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Friday, February 25, 2011

John Legend Is An Idiot

Click here for story: John Legend: Take my tax cut. Please.

Here are his comments:
"People fought to give me — a millionaire — a tax cut this year," he said. "I didn't need it. And all the other millionaires didn't need it either." 
The singer said he'd benefited from cultural organizations such as community choirs and arts councils in earlier years, which often suffer when budgets get trimmed. 
"I hope our politicians will not think that they are expendable and they can just get rid of them and nobody will feel the pain," he said. "Because I think society will feel the pain." 
He added: "I'm really frustrated with some of the discourse that's coming out of Washington."
Here are the reasons these comments make John Legend an idiot:
  • He shouldn't speak for others! He has no idea what other millionaires need and don't need.
  • If the arts are so important to him, then he should take his tax cut and donate it to private organizations that support the arts.
  • Because he wants to force others to support the arts through taxation
  • Where was his frustration with discourse from Washington during the Bush years?
See this is the problem with the John Legend's of the world. They are socialists first. Tax and spend baby. The arts should be funded by taxes? Where in the founding documents of this nation was that ever something that the fathers thought should be done?

Liberals like this can't understand that the government shouldn't be in the business of charity. What the government should do is get out of the way and let private charities fund things like the arts, shelters for the homeless, etc. Government is wasteful. Government is full of corruption. GET THE GOVERNMENT OUT OF THIS TYPE OF ENDEAVOR!

But I am sure John Legend is like the rest of the left and think that people are generally stingy, and therefore we can't count on private donations. And they may be correct to a certain extent. But it is because of taxation and the government being involved in charity that people have that attitude. Drop our tax rates, take the government out of the charity business, and you'd see people donating to help those in need at an unprecedented level. The prevalent mentality today is "that is what the government is for".

Finally, John Legend is an idiot because the discourse from Washington is no different than it has ever been. The difference now is that John Legend has a president in the White House that he is heavily invested in (financially, emotionally, racially, etc), and he can't handle the criticism that this impotent administration draws for their incompetence. John Legend, you sir are a hypocritical, socialistic idiot.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Transcript Of Obama's Press Conference Yesterday (on Libya and Gay Marriage)

"I'd like to take a moment to comment on Libya. What Muammar Gaddafi is doing to his people makes me angry. It is unacceptable. I am going to jump up and down and scream until he stops."

(When asked if he doesn't stop?)"I will jump higher and scream louder until he does. With only small breaks in that activity for basketball, golf, and concerts at the White House."

(When asked if jumping and screaming was all he had planned?)"My team are discussing all possible options. Including us all jumping and screaming in unison. Unless I am playing basketball, golfing, or hosting concerts at the White House."

"Now onto another matter. Gay Marriage. In order to get elected I said I was against it. Then last December, in order to appease my base, I said my views on it are evolving. Now I am completely opposed to the defense of marriage act. It is unconstitutional, and in fact I believe that marriage should be redefined to being between 2 men or 2 women, and we should make opposite sex couples use civil unions. Further, if a person wants to marry an animal, or even an inanimate object, that is up to them. After all you don't choose who or what you love. I wish i had met basketball, golf and hosting concerts at the White House before I met Michelle."

"That's all, thanks for your time."

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Did The SCOTUS Get This One Right?

Click here for story: Supreme Court rejects vaccine lawsuit

Read the above article, then form your opinion. Who was right in this case? I am torn. On one hand I am not a fan of frivolous lawsuits. On the other hand I am wary of childhood vaccinations. Let's review the facts in this case:

  • 6 month-old suffers debilitating seizures that cause severe brain damage after routine vaccination
  • 65 other children were also harmed by the same vaccination
  • The vaccination that caused this (and no one disputes that it caused the problem) was removed from the market in 1998

Now remembering I am against frivolous lawsuits, but reviewing the above facts, I would say these parents have a case. Their daughter is now 19 but has the brain of a toddler. They are facing 24 hour care for this young lady for the rest of her life. It seems the vaccine maker could have be held complicit since the vaccine was pulled from the market in the years since this child's unfortunate reaction.

After some quick research I learned that the DPT vaccination is for the prevention of three diseases: diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough) and tetanus.

Diphtheria has already been pretty much eradicated. There have been 55 reported cases since 1980.

Pertussis, or whooping cough, while seeing a resurgence in recent years, doctors now have effective treatments that have rendered whooping cough to the status of treatable disease.

Tetanus if also extremely treatable. Once a potential tetanus-causing wound occurs a patient can be given the tetanus shot to prevent the disease.

So the question is this: was the DPT vaccination as necessary as preached? And the fact that it was known to cause seizures and brain damage in a relatively low number of cases, was that risk worth the reward?

I would argue no. Vaccinations are extremely controversial today. But the risks to the types of reactions that cause debilitating conditions seem to outweigh the rewards of preventing the diseases that they prevent. I would even argue that parents should also weigh the fact that since the vast majority of other kids receive the vaccinations, your child is very unlikely to ever come in contact with said diseases.

I know it sounds callous to take the position of "let other parents risk their kids well-being so that my kid can be safe", but put yourself in the shoes of the Bruesewitzs. You take a healthy, active, happy 6 month-old in for a routine check-up, and come out with a child that is brain damaged to the point of needing full-time care. For the rest of the child's life. Very scary and sad.

I never thought I'd agree with this woman, but on this point I do:
But other justices, such as Justice Sonia Sotomayor, expressed concerns that the immunity vaccine manufacturers have provides no motivation for them to improve vaccines and make them safer. She also didn’t seem to buy the arguments that allowing certain cases to go to court would cripple the vaccine-manufacturing industry.
My heart and prayers go out to the Bruesewitzs. If anyone knows of a website that we can donate to this family to help them with their daughter's care I would appreciate if you'd post it in the comments. I am extremely saddened for this family, and all families that have been harmed by vaccinations and immunizations, because they have no recourse thanks to laws like this one that has been upheld that prevent vaccination manufactureres from lawsuits.

And shame on the SCOTUS for getting this one wrong.

If you disagree with this post, do so respectfully or your comment will never see the light of day.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Where Is Obama And His "New Tone" Talk On This?

Watch the video. Amazing. Mere months since the Arizona shooting, and the left falling over themselves to ask for a "new tone in politics", we see these leftie weenies so attached to the union freebies they are used to, that they are actually calling to have Governor Scott Walker killed.

And where is Obama in all this? Shouldn't he come forward and ask for a tone of civility to prevent another Arizona type massacre? Oh, he is busy getting ready to shut down the government over American-people approved spending cuts. And defending dictators around the world at every opportunity.

I will set a new tone since the left can't. IMPEACH OBAMA!

H/T: Jammie Wearing Fool

Monday, February 21, 2011

Obama Loves Big Government

Shocking revelation here, I know. It isn't a surprise that when you elect the most liberal Senator in the Senate to be president, that he would turn out to be a lover of big government. And Obama has delivered on that threat/promise. He loves big government.

You can talk about the government handouts, the stimulus, cap and trade, and Obamacare. Yes those all point to his quasi-socialistic, big government leanings. No doubt about it. While Bush was funding two wars, he ran a modest deficit (huge, okay but modest by Obama's standards). Obama comes along and in 2 short years manages to multiple the deficit by 5.

But even scarier than Obama's love of spending tax-payer's money, or the government's money as he'd call it, is his penchant for always coming down on the side of government.

First there was Nicaragua. When a wannabe dictator tried to cease control of power by suspending the Nicaraguan constitution and usurping dictatorship rule, Nicaraguans reject it and ousted the power nabbing president from their country. Obama tried to step in and reinsert the dictator as president. Seriously? A president of a democracy supporting someone that tried to destroy their own democracy?

Then there was Egypt. Their ruler has been a dictator since he took office. (Egypt has been under emergency military rule since Mubarak took office in 1981.) When the Egyptian people have had enough of him and rise up to oust him, Obama falls all over himself to defend Mubarak. When he finally starts talking tough against Mubarak it is only because it is obvious that Mubarak can't stay. Maybe Barak saw Mubarak's name and decided to defend him.

Now China. Remember Obama bowing to the Chinese leader a while back? Do you think Obama will come out now and condemn China for excessive force against protesters? After all, Obama looks to China as a pinnacle of how to run government. It is sickening.

Yet when Gov. Walker of Wisconsin wants to reign in runaway salary and benefits to state workers, Obama steps in on the side of the unions? Now obviously Obama got elected largely on the union vote, especially public sector union votes. But why would Obama be so quick to condemn a state of our country, yet be so slow to condemn dictatorial leadership in Nicaragua, Egypt, and China? It is simple. Obama loves big government.

Gov. Walker is trying to end big government in Wisconsin, just like he promised to do while running for office. If Obama has any thought of reelection, he should support Gov. Walker and tell the unions that the era of easy money, where every lazy worker is protected and paid the same as every good worker, is over. After all, all Walker wants is for public sector employees to pay for a share of their benefits. Private sector workers already do that, and at a much higher rate than Walker is proposing.

Big government. Big labor. Obama. Dictatorships. Communists. Amazing how these all make such snuggly bedfellows, isn't it?

Friday, February 18, 2011

Proof That Moronic Nancy Pelosi Still Doesn't "Get It"

Click here for story: Nancy Pelosi aide says a government shutdown is likely

This just cracked me up. Nancy Pelosi, due to over excessive government spending, saw her majority in the House dissolve, and saw her lose her status as Speaker of the House. By the way, that title is #3 in line for the presidency, lest you forget.

So the new Republican House is going to play hardball with the president on setting the budget. Setting up a showdown that is likely to shutdown the government. Pelosi's response?
“It is a failure. It’s really a failure to say we have taken the leadership of the Congress of the United States and the first thing we’re going to do is shut down the government to the detriment of our people, to our security and to our country’s future,” she told reporters.
Huh? Good! The Republicans should take credit for this because it is exactly why the American public voted the Republicans into power!
Dear Nancy,
We are sick of government overspending. If the Republicans have to force a government shutdown to reign in the spending then we, the people, are all for it. This is why you lost in November. Not only are you a tax-and-spend liberal, but you are blatantly clueless to the fact that the philosophy runs counter to mainstream Americans' beliefs.

We The People
Pelosi went on to say:
“I would hope that instead of having ultimatums and statements of ‘I’m not going to do this’ or ‘I’m not going to do that’ that we will really have a process, go forward with an approach that talks about how to keep government open, not how we intend to shut it down,” she said.
WHA?! WHA WHA WHAT?!? You mean like the Democrats did with the health care debacle? Funny how Nancy disagrees with her own tactics when she is no longer in the majority and they are used against her.

Hopefully this kind of thing will cause her to lose her seat in 2012. And take another bunch of her fellow Democrats with her.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Justin Bieber Is An Idiot

Okay, I know he his young. But come on. Check this out:

Just Bieber calls Americans "Evil"

The Canadian-born Bieber never plans on becoming an American citizen. "You guys are evil," he says with a laugh. "Canada's the best country in the world. We go to the doctor and we don't need to worry about paying him, but here, your whole life, you're broke because of medical bills. My bodyguard's baby was premature, and now he has to pay for it. In Canada, if your baby's premature, he stays in the hospital as long as he needs to, and then you go home."

See why socialism is so dangerous? Those that only know socialism can't imagine a world without it. Not only that, but a world where you pay for services, even of the medical variety, seems foreign and abnormal. Food, shelter, and transportation are all necessities that make you "broke". Why doesn't the altruistic Canadian government provide those for their people as well?

Further, a millionaire teenager complaining about having to pay for health care? Please. His hair and make-up bills are probably higher than anything I've ever spent on medical care. What an idiot.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

I Hate Valentine's Day

Call me cynical in my old age. Call me unromantic. Call me anti-love. Call me anything you want, but I hate Valentine's Day. It is such a joke. Shouldn't we be showering our wives with love and praise all year, and not on just one particular day?

So yesterday at lunch I journey over to the local store. Yes, I hate Valentine's Day so much I waited until the day of Valentine's Day to actually shop for it. And I wasn't alone, I counted at least 50 other guys, and 2 women, doing their last minute V-Day shopping too.

The flower department was filled with guys that can only be described as looking like zombies from some undead movie, milling around with blank stares in their eyes. Whether they were young, and in brand new relationships, old and married forever, or somewhere in between, none of us had a clue as to what we were doing. Should I get the single red rose? How about the bouquet of carnations? What about the potted lillies?

My daughter was easy. A "Happy Valentine's Day" helium balloon. She loves those things. I decided that the balloon for my daughter, along with a card was sufficient. I would get the wife a card, and take her to dinner. Done.

So I venture over to the cards. Where 30 of the 50 guys I mentioned, and the 2 women, were crammed into an aisle's worth of space. Jockeying for position. "Excuse me." "Pardon me." "Don't mind me reaching around you, please." It was like one being with 32 heads, 64 arms and hands, getting in its own way. And no one was smiling.

Further, forget the labels for the cards. Kids cards were where the "For Wives" cards should have been. Naughty cards were were religious-themed cards should have been. Sifting through hundreds of cards became harder because as the 32 headed monster rejected a card, it jammed the card into any convenient slot it could find. Those cards have been out for at least a month, so you have multiple days of multiple 32 headed monsters arranging the cards in random order.

I settle on the wife's card right away. A nice $4.49 piece of cardboard that voiced my appreciation for the blessing that she is. What I could have said for free, I paid Hallmark nearly $5 to say for me.

The kid's card was tougher. Again, just finding them was tough. But once I did they were all geared towards older daughters. "I remember when you made my V-Day's cards from construction paper" one said. My daughter is 7, she still does that. Another talked about her being my little angel, but that what I didn't know won't hurt me. Uhhh, not exactly the kind of morals I am trying to instill in her.

Finally, after 15 minutes of searching, I settle on a puppy card. She loves puppies and dogs, so I know I can always fall back on a card with one of those. And it said: "Have a Happy Valentine's Day". Perfect. And a bargain at $2.49.

While searching for her card, one of the heads over heard my head telling my coworker's head "I hate this holiday." All 32 of the heads, even the 2 female heads, nodded approval. And then a discussion about how it is just a holiday to make greeting card companies rich broke out. The heads started frothing at the mouth when the discussion turned to Sweetest Day. (For those not in or from Michigan, look up that doozy of a holiday!)

I then went to check out, where the balloon refused to ring up at the Do-It-Yourself scanner. The attendant came over and had to type in her codes, and then the balloon's code. When it popped up for $4.99 on the monitor the attendant decided to go into color commentator mode: "That balloon is $5?" I looked at her through a fake, toothy smile, and muttered, "Yes, I guess it is." Inside I was thinking "it is your employer that is gouging me for some cellophane and helium!"

As I walked out, $20 lighter, I realized all over again why I hate Valentine's Day. And when I realized I would be standing in the lobby of a local seafood place that night, for an hour, waiting for a table, I just couldn't wait for February 15th to get here.

At least I was able to pick up some light-bulbs while I was out, so the trip to the store wasn't a total loss.

Friday, February 04, 2011

What The Left Doesn't Want You To Know: Energy Crunch Obama's Fault

And I was verbally assaulted for suggesting this guy was The Manchurian Candidate.

Click here for story: Obama’s Blocking Of New Power Plants Triggers Nationwide Blackouts
The rolling blackouts now being implemented in Texas and across the country as record cold weather grips the United States are a direct consequence of the Obama administration’s agenda to lay siege to the coal industry, launch a takeover of infrastructure under the contrived global warming scam, and help usher in the post-industrial collapse of America.
None of this is surprising. Remember Obama was pushing the falsely named "Cap and Trade" bill. Better called "Cap and Tax". He also said during his presidential campaign that energy costs would "necessarily skyrocket".

And we wonder why we have been dragging in a recession which he claims he inherited. Maybe he did, but he has done nothing to get us out of it, and has, in fact, worsened it.

So hopefully we only have 2 more years of this Emperor in new clothing. And then we can get someone in there that has a clue.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Blame Jimmy Carter For The Egyptian Unrest

I am surprised that more political commentators haven't said this already. I blame Jimmy Carter for the unrest in Egypt right now.

The reason I say this is that it was Carter that "brokered" a peace deal during his administration between Israel and Egypt. This was really the only significant accomplishment by Jimmy Carter. Of course, I quoted "brokered" above because he didn't really broker anything. He paid the Egyptians off.

Israel was already receiving more foreign aid from the U.S. than any other nation in the world. This is one of the reasons that the Arab nations hate us so much, because we continue to be the main reason that Israel isn't A) overrun by its Islamic neighbors, B) a smoking hole, or C) Both. So Jimmy C. slithered up to the negotiating table and made Egypt a close second behind Israel in the U.S. foreign aid sweepstakes.

Let me state, for the record, that I am staunchly pro-Israel. In fact, if it were up to me, Egypt wouldn't see another red penny, and I would give all of their aid, as well as any foreign aid we are giving to Gulf region nations (save Iraq) to Israel.

Back to the issue at hand. Carter. What an idiot. So we have been giving billions in aid since 1979 to Egypt. Carter, the Idealist, dealt with a rogue nation. Here is what transpired from Wikipedia:
This treaty was welcomed with controversy. The Arab nations, and especially the Palestinians, condemned it and considered it as a stab in the back. PLO Leader Yasser Arafat said "Let them sign what they like. False peace will not last."[5] On the other hand, the treaty led both Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin to share the 1978 Nobel Peace Prize for bringing peace between the two nations. However, Anwar Sadat became unpopular in the Arab circle as well as within his own country. Egypt was suspended from the Arab League as a result of the treaty for 1979-1989[6]. His unpopularity grew, leading to his assassination on 6 October 1981 by members of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad.
Since Sadat's assassination, Egypt has secretly supported anti-Israel initiatives, while outwardly being friendly in order to continue taking the billions in aid from the United States. Further, the nation itself, the individuals that make-up the nation, never liked Israel, never recognized Israel, and would never support a leader that did.

So while current President Hosni Mubarak outwardly supports Israel, he only does so to keep the aid flowing. It has caused him to have to survive 6 assassination attempts himself since he took over for Sadat in 1981. Meantime, this internal tension has been on the rise in Egypt for 30 years. It finally spilled over due to economic chaos. Unemployment at 39% coupled with the increasing cost of food made Egyptians remember "oh yeah, we hate Israel, and therefore we will use our misery to make this guy (Mubarak) go".

So in the end this is exactly what you would expect. Carter paid the Egyptians to broker a phony peace. The people revolted against it immediately. Throw in horrific economic conditions (Carter knows about those as well!) and you have the fuel for a revolt and a lit match all in one location.

Thanks Jimmy!