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Outlawing Bacon

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Chris Stirewalt at the Washington Examiner reveals the next target of the Nanny State Liberals Who Know Better Than You: Bacon!

No, actually, the target is salt. But the effect is the same; a lot of salt is used to process bacon before it becomes those thick, fatty, delicious strips of culinary goodness on your breakfast plate or double-cheeseburger. Apparently the Administration thinks we get too much salt, and they will strong arm the food industry to reduce its use of it.

This is akin to the Left’s way of trying to go after firearms and the Second Amendment. Instead of outlawing the guns, which would be unconstitutional and never pass, they want to put so many regulations, restrictions, and taxes on the ammunition so as to render the firearm effectively useless.

But, again, this will have unintended consequences, per the article linked above:

More likely, Big Food will be able to use the regulations they help design to dominate the market even more. They are already spending millions to find new chemical compounds that keep the foods yummy but skirt the new sodium prohibition.

Read more at the Washington Examiner:

Well, OK, that could happen, I suppose. I mean, it’s not unheard of for some huge corporation to work as experts in a given field as a means to help shut out competition and give themselves an edge in the market.

But what I’m concerned about is the effect on the bacon.

It seems every day, something new comes from Obama and the Band of Merry Fools known as the Democrat Party. From forcing private companies to fire personnel, telling bondholders of said corporation where to stick it when it comes to getting their investment back, to hiring known tax cheats to work in the Treasury Department, all the way up to flat-out lying every step of the way about the Health Control law, each time I think “THIS is it! NOW they’ve gone too far, and people will not put up with it!”

But they always do put up with it, and news media is only all the more happy to keep slobbering all over themselves and tell us exactly why Obama is so awesome!

But let me offer some advice to the Administration and the Nannies In Charge. Just as Humphrey Bogart explained to the German officer when he asked Bogart “Can you picture us in New York?” Bogart’s character explained that there are certain parts of New York that he didn’t advise venturing into. The same goes here. I think anything that is going to affect our bacon will be that step too far, finally! You tell a lot of us country folks out here that we can’t have bacon, and there will be trouble.

Written by James Lee

April 22, 2010 at 19:16

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Narrative Of The Left

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By now you have all heard about the so-called ‘violence’ committed by Tea Party protesters over the last week. Politicians are quickly running to the nearest camera to whine about being threatened in the wake of passing the massive takeover of Health Control last week.

A year ago, when the Tea Party protests first started, the left started to downplay them as much as possible. Word spread around the airwaves and the internet to have a nation wide gathering in hundreds of communities on April 15, obviously being symbolic of the tax due date. Practically on the eve of that date, the Department of Homeland Security releases a report about so-called Right Wing Extremism, focusing on people dissatisfied with the direction our government is going, former military members, and anyone with third-party or protest-type stickers on their cars (the Don’t Tread On Me Flag, for example).

You will not convince me that report was not released to coincide with the protests. Perhaps people heard about it in the snippets of evening news they pay attention to (honestly, I don’t know if the main networks covered it, I never watch them and really don’t care what they do or do not cover), and thought ‘Oh, Joe at work said he was going to that, but if they are extremists, maybe I better not!’ But whether it affected turnout or not, it started the Narrative.

On Tax Day, thousands, if not millions (but definitely more than the dozens the media tend to report) showed up, carrying signs, chanting slogans, getting their voices heard. Many for the first time in their lives were expressing their opinions in an open and peaceful way. The media, however, did all they could to focus on the few Nazi references, interview the one nutcase in the crowd, in an attempt to paint the entire group with one brush.

Protesters did not fall for it. I myself have not as yet attended a gathering, though I may this year. But I suspect the negative coverage did more to steel the resolve of freedom-loving Americans than to discourage people from speaking out. I know that’s how I feel, at least.

One thing has been pointed out at most of these protests: They clean up their own trash. Last year, KMBZ’s Darla Jaye attended and spoke at the protest in Johnson County Kansas. She has said repeatedly that after the several thousand left the area, not one piece of trash, such as cups, wrappers, flyers, etc, was left on the ground. Personally, I find that sort of amazing, if true; you can’t even go into a parking lot of a local store without seeing flyers blowing around, and soda cans crushed by tires. Really sounds like a group that wants to stir up trouble and be violent, eh? I’ve heard the same thing occurred last weekend in Washington DC, that the last chant of the day was “Pick Up Your Trash.”

In contrast, here is a photo of the National Mall after the inauguration last year:

So, the Narrative is set, the Tea Party Protesters are violent right-wing extremist racists who only protest because they hate a black man being president. And the ‘stories’ told seem to back that up.

Case in point being the so-called spitting incident involving Missouri’s own Representative Cleaver. Supposedly, as he was walking by the crowd, someone spit on him. By the best analysis of the video, from several different angles, it appears what was first reported as “spit” was in reality a case of “Say it, Don’t Spray It,” and in all likelihood completely unintentional, perhaps even the man didn’t realize it. So while technically correct, in the fact that a man’s spittle landed on Cleaver, the headline “Cleaver Spat Upon” conjures up the image of a dirty ol’ redneck rearin’ back and letting one fly.

Also at question is the reports from Representative Lewis being referred to by a racial slur. Well, I wasn’t there, so I will never know for sure what was or was not said, but it’s pretty interesting that no one has the slur on video, or audio. We are supposed to just trust the words of the victims, right?

Apparently, that’s how the Kansas City Star comes up with their editorial last week, emphasis mine:

•Kansas City’s Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, a Democrat, was spat upon. This happened, despite claims from disbelievers.

•Cleaver and Rep. John Lewis, a Georgia Democrat, both were called “niggers” by protesters. It’s appallingly ugly language. Actual words matter, which is why we won’t soften the offense with a shorthand version. This slur should never be heard, and no member of Congress should be subjected to it.

•Protesters called Rep. Barney Frank, a Massachusetts Democrat, “faggot” as he approached the Capitol. Again, unacceptable language for legitimate public debate.

•At least a couple of tea partiers brandished bright yellow signs with the words “Warning: If Brown can’t stop it, a Browning can.”

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VERY STRONG DISCLAIMER: The above text was copied directly from the Kansas City Star’s online web site in accordance with my understanding of Fair Use rules of copy written material. In any case, there was no manipulation of the text or wording, only the emphasis in the first line, by me. All words are as they appear in both the online and printed versions of the Star, and any complaints of offensive words should be directed to them. Thank you. And of course, as always, I would encourage you to read the entire artcle for yourself.

Note how they take the ‘facts’ without any sort of proof, even chiding anyone who dares to disagree with the learned editorial board. Also note the lack of presumed-innocent taglines. You can’t hear a story about police catching a bank robber in the act without every reference to the bank robber be “alleged robber” or “suspect in the holdup.” Hell, even Reuters news service wanted to insist the September 11th murderous TERRORISTS be refered to as “alleged hijackers.” But no, those redneck racist sexistbigothomophobe Tea Party Extremists are all crazy anyways, right, so we won’t even bother with giving them same courtesy as other known terrorists.

And, by the way, I could have cut out that last line about the yellow sign with firearms references. The editorial goes on to say that “This threat deserves prosecution.” Funny, I don’t remember a large clarion call for prosecuting those threatening the life of President Bush, specifically, from signs, to burning in effigy, to flat-out verbal threats. Does anyone remember Senator John Kerry giving a specific threat to go to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave to kill one bird and solve the problem during an appearance on HBOs “Real Time?” For what its worth, protest signs with suggestions of firearms, while not in most cases actually being a specific threat, in my opinion are in poor taste, with the result being more fodder for the Narrative.

And, I see this morning from the AP about the protest yesterday in Searchlight, Nevada, Senator Reid’s hometown. Sarah Palin spoke to a large crowd, as people came from miles around. But the AP just couldn’t resist playing into the Narrative, could they?

Conservative columnist Andrew Breitbart disputed accounts that tea party activists in Washington shouted racial epithets at black members of Congress amid the health care debate, although he didn’t provide any evidence.

Number one, you idiots, Andrew Breitbart is not the one here making accusations about behavior in Washington. Breitbart is in fact trying to prove the incident happened by offering twenty thousand dollars for any video or audio proof that it did indeed happen. Thus far, not a single person has come forward to claim that money. Either no one needs and extra twenty grand to spend in this booming economy, or such a tape does not exist.

And Number Two, in this country one is presumed innocent until proven guilty. What that means is that the accuser is the one to provide proof.

So the next time you see and hear about all those violent extremists, please consider these things. The politicians and the media have gone to great lengths to see the Narrative played out, and make us the bad guys here. As I learned long ago with any news account, always read the whole story, and found out what is not in the story. Then you might have a little better grasp on how things really are.

Written by James Lee

March 28, 2010 at 17:06

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Dingell Speaks The Truth

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They say a ‘gaffe’ to a politician is when they accidentally tell the truth. In this case, Rep John Dingell let a cat out of the bag.

“Control The People.”

As I have said since long before I started writing here, total control was the goal, not this lofty goal of getting poor people health insurance.

He made another mistake in that clip, by the way, saying this was going to help “three hundred” people. I think its safe to say he actually meant to say three hundred million people, roughly the population of the United States.

But that only goes more towards what they really want. This is supposed to be helping something like 40 million people who are uninsured. So we are going to control 300 million people and how they get their health care. So much for the endless promises of President Obama and every flunky on down that we can keep whatever plan we happen to like.

Written by James Lee

March 24, 2010 at 19:22

Healthcare Push

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With the frenetic pace that President Obama and the Socialist Democrats are trying to jam their health care program into place, there is plenty out there to read.  Just thought I would throw a few thoughts of my own on it in general.

This “Deem and Pass” strategy will blow up in their faces, or it should.  With the data out there showing ever-increasing numbers of people do not want this to happen, it would seem the Democrat Party is insisting on shooting itself in the foot.  I am afraid they are willing to lose their majority, or even a reasonable standing in the public eye for generations in order to get this.  It seems that all over the world, the slow march to Marxism seen in Great Britain, Canada, and elsewhere, government-run health care always tops the list.

If this program, as it stands, goes through, it will cause much more expense, less actual care, and more government control.  That’s what it is really all about, after all.  They could care less about who is or isn’t covered, or how, they simply want that control.  Money and power.

Everyone should be contacting their congress people, begging, pleading, and threatening with voting them out if they go along with this insanity.  I have written my own in Missouri’s 5th, and got an argumentative form-letter in reply.

Which is why this summer and fall, I will be doing all I can to put together and point out the insane stances and votes Emmanuel Cleaver has taken since day one.

I hope it’s not going to be too late.

Written by James Lee

March 18, 2010 at 13:41

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How Low Can He Go

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Ed Morrissey weighs in on this:

You know, I try not to jump to conclusions about our current President.  For example, people say he’s some kind of Secret Muslim, I take it with a grain of salt.  He did attend a Christian church for twenty years, after all.  Some say he wasn’t born in the US.  Maybe, maybe not, but either way, it’s a dry well and in actuality doesn’t do anything at this point but make the ones screaming it look desperate.

Another thing they say is that he hates America and what we stand for.  I have always been cautious about jumping on those bandwagons; after all, Democrats are Americans too, and we all generally want what is best for our nation.  Usually, the differences come in how to achieve those ends, and often come down to government spending or free markets.

But dammit, President Obama and the self-proclaimed Mao admirers known as his Administration are making it harder and harder to not believe that.  Flying all over the world to apologize for our country, bowing to foreign leaders, supporting Marxist leaning wanna-be dictators instead of constitutionally supported law and order, and currently doing all he can to undermine our alliance with Israel makes me wonder if he’s just a blithering, idiotic incompetent, or if indeed there is an agenda of lowering our status in the eyes of the world (and thereby raising the status of those who would actually wish us harm).

And now, refusing the fly the flag that I proudly signed up to defend while on a mission of mercy.  Because it might offend someone.

You know, if Obama is afraid that seeing the stars and stripes is going to offend people, then it’s official:  He really does hold a low opinion of the country that gave him everything.  And in light of all the evidence, taken together, I am now on the side of those who believe he really does wish to harm our great nation.

For me, November elections cannot come soon enough.  We must blunt his power in the Congress, and take away that coalition of Progressives that is doing all it can to destroy our economy and the free markets.  And when he continues to overstep, we boot his hind end back to the suburbs of Chicago.

Or Hawaii, or Kenya.  I don’t care.  Just leave.

Written by James Lee

March 16, 2010 at 11:33

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Supreme Court Take Up Phelps Case

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So the Supreme Court is going to take up the case of the Westboro Baptist Church funeral protests:

Most of you will likely be familiar with Fred Phelps and his merry band of delusional nutballs.  To put it simply, they are a group of rabid anti-homosexual fundamentalists, and often will stage protests at funerals of fallen military members to get their hateful message out.  Their signs include “Thank God for IEDs” and “God Hates F**Gs.”  Their main message is that God is punishing us for allowing homosexuality in our society by killing our soldiers.

Now, I’m not going to start a debate on homosexuality.  Personally, on some level I believe that it is somehow wrong, but more basic, I don’t understand it because I simply am not wired that way.  For the most part, my own beliefs go to the fact that it is not for me to judge, and as long as what you are doing is with someone who wants to willingly do it with you, well, have fun.  Don’t throw it my face, no matter what you do, and I’ll keep my sexuality to myself as well.  We will all have to answer to our Maker someday, and He knows I’ve pulled some doozies in my day.

Instead, I would like to make a statement on the idea of protesting funerals in the first place.  While Phelps and his wackos have every right to hold their beliefs and speak out about them, I feel that discretion is often the better part of valor.  The Westboro Bums can stand on a street corner, hold their signs and chant “God Hates The World” all they want.  And truth be told, I would willingly lay down my life to protect their rights to speak openly, as the First Amendment guarantees us.  Just as the oath I took said when I spent seven years in the United States Navy.

But please, people; A funeral?  You know, I don’t care who you are or what you did, you can be the most vile serial killer, cannibal, murderer, child rapist, or Ponzi scheme operator,  in almost all instances, there will be someone who is saddened by your death.  Your mother, close friends, family members, spouses, whatever.

A funeral ceremony is for those people.  In all likelihood, someone will be grieving from their loss.  A funeral is NOT the place to try to make political points.  Save that for later.

Allow the family time to say goodbye, without vicious, nasty, hateful, poor excuses for human beings disrupting that process.  Especially at military funerals.  As far as I’m concerned, practically every one of them are heroes.  And the sick irony is that they gave their own lives to allow the demented protesters the right to yell sick things at their own funeral.

Fred Phelps, if you read this, or any of your sick twisted members happen across it, please consider my words.  Please show at least the dignity that you would want for yourselves or your own family.  Please keep this out of the headlines, even though I know that is actually all you want, you sick jerks.  The courts do not need to get involved, costing everyone time, money, and emotional stress, if all you would do is show a bit of decency.

Tell you what:  Do this, and I’ll promise that I won’t make it you your funeral holding up signs about, well, anything.  Because I won’t be there.  Mainly, because I just wouldn’t care.

Written by James Lee

March 8, 2010 at 21:27

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For anyone who doesn’t know, I live the Kansas City Mo area.  There is currently a hot crime topic around here, that being the so-called Waldo Rapist.

Now, for me, there is almost no crime that is worse that rape.  If a woman is raped, she must deal with it, and live with the physical and emotional trauma that must cause.  For her family and friends, they must also live with what has happened to her.  I suspect that many in her family must in some fashion blame themselves for not helping her to avoid the event, or at least I would.  I think that if the Wonderful MrsJamesLee were to be assaulted in that way, I would probably end up in prison faster that the suspected rapist would, because I would move heaven and earth for vengeance.

In this particular case, the race baiting is coming out.  All five victims recall:

about 6 feet tall, 250 pounds and bald with pitted cheeks, possibly from acne scars. Some victims said the rapist had bad breath and smelled like smoke or exhaust fumes.

Read more: KC police think sexual assault in Armour Hills was the fifth by Waldo-area rapist –

With another incident following a few days ago:

There’s a lot more to this story that came out later than that article, but as I understand it, the “civilian” in question spotted an individual who he felt matched the description and composite picture of the suspected rapist.  He dialed 9-1-1 on his cell, and followed the suspect, updating police on his location.  In Kansas City KS, the suspect pulled over, exited his vehicle, and shot at the “civilian.”  I have heard and/or read elsewhere as well the shooter had an arrest record and outstanding warrants, but eventually did not match the description of the rapist (apologies if some details are not accurate).

Now, all of a sudden, every single black male in the Kansas City area is under investigation, with a “scarlet letter” on them.  Today, “black leaders” are demanding action on the “vigilantism” of “Patrick,” who did his citizen’s duty in being vigilant and attempting to assist police in apprehending a person who could have been a violent criminal:

OK, now that all the setup is there, let me begin my rant.

It is NOT a case of racism when a person is described as a “black male.”  It is nothing more than a description, just like if someone is described as having blonde hair or walks with a limp.  It makes me sick to my stomach that certain people are more inclined to find some sort of racial injustice than a desire to get a sick SOB off the streets and behind bars where he belongs before he can assault another innocent victim.  I would feel the same way if the suspect were black, white, or green or freaking purple, I want him OFF THE STREETS.

I will give credit to Alonzo Washington for his work on the Precious Doe case.  For those that don’t know, Precious Doe was a very young (5-7 years?) girl whose decapitated body was found in a Kansas City Park.  Many years later, after exhaustive research to even identify the poor girl, it was found her mother and the mother’s boyfriend ‘accidentally’ killed her, and they came from Oklahoma to Kansas City to hide the remains and avoid capture.  Washington deserves credit for his efforts to keep this story alive and in the papers to eventually get the tip that was needed to bring the killers to justice, and yes, they were Black.  (Web Search it, I’m working off memory here!)

But Mister Washington, and any others associated with the letter cited above:  Just because a black man is suspected of a crime does not make that investigation automatically racist.  You of all people should understand the people of all colors, creeds, background, religions, sexual orientations (did I leave anyone out?) , can commit horrible acts of crime and violence against their fellow humans.  All that we can ask is everyone’s help in bringing those criminals to justice.  Otherwise, we are all in danger.

Written by James Lee

March 1, 2010 at 22:00