Even with the president’s approval rating showing signs of life and the Republicans busily bashing themselves over the head — “one is a practicing polygamist and he’s not even the Mormon,” retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor recently quipped about her party’s two frontrunners — America continues to track right, according to polling data released by the Gallup Organization last week.
Americans at this political moment are significantly more likely to identify as conservative than as liberal: conservatives outnumber liberals by nearly two to one. Forty percent identify as conservative, 36 percent as moderate, and 21 percent liberal.
The map above charts the ideological divide across America’s states. There are four states where conservatives make up more than half the population: Mississippi, Utah, Wyoming, and Alabama. Conservatives make up more than 40 percent in 20 more states. Liberals now outnumber conservatives in just one state, Massachusetts, and the District of Columbia.
Senior ranking US military leaders have so distorted the truth when communicating with the US Congress and American people in regards to conditions on the ground in Afghanistan that the truth has become unrecognizable. This deception has damaged America’s credibility among both our allies and enemies, severely limiting our ability to reach a political solution to the war in Afghanistan. It has likely cost American taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars Congress might not otherwise have appropriated had it known the truth, and our senior leaders’ behavior has almost certainly extended the duration of this war. The single greatest penalty our Nation has suffered, however, has been that we have lost the blood, limbs and lives of tens of thousands of American Service Members with little to no gain to our country as a consequence of this deception.
These are surely serious charges and anyone who would make such claims had better have considerable and substantive evidence to back it up. Regrettably, far too much evidence does exist and I will here provide key elements of it. As I will explain in the following pages I have personally observed or physically participated in programs for at least the last 15 years in which the Army’s senior leaders have either “stretched the truth” or knowingly deceived the US Congress and American public. What I witnessed in my most recently concluded 12 month deployment to Afghanistan has seen that deception reach an intolerable high. I will provide a very brief summary of the open source information that would allow any American citizen to verify these claims. But if the public had access to these classified reports they would see the dramatic gulf between what is often said in public by our senior leaders and what is actually true behind the scenes. It would be illegal for me to discuss, use, or cite classified material in an open venue and thus I will not do so; I am no WikiLeaks guy Part II.
A woman from Los Angeles who was a tree hugging, liberal Democrat, and an anti-hunter purchased a piece of timberland near Colville, WA.
There was a large tree on one of the highest points in the tract.
She wanted a good view of the natural splendor of her land so she started to climb the big tree.
As she neared the top she encountered a spotted owl that attacked her.
In her haste to escape, the woman slid down the tree to the ground and got many splinters in her crotch. In considerable pain, she hurried to a local ER to see a doctor.
She told him she was an environmentalist, a Democrat, an anti-hunter and how she came to get all the splinters.
The doctor listened to her story with great patience and then told her to go wait in the examining room and he would see if he could help her.
She sat and waited three hours before the doctor reappeared.
The angry woman demanded, “What took you so long?”
He smiled and then told her, “Well, I had to get permits from the Environmental Protection Agency, the Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management before I could remove old-growth timber from a ‘recreational area’ so close to a waste treatment facility. I’m sorry, but due to Obama-Care youve been turned down.”
I recently applied for a building permit for a new house in Dearborn.
It was going to be 100 ft tall and 400 ft wide, with 9 gun turrets at various heights, and windows all over the place and a loud outside entertainment sound system.
It would have parking for 200 cars, and I was going to paint it snot green with pink trim.
The City Council told me to forget it…AIN’T GONNA HAPPEN!
So I sent in the application again, but this time I called it a ‘Mosque’.
Work starts on Monday. I love this country.
Happy Valentine’s Day to You…
Two enjoying today:
Recent proclamations and edicts from on high demonstrate that this administration is severely limiting the freedoms and rights assigned to “We the People” in the Constitution.
A perfect example of this is the mandate from HHS Secretary Sebelius regarding contraception and abortifacient drugs. This mandate (edict) shows that this administration, from the President on down, is not only abrogating the right to free expression of religion as stated in the 1st Amendment, but also sets itself up as the arbiter of religious expression and defining authority of religion, thus creating the State as a religion (or State as God), in direct violation of the Establishment of Religion clause (frequently incorrectly cited as the separation of Church and State) in the 1st Amendment. The opening line of the 1st Amendment reads thus: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”.
Thus, we can see that by assigning to the government the authority to define and proclaim religious expression, what is allowable and what is not, this administration not only violates the “free exercise thereof” portion but also the primary portion “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion”.
Whoever wins the GOP presidential nod will need a strong vice presidential candidate to beat the formidable, very well-financed Obama-Biden ticket. Here are some suggestions for the eventual Republican nominee when he chooses his running mate:
The people listed after each section (read the article for expanded explanations of each section) are choices that Human Events list as possible VP candidates. Those listed who are still running for president are there in case they do not make the nomination. I disagree with some of them and list my preferences after the article below.
1. Budget expertise – The Republican presidential candidate will need someone who knows the budget in and out, and who has innovative ideas about how to fix the problems.
2. Appeal to Hispanic voters – Hispanics are the fastest growing demographic group in America and their vote could be up for grabs with the right ticket.
3. Inspires the base – The Republican nominee will need someone to inspire the true believers on the right—a candidate who can bring in small-government Tea Partiers.
4. Tough campaigner – Vice presidential candidates often have to take on detractors, while the presidential pick stays above the fray.
5. Administrative experience – Experience counts and having run an operation with a decent budget and a large number of employees is valuable training for a President or his running mate.
Scott Walker, John Kasich, Mitch Daniels
6. Appeals to evangelicals – Republicans can’t win in November if evangelicals and social conservatives stay home.
Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann
7. Innovative approach to healthcare – The nation’s healthcare system will need a major overhaul after ObamaCare is dismantled.
8. Immigration problem solver – The GOP ticket could use someone who knows how important it is to control the borders.
Rick Perry, Tom Tancredo
9. War on Terror expertise – Despite the pull-out from Iraq and the soon-to-come retreat from Afghanistan, the war on terror is far from over and the world remains a dangerous place.
John Bolton, Rudy Giuliani, David Petraeus
10. Makes black vote more competitive – It is about time that Republicans make progress in loosening the Democratic stranglehold on black voters.
Allen West, Condoleezza Rice, Herman Cain
Read the article here.
A Commissioner in Louisiana is trying to ban the wearing of pajamas in public.
Here’s his wish list for a dress code
- Shirt and shoes required
- No exposed underwear
- No hats worn backwards
- No dew rags or baggy pants below waist (check spelling in video at 1:53!)
- No brimless hats, bandanas, or gang colors
Seems reasonable to me, which doesn’t bode well for him.
If the video on the above does not work, just go here: VIEW VIDEO
Pajama Jeans might get GloZell in trouble according to the above…
This is a POP QUIZ on our CONSTITUTION.
It’s only one question.
Okay, that is basically what I offered blog owners on 4 forums.
All a blog owner had to do is place my anchor text and url in a blog post.
And I would place their anchor text and url in a blog post here.
Well, yet again after 3 days, I have found that blog owners do not want free advertising!
Such an easy thing to do, takes no time, and is there permanently. For both of us!
But no, not one taker yet!
Washington’s House of Representatives voted today 55-43 in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage in the state.
This makes the bill effectively a law: The state Senate passed it last week, and Gov. Chris Gregoire has already stated publicly that she intends to sign it right away.
However, same-sex couples would have to wait at least until June before they can get married — and that’s only if opponents of gay rights are unsuccessful in obtaining the required number of signatures necessary for a referendum.
If they succeed, same-sex couples in Washington will have to wait until the state’s voters decide their fate at the ballot in November. The latest poll numbers show an near-even split between those would approve same-sex marriages and those who would ban them.
Today’s vote in Washington comes 24 hours after California’s 9th Circuit Court upheld a previous ruling declaring the state’s ban on same-sex marriages unconstitutional.
Deadline reports that creator David Shore told the network he felt it was time, creatively, to bring the show “home.”
“The producers have always imagined House as an enigmatic creature; he should never be the last one to leave the party,” Shore said in a statement. “How much better to disappear before the music stops, while there is still some promise and mystique in the air.”
The showrunner went on to suggest that House might live to snark another day on a different network.
The show, which has been on the air since 2004, is produced by NBC Universal, and the possibility exists that NBC might pick it up. However, NBC Entertainment head Robert Greenblatt all but dismissed that option last month when he indicated that the move would be too expensive to justify.
Still, some good news for fans of Fox’s Terra Nova: The cancellation of House makes a second season all the more likely.
(Guardian) — The world’s greatest snow-capped peaks, which run in a chain from the Himalayas to Tian Shan on the border of China and Kyrgyzstan, have lost no ice over the last decade, new research shows.
The discovery has stunned scientists, who had believed that around 50bn tonnes of meltwater were being shed each year and not being replaced by new snowfall.
The study is the first to survey all the world’s icecaps and glaciers and was made possible by the use of satellite data. Overall, the contribution of melting ice outside the two largest caps – Greenland and Antarctica – is much less then previously estimated, with the lack of ice loss in the Himalayas and the other high peaks of Asia responsible for most of the discrepancy.
Bristol University glaciologist Prof Jonathan Bamber, who was not part of the research team, said: “The very unexpected result was the negligible mass loss from high mountain Asia, which is not significantly different from zero.”
The melting of Himalayan glaciers caused controversy in 2009 when a report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change mistakenly stated that they would disappear by 2035, instead of 2350. However, the scientist who led the new work is clear that while greater uncertainty has been discovered in Asia’s highest mountains, the melting of ice caps and glaciers around the world remains a serious concern.
(ABC News) — President Obama “reinforced” his stance on the controversial contraception mandate while speaking at the Democrats’ annual retreat at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. today, Senate Democrats said.
The retreat was closed to media.
Following President Obama’s speech at the retreat, a small group of Senate Democrats, mostly women, left the retreat early in order to hold a news conference on Capitol Hill to counter the Republicans’ news conference today at which they called for the mandate to be overturned.
Democrats said they will “fight strongly” to keep the mandate in place.
(he is not legit)
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There was a sharp rebuke Wednesday from Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan that put even more pressure on the president to calm a widening election year uproar. The issue at hand was the president’s insistence that Catholic institutions provide free birth control to their employees.
Dolan came to the South Bronx to bless a library, but he had no blessings — just harsh words — for President Barack Obama, who wants Catholic institutions to pay for birth control, the morning after pill and other services for people who work for them.
“The federal government should do what it’s traditionally done since July 4, 1776, namely back out of intruding into the internal life of a church,” Dolan told CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer.
The leader of the New York Archdiocese picked up support from Speaker John Boehner, who said either Obama reverses the policy or the House will.
“The federal government has drifted dangerously beyond its constitutional boundaries. This attack by the federal government on religious freedom in our country must not stand and will not stand,” Boehner said.
The attacks left the White House foundering. It wants to find some way to calm Catholic opposition, but will not back down on the policy, itself.
“I want to be clear today that the commitment to insuring the women have access to these important health care services remains very strong,” Press Secretary Jay Carney said.
(Bloomberg) — The U.S., lacking a plan to contain $1 trillion deficits, faces the prospect of another rating cut in six to 24 months depending on the outcome of November elections, according to John Chambers of Standard & Poor’s.
America has had an AA+ rating with a negative outlook since Aug. 5 when the New York-based unit of McGraw-Hill Cos. stripped the nation of its AAA ranking for the first time, citing the government’s failure to agree on a path to reduce deficits. The U.S. has a one-in-three chance of another downgrade, Chamber said today during an S&P sponsored Webcast.
“What the U.S. needs is not so much a short-term fiscal tightening, but it has to have a credible medium-term fiscal plan,” said Chambers, managing director of sovereign ratings. “That is going to have to say something about entitlements, and that is probably going to have to say something about revenues.”
Bond investors ignored the downgrade, driving Treasury yields to the lowest levels in history, amid concern the U.S. economy was stalling and as Europe’s debt crisis intensified. Treasuries have returned 3.9 percent since the rating cut and gained 9.8 percent last year, the debt’s best performance since 2008, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch index data.
“I don’t think anything is going to happen between now and the election in November,” Chambers said.
(am sure though that the liberals and the MSM will say this is racist because obama is not white)
In-home health care workers in Connecticut, like their counterparts in Michigan, may see so-called union dues deducted from paychecks they receive through a state subsidy for the poor, but two free market groups are trying to stop it.
The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is trying to unionize in-home health care workers, based on the theory that they qualify as public employees because the money paid to them is subsidized by the state. “The only notice home health care workers receive concerning a union election is a nondescript mailing asking them if they wish to join the union,” says the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI). “Under this process, the union only needs to receive a majority of returned cards—not a majority of all workers—to be recognized as those workers’ exclusive bargaining representative.”
The SEIU achieved this goal in Michigan, with the result that even low-income families who receive a Medicaid subsidy to take care of their adult, disabled children are losing $30 a month to the union. “Our daughter is 34 and our son is 30,” retired police office Robert Haynes said of the Michigan unionization. “They have cerebral palsy. They are basically like 6-month-olds in adult bodies. They need to be fed and they wear diapers. We could sure use that $30 a month that’s being sent to the union.”
“Forced unionization of home health and day care workers shows government at its worst,” said CEI Policy Analyst Trey Kovacs in a statement. ”Across the nation, union political influence has swayed elected officials such as [Gov. Dan Malloy, D, Conn.] to divert tax dollars intended to cover medical expenses for their states’ poor residents to enrich union coffers instead.”
To oppose the SEIU effort, CEI and the Yankee Institute for Public Policy began a mail campaign this week designed to encourage workers to vote against the scheme, pointing out to the in-home employees that the “SEIU wants to take up to $780 from your pay in union dues.”
The SEIU says it wants to help the in-home health care workers unionize in order to help negotiate a better contract for the workers, and to help keep the employees in the industry.
(they needs the monies to pays to obama so theys cans gets more monies)