Wednesday, September 23, 2009

A Short Rune on Dissent

A Short Rune on Dissent

Ah, the cool winds of spring bring a calm precision As the pieces, masterminded by the shameless, fall into place. But summer brings a dissonance As novice, eclectic dissidents descend, Bearing stakes bangled with fluttering hues, muttering apprehension Yet, screaming comprehension. Alas, it is but a dissent of harmless tea, petty reply to the pantheon of the left, Searching for a leveling of excesses, a return to principle.

Abused and Ignored, the beating keystones of our Great Thought Are reduced, demeaned, desocialized by the dissembling mob of nine. We lay in wait, but have awakened. Mark this, Foolish One – it bodes ill for thee. Liberty embraced shall break your hold! Sycophant plans exalted, amended, then dashed. Skulk to that great Pale Abode and wait, concupiscent of change. Your taking-time has passed, and We shall be abused no more!

© 2009, The General

Hollywood and Mainstream Media

Do you ever get SO frustrated with today's celebrities that you literally turn off the television--or bypass seeing a movie, just because someone plays a leading role? I do. Far too often. In fact, I sometimes battle with not going to see a blockbuster simply because I do not agree with the actors' personal beliefs.

Some (ok, most) of my friends tell me I'm ridiculous, but am I? These people tell us what we should do with our lives, how we should treat people, what we should give away, who we should vote for--though they don't follow their own advice (well except who to vote for). They lecture us from their million dollar homes. What makes them an expert in today's world? The fact that they made millions of dollars by pretending to be somebody else?!? I'm tired of listening to someone who has no idea what it is like to be an "average Joe" tell me what I should do in my home or how I should live my life.

I came across a speech that Pat Sajak gave in 2002. He took the thoughts and points I make on a daily basis and said them so eloquently that I felt I must share with blog land. Here's the full speech.

"...Former CBS News-man Bernard Goldberg has written a best- selling book called Bias, in which he maintains that the real problem with the media is not a bias based on liberal vs. conservative or Republican vs. Democrat. It is a bias based on the sameness of worldview caused by social, intellectual, educational and professional inbreeding. These are folks who travel in the same circles, go to the same parties, talk to the same people, compare their ideas to people with the same ideas, and develop a standard view on issues that makes any deviation from them seem somehow marginal, or even weird...

...At a dinner party in Los Angeles recently, our hostess was about to say some grudgingly kind words about President Bush and the way he was handling the War on Terror. She prefaced her remarks by saying, "Now I know everyone at this table voted for Al Gore, but ..." Well, she knew no such thing. She just presumed it. It's what "right-thinking" people did. This "false reality" is a phenomenon that permeates media circles.

It's the phenomenon that caused Pauline Kael, former film critic for The New Yorker, to remark after Richard Nixon's election sweep in 1972, "I can't believe it! I don't know a single person who voted for him." This was a man who won in 49 out of 50 states, and she didn't know one person who voted for him. And I don't think she was dealing in hyperbole. She simply had never met those people. She couldn't believe they really existed...

... It's the phenomenon that explains Hollywood's disdain for Big Business. You read about it in the newsmagazines and see it in the movies. Big Business is bad. The people who run these businesses are heartless, often criminal, brutes. There is no regard for the little guy. Thousands are laid off while the greedy business executives reap windfall profits. Never mind that some of the biggest and least-competitive businesses are in entertainment. They merge, they lay off thousands, while stock options accrue to the top executives. Top talent at networks and in movies get tens — even hundreds — of millions while so many of their co-workers, the little people they care so much about, lose their jobs. They simply don't see the contradiction. They are above it..."

I especially like the Big Business "evil" monster. I keep intending to do a piece on Michael Moore's new movie: "Capitalism: A Love Story." I think Jay Leno summed it up best last week when he said in more or less words--yes Michael. Capitalism is sooooo evil. It's so evil that all that profit you're making from the movie tickets and all the profits you are making off the items being sold along side the release of your movie is only ok, what, if it lines YOUR pockets???

I pledge allegiance

Aired in 1969. Lest we forget the true meaning of our Pledge. Isn't it amazing that something spoken back in 1969 by a comedian could be so true today?

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Monday, September 21, 2009

more on that pesky subject: Healthcare

The following is a letter sent out to the New Orleans Tea Party participants. The author of the letter is an orthdontist in the Greater New Orleans area. His words hit several points I've tried to make time and again right on the head. The government makes things WORSE on a national level.:

Dear Tea Party Patriots, This one is a little long, so grab a cup of coffee or your favorite beverage as you read along.

As we approach the end of September, we know that, insofar as health care legislation is concerned, we are getting close to "put up or shut up" time for those we have elected to serve in Washington DC. I think we now all appreciate why it has been said that "laws are like sausages; it is better not to see either one of them being made."

What is it that people on all sides of the debate basically agree upon? Each of us would like to spend the least amount of our income on health care expenses. At the same time, we concede that having high quality care comes at an expense. That said, there are four things I hold with conviction:

(1) I believe health care and health insurance DOES NOT not have to be as expensive at it has become. (2) I belive that, with certain changes, health care expenses CAN be an affordable part of nearly every American's budget. (3) I believe that, when you break it all down, the biggest explanation for the rapidly escalating price of health insurance has been and continues to be.............government involvement. (4) I believe, with government out of the way, we can and will find a way to take care of everyone WITHOUT busting the bank. Allow me to elaborate. As far back as 1950, research shows that health care spending accounted for less than 5% of America's gross domestic product (GDP). By the early 1990's, it had reached approximately 13% of GDP and today it is close to 18% of the GDP. If left unchecked, it is projected to reach 20% of GDP by 2018 and will negatively impact the country's ability to fund other more pressing goals, not the least of which is national security and national defense. http://www.kff.org/insurance/upload/7692_02.pdf How did it get this way? Many people point to the great technological advances and improvements in prescription drugs over the last two decades. And while there is no doubt that newer technology and improved drugs contribute to escalating costs, they are just not enough to provide the entire explanation. The better explanation is how we now pay for medical care. In the "good old days," patients paid their doctors for services rendered. There was free competition amongst doctors, which helped control costs, and patients themselves behaved responsibly. They did not run to the doctor for every little sniffle or cough because (1) they figured they already knew what the doctor was going to recommend and (2) they knew there was a price to pay for an office visit. They used common sense to influence their decision of when to seek out a doctor and only went when they thought something might be serious.

Today, few people hesitate to run to the doctor because they know their own out-of-pocket expense is mostly (if not entirely) going to be covered by their insurance. Common sense plays no role in their decision. They figure "I've already paid for the insurance. I might as well use it." That kind of mentality, along with the way we pay for health care today, is at the very root of the problem.

I will get back to that issue in a moment, but there is another factor that compunds the problem. Several years ago in a faraway distant land, doctors used their diagnostic skills, training and experience to determine which limited tests he/she needed to establish a proper diagnosis. Again, this was paid for by the patient out of pocket, but NOT at an exorbitant cost. If it had been too expensive, doctors would have gone out of business because most people could not have afforded to pay their bills.

Today, that same doctor no longer relies on his/her training, but instead on a battery of unnecessary tests, scans, etc. to arrive at that same diagnosis. This, all at major expense not to the patient, but to the patient's insurance company. Why? On the off chance that the patient has a condition that is found in less than 1 - 5% of all patients, the doctors must literally rule out practically every known medical condition that might possibly be producing the patient's symptoms. And we all know why? The public used to understand and appreciate that (1) doctors are human and (2) treatment of the human body comes with no guarantees. A poor treatment outcome is NOT, in and of itself, a situation of medical malpractice. Yet today, patients with unfavorable outcomes often assume the doctor did something wrong. Or, even if they don't believe this to be true, they see it as a potential lottery ticket. They know that medical malpractice insurance companies will often settle out of court to avoid the time and expense associated with a trial. Yes, doctors make mistakes and doctors SHOULD be held accountable for poor treatment (as determined by their medical peers who set the standards for medical care). But malpractice lawsuits are OUT OF CONTROL and this most certainly drives up the total cost of medical care. In many instances, hospitals pay for their doctors' malpractice insurance and those costs are passed on to ALL of us via increased insurance premiums.

Now, back to the discussion of cost and how we got here. In 1965, the federal government stuck its inefficient and frequently corrupt nose into health care. It established Medicare for people aged 65 and older as a means of providing health insurance coverage to senior citizens. It simultaneously established Medicaid for low-income families and people with certain disabilities. I sincerely believe that the inflationary spiral in health care costs that we are experiencing today is directly correlated to these entitlement programs. Why?

The primary explanation is that Medicare and Medicaid essentially removed the doctor and the patient from cost-consciousness. If you and I win a gift card that allows us to spend as much as we want for a night out at Commander's Palace (for those of you NOT from New Orleans, it's one of our more fine --- and expensive -- dining establishments), we will probably order a great bottle of wine, appetizers, entree's, desserts, and perhaps an after-dinner liquor. If, however, the evening is on our own nickel, our wine selection might be a little less ambitious, we might skip the appetizers, and after-dinner drinks are probably out as well. In fact, we might not even go to Commander's Palace in the first place. Do you follow where I am going? Thanks to government's intrusion into health care WITH SEEMINGLY GOOD INTENTIONS, the unintended consequences have placed us in this untenable situation TODAY. The government, doctors and patients view it as "FREE MONEY" and the uninhibited spending habits learned from within the Medicare/Medicaid system gradually filtered into the private health insurance industry as consumers (patients) came to expect to have no additional out-of-pocket expenses for their health care.

And how ANYONE within earshot of this e-mail can place ANY confidence in government's ability to restrain spending and bend the cost curve downward over time is absolutely incomprehensible to me. You may twist the interpretation, but HISTORY DOESN'T LIE.

Medicare currently has just over $89 trillion in unfunded liabilities. An unfunded liability is the difference between the benefits that have been promised to current and future recipients versus what will be collected in dedicated taxes and Medicare premiums. If no other reform is enacted, this funding gap can only be closed in future years by substantial tax increases, large benefit cuts or both. In 1965, the government projected that Medicare expenses through 1990 would be $9 billion. Guess what?? Actual costs ended up being $67 billion !!! In 2003, the 10-year estimate for Medicare's drug benefit was $409 billion. Guess what?? Within just 3 years, it was re-calculcated at $1.2 trillion. The current estimate is that the President's health care reform plan will cost $800 billion to $1 trillion over 10 years. What do you think it will actually cost? And who do you think will end up paying for it?

Before Medicare was enacted, people understood that it was THEIR responsibility to plan and budget for basic health care and catastrophic health insurance, especially as they got older. But because government had not yet stuck its nose into the health care industry, basic health care costs and catastrophic insurance WERE ACTUALLY AFFORDABLE and would not break the budgets of people without active income.

Prior to government intrusion, the health care system worked fine. Patients had many choices amongst different types of doctors and they could find doctors they liked no matter what their budgets. Care was affordable. In the years following government intrusion, costs have gotten out of control, patients have less confidence in their doctors, lawsuits are out of control and medical costs are becoming unaffordable for the average person.

As a consequence, the government and, for that matter, the entire country is engaged in a bitter debate on how to "fix" the system the government screwed up in the first place. Our "leaders" believe that solutions include "cost-effective comparisons", government mandates, a government-run (public) option and various and sundry other GOVERNMENT solutions. Are we out of our minds?

And, for just a moment, let's ignore the cost aspect. When has ANY GOVERNMENT entity successfully run an entitlement program? Again, HISTORY DOESN'T LIE. In the United Kingdom, which has universal health care, there are an estimated 750,000 people on hospital waiting lists. And we've all heard about the horror stories of waiting to see a specialist in Canada.

Our government "leaders" try to use all the key words and phrases to make this all sound so reasonable, ethical and logical, i.e. "quality, affordable health care for all Americans." Who amongst you believes this will be the true end result? How can you possibly have such confidence when nothing in our country's history (or any country for that matter) demonstrates this will be the case in the future?

We MUST gradually phase government OUT of the health care industry and, yes, that means ending Medicare at some point in the future. The immediate gut-check response from some of you will be terror at the thought of losing your Medicare. But please remember that I said a gradual phase-out. Future generations must know, in advance, that the government will not be the primary provider of their health care funding.

But here's what you might be missing from my discussion. The reason surgeries and hospitalizations cost so much now is BECAUSE of government intrusion. With government out of the way, medical care would be as affordable as it was BEFORE. There wouldn't be many $20,000 surgeries because few people could afford them. Basic health services would be affordable and catastrophic private insurance would also be affordable. This notion that ONLY GOVERNMENT is able to take care of the elderly, the poor and the needy is PREPOSTEROUS. Get OUT of that mindset. That's what they want you to believe. Don't be a puppet.

And finally, this debate is about health care, but it is really more than just that. At its core is the debate of how much government is too much government. I, for one, have every bit of confidence in government's ability to bankrupt this system. If we do not put a stop to President Obama's plan, we are certain to face a future of increasing costs, an unparalleled appetite for "free" medical care due to the absence of cost-consciousness, an absolutely essential cost-controlling effort by government to ration care, government beauracrats telling our doctors how to practice medicine, an immense burn-out rate amongst those in the health care fields and a gradual deterioration in our overall satisfaction with the quality of medical care in America.

I believe the majority of Americans who are bothering to pay attention realize this. Hence, the current polls and the outpouring of emotion at town hall meeetings throughout the country over the summer. Now is NOT the time to get complacent. Continue to call your representatives until your fingers are exhausted and/or your voice is cracking. Tell your representatives to START OVER and make sensible decisions that REMOVE government intrusion and reward a free market system. And when the playing field is, once and for all, fair, America will figure a way (as it always does) to take care of those who are genuinely unable to take care of themselves. The outcome of this debate will shape the future of this country for generations to come. Make no mistake about it.

Best regards to all, Glenn Dubroc, Jr.

At http://www.ardocscare.com/ health care providers are asked to complete a survey that questions their thoughts on the current bills presented for healthcare reform. The results, I think say enough.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Happy Birthday to You our Dear dear Constitution

On this day 222 years ago, our Constitution was brought to life. You can't help but wonder how Washington, Langdon, Gilman, Gorham, King, Johnson, Sherman, Hamilton, Livingston, Brearley, Paterson, Dayton, Franklin, Mifflin, Morris, Clymer, Fitzsimons, Ingersol, Wilson, Morris, Read, Bedford, Dickinson, Basset, Broom, McHenry, Jenifer, Carroll, Blair, Madison, Blount, Spaight, Williamson, Rutledge, Pinckney, Butler, Few and Baldwin would feel about our current leaders' lack of Constitutional knowledge, can you?

On another note, it's only BAD to be racist if you're "against" Obama. No need to worry about it when it is reversed, right? (I made mention of this in yesterday's post--though I said I heard about it from Hannity's show). Coworker was kind enough to send me this link to Rush's commentary.

Moonbattery posted a bit about the "racism" that is running rampant in this nation. "The conceit of this is that all of us who are protesting now would be perfectly content with radical socialism and trillion dollar deficits if a white president were ramming them down our throats."

INSIGHTFUL Coworker: "I had an epiphany this morning as I was driving in… Obama is trying to get all of his extreme agendas passed now, prior to 2010 elections, while he has control. Because it’s likely that Dems will lose the majority they have after those elections and he’s willing to be frustrated and “work together” and have a non-controversial 2010-2012 in preparation for reelection. I don’t know it took so long for me to figure this out."

My response? "Well, duh." (I am still a child of the 80s)

Oh--I WAS informed yesterday out on ALa's comments that I was too poor to be a republican. I quote: "SouthernGirl -OMG! You are still talking about my kitchen!If you were that impressed w/my kitchen then I know you can definitely not AFFORD TO BE A REPUBLICAN. I have two sisters that are both nurses that support the bill. My friend, a nurse,also supports it. My neighbor, a GI Dr., supports it as does my brother-in-law, a pediatrician. Maybe you just don't actually know anyone in the healthcare field." 100 points to the first person that can guess who is the author of that quote (and NO cheating).

It's rainy here. And I have to write a paper. Sorry I don't feel insightful or creative today--toodles all you racist, mobsters. Til next time.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

For a good laugh...

You MUST read the line noted below:

From the AP: "President Barack Obama's candid thoughts about Kanye West are provoking a debate over standards of journalism in the Twitter age."

Anyone else find this HILARIOUS?!? Standards? In Journalism? Today? Ha. If that is not the most ludicrous thing I've read all day.

But for the record, I DO think Kanye's behavior at the VMAs warrants the jackass description. As does his previous behavior. I'm beginning to believe that "Kanye West does not like white people."

(For those of you that want to try and play the race card with me--I will put it in black and white. The above statement is what we like to call a play on words--taking Kanye's original GWB statement and changing it up a little bit).

The Race Card

In a Rassmussen Report released on Wednesday, 9/16/09 it was reported that 12% Say Most Opponents of Obama Health Care Plan Are Racist. 67% of voters disagree and 21% are not sure. The fact that 12% are so ignorant that they will follow/listen/believe the liberal party so blindly to believe that this is actually about race makes me sick to my stomach.

In an interview with Brian Williams on Tuesday, 9/15/09 (see Realclearpolitics.com), former President Jimmy Carter stated that an "overwhelming portion" of similar demonstrations [opposing Obamacare] are rooted in bigotry. I'm not sure how to respond to this accusation. A former president (lower case on purpose) calling a LARGE, LARGE group of Americans racist because they happen to oppose the current President's policies? Maybe he's just angry because everybody has been comparing the current administration to his failing four years. Where oh where is our Reagan?!??!

On Facebook, every single day, there is some claim of racism in the opposition to President Obama. To keep the peace, I bite my tongue--but I'm not sure how much longer I can do it. Definitely not for another 3.5 years (give or take).

And of course-if Hillary Clinton was our prez instead of Barack Obama, (still trying to ram through ridiculous bills) we'd simply have to replace all the claims of racism with claims of sexism. We'd still get a card chunked at us every time anyone opposed any liberal ideas. The media makes me sick. My liberal friends that love the race card make me sick.

I don't know about you but I am getting very, very tired of the race card. I pray every day that it is used so much it becomes like the story of the Little Boy that cried wolf.

I can see it now--"Sit down little Johnny and let me tell you about the story of the Liberal that cried Racism."

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Ridiculous Right Wing Propaganda

The following is an actual status on Facebook with accompanying comments:

Original Poster's Status: but I don't WANNA pay for the tooth fairy's abortion! Somebody stop the mean black man. :(
Comment Poster#1: I'm confused.....
Comment Poster #2: ^what she said
Original Poster: LOL- just poking fun at the ridiculousness of right-wing propaganda. :)
Comment Poster #1: Well in that case I like your status even though I have no idea what your referring to =)
Comment Poster #3: Ha!

Ok-here's my deal with this whole scenario. First-the original poster is calling right wing propaganda ridiculous, yet (though tongue in cheek) she shows how little she listens to ANYTHING that is not to her liking. Poster #1 goes along with original posters' thoughts (though she still doesn't get it) just because it is "calling out" those ridiculous right wingers.

And they say WE are Rush, Hannity and Glenn zombies? The idiot (comment poster #1) doesn't even know what she's agreeing to!!

I got riled up because there has been some mention of allowing abortion to be covered in this bill--and to tell a Catholic or any pro-lifer that they have to contribute to this atrocity is just, well, an atrocity.

ACORN's Woes...

On Friday ACORN is pulled from any connection to the Census Bureau. Click here to review Newsbusters.com's take on it.

If that wasn't hard enough (I mean--how are we going to find another thug organization that can cushion the census to the Democrats' liking in such short time notice?)...

Monday, the Federal government overwhelmingly voted 83-7 (9 no votes) to prohibit use of funds to fund the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN). (h/t to Hot Air for breaking the story).

While I was trying to research the rough couple of days that ACORN has been experiencing, I used every phrase imaginable to get ACORN stories to pop up. Do you want to know how many Mainstream News stories pulled up under a Google Search? None. None. None.

First--Van Jones went down. (BTW--is it really considered a smear campaign when people are simply restating words that came out of his mouth?!?!)

Second--ACORN has finally been brought down. (Now, if the FBI could only speed up that voter fraud investigation...)

Shall we go after the Mainstream Media next?

Bit by bit--day by day.

(Though I'd like to see Pelosi and Reid on the out list before the media)

Monday, September 14, 2009

Million American March

Hmmm...no arrests. No litter left behind. Laughter and good conversations galore.

Sounds like a mob protest to me.

Too bad the mainstream media doesn't think the fact that hundreds of thousands (most likely millions) of Americans joined together on Saturday, September 12th to protest the big government spending was newsworthy. Republicans, Democrats and Independents joined together to show that "We're not going to take it anymore."

Unfortunately, I was unable to make it to D.C. this weekend and can only rely on bloggers that were there for accounts of the events. (Because WHO would rely on the media?!?!?)

Here are some good posts I have come across about Saturday's events: Infowars.com, Massive Corporate Media Coverup of Real Numbers at D.C. Rally Powerlineblog.com, CNN, "Making it up" as usual Lookingattheleft.com, Conservative Woodstock Rocks the Capital Moderateinthe middle.com, Media credibility plunges to new low

Nevermind that there were events throughout the country (see below for report on protest in Los Angeles) for those that couldn't make it to D.C. Check out Fort Worth in the rain, courtesy of Durangotexas.blogspot.

Hmmm...Off to scour through more blogs and other non-traditional media to find coverage of what actually happened on September 12, 2009 in America. When the sleeping giant officially woke up.

I would be SHOCKED if this doesn't become a historical moment in our nation's politics. The mainstream media can keep this as quiet as it wants, but because the people in D.C. and cities throughout the nation that were there in the streets that day are ordinary citizens and friends and colleagues with the fence teeters--we may just see a swing. A huge swing. I know I'd be curious. Spread the word. It's getting louder and more clear every day.

UPDATE:

Click here to check out the protest in Los Angeles from Americanpower.blogspot.com.

I got this link (great pictures from stblogustine) from one of my favorite visiting spots, ALa. (h/t ALa for the pictures below!)

Obama's Inauguration vs.

The unruly mobs of America:

Thursday, September 10, 2009

The Power and Danger of Iconography

As a former student of advertising, I must admit this is pretty spot on.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Teabagger Movement

So--I stumbled across one of my VERY liberal friend's comment on the good ol' Facebook this morning. It read:

"Teabagger?! Hahahahahahahaha...he said he was a teabagger!:))Hahahahahahaha...he is a lone, lost teabagger, at the capitol...He asked me where he should go...Oh, the restraint that I showed:))."

Later in the conversation (after people made comments): "that is probably the most unfortunate name for a movement...EVER!"

Ok sweet, sweet friend of mine. First of all--the movement is NOT the teabagger movement. It is the Tea Party movement. Second, I have never heard a Tea Party participant refer to him or herself as a teabagger. Nope. That would be YOUR team's pet name for the movement.

When are they going to realize that they are shredding this nation at the seams and it just may not recover? This is beyond childish games.

So--my Friday vent is over. Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend.

I Pledge

While watching the below video, excerpts from 1984 kept popping up in my mind.

What do you think about the President addressing the schools on Tuesday?

Huckabee brought up a really good point on a morning radio show this morning--the White House is saying the President is addressing students to tell them to stay in school, don't drop out, etc. BUT--it is highly likely that the "students" he is wanting to address won't be in school. AND...lots of major cities (LA, NY, etc.) are not having class on Tuesdays. He's going after middle America. Nice. I must admit--I would have had a field day with the lesson plan that the White House distributed.

I pledge to stick to my conservative values and do everything in my power to keep this nation the democracy that its founders invisioned. I pledge to be a loyal and devoted citizen of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

P.S. Have you heard the one where the PRO-healthcare reform dude bit of the CON-healthcare reform dudes finger? I can't decide if I find it humorous or disgusting that the initial reports were that the biter was an opponent to reform. Man, they're doing everything they can to destroy the anti-Obamacare movement, aren't they? Too bad--the guy that LOST his finger was actually in the opposition.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Excuse me Feds, Stay OUT of my neighborhood!!

Ok, so I'm actually going to post a link out to American Thinker Blog rather than provide all the research on this blog. Rick Moran breaks it down quite well, and to be honest, I just don't have much time to be blogging, as I'm supposed to be calling on customers at this moment (that would be what we call PROCRASTINATION. Yes, I'm really, really good at it!!).

A couple of problems here:

1. This opens up a nice little loophole for the Feds to find something else of ours to tax. "You made too much money at that yard sale...you owe US 10%"

2. This should be a state job. The feds are getting WAY TOO BIG and WAY TOO GREEDY.

I understand the need to prevent faulty or recalled toys from continuing to circulate--but come on. This just seems underhanded and sneaky. They want their hands in everything. Down to our yards.

What's next?

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Two Can Play At That Game

There is a video of Jason Mattera going undercover at Rep. Jim Moran's town hall meeting in Virginia posted out at Moonbattery.com. My, my. It seems two can play at this game, huh? My thoughts are that this video needs to be spread throughout the nation for multiple reasons.
  1. It demonstrates the lack of knowledge that these people have about how this government is *supposed* to work.
  2. It demonstrates the feeling of entitlement these people have--I wonder how much of their own property they freely give up (minus the crazy commune guy).
  3. It PROVES that there are people in this nation trying to sabotage the conservative movement (which is expected). It is up to us to counter these acts of sabotage and get the word out that these people play DIRTY and want your freedoms taken away.

Enjoy.

Words of Wisdom

A friend sent me this statement in an email. Short and sweet. But how true it is. Read this, then stop and think about what it says. Profound, indeed. (emphasis mine)

You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is the beginning of the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it." * Adrian Rogers, 1931*

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Freedom of Speech Only Applies...

Well, posting once a month is unacceptable and I deeply apologize. I will try to be more proactive with this blog--but I simply can't help but let the smell of fall and football just around the corner distract me from my obligations. Because, in case you haven't noticed...I love football. But enough about that. I do my daily reading of news stories (if you can call it that--"news"), and I check on my favorite blogs for updates and I find myself AMAZED at what some people will let this current administration and its goonies get away with.

Flag@whitehouse.gov? Seriously? Hey little ones, if you hear your mommy and daddy talking bad about our President or his policies, please let your good White House know. Remind you of anything else? Please note when that link was published. Yes--I saw (like many of you) the potential of similarities long before we elected this man into office. I say "we" in the most general sense of the word.

It's only proper to dissent when you disagree with W? But don't you dare oppose Obama and his goons. Never mind that they're trying to ram through legislation that our representatives have admitted to not reading (I don't think a link is necessary--as we've all seen the reports). I think one of my favorite quotes thus far comes from Dan Jeror (h/t John Hawkins at Townhall.com), "Why would you guys try to stuff a health care bill down our throats in three to four weeks when the President took six months to pick out a dog for his kids?" Ummm. Good question.

As I sit hear and ponder today's politics, I honestly get sick to my stomach that there are actually people that are accepting this type of behavior. Organizing for America is grassroots? Please. I pray daily that more and more Americans wake up to what is happening and let these fools know in D.C. that we are ON TO THEM. We are not a monarchy--and just because you're a Washington bureaucrat does NOT mean that you are better than me--so get over this Marie Antoinette attitude. My friends--I can only pray that we show up at the polls with fury and rage come November 2010 and let these bureaucrats know just who IS the boss in this good ol' USA.

I wish more than anything I could head to Washington on September 12th...but with stuff going on in my personal life and you know, my JOB (that apparently I am simply working to pay for Joe Blow the LOSER), I am unable to get away. I hope that some of you are able to make it. We need a STRONG showing to let D.C. know. We're not messing around anymore.

So--my hiatus has resulted in a long rant. I will try my very best to do some research and post more than once a month from here on out. Maybe The General will contribute, too? (hint, hint)