The Flood of 2012..

According to Webster: flood, (in context) To cover or submerge with;  inundate.

  

Question: Don’t you just love it when you strike a nerve? Apparently there are a lot of people out there that approve of Barack Obama’s retaliation…

Albeit, ..fortunately for America, ..I received “three times” as many responses in favor of Marine Corps Sgt. Gary Stein being reinstated.

Which of course, “at least in my considered opinion,” looks extremely promising for America to get back on track after November 6…

Thank you America, I’ll be back tomorrow

Crusader Rabbit…

American Heritage..

According to Webster: her·i·tage, (in context) Something that is passed down from preceding generations; a tradition.

  

A few days ago, April 23 to be exact, ..I wrote a blog entitled; “Faith,” ..in which I made several references to God, and my belief in God, ..which has brought me a “myriad”…

According to Webster: myr·i·ad, (in context) A vast number.

Continuing…

..of comments, ..both from like minded, i.e., (open-minded) “common sense” folks, ..and from, ..at least in “my opinion,” ..lamentable, ..unenlightened, ..and/or, ..in “my opinion” primitive “frightened” people…

  

..people, ..that at least in my opinion, would probably benefit more from a belief in, ..or faith in God, ..rather than the belief and faith that “they” related that “they have in Barack Obama.

I received another e-mail (forward) from an old friend the day after I posted my “Blog” entitled; “Faith.”

My friend genuinely believes in God and he is a genuine patriot. My friend is a genuine friend, who not only reads my blather, he participates in its distribution, ..which of course ..I truly appreciate.

In the past, on occasion I have found enough truth in a few (forwards) to publish them in my blog in their entirety.

However, as religion and politics are such sensitive issues, I feel obligated to scrutinize my offerings concerning religion and politics to a higher level.

The forward, entitled (did you know?) that I received from my friend, (text) reads;…

As you walk up the steps to the building which houses the U.S. Supreme Court you can see near the top of the building a row of the world’s lawgivers and each one is facing one in the middle who is facing with a full frontal view, ..it is Moses and he is holding the 10 Commandments!

 

 

Which is a truism, ..Moses is the “center figure” and he is holding the stone tablets on which are inscribed the “Ten Commandments.”

What is “not” true, ..is that the two “Lawgivers” on either side of Moses, ..are also facing “fully” to the front, ..but then I suppose that the folks, (less than honest folks) that distribute (less than accurate information) ..believe that you will believe what they’ve written, ..instead of your own eyes?

Next “the” (forward) offers; …

As you enter the Supreme Court, ..there are two huge oak doors which are engraved with the “Ten Commandments.”

Also a Truism.

Question: Are you starting to get the picture?

The forward has an agenda, and that agenda is to acquaint the “unenlightened” ..or as I prefer to label them; “primitive frightened people,” with the fact that God is not a myth.

The forward also provides that there are Bible verses etched in stone all over the federal buildings and monuments in Washington D.C.

Question: Would our founding fathers or any decent patriotic American etch Bible verses in stone on our federal buildings and our federal monuments if God were a myth?

James Madison 

James Madison (March 16, 1751 – June 28, 1836) was the fourth (1809–1817) President of the United States. He was co-author, with John Jay and Alexander Hamilton, of the Federalist Papers, and is traditionally regarded as the Father of the United States Constitution.

Madison Quote: “A watchful eye must be kept on ourselves lest while we are building ideal monuments of Renown and Bliss here we neglect to have our names enrolled in the Annals of Heaven.”

The historian Garry Wills wrote:

“Madison’s claim on our admiration does not rest on a perfect consistency, any more than it rests on his presidency. He has other virtues…. As a framer and defender of the Constitution he had no peer…. The finest part of Madison’s performance as President was his concern for the preserving of the Constitution…. No man could do everything for the country – not even Washington. Madison did more than most, and did some things better than any. That was quite enough.

George F. Will, once wrote that if we truly believed that the pen is mightier than the sword, our nation’s capital would have been called “Madison, D.C.”, instead of Washington, D.C

Question: Would James Madison, ..the fourth president of the United States, ..known as “The Father of Our Constitution” have made the following statement if he was not completely confident that God was not a Myth;…

“We have staked the whole of all our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government, … upon the capacity of each, … and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, … to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.”

It was Patrick Henry, ..a patriot, ..and Founding Father of our country who said, “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that,  … ”this great nation.” … was founded not by (religionists) ..but by “Christians,” … not “on” (religions) but “on” ..the “Gospel of Jesus Christ”.

Question: Would every session of Congress begin with a prayer by a minister, ..whose salary has been paid by the taxpayer since 1777, ..if God were a myth?

Question: Would 52 of our 55 founding fathers and signers of the Constitution have been members of the established orthodox churches in the colonies if God were a myth?

Historical fact: Thomas Jefferson worried (that without a strong foundation in God) that the Courts would overstep their authority and instead of “interpreting” the law, ..would begin making law… (an oligarchy)

According to Webster: ol·i·gar·chy, Government by a few, especially by a small faction of persons or families.

(Sidebar) if I were to offer a personal opinion? The current families that I might suggest were endeavoring to create an “Oligarchy” ..would be the Obama family, ..the Biden family, ..the Pelosi family, ..the Reid family, ..the Holder family, ..and so on, ..and so on…

Continuing…

 

Supreme Court Justice, John Jay 

The very first Supreme Court Justice, John Jay, said,…

“Americans should select and prefer Christians as their rulers.”

Which of course, by the “standards” of our “current” society, ..or, ..to be real, ..by the (lack of standards) ..in our current society, “John Jay” ..at a minimum would be crucified in the press, ..albeit, ..“in my considered opinion,” ..he would more likely be physically accosted on the street.

Editorial: I could go on all day providing representations of God’s foundation in America that would be acceptable to reasonable individuals. However, “at least in my opinion,” godless individuals are not reasonable people, ..thus to continue would be contrary to common sense, ..and as I pride myself on my capacity for common sense I’m going to leave you today with a thought from one of my favorite people; …

 “I want to know God’s thoughts; the rest are details.”

Albert Einstein.

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow

Crusader Rabbit…

Battle Cry of the Republic..

Once more into the breach, dear friends, once more..

 

..or more correctly, “Once more into the breach..,” is from the ‘Cry God for Harry, England, and Saint George!’ speech of Shakespeare’s Henry V, Act III, 1598.

..but then, ..who in this day and age of Barack Obama gives a damn about who said what, ..or when

Ooops! ..I stand corrected, .. Barack Obama gives a damn. Albeit, ..that only applies, ..if you say something about him.

 

Because, ..if you are a “member in good standing” of an organized (minority) hate group, ..you’re allowed to stand on any street in America, or in front of a community polling place and reference (white) American citizens as honkys and crackers with impunity.

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

Of course, ..if you happen to be a member of an organization whose ideology isn’t based on “Race and Hate,” such as the “United States Marine Corps,” ..you’d better damn well watch your mouth.

Because the Constitution, ..law, ..and rights that you put your life on the line for in defense of the Constitution, ..law ..and rights that apply to everyone in America, ..don’t apply to you.

 

 I took down another one, ..how cool is that?

 

Marine Corps Sgt. Gary Stein 

 SAN DIEGO

A sergeant will be discharged for criticizing President Barack Obama on Facebook in a case that called into question the Pentagon’s policies about social media and its “limits” on the speech of active duty military personnel, the Marine Corps said Wednesday.

(Sidebar) ..are you ( BLANKIN’) kidding me? The Pentagon now, ..under Barack Obama, ..is authorized to “make law” that  “nullifies” the Constitution?

I can understand Barack Obama “NOT” understanding “our” (right to free speech) ..he’s a graduate of Harvard Law, ..but the Pentagon? I mean come on, ..I served in the military, I put my butt on the line for this country in 1965, ..I have a Purple Heart, ..and a couple a “Commendations” for my service.  Am I to understand that the Pentagon is now “omnipotent?”

According to Webster: om·nip·o·tent, Having unlimited or universal power, authority; all-powerful; (God).

(Sidebar) If the Pentagon is now recognized as God, ..doesn’t that fly in the face of our “atheist” brethren?

Shared Ideology

I wasn’t at all fond of Lyndon B. Johnson, because I wasn’t at all fond of being “carnival target,” ..or at being awakened in the middle of the night by artillery, …  and if memory serves, I believe that I wasn’t the only one eating my breakfast from an olive drab can who complained about it.

The only reason that LBJ wasn’t disparaged and damned on Facebook when I was in Vietnam, ..was because Facebook didn’t exist.

Barack Obama was four years old when I served in Vietnam, but he’s not four years old anymore, ..accordingly, “in my considered opinion,” the “fellow” should stop behaving like a four-year-old.

As to referring to Barack Obama as a “fellow,”  ..the term (fellow) is the most masculine term I can come up with for someone with such thin skin.

As a veteran and a patriotic American, I reserve the term (man) for individuals like Marine Sgt. Gary Stein who volunteered to serve this nation, ..not for celebrity, ..power, ..or personal gain, ..but simply because he’s an American.

If indeed, as reported, the comment that Marine Sgt. Gary Stein posted on Facebook was; “Screw Obama, and I will not follow all orders from him.”

By my recollection of the “Uniform Code of Military Justice” Marine Sgt. Gary Stein was not and is not out of order.

As the code specifically references on more than one occasion that no individual in the military is subject to follow an “unlawful” order.

As for the “Screw Obama” portion of Marine Sgt. Gary Stein’s comment, ..with “broad interpretation” and “adequate imagination,” ..one might interpret that Marine Sgt. Gary Stein finds “our” Commander-in-Chief attractive and woke up one morning with an uncontrollable desire to make mad passionate love to him ?  After all, ..Barack is extremely handsome, ..dashing, ..and charismatic!

Which, ..if that is “indeed” the case, ..with the regulations governing homosexuality in the military presently having been set aside by Barack Obama himself, ..I would suggest that our fearless leader reconsider his decision to throws Marine Sgt. Gary Stein under the bus for fear of reprisals from the gay community.

Although I am not a fan of Mitt Romney, “not because” Mitt Romney got a deferment from military service during Vietnam, ..but rather because, ..I simply don’t believe that Matt Romney was or is the best candidate to serve as President of the United States.

(Sidebar) With that said; If Mitt Romney is the choice that I have to send Barack Obama back to Chicago, ..or any other GPS coordinates on the planet , ..then Mitt has my vote!

With that said, Mitt Romney could “curry favor” with me and a hell of a lot other veterans, ..if he were to project his voice in support of reversing one more of Barack Obama’s stupid accomplishments, ..that being the “expulsion” of Marine Sgt. Gary Stein.

Think about it Mitt, I’ll be back tomorrow

Crusader Rabbit…

Agent Orange..

The Dutch Rayal Family – aka the Orange’s

According to Webster: Or·ange1, Princely family of Europe ruling continuously in the Netherlands since 1815. The name was first used for a former principality of southeast France that passed to the house of Nassau in 1530.

Orange 2, A city of Southern California, north-northeast of Santa Ana. It is a manufacturing center in a citrus-growing area. Population, 110,658.

Orange 3, Color. The hue of that portion of the visible spectrum lying between red and yellow,

..but then of course, ..we’re NOT talking about a princely family from Europe, ..a City in Southern California, ..or a hue lying between red and yellow here…

We’re talkin’ bout a product manufactured by…

 

A product, ..that I myself was.. (courtesy of the U.S. Army) i.e., (a subsidiary of the U.S. Government) ..exposed to.

 Lyndon Baines Johnson

Lyndon Baines Johnson, (August 27, 1908 – January 22, 1973), often referred to as LBJ, was the 36th President of the United States (1963–1969), a position he assumed after his service as the 37th Vice President of the United States (1961–1963).

Johnson’s agenda was to create a (GREAT SOCIETY) ..and why not? ..Johnson was a Democrat. 

 

According to Webster: con·trol, To exercise authoritative or dominating influence over. 

According to Webster: freak, A thing or an occurrence that is markedly unusual or irregular.

 

Although I personally don’t understand how killing 58,156 “son’s, fathers, and husbands of America” (the best we had to offer) wounding 303,704 and having 2,338 listed as MIA improved our society?

Johnson escalated America’s involvement in Vietnam by increasing our troop numbers from 16,000 advisors/soldiers in 1963, ..to 550,000 combat/sacrificial goat troops in early 1968, and the price of doing business, (trading American sons, fathers and husbands for corporate profits) became very expensive for those of us wearing government issue attire, ..while the profits for the stockholders and managers of corporations like Monsanto and Dow “shot” through the ceiling.  

The Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON) is a multinational agricultural biotechnology corporation. It is the world’s leading producer of the herbicide glyphosate, marketed in the “Roundup” brand, and in other brands. Monsanto is also the second largest producer of genetically engineered (GE) seed; it provides the technology in 49% of the genetically engineered seeds used in the U.S. market. It’s headquartered in Creve Coeur, Missouri.  (Source Wikipedia)

As America is currently without a news media that has an unfettered interest in America’s population…

According to Webster: un·fet·tered, (in context ) Free of restrictions or bonds.

..I learned about the (USDA) “United States Department of Agriculture’s” intention to approve the use of a toxic…

 

According to Webster: tox·ic, – Poison; capable of causing injury or death, especially by chemical means.

Continuing…

..from a friend via e-mail, ..who as a patriotic American asked me if I would “look into the matter” ..as in his opinion, I might possibly find enough material to compose a Blog?

My friend was wrong! ..I found enough material to compose 20 Blogs.

 

The substance in question is identified as (Dioxins) ..which contains the Monsanto/Dow “chemical compound” (2,4-D).

A key ingredient in the defoliant “Agent Orange” which was used extensively, ..and in “my opinion,” (irresponsibly) in Vietnam between 1961 and 1973…

Dioxins and their effects on human health…

Key Facts

  • Dioxins are a group of chemically-related compounds that are persistent environmental pollutants.     
  • Dioxins are found throughout the world in the environment and they accumulate in the food chain, mainly in the fatty tissue of animals.
  • More than 90% of human exposure is through food, mainly meat and dairy products, fish and shellfish. Many national authorities have programmes in place to monitor the food supply.
  • Dioxins are highly toxic and can cause reproductive and developmental problems, damage the immune system, interfere with hormones and also cause cancer.
  • Due to the omnipresence of dioxins, all people have background exposure, which is not expected to affect human health. However, due to the highly toxic potential of this class of compounds, efforts need to be undertaken to reduce current background exposure.
  • Prevention or reduction of human exposure is best done via source-directed measures, i.e. strict control of industrial processes to reduce formation of dioxins as much as possible. (Source..

http://action.foodandwaterwatch.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=9513  For more information, “double click” the URL to visit the site.

Now then, ..if you’re not in a hurry? ..or even if you are, ..it’s well worth your time, ..if you have proclivity for NOT dying of cancer, ..and avoiding birth defects in your descendents. You will want to watch the ( 4 ) minute ( 41 ) second video below..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tznQ2Bko5X4

(This video contains footage that might be disturbing to some)

An excerpt from Wikipedia…

Vietnam War…

 

“Johnson increasingly focused on the American military effort in Vietnam. He firmly believed in the “Domino Theory” and that his containment policy required America to make a serious effort to stop all Communist expansion.

At Kennedy’s death, there were 16,000 American military advisors in Vietnam. As President, Lyndon Johnson immediately reversed his predecessor’s order to withdraw 1,000 military personnel by the end of 1963 with his own NSAM #273 on November 26, 1963. Johnson expanded the numbers and roles of the American military following the Gulf of Tonkin Incident (less than three weeks after the Republican Convention of 1964, which had nominated Barry Goldwater for President).

The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, which gave the President the exclusive right to use military force without consulting the Senate, was based on a “false pretext,”…

(Sidebar) Big “whooping” surprise, a President of the United States, basing his policy on a “false pretext.”

Continuing…

..as Johnson later admitted. By the end of 1964, there were approximately 23,000 military personnel in South Vietnam.

U.S. casualties for 1964 totaled 1,278. Johnson began America’s direct involvement in the ground war in Vietnam. By 1968, over 550,000 American soldiers were inside Vietnam; in 1967 and 1968 they were being killed at the rate of over 1,000 a month…

(some, ..friends of mine). 

Continuing…

Politically, Johnson closely watched the public opinion polls. His goal was not to adjust his policies to follow opinion, but rather to adjust opinion to support his policies.

Until the “Tet Offensive” ..of 1968, ..Johnson systematically downplayed the war: few speeches, no rallies or parades or advertising campaigns. He feared that publicity would charge up the hawks who wanted victory, and weaken both his containment policy and his higher priorities in domestic issues.

Jacobs and Shapiro conclude, “Although Johnson held a core of support for his position, the president was unable to move Americans who held hawkish and dovish positions.”

Polls showed that beginning in 1965, the public was consistently 40-50 percent hawkish and 10-25 percent dovish. Johnson’s aides told him, “Both hawks and doves [are frustrated with the war] … and take it out on you.”.

(Sidebar) Poor Lyndon, ..after reading that, ..one might believe that he believed the war was all about him?

Continuing…

Additionally, domestic issues were driving his polls down steadily from spring 1966 onward. A few analysts have theorized that “Vietnam had no independent impact on President Johnson’s popularity at all after other effects, including a general overall downward trend in popularity, had been taken into account.” The war grew less popular, and continued to split the Democratic Party.

The Republican Party was not completely pro or anti-war, and Nixon managed to get support from both groups by running on a reduction in troop levels with an eye toward eventually ending the campaign.

He (Johnson) often privately cursed the Vietnam War, and in a conversation with Robert McNamara, Johnson assailed “the bunch of commies” running The New York Times for their articles against the war effort. Johnson believed that America could not afford to lose and risk appearing weak in the eyes of the world. In a discussion about the war with former President Dwight Eisenhower, Johnson said he was “trying to win it just as fast as I can in every way that I know how” and later stated that he needed “all the help I can get.”

Johnson escalated the war effort continuously from 1964 to 1968, and the number of American deaths rose.

In two weeks in May 1968 alone American deaths numbered 1,800 with total casualties at 18,000. Alluding to the Domino Theory, he said, “If we allow Vietnam to fall, tomorrow we’ll be fighting in Hawaii, and next week in San Francisco.”

After the Tet offensive of January 1968, his presidency was dominated by the Vietnam War more than ever. Following evening news broadcaster Walter Cronkite’s editorial report during the Tet Offensive that the war was unwinnable, … Johnson is reported to have said, “If I’ve lost Cronkite, I’ve lost Middle America.”

(Sidebar) Damn, ..that must have really been hard on him? Not as hard as losing an arm or a leg, ..or your life, however it had to be hard, ..can you image trying to digest a 10 ounce Texas steak after reading a casualty report?

Continuing…

As casualties mounted and success seemed further away than ever, Johnson’s popularity plummeted.

College students and others protested, burned draft cards, and chanted, “Hey, hey, LBJ, how many kids did you kill today?”

Johnson could scarcely travel anywhere without facing protests,…

(Sidebar) I know exactly how the man felt, ..as during my stay in Vietnam, ..I could “scarcely” travel anywhere without being shot at.”

Continuing…

..and was not allowed by the Secret Service to attend the 1968 Democratic National Convention, where thousands of hippies, yippies, Black Panthers and other opponents of Johnson’s policies both in Vietnam and in the ghettos converged to protest.

Thus by 1968, the public was polarized, with the “hawks” rejecting Johnson’s refusal to continue the war indefinitely, and the “doves” rejecting his current war policies.

Support for Johnson’s middle position continued to shrink until he finally rejected containment and sought a peace settlement.

By late summer, Johnson realized that Nixon was closer to his position than Humphrey. Johnson continued to support Humphrey publicly in the election, and personally despised Nixon.

One of Johnson’s well known quotes was “the Democratic party at its worst, is still better than the Republican party at its best”.

(Sidebar) I believe that Barack Obama pretty much believes the same way, ..otherwise, ..why would he have purposely led the Democratic Party into the crapper.

Continuing…

Perhaps Johnson, himself, best summed up his involvement in the Vietnam War as President with these words:

I knew from the start that I was bound to be crucified either way I moved. If I left the woman I really loved, — the Great Society, — in order to get involved in that bitch of a war on the other side of the world, ..then I would lose everything at home. All (my) programs….

(Sidebar) Again, ..you really have to feel for a guy that has (his) aspirations dashed by the “mindless selfish” population he works for. Just imagine how wonderful life would be for a President if people behaved like Lemmings.

Continuing…

But if ( I ) left that war and let the Communists take over South Vietnam, ..then ( I ) would be seen as a coward and ( my ) Nation would be seen as an “appeaser” and “we” would both find it impossible to accomplish anything for anybody anywhere on the entire globe.”

Question: How many of you reading Johnson’s summary/analogy, ..concur that sacrificing 58,000 human lives for an individual’s vanity is an accomplishment?

From 1964 though 1973, ..Vietnam was a threat to the lives of Americans, ..both from North Vietnamese troops firing metal projectiles, and from Monsanto/Dow, indiscriminately covering the country with agent orange.

Agent Orange, ..in “this Blogger’s considered opinion,” ..is not the apocalypse, ..however, ..if we, “We the people” of the United States of America, .. Allow  “Monsanto” ..in cooperation with the (USDA) United States Department of Agriculture, ..to contaminate America’s food supply with (Dioxins) i.e., Agent Orange, ..in any form, ..or by any other name, ..then God help us…

  

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow

Crusader Rabbit…

Child Labor, ..and the Obama administration?

 

I’m in charge, I know what’s best for America, ..and what is best for America is for the American farmers is to keep their children in the house in front of the television screen playing a videogame or watching cartoons, ..so when they grow up they will be mindless enough to elect a man like me who has promised the undocumented Hispanic community a job in America, ..but if your kids are doing the jobs, ..I can’t keep my promise.

(Sidebar) Ya gotta love a man with an agenda. 

Department of Labor to forbid children doing work on family farms… 

Patrick Richardson
The Daily Caller
Wed, 25 Apr 2012 10:51 CDT’

A proposal from the Obama administration to prevent children from doing farm chores has drawn plenty of criticism from rural-district members of Congress. But now it’s attracting barbs from farm kids themselves.

The Department of Labor is poised to put the finishing touches on a rule that would apply child-labor laws to children working on family farms, prohibiting them from performing a list of jobs on their own families’ land.

Under the rules, children under 18 could no longer work “in the storing, marketing and transporting of farm product raw materials.”

“Prohibited places of employment,” a Department press release read, “would include country grain elevators, grain bins, silos, feed lots, stockyards, livestock exchanges and livestock auctions.”

The new regulations, “first proposed” August 31 by Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, would also revoke the government’s approval of safety training and certification taught by independent groups like 4-H and FFA, replacing them instead with a 90-hour federal government training course.

 

Hilda Lucia Solis, born October 20, 1957) is the 25th United States Secretary of Labor, serving in the Obama administration. She is a member of the Democratic Party and served in the United States House of Representatives from 2001 to 2009, representing the 31st and 32nd. congressional districts of California that include East Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley.

Solis was raised in La Puente, California by immigrant parents from Nicaragua and Mexico. She gained degrees from the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) and the University of Southern California (USC) and worked for two federal agencies in Washington, D.C. Returning to her native state, she was elected to the Rio Hondo Community College Board of Trustees in 1985, the California State Assembly in 1992, and the California State Senate in 1994. She was the first Hispanic woman to serve in the State Senate, and was reelected there in 1998. She became known for her work toward “environmental justice” and was the first female recipient of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award in 2000.

Question: Environmental justice? What is environmental justice? Are trees, rocks, dirt and streams voting and paying taxes now?

Continuing…

Solis defeated a long-time Democratic incumbent as part of getting elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2000, where she focused mainly on labor causes and environmental work.

She was reelected easily to four subsequent terms.

(Sidebar) Talk about a “Rallying Cry” for term limits!

“Remember Hilda”

Continuing…

In December 2008, President-elect Barack Obama announced his intention to nominate Solis as the next United States Secretary of Labor. She took office after being confirmed by the United States Senate in February 2009, becoming the first Hispanic woman to serve in the U.S. Cabinet.

Question: Why do individuals that achieve the rank of “self-reliance” through “personal endeavor” feel that “it’s a good idea” to deny the process to others?

Continuing…

Rossie Blinson, a 21-year-old college student from Buis Creek, N.C., told The Daily Caller that the federal government’s plan will do far more harm than good.

“The main concern I have is that it would prevent kids from doing 4-H and FFA projects if they’re not at their parents’ house,” said Blinson.

“I started showing sheep when I was four years old. I started with cattle around 8. It’s been very important. I learned a lot of responsibility being a farm kid.”

(Sidebar) In case you haven’t noticed, “responsibility” is not Barack Obama’s long suit.

Continuing…

In Kansas, Cherokee County Farm Bureau president Jeff Clark was out in the field – literally on a tractor – when The Daily Caller reached him. He said if Solis’s regulations are implemented, farming families’ labor losses from their children will only be part of the problem.

“What would be more of a blow,” he said, “is not teaching our kids the values of working on a farm.”

(Sidebar) To find someone in Washington D.C. that would actually care about whether kids learned the “value of working,” would depend on finding someone in Washington D.C., ..who learned the value of working themselves.

The Environmental Protection Agency reports that the average age of the American farmer is now over 50.

“Losing that work-ethic – it’s so hard to pick this up later in life,” Clark said. “There’s other ways to learn how to farm, but it’s so hard. You can learn so much more working on the farm when you’re 12, 13, 14 years old.”

John Weber, 19, understands this. The Minneapolis native grew up in suburbia and learned the livestock business working summers on his relatives’ farm.

He’s now a college Agriculture major.

“I started working on my grandparent’s and uncle’s farms for a couple of weeks in the summer when I was 12,” Weber told The Daily Caller. “I started spending full summers there when I was 13.”

“The work ethic is a huge part of it. It gave me a lot of direction and opportunity in my life. If they do this it will prevent a lot of interest in agriculture. It’s harder to get a 16 year-old interested in farming than a 12 year old.”

Weber is also a small businessman. In high school, he said, he took out a loan and bought a few steers to raise for income. “Under these regulations,” he explained, “I wouldn’t be allowed to do that.”

In February the Labor Department seemingly backed away from what many had called an unrealistic reach into farmers’ families, reopening the public comment period on a section of the regulations designed to give parents an exemption for their own children.

But U.S. farmers’ largest trade group is unimpressed.

“American Farm Bureau does not view that as a victory,” said Kristi Boswell, a labor specialist with the American Farm Bureau Federation. “It’s a misconception that they have backed off on the parental exemption.”

Boswell chafed at the government’s rationale for bringing farms strictly into line with child-labor laws.

“They have said the number of injuries are higher for children than in non-ag industries,” she said. But everyone in agriculture, Boswell insisted, “makes sure youth work in tasks that are age-appropriate.”

The safety training requirements strike many in agriculture as particularly strange, given an injury rate among young people that is already falling rapidly.

According to a United States Department of Agriculture study, farm accidents among youth fell nearly 40 percent between 2001 and 2009, to 7.2 injuries per 1,000 farms.

Clark said the regulations are vague and meddlesome.

(Sidebar) For those of you that haven’t noticed, ..everything the Obama administration does is vague and meddlesome.

Continuing…

“It’s so far-reaching,” he exclaimed, “kids would be prohibited from working on anything ‘power take-off’ driven, and anything with a work-height over six feet – which would include the tractor I’m on now.”

The way the regulations are currently written, he added, would prohibit children under 16 from using battery powered screwdrivers, since their motors, like those of a tractor, are defined as “power take-off driven.”

And jobs that could “inflict pain on an animal” would also be off-limits for kids. But “inflicting pain,” Clark explained, is left undefined: If it included something like putting a halter on a steer, 4-H and FFA animal shows would be a thing of the past.

In a letter to The Department of Labor in December, Montana Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg complained that the animal provision would also mean young people couldn’t “see” veterinary medicine in practice … including a veterinarian’s own children accompanying him or her to a farm or ranch.”

Boswell told The Daily Caller that the new farming regulations could be finalized as early as August. She claimed farmers could soon find The Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division inspectors on their land, citing them for violations.

“In the last three years that division has grown 30 to 40 percent,” Boswell said. Some Farm Bureau members, she added, have had inspectors on their land checking on conditions for migrant workers, only to be cited for allowing their own children to perform chores that the Labor Department didn’t think were age-appropriate.

(Sidebar) Beware of the man who says; “Hello, ..I’m from the government, ..and I’m here to help you.

Continuing…

It’s something Kansas Republican Senator Jerry Moran believes simply shouldn’t happen.

During a March 14 hearing, Moran blasted Hilda Solis for getting between rural parents and their children.

“The consequences of the things that you put in your regulations lack common sense,” Moran said.

“And in my view, if the federal government can regulate the kind of relationship between parents and their children on their own family’s farm, ..there is almost “nothing off-limits” in which we see the federal government intruding in a way of life.”

The Department of Labor did not respond to repeated requests for comment.

 Never set foot on a Farm

According to Webster: la·bor, Physical or mental exertion, especially when difficult or exhausting; work.

Editorial: On April 14 of this year I wrote a Blog entitled “Obesity and the White House.” Which detailed the first lady, Michelle Obama’s desire to get America’s children up off their back sides and into an outdoor activity, centering on the White House garden.

What is Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Program?

 

The First Lady, Michelle Obama, decided to use her influential position to help create and promote a program that could potentially take a massive step in the right direction for controlling the childhood obesity epidemic.

The “Let’s Move” program has the First Lady, pop stars, large corporations, healthcare providers, and most importantly, schools all supporting the cause.

Let’s Move encourages a healthier diet in and out of school, better food labeling, and increased daily physical activity for children.

Let’s Move strives to get the entire community involved to promote a healthy lifestyle and fun physical activities including being active in the community, in school, and with family.

The combination of healthy food choices and physical activity is what Task Force on Childhood Obesity has stated as the best strategy for tackling the epidemic.

Let’s Move – 5 Simple Steps

  1. Move Everyday: A minimum of 60 total minutes of physical activity per day for every single kid will get them moving in the right direction. They will feel better, be less stressed, more attentive in school, and get a better night sleep, all because of one hour of physical activity.
  2. Try a New Fruit or Veggie: There are thousands of fruits and vegetables available that most kids have never tried. Fruits and veggies are vital for a healthy diet and kids can have more fun eating them by trying new things. Let the child come grocery shopping and pick out their own fruits and veggies to try, turning a healthy lifestyle into something fun for them. Challenge the kids to make the most colorful salad possible which will increase the amount of nutrients they will get from it.
  3. Drink Lots of Water: Stop stocking the house with soda and increase the consumption of water. Only purchase 100% real fruit juice. If the kids want something similar to a soda then add a splash of juice into some sparkling water.
  4. Do Jumping Jacks to Break up TV Time: The statistics for how much television kids watch per day is sickening but is also a good opportunity to make some big changes. TV has a lot of negative side effects, but those can be stymied by doing jumping jacks during commercial breaks and in between shows. Same thing goes for kids that spend all day on the computer, have them run up and down the stairs, do sit-ups or push-ups, stretch, or come up with their own physical activities to break up the time in front of a computer screen.
  5. Help Make Dinner: Plan the daily dinner menu with the kids and have them help decide and do the shopping with you. If it is a made into a fun experience that they have control over, they will not just learn about making healthy choices, they will be excited to do so.

Staying Active

  • With the Family: The family has the largest influence on the child’s lifestyle and could easily plan a fun active hobby or daily activity that kids will be excited to do when they come home from school. A few ideas include giving the kids toys that promote moving such as balls, kites, and jump ropes, encourage kids to join a sports team, create a family park day a few days per week, and even make some house rules like no sitting still during TV commercials.
  • At School: Schools have an amazing opportunity to both teach the kids about the importance of physical activity and also let the kids be active with all of their friends. The most effective way to promote activity at school is through a strong P.E. program where 50% of the class time is spent doing vigorous activity. The programs should have a variety of options for kids and should be a fun environment rather than a forced exercise regime. They will burn twice the calories when they are having fun and are more likely to transfer over the daily school activity habits into their lifestyle.
  • In the Community: The entire community should get involved in helping to reduce childhood obesity. The community could dedicate some funds to building and improving parks and playgrounds, creating safe trails for kids, and getting the kids involved in outdoor environmental programs.

All great ideas… As were the Obama’s personal White House chefs Sam Kass’s ideas in an interview with Newsmax’s Kathleen Walter. In which Mr. Kass outlined and revered Michelle Obama’s decision to plant the first garden on the White House grounds since Eleanor Roosevelt’s Victory garden in the 1940s. Following is a quote from Mr. Kass’s interview with Catherine Walter;

“The greatest thing we’ve seen in the first lady’s garden is beyond just having fresh accessible food from a garden. Maybe the most powerful part is what kids learn from it and how their minds are opened up to try new things when they play a role in planting something, or preparing something,” Kass said.”

Question: Do you think the Obama’s will come to understand that it is not their job to “CONTROL” America and it’s population?

Fact: Hundreds of thousands of gererations of Homo sapiens survived the rigors of life prior to “the Obama’s” occupation of the White House, ..or the Earth.

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow

Crusader Rabbit…

The 97 %..

Question: Who, ..and/or what “is,” ..and/or “are” ..the ninety-seven percent?

Response: Reduced to its simplest form, 97% is a number. Albeit since few things if any in our current (agenda driven) society are allowed to rest in their simplest form, and being that the First Amendment of the Constitution “guarantees me freedom of speech and freedom of the press,” I have a license to say or write pretty much anything I want to, the same as those who get paid for the same endeavor as long as I stick to a few simple rules, ..as example; (Not yelling “fire” in a crowded theater.)

(Sidebar) I would have to be an “elevated and/or celebrated” member of a minority faction to get away with that.

Notwithstanding, back to critiquing my title subject, ..the 97% which hereinafter I shall refer to the same ..as both of “our” current candidates for President, ..and the current “Media,” competing for your attention daily.

Barack Obama speaks to the 97% as a group or “the” group that he “is” and/or “has been” endeavoring to provide with a level playing field. Which he does by publicly remarking as often as possible to the benefits he has provided and to the issues he has resolved.

So let’s examine that; from my front porch, (which of course, being honest, is the predominant platform from which I view the world) there has been “no change” in the view the world offers me, because there is “no brotherhood” and/or “unity” within the 97%.

Gasoline at/or above four dollars a gallon, headed for five.  A loaf of bread at/or above three dollars, ..a can of whatever? At/or above one dollar, ..and Beef, (for those of us hanging on by the skin of our teeth,) ..old folks, i.e., dependent on “Social Security,” ..unobtainable.

Using rough numbers, currently 70% of America’s population is Caucasian, and/or (white). 12% of America’s population is African-American, and/or (black). 15% of America’s present population is Hispanic, and/or Latino, (Brown). Wherein, ..if my sixth grade “arithmetic” is still acceptable? I have with my rough numbers, ..accounted for the 97%.

So of course, alluding to “common sense” in its most (basic form,) why do politicians in America invest the Lions share of their campaigning to curry favor with minorities, when in fact, “by the numbers,” minorities have no voice.

Which again, alluding to God given “common sense,” (and the numbers) with Caucasians, and/or (white) folks, making up the lion’s share of America’s population, I personally find it extremely interesting, ..if not unbelievable, ..that we, “We the People,” ..have a black man in the White House when it is the standard “declaration ” of the black man, ..that white folks are prejudiced and hate black people.

Accordingly, ..as of today, ..I go on record as a Caucasian, and/or (white) person, ..I “do not” hate black people. Nor do I hate brown people, (not that it’s anyone’s business but my own,) ..one of the few “true friends” I have on this planet, ..is a brown person, ..an American, ..of Mexican descent, (noteworthy) ..my friend is not a Mexican American.

My friend, (if reality and the numbers would allow,) would be 110% American.

                        

This is my friend standing against the threat of communism in the Republic of South Vietnam in 1965.

At the same time “Marxist/Communist” university professors where running full steam ahead to create the (idealistic) i.e., “knuckleheaded” progressive liberal men and women who are currently destroying America for “personal power” and financial gain.

My friend is a true American, ..wouldn’t it be nice if the men and women that we employee to serve this Nation, ..cared about this Nation as much as my friend does.

Also, ..wouldn’t it be nice, if my friend who turned 70 in May, lived in an America with an economy that would allow him to retire. My friend, ..at 70 still gets up every morning and goes to work, “rain or shine.” Maybe one of our, (I’m the best man for the job) candidates for the Oval Office would like to make note of that in one of their upcoming rallies?

America is not Utopia, America is a melting pot, ..and melting pots are inherently unpolished, ..nevertheless, “at least in my opinion,” ..there is no other Nation on the planet that offers a man or a woman the opportunity for self-advancement that America offers.

Barack Obama did not get to the White House by setting at home waiting for a government check.

Barack Obama took full advantage of the “opportunities” afforded him by “our” government, ..and “our” (America’s) ..proclivity for sharing.

Opportunities that wouldn’t have been available without the ordinary, common “rank-and-file” ..men and women, ..that went to work every day, ..to “earn” a living that was taxed to provide the programs that educated, ..not only “our” current President, ..but his mother and father as well.

According to Webster: grat·i·tude, The state of being grateful; – thankful.

Question: What kind of “thank you” is (in reality) 15% unemployment and four dollar a gallon gasoline?

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow

Crusader Rabbit…

G.S.A.. (Gratuitous Spending Avatars)

According to Webster: gra·tu·i·tous,  (in context) Unnecessary or unwarranted; unjustified.

According to Webster: av·a·tar, (in context) A temporary manifestation or aspect of a continuing entity.

(Sidebar) Too often since Barack Obama took the oath of office, America has been besieged by one scandal after another. With one of the current two, being the exposure of the outrageous spending by the (G.S.A.) “our” Government Services Administration.

Question: Are the “folks” that work for us in Washington D.C. having a contest?

GSA Las Vegas “scandal” prompts bills that will gut spending of federal agency conferences.

First comes the scandal. Then comes the legislation designed to stop it from happening again.

At least three bills introduced this week would dramatically slash federal agency funds for conferences and off-site meetings and make it easier for Congress, watchdogs and the general public to track federal spending…

(Sidebar) The real “First” of all, ..in both my “considered opinion” and in my “humble opinion,” I can find no reason or justification for anyone working for any agency in “our” government to use taxpayer dollars to travel to and off-site location to meet with anyone for any reason, and especially when the objective of the  “agency” is to meet with “itself” for frivolity.

The way I see it, the American taxpayer provides adequate, if not luxurious? ..office space for “our” employees in “D.C.”

I am also sure that we, “We the People” ..provide our employees in “D.C.” ..the benefit of paid vacation days.

So why are we, “We the People” ..the American taxpayers paying for “our” employees in “D.C.” to travel from their provided workspace in “D.C.” to meet with each other in tremendously expensive rented spaces in Las Vegas,… to do what we pay them to do in “D.C.,” which is to reduce government spending.

Question: Does anyone in D.C. understand the meaning of the term; “Conflict of Interest?”

Statement of Fact:

The General Services Administration (GSA) is an independent agency of the United States government, established in 1949 to help manage and support the basic functioning of federal agencies. The GSA supplies products and communications for U.S. government offices, provides transportation and office space to federal employees, and develops government-wide cost-minimizing policies, and other management tasks. (Source Wikipedia)

Continuing…

The measures came as four congressional committees held hearings this week on a watchdog investigation that unearthed more than $820,000 in spending on a Las Vegas conference hosted by the General Services Administration for a few hundred employees. The GSA inspector general said he is investigating similar allegations of misspending and has referred elements of the Las Vegas conference case to the Justice Department for criminal prosecution.

An amendment set for consideration as part of a massive bill reforming the U.S. Postal Service would require agencies to justify the cost and locations of any off-site meetings and to provide quarterly reports detailing the number of federal employees and other guests invited to the conference.

The Conference Accountability Amendment, introduced Thursday by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), would cap agency spending on a single conference at $500,000 unless the agency is a primary sponsor…

(Sidebar) Are you kidding me, ..Sen. Tom Corbett (R-Okla.) ..is introducing a bill to (cap) “conference” i.e., (party) spending at a “half million dollars” per conference, i.e., (party.) Wow! I hardly know what to say? Talk about a conservative!

According to Webster: con·ser·va·tive, (in context) One favoring traditional views and values; tending to conserve.

According to Webster: con·serve, (in context)  To use carefully or sparingly, avoiding waste.

I especially like the clarification, (unless the agency is the primary sponsor.) ..what the hell does that mean?

What is Ton Corbett thinking? Does he actually believe that the general public in America is so stupid as to not understand that the “agency’s money,” ..is the “people’s money,” ..you know, ..us, common “rank and file” get out of bed in the morning, ..navigate a 10-year-old vehicle filled with four dollar a gallon gasoline a predetermined number of miles to our place of employment, (if indeed we are still one of the fortunate who have a job?) ..punch a clock and put in eight hours to accrue the deductions mandated by knuckleheads who have the audacity to spend, i.e., (waste) a half million dollars of taxpayers money to hold a conference, i.e., (party) in the city of their choice.

Question: How many of you reading this believe we should vote Tom Corbett a merit raise?

Continuing…

“This transparency will allow taxpayers, the media and Congress to see who is traveling where and how often to ensure greater and more timely accountability,” Cobett’s office said in a statement.

(Sidebar) Sorry, the memory of my father working two jobs to feed his six children simply will not allow me not to continue commenting…

According to Webster: trans·par·ent, (in context) Easily seen through or detected; – free from guile.

According to Webster: guile, Treacherous cunning; skillful deceit.

As a patriotic American who dedicated 46 years of his life to providing deductions to fund the U.S. government I am beside myself with outrage at being notified by (Tom Cobett) one of “our” employees in D.C. that his solution to our governments outrageous and inappropriate spending of tax dollars, is to make my awareness of the outrageous and inappropriate spending of American tax dollars easier to access.

Idiocy, ..total idiocy, ..that particular mindset, ..at least in “my humble opinion,” ..is one of the primary reasons why America is presently standing with one foot in the grave.

I don’t want to know where and when the government is “misappropriating” taxpayer dollars, I simply want them to stop it.

Accordingly, I believe that Tom Corbett and the 534 other individuals that we, “we the people” employ to manage our affairs, ..our time and money would be much better spent introducing bills to eliminate, i.e., (make it illegal) ..to inappropriately spend taxpayer dollars on Partying, i.e.,  (Las Vegas conferences.)

 

Enforceable laws, ..you know the kind, ..the kind where someone is sent to spent some time in a six by ten “cell” where he or she can ponder his or her misdeeds…  not a “cell” that one uses to order a Pizza or make their next reservation at a Las Vegas resort.

Continuing…

The agency would have to post a quarterly conference report on its Web site, including an explanation of how the meetings helped advance the agency’s mission; the total cost of attendance and other costs; the primary sponsors of the conference; its location and why the site was chosen; the number of people invited and their job titles; who paid for people to attend; and all meeting minutes, presentations and recordings.

Question: Is anyone reading this getting as clear a picture as to what a politician believes the word “entitlement” means?

According to Webster: en·ti“tle·ment, 1. To give a name or title to. 2. To furnish with a right or claim to something: The coupon entitles the bearer to a 25 percent savings. Every citizen is entitled to equal protection under the law. (The last one I really like, ..how about you?)

Observation: Nowhere in Webster’s definition do I see it written that an individual public employee, or public agency is “justified” to party on taxpayer dollars.

Continuing…

Outside companies, nonprofits and other foundations would be permitted to provide financial support for agency conferences, but agencies would have to certify that there is no direct conflict of interest in receiving such funding.

(Sidebar) Correct me if I’m wrong, ..but isn’t  (bribery)  illegal?

According to Webster: bribe, Something, such as money or a favor, offered or given to a person in a position of trust to influence that person’s views or conduct.

Question:  How many folks, or organizations , are you acquainted with that provide money or favors without some expectation of return ?

Continuing…

Finally, no more than 50 employees from any agency would be permitted to travel to an international conference, according to Corbett’s proposal.

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) introduced a proposal to cap agency conference spending at $200,000 each, unless the top agency boss approves a higher cost.

(Sidebar) Ya gotta love it when a politician suggests an absolute, ..followed by a loophole. (Kudos to Sen. McCaskill.)

Continuing…

McCaskill’s measure also would requires annual conference spending reports and would bar any agency employees under investigation by the inspector general from receiving a year-end bonus. That provision is in response to reports that GSA official Jeffrey E. Neely, who organized the Las Vegas conference, received a year-end performance bonus even though top agency officials knew he was under investigation.

(Sidebar) It just keeps getting better and better.

Contiinuing…

In the House, lawmakers are set to vote next week on the DATA Act, a proposal to establish an independent board that would track all federal spending on one Web site. It also would require agencies to report data in a standardized format.

The bill, cosponsored by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), has existed for years, but now is expected to “earn” more support because Issa and Warner have argued that it could help prevent GSA-like scandals in the future. (Source latimes.com)

(Sidebar) Once again, ..why are “our” representatives so concerned with the scandal aspect? ..if I was a representative, ..I believe I’d be more concerned with the money our Government is wasting than how many negative news releases someone’s brother-in-law is generating.

Question: Again, ..are “our employees in D.C. actually that stupid?

Editorial: Although the information conveyed by the Los Angeles times, “was” in “my opinion” well written, ..it, ..like the individual who provided the information to the Los Angeles Times, ..did not provide anything by any stretch of anyone’s imagination that could be construed as a solution to the “spend now pay later plan” that “our” government thrives on.

If America, at least “common sense” American, wants to resolve the inappropriate misspending of tax dollars, ..we, “We the People” ..have to break free of our proclivity to re-elect individuals without ethics. If we “we the people” that pay the “bills” ..want to pay less, ..we have to replace the whole “damn” bunch. Every last man woman and child,..

..and yes I know that last line will bring me a myriad of comments. So before you waste your time, ..let me suggest that you conjure up a mental image of Anthony wiener, ..Al Franken, ..and Nancy Pelosi.

Top to Bottom, ..lets replace them all !

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow

Crusader Rabbit…

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