It makes perfect sense. Call yourself a Tea-Party. Voice valid
concerns of federal bankruptcy and the American media labels
your group as racist-extremist anarchists.
Disrupt commerce, denounce capitalism, and demand your
unearned fair-share of the Gross-National-Product and Time
Magazine lauds you as Person-Of-The-Year.
Ever since the “Old Media” began promoting “Occupy Wall-Street”
as a burgeoning political force, everyone from Nancy Pelosi, to
Al Gore, to former Pennsylvania Governor, Ed Rendell, have been
telling the world the misguided marionettes of OWS have some
important points that we unenlightened, would do well to heed.
You know what ……. They’re right !!! Once I decided to listen.
I mean REALLY LISTEN. I had to admit, “Occupy Wall Street”
could definitely teach me a thing or two, or ten. Here’s the
Ten Most Important “Facts” I learned from the OWS movement.
1) I’ve learned that the OWS-folks aren’t actually part of the
99%. They’re part of the envied 1% who actually have the
leisure to embark on an 3-5 month vacation, and the
chutzpah to have someone else pay for it.
2) The “occupiers” have taught me that America is on the
wrong track because it only works when populated by
responsible, moral, grown-ups.
3) The “occupiers” have convinced me that having “any job”
is probably a bad idea. When jobs are available, someone,
somewhere, could possibly be making a profit. read more »
So why are so many Tea-Party-friendly people attacking North Carolina Governor, Beverly Purdue ??
All she said was “I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won’t hold it against them — whatever decisions they make — to just let them help this country recover. I really hope someone can agree with me on that.”
Apparently George W. Bush has ruined the economy so badly that a Congress that can't agree on anything should remain in place to rescue us from our fiscal funk.
Besides, President Obama was never one for anything traditionally American. How important can one election really be anyway ?? Surely by now we must all realize that our dear president is "to big to fail".
More "fundamental transformation" ? Just what we need right ??
Unlike Sarah Palin, Beverly Purdue has alas proven she's not just another photogenic Chief Executive. No, she is indeed yet another Democratic visionary !!
Governor Purdue is concerned that elections have a way of making our representatives accept responsibility for their behavior. So when she says, “You want people who don’t worry about the next election", what she means is, Democrats are worried about the 2012 elections, but you poor, stupid, voters really don't realize how much you actually need us.
Ironically, the Governor has immediately been forced to accept responsibility for her Freudian slip, which her
staff has defended as necessary "hyperbole" in order to emphasize the true seriousness of our economic plight. Woah, thanks for the news-flash !! read more »
You've probably received some e-mails where the subject
line reads "must see video". This isn't one of those videos.
This one is in a class by itself. This video is "must see again
and again video". Repetitive viewing is necessary so that
we'll stop forgetting what the rest of the world hasn't;
America is an exceptional nation.
Dennis Prager is not just a smart man, he is a wise man.
You can hear his radio show at dennisprager.com. His
controlled passion only serves to support the believability
of his concern for America's future. A future even the most
apathetic among us are beginning to doubt.
And yes, in case you're wondering, that's Sarah Palin sitting
next to him. So you Palin haters, be you Republican, Democrat,
Independent, or an average media-brainwashed slug, for once
do exactly what Palin is doing and LISTEN !!!
If your hatred of Palin totally short-circuits your brain to the
point of apoplexy, please just listen to the audio. What
Prager is saying should not be missed. Just this once,
try not to make political assumptions based on your virulent,
This clip encapsulates the root cause of most of
America's current challenges. America has survived wars,
civil wars, and natural disasters, but it cannot survive for
much longer with an irresponsible, self-centered, entertainment-
driven electorate, and the pathetic politicians they blindly
encourage and support.
The Leftist Media Spin Machine may tell you, there is no such
thing as TRUTH, but if you played the above video, you just
heard a ton of it. Problem is, how would any nation chin-deep
in "reality shows", and secular relativism even recognize the
The reality of the situation is that there are now only two
types of Americans. No, it's not Republicans and Democrats.
It's not even rich and poor. It has nothing to do with what
we are, but rather, who we are.
In America today the political battles and campaigns are
between the "mature" and the "immature".
Sadly, the race at this point is too close to call !!!
On September 12th, 2001, around 3AM, Wendy Pelligrino
could stand it no longer. She found herself wandering
through her Staten Island, New York neighborhood,
tying red, white, and blue ribbons on the trees.
She then took two candles and her hand-made
“God Bless Our Heroes” sign, to an untended,
soil laden traffic island. On her next trip she planted
sixteen small American flags. After a neighbor left a
photo of a missing fireman he’d known as a boy, there
was no turning back. More photos followed. Wendy
Pelligrino’s make-shift memorial still stands today.
With the help of neighborhood volunteers, the great
generosity of local small business and considerable
monetary commitment from Pelligrino herself, the once
barren traffic island is now known worldwide as
“Angel’s Circle”, a unique “neighborhood” memorial to the
victims of the World Trade Center attacks.
Though it’s attracted visitors from as far away as Japan
and Australia, Angel’s Circle primarily honors Staten
Islanders, many whom were never recovered. “It’ keeps
us going”, retiree Simone Esposito has told more
than one reporter. He’d know. He lost his son Michael,
and nephew Frank, both firefighters on that fateful day.
Through tears of anger and sadness, many vowed to
“never forget” 9/11. Wendy Pelligrino, those who’ve
helped her, and still help hermaintain Angel’s Circle,
have chosen instead to ensure that the people of
Staten Island “always remember” those who were
victimized that day. read more »
As I post this, Hurricane Irene is just about to begin it's
destructive road trip up the Eastern Seaboard. Though I
won't be effected by it's Category II winds or the
destructive storm surge, it's obvious I'll be close enough
to experience some heavy rains and residual flooding.
Unfortunately, since most Americans have neither the
benefit of an honest media or the inclination to check
the websites of British newspapers they've been unaware
that Hurricane Michelle has been wreaking havoc on the
United States Treasury since January 20, 2009.
True, there were more than a few of us political meteorologists
warning of this impending storm during the 2008 presidential
campaign, but of course so many more of us thought we
wouldn't be personally effected by Hurricane Michelle or her
Marxist Elitist spouse.
Because in 2008 the American media told us there wouldn't be a
storm at all. Sunny days were ahead if we'd only elect the smartest,
most reasonable, and fair-minded candidate in the history of
American politics. If only we'd check our racism at the polls, the
forecast for America's future would surely change for the better.
Mainstream reporters and pundits assured us Barrack and Michelle
would track similar to Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. How lucky we
were, to be able to both make and repeat history with our vote
for "Change". And since we really didn't know our history, we did it.
Now many of us that voted expecting those sunny days, have
been, or think they soon will be, leveled by an "economic storm surge"
that will leave America "fundamentally transformed" forever.
Marxism is deceptive because the forecast is always rosy, but when
the storms come they of course always effect the most vulnerable
first. But the storms always change course and soon those who
thought they could avoid it or ride it out are directly in it's path
causing unexpected direct and residual damage.
So now, America finds itself in the midst of a Marxist hurricane,
bringing with it the winds of decline, the reign of privilege, and the
impending dread that anyone close to it at all will somehow be
And just like real hurricanes, Marxist hurricanes always have looters.
We really don’t have what you’d call “political prisoners” here in America; at least not yet. But I’m sure that’s what some might consider Lt. Col. Barry Larkin. who was released from prison Friday. (May 13, 2011) Larkin is an Army physician who refused orders to Afghanistan, claiming those orders were illegal.
Larkin’s actions are based on his belief that Barack Obama, the person giving the order, isn’t actually the president because he’s not an American citizen. Yes, he’s a “Birther”. But he’s not just any “Birther”, he’s one that was so sure of Obama’s Kenyan origin that he was willing to spend six months in Leavenworth rather than to deploy under Obama’s command. (He actually served five months)
The Larkin case leaves me officially divided against myself. From my military experience I can distinctly remember being told that if you believe an order to be illegal you must first carry out that order. Only after the fact can you question or report the order.
So do I think Larkin should have spent five months in the brig ? Legally, I’m afraid he had to. Did I want him to ? Absolutely not, because I agree with him. Does that make me, or anyone agreeing with Larkin, a crazed, lawless, anti-Obama, government hating, right-wing nut-ball ??
Let’s say it does. Suppose Obama is actually a legal citizen. If he is, why is so much of his personal life still sketchy, questionable, or unavailable.
During the “George W Bush Years” there was no shortage of jokes recounting his academic history as a “C” student. Just what you’d expect from an country that thrives on daily, cheap, easy insults of it’s public figures. It’s fun, and it’s legal; at least for now. read more »
Bruce Lee, Eastern Philosophy, and America !!!
Not many people know this, but the late Bruce Lee actually
used his knowledge of martial arts and Eastern philosophies to
help him deal with the power crazed-insanity of the radical
Marxists Democrats of the early 1970?s. Well hey, it could
I’m sure Mr. Lee realized that in order for the Marxist-Democrat
agenda to succeed, they’d have to create societal turmoil and personal
confusion. In his movies he always knew that the only way to succeed
against his foes was to commit to clear, logical thinking. Hence, I
suspect Bruce Lee was a conservative.
The video above may be disturbing to some as Lee seems he
just may have achieved that mystically tranquil state that can
only be experienced when one is deeply rooted in common sense.
That’s important for me to remember because when I hear
liberals speaking I experience “personal confusion”. Anger tears
at my deeply rooted constitutional common sense. I find myself
screaming very unattractive phrases like; “Shut up you stupid
commie you’re insulting my intelligence”. I become water alright,
Curious if Eastern philosophy could help me deal more calmly
with liberals, I decided to follow Bruce Lee’s advice. So I tuned
into MSNBC’S “Hardball” with Chris Matthews. As Matthews
began his usual flow of intellectual vulgarities, I imagined myself
as “water”. Devoid of all malice and disgust I went with the flow. read more »
If you fell asleep in front of the TV news during the 1960?s and remained asleep until February 2011 you probably wouldn’t be surprised to see that there was still a bunch of self-focused spoiled brats protesting in Madison, Wisconsin.
What would surprise you is that today’s self focused, spoiled brats are not University of Wisconsin students. Today’s protesters actually have jobs. In fact, they have great jobs. These unhappy people have the pay and benefits everyone wishes came with their jobs.
The 1960?s “Madison Malcontents” insisted that the government needed to conform to “their ideals” of peace and freedom. Those young idealists believed life should be a continuous party.
They desired to be left in peace so they could feel free from “all” sense of responsibility. But it soon became obvious that someone actually had to pay for their party. Realizing that only responsible people can keep having parties because they can pay for them, most of them grew up.
The “Madison Mob” of 2011 is already old enough, and responsible enough to know that not only is life not a continuous party but that someone has to pay. Someone’s paying alright. According to the non-partisan Wisconsin Policy Research Institute (WPRI), in 2007 the lifetime pensions of those working for Wisconsin it’s municipalities and school school districts cost Badger State taxpayer’s 1.3 billion dollars.
Remember that’s 1.3 billion for state pensions only. That doesn’t take into account state workers current compensation, or health care costs. But for some strange reason these numbers exclude the city and county of Milwaukee. Hmm ! And those are only the available numbers from 2007 !! Gee, ya think that number today might be higher or lower ?
WRPI also reports the “guaranteed pension” for an employee receiving maximum retirement (25-years service) within the Wisconsin Retirement System, depending on the position they held, can expect to receive 70-85 percent of their final salary for the rest of their lives. That of course doesn’t factor in the “guaranteed” Social Security benefits they’ll be able to claim at age 62.
Let me play a hunch here, and if you can prove me wrong I’ll admit it. I’m going to assume that the majority of the 2011 “Madison Malcontents” are teachers. I have my reasons. The website teacherworld.com reports that the average teachers salary in Wisconsin for the 2009-10 academic year was $ 52,644. By no means radically excessive but nice pay for an 9-10 month gig with holiday breaks, snow days, and first class benefits.
Data from the same website, teacherworld.com shows that among Wisconsin’s five major metropolitan areas Kenosha teachers are the most highly paid at $68.400.
Green Bay teachers come in second with an average of $55,110. Which begs the question that perhaps the best way to determine if Wisconsin teachers are underpaid might be to investigate how many of them hold Packers season tickets.
If you’re on the side of fiscal sanity you need to look no further than the current state of Wisconsin’s largest public school system. In Milwaukee with all pay and benefits included the average cost for one teacher (FY 2011) is projected to be 105,000 per year. If you’re an adult, you no doubt realize that’s unsustainable. If you’re still unconvinced, consider the median private sector income in Milwaukee is $ 42,900. No calculator required there.
Unlike their Madison Malcontent” counterparts in the 1960?s, the Madison Mob of 2011 aren’t quite so idealistic or even as mature. Though it’s now blatantly obvious that someone else can no longer continue funding their lifelong benefits they refuse to grow up !!
Will they “ever” grow up ?? Maybe. Maybe not. But if they don’t one thing that will continue to grow is Wisconsin’s debt.
These are not same unions that went on strike in Milwaukee in 1886 for an 8 hour work day. These are middle class to upper middle class “public servants” who seem to believe Wisconsin taxpayers just aren’t grateful enough !!!
With Wisconsin’s current budget shortfall of 137 million, and a long term debt approaching 4 billion, it’s quite apparent Governor Walker needs to start cutting somewhere. The best place to start is where the pain will be felt the least. Obviously that’s in the over-bloated state employee system.
Even the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, no real friend of conservative Republicans admits that Walker is telling the truth when he claims “Most state employees could pay half as much toward their health care premiums and it would be less than half the national average”.
Governor Walker’s proposed legislation is not an attack on Unions. It’s an attack on the state’s debt. Even with his proposed cuts, Walker’s proposal leaves all government jobs intact. But, talk about slashing Wisconsin’s debt is not new.
The Madison Mob was nowhere to be found in 2009 when then Governor Jim Doyle, threatened to layoff up to 1100 workers, enact furloughs, suspend raises, and and cut the budgets of local governments and school districts. Perhaps they knew that Democrats like Doyle only talk of fiscal responsibility when they’re courting the “grown up” vote.
Because most people realize that grown-ups usually intend to do what they say, there’s always adolescent whining when grown-ups like Governor Walker somehow manage to get elected.
Most of the Madison Malcontents of the 1960?s grew up and had to face reality. The Madison Mob of today will have to do the same thing. It’s time. The “big government” lifetime party is over. In Wisconsin, and everywhere, it’s time to grow up, again.
A Tale of Two Protests
My hometown newspaper, a loyal leftist propaganda
arm of the Tribune Company, has recently started hiding
all important “Nation and World” news several pages deep
inside each day’s paper.
Call me suspicious, but with the “Nation and World”
falling apart these days, I can’t help but wonder if
maybe they’re trying to avoid having to print a banner
headline that just might shed some light on who’s
responsible for the entire mess.
So today, with the Mideast on fire, and the malignant
fury of government unions spreading throughout the
American Midwest, my once highly respected hometown
paper led with yet another article about this area’s
proposed minor league hockey arena.
Again, call me suspicious, but if John McCain were
actually President right now, I have a feeling I’d really
have to dig to find out about that hockey rink.
Once I finally found today’s “Nation & World” section I
noticed on pages 10 and 11, directly across the fold
from each other were two similar pictures. One of
anti-Ghadafi protesters in Libya, the other of anti-Walker
protesters in Wisconsin.
Honestly, I compared these two photos for quite a while
and I’m still not sure which photo features the most
gruesome, vicious, facial contortions of the screaming
protesters, But one person in the Libya photo does
appear to be smiling.
Being suspicious, it appears to me that these photos
are side by side purposefully. I’m sure the editor wanted
readers to conclude that these two groups were in
solidarity against similarly evil repressive regimes. read more »
If you’re a “thinking adult”, you’ve probably noticed that the speeches of President Obama aren’t quite the glorious events they once were.
It’s sad to think that only two short years ago, Barack Obama could show up anywhere, crank up the reverb, read the teleprompter, and women would faint, atheists would fall to their knees, and the world’s tyrants were allegedly streaming to Google to learn how to turn their swords into plowshares.
That’s no longer the case. Since the mid-term elections, even before friendly crowds, Obama seems at best mechanical, and at worst distracted. He’s become the American version of former Soviet Premier, Mikihail Gorbachev (circa 1988).
Obama talks easily of freedom, prosperity, and the inspiration of individual initiative, but “thinking adults” realize that in 1988, as now, no one rises to the top of the Politburo or the Democratic party without unassailable Marxist credentials.
“Thinking adults” realize that recent history shows both Marxists and Democrats speak of freedom,
individual initiative, and prosperity, when they really mean government mandate, government oversight, and government approval.
But that’s where Obama’s similarity to Gorbachev ends. Unlike Gorbachev, who was economically forced to adopt policies of “glasnost” (openness), and “perestroika” (restructuring) in order to hold power, Obama actually came to power promising openness and restructuring, by campaigning against economic damage caused by his own party’s policies. Which only proves Obama may be as smart as he is anti-American.
But today, despite the same broad, calculated smile, the same impressive baritone voice, the same attention grabbing cadence, few are swooning, fewer are genuflecting, and America’s enemies actually are, streaming to Google to find out how to get their hands on nuclear weapons.
The major difference between the Obama persona of the 2008 campaign and the Obama reality of 2011 is that now when Obama speaks people are finally listening to the words. And though the words made as little sense in 2008 as they do in 2011, this time there seems to be more “thinking adults”.
Once you engage your brain and realize that Obama’s speeches are circular contradictions that violate every tenet of capitalism, the Constitution, and common sense you can’t help but notice that his voice sounds eerily similar to the arbitrary, soulless droning of the vuvuzela’s made famous at the 2010 World Cup soccer tournament in South Africa.
During each World Cup soccer match, goals were scored, players excelled, players disappointed, and a champion was decided. The only constant during the 2010 World Cup was the constant, meaningless wail of those thin, plastic horns.
And so it is with our thin, plastic, President. In the months preceding the 2010 mid-terms, political points were scored, candidates excelled, candidates disappointed, and elections were decided. The only constant was the desperate, predictable whine of the “Vuvuzela in Chief”.
Whereas Gorbachev was willing to compromise on his government’s economically destructive policies if it meant the Soviet Union’s survival, even after a self described “shellacking” in the 2010 mid-terms, Obama is more intent than ever on preserving those same economically destructive policies. Which means perhaps Obama is much more anti-American than he is smart.
So there he was, the “Vuvuzela in Chief”, droning on during the 2011 State of the Union Address. Once again promising “He” knew how to make the nation right. (americanrhetoric.com)
This time “He’d” insist that America couldn’t survive unless 80 percent of the population had access to high speed rail. “He’d” inform us that we couldn’t “win the future” unless we had new airports like those anti-environment oil gluttons the Chinese.
He’d assure us it was absolutely imperative for 98 percent of the population to have high speed internet access. “He’d” again stress investments (spending) on “biomedical research, information technology, and especially clean energy technology” which if we’d only join with “him” might even mean we’d be able to have 80 percent of our electricity from some wonderful clean energy sources by “2035?. There was of course, no word on the dwindling energy resources available for 2011.
The Vuvuzela droned on.
Don’t worry by 2015 if we just cared enough and spent enough with more research and incentives (paid by whom?) we’d be able to break our dependence on oil, which would mean we’d be the “first country to have one million electric vehicles on the road”. WOW! Finally! Energy Independence !
Yes, “He” also had recommendations for the “hard-hit construction industry”. They were needed to repair America’s infrastructure. Of course to do this we’d need to “redouble our efforts”. Gee, wouldn’t redoubling our efforts on infrastructure imply a second massive stimulus package ? Well, nothing succeeds like success. Right ?
And by golly, any state that came up with an idea to “improve teacher quality and student achievement” well Obama was gonna “show them the money”. Ah, “He” doesn’t have any money. Oh, that’s right, didn’t that lady in Detroit say HE HAD A STASH. My bad !
Sometimes The Great Vuvuzela wants so badly to sound pro-American that he sometimes slips and actually ends up sounding like “The Great Communicator”, Ronald Reagan, who ironically enough, was Mikhail Gorbachev’s chief rival.
Occasionally, it almost sounds believable. Like when Obama claims that “to reduce barriers to growth and investment, I’ve ordered a review of government regulations. When we find rules that put an unnecessary burden on business we will fix them”.
But more often than not, it’s now obvious that “The Great Vuvuzela” is nothing more than a “Great Practical Joke” on America. Like when “he” channels Reagan claiming, “we need to take responsibility for our debt, and reform our government. That’s how our people will prosper.” read more »