“You Picked a Fine Time to Lead Us, Barack”


With nuclear arms in the hands of rogue nations and Obama’s disarming of America….the healthcare takeover, the slush fund bailouts, bashing of our allies, and on and on…..Well, all I can say is, “You Picked a Fine Time to Lead Us, Barack”  🙂

So true, so true!

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Sovereignty in Oklahoma well on its way!


Today, the state House in Oklahoma voted to claim Oklahoma’s sovereignty by passing a bill that bypasses Oklahoma’s ignorant Governor Brad Henry (D)…..Henry is not as bad as some liberal Democrat governor’s but he has never impressed me as a very smart gentleman.

In any case, the bill is going to the Oklahoma state Senate and should pass there…A similar bill claiming sovereignty was passed by both houses but vetoed by Henry a couple of weeks ago…..

This bill will not require the Governor’s signature!

Here’s the story…it is worth keeping an eye on if only as a symbol to Obama and runaway liberals in Washington that they have overstepped their Constitutional bounds long ago….

LOVE IT!

(Hat tip: Drudge Report)

Tulsa Tax Day Tea Party – Downtown Court House 4-15-2009


100_0794Tulsa actually had THREE Tea Parties today.  One downtown that I attended, one at LaFortune Park, and one at Veteran’s Park in the evening.

The downtown event that I attended had about 300-400 people.  The event at Lafortune Park in Tulsa had thousands.  The Veteran’s Park event had hundreds.

The Tulsa downtown event was peaceful and chock full of patriotic Americans of all ages who are tired of the bailouts, spending, higher taxes, and the debt placed on our children.

Don’t be deceived by the media who don’t get it and those who choose only to attack the Tax Day Tea Parties of 2009–of which can only be dubbed as “historical” in nature.

Pics from the Tulsa Tea Party Downtown April 15, 2009:

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Patriotic:

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And Great Signs!

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The Crowd:

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There were hundreds of Tea Parties today…..check out info on some of the others:

Massive: Tax Day Tea Party USA

Nashville, Tennessee THOUSANDS attending

Miami, Florida

Dayton, Ohio – 7000-8000 attendees

Reston, Virginia – 500 attendees

Chicago, Illinois – 2000 attendees

Lansing, Michigan – 5000 attendees

San Antonio, Texas – 16,000 attendees

Just a sampling of the massive multiple-site protest that was held today….I venture to say it was “historic”!

This is just the beginning…..hear that Washington? 

Gee, I love the sound of protest in the mornin’!

Marine Veteran speaks truth


I can not add a thing to the perfect truth of this Veteran.  From Blackfive via Ace of Spades:

“I’m Tired” by Robert A. Hall 
 
I’ll be 63 soon.  Except for one semester in college when jobs were scarce, and a six-month period when I was between jobs, but job-hunting every day, I’ve worked, hard, since I was 18.  Despite some health challenges, I still put in 50-hour weeks, and haven’t called in sick in seven or eight years. 

I make a good salary, but I didn’t inherit my job or my income, and I worked to get where I am.  Given the economy, there’s no retirement in sight, and I’m tired.  Very tired. 
 
I’m tired of being told that I have to “spread the wealth around” to people who don’t have my work ethic.  I’m tired of being told the government will take the money I earned, by force if necessary, and give it to people too lazy or stupid to earn it. 

I’m tired of being told that I have to pay more taxes to “keep people in their homes.”  Sure, if they lost their jobs or got sick, I’m willing to help. But if they bought McMansions at three times the price of our paid-off, $250,000 condo, on one-third of my salary, then let the left-wing Congress-critters who passed Fannie and Freddie and the Community Reinvestment Act that created the bubble help them-with their own money. 

I’m tired of being told how bad America is by left-wing millionaires like Michael Moore, George Soros, and  Hollywood  entertainers who live in luxury because of the opportunities  America  offers.  In thirty years, if they get their way, the  United States will have the religious freedom and women’s rights of  Saudi Arabia , the economy of Zimbabwe, the freedom of the press of  China , the crime, and violence of  Mexico, the tolerance for Gay people of  Iran , and the freedom of speech of  Venezuela .  Won’t multiculturalism be beautiful? 

I’m tired of being told that Islam is a “Religion of Peace,” when every day I can read dozens of stories of Muslim men killing their sisters, wives and daughters for their family “honor;” of Muslims rioting over some slight offense; of Muslims murdering Christian and Jews because they a ren’t “believers;” of Muslims burning schools for girls; of Muslims stoning teenage rape victims to death for “adultery;” of Muslims mutilating the genitals of little girls; all in the name of Allah, because the Qur’an and Shari’a law tells them to.
 
 I believe “a man should be judged by the content of his character, not by the color of his skin.”  I’m tired of being told that “race doesn’t matter” in the post-racial world of President Obama, when it’s all that matters in affirmative action jobs, lower college admission and graduation standards for minorities (harming them the most), government contract set-asides, tolerance for the ghetto culture of violence and fatherless children that hurts minorities more than anyone, and in the appointment of US Senators from Illinois.  I think it’s very cool that we have a black president and that a black child is doing her homework at the desk where Lincoln wrote the emancipation proclamation.  I just wish the black president was Condi Rice, or someone who believes more in freedom and the individual and less in an all-knowing government. 

I’m tired of a news media that thinks Bush’s fundraising and inaugural expenses were obscene, but that think Obama’s, at triple the cost, were wonderful.  That thinks Bush exercising daily was a waste of presidential time, but Obama exercising is a great example for the public to control weight and stress, that picked over every line of Bush’s military records, but never demanded that Kerry release his, that slammed Palin with two years as governor for being too inexperienced for VP, but touted Obama with three years as senator as potentially the best president ever. Wonder why people are dropping their subscriptions or switching to Fox News?  Get a clue.  I didn’t vote for Bush in 2000, but the media and Kerry drove me to his camp in 2004. 

I’m tired of being told that out of “tolerance for other cultures” we must let Saudi Arabia use our oil money to fund mosques and madrassa Islamic schools to preach hate in America, while no American group is allowed to fund a church, synagogue, or religious school in Saudi Arabia to teach love and tolerance. 

I’m tired of being told I must lower my living standard to fight global warming, which no one is allowed to debate.  My wife and I live in a two-bedroom apartment and carpool together five miles to our jobs.  We also own a three-bedroom condo where our daughter and granddaughter live.  Our carbon footprint is about 5% of Al Gore’s, and if you’re greener than Gore, you’re green enough. 

I’m tired of being told that drug addicts have a disease, and I must help support and treat them, and pay for the damage they do.  Did a giant germ rush out of a dark alley, grab them, and stuff white powder up their noses while they tried to fight it off?  I don’t t hink Gay people choose to be Gay, but I damn sure think druggies chose to take drugs.  And I’m tired of harassment from cool people treating me like a freak when I tell them I never tried marijuana. 

I’m tired of illegal aliens being called “undocumented workers,” especially the ones who aren’t working, but are living on welfare or crime.  What’s next?  Calling drug dealers, Undocumented Pharmacists”?  And, no, I’m not against Hispanics.  Most of them are Catholic and it’s been a few hundred years since Catholics wanted to kill me for my religion.  I’m willing to fast track for citizenship any Hispanic person, who can speak English, doesn’t have a criminal record and who is self-supporting without family on welfare, or who serves honorably for three years in our military.  Those are the citizens we need. 

I’m tired of latte liberals and journalists, who would never wear the uniform of the Republic themselves, or let their entitlement-handicapped kids near a recruiting station, trashing our military.  They and their kids can sit at home, never having to make split-second decisions under life and death circumstances, and bad mouth better people then themselves.  Do bad things happen in war?  You bet.  Do our troops sometimes misbehave?  Sure. Does this compare with the atrocities that were the policy of our enemies for the last fifty years-and still are?  Not even close.  So here’s the deal.  I’ll let myself be subjected to all the humiliation and abuse that was heaped on terrorists at Abu Ghraib or Gitmo, and the critics can let themselves be subject to captivity by the Muslims who tortured and beheaded Daniel Pearl in Pakistan, or the Muslims who tortured and murdered Marine Lt. Col. William Higgins in Lebanon, or the Muslims who ran the blood-spattered Al Qaeda torture rooms our troops found in Iraq, or the Muslims who cut off the heads of schoolgirls in Indonesia, because the girls were Christian. Then we’ll compare notes.  British and American soldiers are the only troops in history that civilians came to for help and handouts, instead of hiding from in fear. 

I’m tired of people telling me that their party has a corner on virtue and the other party has a corner on corruption.  Read the papers-bums are bipartisan.  And I’m tired of people telling me we need bipartisanship.  I live in  Illinois , where the “Illinois Combine” of Democrats and Republicans has worked together harmoniously to loot the public for years.  And I notice that the tax cheats in Obama’s cabinet are bipartisan as well.

I’m tired of hearing wealthy athletes, entertainers, and politicians of both parties talking about innocent mistakes, stupid mistakes or youthful mistakes, when we all know they think their only mistake was getting caught.  I’m tired of people with a sense of entitlement, rich or poor. 
 
Speaking of poor, I’m tired of hearing people with air-conditioned homes, color TV s and two cars called poor. The majority of Americans didn’t have that in 1970, but we didn’t know we were “poor.”  The poverty pimps have to keep changing the definition of poor to keep the dollars flowing. 

I’m real tired of people who don’t take responsibility for their lives and actions.  I’m tired of hearing them blame the government, or discrimination, or big-whatever for their problems. 

Yes, I’m damn tired.  But I’m also glad to be 63.  Because, mostly, I’m not going to get to see the world these people are making.  I’m just sorry for my granddaughter. 
 
Robert A. Hall is a Marine Vietnam veteran who served five terms in the Massachusetts State Senate.

Misplaced outrage – Democrats and Obama are to blame for AIG bonus debacle


For all of you reading this post–especially, those who may be buying into the feigned outrage on the Left in Congress and the Obama administration–and are outraged that AIG execs received $165 million dollars in bonuses, I want to direct your attention to Michigan Representative McCotter:

Everything he said about the Democrats ( and 3 Republicans) and their hand in this debacle is true….and he said it concisely.

What is also true is that the man helping to stir this frenzy of outrage, Barack Hussein Obama, accepted over $100,000 dollars in campaign cash from AIG. 

Chris Dodd, the man who inserted the part of the stimulus bill that allowed these bonuses to AIG continue, received another $100,000-plus from AIG for campaign cash.

Are Obama and Dodd going to return their campaign cash “bonuses” or have their campaigns taxed at 90% for this money?  Of course not, because …they aren’t mentioning anything about that fun fact….and neither will the lapdog media.

Oh, and I’m sure you Obama koolaid-drinking libs will say “Oh, $100,000 in campaign cash is nothing compared to the hundreds of millions in bonuses”.  Aside from the fact that it is disingenuous and slimy to accept and keep the campaign cash and then attack AIG, when you calculate the total campaign cash as a percentage of all of the AIG bonus money, Obama and Dodd received about 1.2% of it.

Well, all of the faux outrage is based on bonuses totalling  1/10th of 1 percent of AIG’s bailout total …. that is 0.1% times the total AIG bailout.

So two of the most outraged in the bunch, Obama and Dodd, received TWELVE TIMES more “rewards” as a percentage of the AIG executive bonuses as compared the the portion of the exec bonuses to the AIG bailout.

Seems to me you have at least two choices here if you want to be outraged. 

  1. Be outraged at the exec bonuses and ask Obama and Dodd to return theirs or,
  2. Be outraged at the bailouts, pork stimulus debaucle, lack of oversight, and Democrat’s mishandling.

Outrage at the executives who received the bonuses doesn’t make sense.  While I don’t discount AIG’s failed business management, the bonuses were part of a contract and were secured by the Democrat-controlled Congress. 

In my opinion, AIG should have been allowed to fail ….we wouldn’t have the bailout/bonus outrage now if bankruptcy had been allowed to occur—-but we would be witnessing the capitalist/market system work, start absorbing the failure, getting past it, and having capitalism and privately-held companies remaining at the end.

As written by Charles Krauthammer in a piece today:

And there is such a thing as law. The way to break a contract legally is Chapter 11. Short of that, a contract is a contract. The AIG bonuses were agreed to before the government takeover and are perfectly legal. Is the rule now that when public anger is kindled, Congress will summarily cancel contracts?

……..worse are the clever schemes being cooked up in Congress to retrieve the (bonus) money by means of some retroactive confiscatory tax. The common law is pretty clear about the impermissibility of ex post facto legislation and bills of attainder. They also happen to be specifically prohibited by the Constitution. We’re going to overturn that for $165 million?

The buck stops with Obama and the Democrats in Congress….but they continue to point fingers at anyone they can, purposefully position the public outrage at AIG, flout the law, and dismantle the Constitution to cover their Liberal tracks.

Obama’s handling of crisis: Outrageous economics and terrible morality


While perusing the web tonight, I found this short interview with Jim Rogers, who was once a business partner with George Soros (ironic, I know).

The interview at Business Week began with this question “What do you think of the government’s response to the economic crisis? …..Rogers’ answer:

Terrible. They’re making it worse. It’s pretty embarrassing for President Obama, who doesn’t seem to have a clue what’s going on—which would make sense from his background. And he has hired people who are part of the problem. [Treasury Secretary Tim] Geithner was head of the New York Fed, which was supposedly in charge of Wall Street and the banks more than anybody else. And as you remember, [Obama’s chief economic adviser, Larry] Summers helped bail out Long-Term Capital Management years ago. These are people who think the only solution is to save their friends on Wall Street rather than to save 300 million Americans.

So what should they be doing?

What would I like to see happen? I’d like to see them let these people go bankrupt, let the bankrupt go bankrupt, stop bailing them out. There are plenty of banks in America that saw this coming, that kept their powder dry and have been waiting for the opportunity to go in and take over the assets of the incompetent. Likewise, many, many homeowners didn’t go out and buy five homes with no income. Many homeowners have been waiting for this, and now all of a sudden the government is saying: “Well, too bad for you. We don’t care if you did it right or not, we’re going to bail out the 100,000 or 200,000 who did it wrong.” I mean, this is outrageous economics, and it’s terrible morality.

Nail ——> Head….

More of his assessment here.

Barnes: Ten Great Bush Achievements


BushFred Barnes outlines succintly 10 of the top achievements of George W. Bush and his Presidency.  Despite Bush’s having to fight a war from within (against liberal idiot kooks in Congress and the Media, to name two) and despite having to (STILL) listen to the lies and fables concocted by the same people, Bush achieved a great deal domestically and internationally….

While I don’t pretend to agree with some of the things Bush has done (support illegals and bailouts by the trillions), I do believe history will be exponentially kinder to our President #43 than the media and his enemies (but I repeat myself) have been.

Also, I wanted to document these items from Barnes “for the record”….so that when some liberal blogger in six months tries to claim that Obama’s ascension somehow won the war in Iraq, or that Obama somehow “repaired” ties to Asian countries, including India, I can direct them back to this point in time ( and this blog post) to the truth.

bush_jogging-with-soldierFor all of his liberal fiscal tendencies, I believe George W. Bush is a decent and honest man.  I believe he held the office with grace and dignity under some of the most vile venom ever spewed at a President.  I believe he held immense respect for the office of President and he embraces the Constitution and the freedoms we enjoy.

I give him all of the credit in the world, literally, for LEADING us through one of the worst times in American history, September 11, 2001, and for keeping us save for the 7 1/2 years following.

Heckuva job, W! 

Here’s the list:

The postmortems on the presidency of George W. Bush are all wrong. The liberal line is that Bush dangerously weakened America’s position in the world and rushed to the aid of the rich and powerful as income inequality worsened. That is twaddle. Conservatives–okay, not all of them–have only been a little bit kinder. They give Bush credit for the surge that saved Iraq, but not for much else.

He deserves better. His presidency was far more successful than not. And there’s an aspect of his decision-making that merits special recognition: his courage. Time and time again, Bush did what other presidents, even Ronald Reagan, would not have done and for which he was vilified and abused. That–defiantly doing the right thing–is what distinguished his presidency.

Bush had ten great achievements (and maybe more) in his eight years in the White House, starting with his decision in 2001 to jettison the Kyoto global warming treaty so loved by Al Gore, the environmental lobby, elite opinion, and Europeans. The treaty was a disaster, with India and China exempted and economic decline the certain result. Everyone knew it. But only Bush said so and acted accordingly.

He stood athwart mounting global warming hysteria and yelled, “Stop!” He slowed the movement toward a policy blunder of worldwide impact, providing time for facts to catch up with the dubious claims of alarmists. Thanks in part to Bush, the supposed consensus of scientists on global warming has now collapsed. The skeptics, who point to global cooling over the past decade, are now heard loud and clear. And a rational approach to the theory of manmade global warming is possible.

Second, enhanced interrogation of terrorists. Along with use of secret prisons and wireless eavesdropping, this saved American lives. How many thousands of lives? We’ll never know. But, as Charles Krauthammer said recently, “Those are precisely the elements which kept us safe and which have prevented a second attack.”

Crucial intelligence was obtained from captured al Qaeda leaders, including 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, with the help of waterboarding. Whether this tactic–it creates a drowning sensation–is torture is a matter of debate. John McCain and many Democrats say it is. Bush and Vice President Cheney insist it isn’t. In any case, it was necessary. Lincoln once made a similar point in defending his suspension of habeas corpus in direct defiance of Chief Justice Roger Taney. “Are all the laws but oneto go unexecuted, and the government itself go to pieces, lest that one be violated?” Lincoln asked. Bush understood the answer in wartime had to be no.

Bush’s third achievement was the rebuilding of presidential authority, badly degraded in the era of Vietnam, Watergate, and Bill Clinton. He didn’t hesitate to conduct wireless surveillance of terrorists without getting a federal judge’s okay. He decided on his own how to treat terrorists and where they should be imprisoned. Those were legitimate decisions for which the president, as commander in chief, should feel no need to apologize.

Defending, all the way to the Supreme Court, Cheney’s refusal to disclose to Congress the names of people he’d consulted on energy policy was also enormously important. Democratic congressman Henry Waxman demanded the names, but the Court upheld Cheney, 7-2. Last week, Cheney defended his refusal, waspishly noting that Waxman “doesn’t call me up and tell me who he’s meeting with.”

Achievement number four was Bush’s unswerving support for Israel. Reagan was once deemed Israel’s best friend in the White House. Now Bush can claim the title. He ostracized Yasser Arafat as an impediment to peace in the Middle East. This infuriated the anti-Israel forces in Europe, the Third World, and the United Nations, and was criticized by champions of the “peace process” here at home. Bush was right.

 He was clever in his support. Bush announced that Ariel Sharon should withdraw the tanks he’d sent into the West Bank in 2002, then exerted zero pressure on Sharon to do so. And he backed the wall along Israel’s eastern border without endorsing it as an official boundary, while knowing full well that it might eventually become exactly that. He was a loyal friend.

His fifth success was No Child Left Behind (NCLB), the education reform bill cosponsored by America’s most prominent liberal Democratic senator Edward Kennedy. The teachers’ unions, school boards, the education establishment, conservatives adamant about local control of schools–they all loathed the measure and still do. It requires two things they ardently oppose, mandatory testing and accountability.

Kennedy later turned against NCLB, saying Bush is shortchanging the program. In truth, federal education spending is at record levels. Another complaint is that it forces teachers to “teach to the test.” The tests are on math and reading. They are tests worth teaching to.

Sixth, Bush declared in his second inaugural address in 2005 that American foreign policy (at least his) would henceforth focus on promoting democracy around the world. This put him squarely in the Reagan camp, but he was lambasted as unrealistic, impractical, and a tool of wily neoconservatives. The new policy gave Bush credibility in pressing for democracy in the former Soviet republics and Middle East and in zinging various dictators and kleptocrats. It will do the same for President Obama, if he’s wise enough to hang onto it.

The seventh achievement is the Medicare prescription drug benefit, enacted in 2003. It’s not only wildly popular; it has cost less than expected by triggering competition among drug companies. Conservatives have deep reservations about the program. But they shouldn’t have been surprised. Bush advocated the drug benefit in the 2000 campaign. And if he hadn’t acted, Democrats would have, with a much less attractive result.

Then there were John Roberts and Sam Alito. In putting them on the Supreme Court and naming Roberts chief justice, Bush achieved what had eluded Richard Nixon, Reagan, and his own father. Roberts and Alito made the Court indisputably more conservative. And the good news is Roberts, 53, and Alito, 58, should be justices for decades to come.

Bush’s ninth achievement has been widely ignored. He strengthened relations with east Asian democracies (Japan, South Korea, Australia) without causing a rift with China.On top of that, he forged strong ties with India. An important factor was their common enemy, Islamic jihadists. After 9/11, Bush made the most of this, and Indian leaders were receptive. His state dinner for Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh in 2006 was a lovefest.

Finally, a no-brainer: the surge. Bush prompted nearly unanimous disapproval in January 2007 when he announced he was sending more troops to Iraq and adopting a new counterinsurgency strategy. His opponents initially included the State Department, the Pentagon, most of Congress, the media, the foreign policy establishment, indeed the whole world. This makes his decision a profile in courage. Best of all, the surge worked. Iraq is now a fragile but functioning democracy.

How does Bush rank as a president? We won’t know until he’s judged from the perspective of two or three decades. Hindsight forced a sharp upgrading of the presidencies of Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower. Given his achievements, it may have the same effect for Bush.

–Fred Barnes, for the Editors