Cronyism..

According to Webster: cro·ny·ism, Favoritism shown to old friends without regard for their qualifications, as in political appointments to office.

If it were not for political incorrectness (smile) I might be tempted to suggest that Barack Obama, having been a resident of Chicago, when he made his journey from junior senator of the great state of Illinois to President of the United States, he invited his mob, i.e., (cronies) to go with him. Which of course, historically, is pretty much SOP, (standard operating procedure) for every President-elect.

Did I provide Webster’s definition of cronyism?

According to Webster: cro·ny·ism, Favoritism shown to old friends without regard for their qualifications, as in political appointments to office.

I guess I did, ..sorry about that. Don’t you just hate it when people repeat themselves?

Unless of course you happen to be one of the 14.0 million “rank-and-file” Americans presently out of work, in which case, I’m sure that hearing Barack Obama’s constant rhetoric about the job he’s in the process of creating for you, (right now) is driving you totally insane?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Household Survey Data for August 2011…

 The number of unemployed persons, held at 14.0 million, and was essentially unchanged in August, and the unemployment rate held at 9.1 percent. The rate has shown little change since April.

 Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult men (8.9 percent), adult women (8.0 percent), teenagers (25.4 percent), whites (8.0 percent), blacks (16.7 percent), and Hispanics (11.3 percent) showed little or no change in August. The jobless rate for Asians was 7.1 percent, not seasonally adjusted.

Again, this is simply “my personal opinion,” the only jobs Barack Obama is concerned with, is his, and his “cronies.” I suppose I could name names, but with my lack of formal education, I desperately worried about my spelling. After all, how would it look if a dedicated blogoligest were to misspell Hillary Clinton, Timothy Geithner, Leon Panetta, Eric holder, Ken Salazar, Tom Vilsack, Gary Locke, Hilda Solis, Kathleen Sibelius, Shaun Donovan, Ray LaHood, Steven Chu, Ame Duncan, Eric Shinseki, or Janet Napolitano?

All, ..by the way, ..“at least in my opinion,” ..great candidates for a place in the unemployment line…

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow

Crusader Rabbit…

With Impunity..

According to Webster: im·pu·ni·ty, Exemption from punishment, penalty, or harm.

The First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, guarantees freedom of speech and freedom of the press. An admirable emendation to be sure..

According to Webster: e·men·da·tion, 1. The act of emending. 2. An alteration intended to improve.

..albeit, the “First Amendment” has “little or no value” without the Second Amendment.

The Second Amendment of the Constitution United States of America, guarantees the right to keep and bear arms. An emendation penned to provide a set of teeth for the citizens who avail themselves of “their” freedom of speech.

“The pen is mightier than the sword” is a metonymic adage coined by English author Edward Bulwer-Lytton in 1839 for his playRichelieu; Or the Conspiracy. The play was about Cardinal Richelieu, though in the author’s words “license with dates and details… has been, though not unsparingly, indulged.” The Cardinal’s line in Act II, scene II, was more fully:

True, This! —
Beneath the rule of men entirely great,
The pen is mightier than the sword. Behold
The arch-enchanters wand! — itself a nothing! —
But taking sorcery from the master-hand
To paralyse the Caesars, and to strike
The loud earth breathless! — Take away the sword —
States can be saved without it!

The play opened at London’s Covent Garden Theatre on 7 March, 1839 with William Charles Macready in the lead role. Macready believed its opening night success was “unequivocal”; Queen Victoria attended a performance on 14, March. In 1870, literary critic Edward Sherman Gould wrote that Bulwer “had the good fortune to do, what few men can hope to do: he wrote a line that is likely to live for ages.” By 1888 another author, Charles Sharp, feared that repeating the phrase “might sound trite and commonplace”.

The Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress, which opened in 1897, has the adage decorating an interior wall. Though Bulwer’s phrasing was novel, the idea of communication surpassing violence in efficacy had numerous predecessors. (Source Wikipedia)

That was then, ..this is now. The community handbill and the town Crier have long since been replaced by the idiot enhancing, teleprompter and the teleprompterologist…

According to the unabashed and unpublished “pearlsofprofundity” dictionary: teleprompterology, The practice of relating agenda driven ideology to profit a generation of selfish greedy power mongers.

According to the unabashed and unpublished “pearlsofprofundity” dictionary: A teleprompterologist,  ..is one who seeks fame and fortune within the realm of teleprompterology.

Teleprompterologist, “at least in my opinion,” are for the most part, descended from decent honest men and women, ..only losing their way after affiliating with selfish greedy power mongers.  

According to Webster: com·mu·ni·ca·tion, (in context) 1. The act of communicating information. 2. The art and technique of using words effectively and with grace in imparting one’s ideas.

A grand endeavor and a proud occupation for men like Walter Winchell and Walter Cronkite, men from my father’s generation with presence and integrity.  

Not that I’m knocking the 21st Century and the technology that its bringing us, however with that said, I feel that I would be remiss in my responsibility to the generations that missed out on being in attendance when values and ethics were in vogue.

Although I readily admit that with the exception of the time that I was to young to understand “greed and corruption,” greed and corruption have always been a part of America’s culture. A sad commentary to be sure, nevertheless, “at least in my opinion,” America remains the greatest Nation on the planet.

And again, “in my opinion,” with the proper participation and allegiance, “We the People,” can rescue America from the ditch that George W. Bush and Barack Hussein Obama, jointly, have driven us into.

America, and the citizens who maintained her are so much greater than the, (in context) handful of cutthroat “pirates” who presently have us, “We the People,” literally walking the plank into social and financial ruin and oblivion.

According to Webster: pi·rate, (in context) One who preys on others.

As I have stated numerous times in the past, I am an individual who enjoys referring to quotes and clichés to make my point. Case in point, my earlier use of William Charles Macready line; “The pen is mightier than the sword.” I now resort to George Eliot, English novelist’s quote; “Its never too late to be who you might have been.”

When America calls us to arms, as she did in World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya,  American’s unite into a force unequaled on the planet.

So answer me this Question: Why is it that when the evil that America faces is from within, we, “We the People,” roll over like week old kittens to get our tummies rubbed?

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow

Crusader Rabbit…

Dennis the Menace syndrome..

(I’m being kind)

According to Webster: men·ace, (in context) A troublesome or annoying person.

A few days ago, ..I received a menacing e-mail, ..i.e., ..a (forward) ..from a good friend, who I will simply refer to as “Pete,” for purposes of anonymity. “Pete,” a civic minded individual and longtime friend shared with me what he believed would be information of significant interest to me, as I am, what society correctly refers to as a senior citizen, i.e., and/or an old guy dependent on his Social Security.

The following is the forward that I received from Pete..

“ON JANUARY 1ST 2012, THE GOVERNMENT IS REQUIRING EVERYONE TO HAVE DIRECT DEPOSIT FOR SS CHECKS. WONDER WHY?

Do you receive a retirement check from soc sec or a pension fund and have it direct deposit?? Well guess what….looks as if Obama wants to tax it 1% !!! *just one more nail in the coffin me thinks…..
All of you old coots, and old coots to be, had better read this. This Obama gang is diabolical. Is your Soc. Sec. check on direct deposit?

1% tax on all bank transactions HR4646
Watch for this AFTER November elections; remember this BEFORE you VOTE in case you think Obama’s looking out for your best interest.

This government just cannot think of enough ways to hurt the American people!

1% tax on all bank transactions HR 4646 – ANOTHER NEW OBAMA TAX SLIPPED IN WHILE WE WERE ASLEEP. Checked this on snopes, it’s true! Check out HR 4646.

President Obama’s finance team is recommending a one percent (1%) transaction fee (TAX). Obama’s plan is to sneak it in after the November elections to keep it under the radar.

This is a 1% tax on all transactions at any financial institution – banks, credit unions, savings and loans, etc. Any deposit you make, or even a transfer within your account, will have a 1% tax charged. ~If your paycheck or your social security or whatever is direct deposit, it will get a 1% tax charged for the transaction. ~If your paycheck is $1000, then you will pay Obama $10 just for the privilege of depositing your paycheck in your bank. Even if you hand carry your paycheck or any check into your bank for a deposit, 1% tax will be charged. ~You receive a $5,000 stock dividend from your broker, Obama takes $50 just to allow you to deposit that check in the bank.. ~If you take $1,000 cash to deposit at your bank, 1% tax will be charged.

Mind you, this is from the man who promised that, if you make under $250,000 per year, you will not see one penny of new tax. Keep your eyes and ears open, you will be amazed at what you learn about this guy’s under-the-table moves to increase the number of ways you are taxed.

~Oh, and by the way, if you receive a refund from the IRS next year and you have it direct deposited or you walk in to deposit that check, you guessed it. You will pay a 1% charge of that money just for putting it in your bank. Remember, any money, cash, check or whatever, no matter where it came from, you will pay a 1% fee if you put it in the bank.
Some will say, oh well, it’s just 1%. Are you kidding me? It’s a 1% tax increase across the board. Remember, once the tax is there, they can also raise it at will. And if anyone protests, they will just say, “oh, that’s not really a tax, it’s a user fee”! Think this is no big deal? Go back and look at the transactions you made from last year’s banking statements. Then add the total of all those transactions and deduct 1%. Still think it’s no big deal?”

Keeping in mind, that “Pete’s” intellect is equal to any American citizen who spends less than two hours a week on the Internet, as Pete is a working, productive individual. So Pete bought the fish…

Which I completely understand, ..because I use to buy the fish before I threw my hat in the ring…

After doing a Google search of HR 4646, my reply to my friend was…

Good morning “anonymous, ..and/or Pete”, I received your missive concerning house bill HR 4646, ..I don’t know who sent you this fish? , ..but if you do? ..send them this !  ..way too much bulk making its way around in cyberspace, ..you gotta check ’em out. ..C

“H.R. 4646: Debt Free America Act

To establish a fee on transactions which would eliminate the national debt and replace the income tax on individuals.

Sponsor: Rep. Chaka Fattah [D-PA2]

This bill never became law. This bill was proposed in a previous session of Congress. Sessions of Congress last two years, and at the end of each session all proposed bills and resolutions that haven’t passed are cleared from the books. Members often reintroduce bills that did not come up for debate under a new number in the next session.

Bill overview..

Introduced, February 23, 2010

Referred to Committee, ….…… (did not occur)

Reported to Committee, ……… (did not occur)

House vote, …………………………. (did not occur)

Senate vote, ………………………… (did not occur)

Signed by the President, ……… (did not occur)

Last action: February 23, 2010: referred to House appropriations. (Source, w.w.w.govtrack.us)

“A troublesome or annoying person,” doesn’t even begin to describe the moronic clowns, that by some stretch of their demented imaginations, believe that flooding the Internet with misinformation is somehow fun.

If you can’t participate by the rules, (honestly, with some semblance of ethics) ..take your gloves off.

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow

Crusader Rabbit…

Your money, where your mouth is..

Prior to Lt. Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s election as Governor of South Dakota, he, then candidate Dennis Daugaard, held a “Town Hall” meeting to garner support from the community, i.e., City of Sturgis, South Dakota. (world renowned) for its annual “Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.” A small, albeit aesthetic..

According to Webster: aes·thet·ic,  Of or concerning the appreciation of beauty or good taste:

..and reverent community where my next to youngest brother, (name withheld for privacy) happily resides. As my next to youngest brother, (name withheld) is a concerned, community minded individual, my next to youngest brother, (name withheld) attended the town hall meeting in Sturgis where, at the time, candidate Dennis Daugaard spoke. After which of course, followed protocol, Daugaard opened the forum to questions from the audience. (Standard fare) ..or at least it was until my next to youngest brother, (name withheld) stood to participate with a question, and, “at least in my opinion,” ..it was a fair question, a question, that again “in my opinion,” should be asked of every man and woman campaigning to derive their livelihood from the American taxpayers.

My brothers question: “To get my vote, would you sign a pledge to resign your office, if you fail to deliver on your campaign promises?

To which Dennis Daugaard unwaveringly replied; “I can’t do that, ..politics is a game of compromise.” There was more to Dennis Daugaard’s response, albeit rhetoric not worth repeating.

According to Webster: game, An activity providing entertainment or amusement; a pastime…

Editorial: Speaking as a semi-intelligent, common sense Homo sapien, I am totally and unambiguously burnt out on men and women, i.e., “politicians” who irreverently reference the power and trust that we, “We the People,” bestow upon them with our votes, as a “game.” I am not a game piece, I am a co-CEO of America. I am an American citizen with a Constitutionally guaranteed right to vote, and to speak my mind, and to keep and bear arms, and to decline answering any question that I deem harmful to my well-being and to be protected against unlawful search and seizure. And I could go on, however, if you’d like to read the entire Constitution, go to Google.

We, “We the People,” do not work for the Government, ..the Government, “at least theoretically,” works for us, ..you and me, “We the People.” Accordingly, as I find myself either two or four years older with every successive election cycle, and wisdom, “at least theoretically,” is derived from age, why are we, “We the People,” that hire, ..i.e., “elect,” ..the individuals that “we” trust with our lives and our tax dollars, doing a less productive job as time goes by?

Question: Are we stupid?

According to Webster: stu·pid, Slow to learn or understand.

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow

Crusader Rabbit…

Enforce the law? ..not on my watch!

Arizona State Legislature Calls on Supreme Court to Resolve Obama Attack on SB 1070

“When the Obama administration brazenly sued Arizona over its illegal immigration enforcement law, SB 1070, the dispute was widely expected to reach the U. S. Supreme Court. That day may soon be at hand.

On September 12, we (judicial watch.org) filed an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief with the U. S. Supreme Court on behalf of the Arizona State Legislature, supporting the State of Arizona’s petition to the Supreme Court to review the Obama administration’s lawsuit against SB 1070.

As you may recall, on April 11, the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld an injunction against enforcement of some of the law’s provisions, prompting the State of Arizona’s petition.

The Arizona State Legislature, which is now a defendant represented by JW in the Obama administration lawsuit, argues in its brief that SB 1070 is completely consistent with federal law:”

(Sidebar) ..consistency, “in my considered opinion,” with the law, is not a consistent consideration in the Obama administration.

“…The [Arizona] Legislature invoked its well established police powers in crafting SB 1070, for the purpose of protecting the people of Arizona. Rather than welcoming the Legislature’s enactment, the United States sued Arizona.

Contrary to the view of the United States, not every state action related to aliens is preempted by federal law. Only the determination of who should or should not be admitted into the country, and the conditions under which that person may remain, is the regulation of immigration.

Accordingly, the Legislature enacted SB 1070 in reliance on the principle that it had authority to utilize well-established police powers in areas touching on immigration…

Now, regarding those provisions that are currently blocked from being enforced due to the court’s injunction, the Arizona legislature wants them reinstated. These provisions, the legislature argues, would “significantly assist Arizona’s effort to protect its citizens from the adverse effects of illegal immigration.”

And I’m sure you’ll agree with me that they are also eminently reasonable! Here’s what these disputed provisions will do:

  • Provide additional guidance to Arizona law enforcement officers as to how to interact with individuals who may not be lawfully present. [Section 2(B)]
  • Utilize ordinary state police powers to create state criminal penalties for the failure to comply with federal law. [Section 3]
  • Invoke Arizona’s broad authority to regulate employment under its police powers to protect its economy and lawfully resident labor force from the harmful effects resulting from the employment of unlawfully present aliens. [Section 5(C)]
  • Re-emphasize Arizona law enforcement officers’ pre-existing warrantless arrest authority by authorizing a warrantless arrest of an individual who has already been determined to have committed a public offense that makes him removable. [Section 6]

As you know, Judicial Watch is intimately involved in this critical illegal immigration battle. We filed our “Motion to Intervene,” on behalf of the Arizona State Legislature on February 11, 2011, a motion granted by U. S. District Judge Susan Bolton over the objections of the Obama Department of Justice (DOJ) less than two months later on April 5. We also represented Arizona State Senate President Russell Pearce, the author of SB 1070, who issued this statement regarding the Supreme Court amicus brief:

States have an inherent duty under law and the Constitution to protect their citizens from those who break our laws. I pray the Supreme Court honors states’ inherent authority and right under the police powers and supports Arizona in the protection of our state from the Obama administration, who has sided with foreign governments against our state and our citizens. The Obama administration’s attack on our state’s sovereign right to defend itself from the illegal alien invasion is unconscionable. Already, the enacted provisions of SB 1070 have helped reduce crime significantly and led to a mass exodus of illegal aliens from our state. I know President Obama needs votes from the open borders crowd and those who benefit from this invasion, and doesn’t want the immigration laws enforced. He has made that abundantly clear by his recent actions to reward those who have broken our laws. He has refused to protect American jobs and the rights of our citizens —Arizona will continue to take common sense steps to protect its own citizens and our border.

From the very beginning, we have made our position crystal clear. The Arizona State Legislature has the right to pass laws to protect its citizens from the scourge of illegal immigration. And the Arizona legislature crafted SB 1070 in a manner completely consistent with federal law.

The Obama DOJ should do its job and start enforcing illegal immigration laws instead of attacking states that are lawfully attempting to deal with the problems of rampant illegal immigration. The Obama administration’s lawless approach to illegal immigration is a crisis that must be addressed. And we hope the U. S. Supreme Court accepts the State of Arizona’s petition, protects the rule of law and upholds the rights of the States to protect its citizens.”

According to Webster: law, A rule of conduct or procedure established by custom, agreement, or authority.

Editorial: On January 21, 2009, Senator Barack Obama stood before God and the American people to be sworn in as “our” 44th President of the United States. With the operative word being “our,” regardless of the fact that I did not vote for the man, ..yours and mine. I respect that.

The text, word for word, as reported by the New York Times website, (nytimes.com)

Barack Obama’s Inaugural Address…

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Thank you. Thank you.

CROWD: Obama! Obama! Obama! Obama!

My fellow citizens: I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors.

I thank President Bush for his service to our nation…

(APPLAUSE)

… as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition.

Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath.

The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because We the People have remained faithful to the ideals of our forebears, and true to our founding documents.

So it has been. So it must be with this generation of Americans.

That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age.

Homes have been lost, jobs shed, businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly, our schools fail too many, and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.

These are the indicators of crisis, subject to data and statistics. Less measurable, but no less profound, is a sapping of confidence across our land; a nagging fear thatAmerica’s decline is inevitable, that the next generation must lower its sights.

Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real, they are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this America: They will be met.

(APPLAUSE)

On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.

On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas that for far too long have strangled our politics.

We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.

(APPLAUSE)

In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of shortcuts or settling for less.

It has not been the path for the faint-hearted, for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame.

Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things — some celebrated, but more often men and women obscure in their labor — who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.

For us, they packed up their few worldly possessions and traveled across oceans in search of a new life. For us, they toiled in sweatshops and settled the West, endured the lash of the whip and plowed the hard earth.

For us, they fought and died in places Concord and Gettysburg; Normandy and Khe Sanh.

Time and again these men and women struggled and sacrificed and worked till their hands were raw so that we might live a better life. They saw America as bigger than the sum of our individual ambitions; greater than all the differences of birth or wealth or faction.

This is the journey we continue today. We remain the most prosperous, powerful nation on Earth. Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began. Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they were last week or last month or last year. Our capacity remains undiminished. But our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions — that time has surely passed.

Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.

(APPLAUSE)

For everywhere we look, there is work to be done.

The state of our economy calls for action: bold and swift. And we will act not only to create new jobs but to lay a new foundation for growth.

We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together.

We will restore science to its rightful place and wield technology’s wonders to raise health care’s quality…

(APPLAUSE)

… and lower its costs.

We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age.

All this we can do. All this we will do.”

Although I do concur with the fact that Barack Obama is consistent with his rhetoric, the man has pursued nothing but his own agenda and “his” dreams of being omnipotent.

According to Webster: om·nip·o·tent, Having unlimited or universal power, authority.

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow

Crusader Rabbit…

Breeding..

According to Webster: breed·ing, 1. One’s line of descent; ancestry: 2. Training in the proper forms of social and personal conduct. 3. Production of offspring or young. 4. The propagation of animals or plants.

According to Webster: prop·a·ga·tion, 1. Multiplication or increase, as by natural reproduction.

According to Webster: nat·u·ral, 1. Present in or produced by nature: 2. Not acquired; inherent:

According to Webster: na·ture, 1. The material world and its phenomena. 2. The forces and processes that produce and control all the phenomena of the material world: the laws of nature.

Man is a product of nature, thereby man is a phenomenon.

According to Webster: phe·nom·e·non, 1. An occurrence, a circumstance, or a fact that is perceptible by the senses. 2. An unusual, significant, or unaccountable fact or occurrence; a marvel.

According to Webster: mar·vel, One that evokes surprise, admiration, or wonder.

Accordingly, “at least in my considered opinion,” with all the foregoing attributes going for us, why is it so difficult for mankind to share his domain?

Nowhere on the planet Earth, is the word “diversity,” used more than it is used in the United States of America.

According to Webster: di·ver·si·ty, The fact or quality of being diverse; difference.

America, ..and the “Lions share” of what mankind touts as civilization, ..at least publicly, “in my humble opinion” has become so arrogant and obsessed with political correctness that mankind has thrown Mother nature under the bus. Or at least, “again in my considered opinion,” the practice of disrespecting nature has become the agenda of far too many Homo sapiens.

Man, ..to reiterate, ..is a product of nature, we are not as many would like to believe, “omnipotent.” We, “Homo sapiens,” i.e., “human beings,” are marvelous creatures, ..albeit “fragile.” Accordingly, “we,” using the marvelous gift of reason provided by nature, have adapted to nature. Which, “again in my opinion,” is our purpose in life.

Being, “at least what I consider to be a reasonable common sense human being,” I refuse to believe that it is mankind’s purpose or destiny to destroy himself, even though a select few of us throughout history, have openly and aggressively plotted for that end since the dawn of time.

In the 1960s, a commercial enterprise, i.e., “Parker Brothers.” Developed and marketed a board game called;

“The Game of Life.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjMJ6bGXm38 

(For the nostalgia Buff)

 I was eighteen years old in 1960, ..accordingly I can personally attest to the fact, ..that, “Life” was not a “Game” in the ‘60s, ..anymore than life is a game in 2011.

On March 10, 1964, I received a “Greetings” from my local Selective Service Board, inviting me, ..or more correctly, informing me that I was to report to 1033 S. Broadway, Los Angeles California for induction into the United States Army.

(Side note,) ..for those of you who may be curious about how someone can remember the address of the building where they were inducted into the military 47 years earlier, ..I can only assume that you were never inducted into the military. Because for those of us who were, “Franklin Delano Roosevelt” said it best, because, “It was a day of infamy.”

I disembarked from the USS Blatchford along with 4100 other bodies in early October, 1965. The USS Blatchford was not a cruise ship, there were no deck chairs, no luxury cabins, no lounge, no main dining room with an orchestra and a buffet. The Blatchford was troopship, gray from stem to stern except for the ribbons of orange that grew in the crevices and crannies where one part of the old girl was bolted to another. The Blatchford was a production straight out of 1942, albeit with a cast that was not anxious to play their parts.

Vietnam was definitely not, ..as Shakespeare wrote, “A rose by any other name,”Vietnam was a toilet. Albeit, Vietnam was the Vietnamese people’s toilet and they were okay with it. Or, “at least in my opinion,” I believe that they would have done something about it. America, ..in my “earned opinion,” never had any business in Vietnam, ..nor did the French, ..or the Chinese, ..or the Russians.

As long as there are Homo sapiens that lust for wealth and power on the planet Earth, the human race will be locked into conflict. The Earth is a very large piece of real estate, with an abundance of resources, enough for everyone, nevertheless, in the time that I have devoted to providing you with this information, and unknown number of human beings have lost their homes, ..their source of transportation, ..their source of income, ..and even some have lost their lives.

Warren Buffett, ..a man who has accrued a fortune beyond reason, is currently lending his name to Barack Obama in his, “Barack Obama’s” efforts to raise taxes. An effort wholeheartedly supported by the teleprompter reliant buffoons in our liberal media. Not a good thing, “at least in my opinion,” for America, ..as Barack Obama has already spent an amount of America’s wealth, ..not only beyond reason, ..but beyond imagination.

Question: What is enough?

According to Webster: e·nough, Sufficient to meet a need or satisfy a desire; adequate:

Question: What is adequate: ad·e·quate, Sufficient to satisfy a requirement or meet a need.

Question: What is reason?

According to Webster: rea·son, The capacity for logical, rational, and analytic thought; intelligence.

On Thursday last, September 22, Fox news and Google co-sponsored another horse and pony show, i.e., a third GOP Presidential debate, which featured;

From left to right, former New Mexico Gov., Gary Johnson, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, former speaker of the house, Newt Gingrich, Congressman Ron Paul, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, businessman Herman Cain, former Gov. of Utah, Jon Huntsman Jr.

In my considered opinion:

Gary Johnson, ..in a word, ..nervous.

Rick Santorum, ..in two words, ..still unremarkable.

Newt Gingrich, ..the only “man” on the dais, “in my opinion” with the intellect and presence, to get my vote. Albeit between the general public’s political ignorance and the liberal media’s bias, my common sense tells me that Newt hasn’t got a chance.

Ron Paul, I appreciate Ron Paul’s commitment to personal responsibility, however with that said, I sadly differ to the fact that the average “citizen” in the United States of America in the 21st century, “in my considered opinion,” due to welfare and progressive liberal “free lunch“ programs established by dedicated leftists over time, ..is literally incapable of self-reliance.

Rick Perry, ..a total buffoon, ..if they like him in Texas, “in my opinion,” ..”they” should continue paying his rent.

Mitt Romney, “Mutt to Rick Perry’s Jeff,” ..not a “Good Old Boy” that I would personally like to see in the White House.

Michele Bachmann, ..a gallant lady, ..albeit, ..sadly, ..not big enough to duke it out with the “Good Old Boys.”

Herman Cain, ..I truly believe that the man means well, ..but 3% of the electorate will not get you to the White House.

Jon Huntsman Jr., ..no disrespect intended, ..however if my father was a billionaire, ..I would own the most beautiful 450 Stearman on planet and you would not be, “at this moment,” or any moment in the future, reading my “pearlsofprofundity.”

I have made no secret of the fact that I like Sarah Palin for President in 2012, ..however with that said, ..alluding to “my God-given common sense,” ..I understand that one can not win the lottery without ticket, ..nor can one be elected to the Office of President of the United States, ..without declaring their candidacy.

Accordingly, ..if Sarah Palin turns out to be a “straw dog,” ..and Newt Gingrich is still around for the primary, simply by virtue of Mr. Gingrich’s intellect, I will support him with every word in my vocabulary. What the heck, ..if Buba isn’t ready to appreciate what a dedicated woman can bring to the table, beyond a platter of porkchops and grits? ..then I suppose a man with brains and ethics would be my next choice.

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow

Crusader Rabbit…

Trust v Antitrust..

According to Webster: trust, Firm reliance on the integrity, ability, or character of a person or thing.

According to Webster: an·ti·trust, Opposing or intended to regulate business monopolies, such as trusts or cartels:

The United States antitrust law is a body of laws that prohibits anti-competitive behavior (monopoly) and unfair business practices. Antitrust laws are intended to encourage competition in the marketplace. These competition laws make illegal certain practices deemed to hurt businesses or consumers or both, or generally to violate standards of ethical behavior. Government agencies known as competition regulators, along with private litigants, apply the antitrust and consumer protection laws in hopes of preventing market failure. The term antitrust was originally formulated to combat “business trusts”, now more commonly known as cartels. Other countries use the term “competition law”. Many countries including most of the Western world have antitrust laws of some form; for example the European Union has provisions under the Treaty of Rome to maintain fair competition, as does Australia under its Trade Practices Act 1974. (Source Wikipedia)

Competition is a good thing, competition is healthy and fair for America, cronyism is unfair and unhealthy for America, cronyism, is anti-American.

Fact, ..no other President in the history of America since the American government has owned and maintained an aircraft for the purpose of transporting the President has a President abused the trust of the American people to the extent that Barack Obama has. Barack Obama has used Air Force One and Marine one more than any U. S. President in history, at a (U.S.military) reported cost to the “rank and file” American taxpayers of $181,757 an hour.

Food for thought: The average American could buy a house for the amount of money it takes to operate Air Force One every hour.

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow

Crusader Rabbit…

Debate..

According to Webster: de·bate, 1. A discussion involving opposing points; an argument. 2. Deliberation; consideration: 3. A formal contest of argumentation in which two opposing teams defend and attack a given proposition.

GOP Presidential Debate in Orlando…

According to yours truly: Other than another brief, albeit brilliant display of Newt Gingrich’s intellect and a knee slapping crowd pleasing quip by newcomer, former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson concerning his neighbors two dogs, ..and job ready projects, ..Fox News and Google provided America with two hours of eyelid burdening rhetoric.

Romney and Perry of course, again provided their school yard horse and pony show blathering about Social Security and illegal immigration. Not that Social Security and illegal immigration are not important issues, however, “at least in my considered my opinion,” unless you’re six years old, you understand that Social Security is not a Ponzi scheme, ..it is the law. As for illegal immigration, ..yes, ..I am every bit as frustrated and disappointed as you are that grown men who have attended and graduated from American Universities have not yet come to understand the definition of illegal.

Herman Cain was again dignified in presenting his agenda.

Ron Paul, again to clarify, I like Ron Paul, I subscribe to self-reliance and personal responsibility. However, as America is a compassionate Nation that subscribes to a policy of come as you are, ..whether you were born in America ..or migrated here from another country, ..as long as you play by the “rules” on your quest for a better life, ..America welcomes you, ..and I welcome you.

Still without a clear place in the rankings, Michele Bachmann remained enthusiastic, albeit, “at least in my opinion,” less remarkable than she was in the last debate.

Accordingly, “at least in my opinion,” we, i.e., “We the People,” simply by virtue of the fact that we are people, i.e., ..human beings, ..their needs to be an avenue to reach each other, ..if only an avenue of communication to begin…

According to Webster: com·mu·ni·ca·tion, The art and technique of using words effectively and with grace in imparting one’s ideas.

According to Webster: un·der·stand·ing, A disposition to appreciate or share the feelings and thoughts of others.

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow

Crusader Rabbit…

Stupidity in public office..

According to Webster: stu·pid·i·ty, 1. The quality or condition of being stupid.

Being a true conservative American, I literally hate stupidity in public office, ..but what I hate even more than stupidity in public office, ..is stupidity in the electorate.

According to Webster: e·lec·tor·ate,  A body of qualified voters.

Again last night, on Fox networks, Hannity, Texas Gov. Rick Perry again voiced his opinion that Social Security is a Ponzi scheme.

Believe that, ..and cast your vote for candidate Rick Perry in the Republican primary, or anywhere else for that matter, and two years from now Barack Obama will look like Moses on a white horse. Social Security is not a Ponzi scheme, Social Security is the law, and as long as Social Security is the law, and we, “We the People” do not allow morons like Rick Perry and the corrupt self-indulgent clowns in Congress change the law, Social Security will be there for the people who pay into it until hell freezes over.

Do yourself a favor, ..take a Twix moment and scroll down the page to September 14, ..the law is the law, and Rick Perry is a moron, a sneaky conniving Sidewinder moron.

Accordingly, I will now chew up the more intellectual description of Social Security provided by (Wikipedia) in my September 14, 2011 blog for Rick Perry and the morons of the world.

Number one, Social Security is the law, Ponzi schemes are illegal, i.e., against the law.

A Ponzi scheme is a fraudulent investment operation that pays returns to its investors from their own money or the money paid by subsequent investors, rather than from any actual profit earned by the individual or organization running the operation. The Ponzi scheme usually entices new investors by offering returns other investments cannot guarantee, in the form of short-term returns that are either abnormally high or unusually consistent. The perpetuation of the returns that a Ponzi scheme advertises and pays requires an ever-increasing flow of money from investors to keep the scheme going. The system is destined to collapse because the earnings, if any, are less than the payments to investors. Usually, the scheme is interrupted by legal authorities before it collapses because a Ponzi scheme is suspected or because the promoter is selling unregistered securities. As more investors become involved, the likelihood of the scheme coming to the attention of authorities increases. The scheme is named after Charles Ponzi who became notorious for using the technique in early 1920. Ponzi did not invent the scheme (for example Charles Dickens’s 1844 novel The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit described such a scheme decades before Ponzi was born), but his operation took in so much money that it was the first to become known throughout the United States. Ponzi’s original scheme was based on the arbitrage of international reply coupons for postage stamps; however, he soon diverted investors’ money to support payments to earlier investors and himself. (Source Wikipedia)

Social Security does not offer large “short-term” returns…

..there is nothing short-term about waiting until you are 65 years old to receive your benefit.

Social Security does not offer, or suggest any return on a participants investment that in any way shape or form could be described by someone other than a moron, ..as large.

Again, ..as much as I hate to repeat myself, ..Social Security is the law. The Congress of  United States of America does not pass laws to break the law. Albeit I agree that our current administration is presently bending over backwards to avoid enforcing America’s laws. In particular, our immigration laws.

The only thing wrong with Social Security, is the fact that “our” government has been borrowing “our” reserves for more than 60 years. If an individual, or even a government entity borrows money from a source, any source, ..a bank, ..your grandmother, ..or “our” Social Security trust fund, ..he, she or “they” are bound by a contract to repay the money.

Question: When do “you” imagine, ..yes “you,” ..imagine that the United States treasury intends to get around to repaying the money that “they” have “borrowed” from “our” Social Security trust fund?

When a man, Barack Obama and his administration are currently putting forth their all to destroy the America that I grew up in… 

 ..why would I, or any other true American citizen consider electing another self-indulgent personal “idealistic” agenda driven moron to ride around in our big airplane? 

Rick Perry has compared Romney to Barack Obama because Mitt Romney established a healthcare system in Massachusetts, albeit Rick Perry does not compare himself to Barack Obama when it comes to immigration. Rick Perry signed a bill in Texas to provide access and scholarships for illegal aliens with taxpayer dollars.

Question: How does Rick Perry differ from Barack Obama in the arena of illegal immigration?

Answer: He doesn’t.

A Governor providing healthcare for the citizens of his State is not illegal.

A Governor providing assistance to an individual or a group of individuals known to be in America without proper documentation, is illegal.

The Law…

“Any person who . . . encourages or induces an alien to . . . reside . . . knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that such . . . residence is . . . in violation of law, shall be punished as provided . . . for each alien in respect to whom such a violation occurs . . . fined under title 18 . . . imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both.”

Section 274 felonies under the federal Immigration and Nationality Act, INA 274A(a)(1)(A):

A person (including a group of persons, business, organization, or local government) commits a federal felony when she or he:

* assists an alien s/he should reasonably know is illegally in the U. S. or who lacks employment authorization, by transporting, sheltering, or assisting him or her to obtain employment, or

* encourages that alien to remain in the U. S. by referring him or her to an employer or by acting as employer or agent for an employer in any way, or

* knowingly assists illegal aliens due to personal convictions.

Penalties upon conviction include criminal fines, imprisonment, and forfeiture of vehicles and real property used to commit the crime. Anyone employing or contracting with an illegal alien without verifying his or her work authorization status is guilty of a misdemeanor. Aliens and employers violating immigration laws are subject to arrest, detention, and seizure of their vehicles or property. In addition, individuals or entities who engage in racketeering enterprises that commit (or conspire to commit) immigration-related felonies are subject to private civil suits for treble damages and injunctive relief. (Source, federal immigration and nationality Act, – section 8 USC 1324(a)(1)(A)(iv)(b)(iii)

Question: Why do we, “We the People,” elect, i.e., hire men and women at any level in “our” Government who support the agendas of illegal, non-taxpaying individuals, over the needs of legal, “taxpaying American citizens?”

I am not a fan of Mitt Romney or Rick Perry, they are, “in my considered opinion,” both members in good standing of the “Good Old Boys Club” that we, i.e., “We the People,” the rank and file, taxpaying American citizens, need to be rid of.

Think about it, ..and think about it hard, I’ll be back tomorrow.

 

Crusader Rabbit…

Right to life..

According to Webster: right, Conforming with or conformable to justice, law, or morality:

According to Webster: life, Biology. The property or quality that distinguishes living organisms from dead organisms and inanimate matter, manifested in functions such as metabolism, growth, reproduction, and response to stimuli or adaptation to the environment originating from within the organism.

Gardasil and Presidential Politics

The HPV vaccine is back in the news this week courtesy of Monday’s debate among Republican candidates for president. At issue is Texas Governor Rick Perry’s horrible decision in February 2007 to require sixth grade girls to be administered the controversial Gardasil vaccine against Human Papillomavirus (HPV). He did not wait for the legislature to act. He imposed the requirement via executive order. (Thankfully it was rescinded by both houses of theTexas legislature in May 2007.) Judicial Watch has been a national leader in investigating the Gardasil push.

During the debate, Governor Perry, the current front-runner for the Republican nomination, took sustained fire from his opponents over the issue, especially Minnesota Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann.

Michele Bachmann accused Rick Perry of using sixth-grade girls as profit engines for a drug company at the CNN/Tea Party Express debate, lacing into theTexas governor for having attempted to mandate the HPV vaccine for young teenagers. “To have innocent little 12-year-old girls be forced to have a government injection through an executive order is just wrong,” Bachmann said. “Little girls who have a negative reaction to this potentially dangerous drug don’t get a mulligan.”

Judicial Watch knows quite a bit about the “negative reactions” experienced by girls who have been forced to take Gardasil. Our Gardasil investigation, which began in May 2007, has unearthed shocking incidents of death and illness caused by the vaccine as detailed in “adverse reaction” reports obtained by JW from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). There have been literally thousands of cases documented in these reports, which read like a catalog of horrors.

Here are just a few examples from the last batch of reports we uncovered through the Freedom of Information Act one year ago in September 2010. Warning, this information is very graphic:

  • A nineteen year old girl with no medical history except occasional cases bronchitis received Gardasil and in 53 days, had “Headache, Nausea, dizziness, chilling, tiredness, shortness of breath, complained of chest plain, severe cramps.” She experienced an Acute Cardiac Arrhythmia. Attempts to resuscitate her resulted in a sternal fracture, but were unsuccessful and the patient died. — V. 356938
  • A thirteen year old girl was vaccinated on July 17, 2009. Ten days later, she developed a fever and was treated. However, “the patient did not recover and was admitted to the hospital on [August 8]…She developed dyspnoea and went into coma…she expired [that day] at around 9:00 pm. The cause of death was determined as ‘death due to viral fever.’ … This event occurred after 23 days of receiving first dose of Gardasil.” — V. 380081
  • Thirteen days after vaccination, a ten year old girl developed “progressive loss of strength in lower and upper extremities almost totally…Nerve conduction studies [showed Guillain Barre Syndrome].” Case was “considered to be immediately life-threatening.” — V. 339375

One mother of a 13-year-old girl who died 37 days after receiving the vaccination noted in a report: “I first declined getting her the vaccination but her doctor ensured me that it was safe…” After her daughter complained of a severe headache, no feeling in her foot and a tingling feeling in her leg, a doctor’s appointment was set for October 23, 2009. “My daughter never made it to October the 23rd, which is also her birthday,” the mother noted. “She passed on October 17th, I found her cold unresponsive in her room at 7am….”

In response to the concerns raised by Judicial Watch, the CDC and other public health authorities have been forced to admit some of the dangers of Gardasil. Importantly, these agencies are now deploying damage control measures in an attempt to minimize the Gardasil related deaths:

As of June 22, 2011 there have been a total 68 VAERS reports of death among those who have received Gardasil®. There were 54 reports among females, 3 were among males, and 11 were reports of unknown gender. Thirty two of the total death reports have been confirmed and 36 remain unconfirmed due to no identifiable patient information in the report such as a name and contact information to confirm the report. A death report is confirmed (verified) after a medical doctor reviews the report and any associated records. In the 32 reports confirmed, there was no unusual pattern or clustering to the deaths that would suggest that they were caused by the vaccine and some reports indicated a cause of death unrelated to vaccination.

Not exactly reassuring, is it?

Now, the question that inevitably follows is this: Why would the government consider mandating the use of a vaccine of questionable effectiveness that has proven to be deadly? Bachmann took this question up during the debate.

The Minnesota congresswoman went even further, accusing Perry of handing out favors to a company, Merck, represented by his former top aide, Mike Toomey.

“There was a big drug company that made millions of dollars because of this mandate,” Bachmann said. “The governor’s former chief of staff was the chief lobbyist for this drug company.”

Governor Perry denied the accusation. But there’s no denying that Merck employed a massive lobbying campaign to force the government to mandate the Gardasil vaccine: “Merck lobbied every opinion leader, women’s group, medical society, politicians, and went directly to the people — it created a sense of panic that says you have to have this vaccine now,” Dr. Diane Harper told The New York Times. (Dr. Harper was the principle investigator on the clinical trials of Gardasil.) “Because Merck was so aggressive, it went too fast.”

Lightning fast. The FDA inexplicably fast-tracked the vaccine as it quickly moved from “newly minted vaccine to must-have injection,” as noted by the Times. Judicial Watch and public pressure put a stop to Merck’s efforts to lobby the government to mandate the vaccine, at least for now. Hopefully, given the attention to Governor Perry’s decision, this vaccine itself will get a second look.

The “grown-ups” in the media suggest that, while it is fair game to raise questions about the reasons behind Perry’s decision to mandate the vaccinations, no one can reasonaby challenge the vaccine itself. Judicial Watch begs to differ. And so did the New England Journal of Medicine:

Policy makers, clinicians, and parents have a keen sense of urgency about HPV vaccination. On one hand, the vaccine has high efficacy against certain HPV types that cause life-threatening disease, and it appears to be safe; delaying vaccination may mean that many women will miss an opportunity for long-lasting protection. On the other hand, a cautious approach may be warranted in light of important unanswered questions about overall vaccine effectiveness, duration of protection, and adverse effects that may emerge over time. HPV vaccination has the potential for profound public health benefit if the most optimistic scenario of effectiveness is realized.

Given all the questions about Gardasil, the best public health policy would be to reevaluate its safety and to prohibit its distribution to minors. At a minimum, governments should rethink any efforts to mandate or promote this vaccine for children. We should end the public health experiment that is the Gardasil vaccination effort. (Source, judicial watch.org)

According, in his own words, Texas Governor Rick Perry (paraphrased) “if I’m going to error, .. I’m going to error on the side of life.”

 Sixty-eight possible deaths?  ..32 deaths confirmed.

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow

Crusader Rabbit…

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