Sunday, December 27, 2009

If Real People were in Charge of Airline Security

 Merry Christmas from Al Qaida was the message brought by 23-year-old Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to the city of Detroit on Friday. I'm sorry, it's time to start profiling these nuts.
A few facts about this guy:
1. His father warned the US embassy in Nigeria that Umar was a threat.
2. He was placed on a watch list but not the "do not fly list" by US officials.
3. According to Fox News he was not “watchlisted” as of 25 December 2009.
4. He was seated in the section of the aircraft most vulnerable to explosion:
A former government official who is very familiar with airline security but not involved in this investigation, told Fox News that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's airplane seat selection does not appear to have been randomly selected. The suspected terrorist was sitting in seat 19A, which, according to the official, is located right above the fuel tanks, atop the wing and next to the skin of the aircraft.
If there is an explosion, the official said there is a high likelihood that the explosion could be accelerated by the fuel tank, damaging the plane's structure and puncturing the skin, which would bring down the plane.
The official said that when homeland security analyzes attempted plots, one of the first things they look at it is where the suspect was sitting on the aircraft. This seat selection is considered one of the two most vulnerable parts of the aircraft, according to the official.

It's time for profiling these idiots. So here's what you do, National Security guys. You give your big long watch list to the airlines and let them decide what to do with them. Flight attendants are trained to lie and disarm. Here's the way it might have gone Saturday:

Boarding Supervisor: Take a look at that name, sound Arab to you?
Flight Attendant: Ya think? Let's check the list. There he is, he's on it. But not a "no flyer."
Boarding Super: let's see where this joker is seated. Hmm. 19A, that's right over the wing. Says here he's a diabetic. gives him a pass on carrying liquid meds. What do you think?
Flight Attendant: Let's call him up. I definitely want to change his seat.
Supervisor: (announcing) Mr. Adu Taliban, Mr. "Imfromthetaliban"  of Nigeria, please come to the podium.

Abdumutallab, (approaching the podium nervously): yes, is there something wrong?

Flight attendant and Boarding supervisor look at each other and nod
Boarding Supervisor: Mr. Abdumatallab, we would like to board you first. Please follow our flight attendant, and this security guard onto the plane. Because of your medical condition we would like to board you first.

Boarding Supervisor: (after they have left, announcing): We have a few seat changes on our flight this afternoon--if I can have volunteers who are willing to serve as "passenger watchers" come to the podium at this time I can offer free tickets to wherever Northwest flies....

On the aircraft--
Flight Attendant: Mr. Abdumatallab, for your own safety and the safety of our passengers, we are seating you in the back of the aircraft next to the bathroom, it's the safest place on the plane. I'll hang on to your bag with your medication, you can just ring if you need it. I'll keep my eye on you the whole flight so you won't have anything to worry about. Oh, and you'll be right across from the Israeli rugby team, so I'll have some nice strong men to take you--help me if you have a seizure. Enjoy your flight.

There you go, no rights violated. the threat is reduced, and the would be terrorist (if he doesn't pee his pants) is less likely to follow through with any attempt. If only the world was a sane place. 

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Elect Robert Park for Raul's seat in Congress

While Southern Arizona's Raul Grijalva enjoys Christmas at home after speaking out in favor of oppressive government, Robert Park today is in North Korean custody for acting out against it.

Park, a Korean American, walked across the border into North Korea today shouting, "I am an American citizen. I brought God's love. God loves you and God bless you." There is no word yet of what has happened to him.

Park's actions, planned for several months and videotaped by friends, appear timed to bring attention to North Korea's horrendous human rights record on a slow news day (but hey, they have a Public Option). He is obviously as politically astute as he is brave. which is why I propose that Southern Arizonans nominate Park as a write in Candidate against Grijalva in the general election this Fall.

Park represents everything that Arizonans stand for: freedom of speech, religion, public expression, and the balls to thumb his nose at tyranny. What more could you ask for in an Arizonan? Grijalva represents none of these ideals. He is a coward who hides behind policies and organizational structures that undermine the work ethic that strengthens. freedom.

So, as an Arizona voter, I can think of no better candidate to restore dignity to our representation in Washington than Robert Park (If he is still alive in November).

Friday, December 25, 2009

It's a Wonderful Country Part III: Every Time. . .

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.
Ronald Reagan

As Rush and Clarence land back to Missouri (Angel Airlines, Second Class), snow begins falling outside the window.
Rush: Hey Clarence, its still Christmas, right? I love this time of year! How about some Manheim Steamroller?
Clarence: Uh, Rush, I'm sorry but there is no Manheim Steamroller.
Rush: No Manheim Steamroller? What?
Clarence: No Rush, Chip Davis became discouraged when Fresh Aire was only played on Public Radio and the FCC made it impossible to start new record labels. The big record labels stopped producing Christmas albums when Christmas became politically incorrect in the late 80s. Chip Davis never produced a Christmas album because you weren't there to stop them. Chip Davis never became popular because you weren't there to play his music on your show. So you see, Rush, your life is important.
Rush: Where is he Clarence. Where is Chip now?
Clarence: You won't like it Rush. He's probably just closing up at the ad agency now.
[as Rush jumps up and heads for the door of the airplane
He never accomplished his dreams Rush! He writes jingles! And works part time as a lounge singer!
In a Cocktail Lounge somewhere in Ohio...
Chip Davis (a little off key) fly me to the moon, and let me...
Rush: Chip Davis, Chip is that you? Remember, its me, Rush Limbaugh! I lassoed the moon for you old pal!
Chip: Ahhh! [he runs from his piano out the backstage door.]
Bouncer:Hey you, what you doin scaring my singer! [he punches Rush]
Clarence: We better get out of here Rush, you don't want to get arrested again.
Clarence: Strange, isn't it? Each man's life touches so many other lives. When he isn't around he leaves an awful hole, doesn't he?

[Rush returns to the bridge where his nightmare began, hoping to bring back his old life]
Rush Limbaugh: [praying] Clarence! Clarence! Help me, Clarence! Get me back! Get me back, I don't care what happens to me! Get me back to my life! Help me Clarence, please! Please! I wanna live again. I wanna live again. Please, God, let me live again.
[it begins to snow again]
Bo Snerdley: [shouts] Hey, Rush! Rush! You all right? Hey, what's the matter?
Rush: Now get outta here, Bo, or I'll hit you again! Get outta here!
Bo: What the Sam Hill you yellin' for, Rush? Larry King punk you for a no-show again?
Rush: You...
[suddenly stunned]
... Bo? Do you know me?
Bo: Know you? Huh. You kiddin'? I've been looking all over town trying to find you. I saw your car plowed into that tree down there and I thought maybe you - hey, your mouth's bleeding. Are you sure you're all right?
Rush: What the...
[licks the corner of his lip and checks his mouth with his hand]
 Ha, ha, ha, ha! My mouth's bleeding, Bo! My mouth's bleeding! Zuzu's petals... Zuzu...
George Bailey: [checking his pocket] There they are! Bert, what do you know about that! Merry Christmas!

Rush: As he runs past the Washington Capital building Merry Christmas, Mr. Senator! Merry Christmas Madam Chairman!
Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi: And Happy New Year, In Jail! With the new Fairness Doctrine and Tax laws, you'll be out of a job. They're At Network Right Now! 

Later, at the annual Rush Limbaugh Christmas Party:

Bo: Just a minute! Quiet everybody! Quiet, quiet. Now get this, it's from Toronto.
Ma Limbaugh: Oh!
Bo: [Reading the telegram in his hand] Bo cabled you need tax shelters, stop. My offshore accountant instructed to shelter you up to twenty-five million dollars, stop. Hee Haw and Merry Christmas! Mark Steyn.

Chip Davis: A toast to my big friend Rush: The richest man in America!

Zuzu Limbaugh: Look, Uncle Rush. Teacher says, every time a cell phone rings, an angel helps a struggling businessman turn a profit.
Rush: That's right, that's right. Attaboy, Clarence.
 He notices a book under the tree. It is a copy of  How to win Friends and Influence People. Inside is a note:
Clarence: [In book inscription] Remember, George: no man is a failure who has a million dollars, is doing what he loves, and has friends.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

It's a Wonderful Country Part II: It Never Happened

1 Then the angel showed me Jeshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord. The Accuser, Satan,[f] was there at the angel’s right hand, making accusations against Jeshua. 2 And the Lord said to Satan, “I, the Lord, reject your accusations, Satan. Yes, the Lord, who has chosen Jerusalem, rebukes you. This man is like a burning stick that has been snatched from the fire.” Zechariah 3:1

Clarence, and Rush Limbaugh sitting in Angel Airlines, Second Class, bound for Missouri:

Rush: Why doesn't anyone recognize me? and why am I sitting in coach, where's my airplane?
Clarence: You've been given a great gift, Rush: A chance to see what the world would be like without you.
Rush: You mean before I got into radio?
Clarence: No I mean before you were born.
Announcement over intercom: Attention Ladies and Gentlemen, Transgenders, Transvestites, Crossdressers and Genderneutrals, we are beginning our decent into Cape Girardeau airport at this time. In preparation for landing please place your trays in their upright and locked position or risk public ridicule and scorn. Also please fasten your full-body safety harness and helmet chin strap according to the directions on the card in the seat pocket in from of you as required by the waiver you signed at the beginning of the flight.
Rush: What was that? harness and chinstraps? This is ridiculous! 
Clarence: It's the FAA rules. You weren't there to fight liberals so they passed extra regulations to make airlines "safer.

  Outside Rush's Cape Girardeau boyhood home...

Rush: What's with the rainbow flag? Hey Mister, ain't this the United States? You can't fly that goofy looking flag. This is Missouri. You'll get beaten up.
House owner: You mean The Progressive States of America. Don't you think I know where I live? What's the matter with you?
[He proceeds toward his house. Rush is completely bewildered]
Rush: Oh, I don't know. Either I'm off my nut, or he is...
[to Clarence] ... or you are!
Clarence: It isn't me! You see Rush, you weren't there to rally true Americans so the liberals forced their will on everyone in the name of Political correctness and universal understanding.

Rush: I need a drink.

Clarence: hey bartender, do you got any lite beer?
Nick: Hey look, mister - we serve hard drinks in here for men who want to get drunk fast, and we don't need any characters around to give the joint "atmosphere". Is that clear, or do I have to slip you my left for a convincer?
Rush: he's okay, he's with me Nick. How are those Chiefs doing this year?
Nick: Look buddy, why do you keep calling me Nick as if you know me? And my team hasn't been called the Chiefs since 1990 when they became the Prairie Chickens. And they haven't won since.
Rush: Chickens? Why didn't they just name them the Weanie Liberal Sissy Girls?
Nick: [slamming a bottle on the bar] That's it. Out you two pixies go - through the door, or out the window.

[Rush has discovered George Bush's library, a small shack outside Dallas]

Clarence: [explaining] George W. Bush, never made it out of the primaries. You never revitalized Conservatism, so he never was elected. There was no War on Terror. 
Rush: That's a lie! George Bush went to war - he defeated Saddam Huissen, he defended America from Terrorist Sleeper Cells.
Clarence: Everyone in the World Trade Center died and thousands more in hundreds of other attacks! George wasn't there to save them, because you weren't there to save George.

Clarence: You see Rush, you've really had a wonderful life. Don't you see what a mistake it would be to just throw it away and run off to New Zealand?

to be continued...

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

It's a Wonderful Country: A City on a Hill

"...for we must Consider that we shall be as a City upon a Hill, the eyes of all people are upon us; so that if wee shall deale falsely with our god in this work we have undertaken and so cause him to withdraw his present help from us, we shall be made a story and a byword through the world, we shall open the mouthe of enemies to speak evill of the ways of God and all professors for God's sake..."

Sermon by John Winthrop 1630

Sometime in the near future in a meeting between the US president and Premier of the Peoples Republic of China...

Just a minute - just a minute. Now, hold on, Mr. Premier. You're right when you say our forefathers were no businessmen. I know that. Why they ever started this cheap, penny-ante country, I'll never know. But neither you nor anyone else can say anything against their character, because their whole life was - why, two hundred twenty-five years ago when they and Uncle Sam started this thing, they never once thought of themselves. They didn't save enough money to keep a professional army, let alone a socialized medical system. But they did help a few people get out of your oppression, and what's wrong with that? Why - here, you're all businessmen here. Doesn't it make them better citizens? Doesn't it make them better customers? You - you said - what'd you say a minute ago? They had to wait and save their money before they even ought to think of a decent government. Wait? Wait for what? Until their children grow up and leave them? Until they're so old and broken down that they... Do you know how long it takes a working man to save five thousand dollars? Just remember this, Mr. Premier, that this rabble you're talking about... they do most of the working and paying and living and dying in this world. Well, is it too much to have them work and pay and live and die in a couple of decent rooms and a bath? Anyway, my forefathers didn't think so. People were human beings to them. But to you, a warped, frustrated old man, they're cattle. Well, in my book George Washington died a much richer man than you'll ever be. 

A short time later....
President [yelling at Ben Bernanke] Where's that money, you silly stupid old fool? Where's that money? Do you realize what this means? It means bankruptcy and scandal and prison. That's what it means. One of us is going to jail - well, it's not gonna be me.

Chinese Premier [to our president] Look at you. You used to be so cocky. You were going to go out and conquer the world. You once called me "a warped, frustrated, old man!" What are you but a warped, frustrated young man? A miserable little clerk crawling in here on your hands and knees and begging for help. No securities, no stocks, no bonds. Nothin' but a miserable little $500 billion equity in a Universal Health Care system.
  You're worth more dead than alive!

A short time later at a Jobs Rally:

Man at Bar: Why do you drink so much? Please go home, Mr. President.
Mr. Clinton: [sitting right beside Obama] President? Which President?
  Bartender: This is Mr. Barak Obama.
[Mr. Clinton angrily pulls the president up to his face by the lapels with one hand and hits him in the face with a right hook, sending him to the floor]
Mr. Clinton: Next time you talk to my wife like that, you'll get worse! She cried for an hour! It's not enough she runs all over the world for you kowtowing to every two-bit socialist leader she can find,  you had to bawl her out!!

Meanwhile, in a Florida Studio, a famous talk show host preparing to leave the country, is visited by an angel:
Rush: I can hear out of both my ears. Look, who are you?
Clarence: I told you, Rush. I'm your guardian angel.
Rush: Yeah, yeah, I know. You told me that. What else are you? What...are you a hypnotist?
Clarence: No, of course not.
Rush: Well, then, why am I seeing all these strange things?
Clarence: Don't you understand, George, I mean Rush? It's because you were not born.
Rush: Then if I wasn't born, who am I?
Clarence: You're nobody. You have no identity.
Rush: What do you mean, no identity? My name's Rush Hudson Limbaugh.
Clarence: There is no Rush Limbaugh. You have no papers, no Radio show, no driver's license, no 4-F card, no insurance policy...They're not there, either.
George: What?
Clarence: You've been given a great gift, Rush. A chance to see what the world would be like without America, without the U.S. Constitution, without you.
To be continued....

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

How Can Two Congressmen Both Be Right on Healthcare Bill?

 Two Congressmen spoke out strongly this week about the House healthcare bill headed to reconciliation after Christmas.
The first, Our own Raul Grijalva:
Progressives have pushed strongly for a robust public option throughout this process for one reason: because all objective analyses have found it to be effective. Economic and health care experts have shown it to be the single best means to create competition in the insurance industry and to save the government hundreds of billions of dollars in the long run. The Congressional Budget Office has scored a public option as a massive benefit to taxpayers and insurance consumers, and it remains the centerpiece of my hope for substantive health care reform.
 Grijalva is convinced that his socialized option will fix all of the problems with health care in this country. Or is he? The CBO makes no such claims of "massive benefit" to taxpayers. In fact, the CBO and Grijalva can only account for savings when tax surcharges and a decrease in Medicare benefits begin two years before the plan is implemented. And economists and doctors are largely undecided on the benefits of the House plan. Grijalva seems unfazed by these realities, but others are not.

One of Grijalva's colleagues, Rep. Parker Griffin of Alabama,  has switched parties as a result of the Healthcare debate in the House.
According to Griffin, the Democratic Party, having moved far to the left, "is at a crossroads."
According to Griffin, there is no longer a place in the Democratic Party for a "pro-life, pro business, pro Second Amendment person like himself." A radiation oncologist who founded a cancer treatment center, Griffith cited the Democratic health care bill as a major reason for his switch.

“I want to make it perfectly clear that this bill is bad for our doctors, our patients and will have unintended consequences far beyond what we know today,” he said. “As a doctor and as a Republican, I plan to once again oppose this measure and hope that we can defeat this bill that is a major threat to our nation.”

So who should you believe? Griffin, a doctor who is willing to change parties over a healthcare bill he feels will destroy this country, or Grijalva, who has worked tirelessly to siphon federal dollars for healthcare clinics for illegal immigrants?

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Liberal Grijalva and Pro-Life Nelson Take their stand on Health Care

Our leftista Congressman has promised not to vote for healthcare reform as it now stands in the Senate. I hope he follows through on that promise:
"Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) lays it on the line. If Senate health care legislation doesn't move significantly to the left when House and Senate negotiators meet to resolve the differences between their bills, he's a "no."
"The Senate has somehow managed to turn the House's silk purse into a sow's ear," Grijalva says in a statement. "If what the Senate is doing isn't corrected in conference with the House, I will not support the bill. Since the Senate won't use reconciliation, which only requires 51 votes, it doesn't look promising for any real change."
No, Congressman, real change will come in 2010 when overspending radicals like yourself are voted out.

On the other end of the building this morning, Ben Nelson is being offered the world on a platter for his vote on health-care. Nelson, a pro-life Democrat, is withholding his vote on Obamacare because it would allow federal funds to be used for abortion. Like a modern-day Faust, Harry Reid is offering Nelson anything he wants in order to encourage the former Nebraska governor to sell out on his principles. 

A former insurance executive considered the most conservative Democrat in the Senate, the 69-year-old Nelson -- one of 60 Democratic votes needed to enact the legislation over unanimous Republican opposition -- has spoken privately at least three times in the past 10 days with President Barack Obama. But whatever pressure he's facing in Washington is sure to pale with the heat he'd face at home for making an abortion-related misstep during the health care debate.
"He'd be toast," said Mary Jo Bousek, who joined  protests. "I have friends who are Republicans who voted for him because they're very pro-life."
After marathon talks, the Obama administration and Democratic leaders appeared near agreement with Nelson late Friday night to provide the crucial 60th vote. He told reporters "real progress" had been made, but offered no details and said nothing final had emerged from the talks.
 Nelson is facing a tough choice, to stand alone on principles or to cave in for funding for his district. And how would our own Grijalva respond to such pressure? 
The truth  is that Harry Reid, having already snubbed Nelson by refusing to allow a vote for his amendment banning funding for abortion, is now trying to force Nelson to give in on his core beliefs about human life in order to Kowtow to radical socialist beliefs like those of Grijalva, people with nothing at stake here except there burgeoning egos and ever-growing government pensions.
Is this what the Democratic Party has become? A gang of bullies who force constituents to tow the line or risk political destruction?
Don't be snowed by the blizzard sweeping Washington today.

Update: Guess Nelson sold out his soul to the devil:

Democratic leaders also offered Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska a deal similar to the $300 million in Medicaid aid Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana got for her support, numerous sources told Fox News.
When asked about this, Sen. Kent Conrad, a key Democratic leader involved in the negotiations with Nelson, said, "Oh, it'll be much more."

Friday, December 11, 2009

Who is the Real Messiah?

Thinks Americans are Blocking Him from Being "Messiah"
Ahmadinejad reportedly claims he has documented evidence that the U.S. is blocking the return of Mahdi, the Imam believed by Muslims to be the savior.

“We have documented proof that they believe that a descendant of the prophet of Islam will raise in these parts and he will dry the roots of all injustice in the world,” Ahmadinejad said during a speech on Monday, according to Al Arabiya.

"They have devised all these plans to prevent the coming of the Hidden Imam because they know that the Iranian nation is the one that will prepare the grounds for his coming and will be the supporters of his rule," Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying.

Thinks Republicans are Blocking Him from Becoming Messiah
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has sharp criticism for Republicans, taking them to task for opposing economic stimulus efforts and health care reform while supporting tax cuts and spending that have ballooned the deficit.
Obama said Tuesday in a Washington speech proposing new job-creation measures: "It's a sight to see."
He said Republicans are "waxing political about fiscal responsibility while opposing our efforts to reduce deficits by getting health care costs under control." And he said that the stimulus package earlier this year was passed "largely without the help of an opposition party which, unfortunately, after having presided over the decision-making that led to the crisis, decided to hand it over to others to solve."

"Many even see in Obama a messiah-like figure, a great soul, and some affectionately call him Mahatma Obama."
-- Dinesh Sharma

"We just like to say his name. We are considering taking it as a mantra."
-- Chicago Sun-Times

"A Lightworker -- An Attuned Being with Powerful Luminosity and High-Vibration Integrity who will actually help usher in a New Way of Being"
-- Mark Morford

“I cried all night. I’m going to be crying for the next four years,” he said. “What Barack Obama has accomplished is the single most extraordinary event that has occurred in the 232 years of the nation’s political history. ... The event itself is so extraordinary that another chapter could be added to the Bible to chronicle its significance.”
-- Jesse Jackson, Jr.

"This was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal."
-- Barack Obama

"Does it not feel as if some special hand is guiding Obama on his journey, I mean, as he has said, the utter improbability of it all?"
-- Daily Kos

"He communicates God-like energy..."
-- Steve Davis (Charleston, SC)

"Not just an ordinary human being but indeed an Advanced Soul"
-- Commentator Chicago Sun Times

"I'll do whatever he says to do. I'll collect paper cups off the ground to make his pathway clear." -- Halle Berry
I specifically find this disheartening, dB

"A quantum leap in American consciousness"
-- Deepak Chopra

"He is not operating on the same plane as ordinary politicians. . . . the agent of transformation in an age of revolution, as a figure uniquely qualified to open the door to the 21st century."
-- Gary Hart

"Barack Obama is our collective representation of our purest hopes, our highest visions and our deepest knowings . . . He's our product out of the all-knowing quantum field of intelligence."
-- Eve Konstantine

"This is bigger than Kennedy. . . . This is the New Testament." "I felt this thrill going up my leg. I mean, I don't have that too often. No, seriously. It's a dramatic event."
-- Chris Matthews

"[Obama is ] creative imagination which coupled with brilliance equals wisdom . . . [He is] the man for this time."
-- Toni Morrison

"Obama's finest speeches do not excite. They do not inform. They don't even really inspire. They elevate. . . . He is not the Word made flesh, but the triumph of word over flesh . . . Obama is, at his best, able to call us back to our highest selves."
-- Ezra Klein

"Obama has the capacity to summon heroic forces from the spiritual depths of ordinary citizens and to unleash therefrom a symphonic chorus of unique creative acts whose common purpose is to tame the soul and alleviate the great challenges facing mankind."
-- Gerald Campbell

"We're here to evolve to a higher plane . . . he is an evolved leader . . . [he] has an ear for eloquence and a Tongue dipped in the Unvarnished Truth."
-- Oprah Winfrey

“I would characterize the Senate race as being a race where Obama was, let’s say, blessed and highly favored. That’s not routine. There’s something else going on. I think that Obama, his election to the Senate, was divinely ordered. . . . I know that that was God’s plan."
-- Bill Rush

Friday, November 27, 2009

Grijalva Announces Support For Proposed Budget Cuts, Says White House Must Account Honestly For Health Care Costs (A Parody)

Wednesday November 25, 2009 (Maybe in Bizarro World)

Washington, DC – Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva today announced his support for a balanced budget proposal, calling it a matter of both moral and financial responsibility. The proposal would create a one percent tax increase on low-income earners, increasing incrementally to five percent for the top bracket.

“If President Obama intends to insure all Americans, it’s time he told the country how he’s going to afford it,” Grijalva said. “Health insurance is not free, and if the White House wants to pay for this with borrowed money, it should keep in mind that every dollar is precious as we try to rebuild our economy.”

Grijalva said his support for a balanced budget did not indicate a change in his overall objection to government intervention into all that is good in America. The president’s widely reported but not yet officially announced plan to force all Americans to have health insurance, when the U.S. has already been screwed by overspending by th Obama administration, is a mistake whether or not a balanced budget is passed, he said. “We have no clear agenda here, and Americans are dying to get rid of a government that has no credibility with its own people,” Grijalva said. “This is an immoral, aimless and unjust legislation, and it should end now.”

However, he added, “If the president is determined to continue this counterproductive campaign, he should be honest and transparent with American voters about how much it will cost us. President Bush spent hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars on Iraq and Afghanistan that went unacknowledged in standard budget calculations, and President Obama has a chance to let voters see how truly expensive our liberal policies are in comparison.”

Sen. Carl Levin, who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee, has proposed a similar surtax, giving supporters hope that an agreement can be reached quickly between both chambers of Congress. “A mega spending increase for health care would come as our country is fighting to improve struggling schools and create badly needed jobs,” Grijalva said. “With or without these additional government programs, we must keep our priorities and our budgets straight as we move forward.”

This is a copy of Grijalva's recent press release about spending on Afghanistan with maybe five words changed. How can our representative be in favor of cutting spending when it comes to our defense (Grijalva has argued in favor of the war on terror to constituents, but now is pulling that support?), yet not bat an eye as he votes for billions in domestic waste for "stimulus" spending that goes to unions and ACORN?  

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thanksgiving: A Rejection of Socialism, Thanks for Individualism!

 Contrary to Popular belief, The first Thanksgiving was not about pilgrims thanking the Indians for saving their lives, it was the triumph of the system of Capitalism over Socialism as an understanding of the natural order "under God." Richard M. Ebeling of Northwestern University explains it in the words of Governor Bradford, fouder of the colony at Plymoth:

In the New World, they wanted to erect a New Jerusalem that would not only be religiously devout, but be built on a new foundation of communal sharing and social altruism. Their goal was the communism of Plato’s Republic, in which all would work and share in common, knowing neither private property nor self-interested acquisitiveness.

What resulted is recorded in the diary of Governor William Bradford, the head of the colony. The colonists collectively cleared and worked land, but they brought forth neither the bountiful harvest they hoped for, nor did it create a spirit of shared and cheerful brotherhood.

The less industrious members of the colony came late to their work in the fields, and were slow and easy in their labors. Knowing that they and their families were to receive an equal share of whatever the group produced, they saw little reason to be more diligent in their efforts. The harder working among the colonists became resentful that their efforts would be redistributed to the more malingering members of the colony. Soon they, too, were coming late to work and were less energetic in the fields.

As Governor Bradford explained in his old English (though with the spelling modernized):

"For the young men that were able and fit for labor and service did repine that they should spend their time and strength to work for other men’s wives and children, without recompense. The strong, or men of parts, had no more division of food, clothes, etc. then he that was weak and not able to do a quarter the other could; this was thought injustice. The aged and graver men to be ranked and equalized in labor, and food, clothes, etc. with the meaner and younger sort, thought it some indignant and disrespect unto them. And for men’s wives to be commanded to do service for other men, as dressing their meat, washing their clothes, etc. they deemed it a kind of slavery, neither could husbands brook it."

Because of the disincentives and resentments that spread among the population, crops were sparse and the rationed equal shares from the collective harvest were not enough to ward off starvation and death. Two years of communism in practice had left alive only a fraction of the original number of the Plymouth colonists.

Realizing that another season like those that had just passed would mean the extinction of the entire community, the elders of the colony decided to try something radically different: the introduction of private property rights and the right of the individual families to keep the fruits of their own labor.

As Governor Bradford put it:

"And so assigned to every family a parcel of land, according to the proportion of their number for that end . . . This had a very good success; for it made all hands very industrious, so as much more corn was planted then otherwise would have been by any means the Governor or any other could use, and saved him a great deal of trouble, and gave far better content. The women now went willingly into the field, and took their little-ones with them to set corn, which before would a ledge weakness, and inability; whom to have compelled would have been thought great tyranny and oppression."

The Plymouth Colony experienced a great bounty of food. Private ownership meant that there was now a close link between work and reward. Industry became the order of the day as the men and women in each family went to the fields on their separate private farms. When the harvest time came, not only did many families produce enough for their own needs, but they had surpluses that they could freely exchange with their neighbors for mutual benefit and improvement.

In Governor Bradford’s words:

"By this time harvest was come, and instead of famine, now God gave them plenty, and the face of things was changed, to the rejoicing of the hearts of many, for which they blessed God. And the effect of their planting was well seen, for all had, one way or other, pretty well to bring the year about, and some of the abler sort and more industrious had to spare, and sell to others, so as any general want or famine hath not been amongst them since to this day."

The desire to “spread the wealth” and for government to plan and regulate people’s lives is as old as the utopian fantasy in Plato’s Republic. The Pilgrim Fathers tried and soon realized its bankruptcy and failure as a way for men to live together in society.

They, instead, accepted man as he is: hardworking, productive, and innovative when allowed the liberty to follow his own interests in improving his own circumstances and that of his family. And even more, out of his industry result the quantities of useful goods that enable men to trade to their mutual benefit.

Something for Americans to think about as we contemplate the road to the disaster of Socialism that Obama and followers like Grijalva in Congress are leading us down. 

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Saturday Night Live Reality Check

This week's SNL opened with a barb to Obama's trip to China in light of the U.S. increasing debt-dependence on China. It's hilarious and disturbingly truthful:

Our own Raul Grijalva continues to encourage the kind of deficit spending that will someday get his district handed to China as payment for the billions in debt we owe them.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Health Care Plan to Cover Spaying of Pets

Democrats in the House and the Senate have reached agreement on covering all spaying and neutering of pets as part of the Health Care bill. According to Nancy Pelosi, "When we talk about Universal Health Care, we mean for everyone, even our pets." The provision will affect approximately 200 million pets who currently do not have health insurance through their owners. Raul Grijalva held a press conference praising the plan. "Providing a public option for pets is a no-brainer. It will keep costs down and prevent pet insurance companies from gouging consumers."

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Grijalva Must Really Hate You

Raul Grijalva and his universal healthcare ideologues have already restricted your freedoms with legislation slipped into the stimulus plan. Even if the huge healthcare bill is not passed, this legislation, passed last Spring in anticipation of Obamacare will mean restrictions for Americans in the form of requirements for doctors, surcharges and taxes for years to come. Keep your doctor? Not if he or she doesn't follow the government's guidelines for treatment:

Friday, November 13, 2009

Obama to "Purge" Opposition from Federal Workforce

After winning the White House, after taking control of the House and the Senate, what will the Democrats do now? Not go to Disneyland. In their effort to take total control of Americans' lives, their next step is to completely control the U.S. government. Last week, the Obama administration took steps to change a longstanding (since the first Democrat administration under Jefferson) policy of keeping appointed bureaucrats from previous administrations as career government employees. in the 1790s one of the Supreme Courts' first rulings ruled that an administration could not remove or harass a government official for simply political purposes. Since then the policy of each administration has been to allow appointed bureaucrats from previous administrations to move to non-appointed posts to maintain a smooth transition and a nonpartisan approach to federal policies. The Obama administration is proposing to change that. A memo to all branches of the federal government mandates an "evaluation of each transfer of an appointed post." Rush Limbaugh explains the impact:
Real Clear Politics
The ramifications of political party leaders being able to overhaul every branch of the federal government is monumental. To give you an idea, every dictator in history has competed a similar purge of civil service opposition as a precursor taking absolute power. Hitler used the Night of Long Knives as a cover for removing all opposition party members from government positions. Stalin had a similar purge. Obama's move is a two-bit third world dictator move to grab power. It needs to be stopped.

Where is Military-advocate Grijalva on Fort Hood Terrorism?

In a letter published this week at, an army major describes the betrayal of the American military by their leaders in the name of political correctness. It deserves to be read in its entirety. I wonder, if Raul Grijalva is listening, will he call for a change in military policy that favors "diversity" in exchange for security? Will he demand protection for our military men and women in the way of background checks for Muslims with extreme views? Will he even answer phone calls? Or will he continue to "demand" a public option on health care to the tune of 10 billion dollars while terrorists target our military men and women in what should be the most secure facilities in the country?

An Officer's Outrage Over Fort Hood

By Major Shawn Keller

As an officer in the United States Army, I'm angry for so many reasons over what happened at Ft. Hood. I'm angry that twelve of my fellow soldiers and a contractor were murdered. I'm angry that over thirty people have suffered life altering injuries from which they will never fully recover. I'm angry that the lives of so many families have been forever ruined. I'm angry that this happened on an Army post on American soil where soldiers should be safe. And I'm angry that the murderer was a terrorist who masqueraded as an Army officer for half a dozen years.

But as angry as I am at what happened, I'm even angrier that it was allowed to happen. Apparently, there was no shortage of warning signs that Hasan identified more with Islamic Jihadists than he did with the US Army. From speeches, writings, conversations, affiliations and postings on Jihadist websites, there were more than enough dots to connect that should have exposed Hasan as someone inclined to attack innocent people in the furtherance of a political, religious and ideological agenda. There were more than enough red flags raised that, at a minimum, should have gotten Hasan kicked out of the Army.

But just like September 11, those agencies and individuals charged with keeping America and Americans safe failed to connect the dots that would have saved lives. Jihadist rhetoric espoused by Hasan was categorically dismissed out of submissiveness to the concepts of tolerance and diversity. The Army as an institution has been neutered by decades of political correctness and the leaders in Hasan's chain-of-command failed to act accordingly out of fear of being labeled anti-Muslim and receiving a negative evaluation report. The counter-terrorism agencies knew Hasan was communicating with Al-Qaeda and dismissed it as academic research instead of delving deeper into the probability that a terrorist had infiltrated the ranks.

Even four hours after Hasan stood on a desk yelling Allahu Akbar! and opened fire, the FBI stated that they were not investigating the attack as an act of terrorism even as there were still reports of other gunmen on the loose. Meanwhile, the Army continues to dismiss it as a "tragedy" and an "isolated incident by a lone gunman" while the media has invented the psychological condition of post-traumatic stress disorder by proxy. There is more concern for promoting the appropriate information operation campaign and maintaining the illusion of safety than there is for actually exposing the weaknesses and faults in the system that allowed this to happen. We're even being told that damage to the Army's efforts at diversity would be a greater tragedy than the murder of the twelve soldiers -- how ironic the week of Veterans' Day.

This has nothing to do with being anti-Islamic. After numerous tours to Iraq and working with countless cultural advisors on Ft. Bragg, I know dozens of Muslims who I respect and admire greatly. This has everything to do with force protection and security being trumped by the concepts of political correctness and diversity. This has everything to do with a hypocritical system and culture that breeds timidity and dismissiveness in the interest of career advancement. If I preached a white-supremacist ideology or described Timothy McVeigh as a hero to the cause of freedom and liberty, how long do you think I would still be in the military drawing a salary, receiving educational benefits and getting promoted like Hasan did?

Hasan's radical ideology grew to the point that he committed mass murder because too many leaders were too afraid to lead out of fear of harming their career or the image of the Army. If those leaders don't have the intestinal fortitude, moral conviction or personal courage to stand up, speak up and protect soldiers, then retire, resign or get out of the way and let somebody else do it for you.

Shawn Keller is a Major in the United States Army stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Grijalva Continues to Lie About Public Option

District 7's consummate lair, Raul Grijalva is at it again. Like a credit-card waving teenager, Grijalva is shouting how much the government will "save" through a Medicare-type "public option.":

"I, along with other progressive members of the House, argued strongly during the past few months that a successful public option would structure its payments to doctors and hospitals around Medicare rates. Medicare saves the government money because its purchasing power nationwide is unmatched, giving it leverage to negotiate affordable prices for Americans over the age of 65. It can afford to charge consumers less because it has low overhead and is remarkably efficient at what it does."

No, Raul, the government in all aspects is remarkably inefficient at what it does because it has no accountability and it can siphon off some administrative costs as debt, something private insurance companies are not allowed to do for any length of time. An article by Dr. Robert Book at the Heritage Foundation explains Grijalva Progressive lies:

Advocates of a public plan assert that Medicare has administrative costs of 3 percent (or 6 to 8 percent if support from other government agencies is included), compared to 14 to 22 percent for private employer-sponsored health insurance (depending on which study is cited), or even more for individually purchased insurance. They attribute the difference to superior efficiency of government,[1] private insurance companies' expenditures on marketing,[2] efforts to deny claims,[3] unrestrained pursuit of profit,[4] and high executive salaries.[5]

However, on a per-person basis Medicare's administrative costs are actually higher than those of private insurance--this despite the fact that private insurance companies do incur several categories of costs that do not apply to Medicare. If recent cost history is any guide, switching the more than 200 million Americans with private insurance to a public plan will not save money but will actually increase health care administrative costs by several billion dollars.

Fuzzy Math

Medicare patients are by definition elderly, disabled, or patients with end-stage renal disease, and as such have higher average patient care costs, so expressing administrative costs as a percentage of total costs gives a misleading picture of relative efficiency. Administrative costs are incurred primarily on a fixed or per-beneficiary basis; this approach spreads Medicare's costs over a larger base of patient care cost.

For the complete article, which takes apart the progressive arguments for a public option piece by piece see

Sunday, November 8, 2009

New ABC Series "V" Takes Whack at Obama

The media has been fawning all over Obama since his coronation in January. Now a new Sci Fi series takes aim at Obama's liberal promises of a new world order. In the remake series "V" an alien race arrives and promises prosperity and "Universal Health Care" in exchange for "simple resources which are abundant on your planet." The Visitors' charisma-charged leaders' treatment of the media is eerily familiar to those who have watched recent Obama official's tiffs with Fox News:

Turns out the aliens have been here for years, infiltrating the population in preparation for their messianic arrival. Turns out they are really hungry man-eating lizards in disguise, coming to take complete control of the planet in a coup of outwardly goodwill and friendship, while secretly planning the demise of all human life. A priest questions the Visitors' opportunistic offers: "The world's in bad shape. Who wouldn't welcome a savior right now?" then adds when a fellow priest tells him to trust the smiling Obama...Ana,
"No one is saying don't trust the Visitors. But don't they need to earn our trust?"
The series says a lot to those of us who are willing to blindly trust leaders who tell us what we want to hear to earn our trust, only to devour our very souls.

Monday, November 2, 2009

When Presidents Talk About Hope and Change . . . and Mean It

When Ronald Reagan toured Europe, speeches were prepared for each of his stops. At a scheduled stop at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, a speechwriter took the initiative to propose a challenge to then Soviet President Gorbachev to go further in his reforms to open the borders of Eastern Europe. Reagan's advisers nixed the idea, but Reagan reinserted the wording "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"
Within four years, the Soviet empire was dismantled thanks to Reagan's boldness and willingness to back his statements with action.

Contrasting Reagan's assertiveness with Obama's empty promise of "Hope and Change" while waffling with advisors and polls, we are left shaking our heads. Reagan has ever been given the credit he deserves for ending the Cold War. And yet our present President seeks credit for things he has no right to and does not deserve. Here is the end of Reagan's words at the Brandenburg Gate:

Somewhere Ronald Reagan is looking down on this country and shaking his head.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

If you Like Your Present Doctor, You Can Still See Him . . . In Mexico

Doctors, including a former president, Paul Massano, are pressuring the AMA to remove its endorsement of a public option healthcare plan. The wheels are falling off Obamacare as expected costs of the program increase and benefits decrease. According to Massano, a "Public Option" that is Medicaid-based amounts to price fixing that will drive doctors out of medicine, forcing them into a government pay system and taking away a doctor's right to privately contract for services. Watch Massano's interview on Fox:

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Throwing the American People Under the Bus

It has become obvious with the unveiling of the Democratic 1900 page "plan to fix healthcare." by Nancy Pelosi today that liberal Democrats are willing to do whatever it takes to create a socialist-style bureaucracy that controls as much of American's lives as possible in the little time they have left in office. There are virtually no changes in the bill proposed by Pelosi and the Democrats from the one proposed by Democrats in May and which was the topic of outrage at townhall meetings across the country. Again, I repeat myself, if the Democrats are interested in "fixing healthcare," this is not a way to do it. Evidence of note: Republican and Independent congresspersons have introduced no less than 10 plans while Democrats were mulling this monstrous Universal Health Slavery package, all of which were slammed to the floor in committee because the "did not do enough." The purpose of Obamacare is not to fix ourhealthcare system (unless by fix you mean fewer doctors, longer waits and further escalating prices for service). the purpose is to create a welfare state that cannot operate without government spending.
Need an Example? Obama's stimulus package handed out billions for "shovel ready projects" (meaning projects already planned for by local governments). In exchange for federal money to start work, contractors were asked to report number of jobs "saved or created." What a rediculous requirement. These were projects that were going to happen anyway and most were short term. In Yuma, 16th St. and Avenue A projects will both be completed in less than a year and contractors will then be looking for more work. meanwhile, other private-financed jobs have been shelved because the federal money attracted contractors bids first. This type of spending has the effect of deepening the recession by limiting job growth to federal funds instead of creating competition.
The same is true of healthcare. The answer is not more government spending, the answer is encouraging competition and entreprenuership among providers, not fixing prices. Democrats have been fixated on forcing Americans into a Universal System that has proven costly and is intended to drive wealthy Americans and their investment capital overseas, to be replaced by Chinese debt notes. The money they are looking to pay to run their shiny new train will leave for greener pastures and more lucrative investment opportunities overseas. But the Democrats won't care, they will have gotten what they wanted: enslavement of the American ideal of free enterprise and opportunity to taxes to pay for bigger and bigger government.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

More Lies from Grijalva on healthcare

It is clear from listening to the man that Raul Grijalva's experience in economics is based on writing grants for federal funding and then overspending. The man seems to believe that money grows on trees, is harvested by farmworkers for the government and is available for anyone who can pull the right strings in Washington.
Take the latest example of Grijalva's spend and spend some more philosophy of government: Socialized medicine in the form of a "robust public option," translated robust (big) public (government) option (mandate). In his latest editorial Grijalva supports this 110 billion destruction of our childrens' economy with blatant lies about "the money a public option will save." Here's some truth-enhanced quotes:

"A robust public option, paying fair and consistent rates around the country, will hold insurance companies accountable and provide legitimate competition, thereby reducing costs for all Americans."
It will do no such thing. Like Medicare, which it is modeled after, it will spiral costs even higher. Grijalva knows nothing about healthcare cost controls and is getting his figures from liberal models that have failed in Massachusetts and Maine.
The 2008 census found 46.3 million Americans with absolutely no health insurance. No they have ACCHS or the equivalent in other states if they qualify. If they do not then, according to the new bill they will be required to pay. This is not due to a lack of consumer responsibility, as some conservative commentators suggest. Yet the Democrats' bill would force every consumer, whether they want to or not to pay, punishing them by implying that they are not responsible. So apparently "some conservative commentators" are correct since Democrats are ready to "make people responsible"(typical of Democrats, don't call people stupid, just treat them as if they were). It's due to a broken insurance marketplace that needs strong competition as soon as possible. Competition? From the government? That's like Military Intelligence or Friendly fire. Get real Raul. When was the last time you experienced competition in a marketplace for a job that didn't include government funds or a lifetime pension and benefits?

Healthcare legislation has been negotiated, amended, assessed and reassessed throughout the course of the year, and CBO experts have been hard at work every step of the way calculating the effects of each change. Yes, and the figures just keep going up. Some members are still holding out against a robust public option because, they want to be responsible and not spend money that is not available to create a new government agency that will add to our national debt without improving anything about healthcare in this country. ...despite the analysis to date hailing it as the greatest money-saving measure we can enact, they remain unconvinced. Analysis by liberal thinktanks that has convinced no one except liberal tax and spenders like Raul. Leadership has worked hard to craft a bill that brings down costs, cuts the overall price tag and extends coverage to as many Americans as possible. Calling Nancy Pelosi "leadership" is like calling my Chihuahua deadly. in addition the "bills" before Congress show no realistic indication of bringing down costs or extending coverage. In fact, every single objective indicator shows the exact opposite. The continued resistance of some members to effective, comprehensive reform at this point seems less about fiscal responsibility and more about unrealistic and ill-defined expectations. To call this "effective, comprehensive reform" would be calling Rosanne Barr "svelte and sexy." Even with the robust plan that I and over 200 other members support, If 200 members support it then you should have no trouble passing it. They don't and you will. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius will be allowed to negotiate rates in certain areas if she identifies over- or undercompensated providers. Oh, I feel better already. With the "Cough Nazi" in charge how can anything go wrong?!" There is truly no reason to object to the robust option... I object "robustly" as will most of Congress when they listen to their constituents and all that is Holy and good in the world.

Paying Medicare-plus-five saves more costs, to the government and to consumers, than any alternative. It is the real fiscally responsible solution to America's healthcare problems. Actually, paying every American $500,000 to spend on health care any way he or she wants would "save" as much and make more sense than this bill which saves nothing except Raul Grijalva's job and the jobs of hundreds of bureaucrats on the dole in Washington.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

What we are in for with "Limited Public Option"

Democrats in Congress are looking at any way possible to save the "public option" for Obamacare. After trying to slip Universal Healthcare to Americans in a "Quickie" bill over the summer, Democrats are advocating cheaper alternatives like "Public Option Lite" or a "Public Option Trigger." The problem is the same. None of these will do the two things that Obama has promised: pay for themselves or provide healthcare for those who can't afford it (without massive government spending. the examples from Canada, Massachusetts and Maine are revealing. Giving everyone healthcare for free doesn't work. The best example is Maine, which couldn't even provide coverage for its uninsured before the plan went bankrupt:

Even Raul Grijalva, one of the loudest proponents of the Public Option, admits that implementing a public option will 1) take three years to implement 2) limit choices of doctors and 3) be expensive:
Yuma Daily Sun
So someone tell me again, why do we want a public option?

Monday, October 12, 2009

Columbus Day: Celebrating the Uniqueness of European White Christian Men

"In Fourteen hundred ninety two, Columbus sailed the Ocean Blue." For two hundred years, Americans recognized the first documented settlement of Europeans in the Western Hemisphere, the introduction of Christianity to the America's and the beginning of a renaissance of cultural and and agricultural transference known as the Columbian Exchange. Then along came the Progressive movement with its historical revisionism to downgrade Columbus to "unholiday" status, lump George Washington and Abraham Lincoln into one day (even though they are 70 years apart from different parts of the country) and replace them with holidays for everything from Rosh Hashanna to May Day.
I for one am sick of the systematic emasculation of European heterosexual Christian men in the name of "Cultural diversity." So from now on, I will no longer celebrate all those fake holidays that have nothing to do with American freedoms or the Christian faith. I will proudly fly my flag on October 12th in honor of all those white American Christian men who died while exploring the unknown, or died while fighting "Native Americans" who wanted to scalp them and steal their wives and children, or who died fighting against slavery, or Communism, or terrorism, or any other isms that opposed the freedom of people throughout the world. Because those men made up the vast majority of the war dead, influenza ravaged, as well as the statesmen and world-changers that made this continent, and this world a free place for my children to live in. So while I respect the diversity of cultures and viewpoints that flourish in this country, I can never forget that diversity survives, and peace survives because of the diligence and vision of a few white men, men like Christopher Columbus.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Obama Contributes to "lasting world peace," Grijalva gets awarded as "Liberal Hispanic"

"For What?" read the headline Friday to our Overlord Protector Obama being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Will liberals never cease congratulating themselves for accomplishments they didn't accomplish? the Nobel Prize committee has argued that they wanted to "support" Obama's goal, as expressed recently at the United Nations, "of a world without nuclear weapons."
Every year candidates for Miss Universe support the same goal. why aren't they receiving the Nobel honor? Reason? Not Black. Not liberal.
Likewise, Raul Grijalva recently congratulated himself for being named on the top 100 political Hispanics.
What did he accomplish? Promising to stand in the way of any Health Care Reform that does not increase government spending by 70 billion dollars? So did every other Democrat in Congress. Many Republicans have worked tirelessly to come up with alternative plans. Why aren't they being awarded? Not Mexican, or liberal enough. Supporters like La Raza and MEChA refuse to endorse any candidate that seeks funding outside their web of federally funded liberal agencies or seeks solutions that are faith-based. Example in point: The chastising of Mel Martinez in is decision to resign to help his family at home. The message: the liberal agenda is more important than family. It's more important than your personal life. It's La Raza.
It's time to confront the elephant standing in the corner of the room. the Nobel Awards committees (and the media, and all liberals in the entire world) give unearned awards to other liberals, especially those of color, and ignore or antagonize everyone who doesn't see a world with tangerine trees and marmalade skies where rocking horse people eat marshmallow pies. Especially those of color.

Monday, September 28, 2009

The Fall of a Great Empire or a Rendezvous with Destiny?

"A people who still remembered that their ancestors had been the masters of the world would have applauded, with conscious pride, the representation of ancient freedom, if they had not long since been accustomed to prefer the solid assurance of bread to the unsubstantial visions of liberty and greatness."
Edward Gibbon the Decline and Fall of Rome

"You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children (America), the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children's children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done." -- Ronald Reagan

"The opera ain’t over until the fat lady sings."
-- Texas Tech sports information director Ralph Carpenter, 1978

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Drug Trafficking: Why a change in District 7 is needed

Dennis Wagner begins a story series in the Arizona Republic that reinforces the need for removing Raul Grijalva as District 7's representative in the US House. Wagner describes the 2006 murder of Ymer Orozco, a 46-year-old former milk delivery driver who quit his job and volunteered to help detectives bust major cocaine dealers. Without going into details, Orozco's death reiterates the the control drug Cartels have over our state, a major route for drugs into the US. As the representative for District 7, Grijalva is the designated go to guy for the border region where, according to Wagner, more Cartel drugs enter the US than any other point of entry. What has Grijalva done about stopping the flow? What legislation have we seen from his office for border security? Stopping the flow of weapons across the border? Here is a list of the items on Grijalva's agenda, from his website:
Legislation Introduced by Rep. Grijalva in the 111th Congress:
  • HR 324 - The Santa Cruz Valley National Heritage Area Act

    Establishes the Santa Cruz Valley National Heritage Area in Arizona. Designates the Santa Cruz Valley Heritage Alliance, Inc. as the management entity for the Area.
  • HR 325 - The Avra/Black Wash Reclamation and Riparian Restoration Project

    Authorizes the Secretary of the Interior, in cooperation with Pima County, AZ, to participate in the planning, design, and construction of water recycling facilities and to enhance and restore riparian habitat in the Black Wash Sonoran Desert ecosystem.
  • HR 326 - The Cocopah Lands Act

    Provides that if the Cocopah Indian Tribe of Arizona transfers title to certain described land to the Secretary of the Interior, the Secretary shall take it into trust for the benefit of the Tribe, if there are no adverse legal claims to it, including outstanding liens, mortgages, or taxes owed. Considers such land to be part of the Tribe's initial reservation. Prohibits its use for gaming under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.
  • HR 404 - The National Landscape Conservation System Act

    Establishes in the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) the National Landscape Conservation System (thus, enacting into law the National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS) created by BLM in 2000) in order to conserve, protect, and restore nationally significant landscapes that have outstanding cultural, ecological, and scientific values for the benefit of current and future generations.
  • HR 644 - Grand Canyon Watersheds Protection Act of 2009

    To withdraw the Tusayan Ranger District and Federal land managed by the Bureau of Land Management in the vicinity of Kanab Creek and in House Rock Valley from location, entry, and patent under the mining laws, and for other purposes.
  • HR 715 - The Saguaro National Park Boundary Expansion and Study Act of 2009

    The bill would enable the Park Service to purchase from willing sellers 283 acres adjacent to the Park's East Unit, including three miles of an important creek, and 300 acres adjacent to the West Unit.
While maintaining a pristine desert environment in Arizona is noble, it pales in comparison to border security and jeopardizing the safety of Arizonans by ignoring the burgeoning Mexican Cartel problem. Where is Raul? Conducting interviews demanding a "public option" in Obama Care. Meanwhile, the drug Cartels take over and our law enforcement officials fight on with fewer and fewer resources.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Why Wilson is not a Liar and the President Is

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made a tear-filled appeal to Republicans to yesterday to "tone down the rhetoric" on health care reform because she fears it will result actions like the murder of Harvey Milk. Huh?
Harvey Milk was not assassinated by Right Wing political activists as Pelosi indicates. The violence of the 70s in San Francisco was from left wing activists, not conservatives. Enough of Pelosi's lies in an attempt to get people to stop exercising their free speech.
On to the President.
Pelosi's comments came on the eve of her move to censure House member Joe Wilson for shouting "you lie!" during a presidential speech. Pelosi initially accepted an apology from Wilson, then decided his actions demanded a reprimand on the floor of the House. Pelosi agreed to a "Resolution of Disapproval."
Ann Coulter in her column this week responded to Pelosi's charge. According to Coulter:
"There are a number of theories about why America's greatest living statesman shouted "You lie!" at that juncture, but mine is that Wilson said it because Obama told a big, fat stinking lie.

"illegal aliens are excluded from precisely one section of the thousand-page, goodie-laden health care bill: Section 246, which distributes taxpayer-funded "affordability credits" to people who can't afford to pay for their own health care.

"Even this minor restriction on taxpayer largesse to illegals will immediately be overturned by the courts. But the point is: Except for vouchers, the bill does not even pretend to exclude illegals from any part of national health care -- including the taxpayer-funded health insurance plan."

Monday, September 14, 2009

Why They Don't Teach Logic in Schools Anymore

Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear.
Thomas Jefferson

In its never-ending quest to convince us that we need Universal health insurance, the Obama administration is now comparing its plan for mandatory insurance to requirements for car insurance. Judson Berger has already torn this one apart on logic:
I am wondering what the administration is thinking. To avoid mandatory auto insurance in Arizona, I just need to show that I don't use my car. Under Obamacare, can I claim that I don't get sick and therefore don't need insurance? Or is the administration implying that, like a right to health insurance and a home, everyone has a right to a car? Where do Obama's speechwriters come up with this logic? They, like most of this generation, are a product of schools and media which teach students to listen for the soundbite rather than think for themselves, to be a mirror of the urbane rather than a filter of the inane.
The result has meant a vacuum of our political system. Not only is politics full of corruption and immorality, we have lost the ability to detect it. Godly politicians who make moral errors are crucified, while wholesale corrupt politicians with shrewd marketing always survive.
It is time to ignore the slick marketing campaigns and apply business logic to our politicians. If a manager at McDonalds mismanaged funds, he or she would be fired. If your son or daughter was caught cheating in school, you would expect them to get a failing grade for the class. Our politicians should be no different. And yet, we have allowed ourselves to be duped into believing that politics is a game best managed by shifty contrivers, not honest workers. We can no longer afford to operate under such assumptions. it's time to throw the bums out.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Hope and Change--a Contrast in Leadership

In 1964, Ronald Reagan spoke at the Republican Nomination of Barry Goldwater for president. In that election, Goldwater lost in one of the biggest landslides in history to Lyndon B. Johnson, who carried the torch of John F. Kennedy into office. Reagan's speech became a manifesto for the Conservative movement that led to his election as governor of California in 1966 and a landslide election as president 14 years later.
In the waning years of the Reagan era, his vice president, George Bush (the senior) chose as his running mate a young Congressman by the name of Dan Quayle (who had 12 years experience in the Senate). During the VP debates, Quayle was sniped famously by Lloyd Benson for comparing his experience to that of John F. Kennedy (who struggled in foreign policy and relied heavily on supply side economic policies to maintain a robust economy):
Quayle: Three times that I've had this question — and I will try to answer it again for you, as clearly as I can, because the question you're asking is, "What kind of qualifications does Dan Quayle have to be president," "What kind of qualifications do I have," and "What would I do in this kind of a situation?" And what would I do in this situation? [...] I have far more experience than many others that sought the office of vice president of this country. I have as much experience in the Congress as Jack Kennedy did when he sought the presidency. I will be prepared to deal with the people in the Bush administration, if that unfortunate event would ever occur.
Judy Woodruff: Senator [Bentsen]?
Bentsen: Senator, I served with Jack Kennedy, I knew Jack Kennedy, Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy.

In 2000, Barak Obama gave a speech to the Democratic National Convention and Democrats began salivating; they had the "Ronald Reagan of the modern era." Eight years later we see the Democratic "savior" swept into office, enacting policies that would make even Lyndon Johnson shout "Save our Constitution!" Today thousands of Americans, who lived through the seventies can forcefully say: "Senator Obama, I remember Ronald Reagan, I trusted Ronald Reagan. Mr. Obama, you're no Ronald Reagan."
The following is a comparison of speeches on the issues that matter, between Ronald Reagan, the "Great Communicator" and Barak Obama, the "Great Windbag." Watch and learn, America: