Saturday, July 26, 2008

Barack Obama on Drugs

  • Look at needle exchange; and expand treatment. (Feb 2008)
  • Fight to rid our communities of meth. (Feb 2008)
  • Expand drug courts; help prisoners with substance abuse. (Feb 2008)
  • 2001: questions harsh penalties for drug dealing. (Oct 2007)
  • Not first candidate to use drugs, but first honest about it. (Oct 2007)
  • Do not lower drinking age from 21 to 18. (Sep 2007)
  • Experimented with cocaine but turned down heroin. (Aug 2007)
  • A "secret smoker", especially around reporters. (Aug 2007)
  • Smokes cigarettes now; smoked some pot in high school. (Feb 2007)
  • Admitted marijuana use in high school & college. (Jan 2007)
  • Deal with street-level drug dealing as minimum-wage affair. (Oct 2006)
  • Understand why youngsters want to use drugs. (Aug 1996)
  • Require chemical resellers to certify against meth use. (Sep 2007)

Out of thirteen points designed to inform us about Obama's position on drugs we find five about his use. No wonder he understands why youngsters want to use drugs. He associates with this crowd and their failings.

His interests seem to be mixed as to stopping and/or helping those involved. Harsh penalties work as a deterrent and should be implemented but he wants a small hand slap and your back on the street. We need them to fear the penalty and take steps to avoid it. The key step would be staying away from drugs in the first place. He seems to promote drugs to our youth with the I did it too and I may be the next president. Doesn't sound like a persuasive argument to me.

Obama is soft on drugs and ultimately will be soft on law enforcement and punishment. This is not the candidate who will change America for the better.

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Obama Chooses Wrong Again

Choosing to not visit the wounded American Troops in Germany is a perfect example of why he shouldn't be president. You promise to do something, and those who need it the most count on you doing it and you let them down. These were America's finest who you turned your back on. They wouldn't let you bring your campaigning entourage into the hospital so you decided not to go. It just wasn't good enough to thank the men and women who served in battle. You wanted a photo opportunity.

I would love to see American citizens on his campaign stops call him out on this issue. Don't give him another pass like the media.

Obama Cancels Troop Visit

TexasFred has a story up about others who are poorly treating our troops

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

What Do You Think?

In the past we told stories around camp fires our passed on family stories verbally through tradition. The elders would tell tales of past adventures and normal daily activities so that those living today could take their place in the lines of tradition. The mind was a vast collection of stories and experiences. It's only limitation was the available knowledge of those near by.
The written word came along and brought accuracy and instruction into the world. No longer were you trapped by the knowledge you could glean from those around you. Books could be transported to far away places and still convey the knowledge that they contained. Imagination and creativity flourished as you attempted to place yourselves into the story or activity presented in a book. This intense stimulation of creativity caused a sudden increase in production and civilization became possible.
Radio was the next big change in communication. Stories that were once cherished family tales, became regional. You now could stretch the imagination once again with the spoken word. You were no longer limited by those immediately before you. The entire world was soon available to anyone who chose to listen.
Radio was quickly followed by the Television. It was professed to be the greatest communication tool ever. People from any where at any time could produce a program and place it before you. No longer did you have to seek out information, instruction or entertainment. It now came to you through a complex box. The adding of channels and choices has allowed this media to cover every topic on any day of your choosing. Yet, did this full immersion of information add to or take from society?
Now we have the internet. It is a complex mix of written word, spoken word, pictures and videos. It takes everything from a book to television and rolls them into one.

Now here is your part. How do you see the internet effecting society as a whole? Will it inspire greatness or mediocrity? Is it too much information? How will it effect your future?

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Anyone Remember the Other Candidate

Obama is traveling the world attempting to show some ability to deal in foreign matters. He has the following of a rock star as he goes from place to place. Reporters swarm every opportunity not wanting to miss a moment.
McCain goes place to place with little fan fare and a reporter or two. Nobody seems to notice much of what he is doing. There are still big meetings and rallies but the media isn't bothering to cover it.

How can we have such unbalanced coverage of the two top candidates for the most powerful person in the world? The media has fallen in love with Obama and follows him around as if he was the Pied Piper. Every sin has immediate forgiveness and his meteoric rise to the top continues. Long gone are the days of balanced reporting. The bias in the media is clear and heavily weighted in Obama's favor.
Is it his race? It seems that race has been a key topic for at least the Obama side of the campaign. He will mention it, or the next gaff will come from a race issue. Jesse Jackson jumps to mind here. Rev. Wright jumps to mind here. Those who stand in Obama's camp seem to be playing the race card at every turn as the only insulating factor for their candidate. I am not sure if anyone knows where Obama stands on any issue, but slap the race card down and you can't discuss it.

I know it is the slow season as we run up to the conventions and then the big campaign push, shouldn't the media hide their devotion a little bit?

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Hurry Pollute More, Save The Planet

You read that right. Global Warming is being stopped by reduced pollution. Now that we don't have all those nasty particles in the air, the earth is warming. Those particles reflected light and heat out of the atmosphere and protected us from global warming. Our efforts to clean up the air and planet may be causing the problem.

I'm not making this stuff up. The latest research into the environment has turned the environmentalists into contortion pretzels.

According to the study, temperatures in Europe have risen over the past 28 years far faster than could be explained by the greenhouse effect alone. After looking at the aerosol concentrations in the atmosphere in six spots, the authors of the paper realized the temperature rise was assisted by more sunlight penetrating the newly pollution free skies. It seems that the stricter pollution standards, adopted in part to slow global warming, may have sped it up.

There you go, straight from the article. When you get done laughing and can focus perhaps you would like to read the whole article.

These people can't predict tomorrows weather, why would anyone think they could predict even 5 years into the future.

My sides are hurting.

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Monday, July 14, 2008

The Obama's at Home

Seems to be making quite a stir.

Look at all the symbolism in this picture.
Turban on his head.
Gun toting, Afro wearing wife. Her legs are even crossed to push woman power and rights.
They are standing on a picture of the American Eagle.
This may be placed in the Oval office by the rounded walls.
There is a flag burning in the fireplace.
There is a picture of Osama over the mantle.
The Fist Bump is a symbol of achievement or success.

This would probably be funny if it didn't so closely represent those depicted. Granted, it is an extreme depiction on every front but it does represent views suggested by his comments and policies.

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Are You Trying To Get Elected?

That would be the question I would ask McCain. He seems to be going out of his way to distance himself from the voting populous. How many groups can he afford to upset? Baptists, Evangelicals, Gun Owners, Legal Citizens, Anti-Global Warmers, I am sure the list is very long, and getting longer.
On the flip side, pun intended, Obama seems to be taking an about face on every issue that has gotten him this far. You can find lists all over the internet.

McCain seems to be more consistent and predictable. Obama is all over the map and a wild card at best. How did we get stuck with these idiots?

If both candidates are throwing off potential voters at a records pace, will anyone have a reason to vote in November?

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Friday, July 11, 2008

Toss the Whole Lot

We need to wake up our elected leaders. They have forgotten that we are in charge and its high time we pointed this out. All of them in Washington DC are acting like they are better and smarter then we are. There are so few who are doing even an OK job. The congress got a 9% approval rating. Not a one of them are doing a passing job. Let's toss them from office.
Even our presidential candidates are part of this worthless lot. Too bad be can't toss both of them and start over as well. We should reject anyone who is part of this failed congress.
We each should be pushing hard to knock off any incumbent. Usually incumbents have a 90% chance of retaining their position. That needs to change this year. I don't care what party they are from, toss them. If 100% of incumbents lost this year, it would send a shock wave through the capital. Many of the walking zombies for liberalism would snap awake and realize that they better get it together or they will be the next ones booted out the door.
You want to turn congress around fast? Remind them that they work for us at our will and pleasure. This is probably the best reason of all to go to the polls. If our elected leaders, who worship power and money more then anything else, knew we weren't going to stand for any more, they would change their ways. You want to see a bunch of pandering liberals suddenly get religion and support conservative legislation, toss all the incumbents this election cycle. They will get the message loud and clear.

Throw the bums out!

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Tuesday, July 08, 2008

How Low Can They Go?

Congress has set a new record. The approval rating for congress sunk to 9%. Even President Bush scored higher with 32%. The Democratic led congress is the worst in the history of polling and yet people are still willing to vote back in incumbents and more Democrats. I find this astounding that people will request even more of a really bad thing. Perhaps the old saying that "if it taste good it is probably bad for you" is playing out in reverse. If it tastes bad it will probably be good for you.

I don't think this will pan out in politics. Usually if someone is a bad decision maker they usually stay that way. Few are willing to invest more time and effort into actually improving themselves. Besides, why improve when you are given the job anyway. Why improve when you must already be great or they wouldn't have voted you into office. You don't want to feed these ego-maniacs. There god attitudes and superior then thou condescending tones will only worsen with an increased time in public office.

We need to clear the whole bunch out and start over. Let's ignore the party insignia after the name and vote out all incumbents. Perhaps a clean sweep would wake up the rest of the congress.

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Criminal Stops Terrorists

You have been working for a month to build that perfect car/van bomb in downtown New York, when a common car thief steels it. That is the story few people are talking about that saved lives on July 4th.
The thief broke in to the van and was shocked at what he found. He drove it to an open area, parked it and called a cop he knew too well. The detectives and the bomb squad were equally impressed.

You will want to read the story here.

We need to be watching what is going on around us. The war on terror isn't over. There are many who seek to hurt us. Don't lose focus just because it hasn't happened here. They are trying. Don't let them succeed.

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Monday, July 07, 2008

The Real Reason Health Care Is So High

I have talked about this many times. Yet no one seems to recognize the vast cost of our open border policy. Does this video help you rise up and tell your representatives to close the border now?

How do you want to continue paying for this? Increase your taxes? Increase your medical costs? Or should we simply close our hospitals all together?

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Sunday, July 06, 2008

Barack Obama on Crime

  • Reduce recidivism by providing ex-offender supports. (Feb 2008)
  • Ban racial profiling & eliminate disparities in sentencing. (Feb 2008)
  • Have a civil rights division enforce laws fairly and justly. (Jan 2008)
  • GovWatch: No, more young black men in college than in prison. (Jan 2008)
  • Lack of enforcement sets tone for more hate crimes. (Dec 2007)
  • Legislated protecting police detainees during interrogation. (Nov 2007)
  • Pushed Illinois bill to videotape all capital interrogations. (Oct 2007)
  • No extra penalty for gang association. (Oct 2007)
  • Works on ex-offender laws because it could have been him. (Aug 2007)
  • Need justice that is not just us, but is everybody. (Jun 2007)
  • Some heinous crimes justify the ultimate punishment. (Oct 2006)
  • Videotape all capital punishment interrogations. (Oct 2006)
  • Passed 150 laws to toughen penalties for violent crime. (Oct 2004)
  • Restrict police entry rules, to protect our civil liberties. (Oct 2004)
  • Death penalty should be enforced fairly and with caution. (Oct 2004)
  • Death penalty should not discriminate by gang membership. (Oct 2004)
  • Battles legislatively against the death penalty. (Jul 2004)
  • Supports alternative sentencing and rehabilitation. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted YES on reinstating $1.15 billion funding for the COPS Program. (Mar 2007)
  • Rated 75% by the NCJA, indicating a mixed record on criminal justice. (Dec 2005)

Obama's claim to fame is that he is strong on crime. He has passed some good bills, such as the video taping of all capital crime interrogations. This bill will help guarantee the worst of the worst don't get off.

Obama also has some strange ideas about fairness and profiling. He seems to forget that without good descriptions it is almost impossible to catch the perpetrator of a crime. Sex, Race, dress are all clear visuals that lead to an arrest. We want the guilty party caught and punished regardless. How can we restrict police and prison to a quota system?

Obama has been quoted as complaining about hate crimes and their lack of enforcement against Latinos. The lack of enforcement is at the border. If the border was enforced we would feel over run and protectionist actions and attitudes wouldn't be an issue. Some say there are over 20 million illegals wandering around the US, others put the numbers at close to 40 million. How is the average citizen not to feel anger toward the government and these people when they see the vast damage and resources being utilized by them? Let's see him work on fixing this problem to the satisfaction of the voters and stop working to under cut the American citizen.

Hey, I am for alternative sentencing when it comes to nothing crimes. I don't want to pay the taxes to feed and house them. For those who take it up a notch, I want hard time. I want jail to be a deterrent not a country club. I'm all for job training and special incentives to employers to put them back into the work force. I can accept those who regret their sins and take every measure to restore themselves and pay for their failures. I have no leniency for repeat offenders. They should serve a 5 fold sentence or be removed from the gene pool.

If you commit a heinous act you should be put to death. Obama seems to waffle on both sides of this issue. He will say "Yes" with the front of the sentence and "No" with the back, adding up to nothing. He has fought often to avoid the use of the death penalty and does not believe it works as a deterrent. Yet, look at all the states who have it and use it. Their violent crime statistics are much lower then their counterparts.

Obama is a Flip Flopper on Crime. He says he wants to take steps to stop it while at the same time he make the battle so much harder to win.


"I don't want to wake up four years from now and discover that we still have more young black men in prison than in college."--Barack Obama, fund-raiser in Harlem, NY, Nov. 29, 2007.

Simply untrue, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. There may be a case for arguing, as some Obama supporters have done, that the total number of black prisoners is slightly higher than the total number of black students. But I can only fact check the comparison the candidate actually made, which was between young black men in prison and in college. Rather than acknowledge the error, the Obama campaign declined to provide statistical support.

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We Want Energy Independence

Will anybody help push these sensible ideas in congress?
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Remember be polite but direct. If you are lodging your wishes the staff will record your demands and place it before your representative. They only work for them, so gently persuade them to move them in your direction.

The last time we lit up the congress we stopped the amnesty program that most thought was a done deal. Prior to that we stopped the Port deal. Now we need to put the brakes on gas prices.

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Friday, July 04, 2008

Happy 4th Everyone

I didn't get to see fireworks this year. I had to work. I sure hope all the rest of you spent time with family and friends during this most important birthday.

Remember to check out my side bar and go hear the dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence. I try to do this at least once every year. I love my country.


Thursday, July 03, 2008

Cars - The Blessing & The Curse

I really love my car. It drives smooth, looks nice and serves all my needs. It isn't one of my favorite colors, but from the inside it isn't a big deal. I baby it with synthetic oil and it rewards me with 21mpg even with driving in heavy traffic. The whole family fits with gear for a day on the coast.
The irritation comes when you mix in irresponsible people who can't seem to park in a parking lot. I came out of the grocery store on Monday to find dents in my drivers side rear quarter panel. The other vehicle was obviously blue by what was left behind. No note. I was ticked.
Now I am dealing with the insurance and everyone knows how much joy there is with that. The auto repair center was very nice. They look forward to the business. What do I have to look forward too? I called the store and asked them if they have any surveillance footage. I have to wait a week for them to process the request. Identifying the creep who hit me would allow my insurance to pursue someone else for my deductible. It would also force an irresponsible person to take responsibility. Sad we have to force people to be responsible for their own actions.
Lack of personal responsibility has given us the sad state of society that we find ourselves in. If we could find away to restore this, we would once again be a great and free nation.

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