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That Was No SOTU – It Was A Populist Wish-List

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It is regrettable that we no longer have a true “State of the Union” (SOTU) speech. Rather than hearing a recapitulation of the condition of the nation and where it’s headed, we get what appears to be little more than another campaign speech replete with a veritable Christmas-list of populist proposals and recommendations. Predictably, there were errors, omissions, and outright prevarications, and very little mention of the problems that have been exacerbated over the past several years, in the president’s speech this week.

barack_obama_state_union-14First, however, a confession of sorts is in order. I didn’t watch the speech. When I was in college, I loved being lectured to by my ISU professors who were knowledgeable, competent, and capable. After all, that’s what I paid them for. Likewise, we pay our governmental leaders to be knowledgeable, competent, and capable and to keep their oath of office, to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. When all they do proves their incompetence, and they obviously lied when they took the oath, I’m not going to subject myself to their self-aggrandizing propaganda. After all, I’m not a masochist, and I find it increasingly difficult to resist the impulse to throw things at my TV in response to superfluous rhetoric, grandstanding, self-congratulations, and mendacity. So I read his speeches, instead.

color-obama-st-of-union-webMuch of Obama’s lecture Tuesday night was dedicated to his inexorable class warfare theme, pitting the middle class (who have been most adversely affected by the policies of the past six years) against the wealthy (who have done better than anyone during this administration). In advance of the delivery, he media had hyped this iteration of the SOTU as his “Robin Hood” speech. The metaphor hardly seems appropriate. Since Robin Hood stole from the Sheriff of Nottingham (not the rich from whom the sheriff had extorted the funds). As the head of the government, the President is essentially the Sheriff of Nottingham, who’s doing the extorting.

The President said, “Tonight, after a breakthrough year for America, our economy is growing and creating jobs at the fastest pace since 1999.” It would be wonderful for the nation if his policies had been conducive to our economic recovery and accelerated job growth. However, as we’ve documented before, these are occurring in spite of his policies, not because of them. It’s amazing what capitalistic economies can do when new obstacles are no longer being hurled in the way to thwart and stymy them!

stateoftheunion“We are as free from the grip of foreign oil as we’ve been in almost 30 years. … Today, America is number one in oil and gas. … And thanks to lower gas prices and higher fuel standards, the typical family this year should save about $750 at the pump,” Obama declared. Again, this is with no help from his administration. The massive growth in domestic oil production has been primarily on state and private lands, while his administration has done everything possible to curtail it on federal ground and waterways. And it’s been primarily with technology opposed by his party and his administration. And there’s the power of capitalism again – simple supply and demand benefiting the consumer with increased competition.

Enigmatically, the President queried, “Will we allow ourselves to be sorted into factions and turned against one another? Or will we recapture the sense of common purpose that has always propelled America forward? … A better politics is one where we debate without demonizing each other.” It’s pretty difficult to take this counsel from one who has spent the past six years polarizing and dividing, based on income, party affiliation, ideology, and color.

sotu“In two weeks, I will send this Congress a budget filled with ideas that are practical, not partisan,” he said. This is encouraging. If he comes through on the promise, it will be the first time he’s offered anything to congress in six years that isn’t partisan. We won’t hold our breath.

“In the past year alone about 10 million uninsured Americans finally gained the security of health coverage.” This reminded me of an email I received from a friend last year that summarized the 2700 page ObamaCare legislation in four simple sentences. A. In order to insure the uninsured, we first have to un-insure the insured. B. Next, we require the newly un-insured to be re-insured. C. To re-insure the newly un-insured, they are required to pay extra charges to be re-insured. And D. The extra charges are required so that the original insured, who became un-insured and then became re-insured, can pay enough extra so that the original un-insured can be insured, free of charge to them. That explains a great deal of the President’s “10 million” figure.

“I am sending this Congress a bold new plan to lower the cost of community college — to zero.” I’m always amazed at the liberal mind that struggles with economic realities. The cost doesn’t go away, it’s just redistributed, or paid by someone else. And to the liberal politician, it’s always the taxpayer! Never mind that the cost is a scant $60 billion. What is that to a politician who can make a grandiose promise – and make someone else pay for it?

obama-hot-air-453x604It really would have been nice to hear an actual analysis of the State of the Union. But alas, we just got another populist campaign speech. And even as such, it wasn’t much different than the hand-dryer in the lavatory that had a sticker attached which declared, “Press button for a speech from the president.”

 

Associated Press award winning columnist Richard Larsen is President of Larsen Financial, a brokerage and financial planning firm in Pocatello, Idaho and is a graduate of Idaho State University with degrees in Political Science and History and coursework completed toward a Master’s in Public Administration. He can be reached at [email protected].

Obama: Still A Legend In His Own Mind

Another State of The Union address has gone by, if you replayed Obama’s first one, then you have seen all the rest. Oh, the words are different, but his message is the same in all of them; tax and spend, tax and spend, that has been his agenda from day one. According to Obama, the world loves us, al-qaeda is on the run and all is right with the world.

We live in a country where the top 10% pay 70% of taxes, but that’s not good enough, Obama will not be happy until the top 10% pays 100% of taxes, and he talks about being fair, give me a break. More taxes and more government regulation is what Obama is all about, he truly believes that government is the answer to all things.

Obama said in his speech, “The shadow of crisis has passed, and the State of the Union is strong.” I guess he overlooked the poll that said over 60% of Americans believe we are still in a recession, along with the 60% who think America is heading in the wrong direction. The labor force participation rate is now 62.7 percent, the lowest level since 1978. Wages are not really growing much either, median family income dropped nearly 4 percent under Obama’s rule. Yes the unemployment rate has dropped to 5.6%, mainly because so many people have dropped out and gave up looking for work. The economy is certainly better, but the shadow of the crisis is likely to be with the U.S. for at least a couple more years.

“The verdict is clear middle-class economics works. Expanding opportunity works. And these policies will continue to work, as long as politics don’t get in the way,” says Obama. Policies continue to work? He said before this past midterm election, that his policies were on the ballot and his party got their ass handed to them because Americans did not think much of his policies. As far as politics is concerned, that is what Obama lives by; he doesn’t make a move unless politics is involved.

More free stuff is what Obama is calling for, after all Democrats have been using that same strategy for the past 200 years, promise free stuff to get votes. On the one hand he wants an initiative providing free community college for two years for students who keep up their grades, yet as part of his tax plan, he is calling for ending a tax break for college savings plans known as 529 plans. Under the change, earnings on contributions could not be withdrawn tax-free, as they can be now. I don’t get it, if someone can pay for their own college they get penalized, but if you didn’t save for college, you get rewarded with free college; there is something wrong with that picture.

Again he is calling for infrastructure spending, saying our roads and bridges are collapsing. What happened to that Trillion dollar stimulus package that was supposed to go for our infrastructure? You remember, all those “shovel ready jobs that were not quite shovel ready as we thought.” That money went to failed “green” companies such as Solyndra. You can bet that Obama’s friends are already standing in line with their hands out.

   “We can’t slow down businesses or put our economy at risk with government shutdowns or fiscal showdowns.” Hey, Obama, what about all your government regulation, how much has that slowed our economy, you are the reason this country has taken so long to rebound. He consistently says he is for the middle class, yet his policies have only made the rich richer and the poor poorer.

There is nothing new in what Obama has to say, he says free stuff, but most of us know there is nothing free in life; someone is going to have to pay for it, and if there are people out there who think the other guy is going to pay for it and not you, you are living in a fantasy world, just like Obama, because his hand will be in your pocket too.

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Is there a bottom to the bucket?

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If any of you have taken Dave Ramsey’s financial classes you know he uses an “envelope system” to help you budget and save money. You can easily see where money is being spent, how it’s growing or dwindling, and so on.

The government can’t make envelopes that big, so we talk in terms of buckets. Based on the way they spend money, it’s obvious they don’t just think we have buckets full, we must have skip loaders full!

We all know about the basic “buckets”…

Military, health and welfare, education, and a few others. For those of you who really don’t get it, the government does not make “revenue,” they collect taxes. Or in plain, simple English, they take your money!

I don’t have a real problem paying taxes. I don’t want to do it, but I do understand the need to pay taxes for the basics like first responders (fire, police, ambulance), military, “basic” healthcare (hospitals and clinics), road work and maintenance (in the form of tire or gas taxes), snow removal, landslide removal, you get the picture. Paying basic taxes for services received.

But, I don’t want to fund the government’s stupidity and inability to spend money wisely. Enter the Progressive Left. Who made the noise when we were paying $90 for a toilet seat and $300 for hammers? (Republicans.) When we paid that EPA employee for 8 years who never showed up for work? (Republicans.) And what about the millions of dollars in new buildings for government workers when we have numerous empty ones that we aren’t even renting out? (Republicans.) When can I scream for you to simply stop wasting money?

I keep hearing from the Left how the “rich” can afford to pay more, when, in reality, they are already paying more percentage-wise of their income than the 99%-ers. Why? They made better decisions, took greater risk, and, therefore, made more money. Guess what? A majority of those “rich people” are Democrats!

Democrats keep saying rich people should pay more taxes, but where is their money? The Dems have some of the richest congressmen on The Hill (they don’t all arrive rich, but most leave rich!) They keep talking about closing tax loopholes, but what bill has Pelosi, Reid, or Feinstein put on the table that will close the loopholes that they themselves take advantage of? None!

Mr. Obama is going to come out on Tuesday telling us all the good things he has done and how everything is going to be butterflies and rainbows. Unemployment is at 5.6%, however, we have 1 million less full-time workers today than when he took office! We have less worker participation than when he took office. There’s not enough money in the unemployment and disability buckets (now being funded by these new part-time taxpayers). They’ll say the government is paying the shortage, but we are the government, so taxpayers are paying for it!

He is going to tell us how families can now afford health insurance thanks to the Affordable Care Act, and for the first time in history many families have insurance who couldn’t get it before! Another program carried on the backs of the taxpayer through the HHS tax bucket. Many of these policies are subsidized by the government, sorry, I mean taxpayers… all those new part-time taxpayers. Many families lost their health insurance and had to go to a substandard health policy with longer wait periods and longer drives for people to see their doctors and get help. Additionally, they now have larger deductibles. And let’s just get past all that “You can keep your doctor” BS and discuss how he said that it would “cost you less than the average cell phone bill” but then switched to “you will need to tighten your budget and cut out some things you don’t have to have.” Instead of saving the average family $2500 a year, it will end up costing the average family about $5000 a year. That’s the projections from the CBO, not TRS!

He’s also going to tell us that families will have a chance to save money and get ahead and realize the American dream and own a home. In reality, home ownership is down from when he took office by 3%, median income is down, many people working part-time instead of full-time jobs, the poverty level has increased, and people on food stamps have almost doubled. This government subsidized programs are paid from the welfare bucket! Apparently, in the President’s world, having less somehow translates into a better chance of realizing the American dream!

He’ll say “The Market is doing great!” How about we pull the $85 billion a month the government is using in the prop-up-the-market bucket (more taxpayer money going down the drain), and see what the market really looks like?

He’ll say gas is at an all-time low (as if he deliberately had a hand in making it happen). I doubt he’ll issue a big “shout out” and “thank you” to ISIS. If you want to thank Obama for this I suppose you can. His inactivity in squelching the “JV team” known as ISIS
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Obama: Europe Just Isn’t Being Nice Enough to Muslims.. or something

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AFP is reporting that President Obama’s plan to reduce Islamic terrorism in Europe is for Europe to be nicer to the Islamic population as a whole.

Shake your head, bang your forehead on the keyboard, beat your head against a wall or just yell at the sky – your President is following in the footsteps of the appeasers of generations past.

Supposedly educated and intelligent, the American President is suggesting that Europe would have fewer Islamic attacks if they would just be nicer to them:

The US leader said the 2013 Boston marathon bombing showed that the United States was not entirely safe from Islamic militant cells, but suggested that it had had more success than others in integrating minorities.

Naive as usual, the American President ignores obvious facts. The EU is MUCH closer to Islamic nations than the U.S. and has even friendlier immigration laws. Perhaps being friendly has done the opposite of what Mr. Obama suggests.

Being nicer to enemies is something Europeans remember with disdain. Appeasing Hitler was a gigantic historical mistake that cost millions their lives. The fact that Obama is suggesting the same strategy with an even more dangerous enemy is frightening.

Obama’s Last Two Years Will Be The Most Dangerous

If you think king Obama has been a tyrant for the past six years, wait until you see his last two years in office. Obama has tried and tried to push his big government agenda on the American people, thankfully the Supreme Court has slapped him down 13 times, but that doesn’t stop him. We can expect more executive actions and even more boldness from Obama trying to do everything he can to harm this country.

If you need proof of what a danger this president is, on Wednesday the 14th in the dead of night, the Department of Defense announced that five Yemeni terror suspects held at Guantanamo Bay have been released. But despite concerns from lawmakers about the risks of sending anybody back to Yemen, four were released to Oman which is right next door. With the world just coming off the terror attack in France and the up tick in terror threats, not to mention all the be-headings, Obama releases enemy combatants back into the fight and rest assured, they will be taking up arms against America.

Is there any common sense to releasing the enemy back into the battle field? Obama has pushed to close the detention facility since his inauguration in 2009 and you can bet he will try to make it happen before he leaves office, no matter how many killers he gives back to the enemy. Now is not the time to be emptying Guantanamo, especially if you are putting these terrorists back into the fight.

Sometimes you have to wonder whose side is Obama really on; his pledge to close Gitmo overrides the safety of the American people. He is bending over backwards to close a nuclear deal with Iran, he wants it to be part of his legacy, but letting Iran build a nuclear weapon makes the world less safe. He has drawn red line after red line and has let our enemies slap him in the face by disregarding what he says. He even refuses to admit that there is a war on terror, calling some terror attacks, “Work place violence.”

Obama has over burdened this country with regulations that has prevented the economy from growing, 64% of Americans still feel like we are in a recession. Federal agencies issued 3,659 final rules in 2013, and some 3,415 regulations for 2014, funny how he releases them late on a Friday or right before a major holiday. What about executive orders, he says he has issued less than the previous president, but Obama has issued 195 executive orders. Published alongside them in the Federal Register are 198 presidential memoranda, all of which carry the same legal force as executive orders. The president reportedly vowed Thursday to press ahead with more executive actions, despite a veritable uprising from congressional Republicans over that strategy. Where is the most transparent president we were promised.

Those who still support this president are living life with their heads in the sand; the harm this president has done will take many years to undo. But what scares me most is the next two years. The president, who already has issued a string of veto threats in the opening days of the 114th Congress, indicated he’s prepared to keep opposing legislation he finds objectionable. This is from a man who said he is willing to work with anyone to pass legislation, yea, and Obama-Care is going to lower costs, give me a break.

A national poll finds that majorities of American voters think the Obama administration has mostly failed at handling illegal immigration, improving the country’s image around the world, handling race relations, improving health care and growing the economy. Watch out for the next two years, because Obama has nothing to lose, but the American people do.

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Traitors In Our Midst

Traitors In Our Midst!!!

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                                        From left, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, walk through Statuary Hall as they leave the Congressional Republicans' bicameral healthcare reform strategy session on the House floor on Thursday, March 18, 2010.  (Photo By Bill Clark/Roll Call/Getty Images)

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio listens at left as President Barack Obama speaks to media during a meeting with bipartisan, bicameral leadership of Congress to discuss a wide range of issues, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

In 2012 the republicans were so disgusted with the way things were going that many of them stayed home and Obama got in again. In 2013 they came out in droves and sent a strong message they wanted Obamacare repealed and amnesty defunded and consequently won a majority in both the House and Senate. So what did our duly elected officials do? Why they betrayed the people who elected them and voted to fund Obamacare for another year and also amnesty.

House majority leader John Boehner proved himself such a wimp and co-hort to Obama that the people demanded their representatives oust him and replace him with someone more conservative and stronger. Again they were betrayed as he was elected majority leader once again and the world watched as Nancy Pelosi hugged him and Obama shook his hand and smiled.

So it’s business as usual in Congress and not a bit of difference in either party. Jeb Bush supports Obamacare, amnesty and same sex marriage. Both Boehner and McConnell say the issues are off the table and Obamacare and amnesty are killers for America. In fact republicans are working on a secret strategy for a broad immigration bill.

“I just got the sense that the senators are all about how little is possible,” says one republican congressman, referring to Senate GOP reminders that they need 60 votes to overcome a filibuster. The narrower the bill — some Democrats dislike Obama’s most recent “adult amnesty,” but favor the program for younger immigrants – the more likely it is to pass the Senate.

According  to an article in National Review Online: Rather than discuss the next step in the executive-amnesty fight, Republicans discussed their own immigration policies. House Homeland Security Committee chairman Michael McCaul (R., Texas) outlined a “strong” border-security bill that will take clearer shape through a bottom-up drafting process, heartening conservatives frustrated with his efforts during the border crisis. House Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte (R., Va.) talked about proceeding with legislation to tighten interior enforcement, and Republicans discussed reforming guest-worker programs and expanding high-tech-visa reforms. Taken together, the proposals could develop into a package of immigration bills that shape a broader GOP agenda, undermining the center-left coalition pushing for the comprehensive immigration bill favored by President Obama.

Of course the biggest traitor is Obama himself who is giving into the terrorists.  He sees America thru different eyes than the rest of us from his upbringing in middle east countries and an atheist mother and muslim father and step father who railed against America. A recent article I saw  stated it perfectly” By refusing to name the enemy – and the strict Islamic beliefs favored by millions of Muslims around the world are the enemy because they are inimical to liberty as we understand it and have enshrined it in our Constitution – Obama directly aids those Islamic supremacists who are right now today working to undermine Western civilization generally, and especially constitutional government here in America.”   He thinks America is the cause of all the problems in the world. He calls our constitution “an outdated document.” He gave the Muslim Brotherhood 14 F-16 jets, 400  tanks and over a billion dollars. He has Muslim Brotherhood members in his administration and by going easy on terror attacks he shows his true colors. When our people were beheaded over in Iran he was on the golf course, he gave a three minute speech and then went back on the golf course. By not showing up in Paris after the terror attacks there he showed his true allegiance also. After the whole country left and right was up in arms over not showing and hearing flimsy excuses by Josh Ernest he decides to send Kerry over there. Kerry goes over gives Hollande a hug and brings James Taylor over there to sing’ “You’ve Got a Friend” his first big hit in the 70’s. That smacks of phony baloney plastic banannaism. Unfortunately it’s too little too late. We are now the laughing stock of the world. Thanks Obama. I guess this is what you wanted all along.

 Senate GOP leaders may abandon House effort to defund amnesty…

McConnell: ‘We’re going to try to pass it’…

Republican lawmaker details secret effort for broad immigration bill…

GOP RETREAT! ‘There is no exit strategy’…

KERRY GOES TO PARIS…

‘A big hug’…

Brings James Taylor to Serenade French With ‘You’ve Got a Friend’…

 

A Positive Constitutional Right: Your Child is Village Property

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“We need to break through this private idea that kids belong to their parents, or kids belong to their families and recognize that kids belong to their whole communities.” – MSNBC Host Melissa Harris-Perry states

Children today are considered village property. While some believe parental rights depend on elected official’s vote, this conjures up images of communist or fascist youth. As Hilary Clinton declared, “It Takes A Village To Raise A Child.”

Alexander Hamilton described the people’s rights best be in “a treatise of ethics than in a constitution of government.” Government “is merely intended to regulate the general political interests of the nation, than to a constitution which has the regulation of every species of personal and private concerns.” Big government advocates advocate for positive rights, parental rights granted by government. In other words, children become property of the state.

The United Nations Declaration of Human Rights declares that everyone has a right to education. Article 26 states “Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.” In 1989, the UN Convention on the Rights of a Child declares states are responsibility to eliminate “ignorance and illiteracy throughout the world.” It goes on that “education given in such institutions shall conform to such minimum standards as may be laid down by the State.” The Parental Rights Amendment establishes such parental responsibility.

In 1992, Lawyers capitalize on children’s rights with Gregory K as the first child in American history to sue his parents for a divorce. Judge Kirk declared that the boy has the same constitutional right to protect his fundamental interests as an adult. This established “a precedent for other cases.”

In 1992, Gregory K sued his parents for abuse. In 2014, young adults are suing for college tuition. 21-year old, Caitlyn Ricci sued her parents for college tuition despite neither parent seeing her for the last two years. 18-year old, Rachel Canning sued her parents for financial support and college tuition. Her parents said she left home because she didn’t want to obey their rules.

United States has yet ratified the United Nations treaty but NGOs are still pushing for the Parental Rights Amendment. The Parental Rights Amendment declares “The liberties of parents to direct the upbringing, education, and care of their children is a fundamental right.” This amendment grants positive rights to the parent. It provides the liberties of parents “the right to choose public, private, religious, or home schools, and the right to make reasonable choices within public schools for one’s child.”

NGOs seek to establish a “Big Brother” using the history of children’s rights to collectivize children. The true question is whether our children belong to the family or are collective property organized under “the State.”

They Don’t Even Deserve Minimum Wage

Over the weekend I did some food shopping, I like to go to Wal-Mart because you can’t beat the prices. I do a large part of my shopping at Wal-Mart, and then I finish up at the local supermarket, which is called Publix. The other day I noticed something I hadn’t noticed before, the difference in the workers between the two stores.

In Publix the workers were dressed nicer, more courteous, friendlier, and more helpful. In Wal-Mart when I asked for help, I got a look that said, what are you bothering me for, plus, I could never do a complete shopping because the shelves are never fully stocked. I’m not saying that everyone was like that, there were friendly people there, people with smiles, but it was enough to make me take notice.

As I was driving home, it dawned on me that these were the same people who were protesting all over the country for a $20 minimum wage, well let me tell you something, some of the people I have seen do not even deserve the money they are making now. Does anyone think that by paying someone more money that it is going to make them better workers? I don’t think so. Call me old fashioned, but I think a person should be paid what they are worth, not what the government thinks they should be paid. The old way was first show me how good of a worker you are, then you get the raise, not get the raise and hope you are a good worker.

I have never been a fan of a minimum wage, the idea that the government can tell a business owner what they have to pay an employee does not sit well with me. It seems that this government is bent on destroying the American spirit, working hard to move up the ladder does not seem important any more, in a land where the government wants to hand everything to you at the start, only takes away the motivation of the individual.

It’s great if everyone would make $50,000 a year, live in a nice house and have a new car in the driveway, but where is the feeling of accomplishment? I had my first job when I was 14, I worked for a dry cleaner delivering clothes for $25 a week, plus tips, on a good week I would make $35. The feeling of pride I would have every Friday when the owner would open up the cash register and hand me two tens and a five is something I can’t explain, but it was a good feeling. It wasn’t that easy of a job as you might think. I had to deliver in the rain and snow, I was like the mailman, I delivered in any type of weather.

If you can stock 5 shelves an hour making $8 an hour, but now I turn around and pay you $20 an hour and you are still stocking 5 shelves an hour, where is the justification for that, I am getting nothing more for that extra $12 an hour you are being paid. Should a person be paid $15 an hour to hand me a sack of burgers at McDonalds? I don’t think so.

The free-market should be taking care of this, we used to have one in this country, but it is slowly slipping away. We should find a way to put all workers on commission that is the only way you can find out what a person is truly worth.

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I Hated My Kids!

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Did that get your attention? First, let me say Happy New Year! I hope you had a great Christmas and holiday season and that you have come back to reality and the rhythm of life whole and healthy.

I’ve been on vacation for a few weeks. And while it was more like dropping off social media and the web for a while than actually going on vacation, it was just good to have some down time.

Unfortunately, the PC police and the Hard Left Loons didn’t take a day, or even an hour, off. They were and still are out in full force.

The first day back I ran a piece about preachers in Canada being arrested for simply teaching Biblical principles as it pertains to homosexuality. There was nothing about hating the person. No comments about beheading the person. No comments about stoning the person. No reference to acting out in a violent way against anyone in the LGBTQ community. They were simply teaching what God said about homosexuality according to the Bible.

Yet that is considered “hate speech” because it calls the actions of another human being sin.

Well, first I have to say, if you don’t believe in God, then you don’t believe in sin. So why are you upset? Next I would ask, how is it hate speech to say the actions of a person are against God?

Is it hate speech if I say I don’t like Mexican food? It gives me bad gas and I really just don’t like it. Does that mean I hate Mexicans? Because I think the Mexican border should be secured and people should come here legally, does that mean I hate Mexicans? How petty of you to think that I want the border secured to keep out Mexicans when it’s been proven that people from all over the world come over the border illegally.

I posted the statement on social media “It’s already happening in Canada, pastors being arrested for preaching against homosexuality.” A follower named Chris responded after I asked people to define “hate speech.” I got the usual “low IQ” responses; “anything that comes out of your mouth,” “anything a Republican says,” “anything a conservative says” and so on. But at least Chris took an honest stab at it… well, as honest as a left-leaning progressive can.

“hate speech is anything that incites violence … also specifically its hate speech when you do things like compare gays to pedophiles and people who have sex with animals. 

“…if they weren’t producing hate speech there would be no problems.”

Well, I have never heard any preacher (except the right Reverend Al Sharpton) advocate violence.  Inciting violence in today’s society is easy. Make fun of someone’s baseball team in the parking lot after a game and you might get your head bashed in and end up in a coma (like what happened at a Los Angeles Dodgers game a few years back). Were the attackers charged with hate crimes? No!

A liberal professor tore up an “anti-abortion” display on campus while calling the young men and woman there all kinds of names. Was she brought up on hate charges? Nope!

So, in all honesty, he should have said when a “conservative religious type” says something that offends, they should be brought up on hate speech charges.

Webster’s says, Pedophilia is a psychiatric disorder in which an adult or older adolescent experiences a primary or exclusive sexual attraction to prepubescent children, generally age 11 years or younger. Not Joe’s definition. So are you saying that no gays or lesbians are pedophiles? And if that is what you’re saying, would you say the same about heterosexuals? Or do the same rules not apply?

This is classic, “…if they weren’t producing hate speech there would be no problems.” Where do we live in “Who-Ville” where we all eat rainbows and poop butterflies?

Wake up! Someone, somewhere will always be offended by something someone somewhere says. Why? Because they choose to be offended and intolerant!

What Left-logic says is that if I don’t accept the way you want to live, the things you want to do, and your belief system over mine, then I’m a hater. Period!

If I believe that abortion is wrong and that you actually take a human life, I’m a woman hater. If I don’t believe in same sex marriage, I hate same sex couples.

According to Left-logic I hate my children. And so did many of you reading this. I have promised the kids I would not give away their deep dark secrets, and I won’t. But, when one was dabbling in drugs I told them I wouldn’t support them. I even had them arrested for having drugs on them. OMG where is child protective services when you need them? According to Left-logic, ……

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Americans Are Brave Enough to Say It, Why Not Their President?

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The contortions to which those in the Obama Administration will submit themselves in order to avoid calling Islamist terrorism just that would be comedic if the subject matter weren’t so deadly serious. Case in point comes to us in an announcement by the White House that a “summit on how to counter violent extremism” will be held next month amid fears amongst the American populace that Islamist terror attacks on US soil are all but certain.

The Washington Times reports:

“The White House on Sunday announced it will host a summit next month on how to counter violent extremism amid renewed fears among Americans that terror attacks on the homeland are inevitable.

 

 

“A Rasmussen poll released Sunday shows that 65 percent of Americans believe it is at least somewhat likely an attack ‘on those critical of Islam’ in the US will occur over the next year. Just 26 percent said such an attack is not likely, the survey shows…

 

 

“‘The [ani-extremism] summit will include representatives from a number of partner nations, focusing on the themes of community engagement, religious leader engagement, and the role of the private sector and tech community,’ White House press secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement Sunday. ‘Through presentations, panel discussions, and small group interactions, participants will build on local, state, and federal government; community; and international efforts to better understand, identify, and prevent the cycle of radicalization to violence at home in the United States and abroad.’”

Missing in this grand overture was the words “Islamist” and “terrorism”. Go figure.

The Rasmussen poll cited as the catalyst for this “summit” (as Mr. Obama would say, “Just words. Just speeches…”) centered on the American population’s concern about terror groups executing attacks on institutions of free speech here in the United States. It didn’t ask about “extremist groups,” which the Obama Administration has bastardized to include TEA Party groups and Second Amendment groups. It focused solely on Islamist terrorism, period. But, as then Obama Chief-of-Staff Rahm Emanuel famously (or infamously) said, one should never let a good crisis go to waste. So, the Obama Administration widens the focus area from Islamist terrorism to “extremism” providing a wider blanket of topic coverage, and purely for political gain. It is sickeningly disingenuous.

It is sad, really, that the American people possess the courage to call Islamist terrorism what it is, even as their elected President bobs-and-weaves to avoid even using the terminology, all the while conniving, manipulating and distorting the issue at hand to affect marginalization of his political foes. His actions are not only beneath the dignity of his office and a stain on American history, they are a harsh and wicked slap in the face to everyone affected by Islamist terrorism, and especially those affected by the slaughter at Charlie Hebdo and the people of France, America’s oldest ally.

I would identify Mr. Obama as a coward for his refusal to state the obvious where Islamist terrorism is concerned. But I fear his motives are much more nefarious that cowardice. They are political. I don’t really know which is worse.

Sen. Boxer to Call it Quits as Senate Goes Republican

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800px-Barbara_Boxer_2005Famed anti-gun and far-left extreme Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) has decided that this term in the Senate will be her last.

In an interview with Hillary Clinton’s nephew, Zachary Rodham, Sen. Boxer says, “Zach, I am never going to retire. The work is too important. But I will not be running for the Senate in 2016,” Boxer said. “I have to make sure the Senate seat stays progressive. That is so critical. And I want to help our Democratic candidate for president make history.”

After decades of illogical attacks on the second amendment, Sen. Boxer is out of Congress, but intends to continue her relentless progressive attacks on the freedom and security of Americans.

Howard Dean: Smoking That Funny Stuff Again

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HowardDean2004croppedFar left Looney Tune Howard Dean, as usual never disappoints every time he opens up his mouth, when he objected to calling the shooters in the Paris attack “Muslim terrorists,” even though the attackers were witnessed shouting “Allahu akbar” as they fired. I can never figure out why the Left refuses to call a spade a spade, these people committed an act of terror and they are Muslims, therefore they are “MUSLIM TERRORISTS,” why is that so hard for the Left to grasp?

Dean went on to say, “I stopped calling these people Muslim terrorists. They’re about as Muslim as I am, I mean, they have no respect for anybody else’s life, that’s not what the Koran says. And, you know Europe has an enormous radical problem, I think ISIS is a cult. Not an Islamic cult. I think it’s a cult.”

I have to admit that I never read the entire Koran, but I have read passages and believe me, there is plenty of hate to go around. The Koran makes it clear that Islam is not about universal brotherhood, but about the brotherhood of believers only. The Koran plainly tells Muslims that they are a favored race, while those of other religions are nothing more than “perverted transgressors.”

I will never understand why the Left feels they have to constantly make excuses for these terrorists? They are what they are, there devotion to destroy anything that in non Muslim is unwavering. If we want to win a war against our enemies, we first have to admit that we have an enemy, identify them and then do what needs to be done to destroy them. Liberal’s will not even admit that we have a war going on with these people; they would rather concentrate on an imaginary war on women.

When we were at war with Japan, were all Japanese people bad, no, but we were still in war with Japan. Now, we are at war with Muslims, are all Muslims bad, no, but we are still at war with Muslims. During World War II America came together to defeat the enemy, today we have half the politicians in Washington, who will not even admit who the enemy is.

This P.C. crap has got to end; I believe that Political Correctness is one of the biggest problems this country faces. Not being able to say something because you might hurt someone’s feelings is not only dumb, but it steps on The First Amendment. Hiding the truth behind Political Correctness is dangerous, although the Liberal Left uses it very well, they have developed it into a successful weapon, and it’s working.

As for our friend Howard Dean, I am going to leave him with a quote from the Koran:  O ye who believe! Fight those of the disbelievers who are near to you, and let them find harshness in you, and know that Allah is with those who keep their duty. In other words Mr. Dean, the Koran says, kill those who do not believe, so much for your B.S.

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Could Glenn Beck Be The Savior America Needs?

I am sure everyone has heard the name Glenn Beck. Some love him, some hate him, some like him, some say eh. I have been a fan of Glenn Beck since he had a show on the Fox channel at 5pm, do I agree with everything he says, no, but I think most things I do. Many on the Left call him a nut job, wacko, the evil prince of America, shit for brains and a lot of other things, but that’s what I think of the people on the Left, so I guess it all evens out.

Mr. Beck has a tremendous comeback story, losing everything, and I mean everything to drugs and alcohol, he now is a bestselling author and is a big shot mogul of an entertainment empire. I love comeback stories, having come through one myself, not anything compared to Mr. Beck’s, but anyone who picks themselves up from failure I love to read about.

One of Mr. Beck’s many projects is The Restoring America Project; it is something that is needed in this country without a doubt. Our schools don’t teach history like they did when I was a kid, oh sure they teach it, but when I went to school they taught how great America was, now, that’s if they teach it at all, they show America as a bad country, even calling the Pilgrims who settled at Plymouth Rock, the first American terrorists.

Mr. Beck remembers the 1950’s, as I do, when Walt Disney would put out movies and TV shows such  as Davy Crockett, Daniel Boone, The Alamo and many other heroes from our past. Our kids today don’t see shows like this anymore, if they do, they are portrayed as villains, that’s if they even know who any of them are. All the heroes I knew growing up, seem to have vanished from the face of the earth and have been replaced with the new heroes for our children to admire, the sports figure who beats up women, does drugs, or the Hip-Hop artists who glorify using and dealing drugs, killing cops, raping women.

You might disagree with everything Mr. Beck says, but how can you disagree with him on this subject? Our children have to learn the greatness of America, if they don’t, why should they care about a country if it is an evil place, why would they defend it or fight for it like so many have done in the past?

Mr. Beck did not solicit or pay me to write this article, I just believe it is a very important issue. There is an old saying that “Our children are our future,” from where I sit, our future is not looking all that bright. When we have a generation of people who can’t tell you who fought in the Civil War, or who won, and don’t know which country we won our independence from, that is not a good sign. I used to think it was funny when they would show the “man in the street” scenes, asking kids questions like these, now not so much.

As far as Mr. Beck being the savior of America, well I just wrote that to get your attention. But if he accomplishes what he is setting out to do, who knows. (Except he needs to stop crying so much.)

I know I’ll get hate mail from the Beck bashers for this article, but they can go have intercourse with themselves.

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A Glimpse at Some of the Idiocy of 2014

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While recently rereading a classical literary piece from a century ago, I realized anew how each person is a microcosm of the demographic group or society to which he or she belongs. Truly, no man is an island, and we all bring to our society characteristics, traits, and attributes which contribute to the whole. When we analyze some of the notable events from the past year, we can’t help but realize how our individual contributions either ameliorate, or vitiate, the cumulative character of our society.

Weeds in our cultural "garden."

Weeds in our cultural “garden.”

The book, As a Man Thinketh, by the English moralist James Allen, abounds in insightful truisms and verities. The following is but one of many such gems. “A man’s mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will, bring forth. If no useful seeds are put into it, then an abundance of useless weed seeds will fall therein, and will continue to produce their kind.”

As much idiocy as we observed playing out on the public stage this past year, it’s obvious that there are too many minds not being planted or cultivated with ennobling or productive seeds. And, according to Allen, the evidence is manifest behaviorally. Not unlike the timeless wisdom of Forrest Gump, “Stupid is as stupid does.”

3034486-poster-p-1-hands-up-dont-shootCase in point, the “Hands up, don’t shoot,” social phenomenon that was spawned, and perpetuated, based on fictitious accounts of the tragic shooting of a young man in Ferguson, MO. The fact that such a fallacious mantra would gain such traction among the race-baiters, celebrities, misinformed, and even professional athletes, does not portend well for our culture. But why bother with facts and evidence, when a fabricated story can be so superbly spun for the sake of advancing an ideological narrative, or inciting riots and precipitating violence? This provides evidentiary validation of Allen’s thesis, that “an abundance of useless weed seeds” can bear sway in the absence of “useful,” and I might add, informed and fact-based “seeds.”

On a par with that evidentiary validation, but much more consequential in its long-term implications, is the request by law students at Columbia, Harvard, and other law schools, to postpone their final exams. They felt they had been “traumatized” due to their protests of the Ferguson and New York grand jury decisions to not charge policemen for perceived wrongful deaths. Would anyone even consider hiring an attorney who felt “traumatized” because they protested too strenuously, and felt themselves to be incapable of taking tests as a result? Aphorisms aplenty seem to apply in such an instance, primary of which is simply to “grow up.”

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Poverty Rate since “Great Society”

As we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Great Society “war on poverty,” the nation’s redistribution of over $22 trillion is one of those governmental policies that evokes great emotion yet, as inefficacious as it has been, clearly is bourn of ideological “weeds.” Our poverty rate is about the same today as it was fifty years ago, which means our wealth redistribution has accomplished nothing, and has not addressed the underlying societal issues which are causal to poverty.

Another example is regrettably provided by our president, who, after claiming that all of his policies were on the midterm electoral ballot, was thoroughly trounced as voters rejected his legislative and ideological pawns who supported his policies. Yet, in the aftermath of such a drubbing, became increasingly pertinacious, clinging to his rejected ideology, and claimed to hear what those who didn’t vote had to say. The mainstream media should have had a heyday with such vapidity, yet, as has been their wont over the past six years, gave the president a pass on his vacuity.

2014-12-12-e6b16298_largeEqually vacuous was the president’s reference to the Biblical story of Mary and Joseph in an amnesty speech delivered last month. He may want to break down and actually read the Bible, if he’s going to “quote” from it. Mary and Joseph were not illegal aliens, and, contrary to his other “quote” from the Bible in the same speech, the Good Book says nothing about “people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.” It’s bad enough when our fellow countrymen fill their ignorant voids with uninformed “weeds,” but when our president does it, and he gets away with it, it does not bode well for our media or our society.

That such ignorance, bourn of ideological “weeds,” can flourish in our “enlightened” culture is indeed discomfiting. It’s enough to make one wonder if “The Walking Dead” TV series is more reflective of our collective consciousness, rather than simply apocalyptic TV fiction.

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