Archive for January, 2011

ENERGY COSTS WILL NECESSARILY SKYROCKET

January 30, 2011

Articles in the Jerusalem Post and the Telegraph point to much earlier U.S. involvement in the current uprising in Egypt than was previously known.  Both articles indicate that back in 2008, the United States (yes, under the final days of George W. Bush) financed a trip to New York for a young Egyptian dissident, a pro-democracy activist, to attend a “Youth Movements Summit” in New York.  These articles are seemingly supported in a cable released by Wikileaks which can be found here:   

http://wikileaks.ca/cable/2008/12/08CAIRO2572.html

It seems curiously odd to me that the conference took place on Dec. 3-5, 2008 (between the elections and the inauguration of our current president), and that the time frame for violent revolution was scheduled for 2011.  Initially, the proposed scheduling for action that had been set for “prior to the 2011 elections” was considered unrealistic but not to be completely discounted.  Today we see the Muslim Brotherhood and many socialist associations participating in the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak.

It is suggested that President Obama, in talks with President Mubarak, encouraged the Egyptian head to take firm and decisive action.  At the same time, the Washington elite were, and are still, supporting his adversaries.  It’s much like the schoolyard fight where the kids standing around are yelling “Hit him, Joe, hit him”, and “Knock him out, Jason, he deserves it!”  Yelling both, repeatedly, at the same time is sure to excite the direct participants as well as the crowd watching.  This double handed support undoubtedly exacerbated an already explosive situation.

One result of the unrest in Egypt is that the price of oil is already rising and future pricing for crude is projected to continue upward for quite a while due to the closing of the Suez canal.  A second result might be the demonstration of how easily the Internet can be controlled and blocked by an overpowering government.  Can you use power hungry government and FCC in the same sentence?

Installing a peaceful democratic leadership in Egypt would, of course, be an  ideal situation for the global good most might think.  However, a theocracy; an Islamic Republic would suit the needs of others, perhaps including our own president.

I certainly doubt that Obama is a prophet.  He’s most definitely not in the league of Nostradamus, but his own words are beginning to show clarity.  The engines are ignited on our energy and food costs.  As the poor are now poorer and the once middle class are now poor the staples of life as we’ve known it are continuing to skyrocket.

George Pepppard, as Hannibal Smith of the “A” Team, had a signature line announced once per program.  At the end of every mission he would say, “I love it when a plan comes together”.

Are we there yet?  How much longer until we get there?  Has anyone noticed that Barack is smiling more in the past two weeks than he has since the health care subjugation of the American people?

NEW ARRIVALS

January 27, 2011

Again, along a known drug and human smuggling path in Arizona, a Border Patrol agent found a book commemorating the exploits of suicide bombers.  “In Memory of Our Martyrs”, published in Iran, outlines the lives and deaths of those who have given their all to killing innocent infidels in the name of Islam.  This is most assuredly not the first time such material has been found along our Southern border.  In fact, it happens quite frequently.

This doesn’t sound like the type of reading material normally carried by someone who only wants to better their lives and those of their family by “doing the work Americans won’t do”.  Apparently, the Department of Homeland Security thinks differently and is unwilling to stop the flow of unauthorized entrants.  They have proven so by figuratively tying the hands of our men in green, the troops on the ground, by restricting their ability to detain and deport known illegals.

The child or children of new arrivals, or undocumented workers, or if you must, illegal immigrants, are also entitled to an education so they will remain here and share their productivity with America.  This is apparently the immigration reform we’ve been hearing so much about.

SOTU II

January 26, 2011

Last night, as could be expected from any president, there was little more than hype and hoopla regarding the State of the Union.  At least this time the President must have read the speech before it hit the teleprompters.  Not once did he have the “deer-in-the-headlights” expression as he pronounced ideals that he doesn’t believe.  Only once did he refer to his predecessor as the cause of the problems that have only gotten worse in the past two years.  All-in-all, I’d have to say it was a good showing.

With Democrats disbursed among Republicans throughout the House, there was much less mob mentality for standing and clapping wildly when he read from the prepared speech.  I’m so glad to hear that since the Democrats lost their dictatorial control of both houses of congress that there has been a call to all get along.  Perhaps they really can sit together last night and work together today.  That was not requested, expected or desired by the majority party in the past two years.

Some areas of the entertaining ceremony that caught the attention of this blogger:

  1. If spirited debate is so good, why is there such a need for the Fairness Doctrine; aka the silencing of FOXNews and all right-of-center radio personalities throughout the nation?
  2. Instead of subsidizing yesterday’s energy, why can’t we open some of the hundreds of thousands of square miles that exist within our nation’s boundaries containing billions of barrels of crude to the oil companies?  Wouldn’t that allow the companies to make a profit, reduce dependency on foreign oil and keep the price of gasoline reasonable until affordable alternative energy is viable?
  3. Investment in our education system is most definitely necessary.  I suggest that instead of building art deco buildings in areas where they will be defaced by the time the last crane leaves the property, we actually invest in education.  Perhaps with qualified teachers concentrating more on math, science, history, reading and English than they do on the virtues of gender reassignment and progressive politics, we could again have a generation of graduates who can read their diplomas and are ready to tackle the needs required by industry and business.                                                                                                        The President also said that we should hire good teachers and quit making excuses for the bad ones.  I find this statement to be half right.  Shouldn’t there be consideration for firing the bad ones in stead of making excuses for them?
  4. About the nation’s borders:  There hasn’t been a president or congress, in the past five decades of which I’m aware, that really showed an interest or made an effort to stop the migration of illegals into this country. Particularly interesting was the reference to children of illegal aliens.  I agree that they should not be held accountable for the actions of their parents.  However, they should also not be awarded special privileges beyond those of resident citizens.  In specific, I refer to in-state tuition to colleges and universities.  I believe that if we’re going to educate them, we should at least charge them the same out-of-state tuition offered to many of our citizens.  Educational grants and loans should also be on par with those of citizens.
  5. Also stated last night was the need for government to spend within a budget.  Families also have to do the same.  The difference might be that when families and individuals purposely and foolishly overspend they don’t have the right to take the difference between income and expenditures from their neighbor’s bank account.  They cannot threaten their friends or relatives with imprisonment for not forking over the dough.
  6. Of course, I had to laugh when President Obama mentioned that we should know when our congressional representatives meet with lobbyists.  He talked right through the part about appointing them to presidential cabinet positions or as bureaucratic heads of unnecessary imperialistic agencies or departments.
  7. Finally, if the health care bill is flawed and requires so much rewriting and reconstruction, like President Obama acknowledged, why did he sign it into law?  Could it be because nobody in either House of Congress or the President, had knowledge of its contents when it was passed and signed?

Remember the words of the Speaker of the House.  “But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy.”

The speech was another say nothing nodder as seen by the excitement on V.P. Biden’s expression.

SILENCE…I KEEEL YOU!

January 24, 2011

From Special Report with Bret Baer 1-21-11

The Venezuelan government has demanded a private broadcaster stop airing a Colombian soap opera that features a girl named Venezuela who owns a dog named Little Hugo.

Reports say Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was not amused, calling the show “horrible.”

In one episode, Venezuela is shown searching for her dog and asks a friend what will become of her without Little Hugo. Her friend responds, “You will be free, Venezuela…. Hugo is messing up everything in the house…. He’s making you look bad.”

Just how far are we away from this?  With a big push for the Fairness Doctrine and the FCC already implementing Net Neutrality, public opposition to government policies will soon be silenced in America as well.

THANK YOU DR. BENJAMIN, YOU’RE FIRED

January 23, 2011

Regina Benjamin, U.S. Surgeon General, has put out a call to make everyone aware of the benefits of breastfeeding and to make breastfeeding easier for mothers.

(CNSNews.com) “Many mothers who attempt to breastfeed say several factors impede their efforts, such as a lack of support at home; absence of family members who have experience with breastfeeding; a lack of breastfeeding information from health care clinicians; a lack of time and privacy to breastfeed or express milk at the workplace; and an inability to connect with other breastfeeding mothers in their communities,” the news release said.

Benjamin, pointing to data from the federal Centers for Disease Control, said breastfeeding rates are “particularly low” among African-American women.

Why the sudden governmental push for breastfeeding?  Dr. Benjamin says breastfeeding protects babies from illness, including asthma; it may ward off obesity; and it may protect mothers from breast and ovarian cancers.

She is calling on employers, healthcare professionals and communities to support this nurturing activity by new mothers.

Houston, we have a problem!  Look for Dr. Benjamin to either retract her words or step down from her appointed position.  She is obviously going against the ideals and policies of her boss and his administration.  This is the first time in two years for anyone in Washington, D.C. to suggest parents or individuals have rights or responsibilities.  The common thought amongst the powers-that-be tends to indicate children must be taken from their ignorant parents as early as possible and put into education camps (government run day care then pre-school).  Until now, the federal government has welcomed participation and made it virtually impossible to avoid dependence on the whim, will and wishes of the elite.

Could Obama have finally recognized that too many people are already suckling on the government teats and that his presidency, and the nation, are going under faster than planned?