Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Hey Everyone!

***Hope everyone had a great day yesterday, and most of all I hope you remembered why we have Memorial Day.

***From Power Line:

In Caroline Glick's Jerusalem Post column on Prime Minister Netanyahu's close encounter with President Obama last week, we find this condensed account of the challenge raised by Obama's leadership style:
Obama's leadership model is the model of subversive leadership. Subversive leaders in democracies do not tell their citizens where they wish to lead their societies. They hide their goals from their citizens, because they understand that their citizens do not share their goals. Then once they achieve their unspoken goals, they present their people with a fait accompli and announce that only they are competent to shepherd their societies through the radical shift they undertook behind the public's back.
Several examples spring to mind, but for the moment let us just note that this explains a lot.

***A human powered helicopter gets off the ground. Pretty neat.

***Comparing Obama to Winston Churchill? Gimme a break.

Observing the start of Lord and Lady Obama's (aka president and Michelle) grand European tour and the fawning press coverage, one might conclude they were imbued with royal blood.
The normally reserved and thoughtful columnist for the London Times, William Rees-Mogg, gushed about the president's speech before members of Parliament, comparing him to Winston Churchill. Obama is to Winston Churchill as Lady Gaga is to Ella Fitzgerald. Both are singers, but that's where the comparison ends.

***Transparency? Hardly.

A little more than a week ago, Vice President Joe Biden traveled to fundraisers in two battleground-state cities, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati.
Neither stop included the White House press corps; requests by local media to cover the events were denied by the vice president's press office. The Democratic National Committee arranged the events for the Obama Victory Fund.
A number of seasoned political reporters and former White House press-office staffers consider that lack of coverage a dangerous precedent.
"It would behoove the Obama administration to keep its promise of transparency even with fundraisers," agrees Jeff Brauer, a political history professor at Keystone College. "The United States is a democracy, after all."
Having press coverage of fundraising events that feature the president or vice president matters for at least two reasons, Brauer explains.
"One, large amounts of taxpayer dollars are being used for personal security at such events. As with all tax dollars, they should be spent with accountability.
"Two, it is important for the public to know what the president and vice president are saying to donors. Is it the same message they are saying to the electorate at large?"
Such knowledge helps citizens judge officeholders' authenticity and integrity.

There ya go. Integrity. This administration has none.

***Check this out - this guy made his car look like the DeLorean from Back to the Future:



***Gorgeous! This is a picture of Eta Carinae, one of the most massive and brightest stars in the Milky Way:



***
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

I’ve been feeling jittery and nervous and I realized I’m going through Oprah withdrawal.

President Obama arrived in France for the G8 summit, a meeting of the world’s top economic powers. To give you an idea of how bad our economy is doing, when the president arrived, the other countries were like, “What are you doing here?”

Harold Camping is now predicting that the world will end in October. In show business terms, that means God has picked us up for another 22 weeks.


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***Have a great day!

Monday, May 30, 2011

HONOR AND REMEMBER

***This Memorial Day, we honor those who have given their lives to protect our freedom. It's also a reminder to thank those who have served and came back, and also those who are serving now. I am filled with respect and admiration for those men and women who leave their homes and families in order to protect ours. Pray for the families of the fallen, and also the families of those still serving. They are sacrificing every day for us, and they deserve our gratitude.


National Review Online has a great roundup of Memorial Day articles well worth reading.

***"But you must remember, my fellow-citizens, that eternal vigilance by the people is the price of liberty, and that you must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing.  It behooves you, therefore, to be watchful in your States as well as in the Federal Government." -- Andrew Jackson, Farewell Address, March 4, 1837

***U.S. troops hold candlelight vigil in honor of the fallen on Memorial Day.






***

Taps
Day is done,
gone the sun,
From the hills,
from the lake,
From the skies.
All is well,
safely rest,
God is nigh.

Go to sleep,
peaceful sleep,
May the soldier
or sailor,
God keep.
On the land
or the deep,
Safe in sleep.
Love, good night,
Must thou go,
When the day,
And the night
Need thee so?
All is well.
Speedeth all
To their rest.
Fades the light;
And afar
Goeth day,
And the stars
Shineth bright,
Fare thee well;
Day has gone,
Night is on.
Thanks and praise,
For our days,
‘Neath the sun,
Neath the stars,
‘Neath the sky,
As we go,
This we know,
God is nigh.


***Milton Friedman, PhD, Nobel Laureate, 1912-2006: Rest in Peace.
 
"Maybe I did well and maybe I led the battle but nobody ever said we were going to win this thing at any point in time. Eternal vigilance is required and there have to be people who step up to the plate, who believe in liberty, and who are willing to fight for it." -- Milton Friedman

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***"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." -- Samuel Adams

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***"Voting is no substitute for the eternal vigilance that every friend of freedom must demonstrate towards government.   If our freedom is to survive, Americans must become far better informed of the dangers from Washington -- regardless of who wins the Presidency." -- James Bovard in Voting is Overrated

***"If we become a people who are willing to give up our money and our freedom in exchange for rhetoric and promises, then nothing can save us." -- Thomas Sowell

***"The future doesn't belong to the faint-hearted.  It belongs to the brave." -- Ronald Reagan

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***"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things.  The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling that thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse.  The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself." -- John Stuart Mill

***Battle Hymn of the Republic

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord;
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;
He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword;
His truth is marching on.
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! His truth is marching on.

I have seen Him in the watch fires of a hundred circling camps
They have builded Him an altar in the evening dews and damps;
I can read His righteous sentence by the dim and flaring lamps;
His day is marching on.
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! His day is marching on.
I have read a fiery Gospel writ in burnished rows of steel;
“As ye deal with My contemners, so with you My grace shall deal”;
Let the Hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with His heel,
Since God is marching on.
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Since God is marching on.

He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat;
He is sifting out the hearts of men before His judgment seat;
Oh, be swift, my soul, to answer Him! be jubilant, my feet;
Our God is marching on.
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Our God is marching on.

In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,
With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me:
As He died to make men holy, let us live to make men free;
[originally …let us die to make men free]
While God is marching on.
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! While God is marching on.

He is coming like the glory of the morning on the wave,
He is wisdom to the mighty, He is honor to the brave;
So the world shall be His footstool, and the soul of wrong His slave,
Our God is marching on.
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Our God is marching on.
 
Here is the Mormon Tabernacle Choir singing this great hymn. It will bring tears to your eyes, I guarantee it. 

***"In the end, more than they wanted freedom, they wanted security.  They wanted a comfortable life, and they lost it all -- security, comfort, and freedom.  When ... the freedom they wished for was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free." -- Sir Edward Gibbon (1737-1794)

***Have a wonderful Memorial Day!  

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Travelin'

***Okay, not really too far, but we're heading to Pendleton today for dinner - which we're taking. My aunt was in a car accident a couple of months ago, and we're going to her house for Memorial Day so she won't have to drive. Cubed steak, mashed potatoes, green beans, pasta salad, and dessert! We're responsible for the meat and potatoes - which I have to get started as soon as I finish my blogging.

***Mark, Johnny, & I went to Little Sheba's for dinner last night. Love that place. They have really good Chefs Salads.

***It's Indy 500 day!

***Former Miss World wins damages after being branded racist and xenophobic.

This took place in Ireland, where the laws clearly differ from our. Can you imagine if Americans were able to sue after being called racist? Liberals everywhere would be penniless. Entire swaths of the media would disappear, MSNBC would cease operation.

***Gas tanks are draining family budgets. No kidding. We fill Johnny's car when he comes home on the weekends, and that alone is costing us about $200.00 per month - add in our own gas, and that takes a BIG chunk out of our budget. We need to start drilling HERE, and stop relying so much on other countries for our energy.

***Obama's finally going to drag his sorry butt to Missouri for a photo op. Can you imagine the hysteria if Bush had taken two weeks to visit New Orleans after Katrina?

***Geez, another roller skate with an engine.


Gas prices are high, no doubt, but I'm not ready to drive a death trap because of them.

***The ever brilliant Rosie O'Donnell concludes that all the tornadoes are caused by global warming. Certainly couldn't see THAT coming from the Left, could you?

***Gotta see this - the new Cirque du Solei show called "Ovo." Here's the trailer. If you've never seen Cirque du Solei, it's a combination of gymnastics, music, comedy, a little weirdness, but it's ALWAYS fun! The gymnasts/jugglers/etc. are fantastic.

***Obama eying gun control "under the radar."

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***Church fined - for pruning its own tree.

***Another reason not to like Romney - he supports federal ethanol subsidies.

***Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip. ~~ Will Rogers

***Gotta get cookin' - have a great day!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Summer Kickoff

***Well, for most people this is a three day weekend! For the self-employed, though, that just plain ol' doesn't happen. :-)  I'm up at 4:00 to get some work done before Mom & I venture into Yard Sale Land. We're going to my aunt's in Pendleton tomorrow, and we don't have any plans for Monday. I'm actually looking forward to that. I'm hoping to get enough done today and tomorrow that I can actually take Monday off and relax. We'll see!

***Here is Charles Krauthammer's take on Obama and his dismal Middle East policy. This is what we get for electing a far left liberal neophyte.

For two and a half years, the Obama administration has refused to recognize and reaffirm these assurances. Then last week in his State Department speech, President Obama definitively trashed them. He declared that the Arab-Israeli conflict should indeed be resolved along “the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps.”
Nothing new here, said Obama three days later. “By definition, it means that the parties themselves — Israelis and Palestinians — will negotiate a border that is different” from 1967.
It means nothing of the sort. “Mutually” means both parties have to agree. And if one side doesn’t? Then, by definition, you’re back to the 1967 lines.
Nor is this merely a theoretical proposition. Three times the Palestinians have been offered exactly that formula, 1967 plus swaps — at Camp David 2000, Taba 2001, and the 2008 Olmert-Abbas negotiations. Every time, the Palestinians said no and walked away.

***A poll you won't see in the major media:


RUSH: I want to start out here today with a little bit of a lesson.  This is a story in the Daily Caller.com, Chatsworth Osborne Jr.'s website, and this story I dare say will never see the light of day in the Drive-By Media.  But here we go: "According to a recent Sachs/Mason Dixon poll --" and Mason-Dixon's a credible bunch "-- obtained exclusively by The Daily Caller, a large majority of the public backs an amendment to the Constitution requiring a balanced budget, a reform some lawmakers say is on the table in the debt ceiling debate."

Does that surprise you?  Does me.  We're talking the US Constitution. Sixty-five percent of the public supports a balanced budget amendment to the US Constitution, 65%.  Only 27% oppose; 8% are undecided.  Eighty-one percent of Republicans support the idea.  Sixty eight percent of independents support the idea.  "Even a plurality of Democrats, the party that typically resists spending cuts, back the amendment by a 45 percent to 44 percent margin.  'Americans are concerned about our nation’s deepening deficit and as a result, an overwhelming number support a balanced budget amendment,' said Alia Faraj-Johnson, Partner and Executive Vice President of Ron Sachs Communications, the organization that commissioned the poll.  A large plurality -- 46 percent to 21 percent -- also say they would be 'more likely' to vote for a presidential candidate who backs the amendment."


***Let's hear it for Canada! 

Canada has left the United States in the dust on a number of fronts lately, including getting its deficit under control--hey, Canada actually has a budget!--and allowing economic growth. (Of course, Canada has an unfair advantage. There is no Democratic Party there.) In foreign policy, too, Canada is showing the way. 

***Great slideshow if you like racing - 100 Years of the Indy 500.



***Okay, here's a new one: Drink donkey milk to lose weight. Um, no.

***Barney Frank takes care of his lovers, in more ways than one. Sorry, this is emesis-provoking, but try to suffer through it.

***From Nealz Nuze (I left out the last one because I think he's full of it with regard to Sarah Palin. Other than that, he's right on target!)

As we approach the 2012 elections, there are a few truisms that you need to understand about our current political climate. 
  • Obama will campaign on a platform of wealth envy because he knows the people of this country are too ignorant and lazy to understand they’re being manipulated.
  • Creating wealth is greedy and people who have wealth got in by cheating or scamming the system.  Therefore, stealing their wealth and giving it to those who did not work for it is justified.
  • There are two types of ObamaMedia coverage: Defending Barack Obama and demonizing conservatives.
  • To Democrats seeking re-election, facts about the fiscal crisis our country faces are about as useless as the Constitution.
  • The unions WILL support Barack Obama and the Democrats.  Big time.
  • Any utterance in opposition to Obama or any Obama idea or proposal is racist.
  • The average college student will support Obama because it is the “cool” thing to do.
  • The vast majority of black voters will support Obama because he looks like them. 
  • If nothing happens with entitlement reform in 2011, you can bet your buns that it ain’t gonna happen in 2012, an election year. 
  • If the tea parties re-emerge in a big way, their efforts will be painted as “violent” or “hate-filled” or “raaaaacist.”
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***Lech Walesa snubs Obama.

***Tears at Midnight. Great story for Memorial Day. Please take the time to read it.

***Here's what the Democrats have in mind - a 62% top tax rate. Never forget what liberals are about, people. Watch what they DO, ignore what they SAY.

Media reports in recent weeks say that Senate Democrats are considering a 3% surtax on income over $1 million to raise federal revenues. This would come on top of the higher income tax rates that President Obama has already proposed through the cancellation of the Bush era tax-rate reductions.
If the Democrats' millionaire surtax were to happen—and were added to other tax increases already enacted last year and other leading tax hike ideas on the table this year—this could leave the U.S. with a combined federal and state top tax rate on earnings of 62%. That's more than double the highest federal marginal rate of 28% when President Reagan left office in 1989. Welcome back to the 1970s.

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***The new DNC chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, is dumb - nearly on par with Joe Biden, if you can believe that. Check it out.

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Doubt versus Faith

Doubt sees the obstacles,
Faith sees the way.

Doubt sees the darkest night,
Faith sees the day.

Doubt dreads to take a step,
Faith soars on high.

Doubt questions, "Who believes?"
Faith answers, "I".

Author Unknown


***Play by the rules, but be ferocious. ~~ Phil Knight, founder of Nike

***Have a great day!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Starting Early!

***Mom & I are going to hit a couple of yard sales this morning. That's usually our Saturday activity, but there are a couple that start today we're interested in. My son wants a bike and there are a couple advertised today. I'm hoping to pick one up for him for $10.00 or so.

***Another liberal judge strikes down Scott Walker's collective bargaining law in Wisconsin. This is what you get, people, when you put liberals in office. They appoint liberal judges who legislate from the bench.

Naturally, unions and their legislative allies are celebrating. Assembly minority leader Peter Barca called Sumi’s ruling “a huge win for democracy in Wisconsin.” Of course, in this case “democracy” is when two duly elected branches of the legislature pass a law, the state’s popularly elected governor signs it, and then it gets struck down by one of 17 judges in one of 72 state counties. (In the decision, Sumi laughably casts herself as a champion of taxpayers, haranguing legislative leaders for “the needless expenditure of taxpayer money to continue this lawsuit.”)

Funny how liberals define "democracy," isn't it?

***Even public sector workers support a flat tax:



***Obama signs extension of Patriot Act. You know, the very thing he was boondoggling during his campaign. This is a good thing, don't get me wrong, it would just be nice to have an honest president again. Let's hope and pray that happens in 2012.

***Vacation like Captain Jack Sparrow! 

There really is a Tortuga!



***DNC Chair: If it were up to the GOP, we'd all be driving foreign cars! Guess what SHE drives...

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), the chairwoman of the DNC, ripped into Republican presidential contenders who opposed President Obama’s 2009 bailouts for General Motors and Chrysler.

“If it were up to the candidates for president on the Republican side, we would be driving foreign cars; they would have let the auto industry in America go down the tubes,” she said at a breakfast for reporters organized by The Christian Science Monitor.
But according to Florida motor vehicle records, the Wasserman Schultz household owns a 2010 Infiniti FX35, a Japanese car whose parent company is Nissan, another Japanese company…

***The battle over Medicare. Fear mongering, scare tactics, and demagoguery. And too many clueless Americans swallow it.

***The D.C. Special Olympics are this week. Some of these stories really are amazing.

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***Burrito Kitty!



***From A Gift of Inspiration

Reflections

You know, time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years. It seems just yesterday that I was a young girl, just married and embarking on my new life with my husband.

And yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went. I know that I lived them all ... And I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams ... But, here it is ...the winter of my life and it catches me by surprise ...

How did I get here so fast? Where did the years go and where did my babies go? And where did my youth go?

I remember well ... seeing older people through the years and thinking that those older people were years away from me and that winter was so far off that I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like ... But, here it is...husband retired and he's really getting gray ... he moves slower and I see an older man now. He's in much better shape than me ... but, I see the great change ...

Not the one I married who was dark and young and strong... but, like me, his age is beginning to show and we are now those older folks that we used to see and never thought we'd be.

Each day now, I find that just getting a shower is a real target for the day! And taking a nap is not a treat anymore ... it's mandatory! Cause if I don't on my own free will ... I just fall asleep where I sit!

And so, now I enter into this new season of my life unprepared for all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability to go and do things. But, at least I know, that though the winter has come, and I'm not sure how long it will last ... This I know, that when it's over ...

I will enjoy the Spring in the arms of my loving Father. .. and wait for my loved ones to come when their winter is over too. So, if you're not in your winter yet ... let me remind you, that it will be here faster than you think. So, whatever you would like to accomplish in your life please do it quickly!

Author Unknown

***Palin readies bus tour - think she'll run? I do.


***The weirder you're going to behave, the more normal you should look.  It works in reverse, too.  When I see a kid with three or four rings in his nose, I know there is absolutely nothing extraordinary about that person.  ~P.J. O'Rourke

***Have a great day!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Class Act

***Ed Schultz on MSNBC showing his lack of class and character yet again. Here is the video where he crudely attacks Laura Ingraham. Surprisingly, MSNBC has suspended him. I'm surprised he didn't get a raise.

***Ryan's budget fails in the Senate, which was expected since the Democrats still have a majority there, but Obama's budget failed even worse. It didn't get ANY votes, not even Democrat votes.

***A ray of sunlight? Key Jewish donor breaks with Obama. We'll see if that sticks.

***The power of social media. St. Louis Facebook group sends 4 truckloads of donations to Joplin, Missouri. This is how it should be done. People helping people, not looking to the government to fix everything.

***10 NFL stars who went bankrupt.

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***Mediscare. It's what liberals do.

***Famous fugitives.

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***The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men. ~~ Plato

***Have a great day!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Dork!

***I'm referring to myself. Yesterday I had my suit on under my clothes, did my deliveries, and headed to the pool - only to find when I got there that I had forgotten my swim bag - you know, the one with my goggles, swim cap, towels...I get so irritated with myself when I do stuff like that!! I drove home, changed, and went for a walk instead since it was too late to get back to the pool and have time to do my laps. It was really nice out, though, and at least I still got some exercise. I'll head to the pool today.

***Ben Shapiro answers a question that's bugged me for a long time - why do Jews continually support liberal Democrats, even when they betray Israel, as Obama has time and again?

In 2008, Obama grabbed 78 percent of the Jewish vote. Even the most wildly optimistic polling today shows that Obama's support remains high among Jews. It's a result that Republicans simply can't understand -- why do so many Jews continue to support a president who has shown time and again that he stands against the State of Israel? Why the reflexive lever-pulling on behalf of a man who appoints anti-Semites to positions of high power, attends a virulently anti-Semitic church for 20 years, and sees Israel as the cause of the West's conflict with the Muslim world?

The answer is deceptively simple: the Jews who vote for Obama are, by and large, Jews In Name Only (JINOs). They eat bagels and lox; they watch "Schindler's List"; they visit temple on Yom Kippur -- sometimes. But they do not care about Israel. Or if they do, they care about it less than abortion, gay marriage and global warming.

We have RINOs, they have JINOs. A "Jew In Name Only" just seems worse, for some reason.

***It's official: Our president is an embarrassment.

This is how President Obama signed the guestbook at Westminster Abbey earlier today, where he got a tour from the Very Reverend Dr. John Hall and laid a wreath on the Grave of the Unknown Warrior.

It is a great privilege to commemorate our common heritage, and common sacrifice.
Barack Obama
24 May 2008

And then later in the day:

The president paused, the guests stood, and the orchestra prepared to play.
But the president wasn’t done speaking.
“The vitality –“ the president said before the orchestra began…
“To the Queen,” the president finally said.
He lifted his glass to her, she smiled a bit uncomfortably.
But because the song was playing, no one drank from his or her glass, including the president, who put his glass down on the table.

Apparently, you're supposed to wait until after "God Save the Queen" plays and THEN begin the toast. What a moron.

***74% of Americans want a federal spending cap. Washington, are you listening?

***John Edwards reportedly facing indictment for using campaign cash to cover up his affair. Seen much about this? Think you would if he were a Republican?

***Tips for the Ultimate Memorial Day Barbeque. We're hoping to go over to Peter & Emily's in Columbus for a day in the park - if their work schedule allows.

***If you don't read anything else today, read this. These are excerpts from Benjamin Netanyahu's address to Congress. This is a *real* leader, folks.


Bibi: “Israel has no better friend than America, and America has no better friend than Israel…You got bin Laden. Good riddance.”

“You don’t need to do nation-building in Israel. We’re already built. You don’t need to build democracy in Israel. We got it. And you don’t need to send troops to Israel. We defend ourselves.”

11:30am – Bibi briefly interrupted by hecklers, handles them beautifully. “I take it at a badge of honor that we have these protests. You can’t have this in Tehran & Tripoli. This is REAL democracy.” Crowd erupts in applause, stands.

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***Here's Entrepreneur's business idea center, if you're thinking about starting your own business.

***Sneaky pounds: 7 surprising reasons you're fat.

***Obama skirts rule of law to reward pals, punish foes. I'm shocked, SHOCKED!

Question: What do the following have in common? Eckert Cold Storage Co., Kerly Homes of Yuma, Classic Party Rentals, West Coast Turf Inc., Ellenbecker Investment Group Inc., Only in San Francisco, Hotel Nikko, International Pacific Halibut Commission, City of Puyallup, Local 485 Health and Welfare Fund, Chicago Plastering Institute Health & Welfare Fund, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, Teamsters Local 522 Fund Welfare Fund Roofers Division, StayWell Saipan Basic Plan, CIGNA, Caribbean Workers' Voluntary Employees' Beneficiary Health and Welfare Plan.
 
Answer: They are all among the 1,372 businesses, state and local governments, labor unions and insurers, covering 3,095,593 individuals or families, that have been granted a waiver from Obamacare by Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius.

All of which raises another question: If Obamacare is so great, why do so many people want to get out from under it?

***"Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi, you're my only hope!"



***Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address Illustrated. This looks like a great book to get.



***Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.  ~Mark Twain, Following the Equator
 
***Have a great day!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Tryin' Again

***Hopefully my whole post will show up today! We had a beautiful day yesterday, sunny and warm. Stormed a little in the evening, but not too much. I like to sit in the living room with the door open and listen to storms.

***David Limbaugh as a good piece on how the media portrays true conservatives as "unelectable," and many conservatives fall for it.


More recently, we see the same phenomenon with this year's slate of potential candidates. Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann are strong, unapologetic conservatives, qualifying as conservatives on all three legs of Reagan's three-legged stool: economic, social and foreign policy issues.

They have both been savaged as inexperienced, extremist, divisive lightweights. But the media never cast Barack Obama's inexperience in a negative light. They conserved their ammo for use solely against Palin, who wasn't even running for the main spot on the ticket and who had far more executive experience than Obama.

The media portrayed Obama as a uniter, despite his having had the most liberal voting record in the Senate in 2007. And they haven't properly acknowledged the extent of his divisiveness yet, though he's the most polarizing president of the modern era -- including George W. Bush.

Huge difference in the coverage. Look at how they ignored Barack Obama's association with Jeremiah Wright - well of COURSE you can sit in a church listening to a preacher for over 20 years and not know what he believes. His association with Bill Ayers? Pfuh, not worth talking about. But choke on a pretzel and man, it's front page news! How dumb can you get, choking on a pretzel? How can a man who chokes on a pretzel be president? The media's bias has never been more apparent than it has been since Bill Clinton.

***It's obvious who they fear, because they go on the attack. Obama's campaign digging up dirt on Chris Christie. He's not running, but they're not taking any chances. They know a real conservative can beat Obama - that's why they're attacking the real conservatives. Just look what they've done to Sarah Palin and her family. Try that on a liberal, and you'll get howls of "politics of personal destruction!" from the Left. But - it's okay to do it to a conservative. That's just politics.

***Five unique ways to finance your home improvement project.

***Prayers for the people of Joplin, Missouri. Wow, what a tragedy.

***Here's what it takes to be an "award-winning journalist:" Make it up.


This year's National Magazine Award for Reporting was won by Harper's magazine and Scott Horton, for an article that claimed three detainees were murdered by American troops at Guantanamo Bay. Unfortunately, the story turned out to be a lie. Not only that, but a lie that was peddled to a number of other left-wing news outlets that turned it down because it wasn't plausible.

Scott Horton's named seemed familiar. Sure enough: we wrote about another transparently fictitious Horton article, which also attacked the U.S. Army, and was also published by Harper's, back in 2007. And Horton collaborated with MSNBC in a laughably stupid smear of Karl Rove in 2008.

How pathetic.

***Dog costumes - these are great!

King o' the Jungle

A knight and his steed

Superfriends

Headless Horseman

Yoda Dog

The Alligator ate my Beagle!


***Using social media for your small business. It's amazing how quickly you can get the word out about something on Facebook. There are people who literally stay logged on all day and check Facebook off and on throughout the day. It's truly addictive to some. I like to read through the comments a couple of times a day and keep up with people I wouldn't normally be in contact with, but I don't have time for the games or chatting, stuff like that. It really is a good way to keep in touch, though, with old friends and/or schoolmates.

***This is about the dumbest thing I've ever seen - these parents are trying to raise a "genderless" child. The baby's name is "Storm," and they won't refer to the child as a boy or a girl. They have three children, who no doubt will grow up to be as screwed up as their parents.

Witterick and Stocker [the parents] believe they are giving their children the freedom to choose who they want to be, unconstrained by social norms about males and females. Some say their choice is alienating.

Poor kids.

***Now Obama is Irish. Isn't it amazing how he can be all things to all people?

***No special reason for this - I just think it's beautiful!



***Standing strong with Israel, from Heritage.org.

***Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation, for 'tis better to be alone than in bad company. ~~ George Washington

***Have a great day!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Gimme Gimme Gimme!!

***That's the rallying cry of the labor union thugs who rallied this weekend at various locations in the country.

The protests in the US and Europe have a common theme "gimme gimme gimme".

Everyone wants something, and they want to take it from someone else to get it. In the US, the SEIU is right at the top of the list in wanting to pick the pockets of everyone else for their own self-serving benefit.

They're all for sacrifice - as long as someone else is making it and they are benefiting from it.

***GREAT column by Mike Adams - read it! Here's a teaser:

Dear President Obama:

I am writing today with a somewhat unusual request. Actually, it is a series of requests. First and foremost, I will be asking that you return America to its August 20th, 1959 borders so that Hawaii is no longer a state and you are no longer a citizen. I make this request because I don’t like your policies and I don’t like you. If I sound like I’m asking for too much just be patient. I’m only getting started.

***Indiana Pushing Back against ludicrous Indiana Supreme Court ruling regarding unlawful entry by police. 

***Check this out. Teeny-tiny drone can fire teeny-tiny, but powerful, missile.

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***ARRGGH! I hate when Blogger does this - I spent 30 minutes on the rest of my blog, and it's just GONE. Like I can remember everything else I had put up here...sheesh. I don't have time to do it again - so I'll just say so long until tomorrow!

***He who makes a paradise of his bread makes a hell of his hunger.  ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin

***Have a great day!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

We're All Still Here!

***I kept reading on Facebook about the guy who predicted the world would end yesterday - I hadn't heard about that until a couple of days ago. It always amazes me that people listen to kooks like that. The  media love stories like that, it makes all Christians look a little cuckoo to the secular world.

***Borderline treachery. "Would that the president of the United States were as worried about Arizona’s border as he is about “Palestine’s.” "

No kidding.

***Keep it classy, CNN.

***Obamacare waiver corruption.

Selective enforcement of the law is the first sign of tyranny. A government empowered to determine arbitrarily who may operate outside the rule of law invariably embraces favoritism as friends, allies and those with the best-funded lobbyists are rewarded. Favoritism inevitably leads to corruption, and corruption invites extortion. Ultimately, the rule of law ceases to exist in any recognizable form, and what is left is tyranny.

America’s founders rejected that road to tyranny when they boldly declared that all men are created equal. They wrote a Constitution meant to secure the promise of equal protection under the law.

That would explain why few Democrats understand this concept. If it's in the Constitution, chances are they've never read it.

***It's official: Herman Cain is running.

***...and Mitch Daniels is not.

***Inside the Navy SEAL museum.

***Tallest Ferris Wheel in Eastern US opens in Myrtle Beach.

The tallest Ferris wheel in the eastern United States, a 200-foot-tall, $12 million wheel with a million LED lights and 42 air-conditioned gondolas, started spinning Friday in this beach resort on the South Carolina coast.



Not me, thanks! That's a little too high for this weenie.


The media has been having a prolonged belly laugh at a group that had the temerity to suggest that the world would end today. Of course it's ridiculous when Harold Camping predicted that the world will be over today, but not when Al Gore predicted that the North Pole would melt in five years. True believers in Gore would say that's the difference between science and eschatology. But when bogus science warns us of an apocalypse if we don't follow the tenets of their ideology, then how much difference is there anyway?

Of course no one expects MSNBC to do sneering reports of global warming activists freezing at a protest or Al Gore being forced to watch a count down of a solidly frozen North Pole. Such mockery is only directed at people who believe in more unpopular forms of apocalypses. At least unpopular at the broadcasting studios of Manhattan. Camping is ridiculous, but Al Gore is right on the money.

The only real difference between Harold Camping and Al Gore, is that Harold Camping believes what he's saying, while Al Gore preaches one thing to his followers, but lives a lifestyle in direct contraction of it. The Vice President turned Prophet of Gaia lectures on watching our carbon footprint and then flies on jet fueled carbon wings to another concert on behalf of the planet. Other aspiring prophets like Prince Charles, who admires poverty, but lives in privilege, are no better.

***"Dis is my bunny, Harold"


***Just imagine if George W. Bush had said this:

In an effort to satisfy those arguing he needs to seek congressional authorization to continue US military activity in accordance with the War Powers Resolution, President Obama wrote a letter to congressional leaders this afternoon suggesting that the role is now so “limited” he does not need to seek congressional approval.

The nutballs on the Left are STILL calling for Bush and Cheney to be thrown in jail for "war crimes" - and they got Congressional approval, U.N. approval, and just about everyone else's approval before engaging in the War on Terror. Not a peep out of them regarding Obama and his awful foreign policy. I guess I should expect hypocrisy like this by now, but it still gets me.

***Here is Focus on the Family's take on "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides."

***Now New Jersey unions want to be paid for not getting sick. Geez.

The unions in New Jersey never seem to quit and they just don't get it. Public workers and the legislature in the Garden State want Governor Chris Christie to sign a bill that would not only bump sick leave liabilities from $800 million to $3.25 billion (which the state doesn't have), but would pay government workers cash for unused sick days, or in other words, for not getting sick.

Bloodsuckers.

***We don't need no stinking budget!

It has been two years since the Democratic Senate proposed, let alone passed, a budget. Harry Reid and his cohorts are now in defiance of federal law, but they don't care: Reid confirmed on Thursday that the Democrats have no intention of giving the American people a plan to stave off fiscal disaster:

"There's no need to have a Democratic budget in my opinion," Reid said in an interview Thursday. "It would be foolish for us to do a budget at this stage."

Could there possibly be clearer evidence that the Democratic Party is unfit to govern?

***Idiot.

 

***My sister sent me this:

The Habit Poem
I am your constant companion.
I am your greatest helper or heaviest burden.
I will push you onward or drag you down to
failure.
I am completely at your command.
Half of the things you do you might as well turn
over to me and I will do them – quickly and
correctly.
I am easily managed – you must be firm with me.
Show me exactly how you want something done
and after a few lessons, I will do it automatically.
I am the servant of great people,
and alas, of all failures as well.
Those who are great, I have made great.
Those who are failures, I have made failures.
I am not a machine though
I work with the precision of a machine
plus the intelligence of a person.
You may run me for profit or run me for ruin -
it makes no difference to me.
Take me, train me, be firm with me, and
I will place the world at your feet.
Be easy with me and I will destroy you.
Who am I? I am Habit.

***


***What do you call a fish with no eyes?
A fsh

Ar ar ar...

***We must overcome the notion that we must be regular.
It robs you of the chance to be extraordinary and leads you to the mediocre

Uta Hagen

***Have a great day!  

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Feelin' Good

***Yep, it's yard sale and Amish store day. Also, I had a message on my phone that my brother's having the family over for a cookout later. Gonna be a great day!

***Union thug Richard Trumka pulling the strings on his Democrat marionette: Help us or pay!

AFL-CIO union boss Richard Trumka issued a threat to Democrats nationwide at the National Press Club on Friday, calling on them to support his and other unions or face losing their support.

“We will spend the summer holding elected leaders in Congress as well as the states accountable on one measure: Are they improving or degrading life for working families? We are looking hard at how we work in the nation’s political arena,” Trumka said, according to prepared remarks. “We have listened hard, and what workers want is an independent labor movement that builds the power of working people – in the workplace and in political life.”

Look, you big jerk, MY family is a "working family," and we don't support anything your blood-sucking union does. I really hate that term "working family," as if those who don't belong to unions don't work. He's warning the Democrats to do the union's bidding no matter what it does to the economy, or risk losing their support. Right. Where else are they gonna go?

***Here's a big surprise - Prosser wins recount in Wisconsin. His sleazy Democrat opponent, JoAnne Kloppenburg, needlessly cost the taxpayers of Wisconsin over a million dollars, and she knew she was doing it. There was absolutely no evidence of wrongdoing, and the margin was wide enough that she didn't have a chance to overcome it - or steal it. Typical Democrat.

***Benjamin Netanyahu soundly refuted President Obama yesterday; kinda boxed his ears, actually. As Rush said, look at the picture of those two. You'll see a real leader, and a lightweight. Guess which is which?

***Entitlement Nation: Makers versus Takers. GREAT piece. If you don't read anything else today, read this.

Our week-long theme of “Entitlement Nation: Makers vs. Takers” is built around the idea that this nation, which was founded on an individualist and entrepreneurial spirit, has become one where people have become takers, not makers. For the first time in our history, we can be criticized for caring more about ourselves and our generation than our children, as evidenced by the soaring debt we have. That’s best seen at the government level, where spending comes in far above income.

This is exactly where the Democrats want us - dependent on the government for our everyday lives, outraged if fiscal responsibility demands that we do for ourselves instead of expecting others to do it for us. 

The numbers are stark. Right now, 20 cents of every dollar of American’s income comes from a government payment. For the first time since the Great Depression, government payouts to households exceed tax receipts. That’s not surprising, because more and more people don’t actually pay income taxes anymore. They just take.

As the article points out, it takes real political courage to attempt to reform huge, going broke programs like Social Security and Medicare. You see what the Democrats and the press do to courageous people like Paul Ryan. They are characterized as heartless, wanting to starve the elderly, etc. No wonder so few are willing to do it. However, we have no choice. It has to be done, and soon.

***Peek-A-Boo!


***Well, this is the first I've heard of "planking."  I guess people never get tired of finding absolutely stupid, meaningless things to do and display on You Tube.

***Here are some vacation ideas - Wild West Dude Ranches!





***Chris Christie and Herman Cain are surprise leaders of GOP pack - but Christie isn't running. Good choices, though, both of them.

***I'll never understand why Jewish people overwhelmingly vote Democrat - even when Democrats like Obama betray Israel. I just don't get it.
 
***Check this out - homeowners making their own dams to hold back the Mississippi:
That's what I call American ingenuity!

***Your taxes at work - small family rabbit business harassed by government inspectors for such infractions as the cages being 1/4 in. too small, power washing the cages with bleach not good enough, etc. They are facing $4 million in fines. You read that right. $4 million. This is outrageous.

***No. Just freakin' No.



***Kibblesikibbleskibbleskibbleskibbles...!!!



***I know God will not give me anything I can't handle.  I just wish that He didn't trust me so much.  ~Mother Teresa
 
***Have a great day!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Adult Baby Syndrome

***We all know someone who has some infantile tendencies - but this guy takes the cake.

Welcome to the land of the freeloaders and the home of the depraved. No image captures America's regressive ethos better than that of 30-year-old Stanley Thornton Jr., self-proclaimed "Adult Baby." Profiled on a recent National Geographic reality television show, Thornton claims to suffer from a bizarre infantilism that leads him to wear diapers, lounge around in an oversized crib and seek constant coddling.

The nappies may be extreme, but let's face it: Thornton Jr. -- let's just call him Junior -- is a symptom of our Nanny State run amok, not an anomaly.

This guy can drive a car and fend for himself if he wants to. However, check out the tantrum when his government disability checks were called into question - yes, we are paying for him to sleep in a crib, eat in a highchair, etc. - which he was able to build for himself, I might add. Here's his threat if his government goodies are taken away:

Junior, naturally, threw a tantrum when his government teat-sucking was called into question. He wiped his nose and un-balled his fists long enough to type out an e-mail to The Washington Times: "You wanna test how damn serious I am about leaving this world, screw with my check that pays for this apartment and food. Try it. See how serious I am. I don't care," Junior threatened. "I have no problem killing myself. Take away the last thing keeping me here, and see what happens. Next time you see me on the news, it will be me in a body bag."

My reaction? Cut him off. You don't give a child his way because he throws a tantrum.

***Defining deviancy down. Well, we're told in the Bible how in the last days things will get worse and worse, but I still hate to see it. Some aspects of our culture are really in the gutter - most obviously in the arts.

Adolescents are leading adults, and by the nose. Poop jokes, butt humor, middle-finger salutes are not only the stuff of Broadway, they're getting awards for wit and cleverness. "The Book of Mormon," a musical by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the celebrated authors of television's "South Park," leads the numbers for the Tony nominations, the most prestigious prize in the theater.

This is the triumph of potty-mouth, passing-gas, "I have maggots in my scrotum" kind of humor that will leave you rolling in the aisles if you're on the eve of puberty. Or in an expensive seat on Broadway.

What could be funnier than satirical ditties sung by "primitive" Africans blaming the Christian God for everything from AIDS to female genital mutilation? These "heathens" are only slightly more naive than the chorus of Mormon missionaries out to convert them, made up of repressed queens who are trying to learn how to swish-off, rather than switch-off, their libidos. Stuff-shirted missionaries sing a catchy tune, "Shut it Off," with flicking wrists and girlish blushes about restraining homosexual desire. The audience loves it.

What a shame. Where are the brilliant Broadway writers who produced magic like "Cats," "The Phantom of the Opera," "Miss Saigon?" Now we're treated to trash like the above. Looks like all the talent went down the toilet.

***The right way to promote human freedom.

***Bigger is not always better. To Democrats, though, when it comes to government - the bigger the better! From Nealz Nuze:


Speaking of Democrats who love government … here’s a simple yet telling quote from Charlie Rangel.  He appeared on a segment of Freedom Watch, hosted by Judge Andrew Napolitano.  Charlie Rangel said the following:
“It’s a great government, why not be big?”
There you go ladies and gentlemen.  First of all we have the belief here that our imperial federal government is “great.”  Is it necessary?  Yes.  Is it “great” … I believe in the greatness of the founding principles of our government – liberty, freedom, individual responsibility – and I believe in the greatness of our Constitution and our Bill of Rights.  But what makes these great is not the government it establishes but the freedoms it secures and the limits on government’s ability to take those freedoms.  And as for the last part of Rangel’s comment: Why not be big?  This is exactly what Democrats want … more government.  Bigger government.  The reason for this is because it allows politicians within that big government to wield big power.  There is no way that you can argue that big government is efficient or does a better job of protecting our freedoms.  The only reason why you would love big government is because you love the essence of government itself, and you want more of what you love.

***

***Obama tells Israel to destroy itself. What a neophyte we have elected. He is attacking our closest ally in the Middle East. Here is Netanyahu's response.

***Gingrich's rambling interview with Rush Limbaugh. I think he has dug himself a hole that he can't get out of, and his opponents are really going to beat him over the head with his statements about Medicare and the individual mandate.

***Nom nom nom!!



***Conservative - the new cool?

***Whoa - this particular reviewer isn't the least impressed with the newest Pirates movie, "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides." I'll wait until it comes out on DVD and see for myself.

***Two more books to add to my growing line of "to read" books: "In My Time" by Dick Cheney, and "Demonic" by Ann Coulter.

***If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they'll kill you. ~~ Oscar Wilde

***Have a great day!