Monday, May 31, 2010

They Died For Us


"Today is the day we put aside to remember fallen heroes and to pray that no heroes will ever have to die for us again. It's a day of thanks for the valor of others, a day to remember the splendor of America and those of her children who rest in this cemetery and others. It's a day to be with the family and remember...

...And we owe them something, those boys. We owe them first a promise: That just as they did not forget their missing comrades, neither, ever, will we. And there are other promises. We must always remember that peace is a fragile thing that needs constant vigilance. We owe them a promise to look at the world with a steady gaze and, perhaps, a resigned toughness, knowing that we have adversaries in the world and challenges and the only way to meet them and maintain the peace is by staying strong.

That, of course, is the lesson of this century, a lesson learned in the Sudetenland, in Poland, in Hungary, in Czechoslovakia, in Cambodia. If we really care about peace, we must stay strong. If we really care about peace, we must, through our strength, demonstrate our unwillingness to accept an ending of the peace. We must be strong enough to create peace where it does not exist and strong enough to protect it where it does. That's the lesson of this century and, I think, of this day. And that's all I wanted to say. The rest of my contribution is to leave this great place to its peace, a peace it has earned.

Thank all of you, and God bless you, and have a day full of memories."

-President Ronald Reagan, Remarks at a Memorial Day Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia May 26, 1986 (Read the whole speech here)

(Some more of my recent DC pics)

Saturday, May 29, 2010

End the Fed


Take the TEA PARTY quiz.

What stood out for me? The IRS will cut down 300,000 tress to send out the tax forms for 2010 alone?! Is that addressed in Cap N Trade? How is that GREEN?

Friday, May 28, 2010

Meet Obama's New Director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services

"...During the debate over ObamaCare, the bill’s opponents were excoriated for talk of rationing and “death panels.” And in fairness, with a few minor exceptions governing Medicare reimbursements, the law does not directly ration care or allow the government to dictate how doctors practice medicine.

But if President Obama wanted to keep a lid on that particular controversy, he just selected about the worst possible nominee for director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the office that oversees government health care programs. Obama’s pick, Dr. Donald Berwick, is an outspoken admirer of the British National Health Service and its rationing arm, the National Institute for Clinical Effectiveness (NICE).

“I am romantic about the National Health Service. I love it,” Berwick said during a 2008 speech to British physicians, going on to call it “generous, hopeful, confident, joyous, and just.” He compared the wonders of British health care to a U.S. system that he described as trapped in “the darkness of private enterprise.”

“NICE is not just a national treasure,” he says, “it is a global treasure.”

And, Dr. Berwick wants to bring NICE-style rationing to this country. “It’s not a question of whether we will ration care,” he said in a magazine interview for Biotechnology Healthcare, “It is whether we will ration with our eyes open.” (Read the whole story)

(H/T: Cato Institute)

"Crucial Races" List?

I was thinking we should compile a "Crucial Mid-Term Races" list so those willing to donate or volunteer can use their time and cash most effectively.

I am staring the list with Pennsylvania Senate candidate PAT TOOMEY to the list. Also, Florida's ALLEN WEST.

I think Republicans need 40 seats to retake majority in the House and 11 seats in the Senate.

Doable?

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Governor Christie: Make That ONE Thing I Like About Jersey...

I've liked him since his campaign, but I got a little crush-on when I saw this news feed:



And now I think I might be fully in love now that he's repeatedly smacked down the teacher's union:

"New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie -- speaking at The Plaza hotel about his plan to cap property-tax increases at 2.5 percent -- ripped into his state's teachers association yesterday, blasting it as an "an absolutely out-of-control union that is used to getting everything it wants."

The famously blunt governor said the Garden State must work aggressively to slash spending and cut taxes.

Speaking to a receptive crowd at an event for the right-of-center Manhattan Institute, the Republican pol warned, "We are careening our way toward becoming Greece." (source)

Here's another video of Gov. Christie confronting a teacher about her salary. (H/T: Sam)

He's like the Tony Soprano of the Republican Party and I'm digging it!

Putting Libertarian Values to the Test

Should a City/Town/Borough have any say over the appearance of your property? If one would need a hunting license to venture through your grass, if you have trash/furniture outside or visible and overflowing trash cans?

The Man and I were talking about this yesterday because two of our friends get harassed quite often for one reason or another. The Libertarian in me says, No Way! You should be able to let your grass grow as long as you want and make a living room in old furniture on your lawn if you want...

...but then under my breath I say, As long as you're not my neighbor.

It's a hard call. Private property is private property, but anyone from the Philly area knows that having any land worth speaking about is few and far between here --many in the city have no grass at all. So you are literally right on top of your neighbors...looking at each other if you're outside at the same time. The Man and I are pretty anal about our little yard and when our next door neighbor (who blessedly I think is agoraphobic) decides to put an old rusty chair with his sun bleached hose right next to our fence --it drives me INSANE (I just planed grape vines to cover the fence and obscure his yard from our view).

But I wouldn't call the police over it.

Ugh. It's a tough call. I think I could go on for hours making the argument for both sides...

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Mosque at Ground Zero


"After hours of emotional public comment, a New York city community board has voted overwhelmingly to support a plan to build a mosque and cultural center near Ground Zero.

"It's a seed of peace," board member Rob Townley said. "We believe that this is significant step in the Muslim community to counteract the hate and fanaticism in the minority of the community."

C. Lee Hanson, whose son, Peter, died in the trade center, said he opposed the project, not because he was intolerant but because it would be insensitive to build a tribute to Islam so close to Ground Zero." (source)

Has everyone been following this?

Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs has really been at the forefront of this fight. Be sure to read about all the work and research she's done on this, it's well worth your time. (Someone at the meeting actually had the audacity to say "let's turn 911 into something very very positive!"?! ugh.)
The community board meeting is also blogged over at Jihad Watch.

I haven't posted about it because stories like this really give me a strange, Twilight Zone feeling...some call it a 9/10 mentality...but I just find it eerie. There are already 200+ Mosques in NY...is there really NEED for another or is this a passive-aggressive SLAP IN THE FACE to non-Muslims?

No Obama for Military Honor?

Sadly, This Comes As No Great Surprise.


"...On Monday, Obama will make remarks at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, south of Chicago - missing the usual tradition of presidents speaking at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day.

Vice President Biden and his wife will appear in Obama's place, laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, as well as holding a breakfast for Gold Star families -- families whose loved ones died in military service -- at the White House earlier that day..." (source)

(Above is one of the photos I recently took as I paid homage to many of our country's fallen warriors)

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Monday, May 24, 2010

And We Take it in 5...So Long Habs!!!

I'd like to dedicate this win to Bryan, Swede and Jpck! Woo Hoo!!!!! Lord Stanley, we're comin' for your cup!

Tea Party Resuscitates Historical Reading

Even if you're a Tea Party naysayer, you have to give the movement credit for stoking interest in the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence and the writings of the Founding Fathers. (I recently re-read both of those documents and much of the 5,000 Year Leap).

"...The pocket edition of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence ranked 10th on the Government Printing Office’s (GPO) best-seller list in March.

Since September 2009, the GPO has sold more than 8,700 copies of the pocket Constitution to the public, according to GPO spokesman Gary Somerset. That is a higher sell rate than in recent years..." (Read the whole story)

And have you taken a look at the Amazon best seller list lately?
In the Top 25 we find George Washington's Sacred Fire, The Real George Washington, Samuel Adams: A Life and a Glenn Beck book that hasn't even been released yet.
In the Top 50 there's: The Five Thousand Year Leap, Original Intent: The Courts, the Constitution, & Religion, To Save America: Stopping Obama's Secular-Socialist Machine, Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address
The Top 75 has: The Real Thomas Jefferson, Lives of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence
And in the Top 100: Separation of Church & State: What the Founders Meant, and The Real Benjamin Franklin.

That's a pretty amazing list for a country everyone likes to deem as dumb... So I call on academia and all the haters to give credit where it's due and to thank the Tea party movement and Glenn Beck for reviving interest in our founding documents and the men that crafted them... That can never be a bad thing...right?

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Friday, May 21, 2010

The Unknown Soldier


A while back I presented you all with my dilemma --my middle son wanted to be George W. Bush for his 3rd grade Living Wax Museum, but I didn't want him to bear the brunt of the potential ire from teachers and parents. I ended up giving him a few other options, but also telling him that he could be whoever he wanted to be.

He ended up choosing THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER. And so glad he did. The project encouraged our family trip to DC and we all learned a lot.

His speech:

"ATTENTION! I am the Unknown Soldier. I represent all the brave warriors that were killed and unidentified in World War I, World War II and the Korean War. My grave is located in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington Virginia. On my tomb are engraved the words: 'Here rests in honored glory an American Soldier known but to God.' It is the only grave guarded by a military guard. Hooah!"

Needless to say, he is the only "unknown Solider" in the 20 year history of the Wax Museum. Ya gotta love that kid.

*And a special thanks to Army Girl who let our whole crazy clan crash at her place while we were in DC! :)

Mexican President Felipe Calderon VS. Arizona



I think a good number of lawmakers, law enforcement agencies and Americans need a collective smack in the face. The kind executed in movies to snap someone back to reality.

Breaking news:

"Echoing comments by President Barack Obama and others in the administration, [John] Morton [head of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement] said that Arizona’s new law targeting illegal immigration is not “good government.” The law makes it a crime to be in the state illegally and requires police to check suspects for immigration paperwork.

Morton said his agency will not necessarily process illegal immigrants referred to them by Arizona officials. The best way to reduce illegal immigration is through a comprehensive federal approach, not a patchwork of state laws, he said.

“I don’t think the Arizona law, or laws like it, are the solution,” Morton said." (source)

Now, I know everyone is still freaking out over Mexican president Felipe Calderon's visit to Congress yesterday...but that didn't particularly bother me (The Democrats giving him a standing O bothered me, but not Calderon's speech). He's just sticking up for his country and being a little blind to their faults...like a PRESIDENT SHOULD BE. Wouldn't it rule if Obama went to other countries and scolded them for their treatment of Americans instead of apologizing for us?! I wish Barry was a little more like Calderon. Stand up fr your people and your country!

What did bother me was Calderon's interview with Wolf Blitzer (and major props to Wolf for this one!) ALL AMERICANS (especially the idiots bashing Arizona with their uninformed facebook updates every day...) should have to read this interview...

Here is a partial transcript:

BLITZER: All right. Let's talk a little bit about Mexico's laws. I read an article in "The Washington Times" the other day. I'm going to read a paragraph to you and you tell me if this is true or not true. This is from "The Washington Times": "Under the Mexican law, illegal immigration is a felony punishable by up to two years in prison. Immigrants who are deported and attempt to reenter can be imprisoned for 10 years. Visa violators can be sentenced to six year terms. Mexicans who help illegal immigrants are considered criminals."

Is that true?

CALDERON: It was true, but it is not anymore. We derogate or we erased that part of the law. Actually, the legal immigration is not a -- is not a crime in Mexico. Not anymore, since one year ago. And that is the reason why we are trying to establish our own comprehensive public policy talking about, for instance, immigrants coming from Central America...

BLITZER: So if...

CALDERON: -- (INAUDIBLE).

BLITZER: So if people want to come from Guatemala or Honduras or El Salvador or Nicaragua, they want to just come into Mexico, they can just walk in?

CALDERON: No. They need to fulfill a form. They need to establish their right name. We analyze if they have not a criminal precedent. And they coming into Mexico. Actually...

BLITZER: Do Mexican police go around asking for papers of people they suspect are illegal immigrants?

CALDERON: Of course. Of course, in the border, we are asking the people, who are you?

And if they explain...

BLITZER: At the border, I understand, when they come in.

CALDERON: Yes.

BLITZER: But once they're in...

CALDERON: But not -- but not in -- if -- once they are inside the -- inside the country, what the Mexican police do is, of course, enforce the law. But by any means, immigration is a crime anymore in Mexico.

BLITZER: Immigration is not a crime, you're saying?

CALDERON: It's not a crime.

BLITZER: So in other words, if somebody sneaks in from Nicaragua or some other country in Central America, through the southern border of Mexico, they wind up in Mexico, they can go get a job...

CALDERON: No, no.

BLITZER: They can work.

CALDERON: If -- if somebody do that without permission, we send back -- we send back them.

BLITZER: You find them and you send them back?

CALDERON: Yes. However, especially with the people of Guatemala, we are providing a new system in which any single citizen from Guatemala could be able to visit any single border (INAUDIBLE) in the south. And even with all the requirements, he can or she can visit any parts of Mexico.

(Read the entire interview here)

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Facebook Group VS. Pakistan?


When your Facebook group (that from what I can tell is only "liked" by 9,000) can cause a COUNTRY (such as Pakistan) to block Facebook from their citizens...that's just INSANE. Who are these people?!

The Group, Everybody Draw Mohammad Day -May 20, 2010, has made it so a Pakistani court has banned the social networking site. Really?

Do they understand that there are baby Jesus butt plugs out there? There is a Jesus cartoon in the works at Comedy Central. There are terrible depictions of Christ all over the web. So why would we have an IOTA of empathy for them and their ridiculous behavior. And isn't Allah the god and Mohammad a prophet? Why no pictures of a prophet? And have the Mullahs eradicated terrorism, poverty and crimes against women in their country that they have time to be worried about Facebook groups?!

I never thought a COUNTRY could throw a collective temper tantrum, but we have seen it now in both Greece and Pakistan.

And, once again, we have to ask...Where is the outrage (<- Great essay!)

Humor and civics lessons aside, most of the submissions kinda suck...except for this one which I love:

Calling All OIF & OEF Veterans!

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Are you a Veteran of Operations Iraqi or Enduring Freedom?

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Obama's Endorsements...He's 0-4


"It's a wake-up call for every incumbent, Republican, Democrat, or anybody around the country," a disappointed Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell said as he left Specter's election-night gathering.

Arlen Specter took a gamble and kissed the ring of the progressives...only to lose for the first time in 30 years. For Toomey's sake I was hoping he'd be able to go head to head with Arlen...but I love the message this sends (regardless of how the White House tries to spin it). I'm also pleased to see that Specter's defeater, Joe Sestak, started talking George Bush right out of the gate...yawn.

"Hours after Specter's loss, Gov. Ed Rendell said he still believed Specter would be a stronger candidate than Sestak against Toomey because of Specter's appeal to moderate Republicans in the heavily populated Philadelphia suburbs.

But he said the party and labor unions would swing behind Sestak despite having worked mightily to defeat him." (source)

Pat Toomey for Senate!

Honestly though, as excited as I am about cleaning house in Washington...I'd be lying if I didn't say that a third party (ANY third party) scares me. Not because I don't want a 3rd (or 4th) party, but because I don't want the Tea Party to fulfill the predictions of the Left and split republicans leaving the Democrats still in charge by default... But, nothing was ever gained without hard work and without taking a risk...

It's America VS. Canada!

The ORANGE CRUSH continues as the PHILADELPHIA FLYERS win the SECOND game against the misspelled Canadiens. Also the second SHUT OUT by Michael Leighton (Happy 29th Birthday Michael!).

Naturally Leighton's incredible goal tending is drawing comparisons to Bernie Parent's 1975 two game shut out before they went on to win Lord Stanley's cup. Foreshadowing?

I know you have all seen the light -realized this is AMERICA vs. CANADA and are now cheering on the Flyers like they're your home team! ...Right?!

The Illadelph!!!!

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Wishing Obama Was Dictator...


I can tolerate Annie Hall (because of the 'author coming from behind the potted plant' quote) and Mighty Aphrodite (because I have a thing for Greek mythology), but for the most part I think Woody Allen's movies are a bit Emperor's New Clothes. "Intellectuals" feel they have to like him and consider those that don't "troglodytes"...but much like Roman Polanski, the dude is politely excused for being a pedophile because he deemed talented...

But now he's shown that he's not only warped when it comes to sleeping with children in his care, but wold affairs and history as well:

"In an interview published by Spanish language newspaper La Vanguardia (that we translated), Allen says “I am pleased with Obama. I think he’s brilliant. The Republican Party should get out of his way and stop trying to hurt him.”

The director said "it would be good…if he could be a dictator for a few years because he could do a lot of good things quickly."

Of course, Allen has a famously strange relationship with reality. The director took nude photos of his lover Mia Farrow's teen-age adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn, and then ended up marrying her after separating from Farrow.

Farrow also said he molested their seven-year-old adopted daughter, Dylan. A judge refused to act on the charges, but called his relationship with Soon-Yi "grossly inappropriate." (source)

Monday, May 17, 2010

Kagan on Reagan and Abortion


This past week an essay Kagan wrote immediately following Ronald Reagan's election (for the Daily Princetonian, her college newspaper) dissolves any claims from the left that she could be a moderate jurist...

"...She wrote of her immediate reaction to Ronald Reagan's election that "the world had gone mad, that liberalism was dead and that there was no longer any place for the ideals we held or the beliefs we espoused," according to a copy of the essay republished this week by the Princeton newspaper.

"Even after the returns came in, I found it hard to conceive of the victories of these anonymous but Moral Majority-backed opponents," she wrote, "these avengers of 'innocent life' and the B-1 bomber, these beneficiaries of a general turn to the right and a profound disorganization on the left." (source)

The laughable (if it wasn't a little sick) part of the story is that the Left claims they're worried because she wrote a memo to Clinton urging him to "compromise on some late-term abortion measures." And this makes her sympathetic to pro-life concerns somehow? I know a planned parenthood employee that is disgusted with partial-birth abortion...that's just called being HUMAN.

Kagan is a radical appointment. I don't begrudge Obama for it...that's why you become President...to appoint SCOTUS judges with your views. Just stop the charade that she's something other than a far left progressive and let us get back to finding a candidate to beat you in 2012.

Constitutional Interpretation Please

Article 1 Section 6 of the United States Constitution reads:

"No Senator or Representative shall, during the Time for which he was elected, be appointed to any civil Office under the Authority of the United States which shall have been created, or the Emoluments whereof shall have been increased during such time; and no Person holding any Office under the United States, shall be a Member of either House during his Continuance in Office."
(source)

It seems that being in Washington DC inspired me and I have been re-reading the Constitution and The Declaration of Independence. This passage stood out to me this time, and to my non-legally trained understanding seems to state that one can not seek one tax-payer funded position while holding another? It would seem that a Senator, or a pot office worker could not run for President or Representative during the duration of their service. Am I interpreting this wrong? I'm sure if this was the case John Kerry, John McCain and Barack Obama, etc. would have all been challenged on this... but if it doesn't mean that, what does it mean?

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Friday, May 14, 2010

Philly!!!!




History baby!

There is a great documentary on HBO right now about the Flyers (it's On Demand) called: BROAD STREET BULLIES. Forget Miracle, the Philadelphia Flyers were to only team in the NHL that could beat the Red Army in the midst of the Cold War...

The Passive Aggressive Nuances of Politics



This ad is an embodiment of everything I love about politics. Whoever Joe Sestak's campaign manager is (I couldn't readily find a name), he's earned his paycheck with this offering IMO. Well, maybe I say that because this is an ad I would make. I LOVE how they used the clip of Arlen saying, "My change in party will enable me to be re-elected" twice. They slightly draw out the end of the word to make him seem even creepier...Combining the "ick factor" with the damage of the actual words he's saying. They also end with a picture of Specter before his hair grew back from the chemo looking a bit like a snake...but if anyone calls them on it they can say they used it because it's him with Sarah Palin--another win-win.

These are the nuances of politics that keep me coming back for more. I love the game. I love the pomp and circumstance. And i know some abhor it, but I love the rough and tumble, smashmouth tactics...especially when they're done so passively-aggressively well like this ad.

...On the way down to D.C. last Friday (I should post some pics), my oldest said:
"Mom, why don't you run for President. You're the most political person I know."
I didn't get into the 1,000 reasons that could never happen (money, money, money, etc) and explained to him that I would choose being the Karl Rove over the George Bush every time...

And, sorry Joe, though I love this ad and prefer you to Arlen...PAT TOOMEY FOR SENATE!

Always Loved A Good Underdog: Glenn Beck & Arizona

Last night I emailed John Hawkins (RightWingNews.com) to ask if maybe the Conservative Bloggers should give ARIZONA a week of free ads to offset all the boycotts being executed by a gaggle of people that haven't read the bill:

"...In television interviews over the weekend, Attorney General Eric Holder warned that Arizona's new anti-illegal immigration law could lead to racial profiling and might prompt Latinos to stop cooperating with police. However, it emerged at a House hearing Thursday that Holder hasn't actually read the statute.

"I have not had a chance to. I've glanced at it. I have not read it," Holder acknowledged in response to questions from Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas)
..." (source)

Then this morning someone sent me this site:

BUYcott Arizona --where you can Boycott the Boycotters

And then there's Glenn...maybe the most hated man in America? And, like the Arizona bill, I wonder how many of the haters have actually listened to him.

So, in response there's DefendGlenn.com where you can thank his advertisers and also boycott the boycotters.

Glenn is sponsoring a SPECIAL OPERATIONS WARRIOR FOUNDATION charity auction where new items are always being posted. there has been some really cool stuff to date (like a day at the shooting range with Marcus Luttrell! or visit the set of CSI:NY with Gary Sinise!).

GLENN BECK'S AUCTION PAGE

It's been so fun to totally circumvent the Left's efforts by using their own tactics... :)

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

HIPAA Doesn't Apply to Veterans?

"...Veterans groups are blasting Georgia lawmakers for passing legislation that would allow a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder to appear on driver's licenses.

The legislation, which awaits Gov. Sonny Purdue's signature, would permit service members and veterans to request a PTSD denotation, which would appear on their driver's licenses as a specific health problem, much like poor eyesight.

PTSD is an anxiety disorder that can occur after a traumatic event, including sexual assault, physical assault and military combat. Symptoms include vivid flashbacks to the traumatic event, depression and substance abuse, among others. Up to 20 percent of veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars suffer from PTSD, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The bill would require a sworn statement from a physician verifying a diagnosis of PTSD and a waiver of liability for the release of the driver's medical information.

State Sen. Ron Ramsey, who co-sponsored the bill, says he sees no downside to the measure. In a statement to FoxNews.com, Ramsey, a Democrat, said the "completely voluntary" legislation may protect law enforcement officers and veterans from potentially dangerous situations..." (source)

Because of HIPAA, nurses can have a patient with HIV/AIDS that hasn't told his wife and they can't say a word--to THE WIFE whose life is in danger...so I don't understand how this bill could even get this far. How can medical/psychological diagnoses be put on a driver's license that must be shown to more than just police officers?!

(H/T: Maj SM)

NHL Goalies and American Politics


As I sit here watching the Flyers totally dominate the Boston Bruins (I'm sure Courtney, Sully and I aren't friends today! LOL) I was thinking how NHL goalies have a lot in common with Presidents...especially during the playoffs. It's the most thankless job with the most pressure and when the team loses it's all the goalie's fault, but when the team wins they never get the praise because they don't score (unless of course they're Ron Hextall). Presidents are in a similar situation with everything that goes wrong being their fault (unless you follow Bush-then it's still his fault) and none of the good credited to you (unless you follow Bush, then even flowers blooming is thanks to you).

Now, that being said...all hail Danny Briere!

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

So Long, Farewell, auf Wiedersehen, Goodbye?


In July it'll be six years that I've been doing this. Six years of 3-5 posts a day...that's reading 20 stories (at a minimum) to see what interests me that day... That's lots of time and then there's searching for "the perfect" picture for the post and creating it in Photoshop if I can't find one. Only within the past year have I finally joined Blogads, but the minimal revenue barely covers the cost of the various blog accoutrements. This was all just part of the grind as the blog was building, but now six years in and all that work to get one or two comments on a post? It's not fair to take away time from my family for a shrinking enterprise. Is it? These past couple of months had the least visitors than I've had in years. So I guess I have to take a hint. Either I've lost something I had, there are just too many blogs saturating the scene or people are just too depressed to care anymore...I don't know, but either way it's too draining to do all this for a dwindling few.

I never imagined I'd be Kos or Instapundit...supporting my family on blog revenue. I was always surprised I got any ads at all...but what I did want was publishing contacts. I wanted someone that could help me get the children's book that I wrote and illustrated looked at without my name being Tori Spelling , Jewel or Madonna. That's all I really ever wanted...

So I'm in a quandary. I am so not a quitter (well, except for smoking...it was two years nicotine free on Monday!). But I also want to be fair to my family and to the few advertisers I get...and myself. What to do. Jump or go down with the ship...? Or just take this opportunity to vent and then keep trudging on...? Or maybe have tonyr redesign the blog to mask my frustrations for a little while more...?

And there are so many thing I love about the blog --I have met so many wonderful people friends... Could I really give it up even if I wanted to?

But really, Glenn Beck is doing all the heavy lifting these days...who needs really blogs when we have him?

Of Local Interest

THERE ARE THREE CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR THE GOP NOMINATION TO CHALLENGE REPRESENTATIVE ALLYSON SCHWARTZ IN NOVEMBER (13th district of Pennsylvania):

Dee Adcock
Brian Haughton (a Philadelphia Fireman)
Josh Quinter

They will finally meet to debate tonight:

The Quality Inn Conference Center
Village Caterers
969 Bethlehem Pike
Montgomeryville, PA

It will be very hard to beat Allyson Schwartz...her coffers are filled with the blood money of NOW, Planned Parenthood and NARAL, making her a formidable opponent for whomever the GOP nominee will be...I will vigorously campaign for anyone that runs against her.

(I have noticed she has been showing up on FNC quite a bit as of late --trying to stave off the anger at the DNC by donning the facade of a moderate:
Voted 89% by NAACP, believe in "open borders", voted YES on Congressional pay raise, Rated 100% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation, Voted YES on investigating Bush impeachment for lying about Iraq, Rated 0% by National Right to Life, "strongly opposes" gun ownership, NO against money for vouchers but YES to money for GREEN public schools. So Fox or not...this women is no moderate.)

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

SCOTUS Pick 2: Dishing on Elena Kagan

Of course, my first question was...Is she gay? Which I Googled to find that I was not alone in my inquiry. Gaysocialites.com (tag line: "more than just gay news for gay men") says "The big question on everyone's mind seems to be whether or not Kagan is a lesbian. My gaydar is going off, but it doesn't always work on lesbians."

Not that it matters (it would explain the military recruiters issue though)...just wondering purely out of personal curiosity... Of course this dude over at HuffPo thinks the speculation is purely because she's a "single woman." Uh, noooo. Maybe because she's an exceedingly butch single woman that only seems to get worked up over LGBT issues...and not just single...no boyfriend on the record...ever. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Men are seriously overrated! ;) And HuffPo boy also thinks it's the "Christian Right" that's speculating...guess he doesn't read GaySocialites.com. He doesn't realize it's MORE than just gay news for gay men!

Seriously though, Some articles out there are claiming that Kagan is not President Obama's Harriet Miers (which was actually my second thought -after the Butch thing). But Conservatives are upset over her lack of a paper trail (*ahem* assume she's VERY liberal if O! is appointing her). There are some claiming the left is upset over Kagan and has some reservations, but I think that's a farce to lull Conservatives into an easy Confirmation process...

And it will be interesting to see what turncoat Arlen Specter does now that he's kissing the ring...as he opposed Kagan's confirmation last year for Solicitor General.

Congressman Wants Climate Talk "Dumbed Down"


"...Americans are growing skeptical about the threat of global warming because “they don’t get” the complex information that scientists deliver, according to Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.).

Unless scientists can simplify their arguments to the level of newspapers that “print at the sixth grade level,” Cleaver said, the public is “going to get a headache and bail out.”

Cleaver made his comments to a panel of scientists on Capitol Hill at a hearing last Thursday of the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming.." (source)

This article really got me riled up for a few reasons...first and foremost that Representative Cleaver is assuming that waning support for GREEN measure is due to ignorance, but I would counter with the polar opposite and say that people are watching and reading and educating themselves and opening their eyes to the scam. God forbid he allow common sense to cloud his thinking. How dare he imply widespread stupidity when more of the American people probably read and understood the health care bill and Cap and Trade than Congressmen...

Rep Cleaver, maybe if we spelled out all the CLimate-gate articles on a 6th grade level, YOU would understand the REAL reason more and more people are "growing skeptical."

AZ Governor Jan Brewer Fights Back...

...against the misinformation and slander. I wish this ad was playing all over the country:



If you can't get YouTube, here's the transcript:

"In December 2008, the U.S. Justice Department said that Mexican gangs are the "biggest organized crime threat to the United States."

In 2009, Phoenix had 316 kidnapping cases, turning the city into our nation's kidnapping capital.

Almost all of the persons kidnapped were illegal immigrants or linked to the drug trade.
Until January of 2009, any smugglers carrying under 500 pounds of narcotics were often not prosecuted.

Narcotic prosecutions in Arizona have risen 202% in [the last] 16 months.

1,080 prosecutions will STILL be refused this year in the Tucson Sector alone.

What does President Obama have to say about Arizona doing the job Washington won't?

[President Obama speaking at White House Correspondents' Assn. Dinner: And we all know what happens in Arizona when you don't have ID. Adios, amigos.

President Obama, Broken Borders are not a laughing matter.

No one in Arizona is laughing. Do your job and secure the border."
(source)

Monday, May 10, 2010

Deserving of a Purple Heart?

I hadn't heard the story of this soldier... Lately so many of the decisions the military brass is making just baffle me:

"... New York widow Barbara Allen is battling the National Guard for withholding [a Purple Heart] from her husband, who was killed in 2005 while serving in Iraq.

First Lt. Lou Allen, 34, from Orange County, died in 2005 when a Claymore landmine, followed by three grenades, detonated in the building where he had been talking with Capt. Phillip Esposito, 30.

The two men were allegedly the victims of "fragging" -- killed by a disgruntled soldier under their command.

But the accused soldier, Staff Sgt. Alberto Martinez, 45, was found not guilty of both murders at a military trial in 2008.

Allen's family later found out that during the investigation, Martinez had offered to plead guilty to the charges in exchange for a lifetime prison sentence instead of the death penalty. Military prosecutors rejected his plea and proceeded to trial, but a jury did not convict him.

"We are all left dangling here. Officially, nobody has been named as my husband's killer, but everybody knows what happened," said Barbara Allen, now a single mother to four boys.

Lt. Allen's death isn't considered the act of an enemy combatant by the military -- but his wife disagrees..." (source)

Chavez Critic Jailed for 8 Years


"...A retired general and onetime confidant of President Hugo Chavez has been sentenced to prison in a case that revealed the divisions in Venezuelan society.

The retired general, Raul Isaias Baduel, was sentenced to a nearly eight-year prison term Friday night by a military court on charges of abuse of power, misappropriation of funds and violation of the military code while he was an officer.

Baduel's family criticized the verdict as unjust and said imprisoning him was a means of silencing a prominent critic. Baduel sent a Twitter message Saturday to family and friends saying, "God is with us and divine justice always present." (source)

I know, I know...it's beating a dead horse. I need to get over the whole hypocrisy thing. I need to get over the whole "if our side did this" thing...

But once again here's what happens when SOCIALISM takes hold. FREE SPEECH becomes a thing of the past. Hero of the Left, Hugo Chavez, is now imprisoning naysayers... Notice, it's all Left-leaning countries that limit their citizen's speech.

Speaking of which, Obama's out there criticizing "new media" again.

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Friday, May 07, 2010

Third SEAL "NOT GUILTY"


"Navy SEAL Officer 2nd Class Matthew McCabe was found not guilty Thursday evening on charges of assaulting detained terrorist Ahmed Hashim Abed, dereliction of duty, and impeding an investigation based on a false statement.

A seven member military jury deliberated for an hour and forty minutes before reaching a verdict. For a verdict to be reached, two-thirds of the jury had to agree on each charge..." (Read the whole story)

I was worried about this one...the verdict has restored a bit of my faith.

D.C. Bound


We are currently en route to D.C. to take the boys to see the Tomb of the Unknowns and to hang out with Army Girl before she deploys again... Unfortunately she got called away yesterday (gotta love the Army)...so we will be staying at her place without her. I was hoping Redleg was still in DC but he's in the Dirty South these days... I have never been to Arlington before and this will be the boys' first time in D.C. ...Fingers crossed for nice weather!

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Thursday, May 06, 2010

Obama's Fundamental Change for America

There is a really great (long) read in the American Spectator:

Shutting Down Free Speech

"...First is the Federal Communication Commission's National Broadband Plan. There is an overabundance of big government programs contained in the plan for Americans to dislike. These range from having taxpayers fund broadband as a universal service to developing a process by which outside entities -- including the government -- can monitor how Americans use energy at home, just to name a few..."

And over at BIG GOVERNMENT another great read:

Is President Obama Using Executive Powers To Organize Angry Anti-Capitalist Protests On The Streets Of America?

"...NPA wrote the dreaded Community Reinvestment Act which community organizers like Barack Obama used to shake down banks.

It turns out that President Obama is even closer to the group than the two degrees of separation represented by the most frequent White House visitor, and Obama administration Debt Commission adviser, Andy Stern...."

A Positive Aftershock of Barack



"Among the many reverberations of President Obama’s election, here is one he probably never anticipated: at least 32 African-Americans are running for Congress this year as Republicans, the biggest surge since Reconstruction, according to party officials.

The House has not had a black Republican since 2003, when J. C. Watts of Oklahoma left after eight years.

But now black Republicans are running across the country — from a largely white swath of beach communities in Florida to the suburbs of Phoenix, where an African-American candidate has raised more money than all but two of his nine (white) Republican competitors in the primary..." (Read the Whole Story)

And, of course, one of those hopefuls is the very awesome ALLEN WEST who claims that racism at the Tea parties is a media construct...something we all agree with.

So thank you Barack Obama...there are some really wonderful candidates in this latest surge of Americans willing to serve their country and I'm glad you inspired them to run against you.

For Real?!

"Five students at a South Bay high school [CALIFORNIA] stirred up some controversy Wednesday for wearing t-shirts depicting red, white and blue American flags on Cinco de Mayo.

School officials at Live Oak High in Morgan Hill told the students they had to go home if they wouldn’t turn the shirts inside out.

Four of the five students who wore American flags or patriotic colors on campus walked into a meeting with the superintendent of the Morgan Hill unified school district Wednesday night.

They were facing unexcused absences because they chose to go home early rather than take off what they were wearing.

“We knew it was Cinco de Mayo. But we just came to show our flag,” said student Dominic Maciel. “We didn't mean anything by it. We didn't want to start anything. Nothing like that.”

Student Anthony Caravalho was also sent home for not turning his shirt inside out.

“They said we had to wear our t-shirts inside out and then we could go back to class and we said no,” said Caravalho. “It would be disrespectful to the flag by hiding it.”

Daniel Galli, another student who was reprimanded for wearing a US flag, described what he was told by school administration.

“He said 'If you wear it on any other day, it’s fine; but just because it's today you can't wear it,'” Galli said. “His exact words.”

Galli said he was told it was inappropriate to wear the shirt because “it's supposed to be a Mexican Day and we were supposed to honor them.” (source)

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Birthright Citizenship?

"...Rep. Duncan Hunter said he would support deporting U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants, adding that "it takes more than walking across the border to be an American citizen."

The San Diego-area Republican congressman spoke Saturday at a video recorded tea party rally in Ramona. Hunter was asked by someone in the crowd if he backed deporting natural-born American citizens who are the children of illegal immigrants.

"I would have to, yes," Hunter said.

Hunter said in the video that some of his critics believe his stance is mean-spirited.

"And we're not being mean. We're just saying it takes more than walking across the border to become an American citizen," he said. "It's what's in our souls."

The 14th amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees citizenship to all persons born in the United States..." (source)


I'm inclined to agree. When the Founders wrote this, I don't think they envisioned someone squatting in a bush to get citizenship for their child.

To my knowledge, NONE of the members of the European Union offer citizenship to babies born in their countries -and certainly not all the welfare perks our illegals are privy to.

BUT, since I also don't believe the Constitution should be considered a living, breathing document...I guess I have to concede to the practice of birthright citizenship.

THOUGH, the debate the Founders engaged in concerning the "Citizenship Clause" suggests that the State would have the power of determination "subject to the jurisdiction thereof" (or based on the status of the parents)...

And then there's this:

"The author of the 14th Amendment, Senator Jacob M. Howard, stated, in reference to the Amendment, "This will not, of course, include persons born in the United States who are foreigners, aliens, who belong to the family of ambassadors, or foreign ministers accredited to the the Government of the United States, but will include every other class of persons." (source)

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Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Gulf Oil Spill and Blame

Our friend J.Marquis recently wrote:

"When I hear conservatives say they want to "stop regulations on EVERYTHING we do" it makes me stop and think about the terrible tragedy currently taking place in the Gulf
of Mexico.

Even if for some strange reason you hate the wildlife and scenery down there you should at least sympathize with the plight of the small business people this human-caused catastrophe is wiping out.

Can you imagine how much worse things would be if oil companies didn't have to worry about ANY government regulations?"
(source)

So...they can't blame George Bush anymore and now this is what...blaming the TEA PARTIES?

See, ,now when I heard about the ensuing tragedy down in the Gulf (they're saying the oil could reach the Outer Banks, NC?!) I couldn't help but think about what J. Marquis and his friends would have been saying if:

This happened on President Bush's watch...when one of his biggest opponents was going around the country saying "Drill Baby Drill"...and he was trying to get sweeping environmental legislation passed...