Barack Hussein Obama for PUTZ of the United States of America
This guy is either an arrogant fool or an idiot. I'm really not sure which because he just keeps coming up with this stuff. He hates this country, is a citizen of the world (apparently FIRST), won't meet with the troops unless he can get a photo-op, put his campaign posters (in HEBREW) up at the Wailing Wall, and on and on...
The environmental movment guarantees discomfort...
My wife and I recently went to the Washington, D.C. metro area to visit some museums and our daughter. We stayed at the Hilton Hotel in McLean, VA. Previous experiences at Hilton hotels elsewhere didn't prepare us for our disappointing stay. Tonight I was given an opportunity to answer one of their surveys and this narrative I left for them pretty much sums it up for me...
The thermostat in the room is one which relies on a motion sensor to determine if the room is occupied. Only when occupied does the AC (in our case) operate at all. If one isn't moving about the room, and sleeping (the purpose of having the room) is too still, then the AC goes off and in summer the temperature immediately rises. Thus at night we were too still (i.e. we were sleeping) and the AC cut off and temp in the room shot up to 78 degrees. While this is "environmentally" friendly, it is unreasonably uncomfortable. After about 2AM we were constantly up to provide movment so that the thermostat would turn on the AC. Frankly, I could have slept better on the parking lot.
Frankly, I think it ridiculous that in a room in which one cannot open a window for fresh air one can't turn the thermostat to a reasonable temperature once you've occupied said room and leave to perhaps eat so that you can return to a comfortable room. But this environmental policing (and I'm sure it saves the hotel money in energy costs) makes the room more a high class sauna as both my wife and I awoke at about 2 AM in a sweat and spent the rest of our sleepless night trying to provide just enough movement to keep the AC on so that we could catch a few winks. For the money spent I would indeed have been more comfortable sleeping in secure quarters outside ON the PAVEMENT! How do I know this? Well I have actually slept on pavement, outside, in the summer so I have a basis for a comparison. At least outside one has the intermittent respite of a breeze.
So, in our society, we now think that it is right and proper to charge premium rates to put people in uncomfortable quarters just because we might be saving a bit of electricity. Do you think it will stop with hotels? No, they want to get into your homes, cars, everywhere you are just like BIG BROTHER and tell you just what you should do and how comfortable you should be. Do you want to return to the 1950s when most of us had neither money for travel or air conditioning?
Don't believe that BHO is a SOCIALIST?
The messiah has decided to take MY money to help everybody else out of poverty. No, not just in the US, EVERYWHERE. Crap. I didn't do enough giving 27½ years of my life to defending liberty and justice? I don't give enough paying taxes like a "rich" man (that's what they think a retired soldier is, rich)? BS. S.2433 Global Poverty Act of 2007. A bill to require the President to develop and implement a comprehensive strategy to further the United States foreign policy objective of promoting the reduction of global poverty, the elimination of extreme global poverty, and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goal of reducing by one-half the proportion of people worldwide, between 1990 and 2015, who live on less than $1 per day.
Words that really mean something...
The Washington Post's Mensa Invitational once again asked readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition. Here are this year's winners. Read them carefully. Each is an artificial word with only one letter altered to form a real word.
Some are terrifically innovative:
1. Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.
2. Reintarnation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly.
3. Bozone (n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.
4. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period.
5. Giraffiti: Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.
6. Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.
7. Inoculatte: To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.
8. Hipatitis: Terminal coolness.
9. Osteopornosis: A degenerate disease. (This one got extra credit.)
10. Karmageddon: It's like, when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it's, like, a serious bummer.
11. Decafalon (n.): The gruelling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you.
12. Glibido: All talk and no action.
13. Dopeler effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.
14. Arachnoleptic fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after you've accidentally walked through a spider web.
15. Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito, that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.
16. Caterpallor (n.): The color you turn after finding half a worm in the fruit you're eating.
And The #1 Pick:
17. Ignoranus: A person who's both stupid and an azzhole
All for one and one for all! (NOT FAMILY SAFE)
A Scottish soldier in full dress marches into a pharmacy to speak to the chemist. The Scot opens his sporran and pulls out a neatly folded cotton bandanna, unfolds it to reveal a smaller silk square, which he also unfolds to reveal a condom.
The condom has a number of patches on it. The chemist holds it up, and eyes it critically.
"How much to repair it?" the Scot asks the pharmacist.
"Six pence," says the pharmacist.
How much for a new one?"
"Ten pence," says the pharmacist.
The Scot folds the condom into the silk square and the cotton bandanna, places it in his sporran and marches out the door of the pharmacy, kilt swinging.
A moment or two later the pharmacist hears a great shout go up, followed by an even greater shout.
The Scot walks back into the pharmacy, and again speaks to the pharmacist.
"The regiment has taken a vote," says the Scot. "We'll have a new one."
It wasn't Mr. Peabody's Coal Train
This past weekend the wife and I visited Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Tennessee on a mini-vacation. As far as I'm concerned we might as well have stayed home. Oh, the food was good, the people nice, and (when you could get away from the masses of people) the weather decent even though it rained 4" over the course of our visit. What really killed it for me is the massive development in the area. We're not talking just the many new roads, rental cabin developments off the "strip" or the conversion of the area from I-40 to the Great Smokies National Park borders into one continuous megalopolis. What I'm talking about is the wholesale reforming of the terrain with a multitude of hills leveled, removed, sliced & diced with huge concrete retaining walls. I'm talking about the number of these hills with tops sliced off and slid to one side or all around as fill to provide great level areas for parking lots and what all.
We've been going to this area together since we were married and my wife and her parents for decades before that. I've no doubt that we've helped contribute the cash incentive for these "improvements". It was once a gorgeous place. After leaving Bristol to the north and Knoxville to the west it was a little bit of heaven. Now, it is nothing more than another commercial area but with a twist. These folks, many natives included, have a complete disregard for their natural heritage and are removing what really made the place different, the innumerable hills and hollows. No more neat turns and tucked away treasures of life, just a strip hardly any different from Branson, MO's strip and approaching Las Vegas in gaudy.
It wasn't Mr. Peabody's coal train that carried off Sevier County, it was plain old greed.
The New Yorker magazine has come under fire for this cover. Now you and I know that the leftist New Yorker was ridiculing those that have been characterizing Barack Hussein Obama in a certain way. They did this very cleverly. Unfortunately, the Obama camp realizes that their targeted voters aren't clever. If they were they couldn't possibly vote for Obama. So, they're upset at the gross presentation of Obama as a Muslim (he is, an apostate Muslim), his wife as a radical (perhaps terrorist) which she is, she with an assault rifle (holy irony Batman!) with Osama (with whom even Ted Kennedy confused his name) to whom he would apologize on the wall (but several supporters and campaign offices display Che Guevera pictures), a burning American flag in the fireplace (not too far off), and all this in the Oval Office.
The fact is that Obama (ashamed we can speak only English just like him) doesn't like the U.S. He won't sing the National Anthem or salute the flag during the National Anthem, wouldn't wear a flag lapel pin, has a wife that is only proud of the US because we MIGHT elect HER husband president, and so on and so forth.
The truth is, and this is why the Obama forces are in such a dither about this image, is that it is closer to the truth than it is to satire.
In Memoriam - Tony Snow
I didn't know Tony Snow personally. I only watched or listened as he did his thing as radio talk show host, TV commentator/interviewer or Presidential Press Secretary. I did come to like him, very much. I felt he was honest, insightful, intelligent and genuine. He died the morning of Saturday, 12 July 2008 at age 53.
In his age weI find the real lessons in his passing.
1. He and I are the same age and I know that even though my children are grown, I feel as though I have a lot more to do in this life. What a shame that he wasn't able to fulfill those desires.
2. He found Christ. Christ's message gave him comfort and strength. It didn't give him reason to self-destruct or want his children to do so. He made him more of what he was.
3. He "manned up" and worked his buns off to ensure that his family was cared for after his passing. Knowing, or at least suspecting, that he was dying, he did something like General/President U. S. Grant and gave himself to the task of providing for those he was going to leave behind without asking for pity or handouts.
4. He was well-liked and respected by his professional peers. Those two things are not necessarily the same.
As always, we will say prayers for the deceased and his family. We hope that they will find the strength, hope and love that passes all understanding. We grieve with them as there are too few such as Tony Snow in this world.
Sullivan Ballou and His Letter
There is perhaps, no better letter written in the English language. Certainly, none that will come closer to expressing the feelings of countless soldiers as they approach battle, as they are distant from friends and family, than this letter from Major Sullivan Ballou to his wife 146 years ago.
July 14th, 1861 Washington D.C.
My dear Sarah.
The indications are very strong that we shall move in a few days -- perhaps tomorrow. Lest I should not be able to write you again, I feel impelled to write lines that may fall under your eye when I shall be no more.
Our movement may be one of a few days duration and full of pleasure -- and it may be one of severe conflict and death to me. Not my will, but thine 0 God, be done. If it is necessary that I should fall on the battlefield for my country, I am ready. I have no misgivings about, or lack of confidence in, the cause in which I am engaged, and my courage does not halt or falter. I know how strongly American Civilization now leans upon the triumph of the Government, and how great a debt we owe to those who went before us through the blood and suffering of the Revolution. And I am willing -- perfectly willing -- to lay down all my joys in this life, to help maintain this Government, and to pay that debt.
But, my dear wife, when I know that with my own joys I lay down nearly all of yours, and replace them in this life with cares and sorrows -- when, after having eaten for long years the bitter fruit of orphanage myself, I must offer it as their only sustenance to my dear little children -- is it weak or dishonorable, while the banner of my purpose floats calmly and proudly in the breeze, that my unbounded love for you, my darling wife and children, should struggle in fierce, though useless, contest with my love of country?
I cannot describe to you my feelings on this calm summer night, when two thousand men are sleeping around me, many of them enjoying the last, perhaps, before that of death -- and I, suspicious that Death is creeping behind me with his fatal dart, am communing with God, my country, and thee.
I have sought most closely and diligently, and often in my breast, for a wrong motive in thus hazarding the happiness of those I loved and I could not find one. A pure love of my country and of the principles have often advocated before the people and "the name of honor that I love more than I fear death" have called upon me, and I have obeyed.
Sarah, my love for you is deathless, it seems to bind me to you with mighty cables that nothing but Omnipotence could break; and yet my love of Country comes over me like a strong wind and bears me irresistibly on with all these chains to the battlefield.
The memories of the blissful moments I have spent with you come creeping over me, and I feel most gratified to God and to you that I have enjoyed them so long. And hard it is for me to give them up and burn to ashes the hopes of future years, when God willing, we might still have lived and loved together and seen our sons grow up to honorable manhood around us. I have, I know, but few and small claims upon Divine Providence, but something whispers to me -- perhaps it is the wafted prayer of my little Edgar -- that I shall return to my loved ones unharmed. If I do not, my dear Sarah, never forget how much I love you, and when my last breath escapes me on the battlefield, it will whisper your name.
Forgive my many faults, and the many pains I have caused you. How thoughtless and foolish I have oftentimes been! How gladly would I wash out with my tears every little spot upon your happiness, and struggle with all the misfortune of this world, to shield you and my children from harm. But I cannot. I must watch you from the spirit land and hover near you, while you buffet the storms with your precious little freight, and wait with sad patience till we meet to part no more.
But, O Sarah! If the dead can come back to this earth and flit unseen around those they loved, I shall always be near you; in the garish day and in the darkest night -- amidst your happiest scenes and gloomiest hours -- always, always; and if there be a soft breeze upon your cheek, it shall be my breath; or the cool air fans your throbbing temple, it shall be my spirit passing by.
Sarah, do not mourn me dead; think I am gone and wait for thee, for we shall meet again.
As for my little boys, they will grow as I have done, and never know a father's love and care. Little Willie is too young to remember me long, and my blue-eyed Edgar will keep my frolics with him among the dimmest memories of his childhood. Sarah, I have unlimited confidence in your maternal care and your development of their characters. Tell my two mothers his and hers I call God's blessing upon them. O Sarah, I wait for you there! Come to me, and lead thither my children.
Pelosi's Congress has Lowest Rating Ever (from the Rasmussen Report)Congressional Approval Falls to Single Digits for First Time Ever
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
The percentage of voters who give Congress good or excellent ratings has fallen to single digits for the first time in Rasmussen Reports tracking history. This month, just 9% say Congress is doing a good or excellent job. Most voters (52%) say Congress is doing a poor job, which ties the record high in that dubious category.
Last month, 11% of voters gave the legislature good or excellent ratings. Congress has not received higher than a 15% approval rating since the beginning of 2008.
The percentage of Democrats who give Congress positive ratings fell from 17% last month to 13% this month. The number of Democrats who give Congress a poor rating remained unchanged. Among Republicans, 8% give Congress good or excellent ratings, up just a point from last month. Sixty-five percent (65%) of GOP voters say Congress is doing a poor job, down a single point from last month.
Voters not affiliated with either party are the most critical of Congressional performance. Just 3% of those voters give Congress positive ratings, down from 6% last month. Sixty-three percent (63%) believe Congress is doing a poor job, up from 57% last month.
Just 12% of voters think Congress has passed any legislation to improve life in this country over the past six months. That number has ranged from 11% to 13% throughout 2008. The majority of voters (62%) say Congress has not passed any legislation to improve life in America.
Voters hold little positive sentiment about the future. Just 41% find it at least somewhat likely that Congress will address important problems facing our nation in the near future, while 55% find this unlikely.
Despite these negative attitudes towards Congress, Democrats continue to enjoy a double digit lead on the Generic Congressional Ballot.
Most voters (72%) think most members of Congress are more interested in furthering their own political careers. Just 14% believe members are genuinely interested in helping people.
A separate Rasmussen survey found that half of all voters believe America’s best days are in the past. However, another survey found that 64% of voters also believe that the world would be a better place if more countries were similar to the United States.
I think that the unaffiliated voter approval rating is critical. These are the voters that make the decisions at the polls (if you accept that others will vote along party lines). They don't like the Pelosi's Dem/S Congress. What is REALLY interesting is that they rate the Congress lower than even the Republicans! While that should tell the Dem/S something they are increasingly tone deaf. Well, all except for the presumptive presidential nominee who is now publicly disavowing many of the positions he held for the primary season. Anyone want syrup with their waffles?
Guns and Thought Crime (from Old Ironsights)This is the end result of accepting the premise of "Malum Prohibitum" - that somthing can be evil simply because the Government says so (prohibits it).
From P.A. Luty
HOW THE BRITISH AUTHORITIES PERSECUTE GUN OWNERS...
For the 'terrible crime' of constructing a machine-gun and writing my book 'Expedient Homemade Firearms — The 9mm Machine Gun' i was sentenced to four years imprisonment — plus one year for possession of six cartridges! Although the judge said he accepted there was no criminal intent in my constructing the weapon, he would make an example of me as a warning to others.
In prison my original low security classification was upgraded two levels (to high security) in the space of a few weeks, and throughout my incarceration I was vilified by the authorities, who of course, "new better" than professionally qualified people. They regarded me as a potential psychopath because of my refusal to toe the line and agree with the official views on gun ownership.
Read on to see what was written about a man whom three psychiatrists viewed as "normal"...
THE PAROLE BOARD'S REPORT; CRIMINAL JUSTICE ACT 1991. PAROLE NOTIFICATION.
"A panel of the parole board considered your application (for parole) on 24th. March 2000 and found you not suitable for early release on licence. The panel gave the following reasons. Mr.Luty was convicted of the manufacture of a firearm and possession of ammunition (6 rounds!)………. there is little evidence to indicate that Mr.Luty has fully addressed the causes and consequences of the offences(1) and although he states he accepts responsibility, still describes the crimes as "an innocent project". Mr.Luty continues to maintain very strong views about UK gun laws to which he is opposed. Report writers identify considerable apprehension over his lack of insight and concern over the wider implications of his offences and his continuing views over gun ownership and use (2)
Given the gravity of the offences and the importance of the outstanding areas of concern, the panel consider the risk of re-offending too high for parole to be granted.
(1.) Gun control!
(2.) The citizen is no longer entitled to a point of view if it goes against majority opinion.
THE PROBATION OFFICER'S REPORT; (DESCRIBED BY A PRISON OFFICER WITH TWENTY YEARS EXPERIENCE WITHIN THE SERVICE AS "ONE OF THE MOST VINDICTIVE AND BIASED REPORTS I HAVE EVER SEEN"……………..
"The prisoner was convicted in Leeds Crown Court on 24th.April 1998 of the manufacture of a prohibited weapon……………he was sentenced to a total of four years imprisonment. Mr.Luty admitted a long term interest in guns and gun making (3) ...At the time of interview he expressed strong views about the stringent gun laws in this country and on issues related to the individual and the state. To an extent he appears to have embraced the views promulgated by much of the "Right to keep and bear arms" lobby in the United States. I understand police seized a number of publications making reference to these views ....Whilst there is no evidence to suggest Mr.Luty has established any contact with militia or other extreme groups in the United States , his apparent sympathy for their views is of ongoing concern (4) ...............of special concern , I understand Mr.Luty's brother attempted to send him an article from the internet by an organization called "Jews for the preservation of firearms ownership" (JPFO) (5). This appears to be yet another "Right to keep and bear arms" group. Since his imprisonment, Mr.Luty's mother has died and I understand his father remains chronically ill............The prisoner's attitude to the role of the state and the possession and use of firearms gives rise to serious concern. This ,taken together with...the anti-authority stance exhibited during this sentence, adds to the concern that he could represent a very great danger to members of the public in future. The fact that his mother has died since imprisonment and that he appears to have developed an embittered view of his treatment in prison may reinforce his anti-social and anti- authority attitudes, making the likelihood of grave crimes being committed in the future even more likely. (6)
In all the circumstances, in my opinion, the presumption must be that he is potentially dangerous and the case must be managed accordingly. The prisoner has not shown any progress in understanding the concerns highlighted in his case and, if anything, appears even more intransigent in his views than before conviction. Therefore, in my view, he is not a suitable candidate for early release on parole. His future supervision on licence will have to be undertaken with a view to managing risk to the public as an overriding priority.
F.W. Probation Officer West Yorkshire Probation Service.
It appears I'm a nut! By the way, I didn't get parole!
(3.) It is looked upon as an offence to have an interest in firearms.
(4.) Is the right to keep and bear arms an "extreme view"?
(5.) Log on to http://www.jpfo.org/
(6.) How many more warnings do gun owners need about the mentality of the anti-gun lobby? A perfect example of an "expert" covering his back.
A PRISON GOVERNOR'S "ENLIGHTENED" COMMENTS ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
"The nature of your book and the views expressed in it are precisely what makes you a risk to the public. They (the views) lie at the core of why you were sent to prison in the first place. Those views are still firmly held and they make you a danger to the public."
ON THE OTHER HAND........SOME COULD SEE THROUGH THE LIES AND DISINFORMATION......THE PRISON CHAPLAIN'S REPORT:
I have known Mr.Luty since his arrival in this prison, I have spoken to him on several occasions about his offence and his personal problems, in particular the death of his mother and the illness of his father...However, my main concern is to bring to the parole board's attention Mr.Luty's ongoing bereavement problems. Eight months after his imprisonment his mother died. Although aware that she had been ill his mother's death came as a great shock. He was very close to his mother and was extremely upset by her death. His sense of loss and grief was such that he could not bring himself to attend the funeral. He admits that he has been unable to grieve properly...whilst in prison. As with so many men in the prison culture he cannot let go of his emotions and has bottled them up. His sadness cannot be released. The problem has been compounded by the serious illness of his father, who almost died in the summer of 1999. His father continues to be seriously ill and he is frightened that he will lose his father also whilst in prison. Both these events have put great strain on Mr.Luty during his sentence.
Despite these pressures he has conducted himself with dignity during his sentence and has been a model prisoner. He has complied with every demand made of him and has behaved impeccably. Whilst a naturally quiet person he gets on well with staff with whom he has contact. Mr. Luty is an articulate and intelligent man...his offences have been of an 'indirect nature', i.e. they have not involved other people nor have they been used in criminal activities. I support Mr.Luty's parole application on the following grounds;
1/ He has never shown himself to be a threat to the public.
2/ He has been a well behaved inmate and has complied with all that has been asked of him whilst in prison.
P.M., Prison Chaplain
It is a worrying fact of modern life that those who find themselves in prison and are known to hold an "unhealthy" interest in firearms are subjected to "Psychiatric assessment".
THE PRISON PSYCHIATRIST No.1 (following a long interview).
"I could find no evidence of delusions, hallucinations. There was no thought disorder and his mood was normal. His memory was good and he was of at least average intelligence, possibly of good intelligence.............In my opinion he does not suffer from any form of mental disorder (nice to know!) ...His mood was appropriate and he certainly could not be described as cold. I concluded there were no grounds for suggesting psychiatric intervention in this case" (phew!)
THE PRISON PSYCHIATRIST No. 2 (following a very long interview).
"The purpose of this report is to advise on Mr.Luty's mental state and to clarify the issue as to whether he suffers from a mental disorder or not (Didn't they believe no.1?)
Mr.Luty denied any symptoms of depression. I found no evidence at all of mental Illness. (Hurray!)
It was clear from conversation that he has strong views on a variety of matters. He presents as a clean living individual with high morals......He spoke about the injustices of recent gun laws......He believes people should be allowed to possess firearms.......OPINION:- I found no evidence of mental illness. Although Mr.Luty has strong views on a number of matters these alone do not constitute a personality disorder. (7) Mr.Luty does not suffer from a personality disorder and therefore I have no medical recommendations to make."
THE PRISON PSYCHIATRIST N0.3 (following a very, very long interview).
"In my opinion Mr.Luty is not suffering from a mental disorder requiring specialist treatment. (Surely they will believe no.3?) My enquiry into this case has revealed the motive behind the offence. I have not come across any evidence to indicate that Mr.Luty is a dangerous person as he is at present"
Dr.M.S.A.,MBBS,FRC.Psych., Senior lecturer in psychiatry.
So entrenched is the mindset of the prison/probation services, and many other government bodies, that anyone who enters the prison system and dares to challenge this mindset can suffer the most appalling persecution. I have had first hand experience. So entrenched is the view that the gun owner is a potential mass murderer or homicidal maniac that he will suffer the indignities of intrusive psychiatric questioning in the expectation that he will "test positive"; i.e. he will be another "gun nut" caught in time. In any other field, psychiatric "assessment" will only be offered or prescribed if a mental illness is observed or demonstrated to be present. However, when we are talking about an individual with an interest in firearms , a psychiatric "assessment" is prescribed in the expectation, and in some quarter, hope, of it being required.
This ludicrous situation has occurred as a direct result of the media, in whose newspapers and on whose screens the gun owner has been relegated to the level of an almost sub-human species. The probation service, whose role at one time was the welfare of an inmate and his family, will now write the most vindictive and biased reports to prevent an early release, irrespective of any humanitarian urgency which may exist, and which for almost any other offence would almost guarantee early release on parole license. Where the prison service is involved in the assessment of an individual convicted of a non-violent offence, as in my own case, they will indulge in a game of prevarication and manipulation of the truth. The situation is totally unacceptable.
It is the fundamental right of any individual to be treated in a fair and non-prejudicial manner and the right of any minority living in what we are told is a civilized society not to suffer intolerance at the hands of a "might is right" majority view.
The intolerance shown to me and my minority today, may well be shown to you and your minority tomorrow. Let my experiences be a warning. It is time to wake up.
Manufactured by Lacroix Pyro-Technologies of France, the HIWS will be marketed by the FNH team. It is capable of hurling the 2.2-pound payload of a 3.3-pound round more than 700 yards in an indirect-fire mode. In a direct-fire role, the HIWS can engage targets out to 300 yards.Touting a sophisticated recoil-mitigation system, the weapon produces no back blast and no overpressure, making it possible to fire the system from an enclosed space - even from inside a vehicle. The HIWS is also relatively quiet: Ear protection isn't needed when firing the system.
For us, the American ideal is personified in the concept of self-reliance, work ethic, honesty/forthrightness, decency, personal property rights, family, religion, an ability to defend oneself from criminals and crooked politicians, and personal responsibility.