Thursday, September 26, 2013

IRS Steals Even More Money From Us Through Obamacare

Americans for Tax Reform has some interesting news out today.

According to a news report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), the IRS doesn’t know what happened to $67 million out of a $1 billion slush fund set aside to enforce Obamacare.

It’s vanished. Into thin air.

Government has a way of doing that with money, doesn’t it? So it’s really no big surprise what else is fishy about the IRS’s role in Obamacare.

As TIGTA discovered and Americans for Tax Reform reported, several dozen IRSemployees have been abusing their travel privileges, taking trips and billing it to taxpayers without proper authorization.

Maybe that’s where the $67 million went?

But probably not. The cash for those trips were probably embezzled from some other stash of taxpayer cash the IRS keeps around for its unethical employees to use on frivolous personal expenditures.

Besides, let’s face the harsh truth: $67 million isn’t anything compared to what Americans are going to lose as Obamacare is fully implemented. Nor am I just talking about finances.

Our healthcare system is going to suffer significantly under the ridiculously restrictive rules and regulations coming our way… and so will our freedom.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

House of Representatives Gives Deceased Senator’s Millionaire Wife $174,000 Gift

Did you know that when a lawmaker dies, his or her family gets a sizable taxpayer-funded donation?

No? Don’t worry. Before this morning, neither did I.

But today, the cat’s out of the bag. We now know that our lawmakers aren’t content to rob us blind during their lifetimes… They want to cheat us all the way past the grave too.

At this point, it’s apparently “tradition” to do so.

Breitbart reports that “The late Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) left an estate worth around $60 million to his wife, but that didn’t stop the House of Representatives’ latest spending bill from putting in a ‘gift’ of $174,000 to the wealthy widow.”

Even if $174,000 here and $174,000 there (and there… and there… and there…) didn’t easily add up to eventual millions, that’s just ridiculous. While I’m sorry for Mrs. Lautenberg’s loss, that doesn’t make her entitled to more taxpayer money than her husband doubtlessly frittered away during his lifetime.

If the House really wants to give her a gift, representatives should do the right thin and reach into their own pockets to do so.

Because we know that, unlike the federal government, most of them have at least a few hundred dollars to spare for a charitable – or frivolous – cause.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

But Al Gore, It’s Cold Outside

It’s cold outside.

Like cold enough that I considered going back inside to grab my winter jacket this morning.

And cold enough it could be late November instead of late September.

Please explain that, Al Gore.

Better yet, please don’t. Just stop insulting my intelligence.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Nancy Pelosi Says There’s No Room to Cut Back on Government Spending

How do we know that Nancy Pelosi is either utterly incompetent or a gigantic, unflinching, unapologetic liar?

Because she says stuff like this about Republicans’ efforts to cut back on government spending:

“The cupboard is bare. There’s no more cuts to make. It’s really important that people understand that.”

That’s how we know.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Washington Income Rises While the Rest of the Country Suffers

The Wall Street Journal just summed up exactly what is wrong with the nation. Here’s the article in full:

“American incomes have tumbled over the last decade. But for many people in Washington, D.C., it’s been something of a party.

“The income of the typical D.C. household rose 23.3% between 2000 and 2012 to an inflation-adjusted $66,583, according to the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, its most comprehensive snapshot of America’s demographic, social and economic trends. During this period, median household incomes for the nation as a whole dropped 6.6% — from $55,030 to $51,371. The state of Mississippi, which had one of the biggest declines, dropped 15% to $37,095: Nearly one in three people there have an income that is near the poverty line.

“The Washington, D.C. metro area — which includes the surrounding suburbs in Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia — has it even better, with a median household income of $88,233 that ranks highest among the U.S.’s 25 most populous metro areas. Tampa, Florida’s median income, by contrast, is under $45,000.

“D.C. isn’t the only gainer, of course. Four U.S. states saw real income increases between 2000 and 2012, including North Dakota, which saw a 17% jump, thanks to its oil-and-gas boom. But a whopping 35 states saw declines, including Indiana (-13%), Georgia (-14%), and Michigan (-19%).

“As the Journal has noted recently, the U.S.’s lethargic economic recovery is hindering income growth, depriving citizens of spending power and leaving many stuck in poverty.

“But D.C. — which wasn’t hit as hard as other major U.S. cities by the 2007-2009 recession — is a different story. Its local economy is expanding faster than the broader nation, and its property market is soaring, thanks in part to increased federal-government spending and an influx of federal contractors, lawyers and consultants.

“There is, however, a dark side to D.C.’s relative prosperity.

“The share of people in D.C. experiencing what’s called ‘deep poverty’ — incomes that are 50% below the poverty line — actually rose between 2000 and 2012 from 9.4% to 10.4%. Forty-five U.S. states saw this rate rise over the same time period. But D.C.’s rate is the highest in the country, beating out Mississippi.”

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Scientists Successfully Predict Miley Cyrus Debacle But Get Everything Else Wrong

I’ve decided that earth-focused scientists are overall a bunch of idiots who are desperately trying to prove themselves superior, all the while setting themselves up for countless failures.

Of course, this isn’t a scientists-only issue. Any group – or individual – that adopts arrogance as a prime personality trait isn’t doing itself any favors. Just look at Washington and how much it’s mucked up the economy, women’s rights, minorities’ rights, rights in general, education, immigration, the military, international issues, the budget… and the list goes on.

That’s because Washington is filled with arrogant people who want to pretend they know better than everyone else about everything else. It doesn’t matter how many times they fail in this quest to gain personal fulfillment by demeaning others; they’ll still get right back up and try it again.

Sadly, since science and politics are all-too closely entwined these days – some might even say incestuous – scientists have developed the same exact disease, probably from smooching up to their political funders one too many times.

Clearly, this is contagious. So if you want a quick moral to the story: Stay as far away from politicians and scientists as possible if you don’t want to turn into an idiot too.

Just as clearly, it’s rather annoying. Especially when they raise the alarm that Oh no! The earth is heating up at an exponential rate and all the baby seals are going to die and the polar bears are set to drown and people will starve to death due to extreme temperatures at both ends of the scale and droughts and too much rain and hurricanes and tornados and an influx of articles about Miley Cyrus being an inappropriate hoochie. Oh the horrors!!!!

I’ll admit that the whole Miley Cyrus thing is giving me a bit of a headache, but otherwise, ho hum. So far, life seems rather normal to me… rather like it has ever since scientists started raising the alarm about global warming/climate change/seasonal temperature fluctuations.

While scientists haven’t piped down about that subject despite a growing public numbness to the debate (possibly because we’re a bit on the chilly side due to all the record lows set this year), they also added another alarmist call to the mix earlier in the year…

2013, they said, was going to see an extreme uptick in solar activity, which would severely mess with power grids and communication systems.

Except, like global warming, that never happened. Quite the opposite, actually. While 2013 is hardly over yet, so far solar activity has dropped to a 100-year low.

Why do we keep listening to these idiots?

P.S. Scientists didn’t really predict the Miley Cyrus MTV 2013 VMA Music Awards ridiculousness, of course. But it seemed mean not to give them credit for something.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Obamacare Forces Government Into Your Bedroom With Questions About Your Sex Life

It wasn’t until about two months ago that I started noticing bumper stickers in support of Obamacare. Most of the ones I’ve seen say unsurprisingly stupid stuff like “I Love Obamacare” or, even more immaturely, “I Y Obamacare.” Like they’re in fifth grade or something.

Incidentally, these are also the bumpers that display such stickers as “What Would Jesus Bomb?” and “GOP: Government Small Enough to Fit Inside Your Uterus.”

Lovely, right? And they make so much sense too… in the same way that doctors asking you about your sex life when you see them about a cold makes sense.

In other words, not at all. Though that’s what we’ve come to expect from Washington, especially when it comes to the overly liberal, exceedingly pushy, utterly arrogant nanny state government President Obama runs… which now wants to know all about your bedroom activities.

“‘Are you sexually active? If so, with one partner, multiple partners or same-sex partners?’

“Be ready to answer those questions and more the next time you go to the doctor, whether it’s the dermatologist or the cardiologist and no matter if the questions are unrelated to why you’re seeking medical help. And you can thank the Obama health law.

“‘This is nasty business,’ says New York cardiologist Dr. Adam Budzikowski. He called the sex questions ‘insensitive, stupid and very intrusive.’ He couldn’t think of an occasion when a cardiologist would need such information – but he knows he’ll be pushed to ask for it.

“The president’s ‘reforms’ aim to turn doctors into government agents, pressuring them financially to ask question they consider inappropriate and unnecessary, and to violate their Hippocratic Oath to keep patients’ records confidential.”

Apparently, doctors that don’t hand over such personal information will get slapped with financial penalties starting in 2015. The Department of Health and Human Services will oversee the naughty and nice lists, of course, rather like something out of a George Orwell novel.

Dr. Richard Amerling, a nephrologist and associate professor at Albert Einstein Medical College, complains that the new requirements are akin to “an interrogation.” Again, 1984 anybody?

I wonder if the liberals who so proudly claim to love Obamacare understand that it’s exactly what they accuse the GOP of being: sex police, bursting into the bedroom and pulling back the covers to judge everyone’s most intimate moments.

I imagine there’ll be a lot of people ruing past decisions fairly soon, possibly none more so than the Obamacare bumper sticker barers on the road these days.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Are the Washington Redskins Really Racist? Or Is “One Person” Just Oversensitive?

Sports teams’ names have been coming under fire for a while now, with the Washington Redskins arguably taking the most flak.

It seems that their name – which they take pride in; which their fans proudly wear on shirts, hats, jackets, socks, etc.; which is screamed enthusiastically from stands and couches alike whenever they play – is offensive to Indians. Oops. I mean Native Americans.

Stupid Columbus.

Personally, I don’t get how the name is offensive at all. Forget the love and loyalty the brand inspires (ok, yes, and animosity from their rivals, but that’s beside the point). When was the last time you heard “redskins” used for anything other than the Washington D.C. football team?

I mean, really.

As slurs go, it’s archaic, rather like scallywags. And who wouldn’t want to name a sports team “The Scallywags”? How fun would that be!

Or not, as that might hurt an actual scallywag’s feelings. And if even one scallywag gets upset, then we need to take it seriously. That’s according to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who says, “We have to listen. If one person is offended, we have to listen.”

Now, I’m all for taking peoples’ sensibilities into consideration. If I’m inviting a vegetarian over for dinner, I’m not going to cook with meat. If I’m in a Muslim country, I’m not going to wear shorts and a tank top. And if I’m in Baltimore, I’m not going to proudly proclaim my Steelers fandom. (Though that’s mainly because I don’t want to be shot.)

But there’s a point where changing your life to accommodate other people gets a bit ridiculous.

For example, there are people who are afraid of the color black. It’s called melanophobia. Does that mean I should stop wearing my black work slacks, my black-background t-shirts or that awesome dress I look so good in?

While I feel sorry for melanophobics, that is their irrational issue they need to deal with, not mine. So I’m not going to change the color of my wardrobe one bit.

Getting up in arms by the term “Redskins” in this context is just as silly and, quite possibly, something those offended need to talk to a shrink about as well.

It’s oversensitive silliness like that – and the fawning accommodation of such, as in the case of Roger Goodell – that is contributing to the breakdown of American liberties every year.

If we keep changing to suit “one person” here and “one person” there, we’re not going to have the choice to change much longer.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

The Million Muslim March and Other Interesting News Tidbits

Today is a bit of a slow news day, so instead of focusing on one single story, I’m going to cover a small hodge-podge of info all supporting my usual “America needs to wake up” message.

First up, yesterday’s so-called and ill-fated Million Muslim March. Led by the American Muslim Political Action Committee, the event was meant to highlight the U.S. government’s failure “to protect and promote Constitutional liberties and human life, here and abroad” over “the past 12 years since 9/11.”

So it was no coincidence that it was scheduled on 9/11, making it one giant, intentional and obvious slap in the face of every person who lost something or someone those 12 years ago.

Fortunately, it wasn’t just non-Muslim Americans who found the rally offensive, since a mere 25 people showed up to the Million Muslim March. Either that or they were too terrified to show their faces in public amidst such an oppressive anti-Muslim atmosphere.

… But probably the former. To those men and women who could have participated in the event and didn’t, thank you for your respect for your nation. Your fellow Americans appreciate it.

Speaking of freedom of religion and religious intolerance, a 10-year-old elementary student was recently told she couldn’t use God as the subject of her writing assignment, which was supposed to answer the question: “Who is your idol?”

Apparently, God isn’t allowed to be held in such high-esteem, at least the Christian God and at least in the public school system. One has to wonder what the teacher in question would have done if a little Muslim girl had tried to write about Allah.

Moving on past religion, let’s broach another taboo topic: restricting financial offerings to the poor. Yeah, I’m taking on welfare now.

Well, actually, the too-often spineless GOP is. Shocker! Maybe there really is a Christian God?

As Yahoo puts it, “The Healthy Food Choices Act, H.R. 3073 is the latest salvo from Republican members of Congress who have criticized the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps or the Women, Infants and Children program (WIC).”

Essentially, certain Republican lawmakers, such as Rep. Phil Roe of Tennessee, don’t think families should use government funding to buy soda, candy and other non-necessary food items.

Those cruel, callous Republicans! Telling people to be somewhat responsible is just mean!

Though maybe not as mean as the wind farms across the U.S. that have killed at least 67 golden and bald eagles – both federally protected birds – over the past five years.

So much for saving the planet. Oops!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

12 Years Later, 9/11 Isn’t Old News Yet

Today is the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York City’s Trade Towers and Washington D.C.

12 years is admittedly a long time, and it’s not a major anniversary like it was back in 2011. So I do understand to some degree why there aren’t too many people talking about it.

At the same time, however, we’re still fighting in Afghanistan as a direct result of what happened those 12 years ago. And we still don’t have the respect of the Muslim world, as evidenced by the Muslim march on D.C. today, and Iran’s (et al) continuing threats against the United States.

So 12 years or not, the 9/11 attacks aren’t really history yet. They’re not even recent history. They’re still our present, and something the U.S. needs to consider every day in terms of its foreign policy and national security.

So I don’t think it’s outdated or out-of-line to run a story like the one that CNS News is running this morning. I’ve copied roughly the first half below, but feel free to keep reading the whole thing. I’ve included the link at the bottom of the excerpt:

“Twelve years ago today, nineteen al Qaeda terrorists hijacked four U.S. commercial airliners and flew them into the World Trade Towers, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania.

“In the war that Congress authorized against al Qaeda only three days after that attack, the vast majority of the U.S. casualties have occurred in the last four and a half years during the presidency of Barack Obama.

“In fact, according to the database of U.S. casualties in Afghanistan, 73 percent of all U.S. Afghan War casualties have occurred since Jan. 20, 2009 when Obama was inaugurated.

“The 91 U.S. casualties in Afghanistan so far in 2013 are more than in the first two full calendar years of the war (2002 and 2003), when 30 and 31 U.S. troops were killed there.

“On Sept. 14, 2001, Congress approved a resolution authorizing the president “to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons.”

“By October 2001, U.S. forces were engaged in Afghanistan, seeking to remove al Qaeda from the sanctuary it had used there to launch the Sept. 11, 2001 attack.

“Since then, most of the leaders and participants in the 9/11 terrorist attacks have been killed or captured. But the United States not only remains at war in Afghanistan, it continues to suffer significant casualties there.

“In total, 2,144 U.S. military personnel have given their lives fighting in and around Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.

“1,575 of the U.S. military personnel who have sacrificed their lives in this cause were killed during the presidency of Barack Obama.

“That means 73 percent of the casualties in the Afghan War have happened on Barack Obama’s watch.”

Maybe that’s just a coincidence. Or maybe we’ve elected a President – twice – who is deliberately or incompetently making things as difficult as possible for the U.S.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

If Lady Gaga Really Lives for the Applause, Then She Isn’t Living for Much

“I stand here talking for you to bang the gong
“To crash the critic saying is it right or is it wrong
“If only fame had an IV
“Baby could I bear being away from you?
“I found the vein; put it in here”

That’s the first verse of Lady Gaga’s newest song, “Applause.” And here’s the chorus:

“I live for the applause, applause, applause
“I live for the applause-plause
“Live for the applause-plause
“Live for the way that you cheer and scream for me
“The applause, applause, applause”

Now I could write an entire article about the trend of over-repetitiveness in song lyrics today. From Rihanna squawking “shine bright like a diamond” five billion times in her four minute song, to Selena Gomez purring “When you’re ready come and get it” over and over and over again, to Major Lazer’s “Bubble Butt,” which pretty much says that and nothing else…

But let’s forget about the sad lack of creative genius amongst our lyricists and focus instead on the actual words Lady Gaga chose to represent, if not write in the first place:

“I live for the applause.”

According to her message, applause is more important than questions of morality and appropriateness. In fact, applause is the sole reason for existence.

Which is one giant and very dangerous lie.

If applause was the sole reason for existence, then most of us would have killed ourselves a while back. Because, let’s face it, us “little people” get overlooked and undercut on a weekly and even daily basis. And we certainly don’t hear people clapping for us and screaming our names.

For the sake of fairness, however, let’s say that Lady Gaga never meant her message to be societally-inclusive. Let’s say the song is all about her. We mere mortals aren’t supposed to “live for the applause.” She’s literally singing about herself and nobody else.

Even so, Lady Gaga is setting herself up for a very big, very rude awakening. She probably experiences smaller versions of such on a daily basis, since it’s impossible to find somebody to stroke your ego – the way she apparently needs in order to face each day – 24-7.

Worse yet, fame only lasts so long, kids. One day, the in-crowd will applaud someone else.

Lady Gaga will fade from glory, as every star eventually does. And what will she do then when societal affirmation is all she lives for?

Monday, September 9, 2013

Sarah Palin’s Facebook Post About Syria

“So we’re bombing Syria because Syria is bombing Syria? And I’m the idiot?”

Those are the kinds of pointed questions Sarah Palin asked recently in the face of President Obama’s push to drive America into another war.

In a Facebook post titled, “Let Allah Sort It Out” – which CNN finds offensive, by the way. Though that doesn’t say much since CNN finds her breathing offensive – she makes some interesting points. Here’s the full list, word for word:

·         “President Obama wants America involved in Syria’s civil war pitting the antagonistic Assad regime against equally antagonistic Al Qaeda affiliated rebels. But he’s not quite sure which side is doing what, what the ultimate end game is, or even whose side we should be on. Haven’t we learned? WAGs [wild ass guesses] don’t work in war.
·         “We didn’t intervene when over 100,000 Syrians were tragically slaughtered by various means, but we’ll now intervene to avenge the tragic deaths of over 1,000 Syrians killed by chemical weapons, though according to the White House we’re not actually planning to take out the chemical weapons because doing so would require ‘too much of a commitment.’
·         “President Obama wants to do what, exactly? Punish evil acts in the form of a telegraphed air strike on Syria to serve as a deterrent? If our invasion of Iraq wasn’t enough of a deterrent to stop evil men from using chemical weapons on their own people, why do we think this will be? 
·         “The world sympathizes with the plight of civilians tragically caught in the crossfire of this internal conflict. But President Obama’s advertised war plan (which has given Assad enough of a heads-up that he’s reportedly already placing human shields at targeted sites) isn’t about protecting civilians, and it’s not been explained how lobbing U.S. missiles at Syria will help Syrian civilians. Do we really think our actions help either side or stop them from hurting more civilians?
·         “We have no clear mission in Syria. There’s no explanation of what vital American interests are at stake there today amidst yet another centuries-old internal struggle between violent radical Islamists and a murderous dictatorial regime, and we have no business getting involved anywhere without one. And where’s the legal consent of the people’s representatives? Our allies in Britain have already spoken. They just said no. The American people overwhelmingly agree, and the wisdom of the people must be heeded. 
·         “Our Nobel Peace Prize winning President needs to seek Congressional approval before taking us to war. It’s nonsense to argue that, ‘Well, Bush did it.’ Bull. President Bush received support from both Congress and a coalition of our allies for ‘his wars,’ ironically the same wars Obama says he vehemently opposed because of lack of proof of America’s vital interests being at stake. 
·         “Bottom line is that this is about President Obama saving political face because of his ‘red line’ promise regarding chemical weapons.
·         “As I said before, if we are dangerously uncertain of the outcome and are led into war by a Commander-in-chief who can’t recognize that this conflict is pitting Islamic extremists against an authoritarian regime with both sides shouting ‘Allah Akbar’ at each other, then let Allah sort it out.”

As I mentioned in the beginning, CNN finds this all offensive, especially the last line, as evidenced by the article it ran by Dean Obeidallah five days later.

Dripping with sarcasm right from the get-go, Obeidallah quotes Palin’s ending phrase “Let Allah sort it out,” reprimands her for “her horribly callous recommendation,” mocks her for showing “off her language skills,” and then chastises her for mentioning that the warring factions shout “‘Allah Akbar’ at each other.”

According to him, “she could’ve easily translated ‘Allah Akbar’ into English, ‘noting that the combatants were screaming ‘God is great.’ Or as Sen. John McCain remarked Tuesday on Fox News, ‘Allah Akbar is no different than an American Christian saying, ‘Thank God.’”

Obeidallah is right. Sarah Palin could have used the English instead of the Arabic. But the thing is, there’s no reason to translate when everybody in the Western world knows very well what “Allah Akbar” means.

Why do we know it? Maybe because Islamic terrorists have a bad habit of citing it whenever they go to blow us up?

I would have gone all Sarah Palin and stated that blatant fact without the question mark, but I’m afraid Dean Obeidallah might mock me for making a damn good point too.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Note to Iran: People Who Call for the Rape of Children Don’t Deserve Any Consideration Themselves

I tried writing an intro to this subject matter and failed miserably, so I’m just going to put it out there bluntly.

While Congress debates whether or not to attack Syria, Iran is doing its usual song and dance by threatening horrible things on America if we do decide to go to war.

You know how it goes… Abductions, tortures, beheadings… Blah blah blah, chirp chirp, beep beep.

I don’t mean to make light of the people who have suffered at terrorists’ hands. It’s not the victims I’m mocking. It’s the people behind such acts of evil, who refuse to understand that there could be another way to live life… like giving their fellow human beings a mere modicum of respect.

But maybe that’s the problem. Maybe “fellow human beings” is a misclassification, since these terrorists act more like animals than anything else. You don’t deserve the title of a human being if you say the things that Alireza Forghani, a former governor of southern Iran’s Kish Province, said, or in any way, shape or form agree with him.

“In addition, Forghani warned, ‘We should remind Obama that if you are a bastard, there are other bastards around the world who can assault Sasha [Obama].’ The statement is written in both English and Farsi, but in the Farsi version, Forghani clearly stated that Sasha will be raped by someone who has been able to get close to the Obama family.

“‘Obama will attack Syria and then you’ll go to hell, and the world’s public opinion will accept that you deserve to be attacked and assaulted, so please attack,’ Forghani concluded.”

So he not only threatened to rape a child in retaliation for her father’s actions, but he also flat-out wished it would happen.

Again, that’s not human. And while I'm not condoning unnecessary acts of violence on anybody, I will take a moment to say that eternity can be a pretty nasty place for such animals.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Ann Coulter Offers Some Additional Insights Into Syria That Might Just Surprise You

I think it’s finally time for me to talk about Syria.

It’s been a hot button issue for a little while now, especially after last week’s reports of chemical warfare being unleashed against innocent civilians. Originally, we were told, it was the government behind the attack in intentionally sloppy retaliation against the rebels.

Now it’s being speculated that the rebels themselves were behind the violence, especially after a video leaked of them executing captured Syrian soldiers, who they seem to have already beaten and possibly tortured in other ways. The smuggled images smack of terrorism – not random war atrocities – as we’ve come to know it in the 21st century.

This shouldn’t be all that surprising since even The New York Times has to admit that:

“In the more than two years this civil war has carried on, a large part of the Syrian opposition has formed a loose command structure that has found support from several Arab nations, and, to a more limited degree, the West. Other elements of the opposition have assumed an extremist cast, and openly allied with Al Qaeda.”

You know if The New York Times is admitting that Al Qaeda is supporting an effort that Obama also wants to back… there’s gotta be some pervasive examples out there.

Though with that said, hardcore liberal James Carville isn’t at all backing down in the face of facts. Nope, he’s going right to the trite but still admittedly effective “Blame Bush” message. In his opinion, the reason that a potential war in Syria is “freaking people out” so badly is “the incompetence of the Bush administration in Iraq.

Which brings me quite nicely into the main point I’d like to make today.

Well, technically I’m not making the point at all. I’m going to let hardcore conservative Ann Coulter do that for me today, mainly because I think she does a good job of summing up what in the world is going on in Washington right now (or what in Washington is going on in the world).

I have to say that I don’t think Coulter is always a verbal genius. I’m in the middle of reading her book, “Treason,” and habitually get lost in her writing style. However, conservative or liberal, Coulter-fan or hater, it’s impossible to claim that the woman isn’t well-informed. And she shows it in yesterday’s post, titled “Community Organizer Goes to War.”

She covers issues and insights that I didn’t even stop to consider, so I have to say I feel fairly enlightened after reading through her commentary. I suggest you do the same.

If you’re a true intellectual who likes considering issues from multiple angles, I’m confident you won’t regret the additional read… even if you don’t end up agreeing with her conclusions. 

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Fat Letters Are This School Year’s New Step Towards Socialism

The “real news” headlines this morning just aren’t interesting me (sorry, Syria), so I resorted to Yahoo! and it’s insane, scrolling feed of celebrity gossip, pointless tips and social commentary.

Every once in a while, it yields decent blog fodder, and today just happened to be one of those days with its story about how “‘Fat Letters’ Worry Students, Parents and Experts.”

Apparently, “a growing initiative by some schools across the country has students and parents up in arms: the school[s] are measuring students at an annual weigh-in, and sending reports home telling parents whether their child’s body mass index is healthy or dangerous.”

The article continues a line or two later with: “Schools in 19 states, from Arkansas to Illinois, participate in the annual student weigh-ins. Some pediatricians say body mass index (BMI) readings are helpful in combating childhood obesity, which is a growing problem.”

Do you know what else is a problem?

Eating disorders and self-esteem and bullying, none of which are going to be solved by subjecting children to such scrutiny.

Do you know what else is a problem?

Socialism, which tries to fit everybody into some neat little cookie cutter instead of treating them like the individuals that they are.

Maybe schools should butt out of trying to manipulate children’s bodies and actually focus on giving them an education.

It’s just a thought.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

An Open Letter to Robin Thicke, or “Dear Son, Don’t Let Robin Thicke Be a Lesson to You”

Listening to the various radio talk shows during my morning commute is almost always pointless and oftentimes downright depressing.

This morning, however, I tuned in at exactly the right time to catch what’s being titled “An Open Letter to Robin Thicke.” It’s so good that I don’t even have to add any additional commentary.

Matt Walsh hits the nail on the head perfectly. And I can only hope that this now viral letter helps a few delusional individuals – both men and women – to figure out that they’ve got it all wrong.

Without further ado, here it is (You can read his additional commentary here.)…

Dear son,

Don’t let Robin Thicke be a lesson to you.

Don’t let any of these pigs and perverts you see on TV be a lesson to you. They treat women like garbage; they possess no chivalry, no self control; they are disloyal and dishonest; they spend all day pursuing pleasure at the expense of others, and they encourage you to do the same. You might be tempted to follow suit. In fact, you WILL be tempted. These male pop stars and celebrities, look at them, you’ll think. They take advantage of emotionally broken, self loathing, confused young women, and they are rewarded handsomely for it. Look at their nice clothes and their nice cars. Look how they are admired and loved. Look, they treat women like trash and other women fawn all over them because of it. This must be how real men behave, you’ll think.

And you’ll be wrong. You’ll be wrong about a lot of things in life — this is what it means to be human — but never will you be more wrong than when you feel the temptation to buy the lies that pop culture sells about the nature of true masculinity. Son, there is nothing glamorous or fun about being a man of low character and no integrity. What you see on TV is a facade. It’s a sales pitch. It’s poison. You see the bright lights and the sexy women, but you don’t see what happens when the cameras are off and these pop culture gods return to their lives as mere mortals. You don’t see them in their big, empty, lonely houses. You don’t see the emptiness in the pit of their souls. You don’t see all the alcohol and drugs they have to use to dull the pain of living a life devoid of real, committed relationships. You don’t see the hatred they have for themselves and for humanity. You don’t see the jealousy they have towards normal, decent men.

Your dad is no celebrity. He’s just an average, boring guy. But he’s got something that every famous and non-famous womanizer envies: He’s got the love and commitment of ONE beautiful, smart, faithful woman. He’s got your mom, and he’ll only have your mom until the day he dies. He ought to be waking up every day shouting praises to the Lord because of that.

Listen, son, don’t let the world tell you how to be a man. They don’t know anything about the subject.

Men are loyal. Men are honest. Men respect and honor women. A man goes out and finds one woman, and he vows to protect and love her for the rest of his life. A man would never betray that vow. Even the weakest and most cowardly man — if he is a man at all — would die for the woman he loves. Your dad is no hero, but let someone try to hurt your mom and watch him suddenly turn into Superman (or Batman, whichever you prefer).

See, son, you don’t have to be big and strong to be a man, although I think you will be one day. You don’t have to be “cool” or athletic. You don’t have to play guitar or fix cars. These are all fine things, but they don’t define a man. A man is defined by how he treats women, by how he keeps his promises, and by how he protects and serves the ones he loves. That’s what makes a man a man. My dad taught me that, he taught it by example. I pray I can do the same for you.

Oh, and by the way, if I ever catch you disrespecting women, I will sit you down and talk to you about it. But first I’ll kick your butt up and down the street. That’s a promise.


Your old man