Thursday, April 30, 2009

Tea Party Snub

The Audacity of Logic: Liberal Logic

The Audacity of Logic: Liberal Logic

Ben, had you read this you would have known it was the Republican parties fault.

Liberal Logic

Please, someone help me out here. I usually pride myself on being a normally logical person, but, being human, I know I’m not perfect so maybe I’ve missed something here. Both President Obama and the head of Homeland Security have said there isn’t any need to close the Mexican border to combat the current strain of flu, the rationale or logic being that the flu is already here so it’s like closing the barn door after the horse has left. Following this logic, if there are already terrorists here in this country, we shouldn’t bother to secure our borders against an influx of additional terrorists either. Or, how about the analogy that during a downpour, when my roof springs a few leaks, I shouldn’t plan on sandbagging my house to prevent the inevitable water entering from the dam when it breaks, because I already have some water in my house. I can go on with the analogies, but I think I’ve made my point. What kind of logic is this that our current administration is using anyway? The answer, of course, is liberal logic. They simply aren’t willing to appear “racist” by closing the border, all at the expense of the safety of the American public. Our illustrious Vice President offered the most illogical answer to this question. When asked if we should close the border he said it wouldn’t do any good, because people don’t at first appear sick with the flu so we couldn’t tell who was infected. Hey, Joe…THAT’S THE REASON WHY YOU WOULD WANT TO CLOSE THE BORDER IN THE FIRST PLACE!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Teleprompter for president?

OK, so W just got lambasted by the media and comedians for his speaking gaffes, and in many cases rightly so. But, come on, the guy could at least speak without a teleprompter. This video of President Obama totally loosing his composure when his teleprompter goes out is kind of disturbing to me.

I just get this vision of the prez getting into an argument with say Hugo Chavez (OK, not likely...) instead let's say he gets into an argument with Gordon Brown. Gordon Brown calls Mr. Obama's bluff and the prez looks to his teleprompter to see what to say and oh no! there is no signal, he blinks, and the next thing you know we are back to being simple British colonies...

Have you ever been in a street fight, or lead up to one? Diffusing a potential fight usually happens when one of the adversaries out talks his opponent and makes the bad guy back down. I've seen it a hundred times. Two world leaders going at it is the same dynamic as the build up to a street fight. You blink, you lose, period. I really hope our President figures this one out, and soon. Otherwise we might see Arizona and California being given back to Mexico.

Maybe we should have elected the teleprompter President?

Uniter or Divider

We heard plenty of praise last night for a job well done this first 100 days. Then we heard some of the analysis that were 180 degree polar opposites. I was willing to support President Obama if he would just make good on 1 campaign promise, to rid Washington of the bipartisan bickering and shake up the status quo. I wanted to believe that if he did this one thing we may have a shot at logical decisions being made that were not aligned with party extremes. The audacity of logic might have a chance. I will wager you will not hear it on any main stream media outlet, but Obama has failed miserably to unite this political machine or this country. We are more divided than ever. There is some glimmer of hope from the data found in the latest RCP report. Congressional approval is terrible. Direction of the country is split. There is also evidence that Independents and Moderates are becoming a majority. The Republican base is shrinking. We get this news thumbed in our faces regularly. But what we don't hear is that the Democratic base is shrinking too. Independents and Moderates leaned Democrat in the last few elections, but Democrats they are not. I honestly believe that many people were voting against the status quo (Republicans), not for liberal agendas (Democrats) in the last few elections. Libertarian minded people no longer have a choice other that the lesser of two evils in many case. The pendulum swings both ways and for a reason. When one party gets too much power, its ego, arrogance and greed go to its head. It believes that the masses are in full support and it can do whatever it chooses without consequence. Unfortunately for the party in power, the division is close to 50/50 on many issues. It will not take too many wrong moves for the pendulum to start to swing back. Our job is to try to get it to bob in the middle so we do not have to withstand the extremeties we have seen of late. We need a viable third party that does not subscribe to the extremes of the Democratic and Republican platforms. It would represent this majority of people who choose not to affiliate with either major party, as well as those affiliated but not strongly conviced. The Libertarians, or the Logicraticans?

Intellectual Dishonesty and Double Standards

All's fair in love and war - or so the saying goes. I guess they should add the disclaimer that this only applies to the unscrupulous among us and that would include the media and almost the entirety of the political class. The hypocrisy of the media has been on flagrant display for quite some time, but the outright ignoring of the Feinstein FDIC scandal is negligence. The double standards by which the reporters spin everything the President does is nauseating. Let's not forget our ever bumbling, prevaricating, VP, the "Honorable Joe Biden".

I understand perspective. I believe I would have a very difficult time being neutral, but if it was my job, I would succeed. I would simply pose questions as opposed to pontificating. This is the duty of a journalist. Unfortunately, the honorable profession has been bastardized to such an extent that we have commentators disguised as journalist.

Can you imagine if W would have completely fallen apart when the teleprompter messed up?
What about if Cheney had lied about Oval Office meetings with Bill Clinton?

We have seen Republicans and their careers destroyed by slight gaffes, misstatements, and false accusations - but it seems the Democrats are immune to the same standards and "media outrage" over their behavior as they are about the Republicans. Why?

I say, report the news - fair is fair.

As far as intellectual dishonesty though, I would bet many of these journalist cheated in school, hid cards when they could, plagiarized, cut corners, shoplifted here and there - after all the ends justify the means, right?

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Unions - past their time and time to go

Akron is dead. Pittsburgh for all intents and purposes is dead. Detroit is dead, but the sick interns in the emergency room keep shocking the guy over and over again. Public education in most places is an abysmal failure. What do these things all have in common? Unions. Unions plain and simple have destroyed more communities and industries in our country than any other force. Wanna unload a container off a ship in the port, you gotta pay the crane operator $80/hour plus some sweet benefits. Do you want to check on a part at the Delta hanger in ATL at 12:00? Sorry, you have to wait, the Union guys are on a break. Need an employee to work 30 minutes over, sorry have to clear that with the shop steward. Run a business and need to stay lean and competitive? Sorry, man, you got to pay up.

Plain and simple, the companies and industries that are not plagued by the scourge of the union and competitive, agile, and profitable. Did the unions have their place at the turn of the century, yes, I believe they did - but who wrote that history? Whose perspective do we have and have we taken as fact, my guess is the same folks who support and join unions today. What legitimate purpose do unions serve today? I'd say, none.

Stay Tuned...

I have been trying to find words to express this feeling of uncertainty in my gut. It has been nagging at me for 100 days. What is it that will not go away. Now I see it, in an article from the UK. After a grueling, drawn out campaign and election, I was ready for it to be over, no matter what the outcome. I was beat into submission. JUST GET IT OVER WITH. And it isn't. The campaigning continues. Late night shows, 60 Minutes, photo ops, yukking it up with the reporters in the press room (at least until one of them asked a question he didn't want to answer), anything to get some exposure. So there it is, it's over, it's time to MOVE ON. I HOPE we can put an end to the campaigning after the 'First 100 Day' celebration is over. I guess that is the CHANGE I am waiting for now. Looks like I am not the only one. At least FOX made a stand (NBC, ABC, and CBS just quetly complained).

I just don’t get it. We now have the possibility brewing that the Swine Fu will become a pandemic, and what is the response to tightening our border with Mexico? Nada. Not only do we not have the ability to screen arriving passengers at our airports for signs of a high fever, as they do in Korea and Japan, but at the check points on the border in El Paso, my old stomping grounds, Custom agents are still allowing people who say they are sick or are feeling ill to enter. In one instance, a Custom agent was reported to have said it wasn’t necessary for the person to wear his surgical mask. What kind of instructions are the Dept. of Homeland Security and the H.H.S. people giving our border agents I wonder?

How much do you want to bet that all this is being done so that we don’t appear that we’re trying to restrict the flow of Mexican nationals into the country? I mean, sure, we certainly don’t want to restrict the flow of illegal aliens into our country when all they’re doing is coming here to freeload, commit crimes, not pay taxes, bad-mouth the USA and lobby for their “rights,” but surely now we have a justifiable reason to curb the flow of immigration from Mexico, albeit temporarily, to help quarantine ourselves from an epidemic that has the potential of becoming global in scope. You better believe that if the problem had originated here, the Mexican government would have closed the border tighter than an inch of spandex stretched over Rosie O’Donnell’s ass.

My Loaded Burglar Alarm

A friend told me of some B&E's going on in his neighborhood, which is in the vicinity of my house. We live in the country, so vicinity can mean several miles, but you still have to be careful. Apparently the authorities think it may be gang related. It would appear that part of a local gang initiation is to break into a house in the bedroom community in which we live. So last night I loaded my 870 Express burglar alarm. Granted it won't tell me when someone is breaking in, but it will alarm the hell out of whoever it is if I am there to chamber that first round. A pump shotgun makes an unmistakable sound when a round is chambered. I would venture to bet it is universal to anyone, but am certain it is universal to anyone in the US who is in the business of B&E. And my gut tells me I probably won't even have to fire the thing, although I should if not just to clean the dust out of the barrel. I might only get to clean up the puddle of pee (or other excrement) left behind by the thug who thought they had more right to my possessions than me.
At times I wonder how long I will enjoy this freedom. I keep a pistol in my glove box and have 5 rifles, 3 shotguns, and 2 pistols in my gun safe. The burglar alarm stays beside my bed. I have two children. I know it is loaded and they know it is loaded. And I have taught my children how to respect and handle a gun from an early age. Growing up, my dad's guns (which make up part of my arsenal) weren't even in a safe. Guns and ammo were all on the gun rack in the den. I knew well the danger of firearms and the extreme danger of touching them without permission (my dad's foot does not fit in my ass very comfortably). By the time I was a teenager I had earned his respect and trust. I could grab the .22 and go shoot cans without supervision. I grew up with guns and my children have too.

I digress a little. My question is where are we going with gun control and where should we go? The Constitution grants us a right to keep and bear arms. It doesn't say what kind specifically, but it does say we can keep and bear arms. The far left liberal masses would love to see all firearms banned. This would surely make the streets and citizens safer. I am certain the gangs would cease there initiation rituals once the law abiding population was disarmed (note sarcasm for those not catching it). And the right wing extremist want to keep any control from happening as there can be no middle ground between left and right and right and wrong. This is why conservative logic is so needed in our society and why we need leaders who exercise some logic.
Do we need assault rifles? Beyond the military and police I would argue no. Do we need armor piercing, cop killing ammo? Again, beyond the above obvious, no. But you should also realize that many of the guns targeted for control that are labeled assault weapons are merely semi-automatic, demilitarized versions of the military weapons. In this case, they may look like a duck, but they sure don't walk like a duck or quack like a duck. Most people have these for display power, not fire power. Should I ever have to defend my 30 acres, give me a hunting rifle. I will say that the compact nature of the assault weapons would be handy if the fighting ever got close, but again, I digress a little.

At the end of the day, we have one major problem. The right and left do not trust each other. And truth be told, I don't blame them cause I don't either. We need some logical controls. There are certain arms we really don't need to bear. But there are plenty of arms that we don't need to ban. The criminals will always have more firepower than the law abiding. This has been the case since prohibition (or before). But they are criminals. You know, THEY DO NOT CARE ABOUT THE LAW. As for me, leave my guns alone.

Shhhhh! Don't Tell

I'll keep it brief. Let's not tell anyone about the AF1 photo op fly by so we can scare the hell out of NYC, but release confidential information concerning the handling of terrorist prisoners so they can better know what to expect the next time they are captured. Where is the logic? Hey, and where is the ACLU filing suit against someone for torturing those innocent NYC civilians who thought another 911 was incoming?

Monday, April 27, 2009

Goodbye Pontiac, though shalt be missed...

Well as a kid growing up in the 70's the car we all really wanted was that badass Trans Am made famous by Burt Reynolds in "Smokey and the Bandit." It is a sad day really, and it is not so much an issue of the cars they have been producing, but it is a reflection of two things.

  1. Bloated costs that all GM divisions are forced to absorb into the cost of producing their cars from a standpoint of UAW costs. I have not seen the UAW reaction to the news of the death of Pontiac and the resulting closing factories, but the UAW needs to buck up and admit that they are in no small part responsible for insisting on too much money and to mediocre a build quality
  2. Marketing- I've not seen a good commercial for the Pontiac brand in so long that I can not even remember one. Pontiac has a couple of great models on the market right now. The Pontiac Solstice and the Pontiac G8. both of these models deserve to live. I don't know where GM should put them in, but hey the G8 is actually a renamed Holden car model made in Australia. Hopefully this vehicle will have a chance to live on as a Buick or something else. Nonetheless, GM has done a terrible job of putting forth the Pontiac line up, whilst they pushed the very lame models offered by the Chevrolet division.
OK, so obviously I'm going to miss these cars. The thing is this, I rent cars on a regular basis as I travel around the country. The quality of some of the GM cars has really come up and the Buick's are quite nice and I would be happy to have a Lucerne in my driveway. On the other hand, the Chevrolet cars are basically still just bad. I refused Chevy's twice in the last two weeks in favor of a Chrysler 300. More bad decisions by GM, do you think that new GM head man C.E.Obama is behind the decision on this? The news reports now specualte that Saturn is to be sold or killed as well as Saab... key the Queen music "... Bom bom bom, another one bites the dust...'

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Don't Tax Me Bro!

The funniest signs I saw at the T.E.A. Parties on the 15th, were the ones that said, "Don't Tax Me Bro!" Of course, this was a play on words from the You Tube video, where the stonner type dude, from I believe somewhere in Florida, yells, "Don't tase me bro," when about to be tased by the cops. When I saw the signs at the T.E.A. Parties, I couldn't help but chuckle. Recently, reference was made here in Dallas to a letter to the editor from a newspaper in Wichita Falls, where a guy wrote an open letter to the IRS. It made me chuckle also, but then I was forced to except the reality of it all, and the smile slowly vanished; though I still retain my sense of humor, until such time that too is redistributed to the humorless.

The letter is as follows:

This was sent to the Texas Times Record News by a Wichita Falls citizen, published on Feb. 6th.

Dear IRS,

I am sorry to inform you that I will not be able to pay taxes owed April 15, but all is not lost.

I have paid these taxes: accounts receivable tax, building permit tax, CDL tax, cigarette tax, corporate income tax, dog license tax, federal income tax, unemployment tax, gasoline tax, hunting license tax, fishing license tax, waterfowl stamp tax, inheritance tax, inventory tax, liquor tax, luxury tax, Medicare tax, city, school and county property tax (up 33 percent last 4 years), real estate tax, social security tax, road usage tax, toll road tax, state and city sales tax, recreational vehicle tax, state franchise tax, state unemployment tax, telephone federal excise tax, telephone federal state and local surcharge tax, telephone minimum usage surcharge tax, telephone state and local tax, utility tax, vehicle license registration tax, capitol gains tax, lease severance tax, oil and gas assessment tax, Colorado property tax, Texas, Colorado, Wyoming, Oklahoma and New Mexico sales tax, and many more that I can't recall but I have run out of space and money.

When you do not receive my check April 15, just know that it is an honest mistake. Please treat me the same way you treated Congressmen Charles Rangle, Chris Dodd, Barney Frank and ex-Congressman Tom Dashelle and, of course, your boss Timothy Geithner. No penalties and no interest.

P.S. I will make at least a partial payment as soon as I get my stimulus check.

Ed Barnett
Wichita Falls

“To take from one because it is thought that his own industry and that of his father’s has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association—‘the guarantee to every one of a free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it.’ “
--Thomas Jefferson

Calling Them Out - Senator Feinstein

I will begin writing on and commenting on various public figures. I will do this in a noninflationary fashion and will only present the facts.

1. Diane Feinstein is not a member of the Senate banking committee and as such is not involved in the financial industry.
2. The head of the FDIC, Blair, sought support from the government in October, but the Treasury Department denied her request.
3. Feinstein's husband, Blum, is a board member of the commercial real estate firm, CB Richard Ellis.
4. The FDIC awarded CB Richard Ellis a big fat contract to help sell foreclosed houses - not commercial property, that is their business - residential properties. This occurred in November after the Treasury had denied the FDIC request for funding.
5. Blum bought $10 mil worth of CB Richard Ellis stock at $3.77/share in January.
6. Three days later, the first session of the 111th Congress, Diane Feinstein, his wife, proposed the funding of $25 million of tax payer money to the FDIC.
7. The stock closed Friday at $5.14/share.

Questions: Why did the Treasury initially turn down the FDIC's request for money in the midst of the TARP distribution?

Why was CB Richard Ellis chosen as the recipient for this contract when this is not their core business?

If Blum was merely buying stock in his company, why didn't he do it right after the contract was awarded in November?

What type of contact did Feinstein have with Blair?

Would you tell your wife if you were planning to invest $10 million dollars in something?

Would you know that your husband's firm had been awarded a huge government contract?

Would you have no knowledge that legislation you were introducing, that is outside of the scope of your committe responsiblities had no impact on your personal finances?

Senate ethics rules prohibit even the appearance of impropriety.

Google the news results - no reporting by ABC, NBC (any of them), CNN, CBS, NY Times - the San Fransisco Chronicle spun this so left as to make it appear a minor nuisance.

God help us.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Redistributing the Weight? And other Incongruencies of the Left.

I was born to be a fat kid; body type, genetic predisposition, a love of all things fatty, sweet and salty all stacked up to insure that I would be laying on the bed to zip my jeans up for years to come. I did not have the social advantages of the skinny girls. I was deprived of my cheer-leading days (but please disregard that I have absolutely no ability to translate dance moves into actual steps without looking like I am having a seizure). I was deprived of the cute little uniform, even if it would have been less than attractive! The boys did not chase after me for dates, I did not get tons of carnations on carnation day, I was wounded. Now that I think about it, I bet I could sue the school for the mental anguish and pain I suffered every Valentines day. It wasn't fair, life was against me. Yes, I know I could have exercised more and smoked less. I know that potato chip sandwiches and gallons of ice cream probably didn't help matters, but darn it, I was born that way.

After a life long struggle of yo-yo (and actually folks I was smoking hot when I was skinny), self loathing, starvation followed by gluttony, I got it together; at least in my head. The body was a different story. I worked out, cut fat, cut carbs, detoxed, allergy tested, and generally beat my head against a wall for 18 months. I would love to tell you that it worked, but this is a true story and sadly hard work is sometimes not rewarded in this life, and in the end I was 13 pounds heavier than when I started. I would not give up. Well, truthfully, I gave up on an off. It is frustrating to be starving to death and gaining weight at the same time.

In desperation, I went to see my P.A. (a real healer that listens to me instead of being all high and mighty doctorish) and poured out my tale of woe. She said two things to me that day that changed my life forever; insulin resistance and what is normal? It turns out I have a medical condition that was keeping me fat and that I could no longer eat potato chip sandwiches, even after I lost all my weight. My definition of normal needed to change.

I got some meds and started back on track, just as I had 18 months before, 4-6 days a week in the gym, strict adherance to Weight Watchers, and to my eternal surprise, this time it worked. This time the weight fell off (and has stayed off for a year now) and at the end of 6 months I had lost 45 pounds, which was 32% of my body weight. I went from a size 14 to a size 4. Mr. Madison was ecstatic and so was I.

Now, I began to notice things - people were nicer to me. People, especially men, smiled at me a lot. Heavy women, on the other hand, started looking at me with ill disguised contempt. They did not applaud me, they hated me. I reminded them of what they weren't, I did not inspire them to change - they just wanted what I had, while continuing to eat their potato chip sandwiches.

If the liberals could, they would take away all but 10 pounds of my weight loss and give it to someone in need. They would say, you have all the advantages, you can loose it again; poor Bertha is heavy and needs to take off a few, it's your duty as an American. Of course discounting the fact that Bertha had not made the necessary lifestyle changes to sustain the 35 pounds of free weight loss and 4 months later would have regained it all back. I would scream in frustration, but I struggled my whole life to loose that weight. I tried dozens of times and failed, I just kept trying!

As ridiculous as this may seem, how is it any different that taxing successful entrepreneurs and business people in this manner? We punitively tax the achievers in our land and "spread the wealth around" to people that have not sacrificed, earned, or have the ability to retain what you have "given" them.

Dennis Miller summed it up perfectly, "I have no problem helping the helpless, but I am done helping the clueless." Bravo, Dennis and thankfully the government can't redistribute the weight. I am hanging on to it and frankly, they can kiss my skinny ass.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Bill of Rights Gone Wrong

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

That is all well and good, but that is not the end of the story. Let's take the constitution in pieces. Today, let's talk about the Bill of Rights. The first ten amendments are commonly referred to as the "Bill of Rights ." The following are the Bill of Rights:

Amendment 1 - Freedom of Religion, Press, Expression. Ratified 12/15/1791.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Amendment 2 - Right to Bear Arms. Ratified 12/15/1791.

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Amendment 3 - Quartering of Soldiers. Ratified 12/15/1791.

No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

Amendment 4 - Search and Seizure.Ratified 12/15/1791.

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Amendment 5 - Trial and Punishment, Compensation for Takings. Ratified 12/15/1791.

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be

Amendment 6 - Right to Speedy Trial, Confrontation of Witnesses. Ratified 12/15/1791.

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.

Amendment 7 - Trial by Jury in Civil Cases. Ratified 12/15/1791.

In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Amendment 8 - Cruel and Unusual Punishment. Ratified 12/15/1791.

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

Amendment 9 - Construction of Constitution. Ratified 12/15/1791.

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Amendment 10 - Powers of the States and People. Ratified 12/15/1791.

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Amendments 1-9 traditionally get the press and number 10, well number 10 has been minimized beginning with Abraham Lincoln. Nonetheless, this is a very powerful Amendment that "we the people" have been asleep at the wheel in ignoring.

What the Tenth Amendment says is this; the power granted to the federal government is limited and all other powers are bestowed to the states or the people. The powers granted to the federal government are listed in the first three articles of the Constitution.

There is nowhere in the constitution giving the Federal Government the right to regulate what kind of car you drive, how you manage your health care, giving our TARP funds to Banks, or car makers, or then refusing repayment of said funds and insisting upon shares of common stock instead.

If the Federal Government does want these powers, and we know the current crop of folks in DC do, they have a process by which they can grab the powers. It is called the amendment process. Our Constitution has been amended 27 times, and thus it is possible to do so. However the process is a hard one, as it should be. Of course all branches grab power on a near constant basis, and "we the people" do nothing to stop them.

The time to put and end the great power grab is now. Tyranny has a foothold in our great republic. Only your liberty and freedom are at stake.

As for me, give me liberty, or give me death.

Patrick Henry

Thoughts From a Constitutionalist

True conservatism, or as I refer to it constitutionalism, is the politics of reason and logic, versus liberalism as the politics of emotion and good intentions.

Constitutionalists must be passionate about our positions, but as soon as we become emotional, we lose the advantage of logic and reason and the game is being played on the liberals home field.

As a Constitutionalist, I am deeply concerned with the steady erosion of our constitutional rights. The speed of this erosion has been increasing over time. However, the speed of the erosion is increasing exponentially. It is time for all patriots to stand up and say no to the insipid tyranny we see creeping into the heart of America.

Do not go gentle into that good night. Liberty(Light) and Freedom should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

Patrick Henry

Letting ALL the Cats Out of The Bag (Click to read CIA memos)

Looks like our new Commander in Chief is vacillating again. President Obama originally was against any prosecution of Bush personnel involved in the CIA enhanced interrogations of Al Qaeda terrorists. Now, after suffering the wrath of people like George Soros, and Move On.Org, he is saying he will entertain the notion of prosecuting people who told the CIA it was legal to carry out the interrogations. Of course, this will all depend on whether or not these techniques can be classified as “torture” under Section 2340A, of title 18, of the United States Code. I highly doubt it.

However, with Obama’s AG, the ever incompetent, and rabidly liberal Eric Holder, anything is possible. I at first was appalled to see that our dear leader released previously classified material to the world at large. (As a former Army Photographer, who held a Top Secret clearance, I can tell you that when something is stamped with this classification, as were these documents, it is meant that the release of this information can be highly damaging, and potentially dangerous in the hands of an enemy, and it can, in certain circumstances, cost people their lives.) But, now that he has made this blunder, he should also release the documents that show what the result of these interrogations were. (He hasn’t chosen to do that, as of yet) Maybe some good can come of this fiasco, after all. Information is already trickling out, concerning the result of these sessions with the terrorists.

It is being reported that, as a result of these sessions, we found out about, and thwarted, a follow up plot to launch a “Second Wave” of planes destined for buildings in Los Angeles. We also were able to verify and arrest the people who were planning on destroying the Brooklyn Bridge, both of which would have resulted in thousands of deaths.

I welcome anyone who wishes to discuss the philosophy of whether using these methods had merit, but remember, life is a double edge sword. Or, simply put, you can’t have your cake, and eat it too. If you are going to argue these methods are torture and shouldn’t be used under any circumstances, fine no problem. But, just like you can’t be, “a little pregnant,” so to is it with being just a little for or against these methods. Before making a decision, consider this:

You are driving in your car with your infant son or daughter. You stop at a traffic light and someone carjacks you, dragging you out of the car, speeding off with your child strapped in the back. The guy realizes what he's done and abandons the car somewhere with your child still in it. Because you gave such a good description to the authorities, he is caught an hour later by the police. He hates cops, and stubbornly refuses to tell them where he left the car. It’s cool outside now, but the temperature that day is going to shortly rise to near 100. There isn't a whole lot of time before your child will succumb to heat stroke and die in that locked car. I am there with the cops and can guarantee you in ten minutes, after waterboarding this guy, I'll know where your child is. Would you like to discuss the philosophical ramifications of the situation with me, or ask how soon I can start?

Sovereignty (or Secession?)

We've heard the news. Those rabble rousing ruffians at all those tea parties seem to have gotten Texas all fired up. Now I don't know about secession, that may be going a little too far right now, but the states do have sovereignty and it should be recognized.

I firmly believe that the Constitution grants limited power to the federal government and bestows the balance of power to the states. The 9th and 10th Amendment are pretty clear on this. The following excerpt comes from an article "Can Congress Write Any Law it Wants?" -, and offers some good interpretation.
The Constitution sets forth just 17 discrete delegated powers on matters like currency, interstate commerce, the post office, the judiciary, and national defense. The Constitution also interposed two precise brakes on all federal powers: The Ninth and Tenth Amendments together state that the powers not enumerated in the Constitution as given to the federal government are retained by the people and the States.
The whole purpose of the Constitution is, was, and has been to define the government, to impose restraints on the government, and to guarantee personal freedoms. It specifically diffused power between the States and the central government and, within the federal government itself, it separated powers among the three branches.
It is elementary to state that the Constitution mandates that Congress writes the laws and decides how to spend tax dollars, the president enforces the laws as Congress has written them, and the courts interpret the laws as they have been written and enforced to assure their compliance with the Supreme Law of the Land.
As elemental as this sounds, it is hardly recognizable today. After 230 years, we have come to a point where a president declines to enforce laws he has himself signed, directs his Treasury Secretary to make laws interfering with private contracts, and signs executive orders that invade privacy, restrict speech, and appropriate property. Today, we have a Congress that delegates to the president its power to spend taxpayer dollars and money borrowed in the taxpayers’ names, has written laws regulating the air you breath, the water you drink, the words you speak, and relieving the persons with whom you have contracted or to whom you have loaned money from complying with their agreements. And our courts from time to time have raised taxes, run prisons, re-cast the boundaries of school districts, and declined to right obvious constitutional wrongs committed by the other branches.
So the sovereignty movement rolls on. A majority of the states are working on resolutions, many of which have passed at various levels within the state. These states are from all corners of this country. It is not simply a case of the old south still living in the past. Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Idaho, Michigan, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, the list goes on. I think the average tea party rabble rouser recognizes that the federal government has gotten too big. It is exceeding it's limits of power. The liberal front would have you believe it is just about the stimulus package and how could anyone be against trying to help our schools and underprivileged citizens affected by this terrible financial crisis. But this issue is much bigger and has been brewing under the surface for some time. The stimulus is just a final straw. The sovereignty movement is proof that many states believe this as well. It has been in motion long before the stimulus. It is time for the federal government to honor the Constitution. If the states and the people are not listened to, who knows how far this could go. It would be a terribly sad day for this country if one of our states ever came to the point of real secession talk.

Tea Partiers - The New Terrorists?

I am a Tea Partier. According to most of the main stream media, I am at best a misguided idiot and at worst an uneducated racist. The new head of the Homeland Security has warned police about me. I understand their cause for concern. If I was them I would be afraid, too. Because I am none of the things they have characterized me as. I am a Patriot, I am a Wife, I am a Mother, I am a Christ Follower, I am a Business Woman, I am a Big Sister, I am a Good Friend, and I am Fed up. I have sat quietly by; working since I was 16.

I am not a consumer of government services. I drive on the roads and have my trash picked up. I never had a grant or a student loan - I waited tables to put myself through college. I graduated in 4 years and went to work and excelled in a profession for the last 19 years. I just shut up, go to work, raise my family, pay my taxes, and generally mind my own business.

Not anymore - I am exasperated at the creation of the Nanny State. I am sick of "In Your Face Spending", I am tired of regulations, barriers, and contradictory guidelines by the dozens of government agencies that I must tap dance around to do an honest days work.

So I will Party on a regular basis. And honestly folks, it is not as if I have a lot of free time - but this is important. This is bigger than me. My country is heading for a precipice to which there may not be a return; I can not tell my Grandchildren that I sat back and did nothing. In the end, you have to decide what you are going to stand for, and fight for, and die for; I like my name sake, will choose Liberty.

Who Pays Income Taxes? See Who Pays What

Wow! The top 50% pay 97% of the taxes, and the top 1% pay nearly 40%.For more info, click the link below. The charts look pretty much the same for the past 10 years.

For Tax Year 2006

Percentiles Ranked by AGI

AGI Threshold on Percentiles

Percentage of Federal Personal Income Tax Paid

Top 1%



Top 5%



Top 10%



Top 25%



Top 50%



Bottom 50%



Note: AGI is Adjusted Gross Income
Source: Internal Revenue Service

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The War (Oh! Really?) on Terror

Is there really a war on terror. Are our elected leaders really capable of fighting a war on terror. At the end of the day we are either at war, or we are not at war. I don't think there is a status of 'kinda at war', although we have definately done a good job of showing what it is if it existed. If we are not at war, we talk, discuss, debate, and play nice all we want to try to achieve a mutual understanding at some compromised middle ground. If we are at war, we win.
Liberalism would have us treat these terrorist with the respect they deserve and use discussion and debate to win over their friendship. Unfortunately we have become too soft as a nation and have no stomach for the pain of war anymore. Our sense of patriotism and duty has become watered down. WWII has been largely forgotten and left unmentioned when trying to draw from history in an effort to help guide us in the present. What was done to Japanese-Americans after Pearl Harbor was unfortunate, probably even atrocious when you look at it in the rear view mirror. But after Pearl Harbor we as a nation said collectively “Oh Hell No! Your ass is mine.” And it was a tough several years of rationing, families torn apart, bad news, death, and loss of loved ones. I have heard the stories from my parents and grandparents who lived it here and overseas. But we as a country had mettle. And we had moxie. And we had men like Gen. Patton, MacArthur, Eisenhower, etc. And we stood behind what was necessary in the face of war.
War is hell. That wasn’t said the first time just because it sounded good, it is true. Our country has no stomach for war anymore. The speed for which the anger over 9/11/2001 was dismissed is proof of that. 60 years ago there would have been a collective shout of hell no and we would have kicked somebody’s ass. Today it is easier to forget how mad we were. It is less painful to forget than the hurt caused by the loss of our good soldiers lives. Well, our enemy has a stomach for war. They live at war constantly. Without war, they wouldn’t know what to do. It has become a way of life. We can call off this war (if that is what you want to call it anyway) and try to play nice, or we can declare a real war and win it, collateral damage and all. Because war is hell and people die. Sometimes the innocent have to pay the ultimate price. We will never know how much longer WWII would have continued if 10’s of thousands hadn’t died when two bombs were dropped in Japan 60+ years ago. After the first bomb, even Japan wasn’t willing to surrender. It took two. Do you really think our enemies can be had through conversation. I could go on for days. I wish we had some people with the balls to do one of two things. Fight a war and win it (because we can win it), or pull back, become the isolationist country we were in the 30’s and wait for another Pearl Harbor to wake a sleeping giant. Oh, wait, they tried that on 9/11/2001. The giant may be in a coma.

Conservatives and Liberals

It seems necessary to determine what a conservative and what a liberal are. Google will give you countless ways and means to explore this. As it is early on in this new blog, I will admit up front that I have not tried to validate the bias (or lack of bias) in any of the below referenced sites. I am sure that sooner or later there will be some level of bias in all of them. I did find that the views I am relaying did line up with my personal views fairly closely.

From www.student I found the following descriptions...

CONSERVATIVES - believe in personal responsibility, limited government, free markets, individual liberty, traditional American values and a strong national defense. Believe the role of government should be to provide people the freedom necessary to pursue their own goals. Conservative policies generally emphasize empowerment of the individual to solve problems.

LIBERALS - believe in governmental action to achieve equal opportunity and equality for all, and that it is the duty of the State to alleviate social ills and to protect civil liberties and individual and human rights. Believe the role of the government should be to guarantee that no one is in need. Believe that people are basically good. Liberal policies generally emphasize the need for the government to solve people's problems.

I also saw an interesting 'related search' for a quiz. There are many, but I had to pick one.

It appears that I am an Enterpriser. I can live with that. This early on I am not trying to draw lines in the sand, but create a starting point for debate. For the most part, we all want the same things. We want freedom, prosperity, opportunity, peace, love, etc. Many of us just differ in our opinions on how this can be best achieved.

I'll leave for now with another interesting link.

I encourage everyone to take some time to read some of the quotes from our founding fathers. It helps us all develop a better understanding of their ideals and what they had in mind for our country and form of government. I leave us with a few from Thomas Jefferson to ponder.

I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.
Thomas Jefferson, letter to William Ludlow, September 6, 1824

But with respect to future debt; would it not be wise and just for that nation to declare in the constitution they are forming that neither the legislature, nor the nation itself can validly contract more debt, than they may pay within their own age, or within the term of 19 years.
Thomas Jefferson, September 6, 1789

And finally...

Is it the Fourth?
Thomas Jefferson, evening July 3; Jefferson died the next morning, July 4, 1826

Tell me that he didn't love this country...

The Greediest People of All Time

I think I can name a few more people to this list. All the winners are historical. There are plenty of modern-day charletains that are in our political system now.


The Truth Be Told

Well... they have outed the CIA memos of the "torture" that a few (about 30) Al-Qaeda terrorists went through while being interrogated by the CIA. The media, for the last few years, put out such a load of garbage about the widespread "torture" of scores of prisoners and how horribly they suffered,
and its now known to be a bunch of crappola.

While I'm sure your typical left wing liberal, who probably thinks we should've just all sat around and held hands with these scum, singing Kum-ba-ya, to get at what they knew about future attacks on this country (by the way, better than 50% of what we learned about Al-Qaeda came from these few sessions), will undoubtedly still cry and wail about how terrible all this "torture" was like waterboarding (only done on THREE people, and which didn't happen without there being strict medical supervision), sleep deprivation (between 48-96 hours; geeze, I stayed awake that long on my last trip to Europe), bland food (anyone who travels by air has experienced that and worse), cold rooms (they oughtta try upstate NY, where I’m from, if they want cold), and oh, they planned to scare one guy (and never did) with a caterpillar. (Those bastards!)

All of the procedures used, which, by the way do not meet the legal definition of torture, were done under such strict guidelines that any terrorists who are now able to read this crap, thanks to the media, will laugh at how mamby-pamby our methods actually were and will now, undoubtedly, be prepared for anything in the future; not that we would ever be able to make use of these enhanced methods ever again, now that we have the Kum-ba-ya crowd in power.

For anyone who needs a little perspective, let me clue you in on something. In 1972, when Viet-Nam was still on-going, I enlisted in the U.S. Army and went through Basic Training at Ft. Dix. I was harassed pretty much 24/7 by some pretty effective sadists known as Drill Sergeants. In fact, the first sentence outta my Drill Sergeant's mouth, by way of an introduction, was, "I am allowed to kill four of you mother-f**kers per cycle before anyone starts asking any questions."

For the next 12 weeks I experienced treatment that would make what these terrorists "endured" look like a cocktail party. I literally existed on about an average of 3-4 hours sleep a day, and was awake numerous times between 48 and 72 hours at a stretch. Food? Well, if you could call it that, had to be eaten in about 3-5 minutes at each and every meal. You were so exhausted from the physical training before each meal that you were lucky to keep it down. I literally lost 35 lbs. in the first six weeks.

How about 20 mile forced marches, plodding through sand, with full pack and weapon (about 60-70 lbs) in the summer at Ft. Dix when it was 90+ and near 100% humidity? On one forced march, over a dozen people fell out from my platoon alone and were hospitalized. I was one of them. I had heat stroke and was taken to the hospital where I almost died because my temp was 106. I stayed in ice blankets for three days till it went down. After I got out, I was given the choice to repeat Basic again (I was 7 weeks in by then) or try to catch up what I missed that week and continue on. I chose the latter, and then the fun really started, as I had to play catch up. How about low crawling under barbed wire with an M-60 machine gun firing over your head or how about going through the gas chamber where, after being put in a room with clouds of CS-CN tear gas, your Drill Sergeant rips off your gas mask and physically keeps you from trying to run out while you cough up a lung (I swear it felt like the closest thing to dying I can remember)? Psychological games? (Which my Drill Sergeant lovingly referred to as 'Mind-F**king') How about one of the first night/mornings about 3 AM, after we had settled in our bunks and after being up almost 20 hours, my Drill Sergeant, wanting to demonstrate the virtue of being ever vigilant, throws a smoke grenade in the middle of the barracks and lets loose with a magazine of blanks from an M-16? I can go on and on detailing the fun and games we endured those joy-filled,12 weeks of hell, but I think you get the drift. In addition, what I went through wasn’t unique; in fact, prior to when I went in, it was worse. Lastly, hundreds of current members of the U.S. Military, like pilots and special services personnel, routinely experience waterboarding, and worse, as part of their training.

Consequently, I have absolutely no patience for anyone who tries to convince me that what these low-life scum went through amounted to more than what any fraternity pledge might experience, and I'm disgusted that our enemy has now been informed due to the Main Stream Media, and the liberal left, outing our interrogation techniques. Mark my words, sooner or later we will learn how many lives were probably saved due to these “horrendous” methods we used.

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