Thursday, April 30, 2009
You may be thinking: "Aren't you being a little harsh?" Well, I'll let you judge that for yourself. In his speech regarding the bankruptcy of Chrysler, Obama said:
"So, today, I am pleased to announce that Chrysler and Fiat have formed a partnership that has a strong chance of success."
He later, during the same remarks, said:
"If you are considering buying a car, I hope it will be an American car"
Uhhhh. Well which is it? Should we buy an American car, or an American-Foreign partnership vehicle?
Of course, if you watch the video of the speech, you'll see Obama turning from left to right, and right to left, reading off his teleprompter. So I am sure he'll blame this apparent contradiction on a teleprompter mix-up.
After all, he always has an excuse for his idiocy.
For full transcript, click here: Transcript of Obama remarks
She goes to work he stays home.
They don't even match in last name.
Separate accounts, she makes the rules.
Don't listen to what he says no matter what He says.
Nancy says to do what you want.
Regardless of whatever it is he may want.
Regardless even of whatever it is He may want.
Sexism excuses every decision regardless of right.
Free to do
Everything you want
Men don't say a word
Ignore what he does
Never pay attention
In His word
The right first.
No decisions left to him.
You are your own person.
Never take orders from him.
That is the only way to be enlightened.
Baking cookies? BAH!
Domestication is for dogs.
Make the bed and your food yourself.
And just where in the world do you think you are going?
Copyright 2009, all rights reserved.
Check him out here: Stephen Kruiser's America Needs Me
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
First, there is this new information:
Click here: Memo: Feds Knew Panic Likely
I particularly like this part:
The flyover -- apparently ordered by the White House Office of Military Affairs so it would have souvenir photos of Air Force One with the Statue of Liberty in the background -- had President Obama seeing red. He ordered a probe and apologized.
"It was a mistake. It will never happen again," President Obama said.
Another story tells the cost of the flight:
Click here: Obama Orders Probe, Cost of Flight Was $328,835
So let me see if I understand this. We are to believe that Obama was highly aware of on the ground operations related to the shooting of three pirates by Navy snipers. But that he was unaware of orders regarding a $328,835 flight by Air Force One and two F-16s at low altitude over lower Manhattan?
This guy must really think we are stupid. No way can you tell me he was in the dark on this one. Not a chance. The Obama Doctrine: Do whatever you want, and deny it later.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Interesting that this protest doesn't get much media coverage, except the mainstream media seems to think that Obama is beyond reproach.
Rumors have Obama saying: "It looks like the Special Olympics out there!" That hasn't been confirmed.
He then headed off for some bowling.
"Did you eat that candy after I told you not to?"
"Where did it go then?"
"I don't know."
I have had this exchange with my 5 year-old a couple of times. See if it sounds familiar.
"Did you fly a jet that looks like Air Force One low over ground zero today?"
"Then who did?"
"I don't know."
This has been the most apparent thing to me in Obama's first 100 days. Say and do what you want, then deny it later. One day we aren't going to prosecute Bush administration officials over "torture" tactics. The next we are. The next we are not. We are going to renew the "assault weapons" ban. The next we are not. The next we are again.
Think I am kidding? Here is the exchange about the Air Force One incident at the White House briefing yesterday conducted by the genius that is Press Secretary Robert Gibbs:
Q It doesn't -- it's not a concern at all to the administration that you don't have your person there and then they don't have their people there? Not at all?
Second question, do you guys feel you owe folks in New York City this morning an apology for this incident having to do with the airplane that looks like Air Force One with two fighter jets? There seemed to be a lot of panic --
MR. GIBBS: I would point you to the FAA or Air Force.
Q Everybody's pointing us to the White House Military Office, so that's why --
MR. GIBBS: Well, then I would contact the White House --
Q Well, the White House Military Office won't tell us anything -- they'll refer us to you. (Laughter.)
MR. GIBBS: Well, then let me go discuss with the White House Military -- I don't -- I have seen some news reports but --
Q What was the photo op for?
MR. GIBBS: I don't know. That's -- I have no information on this other than what I saw --
Q I mean, I understand the way this works. I'm just saying, appearance-wise, it's odd that you guys don't have a response. I mean, this is the President's aircraft or what looks like --
MR. GIBBS: I understand. I was working on other things. You might be surprised to know I don't know of every movement of Air Force One or what happens to it. But I will certainly talk to the Military Office.
Q -- very edgy about it.
Q A follow-up?
MR. GIBBS: What's that? No, let's go to -- yes.
Do whatever you want, then deny it later. I love how he tells them to contact the White House! As Press Secretary he IS the White House to the press. That would be like the Pope telling you to contact the Catholic Church. What an idiot.
Remember Obama's bow to the Saudi King (did what he wanted)? Remember the official White House response afterward (lied about it and denied it later).
So 100 days in and the Obama Doctrine is to do whatever you want, then deny it later. This should be a fun next 1000 days.
Monday, April 27, 2009
First, there was his stimulus bill. Conservatives rightly referred to it as "porkulus". We know that this bill did, and could do, nothing for the economy. Instead it was a laundry list of political payouts and favors to the people that got him elected.
Even if the "porkulus" spending bill could help the economy, Obama immediately moved to erase any economic gains it theoretically would make with his budget proposal. Tripling the deficit, the budget was so full of spending and, you guessed it, pork that the backlash was immediate. Along with the budget proposal came talk about raising taxes in the near future (like next year) to help pay for the spending. So even if his "porkulus" had turned the economy around, Obama's tax plan would have erased those gains. Remember, there will be no dotcom bubble this time to save him the way the dotcom bubble of the late 90s saved Clinton.
It only got worse from there. His European apology tour was abysmal. Any theoretical good-will he might have gain by prostrating to foreign dignitaries was offset by the anger his apologies generated here at home.
Then he bowed to the Saudi king and promptly lied about it. What was so bad about the Obama denial was it completely insulted intelligence of the American people. We all saw the bow and know it was a bow, but the Obama camp sent out a Baghdad Bob type response: "It wasn't a bow." Anyone with a braincell that viewed the video knew it was a bow.
For an encore, Obama then ate with unrepentant, anti-American dictator Hugo Chavez. He accepted an anti-American book from ol' Hugo, and was photographed yukking it up and smiling while shaking Hugo's hand. Many argued that "it was a smart play on Obama's part to befriend an enemy of the U.S." However, it made many wonder if Obama's agenda is anti-American.
He didn't stop with Chavez though, as his friendly talk with the Raul Castro further cemented his apparent love of dictators. Maybe he wants to be one of them? Who knows but the enthusiasm he exudes in chumming around with some of the U.S.'s biggest detractors is scary at best.
He then followed that up by being photographed carrying another anti-American book:
In case you can't see the title it is "The Post-American World". Do an internet search on that book and then tell me if you can sleep at night knowing the president is reading that.
The final big move by Obama was to say that they would look into charges against officials that drew up the Bush administration's "torture" interrogation tactics of TERRORISTS. (Please do not forget that we are discussing terrorists here, despite many on the left trying to paint it as everyday, common citizens.) This after saying they wouldn't prosecute a week earlier. Now it appears the Obama administration wants to forget all about it, but they have leftist groups screaming for him to follow through. Amazing, when you pander to the left they just demand more pandering. You think he'd have learned that by now.
I won't even delve into the details of Obama's foray into private industry. Setting CEO compensation limits (with exceptions!), firing a CEO, hinting at government take-overs, and telling the credit card industry how they are to do business all points to the socialist state that Obama envisions.
In totality, there is very little to applaud in these first 100 days. The Obama administration tried to take credit for taking out 3 pirates and freeing a hostage, but later reports noted that Obama merely didn't prevent it from happening. The mainstream media practically had him in direct contact with the snipers and giving the fire order, but we now know that is not how it occurred. Even if we give him credit for that, the first 100 days are a disaster.
There is nothing in the first 100 days to allay fears about Obama's anti-American bent. He seems to be marching steadily down a path that many of us on the right predicted. No one should be surprised, after all we saw the writing on the wall with Ayers and Wright.
Brace yourselves for the next 100 days.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Click here: Via Moonbattery: Obama asks federal court to dismiss nearly 30 year old lawsuit against Iran
Thank you to all you who voted for this guy.
Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
First of all, people that use this to promote their peacenik, hippy efforts are barking up the wrong tree. Christ is referring to the peace that passes all understanding. (Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.) Of course they are using it to mean we should make love, not war.
It is important to realize that the children of God are those that obey him. Therefore peacemakers are those that spread His word and bring true peace (from sin) to those that believe and obey. Pretty simple.
The question I pondered this morning though was: how is one a peacemaker in a physical sense? I thought of Neville Chamberlain. Many would have called him a peacemaker, but his appeasement of Hitler brought the opposite of peace. It was not until Winston Churchill, and a few other world leaders, stood up to Hitler and fought a war that peace was achieved. Many would argue that war is the opposite of peace but in the case of WWII it achieved peace.
I then thought of Denny (name changed to protect the guilty). Denny was a bully that bullied me on and off for a few years when I was young. Denny was a couple of years older than me, a little bit bigger than me, and a lot meaner than me. I allowed this bullying to occur until one day it became unbearable. I told my parents about the bullying.
"Sounds like it is time to stand up to him," my mom said. My mom is the epitome of a peacemaker, and here she is telling me to fight back?? My dad added, "one good lick and he'll leave you alone." I expected that from my dad. But come on, couldn't they talk to his parents, who seemed like reasonable people, and put an end to it that way?
The next time I was around Denny, the bullying started. My first reaction was to cower, appease, and try to defuse like I usually did. Denny was not giving up. So finally I reared back a fist and punched him square in the nose. The look of shock on his face was priceless. He grabbed his nose and ran off, never again to bother me. Peace.
Sometimes peace must be fought for and won the hard way. Sometimes the only way to achieve true peace is through "unpeaceful" means. If I hadn't followed my parents advice, Denny would have bullied me for many more years to come.
So blessed are the peacemakers. The TRUE peacemakers. Blessed are those that are willing to do what is necessary to achieve peace.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
I always wanted to ask: "Okay, but how do you separate vote and conscience?"
My Grandmother was loyal to the Democratic party because she identified herself with the name Democrat. Period. She had been taught that Democrats were for the poor, the worker, the little guy. And that the Republican Party was the party of the rich, the wealthy, and of big business. This was reinforced by the mainstream media which she bought into hook, line, and sinker.
Never mind that the Democrats had just as many, if not more, wealthy contributors, not to mention just about every Hollywood millionaire, as well as Bill Gates and Warren Buffet on their side. No it was the Republicans that were firmly entrenched on the side of the wealthy. I guess you run the risk of being labeled thusly when you are for fair taxes for all Americans, and opposed to government entitlements and handouts.
But Grandma was a Democrat because she had always been a Democrat. And she would always be a Democrat because she'd always been a Democrat. I never understood this loyalty to a name. I even find it hard to say she was loyal to a party because the Democratic Party at the time of her death in 2002 was nothing compared to what it was when she was a younger woman.
When people ask me why I am a Republican, I stop them. "I am not a Republican, I am a conservative." The next thing I am usually asked is why I always tend to vote Republican. "Because they, at this particular point in time, are the party most closely aligned with my stances on the issues."
Note, "at this particular time" is a the key phrase. If the Republican Party were to ever change, and the Democratic Party became the more conservative of the two parties, I would vote Democrat. That is probably not going to happen in the short-term, but if I live as long as my grandmother did (90 years) it might occur.
Blindly following a party because you always have, and inventing all kinds of arguments and rationalizations for doing so are dangerous. It is what led us down the road to where we are now; ON a steady march toward socialism.
This march that was only slowed during the preceding 8 years under the former administration. While I agreed with George W. Bush's tax policy, I was opposed to his spending. I had no problem with his military spending, but his prescription drug Medicare benefit, his economic stimulus plans (all 3 of them), and his choosing not to cut pork out of the budget really irked me. But at least he had put the ride towards socialism in neutral and coasted for a while.
Obama has us back in high gear on that ride. If you had told people in my grandmother's generation after World War II that by 2010 the U.S. would be headed towards a socialistic economy they would have not been pleased. Yet here we are today where the government can offer "loans" to private companies, then use those loans as an excuse to seize those companies. And when companies that take those loans want to pay them back in full to avoid seizure, the government refuses to accept repayment in order to continue down the path towards seizure.
The president can hire and fire CEOs, cap their pay, and appoint an industry overseer to further govern what a private company can and can't do. He can institute a draconian punitive policy, like cap and trade, on industries he doesn't like to force them into doing business the way he sees fit.
We are at a crossroads in our nation's history, and so far we have ventured down the wrong road. I blame lots of things, but blind party loyalty is one of those things. It is time that people stop listening to the mainstream media, start informing themselves about a candidate's past regarding issues, and start voting for a person not because of the letter next to their name, but because that person stands for the things that they do. Or at least more closely than his opponent does.
Otherwise we will become the U.S.S.A.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Click here: Celebs Pile On Miss California
Look at this list of stars the article names: Alicia Silverstone, Lance Bass, George Takei, Sophia Bush, Jason Lewis, Lynne Stewart, Liz Feldman, Drew Droege, Mike Hitchcock, Daniele Gathier, Jay Lay, Erin Foley, Jane Lynch and Sarah Chalke
All are either gay, stupid, or both. Is it shocking that these botox injecting, non-meat eating, moron, liberal celebrities are taking the far-left point of view on the subject? Of course not.
Amazing that an opposing viewpoint could elicit such a quick, loud response of outrage. I think it is because these stars are so used to network television espousing their far-left, whacko views that they are completely out of touch with mainstream America. Every national and state opinion poll, including Prop 8, have proven that everyday Americans are opposed to same-sex marriage. They just can't fathom that.
Can't they please just go away? Don't they realize that they do more damage to their careers by spouting off on this subject than they do good? Wait, looking at that list there really aren't many careers left there to damage. Never mind.
Alicia Silverstone? Seriously? She quit being relevant in 1997.
You have to love this! Obama has been busy extending an open hand (and sometimes even bowing in submission) to foreign leaders, and now he is realizing that he is in danger of pulling back a bloody stump. It is amazing to me that this guy is so arrogant, and thinks so highly of himself, that he thinks he can accomplish what several presidents over several decades have been unable to do.
I decided to write an open letter to The Chosen One:
In case you haven't noticed, many around the world hate America. For the last 8 years many on your side of the aisle have claimed this is because of George W. Bush, and many of the policies he put into place during his time in office. However, now that you have been on the job for 3 months you are realizing that this is not the case.
Many around the world hate us (or U.S.) because we love freedom. Because we love what is right. Because we have the greatest nation, with the greatest system of government, the world has ever seen. Please understand that no matter what you do, people will stay hate us for that.
Now you could change our nation, change our system of government, but you know what that will accomplish? It will mean that many people in this nation, around 60 million of them and growing daily, will hate you. Whether or not you could win favor in foreign lands by doing something drastic like this won't matter because you would effectively rip OUR nation apart at the seams to try and accomplish getting Arabs, Cubans, Venezuelans, Koreans, Russians, and the French all to like us.
Oh, all of those may love you for destroying our nation, but the result here would be something we haven't seen since the Civil War. So unless you are willing to destroy our nation you need to get used to the fact that there are angry, jealous people around the world that will never like us unless we are destroyed.
What do you think 9/11 was all about?
In closing, don't tax me bro!
Also, Time magazine added some more rules for Facebook:
Click Here: How Not To Be Hated On Facebook
I have been asked if I miss Facebook since canceling my account and the short answer is: absolutely not.
In case you missed my first Facebook diatribe, here you go:
Click here: Facebook Is Rotten
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Click here: Obama Cuts Spending Budget
So he has inspired me to cut my budget. We spend roughly $1000/month NOT in fixed bills. So I have decided to cut 10 cents out of my budget.
This Obama guy may know what he is doing after all!
Monday, April 20, 2009
Click here for the story: Miss California Sparks Furor With Gay Marriage Comments on Miss USA Telecast
Here is the quote that really irks me:
Keith Lewis, who runs the Miss California competition, tells FOXNews.com that he was "saddened" by Prejean's statement.
"As co-director of the Miss California USA, I am personally saddened and hurt that Miss California believes marriage rights belong only to a man and a woman," said Lewis in a statement. "I believe all religions should be able to ordain what unions they see fit. I do not believe our government should be able to discriminate against anyone and religious beliefs have no politics in the Miss California family."
So Prejean can't decide for herself what her opinion on gay marriage is? Have we really come to a point where dissenting opinions aren't allowed anymore? Prejean was asked what her opinion was, she gave it. It isn't like she took the opportunity with an open mike to espouse her feelings on the subject. In fact, when you read her comment she sounds like she would rather not have been asked that question.
Where is the outrage over Perez Hilton even asking the question? It was a ridiculous question during a pageant like this, and it has been an even more ridiculous reaction to her answer. If you don't like the answer, then don't ask the question.
This has always been the problem with the gay rights movement, they can't tolerate opposing opinions. They want acceptance in all realms. If you think homosexuality is morally wrong then you are an evil, murdering, insane, stupid individual and are likened to Hitler and every other figure of evil the world has known.
There may be behaviors I engage in that they think are morally wrong, like shooting sharpened sticks out of a bow and into juicy, delicious animals. While I will vehemently fight for my right to hunt, I am not going to question some one's character simply because they don't think I should have that right.
So not only do they want you to be quiet, now they want you to not even hold an anti-gay marriage opinion. Or at a minimum I guess they wanted Prejean to lie about her opinion when asked the question.
Since the tax day tea parties I have been considering taxes quite a bit. I had always heard pundits like Rush and Hannity refer to them as punitive taxes, and I've recently realized just how true that is.
Back in old times, taxation, especially burdensome taxation, was a tool used by the king to keep the serfs from garnering too much wealth, and therefore power. Wealth in the wrong hands meant trouble for the monarchy, so they put a huge tax burden on the peasants to keep them in place.
Then, a few extremely intelligent people boarded ships to strike out on their own, risking their own lives, and those of their families', to escape this taxation. They came up with the most amazing, awe inspiring, incredible system of government ever. And they did this to avoid heavy taxation on everyone; from the plantation owner, right on down to the street-sweeper. The brilliance of the concept was that one could benefit from the fruit of their own labor.
Somewhere in this country we got a way from that. Now taxes aren't just about gathering funds to run a minimal government, and to employ a military for the common defense. No, taxes now are used as punishment. Smoke or drink (note, I am in no way condoning those things!)? Pay a tax. Drive a car? Pay a tax. Have a job? Pay a tax. Own property? Pay a tax. Buy something? Pay a tax.
What are the incentives in our current tax code? To be a non-smoking, non-drinking, walking, unemployed renter that can't afford to buy anything. I won't argue with the first two, though I am not sure it is the government's place to tax people out of those activities, but you get the idea. The incentives of our wonderful system are drying up in a huge taxation sponge. As the government continues to play Robinhood and take from the earners, and give to the slackers, we are all becoming encouraged by the tax code to just quit trying.
Taxes shouldn't be punitive. The government should be limited, should be funded at the most minimum of levels, and provide for the common defense. Why liberals and Democrats don't get this is beyond me. We should be encouraging people, through lower taxes, to better themselves. But they don't see it that way. The liberal Democrat I sit near day-in-day-out espouses punitive taxes on the rich.
I guess she'd prefer England in the 1600s...........
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Every time Obama is so chummy with these terroristic dictators I think of so-called Reverend Wright and Bill Ayers. The warning of this behavior was clear to all voters in the last election, yet so many ignored the warning.
Maybe it was because Obama was black, so African-Americans were going to vote for him whether or not he killed baby seals with a club. Or maybe some people hated George W. Bush so much they were going to vote for Obama to stick it to Republicans. Or maybe it was that the mainstream media played down Obama's associations with the likes of Wright and Ayers.
Regardless of the reason, now we are stuck with a man that can't properly judge between people that he should be pals with and those he should not. We are stuck with a man that gravitates toward people that hate the United States with a fervor. We are stuck with a man whom we are forced to question his own feelings about this the greatest country on God's green earth.
So for those of you that voted for Obama, don't try to say you weren't warned. While Chris Matthews had a tingle going up his leg, many of us had a cold chill running down our spines. Turns out we were right and Matthews, his cronies, and those that so vehemently defended Obama's associations were dead wrong.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
But here it is, tell me if you don't think this is inspirational!
Click here: Susan Boyle on Britain's Got Talent
That blew me away. The fact that the crowd didn't take her seriously at first, but gave her a standing ovation is just so, I really can't find the words. And I love how she starts to stroll off stage triumphantly before the judges even had a chance to react.
Simon cracks me up too!
Friday, April 17, 2009
Oh boy here we go. We've already seen the mainstream media's biased handling of Wednesday's tea parties. The mainstream media reacted with predictability trying to cast the tea parties as an extreme, right-wing orchestration funded by Republicans and Fox News.
Now Hollywood is weighing in trying to belittle the tea parties and setting up their own straw men to beat down. The fact that it has taken two days is amazing. Of course, they had bigger fish to fry I guess, like lambasting Miley Cyrus for her smaller-than-perfect tooth-to-gum ratio. But I digress.
Along comes left-wing extremist, and whacko, Janeane Garofalo to tell us what the tea parties were really about.
"It's about hating a black man in the White House."
Wow, really Janeane? It has nothing to do with the man in White House's policies, regardless of skin color? Psst. Did you know that Michael Steele is the head of RNC? These same people don't seem to have a problem with a black man heading up the Republican party. Also, did you know, Janeane, that one of Obama's biggest critics is Alan Keyes? I wonder what your feelings on that are.
But it gets better. Whacky, zany old Janeane goes on:
"This is racism straight up and is nothing but a bunch of teabagging rednecks."
We need to superimpose John Stewart's stupid, "really?" face here. How can you accuse people of racism while at the same time using a racial epitaph to describe them? The funny thing is that Janeane probably doesn't even see the hypocrisy in her statement. She is too busy thinking of her next insult.
I think I know why Janeane is so angry these days. See, for years she wore horrible spectacle frames, and couldn't start a trend. Sarah Palin arrives on the scene and overnight created a "Sarah Palin glasses frame" sensation. Janeane has been crying herself to sleep ever since.
How else do you explain Janeane being such an angry, little, middle-aged woman? Afterall, she got her far-left extreme candidate elected to office. You'd think she'd be happier than a pig (wearing lipstick) rolling around in its own feces. Or what Janeane would call her usual Friday night.
Anything that upsets Garofalo is worthwhile. I say we plan more tea parties immediately, if for no other reason than to send Janeane further into her self-loathing depression. Why can't she just pop a Paxil and go away?
Thursday, April 16, 2009
This is exactly why people are so frustrated. The mainstream media is now nothing more than a far-left, liberal wing of the Democratic Party and you can't get any true journalism from it any longer. Sean Hannity has been saying it for months now, true journalism is dead. Chris Matthews gets a tingle up his leg at the mere sight of Obama, and believes that it is his job to help Obama be successful.
WRONG, it is Chris Matthew's job to report on Obama's performance whether it is a success or a failure.
Too bad we can't vote for (or against) reporters.
EDIT: CNN made YouTube pull the original. But here is another that shows the exchange AFTER the CNN cameras were turned off.
I watched with rapt attention yesterday the coverage on pjtv.com of the tea parties going on throughout the country. The estimates I heard were between 800 and over 1000 of these things took place, in locales as small as rural communities to major cities, and everywhere in between. Some of these drew people in the thousands. The one here in Michigan, at the state capitol in Lansing, drew about 5,000 people I am told. (The Detroit papers set the figure between 3,000-4,000, so you know there were more!)
The point of these protests was simple: taxes are high enough, it is time to stop spending. Some on the left have tried to muddle that message. "It is right-wing extremists. They are just protesting liberalism. This is a well-funded, orchestrated movement started by the Republican leadership." All of those things are bald-faced lies.
Of interest was the White House's reaction to these tea parties: Obama Unaware Of Tea Parties The arrogance of this man is beyond anything I've ever seen. A "no comment" would have been better than this feigned obtuseness. I am sure the official story will be that he has other things to worry about. But not worrying and not being aware are two different things. I chalk it up to yet another Obama lie.
Another typical, predictable reaction was by Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm. Governor Granholm says she thinks the protests in Lansing, Traverse City and elsewhere were "orchestrated by a certain slice of the far right." Jenny, Jenny, Jenny. The only things "orchestrated" have been the reactions by liberals like you. The talking points were obviously sent out as Jenny and her cronies around the country reacted with the same accusations. Except The Chosen One in the Oval Office, but we already discussed the fact that he lied about even knowing about the tea parties.
Some estimates I heard put the total attendance of all the 800-1000 tea parties across the nation at about 1 million. An incredible showing considering many of these people are working people (unlike the throngs at Obama's inauguration), and considering these were held during the day in the middle of the week. Democracy at its finest!
These are the kinds of things that restore my faith in my fellow Americans.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Opening day here in Detroit is a big deal. Living here I never realized what a big deal we make of opening day until I worked with some people from out of state. They told me that opening day was not such a huge deal in their home town. Here it is a holiday, and it fell on Good Friday this year so many people had the day off. (It was also my 10th wedding anniversary so no way was I making it to the game!)
To me opening day is important because it means my favorite sport is back and playing games that mean something again. I have always loved baseball but it wasn't until the World Series cancelling strike of 1994 that made me realize just how much I loved baseball. No World Series and no MLB playoffs was dreadful. Many people cursed the game and said they'd never be a fan again. I took a different track: I decided to savor and enjoy the game all the more.
However, it is with sadness that I write about the sport I love today. Because one of the reasons I love the game so much passed away a few days ago: Mark "The Bird" Fidrych.
I was 6 going on 7 in 1976 when Fidrych burst on the scene as rookie. His eccentric ways, incredible pitching, and "awww shucks" attitude made him an instant favorite for my brother and I. Willie Horton was our favorite Tiger, but Fidrych became a solid second almost immediately.
He also started the first Tiger game I ever attended. (I'll have to do a post about that game at a later date.) Tiger Stadium was packed that night, the atmosphere was electric. The team was a losing team but you wouldn't have known it. That is what The Bird did, he packed them in. Everyone wanted to see him pitch.
I met him once. He lived in an apartment complex near our house in Belleville, MI where I grew up. One day I was grocery shopping with my mom. As we were checking out the cashier asked me if I like Mark 'The Bird' Fidrych. I was about 7 years old then and I told her I did. She pointed him out standing in another line and told me: "If you ask him for an autograph, he'll give you one." I asked my mom for a pen and paper and went up to him. He was gracious and nice, and I'll never forget being in awe of him. There he stood in a jean jacket, t-shirt and blue jeans looking as normal as anyone else in the store. I beamed all the way home from the store!
His career was cut short by injury, but not until he had established himself as a legend. It was a sad day here in Michigan on Monday. We lost a legend. We lost a character. We lost someone that put the Detroit area on his shoulders and held us all up, if only for a year and half.
Mark "The Bird" Fidrych will be missed.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Guess my dislike for Facebook just took a turn toward the justified! Yeah, I think I will avoid these sites even more than I already did, thank you.
There is a storm brewing. As the Obama administration continues to shove draconian new laws into the legislative process many people are becoming more and more upset. States' and individuals' rights are being tampered with. This is leading to a recipe for disaster.
I don't like the way this country is heading. We have been a very polarized, split nation for the last couple of decades. Now when you start seeing language like in the link above (which I agree with completely) from the leader of one of the biggest states in the union, it makes you wonder where we as a nation may be headed.
I have quietly been predicting for a while now that this nation was headed for another civil war unless something changes. I see no indications that my assessment is wrong. It may not happen in my lifetime, but I cannot see this nation continuing this way for another 100 years without something giving.
Obama is only furthering this polarization and accelerating us as a nation down that path. If he does something really ignorant, like trying to confiscate firearms or ammunition, that could very well be the tipping point.
Monday, April 13, 2009
The movie itself is not going to take Hollywood by storm. It isn't the best shot, acted, written, and produced movie to ever be made. However, it is more than adequate in all of those areas. More importantly, the content of the film is top-notch. The message is outstanding. It is a movie you can watch without becoming embarrassed. And it will take you on a roller-coaster ride of emotions.
The basic premise is that firefighter Caleb Holt (played by Kirk Cameron) and his wife, Catherine, are headed for divorce. Caleb's father talks him into following a plan to save his marriage called "The Love Dare". It is a 40 day program. Caleb agrees to do it but is only halfhearted in his attempts to follow the plan. His wife also is balking at accepting his attempts as she has become jaded, and has begun to fall for a young doctor at the hospital that she does PR work for.
By the end of the movie Caleb has rediscovered his love for his wife through the plan his father put him on, and has realized that his own life wasn't what it should have been. To me that is the most important message of this movie: in order to be right for someone else you need to be right yourself.
Caleb falls into the same trap so many of us husbands get caught in. We become selfish, self-absorbed, bitter, and resentful. We shut out our wives and start to think the grass is greener in the pastures of our single friends, and friends that have more subservient wives. Until we discover that the problem with our marriages lies within us we cannot overcome these impediments.
I fell into this trap myself several years ago, so this movie hit way too close to home for me. I wish it had been out 4 years ago, but at least it is out now. The learning I did when I realized I had become a selfish, jerk of a husband made me stand up and take responsibility for what I was doing to my marriage. Luckily, like Caleb, I was able to save it before it was too late!
I urge everyone to see this movie, but especially married couples. If your marriage is not doing too well, this movie would be especially helpful to you. As long as you are together there is still hope. Pick up this DVD today!
Thursday, April 09, 2009
We go out to hunt and gather to provide for our meal.
He says all is good
with thanks be given.
They provide for our happiness and well-being.
We decide their fate
with love and logic.
They have a right to the former and the former.
To give more would be
human folly, foolishness.
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
Question: I know Obama is omnipotent (all powerful and knowing), but isn't pollution in the atmosphere supposedly how we got into this "crisis"?
Military Used Pigs In Blasts To Test Armor
I think the media expects us to be outraged by this. My response: So what?
Obama To Discuss Nuclear Program With Iran
No, I guess being friends with unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers wasn't a prelude to Obama being friendly with terrorists while President. Disgusting.
Islamic Ayatollah Feels Obama Is Sincere In Muslim Message
Hmmm, does this story make anyone else think about this Obama Freudian slip?
And this idiot wonders why I cling to my guns and religion................
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
The Silent Scream
I remember watching this video with my parents when I was a teenager and it profoundly affected it me. I had been anti-abortion before then but I became a staunch defender for the life of the unborn after viewing this.
For those wondering, a woman and abortion doctor agreed to have an ultrasound done during the abortion of her 11 week-old fetus, and to record what it captured. What was captured on video was truly astounding and life altering. Many have been affected by viewing this including the abortion doctor that performed the abortion. He never performed another after watching the footage.
If you can watch this and still support a woman's right to savagely murder her unborn child, then I question your humanity and compassion.
Please be sure to pass the URL for this video on to everyone you know.
Thank you to the Michigan State Spartans on a very enjoyable and successful 2008-2009 basketball season. They did themselves, their coach, their school, and their state proud.
I can't wait until next year, you guys will be even better! Then it will be pay back to those cheating Tar Heels!
Sunday, April 05, 2009
They were given no chance against Kansas. They won.
They were given no chance against Louisville. They won.
They were given no chance against UConn. They won.
The Spartans are one game away from the national championship. And now are being given no chance against UNC.
All I can say is, we'll see.
Friday, April 03, 2009
Monica Conyers Does It Again Courtesy of Deminski and Doyle
Unbelievable. Typical liberal: the debate isn't going my way so I will attack people personally on completely unrelated issues.
The Detroit City Council needs to stand up and oust this menace. There has to be a process for removing a council member who has no ability to play nicely with others. Again, she is making a mockery of the council, the city, and everyone that lives in and around the city.
Monica has to go.
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
The reason I have a problem with that is because there are really only two possibilities. Either the view of right and wrong they previously held was not based on principle, or they are willing to give up principles based on whatever this new perspective they've "gained" may be.
I quoted "gained" above because I take issue with that word in this context. In the majority of cases where this has occurred in some one's life they haven't really "gained" anything with this new perspective, but often times have taken a step backwards. Let me give an example.
Someone, we'll call him Gentleman A, believes that abortion is wrong. Gentleman A believes that abortion is murder and that there is no difference in aborting a fetus and killing a 2 year-old toddler. Gentlemen A meets a young lady, Ms. B. After a few weeks of dating Gentleman A and Ms. B commit fornication and a new life is the result. Suddenly Gentleman A has "gained" a new perspective on the abortion issue and is no longer strongly opposed to it on moral grounds.
Did Gentleman A really gain anything in this situation? Absolutely not. He might would argue that his setting aside of principle is based on perspective. I'd call what he is practicing as nothing more than situational ethics. He felt abortion was morally wrong, until he found himself in a situation where abortion was the easy way out, and suddenly his perspective changed.
Let me give another example. Gentleman C believes that fetal stem-cell research is a bad idea. He really has no moral principle in which to base this on, it is just a gut feeling; it doesn't feel right. Gentleman C is hit head-on one night by a drunk driver resulting in his being paralyzed from the chest down. Gentleman C suddenly no longer believes that fetal stem-cell research is a bad idea. In fact, he'd argue that he has "gained" new perspective and is now a staunch proponent of fetal stem-cell research.
Gentleman A was willing to set aside principle due to his situation. Gentleman C on the other hand never held to a principle on the given issue, and therefore was swayed to change his opinion based on his situation. Whether or not it is worse to never have held a principle or to be willing to set aside a principle isn't important. What is important is that in either case what these two have done is practiced situational ethics.
"Gaining" perspective that changes one's opinion on moral issues is simply situational ethics. It is changing views in order to suit one's current circumstances. In the two examples above, examples that I have witnessed, either the lack of principle, or the setting aside of principle, led to individuals changing their belief structure from the moral to the immoral. Can that really be calling "gaining" anything?
The truth is we should always have our beliefs rooted in principle. These principles should be based on an objective standard for determining right from wrong, and that objective standard should be what guides our life, our decisions, and our beliefs. This would help prevent us from succumbing to the trap that Gentleman C fell into. We wouldn't be willing to choose the immoral simply because our situation had changed.
Also, we should always hold to those objective standards, or principles. Not doing this is what led Gentleman A to go down the path of immorality. He was willing to set aside the guiding principles in his life because they had become inconvenient to his situation.
This outlook should also apply regardless of what those around choose. The situations of friends and family shouldn't cause us to set aside our principles. This is something that is all too common in our society today. People are staunch advocates of the moral until a family member or friend makes a choice that puts them into certain situations. People are willing to set aside morality because they've allowed their principles to be compromised by a loved one's situation.
In the battle between principle and perspective, principle should always win. Principles based on the one true objective standard for morality should always be principles. Those principles should never be cast aside for convenience, or based on some one's situation. To put it another way, if it was wrong yesterday, then it will be wrong today and tomorrow as well.