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Saturday, July 31, 2010

I Grow Weary Of Immigration Protesters

It sickens me to watch the people protesting illegal immigration crackdowns, like the Arizona law that has caused so much controversy. I also am growing tired of the calls of racism by those that disagree with the law. To me, as with many, it is a pretty clear issue.

If you are in this country illegally you are breaking the law and need to be deported. Period, end of discussion.

No one is against legal immigration, and I in fact know some people that are legal immigrants. Even some in my own family. They are here, abiding by the law, doing what they are required to do to take up legal residence here, or citizenship. That is great, perfect even.

But how anyone can defend those that gain illegal access to our country, or that out stay their visas, is beyond me. Further, that those people could stage protests against laws and measures to send illegal immigrants packing is even more unbelievable.

Now there is a story that immigration protesters jumped on to the field during a Mets game in New York, and ran around unfurling Mexican flags. Note to NYPD: the first thing you should do is verify their status in this country.

Dear illegals, stop breaking the law. Leave our country and apply for admittance through the proper channels. Dear law enforcement, please verify the status of anyone that seems suspicious of being in our country illegally. Dear legal immigrants, please come out against illegal immigration as it is no fair to those of you that did it properly.

And to the protesters, I only have one thing to say: GET A LIFE.

Some moron with a Mexican flag runs around on the field during a New York Mets game.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Andy Griffith Pimps Himself Out For Obamacare


Click here for story: Andy Griffith's new role: pitching health care law

Wow. So the head snake oil salesman turns to an old snake oil salesman to sell more of his snake oil.

Andy looks like he could use some health care:

If Barney were still alive maybe he could keep Andy in his place.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Time Magazine, Relunctantly, Admits that Rush Is Right About BP Oil Leak

This had to hurt. Time Magazine admits, relunctantly, that Rush Limbaugh is right about the BP Oil "disaster", and it being far from an environmental disaster.

Click here for story: The BP Spill: Has the Damage Been Exaggerated?

Here is the juicy part:
The obnoxious anti-environmentalist Rush Limbaugh has been a rare voice arguing that the spill — he calls it "the leak" — is anything less than an ecological calamity, scoffing at the avalanche of end-is-nigh eco-hype.

Well, Rush has a point. The Deepwater explosion was an awful tragedy for the 11 workers who died on the rig, and it's no leak; it's the biggest oil spill in U.S. history. It's also inflicting serious economic and psychological damage on coastal communities that depend on tourism, fishing and drilling. But so far — while it's important to acknowledge that the long-term potential danger is simply unknowable for an underwater event that took place just three months ago — it does not seem to be inflicting severe environmental damage.
Let me translate: Rush is right but we still hate him.

It must stick in their craw that Rush has been saying this for weeks, and now they have to admit it. The news outlets have been screaming about fishing bans, but how much have we heard as the bans have been lifted?

The fact is that this is not the environmental disaster that the environwhackos hoped it would be. While no one enjoyed watching the underwater shots of the oil being spilled into the Gulf, the fact is that oil is a natural occurrence and the earth has ways of dealing with its own products.

Now they can go back to screaming about a 1 degree increase in average air temperature (based on faulty, manipulated data) over the last 150 years.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

So Long BP, We Hardly Knew You

One of the best ways to destroy something is to turn the purse strings of said thing over to Barack Hussein Obama.

Just look what he has done to the United States in a year and a half. A $2 trillion dollar deficit by spending like there is no tomorrow.

By the way, a quick side note: I almost threw up in my mouth the other day when I over heard Obama saying something about "the previous administration took a surplus and turned it into a huge deficit". Granted Bush did leave office with a $200 billion deficit, but that is a 1/10th the ridiculous spending that Obama has engaged in. For him to use this language after what he has done is evil and hypocritical. Yes, I believe Obama is evil and is a hypocrite.

Back to this story. Now he is set to bankrupt a foreign corporation over which he has no jurisdiction.

Click here: U.S. Drills Deep Into BP as Drama Drags On
NEW ORLEANS — Bob Dudley, BP's lead executive
in the Gulf of Mexico, spotted his U.S. government counterpart, retired Adm. Thad Allen, at the New Orleans hotel where both were staying earlier this month. Wanting to say good night after a long day, Dudley instead got fresh orders.

Adm. Allen said the government wanted BP to pay for community representatives in states affected by the oil-well blowout. "What does that mean?" Dudley asked. "I'm reluctant to agree without understanding what you are asking us to do." On Tuesday, the government ordered BP to set up such teams, which are designed to handle local concerns.

Another day, another directive. The Obama administration now is controlling BP's checkbook and resources in the Gulf as the two sides respond to the disaster, from use of oil-busting dispersants to the language of announcements.

BP managers say they frequently hear that "Potus has ordered" such and such, "Potus" being Washington shorthand for "president of the United States." A few weeks ago, BP's coordinator of oil-containment booms got a call from an official flying on Air Force One about where to send 80,000 feet of the barriers.

On a smaller scale, BP just received a $75,000 non-itemized bill for a one-day visit by Vice President Joe Biden to the New Orleans crisis center.

"We effectively work for the government here," BP's Dudley says.

So Obama is now set to do to BP what he did to the United States. Take a disaster and use it as an excuse to spend someone else's money. Granted, BP should be on the hook for this, but does the president really have the authority to tell a British corporation on what and where it has to spend its money? Shouldn't he be worrying about our soldier dying in Afghanistan, or the threat that Iran and North Korea continue to pose?

No instead he is micromanaging an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In the meantime foreclosures continue to grow, the economy continues to languish, and his own party is facing their demise come November.

I am beginning to think Obama was the right man at the right time. He was the right man to get this country to look at itself and realize that he and his party represent all that is wrong in our nation today. Come November, when we see the senate's majority widdled down, and the house of representatives fall to the Republicans.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Follow-up To My Earlier DDT Post

A couple of months ago I wrote this posting regarding DDT.

Click here for posting: Time To Bring Back DDT

Now the state of Michigan has launched a website related to the bedbug epidemic.

Click here for website: Don't Let the Bed Bugs Bite!

This is so frustrating. Allowing DDT to be used again would prevent these types of things. But our politicians have allowed the environwhackos to infiltrate our government through taxpayer funded environmental agencies. It drives me crazy.


Let's eradicate these things again:

Thursday, July 15, 2010

In The End, It Is Bad Decisions That Cause Economic Grief

Since the economic meltdown of 2008, I have grown tired of hearing liberals blame banks and lenders for the collapse.
They were too greedy!
We entrusted them with the safekeeping of our money!
They only care about profits and their executives!
Blah blah blah blah blah.

Since the meltdown the idiocy has ramped up even more. Uttering statements about how the banks should take huge losses to let homeowners out of upside down mortgages. Or how the lenders are still greedy because they can't just wave a magic wand to lower someone's interest rate, or to cut their principal down.

The reason all of that has grown so tiresome to me is because that so many of the cases I know of personally, it was bad decisions that fueled the problems for borrowers. Bad decisions by the borrowers themselves.

First, I know several people that, over the course of 15-20 years, remortgaged homes and took more and more money out of those homes. The result? 20 years later, after the housing market tanked, they owe a lot more on their home than it is worth.

These people will blame everyone else, and will say many of the things quoted above. In reality it was stupidity on their part that got them into their current predicament. These people will accuse lenders of telling them that they didn't have to worry because real estate was just going to continue to surge in value. My response is always: "And you believed that?"

Anyone with half a brain knew that real estate was overvalued. Homes that should have been $200,000 were going for $380,000. Homes that should have been $90,000 were going for $130,000. Any real estate neophyte could have looked at the market and realized that it couldn't continue that way.

And even if it was true, it was still a bad decision to take additional money out of your home's equity! These people should have been enjoying watching their equity increase, as the value went up and as they continued to pay down their mortgage. But these people let other things get in the way of equitable growth.

Some of the reasons I personally know of that people took money out of their equity for:
One person took money out of their home to pay off their Ford F-150.
Another person took money out and put it into savings.
A couple took equity out of their home to pay off credit card debt, only to run up more credit card debt.
Another couple took equity out of their home in order to buy horses, boats and other items of luxury.

Could they not see that these were bad decisions? Taking away equity to pay for a vehicle that was only going to continue to depreciate? Taking equity out of your home to put in to a savings account in order to make 2% interest on the money? Paying off credit card debt and then turning around to run up more? Or the people that used the equity in their home as disposable income?

All of these people then turned around and complained that their house was too expensive, that they owed too much, and that the bank should do something to help them. But it wasn't the bank that made the decision to do these things. Oh sure, the banks might have advertised home-equity loans for things like this, but that doesn't mean these people were forced into doing it.

But the bad decisions get worse from there. Not only were people making bad decisions related to home financing decisions, but in financial decisions in general.

Here are some examples:
Going into foreclosure despite driving brand new cars on leases.
Taking money out of a 401K to save a house, only to lose the house to foreclosure later anyway.
Housewives taking on a job just to pay for a kid's wedding, instead of paying down debt.
Complaining about being behind on car loans and a mortgage, but showing up to work after a weekend with a brand new digital camera.
Complaining about money despite eating out every night.
Complaining about money, but funding cellphones for the entire family with unlimited minutes and texting.

These people then turn around and play the victim. "We couldn't afford our house!" "The bank won't work with us even though we owe $155,000 on a house worth $100,000." "I only have $100 to live on all month because of my bills!" "The bank said I don't qualify for government money because I make too much, but I am paying on a $100,000 mortgage and the house next to me just sold for $50,000." "I might not be able to go on my cruise this year because of my finances."

The decisions they make they don't want to be held responsible for. They want bailouts and governmental intervention despite the fact that they themselves are to blame for the position that they are in!

Oh, and many of these people were all for the bailouts for the auto companies despite being staunchly opposed to bailouts for the banking industry. Even in their political views they are hypocritical!

The bottom line is simple. The people that find themselves in financial distress 9 times out of 10 can trace their problem back to their own financial decisions. They can try and blame lenders and everyone else as much as they'd like, but those that live within their means are better able to withstand economic downturns. It is a fact of life.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Larry Hagman: Not A Real Oil Man, Just Plays One On TV

Larry Hagman is an idiot.

There I said it.

First the story:

Click here for story: Larry Hagman of 'Dallas' fame becomes the new face of SolarWorld

Now for a picture. Does this guy's eyebrows make him look like Satan or what?

So what makes Hagman an idiot? Well apparently his new gig is pitching solar panels. And in doing so he came up with this brilliant (sarcasm) statement:
"'Shine, baby, shine' is an inexhaustible source of energy," said Hagman, who plans to address the Intersolar trade show today in San Francisco. "When affordable oil gives out, we're in real trouble -- I mean the collapse of civilization, within 15 to 20 years."
For years now people with an agenda have been preaching the end to oil. They argue that we are using it all up and that there isn't enough to last. Notice: people with an agenda are the ones preaching this.

Whether that agenda is one of socialism (we want to control your behavior), extreme environmentalism (we need to control your behavior), or good old-fashioned sales (we are going to scare you into buying our products), this "we are running out of oil" chicken little speak has been going on for years.

Hagman looks especially foolish considering the sheer amount of oil, from a single well, being pumped into the Gulf of Mexico. Even a conspiracy-loving, "we are all going to die!" Democrat I work with admitted, based on what she was seeing in the Gulf, that either there is more oil than we thought or that the earth somehow produces it.

In fact, she came up with a great quote! She said: "Supposedly oil is decomposed dinosaur bones? Well how did they get that far down into the earth?" Great question, all be it from a very unlikely source!

The fact is Hagman doesn't know, nor does anyone else know, whether we have enough oil for 10 years (we probably have at least that much in reserves alone), or whether we have enough for the next 1000 years. To try to scare people into buying his solar products is ridiculous. Of course, unless he said something stupid like this it wouldn't have wound up all over the media. He had to say the ludicrous to get the most bang for his media dollar.

Now if he would just trim those eyebrows......

Monday, July 12, 2010

Let's See How The Liberal Mainstream Media Handles This One!

Oops, Obama may have been caught red-handed on this one.

Check these links out:

It appears Zuckerman only came forward when it became apparent that staffers were about to spill the beans. Interesting.

Then, of course, there is this report regarding Eric Holder:

Former Justice Department Lawyer: Holder Dropped New Black Panther Case for Racial Reasons

Uh oh. Then here is the icing on the cake:

Michelle Obama Rouses NAACP Before Vote Condemning 'Racist' Elements of Tea Party

Race baiting. Race based prosecution decisions. Media ties. And we thought the Clinton White House was corrupt. They have nothing on these guys.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Miracle: How The 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team Helped Turn Around A Nation

DISCLAIMER: I don't really believe that the 1980 victory over the Soviets was a miracle, but that is the word that has been widely attached to it.

Let's think about February 1980. The country was at the edge of the abyss. Rampant liberalism since the 1960s had caused the moral collapse of our society. We were in the midst of one of the worst recessions of the 20th century (only eclipsed by The Great Depression). The worst president in our nation's history, Jimmy Carter, had spent 3 years ruining an already collapsing nation. U.S. hostages were being held in Iran, and had been there for 3 months.

In short, the nation was in the toilet.

Then came a hockey team full of youngsters that nobody had heard of, coached by a hockey coach nobody had heard of.

I watched Miracle this morning, the 2004 dramatic film starring Kurt Russell as Herb Brooks. As the final seconds of the climactic game against the Soviets ticked off, and the tears streamed down my face in patriotic pride, I realized just how big that game was for our nation. Remembering the malaise described in the opening paragraph above, and remembering that the cold war had raged on for 33 years by time this point in time, our nation needed a jolt to wake them from the fear, apathy, and despair that had gripped it for so long.

After the U.S. Olympic hockey team beat the Soviets on February 22, 1980, things began to change. And while you don't change such a mess of a nation overnight, that day the wheels were set in motion for a nation to recover.

After the game everyone knew who Herb Brooks, and many of the players like Jim Craig and Mike Eruzione, were. And the nation began to believe in itself again.

On November 4, 1980, that recovery took a booster shot in the arm. Ronald Wilson Reagan won a landslide victory over the worst president in our nation's history, Jimmy Carter, to become the 40th president of the United States.

Iran released the American hostages the day Reagan was inaugurated, January 20, 1981. Reagan immediately set about to reverse the other major problems facing the nation: the recession and the cold war.

By the middle of his first term, America was well on their way to economic recovery. And while liberal socialists continue to bash Reagan's economic policy, it was that policy that allowed the nation to enjoy the longest period of peacetime economic growth in the nation's history. Lasting well into the Clinton administration, Reagan should be rightfully credited for laying an outstanding foundation for personal wealth building. While Clinton, and now Obama, continue to chip away at that foundation, true Americans know that Reagan was right.

And he was equally successful in conducting the cold war. Where Carter had been weak, almost apologetic, towards the Soviet Union, Reagan was tough. He talked tough. He called the Soviets the "Evil Empire". He told Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin wall. And he began funding SDI, or Star Wars as it was labeled by the liberal media, to protect our nation from ICBMs fired at it. The thought of SDI, something they could never dream of building themselves, scared the Soviets. And that fear began to break down the cohesion of the Soviet empire.

In fact, it was the Persian Gulf war that highlighted how close the U.S. was to realizing Reagan's dream of missile defense. As the world watched, Patriot missiles were successful time and time again of knocking out Iraq's scud missiles as they fired them at U.S. forces and Israel. The Soviets took notice of that success.

The Persian Gulf war ended February 28, 1991. On December 8, 1991 the Soviet Union collapsed. The seeds of that collapse actually were sown much earlier that year through the spring and summer of 1991. Coincidence? Obviously not. That more pundits do not talk about the effect of the Persian Gulf War, and the Patriot missile, in the collapse of the Soviet Union surprises me. When those Patriot missiles displayed America's missile defense capabilities, the successful results served notice to the Soviets.

All of this great and historic turn-around began when 20 ordinary young men accomplished the extraordinary and defeated the Soviet hockey juggernaut. Remembering that they had just lost to the Soviet hockey team, 10-3, 13 days earlier, I think that beating the Soviets made the nation start believing that no matter how dire things appear, victory was still possible.

Looking back at that period in our history, makes you realize how important it is to have the right person in the right position at the right time. Herb Brooks was the right man to coach the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team. Ronald Reagan was the right man to lead the U.S. during the 1980s. After a year and a half it is obvious that Barack Hussein Obama is the wrong man for the job at the wrong time in our current point in history.

We can start correcting that this November. And in November of 2012. The next two and half years are going to be critical for our nation. Just like in 1980, we are headed the wrong way. These next two elections are so important because getting the right people in place will help us begin a recovery like Ronald Reagan presided over in the 80s. It starts by electing the right people to the right positions at the right time this November. And in November of 2012. I believe we can do it. I believe once again that this nation can take a cue from the 1980 Olympic hockey team, pull ourselves up by the bootstraps, and be victorious.

To not do that will be disastrous for this the greatest nation on God's green earth.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Obama, Corporations, And The Little Guy

For nearly two years, while campaigning for his presidential run, Barack Obama sold Americans on the idea that he was for the little guy. Corporations evil, worker good. Tarzan loves Jane. GRUNT!

Then came the actual presidency and nothing could be further from the truth. Bailouts for big businesses, but the little guy is still on the hook for houses that are worth half what the little guy owes on it. So Obama passes a "stimulus" bill to heat up the economy. Of course, the bulk of that money goes to states and local governments, so they can pay, you guessed it, businesses to fix roads, and bridges, and build more government buildings. Pet projects all.

So where did the concern for the little guy go? Well I maintain it was never really there. Obama paid lip service to it to get the little guy's vote, but in the end he is a shill for the same controlling interests as most other politicians.

Surely, anti-big business Obama would hold a big business oil company's feet to fire for creating the worst oil spill in history, right? Ummmm, no. Obama has instead been doing a romantic tango with BP since the oil spill began. And, of course, it has nothing to do with BP contributing more to Obama's campaign than to any other candidate. Nothing to see there. Ignore the man behind the curtain.

Then there is this:

Click here for story: U.S. Plans Cyber Shield for Utilities, Companies
The federal government is launching an expansive program dubbed "Perfect Citizen" to detect cyber assaults on private companies and government agencies running such critical infrastructure as the electricity grid and nuclear-power plants, according to people familiar with the program.

Those companies need government cyber-protection, right? In the meantime, criminals are free to steal your identity and put you into overwhelming debt without any government intervention. Oh, but feel free to work with all of the lenders to untangle the knot that is identity theft yourself. You might want to take some time off of work to wade into the red-tape that is created from identity theft.

So Obama for the little guy? HA! Don't you dopes that got duped into that one feel brilliant?

Friday, July 02, 2010

Chicago Aldermen Must Like Beatdowns, Set Themselves Up For Another Beatdown By the SCOTUS

Only the idiots running Chicago could accuse the Supreme Court Of The United States of being "out of touch", and then prove how out of touch they are themselves.

Click here for story: Chicago approves new handgun restrictions

“No Supreme Court judge could live in my community and come to the same conclusion they did a couple days ago,” Ald. Sharon Denise Dixon (24th) said.

Only an idiot would live in her community without a gun! If I lived in a rough area I would be even more in favor of allowing gun ownership BY LAW-ABIDING CITIZENS.

“I find it hard to believe that the Supreme Court justices that voted to strike our handgun laws have spent any time in the communities that many of us represent,” Ald. Toni Preckwinkle (4th) said. “There’s no way if they knew the violence our young people face every day that they could decide this was a reasonable course of action.”

See my response to the first idiot above. Please. Maybe your communities are so crime ridden because of the 28 years of banning handguns for the good guys!

Here is my favorite one though:

Gun rights activists point to statistics showing that jurisdictions that allow people to keep guns in their homes see drops in violent crime. But the aldermen unanimously rejected that claim, saying experts who testified before City Council committees this week convinced them that statistic is flawed.

“If people bothered to read as opposed to getting their news from the ‘Tea Party Times,’ they would understand and see that there is more harm done by the proliferation of handguns than there is benefit,” said Ald. Freddrenna Lyle (8th).

Freddenna Lyle sounds as ignorant as they come. You see Freddenna 'Tea Party Times' isn't where we read about the crime rate dropping in jurisdictions that allow private gun ownership. Actual crime statistics are where we read that. Of course, Freddenna, you wouldn't know that because you go to 'The Brady Center Times' for your gun news. Idiot.

The SCOTUS will slap these new regulations around as well. These just fly in the face of the court's ruling earlier this week.

Since Freddenna probably can't read, let me illustrate it for her:

More Liberalism Run Amok. Again In, SHOCK, California

I really don't like California. If ever elected president one of my first acts would be to give them their independence. Then could rename their new country U.S.S.C.

Just another example of why they are the most liberal state in the nation:

Click here for story (and video): Freeway Flag - Display Of Patriotism Or Graffiti?
Until Wednesday, motorists saw a 35 foot mural of the American flag painted on a concrete retaining wall.

On Thursday, it was just gray concrete painted over by Caltrans.

Only in California.

Just One Of Many Reasons I Will Never Live In California: "Calif. weighs banning free bags"

The idiocy on the left knows no bounds. California's latest environwhacko crusade? Grocery bags.

Click here for story: No paper, no plastic: Calif. weighs banning free bags
California would become the first state to ban grocery, liquor and drug stores from providing free paper or plastic bags under legislation pushed by Democrats and supported by Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

What an important issue! I mean never mind this:

Click here for story: 2010-11 Budget Proposal: Solving California’s $20 Billion Deficit

Forget a $20 billion budget deficit, we need to ban grocery bags! Those are the biggest problem facing the state of California.

Arnold should be ashamed of himself. Then again, he did marry into the Kennedy family so I guess he is beyond shame.

Nancy Pelosi, The Idiot, On Unemployment: "It creates jobs faster than almost any other initiative you can name."



Don't believe she said this? I know it is difficult to believe. But here she is:

She is an idiot. Most of us knew that. But now she has proven it beyond any shadow of a doubt.

Let's see, let's create jobs by paying people that do not work. WHAT? Yeah, that no doubt creates jobs. In fact, it also ensures people will go out looking for jobs.

Pelosi, it is time to hang it up. Not only are you ineffective, but you are mentally unsound as well. Or worse, just an out-and-out liar. Of course, that would also mean you think the American people are stupid.

Dear Nancy:

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Algore Denies He Is A Pervert

We've seen it all before. Someone accuses a prominent public figure of sexual misconduct. The public figure denies the allegations. The case plays out in public for all who are interested to see.

In case you missed it:

Click here for story: Police Reopen Al Gore Case

And of course:

Click here for story: Gore "emphatically" denies "unwanted sexual contact" claim

What always interests me is the emphasis the accused puts on their on denial. Gore EMPHATICALLY and UNEQUIVOCALLY denies the allegations. Usually, the level of emphasis is directly proportional to the level of guilt. The more guilty the accused, the greater the emphasis on the denial.

It makes me think about what I used to do as a kid. If I took a cookie out of the jar and my mom questioned my siblings and I, I always denied it emphatically. If I didn't take the cookie, I would just say "No, I didn't take it."

So this makes me question Gore's denial. Why not just say "the allegations are false"? Instead of UNEQUIVOCALLY and EMPHATICALLY denying it. The more he forcefully he denies, the more guilty he appears.

As a point of reference, remember this?

Algore has learned from his former boss: deny, deny, deny. And then deny some more. And when you are done denying, deny again, and again, and again. Until a blue dress with an incriminating stain is found.

So do I think Algore did it? YOU BETCHA!