Friday, January 29, 2010

Friday Night Fluff: For My Daughter

My daughter, Cheyenne, just discovered this song. I loved it as a kid, and I find myself smiling as an adult.

It's hard to explaing streaking to her, but it reminds me of when she was a toddler.

When she was about 2, she was wearing training pants. I left her watching "The Wiggles" in the living room and went to do some kitchen work. Shortly thereafter, she walked in wearing nothing but a big, toothy grin. From head to toe, she looked like she was covered in chocolate pudding, only I hadn't given her any. It's a story I can't wait to tell her first boyfriend!


Paranoia? I Call It Survival

Wednesday night, we all went over to our local McDonald's for some food. I didn't have the gumption to really cook anything of substance, and state law requires us to feed the kids. It doesn't say WHAT we have to feed them (yet) but only that they have full bellies.

Sitting there eating, I happened to notice a couple of families who must have been traveling in the dining room. The women were wearing hijabs (the muslim headscarf), and my radar kicked on. I sat through the rest of my meal not paying attention to my family, but watching their moves.

I know that the libs will say that it's only a small percentage of muslims that commit heinous acts, but do I want to take that chance with my most precious children in tow? I'm sure that the same mentality was in effect on 9/10/2001.

For those who may think I'm being unnecessarily paranoid, remember who committed the following acts:

Pentagon--9/11



Mumbai, India


USS Cole




Lockerbie, Scotland--Pan Am 103




Khobar Towers, Saudi Arabia

Madrid Train Bombing--2004


I'll be paranoid and live, thank you.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Pennsylvania Going Republican--Latest Polls Show Hope


I never thought I'd live to see the day where Arlen "Magic Bullet Theory" Specter would be unseated. Here in Pennsylvania, he's become almost as entrenched in his seat as Ted Kennedy was. By now, the actual seat itself is probably growing into Specter's gluteus maximus. From all accounts, though, it looks like Specter's days are numbered as are the rest of the Dems in this state (I will NOT use the word 'commonwealth').

In a poll conducted by The Philadelphia Daily News, Pat Toomey, a former U.S. Representative from the Allentown area, has opened up a 14-point lead over Specter in the fight for the Senate seat coming up for grabs. Could Pennsylvania be the next Massachusetts? I pray so.

Among likely voters, Toomey leads Snarlin' Arlen 45-31 percent with 20 percent undecided. I will tell you folks that in Pennsylvania, that's saying something.

"I can't deny it's all very encouraging," Toomey said. "But I'm also very aware of the fact that the election is nine months away. A lot can happen. So I'm going to run like I'm 20 points behind."

Pat Toomey lost to Specter in 2004, but it was a narrow victory for Specter, who defected to the Dems last year.

U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak (D), of Delaware County, is leaving his job to challenge Specter in the primary. In the poll, Sestak doesn't fare as well against Toomey as Specter does.

Among likely voters, Toomey leads 41-19 percent with 37 percent undecided. Registered voters favor Toomey over Sestak 28-16 percent with 51 percent undecided. In short, a Toomey-Sestak matchup would be a massacre.

Also in Pennsylvania, the reign of "Fast Eddie" Rendell is coming to an end (THANK GOD!) after Rendell served the maximum two terms as governor. In this race, the most likely candidates are going to be former AG Tom Corbett for the Republicans and Allegheny County Executive Dan Onarato for the Democrats. Trust me when I say that the people of Pennsylvania DO NOT want Onarato as governor. When one looks at how Allegheny County has been run in recent years and how the assessment of property has been bungled, it proves that Onarato is not the man to be running the state.

How this all plays out is going to be interesting to watch. I'm sure ACORN is going to be VERY active in Pennsylvania. There are a lot of dead people that need to register to vote.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Oh, The People You Meet In a Bar....A Guest Post From a Customer



Friday night, I was (as usual) working my butt off at the bar. Business was hopping, and we were doing everything humanly possible to keep up. Not an easy task for someone of my age. Not that I'm old or anything...

Before chaos became the night's standard, an older gentleman walked in. We informed him that he could seat himself anywhere and that one of us would be with him very soon.

Before heading for a barstool, this kindly soul and I struck up a short conversation. As it turns out, he is a brother freedom fighter and fellow patriot. We briefly talked about Scott Brown and other conservative points before duty called me away.

When I got a chance, I was able to go over and talk some more. We exchanged cards, and he was gracious enough to show me that he had the cell phone number of Dr. Orly Taitz, the attorney pushing for Obama to produce his official birth certificate. I gotta say I was impressed!

A few days later, I saw where the gentleman, whose name is Bill Steiner, had emailed me. He complimented me on my site, and I saw where he had sent me an essay he had written. It's a beautifully-written piece, so I thought I'd share it with you.

A Great Victory! But don’t Blink, America, Please Don’t Blink!

YES! The 2nd American Revolution has begun in earnest!!!

Those 1.5 million of us who were having Tea in Washington D.C. on 9/11/09 knew that without question.

Scott Brown or someone else would eventually win a resounding victory against a key figure representing the anti-American onslaught we are currently experiencing, as decent patriotic citizens predictably rise to defend their liberties, their families and themselves from obvious tyranny and certain future despotism, at the hands of those who now navigate our ship of fate.

To have such an opposition-crushing event occur in Massachusetts is certainly cause for immense joy and celebration, but we must not lose sight of where we are and what possibly lies closely ahead.

A simple look at both recent past history and the history of the world, not only permits us our momentary jubilation, but also fires bright flares signaling our underlying, long developing cultural/structural societal distortions and weaknesses. That look also warns of potential peril especially in the months ahead.

Given the ALL-IN nature of the commitments and positions of the opposition accompanied by their wholesale, reckless law breaking and multiple treasonous assaults on our Constitution; must we not look most closely at the exceptionally well-planned and well-executed strategy to radically change our way of life and the reasons for doing so. We must be particularly amazed by not only how obviously long it was in the making, but also how carefully and precisely it was done...and will be done, if not thwarted.

With Scott Brown’s victory, the questions shouting most loudly are, “Is this the beginning of the end? OR “Is the end of the beginning?”

Our destiny lies in the correct answer.

Can the opposition allow a legitimate 2010 election to become reality and with it a full, complete and utter disconfirmation of their philosophy, their worth, and the certain curtailment of their ability to continue their clever, pathological manipulation of facts, truth, the Constitution and the rest of us, which has been their blueprint?

In this context, we must look at two paradigms having radically different outcomes and requiring radically different thinking and action plans to successfully address them in order to allow our Republic to survive and prosper:

  • The “Politics as Usual” Model (PAUM)
  • The Marxist/Jihadi Model (MJM)

We must determine which model is valid for our present circumstance.

Considerations & Questions:

The “Politics as Usual” Model (PAUM) - Scott Brown wins. Many others like him win.

Conservatism sweeps the midterm elections and responsible, mature, and patriotic adults are returned to power.

These new conservatives will be forced to work diligently on crash overtime schedules to repair the enormous damages done to so many aspects of our economy, intelligence community, political system, international relations and the battle against the global Muslim terrorist onslaught; hoping the work can be completed in time to avert major catastrophes.

To do their work properly they will find is necessary to address an immense educational campaign to assure that sufficient numbers of our citizenry understand the American Way.

They will have an imperative to tell many suppressed/forgotten truths repeatedly, widely and often in order to dispel the numbers of consequential and deliberate lies long promoted by the opposition, which have gone largely unchallenged. For they know that a misinformed electorate cannot make accurate decisions. They will know, also, that the survival of our Republic rests in our children and grandchildren who must be presented a correct American history with all its implications so that our future may be secured. The Constitution, Bill of Rights and historical role and utility of the Ten Commandments and their attendant heroes must be resurrected and honored as standards for social behaviors.

They address many major tasks...

  • To return to Constitutional law and order.
  • To identify crimes and try criminals, so that transgressions are fully exposed and addressed.
  • To assure national security and public safety.
  • To assure our military full support, best equipment and loyal, trustworthy American leadership.
  • To assure captured enemy combatants are properly detained, humanely interrogated and tried by military authority.
  • To regain a reasonably strong and defendable international position.
  • To return to normal political and economic cycles.
  • To achieve energy independence
  • To assure each individual citizen maximum freedom to pursue his dreams and goals and a means to protect themselves and their families.

They look to a process of encouraging the third world to join with us in the realizing the benefits of free enterprise capitalism and all that it brings with its voluntarily lower birth rates, more individual sophistication and better decision-making through education.

They press the world to realize that free enterprise capitalism based democratic republics rarely make initial aggressive attacks other free enterprise capitalism based democratic republics because they both know they have far too much to lose in doing so.

PAUM assumes that the opposition are Americans and that they have the best interests and outcomes of our Republic in mind, while disagreeing about how to achieve their ends and what the Republic will resemble after their work is finished. In PAUM, different emphases are stressed as the pendulum shifts back and forth. In PAUM, extra Constitutional excursions are corrected by the well-maintained balance of power between the Three Branches of Government as we stumble on.

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If, on the other hand, we find ourselves in The Marxist/Jihadi Model (MJM); we are in very deep trouble, primarily because we accustomed to PAUM and tend to stay there. The MJM alternative is far too politically incorrect and far too painful for consideration even by many fellow conservatives in the media.

Did we begin heading for MJM with Woodrow Wilson?

Did the proponents of MJM show themselves to Senator Joe McCarthy and then more vigorously in the 1960’s?

Has the true nature of MJM fully manifest itself in the last 367 days?

If we stay in PAUM, while MJM is actually in service; what might be our destiny?

We will know soon which model applies.

We will know by the types and levels of trump which are played and by the positions taken by the opposition.

We will know by the by the nature and intensity of transpiring events.

Do we navigate successfully through the forth coming gestation period anticipating our hopeful rebirth in November 2010?

OR

Do we find ourselves...

In burgeoning economic chaos, our dollar worthless, our free enterprise system hopelessly compromised?

Experiencing more terror attacks cleverly conceived and ignominiously ignored or excused?

Graciously affording our dedicated terrorist enemies the rights and protections reserved only to American citizens?

On the road to national healthcare we do not want or need?

Bailing out every supplicating political ally?

Victims of an international global warming conspiracy, now fully exposed as a hoax for personal and political gain.

Criminally taxed into oblivion because we breathe and successfully and efficiently produce goods and services?

Ruled in part by the hands of a Czarist oligarchy of questionable repute, loyalty and authority?

Bearing the burden three more years of an administration of questionable legitimacy and birthright?

Knowing crippling civil disorder and attendant misery as malevolent forces act in concert in our days of weakness.

Discovering our Republic, a shattered egg, non-repairable and lost forever and with it the free world?

Can the opposition afford, allow or even imagine legitimate 2010 elections?

We will have many of these answers in just about nine months. Hopefully, mother and baby will do well.

A Great Victory! But, Don’t Blink, America, Please Don’t Blink!

God Bless America!

bigg bill 1/21/2010

Amen, Bill!!!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

I Have a Dream...


In 1787, a group of brave men came forward to establish a country that has never been equaled in the history of the world. Their dream is now mine and will be entrusted to my children when I am but dust in the ground.

The footsteps of the patriots will forever echo in the hearts of the freedom fighters; it is our impetus to fight for the cause of liberty. To silence those footsteps is to stop the march of freedom. We have a sacred duty to continue the march and keep the dream alive.

I have a dream.

I have a dream that all citizens of this great nation will be free. Enslaved by fear of ever-expanding government and political correctness, the shackles of those who love liberty will be broken by a return to the dreams of our forefathers.

I have a dream.

I have a dream that one day all citizens will not be judged by their ideologies. Those who espouse the principles of those who sacrificed all to establish the freest nation on the planet are often labeled as "extremists" or "right-wing terrorists." Judgment should be reserved for God to mete out.

I have a dream.

I have a dream that one day all citizens will earn the fruits of this great nation. With freedom comes great responsibility to respect one's uniqueness in this world. There are those in this society who feel entitled to the prosperity of another, and, as free human beings, we must not stand for the theft by government to give to the idle and irresponsible. The slaves of the system have defined "entitlement" for far too long. Liberty dies a slow death under these circumstances.

I have a dream.

I have a dream that one day all citizens will be employed based on their merits and not on the color of their skin. To hire based on a quota system sends the message "You aren't able to excel on your merit." Excellence knows no skin color. It is, in essence, what makes this country great.

I have a dream.

I have a dream that one day all Americans, both Liberal and Conservative, will share the same vision of limited government and personal liberty tempered with responsibility. It is the dream of our ancestors. It is what many gave their lives for.

We are on the verge of the New American Revolution, and, poised on the brink of repeating the victories our forefathers celebrated in giving birth to this great land, we have to ask ourselves whether we will join with the angels in Heaven in the song of bygone eras.

"Free at last, free at last, Thank God Almighty....free at last!"

Friday, January 22, 2010

Friday Night Fluff: Another 80's Classic

One of the best movies to ever come out of the 80's was 'Less Than Zero', the story of two friends trying to desperately save the drugged-out third. The drug-addicted friend was played by Robert Downey, Jr. and was (IMO) the best performance of his career.

Anyone who loves the movie 'Less Than Zero' is going to remember this from the movie. Happy Friday, all!

Scott Brown's To Do List


As a newcomer to the Senate, Scott Brown seems like he could be a fun-loving guy. Handsome, witty, and still young, he could be a breath of fresh air to some of the stodgy old farts who now occupy seats in Congress.

That being said, here is a list of things I would like to see Scott Brown do while roaming the halls of the Capitol building.
  1. Tell Harry Reid to "Shove it!"
  2. Print a newspaper with a fake headline that reads "Botox Banned" and send it to Nancy Pelosi. Take pictures of her meltdown.
  3. Walk by the office of Maxine Waters while singing "Dude Looks Like a Lady"
  4. Wear fake buck teeth and thick glasses while sitting in Al Franken's seat
  5. Give Chuck Schumer a lifetime membership in the NRA
  6. Ask Robert Byrd to attend a 50-cent concert
  7. Call Barbara Boxer "ma'am"
  8. Tell Arlen Specter to "act like a gentleman"
  9. Hack John Kerry's stock account, dump stock in Heinz, and buy stock in Hunt's ketchup
  10. Call the IRS, pretend to be Charlie Rangel, and ask for an agent to come to the office to help with this year's taxes
Imagine how fun politics would be!!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

No Need to Panic...


From time to time, I like to discuss some rather personal issues hoping to bring light to the plight of others. This is one of those posts.

I suffer from panic disorder. While I will probably never know the root cause of why, all I know is that it can be debilitating when left unchecked. Earlier this week, I was MIA from the world because I ran out of the meds I take for it. Not a smart move on my part, and I ended up catching hell from my doctor. Anyway, I was in panic mode for three days. Unable to think rationally, I dared not venture out and thanked God I didn't have to work.

My first panic attack was about 12 years ago. I can very vividly remember every detail.

I was on my way to the local college to take a test as I was enrolled in a full semester's worth of classes and did some classes online. About halfway there, I remember suddenly feeling like I was going to have a very bad, messy accident if I didn't find a restroom. Thinking I had the flu, I called the hubby at work and asked if he could come and get me. I felt exhausted and immediately went home to sleep off what I thought I had come down with. That was just the beginning.

Over the next month, I would start to drive somewhere (orthodontist for my older son, grocery store, wherever) and start to get the tingle of hyperventilation in my arms and legs. At that point, my mind would start racing and obsessing about where I might be able to pull off and squat if I needed to. This led to an even more intense feeling of impending doom (or doo) that only subsided when I decided to turn around and go home. I would go home and sleep for a few hours. It was when I couldn't even go as far as my car in the driveway without feeling the onset that I knew it was time to seek professional advice.

My mom ended up taking me to the doctor the day I had the appointment. At first, I tried to tell her I was too sick to go, but she forced me to go (Thanks, Mom!). When I described my symptoms to my doctor, he immediately said "Panic attacks." He pulled out his trusty little scrip pad and wrote me one for Paxil. It gave me my life back.

Since that time, I've had to experiment with a few meds to find one that wasn't going to leave me in a fog and able to function. Recently, I've had to keep Xanax on hand just in case. Occasionally, I'll still have a mild one despite the meds. Xanax has eased that considerably. I have absolutely no beef with big pharma companies.

Last week, through no fault of my own, I let my scrips lapse. I was completely without my meds, and, after four days, I was sent into a complete panic tailspin. Fear and obsession with minor things overtook my life once again. It's not a pretty sight.

I took a Xanax and forced myself to go back to the doctor yesterday to get more meds. He read me the riot act for letting my meds lapse. And he had every right to do so. I forgot just how hideous life can be when in panic mode.

I'm thankful to say that today is much better. And tomorrow will be even better. Before long, I'll be back to normal.

Panic attacks can manifest themselves in many ways for different people. Some feel like they're having a heart attack while others feel violently ill for no apparent reason. They then tend to go into an irrational state of mind, leaving others around wondering WTF? It's not unusual for those in panic states to wind up going to the ER only to have all tests come back normal.

The families of those who suffer from panic disorder need to be ultra supportive. At first, the hubby kept telling me "It's all in your mind. You just need to calm down." WRONG APPROACH!!! It's not something that one has control over; it controls you. At that point, I'd feel guilty for not having control of the situation, but I learned that it's much better to admit you have no control and seek help than to let panic disorder dictate your life.

I hope that someone out there can find some support in this post from someone who has lived and continues to live with this. To them, I urge that they find the right solution for them whether it be meds, therapy, or a combination of both. Have faith and hope. THAT helps immensely.

And you definitely are not alone.

In Celebration of Last Night

To celebrate Scott Brown's massive win in Massachusetts, I decided to post this song since the Dems made such a hoopla about the fact that Scott drives a truck. The words to this song are pretty appropriate!

One Down, Three To Go


Today marks the end of the first year of the regime of BHO. And what a year it has been! Definitely a lot of material for us bloggers within that first year.

Before I get into the rant about BHO's first year, my most heartfelt "congrats" goes out to Scott Brown (you little piece of eye candy!) for finally bringing honor back to the Senate seat in Massachusetts. Now go kick some a$$, buddy!!! Time to rant.

The first order of business for the administration was to order the closing of Gitmo. Heaven forbid that we treat those kept there as enemy combatants in the war on terrorism. Now, we have the trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and ilk slated to take place in New York City, the very place where they killed thousands of Americans on 9/11. It's a travesty and an insult.

Unprecedented spending also took place within that first year. Cash for Clunkers, stimulus money, bank bailouts, and the takeover of two of the major three automakers headlined for weeks. Unemployment has risen to over 11%, and many Americans are still being asked to tighten their belts while the government spends OUR money like drunken sailors on shore leave. What ever happened to living within our means?

The housing market took a nosedive within the last year due to Bawney Fwank and his cronies telling banks that they couldn't "red line," a practice of not lending money to those in high-risk neighborhoods. The result was people acquiring loans for houses they couldn't pay back, and massive foreclosures ensued. Of course, the blame was cast entirely on to the previous administration.

Cap and Trade was front and center for a while, but has taken a back seat of late. The ingenious idea of taxing carbon dioxide (plant food) was spawned during the whole "global warming" hysteria, a notion that has since been debunked and proven to be a statistical fraud. Yet the lefties of this country still echo Chicken Little's message of "The sky is falling!" in hopes of keeping their globalist agenda alive.

In the past year, our president has bowed numerous times to world leaders, sending the message that we are weak. Way to go, you moron! Dictators the world over have been given an almost royal treatment. Kim Jong Il received a personal letter from BHO asking that North Korea halt their nuclear development program. The result? An underground test fire of a nuke. Hugo Chavez was given a warm reception by BHO, and Hugo reciprocated with the gift of a book from his favorite Communist author. How appropriate.

The rise of terror activity during the past year has given Americans cause to once again worry, but the threat is constantly being downplayed. The shooting at Fort Hood that claimed 14 innocent lives, the foiled Christmas Eve bombing attempt, and other miscellaneous plots that were foiled have emboldened the enemy. Is BHO waiting for another 9/11 to recognize exactly what we are up against? It sure seems that way.

We've seen radical czars appointed within the past year. From Cass Sunstein to Kevin Jennings, the radical left has gained a foothold in the government as never seen before. Van Jones, the former Green Jobs Czar, has been the only one run out of town in disgrace. The rest of them keep pushing their respective agendas on the American people regardless of whether the people agree or not. The czars see this as their only chance to push their ideals into the mainstream, and they're not going to give up until the citizenry rebels.

ACORN, the community group who helped get people to vote more than once in many instances during the presidential election, was busted by a couple of undercover citizens giving advice on how to get government money to pay for a prostitution ring. While federal funding of the group was temporarily suspended, they're once again receiving our tax dollars. The sister group of ACORN, the SEIU, has picked up where ACORN left off in shady dealings with Andy Stern, the group's president, making numerous White House visits.

Lastly, the push for socialized medicine in this country under the benign name of "healthcare reform" has come to fruition. Over half the population doesn't want it, but BHO, Pelosi, Reid, and the rest of the socialists have decided that they know what's best for Americans, and they plan on giving the American people a healthcare-reform colonoscopy. So much for the voice of the people.

With all that has happened in the past year, our only hope is that November brings a Congress that is willing to stand up and voice the opinion of the American people when we say "NO MORE!" Should that not come to pass, our liberties in this country will be on life support. And we all know how this administration would handle that medical emergency.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

A Message From Beyond the Grave


Hey all. It's everyone's favorite former senator from Massachusetts. Thought I'd stop by and give my opinion on this Tuesday's upcoming race for MY seat. Yes, MY seat. Or at least the Democrats' seat. After all, we bought and paid for it.

Scott Brown better be thankful that I'm not among the living right now. Rest assured that if I was, I'd be offering to drive him around the state on the campaign trail. The Kopechne family will tell you what kind of driver I am!

And what is going on with Martha Coakley (who I would love to make the next sandwich)? Has she lost her marbles? I can't believe that she didn't do the honorable thing and kick that reporter her aide pushed down! She's disgracing the Democrats' reputation of hypocrisy, and I'm none too happy about it. There's only one thing women are good for, and I tried like hell to get as much of it as I could in my stint on Earth.

If Brown wins on Tuesday, it'll be a disgrace to everything I worked so hard for in the Bay State. What are people thinking up there? Don't they know that the most important issue is doing what I want despite the fact that I'm not there? Damn, it makes me mad!!!!

Well, it's time for me to go. I've been assigned the top job down here when the boss is away visiting his son in the White House. It's tough torturing souls for eternity, but hey...I did a damn fine job in Massachusetts.

Sincerely,
Ted Kennedy

Friday, January 15, 2010

Friday Night Fluff: The Fixx

Being a former 80's teenager, I can't help but love this song from The Fixx. Check out the size of the cell phone! lol And, yes, seeing Cy Curnin (the lead singer) still sends a tingle up my leg. Happy weekend all!!!

That's MS. Bosslady, Thank You!!!


After a hectic week, it's time for me to sit down and type a few syllables. Just when I think that life can't get any more hectic, it does.

I worked the weekend at my cousin's sports bar. Not the best job a person could have, but it's honest work. And working is what I do. In fact I've been given the nickname APB (all-purpose bitch) because I'll do any job that needs to be done. I'm not above scrubbing toilets if it needs done. Well, now I can add "co-manager" to the list of titles I hold there.

My cousin had hired a guy to manage the place. Thinking this guy was going to do a boffo job, it just didn't pan out that way. He wanted to make changes but on a grand scale that would've involved lots of money that wasn't his. Problem was that changes needed to be made on a smaller scale first. After one week (of which he only showed up two days), he's gone.

My cousin's girlfriend (who is one smart cookie; if he ever gets rid of her, I'll kick his ass) and I are now tag-teaming the managerial duties of the bar. We may not own it, but, by God, we're running it. And it's not going over very well with some of the staff. They've become accustomed to having free reins for far too long. Too bad. Don't like it? There's the door.

I never dreamed that I would one day be running a business. I have no formal business education, but I have ideas that just seem to make sense. I hope it's enough to make the business successful. The girlfriend and I have only my cousin's best interests at heart, and we're going to do what's right for his business. That's where our loyalties lie.

The hostessing job I once held has been eliminated. Instead, I'll be waiting tables just like the other girls. The girlfriend said that if I'm going to be there, I may as well make some money other than payroll. See why I like her so much?

Right now, we're still getting our feet wet and playing catch-up to things that had been overlooked for too long. Nonetheless, we're excited about this venture.

So from now on, the staff can just call me MS. Bosslady. I think, though, that before too long, they'll be calling me a whole host of other names if they haven't done so already.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Brown Mentions TRICARE Cuts During Debate

Monday, a post ran at neo-neocon.com about the recent debate between candidates vying for Ted "Chappaquidick Fats" Kennedy's seat. Right now, Republican candidate Scott Brown has the Dems in Massachusetts breathing into paper bags.

During the debate, Brown was talking healthcare with David Gergen. This clip shows that Scott Brown knows about the proposed cuts and increased premiums to military personnel who have TRICARE insurance.



Where Mr. Brown read about it will probably never be known, but considering I ran a post on Friday about it, there's the possibility that I have a new reader.

Should Brown or one of his staffers be reading this: Go get 'em, Scott!!! And thank you ever so much for your service to this country.

(Thanks to Eric Dondero at Libertarian Republican for alerting me to this. Click on the link below the header on my page to visit his site!--B & G)

Monday, January 11, 2010

For the Next Generation


As a kid, I remember watching cartoons on Saturday morning and waiting for the next edition of "Schoolhouse Rock" in between shows. Covering topics in grammar, math, science, and history, these have become a real gem over the years. I now own the DVD collection of them and enjoy passing them on to my children.

One of the most important ones is simply called "The Preamble." To this day, I'm unable to recite the Preamble of the Constitution, but I can sing it!

For all those kids out there: This is what this great country is about. May the ideals in it continue to live on with you when we adults are long gone. Pass them on to your children and be proud to say, "I'm an American!"

What's the Worst That Could Happen?


Now that we are officially in the beginnings of an election year, the Democrats are hyperventilating over abysmal poll numbers. Approval ratings for their beloved messiah have tanked, and many Democratic politicians are in danger of losing their jobs as the American people continue to voice their concerns over the slow encroachment of government into their personal lives.

In November, all seats of the House of Representatives and approximately half of the Senate seats are up for grabs. Pelosi, Reid, Specter, and many other Dems are going to spend the majority of their time until then interviewing for their jobs in the media, trying to convince Americans that they are best-suited for the position.

The question of the day for Americans who may be mulling over their political ideologies is simple. What's the worst that can happen if we elect a fiscally-conservative, constitutionally-savvy Congress? Let's see...
  1. The ultimate death of socialized medicine in this country
  2. Americans keeping more of their own money in the form of tax cuts or, possibly, tax cuts for businesses (large and small) that eventually help individuals prosper. Reagan and JFK were both supply-siders.
  3. A movement back to the ideals set forth in the Constitution by the Founding Fathers
  4. A push to secure this nation and its borders. Gee...we didn't hear of underwear bombers between 2001 and 2008. Wonder why?
  5. A sense of personal responsibility and personal liberty
  6. A government whose representatives remember just who is in charge. WE THE PEOPLE!
  7. Returning to a time when it wasn't politically incorrect to invoke the name of Jesus Christ or say that America is the greatest nation in the history of mankind
  8. A renewed respect for our fighting forces and the sacrifices they make
  9. A sense of charity among the private sector to care for the elderly, disabled, and needy. That is NOT the job of those in government.
  10. Blessing of this country from God. "Blessed is the Nation Whose God is the Lord." -- Psalm 33:12
Consider all the events that have transpired over the past year. Now ask yourself "How many of these ten items have been brought to fruition by the current administration?" [B & G Warning: Don't blow a blood vessel trying to think of one let alone ten.]

Now that it's been pondered, I ask one last question: What's the worst that can happen?

Sunday, January 10, 2010

A New Blog; Please Support!!!


I received an email from my Limbaugh baby's uncle last night (He's the one who gave me the tip on the increase in TRICARE military benefits.). Well, he's now officially a blogger. A very honorable retiree from our Navy, he's taking his frustrations concerning the political landscape to the blogosphere.

Please visit his site and give him a read! He's a great guy with a great wife and could use our support to make his site successful. Thanks much!!! -- B & G

When All Else Fails...At Least I Got Chicken!!!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Publix Pulls 2010 Calendars Over Pearl Harbor Omission


The southern supermarket chain, Publix, has pulled their free 2010 calendars after receiving numerous complaints concerning the date of December 7. The calendars marked that day as the start of the Islamic New Year while omitting the remembrance of Pearl Harbor Day.

Joyce Kaufman, who broadcasts a radio talk show from Miami-Dade to Palm Beach counties, urged customers to call Publix if the calendar offended them. Her listeners responded en masse, and the calendar, filled with coupons, was pulled. Publix has no plans to reissue the calendar this year.

The free calendar has acknowledged holidays since 2005, the first year of its publication. While American holidays have been on the calendar, Publix has also published many overseas holidays on it, such as Puerto Rico Commonwealth Constitution Day and Haitian Flag Day.

Kimberly Jaeger, a spokeswoman for Publix, issued the following statement:

"We regret that the day of remembrance, Pearl Harbor, is not noted and as a result of customer feedback, we will add Pearl Harbor to next year's calendar."

She also says that days of remembrance were always excluded from the calendar due to the large number of holidays in a calendar year.

Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on American-Islam Relations, a Washington-based Muslim civil rights and advocacy group, charged that the calendar's protesters focused on the exclusion of the Pearl Harbor anniversary to exploit "the natural patriotism" of Americans and to "marginalize Muslims and demonize Islam." [No, Mr. Hooper, those who have sought to destroy western civilization in the name of Islam have demonized it. -- B &G]

Several Muslims phoned Publix, thanking the company for observing the Islamic New Year, Hooper said.

The supermarket chain plans on including both the Islamic New Year and Pearl Harbor Day on next year's calendars.

Anyone wishing to let your opinion be known can contact Publix at:

Publix Super Markets Corporate Office
ATTN: Consumer Relations
PO Box 407
Lakeland, FL 33802-0407

863-688-1188


Friday, January 8, 2010

Friday Night Fluff

Enjoy one of my faves by arguably the best female voice in rock and roll history. Happy Friday!!!

BREAKING!!! Covering Obamacare Cost; Military Hit First


I got a call the other night from my Limbaugh baby. His uncle, a retired member of the U.S. Navy, had called him to obtain contact information for me. "John" (not his real name) wanted to point me in the direction of an article he had received from military.com concerning increases in premium rates for active and retired members of the military.

TRICARE, the insurance company through which our military members receive benefits, is slated to increase premiums on the dental plans for 1.9 million members of all branches of our armed forces. The increase is going to take effect on February 1.

From military.com:

The monthly premium for an active duty family member single plan will increase from $12.12 to $12.69 and the monthly family plan premium will increase from $30.29 to $31.72. The National Guard and Reserve monthly sponsor premium will increase from $12.12 to $12.69. The monthly single premium rate for an Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) sponsor plan and the separate IRR single family member plan will increase from $30.29 to $31.72.

One definitely has to ask about the timing of all of this. Legitimate questions have been raised about how Obamacare is going to be paid for, and it appears that this is going to be the start. If ANYONE deserves to have free, outstanding healthcare for life, it is our veterans who served and continue to serve honorably. Instead, they are being hit to help give healthcare to illegals and fund abortions for the feministas (It's their eucharist).

The increases seem insignificant on the surface, but when you consider that 1.9 million members are enrolled, it adds up to millions of dollars going to pay for Medicaid increases in Nebraska.

Also at issue is the payment to providers within the healthcare legislation that passed the Senate. What's that you say? They mentioned nothing about cutting provider payments to TRICARE? Technically, you are correct. But it's complicated.

Remember McCain railing against the cuts to Medicare providers stuffed in the 1000+ pages of the Senate bill? Guess what. TRICARE provider payments flow from Medicare.



From a 2006 article slamming payment cuts in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin:

"....Tricare, the federal health service program, links its payment rates to Medicare, AMA points out." [emphasis mine--B & G]

So when Medicare is cut, TRICARE is cut. Great way to treat our military personnel for their sacrifices, eh? It makes me sick to see the military treated this way.

When payments to providers are cut, there will be no incentive to accept TRICARE, thus reducing the number of available physicians. Law of supply and demand will then bring the unthinkable: rationing of care. If I'm wrong, I hope someone out there can correct me.

We always sensed that Obama, Pelosi, Reid, and their ilk always had some axe to grind with our military, and now it appears that they're ready to make our brave soldiers the first casualty in their fight for socialized medicine.

And now on to the next issue...

COLA (Cost of Living Adjustments) for military personnel stationed within the continental United States (CONUS) are set to drop this year. That's right. While the price of everything is going up in this country, we're not going to raise payments to our troops stationed here. In fact, as stated above, military members are set to pay more for insurance premiums while not getting a COLA.

From military.com:

CONUS COLA Set to Drop in 2010

The Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) rates for locations within the continental United States (CONUS) will drop for almost everyone in 2010. New York, Staten Island, and Detroit are among the few locations set to increase. In addition, Joliet Army Depot and West Point have been added to the list of COLA eligible Military Housing Areas (MHA), while NAVTRACEN [Naval Training Center] Great Lakes, Fitchburg, Mass., Lake Tahoe, Nev., and more than 20 rural areas in California have been taken off the list for 2010. COLA is determined by several cost of living factors for each given MHA. The Consumer Price Index dropped in 2009, meaning the cost of living in most regions of the U.S. dropped, which is reflected in the reduced 2010 CONUS COLA rates. Check out the Military.com COLA Calculator to see how much you may get in 2010.

I'd love to know how they calculated a drop in the cost of living in most of the U.S. because it sounds like fuzzy math. I know that personally, we have seen our electric bill, our taxes, heating oil, and food bill go up. And living in Pennsylvania is cheap compared to a lot of other parts of the country.

Look at the locations of the few areas set to receive COLA's. New York, Staten Island, and West Point are all in the state of New York, a normally blue state as is Michigan, where Detroit will also see a COLA for military families. But it's GOT to be a huge co-inky-dink, right? Or maybe it's my paranoia showing. The Dems are the party of transparency and honesty, right?

While I pray every night for our troops, I'll be tossing in a few extra ones in light of the way this administration is slated to treat them.

To Obama, Pelosi, Reid, and minions: To treat our military this way and call yourselves patriotic is the epitome of hypocrisy. Because of the sacrifices these brave people make, you have had the freedom you now enjoy that you want to take away from everyone else. None of you have served your country honorably and are a disgrace to everything our military has fought for over past generations. May God have mercy on your souls. Oops...you don't have any. Never mind.

(Special thanks to "John" for the tip and for serving our country well. We love you and your fellow soldiers out here!!!)

UPDATE: Libertarian Republican is also running this in part. Stop over by clicking on the link below the header!

I've also sent the link to Beck, Rush, and Hannity. I hope this gets out for the sake of our soldiers.


Thursday, January 7, 2010

Words of Wisdom from Bungalow Bill

Bungalow Bill's Conservative Wisdom ran a post yesterday concerning the security measures since the attempted bombing of an airliner on Christmas Eve. Well worth the read and definitely worth the repost!

Checkpoint Verbiage and Oppressive Big Government Conditioning



Clint Eastwood made a movie during the Cold War which he sneaks into the Soviet Union to steal a top secret and superior aircraft known as Firefox. I know the plot was a little out there considering the Soviets couldn’t even keep their tanks running, but there is a point to this. Throughout the movie, we see our protagonist, Mitchell Gant, break through the tough KGB security through a number of checkpoints, and his character must show he is conditioned to the government questioning at the checkpoints without breaking. It was common in the Soviet Union to be interrogated and questioned at numerous checkpoints throughout major Soviet cities, especially around key communist and military installations.


In recent years, I have noticed our government is conditioning Americans to similar questioning. You just have to go to the airport to see how common this really is. Even before the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) began harassing Americans at airport checkpoints, we were being conditioned to answer the three security questions as we checked into the airport.


The government was smart in conditioning Americans to getting use to and answering questions of authority. They left it to the airline employees to ask the three basic security questions.


Did you accept anything from anyone before boarding your flight?


You mean like a hug or kiss?


Did you pack your bags yourself?


No my wife packed my bags, and my mistress through in a special treat to make me think of her while I was gone.


Did your bags ever leave your sight or supervision before they were checked in?


Yes, some guy named Mohammed Abdul Jihadist told me he would watch my bags as I took a crap in the hotel lobby’s restroom this morning.


You quickly find out the airport doesn’t like jokes. They don’t like jokes because this has been part of the conditioning process. Our government, through these numerous checkpoints have begun conditioning people and soon in the United States, because our government doesn’t want to offend groups of people more likely to bomb airplanes, scenes from Firefox will be the norm in the United States.


They are conditioning people into believing it’s okay for the government to take pictures of our naked bodies, and I don’t believe all these TSA airport scares are coincidental. They are just too silly. If you have ever worked for the government, especially in the military, you know how strict the government is about securing your post and having the paperwork to back it up. Are you telling me there weren’t tools in place to remind a TSA agent at Newark Airport to reboot a federal camera that captures important security data for the nation’s security. What if that camera wasn’t supposed to be rebooted and the government was behind the man entering the exit checkpoint at Newark, all to get people to believe there needs to be increase security at the airports. Think about it.


Fear is the easiest way to condition and control people, and suddenly some Americans are okay with the idea of the government exposing and capturing their private parts to an image using high radiation x-ray machines. Fear controls the masses, and it’s been fear that keeps people from being smart asses as they check into their flights and answer the three silly questions. The three silly questions have slowly conditioned Americans for further security at airports. What if this was all part of a bigger plan? Are you really ready to discount the idea of a bigger plan?

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Personal Resposibility? Not Here.


A mother of nine in Boston is suing her doctors for performing a tubal ligation against her consent. While I agree that they were out of line, at what point are the taxpayers allowed to say "No more!"?

Tessa Savicki (photo below) claims that she consented to an IUD, a reversible form of birth control should she later decide to have more kids, but instead was permanently sterilized by her doctors. Naturally, a lawsuit has been filed. The incident in question occurred in December of 2006. Sounds like Tessa needs more money. Her lawsuit is claiming that she has suffered “substantial pain and emotional distress and incurred severe and permanent physical injuries.” Boo frickin' hoo.

Savicki's children are the product of several men. Three of her children have been produced with her current fiance, Angel Flores Tirado, 36. Tirado works full-time to support his children. A commendable action in today's world, I have to give him credit for taking care of his responsibilities. Tessa, on the other hand, seems to be the irresponsible one.


She has four children living with her, her mother has custody of three, and two are no longer minors. Her first child was born when Savicki was only 13, the age when she dropped out of the ninth grade. Two of the four children living with her receive welfare benefits, and Tessa herself receives SSI for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Savicki has been through the court system before due to reproductive issues. In 2001, she sued a CVS pharmacy and a spermicide manufacturer claiming that she got pregnant with her now 12-year-old daughter because she had bought and used an expired spermicide product. The result was a settlement (of course).

“I would never have the right to tell anyone else ‘because you have this many kids that’s enough,’ ” she said. “That’s no one’s right to say that. It’s my choice. No one has the right to say you’ve had enough. [I do if I'm supporting them, honey. -- B&G]

“I take care of my kids. I love my kids. I was not ready to make that kind of decision,” she said of the permanent sterilization. [We, the taxpayers of this country and the state of Massachusetts, take care of your kids. --B&G]

While I agree that a signed consent form for the procedure should have been secured, at what point are the taxpayers let off the hook for the decisions she makes?

Tessa: If you have a job to support your children, then by all means; have as many as you'd like. Until then, why not take charge of your body and keep your frickin' legs closed? And should you get pregnant again and can't support the new baby, don't look for the taxpayers to bail you out. Your decision, your responsibility.

(Source: The Boston Herald via World Net Daily)

Monday, January 4, 2010

TRAPPED!!!


Today has been interesting. Anyone living north of Florida or Texas is most likely getting pounded from the first winter storm of 2010, and the excitement parents feel when Christmas vacation ends has been dampened by the extension of Christmas vacation by at least a day.

Here in the mountains of Pennsylvania, we've received almost two feet of snow--global warming my (_|_)--with more on the way. The bad part is that the cherubs at my house can't go out to play in it. Bone-chilling temps have made that much too dangerous.

Today has been spent refereeing fights and arguments between the two younger kids on my only day off until Thursday. Needing to go to the grocery store, I'm forced to make them French toast for supper because travel to the store would be hazardous. Thank Heaven I had the foresight to stop and get cigs on my way home from work last night.

To all of you who are in the same or worse position than I, I feel your pain. Now I understand Jack Nicholson's character in The Shining (minus the axe of course).

I'm praying that the storm will soon be over. Family togetherness is getting to all of us.

Is Your Child Autistic?


As many of you know, I'm the mom of two autistic kids. While I've been blessed that they are high-functioning, it has been and continues to be something we struggle with. It can be exhausting.

The last statistics I had read about the prevelance of autism spectrum disorders placed the number at 1 in every 100 kids. That's staggering. Could you imagine the outcry from the gay community if this was AIDS we were talking about? But yet the Washington DC voices remain silent.

I got the idea for this post after reading an article in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (PLEASE READ IT) about this boy and his service dog. It's a heartwarming story on a frigid day here in 'da burgh (and the ousting of the Stillers; but that's another story). Thinking of my own kids and what we may have overlooked initially, I decided to look for a checklist of common autistic symptoms.

While the following things DO NOT necessarily mean that autism is definitely the diagnosis (only a professional who deals with the disorder can make that diagnosis), they are common indicators. And, no, not all autistic people are savants like Rain Man. Just saying...
  • Sustained odd play -- While kids are imagination geniuses, playing with objects inappropriately for extended periods of time could be a sign of a problem.
  • Uneven gross/fine motor skills -- Usually the skills swing one way or the other. Their skills are either extremely good or extremely poor. Rarely is there middle ground.
  • Not responsive to verbal cues -- Your child may not be ignoring you. We used to scream Noah's name for a response to no avail. After having a battery of hearing tests run (all normal), we now realize that this is a sign of autism.
  • Little or no eye contact -- We still have issues with this, especially with Cheyenne.
  • Insistance on sameness of routine -- Ever try to change an autistic person's routine?? Not a pretty sight. Usually a meltdown ensues.
  • Tantrums for no apparent reason -- In the mind of an autistic, the smallest change or thing out of place can result in a full-blown hissy fit. We may not see the significance, but to them it is a catastrophe.
  • Speech delays/absence -- Noah didn't talk until he was about 4. While there are other causes for speech delays, this is almost a classic sign of the disorder. Echolalia (parroting lines from movies or repeating what has been said to them) is also very common.
  • A reluctance for social interaction -- This is the toughest to handle as a parent. When your child resists your hugs, it hurts. Trust me, it can be overcome. Not easy, but it can be done.
  • Spins or lines up objects -- This is all about sensory stimulation. Heaven knows why, but it is.
Like I said, one or two of these symptoms are not necessarily proof of autism. If five or more fit, please seek the advice of a professional.

Autistic people are capable of making great strides. Don't give up hope. There's lots of it. :-)

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Wanna Rethink That???


And now, some quotes on terrorism in light of the attempted airline bombing on Christmas Eve. They might want to rethink their positions.... My comments will be in green.

I found a religion that blended scientific reason with spiritual reality in a unifying faith far removed from the headlines of violence, destruction and terrorism. -- Cat Stevens (Oh really?? Seems like every time we turn around your religion is blowing something up!)

The war against terrorism is terrorism. -- Woody Harrelson (No it's not, Woody. It's letting the world know that we won't tolerate the killing of innocent people by these bastards.)

Fighting a war on terrorism is like fighting against crime. We can never hope to eradicate crime, so we shouldn't bother fighting it. -- Craig Bruce (So, what? No laws? You are a mushhead, Mr. Bruce)

If you are talking about terrorism, you need to sit down and understand what is making these people put dynamite around their waists and blow themselves up. -- Lakhdar Brahimi (We understand. These nuts hate western civilization and wish to take the world back to the Stone Age.)

An escalating, violent tit-for-tat may lead to terrorism. -- Mary Douglas (Not if we wipe them out first, chickie.)

Let me be very clear: We monitor the risks of violent extremism taking root here in the United States. We don't have the luxury of focusing our efforts on one group; we must protect the country from terrorism whether foreign or homegrown, and regardless of the ideology that motivates its violence. -- Janet Napolitano (No, you didn't, Jannie. You screwed up royally. Want me to send you the help wanted ads?)

I do not believe in terrorism, violence, destruction, murder, pre-emption, or War. -- Roseanne Cash (I do not condone murder, senseless violence, or senseless destruction. Your mentality is part of the reason the jihadists have become so emboldened.)

Clinton was very early on aware of the problem of international terrorism. -- Sidney Blumenthal (Then why didn't he get Osama Bin Laden when he had the chance, Sid? He may have been aware, but his failure to act was a precursor to 9/11. I hope that bothers him until the day he dies.)

I admire President Chavez for his strength to resist the United States. Instead, Bush is waging a war of terrorism against the world. -- Cindy Sheehan (You have disgraced your brave son's memory, Cindy. Move to frickin' Venezuela if you love Chavez so much. Maybe Obama will greet your plane when you land.)

Terrorism is in good part an effective government propaganda; it serves to deflect attention from governmental abuse toward a mostly imagined, highly dangerous outside enemy. -- Mark Poster (Tell all the victims of terrorism the enemy is imagined. They'll beg to differ, you twit.)



Why I Don't Drink


Happy New Year to everyone out there! Your favorite B & G fan has been working hard at the bar, so if you feel neglected, I apologize. Today marks the third day of a five-day work streak. Couple that with taking care of the house and shoveling global warming, and it becomes apparent that my dance card is full.

I don't drink for a myriad of reasons. While that is a personal choice on my part, I have no problem with anyone partaking in the fruit of the vine. In fact, I prefer being designated driver to ensure that everyone makes it home safely. But why I choose not to drink seems to offend people who offer to buy me a round.

The first reason is the fact that I'm on anti-anxiety medication to stem panic attacks. Faced with not being able to leave my home for fear of getting sick in public, medication was my only option. While some people are able to have a couple of drinks while taking this class of meds, I can't. Tried it once and woke up puking after only two drinks.

Secondly, I don't want the legal trouble of getting caught for a DUI. I've got a lot to lose if I got sloshed and killed someone unintentionally. Plus, the guilt would kill me.

The third reason became evident on New Year's Eve at the bar. That night, the revelers were ringing in the new year, and everything seemed to be going fine....until one customer accused another of staring at his wife (who was dancing around the bar). What followed was arguably the most vicious bar fight I've ever seen. Trust me when I say that I've seen many in my younger years.

We had three "Instant Assholes" (just add alcohol) in the bar that night. As I stated before, one started on another customer about staring at his wife. From there, another patron tried to calmly neutralize the situation by talking. The jealous husband then tackles the Good Samaritan into the wait station, opening the Samaritan's head. Blood flowed faster than the alcohol.

Two of the jealous hubby's friends (who have a reputation for looking for trouble and liking it) decided to take another potential do-gooder outside and beat the ever-loving snot out of him. The police and ambulance were dispatched. Definitely not a happy New Year for a few celebrants.

The Good Samaritan received stitches in his eye, and the do-gooder was taken to the local ER to have his lip repaired. His nose is also broken. No word on the pending charges against the IAs.

While this made for a somewhat exciting evening, I prefer my sobriety. I'm not a buzzkill on the party scene, but someone has to have a clear head under certain circumstances. And I thank God I had one on New Year's Eve.