Wednesday, June 30, 2010
You wanna make Momma start referring to herself in third person, then do something delicious like this:
Politico has the story HERE.
Or, go to the source: Badasses of the Day: Americans For Tax Reform.
Doesn't need a lot of words jamming the gears, does it?!
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
The Supreme Court ruled for the first time Monday that the Second Amendment provides all Americans a fundamental right to bear arms, a long-sought victory for gun rights advocates who have chafed at federal, state and local efforts to restrict gun ownership.
Despite this: "It is clear that the Framers . . . counted the right to keep and bear arms among those fundamental rights necessary to our system of ordered liberty," Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. wrote for the conservatives on the court. It was a close 5 to 4 decision. WTH?
Chicago Mayor Daley whines about folks allowed to have guns. Look at those saddy sad faces behind him.
Folks in Chicago HAVE the right to bear arms.
The Second Amendment, like the rest of the Bill of Rights, originally restricted only the power of the federal government. The Supreme Court later ruled that most, but not all, of the protections of the Bill of Rights applied to the power of the states as well, under the due-process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, adopted in the wake of the Civil War.
Many constitutional scholars across the ideological spectrum had hoped that the court would used Monday’s decision, McDonald v. Chicago, No. 08-1521, to revise its approach to how constitutional protections are applied to, or “incorporated against,” the states.
They argued that that the court should instead rely not on the due process clause but on the 14th Amendment’s “privileges or immunities” clause, which says that “no state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States.” There is evidence that the authors of the clause specifically wanted it to apply to allow freed slaves to have guns to defend themselves.
Those who will read this and somehow STILL make gun ownership about guns killing people instead guns protecting people and their freedoms.
No way around it though, the good outweighed the bad on Monday. Hallelujah and pass the ammo!
(hat tip to Lolcats for the image!)
Monday, June 28, 2010
Can someone explain to me and the rest of Americans who want the government to reign in spending why this shop manager is a "smartass" instead of a concerned constituent voicing his opinion to an ELECTED official sent to Washington to do a job in his stead?
RHETORICAL PEOPLE!!! Don't let your heads pop off.
Talk about being a smartass....
Friday, June 25, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Don't laugh. Stop pointing. Come on!! Just hear me out. The unflinching journalists of the National Enquirer are the same that gave us Edward's sexy-time meltdown. Oh, how he howled it wasn't true!! OWWWwwwwwwwww, LIES!! What's that?! You have proof? Damned dirty apes.
They are the same brave truth-tellers sniffing around Barry and his possible liaison. If that one turns out to be true, Michelle is gonna be the one showing Bar how to kick some ass. She may even use his own foot.
Now, they seemingly have Gore, the gosh darn inventor of both The Internets (thanky, Al Gore!) AND Global Warming. Well, that second one, he's still tweaking, but THE INTERNETS (thanky, Al Gore!) is his!
Sure TMZ is wishing they broke the story. Or Inside Edition. Or Even Geraldo (can't blame him though, there wasn't a safe to blow, or a cave to crawl through.) And wouldn't America take the story seriously if the others had broken the story? The National Enquirer is a rag; they get no respect.
Unless......the story proves true, as it did with Edwards. Did you know that the John Edward's story led to the National Enquirer to be considered for a PULITZER?! True. Personally, I think they deserved to win, rag or not. Of course, the MSM ignored the fact that they got Pwn'd by a rag. Oh, the humiliation of such a disgraceful enterprise reporting a story that many of them knew about for months, yet refused to acknowledge.
Or Al, what have you done?! Here's a taste of Al's SEX ATTACK!:
After first being rebuffed, Gore tried another tactic, according to the woman, "pleading for the release of his second chakra" -- a euphemism for sexual activity, she claimed.
As a woman, I know a few things. #1) if I'm Tipper and I find out Al has been begging to have his second chakra released by someone other than me, I am Out. The. Door. #2) just uttering the phrase "chakra release" is grounds for divorce.
So my dear readers, I say that we support ANY journalist endeavor that is focused on uncovering the truth. Go HERE for more details.
The truth shall set you free! Or in Al's case, his second chakra.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Mexico Asks Court To Reject Ariz. Immigration Law
Mexico says its interest in having consistent relations with the United States shouldn't be frustrated by one state.
Mexico also says it has a legitimate interest in defending its citizens' rights and that the law would lead to racial profiling.
Hey Mexico, here's a thought, how about ADDRESSING your country's drug/poverty/corruption problems so your citizenry doesn't feel the need to risk life and limb coming to the states illegally to provide for their families. Or, how about you foot the bill for all the services your citizens take from our till. You want to protect them here, in the big bad U. S. of A.? You have a tender spot for your hombres? You want them living a life they can't get under your flag? Well, pay up or SHUT IT. How about that, you bunch of dumbasses?!
~ Sorry, Momma is peevish today. ~
Then there's Hil saying the WH is gonna sue Arizona for their anti-illegal law. But more interesting is this response to Hillary (hat tip: weasel zippers):
Um, say what? The law is "still under review?!" So if the law is still under review, then one would assume that a WH opinion wouldn't be completely formed about said law. But that can't be so, because Barry keeps yappin' about it AND has informed his minions to HELP illegals with a Department of Labor hotline. 1-800-Screw-Taxpayers
Rep. King accused the Obama administration of using the limited resources of American taxpayers on behalf of illegal aliens.
“It is shameful that Secretary Solis has to be reminded that her primary duty is owed to the American people, and not to those who have illegally entered our country,” said King. “The Obama Administration needs to realize that the American people have a right to have their immigration laws enforced.”
What follows is a transcript of Solis’s PSA:
"You work hard, and you have the right to be paid fairly. I'm U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, and it is a serious problem when workers in this country are not being paid every cent that they earn. Remember, every worker in America has a right to be paid fairly, whether documented or not. So, call us -- it is free and confidential -- at 1-866-487-9243. We can help."
STOP BANGING YOUR HEAD ON THAT WALL! Thank goodness for helmets.
Barry knows he's in trouble come November. The recent elections are proof of what is coming. He wants amnesty for illegals. More directly, he needs it if his party is to survive. He needs a power that only an Executive Order can bring him. Period.
Senators Challenge Obama on Rumors of Executive Orders Amnesty
Several Senators have learned of a possible plan by the Obama Administration that would provide a mass Amnesty for the nation's 11-18 million illegal aliens. Led by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), eight Senators addressed a letter to the President asking for answers to questions about a plan that would allow DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano to provide an amnesty if they can't secure enough votes for a bill in the Senate.
For libbies, it would be an act of compassion. Why can't YOU see this is an act of love, you heartless conservatives?! Libbies think it's a small thing (one more "small" step) to do for those risking their life to have a better life here in America. After all, aren't many of us descended from immigrants? Sure, many of us came from LEGAL immigrants, but it's an insignificant distinction to a libbie. The feeling, the jest of it, is still the same. Right? Why not just grant it?
The German understands why. Matter of fact, if you ask her , a naturalized citizen, about amnesty you best be not only wearing your helmet but some type of body armor as well. She understands what it means to want to be an American and what it means to take the LEGAL steps to acquire that status. It's not easy, nor should it be.
Amnesty for 11-18 MILLION new voters. Got it?! Makes me think about Sowell's "useful idiots" article yesterday. Think about it, if you are an illegal granted amnesty, which party are you voting for? They effectively become useful idiots in the march towards tyranny.
For the rest of us who understand this administration's goal of complete power, of an actual hope of complete power, the hair on the back of our neck raises upon such news. The proverbial slippery slope is before us and Barry will do everything we let him in the months leading to November to power through a game-changer for all Americans. Except this isn't a game, this is our life.
Jon Voight gets it, so I'll end with part of his open letter to Barry:
You have brought to Arizona a civil war, once again defending the criminals and illegals, creating a meltdown for good, loyal, law-abiding citizens. Your destruction of this country may never be remedied, and we may never recover. I pray to God you stop, and I hope the people in this great country realize your agenda is not for the betterment of mankind, but for the betterment of your politics.
God help us all.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
I would try to press her for more details of what life had been like for her and her family under the reign of Hitler. Rarely would she offer anything more than, "He wasn't who he said he was. He lied to Germans."
As I got older, and interested in politics, she would offer the warning about Hitler's tyranny: If it could happen once, it could happen again if people weren't careful. Maybe even here.
I would take her words, not fully believing them, as we were Americans for God's sake, we were asskickers royale, we weren't Germans, and I placed them to the side. Youth is a glorious thing, eh? Yet, throughout my life I have taken her words out, listened again to her thoughts and tried to make sense of how something as horrifying and evil as The Holocaust happens, or the systematic dismantling of countries by the hand of a madman.
Then came Obama in Berlin. The German called me (she rarely calls me unless there is a crisis). Let me say it again: THE GERMAN CALLED ME. She used her land line and her crazy out-dated phone plan that charges $.25 a minute to have a conversation with me about Obama. Toll charges be damned!
She was worried and horrified. She saw and heard whispers of Hitler's rise. She demanded to know what we were going to do about it. I hung up the phone and was shaken. To hear the words of concern and anger from The German, a woman who had already lived through a reign of terror and knew of what she spoke, continues to give me shivers to this day.
What were we going to do about it, indeed.
Obviously, we elected him into office. Again, to this day it gives me shivers.
The German warned me further after the election: This man is dangerous. He may try to take over the country.
WHAT?! Crazy German. Right?
Now, at this point I was feeling her pain and had decided not to dismiss anything she had to say. I would listen and learn. Would everything she say be true for our situation? No, of course not. Could I learn from the past that she had lived and apply it to this situation? Absolutely.
This woman was present and suffered under Hitler. Living history. Living wisdom. I would be a fool to ignore her observations.
Yesterday, I happened to watch a documentary on the Kindertransport. Into the Arms of Strangers. "Filmmaker Mark Jonathan Harris's Oscar-winning documentary tells the story of an underground railroad -- the Kindertransport -- that saved the lives of more than 10,000 Jewish children at the dawn of World War II. Through interviews and archival footage, the survivors movingly recount being taken from their families and sent to live with strangers in the relative safety of England."
Not far into the film, one of the now grown children, relates how when Hitler first came into power that he made small changes (actually it took him about 5 years to change many of the laws that allowed him his total power), and as freedoms were taken away in bits and pieces the people would remark that they were "small" freedoms and they weren't too bothered by it. It was OK. No worries.
Another woman commented about how the adults around her talked of nothing but how Hitler could never retain his power because the people wouldn't allow it....would they? Never!
You know the rest of this story. Soon there was tyranny and the people were powerless to stop him.
Can it happen here, is the question that is not only being asked by me (The German is in the "yes" camp), an ordinary citizen with fears the complacency of the masses, of those unaware of such recent history, but by folks who are respected members of our society.
Thomas Sowell has a short, but powerful article today:
When Adolf Hitler was building up the Nazi movement in the 1920s, leading up to his taking power in the 1930s, he deliberately sought to activate people who did not normally pay much attention to politics.Put differently, a democracy needs informed citizens if it is to thrive, or ultimately even survive.
Has Sowell been talking to The German?!
If you aren't horrified by the parallels of what happened not so many years ago under Hitler and what is happening now under Obama, then my argument is the same as Sowell's:
Those who cannot see beyond the immediate events to the issues of arbitrary power — vs. the rule of law and the preservation of freedom — are the "useful idiots" of our time. But useful to whom?
I am shocked that we are in this place. That the talk of arbitrary power is on the table for discussion. That many of us take this fall into tyranny seriously. That we aren't discounted as kooks. And like with Hitler, it is happening at such a rapid pace.
Yet, while I understand The German's fear, your fear, my fear, I think we should never underestimate American's love of freedom. We are unlike any other country in our sheer will for the good fight. It may take us a bit to collectively get it, but when we do, we have proven to be unstoppable.
We will prevail over tyranny.
Monday, June 21, 2010
* President Barack Obama hit the golf course Saturday with Vice President Joe Biden.
Of course he did. He looked through his Pressing Agenda Notes, found nothing, so off to the links! Being the ruler of the free world is easy!! And relaxing!!! Although I did hear he complained about the growing vocal anger from the Gulf Coast was a distracting challenge to his game.
* Rahm Emanuel says the GOP philosophy is to paint BP as the victim. He says Obama will make clear to voters the fundamental differences in how each party would govern.
Emanuel tells ABC's "This Week" it would be "dangerous" if the GOP held power in Washington.
Oh, Rahm. Your boogity-boogity tactics are wearing thin. Do you honestly think that the American people would pick you and your ilk to continue bending us over? Do you think we like what you are accomplishing?! The one thing you have made perfectly clear to this country is how dangerous it would be to keep the current goon patrol in power. Ain't happening. No means no, bub. Update the resume.
* FCC Will Tame The Internet...Or Kill It
For all of you who have pooh-poohed this blog and my rantings about the government coming for your Internets, to squash it as we currently enjoy it, to regulate it, and in the end to KILL IT, you may leave your apologies in the comment section. If you can keep an open mind, read this article and perhaps do some research yourself, you might have a gen-u-INE Oprah A-HA! moment (she loves to tell you when you're having one of those).
The government, the current regime, has no interest in keeping you knowledgeable or informed. What they care about is controlling the info you are allowed to acquire. They understand that an informed constituency is a dangerous constituency....to them. Can't be having that, cause then you'll know every time Oblahma takes to the links.
Finally, I'm gonna let Dale take us out. It's Monday and we could all use a little common sense.
* Dale Peterson (remember him?! he's baaaack!)
(Hat Tip: Lt. Dan)
We need more folks like Dale in politics today. At least if he tells you he's gonna kick someone's ass, you wouldn't snicker, you'd believe it.
Friday, June 18, 2010
The Alien In The White House
A great part of America now understands that this president's sense of identification lies elsewhere, and is in profound ways unlike theirs. He is hard put to sound convincingly like the leader of the nation, because he is, at heart and by instinct, the voice mainly of his ideological class. He is the alien in the White House, a matter having nothing to do with delusions about his birthplace cherished by the demented fringe.
The voice of his ideological class, indeed. But what exactly does Dorothy mean? Read on...
...The beliefs and attitudes that this president has internalized are to be found everywhere—in the salons of the left the world over—and, above all, in the academic establishment, stuffed with tenured radicals and their political progeny. The places where it is held as revealed truth that the United States is now, and has been throughout its history, the chief engine of injustice and oppression in the world.
They are attitudes to be found everywhere, but never before in a president of the United States. Mr. Obama may not hold all, or the more extreme, of these views. But there can be no doubt by now of the influences that have shaped him. They account for his grand apology tour through the capitals of Europe and to the Muslim world, during which he decried America's moral failures—her arrogance, insensitivity. They were the words of a man to whom reasons for American guilt came naturally. Americans were shocked by this behavior in their newly elected president. But he was telling them something from those lecterns in foreign lands—something about his distant relation to the country he was about to lead.
The truth about that distance is now sinking in, which is all to the good. A country governed by leaders too principled to speak the name of its mortal enemy needs every infusion of reality it can get.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
The imam behind a proposed mosque near Ground Zero is a prominent member of a group that helped sponsor the pro-Palestinian activists who clashed violently with Israeli commandos at sea this week.
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is a key figure in Malaysian-based Perdana Global Peace Organization, according to its Website.
Read that again slowly, cause I know your head was spinning the first time.
Deborah Burlingame, the sister of the American Airlines pilot whose hijacked plane struck the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, said the indirect ties of the imam to the protesters who confronted Israeli forces Monday were not surprising.
"I think it goes to show he is not the man he represents himself to be. We have two Imam Raufs," she said.
"We have the anti-Israel, anti-democratic imam, and we have the smiling, soft-spoken moderate Muslim who says 'Why can't we all get along?' "
For those who think the proposed mosque will be a structure for peace, think again. Actions, as they say, speak louder than words.
I linked the following story before, but it's worth a second look:
The 9/11 Mosque's Peace Charade
One more that's worth the read:
Mosque and State: The Greater Implications of the 9/11 Islamic Center
If you don't read anything else, read the following excerpt.
"Because Islam is not just a theology, but a theology that requires a universally imposed political system, this has manifold implications with regard to our Constitution and our way of life. Until and unless we are able to grapple with this truth, Muslims peaceful and violent will continue to be able to exploit our freedoms by hiding behind the separation of church and state, regardless of the stark differences between what is taught in the church and what is taught in the mosque."
Believe it. Memorize it. Repeat it often. Offer it to others.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Our time is coming. Hang tough, people.
Hat Tip: Vicki
Housekeeping Note: I will be out for a few days, but Not A Wonk will continue with daily posts. I will try to check in several times a day to keep up with comments. See you when I get back. Keep the matches away from the fire-starters while I'm gone, k?
Monday, June 14, 2010
Surprised? If so, you're either not paying attention or you disregard the truth coming from informed, plugged-in, and willing to see what you refuse to, conservatives EVERYWHERE.
The types of changes that employers would be forced to make include offering preventive care without copayments and instituting an appeals process for disputed claims that follows new federal guidelines. The law already requires all health plans to extend coverage to young adult children until they turn 26. But such changes also nudge costs up.
The Obama administration said the draft regulation is an early version undergoing revision. Nonetheless, the leaked document was getting widespread interest Friday in lobbying firms that represent employers and insurance companies and on Capitol Hill.
"What we are getting here is a clear indication that most plans will have to change," said James Gelfand, health policy director for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. "From an employer's point of view that's a bad thing. These changes, whether or not they're good for consumers, are most certainly accompanied by a cost."
"How employers react to the coming changes will be critical (you think?!). If many companies start dropping health care benefits (IF?!), opting instead to pay the government a penalty (if it means keeping their companies viable, and it will, they are gonna opt for the penalty), Democrats would face a political backlash (WOULD?! seen any election results lately? been to a tea party rally lately? how 'bout a town meeting?). Whether there's a tipping point ahead is still unclear (Magic 8-Ball says: signs point to yes)."
Really?! Garsh! Golly gee!! Meohmyoh!!! What a surprise!!!!
Here's the MSM's take, ABC News in particular (me in red):
It's Hope and Change, baby. Just not the kind so many wishful thinkers voted for.
Friday, June 11, 2010
Federal Trade Commission (FTC) leaders are attempting to distance themselves from controversial proposals published in a May 24 working paper on "reinventing" the media. The report presents a suite of options through which government could step in and supposedly rescue journalism, most notably by imposing taxes. A fee could be levied on websites such as the Drudge Report that link to the best news of the day, or a tax could be imposed on consumer electronics such as iPads, laptops and Kindles. Funds collected would be redistributed to traditional media outlets. FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz torpedoed the device tax in testimony Wednesday before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee, saying, "I think that's a terrible idea."
You can bet the farm that while the FTC is trying to convince the general public that there will be no tax, that they think such a tax is a terrible idea, they can't be trusted. Why? Barry and his sticky fingers in his ever present plan to expand the government pie no matter what the public wants, that's why.
Journalism has gotten itself into this mess by pandering to the left when most folks just want the facts of the actual news, so of course government can get them out, right?
Despite the retreat on the electronics tax, it appears Mr. Leibowitz and his staff have not abandoned the opinion that the problems facing journalism can and should be solved by government - even if the exact form this control would take is open to negotiation. As the Obama administration has demonstrated its willingness to ignore negative public opinion in order to expand government involvement in areas such as health care, it is important for Congress to step in and deflate the FTC's latest trial balloon. Government subsidies will destroy, not save, journalism.
Government run MSM, can you imagine? If that happened, journalists couldn't be trusted to report the news as it is (as opposed to what the government insisted the people be told) and the majority of people would have to find reliable news elsewhere.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Republicans Put Health Care Reform On Ballot In Push To Turn Out Conservatives
The individual mandate repeal effort was spearheaded by a nonpartisan group of conservative state lawmakers called the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).
ALEC officials say they have a policy — not political — objective and point out that their effort predates national health reform. Rather, it was a reaction to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s (R) 2006 health reform overhaul.
If there is gonna be so many angry folks at the polls then why use this tool?
Michael McDonald, an associate professor of government and politics at George Mason University, said ballot measures can attract up to 1 or 2 percent more voters. In tight races during midterm elections that historically spark lower turnouts than presidential election years, that can make a difference.
Good to know someone has a plan. Those of you who read conservative sites already know the importance of showing up, and now for those who are hedging their bets, this gives them a HUGE reason to have their voice counted.
The danger is that we become too cocky or complacent that others will do the job that is required of us. Stay focused, peeps. Stay engaged.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
If Barry and Crew aren't scary enough for you, then how about this:
Bloodlust of NJ "jihadists"
They were the hate-filled, homegrown terrorists next door -- ready to cut your head off if they got the chance.
"They only fear you when you have a gun and when you, when you start killing them and when you take their head, and you go like this, and you behead it on camera," hissed terrorist wannabe Mohamed Alessa, 20, of North Bergen, NJ, during an undercover operation in 2009, a federal complaint unsealed yesterday revealed.
"My soul cannot rest until I shed blood."
Alessa and Carlos Eduardo Almonte, 24, of Elmwood Park, NJ, were busted at JFK Airport on Saturday night, trying to leave the country on separate flights for Cairo, allegedly en route to Somalia for training to kill Americans overseas -- and back at home.
Ah, peace-lovin' Muslims doing their thang. Read the rest of the article, if you dare. I guarantee you it will make you question why Barry refuses to face the reality of Muslims wanting to kill Americans, just because we are Americans. And if they have to come to our soil to do it, this is a fine example that they will.
One of the terrorists says as much: "We'll start killing here, if I can't do it over there," Alessa, the son of Palestinian-Jordanian immigrants, said, according to the complaint."
What more do we need? Actual heads rolling in the streets?
NEWS OF THE NOT SURPRISING
Who is better informed about the policy choices facing the country—liberals, conservatives or libertarians? According to a Zogby International survey that I write about in the May issue of Econ Journal Watch, the answer is unequivocal: The left flunks Econ 101.
Zogby researcher Zeljka Buturovic and I considered the 4,835 respondents' (all American adults) answers to eight survey questions about basic economics. We also asked the respondents about their political leanings: progressive/very liberal; liberal; moderate; conservative; very conservative; and libertarian.
I know. NOT surprising.
How did the six ideological groups do overall? Here they are, best to worst, with an average number of incorrect responses from 0 to 8: Very conservative, 1.30; Libertarian, 1.38; Conservative, 1.67; Moderate, 3.67; Liberal, 4.69; Progressive/very liberal, 5.26.
In your face libbies! So much for your theory that conservatives are a bunch of uneducated hillbillies. Seriously, it's gotta hurt that Tea Party folks (conservatives) POWN'D you!!
(sorry for the capitalized exuberance, but it's always fun to push an over-edumacated ding-dong off their DIY pedestal)
The survey also asked about party affiliation. Those responding Democratic averaged 4.59 incorrect answers. Republicans averaged 1.61 incorrect, and Libertarians 1.26 incorrect.
Is it any wonder were are in the mess we are in? I have been advocating mandatory Econ classes starting in late elementary school all the way through high school for years. Who could disagree? Um, libbies can. Hell, it's why they can have the power they have. Ignorance is NOT bliss.
NEWS OF THE BWHAHAHAHAHA
Big Government rarely lets me down, so I'll close with this headline. I think we can all agree. Hope it makes you LOL like it did me.
The Ass Obama Should Kick Is His Own
Oh Pamela, you had me at ass....
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Oil Spill "1,000% Bush-Cheney's Fault"
These are the kind of statements that highlight libby's stupidity. "1,000%" Bush-Cheney's fault?!
I'm with George Will on this, "Uggggghhhhhhhhh....."
Hey Huff, while we know you guys love to point your craggy fingers at Bush-Cheney (can't quit ya!), what about the connections between Barry/Washington/BP? Any five-minute search on Al Gore's Internets will turn up all kinds of unseemly connections between BP and your guy in the WH.
There's Rahm's free-rent apartment, there's the safety award given by Barry to BP, there's ALL THAT MONEY (which we all know equals corruption and greed) from BP in Barry's pockets, there's money granted to BP from Rahm via Stanley Greenberg's consulting firm.
Who is Stanley Greenberg? Just the dude whose wife owned the apartment, who happens to be Connecticut Democrat and U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro.
Greenberg's company was also charged with reshaping BP's image to a "green company" (oh, the irony!) which as we all know is code for more money funneled to Greenberg's pockets by way of Barry and Crew. Quid pro quo? Hmmm, it's a thinker....
And all this was just in the first five minutes of my search.
So, Ms. Huffington, if I can uncover this in five minutes, imagine how prepared YOU should have been before shooting off your mouth to Mr. Will and making our rebuttal so easy.
You guys are just making it too easy.
Monday, June 7, 2010
Note To My College Friends: You would be wise to start looking at college career as a business. Does the outlay of monies warrant the possible gains?
The buyers think what they're buying will appreciate in value, making them rich in the future. The product grows more and more elaborate, and more and more expensive, but the expense is offset by cheap credit provided by sellers eager to encourage buyers to buy.
Buyers see that everyone else is taking on mounds of debt, and so are more comfortable when they do so themselves; besides, for a generation, the value of what they're buying has gone up steadily. What could go wrong? Everything continues smoothly until, at some point, it doesn't.
Yep, he's talking about higher education.
Sorry. I know it's Monday and sometimes it's better to ease into these things. But you gots to know what you gots to know. We can't be having you go out into the world thinking it's the 1980's and you can keep spending the dough you don't have in hopes of recouping the debt later. It's 2010; it's a brave new world.
Better that you accept that fact now.
For you bright-eyes who want to go into journalism, maybe you have dreams of saving true journalism, you might want to check with the feds first. My thoughts in red.
EDITORIAL: FTC floats Drudge tax
"The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is seeking ways to "reinvent" journalism (DANGER! WILL ROBINSON!---wait, is that reference way too old for you bright-eyes? Google that mofo), and that's a cause for concern (the term "no shit, sherlock" comes to mind) . According to a May 24 draft proposal, the agency thinks government should be at the center of a media overhaul (of course they do. they want you, need you, to know what THEY want you to know, and not much else. No TMZ for you!). The bureaucracy (bureaucracy. 'nuff said) sees it as a problem that the Internet has introduced a wealth of information options to consumers (FSCOCS! [forcibly spit coffee on computer screen] show of hands: how many of you see this as a problem or have experienced a wealth of information as a problem in your life. anyone?!), forcing media companies to adapt (code for do it the fed's way) and experiment to meet changing market needs (um, WHOSE market needs. not mine. i get plenty of info daily, thanky). FTC's policy staff fears this new reality (wow. they put it right out there. they FEAR you having access to so much information).
"There are reasons for concern that experimentation may not produce a robust and sustainable business model for commercial journalism, (fake crisis. other businesses have to adapt to the times. journalism is no different. me thinks the sting of simple bloggers reporting the news is chapping some asses. ASSES!)" the report states. With no faith that the market will work things out for the better (this translates to the feds having no faith in YOU. you must be controlled because you are obviously idiots WITH TOO MUCH INFO AVAILABLE), government thinks it must come to the rescue (like with S.S.? or medicare? or the oil spill? or healthcare? or ~fill in your fav fed idiocy here~?)."
Here's my advice for all the bright-eyes who really want to save journalism. Should you pay for that college education, learning the ins and outs of reporting stories ethically? Think in business terms. Outlay vs reward. One option to hedge your bets, as you fill your head with book-learnin', would be to buy the best camera equipment and video equipment you can and hit the streets. Refuse to accept the government line of saving journalism and get out there and report; report the stories that matter to us.
It worked for James O'Keefe in a big way.
How will you know those stories? Start talking to people around you. More importantly, hang out places and listen to what folks are discussing. I guarantee you in less than 10 minutes you'll have your pulse on what really matters to Americans.
We ain't getting our news through the MSM. We are getting it from nontraditional sources. You want a real education? You want to make a difference? Start thinking for yourselves.
You can study hard, make good grades and hope like hell it pays off in this brave new world. And I have no doubt is does for many. You can also follow your passion, step outside of yourself and take control of your life. Those are the people making the real differences in this surreal time.
The bubbles may be bursting all around us, but the time of opportunity is here as well. After all, we are Americans, and pulling ourselves up by the bootstraps is what we do.
Time to seize the day, my lovelies.
UPDATE: 11:20AM Reported on Drudge: HELEN THOMAS ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY!
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Go home?! She can't be serious. Sadly, she is.
Helen, I think we all know who needs to go home. There's no shame in retirement. In your comments about Jews, yes, but not in retirement.
Friday, June 4, 2010
Census Hiring To Spike Job Figures In May
Census Wastes Money Shuffling Workers Around The Country
Census Workers Claims Job Numbers Are Being Inflated
Government Jobs Account For 95% of May Job Increases
Obama: Economy "Getting Stronger by the Day"
My dust-up with the director of the US Census
Jobs data likely to show burst of temporary hiring
Finally, I offer this ACTUAL conversation I had with a neighbor who is A) A proud libbie who voted for Barry and still defends his ridiculousness and B) a proud Census worker filling the gap of unemployment:
Neighbor: Whew, it's hot taking the Census. I won't even walk the blocks. I keep my van running and go door to van to door.
Me thinking on the inside and giggling on the outside: Ah, just like a libbie to cry about what I'M doing to the environment yet, when it comes down to HER comfort, talk is cheap as she mindlessly burns that fossil fuel.
Neighbor: It's so hot (HOW HOT IS IT?!) that my boss told me everyone but me quit.
Neighbor: He said he can't find people to work because it's too hot. The people that quit said they didn't know it was going to be so hot. And that they'd have to walk so much.
Me thinking on the inside and shaking my head on the outside: Quality folks, those Census takers. Poor things, didn't know it was gonna be hot. In Texas. In June. Or that this was an ACTUAL job instead of a handout. Wait. What?
Neighbor: I told him to tell the other people to keep their car running like me.
Me, back to giggling on the outside.
Just in case you aren't infuriated enough, I leave you with this unrelated, yet important information:
Mexico opens California office to provide ID for illegals.
I was infuriated enough just reading the headline, but then I got to the update:
Mexican government officials have moved their satellite consular office from the Catalina Island Country Club to a Catholic Church – citing protection under the Geneva Convention.
Time to pull on your boots, mah babies.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
She thinks she knows you.
According to her, being a member of the Tea Party = RACIST!
Yet, as a good progressive, she can actually BE RACIST, then feel "real pain" while demanding an apology when called on it.
1) If you are conservative, or a member of the Tea Party, or legitimately question Barry and Crew, or even watch Fox News, you are a RACIST.
2) If you are a libbie progressive, you can trash any racial group, call it comedy, then HOWL about it when taken to the woodshed over your stupidity.
Sarah, I for one thank you. Keep towing the crazy libbie line. You make it too easy, sweetie.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
He is sucking the carbon footprint right out of her.
Speaking of carbon footprints, do you think Gore considered that divorce pains the planet before pulling the plug?
Divorce is ugly, and I feel for anyone that has to endure one, and I take no joy in theirs. But the jokes do seem to write themselves, don't they? While he is an advocate for making money, I mean global warming, he's about to experience a self-inflicted ice-age. Even gurls having hot flashes (NOT GLOBAL WARMING!) can freeze out an ex faster than he'll be able to look it up on his super duper Internet's highway.
Do you think he's gonna put an emo status update on his facebook wall? Seriously. He has a page. Go HERE. Don't be so surprised. I bet he even thinks he had a hand in inventing facebook. Someone should friend him and ask. If you do, please let me know if he responds. I don't have the stomach for it. I couldn't make myself hit the "like" button.
Yes, I know there's other news, more important news, but Gore has been lecturing us for years about being better human beings and I just. couldn't. let. this. pass. I'm small like that.
Tipper, I wish you well.
Al, I wish you what you deserve. It can't be easy being you. First, the presidency was stolen from you, then folks mocked your made-up science on a bogus crisis and now a divorce after 40 years of marriage. Ouch.
As your circle of friends love to remind us lower life forms, Karma's a bitch. And it seems she's at your door.
As a sign of goodwill for your newly separated status, I offer you this: whatever you do, no matter who tells you it will be fun to troll for neekid girls this way (coughBILLCLINTONcough), my advice is to stay away from Chatroulette. That's even more messed up than you are.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
History demonstrates that destruction awaits those who attempt to placate their enemies by surrendering their weapons. In 149 BC, half a million citizens of Carthage tried to appease Rome by turning over their armaments. But instead of buying peace, they only facilitated their own destruction. Ninety percent of the Carthaginians were killed, and the city of Carthage was razed. Those who survived were sold into slavery, and Carthaginian civilization was forever wiped from the face of the earth.
It would be nice to think that thoughtful negotiations and cool heads could prevail in all conflict. It doesn't. There is a time and place for talk, but when all else fails, it's time for weapons. The bigger the better.
Peace has a price. Peace is not tidy and easy. Peace comes when one brute force overcomes another brute force.
The city was set on fire, and there followed endless scenes of horror as the fires consumed both buildings and people. The Romans killed everyone who resisted. The survivors, totaling 55,000, represented less than ten percent of the original population. They were sold into slavery. The Roman Senate decreed that what remained of Carthage be utterly destroyed. The ruins burned for seventeen days. Seven hundred years of Carthaginian civilization came to a bitter end.
The Carthaginians were in Barry's camp. They wanted peace at any cost and what they got in return was annihilation. They thought that by handing over their weapons they were the bigger people, that they were encouraging peace. Fools.
There's a reason America is what she is today. And it's not because we talked to or negotiated with terrorists on their terms. Nope. We did it on ours.
The perception that Barry is trying so desperately to change is false and self-serving. I'm proud of our history. We have strongly stood against tyranny, as peacefully as possibly. Yet if pushed we will respond. We are not war hungry; we are peace-seeking.
Let us not fall into the foolish trap of the Carthaginians. Peace is impossible without conflict. Or weapons.