Sunday, February 28, 2010

Snow Hill

Loudon Street

Tea And Coffee: A Constitutional Republic VS The Tyranny Of The Mob

To understand our form of government is not hard. Read the Constitution and amendments usually is a pretty easy way to start. To respect and honor our form of government is obviousley not so easy, just look at progressives, the courts and local and state governments and the federal government. They backstab our founders seemingly at will.

The Coffee Party believes the middle is consensus. The Tea Party believes the middle is the Constitution.

The Constitution is not a living document. It is based in principle as the vision for the United States of America's future and the founders deplored the idea of the mob controlling America whether it was the tyranny of the large states stepping on the rights of smaller states, industrial over agriculture or large government crushing the liberty of individuals.

let's start a coffee party . . . smoothie party. red bull party. anything but tea. geez. ooh how about cappuccino party? that would really piss 'em off bec it sounds elitist . . . let's get together and drink cappuccino and have real political dialogue with substance and compassion.

Progress is patriotic, they tell the camera. Wake up. Espresso yourself. Something is brewing, America.

How about a Latte Liberal Party? Yes, progress is patriotic, but not all progress(ivism), only progress that fits within the Constitution.

About Us
We are diverse — ethnically, geographically, politically, in age and in experience.
We are 100% grassroots. No lobbyists here. No pundits. And no hyper-partisan strategists calling the shots in this movement. We are a spontaneous and collective expression of our desire to forge a culture of civic engagement that is solution-oriented, not blame-oriented.

Your web presence shows that you are 100% grassroots, eh? Sharing goals, venues and projects with MoveOn, Organizing for America, unions, MSM and others and your coming out of the gate with professional logos, videos, websites and all of you fellow groups pounding the intertoobs to create the sense of an overnight avalanche of support. You're so hyper-partisan and non spontaneous, it will be interesting to unravel your finances to see who has really been funding you from inception.

We demand a government that responds to the needs of the majority of its citizens as expressed by our votes and by our voices; NOT corporate interests as expressed by misleading advertisements and campaign contributions.

We want a society in which democracy is treated as sacrosanct and ordinary citizens participate out of a sense of civic duty, civic pride, and a desire to contribute to society. The Coffee Party is a call to action. Our Founding Fathers and Mothers gave us an enduring gift — Democracy — and we must use it to meet the challenges that we face as a nation.

Any group is the sum of its parts. The Coffee Party is growing quickly and absorbing a variety of views and opinions. The one thing we all agree on is that Government has to change… and we would like it to change for the better instead of rolling back to the last Century.

Demand all you want as long as those demands are within the Constitution which clearly lays out the reason and the form of our form of government.

Democracy may be sacrosanct somewhere, but not here. You will call it nitpicking, which belies an ignorance of governance, but the United States of America is a Republic which is quite different than the tyranny of Democracy's majority. Again, you can demand all you want concerning the needs of the majority (who decides those needs to be prioritized by the majority?) as witnessed by your votes and voices, but again, Constitution; Republic; Law.

Vienna, Va.: If you look at the recent Pew study on the Millennial Generation, that group is more progressive than the preceding generations. How are the Coffee Party Groups specifically reaching out to that cohort? They are really important.

Annabel Park: Great point, Vienna! The Millennial Generation, frankly, has a lot to teach the rest of us when comes to appreciation of diversity and a sense of collective identity that transcends the usual lines that divide us. We want to appeal to them to not only be involved, but to take on leadership. We are starting chapters on college campuses where students can come together to practice democracy as a community.

I'm sure one of your instantaneous grassroots support groups will help you with this. Maybe the NEA and the Department of Education?

We believe that, when the Millennial Generation steps up for our country's future, it will lead to profound changes in our politics.

Annabel Park: We want to shift the paradigm from thinking of politics as a zero-sum game with two opposing sides. If one side loses, the other side wins. This is not a democracy. This is a misunderstanding of the tenets of democracy.

And you misunderstand the tenets of the Republic of the United States of America.

Democracy is based on the notion of the common good. People should come together to go through a deliberation process to produce collective decisions that benefit the common good.

Here in our Republic that deliberation process is called elections. You'll see the process in action next November.

What would Abraham Lincoln suggest if he were living today? Would he be willing to sit down and have a cup of coffee and discuss our nations issues? I think so (just maybe not with me). After the Civil War, the North had won a significant battle. He did not tell the people to follow the rules of a zero sum game. He did not recommend that we obstruct democracy but that we be "flexible in our efforts."

Lincoln never stated that we should be "flexible in our efforts." If the Civil War was not a zero sum then Lincoln would have compromised and toned down the rhetoric with the Confederacy. The unconditional surrender of the Confederacy was definitely zero sum. One wins. One loses.

The snowballing response made her the de facto coordinator of Coffee Party USA, with goals far loftier than its oopsy-daisy origin: promote civility and inclusiveness in political discourse, engage the government not as an enemy but as the collective will of the people, push leaders to enact the progressive change for which 52.9 percent of the country voted in 2008.

Oopsy-daisy my butt and that 52.9% is evaporating as quickly as they find out who Obama is and that progressive is just another way to spell socialist.

Republic, constitution and law. Form, process and the way things must be done. Fairly damned simple for most people.

Kos Guy Blackwaterdog Thinks America Racist, Yeah...

I don't think anyone was under some real illusion that the election of Barack Obama actually means the end of racism in America.

If they did they don’t understand humans.

I'm pretty sure that the president-elect knew it better than anyone. After all, he saw it every day, from the moment he announced his candidacy. To some degree, he saw it within his own party during the primaries. And he saw it in all ugliness during the general election. For half of this country, he was "That One". No matter how big and clear his victory was. No matter how smart he is. No matter how decent he is. No matter what a true patriot he is. No matter how optimistic and positive his vision for America was. All that didn't matter. Because at the end of the day, he was still black.

Over half the voters voted for him and I can with the same veracity as Blackwaterdog that those that opposed his election did so because they opposed his platform and who he was, not his skin color.

I'm quite old. I remember, vaguely, where my parents been on November 22, 1963. I've seen so many presidents. Some were feared, some were hated, some were adored, some popular and some not. But all of them, without exception, were treated with the highest respect deserve to the office of the president of the United States.

Highest respect? What crap. Both Bushs, Reagan and Nixon come to mind as not only not getting the “highest respect”, but were denigrated at every chance by their opponents and the media.

That is until a black man won the right to occupy this office. It's been 13 months now, and in the eyes of so many, Barack Obama is still that one. He is being disrespected and at the same time being held to the highest standard of any president I've ever seen – and not just by the Republican side. He has to perform three times better than any president in history, and even that may not be enough.

He is disrespected because of his disdain for others, his policies and his failure to achieve or resolve the problems we face. He is disdained because he has an agenda which is completely out of touch with the majority of the electorate. Can you say jobs?

For the media, he is many more times just "Obama" than "President Obama". They create scandals out of nothing issues. It took them at least 6 years to start giving Bush a small part of the shit he deserved. It took them 6 months to begin crap all over Obama because he's yet to fix the catastrophe that was left for him.

Whether the majority liked Bush or not they saw that he was focused on their priorities. Love the “highest respect” ole Blackwaterdog is showing the office of the President of the United States.

They use condescending tone when they talk about him, and only mildly less condescending when they talk TO him. With anyone else, CNN wouldn't dare go to commercials every time the president speaks, like they did during that summit on Thursday. They wouldn't dare counting how many minutes George Bush or Bill Clinton were talking. Chris Mathews wouldn't dare making an issue out of Ronald Regan calling members of congress by their first name, like he is not actually the freaking president. They fully cooperate with the Right-Wing smear machine when it comes to president Obama's national security performance – even if almost every independent and military expert actually thinks that he's a terrific Commander in Chief. You'll never see them on TV, and virtually no one from the Left, in congress and outside, defend the president on this matter.

This paragraph is so incoherent in light of the facts there is nowhere to begin, but one question might be, do you remember whether Clinton wore boxers or briefs?

I don't care about the Far-Right. They're just crazy ignorant Neanderthals. It's the way the beltway and the mainstream treats this president that is shocking. On Thursday, almost every Republican had no trouble interrupting him in the middle of a sentence. They looked like they're going to vomit every time they had to say "Mr. president". They all had this Eric-Cantor-Smirk whenever he spoke. Then they went out and started to spit their stupid talking points, to the delight of the media. Sarah Palin, a woman who can hardly read, thinks that he was "arrogant" towards John McCain, and somehow this is an important news. Because you see, "Obama's Arrogance" is the talking point of the day.

“Obama’s arrogance”? People might think that because they didn’t think his put down of McCain very dignified or respectful of the office of the presidency. They thought him petulant. To continue your love for the dignity of elected office, I hear Sarah Palin reads quite well, but I wouldn’t want you to think that I would compare your level of achievement to Gov. Palin’s as a measure of intellect. I am amazed at your acuity in being able to see that Republicans looked as if to vomit. That’s amazing.

Oh, those talking points. He is arrogant (because he knows the facts better than all of them combined). He is an elitist (because he uses big words that they don't understand). He is weak on national security (because he actually thinks about the consequences). He divides the country (well, he did that the day he had the audacity to win the election). Worst of all, he actually thinks that he's the president. He even dared to say so on Thursday. How arrogant of him. You'd think that previous presidents didn't have any ego. Somehow it turned out that the one president who treats even his biggest opponents with the utmost respect – is the arrogant one. I wonder why.

Knows facts better? How do you know that? Uses words that Republicans don’t understand? I’m sure you know that as fact. National security? Most Republicans see that as his bright spot. He divides the country by his audacity? Yep, but not because of your racist card toss. He should think he is president? Yep, he was elected. He’s the one president who treat his biggest opponents with the utmost respect? That is such a stupid statement I am sure you’ll winch that you made it once your rant wears off, but you wonder why he might feel this way and you answer it for him in your silent cry of RACISM?

I expected that his winning the Presidency would bring out some ugliness, but it's been far worse than i imagined. The racism coming from the Right is obviously clear and shameless, but there's also some hidden and maybe subconscious and disturbing underline tone behind some of the things that I read here and throughout the Left blogosphere, even before the end of Obama's first year - 'He's weak, he's spineless, he's got no balls, primary him in 2012'. It'll be dishonest to deny that.

'He's weak, he's spineless, he's got no balls, primary him in 2012.' That’s not what I am hearing from Republicans (you said that racism was clear and shameless in Republicans) and nor am I hearing that from Democrats that I know, work with socialize with. I do hear it from Progressives that think he betrayed their hopes and dreams, so, take that up with them.

The fact is that for millions in America, Barack Obama is this uppity black man (Not even a "real" black), who received good education only due to affirmative action, and has no right to litter the sacred Oval Office with his skin color. They just can't accept the fact that the president is a black man, who unlike his predecessor, was actually legally elected. But what's really sad is that it's not just the fringe, its deep deep in mainstream America.

Blackwaterdog, this paragraph shows how unhinged and scattered your thinking is. “Uppity”, “affirmative action”, “litter” “actually legally elected” and “mainstream America”? You are “deep, deep" (ly) disassociated with mainstream America and this proves it. Unlike mainstream America you allow pure hatred and rage flow through you words and thoughts choosing to throw reality to the gutter as useless.

Barack Obama's ability to remain above all this slob, to keep his optimism and his strange and mostly unjustified faith in people, while continuing to gracefully deal with an endless shitstorm – is one of the most inspiring displays of human quality I have ever seen. And i can only hope that the Cosmos is on his side.

“Strange and mostly unjustified faith in people.” Well, Blackwaterdog, he’s got you whether he would want you or not, but then that’s what your hoping isn’t it. It gives you gravitas. It gives you self importance.

It’s too bad you don’t give the utmost respect that the American people deserve, but you can’t because you think we’re stupid, as you are so much smarter to see us thus, in the true light that shines down just for you and President Obama.

That is sad.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

The Clownish Boorishness of Joe Klein

It is pretty obvious to practically everybody that Joe Klein is smug. Most can't comprehend why.

His latest ode to Obama is filled with so many falsehoods that it cannot be taken for anything other than a service rendered for future payment.

The Health Care Summit
Shame on me. I was elsewhere yesterday and missed the health care summit. I'm catching up now, and the tea leaves seem to indicate that Obama came out well ahead of the Republicans.

Klein's seeming hatred for all that is not he is a hatred that spews forth in vile terms, cloaked in his smugness, and outright lies in my opinion.

Yes, It's Racism...but it's Complicated
And even though the teabaggers' pinched , paranoid sensibilities are now being stoked by Boss Rush and the leaders of the Republican party, I take comfort in this: the racists and nativists have always been with us, and they have always lost. They will lose this time, too.

Klein has become a parody and is an embarrassment to his shareholders in the once proud Time corporation. Of course, if I were a shareholder I would immediately sell for something more profitable and less odious. Like Porta Potties.

I Can, I Can, You Rats

Shamelessly stolen from the Webutante. Go read the rest.

So here's a little school yard quiz: Do you know what the last four letters of American spell? I CAN. Now the last four letters of Republican? I CAN. Finally the last four letters of Democrats?

I am still chuckling. Thank you Webutante. I needed it this morning.

United Socialist States Of America

I've been asking and saying this for a while now and it is very good that conservatives are beginning to ask what they need to do about the success of the far Left's agenda in Washington. Be aware, if you are not, the left has been very successful in transforming America away from our roots and a free nation inhabited by rugged individuals.


The left has made us much more docile. They are being "nice" to those that need help, they say. Bull, they are making the biggest power play in our history. They know it. They hope we don't, but more importantly, they don't give a damn. Win, lose or draw in the upcoming elections, they believe they have won by destroying the greatest experiment of freedom in the history of the world. Yep, that'd be the United States of America.

I think our side is analyzing this all wrong: Today's Democrats are controlled by the radical Left, and it is more important to them to execute the permanent transformation of American society than it is to win the upcoming election cycles. They have already factored in losing in November — even losing big. For them, winning big now outweighs that. I think they're right.

As Americans focus on the latest outrage executed by Obama and his administration they tend to forget the last outrage they made happen. Just as they planned. Huge auto corporations owned and operated they way the government (and their union lackeys) wants them operated. Banks being threatened and closed for "bad practices" that the government implemented and forced on the banks. States being blackmailed or bribed into submission. Whole industries deemed unworthy by the government are squeezed, battered and closed because they did not fit the government model. Look more closely at what government bureaucracies and Congress has done in the past years, but especially in the last year, and you will see that the United States of America is dissolving before your eyes.

If you are unwilling to do the hard work, welcome to the United Socialist States of America. I kid you not.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Ohio: Most Lib/Con Congressmen

BTW, I just read that Sherrod Brown is rated the most liberal member of the U.S. Senate. Way to go Sherrod. Keep voting against your constituents.

Team Obama Sends Out The Nasty Grams For Health Care 'Reform'

And ObamaMan wants you to send in a battle report after you have struck out at the enemy.
Oh, Lord, how much more can Talk Radio take from the warriors of weenieness?
After the rant, you must report!

1965 Austin Healey 3000 Mark III BJ8

I loved this car. I bought one like this used and it was in beautiful condition. I kept it that way, but the Lucas electrics were a pain.
My interior leather was blue with a burled wood dashboard and a wooden steering wheel.
After a few years, like the fool I was, I sold it for a 400 Ram Air GTO which I blew up within a year.
I still have the AH 3000 manual.
My best friend and I put the top down one December and drove back to my house through 2' of snow with a 10' Christmas tree sticking out from the tiny (I mean tiny) back seat.
Yeah, we got some looks. Might've been the music.

Out all night, sleep all day,
I know what you're doing.
If you're gonna a-act that way,
Think there's trouble brewing.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Harkin Read Letter from Staffer's Relative At Health Care Meeting

Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, read a letter from a distressed constituent concerning the cost of health care. The constituent stated that costs were spiraling out of control stating that in the future he would pay in excess of $42,000 a year.

Sen. Harkin offered no proof as to the contents of the letter, but he used it as a dagger to the heart of fairness and honesty concerning the health care reform debate.

Nor did Sen. Harkin divulge that the letter was from a relative of one of his staff.

Convenient, eh?

Tea Party Goes International Moves Home Across The Pond

Obama and friends, keep thinking the Tea Party is filled with just nearly dead white people. Please.
We'll see you on election day.

Batchelder Decries Dems Squashing Of Free Speech And Tax Reform In Ohio

via Right Ohio

A great piece about Bill Batchelder whose thinking could save the Republican Party here in Ohio. Go read it!

House Republican Leader Bill Batchelter Strikes Back at Speech-Stiffing Democrats

Below is Statehouse News Bureau Bill Cohen with some background on Rep. Batchelder's speech.

Blair House Health Meet A Bust

Whose mind was changed? If some people did change their mind were they ever capable of forming a solid opinion in the first place?

The two act play produced by onstage director, President Obama, had two teams facing each other with a "Can't we all just along" theme playing in the background.

The away team, the Republicans, had facts, expertise and intelligent questions. The home team had platitudes, anecdotal evidence and ad hominen arguments.

Democrat Jim Cooper of Tennessee spoke earnestly as if he were speaking to a PTA meeting with his parents proudly looking on, but wanting to make sure he gets home in time for a snack before beddieby time.

How much did this charade cost the taxpayer?

McCain gets Under Obama's Skin And Obama Slaps Him Down

How Presidential.

Obama kept stating that Republicans were getting bogged down in process, how the bill will be accomplished, and not addressing the needs of the public. That is a perfect example of The Art of the Lie.

The process is the important factor in this debate. I would humbly suggest that they should start with whether this idea is even constitutional. But, it should also be discussed whether coercion, bribes and shutting Republican ideas out is a good process for legislation and voting on it and whether is it good for the people.

The process is important when our elected officials are attempting to decide legislation that will forever alter America away from open markets, capitalism and freedom to choose. A classic example is Prohibition. Though well meant, at least to those totally unaware of human nature, Prohibition was not just a disaster, it was stupid, killed people and built the largest organized crime groups in world history.

Process is important. Very important. Without process, without thought, we end up with bad legislation and administrations. We are witnessing both at the moment.

Outstanding Post On Big Government's Lies

Excuse me for posting the entire piece from Ohio Citizens Accounting Standards Board , but it cuts to the bone and should be read.

How to lie

It is interesting but secondary to wonder whether this man is lying or merely ignorant:

“We have arrived at a juncture in our politics where reasonable efforts to update our regulations, or make basic investments in our future, are too often greeted with cries of ‘government takeover’ or even ’socialism’,” Obama said.

“Getting this balance right has less to do with big government or small government than it does smart government. It’s not about being anti-business or pro-government; it’s about being pro-growth and pro-jobs,” he said.

No, sir, it’s not about being pro growth and pro jobs nor is it about smart government. It is about who makes decisions, you, or a free people. If you’re so smart and so persuasive, then raise capital and put it at risk. If you succeed you’ll both become fabulously wealth and serve society, the poor most of all. If, as is certain in this case, you fail miserably, then you’ll at least be out of our way and you won’t be able to hurt the poor any more than you already have.

DeWine/Redfern/Strickland/Kasich Agree To Hate On HSUS

Good for them. United, united at last!

Ohio candidates oppose HSUS plan

I really like veal.

Televised Health Care Debate Openers/Politicians And Somebody Else's Food Budget

Health care reform conference being shown on television.

Gotta love Nancy. She always goes with the cliche that is designed to pull the heart strings. Never mind facts, just go for the tears.

Paraphrasing Nan: "I heard from a woman in Michigan that said they'd have to pay their health care premiums and that money would have to come out of their food budget."

Harry: "You're entitled to your opinion, but not your own facts." Said to his very good friend Lamar Alexander.

Obama: "Small business can't hire because of health care premiums." My, how he loves small business. At certain times.

UAW/GM/GOVT Conflict Of Interest With Toyota

Okay, you've got a trash facility you want to build, so you contribute big to your old friend the mayor's campaign and hire a council member to do work for you in the build up to the vote on your trash plant that the citizens overwhelmingly don't want...... and isn't legal under the law. So, change the focus onto something else and make sure everyone knows your facility is a "green" recycling center while the old one isn't. Time to get the state ethics board involved. A board that may have ties to the mayor and certain council members. That ethics board says everything is legit in a twisted logic that would cause your Twister game to get an ethical wedgie. Small town shenanigans, right?


The taint in the Toyota probe

Breathlessly we await an "ethical" opinion from Eric Holder concerning his best buddy, Barack Obama, who happens to be the big boss in America concerning the massive probe and push to make Toyota admit to shoddy projects that kill people just before they all go off to an office party at their company Government Motors. Toyota's competition and nemesis of Obama's friends at the UAW.

Talking of trash...

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

South Korea Loses Speed Racing/ Olympic Committee Once Again Lies/ Bought?

What the Olympic committee officials decided tonight was blatantly wrong . There was no disqualifying penalty. China lost. Korea won.


Who is getting paid?

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The 9th: Christian Groups Can't Be Christian

In a race to the bottom of the bile, the 9th circuit court has decided a christian group on the campus of UC Hastings College of Law is acting illegally by demanding that voting members of the group act Christian.

For the fun loving 9th this ruling appears at least consistent. Actually, consistently and willfully stupid. Okay, maybe not, but at least consistently political.

Hello SCOTUS overturn.

It's Official. It's Over For Obama. Tea Party 1 - Obama 0

Make the U.S. more like the UK. It's finally out in the open. The Obama Administration wants us to be them. If this was elementary school one upsmanship, there'd be no fight because somebody would be laughed off the playground.

White House invites Tea Party members to challenge it on transparency issues
“I would be thrilled to make this a type of political competition ... to see who can be more radical in their openness, in their data distribution models ... trying to prove to the citizens they can run a better government,” said McLaughlin, a former executive at Google.

He also said he would be “delighted if Republicans started pushing out great open-data models like the Conservatives have in the U.K.”

R not. M 2. R not. M 2. No I'm not. Yes you are.

Harry Reid's Subtle Stab To Scare Women To His Cause

Reid: 'Men, when they're out of work, tend to become abusive'

No need to scare the women, just show them the facts; if your man is out of work, he's gonna beat you.

Oh, and by the way, my health care reform can help you with that.....

Monday, February 22, 2010

Scott Brown And Voinovich Vote For Reid's 'Jobs' Bill

Two other Republicans, Collins and Snowe of Maine, did so as well, but Ben Nelson (D) of Nebraska voted against it.

Brown stated he was he was an 'independent' voice. Yeah, right. Just like Obama, he appears to have misled the voters. Cryin' George Voinovich, Collins and Snowe have become known for letting their states and the country down on a regular basis.

The fact that they did so for a stripped down bill that can't possible do what it is supposed to do is one problem. The fact that Reid changed the bill and froze out Republicans is another problem. The third, and most important problem, is that these three make what Reid/Obama/Pelosi are doing to America a bi-partisan effort.

Welcome to the 'dumber than a box of rocks' club Scott. You've squandered any good will in an amazingly fast way.

ACORN Restructures For Separate Centers Of Plausible Deniability

Of course Bertha Lewis will remain in the bunker sending out orders and directing where checks should be issued.

ACORN 'dissolved as a national structure'

It's as if Al Capone opened a new chain of whorehouses under the banner of Women for a New Morality.

Oh, and placed a union official on the board, you know, just to keep everything above board concerning illegal payments under the board.

You can call an Edsel a Lincoln, but it's still an Edsel. You can call socialized medicine health care reform, but... But a nut doesn't fall far from the tree.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

“Chicago Mafia” - Idealists And Hacks And The Cult Of Political Novices

ChiTown rookies. Dead fish. F*cking retards. Professor Ax. Tax evaders. Serial bower. Ms. Denmark Jarrett. Pedophiles. The Biden boo-boo.

Need more?

How about the ChiTown rookies believe themselves the "Chicago Mafia" and being from Chicago they think it is cute and gives them gravitas.

It is painful to watch an administration so paralyzed from the top down with, needless what Mr. Tingles thinks, Democrats sniping at each other and undermining their President. It is more painful for a fairly homogeneous nation that is losing all faith in our leadership because the leadership has so deeply missed why they were elected.

Jobs? Yes. Health care reform? Not before jobs. Climate care? Not really then and definitely not now. Card check? Not a chance. In short, Obama and ilk thought he was the one whose vision for America would alter and transform America.

America does not wish to be transformed, especially at the price tag that these naive dreamers would exact. To add insult to injury, the administration condescends, their allies in the press openly lie to cover for the administration, and their 'intellectual' counterparts writing on the Internet say that Americans are too stupid to understand issues. These people must be super-Americans, having been produced by America, but are too ignorant to understand that they are calling America stupid but not themselves.

Short of feeling annointed, Obama and friends actually believe their vision of Hope and Change won over America while other dissenting Democrats "realize" the Americans voted against George W. Bush. Neither realize the vote by independents was against the rancor of the Bush years. Rancor that Democrats spread across the streets, state capitals and in the capital of the United States of America. This was from the beginning a formula for disaster.

Is there a shortcut back to the political center for these people. Possibly, but I think they are incapable of achieving it because they're still drinking their own bath water and think it is ambrosia.

America voted itself a loser who won through false advertising and bravado unseen in American politics and the world was oh so proud of Americans for being enlightened. Now that America has seen the contents of the package they bought, they are rejecting it, and the world and our own "intellectuals" are oh so disappointed that we are so stupid.

America will spend much time and money repairing what this administration and its allies in Congress have already done to us, but we will get it done. It is the American way to right wrongs and what is currently being done to America is wrong.

Reid: Health Care Refraud In 60 Days

Scott Brown isn't the conservative that the left wants to make him, but I'm thinking he's not so dumb to:

Reid: Health care reform will pass within 60 days; better than 50-50 Scott Brown votes for jobs bill...

Treating the electorate as petulant children because they want health care reform, but not the one being offered, is a great way to win a battle, but lose the war. Just look to others on the left, such as Green Party candidate Dennis Spisak, who's whipping a dead horse(s) onward to victory.

Will Reid/Pelosi/Obama pass health care reform nefariously? Possibly. Actually, it is the only win possibility for them. If so, it will kill government health care and their agenda for generations.

Ron Paulians Swarm CPAC Poll

They're back!

Awful… RON PAUL WINS CPAC 10 Straw Poll

About 1/4 of the attendees voted, but the rEvolution crowd will crow like chickens about their victory. Hopefully, most will get back home in time for their K1 classes.

Chris Matthews: Democrats Totally United?

Just heard Mr. Tingles state that the Demos are like so totally united because Hillary has shown her complete fealty to Obama and Billy has been a good boy, ergo they're all together. Huh?

Evan Bayh. Ahem, he is thinking of actually working in the private sector because if he can create just one job, he will have created more jobs than our current administration has in the last six months.

Health care reform. Now there is a model of being a tight team.

Oh, never mind.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

The Wall

Newark, Ohio

Friday, February 19, 2010

Ohio Thaw And Carpenter Gothic

Friday Fugly Ain't

Obama Does Las Vegas Chicago Style

Obama told us not to blow our kids college savings in Vegas. We don't have to, he blew everybody's college fund in Vegas for us, saving us the trip.


Bribery, aka Chicago love, to the tune $1.5 Billion to forget all the nasty things Obama has said about Las Vegas.

Now Obama says, and let me be clear on this, Obama loves Vegas. But does Vegas love Obama? Or Reid? Or any Democrat? Love is a gamble.

Johnny 'Man of the People' Cougar For Senate!

via Have Coffee Will Write

John and Elaine live informally,” says Gibson. “They don’t have a separate dining room; there’s not a lot of division between areas. Their enjoyment of the land and the views was paramount.” Writing table, right, Pierce Martin. Torchères from Sotheby’s. Edelman leather.
'We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration At The Lincoln Memorial' on January 18, 2009 at the National Mall in Washington, DC.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Hard Headed Earnhardt, Sr.

This says it all for me.
"When I stopped, I looked at it and got in the ambulance and looked back over there and I said 'man, the wheels ain't knocked off that car yet,'" Earnhardt said.

"I went back over there and looked at the wheels and I told the guy in the car to fire it up. "It fired up and I said, 'Get out. Unhook me, I've got to go."

"We took off after 'em. You've got to get all the laps you can. That's what we're running for the championship for."

The other Earnhardt, Sr.
From the grandstands, he was beheld as superhuman. And somehow when the fans came close to him, to talk or touch him, they never could quite humanize him. They were skittish. They would grasp their autographs gratefully and hurry away, careful to keep their distance once more.

But if you knew him, really knew the complicated, enormously gruff but deeply compassionate man (oh, how he hated it when his big heart showed in public), risen from the textile mill town of Kannapolis, N.C., with a ninth-grade education . . . if you really knew him, then Ralph Dale Earnhardt was so very, very human, so deeply of the commonfolk who loved him.
Love him or hate him, Ralph Dale Earnhardt paid you back for your time and money everytime he raced.

Elm Farm Ollie - First Cow To Fly And To Self Serve Inflight Beverage

Elm Farm Ollie (known as "Nellie Jay" and post-flight as "Sky Queen") was the first cow to fly in an airplane, doing so on 18 February 1930, as part of the International Air Exposition in St. Louis, Missouri, United States. On the same trip, which covered 72 miles from Bismarck, Missouri, to St. Louis, she also became the first cow milked in flight. This was done ostensibly to allow scientists to observe midair effects on animals, as well as for publicity purposes. A St. Louis newspaper trumpeted her mission as being "to blaze a trail for the transportation of livestock by air."

Obama Establishes Bipartisan National Commission

Today, President Obama will sign an executive order establishing the bipartisan National Commission on Reproductive Responsibility and Reform and announce that Nadya Denise Doud-Suleman Gutierrez (born Natalie Denise Suleman, July 11, 1975) known as Octomom will serve as the Commission's chair.

In other news, President Obama also will establish the bipartisan National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform and announce that former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles and former Republican Senate Whip Alan Simpson will serve as the Commission’s co-chairs.

"Of course, there are screwballs, lightweights and boobs in Congress. There are idiots in all walks of life, and we wouldn't want those people to not be represented!" Retired U.S. Senator Alan Simpson

Yvo de Boer Calls It Quits Over Global Warming Scams

U.N. climate chief Yvo de Boer to quit in July

CV History

Born in Vienna, Yvo de Boer is married and has 3 children. As the son of a Dutch diplomat, he travelled the world extensively before entering boarding school in the United Kingdom and obtaining a technical degree in social work in the Netherlands.

Deputy Director-General for Environmental Protection
United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (UN-HABITAT)
World Business Council on Sustainable Development
Netherlands' negotiator on global warming
Worked on Dutch prison policy and housing
Member China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development
Bureau of the Environment Policy Committee of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
Advisory Group of the Community Development Carbon Fund of the World Bank
Board of Directors of the Centre for Clean Air Policy
Helped prepare the position of the EU - Kyoto Protocol
Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC

So, Yvo is quitting. How can one quit when one has never really had a job?

More newsworthy is that the Washington Post never once mentioned in the above article about Yvo the apparent scam called global warming that is growing daily with more and more scientists admitting to their false statements, others admitting they're too disorganized to find their proof and even more going on extended holiday far from those asking questions.

To the Washington Post Yvo has just found a "ripe time" to go into the private sector with nonconsensous as the backdrop to his four years of failure. The private sector should run like hell.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Progressive Criminals Are Another Person's Terrorists

Cheney Admits He's A War Criminal

That's the headline over at Progress Ohio. Their 'scoop' is based on Section 2340A of the federal criminal code. Below are the pertinent parts of the interview in which VP Cheney "admitted" he broke said section of the criminal code:

CHENEY: Well, I don't think so, in a sense that it -- if it -- if you interpret that as taking you to the point where all of these people are going to be treated as though they're guilty of individual criminal acts.

I want to come back again to the basic point I tried to make at the outset, John. And up until 9/11, all terrorist attacks were criminal acts. After 9/11, we made the decision that these were acts of war, these were strategic threats to the United States.

Once you make that judgment, then you can use a much broader range of tools, in terms of going after your adversary. You go after those who provide them safe harbor and sanctuary. You go after those who finance and those who provide weapons for them and those who train them. And you treat them as unlawful enemy combatants.

There's a huge distinction here in terms of the kinds of policies you put in place going forward. And what I'm most concerned about isn't so much argument about all the stuff in the past, about what happened to Abdulmutallab or Richard Reid. I think the relevant point is: What are the policies going to be going forward?

And if you're really serious and you believe this is a war and if you believe the greatest threat is a 9/11 with nukes or a 9/11 with a biological agent of some kind, then you have to consider it as a war, you have to consider it as something we may have to deal with tomorrow. You don't want the vice president of the United States running around saying, "Oh, it's not likely to happen."

CHENEY: Well, I suppose it depends on which battle you're talking about. I won some; I lost some. I can't...


KARL: ... waterboarding, clearly, what was your...

CHENEY: I was a big supporter of waterboarding. I was a big supporter of the enhanced interrogation techniques that...

KARL: And you opposed the administration's actions of doing away with waterboarding?


Clearly a gray area of admission on Cheney's part. Then there is another problem, the enemy combatants were not criminals, they were/are terrorists being held at a military base, thus they did not fall under the federal criminal code of the United States of America. Ooops.

Zack Space's War On Coal

Oh, he'll attempt a Socratean look and deny it, but his support of Cap and Trade, aka War On Coal, is just one vote amongst many in which he has voted against his constituents.

Below is what Zack bases his votes on concerning fuels like coal:

Effects on the US: A Congressional national assessment on climate change, published in June 2000, predicts:

An average temperature rise of 5-10 degrees Fahrenheit, with gentler winters and
more summer heat waves.
More agricultural production and forest growth due
to carbon dioxide fertilization; but loss of coastal wetlands and Alpine
More winter rain, with a 10% increase in overall precipitation, but
a 60% increase in the Southwest.
More extreme storms and more pollution
runoff due to rainstorms.
More drought in the Midwest, especially in Kansas
and Colorado; and a 5-foot drop in Great Lakes water levels.

Of course, all these assumptions are based on false science as we've seen. Way to go Zacko.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Snow In Ohio - Evening Version

Hey Greece, Time To Call θείος Soros

George loves your way of doing things. 4 day work week, government pays for everything and personal and governmental corruption is the norm.

Germany rejects European fund for Greece

Yeah, call Uncle George. Be sure to ask in Esperanto. George will like that as long as it isn't a Greek Jew asking.

15 Years Later The America's Cup Is Coming Home

BMW Oracle easily wins the America’s Cup
CONGRATULATIONS to US software magnate Larry Ellison's BMW Oracle team who swept to an easy victory in the best of three series to win the America’s Cup. After 30-months of wrangling in US courtrooms for the right to race head-to-head with America’s Cup defender Alinghi, backed by biotechnology tycoon Ernesto Bertarelli, BMW Oracle proved to the sailing community that they did indeed have the fastest boat and one that deserved to win the America’s Cup.

Buh Bayh

$13 million in the bank and a 20 point lead, but Evan Bayh is retiring. The Demo bench in Indiana is pretty deep, but Dan Coates is a formidable candidate.

Indiana's Evan Bayh to retire from Senate

How many more Democrats will decide the fight ahead isn't worth the price? I'm hoping a great many will. Of course.

ACORN Pimps Cities For CDBG Grants In Spite Of Congressional Ban

$4,000,000,000. $4 Billion. Four Billion Dollars.

Of course, it is your $4,000,000,000 going to advisors to the Pimps.

Didn't Acorn, the corrupt community organizer, get its federal funding yanked after its last scandal? Actually, no. Through municipal middlemen, it's poised to rake in another $4 billion. Where is the outrage?

You'd think a group implicated in dozens of electoral fraud cases, theft of funds and, most recently, helping criminals interested in bringing child prostitutes to the U.S. would have been ruled ineligible for federal aid long ago.

But think again, because these aid rats are experts at survival.

FrontPage magazine reports that federal Judge Nina Gershon ruled that Acorn is eligible for the Obama administration's proposed $4 billion in Housing and Urban Development grants within the $3.83 trillion federal budget proposal for 2011.

That cancels the ban Congress placed on Acorn funding late last year after at least five of the group's offices willingly aided undercover reporters posing as a pimp and prostitute to get federal funding for a brothel and cheat on their taxes.

Once again, the Democrats are all robe, no law. As with all their other hollow "change", they have decided upon a duplicitous show of doing something that was never intended by them.


Even More Snow For Ohio

Yep, we're getting more snow. The yard is still pretty from already fallen snow, but the streets are dirty and the curbs are piled high with mounds of plowed snow, especially in front of my driveway. The roads and highways are hiding patches of ice that won't go away.

More snow? Try as many as 9 inches

Talking with a good friend who still believes Obama is the second coming, even though he is not a believer, climate change came up, of course. He believes man has raped and plundered the earth, kinda like Jimmy and the Doors sang about years ago, and now the earth is striking back with global warming. This, as we watched snow falling outside. Me, I am not a believer in Mother Gia or whatever our planet is being called now, but I am a believer in climate change because I've witnessed it all my life.

As a child, my friends and I reveled in snow from pretty much Thanksgiving to March. Kinda like this year. As an adult, I'd like the snow to appear two days before Christmas, with notice thank you, and then go back to Hudson Bay or where ever it comes from, by December 27 at the latest.

As a child, I would hop in the car and go with my father to the latest area destroyed by tornadoes. Sometimes it was a hurt farmer with a missing barn and sometimes it was half or all of a village or town destroyed with tremendous amounts of death, destruction and injuries. As an adult, tornadoes are rare here in central Ohio, which is fine by me. That is climate change I can believe in. Of course, because of the threats of lawsuits and other modern conveniences, my father, if alive, couldn't even think of actually going to the people hurt and dying, even if he could get through the throngs of lawyers desperately vying for clients to sue someone.

We're possibly getting another 9" of snow. On top of what we already have. I love working from home.

Tea Party Equal TeaPublicans

Great advice from Matt Naugle. Now is the time to get involved, making a big difference and get to work.

TEA Party Activists Get Serious, Take Over Party Establishments

via Right Ohio

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Biden: Way To Go Joe - Belittle Soldier's Sacrifice

Joe Biden must not think through what comes out of his mouth. Obviously. His history proves that. Daily.

Biden says Iraq war wasn't worth `horrible price'

Serving soldiers believe in what they are doing. Joe may not understand that. Soldiers who have sacrificed their lives did so believing they were doing what they were meant to do. Joe doesn't seem to care about that. Joe also has the bedside manner of an oaf as witnessed by the wives, children and family of the dead. Joe is a moron.

Hey Joe, tell your crap to the families of the dead and then tell it to the 50+ million people of Iraq and Afghanistan that their sacrifice wasn't worth it. If you and Obama totally screw the pooch on Iraq and Afghanistan, as most people expect, then the dead, the raped and the subjugated will remember you in their tortured dreams.

Way to go Joe. You moron.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Haiti Bush's Fault

The Obama Administration will be honoring the 43rd President of the United States by naming the gap between the tectonic plates beneath Haiti after him.

The area will now officially be referred to as "Bush's Fault."

Mr Obama, Tear Down This Gall*

h/t Patterico

Who is worse, Jabberin' Joe or Gliby Gibbs?

Vice President Joe Biden:

“On Larry King Live last night, Vice President Joe Biden said Iraq “could be one of the great achievements of this administration. You’re going to see 90,000 American troops come marching home by the end of the summer. You’re going to see a stable government in Iraq that is actually moving toward a representative government.”

Asked to comment on Biden’s statement, Press Secretary Gibbs responded:

“Gibbs said the achievement was “putting what was broken back together and getting our troops home, which we intend to do in August of this year.”

A reporter pointed out that the Status of Forces Agreement to bring troops home was signed before the president took office.

Gibbs called that agreement “something I think that the political pressure that the president, as a then-candidate, helped to bring about.”

*gall - the trait of being rude and impertinent; inclined to take liberties

America Wins Race One In America's Cup

As has become the norm the American racing team driving a BMW sailboat won the America's Cup first race off the coast of Valencia Spain against the naval power of Switzerland.

33rd America's Cup.

America's Cup Match.

BMW ORACLE Racing (Challenger) 1 - -
Alinghi (Defender) 0 - -

The first team to win two races in this Deed of Gift Match is the winner of the 33rd America’s Cup.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Obama: To Hell With The People-I'll Tax & Spend All I Want

... that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Ironically, it is the president that freed the slaves that condemns the first black president with his words echoing from the grave.

... government of the people, by the people, for the people ...

Where is this sentiment in the halls of congress, in the White House and in the union halls and K Street?

The people no longer matter. There is no longer a "of", "by" or "for", just twisted raw power that tells the people that they'll be governed by government, by their betters and to the people.

via Drudge

Cap and Trade is now known by the people to be a lie and is really a power grab and a tax to support that grab. So, the hell with the people:

NYT SATURDAY: White House officials are searching for ways for Obama to 'use executive powers to advance energy, environmental and other policy priorities'... Developing...

People want "reform" in health care in terms of making it easier and cheaper to get, not a lousy government controlled health care that will lower quality and make it more expensive just as Medicare/Medicaid did. So, Obama and his unAmerican ideologues will just repackage the latest spin on health care "reform" and attempt to bank on Obama's charm, faux openness and truthfulness and sham marketing to try and hoodwink the people again:

Obama intends to publish on the internet a proposed Health bill in advance of Blair House televised discussions on Feb 25th... Developing...

At what point will Obama, Pelosi and Reid and the rest of their ilk understand that the American people don't want their brand of government? At what point will Obama and his fellow travelers understand that their politics of ignoring the people, whatever Obama's real goals, will destroy the greatest experiment in life and liberty ever attempted?

This is shameless on Obama's part and he and his ego should be ridiculed and laughed out of office.

Obama Not To Be Believed!

Don't blame me. I would never ever, ever, ever, say such a thing, but Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) did.

Dem Sen. Rockefeller on Obama: 'He's beginning to not be believable to me'...

When a Rockefeller doubts an Obama I would advise not fully unpacking at the White House.

The Elite Want The NAMES of Bloggers And Commenters

As part of the Soros Davos Economic Forum a personage who lists himself as chief research and strategy officer for Microsoft, Craig Mundie, wants the identities of all Internet users to be public information, especially to governments. Hey, Mundie, learned a bit in China didn't you. Maybe all that censorship and arrests of dissidents were just part of your business plan. I have to ask though, did the plan include salves for the wounds, food for the starving or a plan to get out? I mean a plan to get the dissidents out of jail not for Microsoft to exit China. That doesn't seem to fit your plan for the largest imprisoned market in the world, eh?

Control freaks want web licences to end bloggers' anonymity – be very afraid

If there is ever a one world government, Microsoft will be the sole source provider for security against those that want to be free.

Publius would be the first arrested.

All 50 States Have Snow

Snow in All 50 States: Record Dallas Snowfall, Snow in Florida


Climate versus weather. SHRIEK, close all coal mines, plants and every damned gas station in the universe.

No need to verify data because it still under the Cash For Flunkers rule of grant giving.

Wind Power Folly

Certain esteemed members of opinion makers are make quite the hue and cry for wind power generation. That means wind power generation sites.

For over $900 million in subsidies, chump change to Obamanites, we get heavily subsidized electricity from wind. Less than 13% of our need and only in targeted areas.

People here in Ohio are hueing and crying for Strickland to do something, in fact anything not embarrassing, and have hued and cried for wind power above the 25% clean energy bill. That's 25% too much.

Generation sites that destroy the land around them, drive off wildlife and create widespread maintinence areas and roads. Forty-story wind turbines. Fan-blade shadow flicker. Red strobe lights in the night sky instead of stars. As an added bonus wind power generation sites create a constant low resonance hum that makes people crazy. We've got enough crazies.

How about the guv save a lot of jobs here in Ohio, say with clean coal or natural gas or, let's go out on a limb here, oil? How about some safe, quiet and nonpolluting nuclear power?

h/t Maine

Another Kennedy Bites The Dust

Insider polling showed that he might face the unthinkable, defeat.

End of the line for Patrick Kennedy

Patrick said he was moving in a "new direction." Stay off the crosswalks.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Time For A Tea Party Toss Out - RECALL!

Members of the House will have their "recall" election this November for their shenanigans with health care "reform", but there are also 12 senators who are not up for re-election from nine states who appear to be able to be recalled by their voters.

Health Care “Tricks”
“Did you know that nine states have provisions in their constitutions for recalling elected officials, possibly including the senators and congressmen representing them in Washington?

I say recall.

h/t Patterico

Jabberin' Joe Biden Now Loves 'Bush's" War!

Is this unbelievable or what? Just think, if Joey had his way, he could by 3 times happier!

Joe Biden update: Iraq one of Obama's 'great achievements'

Obama and his cronies will only be angry that Joe said this out loud, no doubt, because they believe it too.

Stimulus Outrage - IPod Giveaway

Polk school district to give iPods to some parents
The school district is using the device to reward parents of children with disabilities who fill out a 10-minute online survey. The district wants to know how well it's connecting with the parents and how to get parents involved in their children's education.

The district is spending about $350,000 in federal stimulus money for the iPods.

Abortion: Was Health Care 'Reform' Ever Really About Health Care

Democrats, using smoke and mirror tactics, plan to pass health care "reform" over the objections of the American voting public. Many have questioned why Democrats would doggedly continue on with a bill, overwhelmingly rejected by the public, which could result in massive losses for Democrats in the upcoming elections. It now appears that health care reform was never the actual goal, but simply a tool used to distract voters away from a massive government takeover of the economy and their long sought goal of federally funded abortions nationwide.

Health care reform is the sugar coating on the bitter pill of government control of individuals.
How else does one explain the deceitful legislative trickery, outright bribes and total refusal by Democrats to listen to their constituents to pass such a travesty?

Pelosi aide says Democratic congressional leaders have settled on legislative "trick" to pass Obamacare; So why have a summit?
"In comments reported by Congress Daily, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s top health care aide Wendell Primus admitted top Democrats have already decided on the strategy to pass the Senate's pro-abortion, government-run health care bill.

'The trick in all of this is that the president would have to sign the Senate bill first, then the reconciliation bill second, and the reconciliation bill would trump the Senate bill,' Primus said at the National Health Policy Conference hosted by Academy Health and Health Affairs.

“'There's a certain skill, there's a trick, but I think we'll get it done,' he said."

Democrats hope to get the bill passed and signed by Obama so that super majority votes are not necessary thus giving endangered Democrats an out on any future legislative voting. Under this plan each vote will only need 50% + one and will prevent Republicans from filibustering (preventing) passage of very controversial amendments.

Who are the Democrats who will stand and say 'No', this wrong and unethical and I won't be part of it? Will Zack Space allow the subversion of our Constitution? Will Stupak be part of the thwarting of the will of the people? Who will speak out the truth of what Pelosi, Reid and Obama are doing?

I fear cowards will prevail and in their salons clap each other on the backs for fighting the good fight and then go home and count their bribes.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Unions Use 'Slush' Funds To Elect Dems And Trash Americans

The war against the Tea Party movement is wholly funded by unions and their war room is in a lawyer's office in Washington DC.

300 M Street, Suite 1102 is the law office of Joseph Sandler, a longtime general counsel to the Democratic National Committee. From this office millions of dollars of union members (some of which object to this) flows to help Democrats get elected. campaigning against other views and to push union legislation such as card check in an obvious quid pro quid with the Obama Administration and the Democratic Party. It is unethical and dishonest, but they claim it is legal.

Outside of that firm, the center of their activity appears to be a single office in Southeast D.C. -- 300 M Street, Suite 1102 -- which plays host to a sprawling political shell game they have established.

Public records show at least seven political shops listed in Suite 1102, most of which are essentially clones of one another, but all of which have offered money -- from measly thousands to game-changing millions -- in state-level elections across the country:

-The American Public Policy Committee Donations IRS forms
-Patriot Majority Donations IRS forms
-Citizens for Progress Donations IRS forms
-Oklahoma Freedom Fund Donations IRS forms
-Mid Atlantic Leadership Fund Donations IRS forms
-Public Security Now Donations IRS forms
-Pioneer Majority Donations IRS forms
-Bluegrass Freedom Fund Donations IRS forms

The APPC, which developed the anti-tea party ads, has gotten all of its money for 2010 from Patriot Majority and from Citizens for Progress, which is also called Patriot Majority West.
Patriot Majority West sent them
$25,000 in January, and Patriot Majority added another $5,000. The groups, both run by Varoga and Rakis, also swap hundreds of thousands of dollars between themselves, money often buttressed by gifts from Patriot Majority Midwest, seen above as the Oklahoma Freedom Fund.

The confusing naming system is intentional, say election law experts, who generally disapprove of the practice.

Is it any wonder that more and more Americans look at unions as corrupt? What took so long...
UPDATE: Per Webutante's comment;
Unionism, Government And The Pig Stuck Public