so much is because of the blatant lies the GOP (and especially the Tea Party) have heaped on him.

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

    Wednesday, May 09, 2012

    Gay Marriage, Again.

    Unlike President Obama, I have no problem articulating my thoughts on gay marriage. I don't support it. Nor do I support bans against it. I don't believe that marriage (a religious act) should be legislated by the government. I don't think a church that believes being gay is a sin should marry a gay couple, nor do I think they should marry a straight atheist couple. This is the one instance we should emulate France and the government should offer Civil Unions to all (gay or straight -for the legalities of a union) and then couples that want God to be a part of that union could opt for a marriage in a church. Simple, right?

    "North Carolina has become the 31st state to add an amendment on marriage to its constitution, with voters banning same-sex marriage and barring legal recognition of unmarried couples by state and local governments.

    North Carolina is the last state in the South to add such an amendment, and supporters hoped for a resounding victory.

    Incomplete returns show the amendment up 61.05 percent to 38.95 percent." (source)

    So how does the fact that this is the 31st state to add this amendment jive with this:

    "Half of Americans believe same-sex couples should have the same right to wed as heterosexuals do, slightly down from a year ago but marking the second year that a majority of Americans have supported same-sex marriage, according to a Gallup Poll survey released on Tuesday." (source)

    So while polls consistently seem to show that half to more than half Americans support gay marriage --every time it comes up for a vote it is unconditionally shot down. Even on the Left Coast. Which leads me to believe that people are telling pollsters one thing, but believing and voting another...

    What the polls show and the actual outcome of votes around the country don't seem to agree...

    Tuesday, May 08, 2012

    Dear Obama, Please Explain...

    Is there someone that can tell me why we (and when I say we I mean President Obama and his administration) are engaging in talks with the Taliban as if they are a legitimate political power? I don't ask this snarkily or rhetorically, I ask because I really am flummoxed as to why this barbaric, misogynistic group is being given a seat at the table.

    The Taliban was horrific and cruel long before al Qaeda. Just as RAWA (Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan) has been in secret existence in Afghanistan long before 9/11 (actually, since 1977). Maybe I should just ask him...

    Dear Obama:

    It was the TALIBAN, not al Qaeda that required women to wear burqas. It was the TALIBAN, not al Qaeda that condemned women to their homes and banned them from work or school. It was the TALIBAN, not al Qaeda that stoned women for sport and spectacle in the soccer fields of Afghanistan (their crime was being raped). It was the TALIBAN, not al Qaeda that set Afghanistan back to the Middle Ages. Our troops didn't liberate Afghanistan from al Qaeda, they were just camping out there like a bad house guest, our troops liberated them from the TALIBAN.

    See for yourself. If you can stomach it.

    This is who you are sitting across the table from. This is whose hands you are placing the newly liberated people (and by people I mean women) in. This is who is getting a say? Why?!

    That is not only insulting to each and every woman in Afghanistan that you promised a new life, but to each and every soldier, marine and airman that give life, limb and time to liberate...(especially the USMC FETs).

    I wish, like you, I had gone to Harvard so I could wrap my head around this decision. Then maybe I could explain it to the next generation of Afghan girls that will be tethered to their bombed out huts and forbidden to go to school...


    -A woman that donated to RAWA and their struggle long before 9/11

    P.S. If you want the Cliff Notes, you can always read The Kite Runner (that's actually about a boy, if the women's plights don't move you to action) or if time is scarce...see the movie.

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    Friday, May 04, 2012

    Guest from the Right: Rebel Yid

    Big Mic, No Message

    Peggie Noonan writes A Bush League President in The Wall Street Journal, 4/28/12.

    I am less interested in her criticism of the president- there is plenty of that to go around- than her comment about the proliferation of communication technology and how to use it, politically or otherwise.


    He’s raised a lot of money, or so we keep reading. He has a sophisticated, wired, brilliant computer operation—they know how to mine Internet data and get the addresses of people who’ve never been reached by a campaign before, and how to approach them in a friendly and personal way. This is thought to be a secret weapon. I’m not so sure. All they can approach their new friends with is arguments that have already been made, the same attacks and assertions. If you have fabulous new ways to reach everyone in the world but you have little to say, does that really help you?

    A while back I talked to a young man who was developing a wonderful thing for a website, a kind of constant live TV show with anyone anywhere able to join in and share opinions live, on the screen. You’re on your iPad in the train station, you log on and start talking. He was so excited at the technology, which seemed impressive. But I thought: Why do you think people will say anything interesting or important?

    This is the problem of the world now: Big mic, no message. If you have nothing to say, does it matter that you have endless venues in which to say it?

    HKO comments:

    All the advertising dollars in the world are worthless if you do not have a compelling argument or a reason to act. So much of the political messaging from both parties are directed at the already converted. This is like directing commercial advertising dollars at the customers who have already bought your product.

    The endless avenues of our new medias seem largely wasted on just repeating stale stories and arguments. The real core differences are hardly touched. Consumers will respond more to emotional triggers than real analysis. Political hacks know this and are more willing to reach for those triggers than to clarify a compelling reason to cast your vote in their direction.

    (You can read Rebel Yid daily at Rebel Yid: Beyond Left & Right)

    Guest from the Left: J. Marquis

    Prudence Over Bluster

    Americans are sick of war. And they should realize there's one party that truly understands the price we pay for these enormous adventures.

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

    Thursday, May 03, 2012

    Hollywood & HuffPo Turning on Obama?

    Is Hollywood turning on Obama --will the class warfare backfire in the privacy of a voting booth?
    This audio is NOT WORK SAFE:

    Put on headphones and listen to this great tirade on success, Capitalism and the rich by a "Liberal Democrat."

    And I think Mitt Romney should make a campaign ad of Arianna Huffington calling Obama's campaign ad "despicable."

    "Media mogul Arianna Huffington called an Obama 2012 campaign ad with former President Bill Clinton "despicable" for questioning whether or not GOP rival Mitt Romney would have made the same call President Obama did to capture and kill Osama bin Laden.

    Speaking on CBS This Morning Monday, the creator of The Huffington Post said she agreed with the Romney campaign and other critics who said the claim crossed the line.

    "I don't think there should be an ad about it. We should celebrate the fact that they did such a great job. It's one thing to have an NBC special from the Situation Room ... all that to me is perfectly legitimate, but to turn it into a campaign ad is one of the most despicable things you can do." (source)

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    Wednesday, May 02, 2012

    Guest Post from RickVid of Seattle

    Unlike the dangerous and violent Tea Party, May Day protesters in Seattle gathered at the Seattle Center to sing songs, drum for peace, and give out food to the hungry, clothes to the naked, and shelter to the homeless, all of which they paid for from their own pockets. Spoke being Dwimble P. Snardfarkle commented, “See, this is all love and progress. True progressivism! Not like those horrible Tea Baggers! Peace and love.”

    Police spokeswomyn Della D. Hardhammer said that police officers helped the May Day activists in their great display of citizenship and charity by keeping order and even giving toys to the kids. “What a wonder of our progressive city,” she rapturously intoned.


    Typical leftist “progressive” assholes. Violence, fires, property damage. And these pigs, as well as some of our commenters, continue to yammer that the Tea Party is dangerous. Tell you what – wear an Obama button to a Tea Party protest, or wear a Romney button in downtown Seattle today. At which would you feel safer? If you answer anything but that you’d feel perfectly safe with the Tea Party, you are an idiot and a liar.

    Update: Seattle Mayor Authorizes Weapons Seizure

    Mayor McGinn authorizes seizure of potential weapons

    "After vandals used handheld flag poles to break windows in downtown Seattle today, Mayor Mike McGinn says he will sign an emergency order authorizing police to confiscate items that can be used as weapons. McGinn says police have been using tactics developed in response to the 1999 WTO riots." (source)

    Guest Post from Foxy Wizard

    “What’s the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? A pit bull is delicious.” ~President Barack Obama

    ALa, my Pit Victor has been pretty quiet the last few days. Now I know why. This morning when I got up I found this note in the dog dish:

    Deer Mistire Prezdint. My name is Victir an my bruther Ike are good boys. My mastir was watching TV the other day an you sayd sumthing that really upset me an Ike. You says we we're delishis. Master threw a shut at the TV an yells. I was napping but my era perked up. U sed we were delishus with soy sause. We have both saved Dads life. Ike killed a water moccasin on the porsh Dad almost stept on an I stayd reel close wen mom left an he wudint got outa bed. Me an Ike discussd this an since you r the Alfa male yummy can eet us if her reely hungry but dad weel be hert so pleez don't eet us. We are gud boys an have never bitton anyone who didn't deserv it.

    At yir sirvice,

    Victor an Ike

    P.S. chikkin is gud with soy sause too.

    Tuesday, May 01, 2012

    Did Bureaucrats Kill Two Philly Firefighters?

    Guest Post by SYLGF's Wyatt Earp

    The Keystone Report (formerly Grassroots PA) posted a story on the Kensington warehouse fire that claimed the lives of Lt. Robert Neary, and FF. Daniel Sweeney.

    It’s pretty damning. I’ve posted excerpts here, but make sure you read the entire post at the link.

    "There is currently an ongoing investigation and the Fire Marshall has yet to make a determination as to the origin and cause. The results of that investigation could possibly lead to criminal charges being filed against the building’s owners, a trio of New York brothers. These real estate speculators (slumlords, some would say) have a penchant for buying up properties, allowing them to fall into or remain in a state of disrepair while not paying their taxes and ignoring repeated, multiple building code violations. The owners of the Kensington factory building were cited over and over for numerous code violations yet never bothered to take appropriate corrective action. They live in Brooklyn."

    And now, only after two firefighters are dead and buried, city lawmakers want to find out who is responsible? They need to look in the mirror.

    "The Nutter administration has declared war on Philadelphia’s premier emergency services department. Talk to any of the firefighters who have been around and they will tell you the same thing: they are scared. That’s a word that tough guys don’t use very often. But in quiet conversations over a couple cold ones in Philly’s firefighter hangouts the truth comes out. The rank and file are tired of being led by those they have no confidence in. They are worried that the next time it could be them buried in a pile of bricks or crippled because they had to jump out a window to escape the flames.

    At the core of their fear is the Nutter administration’s disastrous policies of cutbacks, closings and brownouts, and its appointment of civilians in positions of authority; positions they have no business holding. A prime example is Eryn Santamoor. She’s another faceless bureaucrat no one outside the halls of Fire Department Headquarters knows. Yet the consensus from veteran firefighters is that the policies she is trying to force on the department (many outlined in the poorly-produced and fatally-flawed Berkshire study) will lead to more firefighter and civilian deaths and injuries. Dangerous staffing cuts, ridiculous, hybrid fire and EMS combinations, and many “efficiencies” that will do little to straighten out the city’s financial problems, yet will devastate the department’s ability to safely and rapidly respond to fires and emergencies, are be pushed from behind closed doors, out of the public sight."

    I showed this to two firefighters this morning – we share the building a fire station – and both of them agreed the analysis is spot-on. If that’s the case, then a lot of people’s heads need to roll. They won’t, though, because this is Philadelphia; an uber-corrupt city run by a man who has shown utter contempt for the PFD.

    In my opinion, Mayor Nutter, City Council, and Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers are responsible for the deaths of Lieutenant Neary and Firefighter Sweeney. The firefighter cutbacks – closing seven stations and browning out many others – contributed to this disaster. We know it, and they know it.

    (You can read Wyatt daily at: Support Your Local Gunfighter. ***ALSO, in case you didn't know...Wyatt co-wrote a crime novel! How cool is that! It's called Only Son and you can Read about it here and you can buy it here! Congrats Wyatt!!!!***)

    Guest from the Left: J. Marquis


    "Joe Biden makes a mistake and says the president has a big stick...we all have a good laugh. Dick Cheney makes a mistake and orders the invasion of Iraq...tens of thousands of people die and our deficit problem grows immensely."

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