And They Call Me Crazy

Here’s a short post tonight while I work to finish up a project I’ve been working on for a week or two now.

Some people, including family members call me crazy because I happen to pay attention to all news outlets including FoxNews rather than bury my head in the sand and pretend reality doesn’t exist.

Well, welcome to reality.

I’m sure things are tough for some people. We all know that something needs to be done to catch those who fall through the cracks with our current health care system, but Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) is must be completely out of his mind.

How can anyone compare health care in America with the Holocaust? How can anyone compare the standard of living in America to the horror experienced by millions of Jews sixty years ago? How can anyone compare their definition of poor health care with the death of six million people?

That’s sick. That’s really sick.

Maybe I should just go hang out with my crazy right wing conservative friends and watch FoxNews? Is any other news channel covering this story? I wouldn’t know, because as you know, I am just crazy.

Praise, Priorities, Possibilities, And Perversion

Thought #1

I happened across a video this afternoon that caught me off guard. After watching it, all I could think of was Exodus 20:3 which states, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”

In the first half of the video it sure sounds like they are saying “Obama”, and if so, they have a real problem as Christians, don’t they?

“Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them;” — Deuteronomy 11:16

Thought #2

I found another video today too. Well, I didn’t find it, it was sent to me on Facebook, but I’ll pass it on here, because you know, I’m cool like that.

Who knew Karl Marx was a stoner dude?

Thought #3

Last week, I found it amazing what the President has time for. He hasn’t found the time to pay attention to the ACORN news and he hasn’t commented on the Van Jones resignation, but he certainly had enough time to tell us all what a jackass Kanye West was.

This week isn’t much better as he prepares to jet off to Copenhagen to support Chicago’s bid to host the 2016 Olympics, while the commander of our forces in Afghanistan sits and waits to discuss the war with the President.

Bush spoke with his commanders at least once every week. Obama has now gone nearly two and a half months without a single meeting or conversation with General McChrystal.

It seems to me that President Obama need to work on priorities.

Thought #4

It’s no secret, the Democrats control it all right now. They control the White House, they control the U.S. House and they control the U.S. Senate. Twice, today alone, they failed to insert the public option into the health care legislation that’s taking shape in the Senate.

The two votes marked a victory for Montana Democrat Max Baucus, the Senate Finance Committee chairman, who is hoping to push his middle-of-the-road measure through the panel by week’s end. It also kept alive the possibility that at least one Republican may yet swing behind the overhaul, a key goal of both Baucus and the White House.

Democrats killed the public option in order to keep the possibility of a compromise alive. The five key words being, “Democrats killed the public option”. Don’t they know that throwing themselves on their own swords is not the path to victory?

Thought #5

Whoopi Goldberg is a moron. Earlier today, on The View, she said Roman Polanski “was not charged with ‘rape rape'”. Sorry Whoopi, you’re wrong, he was.

In 1977, Roman Polanski was charged with:

  • rape by use of drugs
  • perversion
  • sodomy
  • lewd and lascivious act upon a child under 14
  • furnishing a controlled substance (methaqualone) to a minor

He pled down to a lesser charge of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor (aka statuatory rape) but he was charged with “rape rape”. What adult in their right mind would defend an admitted sexual offender claiming that forcing a 13 year old girl to have sex was not rape?

He pled guilty to the crime and then he fled the country to avoid sentencing. Nothing that has happened since 1977, whether it be the release of movies he made, nor statements made by the victim in the case that change the fact that he is an admitted sexual offender who has still not paid the penalty for his crime.

If Roman Polanski was a Roman Catholic priest, the public, including the self-righteous elite in Hollywood, would be calling for his extradition to the United States and that justice be served. Because this case involves Roman Polanski, the famous director, producer, writer, and actor, there seems to be a different set of legal standards that Hollywood thinks should apply.

Debra Winger says, “We hope today this latest (arrest) order will be dropped. It is based on a three-decades-old case that is dead but for minor technicalities. We stand by him and await his release and his next masterpiece.

A case that is dead but for minor technicalities? Failure to appear is not a minor technicality. What an ass.

There is no statute of limitation for sex crimes you have already been convicted of committing. He pled guilty to the crime, and he should do the time. The time, by the way, would most likely have been probation, but he fled the country like a coward. He fled the country because he was scared that he might be sent to prison. He fled the country because he wasn’t man enough to stand up and be held accountable for what he had done.

More than 100 people in the film community have signed a petition demanding Roman Polanski’s release. Let’s look at a few of the people who condone the release of an admitted sex offender before he’s even served a day of time for his offense.

Woody Allen, the American film director, screenwriter, actor, comedian, writer, musician, and playwright who had a romantic relationship with the girl he raised as a daughter, but never adopted, from the age of 7. In 1997, he married that daughter, Soon-Yi Previn.

Monica Bellucci, the Italian actress and fashion model. She has appeared in Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Brotherhood of the Wolf, The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions, and The Passion of the Christ.

John Landis, the American film director, screenwriter, actor, and producer. He directed films such as Kentucky Fried Movie, National Lampoon’s Animal House, An American Werewolf in London, Trading Places, Coming To America, and the first segment of Twilight Zone: The Movie. Myca Dinh Le and Renee Shin-Yi Chen were child actors who were killed in an accident involving an out of control helicopter during the filming of The Twilight Zone. Landis was reprimanded for circumventing California’s child labor laws in hiring those children.

David Lynch, the American filmmaker and visual artist. He has directed The Elephant Man, Blue Velvet, and Mulholland Drive. You may also remember his television series, Twin Peaks.

Michael Mann, the American film director, screenwriter, and producer. He has directed L.A. Takedown, The Last Of The Mohicans, Heat, The Insider, and Ali.

and finally, one of the most significant and influential American filmmaker of his era,

Martin Scorcese, the American film director, screenwriter, producer, actor, and film historian. He directed Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, Casino, and The Aviator.

Let’s get one thing clear. Roman Polanski raped a child. Got it? Roman Polanski raped a child. There is no changing that fact, there is no debate. He pled guilty to a lesser charge, but the fact remains, Roman Polanski raped a child.

By signing that petition, Woody Allen, Monica Bellucci, John Landis, David Lynch, Michael Mann, Martin Scorcese and every person who signed it all admit publicly that they condone the rape of children. It’s clear that in showing their support for Roman Polanski, they feel that the Hollywood elite think they are exempt from the laws of our nation which are designed to protect those same children, including theirs.

Way to go Hollywood! You had a chance to stand up as a group and make a statement. Too bad that statement amounted to nothing more than support of a convicted pedophile.

Whackos, Wanna Be’s, Writings, And Wisdom

I started my day today with a quick and easy project. Well, it was supposed to be quick and easy. It ended up taking 14 hours, but it’s done. I won’t go into details because I know some of you get bored if I talk in code.

It’s late, so I am going to put several smaller thoughts together again.

Thought #1

The first story I read today caught me off-guard. This is what happens when I open my news reader before I’ve had my first cup in the morning.

It seems a woman in Michigan who lives in front of a bus stop watches some children for less than an hour each day until the bus arrives. She helps out the parents of said children by keeping an eye on them (at the parent’s request) so they get off to school each day. The problem is, the state of Michigan has decided she’s doing so against the law.

A West Michigan woman says the state is threatening her with fines and possibly jail time for babysitting her neighbors’ children.

Lisa Snyder of Middleville says her neighborhood school bus stop is right in front of her home. It arrives after her neighbors need to be at work, so she watches three of their children for 15-40 minutes until the bus comes.

The Department of Human Services received a complaint that Snyder was operating an illegal child care home. DHS contacted Snyder and told her to get licensed, stop watching her neighbors’ kids, or face the consequences.

When a neighbor cannot help a neighbor without being threatened by some over-zealous idiot, there’s a problem. So much for the village, huh?

Thought #2

President Obama thinks your children do not spend enough time in school.

President Barack Obama is among those making the case that American kids aren’t spending enough time in school.

The president says that puts them at a disadvantage compared to other students around the globe. He’s pushing for schools to add time to classes, to stay open later and to let kids in on weekends so they have a safe place to go.

While it’s true that kids in many other countries have more school days, it’s not true they all spend more time in school. In fact, U.S. kids spend more hours in school than do kids in the Asian countries that persistently outscore the U.S. on math and science tests.

For all I know, this thought might be related to the next one.

Thought #3

Increasing the time children spend in the classroom would allow more time for the proper indoctrination of children, would it not?

If videos like this surfaced of children being taught to praise George W. Bush, heads would be spinning and the lamestream media would be covering it 24/7. Tell the truth now, have you seen any of these indoctrination videos on any mainstream media station?

Just imagine what can be done by increasing the length of the school year. Can we see a pattern here? YES WE CAN.

Thought #4

Whoa. Talk about making heads spin. Sarah Palin’s new book, “Going Rogue: An American Life” will hit the bookstore shelves on November 17th.

I’m sure the mere mention of her name on my blog has reassured some readers (and some family members) that I am a member of the vast right-wing conspiracy they (and former President Bill Clinton) are so vehement in believing actually exists. Uhoh. I just linked to CNN. Now my head is spinning.

Thought #5

Did you know it’s former President George W. Bush’s fault that current President Barack Obama cannot close our facility at Guantanamo Bay?

Hope, change, and no semblance of accountability whatsoever.

And now, the final thought for the night, presented by Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI).

More Indoctrination, More Broken Rules, And More Bad News

For the first time in weeks, we all slept in today. Okay, so we were up by 10, but around here, that’s like sleeping in.

It was a beautiful day today. The kids played in the backyard and tormented frogs for a while. Well, I know they were nice to the frogs and they just played with them, but I am pretty sure the frogs didn’t take such action kindly.

After the frogs had their fill of “boating in the pond”, I took the boys over to Tanner State Park, and we were surprised there were no remnants from the flooding last week. Well, okay, there were no visible remnants, except the COPPERHEAD snakes everywhere. We saw four of them, one of which was longer than I am tall, so we skiddaddled over to Sweetwater Creek State Park instead.

The water was muddy, but not too high. We heard a ranger stating that the water rose about 15 feet, which was hard to imagine since there were no lasting effects there either. The osprey weren’t feeding, leading us to believe they won’t eat fish that is (a) hidden in brown muddy water, or (b) hidden in brown muddy water that may have contaminants and bacteria in it. Then again, maybe they did feed and (b) is why we didn’t see them…

Thought #1

Check out this video.

Is this another case of indoctrination or what? Oh sure, they try to temper the last half of the video with the “we’re all together” meme, it’s the “yes we can” and the praising President Obama by name that has me concerned again.

Thought #2

Why do politicians insist on changing the rules when they are in power? Rather than have an honest debate with honest representation in Congress, Harry Reid has promised to basically shove the current health care bill down the throats of the American people.

Developing news on the health care front is that Harry Reid is going to use reconciliation in the Senate if he cannot get the sixty members necessary to block a filibuster. In other words, he is going to bend the rules to his favor so that a simple majority can bypass Senate rules.

This isn’t the first time a political party has changed the rules once they assumed “command”, and the Democrats are hardly alone in doing so. But that doesn’t make it right.

Thought #3

Unemployment among young Americans (age 16 to 24) has risen to 52.2%. No, that is not a typo. 52.2 percent of our young people cannot find work.

And worse, without a clear economic recovery plan aimed at creating entry-level jobs, the odds of many of these young adults — aged 16 to 24, excluding students — getting a job and moving out of their parents’ houses are long. Young workers have been among the hardest hit during the current recession — in which a total of 9.5 million jobs have been lost.

It’s clear that none of Obama’s plans are working. And before you start spouting off that it was the Republicans and their 8 years of control in Washington that caused this, remember one thing. Republicans DID NOT control Congress for the past eight years.

Sure, President Bush was in office and has his share of the blame to shoulder in this mess we are now facing, but the House and Senate were not under Republican control during that entire eight years. Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and their cohorts on the Hill are as much to blame for all of this.

It’s time for Congress to wake up and get to work. The time for pointing fingers is over, unless of course you want to single out those responsible for the mortgage fiasco, then you can point to Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) and Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA). Should we be working on a solution to fix these problems rather than finger pointing and shoving unwanted (expensive) legislation on the American people?

Now I am off tonight to read my new Photoshop User magazine and some more of the book I am reading. I may actually climb into bed before 3am. How awesome would that be?

PS: Yes, MR Ducks! MR Not Ducks! OSAR, CM Wings! YIB MR Ducks!

Wet Noodles And Kryptonite

Just when I thought it was safe to relax, it rained again today. It’s not like the additional rain we had will make the rivers rise again, but enough is enough, at least for a week or two while people get their possessions dried out.

We had some errands to run and we got caught in the rain for about 20 minutes before we got home. Because of the weather, we spent the rest of the day working on small projects and relaxing for the first time in days.

Speaking of small projects…

Thought #1

If a French President calls you out on the world stage for standing idle and doing nothing, and essentially being ineffective, you know you suck. French President Nicolas Sarkozy said,

President Obama has even said, “I dream of a world without [nuclear weapons].” Yet before our very eyes, two countries are currently doing the exact opposite. Since 2005, Iran has violated five Security Council resolutions. Since 2005, Secretary-General, the international community has called on Iran to engage in dialogue. An offer of dialogue was made in 2005, an offer of dialogue was made in 2006, an offer of dialogue was made in 2007, an offer of dialogue was made in 2008, and another one was made in 2009. President Obama, I support the Americans’ outstretched hand. But what did the international community gain from these offers of dialogue? Nothing. More enriched uranium, more centrifuges, and on top of that, a statement by Iranian leaders proposing to wipe a UN member State off the map.

It seems Mr. Obama’s job performance is upsetting a lot of people and his approval ratings are dropping on a global scale. So much for utopia.

On a sidenote, why isn’t the American media covering Mr. Sarkozy’s remarks?

Thought #2

Political kryptonite. ACORN. Same thing.

Apparently the U.S. House of Representatives has voted to cut all funding from ACORN, again. In passing the continuing resolution to keep the government funded, the House Democrats added a provision prohibiting ACORN from receiving funding from any current measure or any prior legislation.

So, how many politicians want ACORN shut down before the truth is revealed about their association with the organization? Seriously, I’ve never seen them move so quick on a plan of action in my life. There must be some reason they are acting so quickly.

Two thoughts are better than none, right? This coming week looks busy, with projects and with writing about legislation on the Hill. Stay tuned…

Unrefined Methods & Broken Promises

What a week this has been. Between the perfect storm that came in the form of 15 – 20 inches of rain and the perfect storm known as server mishaps, I am completely exhausted mentally and physically.

After sitting down and relaxing with a few games of chess and some trivia with the kids, I’m settled in enough to share some things I saw today.

Thought #1

It’s pretty clear that some parents don’t trust the new H1N1 vaccine.

In a poll of 1,678 U.S. parents conducted by the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, 40% said they would get their children immunized against the H1N1 virus — even as 54% indicated they would get their kids vaccinated against regular seasonal flu.

About half of the parents who said they’d pass on the H1N1 flu shot for their kids expressed concern about possible side effects of the vaccine.

I don’t trust it. Why would I? The last time the U.S. distributed a Swine Flu vaccine, more people died from the vaccine than died from swine flu itself.

More than 500 people are thought to have developed Guillain-Barre syndrome after receiving the vaccine and 25 died. No one completely understands what causes Guillain-Barre in certain people, but the condition can develop after a bout with infection or following surgery or vaccination. The federal government paid millions in damages to people who developed the condition or their families.

However, the pandemic, which some experts estimated at the time could infect 50 million to 60 million Americans, never unfolded. Only about 200 cases of swine flu and one death were ultimately reported in the U.S., the CDC said.

There might be good reason to be wary. The vaccine has been rushed to market using unrefined methods.

So how many people will suffer adverse effects from the vaccine this time around? Is it worth subjecting yourself, and your kids, to these increased risks?

Thought #2

Barack Obama isn’t going to be able to close Guantanamo Bay by January, like he promised he would. How many promises does this guy have to break before people wise up?

Thought #3

If you don’t buy health insurance under the proposed health care plan, you will be subject to a $1,900 fine. If you fail to pay that fine, you will be charged with a misdemeanor, face up to a year in jail, and an additional $25,000 fine. Yes, this means if you don’t buy health insurance the government can through you in jail.

Thought #4

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) isn’t happy with those measely fines. She wants to make sure that every successful person in America pays an additional tax to cover the health care needs of those who haven’t been quite as succesful.

The House Democratic plan calls for raising income taxes on upper-income people to pay for covering the uninsured. Baucus has instead proposed a tax on high-cost insurance plans worth more than $8,000 for an individual policy and $21,000 for family coverage.

Proponents of the insurance tax, which Obama has endorsed, say it would help to lower health care costs by encouraging people to become more cost-conscious health care consumers.

Isn’t it a given that President Obama has endorsed this additional tax? However that isn’t the funniest part of that article. This is.

If House Democrats adopt the insurance tax, it may help them to reduce the income tax increase that they’ve proposed.

If House Democrats adopt the insurance tax which raises taxes it may help them reduce the income tax increase they’ve proposed. Sorry, an increase is an increase no matter what you call it or where you apply it. The American people will still see tha same (additional) amount come out of their checks and they’ll still remember that it was the House Democrats that screwed them over.

A government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take everything you have.

Barry Goldwater