Disgusting.

The second ‘Pub debate occurred last night.  It was hosted by the Tea Party Express and CNN (!?!?!).  Yes, CNN and Wolf Blitzer. The cable company and liberal media talking head who called the Tea Party racist.  Talk about opposites.

Romney attacked Perry for calling Social Security a ponzi scheme.  Perry was correct. It IS a ponzi scheme. If an individual or a company does what the government does with Social Security, we send them to jail. Ever hear of Bernard Madoff? What is legal for the government is illegal for everyone else.

Romney, however, took his attacks from liberal talking points saying Perry wants to shut down Social Security and citing Perry’s book as proof.  Romney lied.

I’ve followed Perry’s statements. I’m not a Perry follower, but he has, in a short time, placed himself well in the lead of the pack.  Perry has proposed returning control of Social Security to the states.  He likes the Ryan plan and has said so.

Ryan’s plan keeps those currently on Social Security as-is.  No change.  Ryan’s plan does provide alternatives for those who are years from retirement.  Eventually, Social Security will change, but not immediately. 

Perry’s book, touted by Romney as proof, does not propose ending Social Security.  It does propose changes that will over time, shift the entitlement into a self-managed plan, not a governmental monolith out of control. 

Bachmann attacked Perry, correctly, over signing the defunct HPV bill that forced teen-aged girls to take immunizations for a cancer that was only transmitted via a STD.  Yes, it had an opt-out option but the whole idea of forcing such an action is untenable and contrary to the concept of personal freedom and responsibility. 

Perry had reversed himself and the HPV bill was rescinded in 2007.  He admitted he was wrong.  

Perry also said that the executive order was a mistake and he should have worked with the legislature instead of issuing it. He also noted the order gave parents the right to opt their children out of the vaccination. – CNN.

That goes far in my book—being able to recognize and admit a mistake.  Too often, politicians will attempt to hide mistakes thinking they can deceive the public.  They fail.  It’s better to admit a mistake in public and let it go. 

Romney’s actions last night, however, was disgusting.  When you have to use liberal talking points to score against another ‘Pub, it proves you’re a RINO and aren’t fit for elected office.  As I said above, Romney was disgusting last night.                             

What to post? What to post?

I said, in a comment somewhere, every time Obama speaks, the market tanks.  Obama had his moment before Congress last week, and, yes, the market tanked.  Again.  And now Europe’s market is tanking as well.

Would someone put a muzzle on Obama and shove him in a closet somewhere?  Maybe then the market would recover a bit.

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Mrs. Crucis and I went somewhere new for Sunday dinner.  A few years ago, a new restaurant opened in Raymore, Gregory’s.  It had started as a catering operation and expanded into a full-time restaurant.  Unfortunately, Raymore is a bed-room community and there just isn’t enough business to remain open all week.  They closed the restaurant.

They could have declared bankruptcy.  Instead, they retained the catering side, slowly paid off their debts and reopened the restaurant.

This time they’re being smart.  For now, they’re open for Sunday brunch, 9AM through 3PM.  It’s a buffet and I can tell you it was great.  Two double lines for hot items and a dessert bar.

The price was reasonable and included a 10% senior discount for everyone over 60.  Nice!

Needless to say, we overdid it and groaned for the rest of the afternoon.  We’ll be back.  If you’re close to Raymore on a Sunday, drop by.  I think you’ll be pleased too.

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Pawlenty has just endorsed Romney and will take a position on Romney’s campaign staff.
Ho. Hum.
One RINO endorsing another RINO.

Big deal.

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Obama spoke at the 9/11 memorial service yesterday.  When he finished there was silence.  George W. Bush also spoke at the same service.  When he finished, he received a standing ovation.  Even Bill Clinton, who blew his opportunity to kill OBL, spoke—quite eloquently according to reports and was received better than Obama.

Says something, doesn’t it.

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Obama dumped his so-called “jobs” bill on Congress today.  At least that’s what he’s calling it.  It can be condensed into three words. “Tax and Spend.”

Been there, done that, didn’t work.

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The special election to replace the Weiner is scheduled for tomorrow. Horrors!!!  The ‘Pub is 6 points ahead according to the polls.  This was Scummer’s old House seat in a supposed “safe” democrat district.

Signs and Portents.

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The Mid-East is heating up.  Israel is surrounded. Their embassy in Egypt was invaded and destroyed.  Turkey says there navy will escort blockade running ships into Gaza.  Iran’s nuke processing plant is in full operation. 

Israel hasn’t forgotten the Holocaust. If they are invaded, they won’t go down easily.

Russia is, once again, pushing in support of the Palestinians, Hezbolla, and other islamic terrorist states.  The cold war has returned, no one in Washington cares and someone could pop a nuke.

There is real danger there and Obama is blowing on the smoldering sparks.  Weakness invites aggression. We may experience that old Chinese curse about “interesting times.”      

Friday Follies: A Positive OpEd on Sarah Palin in the New York Times

Really, I wouldn’t have believed this if someone had told me. As usual, I brought up Drudge this morning and what do I see?
 The New York Times, known for falsifying and fabricating news, has something positive to say!  And—remarkably unbiased.

By ANAND GIRIDHARADAS
Published: September 9, 2011

CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS — Let us begin by confessing that, if Sarah Palin surfaced to say something intelligent and wise and fresh about the present American condition, many of us would fail to hear it.
That is not how we’re primed to see Ms. Palin. A pugnacious Tea Partyer? Sure. A woman of the people? Yup. A Mama Grizzly? You betcha. 
But something curious happened when Ms. Palin strode onto the stage last weekend at a Tea Party event in Indianola, Iowa. Along with her familiar and predictable swipes at President Barack Obama and the “far left,” she delivered a devastating indictment of the entire U.S. political establishment — left, right and center — and pointed toward a way of transcending the presently unbridgeable political divide. 

So here is something I never thought I would write: a column about Sarah Palin’s ideas. 
There was plenty of the usual Palin schtick — words that make clear that she is not speaking to everyone but to a particular strain of American: “The working men and women of this country, you got up off your couch, you came down from the deer stand, you came out of the duck blind, you got off the John Deere, and we took to the streets, and we took to the town halls, and we ended up at the ballot box.” 
She made three interlocking points. First, that the United States is now governed by a “permanent political class,” drawn from both parties, that is increasingly cut off from the concerns of regular people. Second, that these Republicans and Democrats have allied with big business to mutual advantage to create what she called “corporate crony capitalism.” Third, that the real political divide in the United States may no longer be between friends and foes of Big Government, but between friends and foes of vast, remote, unaccountable institutions (both public and private). 
In supporting her first point, about the permanent political class, she attacked both parties’ tendency to talk of spending cuts while spending more and more; to stoke public anxiety about a credit downgrade, but take a vacation anyway; to arrive in Washington of modest means and then somehow ride the gravy train to fabulous wealth. She observed that 7 of the 10 wealthiest counties in the United States happen to be suburbs of the nation’s capital. 
Her second point, about money in politics, helped to explain the first. The permanent class stays in power because it positions itself between two deep troughs: the money spent by the government and the money spent by big companies to secure decisions from government that help them make more money. 
“Do you want to know why nothing ever really gets done?” she said, referring to politicians. “It’s because there’s nothing in it for them. They’ve got a lot of mouths to feed — a lot of corporate lobbyists and a lot of special interests that are counting on them to keep the good times and the money rolling along.” 
Because her party has agitated for the wholesale deregulation of money in politics and the unshackling of lobbyists, these will be heard in some quarters as sacrilegious words. 
Ms. Palin’s third point was more striking still: in contrast to the sweeping paeans to capitalism and the free market delivered by the Republican presidential candidates whose ranks she has yet to join, she sought to make a distinction between good capitalists and bad ones. The good ones, in her telling, are those small businesses that take risks and sink and swim in the churning market; the bad ones are well-connected megacorporations that live off bailouts, dodge taxes and profit terrifically while creating no jobs. 
Strangely, she was saying things that liberals might like, if not for Ms. Palin’s having said them. 
“This is not the capitalism of free men and free markets, of innovation and hard work and ethics, of sacrifice and of risk,” she said of the crony variety. She added: “It’s the collusion of big government and big business and big finance to the detriment of all the rest — to the little guys. It’s a slap in the face to our small business owners — the true entrepreneurs, the job creators accounting for 70 percent of the jobs in America.” 
Is there a hint of a political breakthrough hiding in there? 

The political conversation in the United States is paralyzed by a simplistic division of labor. Democrats protect that portion of human flourishing that is threatened by big money and enhanced by government action. Republicans protect that portion of human flourishing that is threatened by big government and enhanced by the free market.

What is seldom said is that human flourishing is a complex and delicate thing, and that we needn’t choose whether government or the market jeopardizes it more, because both can threaten it at the same time. 
Ms. Palin may be hinting at a new political alignment that would pit a vigorous localism against a kind of national-global institutionalism. 
On one side would be those Americans who believe in the power of vast, well-developed institutions like Goldman Sachs, the Teamsters Union, General Electric, Google and the U.S. Department of Education to make the world better. On the other side would be people who believe that power, whether public or private, becomes corrupt and unresponsive the more remote and more anonymous it becomes; they would press to live in self-contained, self-governing enclaves that bear the burden of their own prosperity. 
No one knows yet whether Ms. Palin will actually run for president. But she did just get more interesting.

I have always been a Palin fan.  I makes me grieve when I hear her bad-mouthed by Ann Coulter, Laura Ingraham and other ‘Pubs.  The establishment of both parties fear her; perhaps the ‘Pubs more.  Why? Because she has the potential to upset and eliminate the status quo.  She does not travel the country with her family, speaking here and there, suddenly appearing at a park, zoo, touring the country and listening to people, just for the fun of it. 

 
The “lamestream” media, as she calls it, still has power.  Too many still have their opinions formed by the media and the establishment.  The proof of that are some polls that says Palin could not win any electoral race.  I find that hard to believe.
 
Why do I not believe those polls?  Because everywhere Sarah Palin goes, crowds gather.  Even in the rain in Indianola, IA, thousands stood in the drizzle and rain to hear her speak.
 
Palin has power.  Whether it is as a candidate, or as an issue strategist, when she speaks, the country listens.

Have the unions really thought this out?

Jimmy Hoffa, Jr., declared, on Labor Day, war on the GOP.  “Take them out!” he declared.  Union goons have already attacked Tea Party participants.  In St. Louis it was SEIU goons.  Hoffa was giving orders to the Teamsters.  In full disclosure, I was once a Teamster member.  I lasted about two months before being fed up and getting out.

But times have changed.  This isn’t the ’50s, ’60s, nor even the ’70s and ’80s.  This is the 21st Century.  In the last century, government kept people defenseless.  That’s not true today.  There is only one state that keeps it’s subjects disarmed—Illinois.  There is a large movement, through the courts and the legislature, to remove that restriction.

People now can legally arm themselves. Most states now have some form of legal concealed carry. That means people can defend themselves from attack by criminals…or union goons.

If the libs and unions attempt to carry out their threats, they just might be surprised.  I’ve been to a number of Tea Party rallies.  I know what to look for.  At one large KC rally, I stopped counting after fifty of the number of armed attendees.

Glenn McCoy has an appropriate cartoon up today.  I would strongly suggest the unions do not go there.  The times have changed.

Obama’s coming to town…hide your valuables!

Well, not coming to town, coming to Congress. The White House says not to get any high expectations.  WH leaks says that he wants to spend another $300Billion and some “tax cuts.”  

Well, they’re not tax cuts. You’ll pay the same amount.  No, all Obama wants to do is cut the tax withholding rate.  The democrats call it a payroll tax. It isn’t. It’s just a reduction of your pre-payment on your income taxes.

Yes, you’ll see a bit more in your paycheck. Comes tax time, however, you’ll have to furnish the difference between the withholding rate and the actual tax rate out of your pocket.  If you have plans for a tax return, it’ll be gone or reduced.  So, you see, it isn’t a tax cut at all.

 According to people familiar with the White House deliberations, two of the biggest measures in the president’s proposals for 2012 are expected to be a one-year extension of a payroll tax cut for workers and an extension of expiring jobless benefits. Together those two would total about $170 billion.

That’s what democrats call a tax cut—cutting the withholding rate of payroll deductions and expired unemployment.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell predicted Obama’s Thursday night speech to Congress on jobs legislation would include “more of the same failed approach that’s only made things worse over the past few years.” 

The White House has been downplaying expectations.  As soon as a date was agreed upon, the White House has been a sieve of information.  What is Obama’s strategy? More of the same.

The leaks have worked.  A number of congressmen from both Houses are saying they aren’t coming.  Why bother? It a “same old, same old.”

More Republicans skipping Obama’s jobs speech

When President Obama delivers his address on a new job-creation plan to a joint session of Congress on Thursday, he won’t be speaking to a sold-out crowd. Several lawmakers are still determining whether it is worth their time to stay in Washington to hear the president, and some are already planning to skip it.

Republican Rep. Paul Broun of Georgia is the latest to announce that he will not be attending, and will instead watch the speech from his office across the street. During the speech, Broun will post his comments about Obama’s remarks on Twitter, a tradition he keeps during State of the Union addresses.
“Dr. Broun will not be attending President Obama’s joint address, but he looks forward to hearing the president’s proposal for job creation,” Broun spokeswoman Meredith Griffanti told The Ticket. “Dr. Broun will instead watch the speech from his office where he will host a live town hall via Twitter to interact with his constituents.”
Broun remained in his office during Obama’s State of the Union address in January, providing his own commentary on the social networking website throughout the speech.
“Mr. President, you don’t believe in the Constitution. You believe in socialism,” one of Broun’s tweets read. 
Illinois Republican Rep. Joe Walsh was the first to announce his intentional absence last week, saying he didn’t want to act as a “prop” for Obama’s speech.

In the upper chamber, South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, a member of the Senate Tea Party Caucus, told Jon Karl of ABC News that he “probably” won’t show up either.

“If he sent a written proposal over first, I would go hear him explain it, but frankly right now I’m so frustrated I don’t think I’m going to go,” DeMint told ABC News. “I can’t imagine too many Americans wanting to hear another speech with no real plan attached.”

My feeling is that more people will be watching the NFL season opener than watching Obama shoot of off his mouth. 

Note:  my editor, Mrs. Crucis, was late reviewing my post.  So I’ll leave my typo above in place.  Usually she finds my misspellings and typing errors before you have a chance to see them.

Off to the Dentist

It’s time for my semi-annual visit.  I knew it was today and kept forgetting.  Therefore, I don’t have a post ready yet.  Maybe later.

Labor Day

…and I’ve labored enough this weekend.  Mrs. Crucis and I, with two lady friends from church, went to Independence’s Santacaligon Festival yesterday afternoon.

They walked my legs off.

The name of the festival is derived from the three trails heading west that originated in Independence…the Santa Fe, the California, and the Oregon trails.  There’s not much left of them.  
There is a section of railroad bed in southern KC that is supposed part of the Santa Fe trail.  I remember seeing the ruts of the Santa Fe trail in southern Colorado where they paralleled I-25 south of Pueblo, CO. I’ve heard there are still some relics in western Nebraska along the path of the California and Oregon trails although I’ve only heard of this second and third-hand.

The weather was perfect.  Clear and sunny, low humidity and the high yesterday, like today, was 75.  You could, and I did, stand in the full daylight and not raise a sweat.

We spent a couple of hours there.  Mostly, I stood around people watching whilst the ladies scoured everything in the vendor tents.  I don’t think they bought much.  The prices were not low.  Most was trade-show junk.  Some, however, like the sterling silver jewelry was well made and of high quality—the price aside.

After two hours I was whooped and Mrs. Crucis and I left while the other two ladies continued on their search of something.

Here are a few photos to give you some idea of the crowd.  The temps were in the mid-90s on Saturday and a cold front, with heavy rain, pretty much kept the Saturday crowd low.  Instead, they all came Sunday afternoon. When we were there.

I’m not comfortable in crowds but I persevered.
Statue of Harry Truman on the lawn of the Independence Court House.
An alley behind one of the vendor tents.
One of five multi-vendor tents.  There were numerous individual vendor tents too.
A view of the crowd from the lawn of the Independence Court House.
Mrs. Crucis and I have lived here near KC for 41 years.  We decided it was time to go to the Santacaligon festival. We can now scratch it off our bucket list.