Thursday, November 26, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
I have been a faithful subscriber to your Living magazine for almost 7 years now. I saved and treasured every issue and have also sent subscriptions over to friends and family as gifts.
I caught your interview with CNN recently where you claimed Sarah Palin was "dangerous" and "boring".
Without regret I am refusing to renew my subscription to Living. As a working class conservative mother to two young children, Sarah Palin is more in touch with us average Americans than Hollywood celebrities, Washington elitists or you, Ms. Stewart.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
... and the same Roesgen, competent journalist that she is, who had no problem stating that a mask that is a cross between Satan and Hitler is a "Bush look-alike."
Shame on you, CNN.
Eye-catching slogans that evening:
CNN, YOU SUCK!
I DON'T PAY MY TAXES EITHER. THAT MEANS I QUALIFY TO BE A CABINET MEMBER
JAIL BARNEY FRANK
DON'T SPREAD MY WEALTH. SPREAD MY WORK ETHIC
DRINK TEA, NOT KOOLAID!
p.s.: CNN, you *do* suck.
Busy as I am, I just had to look that up. Read the whole statement.
In essence, the VFW said that the DHS is doing its job and that it made no blanket accusation of that every soldier was capable of being a terrorist; but that they were not pleased with the wording of the report and "hopes DHS tones down the disgruntled military veteran angle in its next edition, and includes other professionals who have paramilitary training, such as the police, Secret Service, FBI, and DHS' own Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.".
No "blanket accusation"? I'm not so sure. Here's a paragraph from pg. 7 of the DHS report:
So did VFW really defend the report? You decide.
(U) Disgruntled Military Veterans
(U//FOUO) DHS/I&A assesses that rightwing extremists will attempt to recruit and radicalize returning veterans in order to exploit their skills and knowledge derived from military training and combat. These skills and knowledge have the potential to boost the capabilities of extremists—including lone wolves or small terrorist cells—to carry out violence. The willingness of a small percentage of military personnel to join extremist groups during the 1990s because they were disgruntled, disillusioned, or suffering from the psychological effects of war is being replicated today.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
The Dept. of Homeland Security, under the lead of Janet Napolitano has just issued a report titled "Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment."
Incredibly, while the administration has decided not to use the terms 'war on terror' -- substituting it with 'overseas contingency plans' and events like Sept. 11 are no longer 'terrorist attacks' but 'man-made' or 'man-caused disasters' -- they did not hold back from implying that conservative Americans are the enemies. They even go as far as to say that returning war vets are at risk for right-wing indoctrination, recruitment and radicalization. Right wing extremists are said to be using the economic downturn and the recent election of a black president (who happens to have half white) to recruit members. People who are pro-life, anti-illegal immigration, anti-big government, believe in the 2nd Amendment and etc, could be considered a right-wing extremist and a radical. In addition to classifying that granny standing outside Planned Parenthood with a pro-life sign an extremist, DHS and its state and local partners will be making an ongoing effort to keep tabs on YOU, the conservative. Because according to the report, conservative = hater.
By the way, where's that DHS report on ACORN?
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
SEIU's PAC (Political Action Committee), the SEIU Committee on Political Education gave $13.53 million to Barack Obama during his campaign, and another $3.16 million to oppose John McCain. While money collected from union dues cannot be donated to political campaigns. SEIU, like many other unions, encourages members to donate to its PAC, which is free to use that money for political purposes. (Read the whole article here)
The SEIU donated $85 million(!!) to Democratic campaign war chests for last year's elections, and its 2 million members put in countless hours of volunteer time on the campaign trail.So in-te-res-tinng... Also interesting is that some of the anti-AIG protesters we saw over the last week were made up of SEIU workers. Read about it here, here and oh, if you really want the juice, read this... the headline is "SEIU President Andy Stern to Speak & Deliver 'Reality Check' at AIG Building in DC".
And while the Stern is waggling his finger at bailed out banks and executive bonuses, the SEIU isn't exactly squeaky clean either. Great article on it from the American Thinker.
The question on my mind is, did he know that Washington knew about those AIG bonuses? I mean, was it all pretend? More smoke and mirrors?
1) It eliminates private ballots
Under the existing law today, workers have a chance to vote for or against unionization in a private-ballot election that is federally supervised. Under Card Check, if more than 50% of workers at a facility sign a card, the government would have to certify the union, and a private ballot election would be prohibited--even if workers want one.
2) Card Check could put govt. regulators in charge of private business decisions
3) Harsh new penalties for businesses
Card Check would impose harsh new penalties on businesses--but not on unions--for violations during the union recognition process. This is unfair, and potentially disastrous for small or medium businesses, who are not familiar with unionizing campaigns or the National Labor Relations Act. If Card Check passes, many of these businesses would be facing unionization for the first time.
It looks like our current govt. is looking to grow bigger and badder every minute, and tightening that noose around our necks slowly but surely if we let them.
The President's press conference was on tv last night when I was uploading the web site. I was hoping he wouldn't blame the previous administration (again) but he did. Again. Another thing that I took away from the press conference was how he seem to really want to stick it to the rich folks. Oh, and did anyone notice how annoyed he was when asked about AIG?
I miss American Idol. The press conference just left my mouth feeling dry.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
The article also says that the administration is "planning a Monday event at the White House in which Obama will overturn the executive order signed by President George W. Bush in August 2001".
And another thing I noticed. Here's the top story under the 'Don't Miss' section: "Man appears free of HIV after stem cell transplant". The story repeatedly uses the word 'donor' but doesn't actually say that the patient was treated with adult stem cells.
Ignorance is spreading like a disease. Thanks, CNN.
From CNN: "Obama Touts Job Creation From Stimulus Plan".
(**in case you've forgotten, that's the $787 BILLION (!) Stimulus Plan**)
"The graduating cadets were informed at the end of January that they would be laid off because of a shortfall in the city's budget, Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman said.
A few weeks later, however, the city was given a $1.25 million stimulus grant through the Justice Department, which would provide funding for the cadets' jobs through the end of 2009. The cadets' future is uncertain beyond that point."Wait a minute, wait a minute.
I don't mean to see the glass as half full, but with unemployment currently at 8.1% (a 25-year high) and the Dow at 6,626.94, you've saved twenty five jobs. Federal jobs. Until the end of the year.
Big whoop, Mr. President.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
NATCA (National Air Traffic Controllers Association), one of the smallest federal union, contributed $1.9 million to congressional candidates. 79% of that money (over $1.5 million) went to Democrats. $500,000 was also spent to support AFL-CIO's Working America program to build support and alliances with non-union workers, and $150,000 to help the Democratic National Committee's convention planning activities
PASS (Professional Aviation Safety Specialists) which represents Federal Aviation Administration and Defense Department technicians, made $207,500 in campaign contributions, with 91% going to Democrats
IFPTE (International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers), which represents Defense workers, made $30,500 in contributions as of Oct. 19, sending 93% of that money to Democrats
AFGE (American Federation of Government Employees) donated $592,050 as of Oct. 19, with 96% going to Democrats
NTEU (National Treasury Employee Unions), which also represents TSA workers, made $306,100 in contributions as of Oct 19, sending 95% to Democrats
In addition to the donations and through the AFL-CIO's coordinated efforts, union members have also volunteered on campaigns -- such as making telephone calls, walking door-to-door and other various on-the-ground efforts to reach voters.
Did you get the last part? They are now trying to squash the rights to a secret ballot. Isn't this bill a violation of rights?
And, no press allowed! So much for transparency.
Signing the treaty would have meant Very Bad Things for our economy. Here's why.
1) Energy prices would go up - gas prices 30% and electric 50-80%. You want to pay more for... everything?
2) Decrease in productivity (anywhere from $100 billion to $400 billion), because the treaty mandated that we cut back on our output. This in turn would lead to people losing their jobs or seeing their wages shrink. By 2020, our manufacturers would have to curb production by up to 15%, affecting our competitiveness
3) The treaty excluded developing nations even though their carbon emissions would exceed ours by 2020
4) A study conducted by NASA also stated that carbon dioxide emissions may not be the biggest contributor to greenhouse gases, yet it is still the focus of the treaty groups (I wonder why??)
5) According to the U.N., countries who signed the Kyoto treaty, namely Austria, New Zealand and Canada have in fact increased their emissions by 14, 23 and 54% respectively
And, contrary to what many of you may be hearing, we actually have a pretty darn good environmental record. From an article from Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D,
"The U.S. government estimates that energy-related carbon dioxide emissions increased by just 1.6 percent in 2007, after dropping 1.5 percent the year before. The growth in our emissions is less than the growth of our Gross Domestic Product, meaning we've improved the economy while reducing the growth in our emissions."
Also, according to The Heritage Foundation,
"... no EU nation has ratified the treaty, and none are close to ratifying it, despite predictions by experts that carbon dioxide emissions in Europe will be up to 14 percent above 1990 levels by 2010"
So be prepared to tell those leftist dunderheads out there that there were reasons why Bush didn't sign the dang treaty. And that he was doing it to protect the interests of our country. And be prepared to hear, "Well, we looked bad not signing it...".
- Rule #5: Ridicule is man's most potent weapon
- Rule #12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it
Sounds like Obama and his Cons are doing just that to Rush Limbaugh.
By the way, those were two of Alinksy's Rules for Radicals. Who is Alinksy? Oh, no one... just the left-wing radical who taught 'paid organizers' to "rub raw the sores of the discontent". Just someone who did not believe in morals or God. Just someone whose objective was to bring people to the realization that they are miserable and that misery is someone else's fault and that they band together to demand what they deserve.
Interestingly enough, these tactics are called "community organizing".
But back to the Rules. Alinsky's playbook for radicals continue to serve Conbama well!
Yea, I'm talking about the FOUR HUNDRED AND TEN BILLION DOLLAR omnibus bill. Did I mention it also has EIGHT THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED earmarks in it?
If memory serves me right (and I know it does), I remember Obama campaigning against earmarks. And please, it's time to stop blaming Bush. The people in the new administration who are still blaming Bush continue to prove that they lack class (as well as a whole lot of other things, but that's for another post).
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
There are two types of stem cell research, embryonic/fetal and adult. In 2001, when Bush initiated the so-called ban, it wasn't really a ban at all. It was actually more about government limiting its funding to embryonic stem cell research within the U.S. Also, more progress has been made using adult stem cells in treatment. Two women, who had suffered spinal cord injuries due to an accident, walked into a press conference after having had treatment utilizing adult stem cells from their own olfactory tissue. We are currently treating over 58 different types of diseases using adult stem cell research, including Parkinson's and juvenile diabetes.
Apart from the obvious ethical issues regarding fetal stem cell research (obtaining embryonic stem cells destroys the embryos), there are big safety concerns as well. Fetal stem cell therapy has been producing less than desired results. A boy, now 17, treated with fetal stem cells in 2001, developed tumors in his brain and spine (http://medicine.plosjournals.
The lack of funding from the private sector is also a clear indicator that it is not worth capitalizing on, because hard data does not back the imminent cure touted by fetal stem cell supporters.
So, should your tax dollars still be spent on fetal stem cell research? Thanks to activists still touting the benefits of fetal stem cell research, the state of California, which is bankrupt as we speak, has even borrowed 3 billion dollars to fund embryonic stem cell research.
To read more, go here and here.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
From the Media Research Center (www.mediaresearch.org):
In 1981, S. Robert Lichter, then with George Washington University, and Stanley Rothman of Smith College, released a groundbreaking survey of 240 journalists at the most influential national media outlets — including the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Time, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, ABC, CBS, NBC and PBS — on their political attitudes and voting patterns. Results of this study of the “media elite” were included in the October/November 1981 issue of Public Opinion, published by the American Enterprise Institute, in the article “Media and Business Elites.” The data demonstrated that journalists and broadcasters hold liberal positions on a wide range of social and political issues. This study, which was more elaborately presented in Lichter and Rothman’s subsequent book, The Media Elite, became the most widely quoted media study of the 1980s and remains a landmark today.
- 81 percent of the journalists interviewed voted for the Democratic presidential candidate in every election between 1964 and 1976.
- In the Democratic landslide of 1964, 94 percent of the press surveyed voted for President Lyndon Johnson (D) over Senator Barry Goldwater (R).
- In 1968, 86 percent of the press surveyed voted for Democrat Senator Hubert Humphrey.
- In 1972, when 62 percent of the electorate chose President Richard Nixon, 81 percent of the media elite voted for liberal Democratic Senator George McGovern.
- In 1976, the Democratic nominee, Jimmy Carter, captured the allegiance of 81 percent of the reporters surveyed while a mere 19 percent cast their ballots for President Gerald Ford.
- Over the 16-year period, the Republican candidate always received less than 20 percent of the media elite’s vote.
- Lichter and Rothman’s survey of journalists discovered that “Fifty-four percent placed themselves to the left of center, compared to only 19 percent who chose the right side of the spectrum.”
- “Fifty-six percent said the people they worked with were mostly on the left, and only 8 percent on the right — a margin of seven-to-one.
In 1995, Kenneth Walsh, a reporter for U.S. News & World Report, polled 28 of his fellow White House correspondents from the four TV networks, the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, USA Today, Washington Post, Copley, Cox, Hearst, Knight-Ridder, plus Newsweek, Time and U.S. News & World Report, about their presidential voting patterns for his 1996 book Feeding the Beast: The White House vs. the Press. Walsh found that his colleagues strongly preferred Democrats, with the White House press corps admitting a total of 50 votes for Democratic candidates compared to just seven for Republicans.
- In 1992, nine of the White House correspondents surveyed voted for Democrat Bill Clinton, two for Republican George H. W. Bush, and one for independent Ross Perot.
- In 1988, 12 voted for Democrat Michael Dukakis, one for Bush.
- In 1984, 10 voted for Democrat Walter Mondale, zero for Ronald Reagan.
- In 1980, eight voted for Democrat Jimmy Carter, four for liberal independent John Anderson, and two voted for Ronald Reagan.
- In 1976, 11 voted for Carter, two for Republican Gerald Ford.
- Walsh wrote of the White House press corps members he surveyed: “Even though the survey was anonymous, many journalists declined to reveal their party affiliations, whom they voted for in recent presidential elections, and other data they regarded as too personal — even though they regularly pressure Presidents and other officials to make such disclosures.”
- “Those who did reply seemed to be representative of the larger group. Seven said they were Democrats, eleven were unaffiliated with either major party, and not a single respondent said he or she was a registered Republican (although some might have been but were not willing to say so).”
Wikipedia has a more in-depth look into the word 'Demagogy'.
"Demagogy refers to a political strategy for gaining political power by appealing to the popular prejudices, emotions, fears and expectations of the public — typically via impassioned rhetoric and propaganda, and often using nationalist or populist themes."
Sunday, March 1, 2009
These school systems received $488.5 billion in 2005, up from $462.7 billion the previous year. Of the total, 47 percent came from state governments, 43.9 percent from local sources and 9.1 percent from the federal government. (U.S. Census Bureau)
In contrast, the average per pupil cost in our Catholic schools is $5,500 (with the average tuition of $3,500).
The graduation rates for students in NYC public schools is pretty dismal at 45.2% - fifth lowest among the 50 largest districts in the country whereas graduation rates for a Catholic school is roughly double.
On salaries. Salaries for New York City public school teachers range up to $70,000. Elementary school teachers in Catholic schools make a maximum of roughly $37,000; high school teachers max out around the low end of $40,000+.
Is the answer really to throw more money into our public school systems?
That said, I am SO HAPPY to see Tea Parties happening about the country! Hooray to the organizers and hooray to those who attended. Stand up to keeping your hard-earned money!
When Cindy Sheehan held her one-woman protests, it was splashed all over the news.
Where-o-where are the mainstream media now? Why aren't they covering the Tea Parties?
I guess they're just not interested in those who view the StealFromUs Bill as a disaster.
When I sent that to a friend, he said I was paranoid and that there's no way the American people would be fooled.
Two days later, on a shopping trip for milk and eggs, I came across this.
Because welfare, rewards the lazy and punishes those who work hard. Welfare is addictive. It is a drug. When you give someone welfare you become an enabler (anyone watch Dr. Phil?).
People with self-respect on welfare will try to get back on their own two feet again. People with a twisted sense of self-entitlement won't.
Welfare. A juicy incentive to stay lazy.
For the whole explanation, please read Craig Steiner's article here.
If you are lazy and want to get to the meat quickly, just like I do, here's the quick version.
National debt = Public debt + Intergovernmental holdings.
Public debt is debt held by the public, normally including things such as treasury bills, savings bonds, and other instruments the public can purchase from the government.
Intergovernmental holdings is when the government borrows money from itself--mostly borrowing money from social security.
The following table shows national debt and the claimed surpluses for the last 4 Clinton fiscal years:
"While public debt went down, intergovernmental holdings went up each year by a far greater amount and, in turn, the total national debt (public debt + intergovernmental holdings) went up. So there lies the misconception and false claim. Clinton paid down the public debt (notice that the claimed surplus is relatively close to the decrease in the public debt for those years). But he paid down the public debt by borrowing far more money in the form of intergovernmental holdings. How nice! Politicians stealing from social security.
To quote Rose, it's like taking money from your kid's piggybank to put in his college fund and calling it "savings".
Thankfully, it's winter. It still stinks, but it stinks less.
Since we're on the subject on things that stink, here's another. Vogue and Vanity Fair. I'm letting my subscription to both magazines expire. Their glaring preferential treatment of one particular Presidential candidate (and his inner circle) over the other was disgusting. Am I the only one who noticed?
No. And we need those who did to write back to the editors.