Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Happy as a pig in...

Well America, it’s done. The President has signed the pork laden Spending…Errr..I mean Stimulus Bill into law. Everyone line up at the trough.
In case you were wondering where your future tax dollars will be going, I have a short list of some of the projects in the bill from .
Laurel, MS
Cost $99,600.00 - 2 jobs Created
Turns out this is nearly 100k to put doorbells in the residences of elderly Laurel residents. 2 doorbells in each unit. 1 at the door for obvious reasons, and 1 inside the unit for signalling distress. Seriously? How about we call it 3k and buy each of them an air horn to toot?
Austin, TX
Raul Alvarez Disc Golf Course: This project will develop a 36-hole disc golf course that will be environmentally and financially sustainable.
Cost $886,000.00 - 4 jobs created
Disc golf has to be the queerest sport ever. And if a Disc golf course was financially sustainable, some dirty Hippy company in Austin would have built it. Did you know that Austin has 7 disc golf courses already? Austin needs another disc golf course like it needs more waiters with Masters Degrees or pierced and tattooed Elementary School teachers.
Chula Vista, CA
Sunset View Park - dog park construction
cost $500,000.00 - 7 jobs created
500k for a Dog Park? What do dogs need besides some grass and a fire hydrant? They are going to spend all their time sniffing each other anyway, couldn't that be accomplished in a vacant lot?
Dayton, OH
Initiative to Reduce Prostitution-Off the Streets Program. This initiative would connect individuals involved in prostitution with resources to leave a life of prostitution. Beginning with emergency shelter and continuing with an array of educational
Cost $1,500,000.00 - 0 jobs created
This is sheer madness. Not only does it create no new jobs, it takes working women and makes them unemployed. And a Million 5 to do it? How many prostitutes are there in Dayton? Maybe we can just split the cash with them.
Los Angeles, CA
Solar LA Program
cost $2,160,000,000.00 - 31243 jobs created
OK, I can see some merit in this project. It does create jobs, and it uses sustainable energy. That is good. However, if projects like this actually generated money, they would have already been done by private industry. Remember private industry. It was the backbone of America before Socialism took over. Back when the government did not think it was smarter than American businessmen and women.
San Diego, CA
Downtown Quiet Zone
cost $20,000,000.00 - 0 jobs created
20 million dollars. Seriously? When I looked the detail up on this one, it basically boils down to changing train crossings to have lights and arms so that trains going through downtown are not required to blow their horns at every crossing. 20 million and no jobs? Screw San Diego, get used to the noise.
Albuquerque, NM
New Mexico Events Center, Hotel and Events Center and related infrastructure located in Downtown Albuquerque
cost $418,300,000.00 - 14000 jobs created
I liked this one until I saw that the hotel was a Sheraton. Shouldn’t Sheraton pay to have it built? Why am I paying for something that returns an investment directly to a private company? Isn’t that why they are in business? To build and operate hotels, right? Can I stay there for free?
Austin, TX
Boardwalk along Lady Bird Lake: The project will close a 1.3-mile gap in a heavily used pedestrian and bicycle trail system. The trail extension will improve safety and provide additional access to a major bike and pedestrian corridor.
cost $18,000,000.00 - 60 jobs created
A hike and bike trail? For 18 Million? Nice for all the Lance Armstrong wannabes, but not a sustainable job producer at all. Once it is built, all the illegals who built it will be out of work again. Not like they are paying taxes anyway.
Cidra, PR
Improve track and land for little league parking
cost $150,000,000.00 - 43 jobs created
This is a 150 Million dollar parking lot. For a Little League ballpark. Someone should be hanged for slipping this in here.
Seriously America, you are about to take on a tax burden that your great grand children will still not have paid off and you let every dirty politician sidle up and take a turn slipping their pork into this bill like the football team did to your slutty older sister on Prom night. Shame on all of us.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Is Washington listening to America?

The White House today used a typical tactic in deflecting the critisism of Robert Santelli, a CNBC personality and member of the Chicago Board of Trade. Robert Gibbs, White House Press Secretary, whose only jobs in life have been in politics, insinuated that Mr. Santelli was out of touch with the pulse of the American people when he called for a "Chicago Tea Party" to protest the Presidents Stimulus Bill. Saying:

"I'm not entirely sure where Mr. Santelli lives or in what house he lives," said White House press secretary Robert Gibbs during a press briefing. "But the American people are struggling every day to meet their mortgage, stay in their job, pay their bills, to send their kids to school, and to hope that they don't get sick or that somebody they care for gets sick and sends them into bankruptcy. I think we left a few months ago the -- the adage that, if it was good for a derivatives trader, that it was good for Main Street. I think the verdict is in on that."

Mr Gibbs also insinuated that the President was smarter then Mr. Santelli, who is college educated and has years of experience in the financial sector by saying:

"now, every day when I come out here, I spend a little time reading, studying on the issues, asking people who are smarter than I am questions about those issues. I would encourage him to read the president's plan and understand that it will help millions of people, many of whom he knows. I'd be more than happy to have him come here and read it."

He ended the tirade by suggesting that Mr. Santelli was simply overwrought, saying:

"I'd be happy to buy him a cup of coffee," Gibbs wryly added, in remarks he seemed to have prepared. "Decaf."

This is how the office of the chief executive of our United States responds to any criticism of their policies. They are dismissive, arrogant and refuse to debate their position. This administration seems to have decided what was best for America without letting us have a say. As if their election was a mandate to run this country by their rules, with no input from the outside. I see this as a very reckless direction to steer our country in. A distant, despotic ruler once tried to bend the citizenry of America to his will. He was George of England, and by the end of it, blood was spilled and history was changed. I hope the man at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue took a history class at Harvard because I don't want to see it happen in my lifetime.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Mmmmmm, Chili Mac...

Recently, I decided to augment our Survival and Camping pantry with some vacuum sealed meals. Mountain House is sold at our local REI. Wal-Mart and Academy stores, so I thought I would give it a try. To be honest, I did not expect much from a pre-packaged meal. As it turned out, I was pleasantly surprised. I purchased a 20 ounce pack of MH Chili Mac and an 8 ounce pack of MH Sweet Corn for my son and I to try. Following the directions on the pack, I boiled some water and measured the correct amount into each pouch, sealed the pouch, sloshed the water around and waited to listed amount of time (5-6 minutes). Upon opening the Chili Mac, the smell was very noticeable. It smelled like Chili Mac! I portioned it up on plates, then checked the corn. The corn looked good, but did not have much smell. I added a little salt and some margarine for flavor and portioned it out as well. Both items were firm, not mushy, although the kidney beans in the Chili Mac could have used some more water, a few of them were still crunchy, but edible. The taste was excellent. The Chili Mac needed no additional spices. The corn was firm and juicy, almost like frozen corn. Both my son and I were full at the end of the meal. If you are looking for an easy to make camping food, or something you can store long term or carry in a Bug Out Bag, I can whole heartedly recommend Mountain House entrees and side dishes!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Best Buddies

Not much to write about today, so let's take a journey down memory lane and play "This is your life" with Obama buddy and racist hate-monger Al Sharpton.
Al, here are some highlights of your life from the best source in truth on the Internet, Wikipedia:
Bernhard Goetz
Bernhard Goetz shot four African-American men on a New York subway train on December 22, 1984, when they approached him and allegedly tried to rob him. At his trial Goetz was cleared of all charges except criminal possession of a weapon. Sharpton led several marches protesing what he saw as the weak prosecution of the case.
Sharpton and other civil rights leaders said Goetz's actions were racist and requested a federal civil rights investigation. A federal investigation concluded the shooting was due to an attempted robbery and not race.
Tawana Brawley controversy
On November 28, 1987, Tawana Brawley, a 15-year-old African American girl, was found smeared with feces, lying in a garbage bag, her clothing torn and burned and with various slurs and epithets written on her body in charcoal. Brawley claimed she had been assaulted and raped by six white men, some of them police officers, in the town of Wappingers Falls, New York.
Alton H. Maddox and C. Vernon Mason joined Sharpton in support of Brawley. A grand jury was convened; after seven months of examining police and medical records, the jury determined that Brawley had fabricated her story. Sharpton, Maddox, and Mason accused the Dutchess County prosecutor, Steven Pagones, of racism and of being one of the perpetrators of the alleged abduction and rape. The three were successfully sued for slander and ordered to pay $345,000 in damages, the jury finding Sharpton liable for making seven defamatory statements about Pagones, Maddox for two, and Mason for one.
In 2007 Sharpton said he would have accepted the case the same as he does today. The only difference would be he would not have made it so personal with Pagones, but he still felt Brawley had a good case to go to trial. "I disagreed with the grand jury on Brawley," said Sharpton in an interview. "I believed there was enough evidence to go to trial. Grand jury said there wasn’t. Okay, fine. Do I have a right to disagree with the grand jury? Many Americans believe O.J. Simpson was guilty. A jury said he wasn’t. So I have as much right to question a jury as they do. Does it make somebody a racist? No! They just disagreed with the jury. So did I."
Freddie's Fashion Mart
In 1995, a black Pentecostal Church, the United House of Prayer, which owned a retail property on
125th Street, asked Fred Harari, a Jewish tenant who operated Freddie's Fashion Mart, to evict his longtime subtenant, a black-owned record store called The Record Shack. Sharpton led a protest in Harlem against the planned eviction of The Record Shack. Sharpton told the protesters, "We will not stand by and allow them to move this brother so that some white interloper can expand his business."
On 1995-12-08, Roland J. Smith Jr., one of the protesters, entered Harari's store with a gun and flammable liquid, shot several customers and set the store on fire. The gunman fatally shot himself, and seven store employees died of smoke inhalation. Fire Department officials discovered that the store's sprinkler had been shut down, in violation of the local fire code. Sharpton claimed that the perpetrator was an open critic of himself and his nonviolent tactics. Sharpton later expressed regret for making the racial remark, "white interloper," and denied responsibility for inflaming or provoking the violence.
Homophobia Allegations
Sharpton was quoted as saying to an audience at Kean College in 1994 that, “White folks was in caves while we was building empires ... We taught philosophy and astrology and mathematics before Socrates and them Greek homos ever got around to it.”Sharpton defended his comments by noting that the term "homo" was not homophobic but added that he no longer uses the term. Sharpton has since called for an end to homophobia in the African-American community.
Attacks on Mormonism
During 2007, Sharpton was accused of bigotry for comments he made on May 7, 2007, concerning presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his religion, Mormonism:
"As for the one Mormon running for office, those who really believe in God will defeat him anyways, so don't worry about that; that's a temporary situation."

In response, a representative for Romney told reporters that "bigotry toward anyone because of their beliefs is unacceptable."
The Catholic League compared Sharpton to Don Imus, and said that his remarks "should finish his career".
Tax Issues
On May 9, 2008, the Associated Press reported that Sharpton and his businesses owed almost $1.5 million in unpaid taxes and penalties. Sharpton owed $931,000 in federal income tax and $366,000 to New York, and his for-profit company, Rev. Al Communications, owed another $176,000 to the state.
On June 19, 2008, the New York Post reported that the Internal Revenue Service had sent subpoenas to several corporations that had donated to Sharpton's National Action Network. In 2007 New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo began investigating the National Action Network, because it failed to make proper financial reports, as required for non-profits. According to the Post, several major corporations, including Anheuser-Busch and Colgate-Palmolive, have donated thousands of dollars to the National Action Network. The Post asserted that the donations were made to prevent boycotts or rallies by the National Action Network.
Sharpton countered the investigative actions with a charge that they reflected a political agenda by United States agencies.
So basically our Presidents good buddy Al hates whites, Jews, Mormons, Homosexuals and doesn't see any reason to pay his taxes. And it is all a big government conspiracy against him. I wonder if the President has considered him for the vacant Commerce Secretary post, since there is no Department of Hateful Assholes for him to run.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Republican Senator Comes to Senses, Rejects deal with Devil

Senator Judd Gregg (R- NH) came to his senses Thursday and rejected an offered post as President Obama's Commerce Secretary. Here is what Fox News had to say:
Then Obama turned to Republican Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire. Though not a national figure, the taciturn Yankee is a player in the Senate. A former Budget Committee chairman, he is liked by colleagues and known for unemotional, no-nonsense analyses of fiscal matters.
Gregg stunned colleagues late Thursday when he withdrew his name, citing "irresolvable conflicts" with Obama's handling of the economic stimulus and 2010 census.
Thank goodness at least one person had the sense not to roll in the feces with the rest of this new administration. Obama's attempts at putting together a team to run this country have been thwarted by a number of issues, but this one stands out because it was the candidates choice. Normally, a withdrawal comes after allegations of misdoing (Bill Richardson, Tom Daschle, Nancy Killefer, Penny Pritzger). But criminal acts are no disqualifier in the administration of shame, just ask Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner, who feels no compulsion to pay his taxes either. Maybe our new President should take some lessons from former President Bill Clinton and his wife, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The Clinton's managed to stay Teflon and dodge charges of forcing illegal loans, making false statements, violating document privacy, improper use of documents and murder (remember Vince Foster's "suicide"?) while living in The People's House on Pennsylvania Ave.
Well, at least on American has stood up and said "No Kool-Aid for me." Congrats Senator Gregg. If you weren't a politician, I would offer to shake your hand.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Obama reveals the thumb he intends to stick up America's posterior

Well, the deed is done. America, drop your shorts. Our Congress has passed the Stimulus package and has doomed future generations to repaying a Trillion dollar boondoggle that will do nothing to stimulate our ailing economy. Here is a blurb from Fox News:

The Dow suffered its steepest selloff in three months on Tuesday as the markets fretted about a lack of details emerging from trillions of dollars of initiatives unveiled by Washington in an effort to halt one of the worst downturns since the Great Depression.
Once again the markets responded poorly to Washington's unprecedented interventions as stocks plunged even as the Senate signed off on an $838 billion stimulus package and the Treasury Department released plans to significantly expand its efforts to stabilize the financial markets.
Today’s Markets
The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 381.99 points, or 4.62%, to 7888.88, the S&P 500 fell 42.73 points, or 4.91%, to 827.16 and the Nasdaq Composite sank 66.83 points, or 4.20%, to 1524.73. The consumer-friendly FOX 50 dropped 32.28 points, or 4.99%, to 614.99.
I am proud to say both of my Senators voted against it. That ensures them a place in the post-secession Texas government.

Friday, February 6, 2009

The New Heat in Town!

This is the latest addition to the collection. A Taurus Model 85 Ultra-Light. A 5 shot revolver in .38 Special with a 2 inch barrel. This thing is a perfect back-up or car gun. No need to worry about chambering a round before you fire. It is right there! Double or Single action. Easily concealable. With some Federal Hydra-Shocks or Cor-Bon DPX rounds, it should be a man stopper. I feel pretty good putting mine or my family safety on it. Drawbacks are limited ammo capacity and lowered accuracy at longer ranges due to the short barrel, but I think those are offset by the light weight and ease of use.

Dangerous Liasons

Remember this guy? The Rev. Jeremiah Wright? President Obama's pastor. His "spiritual advisor". Rev. Wright married Obama and his wife Michelle, baptized their two daughters and is credited by Obama for the title of his book, "The Audacity of Hope." This man was Obama's pastor for the last 20 years at the Trinity United Church of Christ on Chicago's south side, and has a long history of what is mildly referred to by the Obama Administration as "inflammatory rhetoric," including the assertion that the United States brought on the 9/11 attacks with its own "terrorism."
Here is a nice quote from an ABC News article about the Reverend;
"The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law and then wants us to sing 'God Bless America.' No, no, no, God damn America, that's in the Bible for killing innocent people," he said in a 2003 sermon. "God damn America for treating our citizens as less than human. God damn America for as long as she acts like she is God and she is supreme."
What a peach. I am so glad to know our President saw fit to have associations such as this in his life. This is a guy with a message! Unfortunately for America, it is a message of hate, racism and disharmony. This is a guy who hates America, hates white people and uses profanity in church. This is a showman who would put P.T. Barnum to shame, who realizes that his message is repugnant to the majority of Americans, so the only recourse is to shout it louder.
I don't have any information about his recent actions, I just wanted to write an article to remind everyone that this is who our President was chummy with. This is one of his role models. This is someone he CHOSE to associate himself with.
I just don't want anyone to forget that.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Play with swine, get yourself muddy

Although I don't think my blogging was the primary cause, the deed was done regardless. Daschle admitted he was in bed with special interests and that, although he helped write this country's tax code, he saw no need to follow it. President Obama ate some more crow.
The list of "I owe you the election, so here's a job" candidates that President Obama has trotted out for cabinet positions is staggering. And mostly as dirty as the day is long. Daschle, Geithner, Pritzger, Richardson. Makes you wonder if he knows anyone not one the take.
And staffing his ranks with Clinton era rejects (including Hillary Clinton, remember the great job she did reforming Health Care) just goes to show you that he believes America truly yearns for a return to the days of Assault Weapon Bans, Waco, Ruby Ridge, ineffective Foreign Policy, WhiteWater and the Internet Start-Up Bubble. Days when an elitist, ineffectual Ivy League educated government attempted to subject middle America to some sort of abortive leftist social experiment.
If Americans had any gumption, they would get off the sofa, turn off American Idol and march on Washington, DC with pitchforks and torches. President Obama, his cabinet, most of Congress and the Stimulus Package deserve nothing less than a good tar and feathering, and a ride across the Potomac on a rail.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

They get the Gold mine, we get...

Got this info on a recent Gallup Poll regarding the 900 Billion Dollar Stimulus Package that the Democratic controlled Congress is sure to pass.

From Fox News: A majority of Americans want Congress to either reject or make "major changes" to the economic stimulus package on Capitol Hill, a poll out Tuesday finds.
The Gallup poll, conducted from Friday through Sunday, found that 75 percent of Americans want Congress to pass some version of the plan, which is tagged at about $900 billion in the latest Senate package.
But the survey reflected deepening doubts about the effectiveness of the programs and spending items currently being considered by federal lawmakers. Only 38 percent of those polled favored the existing stimulus proposal, down from a slight majority holding that view in the Jan. 28 Gallup survey.
Thirty-seven percent want major changes and 17 percent reject the plan outright.
The poll also found only 10 percent think the economy will improve this year as a result of the plan. Fifty-three percent said the plan will either have no effect on their families or make their financial situations worse.
The poll reflects a substantial partisan divide, with 59 percent of Democrats calling for passage without changes while 43 percent of Republicans want major changes and another 35 percent reject it outright.
The poll was based on interviews with 1,027 adults and had a margin of error of 3 percentage points.

Keep your eye on this America. Even though a majority of American see this pork laden, bloated spend fest as nothing more than a useless gesture that will put a crippling tax burden on future generations of Americans, Congress will approve it, and the President will sign it into law.

This is what we can expect for at least 4 years, an administration that thinks it knows better that we do what is good for the American people. Leftist, intellectual eliteists that refuse to listen to the voice of Middle America, because they think they are smarter than the rest of us. From the party that shoved Roosevelts New Deal down our throats, here is the Change and Hope President Obama promised!

Come on America, quit clinging to your guns and your religion, let Big Brother make the choices for you. Drink the Kool-Aid!