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Archive for 11 May 2010
Just what we needed….MORE cats! sigh….
There were 3 the last time I looked. sigh….
You’ll be happy to know, I put the bigger (4/20/10) kittens in a different box. What the heck are we going to do with all these cats? Hey….SOMEONE out there has to want a cute little kitty, right? Chris???
Yeah yeah….I’m late on this, but I have a real good excuse!
On March 15th, appearing with labor and environmental leaders, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa unveiled a new alternative energy plan that he said would ensure the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power would meet his goal of securing 20% of its energy from renewable sources such as wind and solar by December 31st. At the time, he claimed it would create 16,000 jobs and only raise consumer electric bills between 8.8% and 28.4%. But less than two weeks later those energy rate hike estimates had skyrocketed with the DWP saying it needed to raise rates by 37% in order to meet the renewable energy standards. Los Angeles’ already shrinking business community revolted and by April Mayor Villaraigosa’s plan had been soundly defeated.
The Obama administration is scrambling to add the Pakistani Taliban to its list of Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO), a register that already has other Pakistani terrorist organizations such as the Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e—Mohammed, and Harkat-ul-Mujahiddin.
Umm….I might be way off base here, but I thought the Taliban types, no matter what Muslim, or non-Muslim country, they are located, were on the FTO?
US lawmakers led by New York Senator Charles Schumer are pressing the State Department to update its 45-strong FTO list that does not appear to have kept pace with the rapidly evolving face of terrorism in Pakistan where various terrorist outfits are now believed to coordinate their activities closely and often morph into new organizations.The Pakistani Tehrik-i-Taliban is suspected to be behind the failed Times Square bombing carried out by the Pakistani-American Faisal Shahzad.
There are way too many asleep at the switch! I suggest they get their collective heads out of their collective hinders, and get with the program! Yeah, they’re cropping up under different names, branches of the same tree. I’d suggest just putting the “root” on the list. Problem solved!
The 7-foot-tall metal cross in a 75-year-old war memorial that withstood the heat of the Mojave Desert and a blazing battle in the Supreme Court over its legality was ripped down and stolen Sunday night, according to federal officials.
“This is an outrage, akin to desecrating people’s graves,” said Kelly Shackelford, president of the Liberty Institute, which represents the caretakers of the Mojave Desert War Memorial. “It’s a disgraceful attack on the selfless sacrifice of our veterans. We will not rest until this memorial is re-installed.”
The National Park Service says someone cut the metal bolts holding the metal-pipe cross to the top of the memorial’s Sunrise Rock and made off with it Sunday night or before dawn on Monday.
Authorities had no immediate motive for the theft but National Park Service officials are considering a range of ideas from scrap metal scavengers to people “with an interest in the case,” said Park Service spokeswoman Linda Slater.
If the ones who started all the trouble didn’t actually do the damage, personally, I will blame them. If they hadn’t made such a huge deal out of a Cross, put in place, honoring dead heroes, then most people wouldn’t have even known it was there. So, yes, I blame them!
Leviticus 25:17 Ye shall not therefore oppress one another; but thou shalt fear thy God:for I am the LORD your God.
I came across the Washington Times “Question of the day”: Do you think Elena Kagan will be confirmed by the Senate?
The results are not surprising.
I think the 38% who voted no are involved in some wishful thinking. There aren’t enough Senators with a spine to stand up for the U.S. Constitution. Actually, I don’t think a large number of them have even read it, so it isn’t all that important to them.
Ms. Kagan certainly brings a number of admirable qualities to the table, yet she is far from the moderate her supporters claim her to be. During her student days at Princeton, for example, she wrote a column expressing the hope that “a new, revitalized, perhaps more leftist left will once again come to the fore.” In 1993, she explained that it is a “thing of glory” for the Supreme Court to see its primary mission as “show[ing] a special solicitude for the despised and disadvantaged.” She strongly opposed the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which passed the Senate overwhelmingly with the support of liberals like then-Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr., Delaware Democrat.
I’m not real sure what those admirable qualities are they speak of, but what has been learned about in a short period of time seems to cancel out those qualities. Everyone has some sort of ‘record’, well, except for D’Bama, and Mzzzzzzz Kagan’s is become public. Even some things that I’m sure the WH wish wouldn’t right now. To quote Phillip Klein, “Obama nominates himself.”
While serving in the Clinton White House, Ms. Kagan was hip-deep in deliberations that stopped legal action against eco-terrorists who blocked logging operations in Oregon. Senators have every reason to demand answers regarding Ms. Kagan’s precise role in interfering with this law enforcement matter.
This person is suppose to, as an Associate Justice, uphold the Constitution. We are a land of laws. The law has no emotion, no “empathy“. It’s not surprising at all D’Bama nominated her, he doesn’t give a damn about the Constitution or law either. How better to implement ‘fundamentally transforming America” than to pack the courts, especially the highest court in the land? In my opinion, Mzzzzzzzzzz Kagan’s move to prevent legal action against eco-terrorists disqualifies her to be a judge at a pig kissing contest, much less, the Supreme Court. Unless she withdraws, she should follow her own ‘demands’ and answer direct questions.
When the Senate ceases to engage nominees in meaningful discussion of legal issues, the confirmation process takes on an air of vacuity and farce, and the Senate becomes incapable of either properly evaluating nominees or appropriately educating the public. (source)
Perhaps the good Senators Tom Coburn, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, Judd Gregg, Jon Kyl, Orrin Hatch and Dick Lugar should rethink their ‘yes’ vote. Those of us out here in the real world would prefer our Justices to rule on the law, not feelings, or personal interpretations of the U.S. Constitution. Many are saying Kagan’s nomination is just swapping a liberal for a liberal. But, in my opinion, Mzzzzzzzzzz Kagan is much more than just a liberal, she’s a radicalized liberal.
I would much prefer a Supreme Court, that is neither Republican nor Democrat, right nor left. I would like very much to see a Supreme Court that is based on the U.S. Constitution.
Even after 18 months of disasters, the Obama administration and congress still mumble their mantra, “It’s all Bush’s fault.” Nevertheless, when terrorists develop nuclear weapons, when war looms in the Middle East, when demonstrators for democracy in Tehran are killed and imprisoned, disastrous foreign policies cannot be so simply excused.
In 2002 nobody even knew who Barack Obama was—and in 2008 he became the president of the United States. Unfortunately, before he gained that high office there was nothing in his political career that trained him to formulate good foreign policy. (The same is true about his Secretary of State.) Additionally, nothing in the president’s mysterious past provides anyone with a clue about his worldview. Nothing is known about his time at Columbia or Harvard. He did not do much as a senator. Unsurprisingly, he makes up foreign policy as he goes along. With all this in mind, we should ignore what he says, observe what he does, and start with the recognition that President Obama simply ignores his lofty campaign promises.
I think we’ve learned quite a bit about D’Bama in the last 18 months. Many are just now waking up to what a large number of people tried to tell them BEFORE they cast that fateful vote in November of 2008. Interesting list of a few of those words he uttered as candidate Obama, and the actions of President Obama.