Friday, April 29, 2011
Though I do sincerely hope that they’re happy and will even admit that the bride looked radiant (There, Kate and William groupies. Ya happy?), I’m still now left asking the million dollar question: What’s there to complain about now?
Fortunately, the press and the federal government are right there to help me out with my dilemma. Because if anybody knows how to give a girl a headache, it’s them.
Let’s start out with the big guys – or so they’d like to think – in D.C…
The ever intrusive Food and Drug Administration just completed a yearlong investigation of an Amish farm selling unpasteurized milk to willing buyers in the nation’s capitol.
Proponents say that the natural product is much healthier, but what do they know, right? The FDA – which looks the other way on potentially cancer-causing pesticides on produce – clearly knows what’s best for the American people, I’m sure.
… Or maybe the government should stop making such a big fuss about our choices and start considering its own, like with its insane levels of spending.
In fact, it’s so insane, that even a “growing number of Democrats are threatening to defy the White House over the national debt, joining Republican calls for deficit cuts as a requirement for consenting to lift the country’s borrowing limit,” according to the Washinton Post.
You know it’s bad when even Democratic politicians start calling for such measures. (Or maybe, knowing public opinion, they’re just terrified of losing their jobs after next year.)
Of course, the fact that only 27% of American citizens feel that the recession is really over should clue government dearest in as well. As should the 75,000 people who felt the need to apply for a mere 2,000 open positions earlier this month… at McDonalds.
Not that the press is acknowledging the predicament. They’re too busy calling Donald Trump a racist for nagging President Obama into producing a long-form birth certificate. Clearly asking the PotUS to meet U.S. standards is soooooo inappropriate. How dare he?
No wonder Superman is so fed up with America that he’s renouncing his citizenship.
Then again, his decision might also have something to do with general leftism on the writer’s part. Or it could simply be that Superman is a secret Kate and William groupie, intent on moving to the UK to be closer to them.
In this crazy world, you never know.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Benjamin Franklin said that while still living under the authority of England’s King George III. But it’s a truth that existed well before the “New World” came into European thought. And it will last until this world sees its last day.
As one particular YouTube poster reminds us, we especially need to remember that truth now, since we’re being actively instructed – and even coerced – into diminishing our individuality in the eyes of the government all in return for the illusions of safety.
That’s what happens every time an airline passenger gets felt up just because our government gets off on it. And unless we make some noise about such overreaching (pun intended) things will only gets worse from here.
As recent TSA victim, former Miss U.S.A. Susie Castillo, says: “Drugs smugglers… put drugs up their rectum. So what happens when… a terrorist puts something up their rectum. Are we going to get rectal exams at the airport? Is that what’s next?”
For that matter, what if this behavior spreads from airport “security” to “regular” security? What if cops suddenly are allowed to randomly pat down pedestrians without reasonable suspicion or a warrant?
That possibility isn’t all that ridiculous either, since authorities started testing the idea of randomly searching commuters’ bags in Washington D.C. metros back in December.
They excused these checkpoints because of a bomb threat, which – to my knowledge – never came to anything. How long will it be until they apply such reasoning to other areas of U.S. citizens’ everyday lives?
And when you answer that question, remember that 10 years ago, most people wouldn’t have dreamt up the notion of TSA full body patdowns on random passengers either.
Benjamin Franklin – the well-traveled, well-respected, brilliant inventor, philosopher and businessman, a classic rags to riches story – got it right in so many other areas of life. Do we really want to bet that he was ignorant on the subject of liberty?
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Sila Sahin, a 25-year-old raised in Germany by Turkish parents – who are none too happy with her at the moment – bared all for the 12-page spread (no pun intended) supposedly to say, “Girls… don’t have to live according to the rules imposed upon us.”
While I suppose I’m happy the German soap star has thrown off the shackles of an often oppressive and misogynistic religion, did she really have to spit in its face in the process?
Somehow, I think not. Nor do I think stripping naked to please the sexual fantasies of an almost wholly male audience – essentially exchanging one set of restrictive expectations for another – worth risking and receiving death threats.
The Sun, a British publication, reports that threats for her act of “shaming Muslim womanhood” and “prostituting herself for money” have popped up on Islamic internet sites. And one local shop owner said that he would murder his daughter if she ever behaved in such a way:
“I would kill her. I really mean that. That doesn’t fit with my culture,” he said on German TV.
In addition, Sahin now says that her mother won’t speak to her, that she fears being “spat at” and “shamed” and she’s been actively labeled a “whore” and a “western slut.” Considering past acts of violence against people who were even perceived to be insulting Islam, she would probably be well served to watch her back intently.
Yet Sahin states: “For years I subordinated myself to various societal constraints. The Playboy photo shoot was a total act of liberation.”
Her physical and verbal statements could merely be one big publicity stunt. Or maybe she really did feel the need to express herself in such a controversial way.
Regardless, I find very few ideals worth dying for… And the right to get naked in front of strangers certainly isn’t one of them.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
“First there was the drilling ban, which was later overturned by federal courts as illegal. Seahawk Drilling, a Texas-based shallow-water drilling company cited that moratorium as the cause of its bankruptcy filing saying, they "have been adversely affected by the dramatic slowdown in the issuing of shallow-water permits in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico following the Macondo well blowout."
Monday, April 25, 2011
The IMF now believes that China will surpass the U.S. as The Economic Power by 2016.
China, the land where Nobel Prize winners rot in prison… the country that just arrested “between 20 and 30 followers [of Jesus Christ]” for simply holding an Easter service… the land that doesn’t have to worry about Middle Eastern-style revolts because it controls its citizens’ communications so rigidly.
Yeah. That China.
Is this what we want for ourselves? For the world?
If the answer is no, then we need to start thinking about the future, cutting our budget and taking elections seriously. Now!
Friday, April 22, 2011
That isn’t a melodramatic over exaggeration. It’s the simple truth. Morally, financially, structurally and socially, we’re going bankrupt. And liberals don’t want to do anything to change that trend. They’re too busy fostering it with their ever-increasing hypocrisy…
- They’re big to slam “hate crime” charges on any white person who attacks a minority but barely blink when it happens in reverse. Take the two young black women who repeatedly struck and kicked a white girl in a McDonald’s, dragging her by her hair across the restaurant until an older white woman intervened. By then, the victim was convulsing on the floor, bleeding from her head with chunks of her own hair lying around her. During the attack, black employees stood around and videotaped the scene. And the black manager shooed the attackers away a few times, but didn’t bother to call 9/11 or check on the victim.
- They’re all for freedom of speech when it comes to parking in front of banking executives’ houses with hostile signs and rants, but when it comes to doing the same to Muslim mosques, they’re quick to cry “Foul.”
- They jump down Conservatives’ throats for inflaming hate in the case of Jared Lee Loughner – who shot Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords earlier this year and who turned out to be a crazy leftists, not that liberals acknowledged that fact – but turn around and throw expletives at their opposition, as in the case of University of Iowa Professor Ellen Lewin, who emailed “F*CK YOU, REPUBLICANS” to the local campus chapter in response to their “Conservative Coming Out Week.”
Want more? How about:
- Al Gore, the Global Warming guru, who sits on the board of directors for Apple Inc., a company Greenpeace recently labeled the “least green” tech company.
- Vice President Joe Biden, after regularly regurgitating liberal talking points that the wealthy need to give more, gave a mere 1.44% of his and his wife’s $333,000 2009 income to charities.
- Obama, who has made chastising big businesses a top priority of his presidency, then pals around with Facebook’s incredibly wealthy CEO, Mark Zuckerberg in order to boost votes. Not to mention that the main reason General Electric is doing so well is that it paid no taxes last year thanks to its buddy-buddy relationship with Obama.
Clearly, they don’t care to understand that their egotistical actions are destroying their own nation, so they can’t have much of a brain.
They use whomever they can whenever it suits their purposes, regardless of who gets hurt in the end, indicating that their heart is – at the very least – several sizes too small.
And they hide from the truth like rats in the sewers, indicating a general lack of spine when it counts.
That, then, is what liberals are made of.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Her book details her parental rules, which includes no sleepovers, playdates, school plays, TV and computer games. In addition, her two children – both girls – can not “get any grade less than an A; not be the No. 1 student in every subject except gym and drama; play any instrument other than the piano or violin; not play the piano or violin.”
If that sounds ridiculous, that might be because it is. If my mother had required all As in mathematics, I’d probably still be grounded now, at age 28.
I think it’s important to recognize that every individual has their strengths and weaknesses. Children need to be encouraged to accentuate their strengths and muster through their weaknesses. But parents should not demand all-around perfection.
However, Chua’s oldest child – who is now choosing what prestigious school she’ll be attending after graduation – is standing up and defending her mother. And unless appearances are drastically deceiving, the young lady seems well adjusted and happy.
The Tiger Mom Mentality Stands Up Against America’s Current Norm
Considering the general hooliganism that too many of America’s youth subscribe to these days, we might be able to learn a thing or two – or three or four – from Chua.
To be fair, many Asian cultures – which Chua definitely seems to be taking a few pages from – have unusually high rates of suicide, largely because of such familial pressures to succeed. And raising a child so strictly can backfire, leading to resentful children who go off the deep end as soon as they get a taste of freedom: partying, sleeping around, doing drugs and generally putting themselves and others at risk through their poor behavior.
Katy Perry – who went from good little Christian girl to promoting dangerous levels of sexuality – might very well be an example of this. But on the flipside, there’s Tori Spelling, Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie and Charlie Sheen, just to name a few.
And I’d put a lot of money on my theory that the dozens of teenagers who mindlessly attacked and injured two Delta Airline employees in Atlanta, Georgia, had parents who much more closely associated with the Sheen model of parenting then the Chua one.
The same goes for the guardians of the two-thirds of Wisconsin public school eighth graders who can’t read proficiently, and the elementary education students in Oakland who engaged in sexual activity inside their classroom. The same goes for the teacher who stood by and did nothing. And the parents of the 18 young men who gang-raped an 11-year-old girl in Texas.
Get the picture?
America is in rapid decline in large part because our children are brought up with so little sense of responsibility or boundaries.
So while Chua might want to think about toning down her rules a bit, based on her results, it would seem that she has a much better model than most of her critics do.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
It’s rather delicious to see a media person do his job with the elitist and self-entitled Commander-in-Chief, instead of cooing over him like 1990’s tween girls over the Backstreet Boys.
The interview went so well that a sour Obama even felt the need to finish it off by telling Watson, “Let me finish my answers the next time we do an interview, all right?”
Watson replied with a respectful “Yes, Sir.” Though he would have been in his rights to respond something more along the lines of “Just as soon as you start telling the truth.”
He needn’t say it meanly either, just matter-of-factly, since the President’s half-truths, lies and/or gross examples of incompetence are well recorded by now.
All Said and Done, the Texas TV Reporter Was Being Nice to Obama
Take GM, which the Obama administration promised would post profits. Yet the Wall Street Journal now reports that U.S. taxpayers will “almost certainly… take a loss on their $50 billion rescue of the Detroit auto maker in 2009.”
Or how about all of that yapping about jobs saved and created? And then he tries to take over everything from the healthcare industry to ice makers, all but guaranteeing a loss of jobs as government inevitably louses things up. Why do you think that so many jobs no longer exist in the U.S.?
Then there’s his criminal complacency and lies concerning oil prices, when D.C. gas just skyrocketed above $5.00 for regular unleaded.
And just for kicks and giggles, let’s add in the housing crisis, which continues to decay despite his Keynesian attempts to fix a system his fellow liberals broke many years ago.
It’s no wonder then that he can’t even rouse the idiot youth of this country through social media anymore. President Obama once generated 19.3 million “friends” on Facebook. But apparently, they’re of the fair-weather variety, as, by Tuesday afternoon, only 22,000 of them had answered his Monday call to arms to attend an online town hall meeting.
It’s only a day’s difference you say? Sure. But consider 1) How obsessive people are about checking their Facebook pages and 2) How many would have signed up in a mere 24-hour period just two years ago.
Clearly, Obama doesn’t command the same respect and adoration he once did. With good reason. As President of the United States, he's a failure.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Let’s face it: The government does deserve some portion of that money. After all, the worker is worthy of his wages and all that. It even says so in the Bible.
The military, the president, our legislators and members of the judicial branch all deserve to be paid. So do local public servants such as police officers and teachers. (Of course, this all depends on if they’re actually doing their jobs… or harming the country.)
But that’s largely where taxes should stop. Any money seized out of employee paychecks to further causes other than the general welfare and safety of United States’ citizens is akin to the deprivation of private property for no good reason.
And that’s something the Fifth Amendment strictly prohibits the government from doing:
“No person shall… be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”
Taxing Free Donut Coupons? Now That’s a Bit Pathetic
The Fifth Amendment needs to be shouted from the rooftops these days, especially with President Obama looking to renege on his promise to keep the Bush Tax Cuts as-is.
By any sane stretch of the imagination, he has no such right to take any more of our money. For that matter, the government has had no good reason to its citizens’ hard-earned paychecks for decades. Not, at least, according to the law of the land, as put down in the aforementioned Fifth Amendment.
And how many of us honestly feel justly compensated by the burden of our taxation? My guess is that the people of Paterson, NJ – and too many other towns across the U.S. – who are seeing their police force numbers slashed due to budget cuts, don’t.
Sure, Gallup reports that 43% of Americans agree with the amount of taxes they pay. But even the grossly biased mainstream media has to admit that 45% of the nation pays no income tax at all. So that number may be a bit skewed.
Regardless, when the government is so greedy that it has to hit up citizens for the free donut coupons they won, anybody with half a brain has to admit that there’s something very, very, very wrong with the system.
Monday, April 18, 2011
But even forgetting the other lives involved in such decisions – the fetuses and fathers – those claims still don’t ring true, considering Planned Parenthood’s federal funding.
As we found out during the recent budget debate, the national government provides the business – and make no mistake of it: It is a business – with $363 million dollars a year: That includes $293 million through Medicare and $70 million through Title X, which President Nixon established in 1970 to dole out contraceptives, cancer screenings, and pregnancy and STD testing at community health centers.
There’s No Way Around It: Taxpayer Money Assists Abortions Everyday
ABC News is very quick to point out that, “The federal Hyde Amendment expressly prohibits such use of taxpayer funds” for abortions. In other words, the popular argument goes, Planned Parenthood puts its $293 million towards other services it runs, not towards the slaughtering of unborn babies.
But that cutesy argument doesn’t really cut it when Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in the country. (And really, even if the business only slaughtered one human child a year, it would still be a technical violation of the Hyde Amendment, not to mention the laws of God and nature.)
Regardless of whether Planned Parenthood uses its taxpayer-sponsored money to directly fund abortions or not, it still relies on that money to exist. That makes the liberal argument akin to excusing donations to the Nazi party because Hitler swore he’d only use it to pay the utility bills.
If that seems like an unfair comparison, consider Planned Parenthood’s 2008 figures: In that year alone, it performed 324,008 abortions (and only referred 2,405 adoptions). That’s notably over 887 abortions per day… by a taxpayer-funded society.
No matter how liberals try to spin it to justify their actions, it’s still wrong on every single level. And it still means that my hard-earned, pro-life-backed money is still going to kill innocent children at perhaps their most vulnerable stage.
So sorry ladies – and gentlemen – don’t tell me to butt out of your choices when you very well might not have that choice if it weren’t for people like me.
Friday, April 15, 2011
Her parents’ attempts to protest the treatment were rebutted, as Mrs. Drexel put it: “I didn’t get a lot of information although I did ask questions as to why she was selected for pat-down…I did ask for alternatives. I asked for her to be rescanned and was refused… They just refused and said they were going to do what they were going to do… Not verbally but in no uncertain terms – apparently the TSA supervisors are very skilled at nonverbal communication – letting me know that there would be trouble if I caused any fuss.”
Mom and Dad videotaped the procedure, in which a female TSA agent ran her palms, fingers and the backs of her hands along the little girl’s entire body, presumably to make sure that her parents weren’t smuggling any dangerous substances on her body with the intent to blow the plane up in a fit of jihadist passion.
Or maybe they thought she had a box of Girl Scout cookies hidden on her tiny person.
Regardless of their motives, her parents say she started to cry after the search, as she thought she had done something wrong in order to warrant such a search.
Their story sparked a pubic outcry, thereby prompting a ridiculously inadequate TSA response, which consisted of: Sorry for the inconvenience, but your rights mean nothing.
It “reviewed the incident and the security officer in the video followed the current standard operating procedures. With that said… our Administrator is looking into ways to move past the cookie cutter approach to screening. Recognizing that terrorists are willing to manipulate societal norms to evade detection, TSA has been actively assessing less invasive screening methods for low-risk populations…”
Forgetting about the unconstitutionality of searching U.S. citizens without a warrant or even reasonable suspicion, the fact is that the TSA is indescribably incompetent. Case in point: How often do you read headlines about the TSA apprehending terrorists?
None immediately come to mind. In fact, it’s quite the opposite…
As Michelle Malkin noted even before this latest incident: “A federal watchdog [recently] revealed… that TSA’s counterterrorism specialists failed to detect 16 separate jihad operatives who moved through target airports ‘on at least 23 different occasions.’”
That makes the TSA a huge waste of money, on top of being a giant, invasive threat to our civil liberties.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
I didn’t listen because I have no desire to be talked down to as if I were a silly child being told the Tooth Fairy exists after catching my parents switching a bicuspid for a quarter.
Regardless, it was apparently so boring that the Vice President of the United States fell asleep during it. (Though, to be perfectly fair, that doesn’t really prove anything, considering whom we’re talking about here.)
Unlike myself – and Biden – somebody at the Wall Street Journal did take time to pay attention to the continuous drivel that comes out of our President’s mouth. And if the all-around tone and language of his or her resulting summary is any indication, that person did not enjoy the auditory experience. At all.
Obama’s Continuing Platform of Cheap Tricks and Lies
The article starts out with the irate and/or befuddled question:
“Did someone move the 2012 election to June 1? We ask because President Obama’s extraordinary response to Paul Ryan’s budget yesterday – with its blistering partisanship and multiple distortions – was the kind Presidents usually outsource to some junior lieutenant. Mr. Obama’s fundamentally political document would have been unusual even for a Vice President in the fervor of a campaign.”
I promised myself I wouldn’t quote the entire article, but the second paragraph needs to be highlighted just as much as the opening lines:
“The immediate political goal was to inoculate the White House from criticism that it is not serious about the fiscal crisis, after ignoring its own deficit commission last year and tossing off a $3.73 trillion budget in February that increased spending amid a record deficit of $1.65 trillion. Mr. Obama was chased to George Washington University yesterday because Mr. Ryan and the Republicans outflanked him on fiscal disciple and are now setting the national political agenda.”
But perhaps the most important statement to focus on is that: “Mr. Obama did not deign to propose an alternative to rival Mr. Ryan’s plan...” Big surprise there.
Considering Biden’s emotional and intellectual maturity – akin to a particularly problematic middle school student – it’s doubly no wonder he fell asleep during such rhetoric. He – and the rest of the nation – have already heard the same tired speeches from the same tediously arrogant personage for over three years now.
It’s enough to make even the most mature intellectual want to tune him out.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
So says Nancy “Poor Loser” Pelosi. Though she notably didn’t have that opinion back when elections handed her power, which she incidentally abused like any true socialist.
But let’s not just pick on Pelosi, as she certainly isn’t the only person to have wished to end the U.S. republic. In fact, noted pervert Woody Allen flat-out said, “It would be good… if [Obama] could be dictator for a few years because he could do a lot of good things quickly.”
And in general, liberal policies of taking the power of personal decision away from the people and giving it to government shows that too many others share similar opinions.
I would suggest they consider the reality of doing so. But asking them to think outside of their liberal boxes is tragically unthinkable and an utter waste of my time. So I’m not going to address Pelosi and Allen and their ilk. But the facts need to be laid out all the same…
When elections don’t matter as much as they should:
- Soldiers are shot to death for refusing to fire on protesting citizens, as in Syria.
- Six-year-olds are full-body frisked until they cry because government employees can’t tell the difference between an innocent child and a terrorist, as in the U.S.
- The government controls everything, including citizens’ banks, as some would like in the U.S.
- Global leaders lose all respect for has-been powers, as they are for the U.S.
In the Road to Serfdom – written as Germany rose on the back of the socialistic Nazi government – F. A. Hayek gently criticizes politicians taking on more they can chew. He acknowledges how some people might like the idea of socialism, as it promises to even the playing field for the poor and afflicted.
I can’t take such a kindly view of people like Pelosi, who I believe know very well exactly what oppression they are inflicting as they selfishly grab for more power.
But I do agree wholeheartedly with Hayek that – to paraphrase – the price of submitting to somebody else’s attempt at perfection will likely be more unfairness and misery than capitalism could ever dole out.
Just consider Lyndon B. Johnson’s so-called War on Poverty, which was essentially government adopting responsibility it never had any right to. Things certainly haven’t improved since then for the lower classes. If anything, in most ways, they’re worse.
But that’s what happens when elections don’t really matter and governments think more highly of themselves then they do the people they pretend to represent.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Dissonant notes sound in repetition…
Gentle Female Voice: Do you find yourself worrying about the state of the Federal Deficit late at night? Does the quality of your children’s education keep you up? Are you worried that your rights are being stripped away slowly but surely?
Music changes to something more gentle and relaxing.
Gentle Female Voice: You might be suffering from Conservatism. Commissioned by a real live movie star, research at the University College London shows that Conservatism may stem from an enlarged amygdala, an area of the brain that may produce fear and anxiety.
Man continues to toss in his bed, groaning in exhausted frustration.
Gentle Female Voice: But there is a way out… through Liberalism.
Man turns over one more time, stretches out and finally relaxes with a contented smile.
Gentle Female Voice: Liberalism expands the anterior cingulated cortex, a gray matter in your brain that allows you to understand complex issues, much like weed and copious amounts of alcohol. Ask your doctor today if Liberalism is right for you.
Camera pans out on peacefully sleeping man before going dark altogether.
Conservatives Linked to Fear in Study; Liberals to Superior Thinking
If the hypothetical commercial above seems too ridiculous to be true, it is. But just barely.
The University College London really did conduct a study. A real live movie star, Colin Firth, really did commission it. And it really did find that conservatives have oversized amygdalas and liberals oversized gray matter.
If that’s really true, then I suppose I’m a big exception to that rule, as is my father. My mother, admittedly, does have a problem with worrying. Then again, she voted for Jimmy Carter back in the day. So her anxiety might very well stem from misplaced guilt.
And how about all of the liberals who think the world is melting at unprecedented rates? According to them, if we don’t do something immediately, the whole world is going to burn up like in that semi-recent Nicholas Cage movie that started out so well and finished on such a very lame note. (I guess that describes a lot of them, huh?)
That sounds like high-stress levels of worry to me. But then again, being conservative, I’m apparently not easily able to grasp complex issues, like this one probably is. So I’m sure I’m missing something as I try to make sense out of yet another laughably biased study with predictably useless results.
It’s not my fault though. I was born this way.
Monday, April 11, 2011
Some, like Politico, are hailing the final agreement as a great win for Republican House Speaker John Boehner. But that could very well be an example of liberal misinformation: a condescending slap on the back for all-around mediocre results they hope conservatives will continue to strive for.
Tea Party icon Michelle Bachman certainly thinks so. The Washington Examiner quotes her as saying:
“The deal that was reached tonight is a disappointment for me and for millions of Americans who expected $100 billion in cuts, who wanted to make sure their tax dollars stopped flowing to the nation’s largest abortion provider, and who wanted us to defund ObamaCare. Instead, we’ve been asked to settle for $39 billion in cuts, even as we continue to fund Planned Parenthood and the implementation of ObamaCare. Sadly, we’re missing the mandate given us by voters last November, and for that reason I voted against the Continuing Resolution.”
Truthfully, even $100 billion in cuts is a joke considering the trillions we spend on unnecessary expenditures… like the foreign aid we send out to nations that hate us, the funding we give to the UN – which should stand for Useless Nitwits – and the money we dole out to various undeserving and ungrateful organizations around the world.
And that’s just the foreign extravagances we support with tax-payer funds… Believe me, there are plenty of things to cut or clean up closer to home too.
So regardless of whether Boehner ultimately “won” in the budget debates or not, nothing has really changed. We’re still running off of a cliff, just at an infinitesimally slower pace.
Friday, April 8, 2011
One of my over-opinionated, know-it-all coworkers brought the subject up as well, claiming that nobody knows what’s going to happen if the government shuts down because it’s never happened before.
And he calls himself a student of history.
Since he regularly makes idiot statements like that, I take little stock in what he says. But if my very sane mother is losing sleep over the issue, I figure it’s only right to address the issue for what it’s worth…
President Obama and his minions are out there crying that a government shutdown will harm the economic recovery.
To that claim, I must first ask: What economic recovery? Housing starts are pitifully low, the Wall Street Journal reports that mall vacancies are surging, finding a job is still exceedingly difficult – believe me, I know – and the real engine driving U.S. stock market growth is China.
So please Mr. President and minions, what recovery are you talking about? Because I don’t see it.
For the sake of argument, however, let’s say that the economy is peachy keen, and that this country is actually growing something other than a parasitic government.
Regardless of what my idiot coworker learned on CNN, the government has shut down on failed budget negotiations before. It happened under Bill Clinton in 1995, actually. And apparently, it was so memorably destructive that, today, people don’t even know it happened.
The Reality of this Government Shutdown
Sarcasm aside, this shutdown isn’t going to hurt anybody but the government workers, who won’t get paid for the duration. Yes, this probably will include those in the military, unfortunately. But that is Obama’s fault. House Speaker John Boehner’s pushed legislation to fund the Pentagon for six months, cut $12 billion in domestic spending and keep the government running for an additional week… and the president began lambasting that measure even before it passed.
In fact, this whole mess is his and his party’s fault, as Democrats with their super majorities should have passed a budget. Last year!
So while I am truly sorry for those unfortunate few who will be inconvenienced by a government shutdown that happens, I have little else to offer except for this piece of advice: Blame the Democrats and take that righteous indignation to the polls next year if you don’t want to see it happen again.
Thursday, April 7, 2011
But I’d like to focus instead on an instance of liberal abuse, namely the case of the “racist juror,” as she is now being called.
I’m not disputing that the Brooklyn woman is racist. After all, she did answer “African-Americans, Hispanics and Haitians” when asked to name three people she least admired. And I’m certainly not condoning her attitude or pretending to understand it.
But just because she has unorthodox or even hurtful opinions does not give anybody the right to sentence her to indefinite jury duty, as Federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis did on Tuesday.
Claiming that she was “an outrage,” the judge ordered her to come back on Wednesday, “Thursday and Friday, and until the future when I am ready to dismiss her.”
That declaration is frightening, to say the least, and not just because Garaufis is displaying the mindset and actions of an ego-tripping dictator.
Juror 799 was asked a question and responded honestly. She did not make any outbursts or interrupt deliberations or commit any crime on the city, state or federal law books to my knowledge. And therefore, as a legal resident in the United States, she has the right to her opinion, no matter how offensive.
At the risk of sounding like the ACLU, if people in positions of authority like Garaufis’ think they have the right to dictate people’s thoughts and speech in this manner, where does it stop?
I’m afraid that none of us will like the answer.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
“Barack Obama has often been accused of looking too professorial behind his presidential perch. But on Tuesday, the US president looked more like an annoyed dad, tired of keeping his squabbling children out of each other’s hair.
“But his bad mood had little to do with his daughters Sasha and Malia and everything to do with the teenage antics of the leaders of the US Congress, Republican House speaker John Boehner and the Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid.
“In key moments during his first significant foray into the debate over the 2011 budget and a looming government shutdown, he sounded like a father reminding his crying child that sometimes life is not fair.
“‘There are some things that we can’t control. We can’t control earthquakes; we can’t control tsunamis; we can’t control uprisings on the other side of the world,’ he told reporters. ‘What we can control is our capacity to have a reasoned, fair conversation between the parties and get the business of the American people done. That’s what I expect.’”
Author – and let’s face it, she’s of the fiction variety – Stephanie Kirchgaessner then goes on to demonize Boehner in particular for making it “clear that the president [who vows “to work tirelessly to help” both parties] was not invited to a second round of talks between” him and Reid.
Pathetic. On so many levels.
But her type of leftist shenanigans don’t seem to be having the same impact they used to. Even Politico admits that the Republican parody of Obama’s recently released 2012 campaign video has 665,000 YouTube hits so far… compared to the real copy’s 168,000.
That would be what my younger sister would call an “epic fail” on Obama and the mainstream media’s parts.
(And no, I’m not going to bother posting the original as, unlike Ms. Kirchgaessner, I don’t pretend to work for a bonafide news organization.)
It seems that Obama is going to have to get used to such disfavor, especially in Congress, as House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan is so far sticking to his guns on cutting trillions from the president’s budget over the next decade. And Boehner is telling his people to get ready for a government shutdown over the issue.
I say, shut it down. Maybe if so-called journalists like Kirchgaessner don’t get paid, they’ll stop bothering us with such ridiculous propaganda.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
For instance, Barack Obama is the first black president of the United States. So what? Did he actively work on his skin color or something? (Now if it was a white person with a tan, then maybe we could argue something. Though I don’t see Snookie leading the free world anytime soon.)
The same goes for Katie Couric, the much bally-hooed first female evening news anchor. Again, so what? I somehow doubt that she and God had a chit-chat before her conception about what sex she was going to have. I can just see the conversation now:
God: I think you’d make a great boy.
Katie: But I want to go down in history as the first U.S. female evening news anchor, regardless of how bad a job I do.
God: You have won me over with your superior argument. I’ll make you a girl then.
It’s rather sad that we have to judge a person’s merits by anything other than what they produce and how they produce it. Because, let’s face it, there’s a reason why Katie Couric is leaving her CBS news position. And it has nothing to do with her moving on to bigger and better things.
As the Media Research Center says, “Couric’s tenure was marked by low ratings – aside from an initial publicity-driven bounce when she took over in September 2006, the Evening News consistently lagged ABC’s World News and the NBC Nightly News – and a showcasing of the liberal mindset...” Katie Couric Quotes
The Media Research Center put out 40 quotes to support their claim that Katie was insanely biased. Below, you’ll find a few of the ones I consider most damning:“Do you feel as if you owe President-elect Obama one [an apology]?... on whether Senator Obama is a Marxist, you said, quote, ‘It's a good question to ask.’ Are you sorry you said that?... What really irritated – even enraged – some Democrats was your speech at the Republican National Convention. Did you understand at the time how nervy that might seem to some Democrats? How inappropriate?” – To Senator Joe Lieberman, November 19, 2008, Evening News. “Boehner said his goal is a, quote, ‘smaller, less costly and more accountable government.’ Chip, both the President and John Boehner say they hope to find common ground, but those words from John Boehner, they sound like fighting words to me.” – Opening a CBS News special report on President Obama’s post-election press conference, November 3, 2010. “You're so confident, Mr. President, and so focused. Is your confidence ever shaken? Do you ever wake up and say, ‘Damn, this is hard. Damn, I'm not going to get the things done I want to get done, and it's just too politicized to really get accomplished the big things I want to accomplish’?” – To Obama, shown on CBS's The Early Show, July 22, 2009. “Well, as Tom Friedman said, ‘He's better at making us smarter than making us angry.’” – About Obama, from CBS's live coverage following the State of the Union, January 27, 2010. “In a poll conducted a month ago – just a month ago – 71 percent of the Jews in Israel surveyed said they dislike President Obama; 47 percent expressed a strong dislike... To change public opinion in your country, should you be more strongly advocating on his behalf?” – To Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, July 7, 2010 Evening News.
Clearly, Katie Couric was not really focused on delivering the news. It therefore seems silly to celebrate her ability to merely hold a title.
After all, anyone can do that. Just look at Biden.
Monday, April 4, 2011
Sure, he never stopped running for prom king – and certainly never started acting like the leader of the free world – but now it’s official. He’s sending out emails asking for money:
“We’re doing this now because the politics we believe in does not start with expensive TV ads or extravaganzas, but with you – with people organizing block-by-block, talking to neighbors, co-workers, and friends. And that kind of campaign takes time to build.
“So even though I’m focused on the job you elected me to do, and the race may not reach full speed for a year or more, the work of laying the foundation for our campaign must start today. We’ve always known that lasting change wouldn’t come quickly or easily. It never does.”
Excuse me while I yawn several times… and then let me summarize Obama’s message in seven words: Blah blah blah. Chirp chirp. Beep beep.
The end. That’s all he wrote. It’s over. (Rather like his bid for re-election.)
Obama might have inspired the nation a few years back, but that was when he was shiny and new, and Bush was still very much in the picture. These days, he has sullied himself not only with the right – who admittedly won’t like him unless he stops acting like a commie… a ridiculous request, to be sure – but even with his leftist base, who don’t like his actions in Libya, his non-actions on Guantanamo and gay rights, his inability to bring the nation and the larger world together, etc., etc., etc.
Really, they don’t like that from one twisted perspective, he’s become George W. Bush after purporting to be the very opposite. So it’s no wonder that John Phillips feels the need to point out Hillary’s strength in the Los Angeles Times amidst Obama’s plummeting popularity.
He, like so many others, are seriously scared that the president has no prayer of retaining his title after next year.
With more and more voices from the left recognizing Obama’s rapidly rising list of failures, it’s hard not to see his re-election bid as one big, pathetic wasteful joke.
Friday, April 1, 2011
Since I refuse to get caught up in either of the two main media focuses of the last few weeks – Libya and Japan – this week has been rather slow, news-wise.
But not today. Today, there is plenty to discuss. So much so, in fact, that I’m simply going to summarize and let my very intelligent readers draw their own conclusions…
Let’s start with Yale University, which we learn is under investigation for apparently taking tips from Middle Eastern misogynists. The prestigious school is under investigation for its poor or non-existent handling of a series of sexual harassment incidences, including one last October in which frat boys chanted “No means yes! Yes means anal!” outside of an area of campus frequented by female freshmen.
But should that come as any surprise when other U.S. universities – namely Rutgers – are paying the likes of Jersey Shore’s Snooki $32,000 to speak to students? Clearly, neither campus is really serious about expecting their men to behave.
Of course, liberals in general hold no such standard for themselves, as evidenced by the 26-year-old Wisconsin woman who sent emails to 15 Republican legislators telling them to “put your things in order because you will be killed and your families will also be killed due to your actions in the last 8 weeks [i.e. support of the “anti-union” bill]. I hope you have a good time in hell.” (Who thinks she and Snooki would probably be very good friends?)
Just like the unions she so ardently supports, General Motors is turning out to be one big waste of taxpayer dollars: $84 billion worth of waste, to be precise. And it should come as no surprise that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac executives, who played a large role in bringing about the housing crisis, received millions in compensation for their efforts.
What is shocking, however (sarcasm intended) is the rising civilian casualty count this “non-war” in Libya is racking up. Reuters reports that at least 40 have been killed so far in European/U.S.-initiated air strikes. Fortunately, that’s nothing compared to the “70,000 kids” who U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah says will die if Republicans have their way in scaling back international aid. Nobody is asking how much of that money actually ends up helping children in the first place, and how much of it gets conveniently pocketed by administrations and organizations, of course.
That “70,000” might border on criminal exaggeration anyway, considering this is the same administration now hailing an 8.8% unemployment rate when underemployment just rose to 20.3% last month.
That could have something to do with the ridiculous amount of illegal immigration we allow to flow into our country. A Colorado study just found that as many as 5,000 “non-citizens” voted in the mid-term elections. And federal auditors now admit that only 129 of the 1,954 miles along the U.S. Mexican border are actually patrolled.
Maybe if we were a bit more careful about who we let into the country, we wouldn’t have scares such as the one at Camp Pendleton, one of the U.S.’s largest military bases, where three Middle Eastern men were detained last weekend under suspicious circumstances. A local security expert said their actions could have been a dry run for some future attack.
With the country in such moral, financial and military decay under liberal policies, is it any wonder that Herman Cain – a possible 2012 Republican president candidate (and an African American) – is strongly implying that we need “a real black man… [to] run against Barack Obama?”
Personally, I’d take a real man or woman – black or white – in the office any day. After four years of being dictated by a child, it’d be about time.