Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
- John Kenneth Galbraith
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
but to one person you just might be the
world." --- Unknown
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
To President Obama and all 535 voting members of the Legislature,
It is now official you are ALL corrupt morons:
- The U.S. Post Service was established in 1775 You have had 234 years to get it right and it is broke.
- Social Security was established in 1935. You have had 74 years to get it right and it is broke.
- Fannie Mae was established in 1938. You have had 71 years to get it right and it is broke.
- War on Poverty started in 1964. You have had 45 years to get it right; $1 trillion of our money is confiscated each year and transferred to "the poor" and they only want more.
- Medicare and Medicaid were established in 1965. You have had 44 years to get it right and they are broke.
- Freddie Mac was established in 1970. You have had 39 years to get it right and it is broke.
- The Department of Energy was created in 1977 to lessen our dependence on foreign oil. It has ballooned to 16,000 employees with a budget of $24 billion a year and we import more oil than ever before. You had 32 years to get it right and it is an abysmal failure.
You have FAILED in every "government service" you have shoved down our throats while overspending our tax dollars AND YOU WANT AMERICANS TO BELIEVE YOU CAN BE TRUSTED WITH A GOVERNMENT-RUN HEALTH CARE SYSTEM??
Monday, December 21, 2009
- Doctor Who
Saturday, December 19, 2009
When I was young and all was fresh and new,
and Christmas trees were tall and covered up
with fancy balls and bubbling lights that shone
through glittering tinsel hung upon each bough,
I could not seem to tear myself away.
Colored wrappers topped with shiny bows
could hold me in their hypnotizing trance.
I could not sleep at all the night before
so tossed and turned until the morning broke.
With energy I’d never have again,
I peeped around the corner just to see
if Santa had put toys beneath our tree.
Then as I grew, my childhood feelings changed.
Replaced by facts, as notions were debunked.
But I still searched for presents just to see
if Santa had left one or two for me.
The years flew by and I was Santa Claus.
My kids were now where I could only dream.
And once again I shared with them the awe.
But, in that joy, was weariness it seemed.
Brought on by months of gaudy ads and things.
I sat amid the rubble of our fete
and thought on why we give the gifts we do.
And as I did a peace came over me,
Jesus was the reason for our mirth.
Born in the little town of
God’s gift to undeserving men on earth.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Response to Gore
Whatever month you choose,
the world will turn
and tilt as seasons cycle
in their scripted course.
As vapors come and go
from land and sea,
so may some life forms
as they have through
Snow falls when temperatures
and rain, where temperate
And floods, whenever God allows.
The score of nature is
not ours to tweak.
And lightning burns
the forest for a reason.
Our world is still in flux
as all of life,
is here but for a season.
The deserts shift to
The sea becomes dry land.
But not one change
on this old earth
was wrought by man’s
Creatures come and go,
but not because some bell
The shepherd does
the best he can.
But in the end
it’s up to God.
Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.
- Douglas Adams
Thursday, December 17, 2009
And the nomination for best musical rendition....
When considering the prize for the cutest portrayer of Mary in this year's Christmas pageants, I would bet that not one could beat my granddaughter Ava.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
If you want some insight into the Obama policy, take a look at this fascinating analysis of the percentage of time the cabinet members of various administrations have spent in the private sector. Obama's cabinet has the lowest percentage on record. They are, by and large, lifelong bureaucrats. Ayn Rand is, I'm sure, spinning in her grave.
This article from the "Investor's Business Daily." It provides some very interesting statistics from a survey by the United Nations International Health Organization.
Percentage of men and women who survived a cancer five years after diagnosis:
Percentage of patients diagnosed with diabetes who received treatment within six months:
Percentage of seniors needing hip replacement who received it within six months:
Percentage referred to a medical specialist who see one within one month:
Number of MRI scanners (a prime diagnostic tool) per million people:
Percentage of seniors (65+), with low income, who say they are in "excellent health":
I don't know about you, but I don't want "Universal Healthcare" comparable to England or Canada .
Moreover, it was Sen. Harry Reid who said, "Elderly Americans must learn to accept the inconveniences of old age." WELL, LET'S SHIP HARRY TO CANADA OR ENGLAND !
We are being sold down the river. I intend to go kicking and screaming.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Autumn’s colored splendor fades away.
It’s coming; I hear the north wind’s song.
Bare branches stand against a canvas gray.
Days shorten; nights become too long.
Cool, crisp, sharp, raw, blue.
Varied harshness marks its passing here.
Weak ones sometimes do not make it through.
At times, it also brings the strongest fear.
Blinding brightness – Snow is on the ground.
Icy crystals bend the straining bough.
Silence broken by its tinkling sound.
Surreal, it manifests its beauty now.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
With blue spruce tree I mark the season’s start.
Its Christmas smell stirs memories from my heart.
When as a child I marveled at the sight
Of tinseled branches hung with colored fare.
Anticipating with each passing night,
The presents that Old Santa would leave there.
Its Christmas smell stirs memories from my heart.
With blue spruce tree I mark the season’s start.
Friday, December 11, 2009
1. The Republic as envisioned by the Founders, already in jeopardy, will be damaged beyond repair. Sounds dramatic, doesn't it? I think not. I believe that it was Ronald Reagan who said, "Freedom once lost cannot be regained." That's not entirely true, but I don't think America is ready for an armed revolution and that's what it would take.
For the past 45 years, the American public has slowly been indoctrinated into accepting principles which do not exist in our Constitution and which are contrary to those which made us the greatest, freest country in the history of the world. We are currently at a tipping point. Four years of Obama and a clinically insane leadership in Congress, with no checks of any kind in place, cannot be undone during the next four years or ever.
For example, I have seen Obama asked twice what kind of federal judges he will appoint. On both occasions he has said he will appoint judges with "empathy" toward various minorities and disadvantaged people. Never has he mentioned justice nor law, only empathy. Never has he mentioned the Constitutionally assigned tasks for federal judges. As a recently surfaced interview he had in 2003 indicates, he believes the Constitution is greatly flawed, but he is not going to correct what he sees as a problem legally via constitutional amendments, but through his empathetic judges.
Another example would be that he has consistently lied during this campaign by saying that he supports the 2nd Amendment, yet he is on record as having voted to ban all handguns, all semiautomatic weapons, all ammunition which can pierce a Kevlar vest (which is all rifle ammo and some pistol ammo), to reinstate the Clinton gun ban and make it permanent (no matter that it was totally ineffective and gun crime is currently lower than it was during the ban), outlaw nationwide all concealed carry by civilians, and require registration of any firearms remaining in civilian hands.
He will come for your guns.
2. The economy will tank within a year and, as during FDR's reign, it won't recover. The deficit will exceed a trillion dollars and continue to rise. Obama's Marxist economic principles have proven complete failures wherever and whenever they have been tried, but he somehow thinks he can make them work. He will not only spread the wealth by taking from the productive members of society and giving to the non productive and less productive, he will spread the misery.
Some of the leading members of his party are advocating nationalizing the oil companies. Others want to institute a windfall profits tax. Since Chavez nationalized the oil companies in Venezuela, productivity is down 40%. Jimmy Carter slapped a windfall profits tax on the oil companies and it resulted in a shutdown of exploration and a virtual shutdown on production. It was during this time that our dependence on foreign oil started increasing to what it is today.
One indication of insanity is to do the same thing over and over expecting different results. I refer you back to my description of the current congressional leadership above.
3. Taxes will greatly increase for everyone. He is lying when he says that the middle class will get a tax break and only the top 5%, who are currently paying over 40% of all income taxes, will get a tax increase. He could take everything the top 5% owns and not be able to finance just the programs he has thus far revealed which he wants to institute. In fact, as during the Carter administration, the top 1% will end paying a lot less taxes. They will simply shut down their investments, lay off workers at the plants they own, and generally bring the economy to a screeching halt in order to protect their principle. A little bit of that also occurred during the Carter administration when unemployment at the end of his term was more than double what it is today.
I think we need to also remember that Bill Clinton promised the middle class a tax break and then reneged and passed the largest tax increase in history until the Repubs took over Congress and tamed him down a bit.
Surely Obama wouldn't do that, he is a trustworthy guy. Nope, he is not. He lied about only accepting public money for his campaign and he has lied about a number of his positions, one of which I have already pointed out.
Obama's economic plans, the little he has revealed, run counter to the thoughts of any economist, liberal or conservative, that I am aware of...except maybe Paul Krugman. For example, they will all tell you that to raise taxes on anyone when the economy is in a downturn is the worst kind of folly...but the Great One knows better.
4. Education will continue its precipitous drop in quality. Obama comes from the Chicago political machine and Chicago has the 2nd or 3rd worst school system in the nation. That ought to tell us something, along with the fact that the NEA is one of his most fervent supporters and he has to pay them back. Even though the federal government is not authorized in the Constitution to have any influence whatsoever on local school systems nor is it authorized to spend a penny for same, Obama will spend billions to control the local system even more than they now are. Got to indoctrinate those kids, don't you know.
We ought to stop and think a moment when considering the federal government's influence on the schools. The only system controlled and largely paid for by the federal government is that of Washington, D. C. D. C., every year, is 51st in achievement tests. Yet, it has the smallest classroom size and spends the second largest amount of money per capita student of any district in the nation. The mandating of these two things in all districts are what the NEA and Obama tell us will cure our educational ills. It certainly hasn't worked for Washington. I will refer you once again to two of the indicators of insanity.
5. Universal health care will be gradually phased in. Now that's going to cost you a bundle, that is the 60% of you who pay any federal income tax. Doesn't matter that similar systems in every European country and Canada are going broke. Doesn't matter that the country which has had such a thing the longest, Sweden, has had to back off considerably because even the 50% plus tax rates there weren't paying for it anymore. Doesn't matter that the quality of care, except for the very rich, will drop considerably and that pharmaceutical firms will cease producing the wonder drugs they now invent. When was the last time that Sweden or France came up with these incredible, disease curing drugs we take for granted here?
You know, health care is another function not authorized to the federal government in the Constitution. Well, no matter, under Obama and the judges he will appoint and who will be with us for 30 years won't be using the Constitution anyway.
Spread the misery. Yes siree.
6. Amnesty will be granted to illegal aliens and our borders might as well be erased. A country which cannot control its borders is no longer a country which no longer expects to survive. Our culture will change in a manner never to be undone. In fact, we won't have a culture anymore, we will have several and they, as history has proven over and over, will always be at war with each other." David
- Frank Zappa
Thursday, December 10, 2009
"YOU MAY BE A TALIBAN IF..."
1. You refine heroin for a living, but you have a moral objection to liquor.
2. You own a $3,000 machine gun and $5,000 rocket launcher, but you can ' t afford shoes.
3. You have more wives than teeth.
4. You wipe your butt with your bare hand, but consider bacon "unclean."
5. You think vests come in two styles: bullet-proof and suicide.
6. You can ' t think of anyone you haven ' t declared Jihad against.
7. You consider television dangerous, but routinely carry explosives in your clothing.
8. You were amazed to discover that cell phones have uses other than setting off roadside bombs.
9. You have nothing against women and think every man should own at least four.
10. You ' ve always had a crush on your neighbor ' s goat.
11. your cousin is president of the United States
Obama doesn't want terrorists tortured. He wants to torture American taxpayers instead.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
It is even possible that desirable redistribution is more likely to occur through climate change policy than otherwise, or to be accomplished more effectively through climate policy than through direct foreign aid.
We agree that if the United States does spend a great deal on emissions reductions as part of an international agreement, and if the agreement does give particular help to disadvantaged people, considerations of distributive justice support its action, even if better redistributive mechanisms are imaginable.
So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can; it's just that it will bankrupt them because they're going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that's being emitted.
But, the Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth, and of more basic issues such as political and economic justice in society. To that extent, as radical as I think people try to characterize the Warren Court, it wasn't that radical. It didn't break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution, at least as it's been interpreted....
The scheme for the new institutional arrangement under the Convention will be based on three basic pillars: government; facilitative mechanism; and financial mechanism, and the basic organization of which will include the following:(a) The government will be ruled by the COP with the support of a new subsidiary body on adaptation, and of an Executive Board responsible for the management of the new funds and the related facilitative processes and bodies. The current Convention secretariat will operate as such, as appropriate. [Emphasis added.]