30 December 2009

Wednesday Hero

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29 December 2009

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year: Get ready to fight!

I hope everyone enjoyed Christmas. Have a wonderful holiday vacation. After the 1st it will be time to gear up and fight. The statists will be on the march and we have to be ready. The "hellthcare" debacle has gone to conference. Hopefull this nightmare ends there, but I am not counting on it. The last line of defense will be nullification. 20+ states will be considering laws to nullify the federal healthcare reform bill next year. We need to support them and encourage such a movement in our states. Obama's next push will be for amnesty for illegal immigrants. They will push for this hard. The radical agenda being pushed by Obama and his cronies is highly unpopular with the American people. The dems are sure to be devastated in 2010, unless they can secure tens of millions of new voters. That is their plan. They will push to leagalize tens of millions of illegal immigrants so that they can then vote in more socialist democrats who, ironically enough, want to turn America into a socialist hellhole like the one most of these immigrants just fled. Don't forget about the tax and cap scam too. It has lost a lot of steam and is dead in the Senate for the time being. With the climategate revelations and viciously cold winter weather people are not willing to listen to climate change nonsense and hyperbole at the moment. That will not stop the statists from pushing it, however, so be on guard. This is going to be a long busy year. Be prepared for some nasty fighting, especially around election time later in the year. We need to halt the advance of tyranny in America and secure liberty and freedom for our future. Then we can undo the damage sustained over the last several years. Remember to be skeptical of all politicians, regardless of party affiliation. Don't fall into the same traps again. Hold whoever is in office accountable to the Constitution.

22 December 2009

The Healthcare Nightmare Goes On

This healthcare disaster is indicative of everything wrong with Washington DC and American politics in general. We have corruption, bribery, extortion, closed-door meetings, big business and big union special interest group payoffs, and an accounting scam that any private citizen would end up in federal prison for. Ten years worth of taxes to pay for 6 years of "benefits" that won't begin until late 2012. Sounds like a great deal. If you buy that, then I guess Barnum was right. I think we can all agree that healthcare is a problem and it needs to be reformed. We need the right reform and this bill is an unmitigated disaster for America. There is clearly no rush so why not start over and do this honestly. This is the season for redemption. Congress and president Obama could redeem themselves in my eyes if they stopped trying to ram this bill down the throats of the American people. The people don't want this bill. The gov't is supposed to work for us, not vice versa. It would be very wise for them to scrap the bill, go home, and then come back next year and start fresh. They could craft a more effective reform bill that would have instantaneous benefit for people. If they began with an honest debate and conducted the process with clarity and transparency perhaps the American people would support it. Maybe we could come together and present some common sense reforms that would not destroy the economy and cripple us with debt. But then I guess that would require a Christmas miracle.

20 December 2009

Healthcare Analysis

Heritage has some great analysis of the Senate "Hellthcare" bill.

"The Senate is engaged in a deadly serious debate on a 2,074-page bill that would overhaul the entire health care sector of the economy, profoundly affecting the personal lives of 300 million Americans. It would erect massive federal controls over private health insurance, dictating the content of insurance benefit packages and the use of medical treatments, procedures, and medical devices.

The bill would also make major changes in payments to doctors, hospitals, and medical professionals in Medicare, Medicaid, and other programs; establish new federal agencies, bureaus, and commissions to oversee various aspects of the health care system, including how physicians and other medical professionals deliver care; and alter the relationship between the federal government and the states, transferring massive regulatory power to the federal government while reducing the flexibility of state officials to manage Medicaid and limiting their capacity to initiate health insurance reforms within their own states.
The Senate bill would impose enormous costs on the American people, totaling at least $2.5 trillion for the first 10 years. After the first 10 years, as costs escalated, Congress would need to impose additional major tax increases and impose major cuts in benefits to pay for this health care agenda.
The American people want and need health reform, but the Senate bill is clearly not what they have in mind."

The bill also may cause some unintended employment discrimination:
 
"The Senate health care bill includes a well-known "employer mandate" provision that would require employers to either offer a "qualified" health plan and pay 60 percent of the premium or pay an annual tax penalty of $750 per full-time employee.

What is less well-known is that the provision would also tax companies even if they do offer insurance -- but only if they hire people from low- and moderate-income families who qualify for, and elect to accept, premium subsidies. And the tax penalty for hiring those employees -- arguably the people who need jobs the most -- would be a whopping $3,000 per employee per year.
The combination of this tax penalty and the rules for determining who qualifies for premium subsidies would encourage companies to engage in some new and repulsive forms of employment discrimination."

From Heritage.org

19 December 2009

The Nightmare Continues

The nightmare that is the Obama Administration continues undaunted toward complete annihilation of the US Constitution and the ideals of American exceptionalism. The dark shroud of socialism and totalitarianism is nearing our shores and I fear that there is not enough time to stop it. The federal takeover of the healthcare system will probably pass. Unfortunately Senator Ben Nelson, or soon to be former Senator, has been bought off and will support the healthcare debacle. This happens after an apparent failed attempt by the White House to threaten Ben Nelson with the closure of Offutt Air Force Base in Bellevue, Nebraska. This is my neck of the woods, so I am familiar with the situation. While Nelson and the White House have denied the claim (of course they would) there are numerous sources standing behind the story. An investigation has been called for, but it is unlikely that anything will become of it. This would be unthinkable under normal circumstances, but this is the Obama Chicago machine running the country the "Chicago Way" through bribery and intimidation. This administration is corrupt to the hilt and it will not let anything, or anyone, stop them from achieving their nefarious goals. Obama has continually attacked his opponents and followed the Saul Alinsky model religiously. Obama continues to attack private companies. He and his surrogates try to undermine, marginalize, and destroy anyone who won't simply be bought off. While Obama is trying to destroy America domestically, countries like Iran, terror groups like Al-Qaeda, and leftists worldwide are trying to increase their power. Iran continues to grow more belligerent and has seized an Iraqi oil field. Terrorists are emboldened by our dithering commander-in-chief and there is not a dictator on earth that fears and/or respects Obama. America was once the beacon of freedom on earth. Now we seem more aligned with leftwing dictators like Hugo Chavez of Venezuela. In fact at least one of Obama's administration officials is a big fan of Chavez. The fact is Obama has surrounded himself with radicals, communists, Marxists, and self-serving corrupt fat cat union thugs. I fear for both President Obama's safety and for the future of our country. I do not think Obama is entirely evil. He has simply surrounded himself with dangerous people. The coalition that he formed in order to get himself elected now rules him. That is why he is willing to push unpopular legislation like healthcare. The leftwing radicals that surround him demand it. Even if it destroys the democratic party he will push it because he promised it to them. Whether Obama is intentionally trying to crash the system through some sort of Cloward and Piven inspired strategy to foment revolutionary change, or he is just another politician in over his head remains unclear. One fact is undisputable: unless we get a new Congress next year, and unless we begin moving in the opposite direction from where Obama has taken us, we will not recognize the United States of America. The American Experiment will be over, and it will have failed.

16 December 2009

Wednesday Hero

Wednesday Hero is having some technical difficulties so go to the link to view today's:

http://rightwingrightminded.blogspot.com/2009/12/wednesday-hero-milblogs-go-silent-today.html

"This week's Wednesday Hero is both an individual, and a group. The group we honor are the milblogs: the military blogs, spouse blogs, and support blogs who bring you the news and information you can get nowhere else. The information and news that matter to you. The individual we honor today is C. J. Grisham.


Army Master Sgt. C. J. Grisham has always led from the front, from combat that earned him the Bronze Star with V device, to doing right by the men he led. His honesty won him readership and respect, from the White House on down. Yet, when he stood up for his children in school, his command did not stand by him. You can read more at Military Times to get the full story."

14 December 2009

Just for Fun

Here is an interesting video: http://www.motivationtruth.com/2009/12/dopenhagen-by-zo-rachel.html

Some cartoons: http://www.nadmennymillicent.com/2009/12/cartoons-part-3.html

...and Palin's appearance on the Tonight Show: http://www.motivationtruth.com/2009/12/governor-palin-tonight-show-and-wounded.html

10 December 2009

Wednesday Hero

Petty Officer 2nd Class Daniel Elsey
Petty Officer 2nd Class Daniel Elsey

U.S. Navy



Abdul Rashid, a 5-year-old resident of the Nawa district of Afghanistan, receives a dressing for a wound on his face from Petty Officer 2nd Class Daniel Elsey, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, while a linguist translates at a medical aid station at Patrol Base Jaker Dec. 3. Rashid was injured by a motorcycle earlier that day. Navy hospital corpsmen like Elsey routinely see local residents and children here to treat their wounds.



Photo Courtesy United States Marine Corps



These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.

We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived



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06 December 2009

Suhperman for Heisman!!!

***UPDATE: Suh finishes 4th in Heisman voting with the highest vote total ever for a 4th place finalist. Ingram of Alabama brings home the first ever Heisman for the Tide. Not unexpected at all. Suh is still the best player in college football.
***Update: Jim Rome of ESPN endorses Suh for Heisman.

Ndamukong Suh (First name means "House of Spears") defensive tackle for the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers deserves serious consideration for the Heisman trophy. Especially following the Big 12 Championship Game last night. Suh almost singlehandedly destroyed Texas and nearly willed Nebraska to the upset win. If Nebraska had managed any offense whatsoever last night they would have won the game easily. Despite having virtually no offensive production and only 5 first downs, Nebraska should probably have won the game anyway. A key mistake on the last kickoff by the kicker and some questionable officiating was all that prevented an upset and ensuing BCS chaos. Suh is the leading candidate for every major defensive award for the year. He will most likely be the #1 draft pick (he is #1 on Mel Kiper's draft board) and he will be a force in the NFL. Despite facing double teams, holding, and being chop blocked all night by Texas offensive lineman, Suh exploded for 12 tackles (7 TFL) and 4.5 sacks. He destroyed the Texas offense and probably cost Colt McCoy a shot at the Heisman. If Suh doesn't at least get the invite to New York for the Heisman voting, it proves once and for all that the Heisman trophy is a meaningless award given only to flashy offensive players on winning teams. No player in college football this year has been more dominating and meant more to his team than Suh. Over the past two seasons Suh has been dominating offenses. He ran two interceptions back for TD's last year. He has 4 ints in his career, which is unsual for a DT. When he doesn't get the sack, he gets his hands up and breaks up the pass. When he doesn't make the tackle in the backfield he has the pursuit to run them down. He has blocked 4 field goals this season and is disruptive on every play. He leads his team in tackles! The 6'4 300lbs defensive tackle didn't start playing football until 8th grade. Before that he played soccer and his excellent footwork may be a product of that experience. He has the awareness of a linebacker and will often set only after hearing the calls and seeing the offensive formation. He is smart and that gives him as much of an edge as his physical tools. Runningbacks Gerhart of Stanford and Ingram from Alabama are certainly deserving of Heisman consideration and I won't be too mad if they win it. However, Suh should at least be given consideration. He is hands down the most dominating defensive lineman I have ever seen. If he stays healthy in the NFL he will be a force to reckon with.

05 December 2009

Global Warming Alarmism Proven to be a Fraud; Media Remains Silent

Out of touch mainstream media ignored major story:
http://www.businessandmedia.org/articles/2009/20091202135822.aspx

With the Copenhagen Climate Conference looming the pseudo-science behind global warming has come into question.
http://www.climatechangefraud.com/climate-reports/5642-climategate-emails-provide-unwanted-scrutiny-of-climate-scientists

Some global warming scientists are trying to hide and falsify data and alter the peer review system to silence skeptics.
http://www.examiner.com/x-25061-Climate-Change-Examiner~y2009m11d20-ClimateGate--Climate-centers-server-hacked-revealing-documents-and-emails#update

I think that there are serious environmental issues that require attention. However, the whole global warming movement has been hijacked by opportunistic leftists that are trying to make money and gain political power. Many of the high profile global warming proponents are known marxists just trying to bring down capitalism. The science does not support the level of hysteria surrounding this issue. But, the fact is we are doing some serious damage to ecosystems and we need to do everything possible to protect and restore as much as we can. This can be accomplished without marxist cap and trade policies and high taxation. Eco-tourism is a booming industry and no one wants a dirty planet. If we can just get passed the phony global warming alarmism and talk about serious envrionmental issues we can begin to solve some of these problems.

04 December 2009

Obama's Failure on the Economy is Apparent

According to the latest numbers states that are largely controlled by democrats are suffering the most from this recession. Job Woes Hit Blue States Hardest...

Seven of the top ten states receiving the most stimulus money are blue states. To be fair these are also the most populous states and per capita they are not getting as much as say Wyoming who has about 4 unemployed people in it anyway. That's another complaint about Obama's so-called stimulus plan:
The states with the most unemployment are not getting as much help.

Then consider the fact that the Obama Administration has been cooking the books and lying about the number of jobs "saved or created". It's all a bunch of BS anyway. The government is getting away with an accounting scandal that would land a private company in federal court.

Stimulus money was sent to Congressional districts that do not even exist!

The amount of fraud, waste, and abuse of taxpayer money is staggering. All of this illustrates the point that government cannot create anything. Government is only good at destroying, corrupting, or complicating things. The government cannot create jobs or stimulate an economy by spending absurd amounts of money. The best thing that the government can do is get out of the way. Reduce spending, cut taxes, and create a safe environment in which people can do business, invent, innovate, create jobs, and build wealth. All I want the federal government to do is protect the country and get the hell out of my way. The unemployment rate according to the government dropped from 10.2% to 10% today. So freaking what?! That is not an improvement. Retailers hired more part-timers for the shopping season. Jan. 1 they will be unemployed again and the unemployment rate will rise to about 10.3%. It will continue to rise throughout most of the next year. Real unemployment numbers are closer to 17% when you calculate the individuals who gave up looking, whose unemployment benefits ran out, and those who are under-employed (meaning they are working part-time, but need full-time employment).  Employers cannot take a risk and add to their payroll while Obama hangs the specter of massive new healthcare taxes and liabilities over their heads. (also watch this) Industries will not expand while the Senate is planning to burden us with ever increasing new cap and trade taxes and exer increasing energy prices. Small businesses are not going to be created while people are terrified about the direction of the economy. Obama's policies have created an atmosphere of anxiety and distrust. Banks cannot lend and investors will not invest. Meanwhile people are being squeezed by higher prices, higer taxes, and lower wages. The federal government continues to burden our children and grandchildren with massive debt. The dollar may crash. If that happens things will only get worse. So while Obama and his cronies are celebrating all the jobs they are supposedly creating or "saving" the real world keeps on suffering. Many analysts are predicting a double dip recession and the next crash will be worse. Dr. Doom has some dire predictions. I don't know a lot about him, but he predicted the financial collapse last year and he was right.

So while Obama finally decides to talk about creating jobs after losing millions of them, I am warning people to be prepared. I hope something happens to change the equation for the better. I hope we can stop the downward spiral. Unfortuantely, if Obama's first year in office has been an indicator I see things getting much worse. Of course the Obamabots will claim "well Obama inherited this mess from George Bush!" Shut up! Are you kidding me? That crap didn't fly when Bush "inherited" a recession from Clinton, why should Obama get a free pass? I guess the hope 'n change we were promised by Obama will be a lower standard of living for all Americans. I hope Obama wakes up and does the right thing. I hope he turns this thing around. I am not holding my breath for that though. To accomplish that he'd have to go against every leftist instinct in his body. I don't see that happening.

Obama's Surge

Obama has unveiled his great plan for Afghanistan. He is sending 35000 troops (5000 less than McCrystal's requested minimum of 40000) and they will be home by fall of 2012. Obama doesn't even believe in Obama's plan. Hence the time table. You can establish a timeline without announcing it to the enemy. All Obama did was signal his weakness. The perceived weakness of our leaders is why Afghanistan and Iraq have been seeing increasing levels of violence in recent months. At any rate, there is little reason for us to invest so much into Afghanistan. We should seek to effectively manage the country rather than initiate any further nation-building steps. It is a tribal region that has never had a strong central government. We can prevent the Taliban and Al-Qaeda from building a stronghold, but there is little else we can do for the Afghans unless they initiate change themselves. Al-Qaeda is in Pakistan and Somalia. Our interests would be better served working in those nations to destroy the enemy and show them we can hit them wherever they hide. I will support Obama's surge if he fights to win. Unfortunately I think his strategy is more about a protracted retreat than a surge to victory. What I find humorous is that 3 years ago Obama was riddiculing Bush's surge and saying it would not work. Now Obama is implementing essentially the exact same plan and even sending administration officials to capitol hill to sell the plan to Congress. Gates just testified the merits of the plan by pointing to Iraq's success as a model. As usual democrats are being hypocrites. Corruptocrat John Murtha, who demanded timetables for Bush's surge, is now arguing against Obama's current timetables. His anit-war leftwing base is "grieving" over my fellow Nobel Peace Prize recipient Obama's decision to send more troops to Afghanistan. Obama has manged to piss off the right and left on this one. Good job, that takes talent.

02 December 2009

Wednesday Hero

Spc. Michael P. Garton & Spc. Rolando R. Flores
Spc. Michael P. Garton & Spc. Rolando R. Flores

U.S. Army



Spc. Michael P. Garton, a gunner with the Personal Security Detachment, with the 36th Sustainment Brigade out of Temple, Texas, and a Texarkana, Texas, native, relaxes on a Humvee and shares a laugh with Spc. Rolando R. Flores, a gunner with the PSD and a San Antonio native, during a break in preparations for a mission Nov. 23 in the maintenance yard at Contingency Operating Location Adder, Iraq.



Photo Courtesy U.S. Army



These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.

We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived



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01 December 2009

NEW! Wednesday Hero

Starting tommorrow this blog will participate in the Wednesday Hero posts started by our friend at Right-Wing & Right Minded. It is a post that will honor a military member, veteran, family, or other hero each Wednesday. It is a wonderful reminder to appreciate all we have due to the efforts of extraordinary men and women serving their country and defending freedom all over the world. If anyone else would like to feature the Wednesday Hero on their blog go HERE.

26 November 2009

George Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation

WHEREAS it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favour; and Whereas both Houfes of Congress have, by their joint committee, requefted me "to recommend to the people of the United States a DAY OF PUBLICK THANSGIVING and PRAYER, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to eftablifh a form of government for their safety and happiness:"

NOW THEREFORE, I do recommend and affign THURSDAY, the TWENTY-SIXTH DAY of NOVEMBER next, to be devoted by the people of thefe States to the fervice of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our fincere and humble thanksfor His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the fignal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpofitions of His providence in the courfe and conclufion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have fince enjoyed;-- for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to eftablish Conftitutions of government for our fafety and happinefs, and particularly the national one now lately instituted;-- for the civil and religious liberty with which we are bleffed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffufing useful knowledge;-- and, in general, for all the great and various favours which He has been pleafed to confer upon us.

And also, that we may then unite in moft humbly offering our prayers and fupplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and befeech Him to pardon our national and other tranfgreffions;-- to enable us all, whether in publick or private ftations, to perform our feveral and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a bleffing to all the people by conftantly being a Government of wife, juft, and conftitutional laws, difcreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all fovereigns and nations (especially fuch as have shewn kindnefs unto us); and to blefs them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increafe of fcience among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind fuch a degree of temporal profperity as he alone knows to be beft.

GIVEN under my hand, at the city of New-York, the third day of October, in the year of our Lord, one thousand feven hundred and eighty-nine.

(signed) G. Washington

25 November 2009

Real History of Thanksgiving

William Bradford and the "pilgrims" are the object of much legend and falsehood. The holiday we call Thanksgiving is based on the brave voyagers who colonized Plymouth, MA and most people are taught a lot of garbage about the history of this holiday. The first Thanksgiving was not about thanking Indians for helping them survive the winter as is often taught in our pathetic public schools. Indeed I remember the lessons we were exposed to. They were wholly inaccurate. The first Thanksgiving was all about giving thanks to God. While I do not fancy myself a highly religious man, I am a believer and I feel it is important that people understand the true meaning of this holiday. Read HERE about the true history of the very first Thanksgiving.

24 November 2009

Terrorists in NYC

I haven't said anything about the decision to bring the terrorists to NYC for a civilian trial. I think this whole thing is a scam. The argument is that we are a nation of laws and people deserve a trial. Yes, we are a nation of laws. According to those laws the individuals captured on a battlefield and held at GITMO are NOT afforded Constitutional rights. They are not mere criminals and they sure has hell are not US citizens. Military tribubals are more than they deserve in terms of 'due process'. We have given them comforts and rights that they and their ilke would never give us. They deserve to be treated far worse than we have treated them. However, because we are America we have treated them with a higher level of dignity and humanity than they probably have ever experienced in their lives. They see our kindness as weakness and seek to further exploit that weakness. According to international laws we could have shot these individuals on site. They are terrorists and are not subjected to the same protections that uniformed soldiers are under international agreements. This trial is a show trial. It is a circus meant to distract and divide the American people. The politicians are playing political games with our national security right now. With each passing month we are placed at ever increasing peril. My fear is that something dramatic and tragic will occur before the rest of America wakes up and demands accountability from their corrupt and incompetent government.

21 November 2009

NOT MORE HEALTHCARE DEBATE!!!!!

I had this exchange on Hooah Wife and Friends with a good gal named Silke. I thought I should post my reply here since it was an old thread. My initial reply is in bold, her rebuttal is in italics, and my answer follows below each exchange.

SSG E said: The career politician is what has destroyed the system. The Founders never intended politics to be a career.
Since the Founders didn’t mandate term limits in the Constitution this is the system we have. And until an amendment is passed (other than the 22nd which limits the Presidency), it’s one the people choose to have. Besides, I’m not convinced we wouldn’t have more gridlock in Congress if people were constantly changing in and out. And, voters are still free to impose their own term limits by simply rejecting the incumbent.

-I am willing to throw the baby out with the bath water here. Yeah sure, some good elected officials would be tossed out of office. But, it is worth it to get rid of the bad ones. We need to get rid of scumbags like Robert “KKK” Byrd who has been in the Senate since the days of Caesar. We need to get rid of “Bawrney Fwrank” the worthless congressman that shielded Fanny and Freddy from regulation and oversight and ushered in the housing market collapse. The problem is these goons redraw congressional and senate districts to ensure that they cannot lose reelection. Both parties are guilty of this. The Founders never envisioned that people would live as long as we do today and they never thought we would one day have such self-serving and evil people in public office. Otherwise, they might have included specified term limits. I agree that the voters should institute their own term limits and reject these corrupt and worthless politicians. The problem is, however, that today too many people are either:
A. too stupid to see the corruption,
B. are simply not paying any attention, or
C. are morally bankrupt themselves and don’t care, or
D. all of the above.
I would also like to point out that gridlock is not necessarily a bad thing. If congress isn’t able to get anything done that means that they won’t be able to screw things up more than they already have. I don’t want anything passed. The government should be prohibited from doing anything until the corruption is cleaned up. No legislation will I support until these fools are held accountable to the people and are forced to deal with us honestly. We need a Constitutional Amendment to institute term limits for ALL government officials. One 6 year term and that is it! While we are at it we also need to repeal the 17th Amendment so that the states are once again represented in DC.

Now the govt is trying to completely takeover the healthcare system all together,
Since most American’s will continue to get their insurance through their employer I don’t see how that’s possible.

-I will admit that nothing in bill(s) I read give the government total control over healthcare overnight. It will be an incremental process over many years and as new regulatory codes are written in accordance with the new legislation. There will be amending legislation and new rules written in the future. There are foreseeable consequences to this legislation. Many people will lose their private coverage and be dumped into a public option eventually. Several aspects of the proposed legislation will likely have the unintended consequence of fewer people getting private insurance.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/11/05/AR2009110504327.html?wpisrc=newsletter


http://reason.com/archives/2009/08/27/the-case-for-real-health-care

-The other issue is the vast array of new regulations, fees, and taxes that will destroy small businesses and incentivize larger business to stop providing insurance coverage and simply pay the fines and dump people into public healthcare.

No one has ever seriously considered the reforms that would actually lower costs.
What do you consider an objective source for assessing the costs and weighing the different options of health care reform?

-That’s a good question, and a fair one. I would say that a cost-benefit analysis must be done. What is the opportunity cost? Clearly we are about to sacrifice a lot of freedom and heavily burden our economy with taxes and our children and grandchildren with perpetual debt. How about letting the American people know the truth and decide for themselves. Instead of trying to ram this down our throats and voting on it on Saturday nights when no one is watching. The way that the congress and president has tried to slip this mess through without our notice has been disturbing. The American people need to be allowed to weigh the costs and decide what course to take on healthcare reform. Right now the current plan has been rejected outright by a vast majority and the politicians are pushing it anyway. Makes you wonder why they are so will to risk their careers on such an unpopular piece of legislation. Could it be that they are counting on the new power and money that they will inevitably draw from this plan?

Instead of trying to overhaul a system broken because of inefficient bureaucracy by creating more inefficient bureaucracy we should look to the individual to solve the problem.
Right now individuals don’t have the leverage to force big changes, not without exposing themselves to greater risk. Employers don’t even have the leverage. If they did the private insurance market wouldn’t be as costly as it is today. Besides, inefficiencies are only part of the problem and are inherent in any large organization (both private and public). The current legislation actually addresses some of the inefficiencies but is unlikely to eliminate them all.

-You’re right. There are much needed changes that must be implemented. Unfortunately government is not the answer. Government is not the solution to the problem, it is the problem. We need to get away from employer-based coverage. Shifting the burden to government will not solve the problems inherent in an employer-based system. It will only amplify the problems and diminish what is left of the free market competition forces left in healthcare. We need reform and we need solutions. This legislation is in large part a pay off to certain special interest groups, and it is a power grab by the federal government. Nothing that is over 2,000 pages long is going to address inefficiency, except to say “look at me I am highly inefficient!” For reasons I have enumerated in previous posts, the government has already shoved its fist into the orifice of private healthcare insurance and corrupted the system to the point that it is unsustainable. The solution is to remove the fist, not shove it in deeper.
http://reason.com/blog/2009/07/31/good-government-health-care-no

-The government programs already in existence are complete disasters. Anything the government touches is corrupted.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/21/business/21medicare.html

At the same time we should seek to reform our food and exercise habits and encourage people to take preventative measures to help lower healthcare costs.
I agree but any measure the government takes to “encourage people” sounds dangerously close to the “nanny-state” you oppose.

-I said encourage, not mandate. People should be given proper information and options. The decision to act on it is there own. I would be okay with incentives for healthy lifestyle choices, but at all times the individual should be free to choose.

People are still going to make bad choices, but if the people have to pay for their healthcare then they will have incentive to make better choices.
How do you do this without legislation that requires people to pay for their health care (which this legislation does – and you seem to oppose)?

-I have a problem with the government being the deciding force in this. The individual mandate is unconstitutional and will do very little to help solve the healthcare problems.
http://reason.com/archives/2009/10/09/the-madness-of-the-mandate

-There are a few cash only clinics that provide good care at low prices and would flourish in a free market healthcare system. We need more freedom to bring innovation and efficiency to a system bogged down by government and insurance company bureaucracy. I am not opposed to people paying for their own healthcare. I am opposed to government interference in that transaction.

People should work with their provider to lower costs. The only way that can happen is if the govt is out of the way and people are free to do so.
The insurance companies aren’t going to lower premiums just because people ask them to. Nor will the insurance companies voluntarily end the practice of dropping people for pre-existing conditions or dropping them when they get too expensive to cover. How does “less government and more freedom” address this?

-I’m not talking about the stupid insurance companies here. I am talking about healthcare providers. Get the insurance companies and the government out of the way. Let the consumer talk to the doctor. Do you know how much a standard doctor visit costs? Most people don’t. How many things do we pay for without asking how much it costs? It is ludicrous. Doctors will make a great deal with you if you offer to pay in cash. They would be thrilled to give you a good price just so that they don’t have to deal with the bureaucratic red tape from government and insurance companies.

We are trading one inefficient system for an even more inefficient system.
I’ll take a more inefficient system that provides some health care to many more people over the current system. Why make the perfect the enemy of the good?
I do understand the concern over paying for health care reform. The government typically underestimates costs and there are usually unintended consequences. I hope the final bill that is passed by both houses of Congress addresses this. Given what was passed by the Senate Finance Committee I think there’s reason for hope. This article explains why:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/11/business/economy/11leonhardt.html?_r=3&8dpc=&adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1257951954-vPLBnFjpFc0N5pc9i+sfsw
Sorry for the long response and thanks for a great discussion.

-I am not looking for perfect. I am looking for something that works and will solve problems, while maintaining the maximum amount of liberty. The article you mentioned above is a fairly good one. It points out some of the problems in the bill and some of the solutions presented. Some of the bill is good. It is not all an ‘evil conspiracy’ and I think some of the solutions could be implemented on a much smaller scale. This is something we need to take our time on. We should be debating this over the course of years, not weeks and months. It has to be an honest debate. The politicians and media pundits are not being honest. They are trying to force this through even though it only has 35% support from the American people. It is a threat to liberty and that is why people are vehemently opposed to it.

Spending on entitlements is destroying our nation’s economic solvency. This new entitlement being created will only serve to make things much, much worse.

http://cboblog.cbo.gov/?p=304

Once again, thanks for a wonderful discussion.

17 November 2009

Welcome

I would like to welcome all of the followers of this blog. Specifically I would like to welcome the two who are following publicly. Thanks for not being scared. I didn't realize that I had so many followers. No one seemed to comment much. I have recently changed my comments system to the blogger comment link. I was using Intense Debate, which seemed to not be working out well. So if you have wanted to comment before and simply did not want to sign up for the other comment profile, you no longer have to and it is back to the basic blogger comment link that pops up in another window. Now that I realize that there are people actually reading this stuff, besides my Facebook crowd, I will post more frequently. I will also try to write up some posts that will get people mad and make them want to comment. Anyone can contribute if there is something you want to write and post here. Just let me know and I will either make you a contributor, or send it to me and I will post it for you. Looking forward to the future. Should be a lot of fun, and there will be plenty to say.

Thanks,
SSG_E

11 November 2009

Journalism is Dead (Or, at least on life support)

Name one serious journalist. No Katie Couric is not a serious journalist. Off the top of my head I can think of only one fair and serious journalist on the alphabet networks and that's Jake Tapper with ABC. There might be a few more I am not familiar with. The nightly new guys are not journalists anymore. They, like Obama, merely read a teleprompter. The days when the news anchor went out and did the dirty work are gone. Journalism is dead, with very few exceptions. Had we some decent journalists out there today we wouldn't have the disaster named Obama. He would never have made it out of the primaries. They better wake up soon. If the media doesn't start asserting itself against the Obama Adminstration and resume its traditional post as the watchdog, then the media will soon be irrelevant. Soon after that liberty will likely follow.

Salute to All Veterans

Thank a veteran today. Even in our darkest times there are those willing to fight for the light. There can be no freedom and no peace without our veterans and current military members. Remember them always.

08 November 2009

Hasan a Radical Jihadist?

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/11/08/why-do-we-have-to-read-british-papers-to-get-ft-hood-jihadist-news/

Michelle Malkin has a great post linking to a story found in British newspapers that American papers are apparently ignoring.

06 November 2009

An Act of Cowardice

Keep the families at Fort Hood, and all military families, in your thoughts this Veterans Day. Pray for them every day. This worthless scumbag terrorist coward at Fort Hood has suffered the most fitting fate. Rather than die a martyr, as he undoubtably wanted, he is paralyzed on a ventilator and will survive long enough to suffer for his outrageous betrayal. He is a failure as a soldier, a doctor, and a human being. Regardless of the pathetic excuses cooked up by the leftwing fringe media, Hasan is a terrorist. There is nothing that can be said that would properly describe the sorrow and anger that I feel. Just think about what happened and pray for the families. This needs to be something we remember and learn from.

26 October 2009

Halloween Masks

Has anyone been able to find an Obama Halloween mask? They always have masks of other presidents but I haven't been able to find Obama. I haven't checked any of the big stores yet that specialize in that sort of thing this time of year. Maybe they will have 'em.

25 October 2009

I am a part time ninja

Sorry I have been posting so infrequently lately. I am a part time ninja now and this new job has me keeping pretty busy.

23 October 2009

I Admit It! I Am A Republican Donor

I am officially a Republican donor now. I got one of those policy surveys in the mail that are actually just letters from the RNC begging for money. I usually throw them away, but today I filled out the survey and I sent them some money. I sent the RNC $1,000.

On a completely unrelated topic, the other day I was playing Homer Simpson Operation with my kids. It is just like the classic game Operation, but Homer is the patient and he says D'oh. So anyway, there is money in the game with a picture of Homer Simpson on it of course.

Yeah the $1,000 I sent to the RNC was in the form of two $500 Homer dollar bills. I wrote a note on the back of one of them. It read: "You better hold on to this, it will be worth more than the U.S. dollar soon!" I really hope they appreciate my sense of humor. At least I put a stamp on the envelope so they won't have to pay for the postage.


16 October 2009

Are We All Fascists Now?

Great post from Hawaiian Libertarian:

Government Regulation + Industry = Cartel

Revolution

A revolution is underway in America right now. Chairman Obama and his assortment of Marxist thugs and pseudo-intellectuals that he has appointed as Czars or advisors are rapidly implementing their plans. Everything they have done up to this point is straight out of all the old communist playbooks. These people have followed every tenet of Alinsky's Rules for Radicals. These radicals emulate mass murderers like Chairman Mao, Castro, and Che' Guevara. They openly express admiration for dictators like Hugo Chavez. While Obama has thus far remained aloof from the philosophical unity between the members of his administration and the Marxist thugs and tyrants of the last 100 years, it is very concerning that such dangerous and anti-American sycophants are surrounding the president and controlling the levers of power in Washington. They have formulated a coalition of corrupt union and political allies from across the spectrum to facilitate a complete takeover. The intention and systematic destruction of our financial and economic systems is nearing a tipping point. Soon there will be no going back. I do not think 2010 or 2012 will come soon enough to prevent the collapse and eventual takeover of America by Marxist radicals. We have to stop them now and the first battle is healthcare. The proposed healthcare program is a ruse. It has little or nothing to do with reforming our healthcare system. It is all being done behind our backs. There is no single draft of the healthcare bill; instead it is a patchwork of various bills from different committees in both houses of Congress being pieced together in closed door meetings of high ranking Congressional scumbags. This "hellthcare" bill is in reality a measure towards the eventual enslavement of the people of the United States of America. The taxes, regulations, and new government bureaucracy the bills call for will thrust government control into the private lives of every American and destroy the capitalist system upon which America was founded and her greatness was achieved. Don't count on the republicans to stop the democrats and defeat the ever expanding statist regime. They might slow things down a bit, but the end result is essentially the same. BOTH political parties must be defeated. I am calling for an Independent counter-revolution. Just as the TEA Parties, townhall meetings, and 9-12 rallies across the country showed a surging pulse for anti-statism, I believe it is time the rest of America woke up and took this country back from a political elite bent on control and power and the growth of government. These political elitists are forming an oligarchy and will try to destroy our Republic. They are waiting for an emergency. There will be a national emergency that they will use to supplant the Constitution and impose irreversible control over every aspect of the people's lives. It could be a terrorist attack, some kind of widespread domestic violence, or further economic collapse. The latter is the most likely as most indicators point to a "double dip" depression coming in the next few years which will probably take a decade to recover from. Let me be clear, I DO NOT advocate violence. The counter-revolution must be peaceful or we will only play into the hands of the statists. We must, as Beck has said, model ourselves after Gandhi and MLK. Peaceful resistance will prevail over the thuggish community organizer tactics used by the left. They will strike violently first. They already have shown their tendency towards violence, as demonstrated by the SEIU thugs who assaulted a townhall protestor earlier this year. They may even create the violence that they will then use as their excuse to implement their plans. Don't be surprised if the news shows some crazy person, who they will claim is a 'right-winger', committing some act of violence. Also don't be surprised if the guy ends up being affiliated with the unions or ACORN or some other arm of the Marxist revolution currently underway. Prepare yourself and family for the worst and pray for the best. All of this can be avoided. The Marxists and Statists have already overplayed their hand in a few ways, and they have underestimated the will and intelligence of the American people. The people are waking up and making their voices heard. The people will stop this and they will do it peacefully. The economic turmoil might even be avoided if we are able to stop now and reverse course. There are so many variables and any unknown circumstance that I have failed to consider may very well end the revolutionaries' power grab without a shot being fired. I hope that I am wrong about the nightmare that is unfolding and I hope that it can be prevented. For now it is best to be vigilant and active in opposing anything that the politicians try to do in the next couple of years. Suspect everything the political parties tell us. Do not trust them. A healthy skepticism of government must once again be bred into the American fabric. We have lost our sense of responsibility over the years and we fell asleep guarding our liberty. We are waking up now, but I fear we are too late.

15 October 2009

Top 5 Quotes From This Year's Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Reposted from Gateway Pundit

1. Obama on his political opponents:  "They Bring a Knife...We Bring a Gun"

2. Obama to his supporters: "Get in Their Faces!"

3. Obama on ACORN mobs: "I don't want to quell anger. I think people are right to be angry! I'm angry!"

4. Obama to his mercenary army: "Hit Back Twice As Hard"

5. Obama on the killer Iranian regime murdering their own people in the street: "The Iranians are having a robust debate."

08 October 2009

Troop Morale Declining

From Gateway Pundit A report shows US troops in Afghanistan are losing heart. Morale has declined dramatically since Obama has been president,

I can vouch for authenticity here. Not one of my military friends, comrades, or co-workers have faith or confidence in Obama. He has not earned our respect. Obama is blatantly hostile towards the military and surrounds himself with thugs who hate us. Left-wingers have always hated the US military and they make our job harder. The leftists get people like me killed. Unfortunately the same leftists who hate us and undermine our efforts are running the democrat party and the country.

I know people in the military that will not reenlist if Obama is reelected. There are people I know that have already gotten out for that same reason. They don't trust Obama or his leftwing allies. Neither do I. There was a big deal made over an article that Human Events published where the author considered the possibility of a military coup in this country should Obama go too far. No one wants that to happen, but it is not crazy to consider the possibilities. It is highly unlikely and it would be a dangerous situation, but in science nothing is ever impossible and we delude ourselves to think that the unthinkable will never occur. You only need look back a few years to see how wrong we have been in the past. The unthinkable has happened before and will happen again. People that fear Obama is taking us to a totalitarian end are villified, but they are in fact simply following events to their logical conclusions. Read history. This path has been laid out before. We are naive to think we are immune from history. That is why the military is wary of Obama and his policies. We pay attention to history and to the principles of freedom. Obama is blantantly defying those principles

05 October 2009

Quote of the Day

"I have sworn upon the alter of God, eternal hostility against every form of Tyranny over the mind of man"



~ Thomas Jefferson

Obama Snubs Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama has met with every US President since 1991. This year Obama, under Chinese pressure, is snubbing the respected leader of Tibet. Gateway Pundit has the story. 

This has been a troubling theme for Obama. Every time he has a chance to stand up for freedom, he sides with the dictator. He basically ignored the Iranian people when they protested in the streets against the election fraud, he has sided with leftist thugs Chavez and Castro by supporting Hondurian wannabe dictator Zelaya, and he abandoned our allies in Poland and the Czech Republic so that he can cozy up to Putin. Obama has been wrong on every foreign policy issue he has thus far encountered. When Iran tries to nuke Israel or China invades Tawain we are in serious trouble. This guy is either stupidly naive or inherently evil. It is one or the other. The President of the United States is supposed to be the leader of the free world. Obama seems to prefer being the leader of third world leftist hellholes. All of the world's dictators are salivating at the thought of Obama. They either love him, as Momar and Hugo do, or they are drooling at the opportunity to exploit his weakness, as Makmood "Imadinnerjacket" (or whatever the Iranian dictator's name is) probably is. In either case it spells certain danger for freedom loving nations and for America in particular.

03 October 2009

Obama's Lemmings

"I have always said that individually people can be smart and reasonable. Put those same people into a crowd, political party, or government, however, and you will get a dumb and overzealous beast. For some reason the herding instincts take over and people just follow the leader, even if they are leading them over a cliff."

-William James Epler

I made this statement a very long time ago and I am amazed at just how true it has become. Obama and his followers are willing to destroy this country in order to achieve their political goals. The modern Democrat Party is absolutely insane, or at least its leaders and/or puppet masters are. The Republican Party is basically irrelevant and completely devoid of philosophical leadership. God help us we are stuck between choosing a quick bloody death on a fiery rocket ship (the democrats) or decapitation on a slow motion train wreck (the republicans). If there are any reasonable democrats left WAKE UP! We need you! If there are any reasonable politicians, democrat or republican, that will put the country and the people before power and party then stand up and lead! The independents need to wake up and lead this country and stop ceding power to the 20% on each fringe of the political spectrum. Political parties and special interest groups, like unions and big corporations, need to be rooted out of the system and eliminated from the halls of power in this country. The people need to be in charge again. I am sick of the two parties, Two Card Monty bullshit. It's time to fire all the corrupt bastards and end the political games and career politicians' leeching of the system. Obama embodies all of the things I hated about Bush, and lacks the one thing that I admired Bush for. At least Bush was willing to stand up for America's interests and was willing to tell the rest of the world to (paraphrase) "go fuck themselves". When it comes to foreign policy, Obama is a naive pushover with all of the skill, maturity, and experience of a soiled diaper. I just hope we can get a new Congress in 2010 to slow the march to obsolescence and ruin before it is too late. Then, hopefully in 2012, someone skillful enough to undo the damage will become president. I don’t care what political party wins, I just want people to solve problems and stop playing games. The republicans failed when they were in charge, and now the democrats are failing miserably. We need leaders like Jefferson, Franklin, or Washington, or more recently Reagan and JFK. Hell, I’d even settle for a Bill Clinton at this point. Even he wasn’t willing to destroy the country and he was smart enough to move to the middle out of self-preservation. He was still a disaster on the foreign policy and national security front, but today self-preservation would dictate he make better decisions. People can be reasonable and smart as individuals. Right now special interest groups and politicians are running the country and there is a whole lot of “group think” going on. As Kierkegaard says “the crowd is untruth” and right now the crowd is marching us off of a cliff. 

02 October 2009

Quote of the Day

"He who wishes to fight must first count the cost. When you engage in actual fighting, if victory is long in coming, then men's weapons will grow dull and their ardor will be dampened. If you lay siege to a town, you will exhaust your strength. Again, if the campaign is protracted, the resources of the State will not be equal to the strain. Now, when your weapons are dulled, your ardor dampened, your strength exhausted and your treasure spent, other chieftains will spring up to take advantage of your extremity. Then no man, however wise, will be able to avert the consequences that must ensue... In war, then, let your great object be victory, not lengthy campaigns."



-Sun Tzu

Meanwhile in Afghanistan we sit and wait. The president should read The Art of War.

01 October 2009

What Am I Reading?

I want to address a brief conversation that occurred Monday in class. I was asked “what book are you reading?” I was actually reading three books at once for a while there, but the only one I have yet to completely finish is the 5000 Year Leap by Cleo Skousen. It is the kind of book you can put down for a while and go right back to. That is because it is essentially a history book. It is the Principles of Freedom 101, and it contains historical data and insight into the minds of the Founding Fathers that has been sadly omitted from the crappy history textbooks most schools use these days. It is certainly more accurate and complete than anything I read as a student. I was then asked what else Skousen had written and I wasn’t sure but I thought I saw he had co-written The Real George Washington or The Real Ben Franklin. Turns out I was a little off on my memory there, but he did write a history book called The Making of America. Then the questioner replied “but aren’t those Conservative books?” How does one answer that? I didn’t realize that there was a certain kind of book for a certain group and it was a mutually exclusive relationship. How does a history book qualify as Conservative or otherwise? When I was asked this I simply replied “I don’t know about that…” I had neither the time nor interest in explaining such things to someone who already has decided to see the world through a filter. For some reason, though this has bugged me. I have had instructors in the past that tried to punish me academically for my point of view. I argued with my government teacher and won. I lost points on sociology papers for not conforming to the instructor’s world view. I do not back down from my convictions. I certainly reserve the right to pick my battles, however. The college atmosphere is supposed to embrace diversity, but I have observed a lot of bias and suppression of diversity of thought in my college career up to this point. So yes, I suppose some would qualify these books as Conservative in nature, but they are also liberal. Classical Liberalism believed in individuality, free markets, and limited government intrusion into the lives of the people. Conservatism is Classical Liberalism. Most people do not understand the lexicon, let alone the philosophical ideals behind the political movements that dominate our country. I cannot be corralled into a category. It is not that damn simple and I do not play the stupid partisan games anymore.

30 September 2009

Really? Butt Bombs? Stupid Fucking Terrorists

From Gateway Pundit

Apparently Al-Qaeda thugs have started shoving explosives up their ass. Sick fucks. 

28 September 2009

Foreign Media Gets It

Since there is no objective journalism in America anymore and no honest questioning of Obama's disastrous policies, with few noble exceptions, I have been delighted to see a couple of foreign news outlets go after The One. Here is the most recent example from India.

Via Another Black Conservative

I have some hope that eventually the American media will wake up if not for any other reason than they are losing viewers and/or readers. The old media watchdogs are now lapdogs, but eventually they must wake up or they will be irrelevant and broke.

27 September 2009

Dog-Feces Ice Cream -- By: Mark Steyn

***I really enjoyed this column at NRO, so I have posted it in its entirety.

Dog-Feces Ice Cream -- By: Mark Steyn

Half a decade or so back, I wrote: “It’s a good basic axiom that if you take a quart of ice-cream and a quart of dog feces and mix ’em together the result will taste more like the latter than the former. That’s the problem with the U.N.”
Absolutely right, if I do say so myself. When you make the free nations and the thug states members of the same club, the danger isn’t that they'll meet each other half-way but that the free world winds up going three-quarters, seven-eighths of the way. That’s what happened in New York last week. Barack Obama is not to blame for whichever vagary of United Nations protocol resulted in the president of the United States being the warm-up act for the Lunatic-for-Life in charge of Libya. But it is a pitiful reflection upon the state of the last superpower that, when it comes to the transnational mush drooled by the leader of the free world or the conspiracist ramblings of a terrorist pseudo-Bedouin running a one-man psycho-cult of a basket-case state, it’s more or less a toss-up as to which of them is more unreal. To be sure, Colonel Qaddafi peddled his thoughts on the laboratory origins of “swine flu” and the Zionist plot behind the Kennedy assassination. But, on the other hand, President Obama said: “No nation can or should try to dominate another nation.”
Pardon me? Did a professional speechwriter write that? Or did you outsource it to a starry-eyed runner-up in the Miss America pageant? Whether or not any nation “should try” to dominate another, they certainly “can,” and do so with effortless ease, all over the planet and throughout human history.
And how about this passage?
“I have been in office for just nine months -- though some days it seems a lot longer. I am well aware of the expectations that accompany my presidency around the world. These expectations are not about me. Rather, they are rooted, I believe, in a discontent with a status quo that has allowed us to be increasingly defined by our differences#...#”
Forget the first part: That’s just his usual narcissistic “But enough about me, let’s talk about what the world thinks of me” shtick. But the second is dangerous in its cowardly evasiveness: For better or worse, we are defined by our differences -- and, if Barack Obama doesn’t understand that when he’s at the podium addressing a room filled with representatives of Iran, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, North Korea, Venezuela, and other unlovely polities, the TV audience certainly did when Colonel Qaddafi took to the podium immediately afterwards. They’re both heads of state of sovereign nations. But, if you’re on an Indian Ocean island when the next tsunami hits, try calling Libya instead of the United States and sees where it gets you.
This isn’t a quirk of fate. The global reach that enables America and a handful of others to get to a devastated backwater on the other side of the planet and save lives and restore the water supply isn’t a happy accident but something that derives explicitly from our political systems, economic liberty, traditions of scientific and cultural innovation, and a general understanding that societies advance when their people are able to fulfill their potential in freedom. In other words, America and Libya are defined by their differences.
What happens when you pretend those differences don’t exist? Well, you end up with the distinctively flavored ice cream I mentioned at the beginning. By declining to distinguish between the foreign minister of Slovenia and the foreign minister of, say, Sudan, you normalize not merely the goofier ad libs of a Qaddafi but far darker pathologies. The day after the president of the United States addressed the U.N. General Assembly, the prime minister of Israel took to the podium, and held up a copy of the minutes of the Wansee Conference at which German officials planned the “Final Solution” to their Jewish problem. This is the pathetic state to which the U.N. has been reduced after six decades: The Jew-hatred of Ahmadinejad and others is so routine that a sane man has to stand up in the global parliament and attempt to demonstrate to lunatics that the Holocaust actually happened.
One sympathizes with Benjamin Netanyahu. But he’s missing the point. Ahmadinejad & co aren’t Holocaust deniers because of the dearth of historical documentation. They do so because they can, and because it suits their own interests to do so, and because in the regimes they represent the state lies to its people as a matter of course and to such a degree that there is no longer an objective reality only a self-constructed one. In Libya and Syria and far too many “nations,” truth is simply what the thug in the presidential palace declares it to be. But don’t worry, Obama assures them, we’re not “defined by our differences.” Hey, that’s great, isn’t it? Yet, if you can no longer distinguish between the truth and a lie, why be surprised that the lie metastasizes and becomes, if not yet quite respectable, at least semi-respectable and acceptable in polite society?
Some western nations walked out of Ahmadinejad’s speech: Canada was first; Austria stuck around; America left somewhere in between. “It is disappointing that Mr. Ahmadinejad has once again chosen to espouse hateful, offensive, and anti-Semitic rhetoric,” huffed U.S. spokesman Mark Kornblau.
Oh, come off it, you ludicrous poseur. President Obama’s position is that he’s anxious to hold talks “without preconditions” with his Iranian colleague. How can you do that if you’re going to flounce out like a big drama queen at the first itsy-bitsy pro-forma judenhass?
Although he affects a president-of-the-world manner, I don’t think Barack Obama cares much about foreign affairs one way or the other. He has a huge transformative domestic agenda designed to leave this country looking much closer to the average Continental social democracy. His principal interest in the rest of the planet is that he doesn’t need some nutjob nuking Cleveland before he’s finished reducing it to a moribund socialist swamp. And so, like many European nations, when it comes to the global scene, President Obama has attitudes rather than policies. If you’re on the receiving end -- like Israel, Poland, Honduras -- it’s not pleasant, and it’s going to get worse.
It was striking to hear Qaddafi and Ch├ívez profess their admiration for Obama, call him “our son,” and declare their fond hope that he remain president for life. The Chinese and Russians are more circumspect in public, and laughing their heads off in private. As for the saner members of the U.N., many Europeans still think they’ve got the American president they’ve always wanted: They would agree with John Bolton’s indictment -- that this was a post-American speech by a post-American president -- but mean it as high praise. As the contours of the post-American world emerge, they will have plenty of time to reconsider their enthusiasm.

***Well said.

26 September 2009

Kids Need to be Taught to Think Critically

**In light of recent videos showing kids being indoctrinated and singing a fascist sounding song praising Obama, I thought this short essay was appropriate.


Kids should not be indoctrinated by these leftist goons in the public schools. Something must be done. Children need to be able to think critically so that they can become critical thinking adults. Critical thinking is essential to our Republic. If we are to remain a free and civil society critical thinking is absolutely necessary. Without out it there cannot be self-rule. If critical thinking declines then we as a people and a culture will decline as well. Due to a decline in individualism and critical thinking, several crises have been created which were then exploited by opportunistic politicians who have continued to expand the size and scope of our federal government far beyond the limits intended by our Framers. People have not been critically evaluating those invested with power and we now stand on the brink of soft-tyranny in which the government will control even the most miniscule aspects of our daily life. So for our Republic to survive and our liberty to remain intact we need a new generation of leaders, voters, and Americans to think critically about the issues we face and start solving our problems.
Children are seldom taught critical thinking skills in most schools. This, I think, is by design. Critically thinking children will know when they are being lied to and/or indoctrinated so the government run school systems generally try to suppress critical thinking in the classroom. There are exceptions, however, in many schools where there are good teachers willing to put the effort in to teach these vital skills. I have had many wonderful teachers that challenged me to think critically and I am extremely thankful for it. There are good people fighting the good fight and giving kids the full effort they deserve from their educators.
In my classroom critical thinking would be the focus. I will strive to teach them how to think rather than what to think. I will not lecture in a one-sided fashion. All students will be required to engage in the discussion and ask questions or state a thoughtful point regarding the material presented. I will give them the necessary tools and facts and present my opinions. Then I will encourage lively debate and urge the students to formulate their own points of view. I will assign homework that will spur critical thinking. They will have to write papers and essays on different subject matter. They need to learn how to structure and frame coherent arguments and draw inferences from the factual classroom material I present. I will demonstrate how to break down someone else’s arguments into the essential terms in search of facts and truth. I will teach logical thought processes that have been lost on this day and age. It will be my goal to teach my class how to be a gadfly, as Socrates would put it, and wake the lumbering beasts from their sleep. I will teach them to (paraphrasing G. Washington) flood the battlefield of ideas with honest questions. It will be my goal to teach them to seek out the truth in all cases. That is how critical thinking can be taught, and must be taught to preserve the Republic.

21 September 2009

The Dept. of Justice Probing ACORN

After ACORN officials were shown in city after city to be engaging in illegal activity and tax payer funded fraud, the DOJ is finally investigating!

Way to go BigGovernment.com for breaking the story!

MichelleMalkin.com is also covering the story and says we should pray for the IGs taking on ACORN. I agree, especially after what Obama's thugs did to Gerald Walpin.

18 September 2009

Sacred Honor

Over two hundred years ago a small group of exceptional human beings forged a great country. Born of fire, bullets, and blood the American experiment began with the creation of the world's first government based upon the concepts of natural law. Freedom, liberty, individual responsibility were to be cherished. The tyrants that so dominated human history were to be vanquished under the American system and they were not allowed a foothold here. The Constitution chartered a system of governance that limited the powers of government in favor of the governed. So it was for about a hundred and fifty years. Then something changed. People lost a moral compass neccessary for self-governance. Some citizens discovered that if they voted for certain politicians they would rob the treasury and give them money. The politicians realized they could bribe the people with the people's own money. Government grew as greedy power hungry politicians desired perpetual reelection and the perks of running the government. Politicians were bought and sold by sleazy special interests. Money is the real opiate of the masses. Those with money gained more power, those with the power gained more money. Slowly the Constitution's firewalls were breached and America descended into soft tyranny. More laws, more regulations, more government programs-all destroyed the citizen's confidence and will and freedom. People became dependent on government. People became slaves to the system. Corruption spoils the once hallowed halls in the highest offices of power. The rank festering rot spews a stench that burns the hairs within our nostrils. We know it is there but we plug our nose and look away even as snot stains our hands and tears roll through our eyes. The political elite grow fat on the backs of the American people and yet they cheer "hope and change, hope and change. yeah!" Meanwhile the politicians laugh and slap each other on the back. What a great scam. Slowly some people wake up, but they are insulted, marginalized, despised, attacked, and ignored at the same time. Will it be too late to save the Republic? Hard to say, the State and its minions will not release their jaws from the throats of our people without a fight. You may say that I am overstating the threat. I say that I am awake and you are asleep. Don't worry the time will come when you stand with me. Time wins more minds than reason.

Iraqi Poet

Watch this video of an Iraqi poet. He describes his torture while imprisoned during Saddam's tyranny. He then criticizes Arab poets who glorify war and martydom while promoting tyrants. This is a refreshing point of view from an enlightened Arab poet. We need to hear more from people like him. He condemns the "militaristic" Arab culture of death which is not something most people in this world are willing to do.

Quote of the Day

"Contemplate the mangled bodies of your countrymen, and then say 'what should be the reward of such sacrifices?' ... If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animated contest of freedom, go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen!"

—Samuel Adams

17 September 2009

Are Democrats Starting to Wake Up?

After an estimated 1.7 million people showed up in Washington DC on Saturday Sept. 12, I was hoping there would be more people paying attention to the nightmare unfolding before our eyes. The government power grab and rampant corruption has finally awakened a sleeping giant-the American people. Unfortunately most of the media is compliant with the current regime. All of the major networks and most of the newspapers are firmly in Obama's back pocket. The massive rally in DC last weekend was either ignored or it was riddiculed by snobbish media elites. I am familiar with the 9-12 Project movement and the TEA Party movement. There is an ever increasing number of democrats joining the ranks of these everyday Americans who have never protested before, but are now worried about the direction of their country. I have been wondering where the good democrats were. I know they exist at the local level, but in national politics they are silent. There are no democrat leaders standing up for the Constitution, or even the majority of the American people. Now I will disagree with about everything Russ Feingold stands for, but I applaud him for standing up to Obama. Feingold recently sent a letter to Obama questioning his appointment of multiple "czars".

To me this is a sign of hope. Congress may finally be starting to understand what is happening here. Obama is creating a framework that will one day render Congress irrelevant. The czars are what will be left standing if the system collapses. That is how tyranny will take root on American soil.

Read more here.

15 September 2009

OMG!

This story just keeps getting better. ACORN exposed in Baltimore, D.C., Brooklyn, and now California. This time the ACORN employee names politicians she talks to and bills ACORN is using taxpayer money to lobby for. Still no word from Charlie Gibson.

http://biggovernment.com/2009/09/15/acorn-prostitution-scandal-california-here-we-come/

11 September 2009

09/11/2001

"No arsenal or no weapon in the arsenals of the world is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women" --President Ronald Reagan--

Eight years ago I was stationed at Camp Casey South Korea. It was around 1900 (that's 7pm for you civilian types). I was doing my usual routine: Shining boots, doing laundry, and just generally preparing for the next day. Meanwhile in the United States, an event that would forever change my life took place. It was a bright autumn day stateside. Beautiful. The sun was already going down in Korea. It was just another dreary day in the Army for me. I remember the moment the first plane hit the tower. I was in my barracks room. I heard someone yell down the hall "Holy shit turn on the TV!"I opened the door and looked down the hall. The people were poking their heads out the door to see what the commotion was."A plane just crashed into the World Trade Center!" someone screamed.I ran over to my TV and turned it to the news. I got to it just in time to see the second plane hit the other tower. I remember that feeling. I was confused at first. I remember thinking that one plane could have been an accident. But the moment I watched the second plane hit I realized that these were coordinated attacks. "It can't be real" I thought. It was like someone was standing on my chest. Adrenaline rushed and a great knot welled up in my stomach. I knew that the whole world changed in that instant. I knew that this would invariably change my life in particular. I ran down the hall to the CQ desk a few minutes later. We got the alert roster out. In Korea we are on call at all times. It is essentially a warzone because the North and South Koreans are still technically at war. We accounted for everyone in the unit and then went back to watching the historic events unfold on TV.It was constantly on our minds in the hours and days that followed. We were all itching to go over and make the thugs who attacked us pay. As it were, I would not get my chance for almost two years. Everything changed for us. There were armed patrols and guards at checkpoints everywhere. I remember we could not leave the barracks unless we were in uniform. We could not leave the post unless we had official business to attend to, and only if we were armed and in a group. Korea had its share of criminal elements. North Korean agents were known to execute operations in South Korea. Soldiers had been attacked and even abducted in the past, but it was usually attributed to criminals. Now things were more serious. There were no more light-hearted jokes. There were no more nights in the ville drinking soju.When it became clear that the attackers were Islamofacsist terrorists from the Middle East, eventually some of our heightened security measures relaxed. One of my best friends in Korea was from New York City. He lost friends that day. The terrorists underestimated America. The intent of the attack was to bring us down. They wanted to collapse our economic and political system. They wanted to test our will. The attack failed to achieve its primary objectives. They underestimated the American people. At least for a little while, 9-11 united America. Eventually people forgot what that day felt like. It became too distant. People became too wrapped up in their own lives or in partisan games. Now we have many people trying to drain all meaning from 9-11. We are eliminating the factors that once brought people together and forgetting the emotional upheaval that defined it. We cannot allow people to forget what happened eight years ago today. We cannot condemn our children to suffer the consequences of ignoring history. Hold this day sacred and forget what divides us. Let's hold on to what unites us.

Remember 9-11

Eight years ago today a group of Islamofascists murdered 3,000 Americans. That day should have forever changed America. It didn't. Already most Americans have forgotten what that day felt like. Already most Americans do not understand the sacrifice that so many people made; both the firefighters and other heroes who tried to save lives and the military heroes who struck back in the years since. American has forgotten. Now we have a president who views the CIA and US military with contempt. Instead of supporting the men and women who have kept us safe for the last eight years he wants to prosecute them. Our government is a disgrace. The politicians are the ones that deserve contempt. Our politicians are the ones that should be prosecuted.

Just remember what happened this day. Hold it sacred. To hell with Obama and the rest of the corrupt politicians who will soil the memory of this day.

Here is a website dedicated to teaching kids about 9-11: http://www.learnabout9-11.org/

ACORN Criminal Enterprise Part II

Guess what? They did it again. ACORN cannot claim this to be an isolated incident. The same duo that exposed the Baltimore ACORN office also crashed Washington, DC's ACORN office. They used the same story with similar results. Again from Big Government.com

What is ACORN's excuse? Well they say that the undercover team tried this at other offices and failed. Wow. Big deal . So you had a few offices with employees that were not dumb enough to fall for the sting operation. The fact remains that ACORN employees were actively engaging and accomplices to criminal activity. ACORN calls this a smear campaign. Truth hurts doesn't it ACORN? Where is the rest of the media on this? Oh yeah, they are just as corrupt as ACORN. Nevermind.

10 September 2009

ACORN Criminal Enterprise Further Exposed

Glenn Beck has been all over a story Big Government exposed. Also check Gateway Pundit who has also written on it. Two ACORN employees have been fired and may face criminal prosecution for agreeing to help a couple posing as prostitute and pimp use taxpayer funding to set up a whorehouse and bring 13 year old illegal immigrants from Central America to work there. It was all caught on tape. This is just the sort of thing the media used to love covering, except now it is a liberal democrat powerhouse being investigated. Obama is closely connected to ACORN and so of course anything that would hurt "the chosen one" must be ignored to the furthest extent possible. I am just shocked at how stupid the ACORN employees must be. WOW! These are the kind of people that Obama has associated with his entire life. My that reflects poorly on the "messiah". I hope this doesn't hurt Obama's efforts to nationalize healthcare and destroy our economy.

08 September 2009

50

For my 50th post i am being lazy and linking to another blog.

Video of Congressman Mike Rogers of Michigan
Via Nadmenny Millicent

05 September 2009

We Are a Republic!

I found an interesting post from Pajamas Media. It is a good article, check it out.

I always here people calling our country a democracy. We are a REPUBLIC. We have never been a democracy. There is a very important difference. This is not about semantics or simple ignorance. There are those that have tried to use democracy to bring us tyranny. It is actually happening now. All you have to do is look.

I also found this great video linked in the comments section of the article.


03 September 2009

Hilarious

Op-Toons Review:
http://optoons.blogspot.com/

Moveon.org Thug Bites Off Elderly Man's Finger

This from Gateway Pundit.

A Moveon.org thug who supports Obama's "hellthcare" plan attacked a 65 year old man who was protesting at a rally. There is a lot of confusion about what really happened. The newpapers and other media covering this are naturally blaming the old man. He supposedly punched the Moveon.org robot when he tried to cut through the anti-government run healthcare crowd. Whatever the reason, there is absolutely no excuse for some young thug to so brutally attack a 65 year old man. How barbaric. We are dealing with some seriously sick freaks. The Moveon.org crowd has always been full of loons.

02 September 2009

Can't Stay Away From It

“All 50 States are coordinating in this – as we fight back against our own Right-Wing Domestic Terrorists who are subverting the American Democratic Process, whipped to a frenzy by their Fox Propaganda Network ceaselessly re-seizing power for their treacherous leaders.”
-From Heritage.org

I know I said I would be away from this blog for a while, but I could not let this go. Obama's goons said this on the "Organizing for America" website. It was actually a notice they sent out to members. Obama's thugs should be very careful about what they call propoganda. The Obamaganda spewing from NBC, ABC, and elsewhere is nauseating. If he wants to talk about "subverting the American Democratic Process" let's look at all his czars, the corruption in his staff and affiliations, and the communists and radicals he has surrounded himself with. Obama should be ashamed of himself and his staff. Using 9-11 to try and sell his stupid healthcare plan is absolutely disgraceful.

Thanks to Chris

UPDATE: Here is the website page from the Google Cache http://74.125.93.132/search?q=cache:3kI-WRLXCWwJ:my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/healthcareorganizingevent/gpk4cj&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

**Updated** The worst part about this crap is that the Obamatrons are calling people who disagree with a policy "terrorists". Then they are trying to use 9-11 to force through this riddiculous Obamacare plan. Calling regular Americans domestic terrorists is an insult to those who died on 9-11. It diminishes the severity of the word "terrorist" and it diminishes the memory of that day. Using such a sacred day to try and pass some unpopular and poorly written legislation cheapens the meaning of 9-11. Do these people have no shame? Who are these vacuous fools? Wake up people, we cannot keep playing these stupid games.