Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
"Socialized medicine is the keystone to the arch of the Communist State." Vladimir Lenin
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Oh, where to begin? I have been so full of emotions in the past week that I could not figure out what exactly to blog about lest it all come out in a large disorganized mess. I needed time to process what I was thinking and feeling. I haven’t completely done it but at least I’m a little more sorted out than I was before. Well, here goes…
At approximately 4 PM on Sunday, March 21, 2010, which has become the new “date which will live in infamy”, Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) held a press conference to announce that he had finally decided to vote “yes” on the health care bill after weeks of anticipation. Many of us were extremely sickened and disappointed although not surprised. Stupak said that he had reached an agreement with the President (I really don’t feel comfortable putting “President” and “Obama” together so it’s either one or the other for me) in that Obama would sign an executive order which would ban the use of federal funds for abortions. Stupak has prided himself on being a “pro-life” Democrat (is that really possible?) and in the past has been part of initiatives to reduce the number of abortions performed and worked towards solutions and alternatives. Stupak even brought forth the Stupak-Pitts Amendment to the House floor and passed on November 7, 2009 in a vote of 240 to 194.
Well that all came to a screeching halt on Sunday. Not only did Stupak backtrack on all this due to the deal he claimed to have struck with Obama, which had yet to be signed and which as of this moment still has not been signed, it is also reported that Stupak was promised over $700,000 for airport maintenance and renovations. In my eyes, that’s the equivalent of 30 pieces of silver. All this coming from a man who claimed to be horrified when he was told by his fellow Democrats that “abortion is good, because children are costly.” Further adding to his deception and hypocrisy is the surfacing of a video from 2009 in which he declared that he had planned to vote “yes” on the bill all along.
One of Stupak’s declared opponents, Dr. Dan Benishek, amassed large amounts of followers and supporters on Facebook and Twitter hours after the announcement and vote. He has been stripped of his “Defender of Life” award from the Susan B. Anthony List. I can only imagine the kinds of looks he will get when he enters his church again. It serves him right for accepting any kind of deal from a man who has been deemed the most pro-abortion president in American history and who has been given a 100% approval rating by NARAL and a 0% rating by NRLC. Bart Stupak will have a lot of soul searching to do in November, when he will be voted out of office.
So tell me, Stupak, was it all worth it?
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
I firmly believe that all the rules and standards established by the military are to promote efficiency and best fufill the mission. There is no room in the military for outward displays of sexuality, be it homosexual or heterosexual. At the end of the day, what it comes down to is the ability to be able to trust the person you're serving alongside without the added worry of sexual tension.
Pros and Cons: Should Congress Repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell in the US Military?
The Slaughter Solution is a plan by Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY), the DemocraticTwo of my state's pathetic excuses for human beings, Gerry Conolly and Jim Moran (and also my miserable shame of a congressman) voted "yay" on the bill. I'm glad Tom Perriello stood up and said no.
chair of the powerful House Rules Committee and a key ally of Speaker Nancy
Pelosi (D-CA), to get the health care legislation through the House without an
actual vote on the Senate-passed health care bill. You see, Democratic
leaders currently lack the votes needed to pass the Senate health care bill
through the House. Under Slaughter’s scheme, Democratic leaders will
overcome this problem by simply “deeming” the Senate bill passed in the House -
without an actual vote by members of the House.
Like I always say. Either you pay now, or you pay later!
Credit checks as a condition for employment are becoming more prevalent and are even conducted for jobs such as construction and retail sales.
In my opinion, I do not believe an all out ban should be implemented, just a moratorium. And I also believe that positions of public trust, national security, and jobs in which the employee must handle large amounts of money should be exempt from the ban. The reason behind this is because with such positions, you must consider the employee's susceptibility to bribery, blackmail and coercion. In these cases, such a standard must be maintained.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Monica Conyers is being declared "indigent" based on financial records which indicate that she can't afford her own lawyer. John Conyers, whose congressional salary is approximately $174,000, has refused to pay for a private lawyer. According to federal guidelines, a family member's wealth may not be taken into consideration when establishing a person's ability to pay for legal counsel unless unless a willingness to do so is expressed.
Wonder what's up with that? Is this another way for John Conyers to slap his constituents and other taxpaying Americans in the face? Does he foresee a long and arduous appeals process that could drain his personal wealth and all expose his finances to further scrutiny, thus uncovering more wrongdoing? Or is he just glad to see her go? I guess we'll find out!
"However, after careful discussions with President Obama, Speaker Pelosi, my
wife Elizabeth and close friends, I've decided to cast a vote in favor of the
Well, that's about as reassuring as Attorney General Eric Holder saying he consulted with his wife and brother concerning the terrorist trials being held in NYC. Kucinich also went on to say,
"The important thing here is that the process that the American people are
concerned about is the process that hikes their insurance rates and the process
that finds their insurance policies rescinded from them once they've got
Well, if you really were concerned about the American people then you would have listened to the voice of your constituency and all those around the nation instead of succumbing to petty peer pressure at a fabricated town hall. Your wife should be rather concerned come November, Kucinich, because if Harry Reid's assertion is at all correct, she'll have a whole lot to worry about when you're out of a job.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
"Congressman Sestak has discussed that whatever happened is in the past and he's focused on his primary election,"
Monday, March 15, 2010
Furthermore, I don't know out of what side of his neck DNC spokesman Alec Gerlach is speaking, but what he said is utterly untrue. I am also extremely relieved that Tim Kaine is no longer our governor. To me he was a lazy and slick wheeler and dealer that was a source of embarrassment to Virginia. I was absolutely unconvinced about his sincerity on ANYTHING.
And for the love of all that is holy, I REALLY wish that this healthcare struggle would stop being compared to the civil rights struggle. One really has nothing to do with the other. I really do not feel that whether or not this bill passes will be a reflection of the racial climate in this country.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Saturday, March 13, 2010
This is a cartoon from the Chicago Tribune from 1934. It really goes to show you how long they've been battling for this! The fact that they've been pushing this for DECADES just goes to show that by nature people and things tend to rail against the unnatural.
In the military you are taught to tackle issues head-on. But sometimes it appears the military doesn’t follow its own teachings. Some issues are swept under the rug, only to be addressed when the proverbial “shit hits the fan”. It ignores and sometimes tries to suppress certain things in hopes that it will go away, only to scramble furiously to see what went wrong when the problem comes to a head. One of these examples is the case of Maj. Nidal Hasan, the Ft. Hood shooter. In this interview, retired Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin (USA) sums it up quite well.
Any action of this magnitude, within the ranks as well as base- or post-wide, profoundly disrupts the safety, security, and morale of service members and family members alike. A military installation is a microcosm, a secure insulated world closed off from the outside. Standards and rules are traditionally higher and a strict code of conduct is implied. Everyone lives in such close proximity to each other, seemingly closer than in a regular residential neighborhood. It is because of this closeness that there are little to no secrets about anything. It is for this reason that it would almost impossible to believe that there was no widespread talk of Nidal Hasan’s anti-American, anti-military, and anti-Christian sentiment. It still boggles the mind that the Army allowed this soldier to administer psychiatric treatment to vulnerable service members, and that they had allowed him to continue practicing despite frequent complaints of his performance and concerns documented by his supervisors. The fact that he was repeatedly promoted and allowed to perform the job to which he was assigned speaks volumes about a lack of care and judgment.
I, quite frankly, am very disheartened by the Army’s lack of action. I am even more disheartened of the fact that at the risk of seeming politically incorrect or discriminatory, the Army has refused to call this what it is. The LAST thing the Army needs to be thinking about is being politically incorrect or insensitive. What is insensitive is not taking a firm stance and making decisive statements on this matter. What is insensitive is not looking at the faces of the survivors and the families of the deceased and saying that everything possible will be done to prevent something like this from ever happening again.
While I understand that retention and making sure that service members don’t try to leave the military prior to the end of their obligation are big issues. I am also fully aware that the military desires to see a return on its investment when considering all the time and money that was used to train a service member. However, it is incumbent upon the military to weed out those who are clearly unfit to wear the uniform. Sometimes it is simply not sufficient to continuously admonish or relocate a person in hopes that the problem will remedy itself. I think that is the least that is owed to our service members. To be able to serve beside people they can trust.
Friday, March 12, 2010
"Think of an economy where people could be an artist or a photographer or a writer without worrying about keeping their day job in order to have health insurance."
All my life I was told by my mother to pursue my dreams but not to quit my day job in the meantime. Now, that being said, I was personally and unbelievably sickened by comments made by Nancy Pelosi implying that anyone who wanted to pursue a career in the arts should be able to do so without worrying about how to support themselves. Come again? Please enlighten me as to how that works? Whatever happened to working hard and paying your own way? Since when did it become permissible to basically just check out of the race and have someone else run it for you while you sat on the sidelines sipping the Gatorade?
I think her comments were indicative of the very affliction we suffer in society today. Absolutely NO personal accountability for anything. Believe me, I would LOVE to be able to settle down and write a book or pursue a drama career, but you know what? I have a son to support. That brings to mind another thing, while these free spirits are out pursuing their dreams and happen to get pregnant or get someone pregnant, are we expected to support that as well? Oh, well of course we are! That is, if you’re willing to even have the baby in the first place! I guess it goes without saying as well that we will be funding the abortion too, if that’s what they decide. And anyway, what kind of family life will it be if there is no structure for the child(ren), what with their parents (if both are even there) flitting here and there pursuing flights of fancy?
Don’t get me wrong, I am in no way averse to anyone pursuing their dreams, but what I do take particular issue with is the fact that the person will not be required to put in the hard work and sacrifice it takes in order to become that success. When you have everything given to you without earning it, the appreciation is diminished. The victory is not as sweet, and you will forever be beholden to someone. You can never hold your head high and say that you had to scrape and struggle for what you have and that NO ONE can take that away from you. There is a particular sweetness in the thought that everything you’ve obtained and achieved was because you did it all on your own.
So I ask again, Nancy Pelosi, I must ask, WHERE do you get off saying that people like ME should foot the bill for people who don’t even have the inclination to carry their own weight? Not everyone is like your daughter, who can chase people down and harass them on film and call it documentary journalism, yet be padded by your millions (billions even), should they fail. I think you need to come out of whatever delusional haze you find yourself in and accept REAL life as it really is.