Thursday, December 31, 2009

A Tale of Two Cities 2009

I originally wrote this piece in July, but decided to run it one more time to send out what has been a very interesting year, to say the least.

To everyone out there, may you have a most blessed 2010. Thanks for being my brothers and sisters in arms in the fight for liberty. -- blackandgoldfan

A Tale of Two Cities 2009

It was the best of times; it was the worst of times. For there were but two cities people could hold as examples.

The first city sat perched upon a hilltop, emitting a beacon for all to see. The city was guarded by she who proclaimed: "Give me your huddled masses..." Her torch beckoned to all around the world to come and see the wondrous beauty of that city. She stood as an example of the possibility of one's dreams. Fair Lady inspired those who came to live their lives in freedom and goodwill to one another. And so they came.

The lady's lamp inspired a simple man to the call of his country. "Here I am. I will spread your message, Fair Lady." And so he did, and life was good.

The man's enemies labeled him as an ally to the "evil rich" whose taxes were cut by the Simple Man. Despite the eight years of success the Simple Man endured, he was often the subject of belittlement and derision from his enemies. Still, he continued delivering the lady's message: "Give me your huddled masses..." Her torch burned strong.

Peace seemed to follow the Simple Man. He was a gentle soul but never showed weakness to those around the world whose mission was to destroy the message of his Fair Lady. With one sentence, the Simple Man brought true change to a country with a history of mistrust of his beloved homeland and Fair Lady: "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down that wall." And so was the end of the oppression of many people.

The Simple Man fell victim to a horrible disease. Those who mocked him in success continued to degrade him in illness. He succumbed to Death, but he left a legacy that will never die. To this day, he is loved, revered, and remembered. The day will come when we can thank him in the mansion of Our Father.

Out of the second city came a young idealist. Not born of this land, he aspired to claim the same leadership position held by the Simple Man. His arrogance overrode his respect for the law. And so he dreamed of preaching "The Audacity of Hope".

The Idealist became world-wise early in life. Being moved to Indonesia at a young age, he became schooled in different cultures; cultures that sought to destroy the Simple Man's dream and the message of his Fair Lady. She trembled.

He studied the paragons of his ideals: Alinsky, Davis, Ayres. The Idealist draped their message of power and destruction around him akin to the robe of the Simple Man's Fair Lady. He studied how to obliterate political opponents who may speak the message "Give me your huddled masses...". The Fair Lady wept.

Power became the religion of the Idealist; political submission his eucharist. The Idealist used the power of the same office held by the Simple Man to pillage and plunder the huddled masses. His message of "hope and change" deceived the people into blind obedience. The Fair Lady's torch flickered.

Those who sought to bring down the city on the hilltop were placated by the Idealist. "We apologize" became his greeting to foreigners. And the huddled masses became angry.

We, the huddled masses who still believe in the Simple Man's message, have now become the angry huddled masses. Fair Lady's message will never die with us. We pass it from generation to generation; we educate, not indoctrinate. Let us do right by the Simple Man and his Fair Lady.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Find a Church Yet, Barack?

I mentioned this to my mother the other day as we were talking on the phone. I had told her that I believe BHO could very well be a closet muslim due to his actions on trips to the Middle East and the way he has pandered to the muslim jihadists at Gitmo. If ANYONE out there has iron-clad proof that he ISN'T muslim, I'd love to see it.

During the 2008 campaign for the job of POTUS, a lot was made of the fact that BHO and family sat in the pew at Jeremiah Wright's church and listened to his black separatist, anti-America views. Personally, I think that it was a legitimate issue. It spoke to character. If I had been sitting in a church that from day one preached such divisiveness, there wouldn't have been a day two let alone 20 years. But I digress...

When elected, the Obamas said that one of their first orders of business was going to be to find a church to attend. Many past presidents have attended church services over the years. Hell, Bill and Hill regularly attended services. What has been the big holdup in the Obamas finding a church? It isn't like there aren't any in Washington. Pick one!

One could very well look at a pattern that has emerged with this POSOTUS (Piece of S*** of the United States). He has spoken about how much he admires the muslim culture, bowed to muslim heads-of-state, and sympathized with those who wish death upon western civilization. Why? I know a lot of his family in Kenya are muslim, so maybe that's it. Or, he attended a madrassa in Indonesia as a child. Could that be where his uber-tolerance of muslims stems from? It is within the realm of possibility.

I would also like to point out the scrubbing of Jesus from the White House on Christmas. Traditionally, a nativity scene was placed in the East Room of the White House. This year, the Obamas said, "Nope!" Only after a small kerfuffle did they put it up in the East Room.

Last Monday, BHO made an appearance at a Boys and Girls Club in Washington, DC. He seemed to be a little uncomfortable as a few of the children in attendance mentioned the other Messiah.



How can we forget BHO's speech at Georgetown where he had the monogram "IHS" -- which symbolizes Jesus--covered up by a blue sheet (see photos below)? Georgetown officials said that they were complying with a request from the White House. What's the problem, dear leader? Didn't want to share the stage with the True Messiah?












Christmases past have been celebrated by past administrations in the church of their choice, but the vast majority have spent Christmas Eve in church. Unless someone put a church on a golf course in Hawaii, BHO and family weren't there. Why? If BHO and family don't believe in God, why not just say it? It would be at least one honest thing he'd have said.

It may seem like I'm making more of this than what there may be, but after hearing BHO say how important faith is to him, I'm wanting him to put his money where his mouth is. If it's so important to you, Barry, then pony up and pick a church. If it's not that important to you, just frickin' say so. We won't like it, but be honest if that's your stance.

Maybe BHO doesn't like the competition from Jesus.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Where to Begin...


Wow. That's the only word to describe my week. I hadn't planned on being away from blogging for so long, but life seems to throw us curveballs and roadblocks.

Last Tuesday, I had Cheyenne home with the flu. She spent the day throwing up while I tried to get everything ready for my employee Christmas party at the bar that evening. Still needing to do Christmas shopping, I figured I'd go after the party and do the blogtalk radio roundtable with some of my fellow bloggers. Wasn't meant to be.

In the midst of the party, my mother-in-law calls to say that Cheyenne is VERY sick and wanted Mommy. We leave the party and take her home. The story we got was exaggerated, but Cheyenne was still sick, so I stayed home to deal with it. Christmas shopping slated for Wednesday, December 23, if Cheyenne is feeling better. I had to work in the evening, so I had to make it a whirlwind trip if I could.

Wednesday morning brought a new set of snags. Cheyenne woke up feeling fine, so she was going to school. Time to shop? Nope. I had caught a touch of what she had and spent the day eating Imodium and Pepto in order to go to work that evening. While in the middle of this, I get news that my stepfather's sister had passed away that morning. Now I have to schedule a trip to the funeral home in all of this as she was a great lady, and I only felt it proper to pay my respects.

I go to work that evening with all intentions of shopping after work. Wal-Mart's open 24 hours, so I'm safe. The dining room of the bar closes at 9 p.m., so I should be home by midnight, right? Nope. We get customers in just under the wire, so I didn't get out of work until after 11 p.m. Now, the fun begins.

I was amazed at how many people had their VERY young children out at that hour of the night. If I didn't have to be there, I wouldn't have been. I left there at 2:30 a.m. and arrived home at about 3:00 a.m. Christmas Eve.

After unloading the car, I immediately started wrapping gifts. At about 5:00 a.m., I decided it was time to get some sleep as the snowmen on the paper had started talking to me. Back up at 9 a.m. to wrap some more before going to work on Christmas Eve for a few hours. Also on tap was the job of doing the readings at Midnight Mass. I didn't know how I was going to pull this off.

After work on Christmas Eve, I came home and did some more wrapping before catching about an hour's worth of sleep. I got back up, got ready for church, and headed out in a terrible wind storm that had kicked up. The forecast was for freezing rain on Christmas. Yippee.

Mass ended, and a friend of mine who was there held up a "10" scorecard to let me know I did well. I drove home and sat on the road waiting to turn left into my driveway. Two cars were coming down the two-lane road, so I waited....and waited....and waited... It was after about 15 seconds that I realized there were no cars; I was hallucinating. Time to go to bed after making sure all the presents were under the tree.

Christmas morning brought the usual flurry of gift-opening. Thank Heaven the kids slept late enough that we were actually close to dinnertime at the in-laws by the time they opened and shortly played with their gifts. I didn't have to make breakfast.

We did the dinner thing at the in-laws, and everything went fine. Clean up the table, and time to open gifts. By the time we were done, I had started falling asleep on the couch. The husband wakes me up and offers to take me home to sleep. That lasted just a few hours. Now my sleep debt is starting to amass.

I woke up to the family coming in from Grandma and Pap's house. I noticed just how cold it had gotten. That's because the power had gone out in the middle of the wind and now ice storm we were in.

The rest of Christmas Day was spent firing up the generator to power the furnace and keeping the kids occupied until bedtime. The power company was saying that they hoped to have power restored by 4 p.m. on December 26. I had to be at work at 5 p.m. that day. Psychotic from lack of sleep, I started throwing clothes into a bag to go to a hotel. I couldn't handle anymore. The husband convinced me to just go to bed and go to sleep.

About 11 p.m. on Christmas night, I was awakened to the sound of everything powering back up. The answering machine beep, the microwave beep, t.v.'s that had been left on.... AAARRRGGGHHH!!! The next thing I hear after falling asleep once again is the husband cursing and pounding on the computer desk. Evidently, our five-year-old computer was too slow for him.

The day after Christmas was just soooo much fun. The cherubs and I headed to Best Buy to get Daddy a new computer. He gets a faster computer, I get peace. OMG!!! We grabbed and left. It was a nightmare. A stop at Wal-Mart to pick up his diabetes meds, and home again home again....NOT!!!

I drive up to the office to meet him because he had also asked me to pick up a new office chair for him. On my way up the private road, I slide off the road and into a ditch. Now I'm starting to panic because I had to work Saturday night, and I feared being late. I know it's my cousin's bar, but I don't expect special treatment.

The hubby and father-in-law bring the backhoe to get me out. I go home, crash for half an hour, and up to go to work. I never knew that lack of sleep would enhance my bitchiness. I got off work, took a co-worker home because her car was down, and went home to sleep. Nope. Gotta set up hubby's new computer because he didn't feel like reading the instructions to do it himself. It was 2 a.m. when I fell into bed.

I got up early so as to pick up my co-worker and give her a ride to work. I get there yesterday, and I hit the floor running trying to do my job, do dishes, and help get the Steeler-game buffet ready.

During the next eight hours, I did a myriad of jobs around the bar. From about 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., I had NO help doing anything because the waitress on duty decided to sit her fat ass at the bar and shoot the breeze with the bartender. Yes, I've talked to my cousin about this. Still waiting on results.

I got home, and my mother calls to let me know what the arrangements are for the funeral. Viewing today (Monday) and burial tomorrow. Now, we have about eight inches of global warming on the roads. Looks like I'm not going to make it. My thoughts and prayers are there, but I don't think it's going to pan out.

So there you have it. I know it was a long post, but definitely not as long as the week I just finished. I pray that next year is going to be better.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Merry Christmas Rifqa!!!


Yesterday, a judge in Columbus, Ohio, ruled that Rifqa Bary may indeed receive third-party correspondence through her attorney.

According to Pamela Geller at Atlas Shrugs, yesterday's proceedings went 2/3 for Rifqa's rights to practice her faith without fear.

The first issue was one of the parents' CAIR attorney and the petition to have Rifqa labeled 'unruly'. The attorney wanted to amend the petition to have the date changed. The example of Rifqa's 'unruliness' cited by her parents fell on a date when she was in Florida seeking protection. So the attorney wanted to change the date. The judge decided to table this issue until January.

The first victory for Rifqa came when the judge denied the motion from Rifqa's parents to force her into mediation so as to make sure Rifqa understood exactly what islam professes. Her attorney, Kort Gatterdam, argued that after living in the household for 17 years, Rifqa already understood islam and her parents' intentions towards her. The judge agreed.

Rifqa also won the right to continue receiving Christmas cards and other words of encouragement from people around the world through her attorney. The CAIR attorney representing the parents withdrew his earlier petition to have correspondence stopped. Good thing because it appears the judge was set to deny it anyway. To send Rifqa warm wishes, the address is:

Rifqa Bary
c/o Angela Lloyd
255C Drinko Hall
55 West 12'th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210

I would like to wish Rifqa a most blessed Christmas. Also in order is a most warm wish for my blogging pals and readers to also have a great Christmas. Pamela Geller also gets my most sincere thanks for standing up for Rifqa so that she may enjoy the blessed solemnity of celebrating the birth of Jesus.

I'm going to leave everyone with what has become one of my favorite Christmas songs. May the love of God be with each of you in this most wonderful season. I pray that God continues to bless me with each of you. -- blackandgoldfan


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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Has Toby Swallowed the Kool-Aid???


While listening to Quinn and Rose the other morning, a caller mentioned this, and curiosity got the best of me. I just had to see what was up.

The caller mentioned that country music star Toby Keith played in Oslo during the celebration of BHO's receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize. I, at first, thought, "This is just a vicious rumor. Toby Keith's music is as American as it gets." Well, dear reader, it's not a rumor. Toby played at a concert to "...celebrate this year's Nobel Peace Prize laureate." (From the official Nobel Peace Prize website)

The event was hosted by Will Smith and his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. The concert also saw performances by a myriad of entertainers, including Wyclef Jean and Donna Summer.

Let's face facts. Toby Keith isn't exactly hurting for money, so that can't be the reason he went to Oslo to perform. He did perform his latest single, 'American Ride,' a song that makes one feel patriotic despite all the crap we're dealing with from this president. So what would compel Toby to perform at a concert to celebrate the president who has done more to ruin this country of late than Carter did in four years? I'm still clueless. Anyone have an idea?

I have to say that I'm not sure what the true story is. On one hand, Toby sings America's praises in songs like 'American Ride' and 'Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue' while, on the other hand, praising the man who represents everything America is not. Which is it, Toby? There is no middle ground. You either believe in the principles this country was founded on or you don't. Period.

What Toby and other celebs fail to realize is that I want to be entertained, not given their respective political ideologies. Toby Keith says one thing and, in his actions, does another. What's the word for that? Oh yeah....HYPOCRISY!!!

Maybe I'm reading something into this that isn't there, but it sure seems that Toby Keith needs to pick a side. America or BHO.

Monday, December 21, 2009

All I Want for Christmas...


Hugh Jackman. Preferably like this (down):




Or, if not possible, like this (down):



Why We Celebrate


Luke 2:1-20

1And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.

2(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

3And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

4And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

5To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

6And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

7And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

8And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

9And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

10And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

12And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

15And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.

16And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

17And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.

18And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.

19But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.

20And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Just Remember...

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Third Graders Sing Obama's Name at Christmas Program


Yesterday, I attended my nine-year-old daughter's Christmas program at her elementary school. It's been a tradition since my oldest son attended the same school many years ago. After yesterday's production, I'm not sure if I'll want to go until 2012.

I was always proud of the fact that the elementary school my kids have gone to and continue to attend wasn't one of those PC schools. In years past, the students sang "Away in a Manger" and "O Little Town of Bethlehem" in celebration of the Christmas season in between strains of "Frosty the Snowman" and other fun Christmas songs. While hearing reports from other schools that no religious carols were sung, our tiny, rural elementary school defied that mindset...until yesterday.

Gone were the traditional songs of seasons past. This year, Christmas was all about peace, love, the Grinch, Peanuts, and the Chipmunks. One song performed by the fourth grade (my daughter's in third) was titled "An Adult Wish List." Many of the teachers at the school joined the kids in singing this song that, from the teachers' part, referenced how they grew up but they still have a wish list for Santa. The kids' part? Singing about how they wish for lives that weren't broken and no wars. While wanting peace in the world is a noble idea, I'm sure that if you asked them what they wanted for Christmas, the students wouldn't respond "Global peace."

Uneasy with that selection, I waited for the nausea to pass while my daughter's third grade class took the stage. They sang festive songs while my daughter kept waving frantically at us from the stage. This was HER moment, and no one was going to make her sing if she didn't wish to do so. What a diva!

The last song performed by the third grade was "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." After the children sang, the audience was invited to sing along for one more go-round of the traditional Christmas song. While we sang "...you would even say it glows", the kids replied (of course) "Like a lightbulb!!!" It was fun until we reached the end of the song.

As the audience sang "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer....you'll go down in history!", the reply from the kids stunned the entire venue. Their reply to that last line? "LIKE BARACK OBAMA!" I damned near had a stroke. And the anger and resentment over that has stayed with me since.

Since my daughter's class was done and I had to get ready for work anyway, I stood up and left without watching the other classes. I felt awful in doing so, but I didn't want to hear any more PC drivel.

As luck would have it, a group of teachers from that school had their Christmas get together at the bar where I work last night. All of them know me, and they know that I'm not a psycho parent who complains about the least little details. I approached one of the teachers and expressed my disappointment over the program. My point was that I didn't care what political ideology the music teacher subscribed to, but I felt that the kids shouldn't be indoctrinated. I also made the point that ANY historical figure could have been used in the Rudolph song. Michaelangelo....George Washington....Martin Luther King..... History's chock full of great people. PICK ONE! Why BHO? He'll go down in history, all right....as the president who did the most damage to this country in less than a year.

Later in the night, I was talking to someone who works at the school in another capacity. When I related the story to them, they expressed surprise that the music teacher used BHO anyway after a parent allegedly found out beforehand about the indoctrination and called the music teacher to ream her a new one. So now we not only have indoctrination, but we have it in defiance of what parents may feel.

I'm going to watch the rest of the Christmas program on television as our local cable company carries the district's channel. I'm curious to see what other crap was done after I left and before I fire off my letter to the superintendent.

I'll probably watch with a bucket close by.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Ray Stevens onTaxes and Obamacare

Love these!!!



Thursday, December 17, 2009

Mosque to be Built Near Ground Zero


While New York City is still slated to host the trial of 9/11 planner and scumbag extraordinaire, Khalid Sheik Mohammed, Gateway Pundit is now reporting that a mysterious group has purchased a building adjacent to Ground Zero with the hopes of turning the building into a mosque. Should the plan go through, it will be one of the biggest mosques in NYC.

The old Burlington Coat Factory building already serves as a place where some muslims pray and worship. With 55,000 square feet of air rights, the plan is to turn it into something that is supposed to resemble the local YMCA. Funny...last time I was at the YMCA, I didn't see anyone strapping on a bomb belt. But I digress...

The imam of this mini-mosque, Feisal Abdul Rauf, told the New York Times that he hopes to spend $150 million to turn it into ‘’an Islamic center near the city’s most hallowed piece of land that would stand as one of ground zero’s more unexpected and striking neighbors.’’ Striking? As in striking U.S. targets? What a wienie!

Records show that the 60-year-old imam paid $4.85 million for the building -- IN CASH. The additional funding Rauf has allegedly secured comes from unknown sources, although many of the mosques across the country are funded either directly or indirectly by Saudi Arabia. This is the nation that spawned 15 of the 19 murderers who killed almost 3,000 innocent people on 9/11.

I would love to know who sold the building because it appears that they also sold their soul. While I embrace capitalism, there are some things you just don't do for money. And I suggest that building a mosque next to sacred ground where innocent people were slaughtered by a bunch of jihadists is one of those things.

Let's remember exactly what they did that day.





Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Christmas--Bunker Style

Now that the full-court press is on to get my Christmas duties done, my posting is going to not be up to what it normally is. Once the pressure is off (usually December 26), I'll be able to post much more substance.

For today, though, I'm going to let the Bunkers handle my post. I still chuckle after all these years!





Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Indiana Second Graders: 'Allah is God'


In an effort to promote 'inclusiveness' at Lantern Road Elementary School in Fishers, Indiana, second graders were given a set of lyrics for the Christmas program that included the phrase "Allah is God."

The program included references to Christmas, Hannukah, Ramadan, Los Posadas, and Kwanzaa, yet the only deity mentioned was allah. Where's the inclusiveness?

The program was slated to have the students performing the following lyrics with regards to Ramadan:

“Allah is God, we recall at dawn,
Praying ‘til night during Ramadan
At this joyful time we pray happiness for you,
Allah be with you all your life through.”

But when it came to singing about Christmas, the lyrics changed.

“I didn’t know there was a little boy at the manger. What child is this?
I’m not sure if there was a little boy or not.
Then why did you paint one on your nativity window?
I just thought if there was a little boy, I’d like to know exactly what he (sic) say.

When complaints from parents started rolling in, the school did make the decision to scrap 'allah' from the lyrics. At least someone in the school district did the right thing in the end. Too bad it took parental pressure to do what's right. It boils down to an all-or-none situation if the program was to mention a deity. After all, this was supposed to promote 'inclusiveness', right?

Shariq Siddiqui of the Muslim Alliance of Indiana, not happy with the change, made the following statement:

“It’s unfortunate if that was removed from the program just because of Islamophobic feelings. Schools are a place where we should learn more about each other rather than exclude each other based on stereotypes and misconceptions.”

I wonder if Mr. Siddiqui had a problem with allah being the only deity mentioned in the program while God and Christ were left out. I assume not.

Micah Clark, of the Indiana American Families Association, said the following:

“What surprised me here is that we’ve had a secular scrubbing of Christmas for so long and the school apparently didn’t see the problem with kids singing to Allah,” he told FOX News Radio. “You won’t even mention Jesus and you’re going to force my child to sing about Allah? (This show) affirmed Islam and negated Christianity. I wouldn’t have had a problem if it had been equal to all faiths.”

I wonder where the ACLU was during all of this. My bet is that they were busy protesting a creche or menorrah somewhere.

Monday, December 14, 2009

No Christmas Cards for Rifqa


Things just keep getting worse in the case of Rifqa Bary, the islam apostate who fled her Columbus, Ohio, home for fear of the fate that could await her for converting to Christianity. Though her family has said that they have no issues with Rifqa's new faith, the actions of the Bary family lawyer say otherwise.

Omar Tarazi, a CAIR attorney representing Rifqa's parents, filed a motion in Franklin County court last week to ban Rifqa from receiving any Christmas cards through her attorneys and asking for confiscation of any cards the teenager may have already received. Tarazi cites that the Christmas cards are "dangerous to her health and safety".

No, Mr. Tarazi, I offer that returning her to her parents is dangerous to her health and safety.

From the Jawa Report comes the filing, leaked to them by, allegedly, a CAIR insider:

IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS, FRANKLIN COUNTY, OHIO DIVISION OF DOMESTIC RELATIONS AND JUVENILE BRANCH

IN THE MATTER OF:

FATHIMA RIFQA BARY,

AN ALLEGED DEPENDENT CHILD

Case No. 09 JU 11 14895

Judge: GILL

Magistrate: GOODRICH

MOTION TO ENJOIN COUNSEL FROM PASSING MESSAGES OF THIRD PARTIES DIRECTLY TO THE MINOR CHILD

Wherefore, now come Mohamed Bary and Aysha Risana Bary, the parents of Fathima Rifqa Bary, by and through counsel, Omar Tarazi, and move the Court to enjoin Fathima Rifqa Bary's attorneys from passing messages of third parties directly to the minor child without the approval and supervision of Franklin County Children Services; Petitioner moves the court to order Fathima Rifqa Bary and her attorneys to turn over all such communications in their possession or control to FCCS; that third party adults are not to be allowed to communicate with Fathima Rifqa Bary until an approved list is determined by FCCS after consultation with all parties. This motion is supported by the attached memorandum of law.

Omar Tarazi (0084165)
[Address and phone numbers removed]

MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT

1- Certain hate filled sites for bigotry and propaganda are advertising Fathima Rifqa Bary’s attorney, Angela Lloyd address as the approved mean for the readers of the sites to get messages delivered to Fathima Rifqa Bary under the guise of sending her “Christmas Cards.” http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/

2- The particular sites involved have been inciting hatred regarding the current case with such posts as, “Strickland is demented. He knows the fatal record of his Child Services department. Why did he insist that Rifqa be returned? She was perfectly safe and perfectly happy in Florida. Why did this tool of jihad force the hand of Florida? Strickland says a killer is innocent, but Rifqa is guilty of not submitting to the religion of misogyny, gender apartheid and slavery. There is a level of corruption and Islamic influence all the way up to Strickland’s office that is deeply troubling. He’s on their payroll…Are they medicating her [Rifqa Bary] under the “psychiatric evaluation” findings? Who knows? Do the Islamic apologists in the Ohio media even so much as question this fascism? Not a peep.” http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/

3- Allowing the readers of such sites to have a channel of communication to Fathima Rifqa Bary is dangerous to her health and safety. It also undermines the ability of Franklin County Children Services to do its job in supervising and protecting Fathima Rifqa Bary. The GAL for Fathima Rifqa Bary, FCCS and the parents of the minor child have a right to know when third parties are communicating to the minor child particularly when the third parties might endanger the health and safety of the minor child.

4- Therefore, for the safety and security of Fathima Rifqa Bary we ask the court to enjoin Fathima Rifqa Bary’s attorneys from passing messages to their client from third parties and order them to deliver all such communications in their possession or control for Fathima Rifqa Bary that have come from third parties to this action to FCCS and order Fathima Rifqa Bary to turn over any communications in her possession or control she has already received from third parties through her attorneys to FCCS; that third party adults are not to be allowed to communicate with Fathima Rifqa Bary until an approved list is determined by FCCS in consultation with all parties.

Omar Tarazi (0084165)
[Address and phone number removed]

Notice how the family, through their attorney, is trying to restrict just who gets to communicate with Rifqa? What happened to their claims that they will respect her faith?

In the crosshairs is Atlas Shrugs, the site by Pamela Geller that called attention to Rifqa's plight and the plight of other muslim women who have become victims of "honor killings." Had Pamela not taken on the task of exposing this aspect of the "religion of peace," we would have no idea what an "honor killing" is or who Rifqa Bary is. Kudos to Pamela!

Please add Rifqa to your Christmas card list this year. A hearing to settle the matter of Rifqa receiving Christmas cards will take place on December 22. Also at issue at this hearing is whether Rifqa is to be returned to her parents. Please continue to pray for her.

Rifqa Bary
c/o Angela Lloyd
255C Drinko Hall
55 West 12th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43201

Here are the guidelines.

Mystery Solved: CSI Christmas

Steven Crowder does it again. In this clip, he has to solve the crime involving the victim, Christmas. As a fan of CSI: Miami, I had to chuckle at Steven's impression of David Caruso. (H/T to my BOF, Amusing Bunni)

Friday, December 11, 2009

Friday Night Fluff: To John

Yeah, I know. I'm about three days late with this. Sue me.

On December 8, 1980, Mark David Chapman approached John Lennon outside of the Dakota and pretended to ask for an autograph. By the time all was said and done, the world had lost a musical legend.

As the world mourned, Elton John expressed his feelings in song. What came of it is one of my favorite Elton songs ever.

A Climategate Christmas

Minnesotans for Global Warming have put out this great video. You'll never listen to Christmas carols in quite the same way again.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Can I Get an Amen?


From World Net Daily comes this absolutely BRILLIANT and extremely powerful piece by Pastor Kenneth L. Hutcherson. I've shied away from posting articles in their entirety, but this is most certainly worth the read. It ties in to the posts over the past few days.

Christians Are the New Negro
by Kenneth L. Hutcherson

I did not become a Christian so I would have to fight for my constitutional freedoms all over again.

Growing up in Alabama being black, knowing how that felt and the way I was treated in an all-white world of power and control, I had to fight for equal rights under the Constitution. How ironic now as a Christian to have those same thoughts and feelings again and to have to try and wrestle control of my constitutional rights from the secular community.

Many reading this may not understand where I came up with this concept of calling Christians "the new Negro."

The reason is because there are undeniable similarities. Jim Crow laws were passed to keep me from having my constitutional rights and my rights under the Declaration of Independence of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Even though the Constitution gave me those freedoms, man was smart enough to be able to keep me from living those freedoms by saying I was "separate but equal."

Today, my constitutional right of freedom of religion is being eroded again by laws such as the Hate Crimes Bill and repeated attacks by the politically correct crowd. Threats that came along as a result of an African American wanting to get out from under Jim Crow laws were formidable and scary and designed to keep African Americans quiet. The same thing is happening to Christians today.

Another way secular society is trying to control Christians is by the fallacy of the separation of church and state. That establishment clause was intended to protect the church from the state, not to keep the church from participating in the state. Christians' ignorance of the meaning of the establishment clause has allowed us to be controlled just like the African Americans were in the 1950s and '60s.

Many may question why I'm writing this article because they can't see the fight in our society and world concerning the overt attack on Judeo-Christian values.

If you don't believe one could be attacked for their stand on Judeo-Christian beliefs alone, take the case of Miss California, Carrie Prejean. Look at her refusal to compromise her Christian values. She has been vilified, demonized and lost her title simply because of her constitutional right to freedom of religion. What is so encouraging is that she will not compromise; she will not give up her values and would rather please God than take what the world has to offer her.

Sarah Palin is another example.

The politically correct crowd has a very difficult time dealing with Sarah because of who she is. Mrs. Palin is a pro-life, pro-gun, pro-traditional marriage, pro-hunting, white, conservative, Christian male who happened to have been born a woman! The politically correct crowd knows exactly what to do with a white male with those attributes, but a woman?

She is the perfect picture of the politically correct woman – strong, beautiful, able to both buy and fry the bacon, take care of the family, run an entire state and still take care of her baby. But because of who she is, and because she does not subscribe to politically correct thinking, she has been attacked for no other reason than her Judeo-Christian values, just as African Americans were attacked for no other reason than their skin color.

If you still don't think Christians are being attacked for our beliefs, consider Pastor Ake Green in Sweden and Pastor Stephen Boisson in Canada and many other men of God around the world who have been jailed and had their non-profit status threatened because they dare to call homosexuality a sin. The sad commentary is many Christians have backed off our God-given responsibility to tell the truth because secular society has deemed the truth "political." Marriage is a church issue, pornography is a church issue, homosexuality is a church issue, and divorce is a church issue. The problem is, as soon as the secular elites named them political, the evangelical church – especially the white evangelical church – retreated and held up the cowardly white flag.

If you don't think Christians have become the new Negro, just look at Christmas! We are no longer able to celebrate Christmas in schools. Even though as taxpayers, our tax dollars help pay for our broken educational system, we are forced to celebrate winter break and the fabulous "holiday tree!"

How about the wonderful greeting, "Happy Holidays!"? Department stores are afraid to put up signs with the word "Christmas" on them. Don't mistakenly think this is anything new. Secular society began taking Christ out of Christmas when they started calling it "Xmas" – and we let it happen.

In my wonderful state of Washington just last year, Gov. Christine Gregoire and the state legislators allowed an Atheist Manifesto to be put up right next to the Nativity scene of our Lord Jesus Christ! I have to say straightforward: the state of Washington is the armpit of the United States, and our lovely legislators are supplying the odiferous scent to the armpit.

Because 2008 was such a disaster, this year there will be no Christmas or religious displays in the Capitol rotunda, period. Oh, except they will put up a huge holiday tree.

Can anybody tell me where common sense is? Everyone in the world knows it's a Christmas tree. This nonsense is all in the name of tolerance toward whom? It's certainly not toward those of us who hold strong Judeo-Christian values. As Christians, it's an attack on what we hold dear. But just like the Negroes, Christians should understand they are not equal under the Constitution's right to freedom of religion.

The only difference between Christians and African Americans is that Christians put up with this intolerance while standing behind the false disguise of humility and love. We are obsessed with showing the world our love when our primary job is to tell them the truth. The Bible does not say, "Sensitivity shall set you free." It says, "The truth shall set you free." Are we not the truth-tellers?

When are we as believers, like the African Americans that came before us, going to say, enough is enough? No more "separate but equal!" Our battle cry is "We are the salt of the earth, onward Christian soldiers and to God be the glory! For in unity we will stand and we will not be stopped!

Four Christmas Trolls



Leave it to a few young, mush-headed trolls to start screaming about my post yesterday displaying the sign outside of Casa D'Ice that says "Screw Atheists".

In the post, I showed the latest sign outside of the restaurant in North Versailles, Pennsylvania. The establishment is owned and operated by Bill Balsamico, a man known for his politically incorrect signs. Somewhat of a celebrity, Mr. Balsamico speaks his mind through his signs.

Troll #1 appeared out of nowhere to say that they thought it would be "hilarious" to change the word "Atheist" to "Jews" or "Blacks". I replied to said troll that they are banned from this site because I won't tolerate racial slurs.

In checking Troll #1's website (I know you're reading this; yes I did.), I found a post about how, despite being an atheist, they still celebrate Christmas. This, my friends, is hypocrisy. Troll #1 (and you know who you are), you CANNOT celebrate Christmas if you are truly an atheist. Your giving of gifts to friends and family is an acknowledgment that the Magi brought gifts to the Christ child, the basis of the gift-giving tradition. This story is told in the Bible, so you must recognize the religious meaning behind Christmas if you engage in gift-giving.

Troll #2 came running to the defense of Troll #1 saying that the comment about Jews and Blacks was just trying to prove the point that saying "Screw Atheists", as Mr. Balsamico did, is on a par with racial slurs. How anyone can equate someone practicing a godless religion by choice with the God-given color of one's skin still has my brain hurting. Yes, Jews do practice their faith by choice, but after what Jews endured over many generations, I say they're off limits.

Troll #2 ran a post at their site whining about how hard it is for atheists to get into religious colleges. If you're an atheist, you little troublemaker, why would you even want to attend a Christian college?

Troll #3 wanted a little clarification. The comment was this:

So slurs against blacks and jews are bad, but slurs against atheists are fine?

I told Troll #3 that Mr. Balsamico is exercising his rights under the First Amendment. Haven't heard from him since.

This morning, I find that the torch carried by Troll #3 must have been passed to yet another troll.

Troll #4 replied to my BOF's comment by basically saying that WE who may agree with Mr. Balsamico are haters. Troll #4 has blocked anyone from viewing their profile. If you're so proud to be an atheist, why hide it? I would think you'd want to share your views with whoever may want to take a look. If you want to promote understanding, what's the harm? We here on the right normally don't go over to other people's sites and just stir shit up. At least the bloggers I know don't unless someone such as yourself, Troll #4, comes to our site first. Don't rock the boat at someone else's site and then hide behind anonymity. That's being a coward. Have the balls to stand up and take any backlash that may arise from your rhetoric.

The whole issue these little libs have is that someone dared to stand up to them and say "Screw you!" Their widdle feewings must be hurt, so they're going to whine and whine about how they are the minority and how wrong it is to say such hurtful things. That's all it boils down to. They're young, 20-something Generation-Me members who have been raised in the religion of political correctness and that the only thing that matters is how they feel.

To you trolls and any others who want to say how "bigoted" we on the right are: Don't waste your time commenting. I will not give you a forum for your bitching, and I won't taint my site with your PC comments. The First Amendment is in full effect for now, and we will exercise our right to freedom of speech under such. If I see your name in comment moderation, rest assured that your comment will be immediately rejected. Go whine to someone who cares what you think.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Gotta Love This Guy!!!

Bill Balsamico owns and operates a restaurant in North Versailles, Pennsylvania, which isn't very far from my home. Definitely not PC, Bill has become somewhat of a celebrity due to the signs he posts outside of Casa D'Ice. This is the latest:





If you go to the web address listed in the picture, you can sign up to receive emails from Bill and will be notified when they change the sign. It's great!!!

(H/T: Amusing Bunni; she initially told me about this)

Memories of Christmas Past


Ever have one of those momentous Christmases that endures the test of time and defies fading memories? You know, kinda like the one Ralphie had in A Christmas Story? Well, it appears that one Christmas in my family stands out above the others and is brought up every few years or so. We still laugh about it every single time.

When I was about 10 and my brother seven, we were given the task of buying each other gifts for what I remember may have been the first time. Until that year, my mom had set aside one gift and had put the other's name on it. She may have been better off with that game plan.

Christmas memories of that era abound. A live tree, a country home, and family visits (especially from Aunt Bubbaloo) were the hallmarks of that time. The local mall was a beehive of activity, so my aunt took us there to do our duty. Armed with five dollars each (that went a long way then), we set out on a mission to find the perfect gift.

When my brother and I asked each other what the other wanted, we gave answers that were typical for our ages. I had asked for an initial necklace as that was something all of my friends in school had (it was the 70's). My brother, sensitive and caring, wanted a hamster to show how responsible and grown-up he had become in his young years.

Being the older of the two, I was allowed to go off on my own to shop. Back then, you could do that and not worry about having some pervert mess with your kids, so my aunt and I agreed to meet up at a designated place within the mall.

Headed to the department store with pets, I picked out what I thought was the cutest hamster they had. It was Christmas Eve, yet the store had a fair amount of hamsters left. I was excited to think of the look on my brother's face when he opened his gift. I couldn't wait to get home.

My aunt had taken my brother to the jewelry department of another store in the mall to look for what I wanted. Letting him be independent, she watched from afar as he looked for a necklace with a "D" charm. He interacted with the clerk, made his purchase, and, after meeting up with our gifts in hand, we headed home to wrap for the next morning.

My aunt had no clue that my mother forbade a hamster. I said nothing, so Aunt Bubbaloo had no problem with me getting my brother a hamster.

We got home, and I headed straight to my room with the hamster. I left the little rodent there while I went to gather supplies. I returned with wrapping paper, a small bowl for water, a few sheets of newspaper, scissors, tape, and a bigger box. I don't remember how I snuck a lettuce leaf upstairs, but I do remember having one with me.

I locked the door to my room so as not to be disturbed and have the surprise ruined. I shredded the newspaper and placed it in the bigger box and then headed to the bathroom to get water in the bowl. Carefully placing the small margarine bowl in the box with the newspaper and lettuce, I opened the store's box to transfer the hamster to his temporary new home.

After getting him in there, I quickly closed up the flap on the box and taped it shut. Carefully wrapping the box with the prettiest paper I had, I did something that in retrospect makes me wonder what I was thinking.

I marveled at the job I had done in both being so stealth and so meticulous in wrapping. Then I remembered that the little pet who was getting a new owner in the morning needed air holes. I took the scissors, and, reminiscent of Tony Perkins in Psycho, proceeded to stab holes in the box -- with the hamster inside. No blood, so all was still good. I placed the box in my closet.

That night, my mom came and asked me what I had gotten my brother. I told her, and her face fell. She wasn't outwardly upset, but I now know that her first thought was "Oh my God!" She took the box from my closet under the pretense of wanting to put it under the tree since we were going to bed. The hamster was never seen again. In later years, she told me that when she took the box, the hamster had already tried chewing its way out. To this day, I don't know what happened, and I'm not sure I want to.

The next morning, I opened my brother's gift to me. Remember...an initial necklace was all I asked for. The box was the right size and weight, and I quickly tore open the paper. Imagine the surprise I got when I see an initial necklace...with the letter "W". Guess I should've been more specific.

To this day, we still rehash the memories of that Christmas, and it never gets old. At least we didn't put our eye out.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Radical Islamic Speaker at Fort Hood


Just one month after Nidal Hasan waged jihad on our troops at Fort Hood, the Army base welcomed Dr. Louay Safi last week. Safi was on base to speak to troops about to be deployed to Afghanistan. According to CBN News, the man who is a top official for the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) was dispatched to teach our soldiers about Islam before heading into Afghanistan.

How does this earn the label "radical?" In 2007, ISNA -- the group with Safi in a high position -- was named an un-indicted co-conspirator in a trial dealing with the funding of terrorism through the Holy Land Foundation (HLF). The HLF had five members convicted of funneling money into Palestine that allegedly wound up in the hands of Hamas.

Also during the trial of the HLF, evidence was provided by the prosecution that showed ISNA is very closely linked to the Muslim Brotherhood, a jihadist group that has paved the way for groups such as al Qaeda and Hamas.

Dr. Safi has also worked for a Saudi-funded organization called the International Institute of Islamic Thought. The Islamic think-tank, founded in 1981, espouses this overview on their site.

"The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) is a private, non-profit, academic, cultural and educational institution, concerned with general issues of Islamic thought and education. The Institute was established in the United States of America in 1981 (1401 AH). It is independent of local politics, party orientations and ideological bias."

Anyone buying that last line??? Didn't think so.

In 1995, Safi is heard on an FBI wiretap talking to the convicted terrorist Sami al-Arian. al-Arian, a professor of computer science at the University of South Florida in Tampa, pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to aid the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Ol' Sami boy is also a co-founder of ISNA. Let's see...who holds a high position within ISNA? Oh yeah. Dr. Safi, the man who spoke at Fort Hood last week.

A spokesman for the Army base told CBN News that "Safi was one of the faculty members during a seminar about Islam for the Army's 135th expeditionary unit. He said speakers are invited based on learning objectives, audience experience, and availability. The spokesman added that "organizers of the seminar were not aware of Safi's alleged association, but have had no issues or concerns over his presentations nor has any unit raised any."

ALLEGED association??? I think not. Seems pretty clear to me.

What the hell were Fort Hood officials thinking? One month after 14 were killed at the Army's largest base, they're now inviting the enemy to speak there. It's a disgrace.

PC has no frickin' place in our military!!!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Healthscare: A Felon's Creation


Big Government.com is now breaking the news that the game plan followed by the Dems to get socialized medicine passed was authored by a federal felon.

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) has pushed for a public option within the healthcare debate. Now meet her husband, Robert Creamer.

From biggovernment.com:

Rep. Schakowsky’s husband, Robert Creamer, used to be the leader of Citizen Action/Illinois. He also founded its predecessor, Illinois Public Action, in which Ms. Schakowsky served as Program Director. He runs a political consulting firm, the Strategic Consulting Group, which lists ACORN and the SEIU among its clients and which made $541,000 working for disgraced former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich.

Creamer resigned from Citizen Action/Illinois after the FBI began investigating him for bank fraud and tax evasion at Illinois Public Action. He was convicted in 2006 and sentenced to five months in federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, plus eleven months of house arrest.

Now while Creamer was in prison, he wrote a book titled Listen to Your Mother: Stand Up Straight! How Progressives Can Win (Seven Locks Press, 2007). In it he outlines how to get socialized medicine rammed down the throats of the American people.

The ten points outlined by Creamer:

  • “We must create a national consensus that health care is a right, not a commodity; and that government must guarantee that right.”
  • “We must create a national consensus that the health care system is in crisis.”
  • “Our messaging program over the next two years should focus heavily on reducing the credibility of the health insurance industry and focusing on the failure of private health insurance.”
  • “We need to systematically forge relationships with large sectors of the business/employer community.”
  • “We need to convince political leaders that they owe their elections, at least in part, to the groundswell of support of [sic] universal health care, and that they face political peril if they fail to deliver on universal health care in 2009.”
  • “We need not agree in advance on the components of a plan, but we must foster a process that can ultimately yield consensus.”
  • “Over the next two years, we must design and organize a massive national field program.”
  • “We must focus especially on the mobilization of the labor movement and the faith community.”
  • “We must systematically leverage the connections and resources of a massive array of institutions and organizations of all types.”
  • “To be successful, we must put in place commitments for hundreds of millions of dollars to be used to finance paid communications and mobilization once the battle is joined.”
That was easy, wasn't it? Think about all the games played by the Dems in this battle of socialist proportions. They've followed this almost step-by-step.

More on this story will be hitting the web soon. Please read the article at biggovernment.com. It speaks volumes.

Btw....Schlakowsky and Creamer were in attendance at the "crashed" State Dinner. Could it be another political quid pro quo?

My Christmas Wish List


Since I started blogging in June, I've met a lot of very wonderful people whom I have come to admire, respect, and call "friend". I thank God every day for all yinz.

My Christmas wish list is a list of what I would love to give each of my closest blogger friends for Christmas if money was no object. I know all of these people have not been naughty all year (Except maybe in private), so my dream gifts for them would be well-deserved. These gifts would also be on top of getting them whatever was necessary to help them should they need it.

If only I had Bill Gates's money...
  • Amusing Bunni -- A new, high-paying job and a ranch somewhere with a state-of-the-art training center for the squirrel troops. The ranch would be armed with the latest security to keep Bunni and troops safe. Gotta protect our patriots.
  • Bungalow Bill -- John Lennon's apartment at the Dakota and a lifetime worth of music lessons from Sir Paul. In the event of Sir Paul's passing, the duties will be taken over by the musicians of BB's choice.
  • Left Coast Rebel and Odie -- The property of their choice in a state other than California. They really need to get outta there. Odie also gets a backrub from the Swedish Bikini Team.
  • Right Guy -- A getaway home and a lifetime nanny for him and Mrs. RG. Having five kids, they need it. College funds for the kids would also be in order.
  • Teresa -- Ten years worth of Steeler season tickets. Hell, I'd buy her a lifetime sideline pass. Forget the tickets.
  • Ran -- The opportunity to apply swift justice on KSM and posse to avenge 9/11. Then I'd make him Homeland Security Secretary...permanently.
  • Soloman -- Lifetime private boxes at Heinz Field for all Steeler games....and a Broncos jersey. No, Soloman, you may not wear the jersey in your private box. If you do, you will be escorted down to the field to have a little "talk" with James Harrison.
  • Andrew from KOOK's Manifesto -- A mate for Kee.
  • KOOK -- A NORAD-style bunker to keep the black helicopters from picking him up. Not that he's paranoid...
  • Eric -- Permanent postition as Sarah Palin's press secretary and media advisor. Of course, I don't know how he and the missus would enjoy moving from Houston to Alaska...
  • Snarky Basterd -- The opportunity to be a permanent member of the White House Press Corps under Obama. When Obama leaves office, SB will have his travel expenses covered so as to be able to dog Obama forever.
I know I'm going to get people saying "What about me???" Rest assured that I'd help yinz out, too. It's who I am. This was just a list of some of my closest blogger friends and what I'd love to get them. No offense meant for anyone.

Hope everyone is having a great pre-Christmas season so far!!!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Max Baucus: Scumbag


Max Baucus (D-MT) has been on the forefront of the fight to bring socialized medicine to America. What ol' mad Max failed to mention is that he nominated Melodee Hanes for a cushy job at the U.S. Attorney General's office for the state of Montana. Hanes was Baucus's mistress.

From Libertarian Republican:

The news out of Helena this morning, is that last March, the Senior Senator put forward the name of his longtime Mistress Melonee Hanes to serve under Eric Holder in the U.S. Attorney General's office. He submitted the name as one of 6 prospects from Montana. Baucus later withdrew her name during the selection process.

Now, whether or not they had an affair is none of my business. What IS my business is the political favortism shown to this chick. Granted, it happens on both sides of the congressional aisle, and in both cases is very wrong.

I'm left wondering how the MSM will spin this if they ever decide to take up the issue. They haven't touched the Climategate debacle yet, so this may not see the light of day within the confines of the major news networks.

Remember how Gov. Mark Sanford was excoriated within the media for his affair with an Argentine woman? Don't look for that to happen with Baucus. What Sanford did was reprehensible, but at least he didn't get his mistress a cushy government job.

Don't cry for Melodee (photo, right -- whom I predict will be portrayed as a victim). Though her nomination was withdrawn, she found employment. She currently works as an Acting Deputy Administrator of the Justice Department's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, according to a Justice Department web site.

But there wasn't any favortism, right?

It's Polamalu

Soloman did a wonderful job of bringing back some childhood memories with a classic clip from Sesame Street. I suggest you pop over there and watch his clip before going any further here in order to get some sort of context.

I told him I'd try to get a link for what we here in da 'burgh affectionately refer to as "The Polamalu Song." Well, lo and behold guess what I found on youtube?

WARNING: Both songs are highly addictive!!!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Friday Night Fluff: A Dedication


Whitesnake - Fool For Your Lovin
Trouble viewing? Click HERE.

Libertarian Conservative to Challenge Pelosi


John Dennis, a business owner and real-estate investor in California's 8th District, has decided to put the electoral smackdown on Nancy "I Love Botox" Pelosi and challenge her for the seat she has held since 1987. She has become a shining example of why congressional officials should have term limits.

Dennis, a libertarian conservative, graduated from Fordham University with a degree in business and went on to co-found Humanscale, one of the top 10 design firms that specializes in office ergonomics. In 2008, he served as Phonebank and Get Out the Vote director for Ron Paul's presidential campaign in San Francisco.

Dennis told Worldnetdaily.com:

"I became actively involved in politics about two years ago," he said. "I was frustrated with everything – even my own party and the lost opportunities we had to put a cap on spending and the growth of government. I was looking for good candidates to support, and I just finally decided to be a candidate myself."

Dennis is founder of the San Francisco chapter of the Republican Liberty Caucus, board member of the Republican Liberty Caucus of California and has served as an alternate on the San Francisco Republican Central Committee.

Here are some statements John Dennis has made on various issues. I think you're going to like what you read.
  • Energy and the free market -- "The first step is to see what we can do to improve our relationships so we feel more comfortable with other countries as trading partners for our energy needs. The second thing to do is let the free market do its job. If we allow the market to do what it does best, much better than any managed economy could ever do, then, ultimately, we'll find the appropriate sources for our energy needs that'll make everybody feel comfortable and drive our economy."
  • Cap and Trade -- "I'm very leery of the government," he said. "When I read the Constitution, I see our founders writing the document when they are very concerned about the potential abuse of power from the federal government. Every time I hear of a new scheme like cap and trade, it makes me ask, where's the constitutional authorization to do this? Of course, it's not there."
  • Educational Credits for Homeschoolers -- Dennis proposes education credits for children enrolled in private, parochial and home schools.

    "It's very simple," he said. "Make a tax credit available to those folks and give them the option to take their money and go wherever they want."

  • Healthcare -- "I wonder if there's a relationship there," Dennis said. "The government got involved in a particular industry, and the costs went up."

    He said free markets must be able to solve these problems, and government-run health care would seriously worsen an already overregulated system. Dennis proposes making all out-of-pocket medical expenses and insurance premiums tax deductible and using the Constitution's commerce clause to enable all insurers to compete anywhere in the United States.

  • Illegal Immigration -- Dennis proposes an end to birthright citizenship, amnesty and government services for illegal immigrants.

    "People come here and use services mandated by the federal government that help bankrupt states and put hospitals out of business in border towns," he said. "To the extent that those illegal immigrants weaken the dollar and usher in the demise of the dollar, I am very opposed to illegal immigration."

  • Second Amenment -- A member of the NRA, Dennis said, "The Second Amendment is fine by me, and I don't even need a Second Amendment to tell me that I have the right to defend myself."
  • States' Rights -- Dennis said he is a "big fan" of the 10th Amendment and advocates a complete repeal of the 17th Amendment, the 1913 constitutional amendment that calls for direct election of senators.
  • Income and Capital Gains Taxes --

    "Think about everything it implies," he said. "It implies that the government owns things that you work for. It owns you, and it lets you keep a portion of it."

    When he suggests ending the income tax and cutting government spending, Dennis said some people ask him, "How are we going to finance our government?"

    "My first question is, 'Why don't you want your money back?!'" he said, laughing. "Why are you making excuses for people taking away your money to spend it the way they see fit? Why don't you work to keep your money and spend it the way you see fit?"

  • The Federal Reserve -- Dennis proposes an abolition of the Federal Reserve. "Central banking is an interesting thing," he said. "It's a key plank in the Communist Manifesto. It's another form of central economic planning, just like they did in Moscow during the Soviet Union era. Look what it's wrought."
  • Gay Marriage and Abortion -- "I don't think the government has any business being involved in marriage in the first place. As much as I don't have anything against gays by any stretch of the imagination – as someone seeking federal office – I can't find a way to support gay marriage."

    Asked whether he believes the issue should be left to the states, he replied, "I'm running for federal office, and the states can decide what they want to do. But it's definitely not a federal issue."

    Dennis also said he's strongly opposed to federal funding of abortion.

    "I'm strongly opposed to the federal government getting involved in stem-cell research as well," he said. "That's just not its business. It shouldn't have anything to do with it. It's a really complex issue, and it's not in the Constitution that we should be subsidizing any kind of research, especially stem cell."

And there you have it. To read more about John Dennis, visit his webiste, http://www.johndennis2010.com. I urge everyone to give this guy every form of support you can possibly give.

I, for one, would HOPE to see this kind of CHANGE come to Washington.