July 24, 2009

Acting Stupidly

Regarding the latest unbelievableness from Barack Hussein Obama...

Here's my take, in brief:

_Two people acted stupidly. 

Sgt. James Crowley was not one of them.

It is my observation that the one who screams RACIST first or loudest is always the biggest one.

_Henry Louis Gates, who is supposedly smart enough to be an educator at Harvard, should have been glad his neighbor even called the police._After saying he "did not have all the facts", Barack Hussein Obama should have replied "I cannot comment", then shut his mouth.

Will he apologize?
Doubt it. He's too busy reminding everyone that he is the president.

Perhaps Barack Hussein Obama has some sort of grudge against the Cambridge police? Check
THIS out.

And WHY did it take ten days for Barack Hussein Obama to comment on the explosive situation in Iran and ten minutes to comment on this?

July 20, 2009

LOL Cats

What's Important

To paraphrase the words of Glenn Beck, "Blood just might start spurting from my ears".

I made a mistake this morning and didn't change the channel fast enough (or turn it off) when the Rachel Ray show came on. I have nothing personal against Ms Ray, I just don't watch her show.

The title of today's show:

"I'd Trade My Husband For A Housekeeper"

The two blonde guests, aka modern homemakers, expressed their angst about having to find a balance between time for themselves, time with their husbands, time with their kids, time with their husbands AND kids; they wonder about their roles and hope that their husbands will do their share; and they hope the laundry gets folded correctly.

They should talk to military wives whose angst is often expressed as hope that they'll see their husbands again.

You Tube vid: gunnywife Sept 2006

July 18, 2009

Official Insanity

The highlights from Phil Kerpen's

The deficit today crossed the startling trillion dollar threshold, a number never before even contemplated for a full year of federal borrowing, but that we have now breezed through in just half a year.

Such a deficit represents a crushing future tax burden for ourselves, our children, and our grandchildren -- who will pay back every penny with interest.

The so-called stimulus bill was slammed through on partisan lines despite the overwhelming anger of almost everyone who was paying attention.

The bill, we were told, was our economic salvation (purely a coincidence, of course, that it happened to contain every item on the left's big government wish list).

Unemployment -- which the stimulus was supposed to keep under 8 percent -- is officially at 9.5 percent, and is 16.5 percent if you include people who have given up looking for work and part-time workers who wish they were full-time.

Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) said the stimulus didn't work because is wasn't "as targeted as it should've been" and "we need to go back to this and do this again. We need to do more of that."

Moreover, we have to pay back all the money we've borrowed, with interest, meaning that in the long-run the only two options are huge tax hikes or skyrocketing inflation.

Quite simply, it is impossible for government spending to make us richer when every way the government can raise money makes us poorer.

We can't afford another stimulus, a government takeover of health care, the cap-and-trade energy takeover, or any other radical big government policies.

Washington has "helped" quite enough; it needs to leave people alone.

Walter Cronkite, Good Night

...and good riddance.

This is how I remember Walter Cronkite:

It was on February 27, 1968, when Walter Cronkite gave his "Mired in a Stalemate" speech.

He declared that the war was "unwinnable".
Except that we were not mired in a stalemate.
And the war was not "unwinnable".
Read the memoirs of General Vo Nguyen Giap, North Vietnam, TET primary strategist.

But Walter Cronkite was "the most trusted man in America".

American public opinion changed.

The North Vietnamese realized that they didn't have to win militarily, they only had to outlast the will of the American people, who were already sick of seeing husbands and sons, fathers and brothers coming home in body bags.

So, we declared a truce, pulled out our troops, and cut off funding to the South Vietnamese; the North Vietnamese restrengthened, the South Vietnamese government fell, and thousands of South Vietnamese were sent to 're-education camps' or killed outright.

Since then, even our former enemies have admitted that they did not win on the battlefield, but in the American Congress and in the American defeatist media.

The American defeatist media. Deja Vu.

July 15, 2009

Our Do-Nothing Senate

... Did nothing yesterday.

Here's why.

That meant the defense authorization bill, which contains a raise for U.S. troops and funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, had to wait. The floor however, was open for speeches.

I say that come November 2010, let's give them all the time time they want to watch baseball, as former Senators.

July 13, 2009

Keeping Secrets

According to the AP, CIA Director Leon Panetta terminated a very serious covert
program that had been kept secret from Congress for 8 years. A covert program that had never been activated.

Now, why would the CIA want to keep something secret from Congress?
Well, duh.
Because of those 535 self-important blabbermouths.

Witness the current revelation by Rep. Jan Schakowsky, chairwoman of the Intelligence Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, who apparently managed to wait long enough for the AP to arrive before blabbing, and is now pushing for an immediate committee investigation of the (formerly) classified program.
Democrats revealed that CIA Director Leon Panetta had informed members of the House Intelligence Committee on June 24 that the spy agency had been withholding important information about a secret intelligence program begun after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Panetta had learned of the program only the day before informing the lawmakers, according to a U.S. intelligence official. The official spoke on condition of anonymity Friday because he was not authorized to discuss the program publicly.
Schakowsky charged that the CIA's lying was systematic and inexcusable, and that she thinks Panetta is 'changing the CIA for the better'.
"Many times I felt it was an annoyance to them to have to come to us and answer our questions," she said. "There was an impatience and a contempt for the Congress."
Ms Schakowsky knows all about contempt. Ask her about the Tea Parties .

Just What Is a Hate Crime?

While we are hearing all about the group of black day campers refused the use of a swimming pool at a private Swim Club - Nothing to Do With Race

We are NOT hearing about
THIS , are we?

July 10, 2009

Applied Obamunism in Shreveport

I read the alt.binaries.humor.skewed Newsgroup.
This was posted by Morris.

There is nothing humorous about it.
You don't have to go to Detroit for a preview of America's statist Third World future. Shreveport, Louisiana offers a glimpse:
"Just ask Shreveport resident Robert Baillio, who got pulled over for having two pro-gun bumper stickers on the back of his truck — and had his gun confiscated.
While the officer who pulled him over says Baillio failed to use his turn signal, the only questions he had for Baillio concerned guns: Whether he had a gun, where the gun was, and if he was a member of the NRA. No requests for a driver's license, proof of insurance, or vehicle registration — and no discussion of a turn signal.
Accordingly, Baillio told the officer the truth, which led the police officer to search his car without permission and confiscate his gun.
However, not only does Louisiana law allow residents to drive with loaded weapons in their vehicles, but Mr. Baillio possessed a concealed carry license!
What does such behavior demonstrate, other than transparent political profiling — going so far as to use the infamous Department of Homeland Security report on "Americans of a rightwing persuasion" as a how-to guidebook, no less?
Mr. Baillio made no secret of his political affiliations: An American flag centers a wide flourish of pro-freedom stickers and decals on his back windshield.
In fact, when Baillio asked the officer if everyone he pulls over gets the same treatment, the officer said no and pointed to the back of his truck.
Baillio phoned Mayor Glover
to complain about this "suspension of rights" only to find that his city's morbidly obese "commander in chief" was elated at the story:

According to Glover, Baillio got "served well, protected well, and even got a consideration that maybe [he] should not have gotten."
At this rate we'll soon look back nostalgically at the days when guys like Baillio only had their guns confiscated, instead of disappearing into reeducation camps.

July 08, 2009

Now I AM Pissed

I just now had to turn off the morning Fox and Friends show.

I am fed up to the ears with the continuous news coverage of Michael Jackson's death. He did not contribute anything to this world other than entertainment. H is death was not due to any sort of heroic cause. He is not a hero.

Now we have to hear about Michael Jackson's 11-year-old daughter's 'emotional speech' at her father's Memorial Extravaganza.

The child did not give a speech. There were no tears on her face.

See for yourself.

I am not slamming the child. I am not saying she didn't love her daddy.

I am taking issue with the media.

And the Jackson Family's attempt at drumming up pathos.
(There might be a DVD to sell.)

If you want real emotion and real tears, go to a funeral for a real hero.

The Michael Jackson Memorial Extravaganza

I'd be pissed if I were a resident of the financially strapped state of California ...

   because they are going to get stuck with paying the million+ dollar Tab for the Michael Jackson Memorial Extravaganza ... even though the entire thing will no doubt be made into a DVD to be sold for millions of dollars, none of which -I'm betting- will go towards paying any of the reported $400 MILLION debt owed by Jackson before his death nor the $3.5 million for the afore-mentioned extravaganza.

services provided by the city of Los Angeles:

• At least 1,400 police officers to keep the peace
• Workers from the
Department of Transportation to arrange and enforce street closures
• Still more workers from the Department of Public Works to keep the area clean and operating
• Fire and rescue specialists, just in case too many rabid fans moonwalk into one another out in the streets.
And get this:

And just in case you still think it's disrespectful to the dead to be discussing money like this, a note: According to Zine—who got this information from an official at the Los Angeles Coliseum—the Jacksons briefly mulled doing their memorial there. And they also were considering charging for the tickets.

July 04, 2009

Our Founding Fathers

On July 4, 1776 the Continental Congress agreed to formally declare American independence from the British Crown.

On August 2, 1776, 56 members of that Continental Congress began affixing their signatures. Signing was not complete until October but approval had been decided. Each state had only one vote but could send any number of delegates to the convention. The final vote was 13-0 making it unanimous. 56 signed.

They were:

Connecticut: Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott

Delaware: Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean

Georgia: Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton

Maryland: Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll

Massachusetts: John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry

New Hampshire: Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton

New Jersey: Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark

New York: William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris

North Carolina: William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn

Pennsylvania: Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross

Rhode Island: Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery

South Carolina: Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr, Thomas Lynch, Jr, Arthur Middleton

Virginia: George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr, Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton

Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists. Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation owners; men of means, well educated. But they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing that the penalty would be death if they were captured.

The Price They Paid:

Five signers were captured by the British as traitors and tortured before they died; Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned; Two lost their sons in the Revolutionary Army, another had two sons captured and tortured; Nine fought and died from wounds or hardships from the Revolutionary War. Most died impoverished.

Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags.

Thomas McKean of Delaware was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him; poverty was his reward.

At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson Jr., of Virginia, noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. The owner quietly urged General George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed and Nelson died bankrupt.

Francis Lewis of New York had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife and she died within a few months.

John Hart of New Jersey was driven from his wife's bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his grist mill were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished. A few weeks later he died from exhaustion and a broken heart. Lewis Morris of New York and Philip Livingston of New York suffered similar fates.

Such were the stories and sacrifices of the American Revolution. These were not wild eyed, rabble-rousing ruffians. They were men of means and education. They had security, but they valued liberty more.

They pledged:
"For the support of this declaration, with firm reliance on the protection of the divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor."

And, finally, there is the New Jersey signer, Abraham Clark.
He gave two sons to the officer corps in the Revolutionary Army. They were captured and sent to the infamous British prison hulk afloat in New York harbor known as the hell ship "Jersey," where 11,000 American captives were to die. The younger Clarks were treated with a special brutality because of their father. One was put in solitary and given no food. With the end almost in sight, with the war almost won, no one could have blamed Abraham Clark for acceding to the British request when they offered him his sons' lives if he would recant and come out for the King and parliament. The utter despair in this man's heart, the anguish in his very soul, must reach out to each one of us down through 200 years with his answer: "No."

July 03, 2009

Wake-Up Call from Luke AFB

Just recently I read the response of the original complainant to the response from the USAF Lt Col regarding the original complainant's original complaint. Got that?

If you're already familiar with the original complaint and response, skip down to Tom McRae's response.

Here's the Complaint:

Letter to the Editor (Arizona Republic)
'Question of the day for Luke Air Force Base: Whom do we thank for the morning air show? Last Wednesday, at precisely 9:11 A.M, a tight formation of four F-16 jets made a low pass over Arrowhead Mall, continuing west over Bell Road at approximately 500 feet. Imagine our good fortune! Do the Tom Cruise-wannabes feel we need this wake-up call, or were they trying to impress the cashiers at Mervyns early bird special? Any response would be appreciated.' _ Tom McRae
Here's Lt. Col. Rosensteel's response:

Regarding 'A wake-up call from Luke's jets'
On June 15, at precisely 9:12 a.m., a perfectly timed four-ship fly by of F-16s from the 63rd Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base flew over the grave of Capt. Jeremy Fresques.

Captain Jeremy Fresques was an Air Force officer who was previously stationed at Luke Air Force Base and was killed in Iraq on May 30, 2005, Memorial Day.

At 9 a. m. on June 15, his family and friends gathered at Sunland Memoria
l Parkin Sun City to mourn the loss of a husband, son and friend.

Based on the letter writer's recount of the fly by, and because of the jet noise, I'm sure you didn't hear the 21-gun salute, the playing of taps, or my words to the widow and parents of Capt. Fresques as I gave them their son's flag on behalf of the President of the United States and all those veterans and servicemen and women who understand the sacrifices they have endured.

A four-ship fly by is a display of respect the Air Force gives to those who give their lives in defense of freedom. We are professional aviators and take our jobs seriously, and on June 15 what the letter writer witnessed was four officers lining up to pay their ultimate respects.

The letter writer asks, 'Whom do we thank for the morning airshow?'

The 56th Fighter Wing will make the call for you, and forward your thanks to the widow and parents of Capt Fresques, and thank them for you, for it was in their honor that my pilots flew the most honorable formation of their lives.

Lt. Col. Grant L. Rosensteel, USAF
Here is the June 28th response from Tom McRae to Lt. Col. Rosensteel:
"I read with increasing embarrassment and humility the response to my unfortunate letter to The Republic concerning an AF flyby (Arizona Republic, June 23).

I had no idea of the significance of the flyby and would never have insulted such a fine and respectful display had I known.

I have received many calls from the fine airmen who are serving or have served at Luke and I have attempted to explain my side and apologized for any discomfort my letter has caused.

This was simply an uninformed citizen complaining about noise.

I have been made aware in both written and verbal communications of the four-ship flyby, and my heart goes out to each and every lost serviceman and woman in this war in which we are engaged.

I have been called un-American by an unknown caller and I feel that must address that. I served in the US Navy and am a Vietnam veteran. I love my country and respect the job the service organizations are doing.

Please accept my heartfelt apologies." _Tom McRae

Well, Mr. McRae, I have a few problems with your response.

You live near an Air Force base. The Air Force has planes. Hello?

Even if you were unaware as to the purpose of the flyby, your sarcastic letter was an insult to one of the very service organizations you claim to respect.

Would you have offered an apology had you not been innundated with righteously angry responses? I think not.

Requiescat In Pace, Captain