Monday, November 30, 2009

Calling Them Out - Harry Reid

I can't stand a liar, so today, I am calling one out.

Check out the first few seconds of this Fox News video:

More Cheerleading?

It it Harry Reid, the Democratic Senate Majority Leader makes a statement that is absolutely untrue.  The consequences to our Country are dire if this lie is allowed to become law.  

Lies he tells:

  • Our Program saves lives - LIE - their program will cost lives by fundamentally changing the greatest health care system in the world.  Ask the Brits and the Canadians, hell for that matter ask those living under Romney care in Massachusetts.
  • Our Program saves Money - At a 2 TRILLION dollar cost for the first 10 years (of which benefits are only paid for 5 but fees and taxes are collected for the full 10) this is a LIE.  The government has not historically been very good contemplating the long term cost of things, check out original estimates of Medicare - we are now 2000% higher than estimated, can we afford another entitlement?
  • Our Program saves Medicare - This is another joke - Medicare is broke, this healthcare debacle cuts Medicare payments and moves everyone to the government DMV style healthcare.
  • The Republicans don't have a plan - this is so blatantly untrue that any reasonably informed American knows this is a LIE.  I have seen the Coburn-Burr legislation.  Republicans have offered over 800 amendments that have all been rejected.

The days when all Americans got their news from the direction of the NY Times of over, Harry.  We know you are lying to us, SHAME on YOU, HARRY REID.


Harry Reid - Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire 
(This Picture is considered in the Public Domain and was not taken by Dolley Madison)

Open Letter To Michael Moore

HEY MICHAEL MOORE! YOUR COUNTRY IS AT WAR YOU NIMROD! UNLESS YOU LIKE THE IDEA OF THE TALIBAN AND AL QAEDA GETTING A FOOT HOLD AGAIN IN AFGHANISTAN AND THEN PAKISTAN, WHERE THEY HAVE NUKES, AND YOU DON’T MIND SEEING A FEW AMERICAN CITIES BECOME PARKING LOTS, SHUT THE HELL UP AND LET YOUR PRESIDENT PROTECT YOUR FAT ASS!

History Repeating?

As the old saying goes, "those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it." Seems like this saying is coming out of my mouth at machine gun rates of fire these days.

Today I'm pondering the involvement of politicians (read Barrack Obama) in making decisions on how to fight a war.

Let's see... ah yes Truman. Harry Truman decided it was better to negotiate with the North Koreans instead of allowing General MacArthur to open up the campaign and spread into the North. MacArthur wanted to push the Chinese off of the Korean peninsula and back into China proper. He wanted to bomb Chinese bases across the border in China, but Truman would not let him fight the fight he knew we needed to fight. Of course we would not have had this issue if Truman had not negotiated with the Soviets to divide Korea into two as part of the surrender of Japan. This of course was a continuation of the ignorant policy enacted in Europe by FDR. Maybe that we would have all been better off had FDR listened to the council of General George Patton and gone ahead and taken out the Soviets while we had the man power in theater to handle them. Instead, we got the cold war. Truman continued the policies of FDR at the extreme detriment to the people of Korea. We still deal with the results to this day with the North Korean government thumbing their collective nose at the western world and generally acting like children while the North Korean people starve and suffer...

LBJ and Vietnam. General Westmoreland, an oft maligned General, argued strongly for an additional 200,000 troops and increased bombings of North Vietnam. Again, LBJ the politician did not follow the advise of his senior military advisers. Perhaps over fear of engaging the USSR and communist China in the fight? Who knows. What we do know is that FDR pushed his "Great Society" plan on to us, and left his generals with one arm and one leg tied behind their collective backs and unable to win a war that should have been over before it even started.

And now? Now we have Barrack Hussein Obama shoving this health care mess down our collective throat while he leaves our brave troops languishing in Afghanistan while the generals in charge of the theater ask for additional troops to win the war. No decision is certainly making a decision after all, isn't it? The President and the Mainstream Media are using the health care debate as a distraction to keep the American people's attention away from his lack of leadership in finishing the war.

At this point I'm all for finishing what we started. Nonetheless, if the President is going to ignore the best recommendations of his top generals then I no longer want to put our brave armed forces into harms way in that theater of conflict. Add to that the prosecution of SEAL Team members for giving a terrorist leader a fat lip and I say let's bring the troops home. We will need them here soon enough to fight the probable coming invasion and attacks on our homeland.

Clue in people. Remind these foolish politicians of our own recent history and tell them to let our forces finish the fight. I Have told my sons ever since they were old enough to go to school, "don't start fights, but if anyone starts one with you I want you to finish it. No questions asked." Bullies only understand force and the ultra violent visiting of said force in a rapid and overwhelming manner. No more talking. Either fight the damn fight or get the heck out.

Michael Moore offering Mr. Obama Fatherly advice

You've probably seen my rants on our Presidents lack of being properly Fathered as contributing greatly to his lack of ability to make sound mature, fatherly decisions. But now Michael Moore is offering him some sage advice. Check out Moore's post here.

God save us all

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Time to 'Man-Up' Mr. President.

Well Mr. President, you’ve been in office almost a year and I wanted to ask you one question about your concept of ‘Prostration Foreign Policy’: How’s that working out for ya? For all your posturing and bowing and scraping, to bring foreign nations back into the fold as American-Loving allies by showing your soft under-belly and how you can appease, apologize and accommodate, we are now in a situation where we are as vulnerable, or more so, as we were on 9-10-01.

Even you must now see that Iran, and Ahmadinejad, is thumbing their noses at your weak response to our national security concerns, both here and abroad, and hopefully you now understand that these types of regimes like Iran, North Korea, the Taliban and Al Qaeda, do not respect this kind of weak-kneed, lily-livered, namby-pamby response to their actions, but instead see it as a sign of weakness to be exploited.

For all your flowery speeches to the Muslim world you made, it must now come as a shock that Iran today decided to tell you to take a flying leap by announcing they were not only NOT going to stop production of enriched uranium, but build 10 new facilities to up their output. Does it finally sink in that rather arrogant and narcissistic brain of yours that the only thing these people understand and respect is a firm hand?

You should take heed of what the Israeli ambassador was quoted as saying today, that Israel’s response to the threat of Iran becoming a nuclear threat would almost certainly be a preemptive strike, “To take a line from your President, ‘Yes we can, yes we must and yes we will’.”

Lastly, Mr. President, if you really think trying these five terrorists in a civilian court in NYC will demonstrate how our system of jurisprudence is fair and that the radical Muslim world will just roll-over and have some kind of an epiphany and want to be our ‘bestest’ buddies, you are sadly deluding yourself again, and it will do absolutely nothing except show these people how weak you really are, setting this country up for more attacks like 9-11.

It’s time to ‘man-up’ and start acting like the President of the United States, rather than like some baby-kissing candidate, and stop kissing the collective asses of these thugs and start kicking them instead.

In 2008 I voted for Reagan...

My apologies if this note is not perfect in terms of grammar and spelling. I am firing it out as quickly as I can, and then hitting the gym (what I really want to do).

As an actual conservative, I could not hold my nose and vote for the ultimate RINO (Republican in name only) John McCain in our last presidential election. Mr. McCain, his ilk, and most of the current RNC (including Mr. Steele) may have an "R" after their names, and they can say they are conservative, and even tout a "few" conservative ideals, but they are not actual conservatives. Generally speaking, here are few items that these folks and their are OK with: ignoring the constitution, big government, increasing national debt, more entitlement programs, public/government education, negotiating for some form of government run healthcare (instead of absolutely refusing it), flexing to other governments and their laws vs. our own laws, no energy policy, multiple farm bills, global warming, and illegal immigrants. The list goes on, but I am confident that I have made my point.

Was John McCain "the lesser of two evils"? I believe he was. However, folks like Mr. McCain are on the same road as our current administration. The only difference is that the RINOs are traveling the same road at a slower pace.

As a conservative member of "we the people" I will no longer accept or support Democrat/Liberal lite candidates. By voting for these supposed conservatives, we are rewarding really bad behavior by the Republican party. On the other hand, we can make a huge positive impact on the Republican party, if actual conservatives and Independents (Tea Partiers) refuse to "waste" their votes on the McCains of the world, and force the RNC to allow real conservatives to run in 2010 and 2012, and beyond.

To my conservative brethren, please stop WASTING your votes on the short term and short sighted "lesser of two evils" candidates. Let us force the Republican party into providing us with real conservatives. Please remember the definition of insanity. Stop the insanity, stop compromising yourself, and do something different, bold, and in accord with your conservative ideals.

Remember, Reagan was not a Washington insider, nor was he beloved by the RNC. The rest is history...

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Lukewarm Will Get You No Where

Fox News today is reporting that some GOP leaders are proposing a litmus test to determine if a candidate should receive funds for the upcoming elections.  There are 10 questions and a candidate running as a Republican has to agree with 8 of the 10.  These are 10 major tenants of the party and I see no problem asking folks who are running under the party banner to state that they agree with their party on these issues.  Of course, the RINOs (Republicans in Name Only) are squawking because they should not be called Republicans and have never been in accordance with the conservative core of the GOP.  The Democratic strategist interviewed for the story was purportedly chomping at the bit with excitement stating that it would turn away potential independent and liberal voters.

As is always the case in politics, you have to move beyond the rhetoric and actually look at historic outcomes.  One must also recognize that when your opponent wants you to do something, you would be well pressed to do the opposite.  In this case, what happens when the GOP runs candidates that adhere to conservative principals and don't try to act like "Democrat Light"?  The GOP wins.

Had such a litmus test been in place, would we have had a Dede Scozzafava in New York?  Would we have a Lindsay Graham, Olympia Snow, or an Arlen Specter (who of course has now switched parties)? For that matter, would we have a John McCain?

Any time in the last 30 years, when the GOP ran under the full banner of conservative principals of limited government and lower taxes, they win.  The problem with the Republican Party is that they have not delivered.  They have become a party of big government, just like the Democrats.  People do not rally under an ambiguous banner.  They do not become passionate supporters of moderates.  They do not see much difference between the parties as they existed in the 2008 elections other than the fact that John McCain ran the worst campaign since Walter Mondale.

Enter the Tea Parties.  Fired up every day Americans who work hard and play by the rules and say "Enough is Enough!"  Tea Parties will force the GOP back to its roots or it will run its own candidates and split the electorate.  This ultimately hands elections to the Democrats, which while painful, is the price the GOP must pay for failing to govern.

I say to the leadership of the GOP, do not be afraid of a litmus test - be afraid of not having one.  The price of continuing along the moderate middle of the road, stand for less government than the Democrats is the road to failure for your party and ultimately for our country.  The Lord Himself finds middle of the road, lukewarm disgusting, ‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth." Revelation 3:15-16.

What's it going to be GOP?

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Insert Head Into Rectum

Please, someone tell me why we have let this country be taken over by a bunch of mamby-pamby, kumbaya singing, panty-wastes, who obviously have their heads up their butts and who have no idea how, or what it takes, to keep this country free from terror attacks.

The latest outrage is of course bringing our Navy Seals up on assault charges for doing their duty, capturing one of the most wanted terrorist scum in all Iraq, who somehow ended up with a fat lip. Boo-Freakin’- Hoo!

When are we going to remove our heads from our posteriors and realize that by treating terrorists like they were common criminals by trying them in civilian courts, by threatening the CIA with prosecution for doing their job, by hindering the Special Forces, like the Seals, from searching and finding the people responsible for unspeakable acts carried out on our forces, for not allowing our interrogators to use enhanced techniques that have proven to garner life-saving intel, by being so damn politically correct that we allowed a terrorist to grow and develop his murderous ideology within the ranks of our own military, culminating in the massacre and maiming of over 40 people (and the list goes on), we are setting ourselves up to shoot right back in time to the mentality and posture we had on 9-10-01.

Can we be so blind as to have already forgotten the lessons of 9-11? My God, it has only been EIGHT years! Do we actually need some whacko to let off a suitcase-nuke in a major city, killing hundreds of thousands of people, before this country wises up and starts playing without the kid gloves? Imagine what would have happened if the government and the military during WWII had to play by the rules being imposed by the touchy-feely, kumbaya-crowd now in power. The answer to that question would be simple; YOU WOULD BE SPEAKING GERMAN TODAY! Wake the hell up and let’s remove our collective heads from our collective rectums, before it’s too late.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Blame Game

When will it ever end or maybe the better question is, will it ever end?  I am talking about the incessant manner in which the Obama Administration and the Democrats blame everything on "the failed policies of the last eight years."  Because last time I looked, the Democrats have been in control of the congress since 2006 and for the better part of the last century.  Furthermore, Obama has been in office 11 months.  I saw Barack Obama TODAY blame the problems in Afghanistan on "the failed polices of the last eight years."  Let us not forget that Obama himself announced his new Afghanistan policy in March of this year.  After failing to implement the recommendations of his own Generals, he blames someone else.

Today, I saw a Democratic strategist deflect Stu Varney's point blank question on whether it was "American" to tax ANY citizen at the 50% level, which we are rapidly approaching.  The strategist blamed "the failed policies of the last eight years." on their punitive tax plans. It is unbelievable! If I was a psychologist, I am sure there is some type of mental illness that never takes responsibility for its own actions and failures.

I like sports analogies - can you imagine if your favorite team had several bad seasons and the Head Coach was fired.  The new coach campaigned heavily for the job and promised all sorts of miracles and a winning season just around the corner.  At this point in the season they are 0-11 and at every press conference the new coach announces the failures are the responsibility of the old coach.

What about from your kid - what if their teacher last year had been lousy, would you except their bad grades this year to be the sole responsibility of last year's teacher?

I run a branch for my company - that branch was managed by my predecessor for 8 years prior to my arrival.  There was a reason they chose me.  Not once in the year I took over have I blamed the direction of the branch on my predecessor, because its mine.  Whatever happens, its me.

I do not recall one instance, ever, where George W Bush blamed the Clinton Administration for hamstringing the intelligence community to such an extent that we suffered 9/11.  Never once did I hear that from George W Bush.  Say what you will about him, he at least had some class.

Mitt Romney on Leadership

I sat down to compose an entry about my concerns for what I see as a total lack of leadership and absence of decision making skills on the part of our President. This in the time before he makes his long awaited, and thus far reported woefully inadequate, announcement on troop strength in Afghanistan. Then I found the following opinion piece by Mitt Romney and I realized that I could hardly express myself better. We missed the chance to elect Mr. Romney when he was clearly the most qualified person in the race, from any party, last year. We are all paying for our countries slip in logic and temporary insanity now.

Mr. Obama is getting his first taste of leadership in his later 40's. I've been in leadership and management positions dating back to my high school job running the weekend kitchen staff at a Shoney's, and for the last 20 years in International Business. I'm a fairly smart guy, and my IQ tests out around or about the same level as the President's. Nonetheless, while I am more qualified for his current job than he is, I do not possess anywhere the level of arrogance to think I should actually have that job. His narcissism is truly frightening. But I digress, here is Mitt Romney's take on the issue from Politico.com.

"During the presidential campaign, many Americans thought that Barack Obama’s lack of leadership experience would not prevent him from being an effective president. His eloquence, his insistence that, yes, he could solve any problem and his image, so artfully crafted by his advertising team, led by David Axelrod, convinced many that hope could trump demonstrated ability. It has not. Nowhere is the evidence more apparent than in his mismanagement of the conflict in Afghanistan.

In March, not long after taking office, President Obama explained his convictions regarding the conflict. He charged that “the terrorists who planned and supported the Sept. 11 attacks are in Pakistan and Afghanistan.” Further, “if the Afghan government falls to the Taliban, that country will again be a base for terrorists who want to kill as many of our people as they possibly can.” And he concluded: “To succeed, we and our friends and allies must reverse the Taliban’s gains and promote a more capable and accountable Afghan government.” What followed this bold and definitive goal was the classic failing of people without real leadership experience: the inability to do what is necessary to achieve one’s objective.

The president refused to focus on what was most important. He took on so many tasks that he underinvested in the most critical ones. The restructuring of the entire health care system and his cap-and-trade proposal eclipsed the economy and the war. Investor Warren Buffett, the “sage of Omaha,” counseled him against such a foolhardy agenda, but Buffett’s wisdom was no match for the heady prospect of all-encompassing change.

So it was that in the first 100 days after his appointment in June of Gen. Stanley McChrystal as commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, Obama met with the general only once. After the press took note of it, the president squeezed in a mere 25 minutes for McChrystal when he was in Copenhagen to pitch Chicago’s Olympics bid. In the annals of American history, it is certain that no wartime president has ever spent less time with his generals than Obama has.

A full year after being elected, Obama still does not have a strategy for Afghanistan. His apologists explain that rather than rush a decision, it is better to get it right. But at some point, deliberation, if it goes on too long, becomes indecision. It is fair to ask, What has he been doing for the past 12 months that took precedence over his responsibility for our soldiers? "


Click here for the complete article at Politico.com


I'm thinking Mitt Romney and J.C. Watts as a potentially interesting pairing in 2012.

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War Tax? Sorry, I'm Not Buying It.

The newest ploy out of Washington is the so called war surcharge, or War Tax, which if implemented will supposedly pay for the troop surge, etc., and help fund the war. Very clever, these Left-Wing Liberal Loony Tunes, I have to admit it. I mean, how could any self respecting, red-blooded American patriot argue with a War Tax? Well, from one red-blooded, flag waving, ex-military, patriotic American, I say, DON’T YOU FALL FOR IT!

First, ask yourself one question: Do you trust the current administration to take your tax money and use it to support the war effort in a way that effectively fights terrorism, decimates our enemies, and brings victory to our troops in the field? I don’t either. That’s why I oppose any “War Tax.” But, if they get their way, everyone will be paying an extra 1% in income tax, and those earning over $200k, I believe, are slated to be hit with an increase of over 5%.

It would be one thing if Obama was actually planning to send the required amount of troops over seas to ensure victory, as per his commanders in the field, but his plan to send a paltry number, along with instructions on when and how we are to pull out, sounds to me like I’m not about to get my money’s worth.

I suggest we take the BILLIONS he already slated for a stimulus package that was supposed to create millions of shovel ready jobs, which has resulted in no shovels ready yet, let alone jobs, and which has been doled out to Congressional districts, which don’t exist, and to persons and organization, as pay-off money for votes on healthcare, cap and trade and the like, and send some of that money to the Pentagon to help stimulate some serious ass-kicking over in Iraq and Afghanistan. That would be money well spent.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Sarah Palin - A Woman After Our Own Hearts

If times were different in 1776, Abigail Adams would have been sitting at the Massachusetts table of the Second Continental Congress with her husband John and his cousin, Samuel. Relegated to home and hearth, we have invaluable correspondence between Abigail and John and see her guiding and gentling hand in the preeminent Founders work.  Her support of women's rights was a century ahead of its time and it is through the eyes of a modern woman, I humbly thank my Grandmother's before me who have given me the rights I enjoy today as a strong American Woman.

It is with these eyes that I wonder, why does the media hate Sarah Palin?  She reminds me of all that is good in American Women.  She reminds me of myself in many ways.  Why then does the media hate me?

We like Sarah Palin because she is strong enough to stand up for her convictions and to back up her words with actions.  We like Sarah Palin because she values liberty, freedom, and family.  We like Sarah Palin because she does not wait around for others to lead.  We like Sarah Palin because she supports our military.  We like Sarah Palin because she would actually impose sanctions on Iran and not just talk about it.  We like Sarah Palin because she is not so jaded she looks at a problem and says, "it's too big to fix".  We like Sarah Palin because she can answer a question without a teleprompter.  We like Sarah Palin because when she answers the question, you can believe what she said because she actually answered the question and did not give a political slide and duck that could mean two or more things without saying a word.  We like Sarah Palin because she did not abort her Downs Syndrome Child.  We like Sarah Palin because she can laugh at herself.  We like Sarah Palin because she is a Believer.  We like Sarah Palin because she took on corruption in her own party and in her own state.  We like Sarah Palin because she sold the Governor's Jet.  We like Sarah Palin because she sees the connection between energy Independence and National Security.  We like Sarah Palin because she believes we should kill the Caribou and take their oil.  We like Sarah Palin because for the first time since Ronald Reagan we have a dynamic conservative leader.We like Sarah Palin because she would be right at home at a Tea Party.

We like Sarah Palin because in our day, Abigail and I could not run for President, but Sarah Palin sure can.

A Lot of Hot Air

Looks like the lid is about to be blown off the "Global Warming" scare, much like was done with the videos that cracked open the ACORN scandal. Watch the following item from FOX News:




I've said for a few years now that man-made Global Warming was bogus. Millions of years worth of data, along with current research proves that CO2 levels rise only AFTER a warming trend and that a rise in CO2 levels does not precipitate any warming. Moreover, even if CO2 were the culprit, man's contribution to the CO2 levels is almost negligible. The biggest contributor to the planet's CO2 level is the oceans. But, of all the gases in our atmosphere, oxygen, nitrogen, argon, etc., CO2 only makes up .054 % on our planet. Of that small percentage, what is man-made is significantly less. Man made CO2 emissions each year equals about 0.0168% of the atmosphere's CO2 concentration. This results in a 0.00064% increase in the absorption of the sun's radiation. This is an insignificantly small number. For nearly 30 years, scientists in charge of NASA's eight weather satellites have taken more than 300,000 temperature readings daily around the globe. They concluded that while man made emissions may be having a very slight impact, variations in global temperatures since 1978 cannot be attributed to carbon dioxide. Examination of warming and cooling trends over the past four centuries shows an almost exact correlation between climate fluctuations and solar energy received on Earth, while showing almost no correlation at all with CO2. If you want the facts, watch this video.

Burka Barbie???

Under the heading, “Just when you think you’ve seen it all,” we now have Burka Barbie, part of more than 500 dolls that went on display in Florence, Italy, as part of Barbie's celebration of her 50th anniversary this year. Mattel is reportedly backing the exhibit, partly the work of Italian designer Eliana Lorena.



"I know Barbie was something seen as bad before as an image for girls, but in actual fact the message with Barbie for women is you can be whatever you want to be," Lorena was reported to say.



Ok, maybe I’m missing something here, but what exactly does ‘Burka Barbie’ inspire little Muslim girls to be? Could it be she inspires them to be subjugated by men? Or maybe it’s to allow themselves to submit to FGM (Female Genital Mutilation).  Maybe she stands for them aspiring to not being educated, or not being able to drive, or being beaten (or worse) by a male relative if they were to become a rape victim or if they don’t live up to Sharia law.

Will Burka Barbie be allowed out of the toy box without a chaperone if Ken is in the room? Or, what happens if (God forbid) Burka Barbie decides she likes Ken, who happens to be a Christian, and decides to marry him? Does Burka Barbie come with a sword so you can cut her head off?

Why would I not be surprised to find out the pinheads at Mattel who support this nonsense are probably Left Leaning Liberal Loons?

On the lighter side of Dolls, here's the latest from Angie Comics:


Dissention Among Democrat Senators.

November 23, 2009 by Skip MacLure

Obama just can’t win for losing. NOT that that’s a bad thing. His popularity has dropped so much even the most reliable main stream polls can’t lie, distort or load their results to show anything more than dismal looking numbers for His Immanence. Gallup has him at 48%. Rasmussen has him at a -10 approval rating. Zogby shows him with a 51% disapproval rating.

Small wonder…this is, as Rush calls him, a man-child. This is not a leader that inspires confidence. I don’t see any indications of this vast intellect lauded to the stars by the fringe, now largely marginalized, press. Come to think of it, I haven’t seen any indications of leadership either. His UTTER mismanagement of our foreign policy, the monumental gaffes committed time after time in dealing with friend and foe alike, do not make for building confidence. His administration’s fiscal policies are a TRAIN WRECK. Unemployment ROSE in 29 out of the 50 States last month. Yet he puts on that vapid looking smirk and has the unmitigated temerity to go on (are both teleprompters working?) television to call it a ‘recovery’.

Troops in Afghanistan are bleeding and dying awaiting His Indecisiveness. Hell’s bells, my kid knows we need to send the reinforcements over there to complete the mission. This guy SERIOUSLY needs to be a one term President. No one in the history of this country has screwed the job up this bad or at this hyper speed. This does not bode well for the country. He could cause an awful lot of damage in three years.

Meanwhile, back in the quagmire that has become the Congress of the United States, a menagerie more akin to a lunatic asylum where the nuts have clearly taken over, Dingy Harry’s socialist express has sort of run off the rails. There is some serious internecine warfare going on over in the DeMarxist side of the Senate, despite efforts to sell the Kumbaya image. It may be the best news the REST of the nation has had all month though. The hard left will not go along unless there is a hard-line ‘public’ option. The moderates won’t go along if there is. Others will not go along if there is any provision for funding abortions, which there are.

Additionally, but probably most telling of all, is that fully 1/3 of the Senate has to face their voters next year in an election and explain to a very angry and aware electorate why they voted yes if they did…or if they do going forward. These folks have already heard plenty from you the American TAX payer, the American citizen, the life blood of this country and they will hear much more. We will highlight these Senators.

Our ammunition will be your activism…your letters, your emails, your phone calls and your visits to these Senators district offices.

And as we used to say in the Marine Corps…STANDBY…TARGETS!!

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis


© Skip MacLure 2009

Friday, November 20, 2009

Audacity of Logic Wins Photo Caption Contest!

One of our authors (yours truly) has won the photo caption contest at  Conservative Blogs Central. The photo was of Rep. Alan Grayson. You can see the photo and the winning caption at CBC's site. For having the caption with the most votes, CBC has posted our Blog Banner on the first page for one week, to drive new readers to Audacity of Logic. Thanks Jack!

Ben Franklin

The Government Option

I have spent so much time and energy trying to explain to the Kool Aid Drinking amongst us how things will go for the Insurance Industry with the inclusion of the so called "public option." If you are playing a game, and you make the rules and can change them at any time you wish, you can with near certainly predict a win for yourself. I think this video certainly gives a great analogy...

Health Care Hoops from CMPI on Vimeo.



Over the last several days I engaged in a debate of sorts with a fellow supporting the public option. As a fellow Graduate of The Citadel, one of the few bastions of conservative thought and attitude left amongst our nations universities, I expected something other than typical liberal chatter, but I was sorely disappointed in the response I got from him. He went so far as to reference an article on the Huffington Post to support his position. I thought that was kind of like quoting the Limbaugh Letter as an unbiased source to back an argument.

In true liberal fashion he threw at me that he had multiple degrees and knew better than me. Typical approach, the "I know better than you" position. Of course I then had to throw back at him that I too had multiple degrees and I refused to refer to my thesaurus to make my argument appear more impressive. At the end of the day, the guy I was debating simply refused to answer the question that we all need to hear "What makes you think that an option for coverage run by the government is going to be any more efficient than any other government run endeavor?" Look at the VA system, look at Medicare, for that matter look at our public schools...

History is a near certain predictor of future events. Going down this same road again is surely an exercise in insanity.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

You have GOT to see this!

This is a must see video! If you want to see how your tax dollars are being spent, and understand how the current administration is living up to the promise of transparency in government, then please, don't miss this video!

Eric Holder – The Joker Redux – Judicial Gamesmanship At Country’s Expense

I recently ran across a blog whose author seems to have a good grasp of recent political goings on, and a refreshing, no-nonsense approach to his assessments of the same. Skip MacLure has given permission for his posts to be included at Audacity of Logic, and I encourage you to visit his BlogSpot.

November 19, 2009 by Skip MacLure

Fooled ya again…seems to be the mantra of the Eric Holder Justice Department. Holder tried more ACLU bait and switch on the Senate Judiciary Committee today in his testimony, telling the Senators that “we need not cower in the face of the enemy”. If our experience with the Obama administration and his Attorney General is any example, then we had better worry plenty.

Holder held forth with a whole bunch of juris-psycho-babble, which came to a dead end with Ariz. Senator Jon Kyle’s (R) blunt question. “How could you be more likely to get a conviction in federal court when Khalid Sheikh Mohammed has already asked to plead guilty before a military commission and be executed?” Holders answer to this was weak at best.

Senator Jeff Sessions, Alabama, commented that time has dulled the administration’s memory that we are at war. Indeed, Senator Sessions. If they ever considered it to be a war to start with. That’s perhaps where the breakdown on this whole issue is.

The Liberal Democrats in this country have never been in this thing from the beginning…it’s at best a terrible inconvenience from their real business, which is to transform this country into a shadow of it’s greatness. Trapping it’s people forever in a maze of government bureaucracy, overwhelming taxation and perpetual subservience to some nouveau-European socio-marxist state.

The DeMarxists see this as an opportunity to once and for all put their biggest enemy, George Bush and his CIA, on trial as their ever-rabid base still insists they do. Only in this way can the hard left expiate their guilt at failing to completely destroy him while in office. Exposing our intelligence operations in a totally Soviet style show trial can be the only result of bringing these people into our federal court system.

Once again, THESE PEOPLE HAVE NO STANDING IN OUR COURTS. They HAVE no Constitutional protections under our system of jurisprudence. They are not US citizens. They are not enemy combatants, fighting for a country under the flag in the regular armed forces of that country, and therefore given the protections of the Geneva Convention. They are irregulars, fighting under no national flag. At no time in the past have we ever given armed enemies of this country any standing in US criminal courts. There is a system for dealing with them, it is in the military justice system and not in our civil courts. Eric Holder and Barack Obama know exactly what they are doing and WHY they are doing it.

The implications are startling and just plain ugly. This is coming to a head and it may get much uglier yet.

The American people are going to demand an account and that demand will be coming soon.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2009

Addendum: During the same session when Holder was before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) asked Holder if he could name any case in U.S. history where an enemy combatant, caught on a battlefield, was tried in civilian court. A full five seconds went by before Holder started mumbling an answer saying he'd have to look into that, when Graham interrupted him and said, "We're making history here Mr. Attorney General. I'll answer it for you. The answer is no."

View the video here:

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Angie Comics

I recently ran across a talented cartoonist, whose comic strip I will post here from time to time as they are not only insightful, but pretty darn funny too. I will include two of the newest ones at the end of this post - I encourage you to check them out regularly. Below is the response I received back from the author, Dave Redl.

Jim,
Thanks for the compliment and a very big thanks for asking permission!
(You must know about copyright! Maybe we can teach China about
that!)

Yes you may post Angie on your blog! (I post a new strip every
weekday 8AM eastern, if you want to get "right on it".)
Keep in touch! Let me know how it goes and what you post. Include
your own rants and news. Lord knows the media barely covers it. Plus
I need the material....

PS: I love Jim Carey. Then I read your blog:
“Every construct we’ve built in American life is falling apart. Why?
Because of personal greed and ambition. Capitalism without regulation
can’t protect us against personal greed..."

Poor Jim. He means well. Unfortunately capitalism is not the enemy.
We are. Presidents, government, laws and / or regulation,
conservative or liberal can't make people good. Especially if some of
the law makers are, as Jim puts it, "ambitious and greedy." Which is
why I favor conservative laws. They work just as well but remain
simpler and more free.

Religion points us in the right direction, which is why conservatives
sometimes drag religion into government, with good intentions but with
bad results. Often doing so make conservatives look old, crusty, out
of touch and even villainous, much like Jim's Scrooge character.
Jim should be asking, what protects people's exercising of free will
to choose villainous behavior? The answer is outside Jim's window!

Hollywood! Hollywood and media has the power to encourage good
behavior! Imagine if being righteous, good and maybe even religious
becomes... cool! Jim's been so blinded by liberal ideology that
government can trump free will, he lost sight of the message in his
own movie! Perhaps he needs to read the Cliff Notes instead of the
script next time...

Thanks for your Blog!

I think I got an Angie Christmas comic strip!
--
Best,

Dave Redl
Illustrate 'da Debate!

Link to Angie Comics
 

 

Rush and Sarah

The following is the transcript of a recent interview with Gov. Sarah palin, conducted by radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh. I found it enlightening.

BEGIN TRANSCRIPT

RUSH: We are going to open this hour with a rare personal interview, a rare guest. It doesn't happen much on this program, but we are happy to have with us former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, whose book, Going Rogue, hits the shelves today and it's already headed for I think a record in sales. Governor Palin, thanks for making time. It's great to talk to you again. We spoke last Thursday in an interview for the Limbaugh Letter, but it's great to have you here on the radio.

GOV. PALIN: Hey, thank you so much, and dittos from an Alaskan.

RUSH: Where are you, by the way? Where are we speaking to you from?

GOV. PALIN: In a hotel room in New York City. I'm going to do a couple of interviews after that and then head to Grand Rapids for the kickoff of the book tour.

RUSH: This is going to be exciting. Are you looking forward to that?

GOV. PALIN: I am so looking forward to this. I cannot wait to meet some of these good Americans all across this country. It's going to be a blast.

RUSH: They can't wait to meet you, judging by the reception you got during the campaign. Now, ladies and gentlemen, Governor Palin, when we spoke last Thursday I spoke to her a lot about the things in her book regarding the campaign. That stuff you'll read in the Limbaugh Letter, and I predicted to Governor Palin then that much of her book would be ignored in light of the dirt that she was supposedly dishing from the campaign. So Governor Palin what I'd like to do here is go some different directions from what we did in the newsletter interview and start with the economy. We have 10.2% unemployment. We see no end in sight. The administration and others are suggesting next year could be just as bad with unemployment going up to 11%. What would you do differently than is being done now?

GOV. PALIN: It's over 10%, and in fact it could be closer to 17 or 18 when you consider those who have kind of given up and are not applying for unemployment benefits. So it's bad, it's really bad and then of course Fed Chair Bernanke announced that there are still weak job prospects for the very short term and probably long term, and that's an uncomfortable place for our country to be. What we need to do is shift gears and really head in another direction because what we're doing right now with the Fed, it's not working. We need to cut taxes on the job creators. This is all about jobs, creating jobs. We have to ramp up industry here in America, and of course reduce the federal debt, quit piling on and growing more. But those commonsense solutions there, especially with the cutting taxes on the job creators, that's not even being discussed. In fact, increased taxes is the direction it sounds like Obama wants to go.

RUSH: You mean that you don't even hear it being discussed on the Republican side or within the administration?

GOV. PALIN: Within the administration, and as it is discussed on the Republican side, Republicans need to be bolder about it. Independents need to be bolder about that solution that has got to be considered and plugged in. This is the only solution that will be successful. We need to rehash some history that proves its success. Let's go back to what Reagan did in the early eighties and stay committed to those commonsense free market principles that worked. He faced a tougher recession than what we're facing today. He cut those taxes, ramped up industry, and we pulled out of that recession. We need to revisit that.

RUSH: Why do you think this administration is ignoring that blueprint? What is their ultimate objective here? They're sitting in the middle of abject failure of their number-one stated goal, and that's job creation. So what are they really trying to do here do you think?

GOV. PALIN: Well, you wonder, you wonder because history proves what will work and you wonder if they're realizing that and if it's just perhaps a stubbornness at this point that they are so committed to going down this road of growing government and interjecting the Feds' control in the private sector more and more, which will prove to be more failure. I don't know if it's obstinate thinking that they're engaged in right now or if they truly just do not believe what the free market, free enterprise economic solutions are that built up this country.

RUSH: Do you think this is going to be a major issue in the congressional elections in 2010, and if so, how would you advise Republicans to pursue it?

GOV. PALIN: It better be a major issue, absolutely. Of course, national security will be, too, and hopefully we'll talk a little bit about some of the decisions being made in that arena that cause so many of us concern but, yeah, the economy, that's what it's going to be because it's all about jobs, it's all about Americans who are hurting right now and what those solutions are that are so obvious, so commonsense that need to be plugged in. And those are Republican, they're commonsense conservative principles that we just need to apply.

RUSH: New York-23 is being portrayed as a race in which you and I -- because we supposedly went up there -- handpicked Doug Hoffman, he supposedly lost, even though that race, they still haven't finished counting the votes. It's two weeks! This is not Chicago. They haven't finished counting the votes. He says he wishes he could un-concede now. But they're trying to diminish conservatism, and I think in the process intimidate the Republican Party from going in that direction. What's your read on New York-23?

GOV. PALIN: I think this is exciting. It's encouraging. No matter the outcome even with his recount of some of those, well, uncounted ballots, it's exciting that the race is going to be even closer, and it's a clearer and clearer picture that what Americans are seeking, even in a district there in New York, they are seeking commonsense, conservative solutions to all the challenges that we're facing. I'm glad to see this.

RUSH: So the positive thing there is that the Republican Party was rebuffed in nominating essentially a RINO, a liberal?

GOV. PALIN: Well, I think what you saw there is -- and of course it's not just the Republican machine, it's the Democrat machine, too. You know, if you're not the anointed one within the machine, sometimes you have a much tougher row to hoe and that's what Hoffman faced. He was the underdog. I think great timing for him, though, to stand strong on his conservative credentials and essentially come out of nowhere and prove that an American without that resume, without that machine backing can truly make a difference in an election like this.

RUSH: Well, now, you used the term, "If you're not the anointed one by the party machine, you're the underdog and you have a tough row to hoe." Based on things that I read, the Republican establishment would not anoint you to be a nominee of their party should you choose to go that way. I'm not asking you the question because I know you're not going to answer and give away what your plans are in 2012.

GOV. PALIN: (chuckles)

RUSH: Do you consider yourself one of these unanointed ones within your own party?

GOV. PALIN: Well, to some in both parties, politics is more of a business. It's not so much a commitment to an agenda or a person or values or issues. It's more of a business -- and, no, I'm not a part of that. So if they're going to keep using that way of thinking in their decisions on who they anoint, who they will support or not then, no. I'll never be a part of that. But hopefully we're going to see a shift with independents, with the Republican Party and the Democrat Party, and we're going to get back to what the issues are, what really matters, and then hopefully we're going to go from there, which will be much fairer to the electorate.

RUSH: All right, independents, slash, third party. A lot of people -- mistakenly, in my view -- are looking at New York-23 as evidence that, see, a third party could actually do well. But that's not a good example because there was no primary there. As you said, the party bosses chose Dede Scozzafava on the Republican side and a Democrat. Had there been a primary, New York-23 would not have been constituted as it was. So what are your thoughts now on the viability of a third party if the Republican Party can't be brought around?

GOV. PALIN: You know, to be brutally honest, I think that it's a bit naive when you talk about the pragmatism that has to be applied in America's political system. And we are a two-party system. Ideally, sure, a third party or an independent party would be able to soar and thrive and put candidates forth and have them elected, but I don't think America is ready for that. I think that it is... Granted it's quite conventional and traditional, but in a good way that we have our two parties, and I think that that's what will remain. And I say that, though, acknowledging that I'm not an obsessive panther, I understand why people -- good people like my own husband -- refuse to register in a party. Todd's not a Republican and yet he's got more commonsense conservatism than a whole lot of Republicans that I know because he is one who sees the idiosyncrasies of the characters within the machine and it frustrates him along with a whole lot of other Americans who choose to be independent. But in answer to your question, I don't think that the third party movement will be what's necessary to usher in some commonsense conservative ideals.

RUSH: Now, you mentioned independents. We need to get independents. Independents right now are abandoning the Democrat Party. They did so in New Jersey. They did so in Virginia. And the White House pretty much proves this because the White House was out prior to the election saying, "Ah, Republican Party identification in polls is as low as it's ever been." Therefore, for Republicans to win these races there had to be independents moving in their direction. Now, I know you're not in politics now but you have political experience. I'm not in politics. I've never gone out and gotten votes. I've always been curious about the professional politicians' insistence that we go out and "get independents." Sure you want to shore up the base. But these magical, whatever it is, 20% of people that are not identified or do not self-identify themselves with either party, what's the way to get them?

GOV. PALIN: I think just naturally independents are going to gravitate towards that Republican agenda and Republican platform because the planks in our platform are the strongest to build a healthy America. We're all about cutting taxes and shrinking government and respecting the inherent rights of the individual and strengthening families and respecting life and equality. You have to shake your head and say, "Who wouldn't embrace that? Who wouldn't want to come on over?" They don't have to necessarily be registered within the Republican Party in order to hook up with us and join us with that agenda standing on those planks. In Alaska, about 70% of Alaskans are independent. So that's my base. That's where I am from and that's been my training ground, is just implementing commonsense conservative solutions. Independents appreciate that. You're going to see more and more of that attraction to the GOP by these independents as the days go on.

RUSH: If the GOP articulates what you just articulated. I've always believed the way to get them... Reagan got them by just being who he was, articulating conservatism. Conservatism is nothing different than the founding principles of the country. Therefore, the key to getting independents is Republicans who can articulate those beliefs.

GOV. PALIN: You know another key to this, too, is to not hesitate duking it out within the party. This is what I appreciate about the Republican Party. We have contested, aggressive, competitive primaries. We're not like this herd mentality like a bunch of sheep -- with the fighting instincts of sheep, as Horowitz would say -- like some in the Democrat Party; where, heaven forbid, you take a stand and you oppose somebody within your own party because it's the right thing to do. I appreciate that in the Republican Party. Some on the other side say -- you know, they're observing what goes on in the GOP and say -- "That's infighting, and they can't get along, and there's no consensus there." No. This is healthy debate, good competition that makes candidates work harder. It makes for a better product, if you will, at the end of the day. I appreciate that about our party.

RUSH: We are talking to Governor Sarah Palin. We take a brief prosperity time-out. We'll be back and continue with Governor Palin right after this.

BREAK TRANSCRIPT

RUSH: And we're back. Our remaining moments with former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, starting her book tour today. Let's talk about your book tour, your career in general, Governor Palin. Who are you trying to reach, and for what purpose, with the book and your book tour? What's your goal here?

GOV. PALIN: I'm not trying to reach the liberal elites in this country, and it's a good thing I'm not trying to, because I'm not succeeding there. Just everyday, hardworking Americans who want government back on their side and I want to help them have their voice be heard. And the book is all about that, and the book is about my record and my accomplishments as a mayor and as a governor that kind of lay the foundation for Americans to see where it was that I was and how I got to where I am. It was just a lot of hard work and it was a lot of very commonsense measures that I undertook politically and practically speaking, and the book is about that, and hopefully people will read it and enjoy it and learn something from it.

RUSH: What's our biggest energy challenge as a country? Do you believe at all or some or a lot in the modern-day go-green movement of solar and wind and all of these nefarious things that really don't produce anything yet?

GOV. PALIN: I think there's a lot of snake oil science involved in that and somebody's making a whole lot of money off people's fears that the world is... It's kind of tough to figure out with the shady science right now, what are we supposed to be doing right now with our climate. Are we warming or are we cooling? I don't think Americans are even told anymore if it's global warming or just climate change. And I don't attribute all the changes to man's activities. I think that this is, in a lot of respects, cyclical and the earth does cool and it warms. And our greatest challenge with energy is that we're not tapping it to the abundant domestic supplies that God created right underfoot on American soil and under our waters. It's ridiculous that we are circulating hundreds of billions of dollars a year in foreign countries, asking them to ramp up production so that we can purchase it from them -- especially from the regimes that can control us via energy, using it as a weapon against us, potentially. It's nonsense that this administration and past administrations haven't really understood yet that inherent link between energy and security. I think more and more Americans are waking up to the fact, though, and we will hopefully see changes there soon.

RUSH: Vice President Biden chided you, saying, "It's a little bit more complicated," Governor Palin, than "Drill, Baby, Drill," which is one of your chapter titles. What's complicated about drilling for oil?

GOV. PALIN: Exactly. What is complicated about tapping into abundant, safe domestic supplies that could provide stability for our country and security for our country? I know Alaska has billions of barrels of oil underfoot, and we have the natural gas that's waiting to be tapped, too; and other states do, too. It's not that complicated. It's political, and that's what is the shame in this, is that for political reasons we're not allowing to tap these domestic supplies.

RUSH: What are your thoughts on the congressional health care reform bills going through the House and the Senate?

GOV. PALIN: Well, we don't really know, do we, what's in that Senate version, the Senate consideration? It will be soon but we have no idea of costs. We don't know how many will be insured. We're waiting to hear that. We don't know if the tax funding of abortions will be in this new version that's sitting over on the Senate side. We don't know if those who choose not to purchase this government-mandated level of coverage will face jail time as punishment. There are so many questions unanswered. I don't like the idea, in general, of the federal government thinking it needs to take over health care -- which essentially this is -- and control one-sixth of our economy. Not when there are commonsense solutions to meeting health care challenges in our country, like allowing the intra- and interstate competition with insurers, tort reform, cutting down on the waste and fraud that the Obama administration insists if we just did that we'll pay for this one-point-some trillion-dollar health care reform package. So lots of commonsense solutions that need to be plugged in before ever considering federal government taking it over.

RUSH: You mentioned earlier you wanted to talk about national security, that you hoped it came up. Well, here it is: What do we face? What are our threats, and are we prepared, or not?

GOV. PALIN: Well, I think domestically a threat that we're facing right now is the dithering and hesitation in sending a message to the terrorists that we're going to claim what Ronald Reagan claimed. Our motto is going to be: "We win, you lose." The way that we do that is allow McChrystal to have the reinforcements that he's asking for in Afghanistan. That sends that message to the terrorists over there that we're going to end this thing with our victory. We need to start facing Iran with tougher and tougher sanctions that need to be considered. We need to work our allies with the Iranian issues, like Britain and France and not allow access to favorable international monetary deals. That's a great threat that I think would kind of shake up Ahmadinejad and get him to listen. We need to look at halting Iran's imports of refined petroleum products. They're quite reliant on imported gasoline, and we need to use that hammer to wake up the leadership there, too. Those are two big challenges that we have right now, domestically and in naming those two countries, Afghanistan and Iran. Two big challenges there, too.

RUSH: Thirty seconds: Immigration. Can you do it in 30 seconds before we have to go?

GOV. PALIN: I can't do it in 30 seconds but just know that... You know, let me put it simply: Illegal immigrants are called "illegal" for a reason. We need to crack down on this. We need to listen to the border states where the governors there have some solutions and we need to get serious about that.

RUSH: Governor Palin, thanks very much. It's been a pleasure. It's been fun. Thanks for last week as well and good luck on what I know is going to be a life-changing book and book tour.

GOV. PALIN: Hey, thank you. Keep up the good work.

RUSH: Thank you.

GOV. PALIN: And all the best to all your listeners.

END TRANSCRIPT

Link to the audio clip

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Trust Us?

Audacity of Logic readers know I am high skeptical of government in general and maybe even more so of government officials that insist that we trust them in spite of what their records, pasts, and the facts at hand seem to indicate is wise. Such is the case with the Secretary of Homeland Security, the illustrious Janet Napolitano.  She was on the news this morning and in answer to some tough questions about why the Administration is bringing war criminals to NY for civil trial she said, "You are just going to have to trust us."

This is from a Homeland Security Secretary who labeled returning veterans and Tea Partiers as potential threats?  This from a Homeland Security Secretary who is advocating an amnesty program for illegal invaders?  This from a Homeland Security who declared on Friday that our borders are secure?

And thus, the American people are once again supposed to sit back and say "Big Brother knows best?"  No, sadly there is very little about the United States Government that I trust any longer, no matter who is in power.  Me and the rest of the folks are going to have to a take a pass on that trust issue, but thanks for playing.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Breaking News

Dateline: Washington, D.C., Nov. 16th, 2009 - FOX News

The Senate Armed Services Committee postponed its Monday briefing on the deadly Fort Hood massacre at the request of the White House -- despite calls from some lawmakers to press forward with a congressional investigation into the shooting rampage that killed 13 and wounded 29.

I'm wondering why Congress, our Legislative Branch, is taking its marching orders from the Executive Branch these days. Seems a little strange to me. Does it seem that way to you also? What possibly could be wrong with Congress investigating the Ft. Hood shootings, other than finding out the truth, which may be a problem for the White House?

Other than a finding of Nidal Hasan being a terrorist, and that his actions do in fact amount to the first terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 9-11, could it also be problematic for the White House to be indirectly associated with Hasan. You heard correctly my friends.

According to a PDF posted on George Washington University's Homeland Security Policy Institute's (HSPI) page, of a report titled, "Thinking Anew—Security Priorities for the Next Administration," PROCEEDINGS REPORT OF THE HSPI PRESIDENTIAL TRANSITION TASK FORCE, April 2008-January 2009, it lists Nidal Hasan - Uniformed Services University School of Medicine, as a participant.

Of course, the White House will undoubtedly say that this organization had no direct policy making contributions to the President's Transition Team, however, let's pull from some of the text of this document.

From page 8, it reads, "...it was imperative for the next administration to practice transparency and the rule of law, which means closing Guantanamo Bay. HSPI Director Frank Cilluffo went further, stating that we ought to abandon the label “Global War on Terror”, which has the effect of elevating our adversaries and isolating our allies."

Read the report here:

Sound familiar? I guess it just means that what Obama’s incoming administration has made policy is just coincidental. They will also undoubtedly play down the importance of anything coming out of this group's meetings, however, you be the judge. Look at some of the heavy hitters on the steering committee, and then tell me if you think Obama's people would have disregarded anything that came from this report, a report that Hasan could have easily contributed to.

What does George Washington University's HSPI say about it all? They started distancing themselves from this whole mess almost immediately.

HSPI Statement on Nidal Hasan

I'll let our readers make their own conclusions.

Just one more thing. In case anyone says Hasan only registered, but didn't attend this symposium, there is a photo in this report that shows the back of a person's head - a person with the same balding pattern as Hasan, and who is in military fatigues. Of course, I'm sure this will be noted as just another "coincidence." You can view the photo on page 12 of the report. The person I'm referring to (Hasan) is sitting on the far left in the photo. You be the judge.

Another "Gun Free Zone" Tragedy.

The following open letter is from Dudley Brown, Executive Director of the National Association for Gun Rights.

Apparently it’s not enough for our government that the heroes in America’s armed forces risk their lives overseas defending our freedom. These days, our soldiers aren't even safe here at home stationed on secure military bases. On November 5th, a lone gunman murdered 13 fully-trained, ready to deploy soldiers, and wounded 29 more, in the most shocking terrorist attack on American soil since 9/11. How was Nidal Hasan, a psychologist, able to take down so many trained soldiers? Because the government thinks its better to keep it’s armed service members unarmed . . . That’s right. Our military men and woman are banned from carrying the weapons they are trained and trusted to use in the heat of combat. President Clinton authored this asinine policy back in 1993 when he declared all military bases “Gun Free Zones.” As you know, “Gun Free Zones” do nothing but assure criminals, and now terrorists, that they will find unarmed victims defenseless against a homicidal rampage. Maybe I’m crazy, but I’d rather the soldiers delivered a barrage of bullets to end Hasan’s attack the second he opened fire. I’d rather Hasan was dead and the heroes he murdered were still alive. But because of Clinton’s ingenious policy of an unarmed armed forces, this psychopath methodically executed soldier after soldier before a local traffic cop could arrive on the scene. If we didn't have “Gun Free Zones” and our armed forces were . . . I don't know . . . ARMED, Nadir Hasan would have met bullets instead of bodies. On this Veteran’s Day, remember that the safety of our armed forces is of paramount importance whether it’s on the battlefield or here at home. Please join the National Association of Gun Rights in our battle against "Gun Free Zones."

In Liberty,

Dudley Brown
Executive Director
National Association for Gun Rights

View letter as a web page

Addendum:

This past weekend I had a discussion with the wife of a friend, who I had just met. She seemed nice enough, but had some pretty typical viewpoints on guns. She was anti-gun, and when I asked her why, she said they made her nervous and thought we'd be better off without them. I asked her what logical thought process she used to arrive at this conclusion. She didn't have one. I explained to her that there is a faction of our society who has absolutely no access to firearms, but who has the highest rate of violent personal crime, per capita, including murder, rape, assault and terroristic threats. That group is the population of the U.S. penal system. Following her logic, or lack there-of, the people who have a total ban on firearms, should be as peaceful as lambs. Wishing people to be law-abiding citizens doesn't usually work very well. Depriving law-abiding citizens the right to defend themselves only enables the criminal. That is the logic behind the argument. The difference between these anti-gunners and those who believe in their right to keep and bear arms? The former's logic is based on feelings, whereas the latter's is based on facts. Wake up America.

Ben Franklin




Friday, November 13, 2009

Just when I thought I'd heard it all...

…there is good old Jim Carrey to remind us what terrible people we all are here in the good old U.S. of A. After all, it has to be at least 10 whole minutes, I’m guessing, since we’ve gotten some pearl of political wisdom from the far left loons out there in La-La Land, aka Hollywood, where they are certainly more in touch with reality than any of us poor saps here, slaving away in the heartland.

In a recent interview with the Chicago Tribune, while promoting his new movie, A Christmas Carol, Carrey pontificated thusly:

“I was thinking about it this morning, how this story ties into everything we’re going through,” says Carrey, who, thanks to the technology, plays Scrooge as well as the three ghosts haunting him. “Every construct we’ve built in American life is falling apart. Why? Because of personal greed and ambition. Capitalism without regulation can’t protect us against personal greed.. . .

Some might wonder if Carrey’s recent recital of this latest bit of pseudo-philosophical flatulence was the result of a lukewarm response to the first weekend showing of his new movie, but, in reality, this sanctimonious simp’s interview was given a few days prior to the film’s release, which hopefully was responsible, in part, for the sluggish box office receipts.

Maybe it’s just that the common folk see the hypocrisy of a Canadian born comedian who comes to America and, after working his way up the rungs of Hollywood’s slimy ladder, now commands as much as $20 million per picture, but who also has the temerity to now lecture us money-grubbing capitalists on the sins of greed and ambition.

Hey Jimbo! I might be more inclined to swallow your dubious diatribe if you were to redistribute some of those ill-gotten gains of yours my way. I’m not overly greedy; a million or two should do it.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Only in America

Here’s one for the books. ACORN, who has been found to be one of the most corrupt institutions known to date, likened by some as an organized criminal activity, who at the least is guilty of voter fraud, conspiracy and embezzlement, is suing the Federal Government for “defunding” them to the tune of millions of dollars, which of course is paid for by the taxpayers of this country, citing they were unfairly targeted and singled out for punishment by Congress.
Boo-Freaking-Hoo!

Only in America can criminals sue and make money for being criminals. When the hell are we gonna wake up and smell the coffee?

Act of Terror

Here is a link to the interview yesterday with Rep. Mike McCaul from Texas, outlining the facts showing how Maj. Hasan had established contact with terrorists groups, and speculation that he may not have acted alone, but was part of a bona fide terrorist act, the first commited on American soil since 9-11.

Act of Terror

And here is the video of the announcement today that formal charges have been filed against this terrorist.

Charged with Murder

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

This Reminds Me of a Song

I am an interesting paradox of strong opinions and a tender heart.  I am feisty and strong but still regularly cry about 9/11.  I love the Lord Jesus with all my heart, mind, and soul - yet I can cuss like a sailor.  I am a good leader, but an equally good follower (if the person leading is deserving of my respect and I have granted them authority over me).  I am empathetic and can not watch reality shows because they make me uncomfortable and embarrassed.  Until I became a mother, I always had some poor soul I was trying to help get on their feet, get off drugs ect. In my family, I am the peace maker, the feather smoother, the flexible one that keeps everyone smiling and happy.  I say all of these things because those strong opinions.... well, I have obviously ruffled a few feathers.  Sorry?  Nope.

Nobody Loves Me by Derek Webb

Then i might nail indictments up
On every door in town
Because it’s not right or safe to let my conscience down
So i don’t care if...

(chorus)
Nobody loves me, nobody loves me
Nobody loves me but you

The truth is never sexy
So it’s not an easy sell
You can dress her like the culture
But she’ll shock ‘em just as well
Because she don’t need an apology for being who she is

And she don’t need your help making enemies
So i don’t care if...

Nobody loves me, nobody loves me
Nobody loves me but you


It's been real, guys.
Dolley

Greetings.

I just wanted to say hi to all of you here on the Audacity of Logic. I am kind of new to this whole blogging thing. Thank you Dolley for inviting me to contribute. I look forward to reading, learning, and getting feedback. To start, I thought it would be a good idea to post some of my responses I had during an exchange with a step-uncle of mine that is somewhat influenced by the "left" persuasion. It started on Facebook when I responded to a few comments he had left on my sister's wall and they just turned into essays, so I kept going. Just in case there was any confusion to the context of my first few posts, they are written in more of a "Screwtape Letters" format. So, I hope you all enjoy and I look forward to being part of this.
Thank You,
~Locke~

There was a time...

I remember being in the military my first hitch. It was 1972 when I joined. Viet Nam was still on and there was still a draft. People in the military were looked on, for the most part, with disdain by the masses. I really could care less; I didn't join for glory or for societal acceptance or recognition, but rather to serve my country and give back. Being a student of history, even at that early age, I recognized the sacrifice made by the Greatest Generation; those who died in WWII, who ensured my freedom.

Times change. I'm heartened by the fact that today soldiers are looked on as being worthy and routinely thanked for their service and sacrifice. I even read recently where a soldier was mugged, and when the muggers found his military ID in his wallet, they gave him back his belongings and thanked him for his service.

A friend recently asked if I was bitter that soldiers now get the respect, which I didn't receive back during Viet Nam. I looked at him as if he were crazy. No way, not in the slightest. I'm just glad there are still young people willing to serve and to sacrifice, even to make the ultimate sacrifice and to, once again, ensure my freedom.

To all my brethren, still here, and those gone...Happy Veteran’s Day.

There is Nothing Alleged About It

Come on news media. Are you all so darn afraid to get sued that you will not call Nidal Hasan what he is? Alleged my eye, we have many multiples of eye witnesses who saw this extremist Muslim Terrorist gun down 30 people in cold blood. Drop the alleged. Call him what he is and let's move on. I would love to hear something like this; "and now let's go to reporter John Doe at Fort Hood to learn more on Terrorist and witnessed mass shooting perpetrator Nidal Hassan's medical status..."

Drop the act and call this evil jerk what he is. I bet our founding fathers never called King George "the alleged oppressor of colonial freedom and equal representation."

Give me a break

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Terror, Justice and Reality

It is becoming increasingly obvious that Maj. Hasan is almost certainly guilty of carrying out an act of terrorism at Ft. Hood, rather than just being a mass murderer. As more and more evidence comes to light, it will be interesting to see how the 'Lame Stream Media' and the party of appeasement, to include our ‘Appeaser in Chief,’ handles this information… and this reality. What will be even more interesting is what will happen if a finding of death were to be handed down by a military court martial, as Hassan is eligible for the death penalty under three different charges according to UCMJ, The Uniform Code of Military Justice, to wit, murder, sedition and aiding the enemy. However, what you may not know, dear readers, is that before anyone can be executed as a result of a sentence of death by court martial, the Commander in Chief, our dear leader, would have to sign off on it. I’m taking odds on the chances of that actually happening. Anyone want some of this action?

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Narcissm on Full Display

Barack Obama's Narcissistic Personality Disorder has been on full display this week.  First the insensitive remarks the day of the Ft Hood shootings and secondly his refusal to attend the 20th anniversary celebration of the fall of the Berlin Wall.  Both extremely important events for America - but for Barack Obama?  Umm, not so much.  You see, one of the character traits of a Narcissist is their lack of caring for things and people that don't glorify themselves.

It is in Barack Obama's best interest to downplay the Muslim terrorist actions in Texas, that puts him in a bad light - for his weakness on the military, perhaps for his Muslim name, and it shines the laser beam of public attention on the continuing War on Terror - those things clearly are not about him or good for him so why acknowledge them.  Now, if the shooter was a Christian guy, wearing a pro-life Tshirt, and a copy of a Rush Limbaugh book by his bedside?  You can bet your bottom dollar he'd be all over this thing and "jumping to conclusions" be damned.

The symbolic victory of Western free markets and capitalism, the end of the Cold War, and the liberation of half a Continent is as important to the world as July 4th is to us Americans.  But it doesn't shine a light on Barack Obama, so he isn't going.  It actually does the opposite; it highlights his predecessor's achievements (can't blame Bush for that one...), it points out the flaws in a system that Obama would like to see return, and it calls to mind those nasty Tea Partiers protesting and celebrating in the street.

If it isn't about Barack Obama and what he wants, he's doesn't want any part of it.  How's that for change.

On a side note, George and Laura Bush went to Ft. Hood yesterday, but requested that they not be photographed or recorded, they were there to lend their support to the hurting community and families.

Can Somebody Please Explain This to Me?

Audacity of Logic is based upon just that, Logic, so it is through those eyes that I sincerely ask this question:  How can you call yourself a Christian and vote for the Democrats?  How can you stand in church on Sunday morning and proclaim those values and on Tuesday completely abandon them at the ballot box?  Please someone explain this to me so that I can understand.

This is an open invitation to all who proclaim the Lord Jesus as their Savior and have been Born Again and washed in the Blood.  I am not talking to you Christians in name only (I know what you are all about and don't need you to explain how you do what you do.)  I am talking to the true believers and by this I mean you accept the inerrancy of the Scriptures, you believe it is the literal word of God, you believe that the only way to the Father is through the Son, you believe that Jesus was an actual breathing man, incarnate of God, who was crucified for your sins, died and was buried and on the 3rd day rose again, you believe He is coming back again for his church.  You have said the sinner's prayer and felt the Holy Spirit come to live inside you.  You KNOW that Jesus is real because you feel him everyday.  If you reject any of the above, I am not talking to you.

How do you vote for a party that promotes abortion?
How do you vote for a party that makes sure their is a Planned Parenthood on every corner in the poor areas?
How do you vote for a party that says government is the provider not the Lord?
How do you vote for a party that enslaves the population with endless welfare checks?
How do you vote for a party that says that your liberties and freedom come from the government and not God?
How do you vote for a party that will block abstience courses in school and yet hand out condoms?
How do you vote for a party that steals money from its people making it harder and harder to support the work of the kingdom?
How do you raise your hand in praise to the Father of Life and then applaud wildly for a President who displays all of the characteristics of someone with the spirit of anti-christ upon them?
How do you ignore every value inside of yourself and vote for a party that hold blacks in such disdain they feel they can not vote without labels behind candidates names?
How do you vote for a party that hates Israel?
How do you vote for a party that thinks it can reason with the wild Ishmaelites?
How do you vote for a party that would look the other way at child molestation, while embracing the sin of Sodomy?
How do you pull a straight Democratic ticket and sleep at night?

Brothers and Sisters, how?

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Can You Imagine if Geoge W Bush did this? Part 2

We've played this game before and if you are so inclined, refer to Part 1 ; it was so much fun, I am sure Audacity of Logic readers would love to play again.

Can you imagine if GWB had, in the face of a Terrorist attack on the largest military base in the world, opened his nationally televised address with 3 minutes of light hearted banter?

Can you imagine during that light hearted banter if he had mistakenly referred to an audience member as a Medal of Honor winner, when the man was a Medal of Freedom winner, who GWB had given the honor to three months before?

Listen closely, you will hear the media uproar, wait for it..... {{Cricket}}  {{Cricket}}  Oh, sorry that was wishful thinking.

Shall I write up the piece?  Yeah, sure, what the heck?

In another display of ignorance and callousness, GWB in the face of the worst tragedy of terrorism since 9/11 joked with his audience while a grieving nation watched.  The nation looks to the President in times of crisis to calm and comfort us, and what did we get from this bumbling Texas buffoon?  I will let you, jokes and shout outs.  As further evidence of his lack of intellect the President referred to Joe Crow as a Medal of Honor winner.  The Medal of Honor is the highest military honor in the country and is reserved for military personnel who display outstanding courage and honor in the face of battle.  Joe Crow is not a Medal of Honor winner and should not have had the military's highest honor attributed to him by the President especially in light of the military attack just hours before.  No, Joe Crow is a Medal of Freedom winner and GWB should have known this, since three months ago, he himself had personally awarded the medal.  What an idiot.

Friday, November 6, 2009

My Two Pennies

With regard to the shootings at Ft. Hood, I just wanted to go on record with my opinion before the pundits start in on the whole mess. First, it’s patently obvious the Department of Defense police force, whose officer was responsible for shooting this terrorist, either needs to issue larger caliber weapons to its rank and file, or up their level of marksmanship training. Second, I think once this scumbag is in better health he should be given, what we call down here on the border, a “Tex-Mex Birthday Party"- that’s where we take the dirt-bag outside, hang him from a tree and beat him with a stick like a piñata till candy falls out his ass.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Energy Fascists

Fascism... the phrase is thrown around so lightly these days that I believe in order to support the title, I must define the word.  Audacity of Logic readers know that while some posts may be tongue in cheek, most are well reasoned works by thoughtful individuals, the rest are written by me.  (There's that tongue in cheek thing again...)

Merriman's Online Dictionary defines fascist as: a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition.

According to your worldview or political philosophy you will infer what you wish to our present leadership and circumstances.  I submit to you an example of such fascism as displayed this week by the closing of the Yuka Mountain Nuclear Waste storage facility.  William La Jeunesse wrote a great piece on this and I encourage you to read the article.

Basically, it boils down to this:  Nuclear energy is the cleanest, safest, greenest, abundant, renewable energy source in the world.  It is just not politically popular.  This bad rap is not based on facts, but irrational fear and Hollywood hype.  It is the ultimate in green energy, yet it is shunned in favor of expensive windmills that kill tens of thousands of birds a year, solar farms that are an eyesore, and other "green" solutions that costs 10, 20, 50, 200% more per power unit than nuclear power.

For decades, the Federal Government has been charging every household in America an excise tax on your power bill to pay for a nuclear waste disposal facility in the middle of no where.  The Obama Administration has decided to close the Yuka Mountain facility leaving the nation without a place to store it's nuclear waste. 

Do I sense a little "nudge" from the Obama crowd?  What happens to all the waste currently being produced?  Doesn't that sound unreasonable to you, to close a billion dollar facility with no alternative?  Could their motive be to shut down nuclear power in the USA?  Could their motive be a way to force power companies to raise rates and thus open the way for government to intervene against the evil power companies?  Could their motive be to force the cap and trade bill though the Congress by demonizing electric companies who endanger the public with their dangerous nuclear waste?  Could they intervene through the take over of health care and declare nuclear power a danger to our health?  What about intervening from a National Security perspective since the power companies must now protect nuclear material?

Let's review:  

fascist as: a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition.

The Education Carrot

It is hard for me to watch Barack Obama, but since Fox News runs in our office in the lobby and the break room, the Teleprompter in Chief is hard to avoid.  I was getting a cup of water yesterday and stopped to listen to his Education speech in Madison Wisconsin.  The urge to vomit when he speaks has somewhat passed, so I was actually able to listen for a moment.  I stick to the conservative thought that the Dept of Education should be abolished and that the Fed has no Constitutional right to participate in Education, but that is another post entirely.

Once again, what he said sounded good.  States compete for $4B in education money for innovation and improving schools.  But what will the administration define as improvement?  Their values differ so greatly from mine, I shudder to think.  Then Obama adds, in order to compete, states have to rewrite some of their education laws that the Fed doesn't like.  It was with that, the urge to vomit returned and I left the room.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Barrack Obama Quotes

I think maybe I will let these quotes from our fearless leader speak for themselves:

I will cut taxes - cut taxes - for 95 percent of all working families, because, in an economy like this, the last thing we should do is raise taxes on the middle class.

I can make a firm pledge, under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes.

It's not surprising, then, they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.

We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we've set. We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.

You will not see any of your taxes increase one single dime.

The Audacity of it all...

The Wisdom of a Firebrand

Patrick Henry said:

We are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of Nature has placed in our power... the battle, sir, is not to the strong alone, it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.

To all my conservative brethren out there, the battle is well met; be vigilant in pursuit of the enemy, be active in promoting the American way and adherence to our Constitution, and be brave in the face of stinging criticisms and assaults coming from the enemy.


No Gloating please

I've seen some interesting gloating going on around and about on many conservative leaning blogs this morning. I'm glad I've not seen it here.

The GOP won some good victories last night with some pretty conservative candidates. I find it encouraging, but it is no time to to start trash talking. There is a long road we must travel to take back control of our country and bring it back from the edge of the socialist abyss. Now is the time to begin digging in for the battles / war still ahead of us.

Do not for a moment think that momentum has completely swung to the side of conservatism. Remember, it was just twelve short months ago that the liberals were singing of the death of conservatism in the USA (more accurately they should have been singing about the terrible health of the Republican party, as I believe Election Day 2008 signaled the re-birth of the American Constitution and conservatism, but I digress...) and now we see the Democrats / Liberals taking some tough body shots in the battle. The crafty left is not dead, they are merely wounded and nothing is quite as dangerous as a wounded animal.

Hold fast my conservative patriots, this is but a skirmish in what promises to be a major war for the heart and soul of the United States. Nobody likes a poor winner any more than they like a poor loser. Don't gloat, fix your resolve and keep moving forward with truth, right and ethics on your side. See you in the trenches!
 



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