Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Random Thoughts By Thomas Sowell April, 2008 (thanks, Jim!)
Random thoughts on the passing scene:
Most of the problems of this country are not nearly as bad as the "solutions" -- especially the solutions that politicians come up with during election years.
Some people actually think that televising Congress gives us information. What it really does is give politicians millions of dollars worth of free advertising, while they play charades on camera to fool the rest of us.
Alfred E. Neuman of Mad magazine said: "What, me worry?" During election years, Democrats running for office say: "What, me liberal?"Senator John McCain could never convince me to vote for him.
Only Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama can cause me to vote for McCain.
What is more scary than any particular candidate or policy is the gullibility of the public and their willingness to be satisfied with talking points, rather than serious arguments.
One way to reduce illegal immigration might be to translate some of our far left publications into Spanish and give everyone in Mexico subscriptions. After they read how terrible this country is, many may want to stay away.
Whenever I see one of Barack Obama's smooth performances, it reminds me of a saying from my old neighborhood in Harlem: "An eel is like sandpaper compared to you."
Most people on the right have no problem understanding people on the left because many, if not most, were on the left themselves when they were younger. But many, if not most, people on the left find it inexplicable how any decent and intelligent person could be on the right.
It is amazing to me that there are people who still take seriously claims by some candidates that they are against "special interests." All politicians are against their opponents' special interests and in favor of his own special interests.
Nothing is more fraudulent than calls for a "dialogue on race." Those who issue such calls are usually quick to cry "racism" at any frank criticism. They are almost invariably seeking a monologue on race, to which others are supposed to listen.
The same people who have gone ballistic when some prominent figure is found to belong to some all-male social club are full of excuses for why Barack Obama remained a member of a racist and anti-American church for 20 years.
Among the many wise things said by the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan was that you are entitled to your own opinion, but not to your own facts. Yet an incredible number of people make up whatever "facts" are needed to support whatever they choose to believe.
The way to get people's votes is to say that all their problems are caused by other people, and that you will stop those other people from giving them trouble. But if you really want to help, then you can tell them the truth and risk losing their votes.
The idea behind giving professors lifetime tenure is that this will enable them to speak out freely. But it would be hard to name any other occupation with a more cowardly record than academics, who have been giving in to politically correct campus bullies ever since the 1960s.
There is no question that Barack Obama is a clever and glib fellow. There is also no question that some of the most foolish, dangerous and horrific things done around the world in the past hundred years have been done by clever and glib fellows.
When someone is brutally murdered, the media often defuse our shock by focusing on praise of the victim, instead of focusing on what can be done to keep the murderer from ever doing this again. In the midst of all this emotional venting, it is galling to realize that chances are the murderer will eventually be put back on the street again.zabelle's personal favorite! Do you have one!!?
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
With his request approved, the photographer used a cell phone to call the local airport to charter a flight. He was told a twin engine plane would be waiting for him at the airport. Arriving at the airfield, he spotted a plane warming up outside a hanger. He jumped in with his bag, slammed the door shut, and shouted, "Let's go".
The pilot taxied out, swung the plane into the wind and took off.
Once in the air, the photographer instructed the pilot, "Fly over the valley and make low passes so I can take pictures of the fires on the hillsides."
"Why?" asked the pilot.
"Because I'm a photographer for Fox Cable News," he responded. "And I need to get some
The pilot was strangely silent for a moment, finally he stammered,
"So, what you're telling me, is . . You're NOT my flight instructor??!"
I'm not naive enough or a fan enough of most of this administration's latest actions to think the media made this mess alone, but I have noticed something funny over the last year or so. Before I started hearing quite how bad this economy was going, maybe a year ago, I'd hear good economics news and then the journalists would quickly add something really negative to that report. This has ratcheted up, in my opinion, to where I found myself thinking "Well, keep it UP, accentuate the negative, and we WILL have huge problems", more jokingly than anything... but, 'voila'.
This stimulus check, something I'm against BIG TIME, had to be an idea Bush got from the Left..... but the Left isn't happy enough, so a month ago, I heard "The stimulus checks Bush thought might help this economy probably won't because POLLS SAY that most Americans will be SAVING their checks." This was on ABC radio news.
"SAVING?" I thought... Wait, if people are suffering from high gas and food prices, how could they save this little bit of money? But, that's what the poll said. So....looks like just 'another Bush fiasco', huh? The economy's terrible, consumer confidence is at a terrible LOW.....ANOTHER thing isn't working "Don't vote for another Republican!"
Help me here. WHO would buy a home or car or invest in stock in this negative atmosphere? I'm not sure, honestly...........HOW MUCH OF THIS HAVE YOU THOUGHT COULD BE A MEDIA ENCOURAGED PROBLEM? And, if you do, can they not realize that they could do more permanent harm than even they had hoped?
I know this sounds a little conspiratorial, gives the media a lot of power, I know that.
Tell me, if the public was HEARING things were better, would things GO better? What do you think? Strictly hypothetical, a post mostly based on 'feelings' here at geeeeZ! today...........just wanted to throw it out to you.
Monday, April 28, 2008
Everyone, check out this Australian, Otto, who knows more about and stands up more for America than most Americans will! It's his ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY and you might want to look through his articles. We ought to work on making him an HONORARY AMERICAN! I'm proud to be on his blogroll!
Get a piece of birthday cake and some good reading like "Cultivating and Advancing Pro-Americanism" here:
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Barcelona Changes Badge to Avoid Offending Muslims
By Andrew Duncan11:54, December 16th 2007
According to the Catalan newspaper La Vanguardia, the Spanish football club Barcelona is altering its famous badge in some Arab countries in order to avoid offending Muslims.The badge is especially altered in Saudi Arabia or Algeria, where the Barcelona shirts are being sold without the red cross of Saint George, the patron saint of the Catalan region which Barca claims to represent, the La Vanguardia newspaper found in a private investigation.The badge, which was created in 1906, features a single vertical red line in Saudi Arabia and Algeria, due to the fact that there, the red cross represents the symbol of the brutal mediaeval Christian crusades against Islam.
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She seemed normal, the cat
who moved to our house
She was very polite
and hushed as a mouse
But one day she barked
sure as Fido next door,
and sweet as she was,
all the others were sore!
They were meowers, you see,
like regular cats,
When they heard Maria,
they dropped her like that
“A BARK!” grumped old Lily,
“She’s not one of US,
she’d better start meowing,
or she’s on the next bus!”
But, Maria was special
in all kinds of ways,
she’d hum them to sleep
and sneak food to the strays
who said “We think she’s great!”
to Lily and Art
“Be nice to her, Casey,
she has a good heart.”
Still, she just couldn’t meow
Then she heard “You’re a RAT!”
And that hurt her feelings
like it would any cat.
So she practiced and practiced
way up in our tree
As high in the branches
as one cat can be.
“Meow-BARK” tried Maria
“Beow-MARK” she worked hard
Then she FINALLY did it
and caught them off guard
“MEOW” they all heard
from the top of the tree
Then louder and louder!
“MEOW! LOOK AT ME!”
“That’s Maria!” yelled Art
“And she’s meowing away,
how she finally learned,
well, I just couldn’t say.”
She meowed from then on,
but still barked just a bit,
And then she taught Lily,
who became quite a hit!!
Soon they all barked and meowed
and they all understood…
that makes a friend... ‘good’.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Here is one of the better ideas. Let's all get behind this one!
There are less than eight months until the election, an election that will decide the next President of the United States. The person elected will be the president of all Americans, not just the Democrats or the Republicans. To show our solidarity as Americans, let's all get together and show each other our support for the candidate of our choice.
It's time that we all came together, Democrats and Republicans alike. If you support the policies and character of John McCain, please drive with your headlights on during the day. If you support Obama or Hillary, please drive with your headlights off at night.
Well....ya know...? (thanks, Miss Betty!)
Friday, April 25, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
There is information on Obama at Heidianne Jackson's blog. It's new for me to do this, but, in all good conscience, I knew more and more people need to read the truth about Obama, something you will not find; she's done good research and an excellent presentation of some amazing things. Please check it out. Great work, Heidianne. Z
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
"Why will you look different?" the child asks, he says. "Not only different, but MORE BEAUTIFUL, my dear!", Mommy is trained to respond. This is the point of Dr. Salzhauer's new book. Mommy will be MORE BEAUTIFUL after surgery.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
The checker at the market asked me if I brought my bags. I told her no, and that I wanted paper bags. She told me today is earth day. I said every day is earth day, I'd like paper bags please. She started to give me a spiel about climate change and I started to simmer. I ended up telling her I don't buy into that whole thing.
Do you know she had the nerve to tell me that I'm not worried because I'll die before the climate gets real bad?
So I just said she's going to wake up some day and wonder what happened to America!
Next week I'm going to talk to the manager and ask if the checkers were instructed to give their customers lectures on climate change, and that I go there to buy groceries and not the politically correct cause of the day.
I won't tell him which checker it was though. As angry as I am I don't want her to get into trouble on her job.
Monday, April 21, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Howard Conklin Baskerville (April 10, 1885 – April 19, 1909), was an American teacher who planned to become a Presbyterian minister, found his way to what was then called Persia as a teacher, and ended up dying for a cause that he, as an American, felt morally bound to support. He arrived at the American Memorial School in Tabriz in the fall of 1907 to teach English and Science. Today, in Iran, he is often referred to as the “American Lafayette.”
The Persian constitutional revolution had begun in 1906 when protesters forced the reigning shah, Muzaffar al-Din Shah, heir to a dynasty that had ruled Persia since 1779 to appoint an elected assembly called the Majlis, or Parliament. The Maglis wrote a constitution, the first in Central Asia or the Middle East, which Muzaffar al-Din Shah signed in December. The new constitution promised equality before the law and personal rights and freedoms, required the Shah to obtain legislative approval before seeking foreign loans or making treaties, and promised universal public education and freedom of the press. Unfortunately, this Shah died on New Year’s Day, 1907, just weeks after signing the constitution, and was succeeded by his autocratic son, Muhammed Ali Shah, who immediately began pushing back against the country’s new freedoms. In June, 1908, Muhammad Ali Shah launched a successful coup, closed the assembly, and executed many supporters of the constitution.
Tabriz, a town of both Iranians and Armenians, is where the leading military opposition centered, led by Sattar Khan. Ali Shah brought in Russian Cossacks to help fight. In 1908, during the Constitutional Revolution of Iran, Howard Baskerville decided to join the Constitutionalists and fight against the Qajar despot King Mohammad Ali Shah.
By March of 1909, he organized 150 students to help Sattar Kahn defend Tabriz. He spoke at his class’s last meeting about the duty to serve one’s country and told stories about the American revolution. “I hate war”, he began at a banquet given by some Armenian soldiers, but he went on to say that war could be justified in furtherance of a greater good, in this case the protection of the city and the cause of constitutional liberty. When he finished speaking, the Armenians cheered, “Long live Baskerville!” while Baskerville sang for them a verse of “My Country ‘Tis of Thee.”
He was killed while leading a group of student soldiers to break the Siege of Tabriz.
The affection that many Iranians have for America perhaps may have roots in Tabriz, where this Nebraskan missionary was killed. A single bullet tore through his heart, killing him instantly nine days after his 24th birthday. He has been quoted as saying "The only difference between me and these people is my place of birth, and this is not a big difference."
The same day the Arg of Tabriz was attacked and bombed by 4000 Russian troops. The Persians held out for four days. While the US consulate was in the line of fire, some Americans like Baskerville, took to arms, helping the people of Iran.
Many Iranian nationalists still revere Baskerville as an example of an America that they saw as a welcome ally and a useful “third force” that might break the power of London and Saint Petersburg in Tehran.
Iranians still pay tribute to Baskerville and consider him a martyr. He is buried in the Christian Armenian cemetery in Tabriz, Iran, "a mysterious admirer" is reported to "regularly" place "yellow roses" on his grave. A sculpture of him is today located in the Tabriz constitution House as a martyr.
My friend, SAM, who posts here, is a descendant of those revolutionaries and Baskerville was a comrade of his Great Grandfather. He refers to Baskerville as “Iran's American hero and martyr.” Thank you, SAM, for helping me present this story of an American in Iran and how much he tried to do for the people there. SAM is fighting for Iran today and believes America can be a force in stopping the mullahs and allowing the Iranian people the freedom he says they still want and believe in, the same freedom Baskerville lost his life for.
Friday, April 18, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Bui Tin went on to serve as the editor of the People's Daily, the Official newspaper of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Disillusioned with the reality of Vietnamese communism Bui Tin now lives in Paris. "
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
1. To me, this is a perfect example of Yahoo's bias and the leftist mind. How can they be SO surprised that someone who 'hates war' can support the war in Iraq? "Despite support for Iraq, McCain tells voters 'I detest war'" is the Yahoo homepage headline.
Please, Conservatives who do support this war, if you comment, let us know if you enjoy war, okay? Thanks. And, of course, now there's more....... (Got to expose that mean ol' Conservative!)
2. This, from Mr. Z, who reads the German media on the internet every morning: The German party "Die Linke" (comprised mostly of remnants from the Communist party in E Germany and those from the further Left of the SPD, Germany's 'Democrats', who are traditionally more liberal than ours ever were) isn't hiding the truth like our media does: The party chief, Oskar Lafontaine, wants to include passages from the Communist Manifest of the late 19th century into the party program. This will consist mainly of the following sentiment and all it suggests: "The "bourgeoisie" exploits the working class, and, therefore, power and wealth needs to be redistributed".
Isn't that more or less exactly what Obama (Z: and Hillary and Pelosi), and why is nobody calling him on that what he really is - a communist? Why, indeed, Mr. Z?
To Germany's credit, the SPD, their "Democrats" are very upset, saying Die Linke has betrayed the voters because the coalition is so far Left, nobody wants COMMUNISM, and it's nothing the people had voted for. You think OUR Left would wake up and see what the Dems are pushing these days is Communism, too? Or that our media would have the guts to call what Obama and Clinton and Pelosi are calling for exactly what it IS?
3. I was practicing what Mr. Z refers to as "self mutilation" by watching MSNBC's coverage of McCain at the AP conference this morning. (I like to see what all the news is saying, so I subject myself to most but draw the line at more than 3 seconds of Olbermann).....The AP question to McCain was "Did you find Obama 'elitist' during your 2 years in the senate together?" McCain hesitated, thought, and said "I found him to have different opinions on most everything.." MSNBC then cut back to their news reader who said " and when asked about Obama's elitism in the Senate, McCain said Obama did lean a little towards elitism.." A blatant lie on MSNBC's part. TOTAL lie. THAT irks me BIG time.
4. To say NOTHING about JIMMY CARTER. Shouldn't he be ARRESTED?
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
"Who would have thought that in the United States of America in the 21st century, the top officials of the executive branch would routinely gather in the White House to approve torture?" Kennedy said in a statement.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
But, it's okay, because I'm SURE they had a Christmas program that went uncontested this last December, RIGHT? But, maybe Muslim schools are better, huh?
And, are we headed HERE? This is old news, but it might open our eyes, too.
And check this out.
IS THIS AMERICA ANYMORE, FOLKS? And, do we care? thanks, Mike, for the first link.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
April 9 thanks, Farmer John.
AHA! Is this BEAUTIFUL!?? Sure...play the Iraqi government against us...force them to protect Iraqis from US! "Hey, Iraqi government...you either protect the Iraqi public against America or we'll stop the 7 month ceasefire!"
NOBODY can call al-Sadr a fool, that's for SURE. The NYTimes will adore this one....Chris Matthews may never come down from the clouds, and Code Pink will call for a holiday for al-Sadr's birthday..............How do you fight this cunning?
They're GOOD over there, sure a lot better than Bush's PR ever, EVER was. Hey, Dana? You're pretty, but we need you to get cunning, too. (except the NYTimes will expose anything you come up with, make you and Bush look stupid, and keep whining about how we're losing the war, of course)
Monday, April 7, 2008
Who said Global Warming was FAIR, right? Get a load of this wonderful and very true exchange Priscilla wrote me about yesterday, shortly after it happened:
“I had some fun this morning. We got a mailer from the Edison Co. informing us that we could apply for a consumer discount of up to $200.00 for the summer for agreeing to allow them to cut air conditioner use for up to 6 hours during peak hours, which would contribute to preventing global warming.
So, I called the Edison Co. and said I was applying for our $200.00 discount for the summer. He said "Yes ma'am…".
I told him we don't have air conditioning, and that I figured that qualified us for the discount. "------- (silence)".
Then, "Uh ma'am, you have to have air conditioning to qualify". Me, "Why?" Him, "Well ma'am let me apologize".
Me, "If we're contributing to the global warming prevention program by not having air conditioning, it's not fair if we don't get the same break that people with air conditioning get".
Him, "I understand what you’re saying, Mrs. Jones, I don't have air conditioning, either".
Me, "Well, you should get the same discount too".
Him, "I'm sorry ma'am, we can't give you a discount if you don't have an air conditioner'.
Me, "Maybe we should get a used air conditioner, just to get the discount". Him, "---------(silence").
Finally I said, "OK, I know you can't do anything about this, but, you see how unfair it is, don't you?" Him, "Yes I do, I'm in the same boat you are".
Me, "Please put this in your suggestion box. You do know how bogus all this is, don't you?" No answer. Me, "Thank you for being so nice, and I hope the Edison Co. will take my situation under consideration". Him, "Yes ma'am, Thank you, Mrs. Jones, have a good day".
Priscilla’s right, isn’t she? Of course, I’d have said “put this in your suggestion box and SMOKE IT!” but, that’s just me! She doesn’t have air conditioning, so she’s contributing to preventing global warming, right? Why shouldn’t she get a check? And leave it to Priscilla to make this call! I wish I had it on tape!
By the way…$200 for a summer of not having cooling for 6 peak, hot as hades, hours a day? WHAT? SOME deal, huh?
Sunday, April 6, 2008
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If you would like to participate: each evening at 9:00 PM
Eastern Time (8:00 PM Central, 7:00 PM Mountain, 6:00 PM Pacific), stop whatever you are doing and spend one minute praying for the up-coming election, and for the revival of Christianity in this great country. If you know anyone who would like to participate, please pass this along."
Z's Note: I received this from a wonderful friend, Cindi, this morning. Please add a prayer for Israel.