Awesome, Announcements, Amnesty & Articulation

For the first time in over two weeks, I don’t have a headache at this time of the night. It’s refreshing to know I will actually enjoy a day, finally, even if my neck is still as stiff as a board. Well, I guess I can’t be back to 100% all in one day now can I?

Gidget almost has her sewing studio all set up, but here’s a sneak peak at the new “fitting room”.

Sometime next week (or the week after that) I will be setting up my photography “studio” and my woodworking area in the basement. I just don’t have the energy right now.

Here are some thoughts for you…

Thought #1

This is the video where Jon Voight Calls Out President Obama. This is awesome.

Thought #2

The White House says the job numbers in Georgia are looking good. They say that the stimulus program has created 84,000 jobs in the state.

That is probably true. It probably has. It’s also true that the stimulus has not helped one bit.

According to state-by-state numbers released on Friday by the President’s Council on Economic Advisors, the stimulus program created or saved 84,000 jobs in Georgia during the first three months of 2010.

But even with those gains, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Georgia had:

162,000 fewer jobs in January, 2010 than it had in January, 2009

136,000 fewer jobs in February, 2010 than it had in February, 2009

116,600 fewer jobs in March, 2010 than it had in March, 2009

Add it up people. That’s 414,600 jobs. If you adjust for all of those wonderful stimulus jobs (many of which are probably census jobs that won’t exist in next month’s reports), the State of Georgia has 330,600 less jobs than it had last year at this time.

That’s hope for ya! What awesome results huh? Got any spare change?

Thought #3

Keep an eye on Washington, because Scary Harry and company are at it again

Harry Reid is claiming to already have nearly all the votes he needs to force amnesty for illegal immigrants down our throats (despite voters overwhelmingly rejecting the idea) and is vowing to pick up the remaining stragglers within weeks.
That’s right. In the middle of “the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression,” as Obama calls it, we are now going to reward 15 million uneducated poor people for illegally breaking into our country and cutting in front of law-abiding immigrants.

Just say no to amnesty! If you thought the employment numbers looked bad before, just wait until you’re competing with 15 million more people for that job at Burger King. ¿Qué Pasa?

Thought #4

Herman Cain. What can I say about Herman? I think he is one of the most articulate and well spoken people I have ever listened to in my life. Oh yeah, and he nails it every time he speaks about the government.

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Totals, Truths, & Treaties

Thank God it’s Friday. I’m going to relax tomorrow, that’s for sure. I need it.

Thought #1

Thirty-three states are out of money to fund unemployment and are must resort to borrowing money from the fed to keep benefits flowing.

With unemployment still at a severe high, a majority of states have drained their jobless benefit funds, forcing them to borrow billions from the federal government to help out-of-work Americans.

A total of 33 states and the Virgin Islands have depleted their funds and borrowed more than $38.7 billion to provide a safety net, according to a report released Thursday by the National Employment Law Project. Four others are at the brink of insolvency.

The U.S. Constitution provides for States rights, but what happens when those states owe billions to the federal government? Something tells me the line between right and wrong is going to be blurred for a very long time.

Thought #2

Bart Stupak, the alleged “pro-life” Democrat who sold his soul in the fight against the health-care bill is calling it quits.

Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), who played a central role in the health reform fight as the leader of anti-abortion Democrats, announced Friday afternoon that he will not run for reelection, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family. Without Stupak on the ballot, the seat becomes an immediate pickup opportunity for Republicans.

At a press conference in his home district this afternoon, Stupak attributed the exertion of traveling back and forth from Washington to his sprawling Upper Peninsula district as a primary reason for his retirement but also said that he had completed much of what he aimed to do in Congress.

The truth is, he sold out, and his constituents know it. Pro-Life voters sent him to Washington and those same Pro-Life voters would have made sure he wasn’t going back regardless of his decision. He quit in the fight against the health-care bill, so it’s no wonder that he’s quitting again now.

Thought #3

The new START Treaty, which is supposed to curtail nuclear weapon proliferation, contains limits on conventional weapons.

Section 1251 of the fiscal year 2010 Defense Authorization Bill Congress warned President Barack Obama not to include any “limitations” on U.S. advanced conventional weapons in New START. Now that New START has been signed, the State Department is putting out fact sheets on the agreement. An April 8th fact sheet from the State Department is entitled: “Key Point: The New START Treaty does not contain any constraints on current or planned U.S. conventional prompt global strike capability.”

So it would appear that President Obama listened to Congress’s concern regarding limitations on conventional weapons system. Unfortunately, appearances deceive. Later in the same release, the following is stated: “Long-range conventional ballistic missiles would count under the Treaty’s limit [emphasis added] of 700 delivery vehicles, and their conventional warheads would count against the limit of 1550 warheads, because the treaty does not make a distinction between missiles that are armed with conventional weapons and those that are armed with nuclear weapons.

There is no limit to the audacity of the current administration. President Obama announced just days ago that we would not retaliate for certain acts against our county, and now we know why. It’s because he’s going to make sure we don’t have any defenses left to retaliate with.

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Washington. The One-Stop Money Shop

Now that April Fool’s Day is almost over… Seriously. ObamaCare!?! Too bad it wasn’t just some cruel joke.

Just in time to snap you back to reality, take a look at this.

Powerhouse student loan provider Sallie Mae says layoffs are imminent as a result of President Obama’s new student loan overhaul.

“This legislation will force Sallie Mae to reduce our 8,600-person workforce by 2,500,” Conwey Casillas, Vice President of Sallie Mae Public Affairs, said in a statement to Fox News.

Twenty-nine percent of the people who work for Sallie Mae are going to lose their jobs just because of the student loan overhaul.

What? Oh, you didn’t know? In the reconciliation package for the health-care bill, which was sent to the President for his signature, was a complete overhaul of the student loan process in the United States.

In addition to being the nation’s leading banker, insurance agent, mortgage company, and wall street investment firm, the United States government will now be the sole provider of student loans.

You wanted change America. You definitely got change America.

In the old days, when you had a student loan, you just kept paying and paying until it’s paid off. My wife had just finished paying off a student loan before we got married, but she paid it off. Now, with Obama Savings & Loan, students who pay for 20 years will have the balance written off at that time, unless they work in public service or for a non-profit, then the cutoff is 10 years.

So who do you think is going to pay for all those balances that get “written off”? That’s right. John Q. Taxpayer. The same John Q. Taxpayer who is already paying for bankswho keep their doors open for you, Wall Street investment firms who keep trading your stocks for you, insurance companies who keep insuring you, and mortgage companies who make sure you stay in your house.

I don’t know where President Obama got the idea, but John Q. Taxpayer is not as rich as he thinks he is.

On a side note, did you return your Census form? If you didn’t you might get a visit from a real life human being going door to door to get that information from you. Or not.

April 1 was Census Day – a day marked by events to remind people to return their census questionnaires. But some Census workers were abruptly dismissed from their part-time jobs on Census Day with no explanation.

In Northern Virginia, hundreds of Census workers were told on Thursday to turn in all materials, including partially completed enumeration assignments, because the Group Quarters Enumeration project was being canceled.

So much for those “awesome” unemployment numbers, huh? Just remember. Be patient.

Facing a public still wary of his massive health care overhaul, President Barack Obama urged Americans not to judge the nearly $1 trillion legislation he signed into law last week until the reforms take hold.

Many of the “reforms” don’t take effect until 2014, which is the very reason we were RUSHING the legislation in the first place, right?

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Another Day, Another Snow Job

Yesterday some weather forecasters said we’d get snow while others said we wouldn’t. Of those calling for snow, one was correct. We got exactly as much as he said we would, and that’s why I pay attention to Glen Burns at WSB-TV. After 13 years of watching (and listening to) him, he’s right more often than anyone else.

 

I took the video fairly early in the day. We ended up with about 3 inches total here at our house, but at one point it was melting as quick as it was falling.

It was pretty to watch, but it was a heavy, wet snow and the kids didn’t find much interest in it. Amazing really, because we rarely get snow, so you would think they would want to be out there all day.

With all the snow falling outside, I couldn’t help but wonder if hell had frozen over. After reading the news today, I’m still not sure.

House Ways and Means Committee Charlie Rangel was on the verge of losing his gavel Tuesday night as a trickle of Democratic defections turned into a flood.

It wasn’t clear how Rangel would go – voluntarily, by force, temporarily or permanently – but the tide had clearly turned against him by the time he walked into a closed-door meeting with Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s staff Tuesday night.

“The dam broke today,” said a senior Democratic aide.

Charlie Rangel has been in the House of Representatives for 39 years. House members are elected every two years. That’s one election and 17 re-elections so far for those of you keeping track. By now, Mr. Rangel is pretty settled into his job as a career politician, but it looks like his days are finally numbered.

Sure, it’s only a leadership role, but a very influential one at that, so if hell is freezing over, I’m hoping his days as a Congressman could be coming to an end as well.

Another interesting development today was the sudden “switch” by Senator Jim Bunning (R-KY).

For days now he has blocked a bill extending unemployment benefits, highway funding, and other government programs because the bill was unfunded.

Tonight, however, he switched his position because Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) promised him a vote on his amendment forcing the $10 billion bill to be offset by closing a tax loophole, as well as a chance to offer amendments on the next Senate jobs bill which will cost $150 billion.

Just moments after he agreed to Scary Harry’s terms, the extension bill passed 78 – 19 and his amendment failed with only 43 Senators voting for it.

So what did Bunning gain out of this? Nothing. Nothing at all. He folded under the pressure when he should have stood his ground. How much longer can we write checks with nothing to pay them with? Here’s Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) speaking on the Senate floor today before Sen. Bunning caved.

 

The one bright side was seeing which 19 GOP members voted against the measure. Senators Alexander, Barrasso, Bennett (UT), Bunning, Burr, Coburn, Corker, Cornyn, Crapo, DeMint, Ensign, Enzi, Gregg, Hatch, Johanns, McConnell, Risch, Sessions, and Thune all voted against a bill that will cost $10 billion with no money allocated to pay for it.

Even though he voted against the bill itself, by dropping his opposition to the bill Jim Bunning helped increase our national debt by $10 billion in just a matter of minutes. Thanks, Jim!

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