Wednesday, June 30, 2010

What Is This About?

Judge halts questioning on Obama

Sheldon Sorosky, one of Rod Blagojevich’s lawyers, has been trying to drag President Barack Obama into the fray this afternoon, asking union official Tom Balanoff whether the FBI asked him about campaign money going to Obama.

Prosecutors objected, as they have so often during cross-examinations, and U.S. District Judge James Zagel said Sorosky should only ask in general what the FBI had said to Balanoff.

Sorosky tried the question again, using Zagel’s recommended wording. “I know that won’t be objected to,” Sorosky said, causing the nearby Blagojevich to laugh.

But Balanoff didn’t get to give an answer, and Zagel wouldn’t let the line of questioning go on after a private sidebar discussion among the lawyers.


Why is it that this judge has blocked any and all mention of involvement by Obama in this case?

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

I want One Of These


The two-seater Transition can use its front-wheel drive on roads at ordinary highway speeds, with wings folded, at a respectable 30 miles per gallon. Once it has arrived at a suitable take-off spot - an airport, or adequately sized piece of flat private land - it can fold down the wings, engage its rear-facing propellor, and take off. The folding wings are electrically powered.

Its cruising speed in the air is 115mph, it has a range of 460 miles, and it can carry 450lb. It requires a 1,700-foot (one-third of a mile) runway to take off and can fit in a standard garage.


Would this be cool or what?

Right now I can't even think of a practical use for it, it would just be fun.

Monday, June 28, 2010

What Do You Think About This?

Obama Can Shut Down Internet For 4 Months Under New Emergency Powers

President Obama will be handed the power to shut down the Internet for at least four months without Congressional oversight if the Senate votes for the infamous Internet ‘kill switch’ bill, which was approved by a key Senate committee yesterday and now moves to the floor.

The Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act, which is being pushed hard by Senator Joe Lieberman, would hand absolute power to the federal government to close down networks, and block incoming Internet traffic from certain countries under a declared national emergency.

Despite the Center for Democracy and Technology and 23 other privacy and technology organizations sending letters to Lieberman and other backers of the bill expressing concerns that the legislation could be used to stifle free speech, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee passed in the bill in advance of a vote on the Senate floor.


So, what do you think about this?

Do you want Obama, or any President, to have this authority?

Is this a good idea considering that the Obama administration has already shown a tendency to use censorship to silence critics?

Is this a next step towards the government controlling the internet?

Is this a case of a slippery slope in that once we start down this hill it will be hard to stop rolling further and further down?

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Friday, June 25, 2010

I'm Baaack

We had a real good time at Disney.

The heat and humidity were miserable but it was still fun. I will post more on it later because I am still trying to get things back in order.

A few observations about Florida though.

-Take plenty of water. As we walked around Disney I had to keep at the kids to hydrate because of the heat.

-Wear comfortable shoes, Disney is huge.

-Brush up on your Spanish, it doesn't appear anyone in the Orlando area speaks or understands English.

-If your hotel advertises a free shuttle to Disney, investigate before you make reservations. We took the free shuttle one day to Disney, it was like you see in movies about buses in 3rd world countries. The only thing missing was crates of chickens strapped on the roof.

The driver didn't speak very good English and didn't know where we were supposed to go at first. He could not drive safely. He passed cars, weaving in and out of traffic, on the road to Disney. We had so many people standing that some were in the stairwell. The door was broken and would not open until pushed on.

We actually would not put our kids on the bus to go back to the hotel, we made other arrangements to get back.

I am currently filing several complaints against the bus company.

-Take your camera, it is beautiful. Especially the Pensacola and Cocoa Beach areas that we visited.

More to come.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Off On Vacation


We are off for a little magic over the next 2 weeks.

I may check in occasionally at night but for now you will all have to fight the fight without me.

Take care,
Chuck

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Contents May Not Be Suitable For All Family Members


This was from a statement inside the book purchased from Amazon. com

Now don't you feel better knowing Amazon is looking out for your children?

Hat tip to iOwnTheWorld.com

Obama Is Really Pissed Now

"He said -- he has been in a whole bunch of different meetings -- clenched jaw -- even in the midst of these briefings, saying everything has to be done," Gibbs said. "I think this was an anecdote shared last week, to plug the damn hole."

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Last week he was clenching his jaw. He even said damn. That display of anger didn't seem to get people moving so he is going to kick it up a notch.

"I don't sit around just talking to experts because this is a college seminar, we talk to these folks because they potentially have the best answers -- so I know whose ass to kick,"


In the interest of brevity, I won't bother with the notion of Obama kicking anyone's ass. The thought of him beating up one of these oil workers is just too silly.

Can anyone actually tell me what the statement even means? Does he want to kick the ass of the person with the best answer? Why are we just sitting around and talking? Even if we are planning on kicking someone's ass later. Shouldn't we be doing something to stop the leak?

I think Obama may be getting a little worried.

A month and a half after the spill began, 69 percent in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll rate the federal response negatively. That compares with a 62 negative rating for the response to Katrina two weeks after the August 2005 hurricane.


He is taking a double hit here.

First, this does not help he keep control of Congress and if he loses Congress, his ability to destroy the country could be severely damaged.

Second, his legacy is nearing tatters 16 months into office. This is a big deal for a narcissist like Obama. He came into office being called a freakish clone of FDR, Kennedy (the good one, not the fat drunk), and Lincoln. Now he's looking like he may have to struggle to achieve Carter status.

Quite frankly, if I were not even the man Carter is I would be pissed too.

Monday, June 7, 2010

What Do You Think About This?

I was watching the news last week and the meeting between Arizona Governor Brewer and Obama was being discussed.

A largely unnoticed part of the story caught my attention.

During the meeting the SEIU was holding a protest outside the White House against Arizona and Brewer.

My question is this; What the Hell does immigration have to do with organized labor? Why would a union be protesting an immigration law this energetically (there appeared to be quite a few people at the protest)?

Keep in mind that there is a very close and cozy relationship between Obama and the SEIU. Andrew Stern, President of the SEIU, is the most frequent visitor to the White House. In one 6 month period alone he visited 22 times.

So, why was the SEIU there on this day? How did they organize a protest like this on a fairly short notice? This meeting was not set very far in advance.

Watching this I was reminded of a Central American Banana Republic or one of the former Communist states in which the dictator of a country stages protests to give the appearance of support for their position.

Is this what we have turned into? Are we now nothing more than a Banana Republic? What do you think?

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Quote Of The Week

"Yeah, we water-boarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed,"

"I'd do it again to save lives."


George W Bush

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This is why I like Bush. He has the integrity to stand by his decisions. The current WH occupant, Hussein Obama, has the spine of a wet noodle.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Let It Be Idiotic

I have always been a big Beetles fan although not a huge Paul McCartney fan. I am certainly not a fan of his anymore.

McCartney's Put-Down of Bush Draws Jeers from Republicans

The 67-year-old former Beatle attacked Bush's intelligence after receiving the Gershwin Prize from the Library of Congress on Wednesday.

All together now . . .

"It's a fantastic honor (for) the Gershwin family to give me this incredible award and for me to be awarded it by the Library of Congress. And in fact, after the last eight years, it's great to have a president who knows what a library is," McCartney said, drawing cheers from the audience.
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Marc Thiessen, a former speechwriter for Bush, called the comment "crass" and "rude."

"One, it shows no class. Two, it's ignorant," Thiessen told FoxNews.com, noting that Bush's wife, Laura, is a librarian.

"They made literacy an issue during his presidency and he is probably, as Karl Rove has pointed out, one of the best read presidents in recent history," he said.


Add to the above list the fact that Bush received an MBA from Harvard.

Just more evidence of how lacking in class the left is. Note that the article said the audience cheered. If I am not mistaken, Hussein and Michelle Obama were in the audience. But then, we've already covered the lack of class on the left so I am only repeating myself now.

The most ironic thing about this is that the one person with class, and the target of these jokes, refuses to join in. He said again this week in Grand Rapids, Michigan that he will not criticize Obama. He just quietly goes about his business while these idiots make asses of themselves. Who's the dummy?

Thursday, June 3, 2010

White Supremacy And Illegal Immigration

Congresswoman: White Supremacist Groups Behind Arizona Immigration Law

Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Calif., told a Democratic Club on Tuesday that white supremacist groups are influencing lawmakers to adopt laws that will lead to discrimination.

"There's a concerted effort behind promoting these kinds of laws on a state-by-state basis by people who have ties to white supremacy groups," said the lawmaker, who is of Mexican descent. "It's been documented. It's not mainstream politics."


Naturally people took exception with this so Ms Sanchez sought to explain her remarks:

"I never said that everyone who supports the Arizona law is a racist or white supremacist," she said in a written statement. "Anyone who says different is just trying to inflame the issue and get away from the real discussion of how to reform the immigration system in this country."

"The only way we are going to fix this problem is to have federal legislation," she added. "Unfortunately, the people who get on the airwaves to stir up anger by misconstruing my comments are not interested in constructive solutions. They're interested in dividing this country into 'us' and 'them' and totally undermining attempts to bring about real solutions."


First, there is federal legislation. It says the same thing as the Arizona legislation. It is being ignored.

Second, people just misunderstood and we are the ones being divisive by talking about her pointing out that the people pushing laws like Arizona's are a bunch of white racist.

I think the simple explanation here is that she is a nut. Keep in mind, I am a health care professional so that is my professional opinion.

I do get amazed though that these idiots continue to attack a law that is supported by 60% of voters.

In her district she may have enough "undocumented workers" and an active enough ACORN chapter that she will get re-elected but I would think on a national scale calling 60% of voters racist is a little counter-productive.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

More From Our Wonderful Public Education

Los Angeles Students to Be Taught That Arizona Immigration Law Is Un-American

The Los Angeles Unified School District school board wants all public school students in the city to be taught that Arizona's new immigration law is un-American.

The school board president made the announcement Tuesday night after the district's Board of Education passed a resolution to oppose the controversial law, which gives law enforcement officials in Arizona the power to question and detain people they suspect are in the U.S. illegally when they are stopped in relation to a crime or infraction.

Critics of the law say it will result in racial profiling.

The school board voted unanimously on Tuesday to “express outrage” and “condemnation” of the law, and it called on the school superintendent to look into curtailing economic support to the Grand Canyon State. About 73 percent of the students in the school district are Latino.

But supporters of the law say the school board is way out of bounds and that the measure will just distract from the children's education.

“This is ridiculous, it’s ridiculous for us to be involved in Arizona law,” said Jane Barnett, Chairman, Los Angeles County Republican Party. “There is a 50 percent dropout rate in some parts of the school district—is this going to keep kids in school?”

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So we are graduating roughly half of the kids in parts of this school district and the main concern of the administrators is that Arizona is demanding that people follow the law when living in the US?

It is now un-American to expect people who want to live and work here to follow the law?

A school district, in a tough economic climate, has decided to drop competitive bidding to make a political statement?

Anyone still wondering why the education of the children in the US ranks about 15th in the world?

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

This Will Make You Sleep Better At Night

Report says DOJ not fully prepared for WMD attack

WASHINGTON – The Justice Department has failed to put together an adequate plan for responding to an attack involving weapons of mass destruction, the inspector general at the agency said Tuesday.

In a new report, the IG said the department does not assign a single entity or individual responsibility for managing a response to a WMD incident.

The report said there are no specific operational response plans for a WMD event in place at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Drug Enforcement Administration; or the U.S. Marshals Service. None of those three Justice Department components provides training for responding to a WMD incident or regularly participates in WMD response exercises, the report also stated.

"We found the response planning among all the components, including the FBI, to be inconsistent and not well coordinated," Inspector General Glenn Fine said.


I blame this largely on the Bush and Clinton Administrations. We have been concerned about WMD's for more than a decade. Why haven't we done anything about it?

This doesn't let Obama off of the hook though. What has he done about it in the last year and a half?

Finally, Bush took the hit for not stopping 9/11 after nine months. Think Obama will take a hit for not preventing any kind of attack after 1+ years?