Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Criminal Files Lawsuit against Victims for Breach of “Oral Contract”

What in the world is this country coming to?

If Jesse Dimmick’s lawsuit is any indication, it isn’t going anything good.

As far as I can tell from the convoluted story delivered by ABC News’ Topeka, Kansas chapter, Dimmick was running away from the cops after allegedly beating a man to death. Stumbling upon the home of Jared and Lindsay Rowley, he figured it was the perfect hiding place and went for it.

Dimmick says he explained the situation to them and, agreeing to give them money if they hid him from the police. The Rowley’s say they only let him in because they knew he was armed and were afraid of what he would do if they said no.

One way or the other, Dimmick was eventually captured and the Rowley’s went on to sue him for intruding in their home and causing them emotional stress, which they believed was worth about $75,000.

So the now-convicted criminal followed suit and laid down his own charges:

“I, the defendant, asked the Rowleys to hide me because I feared for my life. I offered the Rowleys an unspecified amount of money which they agreed upon, therefore forging a legally binding oral contract.” For this, he wants $235,000.

In Dimmick’s defense, I’m really not sure which lawsuit is more absurd. Suing a criminal for emotional distress seems rather ridiculous, not to mention extravagantly opportunistic. Shades of Shylock, anybody?

Then again, believing that a fugitive’s oral contract is worth anything – much less $235,000 – legally speaking is equally insane. And both cases display a total lack of substance that’s rather appalling.

If this is really what America has come to – where both victims and criminals think they can milk the legal system for all it is and isn’t worth – then that’s beyond sad.

It’s pathetic.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Richmond Virginia Tea Party Slammed with Tax Audit for Protesting Unfair Treatment

“The power to tax is the power to destroy.”

I’ve used that quote, made by Chief Justice John Marshall in the Supreme Court case of McCulloch v. Maryland, before. But it’s one of those statements that never gets old, largely because it never become irrelevant or unimportant.

Let’s face it: Liberals don’t really care about saving the poor, the oppressed or the earth, causes which they claim they need our money to support. They just know that, by paying lip-service to those issues, they can get themselves elected so they can force us to pay for other things, including their trips to Europe, unethical legs up and cushy connections.

They also know they can curry favor and/or punish their opponents with the same tax system that ultimately pays their wages and benefits. And right now, the city of Richmond, Virginia stands out as a clear example of just how right Chief Justice Marshall really was.

Down there, the local chapter of the Tea Party movement had to pay $10,000 and meet countless regulations in order to stage three rallies. The payment and rules were all meted out and met according to the letter of the law.

Then along came the Occupy Wall Street movement and suddenly the city didn’t care to acknowledge those same fees and laws, much less enforce them. So after weeks of watching the protesters camp out, make a mess and cause disturbances on public property – all for free – the Richmond Tea Party had had enough, and demanded its money back.

Not surprisingly, the powers that be refused. A bit less predictably, they also slapped the Tea Party chapter with a tax audit for daring to question their authority.

Of course, Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones’ administration completely denies the allegations of favoritism. They’re “just completely unfounded,” city spokeswoman Tammy Hawley told Fox News.

As for the audit, “The Richmond Tea Party did not file any of the required… monthly returns during 2010 and had only filed January and February 2011 when this account was selected for audit review,” she said. To which the Richmond Tea Party fired back, saying it was legally and specifically exempted from the tax in question.

But here’s the thing: Even if it wasn’t – which it probably was, as this audit is so convenient for the opposition that it’s flat-out ludicrous – the whole situation illustrates just how much power the government has over us… and just how much trouble that means we’re really in.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Black Friday Sales Results Look Good but Might Not Hold Their Eggnog Well

After a hectic Black Friday filled with crazy deals and even crazier customers, the tallies are in.

CNBC reports: “sales rose an estimated 6.6 percent to a record $11.4 billion on Black Friday… while the traffic at stores rose 5.1 percent, according to ShopperTrak.”

To the untrained eye, those numbers might very well seem to signal the dawning of a new season of shopping and consumerism set to conquer this weak economy once and for all. CNBC is certainly quick to invest in that misconception, casually mentioning, “As usual on Black Friday, retailers used deep discounts… to lure shoppers [in],” as if nothing other than holiday cheer – and Obama, of course – influenced those hefty sales.

But the real reason behind this season is far less joyful.

The truth is that consumers are hurting, and retailers know it. Which is why they went out of their way to slash prices ridiculously low.

Best Buy, for example, had 42” LCD HDTVs for just under $200. J.C. Penney offered luggage sets for under $40 when they’re normally well over $100, and Wal-Mart featured HP laptops for $248.

Sorry to say, but those bargains aren’t normal, even for Black Friday. Neither is the fact that Target opened up on Thanksgiving instead of early the next day, or that Kohl’s made it a Black Friday weekend instead of a single morning.

These are all signs of a weak economy, no matter how much stores made. And they might even indicate weaker consumer spending as we continue into the Christmas shopping season: The mad dash for bargains could be a sign that holiday gift-givers are keeping themselves on tight leashes this year.

On the bright side for investors and consumers alike, as I said before, retailers know that consumers are hurting. So they’re playing it safe with especially great buys and deep discounts that will keep customers happy and probably even make companies a profit in the end.

Just don’t think that any of that is a sign the economy is finally turning. As Georgia business owner Bill Looman advertises in his van window, he’s “not hiring until Obama is gone.”

And neither is anybody else.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Occupy Wall Street Courageously – and Stupidly! – Plans to Occupy Black Friday

Say whatever you want about the Occupy Wall Street crowd (I certainly have) but there is one negative name that even I’ll be hard-pressed to slap on them this Black Friday.

There’s overwhelming proof to support claims that they’re lazy, ill-educated, irresponsible, greedy, spoiled brats. But if they really go through with their plans to protest “the businesses that are in the pockets of Wall Street” like they say they will, then cowards they ain’t.

Stupid, yes. Cowards, no.

Occupy Wall Streeters are apparently trying to encourage consumers to just say no to stores that are publicly traded this Black Friday. In other words, they think they have a shot of convincing people to boycott the likes of Target, Wal-Mart, Macy’s, J.C. Penney, Sears, Apple and so many other typical shopping spots that ultra bargain hunters literally kill to hit up the day after Thanksgiving.

Like I said: Stupid, yes. Cowards no.

Cowards wouldn’t put themselves in the middle of intimidating crowds of crazed shoppers looking for their $300 flat screen TVs, whatever-is-up-this-year Elmos and other assorted discounted goodies.

Though stupid people just might waste their time explaining on their website:

“Keep in mind that we are not occupying small businesses or hardworking people – we must make a distinction between the businesses that are in the pockets of Wall Street and the businesses that serve our local communities.

“We are NOT anti-capitalist. Just anti-crapitalist.”

Really though, when it comes down to it, they can call themselves whatever they want to. Come the morning after Thanksgiving, when they face off with hundreds of thousands of Black Friday shoppers, they’re going to be bleeding, broken and crying for their mamas.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

U.S. Politicians Think They’re Better Than Us

Here’s the problem with U.S. politicians: They genuinely don’t think they’re like us.

In their minds, they don’t come from “We the People.” In fact, in their minds, there is no “We the People” at all; it’s just "We the Washington insiders." And they like it like that.

That’s quite obvious considering how they’ve legislated everyday American life into knots and gnarls… while creating multiple loopholes for themselves to crawl out of.

Wildly unpopular and hazardous healthcare mandates? Congress doesn’t have to live or die with it.

Easy ways to make a buck through insider trading? Congress can; we can’t.

Heck, even when it comes to exceedingly cut and dry issues, government somehow manages to bypass its own laws. For instance, so far, has anybody seen any mention of former New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine going to jail for his heavy hand in the giant, money-laundering mess that has been MF Global for years now?

Yet catch any of us normal folks moving a toe – even unintentionally! – over legislator’s ridiculous lines and watch them throw every book they have at us.

For proof of that, just ask Carlos Rafael, a boat owner in the New Bedford, MA fishing community. He thought he struck it rich when his crew informed him they had accidentally caught an 881-pound bluefin tuna, which would go for a very pretty penny.

Considering the intricate netting of laws that govern every aspect of American life these days, it shouldn’t come as any surprise that fishermen have to have special permits for just about everything they do, including catching tuna.

But Rafael was ready for the exceedingly slim possibility of doing just that; he had been buying tuna permits for the last four years just in case. And as soon as he heard the good news, he immediately called the bluefin tuna hot line (Yes, government really does think of everything.) to report the catch just like he was supposed to.

Unfortunately, that was his big mistake, because apparently, the money he shelled out on those tuna permits only covered tuna caught with a rod and reel, not nets like his men used. And so the authorities were waiting to take the tuna away when his boat pulled up to shore.

For anybody who cares to know, that’s the problem with U.S. politicians.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Congress’ Super Committee Proves a Failure… No Big Surprise There

So much for Congress’ so-called Super Committee proving worthwhile.

For that matter, so much for Congress in general proving worthwhile.

Just as every sane, thoughtful person predicted, Democrat and Republican members of the recently formed and utterly pointless band of supposed problem solvers couldn’t agree on what to cut and what to save in the latest budget battle.

I’d love to blame the Democrats for this latest batch of insanity, but let’s face it: Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner helped create and forcibly pass the deal that created the Super Committee, insisting that it was the best possible plan available.

Yeah. Right. Sure. And magic feathers work outside of Disney cartoons.

It’s amazing that these people ever made it past middle school, much less obtained their bachelors and beyond.

Republican legislators assured their base months ago that they had rigged the debt debates so that cuts had to be made one way or the other. Yet they somehow didn’t foresee a problem in the fact that, if the Super Committee couldn’t play nice like big girls and boys, a decent chunk of that $1.2 trillion in proposed savings would be automatically taken from the military.

That was supposed to propel both sides into agreement, as if the average Democrat politician would have a problem with weakening our national defenses even more than we’ve already done.

I’d ask what Republicans were thinking, but that would assume they have the capability to think at all… and I’m not willing to take that for granted anymore.

Now we’re going to have to hear about their “talks” for the next month at least. Fox News writes:

“Failure by Congress’ debt-cutting Super Committee to recommend $1.2 trillion in savings by Wednesday is supposed to automatically trigger spending cuts in the same amount to accomplish that job.

“But the same legislators who concocted that budgetary booby trap just four months ago could end up spending the 2012 election year and beyond battling over defusing it.”

One more reason to look forward to 2013… when hopefully a number of these ridiculous people will be out of a job and out of our hair.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Occupy Wall Street Terrifies NYC School Children and Other Interesting News

Let’s do a crazy Friday blog, where I try to fit in everything newsworthy that’s caught my attention into one single (potentially) cohesive commentary.

First up is Occupy Wall Street, which went berserk on little kiddies yesterday. CBS reports how the “Tiny Tots, Some As Young As 4, [were] Overwhelmed By [the] Hostility, [and] Crush of Humanity.”

Of course, the protesters weren’t there specifically to frighten small children on their way to school. But they certainly didn’t object to scaring them either as the students and their parents braved “a gauntlet of… yelling and chanting – some kicking and screaming” so-called adults to get to their classes on the other side of the street.

The NYPD even had to help escort the children through while some protestors chanted, “follow those kids!” Why, I’m not sure, and considering the maladjusted behavior these people have displayed throughout their mini movement, I really don’t want to speculate.

99 of their fellow idiots also blocked traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge, prompting cops to arrest 275 people between there and Zuccotti Park. No wonder Karl Rove called them cowards when they interrupted his speech at Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins University, adding: “Do not be so arrogant and presumptive to think that you’re the only person who has a First Amendment right that needs to be heard.”

They are that “arrogant and presumptive” though, as well as disease ridden. St. Louis Health Director Pam Walker blames dating sites for increased STDs, but I think it could just as easily be blamed on the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Not so much for the fact that one in four American women apparently relies on medication for mental disorders. That, I think, lies squarely at the feet of a society that promotes women as victims twice-over: persuading them to be mere sexual outlets for men and then encouraging them to feel the victim when exactly that happens.

Thanks for that disturbing conundrum, liberals. It makes just as much sense as vilifying the rich, then allowing General Electric to pay little to no taxes for two years running.

That’s what happens though when you’re buddies with President Obama, who, by the way, has proven incapable of opening a door on two occasions now… twice as much as President Bush.

In all fairness, maybe that’s because First Lady Michelle won’t let him eat anything to keep his brain working properly. The woman is an annoying menace, and apparently the role model of Christopher and Mary Sultze, who were so concerned with childhood obesity that they starved their newborn baby for months to keep her from getting fat.

Welcome to the world of liberal thinking.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Money We Don’t Have and Things We Don’t Need

Here’s a pop quiz for you on this lovely day-before-Friday morning:

1. Why does United States Attorney General Eric Holder need “five days on the taxpayer’s dime hopping around Caribbean islands in the name of improving law enforcement in the region?” as Daily Beast writer John Solomon so aptly asks.

2. Why would he especially be doing this right after President Obama outlined his new austerity plan to cut down on government spending?

3. Why does the United States government need to employ 65,000 TSA workers in airports all across the country, when they’ve allowed a collective 25,000 security breaches in the past decade, including the Underwear Bomber?

4. Why does the United States Department of Energy dole out money to haphazard visionaries with sketchy business plans as if taxpayer money grows on trees?

And a bonus question: Why did we bail out General Motors when it was just going to suck up and shred taxpayer money – now $9 billion and probably rising – like there was no tomorrow to worry about?

For Q1, you can argue that Eric Holder doesn’t feel like dealing with the aftermath of his disastrous Fast and Furious gun running scheme. As for Q2, let’s face it: Obama’s rules and regulations don’t apply to his friends, cronies or fellow liberals, which exempts Holder three times over.

Q3’s answer should read something along the lines of “Because they say so. So there! Now shut up and get back in line to be photographed naked and possibly catch cancer.” And Q4 comes down to this: Obama’s buddies need their money somehow, right?

Of course, I’ll also except the following blanket answers for all of them, including the bonus question: The government is incompetent, the government doesn’t respect the people, or the government just really doesn’t want to face the facts … despite all of the evidence piling higher and higher around it like so many stacked notices of payment due.

Hedge fund legend Mark Mobius stated the extreme obvious when he predicted the certainty of “another financial crisis around the corner because we haven’t solved any of the things that caused the previous crisis.” That much is extremely obvious, considering the state of the Western world.

Things just keep getting worse in Europe, with Spain’s 10-year debt costs hitting new highs and so many other countries in the euro zone on the ropes as well. And now Fitch Ratings says that, “Unless the euro zone debt crisis is resolved in a timely and orderly manner, the broad credit outlook for the U.S. banking industry could worsen.”

There’s no quick way out of this mess, but there’s still two very obvious steps we can take right away: Stop spending money we don’t have on things we don’t need and then kick the bums out.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Man Who Throws Shoe at George Bush Declared Hero; Man Who Shoots at Obama’s White House Declared Mentally Ill

Last week, apparently somebody took a shot or two at the White House from the Washington Mall, with one bullet even hitting a window. ABC reports: “The round was stopped by ballistic glass behind the historic exterior glass, while an additional round has been found on the exterior of the White House.”

The news service was also quick to assure everyone that the 21-year-old suspect, Oscar Ramiro Ortega, is thought to be mentally ill. After all, why else would anybody – outside of the deranged Tea Party racist types, of course – want to attack Barack Obama, the beloved leader of the free world?

Especially a Hispanic? Clearly, if he doesn’t recognize all of the good things Obama has done for minorities, he must be deranged!

Right? Of course! No other way to look at it. Moving on now…

But let’s play pretend and say that Ortega – who has a long rap sheet for such things as domestic violence and drug charges – went to Washington to shoot the Bush White House instead.

If that had happened, he would have been hailed as a hero.

News agencies would have noted Bush’s unpopularity amongst minorities – and in general – and then gone on to list all of the grievances America’s oppressed had against the President, including Katrina (which Bush clearly sent since he “hates black people” like Kanye West said).

They would have gone into detail about Ortega’s difficult upbringing, what he had to suffer, how he tried so hard to succeed and how Bush just wouldn’t give him a chance. And, let’s face it, they would have all but praised him for taking more than pot shots at the President.

We know that because of how the news agencies covered the shoe-throwing incident in Iraq not all that long ago.

Instead, since this is Obama residing in the posh place, the media covers up the story for a decent week and then explains it away as a simply irrational act made by an irrational person.

Now don’t get me wrong; I’m not saying that Ortega isn’t mentally disturbed. And one way or the other, I hope that they find him and lock him up where he can’t shoot at anybody again, including President Obama.

I’m just saying that it’s hard not to notice the difference in coverage.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Further Proof that Occupy Wall Streeters Are Insane and Celebrities Don’t Care about the Little People Like They Say They Do

It’s becoming evermore clear that the Occupy Wall Street movement is filled with some of the whiniest losers ever to inhabit the planet.

If they were animals (which is a possibility considering that they poop on the sidewalk like dogs), they would have been picked off ages ago by predators who were taking easy advantage of the sorriest pickings available.

Then again, maybe they’d just kill each other off naturally – since they seem to have no problem turning on each other – or more than likely just starve to death, since they have no idea how to do anything useful or intelligent.

They highlighted all three negative characteristics when superstar rapper Jay-Z promoted one of the newest editions to his clothing line, Rocawear: a t-shirt that features the slogan: “Occupy All Streets” in support of his (less rich, less cool, less intelligent) fellow thugs camped out in cities around the country.

Occupy Wall Streeters went nuts (more than they already are, that is) over the merchandise. And then they went even more insane when Rocawear issued a statement that it hadn’t agreed to give any of the proceeds to the whiny bunch of self-made losers.

One Occupy Wall Street leader roared that making bling off the $22 shirts was “an insult to the fight for economic civil rights.” Forget the fact that, as businessman Russell Simmons noted, the merchandise “did a good fun thing to promote awareness.”

Oh no, Occupy Wall Street wants more.

They always want more. When it comes down to it, they’re more greedy than the rich, “fat cats” they’re protesting. At least the rich, fat cats do something to earn their money; OWS mainly stands there and whines (and goes to the bathroom on the sidewalk).

Besides, how do they think Jay-Z got the money to start Rocawear in the first place? By standing there and whining (and going to the bathroom on the sidewalk)?

Of course, it’s not completely and totally Occupy Wall Street’s fault that they automatically think that celebrities would give them the shirt off their back (Ha ha! Get? Get it?). After all, Hollywood likes to cultivate a certain image of being an all-caring community that supports the underdog, whether they be whiny losers (OWS), pedophiles and rapists (Woody Allen, Roman Polanski), or just plain, all-around, brain-dead, vapid viruses with no grasp on reality (fill in the blank).

Yet when it comes down to it, celebrities are really looking out for number one.

It kinda makes one think that Occupy Wall Street and Hollywood deserve each other.

Monday, November 14, 2011

President Obama Sees Progress in Sanctions against Iran… and Possibly Still Believes in Santa Clause too

If President Obama isn’t trying to mislead the country, then that’s a really sad commentary on his intellectual prowess, or lack thereof.

Along with calling the U.S. “a little bit lazy” in the business arena, President Obama apparently thinks that international sanctions against Iran are really working. Worse yet, he wants to consult China and Russia before going forward with any new plans to dissuade the hardcore Islamist nation from building a nuclear bomb.

I really hope for his sake that he’s really just nefarious and not that nearly that stupid at all. Because all of the available evidence strongly suggests – if not shouts from the mountaintops – that Iran could care less about its international law… and that Russia and China are comfy, cozy, slutty in its bed.

Haven’t we had enough proof by now that Russia and China not only really dislike the U.S. but are also going so far as to help Iran by way of selling them weapons… despite the supposedly airtight sanctions?

Haven’t we also had enough proof that Iran doesn’t respect anything but force? When we offer hands of friendship, professionalism or even common courtesy, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his regime simply bite our hands like rabid dogs.

Case in point: Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi says he see “no more point in making additional concessions” regarding his country’s hotly contested nuclear program, even though he and his haven’t made any notable concessions throughout this entire process!

If anything, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says, Iran is even closer to producing an atom bomb than everybody would like to think.

And yet we keep relying on the same methods to woo the hate-mongering, reality-denying, tyrannical regime from the dark side, begging a very simple but very important question: Why?

Honestly, I’m not sure if it would be better for the United States if the answer was “Because Obama is an incompetent fool” or “Because Obama is out to destroy the America most of us know, love and vastly benefit from.”

Again, for his sake, I’m hoping that it’s the former.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Joe Arpaio Says There’s No Difference Between Obama Supporters and Mexican Drug Cartels… Chris Rock Proves Otherwise

Arizona’s Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is well used to controversy. The self-described “America’s toughest sheriff” almost welcomes it with his letter-of-the-law stance on immigration so close to the Mexican border.

“I’m a controversial guy,” he freely admits, and he’s inviting even more controversy now that he’s conducting an official investigation into Barack Obama’s eligibility to be president of the United States. This includes determining whether Obama is using an illegal Social Security number and birth certificate.

“I’ve got the drug cartels from Mexico sending me death threats and now I have the Obama supporters sending me death threats,” Arpaio told WND news. “I’m not sure which are worse.”

But let’s face it: There is a difference. The Mexican drug cartels, after all, are more than willing to put their money where their mouths are. Most of the Obama supporters, on the other hand, would just dance on Arpaio’s grave after somebody else offed him.

Not to mention that the Mexican drug cartels actually make sense (maybe because they say less and shoot more) in a non-ethical kind-of way. Obama supporters like supposed comedian Chris Rock don’t even come close.

Rock excuses the President’s disappointing performance this far since there’s apparently a “f*cking art to the first term… It’s like Clinton’s first term. You can’t really do your gangsta sh*t until your second term… Even Bush couldn’t really f*ck up the world until his second term. That’s when he put the hammer down.”

Actually, Clinton tried his “gangsta sh*t” during his first term… and was soundly rebuked for it in the mid-term elections. And Bush got us into both Iraq and Afghanistan – two of his biggest cardinal sins, according to Liberals – before the 2004 elections.

Clearly, Chris Rock is an all-around moron, a trait he went on to highlight in great detail:

“The last George Bush we had was the first cable TV president we had. And what I mean by that… he was the first president that was only president to the people that voted for him. He did not give a f*ck about the people that didn’t vote for him. Obama is actually trying to be president to the whole country and there’s a lot of compromise being president to the whole country… In a weird way our complaints about Obama is because we miss Bush. We miss hating somebody. We miss the guy who didn’t give a f*ck… Bush didn’t give a f*ck about us. He just really, really didn’t. We want revenge; we don’t want justice. That’s the problem with the Democrats. We want revenge.”

I’d ask somebody – Maybe the Mexican drug cartels? – to translate Rock’s rambling, but it would be one giant waste of both of our time.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

How the Liberals Stole Christmas

How do liberals celebrate Christmas?

Well, let’s just say it isn’t with eggnog, nativity sets and good cheer. They’re much more interested in handing out extra taxes to rich and poor alike than presents or kisses under the mistletoe.

The Heritage Foundation reported yesterday that: “President Obama’s Agriculture Department today announced that it will impose a new 15-cent charge on all fresh Christmas trees – the Christmas Tree Tax – to support a new Federal program to improve the image and marketing of Christmas trees.”

Please somebody tell me what in the world that even means!

Do we really need government holding our hands and helping us pick out just the right tree? Maybe they can take us home afterwards, make us sugar-free hot chocolate (Without the marshmallows, of course. Michelle wouldn’t approve.) and tuck us into bed with a revised version of A Christmas Carol… where Scrooge goes on counting his money and Tiny Tim starves to death.

Here’s a simple way to “improve the image and marketing of Christmas Trees”… Don’t tax them!

And – Bonus! – here’s a simple way to keep the spirit of Christmas in general: Don’t make things difficult for charitable organizations. I.e. don’t make a fuss about the Air Force Academy promoting Operation Christmas Child, even if it does include a Christian message and is sponsored by an evangelical Christian group.

Who cares!

Apparently Mikey Weinstein does, since he accused AFA commanders of unprofessional and unconstitutional behavior, as well as “arrogance beyond measure” for promoting the Christmas program, which sends toys and necessities to impoverished children around the world.

Seriously, if this is how liberals celebrate Christmas, with shades of Ceasar Augustus and the pre-reformed Ebenezer Scrooge, I’d hate to see how they celebrate Easter…

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

President Obama May Talk the Christian Talk (Sometimes) but He Walks a Different Walk Much More Often Than Not

Once upon a time, Barack Hussein Obama (mmm… mmm… mmm) went out of his way to declare himself a Christian.

But of course, that was then (during the wooing phase) and this is now (during the you’re-married-to-me-and-better-do-what-I-say-or-else stage).

Oh, the President still gives lip service occasionally. While pushing his so-called jobs bill (again) last week, he chastised the House of Representatives for passing a bill to keep “In God We Trust” as the official U.S. motto.

“That’s not putting people back to work,” he mocked. “I trust in God, but God wants to see us help ourselves by putting people back to work.”

Incidentally, press secretary Jay Carney went on to defend his boss for the remarks by claiming that the Bible specifically says: “The Lord helps those who help themselves.” Clearly, Carney last opened a Bible around the time Obama consulted the Christian God.

The same can be said for the rest of Obama’s administration, who seem far more worried about offending people who have a problem with Christianity than anything else. Take the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management, which thinks that adding FDR’s D-Day prayer to the National Mall’s WWII Memorial would “dilute” its message and interfere with its ability to “inspire” visitors.

As if Christianity is something to be ashamed about.

Yet in matters of foreign aid, the U.S. doesn’t think it dilutes anything to shell out money to the Islamic parties taking over in countries like Egypt and Libya. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton just declared yesterday that, even though “there will be times when not all of our interests align” (Like maybe when they want to kill us?!!), the Obama administration will support the new governments as legitimate and respectable.

No such consideration, however, is given to our long-time ally, Israel, whom the Bible declares to be God’s chosen and beloved. At the G20 summit recently, President Obama and his French counterpart, Nicholas Sarkozy accidentally publicly admitted their joint dislike of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

When Sarkozy grumbled that he couldn’t stand Netanyahu, Obama replied: You’re fed up with him? I have to deal with him every day!”

Obama’s actions and attitude very clearly do not align themselves with Christian values. But I wouldn’t be too hasty in pegging him as a devout Muslim either.

Honestly, if I had to guess at Obama’s religion, I’d say he worships himself.

Monday, November 7, 2011

The Heritage Foundation Takes on Failed Liberal Ideas

The countdown has officially begun: It’s exactly one year away from elections 2012, and the Heritage Foundation has prepared a little quiz to help U.S. voters everywhere see how very flawed liberal thinking really is.

Admittedly, “failure” and “liberal” are so close to synonymous that it seems pointless to put the one in front of the other, but for certain kinds of people, I guess you can never be too clear.

You can take the quiz at http://www.failedliberalideas.com/, where you’ll learn fascinating facts about the War on Poverty, like the fact that it “spawned a welfare mentality that has trapped the poor in a web of dependency, spent $16 trillion – without making a dent in the poverty rate – and will burn through another $10.3 trillion over the next 10 years.”

Also on the list of failed liberal ideas are:
  • The U.S. Department of Education
  • The U.S. Department of Energy
  • The Community Reinvestment Act
  • Immigration Reform (liberal-style)

Each one has failed miserably in accomplishing its original agenda – or at least the agendas they purport to have – bloated government, intruded on individual rights, sucked up taxpayer money, and just generally been a giant waste of time and effort.

No big surprise there. But it's still good to see just how bad the situation is now that we're getting so close to being able to do something about it.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Why the Herman Cain Sexual Harassment Scandal Isn’t Doing Women Any Favors

As a woman, I’m beginning to get really annoyed with the media’s handling of the sexual harassment charges against Herman Cain. This prolonged lip service to the individual women involved and their so-far sketchy accusations aren’t doing womankind any favors.

Quite the opposite in fact. This whole media circus – regardless of whether the accusations are true or not – is making a joke of sexual harassment and what it is to be a woman in general.

Being a woman means struggling for respect in the workplace a little bit more than men do, since we not only have to think about our performance but also the way we dress, and the way we approach our male colleagues and bosses concerning ideas or issues (since, let’s face it, an opinionated man is much more likely to be considered a leader than an opinionated woman, who more often than not gets the you-know-what label). We even have to worry about the way we walk, since some men think that if our hips naturally sway when we’re moving, we’re intentionally giving them excuses to behave like pigs.

That’s why being a woman means taking especially careful notice when we’re walking by alleys or leaving work for the parking lot or stranded on the side of the road. It means calling friends to come drive us less than a mile down the road – an easy walk – to go get our cars from the mechanic in broad daylight because the area is just slightly sketchy.

And it means shutting up and taking crude comments, crude looks and even a few crude touches now and again from the men around us, whether it’s the cocky thug in the mall or the suited coworker down the hall. Because the alternative mess for dealing with such small violations just isn’t worth it.

That’s what it means.

Now don’t get me wrong, because it also means a lot of great stuff, and I wouldn’t trade being female for anything. (Well, maybe just for a day to see what really goes on in men’s brains.) I also fully acknowledge that men face pressures and conflicts that most women don’t, and I seriously respect the ones who take each of those challenges head on and still come out as, well, men.

… In other words, not the kind of people who capitalize on the usual imbalances in life for political purposes, which is exactly what is happening with Herman Cain right now. The total lack of clarity in the accusations against him from the women and the lawyers and the media is just making things even harder for women everywhere.

If the charges are true, then the women should make up their minds to either step forward with the full details or shut up entirely. This wishy-washy back and forth and in-between isn’t progressing women’s rights at all; it’s just throwing their stories into a very bad light and portraying women everywhere as gold-digging little hussies who are asking for it.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

And the Most Incompetent Criminals Ever Award Goes to…

Call me sick and twisted, but I find this story far too amusing not to mention:

Meet Tyree Seegers, Omar Villota and Johel Gomez, three incompetent criminals who thought it’d be a great idea to go into U.S. Chicken in Patterson, New Jersey and carry out what appeared to be completely pointless attacks.

And it all got blatantly caught on camera.

Seegers and Gomez confronted their first victim as he was trying to leave the restaurant, giving Villota time to come up and pistol whip the man in the back of his head. They exit the scene scuffling with each other.

But a few minutes later, the trio reappears on tape dragging a struggling second man back inside, where they proceed to punch him repeatedly in the face.

Now getting all of this caught on a live video feed without the cover of ski masks or some other disguise is really pretty stupid. But apparently, they weren’t satisfied with just being pointlessly violent incompetent wastes of breath. No, they had bigger goals… like shooting for the Darwin Awards (though they ultimately failed at that too. Maybe an honorary mention is deserved?).

Somehow outfitted with a machete all of a sudden, Seegers starts swinging the weapon at the victim over a dozen times. And as the local CBS News puts it: “During one of his swings, he chops into Villota, who is continually pistol-whipping the victim. Seegers nearly severs Villota’s right arm, leaving a blood trail that the cops used to track them down.”

See what I mean? Clearly, these men are out to prove that we all really did evolve from less intelligent life forms… and that we can revert right back without too much effort.

And they deserve even more points for incompetence since the victim wasn’t even seriously injured in the sustained attack thanks to Seegers’ unfathomably pathetic machete skills.

So even though all three hoodlums didn’t manage to make it into the Darwin Awards, I think we can all agree they definitely deserve a permanent place in the annals of FMyLife.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Herman Cain vs. the Woman Issue

As a female, I’m particularly partial to the feminine perspective. And I’ll flat-out admit that I’ve been known to take the girls’ side with little to no factual basis before.

Like the whole Duke University stripper affair, where I thought the frat boys involved were guilty as hell. Even now that their accuser has been proven a piece of lying trash, I still have a hard time feeling bad for the lads since they hired her in the first place.

In my book, even that legal form of objectification makes them worthy of my derision regardless of what else did or did not happen. I believe that women deserve respect, including the God-given right to be seen as something more than a HPOA.

In addition, I’ve been on the receiving end of sexual harassment before (saying “victim” sounds far too melodramatic for anything not involving direct threats or hands-on activity), so I understand how frustrating and uncomfortable it is to get unwanted attention.

But I’m still having a hard time accepting the accusations of sexual harassment or sexual impropriety against GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain.

Let me be blunt: I like Herman Cain and I think he’d make a great president… and not just compared to Obama, since that isn’t saying much. Now let me be blunt again: I like being female more than I like Herman Cain.

Yet – while I don’t want to lightly dismiss a woman’s claim of sexual harassment – the truth is there is good reason to doubt it happened considering several factors, including society’s tendency to look out for number one and the mainstream media’s habits.

Let’s face it: People with big money can make easy targets for the less scrupulous. Just look at all of the sports players who have been accused of sexual improprieties, only to have the accusers later admit that they lied. (My Steeler’s Ben Rothlesberger excluded, since I’m still on the fence about that case and I think he’s a dumb slut regardless.)

Perhaps more importantly, look at the way the mainstream media lobs false accusations and baseless derision at conservatives all the time, while ignoring or excusing such pathetic liberals as Anthony Weiner, Elliot Spitzer, John Edwards and, yes, Bill Clinton, who was accused how many times of sexual harassment, sexual assault and flat-out rape?

That’s why, even if Herman Cain’s accusers step forward with details of their allegations as the one woman apparently hopes to in the days ahead, I’m still going to have to give my vote to Herman Cain over my ladies on this one unless I get stark proof of indecency.

Until then, Herman Cain unashamedly remains my candidate of choice.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

It's Looking Like the Greek Bailout Might Need a Bailout too

You know, it was just last month – just last week! – that Europe announced it had reached a solution to keep Greece from sliding into official bankruptcy (as opposed to unofficial bankruptcy, which – let’s face it – it’s already in).

Everybody rejoiced, the markets rallied and people breathed a sigh of relief knowing that the problem was covered up (with a very thin blanked, mind you) for the time being. Maybe not for very long, but it didn’t have to be dealt with again right away at least.

And why do something today that can be dealt with tomorrow… especially when tomorrow never comes?

After three years of throwing money into one black hole after another, nobody with even a smidgen of common sense believed that this latest round of lunacy was going to work long-term. But it turns out that it might very well not work short-term either.

The UK’s Telegraph predicted as much just on Saturday in a piece entitled “Why the latest eurozone bail-out is destined to fail within weeks.” Economic agenda writer Liam Halligan said that “the responses of our politicians to recent financial troubles – hiding behind complexity and kicking the can down the road – have not only failed to temper the volatility, but have actually made it much worse.”

Politicians making things worse: Whooda thunk?

They’re like little children trying to avoid punishment by making up one really stupid, obvious lie to cover up another really stupid, obvious lie to explain away the living room lamp that they broke when they conveniently even though they knew they weren’t supposed to be playing ball there in the first place.

If you want the nitty gritty details of just how royally they messed things up this time, feel free to read the rest of Halligan’s comments on the subject. But be aware that it might sound like a lot of technical gobbledygook, mainly because it is, since politicians convoluted the whole situation long before the 2008 global financial meltdown.

The situation doesn’t have to be convoluted though, or at least not any more so. Greece was naughty and spent money it never had – mainly on social spending, union pensions and the like – so now it needs to face the consequences.

I think I speak for many when I beg the eurozone to just let Greece fail already! Because everybody knows it’s going to happen eventually anyway.