Sunday, May 30, 2010

According to one of Obama's judicial nominees...
If you enjoy commiting murder
and can calmly talk about those you've committed,
you should be held less responsible for them.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

What have you BEEN DOING since April 20, Mr. President?
No one cares so much how you FEEL about this disaster;
The story about your daughter is cute, but it seems like you are only now seeing the scope of this problem.
Admitting now that the buck stops with you, does not explain what you've been doing with the buck for over 40 days.
If this had been Bush, he would have been condemned by Hollywood and every network after five days!

Update: Added May 31.
Here's what Peggy Noonan has to say about it:

In his news conference Thursday, President Obama made his position no better. He attempted to act out passionate engagement through the use of heightened language—"catastrophe," etc.—but repeatedly took refuge in factual minutiae. His staff probably thought this demonstrated his command of even the most obscure facts. Instead it made him seem like someone who won't see the big picture. ... his strategic problem was that he'd already lost the battle. If the well was plugged tomorrow, the damage will already have been done.

The original sin in my view is that as soon as the oil rig accident happened the president tried to maintain distance between the gusher and his presidency. He wanted people to associate the disaster with BP and not him. When your most creative thoughts in the middle of a disaster revolve around protecting your position, you are summoning trouble. When you try to dodge ownership of a problem, when you try to hide from responsibility, life will give you ownership and responsibility the hard way. In any case, the strategy was always a little mad. Americans would never think an international petroleum company based in London would worry as much about American shores and wildlife as, say, Americans would. ...

I wonder if the president knows what a disaster this is not only for him but for his political assumptions. His philosophy is that it is appropriate for the federal government to occupy a more burly, significant and powerful place in America—confronting its problems of need, injustice, inequality. But in a way, and inevitably, this is always boiled down to a promise: "Trust us here in Washington, we will prove worthy of your trust." Then the oil spill came and government could not do the job, could not meet need, in fact seemed faraway and incapable....
Remarkable too is the way both BP and the government, 40 days in, continue to act shocked, shocked that an accident like this could have happened. If you're drilling for oil in the deep sea, of course something terrible can happen, so you have a plan on what to do when it does.
How could there not have been a plan? How could it all be so ad hoc, so inadequate, so embarrassing? ...

What continues to fascinate me is Mr. Obama's standing with Democrats. They don't love him. Half the party voted for Hillary Clinton, and her people have never fully reconciled themselves to him. But he is what they have. ...The political operative James Carville, the most vocal and influential of the president's Gulf critics, signaled to Democrats this week that they can start to peel off. He did it through the passion of his denunciations.

The disaster in the Gulf may well spell the political end of the president and his administration, and that is no cause for joy. It's not good to have a president in this position—weakened, polarizing and lacking broad public support—less than halfway through his term. That it is his fault is no comfort. It is not good for the stability of the world, or its safety, that the leader of "the indispensable nation" be so weakened.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Obama Has Been "on top of this"
Since Day One... Yea, Right
Listen to it at this link. It proves what I said a few posts back that the press has put more effort into keeping Obama "clean" than he has in the gulf. He has neglected his duties in the gulf disaster. For five weeks, he has done everything BUT what is expected of him by law under these circumstances, and the press has not once read him the "instruction manual" found at this link. Obama is so afraid of this becoming "his mess" that Press Secretary Mark Gibbs actually called a special meeting with the White House Press Corp and scolded them for asking too many questions about the spill.
For those readers who know where I am right now, I wanted to add this first-hand account about the oil spill in the gulf.
We have been on the beaches in Destin's Emerald Coast (Florida Panhandle) since Saturday. We are now heading home. The weather has been great. The beaches are beautiful. The dolphins are as playful as ever. Blue Claw Crabs are still very sporting during night-time hunts. No sign of the oil spill here--yet!
One hundred miles to the south and west of us, however, in the most southern and eastward tips of the state of Louisiana, the oil is beginning to wash up on shore. Our taxi driver at the airport was from Louisiana, and he is heartsick about this. In our daily travels we pass BP gas stations that have no customers. I have heard nothing of an official "boycott," but it seems to be happening quite naturally, and my guess is it will continue until this mess is cleaned up.
Cities all along the coast are living on pins and needles. The sad fact is, there has been so much hype about the potential contamination of these beaches that thousands of tourists are canceling their plans every week. In other words, the financial impact of this floating river of crude has already begun even if it never makes actual contact with the coast.
Even James Carville is blasting Obama's bungling of this disaster. After five weeks, Obama still can't do anything more than get angry and demand that the hole be plugged. Oh, that he were this slow about all forms of government intervention.

Monday, May 24, 2010

I Support the Arizona Law--and I've Read It!


I have been reading about the new Arizona law for weeks. Now I've read it. Duh!

This is a no brainer. It is absurd to oppose it. One article I read last week criticized the law for "criminalizing illegal immigration." Think about those three words. That would be like wanting to take a law off the books for "making it illegal to enter someone else's home unlawfully."

Here's what the article said: "The proposal would make Arizona the only state to criminalize the presence of illegal immigrants through an expansion of its trespassing law. It also would require police to try to determine people's immigration status when there's reasonable suspicion they are in the country illegally. An estimated 460,000 illegal immigrants live in the state."

First of all, I suspect the 460,000 number is very low. The reaction to the law would hint that some know the number is much higher. And let's face it, we know when you include all of the border states from Texas to California, the number is in the tens of millions. If a state with nearly half-a-million illigal immigrants wants to start solving the problem one crime at a time, what right has any other state or the White House to stop them. Ignoring the law is not evidence of compassion. If it were, then why not let them steal a car while they're at it. If what they are stealing is based on need, that would be just as "compassionate" as letting them steal citizenship or residence. This is not about compassion ; it's about fiscal responsibility and national security.

Like many of you, I have traveled abroad. I never go anywhere without my papers. If for some reason I would have been caught in the country of the Neatherlands, or Jordan, or Isreal, or Japan, or Thailand without my passport, I would have been held and in a world of hurt. Goodness, we can't even get back into the U.S. from Canada anymore without a passport. Show me the country on this globe that does not have such laws AND ENFORCE THEM, and I'll show you a country at risk of gradual take-over. I am against profiling and prejudice but we must enforce our borders!

Let's imagine there was a concert at the State Fair. Patrons paid their $28 at the gate and got a wrist band to get in. Now let's say that some folks found a way to crawl under the far tent wall. This law would be like saying that State Fair security is allowed to ask to see wrist bands and escort those out who didn't pay to get in. Like I said: it's a no brainer.

Here's an even better example: Let's say there was a State Dinner at the White House and two people who weren't invited just decided to show up anyway. This law would be like asking people for some proof of invitation since their names are not on the list. Surely even the President understands the need to enforce such things. Or does he?

Seventy percent of U.S. citizens on both sides of the political aisle AGREE with this law. I think that number will grow inspite of the hype against it.

There is only one logical explanation for why Obama's folks and so many liberals are using hateful language and positioning themselves to be opposed to Arizona's enforcement of the law. They plan to let those illegals cut to the front of the line, let them tap the Community Chest, and get one "Get Out of Jail" card so the Dems can monopolize the fastest growing voter block in over half of these United States.

Yes, Sir. I have a funny feeling that millions of wrist bands are already being printed to hand out at that gap under the far tent wall.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Al Gore: Bore Me More Until I Snore

At the end of this Al-Gore-bore-me-more-until-I-snore speech, he says that the next generation will ask this one question, "What were you thinking?" I would suggest that some more pertinent questions were rumbling under the mortarboards that day, such as: "Why did we invite this guy to speak at our commencement?" and "Can you believe this guy was almost elected president? Thank God for hanging chads." and "Thanks for the optimism, Mr. Gore. Where can we buy tickets to the next Jim Jone's Kool Aid Reunion?"

I am a huge supporter of being good stewards of God's creation, and I would agree that we have often failed to clean up our own mess as guests on His earth. Likewise, I'm not suggesting that there are not plenty of strange things happening in the world today as if we are witnessing some epic storyline in need of redemption.

I'm only saying that the cult Gore seems to be leading has it wrong. The worsening state of global political-economic affairs are the result of man's doing, but most of the natural geological and /or geo-thermal affects (many of which are in dispute) are not caused by man--nor will the solution come from man. Gore and his comrades have given man the lead role in this story because it gives them political power. Oil spills are one thing--they are preventable, and we must learn from this fiasco in the gulf.

On the other hand, earthquakes, tsunamis, tornados, hurricanes, volcanoes, and yes even lightening-caused forest fires are not preventable. The increase in these things is not news to many people who understand History. Has Gore attempted to assess the pollution from the recent mile-high plume of ash and smoke from Iceland and compare it to the coal plants of the U.S.? I doubt it, because there is no political power gained from knowing that natural occurrences such as volcanoes or forest fires probably out-pollute in days what collective man-made sources do in years. Gore is determined to write his own storyline, one in which the cause of our woes is greedy capitalists so that he gets to be the grand oracle (while at the same time investing his personal capital in the new economy he hopes to impose on the world).

I could be wrong, but I suspect this goes beyond economics. Whether they understand their role in History or not, it's possible that Gore and company insist that man is the cause of the problem so that man (or a man) can be the solution. Paving the way for a man-centered solution to our ills seems crucial to the man-centric theology of this political-economic movement. This worldview is based as much on science fiction as it is true science. This theology does not require the good news (or Gospel) but the rather "bad news" according to Gore, as preached at the University of Tennessee this past weekend.

Most of geo-thermal conditions Gore blames on mankind can be neither caused, controlled, nor corrected by man, and yet he continues to act as if man is the center of everything on earth. I wonder why? Who is being left out of this picture? That is much more likely to be the question we will all be asked to answer in the future.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Will the "Quicker Picker-upper" Please Begin!

I have not posted anything here for nearly a month. Those of you who share my political leanings probably know why. I think we are in the first wave of "Obama recovery mode." We are beyond the shock and awe of his agenda approaching like a swarm of bees; we have now been stung multiple times and are waiting for the swelling to go down. Waiting to see how the mess plays out.

While I wait, I am thinking about the oil spill in the Gulf. In a few weeks, my wife and I (and our school's Senior Class) will be on the shores of what is called The Emerald Coast in the Panhandle of Florida. The waters there are beautiful. I hope they look like this when our plane approaches. So far reports indicate that the spill is still far from where we will be, but as you can imagine, it has been on our minds. Some cartoonists forecast the worst case scenario.

One thing we know for sure is that no matter how badly Obama's administration bungles the oil spill, the media will blame everyone but him. They all jumped on the anti-Bush bandwagon after Hurricane Katrina, but in this case Obama will be portrayed as the Bounty "quicker-picker-upper" no matter how long it takes. I have a feeling the real "clean-up" award will go to the media for coming to Obama's aid.

On a more serious note... it was refreshing to see these good ol' boys making a simple hayseed suggestion to the press. I think they should run some more experiments. Make sure they've covered their bases (for instance, you might want to use salt water in the experiment and see if it works as well), but they might just be onto something here.


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