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Sarah Palin Responds

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In response to President Obama’s less-than-tactful comments concerning America’s military strength, Sarah Palin speaks out:

Whether we like it or not? Most Americans do like it. America’s military may be one of the greatest forces for good the world has ever seen, liberating countless millions from tyranny, slavery, and oppression over the last 234 years. As a dominant superpower, the United States has won wars hot and cold; our military has advanced the cause of freedom in Iraq and Afghanistan and kept authoritarian powers like Russia and China in check.

Very well said! I hope she keeps hitting back at things like this. Maybe she’ll incorporate that response into upcoming speeches.

Is it May 1st yet?

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April 16, 2010 at 16:38

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Very Telling

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At the recent Nuclear Convention, Freedom’s Lighthouse captures the following video of remarks made by President Obama.

“Whether we like it or not.”

I think this says a lot about the man we elected to be president. Many have said that the liberal left looks at the United States, and the United States Military specifically as a source of trouble and evil in the world. I think Obama using those words confirms that is exactly the way he, at least, feels about it.

There is no excuse for this. Yes, we use our military, but we do not use it to conquer territory. We go to great pains as a matter of policy to do as little damage as necessary when the use of force becomes necessary. Often times, in the name of doing the right thing, we will let high-value targets go if it appears that engaging them will endanger too many non-combatants.

Is there any doubt that had we could have totally wiped out any opposition in Iraq or Afghanistan in very short order if there was no concern about innocent civilian life? The world has not seen the full might of our military since the 1940s. And for what it’s worth, I honestly hope there is no occasion to show it again.

But, in the mind of our Imperious Doofus, it seems almost like a sad thing that the United States has the best military forces the world has ever seen. I suspect that if he gets his way, he would do much to change that, by cutting defense spending, cancelling development of new programs. Not to mention his constant bowing, scraping, and apologizing for the rest of us to the rest of the world. Well, the rest of the world except for our allies and friends, such as Great Britain and Israel.

The sooner we can blunt his power and vote him out, the better off we will all be.

Written by James Lee

April 15, 2010 at 08:46

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Palin in Boston

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Rather than swipe it from I’ll just send you to Hot Air’s post with her speech today with the Tea Party Express.

About twenty minutes long, worth the time to see it. Much of it is standard stump-type rallying cry, but its always good to see her get fired up, and get the crowd fired up as well.

Two weeks is going to be a long wait.

Written by James Lee

April 14, 2010 at 12:27

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Free Press?

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Written by James Lee

April 14, 2010 at 00:29

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Tea Party Random Musings

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Now that its Tea Party season again, I’m starting to hear some of the same complaints once again. Stupid, rednecks, racists, and where-were-YOU-when-Bush-was-spending-so-much. Thought I might throw a few of my own thoughts up for that.

I have been following politics for quite a few years. I generally find the OpEd section of the paper more amusing that the comics. I’ve been known to watch CSPAN for hours just for a few laughs. And for as long as I can remember, I’ve been on the Conservative side. Part of that has to do with when and where I was raised, which was in the country where we grew our own food, hunted, cut firewood (no gas burned in our house, we had a wood burning furnace), and pretty much repaired about anything that went wrong.

We also recycled, building at one point an entire structure from wood salvaged from tearing down old houses. And the nice red barnboards from taking down a neighbor’s old barn made a beautiful wall covering in the basement. We composted, used minimal chemicals in the garden and instead opting for the rich “fertilizer” *I* had to shovel from the barns. We had a rainwater cistern system, to give us a backup water supply to the well water that would run low in the hot summer months. Sort of funny to see the ultra-greenies who try to live “off the grid” doing the very things that I grew up with as a matter of life.

All the while, us kids were taught the value of work and a dollar. We got a couple of rows in the garden that we would put in green beans, and got to pocket the money when we took them to the Farmer’s Market one weekend. And other things, teaching us about business and paying debts.

After leaving the country, I came of age in a suburban setting, so to speak. I don’t think I lost most of those values, though some got set aside for a while. I spent several years in the US Navy, before leaving there and entering my current profession.

But I almost always found time to keep myself informed. Once I found the Rush radio show, I was amazed: Finally, someone who thought like I did, and had the guts to say it on the airwaves! Informative, and entertaining, a very hard combination to top. Used to bug the heck out of folks I worked with, as I would often be found with my Radio Shack “Stereo Mate” radio on and the ear plug in while I was leaning over a car or setting up the brake lathe. (One gentleman referred to talk radio as “That government s**t!” But he was the one who also complained that the business owner somehow ‘screwed’ him on his taxes, because he got back $X last year, but only $less than X this year. Genius!)

I will admit that many times I played the my-side-your-side game. Anything Republicans would do, why that must be good. Anything the Democrats did, obviously evil and intended to destroy us all! Cheerleading the whole time, as for the most part, it didn’t seem to have much to do with everyday life outside of a few percentage points of taxes here, or a new law there.

When the Clinton Administration tried to push their Health Control Bill through, it was serious. Add to that the totally misnamed “Assault Weapons Ban,” and we were motivated. And took the Congress, and then the White House.

Which brings us to “where were you when Bush was bankrupting us?” Fact is, this country has been bankrupt for a long time. The closest we’ve come to being solvent was in the late 90s with the short-lived budget “surpluses.” Folks can argue what brought that about, whether it was Clinton or the Republican congress, but either way, a couple billion here or there was still no match for the several-trillion dollar debt.

So, we get some tax cuts (For The Rich! ™) and some decent economic growth. Then comes Sept 11th. Crashing it all down. We had to take this fight to the radicals. Could it have been done better, smarter? Probably. Maybe not. But it is what it is. And we have to follow through.

Now, President Obama is doubling on what Bush added to the debt. (As an aside, none of it can be blamed on Obama, Bush, or for that matter, Clinton, Bush, or Reagan. A President can not spend one dime without Congress approving it. But anyway…) And it’s gone too far.

I can be counted as one that did not like the spending that Bush ushered in. I did not want the Medicare Part D to pass. I did not want the amnesty deal for illegal immigrants to pass. And I for darn sure wanted a private option for Social Security to come through.

The truth is, though, that for the most part, it’s been relatively small potatoes. Yes, millions and billions are big, but still. A good, low tax rate, and sustained economic growth would eventually erase those deficits, just like they did during the Clinton years.

MrsJamesLee and I discussed this a while back. It’s sort of like the unruly kids; they keep their room a mess, they don’t cut the grass, and leave their dirty dishes lying around. Annoying, and yes, they should do better. But now, it’s like they are messing up the whole house, breaking the dishes in the kitchen, and crashing windows in the backyard. That’s just too far. That’s what the Obama Adminstration and the Democrats in Congress are doing now.

Should we have been louder before? I think so. Should we have stopped things before they got to this point? Absolutely. Both Republicans and Democrats alike, for the most part, have been complicit in this. We’ve always known Washington politicians were corrupt. But it was one thing when they were just lining their own playpens, while bad, it wasn’t that bad. But now, they are trashing the whole house, and breaking the windows. And its time to stop them.

According to a recent survey, upwards of 24% of Americans consider themselves part of the Tea Party movement. No matter how you slice it, that is a helluva lot of votes. When is the last time you can say 24% of Americans agreed on pretty much anything political? Fifty-Two Percent voted for Obama? Ah, but that’s only sixty-some odd million votes, or about a fifth, maybe even a sixth of the population. Less than 20%.

These Tea Party protesters are not a group of racists. They are not crazed redneck mobs, looking to make a scene. These are people just like you and me, they work everyday, try to raise their families, and do the right thing. And want to be left alone to live their lives.

As Thursday Tax Day comes around, watch the coverage. Read about it the papers the next day. Run the internet a while and find other things. And as always, look for what is not in the news reports. Look for what is emphasized, as well as what is downplayed (which is usually the attendance numbers; while “dozens” is technically accurate when describing a crowd of ten thousand, it leaves the exact opposite impression). Learn for yourself who they are. And you might be surprised; you might find you have more in common with them than you think.

Written by James Lee

April 13, 2010 at 21:44

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Poetic Justice?

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It would seem that the Health Control Law, pushed under cover of darkness and demagoguery, and passed with the threat of a very large gavel, may have cut Congress members off of their own insurance:

“It is unclear whether members of Congress and Congressional staff who are currently participating in F.E.H.B.P. may be able to retain this coverage,” the research service said in an 8,100-word memorandum.

And even if current members of Congress can stay in the popular program for federal employees, that option will probably not be available to newly elected lawmakers, the report says.

It’s almost funny to contemplate. Like, it’s almost as if they didn’t read or understand what they were voting on, or something. Remember for over a year we’ve been told that if you like your coverage, you can keep what you have, right?

Seems every day something new and outrageous trickles out of this monstrosity. If there has ever been a time to hold our elected officials accountable, then it is now!

Now, I don’t actually think this will last very long. It will be a quickie little fix that they will rush through, probably attached to some other budgetary amendment or something, with zero fanfare. But the rest of us still have to live with the rest of that piece of garbage.

Written by James Lee

April 13, 2010 at 16:34

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Double Down!

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KFC today releases the Double Down Sandwich. Two pieces of fried chicken as the bread, with bacon, cheese, and other goodies in between. Sounds delicious to me.

People are wondering why these over-the-top sandwiches like this one and the Hardees Monster Thickburger get so much attention and admiration, and vile attacks. I think Salon pretty much said it best:

The balls of a fast food chain, in the middle of rational America’s hand-wringing about obesity and sustainable eating, to come out with a sandwich made of bacon, cheese, mayo-ish sauce and two slabs of fried chicken as the bread. The balls of KFC, which, in the weak-willed ’90s, changed its brand from Kentucky Fried Chicken to its lame initials because it didn’t want you to have to say the word “fried” every time you spoke its name. The Double-D is so macho, so deeply, dumbly dude, it’s a sandwich for people who want to take down Michelle Obama in an arm wrestle.

I recall a story, the source of which escapes me at the moment. Short version, though, is that during Prohibition times, a Senator would gather his staff in his office, open a bottle of bootleg whiskey, pour everyone a drink, and they would raise their glasses in “A shot for freedom.” Kansas City Republican Woody Cozad once cited this story as his basis for continuing to smoke the occasional cigar, claiming he was “striking a match for freedom.”

In this day and age of the health-food crazed people trying to dictate to us what we should or should not eat, up to and including the provisions in the Health Control Law that require any restaurant with more than twenty locations to provide accurate and obviously noted calorie counts on their menus, people are fed up.

The Hardees Monster Thickburger debuted to sound ridicule from the Nutrition Nazis. However, it is still on the menu. At over 1300 calories, obviously people are buying it or they would not continue to offer it. I suspect the same thing will occur with the KFC Double Down.

I also suspect the constant running joke of bacon that runs the internet finds its roots in the same nanny-state attempt at control. Now personally, I love bacon, and for what it’s worth I like mine a little bit on the undone side, before it gets crispy and salty-tasting. Do I understand it’s not good for me? Of course I do. If I could get away with it, would I eat bacon three meals a day? Abso-friggin’-lutely! I speak as one who after a few icy-colds one summer night decided to try to cook bacon on his gas grill (and just to let everyone know, it turned out good, and at no point was the fire department involved). Do I know it’s not the best thing for me to eat as often as possible? Grudgingly, I have to say yes.

I grew up eating a lot of fried foods. In fact, so much fried chicken that these days I tend to shy away from it. We grew chickens, I killed them, plucked them, and cut them up, and then would eat them about once or twice a week. I like it, but today won’t go out of my way to have it.

The point is that people will eat healthy or they will not. And the sooner the Bloombergs and Michelle Obama’s of the world realize that, they will stop trying to chide and control over the things that we like. I think on the whole, people tend to have a built-in system that gives you cravings for whatever you need. The trick is to listen to that craving, and understand it. If, for example, you start to crave green beans, then there is likely something in green beans that your body is short on. If you crave ice-cream, well, maybe you just have a sweet tooth. Like I said, you have to understand it.

Perhaps education instead of criticism would be in order.

Written by James Lee

April 12, 2010 at 21:30

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This Is Getting Old

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Once again, it appears our Imperious Leader Barack Obama bows to another foreign leader at disarm Israel conference, or Nuclear Security thingy, whatever they are officially calling it.

I suppose I can understand a time or two, maybe. New to the head-of-state protocol game, trying to keep all the official titles and greetings straight, I’m sure one can get confused easily and zig where they should zag.

The biggest problem I have here is that it’s gone on for over a year now, and it appears that Obama’s own advisors haven’t made it a point to let him know what is and is not appropriate. Or, even worse if you ask me, they have and he just ignores them.

I think that if Obama realized just how much he was being laughed at over this whole ignorant bowing thing, he might change his ways a bit. There seems to be one thing that man cannot tolerate, and that is criticism.

Written by James Lee

April 12, 2010 at 20:13

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“Unexpected?”

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In light of the new jobless claims report released this morning, it is time, actually way past time to face some very simple truths: What you are doing is not working, Mister President.

It amuses me to no end that everyone seems to think the President gives people jobs. That couldn’t be much further from the truth. The fact is that while government can hire or fire people to work in the various departments, Washington DC does very little to affect the vast employment markets directly.

The only things any President or government can do is set conditions for the markets. We have just signed into law the massive Health Control Bill which adds several layers of regulation and complexity to an already unsteady employment picture. What company in their right mind would hire a single new worker with the weight of higher taxes, mandated health insurance, and hefty fines, not to mention completely unrelated mandates depending on the type of business? “Unexpected?” What the hell did they think was going to happen?

It’s really simple, Washington, to turn things around. There are two things that can be done to get us going and growing within one business quarter.

(Normally, I would say that when your opponent is destroying themselves, just stand back and let them self-destruct. In this case though, I have no faith that the idiots in office would ever even consider this advice seriously, so I don’t worry about them taking credit for it. And if they do, well, as a country we will be better.)

First, that monstrosity of a Health Control law needs repealed. No company will hire people, at least not quality people, when upwards of half or more of what they can afford to pay is going for “benefits” and taxes instead of salaries.

And second, but most importantly, cut corporate taxes and capital gains taxes. Preferably to zero, but no more than 4-5%. That will immediately open up a lot of working capital for business to expand, and encourage a lot of companies to relocate to this country. Once corporations make their headquarters in the US, they will need new office buildings, factories, warehouses, and staff, and those people will need places to live and cars to drive to work.

You do this, and you will see employment rise rapidly, the US economy begin to expand again with healthy growth, personal incomes will rise, and government tax receipts will increase.

Stop with the idiotic thinking that Washington needs to somehow pass some umpteen bazillion dollar program to “create” jobs. It just doesn’t happen that way. They need to cut the taxes, drastically cut the spending, and get the hell out of our way.

Written by James Lee

April 8, 2010 at 09:25

Powerhouse

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Wow! Just got word on who some of the “many other speakers” will be at the event we will be attending to see Sarah Palin.

Other speakers include The Fred! and Jeri Thompson, Liz Cheney, and J.C. Watts. Maybe we should have sprung for the front row with reception!

Going to be a great day.

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April 7, 2010 at 07:21

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