Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Quote for the Day

"Public affairs go on pretty much as usual: perpetual chicanery and rather more personal abuse than there used to be..." -- John Adams

Can Anyone Say SPIN?

It has been some time since the story about the American Marie Antoinette broke, but this is the best that the spin doctors in Washington can come up with.  Give me a break!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Quote for the Day

"[T]he people alone have an incontestable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to institute government and to reform, alter, or totally change the same when their protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness require it." -- Samuel Adams

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Quote for the Day

"We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force." -- author Ayn Rand (1905-1982)

Let Them Eat Cake

In a year that "counted unemployment" (those that are still on the register as receiving benefits and are still looking for employment) hovers around 10% overall and for certain ethnic group pushes around 16% [source], we continue to here the Obama's talking about sacrifice.  He has even had the audacity to say that he and Michelle, "not that far removed from what most Americans are going through."  Yet if my count is correct President Obama had something like four(4) vacations during the month of July, and Mrs. Obama is currently jet setting herself and several close friends to ritzy resorts in Spain at this very moment. 

In January, President Obama insisted that "everybody in the country is going to have to sacrifice something, accept change for the greater good. Everybody is going to have to give. Everybody is going to have to have some skin in the game."

If sacrifice is the precursor to change, what will the family that ran on change offer up? Elitist doublespeak won't cut it. [source]

Monday, August 2, 2010

Quote for the Day

"[W]ith respect to future debt; would it not be wise and just for that nation to declare in the constitution they are forming that neither the legislature, nor the nation itself can validly contract more debt, than they may pay within their own age..." -- Thomas Jefferson

Federal Government Can Do Most Anything!?

I just can't wait to see what they will do next.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Quote for the Day

"The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite." -- James Madison

Obama's Safe Schools Czar

Kevin Jennings was teaching high school in 1988 when a gay student confessed an involvement with an older man. Rather than reporting it, he told the boy, "I hope you know how to use a condom." [link]

Wonder when more people will start to question the ability of Obama and his administration to vet the people that it puts into places of power and influence? When you start to look at the issues that have come to light over the history and beliefs of many of them you begin to wonder if the administration is really this inept, or for what purpose are these types of people being placed in the positions they are in.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Quote for the Day

"The only freedom deserving the name, is that of pursuing our own good in our own way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs, or impede their efforts to obtain it. Each is the proper guardian of his own health, whether bodily, or mental and spiritual. Mankind are greater gainers by suffering each other to live as seems good to themselves, than by compelling each to live as seems good to the rest." -- John Stuart Mill

Empire State Building "Celebrates" China's Revolution

Last night on September 30th the Empire State Building in New York City decked itself out in red and yellow lights as celebration to the 60th anniversary of China's revolution. How fitting that a building constructed during the Great Depression to highlight the perseverance of the American people now celebrates this anniversary. Here is a brief list of some of the things that this revolution has accomplished:

  • In the years following the communist takeover of China-- known as the Yan’an Rectification Movement-- thousands of intellectuals and others who might derail the indoctrination of the populace with Marxist and Leninist principles were killed.
  • This campaign was followed by the Zhen Fan and Shu Fan which targeted former Chinese Nationalist officials and employees of Western corporations, business owners, landowners, and intellectuals. An estimated three to five million people were killed, and another 1.5 million were sent to labor camps.
  • Various campaigns and movements kept targeting intellectuals and other enemies of the state. But try as hard as they might, the secret police and communist officials couldn’t kill as many Chinese as efficiently as the widespread famine triggered by the Great Leap Forward --Chairman Mao’s attempts to impose collectivism on China’s peasant farmers -- which resulted in between 20 and 43 million people starving to death (Mao himself always seemed very well-fed).
  • Mao’s subsequent economic and social engineering programs were also dismal failures and fearing that capitalist sentiment was stealthily creeping into the hearts and minds of the people, he launched the Cultural Revolution and went after his enemies and those pesky intellectuals with a vengeance. With the educated being specifically targeted, schools and universities were shuttered and students from urban areas were forcibly relocated to the remote countryside. Illiteracy rates soared, ancient Chinese artifacts and monuments were destroyed as a symbolic break with “the old ways of thinking” and traditional customs and religious ceremonies were systematically stamped out. As many as 36 million people were persecuted; of these up to 1.5 million were killed and an equal number maimed. [link]

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Quote for the Day

"There are certain things that are true no matter how much someone may deny them. In the economic realm, for instance, you cannot legislate the poor into independence by legislating the wealthy out of it. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it. Government cannot give to people what it does not first take away from people. And that which one man received without working for, another man must work for without receiving." -- Kenneth W. Sollitt

So Much For Transparency!

...Barack Obama's new standards of openness in the federal government have not trickled down to some of its agencies, where officials have used special statutes inserted into bills to skirt the Freedom of Information Act, open government advocates said Wednesday. [link]

By now you wouldn't even expect coverage like this. Hasn't anyone learned yet that this man cannot tell the truth, especially as it concerns anything he said in his campaign. Obama is a smoke and mirrors politician.

Friday, September 18, 2009

To Resume Shortly

Have finally got things moved and ground broken for the new house. My normal blog postings will resume shortly.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Prostitutes, Pimps, and Tax Dollars

Even in the midst of my moving I had to take a time out to post this one. This has to be something out of a Charlie Rangel dream:

"Officials with the controversial community organizing group ACORN were secretly videotaped offering to assist two individuals posing as a pimp and a prostitute, encouraging them to lie to the Internal Revenue Service and providing guidance on how to claim underage girls from South America as dependents." [link]

Talk about being at a loss for words...

Monday, September 7, 2009

Busy, Busy, Busy

Sorry for the abrupt cessation of blog posting everyone. I have just recently sold my current residence and am in the process of moving out. May be a few more days or a week or longer before I get back to regular postings.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Quote for the Day

"People who relieve others of their money with guns are called robbers. It does not alter the immorality of the act when the income transfer is carried out by government." -- Cal Thomas

What Were They Thinking?

You have to read this story. Seems that over the break House leadership decided to switch the type of music constituents here if/when they were placed on hold. It had always been patriotic songs, but offices were given a "choice" of smooth jazz or no music at all. [full story]

Needless to say the decision has been reversed.

The Power Grab Continues: Control of the Internet

"...allow the president to "declare a cybersecurity emergency and order the limitation or shutdown of Internet traffic to and from any compromised federal government or United States critical infrastructure information system or network...But the bill is unclear about how broad the president's power is. And what's more troubling to some is the application of emergency responses used in other situations to an area that has never faced that kind of security test." [link]

I find it troubling that this type of legislation is floating around. It is just as troubling the vague language used. For example "critical infrastructure information system or network", couldn't that just as easily be read as "internet". Especially if you look at the internet as a tool for banking, purchasing, trading stocks, etc... Also, how many ISP providers are the local and/or regional telephone companies? Wouldn't the government consider those "critical infrastructure"? ISP service through satellite or cable providers "critical infrastructure" by saying these mediums need to be able to function in order to broadcast "news and information" in case of an actual emergency?

The case could very easily be made that this authority would indeed allow the president to order the shut down of the internet. Should we even consider the words of the new FCC czar, Mark Lloyd, "It should be clear by now that my focus here is not freedom of speech or the press,” he said. “This freedom is all too often an exaggeration. At the very least, blind references to freedom of speech or the press serve as a distraction from the critical examination of other communications policies.” [link]

I will let you draw your own conclusions.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Quote for the Day

"The first goal and primary function of the U.S. public school is not to educate good people, but good citizens. It is the function which we call - in enemy nations - ‘state indoctrination'." --Jonathan Kozol

Indoctrinate Early!

This one leaves me speechless. [link] Just wonder what he will be talking about. Better be prepared to deprogram your young ones when they get home from school on this day. Here is the link for the activities for grades 7-12.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Really Now?

The antics in the MSM continue to get weirder and crazier each and every day. Somehow we have ended up with both God and the Messiah on earth at the same time as two separate entities.

Quote for the Day

"So what's the difference between republican and democratic forms of government? John Adams captured the essence of the difference when he said, 'You have rights antecedent to all earthly governments; rights that cannot be repealed or restrained by human laws; rights derived from the Great Legislator of the Universe.' Nothing in our Constitution suggests that government is a grantor of rights. Instead, government is a protector of rights." -- Walter Williams

"It Can't Happen Here!" (Part 3, Human Guinea Pigs)

In this continuation of "It Can't Happen Here!" We will look at how agencies inside the U.S. Government over a period of 4 decades lured low-income black males with the promise of "free health care", free meals, and burial insurance, into participating in a study that costs lives and actually withheld viable treatment for their condition.

In 1932 a study was begun to study syphilis in black males. This study would eventually be known as the infamous Tuskegee syphilis experiment. [1] [2] The claimed intention of the study was to justify treatment programs for blacks with the disease. The study consisted of 600 black males, 399 with syphilis and 201 that did not have the disease.

In 1947 penicillin became the go to treatment for syphilis and treating this disease. However the participants in the Tuskegee study were not allowed to seek treatment elsewhere, nor were any of them even given penicillin. The disease was allowed to run its course. It was not until 1968 that ethical concerns were voiced by those within the study, in 1969 the CDC reaffirms the need for the study and even gains the support of the AMA and NMA. In 1972 the study was shut down, and Congress begins hearings the following year.

By the end of the study in 1972, only 74 of the test subjects were alive. 28 of the original 399 men had died of syphilis, 100 were dead of related complications, 40 of their wives had been infected, and 19 of their children had been born with congenital syphilis.

A quote from one of the doctors involved in the study, "The men's status did not warrant ethical debate. They were subjects, not patients; clinical material, not sick people." --Dr. John Heller.

Dr. Heller would also say, "For the most part, doctors and civil servants simply did their jobs. Some merely followed orders, others worked for the glory of science."

So ends part three of "It Can't Happen Here!"

Sources for post: http://www.cdc.gov/tuskegee/timeline.htm

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Quote for the Day

"It is inevitable, that eventually the people will demand absolute security from the state... And absolute security is absolute slavery." -- Taylor Caldwell