Archive for March, 2011

FoxNews: New info can change history books. NC has had held the (disturbing) honor of the most killed in the Civil war, and Virginia held 4th place. But new information is calling the two states even, but the numbers are still be reviewed. So, VA vs NC, who lost more in the Civil war is to be determined.

Civil War buffs do not see a point in taking a new head count, yet NC has “proudly” claimed they had the most losses. So it seems it does, and will matter to them.

All in all, I don’t think this can ever be 100% confirmed either way, since not every one was in uniform, and many other reasons.

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I just love how this gal described the chaos in Wisconsin…

Salena Zito: Aging hippies trashed the state capital, union members were bused in from across the country in color-coded T-shirts, and Democratic state senators hid in an Illinois motel.

She then points out, Walker (seemed to have) found a way to handle the problem.. so we went to the next issue (Japan & Libya)..

But the war is not over in Wisconsin. 

Recall elections possibly can begin as early as June for 16 Wisconsin senators who are being targeted – eight Republicans for their votes in favor of the law that ends most collective bargaining powers for public-employee unions, and eight Democrats for running and hiding in Illinois in what turned out to be a failed attempt to stop the GOP from voting on the measure.

Wisconsin was a state the Gore, Kerry & Obama had won in the past… but in 2010 Republicans took a huge gain.

The issue for Wisconsin having a recall vote, it also means an expensive campaign battle. In a time when the economy that is strapped, and in a state that was experiencing serious financial pain. The issue for the Republicans is the left has bottomless pockets from Union support.

Ms Zito points out Scott Brown’s win in Massachusetts last year, noting he had financial support from across the country. So will the most dollars win again? That is a scary thought for Republicans, fighting against Unions.

But why should the rest of us be concerned?

Make no mistake, this will have a chilling effect on every other state dealing with public-employee collective bargaining or pensions in the next two years – which is just about all of them.

If Walker and other governors cannot tame public pensions and union contracts, you will see tax hikes across the country enacted under freshmen GOP governors in the next few years. It is simple math.

Walker may have won (a policy) battle, but unions/left could still win the war (with $$).

Carter was a joke when he ran for President. Additionally nauseating was the merchandising that came with Carter, the peanut junk, etc. I also think that shows how moronic those who voted for him were, think of the associations.. peanut-brain, nut.. yet this instilled people with “confidence” in him, enough to make him President? Well when we do not choose to know history, we are doomed to repeat it.. and repeat it we did just 2+ years ago.  Just like I can not comprehend the worship of Obama, I can not understand back then who would vote for, not to mention buy the crap that was marketed to promote Carter. Here is a watch & transistor radio (the watch looks a little too much like Hillary, doesn’t it?)

   

Alas, there are many gripes with Carter…

I spotted an article by Jeff Franks talking about Carter’s visit with Cuba’s Castro. It is interesting to note…

He is the only U.S. president, in or out of power, to come to Cuba since a 1959 revolution that transformed the island into a communist state.

Isn’t it interesting? The ONLY president since Cuban turned communist, now why would a president of the US develop and maintain a close relationship with a country that turned communist? Especially when there still was a cold-war going on?

I find it additionally “amusing” that Carter has served as an (unofficial diplomatic) troubleshooter. Perhaps he can compare notes to everything he did wrong? Because he certainly should not be repeating the actions like the Iran hostage crisis, ( during his time in office, the majority were not released until Carter was officially out of office).

A recent Cuban issue, is Alan Gross who has been sentenced to 15 years in prison, for (attempting) to provide illegal internet access to Cuban groups. (And yet people get fussy about sentencing in the US for murderers).

Gross, 61, was in Cuba working under a controversial U.S.-funded program promoting political change on the island, which Cuba views as part of longstanding U.S. efforts to undermine the government.

The United States, which has said there will be no improvement in U.S.-Cuba relations until Gross is freed, contends that Gross was in Cuba only to set up Internet access for Jewish groups.

Interesting Carter would be involved in a program to help Jewish people, since he even wrote a book that insulted them.

  • Carter/Anti-Jewish & in 2008 meeting with Muslim terrorists.
  • Carter’s “Jewish Problem” and his book  “Palestine : Peace Not Apartheid” (published in 2006, 4 years after his bogus Peace Prizethe Anti-defamation League also notes “the book is being widely celebrated in the Arab and Muslim press and in online white supremacist forums for its anti-Israel, conspiratorial and anti-Semitic propaganda value.”
  • In 2009 Carter“asks for forgiveness” but is it sincere? I Doubt it.

Additional notes:

  • Carter is respected by Cuban leaders because during his 1977-81 term as president he took significant steps to improve U.S. relations with Cuba, which have been bitter since the revolution.
  • But the 1980 Mariel boatlift, in which Fidel Castro allowed 125,000 boat people to flee to the United States, hurt Carter politically and contributed to Ronald Reagan defeating him in his quest for a second term.

Perhaps this was something Obama intentionally tried to imitate? Perhaps he noticed the communist relationship Carter had, and Obama hoped he could create the same love from Muslim terrorists?

Surely the Cuban connection was a factor, but don’t forget the Iran hostage crisis, the economy, and energy issues. I have compared Carter & Obama often, and with this following wikipedia statement, it is easy to see the connection.. as well what (hopefully) be Obama’s one and only term as President!

Wikipedia: Carter’s critics saw him as an inept leader who had failed to solve the worsening economic problems at home. His supporters defended the president as a decent, well-intentioned man being attacked for problems that had been building for years

Notice Carters supporters like Obama’s supporters, blame the past, and see Carter/Obama as “well-intentioned”. But, good intentions simply do not make up for being inept. The similarities are enlightening! They both won for essentially the same reasons, and looking ahead definitely should lose based on the same reasons. I guess this sets the stage for a strong conservative in office.

More on the Carter/Obama comparisons..

  • From 2008 Huffington Post, saw the Obama/Carter as “dubious”. They point out McCain addressing the similarities (good call on McCain’s part, he linked it up early on). Of course Obama tried to say McCain was running as Bush. McCain also pointed out the problems with Obama’s inexperience. Sadly the young voters could not realize these comparisons, they did not understand them.. which is why the youth vote is what Obama focused on/
  • The goal: linking Barack Obama to Carter, another Democratic newcomer elected on the promise of hope and change but whose presidency was marred by economic turmoil, high energy costs and a foreign policy widely derided as weak.
  • “Senator Obama says that I’m running for Bush’s third term,” McCain said. “It seems to me he’s running for Jimmy Carter’s second.”
  • From 2009: Hillary’s camp compared Carter & Obama.  The Republicans already saw Obama as a weak president during the campaign (Obama sure has confirmed that).
  • From February 2010: Carter voiced disapproval to the Carter/Obama comparison.
  • From September 2010: More Democrats doing the Carter/Obama comparisons.  Apparently Carter reviewed the previously comparison he disapproved of…  Even Carter himself sees the common thread:
  • Mr. Carter himself is heightening comparisons with his own presidency by publishing his White House diaries this week. “I overburdened Congress with an array of controversial and politically costly requests,” he said on Monday. The parallels to Mr. Obama’s experience are clear.
  • From Feb 2011: Republicans avoid the Carter/Obama comparisons.

We have had Obama in the White House (rather golf course) for a little over two years now (though it feels like a decade!). His choices have been questionable at best, disturbing and frightening at worst. Remember this man barely finished his inaugural photo-op before he began a world-apology tour on America’s behalf (did he ask us?). A year later he slipped under a closed-door Obamacare (yet the majority of our country did not and still does not approve). He decided on a war with out passing it by congress, yet he has damned Bush for the war during Bush’s term (yet Bush handled it through proper channels). Add all the other blame games Obama has run his presidency (as well as campaign) on, nothing is his fault, nor his responsibility, alas I have discussed that one to pains, so onward…

Let’s review a few things, Steve Chapman, talks asks why did Democrats choose Obama to run in 2008. He highlights a few points:  

  • He had less experience in office than many of his rivals.
  • He was not as well-known.
  • He had the potential electoral liability of being black.
  • No one knew if he was tough enough to stand up to Republican assaults in a nasty campaign.

So what accounts for his success? More than any other reason, he won because he had opposed the invasion of Iraq — which Clinton and others had endorsed.

Even though the war in Iraq may have been a winning point for Obama, (looking at Libya) his supporters still support him. How can they? What has Obama done that they still could support? Ok he maintained a skin tone that is not white, which makes any closet racist feel good about supporting him (and calling anyone who does not support obama racist, since they are oblivious to all the reasons we do oppose him). That is the ONLY thing I can come up with.

Remember Obama also received a Nobel Peace Prize, for what? Nothing. But then again remember Jimmy Carter & Al Gore also received Nobel Peace Prizes, again for what? Also just for a joke someone nominated Adolf Hitler, but at least the committee had a clue back then… sadly the prize has obviously lost all meaning. Will Obama take the higher ground and perhaps return this ill received prize?

Yes there have been murmurs of disapproval among Democrats, but there should be waves of descension instead. In fact think of Wisconsin protests, Obama should be experiencing those types of protests from those people who adored him. This for me proves the influence still exists, the brain washing has yet to receive a rinse cycle.

The combination of Afghanistan and Libya could bring a bitter end to the romance between Democratic liberals and Obama. Many of them were already disappointed with him for extending the Bush tax cuts, bailing out Wall Street, omitting a public option from the health care overhaul, offering to freeze domestic discretionary spending and generally declining to go after Republicans hammer and tong.

Perhaps we might witness Democrat disapproval if we see some people run against him in 2012. We should see something soon, I hope!

Now talking about the Libya decision, does this confirm Obama’s happy world bubble has finally burst? Did he finally receive a reality check? Did he finally wake-up? Is his fantasy over? I figure he surely must have been in a deranged state of fantasy land, when he believed Muslims were our friends. Unlike wishing away an imaginary friend, you can not wish away a terrorist/terrorist threat.

Austin Hill talks about the “Collapse of the Obama Worldview” , that is a great title. He discusses Obama & the Libya action..

 But this fact remains: after spending the first two years of his presidency insisting that the values of America and the Muslim world are consistent with one-another, now President Barack Obama was ordering bombs to be dropped on a predominantly Muslim country.

Also remember Obama supports, promotes and shoves socialist values over American values.. Just as naive as his view on Muslims is Obama’s view on our economy, and his “distribution of wealth”. This is an ideology of a child. It might sound happy and wonderful this “share” thing, but examine it further. Realize the focus is those who do will be required to give to those who don’t. I had received a great email recently that gave a perfect comparison, student #1 get’s A’s, works hard.. student #2 does not do anything and is failing.. if they “share” the grade, the student who works hard will give to the one who does not do crap. Is that fair? Is that realistic? The eventual result is the loss of effort from anyone, there would be no point to aspire, to create. Our society would decline, decay and die.

Austin Hill looks at the 3 schools of thought that has run Obama’s (fantasy world) “collectivism, relativism and internationalism”…

 (proponent of economic collectivism) “the group,” if you will – is more important than the economic rights and liberties of the individual. His push to make healthcare a “basic human right,” his attempts to raise taxes on the wealthy so as to better fund “middle class” programs, and his stated desire to “spread the wealth around” (the goal he famously uttered to the “Joe The Plumber” character in 2008) are all consistent with this philosophy.

And so much of what Obama utters turns to blame on Bush.. heck (in Obama’s eyes) terrorism was Bush’s & American’s fault: (Obama’s pre-white house campaign)

(relativism) Barack Obama made it clear that there was nothing objectively bad or wrong about the propensity towards terrorism of the Muslim nations, but rather, Muslim terrorism had to be understood in the context of American “hostility” and President Bush’s aggression.

Expanding on Obama’s share the wealth, and his other views…

 (internationalism) This is the assumption that global wellbeing is more important than the interests of any one, particular nation, and that global good is achieved only when individual nations operate in concert with one another.

Yes countries should work together, but they also need to defend their own selves too. In other words, global focus should definitely NOT have more importance, but again this just expands on Obama’s fantasy, his delusion of the world. He is naive and inexperienced, and is proving it with every thought, word and action.

Just to hammer on the naive part again, only a person who has been sheltered would believe in the hug-your-enemy philosophy that Obama embraces. He has hugged them, he has offered US aid.. and how do they feel about us? Has their impression changed?

…an effigy of President Obama was stamped on and beaten in the streets of Tripoli last week

and…

Kabul Afghanistan: Protesters Burn Effigy of US President Barack Obama

Think about Obama’s response for foreign issues, think about his response to Gaddafi, MuBarak.. Obama thought he could just close his eyes and all will be better when he reopens them. The happy-happy hippy perspective is simply not realistic.

Does it ever seem in order to actually find out what is REALLY happening in the US, that we need to turn to the UK? It is interesting since there are so many reasons we don’t want the US to imitate the UK, but there is also so much to respect about the UK.. so once again, thank you to DailyMail UK,  for sharing another great tale about a screwed up and deceptive government.. their headline alone nearly tells the entire story:

Vice President’s staff lock journalist in a closet for hours during a fundraiser to stop him talking to guests

They highlight the “transparency” that Obama promised, but aside from his over used phrase “let me be clear”, has anything been close to transparent. Heck that abused-phrase is not much different from a person who says “Let me be honest”, oh ok because you have lied about everything else? And that surely is the case with Obama. He has run a painfully dishonest White House, but I did not expect anything else from him. Not like I expect much from any politician, but so much about Obama glared with deception from day one. If you missed the bold-faced transparency lie.. this might help:

The White House website proudly says ‘President Obama is committed to creating the most open and accessible administration in American history.’

Well not open to anyone who does not adore/worship Obama, not open to anyone who has a question, no open or accessible to anyone they can label a “tea-bagger”. Not accessible or open to any non-pre-approved liberal media outlet. Not open to talk-radio. No conservatives allowed.

Alas to cement the lies, to ensure no accurate information accidentally leaks, they stage their events with people who have pre-approved questions, or in this case lock away someone who might ask questions, and actually expect answers. Remember also too often when it comes to Q&A time Obama and or Biden exit stage left before a question can be asked.

The story just sounds unfathomable. A reporter was invited to a political fundraiser, then locked in a closet so he would not talk to other guests. Why did they invite him in the first place? The reporter was told to stay in the closet because Senator Bill Nelson and VP Biden had not arrived yet. What was this a surprise party?

Powers told The Drudge Report: ‘When I’d stick my head out, they’d say, “Not yet. We’ll let you know when you can come out.”’

The party was being held for Democrat senator Bill Nelson. Powers emailed from inside the closet: ‘sounds like a nice party’

They let him out to here Biden & Nelson speak, but returned to the closest. Apparently Biden’s staff is not aware of kidnapping laws?

Florida state law says kidnapping entails ‘forcibly, secretly or by threat confining, abducting or imprisoning another person against her or his will and without lawful authority.’

Naturally Biden’s office had not offered comment to this situation, and the apology they offered the reporter was weak and insulting.
Though I do wonder, this man had a cell phone, he did not call for help? Did he bang on the door? Were their guards outside the door? It sounds like there were, if he could peek out to find out if he could come out. Why a closet? And it was not a nice closet, but a pretty junky one from the pictures he took with his cell phone.  This was a huge mansion, why not a guest suite, I am sure the place had one. How and why was he so patient to allow himself to remain in the closet? I am not forgiving the behavior of those who locked him in the closet, but also wonder about his choices/actions as well. It seems he just patiently waited, while he could hear others enjoying the event. Did anyone slip him some food? Really really a bizarre & disturbing story. Thank you Katie for sharing this!
I looked through the Orlando Sentinel website and saw no mention of this reporter’s story, but did see an article about the Biden/Nelson fundraiser. Humm, interesting. They would look far better if they did have a story on it, instead now there are lingering questions about the situation, and what else is being hidden.
Now on the fundraiser, one of things I saw they were talking about was a see-through the wall device, maybe they planned a demonstration with the  closet kept reporter? (Ok just had to include that for humor).

UPDATE:

Biden Aide Apologizes After Reporter Kept in Storage Closet During Fundraiser

Don’t you just love that image, it captures his clueless/indifferent nature, doesn’t it?

They state they usually have “hold-rooms” where reporters would wait in, that this closet was chosen because it was close to the speaking location, and had a desk and chair. But the images of the room, were horrible. The location was a mansion, but the best they could provide was a storage closet?

The spokesperson extended an apology, but it was feeble at best.. also there is nothing that reveals Biden has offered any apology. This is his staffer who did this. I am sure since the vp was attending this event the location was checked out before he would arrive, which also means they would have looked at such areas as where they would hide a reporter. So this was ill-thought out, and Biden is also to blame!

Facebook & Religion

Posted: March 25, 2011 in Uncategorized

A friend of mine posted this one facebook:

I believe in Jesus Christ and have accepted Him as my personal Savior. One facebooker has challenged all believers to put this on their wall. In the Bible it says, if you deny me in front of your peers, I will deny you in front of my Father at the gates of Heaven. This is simple…If you love God and you are not afraid to show it, repost this! Just copy and paste…No shame here

What makes me nuts about this thought process, (and this is typical among many religious people I know), the statement of “personal savior” (what a busy guy to be so many people’s “personal savior“) and the thought that if you “deny him” in front of your friends, he will deny you at heaven’s gates. Wow what a petty savior.

According to many religious people I know, Jesus is supposed to be forgiving, loving, etc. But if he is so petty as to deny someone, regardless of how they worshipped him on earth, that is a petty savior.

Feel free to share perspectives here, I am intrigued by this, and the mixed statements about Jesus seem to be conflicting and or self-serving.