Monday, February 27, 2012

Why Pres. Obama Is Like a Box of Chocolates...

You can't make this stuff up. As Forrest Gump would say, "Life is like a box of chocolates--you never know what you'll get." For the first time in U.S. history, we have a real live Forrest Gump living in the White House. We never know what he's going to say next. Here's what we got from Forrest Obama Gump last week at a campaign stop in Miami:

"'The American people aren't stupid," thundered President Obama as he ridiculed Republicans who are blaming him for rising gasoline prices. Let's hope he's right, because not even Forrest Gump could believe the logic of what Mr. Obama is trying to sell. He went on to say: 

“We’re making new investments in the development of gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel that’s actually made from a plant-like substancealgae — you’ve got a bunch of algae out here,” Obama said at the University of Miami. “If we can figure out how to make energy out of that, we’ll be doing alright. Believe it or not, we could replace up to 17 percent of the oil we import for transportation with this fuel that we can grow right here in  America.”

So let me get this straight. The President mocks drilling for oil and says that all this talk about drilling for oil is no "silver bullet." He goes on to say that the stupid Republicans have been calling for more oil drilling and exploration for the past 30 yrs. Unfortunately, the Democrats have vetoed every bill and every effort to open up public lands for oil drilling, or even for the construction of new refineries (which is another reason for the uptick in the price of gas--no new oil refineries have been constructed here in the U.S. in the last 30 yrs!). We would be energy independent right now with gas prices well below $2.00 a gallon if we had been drilling for oil these past 30 yrs!! 

But Forrest Obama Gump, the smartest man to ever occupy the Oval Office (or that's what the media would have us believe) says THE SOLUTION to our energy problem is pond scum (algae). If this new technology is so good and so proven, will President Obama sink his OWN money into it? Will Joe Biden and his energy czar Steven Chu invest their millions to help fund algae fuel? I don't think so. 

Just like Solyndra, the President is going to sink billions of our tax dollars into this new, unproven, experimental biofuels research (which he says he really believes in, but not enough to invest his OWN money). Forrest Obama Gump pours billions of your tax dollars into start-up companies like Solyndra and before they go belly-up or file for bankruptcy, their CEOs and Board of Directors give back millions of dollars in campaign donations to Obama and the Democrat   Party. Once upon a time, the FBI called this "money laundering." But I guess it's ok if you're Pres. Obama and the Democrat Party. This corruption is practiced by what we were told was going to be the "most transparent" and most ethical administration in U.S. history. 

For those who are inclined to vote for Obama this coming November, here's a word of wisdom for you from Forrest Gump: "Stupid is as stupid does."

Friday, February 24, 2012

How to save money at the gas pump!!

I can't believe how stupid I've been. If you're reading this, I owe you an apology. All along, I've been attempting to make the case for increased increased oil drilling both on our interior lands as well as offshore.

I've not been alone in this conspiracy because even the other night in the Arizona debate, I heard Newt Gingrinch echo the same thing. Idiot. He says that if we would go all out in drilling for oil and gas here in the U.S., we could easily bring the price of gas down to $2.50 in no time. Idiot.

What Newt doesn't know, and what I didn't know (I'm an idiot too) is that there is a simple way to put more money in your pocket every time you go to the pump. With gas prices now soaring at an average of $3.65 nationally and over $4.00 in California, I'm sure you're looking for any way to bring down the price at the gas pump.

Here's a little known secret which our President shared with us in 2008; somehow, it got overlooked and we've all suffered because of it. Then, candidate Obama said in response to a question about drilling for oil to meet our energy needs:  “We could save all the oil that they’re talking about getting off drilling, if everybody was just inflating their tires and getting regular tune-ups."

There you have it! Why didn't I think of that? So go out and get yourself a tire gauge and make an appointment for that long overdue tune-up and look for increased savings in your pocket every time you fill-up your tank! I love this President. He's always looking out for you and me, even at the gas pump!!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

In the Garden of Beasts: Do we learn anything from history? Regarding Iran, apparently not.

This is a fascinating portrayal of Germany's slow descent into terror and atrocity. The story begins in 1933 and is told through two lives: William Dodd, America's first ambassador to Nazi Germany, and Martha, his daughter. Dodd is an unusual pick for ambassador since he's not a member of the wealthy, good-old-boys ambassadorial club, and has great difficulty getting everyone except Roosevelt to see what is developing in Nazi Germany (unfortunately Roosevelt can't act because of political pressures). 

Martha, on the other hand, is blinded for almost a year by the glitz, glamour, and power of the Nazi regime, and fails to see the evil lurking in its heart. She throws herself into multiple affairs, including one with the head of the Gestapo and one with a Russian spy, and indulges in the society of the wealthy and well-known in Nazi Germany. The contrast between the two main characters is a powerful testament as to how so many people could fail to see the danger Nazi Germany posed to the whole world.

They witness the Night of the Long Knives and see a lot of their friends killed or gone into hiding or exile.

When the Dodd's first arrived in Germany, Hitler's power was not yet complete, the major obstacles being President Hindenburg and the army. In addition, there were rivalries and overlap among the SA (Storm Troopers under Ernst Rohm), the SS (security forces), and the Gestapo (the secret police). Any delusions of the world community that Hitler would follow rules of law and be confined to his duties as chancellor came to an abrupt end on the night of June 30, 1934, when he rounded up several hundred officials and others who he deemed to be a threat, including Rohm, and had them summarily executed. Even then, Hitler was able to convince the vast majority of Germans that his actions were in their best interests.

There are striking similarities between Hitler's rise to power in Germany and current day Iran led by the mad man, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Hitler pretended to be a man of peace so he could buy time to rearm and prepare for war. That's exactly what Ahmadinejad is doing in Iran. He puts up with our stupid, toothless, ineffective economic sanctions and the sanctimonious talk from Sec. of State Hillary Clinton just so he can buy time to pursue his nuclear capability. He has succeeded and we have failed. As of this week, he proudly displayed for the world, Iran's first nuclear rod and the ability to now make nuclear weapons.

On May 12, 1934, Hitler's  propaganda minister, Goebbels, delivers a speech where he called Jews “the syphilis of all European peoples.” Last week, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei insisted that Israel and all of its citizens be annihilated and offered assistance to anyone who would do the job. 

Hitler ranted, but the world scoffed. Few imagined that Hitler could be serious about his plans, even as the Third Reich increasingly institutionalized Jew hatred in law; later, few believed the reports emanating from Germany in the1940s that Hitler was systematically slaughtering the Jews.

Today, Iran’s leaders are pursuing nuclear weapons while threatening to wipe out Israel, referring to the Jewish state in the vilest terms. Most recently, Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, endorsed a doctrine that explains why it’s “legally and morally justified” to eliminate Israel.

Israel is a cancerous tumor in the Middle East…” says a recent article by one of Khamenei’s top advisors, which he has endorsed and which has now appeared on many Iranian government and military websites. “The first step should be the absolute destruction of Israel. To this end, Iran could make use of long-range missiles. The distance between us is only 2,600 [kilometers]. It can be done in minutes.”

It has been observed that for evil to win all that needs happen is for good men to do nothing. That was what the United States government did, at least officially, for much of the lead-up to World War II. Too often chances to speak out and try to stop the madness that was engulfing Germany were ignored. Too frequently the atrocities were overlooked. Too many times our response to the crisis over there was nothing, nothing, nothing... and that's exactly what we are doing today: NOTHING! And, when Israel makes overtures towards self-defense, our esteemed president and secretary of defense throw Israel under the bus, or go so far as to reveal Israel's time-table for attacking Iran. 

Obama has been so conciliatory toward Iran, trying to "make nice" and win them over with his sweet talk  and supernatural ability to pick the winning team for March Madness. Yet, all the while behaving in a hard-nosed, disinterested and arrogant manner towards the one democracy in the U.S., the one authentic U.S. ally in the Middle East, Israel. With friends like Obama, Leon Pannetta and Hillary Clinton, Israel really doesn't need any enemies. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Here's the problem: It's not really about providing "free" contraceptives.

"What's all the fuss about?  Catholics (and others) aren't being required to use contraceptives, so what's the big deal?"

Didn’t Obama strike a compromise so that now contraceptives will be available free-of-charge by health insurers. Why do we have to force health insurers to provide for something that doesn’t cost that much? Everyone knows that anyone who wants contraceptives has easy access to such measures even if he or she does not have a health plan that provides for them.  The local friendly drugstore has aisles stacked to the ceiling with condoms and other "family planning" measures, while clinics such as Planned Parenthood hand out birth control pills and abortions with abandon -- sometimes even to underage girls, as damning videos taken by James O'Keefe and Hannah Giles have shown.  

Obama has talked about contraception as if it were one of our most basic human rights. Why? Because many liberals regard pregnancy as a disease to be prevented. As Sen. Barbara Boxer said about free contraception and abortion pills, “It’s medicine, and women deserve their medicine.” Obama views the Constitution mainly as an impediment to controlling institutions such as churches and families that stand between the state and individuals. Congresswoman Gwendolynne Moore from Wisconsin said last week on the House floor that being exposed to the prospects of pregnancy is a danger to women's health and safety. I'm serious--you can't make this stuff up!
Obama (with the help of Kathleen Sibelius) shredding the Constitution

First of all, as far as the Obama administration is concerned, this is NOT really about the availability of contraceptives for every woman.

Here’s where all this is headed: 
The next step on the part of the government will almost certainly force all religious institutions to provide access to health care insurance that provides coverage of surgical abortions. The Obama administration will argue that just like contraceptives, abortion should be available to all women, offered free-of-charge by health insurers (By the way, when Obama says “free” or “without cost”—who picks up the tab? Look in the mirror. That’s who’s going to be forced to pay for these additional costs).
Where does it end?  Regular exercise is good, so the President decides that all health care plans should cover, without co-pay, access to regular exercise classes.  What about Prilosec which would benefit me and others who suffer from acid-reflux? What about our teeth? Shouldn’t the government pay for our dental care? What about sex-change surgery? After all, it would be discriminatory we are told by panels of psychologists to deny sex-change surgery. And what about stem-cell research? If the president decides that everyone should have access to cell therapy for Parkinson’s and Alzheimers, why not. And what about elective euthasnasia? Health plans will have to cover that as well because they offer it in Europe

All of these rights which are NOT found in the Constitution or the Bill of Rights will be rights which our President will deem necessary as he forces us to bow to totalitarian government control of every aspect of our lives.

In regards to this administration, this is not a simple matter of making contraceptives available to all women, but part of a bigger, grander strategy. If you don’t want a totalitarian government running your life, and eliminating your freedom of choice, then make sure you vote to send Obama packing come November.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

The One Black Author and Journalist Who Won't Be Mentioned During Black History Month

Let the record show that this is Black History Month. Once upon a time, I actually took a semester course in "African-American History" and it didn't amount to much. I'm over it. My big problem with Black History Month is that it helps perpetuate racism. Instead of this country being a melting pot, we focus on one race of people for a month. What about the history and contributions of Asian-Americans, or Mexican-Americans or Indians?
Author Keith B. Richburg

Sure, I understand that W.E. Dubois was the founder of the NAACP, and Martin Luther King Jr. was a great leader in the Civil Rights Movment and that George Washington Carver was the inventor of peanut butter, but after that, you're left with the likes of Spike Lee or Jay-Z. Why can't we just have history. Period. Most black and white students don't even know about our Founding Fathers and the greatness of leaders like George Washington or John Adams who fought courageously so that we could become a nation--but they sure do know all about the likes of Colin Powell, Maya Angelou and Jesse Jackson.

Refugees from Chad
During this special month, students will be "brainwashed" and reminded of the "great" accomplishments of the first black (or near-black) president of the U.S. I'm talking about the ONE who was going to bring "hope and change" and be the great "uniter," bringing us all together so that there would NO longer be a racial divide in America. How's that working out? If anything, Obama has exacerbated the race problem and actually brought about a greater division among the races.

But in honor of Black History Month, I offer a daring book, "Out of America: A Black Man Confronts Africa" by black author and newspaper journalist, Keith Richburg. Richburg was given the opportunity to live in Africa for 3 yrs. Leaving America for his post in Africa, he writes that he felt like he was going home, to the birthplace of his ancestors, the "Motherland." 
Rwandan genocie

Now here's the irony: Many who've read Out of America denounce Richburg as an out-and-out "Uncle Tom".  That these black liberals are so shocked and angry that Richburg, a black man, would DARE criticize Africa seems to prove his  point. Black leaders, intellectuals, state department leftists, and even Bono,  in their effort to be politically-correct, they've pussyfooted around Africa,  ignoring abuses of 'human rights', ignoring the deadly tribalism and murder, so  as to keep the image of  "Africa - the glorious Motherland" alive. We  may, of course, criticize Europe ("the hegemonic western world") but  dare we ever criticize atrocities in Zaire?! How dare we! So it is ironic  that the author's point - that we must be realistic instead of  utopion when  dealing with Africa - is played into perfectly by those so willing to call  Richburg an 'Uncle Tom" or a 'sellout'.

So if you really want to observe Black History Month, get  this book. It's an eye-opener written by a courageous black man who ought to be  celebrated by the black community. Instead, this messenger has been demonized  because of his message. 

Monday, February 6, 2012

Unemployment rate drops to 8.3% and Other Fairy Tales....

I could've predicted last Friday's big headline which gave the drive-by media an orgasm:

Payroll employment rises 243,000 in January; unemployment rate decreases to 8.3% -- I predict that we'll  see a miraculous drop in the  unemployment rate below 8% before the Nov. election,  and no, I don't trust the Bureau of Labor Statistics which I believe massages the numbers to prop up Obama's re-election campaign.
As Tyler Durden writes at 
"Actual jobs, not seasonally adjusted, are down 2.9 million over the past two months. It is only after seasonal adjustments – made at the sole discretion of the Bureau of Labor Statistics economists – that 2.9 million fewer jobs gets translated into 446,000 new seasonally adjusted jobs." A 3.3 million "adjustment" solely at the discretion of the BLS? ....Biderman wonders whether the BLS is being pressured during an election year to paint an overly optimistic picture by President Obama’s administration in light of these 'real unadjusted job change' facts. Frankly, in light of recent discoveries about the other "impartial" organization, the CBO, we don't think there is any need to wonder at all.
Forget the phony BLS numbers, and consider this: IF THE ECONOMY IS IMPROVING....ask yourself these questions:

  • If the economy is getting better, then why did new home sales in the United States hit a brand new all-time record LOW during 2011?
  • If the economy is getting better, then why are there 6 million less jobs in America today than there were before the recession started?
  • If the economy is getting better, then why is the average duration of unemployment in this country close to an all-time record high?
  • If the economy is getting better, then why has the number of Americans on food stamps increased by 3 million since this time last year and by more than 14 million since Barack Obama entered the White House?
  • If the economy is getting better, then why has the number of children living inpoverty in America risen for four years in a row?
  • If the economy is getting better, then why do only 23 percent of American companies plan to hire more employees in 2012?
  • If the economy is getting better, then why has the number of self-employed Americans fallen by more than 2 million since 2006?
  • If the economy is getting better, then why does median household income keep declining?  Overall, median household income in the United States has declined by a total of 6.8% since December 2007 once you account for inflation.
  • If the economy is getting better, then why are 18 percent of all homes in the state of Florida currently sitting vacant?
  • If the economy is getting better, then why are 19 percent of all American men between the ages of 25 and 34 living with their parents?
  • If the economy is getting better, then why does the number of "long-term unemployed workers" stay so high?  When Barack Obama first took office, the number of "long-term unemployed workers" in the United States was approximately 2.6 million.  Today, that number is sitting at 5.6 million.
  • If the economy is getting better, then why is the average age of a vehicle in America now sitting at an all-time high?
Sadly, that's "hope and change" we are currently experiencing and you can believe it! Remember these stats as you walk into the voting booth in November.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Whose face would you add to Mt. Rushmore?

I participated in an "ice breaker" last week where the question posed was this: If you could add another face to be carved into Mt. Rushmore, who would you select? Who would you add to the four presidents carved into Mt. Rushmore? My first choice was Ronald Reagan whom I consider the greatest president of the 20th century.

He is almost single-handedly (along with Margaret Thatcher) responsible for bringing an end to the Soviet Union. Remember this famous line given in his speech at the Berlin Wall, "Mr Gorbachev, Tear down this wall!" His speechwriter and State Dept. handlers (those weasels) tried to eliminate that line in 3 or 4 revisions and Reagan kept putting it back in. He was not brain dead as the leftist media tried to make us believe, but rather, a man of conviction who believed in freedom, liberty and the evil of government intruding into our daily lives and robbing us of personal freedoms.

Then, I got to thinking. There were two more names that I wanted to add to Mt. Rushmore, and they are famous Hollywood libs. No kidding! Some of you may think I've gone over the edge but if I could add two more faces on Mt. Rushmore, alongside Ronald Reagan, they would be Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks.

Why? Because both these men have been producers of some of the greatest and most memorable film projects that remind us of what it means to be an American. They have brought us face-to-face with the high price that has been paid for our freedom by making films depicting the horror of war as well as the evil of the Holocaust where one race of people sought to expunge another race from off the face of the earth!

Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg's HBO mini-series' like "Band of Brothers", "The Pacific" and "John Adams" should be required viewing in every high school in America.

Here are some of the reasons why Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks deserve a spot up on Mt. Rushmore:
  • Schindler's List - 1993. In Poland during World War II, kar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis. (Spielberg)
  • Saving Private Ryan - 1998. Following the Normandy Landings, a group of US soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action. (Spielberg)
  • Band of Brothers - TV  mini-series 2001. The story of Easy Company of the US Army 101st Airborne division and their mission in WWII Europe from Operation Overlord through V-J Day. (Spielberg - Hanks)
  • Flags of Our Fathers - 2006 The life stories of the six men who raised the flag at The Battle of Iwo Jima, a turning point in WWII. (Spielberg)
  • John Adams - 2008 (TV Media Series). The life of one of the USA's Founding Fathers, its second President and his role in the nation's first 50 years. (Hanks)
  • The Pacific - 2010  TV mini-series. A 10-part mini-series from the creators of "Band of Brothers" telling the intertwined stories of three Marines during America's battle with the Japanese in the Pacific during World War II. (Spielberg - Hanks)
Question: Who would you like to see carved into Mt. Rushmore? Let me know. Leave a comment.