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Just mouthing off -- because I can.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day

"More precious was the light in your eyes than all the roses in the world."

Heading out to the cemetery today to leave some flowers. May have to take an umbrella.

My thoughts on Memorial Days past are here (2009), here (2007): "All residents are kindly requested to furnish flowers for the occasion" and here (2006).


Obama the incompetent

Don Surber sums up how Obama has met 4 crises now and has failed at all of them (via Instapundit). This comes as no surprise to those of us who were mourning and fearing the election results in November 2008. Our country is now reaping the whirlwind we Americans ourselves elected.

America had chosen to close its eyes to what was at stake and what was voted for. Americans voted frivolously and ignorantly. Americans had checked out of thinking clearly about the international scene, ignored what our government needs, minimally, to function, and had taken Obama at his words instead of by his record and deeds. America had, instead of thinking long and hard, concentrated its fickle, short-attention-span, all-that-glitters focus on its own little interior psychodrama, electing a "clean, articulate" (in Joe Biden's words) man of color in hopes of appeasing historical guilt (or, in the case of many black voters, getting racial payback).

And now, those of us who criticize his policies and actions by pointing out the obvious are targeted as racists.

I still can't help but remember that even Sarah Palin had more executive experience than Obama did, and would probably know better what to do and how to manage people and resources in a crisis. And she was only running for Vice-President.

Obama's empty campaign slogan of "Hope" becomes more and more evidently ironic as his presidency ensues.

This is what you get when you elect someone knowing and hoping he will "learn on the job."

I hope American learn not to do this again, and will take their sacred privilege and honor of voting, in all elections, more seriously from now on.

P.S. The high standards for governing now set by our media.

P.P.S. How that campaign slogan of "Change!" is working out--in food stamps.

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

It's an outrage

The outrages continue to rain down fast and furious in this Age of Obama:

Obama sends a token force of National Guard to the southern border and then files a lawsuit against Arizona trying to stem the flow of illegal aliens. Claims the Arizona law "impedes" federal law. Oh, and the soldiers are there to help the Mexican President, not to stem illegal immigration. And other border states get no help. Oh, my sainted aunt (as Katharine Hepburn once delicately put it). UPDATE: The many dangers of porous borders during wartime. Our elected leaders are fools who will cost us Americans our lives. UPDATE: Americans fleeing Arizona--this is heartbreaking. I blame our government. We should give notice that at a certain date and time we will start defending our border and will shoot to kill anyone crashing the gates.

"Cordoba House" (icon of Islam's conquest) gets the green light from the New York City community board to be built on the unmarked graves of 3,000 New Yorkers. As far as cultural sensitivity goes, this Muslim project stinks. So do such tone-deaf New Yorkers. But the fix was in. And who's paying for this monstrosity--the usual Wahhabi suspects?

Obama tells Republicans a whopper--that Obamacare will reduce the national debt. How did such an idiot get into the White House? Thanks, you-know-who-you-are. Meanwhile, the U.S. debt is now at $13 Trillion and counting.

Did the White House try to bribe an office-seeker? That would be standard operating procedure for a Chicago politician, many of which are currently wandering the White House halls. I want someone to get to the truth of this.

It is fatiguing, the rate at which this crap keeps coming. I would not call this good or stable leadership. I'm ready for another Calvin Coolidge.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Obama to bow out of Memorial Day tradition: creates vacuum for Republicans to rush in

With President Obama conceding ground at Arlington National Cemetery this weekend, I expect the entire assembly of red-blooded Republican leadership in Washington to be there to commemorate what the day is all about. That is, if Michael Steele doesn't have other plans.


Ace asks: How did we lose to this guy? Easy--if Republicans still continue not to wake up and step up to the plate, the answer to that question continues to stare us in the face daily.

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"Shut up. You're stupid. We're cool."

I didn't like that deluded attitude displayed by the bullies/my supposed "betters" in junior high school. I didn't like it from certain faculty members and other intellectuals I've encountered in my longish life. And I still don't cotton to it from anybody as a freeborn American adult. That's why I like this essay by the Anchoress so much: she really puts the finger right on liberals who want dictators over all of us. Mere words aren't good enough to describe such worms. But the Anchoress takes a crack at explaining it:

Every murderous totalitarian government of the 20th century began with some insulated group of faux-intellectuals congratulating each other on how smart they are, and fantasizing about how, if they could just install a dictatorship-for-a-day, they could right all the wrongs in the world.

It is the ultimate fantasy of the narcissist. And we’ve got whole generations of them, in control of our media and our government, all intent on “remaking America.”

Thank God George Washington showed us the way. No kings for Americans, thank you. There was a reason why the Founders created a limited government. It was meant to limit power-hungry would-be kings and dictators, even those with the "best of intentions.". And there's a reason why republican-minded Americans venerate and emulate them. Some idiots still haven't gotten the message 200+ years later. Idiots supposedly "educated" enough to know better.

Teach your children the lessons our Founders and George Washington taught us.

Via Roger L. Simon, who says the leftists in the Cultural Wars are on the run. But Arthur C. Brooks says there is a new Cultural War (via Maggie's Farm).

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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Mexican President's speech in Congress and what the Dems applauded

This seems to be the most jaw-dropping story of the past week. Many of you were already aware of this, but for those who weren't, I am posting it here. I can't believe these Democrats were so stupid as to stand up and applaud this.

And here, thankfully, is the Republican response.

And here is what Rush Limbaugh had to say (my 82-year-old mother called me and exclaimed, "Are you listening to Rush!?" --I am now.)

Krauthammer: Obama Refuses to Stand Up for His Own Country

ICE declares war on Arizonans (open insurrection now).


UPDATE: Here's my question for the Mexican President: What are you doing to help us put people like this behind bars?

AFTERWORD at American Thinker. I agree; I think the Republicans in Congress attending that speech should have walked out, along with any Democrats who actually love their country and have read the Arizona law.

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Everybody Draw Mohammed Day

I've been so busy I entirely missed this important new holiday celebrating our precious freedom of speech here in the U.S. No problem--other bloggers had it well covered, including Bookworm, who posted a positively incendiary view of Mohammed, along with her eloquent thoughts.

Here's another post from Ace.

The illustration above comes from Zombie's Mohammed Image Archives.

I love you guys.

UPDATE: Contest winners!

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Mid-week roundup

Today's quote: “I am a Republican, a black, dyed in the wool Republican, and I never intend to belong to any other party than the party of freedom and progress.” Who said that? Frederick Douglass.

America--love it or leave it? Here are some complaints from those who've left. And some advice ("Love it or leave it" is a coward's slogan. That's what I think. I think a more honorable slogan is "Love it and stay," "Love it and get it right," "Love it and never shut up.") from one who returned.

Some awful stuff coming out of public schools this week: a teacher violently beating a 6th grader, a little girl told by her art teacher that her patriotic drawing of the U.S. flag was "offensive" and a third-grader given a week of detention for having a Jolly Rancher candy at lunch (breaking the state's "minimal nutrition" foods guidelines). All of these incidents come hard on the heels of the principal's punishment of the teens who wore patriotic t-shirts on Cinco de Mayo. Good lord, Happy Mother's Day. It's harder to be a parent these days when you can no longer trust your local public school staff to do the right thing by, for, or to your kids.

I agree with Bird Dog: "Speaking of santimonious cranks, White House: Stop Marketing Unhealthy Foods to Kids. Hey, Washington: Shut the heck up and leave us alone. You can eat what you want, and we will eat what we like: Philly Cheese Steaks, and barbecued short ribs with corn bread, and stuff like that. Bread Pudding for dessert, with a Port or a single malt on the side. Then a cigar." I have my own favorite menus (they don't include booze or cigars), but we agree, the government has no right to dictate what my family and I eat or don't eat.

UPDATE: "How about fixing our deportation system instead of fixing our junk-food diets?" And by the way, what's Michelle Obama's BMI?

Finally, the best comment I've read in a while (for being thought-provoking and reality-based):

I am a recently retired senior high school Social Studies teacher who spent 40 years in the classroom.

The complete seizure of public education by the loony [left] began in the schools of education at colleges and universities circa 25 years ago as the WW II generation retired from teaching and administrative positions.

Huge numbers of war babies and the first few birth years of the baby boom generation flooded into teaching in the 1960s and early 70s. I was one of them and as we retired we have been replaced by an ever increasingly female wave of younger teachers, a sizeable % of them of the Janet Reno Elena Kagan stripe.

In California usurpation of the teacher corp by the left has been accelerated by the state’s insanely overpriced housing costs. When I started teaching in 1966 I could buy a 1500 sq, ft. 3 bedroom, 2 bath house in the middle-middle class suburb where I reside for three times my starting salary of $7400 (I had a master’s degree). Today that same house sells for 15X a fully credentialed teacher’s starting salary. As a result of salaries that failed to keep up with the cost of a middle class standard of living males who in 1966 were over 60% of senior high teachers have come to spurn teaching as an occupation that would preclude them from supporting a family and a middle class lifestyle.

Intellectually bright women have ditched teaching as well and turned to more remunerative fields such as law, medicine, dentistry, and business leaving only the easily indoctrinated academic dregs available for teaching jobs.

In the last ten years I was teaching I frequently had to field the question from students 'why are the young teachers so dumb?' The answer, one conservatives do not want to hear, is the low salaries relative to California’s & other high cost of living state’s housing prices.

The reality for the last 20 years is that a college graduate with a brain and a meaningful real major can earn much more in a field other than teaching. I never quit drumming into my son and nephews the financial folly of becoming a teacher.

The reality is that only the mentally limited and those with useless waste of time faux majors such as psychology, communications, and ethnic and gender studies have been going into teaching for the last two decades. Have you checked to see how many of the nation's "under 55" math/science, and even English classes are taught by majors or minors in those fields? Damned few I can assure you. The elementary and middle schools are complete disasters nationwide as per teacher quality. Research the falling scores of elementary & to a lesser degree middle schools teachers and candidates on the National Teacher’s Test.

The public at least in California with its sky-high cost of living and current salary level are getting what they pay for and it’s the clueless and easily indoctrinated.

Within 2 years of his graduation my civil engineer son was earning more per year than I was with a masters degree plus 70 semester units of graduate work and 40 years of experience.

About those much trumpeted $100,000 a year pensions for teachers are non- existent. Those retirement payoffs are going to retired educrats who are a part of the teachers' retirement system. I just received the annual report from the California Teachers Retirement System and learned the average retiree had 30+ years of service and for classroom teachers the average benefit was a bit over $3,600 a month.

I am a lifelong conservative republican voter and activist but when I hear conservatives go off on their ill-informed rants about teachers' high salaries and retirements I can understand why a majority of teachers who are competent and not moonbats are repulsed by conservatives and republicans.

I cleaned up the many typos in what was obviously a quickly and passionately written rant (by a baby-boomer, not an old-schooler who understands how to wield a hyphen). But talking substance: I would sure like to see conservatives talk to the nation about how more choice in school options could create a better and more remunerative and competitive market for the best teachers while better educating the students. I would also like to see conservatives better explain how the inflated cost of living in California or any other big-government/social welfare, high-regulation state drives out the best and subsidizes the worst--to the detriment of all.

Anybody in Washington with the hubris to think he or she can successfully centrally plan our educational system, let alone our economy, should be shown the door. Government should be nothing but a severely limited last resort, and none more so than the Federal government.

UPDATE: We need more of this.

Friday, May 07, 2010

Conclusion reached: George Bush kept us safer than Barack Obama does

I know George Bush was a hard act to follow. But I think we can now draw this conclusion without meaningful contradition: we were safer from terrorism and jihadists under George Bush than we are under Barack Obama. Since Obama took over, we've now had three widely publicized (and so, to a large extent, successful) attacks on homeland soil: the Fort Hood massacre, the Christmas day underpants bomber plot, and now the Times Square SUV bomb.

Luck and leaks (and more leaks) and spin do not constitute a viable homeland defense strategy among grownups. Relaxing security measures to please Muslims does not seem to be helping. The TSA ("thousands standing around") is a very unfunny joke. I'd say it's time for Napolitano to resign. Three strikes and you're out, honey. (Note to Congress: get off your windbag duffs and do your Job One, oversight of the protection of American citizens.)

Add this conclusion to the growing list of revealed systemic incompetencies and corruptions of the Obama administration.

"If you see something, say something - except in Arizona"

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Thursday, May 06, 2010

2010 Census snafu

Michelle Malkin highlights the latest 2010 census boondoggle in a long list. Has the census always been such a big FAIL, or is it just this one, ever since the Obama administration took over and tried to hijack the census organization into the White House?

Talk about gross incompetence with our money. Americans have very little confidence that the census process has not now been politicized. On a personal note, two households in my own family, one in Georgia and one in Texas, did not receive any census form at all. That's a pretty high percentage of FAIL, given that there are only 9 households in my extended family. I can't help but wonder if this failure rate is localized among the Southern (more conservative) states, or if it applies all over the U.S.

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Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Random thoughts

This gives one serious pause: a Christian street preacher is arrested in England by a homosexual cop when he tells someone in public that the Bible calls homosexuality a sin. Where is George Orwell now when his countrymen need him more than ever? Something's bad wrong in England. And "no question it's coming" here to America too, according to Franklin Graham. I think what he says is right.

Power Line wonders if the Obama administration's response to the Gulf oil spill has been adequate or inadequate. You know what I wonder? Who's supposed to clean up the mess if a Chinese or other country's well off our American shores blows up? We'd better get our act together better than this. I'm not sure Obama and his people are up to it.

"Best idea ever: This way to San Francisco!" billboards for illegal aliens by Doug Ross (via American Digest).

Why you can't have a conversation with a progressive leftist: because their idea of argumentation seems to consist of straw man and ad hominen arguments and their ideas of right and wrong don't tally with the norms or the classic standards. Getting even more basic than that, it's because their ideas of the truth do not tally with reality. In their minds, they wish it, therefore it is. This explains in part why so many kids in my daughter's middle school are such big and persistent liars these days. I am constantly amazed at how kids this old are still living in fantasy worlds and habitually tell huge, patently false, self-justifying whoppers--but it reflects their parents' views, I suppose. Sort of like the so-called "scientists" willing to fudge data to bolster their agenda. Sad for them, serious for our country and our world. We have a crisis in education on our hands of the most basic sort--too many people don't even know how to think clearly or judge correctly.

UPDATE: I have just one word about the President's recent standup comedy routine: Tacky. The Jonas Brothers, by the way, are the perfect boys any dad who doesn't want his daughters "punished with a baby" would want to hang out with his daughters: Kevin Jonas is a newlywed and Nick and Joe wear purity rings. The question is, why in the world would these men want to date the little Obama girls? I know it was meant to be funny, but jeez. Tacky.

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Happy May Day

I would prefer that May Day still be celebrated as a day to glorify the natural and spiritual beauties of spring--a day reminiscent of maypoles, picnics, warm-weather frolicks, and the imminent end of the school year, as I wrote in 2006.

I say again that it is a sad day in America when May Day becomes a day most known for illegal aliens, Marxists, Communists and socialists to protest in our streets in favor of disregarding our immigration laws and our border security.

Michelle Malkin helpfully publicizes when and where the illegal aliens and their enablers will be massing. It also helpfully gives you a good list of places to avoid moving to, living in, or visiting if you are a conservative. On the other hand, if you want to take your camera and do some citizen journalism today, have at it.

I would just like to remind everyone of what Glenn Reynolds wrote in 2006:

People are talking about backlash, and how these [pro-illegal immigrant] rallies are counterproductive. That's probably right, but I think that's what the A.N.S.W.E.R. folks are hoping for. Right now you have lots of immigrants who want to be part of America. The A.N.S.W.E.R. people have been stoking these demonstrations not because they want to help illegal immigrants, but because they hope to provoke a backlash that will make them angry at America instead. They don't have short-term ameliorative political goals -- they want shock troops for the revolution.
True, and they are still hard at it.

As Ronald Reagan once said (hat tip to Mudville Gazette):

How do you tell a Communist? Well, it's someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It's someone who understands Marx and Lenin.

Happy May Day, however you choose to celebrate.

UPDATE: A most excellent afterword and roundup by Power Line.

UPDATE: Michelle Malkin collects images of mob violence and communist agitation. Meanwhile, the Democrats make political hay by stirring up anger and fear.

Next year: let's make May 1st Victims of Communism Day. I hadn't heard about this until too late, this year. A great idea. I'll start now, with a little preview of some victims in Santa Cruz.

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