Sunday, January 31, 2010

Miss America


Remember when the Miss America Pageant was a family TV watching event? My recollection was that it took place in either April or September. Remember Bert Parks? What the hell did he do for a living aside from singing one song? I saw an article two days ago giving the stats on the number of people who witnessed the contest in the olden days(1960's) watching on black and white TV. The numbers were massive. Not anymore. Maybe it's because Mario Lopez is the host. Bert Parks made the "Saved By The Bell" host look like a plate of spaghettio's while dining at Spagio's. A new Miss America was crowned last evening. The winner is a 22 year-old from Virginia. Her talent was singing and she goes by the name of Caressa Cameron. Pretty neat name for her wannabe life goal occupation; a TV news anchorette. Look out, Katie Couric!

Alinsky/Obama In Ohio High School(s)

From Newsbusters.com
A rather disturbing document surfaced on the Internet Saturday with grave implications concerning how the Obama administration is recruiting interns from public schools to assist in advancing the President's agenda along with his desire to get Democrats including himself elected.
Even scarier, the internship application recommends participants read Saul Alinsky's "Rules for Radicals."
According to Pamela Geller at Atlas Shrugs, this document was passed out in an eleventh grade class in Massillon, Ohio:
An Atlas reader, Chuck, has a student in the eleventh grade in an Ohio High School. Her government class passed out this propaganda recruiting paper so students could sign up as interns for Obama's Organizing for America.

And, if you're somewhat leery of this post why not latch onto Newsbusters to read the required high school reading list for "governent volunteerism programs". Someone said this, "Be afraid. Be very, very afraid".

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Football


Let me get this straight. President Obama is considering getting the Justice Department involved in collegiate football. He may intervene in the BCS, Bowl Championship Series, to determine a national champion by forcing college football teams to submit to a playoff system. Only to show I'm not picking on the Commander in Chief, Sen. Orrin Hatch(R) Utah, is on board the same train as "'Crazy Legs" Obama. Hatch is peeved because the Utah Utes were shut out in January of 2009 from the BCS Championship game because the powers to be wanted more high profile teams---or, so he thinks.
Being a former high school football coach one would think I would have a sports opinion on this subject. Well, I do. I could care less one way or the other. And how do I feel about Obama and Hatch on the subject. Good Lord, is their work schedule so depleted they have to concern themselves with football? One more thought and it might have some significance to 300 million people in the US. Didn't Obama fail to mention, even once, anything about terrorism in his SOTU speech? The Executive branch and the Legislative branch of our United States government: what a bunch of dorks!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Flaunt It, Michelle

From Gateway Pundit:

First Lady Michelle Obama evinces no concern for the tens of millions of Americans suffering the consequences of her husband’s failing economic policies as she is once again seen flaunting her Imelda Marcos taste in ridiculously expensive designer clothers.
Women’s Wear Daily reported today that Michelle Obama wore a dress that retails for $1850 to the State of the Union address given by her husband, Barack Obama, on Wednesday night.
Last week, the White House featured as the ‘photo of the day’ a picture of Michelle Obama wearing a $2763 designer coat with matching dress of unknown cost and $850 custom made designer boots.
During the Obama’s $4000 per day Christmas vacation, Michelle Obama was photographed wearing a $635 pair of designer shoes. A recent study of five pairs of designer shoes worn last year by Michelle Obama showed an average price of $700 per pair.
The dress worn by Michelle Obama to the State of the Union was bought by Obama from American designer Isaac Mizrahi, according to a spokeswoman for Mizrahi.
Everybody must sacrifice.

A Reunion In The Desert

Seven young men(ahem!) met in the desert of Arizona for four days of fun and frivolity last week. I happened to be one of those fellas from the Class of 1964. It was a reunion of seven high school friends from central Iowa who traveled separate paths and decided it was time to get together and share life experiences from grade school to present. It's too bad we can't bottle laughs. They occurred frequently.

The man who ramrodded this event lives on a golf course and the participants flew in from around the country. Understand, I need to be very careful in writing this post. I don't want to get a phone call from one of the gents saying, "why you s.o.b, I didn't do this or say that" so I'm going to be milky clean about the event. Some of us are still a little neurotic. "And No! I'm not talking about you"!

I enjoy observing people. I like to listen to and look at them. From fifty-five onward it seems men age quickly. A couple of my buddies looked like they've been, like a large hamhock, or if you prefer, a fine whisky, Aging. I don't know why I observe these traits but five of the guys have "old man ears". This scared me. I immediately jumped up and looked in the bathroom mirror. "Whew! " Not me," I said. An "old man ear" droops and drops. I think the ear cartilage dissolves and the ear lobe falls below the shirt collar; It's not a good thing. It's hideous.

In our group we have a financial planner, a CPA, a surgeon, a railroad train engineer, an oilman, an IBM CFO and yours truly. I gave it very serious consideration when thinking about these men, their life careers, their quality of life and personal happiness.

 Of all the men in our group, he who is the most contented and happest is the railroad employee. And do you know why? Because he was this way from the first time I met him in 1956. He is and I reiterate; happy and contented. He's warm and generous. He can give a person the needle and get away with it. Everybody loves Toby.

 But as I would go around the room, observing and listening, I concluded all of us were the same as we were in fourth or fifth grade and that's why I love each and every one of them.

 It's why I hung out with them fifty years ago and why I wanted to spend individual time with each of them at this event.

 For this period I wanted them to be mine only; to feel their warmth, hear their laugh and embrace the friendship that I remembered from so many years ago.

 I wanted to re-live those special memories we shared; sleepovers, boy scouts, snow ball fights, proms, sports, girls and dumb things we did while trying to figure out how we kept from maiming ourselves for life.

In the final analysis, there really isn't anything different from our class than yours, or yours, or even yours.

 This is what I took away with me on my flight home as I thought of the previous days events. The one thing that stuck with me like glue was we all helped raise wonderful children. Not once did anyone speak of their career unless specifically asked but we did brag on our kids; all very successful, all very Christian and all making us very proud.

 That's our legacy from the Class of '64 and that's the way it should be. We had a wonderful time; no hangovers, in bed by eleven, up by seven. Instead of a trip to the liquor store we spent a lot of time downing Advil and ibuprofin and complaining about aches and pains. That's life and that's my report about the gang from Boone. I couldn't be happier.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Hello North Carolina

Isn't there an old song that goes something like, "I've got a crush on you"? Well, guess what? I've got a crush on a mind, a female mind. And from that mind words are put on paper and the result is sheer joy. Due to the cold, cold winter, my ailing hips and knees and the love of the written word by the constant use of the computer, I've discovered a most wonderful writer. Her name is Elizabeth Sauls and she pens for the Beaufort Observer out of Washington, North Carolina. I was introduced to her just after the Massachusetts election.(Amazing isn't it. We don't even have to ask, "what Mass. election"?) I had written her editor and said her work was like reading something from Samuel Clemens but in the 21st century. If you don't believe me check her out for yourself. I'll make it easy on you. http://www.beaufortobserver.net/. It's worth the ride.

Friday, January 22, 2010

The Speech

I just finished watching Obama's very first campaign speech of 2010. There are only 282 more to go before the ball drops on Times Square on December 31.
The President was in Elyria, Ohio at a Community College. The climax of the speech and that which will hang with me for a very long time is when he said, "I'm going to fight for you". It should also be noted that Ohio's unemployment rate shot up today to 10.9% and 43 states saw an increase in unemployment.
The Prez also took the opportunity to blast the banks for stealing our money. He said he was going to get it all back for us. You don't suppose he's doing this on purpose, do you?
Excuse me, gotta run. Have to check the Dow closings for the day.

Michael Ramirez Is The Best


The Hawkeye State


I am a unique bird. I am (ahem!) an Iowa Hawkeye through and through. Yes, east coasters, there is a land of milk and honey and it's located an eight hour drive west of Columbus, Ohio. It's called Iowa and for "Us" it is heaven. I took the liberty of e-mailing a friend by marriage this morning to shamelessly promote my web site. Since the rest of my non-Hawkeye readers are still mostly clueless, Iowa is not Idaho. Iowa is three million, for the most part, God fearing citizens. The State is damned cold in the winter and smelly, sizzling hot in the summer. The state is dotted with hundreds of communities containing two thousand folks. Take I-80 east to west through the state in summer, Davenport to Council Bluffs, and you'll gaze at 336 miles of rolling(emphasis on 'rolling') farm hills blanketed by corn and soybeans.
A Wisconsin friend who once coached in Iowa told me there was something very unique about our state that couldn't be found in any other. Since I live in the Buckeye State I might explain it this way. In Ohio there are four distinct geographic sections: the northwest which includes Toledo. It's a great deal like Iowa; rural mostly with many small towns and the church being the focal point of the peoples lives. Cincinnati is the 'Queen City' and dominates the southwest. Actually, there are more citizens just across the Ohio River in northern Kentucky and it should be called Kentuckohio. The water tower in Florence has written on it, "Come back Y'all". Get the picture? Cleveland and the northeast is a combination of old, formerly industrial cities. There are a lot of woods. It can be compared to New England. Since it borders Pennsylvania they're almost New England---but not quite. Southeast Ohio is, well, have you ever seen the movie Deliverance? This part of the state is one monstrous national forest. And there you have it. Four distinct sections and four separate peoples.
Iowa used to have one great newspaper called the Des Moines Register. I don't mean it was great because it was a conservative paper. It was great because it wasn't a slap faced, make you sick, pain in the rear liberal paper. Iowans aren't liberals. It's the media intelligentsia who have imported outsiders that has made a once great newspaper more liberal than balanced. Here's the very unique thing about Iowa and it's comparison with Ohio. That same DM Register paper can be delivered to each doorstep in every community in the entire State----every day, seven days a week! The effect is a bonding, if you will, for bringing the people together. We have an open forum for thinking, agreeing and disagreeing. It creates a statewide community that no other state has and never will. I love being an Iowan even though I don't reside there, anymore.
We all love being Iowans, "Hear Us Roar".

Thursday, January 21, 2010

I'm Not Hip

Crappola! I thought I was pretty cool and hip but not so. It wasn't until yesterday I figured out what this "Pants on the ground" thing was all about. Well, Thank Vishnu for Larry Platt and, dare I write it, a TV Show I've never watched-- The American Idol. Larry Platt, "you've created a national anthem". Seems as though there's always a potential quagmire, though. Is it politically incorrect to suggest White guys can't do the "pants" ditty? I hope so. Sing on, America!

A Trillion Is A Lot

From The Associated Press via lucianne.com

A 1.9 trillion-mile trip is about the same as 8 million trips to the moon. And 1.9 trillion feet would take you to the top of 29,000-foot Mount Everest 65 million times, or to the bottom of the 36,000-foot Mariana Trench, the deepest point in the Pacific, about 53 million times.
Unfortunately the $1.9 trillion in new borrowing authority Senate Democrats are seeking for the government won't take us quite that far. That amount, raising the national debt ceiling to $14.3 trillion, may have to be increased again after the fall election.
But 1.9 trillion is still a lot, no matter how you look at it. In dollars, it's almost twice all the money America has spent in military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001.
That amount would buy about 422 Nimitz Class aircraft carriers, which run about $4.5 billion apiece. It would be enough to provide Pell grants of $5,000 to some 380 million low-income students, a number exceeding the entire population of the country.
The world population is currently about 6.7 billion, so 1.9 trillion people would be enough to populate some 284 worlds.
In terms of time, 1.9 trillion seconds adds up to about 60,000 years. And 1.9 trillion hours ago, or almost 220 million years ago, dinosaurs were just beginning to dominate the Earth.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

B.H.O.'s Ego: Out Of Control


"Here's my assessment of not just the vote in Massachusetts, but the mood around the country: the same thing that swept Scott Brown into office swept me into office," the president said in an exclusive interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos. "People are angry and they are frustrated. Not just because of what's happened in the last year or two years, but what's happened over the last eight years."
Yes, Barry, you keep on saying it's George's fault. Say it all the way to the elections next November then continue on until the Fall of 2014.
"WHEN A TREE FALLS IN THE WOODS-HE HEARS IT"
photo: tip o' the hat from cartoon nazi site

The Quote Of The Year


Take what you will from Scott Browns' acceptance speech but from this old-timer who always votes to protect family: I shouted to the rooftops when I heard the following:

"And let me say this, with respect to those who wish to harm us, I believe that our Constitution and laws exist to protect this nation - they do not grant rights and privileges to enemies in wartime. In dealing with terrorists, our tax dollars should pay for weapons to stop them, not lawyers to defend them."
Scott Brown January 19, 2010

Long Live The King

In victory, especially, it's always good to know the enemy. This is why I went immediately to the Boston Globe online this morning. The authoress of this post is Globe writer, Jenna Russell. Am I missing something? It makes sense, doesn't it--the people of Massachusetts are sick and tired of The Kennedys, the legacies, the excuses for bad behavior and all else attached to the Kennedy Clan. In a nutshell, "The King is dead, long live the King". Nuff said!

HYANNIS PORT - In this quiet seaside village where his family was rooted, Senator Edward M. Kennedy was a familiar figure, known by many residents as a friend and neighbor. But yesterday, Ted Kennedy’s hometown did not look or sound like a place deeply attached to the senator’s liberal legacy, with blue-and-red Scott Brown signs propped in shop windows and driveways, and many voters voicing an appetite for change.
“I’m voting for the opposite of Kennedy, because they’ve been there long enough,’’ Hyannis voter Bernice Latham said. “Maybe we’ll have a say, for a change.’’

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Obama Wherefore Art Thou


Cartoons Are Fun


Realism is a wonderful thing. So are special examples that cause us to sit up and take notice. It was back in the 1870's that Tammany Hall crooks in New York under the leadership of public works inspector, William Tweed, controlled the states coffers. It is estimated in his brief career he took in between $40 million and $200 million dollars. Gadzooks! This is Bernie Madoff territory. The period in history is called the Nadir of National Disgrace due to the massive corruption taking place, not just in New York, but all across the nation. There was this problem about the situation, though. Basically, the people didn't understand. The people didn't know. The people, seemingly, didn't care. The City was populated with immigrants who were more concerned with making a living than learning the English language. It wasn't their fault. They had priorities.
Then along came a a young man, a German immigrant and a cartoonist, hired by Harper's Magazine to be it's resident artist. His name was Thomas Nast. You know his work. The modern day donkey and the elephant, symbols for our present day political parties were his creation. Better yet, Santa Claus as we know him was also his brainstorm. You can thank me later for this history lesson. After all, it's not only my job to please but to inform. What Nast did was expose the crooks for what and who they were. The people couldn't read but they could see and understand cartoons. And this was the beginning of the end for graft, corruption and phony government. You know the story of the emperor and no clothes. Well, after a year with this President and two more with Pelosi and Reid, our politicals are being exposed for their nakedness.
I don't have a clue as to the creator of the posted picture but I can give credit to a long lost, soon to be found, friend. It was forwarded to me by a high school classmate I have not seen since 1966. We'll rectify this situation next week in Arizona. In the meantime you now understand the government flow chart presented to you. Pictures, as given us by Mr. Nast, bring home the aspect of realism. And that's the truth.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Liberalism & Bondage: It's The Same

I luckily came across this fabulous article on TheBoboFiles.com. This man does a much better job of explaining Liberalism than I. If asked my definition, in a word, it would be "Detroit".

It was Ben Franklin who stated the following:
“I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I travelled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.”
“The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been two hundred years. These nations have progressed through this sequence:
From bondage to spiritual faith
From spiritual faith to great courage
From courage to liberty
From liberty to abundance
From abundance to complacency
From complacency to apathy
From apathy to dependence
From dependence back into bondage”
Where do you suppose America is now? Where do you suppose blacks are in this mix? Let’s look at the numbers -
Percent of total U.S. population – 12.4%
Percent in poverty – Blacks – 24.5% (highest of all races)
Percent unemployed – Blacks – 10.5% (highest of all races)
Percent of Home Ownership – Blacks – 46% (lowest of all races)
Percent of Single-Parent households – Blacks – 65% (highest of all races)
Percent who are on Welfare or Government Assistance – Blacks – 39.8% (highest of all races)
Percent of Black population who are registered Democrats – 65%
Given the aforementioned figures – it is no wonder that blacks overwhelmingly support Democrats and liberalism. Liberal policies have enslaved them and made them dependent upon the government. Liberals love social policies because they believe in that term “social justice.” They use these liberal policies against conservatives stating that anyone who opposes these social policies are racist and they just hate minorities. When, in reality – it is liberals who are the true racists and are breeding an electorate that depend on them to keep them in power. Liberals like to say that if Conservatives get in to power – they will take away all of those benefits (Medicare, Medicaid, SCHIP, Welfare, Unemployment, In reality – that is just what Conservatives should do.
The Black community has become dependent upon those government backed subsidies in order to live.
It has been found in study after study that the best way out of poverty is through education. If the Liberals were truly about helping minorities and blacks get out of poverty – then – why are they not truly pushing education programs on these classes of people?
Percent of High School Drop-outs – 12% – Second behind Alaskans and Native Americans
Percent of Black Population that enroll in college – 32%
Percent of Black Population that earn a bachelor’s degree or higher – 20%
Given their numbers in population – the fact that in all the negative indicators they are disproportionately affected more than any other race in this country – you have to wonder just why this is? The leading indicator for this is the fact they overwhelmingly vote for Democrats who will continue to provide their daily bread rather than vote for conservatives who will raise them up in society by making them better through education, independence, and self-responsibility. The Democrats have put the black population back in to bondage – effectively making them slaves and liberals as the slave owners.
Don’t buy in to the “social justice” rhetoric the Obama crowd is throwing around. They don’t care about justice – all they care about is making more people dependent on the government. The fact they extended unemployment benefit eligibility to a record breaking 20 weeks (that is almost 2 years) just goes to show where the government is headed. They do nothing to improve the economy and do everything to put more people on the welfare and unemployment benefit rolls. The initial intent and purpose of unemployment benefits were to be a temporary crutch with a specific deadline. It used to be 6 months. Now, you can go almost 2 years without ever having to work and still collect a paycheck. When it was 6 months there was true motivation to get out there and find a job or go back to school for retraining or a higher education. Now – there is absolutely no incentive. This is government backed dependency.

Geraldo

A couple of tidbits about Haiti and this cannot be verified as of right now. It was reported to me that there are no, none, zero fire houses in the entire country. Also, with a population of 9 million people there are a total of only 6,000 law enforcement officers--max.
I'm on some meds for sciatica at present and it seems the effects keep me up late or, if you prefer, early in the morning. I was surfing the TV channel at 1:30 am this day and came across Geraldo Rivera on Fox. How does this guy keep a job? Fox sent him to Haiti to be one of their main correspondents. Last evening he came across six lawmen shooting at a guy who was trying to rob what used to be a bank. The alleged criminal was digging in the ground. Geraldo stood between the cops and the robber, only two feet distant and asked the bad guy, "are you robbing this place"? Fox execs, daily, must pray for some world disaster to get this guy out of the office. Whatever, whenever, wherever, in a world emergency the only answer is, "send Geraldo".

What's In A Name

It's time. It's time for the type of article I read on the AP wire this morning. It was 52 weeks ago the 'Savior' took office and it appears there are thousands upon thousands of Baby Baracks out there. I saw a slug of pictures, all of them Black children; not that it makes any difference. If I went to Liberal NYC I'd find some Caucasian children with the name Barack; probably in Greenwich Village. There are two female names I don't come across too often anymore, Hillary and Monica, more so the latter. Wonder why?
It's way too early to tell but my suspicion is we won't be seeing many "Tigers" in the near future. Even worse, how many young Tigers and Tigerettes are down at the courthouse undergoing a name change?

Sunday, January 17, 2010

The Measure Of A Man


Jeannie DeAngelis from The American Thinker:

During the Henry Gates Officer Crowley racial controversy there was a telling picture of Crowley assisting a disabled Henry Gates as both walked a few paces behind the ever haughty and imperious Barack Obama. As Obama was strutting before the cameras championing racial equality, the Officer, who had been portrayed as a racist by Gates, relinquished pride and exhibited compassion for his accuser. If what Michelle Obama professes is the truth and "actions speak louder than words," the picture of Crowley compassionately aiding and guiding Gates down the Rose Garden steps said a mouthful. Officer Crowley's empathy, as compared to Barack Obama's self-obsessed concern, was evident with out a word.Yesterday, America witnessed a similar display of humbleness. George W. Bush, criticized, mocked, humiliated, blamed and dishonored by both Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, put the needs of the Haitian people before personal feelings and pride.One of the many thousands of things Obama demeaned G.W. Bush for was his handling of Katrina. Sharply criticizing the ex-President Obama vowed,"We must ensure that the failures of the past are never repeated." Then Obama has the unmitigated audacity to call the supposed failed hurricane president in to assist in the relief effort to Haiti, a disaster of mass Biblical proportion. If Obama believed G.W. Bush was such a failure during Katrina, why enlist a bumbler in the Haitian effort? Or was Obama in need of an inclusive photo op before Tuesday's special election in Massachusetts?Not only did Bush respond to Obama's invitation to assist the Haitian people, the former President "heaped burning coals upon Obama's head" by respectfully commending the standing President for a "swift and timely response to the disaster." Quite the opposite from the fiery darts Obama has been lobbing for years in Bush's direction.For political expediency Obama continues to diminish G.W. Bush in the minds of the American people. In response, the ex-President reciprocated by building up Barack Obama's wounded reputation before the nation. George W. Bush behaved like Officer Crowley; only this time Bush assisted a political cripple who may talk a good talk, but if you watch closely has trouble walking without a crutch.In the meantime, with humility and grace G.W. Bush's compassion and concern for the dignity of the dead and the dire circumstances of the living surpass the awkwardness of having to appear in the Rose Garden next to someone whose main concern is self.George W. Bush, like the modest Officer Crowley, seems more than willing to walk in the shadow of hubris if it means helping Haiti. Yesterday, George W. Bush illustrated to the people Barack claims are closely watching---the grace and character of a deferential man of integrity.

Religious Question

Our leader went to a Baptist church today. This is unusual for Obama; only the third time since his inauguration that he's visited a house of worship. I'm not criticizing the man for this. I don't care if he ever goes to church as long as he tries to do the right thing for all the American people and not only the partisans. I wish this were the case but reviewing the promises made to unions, pharmacies and specific states for gift giving in recent days it shows that it's the same old same old in DC.
My religious question, though, is why is it alright for Dems to talk turkey(politics) in the House of God? Obama tried it today and got away with it on a myriad of subjects. I'm not even sure he mentioned our Saviors name. I'm not aware that the name of Allah was even invoked. What the heck, let's be honest.It was a political speech. It's not only Black leaders but even wannabe Black leaders, Hillary and Bill for instance, who have made it a habit of pretending to be The Rev. Al or The Rev. Jesse from the pulpit. In addition, it's especially detestable when they try the ebonics thing. Have you listened to Mrs. Clinton drone on doing the "Selma March Song"? It's laughable.
If a Republican should ever try such a trick the Rev. Barry Lynn from the Separation of Church and State would bring suit. So, I'm asking, "where's the hypocrisy"?

January 19, 2010


I have all the optimism one can have that Martha Coakley, a political and mental lightweight, will be defeated in the senatorial election in Massachusetts on Tuesday. However, you folks have to remember that my voting state of Minnesota went for Stuart Smalley aka, Al Franken. As Yogi Berra said, "it ain't over til its over". The weather forecast for Massachusetts on Monday calls for a foot of snow in the western part of the state which is heavily Republican. Four inches for Boston, a DemocRat stronghold. Advantage to the bad guys.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Duty Calls And Bill Answers


BOSTON—In a conversation with National Review Online, former president Bill Clinton defended his appearance today at a rally for Democrat Martha Coakley while Haiti is recovering from Tuesday’s earthquake. When I told him that some had been critical of his decision to stump for Coakley while hundreds of thousands are still trapped under rubble, he responded with annoyance: “Who?” he challenged, “who is criticizing me? It’s your problem if you can’t see how these things aren’t mutually exclusive.” Electing Coakley, he said, will “help lead to good governance” that will support Haiti while it rebuilds. When Congressman Ed Markey told Clinton that I worked for National Review, Clinton concluded with this: “See, it's you guys who are saying this stuff, I don't hear it.” With that, he jumped in his SUV, on his way to Worcester for another rally. Haiti, it seems, can wait.

Speaking From The Grave

Is it possible Mary Jo Kopechne is finally getting the opportunity to speak from the grave? I might be the first to broach this supernatural theory although I know there will be a talented scribe out there ready to put pen to paper.
Stay tuned. January 19 is fast approaching.

Coakley in Massachusetts

I garnered the accompanying excerpt from Byron York at the Washington Examiner regarding the senatorial race between Marth Coakley and upstart Scott Brown in Massachusetts. York explains that if Coakley isn't up by seven to eight points by this week-end(down by four at present) this election could be a lost cause. York also gives us a clue from the perspective of the White House as to what they think.


"With the election still four days away, Democrats are still hoping that "something could happen" to change the dynamics of the race. But until that thing happens, the situation as it exists today explains Barack Obama's decision not to travel to Massachusetts to campaign for Coakley. "If the White House thinks she can win, Obama will be there," the Democrat says. "If they don't think she can win, he won't be there." For national Democrats, the task is now to insulate Obama against any suggestion that a Coakley defeat would be a judgment on the president's agenda and performance in office."

Just To Be Irritating

For a very special person I neglected to mention the number one reason she's a fav-----the lady has"common sense".* FDR had this as did Ronald Reagan. They had enough common sense to realize they didn't have all the answers so they surrounded themselves with brilliant, professional businessmen; not radicals.
I can never imagine FDR having one of his "Fireside Chats" and telling the American people that the local police acted stupidly.
*bet no one in the Obama administration can gut an elk.

Dem Job Miscalculation

From Charlie Cook at the National Journal:
Honorable and intelligent people can disagree over the substance and details of what President Obama and congressional Democrats are trying to do on health care reform and climate change. But nearly a year after Obama's inauguration, judging by where the Democrats stand today, it's clear that they have made a colossal miscalculation.
The latest unemployment and housing numbers underscore the folly of their decision to pay so much attention to health care and climate change instead of focusing on the economy "like a laser beam," as President Clinton pledged to do during his 1992 campaign. Although no one can fairly accuse Obama and his party's leaders of ignoring the economy, they certainly haven't focused on it like a laser beam.
Last week's disappointing December unemployment report was the final blow in what was already a bad week for Democrats. One of the most sobering findings in the report was that if 661,000 Americans had not given up even looking for work that month, the unemployment rate would have moved up rather than holding steady at a horrific 10 percent.
Most economists had been expecting an increase of about 50,000 jobs in December; instead, the total declined by 85,000. Some 6.1 million Americans, the highest number in the post-World War II era, have been unemployed for 27 weeks or more. The "U-6" rate of unemployment, which adds in people who are working part-time while seeking full-time work and those who have stopped looking, stands at 17.3 percent, the highest level in the 15 years that the Labor Department has calculated it.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Pledging $$ To Haiti


As of today the United States pledged $100 million dollars to help the people of Haiti. It's no surprise. The US always leads the way when it comes to charitable giving. You know, it's that stuff Obama wants to tax. Wanting to be outdone the Chinese government promised to give a cool $1 million dollars(yuan). I'm going to keep track of the non-givers to keep you updated. It's fun to thumb our noses at others, especially people we dislike. I'll send a letter to the President and suggest the next time he visits one of these nations he not apologize to them about us. I thought it'd be fun to put one of the more crude and obnoxious nose thumbers on this blog. He could be a substitute 'thumber' for the Bamster. You recognize Rahm Emanuel. This photo op was taken January 20, 2009 on the presidential dais just before his boss took the oath of office. Classy, huh!

Government Jobs

If enviro-nutjobs consider 'green jobs' to be the wave of the future why is it to necessary to have the government fund them. Surprise me. What was the last government funded job that made money?

Is This All They've Got?

From Ace of Spades:
Oh well. I knew this was too good to be true.
It's over.
The Coakley campaign just sent out a press release pushing this HuffPo hit piece on Scott Brown. They’ve dug up some real dirt on this supposedly “regular guy” candidate. Did you know he “owns five properties”?
Brown owns three rental units in the college neighborhood of Brighton, and the Coakley campaign is trumpeting the fact that “Brown's 2008 SFI reports . . . a net income derived from [one of these units] of $1,001 to $5,000.” Obviously, Brown doesn’t need some crummy senate job with an income like that!
Then there’s this stunner: Scott Brown, who pretends to be a modest, typical Massachusetts resident, owns a time share in Aruba. That’s right: A time share. The Coakley e-mail reports the value of this Aruban paradise as “valued at $10,001 to $20,000.”
Oh God, we've been set up and knocked down again. Word on the street they're already calling him Scott "Five-Lots" Brown

Wall Street Robber Barons

Let me get this straight. Obama takes to the airwaves today attacking the banks and Wall Street for making obscene profits. As I see it, WS is doing pretty well right now. When Obama took office he brought in heads of the largest banks, told them they had to take bailouts and berated them for foreclosures due to high interest rates. Now, the banks, most of whom have paid back their "forced" loans with interest are berated for being greedy. Those banks that didn't take the bailouts are being chastised, too. They are being told they will be taxed for making obscene profits. Is it possible this latest tirade is cover for being seen as a failure president?
Seems our leader has been taking lessons from his wanna be buddy in Venezuela.

Service Employees International Union


SEIU has contributed $687,000 dollars to the Martha Coakley Massachusetts campaign in the past six days to defeat Scott Brown. In the unlikely event you aren't familiar with SEIU think, The Sopranos, Jimmy Hoffa, thugs, tire irons, murder, Marlon Brando in "On The Waterfront. Get the picture?
And who is Martha Coakley? She's the Attorney General of the Bay State running for Teddy Kennedy's senatorial seat. She's the person who watched a reporter from World Net Daily being knocked to the ground by one of her thug aides two days ago and said, "I didn't see anything". I grew up in the state on the left side of Chicago. I knew about Al Capone when I was in the 2nd grade. His reputation lived long after his death. Question: When one thinks of corrupt states and cities, corrupt people, corrupt political machines, why do we always think Democrat? Detroit, Cleveland, Chicago, New Jersey, New Orleans and last, but certainly not least, Massachusetts?

The Cadillac Tax

I am prepared to make a million dollar wager. I am ready to bet my home, savings, boat and most important, my golf clubs that 95% of the American electorate do not understand the much discussed "Cadillac Tax" now taking place at the White House between members of the AFl-CIO and SEIU. It's an easy win for me. The plan is a buyoff, a bribe, a sucker punch to the American taxpayer and a lie. In the event you'd like an simple explanation I have included a straight forward--and long-- article from the editors at National Review.


"The nation’s labor unions have reportedly cut a deal with House Democrats: Labor will drop its opposition to the so-called Cadillac tax — an excise tax on high-cost employer-provided health-care plans — if Congress will carve out an exemption for plans provided under collective-bargaining agreements. Even after all the unsavory bargains and rotten deals that have characterized the rush to get this thing passed (the “Louisiana Purchase,” the “Cornhusker Kickback,” etc.) the “Labor Loophole” surely takes the prize. A few Democrats in the Senate already tried this trick and were laughed out of the smoke-filled room, so nakedly obvious was the special-interest favoritism at work. That the Democratic party is seriously reconsidering this deal is a sign of how desperate it has become to pass a bill — any bill — that shoves the federal foot through the waiting-room door. The story of the Cadillac tax is interesting in that it illustrates how hard it is to pass extremely unpopular legislation. After Obama pledged not to sign a health-care bill that added “one dime” to the deficit, Democrats in Congress needed to figure out a way to raise enough revenue to pay for hundreds of billions in new health-insurance subsidies and Medicaid extensions. An additional constraint was their need to do this without blatantly breaking Obama’s pledge not to raise taxes on households making less than $250,000 a year.
Thinking it would be a good way to demagogue Wall Street, Senate Democrats came up with the Cadillac tax. Only later did they realize that they had aimed for Goldman Sachs but hit the UAW. Many of the nation’s most expensive health-care plans can be found in the collective-bargaining agreements of the old-line unions. The tax-exempt status of employer-provided health insurance made it easier over the years for management to increase benefits rather than wages. This is one reason why the unions were so adamantly opposed to John McCain’s health-care plan in 2008. McCain’s plan would have equalized the tax treatment of employer-provided and individual plans and given everyone a large refundable tax credit to spend on health care. This might be the single most sensible health-policy reform Congress could enact, but the unions oppose it; McCain’s tax credit would not have been big enough to pay for all the benefits they enjoy as part of their tax-exempt Cadillac plans. Most health-care economists like the tax on Cadillac plans because, theoretically, it would encourage employers to spend less on health care and use the savings to increase wages. This would — again, theoretically – bring down premiums and increase tax revenue (because wages are taxed and benefits are not). Unions are skeptical, and one can see why. The cash-starved auto industry, for instance, does not seem likely to increase wages if freed from its onerous health-care obligations. That’s why the more liberal (and more union-friendly) Democrats in the House favor a so-called millionaire’s tax instead, which would raise revenue by — you guessed it — taxing millionaires. But this tax is going nowhere in the Senate. Thus yesterday’s compromise: A version of the Senate’s preferred tax, but with a carve-out for the Democrats’ most powerful special-interest group. The Democrats are fighting a losing battle: Every time they make a corrupt compromise to buy votes, a disgusted public likes the bill a little less, which drives down its popularity in the polls, which increases the number of votes the Democrats have to buy. As Ramesh Ponnuru and Yuval Levin noted in the latest issue of National Review, the end product of this process will present a big red target for Republicans to shoot at all year. The Labor Loophole would make that target even bigger.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Sarah Palin

She is what America should become, again.

Hanky Panky

The National Enquirer reports that this is Bubba Clintons' "second" affair. Julie Tauber McMahon lives up the street from Bill and Hill. Supposedly, she gave the ex-Prez the boot. As was the case with Ms. Lewinski, Mr. Clinton was attracted to her very large----hands!

Haiti And Others

When I was a child I was quite aware of tragedies in the world be they typhoons, hurricanes, or earthquakes. I wasn't much bothered by them since they seemed to be in Iran, Malaysia, Haiti and far away lands. As I grew older maturity took over and I gave these things much more thought and, when possible, financial aid. It just seems so sad the poorest of the poor seemingly get the worst of it. It's understandable because housing is so poor and structural standards lacking. Even so, news reports are telling us hundreds of thousands are dead in Haiti.
We have so much to be thankful for in this country. God must have a special place for his Haitian children. They are required to suffer so much.

What's Wrong With This Picture


I do believe I just took a trip in the Way Back Machine. I read the article and thought It was 1968. I repeat, what's wrong with this picture? The 4-year old kid is telling his parent's he doesn't want his hair cut. Looking down the road, mom and dad are in big, big trouble. Already he's telling them what's up. I did take note that his parents do not have the same last name. That's usually indicative of: living together in sin, smackdown feminism or being a Democrat. I seriously doubt Taylor Pugh is a distraction in school. Kids that age don't know the difference between a boy and girl. It's not until they advance to age six they start playing doctor. And poor, Ben Torres, the by-liner in this story, must really feel like he's going nowhere. Look at the story the Dallas Morning News made him cover. Hard news at it's best.
Written by Ben Torres at the Dallas Morning News:

"A suburban Dallas school district has suspended a 4-year-old from his prekindergarten class because he wears his hair too long and does not want his parents to cut it.
Taylor Pugh in the glare of the news media on Monday.
The boy, Taylor Pugh, says he likes his hair long and curly. But on Monday night, the school board in Mesquite voted unanimously to enforce its ban on Beatles haircuts, much less anything approaching coiffures of bands like Led Zeppelin. School officials say the district’s dress code serves to limit distractions in the classroom.
No exception could be made for the pint-size rebel, who sat through the hearing with his hair in a ponytail, manifestly bored.
The boy’s parents, Delton Pugh and Elizabeth Taylor, have argued that it is unfair to punish Taylor for his longish locks; it suggests, they say, that the district cares more about appearances than education.
“I don’t think it’s right to hold a child down and force him to do something,” Mr. Pugh, a tattoo artist, told The Associated Press. “It’s not hurting him or affecting his education.”
The parents rejected a compromise proposed by the board under which they would braid his hair and pin it up"

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Hooray For The Amish

There's a story brewing today in regard to health care that America's Amish population could be exempt from Obama's health care program. This is juicy, huh! If the Amish can be excluded on religious grounds imagine the myriad of "Weirdo God" sects that could file for the same reasons.
I saw a report on some Kentuckians who use rattlesnakes in their ceremonies to ward off evil spirits. Sounds to me like they have valid legal grounds. Native Americans could apply and would come under the umbrella. Oh wait, they're federalized, already. Sorry, Tonto, you're outta luck. Does the practice of witchcraft count? Bet it would. I'm sure there's an ACLU lawyer or two out there who's available for them.
Why, Christians could be excluded. We could use the old, "since the Sanhedrin deprived Jesus health care after the sourging at the pillar and carrying of the cross routine". Forget the crucifixion. That sort of takes health care out of the debate. Finally, there is the ultimate alternative to Obama's health care program. Since 64% of the populace is against why not have these people become Amish. Makes sense to me.
I have this nagging feeling that health care as we know it might be around for quite some time. As long as we have lawyers we've got a fighting chance. I may not be against tort reform after all.

Stupid Is As Stupid Does


Dropping Poll Numbers

Today's approval poll numbers are quite revealing. Obama's overall approval number is at 46%. His health care approval number is 36%. If math serves correctly this means that those against mandated, government health care is 64%. There could be some who have no opinion but I doubt it. Nuff said!

Michael Buble'


Wishing doesn't make it so. I have had a longing for quite some time to be able to play a musical instrument. The problem is, I don't know which one to try. It'd have to be one that doesn't require a lot of talent and brain power. I suppose I'd have to understand different notes. There's a song about do-re- mi. I could memorize that easily.
A couple of my friends are taking guitar lessons. That's another problem. A music student has to shell out money to the teacher for the purpose of gaining a musicians skill. I'd like to be somewhat more unique than my friends and pluck banjo strings or learn to fiddle. Life would be infinitely cool if it were possible to pick up anything at hand and make music. My youngest son did this. It must be an inherited talent. His maternal grandfather played the clarinet with Bix Beiderbeck in the 1920's. The Kid decided to learn to play the piano when he was in college. I was impressed. His motive was ulterior, though. He told me, "good lookin' women gravitate to those who can tickle the ivories". Ever see an Elvis movie when he breaks out with, "Love Me Tender"?. He's surround by adoring beauties; thousands upon thousands of them. Music makers get the babes unless you're Adam Lambert.
I'm jealous of professional singers and musicians. My youth revolved around baseballs, footballs and basketballs and now that that period has passed me by I've learned to appreciate music. Finally, at last, I've segued into the purpose of this post.
I am late to the party but I have just discovered the singer, Michael Buble', and his wonderful CD, "Crazy Love". Buble' does the standards with a voice so mellifluous and soothing each song is as if it came from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Buble' has something I don't and never will. He has a voice that allows us non-talented folks do what I always figured was impossible; hum along with him in public without being embarrassed by it.

Go Scott Go

From National Review Online:
Nearly 30 years ago, Ronald Reagan was in a high-school gymnasium in Nashua, N.H. His chances of winning the GOP presidential nomination were dimming, ever since George H.W. Bush scored an upset win against the Gipper in the Iowa caucuses. Before the debate in Nashua, Reagan became angry about other candidates being blocked from participating in the event. He tried to address the situation with the debate’s moderator. The moderator, a local newspaper editor, wasn’t pleased, and promptly moved to cut off Reagan’s microphone. Reagan, of course, would have none of it, saying: “I’m paying for these microphones, Mr. Green!” It was a wonderful, assertive moment that helped make Reagan Reagan.
Tonight, Scott Brown, a Massachusetts Republican, had a vaguely similar moment during the final debate of the campaign for Teddy Kennedy’s former Senate seat. David Gergen, the debate’s moderator, asked Brown and his chief opponent, Democrat Martha Coakley, whether they will stop the health-care bill so beloved by Kennedy. Brown paused for a moment, and looked over at Gergen.
“With all due respect,” said Brown, “it’s not the Kennedy’s seat, and it’s not the Democrats’ seat, it is the people’s seat.” You could hear the roars from South Boston to Cape Cod. Coakley looked dumbfounded. Here’s why: Brown’s words hit at the heart of the question that’s driving this special-election campaign: Will Massachusetts' vote be based on its past or on its future?
Coakley is betting on the past. She repeatedly tried to tag Brown as just another Bush-Cheney automaton. It didn’t work. “Ms. Coakley, you can run against Bush-Cheney all you want, but I’m Scott Brown,” he said. “I live in Wrentham. I drive a truck. And, yes, it has 200,000 miles on it now. You’re not running against them. You’re running against me.”
As much as the pundits want to make this race about Teddy, it’s not. It’s about Massachusetts, and the tough choices its voters face in the near future. One candidate gets that, the other doesn’t.

Monday, January 11, 2010

What's His Name?


Are you having as much trouble pronouncing the name of the latest terrorist bomber guy as I. You know, what's his name who failed to ignite his skivvies in Detroit. You'd think the kid would at least have had the common courtesy to change his name to someone like, say, Richard Reed. aka, 'The Shoe Bomber". I'm not making joke but the site of RR does not qualify him for the Albert Einstein Award. Where the heck is he, anyway, Gitmo?
Everybody repeat after me: U-m-a-r: f-a-r-o-u-k: a-b-d-u-l-m-u-t-a-l-l-a-b(pant pant). Yep! This is the poor schlep who has been duped by Al Qaeda into thinking the 72 virgins were on the Delta runway. It's too bad. He's sort of a good looking kid. Reed, on the other hand?

Rush Is Right


Posted is an article and mea culpa from a real southern belle, Kathleen McKinley. Take note of what she says but also from the Rushmeister when he says that Obama purposely wants to destroy this economy. From Ms. McKinley:

"I've listened to Rush Limbaugh off and on for 20 years now. I agree with him on most things. I wish his personal life wasn't so dramatic and unfortunate, but no one can argue the fact that he is the best broadcaster out there, bar none.Through the years I've always been amazed how right he was, and I'm not talking about issues or personal beliefs. I'm talking about predictions and the reasons behind political decisions. He warned us during the primaries that nominating anyone but a true conservative would be the wrong candidate. I didn't believe him. Like a lot of Republicans, I thought we needed a more moderate Republican. One who had compromised with the other side. One that would bring us the independents and moderate Democrats. I thought McCain fit that to a tee. And he did. But I was wrong, and Rush was right. When we stick to our ideals and principles, we win.But for the last year Rush has been saying something about the Obama administration that I can't wrap my mind around. I just can't believe it could possibly be true. What is it? Well, if you have been listening to Rush you know.He believes that the Obama administration is destroying the economy on purpose. On purpose. He says that the more people depend on the government, the more control the government has over the people and it's institutions. He says this plan is a way for Democrats to stay in power.....always. If the majority of people depend on the government for their security and livelihood, and the Democrats are the ones promising more goodies from the government (not to mention ACORN type voter registration including illegal aliens voting), then the people will keep voting them in. It isn't Democracy and liberty, but in the end it's all about power.I just could never buy that. It's too far out. Too conspiratorial. I've always believed that the road to hell is paved with Democrat's good intentions. I believed that programs like welfare and food stamps was a compassionate idea gone bad. I thought that the Democrats really did just want to help the poor, and had no idea that it would cause generational poverty that takes away the dignity of the person.The problem with that is that it's been clear for years that it did cause generational poverty. It's clear that these programs, full of fraud and waste, have had disastrous effects. In the black community it has caused 70-80% of black children born into unwed homes, children raised without fathers, increase in crime and incarceration, despair, and drug addiction. When it comes to welfare in the white and hispanic community the statistics aren't much better.Yet, with all the evidence around us, the Democrat still insist on more and more dependency on the government. They still push for more programs, more money for these programs, and more big government.Why?Could Rush be right again? Could it possibly be true that all this is on purpose?? Could it be possible that this is all about power? That the bigger dream is that those like Obama, who see themselves so much smarter than the rest of us, who know better than even our founding fathers, who see themselves as our parents who need to guide us and show us how to live, actually sees a economic morass as a perfect opportunity to take more and more control so they can implement their version of their liberal Utopia?It boggles my mind. I can't accept that.But then, I was wrong about McCain too."

Jason Chaffetz Is A Miser

Jason Chaffetz(R) Utah is a congressional hero in at least one aspect. He has a cot in his office and sleeps there at night when in Washington DC. Many of his constituents think he's a wacko because he won't take advantage of the many perks offered to him. As one might suspect some say he is only doing this as a political stunt. I don't care what he does as long as he can walk the walk. Keep it up, Jason. Love your style.

Two Minutes In Green Bay

From a speech in 2008 in Green Bay, Wisconsin candidate Barack Hussein Obama did what he does best; lie his ass off with a series of 'promises'. Or, as Bill Clinton would say, " things you tell a hot chick to get laid".

Close the revolving door for lobbyist working at the White House: PROMISE BROKEN.
“I’ll make our government open and transparent.” PROMISE BROKEN.
“I will make it impossible for Congressmen or lobbyists to slip pork-barrel projects or corporate welfare into laws.” PROMISE BROKEN.
“No more secrecy.” WHAT A LAUGH!
Public will have five days to look at a bill online before I sign: PROMISE BROKEN.
“When there are meetings between lobbyists and a government agency, we will put as many as possible online for every American to watch.” HOW MANY HAVE YOU SEEN?
“When there is a tax bill being debated in Congress, you will know the names of the corporations that would benefit and how much money they would get.” NOT EVEN CLOSE.
“We will put every corporate tax break and every pork-barrel project online for every American to see. You will know who asked for them and you can cast your vote accordingly.” YEAH, RIGHT!

Bills' Second Affair?

I just read an article from the Buenos Aires Herald in Argentina saying that Bill Clinton had a second affair and it took place during the presidential campaign involving Obama and Queen Hillary." Mrs. Clinton, it is reported, had a number of staff on hand to keep this "non-youthful" indiscretion under wraps. 2nd affair? I'd need a calculator with a six year supply of batteries to count his affairs.

High Gas Prices

In case you haven't been paying attention the price of gas at the pump is edging closer to $3.00 per gallon. The price of crude is at $82.00 a barrel and is expected to be in the upper nineties by summer. This will calculate to $4.00 gas prices; those we saw under the evil leadership of George W. Bush. At that time then senator, Obama, stated: "it doesn't bother me that gas is $4.00. I knew it would get there. I just didn't expect it to happen so quickly".

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Hypocrites To The Right, Hypocrites To The Left

From RedState.com:
Let's take the Wayback Machine to 2002, shall we? We’ll take a look at the Democrats’ responses to Trent Lott’s statements (and subsequent apology) about Strom Thurmond, which were widely condemned as “racist.”
‘His apology does not take away the sting of his divisive words…‘ - Barbara Boxer
‘I can tell you if a Democratic leader said such a thing, they would not be allowed to keep their position,’ - Mary Landrieu
‘What he said was insensitive as hell; it’s very offensive,’ … ‘Race is serious stuff. It’s not something you kid about.’ - Joe Biden
‘…the GOP must decide whether Lott ‘represents the views of the majority of Republicans in the Senate and in our country.‘ - Hillary Clinton
‘We need political leaders who are healers, not dividers,’ … ‘I hope that Senator Lott’s apology will translate into action and that he will advance policies that bring us together as a nation rather than pull us apart.‘ - Dick Durbin
‘When connected to past comments and votes, this statement casts a dark shadow over Sen. Lott’s ability to be a credible party leader‘ - Diane Feinstein
‘Sen. Debbie Stabenow, a Democrat, described Lott’s comments as ‘outrageous’ and ‘completely inexcusable.’ ‘Those kinds of comments have no place in our society and should be repudiated by every American,’ Stabenow said in a statement. ‘At this point, the Republican caucus in the U.S. Senate needs to think long and hard about the kind of values they want their leadership to represent.‘ - Debbie Stabenow

Hammer Toes

Getting older has some advantages but not many. I recall being in the classroom in 1988, my last year of teaching. I taught Advanced Placement American History which means my students could count to 100 and knew that our President lived in Washington DC. One day and off topic the subject of great looking women came up and I ran off a list of top 10'ers of whom half were were closing in on forty and one or two upwards of that. As might be expected I received groans and ughs from the crowd. "Class", I said, "You have the disadvantage of seeing things through 17 year-old eyes. Your appreciation of beauty stops when American Bandstand goes off the air." You know those eyes I was referring to? I received a picture of some of the ladies from our Class of '64 reunion and I thought to myself, "Man, she's lookin' hot" I don't know if my eyes are changing or if it's my perception of life. To me, Julie Andrews in many ways, compares favorably to Megan Fox.
I do know my body is changing and it's not a pretty site. I used to be pigeon-toed. It helped when I played sports; I ran forward instead of side to side. Yesterday, I took a walk(waddle) in the snow to get the mail. My pigeon-toed feet had turned outward; 180 degrees from my belly button. The silent movie star, Fatty Arbuckle, walked that way.
My five year old grandchildren, Oscar and Evie, recently had the misfortune of seeing me with my socks off. They cringed in fear. It seems some of my toenails are turning dark in certain spots. I can only imagine what they thought: "Grandpa's a freak. Put him in the attic". To add pain to misery I have been plagued my entire life with 'hammer toes'. For sixty-four years, unless forced, my toes have never touched a carpet or piece of lineolum. I've got a ditty I do for one of my friends. I pretend I'm the "Toe Man" and am part of a circus sideshow. When I'm finished he has tears in his eyes from laughing.
One of the truly great things about getting older is that the changing of the body is met with a, "who cares". When I gain weight I put it on in the chest. Recall the Seinfeld episode where George's father wears the 'bro' or 'mansierre'. That could be me EXCEPT, "I don't care". Who do I need to impress at my age, Angela Lansberry?
I'll be hooking up with seven classmates from that '64 class in two weeks in Arizona. I have not seen three of them in forty-five years. I can hardly wait to go. Just as long as I can keep my socks on and don't have to take my shirt off I'll be one happy guy. The really cool thing is, I've still got a lot of hair.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Why Co-Existers Are Full Of Crap


Every so often I'll see the included bumper sticker on a beat up, rusted out car and think to myself, "these poor people need help." When I was teaching high school the mantra from some bug-eyed, overly self-righteous lay person in the religion department was, "if you want peace work for justice". This bothered me no end for I always felt it was a copout for stealing from those who had and given to those who didn't. i.e. socialism at best, communism at worst. My thinking about teaching and the salary I received was: nobody twisted my arm to sign a yearly contract so why complain about my salary.
My wife and I attend an inner city church in downtown Columbus, Ohio. It is the poorest of the poor when it comes to the congregation. It is located in one of the most crime infested areas in Ohio. We attend there for two reasons: they need our money and the priest is a "priests, priest". Our homily last week touched on the topic of coexistence, sort of. I liked the talk, mostly because the good padre agreed with me. He pooh-poohed the idea of social justice. "If you want peace be kind to each other," he said. I like that better. It's only coincidence that I came across the accompanying article from the blog site called, Brutally Honest.
"You’ve seen these bumper stickers, right? They cause me to shake my head and think, 'how naive'. Why? Because they don’t really mean what they say.
Let’s break it down. We’ll call each worldview by the letter it’s supposed to represent. So:
C = Islam
O = Pacifism
E = “Gender equality” (=the LGBT agenda)
X = Judaism
I = Wicca / Pagan / Bah’ai
S =Taoism / Confucianism
T = Christianity
And let’s assume a very broad definition of “coexist”: living together without calling for the destruction of each other. Here are the problems with that:
C wants to kill E, X, T, and (by implication) O. If they achieved the world they wanted, I and S would also no longer exist.
O doesn’t allow for effective resistance or defeat of C.
E stands in direct opposition to C, X, and T, and accuses those who speak against them of hate speech. Also, they’re trying to edge X and T out of public schools in favor of their own agenda. (They’re afraid C will be offended, so they get less trouble.) E is actually very, very intolerant.
X’s existence is threatened not only by C but also by O, who invariably supports C over X.
I and S are statistically insignificant and are mainly on there to complete the bumper sticker.
T is who the bumper sticker is really arguing against, but poses no physical threat to any of the others.
Historically, T has brought about more tolerance– “coexistence” if you will– than any other movement. But the kind of “coexistence” the people who make this sticker envision is one where at least X and T are completely marginalized.
When I see one of these bumper stickers, I can't help but think... there goes yet another non-thinking, mindless drone. Pretty much what I think when I see an Obama sticker.
Sue me."

Racist Reid Fallout

From The Weekly Standard:

In light of President Obama's decision to forgive Harry Reid's remarks about Obama's skin color and lack of a "Negro dialect," check out what Obama said about Trent Lott in 2002:
Illinois Senator Barack Obama (D-13th), who hosted WVON's Cliff Kelley Show, challenged the Republican Party to repudiate Lott's remarks and to call for his resignation as senate leader."It seems to be that we can forgive a 100-year-old senator for some of the indiscretion of his youth, but, what is more difficult to forgive is the current president of the U.S. Senate (Lott) suggesting we had been better off if we had followed a segregationist path in this country after all of the battles and fights for civil rights and all the work that we still have to do," said Obama.He said: "The Republican Party itself has to drive out Trent Lott. If they have to stand for something, they have to stand up and say this is not the person we want representing our party."
--From the December 12, 2002 issue of the Chicago Defender.k

Stupid 'Ol Harry Reid

Associated Press:
The top Democrat in the U.S. Senate apologized on Saturday for comments he made about Barack Obama's race during the 2008 presidential bid and are quoted in a yet-to-be-released book about the campaign.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada described in private then-Sen. Barack Obama as "light skinned" and "with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one." Obama is the nation's first African-American president.
"I deeply regret using such a poor choice of words. I sincerely apologize for offending any and all Americans, especially African-Americans for my improper comments," Reid said in a statement released after the excerpts were first reported on the Web site of The Atlantic.
"I was a proud and enthusiastic supporter of Barack Obama during the campaign and have worked as hard as I can to advance President Obama's legislative agenda."

New York Jihad

It'd be nice if I could get my hands on a copy of the transcript of former Attorney General, Michael Mukasey, and his conversation with Paul Gigot on Fox News', The Journal Editorial Report, for January 9, 2010. The main focus of the show was the upcoming trial of KSM in NYC along with its long range ramifications. Mukasey reiterated what all sane people know: a cost of over $2 million per year, a platform for scum and potential security concerns to New York and the entire country. One comment from Mukasey, though, struck a nerve and he put it in the form of a question.
Would you, as a juror, want your name known?
Think about it for awhile. Consider your spouse, children, relatives, co-workers, and friends.

Friday, January 8, 2010

The Cleverest Che Shirt Ever


`Took this off of National Review Online compliments of Jonah Goldberg

A New Kind Of Feminist

From the blog, Right Wing News:
Pamela Geller has managed to build up a large audience at her blog Atlas Shrugs with her exuberant writing style, her ferocious attacks on radical Islam, her vlogs, and her excellent "gets" of big name interview subjects. Few people in the blogosphere work harder than Pamela or put more effort into making their blogs successful.
Behind the scenes, Pamela tends to be as expressive as she is in public, but when you get to know her, her character, fierce determination, and simple decency shine through in a way that is difficult to capture on her blog.
Background
Pamela was an associate publisher of the New York Observer and a director of strategic planning at the New York Daily News. Over time, Pamela started commenting on blogs and eventually, a poster at Little Green Footballs suggested that she start her own blog. She took that advice in 2005 and the rest is history.
Pamela on feminism.
I don't need equal rights....I'm already equal. I don't need somebody telling me something that's already a fact. All these women like Gloria Steinem, "Oh, we made it happen for you!" You didn't make it happen for me. That whole movement...is rooted in Marxist-Leninist propaganda....I'm not a feminist, I'm an anti-feminist. I think it has hurt women enormously.l

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I unenthusiastically pushed the keys for the blog site, iowntheworld.com, five or six times before it became a part of my daily routine. Unlike liberal sites which are extremely BLAH this guy is clever, original and downright funny.
In the event you threw your magnifying glass in the dumpster a close look at the 'gentlemen' on the bottom lineup will show them to be of Middle Eastern descent and the caption underneath the pictures all read the same: MUSLIM PSYCHO

MSNBC Code Name: 'Idiots"

From William Tate at The American Thinker:

One thing you've got to say for MS-NBC: They stand by their man. But even Tammy Wynette would cringe at the senseless devotion to Barack Obama they displayed this week.
To call it puppy-dog-like would be an insult to canines.
Just days after seven CIA officers and operatives lost their lives in defense of this country, MS-NBC conspired with unnamed senior White House sources to slander the victims and the rest of the intelligence community, just to try to defend Obama's incompetence on intelligence.
MS-NBC spent much of its Monday prime-time promoting the spurious contention that intelligence agencies may have deliberately allowed the attempted Christmas Day plane bombing to proceed in order to make Obama look bad.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Has Never Met Tiger Woods


The Racist TV Channel


Just thought you'd like to be introduced to the "diversity channel". It's the line-up of MSNBC that is best know for criticizing Fox News for it's policy of being the network of hate and prejudice: In other words, no Blacks, no Blacks and no Blacks----except for Juan Williams, Harris Faulkner, Charles Payne and Aaron Golers and anchor, Kelly Wright. Too bad I can't find a minority at MSNBC.
The only way the MS crowd would get a minority is with burnt cork, nickname of "Spot".

Liar, Liar, Pants On Fire


It's SOP for politicians to stretch the truth. Most times we normal people call it lying. Our Savior, as you now know, promised the voters eight different times the health care proceedings would be televised on C-Span. The event would be gavel to gavel, said God II.
I could have cared less about this post but I did like the cartoon from lucianne.com so that's the reason it's here.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Andrew Breitbart

By now most of you are familiar with Andrew Breitbart. It was he who provided the necessary tools to expose ACORN for it's corrupt practices around the country. In addition, Breitbart is one of my blog guru's. He started Big Government.com, Big Hollywood.com and as of today, Big Journalism.com. Give this site a shot. He takes on so-called bastions of journalistic writing; New York Times, LA Times, Minneapolis Star Tribune. Breitbart wants you, the reader, to expose these newspapers for accuracy. He asks that you do the same for your home town paper. The site is a Tea Party for journalism. It has the same mantra you've been hearing around the country; "We're mad as hell and we aren't gonna take it anymore".

GM Bailout A Success-Yeah Right

The figures are in for the quarterly $17.2 billion dollar bailout of Government Motors(GM). Compared to what's happening to the Postal Service and AMTRAK, based on per cent of loss, it was a positive. GM only lost $10 billion. Oh, egg on my face and stupid me. The people who paid for the bailout, you know, the tax payer, lost the $27.2 billion. This is the most irresponsible, lying, cheating, dumb, stupid, thieving, corrupt, not yet in jail Congress in the history of our Republic.

Titanic

We're the king and queen of the world! Hey! Is that an iceb___________
Ace of Spades

Sometimes Life Stinks


Associated Press: TOKYO — Tsutomu Yamaguchi, the only person officially recognized as a survivor of both the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings at the end of World War II, has died at age 93.
Yamaguchi was in Hiroshima on a business trip for his shipbuilding company on Aug. 6, 1945, when a U.S. B-29 dropped an atomic bomb on the city. He suffered serious burns to his upper body and spent the night in the city.
He then returned to his hometown of Nagasaki, about 190 miles southwest, which suffered a second U.S. atomic bomb attack three days later.

Obama Administration Gets Tough


From Andrew Malcolm at the LA Times
Under the category of looks-like-about-12-days-too-late, the State Department has announced it is revoking the U.S. visa for suspected Nigerian underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab.
That will show him and who knows how many others that the Obama administration really means business.

Happy Birthday Anyone?


Because it's January I begin thinking of birthdays. Growing up and celebrating a birthday in my house wasn't a special thing. I cannot recall having a party with kids in attendance. When I was six there was an announcement on the local radio station about my birthday and a song was dedicated to me. The title was something about, "Snips and snails and puppy dog tails". I was embarrassed by it. I don't know why except we had to have my dog's tail cut off when he was a pup. The stump looked like a cocktail weiner. Maybe that was it.
Since my dad was born the day before me we celebrated together. Grandma Dickerson made an angel food cake and I'd get a card with a five spot enclosed from mom and dad. Beginning around 1956 birthday's were celebrated with my two best friends, Steve and Dick. We lived within two blocks of each other and "our" party consisted of lunch then giving a card to the 'birthday boy' with a dollar inserted. Consider the numerous life situations that have occurred since our first party; college, marriage, children, relocating to different cities in the US, moving to foreign countries, changing jobs but never losing track of each other. Try naming a scenario that would stop the tradition but the recognition of our birthdays continues to happen. In a few weeks I will receive in the mail two cards; one from Steve and one from Dick. Inside there will be a dollar bill. We've done this for fifty-four years. Traditions are tough things to break. As Steve once told me, "I could never hate you. I've known you too long."
Personally, I'm not a huge fan of birthdays but I am a sucker for sending out cards. Including fourteen family members I send out thirty-four cards total each year. There's just something very nice about being recognized on "your" day. I used to tell people on their birthday, "you're one in a million" but neglecting to tell them there are seven billion people in the world. Do the math and it could be ego deflating.
If you have a birthday coming up don't let me know. The cost of cards and stamps are eating into my social security.
I've just had a nagging thought and it has been confirmed. My brain has fewer folds than a year ago. Memory, however slight it is, told me I might have written a post one year ago on this same topic. It has been confirmed. I'm ready for the home.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

"Joe: You're B-o-o-o-r-r-r-r-r-ing"


The heading is my caption but I know my reader's can come up with a more creative and humerous ditty. I stole the pic from one of my favorites, Ace of Spades. Feel free to add your own comment. There is no prize for the selected winner.

No Sex Forever

It's a story like the one below that makes me feel like Einstein, Pasteur and Da Vinci--combined. One of the wonderful aspects of being human is we get to laugh at others when they do or say utterly ridiculous things. Thank the gods for these people for because of them we get to enclose ourselves in a shield of superiority. The subject of this post had better hope the fellows at the office never find out that they have a jackass in their midst. The harassment will be never ending. He shouldn't concern himself with not receiving sex forever unless he buys it in Amsterdam.

BERLIN from the Associated Press - A German man was temporarily detained at Stuttgart airport on Tuesday after he repeatedly told security personnel that he had explosives in his underwear, police said.
The 42-year-old man apparently was joking about the failed attempt by a Nigerian man to blow up a jetliner bound for Detroit on Christmas Day by igniting explosives concealed in his underwear.
Police said a full body search of the German man did not turn up any explosives. However, Tuifly airline refused to let the man, his wife and daughter board the plane to Egypt, where they planned a vacation. The family is out 1000 Euros for hotel reservations, too.