LIPS OF A FOOL

It seems to me, President Obama, while on the campaign trail will say anything just to make a “sale.” Remember the promise of “100 percent transparency in my administration.” And how about the promise of five days of public comment before signing any bills. Then there was “I will remove earmarks for pork projects before signing any bills.”

All of those “promises” were broken of course. Now he’s campaigning for Democrats hoping to shore up their decreasing chances at reelection. At one campaign stop, Obama said “When you want to move forward in your car, what do you do? You put your car in D. When you want to move backwards, you put your car in R.”

That’s an interesting way to try to define the difference between Democrat and Republican, but I found a much better way. It’s found in the Scriptures. Specifically Ecclesiastes 10:2 where it reads “The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the LEFT. The lips of a fool will swallow up himself.”

WELL I’LL BE DOG-GONNED!

Surfing the net can be interesting, boring, enlightening, fascinating and/or surprising. Such was the case when I came upon a web site with this address: A-CAN-CHA-DESIGN.COM.

Being a curious sort, I decided to log into it. It was there that I found a website where dog owners, breeders and just plain dog lovers could find goodies related to their specific breeds. For example, I’m partial to German Shepherds, having been a military dog trainer for many years.

The web site showed beautifully crafted, colorfully embroidered German Shepherd heads on fleece jackets and T-shirts. Every breed recognized by the American Kennel Club is represented. While browsing through the site, it was like I’d found a giant toy-store devoted to dogs. But that wasn’t all.

The web site was started by Candice Wolf (known to me as “Candy” Wolf.) Candy was one of my staff trainers at my dog training school Bruce Sessions’ Canine College in San Diego. That was the decade of the 1970’s following my 20 year retirement from the U.S. Navy.

I hadn’t heard from Candy since I departed San Diego and headed to Nevada to train the North Las Vegas Police canine corps. So, imagine my surprise running in to her on the web. That’s what I meant when I said surfing the net can be interesting, fascinating, enlightening…..and surprising.

Candy is still training dogs, but now offers dog owners even more of her talent by providing colorful embroidery that can be affixed to dog sweaters, coats and even that jacket you’re wearing. Why not check out the site for yourself. You’ll find it a http://a-can-cha-design.com

The Liberal Follies

It amazes me that left-wing liberals (and first cousin environmental wackos) continue to come up with cockamamie schemes which get off the ground only to come crashing back to earth. Their problem is…..they never follow through in their planning, to the final conclusion. Their plans may look good, sound good, and make ‘em FEEL good. And that’s where it ends.

Let me give you some examples: California’s environmental watchdog, known as CAL-EPA decided to set an example by making the Cal-EPA building “environmentally correct” by installing waterless urinals. 56 of the urinals were purchased and installed in the building. The cost? $25,000.

The objective? Saving 1 million gallons of water per year. Once the fan fare and ’going green’ media hoopla died down, the complaints began pouring in. Hundreds of ‘em. Complaints of sticky floors and bad smells. Finally, the green team at Cal EPA surrendered and ordered the urinals removed.

In Seattle, the town council squandered five MILLION dollars of taxpayer money. The council purchased five automated public toilets. The fancy toilets were to be placed in neighborhoods where drug users, transients, prostitutes and homosexuals congregate. These fancy johns weren’t “pay to operate” either. They were free. A gift to the destitute from the city. It made city officials ‘feel good.’  At first!

Problems began showing up almost immediately. Those who DID use the facilities left so much trash around, the automatic floor scrubbers wouldn’t work. Prostitutes, druggies and homosexuals found immediate use for the privacy behind the locked doors. But, it got SO BAD, even the destitute refused to use the facilities which became a health hazzard.

The city council decided it wasn’t such a great idea after all. So the question became…what to do with the five automated toilets. Answer? Sell ‘em on eBay. The toilets cost one million dollars apiece. Starting bid on eBay? $89,000.

Then there’s “paper or plastic?” By taking the plastic, we were saving the trees. Okay, so we’ve saved a bunch of trees, but look what plastic bags have done to our landfills, creeks. So now, it’s back to paper bags (at a price) or cloth bags. San Francisco has become the first city to outlaw plastic bags –period.

How about those wooden baseball bats in our schools. Oh…they require trees to be cut down in order to be manufactured. Replaced by aluminum bats. Injuries to kids skyrocket.

Then there was the idea of dumping millions of old tires in the ocean to provide habitat for fish. The tires scrubbed the ocean floor clean including coral and the fish didn’t want anything to do with ‘em. The fish left. The tires stayed, until the U.S. Navy was called in to retrieve ‘em all.

 I’ve often shined the light on the subject of the “best laid plans of mice and men.” Ideas that politicians, bureaucrats, environmental wackos and others come up with which end up biting everybody else in the butt. One would think they’d eventually stop all this nonsense, but unfortunately, it’s not in their character. THEY want to “feel good”.   WE have to pay.

The Mosque Debate

As a radio talk show host during the decade of the nineties, I recall an interview between World Net Daily reporters and Muslim terrorists in the middle east. I shared details of that interview with my listeners. The one point that I remember so vividly was a statement by one of the terrorist who said “We’ll not stop until the flag of Islam flies over the White House.”

I shrugged that statement off as being nothing more than bellicose hyperbole. It could never happen! Not here. Not in the United States of America!

But here we are in the year 2010, and I realize now that the terrorist’s statement wasn’t merely chest thumping hyperbole. We have a Muslim president of the United States who held a dinner at the White House for Muslims to celebrate Ramadan. A Muslim president who said “There’s nothing more beautiful than to hear the Muslim “call to prayer” in the evening. A Muslim president who says building a Muslim mosque at ground zero in New York is perfectly all right with him. Why? Because in this country, we have Freedom of Religion.

I won’t go into details about how our freedom of religion has eroded; (Lawsuits against crosses erected to honor fallen servicemen and women, graduation speeches by students expunged, school prayers at football games outlawed, Christmas Vacation referred to as Winter Break.

At the same time our Muslim President of the United States gave his blessing to the building of a Mosque at Ground Zero, the Germans have shuttered a Mosque and Cultural Center in Hamburg. That’s the mosque used by the 911 attackers as a meeting place before they moved to the United States. A statement by German officials says that mosque was shut down and it’s cultural association has been BANNED.

It is from such mosques that such fiery anti-American speeches are given by the Imams. It was from such a mosque that an Imam was able to convert that U.S. Army officer who ended up killing twelve and wounding other army personnel at Fort Hood.

And now, the Muslim community wants to build a mosque and “cultural center” at Ground Zero. It has evoked a groundswell of opposition, not only from New Yorkers, but Americans all over the country. Because of that groundswell of opposition, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wants an investigation to determine who or what organization is funding the opposition.

We are closer than ever to seeing that terrorist’s prediction come true. Unless the American people wake up, the green flag of Islam will soon fly over the White House.

DEMOCRAT’S NEW VOCABULARY

Politicians (primarily Democrats) have developed a new vocabulary. They have totally deleted the word LIE. The new word is MIS-SPOKE. Now, they can lie with impunity and get away with it.

It all started with Hillary Clinton while she was campaigning for the presidential nomination. Remember her claim of coming under hostile fire while disembarking from a plane in Kosovo? She claims she had to duck and run for cover. Fortunately, others on the same plane at the same time had no such recollection, and nary a shot had been fired.

When confronted by reporters, she admitted that she merely “mis-spoke”, and that was the end of it. All was forgiven.

Then there’s democrat candidate for Senate, Richard Blumenthal who lied through his teeth claiming to have served in Vietnam. Turns out he was a military reservist who had never set foot in Vietnam. But, according to Blumenthal, he didn’t lie about it. He merely mis-spoke. All is forgiven and he’s still running for the Senate.

There used to be a joke about politicians and their lies. It went something like this; how do you know when a politician is lying. Answer? Their mouth is moving.

That joke won’t fly anymore…not in this day and age. Politicians don’t lie if they’re democrats. They merely mis-speak.

ECONOMIC PICTURE – FACT OR FICTION

Wanna’ know where we REALLY are when it comes to the economy? It’s easy if we hit the rewind button and go back in time to the one year anniversary of Timothy Geithner’s maiden speech as Treasury Secretary. Notwithstanding the fact that Geithner was “outed” as a tax cheat prior to his nomination to that high post, Geithner had this to say while honoring his first year of achievements in February 2009.

“The actions we took, alongside the Recovery Act, have worked to restore economic growth and financial stability. Access to credit is improving and the cost of borrowing for businesses, consumers, homeowners and state and local governments has fallen sharply.”

That’s a pretty rosy scenario but it wasn’t true then…and it’s not true now. According to the Sacramento Bee, the Senior Vice President of the Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce had this to say: “Small businesses must be able to get the cash they need to survive, grow and thrive. Access to capital for small business is as essential as water is to a fish. Without it, you don’t have the capacity to hire or retain employees or buy supplies. But so far, that cash lifeline remains frustratingly out of reach for many.”

The Small Business Administration (SBA) used to be the lifeline for small business, but according to the Bee’s figures, “Even if lending growth continues at the same pace in the second half of 2010, it’ll still remain far below 2007 figures. Combine that with the near absence of non-SBA lending, and the situation remains grim.”

So, Timothy Geithner’s one-year anniversary speech was nothing but a pack of lies designed to paint a picture for general public consumption. A picture designed to make his boss, Barack Obama, look good. A picture painted on canvass with disappearing ink, leaving nothing but an empty easel. Much like our president, who, as it turns out, is nothing more than an empty suit.

RAMSEY VERSUS DANIELS

The job of a district attorne is to prosecute criminal cases to the fullest extent of the law.  If any sympathy is to be awarded to defendants, it’s left up to the judge, not the DA.  If a district attorney does NOT prosecute to the fullest extent of the law, the DA isn’t doing his/her job.

Butte County District Attrney Mike Ramsey DOES prosecute to the fullest extent of th law.  That’s what he’s paid to do…it’s what  he does.  He’s been doing it for over twenty years in this county.  He’s good at what he does, and that’s one of the reasons he seldom has had anyone seriously challenge him in an election.

This year, it’s different.  Seems a handful of business owners in and around Oroville were caught playing fast and loose with environmental laws.  They didn’t particularly like the fact that they were caught, and ended up on the wrong side of the law.  So, they went “lawyer shopping.”  They found a defense lawyer in Sacramento who agreed to move to Butte County and take on Ramsey in an election battle.  The business men provided the money it takes for a political campaign.

There’s good reason Mike Ramsey has been our district attorney all these years.  He’s doing a good job…he’s doing what he’s paid to do…and he deserves to be reelected as our district attorney.  After he wins on June 8th, we’ll likely see Lance Daniels slink back to Sacramento where he’ll continue to represent lawbreakers as a defense attorney.