My country tis of thee, sweet land of ?

FRIDAY 5-30-08…Here’s an eye-opening Tidbit for ya’. President Bush did make a bad mistake in the war on terrorism….but the mistake was in his belief that this country is the same one his father fought for in World War Two. But, it is NOT.

Back then, we had just come out of a vicious depression. The country was steeled by the hardship of that depression but they still believed fervently in this country. They knew that the people had elected their leaders so it was the people’s duty to support those leaders. So, when the war broke out, the people came together, rallied behind and stuck with their leaders whether they had voted for ‘em or not…whether the war was going good or bad.

There were more casualties in one day in WWII than we’ve had in the entire Iraq war, but the people stuck with the President because it was their patriotic duty. Americans put aside their differences and worked together to win that war.

No, President Bush didn’t make a mistake in his handling of terrorism He made the mistake of believing that we still had the courage and fortitude of our fathers. He believed that this was still the country that our fathers fought so dearly to preserve.

But he was wrong! It’s not the same country. Its now a cross between Sodom and Gomorra and the land of Oz. We did unite for a short while after 9/11 but our attitude changed when we found out that defending our country would require some sacrifices.

Today, the United States is not at war, nor is it united. Our military is at war. America is at the mall.

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Missouri to offendees: let them whine

THURSDAY 5-29-08…Lawmakers in Missouri aren’t afraid of alienating Latinos and “moderates.” They’re simply doing what they know is right. Lawmakers gave final approval last week to a bill that adds new restrictions and requirements for illegal immigrants, the cities in which they live and the businesses that employ them.

The bill would require people to prove they are U.S. citizens or are legally in the country when applying for food stamps, housing and other public benefits; penalize businesses that knowingly hire illegal immigrants; order the Missouri state Highway Patrol to seek special federal immigration training, and bar Missouri cities from refusing to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

The House approved the measure 136-12, and the Senate followed suit with a 27-7 vote, sending it to Republican Governor Matt Blunt who has made passing the legislation a priority.

Why is it that Governor Schwarzenegger (and John McCain) are so afraid of losing the Latino and “moderate’s” votes that they’re unwilling to do what’s right, and opt instead for “re-branding” Republicans as Republicrats. In so doing, they’re casting good, hardworking Conservative Republicans adrift.

Proposition 187, a 1994 ballot initiative here in California, designed to deny social services, health care and public education to illegal aliens passed with 58.8 percent of the vote. Opponents shopped around until they found an activist judge who overturned the vote, which in effect told the voters their will doesn’t count. Yet, it’s the voting public’s money that has to pay for all the freebies. Our votes didn’t count. Our state’s Attorney General refused to file an appeal.

In Missouri, they’re not worried about political expediency. They’re just doing what’s right.

Tossing conservatism under the bus

WEDNESDAY 5-28-08…So, Governor Schwarzenegger teamed up with Senator John McCain for a photo op here in California. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, McCain has taken a page out of the Schwarzenegger playbook and selling a product that is “counter” to the current GOP “brand.”

Both the governor and McCain want to change the Republican brand. In an interview with the Chronicle, Schwarzenegger said “The Republican idea is a great idea, but we can’t go and get stuck with just the right wing. Let the party come all the way to the center. Let those people be heard as much as the right. Let it be the big tent we’ve talked about. Let’s invade, and let’s cross over that political center…and take the issues that they’re (democrats) talking about. Let them be our issues, and let the party be known for that.”

Well, I think it brings up a good question. If the Republican party is gonna’ cross over the political center and grab the issues that the democrats are talking about and make them our issues, why don’t we just stay on the other side and re-register as Democrats. If we’re gonna’ push democrat ideas and philosophies, why have two separate parties?

I’ve heard it said “there’s not a dime’s worth of difference between the Republicans and Democrats. Now, there appears to be some Republicans who want to make it fact. They want fellow Republicans to wear a different brand, and that “brand” would be an elephant with no trunk, but sporting donkey ears.

And why are they advocating this? Schwarzenegger says “Republicans have to move away from the status quo, because the voters up for grabs are independents and Latinos.

Gee, I thought the voters up for grabs were Republicans….Conservatives. Sounds to me like there are those in the Republican party who are willing to throw us ….the base of the party….under the bus.

25th Anniversary of AIDS

TUESDAY 5-27-08…The anniversary passed without much fanfare last week. It was back on May 20th 1983 when a team from France’s Pasteur Institute, led by Luc Montagnier, described a suspect virus found in a patient who had died of what we now called AIDS. According to British newspapers, the key had been found to understanding the mysterious immune-ravaging disease, the newspapers referred to as the “gay plague”.

U.S. Health Secretary Margaret Heckler is quoted as saying back then “Today’s discovery represents the triumph of science over the dreaded disease known medically as GRID (Gay related Immune Deficiency.) We hope to have a vaccine ready in about two years.”

By 1985, because of opposition from some circles, the medical community changed the name GRID, to AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.) Today, the death toll stands at 25 million dead, and 33 million infected. Is it any wonder the anniversary came and went without fanfare? There’s nothing to celebrate!

Oh…..I take that back. Gay Pride is celebrated in our schools, and elsewhere around the country. Our state supreme court has even declared it legal for men to marry men, and women to marry women. Gay pride celebrations and parades are conducted in many cities and towns across America.

It’s no wonder that Lars Kallings, Swedish microbiologist and founding president of the International AIDS society gives such a bleak assessment of the future. He says “HIV/AIDS may never disappear from mankind.”

Surrender Hillary

MONDAY 5-26-08…The pressure continues to mount for Hillary to “surrender” in the face of what some consider to be the Obama juggernaut. Hillary continues to say…in so many words…..”No Way, Jose! I’m in it all the way to the convention.” Several party officials believe she’s likely to insist that her name be placed in nomination on the first ballot. That would be a worst case scenario for the Democrat party.

If neither candidate wins on the first ballot (which is unlikely given the closeness of the vote tallies, pledged delegate are then free to vote for whomever they want on the second and succeeding ballots. That would open up the divisions in the party for the whole world to see. It’s a situation the party leaders hope will not happen.

How can the party prevent it from happening? What could be offered to Hillary to get her to concede –before the convention in August? What would be her terms for surrender? According to Times/CNN, Bill Clinton feels she has earned nothing short of an offer to be Obama’s running mate.

That will never happen, since Michelle Obama hates Hillary with a passion.

Even former President Jimmy Carter says it’s unlikely Obama will offer the number two spot to her, but that if he did, she would accept it. I still maintain the VP slot will not be offered because it would mean Bill and Hillary together again as part of the Obama administration.

So, what would Hillary accept? There’s talk now of an offer of 20 million dollars to pay off her campaign debt (to herself) and a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. It’s not idle talk either. It has been run up the flagpole.

If that should happen, consider this. Knowing that Bill and Hillary stole a lot of stuff from the White House when they left, and knowing that Hillary outright lied about coming under sniper fire in Kosovo….it would be the first time a known thief and liar was seated on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Thats offensive – oh, the humanity!


Be sure to bring a doggy bag!

FRIDAY 5-23-08…When I was a youngster in school, I remember being taught how our U.S. Constitution granted Americans certain rights unavailable in most other countries. America was the “land of the free”. We all had “rights” to peacefully assemble, “rights” to speak freely, “right” to keep and bear arms. Nowhere do I recall a right not to be offended.”
It seems to me many of those rights guaranteed by the Constitution are being battered and torn in today’s society because of people being offended.
Couple cases in point…just to make my point: The University of Toledo has suspended one of its administrators for writing a newspaper op-ed piece questioning whether homosexuality is a civil rights issue. The school says the administrator was suspended precisely because her views on homosexuality do “not comport with those of the university, and her opinions “offended” the homosexual community.

The First Amendment and Title VII of the 1964 Civil right Act make it illegal for an employer to discriminate against an individual based on that individual’s sincerely held religious belief. University administrators obviously feel they are above the law, and are accountable only to the homosexual community….not the law and the Constitution.
A Muslim high school student’s intolerance for a service dog, needed by a student teacher with a disability has reportedly prompted the student teacher to abandon the final ten hours of his scheduled assignment at Technical High School in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Islam forbids its adherents from touching dogs. Minnesota has a large Muslim population and they’ve been involved in issues over their religion in the past.

British Airways has taken beef off the menu for economy passengers amid concerns about its “religious restrictions.” The airline has instead switched to a fish pie, or chicken dish option. Why? The Hindu community was offended. Following the airline’s announcement, the Hindu Council UK says “The Hindu community welcomes this decision and the news that it has been made because Hindus don’t eat beef.”
Does any country on this planet have a Constitution that guarantees a right not to be offended?

 

Those Inventive Americans


THURSDAY 5-22-08… We Americans are an ingenious lot. We invent things, we come up with ways to succeed when faced with failure. And in most cases, (New Orleans excluded) we don’t sit around and wait for the government to “fix” a problem.

Take the price of gasoline, for example. Two presidential candidates called on the government to do away with the federal share of the gas tax to coincide with the summer driving season. Not a smart move, and most economists were quick to point that out.

And of course, gasoline has continued to go up, up, and away. Some people have parked their cars in favor of a bicycle, others have formed car-pools, and in some areas of the country, the four-day work week is back. It’s a trend that could certainly catch on elsewhere.

The Maccray School district in west-central Minnesota is poised to go to a four-day school week next year to save money, $65,000 just in fuel costs.

A four-day work week may soon be adopted in Arkansas for state employees. It’s part of one senator’s plan to save workers some money as gas prices continue to climb even higher. One Garland County college is already doing it, and workers and students seem to love it. National Park Community College is starting a Monday through Thursday schedule for staff and students.

Arkansas Senator Tracy Steele has the same idea for state employees. He says those who’ve already made the switch say it’s providing much needed relief.

It certainly sounds to me like an idea who’s time has come. It’s been said that necessity is the mother of invention. In this case of high gas prices, it seems necessity is also the mother of new ideas.