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Greed of a new proportion

Posted by: The Admiral

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Two progressives being named “Comrade of the month” by CFG shouldn’t surprise anyone. What’s the one thing again? That’s right, common sense.

Waxman and Markey have drafted the “Climate Bill” (Progressives actually believe they can regulate the climate) also known by what it truly is by people with common sense, a climate and/or energy tax and regulation of massive proportion.

I guess Waxman and Markey believe this tax and regulation will “save the planet”. My question would be, save the planet from what? It’s pretty grandiose of these politicians to actually believe that they have the power over nature. Definitely a lack of common sense thrown in with the arrogance.


Selective Memory

Posted by: Lady Logician

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I had to laugh when I started reading today's op-ed by Paul Rolly in the Salt Lake Tribune.

 

Federal agents swooped in on dozens of unsuspecting peaceful folks who were minding their own business and doing their jobs and ripped them from their families.

They handcuffed them and dragged them from their workplace. They threw them in jail and then public officials had a press conference to boast about it. The raid on illegal artifact peddlers in San Juan County?

Nope. The one I'm talking about occurred at the Salt Lake International Airport in December 2001 when federal and state officials wanted to show the world how safe Salt Lake City was for the 2002 Winter Olympics and ended up scattering the families of non-threatening dishwashers, floor sweepers and cargo handlers. None of those arrested had committed a crime other than being in the country illegally.



I doubt that the New York Times gets the unintended humor embedded in this headline.

Our media sold us a back-bench Illinois senator and now we have a president that has no experience in making tough decissions. His habit of voting "present" is staring to get embarassing. The President of the United States doesn't have the luxury of just voting "present" on important issues. The POTUS must always remember that he is the global leader of the free world and an important symbol to opressed people everywhere.

The Iranians have finally had enough and are attempting to over-throw the nuclear obsessed "I Wanna Jihad" regime.  Sorry Pres. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, you are not going to be the thirteenth Imam. You will be yet another POS dictator that pushed his people too far.


It's Barack Obama!

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http://sendables.jibjab.com/originals/hes_barack_obama

This is hands down one of the greatest vids I've seen in ages!


Your Tax Dollars Hard At Work (Ahem)

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http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/06/19/nih-funds-study-men-dont-like-use-condoms/

The federal government is spending $423,500 to find out why men don't like to wear condoms, a project government watchdogs say is a nearly-half-a-million-dollar waste of taxpayer money.

Researchers at Indiana University's Kinsey Institute, with funding from the National Institutes of Health, are investigating why "young, heterosexual adult men" have problems using condoms. The study will include "skill-based intervention" to teach grown men how to use protection.


Obama's economic regulatory solution?

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http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=32355

Obama financial proposal contains sub-prime loan shocker.


Chicago Politics- Business as Usual

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Burris won't be facing perjury charges, since the clear evidence is somehow not clear enough for the Illinois State's Attorney.

"Sangamon County State's Attorney John Schmidt said that while some of Burris' statements were vague, they wouldn't support a perjury charge."

Remember this?


Great News For Bart, Kermit, Sequel, Tim...

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http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=CNG.c7aaeb7940626693fa418a1eab2291f6.81&show_article=1

Health experts have long warned of the risk of obesity, but a new Japanese study warns that being very skinny is even more dangerous, and that slightly chubby people live longer.

People who are a little overweight at age 40 live six to seven years longer than very thin people, whose average life expectancy was shorter by some five years than that of obese people, the study found.

"We found skinny people run the highest risk," said Shinichi Kuriyama, an associate professor at Tohoku University's Graduate School of Medicine who worked on the long-term study of middle-aged and elderly people.


Senator asks about firings of watchdogs

WASHINGTON - -- He was appointed with fanfare as the public watchdog over the government's multi-billion dollar bailout of the nation's financial system. But now Neil Barofsky is embroiled in a dispute with the Obama administration that delayed one recent inquiry and sparked questions about his ability to freely investigate.

Now before any one brings up well Bush fired the 9 US Attorneys. There is a big difference between a US Attorney, and IG's office the attorneys work at the pleasure  of the President, and he can hire and fire them as many times as he wants to.


There are perhaps dozens of small towns and failing neighborhoods beginning to resemble ghost towns. We've all seen them if we get off the Interstate and drive down state or county roads, once-thriving Main streets or into blighted neighborhoods.

The Obama administration reportedly is considering whether to broaden an experimental "shrink to survive" program in Flint, Mich., -- one of the nation's poorest cities -- that proposes to raze districts within some cities and towns while bulldozing others in their entirety. Land would be returned to its pre-construction state. Local politicians in Flint believe the city must contract by as much as 40 percent. They want to focus on the population that remains and cut services to save money.

 Wow! We now have the BO admin telling us how to deal with dying cities. This final solution could only come from the mind of a committed socialist. As a capitalist my mind reels at the concept that governement destroyong private property is the solution to anything.


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PETA Wishes Obama Hadn't Swatted That Fly

WASHINGTON; The group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wants the flyswatter in chief to try taking a more humane attitude the next time he's bedeviled by a fly in the White House.

PETA is sending President Barack Obama a Katcha Bug Humane Bug Catcher, a device that allows users to trap a house fly and then release it outside.


The President yesterday denounced the "extent of the fraud" and the "shocking" and "brutal" response of the Iranian regime to public demonstrations in Tehran these past four days.

"These elections are an atrocity," he said. "If [Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad had made such progress since the last elections, if he won two-thirds of the vote, why such violence?" The statement named the regime as the cause of the outrage in Iran and, without meddling or picking favorites, stood up for Iranian democracy.

The President who spoke those words was France's Nicolas Sarkozy.


Angrier Liberals

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Is it just me, or has the far Left actually gotten angrier since Great Leader was elevated?  It's not just David Letterman and the Palin thing.  While he is not an idiot, he has been a bitter, angry man for many years, and that comes through in his so-called comedy.  You have that repulsive Sykes woman wishing a radio entertainer would have kidney failure.  I don't watch Saturday Night Live, so I have no measure of what level their particular vitriol has moved to.

It's just that I would think the Hope and Change would have made their world a brighter place.  I'm not seeing it.

A quick trip through the Lefty blog world (followed immediately by a shower), looks almost exactly like it did a year ago.  Of course the content has changed, but the tone?  Not so much.


Fire water and firearms

Posted by: The Admiral

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Guns and liquor. Boy, that's a tough one. 39 States (in one form or another) now I believe have conceal and carry laws. Potentially that's a lot of guns amongst us. On the flip side, we're not hearing the great catastrophe's that the gun hating anti-constitution crowd claimed would happen. That's because responsible, law abiding citizens aren't going to be doing those things. People with common sense knew that would be the outcome.

It is also estimated, and I use the word estimated because there is no definitive proof, but it is estimated that 5% of the gun carrying population in Tennessee are carrying their guns in to a liquor establishment. Uh-Oh! On the flip side, even though an estimated 5% are mixing booze and guns, we're still not seeing the tragedies or bar room brawls turned deadly.


From what I hear now, Tennessee either has a law or is considering one that allows a permit holder in to a bar. Opposing such a law is reasonable, and perfectly understandable. However, recent history indicates (from the estimated 5%) that it is not a public safety risk. Your chances of an untimely demise are greater driving to work than having a beer in a bar full of armed drinkers.

So what are your thoughts about this Tennessee controversy? I have not stated my position on this issue, so please don't make this personal. For the record, I support the constitution.


Cartoon Views

Posted by: Barthélemy Barbancourt

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This Post was written by Nobody per my request.  Bart

In a comment I referred to some views held here as a "cartoon." I was taken to task by BB. I stand by that statement. I know that this is a blog and being such, some people are constrained by the written word. When one is going to reference a complicated enlightenment philosophy it becomes not unlike the political 30 second sound bite politics. Bumper stickers are not a reasoned argument, as much as I like some of them.  While it's true if you have a real understanding of a subject one can vastly condense it down for the lay person, it is usually advisable to issue a caveat (i.e. to build a watch all you need are some gears...but there's more to it than that). To boil down the enlightenment to only Lockes "natural law" with its inherent property rights and self-awareness, is absurd.  To beat ones chest over the Founders understanding of Locke is not helpful in ones rational arguments. Facts are useful, but one must have them. Opinions are fine too, I just happen to like ones that have been well thought out. I have heard valid opinions pro-choice and pro-life, The Second Amendment anti and pro. School choice vs vouchers. I always liked the Junior High insults but I see how they can get grating. Perhaps I should have called it a character of the Enlightment.

Offering an opinion referencing a certain philosophy, in my opinion, one should have a bit more than a Wikipedia, Cliff's Notes knowledge of the subject.


Las Vegas June’09

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Last week was my fourth trip to Vegas.  Previously,  I’ve stayed at the Mirage,  and Caesars Palace. This time my choice was Mandalay Bay.* Because a great swimming Pool area is a foremost priority of mine.  I’m a water sign (Cancer) that naturally is at home in the water.  I also have the buoyancy and swim skills of a sea mammal, so drowning isn’t an issue-even after a cocktail or two.  A room key is required to access the pool areas. I loved the Beach wave pool.  But depending on the day, It can get over crowded with a rowdy, spring break like crowd, or rude people who steal your lounge chair. Go at 8 am opening to insure a spot. Fortunately, I was able to secure a front row lounger, next to a life guard post.  The wave pool’s deep 7+ft end was almost vacant except for me and two lap swimmers. Most people tended to crowd the shallow section where the waves break. There are also 2 additional smaller pools, a whirlpool, a lazy river, and Euro-style pool (topless & Speedo friendly).  I didn’t have time to check the latter out.

 

Getting from Here to There

My travel companions are my husband, old sorority BFF, and her future fiancé. We sleep overnight @ parents conveniently 8 minutes from the airport, so Dad can Taxi us all  for early nonstop flight. No delays @ the airport and all goes smoothly.  We arrive @ Noon and  grab a Taxi. The taxi cab system in Vegas is highly regulated and runs like a well oiled machine.  Our first driver is a charming Armenian gentleman with a beautiful accent. I inquire about the aquarium shark display at Mandalay Bay that my husband wants to see.  Is it an over priced tourist trap? ; how does it compare to Chicago's Sheffield Aquarium or MOA’s Underwater World?.   He honestly replies, that it is not impressive.  We cross that off our “to do list.”  He takes us to the nearest Liquor Store on the Strip.  Upon asking my party for their requests, our Armenian friend kiddingly quips in for some tequila.  Sarcasm is always lost on me, so I gift him with a  mini 10$ tip bottle of Patron. Then husband and the BFF’s fiancé both unknowingly gave the full gratuity as well. That cabbie made out like a bandit.  He did give great tourist advice, and pleasant, so no sweat.  In fact all the Vegas cabbies we encountered were well fluent in English, polite and efficient.  Another transportation mode available (new to me) on the Main strip is the Monorails.  One travels free of charge from the Luxor to the Excalibur.  Another runs  for 5$ per person from Bally's Casino to MGM.  Most of the strip was travelled on foot though.





Voting Democrat kills jobs

Posted by: Barthélemy Barbancourt

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Economic data shows that the longer a state has voted Republican in presidential elections, the better off it is. Conversely, the states with the most "blue" voting records are getting the worst of the recession.

 The chart plots the average unemployment rate in April for different categories of blue and red states. The first bar gives the average unemployment rate in April for "reliably" Democratic states, defined as those that have voted for the Democratic candidate in every presidential election since the 1980s. The average unemployment rate in these states was a whopping 9 percent. The remaining bars show that unemployment is less severe in states that only recently began taking Democratic medicine.

The next three bars tell a strikingly different story. The first red bar shows the average for states that switched to the Republican side in the 2000s. Unemployment in these states is a tad below the national average.


Bread, Circuses, Palin and Letterman

Posted by: Barthélemy Barbancourt

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Our media has done our country and great dis-service by chosing to spend countless hours on un-important things and skipping out on their duty to explain the really important issues facing the US today.

David Letterman is a pig and the left has a definite double standard regarding jokes about conservative women and children. This is hardly news and one can find proof of this daily. I 0nce spent 15 minutes watching a dachsund toy with a shrew before she killed it; it was fun to watch, but not very important.

Then there are things like this:


Scientific Proof: Dogs Smarter Than Cats

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2009/jun/16/psychologist-test-outsmarts-cats

While this will make Bart happy, Ben the cat-lover might be disappointed. 

It will cause outrage among some cat owners, but research suggests the pets are not as clever as some humans think they are – or at least think in a way we have yet to fathom.


ABC TURNS PROGRAMMING OVER TO OBAMA; NEWS TO BE ANCHORED FROM INSIDE WHITE HOUSE

On the night of June 24, the media and government become one, when ABC turns its programming over to President Obama and White House officials to push government run health care -- a move that has ignited an ethical firestorm!
Highlights on the agenda:
ABCNEWS anchor Charlie Gibson will deliver WORLD NEWS from the Blue Room of the White House.
The network plans a primetime special -- 'Prescription for America' -- originating from the East Room,
exclude opposing voices on the debate.

Can we all at least admit that ABC has ceased to be a news organization and is just a mouthpiece for Obama and the Democrats?  Our press has decided to kill themselves, be polite and don't watch.


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