Thursday, October 29, 2009

This Is Insane...

Our very own Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, the one with the permanent deer in the headlights expression, unveiled (privately) the brand new health care takeover bill. Unfortunately, its not any prettier than she is.

There are at least 13 new taxes in the bill. Among the more egregious that you might consider:

Individual Mandate Surtax: If you do not have health insurance or refuse to buy health insurance, your friends in Washington will tax you 2.5% of your modified adjusted gross income!

Medicine Cabinet Tax: Would end your ability to purchase non-prescription medications with your health savings accounts (HSAs) or flexible spending accounts (FSAs), or health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs). The bill would also cap FSAs at $2500.

This would be the beginning of the end for HSAs and FSAs. These are actually the solution to affordable health care, but according to Nancy and her merry band of nitwits, they must be destroyed.

Surtax on Individuals and Small Businesses: Nancy includes a surtax of 5.4 percent on adjusted gross incomes over $500,000 ($1 million married filing jointly). If you thought the Democrat engineered banking crash was bad, wait until you see what this does to small businesses and unemployment after it gets rolling.

The "nonpartisan" CBO claims this will ONLY cost $200 BILLION more annually - we all know from previous experiences with goobermint programs you will need to multiply that number by at least 10 for a more accurate estimate.

But the irony of ironies, this will still leave an estimated 18 million people uninsured. 18 freakin' million? We're wasting $200 BILLION and still can't buy basic coverage for 18 million people!? As you see, this bill has nothing to do with making sure people are insured. Heck, give me that $200 billion and I will personally insure every uninsured citizen out there with plenty leftover to throw a mega party or two!

What makes all of this futile is that reimbursements to doctors and hospitals will be drastically reduced. Doctors will retire early, for-profit hospitals will shut their doors, and as health options decrease and begin to be rationed - as they always have in socialized countries, the cost will skyrocket. Not to mention the end of any private insurance options as the Federal government runs them out of business.

Worst Legislation EVER -- although cap and tax may still be worse.

Hope and Change!!!

A Spooky Halloween Tale...

It is of course almost Halloween so I thought it appropriate to tell you the story of Stan.

You see Stan went out on Halloween night dressed as his favorite superhero and hit every house in the neighborhood. He even went to the school and church carnivals and visited the senior assisted living center down the street.

When he got home he counted up his haul and was amazed how much he had.

"Mom! I have 50 candy bars!" he exclaimed.

"Stan what are you going to do with all that candy?" asked his Mom.

"I'm taking it to school to share with my friends," said Stan.

His mother was so proud that her son thought of his friends first.

On Monday, all the kids were sharing stories of Halloween with their teacher. Nobody had the kind of success that Stan had and some were even envious.

The teacher sensing the disparity, decided that it wasn't fair that Stan had more than the rest.

"Stan, I'm going to take your candy and share it with the rest of the class," said the teacher.

And before Stan could say anything, the teacher had taken his pumpkin full of candy bars.

She came to Anne first. Anne had stayed home because her family doesn't believe in Halloween. Anne was given 10 candy bars.

Joe went to a couple of relatives' houses and had two candy bars. He got 8.

Bobby played video games and didn't even bother to go trick or treating. She gave him 10 candy bars.

The Dickinson twins had each worked their neighborhood and had 9 candy bars each. The teacher gave them 1 each.

Sally and Ray were both sick so they didn't have any. They were given 10 candy bars.

And then the teacher came back to Stan and gave him 10 candy bars.

"Where's all my candy?" demanded Stan.

"Don't be selfish Stan. It wasn't fair that you had so much and everyone else had so little," explained the teacher. "And I'm keeping your pumpkin for next year."

"But I worked all night for that!" explained Stan.

It didn't matter. Whatever the teacher decided was the law.

Stan couldn't believe what had just happened. He was going to share with the class, but now he had just a few left from all his hard work. He stood there with his mouth wide open glaring at his teacher.

"You Bitch!"

The Moral of the story? What's the point of working hard if everything you earn is taken from you to give to those unwilling to earn it on their own.
The same lesson was learned at Plymouth Colony when everyone worked for the common good. They almost starved that first winter because nobody had any incentive to work hard. And then William Bradford assigned each person a plot of land to work for their own benefit. Amazingly they had an abundant harvest and celebrated their good fortune by sharing it with the Indians ( I apologize...Native Americans) on that first Thanksgiving.
America's first attempt at socialism almost destroyed those early pilgrims. Thank God they instead turned to capitalism and not only survived, but prospered too. The rest as they say is history...Of course THAT story is never taught in the public indoctrination centers (er, um, I mean public schools).
Now centuries later, we have an administration and party determined to send us back down the path to socialism. These are supposedly smart people who continue to regurgitate the same stupid, failed solutions involving more government control and redistribution of wealth. THAT is the really scary part of this story.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Solar Power - 170 Years And Counting...

Solar technology has been around for almost 200 years. Since the Carter years, we have dumped BILLIONS of taxpayer $$$ into subsidizing this technology. Even with all this government waste, it has proven woefully inadequate when compared to much more viable and proven energy sources such as nuclear, coal, hydroelectric and others.

Now under the Nobel Prize winning dear leader's administration, it seems solar will be winning the lottery once again. California Congressman Tom McClintock gave a great speech on this topic today. Below is an excerpt and link.

In a day, a solid acre of state-of-the-art solar panels can produce 2.2 megawatt hours of electricity, assuming an average of 5 hours of peak sunlight. 2.2 megawatt hours per day. Compare that to the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant that produces 49,000 megawatt hours of electricity each day.

In order to duplicate that single nuclear power plant, it would require 22,000 acres of solid solar panels – or 34 square miles. By comparison, the Diablo Canyon Power Plant sits on one square mile.

So this technology, after 170 years and countless billions of dollars of research and development, is roughly 17 times more expensive than nuclear power and consumes 32 times the land area of a comparable nuclear facility.

HR 3585 Solar Technology Roadmap Act of 2009

Solar will never be the solution in our lifetime. But I'm sure Democrats already know that. They, like Santa Clause, just love handing out taxpayer-funded Christmas presents to their buddies in the solar technology field and in universities.

BTW - The lovely piece of legislative crap that brought about this speech (HR 3585) has been estimated to cost some 1.4 BILLION from 2011-2014. Let the party begin!!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

I Heart Lord Monckton...

Lord Christopher Monckton gives a stirring rebuttal to Al Gore and the global warming fanatics. The video at the bottom is long, over an hour, but well worth your time. The only downside is you can't see the slides that accompany his speech - so I have added a link to the Power Point slides as well.

Its no wonder that Al Gore is scared to debate Lord Monckton.

The most important final 4 minutes of the speech.

"They are too yellow to admit they are really red."

Great Is Truth, and Mighty Above All Things

The entire speech below. Here is a link to the power point presentation that he references in the speech. Start the Youtube video and follow along with the power point slides.

Who Do You Admire Most?

When I think of great leaders and philosophers, or even people I would invite to my fantasy dinner, names like Jesus, Plato, Thomas Jefferson and Ghandi come to mind. I would think most Americans would have similar lists.

Jesus would be an obvious choice. His wisdom is eternal and I could never stop learning from him.

Thomas Jefferson understood better than most the concept of freedom that he and the other Founding Fathers created. I would love to hear what he thinks of American government now.

But then you have Obama's communications director, Anita Dunn. Who is inspired by Mao Tse Tung? The man who was responsible for as many as 70 million deaths in China as he forced Communism on the Chinese?

Where does Obama find all these radical nitwits? And what is someone who admires and dare I say worships Chairman Mao or Che in Cuba or Chavez in Venezuela doing working at the highest levels of our Federal Government? And why do "progressives" always idolize dictators, murderers and Marxists?

Watch the video of her commencement address to a private school last June. The White House is spinning this that she was joking. I'm not buying that because it isn't funny. This lady is a serious nutcase and has no business anywhere near the White House.

Watch the lip smacking video below. From Facebook, click on View Original Post below.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Operation Market Garden...

This is fantastic link by one of the best military journalists around, Michael Yon. He recently visited the Netherlands for the anniversary of Operation Market Garden, where allied forces fought to free the Dutch from German occupation. The movies A Bridge Too Far and part of Band of Brothers was based on Operation Market Garden.

There are 7 pages and plenty of pictures here.

I Have A Dream...

Congress goes on recess and stays there.

Then maybe our God-given Constitutional freedoms might be somewhat safe.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Do I Dare Believe?

Pardon my departure from my political musings for something serious.

The SMU Mustangs are 3-2 and 2-0 in conference play for the first time in a gazillion years. And if they had not had a complete meltdown in the final quarter against Washington State, they would be 4-1. There is a gentleman's agreement to place SMU in the Aloha Bowl (or whatever its called) for a June Jones homecoming if SMU is bowl eligible and not CUSA champion. Do I dare book my flight?

Next week they play a formidable Navy team that destroyed us in the rain in Annapolis last year. I believe our defense is a heck of a lot better this year, especially the speed at LB, but are they up to stopping the option for 4 quarters? I will be there to witness it firsthand, so I know they will NOT disappoint me.

Its been far too long of a bowl drought. SMU needs a bowl game. Dang it, I need a bowl game. They haven't been to a bowl game since I was in school and that was a looooong time ago!

Go Mustangs!!!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Is It Time To Write My Autobiography?

I mean really, if that is all it takes to establish my name, earn some coin, bribe some union/ACORN types, vote "present" a view times in a state legislature, spend approximately 143 days in the Senate campaigning full time for POTUS and then win the Nobel Prize. Heck, I'm in.

My accomplishments? Well, let's see... I assisted virtually every movie studio in promoting their films in DFW. I created NHL hockey cards bringing joy to collectors everywhere. This was followed by a widely acclaimed and award winning Desert Storm trading card set - but that's not PC.

Collectors of Coca Cola, NFL and Playboy products got to purchase my handiwork. And I created IVR-based promotions and campaigns for JC Penney, Gruner & Jahr, Nokia, SBC and NRA among others. Although I probably need to avoid mentioning those pesky defenders of the 2nd Amendment.

In my free time I write Christian children's stories, read and enjoyed online by millions around the world. I have also utilized my formerly impressive athletic skills to win multiple church basketball and flag football league titles. I even managed to coach some awful 8th graders to their championship in Church basketball. But I probably should avoid mentioning Jesus, church, Christian or I will labeled a fanatic by the liberals.

I even have my long form birth certificate somewhere and I can take you to the exact hospital where I was born. My mom even kept my certificates of membership to GI Joe's Adventure Team and the Estes Model rocket club. And I bet I could find some stuff for my time in Cub Scouts too. But most of that might be too militaristic for the state run media.

I bet I could even find articles I wrote in college for the newspaper and my college transcripts. Well, the latter are impressive every other semester. The grades seemed to dip during football season - not sure what that means.

Yep, that sounds pretty impressive. I think I'm ready to make my move. And just like dear leader I will find someone to secretly write it for me. Although my life will not need nearly as much embellishment as dear leader.

Instead of a terrorist and raving mad socialist, I will select Mark Steyn if he's game. I mean he may be a little to the right for the lunatic left's taste, but he definitely has a gift when it comes to words.

Obama's priorities lie not in the Hindu Kush but in America: Why squander your presidency on trying to turn an economically moribund feudal backwater into a functioning nation state when you can turn a functioning nation state into an economically moribund feudal backwater?
Mark Steyn: Nobel tops 'SNL' for Obama joke

Yea, I think Mark will do nicely.

Friday, October 09, 2009

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot!!

The Weekly Standard lists some of the Nobel Prize nominees that Obama beat.

A woman who fought for many years to educate girls in Afghanistan under the Taliban.

A Congolese doctor working with victims of sexual abuse.

Two Chinese human rights activists.

OR, a one-term Senator with only 143 days on the job and less than two weeks as President.

This is truly insane.

If dear leader didn't have such a massive ego, he would decline the award for lack of merit.

Is It April Fool's Day?

I checked the news today and saw that our dear leader has been awarded the Nobel Peace Price. Are you freakin' kidding me? What makes this laughable is that he was nominated on February 1st for this - barely a week into his failed Presidency.

Even the Nobel committee hints at the completely ridiculous selection - from the citation:

Obama has as President created a new climate in international politics. Multilateral diplomacy has regained a central position, with emphasis on the role that the United Nations and other international institutions can play. Dialogue and negotiations are preferred as instruments for resolving even the most difficult international conflicts.

Ah yes, demanding a would-be Marxist tyrant be restored to power in Honduras, allowing Iran and North Korea to continue their development of nuclear weapons, abandoning our longtime ally Israel and the global groveling/apology tour is really paying dividends among socialists worldwide.

The vision of a world free from nuclear arms has powerfully stimulated disarmament and arms control negotiations.

Hello? There are about to be two new rogue nuclear powers in the world and our dear leader has given them the green light. At least one, Iran, has continued to insist that they will use it on Israel and anyone else that President Imamadnutjob dislikes. The vision of a nuclear free world is the vision of somebody completely naive to the dangers present in the world today.

Thanks to Obama's initiative, the USA is now playing a more constructive role in meeting the great climatic challenges the world is confronting. Democracy and human rights are to be strengthened.

Never mind that we are on a decade long cooling trend and the UN IPCC climate reports have been widely discredited. Global warming is now referred to as climate change - which sounds cooler. Whatever it takes to spread socialism globally I guess.

Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world's attention and given its people hope for a better future. His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world's population.

Hope and change wins out yet again over anything tangible. Our dear leader has 9 months as POTUS, 143 days on the job in the Senate, a host of "present" votes in his short time in Illinois politics, and was elected in an ACORN/Chicago politics inspired fraud of epic proportions. What has he really accomplished that would earn him this recognition? But let's be frank, what qualified him most in the eyes of our esteemed Nobel voters was that he is not George Bush - and that is sad.

This same bunch of idiots gave the "Peace" Prize to known terrorist/murderer Yasser Arafat, one of the worst Presidents in the modern era, Jimmy Carter and global warming scam artist Al Gore. That tells you all you need to know.

Remember with liberals, results do not matter, only intentions.

Further reading:
Story of Obama’s life: “Rather than recognizing concrete achievement…”
Obama's Embarrassing Nobel Prize
The Nobel Prize Curse - Old but excellent
Comment: absurd decision on Obama makes a mockery of the Nobel peace prize

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Good News For Aspiring Suicide Bombers and Terrorists!

Imagine a young Muslim terrorist straps on his suicide vest, runs into a cafe filled with unsuspecting infidels, yells some gibberish and detonates his vest, killing all inside.

Next, we see our martyr in paradise looking for his promised reward - 72 virgins. But to his disappointment they are not what he expected. So in anger he asks...

"Where the white women at?"

But for every question, Muslim clerics have an answer.

In an interview with Syrian-born
Saudi cleric Muhammad Al-Munajid, which aired on Al-Majd TV on July 25, 2009, all these questions are answered.

Allah said that the black-eyed virgins are beautiful white young women, with black pupils and very white retinas, whose skin is so delicate and bright that it causes confusion. Allah said that they are like hidden pearls. They have wide eyes, and they have not been touched by man or jinn. They are virgins, who yearn for their husbands. They are all the same age, morally and physically beautiful. They are like precious gems and pearls in their splendor, their clarity, their purity, and their whiteness.

That does sound a little racist, but whatever. With 72 white virgins, how will our martyr ever have the stamina to service such bounty?

The Prophet Muhammad says that in Paradise, a man gets the strength of 100 men when it comes to eating, drinking, passion, and sex.

I see. But what happens if they get pregnant, sick, or are jealous of each other?

...the women of Paradise are pure, unblemished, menstruation-free, free of feces, urine, phlegm, children... Moreover, Allah cleaned them of all impure and foul things, both in appearance and character. In character, they are not jealous, hateful, or angry. They are not greedy.

Wow! Paradise is sounding pretty cool. But with so many terrorists running around - I mean they do blow up so fast. Will my virgins want to run off with some other terrorist who killed more infidels than me?

They are restricted to tents, locked up for the husband. There is no such thing as going out. When he comes home – they are there. There is no such thing in Paradise as a man coming home and not finding his wife there.

Whew! That's a load off my mind. But what happens after a few weeks and I have "broken in" all my virgins. Surely, something can be done to restore their virginity?

Unfortunately, our cleric did not address this issue just yet. But others have suggested perpetual virginity for all 72. Maybe a cleric can clarify this further in the future.

Seems like pretty good motivation to leave this world for the next. No wonder so many ignorant men have wasted their lives as terrorists. Unfortunately, they will be bitterly disapointed in their afterlife "reward." And that is just sad.