Monday, August 31, 2009

Obama Communists: Did Ya Ever Imagine

Things occur so rapidly today and our lives are so busy we can't, oh how I hate to write this, "see the forest for the trees". Our government is very quickly being taken over by radical marxists. Do yourselves a favor and do some research on 'Obama czars": John Holdren, Cass Sunstein, Van Jones and Mark Lloyd. One of these people wants to restrict how many children a family can have either by forced abortion or by putting chemicals in the water. Another thinks animals should be able to sue humans and a third wants to control the airwaves as has Hugo Chavez through a revolution in Venezuela. Mr. Jones preaches the benefits of communism. Research the Apollo Alliance. They have taken credit for writing the stimulus plan.Apollo is headed by a cohort of Bill Ayers and, along with him helped found the Weathermen. We are known by the company we keep. You've heard of ACORN. If Attorney General, Eric Holder, would get off his duff and bring charges against them for massive corruption as he should have done with the Baltimore Black Panthers for voter intimidation the American people might stand a chance of slowing down the threat of marxist revolution these commies espouse.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Go Figure

From Flash News and re-printed courtesy of Dan Cirucci's personal blog
If aliens ever try to abduct you, just tell them you know Jesus. According to Guy Malone, of, using the Savior’s name during an attempted alien abduction can save you from a probing aboard a UFO, mainly because aliens are actually “fallen angels” who’ve taken the shape of extraterrestrials.
Malone says, “An abduction can be stopped in the name of Jesus Christ much like an exorcism. I am a testament of that.
I’ve been able to stop an abduction three times in my adult life.”
But, oddly enough, abductions aren’t even actually happening.
He says angels “shape-shift” to look like aliens and make people imagine ET encounters.
But since angels work for God and Jesus, dropping his name will keep them from messing with someone.
Malone says most UFO phenomena can be explained by simply reading the Bible.

Is This Heaven? No, It's Iowa

Have you noticed that seemingly every year, about this time, there are huge and destructive wildfires in the hills of California. The MSM sends scads of reporters to the area to let us in on the big story; the Santa Monica fires are causing million dollar homes to go up in flames. What's the big deal? Every year it's the same old story. Every spring there is flooding all across America and some folks continue to build homes in flood plains. Crap happens and so does stupid. The four year anniversary of Katrina is here. That means PBO will have a photo op just after he has his helicopter fly over unreconstructed areas of New Orleans. CBS will interview a sympathetic(or pathetic) black man in bib overalls with no shirt and a gold plated front tooth who will tell us about how difficult it is to carry on. The Prez will jump back on his copter and the saga continues. Next year Barry will be back again.
Let me tell you about some people who struggle and do not complain. How many recall the devastating floods of Iowa last summer? Not many I'd bet. The Cedar River ravaged everything between Waterloo to Iowa City. Cedar Rapids, population 125,000 saw the downtown completely under water. The destruction is evident today. I'm still waiting for Katie Couric or Brian Williams to show up to let the world know what these people have lost. It won't happen though. Iowans are resiliant. They are non-gripers who get by using their wits and hands to get the job done. Iowans don't rely on their neighbors for help. They don't have to since the neighbors will be there before a request for help is asked. This should be the American way but, too often, the chronic complainers want FEMA to dig them out and when they don't do it in a timely fashion it's time to blame someone, any one.
When talking to people in stores, on the street or in an airport and Iowa comes up in conversation I generally ask if they've ever been to Iowa and if they respond with a no it's my suggestion they stop in on the way through, if ever there. It's a wonderful state and the people are even better.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Wall To Wall

The Edward "Teddy" Kennedy funeral is Michael Jackson part II. It's wall to wall coverage. Since I got back from Minnesota three days ago the cable has been out so I've been forced to do other activities, reading for instance. Up til now I've missed the funeral of the decade. I'm watching Fox as I write, waiting for a rerun of Glenn Beck. From all accounts a man who is a combination of John Paul and Mother Theresa has passed on. Won't this spectacle ever get over? Please, somebody, give us the cut sign across the throat. Good Lord, we are in trouble. Cuttysark Kennedy has just, by the media, been compared to Daniel Webster. Anyway, I learned something today and it made me want to wretch. Mary Jo Kopechne did not drown. Well, that I did know. The poor lass ran out of air to breathe. That, too, I knew. It must have been agonizing. What I didn't know was she asphyxiated in only seven feet of water. Seven feet is ten inches taller than Ted in bare feet. Seven crummy, lousy feet and he couldn't make an effort to extricate this girl from her tomb. To lionize this guy is expected from the hard core Left and mainstream media. I'm wondering what the funeral of Sen. Robert Dole, a real hero and statesman will be like?

Monday, August 24, 2009

Stimulus Spending II-It's Only About Sex

From Fox News for August 24, 2009. It's nice to know where your stimulus dollars are being spent. Hookups,’ sexual interactions between partners who do not expect a romantic commitment, are believed to be common among adolescents and young adults.” So reads the abstract for a government-funded sex study by two Syracuse University researchers.
The study breaks new ground, the abstract claims, because it “provides the first prospective investigation of the hypothesized predictors of penetrative sex hookups (i.e., oral, vaginal and anal sex) and the first exploration of the short-term mental health consequences of hookups.”
Not surprisingly, “intoxication” was a leading predictor of hooking up among first-semester Syracuse students. Also not surprising was the finding that prurient, pre-marital sex “increased psychological distress for females, but not for males.”
In fact, the only surprise is that the sex study received $219,000 from the federal stimulus package.
And it is not the only sex-related research to receive taxpayer funding, according to the New York Post.
Researchers at Indiana University received $221,000 in stimulus money to examine “barriers to correct condom use.” The University of Illinois, Chicago was awarded $123,000 for a study evaluating “drug use as a sex enhancer.”
And the University of Maryland, Baltimore scored $28,000 from the taxpayers to study how crystal meth “enhances the motivation for female rat sexual behavior.”
Now I understand that the $219,000 that went to Syracuse University, the $123,000 to the University of Illinois and the $28,000 to the University of Maryland don’t amount to much in a federal stimulus package that added up to $787 billion.
But it’s not the amount of the awards that repulses. It’s that federal tax dollars are being used to underwrite research that almost certainly offends the moral sensibilities of the majority of Americans.

Stimulus Spending I

Difficult to believe but this list came from CNN, Feb. 2009. Sort of torques you off, doesn't it.
On Monday, Congressional Republican leaders put out a list of what they call wasteful provisions in the Senate version of the nearly $900 billion stimulus bill that is being debated:
The Senate is currently debating the nearly $900 billion economic stimulus bill.
• $2 billion earmark to re-start FutureGen, a near-zero emissions coal power plant in Illinois that the Department of Energy defunded last year because it said the project was inefficient.
• A $246 million tax break for Hollywood movie producers to buy motion picture film.
• $650 million for the digital television converter box coupon program.
• $88 million for the Coast Guard to design a new polar icebreaker (arctic ship).
• $448 million for constructing the Department of Homeland Security headquarters.
• $248 million for furniture at the new Homeland Security headquarters.
• $600 million to buy hybrid vehicles for federal employees.
• $400 million for the Centers for Disease Control to screen and prevent STD's.
• $1.4 billion for rural waste disposal programs
• $125 million for the Washington sewer system.
• $150 million for Smithsonian museum facilities.
• $1 billion for the 2010 Census, which has a projected cost overrun of $3 billion.
• $75 million for "smoking cessation activities."
• $200 million for public computer centers at community colleges.
• $75 million for salaries of employees at the FBI.
• $25 million for tribal alcohol and substance abuse reduction.
• $500 million for flood reduction projects on the Mississippi River.
• $10 million to inspect canals in urban areas.
• $6 billion to turn federal buildings into "green" buildings.
• $500 million for state and local fire stations.
• $650 million for wildland fire management on forest service lands.
• $1.2 billion for "youth activities," including youth summer job programs.
• $88 million for renovating the headquarters of the Public Health Service.
• $412 million for CDC buildings and property.
• $500 million for building and repairing National Institutes of Health facilities in Bethesda, Maryland.
• $160 million for "paid volunteers" at the Corporation for National and Community Service.
• $5.5 million for "energy efficiency initiatives" at the Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration.
• $850 million for Amtrak.
• $100 million for reducing the hazard of lead-based paint.
• $75 million to construct a "security training" facility for State Department Security officers when they can be trained at existing facilities of other agencies.
• $110 million to the Farm Service Agency to upgrade computer systems.
• $200 million in funding for the lease of alternative energy vehicles for use on military installations.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Chocolate Mike

My two year old grandson, Tommy, calls me Chocolate Mike. It isn't Grandpa, Gramps or any other strange or acceptable moniker. Lord knows how he came up with the name but it's kinda stuck and it's cute so I'll run with it for awhile. Today was another good one in our family. I have a new grandson. Our daughter became a mommy, again. This makes six grandkiddies in all; three girls and three boys. Time doesn't take a holiday. It seems like yesterday that Oscar arrived followed by Eve, then Genevieve, Tommy, Paige and now her brother, David. One of the kids calls me Grandpa L since both his grandpa's are Mike's. Coincidentally, David's two new grandpa's are also Mike's. That archangel must have been quite a dude back in the 1940's to have so many named after him.
Evie, she tries to get cute and simply call me Mike but then I have to give her the stare and she sheepishly whispers, "Grandpa Mike". Genevieve will call me whatever I want as long as I have M&M's in my pocket which I always do. M&M's--Chocolate Mike--Hmmm--maybe that's it.
This grandpa thing is a challenge but I think I'm close to getting a handle on it.
I think you'll find the following entry quite interesting for a couple of reasons. The writer, Katherine Kersten, blogs once a week for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. If you aren't aware, the Star Tribune can be comparable to either Pravda or Izvestia. It's true. It' about as close to being communist as Daily Kos. The second reason for liking the article is because it throws the right wing astroturfing nonsense back in the faces of the Left who have made it a habit of protesting every crappable movement from A to Z. Enjoy.

"Protesters and citizens asking angry questions have flooded the “town halls” where congressional representatives have tried to sell President Obama’s health care reform agenda to the American people.
The protesters have stolen the show, with 69 percent of Americans telling pollsters they are following the story closely. Town-hall-goers — some raucous — are probing costs, are raising questions about government encroachment on private life, and are deploring the fact that few legislators seem to have read the 1,000-page health care reform bill. Democrats have often had trouble answering credibly.
The protesters are having an impact. Last week, the administration appeared to pull back on the “public option” as a centerpiece of Obama’s reform agenda.
I thought folks on the left loved protesters — the rowdier, the better. Liberals are fond of reminding us that free speech is sacred, and that dissent — “speaking truth to power” — is a patriotic duty. Remember the 2008 Republican National Convention? The ACLU of Minnesota went to court to win a parade permit that would have allowed thousands of protesters, including anarchists who had vowed to shut down the convention, to encircle St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center, where delegates convened.
Today’s town hall protesters get no such respectful treatment. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has branded them “evil-mongers.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer have labeled them “un-American.” Left-wing journalists have mocked them as buffoons, extremists and crazies.
Most significantly, some Democratic leaders have charged that town hall protesters are not ordinary citizens speaking from the heart, as they appear to be. Instead, they are puppets, part of an “ugly campaign” — in Pelosi’s and Hoyer’s words — orchestrated by shadowy special interests.
If you know town-hall-goers, as I do, you know that most learned about the meetings from friends, through e-mails or on talk radio. They are urgently concerned about a government health care takeover and speak for a huge, largely leaderless sector of the nation.
To hear Democratic leaders denounce them, though, you’d think that evil behemoths like Big Pharma are pulling these protesters’ strings. Whoops! The inconvenient truth is that on ObamaCare, Big Pharma and other fat cats are lining up on the Democrats’ side.
Obama won drugmakers’ support by cutting a deal with them. Under the proposed system, Big Pharma expects to reap millions in profits from new government health care subsidies. In return, its leaders have agreed to spend $150 million on a TV ad drive promoting ObamaCare — a sum larger than John McCain laid out for advertising in his entire campaign, according to news reports.
It’s odd, too, to hear Democrats denounce grass-roots organizing as sinister. Their allies wrote the book on “netroots,” and groups such as the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) and helped put Obama and friends over the top in the 2008 elections. These organizations have eye-popping budgets and Washington offices, while town hall protesters pass on e-mails to their neighbors from their kitchens after work.
The greatest irony, of course, is that Barack Obama — our health care reformer-in-chief — rose to America’s highest office by using skills he mastered as a “community organizer.”
Obama cut his political teeth on Chicago’s gritty South Side, where he focused on mobilizing black churches as a path to power. He learned the ropes from lieutenants of the legendary Saul Alinsky, a Marxist street agitator whose 1971 “Rules for Radicals” laid out how to mobilize people by fueling their anger and building on their self-interest. Alinsky preached ruthless power politics, including “direct action.” He once reportedly advised opponents of George H.W. Bush to dress as Klan members and wave signs supporting him at a rally.
Obama has written and taught about community organizing, and he has served on foundation boards that support it. Announcing his presidential bid, he said the “best education” he had received was not at Columbia University or Harvard Law School, but in Chicago.
When Obama was elected to the U.S. Senate, Michelle Obama told a reporter, “Barack is not a politician first and foremost. He’s a community activist exploring the viability of politics to make change.”
So don’t mourn for an administration that may seem to be reeling from town hall setbacks. Obama’s minions are busy with some “community organizing” of their own.
Obama knows, as an aide has reportedly threatened, how to “punch back twice as hard” when opponents challenge him. His administration is moving to overwhelm town hall protesters with its own troops, assisted by a carpet-bombing media campaign financed with Big Pharma’s big money."

Friday, August 21, 2009

Staying Abreast Of The News

I'll only pay slight lip service to this next item. I read it on-Hmmmm-might have been Ace of Spades HQ. For some reason and I'm not sure why but caught my attention. I went to the site and, yes, it deals with the massive discrimination of women. This is a movement, protest if you will, that I can fully support. These ladies feel they are being denied their rights by not being able to shed their tops in public. As an example, we are subjected to two pictures, one of a very nice looking lady with a certain part of her anatomy blurred out. The second is of a man who has to weigh in at well over 400. He had "man boobs"; a perfect candidate for what we saw on Seinfeld. They called it "The Bro" or "Mansierre" if you prefer. Back to the girls. This Sunday, August 23 is coming out day all across the nation. Select cities, Columbus, Ohio included, will hold a protest and picnic combined. Unfortunately, I will be out of state. I doubt my absence will be missed.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Graft: Chicago Style

:Sean Hannity invited Culture of Corruption author Michelle Malkin on his program yesterday to discuss the latest White House scandal. As reported by Bloomberg on Tuesday:August 18, 2009
Two firms that received $343.3 million to handle advertising for Barack Obama’s White House run last year have profited from his top priority as president by taking on his push for health-care overhaul.
One is AKPD Message and Media, the Chicago-based firm headed by David Axelrod until he left last Dec. 31 to serve as a senior adviser to the president. Axelrod was Obama’s top campaign strategist and is now helping sell the health-care plan.
Complex stuff, but one observer boiled it down nicely:
Man owns firm, man takes government job, man sells firm and firm owes man $2 million (if firm goes bust, man out $2 mil), firm lands multi-million dollar contracts from organizations doing business with the government on a top issue for the person man works for and man is out advocating for.
Malkin and Hannity savored the irony: that the same White House insiders and Democrat operatives eager to smear town hall protesters as “Astroturfers” funded by “big corporations” are themselves funded by… big corporations. Adding insult to irony, these are the very same “big corporations,” Malkin noted, that liberals like Obama and his supporters supposedly believe are so “evil.”
Certainly, as Hannity pointed out, this budding scandal looks like “an obvious conflict of interest” tainted with “the appearance of impropriety.” Should the situation turn out to be as “fishy” as it appears, few could claim to be surprised. David Axelrod is, as Malkin said, a veteran of “Chicago pay for play politics.”
Perhaps the only individuals unaware of Axelrod’s unpleasant reputation are the University of Nebraska-Lincoln organizers who invited him to deliver the “Peter J. Hoagland Integrity in Public Service Lecture” this fall.

In The Name Of The Father

BHO went after the clerics yesterday in his bid to get a law aimed at sending us old-timers to an early grave. He had 140,000 lefty clergy of all faiths tuning in to his words trying to explain that some were "bearing false witness" against his plan.
"I am my brothers keeper. I am my sisters keeper", said he. Yeah, sure Barry. Tell that to your half bro, George, who lives on $20 George Washingtons a month whiling away the time in his 12x12 corrugated hut.

Dropping the G

This is nitpicking, I know, but, well, maybe it isn't. Recall how Tina Fey of Saturday Night Live along with the Maureen Dowd of the NY Times and every nauseatingly phony made fun of Sarah Palin for not speaking proper English. Seems Ms. Palin dropped the 'g' from ing words. Sometime around three weeks ago I was listening to Barry Almighty give a speech and he forgot the g's. He was 'goin' and 'comin', 'movin' and 'shakin', shuckin' and 'jivin'. So, I'm thinking to myself, "is this the way a Harvard a man talks"? I let it slide until this afternoon when the better half asked me, "when did Obama start dropping the g's from words"? Aha! I was correct all along. This just might be my chance to blow the lid off this guy's charade of being the educrat of our lifetime. Listen the next time the boy wonder speaks. I think I'm right on this one.

Doctors For Obama

There is a very significant rumor floating around that a group of doctors will come out with 100% suppport for Obama's health care plan. I am referring to those who have concentrated on performing autopsies. Don't know why these doctors would be in this supporting category but it's worth informing the public. It's my duty.

Obama Gives Brazil Billions-To Drill For Oil

From Michael Lisle published in the American Thinker August 20, 2009:

Earlier this week, AT's Rick Moran highlighted the Obama Administration's decision to invest $2 billion to finance offshore drilling in Brazil. Many good questions there, including the pertinent question of why offshore drilling is okay for Brazil, but not for the U.S.
Since the initial story broke late last week, Bloomberg has reported that billionaire Democratic donor George Soros acquired over $800 million in Petrobas stock during the second quarter of 2008, ultimately selling 22 million common shares and acquiring 5.8 million preferred (read "dividend paying") shares recently.
Ed Morrissey at Hot Air asks all of the salient questions, including this one:
Is it a coincidence that Obama backer George Soros repositioned himself in Petrobras to get dividends just a few days before Obama committed $2 billion in loans and guarantees for Petrobras' (sic) offshore operations? Hmmmmmmmmmm.
I don't have a smoking gun, but I do have the good sense to recognize when something doesn't pass the smell test. It might well be happenstance that Soros' "repositioning" was completely unrelated to the decision to invest American dollars in Petrobas, but there are too many dots that have at least a tenuous connection to assume that it's a completely innocent coincidence.
Unfortunately, this is just the latest in a long string of issues emanating from the White House that cause Americans to question the integrity and good sense of the Campaigner in Chief's administration. Consider what we've learned in just the past several days.
Senior adviser David Axelrod is still owed $2 million by the advertising firm he ran until leaving after Obama's election. This firm, now run by Axelrod's son, is a key player in the healthcare reform advertising effort.
The administration, which Obama promised would be the most bipartisan ever, has floated a trial balloon to gauge reaction to achieving healthcare reform with only Democrat votes. This came after significant backtracking on the so-called "public option" deemed essential by the far left.
Many Americans are still furious about being spammed by Axelrod with a message about healthcare reform, and the dirty tactics of those opposed to the president's plan. Many are also still incensed about the fact that the White House set up a snitch email account and actively encouraged Americans to report any "disinformation" they heard from others regarding healthcare reform.
The list could go on (the Beer Summit and police "acting stupidly," the push for cap-and-trade, and many more), but the point is made: In less than eight months, the Obama administration already has a well-established track record that stands in opposition to the promises of transparency and the highest ethics. I don't think it stems from ignorance, but instead from Obama's trademark hubris. He knows the smell test exists; he simply thinks he is smart and clever enough to beat it, or, if he's caught, to contort his way out of the consequences
In over their heads, trying to flood the system by pushing huge reform after huge reform through the system in the best Alinsky style, and severely underestimating the American public's ability to connect dots, Obama et al. have burned through copious amounts of political capital and public goodwill by trying to beat the smell test instead of working with it.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Weekend At Barry's

This from my good friend, Michell Malkin:
"The ABC News Business Unit does some recession math and compares other luxury vacation resorts to Martha’s Vineyard, where the Obama family will travel next week for an end-of-summer stay.
FYI, you’re footing some of the bill:
…Caroline Taylor, another Martha’s Vineyard realtor, estimated that the property would go for $35,000 to $50,000 a week. The Obamas will pay for at least a portion of the rental, but taxpayer funds will be used to pay for Secret Service and staff housing on the property.
Shared sacrifice for thee, but not for He.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Keith Olbermann, Michelle Bachmann & Americorp

From NewsRealblog: August 17, 2009
It’s not at all surprising that Keith Olbermann detests Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-Minnesota). She’s precisely the “type” Olbermann hates: a dynamic, attractive, eloquent female who isn’t afraid to publicly embrace conservative principles, and who articulates them extremely well. Olbermann has no use for people like that; they threaten him. For evidence of this, just look at his continuing crusade to discredit Sarah Palin, who remains, to this day, one of the foremost obsessions of the MSNBC hatchet man
“I think we do not appreciate,” Olbermann said on his most recent Countdown program, “the physiological specimen that is Michelle Bachmann: one of the world’s largest, most vibrant egos, fully functioning despite no evidence of any other brain activity.” For these alleged defects, Olbermann named Bachmann as the day’s “Worst Person in the World.” Not content to smear only the congresswoman, the broadcaster took up his broadest rhetorical brush and painted her supporters as an undifferentiated pack of “loony tunes.”
Olbermann is currently in a major snit over the fact that Bachmann has characterized the AmeriCorps program, which is so dear to President Obama and the Democrats, as a veritable network of “taxpayer-funded liberal reeducation camps.” A careful analysis of the facts, however, reveals that Bachmann’s assessment is quite accurate indeed.
AmeriCorps was launched by President Clinton in 1993, and membership in the organization is open to all U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents age 17 and older. Each member works a 10- to 12-month stint with a nonprofit group, public agency, or faith-based organization that participates in the AmeriCorps program. These members are paid workers, not volunteers. Their stipends are financed by U.S. taxpayers, half-a-billion of whose dollars are funneled annually through AmeriCorps and into the coffers of selected nonprofit organizations, which, in turn, use that money to pay the young people who register for a term of service with them.
The recipients of these AmeriCorps grants tend to be organizations whose politics fall on the left side of the spectrum, and whose efforts are focused on such projects as environmental activism, social-welfare programs, legal-aid assistance, political activism, teacher-education programs, community-organizer training, public health initiatives, childcare services, and ethnic-identity politics. Among the more notable recipients of AmeriCorps funding is the National Council of La Raza, which lobbies for racial preferences, bilingual education, mass immigration, and amnesty for illegal aliens.’s Washington correspondent Ronald Kessler has observed that AmeriCorps workers have traditionally “been put to work to promote the causes of Democrats.”
As of mid-2009, AmeriCorps had nearly 75,000 active members. Three months ago, President Obama signed a $6 billion piece of legislation to more than triple the size of the program – to 250,000 people — over an eight-year period. This move alone will increase the federal civilian workforce by 13 percent, and will make AmeriCorps the 14th largest employer in the United States – an employer perfectly positioned to promote Democrat agendas with taxpayer money.
And perhaps most notably, AmeriCorps has longstanding ties to ACORN, the pro-Democrat, pro-Obama, voter-registration-fraud factory that ranks among the most corrupt organizations in living memory.
But poor Keith Olbermann can’t understand why any fair-minded individuals would take issue with AmeriCorps. Thus he concludes that such people must be, as he phrases it with his characteristically juvenile petulance, “loony tunes.”

Two More Reasons

It's all over the blogs but I got my info from Ace of SpadesHQ. We've got two more reasons why a venomous cobra should strike dead health care. the first deals with "cash for clunkers". To date, only 2% of the claims have been acted upon while four of every five claims have been rejected due to a minor computer glitch. The second comes from Obama himself when he stated that UPS and FedEx are doing a good job but the US Postal system sucks, or words to that effect. And we want to entrust the government with 15% of the economy? Yeah, right!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Coaches Are Conservatives

I had dinner with an old coaching buddy last February and during the evening's meal he mentioned he was a liberal Democrat. I asked him, with incredulity, "how can that be". He laughed, responded with, "I know, I know" full well realizing that coaching and a liberal philosophy don't work well together.
The following article from Politico addresses the issue nicely.
"There’s something about football and the Grand Old Party, with a connection that dates back at least to President Richard Nixon famously drafting a trick play for the Washington Redskins under coach George Allen – who ran the commander-in-chief's trick play for a crucial 13-yard loss. Allen’s son, also George, later became a Republican governor and senator from Virginia.
During the Republican wave in 1994, Seahawks Hall-of-Fame wide receiver Steve Largent was swept into Congress, as was former University of Oklahoma quarterback J.C. Watts. Both men were elected in Oklahoma, where they grew up and played in college.
There's one notable exception to the Republican rule — Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.), the 1993 Heisman Trophy runner-up for the University of Tennessee and former Washington Redskins quarterback, and the only Democratic pro football player ever to win a high-profile or national race. But Watts notes that even Shuler's plenty conservative, and argues there's a link between football and Republicanism.
"The values that Republicans espouse in terms of capitalism, free enterprise, responsibility, working hard, sacrifice and commitment – that message probably resonates with the majority of athletes a lot more,” said Watts, who retired in 2003 after eight years in Congress."

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Mr. Lincoln Speaks

"You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away people's initiative and independence.
You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves."

Abraham Lincoln

Friday, August 14, 2009

Margaret Thatcher On Socialism

"The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other peoples money"
Margaret Thatcher

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Amtrak, Clunkers, The Post Office & Food.

Senate Restaurants Offered a Foretaste of ObamaCare. Another bullet for our chambers supplied by
Van Helsing at I yanked this article off the web. It just seems the Congress can't get any economic policies right. Golly, gee, Ned but them Dems and Pubs sho nuff know how to lose our hard earned quarters.

"If the Dems succeed in seizing control of the entire healthcare industry, we can only hope that it's easier to run than restaurants. From last year:
Year after year, decade upon decade, the U.S. Senate's network of restaurants has lost staggering amounts of money — more than $18 million since 1993, according to one report, and an estimated $2 million this year alone, according to another.
The financial condition of the world's most exclusive dining hall and its affiliated Capitol Hill restaurants, cafeterias and coffee shops has become so dire that, without a $250,000 subsidy from taxpayers, the Senate won't make payroll next month.
The embarrassment of the Senate food service struggling like some neighborhood pizza joint has quietly sparked change previously unthinkable for Democrats. Last week, in a late-night voice vote, the Senate agreed to privatize the operation of its food service…
Privatization was a bitter pill for Dems to swallow, given that their core belief is that economic activity should be based on coercion as opposed to voluntary exchange.
Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), speaking for the group of senators who opposed privatizing the restaurants, said that "you cannot stand on the Senate floor and condemn the privatization of workers, and then turn around and privatize the workers here in the Senate and leave them out on their own."
But like most everything attempted by bureaucrats, the Senate-run restaurants were a spectacular failure.
All told, they bring in more than $10 million a year in food sales but have turned a profit in just seven of their 44 years in business, according to the GAO.
In a masterful bit of understatement, [Dem Senator Dianne] Feinstein blamed "noticeably subpar" food and service. Foot traffic bears that out. Come lunchtime, many Senate staffers trudge across the Capitol and down into the basement cafeteria on the House side. On Wednesdays, the lines can be 30 or 40 people long. House staffers almost never cross the Capitol to eat in the Senate cafeterias.
That's because the House cafeterias were privatized back in the 1980s."

Monday, August 10, 2009


"I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and you disagree with this administration somehow you’re not patriotic. We should stand up and say we are Americans and we have a right to debate and disagree with any administration."

Hillary (in a galaxy long, long ago)

A Paradox

Not far from my Minnesota lake cottage is a bike trail that meanders from Brainerd to Bemidji. It's about an eighty mile trek if one wants to try it. I don't! My skill level is four miles one way then back to the car. it's a beautiful ride and today was a spectacular day. The trail goes past lakes, pines and all types of fauna and flora I can't name. The biker is surrounded by very large birch trees. It's majestic. When I ride I have on a headset and listen to Rush. Love him or not he had a guest caller on today from Council Bluffs, Iowa named Roy who asked a very significant question about health care. It is a paradox of large proportions coming from Obama, said the caller. I'm paraphrasing but Roy asked, "Obama states that our health care system is broken and needs to be fixed. In the next breath he says that we can keep our insurance that we now have if we want".
Leave it to a Hawkeye to keep it simple, direct and to the point.

Oregon Health

James Taranto at the Wall Street Journal always gives us food for thinking. Today's article is another one of those not to disappoint.
"One question about ObamaCare that has caused enormous anxiety has to do with the category of “end-of-life care.” Would people feel pressured, or be forced, to pull the plug on those who, on economic grounds, are deemed not worth saving? Would ObamaCare allow or encourage assisted suicide, even euthanasia?

These are serious questions. Last July we noted that Oregon’s socialized health plan had denied a $4,000-a-month cancer drug to 64-year-old Barbara Wagner. But the bureaucracy cheerfully informed her “that it would cover palliative, or comfort, care, including, if she chose, doctor-assisted suicide.” (Portland’s KATU-TV reported that the drug’s maker, Genentech, responded to a plea from Wagner’s doctors and let her have the medicine free. Such charity would be unsupportable, obviously, if the entire country were subjected to a plan that refused to pay for the drugs.)"

Sunday, August 9, 2009

British Health Care

Member of European Parliament Daniel Hannan warned Americans of the dangers of government-run healthcare on the Friday edition of the “Glenn Beck Program.”
Hannan, a Conservative who represents Southeast England in the European Parliament, said of the British National Health Service (NHS), “The most striking thing about it is that you are very often sent to the back of the queue.”
Beck noted the lengthy waiting times for care under Britain’s socialist National Health Service (NHS) (that were provided by the BBC on May 27, 2009):

*cataract surgery – 8 months
*hip replacement – 11 months
*knee replacement – 12 months
*slipped disc – 5 months
*hernia repair – 5 months

Although to be fair, Hannan said, the NHS provides “not so bad” care with children but “the worst thing to be is elderly under a system like ours.” Said Hannan
I could tell you horror stories about elderly people left starving in wards and the amazing thing is, why do we put up with it. The reason we put up with it for so long is because it has become such a huge system. It’s got such an enormous bureaucracy based around it. We have 1.4 million people employed by the National Health Service.
The NHS is the third largest employer on the planet after the Red Army in Communist China and the Indian national railways. “Most of those 1.4 million people are administrators,” Hannan said.
And the existence of that huge electoral bloc makes it impossible to get rid of the system, Hannan said.
If Americans bring in universal healthcare, they should disabuse themselves of the notion that they can somehow come back and change the system a few years from now, Hannan said.

Show Me The Money

Where did that bank bailout go? Watchdogs aren't entirely sure. Believe it or not, this headline came from Yahoo. Nobody in the federal government can tell us where that rascally 770 billion dollars of stimulus went. And they want 2 trillion for health care.

Saturday, August 8, 2009


As God is my witness I have never, ever watched a reality TV show. I've never seen American Idol. Maybe five years ago all the bachelor shows started but I happened to be the only American not to tune in. I've never seen 'Dogs Run Wild", 'Let's Lose A Million Pounds' or 'Trading Spouses'. So here's the question: with so many non creative shows on television why aren't there more and better written shows on the telly? There must be a great many writers with very creative talent who are sitting at home waiting for the next great sitcom, drama or made for TV movie.
My wife and I are huge fans of "The Closer" with Kyra Sedgwick. It's the best there is. Law and Order continues to entertain even though Lenny Briscoe is gone. He was to L&O what Connery was to James Bond.
Watch The Closer on TNT Monday nights. You'll become addicted rapidly.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Look For The Union Label---And A Gun At Your Head

This from Michelle Malkin from August 7, 2009. Sort of reminds you of Brown Shirts. If it doesn't, it should.
"In May, I told you how the Service Employees International Union’s $61 million investment in Barack Obama paid off with cabinet appointments, executive orders, key personnel slots, and legislative goodies.
Now, the SEIU thugs are looking out for The Boss. In Tampa, Florida and St. Louis today, the Purple People turned out to give cover to members of Congress targeted by Tea Party activists and town hall protesters. For the first time, the town hall protests were marked by physical aggression. More on the St. Louis arrests of confrontational Obamacare activists here. (Just like Obama wanted: “In your face.”) This is no coincidence
Asked about his organizing philosophy, Andy Stern summed it up this way: “[W]e prefer to use the power of persuasion, but if that doesn’t work we use the persuasion of power.”
Stern and his shock troops have bullied companies from private equity firms to Burger King to food management company Aramark, who have resisted SEIU’s attempts to organizer their workers. The Purple People have organized aggressive protests and a “War on Greed” campaign to pound the employers into submission. One of the besieged targets, security provider Wackenhut Services, battled SEIU’s attempts to gain exclusive representation for its employees. The company already ten other unions representing its workers. Initially unbowed by a massive, malicious negative publicity campaign against them, Wackenhut blew the whistle:
The SEIU seeks membership growth through aggressive “corporate campaigns” that have a blunt message to employers, “Let us unionize your workforce or we will destroy your reputation.” This tactic has been used against a number of organizations to include Wal-Mart, Kaiser Permanente, Advocate Health Care, Catholic Healthcare West, and Sutter Health.
SEIU is attempting to coerce The Wackenhut Corporation and WSI to recognize it as the “exclusive” collective bargaining representative throughout Wackenhut. Wackenhut declined to enter into such an agreement. The SEIU responded with a corporate campaign that is intended to damage WSI’s reputation and relationships with our clients. Their campaign tactics include distributing misinformation, distortion and omission of fact through the media, conducting demonstrations in proximity of work sites in an effort to disrupt normal client operations, and aggressively attempting to intimidate or influence clients."

Liberal Hate Talk

There's an interersting website I've come across recently. I'm not sure about the name of the owner, Bob, I think, but he's a conservative black man and it's titled, It is worth your visit since he pulls no punches. I grabbed the following story from the site but had read of this clown, Mike Malloy, uttering his crappola about Glenn Beck elsewhere. Malloy has a radio show but to give an idea of how successful he is I hadn't heard of him until last winter and I get around, too.
Another one to store away for future reference when the left calls us intolerant haters…
"I have good news to report. Glenn Beck appears closer to suicide. I’m hoping that he does it on camera.
Suicide is rampant in his family, and given his alcoholism and his tendencies towards self-destruction, I am only hoping that when Glenn Beck does put a gun to his head and pulls the trigger, that it’s on television, because somebody will capture it on YouTube and it will be the most popular little piece of video for months."
— Mike Malloy, talk radio host

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Buy American

Our Congress is composed of 535 morons!
Corolla passes Focus
as top 'clunker' trade-up
Detroit News, by Deb Price
The Toyota Corolla has topped the Ford Focus as the most purchased vehicle under the "cash for clunkers" program. The Ford Focus is now second, the Department of Transportation announced Wednesday, followed by the Honda Civic, Toyota Prius and Toyota Camry in the top five. Rounding out the top 10 are the Hyundai Elantra, Ford Escape (Front Wheel Drive), Dodge Caliber, Honda Fit and Chevrolet Cobalt.

Splain This Chicago

Al Frankenstein, newly selected senator from my secnd state, Minnesota, was the recipient of some dubious ballots. We have a precint with 100 voters in it. Oddly enough, there were 1200 votes cast for Franken. Eat your hearts out Chicago. You got nuthin on us!

Bubba Gets The Babes

Here's the inside skinny on Bubba securing the release of the two ladies from North Korea and it comes from the New York Post. Al Gore wanted to be the man in charge, initially, to "negotiate" the release of the two 'spies". Kim So-Ill told Big Al to take a hike. Someone of a higher stature was needed. So, Clinton got the nod. It was a done deal before our "skirt in chief" had his plane leave the States. No mention was made of any cash, food for nukes, or other deals provided the North Koreans.
Plain and simple it was a photo op with the US apologizing, AGAIN, to a piece of trash third world nation.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Obamacare: The Hidden Agenda

From Noel Sheppard at NewsBusters:
As President Obama repeatedly tells America that his plan for healthcare reform will not lead to the elimination of private health insurance, statements he made in 2007 and 2003 tell a different story altogether.
In shocking video uncovered by our good friends at Naked Emperor News, Obama, speaking at SEIU's New Leadership Health Care Forum on March 24, 2007, said, "My commitment is to make sure that we have universal healthcare for all Americans by the end of my first term as President."
Later in the discussion, he elaborated:
"I would hope that we set up a system that allows those who can go through their employer to access a federal system or a state pool of some sort. But I don't think we're going to be able to eliminate employer coverage immediately. There's going to be potentionally some transition process. I can envision a decade out or fifteen years out or 20 out."
In 2003, Obama stated at an AFL-CIO Civil, Human and Women's Rights Conference:
"I happen to be a proponent of a single payer universal healthcare plan...That's what I'd like to see."
Later in the video, viewers are treated to Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) saying on July 27 of this year:
"I think that if we get a good public option, it could lead to single payer, and that's the best way to reach single payer."
Yet, the way media are reporting this issue, those who want to stay with private insurance -- which is the vast majority of Americans -- will be able to do so.
Will these new revelations about what Obama really wants make it to a news outlet near you?
Stay tuned.