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President “Flipper”.

Sunday, 27. February 2011 10:30

When Mitt Romney changed his stance on abortion, cries of “flip-flopper” ruled the day. It didn’t matter that the man only “flipped”- he never “flopped”- what mattered is that he suddenly had a big, Achilles heel.

There’s a chance that Romney will face Barack Obama in a 2012 presidential showdown- a duel that would anger many conservative republicans who are skeptical of the ex-governor of Massachusetts. Regardless, if the two go head to head in a battle for the presidency, it will be interesting to watch the democrats- and the media- continue their chants of “flip-flopper” whenever Romney enters a debate.

No one, and I mean NO ONE, has flipped like Barack Obama.

No one.

When Barack ran in the primary against Hillary Clinton, he made it “perfectly clear” that Hillary’s “mandated” health system was not the way to go. He claimed that her plan “went too far” and that we couldn’t “require” Americans to purchase health insurance- in fact, in Barack’s words, “Forcing the uninsured to buy insurance is like forcing the homeless to buy homes.”

Michael Cooper of the New York Times described their differences this way:

Mrs. Clinton’s plan would require all Americans to get coverage and would provide subsidies to make it more affordable. Mr. Obama’s plan would require only children to have coverage; his plan would require employers to provide coverage or contribute to a new public program that would make insurance more affordable to people not covered by their jobs or by the government.

The main quantitative difference between the three main Democratic front runners, Clinton, Obama, and Edwards, is that only Senator Obama’s plan does not mandate care (requiring coverage) for everyone

Two years later, Barack Obama flipped as he forced mandated health care down the throats of non-compliant Americans.

Barack was also “perfectly clear” on his stance on marriage. He sat across the table from Reverend Rick Warren of “A Purpose Driven Life” fame, and said that he believed the term “marriage” meant the union of one man and one woman.

Two years later, Barack is ignoring constitutional law (as any good constitutional lawyer would) and is telling his justice department to simply ignore the Defense of Marriage Act in the courts. This law, which has banned recognition of same-sex marriage for 15 years, was signed by President Clinton in 1996.

So our President is ordering the DOJ to ignore the law?….

While Newt Gingrich didn’t exactly call for Barack’s impeachment, he was emphatic that this was a “clear dereliction of duty”, saying that Barack “is not a one-person Supreme Court” and his decision sets a “very dangerous precedent” that must not be allowed to stand.

Plain and simple, Barack flipped on marriage.

He’s also flipped on the Patriot Act, a piece of legislation that he rallied against when running for president. He recently signed a one year extension of this controversial bill.

He told the American public that he would shut down Gitmo “within a year” of his election. Two years later, Gitmo remains open.

As a Senator, Barack voted against funding the Iraqi war, but now takes credit for its success. He- and his buddies at MoveOn.org- rallied against General Petraeus, claiming the general was a “war-monger”, yet when things got tough in Afghanistan, Barack called General Petraeus and begged him to bail us out, trumpeting words of praise for the general.

Without one word of apology.

Flip, flip, flip, and flip.

Democrats cheered as Barack called for the end of tax cuts for the rich. In December, he signed an extension of the “Bush tax cuts”.

Flip.

As a candidate, Barack Obama referred to Reverend Wright as his mentor, “a man I couldn’t disown any more than I could disown the black community or my own grandmother.” Weeks later, when it became politically expedient, Barack completely disowned the good Reverend, claiming that in 20 years of “church-going”, he never heard Wright spew hatred toward Americans and Jews.

Flip…or lie?

He promised us transparency, promised us that he would give us 3 full days to read any bill before it was passed. He promised to reach across the aisle and “work with” republicans in creating legislation.

Instead, we saw republicans shut out of meetings, shut out of discussions, and told to take a seat in the back of the bus. 2000 page bills were thrown before them in the dark of the night, with irrational expectations that they would vote on them within a few hours.

Flip.

Candidate Obama told us that he supported the Second Amendment. He also told us that a questionnaire he answered when he ran for State Senate of Illinois back in 1996, a form that asked “Do you support legislation to ban the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns?” – to which Barack answered “Yes”- was actually filled out by his then-campaign manager who “unintentionally mischaracterized his position,” and didn’t reflect Barack’s true beliefs.

His campaign manager didn’t know his position on gun control? How odd….

After the Tucson shooting,David Axlerod- adviser to President Obama- promised Obama will “engage” on the gun-control issue in due time, claiming that it’s on Obama’s “to do list”.

Watch for another flip.

There’s more, so much more. There are days where Obama says one thing on camera and then does the opposite an hour later. It’s mind-boggling- and frustrating- for those of us who are interested in the truth when we watch the media complicit in the lies, half-truths, and repeated flips in his position.

They’d rather tell Americans to concentrate on Mitt Romney’s stance on abortion or Sarah Palin’s facebook page.

If America continues on its current course- where we will crash and burn- we have no one to blame more than the “three-letter foes” who have harmed our country more than any insurgence of the enemy ever could: ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, and the NYT.

Obama knows he has these news sources on his side. Without them, he would be nothing….NOTHING.

A few tough interviews, a little investigation would have exposed our president long ago.

The enemy within is alive and well.

Who would have thought that this “enemy” would have the smiling face of Katie Couric, the softness of Diane Sawyer, or the All-American good looks of Anderson Cooper?…..

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“It’s All About The Children”- I Think Not.

Thursday, 24. February 2011 9:48

We’ve heard it for 2 solid years: “Elections have consequences.” Nancy Pelosi reminded us, Harry Reid reminded us, Rahm Emanuel reminded us. Every time they crammed another piece of legislation down our throats, they made it perfectly clear.

This is what we voted for.

When President Obama wanted to stop the debate on health care, on the Stimulus, on the bailouts, he used two, simple words: “I won.”

In November of 2010, Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin won, too, a feat that seems to have gone unnoticed by the democrats. Walker campaigned on a platform that included a balanced budget and the reform of collective bargaining for public unions. On election night, his fellow Wisconsinites gave him the green light to implement his agenda.

This is, obviously, easier said than done.

Two months into his first term, Gov. Scott Walker has begun the unpleasant job of getting his state’s house in order. He proposed a solution to the budget woes: Ask teachers to contribute more to their pensions and healthcare plans and ask the NEA- the teachers’ union- to give up collective bargaining for these entitlement issues. The union would still retain the ability to collectively bargain for teacher’s wages.

Is this unreasonable?

Not to the average, hard-working, non-union, private sector American. You see, in these tough economic times, folks in the private sector are not only working to pay for their own pensions and their own healthcare benefits, but their tax dollars are also paying for these teachers’ salaries, pensions, and healthcare premiums. Those who work in the private sector have no guarantee of a job on Monday morning- unlike teachers, they can be fired at any time. If, for example, they called in “sick” to work for a few days and then were seen protesting on national TV, they would probably find themselves out of a job.

Thanks to the comfort of their union, teachers can basically get “sick” anytime they want. They can also show up for work with a fake “sick” note which states they have “Walker Pneumonia” and school officials laugh and think it’s cute, knowing full-well that it’s a farce.

The parents of children who are stranded at home don’t happen to think it’s quite as “cute” as the school officials do. Not only are these parents forced to make alternative plans for their children when the schools are shut down, they are also losing valuable school days of learning, days that THEY have paid for. To add salt to the wound, these working parents are being verbally assaulted as “greedy rich folks” who should pay MORE in taxes so that the “underpaid” teachers are compensated for their hard work.

We now find out that in Wisconsin, where the average private sector job makes about $40,000 per year, teachers are making between $65,000 and $100,000 in salary and benefits in a 9 month period.

Oh, and they get 10 days off at Christmas, along with a Spring Break and every holiday under the sun.

We’re also hearing that in Wisconsin, 2/3 of 8th graders can’t read “proficiently”. Their math scores aren’t much better.

Huh.

Something ain’t right.

I get tired of hearing about all the “good” teachers there are out there.

There are a lot of bad ones, too. My kids have had plenty of them. In fact, after my personal experience of having 5 children in various schools for the past 20 years, I would say that 1/3 of the public school teachers are good, 1/3 are average, and 1/3 are horrible.

Horrible.

My son had a teacher who took 2 weeks off of school in September to have her eyes “done”. Yes, she waited until after the summer break to get this little bit of plastic surgery to give her the “lift” she needed. Another teacher waited until the end of the year to tell me that she had “missed” my child’s obvious learning problems because her mother had breast cancer. We had the teacher who was “overwhelmed”, the teacher who “yelled all the time”, the teacher who talked on the phone to her boyfriend everyday during class, the teacher who spent the majority of her class time trying to save the whales, the teacher who grabbed my child by the shirt and shook him because he forgot to give me a sheet to sign, the teacher who smelled so bad the kids couldn’t stand to be around him, and the teacher who told my child, “It’s people like you who are what’s wrong with this world”, when he objected to welfare for those who are able-bodied.

I could go on and on….

Every year, parents cross their fingers that their child doesn’t get Mrs. X , the teacher everybody “hates”, when the school year begins. Every year, parents chat with each other about the teachers to avoid- the ones who have a bad attitude, a bad teaching style, are half nuts, can’t teach, or simply dislike kids. And every year, principals get visits from angry or anxious parents, hoping to get a teacher change for their child before the year begins. No one wants their kid in a classroom for an entire year with a bad teacher.

We, the taxpayers, are funding these teachers…the good, the bad, and the really bad.

Sadly, none can be fired. Yet, the mantra continues: “This is all about the kids.”

Time to be honest. This has nothing- NOTHING- to do with the kids.

We are also paying the salaries of the 14 Senate Democrats who fled the state so that this controversial bill can’t be passed.

Where did these democrats flee? Well, they’re finding refuge in neighboring Illinois, the land of corrupt democrats, the land of politicians who don’t play by the rules. Everyone is wondering where these Wisconsin politicians are staying….

I’d check Barack Obama’s empty house. They might be tucked in Sasha and Malia’s beds.

Elections, my friends, have consequences. Barack and Nancy and Harry and Barney and all of their buddies have made that perfectly clear. Now it’s our turn. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.

It’s also good for the country.

Governor Walker has threatened lay-offs for state employees if the bill isn’t voted on by next week. My personal plea to this man is simply this: Please don’t back down. Don’t compromise. Don’t reach across the aisle.

There are times in life when the battle is worth the effort.

This, folks, is one of those times.

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Global Warming Czar Is Stepping Down…Huh.

Tuesday, 1. February 2011 8:45

One down, about thirty-nine to go.

Czars, that is.

Yes folks, we’re finally seeing one of Obama’s beloved czars jump ship, call it quits, pack up her bags and take a hike. Carol Browner, the “Global Warming Czar” obviously couldn’t fight mother nature another day and has resigned. As the snow and cold repeatedly pounded Washington DC this winter, Ms. Browner may have found it difficult to book speaking gigs around the country.

Hard to fill a room with folks who believe the earth is warming when they can’t get their cars started and the roads are too icy to drive on.

Rumor has it that Carol is searching for the cave Al Gore is hiding in.

You see folks, we learned in second grade science class that water freezes at 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Snow and ice can only be produced in temperatures around and below the freezing point. Fridgidaire discovered this years ago and came up with an invention called the “refrigerator/freezer” and have made billions based upon this scientific data. When the freezer loses power and begins to warm up, your popsicles melt.

Under the liberals’ new global warming theory (pushed by Obama, Gore, and the U.N.) which now says that warming creates ice and snow, when your freezer warms up, your popsicles get even harder.

Maybe Carol got tired of melted popsicles…

So why did she really leave the comfy confines of the White House? Well there are a couple of theories out there, none of which mention the fact that “global warming” is a scam. CNSnews reports that “Browner’s departure was likely a sign of frustration with Obama and the president’s lack of attention to her signature issues.”

She knows her hands are tied so she’s moving on.

I beg to differ. I believe that Carol is being asked to leave to give Americans the impression that this issue is dead- the “Global Warming Czar” is gone. It will be one less embarrassment for the President to have to defend in 2012.

Yet, behind the scenes, Obama has not dropped this issue. We need to understand the nature of President Obama and his like-minded minions. They don’t think in terms of “today”, they think of their long-term goals. They are always two steps ahead. Last Fall, when Obama conceded that Cap and Trade was a dead issue, he also stated that “there is more than one way to skin a cat.”

So he feels there’s another way to get what he wants….. How?

Well, Obama will continue to push this climate change initiative through Cass Sunstein, his regulatory czar, and also through the EPA- the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA has already declared CO2 a “known pollutant”, a classification which now allows it to be regulated. Enter Mr. Sunstein, who is happy to regulate anything he can get his hands on, and we will soon have a variation of Cap and Trade without the legislation ever touching the hands of Congress.

And without the public’s knowledge.

Genius.

Oh, we might notice when our electricity bills go up, but that will be explained away with some large jargon and a reference to George W. Bush.

Besides, Obama has learned about the short memory of Americans. They complain for a couple of weeks- or months- and then they simply settle back into their lives. What they don’t know can’t hurt them….Right?

Hmmm…..

We must realize that the cost of electricity will escalate- or in Obama’s words “sky rocket”- for everyone, including businesses and government agencies. The cost of doing business will go up, and consequently, so will prices. WE will pay for the added expense of electricity to government-run schools and buildings, WE will pay for the added expense of low income housing, WE will pay higher prices for virtually every good and service produced within the United States.

All of this as our mighty President talks about America “getting competitive” with China- who, by the way, is using more gas and oil by the millisecond, and who doesn’t seem all that interested in saving our planet from global warming.

In my opinion, the Chinese have always had a high IQ.

Oh, wait, is that “stereotyping”? Did someone’s feelings get hurt?

Another observation of note: Did anyone notice that Obama didn’t mention the terms “climate change” or “global warming” even ONCE during his State of the Union address? So let’s see, Obama is pushing forward with regulations that will get our much-loved SUV’s off the roads and will force us to change our lightbulbs, yet he couldn’t find time for an explanation in his one-hour speech?

Huh.

Where are the republicans? Were they so busy holding hands with the dems and pinning on their pretty ribbons that they didn’t notice Obama’s little omission?

Why aren’t we making political “hay” while the sun is shining? We should be screaming from the rooftops that global warming is “dead”- after all, we have more than 1000 new scientists on our side- guys who’ve jumped off the bandwagon of climate change. We should demand that this junk “science” be taken out of the public school curriculum. We should be demanding the EPA reconsider their stance on CO2, demanding some of the energy regulations be dropped from our businesses and automobiles.

Time to start up the chants of “Drill, Baby, Drill” once again.

Don’t kid yourselves, the dems are not done fighting this issue, they are simply laying low.

So as Carol Browner exits, instead of breathing a sigh of relief….

Look for the red flags.

Most will be waving in our public schools and in the office of Cass Sunstein- where no one can see them.

And where they’ll do the most damage.

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A Battered Nation

Wednesday, 26. January 2011 9:28

If I hear one more panelist on a show like “Face the Nation” state that Barack Obama seems to be “moving toward the center” – simply because someone wrote him a moderate-sounding speech to read- I’m going to scream.

Bloody murder.

Barack a “centrist”? Where’s the evidence? This man has done nothing but push through far Left policies for 2 solid years, including his final push of legislation during the Lame Duck congress. Barack Hussein Obama grew up a radical, became even more radical in college, won the title of the most liberal Senator in Congress when he was there, helped to get far Left progressives elected to office in the 1990′s, was a member of the socialist “New Party”, taught about Saul Alinsky as a college professor, sat in a church of a radical cleric for 20 years, and when he became president, he surrounded himself with radical czars and advisers.

The man is anything BUT a centrist.

So we’re suddenly to believe that the zebra has changed its stripes? The radical Leftist has “seen the light” and is suddenly willing to negotiate with the likes of Michele Bachmann and Rand Paul?

C’mon folks. Let’s not be stupid.

At what point does an abused woman- or an “abused nation”- look at the abuser and realize that the apologies- and the promises – are nothing more than empty rhetoric? At what point would a Battered Women’s Shelter tell a woman that the husband who has promised and promised to “be better” will never change? At what point should a battered and beaten nation look at its abusive administration and sing, “We’re not going to take it anymore?”

We saw Obama promise to create jobs 2 years ago. It didn’t happen. We watched Obama promise to create jobs last year. It didn’t happen again. We’ve lost quality jobs during both years, pacifying the jobless with endless months of unemployment benefits- which we can’t afford. Students in college are becoming perpetual students, as jobs dry up and they have no other alternative. “Summer jobs”- those unskilled, underpaid jobs that taught us the value of a good education- are gone.

In their place we have the hollow category of “Saved Jobs”, a term which implies that anyone who still has a job should be grateful to Obama and his merry men for allowing them to go to work and pay their taxes to the government- so others don’t have to.

Obama pushed through the Health Care Bill, bribing members of Congress with more of his empty promises. How many of the Congressmen who lost elections in November can now see that Obama was just sparring with them, toying with them all along? The jabs he threw at both Republicans and unsuspecting Democrats during those negotiations were cheap-shots, punches to the groin which brought them down.

Yet now he wants to play nice with those who survived.

He claims that those days are over, those cheap shots are a thing of the past. Now that William Daley is on board- and Rahm, David Axelrod, and Robert Gibbs are gone- Obama is a changed man…his days of using and abusing are over.

Wait a minute…. Axelrod and Gibbs are leaving to help run Obama’s 2012 campaign. Wouldn’t that insinuate that we’ll be seeing the “old”, the “radical”, the “abusive” Obama back in the White House in 2012 if he wins? Obama’s not distancing himself from these guys, he’s simply moving them around, shuffling the deck so the American people are fooled once again.

Gosh, those dumb Americans are so easily fooled.

Sadly, that’s a true statement.

Americans need to wake up to the abuse they’ve just endured. Their money was stolen to dole out $24,000 per Clunker in an effort to “green” up the country. Their money was stolen to subsidize windmills and solar panels which are ineffective. Their money was stolen to pay off GE, AIG, Goldman Sachs, and a bunch of wealthy banks who had lost money in the Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac ponzi scheme. Their investments were stolen when this administration decided to diss those who had stock in General Motors, instead taking the savings from average Americans and giving it to the auto union. Their money was stolen and given to illegal immigrants for their health care, their education, their unemployment, their welfare needs. Their money was stolen to put scanners and gropers in the airports to “assure” our safety.

Yet somehow, the American tax dollars never made it to our Southern border for a fence or extra security.

Obama has taken the American people and battered them with his policies and regulations. He’s declared CO2 a “known pollutant” so he can control it, tax it, and regulate it. He’s pushing legislation that will control our internet, our radio, our communication. He’s pushing for gun control, using the Giffords’ shooting as fodder for his legislation. He’s appointed a Medicare Czar, Donald Berwick, who believes that rationing health care- aka “Death Panels”- are important and necessary.

And don’t get me started on the rest of the czars. Suffice it to say, a “centrist” wouldn’t surround himself with Obama’s hand-selected men and women, most of whom have their feet in the foundation of radical socialism and even Marxism.

Look them up if you don’t believe me.

The punches thrown by these radicals are just starting to produce bruises on our American way of life. The blue and purple discoloration is just beginning to rise to the surface and the black eyes are soon to follow.

We need to understand what Obama is doing. He is not BECOMING a centrist, he’s PLAYING a centrist. He’s merely an actor, a man who will do whatever it takes to achieve his next goal of reelection….

It’s like the abuser who pretends to have changed. He brings his wife flowers and chocolates for awhile, showing her the side of him that she fell in love with. He lays low for a couple of months, knowing that he needs to be on his best behavior to get back into her good graces….and then POW!! As soon as the woman trusts the abuser again, he gives her another left jab.

Obama’s next jab will be in November of 2012. Until then, he’ll be a flower-giving, chocolate-adorning president, one who “just wants us all to get along.” He’ll be the guy Americans fell in love with.

Not the abuser we’ve come to know….

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Dems: We’ve Lost Our Power So Let’s All Play Nice Now.

Tuesday, 18. January 2011 9:10

Who could forget the almighty seating chart?

I remember when my grade school teachers would come into class the first day of school and announce that they had “worked out” a seating chart- and then assigned everyone to a desk. The seating arrangements usually needed modifications within a few days once the teacher realized some of the kids couldn’t be trusted to sit next to each other.

Congress is now discussing a seating chart, one that will have democrats and republicans sitting next to each other during the State of the Union address. Some members- on both sides of the aisle- are promoting this as a way to “show unity” during this “time of mourning for our country”-in the aftermath of the Tucson shooting incident. Senators Coburn and Shumer are vowing to be “seat buddies” during the address in a show of “civility.”

I’m trying to remember….. Did the democrats recommend a new seating arrangement after the Fort Hood massacre?

Weren’t we mourning then, too?

Let’s review: On November 5, 2009, , Nidal Hasan killed 12 people and injured 31- that’s 43 victims of that horrible tragedy, not including their family members and friends. Yet, when January 27, 2010, came around, the democratic majority in Congress didn’t seem to be “in mourning”, did they? This was the memorable State of the Union address where President Obama called out the Supreme Court Justices because of a recent decision that he didn’t agree with- and most of the democrats rose to their feet and applauded in agreement.

The moment was made even more reverent by the seating chart. You see, the Supremes were sitting right in the front where everyone, including the mainstream media cameras, could easily watch them squirm while Obama gave them a verbal spanking.

During this same speech, Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden looked like two “Jack-in-the-boxes” as they sat behind Obama and jumped to their feet in applause after nearly every sentence. Let’s see, our president had time to chastise the Supreme Court and the republicans, but he never once mentioned the tragedy of Fort Hood?

I guess our country was no longer officially “in mourning.”

I find it interesting that the democrats in Congress are suggesting that they sit next to republicans during this year’s speech.

My question is this: What’s their motive?…….

Don’t tell me that the democrats are “enlightened” or are suddenly “bipartisan”. Don’t tell me that this shooting in Tucson has them rattled and they’ve suddenly decided to be civil. This is the group that took a Lame Duck session of Congress and turned it into a political war, screwing the American people- and the republicans- whenever possible as a final nail in the coffin before many of them exited. This is the group that held closed door meetings on Health Care, not allowing the republicans to even be in the discussion.

This is the group that sent bill after bill to the floor of the House, each weighing in at about 2000 pages, and demanded that republicans voted on them within hours of delivery. This is the group who gleefully marched through the streets of Washington DC after Health care was passed, scoffing at the protesters and patting themselves on the back for a job well done.

This is the group who spent our hard-earned money on themselves and their special interests for two solid years. Now that they’re in the minority, they suddenly want to be “friends”, they suddenly want to be “civil” ?

I don’t think so.

Americans collectively rejected the democrats during the last elections. They took the democrats and their policies- and their way of doing business- and threw them to the curb. Life-long democrats, folks like Pat Caddell who worked in the Carter White House and Lanny Davis who worked with Clinton- expressed embarrassment at their party’s antics. Nancy Pelosi’s approval rating hit an all-time low, as did the approval rating for the entire Congress.

The midterm elections were a warning to those who serve: Change your ways or we will throw you out.

Now, if the seating chart had been implemented during the Lame Duck session, we could rationalize that the dems had gotten the message. If the Lame Duck Session had been a mere formality, with legislation put on the back burner for the newly elected Congress to work on in January, we could rationalize that the dems had gotten the message.

Neither happened.

These democrats in power cannot be trusted. They have an ulterior motive for every move- and they are able to “sell” each and every move they make to busy Americans who rely on “sound bites” for their news. Luckily, more and more Americans are beginning to pay attention, and more and more of us have caught on to their little “game”.

It seems that the Republicans in congress need someone to slap them upside the head and let them in on the dirty little secret: The democrats are using you. They don’t really like you or want to sit by you, they merely want to mask the fact that they are in the minority.

Hey, Senator Coburn…. Senator Chuck Shumer doesn’t really want to be your friend and hold your hand during Obama’s big speech, he wants to take political advantage of you. If you can’t see that, then you need to be thrown out of the Senate.

Any of the Republicans who fall for this bunk need to be thrown out. Why? Because they’ve become, what Lenin described as “Useful Idiots.”

Useful Idiots. Stupid people who allow themselves to be used by the opposition.

Or allow themselves to be seated next to them.

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Freedom Of Speech? C’mon……

Friday, 14. January 2011 9:15

Jacob Volkman of White Bear Lake, Minnesota, expressed a simple opinion in an interview last week, shortly after he had won the UFC (Martial Arts) Fighting Title. That opinion has gotten him into a heap of trouble.

He was asked by a reporter who he would like to fight next. His answer? Jacob said that he wants to fight the “not too bright” President Barack Obama. He goes on to say, “Someone’s got to knock some sense into that idiot.”

You see, Volkmann is a chiropractor trying to launch a small business who is obviously frustrated with Obama’s new health care laws and the affect they are having on insurance policies for businesses such as his.

Well, it didn’t take long for the Secret Service to show up at Jacob Volkmann’s door. “It happened on Tuesday, I was coaching youth practice, and then two guys came up and one of the other coaches that was helping me out, they said there was a cop and another guy out there waiting for me,” Volkmann told MMAWeekly.com.

Volkmann is a part time assistant wrestling coach for White Bear Lake and was in the middle of teaching at a youth wrestling camp.

The Secret Service claimed that folks had been calling into the DC office with complaints that Volkmann had threatened the president. One of the complaints came from a woman who worked on Obama’s election campaign. She emailed Volkmann to tell him that she was going to contact the FBI with his alleged “threat” against the President. Volkmann said that the Secret Servicemen seemed almost embarrassed to be questioning him:

“This guy had the whole interview on a piece of paper and it had my picture and everything,” said Volkmann. “He was like ‘is this what you said?’ and I said, ‘yes it is.’ He’s like ‘I want to let you know I’m a little embarrassed for coming here and doing this because obviously nothing happened.’ He actually apologized for coming, but he had to come. He wanted to make sure I wasn’t going to D.C to hurt the President.”

After the visit from the Secret Service, Volkmann expected the ordeal to be over. Unfortunately, that’s not the nature of liberals. Think back to Joe the Plumber, an innocent bystander who happened to ask Barack Obama a question about taxes which prompted Obama to slip up with a statement about “spreading the wealth.” Joe was subsequently put through the ringer. His family life and recent divorce was revealed. His position and credentials with the plumbing company were outed. We learned about his child care payments and his financial problems.

Volkmann has been suspended from his assistant coaching position at WBL High School. According to The Blaze:

But his comments about Obama have landed him in hot water with school administrators who have since put him on paid administrative leave. According to Volkmann, the school district‘s director of human resources told him Monday that the district would be investigating his comments and other statements he’s made about the president in subsequent news interviews.

Volkmann claims the school district was forced to take action against him after parents complained about seeing him on the news. “The biggest problem was that I was wearing White Bear Lake High School hats and shirts (during interviews), and that was why parents were calling in,” he told the Star Tribune.

Does Freedom of Speech still exist in this country? Is calling someone- anyone- “an idiot” or saying that you’d like to “fight” them– a clear metaphor used by members of the wrestling/boxing/martial arts community– really a reason for a visit by the Secret Service?

Or was the little “visit” used as a form of intimidation, a way to send a message to the rest of us that we are not to criticize our President.

Hey, it reminds me of stories we’ve heard about Germany under Hitler…or in Russia under Stalin…. or in Venezuela under Chavez…. or in Cuba under Castro.

Huh.

Volkmann doesn’t regret his statements, although he admits that using the word “idiot” to describe the president was probably “a bad choice of word.” He went on to say, “I have a chance to make a difference with something that is affecting my life, why not?”

You see, when all of this settles down, Volkmann still has to try to get his small business up and running under the new regulations put forth by Obama and company.

Meanwhile, in cities throughout the country, death threats continue to pour in for Sarah Palin.

No word yet on whether anyone has been either questioned about- or encouraged to act on- those threats…..
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The Superintendent of the White Bear Lake Schools is Dr. Michael Lovett who can be reached at 651-407-7563.

Our freedom of speech might be worth a minute of your time.

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Schools Don’t Teach, They Parent.

Thursday, 13. January 2011 9:43

Who needs parents?….we have schools.

Our “cash-strapped” public schools just keep taking on more and more responsibility, don’t they? They’re now responsible for feeding our kids 2-3 square meals a day. They enlighten our children with good, old-fashioned gay sex education, offering them condoms to encourage “good” behavior. They monitor internet and text messages to make sure that there isn’t any “hate speech” or “bullying” being passed around. They also monitor out-of-school activity, nosing into weekend parties and summer activities and doling out punishments when they feel it’s necessary. They counsel our pregnant girls, helping to facilitate their abortions without their parents’ consent. Hey, they even check our kids for lice!!

Now we find out that one school district in New Jersey may be giving drug tests to 6th graders.

Parents, it seems, have been deemed insignificant. They are simply needed to produce the offspring and provide the funds necessary for the state to raise them.

Funds are extremely important to the “village” raising your child.

Where else would they get money for the condoms and drug tests?

The feminists- the same ones who burned their bras and didn’t want to be strapped with pesky children all day- must feel a sense of accomplishment as they’ve managed to push their responsibility of being mommies onto nannies, babysitters, day care workers, and teachers.

Fathers, who are wired to be the providers for their families, have been demeaned and beaten down to a point where they are no longer needed to raise children, they are needed only for their sperm and their wallet.

Oh, and their signature on a school form which says that the school has all jurisdiction over their children.

Thank goodness that we’re finally beginning to see some parents create a fuss. We’re hearing more and more stories of parents attending school board meetings and questioning the board members over absurd policies:

In Montana, a proposed sex education program that teaches fifth-graders the different ways people have intercourse and first-graders about gay love has infuriated parents and forced the school board to take a closer look at the issue.

And this:

The chairman of a Cape Cod school committee says members will “revisit” a new policy allowing even elementary school students to receive free condoms without the knowledge of their parents. Peter Grosso tells The Boston Globe he thinks it is a “great” policy but that the Provincetown committee would reconsider after the policy was assailed by many parents

There was a “mandatory” meeting for parents in Swampscott, Massachusetts pertaining to drug and alcohol abuse by students. Any child who’s parent didn’t attend would “jeopardize their children’s eligibility for sports and other extracurricular activities.” The headline in the paper the next day read as follows: “Parents barred from speaking at meeting they’re forced to attend.” They were instructed to sit down and shut up while the school officials lectured them.

Excuse meWho is PAYING the salary of these high and mighty school administrators? Who are the PARENTS of these children and why do they NOT have a say in their child’s education or discipline?

There’s more:

A Seattle mother identified as “Jill” was infuriated when her daughter had an abortion without her knowledge during school hours:

The mother of a Ballard High School student is fuming after the health center on campus helped facilitate her daughter’s abortion during school hours. The mother says the clinic kept the information “confidential.”

When she signed a consent form, Jill figured it meant her 15 year old could go to the Ballard Teen Health Center located inside the high school for an earache, a sports physical, even birth control, but not for help terminating a pregnancy. Jill says her daughter, a pro-life advocate, was given a pass, put in a taxi and sent off to have an abortion during school hours all without her family knowing. “We had no idea this was being facilitated on campus,” said Jill. “They just told her that if she concealed it from her family, that it would be free of charge and no financial responsibility.”

Now we hear rumblings from the Department of Education that if we want to keep education in line with the rest of the world, we must consider year-round school and government-run pre-school……

Even as the same school officials are grumbling that we need more funding for our current level of education.

What if I want my child home with me until they’re 5? What if I just want to send my preschooler to a program that meets a couple of hours per week so that I can have my child with ME during the day? Show me the studies which prove that my child is better off in the hands of an overworked, overstressed teacher than they are with me. Show me the studies which prove that my child will be a better reader, a better speller, a more stable human being if they spend more time with a teacher than with me….

I’ve raised 5 kids and watched hundreds of others come through my doors. I’ve done my own private studies. Kids who have a stable home-life and have parents who guide them have a much better chance at a stable life themselves.

Period. End of study.

Wake up parents…Can’t you see that the “state” wants COMPLETE control of your children? They don’t care about YOUR values, YOUR morals, YOUR family policies. As Michelle Obama so eloquently stated about YOUR child’s nutrition, ” We can’t just leave it up to the parents.” The government wants to tell your kids what to eat, what to learn, how to act, how to have sex, when to have an abortion, what is “bullying”, and who can pray in schools (hint: Muslims can!!). They are demanding that kids spend more time in school and are punishing kids for things they do outside of school and off of school grounds.

Think about it: They want to take over the duties of the primary parent and make you into the person who helps with homework and finishes school projects. It’s complete role-reversal.

We’re allowing this. We’re allowing our government to slowly take away our parental rights.

If watching our government take away the most precious thing in our lives doesn’t spur some action by American parents, then our country is lost. ANYONE who quietly allows their children to be raised by rogue government administrators and teachers should be shot.

“Shot”? Oh, my……

Yeah, I said it— and I’m not apologizing.

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What’s Ahead For Mr. Oberstar?

Thursday, 6. January 2011 8:33

We knew it was too good to be true.  

Jim Oberstar is not going away after all.  After leaving his worn-out seat in Congress, it seems Jim will be moving on to a yet-to-be-determined job at the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota.  The Star Tribune tells us that he’s “exploring some role as a visiting scholar, lecturer, or author.”

This is government code for “we don’t know what he’ll be doing, however, we’ll be paying him to do it…..”

Whether taxpayers like it or not.

You know, guys like Jim have lived off the government dole for so long, they know no other way of life. They come out of Congress, virtually unqualified for life in the REAL world because they’ve just spent their entire careers sitting in meetings and placing votes on legislation- most of which they never read and can’t comprehend or defend. They lived a life of tax-payer funded parties and vacations, along with a nice, tax-payer funded salary.

They think of themselves as “important.”

So what should Mr. Oberstar do now that he’s left Congress?

How about a desk job, Jim?  How about going back to Chisholm and working at Tom and Jerry’s bar?  How about starting a little business and finding out what it’s like to try to start a company under the insane regulations you voted for time and time again?

How about moving back to the Iron Range and living amongst the people who are struggling in this economy, the economy that you helped to create? How about explaining why you added to their struggle as these new “green” energy programs -the ones you voted for -come to fruition? How about defending your actions on the Clean Water Act if these folks lose their fishing rights and hunting land? How about watching folks lose their mining jobs as more environmental regulations come in? How about “manning-up” and facing the people, the same ones who you’ve virtually ignored- other than at election time- for the past 36 years?

Why do you have to get a job at the University where you can get your hands on our kids and fill their minds with utopic, socialist drivel?

When talking about life after Congress, “Oberstar swore off the usual post-congressional lobbying gig. “There has to be some other way to do good,” he said. “

Good?

Good? Why is working for the government considered “doing good”?

Jim has been collecting a nice salary for the past 36 years.  The salary of the average congressman is $174,000.  Oberstar will be collecting a pretty nice pension because he “served” for such a long time.  According to Info.gov, the pension of a congressman is hard to generalize because it is dependent upon age, time served, etc., but “cannot exceed 80% of their final salary.

Whew.  At least we know Jim won’t be making more than $139,200 per year in yearly pension. If he’s like most members of Congress, he’s been collecting Social Security benefits for years and will continue to do so. Oh, and I assume that his wife will be collecting her social security, too….which seems a little weird because democrats like Jim are always telling us that “the rich” shouldn’t be allowed to collect social security.

Maybe Jim will forego his pension, his benefits, and his wife’s social security for the “collective good.”

Don’t hold your breath.

Yes folks, we saw how a lifetime of Washington politics can warp even a small-town Iron-Ranger like Jim Oberstar over the years. I’m sure there was a day when he cared enough about his district to come to his home-town parade or hold a health care townhall meeting. “Congressman” Jim was too busy with “important” Washington stuff. At the pre-election debate in Duluth against Chip Cravaack, it became abundantly clear that any resemblance of humility in this man was long-gone as he accused the disgruntled crowd of former supporters of being “flat-earthers”.

Thomas Paine once said about John Adams: “It has been the political career of this man to begin with hypocrisy, proceed with arrogance, and finish with contempt”

The same could be said of Mr. Oberstar. His arrogance was on full display this Fall, especially during the debates. Jim’s contempt has now become obvious as he destroyed all of his official records, even those which were not of a personal nature, in lieu of handing them to Chip Cravaack to help with the transition of power. Oberstar didn’t even have the decency to call and congratulate the new legislator.

Are these the actions of a “government servant” who is concerned with doing “good” ?

Me thinks not.

They seem, instead, to be the actions of the out-of-touch man who we’ve now chosen to “mentor” our students at our taxpayer-funded University.

Huh.

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Liberal Education Wrapped In A “Catholic” Package.

Monday, 3. January 2011 8:35

We all know that kids who attend public schools will be indoctrinated in liberal ideology year after year.

Sadly, it’s a given.

Those who want to avoid that indoctrination have only two other choices: Spend a ton of money and send your child to private school or drive yourself nuts as you home school your kids.

I’m already nuts- just ask my husband. Homeschooling wasn’t for me.

Most of our kids were sent to private, Catholic schools. When we originally made that decision, we naively hoped to avoid the liberal teachings because we wanted our children to have a more “balanced” education, one that steered clear of liberal teachings and included morality, values- and, yes, a bit of faith.

Strangely enough, I’ve received quite an education over the past 15 years. I’m the one who’s no longer naive. I’m the parent who has watched as time and time again, these Catholic schools have proven themselves to be no more than public schools with some theology and a hefty price tag. Oh, they do a great job of making sure the boys tuck in their uniform shirts. They hold weekly mass and allow prayer in the classroom. They collect mittens at Christmastime and take some of their students on mission trips to help the poor. But in the classroom where the actual teaching occurs, the same liberal ideology that we see in public schools throughout the country is alive and well. Behind closed doors, most of the teachers at these institutions are happily sharing their liberal agenda with their students.

My son came home from his private school the other day with the news that he is watching “An Inconvenient Truth” - Al Gore’s “global warming” documentary- in religion class.

In religion class.

I decided that a call to the teacher was in order, especially in light of the current data which challenges the “facts” in this movie. As a conservative, I wanted to be assured that the kids would also hear the other side of the argument.

Mr. M was happy to take my call. He cheerfully explained that his intent with this film was simply to follow the Bishops’ lead and teach the children to be good stewards of the earth. I asked if he would also enlighten the children about the false science in the movie like the debunked theory about the Himalayan glaciers melting and the equally disturbing lie about the rainforests being destroyed. Oh, and the new evidence indicating that the hockey stick graph is a contrived farce. I asked if he’d explain the emails from East Anglia University, where the scientists discussed ways to alter the global warming statistics to their advantage. I asked if he’d tell the kids about Lord Christopher Monckton who took this documentary into the British courts and prevailed in a judgment proving many of Gore’s “truths” to be manufactured hoaxes.

I asked him if he would explain to them about Dr. Lizden, the scientist at MIT who just finished a massive study in which he proves that the “Greenhouse Effect” doesn’t exist in our atmosphere. I wanted to know if he’d mention that about 70 new scientists have now jumped OFF the global warming bandwagon they were once a part of.

I even asked Mr. M if he’d like me to come in and speak to the class- you know, to give the kids both sides of the argument, or in a liberal’s words, “to be fair.”

Mr. M didn’t care for my offer. It doesn’t appear that he wants “fair” in his classroom.

As we continued to speak, I discovered that my child was also required to watch the movie, “Who Killed the Electric Car?” and take notes on it. Again, this is for religion class.

Mr. M explained that “pollution is a terrible problem”, one that the students needed to learn about if they were to be good stewards of the earth. I told him that I have no problem with him teaching the kids about caring for the earth, I simply don’t like the way in which he is doing it. Indoctrination, especially with false “facts”, is not the way for our kids to learn. I’ve heard from other teachers and students that Mr. M doesn’t allow discussion in his classroom because he feels that he, alone, is the expert on most issues.

I talked with Mr. M about the current administration in Washington, people like Nancy Pelosi who fly around in their special, high-carbon footprint jets because they don’t want to fly commercial with the rest of us. I mentioned that the socialist agenda that these folks in Washington are trying to cram down our throats is diabolically opposed to the very religion that he claims to love.

He seemed perplexed…

Look to any country that espouses socialism and Marxism. People must pray in private. Ask anyone who’s lived in the Soviet Union or South Vietnam about the ability to practice religion in their former countries. Look at the empty churches in Europe, buildings which are no longer functioning as places of prayer, but have turned into museums and tourist attractions.

I told Mr. M that the people who promote global warming are the same folks who want to take “In God We Trust” off of the dollar and take religious monuments from our government buildings. They are the folks who have tried to shut down bible study groups in Arizona and California. They are the folks who won’t allow our kids to sing “God Bless America” in public school.

Sadly, Mr. M is a very religious man, he just can’t connect the dots. He, himself, is caught up in the hype, caught up in the liberal way of thinking. He’s been conditioned by our society to blindly believe what these liberals dish out- not looking down the road at the destruction their policies will have on our society.

And he’s passing it along to our kids. My kids.

All of this great indoctrination for a mere $11,000/year.

Mr. M and other liberal teachers don’t particularly like parents like me. We stifle their utopic thought. We challenge their so-called “truth”. They “just want to live in a world where everybody just loves everybody, where we all exist on one, big, happy earth.”

And clouds are made of edible cotton candy….

Note to Mr. M: Socialism and communism are utopic in theory only… read a couple of historical memoirs and you’ll see just how “loving” Stalin, Mao, and Hitler were.

To be fair, there are advantages to private education, but it’s important to understand that “private” or “Catholic” doesn’t mean conservative. It doesn’t even necessarily mean “pro-life”. The teachers at these private schools have their own agenda, and most of them are teaching the same liberal crap that you get at a public school.

My advice? Home school your kids…

even if it makes you nuts.

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Muslims Continue Their Quest Of Sharia

Monday, 15. November 2010 8:28

Well, in the spirit of entrepreneurship, I’ve decided to open a new business.

I will be selling headscarves, hijabs, at a booth next to the flower cart inside of the airport. Anyone who wants to go through security without having their crotch grabbed or without having their breasts squeezed will be able to buy a hijab to wear through security. I’ve estimated that I could make millions off this little venture, especially if I sell hijabs in children’s sizes. Most men will fork out the $15 for a costume to keep his little girl from having a man fondle her crotch.

The hijab will come with instructions to help you pretend to become an “instant Muslim”.

Why do you need instructions? Read on…

Well, it seems that CAIR, the Counsel on American-Islamic Relations, has issued a notice to potential Muslim airline passengers, letting them know that the new TSA standards of “pat-downs” are against their religious beliefs. CAIR issued a press release which gives Muslim women instructions on how to go through security without getting the usual level of scrutiny:

-If you are selected for secondary screening after you go through the metal detector and it does not go off, and “sss” is not written on your boarding pass, ask the TSA officer if the reason you are being selected is because of your head scarf.

-In this situation, you may be asked to submit to a pat-down or to go through a full body scanner. If you are selected for the scanner, you may ask to go through a pat-down instead.

-Before you are patted down, you should remind the TSA officer that they are only supposed to pat down the area in question, in this scenario, your head and neck. They SHOULD NOT subject you to a full-body or partial-body pat-down.

-You may ask to be taken to a private room for the pat-down procedure.

-Instead of the pat-down, you can always request to pat down your own scarf, including head and neck area, and have the officers perform a chemical swipe of your hands.

I truly believe that my new business venture will be a huge success if for no other reason than that Americans are tired of this schtick. We are tired of Muslims getting special treatment whenever they cry foul. If the idiots in our government continue to allow Muslims special treatment, then many of us will happily become Muslims for a day. Or a week. Or at our convenience.

We’ve had it.

It is easy to see that Islamic fundamentalists are trying to push Sharia Law as an alternative judicial system in America, as has been done in England. Muslims began pushing the Sharia envelope in Britain years ago, eventually gaining success in adopting 2 sets of rules- one set for the English and one set for the Muslims who reside in England.

Can it happen in America? Well, let’s put it this way…. the Muslims are certainly trying, aren’t they?

Residents of Oklahoma noticed the threat and put an “Anti-Sharia” initiative on the ballot. They were doing what the rest of the country should be doing- looking down the road, identifying the slippery slope, and putting some skids on the sled.

According to the Daily Telegraph:

Voters in the state [Oklahoma] backed a measure to bar the use of Islamic and international law by 70 per cent to 30 per cent, in a referendum held on the same day as the US midterm elections.

However Muneer Awad, the head of the regional branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, promptly filed a lawsuit against it.

Mr Awad argued that the measure violated the right to religious freedom as guaranteed by the First Amendment of the US Constitution.

The people of Oklahoma spoke volumes with their votes. Are they NOW going to allow this radical Islamic group with ties to Hamas to overturn their will?

Really?

Unfortunately, it’s out of their hands. It seems that we no longer have “government by the people”, we now have “government by a lone judge.”

Yes, that’s right, an activist judge, Judge Vicki Miles LaGrange, granted a temporary restraining order against the measure in advance of a hearing on November 22.

Gosh, where have we seen these activist judges pop up before? Oh, that’s right, a lone judge overturned Arizona’s right to defend itself from drug cartels and other illegal immigrants. A lone judge overturned the will of Californians to keep marriage between one man and one woman. A lone judge overturned banning gays in the military.

Maybe that’s why George Soros and group of evil do-gooders are so hell-bent on getting their hands on our judges. They’d like nothing better than to be able to overturn the will of the people on each and every issue that they find offensive, discriminatory, capitalist, religious, or constitutional.

Sharia Law is NOT religious, it is political. The entire purpose of a group like CAIR is to get two sets of rules in America, one for Muslims and one for the rest of us. They already have pleaded successfully to get special privileges in the Health Care Law, in Charter schools, in banks (they don’t believe in interest), and with prayer and foot baths in our public schools. They’ve fought to see terrorists tried in civilian court rooms and continue the push to build a mosque on Ground Zero.

Are we NOW going to actually give special treatment to Muslims in airports? These are the folks who have been responsible for EVERY terror-related incident in our airplanes in the past 30 years.

Are we stupid?

This is no longer about political correctness, this is about something else.

Read the Tea Leaves, folks….. something ain’t right. Look at what just happened in Oklahoma…..something ain’t right. Look at what happens when someone posts a cartoon about Mohammad…..something ain’t right. Look at the way Muslims have pushed PRAYER into our schools and fought to get Christmas out….something ain’t right.

This is a fight for Sharia. Oklahoma could see it coming and had the foresight to try to nip it.

The Muslim radicals don’t like to lose

… and they rarely do.

Scary stuff.

lsm
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