Monday, August 31, 2009

A Day of Remembrance

There are only 10 shopping days left to buy a flag before September 11 if you don't already have one. Then, please show your colors all day on September 11 just like we all did for months after September 11, 2001.

Remember when all flag manufacturers were out of flags across the USA and you had to put your name on a long waiting list to get a large, sewn one? Well, they are readily available now, and I challenge each reader to get a flag or get it out of the attic and fly it for our troops, our neighbors, our children, and our enemies. Let's remind ourselves and the rest of the world that we stand for individual freedom and responsibility. We will not be enslaved and we will continue to help other countries escape slavery because "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

We can provide no better service to our country at this time.

Friday, August 28, 2009

*Rule One Alert!

Not only while Obama and the Congressional Clowns are on vacation, but in the middle of wall to wall coverage of the Kennedy funeral, word about a revised bill giving the president authority to shut down the public's access to the Internet emerged. And surprise, surprise, no one is available for explanations or comments. And the public relations experts believe that between August 28 and September 8, everyone will forget about the bombshell.

I think they're wrong.

Declan McCullough of CNET lifts the veil on S.773, the bill from Jay Rockefeller's office that grants the President authority to shut down all private access to the Internet during an emergency. No definition of emergency is given and few parameters for its execution are listed. It sounds like one more assault on our privacy and our freedom. Welcome your senators back to the office by having a strongly worded letter waiting for them when they return to the office in September. Then we'll start on emails and phone calls.

*Rule One refers to methods that media personnel use to manipulate public reaction to news.

Democrat Astro Turf

Kyle-Anne Shiver details some thuggery of recent months that tries to pass for political activism in today's column at American Thinker. No wonder that *Democrats immediately accuse the Republicans of astro turfing the town hall meetings and tea parties. They have to recruit attendees (see jobs listings at places like Craig's list), bus the demonstrators to selected locations (note descriptions of bystanders at said meetings), and then pay people (or at least furnish tee shirts, signs, and more) to demonstrate. And according to Rush Limbaugh, they even recruited union members to visibly mourn along the route and at the library for Ted Kennedy's memorial yesterday.

The Clowns just can't quite comprehend large numbers of people making their own signs, doing their own research, and paying their own way to attend political demonstrations without coercion or visible rewards. They can't imagine the intense love for country and the constitution that most Americans have, because all they care about is power. To them patriotism is perfunctory at best.

*Many Republicans think the same things about patriotic demonstrators, but since the media tends to ignore them, no one knows their assessment.

Good News!

On September 3, the chaplain and ten Episcopal nuns of the Society of All Saints’ Sisters of the Poor in Maryland will be received into the Catholic Church. How fitting that they chose the feast day of St. Gregory the Great for the occasion. Pope Gregory first attempted to go to Britain himself in order to convert the pagan Angles to Christianity. He sent Augustine (now known as St. Augustine of Canterbury) there on an evangelistic mission after he was not allowed to go himself. All Christians of Anglo-Saxon descent owe him a debt of gratitude.

Their chaplain, Fr. Warren Tanghe is the former rector of Church of Our Saviour in Atlanta where my two younger children and I attended. He graciously encouraged me to become a Catholic when I talked with him about my dissatisfaction with the Episcopal Church back in 1999. I've been delighted with my decision and now I am delighted that he has joined me and other ex-parishioners on this side of the Tiber.

Welcome home to you and the nuns!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Insuring Early Death

In today's Wall St. Journal, Betsy McCaughey reveals chilling information about Dr. Exekiel Emmanuel, Rahm's brother.
1. Currently he is both health-policy adviser at the Office of Management and Budget and a member of the Federal Council on Comparative Effectiveness Research. Therefore he plays a major role in shaping Obamacare.
2. He believes that health care should serve society's needs, whatever that is, not the patients' needs.
3. He proposes changing medical ethics to achieve savings in health care costs and admits that Obama's ideas about improved record keeping and preventative medicine are practically worthless.
4. Our big problem, according to medical ethicist Emmanuel, is relying on the Hippocratic Oath too much.
5. He wants the majority of health care dollars to serve the people from around age 10 to age 50, with peak expenditures between 20 and 40. Infants would receive the least amount of help and from 50 on, there would be a precipitous decline in availability of medical assistance.

His idea is to spend the most health care dollars for the age group that has the least need for medical care, while almost insuring early death for the weakest among us -- the babies and older people.

Of course such a program would result in great savings in medical expenses, but it's barbaric. No wonder Congressional Clowns refuse to apply the "reform" to themselves and their own families.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

No Rest for The Weary, III

Several political junkies believe the Democrats and the bureaucrats beholden to them are exaggerating the dangers from H1N1 in order to create a crisis that will frighten people into accepting Obama's health care "reform" more readily. They also foresee an attempt to use public sentiment over unfortunate death of Sen. Ted Kennedy to persuade
Congressional Clowns to pass a bill that Kennedy would have been proud of.

Of course, outsiders have no idea what's going on behind closed doors in the back halls of Washington, DC, but do not believe for one minute that this administration and other progressives have given up on the plan for the federal government to insert itself even more completely into our health care system.

And do not succumb to the siren song that the proponents of Obamacare care for the little people. Nothing in any of the bills or plans made known so far have helpful solutions for the people. Instead they are filled with stringent, needless regulations and more mandates that will ultimately kill the health care we all enjoy now -- even those of us without insurance. The health care "reform" being considered now is all about control, not compassion.

The problems we have now with insurance and affordability are the direct result of bumbling Congressional interference and giving them more latitude is going to make it worse, not better. Get revved up the coming battles when Congressional
Clowns return to Washington by reviewing all the posts on socialized medicine.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The Inside Scoop

The following is an unedited email from a friend in Montana who attended the Obama "Town Hall" in Bozeman. I find it informative and much more revealing than anything I've seen in the mass media. If you agree, please send it on.

Hello All,

By now you have probably heard that President Obama came to Montana last Friday. However, there are many things that the major news has not covered. I feel that since Joe and I live here and we were at the airport on Friday I should share some facts with you. Whatever you decide to do with the information is up to you. If you chose to share this email with others I do ask that you DELETE my email address before you forward this on.

On Wednesday, August 5th it was announced locally that the President would be coming here. There are many groups here that are against his healthcare and huge spending so those groups began talking and deciding on what they were going to do. The White House would not release ANY details other than the date.

On about Tuesday Joe found out that they would be holding the “Town Hall” at the airport. (This is only because Joe knows EVERYONE at the airport).

Our airport is actually located outside of Belgrade (tiny town) in a very remote location. Nothing is around there. They chose to use a hangar that is the most remotely located hangar. You could not pick a more remote location, and you can not get to it easily. It is totally secluded from the public.

FYI: We have many areas in Belgrade and Bozeman which could have held a large amount of folks with sufficient parking. (gymnasiums/auditoriums). All of which have chairs and tables, and would not have to be SHIPPED IN!! $$$$$

During the week, cargo by the TONS was being shipped in constantly. Airport employees could not believe how it just kept coming. Though it was our President coming several expressed how excessive it was, especially during a recession. $$$$$

Late Tuesday/early Wednesday the 12th, they said that tickets would be handed out on Thursday 9am at two locations and the president would be arriving around 12:30 Friday.

Thursday morning about 600 tickets were passed out. However, 1500 were printed at a Local printing shop per White House request. Hmmmm……900 tickets just DISAPPEARED.

This same morning someone called into the radio from the local UPS branch and said that THOUSANDS of Dollars of Lobster were shipped in for Obama. Montana has some of the best beef in the nation!!! And it would have been really wonderful to help out the local economy. Anyone heard of the Recession?? Just think…with all of the traveling the White House is doing. $$$$$ One can only imagine what else we are paying for.

On Friday Joe and I got out to the airport about 10:45am. The groups that wanted to protest Obama’s spending and healthcare had gotten a permit to protest and that area was roped off. But that was not to be. A large bus carrying SEIU (Service Employees International Union) members drove up onto the area (illegal)and unloaded right there.(SURPRISE, SURPRISE) It was quite a commotion and there were specifically 2 SEIU men trying to make trouble and start a fight. Police did get involved and arrested the one man but they said they did not have the manpower to remove the SEIU crowd. (LET'S SEE, THE PRESIDENT IS IN TOWN BUT THERE IS NOT ENOUGH POLICE MANPOWER TO CONTROL A BUS LOAD OF PROTESTORS ?)

The SEIU crowd was very organized and young. About 99% were under the age of 30 and they were not locals! They had bullhorns (TO DROWN OUT THE OPPOSITION) and PROFESSIONALLY made signs. (THE COMMUNITY ORGANIZER-IN-CHIEF KNOWN HOW TO PROTEST.)Some even wore preprinted T-shirts. Oh, and Planned Parenthood folks were with them…..professing abortion rights with their T-shirts and preprinted signs. (BTW, all these folks did have a permit to protest in ANOTHER area)

Those against healthcare/spending moved away from the SEIU crowd to avoid confrontation. They were orderly and respectful. Even though SEIU kept coming over and walking through, continuing to be very intimidating and aggressive at the direction of the one SEIU man.

So we had Montana folks from ALL OVER the state with their homemade signs and their DOGS with homemade signs. We had cowboys, nurses, doctors you name it. There was even a guy from Texas who had been driving through. He found out about the occasion, went to the store, made a sign, and came to protest.

If you are wondering about the press…..Well, all of the major networks were over by that remote hangar I mentioned. They were conveniently parked on the other side of the buildings FAR away. None of these crowds were even visible to them. I have my doubts that they knew anything about the crowds.

We did have some local news media around us from this state and Idaho.

Speaking of the local media…they were invited. However, all questions were to be turned into the White House in advance of the event. Wouldn’t want anyone to have to think off the top of their head.

It was very obvious that it was meant to be totally controlled by the White House. Everything was orchestrated down to the last detail to make it appear that Montana is just crazy for Obama and government healthcare.

Even those people that talked about their insurance woes……..the White House called our local HRDC (Human Resource and Development Committee) and asked for names. Then the White House asked those folks to come.

Smoke and mirrors…EVERYTHING was staged!!!!!!!!!!!

I am very dismayed about what I learned about our current White House. The amount of control and manipulation was unbelievable. I felt I was not living in the United States of America, more like the USSR!! I was physically nauseous. Joe and I have been around when Presidents or Heads of State visit. It has NEVER been like this. I am truly very frightened for our country. America needs your prayers and your voices. If you care about our country please get involved. Know the issues. And let Congress hear your voices again and again!! If they are willing to put forth so much effort to BULLY a small town one can only imagine what is going on in Washington DC. Scary!!


Bozeman, Montana

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Food Costs Going Up?

I don't ever remember paying more than $1.00 per avocado in my many years of buying groceries. But this week, the lowest price I've found is $1.12, with much higher prices at several grocery chains. According to some prognosticators, this may be a portent for the near future all over the US.

But it's not just avocados. Sugar, sorghum, corn, and wheat crops have been bad due to drought conditions or bad weather in several states, especially *California and Texas, which will cause both price increases and shortages in those commodities and everything that either eats them or is made from them. There may be a temporary decrease in the price of beef as ranchers sell off their herds early, but expect higher prices down the road.

Consider buying and storing while it's relatively easy and cheap.

*Remember that at least part of the problem in California lies with the EPA which is redirecting the resevoir water to save the smelts instead of saving the crops for the people.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Deficit Estimate and Rule One

Friday evening, the Obama administration released the news bomb that its deficit estimate had increased from $7,000,000,000,000 to $9,000,000,000,000. Of course, they hoped that no one would notice since it was done just before the weekend and hoped that the mass media would consider it old news by Monday and generally ignore it. Since it is an estimate by the administration for ten years, one almost knows that it's a lowball; the reality will probably be much worse.

Those of you who've been long time readers know Rule One refers to various ways that politicians manipulate news.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Something New under The Sun

Or rather, there is something new on the Internet -- political entertainment. Apparently the first one, Moving Numbers, will be a sit com about getting someone elected to the Senate. Waiting in the wings are series called: Scoops,a reality based show with amateur journalists; Look Who's Coming to Dinner, featuring conversations of insiders in DC restaurants; and My America, pairing liberals and conservatives introducing each other to the pastimes and pleasures of their America. Bookmark and return to it later in the fall.

Moving Numbers "Idiot" - Trailer 1 from Zolitics on Vimeo.

Obama Believes in Offshore Oil Drilling

The only trouble is, he wants it for Brazil, not the US, and he's putting our money where his mouth is to the tune of $2,000,000,000 (and possibly even more in the future) in US loans. Too bad he didn't get our whole message. We had said, "Drill here. Drill now," but he only heard the drill now part. So he is paying Brazilians to do the very thing he refuses to allow our own businesses to do. Hot Air first had the news a couple of days ago.

Strangely enough, last Friday, George Soros positioned himself to benefit from Brazil's Petrobras dividends days before the announcement of US aid was made public, causing an increase in the value of said dividends. Of course, it's mere coincidence. . .

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Green Jobs Czar vs Glenn Beck

Van Jones, a black activist who has been appointed Obama’s Green Jobs Czar, gained his political experience as a radical environmentalist. He bragged in a 2005 interview that he was using environmentalism to fight for racial and class justice. He was so angered by the Rodney King riots of 1992 that he became a communist. Since then he has worked with /or founded a number of radical groups:
• STORM – or Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement, primarily black group advocating “third world Marxism”
• The Apollo Alliance – a coalition of labor, business, community leaders, and environmental groups favoring a “green” revolution
• Green for All – an activist environmental organization with mostly black membership
• Colors of Change – an activist group organized to "strengthen Black America's political voice"

Colors of Change is the group that persuaded many advertisers to withdraw their ads from Glenn Beck’s popular television show on Fox News. The show has done several segments recently that were critical of both President Obama and Van Jones.

Has the Chicago way has moved to DC?


Pajamas Media has a video about Obama's advertising brand that is well worth watching. Not many people have mentioned it, but Obama has frequently replaced the presidential seal (reserved for only 43 people in our history) with the signature O emblem from his campaign. This has troubling implications: Obama is more important than the office, for one. Another, more sinister inference would be the dissolution of the office of president and the ascendency of The One. If you go here to see it, you'll understand the title of this blog post. Let the LOL! begin.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The Las Vegas Way

Natives of Las Vegas have found a new way to "beat" upside down mortages and bank foreclosures. Donald Marron discusses how a few of them have managed to pocket some extra cash in the process, even if the methods used are not what you would discuss with your Sunday School teacher.

Chuck's New Dirty Secret

Chuck Norris has revealed another secret about ObamaCare -- it's really Ezekiel Emanuel Care. Norris correlates the administration's messages and activities with Emanuel's book, Health Care, Guaranteed. The rush to pass the legislation, the dearth of details, the insistence on remaking health care rather than correcting a few loose ends, the death panels, ending Medicare, and all the other moves to date come straight from the Emanuel playbook. Read the article to get all of the details.

Ezekiel Emanuel, Obama's chief medical advisor, knows how to "play the Chicago way" just like his brother, Rahm. He's been labeled both the Health Czar and the Death Czar.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Still No Rest for The Weary

Both Drudge and the Wall Street Journal recently suggested that Obama and his supporters were running up the white flag on health care "reform." But, please do not rest on your laurels.

They're probably just trying to tone down the town hall meetings to give their loyal Congressional Clowns a break from the bad publicity.
1. Obama has *lied repeatedly when speaking in favor of the "reform," so we now know that we can not trust him to stand by his word.
2. It does not matter whether the government provides the health insurance or merely increases its control and regulations, the effect will be the same on the people.
3. They have already planned to use *reconciliation to pass health care reform if they do not have a filibuster proof (60 votes) margin.
4. The Progressives in US government have been lusting for socialized medicine for decades. Now, at last they have it within their grasp and they're not about to just give up. If absolutely necessary, they'll just tuck elements of their version of "reform" into other bills. For example, the "death panels" and other elements of increased health care control are already in the "stimulus" bill. I wrote about that in February.

So keep up the protests. Keeping telling your Clowns how much you detest every proposal so far. And, if you're not yet a senior citizen, get your mother and father to protest with you. Dick Morris thinks that's the only group with enough clout to slow down the Democrats.

*For example: You can keep your insurance. You can stay with your doctor. More preventive care will cut costs. All proposed legislation will be posted on the Internet for three days before voting and signing. I will not have any ex-lobbyists in my administration. My administration will be transparent.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Defend Your Health Care

Betsy McCaughey has an important website that every patriot should book mark -- In it, she has sifted through the bills and interpreted them for those of us who have trouble with the Legalese language, especially when Congressional Clowns intentionally made it deceptive. You will find specifics there that you can depend on. McCaughey has been involved in the political battles over the healthcare industry since the Clinton administration. You can also sign up there for free email updates.

Is The Sky Falling?

According to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, it is. Speaking to the Global Economic Forum in Incheon, North Korea conference last week, he said, “We have just four months. Four months to secure the future of our planet.”

Sounding even more panicky than Al Gore, he spoke of both droughts and floods occurring because of Global Warming, causing food shortages, malnutrition, social unrest, and death. Fortunately, he believes there is a solution.

The simple solution for avoiding total catastrophe is for wealthy nations to allocate new money for environmental concerns to the UN at the Copenhagen Conference in December, approximately four months from now.

On the other hand, lots and lots of money has already funded our EPA which, in turn, is creating its own drought in the San Joaquin Valley. Crops and trees wither in the sun, farmers abandon their land, crop workers have no crops to maintain or pick, and soon grocery prices will rise as America loses the produce we’ve come to depend on.

The media frequently repeats the state officials’ claim California has experienced a three-year drought, although the state’s Department of Water Resources reports that state reservoirs have received 80 to 95% of the yearly rain.

Instead of allotting water from the reservoirs to the farms to protect food for human beings, the Environmental Protection Agency is protecting a three-inch smelt. Thus, the water is diverted to San Francisco bay and out to the Pacific Ocean. This spring, the official explanation changed to protecting whales because defending smelts makes for bad publicity.

And so in a state with reservoir capacity to irrigate 4,000,000 acres, a dust bowl is developing and one town now suffers from 40% unemployment and long bread lines.

But if we just sent more money to Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, and maybe, a few extra dollars to the EPA, this problem would be solved.

On the other hand, when it comes to global warming, I’ve always wondered why everyone was so excited. If indeed, the summers in Atlanta ever get so hot that Yankees retire in Pennsylvania, we’d all just move North a couple of hundred miles. The US might lose Florida, but think of all the acreage in the Northwest Territories now open to farming. I’m sure our Canadian cousins would welcome us.

Apparently, some people agree with me. Minnesotans for Global Warming have established a website,, and written a Global Warming Anthem. Watch the video and sing along.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Pelosi's Signal

Princess Pelosi signaled "her" crowd a couple of weeks ago that Health Care "Reform" protesters were seen carrying swastikas at town hall meetings. While the conservative masses scratched their heads in disbelief because the few swastikas seen had lines drawn through them indicating "no", the presstitutes and the politicians knew which plays were coming up.

Since then the people who are protesting more government control, i.e. socialism, have repeatedly been labeled as Nazi's (the National Socialist party headed by Hitler). Posters of Obama with a Hitler moustache have appeared on the scene, giving Obama supporters more ammunition for disparaging any distaste for Obamacare. And surprise, surprise, a few days after Rep. David Scott's *disastrous town hall meeting hit the national news, a black swastika was painted on a sign in front of his office. And, since both Scott and Obama are black, Nazi symbols and allusions have morphed into racist allusions.

Kyle Ann Shriver reminds us this morning that such activity is a favorite trick from Saul Alinksy's playbook. Her article quotes from a biography of Alinsky:
" the spring of 1972, at Tulane University...students asked Alinsky to help plan a protest of a scheduled speech by George H. W. Bush, then U.S. representative to the United Nations - a speech likely to include a defense of the Nixon administration's Vietnam War policies. The students told Alinsky they were thinking about picketing or disrupting Bush's address. That's the wrong approach, he rejoined, not very creative - and besides causing a disruption might get them thrown out of school. He told them, instead, to go to hear the speech dressed as members of the Ku Klux Klan, and whenever Bush said something in defense of the Vietnam War, they should cheer and wave placards reading, ‘The KKK supports Bush.' And that is what they did, with very successful, attention-getting results."

*Scott was filmed shouting down a town hall attendee claiming that he was not from his district and that if he wished to discuss health care, he should call his office for an appointment. Those who fact checked, discovered that the protester, a physician, was from Scott's district and had tried to call him several times, but never could get an appointment. Most national news stories have omitted these salient facts, just as they ignored the "Bushitler" signs and pictures.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


I would have posted sooner, but Google had a problem and I couldn't access the site. Let's see, in the last week I've had trouble with my computer, with back-ups, with the power coming into my house, and with Google. It's a good thing I'm not paranoid. ;-)

It’s Not about Health Care

It really is about control.

If it were about health care, we would all know all of the glorious details of the proposed legislation. Supporters of Obama’s plan would extol its virtues every time they met a constituent or a microphone. But we’ve heard NOTHING about the specifics of the plan that might make it great legislation. Congressional Clowns are NOT rushing to the head of the line to sign up for its benevolent provisions. Instead of defending or promoting the bill, so far we have only heard about how evil/heartless/greedy/stupid its opponents are.

Ignoring the basic facts of medical care, physician specialties, and hospital expenses, Obama has repeatedly insisted that pediatricians and endocrinologists, not surgeons, perform surgeries and personally pocket all of the money involved. Apparently he thinks hospitals, nurses, equipment, etc. are free and the entire bill goes directly to the physician's bank account. Congressional Clowns are so incensed about the evil insurance companies trying to make a profit in spite of government regulations, that they’ve now changed the name to Insurance Reform instead of Healthcare Reform. The news media eagerly perform public relations work for the cause by portraying all the opponents as racists, mobsters, or neo Nazis. But no one praises plan specifics.

The details of the plan now known to the public contain troubling provisions that do more toward increasing government control over the citizens than toward increasing the quality or quantity of health care for citizens. For example, there is the much discussed required end of life counseling for all people over 65. Even if euthanasia is not discussed during these meetings, the very notion of required counseling with a government official, speaks more of control than of caring.

And there is the provision in sections 440 and 1904 in the House Bill for other government agents to come into homes to “teach” parents and prospective parents how to interact with their children. That such an idea would even be considered should terrify any thinking person. Read Chuck Norris’ column, if you’d like more information, but you already know that has NOTHING to do with helping some poor person pay his medical bills.

Then there is the small matter of universality. Even after 10 years of implementation (and untold amounts of money), around 17,000,000 people will still not be included in the program. Why are we going to all this trouble and expense for less than perfect results?

So what’s really going on? Nothing less than the biggest power grab in our nation’s history. The feds took over all the larger banks and AIG in the fall, then added the once mighty automobile industry to their collection. Already an unelected, unconfirmed czar controls executive pay rates in major businesses. Now they want control of our great health care system, about 17% of the GDP, and through that takeover, more control over individual lives.

The only thing left will be passing the Cap and Trade bill to turn us all into serfs.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Shock! We ALREADY Spend More on Healthcare Than Other Countries!

According to Americans for Tax Reform, the US government already spends more money per capita on health care than countries with socialized medicine. Italy, Japan, Australia, Ireland, UK, Sweden, Germany, Canada, and France all spend less than the over $3,000 the US pays out for various government programs. When you think about it, it becomes painfully obvious that the answer to health care costs in the USA is NOT to add more government programs, but to reduce them. Only free market competition can improve products while reducing costs.

If the government had been in control of personal computer market back in the late seventies, the cost of the average home computer would be several thousand dollars by now, and we probably would not be too far advanced beyond the 48kb of memory that the first Apples had. We purchased an Apple II in 1978 for $2,638 (that would be $8,726.97 in today's dollars) plus shipping costs. The few programs that were available at the time were on black disks that really were floppy. We had to insert a different disk each time we wanted to use a different program.

Just 21 years later, the cheapest Apple costs $999 (or $301.98 in 1978 dollars) and comes with 2gb of memory, plus audio, video, color, Internet, and wireless capabilities. And it's portable. That represents an increase in memory of 6 degrees of magnitude - from thousands to billions, not to mention all the ancillary improvements.

We can all thank heaven for the competition between Bill Gates and Steve Wozniak. And pray that more free market competition will be allowed in health care, not a one payer system that only cuts costs by eliminating services.

The American Way

Followers of the American Way instinctively try to fix "it" themselves before asking for help. Although they quickly and graciously help any neighbor in need, decades of public relations efforts have still not diminished their internal reluctance for government welfare. American Way people have been accused of too rugged an individualism, yet, they have also crafted a society richer in personal freedoms, a higher standard of living and more technological advances than any other group in history.

Today, Kyle Anne Shriver at American Thinker presents a clear look at the clash of cultures now erupting on the American scene. She clarifies the situation by comparing the American Way to the Alinsky Way, while Democrat vs. Republican or Liberal vs. Conservative merely skew the conversation. You will be glad you read it.

Monday, August 10, 2009

The Trojan Horse -- In Their Own Words has put together this video with quotes from a leftist professor, a liberal representative from Illinois, and President Barack Obama as they explain to their loyal followers how the "public option" for health insurance will surely lead to the single payer option. Watch it and mail it to everyone on your email list because the main stream news media will never play it.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Leah, The Patriot

This video of a call to a C-Span program will warm your heart as Leah explains that the Democrats and the media do NOT understand the townhall meetings. Pass it on. Click on the bottom right arrow, then on the icon that appears. Then either embed it in emails or send the link so everyone you know will hear that the truth about them has appeared in a few places.

Mark Steyn's View of The Townhall Meetings

Mark Steyn, the 21st Century Mark Twain, is more American than many Americans although he's not a citizen. At least he appreciates the freedom our republic used to have. His column this week will make you laugh out loud. It closes with:
But a sick, deranged, un-American mob has put an end to all that moderate and reasonable steamrollering by showing up and yelling insane, out-of-control questions like, “Awfully sorry to bother you, your Most Excellent Senatorial Eminence, but I was wondering if you could tell me why you don’t read any of the laws you make before you make them into law?”

The community is restless. The firm hand of greater organization is needed.

Friday, August 7, 2009

It's Worse Than They Will Admit

Obama supporters reported with great pride that the unemployment rate was ONLY 9.4% and they proclaimed that recession may be on the rebound. His spokesmen were honest enough to admit that although today's report was fairly good, the unemployment rate could still top 10%.

But if you go to the Bureau of Labor Statistics website, you can observe all the different ways that unemployment rates are computed. These are the seasonally adjusted figures for July, 2009.

U-1 Persons unemployed 15 weeks or longer, as a percent of the civilian labor force.......................5.1

U-2 Job losers and persons who completed temporary jobs, as a percent of the civilian labor force....6.2

U-3 Total unemployed, as a percent of the civilian labor force (official unemployment rate)..........9.4

U-4 Total unemployed plus discouraged workers, as a percent of the civilian labor force plus discouraged workers...............................9.8

U-5 Total unemployed, plus discouraged workers, plus all other marginally attached workers, as a percent of the civilian labor force plus all marginally attached workers.......................10.7

U-6 Total unemployed, plus all marginally attached workers, plus total employed part time for economic reasons, as a percent of the civilian labor force plus all marginally attached workers........16.3

NOTE: Marginally attached workers are persons who currently are neither working nor looking for work but indicate that they want and are available for a job and have looked for work sometime in the recent past. Discouraged workers, a subset of the marginally attached, have given a job-market related reason for not looking currently for a job. Persons employed part time for economic reasons are those who want and are available for full-time work but have had to settle for a part-time schedule.

Where's The Outrage?

Sen. Mel Martinez of Florida resigned his office today with more than a year left in his term. He gave no reason except that it was time for him to return home, but so far I haven’t heard any outcry from the media or the Democrats about his being a quitter. I guess resigning before the end of your term is only bad if you’re a governor in Alaska.

Twice As Hard

Obama encouraged his supporters to 'punch back twice as hard' when facing opposition to his health care "reform." We're not sure just what he intended, but that marked the beginning of altercations between opponents and supporters of Democrat plans for changing the health care system in the US as noted in the video above. A black man remains in the hospital in St. Louis after being attacked and sent to the emergency room during a town hall meeting held by Russ Carnahan.

Private Jets for Me, But Not for Thee

Nancy Pelosi thinks it’s extravagant when corporate executive fly in private jets, but it’s “necessary” for members of Congress. She just upgraded the private fleet for Congressional officials by 8 luxury jets to the tune of $550,000,000. Of course that figure just represents the purchase price. Providing the pilots, mechanics, other personnel and services is the responsibility of the Air Force.

Living the good life is so much fun, especially when other people finance it. And why worry about the growing numbers of unemployed and underemployed when you've got trips to make? Let them eat cake.

If I Didn't Know Better

I would swear that there's a conspiracy against me and my blog. Just as I started to write this morning, a Georgia Power crew arrived to take down the power pole near my house and put up a new one. That means power will be out until they finish. Why, oh why, don't they change over to underground utilities? Power poles and overhead lines are so twentieth century.

I'll be back with you as soon as I can.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

So Sorry

No blogging today! I ran out of time between seeing the ophthalmologist, getting a new Internet service provider, fixing supper, and going to a class. I'll make up for it tomorrow.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

August 4

Yesterday was a very important day. We found pictures and videos of Obama celebrating his birthday and sharing birthday cake with Helen Thomas everywhere.

August 4 is also the birthday of our Coast Guard; this year commemorates 219 years of service. But I didn't hear anything about those who protect our coast, did you?

The Greatest Threat We Face

America's greatest threat is not just from a nuclear device, although a nuclear attack would certainly be horrible. Our greatest threat from rogue countries is from ballistic missiles. Such a missile could arrive at its US target within 33 minutes from either Iran or North Korea. It would not only carry a nuclear bomb big enough to wipe out a large city, but also electromagnetic devices that would destroy our entire electrical grid.

Think about it. Suppose Washington, DC and/or New York City destroyed by a bomb and the rest of the country paralysed by lack of electricity. How could we communicate? Carry on business? Take instructions on how to fight back? Get medical care? How long would it take just to get the power back on?

Heritage Foundation has a trailer about their documentary, 33 Minutes. Watch it for more information. Then demand the best possible missile defense system. We need that a whole lot more than we need socialized medicine or yet another "stimulus."

Send This to Your Congressional Clowns!

Or use it for posters at your next Tea Party.
I will add, as a fifth circumstance in the situation of the House of Representatives, restraining them from oppressive measures, that they can make no law which will not have its full operation on themselves and their friends, as well as on the great mass of the society. James Madison, Federalist Papers, Number 57

The fact that they've been allowed to make laws for the people that excluded themselves is probably why they now act as if they're royalty and we're serfs. It must stop. The same healthcare and insurance laws must apply to every person, including Senators, Representatives, and Federal Employees.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Bubba Diplomacy

Although we’re delighted that Laura Ling and Euna Lee are now free, we can’t keep from wondering what the US gave away in order to obtain the release of the two American journalists held by North Korea. To the untrained eye, President Clinton just showed up for a friendly visit and Kim Jong Il suddenly agreed to let the young women go free.

But it’s certain that all was arranged ahead of time even though Obama’s spokesmen valiantly tried to play down any collaboration on his part.

However, the real danger, as former Ambassador Bolton pointed out, is that such diplomacy puts Americans at greater risks in the future. What promises will Tehran now extract from us to set the three American hikers free? Will future hostages require presidential rescue, complete with escalating demands and concessions? Will more Americans now be at risk?

But, putting aside such worries, their release provided an effective distraction from Obama’s sinking poll numbers, especially in the health care arena. In that respect, Bubba Diplomacy worked.

Actions Have Consequences – Always

It seems that all Democrat initiatives come complete with Terrible Problems, Evil Villains, and Wonderful Saviors, i.e. Democrat politicians. At first, the Evil Villains were Bush and Cheney, then their anger centered on the executives of large companies who had redecorated their offices, flown in corporate jets, or worked for a $1 salary with a “bonus” at the end of the year.

Just last week, Nancy Pelosi officially declared those evil insurance companies to be America’s newest enemies because they are making billions of dollars. She ignored the need for profits in order for the 13,000 or so insurance companies to stay in business, hire employees, or expand services. And no mention was made of the role of trial lawyers or superfluous government mandates in adding to health care costs.

But, has anyone thought about the stock market or our economy when insurance companies go by the wayside? All I can foresee is more costs for the government, less tax revenue, more unemployment, and less freedom.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Contact Your Congressional Clowns, If You Can

Many Congressional Clowns have been surprised by voters’ reaction to the proposed health care “reform.” Recently more than one normally placid town hall meeting has erupted in loud boos from angry constituents. Consequently, a lot of townhall meetings for August have either been cancelled or changed to “by invitation only.” None of my Clowns (Senators or Representative) have even posted open meetings with the people they claim to represent on their websites.

As an end run around this willful blindness, the Tea Party Patriots are calling for a Recess Rally at each Representative’s local office on Saturday, August 22 at 12 noon. Go here for more details. And then please show up with as many people as possible to ask questions, demand thoughtful answers, and let your clown know we do not want yet another expensive, inefficient, dictatorial government program.

Michelle Malkin
has a more complete write up on the growing protest movement complete with pictures and videos. Go there for more information than you’ll ever see on the mass media outlets.

It’s The Little Things That Reveal The Most

President Barack Obama won his election by appearing to be a messianic creature far more mature and knowledgeable than the average voter. However, occasional glimpses behind the Wizard’s curtain unnerve even his most ardent followers.

1. There was the infamous picture of him with both hands on his crotch while others on stage placed their right hands over their hearts during the national anthem. No, the picture does not absolutely reveal what’s in his heart and mind as far as patriotism goes, but it does make one wonder, especially when he was careful to place his hand over his heart when Ghana’s national anthem was played in his presence. His effusive apologies for the United States every time he goes abroad do nothing to reassure most Americans either.

2. Every popular magazine article about grieving counsels those in crisis to avoid making important decisions until some healing has occurred. Astute counselors always encourage those suffering any emotional loss to avoid making important decisions for six months to a year. Yet with Americans still reeling from the pain from losing 40% to 50% of their savings, Obama heartlessly pushes massive, drastic, society changing laws through Congress as fast as possible. And his chosen spokesman, Rahm Emmanuel gleefully claims “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” It’s almost like saying to be sure and kick the guy while he’s down.

3. The picture posted on the White House Blog (scroll down that page to see the picture) last Thursday evening reveals another unsettling glimpse behind the curtain. Obama, the self appointed savior of mankind, thoughtlessly strides ahead while his crippled friend, Dr. Gates, struggles going down the steps. Fortunately Sgt. Crowley was there. He not only forgave the man who had repeatedly called him a racist; he gallantly helped him keep his balance.