Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Something to share...

A guy at worked was playing this music this morning and I thought it was too cool not to share.  Apparently these guys travel the globe and find street performers and put them together on video and with sound.

Gimme Shelter | Playing For Change from Playing For Change on Vimeo.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Now THAT's an apology

Via The Gateway Pundit and PISSED, the Feral Irishman--  This is the apology that should have been made to Karzai, not the obsequious tripe uttered by the Academician-in-Chief.

Waiting for the apology from Karzai

So in Afghanistan, NATO personnel burn some Korans because they were being used to pass clandestine messages back and forth between various terrorists.  And someone finds the charred remains.  And our "President Bows-a-Lot" throws our military under the bus again (our people are 'defending' themselves with rubber bullets and the Pentagon is going to make everyone go through sensitivity training).  But Afghani SOLDIERS are murdering our people over there.  I have only one thing to say to the Afghan people:

The lot of you misogynistic-stuck-in-the-8th-century freakazoids can blow yourselves to hell and gone--leave us out of it and stop blaming us for trying to bring you into the 21st century.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Passive voice

Listening to the news this morning, the talking heads were talking about a multi-vehicle crash on the Edens Expressway (whichever highway that it since it's Chicago code).  But the verbiage they used was interesting:  "the icy conditions caused the crash".  It wasn't that "dude was a moron and was driving too fast for conditions" or "the woman over-corrected when she slid and caused the crash".  It's like the conditions just materialized under the car much to the surprise of all drivers in the area.

But the passive meme is pervasive.  Any life event just happens.  All are victims of circumstance.  It's the idea on which the Dems have based the last fifty years of policy--people are poor because they're victims, not because of the decisions they've made.  Just last week, the federal government removed the last FEMA trailer out of New Orleans--almost six years after the storm because people just waited for someone else to do something--they did not do for themselves.  We're all just chips on the stream of life, according to the Progressives. 

It goes against everything the United States was built on--personal responsibility; pursuing life, liberty, and happiness.  Controlling our own destiny, whatever that might be.  I refuse to accept that I am a victim or that I am not in control of at least the portions of my life that I can be--how I spend my money, where I live, my associates and my friends.   

My choices are my own and are mine to pay for in whatever currency--money, sweat, tears, that is required. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Literally demonizing your opponents.....

So what is it about this election cycle where one's opponents are demons??  One Jesse Jackson Jr. supporter said that Debbie Halvorson's campaign “has been prepared by Satanic forces.” and in a prayer said: 
“We stand together, united behind this congressman, who stands in the forefront, battling political demonic forces that would keep us from receiving that which you have ordained for us to have,”.  
He was quick to say later that Halvorson herself was not a "political demonic force" (seriously, he said that).

Maxine Waters from California said:
 "I saw pictures of Boehner and Cantor on our screens. Don't ever let me see, again in life, those Republicans in our hall, on our screens, talking about anything."

"These are demons," she screamed.
 Now I'm not an expert on demonology, and I haven't squirted any of the folks in question with holy water to see if they start smoking, but it seems to me that when a demon-meme starts making the rounds, maybe some action needs to be taken--like getting them on holy ground or getting them in a demon-trap a la the television show 'Supernatural' just to make sure. 

On the other hand, I'm pretty sure the Constitution does not exclude demonic beings from holding office (how else to explain the last fifty years of federal government?) so aside from a banishing ritual, I'm not seeing any way to get them out of there (hmmm...  maybe not a bad idea--it'd be interesting to see if it would work).   But it would be fun to see who actually gets sent back to the Pit (kind of like seeing who gets swept up in the Rapture 'cause I kind of bet some folks might be surprised to see where they end up).

All snark aside (and believe me I could take this schtick and run all day with it), what kind of reflection is it on the people spouting such nonsense?  In Waters' case, this is an elected official, presumably educated, who is screeching that Republicans are demons.  Ministers are praying for divine intervention and protection for their chosen messiahs without so much as a fish-eye from the folks for whom the prayers are said.   Cultural differences aside, does this count as civil discourse?   I don't think so......

I guess we have no choice but to all get pictures of Pat Sajak in order to fight off the demons......

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Kudos points .....

The free ice cream hasn't been served this week due to a plethora of life-events.  Just want to give kudos points to my brother who stepped up out of the blue, took care of some stuff that needed to be done, picked people up in the middle of the night to get them home and blew off my thanks as 'it's what family does.'  But what he did kept my head from popping clear off of my shoulders like that scene from "Scanners".

Bear with me and I'll try to get back to it sometime later next week.

Monday, February 13, 2012

And like a zombie, ATTTACKWAATCH.v2 rises from the grave

The latest iteration of Obama's paranoia are called Truth Teams.  Seriously, let's just call them what they are--lying propagandists.  The only way he can stand on his record is to lie about it or blame it on someone else.  One of these teams has actually stated that they are out to intimidate voters. 

As long as they're black, they won't have to worry about the DoJ taking action to prosecute them.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Because there are those that haven't figured out that the glow from a candle isn't a forcefield

And because the glow of candles at a vigil for two people shot in Maryland did not deflect bullets, someone walked up and shot a person at "point blank range", which amazingly was non-fatal so one wonders how "point blank" it was.  via Say Uncle.

The Compromise that Really wasn't

So in much-ballyhoo'ed news, the White House said that contraception and sterilization procedures wouldn't have to be 'explicitly' paid for by Catholic hospitals and universities, but would be offered by insurance companies directly to female employees of those institutions.  But who would be paying the insurance companies??  Because sure as anything, they wouldn't be eating the cost of this "free" service to women.  I'm still not understanding why people are still saying it's free, either. TANSTAAFL.  And this was, as with most things coming out of the White House, a 'compromise' that wasn't.  I'm glad the Bishops didn't fall for it.

Why I love where we live....

Himself and I ventured out Friday night in the budding snowstorm for BACON since we had a visiting dignitary this weekend.  While at the butcher's shop, all of a sudden the lights went out.  Immediately two people behind the counter and three in front of it (Himself, myself, and one other) brought out our flashlights or cell phones with lights.  The lady behind the counter who had just started to cut our lunch meat laughed and said--"I can still give it to you if you want a big chunk!"  The manager brought out the hand calculator and they prepared to go credit card free. No worries, some laughter.

The power came back quickly, but was really only necessary for the folks who didn't have enough backup cash for their purchases and I'd bet two out of three will not be caught cash-free again.

RIP Whitney Houston

She lived the American dream.  RIP Ms. Houston.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

No Child Left Behind except in.....

....Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oklahoma, and Tennessee.    Another 28 states are now applying for waivers from the piece of crap legislation that IS actually Bush's fault.  At what point do you stop writing waivers and repeal the legislation altogether since it's proving to be an unworkable money sink??

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Rights vs. wants

John Nolte over at Big Journalism beats me to something that's been niggling at my brain for the last little while--free birth control.  In the fight for the First Amendment, which is the most important part of the Obamacare birth control mandate, something has not been brought into the forefront. 

The fact that not only is the Obamacare mandate making private entites pay for insurance that includes birth control, sterilization, etc., they are having to pay full freight--no co-pays for these prescriptions or procedures. 

Every other prescription, procedure, or test has a co-pay in today's insurance world.  No other prescriptions are being mandated as co-pay free, not even the ones deemed to prevent death.  Why is this particular set of medicines and procedures being set up differently??  Probably because Obama's feminist cadre has proven that they can control the narrative on this issue and even bring down one of their own using nothing but social media and misinformation.

I dunno and maybe I'm missing the point or the feminists are going to come take my woman-membership card and change the secret handshake, but I have ALWAYS taken responsibility for my own pills and prescriptions.  If my insurance didn't cover them (or if I didn't have insurance) then I went on Ramen noodles to save the money for that monthly purchase (or went without).  If my physician was associated with a Catholic hospital and couldn't prescribe my pills, I went to a different doctor.

There is no RIGHT to birth control.   There is no RIGHT to having birth control being paid for by other people.  I prefer the route of personal responsibility.  I don't think that women's reproduction is more important than heart medication or asthma medication or insulin for diabetics.  If one has to co-pay, then they all should have to.  If your company's insurance doesn't pay for items, there are still private alternatives or just suck it up and pay full freight.

And this is one reason I love my Chick-fil-A

So I try to slide in for a quick breakfast sandwich this morning and promptly get busted by a friend who spotted me on my alternate route to facilitate my Chick-fil-A stop.

Phone Call:  "Why are you coming up YYY street this morning?"
Me:  Because I'm trying to sneak into Chick-fil-A for breakfast...  *sigh*

In any case, I get to work with my sausage, egg, and cheese biscuit and find a Valentine's surprise.  The biscuit (which is the best biscuit I've had this side of the Mason-Dixon), is shaped like a heart.  It was so cute, I had to take a picture.  It is a great day at Chick-fil-A!

BTW:  to the FCC.  My sandwich and hash rounds (also a Coke).  Bought and paid for by me.

Disrespectful divas

Okay, so some bint without a first name who seems to think that she's all that AND a slice of bread, decides to break with the rehearsals that were done all week for the Super Bowl and make a STATEMENT which included flipping off the viewers and cursing.  NBC is falling all over themselves blaming the NFL for hiring the twit, the NFL is blaming NBC for not editing it out fast enough, and the FCC is salivating over the money that they'll be able to bring in fining whoever for this stunt. 

In a reasonable world, shouldn't the bint in question be the one blamed and fined, since she's the one who decided to break script??

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Douchebag indeed.... Russ Lindquist is intellectually frivolous...

Via Borepatch, I followed a link to this douchebag's website.  For a guy who professes love and courage and humility, he doesn't seem to show a lot of those qualities.  As BP says, this guy is obviously intellectually frivolous, using Hitchens' definition.

Nor does he seem to understand or acknowledge that maybe "Akmed's dad or Mohammed's dad" might have been the ones who machined-gunned schools for allowing girls to attend or who beat a woman for the audacity of being raped or who destroyed an ancient piece of artwork in the name of their religion.  He does not understand or acknowledge that our troops are people with families also and have the courage and conviction to lay it all on the line, not mock and dehumanize our soldiers from behind a keyboard.  He also seems to be one of those who feels that being brown is better (I personally don't care about skin tone or the lack thereof) and being an adherent of an 8th century religious practice automatically grants you immunity from your abhorrent actions.

I think he would have been one of those spitting at the troops coming back from Vietnam, except I doubt he was spawned then.  He's one of those who hates and twists something good, like a sleeping baby, into something ugly.

Myopia and perhaps a bit of schadenfreude

Over at Letter from Hardscrabble Creek and Bookworm Room there are some good posts (here, here, here) about the ramifications of the Obama administration's attempts to force Catholic and other religious groups to pay for and provide birth control, etc. as part of their health insurance plans, contravening their First Amendment right of free exercise of religion.and the additional prohibition of the Defense Department of the reading of a letter written by Catholic leadership during military chapel services "because it seemed to encourage civil disobedience, and could be read as seditious against the Commander-in-Chief."  thus affecting another part of the First Amendment, the freedom of speech.

I have to admit that I'm not Catholic and I do think that the Catholic Church has been hoist on its own petard on this issue (as has also been pointed out here).  Because the Catholic Church was one of the big supporters of Obamacare, I imagine they were more than a bit surprised to find out that the Obama Administration didn't create an exemption just for them in the administration's push for birth control and sterilization services (I consider the 'exemption' put into the rules to be unworkable in today's world).  And I can try to imagine the look on the bishops' faces when they realized that the Catholic Church would be forced to PAY for those services as well.  Welcome to the Law of Unintended Consequences.

But still and all, there are several larger issues that are at play here and ones that are getting lost in the whole healthcare/health insurance debate.  The main one is the obvious attempted destruction of the First Amendment.  If the government can force a group to pay for something that is inimical to its stated beliefs, then what's next??  If the government can prohibit free speech due a stated reason of 'sedition towards the Commander-in-Chief' then what's next??  

I this this is one bandwagon worth getting on.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

I want the knife.... please.....

Not this knife....

But this knife..... in full automatic.  Just waiting for the Indiana legislature to get off its collective duff and make it legal.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Marines--via Old NFO--Pass this along!


This is a poem sent from a Marine To his Dad. For those who take the time to read it, you'll see a letter from him to  his dad at the bottom. It makes you truly thankful for not only the Marines, but ALL of our troops.

We all came together,
Both young and old
To fight for our freedom,
To stand and be bold.

In the midst of all evil,
We stand our ground,
And we protect our country
From all terror around..

Peace and not war,
Is what some people say.
But I'll give my life,
So you can live the American way.

I give you the right
To talk of your peace.
To stand in your groups,
And protest in our streets.

But still I fight on,
I don't bitch, I don't whine.
I'm just one of the people
Who is doing your time.

I'm harder than nails,
Stronger than any machine.
I'm the immortal soldier,
I'm a U..S. MARINE!
So stand in my shoes,
And leave from your home.
Fight for the people who hate you,
With the protests they've shown.
Fight for the stranger,
Fight for the young.
So they all may have,
The greatest freedom you've won.

Fight for the sick,
Fight for the poor.
Fight for the cripple,
Who lives next door.

But when your time comes,
Do what I've done.
For if you stand up for freedom,
You'll stand when the fight's done

By: Corporal Aaron M. Gilbert , US Marine Corps USS SAIPAN, PERSIAN GULF 

And here's the letter...

Hey Dad,
Do me a favor and label this 'The Marine' and send it to everybody on your email list. Even leave this letter in it. I want this rolling all over the US and Canada and The World. I want every home reading it. Every eye seeing it. And every heart to feel it. So can you please send this for me? I would but my email time isn't that long and I don't have much time anyway. 

You know what Dad? I wondered what it would be like to truly understand what JFK said in his inaugural speech. 'When the time comes to lay down my life for my country, I do not cower from this responsibility. I welcome it.' Well, now I know. And I do.. Dad, I welcome the opportunity to do what I do. Even though I have left behind a beautiful wife, and I will miss the birth of our first born child, I would do it 70 times over to fight for the place that God has made for my home. I love you all and I miss you very much.  I wish I could be there when Sandi has our baby, but tell her that I love her, and Lord willing, I will be coming home soon. Give Mom a great big hug from me and give one to yourself too.

Please let this marine (and all our military) know we care by passing his poem onto your friends even if you don't usually take time to forward it this time!

So here it is... Let's fulfill Aaron's wish...

Aaaannnd they caved. The Komen Foundation that is....

Bowing low to pressure and some pretty hateful Facebook postings, the Komen Foundation is now going to put its money back into Planned Parenthood rather than use it for clinics that actually, you know, provide mammograms.  Such a shame....

More on the Komen bruhaha....

Via Gateway Pundit, it was reported that Komen pulled its funding from Planned Parenthood because they don't do mammograms--they only do mammogram referrals.  They don't want to do 'pass-through' grants.

 “....What we would like is to have clinics where we can directly fund mammograms,”  tweeted Komen CEO Nancy Brinker

Himself and Broken Andy (in comments over at Old NFO) called it.

Now I'm not a fan of the Komen Foundation either because of their branding lawsuits, but the only reason they are taking heat about their branding bullying now is because they've run afoul of the Planned Parenthood leadership who used mammograms as their shield against the cutting of federal funding for the organization.

The Susan Koman bruhaha

Okay, so the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization has pulled its funding from Planned Parenthood. The usual suspects have their collective panties in a wad, much like they bunched their knickers when Lowe's pulled their commercial dollars from that crappy Muslim show on TLC.

From the numbers I saw, the Komen foundation gave approximately $700,000 to Planned Parenthood last year. Money from the Komen foundation paid for about 170,000 breast exams (from the @ 4 million performed by PP or 4.25% of the total breast exams) and also paid for 6,400 mammogram REFERRALS out of 70,000 (9.14%) over the last five years.

So really the Komen Foundation wasn't a big investor in Planned Parenthood.  However, PP tried to use their mammogram referrals (they, in most cases, do not actually perform the mammograms) and their connection to the Komen Foundation to avoid the abortion debate.   Now that veil of obfuscation has been taken away and leaves them open to more transparency--something that most large organizations, especially those sucking on the public teat and who are under investigation for the misuse of federal funds, would like to avoid.

ETA:  Himself reminded me that funds can be shifted once received, which might be another reason for Komen pulling their funds--that they weren't being used for the purpose given.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Resign?? Seriously??

I saw an article here by Reince Priebus, the head of the totally useless and disconnected RNC, and he was calling for Eric Holder's resignation over Fast and Furious. But really?? If he resigns, he keeps his pension and gets to go on to do more damage to the term 'justice'. He should be impeached and jailed. That's called consequences, bailing with a golden parachute doesn't fall into the 'paying for one's stupidity' category.

Vehicle underutilization

Driving in to work this morning, I notice a Mazerti wanting to get into my lane. So I pull back a couple of car lengths to give him some room. And he very slowly pulls over and then promptly slows down. Feeling a bit put upon, when the road opened up again, I took the first opportunity to pass him. He's my age and is driving that beautiful car like a douche. So sad for the car. It deserves better.