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Monday, March 30, 2009

Angie Harmon Openly Disagreeing with Obama's Policies



Angie Harmon: I'm Not Racist Because I Disagree With Obama

Angie Harmon is not afraid to come out and say she doesn’t like how President Obama is handling the job — but she’s sick of having to defend herself from being deemed a racist.

"Here's my problem with this, I'm just going to come out and say it. If I have anything to say against Obama it's not because I'm a racist, it's because I don't like what he's doing as President and anybody should be able to feel that way, but what I find now is that if you say anything against him you're called a racist," Harmon told Tarts at Thursday’s Los Angeles launch of the new eyelash-growing formula, Latisse. "But it has nothing to do with it, I don’t care what color he is. I’m just not crazy about what he's doing and I heard all about this, and he’s gonna do that and change and change, so okay … I'm still dressing for a recession over here buddy and we've got unemployment at an all-time high and that was his number one thing and that's the thing I really don't appreciate. If I'm going to disagree with my President, that doesn't make me a racist. If I was to disagree with W, that doesn't make me racist. It has nothing to do with it, it is ridiculous."

Speaking of dislikes, the starlet has also had enough of the double-standards in the media.

"I do think McCain would have done a better job, only because I think he has more experience. I also think if W or John McCain or Reagan would have gone and done a talk show, the backlash would have been so huge and in his face, and ‘What is our president doing? How unclassy!’ But Obama does it and no one says anything," Harmon said.

And in spite of the scornful opinions most of her Tinseltown counterparts have shared on Gov. Sarah Palin, Harmon remains a true fan.

"I admire any kind of woman like her. My whole motto is to know what I stand for and know what I don't stand for and have the courage to live my life accordingly and she does exactly that. The fact that this woman has made the decisions she's made and literally lived her life according to that and takes heat for it is absolutely disgusting to me," she added. "People cannot look at this woman. I really think they're afraid of her and her morals, ethics and values and the fact that she hangs on them. Is she the most experienced person in the world? But she was running to be the Vice President, so we then put the most inexperienced person as the President. That didn't make any sense to me."

However Harmon is definitely in the Hollywood minority when it comes to her criticism of Obama as other lasses at the Latisse party were quick to advocate their unequivocal support.

"The sort of criticism over the last couple of weeks is a bit unfounded, he's been in office for barely any time and I think he inherited a lot on his plate and he's doing a pretty remarkable job," quipped Mandy Moore. "I think it's cool that he went on Leno and I watched the "60 minutes" interview as well last week. The guy is just so articulate and he is so well versed in something that is so new to him and I think he has a good team around him. It sounds cliché, but he makes me feel proud to be an American."

Debra Messing also told Tarts that our new President is not only meeting her expectations, but going far beyond.

"He is thoughtful and considerate and he gets all the information before he speaks which I think is a wonderful quality for the ruler of the free world to have," she explained.


The ladies of "Entourage" certainly showed their Obama-loyalty too.

"It's not an over night process. It's going to get worse before it gets better; we're all kind of in the same boat now. Everybody's broke and everybody's struggling and he makes me feel like I know him and that I know Michelle and that they’re like us and they’re out to try to save the USA. It's just an amazing period to watch him take on these challenges and everyday in the news to hear about AIG or possibly global currency changing, it's incredible. He's facing big challenges and he's got a lot of support and I'm just praying things get better," Debi Mazar said, while co-star Perrey Reeves added that Obama is a "wonderful leader" and she’s looking forward to his future endeavors.

Angie Harmon said what so many Americans are feeling and trying desperately to say. I don't agree with Obama's policies... flat out. I don't care what jacket he wears or what tie he happens to put on. I don't care if his skin is darker or lighter than mine. What I care about is the direction he's taking our country.

Please view above (in blue) Mandy Moore's comment about his appearance on Leno.
She says "I think it's cool that he went on Leno and I watched the "60 minutes" interview as well last week. The guy is just so articulate and he is so well versed in something that is so new to him...".

Hello? How was his moment on Leno when he insulted the individuals participating in the Special Olympics in any way what-so-ever articulate and well versed? The man can't go anywhere without someone telling him what to say on his teleprompter. And what's this garbage about being well versed in something that is so new to him? How can that possibly make you feel proud or in any way secure? I know I'm not feeling safe knowing that our president doesn't know what he's doing... learning as you go as president is not impressive.

Then we have Debra Messing say (in green above) that "He is thoughtful and considerate and he gets all the information before he speaks which I think is a wonderful quality for the ruler of the free world to have."

Oh? How is it thoughtful of him to say that since he bowled horribly that he is somehow lowered to the Special Olympics? And since when did our President become the RULER of the free world? I thought our president was our leader... not our ruler. Apparently she doesn't realize that we don't actually have tyrants, kings or... what's the word I'm looking for... oh yeah... RULERS here in America.





Here's a look at our thoughtful and considerate president making an off-handed remark. Check out the comments... apparently some people think we should give him a break because he's only human. SORRY... I think you give up THAT title when you take on the new title of PRESIDENT of the United States of America.


His other fan, Debi Mazar (in purple), feels "he's facing big challenges and he's got a lot of support and I'm just praying things get better." Well you better pray hard Debi and based on the fact some politicians want to make worshiping Jesus not allowed in certain areas, you better starting looking to Allah.


Maybe Debi should get used to this sign because if David Hamilton gets his way, he'll make sure it's true.

Angie Harmon: "If I Disagree With Obama It's Not Because I'm a Racist"

How the Stimulus Bill Really Works

Another email with a great message... this one on how the stimulus bill really works.



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Shortly after class, an economics student approaches his economics professor and says, "I don't understand this stimulus bill. Can you explain it to me?"

The professor replied, "I don't have any time to explain it at my office, but if you come over to my house on Saturday and help me with my weekend project, I'll be glad to explain it to you." The student agreed.

At the agreed-upon time, the student showed up at the professor's house. The professor stated that the weekend project involved his backyard pool. They both went out back to the pool, and the professor handed the student a bucket.

Demonstrating with his own bucket, the professor said, "First, go over to the deep end, and fill your bucket with as much water as you can." The student did as he was instructed. The professor then continued, "Follow me over to the shallow end, and then dump all the water from your bucket into it." The student was naturally confused, but did as he was told. The professor then explained they were going to do this many more times, and began walking back to the deep end of the pool.

The confused student asked, "Excuse me, but why are we doing this?"

The professor matter-of-factly stated that he was trying to make the shallow end much deeper. The student didn't think the economics professor was serious, but figured that he would find out the real story soon enough. However, after the 6th trip between the shallow end and the deep end, the student began to become worried that his economics professor had gone mad.

The student finally replied, "All we're doing is wasting valuable time and effort on unproductive pursuits. Even worse, when this process is all over, everything will be at the same level it was before, so all you'll really have accomplished is the destruction of what could have been truly productive action!"

The professor put down his bucket and replied with a smile, "Congratulations. You now understand the stimulus bill."

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Linda Carter Claims the Right Are Spreading Hate... No Mention of the Last Eight Years

I've heard stories about Linda Carter and here she is. Although she sounds sincere and says she believes that people can be democrat and republican, I wonder how much of her story is true. Watch it and tell me what you think.

Loony Linda Carter Worries About "Right Wing Spreading Hate"




I tend to let my eyes wander when I'm talking to someone mainly because I'm trying to remember where I'm going with what I'm saying or trying to remember something. I like to think I'm quick witted but there are moments when my thoughts are jumbled up in a pile and it takes me a moment or two to compile them into an understandable sentence. That being said, I am not stupid. I am making a huge effort to stop the eyes from leaving the face of the person I'm speaking with because I am quite aware that I do it and it bothers me. If I work on it, I can correct what I perceive to be an error.

As I watched this video I kept thinking to myself that something was wrong. There was a little voice that told me that she doesn't really believe what she's saying 100% and that she has to search out for something to add to her beliefs even if they are not true.

Sure enough... my memory served me right and I found this out on the Web.

How To Tell if Someone Is Lying to You


Looking up to the right. Looking up and to the right stimulates the part of the brain associated with imagination (that is, making things up), whereas looking up and to the left stimulates the part of the brain associated with recalling memories (that is, telling the truth).

Now this isn't to say she was looking up and to the right all the time... often she was looking anywhere but into the reporter's eyes. Sometimes she was just glancing to the right slightly over his shoulder... sometimes she was just glancing straight up and other times she looked over his left shoulder.

The big moment where she looked up and to the right was when she said, speaking of Barrack Obama, "he...... really is.... uh... he's really an interesting guy and he's smart."

Then she added quickly and looking directly into the reporter's eyes "Will he make mistakes... I'm sure he will, but he's not blundering through."

Not blundering through, huh? Interesting comment.

The following statements were quick and she looked directly into the reporter's eyes when saying them.


"He super charged a whole generation of people"

"will he make mistakes... I'm sure he will."


You're right Linda... he did super charge a generation of people... and he will make mistakes that apparently you and everyone who supports him will chock off as just a little error and that's okay because he's... what?

Why should we give him a break and yet not be allowed to give President Bush a break? Where's your anger towards the creation of hate towards our former president?

When asked if she couldn't understand why anyone would be a Republican (playing off a Cher interview the reporter had previously) she said "NO", without hesitation, because there is always an opposition. Quite true, Linda... quite true. There is nothing wrong with being a Republican or a Democrat... what's wrong is when people are so blinded to their own beliefs that they never allow themselves to see the other side as possibly being correct. It's a hard thing for some to accomplish... I work on it often.

She went on to say (in a rather broken up pattern)...


"the only problem I really have is the spreading of hate by right wing... super-right... the spreading of hate, I don't get it. I don't understand it. It's inexplicable to me not to just want the best for people and hey, disagree politically but. I think it's really bad for mental health to listen to hate 24/7 about something that you know... give the guy a break"

Give the guy a break???

So does this mean she is upset primarily because the super right wing people are spreading hate towards Barrack Obama? That's what it sounds like to me. I'm more concerned about the spreading of hate in America towards our everyday citizens. Towards anyone who is hated because of how they look... whether they are Mexican, White, Black, short, tall... whatever the reason. I'm really not as concerned about whether or not every American LOVES Obama.

... and where is her concern for the last eight years when the media was spreading hate towards George W Bush? Where's the anger towards the Left for continually bringing up racism... from Jesse to the everyday reporter?

She says it's bad for mental health to listen to hate 24/7. I have a friend who is home-bound and listens to CNN and MSNBC continually and guess what? She's angry at President Bush and all Republicans... she hates them... she fumes about them. I agree with Linda... no one should listen to any channel 24/7 no matter what side they represent. But for her to simply finger out the Right is hypocritical.

But here's a question for you. If I don't think channels like FOX are spreading hate and if she doesn't think channels like MSNBC are spreading hate... who's to say which of us is correct? I often wonder if "hate" is perceived in so many different manners that we're truly looking at differently.

I see that FOX isn't blinded by the light of Obama's mixed messages and I see that they denounce racism and profess that continually bringing it up prolongs it.

I see MSNBC as making Obama's light as blinding as possible so we can't see what's beyond him as well as continually mentioning race in order to keep it on the table.

So does she and others see FOX as always trying to undermine Obama even if it means bringing up "unimportant" things (to them) while mentioning that it doesn't matter that the man is black (which DOES mean a lot to them) and therefore FOX is racist channel?

And do they see MSNBC as bringing out the good news regarding Obama and continually backing him while making mention of his historic moment of becoming the first black president and how others must hate him and all black people if they don't agree with him?

Ah... and therein lies the way we see things... and some of the reasons why we just can't agree all the time.

Friday, March 27, 2009

DaybyDay: Trade in Your Prius for an SUV

This post is for my husband (Arc) who feels the frustrations that have turned to anger (the same way many of us feel) when we are told we MUST do this or we MUST not do that. The worst is when the person lecturing us is one of the worst offenders of his latest and greatest attempt to make Americans look evil and viciously uncaring.






Above: Her liberal sister is all too willing to call in her offence to Lord Al because she's decided owning a Prius isn't really what she wants any more. I suppose the question is... why doesn't she want it any more? I suppose it could be simply because she needs more room or it could be her way of telling liberals and the like to stick it. Ultimately, the reason she wants to own an SUV or any other car is not as important as the fact that we live in a free country where we CAN do it.





Ah... and here is her reasoning... it's safer!

When we put everything around us as having a higher value than the life of a human being, we are not only being stupid and ignorant, we are saying to our children that they don't mean as much to us as we tell them they do when we put them to bed at night.

Oh I know that others will claim "we're saving future generations by not using autos that emit this or that". We already have tons of regulations on the way autos are made and we, the United States of America, still do a better service to the world than other countries. It is not Al's place or the government's place to tell me what I must to drive.

This cartoon just reiterates the fact that it's our choice what we do and no matter what threats are made to "tell on us", it doesn't matter because we are free!!


http://www.daybydaycartoon.com/

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Wizard of ID




Bearack Obama - Waiting for a "well deserved" Handout

Here is a cute email that's been going around. Cute, but still with a very potent message.

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The photo below captures a trend that is beginning to affect wildlife in the U.S.




Anticipating the Obama stimulus package, animals that were formerly self-sufficient are already modifying their behavior to take advantage of what they expect to be a new set of societal norms in the next four to eight years. This black bear from Montana has ceased hunting for a living and is sitting outside the US Fish & Wildlife Service office in Kalispell, apparently waiting to be fed and to have his winter den dug by government employees.. The residents of Kalispell are calling him Bearack Obama.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The American Form of Government: A Republic... Not a Democracy

This video was nicely done... they should play it over and over again in our schools!!

Actually, they should play it on local and cable channels so that the adults who think our country is a Democracy can get a lesson in government and see why some things just never work.

It's a very basic and simplistic video... but that's what people seem to need.



VIDEO: The American form of government - found on The912Project as a discussion about the 12th Principle of Liberty and the difference between a Democratic Society and a Republic and how this video explains it.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Hitler Youth, World Currency and Dumb Obama Remarks





The House passed a bill yesterday which includes disturbing language indicating young people will be forced to undertake mandatory national service programs as fears about President Barack Obama’s promised “civilian national security force” intensify.

The Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act, known as the GIVE Act, was passed yesterday by a 321-105 margin and now goes to the Senate.

Under section 6104 of the bill, entitled “Duties,” in subsection B6, the legislation states that a commission will be set up to investigate, “Whether a workable, fair, and reasonable mandatory service requirement for all able young people could be developed, and how such a requirement could be implemented in a manner that would strengthen the social fabric of the Nation and overcome civic challenges by bringing together people from diverse economic, ethnic, and educational backgrounds.”

Section 120 of the bill also discusses the “Youth Engagement Zone Program” and states that “service learning” will be “a mandatory part of the curriculum in all of the secondary schools served by the local educational agency.”

“The legislation, slated to cost $6 billion over five years, would create 175,000 “new service opportunities” under AmeriCorps, bringing the number of participants in the national volunteer program to 250,000. It would also create additional “corps” to expand the reach of volunteerism into new sectors, including a Clean Energy Corps, Education Corps, Healthy Futures Corps and Veterans Service Corps, and it expands the National Civilian Community Corps to focus on additional areas like disaster relief and energy conservation,” reports Fox News.

Indoctrination. If you indoctrinate the youth... they will conspire against their own parents. What a clever idea.





“This is a clear sign that China, as the largest holder of US dollar financial assets, is concerned about the potential inflationary risk of the US Federal Reserve printing money,” said Qu Hongbin, chief China economist for HSBC.
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To replace the current system, Mr Zhou suggested expanding the role of special drawing rights, which were introduced by the IMF in 1969 to support the Bretton Woods fixed exchange rate regime but became less relevant once that collapsed in the 1970s.

Today, the value of SDRs is based on a basket of four currencies – the US dollar, yen, euro and sterling – and they are used largely as a unit of account by the IMF and some other international organisations.

China’s proposal would expand the basket of currencies forming the basis of SDR valuation to all major economies and set up a settlement system between SDRs and other currencies so they could be used in international trade and financial transactions.

Countries would entrust a portion of their SDR reserves to the IMF to manage collectively on their behalf and SDRs would gradually replace existing reserve currencies.

Mr Zhou said the proposal would require “extraordinary political vision and courage” and acknowledged a debt to John Maynard Keynes, who made a similar suggestion in the 1940s.

Don't you just love how they lent money to us (probably knowing they would make this suggestion) and are now saying we need a global currency.

The Communist and Socialist countries have sat back during the last 40+ years... waiting; waiting for their chance to claim the lands of America in one way or another. We are a foolish nation of "must have it now" citizens and our government is by far the most foolish and the most greedy of all of us. We the people are by far the most gullible when it comes to trusting our government to take care of its duty and staying out of our lives. This government was set up in a way that politicians have tried for decades to change just because they feel "their way" is some how better.


Is it time to kick all the politicians out of DC and start over yet???






The President said he'd been practicing, yet still only tallied a dismal 129 - "It was like the Special Olympics or something."

Obama quickly realized he'd screwed up. He called Shriver to say sorry, and the White House issued an apology.

Kelly Schultes, a New York Special Olympian who participates in several events, wasn't quick to forgive.

"He needs to understand that a comment like that - in this day and age - is really not appropriate," said Schultes, who has Asperger syndrome.

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"This was a degrading remark about our world's most precious and unique people, coming from the most powerful position in the world," fumed former GOP veep pick and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, whose youngest son, Trig, has Down syndrome.

"These athletes overcome more challenges, discrimination and adversity than most of us ever will," she added.

Special Olympics boss Tim Shriver said Obama's off-color quip was a learning opportunity. "It's important to see that words hurt and words do matter," Shriver told ABC's "Good Morning America" Friday.







If Obama can't keep his mouth from running off on tangents he's unaware of on the Tonight Show, what kind of garbage do you think will fall out of his mouth (unknowing to him, of course) when in the middle of one of his "no pre-existing conditions" meetings with foreign countries?

I don't want a president who isn't in charge of his mouth.

I wonder what other wonderous discriminating jokes Barrack has swimming in the back of his mind ready at any moment to fall from his lips. We already know how he feels about white people... how long before an inappropriate joke comes forth. And more importantly, when it does fall out, how many people will dismiss it as "not really discrimination" since it's against white people.

Remember... discrimination is discrimination... racism is racism... hate is hate... obstinance is obstinance and arrogance is arrogance.





Sunday, March 22, 2009

Obama, Lies and Deceptions... Three Redundant Words

3/21/09: Barack Obama Weekly Address Translated



This is a good video about Obama's address with a transcription as to what he was REALLY saying! Check it out.





Barack Obama "Public Will Have 5 Days To Look At Every Bill That Lands On My Desk"


"Hurry up and approve the bailout... you don't have time to read it... just approve of it!!"

Seems our beloved Mr. BO likes to change his stance as often as he uses the words "we must" and "change".

Saturday, March 21, 2009

AIG Bailout: Where the Anger Lies

The anger lies on so many people that it's hard to determine who's really at fault.

Should we be mad at AIG for giving out millions of dollars in bonuses after receiving billions of dollars in bailout money?

Should we instead be mad at the government for giving them such a huge amount of money without a strong detailed ledger for using the money?

Should we be mad at our politicians who are stating they didn't know that AIG would be giving away bonus money even though there is evidence that AIG told them upfront?

Should we rather just be mad at the government for giving out that money in the first place?

Perhaps we should be mad at the millions of voters who voted for Obama because his administration has so generously decided to spend our great grand children's money.

Perhaps we should just be mad at all politicians who have either helped to increase the crisis or did nothing to avoid it... no matter who the president happens to be (McCain wanted bailouts as well, although he claimed his would be "different" and therefore, better... even though he wanted an AIG bailout... hmmm).



NOTE: There is too much proof out there to show that several politicians received money from AIG and therefore it's worth their time to give AIG a bailout rather than just letting them fail and file bankruptcy. If they had been allowed to file bankrutpcy, the contracts with the employees who received the bonuses could have been reworked.

If AIG has an employee who's salary is $50,000 a year but they only receive $40,000 of it throughout the year, wouldn't that employee deserve and have a right to the remaining $10,000 of his salary (so long as he has done well in his position)?

From a regular citizen's point of view, if I were paid in that manner and I had done my job to the best of my ability, I would demand the remaining portion of my salary. Even if the executives or owners had been stupid and ruined the company, I would still deserve my "bonus" (which isn't really a bonus, is it). Just because the head jerks of the company ruined the company, doesn't mean I did not do a good job.

There may be some people at AIG who are truly receiving a "bonus" and not the remainder of their salary and perhaps those people should just not accept the money this time around, I don't know. But for those people who actually need the rest of their salary, that money isn't a bonus, it's the food on their table and the roof over their head.

Ultimately, the whole bailout scam (and I do call it a scam because of the several different political angles of increased power) has been and in the future will be just a big waste of time and money.

Let them fail. If the government leaves us alone we can create new small businesses and hire those people who are out on the street. No matter what, the people who are receiving large salaries from these companies that are falling apart will need to lower their rate of pay and get their hands and feet dirty out here in the real world. It's okay to fail because with failure comes experience, knowledge and an increased ability to succeed the next time around.


Some additional info:

  • Obama And Congress Knew About AIG Bonuses For Months!
  • Take a closer look at AIG bailout - Instead, I was livid about the amount of American taxpayer money, through the AIG bailout, that had gone to foreign banks. If you think $165 million for executive bonuses is excessive, what is your reaction to the nearly $38 billion going to foreign banks?
  • Stop the Presses: Congress Is Angry! - I have a friend who was in Washington this week, and he stopped into Wednesday’s Congressional inquisition — oops, I mean hearing — into the A.I.G. bonuses. He stayed about 15 minutes and left when he couldn’t take it anymore. He didn’t know which was worse, he told me afterward: the way the A.I.G. financial products traders had conned the company into handing them bonuses — or the Congressional hearing complaining about the bonuses. “What a waste of taxpayers’ money,” he said. He was referring to the hearing, not the bonuses.
  • Looting 2.0 (Or, Why AIG Must Fail) - The presence of insurance when outcomes are asymmetrical massively dilutes incentives to act responsibly. The incentives that result are: heads, I win; tails, I still win. If I win a bet where costs might be imposed on everyone, I gain, and no one else does. If I lose a bet where costs might be imposed on everyone, everyone pays off my losses but me. That's looting — the subject and title of a classic paper by Romer and Akerlof, recently highlighted in the NYT's Economix blog.
  • Key Dems KNEW About AIG’s Bonuses!...

Chris Dodd and AIG Bonuses (and other info)



I'm really starting to like this guy... check out How the World Works for tons of other videos.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Gang-Rape Victim to Receive 100 Lashes

LINK: Saudi Judge Sentences Pregnant Gang-Rape Victim to 100 Lashes

LINK: Saudi judge sentences pregnant gang-rape victim to 100 lashes for adultery


A Saudi judge has ordered a woman should be jailed for a year and receive 100 lashes after she was gang-raped, it was claimed last night.

The 23-year-old woman, who became pregnant after her ordeal, was reportedly assaulted after accepting a lift from a man.

He took her to a house to the east of the city of Jeddah where she was attacked by him and four of his friends throughout the night.

She later discovered she was pregnant and made a desperate attempt to get an abortion at the King Fahd Hospital for Armed Forces.

According to the Saudi Gazette, she eventually 'confessed' to having 'forced intercourse' with her attackers and was brought before a judge at the District Court in Jeddah.

He ruled she had committed adultery - despite not even being married - and handed down a year's prison sentence, which she will serve in a prison just outside the city.

She is still pregnant and will be flogged once she has had the child.



There isn't much that needs to be said here because we are civilized people who know and believe that every human has the same basic rights. As Americans, there are some rights citizens have that a non-citizen do not have (supposedly, anyway). But we believe that no matter what country you live in, everyone has the same basic rights. It doesn't matter if you're a man or a woman... what matters is that you're human.



Those who profess that it's somehow okay that these types of things happen in other countries because of internal laws, religions, heritage or customs are fooling themselves. It is never okay to condemn someone for being a victim.

I mentioned this item to my son and his comment was "not every country is like ours". I said it doesn't make it right that they treat certain people like animals. He agreed but said it really wasn't any of his business. I kind of grimaced and said "but what if it comes here?". He said "that's why we have the military". Hmmm... I suppose I get where he's coming from but what if our military is crippled by our political system... well, then what?

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So where is CodePink... why aren't they outraged at yet another example of women being oppressed and subjected to male dominance? Oh, that's right... they're at the AIG hearing. Thank god they were there for that... whew!


Thursday, March 19, 2009

Charlie Rangel - Mind Your Own 'Goddamned Business'

The Audacity Of Charlie Rangel- Taxpayers Should Mind Their Own 'Goddamned Business'



What these lovely politicians neglect to come to terms with is the fact that once they take office they instantly became EVERYONE'S business. It is my business to know that you're a cheat and a liar if you happen to also be working for me and the rest of the American citizens. And I don't give a damn if you're Republican, Democrat, Left, Right, Conservitive, Liberal... it doesn't matter... if you're DIRTY, you need to vacate and let an honest person take over. GET OUT!!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Combat Injuries... You Get Em... You Pay For Em

Obama To Combat Vets: Pay for your own treatment.

I read this on David's site and was immediately irritated and angry. How can we justify paying for illegal immigrants and their ailments and yet we're actually "considering" not paying for health care for our military for injuries obtained while defending our country and keeping Americans free? How can this even be whispered as a possibility?

We owe it to those who have defended our freedoms and our liberties to help them when they are hurt during those times of sacrifice. It's appalling to me to think our politicians are so low that they would write these people off in such a manner. Appalled, but not surprised.

My son has joined the armed forces to defend this country and it's citizens. From the sounds of it, there are people who want to thank him and others by making them pay for their combat injuries. What will we make illegal immigrants pay for... anything? It's disgusting!

I wonder... is this just another way of getting Americans to STOP volunteering for service? I'm just say'n.

Vets attack Obama health proposal


“When our troops are injured while serving our country, we should take care of those injuries completely,” Murray, a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, told a hearing last week. “I don’t think we should nickel-and-dime them for their care.”

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“When a man goes and defends his country and gets injured, and then they want your insurance to pay, that’s wrong,” said David Gerke, 60, a Vietnam War veteran and retired postal worker from Kansas City. “When we went into the service, we were told our medical needs…would be taken care of for the rest of our lives.”

Veterans say that the costs of treating expensive war injuries could raise their insurance costs, as well as those for their employers. Some worried that it also could make it more difficult for disabled veterans to find work.

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It’s a betrayal,” said Joe Violante, legislative director of Disabled American Veterans, which signed the letter to Obama. “My insurance company didn’t send me to Vietnam. My government did. The same holds true for men and women now fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. It’s the government’s responsibility.”

Gerke was a 20-year petty officer in the Navy in the Vietnam War. He helped load Sidewinder missiles and 500-pound bombs onto F-18s.

He came home with a bad back and post-traumatic stress disorder, among other injuries. But the government honored its pledge and has paid for his health care.

Now he’s worried, especially for the injured service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

“Let’s face it. (The VA) needs the money,” Gerke said. “But why should disabled vets be paying that price?”


Link: Obama Administration: We Love the Troops so MUCH We’re Gonna Make’m Pay for Their Own Healthcare Costs...

Saturday, March 14, 2009

The912Project

We sent our picture in to Glenn Beck and here is what he did with it. I haven't had the time to search to see if we're actually in the mosaic, but from what I understand, there were so many pictures sent in that they could not all be used. I wasn't able to go to a viewing party but I did sign up at "meetup.com" for the local group in my area. Knowing there are others around me that feel similarly uplifts me and pulls a weight off my shoulders that has been pushing me further and further into the ground. I now have a way to reach out to someone locally. The fact is, that ability was there all along.


Socialism desires for people to feel completely alone and isolated so that they believe everyone is against them and that there is no hope. They want you to believe that the only organization you can belong to is one that is in agreement with them. Their objective is to force you into a group that goes against your beliefs so that one day, you will believe what you are told to believe without question.


Is that what you want?






What did these rallies and meetings mean? It was put together to show all of us that we're not alone and that WE surround THEM. We are the ones in charge and we can make our government do what we want it to do... we do not have to be the victims.


Note: Chuck Norris had a viewing party. Dude... his legend extends so far that even the universe can't tell where his reach ends.








The website to visit is The912project
. So many people went to the website once it was announced that it crashed their servers (please be patient with it because there are still times it's down from so many people visiting it). People want to know and want to rally and want to understand what they can do other than sit in their homes and feel helpless even when they know they are capable of doing more but just need a little push.





The Nine Principles

1. America is good.

2. I believe in God and He is the Center of my Life.

3. I must always try to be a more honest person than I was yesterday.

4. The family is sacred. My spouse and I are the ultimate authority, not the government.

5. If you break the law you pay the penalty. Justice is blind and no one is above it.

6. I have a right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, but there is no guarantee of equal results.

7. I work hard for what I have and I will share it with who I want to. Government cannot force me to be charitable.

8. It is not un-American for me to disagree with authority or to share my personal opinion.

9. The government works for me. I do not answer to them, they answer to me.





12 Values


  • Honesty

  • Reverence

  • Hope

  • Thrift

  • Humility

  • Charity

  • Sincerity

  • Moderation

  • Hard Work

  • Courage

  • Personal Responsibility

  • Gratitude

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Prop 8 - Best 2 Out of 3... No, wait... Best 3 Out of 5?

As per my previous posts on this matter (see below) watching the rioting and terrorizing of those citizens who were against gay marriage, I pretty much decided that gays should not marry. That may be a sad statement simply because the very few idiots have ruined it for the majority of people who did not freak out about it and riot in the streets and destroy personal property.

Proposition 8 to be decided by California Supreme Court

52 percent of voters passed Proposition 8 last November. Even though the election has come and gone, the legal battle over the legislation is just beginning.

"Marriage is a man and a woman. That hasn't changed for all of history for us. The issue here is Prop. 8 passed. That's going to continue to be the issue for us," Villarete said.

Villarete says the people have spoken. You should not overturn the results of a fair election.

"We don't hate anybody. That's where we stand. That's what we believe and we'll continue to stand that way," Villarete said.

For one thing, the ban already received voter approval in 2000, but was overturned by the state Supreme Court. So there was indignation among people who had voted for it earlier. The pro-8 campaign merely had to say "the court denied the will of the people."

... Changed this voters mind which explains why this issue has now become an "issue" for me on any future ballots. In the past I felt it wasn't really something I needed to vote on because whether or not marriage extended to gays was not something I fretted over. If they put it on the ballot and were granted the right... that was fine with me. If they put it on the ballot and it didn't go through... I was fine with that as well.

Now... well... now things are different. Let us look at some recent events that particularly have pushed me in this direction.
Perhaps a list can be generated in order to boycott businesses who did not support Prop 8. I wonder how the media would react to such an action. Would they rush to the scene to report how people were protesting against those who didn't support it? Or would they call the protest a "group of hate mongers"?




I am not angry about gay marriage... it never really mattered to me. What matters to me is the way people profess that they believe in the "system" but when the system speaks out against them, they cry out that it's unfair.

Prop 8 was done through a legal election by the people of the state of California. It was done in the proper manner and many of us not living in California were surprised by the outcome. It seems that California's citizens are not all on one side of the coin... it is still a diversified state where people from different walks of life live together. I lived there for a few years and I can tell you that not everyone thinks the same way... it's just that the loudest voices on that "one side of the coin" are the ones being mega-phoned over the media airwaves.

The issue is not whether gays get to marry any more... the issue is whether or not the system is accepted by everyone when they benefit by it AND when they do not. So many people want everything all the time and yet they are often the same people who are willing to give up their liberty for protection from the government.

Hypocrites, the lot of them.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Freedom and Liberty - The Bargaining Tools of Government

On my short drive to work this morning, this started stewing in my brain. What freedoms are people willing to barter?

For the sake of argument, let’s say that each American has ten freedoms that they have held near and dear to their hearts for as long as can be remembered. Over the years, these freedoms become less and less of a right and more of an expectation. People have forgotten the sacrifices of those that came before them in order to achieve these ten freedoms.

One day, the government says to the people “we will protect you from those who wish to harm Americans if you give up just four of your freedoms”. The people think about this and weigh out the pros and cons and determine that giving up just four freedoms wouldn’t be all that bad. They are able to choose the four they are willing to throw out for the promise of protection. So much time has gone by between their forefathers and them that they have forgotten that one of the government’s rolls is already to protect them from other countries.

Some time goes by and the people are comforted by how the government has been protecting them. As you may expect, the government asks the people to give up some more freedoms. They don’t mention the other four given up previously other than to say that this time, they are only asking for two; half as many. They promise to provide for your well being and you will not have to worry about a roof over your head nor food in your stomach. When you go to the doctor, the government will pay for it and when your kids need to go to college, they will take care of that as well. “Wow,” you and other Americans say, “that’s one hell of a deal… we’ll take it!!” And another two freedoms have been bartered.

More time goes by and all seems well. You don’t have a mortgage payment, you get a check in the mail for doctor visits and you even get a check for half of your electric bill that is now quadruple in cost. Fantastic… the government is on your side.

One day you get an official letter telling you that the government is taking away one more of your freedoms. They didn’t ask this time, they just assumed you would give it up. For this trade, you will receive new wiring for your home, a free television, a computer with free internet service, and a special item that allows better outside access to the government. “Cool,” you think “I will have more of a say in my government.”

You now have four freedoms but are beginning to forget how many you had before the government started this exchange program.

More time goes by and you are content. You have a free house, you now receive government money directly into your checking account and within ten minutes you are in contact with a government official. You are finally safe from anyone who may wish to harm you.

One day you go out into the world and attempt to utilize one of your last four freedoms only to find out that it was taken away some time ago. You say “but no one asked me if they could take it and no one told me it was taken nor gave me anything as compensation”. The government says to you “you are no longer in charge of these things… we have determined that we must think for you because you can no longer think for yourself.”

What were the original four freedoms you gave up… what were the two after that… which one did they take and then tell you about and which have they now stolen? Does it matter to you at all?

Soon, you have only one freedom left and it is more precious than food or water or gold or any number of things we stamp with a value. You grasp it with both hands; you horde it deep in your consciousness. You try to pretend it doesn’t exist in order to hide it away from others. They certainly wouldn’t take away this, the most precious item you now (finally) hold near and dear to your heart. They wouldn’t take away this one last freedom, would they?

The better question is… why wouldn’t they?

The original trade of the four freedoms was not a trade, but instead a theft. You should not bargain for something you already have. If you don’t pay for your house, do you think you will be able to choose where you live? If you don’t pay for your food or your doctor or your child’s college or other such items, do you think you will be able to choose those either? Do you believe receiving anything from the government is truly free? Would you allow them full access to your house and your life? Would you accept them saying “you can no longer think for yourself”? Would you forget your freedoms just because they no longer exist? Would you fight for your freedoms or just let them slip through your fingers?

They will not take away your freedoms until after you prove you are willing to give some up. Once it is determined that you are shallow enough to bargain with such a valuable commodity as liberty, they will rightly assume you are willing to have all of your freedoms taken away.

And do you think once you give up a freedom, you will be able to change your mind and get it back? There are some things you can’t “do over”. Life does not have a “restart” button.

And above all else, Freedom and Liberty are not bargaining tools.

Written by Bug (aka Jill)

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Quote: They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. ~Benjamin Franklin

Quote: Freedom is not free. ~Martin Luther King Jr.


Thursday, March 5, 2009

Adrian Rogers, Racism, Hitler, Obama, Conservative Actors and the Stimulus Package... what more can you want?

Just curious today and found these to be the top five hits.
  1. Quote by Adrian Rogers (newer post)- "You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."

  2. Racism is Racism is Racism (new post) - Anyone can be racist. There isn't any one person or group of people with a claim to racism; it can be found inside some of the seemingly nicest people.

  3. Barack Obama; Dictator, Socialist and the next Hitler - Barack Obama is a herder. He herds his flock in the direction he so chooses... and they blindly go where he DICTATES. Top hit since November 2008.

  4. Conservative Actors Stand Up and Be Heard - This has been a big hit since August 2008. People are looking for someone to believe in and often, unfortunately, they look towards Hollywood.

  5. Barack Obama's Stimulus Package (newer post) - this was a big hit when it first came out. Everyone wants to know how our government is planning to waste our money and give our grand kids some un-payable debt.
Hmmm... what could it mean? Are people actually worried about what's happening in our country?

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Racism is Racism is Racism... Hate is Hate is Hate

Whites Told to "Go Home" at Detroit City Council Meeting


Monica Coyer's Mission Statement

My mission as Detroit City Council President Pro Tempore is to make city government accessible to the citizens of Detroit as we work to deliver quality city services to the people of Detroit. To achieve that goal I will serve you in a manner that will:

  • Make our neighborhoods safer for families and seniors
  • Provide efficient and cost effective neighborhood services
  • Effectively battle crime and violence in Detroit
  • Advocate for jobs, economic development and create incentives to keep our people in Detroit.
  • Open the doors to city government to ensure that Detroiters have a say in
    how our city is run.
  • Ensure that our children have safe passageways to and from school. I will work with parents, law enforcement and educators to help make our schools violence free zones.

When asked what she would do to balance the city budget, Council President Pro Tem Conyers said, "I would not vote for a budget that exceeds realistic revenue projections. You can't spend what you don't have. Deliver for the people of Detroit or hit the door."

And yet this lovely lady shows us all just how RACIST she is with comments like "those workers look like you; they don't look like me" and let others tell whites to "go home" not even standing up for the rights of everyone to be there. Comments like "those people" went unchecked when "those people" seemed to mean "whites".

Racism is racism is racism. It doesn't matter if you're white, black or anything in between. This last election not only brought about the death of journalism and sprung forth the mass media mayhem... it also showed the country and the world that people hate other people who are different than them. What matters most is that we realize there is no racism that is worse than another. If a black man hates a white man, it's just as bad as a white man hating a black man. Tossing out the old "well, black men have a reason to hate white men" is ridiculous. It's only made into a true statement by those who perpetuate it into truth.

Anyone can be racist. There isn't any one person or group of people with a claim to racism; it can be found inside some of the seeminly nicest people.

Detroit News reported

Nowhere is Michigan's brain drain on greater display than in the Detroit City Council chambers.

My hopes for Detroit's future faded as I watched the tape of last Tuesday's council meeting, the one that considered the Cobo Center expansion deal.

It was a tragic circus, a festival of ignorance that confirmed the No. 1 obstacle to Detroit's progress is the bargain basement leaders that city voters elect. The black nationalism that is now the dominant ideology of the council was on proud display, both at the table and in the audience.

Speakers advocating for the deal were taunted by the crowd and cut short by Council President Monica Conyers, who presided over the hearing like an angry bulldog; whites were advised by the citizens to, "Go home."

Opponents were allowed to rant and ramble on uninterrupted about "those people" who want to steal Detroit's assets and profit from the city's labors.

A pitiful Teamster official who practically crawled to the table on his knees expressing profuse respect for this disrespectful body was battered by both the crowd and the council.

When he dared suggest that an improved Cobo Center would create more good-paying jobs for union workers, Conyers reminded him, "Those workers look like you; they don't look like me."

Desperate, he invoked President Barack Obama's message of unity and was angrily warned, "Don't yousay his name here."

Juxtapose the place and the faces and imagine a white Livonia City Council treating a black union representative with such overt racial hostility. The Justice Department would swoop down like a hawk, and the Rev. Al Sharpton would clog Five Mile Road with protesters.
HATE IS HATE IS HATE. Those that hate will find any excuse and make it justifiable in order to say they are better than others or that their hate is some how explained and acceptable. I accept no hate based on race. People often do hate other people based on their actions and sometimes those actions deserve the hate of another. Hating someone based on the way he or she looks is ignorant, petty and childish.

GET OVER YOURSELF! You are not better than me because you're lighter or darker skinned. You are not better than me because you have a perfect nose and mouth (I do not). You are not better than me because your hair is longer or shorter; blond or brown. You are not better than me because you're taller or shorter. You are not better than me because you're thinner or larger. You are not better than me because you are older or younger, married or single, beautiful or ugly, or any other number of outwardly noticeable appearances.

GET OVER YOURSELF... all of you racist animals out there who think it's okay for YOU to hate another person based on appearance... but that it's not okay for the one you hate to hate you back. Hypocrisy has no place here. You can not say it's okay for you to hate me but not for me to hate you. Sorry... life doesn't work like that... and that is a message all politicians need to get. The media and the Hollywood elite and their star struck lovers will probably never understand.

Racism is racism is racism... hate is hate is hate. And as horrible as it may sound... every human being has the right to feel what they wish towards another human being. I can not stop you from hating or loving whom you wish to hate or love... not my place and none of my business. When it DOES become my business or the business of others is when the person you hate or love becomes a VICTIM. Not one of these whiny crybaby victims who really aren't hurt other than their wee feelings. I'm talking about real pain... the kind that physically harms or kills.

Other than that... people can feel what they want.

But if you come over to my house and start spouting off your racism? You won't be staying long!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Make Work Pay - And Mysteriously Take Our Money

AMERICAN RECOVERY AND REINVESTMENT ACT OF 2009

On February 17, 2009, President Obama signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

*** has made changes to comply with the new Wage Withholding and Advanced Earned Income Credit (AEIC) payment tables to accommodate the new Making Work Pay credit. Modifications have been made to ***’s Payroll Systems to use these new tables beginning with payrolls processed on March 1, 2009. As a result, employees may see a decrease in their federal withholding and/or an increase in their AEIC (if applicable), beginning with the first payroll on or after March 1, 2009.


HOLD THAT CREDIT

But for some, the new credit could result in an unexpected bill come filing time, because employers will be adjusting paycheck withholding amounts without knowing each worker's complete tax situation.

Here's how it works: The IRS on Saturday released new tax-withholding tables for employers to use when figuring workers' paychecks. The IRS asked companies to use the new withholding amounts by April 1.

"For most taxpayers, the additional credit will automatically start showing up in their paychecks this spring," said Doug Shulman, the IRS commissioner, in a press release.


"Since employers and payroll companies will handle this change, people typically won't need to take any additional action," he said. See the release on IRS site.

But if you file a joint return with your spouse, and you both work, you should carefully review your withholding, because it's highly likely both employers, without knowledge of what the other is doing, will adjust withholding such that both spouses receive up to $800, for a total credit of $1,600.

"It's conceivable that if both are married-filing-joint and their income is not otherwise going to cause a phase-out [of the credit], they could get the double Benefit," said Frank Keith, chief of communications for the IRS. "When they file their return, the actual credit they're entitled to is $800."

That means paying back up to $800 with your return, though Keith said the money paid out this year, and thus any tax bill later, likely would be slightly lower -- since the withholding adjustment starts close to midyear, the full credit won't be paid out in paychecks.

For some, what's effectively a loan from the government might be welcome. But others will find the big bill next year unwelcome. One way to prevent it: Adjust your withholding this year.



This is being implemented at my work and I'm just so wonderfully excited. Admittedly, I do not understand it as much as I need to... I even went out to find different withholding tables to try to help me understand. Yeah... that didn't help much. Arc explained it to me and it's still confusing even though he makes good sense.

Seems my only option is to change my deductions... aka adjust my withholding as mentioned above. Gee... that's so nice. I have to change my withholding deductions which will give me less money each month and all because Obama is giving me $13 a week that I didn't ask for nor want. This extra money will be counted as income, so I've been told, and thus... it will be taxed.

Does that sound helpful?

I'm still researching this and don't know when I will be able to really understand the legal documents found on irs.gov. Sigh...

And if I can't grasp the SIMPLE concept of taxes (ha-ha) then how on Earth did our wonderful Congress get through over 1000 pages in just a few short days; pages much more difficult than a SIMPLE tax form.

Monday, March 2, 2009

The Difference Between How Our Troops Greet George W Bush VS. Barack Obama

Please visit the link below and view the two short videos. One is of our troops greeting President George W. Bush while he was in office and the other is of them greeting Barack Obama just a day or so ago. The difference is deafening.

Change!... Marines Greeted Bush Like Rock Star... Obama? Not So Much.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Jindal's Speech - good or bad?

I like what he had to say. I just hope he and others realize that actions speak louder than words.



Here is the full text of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's Republican response to President Obama's address to Congress tonight:

Americans Can Do Anything
Good evening. I'm Bobby Jindal, governor of Louisiana.

Tonight, we witnessed a great moment in the history of our republic. In the very chamber where Congress once voted to abolish slavery, our first African American president stepped forward to address the state of our union. With his speech tonight, the president completed a redemptive journey that took our nation from Independence Hall to Gettysburg to the lunch counter and now, finally, the Oval Office.

Regardless of party, all Americans are moved by the president's personal story -- the son of an American mother and a Kenyan father, who grew up to become leader of the free world. Like the president's father, my parents came to this country from a distant land. When they arrived in Baton Rouge, my mother was already 4½ months pregnant. I was what folks in the insurance industry now call a "preexisting condition."

To find work, my dad picked up the Yellow Pages and started calling local businesses. Even after landing a job, he could still not afford to pay for my delivery -- so he worked out an installment plan with the doctor. Fortunately for me, he never missed a payment.

As I grew up, my mom and dad taught me the values that attracted them to this country -- and they instilled in me an immigrant's wonder at the greatness of America. As a child, I remember going to the grocery store with my dad. Growing up in India, he had seen extreme poverty. And as we walked through the aisles, looking at the endless variety on the shelves, he would tell me: "Bobby, Americans can do anything."

I still believe that to this day. Americans can do anything. When we pull together, there is no challenge we cannot overcome.

As the president made clear this evening, we are now in a time of challenge. Many of you listening tonight have lost jobs. Others have seen your college and retirement savings dwindle. Many of ...

... you are worried about losing your healthcare and your homes. And you are looking to your elected leaders in Washington for solutions.

Republicans are ready to work with the new president to provide those solutions. Here in my state of Louisiana, we don't care what party you belong to if you have good ideas to make life better for our people. We need more of that attitude from both Democrats and Republicans in our nation's capital.

All of us want our economy to recover and our nation to prosper. So where we agree, Republicans must be the president's strongest partners. And where we disagree, Republicans have a responsibility to be candid and offer better ideas for a path forward.

Today in Washington, some are promising that government will rescue us from the economic storms raging all around us. Those of us who lived through Hurricane Katrina, we have our doubts.

Let me tell you a story.

During Katrina, I visited Sheriff Harry Lee, a Democrat and a good friend of mine. When I walked into his makeshift office, I'd never seen him so angry. He was yelling into the phone: "Well, I'm the sheriff and if you don't like it you can come and arrest me!" I asked him: "Sheriff, what's got you so mad?" He told me that he had put out a call for volunteers to come with their boats to rescue people who were trapped on their rooftops by the floodwaters.

The boats were all lined up ready to go -- when some bureaucrat showed up and told them they couldn't go out on the water unless they had proof of insurance and registration. I told him, "Sheriff, that's ridiculous." And before I knew it, he was yelling into the phone: "Congressman Jindal is here, and he says you can come and arrest him too!" Harry just told the boaters to ignore the bureaucrats and start rescuing people.

There is a lesson in this experience: The strength of America is not found in our government. It is found in the compassionate hearts and enterprising spirit of our citizens.

We are grateful for the support we have received from across the nation for the ongoing recovery efforts. This spirit got Louisiana through the hurricanes -- and this spirit will get our nation through the storms we face today.

To solve our current problems, Washington must lead. But the way to lead is not to raise taxes and put more money and power in hands of Washington politicians. The way to lead is by empowering you -- the American people. Because we believe that Americans can do anything.

That is why Republicans put forward plans to create jobs by lowering income tax rates for working families, cutting taxes for small businesses, strengthening incentives for businesses to invest in new equipment and hire new workers, and stabilizing home values by creating a new tax credit for home-buyers.

These plans would cost less and create more jobs.

But Democratic leaders in Congress rejected this approach. Instead of trusting us to make wise decisions with our own money, they passed the largest government spending bill in history -- with a price tag of more than $1 trillion with interest.

While some of the projects in the bill make sense, their legislation is larded with wasteful spending. It includes $300 million to buy new cars for the government, $8 billion for high-speed rail projects, such as a "magnetic levitation" line from Las Vegas to Disneyland, and $140 million for something called "volcano monitoring." Instead of monitoring volcanoes, what Congress should be monitoring is the eruption of spending in Washington, D.C.

Democratic leaders say their legislation will grow the economy. What it will do is grow the government, increase our taxes down the line and saddle future generations with debt.

Who among us would ask our children for a loan so we could spend money we do not have, on things we do not need? That is precisely what the Democrats in Congress just did. It's irresponsible. And it's no way to strengthen our economy, create jobs or build a prosperous future for our children.

In Louisiana, we took a different approach. Since I became governor, we cut more than 250 earmarks from our state budget. And to create jobs for our citizens, we cut taxes six times -- including the largest income tax cut in the history of our state.

We passed those tax cuts with bipartisan majorities. Republicans and Democrats put aside their differences and worked together to make sure our people could keep more of what they earn. If it can be done in Baton Rouge, surely it can be done in Washington, D.C.

To strengthen our economy, we need urgent action to keep energy prices down. All of us remember what it felt like to pay $4 at the pump -- and unless we act now, those prices will return. To stop that from happening, we need to increase conservation, increase energy efficiency, increase the use of alternative and renewable fuels, increase our use of nuclear power and increase drilling for oil and gas here at home.

We believe that Americans can do anything -- and if we unleash the innovative spirit of our citizens, we can achieve energy independence.

To strengthen our economy, we also need to address the crisis in healthcare. Republicans believe in a simple principle: No American should have to worry about losing their health coverage -- period.

We stand for universal access to affordable healthcare coverage. We oppose universal government-run healthcare. Healthcare decisions should be made by doctors and patients -- not by government bureaucrats. We believe Americans can do anything -- and if we put aside partisan politics and work together, we can make our system of private medicine affordable and accessible for every one of our citizens.

To strengthen our economy, we also need to make sure every child in America gets the best possible education. After Katrina, we reinvented the New Orleans school system -- opening dozens of new charter schools and creating a new scholarship program that is giving parents the chance to send their children to private or parochial schools of their choice. We believe that, with the proper education, the children of America can do anything. And it should not take a devastating storm to bring this kind of innovation to education in our country.

To strengthen our economy, we must promote confidence in America by ensuring ours is the most ethical and transparent system in the world. In my home state, there used to be saying: At any given time, half of Louisiana is underwater -- and the other half is under indictment.

No one says that anymore. Last year, we passed some of the strongest ethics laws in the nation -- and today, Louisiana has turned her back on the corruption of the past. We need to bring transparency to Washington, D.C. -- so we can rid our Capitol of corruption and ensure we never see the passage of another trillion-dollar spending bill that Congress has not even read and the American people haven't even seen.

As we take these steps, we must remember for all our troubles at home, dangerous enemies still seek our destruction. Now is no time to dismantle the defenses that have protected this country for hundreds of years, or make deep cuts in funding for our troops.

America's fighting men and women can do anything. And if we give them the resources they need, they will stay on the offensive, defeat our enemies and protect us from harm.

In all these areas, Republicans want to work with President Obama. We appreciate his message of hope -- but sometimes it seems we look for hope in different places. Democratic leaders in Washington place their hope in the federal government. We place our hope in you -- the American people.

In the end, it comes down to an honest and fundamental disagreement about the proper role of government. We oppose the national Democrats' view that says the way to strengthen our country is to increase dependence on government. We believe the way to strengthen our country is to restrain spending in Washington and empower individuals and small businesses to grow our economy and create jobs.

In recent years, these distinctions in philosophy became less clear because our party got away from its principles. You elected Republicans to champion limited government, fiscal discipline and personal responsibility. Instead, Republicans went along with earmarks and big government spending in Washington. Republicans lost your trust -- and rightly so.

Tonight, on behalf of our leaders in Congress and my fellow Republican governors, I say: Our party is determined to regain your trust. We will do so by standing up for the principles that we share -- the principles you elected us to fight for -- the principles that built this into the greatest, most prosperous country on Earth.

A few weeks ago, the president warned that our nation is facing a crisis that he said "we may not be able to reverse." Our troubles are real, to be sure. But don't let anyone tell you that we cannot recover -- or that America's best days are behind her.

This is the nation that cast off the scourge of slavery, overcame the Great Depression, prevailed in two World Wars, won the struggle for civil rights, defeated the Soviet menace and responded with determined courage to the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

The American spirit has triumphed over almost every form of adversity known to man -- and the American spirit will triumph again.

We can have confidence in our future -- because, amid today's challenges, we also count many blessings: We have the most innovative citizens, the most abundant resources, the most resilient economy, the most powerful military and the freest political system in the history of the world.

My fellow citizens, never forget: We are Americans. And like my dad said years ago, Americans can do anything.

Thank you for listening. God bless you. And God bless America.

I love the comments under this blog... I love how people say that Jindal is greedy. Greedy? And just exactly what would they call the people in the House who passed the $787 billion stimulus package? Has anyone REALLY seen what it entails? It's not all in the spirit of giving, that's for sure.

And this
person could only pick out the comment about volcanoes as a protest.

Most of what I've heard is that he didn't "deliver" his speech well... that he "could have done better" and that they should have picked someone else to do the job.

Slick Willy was called that for a reason... he's slick and untrustworthy... he lies to further himself... he's a fraud.

Obama is also a very smooth operator.

Why are people so attracted to those with seemingly elegant speech? Why not put someone in office who is honest, smart, patriotic and trustworthy... smooth speech be damned? Why do we care so much about how the message is given and yet care little of what the message really says?

I read the above speech in full and thought it was well done and yet people complain about it simply based on how it was delivered. There are those who actually analyze speeches and to me, that's different. If you actually have a complaint or compliment based on what was said and not on how it was said, that's a sign of someone who's paying attention.

Admittedly, it's hard to "get the real message" if you're spending most of your time trying to get in rhythm with the person's delivery or if you're watching some weird eye twitch or lack of eye contact. But stop and just listen to the words... if we did that we would notice not only what the message IS but what the message TRULY MEANS. I've read some of Obama's speeches after he's given them and just shook my head at the true meaning of his words... and yet he gets blind raves and applause long before anyone knows what he really said.
May we each take the moment necessary out of this day and any day we feel the need to remember those who have gone before us in defense of our freedoms. Without them... we would not be "here"... we would be in chains. ~Bug~