Monday, November 30, 2009

The West Point Photo Op

There's a Black businessman, Robert Parks who has his own web site, Give it a look-see sometime. You do realize it's conservative dontcha?

"I’m not the Commander-in-Chief, but there’s one thing I could surmise about war: you don’t win by letting the enemy know your plans before you implement them.
But Barack Obama’s presidency is all about show and to give himself that right look, he’ll tell the world (and the Taliban) how he plans on winning it and he’s using our soldiers as his props.
This man who dithered for days about four Somali pirates in a lifeboat has dithered for months over a very clear-cut operational decision. That’s right, – this doesn’t even rise to the level of strategy. Our strategy should be pretty clear – crush al Qaeda. Eliminate the Taliban if necessary so that Afghanistan does not revert to the 18th Century again.
You won’t see that Tuesday night. Instead you’ll see a grandiose exercise in narcissism. Stagecraft is mandatory so he’ll broadcast from our Military Academy at West Point, likely using a color-coordinated selection of cadets as a backdrop.
This is the clear difference between progressives and conservatives. At least Bill Clinton was honest when he wrote (as a youth) he “loathed” the military. Obama may not loathe them, but he’ll use them and those overseas waiting for him to make up his mind."

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Tiger Woods

Unless you've been living in a biosphere the last two days there's a huge kerfuffle about Tiger Woods, his wife and a 9 iron. I do hope there's nothing to the infidelity rumors. Tiger is known around the world as a role model to young and old alike. He's given millions to establish educational foundations and has striven to maintain his privacy.
I heard a sportscaster say that Tiger may very well be the recipient of some very negative press from the mainstream media. A few years ago there was a movement to have Tiger use his "blackness" to speak for that brand of minority. Tiger, to his credit, avoided being 'used' by Bill Clinton at Shea Stadium to honor Jackie Robinson. Mr. Woods was asked to speak at an Obama function as part of the inaugural festivities for Obama. He did give a talk but he honored members of our Armed Forces and thereby avoided racial controversy. He was castigated in the press for missing an opportunity to shine the light on the plight of Blacks in the country. Just as Michael Jordan sells shoes Tiger Woods sells Buicks or did, anyway. It's called economic common sense.
If Tiger and Elin are having problems I feel badly for both of them but to quote our Democrat friends from the late 1990's in protecting Billy Bob Clinton, "What's the big deal? It's only about sex".

Lucianne Strikes Again

Everybody and anybody knows my very 100% favorite web site is It has a balance: 70-30, conservative to liberal but I get most of my news from her. The site is always updating so I go to it at least fifty times a day. Well, the big news is that lucianne has created another site; The beauty of it is no more Liberal stuff. It's Lucianne's favorites. Hooray and hallelujah!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Corrruption, Contempt And Arrogance

I don't normally blog such long letters but Col. Donald Myers, a frequent contributor to Hernando Today in Tampa, Florida expresses what should be read by all. This is common sense. Again I ask, "what in hell is going on in this country"? The Colonel has included his personal e-mail if anyone wants to give him a thumbs up or otherwise. =================

"The American people consistently tell Congress and the administration they want the excessive spending to stop, government health care not to happen, listen to us, and corruption to be ferreted out. What we have received in return is proposed higher taxes, more corruption, we know better than you, and more spending. There is little doubt these people simply do not listen and could care less about listening to the voters.
We now see out in the open the corruption exhibited by elected officials. Sen. Mary L. Landrieu (D-La.) sold her vote for the Senate health care bill for $300 million and bragged about it. She was asked if she was given $100 million for her state and her vote. She responded she was given $300 million and was proud of it. That particular vote was needed in order for the bill to proceed to debate by the full senate. Many Democratic senators are saying although they voted to continue with the bill, they will not vote for the current bill unless it is changed to their position.
The way I interpret that is, since Sen. Landrieu got such a great deal, the leadership must give me a similar deal for my vote. What makes this even more amazing is the number of people involved with politics who state this is the norm and it shows how deals are truly cut in congress and the White House. It looks more like the mafia to me. Are we such fools as to think bills should be for the general welfare of the nation and not the few or special?
It reminds me of the old joke about prostitution: A man asks a woman if she would go to bed with him for a million dollars and she says yes. He then asks if she would go to bed with him for $20 and she replies, "What do you think I am, a whore?" He replies, we have already determined that, now we are haggling over the price. If the shoe fits, wear it.
Last week we learned a whistle blower released thousands of e-mails from The Climate Research Unit and the Hadley Center concerning climate change (Global Warming.) These are two of the major units pushing the theory and convincing millions that man is causing the earth to warm and man must do drastic things to change it. Several of the key individuals in this area such as Phil Jones and Michael Mann are exposed in these e-mails. Manipulating data, preventing responses to Freedom of Information inquiries, and blackballing anyone with views that do not agree with the premise of warming are all described. DUH!! These show it is all a huge hoax and yet our media has said nothing while our president announced he will attend the summit in Copenhagen concerning the issue of global warming early next month and push for agreement to reduce a threat that does not exist. Our House of Representatives recently passed the Cap and Trade Bill that is based primarily of the theory of global warming and will do irreparable harm to our economy. This is another "crisis" we must deal with immediately so say those who support it. I am tired of all these crises that will not allow us to ponder and debate before we act.
We now have the Russians, French, Chinese and Germans lecturing us about spending and how to run a country. While that is happening, the North Koreans, Iranians and Venezuelans are lecturing us about other topics. The entire time, our president tours the world bowing and apologizing for the country because it is not perfect. What is wrong with this picture?
We remain the most innovative and productive nation in the history of the world, but the current administration and congress are working diligently to insure the USA of the future will merely be just another nation in a world of nations. Listen to what the leaders of these organizations are saying and it leaves little doubt they believe we are just one of many and not a special country.
If they are successful, we will become just another nation among many, but I do not believe that and millions of other Americans also do not believe it. We are special because of our freedom and drive and we will not allow that to be taken from us by an elite few who are totally out of touch with the true America and its people."
Donald J. Myers, a retired colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps, is a regular columnist for Hernando Today. He lives in Spring Hill and can be contacted at

Friday, November 27, 2009

Six Feet Eleven And One Half Inch

Only straight men would understand!!!! The girl's name is Eve and she resides in "the land down under"

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Global Warming Tests Revealed

The Obama administration, Al Gore and the world global warming community, not to mention science high school teachers throughout the nation, continue to take hits on a fraud perpetrated by a group of scientists. Specualtion is this fake attempt at distorting data regarding the earths atmosphere is an attempt to "tax the living crap" out of the world population. Only time will tell as these leaders headed by, Der Leader, Barack Hussein Obama meet in Copenhagen to have further discussions on how to stick it to the people. Greenpeace and the Earth Liberation Front(ELF) were unavailable for comment.

My Hero

TV is absolutely scuzzola today but only because it's Thanksgiving Thursday. I've changed channels more often than my two year old granddaughter has changed diapers. I started out watching The Closer, the very best of the best. It's marathon day but I'd seen all the episodes; five times minimum. Football and basketball seem to be on a continuous loop and watching them is akin to watching reruns of Gilligan. Seen one basket and one touchdown you've seen them all. There has to be a Charley Brown Special on tonight.

Then, for reasons known only to Freud, I thought of my boyhood hero. He was(is) Henry Aaron. I was a baseball fanatic when I was a youngster and he played for the Milwaukee Braves. This adulation began in 1956 and I'll always remember the thrill of watching him take his position in right field. He loped when he ran. Critics sometimes accused him of loafing while chasing after a ball. Not my guy! No way! And, oh, how he could hit that ball. For me his home runs were more majestic, more beautiful and longer than anyone before or after. He wasn't big; 5'11" and 170 pounds soaking wet but with a flick of his wrists the ball would rocket out of the stadium. It was so wonderful to watch him perform.
I shook his hand once, sort of. I was at County Stadium in Milwaukee and it was 1957. This eleven year old was as excited as one could be. Prior to a game with the St. Louis Cardinals the fans were allowed to go onto the field and take pictures of the players from both teams. A rope separated us as we strolled down the line. I was shaking hands and snapping photos of baseball legends; Warren Spahn, Lou Burdette and Stan "The Man" Musial but all the while, out of the corner of my eye, I kept looking at my hero as I edged closer to him. Finally, the big moment, and as I took his picture the bulb fell from my camera. As I reached to the ground to pick it up and while fumbling for the flashbulb I put my hand up and out and gave Henry Aaron a "dead fish". The words I wanted to say got caught in my throat, my heart was pounding and tears welled. I couldn't have been more embarrassed if my pants had fallen to the ground and caught on fire. I don't remember much about the ballgame. In my mind, until I was forty, I figured Mr. Aaron when thinking of that day would say, "Man, what a stupid kid". But I got over it. I even, with my fiance's permission, invited him to our 1969 wedding. He didn't come and he didn't send a gift but that's okay. Everyone should have a magical hero. The good memories they leave transcend time.

Reid's Deception: Health Cost Is $2.5 Trillion

From the Weekly Standard:
Senate Republicans have just released an outstanding chart highlighting the accounting games that Democrats are playing with the costs of their proposed health-care overhaul. The Democrats assert that their Senate bill would cost $848 billion over ten years. But Congressional Budget Office projections show that only 1 percent of those costs would kick in prior to the fifth year of what the Democrats are calling the "first 10 years." In the bill's true first 10 years (2014 to 2023) -- that is, in the first 10 years in which it would be operational to any meaningful extent -- the CBO projects that the bill would cost $1.8 trillion. But it gets even worse. The CBO doesn't say that the bill's total costs from 2010 to 2019 (99 percent of which would come from 2014-onward) would be $848 billion -- or that its total costs in its real first 10 years (2014 to 2023) would be $1.8 trillion. Rather, it says that these would be the gross costs of the bill's "expansions in insurance coverage." The CBO shows that there are many other costs in the bill as well, including spending related to the CLASS Act, risk-adjustment payments, funding for the government-run "public option" (not a cent of which is included in the figure for "expansions in insurance coverage"), and other new federal spending.The Senate Republicans' chart demonstrates that the total for all of these costs -- based on CBO projections for the bill's true first 10 years -- is $2.5 trillion. And costs would only skyrocket from there, as the chart's trajectory suggests. In the 5 years to follow (2024-28), spending on "expansions in insurance coverage" alone would be $1.7 trillion, making the bill's total costs in its real first 15 years well over $4 trillion -- based on CBO projections. The key in all of this, of course, is that the Democrats want everyone to use a "10 year" tally that doesn't remotely represent what Americans would be on the hook for in terms of real 10-year costs. As the Senate GOP chart demonstrates, the bill's true costs in its first 10 years would be about three times what President Obama, Senator Reid, and their allies are disingenuously claiming. No wonder Robert Samuelson wrote last week in the Washington Post: "The disconnect between what President Obama says and what he's doing is so glaring that most people could not abide it. The president, his advisers and allies have no trouble. But reconciling blatantly contradictory objectives requires them to engage in willful self-deception, public dishonesty, or both."

And Christians Too, Maybe

A message from our President:
Michelle and I would like to send our best wishes to all those performing Hajj this year, and to Muslims in America and around the world who are celebrating Eid-ul-Adha. The rituals of Hajj and Eid-ul-Adha both serve as reminders of the shared Abrahamic roots of three of the world’s major religions.During Hajj, the world’s largest and most diverse gathering, three million Muslims from all walks of life – including thousands of American Muslims – will stand in prayer on Mount Arafat. The following day, Muslims around the world will celebrate Eid-ul-Adha and distribute food to the less fortunate to commemorate Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son out of obedience to God. This year, I am pleased that the Department of Health and Human Services has partnered with the Saudi Health Ministry to prevent and limit the spread of H1N1 during Hajj. Cooperating on combating H1N1 is one of the ways we are implementing my administration's commitment to partnership in areas of mutual interest.
On behalf of the American people, we would like to extend our greetings during this Hajj season.

I can hardly wait to hear the Kwanza message. It'll be a doozey.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Those Happy Go Lucky Hindu

The world's biggest animal sacrifice began in Nepal today with the killing of the first of more than 250,000 animals as part of a Hindu festival in the village of Bariyapur, near the border with India.
The event, which happens every five years, began with the decapitation of thousands of buffalo, killed in honour of Gadhimai, a Hindu goddess of power.
With up to a million worshippers on the roads near the festival grounds, this year's fair seems more popular than ever, despite vocal protests from animals rights groups who have called for it to be banned. "It is the traditional way, " explained 45-year old Manoj Shah, a Nepali driver who has been attending the event since he was six, "If we want anything, and we come here with an offering to the goddess, within five years all our dreams will be fulfilled."

A Bloody Lip

Think back to Fallujah, Iraq in 2004. Four members of Blackwater, US security guards, were captured, tortured, murdered and mutilated. Their bodies were burned and hung up on posts by Islamic Jihadists. You see, this is the way members of the religion of peace function. Just recently, 3 Navy Seals, members of our elite commando unit tracked down and captured the perpetrator of this heinous crime; Ahmed Hashim Abed. End of story, right? Wrong! Abed complained to his captors that one of the Seals punched him in the mouth and gave him a bloody lip. End of story right? Wrong! Abed complained about this treatment. Someone on the side of the US had to be listening and in collusion with Abed. These Seals are now charged with a crime and will be court-martialed.
There is no better example of how this government hates, yes hates, our folks in uniform . The horrific aspect of the situation is there will be groups of people who will insist and write that a court martial for these Seals is more than appropriate. Politicians on the Left, the media, members of Academia and Leftist Commies will demand the heads of these guys to show the world how humane and caring we are. It makes me want to puke on every 60's Liberal slob who still professes loyalty to Timothy Leary, H Rap Brown, George McGovern and, yes, Bill Clinton and his blind followers.
Citizens, we have two choices: either get the job done with these terrorists or get our guy's out of harms way. My kids are too old to be in the Armed Forces but were they of age there is no way I would allow them to be put in this loser scenario. The people currently in power pay lip service to our guys; "Support The Troops" and all that jazz. Obama is going to announce an increase in troops to Afghanistan. Big deal! He could care less about our protectors and our country. Obama and the people in charge are traitors to our most important citizens; those young men and women who put themselves on the front lines. Think I'm wrong? Then why the hell are three fellows being court martialed over a bloody lip?

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

This Is A Problem

Democrats' Dilemma: Vote for ObamaCare and Be Voted Out of Office. Vote Against ObamaCare and Be Voted Out of Office.
—Ace of SpadesHQ
Long story short: Obama and his political masterminds Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid have constructed, of their own volition, a massive wedge issue in which either the moderates will be offended, and so they'll lose, or their liberal base will be offended, and so they'll lose.
There is a price to pay with independents if a strong health care bill is passed. Democrats lead 37-30 with them in general on the generic ballot, but they say they’ll vote 44-37 for the GOP if a bill with a public option makes it through.
The lose-lose proposition, I think, helps the bill a little, because Democrats might take the position that If I'm going to be voted out of office anyway, I'm going to need the support of those liberal advocacy groups and George Soros to give me a nice job after I lose this one.

The Chickens Come Home To Roost


Hmmm! Health care, Gitmo, terrorist trial in NYC, Afghanistan, corruption in office, marxist czars, increased taxes, 46% approval rating, debt of trillions of dollars, humiliating foreign policy and the beat goes on and on........

As his buddy, Reverend Wright said, "the chickens are coming home to roost"

Monday, November 23, 2009

Paying And Not Getting Any

My eldest son and I were on the phone last night. I like listening to him due to his insight on a variety of topics. As usual we got around to politics and the health care bill. I had mentioned how ridiculous it is that if the bill passes we, the people, begin paying for it through taxation in 2010 while Medicare is immediately reduced. It's benefits(benefits--that's a joke) aren't available to us until the start of 2015. To emphasize my point I stated that's like renting an apartment and paying rent for four years before I could move in. My son one upped me. He said it's more like getting married but having to be celibate for the following four years. I liked his analogy better.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Global Warming & Getting Warmer

I happened to watch a clip of Al Gore on the Conan O'brien Show. Conan asked Earth Boy, for what reason I don't know, the temperature of the earth's core. Doofus said it was a million degrees, maybe two. I googled 'temp earth core' to find out the hardcore answer since a million, maybe two million seemed sort of hot. According to scientists(probably right wing neo-cons) the best guesstimate would be 9,000 degrees F. Once again Big Al has blown the GW thing. Some scientists have blown it, too as you can tell by reading the following.

A press release from filmmaker and marine biologist, Randy Olson, suggests that the media may not be able to bury the brewing global warming collusion scandal. Writes Olson:
An enormous event took place this week in the issue of global warming. A group of climate skeptics hacked a research center in the U.K. and stole years worth of emails of climate scientists talking candidly about how to deal with skeptics.
Olson, who is promoting his new movie, Sizzle: A Global Warming Comedy, reports, "They're calling it "Climategate" already. The climate science world is ablaze with the issue. The war between the scientists and the skeptics just got turned up several notches."
What makes Olson's release interesting is that he is not necessarily among the skeptics. A Harvard Ph.D., he also produced, Flock of Dodos, a satiric look at the Intelligent Design movement. To its credit, Sizzle, like Dodos, allows the skeptics to make their case, but Olson's sympathies are with the scientific community.
Olson cites a New York Times article by "my buddy Andy Revkin." Revkin quotes Patrick J. Michaels, a climatologist and prominent skeptic who appears in Sizzle. Says Michaels of the scandal, "This isn't a smoking gun, it's a mushroom cloud." Michaels is among those attacked in the purloined emails.
Olson, who helped me with the Hollywood end of my book, What's The Matter With California, is open-minded enough to enjoy the controversy. I cannot imagine he has much company in his part of the world.

Gov't Would Tax H1N1 Manufacturers

From Politico:
In an attempt to illustrate the real world consequences of reform's taxes, Senate Republicans are pointing out a provision that would tax the makers of swine flu vaccines and drugs. The provision raises $2.3 billion annually from drug makers who sell their products through government programs.
“When everybody is coming together to fight a possible pandemic the last thing the government should be doing is taxing the people who manufacture the vaccines and the drugs to treat H1N1 flu,” said a Senate Republican leadership aide.

Granny's Goin' To Jail

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The mother of the man former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's daughter Bristol had planned to marry has been sentenced to three years in prison.
Sherry Johnston was sentenced Friday in Palmer, northeast of Anchorage. She pleaded guilty in August to one count of possession with intent to deliver the painkiller OxyContin. Five other felony counts were dropped in the deal, which called for a five-year prison sentence with two years suspended.
The 43-year-old Johnston is the mother of Levi Johnston. He and 18-year-old Bristol Palin were engaged but called off the wedding after their son, Tripp, was born in December.
The Anchorage Daily News reports that Sherry Johnston will serve her sentence at Alaska's only female prison.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Harry Reids' Health Bill----Kinda

A few notes on the Senate Health bill: the seniors get screwed but who cares? Wait! I'm a senior and I care. They will take away $500 billion for care but that's what Tom Daschle wanted because we were supposed to die early. You remember Tom. He failed to pay $125,000 in taxes, lost his nomination for Health and Human Services and was replaced by Kathleen Sebelius. There is a provision for abortion in the bill. Every taxpaying person , is required to pay, taxed if you will, for abortion coverage. And, finally, cosmetic surgery will be taxed 5%. It's a bo-tax, according to Neil Cavuto at Fox News. I listened and watched television today and the Dems have appropriated $24 billion for caulk, yes caulk, to better seal your homes and to provide those ridiculous energy saving light bulbs. I just detest it that thegovernment has to tell the citizenry how to take care of their homes as if were too stupid to know better. Tom Edison would roll over in his grave if he already hasn't.

Thanks, Jay Leno

Hey, did you see what Joe Biden did today? According to the New York Times Joe Biden tapped a reporter on the chest and said, 'You need to work on your pecs.' Yeah. The bad news, it was White House correspondent Helen Thomas.

Obama Appoints Devout Muslims To National Security Positions U.S. President Barack Obama continues to “reach out to Muslims” by appointing them to key security posts amid charges he wrongly ignored internal Muslim terror. One recent appointee was harshly criticized for appearing on a British-based television station whose host is a member of a radical Muslim group.
His “reaching out Muslims” speech in Cairo last June has been followed by action, the latest being this past week's swearing-in of a Muslim rights advocate to the Homeland Security Advisory Council, shortly after the Fort Hood massacre. HSAC members are involved in expertise on national security.

The new member is Syrian-born Karee Shora, who was the national executive director of the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination (ADC), which previously has called on the United States to stop providing Israel with weapons because of alleged “atrocities” against Arabs. Her background for her new security post is having been a legal counsel and advocate for Muslim civil rights.
She also has been a frequent guest on the pro-Hamas al-Jazeera satellite network.
Shora, who has been described as a “devout Muslim, joins another devout member of the faith, Arif Alikhan, who was appointed as Assistant Secretary for Policy Development in the Department of Homeland Security. His qualifications for the job were listed as having been in charge of public safety in Los Angeles during his term of deputy mayor. One of his actions was to remove the plan that tracked Muslims in the city who were suspected of terrorist activities.
Americans have been jolted by several lethal attacks and confrontations with Muslims over the past year, including a plot to attack synagogues and down U.S. military aircraft, the manufacture of bombs, an alleged attempt to explode a Texas skyscraper, a plot to blow up malls in Boston, and last month’s Fort Hood massacre by a Muslim psychiatrist who was an officer in the army.
A desire to avoid the appearance of labeling all Muslims as terrorists lunged out from the shadows last month after President Obama faced criticism for not taking seriously the threat of Muslim terrorism within American society as well as in the Middle East, Asia and Africa.
Several months ago, President Obama appointed Dalia Mogahed, a “devout Muslim,” to his Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. She quickly came under fire for appearing in a telephone interview on a London-based Muslim television station, whose host is a member of an extreme Islamic group.
She said was unaware of the affiliations of her host, whose program included questions and comments favoring the implementation of Islamic Law (“sharia”).
Mogahed explained that she did not hang up the phone in the middle of the interview because "I assumed that very few people would watch this show but that doing something more dramatic would bring more attention."
In the current issue of Newsweek, columnist Jacob Weisberg, citing former Secretary of State Colin Powell, wrote that “Obama's [Muslim] heritage feeds a broader suspicion that he is too casual about the threat from America's Islamist enemies.”
The journalist added, “With the massacre in Texas, Obama now confronts something that George W. Bush did not face in the years after September 11—not just a major act of domestic terrorism, but one struck from inside our security apparatus…. America does not face a threat from the perversion of faith in general. We face a threat from the perversion of one faith in particular.”

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Obamateur Hour

From National Review Online from Andrew McCarthy:
In a meeting with the press in China, President Obama said that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed would be "convicted" and had "the death penalty applied to him" . . . and then said he wasn't "pre-judging" the case. He made the second statement after it was pointed out to him — by NBC's Chuck Todd — that the first statement would be taken as the president's interfering in the trial process. Obama said that wasn't his intention. I'm sure it wasn't — he's trying to contain the political damage caused by his decision — but that won't matter. He has given the defense its first motion that the executive branch, indeed the president himself, is tainting the jury pool. Nice work

The Difference Between I And We

I am just crazy and wild about the blog, AceofSpadesHQ. The guy is very funny and makes for interesting reading. Check it out: Plus, this follows along with my most recent posting.
[Quoting Obama:] "It is important though to recognize if we keep on adding to the debt, even in the midst of this recovery, that at some point, people could lose confidence in the U.S. economy in a way that could actually lead to a double-dip recession," he said.
Anyone else notice Obama has a habit of saying I, like in his speeches, when speaking of good things but uses WE when speaking of bad things?
'Everything is better since I was elected but WE need to stop spending so much money."
"My administration will save us from the depths of despair but WE need to do more."
Who the hell signs the checks anyway? Hello

Obama: "We Spend Too Much"

Didn't Joe Biden, a few months ago, tell us that we had to spend money to get out of debt? Yesterday, the Illustrious One had a different tact. What the hell is going on with this government?
BEIJING, Nov 18 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama gave his sternest warning yet about the need to contain rising U.S. deficits, saying on Wednesday that if government debt were to pile up too much, it could lead to a double-dip recession. In the Sixties if a guy said or continually did something stupid we'd call him a "Dip Stick". "Double dip and Dip Stick might be intechangeable terms when referring to this uniqe economic gibberish.
Personally, I wish these clowns would get their act together. I don't know whether to buy more gold or bury my money in the back yard.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


China told Obama he might want to re-think this health care thing. Next year projections say we will have a $14 trillion dollar debt.
Honest to God, I sincerely believe Obama has a plan for us to become beholden to a New World Order with himself as the President of the World. Think I'm nuts? Well, you scoffed 14 months ago when I called him a Socialist.

Veteran's Day At Arlington 11/11/09

Three salutes, a hand over the heart and the ever popular fig leaf from our commander-in chief.

Maybe people should start paying attention to "The Birthers"

Obama's Bow

From for November17, 2009.

"Smoke 'em if you have 'em"

Monday, November 16, 2009

US Postal System

From The Washington Examiner for 11/16. Don't worry, though. Health care will be a snap.

The Postal Service reported a loss of $3.8 billion last year, despite a reduction of 40,000 full-time positions and other cost-cutting measures.
The loss was $1 billion more than the year before despite job cuts and other efforts designed to save billions of dollars, postal officials said Monday.

Why Democrats Are Losing

Here's a stimulus success story: In Arizona's 15th congressional district, 30 jobs have been saved or created with just $761,420 in federal stimulus spending. At least that's what the Web site set up by the Obama administration to track the $787 billion stimulus says.

There's one problem, though: There is no 15th congressional district in Arizona; the state has only eight districts.
There's no 86th congressional district in Arizona either, but the government's Web site says $34 million in stimulus money has been spent there. Where Are Stimulus Dollars Going?
In fact, lists hundreds of millions spent and hundreds of jobs created in congressional districts that don't exist.
In Oklahoma, for example, the site lists more than $19 million in spending -- and 15 jobs created -- in congressional districts that don't exist. In Iowa, it shows $10.6 million spent – and 39 jobs created -- in non-existent districts

Thomson Illinois: Wise Up

Just a few thoughts about the transfer of thuggish, killer Muslim fanatics now stationed at Guantanamo. I've had the opportunity to watch Sen. Dick "turban" Durbin of Illinois and Gov. `````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````Pat Quinn of the same state along with Richard Daley, Mayor of Chicago, tell us how financially sound and safe it will be that these murderers will be housed in a nearly empty prison in Thomson, Illinois. I know Thomson. It's on the Mississippi River and about fifty miles north of Davenport, Iowa. I lived in the area for fifteen years so I think it's safe to say it was home base. I raised my children in the area. We made trips up the Mississippi to enjoy the bluffs of the valley and the majesty of the Father of Waters.
Thomson, Illinois is farm country. The men don bib overalls and Felco Feed caps. They wear boots, not the sissy kind one would find in Greenwich Village, but boots that due Midwest work; in the fields and on the farm. The women are down home and cook for their husbands. They take the kids to school, pick them up afterward and make sure they go to church on Sunday. The highlight of their week is supporting the local high school football team and stopping in to a pub for beer, brats and pizza to talk over the game.
Durbin, Quinn and Daley tell us that the transfer of Guantanamo inmates will bring jobs to an economic stricken area.
Common sense needs to prevail. These criminals aren't your South Chicago variety inmate. They aren't white collar criminals from downstate Illinois(downstate Illinois is anyplace outside metropolitan Chicago.) They squat when they eat and their eating utensils are used mostly for slitting the throats of their enemies. The men and women of Thomson do not have the training nor the aptitude to corral and control the type of scum who will be inhabiting their area. Trained guards with experience in dealing with Muslim fanatics will need to be hired and they will move into the landscape from outside Thompson. If Obama had brains he'd hire Blackwater to do the job. Our guys in Cuba were under scrutiny for supposedly mishandling the Qua ran. What the hell is going to happen when some naive local, trying to be nice, offers one of these losers a ham sandwich?
In addition, there's going to be a huge red flag planted in the area. If you don't think it'll be a focal point for retribution from Al Quaeda against the locals or guards then that person needs to have a talk with me about being really, really stupid.
Do the people want to jeopardize the lives of their children, friends, relatives and selves for a few jobs? Do they or should they want to take the chance? Do they want to trust elected officials who live 150 miles away, minimum?
How much would anyone relish having these people, towel heads if you will,(is that politically incorrect?) in their community? Not that many, I presume.

George Soros Is A Snake Who Supports Iran

I am willing to wager my monthly social security check that 30% of Americans have heard the name George Soros. I will further wager that 35% know that he heads up a group called MoveOn.Org. And that's where it stops. Soros is claimed to be the 29th richest person in the world at $11 billion. His early history tells us he was a Hungarian Jew who was 13 years old when World War II ended. After the war he emigrated to England and eventually graduated from the London School of Economics where he eventually made his money selling short in the markets. In essence, he was betting against markets not doing well. I do not know why but over the years he has become a Nazi sympathizer. Soros is the hero of the ultra Far Left in the US. He funds a great many radical organizations. He gives millions of dollars to fund these leftist organizations in the hope of overthrowing the established government. Barack Hussein Obama owes his presidency to Soros. Think back to when I started this blog, almost nine months ago. Soros' best friend is Peter Lewis. Lewis is the former president and still CEO of Progressive Insurance Company. You'll remember the goofy TV commercials for Progressive. Lewis has given Soros and his organizations over $20 million dollars. Lewis has the rights to the Cleveland Indians Progressive baseball field. Other than the fact that I'm not an Indians fan why do you think I will never visit that ball field. It's the same reason I don't eat Tyson Chicken. This Arkansas food processing company gave millions to Clinton and, I assume, his many brothels.
Once again, I refer to The American Thinker, one of my very favorite sites to give you a better insight on Soros and the snake that he is in the world.

The Campaign for a New American Policy on Iran was a group formed under the auspices of The National Iranian American Council (NAIC), a controversial group that has been accused of acting illegally as a lobby for the Iranian regime, to promote engagement with Iran, derail sanction efforts in Congress, and prevent any military actions against the mullahs.The New American Policy on Iran was headed by Patrick Disney, who was being paid by anti-Israel advocate George Soros through his Open Society Policy Center. The Campaign for A New American Policy on Iran included as members not just Trita Parsi, the head of NIAC, but also Morton Halperin, Soros's major domo over at his Open Society Institute.The Open Society Policy Center served as a host for one of the planning meetings of the Campaign. But there are other connections between Soros, the NIAC and its Campaign. Various other employees of the Open Society Institute participated in meetings of the campaign, including Mike Amitay and Anthony Wilson, and also Anthony Richter.

But there is one more meeting at the Open Society Policy Center that merits some attention. On March 18,2009, the Campaign met again. This meeting explored the idea of promoting a "send Hillary to Iran" campaign. One of the groups associated with the Campaign contracted with Tom Matzzie to design a grassroots campaign to promote engagement with Iran. Who is Tom Matzzie?
He is the former Washington Director for, one of the subsidiaries of Soros, Inc.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Obama Shows Fealty To Oompa Loompa

I am so sick and tired of watching our phony President kowtow to foreign leaders. It sickens me when he apologizes to every rinky dink country in the world. I thought when he bowed to the leader of Saudi Arabia it might have been for a lack of common sense and weenie advisers but when he does so to the leader of Japan then I know he's a fruitcake with Marxist motives. Apparently I'm not the only one who feels this way. Read what William Mann from Canada Free Press has to say. He can really stoke your angry fire.

".I cannot describe the anger when I saw this. Americans bow to no one except Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
Our a**-kissing, Muslim, Marxist “great leader of the NWO,“a legend in his own mind, bowing to Emperor Akihito [son of Hirohito] of Japan, a nation that caused our entry into WWII.
For what purpose? First the Saudi King, now this? What’s next? Praying at the tombs of Stalin and Mao?This is a grave affront to anyone who has ever served, and every GI, and Marine, Sailor and Airman who died fighting the Japanese in the Pacific in WWII.Once again, this “Prince John” usurper has disgraced the honor of The United States of America and brought us low!Quit making excuses for this man America and recognize for who and what he and his Administration stand

Economy Riddle

"How do you know the economy is getting worse"?
Ans. "The President hops a plane and leaves the country".

Friday, November 13, 2009

Obama Proves He's Clueless--- Or A Traitor

Don Surber of the Charleston WV Daily Mail proves it; Obama truly is a schmuck. Read on Meine Freund.

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed collected the first of his 72 virgins: Barack Obama.
This child — this spoiled brat who has been handed everything — who has never held a job — who has been told all his life how wonderful he is — who accepts no responsibility at all for anything — who blames others for all his problems — whose only accomplishment in life is not being George Bush — got rolled.
Big time.
President Obama’s decision to try KSM as if he were a purse-snatcher bares once and for all shows how shallow our president is. He is ignorant of history and of legal precedent. He would rather draw down the U.S. security forces to protect KSM so that KSM can have the world stage in New York City than trust his own military to try the man. The same military justice system that covers those soldiers he praised a few days ago should be good enough for this scum sucker, KSM.
From a correspondent in Washington who has no voice but must scream:
Kos is trying to claim that critics of President Obama’s plan to ship terrorists to New York City for trial are scared. I wonder if that includes Democrats like Sen. Barbara Mikulski and Majority Leader Harry Reid?
Kos fails to tell you about the disruptions that took place during the trial for terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui in Alexandria, VA:
The 450-inmate jail was locked down every time Moussaoui was moved to the back of the nearby courthouse in a heavily armed convoy. Traffic was stopped as snipers watched from rooftops.
Imagine the security that will be needed for these terrorist trials in one of the most famous cities in the world.
Then there’s also the risks to national security these trials would bring. Last month in a Wall Street Journal op-ed, former Attorney General Michael Mukasey noted that Osama bin Laden learned quite a bit from the trial of Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman in 1995.
In a statement, Sen. Jon Kyl said, “Past trials of terrorists have proven that our civilian courts are not the appropriate venue to handle international terrorism trials. As a result of the trial of Omar Abdel Rahman, also known as the ‘Blind Sheik,’ al Qaeda obtained valuable information about U.S. intelligence sources and methods, thereby making the job of fighting terrorists tougher. Military tribunals –- which have been used by Presidents dating back to George Washington -– are the most appropriate, and secure, forum to try those who commit acts of war against the United States.”
I encourage you to push back on this typically childish Kos smear.
My final comment: Obama is a coward. A man would have held a press conference and announced it and defended his stand. He is in Asia instead. The media vetted Joe the Plumber better than the man who is now president. The result is feeble attempts to bully critics, a refusal to acknowledge the loyal opposition and a dithering foreign policy.

Jim Oberstar: Tyrannosaurus Rex

I must send twenty or thirty letters to the editor of various newspapers across the country----weekly. Once in awhile one of mine is picked for publication by what must be a very intelligent person. The Duluth News Minnesota newspaper did so two weeks ago. They even called my Ohio home to get my permission to set my missive upon the public. My Minnesota congressman is James Oberstar. He's been in Congress since dinosaurs roamed the earth. He's a Dumbocrat and depends on union support from the iron range region near Duluth for re-election and gets it easily. I do give him credit for one thing. He has personally responded to every one of my e-mails; critical or overly critical, except one. I might have gone somewhat overboard when I referred to him as an over the top communist but he shouldn't be so uber sensitive. I've been suggesting that he retire but another socialist/marxist would certainly take his place. It's about time to re-register my home base to Dublin, Ohio. We're second behind Plano Texas in conservative voters and that creates a less stressful situation. And, we have much nicer golf courses.

"My wife and I moved to Minnesota from Ohio two years ago. Since I am concerned about our country and the stimulus package passed by Congress, I contacted U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar, citing why I felt it was a serious boondoggle. Oberstar assured me that since he was co-author of the bill, it was going to bring massive employment while not allowing unemployment to rise above
8 percent and while fighting off this horrid recession.
Well, to date, unemployment is nearing 10 percent and only North Dakota has seen a plus rise in employment. Once again, the Democrats make false promises that have zero chance of success. Oberstar is a plague upon this country. If he had any consideration for the people of his district he’d take his ill-gotten pension and get out of the way."
Michael Loehrer
Hackensack, Minn.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Obamacare For Congress--Ixnay

From the Dan Cirucci blog:
Pelosicare is for the peons and knaves…Democratic leaders turned away 11 votes that would have required Congress to enroll in Pelosicare.CNS news reported:
More than 200 amendments were rejected by the House Rules Committee ahead of Saturday’s vote on the Democrats’ health care bill, including 11 that would have required members of Congress and other government officials to be enrolled in the same federal insurance plan proposed for the American people.
Critics of the health care bill said they offered the 11 amendments – including some that would require the president, vice president, and Supreme Court justices to give up their Federal Employees Health Benefit Program (FEHBP) to enroll in the ‘public option’ or Medicaid – to showcase the problems with the massive legislation.
“If Congress forces our constituents into a public option plan over time, then members of Congress should be expected to do the same,” Rep. Howard McKeon (R-Calif.) told
The House Rules Committee attempt was the second time McKeon had tried to amend the Democrats’ health plan to include legislators in the public option.
“Democrats voted down a similar amendment, 21-18, in the Ways and Means Committee during the July markup of HR 3200,” McKeon said. “It became apparent then that Democrats are afraid of being put on a government-run health care program, but that fear does not extend to the welfare of their own constituents.”

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Evie And Tommy

The wife and I had the great opportunity of being with my granddaughter as she turned five years old this past week-end. What's that old saying about time. The younger crowd says it flies but the check out generation says life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer we get to the end the faster it goes. My point being it seems such a short time ago that we were celebrating Eve's birth.
Anyway, it's been just super fun to watch Evie as she voraciously reads one book after another. She'll knock 'em dead when she goes to kindergarten next year. Her front teeth on top, both of them are gone, as well as the two on the bottom. And she wonders why she can't whistle. We also got to see and play with her brother, Tommy. He's an exact clone of his dad i.e. big blue eyes, laughs a lot and is handsomely cute. Tommy was born two years ago last August. We played a game called pick up the chips. I'd say, "Tommy, pick up eight chips" and darned if he didn't. Picking up just two chips, for my grandson, was kid stuff.
So the moral of these stories is this. If you want to brag on your grandkids they'd better have plenty of ammo to bring to the party. Otherwise, don't show up.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Big Money Dudes

Talk about bad timing.
As Washington reels from the news of 10.2 percent unemployment, the Center for Responsive Politics is out with a new report describing the wealth of members of Congress.
Among the highlights: Two-hundred-and-thirty-seven members of Congress are millionaires. That’s 44 percent of the body – compared to about 1 percent of Americans overall.
CRP says California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa is the richest lawmaker on Capitol Hill, with a net worth estimated at about $251 million. Next in line: Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.), worth about $244.7 million; Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.), worth about $214.5 million; Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), worth about $209.7 million; and Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), worth about $208.8 million.
All told, at least seven lawmakers have net worths greater than $100 million, according to the Center’s 2008 figures.

Obama Snubs Ft. Hood

Clarice Feldman From the American Thinker:
Dan Riehl checks the President's schedule and learns that Obama's not going to Fort Hood, but rather to Camp David for the weekend. In an update, Dan notes that his predecessor is more sensitive to the situation.
Fox Reports GWB and Laura spent a few hours at Fort Hood, no photo ops. Now that's a CIC.
Are you kidding me? Camp frickin' David? What, does he have a tee time close by? For heaven's sakes, he's the CIC. And he's taking the weekend off? This guy simply doesn't care. Unbelievable via Fox.
11:25AM THE PRESIDENT addresses the House Democratic Caucus - Cannon House Office Building
2:30PM THE PRESIDENT makes a statement to the press on Health Care - Rose Garden
2:45PM THE PRESIDENT and THE FIRST LADY depart The White House en route Camp David - South Lawn
That Dancing with the Indians conference must have really worn the poor guy out so much he can't spare time to comfort the survivors of the jihadi Major's massacre.


For all our Armed Forces and especially those who were slaughtered and wounded in Texas.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Let's Play Jeopardy

The answer is 10.2%. "Make sure, contestant, you answer in the form of a question".
"What is our current unemployment"?
"Sorry! The answer is incorrect. If you add in the number of people who have given up looking for a job the correct answer is, 17.5%.


The Department of Health and Human Services promised the American people not to worry. They said there would be more than enough vaccine to go around and in time for all. Huh! This should be Obama's Katrina but, once again, the media is covering the lad's back.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Stimulus Saves Nine For Every Five Jobs

From today's Washington Examiner:
I've always believed that President Obama will take credit for saving 2 million jobs as long as there are 2 million jobs left in the United States. But his jobs report apparently goes beyong this, the Associated Press reports, taking credit for saving jobs that really don't exist.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's economic recovery program saved 935 jobs at the Southwest Georgia Community Action Council, an impressive success story for the stimulus plan. Trouble is, only 508 people work there.
The Georgia nonprofit's inflated job count is among persisting errors in the government's latest effort to measure the effect of the $787 billion stimulus plan despite White House promises last week that the new data would undergo an "extensive review" to root out errors discovered in an earlier report.
The over-estimates of jobs "created and saved" are actually far more extensive than that -- in one small segment of the Department of Health and Human Services, AP found that the count of "jobs saved" was inflated by more than 50 percent, or about 9,000.
But the biggest problem with Obama's numbers is conceptual. Let's say that government spends $100 million on orange traffic cones, causing their manufacturers to hire 500 new people. If that $100 million hadn't been borrowed from investors and banks that buy up treasuries, could it not have gone toward a new start-up business that develops drugs or the next i-Phone? Could it not have put several credit-worthy borrowers into new homes?
Obama's job numbers, even if they are scrubbed of their many obvious inaccuracies, can never account for these hidden costs of government deficit spending.

Taking The Plane

This morning I read in the Duluth Minnesota newspaper a story that begs to be investigated. An airline ticket from Minneapolis/St. Paul International airport to Bismarck, North Dakota costs $722.00, round trip. Purchasing a ticket from Minneapolis to Paris, France and back goes for $754.00.
For Ohioans and all folks east to the Atlantic Ocean, Bismarck is a six hour drive by car from the Twin Cities. Hardly seems fair!
PSA: The high temperature for Duluth today is 29F. Don't you feel better already.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Hockey Fighting

There's something about Major League hockey I don't get. Two players get in a scuffle which turns into a knockdown dragout. Fists are flying and carom off hard shell helmets. This is a recipe for broken bones and the loss of a player for six maybe seven weeks. The TV announcers are ecstatic telling us this just might be what the team needs to "get going". The crowd goes insane with cheering and joy. It's reminiscent of something that came out of the Roman Coliseum.
If I happened to be an owner paying some guy on skates a million dollars a year and he breaks a bone I'd throttle him.
I also notice that the team stars never get in fights and the opponents don't go after them, either. This must make the 'designated' fighters feel like losers or, at the very least, somewhat expendable.

Obama Enters Communist Territory

President Obama is in Madison, Wisconsin today touting an education bill. That's like Stalin going to Leningrad to announce a new Five Year farm program.

Doug Hoffman---Geek

Doug Hoffman was the upstart conservative in upstate New York who threw a big monkey wrench into the entire political process. This congressional district covers 25% of the land mass of the Empire State and has gone Republican since the Devil fought Daniel Webster. Well, the Democrat won and pundit talk says it's because the right wing conservative movement has no teeth. Wrong!. Doug Hoffman had thirty days to build a win. His presence dealt a blow to what's her name Scozzaflava who was exposed as anything but a Republican. Here's my take and it's pretty simple. Take a peek at a picture of Doug Hoffman. No offense, Doug, but you look like a geek. You're the guy who lives in small town USA who married the bankers daughter due to the fact that your family owned all the land the bank sat upon plus every other building in town. Then into the area strolls Clint Eastwood and he meets the wife at the Bridges of Madison County. It's mutual bliss for both and she's in love with a handsome stranger.
Doug Hoffman didn't stand a chance in this election. Now, if he were Robert Redford type he would have won with 99% of the vote. Guys vote for good looking guys because their jealous. Women vote the same to fulfill a life long dream; be a love slave to an Adonis.
Voting is a simple thing. If you want to win don't look like a geek.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Geithner And CIT

Over the week-end CIT announced bankruptcy. Timothy "tax cheat" Geithner, Secretary of the Treasury, gave the go ahead for their $2.3 billion dollar bailout. Don't know what CIT does? Okay, they provide 70% of the loans to small businesses. Since small business makes up at least 70% of the businesses in the country this is a real bad sign for the future. This is going to lead to a trickle down effect. Just watch the next lender to go down. It's way to late to chastise Mr. Geithner. What we should do is forget a trial and send him to jail.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Sarah: One Smart Lady

From Sarah Palin's Facebook:

As the vice president knows, I have always advocated an all-of-the-above approach to American energy independence. Among other things, my alternative energy goal for Alaska sits at 50 percent because Alaska reached more than 20 percent during my term in office. The Obama-Biden administration, on the other hand, recently announced a renewable goal of only 25 percent. However, domestic drilling should remain a top priority in order to meet America’s consumption and security needs.
The vice president’s extreme opposition to domestic energy development goes all the way back to 1973 when he opposed the Alaska pipeline bill. As Ann Coulter pointed out, “Biden cast one of only five votes against the pipeline that has produced more than 15 billion barrels of oil, supplied nearly 20 percent of this nation’s oil, created tens of thousands of jobs, added hundreds of billions of dollars to the U.S. economy and reduced money transfers to the nation’s enemies by about the same amount.”
This nonsensical opposition to American domestic energy development continues to this day. Apparently the Obama-Biden administration only approves of offshore drilling in Brazil, where it will provide security and jobs for Brazilians. This election is about American security and American jobs.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Dave Barry Gets It

Democrats…have demonstrated time and again that they have the management skills of celery. They’re the kind of people who’d stop to help you change a flat, but would somehow manage to set your car on fire. I would be reluctant to entrust them with a Cuisinart, let alone the economy.” —Dave Barry

Vote No For Gambling

This upcoming Tuesday will provide some very interesting and significant elections. Obama himself has said the New Jersey governor's race is a referendum on his policies. It's Corzine, the Democrat, vs. Chrisite the Republican. Virginia has a race for the state house and district 23 in New York has an upstart Conservative running for a House seat. Columbus, Ohio has elections, too. I'm most concerned with Issue #3. It calls for 4 gambling casinos to be built in the state. One would be in Cleveland. Just what we need in that cesspool of a city is another reason for people with welfare money to go out and lose it. Cincinnati would be another gambling city. I don't know where the third would be located; maybe Youngstown. The fourth would be in Columbus. I hope it doesn't pass but polls say it'll be very close. I don't gamble. I have gambled but I'm not very good at it. Since I don't know how to play cards I would shy away from those tables. I don't drink anymore and it seems drinking and gambling go hand in hand.
Columbus has a beautiful downtown. Our major league hockey sports venue was selected the best in all the country. Across the street the Cleveland Indians AAA farm team plays. They were terrible last year but we led the country in attendance for minor league teams. Our city is a safe place to walk at night. It has beautiful restaurants, theaters and shops. My wife and I view Columbus and it's surrounding suburbs as the best kept secret in the United States. If gambling becomes a reality we'll see the same old same old; corruption, drugs, prostitution, loss of income for families who need the money and every other garbage negative that goes with crap tables and one armed bandits. And the reason for a pro vote? It's to create jobs and keep gambling money in the state. I've gone through this before when we were citizens of Iowa located on the Mississippi River. Guess what? The cities of Rock Island, Illinois and Davenport, Iowa are still blighted. There was a significant increase in crime and the money made off gambling went to who knows. One of my co-workers took her lunch hour to stop in at the nearby gaming house every weekday. Smacks of something bigger, doesn't it? Maybe an addiction?
Gambling, it's a no win situation.
Vote No.

Is This What You Voted For

The American Thinker seems to believe that: "He(Obama) wants to deny individuals access to the marketplace --where they can make their own decisions about their own health care -- and instead put the government entirely in charge.
He's willing to give government control over American businesses (e.g., the bank takeovers and Government Motors).
His administration, while on record as opposing the Fairness Doctrine, is aggressively exploring a backdoor regulatory scheme that would have precisely the same practical effect as the Fairness Doctrine: it would impose government restrictions on content, rather than allowing the market (that means us, the consumers) to control content.
His FCC wants to control the internet, a humming beehive of free speech (much of it critical of Obama).
As his loud battles with Rush Limbaugh and Fox News illustrate, he desires a single-party press, not a free one.
He believes that now that he is in power, the opposition should shut up and "get out of the way," a notion that runs directly counter to the First Amendment.
Although he's mostly erased the record that once existed in cyberspace, his dream is to create a civilian national security force, subordinate to the administration, which would be larger than the American military. The military, please note, is controlled by the Constitution and has traditionally existed separate from, but subordinate to, the rest of the American government.
He wants to take away the right to bear arms. He'll pay lip service to supporting the Second Amendment, but his fundamental goal is to use government to remove arms from individuals.
In a stunning blow to the freedom of born alive infants, he is one of a handful of politicians nationwide who believes it is appropriate to leave such infants to die alone and untended. With few exceptions, even those whose politics are entirely colored by a pro-choice viewpoint couldn't swallow this approach.
Without money, people have no choices. The more money the government siphons to itself, the fewer choices we as individuals have. Although he dresses it as fairness (it's "fair" for the "lucky" to pay substantially more), Obama believes that it's government's role to "spread the wealth." That may be "fair," but it's not consistent with liberty, hard work, and individual choices."
I think the Thinker is on target.

Medicare Fraud

From the Weekly Standard:
As 60 Minutes reported last week, Medicare fraud is rampant and has now replaced the cocaine (ahem) business as the major criminal activity in South Florida. Both 60 Minutes and the Washington Post report that Medicare fraud now costs American taxpayers roughly $60 billion a year. That may sound like a lot of money, but surely it pales next to the extraordinary profits of private insurance companies, right?
Well, let's see.... Last year, the profits of the ten largest insurance companies in America were just over $8 billion -- combined. No single insurance company made even five percent of what Medicare reportedly loses in fraud.
While we're making comparisons, in its real first ten years (2014-23), the Senate Finance Committee bill would cost $1.7 trillion. At the rate of last year's profits, the combined ten-year profits of America's ten largest insurance companies would be $83 billion -- five percent of the costs of the Senate Finance Committee bill. Eighty-three billion dollars may not buy you much in comparison with BaucusCare, but -- on the bright side -- that ten-year tally is somewhat more than what Medicare loses each year in fraud.
So, the next time someone alleges that government-run health care is cheaper because of "lower administrative costs" -- a truly preposterous claim on its surface -- these numbers would be good ones to have at the ready: $60 billion in annual Medicare fraud, $8 billion in combined annual profits for America's ten largest insurance companies.