Quote of the Day.

Now more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave, and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature. …

If the next centennial does not find us a great nation … it will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces.

James A Garfield, 20th President of the United States, addressing the centennial of the Declaration of Independence, July, 1876.

Some folks just don’t have no luck at all.

Everyone, from time to time, seems to have a string of bad luck. Usually, that means finding a flat on your parked car, getting a traffic ticket or just a bad day at work. For others it can be a bit more serious—like getting struck by lightning and then later being mauled by a bear. That person is Rick Oliver, 51, of Wake County, North Carolina.

What’s that old song lyric, “If I didn’t have bad luck, I’d have no luck at all…”? Here’s his story as it appeared in the Charlotte Observer.

N.C. man got hit by lightning – then mauled by a bear

BY PAUL A. SPECHT
STAFF WRITER

  • Rick Oliver, 51, says he hasn’t slept well ever since he was struck by lightning in 2006. On a restless night a few weeks ago, as he tinkered on his farm, he went to investigate a distant noise. It was a bear.

  • Oliver says he was run over by a bear on June 3 at his 17-acre property off Yates Mill Pond Road. He sustained deep cuts, including this one.

Some guys have all the luck.

And then there’s Rick Oliver, who might be one of the unluckiest men in the state, if not the world.

Oliver was mauled by a bear in his otherwise peaceful front yard a few weeks ago.

“It was like getting struck by lightning,” he said.

Turns out, Oliver might be one of the few people in the world capable of accurately making the bear-lightning analogy.

And for Oliver, 51, the two incidents seem to go hand in hand.

Ever since he was struck by lightning in 2006, Oliver says, he’s had trouble sleeping.

On restless nights, he tends to piddle about his farm, checking on his chickens, working on his tractors and, as he was in the wee hours of June 3, fixing up his Chevy Malibu.

About 2 a.m., he heard a distant rustling on his 17-acre spread, which is off Yates Mill Pond Road in an unincorporated sliver of Wake County between Cary and Raleigh.

As he turned to investigate, he was dealt a heavy blow. “I heard this strange huffing,” Oliver said. “And the next thing I know I had been run over and stepped on by a bear.”

The black bear’s claws gouged his wrist so deep that when he first took off his bandage, blood spewed onto his farmhouse floor. “Like a hose,” he said.

“That was when my daughter said, ‘Dad we need to take you to the emergency room.’ “

The biggest cut was so deep and wide that doctors at WakeMed couldn’t sew it up. So doctors bandaged up Oliver and told him to keep pressure on the lacerations.

Nature 2, Oliver 0.

“He’s a little unlucky,” said Cameron Rhodes of Cary, who was married by Oliver at Piney Plain United Church of Christ in Cary, where Oliver is a minister. “But he’s even more lucky he has survived both of them.”


Read more: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2010/06/22/1517204/man-hit-by-lightning-mauled-by.html#ixzz0rh13iksG

I’m glad I’m not Rick Oliver. I hope his luck changes—quickly.

Some folks just don’t have no luck at all.

Everyone, from time to time, seems to have a string of bad luck. Usually, that means finding a flat on your parked car, getting a traffic ticket or just a bad day at work. For others it can be a bit more serious—like getting struck by lightning and then later being mauled by a bear. That person is Rick Oliver, 51, of Wake County, North Carolina.

What’s that old song lyric, “If I didn’t have bad luck, I’d have no luck at all…”? Here’s his story as it appeared in the Charlotte Observer.

N.C. man got hit by lightning – then mauled by a bear

BY PAUL A. SPECHT
STAFF WRITER

  • Rick Oliver, 51, says he hasn’t slept well ever since he was struck by lightning in 2006. On a restless night a few weeks ago, as he tinkered on his farm, he went to investigate a distant noise. It was a bear.

  • Oliver says he was run over by a bear on June 3 at his 17-acre property off Yates Mill Pond Road. He sustained deep cuts, including this one.

Some guys have all the luck.

And then there’s Rick Oliver, who might be one of the unluckiest men in the state, if not the world.

Oliver was mauled by a bear in his otherwise peaceful front yard a few weeks ago.

“It was like getting struck by lightning,” he said.

Turns out, Oliver might be one of the few people in the world capable of accurately making the bear-lightning analogy.

And for Oliver, 51, the two incidents seem to go hand in hand.

Ever since he was struck by lightning in 2006, Oliver says, he’s had trouble sleeping.

On restless nights, he tends to piddle about his farm, checking on his chickens, working on his tractors and, as he was in the wee hours of June 3, fixing up his Chevy Malibu.

About 2 a.m., he heard a distant rustling on his 17-acre spread, which is off Yates Mill Pond Road in an unincorporated sliver of Wake County between Cary and Raleigh.

As he turned to investigate, he was dealt a heavy blow. “I heard this strange huffing,” Oliver said. “And the next thing I know I had been run over and stepped on by a bear.”

The black bear’s claws gouged his wrist so deep that when he first took off his bandage, blood spewed onto his farmhouse floor. “Like a hose,” he said.

“That was when my daughter said, ‘Dad we need to take you to the emergency room.’ “

The biggest cut was so deep and wide that doctors at WakeMed couldn’t sew it up. So doctors bandaged up Oliver and told him to keep pressure on the lacerations.

Nature 2, Oliver 0.

“He’s a little unlucky,” said Cameron Rhodes of Cary, who was married by Oliver at Piney Plain United Church of Christ in Cary, where Oliver is a minister. “But he’s even more lucky he has survived both of them.”


Read more: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2010/06/22/1517204/man-hit-by-lightning-mauled-by.html#ixzz0rh13iksG

I’m glad I’m not Rick Oliver. I hope his luck changes—quickly.

Lawmakers Cannot Confirm a Blank Slate | The Heritage Foundation

Lawmakers Cannot Confirm a Blank Slate | The Heritage Foundation

The Elena Kagan nomination for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court is coming to the Senate Judicial Committee. Kagan is totally unqualified. She’s never been a judge, never won a lawsuit, never filed a lawsuit. She is, in fact, an empty suit. He only credentials is that of a political liberal hack in the Clinton administration and the libs are fighting strongly to keep her record there a secret.

Follow the link above and read more about Kagan’s true record. You’ll find, like me, that she is unfit to be a federal judge at any level.

Hmmm…Good question

Investor’s Business Daily asks the question, “If deep-water drilling is so unsafe, why are we helping Brazil drill in water three times as deep?”

Salazar’s Ban Is Soros’ Bonanza

While the U.S. seeks to ban drilling in 500 feet of water, Brazil's  Petrobras plans to go much deeper to tap oil and gas in a large area  off the...

While the U.S. seeks to ban drilling in 500 feet of water, Brazil’s Petrobras plans to go much deeper to tap oil and gas in a large area off the… View Enlarged Image

Energy Policy: Our interior secretary plans to reinstate the offshore drilling moratorium struck down by a federal judge. But if deep-water drilling is so unsafe, why are we helping Brazil drill nearly three times as deep?

Maybe Secretary Ken Salazar can explain why Britain and others can safely drill in the North Sea and no other nation has suspended its offshore drilling. Yet there he was Tuesday saying he’ll reissue a reworded moratorium that will make it clear to dunces like U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman why offshore drilling is unsafe.

Read the complete article here.

But, there’s more. The U. S Import Export Bank is funding Brazil’s drilling program.

Last August, the U.S. Export-Import Bank issued a “preliminary commitment” letter to Brazil’s state-run Petrobras in the amount of $2 billion, with the promise of more to follow. Why are we lending billions to a foreign oil company that made $15 billion last year?

These taxpayer dollars finance exploration of the huge offshore discovery in Brazil’s Tupi oil field in the Santos Basin near Rio de Janeiro. Apparently there are no pristine beaches full of tourists there. Someday we may be importing that oil we’re helping Brazil get at.

Has that letter been rescinded as part of the moratorium? Why are Brazil’s offshore fields safe but ours aren’t? — Investor’s Business Daily, June 23, 2010.

The pertinent point here is the US Import Export Bank. Just who is that organization?

Obama’s butt buddy, George Soros.

The New York-based hedge fund firm controlled by the billionaire philanthropist and backer of Democratic causes and campaigns bought and sold millions of shares in Petrobras — the largest of the firm’s holdings — prior to public disclosure of the Export-Import bank’s offer of new credit guarantees to the Brazilian energy giant.Fox News, August 20, 2009.

So now we understand. According to Salazar, it’s bad when the US drills offshore because it isn’t safe, but it is perfectly acceptable for a company controlled by Obama’s propaganda chief, George Soros, to do so in Brazilian waters. When the Brazilian oil fields start producing, we’ll have to pay—again, to import that oil. Our off-shore oil reserves will be siphoned off by China and Cuba who have no such artificial constraints on drilling.

Pure hypocrisy.

Hmmm…Good question

Investor’s Business Daily asks the question, “If deep-water drilling is so unsafe, why are we helping Brazil drill in water three times as deep?”

Salazar’s Ban Is Soros’ Bonanza

While the U.S. seeks to ban drilling in 500 feet of water, Brazil's  Petrobras plans to go much deeper to tap oil and gas in a large area  off the...

While the U.S. seeks to ban drilling in 500 feet of water, Brazil’s Petrobras plans to go much deeper to tap oil and gas in a large area off the… View Enlarged Image

Energy Policy: Our interior secretary plans to reinstate the offshore drilling moratorium struck down by a federal judge. But if deep-water drilling is so unsafe, why are we helping Brazil drill nearly three times as deep?

Maybe Secretary Ken Salazar can explain why Britain and others can safely drill in the North Sea and no other nation has suspended its offshore drilling. Yet there he was Tuesday saying he’ll reissue a reworded moratorium that will make it clear to dunces like U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman why offshore drilling is unsafe.

Read the complete article here.

But, there’s more. The U. S Import Export Bank is funding Brazil’s drilling program.

Last August, the U.S. Export-Import Bank issued a “preliminary commitment” letter to Brazil’s state-run Petrobras in the amount of $2 billion, with the promise of more to follow. Why are we lending billions to a foreign oil company that made $15 billion last year?

These taxpayer dollars finance exploration of the huge offshore discovery in Brazil’s Tupi oil field in the Santos Basin near Rio de Janeiro. Apparently there are no pristine beaches full of tourists there. Someday we may be importing that oil we’re helping Brazil get at.

Has that letter been rescinded as part of the moratorium? Why are Brazil’s offshore fields safe but ours aren’t? — Investor’s Business Daily, June 23, 2010.

The pertinent point here is the US Import Export Bank. Just who is that organization?

Obama’s butt buddy, George Soros.

The New York-based hedge fund firm controlled by the billionaire philanthropist and backer of Democratic causes and campaigns bought and sold millions of shares in Petrobras — the largest of the firm’s holdings — prior to public disclosure of the Export-Import bank’s offer of new credit guarantees to the Brazilian energy giant.Fox News, August 20, 2009.

So now we understand. According to Salazar, it’s bad when the US drills offshore because it isn’t safe, but it is perfectly acceptable for a company controlled by Obama’s propaganda chief, George Soros, to do so in Brazilian waters. When the Brazilian oil fields start producing, we’ll have to pay—again, to import that oil. Our off-shore oil reserves will be siphoned off by China and Cuba who have no such artificial constraints on drilling.

Pure hypocrisy.

Quote of the Day: Feds at war with three states

“We’re in the astounding period in our country’s history where the federal government is at war with three states. The Interior Department will be suing the State of Louisiana over the oil moratorium, HHS will be suing the State of Virginia over the implementation of Obamacare, and the Justice Department will be suing the State of Arizona for having the audacity to duplicate federal law at the state level.”

— Chris Stigall, June 23, 2010, KCMO-710 radio.