Wednesday, December 31, 2008
The Church of England’s Church Commissioners have gone green, investing £150 million with former US Vice-President Al Gore’s environmentally minded investment firm, Generation Investment Management.
Al Gore, the new Archbishop of Ranterbury and Dr Rowan Williams will both wear green burqas as they sit in one of the palaces and count their money.
The Money Changers
Jesus referred to the Temple as the "House of God" and called it a "House of Prayer," not just for the Jews, but for all nations. When Jesus arrived with the mass of pilgrims, He overturned the tables and called it a den of thieves and a house of merchandise. The Temple was in some sense the national bank. It was a great public treasury with vaults containing immense stores of private wealth. These deposits never sat idle, but were loaned at high rates of interest.
Kermit, "It's not easy being green"..."it's beautiful, and I think it's what I want to be."
Being fashionable is just easier, I guess. That whole Bible thing is so confusing.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
The fact that they do not understand the shoe tossing incident instigated by Muntather Zaidi's bosses in Iran indicates they should be selling used shoes, not acting like a five year old playing at reporting the day's events.
McClatchy Employees Cheer Iraqi Shoe Tosser as Stock Plunges 99%
I applauded this act. I don't care that it is rude. Why are we concerned about etiquette when a country was destroyed? Did Bush ever apologize to the Iraqis for the hundreds of thousands of dead? Bush is an occupier, a clown pretending to be a hero, so enclosed in his own little self-certain world he probably was surprised an Iraqi could be that angry. I am not surprised. I am only surprised such a thing did not happen earlier.
In reading over the stories and blogs supporting Muntather Zaidi I am reminded of stories from the past giving support for the insane to run the asylum. As for the Bush hatred that these people have been able to foment within themselves, I can only feel sorrow for the blinders they have placed between themselves and the truth.
Autoworkers Union Keeps $6 Million Golf Course for Members at $33 Million Lakeside Retreat
Even as the industry struggles with massive losses, the UAW brass continue to own and operate a $33 million lakeside retreat in Michigan, complete with a $6.4 million designer golf course. And it's costing them millions each year.
The UAW, known more for its strikes than its slices, hosts seminars and junkets at the Walter and May Reuther Family Education Center in Onaway, Mich., which is nestled on "1,000 heavily forested acres" on Michigan's Black Lake, according to its Web site.
But the Black Lake club and retreat, which are among the union's biggest fixed assets, have lost $23 million in the past five years alone, a heavy albatross around the union's neck as it tries to manage a multibillion-dollar pension plan crisis.
Critics call it a resort for union leaders that wastes money from union dues.
An aerial view of the Black Lakes Golf Club, a $6 million golf course owned and operated by the United Auto Workers.
Together, unions and congress should be able to bankrupt American industry.
George W Bush: winning the war on terror
"The decision by Bush, with Blair's support, to sweep the Taliban out of Afghanistan was a brilliant move, one that not all U.S. presidents would have taken. A weaker leader would have gone to the United Nations Security Council and sought a negotiated settlement with Kabul."
Nile Gardiner The Telegraph "George W Bush: winning the war on terror"December 27, 2008
Now that the campaigning is over, the anti-Bush crowd should stop whining "but, there were no WMDs." They never got it.
The women of Iraq & Afghanistan get it.
The children of Iraq & Afghanistan get it.
The fathers, grandfathers and uncles get it.
The mothers, cousins, aunts and grandmothers get it.
So do the people throughout the world.
They see Iraq as it was and as it is.
Freedom has a chance.
Thank you President George W. Bush
Friday, December 26, 2008
I have been stuffed with love and food. Christmas Eve once again found us having seven fish from the seven seas for good luck and Christmas throughout seven courses with a mere 27 family members.
Tomorrow we are blessed to celebrate my father-in-law's 75 birthday. In planning we spent the evening tonight looking at 75 years of memories stretching from Vasto, Italy to the Bronx to Long Island spanning untold generations and memories.
I am a lucky man for so many reasons and I have not had the chance to thank so many of you for your good thoughts and good feelings. I have been remiss in this and I do apologize.
Merry Christmas to all of you because the season lives on in our hearts beyond these few days.
For that we are truly blessed.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Obama review clears staff in Blagojevich probe
President-elect Barack Obama and a top aide have been interviewed by prosecutors investigating Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, but an internal report released on Tuesday cleared them of any wrongdoing.
The report said Jarrett and strategist David Axelrod did not have any contact with Blagojevich or his office, while Dr. Eric Whitaker, an Obama family friend who was not a member of the transition team, was approached and asked for information by a member of the governor's circle -- unbeknownst to top Obama aides.
"No one in the Obama circle was aware of what was going on in the governor's office or in the governor's mind until such time as he was arrested," Craig said.I know that this changes my mind! But then, I've always been a GoBama type of guy thus when I finally get my title to the Brooklyn Bridge via mail I am only going to make rich people pay tolls.
Dr Glenn Platt, who leads research on energy demand, said Australia got 80 per cent of its electricity by burning coal which pumps harmful emissions into the atmosphere.
He said: "Energy efficient bulbs, such as LEDs, and putting your Christmas lights on a timer are two very easy ways to minimise the amount of electricity you use to power your lights."
He said the nation's electricity came from "centralised carbon intensive, coal-based power stations" which were responsible for emitting over one third of Australia's greenhouse gas emissions.
Dr Platt added: "For a zero-emission Christmas light show, you may consider using solar powered lights or sourcing your electricity from verified green power suppliers.
Merry Christmas Dr Platt. May the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, of which you are employed, enjoy the season and you government funding. Now, shut up and allow the rest of us to enjoy celebrating the birth of Christ.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Nanna Fed to the rescue. With our money.
President announces rescue plan for U.S. autos
It's time for you to buy that new 1,00,000,000 inch HD TV. Get that Rolls Royce to drive to the welfare office. Make your double-wide a quadruple-wide 4 story mansion with strobe lit fountains for those Kobe beef BBQs. Oh, and pay double the prevailing wages for all the work. Don't worry your little head. Nanna Fed will give you low interest loans to pay it all off with their Bad Decisions R'nt Us program.
These bailouts prove government shouldn't be involved in business. They have no business sense. They have an agenda. And they're too stupid to find their own butt with both hands and directions.
The church was founded by Litomyšl Premonstratensians in the middle of the 12th century and in the spirit of the legend of St. Illya represented a refuge for pilgrims and merchants along the old trails.
UPDATE: I neglected to give any geographical information. This region is very interesting. It is Svitavy, a town in the Svitavy District in the Pardubice Region of the Czech Republic. Many know it as South Moravia.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Blagojevich strikes back
Disgraced Gov. Rod Blagojevich joked and jogged in his Chicago neighborhood Wednesday and vowed to tell his side of the story soon, while his attorney tore into impeachment-minded state lawmakers trying to force the governor out of a job.
Outside the governor's home on Chicago's Northwest Side, Blagojevich promised a very public re-emergence soon.
"I can't wait to begin to tell my side of the story and to address you guys and most importantly the people of Illinois, that's who I'm dying to talk to," Blagojevich said before heading out for a morning jog. "There's a time and place for everything. That day will soon be here."
A Tribune photographer later spotted Blagojevich jogging, and the governor said he runs for exercise, to clear his head and because "it keeps love in your heart."
After turning down offers to be a vice presidential candidate and the Pope of Chicago, Blago sees his future as a singer as his most advantageous and profitable avenue.
Cast members already named are:
Jeremiah Wright as the delightful Vicar of Venom
Tony Rezko in a dual role as the Bagman and the Singing Realtor
Rita Rezko as the gardener Green Fingers
Nadhmi Auchi as bumbling Banker
Aiham Alsamarrae as the Electric Grifter
Daniel T. Frawley as the Commissioner
William Ayers as the rich boy bomber Fingers The Weatherman
Rashid Khalidi as Screecher the Preacher
Louis Farrakhan as Bowtie
Michael Louis Pfleger as Phlegm
David Axlerod as the Professor
Emil Jones Jr as the Godfather
Source: Photo Courtesy of Thrust SCC Programme LTD.(9/15/2005)
On December 18th, 1898 Count Gaston de Chasseloup-Laubat (the "Electric Count") set the world's first official land-speed record near Paris. The new record was set in his electric Jeantaud automobile at a hair-raising speed of 39.245mph (62.8 kph). The car employed a single electric motor and alkaline batteries. Many historians regard the Jeantaud to be the first automobile to be steered by a modern steering wheel instead of a tiller.
Whatever the case, the Jeantaud remains and will always be the first automobile to set an official land speed record.
Unfortunately for our "Electric Count," the record would last just a few days before it would fall to a faster electric vehicle.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
History Problem? Erase It!
We know the drill by now. Blago was a friend and a compatriot who Obama helped get elected and had deep discussions with. Now that Blago the Fool has gone public, Obama hardly knew him. He was just a guy in the neighborhood.
It seems all of Obama's neighbors are hoods.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
(George Hewes was a member of the band of "Indians" that boarded the tea ships that evening.)
When we arrived at the wharf, there were three of our number who assumed an authority to direct our operations, to which we readily submitted. They divided us into three parties, for the purpose of boarding the three ships which contained the tea at the same time. The name of him who commanded the division to which I was assigned was Leonard Pitt. The names of the other commanders I never knew. We were immediately ordered by the respective commanders to board all the ships at the same time, which we promptly obeyed. The commander of the division to which I belonged, as soon as we were on board the ship, appointed me boatswain, and ordered me to go to the captain and demand of him the keys to the hatches and a dozen candles. I made the demand accordingly, and the captain promptly replied, and delivered the articles; but requested me at the same time to do no damage to the ship or rigging. We then were ordered by our commander to open the hatches and take out all the chests of tea and throw them overboard, and we immediately proceeded to execute his orders, first cutting and splitting the chests with our tomahawks, so as thoroughly to expose them to the effects of the water.
In about three hours from the time we went on board, we had thus broken and thrown overboard every tea chest to be found in the ship, while those in the other ships were disposing of the tea in the same way, at the same time. We were surrounded by British armed ships, but no attempt was made to resist us.
...The next morning, after we had cleared the ships of the tea, it was discovered that very considerable quantities of it were floating upon the surface of the water; and to prevent the possibility of any of its being saved for use, a number of small boats were manned by sailors and citizens, who rowed them into those parts of the harbor wherever the tea was visible, and by beating it with oars and paddles so thoroughly drenched it as to render its entire destruction inevitable."
Monday, December 15, 2008
Muntazer al-Zaidi chucked his shoes at President Bush because showing one's soles or hitting with a shoe is a great insult. Of course these insults come from a culture that has uncles raping nieces and the nieces getting stoned to death for have sex.
Things have certainly improved in Iraq to the point that a budding democracy will be a thorn in the sides of Islamofascist nuts for years to come. If Obama doesn't snatch victory away from us.
Muntazer al-Zaidi is the proof that we have won in Iraq. He is still alive.
Under the previous Michael Moore's lovefest government Muntazer al-Zaidi would already be showing a size 45 caliber hole in his head. His family would be river bottom inspectors and anyone that knew him would be hiding as far under ground as possible, say about 6 feet.
So, thank you Muntazer al-Zaidi. Now slither back into your spider hole.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Al Franken gets boosts in Minn. Senate recount
"It would be unjust and disrespectful to those voters not to count those votes," said Judge Edward Cleary, one of four who sit with Democratic Secretary of State Mark Ritchie on the state board.
The board acted after receiving a legal opinion from the office of Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson, a Democrat, that the missing absentee ballots should be counted.
If this fails, I am sure they can start counting more based on how they think voters intended to vote. If the voters were still alive.
Billy Bubba Clinton set the tone with his famous "is" question/statement. Obama is following up with "contact" being something other than contact with Blagojevich about selling Obama's senate seat.
Both cases have created a stain and somebody has to go under the bus!
This bailout is payola for the thug foots of the Democrat Party, the unions.
Barney Frank On Auto Bailouts
"No. We’re not propping up companies. That’s your mistake," he tells Stahl, who had asked him about taxpayer money going to prop up companies that had made bad decisions. "We’re propping up individuals. The world doesn't consist of companies. The world is people. The country is people."
When Stahl points out that Frank is then talking about welfare, he responds, "Yeah, I’m for welfare. You’re not? Are you for letting people starve?"
Now maybe someone will be honest and admit that "card check" is not about fairness, but about taking away private ballots so the unions know which voters to threaten and bully when unions are rejected by workers.
In the story they state that North Dakota is the most corrupt, but it is based on a formula of per 100,000 population and doesn't really address how adept and aggressive the state is in rooting out corruption
Below is Illinois and Ohio and surrounding states
Ohio - 547 convictions
Illinois - 502 convictions
Indiana - 123 convictions
Michigan - 215 convictions
Pennsylvania - 555 convictions
Kentucky - 242 convictions
West Virginia - 74 convictions
Michigan and West Virginia seem kinda low, but it is interesting that Ohio has more convictions than Illinois.
Is Ohio better at rooting out corruption or does Illinois just have smarter and more experienced criminals in office that can avoid indictment? I would assume that Illinois could convict over a thousand just from the Chicago - Gary corridor. Maybe the judges are on the take as well.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Is the auto bailout being engineered as payback to unions and to make it imperative that the federal government take over large chunks of industry in America? Yes, in for a penny, in for a pound will be the cry from Washington and they will probably give an equity stake to the unions which will be the death knell for the auto industry.
Will the failure of the auto industry bring us health reform as envisioned by the new administration? Yes, Hillary Care will become a reality and it will kill what quality and affordability in medicine that Medicare/Medicaid hasn't. The Kevorkian of health, Tom Daschle, will lead the way. He's like a Dracula who has had a hundred stakes put through his heart by the citizens and keeps popping up to drool in his droll way.
Is Obama and his close friends in up to their necks in the political corruption in Chicago and Illinois? You betcha and we'll never hear anything about it. No doubt for the good of the country. In fact, the Obama is answering a question in a press conference about if any of his staff may have spoken to the governor of Illinois. Warm up the bus Rahm, time to toss another under it.
This administration is off to a good start. Not for us, but what do they care? If Obama gets a quarter of what he has talked about, our country will be unrecognizable and totally screwed.
How can a country this large maintain itself as a third world loser? It can't. And that is no coincidence.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
I don't read the New York Times much anymore. There is no reason to. They are no longer a news organization and their editorials are laughable.
Case in point:
The Deluder in Chief
We long ago gave up hope that President Bush would acknowledge his many mistakes, or show he had learned anything from them
It was bad enough when Mr. Bush piously declared that he hopes Americans believe he is a guy who “didn’t sell his soul for politics.”
It was skin crawling to hear him tell Mr. Gibson that the thing he will really miss when he leaves office is no longer going to see the families of slain soldiers, because they make him feel better about the war.
After everything the American public and the world have learned about how Mr. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney manipulated Congress, public opinion and anyone else they could bully or lie to, Mr. Bush is still acting as though he decided to invade Iraq after suddenly being handed life and death information on Saddam Hussein’s arsenal.
The truth is that Mr. Bush, Mr. Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld had been chafing to attack Iraq before Sept. 11, 2001. They justified that unnecessary war using intelligence reports that they knew or should have known to be faulty. And it was pressure from the White House and a highly politicized Pentagon that compelled people like Secretary of State Colin Powell and George Tenet, the Central Intelligence director, to ignore the counter-evidence and squander their good names on hyped claims of weapons of mass destruction.
Despite it all, Mr. Bush said he will “leave the presidency with my head held high.” And, presumably, with his eyes closed to all the disasters he is dumping on the American people and his successor.
No wonder the sad old gray lady is mortgaging herself to the hilt in hopes of staying alive long enough for the "O" and the Fairness Doctrine.
Admit and learn from mistakes? Look in your mirror lady. Your skirt is showing.
Bad enough to admit one hopes nobody think they have sold their soul? It is bad form to speak of oneself as if no one is near.
It is skin crawling to hear somebody's words twisted to someone's sick view. Even for an old lady.
Bullied and lied to justify an unnecessary war wasting people's good names? Like maybe the old lady's good name? I can understand that many in congress are too stupid to understand facts, but the vaunted old gray hag? She who knows all is admitting a fault in that she didn't see the truth even when experts acted as mere peons and believed Iraq's past as prelude to the future? My, her showing slip appears to be old and torn.
Dementia seems to have set in in the old gray witch's memory banks. Weapons of mass destruction were but a part of the list of reasons President Bush gave for attacking Iraq. My memory tells me there were 15 or 16 reasons, not just WMDs.
Maybe when the old gray lady's Manhattan abode is shuttered and sold, she can leave her office with her head held high and her fading cloudy eyes closed so she doesn't see all of her disasters she has dumped on her readership and fawning media that believed and reported her tripe without doubting or researching her accuracy and truthfulness.
I hope the "home" will at least comfort her delusions and offer her a comfortable pair of bunny slippers in which to pad around the halls.
New York has its classy hood politicians anointed by the ruling class to put a face up for them, Boston traditionally cloaks its corruption in the tears of the Irish, Cleveland corruption features political cousins with boxes of canollis in hand from Youngstown, New Orleans was built beneath the sea by pirates and grew into a disfuctional resort for corruption with a wink from the French and Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love, hasn't loved an honest man since Benjamin Franklin. Witness their history of mayors and their adopted son, the ham-fisted hammer, past mayor and now Governor, Big Ed Rendell.
There are many other cities with traditional machines that are corrupt with behind-the-scenes type of governance, but Chicago wears its love for bad boy politics on its sleeve as no other city in America. Chicago is the model for diversity in corruption from the lowly block captain and their army of community organizers, to the vaunted head of corruption, the mayor and his disciples of deception, the city council. Now these oafs are going to Washington.
The Obama is taking a part of the Chicago machine to be co-presidents with him in our nation's capitol. It's a good thing they're getting out of Chicago. Most of them should be indicted back in the Windy City for merely breathing. Breathing is a sign of survival and a sign of victory over one's enemies on the shore of that great lake. The bottom of that lake is littered with the non-breathers and on a hot day, the smell of rot smells, like victory.
Washington, DC is a place all its own. Built on a swamp and placed as a compromise between warring factions of the young republic, it's underlying stink is only marginally masked by winter. It's filled with bureaucrats who'd knife their mother for a promotion, a window desk and a pension. The bureaucrats are "run" by politicians and their staffs who are elected, in some cases, by the people. The politicians are lead by such déclassé people such as Pelosi, Reid, Schumer who answer only to their handlers. It's kinda like the Cabots and the Lodges, but God has no part in it. He's smart that way. If only Chicago was.
There's no lake for the losers in Washington. There needn't be, the city is, after all, built on a swamp. Unions make themselves noticed in their marble temples and fleets of limos carrying their leaders to early morning meetings at restaurants around the city for lunch. Community organizers are like pets to bring out at political functions, usually to give an award to a politician. The mob is frowned upon in DC because Congress hates competiton. The power elite in Washington control the flow of information, which is money, and wouldn't give a fig about our Republic if it weren't for those pesky constitutional issues. They will chew up and then use the bumpkins from Chicago until they have no more use for them. If Chicago is the sympton that "government of the people, by the people, for the people" is ill, Washington, DC is the virus which may cause it to perish.
Unfortunately, Hot Rod Blagojevich won't be going to Washington. He forgot the cardinal rule of Chicago where watching your watchers and having their watchers in your employ is not just a neccessity, but is in his union contract. Well, at least he should have peers to commiserate with in the Governor's Wing of the state penitentiary. At least he is still breathing. For now.
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
As it used to be said of the Soviet Union, it may also be said of the Unites States government; If you put the government in charge of deserts then there will be a sand shortage soon.
U.S. Could Take Stakes in Big 3
Congress and the White House inched toward a financial rescue of the Big Three auto makers, negotiating legislation that would give the U.S. government a substantial ownership stake in the industry and a central role in its restructuring.
Under terms of the draft legislation, which continued to evolve Monday evening, the government would receive warrants for stock equivalent to at least 20% of the loans any company receives. The company also would have to agree to limits on executive compensation and dividend payments, much like those contained in the government's $700 billion rescue of the financial industry.
In the case of General Motors Corp., such a move could give the government a large stake in the company and may hurt existing shareholders. GM is seeking about $10 billion in short-term loans and has a market capitalization of about $3 billion. The legislation didn't specify what kind of stock the government would take, leaving open the option it could be preferred, common, voting or nonvoting.
Assuming congressional Democrats and the White House come to agreement on the plan, the car industry would be the latest to submit to strict government scrutiny in return for a bailout, joining most prominently the banking sector.
To add insult to injury, the unions which have had a huge hand in paralyzing industry nationwide and also happen to be as corrupt as organized crime, but I repeat myself, now wants an "equity stake" in GM and a seat on the board. This is such blatant blackmail that even Jesse Jackson must be blanching and as such, I think it must be an outrageous bargaining chip.
In a sign of how messy the reorganization could become, the United Auto Workers union is seeking to attach strings to any concessions it makes for the Big Three. Marc McQuillen, president of UAW Local 2404 in Charlotte, N.C., said the union is looking for an equity stake in GM and likely a seat on the company's board. UAW officials in Detroit couldn't be reached for comment.
Any politician that votes for what congress considers a bailout for the
Monday, December 08, 2008
Thousands of climate protesters, some dressed as polar bears, devils or penguins, demanded on Saturday swifter action from the United Nations to combat global warming.
They may need the polar bear suits here. It's colder than normal. 'Bout 33 degrees.
Remember the Holodomor
This year marks the 75th anniversary of one of the most horrific chapters in the history of the Soviet Union: the great famine the Ukrainians call Holodomor, "murder by starvation." This catastrophe, which killed an estimated 6 to 10 million people in 1932-33, was largely the product of deliberate Soviet policies. Inevitably, then, its history is fodder for acrimonious disputes.
Ukraine--which, with Canada and a few other countries, observed Holodomor Remembrance Day on November 23--seeks international recognition for a Ukrainian "genocide." Russia denounces that demand as political exploitation of a wider tragedy. Some Russian human rights activists are skeptical of both positions.
The partial opening of Soviet archives soon confirmed the extent to which Stalin and his henchmen knowingly used hunger to punish resistance and beat the peasantry into submission. Among the finds was a direct order by Stalin to cordon off starving villages and intercept peasants trying to flee in search of food. The post-Soviet leadership of both Russia and Ukraine was willing to acknowledge the Terror-Famine, though differences soon emerged on whether it should be regarded as a Ukrainian genocide or equal-opportunity mass murder.
Years ago during the Reagan administration, when I worked for a conservative group in Washington, DC, I had produced a simple, but direct bumper sticker that stated, "Communism Kills". I believed it then and I believe it now. Communism is a stain on the history of the world. Many of my friends thought me coarse for stating such a thing about our adversary, the USSR, even stating that such things antaganized them to the point of danger because the communists would never do such a thing. My reply, along the lines of "horsecrap", was not well received. I still see some of those bumper stickers now and then
To this day there are those soviet apologists that deny the Holodomor. Many of them work at the New York Times while many people the leadership of the liberal/progressive movements here in America. The leadership in Russia, longing for a return of the Soviet also still deny it much as the Japanese try to deny the horrors they visited on the people they conquered prior to and during the Second World War. They are all, quite simply, liars. They are not in denial, they are in hope of a world in which socialism and communism rules.
There is no question that the famine caused deaths beyond Ukraine. It is generally believed that about half of the victims were in Ukraine and the predominantly Ukrainian-populated Russian region of Kuban. The millions of others who perished included Russian peasants and close to a third of the population of Kazakhstan.
There is also no doubt that the famine was man-made. Most Soviet peasants resisted the collectivization that began in the 1930s. When joining collective farms was voluntary, few signed up, and many who did soon left. Forcible collectivization was met with peasant rebellions, ruthlessly suppressed, then with quiet resistance. When villagers realized that collective farming meant backbreaking labor for the state at slave wages, many staged work slowdowns. As a result, grain production targets were not met at a time when Moscow relied on grain exports to finance industrialization. The regime then instituted a policy of ruthless confiscation of grain that left no food for the peasants; in many regions, villages that failed to meet the quota were also forced to surrender all other foodstuffs.
Recent articles detailing the Soviet regime's war on the peasantry, based on Soviet archives, describe a living hell: government agents going door to door confiscating food; families in recalcitrant villages forced out of their homes and left to freeze; men and women tortured to make them reveal hidden stockpiles of food; widespread cannibalism. These horrors were by no means limited to Ukraine.
It is nonetheless true that Stalin's fateful decision to blockade famine-stricken areas, issued in January 1933, was initially directed at Ukraine and Kuban. This has prompted French historian Nicolas Werth, coauthor of The Black Book of Communism, to reconsider his view of the Terror-Famine as ethnically neutral class warfare. In an address at the Harvard Ukrainian Institute on November 18, Werth said he now believes there is sufficient evidence to support the "national interpretation" of the famine. This evidence, in his view, includes the fact that the Holodomor coincided with a Soviet campaign against Ukrainian nationalism, with purges and executions targeting Ukraine's political and cultural elites. Yet Werth concluded with a pointed plea to remember all the victims of the Communist war on the peasantry.
Communism kills. It must to survive, but first communism needs a base of liberalism and progressivism to present a face of concern and care within which socialism can grow and flourish into communism.
The murder of millions, whether it occured in the USSR, Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia or in Communist China, must be remembered by adults and taught to children so that it cannot happen again.
This is the hope and change I voted for. Unfortunately, America didn't agree with me which is why I am already working toward the next election to help voters to remember why America is a great nation, that liberalism/progressivism/socialism/communism does not and cannot work and to remind people that it is not government that solves problems and creates opportunity, it is people. The people that communism hates.
Sunday, December 07, 2008
Saturday, December 06, 2008
This is especially tough for FOB criminals like Bill Ayers. It is rough living a bourgeois life, having a circle of paper tiger friends, a president-elect with his own official office of president elect and being an expert in re-education of school children, when people keep bringing up your terrorist past. I mean there are perks such as that tingly feeling you get when your adoring fans realize they are looking at a true warrior for peace and that glow of self love one can get sitting in their parlor with a crackling fire and a snifter of liqueur as one replays those heady days of free love after an evening of planning murder and bombing.
But then there are those that continue to try and make you out as a bad person. Bummer.
Dishonest Narrative Decried
Bill Ayers at NYT, upset about the “dishonesty of the narrative,” informs us that ”cast in the ‘unrepentant terrorist’ role; I felt at times like the enemy projected onto a large screen in the “Two Minutes Hate” scene from George Orwell’s “1984,” when the faithful gathered in a frenzy of fear and loathing.”
I would call Bill Ayers a loser of the worst ilk, that he is a murderer and that he has wasted not just his life, but those that he has influenced with his horse crap, but that would might make him mope.
Friday, December 05, 2008
Skeptical lawmakers are weighing whether to dole out as much as $34 billion in aid to the automakers as the once-mighty companies make their second round of pleas for government help to keep them from collapsing by year's end and potentially deepening an already painful recession.
One More Question...
Question No. 58 in the transition team vetting document for the Obama White House asks that applicants: "Please provide the URL address of any websites that feature you in either a personal or professional capacity (e.g. Facebook, My Space, etc.)"
Question No. 63 asks that applicants "please provide any other information ... that could ... be a possible source of embarrassment to you, your family, or the President-Elect."
For a while there this afternoon, President-elect Barack Obama's immensely talented chief speechwriter, 27-year-old Jon Favreau, might have been pondering how to address that question.
That's when some interesting photos of a recent party he attended -- including one where he's dancing with a life-sized cardboard cut-out of secretary of state-designate Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, and another where he's placed his hand on the cardboard former first lady's chest while a friend is offering her lips a beer -- popped up on Facebook for about two hours. The photos were quickly taken down -- along with every other photo Favreau had of himself on the popular social networking site, save for one profile headshot.
Personally, I wouldn't mention the word 'headshot' when discussing a Clinton. It's too dangerous as we have seen in the past.
The Nanny State now has a serious foot in the door, way past the seat belt and helmet and smoking nonsense they have been putting into place. Now they want to engineer, through government policy, how we live on private property and in our homes.
Proposed fee on smelly cows, hogs angers farmers
For farmers, this stinks: Belching and gaseous cows and hogs could start costing them money if a federal proposal to charge fees for air-polluting animals becomes law.
It would require farms or ranches with more than 25 dairy cows, 50 beef cattle or 200 hogs to pay an annual fee of about $175 for each dairy cow, $87.50 per head of beef cattle and $20 for each hog.
The executive vice president of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation, Ken Hamilton, estimated the fee would cost owners of a modest-sized cattle ranch $30,000 to $40,000 a year. He said he has talked to a number of livestock owners about the proposals, and "all have said if the fees were carried out, it would bankrupt them."
Sparks said Wednesday he's worried the fee could be extended to chickens and other farm animals and cause more meat to be imported.
"We'll let other countries put food on our tables like they are putting gas in our cars. Other countries don't have the health standards we have," Sparks said.
EPA spokesman Nick Butterfield said the fee was proposed for farms with livestock operations that emit more than 100 tons of carbon emissions in a year and fall under federal Clean Air Act provisions.
The fee would cover the cost of a permit for the livestock operations. While farmers say it would drive them out of business, an organization supporting the proposal hopes it forces the farms and ranches to switch to healthier crops.
"It makes perfect sense if you are looking for ways to cut down on meat consumption and recoup environmental losses," said Bruce Friedrich, a spokesman in Washington for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
Hell, Mr. Change, aka BO, hasn't even been elected president and these leftist losers are coming out of the woodwork.
If you want real change, root all these losers out of the bureaucracy and then cut what's left of the bureaucracy by half. How long until we can throw these bums out of office and government?
Thursday, December 04, 2008
Planned Parenthood Gift Certificates Could Be Used for Deadly Purposes
A number of Planned Parenthood clinics in Indiana and Illinois are offering gift certificates for their services this Christmas.
Officials say the vouchers enable people to give their loved ones "the gift of life" — that would help pay for annual checkups and birth control — but also can be used for abortions.
Chrystal Struben-Hall with Planned Parenthood of Indiana said the idea is a response to economic woes that have forced many women to put health care at the bottom of their to-do list.
"People are making really tough decisions about putting gas in their car and food on their table," Struben-Hall said.
Planned Parenthood said the stocking-stuffers — that range in value from $25 to $100 and can be ordered online — are redeemable for health services at clinics throughout the two states and can go to any service offered. "We decided not to put restrictions on the gift certificates, so it’s for whatever people feel they need the services for most," Struben-Hall said.
The group opposes restrictions on abortion, including:
laws requiring parental consent or notification for girls under the age of 18 (or 17 in some states) to have an abortion
laws requiring an ultrasound before abortion (many Planned Parenthood clinics perform, but do not require, ultrasounds)
laws requiring a waiting period (ranging from a couple of hours to a day or more)
reporting cases of statutory rape to the authorities
They're also a great group of people:
Planned Parenthood of Idaho was offered a donation if it could be earmarked for abortions for black women because as the caller stated, "the less black kids out there the better." Answering the phone call, the organization's vice president of development and marketing said, "Understandable, understandable" and continued, "Excuse my hesitation, this is the first time I've had a donor call and make this kind of request, so I'm excited and want to make sure I don't leave anything out."
One can see their sensitivity just glowing for the Christmas season. In Planned Parenthood's 2006-2007 report it was stated that they performed 289,750 abortions making about $119.6 million in revenue. That's quite a Christmas present of death for the season of celebrating He that brought us life.
Planned Parenthood employee tells "13" year old to lie about "31" year old father
A local Planned Parenthood employee has been suspended after the release of a video surreptitiously shot at a clinic which shows a woman who identifies herself as a 13-year-old being given advice that is a violation of the organization’s policies.
In the video, the “patient,” who is accompanied by another female identified as a friend, states that her name is Brianna. She tells the nurse she is 13 years old and has missed her monthly period. The nurse responds that anyone under the age of 13 needs parental consent to get an abortion in Indiana. “Brianna” further reveals that she doesn’t want to explain who the father is because he could get in trouble. She later says that the father is 31 years old.
In the video, which has breaks and cuts, the nurse advises how to lie about the father’s age. The “patient” is then shown a piece of paper which Rose alleges showed her that she could get an abortion in Illinois without parental consent.
Planned Parenthood had suspended this employee because she broke the rules. Ms Rose, the "13" year old is actually an 18 year old college student, says that this practice of helping underage children to lie to law enforcement, lie to their parents and how to get abortions out of state.
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
The logic is impeccable if one wishes to engage twisted logic to support one’s position that wants the federal government making auto industry business decisions to support a special interest group’s goals while at the same time paying back unions for blackmailing that industry into bankruptcy, because the bailout will help an industry that has refused to contribute to our nation’s national security, indeed has put our nation at risk. Huh?
The Big Three wanted a loan to retool which congress gave them to the tune of $25 billion. It was a mistake to give them the loan before they resolved their labor problems, i.e., the unions.
To force unionism onto workers and industry alike, the unions, the jackboot wing of the Democrat Party, want secret balloting done away with in order to allow union enforcers to harass and bully workers that do not want a union. Now, the unions want to tie the destruction of the secret ballot to a bait and switch of altering that loan into a governmental, i.e., Democrat Party payola, bailout to protect the union’s sweetheart pensions and benefit deals now that they have sucked the Big Three dry. They have finally realized their sugar daddy may not be able to continue to support them in the fashion with which they have made themselves accustomed.
If American industry is not strong, America cannot be strong. That is the real national security issue. So why not drop the lies about America needing other countries for oil and gas that is forcing us to build “green” feel good cars and trucks for our national security. We can use our buying power as a tool to spread freedom throughout the world, thus really increase our national security.
Trying to tie the necessity of bailouts to the auto industry and the auto industry to national security is a bogus argument to blackmail the American people into believing the government must control and run industry. That the bailout to the auto industry might not even go to the auto industry, but to unions that want the money for themselves is such a big lie, it might just work.
So why not drop the lies about America needing other countries for oil and gas so we need to build “green” feel good cars and trucks. We can drill here, logically produce new cost efficient power tools and we can use our buying power as a tool to spread freedom throughout the world thus really increasing our national security as we depose leftist dictators and thugs.
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
Reid: We won't smell the tourists anymore
The Capitol Visitors Center, which opened this morning, may have tripled its original budget and fallen years behind schedule, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid found a silver lining for members of Congress: tourists won't offend them with their B.O. anymore.
"My staff tells me not to say this, but I'm going to say it anyway," said Reid in his remarks. "In the summer because of the heat and high humidity, you could literally smell the tourists coming into the Capitol. It may be descriptive but it's true."
Punch Happy Harry is weirder than hell and an offense to all.
Via Gateway Pundit
The prospect of bold government action appears to be accepted among players across the ideological and political spectrum, including those who opposed the idea in the 1990s.
Everyone agrees that we need a nationalized system of healthcare run by the government except the patients, Americans.
Health care for all. Health for none.
Barack Obama to buy rare £20,000 rhodium ring for his wife to say 'thanks for your support'
Michelle Obama is to receive this £20,000 thank you from her husband for her support during the election.
The Harmony ring is made of rhodium - the world's most expensive metal --and encrusted with diamonds. It is being hastily made by Italian designer Giovanni Bosco in time for January's inauguration ceremony.
Only about 25 tons of rhodium are mined each year, mostly in South Africa, and as a result its price is typically around £5,000 an ounce.
Now all those capitalists will have a guideline with which to gauge their spending.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Liberal groups feel welcome again in Washington
For years, progressive groups and their causes have been in the political wilderness. Now, with Barack Obama preparing to take the White House and Democrats tightening their hold on Congress, the party's liberal constituencies can see their way to a promised land.
Their vision includes federal laws banning job discrimination against gays; expanded hate-crime laws; public land protections from logging and oil drilling; and easier union organizing of workers.
Promised land? Vision? Loaded words for a loaded article, but let's go with what they have served up.
"federal laws banning job discrimination against gays" - we'll have to hire who the government wants us to, not who we want to, but then government is so much smarter than us. Right?
"public land protections from logging and oil drilling" - a multi-goodness path that will kill the coal, oil, auto and logging industries while enriching "green" industries who support a liberal/progressive view of America. A win-win for those attempting to put a lock on power and those wanting to get wealthy from those in power. A lose-lose for America.
"easier union organizing of workers" - pure payola for the goon stepping union bosses which will take away privacy and the ability to resist unionism. It will kill off the industries that unions haven't already destroyed.
The upside for liberal/progressives is that the government will have to take more control of industry, business and our personal lives as these few "change" items start crippling our economy more than they have already, but isn't that what they planned?
Isn't that what America voted for?
Friday, November 28, 2008
Smokers are now persona non grata every where outside their homes and will be illegal inside their homes soon if the do-gooders and government have their way.
Now, perfume wearers better beware.
Judge says perfume lawsuit can proceed
A Detroit city planner says co-worker's scent interferes with job performance, breathing.
Alison Johnson, chairwoman of the Chemical Sensitivity Foundation in Topsham, Maine, said she welcomes Zatkoff's decision to let the lawsuit proceed.
"These perfume sensitivities are very real, and I can't tell you how many lives they are ruining," Johnson said. "Maybe there's beginning to be recognition that these things are serious."
McBride is seeking unspecified damages. Thompson said the major goal of the lawsuit is not monetary damages but "to educate people about the issue and seek voluntary compliance, where possible."
The city is continuing to fight the lawsuit, which could be headed to trial next year.
What will they go after next? Garlic, B.O., onions, and offensive thoughts? Oh, wait. They're already litigating offensive thoughts, but they won't go after our fat and smelly government(s) that illegally interferes in our daily lives.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
In 1778, a Thanksgiving resolution drafted by (Samuel) Adams was approved by Congress on Nov. 3, setting aside Wednesday, Dec. 30, as a day of public thanksgiving and praise,
"It having pleased Almighty God through the Course of the present year, to bestow great and manifold Mercies on the People of these United States."
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Ho, ho, nope! FGCU to limit holiday decor
Christmas is just 30 days away, but Santa Claus won't be stopping by Florida Gulf Coast University this holiday.
He's not allowed on campus.
FGCU administration has banned all holiday decorations from common spaces on campus and canceled a popular greeting card design contest, which is being replaced by an ugly sweater competition. In Griffin Hall, the university's giving tree for needy preschoolers has been transformed into a "giving garden."
The moves boil down to political correctness.
"Public institutions, including FGCU, often struggle with how best to observe the season in ways that honor and respect all traditions," President Wilson Bradshaw wrote in a memo to faculty and staff Thursday. "This is a challenging issue each year at FGCU, and 2008 is no exception. While it may appear at times that a vocal majority of opinion is the only view that is held, this is not always the case."
How's this for honoring and respecting? And these clowns are "educating" our young adults. They can't read, do math or think for themselves, but they'll be able to pontificate on how evil America and Christians are.
El Presidente Bradshaw is correct about one thing, there is a vocal majority and they are being terrorized by a minority of haters.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
People joke that a buckeye is a bitter and useless nut which is untrue. It has many uses such as stunning fish and other smelly things, but mostly it is a good-luck charm that actually works. It is no joke that a wolverine is smelly, mangy and general nuisance to all that come in contact with it, but at least a wolverine will skulk away when it comes in contact with its betters which includes all other life forms. It is said that a wolverine could attend another college except for the fact that those other colleges do not allow wolverines crayons for school work nor for snacks before their afternoon nap.
I started watching the OSU VS Michigan game before God made dirt which was when I was young. My father, a graduate of The Ohio State University and Medical School, took me to my first game before I was one year old. It is a lesson that has stayed with me ever since. A young Hop Cassidy almost single handedly beat Michigan proving a single OSU player could beat 11 Michigan players. My father proudly reported that when Michigan scored a touchdown that I filled my diapers with a stands clearing deposit. Michigan didn't score again that game and I like to think I had a small part in that victory because my Dad said I had the "poop" on Michigan from the get go.
My son, a graduate of The Ohio State University who roomed with Hawk who I witnessed eating a 2 lb London Broil by himself at my table, is on his way with a few hundred of his friends for our annual Beat Michigan Party here at the house.
This is The Game and I love it. It is also a reminder that God is always right. Why else would I get to be with my son remembering my father as we eat tons of food grilled in the cold with Buckeyes from all over the state watching the world order be reaffirmed as OSU beats Michigan?
GO BUCKS! BEAT MICHIGAN!!!!
Friday, November 21, 2008
I guess that seat on the Supreme Court was slipping through her fingers and so she took what she could.
To conservatives, Obama's choices are terrible for the most part, but soothing that for conservatives is the fact that the so far out left that it's in another universe is in shock as their brave new world slips through their fingers. These choices are just the same old, same old crew from DC with merely liberal agendas. The Republic may just stand. May.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
When Are We Law Abiding/Tax Paying Citizens Going To Stand Up To the Loud Lunatic Fringe Taking Over America?
I'm sick of hearing that I as a Christian and conservative am the shame of my party who wants to ram morality down the country's throat because I oppose abortion, gay marriage and partial term abortion. Even as the name of God is eradicated from every public arena on every courthouse, in every school and every public discourse and the agenda of a woman's right to choose to abort through the 9 (!) month of pregnancy is a policy our new president supports I shrink back? No way. I'm getting angry and staying angry about this. I hope you will too.
This is what we need to do. Though it is not just the left fringe we need to fight back against.
There are those, who are mathematically challenged, amongst Republicans that believe they can win without social conservatives. Obama didn't win Ohio as much as McCain lost Ohio because those social conservatives that voted for Bush in 2004 didn't come out for McCain. The base of the Republican Party, social conservatives, didn't pull that lever. They had no reason to.
The same people that say the party needs to marginalize social conservatism, also say we need to look outside our traditional base and focus on just being fiscally conservative. Again, their math doesn't stand. How can one be fiscally conservative when one can't do the basic math of vote counting? I suppose that is why we need all those extra government bureaucrats, so they can count. They must now be doing the math the same way they did the math for the last election. McCain tried the outside our traditional base thing, but apparently it didn't work out so well. Democrats may have a base that can be bought for a few government trinkets, but no fiscal conservative could even ethically think this way and social conservatives cannot be bought. Their beliefs are their life and government is a necessary evil which should be chained and suppressed.
The math also tells us that we lost fiscal conservatives as well. Many of them are now saying they want to form third parties. We lost them because our elected republicans forgot to be Republican when they started spending like drunken bums using our money to build 'bridges to nowhere' and getting buildings named after themselves just like the Democrats they had become. Third party math is just as bad as the little 'r' republican math. Third parties are exactly what the now in power liberals want on our side. Divide and conquer.
Another cry I hear, which liberals love to gloat over, is that younger demographic groups won't vote for social conservative candidates. That is not true. They will vote for those they trust and believe in. Younger Republican or conservative voters will not vote for hypocrites nor those they feel are pandering to them. If they are not moved to support a candidate they will just stay home or, in some cases, they will react to peer pressure and vote for the opponent. Why would these voters vote for 'fiscally conservative' Republicans that are spending like power drunk liberals? They have seen the hypocricy and they shunned it the same way they'd shun a lecture on sobriety from a parent downing their 3rd martini for the evening.
So, how about we frame the argument properly. Without their base Republicans cannot win. It may be that much money comes from the 'only fiscally conservatives', but it is the socially conservative, i.e., socially responsible and active, base that not only gives money, but also knocks on doors, mans the phone banks, fills campaigns with volunteers, completes the GOTV and talks to friends and family to network for candidates. Besides, why would anyone think they are mutually distinct groups. All of the social conservatives I speak to are also fiscal conservatives, but not all fiscal conservatives are social conservatives.
The argument should be why haven't fiscal conservatives fully embraced social/fiscal conservatives to lead our nation back to prosperity and strength? Oh, and to win elections.
The base of the Republican Party is the social conservative movement, so actually it is just few party leaders trying to cover their butts for screwing up. Without social conservatives the Republican Party is just a group of country club people who will stay in the political wilderness for years.
The next four years are going to be trying times for conservatives. Especially amongst themselves. Unite and win or be divided and conquered. It is our children's future that we are abandoning or protecting. Your choice, but if you can't unite against Pelosi, Obama and Reid, you're not a conservative. You're a moron.