Sunday, April 26, 2009

Air Force One Joy Ride Terrorizes New York

April 26, 2009
Colorado USA

Just how much fuel did Air Force One and the fighter jet use while buzzing the sky scrapers and the Statue of Liberty of New York yesterday? I don't know but the beauty shot allegedly cost in excess of $300,000. But, ya know - it's only money - taxpayer money.

Isn't it bad enough we have a President who abuses his own "green" advice flitting around for photo ops without his plane going solo to do the same? My heart goes out to New Yorkers who vacated buildings and ran in the streets fearing another - dare I use the forbidden term? - terrorist attack? How much did it cost the businesses of New York in a disrupted work day?

Of course, there's a fall-guy (Caldera). President Obama, Gibbs and others in power claim ignorance and reportedly are shocked and angered by the incident. Says Gibbs, "You might be surprised to know I don't know every movement of Air Force One or what happens to it."

Well, I am shocked and angered that the powers that be do not know what the hell is going on with their own damn airplane. !!)_*&()()^!!

An Air Force fighter jet and one of President Barack Obama’s official planes on Monday flew low over the Statue of Liberty in an approved photo opportunity that startled some New Yorkers who have memories of the September 11 attacks.

New York City officials notified some businesses but not all city agencies or the general public. People in New York remain sensitive to such incidents in lower Manhattan, site of the 2001 attacks involving hijacked airliners that destroyed the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center.

Many people left their buildings, and stock prices extended losses at the time.

The U.S. Air Force, which operates the president’s plane, said the “aerial photo mission” involved an F-16 fighter jet escort and one of the Boeing 747s designated as Air Force One when the president is aboard. Obama was not on board.

Police said federal authorities told them not to disclose the information ahead of time but to direct inquiries to the Federal Aviation Administration.


Thursday, April 23, 2009

The Death of Common Sense

April 23, 2009
Fort Collins, CO

Glenn Beck gave a monologue recently based on an email he received called The Death of Common Sense. I have received this email myself many times over several years, always with slightly different text. A quick search turned up what is allegedly the original text and the author who wrote it in 1998. Well done Lori!

The Death of Common Sense
By Lori Borgman

Here Lies Common Sense

Three yards of black fabric enshroud my computer terminal. I am mourning the passing of an old friend by the name of Common Sense.

His obituary reads as follows:

Common Sense, aka C.S., lived a long life, but died from heart failure at the brink of the millennium. No one really knows how old he was, his birth records were long ago entangled in miles and miles of bureaucratic red tape.

Known affectionately to close friends as Horse Sense and Sound Thinking, he selflessly devoted himself to a life of service in homes, schools, hospitals and offices, helping folks get jobs done without a lot of fanfare, whooping and hollering. Rules and regulations and petty, frivolous lawsuits held no power over C.S.

A most reliable sage, he was credited with cultivating the ability to know when to come in out of the rain, the discovery that the early bird gets the worm and how to take the bitter with the sweet. C.S. also developed sound financial policies (don't spend more than you earn), reliable parenting strategies (the adult is in charge, not the kid) and prudent dietary plans (offset eggs and bacon with a little fiber and orange juice).

A veteran of the Industrial Revolution, the Great Depression, the Technological Revolution and the Smoking Crusades, C.S. survived sundry cultural and educational trends including disco, the men's movement, body piercing, whole language and new math.

C.S.'s health began declining in the late 1960s when he became infected with the If-It-Feels-Good, Do-It virus. In the following decades his waning strength proved no match for the ravages of overbearing federal and state rules and regulations and an oppressive tax code. C.S. was sapped of strength and the will to live as the Ten Commandments became contraband, criminals received better treatment than victims and judges stuck their noses in everything from Boy Scouts to professional baseball and golf. His deterioration accelerated as schools implemented zero-tolerance policies. Reports of 6-year-old boys charged with sexual harassment for kissing classmates, a teen suspended for taking a swig of Scope mouthwash after lunch, girls suspended for possessing Midol and an honor student expelled for having a table knife in her school lunch were more than his heart could endure.

As the end neared, doctors say C.S. drifted in and out of logic but was kept informed of developments regarding regulations on low-flow toilets and mandatory air bags. Finally, upon hearing about a government plan to ban inhalers from 14 million asthmatics due to a trace of a pollutant that may be harmful to the environment, C.S. breathed his last. Services will be at Whispering Pines Cemetery. C.S. was preceded in death by his wife, Discretion; one daughter, Responsibility; and one son, Reason. He is survived by two step-brothers, Half-Wit and Dim-Wit.

Memorial Contributions may be sent to the Institute for Rational Thought.

Farewell, Common Sense. May you rest in peace.
Note from Lori Borgman: This piece was first published March 15, 1998 in the Indianapolis Star. It has been "modified" and "edited" by others and circulated on the Internet, even sent to me several times. Imagine my surprise to see it attributed to some guy named Anonymous. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, I take having my work circulated on the web as a compliment.
Last revised: May 2, 2007

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Dissent worries some...

April 22, 2009
Colorado USA

When - exactly - did DISSENT become such a hot bed of worry for what appears to be (but really is not) mainstream America? Hollywood air-heads, media bubble-heads, and other brown-nosing bobble-heads seeking their 15 minutes of fame are all clamoring to label anyone who does not agree with this administration's sorry plans for our government, our country, the citizenry, our debt and so on... as racist, anti-American, nut-jobs.

First of all, whose bright idea was it to ask a second rate, has-been (this may be generous use of the following term) comedian/wannabe actress what they think about - well - anything? Oh. MSNBC's Keith Olbermann. Duh. I should have known.

Garofalo called tea party patriots a bunch of teabagging rednecks, adding this is about hating a black man in the White House. This is racism straight up.

You know I was heartily sick of the - dare I say VAGUE and COLORLESS - message of hope and change coming from make-the-world-better-socialites during the campaigns but I didn't label them in derogatory terms. I didn't dismiss their opinions or concerns as irrelevant no matter how much I despise what they believe. Just because everyone knows your face does not make you an authority on anything other than how to exploit that face for your own benefit.

The tired racism card gets played every time someone criticizes President Obama or his nefarious associates. Of course, if he continues to adopt this hang-dog, yes-massah, submissively smiling attitude with known enemies and detractors of our state - then who can blame those who see him as the stereotype black? Yep, that may be a little harsh - but hey - if the slave shoes fit... you suck up and wear the chains that bind... the rest of us have not signed on to bend a knee to anyone. Nor will we ever.

Let me get this out: Stop apologizing for our country!

I saw a few anti-Obama signs at the Tea Party I attended on Tax Day but I read them as political commentary on issues that should concern all of us. I saw them as an excellent exercise in free speech. Far more prevalent were signs addressing economic and social concerns. Sure, I saw Obama, Pelosi and Reid on a (one) sign sporting little Hitler mustaches which I found humorous but the comment on the sign was about saying no to socialism... It implied nothing about their ethnicity and everything about their socialistic politics.

Racist - huh? The color of a man's skin here has nothing to do with my Tea party demonstration. I did not like the white President we had before poking the big nose of government where it does not belong anymore than I like the current black President doing the same. I said same. Although, in my opinion, the new P is extremist in his liberal socio-economic views. I both despise and fear his energetic strategies to dismantle the stalwart structure of our economy, not to mention his lack of regard for the Republic, the Bill of Rights, the Constitution, the will of the People and everything else that makes this country strong. I think the former P was genuinely interested in solutions and less concerned about being a media darling than the current P who spends most of his time flitting around posing for the camera and making asinine BS of the Day announcements.

Here's a thought - sometimes you should just shut up and prove you're as good as you think you are.

Thankfully, there were no real celebrities at our Tea Party. As far as I can tell, there were no nut-jobs, no racists and definitely no anti-Americans. Judging from the vehicles lining the streets, and the dress of participants, I would venture to say 95% of our crowd were middle-income wage earners. In a crowd full of red, white and true blue patriots - claiming to be anything other than pro-USA would have been unhealthy. But! There was no violence, no heckling, nothing but respect for our flag, our country and each other. It was a gathering of MAINSTREAM AMERICANS giving voice to common concerns.

So! Do the likes of Janeane Garafalo speak for you? Because Hollywood nitwits like her think we care what they say. Do you consider actors and media anchors mainstream in your America? Because they think we think they are. Can they really relate to your issues? You think they are living from paycheck to paycheck? You think they are worried about losing a job or benefits? You think they shop (for milk and bread) where you shop? You think they know that the price of gas is up? You think they will sadly eliminate going out to eat and to the movies to save a buck or two? You think they care about your children's future? No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No.

I am always amazed that people give credence to what Hollywood or Network media has to say about anything. Oprah does not choose the books I read, Dr Phil does not run my life, Network News no longer has my attention or my respect, advertisers get nuked more often than not and the idiotic likes of Garafalo, O'Donnell, Sarandon and Penn (just to name a few) do not share my economic concerns, standard of living, world view, morals or politics.

Suffice it to say, I do not care what THEY think because I know my own mind and I am willing and able to use it.

P.S. I think THEY are worried... don't you?

Monday, April 13, 2009

American Vet Exhibits Exemplary Patriotism

April 13, 2009
Colorado USA

October 2007, Reno, NV -- News Short

A true act of patriotism... watching this guy in action gave me chills -- I wish I could shake his hand and buy him coffee and pie!

What if we all took just one single action to set things right, like this true American hero...

Reno police, ACLU join flap over Mexican flag
5:38 p.m. October 3, 2007

RENO, Nev. – Responding to a controversy over a Mexican flag flying at a local bar, Reno police and the American Civil Liberties Union issued statements Wednesday emphasizing it is not illegal to fly another flag above the American flag.

A Reno television station broadcast a story on Monday of a U.S. veteran, Jim Broussard, cutting down the U.S. flag flying above the bar and taking it away in protest of what the station reported was an illegal display of the flag.

“I took this flag down in honor of my country with a knife from the U.S. Army,” Broussard told KRNV-TV.

“I'm not going to see this happen to my country,” he said. “I want to see someone fight me for this flag.”

The Reno Police Department said in a statement Wednesday that while the U.S. Code establishes protocol for the display of the American flag in relation to other flags, the protocol “is advisory and is not a criminal statute.

“There is no sanction for violation of the protocol and is not enforceable by local law enforcement,” the statement said.

Likewise, Nevada law contains provisions related to display of flags but “none of those provisions make it unlawful to violate the protocol established in the U.S. Code,” the department said.

Gary Peck, director of the ACLU of Nevada in Las Vegas, said several federal courts have held that the flag rules are not mandatory and cannot be enforced.

“Indeed, if the federal flag rules were mandatory, they would clearly violate the First Amendment, which protects every American's right to speak and express themselves, including their choice of flag to display,” the ACLU said in a statement.

“In 1989, the Supreme Court held that we even have the right to burn our own flag, which had been outlawed by 48 states. Our robust and meaningful democracy is built upon our First Amendment, which protects our right to express ourselves even when – indeed, particularly when – that expression is distasteful or unpopular.”


Thursday, April 2, 2009

Democracy - NOT the way to go

April 2, 2009
Colorado USA

This is likely the best video I have ever watched... if you are confused about the way our government is going and whether or not you want to go along... take a few minutes and figure it out...

The American form of government

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Dissident Daughter Signs On...

April 1, 2009

Just call me a Dissident Daughter, because in my way of thinking -- some of the things going on in this country are simply WRONG and I don't mind saying so. I am not a politicist. I am not an economist. I am not an analyst. I am not a terrorist. I am not an anarchist. I am not a Democrat. I am not a Republican. I am not a Conservative or a Liberal.

I am just a regular Gal who loves her country - the USA. I am a born and bred American who believes the Government of this country should answer to its citizenry, just as the Founding Fathers declared they should. I am a Patriot. I am Creatively Maladjusted. I am a Dissident Daughter. And, I am not afraid.

I will explore what Patriotism means to me... With that said, we will start here... Patriotism is not Seasonal. What does that mean? It means you do not need a reason or a day marked on the calendar to fly the flag or wear the colors. It means that while Memorial Day, Independence Day, Patriot Day and Veterans Day are days rightly set aside for special recognition - Every Day is a reason to celebrate being a citizen of this country. I am 100% American, 100% of the time, even when being a Patriotic American is not popular. It is said, Dissent is the most sincere form of Patriotism. To those who have a problem with such craziness - tough.