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Archive for 9 February 2010
I realize that I’m asking a lot here, but I think it would be in the best interest of those who consider them left, aka ‘progressive’, and the country, if they start paying attention.
Left off Part 7 cuz it was 20 seconds of “See ya tomorrow.”
Two weeks ago, on a near party line vote, a huge Democratic majority in the House agreed to spend $50 million to buy the former cotton plantation on the island of St. Croix.
The mixture of dry forest and rangeland offers picturesque views of the Caribbean Sea, but good luck getting there. Critics in Congress say the purchase is wasteful and irresponsible, especially with unemployment at 10 percent and the nation in debt.
“Now is not the time to spend up to $50 million dollars of the taxpayers’ money to buy nearly 3,000 acres of beachfront property on a Caribbean Island,” said Rep. Doc Hastings, (R-Wash.), ranking Republican on the House Natural Resources Committee. “We can’t afford a price tag for a new park in St Croix, just as many Americans will never be able to afford a visit there.”
Democrats approved the purchase, even though the National Park Service has yet to complete a study on the purchase.
“We don’t have the money to do this,” said Rep Jason Chaffetz, (R – Utah). “Currently the National Park Service has an estimated $9 billion in backlog maintenance on existing parks. Why should the people of Iowa, Rhode Island or California or Utah have to continue to pay and supplement the people there on St Croix for this property?”
I am dumbfounded! Literally….dumbfounded! The audacity of these …….people…. I am completely at a loss for words! There aren’t enough appropriate four lettered words to express my outrage if I was even able to get them out!
I finally got around to perusing the local fish wrap from last week, and came across a very interesting, and irritating article. As usual, there is no link on the site for the article, so you’ll just have to take my word for it.
No money for Crump roads, but state can help walkers
There’s no state grant money available to repair Crump’s crumbling roadways, but Tennessee can help with the city’s well-traveled walking trail.
The Crump Board of Mayor and Aldermen applied to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation this month for an $80,000 grant to upgrade and fix a foot path in the city park.
The article goes on to praise the trail, and talk about how many people use it, and how it helps schools on field trips. Not another word about the streets with huge potholes. Nothing about how dangerous said roads have become due to the deteriorating conditions.
Now, I’m all for kids having a park, and all that, but seriously. When I was a young sprout, we took nature field trips too. We walked out the back door of the school, across the playground, the baseball field, and into the woods. We got to chew on sarsaparilla, learned the difference between poison ivy and poison oak, and all sorts of nature related things.
The city park is used for a variety of things, all through the year, which is great. But to be perfectly honest, I’d much rather the mayor and aldermen work on getting the roads fixed!
Snow Slows Obama’s Second Stimulus
The snowstorms that have already dumped over two feet of snow on the nation’s Capitol and that are threatening to dump another 12 to 16 inches, have grounded the legislative process to a halt. But that might not be such a bad thing. Senate Democrats had hoped they could pass President Barack Obama’s second stimulus today, but with only three of the Senate’s 100 lawmakers able to make it to the chamber, that vote has been postponed indefinitely. And the more we learn about what might be in President Obama’s second stimulus, the better a little delay looks.
The Las Vegas Sun reported this weekend that big labor leaders are pushing to include their long-sought “card check” provisions into Obama’s Second Stimulus. This legislation would effectively end a worker’s right to fight unionization through secret ballot elections, would give the federal government the power to run small businesses and would cost the American economy thousands of jobs.
The Last Days Of The Republic?
by J. D. Longstreet
Call it a “Constitutional Republic,” or a “Representative Republic,” the fact is – America, as a “republic,” is done for.
How did it happen? Well, those who would turn America into a Socialist Utopia used the very democratic process, in which Americans pride themselves, to execute a brilliant coup de tat and take over the US government. And they did it in plain sight, right before our eyes.
In a democratic nation the risk of electing a dictator, is always there, lurking in the shadows. All it takes is a bad mistake at the polls by freedom loving people misled by slick, smooth, oratory and, let us not forget, the promise or the implication of… something for nothing. I cannot overemphasize the importance of the electorate’s ignorance. It is my belief that ignorance played the largest role in the election of Obama to the presidency of the US than any other single causation.
I’m wondering when the lame stream media will snap out their collective stupor, and realize they are appearing as hypocritical jackasses to the thinking world? I had hopes there for a while, but when they start making an issue about a few words written on the palm of the hand, as opposed to their messiah, who can’t speak a coherent sentence without two teleprompters telling him what to say, and even then, can’t pronounce a very simple word (corpse man?), well, I guess they are beyond redemption.
Seriously, you’d think they had more important things to worry about than Sarah Palin’s palm, I dunno….like maybe little things like national security, the circumventing of the U.S. Constitution (which gives them the freedom to be assjacks), the current path to socialism? Maybe it’s just me.