Saturday, August 29, 2009

Bing


Bing is a new search engine.

They post really cool photos daily like these baby USA opossums...

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Two types of Americans exist right now


This is a GEM of a comment from GatewayPundit. In a posting about Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh, Rush states this about BHO's policies: "This is statism, totalitarianism versus freedom". In the comments about this article, Alana smartly suggests there are only 2 types of Americans right now. What does Alana mean?

Judging by the people I know, we have two types of people in this country right now.

Those who know things, and those who don't.

The ones who don't, listen to the MSM and quote - get this! - quote the White House web site as the final answer to all the "misconceptions" about the health care bill.

They are the ones who always say, regarding any topic at all, "but Obama said," as if that is an answer.

Then there are the ones who go farther than the MSM, and farther than "Obama said." Who go onto the Internet, who read for hours and hours, who put things together (it's all out there), and know things.

Two types of people: The ignorant and the ones who have done a bit of research.

The ones who have bothered to read, even a little, are very concerned, and for very good reason.

The rest - like the trolls here - are just ignorant. The sad thing is, they don't know it. They have no idea how much they don't know. They take everything on faith.

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Well said Alana, well said.

Ted Kennedy: death of a traitor

I saw Ted Kennedy once getting on an elevator as I was getting off. This was in the lobby of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange building some time in the 1990s (perhaps during Clinton). He was with the head of the exchange and they were talking in low voices to each other. I'm sure some wheelin' and dealin' was about to take place. Perhaps "Chicago way" politics includes the Kennedys? hmm...

Anyway, my reaction to Kennedy's death was "... about damn time". Why the lovely sentiment? Moonbattery sums it up perfectly from Aug 26, 2009 so am reposting below.

From Moonbattery:


Death of a Traitor


While the media sniffles and wipes its tears, the rest of us can secretly heave a sigh of relief that we are finally rid of Ted Kennedy. Everyone knows that he was a left-wing ideologue who cheated on college exams and left a young girl to die in his car after he drunkenly drove it into the drink. Most remember that he did what he could to undermine our troops' morale and lend succor to the enemy during wartime. A few know that he was an eco-hypocrite, who dumped diesel fuel into the ocean and wouldn't allow windmills to be built if on clear days he might be able to see them from his mansion, even while steadfastly suppressing domestic drilling. But hardly anyone seems aware that Red Ted was quite literally a traitor, who worked directly with the USSR's communist dictatorship to undermine Ronald Reagan's successful anti-Soviet policies.


Here's a Moonbattery piece from October 20, 2006:

Although it's incomprehensible that Democrats would effectively side with an enemy devoted to destroying us, as they have done whenever they thought they could get away with it during the War on Terror, it is not unprecedented. As political science professor Paul Kengor points out in his new book The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism, a willingness to side with our country's enemies to inflict damage on a Republican president was also on display during the Reagan Era.


The same Ted Kennedy who rants and rails against W's attempts to defend us from terrorists arguably crossed the line from useful idiocy into outright treason when he offered to assist Soviet dictator Yuri Andropov in developing a public relations strategy to counter Reagan's foreign policy — the foreign policy that was to defeat the Soviet menace without a shot being fired.


Senator John Tunney (D-CA) traveled to Moscow on Kennedy's behalf to negotiate a secret partnership with Andropov, Kengor reveals. Tunney has acknowledged that he had played intermediary for Kennedy, and that he made 15 separate trips to Moscow. Chappaquiddick Ted told Tunney to reach out to "confidential contacts" to get the word to Andropov, who had enough nuclear missiles pointed at us to blow up the planet, that he wanted to work with him against the President.


Kennedy proposed that the dictator appeal directly to the American people in a series of television interviews, evidently intended to undermine support for Reagan's strong stand against communism. As Kengor notes of Kennedy:
He hoped to counter Reagan's polices, and by extension hurt his re-election prospects.
Fortunately, Andropov died before Kennedy's attempt to form a partnership got off the ground. But maybe the rise of Islamic terrorism is affording Ted chances to make new friends.

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Ah, and I found some other interesting information about what an a&& this Kennedy was. And what numbskull ever dubbed the Kennedys "American royalty"? (right...)

From The PC Free Zone:

LOOKING back at Ted Kennedy's Life......


* Killed Mary Jo Kopechne , than the Kennedy clan intimidated the victim's family and local authorities, to prevent justice. To this day, Kennedy has not apologised to Mary Jo's family, and, of course, the tragedy did not for a moment affect his future rampant drinking and womanising.

* Kennedy was a leader in the Democratic effort to cut off funding to our South Vietnamese allies in 1975. Resulting in the neighnorhood of 3 million murdered in Vietnam and Cambodia.

* Slandered Judge Bork in the confirmation hearings on Bork's nomination to the Supreme Court.

* Twice kicked out of Harvard for cheating on exams. ( having someone else take the exam for him)

* KGB letter written at the height of the Cold War that shows that Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) offered to assist Soviet leaders in formulating a public relations strategy to counter President Reagan's foreign policy and to complicate his re-election efforts.
The letter, dated May 14, 1983, was sent from the head of the KGB to Yuri Andropov, who was then General Secretary of the Soviet Union's Communist Party.
In his letter, KGB head Viktor Chebrikov offered Andropov his interpretation of Kennedy's offer. Former U.S. Sen. John Tunney (D-Calif.) had traveled to Moscow on behalf of Kennedy to seek out a partnership with Andropov and other Soviet officials, Kengor claims in his book.

* Kennedy for many years was one of the chief agents to raise funds and moral support for the IRA. Kennedy's positive role in persuading the IRA to give up terrorism is little redemption for the decades he was funding it, and was only due to Al Qaeda's actions on 9/11 which make terrorism suddenly impossible for US citizens to support.

* "In 1985, Senator Kerry was one of the members of Congress who returned from Nicaragua with that worthless signed piece of paper. He then supported the third Boland Amendment. Apparently, not only did John Kerry [and Ted Kennedy] not want to fight Communism "all over the world," he didn't even want to fight communism in our own backyard." American Thinker

* "In 1985, when the Reagan administration requested aid for the Contras, Kennedy couldn't resist evoking the "Gulf of Tonkin" resolution. The Panama invasion didn't last long enough to be compared to Vietnam. Instead, the removal of Manuel Noriega represented "long-term damage" to our foreign policy, to our ability to work with other nations in Latin America, and our goal of achieving lasting democracy in the region. Kennedy predicted that George Bush Sr.'s aggressive actions made the Sandinistas shoe-ins for the Nicaraguan election in February of 1990. He was dead wrong. As soon as the Nicaraguan people had a chance, they booted Fidel wannabe Daniel Ortega from power by a 14-point majority." "In congressional debate on aid to the Nicaraguan "contras," Sens. Ted Kennedy and Tom Harkin seized on testimony by Gen. Paul Gorman, then the U.S. commander with responsibility for South America. The rebels, he had testified, would be incapable of overthrowing the ruling Sandinistas "in the foreseeable future." The Front Page

* Ted Kennedy And The First Gulf War - From FrontPageMag.Com"Kennedy went beyond Vietnam in the debate before the first Gulf War. According to the senator, the casualties in Southeast Asia would seem slight when compared with Desert Storm. "The 45,000 body bags the Pentagon has sent to the region are all the evidence we need of the high price in lives and blood we will have to pay," said Kennedy. And when the war ended in a matter of days, as predicted, he never apologized to the President for his paranoid insinuations and over-the-top fear-mongering."

* Kennedy reaffirmed his position that with abortion, "we are dealing with a personal and private reproductive decision." He has said that he supported civil unions and equal rights for gays (Death To Marriage).

* Kennedy smeared President Bush and our troops on the US Senate floor:

* Kennedy described the Iraq war as a fraud “made up in Texas” as part of political strategy

* Kennedy smeared Judge Alito...Mrs. Alito in tears. “In suggesting that Samuel Alito had belonged to a racist conservative group, Massachusetts Democratic Senator Ted Kennedy relied heavily on an essay published by the organization that sounded like a bigoted rant. The essay, titled ‘In Defense of Elitism.....But the magazine’s editor at the time says the article was pure satire, a send-up of what liberals think conservatives think. He added quote, ‘I think left-wing groups have been feeding Senator Kennedy snippets and he has been mindlessly reciting them,”

* Sen. Edward Kennedy Smears the Nation“On March 19, 2004, President Bush asked: ‘Who would prefer that Saddam’s torture chambers still be open?’ Shamefully, we now learn that Saddam’s torture chambers reopened under new management — U.S. management.” ........A speech on the Senate floor, May 10, 2004.

Ted Kennedy exemplified the worst of politics in the United States - a fraud, a thieving conniving pork barrel peddling image merchant who has supported murder and violence. A nasty piece of work if ever there was one.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

County sheriff is BOSS

The truth is breaking out all over

Oo Rah USMC - David Hedrick speaks out at his town hall



This guy gets his number called out of 1000 people at his local town hall. The people are speaking out against health care and there is section about the government advising you how to raise your child. Mr. Hedrick tells his representative EXACTLY how he feels about being a parent and the government's appropriate role (butt out!) ... & if Nancy Pe-lousy is looking for swastikas, maybe she should look on her own sleeve.


Oooo RAAA Marine!!!



Sean Hannity talks to David about these comments:

What makes Isms evil?

Angel of life...
Light is the best disinfectant
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Ism turns a previously good word into something bad or evil...

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Community vs Communism
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Social vs Socialism
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Liberal vs Liberalism
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Progressive vs Progressivism
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Collect vs Collectivism
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OK. well the last one is sort of a stretch, but that is exactly what this is about: collectivism.

My answer (my blog) to what makes isms evil is simple, really. A word means something good or evil depending on: who does 'it' benefit?

The first words (community, social, liberal, progressive...) benefit an individual or a free act by the individual and are usually good, ok, fine, worthwhile, happy, etc. Examples:
  • "A fine man in the community" describes an individual who has benefitted his own group with some type of good will.
  • "She has great social skills" is a friendly outgoing 'people person' who can relate well to various other types of people.
  • "A liberal helping of mash potatoes" is a generous and desired heap 'o' spuds.
  • "Those ideas can help progess our company" is good thing to hear by any up and coming worker who wants to advance in their company ranks.

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OK, on to the second set of words: who benefits from Communism, Socialism, Liberalism or Progressivism? This time: a person benefits only if something is forcefully taken from another individual (aka money).

Therein lies the rub.

These Isms turn good words bad and are definitely not a good deal for the first individual who gets taken... Alas, Isms don't care about the first individual only that they are a means to an end of giving something to a recipient. Who is the recipient? Anyone the collectivist thinks is the victim. No matter if money is taken from a rich man and given to a poor man (victim). The rich man can do without.

Problem with this logic is the explained by I believe Margaret Thatcher (or could be someone else) who said "the problem with socialism is one usually runs out of spending other people's money"

So in my brief example, if you take (in the name Ism) from the rich guy over and over again just to give it to the poor guy... pretty soon there won't be any more rich guys.

Do Ism proponents see that? Nope, not at all! Unfortunately, all they see is the so-called victim-of-their-choosing got something so the Isms can feel good about themselves as benefactors... (so sorry ex rich guy - you lose)....

... and THAT my friends is the evil part

Angel of death
... perhaps waiting for some death panel decisions?

Political terror in Illinois

Scary astroturf mobsters?

or USA citizens concerned about saving a small document called the Constitution?

... you be the judge

Farewell Kashin



Above images from NZ Herald online

Kashin, age 40, was humanely put down this week. The Auckland zookeepers and all of NZ will miss her. There have been a few articles in the NZ Herald this week about her. She was brought to NZ in 1972. She was suffering from arthritis and a bad skin condition. When they noticed the normally pleasant animal withdrawn and suffering more than she had been since closely monitoring her, they could tell she was in pain and it was time. They let her companion elephant, Burma, see Kashin after she died. Researchers believe elephants mourn their dead.


ASB bank had a marketing campaign, with yellow elephant shaped plastic banks for kids to learn how to save or "Kash in". There were school events and parades with the yellow elephant logo. ASB was proud to sponsor Kashin the elephant and get some good marketing out of it.

Apparently, due to regulations, it will take about 2 years to get in more elephants which has been approved by the city council. They plan to use some land, currently a park, next to the zoo to provide more room for them. It would be really cool to have a small herd of elephants in the middle of Auckland city amongst the suburbs with enough room where they could live semi-normal elephant lives.

Now the keepers will have to monitor Burma. If she becomes depressed all alone as a single elephant, she may have be moved to another zoo. They are hopeful Burma can stay and get more elephant friends sooner the better.

Auckland has a perfect climate for elephants since rarely going below 40 F. The poor elephants at Lincoln Park zoo in Chicago had to probably spend a good half of the year indoors since it gets below freezing there. Not the best weather for them in Chicago. But Auckland has a lovely mild temperate climate and all the animals I've seen always seem content.

If I was a zoo animal, I'd want to be at Auckland Zoo living the high life and tended by excellent, caring zookeepers.

Kashin (left) and Burma ... taken in 2008

.... farewell Kashin, NZ loved you!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Auckland spring Aug09

Yesterday in our yard ...






Keep up the fight young jedis

From Jedi Will

"Even though we see the president's agenda for socialized is on the ropes, it isn't dead yet. We got to keep it up! Please keep up the fight. Never stop! Never quit! We have to let this guy know the American people will stand for something and will not fall for anything!"

Will Apuzzo case proceed?



Attorney Mario Apuzzo's case is still before a federal judge awaiting a decision on whether the case will proceed. In the mean time, additional posts have been put up on his site:

From lead plaintiff Charles Kerchner posted August 22, 2009:

I know it is summer and we are all distracted with other things here in August such as vacations and town hall meetings, :-) , etc. But I thought I'd remind you all about our fund raising efforts. We have placed 12 full pages of Atty Apuzzo's writings and information about the lawsuit in the Washington Times. See them all here including the Monday, 24 Aug 09 issue upcoming.

http://www.kerchner.com/protectourliberty/advertorials.htm

It has been effective. More and more people realize this issue is not just about the missing/hidden long-form BC. Obama's father was never an immigrant to or citizen of this country, not even a permanent resident. Thus Obama can never be considered a natural born citizen of the USA per the founders and framers intent and our U.S. Federal Common Law based on "the natural law of the governance of man and of nations" codified by Vattel, as explained in Atty Mario Apuzzo's latest essay.But I need to remind you that we need your financial support, as well as your generous time and talent assistance on this and other blogs, if we are going to be able to continue the public education and advertising campaign on the real issue about our Usurper Putative President, and master of fraud and deception as to his true legal identity, Mr. O.

If you can please visit the fund raising page and make a donation, large or small, it will be greatly appreciated and will keep the advertising appearing regularly. And please do post that fund raising site URL link in other blogs and ask their readers to support our efforts and lawsuit too. We need Time, Talent, and Treasure offered if we are going to save our Constitution and Republic from this Usurper. Synergy at Work! If we all do and give a little we will accomplish a lot!

Link to fund raising page: http://www.protectourliberty.org/

Charles Kerchner
Lead Plaintiff
Kerchner v Obama & Congress

Others are providing interesting constitutional research findings and commentary about BHO's inelibility such as: "Constitutional ‘Nuclear Bomb’ Blasts Obama’s Eligibilty To Smithereens" posted August 21, 2009 from "Constitutionally Speaking - Conservative Christian South Dakotans for Constitutional Legislation". This commentary suggests:

The man occupying the executive branch and commander of our military knew full well that he was not constitutionally qualified.

and the show continues...

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Friday, August 21, 2009

Times R a changin' all right



Conservative America aka "the sleeping giant" is WIDE waking up and fighting back...

Times are changing... indeed!



Warning: O-care already implemented?!


Urgent from Devvy Kidd in her 17-Aug-09 column - whole column here:
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Excerpts:

"The first part of The Obama Health Care Plan was buried in The Stimulus Bill which was signed into law by the President in February. It is the second part of The Health Care Plan which is now being debated in Congress."

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"Please, if you don't know about those bills, read the material in the links section and get on the phone to your member of Congress. Get to those town hall meetings. Spread the word to family, friends, business colleagues and people at your church. We the people demand these bills get killed once and for all. They are unconstitutional and there's no money to pay for them. The American people are being driven into poverty while Congress continues to write hot checks. We know the agenda is world government and that means full and complete control over every aspect of our lives."

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Rules for radicals antidote



As companion to an earlier post where I listed the (goofy a&& Saul Alinsky) rules - I found a cool blog with some suggested anti-dotes = AWESOME!

Re-printing excerpts from Rosita the Prole blog (<= click here for full op ed) === RULE 1: Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have. Guns, baby. And ammunition. Wolverines!
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RULE 2: Never go outside the expertise of your people. Since our “expertise” is being “we the people,” I think we’re ok on this one.
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RULE 3: Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy. Since the enemy lacks expertise in almost everything that does not have to do with enriching Government Sachs and JP Morgan Chase, we’re doing well here too. Let me see, they lack expertise in, inter alia, honesty, integrity, patriotism, courage, and the democratic process. They also have no expertise in reading their own legislation, although they have mucho expertise at reading a teleprompter (Maybe if they put the healthcare bill up on TOTUS it would get read…?) So the field outside their expertise is a wide, wide, wide one, in which we may cavort, from time to time catapaulting dead cows over the balustrade.
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RULE 4: Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules. Where’s the hope, dude? Where’s the transparency? Where’s the the end to lobbyist connections? Where’s the post-racial? Where’s the bipartisanship? Where’s the “unity”? Where’s the “making everything great for ‘working class’ families”?
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RULE 5: Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. Those “mom jeans” comments hurt.
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RULE 6: A good tactic is one your people enjoy. Hmm, what do “my people” enjoy? Spending time with their families? Working? Getting to keep more of what they earn? Not being bombed or attacked? Expressing opinions about the government without fear of retribution? Attending services at their particular house of worship? Shooting?…
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RULE 7: A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag. Coffee parties? Keg parties? Maybe we could take a tip from ACORN and beard our elected representatives in their dens.
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RULE 8: Keep the pressure on. Never let up. Saul, you are preaching to the choir. We’ve got to be on our representatives like white on rice. When Rep. Carolyn Maloney changes her hair style, I want to be faxing her a letter telling her I liked it better before.
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RULE 9: The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself. Maybe when you guys make the threats, Saul. Since I’m sure more than half of your protesters couldn’t be bothered to show up.
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RULE 10: If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive. Violence from the other side can win the public to your side because the public sympathizes with the underdog. I don’t know about the “pushing a negative hard enough that it pushes through and becomes a positive” mumbo-jumbo. I do agree that “everyday people” have a sense of fairness, and they show disapproval when they see power being abused to act unfairly.
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RULE 11: The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative. Well, duh. This is certainly a stupid one. You’re obviously attacking because you want something, right? You’re not just attacking simply to destroy? Oh wait, I guess you guys are. In our case, we are fighting to conserve the God-given freedoms enshrined in our Constitution. Hence, the name, “conservative.”
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RULE 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. Like all of Alinsky’s thoughts and rules, this is nothing original. Drum up a lot of hate against your target person. I don’t think tea partiers need to do much on that score, the money situation is doing it for us. Even tea partiers only hate on the people involved because they’re trying to destroy our country and impoverish and enslave us. We’re not hating on them because we’ve got our own anti-American agenda to perpetrate, we’re hating on them because their destroying the best system for human happiness this rotten beautiful world has ever known.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Neener neener back at ya


I laughed when I read this so am reposting it. Below courtesy of Virginia Right:

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Liberals all use the same rules to try to “win” an argument when they know the truth and facts don’t support their beliefs. Most of their arguments are emotional, or “EMO” and break down under the light of truth. Watch for these tactics they will always use when they know they have lost a debate:

8 Simple Rules Liberals Use For Arguments

1. Blame Bush, Limbaugh, Palin etc.

2. Change the subject.

3. Attack the poster.

4. Call the other person names.

5. Log on using different names and have a bunch of fake people say you are right.

6. Find something personal about the poster to claim he has no credibility (but ignore the point).

7. Claim the source of the data is unreliable (again, ignore the point).

8. Send you a personal email to try to intimidate you.

Now you know what to expect. Go forth and stop them!

Three important things

Judge Napolitano is right on target with three important things.


Monday, August 17, 2009

Woodstock was crap


No, not Snoopy's bird friend... People are 'celebrating' the 40th anniversary of the Woodstock music festival this weekend. This stupid orgy-naked-music/free-drug festival was supposed to have meant 'something'?
Huh?
Go ahead and think back to your own rebel teenage years and any open air rock or music festival you attended and perhaps did some drinking 'n' stuff. Learn anything profound? Right... didn't think so.
I remember a Grateful Dead concert about 1981-ish. It was damn boring. We smuggled in some orange juice with a bit of vodka. The band played 2 songs. Each song was 1 hour and I had never heard either song before. There were various homeless, dreadlock-never-shower "Dead head" followers dancing with themselves who had obviously done nothing but party for about 20+ years.
They were gross.
I remember declining to partake of some illicit substance offered to me by some weirdo guy. After we warded off this aging hippy, I made a joke to my 3 friends "umm, no thanks, already had my heroin this morning for breakfast..." (or something snarky) and we laughed to ourselves watching druggies wandering about.
Besides boring, I found the Grateful Dead concert very over sold and extremely un-enlightening. I did become more aware of my own personal safety if attending future open air concerts and how best to avoid creepy guys.
Yep, real profound enlightment.
So back to Woodstock -why was it crap? Debbie Schussel explains it best in: "Woodstock: 40 years ago, an orgy for the quickening of America's fall" - an excerpt:


"I really don’t care that the “greatest names in rock of the day” performed there. So what? And who cares if Jimi Hendrix played there? Look what happened to him just over a year later. Dead of a drug overdose and too much alcohol. Typical of the Woodstock idiots.
They, the rockers, and the hippies, yippies, and other numbskulls making up the boomer generation at this infest-o-fest brought us free love . . . and STDs and AIDs, single mothers and baby mamas, and a whole new hipness to out-of-wedlock births that has brought us crime waves, sensitive men a/k/a wimps, and a whole lot of other problems. Their sexual mores brought us sky-high divorce rates and a rate of out of wedlock mothers–40%–that rivals many Western democracies."
Right on Debbie... Peace and love back at ya!




Recognize Alinsky aka gettin' played


After reading a few references to the lovely title "Rules For Radicals", I found the Alinsky strategy list posted by a conservative blogger. I'm reposting the list so if you get Alinsky-ied, you can recognize it.

Below list courtesy of "The Conservatist Corner"... #5 seems to be used a LOT esp by MSM:

1. Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have.

2. Never go outside the experience of your people.

3. Whenever possible go outside the experience of the enemy.

4. Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules.

5. Ridicule is mans most potent weapon.

6. A good tactic is one that your people enjoy.

7. A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.

8. Keep the pressure on with different tactics and actions, and utilize all events of the period for your purpose.

9. The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.

10. The major premise of tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.

11. If you push a negative hard and deep enough, it will break through into its counterside.

12. The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.

13. Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it and polarize it.

It is important to recognize when these tactics are being used so you can counter.

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The other strategy to be aware of is obvious: one BHO's fake crisis after another, rinse, repeat.

Damn it if this is also a recognized tactic the left is using on America called "Cloward Piven strategy". AKA the manufacture health care 'crisis'...!
American Thinker describes this today in a good, lengthy article and also references information from the New Zeal blog.

See?! We can research stuff down here in New Zealand quite well, thank you very much! :)

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You are being punk'd America...
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If you didn't realize it, sorry.... and welcome to the party, pal.
Time for you to do some reading and catch up...
word...

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Another a-ha! moment



Sunday; nearing end of winter in Auckland, but has been grey skies and raining most of today. As I wait for a break in the rain to head to the grocery, I had another "A-HA!" moment reading a great article at American Thinker. Before posting the quote, I must mention this has happened to me quite a bit since last October 2008 when I started reading as much as I could about then candidate BHO.

Even though I am currently living on the other side of earth, on a small island in the middle of the Pacific ocean with peaceful palm trees in my yard, I am, and the whole planet is, impacted by America. She is supposed to be a leader and beacon of (real) hope. The liberals running the show right now are quite nuts (recent example: Pelosi, Reid and current statements such as "the protests are astroturf" or concerned Americans are "hate mongers"). These are the elected leaders?!?! Well guess what liberals, we've been putting up with your crap for too long and we're sick of you. Count your days "in power" numbered as the 2010 elections approach, you will be escorted from the premises by vote if not before.

OK, back to today's "A-HA" moment which hit me as I was trying to understanding liberalism. Try is the key word: I find it very difficult! There are some good ideas entrenched in there, but when liberal policies are put in place, all goes to crap. I cannot find any good liberal policies even through been researching a past century of history trying to find some. Liberals seem to be emotional based thinkers who discard all logic. They are running the USA show now and it is scary. So, how come the current batch of do-good-wannabees have it so damn wrong?!

Check out below passage from article called "A Fundamental Disconnect" which discusses liberal elites and some possible reasons people may have voted for BHO:

The people of our nation have been subjected to an intense liberal indoctrination for so long that there are a huge number of them for whom the tenets of liberalism are so deeply ingrained that they accept without question the proposition that the government must address any problem that arises anywhere in America. Under a relentless assault from the liberal dominated media, educational establishment, legal profession, arts community, foundations, and even segments of the business and religious communities, many have succumbed to the brainwashing.
Consequently, they believe:

  • FDR's New Deal saved us from the Depression rather than prolonged it;
  • the Great Society helped to lift minorities out of poverty, rather than institutionalizing it;
  • capitalism creates unjust, inequitable outcomes in the US, ignoring the fact that it has powered our economy to unimagined and unequaled heights of prosperity;
  • government creates jobs by spending the tax payer's money, rather than preventing their creation because of the tax dollars pilfered from entrepreneurs;
    government regulations improve the functioning of our economy, revealing obliviousness to the enormous drag they impose;
  • the rich don't pay their fair share, whereas in fact the "rich" pay the overwhelming majority of the income tax that Uncle Sam extracts, while the lowest 40% of income earners pay virtually nothing;
  • the Constitution is a malleable document that serves as a guide to the making of law -- in fact, it is a binding document that can be changed only by a demanding Amendment process and the American republic has survived and prospered precisely because continuing generations have agreed to abide by the deal struck by our founders with the people;
  • radical change not adherence to tradition, is the American way.
A-HA!!!!!!!! well, while this doesn't solve any problems, it definitely helps explain the mindset.

Click here for the entire article at American Thinker and see if you get an A-HA! yourself when reading about this fundamental disconnect. The battle continues.


Saturday, August 15, 2009

Clearing up some disinformation

Flag yourself

Burke-isms still worth noting


I am sure post people have heard some iteration of Edmund Burke's most famous quote:

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."

On a site I found called Conservapedia, I have found a couple other great Burke quotes:



"The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedience, and by parts."


"The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion."


"Nothing turns out to be so oppressive and unjust as a feeble government."


"It is a general popular error to suppose the loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare."

Regular Folks United have posted a couple of gems (below) from one of my favorite speakers Daniel Hannan. It is quite clear why conservative proponents (eg G.Beck) continue to have Mr. Hannan comment on American issues since he "gets it". I forsee, if Britain has not gone too far down the road of Muslim-ification and gets smarter, Mr. Hannan could become a great leader for her. He would be an excellent prime minister. Since there is a current Brit in the white house, perhaps we could run Daniel Hannan in 2012? ... well... just a thought...




Below is part I of Mr. Hannan's speech at the Army Navy Club, August 2009. Click here to get the other sections from You Tube. I liked the Burke-ism which Mr. Hannan worked in this first part of his speech about a few noisy crickets in the forest and a nearby herd of silent cows: rulers should not mistake thinking a few noisy crickets are the only denizens in the forest! That is EXACTLY what is going on in the USA right now since only 22% voted for BHO. The remaining 78% of the population WILL NOT TOLERATE the hastened march to Communism. You can bet life and liberty on THAT.



I must get this book: "The Best of Burke: Selected Writings and Speeches of Edmund Burke (Conservative Leadership Series)"

Bit of commentary on Edmund Burke from the "Confuscious Institute".

Weird how relevant Burke-isms are in today's modern world. I think that is because he hit upon truths that stand the test of time for civilized society to evolve and survive: conservative principles work.

Friday, August 14, 2009

The truth shall set you free

While I know Glenn Beck cannot discuss the NBC issue because he's been ordered not to by his TV bosses who are pro-Obama, Glenn is doing a pretty good job otherwise alerting the public about the collectivism and Alinsky tactics, methods the leftits media and white house are USING ON YOU.

Stay calm and persevere: the truth IS on your side, conservative Americans, and it will set you free.


And another good column called "Democratic Socialists of Congress: Meet the Members" from J.B.Williams today and I quote:

'The leftists in control of Washington DC can not make it any clearer… They have an agenda and they don’t care how many American citizens, Republicans, Democrats or Independents, are opposed to that agenda - nor do they care what they have to do to advance that agenda.

They are prepared to rob you of assets, earnings, health care, and even life itself if need be, to push through their anti-American global agenda.

But the good news is - the American people are finally awake and taking note. Despite Obama’s repeated claims that he is not hawking socialized death care, the people are reading the congressional proposals themselves and are able to quote chapter and verse of their proposals better than they can.

Still, the bold faced lies continue and the heavy handed rush to Marxism is on track, no matter how much shouting is taking place across the nation.

Now you know why… The people behind it all are in fact Communist and Socialists. It’s not some silly crackpot “theory,” it’s a fact. It’s not a figment of your imagination it’s actually happening.

Now that you know where we’re headed, find a way to do something about it. The future of this nation is only in the hands of elected officials if the American citizens leave it in their hands. '


Click here for J.B.W's full article at Canada Free Press

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Oh no he can't

THE REVOLUTION HAS OFFICIALLY STARTED?
... well, at least the merchandise has anyway!!!
Purchase bumper stickers below from aptly named site:







Tuesday, August 11, 2009

In defense of Chicago

Satellite view... Chicago is on Lake Michigan

Beach goers, John Hancock rises above other buildings

aerial view of lakefront apartments, Lakeshore Drive & public beaches
Navy Pier
I love Chicago
Sure, out of approximately 9,600,000 people, there are a few bad apples. There are gangs, dodgy neighborhoods, criminals and mayhem going on both in and out of government.
Seriously, though, lots of current conservative critics of *PINO often mention the "Chicago way" or how being a politician from Chicago = being a "thug". (*president in name only)

Where did these ideas come from? Start with little bit of depression era gun and alcohol running by the likes of Al Capone, add a bit of statewide corruption courtesy of a few Illinois governors who have or are serving jail time and one ends up, the best yet, at the holy grail of a current mayor, Bill Daley and his father. The "Daley machine" is famous in Chicago for clever cover ups and corruption. All in the guise of "doing the best for Chicago" (or some such) with gullible Chicagoans buying a collective crap sandwich thinking it tastes good.

Why does Chicago put up with it? I'm not actually sure. My theory, without presenting any firm evidence here mind you, is neighborhood leaders (alderman) are pretty much paid off by Daley and thus do his beckoning. The neighborhoods trust their leaders, believe they fight for their needs... and the cycle just continues. Mayor Daley, like his father, is very good at staying under the radar as he spins his deals. I've read about a huge amount of corruption in the water department with money and payoffs.
Will Daley get his hand caught in the jar at some point? Perhaps, but so far he's very clever at staying above the fray as the machine rolls on.

John Kass, a writer at the Chicago Tribune, might be the only voice which calls out the administration on the corruption. In the mean time, Chicago just hums along... with most folks probably thinking "...well, all politicians are a bit corrupt... so... umm... oh well..." The good people of Chicago, perhaps a tad naive, live their extremely busy lives commuting around a huge metropolitan area, raising families, dealing with 6 months of snow, paying high taxes, living a fast paced rat race and unfortunately just keep voting for a Daley.
Perhaps future Chicagoans will wake up to figure out things could run better if they elected politicians who actually served the people instead of mere power seekers, but they are just not 'there' yet. They are way too busy living to pay much mind to politics.
So what is good about Chicago you might ask?
Gee, where should I start? Chicago is a great city, full of diverse people and you can always have a good time somewhere.

Geography
The lake front of Chicago is very accessible to the public. LSD (Lake Shore Drive) winds its way up from south to north along Lake Michigan with public parks and beaches the whole length. There is a buzzing financial district with several large trading futures and options exchanges employing thousands. Chicago grew by becoming a trading and shipping hub for merchants and farmers who brought their goods and wares into the city. Several multi-lane highways, many public bus and train lines go in and out of the city like arteries bringing commerce in and out.

Fun, food, sports
Major holidays are celebrated with gusto, parties and decorations. There are thousands of restaurants, pubs and bars where you can get all sorts of ethnic food. Pizza is a favorite along with sports bars. Sports fans enjoy several large arenas for basketball, hockey, grid iron football and baseball being the main past times. The city loves baseball so much there are 2 major teams with a healthy rivalry: White Sox (south side) and the Cubs (north side). Many people are very active in some type of sport or their kids play in winter or summer leagues (summer softball, bowling, soccer, baseball, swimming, tennis and lots, lots more). In winter, you can ice skate in the city center, go sledding or even drive a couple hours to find some small local ski hills. There are all kinds of concerts year round, comedy clubs and broadway shows, too, in various types of venues.

Summer
Chicagoans like to make the most of the short summer. Hundreds of sailing and boating enthusiasts buzz along Lake Michigan. When the water warms up, swim beaches get very busy. Large neighborhoods block off streets, host local fairs with bands or have art festivals. There are several large history and art museums and lots of stuff to do down at Navy Pier such as boat rides, kid stuff or concerts. Summer also bring all sorts of music and food festivals to Grant Park (the middle most lake front area). Thousands flock to the air & water show, blues, gospel and jazz music festivals and taste of Chicago in July to name a few. Sometimes up to a million people attend these summer festivals complete with mounted policemen on horseback to keep the parks safe.

Good people
I could go on (and on), but I thought I would defend how great Chicago is. There are friendly people from almost every country on our planet living in Chicago. Everyone plays and works together, side by side. It is a shame Chicago has earned, probably deservedly, its bad rap for turning out such, ahem, colorful politicians. I just wanted to point out no matter how many crappy politicians Chicago gives rise to, there are millions of decent people all living happily together in the wonderful, vibrant and beautiful city of Chicago.

My sweet home... Chicago ...

Wintertime in a Chicago neighborhood

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Socialized medicine will end the USA

Graphic above from: conrest.blogspot.com


To quote a blogger I've been recently reading:

WAKE THE F** UP America...!

The current 'health care reform' aka 'socialized medicine' aka the Obamanations big push is a realllly bad idea for America.

Here are some details from the Conservative Resistance.

Here are details from J.B.Williams at Canada

Is Canada or Britain's universal health care great? Uuh, nope... everyone comes to the USA when they can't get treatment in their own countries.

The socialized medicine the dems want is ALL about control. Here is a British MP, Daniel Hannan, talking to Glenn Beck describing how wonderful it is in Britain. Glenn is correct, this is ALL about control...

I hope every American that can is going to protest at their town hall meetings in August.

This nightmare legislation will end the U.S.A. as it exists... killing babies (taxpayer funded abortions) and eugenics, end of life counseling for the elderly. America will now advocate methods for population control... Less $$ for veterans, but coverage for illegals...

This - is - one - huge - stinking - load - of - crap ...

Friday, August 7, 2009

Auckland commute

Just a few pix of what it is like on my daily commute to work...
Upper Harbour bridge

Palm tree... looks like a pineapple
downtown Henderson - median flowers
Camelia bush

Rainbow


Hilltop view

Motorway on ramp

Somewhere near the Sky Tower

Winter morning sky

Afternoon rush hour

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Proud to be in the alleged mob

Who is the real mob, though? Perhaps DNC? ... Check out the latest vlog on DNC tactics from Pamela Geller over at Atlas Shrugs:


Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Blackout was ordered about the birth of the savior?


Just in from one of my favorite news sites "The Right Side of Life", a media blackout was arranged last fall Oct-08. Apparently, top media moguls 'ordered' well known on air anchors NOT to discuss any of BHO's birth certificate issues.


hmm, why, do you suppose, would they give that order? A quote:


"The statement of a corporate secretary for a major news network confirming the existence of a one-page inter-office memo, bearing the markings “confidential” and “not for dissemination,” addressed and distributed to news anchors and on-air talent” that specifically instructed the recipients to avoid any discussion pertaining to the Obamabirth certificate controversy. The memo was written and distributed in October 2008, and specifically instructed on-air talent to “advise guests, as necessary, to refrain from citing any news story, legal proceedings, Internet ‘blogs’ or other sources that pertain to the ongoing eligibility controversy of future President Barack Obama.”

Read the full article here.

Is it any wonder Americans are demanding O's birth certificate, and: school records, passport, files as state senator, other documentation?

Stay tuned to World Net Daily for the latest news you will NOT see on the lame-stream media!

* * * * * * * * *

Get your popcorn folks... this show is FAR from OVER!

We the people demand transparancy.

We the people will NOT settle for anything but the whole truth.

We the people are your employer, bud.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Czarist Amerika - Restoration, Secession or Revolution?




high quality single action revolver


I saw a cool blog today called Gunslinger
30-July-09 commentary on the possibility of secession. It is a good read.

Couple of quotes I dug:

"We have a "President" who has every intention of transforming America from the land of the free and the home of the brave, from a marketplace of capitalists and individualists into another failed prison of a "people's paradise"...with a side of racism."

"To ruin the free market, to ruin health care, to increase debt, to increase unemployment, to increase external dangers from Iran/China/North Korea, to increase taxes during a recession, to pit blacks against whites, the poor against the "rich", the worker against his employer...these are intentional actions—meant to create fear, hate and chaos. They're meant to divide us so that we are easier to conquer."

"Restoration, Secession or Revolution. Those are our only options...because government of the people, by the people and for the people is on the brink of perishing from the earth."

Awesome, chilling and right on... you GO gunslinger... rock on with your bad self!


Read the whole commentary here.





Sunday, August 2, 2009

Eastern Rosellas in my 'hood



On todays' morning walk with my dog, I heard some very unusual bird chattering. I knew there must be some different birdlife about and, sure enough, I spotted a pair of Eastern Rosellas near me.

They are very distintive, but fast flyers, so I could really only see a flurry of red, green and blue as they flew across the street. Last spring and summer I saw 3 of them flying about in my neighborhood so I presume they had a youngster.

Sunny mornings and lovely birds makes me smile and just adds to the beauty of living in Auckland.


I found a clip of a pair in someone's yard so you can see how pretty the Eastern Rosellas are...



Saturday, August 1, 2009

Missing Ronald Reagan and the 1980s




The man....
OK, I'll say it: damn, the 1980s was fun! Clothes with stunning unisex fashion, music like New Order and the Cure, dancing at a local pubs and learning to be an adult. At 18, I graduated high school in 1981 and proceeded to have an awesome decade.

The 80s had its share ups and downs for America, but the economy was on an upswing with supply side Reaganomics. In general, most people in Chicago and in my circles seemed quite happy with life.

As a young adult in the 80s, I started noticing a bit of what was going on in politics. Little stuff was happening such as the Star Wars defense systems or the Berlin wall coming down. However, I didn't really worry too much about politics or America's well being because I felt completely and utterly safe with president Ronald Reagan as the captain of our ship. America and the world I knew made sense. So amongst all the fun and news I did not watch on TV, I do remember the hub bub about the "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall" speech in 1987. It was a good speech. 20 years later, via audio or video clips, President Reagan's words are eerily still relevant. His message still inspires and probably influenced me to become the strong conservative I am now. I have a friend I have known for many years. She is still on the liberal side of things, was happy BHO got elected and is now in the anti-Palin camp. She is obviously still watching the propaganda put out by the biased mainstream leftist American media. She has not opened her brain to reality yet and it is a real shame. She is, for the most part, unhappy with her life. I, on the other hand, appreciate everything I have.

The current 2009 regime of progressives/liberals want to forcibly implement "good" ideas for the collective which end up hurting people. One example of a good idea gone bad has been going on for decades: welfare. More and more people go on welfare, so the left expands welfare thus more people go on it. This was started back by FDRs programs. Analysts have stated FDR prolonged the depression...
How exactly does giving people hand outs incentivise them to get off the dole and back to living happy, independent lives rather than becoming dependent on said government hand outs?
Why do welfare mothers get more cash for more babies? The welfare cycles are getting worse not better. Star Parker has written a book about this called "moving back to Uncle Sam's plantation" and recently about health care and the push for "a government health care plantation". "Health care reform" contains more great ideas such as counseling to encourage euthanasia for the elderly and money to pay for illegal citizen's care.

Here are a few better ideas off the top of my head: If people are in the country illegally; ship them back to their country of origin. Use any additional funding to expand existing progams for the elderly care and veterans. Make abortions harder to get and expand adoption programs for people who actually desire kids. Don't give the welfare mother extra money for kids. If she has over 3 kids, give the 4th and 5th (etc) up for adoption. Create plans and training to give incentives to people to get off welfare.
I digress... so what do these ideas have to do with missing Reagan and the 80s? Nothing. Just a sidebar to give a glaring example of ongoing failures of progressivism. Life is not as simple to understand like it was in the 80s. It is way more complicated now.
Glenn Beck is worried about the whole government infrastructure. Today he states "I believe I now know exactly what they're doing. They are putting a structure in place, around our existing government. An exoskeleton is being built around our Republic. And rather than support and protect, as exoskeletons are designed do in the animal kingdom, this one is designed to feed off its host. At the same time, the host is being attacked from every direction, also by design. The attack agents are cap-and-trade; health care reform; card check; the collapsing dollar; bailouts; stimulus bills; "cash for clunkers"; gigantic, unsustainable debt, and on and on." Read the whole commentary here.

All of this information is starting to make my head explode as the 'one crisis after another' Alinsky concept is meant to. They want the public confused and in crisis to foist their regime onto them.

I would like to peronally know the answer to what is the "greatness" of "the one": why liberals? What specific policies make BHO the great president you think he is? Have you seen the unemployment figures? Is everyone you know much happier NOW compared to same time last year? How's the housing market in your area? Lots of jobs in your neck of the woods? Great progress in 6 months?

If you cannot think of direct benefits helping you personally, which policies help your town? How exactly? How about your county or your state? ...No? Can't think of any direct benefits? Then why is this presidency working for you?

Now I am off on too many tangents, but getting back to what I do miss about Reagan and the 80s: a complete sense of safety, security and prosperity of the American way of life. I personally feel safe and happy living in New Zealand, but I fear this way of life for Americans is being purposely flushed and a lot of young people who missed out on the 80s will not even know what they are missing...
Amazon still sells the "Preppy Hand Book" (funny)....

My sisters and I with our 1980s hair... ;)