Friday, September 30, 2011

President Obama Says America Has Gone Soft... And We Have

President Obama says America is a “great country that has gotten a little soft,” that we don’t “have that same competitive edge” we used to and “we need to get back on track.”

For once, he’s right. We have gone soft. Really, really, really soft, in fact.

My sister, a substitute teacher, had three of her students refuse to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance this morning, and none of them recited it. That’s a sign we’re going soft: when we train our children to disrespect their country for fear of causing offense.

You know what’s another sign we’ve gone soft? The fact that we would seriously consider crippling our military by significantly cutting spending there instead of on the entitlement programs, crony capitalist deals (Can anybody say Solyndra?) and ridiculous amounts of international aid we give to countries that hate us.

A strong country wouldn’t do that.

A strong country also wouldn’t legalize, justify and/or ignore the slaughter of its most helpless citizens, all in the name of “women’s rights.” Contentious topic, you think? Watch this and then tell me abortion is ok… I dare you… If you’re not too weak, that is.

We’re also a country gone soft when our youth can have a conversation like this one:

RM: “There’s a rumor going around that men are tougher than women! Oh please! Can you carry a 8pound baby in your stomach for 9 months and survive hours of labor? Can you cook, clean, and talk on the phone all at the same time…”

CC: Fuck no we aint dumb, we get the bitch to do that lmao jk hahahahhahahhahhahah”

RM: “aha not funny”

CC: “Don’t care”

A strong country treats its women with a lot more respect than that. For that matter, it also treats its men with a lot more respect, since misogynistic tendencies do just as much damage to men as to women in the end.

In effect, a strong country doesn’t act like we’ve been acting for the past several decades (at least), where we allow our government officials to take and take and take and give back as little as possible only to keep us quiet.

A strong country would stand up and say enough is enough.

America, it’s time to get a backbone before this “soft” country of ours becomes a country that isn’t much to speak of at all.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Herman Cain: So Much More Than the Color of His Skin

I already wanted to write about Herman Cain today. But reading Janeane Garofalo’s comments that “Herman Cain is probably well liked by some of the Republicans because it hides the racist elements of the Republican party” just sealed the deal for me.

Please don’t ask me who Janeane Garofalo is because – other than pointing out the obvious fact that she’s an idiot – I have no idea.

Further proving her narrow-minded stupidity, she went on to say that “People like Karl Rove liked to keep their racism very covert. And so Herman Cain provides this great opportunity so you can say ‘Look, this is not a racist, anti-immigrant, anti-female, anti-gay movement. Look, we have a black man.’”

Clearly, stupid really is as stupid does.

I’d also like to point out that grammatically speaking, Janeane Garofalo called Herman Cain – a black man – an “it.” In the sentence “Hermain Cain is probably well liked by some of the Republicans because it hides the racist elements of the Republican party,” the pronoun “it” automatically corresponds to the main subject: Herman Cain.

Was this an honest mistake based on a severely deficient education or natural lack of intelligence? Or was it a continuation of other racist remarks made by liberals such as:

· Harry Reid, who said Obama could win the 2008 elections because he was “light-skinned” and doesn’t speak with a “Negro dialect”
· Jimmy Carter, who referenced Obama as a “black boy”
· Dan Rather, who said that the case could be made that Obama “couldn’t sell watermelons if… you gave him the state troopers to flag down the traffic”

Who knows. But regardless, it clearly doesn’t describe who Herman Cain really is.

Yes, he most definitely is a black man just like I’m definitely a white woman. Both are something to be proud of but both are also rather out of our control so, in one sense, neither race nor gender matters all that much.

What does matter, however, is the fact that Herman Cain is a real conservative in the presidential race, certainly more so than Romney and Huntsman, and even Rick Perry.

He’s also a rocket scientist – literally – successfully ran several companies, and isn’t afraid to open his mouth and speak the truth. What’s not to love?

So Janeane Garofalo can keep displaying her stupidity for anybody who is dumb enough to take her seriously. But regardless of what she says, Herman Cain is still the man.

And America would be honored to call him President.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

President Obama, Susan Sarandon, Michael Moore, Europe and North Carolina Governor Bev Purdue Showcase Typical Liberal Tactics This Week

Here’s an easy mid-week question for you: What is a liberal?

A liberal is generally a person who says one thing and does another, or says one thing and then pretends she never meant to say it as soon as she has to defend her position.

For instance…

Right now, President Obama is getting some serious flak for telling Europe to sort out its financial mess. Understandably, Germany – which, as the European Union’s strongest economy, is taking much of the weight for the IMF’s band-aid bailouts – doesn’t appreciate his remarks very much.

Germany’s Spiegel Online International had this to report on the situation:

“German observers have reacted angrily to the comments, saying that the US is in no position to criticize other countries, given its own $14-trillion pile of national debt and ongoing wrangling over the country’s debt ceiling. Others claim that Obama is just trying to distract attention from the US’s problems…”

Interestingly enough, amidst the largely Obama-bashing article, the publication pauses for a paragraph to admit: “When a US default was looming back in July… European commentators were quick to weigh in and give Obama and the US unsolicited advice.”

That’s because Europe is filled with liberals too.

You know who else are liberals? Really, really, really rich Susan Sarandon and Michael Moore, who both stopped by to support the Wall Street protestors this week, even though they have as much if not more money than the businessmen they’re so quick to revile.

And then there’s North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue – yes, a Democrat – who thinks “we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won’t hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recover. You want people who don’t worry about the next election,” she said.

Local GOP Spokesman Rob Lockwood immediately responded with: “Now is a time when politicians need to be held accountable more than ever. Does the governor not believe that people of North Carolina have the ability to think for themselves about whether or not the actions of elected officials are working?”

And North Carolina House hopeful Paul Coble pointed out: “That’s a proposal that only the politicians that have worsened our economic mess could appreciate.”

So Perdue’s office responded with a typical liberal line that she didn’t really mean it.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

President Obama Tries to Tell Hollywood It Isnt about the Economy

President Obama is officially back on the campaign trail, not that he ever really left it. He seems much more comfortable acting like a candidate without an ounce of responsibility instead of a president three years into his term.

This can only mean one of two things: He’s either a) an absolute idiot or b) thinks that we’re absolute idiots.

Personally, I’m putting my money on the second.

At a Hollywood fundraiser filled with pointless ninnys – like Eva Longoria, Danny DeVito and Jack Black – willing to pay practically $18,000 per ticket, Obama urged the audience to watch the Republican debates.

The President declared they show a “cramped” dream for the country, far from mainstream America’s desire for a “bold and generous” nation. “That’s what this election is about. It’s about values, it’s about character, it’s about who we are.”

You can practically hear his desperate plea in there: “It’s not about the economy. Really! Please believe me? Please? With sugar on top?”

If it really was about character and values though, Obama wouldn’t be president in the first place, not with the way he backtracked, flip-flopped, lied, misdirected, stalled and pretended to be somebody he wasn’t during the 2008 campaign.

Like the slogan read, it was about the economy, pure and simple. The stock market had crashed, companies were laying people off, and the financial and housing stability in the U.S., Europe and much of the rest of the world were in critical condition.

People were scared.

And they still are. Because far from improving since then, the economy has gotten worse.

Americans might have been stupid enough to elect him three years ago. But, unless things change drastically between now and November 2012, I can’t imagine we’re nearly as dumb as President Obama clearly wants us to be.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Obama’s Speech before the Congressional Black Caucus: the Translated Version

President Obama spoke to the Congressional Black Caucus on Saturday, urging them all but blatantly to support his reelection bid, despite the 16.7% unemployment African American suffer under three years into his first term.

It gets folks discouraged. I know. I listen to some of y’all,” he told the gathered crowd of 3,000. But, he continued, despite the fact that “many people are still hurting” and “so many people are barely hanging on,” it’s time to “take off your bedroom slippers. Put on your marching shoes. Shake it off. Stop complainin’. Stop grumblin’. Stop cryin’. We are going to press on. We have work to do.”

With President Obama’s abysmally narcissistic track record, no interpretation is necessary for this latest speech. But just for kicks and giggles, let me go for it anyway.

This is what he really meant:

“My reelection campaign managers tell me that you little people aren’t happy, so I have to dole out some lip service or I won’t get reelected. That’s why I’m going to use uneducated-sounding language such as ‘folks’ and complainin’,’ so that I sound less of the elitist snob that I am and more approachable to you uneducated masses.

“I’m not really lying when I say that I ‘listen to some of y’all’ either. Not that I care about lying, but this time I’m not. Really. You see, I listen to anybody who tells me that I’m amazing or agrees with my policies, or helps me sneak out to eat that burger I want so badly instead of the green garbage my wife force feeds me whenever she’s around.”

“So what that I don’t care if you’re hurting economically? So what if I consider myself far superior to you common American trash? So what if I go on vacations instead of working to enact policies that would help you? Shut up and get back to work on my political plantation!

“This is the bottom line: We’re all black, and therefore you have to vote for me next year. Because I say so!”

Hopefully, for their own sakes as well as the rest of the country’s, African Americans will recognize Obama’s empty words for what they are and either stay home next November or vote for people who will actually do something about this malaise the President won’t let us escape.

Friday, September 23, 2011

The Problem with American Education Today

For all the trash I talk about the American education system, I do know some very good teachers who care about their kids. They actually want to make a difference, which is part of why they chose the profession they did.

Unfortunately though, they really are the exception to the rule. I speak from experience, since I was an English Education major through most of my college experience.

As a student teacher, I was paired with Mrs. M., a cooperating teacher whose high school (12th grade) classes mainly consisted of watching movies or listening to audio versions of literary pieces. Homework was practically non-existent.

Critical thinking was clearly not encouraged in that classroom, though she was still a better teacher than one of her colleagues, a young woman who, let’s just say, liked showcasing her feminine side more than her professionalism.

Weed out the lazy and/or sexually inappropriate, and we still have the ideologically motivated educators, who put their politics before the wellbeing of their students. Into that category falls the Texas teacher, who punished a 14-year old for telling his friend that he believed homosexuality to be wrong.

An education system that promotes such immature behavior in its leaders naturally produces equally detrimental results. Hence the reason why we have absolutely ugly (personality-wise, at least) and stupid people like Congresswoman Maxine Waters, who just urged President Obama to get tough on Republicans who “eat his food and drink his beer and leave [and] then they go and try to kill him.”

It also fosters a larger population that just shrugs its shoulders when authoritarian institutions are foisted on it for little or no good purpose. That includes the FDA, which Reuters reports just banned “the only asthma inhaler sold over the counter in the united States… to prevent the use of products that harm the environment.”

How much ya wanna bet that decicion has little to do with the environment and a lot to do with political affiliations and business connections?

We’re not doing ourselves any favors encouraging and even mandating such docility, even if it might seem easier in the short-term to just shut up and take it. It is that very attitude that is killing us as a strong nation, little bit by little bit.

Yet President Obama is only encouraging this bad behavior by giving states the right to opt out of No Child Left Behind – an admittedly pain-in-the-neck law designed by Clinton and passed by Bush – because it puts schools at risk of failure. His actions aren’t necessarily a bad idea; his motivation, however, is.

We need to encourage accountability in the American education system, not relax it.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

$16 Muffins, $8 Coffee and $10 Cookies: Nothing but the Best for the U.S. Government

I’m a Panera Bread junkie, what with their menu of spinach and bacon breakfast soufflés, chicken frontega paninis, asiago cheese bagels, black cherry smoothies, and giant, soft-baked chocolate chip cookies, all of which I’m a major sucker for.

Problem is, Panera is a bit pricey and has gotten pricier as of late due to various economic and business-related reasons. So despite my practically constant cravings for something Panera, I limit how often I go to the delightful bakery/café to maybe once a month.

In all honesty, I can’t afford to be eating out too much, not unless I want to go into credit card debt, which I don’t. Regardless of the finer things I might take a fancy to, they aren’t even remotely worth the fiscal headache of not being my own woman.

And let’s face it: When you’re in credit card debt, those companies pretty much own you.

Plus, when it comes down to it, I can usually live without that dress at the mall – cute though it may be – or the entire DVD collection of In Plain Sight from Amazon – even though the show totally rocks! – or a shiny new car. Life goes on without any of those things and, the truth is, I might even be better off without them.

The government, it would seem, would vehemently disagree with my assessment though, at least concerning them. A Department of Justice report released last week shows the government institution “spent $16 on each of the 250 muffins serves at an August 2009 legal conference in Washington.”

Reuters expounds that: “The DOJ spent $121 million on conferences in fiscal 2008 and 2009, which exceeded its own spending limits and appeared to be extravagant and wasteful, according to the report that examined 10 conferences held during that period.”

“Appeared to be extravagant and wasteful?” “Appeared!”

Pricey Panera charges less than $5 for its muffins and less than $2 for its cookies, which are both freshly baked every morning using solid ingredients. What does the DOJ’s snack supplier put in their tasty treats? Top-notch crack cocaine?

A Justice Department spokeswoman assures us all that steps have been taken since then “to ensure that these problems do not occur again.”

But even if I believed that – which I don’t – it still shows an appalling lack of common sense and decency, considering the fiscal state of the country, the economic plight of its citizens and the high taxes they already suffer under… with President Obama calling for even more!

These people are insufferable and profligate elitists. Why do we put up with them?

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Screwing the Rich Doesn’t Do the Poor Any Favors

I got into a political debate on Facebook yesterday over raising taxes on the rich.

It all started when a friend of mine posted: “If only we had a President that didn’t spark class warfare because less than 1% do what he generalizes they all or the majority of them do. Sorry Mr. President but as John Adams said, ‘Facts are stubborn things.’”

To support his position, he included a link to an AP story, which took issue with President Obama’s claims that secretaries pay higher taxes than their rich bosses.

Not surprisingly, a liberal immediately jumped all over that post, asking, “Why are you defending the rich?” And she later added:

“I support sacrificing the few to the benefit of all. To hell with the wealthiest ten percent. If they were as charitable as you imagine they wouldn’t be that rich. I don’t understand why some of the nations poorest citizens defend the wealthy. They don’t give a thought to the working poor.”

But her logic is as detrimental as she claims the wealthy to be.

For instance, while sacrificing the few for the many might be the right course of action sometimes, it isn’t always justified. And in this case, specifically, it just doesn’t work.

Just look at recent census figures, which show that – despite Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty beginning in 1964 – the 2010 poverty rate was the worse it has been since at least the 1950s. And that despite massive amounts of additional government spending, which has to be eventually paid for by taxpayers and the so-called rich.

(It’s also much easier to demand sacrificial lambs when you know you won’t be one.)

After wishing the rich in hell, our angry liberal above makes two claims that a) they can’t be very charitable since they’re still rich and b) they don’t ever think about the poor.

I’d first of all like to know how she knows every single rich person (if any at all) to make such gross generalizations. But even if she did, she’d still be wrong, since the wealthy give plenty to charities, which wouldn’t be able to run or run as well without their help.

Take the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; the $37 million Warren Buffett donated to charities in 2006 alone; and the fact that Oprah Winfrey, Barbra Streisand, Michael Jordan and Rush Limbaugh all made 2008’s Top 10 most generous celebrities list.

Those people are all loaded… and they donate millions each every year towards helping their fellow man. But even if they didn’t, this is the bottom line: They received their money through legal means, so we have no legal right to demand they fork it over.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Media Coverage of President Obama’s Tax Plan and Other Stupid Ideas Shows the Bloom Is off His Rose

As I mentioned yesterday, President Obama’s latest jobs plan involves $1.5 trillion of “deficit reduction,” the vast majority of which is comprised of additional taxes.

In other words, we the hardworking people have to pay for all of the spending we told him not to do in the first place. Then again, we the people (not all of us hardworking) elected him, and there are consequences to such unbelievable foolishness.

Obama says that only the rich will have to pay more, that it’s those big businesses and wealthy elite that need to take responsibility (as if he even knows what that word means).

Naturally, Republicans take issue with this plan. Representative Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee, pointed out that “Class warfare… may make for really good politics, but it makes for rotten economics,” and accused the President of playing off of Americans’ baser side through “fear, envy and anxiety.”

Ryan makes some very good points there, as usual. But the truth is that Obama has fallen far enough in even the liberal polls and stirred up so many hornets nets that even the mainstream media isn’t bothering to cover for him nearly as much as it used to.

The AP itself STARTS OUT an article like this: “It’s not just millionaires who’d pay more under President Barack Obama’s latest plan to combat the deficit.

“Air travelers, federal workers, military retirees, wealthier Medicare beneficiaries and people taking out new mortgages are among those who would pay more than $130 billion in government revenues raised through new or increased fees.”

Back in the day, when Obama worship was flat-out expected, the Associated Press would have buried those lines far, far at the bottom of the article, if they ran it at all!

But with the Solyndra and Fast and Furious scandals still playing out, accusations that the White House tried to manipulate testimony concerning government spending, separate charges that Obama invested in businesses backed by some of his biggest donors, his general willingness to say one things and do another or say one thing at one time and say exactly the opposite a few months later… etc., etc., etc….

Well, how can a drama-hungry media ignore all of that?

It all goes to show that the bloom is most definitely off the rose.

It certainly took long enough.

Monday, September 19, 2011

President Obama, Solyndra and the Chicago Way

In an ironic twist, President Obama’s support of oil alternatives like solar power is helping to cool his public image. Far from the days when people chanted “Yes, we can” en masse, they’re now getting used to exclaiming “Oh no, he didn’t!”

The latest scandal to hit the headlines centers on Solyndra, the California solar company that got a widely publicized $535 million government loan, despite analysts' misgivings. As those professionals feared and despite the generous help it received, the business went belly up in no time, leaving the taxpayer on the hook for its massive failings.

But instead of taking personal responsibility for poorly – and possibly criminally – allocated funding, Obama is proposing $1.5 trillion in new tax revenue.

In other words, we have to pay for his stupid and/or corrupt mistake.

As obnoxious and destructive as that is though, none of this should come as any surprise. The signs were there long before Obama ever took charge in the Oval Office.

Look at the people he palled around with before becoming president: Reverend Jeremiah Wright, William Ayers – a domestic terrorist – and Tony Rezko – who is very well known for his sleazy and downright illegal politics – just to name a few.

Look at how, during the 2008 elections, Obama went around apologizing for the U.S. to countries who owe their freedom to us. Or how, during that same period, he switched his message from hard-core liberal to right-leaning moderate in order to get votes.

The man is not honest or ethical, and anybody who cared to know the truth could have easily done so well before this point… if they only took the time to vet him.

America didn’t though, and this is what we get: a president who has no qualms about abusing his power to take money from the people to give to his friends.

In his piece, “Obama’s Solyndra scandal reeks of the Chicago Way,” John Kass of the Chicago Tribune writes: “Those of us from Chicago know exactly what the Solyndra scandal smells like. And it doesn’t smell fresh and green.”

In other words, there was another flag we should have paid attention to: the fact that Obama chose to start his political career in Chicago, a den of political iniquity.

And nope, that’s not really an exaggeration. It’s a nationally known fact.

Obama is simply behaving how he would back home in Chicago, an epically screwed up city. And if he has his way, the U.S. is going to turn into an epically screwed up country.

Let’s hope he doesn’t have his way.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Back Away from the Bread Sticks and Nobody Will Get Hurt

I was going to write about how, based on playground conversation, three-year olds are labeled as racists and homophobes in British government databases.

Then I read how Nobel Prize-winner Dr. Ivar Giaver just resigned from the premier physics society because he is disgusted with their allegiance to the global warming theory. And I thought to myself: Oh, this is it! This is the subject for today’s blog!

I’ll admit being semi-tempted to drop that story in favor of further proof that President Obama is horrible for this nation. And believe me, there’s plenty of that to go around…

Consider how at least five stimulus-graced companies are biting the big one, even after getting millions and billions from taxpayers in the last few years. The most newsworthy, Solyndra – a solar technology company – received high praise from Obama himself not that long ago… even while his administration worried about the company’s viability.

Not that he’ll admit any wrongdoing, of course. Far from it, as he wants to push even further ahead with his ruinous agenda, evidenced by his admission to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus that “There are times where – until Nancy Pelosi is speaker again – I’d like to work my way around Congress.”

Ummm… That’s called a dictatorship, Mr. President. Just sayin’.

With machinations like that, it’s no wonder public sentiment about him is so bad that even big businesses like Ford feel fine criticizing Obama policies in their commercials.

All very compelling stories, right? But they all pale in comparison to the last article I read this morning. The headline: “Michelle Obama to join Olive Garden announcement.”

I should probably state now that I’m half Italian. My father’s side of the family predominantly lives in New Jersey (They’re the I’m-sure-I-have-mafia-relations-running-around-somewhere type of Italians, not the Jersey Shore kind, just for the record.), while my mother’s Scottish side all resides out in California.

Being an East Coast girl, I grew up identifying much more strongly with the pasta-with-every-meal, can’t-talk-without-using-your-hands side of the family. This means that I take my food VERY seriously.

And while I recognize that Olive Garden is not exactly authentic, it still serves lots of yummy pasta that I am fairly fond of. So, to me, Michelle Obama pressuring it into cutting “the calories and sodium in its meals” is downright criminal, not to mention racist against Italians, whose culture revolves around good food, “healthy” or not!

Touching an Italian girl’s breadsticks, ravioli and alfredo sauce is the last straw. This president and his wife need to pack up and go home.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Obama Not Any Kind of Messiah I Want to Put My Trust in

Despite creating and maintaining a Jimmy Carter-style economy since stepping into the Oval Office three years ago, President Obama somehow still hasn’t gotten the memo that he isn’t the second coming.

Last year, up in Acadia, Maine, I saw a magnet in a gift shop that read: “It’s not a Messiah complex if he really does save the world.”

Fair enough. But that also means the opposite… If Obama doesn’t save the world, then he’s not the Messiah.

Clearly the world is still one big, royal mess, so he’s not any kind of savior. But if you need further proof, consider this actual Messianic message, taken from John 21:15 (NLV):

“After breakfast Jesus asked Simon Peter, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?’

“‘Yes, Lord,’ Peter replied, ‘you know I love you.’

“‘Then feed my lambs,” Jesus told him.”

Now contrast that with Obama, who responded to a supporter’s shout of love with: “If you love me, you got to help me pass this [“jobs”] bill.”

Makes for a poor comparison, doesn’t it? Especially when you learn that, far from Jesus’ teaching to look out for our fellow man, Obama’s so-called jobs bill throws taxes onto soup kitchen donations and other charitable contributions.

I don’t know about you, but that’s not any kind of savior I want to put my trust in.

Fortunately, my hope is somewhere far more logical. And secure.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Case of Shoshana Hebshi

Here’s a shocker: I freely admit that I don’t always have the answers to life’s political problems.

Opinionated though I most definitely and obviously am, I’m also a realist. And reality dictates that no person or group gets it right every time; that’s God’s job, not humans’.

I’ve even admitted – to a liberal friend, no less! – that sometimes I wonder whether I’m as right as I think I am on various issues, from welfare to abortion to the UN. To which my friend cheekily stated that maybe I should pray about my opinions, purposely implying that she had no such doubts.

Sadly, her kind of refusal to consider alternatives is exactly what’s wrong with this nation today. In too many people’s minds, they’re right, end of story, no questions asked.

But questioning our beliefs makes us stronger more often than not, helping us to either build better arguments or discard erroneous opinions. Been there, done that many times over. (And just for the record, my beliefs that welfare creates a slave mentality, abortion is murder, and the UN is largely useless still stand after all that.)

The refusal to egotistically assume we are right encourages the productive sense of curiosity that helps us grow as individuals and communities, and allows us to behave like civilized, decent human beings instead of arrogant, self-induced sociopaths.

That is why I freely admit that I don’t know exactly what to say about the U.S. citizen who was escorted off of her flight, strip-searched, detained and questioned on 9/11/11.

Shoshana Hebshi, 35, a “half-Arabic, half-Jewish” American was seated next to two allegedly Indian men she didn’t know, both of whom apparently took repeated bathroom breaks. This activity alarmed others around them enough that, after the flight landed, Hebshi and her row mates were immediately taken into FBI custody.

They’ve all been cleared since.

The thing is, I can build a decent defense for everybody involved. The passengers who reported the Indian men’s activity, the plane’s crew who radioed ahead for help, the FBI who had Hebshi detained and – purposely or not, justly or not – humiliated and inconvenienced: They all probably had good reason to do so, considering recent history and continuing religious and international tensions.

And no human-created or human-run system works perfectly. Even our best plans often result in somebody losing out in some way through no fault of their own.

Yet I can understand how such grand rationalizations, accurate or not, mean little to Ms. Hebshi. And for that, I’m rather at a loss for words.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

If You Don’t Like the USA, There’s the Door

What is up with liberals and their anti-patriotism?

Most of the nation took the time to recognize the tragedy of 9/11/01 on Sunday, the tenth anniversary of the brutal attacks by Muslim extremists on American soil.

But far from being dissuaded by the memories and associated grief of everything and everyone we lost that day, there were some liberals who took the opportunity instead to push their typical spiteful agenda.

The New York Times’ Paul Krugman, for example, spouted off this opinion… after making sure to disable readers’ ability to comment for what he called “obvious reasons” (namely that he is a close-minded coward):

“What happened after 9/11 – and I think even people on the right know this, whether they admit it or not – was deeply shameful. The atrocity should have been a unifying event, but instead it became a wedge issue. Fake heroes like Bernie Kerik, Rudy Giuliani, and yes, George W. Bush raced to cash in on the horror.”

Talk about a lack of unity when the rest of the nation is solemn with remembrance, huh? Not to mention a lack of memory, considering that George W. Bush secured domestic American soil against terrorist attacks for the next seven years… a feat made even more impressive by Barack H. Obama’s gaping failures in this area.

Not to be dissuaded by logic anymore than patriotism however, Krugman’s fellow lefty, Professor Tom Engelhardt, commemorated 9/11 by asking insanely insensitive questions such as “Haven’t we had enough of ourselves?” and “Isn’t it time to… remove 9/11 from our collective consciousness?”

According to Engelhardt, Americans exploit the memory of 9/11 in order to “make ourselves feel like a far better country than we are.” And he makes a concerted effort to stress that the losses we suffered ten years ago really weren’t that big of a deal.

With rhetoric like that, no wonder liberals are so often categorized as unpatriotic! (And heartless. And elitist. And egocentric.)

If those two men are the rule and not the exception, then it’s very obvious that most liberals care very little for their homeland to the point of actually hating it.

Which leaves me with a very important question: If they can’t stand the amber waves of grain and sea to shining sea, why in the world don’t they just leave?

We certainly don’t want them.

Monday, September 12, 2011

My Remembrance of 9/11

Yesterday was the tenth anniversary of 9/11, a tragedy of epic proportions brought on by hatred and willful ignorance of basic human dignity.

Like most adults today, I can remember where I was on 9/11/01. It was my first year of college and, since I only had MWF classes, I was home at my parents’ place that Tuesday morning, sitting on their living room couch doing my homework.

How exactly I found out, I don’t quite remember. What I do remember is sitting shocked and horrified and confused and physically cold despite the relative warmth around me.

We had been in Pennsylvania for over a decade at that point but we used to live in New Jersey, up in Hackensack and not too far away from NYC. My father even worked for a company that housed itself in the twin towers. So while I didn’t lose anybody I loved when those skyscrapers fell, it hit close enough.

After the initial shock passed, I turned on the news. There, in the safety of my parents’ basement, I watched those hijacked planes smash into their targets over and over and over again, saw them crumble in real time, and felt the same sense of horror that so many of my fellow Americans felt that day.

I also distinctly remember the news panning to a crowd of people in some Middle Eastern nation – I want to say Saudi Arabia – and seeing the throngs gathered out on the street, cheering the pain and destruction inflicted on my land. I remember the rage I felt, the red-hot anger at their elation, their enjoyment, of so much misery and chaos.

It is something I don’t think I can forget even if I try.

Times have and haven’t changed since that September morning. Ten years, two wars and a new president later, a new generation is growing up that can’t recollect the horrors of knowing their country is under brutal and unprovoked attack from people who despise them just because of who they are.

I don’t say any of this to fuel that hatred, neither theirs nor ours. Hate is a powerfully destructive emotion that rarely solves any problems and usually just creates more.

Instead, I bring it up because we need to remember. It’s essential that we don’t forget what happened and what has happened since.

Islamic extremists are still out there and still very intent on destroying us. If we want to truly prevent another 9/11-style attack, we cannot forget what happened or why it did.

If we forget or allow others to cloud the memory, we play right into our enemy’s hands.

God bless the USA!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Obama Proves Talk Is Cheap with Another Speech about Jobs

So the new football season started last night!

Oh right, and Obama made a speech about jobs. Again. For like the trillionth time.

Oops. No. That how far our national deficit has climbed. Sorry. It’s hard to keep track of Obama’s insincere sermons sometimes.

Actually, forget hard; it’s flat-out pointless. Much better to watch football. Or the season finale of Burn Notice. Or that new “Ringer” series with Buffy the Vampire Slayer in it.

Sure, that last one isn’t playing yet. But it’d be much more worthwhile to sit in front of a blank TV waiting for next week’s premiere than to listen to Obama say another word.

Why? Because, as the Los Angeles TimesAndrew Malcolm points out, the President is making himself, his office and his country look utterly ridiculous.

With the national debt already increasing $3 million every minute of every day,” Malcolm writes, “Obama wants to repair and modernize 35,000 schools. Obama wants $35 billion to go toward salaries for teachers, firefighters and police.

“Obama wants $140 billion largely to update roads and bridges. Obama wants another $245 billion in business and individual tax relief. He also wants to extend unemployment benefits.

“And he wants it all right now. Seriously. Now that his Martha’s Vineyard vacation is over, this situation is urgent.”

But, he adds, “Obama didn’t have room in his 4,021 word speech to mention how he intended to pay for all this new sounds-an-awful-like-increased-new-stimulus-spending-but-we’re-not-using-that-word-anymore.”

The Partisan and Pointless Blame Game, Obama-Style

So what’s up with the PotUS’s single-minded focus on re-implementing a plan that failed miserably in the recent past? Malcolm has the answer to that as well:

“Today in Virginia and next week in Ohio, Obama begins an aggressive autumn of travels selling his sounds-like-new-spending plans by day and fundraising by evening, bashing guess who for not solving the job crisis long ago.

“Because like pretty much every sentient American, he knows full well there isn’t on chance in Haiti of the divided Congress approving this package.

“In fact, Obama’s counting on that because grandiose program-proposing like this costs nothing-zero-nada, except the limo gas to the Capitol. Yet it gives perpetual candidate Obama tons of swell-sounding details to talk about during the 2011-12 reelection campaign.

“Because he can’t blame his mother-in-law for the nation’s economic mess. When’s the last time you heard a Harvard grad say, “Boy, did I blow that!” So, the only culprits left are in Congress, especially those Repugnicans.”

In other words, Obama is once again acting like a hypocritical and self-serving demagogue instead of a compassionate and wise leader.

At this point, though, is anybody really surprised? I mean, seriously.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

America’s Failings Might Be Its Saving Grace This Time Around

Let’s face the facts.

Too many Americans are pathetic, self-serving, self-seeking, lazy, whiny brats who think they deserve everything they want just because they exist. Clearly, this means they’re not grounded in reality or, for that matter, any kind of desirable belief system.

That’s not the American spirit, of course. It isn’t what made this nation great. But it is human nature, especially when fostered inappropriately through godless educational lessons and a media that preaches instant gratification and shallow desires.

That’s why we have grownups with the maturity level of a thirteen-year-old in the ravages of puberty and the reasoning skills of an infant. Like Terrell Owens or T.O., as he’s more commonly known… the talented but spoiled football player who every team wants until they actually have him.

He’s apparently crying – literally – about how he doesn’t make any money when he isn’t actually playing. “Football season is on a standstill,” he said on his VH1 reality show, “so I have no income at this point. On top of that, you’re talking about the mortgage of all the real estate that I do have. And on top of that, child support.”

Waah. Waah. Waah. The man makes millions every year.

Fortunately, there’s a silver lining to this epidemic of pointless losers. Precisely because far too many people don’t look further than their own personal bubble, liberals are going to have a difficult if not disastrous election season next year.

The economy is in shambles, national morale is nose diving and the situation seems to be going from bad to worse. That’s on a global scale, as well as a national one, according to the World Economic Forum, which bumped the U.S. down a notch to fifth place in its global ranking of competitive economies

We can argue until the cows come home whether this is Obama’s fault or his predecessor’s (even though it’s clearly Obama’s), but in today’s egocentric society, that really doesn’t matter when it comes down to election day 2012.

What does is that people don’t like where they’re at.

It’s already showing in the latest poll numbers, where Obama comes in at a mere 41% approval rating, even with massive media support. And unless Obama does a complete 180 degree turn, that number probably isn’t going anywhere but further down.


Hey, he who lives by the egocentricity dies by the egocentricity. It’s the circle of life, baby, and right now, that circle is a beautiful thing.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

New Video Game Features Sarah Palin and Sean Hannity Zombies

There’s a new video game out there. And, like the media, it targets Tea Partiers.

Literally.

According to Vice President Joe Biden, we’re “barbarians” who need to be kept out. According to Union Rep Jimmy Hoffa, we’re “sons of bitches” who need to be “take[n]… out.”

(Incidentally, Obama hasn’t condemned either comment.)

And according to StarvingEyes Advergaming, we’re zombies that need to be blown up by uzzies or hacked up with swords.

Not even kidding.

You can catch a short demo right here, watching as Tea Party and Fox News favorites such as Sarah Palin, a shirtless Michelle Bachmann, Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly go from mostly dead to really dead… unless, of course, they first eat players’ brains out.

Personally, I’m beginning to feel a bit persecuted here, which, I suppose, is a plus for the liberal party. Unfortunately for them, I don’t feel nearly persecuted enough to stop.

2012, here we come!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

It’s No Surprise that Good Looking Women Don’t Look Good in the Media

Sometimes it amazes me what amazes people.

There’s been plenty of controversy lately about some disturbing trends in the fashion world. As Marilisa Kinney Sachteleben sums it up in her article, “‘Glee’ Star Bruised Photo Shoot Makes Domestic Violence Sexy:”

“It seems that almost every line has been crossed to sell products. Ads have been criticized for turning people into sex objects, sanitizing violent and criminal behavior, idealizing malnourished figures, sexualizing children and a host of other concerns.”

The article details the latest example of advertisers gone wild: specifically Heather Morris – Glee’s limber but intellectually deficient Brittany – who is featured “bound in electric cord and sporting a black eye.” And Sachteleben goes on to detail a few other instances, such as:
  • The Fluid hair salon picture of a beaten up but well-dressed woman standing in front of a man holding a diamond necklace noose amidst the words “Look good in all you do”
  • The Duncan Quinn ad of a man dragging a dead, lingerie-clad woman by a makeshift leash along the hood of his car
But she needn’t have stopped there, because there are plenty of other advertisement depicting gang rape (here x2) and the sexualization of little girls (here and here).

I completely agree with Sachteleben that this is all offensive. What I unfortunately don’t agree is that it’s in any way, shape or form shocking.

Why are we surprised to see women advertised as garbage when that’s what we’ve been treating them as for some time? Our entire pop culture places feminine beauty over brains – as evidenced by JC Penny’s latest line of girl’s clothing – and sexuality over ethics or even common sense.

Thanks to the fashion industry, Hollywood and the media, both men and women learn early on that girls are only valuable if they’re pretty or they put out. The Western World is fast becoming a culture where anything goes, including innocence and respect.

And, unfortunately, women usually end up getting hurt worse whenever that happens.

If we want to see the end of offensive advertising, we should probably consider attacking the root of the problem first.

Beauty will always be valued and valuable, but it’s high time we got Hollywood and its chauvinistic sensibilities out of the way and started treating women as human beings instead of blow-up dolls.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Mr. President, This Isn’t Getting Any Better Like You Promised It Would

“The economic projections make clear there is a real need in the short term to kick-start economic growth and get on a sustained higher growth path.”

So says the Obama administration, in the form of White House Budget Chief Jack Lew. Clearly, he and his dear leader – who must have authorized said brilliant statement – have been hanging out with Joe Biden far too much if they’re busy making such pointless observations.

Though perhaps not, since Biden probably would have said something even stupider about how much better the economy already is. Actually, I’m quite sure he already has several times in the midst of dismal unemployment and underemployment numbers and general depression throughout the country.

Really, when you think about it, it’s amazing that Obama would admit anything like he is now: that unemployment will average 9% in 2012, despite his past faith in “The Job Impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan” report.

That report read – and I quote – “In the absence of stimulus, the economy could lose another 3 to 4 million more [jobs]. Thus, we are working to counter a potential total job loss of at least 5 million… even with the large prototypical package, the unemployment rate in 2010Q4 is predicted to be approximately 7.0%, which is well below the approximately 8.8% that would result in the absence of a plan.”

Let me translate for Obama minions Christina Romer and Jared Bernstein, who authored the report: Obama’s whopping $787 billion stimulus package has failed miserably, considering that we’re now in 2011 and employment had barely dropped below 9% since implementation.

Obama can whine and complain and point fingers all he wants, but the facts point very directly to this current mess we’re in being his fault.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

George Clooney’s America Looks a Lot Like a Hollywood Set

Hollywood celebrities are known for many things: surgically enhanced bodies, million-dollar mansions, temper tantrums and drug problems. But very few people accuse them of knowing how to use their brains properly.

So it’s no surprise that George Clooney says Obama “is smarter… nicer and… has more compassion than almost anyone you know,” while 65% of his fellow Americans believe the President is a royal screw-up, at least when it comes to his handling of the economy.

They have good reason too, since, as the Wall Street Journal reports, jobless claims keep getting revised upward and “second quarter productivity was revised down to a decline of 0.7%, the biggest drop since the fourth quarter of 2008, from a first reading of –0.3%. It has fallen for three quarters in a row, for the first time since 1979.”

George Clooney doesn’t have to worry about any of that though.

Let’s face it: The man lives a charmed life far from the reality of regular Americans who are struggling to pay the bills. While I don’t begrudge Clooney his wealth, I do take issue with the ignorant, elitism he brings with it.

It takes a special talent to think of Obama as compassionate or nice in light of his conduct. There was his “I won” argument to Republicans over his 2009 – failed – stimulus project, the little issue of him calling mid-term opposition “enemies,” and his treatment of Paul Ryan during the budget debates.

Those aren’t examples of intelligence or compassion, just arrogance and partisanship.

And now Obama rudely tried to schedule a joint session of Congress to talk about jobs on a day Republicans had already scheduled a presidential primary debate. If anybody honestly believes that was necessary, they’re pretty much beyond hope.

I’m sure George Clooney fits into that sad, sad category, considering his astonishing ability to say shallow things like: “I have a really good job. I get to hang out with very seductive people. So I have no interest [in being president].”

And when he’s not busy spouting his ignorance, he’s hanging out with people who are, like Philip Seymour Hoffman, who thinks he sounds intelligent in saying stuff like: “I do think there is a huge difference between Hollywood and Washington and what we are responsible for and what influence we wield. I think sometimes it gets forgotten that the people who are governing us have a much more important position.”

Really? Thanks for that genius. ‘Cause I never would have figured that out on my own.