Saturday, February 28, 2009
First is this article from Fox, White House Budget Plan Leaves Little Room for Error, Economists Warn. This is a good read that does justice to the argument that it will be hard for Obama accomplish what he says.
Economists and conservatives say President Obama's massive $3.55 trillion budget leaves little room for error, and it will be very hard for him to meet his tandem goals of cutting the deficit and sheltering middle-class families from tax increases.
Obama, who released details of his budget for fiscal 2010 on Thursday, said he foresees halving the deficit by 2013. But his budget calls for a $634 billion "reserve fund" to cover the costs of universal health care coverage over 10 years, as well as $200 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan through next fall and another contingency fund for the sickly financial sector on top of the $787 billion stimulus bill that he signed last week.
With all these expenditures, many are saying they doubt Obama can reach his deficit goal while keeping his pledge to raise taxes only on couples making more than $250,000 a year.
"He's going to have to start moving down the scale and raising taxes on people making $150,000, people making $100,000 and even people making $75,000," said economist Adam Lerrick, a scholar at the conservative American Enterprise Institute. "You have to increase taxes. It's very simple. You have to pay for this somehow."
For an even better read go to Mustang's site, Social Sense, a blog that I read frequently. This is one of the best accountings of fiscal hypocrisy of Democrats that I have read in a long while and everyone is strongly encouraged to check it out.
Have a good Saturday, I am out in the real world working to pay my mortgage.
Friday, February 27, 2009
If I were a Democrat, that is if we slid into some weird alternate universe, I may actually be concerned about this story. Bloggers and unions form group to push Democrats to the left.
The article is about a PAC being started by liberal bloggers, unions, and liberal organizations. Some of the members are The DailyKos, MoveOn.org, and the Service Employees International Union. These are some heavy hitters.
So what is the goal of this new group? To recruit candidates that are more liberal than current Congressional members to mount challenges in the 2010 congressional primaries. Evidently they are concerned that our current crop of Democratic Representatives and Senators are not liberal enough. I'm afraid to see someone more liberal than Nancy Pelosi, Barney Frank, Harry Reid, or Barbara Boxer. Who's to the left of them, Cynthia McKinney and Cindy Sheehan?
Now I am not, as a Republican real concerned about this group. In fact, I not only wish them well, I'm thinking about donating to their cause. This is a bad idea for the Dems though.
Primaries are voted on by members of the party. It is often easy for a more extreme candidate, with the right funding, to win a primary. There are fewer people voting, they are all at least marginally supportive of the more extreme ideas, and primaries are often made up of people more strongly aligned with the bedrock principles of the party.
The problem is that these candidates will get beaten in the general election more often than not, especially if they are running against a more centrist candidate from the other party.
The most important part of this group is that it is made up of some heavy hitters. These member organizations bring a lot of money and influence to this undertaking.
If I were a Dem I would not be happy with this.
As a Republican, I'm thrilled.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
As the reporting correctly pointed out, the debt grew by almost double under Bush. What the reporting always failed to mention was the double hit Bush took on the associated costs of 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina.
In fact not only did the administration critics ignore the cost of Katrina on the national debt, they actually attacked him for not spending enough. Those crazy libs, you just can't seem to make them happy.
We may find though, 3 or 4 years from now, that Bush was a rank amateur when it comes to his successor Barack Obama.
As I said above Bush increased the national debt by $5.1 trillion dollars over 8 years.
In a month and a few days Obama has managed to
-Push through a stimulus package that we were told would cost $800 billion but the Congressional Budget Office has estimated will cost as much as $3.27 trillion over 10 years (source)
-Sent a budget to Congress with a $1.75 trillion deficit (source and here)
-Proposed a health care package costing $634 billion but is projected to cost $1 trillion (source)
Now if anyone has a calculator handy they will realize this is $6.02 trillion in spending that he has not told us how he will pay for.
At the same time we have Obama promising to cut the national debt to $533 billion by 2013. If he spent no more money, there is already talk of more stimulus and the auto companies are knocking on the door of Congress again, he would have to offset this spending by $5.5 trillion in income.
In dollars, he would have to collect $18,290 from every man, woman, and child in the US. For anyone that thinks he can pay for his spending to date and erase the debt, read this.
For anyone who still thinks he can do it, I have some lakefront property for sale. There are pictures of it on my last blog.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
My wife and I took the kids out to the lake to see the scenery. It was cold and we did not spend much time outside except for about 45 minutes when we got out at the luge run to watch some kids ride the luge. These kids appeared to have a good time. For some great pictures of the luge run visit my wife's photo blog, A Dance Of Words And Photos.
Most of the time though we took pictures from the car. We were fairly protected at the luge run but out on the lake side the wind chill was not much fun.
These are a couple of the pierheads on the Muskegon channel. The small lump to the far right is a lighthouse that is probably better than 10 feet tall. It is completely encased in ice from the waves crashing into it.
Monday, February 23, 2009
They don't have the dignity to leave a name, even a fake name as Average American pointed out in a comment. No danger of a track back.
Further I could care less if a commenter disagrees with me, I have enough arrogance to believe I am right and am therefore comfortable with disagreement.
I do not typically delete comments. In fact there has been only one instance in which I have done this. It is when I had a gentleman posting that decided he absolutely hated me. Again, I don't care about this. I already have enough friends I don't have to make anymore. I deleted this man's comments because they were baseless personal attacks that had nothing to do with the blog and I simply wasn't going to tolerate his behavior. Beyond that all has been fair game.
That is why I did not delete the following comment. I did not leave it because I agreed with it but I left it to serve as an example.
It serves as an example of some of the absolute ignorance we can expect from the left.
Now let me be perfectly clear, this is not a blanket statement. I have had people from the left comment before and have a frequent visitor that is left leaning that I respect and consider a friend. Having an opposing viewpoint is not ignorance, it's just different.
I also want to be clear in that the left has not cornered the market on ignorance. We have our own nutcases on the right.
But since this blog is titled Chuck Thinks Right I do come from a certain, and undisguised, viewpoint.
So read this comment and give me your thoughts. I realize it is long but there was so much that was relevant in it, it was hard to post it in anything other than it's entirety. The comment was in response to my last blog. The blog was about Rick Santelli's rant on CNBC.
Santelli is a racist who just doesn't get it! White racists like him don't want to help people out with their mortgages because they know that many of them are minorities. What they don't mention is that many of these people were scammed by the banks. But, it's not about mortgages it's about racism and immigrants who aren't white enough for them. These Angry White Guys (and Gals) who support Santelli think the 1965 Hart-Celler Immigration Act ruined America because it made it a lot harder for White Europeans from Ireland, England, France, Germany, Italy, etc. to immigrate to the U.S. and made it a lot easier for the Chinese, Indians, Jamaicans, Mexicans, Egyptians, etc. to immigrate to the U.S. What these white racists don't understand is that the 1965 Hart-Celler Immigration Act has greatly increased Diversity in the U.S. which has made us a much stronger nation and a much more multicultural rich nation. Before 1965 Whites made up 88% of the U.S. population. But since the 1965 Hart-Celler Immigration Act was passed (thanks to Ted Kennedy) and signed by President Lyndon Johnson the white Europen race has continued to decrease in America. Whites of European descent now only make up 65% of the U.S. population and by 2042 they will only make up 49% of the population. By 2100 Whites will only make up about 30% of the U.S. population and also by the year 2100 only 3% of the World Population will be White. By the end of this century white Europeans will be out of power in the United States(FINALLY!) and then we can finally end WHITE PRIVILEDGE and can get REAL Housing Equality, REAL Affirmative Action, REAL Reparations, REAL Change, and begin to redistribute wealth and property back to those who deserve it. Unfortunately, this won't happen until the White Kids who are in strollers and Elementary School today are in their 60's and 70's. The World is Flat. The white racist like Santelli just don't seem to get it!
Wow, that's quite a mouthful.
I have had a theory that some will disagree with. I have said that the election of Barack Obama could actually be damaging to race relations. Not because he is black, I have thought for some time that we are overdue for a minority President. I said in a blog the night of the election that we had to recognize the historic nature of the election. Obviously I do not like Obama and would have much preferred any number of other black politicians for President, Condi Rice, Michael Steele, J.C. Watts, even Colin Powell at one time many years ago.
The reason I think the election of Obama could be damaging is because of the caustic people he has chosen to associate with, the Rev Wright's, Jesse Jackson (before he wanted to cut his nuts off), Michael Pfleger to name a few. These men are divisive when it comes to race. When we have divisive men on one side, we have defensiveness on the other side and there is push-back. This does not lead to harmony.
Now I am not going to speculate on the race of Anonymous. For one I genuinely cannot tell what it is. For another, I find it completely irrelevant. The point of this entire post is that this person is exhibit A for my theory. Fortunately we view this person as a total whackjob and therefore afford them no credibility at all. What makes the whole thing worth talking about at all is what it does for race relations.
The one way to not improve relationships is to call people on the other side of the debate names, like racist. A way to not improve race relations is to see everything through the eyes of racism. Labeling everything disagreeable as racism cheapens the claim and turns it into a "boy who cried wolf" scenario. This may be better known as it's more common name of The Al Sharpton Syndrome.
One would have to be an idiot to not realize we still have racism. The opposite though is that one is just as ignorant to think everything is racism.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
My assumption is that this quote requires no explanation. Anyone who has not heard about just watch.
Also, this is the first time I have used a video for my quote of the week. I did this partly because I could not find a good text version but also because it is best viewed from the source.
For a welcomed voice of reason, I salute Mr. Santelli and applaud him.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
I was so inspired I immediately went to the website listed on the commercial, AmericanIssuesProject.org, and embedded this video to spread the word.
This video is great for two reasons.
One, it's true. It highlights the issue of pork barrel spending and gives a great reference of just how much money this really is. We can talk about $700 billion, $800 billion, or a trillion dollars but none of us can grasp a number like this. The video puts it into perspective. Finally it lists some of the ridiculous expenditures in the bill.
Second, it is refreshing to see a conservative campaign against Obama. The left controls the vast majority of the media and so they therefore control the message delivered to the public. Campaigns like this counteract this control. We need more of this.
Watch the video and share it. Let's help this group spread the word.
Friday, February 20, 2009
BEIJING (Reuters) – The United States will press China on human rights but this will not keep them from working together on the financial crisis, climate change and North Korea, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Friday.
Clinton, who openly criticized China's human rights record in a 1995 speech in Beijing, told reporters there is a certain predictability to U.S.-Chinese disagreements on political freedoms, U.S. arms sales to Taiwan and the status of Tibet.
The United States has long accused China of human rights abuses, has pressed Beijing to grant greater autonomy to Tibet and has sold arms to Taiwan, which Beijing views as a renegade province.
Making her first trip abroad as secretary of state, Clinton said three of her top priorities in Beijing will be addressing the global economic crisis, climate change and security challenges such as the North Korean nuclear weapons program.
"Now, that doesn't mean that questions of Taiwan, Tibet, human rights, the whole range of challenges that we often engage on with the Chinese, are not part of the agenda," Clinton told reporters in Seoul before flying to Beijing. "But we pretty much know what they are going to say.
"We have to continue to press them but our pressing on those issues can't interfere with the global economic crisis, the global climate change crisis and the security crises," she added. "We have to have a dialogue that leads to an understanding and cooperation on each of those."
Read the rest of the story here.
So there are one of two things here. Either the Dems didn't really care about human rights and were just using it to attack Bush with or, they got a dose of reality when they got into power.
I'm going with the first option. How about you?
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Although a spokesman for President Barack Obama said the administration wouldn’t pursue the revival of the Fairness Doctrine, Republican Sen. Jim DeMint, S.C., wants Senate Democrats to go on the record one way or another on the issue.
DeMint, chairman of the Senate Steering Committee, said on Feb. 19 he will offer the Broadcaster Freedom Act as an amendment to the D.C. Voting Rights bill next week. The Broadcaster Freedom Act was introduced by Republican lawmakers last month and prevents the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from reinstating the Fairness Doctrine.
Rest of story here
I think this was a smart move because I think the fairness doctrine talk has been cheap for a lot of Democrats. I think they make noise about it but have no real intention of actually going through with it.
This "all talk" mode of operation has been popular for Democrats for decades.
Democrats want to legalize gay marriage, where's the legislation for it?
Democrats claim to be champions for civil rights, what have they really done for the cause other than talk?
Democrats profess a desire to wage war on poverty, can anyone name a battle they have fought?
Reality is that what the Democrats like to foster is a victim class, they call them voters. The fairness doctrine is just another tool for them. They have to demonize Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly, and Ann Coulter to keep their constituencies afraid of the bogeyman.
I believe the truth is that the Dems don't actually want Rush to go away, they would not be able to use him anymore if he did. They just want the appearance of fighting the good fight.
Looks like we may see soon enough.
This quote is one of the most telling ones I have seen so far on the real use of money from the stimulus package.
"Stimulus money has led us to explore the options, but we have nothing to announce. No decisions have been made," Schenk said Tuesday. "We don't know if we'll have the kind of funding it will take to acquire or build an additional building."
Now keep in mind that GRCC has a campus already that works. It's not sexy, it's probably a little crowded, but they educate people there already.
The site they are looking for is an attractive parcel. The acquisition of this will not make a huge difference in education, it will be a showcase.
This mentality that 'since the money is there, let's spend it' is going to be seen more and more with this stimulus package.
The part I think I love the most is that they are not even pretending that this will provide any greater good, it is a simple money grab.
The Mayor of Grand Rapids is George Heartwell, my readers would love this man, he's a real idiot. He gave this lame excuse for GRCC getting the money.
"GRCC will be an important part of retooling our economy. It is going to have to look at expansion," he said.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Seems like it's something important.
Oops, it's my anniversary.
Actually just kidding (in case my wife sees this post), I knew all along it was today.
There is actually kind of a funny story behind this. When we were planning the wedding I for some reason had it stuck in my head that the date was the 22nd and I kept telling everyone this. I mean everyone. Guests, wedding party, everyone. Luckily my wife was around to give people the right date, we would have had a very small wedding.
Seriously though, 20 years ago today I married Brenda, my best friend.
We have since added 3 usually okay kids to the mix, Chuck Thinks Jr, Michael Thinks, and Emily Thinks.
We've had a good time.
We have had some rough times also. Especially when I decided to quit my stable job and go to nursing school.
We had the two boys then, Emily was born the year I graduated, and we starved for the next 4 years while I worked part time and went to school full time. Somehow Brenda managed to make the money work and we actually made our house payments. I realize with it being vogue to let the government pay your house payment now this seems quaint, but call us rebels. The point is Brenda, not me, made it work somehow.
Through it all we stuck with each other. How she has put up with me I do not know. She told me the other night that she would have thought that after 20 years I would have matured a little. I told her that if it hasn't happened in the first 20 years, don't expect much in the next 20.
So with that, I am going to be absent today. I have the day off of work and we are spending the day together. First we are going to lunch and then we are going to come home and do what any couple married that long would do, take a nap before the kids get home.
I leave you with a little music. The first video is of The Platters singing Only You. This was our wedding song. In case anyone is trying to do the math, this song was already about 30 years old when we got married. Always determined to be different, we chose old songs for our wedding.
The second video was a part of our bridal dance and needs a little editorial note. We actually used the original version of Unforgettable by Nat King Cole but I could not find a clip I liked. Also, as much as I liked the original, I think I like this remake with his daughter Natalie a little better. She has a great voice and they sound good together.
So enjoy the music and see you around, I'm spending the day with my best friend.
Monday, February 16, 2009
There was such urgency they could not follow through on their promise to post it online for 48 hours for review, Armageddon was nigh.
So you would think Obama has already signed the law and the money is speeding it's way to Moe the Mouse so the economic healing can begin, right?
Take a look at this.
WHAT'S THE RUSH? 'URGENT' $TIMULUS ON HOLD FOR BAM'S WEEKEND OFF
After pushing Congress for weeks to hurry up and pass the massive $787 billion stimulus bill, President Obama promptly took off for a three-day holiday getaway.
Obama arrived at his home in Chicago on Friday, and treated wife Michelle to a Valentine's Day dinner downtown last night. The couple was spotted leaving upscale Table Fifty-Two, which specializes in Southern cuisine, with the first lady toting what appeared to be a doggie bag.
The president plans to spend the Presidents' Day weekend in the Windy City, and is not expected to sign the bill until Tuesday, when he travels to Denver to discuss his economic plan.
I don't know about anybody else but I am starting to become disillusioned by this administration. I'm starting to think he misled us during the campaign and will not bring the Change and Hope he promised.
To give him the benefit of the doubt though, maybe he genuinely thought going out for dinner was providing economic stimulus. He's such a great guy.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
I don't mean to sound as if I am attacking Mr. Boehner, he appears to be a good person and has good conservative credentials. What I do take exception with is that he, along with the rest of the Republican leadership of Congress and the leadership of the Republican National Committee, have sat passively sat by for the last several years and let the media and the Democrats define the GOP.
Mr Boehner has to take personal responsibility as one of the people that has cost the GOP control of Congress. While I have no personal animus towards Mr. Boehner, it was my sincere hope after the 2008 Congressional elections that they would have a shakeup in the leadership and bring in new blood.
Anyways, back to the quote. As I said, Mr. Boehner was speaking out against the stimulus package when he said this.
But a bill that was supposed to be about jobs, jobs, jobs has turned into a bill that is all about spending, spending and spending.
For his nice summation of this spending bill run amok, I thank Mr. Boehner and say welcome to the party.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Take special notice of who is on the winners and losers lists. Notice any biases? Within these lists, see how the two sides worked together to compromise on the numbers and which programs went up and down. Finally, keep in mind that this bill was supposed to create jobs. Notice how construction spending, which would create a lot of good paying jobs, was largely cut while growing the government, which will create jobs but not nearly at the rate of construction, was increased. All emphasis mine.
High-speed and inner-city rail: Went from $300 million in House bill to $2.25 billion in Senate to $8 billion in final version. There also is a $6.9 billion provision for public transit.
Amtrak: Picked up $500 million from both House and Senate versions to total $1.3 billion. The bill stipulates that no more than 60 percent can go to the Northeast Corridor.
National Institutes of Health: Ends up with $10 billion in the final bill. The House proposed $3.5 billion and the Senate wanted $10 billion -- $8.2 billion goes to the NIH director for his discretion. (note: you have to love this)
Government oversight: Board to oversee stimulus bill spending will get $84 million to do the job. House bill allocated $14 million while the Senate bill called for $7 million. There is also more than $100 million more for various inspectors general in different agencies.
NASA: Banked just more than $2 billion, including $400,000 for science/global-warming research. (note: I have to admit I am surprised this is so low)
Now let's see who got cuts:
Veterans: Nearly all items for Veterans Affairs were reduced and the $2 billion the Senate wanted for VA construction was wiped out altogether. The VA did get one thing: $1 billion for medical facilities renovation and retooling.
Military construction: Cut and put into a general pot, a change from targeted money for each branch of the services. Army construction alone went from $600 million in the Senate and $900 million in the House to $180 million in the final bill. But negotiators compromised over a general military construction fund -- the House wanted $3.75 billion while the Senate allocated $118 million and settled on $1.45 billion for all services.
FBI: Senate had allocated $475 million but all was cut out of final bill.
I guess that whole "we support the military" and photo ops with troops last summer and fall by the Dims was just campaign fodder. I for one am shocked.
So maybe some of you can explain how all of this funding works, I never really understood that fancy liberal math.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
The balance sheets are coming out for the Stimulus Package To Save Us All just passed by Democrats in the House and Senate and 3 "Republican" senators. (Note: I will from this point forward call this law SPTSUA because all major federal laws have cool acronyms)
It appears that the mouse above, let's call him Moe, does quite well in the package. He evidently hired the Pelosi and Reid agency to represent him. It would be understandable if you do not know Moe, he's a little obscure. Moe is a salt marsh harvest mouse and he lives in, I'm assuming, a salt marsh. A salt marsh in San Francisco to be specific. This is the same San Francisco represented by Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the Mouse, er, House.
Moe is getting $30 million dollars from the SPTSUA. The one thing we can be sure of is that this is not special interest spending because Obama and the rest of the Democrats assured us that there was no special interest funding in this package. One can only guess at how many people Moe will hire to do his part for the stimulus, him being a mouse and all.
Now I realize what all of you are thinking "but Chuck, what about the middle class tax cut we were promised during the campaign?"
Don't worry, Obama and friends did not forget you. You do get a tax cut from SPTSUA. You will soon be receiving an extra 13 bucks in your paycheck.
So Moe gets $30 million to create jobs and you, provided you don't make too much, get $13 a week to spend and stimulate the economy. Don't spend it all at once, we don't want inflation.
(Another note: in the 2nd article, read the bit about the little train engine who did)
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
There is a push to teach global warming in schools. I submit that virtually every public school teaches it to some degree or another.
My biggest issue with global warming is the shoddy science it employs.
Being an RN and attending nursing school I obviously was exposed to a lot of science and logged a lot of time in labs. I'm guessing I've taken over a half a dozen different lab classes throughout my education.
The point of this is I feel I have a fairly good understanding of the scientific method. The method being:
So the researcher goes through the first two steps, observation and questioning, to make a hypothesis. As stated above this could also be called a prediction or educated guess. This forms the basis of the experiment, what the researcher is trying to prove or disprove. A hypothesis for global warming may be that man causes it by producing greenhouse gases.
The process of proving or disproving the hypothesis is the experiment. The experiments for global warming vary from reviewing historical data, taking measurements of current temperatures, to using indicators like melting glacial ice, etc.
The researcher than gathers their data and concludes whether the data support their hypothesis or not. In other words do their data support the hypothesis that greenhouse gases are causing global temperatures to rise?
The issue I have with the global warming theory is that they have grossly corrupted the scientific method to support their hypothesis.
Right from the beginning the method is compromised because they refuse to acknowledge competing explanations for their hypothesis.
Researchers will discard data that does not fit their prediction.
There have been numerous reports of poor temperature probe placement such as next to air conditioning units that are emitting hot air or on hot roofs. Recording data from the wrong month such as recording September temperature readings as occurring in October, making October appear warmer than it really was.
So what happens is their conclusion is based on faulty experimentation making their conclusion suspect at the least.
My point then is, with our children already falling behind in learning science when compared to other countries, why do we accept the teaching of conclusions from poor experimentation as a defined fact?
I wonder how the acceptance of the global warming experimentation will bode for the future of our children's understanding of the scientific method? How can they possibly learn the proper scientific method if what we are teaching them is flawed?
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Environmental Lesson Plans Drawing Praise, Concern
Could environmental education be crossing into environmental indoctrination? Some critics say yes, as schools boast that such curricula simply is teaching children ways of caring for the earth.
Being a "good" student at Western Avenue Elementary School in Flossmoor, Ill., means more than just doing reading, writing and arithmetic well. It also means trying to save the planet.
"It's really important to help the earth and save the polar bears," 9-year-old Duree Everett said, as she colored a "go green" sign at her desk.
The students are taking part in what's called "National Green Week," organized by the Green Education Foundation. Schools across the country are encouraged to teach children about recycling, global warming and carbon footprints.
"It's important to start creating habits now, while children are young, because it can add up over a lifetime to make huge monumental consequences to the environment," said Victoria Waters, president of the Green Education Foundation.
Children as young as 5 years old are told to avoid plastic water bottles, carry lunches in reusable containers, to conserve water and reduce their trash, both at school and at home. They're also taught that planet earth is in trouble and animals' lives could be in danger.
While that may seem politically correct to many people, all the talk of "green" is making some people see red. Critics say using public schools as a means to change habits and opinions on things such as ecology and global warming, amounts to environmental religion, because the beliefs of some are being forced on all children. The kids are then pressured to bring that information home and impose it on their families.
I think it's indoctrination and I think it's intentional based on the remarks here. I don't mind the schools teaching about respecting the environment. I don't mind them teaching conservation. I don't want them brainwashing my kids and this is what they are doing.
My other issue with this is I do not want my kids taught about global warming as fact when the science is so shaky and there are so many detractors. If they want to fairly teach it as a theory and that it has holes in the science, I am okay with it but this is not what they are doing.
I am lucky in that I live in an area in which the school district is fairly balanced in their approach to issues like this. When the kids have come with something I think is a little questionable, I have talked to them and explained that what their teacher has told them is one theory, not the gospel truth.
Let me further say that I am in favor of protecting the environment. My family and I are outdoors people and like to camp, fish, etc. I want the environment protected so we, and future generations, can continue to enjoy the outdoors.
What I do find a little ironic is that environmentalism is essentially becoming a religion. A religion that can be taught in school. I would like to see the response of these people if we were to start teaching creationism as fact.
I have one final issue with spending so much time on these environmental issues. They are taking time away from teaching the 3 R's. Read this article here.
U.S. Teens Trail Peers Around World on Math-Science Test
On the science portion, U.S. students, most of them 10th-graders, received an average score of 489 on a 1,000-point scale, 11 points below the average of the 30 countries. Canada, Japan and Korea were among the countries in which students outperformed U.S. counterparts. U.S. students were on par with peers in eight countries and outperformed those from five others.
In math, only four countries had average scores lower than the United States. Students in 23 countries had a higher average score, and those in two countries did about the same as the Americans.
We are not only behind these other countries, we are below average. To sum it up in a way that is easier to understand, our education system in this country sucks.
We need to to stop spending so much time teaching about the environment, multi-cultural ism, acceptance of gay marriage, etc. (these are topics my kids have been exposed to) As I said above we should teach tolerance for differences. I further believe that the schools should police and prevent harassment for any reason. I'm just of a mind that these are issues that should be taught at home or in church. Based on the numbers above, the schools need to start teaching the kids to do math and science and forget about the other issues.
Finally, if you have been paying attention, you may have noticed I did not give scores for reading. This is why it was omitted.
There is also a reading portion, but results for U.S. students were thrown out because the tests were printed incorrectly.
They undoubtedly were printed by graduates of our education system.
Monday, February 9, 2009
Perusing the Fox News site this evening I get the definite feeling that I have slipped into the Twilight Zone.
First up this:
Immigrant Sex Offender May Be Released in North Carolina Untreated Due to Illegal Status
A high-risk, 18-year-old sex offender in North Carolina may soon be a free man — because he is an illegal immigrant and the state has determined it cannot pay to put him in a treatment facility.
The Guatemalan man, identified only as "D.G," was convicted of raping his 5-year-old handicapped cousin when he was 15. Despite recommendations by criminal psychologists that he be sent to a sex-offender treatment program, he wound up in a youth detention center instead.
But D.G. can stay in the center only until his 19th birthday — and with that day approaching, what happens next is anyone's guess.
...On Feb. 23, Petersen will take D.G.'s case to the North Carolina Supreme Court and argue again that D.G. should be committed to treatment. If her appeal is unsuccessful, D.G. will be released, from the development center untreated.
This has been going on for three years. Why the Hell was this man not deported the minute he was picked up? No due process. No presumption of innocence. In my mind the case was settled when it was determined he was an illegal. Pack him and any of his family that are here illegally and send their asses back home. Let Guatemala worry about treating his sexual deviancy.
Then we have this:
Arizona Rancher Who Stopped Illegal Immigrants at Border Now Fighting $32 Million Lawsuit
An Arizona man who has waged a 10-year campaign to stop a flood of illegal immigrants from crossing his property is being sued by 16 Mexican nationals — seeking $32 million in damages — who accuse him of conspiring to violate their civil rights when he stopped them at gunpoint on his ranch on the U.S.-Mexico border, the Washington Times reported Monday.
The rancher, Roger Barnett, 64, began rounding up illegal immigrants in 1998 and turning them over to the U.S. Border Patrol after they destroyed his property, killed his calves and broke into his home, the newspaper reported.
The lawsuit is based on a March 7, 2004, incident in a dry wash on the 22,000-acre ranch, when he approached a group of illegal immigrants while carrying a gun and accompanied by a large dog.
Attorneys for the immigrants — five women and 11 men who were trying to cross illegally into the United States — have accused Barnett of holding the group captive at gunpoint, threatening to turn his dog loose on them and saying he would shoot anyone who tried to escape.
His Cross Rail Ranch near Douglas, Ariz., is known by federal and county law enforcement authorities as "the avenue of choice" for immigrants seeking to enter the United States illegally, the newspaper reports
Where do you even start on this. Federal and county law enforcement authorities know his property is "the avenue of choice" for illegals. Are you getting this? They know where the illegals are coming in and still are not stopping them. Instead they are leaving this poor man to defend his property himself.
This is stunning.
This is like a bank robber sending the police a note saying he will rob the Fifth Second Bank at noon today and the police go to lunch instead of the bank. No wonder we have such porous borders, we have idiots running the Border Patrol.
Now the man is not only left to defend his own property, he is being sued for doing it.
Don't fear though, the Federal Government are not all fools. They are working tirelessly to keep us safe as evidenced by this story:
Schumer Calls for Ticketmaster Probe Over Suspicious Springsteen Sales
Sen. Charles Schumer wants to show Ticketmaster who's boss, after hundreds of Bruce Springsteen fans complained they were ripped off by the ticket seller's Web site.
Fans reported that when they tried to buy tickets for Springsteen's upcoming tour last Monday, they were redirected from the Ticketmaster site to a subsidiary, TicketsNow, which specializes in reselling tickets above face value.
Schumer, D-N.Y., on Sunday joined Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-N.J., in calling for the Federal Trade Commission to investigate.
Now don't get me wrong, this company should be investigating for ripping these people off. I just find it a little disturbing though that the Federal government immediately investigates when a political supporter's fans are being ripped off but cannot stop illegals coming across the border when they are given a map of their location or cannot deport a sex deviant who is sitting in kiddie jail.
Next stop, the Twilight Zone.
In the Plame case I always thought that what really should be investigated was why a mid-level CIA employee was sending her husband to Nigeria at the tax payers expense so he could come back and write an attack New York Times op-ed about President George Bush. Instead of suing Scooter Libby and VP Dick Chaney, Valerie Plame should have been investigated and sent to jail for her actions.
Now we have the Michael Steele case in which he supposedly made improper payments to his sister from his campaign funds. Allegations made by a convicted felon trying to get a reduced sentence. Allegations that so impressed the prosecutors that they did not reduce his sentence for his bomb-shell information.
What is most amazing about this though is that these allegations were made before October of last year but we did not hear about them until now.
How did we hear about this information?
The charges were made in a confidential sentencing memorandum sent by the U.S. Attorney's office in Maryland inadvertently along with other documents requested by the Post.
Now this was after Michael Steele was elected Chairman of the RNC and promised to shake up the political landscape and make the GOP more competitive. Does this seem like an incredible coincidence to anyone else?
Far be it for me to cast aspersions but I can't help but think about Joe the plumber.
What are your thoughts?
Sunday, February 8, 2009
The article started with the columnist saying she dreams of Obama taking a shower. This was both crazy and creepy at he same time. Personally I think she should be visited from the men in sunglasses from the Secret Service but that's just me.
I made it through this paragraph:
The other day a friend of mine confided that in the weeks leading up to the election, the Obamas’ apparent joy as a couple had made her just miserable. Their marriage looked so much happier than hers. Their life seemed so perfect. “I was at a place where I was tempted daily to throttle my husband,” she said. “This coincided with Michelle saying the most beautiful things about Barack. Each time I heard her speak about him I got tears in my eyes — because I felt so far away from that kind of bliss in my own life and perhaps even more, because I was so moved by her expressions of devotion to him. And unlike previous presidential couples, they are our age, have children the same age and (just imagine the stress of daily life on the campaign) by all accounts should have been fighting even more than we were.”
After that I was just too nauseated to do more than just scan the rest of the article.
There was mention of fantasies of having sex with Obama. But enough about Chris Matthews.
There was talk of fantasies of Michelle and Barack having sex with each other which would make Obama the first Democratic president to include his wife in his, well, never mind. Let's just say it's been awhile for Democratic wives.
Then there was this piece of pathetic nonsense:
These are people for whom the Obamas are not just a beacon of hope, inspiration and “demigodlikeness,” as a New York lawyer put it, but also a kind of mirror. And the refracted image of self they see is not one they much admire.
“I keep thinking about how I squandered my education and youth,” the New York lawyer wrote to me. “I went off to college from high school being completely community-minded, doing a lot of volunteer work for the homeless and for hunger and tutoring poor kids. Then I got to college and forgot my ideals. Barack was my year at Columbia. Why wasn’t I hanging out with him and being serious and following my ideals instead of hanging out in clubs? Same with law school. I partied my way through instead of taking advantage of all that I could have. Both Obamas were there when I was. I feel like if I’d been a better person I would have gotten to know them.”
Note to Lawyer in New York. If you feel you do not measure up because you are not as good a person as Barack Obama, re-examine your life, quickly. But then, he is a lawyer so Obama-lawyer slug, the scales are pretty balanced I guess.
Finally, "demigodlikeness"? This is where I threw up, again. Sorry, I've got to go.
"If we do everything right, if we do it with absolute certainty, there's still a 30 percent chance we'll get it wrong,"
I realize this means they have a 70% chance of succeeding but since some of the money belongs to me, my wife, and eventually, my children, I would like them to try for better odds.
For his roll of the dice, I give VP Biden crap
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Stabenow, the Senator of my home state of Michigan, is an idiot. The only reason I consider it fortunate that she is our Senator is that she is completely and totally useless. While this seems like an odd point, consider how corrupt members of Congress and the Senate are. We have the advantage of having a Senator who is too stupid and uninspiring to be a danger.
Now she all of a sudden wants to put on big girl pants and actually take a stand on something. Another senator lines up behind 'Fairness Doctrine'.
All emphasis mine.
Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., told radio host and WND columnist Bill Press yesterday when asked about whether it was time to bring back the so-called "Fairness Doctrine": "I think it's absolutely time to pass a standard. Now, whether it's called the Fairness Standard, whether it's called something else – I absolutely think it's time to be bringing accountability to the airwaves. I mean, our new president has talked rightly about accountability and transparency. You know, that we all have to step up and be responsible. And, I think in this case, there needs to be some accountability and standards put in place."
What would roust Stabenow from her slumber, you ask? This next passage from the article may contain a clue.
Stabenow's husband, Tom Athans, was executive vice president of the left-leaning talk radio network Air America. He left the network in 2006, when it filed for bankruptcy, and co-founded the TalkUSA Radio Network.
I realize her motives are a little subtle but the clue is in there, just keep reading it.
Friday, February 6, 2009
Liberals are calling him a token. An answer to Obama's election as the first black President. This is not surprising, any time a black is involved in Republican politics or a Republican administration they are called a token, an Uncle Tom, a race traitor, or a house negro. What this is in reality is racist. It demeans not only the achievement of the individual and reduces it to an affirmative action accomplishment but it assumes a person of color, black or otherwise, cannot think for themselves.
Some conservatives are really doing no better in calling him a token or, also like liberals, an answer to the Obama election.
Maybe with this article we can start dispelling this idea. At least for some of the less ignorant people saying it.
The article, Steele Cleans House at Republican National Committee, is about a changing of the guard at the RNC.
I, for one, am glad he was elected to the RNC. I have always tended to prefer him above the others running and my support has only grown more solid the more I hear from him.
To conservatives I say stop embarrassing yourselves and shut up and give him a chance. We are not going to have an ultra-conservative lead the party nor should we.
To liberals I say dismiss him at your own peril.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
TAMPA, Florida — Eighteen and pregnant, Sycloria Williams went to an abortion clinic outside Miami and paid $1,200 for Dr. Pierre Jean-Jacque Renelique to terminate her 23-week pregnancy.
Three days later, she sat in a reclining chair, medicated to dilate her cervix and otherwise get her ready for the procedure.
Only Renelique didn't arrive in time. According to Williams and the Florida Department of Health, she went into labor and delivered a live baby girl.
What Williams and the Health Department say happened next has shocked people on both sides of the abortion debate: One of the clinic's owners, who has no medical license, cut the infant's umbilical cord. Williams says the woman placed the baby in a plastic biohazard bag and threw it out.
Police recovered the decomposing remains in a cardboard box a week later after getting anonymous tips.
Where do you start on a story like this? I have said something before and I stand by it today, the use of abortion as birth control in our society has devalued life. So a story like this is not surprising, it should be expected. When life is treated as garbage, why is it shocking that it is then discarded as such?
Naturally people who are anti-abortion were appalled by this story.
What is shocking though is that pro-abortion people are horrified as well.
Even those who support abortion rights are concerned about the allegations.
"It really disturbed me," said Joanne Sterner, president of the Broward County chapter of the National Organization for Women, after reviewing the administrative complaint against Renelique. "I know that there are clinics out there like this. And I hope that we can keep (women) from going to these types of clinics."
You know what I say to this? To Hell with them. They don't get to be horrified. This is a case of reaping what you sow. What Ms Sterner is saying in the above quote is that it is okay to murder an unborn child but it should be carried out in a dignified manner.
Finally, we have a lawsuit filed by the patient.
I will not attack this young lady here and ask my readers not to either. I take a hard core anti-abortion stance but have always been a little hesitant to condemn the women who have the procedure. This is not in anyway acceptance but an acknowledgement that it is not a simplistic matter. For one, I believe they are lied to by the abortion industry and misled on what is really taking place. For a young lady with no medical training, it is easy to misrepresent what they are carrying inside of them.
With this said, I cannot condone a lawsuit. She did go there for an abortion. She was effectively surrendering her rights to the baby. In my mind this precludes any claim for damage suffered by the baby.
What I want to see is the owner of this clinic convicted of premeditated murder and spend the rest of her life in prison. This may actually happen.
At 23 weeks, an otherwise healthy fetus would have a slim but legitimate chance of survival. Quadruplets born at 23 weeks last year at The Nebraska Medical Center survived.
An autopsy determined Williams' baby — she named her Shanice — had filled her lungs with air, meaning she had been born alive, according to the Department of Health. The cause of death was listed as extreme prematurity.
Should prosecutors file murder charges, they'd have to prove the baby was born alive, said Robert Batey, a professor of criminal law at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport. The defense might contend that the child would have died anyway, but most courts would not allow that argument, he said.
"Hastening the death of an individual who is terminally ill is still considered causing the death of that individual," Batey said. "And I think a court would rule similarly in this type of case."
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Injured Japanese Man Dies After 14 Hospitals Refuse to Admit Him
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
A 69-year-old Japanese man injured in a traffic accident died after paramedics spent more than an hour negotiating with 14 hospitals before finding one to admit him, a fire department official said Wednesday.
The man, whose bicycle collided with a motorcycle in the western city of Itami, waited at the scene in an ambulance because the hospitals said they could not accept him, citing a lack of specialists, equipment, beds and staff, according to Mitsuhisa Ikemoto.
It was the latest in a string of recent cases in Japan in which patients were denied treatment, underscoring the country's health care woes that include a shortage of doctors.
The man, who suffered head and back injuries, initially showed stable vital signs, but his condition gradually deteriorated. He died from hemorrhagic shock about an hour and half after arriving at the hospital, Ikemoto said.
Ikemoto said the victim might have survived if a hospital would have accepted him more quickly. "I wish hospitals are more willing to take patients, but they have their own reasons, too," he said.
The death prompted the city to issue a directive ordering paramedics to better coordinate with an emergency call center so patients can find a hospital within 15 minutes.
The motorcyclist involved in the Jan. 20 accident was hurt too and was also denied medical care by two hospitals before one accepted him, Ikemoto said. He was recovering from his injuries.
More than 14,000 emergency patients were rejected at least three times by Japanese hospitals before getting treatment in 2007, according to the latest government survey. In the worst case, a woman in her 70s with a breathing problem was rejected 49 times in Tokyo.
I realize your sitting there thinking "but Chuck, what does this have to do with us?". Well, wanna guess at what kind of health care system Japan has? A mix of socialized medicine and private insurance. Still think were we are headed is a good idea?
Let me be absolutely clear on this, I cannot emphasize this enough, put it in bold and underline it, put it in large type, socialized medicine is a bad idea. Trust me, I'm a professional.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Confusion over registration restricts turnout in Iraq poll to 51%
It appears Obama has brought change to Iraq too.
Monday, February 2, 2009
First, good. Sounds like Middle Eastern countries and Venezuela are having trouble too. It warms my heart to think that all of these countries that were screwing us last summer are getting a healthy dose of Karma now.
This is the one reason I am in favor of doing away with the internal combustion engine. Other than the obvious it will make Al Gore happy of course. What will we buy from the Middle East, Russia, and Venezuela if we stop using gasoline? Sand, Vodka and snow, and bananas respectively. Let them support their economy off of these.
Second, when will we bail them out? I'm expecting that we will send them foreign aid to support their economy. I say let's not, let them fail.
These countries can take heart though in this story. This will help them realize that no matter how bleak things are, someone else is having a harder time than you are. Emphasis mine.
'Near Death' Drama: Lindsay Lohan Stirs Trouble On Super Bowl Flight
Lindsay Lohan's frame isn't the only thing that's fading — it seems her star status is too.
The 22-year-old caused chaos while departing on a Delta Flight from Tampa, Fla. on Saturday morning when the airline was unable to provide her with a first-class seat on the already overbooked flight. According to an insider, passengers laughed as the starlet acted incredibly entitled (and embarrassed), stomped around and warned a friend traveling with her: "you'd better come and visit me back there in case I die."
How these little princesses tolerate this kind of treatment, I don't know. Even worse, the media doesn't cover their plight. All they talk about on the news is people losing their jobs and men and women dying in foreign countries with names she can't pronounce because of some war or something.
Sunday, February 1, 2009
It has all become clear now, due to a picture in the British tabloid News of the World.
I know, this isn't very nice. Also, just to be clear, I like the guy.
This was stupid though. It was estimated he could make a $100 million in endorsements, now the estimates are over how fast his sponsors will leave him.
Speaking on last Sunday's ABC This Week, the Speaker of the House was justifying spending hundreds of millions of dollars in "family planning services" in tough economic times by saying it will actually save states money. Now, one thing to keep in mind while reading this quote, "family planning" is liberalese for abortion.
Well, the family planning services reduce cost. They reduce cost. The states are in terrible fiscal budget crises now and part of what we do for children's health, education and some of those elements are to help the states meet their financial needs. One of those - one of the initiatives you mentioned, the contraception, will reduce costs to the states and to the federal government.
Source for quote.
For Ms. Pelosi's grand plan for population reduction, I give her the national flag of China, Prime Minister Wen Jiabao would be proud.