Saturday, August 31, 2013

"Obligation"

***Well well well.  He campaigned against everything George W. Bush did to keep us safe...then continued and expanded his policies. You know as well as I do what he and the Democrats would be saying if Bush were still president and this was happening. On second thought, this wouldn't be happening if Bush were still president. Our enemies know Obama is a wuss, and they can pretty much do whatever they want. This is sickening.

"This kind of attack is a challenge to the world," Obama said, adding: "A lot of people think something should be done, but nobody wants to do it."
He said his preference would be to form an international coalition to respond, but "we don't want the world to be paralyzed." Obama said he hasn't yet made a decision, but is considering a "limited, narrow act" to send a message to Syria and others about the use of chemical weapons.
The comments put in stark terms the Obama administration's position on the possibility of a military response -- and particularly a missile strike -- despite fraying international support.
The administration so far has failed to win over the U.N. Security Council, and British lawmakers on Thursday voted to reject any participation in a military strike. Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, though, indicated they were prepared to move forward and downplayed the importance of U.N. authorization.
 "Downplayed the importance of U.S. authorization." Do any of you remember the squawking about Bush going to war in Iraq, with full congressional approval AND U.N. approval? They still damned everything he did and did their best to secure a U.S. defeat for their own ends. These people nauseate me. The fact that this bunch of buffoons is in charge of our military is such a slap in the face to our brave soldiers. We as a country betrayed them when we put Democrats in charge and elected Obama as their Commander-in-Chief.

"My degrees mean nothing." You finally get it.

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***In other shocking news: "Free" benefits in Obamacare come with hidden costs. You don't say.

The new health care law promises all sorts of free benefits -- but analysts argue nothing is ultimately free, and ObamaCare is no exception.
“P. J. O'Rourke famously said that if you think health care is expensive now, wait until it's free,” said Avik Roy, of the Manhattan Institute. “Once you lard on all these additional things, all these extras that insurers must provide, you have to pay for that."
For the average consumer, that means taxes, the American Enterprise Institute’s Jim Capretta told Fox News.

 The Democrats know once this law is implemented, it will be nearly impossible to roll it back. That's what they're hoping for. The time to stop it is now, otherwise we're stuck with it.








***A lesson in class: Even though he would be totally justified to criticize, George W. Bush respects Obama's office and his position.

President Barack Obama has a "tough choice" when deciding whether or not to launch a strike against Syria, former President George W. Bush said Friday.

"The president's got a tough choice to make. And if he decides to use our military, he'll have the greatest military ever backing him up," the former president said on "Fox & Friends."

"Putting our military in harm's way is the toughest decision the president will make," the 43rd president said.

 

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***Men, like nails, lose their usefulness when they lose direction and begin to bend.  ~Walter Savage Landor
 
***Have a great day!
 

Friday, August 30, 2013

End the Special Perks

***This is so true - Time to Stop the Special Perks of Politics.

As Glenn Reynolds pointed out in USA Today, special laws around the country give some states' politicians special gun rights, legal immunity and a variety of other perks.  It's a disgusting practice that needs to stop.  It's impossible for our elected representatives to "represent" us properly if they are living a life that's insulated from many of the onerous laws or regulations they inflict on the rest of us -- or, more generally, if they're a special "protected class."
Perhaps the apotheosis of this deplorable trend is the fact that, in 20 states, private lobbyists get public pensions.  That's right -- through their taxes, citizens of those states are getting the dubious privilege of subsidizing the retirements of employees of private lobbying firms.
It's time to stop this disgraceful boondoggle, along with all the other cushy little special favors that our elected officials have granted themselves . . . and their friends.

***The Obama Doctrine: Shock & Uhhhh...

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***Great America to build fastest wooden coaster. No thanks. :-)

***The 10 worst cars in America.

The AMC Pacer - yeah, I'll have to go along with that one.
The Ford Pinto - yup.
The Yugo - definitely.

Follow the link for the rest.

***New Mexico, the Media, Religious Liberty, and You. Good article. We're losing our country day by day.

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***History does not teach fatalism.  There are moments when the will of a handful of free men breaks through determinism and opens up new roads.  ~Charles de Gaulle

***Have a great day!
 

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Hypocrisy

***I am so sick of the hypocrisy of the Left. Remember the cries of Fascism! when Bush supported the Patriot Act, and kept us safe for the remainder of his presidency? The current regime has vastly increased the powers granted the government in the Patriot Act, and made up some that weren't there. Remember the cries of "illegal war?" Bush had unanimous congressional AND UN approval to go into Iraq and oust Saddam Hussein, yet all the Left could do was yammer insanities like he lied to get is into war, blah blah blah. Where are they now? Obama has continued or expanded everything Bush did, and now he is saber rattling in Syria. He is so obviously incompetent as to be a laughing stock to the world. Where are all those indignant leftists now? Why aren't they marching in the streets, holding up signs of Obama with devil horns, etc.? Oh, they'd be front page news racists if they did that - never mind they did all that and worse to Bush. Liberalism truly is a mental disorder, and it's becoming an epidemic.

***Only fair: Republican wants all congressional staff in Obamacare exchanges. That's right. If they're going to foist it on us, it's only fair that they have to use it, too. After all, if it's so wonderful, why wouldn't they want to?

***"Unaffordable Careless Act." Much more apropros.

The Affordable Care Act has several unintended consequences, and they're all negative, says Republican strategist Karl Rove.

More part-time and fewer full-time jobs are one of those consequences, he writes in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece, under the headline "Here Comes the Unaffordable Careless Act."

Obamacare requires companies with at least 50 workers to give health insurance to any of them who works more than 30 hours a week or pay a fine, George W. Bush's former senior adviser points out.

"Not surprisingly, the number of hourly employees working 30-34 hours a week dropped by an average of 146,500 a month over the past year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics," Rove says. "The number working 25-29 hours rose by 119,000 a month."

The lack of hours can particularly hurt single working mothers and younger workers, Rove says.

Meanwhile, the 50-employee threshold will serve to keep businesses from growing beyond that size, he says.
 

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***Have a great day!
 

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Double Voting

***Somali immigrants charged with illegal double voting in Minnesota. Eric Holder's Justice Department will do NOTHING, because they voted for the "right" candidates. The corruption in this administration stinks to high heaven.

What did their lawyer have to say? I find it offensive that these women have been criminally charged,” Nelson said. “These women came to this country, they are naturalized citizens, and they wanted to vote.”

Yeah, but you only get to vote ONCE, you idiot.

But will U.S. Attorney Todd Jones act?  Double voting in a federal election is a federal crime.  So far, the U.S. Justice Department has been slack in enforcing this federal law which protects federal (as opposed to state) interests.  Meloweese Richardson in Ohio still has not been charged with double voting.  Neither has Wendy Rosen in Maryland.  There are more.  Why isn't Eric Holder's Justice Department enforcing federal laws against double voting?  Is it because they voted for the right candidates? Might it have something else to do with the perpetrators? These days, it could be anything.

This is serious, but again, since they voted "correctly," nothing will come of it. Mark my words.

***Oliver North: Obama action in Syria "Too little, Too late." Why does that surprise anyone? We elected a neophyte who can barely tie his own shoes.


Decorated military veteran Oliver North tells Newsmax he has no doubt the United States will launch an attack on Syria, but warns it will be "too little, too late" — and could result in more casualties if the strikes hit stockpiles of chemical weapons.

The best-selling author also says the situation in Syria results from the Obama administration's "abysmal" foreign policy, and charges that Obama is naïve to think there can be free and fair elections in countries "totally devoid" of democratic traditions.


 
***Martin Luther King: "I have a dream!"
     Barack Obama: "I have a scheme!"

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Being happy can be hard work sometimes. It is like maintaining a nice home - you've got to hang on to your treasures and throw out the garbage." Andrew Matthews, Being Happy! 

***Have a great day!
 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Had a Dream

***Race relations have gotten much worse under this administration. I think it's by design.

When President Obama follows in Martin Luther King Jr.’s footsteps on Wednesday with an address at the Lincoln Memorial, he will face a nation where race remains the great divide.

Black lawmakers say the election of the nation’s first African-America president has not been a salve for racial tensions, a view that the public has also voiced in recent polling.

While Democratic lawmakers place the lion’s share of the blame on Republicans for the state of affairs, they betray disappointment that more progress has not been made since the civil rights movement won its biggest victories.
   

Asked whether the overall trajectory of race relations has been positive or negative in recent years, the chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) paused for a moment.

“Right after the election of the president, I would have thought it was going in a positive direction, but I am not so sure anymore,” she said.

Well, of course they have to blame Republicans, it's in their blood. But even the most jaded Democrat would have to admit, I think, that Obama and his "If I had a son..." crap didn't do anyone any good. Jesse and Al live to make things tougher for black people so they can swoop in and pretend to save the day. Amazes me how many people they still fool.

***I'm headin' to Dayton to see Emily & Johnathan! I have to take some things to her for a position she is applying for, but we'll eat and do some shopping, too! Really looking forward to it. 

***Dr. King's dream is nowhere in sight. Again, this is how the Democrats want it.

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anyone lived in a pretty how town

  by E. E. Cummings
anyone lived in a pretty how town
(with up so floating many bells down)
spring summer autumn winter
he sang his didn't he danced his did

Women and men(both little and small)
cared for anyone not at all
they sowed their isn't they reaped their same
sun moon stars rain

children guessed(but only a few
and down they forgot as up they grew
autumn winter spring summer)
that noone loved him more by more

when by now and tree by leaf
she laughed his joy she cried his grief
bird by snow and stir by still
anyone's any was all to her

someones married their everyones
laughed their cryings and did their dance
(sleep wake hope and then)they
said their nevers they slept their dream

stars rain sun moon
(and only the snow can begin to explain
how children are apt to forget to remember
with up so floating many bells down)

one day anyone died i guess
(and noone stooped to kiss his face)
busy folk buried them side by side
little by little and was by was

all by all and deep by deep
and more by more they dream their sleep
noone and anyone earth by april
wish by spirit and if by yes.

Women and men(both dong and ding)
summer autumn winter spring
reaped their sowing and went their came
sun moon stars rain
- See more at: http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/15403#sthash.v7I5feQ2.dpuf
anyone lived in a pretty how town
 
anyone lived in a pretty how town
(with up so floating many bells down)
spring summer autumn winter
he sang his didn't he danced his did

Women and men(both little and small)
cared for anyone not at all
they sowed their isn't they reaped their same
sun moon stars rain

children guessed(but only a few
and down they forgot as up they grew
autumn winter spring summer)
that noone loved him more by more

when by now and tree by leaf
she laughed his joy she cried his grief
bird by snow and stir by still
anyone's any was all to her

someones married their everyones
laughed their cryings and did their dance
(sleep wake hope and then)they
said their nevers they slept their dream

stars rain sun moon
(and only the snow can begin to explain
how children are apt to forget to remember
with up so floating many bells down)

one day anyone died i guess
(and noone stooped to kiss his face)
busy folk buried them side by side
little by little and was by was

all by all and deep by deep
and more by more they dream their sleep
noone and anyone earth by april
wish by spirit and if by yes.

Women and men(both dong and ding)
summer autumn winter spring
reaped their sowing and went their came
sun moon stars rain

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The absolute fundamental aim is to make money out of satisfying customers.  ~John Egan

***Have a great day!
 

Monday, August 26, 2013

Success!

***Mom's 87th birthday party here yesterday was a big success! Well, except my gas grill ran out of gas and I had to cook the hamburgers and hot dogs on the stove. Other than that - lots of people came, lots of good food and visiting. Always fun to do stuff like that, and Mom really appreciated everything. She's worth all the work and expense it takes to put something like that together. Plus, we got to see my great niece Brooklyn. What a sweetie. :-)



***Affirmative Action Failure. Of course it's a failure, it's a program to make the liberals feel good about themselves, the results be damned. Results aren't what they're after.

The Los Angeles Times recently published a devastating case study in the malign effects of academic racial preferences. The University of California, Berkeley, followed the diversocrat playbook to the letter in admitting Kashawn Campbell, a South Central Los Angeles high-school senior, in 2012: It disregarded his level of academic preparation, parked him in the black dorm — the “African American Theme Program” — and provided him with a black-studies course.
The results were thoroughly predictable.

Read the whole thing.

***In other news, the Associated Press discovers that Barack Obama is a failure. Do not expect that knowledge to result in stopping their slavish, slobbering, positive coverage of him.

Nearly five years into his presidency, Barack Obama confronts a world far different from what he envisioned when he first took office. U.S. influence is declining in the Middle East as violence and instability rock Arab countries. An ambitious attempt to reset U.S. relations with Russia faltered and failed. Even in Obama-friendly Europe, there’s deep skepticism about Washington’s government surveillance programs.
In some cases, the current climate has been driven by factors outside the White House’s control. But missteps by the president also are to blame, say foreign policy analysts, including some who worked for the Obama administration.
Among them: miscalculating the fallout from the Arab Spring uprisings, publicly setting unrealistic expectations for improved ties with Russia and a reactive decision-making process that can leave the White House appearing to veer from crisis to crisis without a broader strategy.

***"Ducks" made big bucks.

Forget the ZZ Top beards and the Bayou accents, the Robertsons of West Monroe, La., are a family of traditional American entrepreneurs: ambitious, rich and spectacularly successful.

***Oh, can anyone relate?



***Manning and Hasan: The price of PC in the military. Think they'll ever figure it out?

***Obama says deficit is dropping at near-record pace. Hey, you ran it up at near-record pace, too. You seem to have forgotten that part...

***                                Amen to THAT caption...


***How to answer the tough questions kids ask about Christianity. Good piece by Jim Daly at Focus on the Family.

***Our pastor gave a great sermon yesterday about the sufficiency of Christ. A good, solid Gospel message is always great to hear. We're saved by grace through Christ's finished work on the cross. Period. What wonderful news.

***Republicans implore Obama to "get off the sidelines" on Syria. Yeah, good luck with that.

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***The only thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work.  ~Harry Golden

***Have a great day!
 

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Broken Promises

***Peter Wehner asks, "Has any previous president devalued his words quite so much, in quite so many ways? Perhaps, but I rather doubt it."

In order to support my claim, it’s worth taking a stroll down memory lane, to compare what Mr. Obama has said with what he has done. The sheer bandwidth of his broken promises and empty claims is quite extraordinary.
For example, there was his promise not to allow lobbyists to work in his administration. (They have.) His commitment to slash earmarks. (He didn’t.) To be the most transparent presidency in history. (It’s not.) To put an end to “phony accounting.” (It started almost on day one and continues.) And to restore trust in government. (Trust in government is at near-historic lows.) Think, too, about his pledge to seek public financing in the general election. (He didn’t.) And to treat super-PACs as a “threat to democracy.” (He embraced them.)
Then there was his administration’s pledge to keep unemployment from rising above 8 percent. (It remained above 8 percent for the longest stretch since the Great Depression.) To create five million new energy jobs alone. (The total number of jobs created in Obama’s first term was roughly one-tenth that figure.) To identify all those “shovel-ready” jobs. (Mr. Obama later chuckled that his much-hyped “shovel-ready projects” were “not as shovel-ready as we expected.”) And to lift two million Americans from poverty. (A record 46 million Americans are living in poverty during the Obama era.)

There is much more at the link, if you have the stomach for it.

***Today's party day! Mark and I were exhausted last night. I worked all day in the house, he worked all day in the yard. Both look nice now, if I do say so myself. Really looking forward to having everyone here.

***Mike Pence: GOP making greatest gains at state level. The trouble is, if Obama doesn't like what the states are doing, he'll negate the positive outcomes with a stroke of his pen. Don't forget that a socialist nation is his goal, he can't have freedom and liberty running rampant, for heaven's sake.

***New Obama policy warns agents not to detail illegal parents. Unbelievable.

The Obama administration issued a new policy Friday that says immigration agents should try not to arrest and deport illegal immigrant parents of minor children. The move adds to the categories of people the administration is trying not to deport.
In a nine-page memo, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said agents should use “prosecutorial discretion” to try to avoid detaining parents and, if parents are detained, agents should make sure they have the ability to visit with their children or participate in family court proceedings.
The move won praise from immigrant-rights groups who said it’s a step toward a less harsh detention policy. But a top Republican blasted the memo as another effort by the Obama administration to circumvent the law.

  Of course it's an attempt to circumvent the law. The Democrats need those illegal voters!

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***Have a great day!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

So Much To Do...

***Having Mom's 87th birthday party here tomorrow - after our morning jaunt to the yard sales and Amish store, I'll be cleaning and cooking like crazy! Good thing Mark is such a hard worker when it comes to getting the house and yard ready! Really looking forward to it, I love having people over.

***16 Types of Politicians You Should Never Elect:

1. The Inexperienced Politician Who Campaigns Really Well

They can put on a great show and promise to change Washington for the better, reach across the aisle, and cut deficits in half. Unfortunately, the types of politicians that have had no prior experience in the federal government never learn how to work with both sides, and end up disappointing America in the end.

(Does that one remind you of anyone?

P.J. O’Rourke said, ”Politicians are interested in people. Not that this is always a virtue. Fleas are interested in dogs.”

2. The Type of Politician Who Pays $400 for a Haircut

They are the most attractive candidates, and they know it. They also use their campaign money to cover up illicit affairs.

There are more, follow the link and check them out!

***Dropping Comcast? I'm thinking about doing this.

Comcast’s news organizations, especially MSNBC, have aggressively promoted President Obama’s political agenda through its biased news coverage. MSNBC’s hosts have consistently gone beyond responsible journalism by manipulating news events to advance a left-wing political agenda. Comcast cable subscribers can take action against Comcast CEO Brian Roberts and his biased media empire by changing their cable TV service provider. By exercising marketplace choice, consumers can prevent their money from supporting media propaganda and paying the salaries of Al Sharpton and Chris Matthews.


***James Woods leads call for justice in senseless murder of WWII veteran. Too bad our President isn't leading the call. But...he wasn't the right color, so he's not interested.

***Obama slams Limbaugh. Talk about bringing a knife to a gun fight. I would love to see him face to face with Limbaugh. He's too much of a wuss and would never do it, but boy, wouldn't that be something to see?

In an exclusive interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Friday, President Barack Obama said that the upcoming fight over the continuation of a resolution which will fund the government does not have to be a fight at all. He said that enough Republicans in Congress agree that seeking to defund the Affordable Care Act is a bad idea, but they are afraid of angering their base or of conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh.

“Congress doesn’t have a whole lot of core responsibilities,” Obama said. “One core responsibility is passing a budget, which they have not done yet. The other core responsibility that they’ve got is to pay the bills that they’ve already accrued.”

Notice the "they?" As if he has nothing to do with it? I'm about to splutter, here...

“I’ve made this argument to my Republican friends privately, and, by the way, sometimes they say to me privately, ‘I agree with you, but I’m worried about a primary from, you know, somebody in the tea party back in my district’ or, ‘I’m worried about what Rush Limbaugh is going to say about me on radio.’”

Liar. I don't believe a word of that.

***Awwww...



***Filthy Filner to resign in return for legal help.What a sleaze. Imagine, if you will, the coverage of this if he were a Republican.

***GOP lawmakers fight to save cross at California war memorial. Isn't it a shame there is even a controversy here?

Several Republican lawmakers are urging a federal district court in California to block the removal of a war memorial cross in a San Diego public park that was declared unconstitutional in 2011.
The American Center for Law and Justice on Thursday filed a brief on behalf of the 18 members of Congress in the latest legal effort to protect the 29-foot cross, which was dedicated in 1954 in honor of Korean War veterans.
A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a unanimous decision in 2011 declaring the cross unconstitutional because it conveys a message of government endorsement of religion. In 2012, the Supreme Court refused to take the case.

Pray for our country.







                   I want one of these!:


***Kirk Cameron's new film "Unstoppable." First film I've been interested in actually going to the movies and seeing in years.
It may be easy for one to celebrate his or her faith when things are going great, but when tragedy strikes – from personal loss to the Boston Marathon bombing to the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy – many find themselves wrestling with the notion of God and wondering how any good can possibly come from such painful situations.
Christian filmmaker and former “Growing Pains” star Kirk Cameron attempts to shed light on these issues in his new documentary “Unstoppable,” which encourages conversation about God, suffering, and hope from what he says is a deeply personal place.
“I had a friend who just passed away from cancer, he was 15 years old. His family loves God and prays to God and they are still in Church. My grandfather is in the hospital right now, and we look at the Boston bombing, and school shootings, and this is a question that has destroyed some people’s faith,” Cameron told FOX411’s Pop Tarts column. “How can God allow these things to happen, and that is what I seek to uncover in this film. What should have destroyed my faith, made it stronger.”

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***The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only to hold a man's foot long enough to enable him to put the other somewhat higher.  ~Thomas Henry Huxley, Life and Letters of Thomas Huxley
***Have a great day!

Friday, August 23, 2013

So Much Going On...

***The headlines today are heartbreaking - the beating of an 89-year-old veteran by teens, burning churches in Egypt, the continual lying and coverups by our government - I need a break. I saw this and liked it:

Peace
by A.B.



He came to me
I knew He would
But did not know
The time or place
But came He did
And now I feel
His gentleness
And warm embrace 
God's promises
In love, I see
The comforter
Abides, with me


***The words of a Casting Crowns song come to mind:

"If We've Ever Needed You"

Hear our cry, Lord we pray,
Our faces down, our hands are raised,
You called us out, we turned away, we've turned away.

With ship wrecked faith, idols rise,
We do what is right, in our own eyes,
Our children now, will pay the price,
We need Your light, Lord, shine Your light.

If we've ever needed You, Lord, it's now, Lord, it's now,
We are desperate for Your hand, we're reachin' out, we're reachin' out.

All our hearts, all our strength,
With all our minds, we're at Your fate,
May Your Kingdom come, in our hearts and lives,
Let Your Church arise, let Your Church arise!

If we've ever needed You, Lord, it's now, Lord, it's now,
We are desperate for Your hand, we're reachin' out, we're reachin' out, we're reachin' out

If we've ever needed You, Lord, it's now, Lord, it's now,
We're are desperate for Your hand, we're reachin' out, we're reachin' out,
If we've ever needed You, Lord, it's now, Lord, it's now,
We are desperate for Your hand, we're reachin' out, we're reachin' out

We need You now
Revive us now
We need You now 

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***"If then God so clothe the grass, which is today in the field, and tomorrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith? Luke 12:28

***Have a great day!