Tuesday, June 30, 2009

What Do You Think About This?

I got thrown off by my mini vacation and did not post a what do you think about this question yesterday. This week's is a good one.

Just do me one favor, this man has children and faced a tough time when his wife died so please be respectful with comments, agree or disagree.

Father Who Ditched Nine Kids Via Safe Haven Law Has Twins on the Way

The Nebraska man who abandoned his nine children under the state's Safe Haven law last year is expecting to become the father of twins, FOXNews.com has learned.

Gary Staton, 37, became a single father in February 2007 when his wife, RebelJane, died of a cerebral aneurysm shortly after giving birth to the couple's ninth child. Unable to handle the burden alone, Staton made national news more than a year later on Sept. 24 when he dropped off his children — ages 1 to 17 — at a hospital in Omaha. According to the law at the time, parents could hand children up to age 18 over to state custody without prosecution. Legislators would later amend the law to limit its reach to infants up to 30 days old.

Joanne Manzer — the wife of RebelJane's father, Jack Manzer — told FOXNews.com that Staton informed his children last week that he's expecting to become a father again with his new girlfriend, a woman named Gail.


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So, what do you think about this? What are your thoughts on his actions last year? What are your thoughts on having more children after what he did last year? Women are criticized for doing this after losing and/or abandoning their children, is there any difference when it's a man?

Monday, June 29, 2009

Political Pandering Raised To An Art Form

This story is a few days old but I cannot resist.

House Passes Milestone Energy, Climate Change Bill

I'll let you read the article but the intent behind this bill is summed up nicely by this passage here:

The legislation would require the U.S. to reduce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent from 2005 levels by 2020 and by about 80 percent by mid-century. That was slightly more aggressive than Obama originally wanted, 14 percent by 2020 and the same 80 percent by mid-century.

Way for them to take a stand. This bill will be incredibly detrimental to the economy, raising the cost of virtually every aspect of our life including food. No worry for the Dems though, some of them will be out of office by then (my suspicion is that the way things are looking a lot of them may be out f office next year). Those that are still in office will likely have a complicit media willing to shield them from any culpability.

So they can pander to their base and not have to pay the cost later. Any guess as to who picks up the tab for them?

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Quote Of The Week

"It doesn't make any sense, in some way it is immoral that we are counting 12 million undocumented immigrants who have no benefit at all financially speaking,"

Rev. Miguel Rivera, president of the National Coalition of Latino Clergy & Christian Leaders.

Posing an argument for illegals to refuse to fill out the census. This is absolute arrogance. Am I the only one that is noticing that we appear to be moving past the whole "illegal immigration is wrong" debate and into why they are not being given rights?

I am unclear why we are even counting them. Even worse, we are not only counting them, they count.

"When we boycott the Census we are in essence boycotting schools in our community, and representation in our federal government. For those two reasons alone we need to make sure every single person is accounted for," said the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, with the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference.

Local governments say they would feel the pinch too, since a false count would lead to lower population figures -- and the result would be a reduction in federal funds.

"If you are not counted, you just don't count," said Jose "Joey" Torres, mayor of Paterson, N.J.

Torres said the 2000 Census put his city's population just a few hundred people below a federal standard that could get his city more money. That means a boycott of any size of the 2010 Census could keep Paterson from reaching that threshold.


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I must be stupid, I didn't realize that illegals counted for aide, school funding, etc.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Off To Spend Time With The Family

The Chuck Thinks family will be leaving in the morning for a much needed camping break at an undisclosed location. Enjoy the weekend and I'll be looking forward to talking to you all again.

Chuck

Monday, June 22, 2009

What Do You Think About This?

One of the things I like the best about blogging is getting other people's opinions on a subject. Everyone has a slightly different take on an issue. With that in mind I am trying a new weekly post in which I will present a topic and simply ask the question, "What do you think about this?"

PARIS — President Nicolas Sarkozy said the Muslim burqa would not be welcome in France, calling the full-body religious gown a sign of the "debasement" of women.

In the first presidential address to parliament in 136 years, Sarkozy faced critics who fear the burqa issue could stigmatize France's Muslims and said he supported banning the garment from being worn in public.

"In our country, we cannot accept that women be prisoners behind a screen, cut off from all social life, deprived of all identity," Sarkozy said to extended applause at the Chateau of Versailles, southwest of Paris.

"The burqa is not a religious sign, it's a sign of subservience, a sign of debasement — I want to say it solemnly," he said. "It will not be welcome on the territory of the French Republic."

Dozens of legislators have called for creating a commission to study a possible ban in France, where there is a small but growing trend of wearing the full-body garment despite a 2004 law forbidding it from being worn in public schools.

France has Western Europe's largest Muslim population, an estimated 5 million people, and the 2004 law sparked fierce debate both at home and abroad.

Even the French government has been divided over the issue, with Immigration Minister Eric Besson saying a full ban would only "create tensions," while junior minister for human rights Rama Yade said she was open to a ban if it was aimed at protecting women forced to wear the burqa.

The terms "burqa" and "niqab" often are used interchangeably in France. The former refers to a full-body covering worn largely in Afghanistan with only a mesh screen over the eyes, whereas the latter is a full-body veil, often in black, with slits for the eyes.

A leading French Muslim group, the French Council for the Muslim Religion, has warned against studying the burqa, saying it would "stigmatize" Muslims.


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What do you think about this law? Is it a freedom of religion issue? Is it a symbol of oppression and therefore should be banned? Should it be considered in the United States? Let me know.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Quote Of The Week

"When you read behind it, it's almost as if he's wishing that this country would be attacked again, in order to make his point."

CIA Director Leon Panetta accusing Dick Chaney of wanting the United States to suffer another terrorist attack to prove his point that the Obama administration's foreign policy is unsafe.

I'm not going to spend any time on this because it's idiotic enough to stand on it's own.

What I do find curious though is this.

"The Director does not believe the former Vice President wants an attack," CIA spokesman Paul Gimigliano said in a statement to CNN. "He did not say that. He was simply expressing his profound disagreement with the assertion that President Obama's security policies have made our country less safe. Nor did he question anyone's motives."

So the Director could make time to go sit for an interview for The New Yorker but cannot make time to clarify his remarks later?

Panetta has to send a spokesman to explain his idiotic comment, Obama has to explain Sotomayor's racist "Hispanic woman" comment for her. Can any of these people speak for themselves?

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Happy Father's Day

This is a special edition of Quote Of The Week

My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, "You're tearing up the grass." "We're not raising grass," Dad would reply. "We're raising boys." ~Harmon Killebrew

Spread the diaper in the position of the diamond with you at bat. Then fold second base down to home and set the baby on the pitcher's mound. Put first base and third together, bring up home plate and pin the three together. Of course, in case of rain, you gotta call the game and start all over again. ~Jimmy Piersal, on how to diaper a baby, 1968

Never raise your hand to your kids. It leaves your groin unprotected. ~Red Buttons

It would seem that something which means poverty, disorder and violence every single day should be avoided entirely, but the desire to beget children is a natural urge. ~Phyllis Diller


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I am tending to my other children in the Emergency Room today.

For all of you who are fathers, appreciate what you have. For all of you who have a father, thank them for all that you are.

Chuck

Friday, June 19, 2009

No More Going Commando In Brooksville, Florida

Dressed to Impress

The city council of Brooksville, Florida recently approved a revised dress code for its employees. But the mayor says the new regulation goes too far.

The updated rules instruct city employees to use deodorant and wear underwear at all times. The city council approved the new dress code by a vote of 4-to-1.

The lone dissenter was the city's Mayor Joe Bernardini, who says the underwear provision: "takes away freedom of choice."


So what are your thoughts, protecting public interest or violating the employee's right to let it all hang out?

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Just Call Me Senator

Barbara Boxer (Dimwit, CA) dresses down Brigadier General Michael Walsh today because he called her ma'am instead of Senator.

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Read the article, it gives a good discussion on military protocol. Further, I am not saying that Miss Boxer does not deserve to be called Senator. I just have a couple of issues with this incident.

One, it's arrogant and belittling. This is a man who has spent his adult life serving his country and protecting morons like the good Senator and quite frankly, he deserves a little respect. I think this is nothing less than yet another display of disdain for the military by the left.

Second is this notion that she worked hard to get this title. What the Hell did she do other than campaign and be willing to sell her soul to the devil to be a Senator?

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

A Test For You

“Which of the following is an example of low-level terrorism?”

— Attacking the Pentagon

— IEDs

— Hate crimes against racial groups

— Protests

The correct answer, according to the exam, is "Protests."


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This is a question from the Department of Defense from an exam used as part of it's routine training for employees.

This is the second federal department in the last few months that has indicated that it views public protests as terrorism. This is an issue we have to get on top of as a nation before we lose our constitutional rights to free speech and peaceful assembly.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

14 Year Old Discovers Supernova

14-Year-Old Discovers Rare Supernova in Nearby Galaxy

While some 14-year-olds are scouring their mall to find the latest fashions, Caroline Moore discovered a supernova in a nearby galaxy.

Astronomers say Moore is the youngest person to ever discover a supernova — and in her case, an extremely rare one, ScienceDaily.com reports.

The supernova, that scientists have coined SN 2008ha, is a new type of stellar explosion that may be the weakest of its kind ever seen.

SN 2008ha is 70 million light years away, appearing very faint from Earth — but is still 25 million times brighter than the sun.

Caroline was able to discover the object using a small telescope, but astronomers used some of the most advanced telescopes to determine the nature of the explosion.

Alex Filippenko, leader of the University of California, Berkeley supernova group, which monitors thousands of relatively nearby galaxies, says SN2008ha could have been a massive star suddenly collapsing to form a black hole.

"Coincidentally, the youngest person to ever discover a supernova found one of the most peculiar and interesting supernovae ever," remarked Filippenko. "This shows that no matter what your age, anyone can make a significant contribution to our understanding of the universe."


First I would like to commend this young lady, this is an incredible accomplishment.

Next I would like to ask, why is that my just-turned 15 year old son can't even find his own clothes for school?

Monday, June 15, 2009

Better Than The Olympics

My 9 year old daughter attended her first track camp this year, both of her brothers are in High School track.

The camp was two days and she had a good time.

On the third day, there was a track meet in the evening and we went to see it with my parents. It was a blast watching these kids, aged 9 - 14, competing in the events. It is amazing how seriously they take these things.

It was fun watching them go through their warm-ups and stretches. The determination on their face.

Like I said, it was better than the Olympics.

For some great pics and a good story on the event, visit my wife's blog at In The Treetop.

Where Is The Line?


This Calvin Klein billboard is up in New York City.

I have always been a staunch defender of the freedom of speech. I have also always said that with these freedoms come responsibility.

Finally, in our society there are times when we have found it necessary to curb some of these freedoms. Some obvious examples are not allowing child pornography, not allowing children to purchase pornography, limiting inappropriate television on public airwaves or setting standards as to when it can be broadcast, libel or slander laws, etc.

So the question is: What are your thoughts on this billboard being displayed in a public manner? Is there a case to be made for limiting freedom of speech in this case to protect children? I know my stance, what's yours?

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Quote Of The Week

I thought President Obama’s speech in Cairo, Egypt, was eloquent, historic, and could well be regarded as one of the most important foreign policy speeches ever made by any U.S. president.

This was the opening paragraph to this article on Fox News by Lanny Davis.

Now I realize it is hard to get farther left than Davis and he is an unabashed Obama supporter. This is all fine, each to his own. This statement was way over the top though and has been part of a pattern to make Obama more than what he is.

Think about some of the foreign policy speeches given by past Presidents, just a few of which are:

Ich bin ein Berliner
John F Kennedy

Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!
Ronald Reagan

Yesterday, December 7, 1941 -- a date which will live in infamy -- the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.
Franklin D Roosevelt

So the question is, what are your thoughts on where Obama's speech falls in the history of Presidential speeches?

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Nothing At All Wrong With This

Sorry, kind of long but interesting

Key Senators Seeking to Overhaul Health Care Have Industry Ties

Influential senators working to overhaul the nation's health care system have investments and family ties with some of the biggest names in the industry. The wife of Sen. Chris Dodd, the lawmaker in charge of writing the Senate's bill, sits on the boards of four health care companies.

Members of both parties have industry connections, including Democrats Jay Rockefeller and Tom Harkin, in addition to Dodd, and Republicans Tom Coburn, Judd Gregg, John Kyl and Orrin Hatch, financial reports showed Friday.

Jackie Clegg Dodd, wife of the Connecticut Democrat, is on the boards of Javelin Pharmaceuticals Inc., Cardiome Pharma Corp., Brookdale Senior Living and Pear Tree Pharmaceuticals.

Dodd is filling in for ailing Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, which will soon start work on a health care bill.

Other publicly available documents show Mrs. Dodd last year was one of the most highly compensated non-employee members of the Javelin Pharmaceuticals Inc. board, on which she has served since 2004. She earned $32,000 in fees and $109,587 in stock option awards last year, according to the company's SEC filings.

Mrs. Dodd earned $79,063 in fees from Cardiome in its last fiscal year, while Brookdale Senior Living gave her $122,231 in stock awards in 2008, their SEC filings show. She earned no income from her post as a director for Pear Tree Pharmaceuticals but holds up to $15,000 in stock in Pear Tree, which describes itself as a development-stage pharmaceutical company focused on the needs of aging women.

The annual financial disclosure reports for members of Congress are less precise. They only require that assets and liabilities be listed in ranges of values.

Dodd sought a 90-day extension to file his report covering last year, giving him until mid-August to submit his report, but released his report Friday to The Associated Press.

Bryan DeAngelis, Dodd's spokesman, said, "Jackie Clegg Dodd's career is her own; absolutely independent of Senator Dodd, as it was when they married 10 years ago. The senator has worked to reform our health care system for decades, and nothing about his wife's career is relevant at all to his leadership of that effort."

DeAngelis said that Mrs. Dodd has hired a personal ethics lawyer to avoid any conflicts of interest and is not a lobbyist.

Other reports showed:

-- Rockefeller, D-W.Va., reported $15,001 to $50,000 in capital gains for his wife from the sale of a stake in Athenahealth Inc., a business services company that helps medical providers with billing and clinical operations.

Rockefeller is honorary chairman of the Alliance for Health Reform, a Washington nonprofit whose board includes representatives from the UnitedHealth Group health insurance company; AFL-CIO labor union; the AARP, which sells health insurance; St. John Health, a nonprofit health system that includes seven hospitals and 125 medical facilities in southeast Michigan; CIGNA Corp., an employer-sponsored benefits company; and the United Hospital Fund of New York.

-- Coburn, R-Okla., is a practicing physician. He reported slight business income, $268, from the Muskogee Allergy Clinic last year; $3,000 to $45,000 in stock in Affymetrix Inc., a biotechnology company and pioneer in genetic analysis; $1,000 to $15,000 in stock in Pfizer Inc., a pharmaceutical company; and a $1,000 to $15,000 interest in Thomas A. Coburn, MD, Inc.

Under Senate ethics rules, Coburn can't accept money from his patients.

-- Gregg, R-N.H., disclosed $250,001 to $500,000 in drug maker Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. stock and $1,000 to $15,000 each in stock in pharmaceutical companies Merck & Co. and Pfizer, the Johnson & Johnson health care products company and Agilent Technologies, which is involved in the biomedical industry.

-- Kyl, R-Ariz., the Senate minority whip, reported $15,001 to $50,000 in stock in Amgen Inc., which develops medical therapeutics. Kyl's retirement account held stakes in several health care businesses, including the Wyeth, Bristol-Myers Squibb, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer and AstraZeneca pharmaceutical companies; medical provider Tenet Healthcare Corp.; CVS Caremark prescription and health services company; Genentech, a biotherapeutics manufacturer; and insurer MetLife Inc.

-- Harkin, D-Iowa, has a joint ownership stake in health-related stocks. Harkin and his wife, Ruth Raduenz, own shares of drug makers Amgen and Genentech, Inc., each stake valued at $1,001 to $15,000; Their largest health care holding, Johnson & Johnson, was valued at $50,001 to $100,000.

-- Hatch, R-Utah, a member of the Finance and Health committees, reported owning between $1,001 and $15,000 worth of stock in drug maker Pfizer Inc. He spoke to two pharmaceutical industry conferences last year. Sponsors of the conferences donated $3,500 to charities instead of speaking fees, as required by Senate rules.


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The fix is in folks. These people are helping write the legislation, some of them playing very big roles, in the 1 TRILLION dollar health care overhaul before Congress this summer. Also, this cuts across party lines. Not only are the people writing the legislation on the take, the people that are supposed to be a counter check (the opposition party) are getting their fair share too. This is a clear example of the fox guarding the hen house.

I'm Sold

I have gotten several e-mails lately from this company. It is likely spam and I thought I set my e-mail spam filter to block it but they are somehow getting through.

Read the e-mail first.

We have not received any reply yet. You are receiving this email because we wish you to use our web design service.

We are web design studio from China. We are specialized in web page design, website development, graphics & multi-media design, flash website design and other relevant services. We pride ourselves with our technical strength, professional vision, unique style, and most of all, our highly devoted professional designers. We are in position to offer website solution, graphics design, e-commerce solution, online promotion and other medium and small business oriented services.


Forget the whole outsourcing jobs issue for a moment. Would you use a company to design your website that cannot even use proper English in it's promotion to you? I do not profess to have the best grammar but shouldn't someone doing design for a living be an expert?

Friday, June 12, 2009

Shepard Smith Seems A Little Sheltered



Shepard Smith is concerned about the e-mail he is getting from his viewers. He read one of these horrendous e-mails in the above video. I decided to wander over to The Huffington Post to see what was being said there.

This first one is on the David Letterman joke about the rape of Sarah Palin's 14 year old daughter.
He said that in defense of Bristol, actually, in an attempt to keep her pregnancy from becoming media fodder in the campaign.

Ah, but little did he know that Sarah will gladly use her challenged baby, her illegitimate grandson, her promiscuous daughter or any person or situation if she thinks it will keep her before the public eye. Watching Sarah like watching Michael Jackson's nose - you know it's ugly, you know it's not kind to look, but it is compelling in its horror or, in Sarah's case, in her boundless stupidity.


Then we have this one about Sarah Palin herself.
Sarah451 thinks she gets to define who is and who is not a Real American.

F ck the sl utty fasc ist.

For the love of Dog, she winked into the camera at a national debate.

She is an embarrassment and a threat to democracy.


This one requires no introduction.
I know what you mean - those jerks that started our country thought the only way to express their politics was violence, and look how bad that turned out...

When you deal with an enemy that only knows violence, violence is the only way to deal with them. You can't hug someone into submission that wants to kill you. We've been at war with the right for years now, and they keep killing us - Matt Shepard, abortions docs, civil rights leaders - but we're too dumb to know there's a war.

Sean Connery says in The Untouchables "Isn't it just like a (racial slur) to bring a knife to a gunfight?" Well, liberals have always brought the knife to the gunfight, and that's got to change
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A little snippet on the Holocaust Museum shooting
The right wing creates, arms and encourages its old, white, male, Christian right-wing terrorists, but it's quick to throw them under the bus once they do what they have been relentlessly goaded to do by the fascist propaganda ranters. Then, suddenly, they're all "lone nuts" or, ludicrously, "leftists."


Finally, this
GOP- American Taliban

I think if Mr Smith thinks what he read was shocking, he needs to get out more.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

The Times They Are A Changing

With apologies to Bob Dylan who was quite liberal, we are seeing a change in reporting and liberals are no longer free to act like idiots anymore.

The latest episode with David Letterman and his jokes about Sarah Palin's 14 year old daughter being raped by a professional baseball player is significant for more than just showing that Letterman's time has come and gone. The episode shows that liberals do not get a free pass anymore.

In the past incidents like these would have been ignored because the flow of information in this country was controlled by far left media organizations. In our new age of openness, Palin was on him immediately for attacking her daughter and it was being broadcast on (some) of the media.

There are two things happening here.

One is the above mentioned breakdown of far left dominance of the media. We now have Fox News which has a more even handed reporting. We have the Wall Street Journal being more widely distributed. We have conservative weeklies with stronger distribution. We have talk radio which is effectively dominated by right wing talk. Most importantly, we have the Internet.

The third law of physics says that for every action, there is an equal but opposite reaction. The folks in the media must have studied physics because with the rise of more balanced media outlets there has been a corresponding decline of the far left media.

I believe the Internet has been the death of the far left media. People are now getting the whole story instead of the portion of the story that the far left media has let sift through it's filters. Now that people are getting the real story on issues, they are turning their backs on the far left media and their biases.

The second thing that is happening is that conservative politicians are now being allowed to respond and are able to do it without ridicule.

In the past there was no outlet for a Sarah Palin to respond to a despicable attack like Letterman's. In the rare instance that she would have been allowed to respond on the network news it would have been: buried in garbage time on the broadcast, explained away beforehand by remarks from the anchor ("Palin outraged by harmless joke by Letterman"), the remark often would have been followed by derisive remarks and smirks by the broadcaster. The effect for years was the politician would be made to look like a nut and would therefore be punished politically for speaking up for themselves.

Other stories that would not have gotten the play they deserve are Nancy Pelosi's attack on the CIA, Barack Obama's filling his cabinet with tax cheats, John Murtha's bribery scandal of the week. Democrats hate Fox News because they are now being held accountable.

We are slowly changing things in the media in this country. We are not there yet though. If we had truly honest reporting in the media we wouldn't have had this.



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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Now All Of A Sudden The Media Is Interested In The Extremism

Turns out the far left media is quite selective on when they report on extremism.

The shooting at the Holocaust Museum today was carried out by an anti-Semite white supremacist.

(Note: I erroneously posted that the shooter was dead in the original writing. This is wrong, the shooter was not killed, the security guard was. My sympathies to the family of the guard, Chuck)

What is interesting about this though is the media's new found interest in extremism and what they decide is extremist. If you recall, there has been considerable discussion over the shootings last week of an abortion doctor and two servicemen at a recruiting station. Most of the discussion has been about the difference in reporting by the media.

The shooting of the abortion doctor was by an anti-abortion zealot, yet the reason for the shooting at the recruiting center was, shall we say, downplayed.

Now today, the media has an interest in extremism again. CNN, MSNBC, CBS, and ABC are all reporting the white supremacist angle prominently. MSNBC even went as far as writing a separate article on the rise of extremism (with the emphasis on right wing extremism). They even managed to include a reference to the Homeland Security Departments report on returning veterans and their propensity to become terrorists.

The MSNBC article did mention (briefly) the Black Panthers as one of their extremist groups but the discussion was on the immigration debate and the election of the first black President leading one to believe that it's focus was essentially on right wing extremism. I can only assume the Black Panthers are not out in the street harassing people over Obama being elected. I mean, there's not even an election going on.

I want to be outraged but that ship has already sailed. All we are left with now is the goal of doing all we can to see that these far left extremist sites from the CNN, CBS, ABC, and MSNBC organizations are closed down so we can get back to a more balanced news reporting.

As an aside, as of now I haven't heard if Obama has released a statement calling the shooting an outrage. Maybe he'll do like he did in the recruiting center shooting and release a statement to the Israeli media only and only after they request it.

(Note: Since the writing of this, Obama has released a statement. I stand by the original intent of this comment in that Obama has developed a practice of treating incidences like this differently based on his political beliefs and not in keeping with the role the President of the United States has historically taken in treating all of their citizens equally, Chuck)

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Obama Has Saudi Arabia Right Where They Want him To Have Them

Saudi urges Obama to impose Mideast solution - paper

RIYADH (Reuters) - King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has urged U.S. President Barack Obama to impose a solution on the festering Arab-Israeli conflict if necessary, a Saudi newspaper said on Sunday.

Saudi Arabia and other Arab states want Obama to get tough with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who has balked at Palestinian statehood and defied U.S. calls to halt the expansion of Jewish settlements.

King Abdullah told Obama during his visit to Riyadh last week that Arab patience was wearing thin and that a solution of the Arab-Israeli conflict would be the "magic key" to all issues in the region, al-Hayat said, quoting what it called informed sources.

"We want from you a serious participation to solve the Palestinian issue and impose the solution if necessary," the Saudi monarch told Obama, according to the paper, which is owned by a nephew of the monarch. It did not elaborate


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I guess Obama's new Middle East policy of being kinder and gentler is paying off. We have gotten them so comfortable with us that they are now starting to make demands on how we approach foreign policy.

I have a hard time believing the arrogance of these people. They want Obama to get tough with Israel, impose a solution on them if they won't come around and give the Arabs everything they want. They evidently have a fundamental misunderstanding of what the word negotiations means.

The reality though is that this is not arrogance as much as an accurate reading of Obama's stance towards the Middle East v Israel conflict. They know now is the time to get what they want, while they have a friend in the White House.

Monday, June 8, 2009

An Idea Whose Time Has Come?

Schwarzenegger suggests state consider flat tax

Could the flat tax come to California?

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said today that he would like to see such “radical” proposals come out of a commission now studying an overhaul of the state’s tax system. The governor told the editorial board of the Sacramento Bee that he hoped the commission would not be afraid to propose something like “a 15% straight tax.”

“That’s the kind of radical, daring kind of a proposal that I want to see on the table so we can look at it and say, ‘Oh, let’s study this, maybe that is the way to go,’ ” Schwarzenegger said during the discussion, which was webcast.

The current system, based on highly unstable income tax revenue that fluctuates with the economy, “doesn’t work,” Schwarzenegger said.

Advocates of a flat tax, which applies a single tax rate to all income, say it increases compliance with the tax codes because it is so simple and easy to understand. But opponents dislike that it taxes the wealthy at the same rates as the poor.

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I am a strong proponent of the flat tax.

It would simplify the tax code. We literally could change tax forms to postcards.

It would cut down significantly on tax cheats. It would eliminate the convoluted tax code that is used by Obama's cabinet members to hide income.

It would be hard to come up with a more fair system for taxation.

One of the big arguments against it is that it taxes the poor at the same rate as everyone else. In the interest of fairness we do have to recognize that the money the poor makes does not go as far as someone from a higher tax bracket.

Someone making less than $10,000 simply would be unable to give up $1,500 and still survive. The simple answer to this is shield the first portion of income from taxes. Maybe we have a personal and child exemption like we do now. After that, everyone pays the same rate. This will keep the poorest of people from paying taxes.

The other side of the argument is that the wealthy shield income from paying taxes. Again there is a simple solution, do away with all write offs. No writing off mortgage interest, business lunches, etc. All income is taxed at the same rate. No capital gains tax, no tax shelters, etc.

You make $40,000 your tax is 15% of $40,000, you make $40 million your tax is 15% of $40 million. I'm not sure why this is a problem.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Don't We Have Our Priorities Skewed A Little Here?

I was watching a video at Always On Watch when a thought occurred to me.

Actually, I only watched half of the video because I got pissed and turned it off. This is why I will not post the video here. Hats off to AOW for having more intestinal fortitude than me and being able to share this with us.

Anyways, the video is of the Little Rock, Arkansas Army-Navy recruiting station shooting in which Pvt William Long was murdered. Or, more accurately, the video is of a woman that showed up the day of the shooting by my understanding in a Hijab to protest America.

I could go on about how the woman was protesting on the day the man was murdered by a fellow low-life Muslim but that is not the point of this post. Let's just leave that at saying I was pissed beyond belief and move on.

While watching the video, and on and off since then, I have been thinking about the actions by President Barrack Hussein Obama of the last week.

(Note: Since Obama has now deemed it okay to use his middle name when he is among his Muslim friends, nothing from the left on using it in a cynical way)

Let's review some of the events over the last week.

Sunday May 31st, George Tiller, an abortion doctor who was one of the few providers in the country of late term abortions was murdered in cold blood in church. This was a horrific act and I personally would like to smack Mr Scott Roeder in the head if he deems himself "pro-life". He is a psycho and a murderer.

That day Obama released a statement strongly condemning this act of murder to the national media and should have.

The following day, Monday June 1st, Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad shot and killed Pvt William Long and wounded Pvt Quinton Ezeagwula at the recruiting station in Little Rock. The shooter was a convert to Islam and the shooting appears to be in direct connection with his religious beliefs.

Thursday June 4th, 3 days after the shooting, Obama released a statement to the media condemning the attack on the recruiting station.

It has been my understanding that he quietly released the comment to the Arkansas media only. I have no way of knowing if this is true or not. The only thing I can go by is the fact that the national media, if they did get the statement directly, didn't seem to think it was real important because it was not covered. In fact I did not even hear about the statement for a couple of days. At the same time, the condemnation of the Tiller murder was covered so extensively that even Osama bin Laden heard about it in his cave.

Thursday June 4th, Barack Hussein Obama makes a speech in Egypt extolling the contributions of Islam to the United States throughout our history, proclaiming the United States "one of the largest Muslim countries in the world", and apologizing for all of the Hell we have put them through under George Bush.

Friday June 5th, the Department of Justice announces it will open an investigation of the Tiller murder. There has not, as of yet, been an announcement that they will investigate the recruiting station murder.

Let's discuss this investigation for a moment because Bill Clinton did this same type of thing. What they will do is go through the shooter's contacts and history to see if he: has any relationship with a national anti-abortion group, gets info from a national anti-abortion group either online or through the mail, or has ever listened to a speaker from a national anti-abortion group. If any of these are true, they can then work on building a RICO case against the group and sue them for being culpable in the murder of Tiller.

So let's recap these events.

Obama is outraged by the murder of an abortion doctor, a man who made a living killing babies that can live quite well outside the womb. The Department of Justice is going to investigate this murder in an attempt to persecute (oops prosecute) a group for exercising their constitutional guarantee of freedom of speech. Or, better known to Janet Napolitano as being a terrorist.

At the same time, Obama makes a weak condemnation of the murder by an actual terrorist of one of his troops (remember, he is the Commander in Chief), the DOJ deems this murder unworthy of investigation, and Obama apologizes to these same terrorists for the way we treat them.

Any questions?

Quote Of The Week

And I consider it part of my responsibility as president of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear

President Barack Hussein Obama, Cairo, Egypt, 6/4/09

It is not his job as President of the United States to fight against this no more than it is his job to fight against negative stereotypes of Israelis, South Americans, or the Finnish. His job is to protect the interests of America. If other duties such as showing tolerance and support of Islam do not interfere with this than he should by all means do it. All else pales though in comparison to his responsibility to America.

I have a crazy idea, let's let the Muslims fight against negative stereotypes of Islam. For suggestions on how to do this they could, say, not fly planes into our buildings murdering thousands of innocent people, maybe not behead as many captives as they do, or stop the death to America/death to Israel nonsense.

An even simpler way to start would be for all of these "moderate" Muslims we keep hearing rumors about to come out and tell the extremists to stop hijacking their religion.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Pushing Television Further Into The Toilet

I am not a fan of reality TV. In fact, I have made it my life's mission not to watch any of it and so far am succeeding. This though seems to be a new low to me.

Fox developing arranged marriage reality show

Fox is developing a wedding reality series where brides-to-be don’t meet their husbands until they exchange vows.

In A. Smith & Co.’s “I Married a Stranger,” a woman frustrated by the dating scene agrees to marry a man she’s never met. While she prepares for a blind wedding, friends and family are shown selecting a spouse from a pool of six eligible suitors offered by producers. The men are eliminated one by one until only two candidates remain. Both finalists walk down the aisle, but only one makes it to the altar to reveal himself to his new wife.

“She never meets him until the actual moment when they say 'I do,’ ” a source close to the project said. “It’s like the big scene that comes after an entire season of 'The Bachelor,’ only this is in every episode.”

The project is executive produced by Arthur Smith, Kent Weed and Scott Jeffress.

Fox has shot a pilot for "Stranger," which is said to be in strong contention for a series order. If Fox picks up the show, "Stranger" will have some conceptual competition: CBS has a similar series, "Arranged Marriage," planned for midseason.


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Did you catch that? We don't have one show planned to cover this topic but two.

This takes the institution of marriage and pisses all over it.

The saddest part though is that people will watch it. These networks don't do these shows for nothing, they know there's a market.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

A Page Out Of The Obama Media Playbook

U.N. Acknowledges Discussing 'Inaccurate Reporting' in Meeting

A U.N. spokeswoman acknowledged Thursday that five U.N. officials discussed what they believed was "inaccurate reporting" — specifically by FOX News, the Wall Street Journal and Inner City Press — in a meeting last month.

The spokeswoman, Michele Montas, confirmed during her daily briefing with reporters that the meeting had taken place following the publication of a memo from Under Secretary-General Angela Kane to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that referred to the discussion.

One day earlier, Montas denied that a meeting had taken place to discuss critical news coverage. On Thursday, she made clear that the subject was discussed, but it was not the purpose of the meeting.

She acknowledged to reporters that Ban had received the memo, adding that he had "absolutely no specific reaction" to it.

The memo read: "We propose writing to professional journalistic bodies which regulate the journalists concerned as well as letters to the Editors with copies to their Companies' Legal Counsel. Should DPI gather sufficient examples of inaccurate reporting, we can consider more formal legal responses such as 'cease and desist' or 'letters before action' sent by outside counsel."


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So now we have not only the Obama administration and the Democrats in Congress working to squelch freedom of the press, we have to deal with the United Nations too. I don't think chilling is too strong a word.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

This Is A Fun Story

Horse and buggy chase ends in suspect’s arrest

LITTLE VALLEY—The driver of a horse and buggy led Cattaraugus County sheriff’s deputies on a three-mile pursuit through fields and woods early Monday morning, eventually abandoning the buggy and fleeing on foot.

It happened on Frank Road in Napoli, where deputies were investigating underage drinking.

Deputies reported they tried to stop the driver of the horse and buggy, but he drove the rig through fields and into the woods before jumping down and taking off on foot.

After searching without success for the driver, deputies took the horse and buggy back to a nearby home, and a young man was taken into custody.

Jonas J. Hershberger, 20, of Frank Road, was charged with overdriving of animals, reckless endangerment and obstructing governmental administration. Following arraignment in Little Valley Town Court, he was sent to the county jail in lieu of $250 bail.


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To quote Weird Al.

"We're going to party like it's 1699."

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

The Constitution Does Not Apply In Chicago

The 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the US Constitution is to be followed only in Washington DC because it's a federal jurisdiction.

Appeals Court Upholds Ban on Handguns in Chicago

CHICAGO — A federal appeals court has upheld ordinances barring the ownership of handguns in most cases in Chicago and suburban Oak Park.

The three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Tuesday the Second Amendment guaranteeing the right to bear arms is not an adequate basis for lawsuits attacking local gun ordinances.

The National Rifle Associated argued the Second Amendment makes such ordinances unconstitutional.

The Supreme Court has ruled in a District of Columbia case that the Second Amendment entitles people to keep handguns at home for self protection. The appeals court upheld dismissal of the lawsuit on the ground that the District of Columbia, unlike Chicago and Oak Park, is a federal jurisdiction.


So now only DC has to ensure rights in the Constitution, those of us living in the rest of the country do not share their Constitutional protections.

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Monday, June 1, 2009

Are We Becoming A Banana Republic?

There has been something gnawing at me for awhile and I want to get other thoughts on it.

While I do not believe Obama will destroy our country, I think we are heading into a rough patch.

I don't believe he will not destroy our country not for a lacking of trying but because he can't. The founding fathers saw people like him coming and wisely set up our government so one man cannot cause permanent change. No matter what he does, we will get a new President in 4 to 8 years and the new one will be able to undo some of the damage he is doing.

With this said, let's look at some of the things that have happened in a little over 4 months.

Obama either has already, or is threatening to, nationalize key elements of our economy. He now effectively controls our auto industry. There has been threats to nationalize the financial sector. There has been calls from key members of Congress to nationalize the oil and gas industry. There is a strong push to nationalize our health care industry.

We have what amounts to a state media. There is very little of our media that is not using their newscasts to distribute the governments position on all issues. The majority of the current American media has become nothing more than the PR wing for the White House. The on air personalities bow to the official line on most issues, they speak in glowing terms of, for wont of a better term, Dear Leader, and they bury any negative or opposition stories.

Further, the federal government and Congress are actively pursuing means to shut down opposition media. In true Central American style, the current US government is attempting to close down opposition radio. Dating back to the campaign, Obama used a team of lawyers to harass radio station personalities that spoke in opposition to him.

At the same time he actively promotes the media organizations that show loyalty to him by giving them preferred access at press conferences and for interviews.

Obama has shown a penchant for aligning himself with the world's despots. At the same time he has given traditional American allies a cold shoulder.

In true banana republic fashion, he throws money that he does not have at the peasants. This is a long time trick of dictators from the south, if you lack any real solution to your countries' problems, toss some money at the rabble to keep them quite for awhile.

The Obama administration provided financial support, quietly and obtusely, to ACORN, an organization that has a history of voter registration fraud to register voters for him.

The Obama justice department has now legalized thuggery at the polling place to suppress votes against them.

If all of this sounds familiar, nationalization of industry, squelching the free speech rights of the opposition while promoting a state media, aligning with despots, runaway deficit spending to keep the masses happy, and suppression of the vote, it should...






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