Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Terrorism Or Freedom Of Speech?

So, which is it?

Wikileaks founder Assange and the New York Times is claiming that the leak of info is not only protected free speech but should be celebrated as good for the country.

Thoughts?

Monday, November 29, 2010

What Do You Think About This?

Mask-wearing protestors in D.C. can now be arrested

Wearing a mask while protesting outside a residence without telling D.C. police first could now get you arrested.

The D.C. Council has unanimously passed a strongly worded bill to deal with an animal rights group that has been known to wear masks and appear unannounced outside District residents' homes shouting things like "You should die." Residents have been complaining to their council members that they felt "terrorized." Critics of the bill say it's too broad and limits First Amendment rights.

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What are your thoughts? Do people have a right to anonymity while protesting? What about protesting in front of homes? Do people have a right to privacy in their homes?

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Quote Of The Week

My fellow Americans in all 57 states, the time has changed for come. With our country founded more than 20 centuries ago, we have much to celebrate...

Sarah Palin

Read Palin's Facebook post here for the back story and credit for the quote.

In releasing the above, she was poking fun at the media for going on the attack (google "Sarah Palin North Korea") yet have ignored just as idiotic slips from Obama.

This is an old story but it is getting tiresome.

More than that, I simply found it funny.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

We are taking off fairly early tomorrow morning for the long weekend and I will not be around much, if at all, until Sunday.

I do want to wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving though.

Among my blogging friends are those that are enjoying improvements in their loved ones health, spending another Thanksgiving without a loved one, and having a rough time because of the Hope and Change of our current economy.

They all have one thing in common though, they are surrounded by family and friends who care about them. Enjoy this weekend with the family and friends in each of your lives. In the end, they are all that really matters.

Monday, November 22, 2010

DownThe Rabbit Hole We Go

Weekend before last we went to see Alice In Wonderland put on by the kids at our local high school. They did a great job and it was a lot of fun.

There was nothing in it however that was as weird as this

Developers of Mosque Near Ground Zero Seek Federal Funds for Post-9/11 Rebuilding

An application to secure funding from federal 9/11 aid to build a controversial Islamic center two blocks from Ground Zero is drawing fire from critics who decry the move as insensitive.

"In November 2010, Park51 submitted several grant requests to the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, a New York state agency. The agency was established to help redevelop Lower Manhattan's economy after the 9/11 attacks," the proposed center, Park51, reports on its website.

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I just don't know what to do anymore. Every time you think things have not gone far enough to shit in this country, something like this happens.

Read the article. It is hinted that the application meets the requirement for the grant. Quite frankly, the city could likely be sued if it does not give the money to them.

On top of that, read this at my friend Z's site. Seems that Janet Napolitano is thinking of letting Muslim women pat themselves down. The TSA will frisk middle-aged Caucasian Catholic nuns, small children, men with bladder cancer, and make a woman remove her breast prosthesis, but are going to let MUSLIM women pat themselves down.

Quick quiz. Which of the following groups has flown planes into American buildings

A) middle-aged Caucasian Catholic nuns

B) small children

C) women using their breast prosthesis as WMD's

D) Muslims

Which of these would you allow to frisk themselves before getting on an airplane?

What Do You Think About This?

I read this article this morning and it got me thinking. Are the recent movies about the occult a problem for our society?

The article mentioned the series' Harry Potter and Twilight specifically but we have had others with less commercial success.

The priest interviewed in the article makes the assertion that demons possess people, including children, at the victims invitation. He further makes the assertion that these movies make children more likely to dabble in the occult and this in turn invites a demon in.

What are your thoughts on this? Are these movies dangerous? Are they degrading the moral fiber of society? Are they just harmless fun and people that will do this type of behavior would do it anyways with or without the movies?

I know where I stand on this, what about you?

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Quote Of The Week

And according to PopEater columnist Rob Shuter, the “DWTS” big-wigs fear for the worst.

"This will be a disaster for the show if Bristol wins," a source told the entertainment website. "Any creditability the show had will be over. It will go from being a dancing competition to a popularity competition where whoever has the most rabid fan base will always win no matter how little talent they have."

Read here for an entertaining look at how the left is in a snit about Bristol Palin's success on Dancing With The Stars. There is talk of a conspiracy. One man shot his TV out with a shotgun. What have I said about liberalism and mental disorders?

That's all hysterical. What caught my eye though is the bit about the show losing it's credibility.

Credibility? Really?

Saturday, November 20, 2010

And So It Begins

Critics Slam Obama Administration for 'Hiding' Massive Saudi Arms Deal

But some critics are questioning the deal, and the stealthy effort by the Obama administration to avoid a more probing congressional review by notifying Congress last month, just as members were headed home for the November elections. Congress had 30 days to raise objections -- a review period that concludes Saturday. With most members leaving Washington today, any significant effort to block the deal appears dead for now, officials said.

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First, do you like how ABC has "hiding" in quotation marks? No bias there.

Get used to this folks, this is just the beginning. Obama's solution to a divided Congress will simply be to bypass them. There will signing statements, Executive Orders, policy decisions by agencies such a the EPA, TSA, Homeland Security, etc.

Much of it will be illegal but that's not a problem, he will likely be out of office long before most of the decisions can be heard by the Supreme Court which means he will have his way. Other decisions will simply stand either partially or fully.

The next 2 years will certainly be interesting.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Mama, This Kool-Aid Tastes Funny

These are all humorous but this one really got me.


Go to Fox here and check out the rest.

Just think what would have happened if the FDA had been putting warning labels on Progressive Kool-Aid all along. We would have a much better world right now.

The only thing left to do now is fund research to see if we can help the victims of this insidious and addictive habit.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

It's About Time

Teacher Suspended for Kicking Out Student Over Anti-Gay Speech

Read the article.

Basically a teacher in Howell, Michigan kicked a student out of class because the student said he didn't accept gays. The school district in turn suspended the teacher for a day for violating the student's right to free speech.

Something has to give here. This can't be the end of this. The left is not going to tolerate this misuse of free speech rights. Doesn't this school understand that only people on the left have the right to free speech? Don't they realize the only speech that is allowed to be free is speech that has been properly screened by the PC police?

Something needs to be done about this outrage. Too bad there wasn't an African American gay boy in this school, we could have gotten Al Sharpton and the Rev JJJ involved. This would have lent an air of credibility to the whole thing. Sigh.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A Politician For The People

Read this story:

New Castle councilman calls cops on boys' cupcake sale

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The basic story is that four middle school boys were selling cupcakes in a town park to become entrepreneurs and this councilman called the police on them for not having a permit.

This man has a great future in politics. If that fails he could get a job at an HMO or some other customer focused industry.

Monday, November 15, 2010

What Do You Think About This?

Sued for firing worker on medical marijuana, Walmart argues Michigan's law wasn't meant to regulate business

GRAND RAPIDS -- Joseph Casias, who suffers an inoperable brain tumor, is the kind of patient voters had in mind in approving medical-marijuana use.

His firing at Walmart, after a positive drug test, undermines the law -- and forces people like Casias "to choose between their jobs and their medicine," Scott Michelman, an American Civil Liberties Union attorney, said Friday.

Source

There's a lot here.

What do you think about medical marijuana in general?

What about the state v the federal government? Is this a case of state's rights in which the Michigan law trumps federal law via the 10th Amendment to the Constitution?

Does a business have a right to regulate drug use by it's employees? What if their policy prohibits use that is legal?

What are your thoughts?

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Quote Of The Week

"When it [the presidency] was over, I knew I'd given my heart and soul, I'd poured everything I had into the job and was grateful for the opportunity to serve,"

George W Bush

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I am unapologetic in saying I miss Bush. He didn't do everything right and I didn't always agree with everything he did but he was a good man.

He deserved far better than what he was given by the media and the rest of the far left and, quite frankly, they didn't deserve him.

I said this after the last election and I say it again, he will be treated far better after he left office than when he was in. His new book is giving the public an insight into the person that the media spent 8 years trying to hide.

Then there is the Barrack Obama phenomenon. Read the article I got the quote from, it explains his resurgence much better than I could. The article shows how Obama's stumbles and fumbles have as much to do with Bush's redefinition as Bush does.

My thoughts are that by time the next 2 years are up I won't be the only one who looks back fondly on Bush's class and steadiness.

Friday, November 12, 2010

See Anything Wrong With This?

DOJ Gave Millions to Illegal Immigrant 'Sanctuaries,' Report Finds

The Department of Justice has spent tens of millions of dollars this year to compensate more than two dozen states, counties and cities for their costs of jailing illegal immigrants -- even though those communities have adopted policies that obstruct immigration enforcement, according to a recently released report.

Source

Anyone want to take a guess at which party controls these governments?

In my mind this borders on criminal. But, then again, that's redundant when one is talking about the federal government.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Boycott Amazon

***Caution, vomit alert***



Consumers Call for Boycott of Amazon Over 'Pedophile's Guide'

Amazon is selling an e-book entitled "The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure," and shocked consumers across the nation now are calling for a boycott of the online retail giant.

The e-book, authored by Phillips Greaves, was published late last month, according to product details on Amazon.com. It sells for $4.79 on the company's Kindle Store.

"This is my attempt to make pedophile situations safer for those juveniles that find themselves involved in them, by establishing certian [sic] rules for these adults to follow," a product description reads. "I hope to achieve this by appealing to the better nature of pedosexuals, with hope that their doing so will result in less hatred and perhaps liter sentences should they ever be caught."

Source

According to the article, one poster on Amazon is posing the question of whether Amazon should be held liable if the book is used for it's intended purpose.

I agree and I think the Son of a Bitch that wrote this needs to be in jail.

While I am a staunch defender of the 1st Amendment, the courts have ruled that society can regulate speech to protect children. How this is not included in that category, I want to know.

At the very least, examine this SOB's life. I would be willing to bet my next paycheck the police would find his photo album on his computer quite interesting along with the activities he involves himself in while not writing. A person who is not a pedophile could not write this book nor would someone who is not have any interest in doing so.

I am so incredibly pissed about this.

The Wave Of The Future?

STD Test? There's an App for That

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The UK Clinical Research Collaboration is developing an app for cell phones in which you can do an STD check on your self by peeing on a chip.

Questions, comments, complaints?

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

You Can't Make This Up

Joe Biden update: The VP meets on government transparency today. But that meeting is closed

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Basically Joe Biden is meeting with Earl Devaney, Chairman of The Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board.

This is a board developed by Obama to provide accountability for the stimulus money spent.

This is their mission statement from Recovery.gov:

To promote accountability by coordinating and conducting oversight of Recovery funds to prevent fraud, waste, and abuse and to foster transparency on Recovery spending by providing the public with accurate, user-friendly information.

Now I'm not going to bother with the whole irony over having a meeting about transparency closed to the press, that's beating a dead horse.

I do wonder though:

Does anyone remember a press conference from the Chairman of The Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board? Do you remember a press release in the news about any of this?

Finally, that leads to this:

What is this board's function?

Look at this part of the mission statement again

to foster transparency on Recovery spending by providing the public with accurate, user-friendly information

How are they providing the information? The answer is you have to go their website. The website is not bad. You can find some information if you do a little digging. The point is, it is information you have to dig for. Why is it that we aren't releasing this information more readily? Why not post it in the local papers?

One little side note: I looked at a couple of projects in our immediate area with a total grant amount of a little less than $3 million. Want to guess at how many jobs were generated with this money? Zero. Zilch. Nada. None. For our Congressional district there has been a total of 315 contracts, grants and loans for $260,830,628 that has created 198.24 jobs for a grand total of $1,315,731 per job.

Has anyone seen the movie The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy?

Douglas Adams, the author of these books was actually quite a brilliant man even though his writing was pretty simple. He poked a lot of fun at British Bureaucracy. In the opening scene of the movie the main character, Arthur Dent awakens one morning to bulldozers outside of his house preparing to demolish his home for a bypass. This is the dialogue between him and Mr Prosser, the supervisor for the road crew.

Arthur Dent: "You hadn't exactly gone out of your way to call attention to the building plans had you? I mean like actually telling anyone or anything.'

Mr Prosser: But the plans were on display.'

Dent: On display? I eventually had to go down to the cellar to find them.'

Prosser: `That's the display department.'

Dent: `With a torch.'

Prosser: `Ah, well the lights had probably gone.'

Dent: `So had the stairs.'

Prosser: `But look you found the notice didn't you?'

Arthur`Yes, yes I did. It was on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying "Beware of The Leopard".'"

Monday, November 8, 2010

What Do You Think About This?

Obama would be responsible for shutdown: Cantor

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A top Republican refused on Sunday to rule out the possibility of a government shutdown next year over growing federal deficits but said if there were one, President Barack Obama would bear responsibility.

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So what do you think?

I think it would be easy to make the argument that with the continued arrogance of Obama and the Democratic leadership in Congress, especially Harry Reid, that it would be their fault if the government were shut down.

They remain convinced that they have the mandate from the American people to continue their policies and dismiss the historic beat down they took at the polls last Tuesday.

Their arrogance is as strong as it has been over the last two years while they have been ignoring the will of the American public in pushing through destructive bills such as Obamakare.

They continue to refuse to listen to the message sent to them by voters that we are pissed with the way they have behaved. Instead deciding that the American public voted the way they did out of ignorance. We are just not bright enough to understand what they are trying to do for us.

So yes, it would be an easy argument that if the Republicans proposed cuts to the deficit that the public wanted and Obama and the Democrats continue down the path they have been, then an impasse would be the fault of Obama.

Without putting too fine of a point on it, congressional members are elected to represent us, not their political ideology. So, taking that into account, it is an easy argument that voters elected these new members to cut the deficit so a shutdown would be the fault of the Democrats if they go against the will of the American public.

So, back to the original question - who's fault would it be?

This is not a simple question.

You could take the above argument and make a pretty clear case that it would be the fault of Obama and the Democrats.

You could also look at the Republicans and say that, while they do have the backing of the American people, some of what they are doing is politically driven.

The more important question though may not be whose fault it is but...who gets the blame.

We do have to keep in mind that the Democrats have one thing the Republicans do not, the media. Yes, we have a few news organizations such as Fox News, The Wall Street Journal, etc but they still have large control over the message to the American public.

So what do you think? Whose fault will it be?

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Quote Of The Week

In a year Chuckie gets to vote

Emily, aged 10

Out of the mouths of babes.

Emily is my 10 year old daughter and Chuckie is Chuck, my 17 year old son.

We have always taken our kids to the polls with us when they were young. I wanted them to see us vote and grow up with a sense of it's importance.

The notion that my son would be allowed to vote in a year seemed very cool to her. Something to be envied.

My 10 year old daughter can see that voting is something to look forward to when you become an adult, why can't adults see this?

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Thank You Sir, May I have Another?

Just when you thought Barrack Obama had allowed the world to dump on the US enough, he goes and let's them drop another load on our heads.

U.N. Gives Obama a New 'Shellacking' -- Over Human Rights!

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Warning: Read the article but be certain to put down your coffee, hot chocolate, sharp and/or blunt weapons, firearms, or other objects that may cause you to harm yourself or your computer equipment. If you are, or may be pregnant, seek medical advice before proceeding as this article may make you very concerned about your child's future. As with all articles about the destruction of America make sure you speak with your health care provider to ensure you are healthy enough to read them.

Sorry, had to get the legal stuff out of the way first. Now to the post.

American diplomats attended a council meeting in Geneva in which some of the world's most tolerant countries were able to scold us on our human rights.

Yes, that's right, countries like Iran (who wanted us to “effectively to combat violence against women.” and “condemned and expressed its deep concern over the situation of human rights”), North Korea (we need “to address inequalities in housing, employment and education” and “prohibit brutality…by law enforcement officials.”), Cuba (“violations against migrants and mentally ill persons” and “ensure the right to food and health.”), Libya (made note of our “racism, racial discrimination and intolerance.”), Venezuela, Russia, Nicaragua, Bolivia, all also expressed concerns over our human rights record. It was unclear what their concerns were but one can only imagine.

You have to ask yourself, where's the bottom with this administration?

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Will This Be The Real Result Of The 2010 Election?

McConnell eyes Democrats up for re-election in 2012

Carrie Dann writes: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday that he expects some Democrats –- wary that continued support for Democratic policies will cost them re-election in 2012 -- will "peel off" from their caucus to work with Republicans for the next two years.

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There are 21 Democratic Senators up for re-election in 2012 along with 2 independents who caucus with them. Of these, I think one could argue 15 of them will be at risk for losing their seats. Many of them are in states that saw a party change in this years Senate, House, Gubernatorial, and/or state legislative districts.

Will the legacy of the 2010 election be fear? Will Democrats, and some left-leaning Republicans, up for re-election in 2 years start watching how they vote? Will the GOP, 5 votes short of a majority currently, get to set a large part of the agenda?

Keep in ind that the GOP only needs to keep their own Senators in line and peel off 5 Democrats and/or Independents.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Stunning News From Last Night

Developments from last night were unexpected and completely stunning.

It was happy news mind you but still surprising.

ACORN’s Troubled Past Leads to Stunning Election Day Announcement

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Can there be anything more ironic than ACORN closing it's doors on the day that Republicans win big to retake a sizable portion of our government back from the far left?

Folks, things are looking up for 2012. More on that later.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Can It Get Any Sicker?

Minnesota County Investigating Voter Fraud Allegations Involving Mentally Disabled

Read the article

Basically mental health workers, and some poll workers, were seen "helping" mentally disabled residents of a home vote.

Some of the people brought to the poll didn't appear to know where they were.

Some resisted and were helped with their voting.

There are reports of the mental health staff telling the residents how to vote.

There was even reports of the staff from the home filling out the ballots for them.

Don't worry though, officials in Minnesota are investigating.

But wait, you might exclaim, isn't this the same state that allowed Stewart Smalley to steal a Senate election by letting felons vote illegally?

Well, yes it is. I would say to that.

Any more questions?

Get Out And Vote


Why are you reading this blog? Get out and vote. Go. Now. Get up, go to the polls. Go on, stop reading. Leave now.

Monday, November 1, 2010

What Do You Think About This?

There really isn't much else to talk about today other than tomorrow's elections. So that is this week's question - what will happen tomorrow?

Leave your predictions. Go on the record and we will see just how smart we all are. I will reveal mine on Wednesday after everybody else has put theirs in.

Just joking, here we go:



The House

I think Nancy Pelosi is toast. She will keep her office but it is much smaller in January. I'm thinking a broom closet. Bonus - it will give her a place to park her broom.

There are a lot of seats for the Democrats to defend that have traditionally been right-leaning and this is a bad year for them. I think the GOP already has the House, it's just a matter of how strongly.

Republicans gain 50+ seats.



The Senate

Tougher to call. I worry about voting "irregularities" in Nevada and Pennsylvania, two close races that are leaning slightly Republican. I also worry about Murkowski blowing it for us in Alaska and giving the seat to the Democrats. On the flip side, I don't think we can rule out surprises in California and Washington and to a far lesser extent Connecticut and Delaware.

I still think though that recapturing the Senate is not there for us this year. It could be considerably closer than I think and will largely depend on who is right about which party has the momentum. Too many things have to go right for the GOP to retake the Senate though.

I do think that if I am wrong here and the GOP retakes the Senate then my House projection is way off and the GOP gains in the neighborhood of 70+.

Republicans gain 7 seats.



State elections

I have not been following state elections as closely, being a conservative I work for a living. I do think this is a big year for the GOP. While I have not been able to track this as much, it does not mean I do not see it as important. This is a big year for statewide elections. We not only do re-districting this year but also state governments have been passing more liberal laws in recent years.

While I am not a fan of gerrymandering, it is going to happen. I would rather see the right control it than the left. This year's re-districting can determine the political map for the next decade or more.

Further, retaking state governments will slow the rush to socialism we have been seeing for the last 2 years.

Finally, controlling statewide governments has significant influence on Presidential races. Historically a party that controls a state's government gets an edge on the Presidential campaign in the state.

Republicans gain 10-12 Governorships and the same number for legislative control

What are your thoughts?