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Archive for 2 March 2010
I got an email this morning, from someone who shall remain nameless to protect the innocent. I found it extremely interesting, to say the least. Now, granted, I have no dog in the hunt when it comes to the TN’s 8th Congressional district, but sometimes, ya just gotta share things. Such a colorful way of sharing.
West Tennessee Patriots,
I’ve always had a distaste for negative campaigning but in reality a candidate for U.S. Congress creates a scandal if he forgets to brush his teeth. Problems with candidates certainly need to be exposed during the primaries, if not they most certainly will be in the general election and that could have the disastrous effect of causing a screaming liberal like Roy Herron to be elected.
These hogs who claim to hate the feed have been busy rooting in the trough. You might say that both little piggies went to market. These supposedly conservative candidates competing for our 8th Congressional district seat could be badly damaged in the general election by their claim to be against the economic stimulus yet have had their hand out to get a piece of the action for their special interest purposes. In Dr. George Flinn’s case it’s 1.6 million for a “head start” program and for Dr. Ron Kirkland’s case it’s for his medical organization, the AMGA. If I understand it correctly it’s $18,000 for every participating physician, potentially 95,000 of them. GeMaNe if my ciphering is correct that’s 1.71 Billion for Kirkland and only 1.6 Million for Flinn. Poor George Flinn is a light weight indeed compared to good ol Ron Kirkland when it comes to bringing home the pork or at least bringing Doctors home the pork.
Link to Dr. George Flinn and his “Head Start” program. Bless George’s little heart. We do so badly need some more social programs.
In this link watch the video titled “Government Grants” George will teach you how to get your very own pork but honestly I’d rather take lessons from Dr. Ron Kirkland.
Here is Dr. Kirkland’s website, in case you are interested.
Also, in this email, was an interesting tidbit concerning one of the Democrat candidates for the 8th, state Senator Roy Herron, who, apparently dropped out of the gubernatorial race on 12/2/09, and dropped in to the Congressional race on 12/4/09. Or something like that.
Present law authorizes qualified voters to register to vote at the county election commission office at any time the office is open, except that no voter registration applications are processed for 29 days before an election; provided, that a qualified voter is authorized to file a mail registration form by postmarking the registration form or submitting the form 30 days before an election.
This bill creates a new mechanism for qualified voters to register to vote. This bill authorizes an individual who is eligible to vote to register on election day by appearing in person at the polling place for the precinct where the individual maintains residence, completing a registration card, and providing proof of residence. For purposes of this bill, an individual would be authorized to prove residence by:
(1) Showing a driver license or identification card issued through the Tennessee department of safety;
(2) Showing any proof of identity and residence that would be satisfactory proof of identity to vote if the person was already registered;
(3) Showing a current, valid student identification from a post-secondary educational institution in Tennessee accompanied with a current student fee statement that contains the student’s valid address in the precinct together with a picture identification card; or
(4) Having a voter who is registered to vote in the precinct sign an oath in the presence of an election judge vouching for the residency of the individual. A registered voter would only be eligible to vouch for one registrant per day. A voter who registered on election day would be prohibited from signing a proof of residence vouching for any other individual on that election day.
Lucky for the folks in Tennessee, this bill hasn’t gone anywhere. So far. And I pray it never will. Seriously, do we need more people in Washington, D.C. promoting voter fraud?
Well, I finally got around to taking this ‘survey‘, again. I’m pretty sure I have it posted on previous incarnations of this blog, but I’m too lazy to hunt for it, so….
When Glenn Beck (watch!) brought it up on Friday, I’m fairly sure the site was so overwhelmed, it crashed. Heh. Stix Blog reminded me I was going to take it, again. Gee. Thanks. LOL This old age business is getting…..well….OLD! sigh…
So, what did I come up with this time? Pretty much what I came up with the last time.
lib·er·tar·i·an (lbr-târ-n) n.
1. One who advocates maximizing individual rights and minimizing the role of the state.
2. One who believes in free will.
Well, that seems to be me alright, to an extent. I found some of the responses didn’t go far enough, and others went too far. No happy medium, so, I responded as best I could with what they had available. According to Beck, I don’t come in within the ‘most Americans’ category. Well, that’s because I’m unique unto myself, of course! Sheesh!
Now, before anyone gets their knickers all in a twist, I am NOT pro-drugs, open borders, or abortion, which seem to be part of the Libertarian Party platform. I AM, however, all in favor of personal freedom, and personal responsibility. I do NOT believe the government is our mommy and daddy, and they do NOT give us our ‘rights’. Those come from a much, MUCH, Higher Authority, thankyouverymuch!
No, I won’t be joining the Libertarian Party any time soon. I guess I’ll just have to stay what I am….a CONSERVATIVE “libertarian”.
My friend, and fellow blogger, Texas Fred, has had his share of family illnesses in recent months. You might remember that he nearly lost his daughter and unborn grandson not all that long ago to something called acinetobacter baumannii, or Iraq Bacteria. Lisa and Carson are miracles! Unfortunately, illness has hit another family member. Unfortunately, this young lady has lost the baby. She is quite ill! She and her family need our prayers.
I am asking for us all to put aside any differences we might have and pray for this family.
A Mexican journalist kidnapped in 2007 was cut into pieces and burned in a barrel, the Tabasco state attorney general’s office said.
The determination of reporter Rodolfo Rincon Taracena’s fate was based on confessions from people suspected of abducting him, though the remains believed to be his were not preserved enough for a DNA test, according to the office.
The state attorney general’s office shared the details of an investigation at a news conference in the southern state of Tabasco on Sunday.
Notice the close proximity to the Yucatan, and Quintana Roo. We use to take our vacations in the area, Playa del Carmen. Nice if you are into ruins, which we are. Chitzen Itza is also great. But ya know what? We stopped going to Mexico. Why? Not just because of the illegal problem we are having with our borders, which was the #1 reason, but because, #2 reason, of the increase in violence.
Several DNA tests to confirm the identities of the remains were unsuccessful.
According to the state attorney general’s office, Rincon and others were beheaded and dismembered before being doused with diesel fuel and burned inside the metal drums.
The details of Rincon’s death come at a time when Mexico’s government is under pressure from international press freedom organizations to make progress in investigations of crimes against journalists.
Nice folks, eh? Life means nothing to these animals. Power, money, and the ability to control those around them. I often wonder how they feel, IF they do feel, when members of their own families are so brutally murdered?
Three journalists have been killed in Mexico this year.
And we’re barely into March. I honestly believe that if Mexican wanted to do something about the onslaught of violence in their country, they could. If they want to murder each other, keep it down there. Do NOT import it along with the millions of illegals pouring through our borders. Here’s a much better thought. How about we SECURE our borders, and this might not be an issue? Just a thought.
Postmaster General John Potter said Tuesday that he intends to seek congressional approval to cut Saturday delivery as part of a wide-ranging plan to close a multi-billion dollar budget gap.
KNOCK KNOCK KNOCK!! Helllloooooooooooooooooo??? (.pdf) Has the federal gooberment EVER run anything efficiently? They’ve run things into the ground rather well, but efficiently? I don’t bloody well think so! Add in that government union BS, and you’ve got some major problems.
The financially struggling Postal Service is trying to find ways to get out of the red without resorting to taxpayer aid. Potter announced Tuesday that the service could lose a staggering $7 billion this year — losses attributed to a combination of the recession and the predominance of e-mail and other electronic forms of communication.
One single assjack on Capital Hill supports giving the government run, over bloated union run entity a TAX PAYER FUNDED BAILOUT better pack his/her bags in a BIG hurry! The public already subsidizes the Post Office!
Though he said privatization had been on the table during a lengthy internal review, that option appeared to be ruled out. One consultant, Thomas Dohrmann from McKinsey & Company, said privatization was “unlikely” in part because it would be hard to find a buyer.
Yeah, I bet it would. Unless it could be run as a PRIVATE business, sans the bloated gubmint union packages, I really doubt ANYONE, with an ounce of business sense, would be interested.
Yeah, it’s 3 years old, but hey….there’s still a LOT of trash that needs to be dealt with.
Shared by Cindy.
While looking at my email this morning, I happened to see something titled “Brown Bailout” at the top of my screen. Now, since I’m not fully awake, my automatic thought was, “Why on Earth is Scott Brown needing a bailout?” Like I said, I haven’t gotten one full eye open yet, and am just now starting my first cup of coffee.
Being the extremely nosy type, I had to check it out. Well, it wasn’t Sen. Brown who is asking for ‘government’ money. It’s UPS. Has this been big news, have I been totally oblivious to the goings on? Not completely, but this was totally a surprise to me. One of the biggest ground shipping companies in the world is lobbying Congress for taxpayer money? Why? Well, I had to snoop the website a bit to find out.
- trying to keep up with the competition in today’s need-it-now, around-the-world, around-the-clock, just-in-time economy .
This isn’t a bad thing, is it? Although, as with any company, if you want to compete, you first look at your rates. UPS isn’t real bad when it comes to rates, as best I can tell, but they do appear higher than FedEx.
- wanting to return to the days when it operated as an unchallenged monopoly and raised prices whenever it wanted . . .
Even I know a monopoly on ANY business is not a good thing! In this economy, if a company is all hot to raise prices, I’d say they have something totally out of whack. But that’s just me.
- now using its political muscle to write its own “Big Brown” Government bailout . . .
Isn’t Congress suppose to limit such things? I mean, I don’t have a problem with a company going to talk to their own representatives about issues that concern their particular district, but I, like most people, are getting pretty fed up when it comes to affecting the rest of us. Oh yeah. Silly me. It’s those big fat ‘donations’ the companies give to politicians re-election campaigns. Two words: TERM LIMITS. Would help immensely.
- to force the world’s most efficient airline to operate under trucking rules that have never applied to airlines . . .
Now this makes NO sense. Why on earth would an airline follow trucking rules? Ooops. There’s that monopoly issue again.
UPS lobbyists have buried a short 230-word legislative bailout deep inside the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2009 currently before Congress. It’s worth billions to “Big Brown” at the expense of today’s American economy that thrives on next-day commerce, competitive shipping options and ready access to markets around the world.
I was unaware that lobbyist had the power, or the authority, to put squat in any bill? If my memory serves, that’s the job of the Congress critters. Silly me. Hmmm… Wonder if I can figure out which ones are in the deeps pockets of UPS.
Ah yes. Now things are making much more sense.
I was living in Texas during this UPS strike in 1997. Luckily, Texas is a ‘right to work’ state. I happened to have a conversation with one of the drivers who was delivering a package to my home about this strike. I remember well what he told me. If Texas wasn’t didn’t ‘right to work’ laws, he and his family would be in a world of hurt. He was none too happy with the union and their strike as it made his job all that much more difficult. He was working longer hours to pick up the slack of those who were scared to “cross the picket line”.
Honestly, I have never understood why ANYONE should be FORCED to join an organization, against their will, just to feed their family. Something is REAL wrong with this picture. Although, if you look at the Communist Manifesto, the Communist Party USA, and the Democratic Socialists of America, it does start to make a bit of sense.