I was watching a Chrysler (actually Dodge) TV commercial and came to a conclusion. I am not buying a vehicle from Government Motors (GM) or UAW Motors (Chrysler). Why should I? I know the government can't run a business, nor can the UAW. Both are rife with waste. I have no confidence that either will be there for the lifetime of the vehicle i.e. 10 years from now despite their guarantees.
So what vehicle will I buy? One made by a company that hasn't allowed the government to forcibly buy into it such as Ford or Nissan. Oh, that's right. I ALREADY drive a Ford F150 and a Nissan XTERRA...
As you know the government has commitments of about $12-TRILLION. There is no way that money is going to come from taxing only the rich. Some propose or fear that the next move will be to tax not income but wealth. In other words, confiscation of accumulated money. Likely, it is said, the first will be confiscation of 401Ks and IRAs under the guise of "better" management.
Let me ask you, if people who have worked their whole lives suddenly have all that they have worked for taken from them and are thrust into poverty, what will they do. Will they be too old to do anything? Will they become a class of people open to recruitment for an American suicide bombing campaign? Will the younger folks rise up?
Swine/Mexican Flu (H1N1) Outbreak
Pandemic? As I write this there are a reported 100-some verified cases with 1 fatality (who was visiting from Mexico!) out of a population of 300-million. Ummmm... If it doesn't spread more quickly than this I won't be much worried. I bet more people had and died of pneumonia (unconnected with the Mexican flu) every day for the past week than the total toll this disease has taken.
Of course the conspiracy theorists are out (the tin-hat crowd) talking about how mysterious it is that a recombinant virus is striking just 5 years after "they" tried to make one to learn how to protect us from it.
Me, I'm wondering why the Obama administration is now talking about $3.5-BILLION for reacting to this "crisis".
Arlen Specter changes parties, becomes Democrat
I'm sure you've heard by now that PA Senator Arlen Specter has left the Republican party to become a Democrat. He gave lots of reasons but the truth is he voted with the Dem/S on the "stimulus" bill and couldn't win the Republican primary because of it. He called Republicans fools for wanting to "purify" the party. I say if you don't stand for something you'll stand for anything (yeah, I let Aaron Tippin use that in a song...). Arlen Specter stands for... Arlen Specter. The WORST kind of politician.
Now he's going to run as a Democrat and presumably they'll let him win their primary because he's the incumbent. Will he win the election? Hard to tell. I'm constantly amazed the capacity of PA voters for self-flagellation at the polls. After all it is red-necks that apparently keep voting that traitor Jack Murtha to his house seat.
Much is being made of this switch giving the Dem/S an fillibuster proof majority. However, Specter voted with them anyway. It is hard to see how anything is going to change.
Treasury Prepares a Bankruptcy Filing for Chrysler?This belongs in the what in hell is going on category. How in hell does the government take the initiative to prepare a filing for a business? Could they do the same for you? Who owns the business anyway? Not the government, Chrysler turned down their money although it took $4-billion in LOANS. No the stock owners own that company and that might just be you as an individual or through your retirement fund. But it sure as hell ain't the government.
So why in hell aren't our senators, the "honorable" Mark Warner and Jim Webb speaking out against this? What in hell is happening here?
The Treasury Department is preparing a bankruptcy filing for Chrysler as a matter of “due diligence,” Senator Debbie Stabenow, a Michigan Democrat, said yesterday in an interview.
“This is very serious,” she said. “We’re coming down to the deadline.” She was among 10 Democrats from the Michigan congressional delegation who met April 22 with Emanuel and Larry Summers, director of the National Economic Council.
Chrysler, surviving with $4 billion in U.S. loans, must win concessions and create the alliance with Turin, Italy-based Fiat to qualify for as much as $6 billion more in aid.
Virgina Democrat Gubernatorial Candidates Promise Teacher Raises
And, in that act, they commit to more lies. No Democrat governor of late has kept promises to the teachers' union. Oh, that doesn't matter, it was the thought that counts.
They also want to make us pay people who won't work. They want us to commit to federal control of our unemployment "insurance". Screw 'em.
Gore wants unity on climate?Gore pleads for unity on climate, despite divide while the Dem/S silence critics by not permitting them to testify. I know they know that Gore is as big a fraud as Bernie Madoff. Those co-conspirators need to be removed.
I am not a happy citizen but of course that is because of my "veteran" status not because of any malfeasance on the part of the political establishment. Be they idiots or abettors, they all need to be removed. I fear the tree of liberty will be well watered soon.
Nancy Pelosi knew about waterboarding but lies about it...
Why am I not surprised. This woman, and other representatives and senators were briefed, they voted to fund and voted to approve the activity and now they want to prosecute those outside Congress who participated as if they are the only ones responsible. They say they didn't but they did.
I suppose they would lie about this and not lie about anything else, right...
Earth Day Predictions are no more accurate today than 39 years ago...
Earth Day predictions of 1970. The reason you shouldn’t believe Earth Day predictions of 2009. I was there, we all thought we were going to die....
April 22, 2009, 4:00 am
Luckily, we haven't run out of oil, but we have exhausted our supply of 70s fashion.
For the next 24 hours, the media will assault us with tales of imminent disaster that always accompany the annual Earth Day Doom & Gloom Extravaganza.
Ignore them. They’ll be wrong. We’re confident in saying that because they’ve always been wrong. And always will be.
Need proof? Here are some of the hilarious, spectacularly wrong predictions made on the occasion of Earth Day 1970.
“We have about five more years at the outside to do something.”
• Kenneth Watt, ecologist
“Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.”
• George Wald, Harvard Biologist
“We are in an environmental crisis which threatens the survival of this nation, and of the world as a suitable place of human habitation.”
• Barry Commoner, Washington University biologist
“Man must stop pollution and conserve his resources, not merely to enhance existence but to save the race from intolerable deterioration and possible extinction.”
• New York Times editorial, the day after the first Earth Day
“Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make. The death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years.”
• Paul Ehrlich, Stanford University biologist
“By… some experts feel that food shortages will have escalated the present level of world hunger and starvation into famines of unbelievable proportions. Other experts, more optimistic, think the ultimate food-population collision will not occur until the decade of the 1980s.”
• Paul Ehrlich, Stanford University biologist
“It is already too late to avoid mass starvation,”
• Denis Hayes, chief organizer for Earth Day
“Demographers agree almost unanimously on the following grim timetable: by 1975 widespread famines will begin in India; these will spread by 1990 to include all of India, Pakistan, China and the Near East, Africa. By the year 2000, or conceivably sooner, South and Central America will exist under famine conditions….By the year 2000, thirty years from now, the entire world, with the exception of Western Europe, North America, and Australia, will be in famine.”
• Peter Gunter, professor, North Texas State University
“Scientists have solid experimental and theoretical evidence to support…the following predictions: In a decade, urban dwellers will have to wear gas masks to survive air pollution…by 1985 air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half….”
• Life Magazine, January 1970
“At the present rate of nitrogen buildup, it’s only a matter of time before light will be filtered out of the atmosphere and none of our land will be usable.”
• Kenneth Watt, Ecologist
Stanford's Paul Ehrlich announces that the sky is falling.
“Air pollution…is certainly going to take hundreds of thousands of lives in the next few years alone.”
• Paul Ehrlich, Stanford University biologist
“We are prospecting for the very last of our resources and using up the nonrenewable things many times faster than we are finding new ones.”
• Martin Litton, Sierra Club director
“By the year 2000, if present trends continue, we will be using up crude oil at such a rate…that there won’t be any more crude oil. You’ll drive up to the pump and say, `Fill ‘er up, buddy,’ and he’ll say, `I am very sorry, there isn’t any.’”
• Kenneth Watt, Ecologist
“Dr. S. Dillon Ripley, secretary of the Smithsonian Institute, believes that in 25 years, somewhere between 75 and 80 percent of all the species of living animals will be extinct.”
• Sen. Gaylord Nelson
“The world has been chilling sharply for about twenty years,” he declared. “If present trends continue, the world will be about four degrees colder for the global mean temperature in 1990, but eleven degrees colder in the year 2000. This is about twice what it would take to put us into an ice age.”
• Kenneth Watt, Ecologist
Keep these predictions in mind when you hear the same predictions made today. They’ve been making the same predictions for 39 years. And they’re going to continue making them until…well…forever.
Here we are, 39 years later and the economy sucks, but the ecology’s fine. In fact this planet is doing a lot better than the planet on which those green lunatics live.
Who says Chris Dodd can’t win reelection? He’s just running in the wrong state.
First quarter fund raising reports are out, and so far this year the embattled Connecticut Senator has raised over $1 million for his 2010 campaign. Of that, just over $4,000 came from Connecticut residents — all five of them.
Dodd may want to move to Massachusetts where he’s raised $90,000 so far. He’s pretty popular in Texas too, raising $81,000 down there. Or do some kind of a weird Maryland/New York combo-meal thing as residents have combined in those two states to give him more than $100,000.
Despite having a 33 percent approval rating and being the poster child for the AIG executive bonus fiasco, he’s got one big supporter with some clout.
President Obama isn’t backing away from Dodd. Yesterday, the president sang his praises from Air Force One.
“I can’t say it any clearer: I will be helping Chris Dodd because he deserves the help,” Obama told the Boston Globe.
“Chris is going through a rough patch,” he said. “He just has an extraordinary record of accomplishment, and I think the people in Connecticut will come to recognize that. . . . He always has his constituencies at heart, and he’s somebody I’m going to be relying on and working very closely with to shepherd through the types of regulatory reforms we need.”
The Boston Herald wonders if there are politicians who have even less hometown support than Dodd.
Yes, they announce. Patrick Kennedy wins that honor.
“Since last January he has collected no donations from the state of Rhode Island. Maybe that’s why the recent Brown University poll has Patrick down to a 38% favorable rating,” writes Boston Herald blogger Holly Robichaud.
Axelrod was asked on CBS's "Face the Nation" about the "spreading and very public disaffection" with the president's fiscal policies seen at the "Tea Party" rallies around the country last week.
"I think any time you have severe economic conditions there is always an element of disaffection that can mutate into something that's unhealthy," Axelrod said.
Axelrod appeared to backtrack when pressed on whether the movement is unhealthy.
"Well, this is a country where we value our liberties and our ability to express ourselves, and so far these are expressions," he said.
"The thing that bewilders me is that this president just cut taxes for 95 percent of the American people," Axelrod argued. "I think the tea bags should be directed elsewhere because he certainly understands the burden that people face."
“Let’s be very honest about what this is about,” she said. “It’s not about bashing Democrats, it’s not about taxes, they have no idea what the Boston tea party was about, they don’t know their history at all. This is about hating a black man in the White House. This is racism straight up. That is nothing but a bunch of teabagging rednecks.”
want to watch Ms. Garafalo?
Pure genius there...
This is just the opening volley in the attack on tea party participants. For the record, there was a diverse group at our tea party, right across the street from my house. Hispanics, Asians, Blacks, Caucasians, men, women, aged 5-92.
Today we Honor Our AncestorsNo, today is not the anniversary of the murder of innocent children at Waco, TX or the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building and murder of more children in Oklahoma City. Today is the day in 1775 that was fired the shot heard 'round the world. Today is the day we made our move to become a nation (although we hardly knew it at the time).
Yes, 233 years ago today, brave men answered the call and responded to the church bells and drums. They marched in their militia units to the vicinity of Concord and Lexington, Massachusetts and along the road from there to Boston and gave their erstwhile ruler's armed forces a bloody nose.
I am thankful and proud to say that many of my ancestors and their brothers stood to arms to resist the tyrant then and in the years since. This post in no way can do them the honor they deserve. Only my own years of service might in some small way redeem my debt to them. But I hope by this post you might know their service and call to mind your own ancestors and their sacrifices... and maybe say a prayer of thanks.
Concord Hymn by Ralph Waldo Emerson
By the rude bridge that arched the flood, Their flag to April's breeze unfurled; Here once the embattled farmers stood; And fired the shot heard round the world.
The foe long since in silence slept; Alike the conqueror silent sleeps, And Time the ruined bridge has swept Down the dark stream that seaward creeps.
On this green bank, by this soft stream, We set to-day a votive stone, That memory may their deeds redeem, When, like our sires, our sons are gone.
O Thou who made those heroes dare To die, and leave their children free, -- Bid Time and Nature gently spare The shaft we raised to them and Thee.
Now naplitano Says The DHS Terrorist Report Shouldn't Have Been Issued as WrittenShe says that but they did release it, didn't they? Yes, they did. Did they change it before anyone complained? No.
It is a bunch of bull puckey. She makes me out as a terrorist because:
- I am a vet.
- I'm pro-life (aka anti-abortion).
- I'm a member of the NRA.
- I write my congress critters.
- I went to a "tea party".
- I don't believe spending solves monetary crisis.
- I don't believe the government run by people with no business experience can run a business better than people with years of business experience.
- I don't think that tax cheats can properly enforce tax law.
Tea Party - Gypsy Hill Park, Staunton, VA April 15, 2009
I went. Not a long walk for me. It was raining (maybe spitting some big wet snowflakes now and then, it was cold) and windy. First the folks gathered...
And then they started to speak...
It started with the National Anthem. Much was said about taxes being too high, too much money being spent for nothing by government (local as well as state and federal), guns, and failure of certain senators and state governors to represent the people. We had the diversity it seems is necessary. We had the old and young, we had people of various races (important to the socialists), we had rich & poor, we had people of influence & the very non-influential and we had the non-veterans & veterans (of WWII, Korea, Vietnam and the Global War on Terror). There were flags and signs. And there was a certain resolve.
I'd suggest that those on the Augusta County Board of Supervisors look for other extra-curricular activities. Senators Warner and Webb aren't well thought of either.
Today is tax day. If you haven't submitted your tax retrun for 2008 you have until midnight tonight to do so.
Of course, if you actually pay taxes you're a minority. You see, only "rich" people pay taxes. Nowadays, "rich" includes those who are soldiers and teachers even though they were very traditionally NOT rich in the past. What it doesn't include are Democrat Cabinet members, or Congress critters. It doesn't include Acorn members, Chinese influence buyers, or Muslims/Hamas imigrees.
In 1773 a number of Bostonians (ironic huh, since Boston is now a hub of socialism in this country) decided to express their distaste at paying yet more taxes to a country they felt gave them precious little in return. They disguised themselves, because protest was treason & treason meant death, and protested by tossing shiploads of tea into Boston harbor.
Today, things have changed a bit. A duly elected government has decided that it will ignore the will of the people and tax them all to death in order to pursue a socialist agenda. Some aren't going to go down without a fight, i.e. without making clear their disagreement with this policy.
To do this there are a number of "tea parties" planned for today. If you haven't gone or can't go, write your congress critter and the President and tell them how you feel. Make your voice heard by adding it to the thousands speaking out today.
Tea Parties aren't just about Federal taxes
Many folks, particularly the sort of folks that read this blog, will be attending tea parties today. Fox News is covering them, I don't guess the others will but I don't watch them much.
The thing is that much is being said about the tea parties protesting FEDERAL taxes. Not so much. ALL excessive taxes, excessive government spending of all types, AND government intrusion into our lives are the reasons that so many are protesting. Here in Virginia, many folks have been motivated by the excessive property taxes (as well as personal property taxes, they differ here) levied by LOCAL governments. Here in Augusta County we had 10,000+ sign a petition, 1,000+ attended two of the county Board of Supervisors' meeting and yet the BOS ignored them all. Our REPRESENTATIVES are NOT doing their job of REPRESENTING us.
As some have pointed out, this disdain for their constituents isn't limited to Democrats. Republicans have also tried to disregard their voters' desires. From ward to White House, at all levels of government the PEOPLE are being abused by elected officials. Time to vote the bums out.
We are Tea Party supporters, please join us and pray for our country...
Senator Mark Warner Touts First 90-day Results
He's pretty proud of his first 90-days but... he's done everything he stood against as governor of Virginia AND not exactly what he promised to do. However, you can say he's done everything he's been told to do... by the Obama administration.
April 14, 2009
The First 90 Days
In the flurry of recent news about bailouts, bonuses and filibusters, I have remained focused on trying to help those Virginians who are still struggling with job losses, or the threat of home foreclosure, or the lack of available credit needed to grow their businesses.
I have had the privilege of serving as your Senator for 90 days now, and I can tell you we’ve been extraordinarily busy with efforts to create jobs and get our stalled economy moving again.
Every community in Virginia will benefit from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and its targeted, short-term investments.
We also have been working to address the lack of regulatory oversight that led to the meltdown in the financial services industry.
We are finally making smart investments in “clean” energy, responsible health care reform, and quality education – and I have maintained a focus on accountability, transparency, and deficit reduction.
In the past three months, we also have hired a top-notch staff, established field offices across Virginia, moved into permanent Capitol Hill offices in the Russell Senate Office Building, and launched a website that allows you to track our progress and contact us easily whenever you need assistance. In fact, since taking office in January, we have responded to more than 125,000 calls, letters and e-mails, and helped more than 1,000 Virginians resolve their specific problems with federal agencies.
Over the Passover/Easter break, we will be hitting the road to meet with Virginians to discuss their concerns and challenges as we continue to work on turning-around the economy. This week, we’ll be hosting 17 events over four days along the Interstate 81 corridor in western Virginia, and I invite you to check our website for daily updates on our travels.
As always, I encourage you to get in touch with me whenever you want to share your thoughts on a specific issue, or need some assistance in resolving a problem.
The Department of Homeland Security is warning law enforcement officials about a rise in "rightwing extremist activity," saying the economic recession, the election of America's first black president and the return of a few disgruntled war veterans could swell the ranks of white-power militias.
The FBI was quoted Monday as saying that, since November, more than 7 million people have applied for criminal background checks in order to buy weapons.
That last statement apparently ignores the fact that actual threats are doing all they can to avoid any contact with any government agencies. They know that any contact becomes a means to track them and this is a number one thing to avoid. Those 7 million background checks include established collectors as well as new shooters. Most who are concerned with security are concerned with PERSONAL security.
This "assessment" was brought to light by Robert Hedgecock. I'm looking for a copy of this to post here. If you find one, please let me know.
There is simply too much going on. How can anyone keep up with all that's happening? Is this the goal?
- Obama apologizing for America and making much of his Muslim apostasy.
- Kim Jong-Il firing a missile (guided is missile, unguided is rocket) and the UN & Obama doing nothing about it.
- Somali pirates taking a ship with all US crew and Obama doing nothing about it.
- Geithner refusing to allow banks to repay their TARP loans so that he can fire their bosses even though they didn't want the money in the first place.
- DOD submitting a budget that exposes our throat to our enemies all around the world.
- highly publicized shootings all across the country
- various public officials and Obama still flogging the "global warming" lie.
- Notre Dame inviting Obama to speak and ignoring Catholic standards (like this is new).
- Congressional Black Caucus went to Cuba to kowtow to Fidel Castro
- there's an announcement that $4 TRILLION will be spent on TARP... (see the part where some didn't want to take the money?)
A Step Towards Ending Free Speech - First, the Internet (For SECURITY)
Yes, a Bill Would Grant President Unprecedented Cyber-security Powers is in the works. Do you think it won't be used to shut such as me, or Drudge, or ??? down? Of course it will. We incite, we defy, we oppose, we expose, we are not welcome voices...
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.