Friday, July 25, 2008
TITLE: He ventured forth to bring light to the world
The anointed one's pilgrimage to the Holy Land is a miracle in action - and a blessing to all his faithful followers
And it came to pass, in the eighth year of the reign of the evil Bush the Younger (The Ignorant), when the whole land from the Arabian desert to the shores of the Great Lakes had been laid barren, that a Child appeared in the wilderness.
The Child was blessed in looks and intellect. Scion of a simple family, offspring of a miraculous union, grandson of a typical white person and an African peasant. And yea, as he grew, the Child walked in the path of righteousness, with only the occasional detour into the odd weed and a little blow.
When he was twelve years old, they found him in the temple in the City of Chicago, arguing the finer points of community organisation with the Prophet Jeremiah and the Elders. And the Elders were astonished at what they heard and said among themselves: “Verily, who is this Child that he opens our hearts and minds to the audacity of hope?”
In the great Battles of Caucus and Primary he smote the conniving Hillary, wife of the deposed King Bill the Priapic and their barbarian hordes of Working Class Whites.
And so it was, in the fullness of time, before the harvest month of the appointed year, the Child ventured forth - for the first time - to bring the light unto all the world.
He travelled fleet of foot and light of camel, with a small retinue that consisted only of his loyal disciples from the tribe of the Media. He ventured first to the land of the Hindu Kush, where the
Taleban had harboured the viper of al-Qaeda in their bosom, raining terror on all the world.
And the Child spake and the tribes of Nato immediately loosed the Caveats that had previously bound them. And in the great battle that ensued the forces of the light were triumphant. For as long as the Child stood with his arms raised aloft, the enemy suffered great blows and the threat of terror was no more.
From there he went forth to Mesopotamia where he was received by the great ruler al-Maliki, and al-Maliki spake unto him and blessed his Sixteen Month Troop Withdrawal Plan even as the imperial warrior Petraeus tried to destroy it.
And lo, in Mesopotamia, a miracle occurred. Even though the Great Surge of Armour that the evil Bush had ordered had been a terrible mistake, a waste of vital military resources and doomed to end in disaster, the Child's very presence suddenly brought forth a great victory for the forces of the light.
And the Persians, who saw all this and were greatly fearful, longed to speak with the Child and saw that the Child was the bringer of peace. At the mention of his name they quickly laid aside their intrigues and beat their uranium swords into civil nuclear energy ploughshares.
From there the Child went up to the city of Jerusalem, and entered through the gate seated on an (donkey, a** refused by towhall). The crowds of network anchors who had followed him from afar cheered “Hosanna” and waved great palm fronds and strewed them at his feet.
In Jerusalem and in surrounding Palestine, the Child spake to the Hebrews and the Arabs, as the Scripture had foretold. And in an instant, the lion lay down with the lamb, and the Israelites and Ishmaelites ended their long enmity and lived for ever after in peace.
As word spread throughout the land about the Child's wondrous works, peoples from all over flocked to hear him; Hittites and Abbasids; Obamacons and McCainiacs; Cameroonians and Blairites.
And they told of strange and wondrous things that greeted the news of the Child's journey. Around the world, global temperatures began to decline, and the ocean levels fell and the great warming was over.
The Great Prophet Algore of Nobel and Oscar, who many had believed was the anointed one, smiled and told his followers that the Child was the one generations had been waiting for.
And there were other wonderful signs. In the city of the Street at the Wall, spreads on interbank interest rates dropped like manna from Heaven and rates on credit default swaps fell to the ground as dead birds from the almond tree, and the people who had lived in foreclosure were able to borrow again.
Black gold gushed from the ground at prices well below $140 per barrel. In hospitals across the land the sick were cured even though they were uninsured. And all because the Child had pronounced it.
And this is the testimony of one who speaks the truth and bears witness to the truth so that you might believe. And he knows it is the truth for he saw it all on CNN and the BBC and in the pages of The New York Times.
Then the Child ventured forth from Israel and Palestine and stepped onto the shores of the Old Continent. In the land of Queen Angela of Merkel, vast multitudes gathered to hear his voice, and he preached to them at length.
But when he had finished speaking his disciples told him the crowd was hungry, for they had had nothing to eat all the hours they had waited for him.
And so the Child told his disciples to fetch some food but all they had was five loaves and a couple of frankfurters. So he took the bread and the frankfurters and blessed them and told his disciples to feed the multitudes. And when all had eaten their fill, the scraps filled twelve baskets.
Thence he travelled west to Mount Sarkozy. Even the beauteous Princess Carla of the tribe of the Bruni was struck by awe and she was great in love with the Child, but he was tempted not.
On the Seventh Day he walked across the Channel of the Angles to the ancient land of the hooligans. There he was welcomed with open arms by the once great prophet Blair and his successor, Gordon the Leper, and his successor, David the Golden One.
And suddenly, with the men appeared the archangel Gabriel and the whole host of the heavenly choir, ranks of cherubim and seraphim, all praising God and singing: “Yes, We Can.”
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
But today, a soldier named "Dan" posted a comment that touched my heart and made me remember with all too much clarity why we're at war, and why we are the greatest nation on earth. I'd like to share it:
"I am a CWO3 with the U.S. Army and I am about to leave for my 2nd tour in Iraq. As far as this war is concerned, there really is no way to win. This is not a war for oil or land, this is a religious war, where we are fighting the ideals of radical Islam. Oil and freedom of oppressed people is just a cover up so that our government can seem more “politically correct”. I do not agree with politcal correctness at all, a heart is a heart and a spade is a spade, lets call people what they are and quit dancing around the truth all the time. Just to let you know, in case you have forgotten, every part of radical Islam wants America and everything we stand for to be destroyed. If we dont fight this idea on their soil…guess what, we will have a 9/11 as often as terrorists can manage. As far as this war is concerned, if we leave now things will only be worse…and if we stay for the next 10 years things might get a little better but in the end we cant fight an idea or the radical beliefs of a truly unfounded religion. With regards to other countries helping us to get out of this mess, well Britain and Israel are probably our only REAL friends, everyone else is so consumed with Islamic sympathy to do anything of value.
Until the majority of people in this country realize that there are thousands of men, woman, and children who have been seduced by the evil of a false religion on the other side of the world that have only two goals:
-To spread evil and hate to the rest of the world
-To destroy hope and freedom (America in a nutshell)
So wake up America. Just FYI, I am more than happy and more than willing to return to that nasty waste of earth to protect everyone here at home in the greatest nation on earth."
This soldier just said more than I have been able to say in all of my blogging concerning the war, so I'll not add a thing to it. Except please, America, get it. Understand it. Act on it this November.
Friday, June 13, 2008
“Currently, 21.6 million small businesses file under the individual income tax. In 2006 there were 10.6 million privately-held WOMEN-owned businesses in the United States employing 19.1 million people and generating $2.46 trillion in sales. Women- owned businesses are growing at almost triple the rate as other businesses.” See, we’ve been to the wizard and we got ourselves a brain.
Now, as a woman and a business owner, my issues when choosing a candidate are admittedly different than those of my 90 year old mother. Her financial issues lean more towards the candidate’s stance on Social Security, because that’s her livelyhood now. She has made her choice based more on morality and character. So one place where we might differ on the social securty issue:(just as an example)
Obama wants to do away with the sealing cap on Social Security earnings. Fine for Mom, not so fine for me. It reduces my budget for hiring if I have to continue to match SS withholding for those that hit the cap. Less money for hiring, less employees. No good for me, no good for the economy, no good for employment rates.
Obama wants to raise the estate tax. This affects both my Mom and me - her because anything she and Dad amassed to leave me will be worth virtually half its value after Obama’s new tax gets through with it and it’s disconserting to think you’ve wasted the effort. Me, for the same reason.
Obama’s proposal to raise income tax on those earning over $250,000 py sounds good on the surface, until you factor in the above that 21.6 million small businesses file under the individual income tax. That throws these small businesses (like FARMERS) into that pile, and when that happens watch the price of groceries go through the roof (for just one thing). That one affects us all.
These are just examples, but they are some of the issues that just might be more on the minds of some of these women than the touted sexism theory. And I think we’re not giving that the audience it deserves. It’s a little insulting to think that women are so inconsequential in the grand scheme of things that the only reason “we” could possibly vote for McCain if “we” had previously endorsed Hillary is sexism, or spite, or racism, or PMS. Women are a driving force in America’s economy, on every level. Discounting that by either candidate……….big mistake. Big mistake.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
"HRC Supporters for John McCain.
Join the team.
The list seems to be growing by the day, and the added support to the McCain campaign is welcome!
Now that the election has come down to Obama and McCain, there is no doubt that the bias mainstream media will be bound and gagged as they try to champion their candidate's ever changing stances - or the problem of watching him just make things up as he goes along.
Firorina did an excellent job of shooting down Obama follower CNN this morning on Obama's attacks on McCain economic policies.
As the election comes down to real issues, no doubt McCain will be the leading contender.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Being the curious person I am – yes, curiosity may have killed the cat, but at least he knew what he died of – I did the math. Exit polls have indicated that up to 29% of Hillary supporters have said they would vote for McCain, depending on whose exit polls you’re looking at. While I personally think that figure may be high, if you consider that over 18 million people voted for Hillary it would only take around 5% of those voters to constitute a million votes for McCain. JFK won the 1960 election by only 100,000 votes. Hmm, that got my attention and made it very easy to see why the McCain camp would pursue the issue. This is the stuff victories are made of, just as it was in the 1980 election. According to the Washington Post, “Twenty-six percent of Democrats crossed party lines to vote for Reagan in 1980 after a bruising fight for the Democratic nomination between President Jimmy Carter and Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) -- a battle that lasted all the way to the convention. “
As I began scouring the internet, I googled “Democrats for McCain”, and got over a million hits. Some of the articles concerning Democrats jumping ship for McCain dated back to 2006, so it’s not a sudden thing brought on only by Hillary’s speech on Saturday. But it was certainly spurred into frenzy by her speech, as evidenced on her own discussion board with many comments like “My sons did sign waving for her here in Wisconsin and Obama supporters yelled all kinds of nasty things at them and flipped them off when they drove by. We have Hillary bumper stickers on our car and Obama supporters would be rude to us because of them. But not once have I or my family been rude to an Obama supporter. I will never vote for Obama and support this kind of hatred.” I thought, could the behavior of Obama’s supporters have caused part of this uprising?
Most believe the Hillary supporters are just being spiteful, but it seems they have a plan. From the website United4McCain.com, a Michigan group of Democrats:
“In your home states, vote Democratic for all of the Senators and Representatives that are running for office this year. Do not punish them for the sins of our party hierarchy. This plan will only work if we have a majority of Democrats in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Do your part to get every Democrat, EXCEPT OBAMA, elected to office this year. And then vote for McCain for President. You will have to split your ticket when you go to the polls. Yes, this is a labor intensive hassle, but you are doing it for your country. We must do what we must do to save our country from inept leadership.”
Some sites are subtle, some not so much, like PUMA (Party Unity My Ass). You can buy yourself all manner of bumper stickers and t-shirts touting “Democrats for McCain” at dems4mccain.com. All in all, Obama’s favorite and most successful strategy – the internet – is becoming littered with problems for him.
There’s a lot of debate going on all over the discussion boards as to why a Hillary democrat would support John McCain, and the hundreds of answers I’ve personally read vary widely from spite born out of losing to hatred of Obama and his supporters, all the way to policy issues, credibility, judgment and trust. Some say it’s because McCain is more Democrat than Republican, a line used often by conservative Republicans themselves.
As an Independent, I don’t get much flack for my support of John McCain. Because I’ve declared myself an Independent I’m entitled to vote either way. But declared democrats jumping ship – now that’s a rat’s nest. Or to be more politically correct, let’s say that will prove to be divisive, bitter, and damaging to the Democratic Party.
This commentator’s conclusion is that while Hillary and Obama were similar in their views on the issues, they were not similar in their values, experience for the job, or ideals. That match up more closely relates to Hillary and McCain, and therein will lay the choice for these Democrats in exile. We all know the stock market runs on emotion, and I have long said so does a Presidential election. Hillary supporters who voted for her because of her stand on the issues will probably continue to support the Democratic Party and Barack Obama. But those that supported Hillary based on character, experience, and emotion may well slide across the aisle to John McCain, and if the exit polls on the subject are any indication, we may very well see a replay of the 1980 elections.
Don’t discount a “movement” in America - it’s the very thing they attribute Obama’s success to.
Friday, April 11, 2008
For decades now, we as taxpayers have handed over our hard earned tax money like sheep to the government, and never questioned where it was going to any real extent. Now comes John McCain on the scene, another of those elected officials we voted into office, and he says he wants to be our President. He says that rampant wasteful spending on special interest projects is being snuck in by these people we voted in and trusted, and he says as President he will not only put a stop to this travesty by vetoing every pork laden bill placed in front of him but he will – pay attention here – “MAKE THEIR AUTHORS FAMOUS”. In other words, McCain wants to do more stop the porkers, he wants us to know exactly who they are - and that’s the part that hurts him in political circles. Nobody on the Hill wants to be exposed by name as a porker, so they poke at him with a sharp stick like he’s a rattlesnake about to bite them – and he is, and they’re afraid of him.
So exactly what is pork barrel spending and why should we care about it? By definition, a "pork" project is a line-item in an appropriations bill that designates tax dollars for a specific purpose in circumvention of established budgetary procedures, according to CAGW or Citizen’s Against Government Waste. These projects must meet at least one of the seven criteria established by the CAGW and The Congressional Porkbusters Coalition in 1991. The criteria is so simple to understand, even a Congressman should get it. It’s pork if it’s:
1) Requested by only one chamber of Congress
2) Not specifically authorized;
3) Not competitively awarded
4) Not requested by the President;
5) Greatly exceeds the President’s budget request or the previous year’s funding;
6) Not the subject of congressional hearings; or
7) Serves only a local or special interest.
The 2007 Congressional Pig Book identified 2,658 projects at a cost of $13.2 billion in the Defense and Homeland Security Appropriations Acts for fiscal 2007. 24 of these projects alone account for $2.4 billion. That figure is down from the 2006 figure of $29 billion, the drop attributed to the efforts of three republican senators who prevented the enactment of nine appropriations bills in December of 2006, and two of those senators have already publicly endorsed McCain for President.
On the other side of the room, Barack Obama is proud of the pork he brings home to his allies and donors in Illinois.
"My philosophy was that, if money was being distributed, then it would be inappropriate for me to not get my share for my district," Obama, now one of the U.S. Senate Democrats' leaders on ethics reform, said in an interview. "Did I think it was the best way to prioritize government spending? No."
From the Chicago Tribune:
“The Tribune analyzed 119 grants in which Obama steered more than $6 million for Chicago projects between late 1999 and late 2002, the heart of his Statehouse career and the center of a state government frenzy in which Obama said the pork-barrel process was "wide open."Typical of his grants was the $5,000 Obama delivered to the South Shore Public Library for chess equipment, books and knitting supplies, or the $5,000 to help the Sir Miles Davis Academy plaster and paint walls and repair windows.Obama steered $75,000 to a South Side charity called FORUM Inc., which promised to help churches and community groups get wired to the Internet. Records show five FORUM employees, including one who had declared bankruptcy, had donated $1,000 apiece to Obama's state Senate
campaign. As the grant dollars were being disbursed to FORUM, the Illinois attorney general filed a civil lawsuit accusing the charity's founder of engaging in an unrelated kickback scheme. Just days after the suit was filed, Obama quietly returned the $5,000 in donations. "I didn't want to be associated with money that potentially might have been tainted," he said. FORUM founder Yesse Yehudah, who unsuccessfully ran for state Senate against Obama in 1998, denied wrongdoing and, without admitting guilt, settled the attorney
general's lawsuit by paying $10,000 to a charity. He declined to comment. One of those long-time supporters was Rev. Michael Pfleger, the politically active leader of St. Sabina Church. He gave Obama's campaign $1,500 between 1995 and 2001, including $200 in April 2001, about three months after Obama announced $225,000 in grants to St. Sabina programs.Another supporter, Henry English, made two donations to Obama totaling $900 in 2001 after Obama helped send a $50,000 grant to a non-profit group that English ran, the Black United Fund of Illinois.
The Chicago-based Muntu Dance Theatre received a $4.5 million
grant to help pay for a $10 million cultural center. Obama's mentor in
Springfield, state Sen. Emil Jones (D-Chicago), sponsored the grant. And at the time $2.25 million of the grant was disbursed, Obama's wife, Michelle, sat on the non-profit dance group's board. Also, interesting to note, this African American Dance Theatre is also one of Obama’s personal tax deductions listed under “charity”.”
Last June Obama released a comprehensive list of his earmark requests for fiscal year 2008. It comprised more than $300 million of our taxpayer dollars for pet projects like these above for his state. In other words, Obama squeals like a pig – a pork barrel pig, even while he admits it’s not the “best way to prioritize government spending”, he does it anyway.
Simply put, a large number of our officials – Obama and Clinton included - are guilty of the same thing that our five year old is guilty of in the grocery store. You know what happens – you get to the check out counter and find all manner of cookies and candy in the cart that the child has snuck in when you weren’t looking, and he’s hoping you won’t notice and just go ahead and pay for them anyway. This is what our elected government officials are doing to us, and John McCain promises not only to take away their goodies when he’s President, but to call them out and give them a spanking right in front of us all. He won’t win any popularity contest on the Hill with this promise, but I’ll bet he gets some votes with it. He sure gets mine.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
My country is about our husbands and sons voluntarily shipping overseas to war with a distinct possibility of not coming back home. It’s about the price I pay for gas to travel 50 miles one way to take care of my 90 year old Mother who lives on social security and can’t afford a new Easter dress. It’s about my government spending more money than I can make for ridiculous causes like studying the DNA of bears because someone slipped a check into the right hands on the senate floor. It’s about the fact that we can’t afford health insurance premiums that present more like extortion payments than health coverage, and even if you pay the extortionists God help you if you actually file a claim. No, the problems of my country transcend any personal pride I may have in the gender of a candidate in this 2008 Presidential Race.
I need a President who will fight for me, not just stand behind a podium and tell me they’ll fight for me, but really bust in on day one and get the job done. I don’t need a President that says I have to buy health insurance – excuse me, what I have to buy is groceries for my family and I could do that more easily if I weren’t paying $3.50 a gallon for gas at the pump. I have to pay my home mortgage, and I could do that a lot more easily if I didn’t have to pay more taxes to finance more pork barrel spending for the government. I need a President that understands my need to feel secure in my own home, and on the streets. I need a President that’s not afraid to go against the grain on Capitol Hill and do what’s right for me.
Honestly, and in my own defense, I’ve never voted for a Republican in my life, and I’ve been voting for 35 years. However, I’ve never considered myself a Democrat, either. I’m one of those American voters that try very hard every four years to strip all of the candidates of their labels – republican, democrat, liberal, conservative – and judge them simply for who they are today, who they were yesterday, and what I believe they’ll be tomorrow. I try to judge their abilities knowing that I’m not voting for the King of a Monarchy here, only someone who will fight with Congress and the Senate to try to make my country more solvent and user friendly for the next four years.
John McCain really comes off as a quiet candidate with very little to say lately. That may be because he can’t get a word in edgewise between Clinton and Obama, but I digress. I had to really search out his record and his policies because there are many and span a lot of years, but when I did, of course, I found he isn’t really such a quiet man and never has been. He’s been quite the “Maverick” on Capitol Hill for decades now, and how odd is it that during an election year when everyone is screaming “we need change” we’ve overlooked something in John McCain - you don’t get a reputation as a “Maverick” for wanting to implement the same old thing. No, the very definition of a Maverick would be one that not only talks change, but sets about to create change. While “the kids” promise and hope for change, the “old man” has already earned a long standing reputation for fighting for and bringing about change. It doesn’t matter to me if he crosses every aisle in the world to accomplish that, and I’m not offended that he would unite with a democrat or an independent or a liberal to do that. After all, isn’t that an example of the unity that we are seeking??
I don’t agree with all that John McCain says. If I did, I’d worry about myself. But I’m smart enough to know that I’m not qualified to debate him about some of the issues we disagree on. Thus, I bow to his expertise in those areas, as he is far more credible and knowledgeable on certain issues than I. The war issue, for example. As I’ve said in previous posts, we can argue the principles of war all day long, but the magnitude of realtime military knowledge and strategy it takes to wage a successful campaign in Iraq or anywhere else would absolutely boggle the minds of the vast majority of us. And if I have to place my trust in anyone concerning these very sensitive matters that our sons and daughters very lives depend upon, you can bet I will place it with the man who knows the most about it. No question that’s John McCain.
At a time when we are attacking and dissecting every aspect of the candidates’ personal histories and lives, it seemed a shame to me that we completely skipped over March 15th. March 15th marked the 35th anniversary of the homecoming of an American hero – John McCain. And in visiting the McCain website I was privileged to get a glimpse of that soldier that he was then. So, before we all get back to the slamming and bashing and wailing and gnashing, please take a moment (if you haven’t already) to look at a man’s history who has overcome more adversity in his life than you or I will probably ever see.