Wednesday, August 31, 2011
These are elected officials in the United States Congress. The fact that they can attack folks that they don't agree with using pure hatred amazes me. The fact they tell complete lies to their constituents in order to whip up support amazes me. The fact that mainstream media ignores it, giving them a pass, amazes me.
If I'm not mistaken, all members of the CBC are Democrat. Also, if I'm not mistaken, a Republican African American member of Congress was denied membership in this group, because of his party affiliation. Apparently, if you are a Republican, you can't officially be black.
This is not limited to top tier politics. This kind of rhetoric is rampant in our nation, all the way down to the local municipal level. It is sickening that those whose parents may have been victimized by racism have turned out to be the biggest racists in the country.
Some of what you hear on this clip is definitely hate speech. Some of it directs people to break the law. Both of these are violations of the law, no protected free speech. Why is no one calling these people out? Why is Democrat leadership in Congress completely silent on this? Why are none of them being prosecuted for inciting violence? Ask Eric Holder. Ask Barack Obama. Ask Harry Reid. Ask Nancy Pelosi.
You know, I have never heard anythying even approaching this level of hate coming from anyone who purports to be in the Tea Party. If it had happened, you can be certain that it would be plastered all over mainstream media outlets for days on end.
Obama keeps telling us that the rhetoric in Washington must calm down, that Republicans must stop fighting his efforts and stop speaking against his policies - so that the country can get itself out of the mess its in. Mr. President, may I suggest you direct those words towards those who are a lot closer to you.
Republicans - take these clips, and play them non-stop as part of the 2012 campaign. Show the country what serves as 'Democrat bi-partisanship'.
Update - I stand corrected. There is one Republican member of the CBC, Rep. Alan West (R-FL), one of our Republican Heroes. However, he has threatened to leave it due to these horrific comments made by his fellow members.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
The danger for Republicans is the tendency for the candidates to attack each other. So far, it's been pretty mild, except for some squawking by Ron Paul and Bachman. Rep. Bachman, who was leading some before Perry entered the race, has in particular picked up her sniping.
Here's what Republicans need to know, and need to do. The goal is to get Obama out of office next year. No matter which Republican does it, the country will be much better off. This race is dropping to two principles. The rest of them need to quickly get out, and stand side by side to do whatever has to be done to ensure victory. Perry and Romney need to present themselves, their platforms, and their vision for our country, and let the Republican voters decide which of them should lead the party. They should not attack each other. There should be nothing negative in their campaign for the nomination. This will be a difficult, if not impossible, thing for them to do, since it is the natural tendency of those who are trailing to start negative attacks to try and catch up.
Candidates, keep the negatives and attacks for the true enemy, Obama.
As to the candidates, I personally lean towards Perry. He has done a very good job for my home state, Texas. I don't agree with everything he has done, but I can say that about anyone who has held office (Bush and Reagan included). Romney is a good candidate, and would be my second preference. He is not conservative enough for me on some things, but overall he is competent and has a good head for economic matters. My ideal ticket would be Perry for Pres, Romney for VP, with a commitment from them that Romney would become the economic 'czar' (replacing Bozo the Biden, who's supposed to be Obama's economy sheriff). Unfortunately, that won't happen - I don't think Perry or Romney would let their egos accept a VP role.
Bachman would have been my choice for VP, but the last couple of months of listening to her shrill attacks has soured me. Her best place is as a non-ticket attack dog, focusing on getting her fans to concentrate on supporting Republican efforts to oust Obama.
I have a high opinion of Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) for the VP slot. A second generation Cuban immigrant, he is a fiscal conservative, very charasmatic, and a strong personality.
The same can be said for the rest of the field, and a couple of non-runners that loom large - Palin and Guilliani. Close ranks quickly behind the nominee, no negative against fellow Republicans, and attack Democrats with no mercy between now and the election next year.
C'mon guys ... Perry/Rubio, and the rest of you close ranks and start the real battle!
Monday, August 29, 2011
From the local bubble-headed bleach blonde (came on at 5, told us with a gleam in her eye ...) comes this gem.
A new scam is targeting unsuspecting (read stupid) people in the DFW area.
A young black man approaches you in the parking lot of a convenience store. He calls you over to the trunk of his dubbed out Chrysler 300. He takes out a Fed-Ex shipping box. He pulls an iPad, completely covered in bubble wrap out of the box for a couple of seconds, and then pushes it back in. He then offers this iPad, one that he 'found', for a couple of hundred.
The iPad is really a piece of plastic, with a border made of black electrical tape, and a printout of an iPad screen taped to the back. The bubblewrap is enough to camoflage the fake for a quick glimpse.
You would like to think that no one is stupid enough to fall for this. However, the news story indicated that police already had upwards of 50 reports of people being ripped off in this manner.
It was well done, apolitical, and tells a great deal about that day and the immediate aftermath from his perspective. It is well worth watching. For those on the Right, it will confirm our opinion that he was the right man to confront our enemies. For those on the Left, it might help explain some of what has been mis-represented about what happened that day.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Petty Officer Jon Thomas Tumilson was one of the service members who lost their lives when the Chinook helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan on Aug. 6. Tumilson was a SEAL.
Petty Officer Tumilson's funeral was this past Friday. From The Des Moines Register:
"Family members followed Tumilson's ribbon winning Labrador retriever, Hawkeye, into the service. Hawkeye later accompanied his new owner, Tumilson's close friend, to the stage, where the Lab dutifully dropped to the floor to listen."
I'm having a hard time writing this ...
Courtesy of This Ain't Hell, via Outlaw13 ...
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Last week, she verbally attacked her savior, President Obama, for not being liberal enough to satisfy the people she cares about - blacks, latinos, and union members.
She also used a 'rally' to voice her opinion of the Tea Party. Notice that a good number of people in the audience are wearing purple SEIU (union) T-Shirts. This little gem was recorded on Aug. 20 at a 'community rally' in Inglewood, CA.
And Democrats have the gall to complain that the Tea Party's complaints about government size and spending are 'hate speech'?
Oh ... a question for Maxine. If you hate white people and conservatives so much, why do you insist on wearing that stupid looking white lady's wig?
Update - Mainstream media coverage of this incident has not exactly covered this up, but neither has it come down on Waters hard. Most talking head pundits on the left try to explain it away as understandable rage against the evil Tea Party and how its radical hatred of all minorities is somehow equal to Nazi Germany. Its like 'yes, she shouldn't have said that, but we understand why she did'.
More double standard. Can you imagine what we would be hearing if a conservative, white Republican stood up in front of a bunch of supporters and yelled "The NAACP can go straight to Hell"?
NOTE: I don't mean this posting to sound racist. It is very difficult to complain about a racist and the injustice of a double standard, without sounding like a racist in the process. I don't care who it is or what they are attacking, speech like this from any elected politician is unacceptable. It just really pisses me off that the left gets away with it, with just a nod and a wink,wink from the media that loves them so much. If a Republican had done something like this, every media outlet in the country except for Fox News would be screaming in outrage for their immediate resignation.
As I posted back in March, Steve McQueen's Porsche 911 was put up for auction. It sold at a Monterey, CA auction on Aug. 19th. The selling price was $1,375,000.
Similar cars, without McQueen's pedigree, sell in the $50,000 range.
The car appeared briefly at the beginning of McQueen's movie Le Mans, with him driving it through the French countryside.
This continues to prove the perceived worth of McQueen's legacy. 4 years ago, a 1963 Ferrari 250 once owned by the late actor sold for $2,300,000, about five times what it would have sold for without his name connection.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
For daughter unit, who had never seen the program and didn't understand it, I present the funniest comedy sketch I believe I have ever seen. Damon Wayans and David Alan Grier starring in "Men on Football", January 1992.
This skit aired during halftime of Superb*wl XXVI, on a competing network. I couldn't believe what I was seeing when it was live.
Welcome back football, it's good to see you again!
Sunday, August 14, 2011
I am ecstatic that Rick Perry is running for President. Republicans all over this country should be as well. Having this man in the White House would go a long way towards getting our country back on the road to recovering from Obamageddon.
We're going to learn a lot about him over the coming months. We're going to hear a lot of negative about him, mostly made up political bullshit. Count on it - Dems are already attacking him, for they know he is a serious threat to them.
I invite you to read the text of his announcement speech in South Carolina. It is just a speech, but it is a very good one. (Don't discount the impact of speeches in this campaign - remember, an empty suit talked his way into the White House in 2008 by reading pretty speeches someone else wrote off of a teleprompter!)
Here's a snippet:
"In America, the people are not subjects of the government. The government is subject to the people. And it is up to us, to this present generation of Americans, to take a stand for freedom, to send a message to Washington that we're taking our future back from the grips of central planners who would control our healthcare, who would spend our treasure, who downgrade our future and mico-manage our lives."
full text at:
NASCAR is using an ethanol blend fuel this year at its races. A special blend of high octane E85 (15% ethanol, 85% gas) is being used. It is being touted as part of NASCAR's push towards a more green footprint. That push is part legitimate effort, part public relations.
An expected, but not publicized result of this has been a reduction of fuel mileage by about 15% in NASCAR races. A car that used 100 gallons of gasoline last year uses 115 gallons of E85 this year to go the same distance.
NASCAR will start using fuel injection next year. After decades of staying with antiquated, but well understood carburetors on its engines, teams will be forced to go to the large expense of changing to injectors. One of the selling points the series is using for this change is an increase in fuel mileage of about 15%.
So, fuel consumption comes out as the same as it was last year, before E85 signed a marketing agreement with NASCAR. A 'greener' solution would have been to use gasoline with injection, resulting in higher mileage ad lower fuel use.
It just strikes me as ironic that with all this green and high technology going into the sport, the end result is a wash, fuel wise ...
Saturday, August 13, 2011
John Kyl (R-AZ)
Rob Portman (R-OH)
Pat Toomey (R-PA)
Patty Murray (D-WA)
John Kerry (D-MA)
Max Baucus (D-MT)
Chris van Hollen (D-MD)
Xavier Beccera (D-CA)
James Clyburn (D-SC)
Jeb Hensarling (R-TX)
Dave Camp (R-MI)
Fred Upton (R-MI)
Their task is monumental, and they have been set up for failure before they even start. Failure is what Democrats are hoping for - if an agreement does not come out of the committee that cuts the requisite amount of spending, then that much gets cut automatically, with about half of it coming out of the Pentagon.
Well, not that they will pay attention, but here are some common sense items that would serve well as a starting point. I don't know if doing these would add up to 1.5 trillion, but they certainly are a waste of our money. I'm going to put these in general categories:
Cut contributions/payments to the United Nations by 50%. Half of the money we give to that corrupt den of thieves is lost to waste, fraud, or outright theft. If they complain, invite them to leave and find somewhere else to infest.
Cut off all foreign aid to any country that is recognized as a state sponsor of terrorism, a violator of human rights, or is actively engaged in efforts detrimental to United States' interests.
Cut off all aid to any country that invests in United States' debt. It is simply a waste for us to give money to countries that turn right around and loan it back to us, with interest.
Cut off all humanitarian and monetary aid to countries like those in Africa, who constantly drain millions of dollars from us without any tangible result. Aid can be restarted when governments of those countries prove that the aid is being used for its intended purpose.
Elimination of all overseas grants/payments to any country or entity supporting the exploration or production of energy resources, unless the United States is guaranteed dollar for dollar compensation in free energy supply, plus interest.
Immediate cut of 10% of the Federal Government work force, excluding uniformed military personnel.
Immediate 10% pay cut for all Federal Government employees, excluding uniformed military personnel.
Immediate rollback of all pay increases and bonuses received by Federal employees over the past 3 years, excluding uniformed military personnel.
Immediate staff reduction for all members of Congress by 25%. Elimination of all publicly funded positions related to political affiliation, electioneering, and fund raising.
Elimination of all personnel and expenditures in NASA on projects not specifically related to AERONAUTICS and SPACE.
Elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts.
National Institute of Health - strict oversight by an independent, bi-partisan, even split Congressional panel that will specifically authorize any and all expenditures for research and other programs. Complete elimination of any expenditures for anything outside United States' borders.
Elimination of all subsidies provided to manufacturers of any product, unless that product is declared to be an essential foodstuff. No more oil and gas subsidies, no more dollars for corn/ethanol producers.
Elimination of the Department of Homeland Security. Get the functions back to the organizations where they can be done correctly and efficiently. Stop wasting tons on money on this bureaucratic mess.
Elimination of the TSA. Replace with proven, private security contractors for a much more cost effective, efficient security screen.
Elimination of all funding/aid for illegal aliens.
Eliminate taxpayer funding for fundraising/electioneering trips by politicians. If a trip by a politician contains ANY fundraising efforts, the cost of the entire trip, including support and security, must be paid for by that politician or his/her party.
Overseas trips by Executive and Congressional staff members to be limited to essential personnel only at taxpayer expense. Subject to independent audit by Congress, with prison based penalties for infractions.
Limits on the number of vacation days the President/Vice President can take per year. Limits on the number of those days that can be spent outside United States' borders. Violations to be paid for in their entirety by the politician or his/her party.
Elimination of tax payer funded vacations by White House staff or families, unless the President is participating.
Top to bottom review of Defense, with a mandatory cut of 10% of total spending. There is that much or more waste and rendundancy in that budget that can be eliminated.
Complete elimination of base line budgeting and automatic COL increases to any Federal budget department/item.
Elimination of cost plus contracts signed by the government and contractors. All contracts should be fixed price, with bonuses and penalties for early/late delivery.
Increase Social Security and Medicare retirement ages to 67.
Increase the dollar cap on Social Security payroll taxes to 200,000.
Immediate rollback of Obamacare in its entirety. A few of the provisions in it are worthy of consideration - they should be brought before Congress for debate and vote as seperate legislative items.
Complete overhaul of the US Federal tax code. Lower tax rates across the board, with elimination of almost all deductions. Increasing the tax base into lower income brackets, so that the 50% of the population that currently pay no income tax will pay a proportionate level of tax. Elimination of any tax 'refunds' to anyone that does not pay any tax. Elimination of loopholes that allow individuals and corporations to avoid paying all or a mojority of the taxes they should. Elimination of offshore tax shelters and entities that allow money to be improperly shileded from taxes.
Cut the IRS by 50%. Aggressive simplification of the tax code and enforcement will make half of that agency redundant.
That is by no means a complete list, but just a starting point to the cuts that need to be made to get our fiscal house in order. Being realistic, almost none of these items would make it through the committee.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Update - Somehow Barney the dinosaur convinced youtube that the video was a hoax. Info I have seen indicates it is not. In any case, Barney got his panties in a wad enough to convince them to pull the video. You can still see it if you want to, just go to youtube and search "Frank Farts". I do have one question - if it is a fake, why did MSNBC pull the original as well?
Sunday, August 7, 2011
S&P's decision to downgrade the US debt rating from AAA to AA+, in spite of the 'bipartisan' deal to expand the debt ceiling, has shocked the Obama Administration, and is shaking world financial markets to their foundations. Economists all across the globe are now seriously concerned about another recession, perhaps depression. If you listen to them, the message is clear - the United States government has to cut spending. This is the first time in history that US debt is not held the top rating available.
Obama's gang has accused S&P of misrepresenting Obama's debt projections in reaching their decision. What S&P did was not fall for the smoke and mirrors bullshit that Obama has been feeding to the country.
All we hear about in the mainstream media about the debt ceiling deal is how Republicans shafted
Democrats and the people by cutting spending drastically. Republicans raped the country, and is was only through Obama's bipartisan super-heroics that a deal was made. We are being led to believe that Democrats across the country are pissed at Obama for caving in. This is crap, formulated to win over independent voters by convincing them Obama is the voice of reason.
What the deal did was this: raise the debt ceiling by 2.4 trillion dollars. This is money Obama can spend immediately, and without control. Indeed, almost half of that money was spent THE VERY NEXT DAY!
It also gives the illusion of meaningful spending reductions. 1.2 trillion cut over the next 10 years, none of which is guaranteed to happen - since all of those cuts must be enacted by future versions of Congress. Even if fully enacted, this amounts to considerably less than a 10% cut.
The overall effect of the 'spending cuts' and raised debt limit reached in this deal is to add 7.4 trillion in debt to this country over the next 10 years, according to the CBO.
It also drops the spending cut ball into the lap of 12 Senators and Representatives, the Super Committee, which is charged with finding 1.5 trillion dollars in additional spending cuts by this coming Thanksgiving. Given that Dems and Republicans will stack this committee with folks who will be inflexible in their beliefs, guaranteeing that the committee will deadlock and not get anything done. If that happens, if the committee does not come up with the full amount of cuts, then an automatic cuts will occur. The automatic cuts will cut an immediate 500,000,000,000 from the Pentagon budget (not quite half of the Pentagon's entire budget), and cut Medicare reimbursement payments to providers by almost that much. (These automatics were inserted into the deal by Democrats). Dems are salivating over this - there is nothing more they could ask for than having Defense eviscerated in order to fund their social programs. Dems also love the idea of sticking it to doctors and hospitals by cutting medicare reimbursements (again), while keeping coverage requirements the same.
The whole world, even Vladimir Putin, is now telling Obama that what he is doing is insane and needs to be reveresed immediately. His Higness won't listen. His ego won't let him. His liberal indoctrination won't let him. His economic advisors, made up of academic eggheads with no real world experience, refuse to admit that their brand of economics has never worked, and can never work.
There is no question that serious adjustments to how this country operates must be made. The only question is how much longer will we leave these a*holes in power, where they will continue to block any serious attempt to turn us around.
Update - Amid GOP demands for Tim Geithner's resignation in the wake of this downgrade, Obama has come out with a strong endorsement of his Secretary of the Treasury. Unbelievable. Geithner is inept, pretending he has the knowledge and wisdom to control this country's economy. He is way out of his league. He couldn't even keep track of his own taxes, and now he's running our economy? We'd do better with no leadership rather than this 'leadership'.
Update II - Noted economic wizard Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) came out over the weekend and blamed the S&P downgrade on Tea Party extremism. Wow ... just what the hell is this idiot smoking? Actually, he's like all Democrats - complete denial that their policies are the cause of the problem. This is a perfect indicator of why there will be no meaningful attempt to correct this mess as long as they are in power.
S&P is predicting that the US national debt will reach $21 trillion in less than 10 years, if spending continues at the current pace. That does not factor in Obamacare or any additional spending Congress comes up with in the next decade. If S&P does not see significant effort by the US government to cut spending, further reductions in credit ratings are assured. One very nice byproduct of a lowered rating is that the US government will have to pay more in higher interest on the money that it continues to borrow - thereby increasing the debt even further.
Update - On a day that saw the Dow drop 633 points, Democrats, led by the Obama Administration, are putting up a united front. The S&P downgrade and all the results are completely due to the Tea Party. They don't for a minute believe that, they just will not admit they are wrong. There is nothing in their makeup or ego that will allow them to admit they are wrong. So, they blame the folks who actually are trying to do something about it.
Listen to what the S&P folks stated as to their reasoning for the downgrade. It is because of out of control spending by our government. They didn't put the Tea Party's insistence on spending cuts to be part of the debt ceiling negotiation anywhere on the list of reasons. They didn't list the debt ceiling limt as a factor at all - it is simply because Obama is completely out of control.
John Boehner and the Republicans in the House should immediately start impeachment proceedings in order to stop this lunatic.
Update - Obama's word has come down from his throne. The Tea Party is completely and totally to blame for this. Every Democrat and left wing politician, political hack, talking head, and kook in the country has been told to blame the Tea Party, and they are doing it. Hell, even world economic authority Al Sharpton led off his MSNBC program today with the headline 'It's the Tea Party's Fault, and we have to stop them'. (Yes, Al Sharpton has a show on MSNBC - you are forgiven if you did not know that - no one knows it except for the MSNBC viewing audience, which was under a half dozen people nationwide as reported during the last ratings period).
Friday, August 5, 2011
African-American lady in her mid to late 20s walks in. She is dressed in business attire, and is carrying what appears to be her lunch in a sack. She walks directly to the cash register, bypassing the line of folks waiting for their sandwich orders. "Gimme a glass of water," she states to the lady behind the register. No 'please', no 'may I have' ...
Subw*y employee lady hands her a clear plastic cup, the one they use for water. "Gimme a lid," is the next demand. She is handed a lid, at which point she walks to the drink machine, fills the cup with ice and water, and walks out. No thank you for the employees, no recognition they did her a favor by providing her a drink without her purchasing anything.
Here you have a person who thought she was entitled to walk in and demand that someone else provide them something without paying anything for it, or even recognizing the effort to provide it to them. No recognition that Subw*y had spent money providing that cup of water to her - not much money, granted, but money nonetheless.
This is what Obama and his 'progressive' Democrats have created and continue to pursue in this country. An attitude borne by about half of the citizens (and non-citizens) that they are entitled to receive money, goods, and services without charge. An attitude, a way of life that tells them that if its free to them, they don't care who pays for it.