Friday Follies for September 21, 2012

This will be short today. Many events this week is catching up with me.  The cold front that went through last night isn’t helping.

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G. Gordon Libby retired from talk-radio in July but stayed as a consultant. Yesterday, they celebrated his 20 years on the air.

G. Gordon Liddy Ends 20-year Radio Run

By Eddie Scarry on September 20, 2012 1:30 PM

Conservative radio show host G. Gordon Liddy has retired. His final show was in July but the party celebrating his two-decade career at Radio America was held last night in a small room at Capitol Hill Club.

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Local boy does good.  Well, not good, great!  Tate Stevens, a local Belton residence and part-time CW singer, auditioned for the X-Factor this week.  The judges and the audience were at first astounded, then overawed. Here’s a video of his performance.

Ya did good, Tater!

Friday Follies for August 3rd, 2012

It’s time for the Follies again. As usual, it’s because I have not found a core topic of the day.  This week has seen a momentous event. Christians and conservative fighting back against the liberal tyranny.

The Huckleberry is taking credit for Chick-Fil-A appreciation day. Truth be told, I think it was a spontaneous event. I heard too many commentators say the same before Huckleberry’s radio  program was aired.  Be that as it may, everyone, especially the libs, were surprised by result. 

Here in Kansas City, lines of cars were blocks long to enter the Chick-Fil-A drive-through.  The local TV stations, the Fox affiliate excepted, barely mentioned the event as did the KC “Red” Star.  If I remember correctly, the Star placed a small report about the size of the response on page eight.

Even cartoonists got into the act.  The best I saw was the one below by Glenn McCoy.

Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day***

Missouri’s primary approaches. I’ve been an outside observer in previous elections. Other than supporting the generic Tea Party in 2010, this election is the first I’ve taken a more spirited interest.

I have some favorites. Everyone does. It would be unusual if anyone didn’t favor one candidate over another. This election is different for me. I’ve come to personally know—and admire, some of the candidates. I’ve become friends with a few office holders. I’ve also had time to spend some one-on-one time with a number of the candidates.

No election is corruption free. By corruption I don’t mean voter fraud. No, by corruption I mean fraud to the voters. By my observation there are three types of candidates.

The first type and I would hope the majority, are driven to reverse the trends our county, our state and our nation has created—debt, loss of liberty, purposeful malfeasance by government officials and an agenda to destroy our historical and cultural traditions.

The second type of candidate is plentiful, too.  He’s the good ol’ boy who believes that since he has, “paid his dues,” he deserves to be elected or elevated to office.  All too many of these expect and receive the support of the political establishment because, “It’s their turn.”

Frequently you can recognize them by their campaign strategy. They are the first to start slinging slime and mud, spreading lies about their opponents while saying nothing about their own philosophy and accomplishments. Probably they are silent about their accomplishments because they have none.

That in itself is a sad state of affairs for those already in office. When their record is nothing more than, “Me, too!” it makes you wonder just what their qualifications actually are. My rule of thumb when a candidate initiates a smear campaign is to vote for the other candidate—or in a multi-candidate field, the recipient of that smear.

I can’t abide a liar. I personally vet the claims of the candidates. When I determine who is the liar, I support his opponent.

The third type of candidate is the worse. These are the corrupters. Oh, they don’t believe they are corrupt. They just take advantage of the opportunities of their offices.  Cass County has a history of corruption covering decades. The corruption has existed so long that many from both parties believe it has become standard practice. Even with the rise of the ‘Pubs in the county these last few years, corruption still exists and major and minor scales.

We have an excellent example of this minor corruption just now being exposed. I don’t have to name that example. It has appeared in the local news outlets already.

Misuse of public funds is frequently the result. It matters not if it is through nepotism, taking personal advantage of no-bid projects, or wasting money to gain favor through corporate welfare, these pols will eventually be found and exposed. It is those of that same mindset that we must remove from office or insure they never achieve it.

Am I disappointed in my fellow ‘Pubs?  Yes, to an extent. I know that some who may win next week are truly unfit for office.  Will I vote for them next Fall? Reluctantly, yes. Unfit they may be, but on their worse day, they are still better than a democrat.

Or at least I hope so. Saying that exposes the sad state of our nation, state, and county.

Return of the Friday Follies

It’s my habit to listen to one of my local radio stations in the morning.  One segment today had a local financial adviser, a PhD, as a guest and the subject was the price of gas.  After the unemployment numbers were announced today, the futures price of light crude dropped $2 in a few minutes.  Light crude is the source for gasoline.

People think that lowering gas prices (locally now at $3.169/gallon) is good…and it is for many. But it is important to understand the cause.

The price drop yesterday was triggered by the expectation of continued decreases in crude oil consumption.  When the job numbers are bad, as they are, there is less demand by business and, by extension, by individual consumers.  People and businesses will retrench, hoard assets, minimize expenses, and will reduce the cost of doing business until the economy recovers.

That last sentence is the key. The economy isn’t recovering despite the announcements coming out of the White House and their lib sycophants. As my Dad would say, “People are hunkering down to survive the times.”

Enjoy the low gas prices and remember they are low not due to more production but to less demand.

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Ray Lahood, is a Obama lib from Illinois who unintentionally spoke the truth.  They envy the Chinese because it only take 3 people to make a decision instead of 3,000 or 3,000,000.

“The Chinese are more successful [in building infrastructure] because in their country, only three people make the decision. In our country, 3,000 people do, 3 million,” LaHood said in a short interview with The Cable on the sidelines of the 2012 Aspen Ideas Festival on June 30. “In a country where only three people make the decision, they can decide where to put their rail line, get the money, and do it. We don’t do it that way in America.” — Foreign Policy Magazine.

Yep, these wannabe dictators reveal themselves in so many ways. It behooves us to be aware and forewarned.

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The employment announcement today added to an ongoing situation — 41 continuous months with unemployment above 8%.

“When we get an increase in general uncertainty, employers tend to postpone investment and hiring decisions,” Michael Gapen, senior U.S. economist with Barclays, told CNNMoney.

Well, duh!

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Finally, this piece — the UN “Gun Ban” treaty. Ordinarily, I’d not give this much thought for a number of reasons. First, just signing a treaty doesn’t put in into force. Look at Wilson’s League of Nations for example. Woodrow Wilson devised the concept in his 14 Points at the end of WW1. 

The League was created but the US didn’t participate. Even though Wilson originated the idea and fought heavily for its creation, the US Senate did not ratify the treaty. A decade later, the League quietly folded its tent and disbanded.  It proved, like the UN, to be ineffective in blocking acts of aggression, it’s primary purpose.

This time, however, the passage of the treaty may be different.  We still have a democrat controlled Senate. No treaty can usurp the constitution. A treaty could not, for example, repeal the 2nd Amendment. The Constitution trumps treaties.

That was before Chief Justice Roberts turned his coat.

If the treaty is passed and Obama uses it to attempt more gun control using the Treaty as authorization, people will resist.  I don’t know what will happen if Obama uses force to enforce the treaty. No good will come from it.

When we no longer have confidence in the Courts to uphold the Constitution, our alternatives to resist tyranny become limited.

As I said, ratification of this treaty will bring no good to the nation.

Friday Follies for July 22, 2011

I’ve posted the Friday Follies so often that I’m considering making it a regular feature.  Let me know your thoughts, please?

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I took the Tahoe in yesterday for its quarterly oil change and yearly inspection.  Afterwards, I stopped at one of my favorite greasy spoons, “TJ’s”, for lunch.  TJ’s is a typical working class diner. Yesterday the clientele included some elderly ladies out for a group lunch, a couple of cops from the city PD across the street, and a number of construction/maintenance/lawn care workers who’d dropped in for lunch.  In other words, a typical crowd.

At the table next to me were three men, Grandpa, Son and Grandson as I discovered.  Apparently they were a small family business, roofers, I believe.  Grandpa and Grandson were arguing.  Grandpa was cutting back on health coverage keeping only liability and Workman’s Comp insurance. (Apparently they had a number of crews working with a couple of dozen employees.)

The Kid didn’t understand why it was necessary.  Grandpa said they had to do it, next year would be too late.  The Kid brought up something he’d seen on MSNBC. The conversation went on like this.

Kid: **mumble, mumble** MSNBC, ** mumble, mumble **.
Grandpa: “You mean MFNBC.”
Kid: “No, M. S. N. B. C.”
Grandpa: “Bull s—, it’s MFNBC and I don’t mean Mighty Fine, either!”

The table with the three elderly ladies cracked up.

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The debt limit impasse continues.  Good.  I’ve noticed that in all the rhetoric, the cuts being mentioned are cuts in the rate of increased spending
I sincerely hope Mitch McConnell has won his last election. He’s unfit to hold office.  
Boehner appears to have grown some spine.  I remember his cave on the last Continuing Resolution and I said he was unfit then.  That’s still my opinion but maybe, just maybe, he’s grown some spine.

I’ll not hold my breath.


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The Shuttle Atlantis returned yesterday from the International Space Station.  With that return ended NASA’s manned space program.  Michael Ramirez had this to say.


Glenn McCoy joined in.

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The libs and dems continue to say that businesses are hoarding their cash.  All that is needed for recovery is for them to release some of that cash and add new employees.  They ignore the fact that it just isn’t that easy.

From Lisa Benson.
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With the completion of the Census, states are reviewing their Congressional district boundaries.  Missouri lost a seat and our ‘Pub legislature redrew the House boundaries.  Whatta ya know!  Dem Russ Carnahan (D-MO-3) lost his district.  His home now resides in the district currently held by Democrat Lacy Clay.  Clay is black and his district includes St. Louis.  Bye, bye, Carnahan!

North Carolina is doing the same.  In 2000, the democrat state legislature created the infamous string districts—districts that ran along Interstate Highways and other heavily black areas to insure elections of black democrats.

North Carolina is doing like Missouri—merging the “safe” democrat districts.  They are keeping the Gerrymandering from 2000 to block any federal interference.  But the new dem/’pub ratio will be towards the ‘pubs.

Ahhh, what goes around, comes around.  Karma at its best.

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Y’all have a cool and safe weekend!