Sunday, December 28, 2008

There is HOPE for (some of) the French!!

American troops in Afghanistan as seen through the eyes of a French infantryman.

The US often hears of worldwide hostility against its foreign policy, but seldom do we hear those who experience first hand how close some foreign soldiers are to the USA. In spite of political differences and conflicting interests, we do share the same fundamental values - - and when push comes to shove that is what really counts.

Through the eyes of a French OMLT (Operational Mentoring Liaison Team) infantryman you will see how strong the bond is on the ground. In contrast with the Americans, the French soldiers don't write much online. Whatever the reason, this letter is a rare and moving testimony which is why I decided to translate it into English, so that American people can catch a glimpse of the way European soldiers see their soldiers. This first hand impression of French soldier in contact with American soldiers makes it more authentic.

Here is my translation of the original French article:

"We have shared our daily life with two US units for quite a while - they are the first and fourth companies of a prestigious infantry battalion whose name I will withhold for the sake of military secrecy. To the common man it is a unit just like any other. But we live with them and got to know them, and we henceforth know that we have the honor to live with one of the most renowned units of the US Army - one that the movies brought to t he public as series showing "ordinary soldiers thrust into extraordinary events". Who are they, those soldiers from abroad, how is their daily life, and what support do they bring to the men of our OMLT every day? Few of them belong to the Easy Company, the one the TV series focuses on. This one nowadays is named Echo Company, and it has become the support company.

They have a terribly strong American accent - from our point of view the language they speak is not even English. How many times did I have to write down what I wanted to say rather than waste precious minutes trying various pronunciations of a seemingly common word? Whatever state they are from, no two accents are alike and they even admit that in some crisis situations they have difficulties understanding each other.

Heavily built, fed at the earliest age with Gatorade, proteins and creatine - they are all heads and shoulders taller than us and their muscles remind us of Rambo. Our frames are amusingly skinny to them - we are wimps, even the strongest of us - and because of that they often mistake us for Afghans.

Here we discover America as it is often depicted: their values are taken to their paroxysm, often amplified by promiscuity lack of privacy and the loneliness of this outpost in the middle of that Afghan valley. Honor, motherland - everything here reminds of that: the American flag floating in the wind above the outpost, just like the one on the post parcels.    Even if recruits often originate from the hearth of American cities and gang territory, no one here has any goal other than to hold high and proud the star spangled banner. Each man knows he can count on the support of a whole people who provides them through the mail all that an American could miss in such a remote front-line location : books, chewing gums, razorblades, Gatorade, toothpaste etc. in such way that every man is aware of how much the American people backs him in his difficult mission. And that is a first shock to our preconceptions : the American soldier is no individualist. The team, the group, the combat team are the focus of all his attention.

And they are impressive warriors! We have not come across bad ones, as strange at it may seem to you when you know how critical French people can be. Even if some of them are a bit on the heavy side, all of them provide us everyday with lessons in infantry know-how.    Beyond the wearing of a combat kit that never seem to discomfort them (helmet strap, helmet, combat goggles, rifles etc.) the long hours of watch at the outpost never seem to annoy them in the slightest. On the one square mete r wooden tower above the perimeter wall they stand the five consecutive hours in full battle rattle and night vision goggles on top, their sight unmoving in the directions of likely danger. No distractions, no pauses, they are like statues nights and days. At night, all movements are performed in the dark - only a handful of subdued red lights indicate the occasional presence of a soldier on the move. Same with the vehicles whose lights are covered - everything happens in pitch dark even filling the fuel tanks with the Japy pump.

And combat? If you have seen Rambo you have seen it all - always coming to the rescue when one of our teams gets in trouble, and always in the shortest delay. That is one of their tricks: they switch from T-shirt and sandals to combat ready in three minutes.    Arriving in contact with the ennemy, the way they fight is simple and disconcerting: they just charge! They disembark and assault in stride, they bomb first and ask questions later - which cuts any pussyfooting short.

We seldom hear any harsh word, and from 5 AM onwards the camp chores are performed in beautiful order and always with excellent spirit. A passing American helicopter stops near a stranded vehicle just to check that everything is alright; an American combat team will rush to support ours before even knowing how dangerous the mission is - from what we have been given to witness, the American soldier is a beautiful and worthy heir to those who liberated France and Europe.

To those who bestow us with the honor of sharing their combat outposts and who everyday give proof of their military excellence, to those who pay the daily tribute of America's army's deployment on Afghan soil, to those we owed this article, ourselves hoping that we will always remain worthy of them and to always continue hearing them say that we are all the same band of brothers."American troops in Afghanistan as seen through the eyes of a French infantryman.


The US often hears of worldwide hostility against its foreign policy, but seldom do we hear those who experience first hand how close some foreign soldiers are to the USA. In spite of political differences and conflicting interests, we do share the same fundamental values - - and when push comes to shove that is what really counts.

Through the eyes of a French OMLT (Operational Mentoring Liaison Team) infantryman you will see how strong the bond is on the ground. In contrast with the Americans, the French soldiers don't write much online. Whatever the reason, this letter is a rare and moving testimony which is why I decided to translate it into English, so that American people can catch a glimpse of the way European soldiers see their soldiers. This first hand impression of French soldier in contact with American soldiers makes it more authentic.

Here is my translation of the original French article:

"We have shared our daily life with two US units for quite a while - they are the first and fourth companies of a prestigious infantry battalion whose name I will withhold for the sake of military secrecy. To the common man it is a unit just like any other. But we live with them and got to know them, and we henceforth know that we have the honor to live with one of the most renowned units of the US Army - one that the movies brought to t he public as series showing "ordinary soldiers thrust into extraordinary events". Who are they, those soldiers from abroad, how is their daily life, and what support do they bring to the men of our OMLT every day? Few of them belong to the Easy Company, the one the TV series focuses on. This one nowadays is named Echo Company, and it has become the support company.

They have a terribly strong American accent - from our point of view the language they speak is not even English. How many times did I have to write down what I wanted to say rather than waste precious minutes trying various pronunciations of a seemingly common word? Whatever state they are from, no two accents are alike and they even admit that in some crisis situations they have difficulties understanding each other.

Heavily built, fed at the earliest age with Gatorade, proteins and creatine - they are all heads and shoulders taller than us and their muscles remind us of Rambo. Our frames are amusingly skinny to them - we are wimps, even the strongest of us - and because of that they often mistake us for Afghans.

Here we discover America as it is often depicted: their values are taken to their paroxysm, often amplified by promiscuity lack of privacy and the loneliness of this outpost in the middle of that Afghan valley. Honor, motherland - everything here reminds of that: the American flag floating in the wind above the outpost, just like the one on the post parcels.    Even if recruits often originate from the hearth of American cities and gang territory, no one here has any goal other than to hold high and proud the star spangled banner. Each man knows he can count on the support of a whole people who provides them through the mail all that an American could miss in such a remote front-line location : books, chewing gums, razorblades, Gatorade, toothpaste etc. in such way that every man is aware of how much the American people backs him in his difficult mission. And that is a first shock to our preconceptions : the American soldier is no individualist. The team, the group, the combat team are the focus of all his attention.

And they are impressive warriors! We have not come across bad ones, as strange at it may seem to you when you know how critical French people can be. Even if some of them are a bit on the heavy side, all of them provide us everyday with lessons in infantry know-how.    Beyond the wearing of a combat kit that never seem to discomfort them (helmet strap, helmet, combat goggles, rifles etc.) the long hours of watch at the outpost never seem to annoy them in the slightest. On the one square mete r wooden tower above the perimeter wall they stand the five consecutive hours in full battle rattle and night vision goggles on top, their sight unmoving in the directions of likely danger. No distractions, no pauses, they are like statues nights and days. At night, all movements are performed in the dark - only a handful of subdued red lights indicate the occasional presence of a soldier on the move. Same with the vehicles whose lights are covered - everything happens in pitch dark even filling the fuel tanks with the Japy pump.

And combat? If you have seen Rambo you have seen it all - always coming to the rescue when one of our teams gets in trouble, and always in the shortest delay. That is one of their tricks: they switch from T-shirt and sandals to combat ready in three minutes.    Arriving in contact with the ennemy, the way they fight is simple and disconcerting: they just charge! They disembark and assault in stride, they bomb first and ask questions later - which cuts any pussyfooting short.

We seldom hear any harsh word, and from 5 AM onwards the camp chores are performed in beautiful order and always with excellent spirit. A passing American helicopter stops near a stranded vehicle just to check that everything is alright; an American combat team will rush to support ours before even knowing how dangerous the mission is - from what we have been given to witness, the American soldier is a beautiful and worthy heir to those who liberated France and Europe.

To those who bestow us with the honor of sharing their combat outposts and who everyday give proof of their military excellence, to those who pay the daily tribute of America's army's deployment on Afghan soil, to those we owed this article, ourselves hoping that we will always remain worthy of them and to always continue hearing them say that we are all the same band of brothers."

Understand how much and why they hate YOU

As the video shows, THEY haven't forgotten. The terrorists want to kill us (non-muslim radicals) or enslave us ALL. Watch both parts. Support our service members and support your country over those who would kill or enslave us.

Part 1


Part 2

Taking on Radical Islamist Tyrrany and Terror

A great blog posting at the (one of the?) AtlasShruggs Blog.

What do you think of these activities in Sudan?

Do you even care?  Those who care about the threat should check out this guy and the book he is releasing

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Hilarious Column

I read the Greg-alogue often.  I haven't seen his show.

This episode is so funny...and right on.

"screwed the pooch" top 10

I can't laugh enough at these guys.  Then I think that maybe HALF of my fellow citizens eat this up (and believe it!) like pablum.

Here, you can go laugh yourself.

Monday, December 22, 2008

The Parade of idiot Sheople

Ahhh, you have to love the Media Research Council.  Here is their annual illustration of the silliness, stupidity, arrogance or ignorance of our Media blatheres

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Proof of Women's Power

Who hasn't been "in the doghouse"?  Who hasn't met the feminine ideal of thoughtfulness?

These guys for sure!!!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Take the time... take it now

To show your appreciation for our troops, Let's Say Thanks!  Each one of us sitting comfortably at home should do this.


Here is why

Friday, December 5, 2008

Illustrating the Dodges

If you watch/listen to leftists and collectivists on TV or radio you are familiar with their general inability to articulate objective arguments on issues. They are great at talking over others, repeating over-generalized talking points and making unsupportable ad hominem attacks on those who may disagree with their policy views.

An excellent illustration is provided by Burt Prelutsky at Townhall.

The toughest thing in dealing with policy debates or discussions with socialist/collectivist liberals is their uniform refusal to address the objective and salient points on issues. They dodge, they weave, they call names, they try to use volume versus facts.

Where ARE ANY objective fact based "progressives"?  The failing of feeling versus thinking about public policy

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Dr. Sowell Rocks!!!

This article is just so RIGHT ON.

A couple of the gems:

"Working in a homeless shelter is widely regarded as "community
service"-- as if aiding and abetting vagrancy is necessarily a service,
rather than a disservice, to the community."

"What in the world qualifies teachers and members of college admissions
committees to define what is good for society as a whole, or even for
the students on whom they impose their arbitrary notions?"

Tell us what you think.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Again we see the "tolerance" of the left

Disrupting a Church service is a not uncommon tactic of the tolerant "progressive" left.

We'd like to see any similar stories of such tactics from conservative or libertarian groups.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Saturday, November 8, 2008

A youngster's view of evolution

Interesting to hear a young person on this topic and to see the commentary associated with the (no video) video






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Why DID the chicken cross the road - The Answer

BARACK OBAMA: The chicken crossed the road because it was time for a change! The chicken wanted change!

JOHN MC CAIN: My friends, that chicken crossed the road because he recognized the need to engage in cooperation and dialogue with all the chickens on the other side of the road.

HILLARY CLINTON: When I was First Lady, I personally helped that little chicken to cross the road. This experience makes me uniquely qualified to ensure right from Day One! that every chicken in this country gets the chance it deserves to cross the road. But then, this really isn't about me.

GEORGE W. BUSH: We don't really care why the chicken crossed the road. We just want to know if the chicken is on our side of the road, or not. The chicken is either against us, or for us. There is no middle ground here.

DICK CHENEY: Where's my gun?

COLIN POWELL: Now to the left of the screen, you can clearly see the satellite image of the chicken crossing the road.

BILL CLINTON: I did not cross the road with that chicken. What is your definition of chicken?

AL GORE: I invented the chicken.

JOHN KERRY: Although I voted to let the chicken cross the road, I am now against it! It was the wrong road to cross, and I was misled about the chicken's intentions. I am not for it now, and will remain against it.

AL SHARPTON: Why are all the chickens white? We need some black chickens.

DR. PHIL: The problem we have here is that this chicken won't realize that he must first deal with the problem on this side of the road before it goes after the problem on the other side of the road. What we need to do is help him realize how stupid he's acting by not taking on his current problems before adding new problems.

OPRAH: Well, I understand that the chicken is having problems, which is why he wants to cross this road so bad. So instead of having the chicken learn from his mistakes and take falls, which is a part of life, I'm going to give this chicken a car so that he can just drive across the road and not live his life like the rest of the chickens.

ANDERSON COOPER, CNN: We have reason to believe there is a chicken, but we have not yet been allowed to have access to the other side of the road.

NANCY GRACE: That chicken crossed the road because he's guilty! You can see it in his eyes and the way he walks.

PAT BUCHANAN: To steal the job of a decent, hardworking American.

MARTHA STEWART: No one called me to warn me which way that chicken was going. I had a standing order at the Farmer's Market to sell my eggs when the price dropped to a certain level. No little bird gave me any insider information.

DR SEUSS: Did the chicken cross the road? Did he cross it with a toad? Yes, the chicken crossed the road, but why it crossed I've not been told.

ERNEST HEMINGWAY: To die in the rain, alone.

GRANDPA: In my day we didn't ask why the chicken crossed the road. Somebody told us the chicken crossed the road, and that was good enough.

BARBARA WALTERS: Isn't that interesting? In a few moments, we will be listening to the chicken tell, for the first time, the heart warming story of how it experienced a serious case of molting, and went on to accomplish its lifelong dream of crossing the road.

ARISTOTLE: It is the nature of chickens to cross the road.

JOHN LENNON: Imagine all the chickens in the world crossing roads together, in peace.

BILL GATES: I have just released eChicken 2008, which will not only cross roads, but will lay eggs, file your important documents, and balance your checkbook. Internet Explorer is an integral part of eChicken 2008. This new platform is much more stable and will never crash or need to be rebooted.

ALBERT EINSTEIN: Did the chicken really cross the road, or did the road move beneath the chicken?

COLONEL SANDERS: Did I miss one?


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Does the Death of Innocents Matter to you?

To those who care about the protection of innocent lives:

Read this handbook. Weigh your own heart and mind. Is self-interest more important than protecting the helpless and innocent? Do your legislated or litigated "rights" matter more than those rights (unalienable) endowed by your creator?



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New Company Post-Election Policies

Notice to All Employees

As of November 5, 2008, when President Obama is officially elected into office, our company will instill a few new policies which are in keeping with his new, inspiring issues of change and fairness:

1. All salespeople will be pooling their sales and bonuses into a common pool that will be divided equally between all of you. This will serve to give those of you who are underachieving a "fair shake."

2. All low level workers will be pooling their wages, including overtime, into a common pool, dividing it equally amongst yourselves. This will help those who are "too busy for overtime" to reap the rewards from those who have more spare time and can work extra hours.

3. All top management will now be referred to as "the government." We will not participate in this "pooling" experience because the law doesn't apply to us.

4. The "government" will give eloquent speeches to all employees every week, encouraging it's workers to continue to work hard "for the good of all."

5. The employees will be thrilled with these new policies because it's "good to spread the wealth." Those of you who have underachieved will finally get an opportunity; those of you who have worked hard and had success will feel more "patriotic."

6. The last few people who were hired should clean out their desks. Don't feel bad, though, because President Obama will give you free healthcare, free handouts, free oil for heating your home, free food stamps, and he'll let you stay in your home for as long as you want even if you can't pay your mortgage. If you appeal directly to our democratic congress, you might even get a free flat screen TV and a coupon for free haircuts (shouldn't all Americans be entitled to nice looking hair?)!!!

If for any reason you are not happy with the new policies, you may want to rethink your vote from November 4th.


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Friday, November 7, 2008

Why? Government, Liberalism, Secularism

Very pretty song. That it is sung by a child shows the impact of maturity and thinking versus simply feeling. Tell him why. Government driven collectivism, socialistic leftism and secular humanism is what allows such to happen.





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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

A real fairness doctrine

The Wall Street Journal strikes gold here.

I have long opposed many of the Presidents policies but I have, even longer, admired his integrity and grace under the vitriolic fire.

Bitter partisanship for its own sake amongst those seeking power or money, combined with general ignorance and/or greed for freebies amongst many in the electorate are the reason a good man, doing his best is so reviled.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Chucky equates the Conservative blatherers to porn

Oh, this is too rich!!

To justify the (un)fairness doctrine Chuck Shumer equates Gas Windbag, Shill Hannity et al to pornography.  Read it for yourself.

More election tolerance by the caring donkeycrats

Frightening words from the potential President

Below (thanks to Laura Hollis) are proofs positive of the danger posed by an Obama Presidency.

But Obama says:  “The Constitution is a flawed document.”


The President appoints U.S. Supreme Court justices, who serve for life once confirmed by the U.S. Senate. 


But Obama’s view of the Supreme Court
“[It] never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth … It
didn’t break free from the essential constraints that were placed by
the founding fathers in the Constitution.”


The reason Justice is represented in American with scales and a
blindfold is because judges are supposed to dispense justice without
regard to who is before them. 


But here’s Obama’s view of “blind” justice:
“We need somebody who's got the heart, the empathy, to recognize what
it's like to be a young teenage mom, the empathy to understand what
it's like to be poor or African-American or gay or disabled or old--and
that's the criterion by which I'll be selecting my judges.”


The President’s energy policy should benefit users and providers of energy.


So let’s listen to Obama’s views of energy policy: “[U]nder my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.”  And “If
somebody wants to build a coal power plant they can, it's just that it
will bankrupt them because they are going to be charged a huge sum for
all that greenhouse gas that's being emitted
.”


The President should extol the American promises of protection of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  Here’s Obama’s view of the value of human life:  “That’s above my pay grade.”


The American economic system rewarding individual initiative has
created more prosperity for more people than any other system in human
history.  We now know that higher taxes crush new business and business
growth, and reduce jobs.


Obama’s (now infamous) view of taxation?  “Spread the wealth.” 


And perhaps less well-known, in an interview with ABC News,
anchor Charlie Gibson asked, “[I]n each instance, when the rate
dropped, revenues from the tax increased; the government took in more
money. And in the 1980s, when the tax was increased to 28 percent, the
revenues went down.  So why raise it at all, especially given the fact
that 100 million people in this country own stock and would be
affected? “


Here’s what  Obama says:  “Well, Charlie, what I've said is that I would look at raising the capital gains tax for purposes of fairness.”


And what about Obama’s view of the First Amendment?  Threats of criminal libel prosecutions, Justice Department intimidation, and no promise to veto the “Fairness Doctrine” if his compatriots in Congress pass it.


The President’s most significant responsibility is the safety of the American people.


So what is Obama’s view of Iran, a country currently building
nuclear reactors?  “Iran … [is] tiny … [it doesn’t] pose a serious
threat to us.  Iran, they spend 1/100th of what we spend on the
military. If Iran ever tried to pose a serious threat to us, they
wouldn't stand a chance.”


Last, but not least, my personal favorite.  A quote not from Barack
Obama, but his wife, Michelle, when asked about her husband running for
President.


Michelle Obama’s views about her husband running for President?  “It’s way too soon.  He hasn’t done anything yet.”


Election "Tolerance"

Again our esteemed leftist collectivists demonstrate their commitment to fairness and tolerance of other points of view.

This anectdote illustrates how the leftist elitists operate.

Vote against Socialism, vote against Obama.  For that to work you must hold your nose, cross your eyes and vote for McCain/Palin.



Monday, November 3, 2008

Yes, the Constitution matters

Good old Ollie sure nails this one.

Those who would sacrifice their liberty in order to gain security deserve (and will get) neither.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Should Christian Believers support Obama?

Frank Pastore makes a compelling case that bible believing Christians should not vote for or support Barack Obama...
Here is the trailer.  The full 3 part video is also available



Trailer: The Christian Case Against Barack Obama

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Stupid Governors and Mayors

They "plead for help" from the Federal Government.

Does  ANYONE in government (or in the population for that matter) understand the LIMITS of Federal power?  They ARE ENUMERATED in the U.S. Constitution.

Of course Barack Hussein Obama, peace be upon him, has already shown what he thinks of the U.S. Constitution.

Monday, October 27, 2008

From his own lips - He doesn't believe in the U.S. Constitution

Shameful that so many would actually support this marxist/socialist collectivist elitist.

You MUST view this and share it with your friends.



OBAMA SAYS CONSTITUTION DEEP FLAW CONTINUES TODAY

They get mad when you point out what they are

And they lie about it too.

This is a MUST VIEW video and so will go to all of our sites



Obama Bombshell Redistribution of Wealth Audio Uncovered

Friday, October 24, 2008

If dissent equals patriotism

How many times have you heard a defensive demoncrat exclaim; "Dissent is the highest form of patriotism"?

I've heard it a lot and not just from politicrat donkeys but from their sheople as well.

I would even buy that argument if that is what the socialist/PC/Collectivist types truly meant.  It isn't.  You must do the silent mental translation of nearly all the leftist progressives spout.

You see, the Donkeycrats can't stand dissent, don't want dissent and want to use the power of government to suppress dissent.

To a Democrat, lying about reality is "dissent".  Dissenting from progressive views is "hate" and should be proscribed.

To a Democrat any dissent from their politically correct (in their own minds) world view isn't disagreement it is open advocacy of "hate" and proof of the dissenters "not caring", "being callous" and "being selfish" amongst other things.

Only to a collectivist is individual freedom "selfish".  Pray that the demoncrats don't use their government monopoly (inevitable according to them and their press lackeys) to suppress YOUR American Freedom.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

This is where you'll find them

Many actual conservatives, most libertarian minded and all constitutional originalists would have to agree with this.  While not thinking the U.S. is so gone as to agree with the more extreme approaches.

Don't fail to vote due to disgust, frustration or hopelessness.  Send a message to the "major" parties.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Tolerance... only for those who agree

The leftist WaPo actually gets credit for publishing this ugly example.

See the reaction of "tolerant" "progressives" when others DARE to exhibit support for anyone or anything that isn't of the collectivist left.

It is pretty disgusting that so many "caring" people can't stand political debate.

Read this and tell us what you think

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Is this what we are in for? Many folks seem to want it

Chances are this is what we are in for....



Ready for a "Cultural Revolution"? How about we purge some kulaks while we are at it.

Never dull looking at Obama extremist collectivist race issues

Stanley Kurtz shows here some more interesting information that illustrates the radical marxist racial seperatist worldview of Barack Hussein Obama

Monday, October 13, 2008

Speaking out

Very good point made here by Doug Giles.

Having faith doesn't preclude or prohibit speaking out politically no matter what the IRS thinks.  ACORN is as big or bigger organization (and non-profit) than most if not all Church and ministry organizations.

Right to not be silent

To appreciate the Demoncrats beliefs on use of government power read Roger HedgecockStand up for American Freedom!!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Fairness

Fairness is important to many if not all people.

I'll buy that.  I want fairness and want to act fairly in dealing with others.  I'm not driven by some irrational envy of those who have achieved more than I have.

Tax fairness is a constant diatribe of the left.  Larry Elder (as have Lott, Williams, Sowell and many other sensible people) points out the inherent unfairness of U.S. Federal taxation.

Here are the telling facts:
The top 5 percent (those making more than $153,542 -- the group whose
taxes Obama seeks to raise) pay 60 percent of all federal income taxes.

The rich (aka the top 1 percent of income earners, those making more
than $388,806 a year), according to the IRS, pay 40 percent of all
federal income taxes.

The top 1 percent's taxes comprise 17 percent of
the federal government's revenue from all sources, including corporate
taxes, excise taxes, social insurance and retirement receipts.

If I charge you more than the person next to you for anything, please explain the "fairness" to me.

Tell me how this illustration strikes you:

Suppose
that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes
to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go
something like this:

The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.
The fifth would pay $1.
The sixth would pay $3.
The seventh would pay $7.
The eighth would pay $12.
The ninth would pay $18.
The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.
So, that's what they decided to do.

The
ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the
arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve. "Since you
are all such good customers," he said, "I'm going to reduce the cost of
your daily beer by $20." Drinks for the ten now cost just $80.

The
group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes so the
first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for free. But
what about the other six men - the paying customers? How could they
divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his 'fair share?'
They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted
that from everybody's share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would
each end up being paid to drink his beer. So, the bar owner suggested
that it would be fair to reduce each man's bill by roughly the same
amount, and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay. And
so:

The fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% savings).
The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33%savings).
The seventh now pay $5 instead of $7 (28%savings).
The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% savings).
The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% savings).
The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% savings).

Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to drink for free. But once outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings.

"I only got a dollar out of the $20," declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man," but he got $10!"

"Yeah, that's right," exclaimed the fifth man. "I only saved a dollar, too. It's unfair that he got ten times more than I!"

"That's true!" shouted the seventh man. "Why should he get $10 back when I got only two? The wealthy get all the breaks!"

"Wait a minute," yelled the first four men in unison. "We didn't get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!"

The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.

The
next night the tenth man didn't show up for drinks, so the nine sat
down and had beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill,
they discovered something important. They didn't have enough money
between all of them for even half of the bill!

And
that, boys and girls, journalists and college professors, is how our
tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most
benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being
wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they might
start drinking overseas where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.


A "Lott" of lies by Biden

Perhaps it is not politically *nice* to point out falsehoods and call them "lies".  I find myself preferring to call untruths lies though because the only other answer would be grotesque ignorance.  Kind of scary to think a potential Vice-President is grotesquely ignorant.  John Lott points out Biden's bald faced lies.

Some examples:

-- Will McCain's health care proposals raise
taxes? Biden says that McCain’s proposal will cost people money. The
Tax Foundation finds that could easily be "roughly deficit-neutral over ten years."





--
Under an Obama Administration the middle class will "pay no more than
they did under Ronald Reagan"? No, the tax rates will be similar to the
higher rates under Clinton.





--
Did "we spend more money in three weeks on combat in Iraq than we spent
on the entirety of the last seven years that we have been in
Afghanistan building that country"? No, one year’s worth of spending in Iraq equaled five in Afghanistan.





-- France and the U.S. "kicked Hezbollah out of Lebanon"? No, and it wouldn't have made much more sense if he had said "Syria" instead.





--
Is it really “simply not true” that Obama said that he would meet with
the leader of countries such as Iran without preconditions? No, Obama said “I would.”





-- Did Obama warn against letting Hamas participate in Palestinian legislative elections in 2005? No.





-- Do “Iraqis have an $80 billion surplus”? No. If oil prices had remained high, it might have reached $50 billion by the end of this year.





--
Finally, an amusing point as evidence that Biden is just one of the
people he pointed to, inviting anyone to have a beer with him at
"Katie's Restaurant" in Wilmington, Del. Unfortunately, people will have a hard time taking him up on his offer, since the restaurant hasn't had that name for probably 15 years.


Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Where the real blame lies

Perhaps not ALL the fault and blame but it is amazing how Donkeycrat corruption is ignored by the "old" media.

Check this out and then ask Why Obama

Friday, October 3, 2008

Still More of them

As we noted previously, some people's idea of "the counsel of virtually everyone who knows anything about economics" may be a little skewed.

It seems the only people opposed to the economic "rescue plan" being considered by Congress are a large majority of Americans and  actual economists.

My aren't you proud of the politicrats "representing" (ruling) you?

Monday, September 29, 2008

Is McCain right? Obama may think so

Interesting clips from the debate.

Is the lesser of the two collectivists correct?  You decide.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

A must read

Larry Elder's commentary should shame the ignorant sheople who stumble upon it.  He speaks to people who honor and love American Freedom.  Personal responsibility and accountability are what Uncle Sugar is trying to "bail out" and "rescue".

Commentators like Hugh Hewitt show their true colors as they hop aboard the "bailout express" conducted by chief republicrat John McCain.  Statists both masked as "pragmatist" or "maverick".  Both advocating socialist solutions to market problems

"Greed" is easy to finger as a bad guy but it isn't greed.  Rather, stupid government *mandates*, political correctness hijacking fiduciary responsibility and idiot borrowers flocking for "rescue" from their own bad choices are the culprit.  More on the main blog site

War versus Talkers

A nice comparative illustration to provoke your thought and comments.

Friday, September 19, 2008

The Great Gaffes-by

Thanks to John Hawkins we can see how silly and/or informed BH Obamessiah can be if segregated from his teleprompter.

Hawkins notes:
==========


First up, here's the quotation that became the genesis of the "Obama is an elitist snob" meme.


10) "Anybody gone into Whole Foods lately and see what they charge for arugula? I mean, they're charging a lot of money for this stuff."


When the internet is afire with false rumors that you're a Muslim, do
you really want to bizarrely reference your "Muslim faith?"


9) "Let's not play games. I was suggesting - you're absolutely right that John McCain has not talked about my Muslim faith."


I wonder if abortion is above Sarah Palin's pay grade? I think not.


8) “Rick Warren: ...Now, let's deal with
abortion; 40 million abortions since Roe v. Wade. As a pastor, I have
to deal with this all of the time, all of the pain and all of the
conflicts. I know this is a very complex issue. Forty million
abortions, at what point does a baby get human rights, in your view?"


Barack Obama: "Well, you know, I think that whether you're
looking at it from a theological perspective or a scientific
perspective, answering that question with specificity, you know, is above my pay grade."



This part of Obama's speech sounds like it was written for him by one of King Canute's courtiers.


7) "...I am absolutely certain that generations from
now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was
the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to
the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal;
this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and
restored our image as the last, best hope on earth. This was the moment
-- this was the time -- when we came together to remake this great
nation so that it may always reflect our very best selves and our
highest ideals."


Whether this "joke" was about Sarah Palin or not, it was a rather
foolish line given that even his own supporters in the audience took it
as a sexist jab at her expense.


6) "You can put lipstick on a pig,
but it's still a pig. You can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper
called 'change,' it's still going to stink. After eight years, we've
had enough of the same old thing. It's time to bring about real change
to Washington and that's the choice you've got in this election."


As he tried to explain why he tossed his grandmother under the bus in a
previous speech, Obama actually managed to make it worse by showing
that he thinks of white people as a generic group, not as individuals.


5) "The point I was making was not that Grandmother harbors any racial animosity. She doesn't. But she is a typical white person..."


Dan Quayle, who was unfairly pilloried as a moron, never said anything half as dumb as this.


4) "Over the last 15 months, we've traveled to every corner of the United States. I've now been in 57 states? I think one left to go."

In his counterproductive race speech, which was mistakenly
praised as genius by his supporters in the media, Obama managed to
cement his association to the racist, anti-American rantings of
Jeremiah Wright while simultaneously coming across as remarkably
callous towards his own grandmother.


3) "I can no more disown (Jeremiah Wright) than I can disown the black community.
I can no more disown him than I can my white grandmother - a woman who
helped raise me, a woman who sacrificed again and again for me, a woman
who loves me as much as she loves anything in this world, but a woman
who once confessed her fear of black men who passed by her on the
street, and who on more than one occasion has uttered racial or ethnic
stereotypes that made me cringe."


It's no secret to people who pay attention that Barack Obama is not a
patriotic man and he managed to unwittingly hammer that point home when
he rather foolishly made a big deal about refusing to wear a flag pin
anymore.


2) "You know, the truth is that right after 9/11, I had
a (flag) pin. Shortly after 9/11, particularly because as we're talking
about the Iraq war, that became a substitute for, I think, true
patriotism, which is speaking out on issues that are of importance to
our national security, I decided I won't wear that pin on my chest..."


If you're from a small town and you're wondering what Barack Obama
thinks of you, this quote tells you everything you need to know and
then some.


1) "You got into these small towns in Pennsylvania and,
like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now
for 25 years and nothing's replaced them. And they fell through the
Clinton Administration, and the Bush Administration, and each
successive administration has said that somehow these communities are
gonna regenerate and they have not. And it's not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion
or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment
or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."


Saturday, September 13, 2008

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Keep Track of the "Plan"

Rich guys are often very smart.  Smart people sometimes do or support dumb things.

T. Boone Pickens is an example with his "Pickens Plan".  Steve Milloy, my favorite junk science debunker reveals the flaws with Pickens' latest push for natural gas cars.

Yes, we of the American Freedom Network believe energy alternatives should be aggressively pursued.  By the private sector.  We also believe that Uncle Sugar should increase American Freedom by opening up the U.S. VAST reserves of oil, gas and coal.  As well as nuclear plant building.

The combination of ALL of these is the road to cheap energy and energy independence for America

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Kwame Kanceled

Well, maybe after 40+ years the City of Detroit can find good government. Young, Archer and Kilpatrick provided racially divisive and corrupt politics as Emperors of Detroit. Perhaps the citizenry can benefit from the one who got caught (and convicted).

Monday, August 18, 2008

Scary out West?

No but it is worth noting how the collectivists try to manipulate the citizenry in their quest for power.

Yes, power is what they seek to acquire and maintain. Power to RULE YOU.

Read this and see if similar shenanigins go on in your state.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Trouble or wishful thinking

I'm torn. It seems that many pundits and republicrats think Senator Obama is "in trouble". They want to do pointless and arcane comparisons to past polling results (from previous election cycles). They want to project their own negativity towards him into wishful thinking it seems to me.

Now Obama IS a Marxist or at least a collectivist socialist. I don't know if I'm gleeful or satisfied given his opponent is only marginally less statist (from a different political base).

Read this and see if you can tell whether Obama has "trouble" or if this is partisan rah-rah masquerading as "objective" commentary.

Friday, August 8, 2008

2 out of three aint bad

Charles Krauthamer gets 2 out of 3 right in the WaPo.

We DO need to conserve. Not at government behest or command. People's economic interests individually will lead them to conserve what they pay for energy.

We DO need to access our own (American) energy supplies. Even if we halve the most conservative estimates of what is available, the U.S. can be a net (even gross) energy supplier rather than importer for 30 years. Enough time to...

We DO need to continue to pursue alternatives to energy supplies. We need this done by enterprise and Americans, not by their nanny government. The market WILL supply what is demanded by the consumers.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Just don't use it

Jesse Lee Peterson has an interesting opinion that points out the hypocrisy of the the collectivist left. I have a simple solution that can keep our focus on the socialist "progressive" hypocrisies that endanger our nation and directly threaten our liberties.

Smart people should just not use the "N word". If counter culture blacks want to refer to each other that way that is their business. I can see how it irks folks to hear a PC-socially "forbidden" word on the radio and TV all the time. Still, it's a stupid word. I'm fine with "black", "African-American" (although I think that is stupid too) and even "negro" in the proper context.

The "N Word" is just a distraction used by collectivists to impinge speech and thought with justification that no one would disagree with such a sensible limitation. Sooner or later the gauge of "sensible" continues to slide towards collectivism and slavery.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Monday, July 28, 2008

Understand the Threat (it IS REAL)

Understanding the Threat of Radical Islam

Posted on behalf of Koome Ministries

Approaches:

Understanding that a threat exists and publicizing that threat doesn't constitute "hate". Watchfulness and education should be accompanied by fervent and consistent prayer. The heart is not changed by conflict or violence. One should defend one's self but not be the initiator of conflict. True change comes from love and understanding, not hate or blind violence.

National:

Radical Muslims are created not born. In the United States this process is facilitated by millions of dollars being invested in "Madrasas" type schools and Mosques by practitioners of the most radical forms of Islam. Not all Muslims are radical nor are they all terrorists. Practicioners of Islam who aren't "radical" are held by many other Muslims to not be truly practicing the faith.

Foreign Imam's, Mullahs and other Islamic Clerics are imported to the U.S. to staff these schools. These schools and mosques preach the Islamic message of the universal or world wide caliphate. They reject historic American judeo-christian values as invalid on religious grounds. The "Wahhabi" brand of Sunni Islam is predominant in the funding of these schools and mosques. The people and children are taught that the United States are evil, debased, degenerate, immoral and worthy of contempt. Violent actions against U.S. interests are often tolerated and justified and worse, commended and celebrated by practicioners of this radical brand of Islam.

The freedoms and civic systesm of the United States are used to their own advantage by the radical islamist movement. They hide behind the freedoms of speech and assembly and the freedom of being secure in your own property. They don't support these freedoms but use them. The belief is that any tool should be used to advance the cause of establishing a "Sharia" State in America. The very civil liberties protections the radical islamists hide behind are tools in their efforts to subvert western judeo-christian culture.

Radical Islam is a collectivist theocratic political system where "separation" of faith and state is not only impossible, but prohibited. Yet learning from other collectivist political movements of the past, Islamist activists are quick to project on our countrymen the very motivations they hold. So they accuse people who realize their intentions of "hate" and "intolerance". Yet it is they, the radical islamists that hate western culture and are intolerant of any lifestyle or belief system other than their own.

Economically too, the radical islamic activists hope to influence and control our society. Purchases of real estate and major corporations, buying large interests in banks and financial institutions as a "bail out" or other reasons allow the radicals entrée to major American policy making organizations. Being the major energy suppliers for much of the world also allows radical fundamentalist islam to have significant influence of the U.S. economy through the trickling dependence of all industries on energy supplies.

Local/State Impacts:

The trends and practices noted above are going on in nearly every State and locale in the U.S. CAIR (Council for American Islamic Relations) is active in every major metropolitan area in the U.S. What isn't noted is that CAIR originated as a Hamas front group. These people are gaining access to your schools in the name of "diversity". They are influencing the curriculums of secondary and university education. They exist to deny and misdirect facts and opinions that outline the intents and purposes of the radical islamic movement. In your community you may see how often Muslim communities segregate themselves and then demand islamo-centric institutions and considerations. The intent on the local and State level is supportive of the national presence of radical islamic activism. They seek to fundamentally change the communities and States where they reside in support of efforts from "top down" to change the nation. They establish mosques in neighborhoods with small Muslim presence as "magnets" for their co-religionists. They then attempt to point out the "intolerance" of long time residents whether such is displayed or not. Whether their practices contravene community standards and history or not.

The Answer:

Then answer isn't hatred, it is Love. The answer is educating Americans of all faiths, creeds and ethnic backgrounds as to the systematic activities going on in radical Islamist circles. The Islamists rely on the fact that freedom they enjoy will lead to the elimination of liberty when they successfully take over. Freedom and Democratic and representative institutions are the answer however. That and appeals to Muslims who don't share radical theology and practices to speak out. Christians should pray for the country and for the radicals who seek to dominate them. Education, exercising your franchise and loving your enemies is a strategy that can succeed. Radical Islam relies on apathy and ignorance in non-muslim communities.

Educate yourself, participate in your community and government and...

Arise! Awake! Pray!


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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

A right on red eye

Gutfield strikes again.

Why do the "tolerant" (collectivists all) people spew such venom and vitriol at their deceased political opponents and their families?

I agree with Greg's number and number 2 answers as to why. His third observation just points out the moral cowardice and sheep like behavior of the "tolerant" and "progressive" people. I think "stupid" is the primary driver though. Intentional or not.

Monday, July 21, 2008

That's not all they ignore

Dan Stein illustrates, very well, a common denominator between the republicrat and demopublican "presumptive" nominees.

Senator Old and Senator Young both don't give rat's behind about what Americans want regarding immigration. Because they know better than we unwashed ignorant (citizen) masses.

Immigration isn't the only the only issue where the elefinks and jackasses don't really care about you or your wishes. Why? Because they know better than we unwashed ignorant (citizen) masses.

They don't think they are elected to represent you, rather to make decisions whether you like them or not because they know better.

What other issues you might say?

  • Constitutional constraints of Federal Government
  • The right to keep and bear arms
  • The proper role and scope of government
  • Producing more oil (NOW!)
  • Reducing Federal Government
  • Traditional American Citizenship values
I'm sure you can come up with many more. We can.

The "pragmatists" want to slow the collectivization of YOU. The socialists want it faster. Neither has any interest other than expanding the power and scope of the know better crowd of congress-critters and bureaucrats.

  • Vote for something different, throw the bums out, return to the freedoms and liberty our founders intended.
  • Saturday, July 12, 2008

    Remembering Tony

    The passing of Tony Snow is remarked upon








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    Goodbye Tony

    Sadness for us as a media person passes. While the press uniformly notes and appears to mourn such passings regardless of the quality of the contribution we note Mr. Snow for a reason. Tony Snow, TV and Radio commentator and former White House Press Secretary has passed from this world.

    Unlike so many in the popular media, Tony provided a refreshing and independent approach to news and commentary. In short, he was good. He understood that "fairness" comes from objectivity and not from partisan position. He handled adversarial situations with aplomb and good nature.

    You'll be missed Tony. Rest in Peace.

    Monday, July 7, 2008

    Praise the Vacuous One

    I love some of the nicknames coming up for Obama as he runs his vapid "hope and change" campaign. Very little hope in his idea of change. His idea of "change" is implementing the collectivist socialist agenda Donkeycrats have been striving for since Truman proposed Medicare.

    Tell us some more good nicknames.

    • Obamessian
    • Obama bin Laden
    • The Dali Bama
    • Barry little difference
    • Obama Mama
    • BHO
    Send us any other fun nicknames. If you send McCain names we'll do a post for him too. After all with only 2 Liberal Statists to choose from this election its a good idea to point it out

    As a bonus, we challenge you to send us ANY real accomplishments (besides attaining office) that Obama has had or made happen during his "public service". He got property cheap doesn't count.

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    Thursday, July 3, 2008

    Credibility or Passion

    Both are important to compelling social or political commentary and discussion. Unfortunately, in the "blogosphere", too many provide plenty of passion but very little credible fact.

    That's why we ask our contributors to be sure to provide appropriate attribution and to check their facts. Also to keep their passion focused on the viewpoints and not the correspondent.

    Our two favorite and most used (and most used by our readers to let us know of mistakes) fact checking sites are FactCheck.org (political fact checking) and Snopes.com (Urban Legend validation). We highly recommend both. Also, our resource page provides other valuable fact sources.

    We love your passion but need your credibility as well.

    Tuesday, July 1, 2008

    One and the Same

    Justin Hart makes a great illustrative argument of the gradual decay of traditional American values. What I don't think he links is the concurrent if not leading degradation of our liberties and constitutional government.

    The left justifies their push to accept and endorse that which used to be commonly recognized as wrong as appeals to individual freedom. What many don't understand is that liberty isn't license. Also that the Federal government has no place or role in social and cultural legislation. That is the sole and sovereign purview of the several States and their composite communities.

    Well meaning "conservatives" such as Michael Medved and Dennis Prager contribute to the decline of constitutional liberty by their support of John McCain. McCain and, it seems, Medved and Prager has a faulty grasp of our history and our Constitutional founding. Both are eloquent warriors in the "culture war" but neither realize that their support of Statist politicians bent on increasing Federal power works directly against the same culture. Dennis' support statement column today shows how he succumbs to "pragmatism" at the cost of continued degradation of liberty and culture.

    Written off as "utopians" by any "pragmatist" allows those who support McCain and 21st century incorrect assumptions about the scope and role of Government to ignore the documentable and continuing diminishment of Freedom and the very foundations upon which this greatest nation was built.

    Saturday, June 28, 2008

    Tyranny of Nanny

    The State continues act in outrageous and unconstitutional fashion.

    This story of an 8 year old boy snatched from his parents, mistreated in "State care" and held incommunicado from his family for a week is another chilling example of statist terror.

    The governmental philosophy that it can do whatever it likes without substantiation and without accountability is a harbinger of the "hope and change" promoted by the collectivist legions of Barack Obama.

    When will Americans rein in their elitist socialistic governmental masters? Not until the malls close and America's Top Model are over I suspect.

    Thursday, June 26, 2008

    A Justice is Blind

    Kudos to SCOTUS for getting it (mostly) right on the DC Gun ban ruling it issued today. Unfortunately it also illustrated that, rather than justice being blind, some of our SCOTUS Justices are blind. When it comes to reading the Constitution's second ammendment statement, the right to KEEP and BEAR arms shall not be infringed, that isn't clear to some of the robed rulers.

    Justice Breyer said, "In my view, there simply is no untouchable
    constitutional right guaranteed by the Second Amendment to keep loaded
    handguns in the house in crime-ridden urban areas."

    Given the clear and concise wording illustrated above his "view" seems to be blind.

    Justice Stevens opined that the ruling,
    "would have us believe that over 200 years ago,
    the Framers made a choice to limit the tools available to elected
    officials wishing to regulate civilian uses of weapons."

    Justice Stevens seems to not know that to "regulate" is an "infringement"

    It is clear that the leftist/collectivist Justices of our unelected rulership don't care about or haven't read the documents on which they are asked to rule. Their "view" is more valid than the text.

    As we slither into slavery to the state, here is an illustration of one of the available methodologies the collectivist statists may use. Thank goodness for some originalist, constitutionalist Justices.

    Saturday, June 21, 2008

    Some truths are pursued

    Dr. Ted lays out some objective factual truths and then concludes with truths know by Christian believers and rejected by those who don't know Him.

    Thursday, June 19, 2008

    Tuesday, June 17, 2008

    Someone Gets it

    It is nice to see a State demonstrate its understanding of the Federal nature of U.S. government. Oklahoma is standing up for the actual fact of federal enumerated powers under the Constitution. Let's educate and activate more of citizenry of more of the sovereign States to this fact.

    Monday, June 16, 2008

    They WANT your gas expensive

    The environmentalist collectivists want your gasoline expensive. They bend over backwards to thwart oil exploration and exploitation as well as expanding refining capacity. As the Junk Science guys show in their Fox News Column the green socialists do everything they can to make sure YOU don't get reasonable prices and supplies of gasoline.

    Sunday, June 15, 2008

    Old time religion?

    Barack Obama's half brother is claiming that the Senator was "raised as a Muslim".

    Does it matter? Should it matter? It only matters to us in the context of Obama's statements that he has "always" been a Christian. In the U.S. there is no religious test for running for or holding office. As it should be. The only concern to us would be if Obama has been untruthful in his statements about his faith background.

    One thing to keep in mind though. Obama has voted, spoken and represented a socialist/collectivist political agenda since he has been in public life. Believe us, there is nothing more divergent from marxist oriented politics than the tenets of Islam. The only thing they have in common is there requirement for authoritarian collectivism at the expense of individual liberty.

    Keep studying Senator Obama and Senator McCain. You can weigh their competing brands of big Federal government statism. It's appalling but it is what you have to choose from.

    Friday, June 13, 2008

    Wow! I think they don't like Obama

    Pretty strong opinion piece.

    Right here, these two just thrash Obama.

    What shocks me is that people I know who are "conservative" or claim libertarian principles have mentioned "liking" or entertaining "voting for" Obama. Unless your plan is to give power to the socialist/collectivist party so Americans can be reminded of the Carter era malaise, that is just INSANE.

    Obama is the most liberal/socialist/collectivist member of Congress bar none. He wouldn't know the Constitution if it hit him upside his head. That makes it even MORE amazing that his brand of content free charisma can sway those who wouldn't ever consider a marxist candidate such as he.

    What do YOU think?

    Wednesday, June 11, 2008

    More on Oil

    Seems everyone is a little oil mad these days. We are getting a lot of submissions from subscribers with interesting thoughts and data about our current oil situation.

    Of course it is better if you join us instead of just submitting to us.

    From a subscriber
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    Interesting breakdown on the big bad American oil companies… ( ouch, somebody is pinching my wallet… I wonder who it could be! ;) I noted that Gov Ritter said last week that he was going to act to protect Coloradans by NOT allowing development of the massive shale oil reserves.

    From: http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives2/2008/05/020589.php


    May 23, 2008

    "Big Oil"

    I hadn't realized, until the hearings on energy that were held this week in House and Senate committees, that the United States doesn't have any big oil companies. It's true: the largest American oil company, Exxon Mobil, is only the 14th largest in the world, and is dwarfed by the really big oil companies--all owned by foreign governments or government-sponsored monopolies--that dominate the world's oil supply.

    This graph tells the story; you can barely see the American oil companies as minor players on the right side of the chart. The chart was presented to the House committee by Chevron; click to enlarge:

    http://www.powerlineblog.com/OilChart9-thumb.jpg

    With 94% of the world's oil supply locked up by foreign governments, most of which are hostile to the United States, the relatively puny American oil companies do not have access to enough crude oil to significantly affect the market and help bring prices down. Thus, Exxon Mobil, a small oil company, buys 90% of the crude oil that it refines for the U.S. market from the big players, i.e, mostly-hostile foreign governments. The price at the U.S. pump is rising because the price the big oil companies charge Exxon Mobil and the other small American companies for crude oil is going up.

    This is obviously a tough situation for the American consumer. The irony is that it doesn't have to be that way. The United States--unlike, say, France--actually has vast petroleum reserves. It would be possible for American oil companies to develop those reserves, play a far bigger role in international markets, and deliver gas at the pump to American consumers at a much lower price, while creating many thousands of jobs for Americans. This would be infinitely preferable to shipping endless billions of dollars to Saudi Arabia, Russia and Venezuela.

    So, why doesn't it happen? Because the Democratic Party--aided, sadly, by a handful of Republicans--deliberately keeps gas prices high and our domestic oil companies small by putting most of our reserves off limits to development. China is now drilling in the Caribbean, but our own companies are barred by law from developing large oil fields off the coasts of Florida and California. Enormous shale oil deposits in the Rocky Mountain states could go a long way toward supplying American consumers' needs, but the Democratic Congress won't allow those resources to be developed. ANWR contains vast petroleum reserves, but we don't know how vast, because Congress, not wanting the American people to know how badly its policies are hurting our economy, has made it illegal to explore and map those reserves, let alone develop them.

    In short, all Americans are paying a terrible price for the Democratic Party's perverse energy policies.


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