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Archive for 16 October 2009
An Arizona sheriff known for cracking down on people who are in the country illegally launched a crime and immigration sweep in northwestern metro Phoenix on Friday, a half day after officials in Washington limited his powers to make federal immigration arrests.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, whose sweeps have led to allegations of racial profiling, said the rebuff from Washington won’t stop him. He said he can still arrest immigrants under a state smuggling law and a federal law that gives all local police agencies more limited power to detain suspected illegal immigrants.
“It doesn’t bother me, because we are going to do the same thing,” said Arpaio, whose deputies had arrested 16 people by Friday evening on unspecified charges. “I am the elected sheriff. I don’t take orders from the federal government.”
Bless his heart! He’s going to do his job. What a novel concept!
The Race Card, Football and Me
My critics would have you believe no conservative meets NFL ‘standards.’
By RUSH LIMBAUGH
David Checketts, an investor and owner of sports teams, approached me in late May about investing in the St. Louis Rams football franchise. As a football fan, I was intrigued. I invited him to my home where we discussed it further. Even after informing him that some people might try to make an issue of my participation, Mr. Checketts said he didn’t much care. I accepted his offer.
It didn’t take long before my name was selectively leaked to the media as part of the Checketts investment group. Shortly thereafter, the media elicited comments from the likes of Al Sharpton. In 1998 Mr. Sharpton was found guilty of defamation and ordered to pay $65,000 for falsely accusing a New York prosecutor of rape in the 1987 Tawana Brawley case. He also played a leading role in the 1991 Crown Heights riot (he called neighborhood Jews “diamond merchants”) and 1995 Freddie’s Fashion Mart riot.
The Obama administration has released new deficit numbers, and they are not pretty.
The deficit for Fiscal Year 2009, which ended Sept. 30, came in at a record $1.42 trillion, more than triple the record set just last year.
In addition, future deficits are currently projected to total $9.1 trillion in the coming decade.
I can hear it now….it’s all Bush’s fault! Um…. Bush hasn’t been in office for nearly 10 months now. When is everything going to stop being his fault?
Republicans cited record deficits as another reason to oppose Obama’s health care plan and other big projects. “No more spending money we don’t have,” said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
Rep. John Spratt, D-S.C., countered that, “today’s figures are a result of the policies of the Bush Administration, along with the cost of actions needed to address the recession and prevent even deeper economic problems.”
A year ago, as the financial crisis hit and the Bush administration prepared massive bailout plans, the deficit was $455 billion.
There’s no doubt in my mind that Bush seriously screwed up with the first bailout BS. It sure didn’t help the economic situation. No, all it did was open the door to more of the same. Bush should have let those companies he was supposedly trying to aid fall flat on their over bloated faces.
“This year’s deficit is lower than we had projected earlier this year, in part because we are managing to repair the financial system at a lower cost to taxpayers,” said a statement from Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. “But future deficits are too high, and the President is committed to working with Congress to bring them down to a sustainable level as the economy recovers.”
Lower? Gee, how comforting. If the POTUS was serious about working with Congress, he’d be working with ALL members of Congress and not just the ones kissing his….. ring. The Democrats may have a majority, for now, but they aren’t the only elected officials in D.C. Shutting out the other party doesn’t make him, or the Dem “leadership”, look very mature, or wise. It actually makes them appear like petulant children.
One thing to remember: They are spending the money. YOU are paying the bills. Just think of it this way…someone stole all your credit cards, has access to your checkbook, and has gone on a massive spending spree. They’re having a high ol’ time, and you are living in a cardboard box, paying for it.
As you might know, friend and fellow blogger, Texas Fred‘s family has had quite a time of it lately. His daughter Lisa was extremely ill, and they nearly lost her. Her son, Carson, was born 11 weeks early, and spent way too much time hooked up to wires and such. He’s now still 3 weeks early from his supposed arrival date, and what an amazing difference.
Presenting Master Carson, 8 weeks old!
Gracious sakes, what a major cutie! Thanks goodness he doesn’t take after that old bog dwelling grandpa of his!
Covered in kittens! They’ve now decided to go exploring, so I have hands free. Criminy!
It’s pretty nippy out in the garage today, so I thought I’d bring ‘em in since they will be picked over this afternoon and I needed to treat their ears. I didn’t want to stand out there in my jammies in the cold, y’know! So, I fed them, put the drops in their ears, sat down to browse the web, and within 15 minutes, I had 3 small overly affectionate kitten climbing all over me. Yay me. Do I look like a momma cat?
Eventually, they decided it was time to check out the digs. Poor Mr Spot has NO idea what to do with himself. He actually seems afraid of the tiny little furballs.
I think the Mr is kind of partial to this one, who was named Three by the vet yesterday. You know, as in Kitten 1, 2, and 3. Hence…..Three.
Didn’t take ‘em long to find the toys, did it. Well, we do tend to spray them with catnip, so I guess they are catnip junkies too.
So, anyway, this is why I haven’t posted anything this morning, just in case you are wondering. And even if ya weren’t.