Tuesday, March 30, 2010

NASA's Next Exciting Mission

As some of you may have heard, President Obama has tasked NASA to look into why Toyota is having unexplained and random accelerator issues.

What with the cutting of NASA budget funds, and no more space shuttle missions, or mission to anywhere in their future, NASA is jumping on the branding wagon to come up with a whole new image of its newly assigned mission here on earth.
Good luck with that.

... and in today's news....

Monday, March 29, 2010

Repackaging the Health Care Brand

I recently saw an article in Newsweak (no, that's not a typo, that's my opinion) that Press Secretary Robert (clueless) Gibbs became confused when a reporter in the press pool asked him about "Obamacare". Gibbs quickly responded “Do you mean by that the law that the president signed yesterday?” (because even HE doesn't know what its real name is).

Newsweak goes on to comment that "Obamacare" is the common vernacular used on the interwebs, then went on to advise the President that he'd better come up with a snappy name to fit his unconstitutional massive government rights grab... ok, they didn't say that, I did.

I think its funny that Newsweak felt they needed to teach the President something on "branding" when their lame lib rag is is circling the drain, but whatever.

I'm amazed that our dear leader will be hitting the campaign circuit YET AGAIN to convince the people that the bill he crammed down their throats is good for them.

I picture it going something like this:

Friday, March 26, 2010

Who is More Threatened

Now shut up and do your jobs!

Precendent

prec·e·dent
–noun
1.
Law. a legal decision or form of proceeding serving as an authoritative rule or pattern in future similar or analogous cases.
2.
any act, decision, or case that serves as a guide or justification for subsequent situations.


Liberals just LOVE the word precedent. If someone else did it, then why can’t they? Its something that wise parents counter with: if your friends jumped off a cliff, would you jump too? Because parents know that just because someone else does it, doesn’t make it right.

Some examples of precedent:

Lead in paint and gas. Turns out that wasn’t such a good thing
Asbestos. Also a not good thing

Liberals point to precedent when they pushed through the new Healthcare law. They passed Social Security as a mandate to help those who couldn’t or wouldn’t save money for their retirement and claim it was met with open arms. I don’t know, I was just born, so I have no idea if the masses thought it was a good idea at the time. They may have thought so when it was first passed and was an OPTIONAL program, but I’m pretty sure when it became a MANDATED thing the people weren’t exactly happy, more so now that its bankrupt (so much for that lock box they promised).

Medicare was also suppose to help the people, and social security was cited as its precedence. Medicare was suppose to be the way to give people who couldn’t afford healthcare the healthcare they needed. If that was the case, then why did we need this new healthcare mandate and why is it, too, bankrupt?

But those things are too far back in the past for anyone to really remember the whys, hows, and how they felt about it, so let’s cite some more recent uses of precedent used by the liberals.

Reconciliation

When trying to pass a Federal Mandate that requires all citizens to purchase Healthcare or be fined, the Democrats stood at their podiums and denounced those that opposed the use. They cite the use of precedent by the Republicans for other bills.

Here are some examples of reconciliation used during the Bush Administration:

– The 2001 Bush Tax Cuts [HR 1836, 3/26/01]
– The 2003 Bush Tax Cuts [HR 2, 3/23/03]
– Tax Increase Prevention and Reconciliation Act of 2005 [HR 4297, 5/11/06]
– The Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 [H. Con Res. 95, 12/21/05]

hmm, seems to me that all of these have something to do with giving the people a break on taxes. I certainly don’t understand why our elected officials would have a problem with relieving their people from the burden of over-taxation, or promising not to increase taxes, or even promising to reduce our debt.

Further, here are some other examples used during the Clinton and Reagan administrations:

Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 1980
Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1981
Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982
Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1982
Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1983
Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985
Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1986
Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987
Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1989
Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990
Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993
Balanced Budget Act of 1995 (vetoed)
Personal Responsibility and Budget Reconciliation Act of 1996
Balanced Budget Act of 1997
Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997
Taxpayer Refund and Relief Act of 1999 (vetoed)
Marriage Tax Relief Act of 2000 (vetoed)
Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001
Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003
The Deficit Reduction Act of 2005
Tax Increase Prevention and Reconciliation Act of 2005

WHAT? Those bastards tried to give us tax breaks, reduce the deficit, and promised to decrease the budget? How dare they!

Once again, balanced budgets, tax equity and fiscal responsibility, deficit reduction... don’t see why giving a break to taxpayers and promising to balance the Federal budget would require reconciliation, as I would think that all Representatives would want these things for the people they serve. Not ONE of these mandates that the American people are REQUIRED to buy a product or be fined.

In fairness, the information above was obtained at this site, which used it as the horrific example of what Republicans “did” to the people through the use of reconciliation. I gotta say... thanks Republicans for trying to look out for your citizens. I would think they would try to find something like: Mandate to pull the fingernails out of anyone that has brown hair. Or: Mandate that anyone late on paying their taxes would be scalded in boiling oil. But no, the only examples they could cite would mean less taxes, balanced budgets, and cut down on government spending... THE HORROR!

So now lets talk about reversed precedence. Things that Liberals cite the “opposition” uses that are horrible, unimaginable, racist, bigoted, threatening, and downright vile.

Use of Nazi symbols in protests

Nancy Pelosi claims this of anti-healthcare protestors "They're carrying swastikas and symbols like that to a town meeting on healthcare."

Where did the protestors learn that? Precedent:














Hanging in effigy

Where did the anti-healthcare protestors learn these things: Precedent!













Back in the Bush admin, seeing the President or other Republicans mocked, hung, burned, tarred and feather were considered in the speaker’s own words “your advocacy is very American”, and “I am a fan of disruptors”, “drowning out opposing views is unAmerican”

Now its racist, and hate speech.


Wishing death on elected officials

The liberals didn’t denounce this British “mockumentary” called “Death of the President” of the assassination of George Bush, except for Hillary Clinton. Rex Reed of the The New York Observer thought it: “Clever, thoughtful, and totally believable”. It actually won awards! I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t be tolerated if it were based on our current Administration.

This blogger lists a myriad of pictures that call for the death of President Bush (scroll down if you don’t care to read how these threats were not prosecuted)

What about this one? Is this satire? Seriously? hahaha! I think not. Wanna see more: just google “Kill Bush” Most of the returns are of people who wanted to kill President Bush. If you google “Kill Obama” its mostly articles about killing “Obamacare” or “killing the bill” (healthcare), or of people arrested for saying they want to kill the President.

Wishing death of those with opposing views

“I hope his kidneys fail” - Wanda Sykes of Rush Limbaugh

“Wishes the killed Pentagon shooter had been Glenn Beck” - Bill Maher

That being said, I abhor anyone’s use of hanging public figures, wishing death on them is vile and disgusting, no matter their position or beliefs. I don’t care who did it first, I don’t care if you justify doing it because someone did it first. Rise above the 5 year old mentality and become better people... ALL OF YOU!

Also, don’t judge a group of people by the actions of a few idiots, as some are apt to do. There’s crazies in all walks of life. To attribute that to a group of like-minded people is unfair, no matter what the cause.

Finally, there really is no "TEA Party", no leaders, no nothing. There are facilitators that spread the word that there will be gatherings to go to and protests if you want to attend them, but nobody says "this is our cause" or "this is the sign you bring". Nobody donates money to a "TEA Party, we donate to candidates that listen and are like-minded. Its like an organized "flash mob" and everyone that has a problem they want to express shows up with whatever sign they want to show. Nobody has a fancy "TEA Party" membership card, we don't go to meetings to vote on the cause du jour, it just happens... and that's what scares the opposition, and why they want to lump some crazies into a movement that has no organization and discredit them. When you say that the "TEA Party" is racist, bigoted, violent, crazy... you are actually calling U.S. citizens these things, and I gotta tell ya... its only making us more angry.

We are the people, and you aren't listening.

Our armaments are our votes, our revolution will happen in November, and we will finally be heard.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Healthcare Bill

I will refrain from ranting about the bill, I'm pretty sure I've made it pretty clear about what I feel about it.

I did hear that President Obama had invited a few of the people that "inspired" him to pass such an unconstitutional power grab of citizen rights... I mean reform, to the signing of the bill.

I managed to find a picture of a few of them:

Friday, March 19, 2010

Thank You Mom and Dad

Tomorrow is my birthday. I will be... a year older.

My mom sent me homemade cookies, and the recipe to the homemade cookies. That’s a bit bittersweet because it sorta signals that there will be a day when she won’t be around to send me homemade cookies anymore, and she wanted to make sure that I knew how to make them when she’s gone... without actually saying that.

So that started me thinking about what I wanted for my birthday. I’ve never really been into the whole “wait until a special day to get something for yourself or someone you love” because you really never know if you or they will make it to that pre-determined time, so I just generally buy what I want when I want it and randomly send gifts to friends and family when the mood strikes me.

I’d REALLY like my birthday gift to be that the United States regains its sanity and doesn’t pass this craptastic healthcare bill, but I doubt that will happen. It will pass, people won’t get their freebies for 4 years, but the working class will pay through the nose for 4 years, everyone will be disgusted, vote people out of office, only to be replaced with equally if not more corrupted scum and our country will dive into a third world country. Whoot, I’m such a mood lifter, aren’t I?

So, on the eve of our country diving into socialism (yes, I said it, I believe it, and if you post a comment arguing against my belief, or try to convince me otherwise, I will delete your comment, unfriend you, and most likely mock you later on... cuz its my blog), the only thing I could think that I would want for my birthday is this:

Thank you mom and dad!

First of all, thank you for actually having me. Even though I was legitimate, whereas we did the math on my sister and somebody was fooling around unwed, you tricksters, I was planned and probably why I turned out so well... as opposed to my sister.

Thank you for not putting me in a gunny sack and throwing me in a lake, as you constantly threatened to do when I did stupid things.

Thank you for not selling me to the gypsies when I fessed up to masterminding how to remove the toilet paper rolls from the school bathrooms during the great junior high school toilet paper stealing gig. I would like to remind you, I just showed them how to do it and left, they’re the ones caught red handed while I had an alibi (I was at home with you), but yes, I was in cahoots and deserved the grounding.

Thank you for spanking me when I did something to deserve it. You taught me that there were serious consequences to my actions, and those consequences, while painful, could have been deadly to myself or someone else if not put in check.

Thank you for instilling respect and honor in my parents. You listened to me, you told me everything that went on with bills, jobs, what we could and couldn’t afford and why. There was nothing more that I wanted in life than to make you proud of me, and to never hear that I had disappointed you.

Thank you for giving me chores and teaching me that an honest day’s work got an honest day’s wage.

Thank you for being fiscally responsible and not going into debt for the sake of going into debt when we could make do with what we had, even though we didn’t have fancy cars, fancy clothes, or fancy other things, we had family and family was all that mattered, and that charity was for people that REALLY needed it, and handouts were demeaning and ugly.

Thank you for giving me the gene that made me want to right wrongs and help those who couldn’t help themselves.

Thank you for showing me that while we didn’t have much, others had less and those were the ones that needed a hand up once in a while.

Thank you for instilling in me the warm feeling of giving something to someone, be it a hand up, money, a gift, or a hug and not expecting a single thing in return. It truly is the giving and not receiving.

Thank you for telling me that I could do ANYTHING I wanted to do, there were no boundaries or limits, just the ones I placed on myself, which has led me to lead a wonderful life, make a LOT more money than either of you ever have, and all without any college education.

Thank you for sacrificing some of your dreams to give me a good, comfortable life.

Thank you for teaching me that if I wanted something in life, I had to earn it. While it sucked to see others driving their free new cars while I had to borrow the crappy pickup truck that stalled at every intersection, the sense of accomplishment and pride of earning everything I’ve bought with my own money was worth it. Looking back, I still miss that crappy pickup truck.

Thank you for the strange, twisted sense of humor and view of everything in my life. Its made getting through tough times easier (if not more amusing), and has helped me make friendships that have lasted.

To my dad; thank you for my cartooning gene, and your sensitive heart for animals. Thank you for naming me after your first dog. I couldn’t think of a more appropriate namesake. I miss you.

To my mom: thank you for your practicality, frugalness, and utmost devotion to those you love. Thanks for the cookies, and the recipe. When I make them, I’ll always think of you.