Wednesday, December 31, 2008

...And They Think He's Too Conservative

We've been telling the Left for the past three years that our trouble with President Bush is that during his second term he just wasn't Conservative enough... Now it'll be in writing:

"...Republican Party officials say they will try next month to pass a resolution accusing President Bush and congressional Republican leaders of embracing "socialism," underscoring deep dissension within the party at the end of Mr. Bush's administration.

Those pushing the resolution, which will come before the Republican National Committee at its January meeting, say elected leaders need to be reminded of core principles. They said the RNC must take the dramatic step of wading into policy debates, which traditionally have been left to lawmakers.

...If enacted, the resolution would put the party on record opposing the $700 billion bailout of the financial sector, which passed Congress with Republican support and was signed by Mr. Bush, and opposing the bailout of the auto industry.

This time, the backers of the new resolution say they will not be deterred by a fight, and say they have the numbers to pull off this rebellion.
" (source)

Thank goodness...If one more person calls this a "Republican bailout", just because Bush is signing it, my head will explode.

Affair Accusation Aftermath

"A Washington lobbyist sued The New York Times for $27 million Tuesday over an article that she says gave the false impression she had an affair with Sen. John McCain in 1999.

The newspaper stood by the story.

Vicki L. Iseman filed the defamation suit in U.S. District Court in Richmond. It also names as defendants the Times' executive editor, its Washington bureau chief and four reporters."

--and then there's this--

"...After [the National Enquirer] revealed Edwards' affair with Hunter and published photos of him with the baby, the former North Carolina senator confirmed on national TV that he'd lied to the American public while running for president and had cheated on his cancer-stricken wife Elizabeth.

Edwards says he did not father Rielle's baby, but she has privately confided that Edwards is the father..."
So I searched and searched and couldn't find anything about either John Edwards or Rielle Hunter suing the National Enquirer... Hmmmm.

...In a recent CNN poll the American public did put Democrat John Edwards third on the list of 2008's "naughtiest politicians" --after fellow Democrats Rod Blagojevich and Eliot Spitzer. (source)

Unexpected News Thought!!!


President-elect Barack Obama vowed on the campaign trail to shut down the terrorist detention center at Guantanamo Bay. But he never said what he would do with the prisoners there.

What to do with the 250 alleged foreign terrorists at the Cuba prison is the real question facing Obama, experts say. (source)
Well, gee whiz, guys, where the heck was this question a few months ago? Do you really expect us to believe this just occurred to you?

Friday, December 26, 2008


Since last week, authorities have been allowed to use shotguns to kill the 50 to 100 aggressive dogs running loose in the rural northern town of Ferris.

City manager David Chavez said the town had become a dumping ground for the unwanted pets.
...
But animal rights advocates say the problem could be solved in better ways.

They argue the animals could be trapped, or punishment meted out on those who dump the dogs.
(source)

OK, without strictly discussing the merits of the plan, someone tell me how punishing the folks who dumped the dogs is going to help this town get rid of the dogs that are there.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Sighhhhh

Tax cuts for the rich

Gov. David Paterson said Friday that the loss of tax revenue from just six Goldman Sachs' (G: 7.84, 0.11, 1.42%) executives will cost New York $178 million.

The executives complied with the urging of New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and others who said in November that major Wall Street companies benefiting from federal bailouts shouldn't pay out the usual huge bonuses to executives.

Paterson says it is the right thing to do, but the result is a further hit to the fiscal crisis of state government.

"Things could go even more south in a big hurry," Paterson told reporters.

He said Wall Street firms receiving federal bailout did the right thing by forgoing bonuses to their executives, but that has had a devastating effect on New York's fiscal crisis because Wall Street taxes accounted for 30 percent of state revenue in the last fiscal quarter.

"I think it was the right urge," he said, but "the state lost $178 million in that moment."
Ahh, it kills me.

Class envy is certainly a double-edged sword. You get these rich, elite Dems campaigning against the rich elite. Scourgify them! Engender jealousy!

Then something like this happens. What is poor old New York going to do without that money? Ask Caroline Kennedy for it? What, Caroline doesn't pay much income tax? I thought she was rich? Right, but she doesn't work, so her income is interest and sales of stock. Stock sales are capital gains, remember?

Anyway, think about the trickle down effect. A half-billion or so of deferred or unrewarded bonuses. What were those rich people going to do with that money? Stuff their mattresses? I don't think so...

First, they were going to pay taxes. That's out.

Then, political donations. Guess that's gonna take a hit.

Can't buy that yacht, huh? Gee, I guess those guys who make the yachts are probably pretty rich, too. No? Just working class union guys earning $20?

Gonna put off those charitable donations? Too bad.

Can't buy that new car/fur/clothes/plane/remodel the condo? Won't mean much to you or your rich buddies, but what about those workers?

Don't the Dems realize that money actually does flow down, not up?

Demanding a Full Presidential Pardon of Ramos and Compean

Fellow patriot,

This is the most time-sensitive message we've sent to date AND certainly one of the most important...

Fellow border security groups have joined us in rallying on this one poignant issue, which serves as the emblem of the Bush Administration's failed immigration policy...the scandalous prosecution and imprisonment of U.S. Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean.

We've given President Bush plenty of time to consider a pardon, but he's made it clear he's not interested. So now it's our turn to demand a full presidential pardon of Ramos and Compean.

With just over 30 days left of the Bush Administration, time has come to make it clear to the president that we will no longer tolerate his willful ignorance on this injustice!

DEMAND A PARDON FOR RAMOS AND COMPEAN!


It's appalling to learn that President Bush has already issued 14 pardons and 2 commutations including the following:

-a gangsta rapper turned drug dealer
-income tax evaders
-bank embezzlers

Not to mention that the Bush Administration has led the charge in bailing out miscreant Wall Street fat-cats, but continues to turn a blind eye to Ramos and Compean who are still serving a combined 23-year federal prison sentence!

Border security patriot, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, opined:

"The fact that the president has neglected to free these men from their imprisonment while freeing drug dealers, embezzlers and other criminals is insulting to the American people. For the sake of justice, let's hope this is not the last round of pardons and commutations."


And conservative stalwart, Phyllis Schlafly, inveighed:

"The severity of these charges and the harshness of the punishment are totally disproportionate to the violation in question. Even the illegal drug smuggler, Osvaldo Aldrete-Davila, was sentenced to less prison time than our fellow American border guards!"
(Read the entire piece)

Lou Dobbs agrees.

The continued imprisonment of these border agents seems to have emboldened the open border advocates...as the ACLU is now challenging border patrol's searches. And agents are now afraid to return fire even when they are in danger. It's a sad state of affairs.

I wish someone could explain to me why President Bush has not pardoned these men...especially when there are so many calling for their freedom. There has been a petition containing 425,000 names delivered to the White House --but it's not too late for you to call, write or email the President and your Senators... Most say the chances of O! pardoning Compean and Ramos is slim, so time is running out to get through to President Bush.

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Monday, December 22, 2008

Comforter in Chief



I have a couple of friends at work who are rabid Obama supporters, and just as rabid Bush haters. Suffer from BDS severely. Conversations with them are difficult, as they feel it is necessary to demonize and personally attack Bush.

I don't like Obama's politics, as he has stated them. However, I think he's probably a pretty OK guy. He seems to get along with his wife and his daughters seem great. He would probably be a pretty good neighbor. Share a couple of beers, throw a couple of steaks on the grill, go to the gym.

I don't hate Obama. I don't have any particular personal feeling for the guy. Actually, with the way his politics seem to be falling out since the election, I don't think he's going to be as bad as we thought. Bad, sure enough, but not that bad.

And that seems to be the way most McCain supporters are coming down. Come to think of it, that's the way conservatives/Republicans always come down. Feelings get hot during the campaign, but then we settle down, work the politics and try again next time.

Lefties, OTOH, get so caught up in the hate that they can't seem to separate the person from the politics. The hate is so strong that they can't allow the opposition to have any human qualities, be about anything good.

Since the election, the press has deigned to allow us to find out that Bush won the war in Iraq. More and more articles are coming out about how soldiers and their families actually supported the mission in Iraq.

Now we have this article about Bush and Cheney and their support for the wounded troops. President Bush actually personally wrote the families of each soldier who died. Astounding.

What will this do to BDS? Oh, they'll probably claim that President Bush released this in an effort to clean up his image.

Politically Correct Nativity?

...Apparently this resided in Florida.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Ooops




You Don't Know Much About Christmas



You only got 4/10 correct



So you don't know all of the history and trivia of the holidays...

As long as you remember to put out some cookies for Santa, you're still ahead of the game.



Random Christmas fact: In early England, the traditional Christmas dinner was a pig's head prepared with mustard.

Friday, December 19, 2008

I Know Where He Can Put His Shoe


I am SO sick of hearing about this Egyptian "journalist" (Muntadhar al-Zeidi) that threw his nasty shoes at President Bush.

First off, I hope all of his secret service on duty that day were fired...their reaction time was insanely slow. When I met John McCain they patted down my pregnant belly as if I was a walking IED -yet somehow this guy is able to get both shoes off his feet and flying through the air...?

Secondly, how is this fool a hero now? Fathers are offering him their daughters? (Though I guess that should be enough said right? I was going to say what kind of people are these, but there you have it).

What would have happened if they would have thrown a shoe during a Presidential conference under Saddam?! WMD or not, al Qaeda or not...their country is a better placenow because of Bush. Regardless of the in-fighting among Americans about whether or not it should have been OUR blood and money that disposed their despot...THEY have benefited and now they're uppity? I was glad to see that Laura wasn't amused either.

Ya know, I've changed my mind and I'm with Barack. Pull out every last Soldier and Marine. God forbid another one of them die for this ungrateful, ass backwards country.

Kennedy & Blagojevich


Funny how the Caroline Kennedy story keeps following the Rod Blagojevich story and I haven't heard one reporter comment that they're basically THE SAME story.

Blagojevich was trying to sell Barack's Senate seat for money and favors on the down low and David Paterson gets to do it under the spotlights.

Caroline has worked to keep herself from public life and her only experience is endorsing Obama. So, much like Illinois governor, it seems the governor of New York will make the determination based on money and favors...

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I know I just used this in a post, but it's WAY too good not to make it a 'Caption It':

Someone's always watching!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Purpose Driven Barack?


"Gay rights advocates are rallying in opposition to the choice of evangelical megapastor Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama next month.

Shortly after inaugural organizers announced the lineup for the ceremony yesterday, the Human Rights Campaign sent a blistering letter to Obama (D) in which it called the choice of Warren "a genuine blow" to gay Americans, who supported Obama overwhelmingly in his race against Republican nominee John McCain.

The letter noted Warren's vocal support of California's Proposition 8, a ballot measure banning gay marriage in the state that was approved by California voters last month. "By inviting Rick Warren to your inauguration, you have tarnished the view that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans have a place at your table," the letter said.

...[H]e has earned the ire of liberals with his opposition to abortion, same-sex marriage and stem-cell research -- stances that are well in line with his faith as a Southern Baptist preacher." (source)

Truthfully I don't know much about Rick Warren and big tent pastors scar me a bit (especially after the Ted Haggard debacle)...and I've never read his book. BUT, anyone that has the Left's panties in such a bunch...

Over at the DU they are asking members to "barrage the inbox" of the transition team to let them know they hate Warren --and they warn members "not to mention they're a Dem."

And the Kos kids are wondering if there wasn't another choice that wasn't "a spit in the eye of the GBLT community".

I thought keeping Gates on as SoD was the first Obama booboo in the eye's of the Left, but HuffPo claims asking Warren to say a prayer is the "first real rift with Progressives."

California?


Do you know what happened back in 1850, 158 years ago?

California became a state.

The State had no electricity.

The State had no money.

Almost everyone spoke Spanish.

There were gunfights in the streets.

So basically, it was just like it is today, except then women's breasts were real and the men didn't hold hands.

ht ts

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

LDS Backlash

Last night I was trying to figure out how I had become such a scourge to the Mormon faith...and I settled on the fact that it's their insecurity in their beliefs and not my words about them.

Presumably, they sniggered as I pointed out ridiculousness in Islam and chuckled when the Catholics were garnering my scorn...but say something about LDS and I'm a monster? Let me fill my Mormon friends in on something... The Man is an atheist --yes, I am "unequally yoked"-- who constantly makes fun of my beliefs (the "running joke" is that "mom doesn't believe in dinosaurs") and I don't cry or write him ten page emails because I am secure in my beliefs (and know that Christians do indeed believe in dinosaurs). If I think your religion is a cult...what do you care? If you're confident in what you've been taught, it shouldn't matter. I fully believe that Jesus is the son of God, yet manage to have many Jewish friends...

Here is a snippet of the latest in a never-ending barage of Mormon mail:

"I ask you to please take the picture off your blog. It is the decent thing to do. I see it as a type of voyeurism- those garments are considered sacred and private. You are not different than those "up-skirt" perverts. Would you be happy if someone posted personal pictures of you for the entire world to see? Please, do the right thing and take the pictures off your blog."

Let's address this picture in question-the one I've now so callously re-posted being the "up the shirt pervert" I am.

You may find it amazing to learn that I didn't fly to Utah to procure this picture...I found it ONLINE simply by typing 'LDS garments' in to Google. I would assume that means one of your fellow Mormons allowed the photo to be taken AND placed it on the world wide web...yet somehow *I* am the pervert?

I realize you're mad I always refer to the "sacred garments" as "magic underpants" but that's just semantics (and you must admit, the latter is funnier). You can try (as you have) to like the magic underpants to a yamika or crucifix, but if your religion choose personal items as the symbol that brings you closer to your god...that's hardly non-Mormons fault.

I don't feel the need to defend Christianity to you or to explain its theology and don't understand why you feel you need to preach Joseph Smith Jr. to me... If we agree politically, that's cool... I'm sure you're a very nice person and, really, we don't need to agree on everything. 

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Death Trap?



Understand that I am only 5'2.

A car the size of MY arm span just can't be safe. I wouldn't drive this thing on I-95 even if gas was $10 gallon.

They claim it's safe, but I aint buying it...it looks like a roller skate made for Andre the Giant. I might lose against an 18 wheeler in my Explorer, but I bet I have a WAy better chance than the "Smart" car.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Unexcused Absence

No, I have a doctor's note...really!

Sorry for my lack of posting this week --there were some things I really wanted to talk about too. I have been barraged with winter concerts, ear infections (and subsequent doctor visits, but better than the Scarlett Fever he had a few years ago!) and an unshakable malaise...

Should antibiotics take effect, I hope to return tomorrow and fill you in on my continued hate mail from the Mormon community...

-A.

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Saturday, December 13, 2008

$1.63

I just FILLED the Explorer for $26. Needless to say, I didn't think it was actually full for that paltry amount so I ended up with gasoline all over my hands and boots...

$3.11!!!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Hey Fitzy: Why Now?


Patrick Fitzgerald said he abruptly brought to light the ongoing investigation of Blagojevich with the 6 am arrest so a replacement for Barack Obama wouldn't be appointed under those nefarious conditions. But, since he IS still the governor AND we have a presumption of innocence in this country...Blagojevich could still make the Senate appointment.



So was there a higher purpose for the abrupt halt to the undercover portion of this sting--? What would be important enough to the supposedly non-political, non-partisan Fitzgerald that would prompt him to forfeit expanding the drag net?



Perhaps it was to protect the President Elect? Were Obama's people getting close to involving and incriminating themselves? With the country's financial situation so precarious did the powers-that-be decide the country couldn't take another blow...especially at the executive level?



Definitely something to think about...love O! Or hate him...there's no denying he's a product of Chicago politics and apparently all that that entails.



And I think it's about time for Colin Powell to STFU. I didn't hear him calling on Al Franken or NPR to stop talking during the last 8 years. The "reasons" for his O! endorsement already had him voted off the island in my mind...


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Obamarama

Just as I was taking pictures of this to post here, there was a commercial on for "the next episode of Inside Edition we'll have an Obama girls fashion show where we'll showcases some of the dresses the girls could end up wearing to the inauguration."

Good Lord. I guess he's bringin' Erkel back...

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Obama's Endorsement


I'm not insinuating that Obama knew what Illinois mayor Rod Blagojevich was up to...but you can't listen to the tapes of this guy and tell me that it wasn't obvious he was a slimy little 'anything goes' kinda guy.

THIS is what Conservatives meant during the election when we pointed to people like Reverend Wright and Ayres...Obama has a well documented history of BAD JUDGMENT and shady associations. He's from Chicago, it's inevitable. Chicago, New Orleans and Philly are all notorious of their play-to-play politics ---and quite frankly if you can make it in any of the aforementioned...your probably not opposed to engaging.

Aside from the discrepancy between Obama's response to the scandal and his adviser David Axelrod, is the fact that Obama personally endorsed this man twice:

In 2004, then-Gov. Blagojevich enthusiastically endorsed Obama for the Senate seat after he won the nomination, and Obama endorsed Blagojevich for his 2006 re-election race in early 2005.

In the Summer of 2006, then-U.S. Sen. Obama backed Blagojevich even though there were serious questions at the time about Blago's hiring practices.

At the Illinois State Fair in August 2006, Obama spoke on Blagojevich's behalf.

"We've got a governor in Rod Blagojevich who has delivered consistently on behalf of the people of Illinois," Obama told the crowd.

In January 2007, Blagojevich's office reserved the Old State Capitol for Mr. Obama's presidential announcement at Obama's request..." (source)


So I guess P.E. Obama now either admits he would bestow something as (supposedly) meaningful as an endorsement with no real knowledge or research -or- that he knew this guy and overlooked his heinous demeanor...

This all got me thinking about an old boyfriend who used to blame everyone around him when bad things would happen...and it always annoyed me that he failed to see that he was the common denominator in EVERY equation.

Remember Fitzmas past? ;)

Oprah's Weight...News?

"Talk show host Oprah Winfrey says she is mad at herself, and embarrassed, for allowing her weight to balloon to 200 pounds.

The cover line of the magazine reads, "How did I let this happen again?"

"I'm mad at myself," Winfrey says in the accompanying article, released on Tuesday. "I'm embarrassed. I can't believe that after all these years, I'm still talking about my weight."

In the article, Winfrey describes how her thyroid problem contributed to her weight, which went from 160 pounds a couple of years ago to 200 pounds today...." (source)

After my initial reaction of "Who gives a crap what Oprah weighs?" I realized this means two things:

A) All that talk of "healthy" eating being just as fulfilling as junk food if you know what to make is the giant, steaming heap of BS that we knew it was.

B) If Oprah was not a multi-millionaire with personal trainers, personal chefs and nutritionists, she would most likely be one of those people that needs a wall removed to get them out of their house.

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Tuesday, December 09, 2008

OBAMA SMOKES! What Will the Children Think!?

He said he quit! He lied to the American people during an election and now we find he's been cheating and sneaking those awful cancer sticks. His backsliding makes a mockery of all the work his party has done to spread the joy of smoking bans around the country. How can the crunchy granola kids work to outlaw something their fearless leader partakes in?! He is so selfish...now their hair might smell like his Marlboro reds! What kind of example is this man setting for the youth of America? He's the Messiah, the second coming, the great Hope for Change-- and if HE smokes, it must be COOL to smoke. Isn't this what all the kids with his face all over their t-shirts and Vans will think?

I mean even the NYT's judgmental Maureen Dowd is romanticizing Obama's smoking by claiming it makes him "intriguingly imperfect." (source)

Of course I'm being sarcastic. Personally I could care less if Obama smokes or not, but when the press and the left stop swooning they really should be holding him to account for this (as not to add to the great and growing list of hypocrisy and double standards). Obama is a much bigger celebrity then Joe the Camel and Al Gore worked to get him banned (source)...

...Though it's nice to know that I have more self-control than the hero of the Left. I haven't even had a drag since I quit back in April. ;)

We *Are* the Smartest!

Non-FictionSee, GOP "Jingoism" is warranted! ;)

"...The average Arab in the Middle East reads approximately four pages worth of literature a year, according to a RIA Novosti Russian news service report published in November.

The Syrian newspaper Tishreen, commenting on a recent survey conducted by the United Nations, said that according to the study, Americans read an average of 11 books a year, with the average Briton reading eight books.

The U.N. survey reported that every year, one new book title is published per 12,000 people in the Arab world, as compared with one per 500 people in Britain. Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) says Israel publishes more than 4,000 books a year, making Israel the second highest per-capita publisher in the world, after the People's Republic of China.

The United Nations Development Programme Literacy Report for 2007-2008 listed Israel in 56th place for world literacy, with the Palestinian Authority coming in 80th, Jordan 84th, Lebanon 97th, Iran 114th, Syria 120th, and Egypt in 132nd place..." (source)

See Gwenyth Paltrow took Apple and Moses and Moved to the UK because Americans just weren't well-read and cultured enough for her...and here all along we are averaging 3 more books a year than your average Brit.

...And I will resist the urge to point out the seeming correlation between illiteracy and adherence to Islam.

For the Girls



Not that I'm advocating drug store cologne...but good God! Go Patriots! :D

Monday, December 08, 2008

Liberals Feeling Slighted By O!...?



"...Liberals are growing increasingly nervous – and some just flat-out angry – that President-elect Barack Obama seems to be stiffing them on Cabinet jobs and policy choices.

Obama has reversed pledges to immediately repeal tax cuts for the wealthy and take on Big Oil. He’s hedged his call for a quick drawdown in Iraq. And he’s stocking his White House with anything but stalwarts of the left.


Now some are shedding a reluctance to puncture the liberal euphoria at being rid of President George W. Bush to say, in effect, that the new boss looks like the old boss.

“He has confirmed what our suspicions were by surrounding himself with a centrist to right cabinet. But we do hope that before it's all over we can get at least one authentic progressive appointment,” said Tim Carpenter, national director of the Progressive Democrats of America.

OpenLeft blogger Chris Bowers went so far as to issue this plaintive plea: “Isn't there ever a point when we can get an actual Democratic administration?”

Even supporters make clear they’re on the lookout for backsliding. “There’s a concern that he keep his basic promises and people are going to watch him,” said Roger Hickey, a co-founder of Campaign for America’s Future.

Obama insists he hasn’t abandoned the goals that made him feel to some like a liberal savior. But the left’s bill of particulars against Obama is long, and growing.

The central premise of the left’s criticism is direct – don’t bite the hand that feeds, Mr. President-elect. The Internet that helped him so much during the election is lighting up with irritation and critiques..." (Read the entire piece)

There's also this Article about keeping Gates at the pentagon by one of the Kos Kids. And, just to be fair...I actually found a Kos Kid with a sense of humor...they actually had this linked as "Obama's secret":



It would appear the Left is becoming increasingly nervous, but one of my brothers just cautioned me about assigning the views and opinions of Kos and the DU to him...and in return he wouldn't link Coulter's views to me.

...Then I was trying to remember if Ann and I have ever disagreed...

And reiterating my point from the other day:


;)

No One Fails in Grand Rapids, Michigan

"...For more students nationwide, the grading alphabet ends at "D," as school districts eliminate policies that allow children to be given failing marks.

At public schools in Grand Rapids, Mich., high school students will no longer receive "F"s but instead will earn the letter "H" when their work falls woefully short.

Superintendent Bernard Taylor told ABCNews.com that the "H" stands for "held," and is a system designed to give students a second chance on work that was not up to par.

"I never see anyone doing anything but punishing kids," said Taylor. "If the choice is between letting kids fail and giving them another opportunity to succeed, I'm going to err on the side of opportunity." (source)

I guess I understand the premise here... It's fine to want kids to have every opportunity to pass, but truthfully I think a lot of kids have to see that red 'F' to motivate them to work harder. I think many parents need to see the 'F' too for them to crack down or to find their child outside help/tutoring, etc. And for some kids I'm sure just the possibility of the 'F' keeps them more focused than if it were taken away.

Exception to the Rule

I don't usually post 'feel good pet stories'...BUT, this was just too cool:

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GM CEO & UAW President:

Thursday, December 04, 2008

I Don't Want My Money in GM



GM has submitted their restructuring plan to Congress and there is a great WSJ article you can read for the Cliff Notes:

"If you’re a U.S. taxpayer you ought to read GM’s “Restructuring Plan for Long-Term Viability.” By the end of next year, you’ll own a good chunk of this company, so you might as well familiarize yourself with what’s going on there.

...nowhere in the document does GM lay out, year by year, its own projected market share. This is perhaps the most critical part of any business plan. The kind of thing you learn in the first day of business school." (source)

If you have trouble keeping track, General Motors owns:
-Buick
-Cadillac
-Chevrolet
-Daewoo (GM owns 44%)
-Fiat (GM has decided to divorce itself from Fiat as of Feb '05, but will retain 10% ownership.)
-GMC
-Holden
-Hummer
-Oldsmobile (brand discontinued)
-Opel
-Pontiac
-Saab
-Saturn
-Suzuki (2.5%, from 20%)
-Vauxhall (Who Owns Who)

...Now Chrysler I might consider. At least they make some decent vehicles.

That's Our Fast Eddie...

"...Politicians are supposed to watch what they say - especially when a nearby microphone might be on.

But, yesterday in Philadelphia, Gov. Ed Rendell made some blunt remarks that could be construed as insulting, if not sexist, about Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano, chosen for Homeland Security chief by President-elect Barack Obama.

A spokesman for Rendell downplayed any controversy, saying that Pennsylvania's governor "meant no disrepect."

Rendell's words were picked up by an open microphone at the podium of the National Governor's Conference, held yesterday morning at Independence Hall.

"Janet's perfect for that job," Rendell is heard to say. "Because for that job, you have to have no life. Janet has no family. Perfect. She can devote, literally, 19, 20 hours a day to it."
(source)

When will newscasters and politicians learn to keep their mouths shut when a mic is clipped to their lapel...

Now see, I think it's a stretch to call this remark sexist. Mean and catty? Yes. But sexist? No.

...Then again, the no life, no family thing probably wouldn't have been brought up at all had she been a man...

But, I'm not sure Rendell knows what to say when the labour unions' hands aren't up his back.

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Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Why This Election (Selection) Has Bothered Me So Much


At first I though I was just a sore loser (and there is a bit of that I'm sure), but this week I''ve come to grips with the fact that my discontent goes way deeper than that.

Before Americans pulled their respective levers last month, I found myself arguing passionately with people I'd never argued with...and about politics-a discussion I prefer to avoid in my 'real life.'. I realize that's normal amidst a contentious election...but it's still happening and I almost let a back and forth with my brother-in-law ruin my Thanksgiving.

I have such a sore spot about it. But it's not the Republican-Democrat thing, it's the Male-Female thing.

I literally get offended each time someone goes on about how 'ground-breaking' and 'historic' Obama's election is. Why? Haven't we been told for years and years that a man is a man regardless of his skin color? Haven't we as a nation striven for color blindness? I guess the problem must originate with my progressive mind. See, all that wasn''t lip service to me. I truly believe all men are alike...so gee, another MAN was elected president after hundreds of years of MEN being President. How incredibly ground breaking. Just because his skin is half darker than mine it's an earth shattering event? Sorry to be crude, but until the Oval Office is penis free...it's just business as usual in the old boy's club.

Listen, I'm not playing dumb...I realize I'm supposed to be thrilled that the country isn't as racist as we thought it was... I guess I just never expected Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin to elucidate that it's way more sexist than racist.

My epiphany came yesterday at a Audi-Infinity dealer. My sister was commenting on the lack of eye-candy amongst the salesman and then on the fact there wasn't a woman in the entire dealership.
"That's because most men wouldn't buy a car from a woman...especially an expensive car. We can serve them food, teach their kids, and bring them a bedpan, but never fix their cars, defend their country or God forbid be Commander In Chief."

So there it is. It isn't just Card Check, the Fairness Doctrine and Union ass kissing... It's how Hillary and Sarah were treated and how the whole election was framed.

I thought we'd gained more ground since women's suffrage than being reduced to an SNL skit.


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"...Today's journalists, already the most educated crop of reporters and editors ever, need more ongoing education so they can interview with sophistication, research with understanding and report with credibility, but when it's time to write Meyer suggests they shed the sheepskins and scribble their stories at a sixth- to eighth-grade level, a range he identifies as the sweet spot of newspaper readability..." (source")

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Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Bail Out...BAD
Accountability...GOOD


The Wall Street bail out and impending Main Street bail out have me more worked up than any political move in years.

I guess because it hits so close to home. The Man and I's small business had too many things in accounts receivable but was still keeping afloat until a GC that owed our business $60K went bankrupt...

No one bailed us out and unlike the "Big 3" our demise wasn't by any fault of our own. Why are factory line jobs more important than anyone else's across the country?

Why should the average taxpayer have to foot the bill for Union benefits when the Union already got their dues? Why should the average taxpayer foot the bill for the "job bank" (big 3 employees sitting at their houses)? Why should they have to pay for some Union worker's benefits while already shouldering the burden of their own? ...And don't give me the "we can't lose this industry" crap. We won't lose it...it'll just evolve into a more efficient model as it should have already.

Funny how people on the Left have those little Darwin fish all over their cars...but they can't stomach letting the theory play out in real life. The American FREE MARKET system is all about survival of the fittest. You give the people what they want, at the prices they want or you evolve and if you can't...you fail.

For those that haven't seen this --it's pretty sobering:

Jim Bianco of Bianco Research crunched the inflation adjusted numbers. The bailout has cost more than all of these big budget government expenditures – combined:

• Marshall Plan: Cost: $12.7 billion, Inflation Adjusted Cost: $115.3 billion
• Louisiana Purchase: Cost: $15 million, Inflation Adjusted Cost: $217 billion
• Race to the Moon: Cost: $36.4 billion, Inflation Adjusted Cost: $237 billion
• S&L Crisis: Cost: $153 billion, Inflation Adjusted Cost: $256 billion
• Korean War: Cost: $54 billion, Inflation Adjusted Cost: $454 billion
• The New Deal: Cost: $32 billion (Est), Inflation Adjusted Cost: $500 billion (Est)
• Invasion of Iraq: Cost: $551b, Inflation Adjusted Cost: $597 billion
• Vietnam War: Cost: $111 billion, Inflation Adjusted Cost: $698 billion
• NASA: Cost: $416.7 billion, Inflation Adjusted Cost: $851.2 billion

TOTAL: $3.92 trillion

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data courtesy of Bianco Research

That is $686 billion less than the cost of the credit crisis thus far.

The only single American event in history that even comes close to matching the cost of the credit crisis is World War II: Original Cost: $288 billion, Inflation Adjusted Cost: $3.6 trillion. (source)

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I'm not ashamed to say that I was unsure about many of these... I was honestly shocked I did so well. Damn...I rule. ;)




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Monday, December 01, 2008

Obama's Cabinet


Over the weekend I told my brother-in-law (yes, another damn lib in the family) that Obama IS far left regardless of his campaign or his cabinet choices. That fact was not manufactured by the "divisive right" (his contention), but has been evidenced by his own words in both speeches and his books...and in his minimal voting record.

If indeed his recent induction into the "real word" (meeting with the NSA, FBI, CIA etc.) has prompted him more to the middle then more power to him.

As I have said here before, I will show more respect than has been shown for "My President" (though I'm thinking a lawsuit for taxation without representation in light of the total Dem control might be in order). I will not buy an 'Impeach Obama' sticker unless he passes card Check or the Fairness Doctrine --as both infringe on the Constitution of this United States of America.

So, I wanted to hear what you all think about the (latest three appointments:

Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State
Robert Gates, Secretary of Defense
Gen. Jim Jones, National Security Adviser

"...A coalition of liberal groups is planning to set up tents in January near Obama’s home in Hyde Park, Chicago, in the hope that their presence will “remind” the president-elect of his promises.

While many Democrats hope that Obama will reassure them once he gets into office, Jodie Evans, a well-known activist, told the Politico website last week that the president-elect was already “violating the people’s mandate”. Nor have Democrats been encouraged by Republican applause for the president-elect’s appointments. Max Boot, a foreign policy adviser to Senator John McCain, said last week he had previously been sceptical[sic] of Obama’s “moderate posturing”, but had been “gob-smacked” by an Obama team that was “stunning in its moderation”. Boot added: “Most of these appointments could just as easily have come from a President McCain.”

Most dispiriting of all for devotees of Obama’s mantra of “change” was a qualified thumbs up from Karl Rove, the Machiavellian mastermind behind Bush’s election victories. Rove declared that Obama’s economic team was “reassuring”, and that “he has generally surrounded himself with intelligent mainstream advisers”. One Democratic strategist noted, not entirely facetiously: “If Rove likes us, we must be in trouble.” (source)

Obama's base seems pissed and the right is still stinging and will remain cautious regardless of his appointments... Could the first pedals have fallen from the bloom this soon?

Black Friday Bargains?



"...At 5:03 a.m. Friday, customers surged toward a Long Island Wal-Mart store's entrance.

A 34-year-old temporary employee was killed when a "throng of shoppers . . . physically broke down the doors, knocking him to the ground," (source)


They now know this security officer was trying to protect a pregnant woman from suffering the same fate when he was taken down.

"....Two men shot and killed each other in a crowded Toys R Us shop in southern California on Friday as shoppers thronged to the sales on what is normally one of the biggest retail days of the year in the US.

The shootings at the Toys R Us in Palm Desert, 120 miles east of Los Angeles, came after two women shopping with children became involved in a fight near the checkout. As a crowd gathered around the bloody fight, Juan Meza, 28, who was with one of the women, stepped forward and pulled a gun from his pocket.

Another man, 39-year-old Alejandro Moreno, also produced a gun and chased Meza through the shop. The two men exchanged gunfire as terrified shoppers dropped to the floor or fled the store.

The bodies of the two men were found near the front of the shop, with two guns lying near them..." (source)


I have never gone shopping on Black Friday. To my knowledge there is NO sale, deal, or bargain worth me getting up that early and competing with that many people. Maybe I'm wrong?

The people at that Wal-mart should be so incredibly disgusted in themselves --and for what? It's not like they were giving away a house to the first 100 people. None of the news stories say what item they were there for...not that it would justify a death, but maybe reiterate the senselessness for the throngs of Black Friday maniacs...

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