Tuesday, March 31, 2009
OUR SHINING CITY ON THE HILL....just another country? I should have called this my APRIL FOOL'S BLOG because you'd think this is all just a joke....
Look at the top video: Sure, America can ignore this, "it's just FOX and those two conservative guys", is what liberals will say, right? But, what if what's said in this video is absolutely true? Some information backs up what they're saying. Geithner's comments about the dollar have certainly been troubling, as Morris mentions in the video. Here is a paragraph on that from American Thinker: As if the dollar didn't have enough problems, Timothy Geithner took China's bait yesterday and said he was "quite open" to its suggestion this week to displace the greenback with an "international reserve currency." The dollar promptly fell and stocks followed, before the Treasury Secretary re-emerged to say "the dollar remains the world's dominant reserve currency. I think that's likely to continue for a long time."
So, One World Order? Aren't our sovereign American institutions jeopardized now by what it sounds like Obama and Geithner want to do? Is what Conservative America-loving people have been warning about for a couple of years now really happening? CAN a president go THIS FAR LEGALLY? Is America REALLY going to be 'just another country'? We are AMERICA, folks. We stood for FREEDOM and INDEPENDENCE. We've helped everywhere in the world. Countries have depended on us for helping them win wars, helping them in natural disasters, as a shining example to countries which had broken from Communism... why is the breed of Liberal suddenly in the White House moving THIS FAST to spoil her? What is the motivation? How many times will we ask "How can we stop this?" Is this a very bad dream?
And, if the media could keep the information on the lower video quiet, what else can they do to pull the wool over our eyes? How far can this sneaking around go? It's so clear that the Republicans were trying to warn of disaster, but I guess this disaster had to be made larger and gloom and doom had to be warned about so that not only the housing market problem could be 'fixed' but the whole economy could be called a disaster so the Left could finally implement their socialist plans................is this amazing, or WHAT?
Please read this article from the New York Post....here's a taste of it:
"JUDGES should interpret the Constitution according to other nations' legal "norms." Sharia law could apply to disputes in US courts. The United States constitutes an "axis of disobedience" along with North Korea and Saddam-era Iraq.
Those are the views of the man on track to become one of the US government's top lawyers: Harold Koh.
President Obama has nominated Koh -- until last week the dean of Yale Law School -- to be the State Department's legal adviser. In that job, Koh would forge a wide range of international agreements on issues from trade to arms control, and help represent our country in such places as the United Nations and the International Court of Justice.
It's a job where you want a strong defender of America's sovereignty. But that's not Koh. He's a fan of "transnational legal process," arguing that the distinctions between US and international law should vanish.
Z: So, what do you think? Has any president who speaks so directly against our sovereignty AND for Sharia Law ever been in this position before? What is Obama THINKING? Who is he working for, folks? I'd illustrate this post with the guy's picture but I don't want it here. Ever. Let him come arrest me.
Monday, March 30, 2009
A guy was sitting quietly reading his paper when his wife walked up behind him and whacked him on the head with a magazine.
'What was that for?' he asked.
'That was for the piece of paper in your pants pocket with the name Laura Lou written on it,' she replied.
'Two weeks ago when I went to the races, Laura Lou was the name of one of the horses I bet on,' he explained.
'Oh honey, I'm sorry,' she said. 'I should have known there was a good explanation '
Three days later he was watching a ball game on TV when she walked up and hit him in the head again, this time with the iron skillet, which knocked him out cold.
When he came to, he asked, 'What was that for?'
'Your horse called.'
The Medical Profession Speaks out on the federal financial .
The allergists voted to scratch it, and the dermatologists advised not to make any rash moves.
The gastroenterologists had sort of a gut feeling about it, but the neurologists thought the administration had a lot of nerve, and the obstetricians felt they were all laboring under a misconception.
The ophthalmologists considered the idea shortsighted; the pathologists yelled, "Over my dead body!" while the pediatricians said, 'Oh, Grow up!'
The psychiatrists thought the whole idea was madness, the radiologists could see right through it, and the surgeons decided to wash their hands of the whole thing.
The internists thought it was a bitter pill to swallow, and the plastic surgeons said, "This puts a whole new face on the matter."
The podiatrists thought it was a step forward, but the urologists felt the scheme wouldn't hold water.
The anesthesiologists thought the whole idea was a gas; and the cardiologists didn't have the heart to say no.
In the end, the proctologists left the decision up to the ......holes in Washington
Does it bother anybody that an American president can tell an executive to step down?
Does it bother anybody that an American president has told Chrysler they must merge with Fiat?
GM's plans don't warrant WH appreciation and money? The 'experts' aren't happy?
Most of us don't agree with any of this, some of you will. Put that aside. Can someone tell us where IS all this in the constitution? Where does our president get this power? Is it because he's passing our money around and now can demand all of this? And who says the WH experts are smarter than those in industry? What's happened here?
IS THIS what Mr. Obama meant by "SHOVEL READY?" Because, so far, there's been no shoveling of dirt like we thought he meant then (bridges, roads), but PLENTY of 'shoveling' of ...........ya.
ALSO: It's RED ENVELOPE MAILING DAY MARCH 31. Please see this post and remind yourselves why that's important. Please send a message to the White House that most Americans are against abortion on demand. Thanks!
Sunday, March 29, 2009
I thought to myself "Wow, I know NOBODY who got their gun easily, TRUST me, lady...but, this is fascinating! Is this from Eric Holder, the new 'memo'? Is there a Holder Memo which says: 'Americans still like their guns no matter what we do, and we have to stop that, and Conservatives are the ones fighting losing their guns AND fighting for better control of the borders, SO...let's blame the border problem on OUR GUN LAWS and we'll finally have reason even the Conservatives might buy!" Clever, eh? Well, not so much. Because, while researching for this post, I found this information that REALLY nails the situation and you'll want to check it out. What more could I possibly say?
But, I still think my angle's worth consideration. And, we'll have to FIX THIS FAST because the ILLEGAL BORDER SKY IS FALLING TODAY, and so, again, the liberal congress will try to implement EVEN MORE stringent gun laws (forget all the FACTS in the linked article, right?) and we'll be toast. Can you say "send us your guns"? "Oh, and by the way, we ARE arming Obama's civilian corps....hope that's okay with YOU! heh heh!" (wait for it)
Here's what happened and this administration's 'solution':
AIG did bad....Hey, maybe even FIVE corporations did bad!: NEW LAWS REGULATING ALL CORPORATIONS IN THE COUNTRY MUST BE IN PLACE...and NOW, man!
OOPS! EXECUTIVES GOT BONUSES THAT WERE IN THEIR CONTRACTS! (too high or not is an arguable point but not part of this point): NEW REGULATIONS MUST BE PUT IN PLACE - 90% OF THAT MONEY NEEDS TO BE TAXED!.....and NOW, man!
AMERICAN EXECS GET HUGE SALARIES and WE OWN THEM, so: PUT A CAP ON AMERICAN EXECUTIVE SALARIES...WE'LL DECIDE HOW MUCH...and NOW, man!
KYOTO'S WAITING TO BE SIGNED: WE HAVE TO GET IN LINE WITH THE U.N. BECAUSE WE ARE SO GUILTY OF POLLUTING THE WORLD! QUICK, QUICK, New York City's going to drown next month: NEW LAWS MUST BE IN LINE WITH THE WORLD...AND NOW, man!
WHAT THE ..........................? Slow down...let's get THE FACTS first. Hear and respect ALL SIDES. THEN DECIDE. Stop using EVERY disaster as a springboard for ignoring facts and sanity.
RUSH RUSH! HURRY HURRY! DON'T READ IT..just SIGN IT!! Does that seem normal?
Something's WRONG in America, MAN.
"..I will sing to the Lord, I will sing; I will make music to the Lord, the God of Israel" Judges 5 3b
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE HYMN? Got one? A couple? I'd love to learn about some new ones! Have a blessed Sunday!
"If we abide by the principles taught in the Bible, our country will go on prospering and to prosper; but if we and our posterity neglect its instructions and authority, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us and bury all our glory in profound obscurity." Daniel Webster.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Former Gov. George Pataki had named the tower "Freedom Tower" in a 2003 speech, adding that "visitors to the iconic skyscraper will know our determination to overcome evil."
This week, "the owners of ground zero publicly parted ways with the Freedom Tower name, saying it would be more practical to market the tallest building in New York as the former north tower's name, One World Trade Center."
WHAT DO YOU THINK? Freedom Tower or One World Trade Center? Do you think that changing the name will make it less susceptible? Is changing the name just yet another way of bowing to terrorists? Do they win?
This is a treat especially for you LA people who know the Burbank Bob's...
THIS IS A HAMBURGER!!, to the rest of you across America. The sauce is SUBLIME.
Served with French fries and a very crispy salad with their special blue cheese dressing, your tongue will be in ecstasy! (While living in Europe, a friend sent me, for Christmas, one of the small Bob's statues you see in this video...it meant the world to me, especially over there!)
You might have a hamburger you think's this great (but you're wrong!!)...Tell me what's so good about it and where do you get it?
Friday, March 27, 2009
I gave up CHOCOLATE. No, I'm not a huge chocolate afficianado like some are, but I do like it. Lately, dark chocolate is my poison of choice and I've informed Mr. Z that he had darned well better have at least one dark chocolate bar on Easter morning for me or he's not getting his Lindt milk chocolate or the other little thing I have for him which shall remain nameless until that morning. (it's food, don't let your minds wander)
I was raised Orthodox and the Orthodox churches do observe Lent. I almost wrote "Celebrate Lent" but if you've given up something you love, let me tell you it's not much of a celebration. Some Protestants will protest that "that's legalistic!". I agree, if one is giving up something because one's been told to, that's legalistic. What you and I know is we need not give anything up because someone already gave everything up for us. You know who I mean! I believe lent is observed so we can realize and appreciate what HE went through....we can know, in this tiny way, what sacrifice feels like. That's why I did this this year, anyway.
I've mostly succeeded. I've had NO CHOCOLATE. OKAY, someone went out of her way to buy a dessert Z liked a lot at a luncheon and they were butterscotch cookies (I love butterscotch, I guess I should have given that up but I eat that even less than chocolate, so...). I had to eat one because she'd bought them especially for me. There I was picking chocolate bits out of it until my place setting looked like some nutty 4 year old had been eating whole grain bread and had decided it wasn't bad except for the grains...you know? Very unsightly. One TEENY TINY bit of chocolate did escape and make it to my mouth. I felt terrible but I'd done the best I could. I have to admit I've had twinges of "I want CHOCOLATE" (Mr Z eats quite a bit of it, and I've even unwrapped a Lindt bar for him....THAT is a sacrifice!), so I've felt that draw and I've not given into it. There's the lesson, I believe.
Would that I could think of LENT when I am pressed to gossip, hear gossip, say something negative, WORRY (which I do better than most of you and which i still do consider a sin because we're told that it is), and any bunch of other things I feel I shouldn't do. I'm not much of a gossip, but COME ON, to never gossip isn't as easy as it sounds, is it.
Will I remember this all year long? Will I remember to stop and think about Lent when someone tells me a friend's business that I shouldn't know? Will I think "Oh, come on, listen to it, it's fun and ...what's the down side?" Or will I remember Lent. Will I remember "Don't do that...remember that if you can give up chocolate you can give up this"?
Anyway, I think that's what I learned from this last month of sacrifice. Some sacrifice compared to His, huh? Silly, but it's worked for me. I figured if I had to give up chocolate you should at least read about my deprivation! And, maybe we've both learned a little about lent...and the much bigger picture.
I have, I hope.
"Yes, researchers now say. Not only do crabs suffer pain, a new study found, but they retain a memory of it (assuming they aren't already dead on your dinner plate). The scientists say its time for new laws to consider the suffering of all crustaceans. "
Okay, I DID go to a clam bake and I WAS asked to fill the tin foil packets we were assembling with THE CRAB portion of the package (clams and maybe potatoes? I forget what all went into them, it's been a lot of years and I'm an LA girl, so I 'don't know nuthin' about clamming', Miss Scarlett)....and I WILL ADMIT that I felt this was hideous and I KNEW THEY FEEL PAIN, they just had to (I didn't need a research grant to figure this out) and, there was Z pounding the crab on the rocks first so I'd at least knock them out before they did their Joan of Arc routine roasting in the fire pits. (Yes, that's the truth, I did do that, I admit it, but it felt RIGHT at the time).
Today, I'm reading this article thinking "now we're going to consider the suffering of all crustaceans?" Have I become heartless, or ARE we NUTS?
And how much did they pay for this? A crab scampered from a painful experience so NOW THEY KNOW? ANTS SCAMPER WHEN YOU DESTROY THEIR HILL, don't they?
Oh, man. By the way, aren't they about the UGLIEST animal going? Or do we need a grant to decide that, too? AND, by the way, you haven't eaten crab until you've eaten them in Singapore!
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Then check out Mustang's excellent writing....he nails it. He should be on every big city paper's front page.
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It's funny, last night I wrote and then deleted a (very) scathing rant about how FUNNY so many people seem to find the fact that America's never been in more trouble financially or physically. Just for a laugh or advertising money, you see TV panels teasing about Robert Gibbs' nasties, Mr. Obama's being 'punch drunk', smiling with Bob Beckel over nationalizing banks in THIS country, giggling about how our new administration's mandating that we call TERRORISM "Man Called Disasters". I don't find those things particularly funny, myself...but..
We have all sorts of euphemisms so those who hate us and want to bring us down don't feel badly but they escape me now...help me out. (This probably is a product of how, lately, the American left has adapted euphemisms, also, for BUMS "the homeless", illegals are "Undocumented workers"..might as well throw in a new one "Sanctuary deservers?"...an abortion is "the right of a woman to her body,", etc.
Anyway, I think it's wrong to joke about serious things when those serious things could wipe our families out in the next ten minutes. I also think it's scary to not properly identify an ENEMY because we then lose our resolve against that enemy..... but I decided we need levity and this could be fun. As an aside, families do this, too. When my (very) beloved grandfather suddenly passed away, I was called and told "Grandpa took a turn for the worse". They were afraid how I'd take it! But, I digress....
There is TERRORIST CHATTER reported in the news. (Ya, I know, decidedly NOT fun) Yes, I hadn't heard til Priscilla emailed me last night about it, and so I'm sorry to wreck YOUR day, too, if you hadn't heard, but this is what we're living with these days.
Could you come up with a Janet Napolitano euphemism for TERRORIST CHATTER? Let it rip! We don't want to make terrorists feel bad by calling it terrorist chatter.....got a new idea? "unfriendly mumblings?"
Very interesting information and an INCREDIBLE letter by an AIG Executive you should read to get the real picture
Here is a letter I encourage you to read, by Jake DeSantis of AIG...it's extremely worthwhile reading. And, now, the Rep. John Campbell lesson in what's really going on:
by John Campbell (R-CA)
I firmly opposed and voted "no" on HR 1586. Let's first understand exactly what the bill does. It imposes a 90% federal income tax on any bonus paid to any employee of any company that has received over $5 Billion in federal rescue funds. Such companies include, Bank of America, Wells Fargo Bank, Chase Bank, JP Morgan, CitiBank, Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch, Wachovia, Washington Mutual, Countrywide, Goldman Sachs, AIG, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac amongst others. The tax would only apply to people with total joint incomes over $250,000 or single individuals with income of over $125,000. When combined with California Income taxes which now top out at 10.55%, this can be a tax just short of 101% of the income.
Under this law, a bank teller at Wells Fargo could receive a bonus of $1,000 for doing a great job. If that bank teller was married to a physician who made $175,000 and they had some additional investment income, that bank teller would pay a tax of $1,055 on the bonus of $1,000 that they received for doing a good job. This is horrible!
This is not raising revenues, this is punishment. It is a terrible precedent to use the tax laws for punishment. If we go down this road, the government can impose a 100% tax on anyone they don't like, or anyone they believe is paid too much. Employees of other companies, doing the same thing for the same bonus, will not receive this tax. That probably makes it unconstitutional and I hope it does.
I understand the public outrage over these bonuses and I share much of it. But this is not the way to fix it. Sue them to get the money back. But don't do this.
You may or may not realize it, but embezzlement income is taxable today, but at normal rates. So if you steal money, you will not have a tax higher than normal. You may be forced to give the money back because you stole it, but it will not be taxed away from you. This bill makes a bonus from Bank of America a more egregious offense under the tax laws than bank robbery.
All of this was caused because we nationalized companies that are created to make a profit. Throughout time, governments have shown themselves to be particularly inept at such an enterprise. This is another example of why.
Z: Meanwhile...cracks in the armor? They're NOT SURE? But, they PROMISED!
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
We knew the Republicans were going to be a problem when President Obama called on Congress to invest in a clean-energy economy and universal health care.
But now, according to a Capitol Hill newspaper, some conservative Democratic senators are "quietly maneuvering to keep open the option of vetoing two of President Barack Obama's most ambitious agenda items this year—climate change and health care reform."1
This is the nightmare scenario: a few conservative Democrats teaming up with Republicans to stop the progressive pieces of the President's agenda. So we're launching a major campaign to make sure Democratic senators hear loud and clear from their constituents that we need them to back Obama's proposals.
The campaign is volunteer-driven, but it takes money to make training videos, develop hard-hitting ads, and pay the community organizers who recruit and manage the volunteers. Can you contribute $15 per month to help save clean energy and health care reform? Click here: (Z: links removed to protect this country)
You see, what's happening here is that these conservative Democrats are facing enormous pressure from Republicans and corporate lobbyists in Washington, but they're not hearing enough from progressives back home in their districts or states. So we're building the infrastructure to inject a massive jolt of people power into the conversation.
It starts this weekend, with a wave of nearly 200 community meetings organized by local volunteers, and it builds from there until we're mobilizing hundreds of thousands of MoveOn members to pressure their senators and representatives in their home states and districts.
Z: Thought you'd enjoy what's happening. The good thing is there are so many more Tea Parties by conservatives and others hoping to stem the tide of SO much spending. And, maybe those moderate Democrats understand how extremely costly and probably what bad ideas universal health care and Obama's idea of a 'clean -energy economy' really are. Don't you love the part about DEMOCRATS facing "enormous pressure"? Ya, the Left has 100% of the television networks, most of the newspapers and most of cable TV (though FOX is way ahead in the ratings, of course), most of the film and TV inferences in their themes.....but THE DEMS are facing ENORMOUS pressure! Good, it's about time. Get used to it, folks...you ain't seen NOTHIN' yet.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Here is just the first part of this article:
WASHINGTON – Pointing with dismay to the AIG debacle, the nation's top economic officials argued Tuesday for unprecedented powers to regulate and even take over financial goliaths whose collapse could imperil the entire economy. President Barack Obama agreed and said he hoped "it doesn't take too long to convince Congress." (Z: TAKE OVER?? And what is the big hurry? Can't we do ANYTHING anymore without rushing it through? Is there a reason for the huge hurry? How about the good ol' American way of letting stock holders ride herd on their companies?)
federal intervention into American International Group, an insurance giant, demonstrated a need to regulate complex nonbank financial institutions just as banks are now regulated by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.and , in a rare joint appearance before a House committee, said the messy
"AIG highlights broad failures of our financial system," Geithner told the House Financial Services Committee. "We must ensure that our country never faces this situation again." (Z:, so THAT is IT? AIG messed up so we need to take over financial institutions because we can't trust ANY of them??? WHAT?)
But the two appeared divided over where the authority should reside. Geithner suggested his Treasury Department's powers be expanded. Bernanke was noncommittal, even suggesting the FDIC.
Don't you KNOW Geithner and Obama were DELIGHTED about the AIG bonus situation? Boy, this really puts a huge nail in the coffin of capitalism ("Yippeee! Now all we have to do is show how ya just can't trust American companies anymore, you need US'") More from the article: Both officials sought to channel the widespread public outrage over the millions of dollars AIG spent in post-bailout bonuses into support for regulatory overhaul. Geithner was expected to lay out more details on the administration's plan Thursday when he appears again before the committee.
Um. Can somebody convince me that this won't lead to completely nationalizing big American businesses?
I wrote a bunch more but then my dear blogger buddy Heidianne at BIG GIRL PANTS emailed me this Cal Thomas article, and what the heck...Cal Thomas can say it better than I ever could. Someone else who's better on this subject than I am (but no angrier or sadder) is my buddy, Rich Galen, from Mullings.com, who wrote a good piece tonight..the date's March 25 on it, in case you're reading this aftewards and the column doesn't jive with my post). Read them both and weep.
WHAT DO WE DO as we watch our country slip from capitalism to nationalizing businesses? And SO FAST!
I don't know, maybe he sent this same letter to all big city papers, like he sent the letter to Jacques Chirac the other day and, we find today that he sent virtually the same letter to Italy, too. Maybe it's easier just to send a bunch of the same message around? I have no idea, but I've never seen that before.
Getting back to the LA Times letter, there were passages that bothered me and they might bother you, too. There's this: "And if we continue to let financial institutions around the world act recklessly and irresponsibly, we will remain trapped in a cycle of bubble and bust. That is why the upcoming London summit of the world's 20 leading economies is directly relevant to our recovery at home." WE are going to fix world financial institutions? Imagine the paper work, writing reams of laws protecting the world from financial institutions? Where is that "World fix" FILED? At the UN? The WORLD BANK? A whole NEW WORLD BANKING ENTITY? THE WORLD POLICE? There are other statements along these lines that you should know about.....but I just realized they are so numerous that I can't pick them, one by one, out of the letter. Please read it and tell me what you think.
Do I think we can work to improve our economy completely oblivious to the world's economy? Of course not. Do some of the sentiments and plans portrayed in this letter resonate favorably? I guess so, yes. But, it's the language......."Together, we can embrace a common framework that insists on transparency, accountability and a focus on restoring the flow of credit that is the lifeblood of a growing global economy." We haven't even had transparency HERE, how does Mr. Obama imagine we will have transparency from foreign countries?
"Third, we have an economic, security and moral obligation to extend a hand to countries and people who face the greatest risk. If we turn our backs on them, the suffering caused by this crisis will be enlarged and our own recovery will be delayed because markets for our goods will shrink further and more U.S. jobs will be lost." Beautiful sentiment, but those countries he's describing don't buy much NOW, they need help keeping their people ALIVE! Let's come down HARD on Mugabe for a start, huh?? Haven't heard a thing in that regard from this administration. Then, later, after we've sunk trillions into fixing ourselves, and the GLOBAL ECONOMY he's so intent on fixing, maybe then we should take those people to whom we have (hopefully) contributed medicines and help in farming, happily keeping them alive and feeding themselves, and THEN help them get to the point they can buy our STUFF. One step at a time.......Lives are more important than them buying our goods to prop US up.
"We must crack down on offshore tax havens and money laundering." Hoorah, for the sake of fairness, I thought I'd include something I can find no gripe with...that was it.
"I know that America bears its share of responsibility for the mess that we all face. But I also know that we need not choose between a chaotic and unforgiving capitalism and an oppressive government-run economy. That is a false choice that will not serve our people or any people." WHAT? Gee, Mr. Obama, America, so far, IS a capitalist country and YOU're the one leading us to that "oppressive government-run economy" so, what's up with THAT? Why slam capitalism to Europeans? "chaotic and unforgiving?"
"The United States is ready to join a global effort on behalf of new jobs and sustainable growth."
See, this is getting in line with that "BAD STUFF CAN'T HAPPEN" hypothesis I blogged about yesterday, isn't it? It sounds like he's suggesting the WORLD has to implement, legislate RULES and REGULATIONS and WARNINGS and, let's face it, some of us realize where this is going......OWN THE BANKS AND THE BIG COMPANIES because they just can't be trusted to play nice, to be totally altruistic, to contribute to the GLOBAL ECONOMY, the ONE WORLD ORDER (oops, never mind)...."Corporate executives can't be trusted, but you can TRUST WORLD GOVERNMENT!" (ya, right)
LIFE WILL NEVER BE PERFECT. No BUSINESS will ever be perfect. The best we can hope for is that people do the best they can. THIS is what I FEAR: The economy was sabotaged (through the pressure on Freddie and Fannie) to where the housing market had to break BIG TIME, everyone got totally wigged out, the oil prices skyrocketed, worried everyone, our president used words like "DEVASTATING" "CHAOS" "AS BAD AS THE GREAT DEPRESSION" "MAY NEVER RECOVER", so who the HECK would buy something expensive or HIRE anyone, or BUY STOCK with that gloom and doom scenario painted every day for 3 months? Things went BAD......OF COURSE!! Now CAPITALISM has been attacked as IF this country wants or needs another way to go? SINCE WHEN? (since the inauguration, I know) AND, our government's bailing out, buying, owning, calling the shots in telling American corporations how much they can pay their executives (WHAT?)...They BOUGHT THAT RIGHT, GET IT? "WE OWN you, we BAILED YOU OUT, WE can tell you what to pay your CEO and if you can buy private planes and ........and........." Where's it stop? By the way, I'm not real sure Germany or France or any other country will be eager for US to "lead". I wonder if he's considered that they, too, think they've got something to say? Nice way to start a conference with them all there, huh? Particularly, when the leaders there are calling our stimulus package a big mistake, saying it's exactly the opposite of what should be done. I wish you could all read about that, but our media doesn't want you to know. He's telling Germany they need to invest more on 'stimulus' and they're saying they're doing very well without it, which they are. By the way, that car situation Mr. Z told us about has been a raving hit there....people are buying cars, auto companies have ramped up the hours for their workers, etc. They're planning on doing this stimulus again. THAT one worked.
Russia, used to the anti-capitalism and pro-socialist agendas, might be the only one really comfortable at this upcoming G20 meeting. And Obama, of course.
Dear Mr. President,
Patriotic retirement:There's about 40 million people over 50 in the work force;
pay them $1 million a piece severance with three stipulations:
1) They leave their jobs. Forty million job openings - Unemployment fixed.
2) They buy NEW American cars. Forty million cars ordered - Auto Industry fixed.
3) They either buy a house or pay off their mortgage- Housing Crisis fixed.All National financial problems fixed!!!
A Fellow American (Z: how's about $500,000 each? That might work, too!)
(thanks to our buddy, Jay)
Monday, March 23, 2009
I do stand behind the fact that this letter should never have gone out but it wasn't that Obama MISTOOK the name of the French President..it was written to the Chirac Foundation.
HERE IS THE BEST INFORMATION I'VE FOUND ON THE SUBJECT, after MUCH research in French and English, and I DO stand behind my opinion that this was not a good idea. This blogger tells what happened and why it shouldn't have been sent far better than I could:
From blogger FAUSTA:
My (very!) rough translation:
Will this correspondence lead to joint projects? For now, no meetings are in the works, and they have not met in person. But the objectives of the Chirac Foundation - sustainable development and dialogue between cultures agree with the American president’s.
Both men also share their opposition to the Iraq war, which started exactly five years ago, on March 20, 2003.
OK, so here are the facts:
- Obama’s letter was sent on March 20, the anniversary of the Iraq war.
- The US still has troops in Iraq defending that country, and those troops are not only fighting but actively engaged in building a civil society.
- Each and any action by the Obama administration will be closely examined. Publicly approaching a private foundation with language that can be interpreted as being against the US presence in Iraq actively undermines that effort.
- Nicolas Sarkozy came to power by running not only against the Socialists, but by actually running against Chirac within Chirac’s own party. Is it a good idea to publicly “extend a hand” to Chirac, then?
- Chirac in fact, was allegedly involved in the affaire Clearstream
- Chirac’s administration as mayor of Paris was marked by corruption, from the water works contracts to other kinds of graft, and let’s not forget about his lunch money.
- Back in 2006 I was posting about Chirac’s own secret service. You may also recall Chirac’s support of Hugo Chavez.
And let’s not forget that Chirac’s foundation strongly promotes the globalisation tax, a tax on wealth generated by globalization:
“It could be a tax on airplane tickets, on carbon dioxide, on health products sold in industrialised countries, and indeed on international
financial transactions,” one source said.
So, pray tell, why send the letter in the first place?
AMEN, and thanks, FAUSTA.....Z
This part of my original post stands:
BY THE WAY: What happened to OIL FOR FOOD and notre Monsieur Jacques Chirac?
As I often say about things which disappear in the leftist media blur "must be yet another thing down Sandy Burger's pants, huh?" With Wm Jefferson's frozen money case, etc...all those things which just suddenly....die for 'lack of interest'? I WAS INTERESTED, weren't you?
Z has finally figured out, once and for all, what separates, most completely and, certainly, succinctly, the Right from the Left...."BAD THINGS HAPPEN" (or **HIT HAPPENS) is a major GREAT DIVIDE. It's something I BELIEVE the two sides will pretty decisively and unanimously differ on. Here's what I think:
It seems to me that being responsible for yourself means that, sometimes, bad things happen...and we know that and accept it and deal with it. If you depend on laws to fix things, if you look to sue because you slipped in a little water on the grocery store floor as if somebody'd done it to you on purpose, if you believe bad things shouldn't ever happen and, if they do then you need retribution, is that real life? Is it realistic? Did you spill really hot coffee in your lap? Well, who asked you to drive while sipping it? But SUE for your clumsiness? If you're of the 'cradle to grave mentality', it seems to me you're less likely to 'suck it up' and just take your knocks and get over it.
There is a very sad story about a man in a very uncomfortable position. Do I think he needs some help? Maybe. What do you think of the story linked here? It's a tear jerker, but it got me to wondering if this country has come to the point that nobody can ever accept really bad things have happened and that we have to make better, more well thought out choices, or live by the laws of the majority, and that's that. (by the way, I have NO problem with the extension he's asking for, hoping this situation can be solved....I only cite it here to make the point that sometimes things go awry and we have to live with them...I certainly wish the Liberians in my link the very best. They love America, 'come on down'!!).
In Paris, one day, I was walking to the grocery store and saw a hole in the sidewalk......instead of huge barricades and whatever else Americans might have been pressured to install around it by insurance companies, etc., there was................yellow tape. Yes, only a thin yellow tape and a sign "TRAVAIL" (work) I thought "WOW....they're counting on me to STEP AROUND THE HOLE like a grown up. GO FIGURE." At Brasserie Lipp, a very popular and wonderful restaurant, I went to the ladies room the first time there and saw that the stairs were probably the steepest I've ever descended. When I got back to our table, I told Mr Z and our friends "If this staircase had been in the U.S., there would have been a desk at the bottom manned by two attornies signing people up just in case they fell."
Do you know any ridiculous law suits you felt were wrong? I wish I had a link but, years ago, a burglar broke into a house in Los Angeles and fell through the roof, hurting himself. He sued. He won. That's my 'favorite'. Another case I just remembered was a little boy in our neighborhood who decided to climb over the fence around a newly built pool next door to him which had no water in it yet so he could skate board on the wavy concrete. He broke his arm and sued. He won. WHAT?
It seems to me it's nuts to decide that if ONE PERSON dies in a skiing accident, for example, helmets must be forced on everyone. Or, if one child has a peanut allergy, that child shouldn't stay home because he has the problem, but all children need to refrain from bringing any peanut product to school because the school will be sued if anything happens. Sometimes, TERRIBLE things happen....DON'T THEY? CAN'T THEY? And, doesn't that NEED to be okay? Didn't it used to be that a sad thing happened and we licked our wounds, dusted ourselves off and went on living? Or not?
What do you think? I'm having a hard time here trying to really articulate something I've thought of a lot lately, this point about suing for everything, or forcing everyone to go along with changing rules because one person has a problem with something...........help me out here, would you?
IS it a Left/Right issue? IS it dangerous to a society? Can we revert to a citizenry more vigilant and obeying common sense like steering away from a hole in the street or being extra careful on the stairs? CAN we let people struggle to fix their problems without stepping in? SHOULD we PROTECT EVERYONE? IS this the kind of thinking behind what's been created in programs most of us feel will not work in fixing our economy today?
What DO you think?
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Have a wonderful Sunday, everyone.........I hope you find the above verses as affirming and calming as I do.
-I just read Bloviating Zeppelin's latest post "A Letter to My Father, from His". Please go there and read it. I promise you will not be sorry, you will be inspired and you will remember what America's really about. As Law & Order Teacher commented there..."This is America." Read "America", folks.....it rarely gets better than this. Thank you, BZ, for having shared such a wonderful part of your very American family with us.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Ya, there are FAR more pressing, important political things to write on...TOO MANY, that's just the point. Come on by and relax and enjoy the evening!
Friday, March 20, 2009
What's your favorite thing about this story, or the film...?
There's almost nothing about the film I don't find absolutely perfect. To say nothing about the story, of course.
I was introduced to this hymn Thursday and want to share it with you.
Like a river glorious, is God’s perfect peace,
Over all victorious, in its bright increase;
Perfect, yet it floweth, fuller every day,
Perfect, yet it groweth, deeper all the way.
Stayed upon Jehovah, hearts are fully blest
Finding, as He promised, perfect peace and rest.
Hidden in the hollow of His blessed hand,
Never foe can follow, never traitor stand;
Not a surge of worry, not a shade of care,
Not a blast of hurry touch the spirit there.
Stayed upon Jehovah, hearts are fully blest
Finding, as He promised, perfect peace and rest.
Every joy or trial falleth from above,
Traced upon our dial by the Sun of Love;
We may trust Him fully all for us to do.
They who trust Him wholly find Him wholly true.
Finding, as He promised, perfect peace and rest....Charles Wesley
I'm hanging on this today. Maybe you know someone who could use it, too...
Thursday, March 19, 2009
On the back of the envelope, you're to write "This envelope represents one child who died because of an abortion. It is empty because the life that was taken is now unable to be a part of our world."
Nothing inside......just an envelope. For a child. Buy a greeting card that comes with a red envelope and just use the envelope; it's worth it. We aren't being listened to much these days, but we can do all we can, anyway.
I thought you might be interested in participating. If you're interested in an excellent pro life blog, check this one out. God bless.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Could her death serve to protect future skiiers? Or would that be another chip at our freedoms? What do you think?
It's a horrible thing that happened to the lovely and talented Natasha Richardson......May she rest in peace and my deepest sympathies to those who loved her. (the picture I selected might not be the glitziest, but it's my favorite of her)
Some will say wearing a helmet is cumbersome and that not all people should have to wear them because some die for having not worn them (though I don't personally believe wearing a hard helmet is going to protect you that much if you hit a tree trunk, but I don't know for sure)...Others will say that, if it saves lives in the future, perhaps the untimely deaths of Ms Richardson and Sonny Bono, too, might at least end up being somewhat for the good..?
What do you think? It's a kind of RIGHTS thing, isn't it? A kind of FREEDOM question? Which side of that do you come down on?
The Left will denounce him and all he said, and they can, because they KNOW that Cheney CANNOT counter attack the denouncements because he can't list details of attacks thwarted by the Bush administration (the reason of which I doubt the left can understand, considering the NY Times' spilling of classified information even when asked and told why it shouldn't be published). Even now, I'm sure someone here will accuse Cheney of lying, accuse him of hyperbole, thereby promoting his causes, accuse him of being an apologist for Bush's administration.
Can you imagine any Republican Press Secretary saying any of the following quote, ever?:
"I guess Rush Limbaugh was busy," Robert Gibbs, Obama's press secretary, said during his daily briefing to journalists at the White House. "So they trotted out the next most popular member of the Republican cabal." (Z: Somebody PLEASE tell Robt Gibbs that half the country (rising by the minute) does NOT agree with HIS basketball buddy, please? That he's just insulted the half of America that IS Republican? Does he really have that elitist hubris that they don't matter? That his bunch is THE BUNCH? That's so sad.)
Who's ever asked the Democrat party who speaks for them and what it stands for? But, we got this from this article..."It followed a speech delivered by Rush Limbaugh last month during which the conservative radio host said he hoped Obama's policies "failed," prompting Democrats to question who speaks for the Republican Party and what it stands for. In his interview, Cheney said of congressional Republicans that "it will take them a while to get their act together" in finding ways to criticize a popular young president." (Z: he didn't say a thing about the popular young president in that vain...nothing about that. They're getting their 'act together' was what every party which lost does. Picture Cheney saying "Ya, the Republicans just haven't got it together yet on criticizing a popular young president".)
Added Gibbs: "I think not taking economic advice from Dick Cheney would be maybe the best possible outcome of yesterday's interview." (Z: imagine the level of incivility? the mocking? Why insult so much? This is a PRESS SECRETARY TO THE PRESIDENT, not ANIMAL HOUSE antics......or IS it?)
The left's set it up perfectly, according to the Alinsky Rules of procedure....you all know that. When security is jeopardized by the Left, (remember the threatened Gitmo closing announcing it to the world without having figured out a safe place to keep murderers, the waterboarding prohibition, tribunals, etc.,) what does a country's people DO? And IF they 'do' something, they're attacked as ridiculous over-fearful nuts who are banding together like the Weather Underground or the Black Panthers but this time it's Conservative so it's mocked. (witness the negativity to Glenn Beck suggesting Americans meet in homes and remind ourselves of our history and talk about the constitution.."HOW THREATENING! Those nasty Conservatives!!"??)
In the name of TRANSPARENCY, in a world where ANY information is spread across the world in roughly two seconds, how can we (literally) survive the Eric Holder/Barack Obama/Sulzberger mentality of EVERYONE MUST KNOW OR WE'RE HIDING SOMETHING FROM THE PEOPLE!?
Do you know what I'm getting at here? They set Cheney up as the last laugh of the administration, "Bush's Brain", etc., so how can Americans sincerely interested in getting to the truth (centrists, independents, etc.) see through the insults and mischaracterizations? Most people drink the Kool Aid without asking.....they spout "Ya, Cheney..Halliburton....pompous...war monger.." It's pure Alinksy , and it's worked. There IS no "Obama....inexperienced...naive..." presented in the media, but the Cheney inferences are always there in overt or the subtlest of remarks on even front page, supposedly non editorial, pieces. Here's Alinsky's No. 5: Ridicule is man's most potent weapon.
It's our SAFETY at stake because of the Left's roadblock to real information, demeaning information from anyone who's not from the left...........and the media's complicit. What do we do? ..pretend there IS no terror threat like some do? Jeopardize the constitution with over-the-top secrecy? OR, stop the name calling, evil inferences, insults at anything the media abhors, keeping reporting REPORTING, not EDITORIALIZING to reflect the papers' viewpoints just to get the shots in to anybody who's not a liberal?
So, if Cheney is RIGHT, and we're not listening..........WHAT THEN?
(By the way, how is David RASPUTIN Axelrod NOT "Obama's Brain"??? and why's that not been discussed in the media? It will. I promise).
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
An Irish priest is driving down to New York and gets stopped for speeding in Connecticut . The state trooper smells alcohol on the priest's breath and then sees an empty wine bottle on the floor of the car.
He says, 'Sir, have you been drinking?'
'Just water,' says the priest.
The trooper says, 'Then why do I smell wine?'
The priest looks at the bottle and says, 'Sweet Lord Jay-sus! He's done it again!'
Paddy was driving down the street in a sweat because he had an important meeting and couldn't find a parking place. Looking up to heaven he said, 'Lord take pity on me. If you find me a parking place I will go to Mass every Sunday for the rest of me life and give up me Irish Whiskey!'
Miraculously, a parking place appeared.
Paddy looked up again and said, 'Never mind, I found one.'
Monday, March 16, 2009
is preparing for one final struggle against the odds: raising $300 million for a presidential library, museum and policy institute at a time when dollars are tight and skepticism about his presidency runs high. (Z: Don't look now, but at least half of this country views Mr. Obama's presidency with skepticism, too....not just Bush's, TRUST me)
The former president and first lady have already begun holding small private dinners to persuade wealthy friends to invest in a monument and incubator based on the values and events of his presidency. By this fall, he’ll be armed with architect’s renderings and will hold travel around the country to meet with groups and build support for the complex on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas. (Z: See the inference? Doesn't Clinton have wealthy friends? Obama? It's a small think for me to gripe about, but no one could think that is innocently written. Who's going to hit up POOR friends?)
Some of his new neighbors are less than thrilled with the plan, with a handful of history and political science professors lined up to criticize it.. But SMU fought hard to win the library, as one of eight original bidders and then four semi-finalists for the honor.(Z: STOP THE PRESSES...History and political science profs feel the need to criticize GEORGE BUSHS' library? I'm stunned...stunned, I say!)
“We’ve certainly had to defend our decision, but absolutely feel like it was the right one,” SMU’s president, R. Gerald Turner, told POLITICO. “The overall sentiment on the faculty is that whether they agreed with the president personally or not, it’s great to have these papers and this resource on campus.”
Bush has often gotten out of jams by dint of personal charm, and he’s trying that once again. Two weeks ago, to show he wants to get involved in the SMU community, Bush made a surprise visit to political science professor Harold Stanley’s 9:30 a.m. “Intro to American Government and Politics” class. (Z: "personal charm"...so, this is a media which disdains Bush's charms ...even if they ever mentioned them....but Obama's Greek columns and the hysteria over his 'charisma' and glistening abs is okay?)
Turner accompanied him and asked the 29 sleepy students, “Do you recognize the 43rd president of the United States?”
Bush talked for 10 minutes and took questions for another 50, on everything from the stimulus to banking to whether he had seen the Oliver Stone movie “W” (no) to whether diversity was a goal when he was picking his Cabinet (he said he went for the best person).(Z: what a novel concept; too bad that didn't continue, huh?....how's about a comment on how outstanding that was?)
One woman advised him to use lots of anecdotes when he’s writing his upcoming book about the big decisions he made during his presidency.
The personal touch worked – the kids lapped it up and hung around him afterward.(Z; must be that 'charm', couldn't be they actually got to understand him and like him, right?)
More....The president’s advisers are still chewing over what topics to emphasize. Iraq is unlikely to be one of them. Advisers say they have made a specific decision to leave that verdict to history and not try to defend it at a time when Iraq could still wind up as either a democracy or a disaster. (Z: Maybe, some day, the new wing of his library will be dedicated totally to the free Iraq he had helped develop; except obama will take the credit for this...scratch that)
Evans said an umbrella topic will be the role of government in a capitalist democracy. But even that may seem a little dated, given the rising role of government in all parts of business – a trend that began on Bush’s watch. (Z: right)
There's more here............
Bias or not? You be the judge. Yes, I sound a little too biased but, considering I've not liked a LOT of what Bush did (amnesty, TARP, etc.), this kind of reporting still makes me grit my teeth. And this is from Mike Allen! Please, just BE HONEST, do NOT lead readers with slurs and inferences. TRY, media, please TRY!?
"The Senate is gearing up to ratify a Nixon-era U.N. treaty meant to create universal laws to govern the seas -- a treaty critics say will create a massive U.N. bureaucracy that could even claim powers over American waterways.
LOST -- the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea, also called the Law of the Sea Treaty -- regulates all things oceanic, from fishing rights, navigation lanes and environmental concerns to what lies beneath: the seabed's oil and mineral wealth that companies hope to explore and exploit in coming years.
But critics say the treaty, which declares the sea and its bounty the "universal heritage of mankind," would redistribute American profits and have a reach extending into rivers and streams all the way up the mighty Mississippi."
Now, get a load of THIS:
"You have to pay royalties on the value of anything you extract (from the deep seabed), those royalties to be distributed as the new bureaucracy sees fit, primarily to landlocked countries and underdeveloped countries," said Steven Groves, a fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation. American money would also go to fund the International Seabed Authority, which Groves warned "would have the potential to become the most massive U.N. bureaucracy on the planet." (z: "..to landlocked and underdeveloped countries? whaaaat??)
"The whole theory of the treaty is that the world's oceans and everything below them are the common heritage of mankind," said Groves. "Very socialist.""
What good could possibly come from THIS? For American, that is....if anybody still cares.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
"Michael Moore and that faction of the party was one of the factors that did not let me support the Democratic nominee this year," Silver told the AP in 2004. "He is a charlatan in a clown suit." I have to admit, that helped.
"Hi-ho, Silver........and...............away..." You might say he was a real "lone" ranger in Hollywood. May he rest in peace.