Archive for December, 2010

THE RIGORS OF PLAY

December 30, 2010

Vacation, vacation, vacation.  Sometimes they can be so exhausting you just have to take a work break.

Obama willingly forestalled his Hawaiian vacation this year to help congress through the debates and decisions about the “Bush tax cuts” and DADT.

Wow, these must be really, really important to him.  Playing golf and vacationing in Chicago were more important than the BP oil spill that wiped out decades of economic life for Gulf residents.  That was, and is, only devastating to the local flora, fauna, human life and economy of the gulf region and the nation.  But it does not rise to the level of allowing citizens to keep their earnings.

The Christmas crotch bomber didn’t seem to faze him last year while he was enjoying the sun.  He didn’t miss a stroke.  Long lines awaiting unemployment insurance didn’t keep him from spending time in the playground of the rich and famous, Martha’s Vineyard, earlier this year.  And certainly, the plight of small business in America didn’t bother him as he recently took his $200 million per day Asian/Indonesian, jaunt to put down the United States in the presence of world leaders.

Michelle, with her birthday trip to Spain, is doing pretty well on her own, too.  Her irreverent overindulgence has earned her the nickname of the Modern Day Marie Antoinette by former supporters of the first family.  The tax payer paid celebration with 40 close friends marked her 46th birthday (We should only be happy that it wasn’t a milestone like, oh say, 50, it could have been costly).

Last year Michelle wore a pair of tenny-runners as pricy as a compact car to hand out food to the downtrodden.  This year she wore a $2,500 recycled rag for the Christmas in Washington concert.  The lady has to look her best for photo ops in the company of all the celebrities and special benefactors without being ostentatious.  Shortly after the concert, she found herself so exhausted from the event that she and her daughters had to leave for Hawaii without her husband who still had Republic destroying duties to tend.  Estimates of the early departure are in the neighborhood of $80,000-$125,000 of our hard earned money.

Wow, keeping money out of the hands of ordinary American citizens must be really, really wearing and burdensome.

Every president is entitled to relaxation.  However, when the Probama broadcast news and birdcage liners report the in-your-face extravagance of this first couple with the same disgust as the “right-wing” outlets, you know it is beyond quipping and joking.  It is worrisome to those of us who once thought of retiring in comfort.  The country is in shambles and they play and enjoy as if it matters naught.  Can you say Nero? Truly, the nation matters little if even a thought is given.  The first family (as all first families) will enjoy a lifetime of the best medical care available anywhere in the world.  The President will have his ending salary, with COLAs, for life.  Should he pass away before his beloved first lady, she will continue to receive his salary as well as his healthy tax-payer paid life insurance policy.  There is nothing for them to fear; it’s all a trip through the tulips.

Each of these pleasure jaunts leaves a carbon foot print unequaled by the average annual output of a metropolitan suburb.  Perhaps this is why he gloated on the campaign trail that under his plan our “energy costs will necessarily skyrocket”.

Obama is the one who admonished the American public in New Hampshire with, “When times are tough, you tighten your belts, you don’t go buying a boat when you can barely pay your mortgage.  You don’t blow a bunch of cash on Vegas when you’re trying to save for college” earlier this year.  With unemployment again bumping 10%, it is definitely time for us to tighten our belts once again …and the government needs to do the same.

I understand that a billion dollars is peanuts to our bloated and out of control government.  To pare back a billion here and a billion there in gimme-gimme programs just may save our future generations from indentured servitude to Washington, D.C.  Isn’t it time at least to take a look at the possibility of fiscal restraint and responsibility?  Isn’t it time for our leaders to show a modicum of respect for their constituents?  Isn’t it time to do the other work of the Presidency; the work in the Oval Office, not the golf course?

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ANOTHER GIVE-AWAY

December 23, 2010

Obama has done it again!  He just handed over another piece of U.S. sovereignty to a body of thieves, thugs extortionists, rapists and murderers.  This time his move is the first, or at least the next, step to giving the Southwest to the insolent desperados of Mexico.  On the very surface, it sounds right and proper.  In depth, however, this is one of the most devastating moves this president has yet made against our nation.

In appeasement to the Tribal Nations Conference earlier this month, Obama announced agreement and support for yet another U.N. declaration usurping American autonomy.  Article 26 of the United Nations resolution reads in part, “Indigenous peoples have the right to the lands, territories and resources which they have traditionally owned, occupied or otherwise used or acquired,” and it says nations “shall give legal recognition and protection to these lands, territories and resources.”

This is just another well thought progressive stride toward the long-range goal of piecemealing our country until there is nothing left of it so the One World Government can incorporate the remaining ghetto.  After all, Mexico claims that the Southwest belongs to them because Spanish explorers came from the South, tramped the mountains and deserts and sailed along the coastline, of the area.  Since the Spanish explorers had previously conquered many of the +/- 60 indigenous tribes of Mexico, any land explored thereafter according to Mexico, belongs to Mexico.  Obama, and the progressive movement, is willing to accommodate their desires, one step at a time.

The U.N. begins most of their international take-overs with non-binding agreements.  They slip in a soft sounding, non-binding clause into a resolution and count head nods.  It is then extremely difficult for countries to reject the same or similar language when a formal treaty is proposed.

In 2007, the U.N. offered President Bush the opportunity to sell out his country, like Obama recently did.  Bush, however, declined because the language of the resolution was vague and open to interpretation.  He was not on a four-year appeasement, apology and sovereignty destruction campaign.  Like him or not, President Bush did do some things to protect us as a nation and preserve our freedoms.

What now is the need for the DREAM Act?  That would only be an immediate and partial solution for this administration.  The patience of the progressive movement allows for a slower but more complete take-over and reversal of all that is right.  Because Spanish explorers and some natives of Mexico, Central and South America did originally step foot on what is now American soil, Mexico is claiming the Southwest as theirs.  Truly, in spite of U.S. building codes, you can travel the border areas of the U.S. and find second and third use lumber, plastic and cardboard room additions on homes to accommodate the “new comers” while they temporarily transition to other areas.

It’s no wonder there is no political will to secure the border.  We are one.  We are the world.

COMING TO AMERICA

December 20, 2010

By FABIOLA SANCHEZ, Associated Press Fabiola Sanchez, Associated Press – Tue Dec 14, 5:10 pm ET

CARACAS, Venezuela – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Tuesday asked congress to grant him special powers to enact laws by decree for one year, just before a new legislature takes office with a larger contingent of opposition lawmakers.

CARACAS, Dec 17 (Reuters) – Venezuela’s parliament gave President Hugo Chavez decree powers for 18 months on Friday, outraging opposition parties that accused him of turning South America’s biggest oil producer into a dictatorship.

Hugo managed to co-opt his friendly Unified Socialist Party dominated National Assembly before the outgoing  majority loses parliamentary seats.  The newly elected parliamentary members are expected to be far less accommodating.

Obama doesn’t bother to ask congress for permission.  He simply waits until they are in recess to make Czar and other cabinet appointments, granting them special powers to carry out his desires.  He has not requested, and will not request, permission to “decree”.  He needs not do so because the Constitution of the United States of America grants the president certain executive powers.  This commission was originally limited to the executive staff and not meant to skirt the congress.  Article I, section 1, of the Constitution reads:  All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives. Article II, section 2, allows:  The President, shall have power to fill up all vacancies that may happen during the recess of the Senate, by granting commissions which shall expire at the end of their next session.

Immediate case in point:  Obama has nominated Andrew Traver (described by some to be an “anti-gun zealot”) to head the ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives).  As Chief of the ATF, Traver would have the opportunity to nullify the Second Amendment, just one of at least ten civil rights in which he and the president do not believe.  Traver is expected to take over during the congressional Christmas recess.

Recess appointments are not unique to President Obama.  Many presidents have appointed cabinet members and department heads with questionable congressional confirmability during congressional recesses.  Obama, however, is abusing the authority; making the appointment of radicals and insurrectionists while congress and the public sleeps a major part of his legacy.  Rather than have his personal favorites and Chicago cronies face tough hearings that could reveal their true thoughts and beliefs to the American people and our representatives, he chooses abuse of the warrant.

The 111th Congress has shown a propensity to pass bills that none have read or understand and hold meetings behind locked doors, restricting the minority party from participating in the legislative process.  They have also used every bit of power and authority granted them and perhaps a bit more.  They have underhandedly forced through legislation that is at best questionable under the Constitution and at worst requiring radical re-interpretations of the founding document to make even portions of their bills appear legal.

The Associated Press
Sunday, December 19, 2010; 4:10 PM

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez defended plans for a law that would impose broadcast-type regulations on the Internet, saying Sunday that his government should protect citizens against online crimes.

Chavez’s congressional allies are considering extending the “Social Responsibility Law” for broadcast media to the Internet, banning messages that “disrespect public authorities,” “incite or promote hatred” or crimes, or are aimed at creating “anxiety” in the population.

WSJ – By ROBERT M. MCDOWELL DECEMBER 20, 2010

Tomorrow morning the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will mark the winter solstice by taking an unprecedented step to expand government’s reach into the Internet by attempting to regulate its inner workings. In doing so, the agency will circumvent Congress and disregard a recent court ruling.

Certainly, whether a person is paying attention or has their head stuck in the sand, it is obvious that our government is paralleling self-serving dictatorships  and usurping the freedoms granted us by the founders and specifically documented in the Bill of Rights.  “We the People” must wake up and bridle our government to save our republic and keep the American elite from outdistancing the other socialist leaders and dictators of the globe.

REPEAL OF “DADT”

December 15, 2010

The policy of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) was enacted under President Bill Clinton in 1993 to allow all citizens of sound mind and capable body equal opportunity to serve in the military.  DADT reversed earlier policy of not permitting persons of homosexual orientation to honorably serve and defend their country and the citizens thereof.  While the Don’t Ask (military or appointed officials are not to ask about or require members to reveal their sexual orientation), Don’t Tell (pronouncement of homosexual orientation or openly engaging in homosexual activities is prohibited) aspect is well known, there are other components to the policy as well that are meant to protect sexual minorities.  Those components included “Don’t Pursue” (obvious statements or actions made or done by the individual are required to launch an investigation) and “Don’t Harass” (to ensure that the military will not allow harassment or violence against service members for any reason).

Congress is currently debating the repeal of the policy which would allow gays to serve openly and without need to conceal their sexual orientation.  Arguments pro and con all seem to have validity.  The Don’t Harass portion of the policy would continue as currently written because it applies to all personnel.  The Don’t Pursue aspect would no longer be necessary if the repeal is passed.

Gays, like heterosexuals should have the right to serve without the fear of being harassed or discharged for their orientation.  Allowing this bill to be repealed, however, could be the first step to military personnel participating in Gay Pride parades and other activism on or near military bases both stateside and abroad.  It might also lead to unique minority sub-set privileges and special funding.  Currently that cannot happen due to DADT.

We can only wait for the final voting of congress and hope that there are no “unintended consequences” to their decision.

LOSS OF FREEDOM

December 15, 2010

I won’t bother referencing to former foreign regimes, but this ‘If You See Something, Say Something’ campaign recently launched by DHS is a bit over the top and completely un-American.  Soon we will have kids reporting mom and dad for smoking.  While this is an indecent and uncaring thing for mom or dad to do, it’s not worthy of involving the federal government.  This is only a continued forward step to complete freedom removal.  This is nothing more than a way of accumulating more information about each citizen that can be used against us when the time is deemed right.

We the People are either giving our rights to the government or allowing them to take our freedoms from us.  Each day, we are exposed to some other way the federal government is intruding on our lives.  Gun control is almost a valid argument if you ignore statistics by the FBI and many other law enforcement agencies that say armed citizens prevent more crime than they create.  The following references relatively compare the number of legal firearm purchases to crime.  Many other web sites also confirm the statistics, as well.

http://www.rense.com/general9/gunlaw.htm

http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/fbi-crime-stats-show-an-armed-public-is-a-safer-public/

Virtually every celebrity shouting for gun control travels with an armed entourage.  That includes elected officials as well as rock stars, film personalities and the otherwise extremely wealthy.  The elite and wealthy want to restrict your freedoms but want to be protected by the same weapons banned to the commoners.

This administration (though it’s been coming for years-decades) is pushing harder and faster for neighbors to report misdeeds of neighbors and children to rat on their parents.  They are delving into our privacy by monitoring credit card purchases, internet searches, voice, text and email conversations.  The government can, and in too many cases is, tracking your where-about through the GPS in your car or cell phone.  Search warrants – items of days gone by.  Wire taps are warranted by want but not judicial process.

Congress continues to pass legislation that no one has read.  The party in power keeps the minority party in the dark about their dealings until time to vote on new laws.  They are spending our children’s and grandchildren’ money faster than the GAO can identify.  The spending is now all deficits and the debt is growing rapidly only so they can justify a need for higher taxes and restrict our independence and autonomy even more.

Loss of freedom?  It began with the progressive movement in the early 1900s at the time of the Tin Lizzy and is moving at the speed of a bullet train now.  Welcome to the 21st century.  As Europe and the U.K. turn to a more capitalist economic system, the United States is going the opposite direction.  We, however, are headed for a much stronger government with less input from the citizens.  Executive mandates and authority now bypass congress almost as frequently as congress has input.  Czars are appointed and bureaucracies created during congressional recesses to avoid the need for their votes.  This is the way dictatorships and oligarchies are formed.

Our leaders are silently endorsing public complacency and acceptance by destroying the job creating environment and underwriting individual subsistence with Welfare and continued and extended unemployment payments.  If the American public awakens to the life they are being destined by Washington D.C., it may become necessary to defend ourselves against the final stages of takeover.  And that, boys and girls, is exactly why they want to take away our defense weapons before you wake up.