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Archive for June 2011
I’m sure many of you are wondering how the Ol’ Broad is doing after her surgery. Well one thing the blogging world doesn’t want is the Ol’ Broad blogging while sedated because we’d have to add subtitles and it would probably get kinda ugly. So Chris From Racine asked me to redirect all of you to to her site…… WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT to find out WTF is going on with Kate!!!!
Since I have to be at the hospital at 6am, and have to actually drag myself out of bed way before that, spending the night before in a motel isn’t a bad idea, right? We came over a bit early this afternoon cuz the Mr had to talk to a few folks, and I wanted to visit a dear friend who is in the hospital.
There is WiFi connection at the hospital, but to be honest, not so sure how much I’m going to feel like posting tomorrow. Might be, hopefully, unconscious most of the day. Or just a wee bit out of it? Heh. I guess I’m both looking forward to getting this over with, and dreading the whole pain and physical therapy thing. Yep! I’m a wuss! I’ll be the first to admit it! sigh…
Since it’s going to be a while before I get to eat again, I figured, the heck with being cautious, and go for the heavy duty pig out food. Not a good idea. When did they start over salting at Arby’s? Blech! Not a big salt eater to begin with, but gracious sakes! But seriously? I think they soaked that meat in the Dead Sea. And the curly fries too!
So, if ya don’t hear for me for a bit….I’ll catch up eventually.
I missed it. I’m watching it.
The UN’s Terrible Record on Human Rights
A few blocks from the White House, what the State Department defines as a modern form of slavery is taking place every night in the form of sex trafficking. A CNN series — called The Freedom Project – recently highlighted the trafficking network, a multi-million dollar business thriving on women and children, most of whom are immigrants.
“If President Obama had walked out his front door at two or three in the morning, he would go two blocks away, and he would see traffickers forcing girls and women out into the streets, every night, right here in the United States,” said Tina Frundt, a former sex slave who founded Courtney’s House, a non-profit organization that helps girls who have been victims of human or sex trafficking.
And while the United States leads the way on genuinely working to eliminate these kinds of networks, many other countries stand silent or complicit. Many corrupt governments that retain good standing in the United Nations do little to combat human trafficking, a violation of natural rights against humanity. Part of the failure to curb the trafficking problem is a failure to understand the difference between human rights and natural rights, which are endowed by God.
You might turn your nose up at sifting through hundreds of sacks of human excrement, but researchers are doing just that in Italy—and happily.
The unprecedented deposit is said to be yielding new insights into everyday life in the ancient Roman Empire.
Admittedly, at 2,000 years old, the feces “isn’t remotely unpleasant,” Roman historian Andrew Wallace-Hadrill said. “There’s absolutely no scent. It’s exactly like earth compost.”
Ten tons of the stuff has been excavated from a cesspit beneath the ancient town of Herculaneum, near Naples.
Flushed down sewers from apartment blocks and shops, the deposit—the largest collection of ancient Roman garbage and human waste ever found, researchers say—dates to about A.D. 79. That year a catastrophic volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius buried Herculaneum, along with its more famous neighbor, Pompeii.
Lost jewelry, coins, and semiprecious stones from a gem shop have been found, along with discarded household items such as broken lamps and pottery, according to Wallace-Hadrill, director of the Herculaneum Conservation Project, a Packard Humanities Institute initiative.
While I’m sure there is a load of ….umm…. interesting information to be be sifted through, and history has always been a big interest of mine, I don’t think this is one of those jobs I’d find particularly….enjoyable? The thought of going through 2000 year old poop just doesn’t quite do it for me. Interesting reading though.
Well, honestly, I am! Heh. Being in Chicago, where corruption is the norm, I’m seriously surprised they could find a jury that would find a Democrat guilty of anything. Ok….seriously….couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. Now. When are they going to go after the rest of the feckless weasels!?!? Are they going to stop running that stupid pistachio commercial now?
In his weekly address released Saturday, President Barack Obama called for a campaign of “nation building here at home,” citing as an example of what is needed to rebuild the American economy an initiative he announed Friday to “invest” tax dollars in what he called a “partnership” between the federal government and an initial group of 11 major corporations.
Obama is not seeking new legislation from Congress to authorize his government-corporate partnership program–which he is calling the “Advanced Manufacturing Partnership”–and he did not say how the corporations in the partnership had been chosen.
First question: When was the President of the United States given the authority to take taxpayer money and use it in any manner he decides, without authority of Congress? Did I miss something? Second question: How much did those particular companies donate to his campaign? I mean, after all, it seems that only companies, or particular people have a large financial stake in the Obama administration, get the deals, right?
“Even though we’ve turned our economy in the right direction over the past couple of years, many Americans are still hurting, and now is the time to focus on nation building here at home,” Obama said before explaining the partnership in his Saturday address.
Well, he and his flunkies can keep saying the economy has ‘turned in the right direction’ all they want, but the reality is something quite different. Perhaps if he and his buddies would stop getting in the way, we would have a chance to turn it around. But no. There are some people who just can’t help themselves, no matter how WRONG they are. They must tinker, even though said tinkering does the exact opposite of what they claim. TARP? Porkulus? Cash for clunkers? None of those did was they was claimed the would do. Already, ObamaCare has had a negative effect on the economy.
“Throughout our history, our greatest breakthroughs have often come from partnerships just like this one,” said Obama. “American innovation has always been sparked by individual scientists and entrepreneurs, often at universities like Carnegie Mellon or Georgia Tech or Berkeley or Stanford. But a lot of companies don’t invest in early ideas because it won’t pay off right away. And that’s where government can step in. “
Exactly what has the government ever created? Besides problems? Oh, they can spend money real well, but they don’t make any. No, We, The People do that, and they take it, and waste it on programs that don’t work. Wait, I take that back. There is one thing the government has created….. MORE POVERTY! They’re good at that!
“Starting this summer, the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Energy, Agriculture, Commerce and other agencies will coordinate a government-wide effort to leverage their existing funds and future budgets, with an initial goal of $300 million, to co-invest with industry in innovative technologies that will jumpstart domestic manufacturing capability essential to our national security and promote the long-term economic viability of critical U.S. industries,” said the White House statement. “Initial investments include small high-powered batteries, advanced composites, metal fabrication, bio-manufacturing, and alternative energy, among others.”
Oh hell. Make him STOP! NOW!
According to prepared remarks, Bachmann labels herself a “constitutional conservative” who believes in limited government. “Washington is the problem, and the real solutions will come from our businesses, our communities, our schools and the most basic and powerful unit of all-our families,” she plans to say.
Bachmann also attacks Obama on several fronts.
“We cannot continue to rack up debt on the backs of future generations. We can’t afford an unconstitutional health plan that costs too much and is worth so little. And we can’t afford four more years of failed leadership at home and abroad,” she said, according to remarks. “We can’t afford four more years of millions of Americans out of work or in jobs that pay too little to support their families. We can’t afford four more years of a housing crisis that is devaluing our homes and making home ownership impossible for many Americans. We can’t afford four more years of a foreign policy that leads from behind and doesn’t stand up for our friends and stand up to our enemies.”
Still, Bachmann said in an interview with The Associated Press that her bid to unseat Obama is not “personal.”
While her candidacy to unseat Obama might not be ‘personal’ to her, the damage Obama has done to this country IS very personal to me.
President Obama Plays Politics in Afghanistan
The nation’s two highest-ranking military commanders have gone on record raising serious concerns about President Obama’s flawed plan to bring 33,000 troops home from Afghanistan by September 2012. The outgoing Commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, General David Petraeus, said during Senate hearings last week that the troop withdrawal was “a more aggressive formulation…than what we had recommended.”
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen echoed Petraeus when he noted the danger in moving U.S. troops out of Afghanistan too quickly, saying it will “incur more risk than I was originally prepared to accept.”
While the President is Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, heeding wise counsel from his most senior military commanders is part of fulfilling that role. The President is under political pressure from his liberal base to withdraw troops and wind down the Afghan war as next year’s election inches closer. His announcement last week reveals he is basing the Afghan troop decision more on the domestic political calendar than the goal of achieving U.S. objectives there.
The ignorance of some people (Democrats), is just mind boggling!
A retired U.S. Army chaplain is being threatened with legal action for flying the American flag in his front yard, the Daily Mail reports.
Fred Quigley, 77, of Macedonia, Ohio, a minister who served active duty during the Vietnam War, has been told by the homeowners’ association that his flag violates the property rules.
The association has offered to fly the flag at the entrance of the building development, but Quigley refused the offer.
“If they can dictate to me that I cannot fly an American flag in America, then, to me, the country is lost,” Mr. Quigley told the paper.
15 For the day of the LORD is near upon all the heathen: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head.
16 For as ye have drunk upon my holy mountain, so shall all the heathen drink continually, yea, they shall drink, and they shall swallow down, and they shall be as though they had not been.
17 But upon mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions.
Mercedes Gonzalez was stopped for speeding — going 48 mph in a 40 mph zone — several days before her Overton High School graduation in May.
Because she did not have a driver’s license, the 18-year-old girl was detained and screened for deportation.
Let’s see here….the girl was breaking two laws before it was found out she was illegal. Sorry. No sympathy.
Gonzalez, who was born in Mexico and moved here when she was 11, was released on her own recognizance. She will appear in immigration court, but no date has been set. She did not want to comment on the case.
Her parent(s) broke the law. Granted, she didn’t have much say in the matter, but she is still here illegally.
“The undocumented student movement is, perhaps, the most impressive contemporary social movement in the U.S.,” said University of Washington professor Roberto Gonzales, who studies undocumented youth’s transition to adulthood. “Largely, through their own efforts, students have led coordinated national efforts to fight deportations and pressure elected officials to pay attention to them.”
Calling it a rose does not change it from a thorn. They are ILLEGAL! Plain and simple. Whether or not they came here willingly, or unwillingly, their parents broke the law, and by continuing the charade, they too, are breaking the law. Perhaps if some officials weren’t so eager to insult the hard working American people, this wouldn’t be an issue. Why are we forced to pay for the education of the children of those who flagrantly break our laws? Who thought that would be such a good idea?
Mercedes Gonzalez’s lawyers have asked federal agents to drop her case. Even if they do she will still be in legal limbo. Agents may drop deportation proceedings, but that simply puts undocumented immigrants right back in an illegal status waiting for the next traffic stop.
Excuse me, but if they are ‘undocumented immigrants’ they already have ‘ILLEGAL’ status! She is of age now. She could very well go back where she was born, and start the legal process of coming to this country. Here’s a thought… How about we DON’T allow the children of illegals to attend the schools paid for by LEGAL taxpaying citizens? And how about closing the border while ejecting all those who thumb their noses at our laws?