Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Some quotes from Heinlein's Lazarus Long (and one from de la Paz)

It is a truism that almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so, and will follow it by suppressing opposition, subverting all education to seize early the minds of the young, and by killing, locking up, or driving underground all heretics.
--Lazarus Long, Time Enough for Love
 
There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him.
--Professor Bernardo de la Paz, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
Rights is a fictional abstraction. No one has rights; neither machines nor flesh-and-blood. Persons -- both sorts -- have opportunities, not rights, which they use, or do not use.
--Lazarus Long, Time Enough For Love

Most people can't think, most of the remainder won't think, the small fraction who do think mostly can't do it very well. The extremely tiny fraction who think regularly, accurately, and without self-delusion -- in the long run these are the only people who count.
--Lazarus Long, Time Enough For Love

Tell the truth - but not all of it.
Tell the exact truth and maybe all of it, but so unconvincingly that the person you're talking to is sure that you are lying.
--Lazarus Long

Taxes are not levied for the benefit of the taxed.
--Lazarus Long, Time Enough for Love

Monday, December 28, 2009

The Quote of the Day about Climategate.....

From The Doctor is In--the blogpost called Our Gnostic Masters wherein the Doctor is talking about Climategate:

We have been lectured endlessly by our postmodern mentors that religion is naught but ignorance and superstition, while scientific “facts” are Truth. But “knowledge is power,” as the saying goes — especially when the knowledge can be hidden behind a veil of secrecy, manipulated at will to conform to unchallengeable presuppositions and philosophies, then relentlessly drilled into our collective consciences through compliant and complicit channels of media, education, and politics.

How not to win an election....

I was listening to WLS this morning and heard an ad from Andy Martin, who is running against Mark Kirk in the Republican primary for Senator (Obama's seat).  What I heard was an advertisement that is guaranteed to lose and it made Andy Martin (who I've never heard of until now) sound like a total nutter (looking at his biography on his website kind of clinches that whole nutter thing). 

The whole advert was basically that Andy Martin thinks that Mark Kirk is a homosexual, that Kirk's joined the Republican homosexual club, and that Kirk has surrounded himself with homosexuals.  There was one line about how Andy Martin fights corruption which basically made it sound like being a homosexual is corrupt.

I looked at Andy Martin's website and he seems like a conservative kind of guy--pro 1st and 2nd Amendments (good), pro High Speed rail (dumb).  His website goes after Kirk for voting for Cap and Trade, etc. which I think is valid (I blogged about this because Kirk claimed he read the whole 1000+ pages of the Cap and Trade bill in one day and I just don't think so), but his commercial makes him sound like a rabid gay-basher.

Now I really don't have a dog in this hunt since I don't live in Illinois and I think that Kirk is a bit too crunchy granola (a Democrat in Republican clothing), but geez louise, if the conservatives are coming out with gay conspiracy theories (that they didn't relate to any of Kirk's politics) to the point where WLS had a disclaimer after the spot saying that they are mandated by federal law to run tripe like Martin's advertisement, then the Republicans are showing that they really have lost the plot.  Any person who advertises themselves as "America's Internet Powerhouse" should know better.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Taking a break from politics for a minutes for a totally different rant

Was watching Star Wars (the original, I refuse to call it Episode 4 or The New Hope or whatever).  Frickin' George Lucas, you rat-bastard--Greedo DID NOT SHOOT FIRST.  The whole scene between Han Solo and Greedo was to show what a rogue and bad man that Han Solo is--that's what makes him coming back to help at the end of the movie such a revelation.  GAH--how in the world can the writer and director forget his own plot lines?!?

Lucas and Spielberg should both be lined up and Stooge-slapped for changing movies and then allowing those changed movies to be shown in lieu of the originals, especially without warning us.  I refer you to South Park Episode 609 and will let Trey and Matt say it better.

That is all.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Demonizing law abiding citizens

On the heels of a discussion regarding the implications and issues surrounding an Indiana newspaper putting online a database of concealed carry permit holders (which BTW isn't the only one, the Journal News in New York does so as well under the guise of reporting on out of date records), comes this article from Bob Owens at Pajamas Media.

He discussed the Violence Policy Center's reports on violence perpetuated by concealed carry permit holders.  He notes that the VPC's reports does not limit itself to gun violence, but to beatings, etc.--violence committed without the use of a firearm.  He also notes that they have many facts wrong (like knowing when someone is dead or alive).  They also include legal actions (stand your ground) in their tallies.

RobertaX, in her comments (scroll down) on View from the Porch on this issue rightly noted that databases such as have been placed online are designed to stigmatize those who lawfully own and/or carry firearms.  Combine those media actions with a propoganda factory such as the VPC, then seems to be a real push to demonize and marginalize the Free Citizens of this country who value the Second Amendment and act accordingly.


edited to take out domestic violence and put in out of date records regarding the Journal New's database.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Well, they did it.

The Senate has proven that there is no honor and that bribes are the status-quo for passing a bill that the American public has vociferously opposed.  No one could have read it, even if Harry Reid's office had released it.  I'll say again... they voted on something that affects 1/6th of the economy of the United States, that, according to all analysts will bankrupt the states since they've put Medicaid onto the states.

I'll link to Breda since she puts it better than I could:  60 Votes.  I will echo her words:  our government is no longer of the people, by the people, and for the people.  The government has clearly shown that they are only for themselves.  They are getting much closer to my line in the sand.  I'd like to see their heads on pikes since that's what should happen to oathbreakers and power-mongers.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

So then, will we get to complain about discrimination??

Via Drudge, there's an AP article saying that whites will no longer be the majority in the United States come the middle of the century (funny enough they're saying the limits to immigration are pushing this figure back). So, one wonders, at that time will white jokes become un-PC and will there be entitlement programs to keep the diversity that academics and, by proxy, the federal government crows about??  Already the feds have changed ethnicity reporting requirements for higher education where the first category is:  Hispanic/Latino or Not Hispanic or Latino.  Then you can choose as many race categories as you want from the list: 

American Indian or Alaska Native
Asian
Black or African American
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
White
Despite being in higher education for 14 years, I'm hard pressed to understand why hispanic is an ethnicity and not a race.  It USED to be a race category.  According to the National Center for Educational Statistics' glossary
A Latino or Hispanic person is of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race. The term "Spanish origin" can be used in addition to "Hispanic or Latino."
 So a person who has Mexican ancestry but self-identifies as White would be a Hispanic/Latino ethnicity-wise but would be categorized with race=White.

No wonder the whites are going to be in the minority if that's how we're changing the way we collect data--it'll take several years for this new classifcation to trickle up and become a self-realizing prophecy.

For your viewing pleasure... an excerpt from Guys and Dolls

I played about five different parts in my high school production of this play and it's always been one of my favorites.  I use this quote often but here's the whole scene.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Crossed wires at the Senate

I was reading Gateway Pundit's posting about the Tuesday Code Red Party at Claire McCaskill's St. Louis office today and in the article it mentioned that it's very difficult to get through to the Senator's office in DC.  Now when I was called Senator Evan Bayh's office in DC, I also ran into problems as well as 'telephone glitches' at his main office in Indianapolis and at three out of five of his satellite offices.  This is not the only outside mention of people trying to call their Senators and not being able to get through, not even to voice mail. 

Now the conspiracy theorist in me is suggesting that maybe it's deliberate--someone kiboshed the phone system so that no one can communicate directly with their Senators.  The other part of my brain logically replies that they are getting inundated with so many phone calls against the health care bill and cap and trade that their system has been overwhelmed.  I dunno......

Just in time for Christmas

The WTF blanket (Snuggy parody).  This is pretty funny.  For myself, I think the snuggy make everyone wearing it look like Spock in "The Voyage Home" or someone out of a 1970 horror flick.

Algore thrown under the bus, or would that be the polar ice cap??

Via Insty, there is an article in the London Times that I thought was particularly amusing.  First my disclaimer: I don't like Algore, I don't like his politics and his self-righteous attitude with his 'green houseboat' that runs on biodiesel at a lake that has no fueling stations with biodiesel or the fact that his house sucks more power than most homes in Nashville--I guess hypocrites disturb me. 

So I admit to a bit of schadenfreude when I saw that in response to his speech at Copenhagen where he 'quoted' a scientist who Algore claimed had said that there was a "75 per cent chance that the entire north polar ice cap, during the summer months, could be completely ice-free within five to seven years".  The scientist in question, Dr. Maslowski, said "It’s unclear to me how this figure was arrived at. I would never try to estimate likelihood at anything as exact as this.”

Guess the Warm-meister was exagerating to make his point, a typical liberal strategy--his office said that his comment was based on a conversation with Maslowski several years ago.  The ironic part of this (okay the whole thing is ironic) is that probably a month ago, the scientist would not have corrected Algore but with the whole climate debacle being brought into the light of day, now the feeding frenzy begins.  Even Maslowski's fellow scientists are smacking him down for his time estimates.

It's ClimateChange Deathmatch--pull up a chair and watch what happens....

Monday, December 14, 2009

Media Misdirection

Larry Anderson over at American Thinker has a fantastic piece on values, justice, and truth.  I like the article but I think that he's missing a crucial piece in his 'Values' section.  He blames the American public for the media blitz about Tiger Woods because he says that this is what the public is buying, so that's what they are selling.  Okay, now I'm firmly putting on my tin-foil hat on this one.  His hypothesis is dependent upon basic supply/demand and doesn't take into account the fact that the mainstream media is a partner in the socialist policies that the government is trying to ram down the throats of the American people.

I think what he's missing is that the mainstream media is pushing the Tiger Woods story to AVOID mentioning Climategate, the health care bill, or the TSA bandying about crucial security documents.  It's a classic play from the Communist handbook--keep the public thinking about trivialities and no one will notice what's going on with the man behind the curtain.

The rest of his piece brings up some interesting points and the whole thing is well worth the read.  We need to bring back the concepts of true Justice and Truth, not what they've been corrupted to be through our legal system and by those who would use our virtures against us.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Palin/Shatner Beat Poet Smackdown

This  was pretty good (ht Insty).  I think that Palin is really enjoying herself.  Shatner, of course, has no ego--he seems to be pretty secure in himself and takes the joke well.  Well played, well played--especially to whoever thought it up.  Great move for Palin.

eta:  Apparently Shatner's latest schtick on the Tonight Show has been to lampoon Palin by reading from her book and her appearance came as somewhat of a surprise (there was a rehearsal so it wasn't a complete surprise).   So her interpretation of HIS book is a fantastic turnabout-is-fair-play.  Even more well-played than I thought....

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Suffering the death of one-hundred thousand papercuts....

....Just waiting for someone to bring the lemon juice and salt.

Monday, December 7, 2009

The Day the Sleeping Giant was Awakened....

Regardless if Yamamoto actually uttered those lines, it was the response to the attack on Pearl Harbor. 

The United States, which had previously been steering clear of the war that began in Europe in 1939, woke up and began putting all of its resources into the war effort.  Those in my generation and after have absolutely no idea about the voluntary deprivations our citizens endured in order to put the full effort of this country into winning what came to be known as World War II.  From flour and gasoline rationing, to women taking the places of the men outside of the house, to schoolchildren learning the silhouettes of air planes in the night skies, the world changed at that moment.

Please join me in remembering and honoring those who were lost in that heinous attack on December 7, 1941.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Apparently the AP hasn't gotten the news about Climategate yet....

Found this article on the front page of my yahoo.  It seems that the AP science writer, Seth Borenstein didn't get the memo (please see B's site for much linky goodness on the issue) that the global warming data was cooked and all of that coastal flooding and such that was predicted for 2350 (not 2035 as the typo in the IPCC report says), is a non-issue.  So he's either an idiot or a shill for the UN's committee on climate change committee for world domination.  The fact this article actually made it into circulation is both funny and sad at the same time and shows how agenda-driven the Legacy media is.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Again, how liberals think

Over at Ambulance Driver (one of my favorite, read-daily blogs) there's quite the bruhaha going on, basically caused by one person.  AD posted some pics and narrative about taking his seven year old daughter shooting.  One of the pics showed her shooting her birthday present, a nice AR15 .22 caliber.  Someone called Nurse K, who apparently does not like guns, has taken one NRA course, and has been to the range once in her life, felt the need to speak up and say that a father teaching his daughter to shoot is bad and if she could find a law against it in the state where AD lives, she would call Child Protective Services on him since she feels that it's reckless behavior.  Tempted as I was to post in the comments (which are now up to 140 on that particular posting), I refrained. 

What I do want to say about the whole thing is this:  the liberal mindset absolutely does not allow for diverse thoughts and actions.  Boiled down to its essence, Nurse K wishes to force her beliefs and worldview on others.  Because she doesn't like guns, then no one should be taught the proper handling and use of them.  Because she doesn't believe in spanking then she calls it child abuse. 

She has the elitist attitude that now permeates the present administration--that which implies that if you don't share their views, then you are misinformed, misguided, uneducated, and are just plain dumb and that because you are all of those things, then laws must be passed to prohibit the behavior that they don't like and cannot possibly understand (since the ideas of freedom and personal responsibility are completely beyond their ken), for your own protection of course.

My ire and disgust at such an attitude is almost beyond words.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Alright, I'm finally going to blog about Climate-Gate from a researcher's point of view

B was way ahead of the curve on this one--I think he beat out Reynolds at Instapundit by several hours.  I'm not going to blog about the science or anything but about my disgust at these people as a researcher.  I've been in academia as a researcher for almost fourteen years and was a researcher/analyst in other fields for six years before that.  So I've got about twenty years which I think gives me some gravitas on this issue and I have to say that I'm completely appalled at these so-called scientists and researchers. 

I was told from the very beginning of my career that data is what it is, that bad data in equals bad data out, that you can't go in with an agenda otherwise it is going to skew your findings.  These little tidbits were apparently forgetten by these guys in their zeal to get more and more funding--many other people have said it and I'll echo it, there's no money if there's no crisis.  I'm going to take it a bit further than the money issue though. 

So think about it.....  what mad scientist doesn't want to take over the world?  And this is what these folks have done.  Through their fudging of data, use of buggy and irreparable computer programs, shouting down of dissenting opinion, they have shaped the public policy and economies of those countries who are stupid enough to buy in to their wailings about the end of the world.  They are meeting in Copenhagen in a few days and the US, via Obama will probably sign on to this mess, even in light of the fact that these cheeseballs are basing everything on faulty science.  The best to be hoped for is that cap and trade will die now, but I remain skeptical.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Money talks and bullshit walks.....

So, it looks like President Sarkozy, who seems to actually be a politically savvy guy and a pretty good leader, for a French guy, has been pressured by his wife and others in the art community to put the pressure on the Swiss to let Roman Polansky out on bail.  I mean, it's not like he's a flight risk or anything...  oh wait, he actually IS a flight risk.  So he'll get to spend time in his Alpine Swiss Chalet and drink fru-fru drinks (I have no idea what someone like that would drink) and then when he gets the word that the cops aren't in the vicinity, he can take it on the lam again because his monitoring bracelet doesn't even have GPS on it (in this day and age).

Friday, November 27, 2009

Liberal wastefulness at its most basic

B pointed out this link from Insty this morning.  The gist of the article is that when good-meaning folks bring food to soup kitchens to feed the hungry, if those foods don't meet the restrictive nutritional standards that can only exist in a society where hunger is not endemic, then the shelters accept the food politely and throw it away (for having trans-fats).

Okay, so they are throwing out perfectly good food because of policy that was created due to ONE study that links trans-fats with heart disease (sounds like Climategate type thinking to me), but the thing that gets me is that they are not telling the nice people bringing the food that they can't use it and so those nice people will continue to bring the same food that will continue to be thrown away.  So there's even more waste. 

Some people were actually showing good sense in taking the food and using it for its purpose but the fact that the overarching legislation also affected emergency food shelters, makes it counterproductive and stupid.

Post Thanksgiving thoughts

As I'm sitting here watching cars do donuts in the parking lot across the street, I''m thinking about how thankful I am for the life I have now.  I'm with a man who loves me (and who is an excellent cook and teacher) and who keeps my mind active--my arguments had best be cogent ones (thanks B--your posting touched my heart).  My job is finally becoming interesting, which is nice.   I've got family and friends and furry companions who all seem to like me well enough (can never really tell with the cats though).  I can bake bread and rolls from scratch and I think I've got my chocolate pie recipe perfected at last--creamy but yet solid enough.  I think I laugh more than I cry.  I'm developing skills and gaining knowledge that are helping me to grow as a person.  I'm using the skills and knowledge that I've gained in my life in useful ways.  What's better than those blessings??

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!!

This is a great day to remember life's blessings.  Remember those brave men and women who came to the New World seeking freedom.  Remember those Native Americans who helped them to survive that first winter.  Those two groups helped to shape the entire world, not just the new world.  Remember that this is an American holiday, regardless of religion, race, or creed.  If you have adopted this country as your own or if you were born here, use this day to cherish it.  A land of opportunity, of individual rights and freedoms.  Be aware of those who wish to change it or to take away those rights.  Raise your glass and cheer freedom--relight that flame in your heart. 

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Quality of life and something that just ooked me out...

I read yesterday about the guy who was awake and aware for 23 years but was totally unable to communicate with anyone. I just want to say, publically, that if I am diagnosed with being in a 'persistant vegetative state', pull the frickin' plug.  For one thing, if all I can do is move my foot to type on a computer, I'm not calling that quality of life.  I'd rather suffer for a week or two of dehydration before being released from a non-functional body than being trapped in one.  Give me a month, maybe two, and if my happy ass isn't tapdancing down the hall on the way out the door, let me go the other way.

That is all.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Healthcare Reform and other People's money

Roberta I think has nailed this one on the head.  She says in response to any speaker who says that 'a country as rich as this one can pay for....' (this part I'm paraphrasing, below is her quote):
This country's government isn't wealthy at all; in fact, it is deep in debt. The fellow who says otherwise is assuming that your money, your employer's money, every citizen's income, ultimately belongs to The State and that The State has every right to decide how it is to be spent.
 And she's right.  Our elected representatives are treating our money as if it was their very own piggybank ripe for breaking into to pay for their pet projects that may not be our pet projects.  The equally monstrous Health Care Bill that the Senate just introduced outweighs (literally) the House bill by several pages.  The fundamental thing that they don't understand is that government intervention, as has been shown time after time after time, does not help, it's counterproductive and harmful to whatever it is they are putting their fingers into.  They need to back off and repeal the other laws they passed that got us here in the first place if they really want to do any good whatsoever.

There's a classic oxymoron "we're from the Government and we're here to help".  That one has staying power for a reason....

He's not even bothering to hide it anymore

Via Drudge, there is an article in the Washington Post by Anne Kornblut that chronicles Obama's stop in South Korea and his speech to the troops at Osan Airbase.  Maybe it wasn't meant to sound the way it did, and maybe I'm being a little too cynical when it comes to Obama and his speeches to the troops, but you can make your own call:
"You guys make a pretty good photo op," the president said.
and
He got a huge cheer when he told them he was increasing military pay. "That's what you call an applause line," he said, before boarding his jet and taking off at 4:11 p.m.
 Okay, I'm sure that those comments were supposed to be a joke, but I think maybe, considering how he has treated the men and women in uniform in this country, that perhaps it was more truth than joke.  Like when he went to Dover Air Force base with his gaggle of cameras to be filmed showing some kind of care about our troops that he's didn't evince either before or since, I think that he does see our troops as photo ops for himself and the only way he's going to get cheers is by making statements about pay raises.  YMMV.

Notes from The American Spectator

I've blogged a lot on the subject of the utter disdain the Obama administration has shown as far as foreign policy (the Reset button that wasn't, the Brown incident, etc.) but Andrew Cline over at The American Spectator really sums up many of these debacles into one very good article.  The title, American Buffoonery, says it all (ht Insty).  His final paragraph:

Obama might be cultivating world opinion by insulting his own country in speech after speech and undermining its interests with his foreign policy, but the joke is on him. For his transparent disdain for other world leaders and customs is making him every bit the image of the buffoonish American president he tries so hard to convince the world he is not.

No matter the spin that the White House tries to put on these things, the American public as well as the world are starting to see what an idiot, both social and political, this man is.  The blinders are starting to come off, which is a very good thing.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Political theater at its finest

Via Hamilton, Madison, and Jay, Congress is trying to investigate the actions of various agencies (or non-action since they were paralzyed by the PC/diversity thought police), leading up to the murders at Fort Hood by Hasan.  And, BTW, the Obama administration is refusing to let anyone who might have direct knowledge about Hasan testify before Congress.  Here's hoping that Lieberman will use the Congressional subpoena to get some real answers.  I have to say, this quote by Obama just frickin' floored me:

"I know there will also be inquiries by Congress, and there should," Obama said. "But all of us should resist the temptation to turn this tragic event into the political theater that sometimes dominates the discussion here in Washington. The stakes are far too high."
THIS, from the man who immediately condemned the actions of a police officer investigating a possible break-in and actually held a BEER-SUMMIT as a result??  Political theater is this joker's middle name.  I actually have no other words for this blatant, utter, complete, total lack of care by this idiot for our men and women in uniform. 

What stakes??  I don't think he's talking about breaking some of those PC barriers and letting law enforcement actually do its job and give the right to our military to protect its own from those who seek to damage it from inside. 

Is he worried that people might actually notice that Islam is more a political party/theocratic system than it is a religion and thus should not have the freedoms given to religion in this country as creeping Shariah strangles our culture and freedoms??  I have to say I'm getting a bit tired of outside influences being given preferential treatment in this country.

And it's just that simple....

Heard this morning that the Maersk Alabama was fired upon by Somali pirates.  Guards on the ship (a new addition apparently after the hostage thing several months ago) fired back and the pirates went away.  Gee golly, imagine that!  Actually not waiting around to become a victim works! 

Imagine if each household had its own guards to do the same thing......  wait......, thanks to the Second Amendment, we CAN be our own guards.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Random find: James Dean

Rebel without a Cause

Free speech from a surprising source

Earlier this year, Yale University Press declined to release cartoon images of Muhammad in Jytte Klausen's book, The Cartoons that Shook the World (oh the irony).  Their statement is here.  Basically they wussed out and they bowed to the Islamists and allowed the threat of violence (ie, terrorism) to put a damper on free speech.  In response Gary Hull, a professor at Duke University (hence my surprise since Duke is not known to be a bastion of free speech itself) is printing all of them in a book entitled Muhammad, the Banned Images using his own Voltaire Press as the platform.  He includes other images in this book also and his Introduction says:

Muhammad: The "Banned" Images is a "picture book" — or errata to the bowdlerized version of Klausen's book as published by Yale University Press. It is of course more than that. It is a statement of defiance against censors, terror-mongers, and their Western appeasers. It is a rallying cry for free speech, freedom of the press, and for open scholarship unfettered by fear.
 We'll see what happens next.  If there is violence against anyone associated with the book then that is further proof of Islam's basic incompatibility with the United State's ideals of free speech.

Monday, November 16, 2009

2012, the Movie

This is the first movie I've seen in the theater since Casino Royale.  I went and saw this with my sister in Wisconsin last weekend.  It really took until today, when someone asked me about it to realize that it was actually a good movie since the special effects kind of put my brain into sensory overload.  As a disclaimer, I'm a HUGE John Cusack fan--I've liked him ever since he was the geek in Sixteen Candles.  That said, it's unfortunate that the special effects kind of overshadow the story, which is actually quite interesting.  The characters and how they react to the end of the world is the heart of this movie.  Yesterday I wouldn't have recommended it, but I today I would.  The only caveat is that it might be better on the small screen if only so the special effects are held to a manageable level and so you can concentrate on the characters.

Wisconsin is mentioned several times in the movie so it was fun to hear the audience 'whoo!' every time.

Gay Hillary supporters posting their appreciation of Bush and his actions at Ft. Hood

Bookworm has an interesting blogpost where she quotes two gay Hillary supporters and how they are starting to realize their appreciation for what Bush did and is continuing to do for our country and its defenders.  They realize that Obama (or Gore or a slough of other folks) would not have done what Bush did at Ground Zero and they have seen and taken note of the fact that the Bushes are the ones who went to Fort Hood to be with the families and soldiers there, not Obama, whose job it certainly was.  The link to their post is here.  This is significant and I hope that it is showing a possible wave of common sense for those who drank most deeply of the Obama Kool-Aid.  It takes a lot of guts to stand up and say that you were wrong and to actually link to evidence of it like they do.

MORE bowing and scraping....

Once again Obama bows and scrapes to a foreign leader.  At least it was in Japan and the Japanese press were so embarrassed for him that they are refusing to run the pictures.  But the University of Connecticut Republicans have put together a nice montage of how one greets the Emperor of Japan and how (the) One should not greet the Emperor of Japan.

Truly, can they not get someone in the protocol office who can actually get some of this crap right??  I know better and I've never been to Japan.  Check out Allahpundit's Hot Air article as well and the commentary/trackback links for more.  His extreme bow made him (and through him our country) look weak and stupid.  If he'd ever watched The Last Samarai, Karate Kid, ANYTHING related to Japan he'd know better.

Bush's stomach issues are NOTHING compared to this.

Friday, November 13, 2009

This picture says it all....

Obama can't even bother himself to salute the flag of the United States of America during Veteran's Day ceremonies at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (via Bookworm via Lucianne).  There have been countless signs of his contempt for the country that he is supposed to be leading but as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.....



As I recall, there is clear protocol in such situations.  Either he feels he's above them, or truly doesn't give a rat's half-eaten ass.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Yeah, that'll help! When in doubt, punch your opponent out...

Via Drudge, there is a report from Columbia University where a 'prominant' black (male) professor of architecture punched a white female co-worker in the face at a Harlem bar.  Apparently the professor, Lionel McIntyre, got overwrought about what he referred to as 'white privilege' and he apparently felt that the two white folks with whom he was speaking were not personally doing enough to remedy it so first he pushed then sucker-punched Camille Davis right in the face.  Per the report, the two had 'squabbled' about race relations in the past (but yet they kept hanging out with each other).

Read this from When Falls the Coliseum.  He points out something that was bothering me but that I didn't really notice:  the language that the professor used regarding the incident was all passive voice.  This indicates that he was not responsible for his actions, that his fist just happened to leap up and punch someone in the face without his cognition.  This is a symptom of the victimhood mentality--that people are not responsible for themselves or their actions.  Gives an interesting context to the whole thing.

Everyone should read this article.... It Isn't Political Correctness, It's Shariah

Via Bookworm, this article on American Thinker by Pamela Geller should, IMO, be forwarded to EVERYONE.  Og and RobertaX began some conversations on the issue of Islam and I have to say that I'm firmly on the side of Og on this one.  Below is my commentary on the subject.  It's nice to know that both Ms. Geller and I came up with the same conclusions although hers are much more well-written than mine.

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There are those who think that the religion of the shooter (Islam) is not a valid concern and there are those who feel that not only is it a valid concern but that Islam itself is a threat to our way of life.  I've tried to get my thoughts in order about this and I think I have to come down on the latter side and here's why:

One of the reasons that the Fort Hood shooter was allowed to continue in his position, despite evidence, both anecdotal and concrete, that he actively hated our country and was trying to contact the enemies of our country was because of propaganda machines that have everyone walking around on eggshells.  If you say a Muslim is a terrorist, even when you have proof that he or she is, then you are a racist.  CAIR and ISNA have been taking great pains by screaming discrimination every time allegations are made against Muslims.

The fact that the liberals and their lapdogs, the legacy media, have come down on the side of Islamic totalitarianism is both ironic and frightening.  Ironic, because the Democrats (home of most liberals) claim to be for women's rights, etc. and Islam is the antithesis of this.  Frightening because it shows that modern liberal thought is more in line with the infantalilization and control of the populace, but the theocracy of the liberals consists of Political Correctness and Multiculturalism.  The fact that our country has sunk to a low where we cannot show our outrage that at an enemy of our country, who killed our citizens because of his religious beliefs, is outrageous in itself. 

I'm not advocating violence against Muslims or ropes and yardarms, but I do remember the parable of the scorpion and the frog and try to keep perspective and not get stung.

Lou Dobbs finally grew a pair...

Apparently last night was Lou Dobb's last night on CNN.  My thinking is that he couldn't stand the direction of liberal partisanship reporting done by the company and finally reached his last straw.  Liberal groups, such as the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, who had a hate-on for Dobbs since he was very clearly against granting citizen rights to illegals is rejoicing, as is Media Matters.  The quote from the president of Media Matters I think is quite telling:

"This is a happy day for all those who care about this nation of immigrants and believe in the power of media to elevate the political discourse," said Eric Burns, its president.
 My translation:  'we're really glad this guy is not going to be an on-air presence trying to be a voice of reason in a liberal world.  Now that he's gone, we can really control the message that the American public is receiving (even though Fox news is trouncing us on viewership)'.

I think that we'll be hearing more from Dobbs.  Here's his quote:

Dobbs said the decision came after months of discussion with CNN U.S. President Jon Klein. Dobbs mentioned his interest in issues such as health care, jobs, immigration, climate change and the wars.
 "Unfortunately, these issues are now defined in the public arena by partisanship and ideology rather than rigorous empirical thought and forthright analysis and discussion," he said. "I will be working diligently to change that as best I can."
 Nice to know that some people are actually voting with their feet when a situation becomes untenable.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Now that the magic has gone.....

Shocker from the Boston Globe (via Drudge).  The are actually reporting that a federal report 'wildly exaggerated' the number of jobs (12,374) 'saved or created' in Massachusetts by the portion of that $787 Billion received by the Commonwealth ($4 Billion).  Bridgewater State seems to be somewhat culpable in that the said that the money that they received was used for 160 full time work-study jobs, but now they say that they didn't get any jobs for the over $77k investment.  The Globe tries to whitewash the hogwash by saying that the money was still important since it funded public services, even though they say it was basically shuffling funds.

“We see $15 million construction projects with no jobs, and a $900 shoe sale that created nine jobs. Both are obviously wrong,’’ said Michael Balsam, chief solutions officer for Onvia, a Seattle data company tracking the stimulus spending. “There were a lot of recipients that did not report. Those that did report have some data challenges - wrong data or missing data.’’
The White House comes back with this:

Cheryl Arvidson, assistant director of communications for the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, the federal government’s oversight panel for the stimulus money, acknowledged the problems recipients are having reporting job counts.

 “Some people are going to be confused. Some people are manually entering data. We figured there would be innocent mistakes,’’ Arvidson said. “We anticipate that as we go forward . . . the data quality will be increasingly improved. We knew there was going to be a shake-out.’’
 The fact that even the Globe is starting to report on this clusterfuck is amazing to me and says that the Kool-Aid is finally starting to wear off.  The word is finally being spread and the lies that have been and continue to come out of the White House are being noticed, even within the fawning ranks of legacy media.

Veteran's Day!

My Heartfelt Thanks to those who serve and served in our Armed Forces, putting their lives, hearts, and minds on the line to keep the American Dream alive and to defend our Constitution.  My thanks to their families, who support them, comfort them, and love them enough to let them put themselves into harms way.  I cannot know the price that each individual pays and all I can give in return is my gratitude and recognize them, not just today, but all days.

I love you sister-mine!

Catching up!

I've been slammed at work and my laptop screen took a powder on me so blogging has been slow.  That doesn't mean that I haven't been listening to and reading the news (although I've been avoiding NPR).  This week has been chock full of things that really make me step back and take a look at my philosophies and ideas (but then some things I've seen are no-brainers so let's start with those).

On the list of things that are painfully obvious to me:

I hope the health care bill dies a quick death before any American does because of it.  They say (and from their lips to God's ear) that they will never come up with enough votes in the Senate to pass it since there seems to be some folks who are actually realizing that the American public doesn't want this, no matter what Pelosi and company want to ram down our collective throats.  Those presently in power are starting to understand that their positions are in jeopardy and are maybe starting (some of them) to actually represent the will of the people, rather than the will of the Democrat leadership.  Those that don't are going to lose their ride on the gravy train.

I hope that the backlash from Kelo and Pfizer's subsequent backing out of that mess goes straight into the hearts of those justices who ruled against the rights of individuals to own and maintain their property and instead allowed the government to seize private property and give it to another private entity "for the public good".  I know that many states took steps after that ruling to ensure that it could not happen in many places, but not all of them did.

Although I know that 'V' the series (redone for the 21st century crowd and lacking Marc Singer and his amazing abs) was in the works before the present administration, I hope that more folks begin to see the parallels between the aliens and our present administration and start to take action before we end up down Obama's and Pelosi's gullets.

Obama's treatment and attitude towards the Fort Hood massacre absolutely sickens me.  He has shown through actions, his utter contempt for our military and has shown himself unfit to be the Commander in Chief of our armed forces.  Neither he, nor his scriptwriters, have any concept or clue about honor, respect, loyalty, or patriotism.  There is not enough honey on his tongue to counteract what his actions have shown the world.  The fact that he still gave a gala event that night instead of going to Fort Hood tells the whole tale.

Additionally, he was not above using the Berlin Wall when he was trying to become the second JFK, but the true meaning of the wall coming down naturally eludes him since he stands for subjugation, not freedom and so the celebration means nothing to him.  Putz.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Fort Hood

My thoughts and prayers are with the soldiers and families of Fort Hood.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Even the Renaissance was Privately Funded

I was listening to NPR this morning (had a headache anyway and didn't figure it could get any worse) and heard the chair of the National Endowment for the Arts, Rocco Landesman, a Broadway producer, was talking about his efforts to bring the NEA from the 'East Wing to the West Wing' in the White House.  In essence, he has the skewed worldview that the NEA is on a par with other domestic agencies such as Health and Human Services and that the NEA should be involved with domestic economic policymaking, basically in order to ensure that its present budget of $167 million is increased in the future.

Not surprisingly, one of his first acts as the chair of the NEA is to go on a taxpayer funded six month junket tour of the United States called 'Art Works' looking at arts organizations.  In this companion article, the final quote just kills me....

After Peoria, Landesman will travel to St. Louis, Memphis, Nashville, and points west. The one-time Broadway producer will be seeing and declaring, at each stop, that art works.
I am a big believer in the arts--I was in theater and chorus in high school and chorus and band in grade school.  BUT, I do not think that public funding (outside of school funding for activities) is appropriate for the arts.  This is, in part, because art is subjective.  I do not think that putting your autograph on $20 bills and handing them out counts as art.  I do not think that plexiglass tubes of blood that is purported to be aborted fetuses counts as art.  I do not think that a crucifix in urine is art (it is a personal statement, surely but I don't count it as art).

In Renaissance Italy, all artists found patrons and got room and board in return for painting, sculpting, etc. things that the patrons wanted.  If an artist was particularly good and produced items with mass appeal, then several patrons would vie for the favor of that artist and he could set a higher price for his pieces (free market at its best).  I think that worked just fine.  I don't think that taxpayer money should be used for funding whatever the elistists would term as art, especially now that the Obama administration has begun to use the art community as a propoganda machine.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The cluelessness on both sides of the aisle

I was reading more about the NY23 race since Scozzafava dropped out and it led me to a different track on my usual train of thought.  With the health care bill, everyone is talking about 'sticking with the party' and obeying party leadership.  Problem being that party affiliation has become more important to the supposed representatives than their constituents. 

What the parties don't realize, and what became crystal clear in New York, is that the American People are becoming more interested in the position of the person on the liberal/conservative scale than they are with whatever party with which they happen to be affiliated.  Newt and company came away with egg on their collective faces because they just thought that people would vote for a Republican--even one that is so far out on the left that she's fallen off the bell curve.  Iowans are now starting to realize that the Democrat Obama Kool-Aid they drank is destined to give them heartburn.

Personal ideology is going to be the factor in the next elections, not party affiliation.  With the groundswell of sentiment towards cleaning out both the House and the Senate in the next elections, I think that the old chestnut regarding third party candidates splitting votes is going to go the way of the dodo since I think that people are tired of both parties.

Monday, November 2, 2009

So they'd rather bring down the ship...

The UAW membership voted against concessions with Ford.  These changes were designed to bring Ford's costs in line with Government Motors and Chrysler.  To me this means that either the UAW is working with the Obama administration to bring the third US motor company into the government fold by backing them into a corner or that the UAW still doesn't realize that it is and has been lately the cause of extreme loss of employment to their members and all of the correlary businesses associated with the US auto industry and are content to blow up the ship with all of their members aboard rather than abandon a position.

We were in Michigan this last weekend selling Strike Hold at a gun show.  It was the poorest show we've done.  I'm putting it to two reasons--the first being a total lack of disposable income by the Michiganers (primarily due to such decision as the above) and the second being a resistance to change  (my daddy introduced me to REM oil 30 years ago and if it was good enough then, it's good enough now).

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Amazing!!! Love Schwarzenegger's sense of humor

I happen to be a fan of Arnold Schwarzenegger.  I liked most of his movies (I'll watch either Conan movie whenever they are on), I tend to like his politics (despite his being married to a Kennedy), I like the fact that he made his kids do their own laundry so they would learn self-sufficiency.  I like the fact that, as a naturalized citizen of this great country, he truly seems to love his adoptive land.  And I gotta say, I love his sense of humor.  Rumor has it that he hides messages in his veto correspondence.  Check this out from Aol news and see if you can find the message he's (maybe) sending to Tom Ammiano, who apparently has had words for the Governator before.

I Hates Meeces to Pieces!!

Sometimes, due to back problems, we sleep on the floor since even a Sleep Number Bed set to 1,000,000 is not firm enough all of the time.  This isn't a problem and I generally sleep better--I put down several blankets and we've got some nice quilts so it's actually quite cozy.  However, last night we had a mouse in the house. 

Now I'm usually pretty good with critters and creepy crawlies--I've wrangled wood roaches in Tennessee, centipedes in Massachusetts, and spiders of various shapes and sizes just about everywhere I've lived.  BUT, my achilles' heel of the pest world is the mouse.  They totally just ook me out.  I don't know why, but they do.  I will scream like a five year old girl and will head to the highest point near me if I see a mouse.  It's just one of those things.  Yes, it's embarrassing, yes, I feel dumb, no, I can't do anything about it.

You would think that, with three young cats in the house, that mice would not be a problem.  However, we were out of town last weekend and left them the open feeder so they presently look like furry bowling balls with ears and tails.  So they were enjoying CHASING the mouse but didn't seem interested in the coup de gras.  B got up at 1:15 and moved a BUNCH of stuff to allow them access to the mouse so that the circle of life could complete itself, but to no avail.

Fast forward to 5:00 am. 

We're snug in our nest on the floor and the mouse decides to join us by running across my arm, down my body and from there, to points unknown.  I discovered at that moment that by chanting 'shit, shit, shit' at high speed and at an octave only dogs and bats can hear, my superpower of teleportation kicks in and I make it OVER B and onto the bed without moving through the intervening space.  Apparently the little rodent also has superpowers because I still don't know where the furry interloper went. 

B thinks it was a dream.  I'm pretty sure that I was a mouse-highway for a few seconds.

So the cats are now on a crash diet because we are SO not having a repeat of THAT!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Freedom is never free

There have been a couple of discussions on the above topic over at Tam's place with some related commentary at Shermlock Shomes.  The postings at Tam's and Shomes' have been about a total smoking ban in Marion county Indiana (I think that it did not pass, but was close).

What gets me, and I'm really just echoing what some other folks wrote, is that there are actually people out there who actually BELIEVE that the government should have that much control over what happens on private property.  The proposed smoking ban is really just a small step from the government coming in and saying that they have better use for the property you bought and paid for and here's your walking papers.  They always try to couch things under 'public health and safety' or something to make the non-thinking public swallow it.

Look at what's happening with Hamthrax (borrowing this term for Swine Flu from JayG at MArooned).  There's been a public emergency declared when considerably fewer people have gotten sick and/or died from the flu than in years when there's not the H1N1 component.  It's turned out to be a tempest in a teapot but they were trying to FORCE people into getting the almost-nonexistent vaccine 'for the public's health and safety'.  Someone comes at me with a needle or one of those nasal swabs and they are going to see how it fits rectally.

I guess what I'm trying to say in a very roundabout way is something I've said before.  Human behavior cannot be regulated and, in any case, government regulation should not be the fall back if you don't like someone else's behavior.  This creeping issue is caused by the fact that many folks can't pull up their big boy or big girl underpants and actually SAY something to someone.  They'd rather abrograte the responsibility to a third party so that they don't have to stand up for themselves.

And the verdict is in.... Burris is indeed a tool rather than a cog

Holy crap.  I don't think I've EVAH read such drivel.  In the Washington Independent, there is a transcript of Burris' "testimony" in the Senate Committee om Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.  As David Weigel notes, it's stuff like this that will help Republicans in Illinois gain back at least one seat. 

As a poli sci major, I'm embarrassed for whatever program produced Roland Burris (SIU-Carbondale, BA in Poli Sci in 1959). It sounds to me like Burris has fallen for one of the most famous blunders (the first being never get into a land war in Asia, but I digress), the blunder of trying to sound smarter than he is.  It's really clear that the clue bus has never stopped in his neighborhood.  His political career seems to consist mainly of financial postings (Comptroller, bank examiner, etc.). so I really think he's out of his league in the US Senate. 

As a side note, in the biography of Burris that I found online, I present the following tidbit which shows his hypocricy:

In 1993, Burris, an advocate for a national handgun ban, helped to organize Chicago's first Gun Turn-in Day. The following year, Burris admitted that he kept a handgun in his home and had not turned it into police as he had urged others to do. A spokesman stated that Burris had "forgotten about" the handgun.[15]

Monday, October 26, 2009

BLOGMEET!

Had a great time at the Indy blogmeet yesterday. It was very nice for folks to hang around since they knew that B and I would be late since we were working at the Indy 1500 gun show.

I'm proud of myself in that I managed not to go all geeky fangirl on some folks that I read daily, namely Brigid, Tam, and Roberta X (I'd met Roberta X before and did see her, Tam, and Shootin' Buddy at the show the day before). I was able to do the whole Strike Hold demonstration for them, which I really enjoyed. Seeing their eyes light up as I screwed in the light bulb under water and ran the drill was a lot fun.

I was happy to meet Og, whose blog I've read but am now adding to the blogroll along with Jay, who used a chinese banknote as a notepad to give me his blog addy (wicked cool), which was totally fitting considering our conversation about Chinese cuisine and spices as well as the infamous omakase at sushi bars. Very much enjoyed chatting with Owen, who understands my pain in dealing with overinflated egos. It was also great to see Old Grouch again and listen to the discussion about the psychological implications of pumpkin carving.

Fantastic end to a great weekend!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Exhibit A for the prosecution..... MSNBC reporter can't tell the difference between Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton

I was laughing so hard I almost cried when I saw this video (via B, on Breitbart.tv-h.t. Insty). I have long contended that the talking (air)heads that they put on to read the news actually have no insight, no acumen, and no knowledge or thought of the words that are pouring out of their mouths like some never-ending fountain. They are not reporters, they are readers. That video is my proof.

She had no idea that it was Jesse Jackson and NOT Al Sharpton on the screen in front of her until he corrected her. He tried to give her time to recover and correct her introduction and she never caught the clue. He looked like how the South Park folks would have drawn him. Mouth open with shock and disbelief--I'll bet it's been decades since someone mistook him for anyone else. Her poor synapses probably went into overload trying to figure out what went wrong and WHY Al Sharpton was not answering her insight-laden question (that was written by someone else).

I find it to be particularly interesting that it was MSNBC, that bastion of all liberal-leaning news reporting and their news readers can't even recognize one of the leading liberal players (it's not like he's not on the news at least once a week protesting something or trying to get the city of Chicago to pay out-of-work parents to walk their own children to school).

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Mrs. Kravitz, please pick up the white courtesy phone...

In Springfield Virginia, a man was arrested for, get this, being naked in his own kitchen at 5:30 in the morning (ht Reason). He was in his own home, his roommates were gone, and he got up to make coffee. What he didn't know is that a woman and her daughter were in HIS yard and the woman called the police who arrested him for indecent exposure.... IN HIS OWN KITCHEN. Echoing some comments why the woman was not arrested for trespassing and being a peeping tom, I do not know.

Gimme a house in the middle of 400 acres and a 2 mile walk to the mailbox. PLEASE!

Okay, so I've got egg on my face--NCIS

Watched NCIS last night--they were on the list via Big Hollywood of shows who were going to change their scripts to go along with Obama's script of service. Aside from a small separate announcement, as far as I could tell, the script didn't promote service.

I did notice, however, that they are continually putting the Israelis in a bad light and this seems to have begun towards the end of the last season and is continuing into the new one.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Can't believe I missed this one--MArooned

JayG over at MArooned (ht Men are not Potatoes) wrote a missive on why exactly gun control legislation won't work. I've seen a lot of arguments but this one I think cuts to the chase and speaks to the heart. There are no easy answers as to why people don't seem to put a value on life that they once had.

The only time the media seems to care is when they can do a tally to make a political point, usually for more gun control. Britain is so adverse to looking for the cause of violence that they are outlawing Boy Scout knives and are taking the points off of regular kitchen utensils.

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As a non-subject-related point, I have a lot of sympathy for JayG, I was stuck in MA for five years.....

Monday, October 19, 2009

Quote of the Day--Noemie Emery

Noemie Emery in The Weekly Standard (ht Insty) ends an article discussing the implosion of the liberal Hollywood elite and the Nobel Committee through their own blatant hypocrisies with the following:

"If there were a Nobel Prize for shark-jumping, these people would share it: They have proved themselves more inane than their critics imagined. With friends such as these, the left hardly needs enemies. And with enemies such as these, the right may not really need friends."

Read the whole article. It's worth the time.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Why is it that a former Brit has to show more national pride than many of our citizens?

Craig Ferguson shows his pride at becoming an American citizen. Notice that the women of the View don't dwell on it nor were they able to parse from whence the symbolism might have come. (ht Anarchangel).

Watch starting at 1 minute 34 seconds.

A nightmare come true--an unholy alliance

B has been saying and I've been agreeing and apparently other folks have been saying it too. Government run health care would be the same as having your medical needs evaluated by the folks at the DMV. In this article (ht In Jennifer's Head), the present form of the health care bill makes this not far from the truth. In the 'plain English' version of the bill, there is a provision where folks will be able to buy their government-mandated health insurance at the DMV.

This is interesting on a couple of points: 1) it will be putting a financial burden for the federal plan on the states who already can't afford what the feds roll downhill to them now; 2) the government will be de facto taking over state-run facilities and so will control both.

My mind is shuddering at the thought of adding ANY responsibilities to those already not carried out by the folks at the DMV. If they can't figure out their own rules and regs (and those are just the state rules and regs) to the point where a simple transaction can take two to three trips, how, on this green earth, are they going to handle HEALTH INSURANCE options that will have labyrinthine federal rules and regs attached??

The article also has more information about bill provisions which have been very carefully kept under wraps. Read it.

The blitz has begun

Got this tidbit of info from Gateway Pundit. The point of the story was to show the students at Texas A&M protesting Obama. A small point mentioned is that he was speaking about community service. As we all know, there is going to be a weeklong media blitz/brainwashing session to try to get the American people in line with Obama's socialist agenda.

Guess he started the party just a bit early.

Perception

Perception is the lense through which we filter reality. This filter consists of our experiences, our education, our mood, and possibly that first cup of coffee. When we 'think outside of the box', we are expanding that filter to include elements that we don't normally use-new knowledge, new experience.

What we do with that perception, how we react to the world based on it, all comes down to that tidbit of wisdom from Capt. Jack Sparrow.

"The only rules that matter are these: what a man CAN do and what a man CAN'T do."
Action based on perception.

Friday, October 16, 2009

The latest from Thomas Paine... The Broken Common Bond

Listen to this, think about it, pass it along. The latest video from Thomas Paine--his talking points--That a Common Bond must exist for our country to stand, that national pride must exist and be taught in our schools, that immigrants must be legal, must learn English, must learn our history. He enumerates several things that have caused the Common Bond to be broken in our country. ht: Big Hollywood.

I agree.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

So the only television show I can watch next week is.....

Stargate-Universe! Fortunately SyFy is one of the networks not assimilated into the Obama administration's "service and volunteerism" campaign next week. Big Hollywood (h.t. Drudge) has a list of shows that are participating in this media blitz (subversive campaign) that is designed to " 'organically' create and produce as many shows as possible about service and volunteerism".

Is it really organic, if one is given specific talking points to include in these tags, scripts, and spots? I'm really upset that NCIS is devoting its entire script to this brainwashing scheme. The CW has committed to something called 'I Pledge'. If it's the scary Demi Moore video then I'll forgo any CW programming, maybe forever. Read all three parts of Big Hollywood's report.

Glad we invested in the IPOD since it's going to be all music, all the time, next week. I'll also cancel my DVD settings for next week's programming.

A city is a victim??

Why is New Orleans still referred to as the hurricane-torn city, the city ravaged by Katrina, etc.?? Any other city in the WORLD has to be out of the victim stage after FOUR FRICKIN' years. If the residents can't pull their heads out of their collective butts within four years, tear it down and start again. What put this all in the news is Obama is making a trip there so people can bitch and moan about how hard life is in a city that has done nothing but collectively whine for four years.

Of course Obama is not visiting Mississippi, which was ACTUALLY hit by the hurricane. They don't whine, just cleaned up and got back to business as usual so they're not newsworthy.

eta: He hasn't even visited New Orleans yet and the residents are complaining because he's only going to be there for four hours and because he waited nine months before visiting. The only point they might have is the use of an immense amount of taxpayer dollars for what is essentially a day trip/photo op.

These broke my heart, but kind of in a good way

Via Ambulance Driver and New Life Changes there is this and this. Kleenex are necessary for both as AD says.

There is a will to live and likewise a will to die. Both are equally as important as the other. Johnny Cash followed June within weeks of her death. I think that we sometimes find that person that makes our existence in this time and place a beautiful and bearable thing and once that person is no longer with us, then it's time to follow them to the next adventure.

There are some who believe that this time of year is one where the veils between the world of the living and the world of the dead are the thinnest and that, additionally, the souls of those who died this past year have been waiting for the door to open so that they can go to heaven, hell, the Summerlands, Nirvana, whatever their belief system says is the next step.

Every day we make choices and walk the razor's edge and try to see through the many veils that make up our existence. Stories like the above remind us of the beauty and the sorrows.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

And now for Exhibit A.....How bureaucrats are going to help bring down the economy

Via Taxing Tennessee (h.t. Insty), the Kiplinger Business Resource Center has an article showing how much rampant bureaucratism is going to cost businesses. I blogged a little while back about how it's the rules and regs that come along with a law are a major problem since they are written by little people in their little cubicles that don't think about the larger picture, only their minutia that become their raison d'etre and that the selective enforcement of this minutia is becoming a larger and larger issue.

Glad to see that others (with decidely more clout) are in agreement with me.

Do they REALLY believe the words that are coming out of their mouths??

I was listening to 890 WLS this morning on my way into work. I caught part of the interview with Rep. Schakowsky and I really can't believe that SHE believes the crap that she was shoveling is gold.

First, she said that 'not all opinions are worth voicing' in reference to the truthful information that has gone out about the first incarnations of the health care bill and compared that data to saying that the world is flat.

Second, she said that the stimulus money is creating hundreds of jobs daily, despite the fact that almost nothing has gone out and not really looking at the fact that we've been losing THOUSANDS of jobs.

I really don't know why they just don't burst into flames from the methane gas that has to be building up in their brains from all that manure.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Range Day

Went to the range and tried out my new Kel-Tec PF9-9mm. Shoots nice, kicks like a frickin' mule since it doesn't weigh anything--double action triggers are VERY hard to get used to though. Had to bring the line up to 21 feet since I couldn't tell what the HELL I was doing at 50 (shooting low, fancy that). Interestingly enough, I seem to shoot better one handed with this one than I do two-handed. All in all, nice carry piece since it's light, slim. But it wouldn't be one I'll take to the range just for fun, only for practice.

Glueball Wormening--what he said...

Linking to this at Men are not Potatoes since I can't say it any better.

Why must EVERYTHING be an attack??

The White House is miffed that the insurance companies have released a report that shows that the 'health care reform' plan would cost households an extra $1700/year than if the government does nothing. Of course 'supporters of Obama' characterize this as sabotage to the their plan, since like, well, telling the truth that interferes with their pipe dreams HAS to be an attack.

It's interesting to note in the article that the America's Health Insurance Plans lobby group spent $10 MILLION on advertising touting the plan but is backing off at the last minute. It's interesting that this lobby group HAS $10 million to spend on advertising.

The Senate Finance committee is supposed to vote on the Baucus plan which, to the best of my knowledge, hasn't been released to the public. At least I can't find one, even using the Thomas search engine. As with most things, if they are trying to keep this bad boy secret, then they are trying to pull a fast one--keeping the text of the bill out of the hands of those who actually might read it and provide an analysis.

Will they learn that playing this 'pay no attention to the man behind the curtain' and 'we're from the government, we're here to help' just doesn't work anymore?? The wool has been removed from the eyes of the American public and the media can't control the populace anymore by controlling the flow of information. What's more, the American majority is tired of being treated like small children with those WE ELECTED acting as paternalistic nannies rather than being conduits for the will of the people.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Had to get this from BRITISH media

Apparently the Obama administration has taken away the rights of the Maricopa County (AZ) Sheriff to enforce federal law. The Guardian reports that he was enforcing laws under the aegis of Homeland Security with a two year contract that has been dropped. What's interesting is that the article has quotes from two people that work for the same organization, America's Voice, which is an 'immigration reform advocacy group'. The article says:

An estimated 12 million illegal immigrants live in the US. The federal government is virtually paralysed over how to react, with conservatives like Arpaio calling for the arrest and deportation of illegal immigrants and increased border enforcement. Obama, many Democrats and some Republicans call for a system that will allow most to gain legal status after paying a fine and learning English, but reform efforts in 2006 and 2007 withered under sustained rightwing opposition.

I read a LOT of news, but had to get this tidbit via Drudge. Legacy media is so far silent on the subject. Personally I don't think that the Sheriff needs the permission of the federal government to enforce laws, federal or not. I believe that they are required to enforce ALL laws and picking and choosing which ones can be enforced or not is a travesty.

Friday, October 9, 2009

I guess the Nobel Prize doesn't mean jack anymore

Via B, the Nobel prize committee has given Obama the Nobel Peace Prize for something that he hasn't even done. When the voting was completed, Obama had been in office for two whole weeks. So they based their criteria on campaign promises and pictures of him on a Hawaiian vacation (must have been his abs that carried the voting). My understanding is that the Nobel Prize should be based on deeds, not words. Of course I lost any respect for the Nobel committees when they gave Al Gore a prize for work based on faulty science.

The classy thing for Obama to do would be to thank the committee and take a pass, based on the fact that he hasn't DONE ANYTHING TO DESERVE THE FRICKIN NOBEL PEACE PRIZE but his narcissistic personality will not allow that to happen.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Thought of the day....

I was talking with a colleague at work (academia). He is a liberal and a Canadian and a very nice man. In any case, we got on the subject of term limits (agreed that they would be a good thing) and I said something along the lines that I felt the Founding Fathers didn't want a legalese definition of a natural born US citizen but instead wanted someone who was born and raised here and so 'bonded' with the country. He then said that if Arnold Swartzenagger could run for President he would vote for him and I concurred. So then... and here's the kicker, he asked what I thought about Obama. I said that I didn't think that he was a legitimate president under what the Founding Fathers would have meant. I've truly never seen anyone's jaw literally drop to the floor. He asked what the difference to me was between Obama and Arnold and I really didn't have an answer (well I did but still have to work with him).

So I started thinking. Why would I vote for Arnold, if I could, but not for Obama?? I think what it comes down to is this. Swartzenagger, a naturalized American, has fully embraced and, from what I've seen, truly loves this country, even if he was not born here. I think that he wants to see the country succeed as he has succeeded being here. He embodies the American Dream and he friggin' well knows it. He is proud to be here and is proud to be a citizen of this great nation. He is, in his heart, more of a native son by choice than many who are born here.

All of the legal issues aside (birth certificate and the Occidental University application wherein Obama states that he is a citizen of Indonesia), I don't think that Obama loves this country. I don't think he thinks of himself as an American because I think that he believes that he is above that designation. To his liberal mind it is more noble to be a citizen of the world. And that is fine, unless you are the leader of a country. I think that to effectively lead a country, you have to love that country, you have to be proud of that country, and you have to be proud that you are a citizen of that country. And I don't think Obama has that pride.

Michelle Obama stated that she was not proud of her country until her husband got the nomination for President. How can you effectively champion the causes of a country if you don't believe in it, are not proud of it, and want to change it into something else?? It's like finding a man and wanting to change him instead of accept him or like moving into a new neighborhood because it's different and better than your old one and then trying to make it into the place that you left. It just doesn't make sense.

The people who are presently in power in this country do not have pride in this country. Obama has apologized to the world for everything this country has done for the world since the turn of the century. He feels that to be proud of our people, our drive for success, our independent spirit is provincial and beneath him. And I don't think you can be considered to be a leader of anything that you denigrate and wish to change into something else.

Thought this deserved a link--re: Tea Party Protester stuff

I've linked to an article by Stephen Green from April 18, 2009. In it he discusses the Saul Alinsky handbook and Anderson Cooper's use of the derogatory term for Tea Party Protesters. What brought this particular article to mind was a story I was told yesterday by B. I'll let him tell the whole thing if he wants. I just wanted to remind the world that the only thing that keeps you from getting punched in the head when you use a derisive term in a smarmy tone of voice is the impuse control of the person at whom you are directing your venom.

Impulse control is the most highly underrated and valuable virtue in our society.

A does not necessarily equal B: Standardized test scores

I got this peripherally from the story about the young man being beaten to death in Chicago. According to locals, the reason for the increase in gang violence in that area was caused by the closing of a high school (it was turned into a military school) and sending those kids to this other school. The closing were done by then CEO of Chicago public schools, now Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan under what was termed as the Renaissance Program that was designed to close under-performing schools and send those kids places where presumably they would get higher standardized test scores.

The problem with this meme is that better standardized test scores do not necessarily mean better learning. All it means is that those schools have better ways of teaching those students how to take tests, not the knowledge they would need to be able to pass the tests.

A does not necessarily equal B: the Flu

Again on NPR (see reasons for listening to it below) there are reports that reports of flu are up considerably at colleges and universities. The tone of this message is that we are on the burning edge of a pandemic since so many college students are reporting that they have the flu: something like 200 to 2 between September 2009 and September 2008.

The reporters at NPR couldn't figure out (or report) that probably the reason for an increased reporting of flu cases is because students are REQUIRED this year to report when they have flu systems. So instead of just sucking it up, taking some Nyquil and going to bed, they are going to their Health Services and are being tested to see if the strain they have is the dreaded H1N1. It's not as scary to say that because all students HAVE to report flu symptoms, we're seeing an increase in reported flu symptoms.

A does not necessarily equal B: Arizona Sheriff

I was listening to NPR this morning (like the guys at Men Are Not Potatoes, I do this just to get my blood pressure up--better than a cup of coffee). I heard a few things that I was just pounding the steering wheel about and shouting 'Duh'... And so I shall share now that I've calmed down somewhat. This is going to be a LOOOONG post but maybe I'll break it into three or four.

In Arizona, the Feds are trying to tell the Maricopa County Sheriff that he can no longer do sweeps and pick up illegals for delivery to the Feds for deportation. Part of the reason given is that, in most places, the sheriffs are apparently slackers and only deliver illegals who have been caught in the process of committing some other crime.

So since he goes that extra step and tries to catch the illegals (who are already committing a crime by being here illegally ) BEFORE they commit further crimes on US soil, they want to shut him down. And, as part of that, the bureaucrats at the 'Justice' Department are pursuing charges that he does racial profiling since most of his sweeps are in *gasp* Hispanic neighborhoods. So riddle me this Batman.... if most of the illegals are of Hispanic persuasion and look ethnically Hispanic and tend to reside with relatives, either illegal or not, who are also Hispanic, would Hispanic neighborhoods not be the place to look?? Here's the thing... if most of your illegals are say, Irish, would you not check the Irish neighborhoods for them. If most of your illegals are Eastern European, you would tend to look in those neighborhoods. It's common sense, which apparently has left the hallowed halls of the Justice Department.

In a somewhat related note, I heard that our immigration and Homeland Security forces are going to be trying to come up with a classification system for illegals so that they can house the 'not dangerous' ones in hotels and such rather than incarcerating them and using up valuable prison space. TO me, this seems to be a backdoor way of beginning to legalize those folks--very tricky on the part of Napolitano.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Conservatives in Academia...

Being in academe myself, I read this article by Ron Lipsman on American Thinker and nodded like a bobble-head doll the whole time. Below is his final observation but you should read the whole thing if you want to gain some insight into the groupthink that is higher education culture in the United States. I was particularly struck by his litany on the 'race/sex diversity=excellence' meme that has permeated and taken over post-secondary education.

He didn't go quite as far as to blame the higher education system for the liberal hegemony that has become part of the media, educational system etc. but he should have since it is the font from which this tripe flows. I think he also over-values the checks that are put on liberal thought outside of academia.

He writes:

3. My final observation is the following. The liberal hegemony exists in many quarters of the country beside academia -- e.g., the mainstream media, major foundations, law schools and the trail lawyers they produce, public school teachers, the Democratic Party, even big corporations. But none of these can maintain the atmosphere as effortlessly as campus profs and administrators. Politicians encounter opposition from their constituents; the media from its readers, listeners and viewers; trail lawyers from their clients; and corporations from their stockholders and consumers. But the educational establishment-both higher and lower-encounters little resistance. The students are ignorant, the parents are cowed, and Boards of Regents are cowardly. The ivory tower is alive and well in America and the intellectual product it presents is completely one-sided. What a tragedy for our nation and especially for its youth.

CNN and Yahoo FACT CHECK the Obama SNL skit

Okay, in the ultimate stupidity (and one more reason why it's a good thing that CNN is getting picketed next week), CNN actually FACT-CHECKED the Saturday Night Live skit spoofing Obama that contained a list of things he hasn't done. For pity's sake people!!

Presidents from Ford to the present have been spoofed, skewered, and otherwise lampooned on SNL. There are those who think that Chevy Chase's depictions of Ford may have affected his re-election chances. And how about Tina Fey's depiction of Sarah Palin more recently?? At least the Republicans have the grace to laugh at this stuff (like Sarah Palin's appearance on SNL) but how can any 'news' organization claim to be non-partisan when they do stuff like this?? And of course, CNN said that SNL's depictions of Palin and George W. Bush were spot on. Nothing to see here, no partisan politics in the CNN newsroom.....

Per The Bookworm Room, yahoo also did a fact check on the SNL skit. Guess I'm going to have to find yet another search engine.....

The only good thing is that it's soooooo blatant!

Broad rules=selective prosecution

The FTC has unveiled rules that would require bloggers to state any conflict of interest they might have when reviewing or endorsing products. Not withstanding the fact that, unlike many other communities, the blogosphere is pretty self-policing (think Wikipedia and how long incorrect information stays up before someone jumps on it) the Feds think it'll be a good idea that, if you say a recipe is better using a specific kind of bacon, you had better be DARN sure that you disclose any ties you might have to the hog farmer, the wood supplier for the smoker, the manufacturer, and the delivery guy. You might think I'm overstating, but that's the problem with such laws--they give license to the regulator to come down on you for any perceived reason.

I'm seeing this as part of a larger problem. In 1947, the Code of Federal Regulations, which essentially act as the strong arm of federal laws passed, was almost pamphlet sized. Now, the Code of Federal Regulations (which have the force of law done even though they are written by bureaucrats) consists of several bookcases worth of paper.

As Brian Walsh writes in the Washington Times (h.t. Insty),
Astronomical numbers of federal criminal laws lack specifics, can apply to almost anyone and fail to protect innocents by requiring substantial proof that an accused person acted with actual criminal intent.
His article has examples that are enough to chill the blood because, in one case cited, it wasn't enough for the federal government when one case was thrown out, they went after the person again from another angle. This avoids double-jepardy but I think it shows that an overzealous bureaucrat can be more dangerous to individual liberty than anything else the federal government has created.

The only thing I can see to do is to start over and wipe the slate clean. There have been movements in this area towards the IRS (who among us doesn't get a frisson of terror when you get an evelope from them?) but I think that it needs to go much further. Most of these rules and regulations that stem from laws passed are put in place without public input and the people enforcing them have little or no limits on their actions.

We are supposed to be a nation ruled by Law, not by bureaucratic regulation. We are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty, but the way the federal government is working, that's not the case and these new regulations from the FTC are just another symptom of a greater problem.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Screwing another ally... or Obama is a wuss....

Via Gateway Pundit comes the news that Obama will not meet with the Dalai Lama when he visits DC. Let's see here... The folks that Obama has kowtowed to, including his bow and scrape to a Saudi prince are the dictators and despots of the modern world--generally folks who stand against the type of freedom exemplified by the United States. The folks that he has insulted and left swinging in the wind--the allies of the United States. He's showing himself to be weak and easily swayed by foreign governments. Even when the Clintons rented out the Lincoln bedroom and granted access to the Chinese, Bill still met with the Dalai Lama and weren't, at least on this matter, seen bowing to pressure from Beijing. You almost expect him to jump and scream like a little girl if someone says 'boo'.

Problems with the Press

I was reading Tam's posting on the sickening Polanski case and how Hollywood and the press have been complicit in defending child rape and something occurred to me. The press stopped being the "Hounds of News" when they started putting pretty talking heads up on the screen instead of actual reporters. With 'newsanchors' basically being actors who couldn't find work in Hollywood, then that co-opts the folks who are supposed to investigate and report the news into folks who merely parrot the opinions of the writers rather than actually put thought into the words that are coming out of their mouths. When there are few sources of news, then any inaccuracies will be repeated as nauseum. It also allows those who want to shape opinion a perfect field in which to do so.

Some interesting ideas over at American Thinking

American Thinker has several VERY good articles (as always) but here's a few that caught my eye. The first one, by Greg Lewis, discusses Obama's 'beta-male' behavior and how his mannerisms show the homo sapiens version of canid submissive behavior. As a person raised around chows and at dog shows a lot, I found this article to be insightful since I often use those terms when talking about others' behavior.

The second one, by Marc Shepard, discusses the UN's duplicity in deliberately creating a crisis regarding global warming. It should have been entitled "A Real Inconvenient Truth for Those Whose Living is Made from the Artificial Crisis". While it's difficult to pin down exactly WHY the UN wished to cause an artificial crisis, cause it they did. Their fake and faulty science has affected the world economy in an extremely negative way. As a body, the UN should be disbanded. They have become second only to Chicago and Illinois in their cover-ups, corruption, and uselessness. It is also a drain on the economy of NYC as well as the United States since we fund most of their useless initiatives. Imagine if all of that money was funneled back into the US Economy--we could tell China to collectively (pun intended) bugger off.

Lastly, in their blog section, Rick Moran blogs news via Caucus Blog about how the administration may just be (re)considering their point of view and may possibly be thinking about offering tax cuts instead of tax increases to small business in order to stimulate the economy. While he doubts that doing the right thing to actually stimulate the economy will fly (I concur) since the liberal Democrats would all have their heads explode a la the movie Scanners (I thought about putting a youtube clip for this but it really is gross), it is painting Obama into a corner of his own socialist making, which bodes well for mid-term elections for the conservatives.

The difference between conservatives and liberals

The text below comes via The Bookworm Room:

"If a conservative doesn’t like guns, he doesn`t buy one.
If a liberal doesn’t like guns, he wants all guns outlawed.

If a conservative is a vegetarian, he doesn`t eat meat.
If a liberal is a vegetarian, he wants all meat products banned for everyone.

If a conservative sees a foreign threat, he thinks about how to defeat his enemy.
A liberal wonders how to surrender gracefully and still look good.

If a conservative is homosexual, he quietly leads his life.
If a liberal is homosexual, he demands legislated respect.

If a black man or Hispanic are conservative, they see themselves as independently successful.
Their liberal counterparts see themselves as victims in need of government protection.

If a conservative is down-and-out, he thinks about how to better his situation.
A liberal wonders who is going to take care of him.

If a conservative doesn’t like a talk show host, he switches channels.
Liberals demand that those they don’t like be shut down.

If a conservative is a non-believer, he doesn’t go to church.
A liberal non-believer wants any mention of God and religion silenced. (Unless it’s a foreign religion, of course!)

If a conservative decides he needs health care, he goes about shopping for it, or may choose a job that provides it.
A liberal demands that the rest of us pay for his.

If a conservative slips and falls in a store, he gets up, laughs and is embarrassed.
If a liberal slips and falls, he grabs his neck, moans like he’s in labor and then sues.

If a conservative reads this, he’ll forward it so his friends can have a good laugh.
A liberal will delete it because he’s “offended”.