“To make democracy work, we must be a nation of participants, not simply observers. One who does not vote has no right to complain.”
-Louis L'Amour

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

National Commission to Stop Oil Drilling Permanently /sarc

by Janet Crain
This is a very serious situation and I hope Americans are well aware of it.

We are now living in a country where wealthy politicians and celebrities can jet around the world upon the flimsiest excuses of importance (gotta take the little wifie on a date night to Timbuktu) and waste a quarter mil on jet fuel and that is OK. But the poor working stiffs who need to get to work will soon be paying $8. a gallon for gasoline if these elites have their way.

And of course this will destroy our country. We should have had a transition period to develop new technologies. But, no, the needed money went to bail out millionaires. So now I suggest we all start learning Mandarin.

Jeffrey Folks

The commission appointed by President Obama to investigate the Gulf oil spill (the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling) does not include a single member with specialized knowledge of petroleum engineering. This is akin to performing a heart transplant with a surgical team that has never set foot in an operating room.

Of the seven members appointed to the commission, not one is a petroleum engineer, and all have long-standing ties to the environmental movement. This is certainly the case with Frances Beinecke, Donald Boesch, Terry Garcia, and Frances Ulmer, all of whom have close ties to environmentalist research and policy groups. Beinecke, in fact, is president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, while Ulmer is a member of the Union of Concerned Scientists. How's that for an unbiased commission on drilling?

If the president's intention was to prevent future leaks, why would he appoint a commission with no knowledge of drilling? The answer, it would seem, is that this commission was never meant to perform the task it was officially charged with. It was never really intended to be a commission on drilling safety, but rather a group of environmental activists intent on regulating and taxing the oil and gas companies out of business. Its report is unlikely to focus on improved safely measures with the intent of increasing oil and gas exploration and production. It will more likely issue a blueprint on how to restrict drilling while extorting profits from oil companies by way of new fees and regulation.


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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Pulling the Plug

by Janet Crain
Reid says he knew how to count to 60 by eighth grade. Was he joking? I have never seen him crack that hang dog face with a joke before.

Updated: 7/22/10 3:29 PM EDT

Barbara Boxer is shown in a photo. | AP Photo
'We don't have the 60 votes,' said Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairwoman Barbara Boxer.

Senate Democrats pulled the plug on climate legislation Thursday, pushing the issue off into an uncertain future ahead of midterm elections where President Barack Obama’s party is girding for a drubbing.

Rather than a long-awaited measure capping greenhouse gases — or even a more limited bill directed only at electric utilities — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will move forward next week on a bipartisan energy-only bill that responds to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and contains other more popular energy items.

“It’s easy to count to 60,” Reid said. “I could do it by the time I was in eighth grade. My point is this, we know where we are. We know we don’t have the votes [for a bill capping emissions]. This is a step forward.”http://www.resistnet.com/group/watchdogforcapandtradebill/forum/topic/show?id=2600775%3ATopic%3A2398939&xgs=1&xg_source=msg_share_topic

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Race relations are wearing mighty thin....

Hat Tip: StacyMae

Weren't we supposed to enter a new age of tolerance with the election of President Barack Obama?

His half-black, half-white ancestry and broad support across racial lines suggested that at last Americans judged each other on the content of our characters -- not the color of our skin or our tribal affiliations.

Instead, in just 18 months of the Obama administration, racial discord is growing and relations seem to have been set back a generation.

Black voters are galvanizing behind Obama at a time of rapidly falling support. White independents, in contrast, are leaving Obama in droves.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has claimed that the loosely organized Tea Party includes "racist elements." The National Council of La Raza has ripped the state of Arizona for its new anti-illegal alien legislation. Jesse Jackson characterized aspects of the multimillion-dollar bidding war to acquire basketball superstar LeBron James in terms of masters and slaves. Pundits are arguing whether the fringe racist New Black Panther Party is analogous to the Klan.


"Come on, give me a cotton picking break. And if you think that it is racist for me to say that, let me assure you I am just one generation out from cotton picking. And proud of my ancestors. For Jesse Jackson to compare the highly paid athletes of our time to slavery is ridiculous and shows he needs to retire and live very quietly in obscurity somewhere. Maybe a nice rest home"

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MSM has some "splaining" to do....................

FOXNews did not report on the Sherrod story until AFTER she left her job. But the MSM is telling lie after lie saying FOXNews caused her to lose her job

Let's lay this one where it belongs. At the White House door.

NBC's Today Show Inaccurately Blames Fox News for Sherrod Firing
On Wednesday's Today show, Matt Lauer, Ann Curry and Savannah Guthrie left the impression that Fox News's criticism of Shirley Sherrod was the reason she lost her job at the Agriculture Department, with Lauer, in his interview with Sherrod, charging: "I don't know who to blame here, Miss Sherrod. I mean the, the, the activist who put forward this garbage in the first place has an agenda. We shouldn't be surprised by that. The cable news network that, that played this garbage on and on and talked about it, has an agenda. We shouldn't be surprised by that." But Lauer and NBC News, itself, revealed they have their own agenda, by failing to report that Fox News didn't mention the Sherrod story until she had already left her job. However, that didn't stop Curry from claiming, in the 8am half hour news brief, that: "After the video was used to vilify her on Fox television, she lost her job," and Guthrie advancing the NAACP's notion, in her piece, that they had been "snookered" by Fox News.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

How sweet it is to look at the world through these rose tinted blinders or maybe she has a bag on her head......

Hat Tip: Rhonda

Lynn Sweet passes WH spin class but flunks beginner logic and reading comprehension 101

Here are a couple of whoppers from today’s Sweet blog post, complete with inside WH spin.

First, Sweet says that only biased people are noticing Obama’s report on Blago is filled with omissions and discrepancies.

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Saturday, July 17, 2010

The Unsinkable Sarah Palin

The music swells and then picks up tempo. Sarah Palin is talking about how 2010 will be the year that "commonsense conservative women get things done for our country." She's worried about "these policies coming out of D.C. right now, this fundamental transformation of America," and reports that she is not alone. "Moms kinda just know when something's wrong," she says. "You thought pit bulls were tough? Well, you don't wanna mess with the mama grizzlies!"

Can a two-minute Internet video reshuffle a Republican presidential race before it has even started? Palin's glossy yet authentic clip, released without any fanfare July 8, did just that. It was the surest sign yet that she means to be an energizing factor in this year's midterm elections and will mount a real bid for the White House in 2012. Most compelling is the way the video targets women, specifically moms, whom Palin exhorts to vote in the midterms and halt the Obama agenda. The video features image after image of everyday, determined, smiling, patriotic mothers and grandmothers, all keen to join her army of supporters. Palin calls it a "mom awakening." If she can inspire GOP and independent women to turn out for the party's candidates in November, she could decisively influence the outcome of the midterms.

Friday, July 16, 2010

I don't know him.....

Pelosi Doesn't Know Robert Gibbs, Doesn't Appreciate His Comments

Jul 14 2010, 12:15 PM ET |

That's what House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had to say at a closed-door House Democratic Caucus meeting last night about White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs and his comment Sunday on "Meet the Press" that "there's no doubt there are enough seats in play that could cause Republicans to gain control" of the House. Pelosi apparently has not met Gibbs (who has been downplaying/backtracking from the comment this week) and doesn't know who he is, CQ's Kathleen Hunter and Jennifer Bendery report:

Several Democratic sources in the room described a testy scenario that started with Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. (N.J.) criticizing Gibbs for saying on NBC's "Meet the Press" that there is "no doubt there's enough seats in play" to allow for a House GOP takeover in 2012. Things heated up as Pelosi jumped in and blasted Gibbs for making "politically inept" comments, according to one source."It was bad," another source said. "She was like: 'I don't appreciate it. I don't know who this guy is. I've never met him before. And he's saying that we're going to lose the House.'"

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Separated at Birth????

Oksana and Octomom

9 States are Backing Arizona Immigration Law

Wednesday, 14 Jul 2010 11:34 PM

States have the authority to enforce immigration laws and protect their borders, Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox said Wednesday in a legal brief on behalf of nine states supporting Arizona's immigration law.

Cox, one of five Republicans running for Michigan governor, said Michigan is the lead state backing Arizona in federal court and is joined by Alabama, Florida, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas and Virginia, as well as the Northern Mariana Islands.

The Arizona law, set to take effect July 29, directs officers to question people about their immigration status during the enforcement of other laws such as traffic stops and if there's a reasonable suspicion they're in the U.S. illegally.

President Barack Obama's administration recently filed suit in federal court to block it, arguing immigration is a federal issue. The law's backers say Congress isn't doing anything meaningful about illegal immigration, so it's the state's duty to step up.

"Arizona, Michigan and every other state have the authority to enforce immigration laws, and it is appalling to see President Obama use taxpayer dollars to stop a state's efforts to protect its own borders," Cox said in a statement.



Tuesday, July 13, 2010

What Else Did We Expect?

July 13, 2010

Obama Administration OKs First Tax-Funded Abortions Under Health Care Law

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- The Obama administration has officially approved the first instance of taxpayer funded abortions under the new national government-run health care program. This is the kind of abortion funding the pro-life movement warned the kind of abortion funding the pro-life movement warned about when Congress considered the bill.

The Obama Administration will give Pennsylvania $160 million to set up a new "high-risk" insurance program under a provision of the federal health care legislation enacted in March.

It has quietly approved a plan submitted by an appointee of pro-abortion Governor Edward Rendell under which the new program will cover any abortion that is legal in Pennsylvania.

The high-risk pool program is one of the new programs created by the sweeping health care legislation, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, President Obama signed into law on March 23. The law authorizes $5 billion in federal funds for the program, which will cover as many as 400,000 people when it is implemented nationwide.


But what did we expect?


Sunday, July 11, 2010

The Summer of Their Discontent

by Janet Crain
Is this the Summer of their discontent or the whirlwind they are reaping from the crop they sowed two years ago; promising grandiose solutions while pushing a decades old socialist agenda? The majority of the people don't want this. And in a Democracy, the majority rules. Maybe they don't teach that in Community Organizing 101, but that is how it works.
Barack Obama is pictured. | AP Photo
Many liberals are disappointed with President Barack Obama’s ability to deliver on his campaign promises.

For many liberals, this is the summer of their discontent.

Already disappointed with President Barack Obama’s ability to deliver on campaign promises, they now contemplate a slowing economic recovery and a good chance of Republican gains in November — two developments that could make enacting Obama’s agenda even more difficult.

Two recent essays framed the debate raging within the progressive community over why the promise of Obama’s candidacy has not lived up to their expectations — and how liberals should proceed in what they fear will be difficult months ahead.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Arnold Friberg artist who painted Washington in The Prayer at Valley Forge Dead at 96

The Prayer at Valley Forge

Arnold Friberg
Born December 21, 1913
Winnetka, Illinois, U.S.
Died July 1, 2010 (aged 96)
Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.
Works The Prayer at Valley Forge

Arnold Friberg (December 21, 1913 – July 1, 2010) was an American illustrator and painter noted for his religious and patriotic works. He is perhaps best known for his 1975 painting The Prayer at Valley Forge, a depiction of George Washington praying at Valley Forge. He is also well known for his 15 "pre-visualization" paintings for the Cecil B. DeMille film The Ten Commandments which were used to promote the film worldwide and for which he received an Academy Award nomination. He has been admitted as a lifetime member of the Royal Society of Arts.

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"Known But to God" No Longer True for these Union Soldiers

No Longer ‘Known But To God’
By Joe Kirby
(July 2010 Civil War News)

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Brad Quinlin researches the identities of unknown soldiers buried in Marietta National Cemetery. (Courtesy Marietta Daily Journal)

MARIETTA, Ga. — Marietta National Cemetery is the final resting place for 10,312 Union casualties of the Civil War, 3,048 of them buried as “unknowns.” Now 16 of those men, whose identities were “known but to God,” have been identified thanks to local Civil War historian and researcher Brad Quinlin.

Quinlin said his identifications are “not guesswork — this is all from documentation.”

Over the past nine years he has used such information as where the soldiers were originally buried, where their units were from day to day, and rosters of the dead from each regiment in Sherman’s army to extrapolate the identities of the unknowns.

Even more important are records kept by the U.S. Army just after the war as it exhumed remains from the Northwest Georgia battlefields and hospitals where they had fallen and been hastily buried. Their remains then were transported to a spacious new military cemetery on 23 acres donated for that purpose by Henry Cole on a hilltop due east of downtown Marietta.

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Monday, July 5, 2010

The Flag that Doesn't Fly

Between the field where the flag is planted there are 9+ miles of flower fields that go all the way to the ocean. The flowers are grown by seed companies. It's a beautiful place close to Vandenberg AFB. Checkout the dimensions of the flag.

The 2002 Floral Flag is 740 feet long and 390 feet wide and maintains the proper Flag dimensions as described in Executive Order #10834. This Flag is 6.65 acres and is the first Floral Flag to be planted with 5 pointed Stars comprised of White Larkspur. Each Star is 24 feet in diameter. Each Stripe is 30 feet wide. This Flag is estimated to contain more than 400,000 Larkspur plants with 4-5 flower stems each for a total of more than 2 million flowers. You can drive by this flag on V Street south of Ocean Avenue in Lompoc, CA.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Signing their lives away........

What happened to the 56 Signers of the Declaration of Independence?

Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence? Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died.

Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army, another had two sons captured.

Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War. They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.

What kind of men were they? Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists. Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation owners; men of means, well educated. But they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured. Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags. Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward.

Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton. At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson, Jr., noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. Thomas Nelson quietly urged General George Washington to open fire. His own home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt.

Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months. John Hart was driven from his wife’s bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished. A few weeks later he died from exhaustion and a broken heart. Norris and Livingston suffered similar fates.

Such were the stories and sacrifices of the American Revolution.

So that we might be free.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Whatever you do don't put the blame on you...........

It is becoming increasingly harder to blame the previous administration for the mess we are in. Especially since we were promised a Superman who could solve anything and everything. It has been almost 18 months and nothing is solved. He can't even "plug the damn hole".

Listen to the lyrics of this song. Sound familiar? They should.

Blame game could 'boomerang' on Obama, strategist says
By Kristi Keck, CNN
July 2, 2010 3:01 p.m. EDT

-- When signs of a severe economic downfall emerged more than two years ago, then-candidate Barack Obama was quick to point a finger at the man he hoped to replace.

Seventeen months into his administration, the message is often the same, and Republicans say it's time for him to drop the Bush bashing and take ownership of the problem.

"Nothing makes a president look weaker than pointing the finger at past administrations," said Republican strategist Ron Bonjean. "By blaming somebody, it looks like you are playing politics and people just want jobs. They don't care about whose fault it is. Playing the blame game only boomerangs on yourself."

Obama repeated that message this week when talking about the still-sputtering economy, twice reminding those at a town-hall meeting in Wisconsin that he "inherited" the economic mess.

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Gotta blame it on something
Gotta blame it on something

Blame it on the rain (rain)
Blame it on the stars (stars)
Whatever you do don't put the blame on you
Blame it on the rain yeah yeah
You can blame it on the rain
Blame it on the rain that was falling, falling
Blame it on the stars that did shine at night
Whatever you do don't put the blame on you
Blame it on the rain yeah yeah

You can blame it on the rain
Cos the rain don't mind
And the rain don't care
You got to blame it on something
(Blame it on the rain)
(Blame it on the stars)
Whatever you do don't put the blame on you
Blame it on the rain yeah, yeah
You can blame it on the rain...............