timely quote

Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president.

Theodore Roosevelt

Saturday, November 8, 2008

SCOTUS deciding if Obama has to produce original birth certificate

Just a quick post on the possible Obama citizenship issue on this article from over at Atlas Shrugs. I'm not going to offer much opinion as I am not a lawyer, but it looks as if the SCOTUS is giving Obama until 12/3 to respond to a Writ of Certiorari, which requires the concurrence of four Justices. The SCOTUS will decide if it needs to look at Obama's birth certificate at that time.

What's interesting is if the SCOTUS decides that he is not a "natural born citizen," then the electorate may be invalidated. There's no telling what may happen in that case.

I'll end it here because a lot of much smarter people have been discussing it over at Atlas Shrugs.

But go sign the petition. Do it now.

Edit: Honestly, there is some debate as to the veracity of the claims made by the lawyer (Berg) in this case. The only documents I can find on the SCOTUS site show denied applications for injunctions, but it doesn't look as if the Writ was denied (if you can do that). Remember, I am not a lawyer, and I don't even play one on TV. I don't understand why the Obama doesn't just produce the BC. He's causing even more furor with his silence.

In the end, we'll all love Big Brother

I pulled this story from the GoV Daily News Feed. The linked story links to several other stories, all related. Ex-Dissident posted about part of this a couple of days ago, but there's more information now.

Congress is now talking about cutting military funding by 25%, or $150B. What does Obama want to do with this previously-military funding? Create a Civilian National Security Force.

Wow. What?

Let's see. We have sheriffs at the county level. Local city police. We have State troopers. Some states, like Texas, have their own separate state police force (Rangers). Then there's the CIA, FBI, NSA, Federal Marshals, Air Marshals, post office investigators, ATF, the National Guard, the reserve military, the Coast Guard and the active duty military.

Add this to Obama's plan to require school children to serve 50-100 hours of mandatory community service. Then he wants to turn the (tax-funded)AmeriCorps funded Public Allies program into the Universal (sic)Voluntary Public Service. And for serving, he'll pay for your college. All of this sounds quite like 1984, but more recently, it's straight out of 'Rules for Radicals.' Get the children early and teach them the socialist way before their parents can teach them otherwise. Bill Ayers (yes, again) has spoken about this exact style plan.

The endgame here is simple. Even if Obama can't turn the country into a socialist workers' paradise, he can teach our children to create it.

It won't matter for very long though. After a couple of "voluntary retreats," we'll all love Big Brother.

Edit: WND is reporting that the change.gov page was changed from "require 50 hours..." to "set a goal of..." And they have screenshots.

He who controls the past, controls the future.

Goodnight Grandmama




















Today, November 8, 2008, I lay my Grandmama to rest.

I remember many things about my Grandmama. Her firm voice, her strong conscience, her steady faith. She was always there with a kind word, a gentle hand and an oreo cookie. She was a kind, gentle, wonderful person and the world is diminished with her death.

Mary grew up in a different time. Families had nothing and managed to survive anyway. She came from a broken home and lived with her mother and grandparents. her grandfather was a preacher, and set her on the path of faith early on. She survived the death of her mother, a strong and beautiful woman who wrote poetry and songs to inspire others to faith.

She survived an ineffective father and an abusive step-mother, living the life of Cinderella. She survived the second Great War, volunteering her time while her husband-to-be was risking his life in support of freedom. She survived the death of her oldest son from cancer, keeping only a single flower from the casket in remembrance. She shed no tears in public. "I have to take care of Jim now."

She brought three wonderful people into this world and raised them to be as strong and independent as she was. Over the years she took on several careers. Mother, wife, assistant, realtor, business owner, gardener, chief cook and bottle washer. She had a love of flowers, first day lilies, later iris. Even with all that, she couldn't make a pie crust to save her life.

She was married almost 65 years, a mother of three, a grandmother of four. She was a strong and vibrant woman until dementia came and took her away from us. Almost four years she lived an existence surrounded by, but devoid of family, love, memories and faith. These were the hardest times, and her death was almost a relief. She is home now, with her husband and son.

I strive to live a life she would be proud of, and I pray that one day I will see her again, strong and vibrant as she ever was. She'll have an oreo.

Now I lay me down to sleep
I pray thee Lord my soul to keep
If I die before I wake
I pray thee lord my soul to take

Goodnight Grandmama. Love you.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Interesting Thoughts on the Economy

I read something interesting over at ConservativeBeachGirl, and I wanted to expound my thoughts on it here. She said, "We're effectively "outta there" for a bit BUT conservatives ALWAYS have to come back and clean up the mess the Democrat Socialists seem to make even in spite of their better judgement."

Politics reminds me of college football sometimes. When you're down, every win is important, when you're doing well, a 10 and 2 season is poor.

Look back a few years. Carter hosed the economy up. Reagan came in, lowered taxes in a historical manner and fixed it. Everything looked good, and every little thing was a disaster. The tech boom started with Reagan's pro-business policies and Clinton got luck to inherit it. During the Clinton years, every gain was a victory. Then Clinton screwed the economy up with higher taxes, and started the crash. George W Bush inherited the crash, lowered taxes and cleaned up after him. Everything looked really good, and every little thing was a disaster.

Then some businesses broke the law, and congress started telling mortgage companies who they had to loan money to and the economy began sagging. Bush broke ranks with conservatism and got the government more involved with the bailout.

I guess now we'll get some higher taxes, more government spending and programs, and higher debt. Every little gain will be an important victory. Difference is, this time, I think we're really going to pay for the victories.

The only question is if Obama can mess it up enough in four years to be a single term President, or if we'll need eight to learn the lesson again.

Wow. Hey media? Don't make him think or anything.

I just watched Pres-Elect Obama's first press conference, and I was rather underwhelmed. Is he still campaigning for the office? He didn't say anything new. You can watch any number of his speeches and hear the same thing. "Accelerate the assistance to the middle class," "Help people who need it most: the middle class," "Extend unemployment benefits for the middle class," "Tax relief for the middle class."

The questions were very telling also. "What kind of dog will you get," was my favorite. He was asked about raising taxes, but didn't give an answer. The press tossed him some real softballs, and he umm'ed and ahh'ed his
way through them.

I also looked at Change.gov, the website dedicated to the transition to the new world ord...ahem...new administration. My, but he has quite the tax plan. He's going to cut taxes to 95% of the working people, give everybody (middle class) a tax rebate check, eliminate the capital gains tax for small business, and bring the taxes for people over $250K a year back to 1990's levels.

Then, he's got all this new spending he wants to do. These programs are a little more difficult to find, but they get expensive quick. He's going to enact a new windfall tax to spread the wealth around. He's going to give money to "green" businesses to create "5 million new green jobs." I have heard figures in the $1T range. So after talking about lowering the deficit and national debt, he's planning on borrowing over $900B in the next several months to finance the bailouts he's planning.

You know, I really want things to go well over the next few years. I don't want to see this country fail. I'm not opposed to him succeeding. I just don't think it will happen.

I will not be nasty or attack Pres-Elect Obama with pointless personal attacks. I will be much nicer than the dailykos type, leftist Chimpy McHalliburton Bushitler crowd. My purpose is to illuminate the policies Obama wants to implement. I will use his own words and actions to show his true colors. He has been elected President of the United States. I do and will continue to respect the Office of President. Although I didn't vote for Obama, and I do not believe he is the best choice for our country, I hope that he succeeds as president because if he succeeds, then we all succeed. I do not, however, agree with his stated policies, and I do not think that those policies will be good for the people of this country.

He's already picking former Clinton staffers like John Podesta. He's pulling his friends from Chicago. He's appointed Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm to his economic team. Michigan has been in a recession for over a year.

This does not bode well.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Ahmadinejad Congratulates Obama

Well this is one I hadn't expected, but I'm not sure why I wouldn't have. After all the reports of celebrations around the world and other leaders talking about how America will be liked again (oh goody).

Fox News is reporting that Mad Jad has spoken in congratulations to President-Elect Obama.

Iran sees Obama's victory as a triumph over the unpopular policies of U.S. President George W. Bush, who repeatedly clashed with Iranian leaders while in office over Iran's nuclear program and its opposition to the U.S.-led invasion and occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq.

Ahmadinejad went on in his Thursday message to say that "nations of the world" expect changes from Obama -- mostly that he will change current U.S. foreign policy.

That policy, Ahmadinejad claimed, was "based on warmongering, occupation, bullying, deception and humiliation, as well as discrimination and unfair relations" and has led to "hatred of all nations and majority of governments toward the U.S. leaders."

Ahmadinejad also said that Obama is expected to replace such a policy with "an approach based on justice and respect, as well as lack of intervention in the affairs of others."

"Yay! We got rid of Bush, and now Amerikkka will leave us alone so we can destroy Israel in peace!"

Israel is already concerned: In Jerusalem, Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, a contender for prime minister in her country's elections, warned against any dialogue with Iran -- a first sign of Israeli disagreement with the incoming U.S. administration.

"Dialogue at this time is liable to broadcast weakness," cautioned Livni, who is head of the governing Kadima Party. "I think early dialogue at a time when it appears to Iran that the world has given up on sanctions could be problematic."

Watch his actions, hear what he says...make a decision

Letter to Senator McCain

I took a minute to send Sen McCain a note about the recent attacks on Gov Palin. These attacks, by they way have been handled remarkably well by the Governor. I admire that she hasn't been willing to even respond to the unfounded and undocumented accusations being thrown at her from behind a screen of anonymity. I am enclosing the letter in whole.

Sen McCain, I am a deep conservative, and have always been concerned that you seem to lean to the left as often as you do. I was generally unsure of voting for you, until you picked Gov Palin as your running mate. She seems to be very conservative, and the choice bodes well for your claims of leading from the right.

Unfortunately, we know now that it was a losing effort, and President-Elect Obama will be sworn in to office in January.

I believe that Gov Palin was the one bright spot in your campaign, and I think she has a tremendous future in American politics.

But right now, people that you employ are trying to destroy her reputation. They are making accusations that they're not backing up. They're not willing to put their names on the reports. I have difficulty with anonymous reports, and it looks like Gov Palin takes the same view.

My request to you is that you spend at least as much time defending Gov Palin as you did defending Sen Obama against attacks on his character during the campaign.

You chose her, and she was a very good choice. If there were "gaps in her knowledge" or "tantrums" thrown at the daily briefings, then someone didn't do their job very well. I have difficulty believing that someone could be incompetent enough to miss that kind of problem with a potential running mate.

So call your people and tell them to stop. The race was lost, and it was lost because no one can point to what your campaign was about. I still can't really say why you wanted to be elected. Senator Obama had a very easy slogan. Obama=Change. He beat that in to our skulls for months.

We are now the party in opposition, and the last thing we need to do is attack our own. Especially when we're attacking the future of the Republican Party.

Thanks.

If you have time, go to McCain's website and let him know that we hear his silence.

Edit: I got the form letter response from the website. At least people are coming out in defense of Gov Palin now.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Obama picks Chief of Staff

Well, he’s getting started. Obama has picked Rahm Emanuel as his Chief of Staff. Emanuel was a Clinton policy advisor for six years, and is now a democratic Illinios congressman. He is definitely far left, and he is certainly a tough politician.

We’ll just have to see what Rahm Emanuel thinks about Obama’s support for Palestine.

Here’s a little recent info about Emanuel from The Next Right.

The next few weeks will be very telling as to how the new administration will shape up, and what kind of policies we can expect from an Obama presidency. Who he picks for cabinet posts, what he discusses as his 100 day priorities and the democratic congress’ reaction to the run-up to inauguration will be interesting to see.

I am concerned about many things I think he’ll do, based on his words and voting record. We’ll see how founded my fears are.

Edit: Emanuel is denying the offer at this time. Waiting...

Edit: Looks like the early reports were right...Emanuel has accepted the offer to be Chief of Staff in the new Obama administration. Strike one.

Day One

Today, November 5, 2008, on the day my Grandmother passed from this earth, I begin. Last night, Barack Hussein Obama became the President-Elect of the United States of America.

This is an historic time, and an historic event. Not because he’s an African American, although that is significant. It's because he is the first avowed socialist to make a serious run for, not to mention get elected to, the office of President. He has admitted in speeches and interviews that he “chose my friends carefully” and wants to “spread the wealth around.” He attends socialist functions, he endorsed the socialist Senator Bernie Sanders; he spoke at the memorial service for Saul Mendelson. He attended church for 20 years listening to the Rev Jeremiah “God Damn America” Wright, has a new pastor who is just as racist and radical, and began his political career in the living room of William ''Kill all the rich people. Break up their cars and apartments. Bring the revolution home, kill your parents, that's where it's really at'' Ayers.

He spoke in private to Mahmoud Abbas in support of Palestine’s right to Jerusalem, asking that the conversation be kept secret so it didn’t hurt his chances with the Jewish voters. He holds, or has held, Indonesian citizenship under the name or Barry Soetero, and was educated as a Muslim there while under the care of his adoptive father, Lolo Soetero. There have even been serious questions about his country of birth, and a suit in federal court to determine if he was born in Hawaii or Kenya.

He has voted consistently in favor of total gun bans and other forms of gun control. Obama and Congressional Democrats have said that he will cut funding for the military. Obama will pull the troops from Iraq and ask Iran to be nice and quit trying to make nuclear weapons. He has promised to meet with the leaders of countries that sponsor terrorism without preconditions.

He has promised to nationalize public healthcare by requiring private companies and doctors to cover the costs of healthcare, regardless of ability to pay.

He has denied the desire to re-impose the Fairness Doctrine, but “supports media-ownership caps, network neutrality, public broadcasting, as well as increasing minority ownership of broadcasting and print outlets," i.e. re-regulation of the broadcast media by the FCC. He has voiced a desire to increase taxes on the people who work hard to make this country great: the entrepreneurs, the small business owners and the middle class. He has promised to allow the Bush tax cuts to expire, thereby raising taxes on everyone who pays taxes. These increases are required so he can distribute the money to the people who choose not to work. These are Marxist principles. Karl Marx said, "From each, according to his ability; to each, according to his need." Again, Barack Obama says we should spread the wealth around.

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Here’s what I think. Based on his statements and voting record, I think that he believes that the Constitution of the United States of America should include a guarantee of success as opposed to a guarantee of the freedom to succeed. I think he believes the government should provide success even to those who don’t earn it. I think he believes that the government should be the source of all good things.

I wholeheartedly disagree.

I believe that "A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have."

I believe that each person should benefit according to the work that they do, and it is not government’s job to determine what I or anyone else needs. The harder I work, the more I do, the better off my family and I are. If I choose not to work, then I choose to be poor. Are those who cannot work due to infirmity or handicap? Of course there are, and we have social welfare programs to help people who cannot help themselves.

Are there people who choose not to work? Who believe that it’s not fair that I do well while they struggle? Are there those that believe that the government owes them money, or healthcare or a retirement? There will always be people like that. The problem we have now is that there will soon be a president who believes the same thing. Obama wants to take more of my wages in taxes to provide a living for those who will not provide for themselves.

I believe that a government that is scared of guns is a government that is scared of dissent and disagreement. The Second Amendment was put in place, not only as the means to protect the new country from attack, but also as a safety valve in the case that government stopped obeying the will of the people. An unarmed populace is a defenseless populace. A hopeless populace.

The Second Amendment is very simple. A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Shall not be infringed. Not difficult.

I understand ensuring that criminals can’t by guns. Those laws are already in place. I certainly don’t want violent people bent on harming me and my family being better armed than I am. But if someone breaks in to my home and threatens me and my family, I will protect them by whatever action is necessary, including violence. There are some states and cities that allow prosecution of homeowners that protect themselves with legally purchased guns in their own homes. Luckily, I don’t live in one of them.

Read the Federalist Papers. Read the Constitution. Read the Bill of Rights. Educate yourself in what the Founding Fathers said and meant. It’s all out there.

We now have four years of righteous and responsible political resistance.

I believe as Ed Howdershelt said, “There are four boxes to be used in defense of liberty: soap, ballot, jury, and ammo. Please use in that order."

I used the ballot box yesterday. Today it’s time for the soapbox. God forbid we ever go past that point again.