Different..

According to Webster: dif·fer·ent, 1. Unlike in form, quality, amount, or nature; dissimilar: 2. Distinct or separate: 3. Various or assorted: 4. Differing from all others; unusual:

 So why do we, i.e., Americans, use examples such as, apples and oranges, Ford’s and Chevys, day and night, black-and-white, up and down, left and right, and the real kicker, Republican and Democrat to describe differences.

 Apples and oranges? Apples and oranges are both edible fruit, both sweet to our taste buds, both bright attractive colors, both spherical objects, accordingly if our intent is to describe a difference between two things, people, or ideals? Wouldn’t a better example be; apples and Republicans, or oranges and Democrats? Due to the fact that in the current political arena in America today, ideology aside, there is no difference between a Republican and a Democrat.

 re·pub·li·can:  1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a republic. 2. Being in favor of a republic as the best form of government. 3. Republican. Of, relating to, characteristic of, or belonging to the Republican Party of the United States. — re·pub“li·can·ism n.

 re·pub·lic: 1.a. A political order whose head of state is not a monarch and in modern times is usually a president. b. A nation that has such a political order. 2.a. A political order in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who are entitled to vote for officers and representatives responsible to them. b. A nation that has such a political order. 3. Often Republic. A specific republican government of a nation: 4. An autonomous or partially autonomous political and territorial unit belonging to a sovereign federation. 5. A group of people working as equals in the same sphere or field:

 dem·o·crat: 1. An advocate of democracy. 2. Democrat. A member of the Democratic Party.

 de·moc·ra·cy: 1. Government by the people, exercised either directly or through elected representatives. 2. A political or social unit that has such a government. 3. The common people, considered as the primary source of political power. 4. Majority rule. 5. The principles of social equality and respect for the individual within a community.

 So I ask you? What is not to understand; “A Republic,  the supreme power lies in a body of citizens. “A Democracy, The common people, considered as the primary source of political power.

 So where is the problem? Answer: Simple, the people we, “we the people,” have hired, i.e., elected, to represent and govern us, regardless of their party affiliation, either have never picked up a dictionary, or they simply don’t know how to read. Our problems in America do not lie with Webster’s definitions, they lie with us, i.e., “we the people,” who have hired, i.e., elected the men and women presently serving as Congressman, and Congresswoman, and Senators, and especially the individuals serving as President and Vice President of the United States who accept the wages we pay them to “serve and protect” us from all threats, and foreign and domestic.

 Ending with a simple question? Do you feel “served and protected” by America’s present administration?

Crusader Rabbit…

Happiness..

 According to Webster’s: happiness, happy, happier, happiest. 1. Characterized by good luck; fortunate. 2. Enjoying, showing, or marked by pleasure, satisfaction, or joy. 3. Being especially well-adapted; felicitous: 4. Cheerful; willing: 5.a. Characterized by a spontaneous or obsessive inclination to use something. Often used in combination: b. Enthusiastic about or involved with to a disproportionate degree.

 Okay, for the answer to the question I posed yesterday, ..what makes me happy? Fresh mowed grass makes me happy. Blue sky over a shaded pond makes me happy. Sunrises make me happy. My dog Molly makes me happy. Living in a small rural community where it doesn’t matter if I lock my door when I go to the store, makes me happy.

 Happiness comes in all sizes, shapes, and colors, as do Americans. Lady Liberty has stood proud upon her pedestal on Liberty Island since her dedication in October of 1886 by then President Grover Cleveland to greet the world’s tired, the world’s poor, and the worlds huddled masses yearning to breathe free. (Paraphrased and borrowed from Emma Lazarus’s famous Poem, “The New Colossus.”)

 

The New Colossus

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,

With conquering limbs astride from land to land;

Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand

A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame

Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name

Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand

Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command

The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

“Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she

With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

America the world over is known for being the Land of Opportunity…

According to Webster’s: op·por·tu·ni·ty 1. A favorable or advantageous circumstance or combination of circumstances. 2. A favorable or suitable occasion or time. 3. A chance for progress or advancement.

 …and now that I have provided you with Webster’s definition of opportunity and you can see that nowhere within Webster’s definition does it refer to a free lunch, we can continue.

 Within the structure of American law there our provisions for obtaining American citizenship. Provisions and procedures that have been utilized by countless individuals from every continent on the planet since America became America, offering the same opportunities to those applying for citizenship as American citizens who were born in America.

 Individuals applying for American citizenship through legal channels make me happy. A government that enforces its immigration laws would make me happy. A government that respects the people who pay their salaries would make me happy. A government that appreciates the people who pay their salaries would make me happy. A government that understands that it works for the people would make me happy.

Crusader Rabbit…

Necessity v Excess..

According to Webster, ne·ces·si·ty: 1.a. The condition or quality of being necessary. b. Something necessary: The necessities of life include food, clothing, and shelter. 2.a. Something dictated by invariable physical laws. b. The force exerted by circumstance. 3. The state or fact of being in need. 4. Pressing or urgent need, especially that arising from poverty.

 According to Webster, ex·cess: 1. The state of exceeding what is normal or sufficient: 2. An amount or quantity beyond what is normal or sufficient; a surplus. 3. The amount or degree by which one quantity exceeds another: 4. Intemperance; overindulgence: 5. A behavior or an action that exceeds proper or lawful bounds: ex·cess adj. 1. Being more than is usual, required, or permitted:

 I believe that Barack Obama believes that his ideology is good for America. With that said, I believe that Barack Obama is wrong. World history, to include America’s history is filled with men who believed they were right.

 Alexander III of Macedon (20/21 July 356 – 10/11 June 323 BC), commonly known as Alexander the Great, was a king of Macedon (Greek: Βασιλεύς Μακεδόνων), a state in the north eastern region of Greece, and by the age of thirty was the creator of one of the largest empires in ancient history, stretching from the lonian sea to the Himalaya. He was undefeated in battle and is considered one of the most successful commanders of all time. Born inPella in 356 BC, Alexander was tutored by the famed philosopher Aristotle. In 336 BC he succeeded his father Philip II of Macedon to the throne after Philip was assassinated. Philip had brought most of the city-states of mainlandGreece under Macedonian hegemony, using both military and diplomatic means.

 Genghis Khan, Mongolian: probably (1162–1227), born Borjigin Temüjin, was the founder, Khan (ruler) and Khagan (emperor) of the Mongol Empire, which became the largest contiguous empire in history after his death. He came to power by uniting many of the nomadic tribes of northeast Asia. After founding the Mongol Empire and being proclaimed “Genghis Khan”, he started the Mongol invasions that would ultimately result in the conquest of most of Eurasia. These included raids or invasions of the Kara-Khitan Khanate, Caucasus, Khwarezmid Empire, Western Xia and Jin dynasties. These campaigns were often accompanied by wholesale massacres of the civilian populations – especially in Khwarezmia. By the end of his life, the Mongol Empire occupied a substantial portion of Central Asia and China.

 Napoleon Bonaparte, (15 August 1769 – 5 May 1821) was a military and political leader during the latter stages of the French Revolution. As Napoleon I, he was Emperor of the French from 1804 to 1815. His legal reform, the Napoleonic Code, has been a major influence on many civil law jurisdictions worldwide, but he is best remembered for the wars he led against a series of coalitions, the so-called Napoleonic Wars, during which he established hegemony over much of Europe and sought to spread revolutionary ideals.

 Adolf Hitler, (20 April 1889 – 30 April 1945) was an Austrian -born German politician and the leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party (German: Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, abbreviated NSDAP), commonly known as the Nazi Party. He was Chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945, and served as head of state as Fuhrer und Reichskanzle from 1934 to 1945. Hitler is most remembered for his central leadership role in the rise of fascism in Europe, World War II and The Holocaust.

 John Wilkes Booth (May 10, 1838– April 26, 1865) was an American stage actor who assassinated President Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theater, in Washington, D.C., on April 14, 1865. Booth was a member of the prominent 19th century Booth theatrical family from Maryland and, by the 1860s, was a well known actor. He was also a Confederate sympathizer vehement in his denunciation of the Lincoln Administration and outraged by the South’s defeat in the American Civil War. He strongly opposed the abolition of slavery in the United States and Lincoln’s proposal to extend voting rights to recently emancipated slaves.

 Lee Harvey Oswald (October 18, 1939 – November 24, 1963) was an American who, according to four government investigations, killed John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, using a firearm in Dallas,Texas, on November 22, 1963.

 John Warnock Hinckley, Jr., (born May 29, 1955) attempted to assassinate U.S. President Ronald Reagan in Washington D.C., on March 30, 1981, as the culmination of an effort to impress actress Jodie Foster. He was found not guilty by reason of insanity and has remained under institutional psychiatric care since then. Public outcry over the verdict led to the insanity Defense Reform Act of 1984.

 Timothy James McVeigh (April 23, 1968 – June 11, 2001) was a former member of the U.S. Army who became infamous for detonating a truck bomb in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995. Commonly referred to as the Oklahoma City bombing, the attack killed 168 people, injured 450, and was the deadliest act of terrorism within the United States prior to the September 11, 2001 attacks. McVeigh, a militia movement sympathizer, sought revenge against the federal government for its handling of the Waco Siege, which had ended in the deaths of 76 people exactly two years earlier. He also hoped to inspire a revolt against what he considered to be a tyrannical federal government. He was convicted of 11 federal offenses and sentenced to death. His execution took place on June 11, 2001 at the Federal Correctional Complex,Terre Haute.

 The men I have just profiled were all dictators or criminals and in no way to be compared to Barack Obama. Barack Obama is by present information a citizen of the United States elected by due process to the office of President of the United States. With that said, I exercise my right of free speech granted to me by the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America.

 Irregardless of present philosophy or ideology, I do not believe the founders of America intended in any way shape or form, for the Government they established by way of blood sacrifice to one day become an all-encompassing big brother, i.e., overseer, i.e., oppressor of the American people. America was founded on the principles of freedom.

 First Amendment: addresses the rights of freedom of religion (prohibiting Congress from establishing a religion and protecting the right to free exercise of religion), freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, and freedom of petition.

Second Amendment: guarantees the right of individuals to possess weapons. The most recent Supreme Court decision interpreting the Second Amendment is McDonald v. Chicago.

 Third Amendment: prohibits the government from using private homes as quarters for soldiers during peacetime without the consent of the owners. The only existing case law directly regarding this amendment is a lower court decision in the case of Engblom v. Carey. However, it is also cited in the landmark case, Griswold v. Connecticut, in support of the Supreme Court’s holding that the constitution protects the right to personal privacy.

 Fourth Amendment: guards against searches, arrests, and seizures of property without a specific warrant or a “probable cause” to believe a crime has been committed. Some rights to privacy have been inferred from this amendment and others by the Supreme Court.

 Fifth Amendment: forbids trial for a major crime except after indictment by a grand jury; prohibits double jeopardy (repeated trials), except in certain very limited circumstances; forbids punishment without due process of law; and provides that an accused person may not be compelled to testify against himself (this is also known as “Taking the Fifth” or “Pleading the Fifth”). This is regarded as the “rights of the accused” amendment, otherwise known as the Miranda rights after the Supreme Court case. It also prohibits government from taking private property for public use without “just compensation“, the basis of eminent domain in theUnited States.

Sixth Amendment: guarantees a speedy public trial for criminal offenses. It requires trial by a jury, guarantees the right to legal counsel for the accused, and guarantees that the accused may require witnesses to attend the trial and testify in the presence of the accused. It also guarantees the accused a right to know the charges against him. The Sixth Amendment has several court cases associated with it, including Powell v. Alabama, United States v. Wong Kim Ark, Gideon v. Wainwright, and Crawford v. Washington. In 1966, the Supreme Court ruled that the fifth amendment prohibition on forced self-incrimination and the sixth amendment clause on right to counsel were to be made known to all persons placed under arrest, and these clauses have become known as the Miranda rights.

 Seventh Amendment: assures trial by jury in civil cases.

 Eighth Amendment: forbids excessive bail or fines, and cruel and unusual punishment.

 Ninth Amendment: declares that the listing of individual rights in the Constitution and Bill of Rights is not meant to be comprehensive; and that the other rights not specifically mentioned are retained by the people.

 Tenth Amendment: reserves to the states respectively, or to the people, any powers the Constitution did not delegate to theUnited States, nor prohibit the states from exercising.

 Eleventh Amendment (1795): Clarifies judicial power over foreign nationals, and limits ability of citizens to sue states in federal courts and under federal law.

Twelfth Amendment (1804): Changes the method of presidential elections so that members of the Electoral College cast separate ballots for president and vice president.

 Thirteenth Amendment (1865): Abolishes slavery and authorizes Congress to enforce abolition.

 Fourteenth Amendment (1868): Defines a set of guarantees for United States citizenship; prohibits states from abridging citizens’ privileges or immunities and rights to due process and the equal protection of the law; repeals the Three-fifths compromise; prohibits repudiation of the federal debt caused by the Civil War.

 Fifteenth Amendment (1870): Prohibits the federal government and the states from using a citizen’s race, color, or previous status as a slave as a qualification for voting.

 Sixteenth Amendment (1913): Authorizes unapportioned federal taxes on income.

 Seventeenth Amendment  (1913): Converts state election of senators to popular election.

 Eighteenth Amendment (1919): Prohibited the manufacturing, importing, and exporting of alcoholic beverages (see Prohibition in the United States). Repealed by the Twenty-First Amendment.

 Nineteenth Amendment (1920): Prohibits the federal government and the states from forbidding any citizen to vote due to their sex.

Twentieth Amendment (1933): Changes details of congressional and presidential terms and of presidential succession

Twenty-first Amendment (1933): Repeals Eighteenth Amendment. Permits states to prohibit the importation of alcoholic beverages.

 Twenty-second Amendment (1951): Limits president to two terms.

 Twenty-third Amendment (1961): Grants presidential electors to the District of Columbia.

 Twenty-fourth Amendment (1964): Prohibits the federal government and the states from requiring the payment of a tax as a qualification for voting for federal officials.

 Twenty-fifth Amendment (1967): Changes details of presidential succession, provides for temporary removal of president, and provides for replacement of the vice president.

 Twenty-sixth Amendment (1971): Prohibits the federal government and the states from forbidding any citizen of age 18 or greater to vote on account of their age.

 Twenty-seventh Amendment (1992): Limits congressional pay raises.

 Barack Obama is not a dictator, nor is he a criminal, he is an elected employee of the American people, and at least in my opinion it is time for the American people to understand that the President of United States, a Congressman or Congresswoman, or a Senator, or a Governor, or the Mayor of the Community in which you live, are flesh and blood people with no mandate from a power higher than the power granted by the citizens of this Nation that employs them.

 So once again, speaking for myself, I am unhappy with the nations present employees in Washington D.C., I am unhappy with the price of gasoline. I am unhappy with the price of groceries. I am unhappy with the cost of my utilities. I am unhappy with corporate America. I am unhappy with America’s foreign-policy. I am unhappy with American jobs being exported overseas. I am unhappy with the war in Afghanistan. I am unhappy with the war in Iraq. I am unhappy with America’s involvement in Libya. I am unhappy with sending American tax dollars to sovereign nations around the world. I am unhappy with America’s trade agreements. I am unhappy with China. I am unhappy with Walmart. I am unhappy with people who pay themselves more money than they could spend in three lifetimes.

 Okay, so what makes me happy? Log on tomorrow and find out.

 Crusader Rabbit…

 

Truth or consequence?

According to Webster’s: truth, 1. Conformity to fact or actuality. 2. A statement proven to be or accepted as true. 3. Sincerity; integrity. 4. Fidelity to an original or a standard. 5. Reality; actuality. 6. Truth.

 According to Webster’s: con·se·quence, 1. Something that logically or naturally follows from an action or condition. 2. The relation of a result to its cause. 3. A logical conclusion or inference. 4. Importance in rank or position: 5. Significance; importance:

 Average gas prices–November 2, 2009

Gasoline and diesel prices are up in all regions compared to the week before and this week last year. The national gasoline average is about $.30 above the price this time last year. Diesel fuel is $.28 below this time last year.

National regular gasoline prices

Price

Change from last week

Regular gasoline/gallon

$2.67

↑ .02

Diesel fuel/gallon

$2.80

↑ .01

Regional regular gasoline prices
East Coast

$2.68

↑ .02

—New England

$2.70

↑ .04

—CentralAtlantic

$2.71

↑ .04

—LowerAtlantic

$2.65

↑ .01

Midwest

$2.67

↑ .02

GulfCoast

$2.56

↑ .02

Rocky Mountain

$2.61

↑ .03

West Coast

$2.91

↑ .02

—California

$2.99

  0

Source: Energy Information Administration, 11/2/09. Figures rounded to the nearest cent.

 U.S. PUMP PRICE UPDATE – APRIL 20, 2011

The average U.S.retail price for all grades of gasoline rose this week by 5.3 cents from the prior week to $3.896 per gallon, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA). This was at the highest level since August 2008. Compared with the December 29, 2008 low of $1.670, the all-grade average was higher by $2.226 per gallon, or 133.3 percent. The average has been above $3.50 per gallon since the beginning of March 2011. Nominal prices have been above the year-ago average for 58 weeks —and were up by 98.5 cents or 33.8 percent, from the year-ago average of $2.911 per gallon. Sources: U.S. Dept of Energy, U.S. Dept of Labor, and API

Of course I am not providing any information that anyone who doesn’t have their head in the sand, doesn’t already know. I am simply providing a reminder with the most current information available.

During the 22 months that Barack Obama campaigned, i.e., applied for the job of President of United States, he promised change.

According to Webster’s: change, 1.a. To cause to be different: b. To give a completely different form or appearance to; transform: 2. To give and receive reciprocally; interchange: 3. To exchange for or replace with another, usually of the same kind or category: 4.a. To lay aside, abandon, or leave for another; switch: b. To transfer from (one conveyance) to another: 5. To give or receive the equivalent of (money) in lower denominations or in foreign currency. 6. To put a fresh covering on: 1. To become different or undergo alteration: 2. To undergo transformation or transition: 3. To go from one phase to another, as the moon or the seasons. 4. To make an exchange: 5. To transfer from one conveyance to another:  6. To put on other clothing: 7. To become deeper in tone: 1. The act, process, or result of altering or modifying: 2. The replacing of one thing for another; substitution: 3. A transformation or transition from one state, condition, or phase to another: 4. Something different; variety: 5. A different or fresh set of clothing. 6.  Money of smaller denomination given or received in exchange for money of higher denomination. b. The balance of money returned when an amount given is more than what is due. c. Coins: 7. A pattern or order in which bells are rung. 8. A market or exchange where business is transacted. 1. To alternate with another person in performing a task. 2. To perform two tasks at once by alternating or a single task by alternate means. change hands. To pass from one owner to another. change (one’s) mind. To reverse a previously held opinion or an earlier decision.

 The Obama administration has indeed provided America with change. He has provided the news media again with an opportunity to revitalize the sound-bite; “Pain at the pump.” He has provided for the wealthy to get wealthier, and in exchange he has provided for the poor to get poorer. He has changed a less than adequate healthcare system into one of the greatest mysteries of all times by ramming a healthcare law that no one understands down the American public’s throat. He has changed the ability of law enforcement in Arizona to protect their border. He has changed America’s involvement in two armed conflicts around the world into America’s involvement in three armed conflicts and I could go on, however I don’t want to seem petty.

 So America, here we are, “we the people,” anyway you slice it? The Obama administration is our fault. By again falling prey to the media and Corporate PR firms, we, “we the people,” exchanged, i.e., “changed,” an oblivious Republican politician’s “personal agenda” for an idealistic Democrat’s “personal agenda” on November 2, 2009.

 Crusader Rabbit…

 

Annoyance..

Mosquito (from the Spanish or Portuguese word) for little fly is a common insect in the family Culicidae (from the Latin culex meaning midge or gnat). Mosquitoes resemble crane flies (family Tipulidae) and chironomid flies (family Chironomidae), with which they are sometimes confused by the casual observer. Mosquitoes go through four stages in their life-cycle: egg, larva, pupa, and adult or imago. Adult females lay their eggs in standing water, which can be a salt-marsh, a lake, a puddle, a natural reservoir on a plant, or an artificial water container such as a plastic bucket. The first three stages are aquatic and last 5–14 days, depending on the species and the ambient temperature; eggs hatch to become larvae, then pupae. The adult mosquito emerges from the pupa as it floats at the water surface. Adults live for 4–8 weeks. Mosquitoes have mouthparts that are adapted for piercing the skin of plants and animals. While males typically feed on nectar and plant juices, the female needs to obtain nutrients from a “blood meal” before she can produce eggs. There are about 3,500 species of mosquitoes found throughout the world. In some species of mosquito, the females feed on humans, and are therefore vectors for a number of infectious diseases affecting millions of people per year. Some scientists believe that eradicating mosquitoes would not have serious consequences for any ecosystems. Source: Wikipedia.

 Being an acclimated and confirmed resident of the upper Midwest, Spring brings us many and varied wonderful things, new life in just about every form imaginable. Domestically, calves and lambs will soon abound, whereas in the hills and on the prairies our new residence will range from crickets and chipmunks to America’s majestic deer, elk and antelope. Myself, being a naturalist an avid hunter, I’m looking forward to spring turkey season with great anticipation. What I do not look forward to each new spring is the arrival of our resident members of the Culicidae family, i.e., the mosquito, and yes I agree, where mosquitoes are concerned, I am selfish and self-serving. I am a hunter who does not enjoy or appreciate being hunted. Accordingly, using the same measuring stick, I can also understand and appreciate the difficulty faced by those presently considering a run for the White House.

 Although I don’t agree that anyone should begin campaigning for any public service job twenty months prior to an election, i.e., example, Barack Obama. Barack Obama is the President of the United States. I don’t know about the rest of you out there in America, however, the way I tend to look at things, Barack Obama applying for the job he already holds, is ridiculous. If Barack Obama, or any other setting President wants to convince the population of America that he is the best man for the job. Why doesn’t he simply do his job in a manner that Americans approve of? America is watching, i.e., via the media, whether America wants to watch or not? Example; when is the last time you remember the news media not breaking in to whatever show you are watching on television to report a matter of National Interest, with the exception of the Oprah Winfrey show of course. America is not short on information about what the government is doing. Accordingly, at least in my opinion, I believe that we, “we the people,” when we go to the polls in 2012, know that the candidate we are voting for will support, not only eliminating the corruption in government, but also eliminate the frustration of the American people by passing a law structuring an allowed period of time for campaigning.

 (W.A.M.) frustration: 1.a. The act of frustrating or an instance of being frustrated. b. The state of being frustrated. 2. Something that serves to frustrate.

 In closing I leave you with a question to ponder? As both an American citizen and a human being, which do you find more annoying? A mosquito looking for a meal, or a twenty month political campaign?

 Crusader Rabbit…

 

Constitutional..

Constitutional: According to Webster’s, 1. Of or relating to a constitution: a constitutional amendment. 2. Consistent with, sanctioned by, or permissible according to a constitution: a law that was declared constitutional by the court; the constitutional right of free speech. 3. Established by or operating under a constitution: a constitutional government. 4. Of or proceeding from the basic structure or nature of a person or thing; inherent: a constitutional inability to tell the truth. 5. Of or relating to one’s physical makeup. –con·sti·tu·tion·al, A walk taken regularly for one’s health.

 According to Wikipedia, In 1991, Barack Obama accepted a two-year position as Visiting Law and Government Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School to work on his first book. He then served as a professor at the University of Chicago Law School for twelve years, as a Lecturer from 1992 to 1996, and as a Senior Lecturer from 1996 to 2004, teaching Constitutional Law.

 Also according to Wikipedia; Barack Obama was elected to the Illinois Senate in 1996, succeeding State Senator Alice Palmer as Senator from Illinois’s 13th District, which at that time spanned Chicago South Side neighborhoods from Hyde Park, Kenwood south to South Shoreand west to Chicago Lawn. Once elected, Obama gained bipartisan support for legislation reforming ethics and health care laws. He sponsored a law increasing tax credits for low-income workers, negotiated welfare reform, and promoted increased subsidies for childcare. In 2001, as co-chairman of the bipartisan Joint Committee on Administrative Rules, Obama supported Republican Governor Ryan’s payday loan regulations and predatory mortgage lending regulations aimed at averting home foreclosures.

Obama was reelected to the Illinois Senate in 1998, defeating Republican Yesse Yehudah in the general election, and was reelected again in 2002. In 2000, he lost a Democratic primary run for the US House of Representatives to four-term incumbent Bobby Rush by a margin of two to one. In January 2003, Obama became chairman of the Illinois Senate’s Health and Human Services Committee when Democrats, after a decade in the minority, regained a majority. He sponsored and led unanimous, bipartisan passage of legislation to monitor racial profiling by requiring police to record the race of drivers they detained, and legislation making Illinois the first State to mandate videotaping of homicide interrogations. During his 2004 general election campaign for U.S. Senate, police representatives credited Obama for his active engagement with police organizations in enacting death penalty reforms. Obama resigned from the Illinois Senate in November 2004 following his election to the U.S. Senate.

 Accordingly, with both education and practical application on Barack Obama’s resume, there should be little doubt in anyone’s mind that Barack Obama is aware of what is taking place in America today, and every day for the last month. According to the media gasoline prices have risen a minimum of a penny a day, every day for the last 29 days nationwide, with a variety of reasons and excuses too many to recount. Therefore, at least in my opinion, Barack Obama is complacent in the price gouging we are all suffering.

 (W.A.M.) Price gouging is a pejorative term referring to a situation in which a seller prices goods or commodities much higher than is considered reasonable or fair. In precise, legal usage, it is the name of a crime that applies in some of the United States during civil emergencies. In less precise usage, it can refer either to prices obtained by practices inconsistent with a competitive free market, or to windfall profits. In the Soviet union, it was simply included under the single definition of speculation.

The term is similar to profiteering but can be distinguished by being short-term and localized, and by a restriction to essentials such as food, clothing, shelter, medicine and equipment needed to preserve life, limb and property. In jurisdictions where there is no such crime, the term may still be used to pressure firms to refrain from such behavior.

The term is not in widespread use in mainstream economic theory, but is sometimes used to refer to practices of a coercive monopoly which raises prices above the market rate that would otherwise prevail in a competitive environment. Alternatively, it may refer to suppliers’ benefiting to excess from a short-term change in the demand curve. As a criminal offense,Florida’s law is typical. Price gouging may be charged when a supplier of essential goods or services sharply raises the prices asked in anticipation of or during a civil emergency, or when it cancels or dishonors contracts in order to take advantage of an increase in prices related to such an emergency. The model case is a retailer who increases the price of existing stocks of milk and bread when a hurricane is imminent. It is a defense to show that the price increase mostly reflects increased costs, such as running an emergency generator, or hazard pay for workers.

 Laws against price gouging

 In the United States, laws against price gouging have been held constitutional as a valid exercise of the police power to preserve order during an emergency, and may be combined with anti-hoarding measures. Exceptions are prescribed for price increases that can be justified in terms of increased cost of supply, transportation or storage. Statutes generally give wide discretion not to prosecute: in 2004, Florida determined that one-third of complaints were unfounded, and a large fraction of the remainder were handled by consent decrees, rather than prosecution. Proponents of laws against price gouging assert that it can create an unrealistic psychological demand that can drive a non-replenishable item into extinction.

 Therefore, as I read the law, price gouging is a judgment call, the law can choose to protect you, or choose to protect those that are doing the gouging, and sense I would wager that those, oil companies and special interest groups, that are doing the gouging contribute more funds to political campaigns than those of us, i.e., consumers, that are being gouged. Accordingly, I believe that as far as the law, law enforcement, and our government is concerned, those of us, consumers, being gouged can howl at the moon for satisfaction.

 Accordingly, I once again beseech each and every rank and file taxpaying, consuming, American citizen that is less than pleased with the price they are presently paying at their local gas pumps, to join me in 2012 to save America.

 I do not dislike Barack Obama, he may be one of the finest individuals to ever grace the planet, however with that said, I did not believe Barack Obama was the right man to govern Americain in November 2009 and I still hold firm to the same belief today. Simply put, in my opinion a man or a woman working for McDonald’s should be more concerned with the stock in MacDonell’s pantry than he or she is about the stock at Pizza Hut or Burger King.

 As sympathetic as I am for the rank-and-file citizens in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and every other wannabe free Nation in theMiddle East, “they” are all recognized as sovereign nations…

 (W.A.M.) According to Webster’s, sovereign: 1. One that exercises supreme, permanent authority, especially in a nation or other governmental unit, as: a. A king, queen, or other noble person who serves as chief of state; a ruler or monarch. b. A national governing council or committee. 2. A nation that governs territory outside its borders. 3. A gold coin formerly used in Great Britain. 1. Self-governing; independent: a sovereign state.

 … Independent sovereign nations, self-governing? What is not to understand? The United States of Americais a sovereign nation. Americais a Democratic Republic, we, “we the people,” elect, i.e., hire, men and women from our ranks to represent us. America did not become America or a Democratic Republic by an intervention from a sympathetic nation somewhere on the planet that believed King George’s taxation was unfair. America became America at the hands of rebellious Americans armed with flintlock’s. America wasn’t born at the UCLA Medical Center, Mayo Clinic or Chicago Hope. America was born on a battlefield, delivered by men with muskets wearing muddy boots, not by individuals in scrubs with sterile forceps. Accordingly I repeat; Americais a sovereign nation, which entitles America to govern itself, being a sovereign nation does not allow America, its leader, or its people, or any other faction within America to govern another sovereign nation.

 Donald Trump, a well-known American, who is presently posturing for a run at the Oval Office recently commented, and I paraphrase; “if we, referring to “we,” as America,” spend our treasury and sacrifice our men and women in the military to detour or destroy evil in the world, “when the smoke clears, “we,” again referring to ““we” as “America,” should enjoy the spoils.” Mr. Trump citing that historically the Victor of a conflict seizes and retains all lands and properties.

 Not to rain on Mr. Trump’s parade, however being an individual that believes human beings were given the power to reason, for a reason? I believe if the folks in whatever nation, at wherever geographical location on the planet are unhappy with their lives, it is their obligation to pick up their muskets and get their boots muddy. A tough line? Absolutely, but then I born in America where my parents and the schools I attended taught personal responsibility.

 Accordingly, it is my personal opinion, that not one single American tax dollar, or one single American life should be spent in deciding the fate of another sovereign nation. However, as I am at the same time an individual who believes in lending a helping hand, I would have no objection whatsoever to any sovereign nation anywhere on the planet making application to join the United States of America. An application that would be considered and voted on not only by the representatives of the people, but an application, a referendum if you will? To be voted on by the population as well, and if accepted, said sovereign nation would become a State, subject to the U.S. Constitution, U.S.taxation and all U.S. laws. Which of course would inturn also entitle the new State to all the rights and privileges guaranteed by our Constitution and our laws. Food for thought.

 Crusader Rabbit…

 

 

 

Easter..

 

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