Four Videos For Thought

Doing something a bit different tonight. I’m watching a documentary with the wife and the oldest son, so while I am learning about some archealogical finds, why don’t you watch these videos? Make sure you watch that last one, we’ll have a quiz in the morning.

Video #1

Michelle Malkin talks about Scary Harry Reid’s backroom health care bill.

Video #2

President Obama is still blaming President Bush for the way things are going in Afghanistan. Charles Krauthammer says enough is enough.

Video #3

Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) admits that Democrats are trying on every front to increase the role of government.

Video #4

Chef John makes an Apple Swan.

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!

The Warning Signs Were There

Tell the truth now. Did you know there was trouble brewing in the housing market? Did you see the coming economic storm? We’re you shocked when not-so-smart people in our government started espousing the need to ‘bailout’ certain financial companies? Seriously?

The signs have been there for a couple of years. If you’re one to keep your head in the sand (like many politicians on the House Financial Services Committee) you might not have seen those signs, but for those of us who happen to have more than a pea for a brain, we saw the signs. We knew it was just a matter of time before lending institutions would begin to crumble, and now it has happened.

Financial institutions are crumbling and it’s all because Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have imploded. Maybe things wouldn’t have gotten so bad if Fannie and Freddie were not required to purchase all of those bad loans in the first place. Then again, things could be much worse. The American people could lay blame on Congress, where it belongs, because they failed to take action that could have prevented this whole mess.
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Barney Frank’s Reality Issues

Something is wrong with Barney Frank. I’ve suspected for years now that he’s not all there. I don’t know if it has something to do with serving in the House as long as he has, or not, but he’s just not right.

As the discussion of a possible bailout started circulating Washington, Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), who just happens to be the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, was “instrumental” in working to amend the plan so it had a chance of passing on the Hill.

The question is, why would the man who holds a large part of the responsibility for this mess in the first place be allowed to participate in the negotiations for fixing it? It doesn’t make sense. He spent years blocking all attempts to increase oversight at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. He spent years working against the best interest of his constituents, his party, and his country.

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When Conflict Of Interest Is Ignored

Imagine for a moment that a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives sitting on the House Banking Committee which had jurisdiction over Fannie Mae had a wife who served in a high level positon at Fannie Mae.

Would the shit hit the fan or what? Democrats would be calling for him to step down from the banking committee and calling for a a probe into his ethical conduct while serving on that committee.

But what if the same thing happened, but it was Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) involved with the executive at Fannie Mae?

Unqualified home buyers were not the only ones who benefitted from Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank’s efforts to deregulate Fannie Mae throughout the 1990s.

So did Frank’s partner, a Fannie Mae executive at the forefront of the agency’s push to relax lending restrictions.

Now that Fannie Mae is at the epicenter of a financial meltdown that threatens the U.S. economy, some are raising new questions about Frank’s relationship with Herb Moses, who was Fannie’s assistant director for product initiatives. Moses worked at the government-sponsored enterprise from 1991 to 1998, while Frank was on the House Banking Committee, which had jurisdiction over Fannie.

Both Frank and Moses assured the Wall Street Journal in 1992 that they took pains to avoid any conflicts of interest. Critics, however, remain skeptical.

“It’s absolutely a conflict,” said Dan Gainor, vice president of the Business & Media Institute. “He was voting on Fannie Mae at a time when he was involved with a Fannie Mae executive. How is that not germane?

That’s right. Nothing was done. Nothing at all. Read the entire article to read how Frank blocked all attempts at imposing new regulation on Fannie while his lover was working there. Read the entire article to read how far Frank’s fingers are into this entire mess facing us today.