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Archive for 10 June 2009
Operation Rescue said today that it is appalled to learn that Philadelphia Women’s Center gave away free abortions on Tuesday as a means of “honoring” slain late-term abortionist George Tiller.
“There seems to be no comprehension of the value of human life with these people. Killing babies for free to honor someone who was murdered can only be described as sick,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.
The abortion facility told the media that an unspecified number of abortions were done free of charge, but there are no further plans to offer additional free abortions.
“There is no such thing as a ‘free abortion,’” said Newman. “It costs the life of an innocent baby and puts the woman at risk for increased problems in her life. The loss of each innocent life diminishes us all.”
Studies show that women who have received abortions are more at risk for problems such as suicide, drug and alcohol abuse, and mental illness.
“If the people running that abortion clinic really wanted to help women, they would follow the Tiller family’s example and close their clinic for good,” said Newman.
How the hell is murdering innocent babies honoring anyone? Even a fellow baby murderer? How sick and demented are these ……..ANIMALS to think this was a good idea?
Welcome Back, Carter
by Ann Coulter
Well, I’m glad that’s over! Now that our silver-tongued president has gone to Cairo to soothe Muslims’ hurt feelings, they love us again! Muslims in Pakistan expressed their appreciation for President Barack Obama’s speech by bombing a fancy hotel in Peshawar this week.
Operating on the liberal premise that what Arabs really respect is weakness, Obama listed, incorrectly, Muslims’ historical contributions to mankind, such as algebra (actually that was the ancient Babylonians), the compass (that was the Chinese), pens (the Chinese again) and medical discoveries (huh?).
But why be picky? All these inventions came in mighty handy on Sept. 11, 2001! Thanks, Muslims!!
The answer is: Not well.
But first, some references.
- I got all my data from one extremely boring source, the Bureau of Labor Statistics. At the moment, all the data is in the economic summary, but I assume that will change as the weeks go on, so you can also check the historical unemployment tables.
- The chart that President Obama used is in this document on how the stimulus will effect the economy.
- Special thanks to Geoff at Innocent Bystanders. Last month, he started charting how the numbers Obama used to sell the stimulus were matching to the actual numbers. So I can’t claim the idea as my own.
So, Obummer is full of crap? Uh…..yup!
H/T: Stop the ACLU
Well, will wonders never cease? Finally, a Court with common sense!!
A Missouri town’s law prohibiting hiring undocumented aliens has been upheld by a federal appellate court, marking the second time in less than a year that a local measure designed to curb illegal immigration triumphs in federal court.
The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a Valley Park ordinance that prohibits businesses and residents from hiring illegal immigrants. Those applying for a business license must sign an affidavit stating that they do not knowingly employ unlawful workers.
Legislators in Valley Park, a working class St. Louis suburb of about 6,500 residents, have engaged in a costly legal battle to defend the law since passing it in 2006. So far the town has spent more than a quarter of a million dollars to defend the measure, which was initially struck down by a St. Louis County judge.
The city subsequently won an appeal. In its unanimous decision this week, a three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals essentially affirmed the lower court’s ruling in favor of Valley Park. The original ordinance included a ban on renting to illegal immigrants but the city omitted that portion after its first court defeat.
Less than a year ago a federal appellate court on the west coast, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, upheld Arizona’s landmark law prohibiting hiring illegal immigrants. The measure, which severely punishes businesses caught hiring illegal immigrants, had been previously upheld by a federal judge in Phoenix who rejected the argument that it unconstitutionally infringes on federal immigration powers.
The Philadelphia-based 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is considering a case involving a similar immigration ordinance in Hazleton Pennsylvania. That law, which penalizes landlords who rent to illegal immigrants and businesses that hire them, was ruled unconstitutional in 2007 by a federal judge that said it violates the rights of every person in the United States, whether legal resident or not.
There is nothing…not one thing…wrong with a law that prohibits employers from hiring illegal immigrants. What is wrong, however, is that a small town had to spend so much money to defend this because some bleeding heart judge struck it down. It’s satisfying to see that once in awhile, a Court shows some everyday common sense.
My most sincere prayers with the gentleman’s family.
A gunman opened fire inside the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, wounding a security guard before other officers returned fire, officials said.
David Schlosser, a spokesman for the U.S. Park Police, said two people were shot — the security guard and the gunman. Both were transferred to a local hospital, he said.
Schlosser said the gunman entered the museum shortly before 1 p.m. ET carrying a “long gun,” but that it’s unclear whether he was carrying a rifle or a shotgun. He shot one security guard, Schlosser said, and then two other security guards returned fire, wounding the shooter.
There were conflicting reports about how many people were wounded. Another law enforcement official said three people were shot, but that there are no fatalities.
“The scene is secure,” the source said.
Obviously, this is still a developing story, and we don’t know who the gunman is, or what his motivation was for carrying a gun into a museum. The fact that it is the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, I’ve no doubt there will be a great deal of speculation.
Word is that a third person was injured from flying glass.
One of the first places I took the Mr on his very first trip to Washington, D. C. was this museum. A few years later, when we took Jr out there, she and I made another trip. It is a place every single person should visit at least once in their life. I’d also recommend the Yad Vashem, if you are ever in Israel.
Update: James W. Von Brunn named as shooter.
Update 2: Evidently either his vile website is being innundated, or it’s already been pulled.
Maggie’s Notebook as a fairly accurate list of how this current administration has flouted the U.S. Constitution. No doubt, this is only the beginning of what will become a VERY long list.
If you can think of any other incidences Maggie missed, please leave them in her comments. I’ve no doubt the list will grow by leaps and bounds if we have to put up with this clown in chief much longer.
I headed out last night for Jackson, and the first thing I had to do? Pull the owner’s manual out of the glove compartment to figure out how to turn on my headlights! sigh… Vehicles use to be so bloomin’ easy. This new one looks like the cockpit of an F-18! Ok, so maybe not that excessive with buttons and switches, but there sure are a lot of ‘em. One good thing, I did manage to get a few radio stations set….with the help of the manual.
I arrived early, and couldn’t find the place. Why don’t towns put up signs with arrows? Or at least have the bloomin’ numbers on the buildings! I finally stopped at the fire station and asked a nice young fellow who was sitting outside where the Chamber of Commerce was located. He got this amazing grin on his face….”Right behind you, ma’am.” Yes, I had STOOPID stamped on my forehead! Well, I didn’t see it, and from the map I looked up on the internet, it was suppose to be on the opposite side of the street. sigh… So, I went over there and parked. There was one other vehicle there, a news guy. Evidently, someone leaked this was happening, because it was strictly an invite only thing, for bloggers. Hmmm… Wasn’t me!
A few minutes later, I noticed another car, driving up and down this fairly short street, obviously searching for a building. The driver eventually stopped and asked a lady standing in front of the EMS building a question. A few seconds later, they pulled into the parking lot and parked a short distance from me. Glad to know I’m not the only one who couldn’t find it! Heh. Eventually, more cars showed up, Richard, a fellow evil smoker, from TFA, and Ken, along with his lovely bride, who had the keys to unlock the door put in an appearance. John and Mike also arrived at basically the same time.
So, Ken unlocks the door and the alarm goes off…..LOUD…..and went on for what seemed like forever. Seems someone forgot to give him the code to turn it off. Peachy. Well, not being stupid people, we didn’t stand around inside with that racket. As we were standing outside, more people joined us, along with the candidate, Ron Ramsey.
Naturally, the police eventually showed up, smiling. I guess he thought it was all rather amusing. Actually, it was. But I’m wondering why companies even have alarm systems it if takes the cops more than 10 minutes to show up? Just curious.
Now, on to the actual talk.
The Lt. Governor gaves us a little background history. Now, most of the folks there might have already known things about him, but being fairly new to the state, I was in the dark. It seems this fellow wasn’t handed anything on a silver platter, unlike so many other politicians these days. He actually grew up on a small farm, doing small farm chores as a kid. This tells me he learned work ethics. Not that people who don’t grow up on farms don’t have a work ethic, but I know that people who do either work their hinders off, or the farm doesn’t survive. Dawn to dusk days for farmers. Made though college, earned a degree in some type of industrial thing (can’t read my own writing), minored in surveying? Didn’t know that was a college course. Learn something new every day! Got a certification, worked as a surveyor, got into real estate, and eventually became an auctioneer. Now that is a hoot! Gave us a sample of his talent. Thank goodness I never go to auctions. We might be broke. Heh. Since he also started two of his own businesses, I’d say he knows the value of a dollar, and seems to have a greater understanding of how businesses work, unlike so many who hold office these days, at ALL levels of government.
At one point, he decided he liked the Capital building, and wouldn’t mind working there on a daily basis, so, he decided to run for state representative, and won. Naturally, the next step was state senator. Well, again, he won. I learned that Tennessee is one of the very few states where the Lt. Governor is not elected by the general population. He/she is elected by the state senate. Interesting. Evidently, the old way of doing things in the state took a major hit when for the first time in 140 years, the Republicans took the majority in the senate. And there he was…..Lt. Governor under a Democrat governor. I’ve also learned that not only is he the Lt. Gov, he’s also the Speaker of the Senate. Not sure how that works, but I am learning.
I guess he put a few folks’ nose out of joint when he announced that the Republicans needed to gain the majority. That’s just not the way things are done. Heh heh heh. Welp, reckon that’s the way it’s done now, eh?
Now, on the issues.
Evidently, this fellow is one of the reasons the Mr and I chose Tennessee as our retirement residence! He is the reason we have Concealed Carry Permits. Whoo hoo! There’s a major point in his favor, he’s REAL strong on 2nd Amendment rights. I also learned that there are no such things as “bars” in Tennessee. I did not know this. They are restaurants that serve alcohol. 51% of their sales must be in food. Again, learn something new every day!
As someone who has started two businesses, he is VERY pro-business. He knows that you don’t attract new business to the state by putting ridiculous restrictions on them and excessive taxation. That’ll kill any opportunity for the hope of new jobs. Shame no one else has the common sense to figure this out. Also, the right to work is a big deal. I’m sorry, but unions have killed businesses. Just look at the auto industry! It’s not just bad management, it’s the ever increasing demands of the unions cradle to grave mentality.
One good thing….the state election commission was increased from 3-2, Dem, to 4-3, Rep, with the first ever female to be elected to the commission. Yes, I know, sometimes, Tennessee is a little slow, but hey….it’s been run by Dems for so long, I guess it never occurred to them to have a woman on the commission? Hmm…. Her name is Judy Blackburn.
Education is another strong reason to look closely at Ron Ramsey. I’ve always felt that mandatory pre-K was a really stupid idea, and waste of taxpayer money. Seems he agrees with me. The money that is spent on indoctrinating 4 year olds would be better spent on text books for seniors and pray they can actually READ them! Charter schools, basically giving parents a better choice for their kids education, is also one of his pet dreams. Works for me!
He also believes that the federal government has been seriously overstepping it’s bounds when it comes to states rights. Yep. That’s a fact! He’d also like to allow the free market dictate the energy needs. Private companies are creating new sources of energy without any intervention from the gubmint and doing a much better job of it! Go figure! Innovation doesn’t come from the government, but from individuals, who wouldn’t mind making a few bucks off their discoveries. Profits run businesses, not stupid gubmint rules, regulations, and interference.
Did you know that Tennessee is still paying for 10 nuclear power plants? One that was shut down one week before it was due to start producing energy? Tennessee would, more than likely, be totally independent from foreign sources of electricity right now if it weren’t for a few VERY ignorant people.
Well, that’s my take on the event last night. There was more, but I actually stopped to listen instead of taking a lot of notes. As I told the Lt. Governor, he’s got me closer in his corner than I was previously. I still haven’t made a decision, but from what I know of the other candidates, odds are, I’ll be on his team.
While on the way out, while folks were milling around chatting, I met a couple of young fellows who are running for Tennessee’s 8th U.S. Congressional District, Craig R. Steinfels and Donn Janes. Now, what’s interesting about Craig is not the fact he looks like he’s about 12, but that the very informed listeners of The Mike Slater show chose him to run. Go figure. Actual registered voters pick who they want to run for office to represent them, instead of the party telling them who they WILL vote for. Hmmm…. what a novel concept! Well, since I can’t vote for either one of them, I’m in the 7th Congressional district, I can’t help them. But if you do live in that district, I’d suggest you check out both of these young men.