Thursday, May 31, 2012

Mitt Romney showing more signs of life than McCain ever did

I am by no stretch of the imagination a Mitt Romney fan (I'm a Ron Paul guy, myself).   If Mitt Romney is elected president, I don't see much of a prospect of any cuts in government spending, or fewer taxes, or anything other than a continuation of the status quo.

I have to admit however, that I am quite impressed with Romney's absolutely brilliant move of holding a speech yesterday out in front of the weeded-over carcass of the now-bankrupt and defunct Solyndra headquarters building in California's Bay Area.  In so doing, Romney is already showing more fight in his campaign against Barack Obama than John McCain showed during the entire 2008 election cycle. Gawd, what a wuss McCain was!

 Just two years ago, our Dear Leader Obama was giving a speech on the production floor of Solyndra, touting the company as a model of what kind of wonderful things can happen when you fund private enterprise with taxpayer dollars.  In the case of Solyndra, a solar panel manufacturer in Fremont, California, the Obama administration fast-tracked $500 million to the company, which, within a year, had gone broke.  And the taxpayers' $500 million  had gone *poof*.

Fast-forward to yesterday, and you had Mitt Romney standing out in front of the empty high rise headquarters building of Solyndra.  What an effective contrast to make!

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In case you can't run the video of Romney's remarks, here are some of them:
“Two years ago President Obama was here to tout this building and this business as a symbol of the success of his stimulus,” said Romney, stepping off a bus and onto the public sidewalk in front of the Solyndra buildings just outside Silicon Valley. “Well you can see that it’s a symbol of something very different today...” “It’s a symbol not of success but of failure,” he said. “It’s also a symbol of a serious conflict of interest. An independent inspector general looked at this investment and concluded that the administration had steered money to friends and family – to campaign contributors. This building, this half a billion dollar taxpayer investment, represents a serious conflict of interest on the part of the president and his team.” “It’s also a symbol of how the president thinks about free enterprise,” said Romney. “Free enterprise to the president means taking money from the taxpayers and giving it freely to his friends.” “You look at this building behind us; this is not the kind of building that is built by private enterprise,” he said. “This is the kind of enterprise – the kind of building – that’s built with half a billion dollars of taxpayers money. It’s not just the Taj Mahal of corporate headquarters. you probably also heard that inside there are showers that have LCD displays that tell what the temperatures are of the shower water. and the robots inside actually provide Disney music tunes.”
Isn't it amazing how wastefully money tends to get spent when it is not your own? Especially when the money belongs to Joe and Jane Taxpayer. Kudos to Mitt Romney for using such an effective backdrop as he dropkicked Obama's taxpayer-funded boondoggle.

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free... it expects what never was, and never will be." -Thomas Jefferson

May Day in San Francisco

Have you ever truly watched these Occupy Wall Streeters in action?  I watched all 11 minutes of this video - shot in San Fran Sicko on May 1st of this year - and it made me sick to my stomach.

It was sickening to watch these masked assholes bash in the windows of businesses and cars parked on the street, and it was also sickening to watch the emasculated police of the oh-so-tolerant city of San Francisco sit by and watch all the property destruction happen.

Once upon a time in this country, a destructive performance like that shown in this video would have lasted about 30 seconds before the police (and private
citizens) moved in and started cracking skulls.

I weep for my country.  

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free... it expects what never was, and never will be." -Thomas Jefferson

Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day 2012

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free... it expects what never was, and never will be."  -Thomas Jefferson

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Obama is embarrassed in two more primaries; Democrats eat their own once again with charges of racism

I blogged about the Democrat-on-Democrat charges of racism when President Obama was embarrassed by a federal prisoner running against him in the West Virginia Democrat primary.

The same result has now occurred in Arkansas and Kentucky, as our Dear Leader lost just over 40% of the vote in those states' Democrat primaries.  Heck, in Kentucky, "Uncommitted" got 42% of the vote!  That means 42% of Kentucky Democrats were essentially saying anyone but Obama!  And just like after West Virginia, Obama's horrible record on just about every issue is eschewed in favor of blaming those darned racists who won't vote for Barack Obama for the color of his skin.  And once again, I remind of you that these are all Democrats we are talking about here!

From today's Washington Post:
That President Obama lost roughly 40 percent of the vote in Democratic primaries in Arkansas, Kentucky and West Virginia over the last two weeks has drawn massive national headlines. Those headlines have drawn a collective eyeroll from Democrats — and many others who closely follow national politics — who ascribe the underperformance by the incumbent to a very simple thing: racism... “Race, resentment [and] fear,” explained Donna Brazile, a Louisiana native and Democratic strategist when asked about Obama’s underperformance. “Democrats have not had any messaging in those states for more than a decade. It’s hard to get voters to like you or even know you when all they hear is negative stuff.”
Pass the popcorn! This is going to be a fun election to watch!  

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free... it expects what never was, and never will be." -Thomas Jefferson

An Indian state of mind

I'm sure I don't need to re-explain the whole fracas involving Democrat Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren and her false claim of Cherokee ancestry that helped her career advance as a professor at Harvard.

Now that she has been found out as a fraud on this topic, the lamestream media is twisting itself in knots trying to justify her lies.  I previously posted about Fox News contributor Jehmu Greene's racist " bow-tying white boy" comment to Tucker Carlson as she melted down trying in vain to justify Warren's actions.  Now we have a new winner for most ridiculous defense of Elizabeth Warren.

Writing for The Hill, Bernie Quigley incredibly posits that Elizabeth Warren, who originally hails from Oklahoma, should be considered a Cherokee Indian because she really, really wants to be:
So Warren's claim to be "part Indian" is correct in mythical terms. Every old-school white Oklahoman is in this regard even if this in nominally not true. But it is not a lie to want to be Indian and to imagine your ancestors were... And I hope Elizabeth Warren doesn't back down on this, because wanting to be Indian, like Hawkeye [the white hero from Last of the Mohicans], makes us in a deeper sense fully American.
Wow. Again, one has to ask what Mr. Quigley would have written had Elizabeth Warren's Republican opponent, Scott Brown, been the one to falsely claim Indian ancestry. Somehow, I don't think Quigley would be so quick to dismiss this issue.  

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free... it expects what never was, and never will be." -Thomas Jefferson

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

What deficit? California State Legislature makes it cost $18,000 to send a simple email

Since the state of California is doing just fine financially, and everything is sailing smoothly along, this leaves time for the Legislature of our fine state to address the truly important matters that vex us.

The latest example is Assembly Bill (AB) 2095.  This proposed law adds additional requirements to an already existing law regarding the obligations of the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF), which is the governing body of high school athletic programs in our state.

Existing law commands the CIF to
report to the Legislature and Governor by January 1, 2016, on several specified goals and objectives, such as effectiveness of the governance structure, gender equity, health and safety, and economic viability.
Apparently those instructions are not complete enough, because AB 2095 would require that the report that CIF must present should also be electronically transmitted to the Assembly Education Committee, the Senate Education Committee, and the Assembly Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism, and Internet Media Committee.

Keep in mind, the cost in time, debate, manpower, logistics, and printing of a bill as it travels its ponderous course through our state legislature runs about $18,000. That means that this bill - AB 2095 - which simply requires that a couple redundant and unnecessary emails be sent, is costing California taxpayers upwards of $18,000, when instead, couldn't someone - ANYONE! - at the State Capitol simply pick up the phone or shoot a quick (and free!) email and ask the appropriate person at CIF to send the report?

Or, Hey! Look at this! The previous CIF report is posted online, just as the next one presumably will be. Just click here, and your humble blogger can save you, the state taxpayer, $18,000.

And you wonder why this state is $16 billion in the hole.  

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free... it expects what never was, and never will be." -Thomas Jefferson

Yo like gimme a job plz

h/t Neal Boortz

I just read a fascinating article written by someone who hires for his business, and let us just say that he is underwhelmed by the caliber of many of the job applicants who contact him. An example:
I recently posted an ad on the magical interweb asking for 3D animation help for $25 an hour... I was not surprised and subsequently disheartened by my lack of surprise to see just how many people didn't seem to have time to respond in any meaningful way. If they aren't interested in the job, fine. An hourly wage of $25 isn't a king's ransom. So don't respond if you don't care.
I just don't comprehend the synaptic orgy that it must take to respond with this:
"ima 3D animator with lots of experience. What r u looking for in particular?"
Well, first I'd like someone who writes in whole words. Second, I wrote three frigging paragraphs about what I was looking for.
I urge you to read the rest of the article, in which the author points out the good, the bad, and ugly of today's job applicants.  

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free... it expects what never was, and never will be." -Thomas Jefferson

Monday, May 21, 2012

Obama-loving teacher tells her students that they can't criticize her Messiah


I usually cringe at my fellow conservatives when they jump on the "blame-everything-on-teachers" bandwagon when criticizing our moribund educational system, but listening to the illiterate rantings of this high school social studies teacher in North Carolina does no favors for the argument against blaming teachers for our students' academic shortcomings.

A few days ago, at a high school named Tonya Dixon-Neely in the Rowan-Salisbury School District in North Carolina, a student who had grown tired of his social studies teacher's repeated statist diatribes used a cell phone to make an audio recording of a class session.  The audio was made with the phone's video camera feature, but the only thing you ever see on screen are the lights on the ceiling, as the phone was obviously sitting in a backpack next to the student's desk.

The ignorance and intimidation presented in what the teacher said in response to her student's question about President Obama is truly breathtaking, and there is a slight language warning, as both the student and the teacher engage in some light profanity of the "sh**" variety:

 If you don't have time to listen to the audio, here are some of the highlights as described by the folks at Breitbart:
The video shows a classroom discussion about the Washington Post hit piece about Mitt Romney bullying a kid some five decades ago. One student says, “Didn’t Obama bully someone though?” The teacher says: “Not to my knowledge.” The student then cites the fact that Obama, in Dreams from My Father, admits to shoving a little girl. “Stop, no, because there is no comparison,” screams the teacher. Romney is “running for president. Obama is the president.” The student responds that both are “just men.” The teacher yells -- literally yells -- that Obama is “due the respect that every other president is due … Listen,” she continues, “let me tell you something, you will not disrespect the president of the United States in this classroom.” She yells over the student repeatedly, and yells at him that it's disrespect for him to even debate about Romney and Obama. The student says that he can say what he wants. “Not about him, you won’t,” says the teacher. The teacher then tells the student – wrongly – that it is a criminal offense to say bad things about a president. “Do you realize that people were arrested for saying things bad about Bush? Do you realize you are not supposed to slander the president?” The student says that it would violate First Amendment rights to jail someone for such sentiments. “You would have to say some pretty f’d up crap about him to be arrested,” says the student. “They cannot take away your right to have your opinion … They can’t take that away unless you threaten the president.”
So as far as this teacher is concerned, criticizing Obama is not allowed because he is the president, while criticizing Romney is allowed because he is only a candidate for president. Gotcha.

All I can think of is my own classroom experiences in the last decade as I have listened to students criticize George W. Bush (and Reagan in a few cases) in the most hateful terms, and I couldn't care less.  I looked at it as an excellent opportunity to ask the students what exactly their complaints were and to ask for details.  Even when I agreed with the student's criticisms (especially regarding Bush II), I still challenged the student to back up his or her snarky criticisms with fact.

This teacher did the exact opposite.  She would not allow this student to express a different point of view.  For merely asking a question about Obama's past conduct, this student was illegally disrespecting the president in the opinion of the teacher.  God, what a loser!

Thank you so much Ms. Dixon-Neely for making my job that much harder.

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free... it expects what never was, and never will be."  -Thomas Jefferson

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Imprisoned convict gives Obama a run for his money in West Virginia primary; Democrats eat their own in response

This is just downright hilarious:  West Virginia held its presidential primary yesterday, and even though it is a given that Obama will be the Democrat nominee, the Dems still have to hold their primary, which in West Virginia is a closed primary - meaning only registered Democrats can vote in West Virginia's Democrat primary.

Obama predictably won this primary, but only with a vote of 54%.  And who got second place, with a very respectable 42%?  A convict named Keith Judd, who currently resides in a federal prison in Texas.  Wow!

As if that's not hilarious enough, the day-after fallout is just as amusing.  I checked that bastion of loony leftism, the Daily Kos, and they are blaming raaaaaacism on this primary vote result.  An example:
Being serious for just a moment, how should the Obama campaign take this? A bunch of toothless hayseeds prefer a white guy, literally ANY white guy, to be their nominee over the black guy? I'm positive that's part of it.
Or how about this from a commenter on the Huffington Post:
This 'candidate' is an example of how the Republican opposition to Obama has become plain laughable. The clowns who hate President Obama would rather vote for a violent prison inmate than a mild-mannered, thoughtful Harvard Graduate. It says a lot more about the voters of West Virginia than it does about the President.
No, it says a lot more about the DEMOCRAT voters of West Virginia.  These statist brainiacs are so angry about this result that their emotions have gutted their logic. This was not a general election in West Virginia - this was a DEMOCRAT primary in a "closed" state where only registered Democrats can vote in the Democrat primary. Sorry Democrats, but you own this one. Of course, why is anyone surprised? The Democrat Party has always been a bastion of racism. Don't forget that West Virginia is the same state that sent Ku Klux Klan bigwig (and Democrat) Robert Byrd to the U.S. Senate from 1958 until he died in office in 2010.

So while they are blaming racism on this primary election result, one possibility that the Obamabots seem to be ignoring is that Obama hates coal and has famously promised to put the coal industry out of business and make energy prices "necessarily skyrocket" as a result.  And oh, golly gee - what is a major industry in West Virginia?  Coal mining!!!

If you aren't so busy shuffling through your deck of race cards, this stuff isn't very difficult to figure out.

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free... it expects what never was, and never will be."  -Thomas Jefferson

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Fox News refuses to fire a racist commentator

Several days ago, Fox News's Megyn Kelly brought on the Daily Caller's Tucker Carlson and Fox News "contributor" Jehmu Greene talk about Massachusetts U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren and her (Indian) gaming of the racial spoils system.

Jehmu (yes, that's Jehmu) lost her cool during the exchange and let her inner racist come boiling to the surface by calling Tucker (yes, that's Tucker) a "bow tyin' white boy."

Tucker happened to not be wearing a bow tie that day, but he has been famous for wearing them in the past.

Incredibly, after Tucker rather weakly addressed Jehmu's comment by telling her that calling him names wasn't going to help her argument, Jehmu had the gall to utter, "I didn't call you a name," complete with accompanying arrogant smirk and batting of eyes.  Roll the tape, and if you don't care to watch the entire exchange, the relevant portion of video runs from 1:10 through 1:40:

For Jehmu to actually insist that she didn't call Tucker Carlson a name (again, a "bow tyin' white boy") tells me one of three things:

1. She was lying and hoped that no one noticed what she said, or simply didn't care.

2. She doesn't consider a comment like that to rise to the level of name calling.

3. She says stuff like that behind closed doors so often that she didn't even realize she said it.

In regards to that third possibility, I see this phenomenon all the time in my classroom and on my campus. A student will be talking to another, and the student will throw out a common curse word, or more frequently, the word "nigga" or some variation thereof, and when I tell the student to watch his/her language, s/he will look at me with a genuinely confused expression and insist that s/he didn't say anything wrong. These students of mine have made vulgar words so much a part of their vocabulary, they don't even hear them anymore.

After Jehmu and Tucker were done with their segment, Megyn Kelly took it upon herself to apologize for Jehmu's comments, but Jehmu has never apologized. Now it is apparent that Jehmu will suffer no consequences from Fox News for her racist statement delivered on-air toward Tucker Carlson. Just imagine if Tucker had picked some fashion mistake of Jehmu's and attached the words "black girl" to it? Or better yet, what if Tucker had been debating Nation of Islam head honcho Louis Farrakhan and called him a "bow tyin' black boy"?

The double standards out there continue to sicken me, but not surprise me.

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free... it expects what never was, and never will be."  -Thomas Jefferson

Friday, May 04, 2012

Gag me with a frickin' spoon

Watch Barack Obama give a "shout-out" to himself in front our our troops while speaking to them at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan.  This man is an utter embarrassment:

 I cannot watch that without cringing. Try to imagine Ronald Reagan acknowledging anyone being, " the house." Ugh.  

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free... it expects what never was, and never will be." -Thomas Jefferson

Barack Obama loves May Day, and wants you to love it, too.

Aside from anonymously placing flowers on someone's doorstep, the first day of the month of May - known as May Day - is best known around the world as the day when Communists throw a party.

When I was a kid, I remember every May Day watching news footage of Soviet military parades with marching troops, tanks, and gigantic trucks with missiles on them.

How unusual then that our Dear Leader, President Barack Obama, would pick May 1st, 2012 to issue a presidential proclamation that concludes with the following:
In order to recognize the American spirit of loyalty and the sacrifices that so many have made for our Nation, the Congress, by Public Law 85-529 as amended, has designated May 1 of each year as "Loyalty Day." On this day, let us reaffirm our allegiance to the United States of America, our Constitution, and our founding values. NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 1, 2012, as Loyalty Day. This Loyalty Day, I call upon all the people of the United States to join in support of this national observance, whether by displaying the flag of the United States or pledging allegiance to the Republic for which it stands. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-sixth.
I can think of plenty of more appropriate days to reaffirm our loyalty or allegiance to our Republic, to our Constitution, and our founding values.

How about April 19th, when in 1775, Massachusetts patriots kicked off the American Revolution at Lexington and Concord?

How about the last Monday in May, which has long been designated as Memorial Day?

How about June 14th, which has long been designated as Flag Day?

How about July 4th, which has long been designated as Independence Day?

How about September 17th, which has long been designated as Constitution Day?

How about October 19th, when in 1781, our country's independence was guaranteed by our defeat of British forces at Yorktown, Virginia?

How about November 11th, which has long been designated as Veterans Day?

But no, instead Barack Obama chooses May Day, also known as International Workers Day, also known as a common day of celebration in the socialist/communist world.  Could the man be any more in-your-face?  I find it simply appalling, but not surprising, that he would associate our country - founded in the spirit of God-given rights and individual liberty - with a murderous collectivist ideology that looks at government as God.

God Help us.

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free... it expects what never was, and never will be."  -Thomas Jefferson