February 28, 2009
The one time popular phrase of the legion of pessimists; "Bush lied, people died" is bearing itself out to be the biggest lie yet of this new century. The liberated Iraqi people of this generation and the next, will likely confirm this as true, henceforth.
God bless them.
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February 27, 2009
February 26, 2009
When it's this funny, I can live with her.
Love her or hate her, she does it her way and makes no apologies; all the while she continues writing- and her writing keeps getting posted on the Best Sellers. I truly admire her for that.
Photo is S.S. security detail for President-elect Obama- itself a real philosophical conundrum for the anti-gun Left (See:Rosie ODonnell) We, on the pro-gun rights right do not stumble philosophically on such basic, logical necessities. Nor are we encumbered within our rights and by law, deeming to whom it is necessary and who is worthy.
What we are to gather from this article is that our own law enforcement wing of our government(Attorney General, Eric Holder) blames(American people)our 2nd Amendment for the crime problem over on the other side of U.S./Mexican border!...wow.
I'll say two things...
1. This statement from our government simply shores up the position that many Americans have....build the fence! Now. Good. Fast.
2. Go now-while you can- buy that gun you've been pondering.
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February 25, 2009
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Several days before being elected VP Biden publicly supported clean coal; and at one of clean coal's rally's Joe Biden proved it by enthusiastically autographing hats. Squaring this support with the Obama administrations stance is a bit of a puzzle...go figure.
I'm afraid, soon, it's going to get to the point where it isn't so funny anymore. But, for now, it's pretty hilarious.
February 24, 2009
The matters involving Geert Wilders and the larger discussion of freedom of speech are ushering in an interesting new dialog - particularly for the UK and the EU.
If you're unfamiliar with Geert Wilders, try this new little gadget called Google ;)...or stay tuned here; I made this Blog to inform and familiarize others with news, events and sources that they normally don't come across day to day-- that I do come across every day.
February 23, 2009
Obama Pentagon confirms : Gitmo is babysitting service for the worlds worst militants...but keep it down, if Main Stream Media(MSM) gets wind of this, they may-possibly-maybe-might feel compelled to report this, i.e. embarrass Obama administration. God forbid.
February 20, 2009
He's back. Essentially. This is disappointing particularly because I'd believed to this point Obama had made an earnest, excellent decision in making a clean break from the Wright clan.
As has become a pattern, so many things Obama says/believes have an expiration date. Chalk this up.
Via Powerline Blog
February 19, 2009
The Hopenchange administration is not cutting it with the markets! this a problem. It does not take an economist or a stock trader to tell you that President Obama is in hot water with a lot of people who are crucial parts to the engine that run this country.
The markets don't function on Hopenchange, they function based on action. Don't be fooled by the action of the "stimulus" bill, as is obvious in this video - it was the wrong action.
Great video (click on post title)
- President Obama memo on government transparency
This is going to be a long for years.
February 18, 2009
Hat's off to the North Dakota legislature for accommodating current law on abortion - as it stands-and challenging it!
'When asked by a curious citizen after the adjournment of the Constitutional Convention what kind of government had been structured by the Founding Fathers, Benjamin Franklin is said to have answered: "...A REPUBLIC, IF YOU CAN KEEP IT."
This video series(14 video segments) is useful and compelling, believe me;)
In the picture is myself on the left and Bjorn Lomborg. First, this is my life, seems wherever I go, I see every persons face, shape - however it works- my eyes pick people out of a crowd. To make a long story short; my lovely wife and I visited Italy and spent a few days in Rome cruising all there was to be seen. We went to the Rome Forum and continued to the Colosseum. I noticed a blonde haired man who stuck out a bit, walking towards me. Immediately I noticed it was Bjorn Lomborg; now this for me was the equivalent of when I was young and had the opportunity to meet Wayne Gretzky, very exciting and serendipitous. So, I stopped to ask him if he was Bjorn Lomborg(on these occasions,I've no shame) he replied "yes, what is your name?" He was incredibly nice and approachable. We talked for a few minutes, I asked if my wife could take a pic of us, and the rest is great history!
P.S.S. Even stranger, on this trip to Italy, I saw the actor Donald Sutherland sitting on his balcony playing Sudoku. Yes, I took a pic. Maybe I'll post it someday.
February 17, 2009
...More so, particularly, for a President who has been a two-faced weasel about what has been legitimately phrased the Global War On Terror. Even if President Obama wants to rename, rebrand it. Too bad, on these pages it stays unchanged no matter what fruitcake, pacifist title Obama gives it!
Respectfully, there are G.W.O.T. veterans driving around with it printed on their license plates, thank you to them, God bless them. Their service is honored in this way. When in the years to come, veterans that will be cussing Obama under their breath...you'll know why.
February 16, 2009
What do ya know?! Reason and science teaming up to pet each others consensus?...to the contrary.
The words of the late Michael Creighton are useful...
”I want to pause here and talk about this notion of consensus, and the rise of what has been called consensus science. I regard consensus science as an extremely pernicious development that ought to be stopped cold in its tracks. Historically, the claim of consensus has been the first refuge of scoundrels; it is a way to avoid debate by claiming that the matter is already settled. Whenever you hear the consensus of scientists agrees on something or other, reach for your wallet, because you're being had.
“Let's be clear: The work of science has nothing whatever to do with consensus. Consensus is the business of politics. Science, on the contrary, requires only one investigator who happens to be right, which means that he or she has results that are verifiable by reference to the real world. In science consensus is irrelevant. What is relevant is reproducible results. The greatest scientists in history are great precisely because they broke with the consensus.
“There is no such thing as consensus science. If it's consensus, it isn't science. If it's science, it isn't consensus. Period. . . .
“I would remind you to notice where the claim of consensus is invoked. Consensus is invoked only in situations where the science is not solid enough. Nobody says the consensus of scientists agrees that E=mc2. Nobody says the consensus is that the sun is 93 million miles away. It would never occur to anyone to speak that way. .”
(Michael Crichton, "'Aliens Cause Global Warming'," reprinted in Wall Street Journal, November 7, 2008.)
February 15, 2009
Camille Paglia is a cogent, reasoned, funny, refreshing, colorful...and often wrong, liberal; but I like her alot! Her to-the-point taking on of the issues with particularly Republicans, of course, but more importantly(in my opinion) her own party. I'll add as well, she defended Sarah Palin just as any other fair-minded person would - particularly of her treatment from the media at large.
She vehemently disagrees with the (D) leadership on the Fairness Doctrine in this audio clip interview-she's dead-on!. Only a few minutes, take a listen.
February 14, 2009
Important. Unless, that is, if it is your belief that freedom and prosperity is not inherent to every man, woman, child relative to culture. Yes, this statement is meant as a trap; to nudge the rust loose in ones relativist thinking.
I know there's still plenty more time left for this President to preside...but, it's already come to the point where he is saying one thing, then turning around and doing another.
This is going to be a long show, hope there's enough popcorn to go around - no thanks to ethenol.
Via Carpe Diem Blog
February 13, 2009
This story on Henrietta Hughes is troubling on so many levels. First, let me publicly say thank you to my beloved mother who passed away thirteen years ago. My mother was the anithesis of this story; while the socio/economic condition, many times was near as bad - God rest her soul.
If this were my mother in this situation, she certainly would have had the shame to at least ask her perfectly healthy, uncrippled looking son to stay out of view of the cameras. Oddly, in contrast, the son of Henrietta sits straight and clueless(see video on news website)
"Yes we can" (if we beg and moan enough)
Note: The wonderful,invaluable soul that Thomas Sowell is; has written on this problem.
I have not been one of those nitpicking type of critics of President Obama; certainly a critic of blatant missteps and fundamental disagreements, but, this entry speaks to what much(around 48% of voters) of America already knew - or at least believed to be the case with Barack Obama... his proctologists view of the strength and effectiveness of our military, his naive view of everyday life in middle America(arugula) his simplistic view(agenda)for how middle America should percieve the "rich", his audacious invocations of government needing to being there to pick you up when you're down. President Obama is a brilliant person. On a personal note, I like him. I want his bad ideas and bills to fail, but I want his Presidency to succeed for the sake of America. Unfortunately, in his first month as President, the perception of him as a lightweight with the dead serious matters is bearing itself out to be true.
It pains me to see lightweight-ness in the position of the President of the United States. These missteps by our President are noticed(watched) by the rest of the world. Myself, I've always been a fan of strength with POTUS...no matter who it is, strength I believe, is and has to be the bedrock impression-and of course reality- particularly, to Americans. Of all the faults and descriptions given of President Bush, never was he called or critiqued as a lightweight. Call it as I see it.
February 12, 2009
February 11, 2009
By Tony Blankley
President Barack Obama's first presidential news conference was performed feebly by the once-ferocious White House press corps and shrewdly -- if deceptively -- by the president. In the six years I did communications on former President Ronald Reagan's White House staff, I don't recall a single news conference in which there were no follow-up questions, no challenges to anything the president had said recently, no assertions of fact that the president was challenged to deal with. In fact, I don't remember former President Bill Clinton, either, ever getting a full 45-minute prime-time news conference pass.
Yet Monday night, all the questions but one were of the "please, sir, could you tell us how you plan to deal with x?" variety. Only Major Garrett of Fox News raised even a slightly embarrassing question: What was Vice President Joe Biden referring to when he said the administration had a 30 percent chance of failing at some initiative? And I must confess that if I had been the vice president, I would not have been happy with the president's answer, which was, in essence: I don't know what Biden was talking about, but that sounds like him.
It can't be good that the president is making his vice president the public butt of his snickering after only three weeks in office. Not that it is Biden's fault. Along with a fair amount of blarney, Joe Biden also makes more honest and candid observations in an afternoon than many politicians make in a lifetime. One comes away from a conversation with Biden with at least one truthful nugget.
The same cannot be said for President Obama. Both Monday night and usually, the president offers his audience one of the finest verisimilitudes of sincerity and manly vigor this side of an old Laurence Olivier performance of "Henry V."
One has to listen closely to spot the straw men and general bunk that carefully -- indeed, it would seem, instinctively -- are laced into his answers. While he repeatedly said he was willing to negotiate with Republicans on the stimulus bill, he pointed out that some of them wanted to do nothing. Well, perhaps there may be a few who want to do nothing. But Republican leaders in both the House and the Senate are proposing their own very large stimulus packages that, using President Obama's economists' own methods, would create more jobs faster than Obama's version would. In fact, according to the study, it would create 6.2 million jobs, compared with the president's plan's 3-4 million.
Now, whether the president's plan or the GOP's plan actually would create that many jobs, no one can know for sure. But for the president to leave the American public with the powerful implication that the Republicans are not worthy negotiating partners because they just don't want to do anything in the face of the crisis is a particularly sordid bit of rhetorical manipulation.
Mind you, he didn't lie. There are a few backbench Republicans who propose nothing. But as the leadership, backed by the overwhelming majority of GOP members, is proposing big plans and is trying, without success, to engage in negotiations with either the president or his congressional party allies, the president willfully misled, by implication, his public.
In another statement that can't have made liberal Democrats any happier than it made conservative Republicans, he contrasted his reasonable self to both liberal Democrats who measure education success only by how much money they spend and Republicans who want to "blow up" public education. As the family friend and educational partner of Bill Ayers, who actually did blow up public buildings, the language was a little cheeky. But more importantly -- and more shrewdly -- he grossly mischaracterized both his opponents and his allies to make himself look like the only decent man in Washington.
As he patronizingly says (over and over again), it has taken Washington a long time to develop its bad habits and it will take time for those in Washington to get over their partisanship and ideology. But by gosh and by golly, good-natured optimist that he is, our plucky president will keep trying to hold out the hand of reason and cooperation.
Our president has let it be known that he is an admirer of Abraham Lincoln's -- as well he should be, as are we all. He should take the time to read Old Abe's speeches and public letters. Honest Abe was exactly that. He would make his cases with meticulous and honest presentations of facts. He would describe his opponents' arguments honestly and fairly and then knock them down by genuine reason harnessed to a profound sense of morality. Lincoln wasn't fast and clever; he was slow and honest, and he carved out a place in the pantheon for the ages. He also noted that "you can fool some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time." He thus left his newest admirer at least two lessons for a successful presidency.
Copyright 2009, Creators Syndicate Inc.
It's official here at least...got my own Blog now :p
February 10, 2009
Amazing work here, in particular, the folks at this site have taken on the task of traveling the country investigating the integrity of the locations of each states' official temperature stations. Take a look.
If you lost a family member in the September 11th attack, you're going to get an average of $1,185,000. The range is a minimum guarantee of $250,000, all the way up to $4.7 million. If you are a surviving family member of an American soldier killed in action, the first check you get is a $6,000, direct death benefit, half of which is taxable. Next, you get $1,750 for burial costs. If you are the surviving spouse, you get $833 a month until you remarry. And there's a payment of $211 per month for each child under 18. When the child hits 18, those payments come to a screeching halt.
Keep in mind that some of the people that are getting an average of $1.185, million up to $4.7 million, are complaining that it's not enough.
We also learned over the weekend that some of the victims from the Oklahoma City bombing have started an organization asking for the same deal that the September 11th families are getting.
In addition to that, some of the families of those bombed in the embassies are now asking for compensation as well. You see where this is going, don't you? Folks, this is part and parcel of over 50 years of entitlement politics in this country. It's just really sad.
March 11 2002
It was a true honor to have had the opportunity to meet Dinesh D'Souza, an amazing individual!(google him, not enough room here right now) I will share much of his work on this Blog. He came to the U of M to debate Dan Barker(atheist) Mr. D'Souza was good enough to sign my copy of "Whats So Great About Christianity"
February 9, 2009
AlGore is so ineffective to the point that it isn't the conservative Right alone that thinks he's lost his marbles...
February 8, 2009
According to reports, his preferred drink is a martini; given his position as Chief Campaigner(and POTUS)... it would make sense that it may appear he's enjoying a beer with some bitter, gun-owning, simple folk.