Friday, July 30, 2010

So, Will The Democrats Admonish This One?



The best part is this little caption under the video.

Despite the congressman's rage, the fact is the bill in question does not have support from enough Democrats to get it passed.

Source for video and comment: Breitbart.com

These people are idiots.

I think the GOP needs to take a page from the Nancy Pelosi "drain the swamp" play book and have an "Empty the asylum" campaign.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

More Fun From Our Colleges

Lawsuit Claims College Ordered Student to Alter Religious Views on Homosexuality, Or Be Dismissed

A graduate student in Georgia is suing her university after she was told she must undergo a remediation program due to her beliefs on homosexuality and transgendered persons.

The student, Jennifer Keeton, 24, has been pursuing a master's degree in school counseling at Augusta State University since 2009, but school officials have informed her that she'll be dismissed from the program unless she alters her "central religious beliefs on human nature and conduct," according to a civil complaint filed last week.

"[Augusta State University] faculty have promised to expel Miss Keeton from the graduate Counselor Education Program not because of poor academic showing or demonstrated deficiencies in clinical performance, but simply because she has communicated both inside and outside the classroom that she holds to Christian ethical convictions on matters of human sexuality and gender identity," the 43-page lawsuit reads.

Keeton, according to the lawsuit, was informed by school officials in late May that she would be asked to take part in a remediation plan due to faculty concerns regarding her beliefs pertaining to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues.

"The faculty identifies Miss Keeton's views as indicative of her improper professional disposition to persons of such populations," the lawsuit reads.

In a statement to FoxNews.com, Augusta State University officials declined to comment specifically on the litigation, but said the university does not discriminate on the basis of students' moral, religious, political or personal views or beliefs.

"The Counselor Education Program is grounded in the core principles of the American Counseling Association and the American School Counselor Association, which defines the roles and responsibilities of professional counselors in its code of ethics," the statement read. "The code is included in the curriculum of the counseling education program, which states that counselors in training have the same responsibility as professional counselors to understand and follow the ACA Code of Ethics."

The Code of Ethics prohibits counselors from discriminating based on a number of factors, including gender identity and sexual orientation. "Counselors do not discriminate against clients, students, employees, supervisees, or research participants in a manner that has a negative impact on these persons," the code says.


Notice what is going on here. The rationale for tossing her is that the code of ethics prohibits discrimination based on, among other things, homosexuality.

Do you see any evidence here that she has discriminated against anyone?

Does any of this sound familiar?

The left is attacking the Arizona immigration law because of racial profiling even though none has existed so far and the law makes the practice illegal.

We are to a point now in which those on the left are persecuting for thought crimes. If one does not think the way they do then they have the potential for committing a crime and this in itself has, effectively, become criminal by their way of thinking.

There is a real danger here and we need to be on the defensive. I am glad this is being challenged. We are at a crossroads in America right now and this lawsuit could keep us on the right road.

Note: Since writing this blog I saw this article.

Court Upholds Expulsion of Counseling Student Who Opposes Homosexuality

A federal judge has ruled in favor of a public university that removed a Christian student from its graduate program in school counseling over her belief that homosexuality is morally wrong. Monday's ruling, according to Julea Ward's attorneys, could result in Christian students across the country being expelled from public university for similar views.

U.S. District Judge George Caram Steeh dismissed Ward’s lawsuit against Eastern Michigan University. She was removed from the school’s counseling program last year because she refused to counsel homosexual clients.

Ward’s attorneys claim the university told her she would only be allowed to remain in the program if she went through a “remediation” program so that she could “see the error of her ways” and change her belief system about homosexuality.

This is getting scary.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Mexican Officials Patrolling Staten Island

Mexican Officials to Patrol Staten Island Following Latest Bias Attack

Police are investigating another assault on a Hispanic man in Staten Island as a possible hate crime -- and the Mexican government is now getting involved as well.

Five men attacked the 40-year-old Mexican man Friday night as he was walking home after a soccer game at Faber Park, cop said. The attackers allegedly pummeled him while yelling anti-Mexican epithets. The man suffered head trauma, a fractured jaw and needed ten stitches above his eye, officials said.

The group of men made off with his backpack.

This is at least the sixth violent, ethnically-charged incident that has taken place in the neighborhood since April, and community leaders are urging residents to remain alert.
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According to the Advance, this latest incident has promoted the Mexican Consulate to post personnel in Staten Island until further notice. This move is an effort to safeguard the rights of individuals and effectively assist and provide information to the Mexican residents of this area.


What the hell are we doing letting officials from a foreign government patrol an area in our country?

We are having Americans attacked daily in Mexican border cities. How do you think it would go if we sent American "officials" to patrol in these cities? The Mexican government bitches when we patrol our own cities to protect our citizens from theirs.

Further, is everybody seeing the irony here? There are no Mexican cities that are not owned and controlled by the drug cartels but they have the balls to come to the US to make our streets safer?

I did a little researching on this story because the man is called a construction worker who has called the United States his home for the last five years in this article and a day laborer in another. These terms sound an awful lot like code words for illegal immigrant.

Nowhere can I see mention of his immigration status even though in more than one article I looked at it was reported that the men that attacked him said that he should go back to where he came from.

I have a tendency to think that if he were legal, the articles reporting this statement would have been quick to report that he was a legal immigrant. If for no other reason than to attempt to discredit those of us against illegal immigrants, oops, sorry, undocumented workers.

Finally, reading this article. Knowing it is alleging racial bias. What are the race of the attackers? Doesn't it feel as if the attackers are white? Or is this me reading my own bias into it?

This article said this

a Mexican man walking home from work was approached by two white men shouting anti-Mexican slurs near 281 Brielle Avenue.

Then went on to this

Also on Friday near Faber Park, a Mexican man was beaten by five black men who yelled anti-Hispanic slurs during the incident.

But this article said this

Friday’s beating, which is being investigated by the Hate Crimes Task Force, could be the seventh bias attack by black attackers on Mexican immigrants since April.

Why do you think that it is not being reported that these attacks (it appears at least 7 out of 10) are being perpetrated by blacks?

Do you think they would be reporting the race of the attackers if they were white?

I saw a question a few days ago, it may have been from a fellow blogger, that asked why isn't the media running interviews of white mothers whose sons have been killed by a gang of blacks?

Nice to live in a post racial world, huh?

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Yet More Antisemitism From The Left

I have written previously that I was disgusted by some of the antisemitic remarks that Mel Gibson has made. I had a post recently saying that his views of the Jewish combined with his psychotic rampage against his girlfriend should be a career killer for him.

I say this because I want to absolutely clear about my stance on this and I want to be fair.

Further, let it be noted that Gibson has been shown to be fairly conservative over the years.

While I condemned the remarks he has made I have speculated that a lot of the outrage is due not just to the indefensible remarks he made but also to the fact that he is a conservative. I have suggested that the media went after Gibson so rabidly because he has conservative views.

Here is exhibit A to support this claim.

Director Oliver Stone belittled the Holocaust during a shocking interview with the Sunday Times today, claiming that America's focus on the Jewish massacre was a product of the "Jewish domination of the media."

The director also defended Hitler and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and railed against the "powerful lobby" of Jews in America.

Stone said that his upcoming Showtime documentary series "Secret History of America," seeks to put Hitler and Communist dictator Joseph Stalin "in context."

"Hitler was a Frankenstein but there was also a Dr Frankenstein. German industrialists, the Americans and the British. He had a lot of support," Stone told reporter Camilla Long during the interview, which can be found behind the paywall on the Sunday Times' website.

Stone said that, "Hitler did far more damage to the Russians than the Jewish people, 25 or 30 [million killed]."

The Sunday Times interviewer then asked why there was such a focus on the Holocaust.

"The Jewish domination of the media," responded Stone. "There's a major lobby in the United States. They are hard workers. They stay on top of every comment, the most powerful lobby in Washington. Israel has f***** up United States foreign policy for years."

The director, who recently met with Iranian President Ahmadinejad, also slammed the U.S. policy toward Iran as "horrible."


Continue reading (see what he has to say about Hugo Chavez)

Do you hear the crickets chirping?

Monday, July 26, 2010

What Do You Think About This?

Wal-Mart plan to use smart tags raises privacy concerns

NEW YORK — Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) is putting electronic identification tags on men's clothing like jeans starting Aug. 1 as the world's largest retailer tries to gain more control of its inventory. But the move is raising eyebrows among privacy experts.

The individual garments, which also includes underwear and socks, will have removable smart tags that can be read from a distance by Wal-Mart workers with scanners. In seconds, the worker will be able to know what sizes are missing and will also be able tell what it has on hand in the stock room. Such instant knowledge will allow store clerks to have the right sizes on hand when shoppers need them.

The tags work by reflecting a weak radio signal to identify the product. They have long spurred privacy fears as well as visions of stores being able to scan an entire shopping cart of items at one time.
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Albrecht worries that Wal-Mart and others would be able to track movements of customers who in some border states like Michigan and Washington are carrying new driver's licenses that contain RFID tags to make it easier for them to cross borders.

Albrecht fears that retailers could scan data from such licenses and their purchases and combine that data with other personal information. She also says that even though the smart tags can be removed from clothing, they can't be turned off and can be tracked even after you throw them in the garbage, for example.


So, what do you think? Is this a concern? Are the civil libertarians over-reacting? Is the real concern what this could lead to down the road?


Sunday, July 25, 2010

Quote Of The Week

"Isn't it a good thing today in America that we have an automobile manufacturing sector? If it had been up to them [Republicans], General Motors would be gone. If it were up to them, Ford Motor Company would probably be gone. Chrysler definitely would be gone."

Sen Harry Reid

Source

They saved Ford?

Ford didn't take bailout money.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Prepare To Bend Over In December

Read this article if you dare. It is a scary read on tax cuts getting near expiration which effectively means we will see a $115 billion tax increase next year.

It's a good but scary summation but I think it misses one very important point, the mid-term elections. The elections in November will determine the outcome on these tax cuts.

If the Dems keep Congress, they will take this as a sign that they have a mandate to continue what they are doing and more of it. The tax cuts will be allowed to expire, raising taxes.

If they lose, we are really screwed. There will be midnight sessions through the end of the year passing lame duck laws to fulfill their wish list.

One of the things you will see is the tax cuts being rescinded early. The tax increases come this year, not next.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

A Few Questions For The NAACP

As everyone reading this knows, the NAACP has accused the Tea Party groups of being racist.

While we would all agree that the Tea Party groups are predominately white, we have also all seen many pictures of rallies and events and have seen that people of virtually all ethnicities attend.

Further, one study puts the make up of the Tea Party groups at approximately 25% minority. For the lack of a different number, we will accept the 25% estimate. Even if it is 20%, there is still a fair representation. Not only that but considering where many of the Tea Party groups are popular, the number may very well represent the minority make up for the various areas - for all of the equality folks out there.

So a few questions for the NAACP.

What percentage of your organization is white?

Maybe that's unfair. It is the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

So how about Hispanic?

Asian?

Native American?

Indian?

Pakistani?

Middle Eastern?

Egypt? Libya? Algeria? Morocco? They are African-Americans are they not?

What about the Mediterranean? Many of the people from this area are darker skinned.

Italy? Spain? Turkey?

So, I say in closing. Thank you for protecting us from all of these racists in the Tea Party.

Monday, July 19, 2010

What Do You Think About This?

NAACP Wants to Make Neverland a State Park

Assemblyman Mike Davis said this week that California NAACP president Alice Huffman and others approached him with the idea of the state Department of Parks and Recreation taking over the Neverland Ranch in Santa Barbara County.


The world's first pedophile theme park?

I'm not even going to bother with the usual questions this week. Just leave your thoughts.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Quote Of The Week

Obama “has accomplished a huge amount, more than in any other first term since Lyndon Johnson,”

Roger Hickey, co-chairman of Campaign for America’s Future.


Has there ever been a quote that has said more?

We will be digging out of the "huge amount" of stuff that Obama has done for decades like we did after Johnson's "accomplishments".

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Haley Barbour Is A Busy Man


Barbour is not only trying to run the state of Mississippi, he is also evidently the Governor of Alabama.

Napolitano's Gaffe in the Gulf

Earlier this week, on a prominent Mobile, Ala. morning drive show (Sean & Wayne, 106.5 WAVH), Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano made a pretty big gaffe during an interview. As it was wrapping up Napolitano wanted to pat herself on the back for working with Alabama officials on day one in responding to the Gulf oil spill. And while mentioning that she had met with Alabama officials including Gov. Haley Barbour. The problem – he’s governor of Mississippi.


Now don't get me wrong, I make mistakes. I've made some big ones. I still wake in the middle of the night in a cold sweat from flashbacks of wearing platform shoes in the 70's.

With that said, there has been a steady stream of idiocy from the members of this administration.

I do feel though that this is not just pure stupidity though. I think a large part of their problem is arrogance. She simply doesn't care who the Governor of a state like Alabama (or Mississippi) is.

She's the Secretary of Homeland Security. She can't be bothered with the little people. Doesn't everyone realize they are trying to fix everything for us?

Thursday, July 15, 2010

So What Is Going On Here?

Pelosi, White House Feud Over Gibbs' House Prediction

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the driving force behind the Obama agenda in Congress, sharply criticized White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs at a closed-door House Democratic caucus meeting late Tuesday, according to Democratic sources.

Pelosi, irked since Sunday by what she and other top Democrats considered Gibbs' careless and dismissive comments that Democrats could lose their House majority this November, upbraided a top White House aide as she knocked Gibbs' unwelcome handicapping of House races.

"How could he [Gibbs] know what's going on in our districts?" Pelosi said, according to Democrats who attended the meeting. "Some may weigh his words more closely than others. We have made our disagreements known to the White House."

Senior Pelosi staff contacted the White House Monday to express displeasure with Gibbs' statement on "Meet the Press" that Democrats could lose the majority won in 2006 after 12 years out of power.


So what is this all about?

Was Gibbs trying to fire up the base?

Is Pelosi hearing footsteps?

Is there a developing or worsening rift between the WH and Congress?

Is this simply a matter of Gibbs being an idiot?

Will Lindsey Lohan enjoy playing for the Miami Heat after she finishes her jail sentence for public lunacy?

What are your thoughts?

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Is The NAACP A Bigoted Organization

By now you all know the NAACP (falsely) accused the Tea Party organizations of being racist.

My friend Z stopped by this morning and made a comment that got me thinking.

What does the public at large think of the NAACP?

We do polls to see how the public views the Tea Party. We do polls on everything.

Why hasn't someone done a poll on the NAACP?

How do you think that poll would turn out?

What do you think the public's opinion of the group would be?

Would they be viewed as racist?

Still More Bad News For The Dems

This poll, out today, does not offer good news for the Dems this year.

Public confidence in President Obama has hit a new low, according to the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll. Four months before midterm elections that will define the second half of his term, nearly six in 10 voters say they lack faith in the president to make the right decisions for the country, and a clear majority once again disapproves of how he is dealing with the economy.

Among those who say they are sure to cast ballots in November, 49 percent side with the GOP and 45 percent with Democrats.

Those most likely to vote in the midterms prefer the GOP over continued Democratic rule by a sizable margin of 56 percent to 41 percent.

Just 43 percent of all Americans now say they approve of the job Obama is doing on the economy, while 54 percent disapprove. Both are the worst, marginally, of his presidency. Even a third of Democrats give him negative marks here. And overall, intensity runs clearly against the president on the issue, with twice as many people rating him strongly negative as strongly positive.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Damn The Jobs, Save The Polar Bears

This is a relatively mundane article about global warming. It contains the usual "give up all technology or we're doomed" blather.

This line caught my eye though:

In a world without air conditioning, a warmer, more flexible, more relaxed workplace helps make summer a time to slow down again. Three-digit temperatures prompt siestas. Code-orange days mean offices are closed. Shorter summer business hours and month-long closings -- common in pre-air-conditioned America -- return.

This sound like a good idea given the current economic picture? Should we mandate that companies become less efficient so that we can shed some more of those troublesome jobs?

We cannot have the welfare state the Obamites envision with all of these people working.

Added benefit, we can create more unemployed so that we can increase unemployment payouts. This, according to the esteemed economist Nancy Pelosi, stimulates the economy.

So what do you think, get rid of our AC?

Monday, July 12, 2010

What Do You Think About This?

Governors Voice Grave Concerns on Immigration

BOSTON — In a private meeting with White House officials this weekend, Democratic governors voiced deep anxiety about the Obama administration’s suit against Arizona’s new immigration law, worrying that it could cost a vulnerable Democratic Party in the fall elections.

While the weak economy dominated the official agenda at the summer meeting here of the National Governors Association, concern over immigration policy pervaded the closed-door session between Democratic governors and White House officials and simmered throughout the three-day event.

At the Democrats’ meeting on Saturday, some governors bemoaned the timing of the Justice Department lawsuit, according to two governors who spoke anonymously because the discussion was private.

“Universally the governors are saying, ‘We’ve got to talk about jobs,’ ” Gov. Phil Bredesen of Tennessee, a Democrat, said in an interview. “And all of a sudden we have immigration going on.”

He added, “It is such a toxic subject, such an important time for Democrats.”


Do you think they're right?

This obviously was an attempt by Obama to garner a larger share of the Hispanic vote. At least one poll has (in Colorado) has shown Hispanic support for the Arizona law.

Beyond the Hispanic vote, there is overwhelming support for the law in every poll done. Keep in mind also that the polls showing support include Hispanics and liberals and still show an overwhelming support for it.

So, is this a winner or loser for the Dems?

Is this a statement of fear form the Dem Governors? Is it fear that it will be their job that will be lost?

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Quote Of The Week

"You look like a (expletive) bitch in heat, and if you get raped by a pack of (N-word), it will be your fault," Gibson is heard telling Grigorieva. "You provoked it. You are provocatively dressed."

Mel Gibson, telling his girlfriend he did not like her dress.

Whatever happened to guys just lying and saying "No that dress doesn't make you look fat"?


So, what does that statement sound like to you?

If you answered that it was an ignorant, racist, sexist, psychotic, likely substance-induced, hateful rant you of course would be absolutely correct but it is more than that.

It is the sound of someone's career dying.

I used to like Mel Gibson. He has significant talent both as a director and an actor. We own Braveheart and I thought it was an incredible, although slightly historically inaccurate, depiction of the Scottish fight for independence.

We parted ways though when he made his anti-Semitic rants. I started to drift back a little because he went on a lengthy and, by appearances, heart-felt mea culpa. This is too much though.

These recent comments combined with his previous remarks about the Jewish makes it clear this is a disturbed and hateful man.

He will eventually play the substance abuse card, he did with his anti-Semitic comments. That only goes so far.

First, he's had one strike. He supposedly knew he had the problem before and he has not addressed the problem.

Second, I have always been skeptical of the "mean drunk" theory. I work with a lot of drunks in my job. Some of them are complete bastards when they are drunk, hitting staff, kicking, biting, spitting, etc. They are a little better when they sober up but most are still idiots to some extent.

Substance abuse is a complex issue and I am not a specialist but I do not buy into the theory that alcohol makes people mean or do things they would never do when sober.

I have always thought that alcohol lowers inhibitions and lets a person's true nature come out.

In Gibson's case, this would mean he is an anti-Semitic, racist jerk but is able to control these urges when sober. When abusing alcohol his inhibitions are lowered and his real self emerges.

What this all means for me is I am not sure if I feel sorry for someone who may be a good man but has let alcohol control and ruin his life or is, at heart, a mean SOB who needs to just go away.

Right now, I'm thinking don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Obama Is Now On The Bargain Rack

Ever go to Walmart's or some other store and look at their DVD section (or CD's, books, etc)? Everyone has, right?

You have the racks with the new releases. They charge the big bucks for these.

Then you have the section with the slightly older but still popular movies, they charge a little less but still a quite a bit.

Then you go further into the movie section, into the far back corner. The shelves aren't as nice there. The placards are askew and missing. The movies are often out of order. It's dusty because the area is not dusted as often.

This is the bargain section.

At Walmart, this may even be a big tub in the aisle.

These are the movies no one wants anymore. They are yesterday's hits, some were never even popular to begin with. Many of them have outdated ideas and plots that have been used over and over again with no success.

It is in this section in which you can find the current President of the United States:

Carnahan Drops Prices For Obama Event

Pres. Obama is the best fundraiser the Dem Party has, but his drawing power is way down from its peak during the '08 campaign.

Obama is heading to MO and NV today to raise money for Sec/State Robin Carnahan (D), running for an open Senate seat, and Senate Maj. Leader Harry Reid.

But Carnahan's campaign wasn't able to completely sell out the Folly Theater, where Obama will appear for a grassroots event on Carnahan's behalf, at the prices they wanted. Tickets once priced at $250 are now going for $99, while $35 tickets are half off.

Source

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Now For Something Really Insane

First, hat tip to Just A Conservative Girl.

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Not A Lot Of Good News In This Poll For The Dems

Fox News Poll: Independent Voters 'Disappointed' and 'Angry' With Obama Administration

-The poll found that these swing voters are more likely to vote for the Republican candidate in their district by a 32-25 percent margin -- with 14 percent saying “other” and another 29 percent undecided.

-Many independents -- 55 percent -- are extremely or somewhat likely to vote for a Republican Congressional candidate this year with the "specific intention of providing a check on Democratic control of Congress and the president."

-Nearly one in five self-identified Obama voters in the 2008 election said they feel either disappointed (16 percent) or angry (2 percent).

-Continuing a several month trend, two-thirds of Republican voters are "extremely" (33 percent) or "very" interested (33 percent) in the midterm elections, while just under half of Democrats feel the same way (24 percent "extremely" and 25 percent "very").

A 59 percent majority of voters who are at least very interested in the elections feel disappointed or angry about the Obama administration. By 51-35 percent, these interested voters would back the Republican candidate in their district if they were heading to the voting booth today.


Democrats still support Obama by a wide margin but even this is down by 10%

There is a lot in this poll that shows a very bad year for the Dems in Congress.

That is if the election were to be held today.

Between now and November we have

-More of the Blago trial

-More of the Black Panther's hearings

-Much more about the immigration debate, which still has about 60% going against Obama's stance

-More information coming to light about just how bad Obamakare is

-More Joe Biden talking

-A very likely worsening economy

-More spending by Congress

Strap yourself in folks, this election could be tidal wave.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Say What?

NASA Chief: Next Frontier Better Relations With Muslim World

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said in a recent interview that his "foremost" mission as the head of America's space exploration agency is to improve relations with the Muslim world.

Though international diplomacy would seem well outside NASA's orbit, Bolden said in an interview with Al Jazeera that strengthening those ties was among the top tasks President Obama assigned him. He said better interaction with the Muslim world would ultimately advance space travel.

"When I became the NASA administrator -- or before I became the NASA administrator -- he charged me with three things. One was he wanted me to help re-inspire children to want to get into science and math, he wanted me to expand our international relationships, and third, and perhaps foremost, he wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science ... and math and engineering," Bolden said in the interview.


This has gotten way past funny.

First, what the Hell is a US governmental official doing on Al-Jazeera? It is effectively a terrorist organization.

Beyond that, NASA's primary role is to better relations with the Muslim world.

This man could have said he had aliens talking to him and it wouldn't sound any more ridiculous.

I think it is getting time to be genuinely concerned about the man in the White House.

Monday, July 5, 2010

What Do You Think About This?

Michael Steele is at it again. I think his latest quote is being taken a little out of context but that is mostly because it made absolutely no sense at all.

I have always been a fan of Steele and have had a tendency to like him quite a bit. The longer he is Chair of the RNC though I am finding that I am getting over that a bit. He has spent a lot of time clarifying ill-advised comments and donations are going down.

This is an election that is not only winnable but it is possible that the GOP stars are aligning for a massive sweep of Congressional, Senate, Gubernatorial, and state legislative wins. That is if they don't blow it.

So, does Steele have the chance of blowing it for them? The occasional gaffes and lackluster fund raising do not help.

Republicans are in a tough spot in that the Democrats have a massive PR apparatus in the main stream media. VP Joe Biden has said far worse far more often than Steele but the media protects Biden and castigates Steele. Not fair but reality.

What this means is the GOP has to be on it's game. No screw ups, no fodder for the MSNBC's and networks news programs in the US.

The question then is - is it time for Steele to go?

This would be a little risky for two reasons.

Number 1: The fringe media would have a field day - "The GOP is in disarray", etc.

So what? They are already attacking Steele. Is there a real down side here? They do not even need a controversy to report on, they'll make it up.

Number 2: Could they get someone in place and functioning this close to the election?

Again, there may not be as much of a downside here. This is not a national election in which they have to follow the US Constitution and take weeks or months to do it legally. They could have a quick meeting and instill someone over a couple of days if needed. Further, if Steele is ineffective then there may not be as great a risk as there would be replacing someone who is already effective. The real issue on this is who the geniuses of the GOP would deem competent.

So, what are our thoughts? Should he go or should he stay? The clock is ticking.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Quote Of The Week

A Navy Flyer's Creed

I am a United States Navy flyer.

My countrymen built the best airplane in the world and entrusted it to me. They trained me to fly it. I will use it to the absolute limit of my power.

With my fellow pilots, air crews, and deck crews, my plane and I will do anything necessary to carry out our tremendous responsibilities. I will always remember we are part of an unbeatable combat team - the United States Navy.

When the going is fast and rough, I will not falter. I will be uncompromising in every blow I strike. I will be humble in victory.

I am a United States Navy flyer. I have dedicated myself to my country, with its many millions of all races, colors, and creeds. They and their way of life are worthy of my greatest protective effort.

I ask the help of God in making that effort great enough.

While on vacation we visited Pensacola, Florida to see the Pensacola Naval Air Station and watch the Blue Angels practice. It was an incredible Museum and having a front row seat to the Blue Angels was amazing. These guys have a great mix of skill and insanity. I recommend it for anyone who can go.

These are some of the pictures from our visit.


This statue has the the Creed on it's base



These two boys are almost six foot tall giving you an idea of just how big this flag is




It is hard to appreciate just how close these guys are unless you are there watching it



This statue was cool in that it showed Naval Aviators through the years. From memory I believe it was, from left to right: WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, the first Gulf War


Have a Happy a safe 4th of July

Friday, July 2, 2010

What A Waste

It is likely that all of you have heard that they closed the beach at Pensacola because they are finding tar balls, or, oil.

We visited this beach the night before they closed it.

It is absolutely beautiful.

Just a few pictures to show what incompetence on a corporate and governmental level is costing us.





Thursday, July 1, 2010