May each of you have the heart to conceive, the understanding to direct, and the hand to execute works that will leave the world a little better for your having been here. -- Ronald Reagan

Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorare ~ Memorial Day Remembrance

This is Memorial Day, a day of remembrance. The word memorial comes from the Latin, Memorare. I remember. I lost comrades in arms in firefights. A close friend was shot down in his helicopter. But for the grace of God. As I get older, and the events grow distant, I find myself getting more emotional about this day.

I appreciate beyond measure the well wishes and prayers, the loved ones and friends reaching out and thanking me for my service. I send those on to the ones we have lost.

In memoriam to the fallen.

To fallen soldiers let us sing,
Where no rockets fly nor bullets wing,
Our broken brothers let us bring
To the Mansions of the Lord

No more weeping,
No more fight,
No prayers pleading through the night,
Just Divine embrace,
Eternal light,
In the Mansions of the Lord

Where no mothers cry
And no children weep,
We shall stand and guard
Though the angels sleep,
Oh, through the ages safely keep
The Mansions of the Lord


America's Got Talent and It Ain't Howard Stern

The unadorable Howard Stern, the self proclaimed "King of All Media" got the amoral secularist press all excited when he was offered and accepted the role of judge for "America's Got Talent". I've watched all the seasons, and was well entertained. I managed to get through season one with bottom sucking Jerry Springer as host. His claim to fame was getting losers on stage and incite them to scream at each other and fight. He was a lousy "Talent" host to top that off. Now we have Stern, who's claim to fame is bringing losers to his radio studio and talking mostly about deviant sexual behavior.

Whatever floats your boat, but Stern I find to be just unlikable. He appeals to New Yorkers and those that identify with whatever it is about Stern's show that attracts them. I have no idea what qualifies him to judge singers, dancers, magicians, ventriloquists, and the rest. I know I'm certainly a better judge of those things. With Stern it's all about him. He had the show moved to New York. This show should be all over America; it's about American talent, not about a New York egotist.

The producers of the show couldn't find a singer or dancer or entertainment personality, or a producer of such?  It's the myopia and elitism of the entertainment industry thinking the rest of America has the same interests and values they do. Fail.

So how's the show doing? Week one of the new season had 10.5 million viewers. Last year the opening show had 15.3 million viewers. Lowest rating since the show started in 2006.

We can't know if Stern is the reason for the drop. He was hired to boost ratings. If they don't go up during the season... Fail. I for one will skip this season, and if he remains will be done with the show. I've got Netflix and my Kindle for entertainment. There are some people we just don't like. Stern, for me, is one of them.

Socialism and Soft Porn

I've pretty much quit using the term 'socialist' when describing the Dems and Obama, mostly when I'm talking to one of them. I say communist. Gits 'em all riled up! Using the word "socialist" I liken to using "soft" porn.  It's impossible to have a discussion with them they are so fact deficient and ideological. Obama was mentored by a communist/racist, hung out with two domestic Marxist terrorists, spent 20 years in a racist anti-American church, became the best ever at applying Alinsky radicalism for tearing down capitalism and the structure of our constitutional republic.

I like what works. If communism worked, I'd be a communist. What nation or union had the most creativity, was most productive, had the most amount of people making the most amount of money, had the most goodies, and had freedom of the press, assembly and religion? US or Soviet Union? US or Red China? US or European Union? US or Cuba? Totalitarianism has a 100% failure rate. Yet Obama and his political party embrace that ideology of economic and social failure.

I was out with friends last night, and I commented on the flyer shown below, and one said he would have to see the vid. Vid? There's an actual flyer! From the event itself! Well anybody could make one of those and post it. And this is a guy that thinks Obama is a bad president. During our discussion he repeated all the Reelect Obama Press and Democrat Party talking points. I advised him he needs to find some other information sources.

Obama spoke at an event for the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) in 1996. This group was formed in 1982 as a coalition of  Old Leftist, Communists, and Socialists. There's an actual write up of event here. From that:

“The state government can also play a role in redistribution, the allocation of wages and jobs. As Barack Obama noted, when someone gets paid $10 million to eliminate 4,000 jobs, the voters in his district know this is an issue of power not economics. The government can use as tools labor law reform, public works and contracts.”

Here's the flyer:

Would That His Pants Would Really Catch on Fire

This President. Campaigning against Capitalism, proclaiming himself among the four greatest presidents in US history, and claiming his administration has to lowest rate of spending increase than all the presidents since Eisenhower. The actual quote was from White House spokesman Jay Carney: "Of all the falsehoods told about President Obama, the biggest whopper is the one about his reckless spending spree.  Almost everyone believes that Obama has presided over a massive increase in federal spending, but it didn't happen.  Although there was a big stimulus bill under President Obama, federal spending is rising at its slowest pace since Dwight Eisenhower brought the Korean War to an end in the 1950s.  Even hapless Herbert Hoover managed to increase spending more than Obama has."

Even the Leftist Reelect Obama Washington Post had to buck that one. They, the Wall Street Journal and several other media outlets had to point out this lie. The lie is based upon an article by Rex Nutting ofMarketWatch, and nearly everyone has blown it apart. The WaPo article with detailed analysis here, but the short of it is most of 2009 budget is put into Bush’s column. The Stimulus, TARP and all the rest, Obama signed off on before he became president. He wouldn’t have done it if he had been president? He also has gotten less money than he requested each year for his budget requests.

Spending as a percentage of GDP, traditionally around 20%, has been 23%-25%.

The whiney man-child Obama still! Blames Bush for his troubles. Here’s a stunning reminder. Obama spent $millions to become president, asked for it, wanted it, and said he could do a better job. If that's the case, he didn't "inherit" anything, he asked for it. The $825 billion “Stimulus Bill” was not signed by Bush, but by Obama. The second installment of TARP Bush didn’t sign ($200 billion) saying it wasn’t necessary, was signed by Obama. There was a $410 billion spending bill that Bush refused to sign; signed by Obama. Obama also signed a $40 billion child health care bill.  

Actually this is heartening in a bizarre way. Obama makes Bain Capital the poster child for greedy capitalism while taking huge amounts of money from them, and one of his top bundlers and advisers is a Bain exec. Then he brags about how great he is. Then he admonishes the Reelect Obama Press for not running with his outrageous economic lie.

This is the first president to campaign against Capitalism. I don’t think with that and the additional $5 trillion debt, millions more people out of work since he assumed office, and skyrocketing energy prices, it’s going to be the shoe-in reelection he thought.

It’s the economy stupid.


Sunday, May 27, 2012

Jethro Tull ~ An Appreciation

Last weekend I watched Jethro Tull at the 1970 Isle of Wight concert, and was reminded why they were and remain my favorite rock group.

This is Ian Anderson & Lucia Micarelli - "Bourée"

In 1969

I saw his "Thick As A Brick" concert back in 1972. He started at 8pm and ended after midnight. "Thick As A Brick" was well over an hour and a half, and he did all of "Benefit" "Aqualung" and "Stand Up". I remember when he raised his leg people would cheer and scream. For me, the best rock concert ever.

This is "Thick As A Brick" a few years later, edited down. It was a concept album, which isn't done anymore. It takes too much time, thought and creativity to put together forty minutes of story telling set to music. Much easier to write a 3 minute song that is mostly repetition with a hook.  Anderson is a bard, a literary performer. "Thick As A Brick" is a modern update of Homer's Iliad and Odyssey. In Homer's story, at the end of the "Odyssey"  Odysseus throws out the suitors of his wife and other hangers on to his kingdom, and he's supported by his son. In Anderson's version, the son (youth) opposes him, and overthrows Odysseus.

The Church, Pentecost, Persecution, And A Movie

Today is Pentecost, the celebration of the birth of the church. I’ve written my thoughts here, and a bit of the history here. The Church, Christianity, has survived because of a lot of sacrifice and clashes with governments at a terrible price. Politicians have infiltrated the Church and essentially run it, nearly into to ground on occasion. Until I started hearing and reading about this event, Cristero War of 1926 to 1929 in Mexico, that pitted the government against the Catholic Church, I had never heard of it. The celebration of the birth of the Church is important, but I think it’s also important to remember the sacrifices made to keep the church alive.

The Democrats, Secularists, and Obama Administration attempting to enforce secular law, to weave government mandates into religious practice in America is for the same reason the Cristero War happened. Politicians see Christianity as a block to their desire for total power, and either must control it or destroy it.

This is both the trailer for the movie, and an historical look at the war.

It's both good and amazing a film of the persecution of Christians and of such quality has been produced, especially when the persecution of Christians worldwide has reached historic levels. 

This film opens June 1.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Hiromi Uehara "Now or Never" -Some Delicious Jazz Piano

Political Joke

Barack Obama asked the Queen of England, "Your Majesty, what tips can you give me for running an efficient government?"

"Well," said the Queen, "the most important thing is to surround yourself with intelligent people."

Obama frowned. "But how do I know the people around me are truly intelligent?"

The Queen sipped her tea. "Easily dear. Simply ask them to answer an intelligent riddle." She pushed a button on her intercom. "Please send Tony Blair in here."

Tony Blair walked in. "Yes, Your Majesty?"

"Answer me this please, Tony. Your mother and father have a child. It is not your brother and it is not your sister. Who is it?"

Without pausing for a moment, Tony Blair answered, "That would be me." "Yes! Very good," said the Queen.

Obama went back home to ask Joe Biden the same question. "Joe, answer this for me. Your mother and your father have a child. It's not your brother and it's not your sister. Who is it?"

Biden said "Let me get back to you on that one." He asked each of his advisors, but none could give him an answer Finally, Biden ran into Sarah Palin at a restaurant. Biden asked, "Sarah, can you answer this for me? Your mother and father have a child and it's not your brother or your sister. Who is it?"

Sarah Palin answered right back, "That's easy, it's me!"

Biden thanked her and went back to speak with Obama. "Say, I did some research and I have the answer to that riddle. It's Sarah Palin!"

Obama rose, stomped over to Biden, and angrily yelled into his face, "No! You idiot! It's Tony Blair!"

Explanation of Right to Left Government and the Consequences

This is a good presentation of politics, the political spectrum (usually mischaracterized) and how it influences freedom and capital.

“The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.” 
Thomas Jefferson 

Monday, May 21, 2012

Teacher yells at student because of a question he asked about Obama!

This woman, alleged teacher, yelling at a student for wondering if respect for Obama is due to other presidents and Romney. If you criticize one, you should be able to criticize the another. (Can't criticize our Divine Leader ya know.) Good for the student. The alleged "teacher" has been suspended (with pay, what's the point of that?)

Part of what we get for allowing a Leftist Monopoly education system. When I was in Civics class in high school, we were taught how the government was structured, covered the Constitution, and were presented with the ideas of both political parties. I'm sure my teachers were Liberals then too, the just weren't venomous about it. Besides, this woman is just stupid. Why and how is she a teacher? You can bet a majority of teachers think like this woman, and she just got caught. Tip of the iceberg.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Prayer and Missions

Some Spiritual Gifts
Last summer I was called to intercessory prayer. This was done through a “spiritual gifts” assessment, which I’ve been taking every couple/three years for the past decade. It’s been constant what my gifts were until then. To those that don’t know of these, the Books of Romans, Corinthians and Ephesians talk about them. From Romans: “For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form on body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.”

This past summer, intercessory prayer came out the highest. I thought, now what? I really don’t know so much about it. I was in an extraordinary small group study, the subject being spiritual gifts, and intercessory prayer was explained and defined. Still, I just prayed pretty much, I guess, like anyone else. Through God’s intercession and guidence; a few months later the Church on the Way in Van Nuys, CA, led by Jack Hayford, presented a conference, “Penetrating the Darkness, The Power of Praise-Filled Prayer”. It was there I learned how to pray. An amazing thing; I returned to church about 14 years ago, and really had no idea how to pray.  Mostly our prayers are self centered, asking for relief for so many things that cause us pain, with maybe some thought thrown in for some others, almost as an afterthought.

Basic Elements of Prayer
One of the speakers was Dick Eastman, the International President of Every Home for Christ. He presented a structure for prayer. This takes discipline, time and effort; it’s not easy.

He broke down prayer into twelve elements: Praise, Waiting (be silent to be aware of God’s presence), Confession, Scripture (make a reference), Watching (be alert to God’s intervention and guidance), Intercession (prayer for others), Petition (personal needs), Thanksgiving, Singing, Meditation, Listening (receive His instruction) and Praise again. I’m not so much into the singing as part of my prayers, and the suggestion of an hour a day is tough. I can do 15-20 min a day; that’s better than the 5-6 min I started with. I tried to pray on my knees. Very tough to do. Peter, Paul and the rest spent hours on their knees. It’s really painful.

He taught us to have a daily focus: Monday on the Arts and Entertainment, and especially Christians that they may touch others in their field (so few Christians there). Tuesday on Business, Wednesday on Education (I especially focus on teachers), Family, especially that they stay together, Government, not just ours but of every country, Media (that they contribute to bringing us back to Christian values) and Sunday, Religion, that the Holy Spirit moves through every church, and It opens non-Christians to the truth of His Word. He passed out a ‘world prayer map’ so countries are scheduled for prayer, that none are overlooked.

I’ve created a prayer list that I pull up on my computer when I get home. It grows nearly daily. An element I've added is prayer for people that need to hear of Jesus, and I have a link just a little ways down on the right side of this blog. People now know that I’ll pray for them, that I have a list, and come up to me (at work no less!) and ask for prayer. Some question or deny that prayer works. I think since there are so many asking for, and doing the praying, there's no question. It does. 

Something else I’ve done because of this is become a regular contributor to Every Home for Christ. These people go into dangerous areas, work with local Christians, and get the Word out, bringing people to Christ. I've never been called to be a missionary, but I can certainly support those that are. That there are people that testify in Arab/Muslim countries just stuns me. People in those countries kill Christians just because they can. Exceptional vid here about how Christianity is the most persecuted religion on earth. Jesus warned us it would be so. 

I've posted several times about Christian persecution, and we must always always always keep those suffering that most fervently in our prayers.

Romans: “I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, because your faith is being proclaimed throughout the whole world.”  

Keeping in Mind and Praying for Christians Worldwide Being Persecuted

I haven’t written for awhile about the massive persecution of Christians going on in the world. How massive and horrible this is here in a vid. Whether it’s the rather mild sort here, or the violent sort in China, Africa and Indonesia, it’s still persecution. Here’s a summation of what’s been going on in the past few weeks around the world.

The violence against Christians in Indonesia is non-stop by Muslims, the “religion of peace”. There’s a Christian neighborhood in the Moluccas that suffered three days of attacks, against people and the burning down of businesses and homes. The government is mostly silent about these, and denies any involvement by Muslims. In Singkil the government has shut down 16 churches because they didn’t have the right permits. Muslims had been having rallies to shut down the churches, and the government said these shutdowns were not influenced by the rallies. When our church was setting up for Miracle League (a baseball program for disabled children), we had to get all kinds of permits for the church, the cost of which nearly closed us down. God intervened and protected us from city bureaucrats and intolerant, bigoted secularist judges.

Real estate developers (government officials) in the city of Zou Gang, China, demolished a church. The church had been in negotiations for relocation due to city expansion. What happened though is one day about 100 government workers built a trench around the church where about 500 people worship, and isolated it.  That was in August of last year and April this year they broke into the church, dragged the people there out, and started destroying it. By the way, the Chinese government tells the churches how they can worship and what they can say or believe. Kinda like Obama and the Democrats.

Things are pretty bad in Laos. Two pastors were detained for “unauthorized worship” and evangelism, and they were ordered to take down their crosses. They refused saying it’s a religious symbol like others, and those were allowed to be displayed. I can’t help but notice the number of crosses being taken down in our country. There are about 200,000 Christians in Laos, and persecution is increasing.

Nigeria may be the worst. The government has turn a blind eye to bombs blowing up churches while people are inside worshipping, grenades being thrown in while people are worshipping, congregants being gunned down leaving church, and the homes of Christians being attacked. Hundreds of Christians have been murdered.

Not to forget what’s happening to Christians in the Middle East, especially in Egypt.

Christians in these and other countries are brave and being martyred. What we have to put up with here are minor inconveniences in comparison. We must remember them in our daily prayers.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Bain Capital, Romney, & Democrats Total Lack of Understanding of How Investing Works

The Obama campaign vid about Romney, Bain Capital, and GST Steel is posted below this. There are a lot of problems with it, mostly that it’s untrue. If one didn’t know better, the purpose of private equity firms is to raid healthy companies, throw good hard working people out of work, and pay themselves.

The description here is GST Steel was a healthy thriving company, and Romney came in and destroyed it. First problem is Romney had left Bain two years before GST declared bankruptcy. The narrative is Romney and Bain came in, sucked all the money out, paid themselves and left.

GST, like all steel companies began going downhill in the early 1990’s. Then was the beginning of alternative materials to steel and higher rates of imports of steel, mostly from Asia, causing a downturn in the amount of steel being produced in the US. This was when Bain came in, using the equity investment business strategy of buying up companies heavily in debt, restructure them and cut costs, and make them productive again. Once they’re productive again, they’re taken public or sold to another company.

The company was actually turned around after Bain restructured it. It became a world class producer of rods. It was going downhill before Bain got there and would have failed and declared bankruptcy much earlier like so many steel production companies did then.

It’s lame the Dems are saying, well, Romney set it all in motion; just because he had left two years earlier doesn’t mean he’s not responsible for what happened. The reason he left by the way was to save the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics. If you'll remember, it was headed for major disaster. He turned it into a profitable, popular, success. It was also lame, and it really ticked me off when during the Republican debates, both Perry and Gingrich went after Romney for being a venture capitalist and rich. Really? That’s what opened the door for this whole lying mess. Both those guys plummeted in my estimation of them.

Even though Romney wasn’t there, he’s responsible? Obama’s been there for what, 38 months? How many jobs has he cost? 8.1% unemployment. About 17% unemployment if all the citizens that have left the job market are counted, or ran out of unemployment benefits, taken lesser jobs or have just given up. OH! What am I thinking? It’s Bush’s fault, and them ‘wascally ‘wepublicans…

The vid:

United States Budget Dilemma

This is related to my previous post  Democrat Non-Budgets and Other Failures about the failure of Congress and this Administration to pass a budget. Their answer is to raise the debt limit. Here's a vid that clearly explains the budget, how we cannot balance it, and the consequences of just letting things ride.
If you're not scared to death by now, it may be time to reevaluate your economic beliefs and values. Our national debt is approaching $16 trillion. Another $1.2 trillion, if not more is about to be added. That's $50,000 for every man, woman and child in the US. Three generations, if not more, down the road are in debt. There's a running debt counter about a third down the right side of this blog.

Democrat Non-Budgets and Other Failures

We’re coming to the annual budget battle in Congress, and the Establishment Leftists/Democrats will once again start their propaganda campaign of blaming the out of power Republicans for not providing a budget, or obstructing getting a budget passed, that they want to starve babies and old people, want to have dirty water and air (yes they actually state these as fact), create more homeless and deny medical care to everybody.

A budget is supposed to be completed by April 15, by law. The Senate Dems have not passed a budget since 2009. Obama’s 2013 budget proposal was rejected 414-0 by the House and 99-0 by the Senate. White House Spokesman, Jay “Bagdad Bob” Carney, in the opening salvo of lies about the budget and fiscal responsibility said, “It’s simply not acceptable to hold the American and global economy hostage to one party’s political ideology. It’s the responsibility of Congress to ensure that the United States of America pays its bills, maintains its creditworthiness.”

Republicans have offered four budget proposals, one of which passed the House and was rejected by the Democrat controlled Senate. But of course it’s the Republican’s fault. The failure of this administration and his political party to get the job done is being fuzzed up by the Democrat controlled Reelect Obama Press. Here’s a list of some other the failures by the Democrats and this Administration.

According to the Census Bureau, since Obama took office, real median household income is down $4300.

30% of the unemployed have been out of work for more than a year.

We are at nearly 40 months of unemployment at 8% plus. I remember Leftists screaming bloody murder when it bumped up to 5% under Bush, now it’s the “new normal” that we have to accept. That 8% doesn’t include people that have used up their benefits plus others that are no longer looking for work or are underemployed. With those we’re closer to 17% unemployed. I forget the exact breakdown, but of the past 11 or 12 months, the Administration has revised upward the unemployment stats from the previous month; with barely a mention in the Reelect Obama Press. If a company fudged their numbers like that, the would be civil and criminal charges brought. 

The number of people on food stamps has increased 70% since 2007. Several Democrat "leaders" have said this is good for the economy. They've also said the unemployed spending their government checks helps the economy. Huh? 

Home prices are the lowest they’ve been since 2002, foreclosures have skyrocketed, and home ownership has plummeted.

Just got your degree? About 50% of college grads are unemployed or have taken a lesser job than their degree would usually net them. Some of this has to be blamed on the ex-students that majored in things that don’t apply to the real world; gender studies, medieval lit, etc.

Gas was about $1.88 when Obama took office, now it’s up to about $3.89 a gallon. Note about myself, it cost me about $45 to fill my 13gal tank last week (actually put in 11.something). Obama and his Energy Sec Steven Chu have both said they want to drive energy costs up. I guess one could call that a success, at least for them and the Democrats.

Remember Obama during his campaign saying no new taxes would be raised on those making less the $250,000 a year? Two years into Obamacare, most of the $500 billion in taxes raised by the act have come from people making less than that. A small item, but remember the tax on tanning salons? Lot’s of little stuff like that is hidden in Obamacare, and there will be massive increases in 2013 if it’s fully implemented. As the first female ex-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said during the debate of it's passing, "We have to pass it to see what's in it." Well, we are now. 

As of last February we had incurred the largest deficit in US history, about $30 billion. National debt now approaching $16 trillion! This president has increased that more during his administration more than all his predecessors combined. He’s added more debt in 38 months than Bush did in 8 years.

For this election, Obama, who rails constantly against the rich and especially Wall Street, has taken more money from them than all the Republican candidates combined. Beyond ironic, or something, that he rails against Romney and Republicans being in the pocket of Wall Street. They financed about 20% of his 2008 campaign, and they’ve already given more to him and the Democrat Party than to Romney and the Republicans this election cycle.

All this failure, and yet the Reelect Obama Press, Obama, and the Democrat Party will shamelessly continue to blame Bush and the Republican Party for them all, and in the next few weeks they'll threaten to shut down the government (again) because Republicans (again) will baulk at raising the debt ceiling without passing a budget. Citizens that are busy working and raising families and not paying attention to all this, will think it is so.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Israel’s Foreign Ministry Letter to Anti Israel Activists - A Masterpiece of Sarcasm

Back in April there was to be a massive “fly-in” of activists to protest and disrupt Israel. Several of the airlines canceled those flights, the right thing to do. Only about 27 of these people made it  to Israel, where they were given this letter of welcome by Israel's Foreign Ministry.

Dear activist,
 We appreciate your choosing to make Israel the object of your humanitarian concerns. We know there were many other worthy choices. 
 You could have chosen to protest the Syrian regime's daily savagery against its own people, which has claimed thousands of lives. 
 You could have chosen to protest the Iranian regime's brutal crackdown on dissent and support of terrorism throughout the world. 
 You could have chosen to protest Hamas rule in Gaza, where terror organizations commit a double war crime by firing rockets at civilians and hiding behind civilians. 
But instead you chose to protest against Israel, the Middle East's sole democracy, where women are equal, the press criticizes the government, human rights organizations can operate freely, religious freedom is protected for all and minorities do not live in fear. 
 Therefore we suggest to let you solve first the real problems of the region, and then come back and share with us your experience. 
 Have a nice flight.

Well done Israel’s Foreign Ministry!

Brief Summation of Mitt Romney's Presidential Proposals

This is a very brief summation of Mitt Romney’s plan, found on his website {Click on "Issues" icon"}. Obama’s website here {Click on "Issues" icon} Not so much on the details on Obama's site, but some feel good stuff and dubious claims. Best of the best here is abolishing Obamacare, cutting spending (with a plan how to do it), opening energy production back up and how to do it, reducing taxes and which ones, and regulations that can be curtailed. Here are some of the details.

On Obamacare: On his first day in office, Mitt Romney will issue an executive order that paves the way for the federal government to issue Obamacare waivers to all fifty states. He will then work with Congress to repeal the full legislation as quickly as possible.
In place of Obamacare, he will pursue policies that give each state the power to craft a health care reform plan that is best for its own citizens. The federal government’s role will be to help markets work by creating a level playing field for competition. 

On Spending: Bring federal spending below 20 percent of GDP by the end of his first term: Reduced from 24.3 percent last year; in line with the historical trend between 18 and 20 percent, close to the tax revenue generated by the economy when healthy;
Requires spending cuts of approximately $500 billion per year in 2016 assuming robust economic recovery with 4% annual growth, and reversal of Obama-era defense cuts. Pass the House Republican Budget proposal, rolling back President Obama’s government expansion by capping non-security discretionary spending below 2008 levels.

On Taxes: Make permanent, across-the-board 20 percent cut in marginal rates
Maintain current tax rates on interest, dividends, and capital gains
Eliminate taxes for taxpayers with AGI below $200,000 on interest, dividends, and capital gains.
Eliminate the Death Tax
Repeal the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT)
Cut the corporate rate to 25 percent
Strengthen and make permanent the R&D tax credit
Switch to a territorial tax system
Repeal the corporate Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT)

On Energy:
Establish fixed timetables for all resource development approvals
Create one-stop shop to streamline permitting process for approval of common activities
Implement fast-track procedures for companies with established safety records to conduct pre-approved activities in pre-approved areas
Ensure that environmental laws properly account for cost in regulatory process
Amend Clean Air Act to exclude carbon dioxide from its purview
Expand NRC capabilities for approval of additional nuclear reactor designs
Streamline NRC processes to ensure that licensing decisions for reactors on or adjacent to approved sites, using approved designs, are complete within two years.
Conduct comprehensive survey of America’s energy reserves
Open America’s energy reserves for development
Expand opportunities for U.S. resource developers to forge partnerships with neighboring countries
Support construction of pipelines to bring Canadian oil to the United States
Prevent overregulation of shale gas development and extraction

On Labor:
Appoint to the NLRB experienced individuals with respect for the rule of law
Amend NLRA to explicitly protect the right of business owners to allocate their capital as they see fit
Reverse executive orders issued by President Obama that tilt the playing field toward organized labor
Amend NLRA to guarantee the secret ballot in every union certification election
Amend NLRA to guarantee that all pre-election campaigns last at least one month
Support states in pursuing Right-to-Work laws
Prohibit the use for political purposes of funds automatically deducted from worker paychecks

On Regulations:
Repeal Obamacare
Repeal Dodd-Frank and replace with streamlined, modern regulatory framework
Amend Sarbanes-Oxley to relieve mid-size companies from onerous requirements
Initiate review and elimination of all Obama-era regulations that unduly burden the economy
Ensure that environmental laws properly account for cost in regulatory process
Provide multi-year lead times before companies must come into compliance with onerous new environmental regulations
Impose a regulatory cap of zero dollars on all federal agencies
Require congressional approval of all new “major” regulations
Reform legal liability system to prevent spurious litigation

Unless You're an Orthodox Leftist, You Don't Get Free Speech Rights

The anti-free speech Democrats\Leftists are at it again, banning speech. This happened a few days ago. Boxer Manny Pacquiao, after Obama became our first gay president by announcing he was for gay marriage (he was for it before he was against it and now he’s for it), said he thought marriage should be between a man and a woman.

That breaks with the Leftist group think orthodoxy; homosexual trumps heterosexual. Pacquiao was to do an interview at an LA shopping center named “The Gove”. Lots of celebrities go there, and apparently are allowed to since they adhere to Statist orthodoxy. The Grove’s vice-president of corporate affairs, Bill Reich, has banned Pacquiao from the premises. He said, “Based on news reports of statements made by Mr. Pacquiao, we have made it be known that he is not welcome at The Grove and will not be interviewed here, now or in the future.  The Grove is a gathering place for all Angelenos and not a place for intolerance.” Banning a Christian for having a belief different from Bill Reich and other Leftists is not intolerant though.

In the article from an interview with the “National Conservative Examiner” the author, Granville Ampong, added in the Leviticus line about homosexuality, which Pacquiao never mentioned, which set off the anti heterosexual marriage crowed (taking a page from the Leftist labeling handbook there). The response to the article was Pacquiao wants to kill homosexuals. No truth to it, but reported and acted upon anyway. The Left\Democrat Party is Big Brother. 

Something not said, and not on the property of “The Grove” gets him banned from there. God forbid that anyone not agreeing with Statist orthodoxy would be tolerated by the ever so tolerant Left. The Left makes a huge effort to shut people down. There are websites dedicated to shut down Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. The Left’s most recent attempt to drive Limbaugh out of business was when he made the “slut” reference to feminist activist (Sandra Fluke) who thinks government should pay for her contraceptives. He apologized both in print and on air. Not accepted by the tolerant, caring, forgiving Left.

It was reported that 45 sponsors canceled. It didn’t happen. Most of the sponsors were advertising on the affiliates, not directly on the Limbaugh program. Those that advertised directly on his show saw sales plummet, and asked to come back. Limbaugh said no. Two of them, Shari’s Berries and the ProFlowers continued to link to his show on their websites. Lawsuit to follow I’m sure. Of course the Jurassic Press didn’t report this, only that 45 sponsors canceled on his show, which they didn’t. Anything to promote Leftist orthodoxy and shut up the opposition.

Just a couple examples of the Left\Democrat Party being anti free speech. As they are anti second amendment, anti Christian, and anti assembly, unless it’s the Occupy movement or other violent Leftist protest groups.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

SBA List's "Womanhood" Ad - Welcome to the Bureau of Womanhood Conformity

This makes clear the real 'war on women' is lead by Leftists/Democrats.

This is also brings to mind what Leftists do; with their Democrat Party political machine, and the sycophant reelect Obama Press. What is in their hearts and minds that is not good they project on their opponents and high-jack the language of Christians, Conservatives, Republicans and anyone else opposing their Statist ideology. If you hear Leftists accuse someone or group of something bad, you can bet they've already done it, or are about to do it.
Susan B Anthony's List site here.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Vid of Obama's Speech and Talking Blunders

Hilarious vid of Obama blunders. And they mocked Bush's speech and talking? If this is the most elegant, eloquent, smartest president ever, I'm ashamed there have been so many dunderheads leading this country. This is pretty long, but could have gone on forever this guy is so inarticulate and uninformed/misinformed. The subtitled commentary is wonderfully mocking and irrelevant.

A Compilation Vid of Obama's Past

This is a compilation of questions about Obama. Maybe a little over the top; I know a couple things here to be true. It is meant as an attack piece. It's definitely worth the 9min, and it moves a bit slow. It would be nice if he released his transcripts from all the colleges he when to, along with how he paid for such an elite education.

The original name of this is just stupid. Obama couldn't ban it, and even if he could, how can it be on the internet. jeeeeez

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Sometimes Cheering Failure is a Good Thing

Glad to see this didn’t last the season out, and has been canceled. ABC has a horrible line up and this was one of the latest. A show insulting and demeaning Christians, GCB, which changed from the original title “Good Christian Bitches” to “Good Christian Belles”, was supposed to be what? Satirical, humorous, intentionally insulting? Given the anti-Christian bigotry and religious intolerance of the secularist entertainment industry, who knows? Maybe all the above?

I of course haven’t bothered to watch the show, and one’s open to criticism for criticizing that which was not read or viewed. I have read the promos and story line, and ABC producers and writers make it clear this was a program to show the hypocrisy of Christians. This no doubt was viewed as an act of bravery on their part. Of course it isn’t brave when attacking a group that for the most part doesn’t even defend itself. Do the same with Muslims and see what happens. GMB, Good Muslim Bitches.

And of course they all get to keep their money for failure and continue on in their jobs creating and producing yet more horrible shows. 

Another disturbing part of this is some Christians watched this. A woman in our Bible study group watches it and finds it entertaining. I bit my tongue when she said so. I make every attempt to keep to the subject when at Bible study, and given that I’m a Christian Zealot, it’s tough; need to take the long view and let God’s teaching, scripture, do the mind and soul changing.

Learning what Christianity is takes years. Living by it is a huge lifelong challenge. A main challenge is once you make an affirmation of what you are, and fall short, you’re a hypocrite. One of the stars of the show, Kristin Chenoweth, proclaims herself a Christian. She’s defended the show. I can’t imagine how she’s reconciling and justifying a show that bashes her Faith, let alone participate in it.

Good riddance.

Islamofascist CAIR Spokesman Confronts Allen West

This brings a tear of joy to my eye. We need more of this, facing down Islamofascists. CAIR (Council on American–Islamic Relations) is here in America as a front group for Hamas and Hezbollah. We need more of this too in facing down the Democrats and other Leftists. Liberty is at stake, time to stop pussyfooting around with these guys.

California's Leftist Establishment Debt Reflects the Rest of Us

How or why is it possible the Democrat Party gets away with being the establishment since the 1930’s, with a couple years off here and there, running up massive city, state and federal debt, increasing poverty, crushing liberty, and keep getting re-elected by successfully blaming Republicans?  Truly a mystery.

California is a microcosm of this. Arnold Schwarzenegger joked in his actor days, when asked about his being a Republican and his wife a Democrat, that being a Democrat was a disease. Guess so. He went from being a Libertarian to a Socialist due to this destructive virus that convinces people submission to the State equals freedom.

Democrats have forever been in power in California. Businesses are fleeing, and even Leftist Hollywood types are claiming residences elsewhere to protect their incomes and assets. Not that there’s any inherent hypocrisy there. The main result of this massive fleeing is the state has had a $3.5 billion tax income shortfall. They are now $16 billion in debt.

The in control forever Democrats mumble about budget cuts and never do. They raise taxes, causing more people, even hypocritical Leftists to leave, further reducing the tax base. Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown, repeat failed governor of the late great state, while advocating (but apparently not meaning it) budget cuts is also trying to convince voters to give themselves a tax increase. The voters need to do that because two thirds of the legislature is needed to raise taxes and there's barely enough Republicans to vote no. Of course what the Dems want to cut is fire and police protection, education and other things that should be the priorities of government. They could cut providing free health care, social security, and myriad other benefits to undocumented Democrats (illegal immigrants) and save $billions. That’s the main budget buster.

Yet, even though they created the problems (assisted by RINO’s), when Republicans offer up a budget that just may work, they are racists and fat cats wanting to oppress the poor even more. Same at the Federal level.     

Under Governor Brown’s tax plan, the state sales tax would “temporarily” be raised by a quarter of a cent, and an income tax increase on people making $250,000 and up. I used to live in California and there are temporary taxes from the 1970’s still in place. Of course more business and people will leave as a result. The result of that result is the bulk of the population are the illegal, the poor, and the barely making it middle class.

The top ten states most in debt, per capita are Hawaii, California, New Jersey, North Dakota, Massachusetts, Delaware, Rhode Island, Oregon and Connecticut. Want to guess which political party rules the roost in those? Top cities in debt trouble are New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Diego to name but a few, and are controlled by what political party?

Here’s a couple California Democrat legislators and their attitude toward the problem and Republicans. Even though they’re federal, the groupthink mindset is the same of state legislators.

Nancy Pelosi:
“This isn’t just about them saying we should reduce the deficit.”  “This is an excuse. The budget deficit is an excuse for the Republicans to undermine government plain and simple. They don’t just want to make cuts, they want to destroy. They want to destroy food safety, clean air, clean water, the department of education. They want to destroy your rights.” …“What we’re trying to do is save the world from the Republican budget. We’re trying to save life on this planet as we know it today.”

Rep. Barbara Lee:
“The current, so-called ‘debt crisis’ has been completely manufactured by House Republicans attempting to advance an extremist agenda. This should be a simple vote to allow the US Treasury to fund all of the programs and obligations of the entire federal government that are already in the law.” (Just how stupid is this woman? Where does she think the money in the Treasury comes from? Does she not know there is no money in the Treasury, the we’ve shot down way past zero?)

There’s a bunch of these characters calling Republicans terrorists for wanting to have a sensible budget. Really.

Beginning in the 1960’s being antiestablishment really took off, though it was just increasing the power of the Leftist establishment. Now the real antiestablishment people are conservatives. It’s tough to overcome nearly eighty years of the entrenched Leftist establishment. Back to the opening question, how or why are citizens still supporting an establishment and political party that have put us $trillions in debt, graduate uneducated children, protect criminals more than law abiding citizens, reduce fire and police support, reduce military protection, not protect the borders, and support deviant behavior over traditional behavior that has proven beneficial to individuals and society. Boggles the mind.

I can only hope this election can at least slow down this decadent destructive disastrous diminishing of America. Become a radical, overthrow the establishment!  

Monday, May 14, 2012

Praising Motherhood is Stalinist & Nazi.

Good grief. This is what passes for Leftist punditry and commentary? Her little rap on the crown of motherhood and Hitler/Stalin, well for those guys it was the cross of The Ehrenkreuz der Deutschen Mutter (in English: Cross of Honour of the German Mother), and even more reduced to Mothers’ Cross. Ann Romney is insufferable because she's supportive of Mother's Day?

Here's the Stalinist quote from Ann Romney's article:  "Cherish your mothers. The ones who wiped your tears, who were at every ball game or ballet recital. The ones who believed in you, even when nobody else did, even when maybe you didn't believe in yourself.
Women wear many hats in their lives. Daughter, sister, student, breadwinner. But no matter where we are or what we're doing, one hat that moms never take off is the crown of motherhood.
There is no crown more glorious." [italics mine]

This follows a blog on the Daily Kos, "The Fetus is a Parasite".  "Anyways, back to the whole fetus= parasite thing. That is how I see them. I don't see them as cute and cuddly. I see them as terrifying and scary. I see pregnancy the same way.  The fetus you see, sucks the nutrients from the mother.
The "relationship" only benefits the fetus.
The mother's organs and body parts become damaged.
The fetus controls the mother.
The fetus doesn't give anything 'back'."

Full article here just in case you think I'm making this up.

Ahhhhh the Left.  Praising motherhood is Stalinist and Nazi, and fetuses are parasites. And they want to be taken seriously. Jeeeeez…..

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Homosexual Marriage, Traditional Marriage, or Marital Contracts

In 1996 Obama stated he was for gay marriage. Following that he began running for various political offices. Then he said he was for the definition of marriage as between a man and a woman, and supported the Defense of Marriage Act. Then he instructed the Justice Department not to defend the Defense of Marriage Act, adding his views of gay marriage were “evolving”. No they weren’t, he has always been pro gay marriage. At best this was a cynical political ploy, and his announcement a few days ago that he endorses gay marriage happened just before a major fund raiser with Leftist millionaire actor George Clooney and his Secularist groupthink multimillionaire Hollywood elitists. In the following days entertainment types were falling all over themselves proclaiming how historic this was, and how brave he was.

Not so much. He was already a proponent of homosexual marriage, and his statement doesn’t change a thing. Thirty states, voted on by citizens, have amended their state constitutions stating marriage is between a man and a woman. Leftist judges are trying their hardest to overturn these, ignoring the wisdom of the people and the Constitution. They must, since the Left must break down the structure of the society they are trying to dominate, to create a vacuum into which they can insert themselves.

This is in part the continuing attack on Christianity that is a Leftist hallmark, and definitely one of this Administration. Think of how the language has changed. We now talk of “traditional” marriage. When did that start? Marriage has become only a contract.

"First, contracts are limited, but parenthood is a status. Contracts are of limited duration, but parenthood is forever. Second, and more importantly, the child has been objectified. Instead of being a gift, the child is treated as a product or an object. ... Good intentions do not suffice to overcome the structural tendency for "contract parenthood" to objectify children far more often and deeply than natural parenthood.
... Biological parents, married to each other, have a great advantage: they both have a connection with the child. They've both got skin in the game, literally. When they are married to each other, they have made a commitment to work together to build a common life. The children are their common project.  This is not so for the child of an anonymous gamete donor.
Finally, the deepest reason why society has obligations to children is that this is the only position that is truly consistent with the idea that people deserve freedom, rights, and dignity in the first place.  Nature and Nature's God endowed us with certain inalienable rights."
The sanctity of communion between marriage partners, of becoming “one flesh” has been removed. God’s law, natural law, recognizes the union of man and woman is for procreation, then for the raising of children. We’ve reached a point where anyone can enter into a contract, then contract to acquire or purchase children, and if it doesn’t work out, well, just dissolve it, and rewrite the contract for the children. This is self serving and selfish.

Now marriage is separated from the idea of children. I’m reminded of a statement I heard some years back; ‘this generation likes the idea of children, they just don’t like children’. The result being there’s no stable environment for child rearing. Sure plenty of studies have come out saying children brought into same sex marriages or civil unions are just as well off as those in “traditional” cross sex marriages. These are “scientific” studies, and are supposed to be untouched by bias. How many times over how many years have scientific facts been proven wrong, refuted? Human nature is constant, and what’s in the hearts, souls and minds can’t be measured.  Here are some results of other scientific studies. The divorce rate has doubled since the institution of no fault divorce. 85% of abortions are outside of wedlock, and is being re-termed “selective reduction”. The break up rate for homosexual couples is one and a half to two and a half times higher than heterosexuals. Infidelity rates are higher for homosexual relationships. There are higher STD rates and higher suicide rates with homosexual relationships. Those are measurable, but are emotional stability and mental mindset as measurable by science?

Back in the 1960’s and ‘70’s the homosexual community had a legitimate gripe, and that was social shunning and civil/legal discrimination. Much work and time was taken to overcome that, and civil unions were finally legalized, and with few exceptions by intolerant people, accepted. Now, pushing to redefine marriage to include whatever anyone wants it to be, is a step too far. Don't care who you choose as a lover, this is an attack on the foundation of civilization, putting selfish desires ahead of what is good for society. Cross sex marriage and the raising of children is what has worked since the dawn of civilization, and the selfish notion of each individual can decide what it is, is short sighted and destructive.

Now we’re at a crossroads. Do we define marriage based on what Joe Biden has said?
“Look, I just think that the good news is that as more and more Americans come to understand what this is all about, it's a simple proposition: Who do you love? Who do you love? And will you be loyal to the person you love? And that's what people are finding out, is what all marriages at their root are about, whether they're marriages of lesbians or gay men or heterosexuals.”

Is it only about two people loving each other, and for that they get recognition and benefits from the State? What about three or more people saying they love each other? Or is it the communion of two people, who from that love produce loved children? Mutual love, mutually producing loved children, or are children an abstract acquisition? Is it about children and their well being, or about meeting the desires of adults?

James Schall:
We are not a culture that never understood what a human being was in his nature and in his destiny.  Rather we are a culture that, having once known these things, has decided against living them or understanding them.  Indeed, we have decided to reject most of them, almost as an act of defiance -- as an act of pure humanism -- as if what we are is not first given to us.

Given to us by God, not by the State. 

Alan Keys on Marriage
Some "moderator". Asks a question then argues. Often people don't hear what another is saying, only take a piece of the conversation, process their argument and attack. Sad. Worth getting past that, and listen to what Keys says.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Christina Perri -- A Thousand Years (Piano/Cello Cover) - ThePianoGuys

6-Year-Old Boy Walks to His U.S. Marine Father for the First Time

Tears of love and joy

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Thoughts From a Rock Concert

Last night I went to a triple rock concert, Ted Nugent, Styx and REO Speedwagon. The primary reason I went is my brother is REO’s Lighting and Stage Designer, so I get to see his designs and spend some time with him. Very cool.

I only caught the last three songs of Nugent’s set. These aren’t 3 minute radio play songs, these have long drum and guitar solos. Blast from the past, every musician on stage gets an extended solo. He’s still the fast fingered power guitarist. He may be the last of the true anti-establishment rockers. He’s political for sure, not the limousine liberal that other rockers are now and claim to be anti-establishment. Remember, the Left has ruled culture; books, movies, and music for well over half a century, and been in political power (with the exception of a couple years here and there) since the 1930’s. They are the establishment, and I’m not aware of any entertainer out there ranting against it. The entertainment stars are making their $millions, living in mansions in gated communities. They’re anti-second amendment yet have guns. They’re anti-free speech, except for their own. They’re pro high taxes yet have legions of tax accountants and lawyers finding deductions and hiding places for their funds received from mediocre performances, but won’t hesitate to blast Romney for being rich. He’s had jobs that he’s done well. Entertainers bring us pleasure, allegedly. Many don’t because they’re mediocre in comparison to so many that have gone before.

My brother Paul and I took a brief walk out on the Strip (I live in Las Vegas) and it was just a freak show! Even the people “dressed up” looked horrid. We’ve all seen the WalMart people photos. People “dress up” and show no more clothing sense going out to concerts and fine restaurants than that.  I've been to fine restaurants with a casual business attire dress code, and people show up in flip flops, shorts and T's. They unfortunately are let in. Listening to bits and pieces of conversation, I could barely tell what was being said with all the “like” being more than peppered into the conversation, it was like ya know like, ya know what I mean? like um, like ya know? Good grief.

We go back to the auditorium and Nugent is rockin’ hard. Screamin’ guitar! I listen to guitarists now, and they’re mediocre by comparison. I don’t hear anyone the equivalent to Hendrix, Clapton, Page, Nugent, Satriani, Santana, or Dick Dale. One could tell the women there weren’t enthralled with it. They consented to this with their significant other is my guess, and when Styx and REO were on, they were up and dancing. It’s well performed music, with melody, stories and declarations of love. Most lyrics now are babble about sex and repetitively repetitive.

The CD player in my car is broken, so I’ve been tuning into the “rock” stations. Scare quotes. That’ because a noticeable amount of it is rap music backed with loud fast guitar. Loud fast guitar with someone beating the crap out of drums with a rhyming talking lead “singer”, does not rock music make. Rap is rap; don’t care how it’s formatted. I don’t know whether to blame the Beastie Boys or Aerosmith\Run DMC. Kid Rock hasn't helped. It’s mundane, mindless and mediocre.

Civilization goes on, it just changes; it doesn't end. Lots of philosophers and the political class have bemoaned the end of their specific civilization while doing their best to contribute to it. Mostly civilizations reject what made them top dog, become decadent, and some bad totalitarians move in. Notice the lack of creativity the past half century? Nothing new, just adjustments or what we can generously call improvements. That’s because what were once cultural rebels are just going along with groupthink and say they are. What were once creators can make a mint just rearranging what already exists. We’re at that crossroads, and can change direction from a centralized communist state and start moving back toward a constitutional republic. This coming November will tell. That liberty would open the flow of creative juices in arts and entertainment, religion, and business and technology. If we do, I’d like to see Nugent play Hendrix’s Star Spangled Banner at one of the inaugural concerts.

Just some thoughts on a concert.

Clapton "Crossroads"

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Jonah Goldberg and Piers Morgan Debate

I was never a big fan of Larry King, but he never bashed interviewees like this. Morgan makes an accusatory claim from a parsed phrase Goldberg says, and then continues the attack mercilessly. This was to be a book interview, to discuss topics in the book. It was a Leftist attack piece using discredited debate tactics, all the while Morgan denying he doing it. Jeeeeeeeeez.  

This is a lesson in how not to conduct an interview, and how to be a partisan hack while denying it. Does anyone have any idea what the book is about?  

Michelle Malkin Schools Juan Williams Re: Occupy Movement

Williams like other Communists (ie Democrats) are in denial theirs is a violent hateful destructive movement. Comparing TEA Party participants of being the same is despicable. Of course Williams had to call TEA partiers racists. Has he forgotten already he was booted by government sponsored Leftist radio NPR for not being Black enough?