Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Going to hell in a handbasket

It's been a while since I've posted. I think maybe I've gone into information overload. Firstly there have been more foreign policy SNAFUs, this time in Mexico. C'mon, I'm definitely not Catholic, but I even knew the provenance of Our Lady of Guadalupe. It's the little things that count when we're talking foreign policy. Just like finding a good translator, knowing the important points of a place BEFORE you go is crucial. And with the entourage that most of these folks have, there is no reason in the world, that SOMEONE couldn't Google, Yahoo search, or Ask! about Our Lady.

And now we have the President going abroad. I really can't think that he'll do any better than Hillary when it comes down to it--they've got the same people giving them advice. And he's going to be extremely surprised that the folks who LAUDED his run for President are going to drastically change their collective tunes now that he actually IS President. I do find it interesting that many European countries are realizing that bailouts are actually detrimental to any financial recovery process and are rejecting out of hand any pressure to continue the bailout process on their home soil.

How will a narcissistic personality such as Obama handle the other world leaders' changes of heart?? My fear is that it will be with a reaction like a small child having a sweet taken away. Tantrums are bad enough but if the one throwing the tantrum also has their finger on the button of some very large weapons, it's exponentially worse.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Our Medical Sytem

I had to go in for a procedure today. Just a little thing that could have as easily been done in the doctor's office if they'd had the right scope.

Something that struck me as I entered the belly of the beast is the way the system is set up. I felt like I was being infantalized by the system as it is now.

I went in and had my clothes, including my shoes, taken away. I was given one of those gowns that leaves no dignity and nothing to the imagination. I could wear no jewelry that I might have used as a touchstone. I was left waiting for a couple of hours in a curtained cubicle listening to the people around me. I was left staring at a wall with no way to find out or see what was going on behind me (until I started using the blank screen of the television above me--my partner pointed out the screen after I mentioned that a mirror would be useful).

Without my partner there to keep me distracted and to jolly me up when I started getting tense, I might have completely lost it. It was good to know that he was there to keep an eye on things and to act as my advocate. I made sure that they had a copy of the medical power of attorney so if anything untoward had happened, he could step in.

The stuff they give you now for short surgeries basically keeps your memory from forming so that you're awake but have no memory of anything. I'm sure that for some folks, it's good since they don't remember the discomfort, etc., but it makes me uncomfortable--what did I say, etc.?? I have to give kudos to the anesthesiologist since he actually did listen and cut back the amount of everything he gave me so my recovery was pretty quick.

With all of that said, I'll still take our system as it stands now over socialized medicine. From the time I saw my doctor the first time about this, to surgery, for a non-life threatening item, it was six weeks. That includes the two sets of diagnostics that we did in between the first appointment and the actual procedure. So I was basically being seen every two/three weeks which wouldn't have happened elsewhere in the world.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Shell games or Don't look at the man behind the curtain

I think that all of this AIG brouhaha is a shell game to keep the American public's eye on the small things while bigger things are going on. I think that the bill the House passed to "take back" the AIG bonuses is the first step in a larger agenda. Fortunately, I'm not the only one who sees it. Please check out Michelle Malkin's blog and her postings about 'keeping an eye on the ball'.

Is he smoking crack??? More "Smart" diplomacy

I just read about the President reaching out to Iran saying we can restore relations if they'd tone down their rhetoric. Rhetoric like wanting to destroy Israel. Actions like funding and sending troops into Iraq to continue the war there.

Gosh, the way he's going, we might not have to worry about the economy. All of our enemies and pseudo-allies are just going to walk through the front door opened by the government.


I, like a lot of folks, stayed up and watched the President of the United States on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno last night. Now maybe I'm old fashioned, but I really think that it's beneath the office of the President to go on a late night talk show. Candidates, sure. But if the President wants to use Jay Leno as a vehicle to push his domestic policies, then you bring Leno to you. The questions, by the way, were SOOOOO scripted that Obama didn't need his famous teleprompter--he had a script that he had ample time to memorize.

It was interesting to see how he dodged the question (which I was frankly surprised made the script) about the retroactive, unConstitutional income tax being levied on the AIG executives. Do I think that they should have gotten such large bonuses--no, I don't. However, Chris Dodd and the rest of the Congress as well as the President are culpable--the problem being that no one had time to read the "Stimulus" package and no one definitely had any time to read the fine print inserted into the legislation.

But to say that because the money was taxpayer money and so we're taking it back has opened a whole can of worms. Does this mean that any taxpaying body can have their money taken away if they happen to earn the ire of the Congress?? Does this mean that all public servants, especially Federal public servants, can have their salaries taken away or cut at will since they are paid via taxpayer funds?? To pass such a piece of knee-jerk legislation (and have the majority of the American taxpaying public applaud) shows a total and utter lack of reality check or impulse control in the House and a total cluelessness on a the part of the American public.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Total Lack of Personal Responsibility--"The Devil Made Me Do It

The article linked here has a woman who stole $73,000 from the church at which she worked as an administrative assistant. She says that the Devil played a large part in her forging over 80 checks. I'm thinking not-so-much.

Hypocrisy, Thy Name is Government or Pot, Meet Kettle

I've had a couple of WTF?!? moments this morning, mainly caused by the behavior of our elected officials. We have Barney Frank of "Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are having no problems" fame, Chris "Countrywide Mortage" Dodd, Charlie "Multiple Rent Controlled Residences" Rangel, and Tim "Everyone but Me has to Pay Taxes" Geithner. It would almost be comedic if these weren't the folks that are running the show right now.

I saw Barney Frank on the news yesterday berating that poor schmoe Liddy who offered, for $1, to get AIG back on track. The same Barney Frank who constantly defended Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The same Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac whose executives are now also getting massive bonuses.

Then we have Chris Dodd, who now admits to putting in that little sentence that allowed the AIG folks to receive millions of taxpayers' dollars in bonuses. After lying about it for close to a week.

And when I saw a few weeks ago, Tim Geithner say to Charlie Rangel (both of whom have had, and in the case of Rangel, continue to have problems actually paying their taxes) that Geithner was going to make more rules to crack down on tax cheats, I thought I was watching a Saturday Night Live skit. How can ANYONE be so completely brazen??

Our elected REPRESENTATIVES are no longer representing us. They are treating the American public, especially those in the Heartlands, like serfs or peons. They make rules and then don't abide by them. They talk ethics and morals but don't adhere to them.

The only thing that gives me hope for this country is that there are so many others who are noticing and who are talking and who are taking whatever actions they can. With the internet, free speech is still truly free.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

More "Smart" Diplomacy

Well, it's not enough that the Administration has shown themselves to be utter morons in front of the Russians, that they've insulted the United States' closest allies, and that they've abandoned any sense of honor by offering to let Poland and the Czech Republic swing in the wind. Having made our foreign relations in Europe and points east go FUBAR, the administration is now concentrating on pissing off our neighbors to the south.

Focusing their considerable talents on Brazil, the foreign policy wankers in the Oval Office have done everything but said "hey, don't let the door hit you in the butt on the way out". From misspelling the Brazilian President's name to putting off his visit by a day so they could have a St. Paddy's day party, I think they managed to show a potential valuable ally where they stand on the priority scale.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Great Photo!

Everyone needs a bumper sticker like this.... Thanks to the good man at Middle of the Right!

"Smart" diplomacy

I borrowed the term "Smart" Diplomacy from Instapundit....

While most of the people have been looking at our President's domestic policy and how it's making our economy crumble into tiny little bits, I have to admit what's been really bothering me is his foreign policy. I know that foreign policy is not traditionally the forte of Democrats, but OMG, I've never seen so many SNAFUs in such a short period of time (BTW, I was going to try to get another acronym in that sentence but couldn't think of one ).

From Hillary's reset button with the Russians to treating our staunchest ally as a bothersome guest I'm very scared to see what's going to happen on the foreign front.

Firstly, the reset button. Never mind that it's based on the 'Easy' button from some commercial and while many Americans MIGHT get the reference, it's almost certain that no one not glued nightly to their American television shows would. Additionally, since the Russian word for Overload was put on the button instead of Reset, everything went horribly awry. I actually tried it in babelfish and then checked my result with a friend who speaks fluent Russian. Babelfish worked. Unfortunately we now look like rubes (and a nice target) in front of the Russians because we've stumbled right out of the gate. Doesn't anyone in DC know anyone who speaks Russian or has access to a computer?? Coming right after the not-so-secret letter to try to get the Russians to police the Iranian nuclear program with a nice offer to let our other Eastern European allies swing in the wind, I can actually see Cold War II start up.

Now to the visit of the British PM and his wife. Besides being treated like unwelcome guests, the folks in the White House could not even muster the class to produce proper gifts, which are symbols that convey our respect for our relationship with a foreign country. Our symbols of respect to a foreign dignitary were a DVD set of great American movies (like you'd get off of Time-Life) and toy helicopters that someone ran down to the White House gift shop and picked up. Lovely!

First Posting

Well, I tried creating another blog called "It's Got WTF Written All Over It" but just realized that I might as well have called it "Ditto" since I wasn't creating anything new--just ranting on items and creating links. Additionally it was kind of a pain to maintain the WTF meme for every single posting so I dropped it.

I really don't have a talent for writing but maybe I'll leave this up just in case the muse decides to whisper in my ear.