You Jackwagon!

I love R. Lee Ermey. I haven’t seen a single thing he’s done poorly—including his latest GEICO ads.  Now he’s expanded his repertoire and become a cultural icon.

A hat-tip and thanks to cartoonist Dana Summers.

Yuck!

I’m still sick. Not as bad as last week but still just…yuck. At least I’m not in my usual **cough** **throw-up** cycle. It’s mostly just coughing and being very tired.

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I like to queue up posts so I’m not rushed. That doesn’t appear to be happening this week. Fortunately for me, Dinah has the holiday posts for Christmas and New Years. I’m queuing some past items from previous years for Christmas and New Years Eve.

Betwixt them, we’ll just see what strikes my fancy. Right now, I’m firing on three out of eight cylinders. Hopefully I’ll spy something interesting—maybe not.
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Of recent events, the Dream Act is now just a dream as is the Reid/Pelosi $1.27 Trillion boondoggle and spending splurge. Mitch McConnell stood up like a man and the ‘Pubs followed in his opposition to these bills. Now he needs to do the same with the START treaty that’s design to make us defenseless and we need to block Obama’s seizure of the Internet via the FCC’s Julius Genachowski and the Attorney General Eric Holder.

The Heritage Foundation has this to say about the government’s attempt to “control” internet access and usage.

Meet FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, a political appointee and Harvard Law classmate of President Barack Obama. Genachowski is leading the FCC’s charge for new powers over the Internet so it can enact a policy known as “net neutrality,” which would allow the commission to regulate how Internet providers like Comcast or Verizon offer their services. If you’re someone who is suspicious of big corporations, that sounds like a great idea. If you’re someone who is fearful of big government, take heed. In reality, the policy will limit consumer choice while granting the federal government unprecedented power over the Internet. As Heritage’s James Gattuso describes:

The net result [of net neutrality]— a slower and more congested Internet, and more frustration for users. Even worse, investment in expanding the Internet will be chilled, as FCC control of network management makes investment less inviting. The amounts at stake aren’t trivial, with tens of billions invested each year in Internet expansion.

— The Heritage Foundation’s Opening Bell, December 21, 2010.

I like my Comcast service. I don’t want my connection “controlled” nor do I want my access to the internet “constrained” by some government censor. That is really what this move is all about—censorship, controlled access, and blocking opposition (of the government) from freely communicating with each other and speaking their minds .


Another spike to make this republic a tyranny. Obama and the dems still think they can seize control of the country piece-meal killing one liberty at an time until there are none left—except for themselves.

It’s not about “fairness” nor “equal access” as the government claims. It’s all about Control.


Eric Holder is correct. Our greatest danger is from within—from the dems, libs and progressive elites. Holder thinks it is us.

Yuck!

I’m still sick. Not as bad as last week but still just…yuck. At least I’m not in my usual **cough** **throw-up** cycle. It’s mostly just coughing and being very tired.

***

I like to queue up posts so I’m not rushed. That doesn’t appear to be happening this week. Fortunately for me, Dinah has the holiday posts for Christmas and New Years. I’m queuing some past items from previous years for Christmas and New Years Eve.

Betwixt them, we’ll just see what strikes my fancy. Right now, I’m firing on three out of eight cylinders. Hopefully I’ll spy something interesting—maybe not.
***

Of recent events, the Dream Act is now just a dream as is the Reid/Pelosi $1.27 Trillion boondoggle and spending splurge. Mitch McConnell stood up like a man and the ‘Pubs followed in his opposition to these bills. Now he needs to do the same with the START treaty that’s design to make us defenseless and we need to block Obama’s seizure of the Internet via the FCC’s Julius Genachowski and the Attorney General Eric Holder.

The Heritage Foundation has this to say about the government’s attempt to “control” internet access and usage.

Meet FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, a political appointee and Harvard Law classmate of President Barack Obama. Genachowski is leading the FCC’s charge for new powers over the Internet so it can enact a policy known as “net neutrality,” which would allow the commission to regulate how Internet providers like Comcast or Verizon offer their services. If you’re someone who is suspicious of big corporations, that sounds like a great idea. If you’re someone who is fearful of big government, take heed. In reality, the policy will limit consumer choice while granting the federal government unprecedented power over the Internet. As Heritage’s James Gattuso describes:

The net result [of net neutrality]— a slower and more congested Internet, and more frustration for users. Even worse, investment in expanding the Internet will be chilled, as FCC control of network management makes investment less inviting. The amounts at stake aren’t trivial, with tens of billions invested each year in Internet expansion.

— The Heritage Foundation’s Opening Bell, December 21, 2010.

I like my Comcast service. I don’t want my connection “controlled” nor do I want my access to the internet “constrained” by some government censor. That is really what this move is all about—censorship, controlled access, and blocking opposition (of the government) from freely communicating with each other and speaking their minds .


Another spike to make this republic a tyranny. Obama and the dems still think they can seize control of the country piece-meal killing one liberty at an time until there are none left—except for themselves.

It’s not about “fairness” nor “equal access” as the government claims. It’s all about Control.


Eric Holder is correct. Our greatest danger is from within—from the dems, libs and progressive elites. Holder thinks it is us.

Starting over

Ted Nugent, in addition to being a rock musician, NRA board member, hunter and shooter, TV entrepreneur, is also a writer. I’ve seen in columns appear in a number sources and he always writes cogently and plainly—something many “professional” journalists have never learned.

He has a column that just appeared in the Washington Times, the only conservative paper in the DC area—perhaps the only one on the east coast. In that column, titled Starting Over, he suggests creating a commission whose purpose is to reduce/eliminate the federal bureaucracy to be in line with the expectations of the Founders. 

I find Ted’s proposal very appealing. Read it for yourself and if you support it, pass the column URL along to others and maybe even drop ol’ Ted a note and let him know you support it. 

NUGENT: Time for a Starting Over Commission

Fedzilla-free confab should recall the Founding Fathers

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Politics isn’t the art of compromise. Politics as usual is an artful ruse to get us to believe politicians are doing one thing while they do another. Our politicians do this by obfuscating, confusing, denying, blaming and lying. The truth be damned.
For as far back as I can remember, politicians have mistreated our Constitution and the intent of our Founding Fathers with disrespect and disdain. They do what they damn well please. These punk politicians laugh and scoff at those of us who still believe in the 10th Amendment and a limited federal government.
On our embarrassing, apathetic watch, our politicians have built vast departments on top of vast agencies, which sit atop various other vast government institutions. Our politicians have given these inexplicable bureaucracies incredible powers, including what has become, for all practical purposes, unlimited, unaccountable regulatory power, and an army of millions upon millions of bureaucrats to implement the intentionally confusing infrastructure that serves to control us instead of liberate us, stifle innovation instead of reward it and crush entrepreneurialism instead of encourage it.
There is a good reason I refer to this bureaucratic nightmare as Fedzilla: It wrecks everything it touches.
Fedzilla is inefficient, unaccountable and wasteful. The financial books of some federal government organizations are in such disarray and so disorganized that the Government Accountability Office, the government organization responsible for auditing Fedzilla, has literally stated it has been unable to complete the financial audit. Unbelievable.
Welcome to the new, improved and uglier Planet of the Apes.
Our politicians give us 2,000-page bills that they have not read and do not understand but have the audacity to tell usare for our own good. That’s the bizarro anti-logic of people addicted to crack cocaine and not what we should expect from our politicians. These punk politicians deserve a bucket of hot tar and some feathers.
America is literally on the verge of financial ruin. Fedzilla’s solution? Borrow and spend even more. This is beyond insanity. Every man’s, woman’s and child’s portion of Fedzilla’s mountainous debt is $44,000 and growing daily.
Redistribute that, President Obama.

 There is more of the column at the Washington Times website. Don’t forget to read both pages.         

A sigh of relief!

Well–here it is almost exactly one week until Christmas and I’m calm and cool and collected–sort of! Ninety-nine percent of the shopping is done (except for that best friend and I’m closing in on that one) and my abbreviated baking weekend is here. Last year I over-did and ended up with way too much stuff because that’s what happens when one gets dazzled by new recipes. I’m going back to the tried and true stuff my mother made with only one fairly new recipe that has proven itself. And it’s chocolate, and one can’t go wrong with chocolate. And I even have mailed my short list of Christmas cards. The boxes I shipped to my sons have arrived at their destinations [unlike a couple years ago when they went astray and their celebration was postponed by a week].

Perhaps the largest load off my mind is the miraculous cohesiveness of the Republicans in quashing that miserable omnibus spending thing! I was beginning to have serious doubts but they managed to stick together and not let it happen. The weasels outed themselves and I believe their constituents made notes and they might well have an uphill battle to get themselves re-elected next time. Even ol’ Claire McCaskill indicated she was against it–recognizing that she is representing folks in a good Red State. I’m feeling so generous I might just give her some points for doing the right thing ‘just because.’ In any event the thing was pulled, no money is headed to Obamacare and that might make it easier to whittle away at it when the new congress is in business.

I’ve gotten a real kick out of watching the weasels ranting and raving about how unfair it is that the estate tax is just a paltry 35 percent. I am positive that somehow or another they have figured a way to protect their assets (and how do they get so rich in office?) but feel that they have a right to take more than a third of a family farm or small business or even a medium business. Where does that sort of mind-set come from? A farmer or small businessman seldom has the resources to be able to cover that sort of tax bill aimed at his children–the resources are tied up in land or equipment or something not easily converted to handy cash to hand over to the extortionist government. One of the fools even said that it shouldn’t matter to the person passing along the inheritance–after all, he’s dead. Just on the basic morality of the thing, the individual has worked hard, built something, paid taxes at least once on the income [not to mention property taxes, real estate taxes, etc., etc.] and the government should have no right to arbitrarily swoop in and take it away.

If you’ve got a few minutes to spare in this hectic season, I’d like to recommend an article in the NY Times (gasp! choke!) that I found encouraging. It’s about a number of young people who have decided not to wait on the economy turning around enough so that they might get hired–they just decided to hire themselves……by creating their own businesses. There are even enough of them that they’ve formed a ‘council’ to support each other, brainstorm and encourage others to follow suit. It is a good and uplifting story….and I would hope that more people finding it difficult to become an ’employee’ would decide to create their own work.

I wish everyone a fun-filled week in advance of Christmas–and I’ll see you then….or whenever…… And remember, when you see that big steaming pile of manure in your life it’s simply an indication that there’s a pony around someplace!


Cleaver’s $48 Billion Earmark

Representative Emmanuel Cleaver (D-MO-5), is the upcoming King of Pork.  He’s learned how to spend earmarks to best benefit himself.  When he was Mayor, KC spent millions on Cleaver’s community action committees.  Years and millions spent for no apparent result—other than to bribe line the pockets of the city’s political elite.  When you compare Cleaver to Tom Pendergast, Pendergast was a piker.

Cleaver has taken his penchant for payoffs to special interests to Congress.  It now appears that he’s reached the big time.  When he was Mayor,  he channeled millions of bribes to his buds.  Now that he’s in Congress, he can channel BILLIONS. 

Pelosi and Reid are trying to pass one last massive $1.2 Trillion spending bill loaded with earmarks and pork.  Reid has a few million in this bill to study “weeds”.  Reid is cheap compared to Cleaver.  Cleaver has a $48 Billion earmark for Kansas City to do…?

Now that is a good question.  Have local Kansas Citians heard anything about this colossal waste of money from the liberal-biased Kansas City Star or other liberal media?  No.  The earmark was discovered by a small paper on the opposite side of Missouri, The Southeast Missourian in Cape Girardeau, MO. The word is spreading—but not by the state media organs.

Here’s the column that unmasked this payoff to another of Cleaver’s buds.

Redistribution on steroids

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Rep. Cleaver has proposed a $48 billion earmark
When absurdity gives way to hilarity, you must be talking about politics.
In the midst of a colossal global concern for the economic stability of our great nation, Emanuel Cleaver, Missouri’s 5th Congressional District representative, has one small earmark on his wish list that deserves some attention.
Cleaver has listed a new earmark — one of several — and he promises to “fight for every one.” But this is a whopping $48 billion package that must go down as the grandaddy of all earmarks.
Proposed by a gentleman named Lamar Mickens, president of the not-for-profit Quality Day Campus, the $48 billion earmark would funnel money into the inner cities to give money to the poor and thereby produce a much larger consumer class to buy the goods and services produced in this country.
Just call this redistribution on steroids.
Cleaver’s office says this of the proposal:
“The Epicenter is a proposed estimated $48 billion (Phase One) mass scale urban reclamation project for combating, reducing, reversing and/or eliminating poverty within under served communities by utilizing mass scale economic redevelopment to bring about stability and self reliance.
OK. So the idea is short of specifics.
Currently Mickens operates this massive proposal out of his home but with Cleaver’s help, this earmark could put him on the road to success.

Cleaver provides a link to a Mickens “manifesto” where a lengthy agenda is outlined — but again with no specifics other than the rich should provide money to the poor so that the poor will have more money to spend.

Go and read the entire column. Look at the comments and add some of your own.  This is another reason why retaining democrats in any position, at any level of government is a clear and present danger to the survival of our country.          

Greed

According to democrats, if you want to keep your own money, you’re greedy.  If you don’t want government to take more of your money to waste on pork and political bribes, you’re greedy.  If you think everyone, even the rich, should be treated equally, you’re a right-wing nut-job and an enemy of the (liberal) people.

I think we’ve heard this mantra so often that we’ve become jaded to it.  The Invester’s Business Daily brings to focus once again, that the democrats, socialists and liberals in congress think we are the enemy, not those who want to kill Americans.

From IDB, December 15, 2010…

The Greediest People

Politics: Corruption has always been with us, usually in the form of backroom deals and paid-for lawmakers. But sometimes it’s depravity of thought and language, and today there’s plenty of that to go around.
Consider, for a start, the wisdom of one Jerrold Nadler, the Democratic congressman who represents Lower Manhattan, including Wall Street. On CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday, he likened Republicans to “a bunch of gangsters” because they refused to back down from their principles on the tax-cut deal with President Obama.
It wasn’t that statement, though, that illustrated corruption of thought and language. It was what came of out of Nadler’s mouth a moment later. “Unless you give the millionaires and billionaires a long-term tax cut,” he said, summing up what he believes is the GOP position, “we’re not going to permit the middle class to continue its tax cut.”
Notice the word “give.” Nadler thinks taxpayers are “given” something when they get tax cuts. What kind of logic leads someone to believe that when taxpayers are allowed to keep more of their own money, they are being given something by the government?
Offender No. 2 is Sen. Bernie Sanders, a socialist from Vermont who caucuses with Democrats. America’s multimillionaires and billionaires are “crybabies” who are “making out like bandits,” he said last week, and then followed by asking, “When is enough enough?” We admit: We don’t know. But neither does Sen. Sanders or anyone else in Washington.
Lawmakers there have neither the moral nor constitutional authority to set a limit on how much someone can earn and keep — though that hasn’t stopped them from trying. Why would Sanders think it’s up to him or his colleagues to make such a determination? By virtue of their election? If that’s so, then we don’t live in a representative republic, but in an elected oligarchy.
Sanders goes on about “reckless, uncontrollable greed” that’s “almost like a disease,” apparently giving no thought to how easy it is to make the case that members of Congress are the greediest people on earth. Millionaires and billionaires don’t demand anyone else’s money. But Congress lusts for it, demands it and treats it as its own.
Then there’s Rep. Anthony Weiner, another New York City Democrat (Brooklyn and Queens). He’s convinced a tax cut for billionaires creates “virtually” no jobs. Does he think they stick their cash under the mattress, bury it in coffee cans or use it to light their cigars? Truth is, they invest their tax cuts, which does create jobs.
Too often the level of political discourse in this country seems better suited for grade-school playgrounds where loudmouths and bullies hold sway. Sometimes we think the voters deserve better.

 How accurate.