Saturday, May 30, 2009
An Ode to Miss Sonia and Change
Obama and Osama - born worlds apart
Who exacts the greater damage --
From outside, or deep within our heart?
One smudges the alabaster's gleam
for his cause to bolster.
The other has a barrister
Double barreled in his holster.
One sends his minions onward
against the vile Great Satan.
The other appoints Miss Sonya
to brace our law and nation.
In one mouth are philippics
that would bury our institutions,
And from the other comes the word
that will bury our constitution.
Yes, Osama and Obama -- born worlds apart.
Yet how different really are their goals?
It's in method they depart.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
So..."the Court of Appeals is where policy is made", huh?
Ladies and gentlemen, the ONLY time we get a true glimpse into the leftist mind is when they're really angry, or at ease in front of kindred spirits--fellow travelers from the left. Other than that we never get the truth from these radicals. They lie ALL the time! President Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Sonia Sotomayor, let the truth be known. She was in front of friends.
In America we ELECT Representatives and Senators who are accountable to the people to write and enact laws. The courts are supposed to interpret those laws, and judge their constitutional merit if they're challenged. Sotomayor's comments--and her flippant and dismissive attitude towards the role of the legislative branch in lawmaking--gave us this rare moment of leftist honesty. Damn it, these people legislate from the bench! Thanks for the honesty Sonia.
Here are some differeing views on the radical Sotomayor:
NARAL Pro-Choice President Nancy Keenan
"President Obama has selected a nominee with a distinguished record of professional accomplishments as a judge, prosecutor, and community leader. This impressive personal biography signals that she possesses an understanding of how the law affects everyday people's lives," Ms. Keenan said. "We are encouraged by the strong support she receives from her peers and other legal scholars and the fact that the Senate has twice confirmed her for federal judgeships. We look forward to learning more about Judge Sotomayor's views on the right to privacy and the landmark Roe v. Wade decision as the Senate's hearing process moves forward."
CATO Institute Vice President for Legal Affairs Roger Pilon
"In nominating Second Circuit Judge Sonia Sotomayor to fill the seat of retiring Supreme Court Justice David Souter, President Obama chose the most radical of all the frequently mentioned candidates before him."
"Given the way her panel recently summarily dismissed the Ricci case – involving the complaint by New Haven, Connecticut, firefighters that the city had thrown out the results of an officers exam because the results did not come out “right” –- and the expectation, based on oral argument, that the Supreme Court will reverse the Second Circuit decision, there will likely be an extremely contentious confirmation battle ahead. If confirmation hearings are scheduled for summer, they will follow shortly upon the Court’s decision in that explosive case. Are we to imagine that President Obama chose as he did because he wants that battle?"
The Supreme Court has reversed Judge Sotomayor in six instances where it granted certiorari to review an opinion she authored. In three of these reversals, the Court held that Judge Sotomayor erred in her statutory interpretation. In one case, the Supreme Court vacated a judgment made Judge Sotomayor and remanded the case back to the Second Circuit
I have heard that approximately 80% of her decisions have been reversed. Thus far I haven't been able to confirm that, so it should be treated as gossip for now. Do you think she'll do a good job?
Sonia Sotomayor will sit on the court--barring a meteor hit--and interpret the Constitution with "empathy." Doesn't that make you just feel warm inside? She'll make Ruth Ginsberg look like a conservative. G-d help us.
BUT we now will have a female and a Hispanic! Ain't that just great? (complete sarcasm dripping from keyboard). Let me know what you think about this Constitutional catastrophe.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Rank and Organization: Lieutenant, United States Navy
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as the leader of a special reconnaissance element with Naval Special Warfare Task Unit Afghanistan on 27 and 28 June 2005.
While leading a mission to locate a high-level anti-coalition militia leader, Lieutenant Murphy demonstrated extraordinary heroism in the face of grave danger in the vicinity of Asadabad, Konar Province, Afghanistan. On 28 June 2005, operating in an extremely rugged enemy-controlled area, Lieutenant Murphy's team was discovered by anti-coalition militia sympathizers, who revealed their position to Taliban fighters. As a result, between 30 and 40 enemy fighters besieged his four-member team.
Demonstrating exceptional resolve, Lieutenant Murphy valiantly led his men in engaging the large enemy force. The ensuing fierce firefight resulted in numerous enemy casualties, as well as the wounding of all four members of the team. Ignoring his own wounds and demonstrating exceptional composure, Lieutenant Murphy continued to lead and encourage his men. When the primary communicator fell mortally wounded, Lieutenant Murphy repeatedly attempted to call for assistance for his beleaguered teammates.
Realizing the impossibility of communicating in the extreme terrain, and in the face of almost certain death, he fought his way into open terrain to gain a better position to transmit a call. This deliberate, heroic act deprived him of cover, exposing him to direct enemy fire. Finally achieving contact with his Headquarters, Lieutenant Murphy maintained his exposed position while he provided his location and requested immediate support for his team. In his final act of bravery, he continued to engage the enemy until he was mortally wounded, gallantly giving his life for his country and for the cause of freedom.
By his selfless leadership, courageous actions, and extraordinary devotion to duty, Lieutenant Murphy reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
G-d bless and keep his brave soul!
Sunday, May 24, 2009
1. We owe it to these brave men to protect the Constitutional freedom that they gave their last breath defending.
2. We owe it to them to NEVER forget their ultimate sacrifice!
The story of Michael Monsoor makes my heart swell to the bursting point with pride: Not only as a Navy veteran, but as an American. The surname Monsoor is an Arabic name. I don't know where his ancestors come from, but Michael Monsoor was PROOF POSITIVE that this melting pot experiment in human freedom that we call America works! From the Orange County Register:
"Monsoor's platoon commander, Lt. Cmdr. Seth Stone, who also spoke at Thursday's event, called Monsoor "the quintessential soldier" who put his country and his fellow soldiers above everything else.
Stone was present during the intense firefight that took Monsoor's life. He was sitting on an adjacent rooftop commanding his team, which was split into two at the time.
He said Monsoor, with his heavy machine gun, was sitting between two other SEALs on the other rooftop.
Suddenly, an insurgent from below hurled a grenade at the rooftop where Monsoor and his teammates were situated. The grenade bounced off Monsoor's chest and fell down.
"Immediately, he knew the danger they were all in," Stone said.
Of all who were present, Monsoor had the best chance to duck behind a wall or get out of that rooftop, he said. He could've even picked up the grenade and tossed it out of there, Stone said.
But he didn't. Instead, in a fraction of a second, Monsoor chose to make the ultimate sacrifice.
"He didn't want to leave anything to chance," Stone said. "He's the best SEAL I've ever met."
He said his team had been involved in at least 35 firefights in the days leading to that deadly incident. Monsoor had shown his courage several times during those missions, Stone said."
Bravo Zulu Michael Monsoor! Well done young man! G-d bless and keep you.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Enter Dick Cheney....
The very fact that the left has a foaming-at-the-mouth hatred for Dick Cheney tells you that they are afraid of him. They hate him as much as they hate former President Bush, Blackwater, Haliburton, or free markets! That's mighty diabolical company to be in as far as the left is concerned. Former Vice President Cheney has been speaking out recently and setting the record straight on the terrorist threat we face as a nation. He's telling the truth and the left is apoplectic.
Barack Obama wants to close Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and bring the terrorists to the U.S. for criminal trials or free them outright, depending on the particular case. Dick Cheney obliterated that idiocy in his speech to the American Enterprise Institute! I've always maintained the the WORST enemy of those on the left is the TRUTH. Now you know why they hate Dick Cheney.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
I've copied a small portion of Phil's opinion piece (with his permission of course). After reading this, ask yourself the seemingly ominous question: What's Obama after? WHAT is the upshot to this outrageous behavior? I'd love to hear your opinions about Obama's intentions and I plan to follow up in short order with my own thoughts about our new President's long-term goals in light of this fiscal madness. Enjoy.
Phil Fretz on Obscene Debt
The federal budget deficit will be $1.84 trillion this year. That's about four times the record set just last year, The Associated Press says.
For every dollar that it spends, the government will borrow 46 cents.
Deficits will never fall below $500 billion any year between 2010 and 2019 - and the cumulative total will be $7.1 trillion.
That's deficits - the amount borrowed, and billed to our children and grandchildren, to pay for today's excesses.
If we don't go on this government spending spree, it has been argued, the recession might last another 10 years.
History suggests otherwise.
But even if it were true, how can we, in good conscience, do this? Why not bear the burden ourselves, instead of shifting it to future generations?
Debt service alone will impoverish just about everybody but the ultra-rich in the future - or gobble up money needed to provide legitimate government services.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
We conservatives have a chance to set things straight in 2010, or at least to start that process. Smart, young, Reagan conservatives like Marco Rubio are the answer to the leftist/populist wave that has thoroughly infected Washington DC. As the former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, Marco is a PROVEN leader.
Marco Rubio is an intelligent and articulate champion of free people and free market principles: Two traits sadly missing in ALL of his opponents. This is where it starts folks, we start the road to American restoration here and NOW!!
Let's give Marco our support.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
A priest, a Pentecostal preacher and a Rabbi were talking one day when someone made the comment that preaching to people isn't really all that hard. A real challenge would be to preach to a bear. So they decided they would all go out into the woods, find a bear, preach to it, and attempt to convert it.
Seven days later, they're all together to discuss the experience. Father Flannery, his arm in a sling and on crutches, goes first. 'Well,' he says, 'I went into the woods to find me a bear. And when I found him I began to read to him from the Catechism. Well, that bear wanted nothing to do with me and began to slap me around. So I quickly grabbed my holy water, sprinkled him and, Holy Mary Mother of God, he became as gentle a lamb. The bishop is coming out next week to give him first communion and confirmation.'
Reverend Billy Bob spoke next. He was in a wheelchair, with an arm and both legs in casts and he says, ' Well BROTHERS, I went out and I FOUND me a bear. And then I began to read to my bear from God's HOLY WORD! But that bear wanted nothing to do with me. So I took HOLD of him and we began to wrestle. We wrestled down one hill, UP another and DOWN another until we came to a creek. So I quickly DUNKED him and BAPTIZED his hairy soul. And just like you said, he became as gentle as a lamb. We spent the rest of the day praising Jesus.'
They both looked down at the rabbi, who was lying in a hospital bed. He was in a body cast and traction with IV's and monitors running in and out of him. The rabbi looks up and says, 'Looking back on it, circumcision may not have been the best way to start.'
Friday, May 15, 2009
I'd love to know your opinions on the matter since my dogs just look at me funny, my wife thinks I'm kinda funny, and my daughter couldn't care either way! :-)
This was my reply to radical Dan:
This is an issue of basic humanity and even simpler math. Once you understand those basics, you'll know why you don't need the "results of the National Institutes of Health study" to allow Seminole county (the upstream source of the St. Johns River) to use water that comes from Seminole County!
Let's discuss basic humanity, which sadly seems in short supply. Are you prepared to allow your neighbors a veto power over YOUR water usage? Imagine if they had some sort of valve that they could turn off once they peeped at your meter. They could get together out in the street and say, "we think ole Dan and family have used enough water for the week. It's time to turn it off and let him appeal."
Now it's time for some simple math. Dan have you ever stopped to wonder just how much St. Johns River fresh water flows into the Atlantic Ocean in just one hour? All you have to do is stand at the base of the Buckman Bridge or on one of the high dunes ("bluffs") at the end of Monument Rd. to get a feel for the staggering flow of fresh water in just 5 minutes! Get your calculator...ready?
My numbers may be off by as much as 1o% because I'm eyeballing it, but this'll give you an idea of my point. An Olympic competition swimming pool is 50 meters (165 ft.) long, 25 meters (83 ft.) wide, and 8 feet deep. Multiply 165 x 83 x 8 = 109,560 cubic feet. There's approximately 7 gallons of water per cubic foot so you end up with 766,920 gallons per Michael Phelp's pool. Seminole County has been granted permission to use 5.5 million gallons/day.
That's roughly equivalent to 7.2 of those swimming pools full of water! This is the volume of water Seminole County has been given.
I've stood at Blount Island near the Dames Point Bridge and watched the seagulls and pelicans float by at 6-9 mph, and wondered at the STUPENDOUS amount of fresh water that flows into the world's 2nd largest body of salt water. How many of those swimming pools full of water flow into the Atlantic in one minute? We can only guess, but I think you'd be safe in guessing at least 20. Seminole County has been granted a drop of water from a GD barrell, and yet you and the other "Riverkeepers" would begrudge them that drop! It's tempting to blame the government schools for this level of abject stupidity, but all that's required is a $5 calculator.
Why did I take the time to point all of this out?
Increasingly I see our society getting away from the Founding Principles of freedom, minimal interference in the affairs of your neighbor, plain old Christian charity & tolerence, and I see us turning mean and petty with each other. This fight over a mere drop in a barrel of fresh water--the one thing we CANNOT live without--is the starkest example to date of mass hysteria and man's inhumanity towards his fellow man here in North Florida. If you are one of those who would begrudge your fellow human being fresh water given what you now know, SHAME ON YOU!!!!!!!
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Boy oh boy did I ever open up a can of leftist whoopass and righteous indignation! A poster named Ginny, who writes gardening books, let me have it with both barrels--although I seriously doubt she owns a gun. From recycling to burning less gas (I am a businessman with work trucks) she told me that my carelessness with "Mother Earth" would be my "sad legacy."
This was my reply to carbon scold Ginny:
The modern environmental movement has gone over-the-top radical. It grew out of some very well-intentioned policies and people who wanted nothing more than to keep things (emissions, waste disposal, etc.) as "clean" as possible. To any sane person that's still a laudible goal. Now it's become a religion where people will scold people based on a few ENORMOUS lies and utterly mistaken notions. The whole idea of a "carbon footprint" is laughably absurd, and it's become very dangerous as a vehicle to control people's lives. Here are a few indisputable facts that you're not going to like, but they are facts nonetheless.:
1. CO2 is NOT a pollutant! It is the gas that every animal exhales, and every plant inhales. Without it you can say goodbye to life on planet Earth. It's a trace gas at less than four parts per ten thousand, and the more of it we have, the greener the Earth becomes! That's a fact. Question, which creates more CO2? A runner on a 6 mile run, or a car on a 12 mile drive? The answer matters.
2. CO2 is a PATHETIC heat trapping gas due to it's molecular structure. In the world of global warming gases, it's as weak as they come. You could increase the "carbon loading" (banal expression) of the atmosphere twenty times over with NO appreciable temperature difference. There are in fact very effective heat trapping gases, CO2 isn't one of them.
Ginny with all due respect, this new religion you're practicing is based on some outright lies. Traditional religion also has some beliefs that many may find hard to swallow, but in the final analysis, the existence of G-d can neither be proven or disproven. The same cannot be said about the "carbon myth." It's an outright fraud. That's why I didn't take well to being scolded by you. Your beliefs in that regard are purile.
You also wrote:
"...but fascism is the wrong term, because this is not about governmental actions or political actions, but simple personal responsibilities of picking up after one's self."
I wish that were so. If the "greenies" would be content with being just another religious cult, I swear I'd contribute money to their cause! This entire fraudulent agenda is finding it's way into our pocketbooks at light speed, from carbon taxes on utilities to Mercury-laced lightbulbs. The green agenda IS government force on steroids. That's why I'm so vocal about this "movement." It's laden with fanaticism based on bad information and outright lies. It has some of the hallmarks of a fascist/cult movement. Based on your posts, I can tell that you've been blessed with an abundance of G-d given intelligence, so I have hope that you'll be able to take the facts that I've given you, and maybe be able to see the light some day. Good luck Ginny...really.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
The inevitable inflation and economic stagnation resulting from Barack Obama's nouveau-fascist economic policies are going to make Carter's years look like child's play. What foreign or domestic investor will feel secure putting his wealth into an American company when they know the President of the United States can enter the scene and nullify contract law and debt obligations on a moments notice? He's behaving like a wannabe dictator of a banana republic!
When you tranfer wealth in an egregious fashion from one group to another in the name of "social justice", all you're doing is causing class hatred, strife, and predictable law-breaking where the tax code is concerned. It's theft, pure and simple. When the White House and other congressional Kleptocrats (RINOS included) attempt to control the salaries and/or bonuses of Wall Street types in a dictatorial fashion, I wonder what the hell country I'm in!
The cap and trade energy policy (Cap and Tax) that the left is pushing is just more kleptocracy in the final analysis. It'll dramatically increase the cost of energy on everyone.
This "government on steroids" approach has NEVER, EVER turned out well for the people, but it's the BOMB for the politicians!