Duchess and I....plus cat CJ....are headed out next Tuesday, July 8th for a trip to re-explore the Blue Ridge!
I'll advise you when we leave, and also re-connect you to my RV blog.
Our 33 ft. "Roadhouse" (Damon Challenger) towing our 'Sideroad Suzie" (Suzuki Vitara Jeep) will travel about 1100 miles (@ 7 mpg, that will hurt)....and we'll have the vacation we need!
Stand by for lift off....er, gas off!
STARS - Perspective!
Wanna feel insignificant?
Just count the stars in this "globular cluster".....
Man, we are not even qualified as the "Mote in God's eye!"
The extreme numbers of stars is incredible. Just look.....and click on the picture, and you will see literally tens of thousands of stars. Probably many more! It is almost incomprehensible!
Obama is BLACK????
Sorry, but I am amazed that there is such an open anti-black vote impending for the November election. Open, as in my own friends and compatriots from my local area are openly stating that "A black man will not win the election!"
THEY ARE FIRMLY CONVINCED.
I, while not so firmly convinced, find their ideas and some of what I have read on the internet to be solid in terms of votes!
I dislike Obama....not because he is black, but because he is both inexperienced, and a waffler of the 1st order. He has not found a topic upon which he cannot switch sides in an instant, and with no regrets, nor excuses.
However, there are.....by some viewers.....a huge number of folks who, when stepping into the voting booth, will vote against a black man.
I am somewhat sad to say, I agree. There will be huge defections from even the Democrats in this corner.
It is not how I would wish the GOP to win, and particularly with McCain as the standard-bearer, but I feel confident that the President will be McCain!
IF You Want Obama....Watch This....
Just watch it........P-L-E-A-S-E!!!!!
It tells the tale of this fellow who has no creds, and no experience who wishes to be OUR President!PLEASE!!!!!
YOU Want Obama's (Canadian-Style) Healthcare For ALL????
Before you ride off on the wild horse of "Change"......you had better read Neal Boortz today....."THE FAILURE OF CANADIAN HEALTHCAREYou've probably never heard of a man by the name of Claude Castonguay. He's a Canadian who is also known as "the father of Quebec medicare." Back in the 1960s, Castonguay was the chairman of the Canadian government committee studying health reform, and he's the one that suggested that the province of Quebec adopt a government healthcare system that covers all citizens through taxes.Fast forward forty years. And guess what Castonguay thinks now ... his system has been a failure. He says that the system is in "crisis ... We thought we could resolve the system's problems by rationing services or injecting massive amounts of new money into it." Clearly that hasn't worked. And Castonguay is now suggesting ... get this ... to give a greater role in healthcare to the private sector so that people will have the freedom of choice. What a concept! And this from the man who created Canada's government healthcare system.Here we see a crucial difference between Barack Obama (PBUHRA) and John McCain. Obama wants a government solution. McCain favors a free market solution. Castonguay might be worth listening to here.But all you Barack Obama supporters out there just can't wait until the government gets its hand on your healthcare. Barack Obama is going to solve your healthcare problems! Boy are you in for a rude awakening when you end up in The Bahamas some day for surgery or to deliver a baby."
Check that again folks.....the FOUNDER of Canadian Healthcare BY THE GOVERNMENT sez it FAILED!
Pretty strong stuff!
Lotus Cortina - I Loved It!!!!!
I owned one of the 500 Left-hand drive Lotus Cortinas in the USA for 1967.
It was an ugly little two-door sedan with the twin-overhead-cam 4 cylinder which was astoundingly powerful! It did 0-60 in seconds....usually faster than the muscle cars of that time period! Even those of the multi-powerful big v-8s! But it did lift a wheel when cornering...and made me VERY happy when driving!
I loved the car and the time!
"Obama's America Is Canada!"
Editorial from the Washington Times.....TELL ME THIS DOESN'T MAKE SENSE!
Ralph Peters, in the New York Post, explains what the major media won't.....
" The facts about your security are being torn to shreds by activist liars. And they think that you're too stupid to know the difference.
Let's lay out the worst current examples of media make-believe and election-year truth-trashing:
Whopper No. 1: America is less safe today than it was on Sept. 10, 2001. Oh, really? Where's the evidence? The Clinton years saw New York City attacked and Americans slaughtered by terrorists around the globe. Nothing was done to protect us.
And the true end of the Clinton era came on 9/11.
A record to be proud of.
Countless aspects of the Bush-Cheney administration deserve merciless criticism. But fair is fair: Since 9/11, we haven't suffered a single successful terrorist attack on our homeland. Not one.
Explain to me, please, how this shows we're less safe. What factual measurement applies, other than the absence of attacks?
God knows, the terrorists desperately wanted to strike our homeland. And they couldn't. Are we supposed to believe that was an accident?
Whopper No. 2: Al Qaeda is stronger than ever. Al Qaeda just suffered a strategic defeat in Iraq that may prove decisive. It can't launch attacks beyond its regional lairs. The cowardly Osama bin Laden can't show his face (remember his Clinton-era pep rallies?).
Yes, terrorists can still murder innocents on their home court. I personally prefer that to them killing Americans in Manhattan and Washington. Even in Iraq, al Qaeda's been beaten down to violent-fugitive status.
By what objective measurement is al Qaeda stronger today than it was when it had an entire country for its base and its tentacles reached all the way to Florida and the Midwest?
Whopper No. 3: Success in Iraq is an illusion - the surge failed. Folks, this is something only a New York Times columnist could believe.
Every single significant indicator, from Iraqi government progress through the performance of Iraqi security forces to the plummeting level of violence, has changed for the better - remarkably so.
If current trend-lines continue, it may not be long before Baghdad is safer for Iraqi citizens than the Washington-Baltimore metroplex is for US citizens. Iraq's government is working, its economy is booming - and its military has driven the concentrations of terrorists and militia from every one of Iraq's major cities.
And our troops are coming home. Where's the failure?"
How very true. I, for one, am sick to death of a media and others who espouse ideas long-proven wrong, and continue to put them out as facts for a world of apparently stupid people.
THOSE EVIL PRICE GOUGERS!
A Little Duke Submission, for your pleasure..... "Yesterday, in their relentless drive to hide their culpability for high oil prices, Congress tried to pass a law punishing gasoline price gougers at the Federal level. There are many reasons this is a brainless idea. The fact that this sort of law is unconstitutional doesn’t matter because I’m not hopeful that our illustrious Supremes would see it that way. Another reason is that the phrase “price gouging” is so subjective and that would make it practically unenforceable. I have a better reason. One that Duke and I disagree on. I say there’s no such thing as price gouging. The only price gouging that ever takes place is because of government controls, not in spite of them.
First, let’s deal with how government causes actual price gouging. Government sanctioned monopolies always lead to higher prices. One needs only look at phone companies, cable companies and airlines. Look what happens as those services are deregulated. Prices drop significantly when real competition is introduced into the marketplace. Congress wants to add more regulation to the oil marketplace. Does anyone with at least the common sense of a houseplant think that could bring down the price of oil?
To explain why laws against price gouging are counterproductive, let’s look at an example we in Florida are very familiar with. A hurricane has just hit and prices start to rise on many things. We in Florida are saddled with one of these stupid gouging laws, so I’ll explain what would happen if the government let the marketplace help people. Since opponents want to call it price gouging, I’ll use their term and turn it on its ear.
Price gouging is a hedge against hording. It allows for the stretching of scarce resources in an emergency. Let’s look at bottled water. For simplicity’s sake, water costs $1.00 during normal times. After the storm, the few stores that are open have a limited supply of water and the municipal water supply will be down for weeks. You have two choices. Wait for FEMA and die of thirst or go out and buy some water to drink. It now costs $10.00 a bottle. This “price gouging” insures that there is water for you because the guy that walked in before you only bought what he had to have because it was so expensive. With those wonderful anti price gouging laws in effect, the guy before you bought all he could carry at $1.00 a bottle. Sorry, we “protected” him and screwed you. No water for you!
Price gouging allows for faster relief. Using the above water example lets look at how fast water will get into a stricken area. Again, we can wait for FEMA and hope. We can also rely on big chains to bring in water as fast as they can, but they are not geared up to supply their stores to the level that will be needed without a municipal water supply. John and his brother notice water is going for $10.00 a bottle and they think “I can buy it here in Georgia for a buck and sell it down there for $10.00. They load up the truck and head out. Multiply that by 1,000 people and very soon, there is enough water to stave off disaster. Keep water at a buck and those people stay home. No water for you!
There is no such thing as price gouging. That is a made up term to get the masses whipped up. It’s Congress’s attempt at slight of hand. “Forget about how we’re keeping gas from you, we’re going to hurt the very ones that are actually selling you gas.” I watch this three ring circus and can’t help thinking about a quote from one of my favorite books, Atlas Shrugged. While the hero Hank Reardon talks to the political leaders of the time about how their policies have been a disaster and why they won’t change those policies, he says to them “It’s impossible for you to not see the failure of your ideas, what are you waiting for?” What are the Democrats waiting for? This is not a temporary condition. I don’t care if the Democrats control the Presidency, Congress, and Judges. I don’t care if they get every stupid law on how to repeal the law of supply and demand enacted, oil prices will not go down with their policies in place.
WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? Drill here, Drill now, save money!"
While Little Duke and I are a few points apart on Libertarian beliefs, strictly speaking, we are of-a-mind on this one. While My Son was too young to remember the fiasco of the 80s when we "controlled prices" and how the entire market tanked....I am NOT!
You will NEVER, NEVER, NEVER successfully regulate ANY form of free market. & FREE MARKET is what drives this country as the most-powerful engine on the face of the Earth. It is certainly NOT our government. One must only look at our congressional approval level, in the mid-teens, to know this.DRILL, DAMMIT!
Against Global Warming? You Gotta Be A Criminal!
Little Duke produces this scathing look at some of the Global Warming idiocy going on...."So Much for Religious Tolerance Liberals like to pay homage to the idea of religious tolerance. The idea that this country has many different ways to worship is something to be celebrated is what liberals say. They will take up arms (hire lawyers) for any oppressed religion or perceived slight to that religion. Leftists say that all religions and opinions are equal and must be allowed, if not celebrated. Liberal religious open-mindedness is universal and without question EXCEPT when it comes to the left’s religion of choice, global warming. Yes, global warming is the lefts idea of religion. It goes deeper than that. Global warming has all the requisites of a cult. Every cult has a god, this one called government. This god is (or should be) all powerful. In fact, the only reason that our lives aren’t perfect is that we haven’t given ourselves over to the god of government and trusted it to run our lives. A very important tenet of any cult is blind belief. Its teachings must be taken on faith. Proof doesn’t matter, we must believe and not question lest we be labeled as deniers. With global warming, we are not to question anything told to us by the cult leaders. Cult leaders are a consensus of prophets and preachers. Yes, Al Gore is a preacher. Listen to him whip up the believers and tell me he’s not a preacher. As far as prophets, a Dr Hansen yesterday called for decisive action to avoid Armageddon (another cult favorite is to get the masses worried about the near end of the world). The clueless Dr Hansen wants us to put deniers on trial for crimes against humanity. That would be oil executives, inquisitive reporters and anyone else not bowing to the false god of the left. Ed Markey (D-Mass) called Dr Hansen a prophet. Yes, while the left tries to remove all traces of religion from any public lands, they invite their prophets to speak on Capitol Hill. I can just see the enthusiastic Ed Markey (D-Mass) practically weep uncontrollably as the prophet spoke. Cults, to gather any strength, must have a way to communicate with the masses. Of course, the cult of global warming has the MSM. USA Today, on June 23, 2008 said the following of Dr Hansen: “The year of his testimony (1988) was the worlds hottest on record, since then 14 years have been hotter according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.” (Italics mine). While that statement may have been true at one time, NASA has since been forced to admit that Dr Hansen’s way of figuring the data was flawed. In fact, according to NASA's newly published data, the hottest year on record is 1934, not 1998 and three of the five hottest years on record occurred before 1940. I would think that the incredible reporters at USA Today would be able to do their research better, but the facts don’t work within their template. They won’t let the facts get in the way of furthering the cult. The final tenet of the cult is atonement. This cult’s atonement requires massive amounts of money be spent to right all the wrongs. Like any good liberals, they all know that all it takes is obscene amounts of money to correct the sins of society. Cults are usually not very dangerous to anyone except themselves. Where the cult of global warming becomes dangerous is that these cult leaders want to use the power of the government to make us all believers. Today’s Jim Jones’s want us all to drink the Kool Aid. Be very afraid!"
Thus spake Little Duke today. I am on-board. There is so much extremism today. Two sides to every issue, and the liberals have seemed most inclined to adopt a theme of "if you are against us, you are criminal"....
Some conservatives, as well, are extreme...but the GW criminal idea this time comes from a person of supposed education and enlightenment.
McCain-Lieberman --- A Winning Ticket?
Joe Lieberman has been more GOP than DEM for many years. BUT...with the advantage of being an Independent who WINS against the DEM Machine!
At Pajamas Media THIS PIECE WHICH MAKES SENSE!
I am not now, nor will I ever be a McCain fan. Sometimes we need the lessor of two evils.....I see this in play when considering the carnage an Obama Presidency will wreak upon the United States!
The Future of Medicine! - We Will Survive!
The facts are almost upon us.....
The tests prove we can defeat Cancer!GO-READ-THINK!
"WE" Will survive from the beasts of cancer, and probably many others.
Love the medical advances. I hope they make my life 150 years!
Of course, I have to help!
ANWR - Making It Local!
UPDATE: w/Pics below story!
The Democrats, and environmentalists would have you believe the exploration and development of a small portion of the Alaskan Natural Wildlife Preserve....the portion actually set aside for oil exploration when ANWR was created....would be an environmental fiasco.
By the discussion and vehement opposition, one would believe that the area is huge!
Little Duke, my son and sometimes contributor here at Pekin Prattles, put a pencil to the problem of just how big an area we are discussing.
But 1st, remember....we are not talking about a beautiful place here...in Summer there are mosquitoes which could carry off a full-grown man. In winter it is brittle-cold blizzard country hostile to all but the hardiest of critters. It is flat, featureless and inaccessible at all times.
Now for Little Duke's comparisons to bring into perspective the size of the Oil portion of ANWR!"ANWR =
19,000,000 acres total in reserve.
2,000 acres set aside for drilling
Drilling area (2,000) is .000105263 of total area (19,000,000)
Jacksonville, FL (largest City in the USA)
484,928 acres total in Jacksonville.
50 acres would be drilled on
71,744 acres total in Tampa.
7.5 acres would be drilled on
In the case of Tampa, that’s less than a very small city block.
One runway at the airport takes up more acreage in Tampa."
This makes things look a bit different. We cannot drop our dependence on oil from countries with whom we are not good friends without finding another source. Alternative fuels are still in their infancy, and will likely be so for the next decade or more at the least!
Drop the idiocy and DRILL! In fact if you have not done so....go now and sign Newt Gingrich's petition to our Congress. THIS IS SOMETHING YOU CAN DO! Tell the Congress to end the idiocy!
UPDATE: Here is a picture of what the environuts offer as "ANWR". They lie...It IS a part of the permanently-protected ANWR, but NOT the area where drilling is planned.That area looks like this:Anyone else notice a bit of a difference?
September 10 - NEVER Again!
What is the Democrat/Liberal mindset that gives one the feeling that we can address the terrorists of the world as criminals who are much like robbers?
Obama has it. He thinks the solution to the 1st World Trade Center bombing is just completely O.K. for the terrorists of times since then. Just throw them in jail and the problem vanishes.
There is a fundamental wrong in that thinking.Terrorists are not criminals. They are Terrorists!
They are not robbing someone. They are not assaulting someone! They are after US! They seek to destroy not just the person or persons they attack. They are trying to make an ideological difference!
They are seeking change in the very fabric of the USA.
Why or how is it the Democrats seem to feel the local cop can handle that?
These are folks who conspire on a world-wide level. They are not seeking to ROB a certain person, or number of persons. THEY are seeking to change the WAY WE LIVE and THE WAY WE THINK!
Why is that something the Liberals of the Democrat Party cannot grasp? Maybe it is because to do so would involve giving up their Liberal/Socialist menu of goals?
Perhaps they are indeed trying to destroy the very concept of freedom and of our capitalist "free economy." Perhaps they feel if they destroy that, then they will have perfect Government-In-Charge. ALL dollars flow from and to Government.It has N-E-V-E-R before worked...it has failed in every application, but MAYBE this time they can do it differently?
Socialist systems are inherently flawed, and they always fail. They end up dead or in dictatorships. Yet, the attraction is so strong for the "perfect society" that the Liberal Democrats continue to push for Government control of ALL!
They wish to change the USA we know....permanently, forever.
Why is it this is so very, very attractive to so many folks? I guess it is because many who have not achieved are looking for the holy grail of life. The perfect society which solves all problems with nothing left to face.Infantile!
DOOFUSS - Meet "DUH!"
I wanna build a city. I guess my choice is to do so in a failed place where the floods of a number of hurricanes have decimated the place. In addition, the place is SINKING an inch or so per year!Yeppers, sounds like the place for me to build.So what if the place suffered floods, and problems in a previous hurricane. Who Cares???I will still build there....I will withstand the inevitable! I am stupid!New Orleans is now, by reports of the folks who know, open to major floods/damage in a fairly small CLASS TWO HURRICANE......They still live there, and for the most part the residents of "DUHville" are still awaiting massive new influx of dollars from the feds to cover their stupidity during the Katrina event.Flood me once....OK...Flood me twice...I get a BONUS from the government!These folks are something completely unbelievable... they are just sitting there awaiting a flood and a "NEW" rescue.How stupid can some people be?But then....how stupid can some care-providers be???????Duke
Haditha 8 Now 1 - Murtha MIA
Congressman John Murtha, the man who convicted the Haditha 8 without bothering to have a trial is STRANGELY SILENT! Very strangely!
He spoke right up in brassy tones about the murderers of Haditha....
His voice was clarion clear.
Of course, there had been no trials, but Murtha was still very, very specific about the murderers.
Problem is that now the 7th person of the 8 has been totally exonerated. One remains, and it is not clear at all that he will be charged with anything.
Murtha is sulking alone in his self-created dungeon!
He has had NO response to ANY of the 7 acquittals! Imagine that from the champion of the left who tried to prematurely HANG the 8!
Gosh John.....Cat got your tongue? Or are you just a shoot-first-ask-later kind of guy?
Not Meaning To Beat A Dead Horse; But I Will Anyway!
Global Warming!H-O-A-X!!!!It just gets better and better. Now a lengthy story of just WHY it is a hoax.....It is by Eric Creed &IT IS WORTH YOUR TIME TO READ!The only question in my mind is how long it will be before the non-communicative AlGore will begin backtracking. I am sure his colleagues, seeing the handwriting on the wall, will soon be finding another cause. In the process they are almost certain to CLAIM VICTORY for halting the Global Warming!
WHAT-EVER!!!! Global Warming Caused It!
"One of the wonderful things about global warming is that no matter what happens with the weather, it can always be blamed on global warming. Of course, that only works if you're one of the Goracle's Kool-Aid drinkers. Any kind of weather symptoms whatsoever mean that global warming is real. Really hot? Global warming. Really cold? Global warming. Too many hurricanes? Global warming. Too few hurricanes? Global warming. Flooding due to excessive rain? Global warming. Droughts due to not enough rain? Global warming."Cassy Fiano, at Wizbang, tells us the above, and a lot more H-E-R-E!!!!!The cause is fine....the rhetoric and lies are way too much! It is simply N-O-T happening folks!Duke
Father's Day, Part Two!
Well, as mentioned in a post just down the page, I had quite a Father's Day. It continued after I got home!
Duchess prepared a scrumptious shrimp/scallop/pasta dish with a sauce to die for. In addition fresh steamed broccoli...with the prerequisite cheese sauce, and fresh sliced peaches. Y-U-M!
Before that, however, I laid back in my favorite leather recliner and switched on the HDTV for the finish (?) of the U. S. Open. WOW!
Tiger once again proved why he is head and shoulders above ANY golfer around. He came on with a final 12 footer that spun in to cap his round and send him into an 18 hole playoff against Rocco Mediate. Tiger, on a wounded knee still recovering from surgery, will go for his 14th. Mediate seemed just really, really happy to be along for the ride following a 14 year career as a pro, and seeking one great win!
FUN stuff to help please a Father relaxing!
p.s. YES, I'll be glued to the playoff tomorrow!
From The "Well DUH!" Department
Intellectual Examination Sez Immigration Broken Item! & Wins A Contest!
Just go read it......I have nothing further to say!
Happy Father's Day!
What comprises a GREAT Father's Day?
Well, for this Grandpa it is an opening of handmade cards from young grandchildren, phone calls from kids, a couple of neat presents, and the final quite satisfactory event....a trip to the Rays game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg with my Grandson Scott & about 300 of my fellow Elks Lodge members from the Tampa area (West Central District).Everybody watch! I'll wave!
That includes all our kids, and the currently-nine grandkids! Number 10 is due in September! The grands range from a 2 1/2 year old boy in Illinois up to a stunningly beautiful young lady who just-this-week turned 20 and managed to spend some time with us in celebration! Bless them all.
What about The Duchess, you might ask? Well, her interest is not in baseball. She'll be joining her lady friends at Shapes for a water volleyball game or three!
Then home from our various events for a great evening meal!Sincerely, I hope your lives as Fathers/Grandfathers are as rich and full as is mine. Enjoy.....
Gasoline...As Long As It Is Pricey, Democrats Win!
Yeppers folks, the Dimocrats know where their bread is buttered. If they continue to not allow us to utilize our resources here...we then have to buy from the "Oil" nations, and gas will be expensive, and that fits their agenda to a T.
Expensive gas allows them to bloviate about the oil tycoons, and the soaking of the public.
Michelle Malkin exposes this THREE CARD MONTE!
How stupid do the Democrats believe we are? Well, they are still shilling this, and it appears to be selling.
The problem is a public too dumb, or too disinterested to know the facts!
IF we had drilled ANWR 10 years ago we would be reaping the benefits now and the prices would be lower. IF we had drilled more in the Gulf's protected waters, we'd have the same result. By denying us this source of energy, the Democrats claim they are dealing with the NOW, and not the future which will not solve things now.
HAD THEY DEALT with things then we'd be fine now....
Artificial Democrat creation of a problem to allow them to bloviate!
Idiots....but only so if WE allow THEM to control this.
Write your Congress-person! Then hope he/she is a Republican!
Windfall Taxes - Obama's Answer!
Yep, Obama wants to tax them rich folks and those greedy oil companies to help the poor.OOPS! Barry O didn't check to see who profits from oil company monies....BUT YOU had better check and know.....YOU most likely profit from big oil profits!Neal Boortz today explains for those who are slow or government educated!" Throughout the oil and natural gas industries only about 1.5% of the stock is owned by company executives. Now this statistic doesn't come from the oil companies themselves, the numbers – and the numbers that follow – come from Bill Clinton's undersecretary of commerce for economic affairs; one Robert J. Shapiro.
Here's what Shapiro has to say about the ownership of the other 98.5% of oil company shares: "The data show that ownership of industry shares is broadly middle class, with the majority of industry shares held by institutional investors, often on behalf of millions of Americans through mutual funds, pension funds and individual retirement accounts."
So ... when Barack Obama talks about a windfall profits tax, just who's money is he going to seize? He's talking about taking the savings, investments and retirement funds of middle class Americans.
Pardon my language ... but would you folks please wise up out there? Quit being so damned ignorant to what is really going on!
You want more details on just who owns the shares? OK, I have those details. Just remember, when Obama talks about windfall profits --- THESE are the people who's money he plans to seize:
Again ... from the Shapiro study:
- Almost 43 percent of oil and natural gas company shares are owned by mutual funds and asset management companies that have mutual funds. Mutual funds manage accounts for 55 million U.S. households with a median income of $68,700.
- Twenty seven percent of shares are owned by other institutional investors like pension funds. In 2004, more than 2,600 pension funds run by federal, state and local governments held almost $64 billion in shares of U.S. oil and natural gas companies. These funds represent the major retirement security for the nation's current and retired soldiers, teachers, and police and fire personnel at every level of government.
- Fourteen percent of shares are held in IRA and other personal retirement accounts. Forty five million U.S. households have IRA and other personal retirement accounts, with an average account value of just over $22,000.
You see? The people listed in this study are ... YOU! Not fat-cat oil company executives. Not George Bush and Dick Cheney. This is YOUR money he's after ... YOUR money he wants to seize to create yet another government entitlement program ... helping people buy gas and pay electricity bills.
Someone (perhaps John Wayne) once said that it is too bad stupidity isn't painful. Well, in this case is just might be. Look at those median incomes above. That's you, my friends ... and if you sit by and let this anti-capitalist leftist rail against the oil companies; if you sit by and let him pander to the ignorance of the American voters with this idiotic "windfall profits tax" crap ... then try not to bitch when your retirement doesn't turn out to be as sweet as you thought it would. "
Reading this gives "Windfall Taxes" a new meaning. Do want to bet YOUR retirement or your investments against what you MIGHT receive from a Democrat tax plan?
Oil Shale Can Save Us; Soooo Let's Just Wait & Do Nothing!
The Democrat-led Congress is dragging its feet on our development of the answer to high oil prices. Surprised? You'd be even more surprised to find out why.....This More confusing than I could believe.
If the Dems want to keep oil prices high, then there is a solution. Elect Republicans who will develop the oil areas.
Simple? You'd think so.
545 People Rule The USA
This is a lesson in civics for those who cannot or donot think for themselves:"545 People
Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.
Have you ever wondered why, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, we have deficits?
Have you ever wondered why, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, we have inflation and high taxes?
You and I don't propose a federal budget. The president does.
You and I don't have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.
You and I don't write the tax code, Congress does.
You and I don't set fiscal policy, Congress does.
You and I don't control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.
One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president, and nine Su preme Court justices -- 545 human beings out of the 300 million -- are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.
I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.
I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a president to do one cotton-picking thing. I don't care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator's responsibility to determine how he votes.
Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.
What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits. The president can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.
The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House? She is the leader of the majority party.
She and fellow House members, not the president, can approve any budget they want. If the president vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to.
It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million can not replace 545 people who stand convicted -- by present facts -- of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can't think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.
If the tax code is unfair, it's because they want it unfair.
If the budget is in the red, it's because they want it in the red.
If the Marines are in IRAQ, it's because they want them in IRAQ.
There are no insoluble government problems.
Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like "the economy," "inflation," or "politics" that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.
Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible.
They, and they alone, have the power.
They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses -- provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees.
We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!
Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper
I made the letters large because of the importance of understanding this message.
Please give it serious thought!
Obama's "Not Exactlys"....Unveiled
This is so intense, and so documented that IF you read it and the links, and if you still support Obama and believe him, then you are completely left-bonkers and a moon hat of the first water!
Just READ:"Obama's Not Exactly's:1.) Selma Got Me Born - NOT EXACTLY, your parents felt safe enough to have you in 1961 - Selma had no effect on your birth, as Selma was in 1965. (Google 'Obama Selma' for his full March 4, 2007 speech and articles about its various untruths.)2.) Father Was A Goat Herder - NOT EXACTLY, he was a privileged, well educated youth, who went on to work with the Kenyan Government.3.) Father Was A Proud Freedom Fighter - NOT EXACTLY, he was part of one of the most corrupt and violent governments Kenya has ever had.4.) My Family Has Strong Ties To African Freedom - NOT EXACTLY, your cousin Raila Odinga has created mass violence in attempting to overturn a legitimate election in 2007, in Kenya . It is the first widespread violence in decades. The current government is pro-American but Odinga wants to overthrow it and establish Muslim Sharia law. Your half-brother, Abongo Oba ma, is Odinga's follower. You interrupted your New Hampshire campaigning to speak to Odinga on the phone. Check out the following link for verification of that....and for more.Obama's cousin Odinga in Kenya ran for president and tried to get Sharia muslim law in place there. When Odinga lost the elections, his followers have burned Christians' homes and then burned men, women and children alive in a Christian church where they took shelter.. Obama SUPPORTED his cousin before the election process here started. Google Obama and Odinga and see what you get. No one wants to know the truth.5.) My Grandmother Has Always Been A Christian - NOT EXACTLY, she does her daily Salat prayers at 5am according to her own interviews. Not to mention, Christianity wou ldn't allow her to have been one of 14 wives to 1 man.6.) My Name is African Swahili - NOT EXACTLY, your name is Arabic and 'Baraka' (from which Barack came) means 'blessed' in that language. Hussein is also Arabic and so is Obama.Barack Hussein Obama is not half black. If elected, he would be the first Arab-American President, not the first black President. Barack Hussein Obama is 50% Caucasian from his mother's side and 43.75% Arabic and 6.25% African Negro from his father's side. While Barack Hussein Obama's father was from Kenya , his father's family was mainly Arabs.. Barack Hussein Obama's father was only 12.5% African Negro and 87.5% Arab (his father's birth certificate even states he's Arab, not African Negro). From....and for more....go to.....http://www.arcadeathome.com/newsboy.phtml?Barack_Hussein_Obama_-_Arab-American,_only_6.25%25_African7.) I Never Practiced Islam - NOT EXACTLY, you practiced it daily at school, where you were registered as a Muslim and kept that faith for 31 years, until your wife made you change, so you could run for office.4-3-08 Article "Obama was 'quite religious in islam'" http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=605598.) My School In Indonesia Was Christian - NOT EXACTLY, you were registered as Muslim there and got in trouble in Koranic Studies for making faces (check your own book).February 28, 2008. Kristoff from the New York Times a year ago: Mr. Obama recalled the opening lines of the Arabic call to prayer, reciting them with a first-rate accent. In a remark that seemed delightfully uncalculated (it'll give Alabama voters heart attacks), Mr. Obama described the call to prayer as "one of the prettiest sounds on Earth at sunset." This is just one example of what Pamela is talking about when she says "Obama's narrative is being altered, enhanced and manipulated to whitewash troubling facts."9.) I Was Fluent In Indonesian - NOT EXACTLY, not one teacher says you could speak the language.10.) Because I Lived In Indonesia , I Have More Foreign Experience - NOT EXACTLY, you were there from the ages of 6 to 10, and couldn't even speak the language. What did you learn, how to study the Koran and watch cartoons.11.) I Am Stronger On Foreign Affairs - NOT EXACTLY, except for Africa (surprise) and the Middle East (bigger surprise), you have never been anywhere else on the planet and thus have NO experience with our closest allies.12.) I Blame My Early Drug Use On Ethnic Confusion - NOT EXACTLY, you were quite content in hi gh school to be Barry Obama, no mention of Kenya and no mention of struggle to identify - your classmates said you were just fine. 13.)An Ebony Article Moved Me To Run For Office - NOT EXACTLY, Ebony has yet to find the article you mention in your book. It doesn't, and never did, exist.14.) A Life Magazine Article Changed My Outlook On Life - NOT EXACTLY, Life has yet to find the article you mention in your book. It doesn't, and never did, exist.15.) I Won't Run On A National Ticket In '08 - NOT EXACTLY, here you are, despite saying, live on TV, that you would not have enough experience by then, and you are all about having experience first.16.) Voting "Present" is Common In Illinois Senate - NOT EXACTLY, they are common for YOU, but not many others have 130 NO VOTES.17.) Oops, I Misvoted - NOT EXACTLY, only when caught by church groups and Democrats, did you beg to change your misvote.18.) I Was A Professor Of Law - NOT EXACTLY, you were a senior lecturer ON LEAVE.19.) I Was A Constitutional Lawyer - NOT EXACTLY, you were a senior lecturer ON LEAVE.20.) Without Me, There Would Be No Ethics Bill - NOT EXACTLY, you didn't write it, introduce it, change it, or create it.21.) The Ethics Bill Was Hard To Pass - NOT EXACTLY, it took just 14 days from start to finish.22.) I Wrote A Tough Nuclear Bill - NOT EXACTLY, your bill was rejected by your own party for its pandering and lack of all regulation - mainly because of your Nuclear donor, Exelon, from which David Axelrod came.23.) I Have Released My State Records - NOT EXACTLY, as of March, 2008, state bills you sponsored or voted for have yet to be released, exposing all the special interests pork hidden within.24.) I Took On The Asbestos Altgeld Gardens Mess - NOT EXACTLY, you were part of a large group of people who remedied Altgeld Gardens . You failed to mention anyone else but yourself, in your books.25.) M y Economics Bill Will Help America - NOT EXACTLY, your 111 economic policies were just combined into a proposal which lost 99-0, and even YOU voted against your own bill.26.) I Have Been A Bold Leader In Illinois - NOT EXACTLY, even your own supporters claim to have not seen BOLD action on your part.27.) I Passed 26 Of My Own Bills In One Year - NOT EXACTLY, they were not YOUR bills, but rather handed to you, after their creation by a fellow Senator, to assist you in a future bid for higher office.28.) No One on my campaign contacted Canada about NAFTA - NOT EXACTLY, the Candian Government issued the names and a memo of the conversation your campaign had with them.29.) I Am Tough On Terrorism - NOT EXACTLY, you missed the Iran Resolution vote on terrorism and your good friend Ali Abunimah supports the destruction off Israel .30.) I Want All Votes To Count - NOT EXACTLY, you said let the delegates decide.31.) I Want Americans To Decide - NOT EXACTLY, you prefer caucuses that limit the vote, confuse the voters, force a public vote, and only operate during small windows of time.32.) I passed 900 Bills in the State Senate - NOT EXACTLY, you passed 26, most of which you didn't write yourself.33.) I Believe In Fairness, Not Tactics - NOT EXACTLY, you used tactics to eliminate Alice Palmer from running against you.34.) I Don't Take PAC Money - NOT EXACTLY, you take loads of it.35.) I don't Have Lobbysists - NOT EXACTLY, you have over 47 lobbyists, and counting.36.) My Campaign Had Nothing To Do With The 1984 Ad - NOT EXACTLY, your own campaign worker made the ad on his Apple in one afternoon.37.) I Have Always Been Against Iraq - NOT EXACTLY, you weren't in office to vote against it AND you have voted to fund it every single time.38.) I Have Always Supported Universal Health Care - NOT EXACTL Y, your plan leaves us all to pay for the 15,000,000 who don't have to b uy it.Carol Kalwa(304) 838-6652"Qui non intelligit aut discat aut taceat"Who does not understand should either learn, or be silent."
WOW! That is pretty damning, and completely specific and completely linked.
Just a Thought!
Following the arrest of the guy who drove his "motorized beer cooler" along a city street, and his charge of DWI (Driving While Intoxicated)...
I am wondering....Duchess and I have matching 750 watt Schwinn electric scooters (with "old-person seats" as my grandson, Scott calls them) in our RV. If I load the small wire basket behind me on the scooter with ice and beer/wine and drive to a beach on the campground for sunset, am I violating some Florida law?
Guess not, since I am not on a public roadway, but I'd better check the campground rules.Sometimes relaxing can be so stressful!
The Church of England sez government is Pro-Islam!FOXNews.com has details!
Guess the next step is a tirade from the Islamic extremists calling the Church of England Racist, and unfair! Wanna Bet?
Democrats Force Hike In Umemployment!
You think not?
Well, here is a pretty convincing case from Patterico about his own parents:"Here’s a personal case study in how that works to squeeze workers out of the minimum wage job market:My parents own an ice cream shop, and rely heavily in its operation on eight 16-20 year olds working part-time schedules of 16-24 hours a week, along with one full-time manager who is assisted by my parents in their free time. Over the course of a 7 day work week, they typically employ the part-time workers for a total of about 340 hours a week.Raising the minimum wage by .70 increased their straight wage expense by $240 a week, or about $1000 a month. But it had collateral consequences as well, as their worker’s comp. and unemployment insurance costs rose in relation to their payroll, as did their payroll tax contributions. The combination of wage increase and the various increases that spin off that wage increase was about $1500 a month. This is against a total wage expense for the part-timers of about $8000 a month.Now, the ice cream parlor business is somewhat inelastic from a price stand point — people won’t continue to pay higher and higher prices for an ice cream cone when the alternative is simply to do without. So, that increase in operating expense could not, in total, be passed on to the customers. Instead, my parents worked a few more hours themselves and trimmed back on the hours they had the part-timers working. When one of the part-timers quit, they didn’t hire a replacement for her.Now, the same thing is going to happen next month — another increase of .70 per hour, totaling about $1500 a month in additional operating expenses is going to kick in. This will come on top of significant increases over the past year in product costs — multiply the increased cost of milk you are paying at the supermarket several times over and you get a feel for the increased cost of buying ice cream on a large scale for a business establishment.They will raise the prices a little, but not enough to cover the total increase. They will cutback on the hours the part-timers work, and work a few more hours themselves. And if they lose another worker, they probably won’t hire a replacement.My parents are both in their late 60s, and they don’t want to work 60 hour weeks at an ice cream parlor they bought on a lark after they retired. But they aren’t going to operate it as a money loser either. When Congress increased the minimum wage, for many many small business operators such as my parents, Congress took the profit from the business right out of their pocket. I’d be surprised if my parents’ shop made more than $3,000 or $4,000 month in profit — with them taking nothing in terms of a wage for themselves. If they had not cut-back their part-time work force payroll, the minimum wage hike would have taken every bit of that profit away. Now they are working more than they want, and for a very modest annual return on their labor and investment. And two fewer teenagers will be employed by them this summer than was the case last year. The other six should have their resumes up to date."
That is about as clear as could be. Not only that, but also we can extrapolate that out over an entire nation which employees its youth and college kids in just such small businesses, and find this to be true. In addition it HAS BEEN TRUE every time there has been a hike in minimum wage.
How lovely. Now if the media and the Democrats would speak truthfully, an exercise in fantasy, they'd be saying: "We raised the minimum wage so those of you working have more income....and for those who now find jobs missing; SORRY!"
If you are inclined, HERE IS THE ENTIRE ARTICLE!
Bet this one does not makie the Main Stream (Antique) Media.
DukeUPDATE: IT DID MAKE THE MIAMI EXAMINER IN THIS STORY!
D-Day....Lo these many decades later.
I am 65....I was just 1 year old when D-Day spun the European War into its final phase. My Father was in Italy, or Southern France. 33rd Division.
My children remember only a few movies, and fewer lines in their history books about this decisive and horribly-costly event!
My Grandchildren know nothing of it. The event for their small minds is as remote as Attila the Hun; or Ghengis Khan; or even....Vietnam.
I remember and salute all those who were there.
I mourn for those we lost.
I can picture in my mind the crosses in European cemeteries; row upon row of them.
Lest they never be forgotten.....
Duke - BC-MSN, USCGA, Ret.
How To End Free Speech &....
Allow Radical Islamics to cmpletely change your country!
Not a Joke, unfortunately...
David Warren at Real Clear Politics explains how this SHOW TRIAL may effectively eliminate free speech in Canada.
Before thinking, "Oh those Canadians are always too liberal"...keep in mind attempts already underway in this country to both allow Islamic actions offensive to most Americans, and also halt any form of criticism of any extremist Islamic action.
Somewhere, somehow, we have to draw a line in the sand or we'll be pandering to extreme Muslims in our own country as a regular thing. The major problem in stopping this general movement is apathy on our part, and liberals who contend that anything needed by such extremists should be allowed at the cost of our own society.
Another "Innocent" Verdict Over Haditha....
READ IT HERE!
By the way...Has anyone heard lately from Rep. Murtha who had already labeled these soldiers guilty? Thought Not!
For those who have not today visited Day-By-Day Cartoon....please do so by looking down the right column of this blog, or just CHECK CHRIS MUIR'S SITE!
I always enjoy Chris' view of the world, but some days are just "RIGHT"
That, my friends was the sound of the 1st brick dropping.
Denocratic U. S. Rep. William Jefferson of looo-zee-anna had better be watching over his shoulder!
About time this began to blossom....they have been digging through the manure for long enough. Hell, even the frozen cash has thawed!
"My Old Party"
From National Review Online by William J. Bennett:"My Old PartyThis is an astounding moment in American politics. You cannot credibly say the Clintons are a political dynasty the way, say, the Kennedys or Bushs are. But I think one has to say the Clinton rule of the Democratic party has been dynastic. Bill Clinton is the only Democrat to have served two terms as president in two generations, the only Democrat to twice beat Republican nominees for president and his wife is a two term U.S. senator who will likely be in the Senate for years to come. Bill Clinton has been rated one of — if not THE — most popular person in the world, and yet Clinton rule in American politics ends tonight. Whatever it was the Republicans and so many independents did not like about the Clintons, we’ve learned the Democrats have had enough as well.And thus the Democratic party is about to nominate a far left candidate in the tradition of George McGovern, albeit without McGovern’s military and political record. The Democratic party is about to nominate a far-left candidate in the tradition of Michael Dukakis, albeit without Dukakis’s executive experience as governor. The Democratic party is about to nominate a far left candidate in the tradition of John Kerry, albeit without Kerry’s record of years of service in the Senate. The Democratic party is about to nominate an unvetted candidate in the tradition of Jimmy Carter, albeit without Jimmy Carter’s religious integrity as he spoke about it in 1976. Questions about all these attributes (from foreign policy expertise to executive experience to senatorial experience to judgment about foreign leaders to the instructors he has had in his cultural values) surround Barack Obama. And the Democratic party has chosen him."
The key to this coming election is whether or not the GOP & McCain can successfully bypass the Obama-worshipping Main Stream Media and unveil to the general public Mr. Obama's lack of.......well....SUBSTANCE!
But he does use the word "Change" quite well!
Congress is Close To 1/2 !!!!
One half of what?
One half of the approval rating of President George W. Bush.
GWB is at 31% approval rating, while Congress is at 18.7%.
The ratings can be seen at Real Clear Politics
Do you possibly suppose at some point the idiots we bigger idiots elected to Congress will get the message? NOPE! They are on the gravy train, and the public be damned!
How much more will we, as voters, allow these folks to get away with?
"Obamamania" - Will It Last???
Being the "anti-Hillary" is one thing....Being the candiate of the Democrat Party is another. Barack Obama is now going to face the reality of a campaign. His rhetoric about "Change"...endorsed by the antique media...is going to be challenged. His misstatements are going to be aired. His lack of any substantive program, other than the traditional Democrat "tax the rich, feed the poor" mantra is going to be an item for the general electorate.
Obama is going to lose in the November election. He is going to lose by a nice margin. Thus spake Duke of DeLand! & I did so this 3rd day of June, 2008.
I promise to report back after the November election and tell it like it is as far as my prediction.
We Play On!
The entire charade of an election for the President is being exposed....but to very, very few!
This election year we are deluged by a litany of "change" and other such words which deny us the power to seek our own feelings for the Presidential election.
There is precious little in the way of actual words from the candidates as to their stand on anything!
Obama is solving everything by "change"...but with little, if any, substance....
McCain is hiding his "illegals" stand behind a shower of "I was not aware" of the feelings of the populace. He still harbors the feelings of supporting illegals far too much!
We are in trouble, my friends.....The electorate this fall will have little choice. Socialist Obama, or mucho Liberal McCain.
I feel strongly that McCain will win, but we are still bereft of the ideals of Conservative GOP...
McCain does not understand....or maybe he does! & He does not care!
he may recognize the Obama campaign as short/delusional/without ideas.
Who knows where this one will go!
This morning on Neal Boortz' blog........"Now here is something you need to be paying attention to. Mark Steyn wrote an excellent book titled "America Alone – The End of the World as We Know It." This book carries some excellent and well-documented information about the Islamification of Europe. We've gone over this several times on the air. In many European Countries – and particularly in Spain and Italy – Muslims are out-procreating native-born citizens by a dangerous margin. Steyn suggests that it is inevitable that these countries will eventually have a Muslim voting majority .. and I think we can form a good guess as to where things go from there.
It seems that some excerpts from this book were printed in a Canadian magazine named McCleans. Along comes the Canadian version of the Council on American Islamic Relations (The Canadian Islamic Something-or-other) to file a complaint with the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal. They say that the magazine's presentation of the information gathered by Mark Steyn somehow violates the rights of Canada's precious Muslim population. Oh, the humanity!
You can read a blow-by-blow blog of the proceedings before this foolish human rights tribunal here. Then when you're finished reading this nonsense you might want to give some consideration to the fact that in Milan, the economic capital of Italy, the three most popular names for new male babies are Mahmoud, Ahmad and Hamid. Pay no attention to this. I'm sure it means nothing."
Neal has great stuff today (he is one of my daily reads on the web)....he hits Obama, an attack on his proposed "Fair Tax", and lots more.....GO...Check out his blog HERE!
It should be part of your daily trip around the blogosphere.
A Tale of Two Books!
You know the name Scott McClellan; however, I will bet you have not heard of Douglas Feith. There is a good reason this is so.
Both wrote books about the Bush Administration in the run-up to the Iraqi war.
However, the Feith book differs from the McClellan book in two major ways. 1st, it is fairly supportive of the Bush side. That explains why you have not heard of it. The media will not even review the book since it does not bash Bush. 2nd point of difference? The book is backed by lots and lots of references for all Feith's points. In addition Feith has a web site with connections to the materials referenced in his book. You can check him out.
McClellan lacks that. He has nothing but his opinion for the most part.
Feith's book.......#84 in sales. McClellan's book........in the top ten for sure.
Power of the media, and popularity of the Bush Bashers.
Ever feel it when you get brainwashed?
Scott McClellan - "I Was For Bush Before I Found Out It Would Not Sell My Books!"
Yeppers....this sleaze bag was writing one kind of pro-Bush book, until he found it would NOT be published....and then.....WHOOOSHHH!
It was an anti-Bush book.JUST GO....READ....LEARN about this slimy person!ICK!
The Queen is Dead.....Long Live The Queen!
Hillary is roadkill.....Not in the traditional sense, but this blow to the Ms. Clinton ego will leave lasting, and devastating marks! There will be NO tomorrow.
Despite the many pundits who postulate that the Queen lives and will thrive, once Hillary abdicates officially...probably about Wednesday or Thursday of this week...there will be no more.
Pundits/Writers who say she will then drop to being head of the Senate do not observe the fact that she has not carried majority endorsements in this august body, despite her membership.
Those who say she will regroup and come back in 2012 are lacking in political acumen! She is toast except in New York, where even in her newfound home she is suspect.
This was Hillary's last hurrah!
She is a politician who might go on for years, but she is bereft of the charisma she borrowed from Bill, and she is not going to ever again have that magic bullet.
Personally, as some others have written, I believe in his heart-of-hearts Bill was not ready to have her as President.
McCain will be the President in 2009!
At Least One Democrat Gets It!
“We’ve got a totally irrational system of nominating our president," So sayeth no less a luminary than Senator Carl Levin of Michigan about his own Democrat Party.
The ferocity of the campaign, the terrible impact of the Super-Delegates, and the near-complete disenchantment of Democrats in Florida and Michigan, are signs of this.
Jeff Jarvis at BuzzMachine Blog WRITES ABOUT THE PROBLEMS LEVIN STATES!
This was the year the Democrats could not lose the White House. Yet, while the GOP has taken every step necessary to insure they will lose a good piece of their already-minority status in the Congress, the DEMs seem poised to send enough votes across the aisle or at the least keep them home as to give the GOP Presidential candidate more than a good chance to prevail.