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Warrior 100K Ride: George W. Bush Honors Those Who Served

Have you seen this on the liberal news programs? Or in the liberal press? This is what a real American president does, instead of going golfing at every opportunity like the present sitting president does.

AMARILLO – After more than 25 miles on a mountain bike, Juan Arredondo’s calves finally gave in and seized up in cramps.

But the retired Army sergeant was far from finished, especially being only a mile away from the finish line on the second day of the George W. Bush Institute’s Warrior 100K Ride in Palo Duro Canyon State Park.

As a volunteer rider worked on his calves – which were injured by an improvised explosive device in 2005 – Arredondo waved off a medical team staffer who offered to give him a lift in a golf cart back to the finish line.

“Negative, sir,” he said, taking a swig of Gatorade before looking up at the final, brutal ascent. “We’re too close.”

Arredondo, who also uses a prosthetic for where he lost his left hand, hopped back on his bike and powered up the hill to the finish line. As he rode up to greet a waiting George W. Bush, the sergeant started to apologize for not staying on the former president’s pace.

But Bush would have none of it, telling Arredondo, “Don’t worry about it.” As the former president later explained to reporters, the mere presence of Arredondo – and the 18 other wounded veterans on the ride – meant more to him than any time or finishing place.

“This is not a race, really,” Bush said of the event, which aims to honor service members injured in Iraq and Afghanistan. “It’s a celebration.”

And the second leg of the three-day trek proved to be one tough, but hearty celebration.

Early on, Bush fired up the crew with a brisk pace and lots of encouragement. At point, someone called out, “How’s everybody feeling?” And after a chorus of “good,” Bush yelled, “Yeah, baby.”

There was good news too for retired Army First Lt. Melissa Stockwell and Army Maj. Dan Gade, who struggled a bit on Thursday. The duo, who both lost a leg above the knee in combat, hardly had to unclip from their pedals Friday as the riders around them perfected ways to help.

(Bush has pedaled up front the first two days, where he jokes, “You eat a lot less dirt.” The former president, however, plans to ride with “Team Melissa” and “Team Dan” on Saturday.)

But a day after Bush, the veterans and 50 other assorted riders cruised through 13 miles in 100-plus-degree temperatures, Friday’s 30-mile journey through Palo Duro’s scenic trails turned out to be a test of survival.

Read all of it HERE.

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As Ronald Reagan famously quipped, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’” Portland, Oregon, though, really is here to help. The problem is that the city hasn’t created laws to benefit Portlanders—it’s created them to benefit one specific industry, at the expense of every consumer in the area.

The Portland city council two years ago put in place regulations that force limousine and sedan services to charge a $50 minimum for rides to and from the airport, and at least 35 percent more than taxis for trips to any other destination. And these transportation companies cannot pick up customers until at least an hour after the customer calls for a ride.

Frank Dufray, administrator for Portland’s Private-for-Hire Transportation Program, which regulates both taxi and livery services, said the laws aren’t intended to help consumers or the city, but to protect market share for the taxi industry.

“The main thing is that you don’t want the Town cars to take all of the best fares, which are to the airport, and not leave any for the taxi industry,” he said. “That’s why there’s a minimum fare and a one-hour wait requirement.”

The Institute for Justice, the libertarian public-interest law firm, has just filed suit in federal court against the city. They succinctly summarize the issue at stake:

Can the government bar entrepreneurs from offering competitive prices, online discounts and prompt service merely to protect politically powerful insiders from competition?

That is the question the Institute for Justice (IJ) and its clients seek to answer though a federal lawsuit they have filed challenging Portland, Oregon’s anticompetitive limousine and sedan regulations.

Read More about their assault on Groupon

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HYPOCRISY ALERT: Anti-Bullying Speaker Curses Christian Teens (this man is much beloved by the left!)

Read About It HERE

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“I’m unemployed, my wife left me and the house is getting foreclosed on, but at least we’ve got a cool president!”

We Americans don’t want a “cool” president. We want a competent one. One who believes in individual sovereignty, personal liberty, free enterprise, a growing and productive private sector, the Declaration and the Constitution. We want a competent president who respects America’s laws, its founding, morals and traditions.

Doug Ross Finds a Plethora of Articles Written in the Last Few Days Describing Obama’s “Coolness”

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Sad really, that Obama and company must use a slogan awful damn close to this to appeal to our patriotism….

Vote for ME! Osama is Dead because of ME!

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Mitt Romney says he will not apologize for being a rich guy who lives large and can buy whatever he wants by writing checks from his offshore bank account in the Caymans. The former governor of Massachusetts believes that what he and his father before him accomplished — that is, raking in the big bucks — is to be celebrated. Perhaps Romney’s campaign slogan should be: “I’m rich. Deal with it.”

As a rich guy myself, I completely understand Romney’s mindset. Somehow I have managed to become a 1 percenter, and while I don’t care very much about material wealth, I am proud that I made my money honestly through hard work. When I graduated from Boston University in 1975, I was broke. I had to borrow money to travel to Scranton, Pa., for my first job in television. Over the years, I sacrificed much to become a proficient TV news guy, and I also took some big risks. That has paid off.

Class envy is a fact of life everywhere. That’s what drives socialism and communism. Why should one human being have more than another? That is a divisive moral question that is certainly relevant in this year’s presidential election.

Barack Obama apparently believes that the fix is in as far as American capitalism is concerned. The president thinks his Republican opposition wants to help greed heads at the expense of working folks. That is what Obama is putting out there. Maybe his slogan should be: “Greed is good. Just ask Mitt Romney.”

RICH GUYS

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Who, but Israel, is ever asked to return land that they won in wars that were waged against them by other countries?

It isn’t Islamophobia when they really ARE trying to kill you.

Read this blog daily: Bare Naked Islam

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Something needed ASAP!

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Switzerland’s “Debt Brake” Is a Role Model for Spending Control and Fiscal Restraint….

I’ve argued, ad nauseam, that the single most important goal of fiscal policy is (or should be) to make sure the private sector grows faster than the government. This “golden rule” is the best way of enabling growth and avoiding fiscal crises, and I’ve cited nations that have made progress by restraining government spending.

But what’s the best way of actually imposing such a rule, particularly since politicians like using taxpayer money as a slush fund?

Well, the Swiss voters took matters into their own hands, as I describe in today’s Wall Street Journal.

Americans looking for a way to tame government profligacy should look to Switzerland. In 2001, 85% of its voters approved an initiative that effectively requires its central government spending to grow no faster than trendline revenue. The reform, called a “debt brake” in Switzerland, has been very successful. Before the law went into effect in 2003, government spending was expanding by an average of 4.3% per year. Since then it’s increased by only 2.6% annually.

So how does this system work?

Switzerland’s debt brake limits spending growth to average revenue increases over a multiyear period (as calculated by the Swiss Federal Department of Finance). This feature appeals to Keynesians, who like deficit spending when the economy stumbles and tax revenues dip. But it appeals to proponents of good fiscal policy, because politicians aren’t able to boost spending when the economy is doing well and the Treasury is flush with cash. Equally important, it is very difficult for politicians to increase the spending cap by raising taxes. Maximum rates for most national taxes in Switzerland are constitutionally set (such as by an 11.5% income tax, an 8% value-added tax and an 8.5% corporate tax). The rates can only be changed by a double-majority referendum, which means a majority of voters in a majority of cantons would have to agree.

In other words, the debt brake isn’t a de jure spending cap, but it is a de facto spending cap. And capping the growth of spending (which is the underlying disease) is the best way of controlling red ink (the symptom of excessive government).

Read all of this HERE.

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This would cause me to pucker and hold it in!

Guadalajara-based studio Hernandez Silva Arquitectos has designed the new interior of this penthouse situated on top of a 70?s Mexican colonial building in Guadalajara, Jalisco, México.

A characteristic feature of the project is that a volume that was originally intended for a second elevator and was never installed becomes a powder room with a glass floor that looks down all the 15 levels, the PPDG penthouse is a great versatile modulated space, with great views all this with the concepts of transparency and the simplicity of materials. See much more of the residence on Home DSGN.

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