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Saturday, December 28, 2013

the stupid wants us to "Deal with it"

I despise writing like this, typically finger-vomited out by feckless morons, regardless of ideology or political bent:
Trucker Dave 2 months ago
2008! This is 2013. That’s five years. If he was an attorney he was representing the views of his client. Now he is a Tea Party Senator. He is reflecting the views of the Tea Party and their strict constitutional stance on 2nd Amendment rights. At least we know that he will fight tooth and nail for the people he represents and will not always just follow along with the main stream tyrants in Washington, D.C. At least he is using the U.S. Constitution as his guideline of thought unlike Resident Obama, McCain, Harry Reid and the rest of the Obama Nation elite. They just make up what they are going to do on the fly without any regard to constitutional restraints.
Senator Cruz took a big step fighting Obama Nation Health Care for the People of the United States, to stop lawmakers from passing laws that they exempt themselves from but expect the governed to live under regardless of the negative impact on their lives. Whatever Senator Cruz’ drawbacks may be, at least the voters can have a dialogue with him and get results if the People’s position is not popular in the Washington Beltway.
Now everything from the government shutdown, to the failure of the government to create a budget and limit it’s spending is being leveled at Senator Cruz. I would trust Senator Cruz with my 2nd Amendment rights far further than I would Senator Feinstien’s radical left wing stance. The criticism of Sen. Cruz is raging non-stop and will continue as long as he is being considered as a Tea Party Republican presidential choice. My questions to his criticism are these: If he shutdown the government can someone please tell me when he opened it again…I didn’t catch those articles? If he is against 2nd Amendment rights so strongly why does every 2nd Amendment supporter in the Tea Party still support him? And, if his stance got the Republicans to support a delay of the individual mandates in the Obama Nation Health Care program and that caused the shutdown the government, why are the Democrats considering delaying the program now that the shutdown concluded. The answer to each and every one of these questions lies in the fact that the Democrats and their liberal sidekicks in the Republican Party don’t mind using the press to destroy people’s credibility, inconvenience the American people, discount 1/2 of the voting public that supports conservative goals and even shut down the government to make sure that any good idea becomes a Democrat supported idea and not a Republican one. Meanwhile the Democrats call for an end to partisanship in almost every public appearance. There is no bounds for their hypocrisy.
If Sen. Cruz was indeed a hypocrite, I would be the first to call him out on it. But I do not, in my opinion, see this clearly reflected in this article. I do however see the liberal, anti-constitutional hypocrisy spelled out every day in attacks against the conservative Tea Party. We are growing larger and we intend to restore our American Constitution and the Republic for which it stands. Deal with it.
"Trucker Dave" is obviously one of the narcissistic internet creatures that flounders about seeking attention, demanding address as if he possessed dignity and then writes imperative sentences as if he is steeling for a genuine confrontation, even when people don't care if he lives or dies, let alone see him as a living challenge to their status quo.

Never mind that "we intend to restore our American Constitution and the Republic for which it stands" is mildly plagiarist, intentionally allusionary, definitely pretentious, and unavoidably corny.  "Deal with it".  There is nothing to deal with.  It makes me weep, however, that people who are politically on MY SIDE, in this country, are so damned STUPID.

Monday, December 16, 2013

45 LIFE LESSONS, WRITTEN BY A 90 YEAR OLD

1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short not to enjoy it.
4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.
5. Don’t buy stuff you don’t need.
6. You don’t have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.
7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.
8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for things that matter.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.
12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye… But don’t worry; God never blinks.
16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful.  Clutter weighs you down in many ways.
18. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.
19. It’s never too late to be happy.  But it’s all up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Overprepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words, ‘In five years, will this matter?’
27. Always choose Life.
28. Forgive but don’t forget.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give Time time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.
35. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
36. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood.
38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d
grab ours back.
41. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have, not what you think you need.
42. The best is yet to come…
43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
44. Yield.
45. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.
James Earl Jones & Malcolm McDowell doing dramatic interpretations of social media is pretty rad.
"For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: 'If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?' And whenever the answer has been 'No' for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something." - Steve Jobs
do you know what Mark Schauer and David Agema have in common?

They both give a bigger crap about gay marriage than I do.

And they both SO DESPERATELY WANT the government to have a hand in your marriage, and who gets married.

Statists.

Spider-Man's greatest weakness

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

pay Mark Dantonio more

Simple decision for MSU: Make Coach Pat Narduuzzi the highest paid DC in the game. END OF DISCUSSION. ‪#‎PayNarduzzi‬ Time for MSU to quit paying proven coaches terrible. Dantonio 9th highest paid in B1G. I know 1 recruit that an SEC Coach showed him what Dantonio was making in USA story. "Does that look like a school committed to winning? Coach Dantonio is a good man, I am asking you about the school?" MSU has lost so many great coaches because they won't pay over the years. MSU basketball is great every year because they pay Izzo among top 5. More than many NBA teams will pay. His once top assistant Jim Boylen was the highest paid assistant in the nation. MSU has sustained success because the pay the basketball program. They should. Football makes tens of millions more.
-- Hondo Carpenter, host of Spartan Nation TV

Sunday, December 08, 2013

a Pastor with a gun

A pastor with a gun saved lives.  He did it out of love.



The pastor used his gun to take control of the situation when a would-be robber attempted to rob a Dollar General.

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

November 30: St. Andrew's Day
December 1: First Sunday of Advent
December 6: St. Nicholas' Day
December 8: Second Sunday of Advent
December 15: Third Sunday of Advent
December 22: Fourth Sunday of Advent
December 25: Christmas
December 26: St. Stephen's Day/Boxing Day
December 31: New Year's Eve
January 1: New Year's Day
January 6: Epiphany

Happy holidays, everybody!

Friday, November 22, 2013

the Dark Day

It is a dark day in American history. 50 years today on November 22nd, 1963, people around the world watched in horror; for inside the Statler-Hilton Hotel in Detroit, William Clay Ford purchased the Detroit Lions for $6 million. The largest price ever paid for an NFL team at the time. It's been downhill ever since. The team that had won 3 NFL championships in the 50s would never again see anything resembling "success". Or for that matter, much anything resembling a football team.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Lars Anderson Super-Archer

Lars Anderson has a technique which allows him to not only rival the best athletes in the field of archery but fictional characters, especially in terms of speed.






It is not as romantic as watching an archer pull from his quiver an arrow one by one, pull, and release just as fast but it is more credible.


H/T: Comicbookresources

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Frank Sinatra - High Hopes

Vote for Kennedy!




This sort of stuff would make today's politics more tolerable.

I don't care what the Week of Greatness is

I will say that seeing Mike Tyson calm and Evander Holyfield willing to work with the man that bit off his ear in a prize fight certainly says a lot about how much money is being paid to these guys.


The clip with Dennis Rodman seems very political and likely needs a good deal of explanation.... which I don't feel like doing right now. The other vignettes I do not immediately understand. Mashable says.
The 60-second ad flashes to a series of infamous sports decisions with alternate endings. Mike Tyson returns Evander Holyfield's ear after 16 years (and they hug it out). Brett Favre, the quarterback known for repeatedly quitting and returning to football, finally knows when to walk away. And Dennis Rodman gets a one-way ticket to North Korea.
Apparently our culture is attempting to throw Mike Tyson's alleged rape of a young woman into the memory hole.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Todd Courser wants to hunt RINOs

This was posted yesterday on the Facebook by Mr Courser
The GOP has left us....this is written to one of you who is waiting on the sidelines and yet knows its time to take the next step, so think on this, and pray on it, and lets now consider how best to take the next steps to preserve the country; and to the lesser call, retake the GOP from the progressives who have no interest in advancing conservatism, liberty, or freedom. In some districts its now time to have teams set a new operation in motion. In some cases what follows in this post is written to one of you who read and post but now its your time to step forward and be that one brave courageous man or woman who will stand in the gap for the people; we are failing as a country because we lack principled leadership that will step forward and lead selflessly, win or lose. With all of this attention on making sure these rino's stay in office, even after some of have totally sold out to the left; well in some corners of the state we are finding pockets of those who are preparing challenges of their beloved establishment incumbent. We need more teams doing just that to, at the very least, force the defense of these rinos to be spread as thin as we can and allow more of our liberty candidates to face less money per seat. Honestly we need to have the field spread on all of them who have walked away from liberty for a price; make them reinterview for the job. So please consider how your team of liberty patriots, and you for that matter, can challenge and run an insurgency campaign against those who have sold out to the left. Its time now to stop talking to them and make them beg for their seat again, just stop begging them to listen and just let them go back out and ask for their job again. Its cheap to force them thru the rigors of a primary, just file and begin to layout a way of explaining their pathetic voting records, their support of Obama agenda items, and their support of the governors progressive advancements. In some cases we just need someone to file (couple of hundred bucks) and force the establishment to defend the seat with a left voting compromised rino, just expose them. It would be great to see those who love liberty challenge on all fronts of the war on liberty and freedom. Some will do serious efforts at a campaign, and we would hope all would just do their best, but if you have called you senator or your rep more than a dozen times, without any impact to turn them from liberal advancements, and feel like they won't listen, stop speaking to them, then, well make them explain it on the campaign trail. This will require these party establishment politico's to defend unbelievable records for advancing all sorts of leftist stuff. The establishment will then need to spend 50-100k to defend a seat in the state house, and up to 100-250k to defend a senate seat. If all of the seats have to be defended, its a massive amount of money and it will send a very good message for the conservative cause. It is now time to stand for the right things, for the right reasons, and to stand in the face of the mammoth machine that is built and designed to destroy the Republic; its time to stand for liberty and freedom. So please, those of you who love liberty, make them defend their voting; then force the establishment to spread their resources and make them defend against an insurgency campaign from the liberty and freedom side of the party. If you are planning such an endeavor I would suggest it happen anywhere you find a rino who has sold out in their voting, which is most of them, but if you are planning it, do it quietly and maybe in some cases even wait till the filing deadline to give them a surprise for their summer. I would be glad, delighted in fact, to work thru how to best take such steps with all those who are willing to stand up and are now demanding more from their elected officials. Message me and let me know how I can help. For their...
To summarize my last two very long FB posts, its time to go RINO hunting!If you have a RINO in your district stop speaking/start hunting!
Small people make grandiose statements. How cute.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Generic Election

A paid Republican operative (name withheld) says about the hows and why of electoral victory or defeat.
Elections are not rocket science, nor are they magic. Most are won or lost--by both sides at all levels of the ballot--for the same reasons they have always been won or lost. And, those reasons are usually right in front of our faces--as much as, pundits, politicians, staff and Facebook armchair cynics would like to make it into something much sexier and unprecedented.
It's absolutely true. Which means that while certain actions of candidates, spokesmen, operatives, staffers, pundits, volunteers, may lead to specific reactions by and large there is no narrative lynchpin that makes one campaign so much as unique and special as to be exceptional in a historical narrative.

You do what you can, or don't do, and if it is enough, correct, sufficient, or proper, you win.  On the other hand, you lose.

Which makes it horrible to say, but if it is not one thing, it is another.  You can list a specific quote and indicate how it alienated a specific voting bloc but the simple category is "the candidate said something stupid and potential voters responded". 


What it means for the activist or the volunteer or even the paid operative (let alone consultants and lobbyists) is that there are very few situations that are absolutely so unique that one cannot predict events and determine correct courses of action. At the same time it means that elections cannot simply be crafted and formulated by introducing the correct factors, variables, and substituting "Smith" and "Jones" for "candidate" and "Conservative" or "Liberal" for "ideology".


I wish it was magic.  Although if it was Christine O'Donnell would have had her Delaware Senator race in the bag just by sacrificing a virgin and a black cat.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

fight desire

Overly simplistic description of a desired Presidential candidate?
How about we get someone who communicates conservatism, sticks it to the elites in Washington, and won't back down from a fight?!
I'm sure the description is not a simplified version of what the person wanted. The person wanted something that was too simple.

I do not want someone who is there to "stick it" to people and "fight".  I want smart policies passed, bad regulations dissolved, the tax code simplified, and a more communitarian culture strengthened, among my other hopes for the future.

Friday, November 01, 2013

what kills Americans

1. The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

2. The Mexicans eat a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

3. The Chinese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

4. The Italians drink a lot of red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans...

5. The Germans drink a lot of beer and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

CONCLUSION: Eat and drink what you like. Speaking English is apparently what kills you.

Jeff Dunham on "BU Tonight" (featuring Walter)

The "BU" is apparently Boston University and the host hopefully had a different future in mind than talk show host.



The clip was uploaded October 10, 2006, which means this interview is over seven years old. Ouch.

Mark Dantonio versus Brady Hoke

Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio likes and respects Michigan counterpart Brady Hoke. But just to be clear ...

"Print this," Dantonio said. "Just because you like somebody in the family doesn't mean you like the whole family."

Ain't that the truth.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Jerry Doyle calls for Obama's impeachment

October 31st...
Morning all. JD here.
So the Liar In Chief, Obama, is defending health insurance cancellations under this horrific law by saying, "for the fewer than 5% of Americans who buy insurance on your own, you will be getting a better deal."
A better deal by whose standards?
MY BETTER DEAL includes seeing my plan cancelled as of June 2014, an immediate 20% premium increase to $529/month with a $3500 deductible & 25% co-pay. This increase comes after a previous increase of 13% in anticipation of the hostile takeover of the health insurance market.
MY BETTER DEAL is a "new" plan that includes prenatal dental & maternity coverage, all for the low low monthly premium of $1,165.00. That maternity coverage will surely come in handy with the screwing I'm getting!
MY BETTER DEAL is wasting valuable time learning about my health insurance options, shopping the marketplace, deciding on a carrier, filling out forms & going through a new underwriting process.
MY BETTER DEAL increases my monthly premium from $440.00/month to $1,165.00/month. THAT'S AN INCREASE OF 165 PERCENT.
MY BETTER DEAL IS BULLSHIT!!!
If you like your President you can keep him. Well I and millions more don't!
IMPEACH THIS LYING SOB!!!
GET RID OF ALL THE CRONY CRAPITALISTS!!!
THROW CONGRESS OUT ON IT'S ASS!!!
TIME TO FORECLOSE ON THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE!!!
ENOUGH!!!!!
I'm actually surprised he's calling for this.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

government internet customer service

"Relax, everyone. The system works fine", said a spokesman for the Affordable Care Act implementation, "Just use your dial-up internet, make sure no one is on the phone, and if you have any trouble, email your questions to Healthcare@Earthlink.net."

I don't use this language (Samuel L. Jackson does)



But I cannot stop laughing

Monday, October 28, 2013

Always be weary when the Inexperienced show a can-do attitude for things they likely cannot do - sfdebris

divorce

An old man calls his son and says, "Listen, your mother and I are getting divorced. Forty-five years of misery is enough."

"Dad, what are you talking about?" the son screams.

“We can't stand the sight of each other any longer,” he says. "I'm sick of her face, and I'm sick of talking about this, so call your sister and tell her," and he hangs up.

Now, the son is worried. He calls his sister. She says, "Like hell they’re getting divorced!" She calls their father immediately. "You’re not getting divorced! Don't do another thing. The two of us are flying home tomorrow to talk about this. Until then, don't call a lawyer, don't file a paper. DO YOU HEAR ME?” She hangs up the phone.

The old man turns to his wife and says, "Okay, they’re both coming for Christmas and paying their own airfares.

Friday, October 25, 2013

uniform government efficiency

from a friend
The problems with implementing ObamaCare are puzzling. Why can't we reach the seamless efficiency of the DMV or Post Office?

Adolf Hitler was a Socialst, who knew?

We are socialists, we are enemies of today’s capitalistic economic system for the exploitation of the economically weak, with its unfair salaries, with its unseemly evaluation of a human being according to wealth and property instead of responsibility and performance, and we are all determined to destroy this system under all conditions.
— Adolf Hitler, from speech delivered on May 1, 1927

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Tom Gantert's favorite Jim Leyland memory

Here's my favorite Jim Leyland memory. In 1995, I was a sportswriter in the Pittsburgh area filling in for the Gannett News Pirates beat writer. I quickly realized the beat writers were terrified of Leyland. After a loss to the Padres, they all stood around him with me and I figured I'd just cherry pick a quote from their questions. I was just there for one day. But when Leyland came into his office, no one said a thing. Leyland growled, "No questions?" So I asked a question and got a response with literally 20 F-bombs. The TV guys were taping and I remember thinking, "They can't run this." But that's not the memory. I got to the game two hours early because I wanted to check out the baseball stadium. Leyland was in his office and from outside I could hear him on the phone. And he was talking to his son, who was 4, and had tracked down his dad and was trying to get a "second opinion" on something he wanted but his mother wouldn't allow. I heard Leyland say to him, "Now. You do what your mother says. ... No... No." And he told his son that was final and this went on for two minutes. And he asked his son to put his mom on he phone. Then Leyland told his wife to give his son what he wanted. That memory always makes me smile.

Rafael Cruz versus Barack Obama

Most political calculators look at the ethnic demographics and assign "Hispanics" and "Latinos" as near-automatically Democrat-leaning.  This is not always libelous or slanderous label, not always inaccurate and I could not begin to address how to change those numbers for the better.

The obvious exception usually lies in Florida (although they live elsewhere): Cuban-born American citizens, or those descended directly from a Cuban or two. Their politics usually are set in the realm of the ardent anti-Communist, thanks to Fidel Castro and a long history.  These refugees fled or were exiled and many look forward to a hypothetical time of return.

The ardent AntiCommunism can inform a very thorough attitude against any similar political system and in response we can find a strong Republican voting bloc. Now the partisan divide can also manifest like this:
Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson said in May he didn't think Cruz "should be defined as a Hispanic." In the lead up to last year's election, Gilbert Hinojosa said Ted Cruz was as Hispanic "as Tom Cruise.”
But as we’ve pointed out, Cruz is plenty Latino -- he just happens to be a Cuban-American Latino.
Since Cruz helped start a debate in Congress over whether to voluntarily default on the U.S. debt for the first time in history, in order to undermine Obamacare, it’s a great time to have a look back at the U.S. Senator’s roots.
Many might think Cruz’s purist brand of conservatism has strong Texas roots. But listening to his Cuban-born father speak, it’s becomes clear that his philosophy owes at least as much to the reaction against the Castro dictatorship as it does to Texas Republicans.
In this YouTube video uploaded in July by Freedom Works, a conservative group, Rafael Cruz compares President Barack Obama to none other than former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. It’s not a mistake. He does it twice.
First instance:
I grew up in Cuba under a strong, military, oppressive dictatorship. So as a teenager, I found myself involved in a revolution. I remember during that time, a young, charismatic leader rose up, talking about “hope” and “change.” His name was Fidel Castro.
Then, a few minutes later:
I think the most ominous words I’ve ever heard was in the last two state of the union addresses, when our president said: “If Congress does not act, I will act unilaterally.” Not much different than that old, bearded friend that I left behind in Cuba -- governing by decree, by executive order, just like a dictator, like Fidel Castro.
For Rafael Cruz, the United States’ drift toward socialism didn’t begin with Obama. “In 1976, I was shocked again when I saw a government started in this country instituting socialist policies, which I very easily recognized because of my experience in Cuba,” he said, referring to the Democratic administration of Jimmy Carter.
This worldview revolving around the fear of repeating the experience of the Cuban Revolution was part of the future Senator’s upbringing. “When my son was 8, 9 years old, our conversation around the dinner table centered on politics every day,” Cruz said. “I remember over and over I would ask him, you know, Ted, when I faced oppression in Cuba, I had a place to come to -- if we lose our freedoms here, where are we going to go?"
This divide is very real. While I may see Senator Cruz as yet another white guy he was raised in the shadow of an AntiCommunist ideology. This is a good thing. Mind you the intensity is not always helpful to this country's discourse. To be absolutely fair, as much as the President is a far left socialist or Communist he thankfully lacks the power to be anything more tyannical than just Left of Center.  The elder Mr Cruz's speech is as follows:



The real question is whether this sort of rhetoric, as sincere as it is, will help us get enough of the electorate to secure the 50% plus one for future elections, or does it electrify the base at the expense of the coalitions we need for a long term future prosperity?
"We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and
then bid the geldings to be fruitful." C.S. Lewis

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Rick Snyder polls well over Mark Schauer

John Patrick Yob writes of Strategic National writes (on October 13 at 3:54 PM)
MIRS poll has Snyder up 50-36 over Schauer. Voters appreciate that Governor Snyder is making the tough decisions to continue Michigan's comeback which is leading to more and better jobs for working families across the state. The leadership he is showing in implementing solutions here in Michigan to improve our economy is preferred over the failed policies of the past, lack of plan from the opposition, and the gridlock in Washington DC.
I think it is worth noting that Yohn Yob helped put Snyder there. Thank you.

Now the important thing, maybe, is not to risk losing this status to Mark Schauer because of a Primary challenger.

ObamaCare comparisons

Have we tried applying Obamacare to other things? Like ending homelessness by fining people for not having homes?

Robert Reich on Ted Cruz

Robert Reich is a left-wing economist, pundit, actor, and was President Clinton's Labor Secretary. Normally whatever he says should only be barely considered and then dismissed to make way for a more intelligent idea but that does not mean he does not have intelligent ideas now and again.
Appearing this morning on CNN and ABC, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz blamed fellow Republicans for dooming the Tea Party's effort to defund the Affordable Care Act. "I think it was unfortunate that you saw multiple members of the Senate Republicans going on television attacking House conservatives, attacking the effort to defund Obamacare, saying it cannot win, it's a fool's errand, we will lose, this must fail," Cruz said. "That is a recipe for losing the fight, and it's a shame."

The fact that Cruz -- a freshman senator with no legislative or other accomplishments -- was featured on CNN and ABC this morning is itself evidence that he got what he wanted from the weeks of government shutdown and potential default. He's become the head of the Tea Party faction of the Republican Party. Which means that unless the rest of the GOP rallies against and subdues that faction, Cruz could easily be the Republican's presidential nominee in 2016. Some think this would be enormously helpful to HRC or whomever the Democrats nominate. Perhaps. But even a relatively low probability of a President Cruz is frightening.
What stands out best from that is the fact that Senator Cruz has no legislative accomplishments yet he is now seen by many, thanks in part to right-wing echo chamber media, as a spokesman or leader for my ideological bent, my cause, because he repeatedly says the correct buzz words and he uses these buzz words correctly.

I absolutely abhor Cult of Personality and certainly find it to be the most unconservative behavior among the so-called "Conservatives" running around Republican meetings and Tea Party events.  At present I am in the minority on this but the present is not forever.

Now whether or not he is really the head of a "Tea Party faction of the Republican Party" remains to be seen.  There is certainly is too much time ahead to judge whether he can organize and maneuver all of the states, Primaries, and votes together to be the Republican presidential nominee in 2016, so certainly saying right now that he would be that easily is jumping the gun more than a little.

That said, for all we lambast President Obama for his lack of experience, the big difference between Barack Hussein Obama and Rafael Theodore Cruz is that Senator Cruz was the better lawyer.  His only executive experience is Attorney General of Texas.  While he certainly seems to believe the correct things and would almost certainly be a better President than our current sitting incumbent (which is a wholly unfair comparison as a blind house cat would make a better President than Barack Obama) he lacks the life experience to govern properly or safely.


Our next President should come from the states, not from the Washington, DC brigade of legislators.

your mother should have told you

THINGS YOUR MOTHER SHOULD HAVE TOLD YOU

1. Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store. If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster.

2. Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil. It will stay fresh much longer and not mold!

3. Peppers with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating. Peppers with 4 bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking.

4. Add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef. It will help pull the grease away from the meat while cooking.

5. To really make scrambled eggs or omelets rich add a couple of spoonfuls of sour cream, cream cheese, or heavy cream in and then beat them up.

6. For a cool brownie treat, make brownies as directed. Melt Andes mints in double broiler and pour over warm brownies. Let set for a wonderful minty frosting.

7. Add garlic immediately to a recipe if you want a light taste of garlic and at the end of the recipe if your want a stronger taste of garlic.

8. Leftover snickers bars from Halloween make a delicious dessert. Simply chop them up with the food chopper. Peel, core and slice a few apples. Place them in a baking dish and sprinkle the chopped candy bars over the apples. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes!!! Serve alone or with vanilla ice cream. Yummm!

9. Reheat Pizza
Heat up leftover pizza in a nonstick skillet on top of the stove, set heat to med-low and heat till warm. This keeps the crust crispy. No soggy micro pizza. I saw this on the cooking channel and it really works.

10. Easy Deviled Eggs
Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag. Seal, mash till they are all broken up. Add remainder of ingredients, reseal, keep mashing it up mixing thoroughly, cut the tip of the baggy, squeeze mixture into egg. Just throw bag away when done easy clean up.

11. Expanding Frosting
When you buy a container of cake frosting from the store, whip it with your mixer for a few minutes. You can double it in size. You get to frost more cake/cupcakes with the same amount. You also eat less sugar and calories per serving.

12. Reheating refrigerated bread
To warm biscuits, pancakes, or muffins that were refrigerated, place them in a microwave with a cup of water. The increased moisture will keep the food moist and help it reheat faster.

13. Newspaper weeds away
Start putting in your plants, work the nutrients in your soil. Wet newspapers, put layers around the plants overlapping as you go. Cover with mulch and forget about weeds. Weeds will get through some gardening plastic they will not get through wet newspapers.

14. Broken Glass
Use a wet cotton ball or Q-tip to pick up the small shards of glass you can't see easily.

15. No More Mosquitoes
Place a dryer sheet in your pocket. It will keep the mosquitoes away.

16. Squirrel Away!
To keep squirrels from eating your plants, sprinkle your plants with cayenne pepper. The cayenne pepper doesn't hurt the plant and the squirrels won't come near it.

17. Flexible vacuum
To get something out of a heat register or under the fridge add an empty paper towel roll or empty gift wrap roll to your vacuum. It can be bent or flattened to get in narrow openings.

18. Reducing Static Cling
Pin a small safety pin to the seam of your slip and you will not have a clingy skirt or dress. Same thing works with slacks that cling when wearing panty hose. Place pin in seam of slacks and ... guess what! ... static is gone.

19. Measuring Cups
Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill with hot water. Dump out the hot water, but don't dry cup. Next, add your ingredient, such as peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes right out. (Or spray the measuring cup or spoon with Pam before using)

20. Foggy Windshield?
Hate foggy windshields? Buy a chalkboard eraser and keep it in the glove box of your car When the windows fog, rub with the eraser! Works better than a cloth!

21. Re-opening envelopes
If you seal an envelope and then realize you forgot to include something inside, just place your sealed envelope in the freezer for an hour or two. Viola! It unseals easily.

22. Conditioner
Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It's cheaper than shaving cream and leaves your legs really smooth. It's also a great way to use up the conditioner you bought but didn't like when you tried it in your hair.

23. Goodbye Fruit Flies
To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass, fill it 1/2' with Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dish washing liquid; mix well. You will find those flies drawn to the cup and gone forever!

24. Get Rid of Ants
Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They eat it, take it 'home,' can't digest it so it kills them. It may take a week or so, especially if it rains, but it works and you don't have the worry about pets or small children being harmed!

25. Dryer Filter
Even if you are very diligent about cleaning the lint filter in your dryer it still may be causing you a problem. If you use dryer sheets a waxy build up could be accumulating on the filter causing your dryer to over heat. The solution to this is to clean your filter with with a toothbrush and hot soapy water every 6 months.

Twister Sister - be chrool to your scuel

Bobcat Goldthwait and Alice Cooper?



Alice Cooper in a duet with Dee Snider? This is a wonderful thing.

does it hurt to be Cubs fan during the 2013 World Series?


Saturday, October 19, 2013

Robert Reich on the Koch Brothers

Robert Reich has a very left-wing moment as a he ponders the Koch Brothers taking over the United States. 
We hear that there's a civil war in the Republican Party between its Tea Party and establishment factions. But the reality is there is no longer a Republican Party, and the real war is between the oligarchs (the Koch brothers and a handful of other right-wing billionaires) and the plutocrats (corporate and Wall Street executives). The oligarchs are now finding and funding extremist candidates in 2014 Republican primaries to oppose Republican incumbents who voted in favor of reopening the government and raising the debt ceiling. The plutocrats are bankrolling those incumbents, as well as a few of their own candidates in Republican primaries to oppose incumbent extremists. So who will be the real winners in 2014 -- the oligarchs or the plutocrats? And what will this mean for America?

John Wayne politics

James Taylor and Issac Hayes singing about prostitutes

South Park presents the prostitute song

You don't pay a woman for sex. You pay her to leave afterwards. I don't subscribe to the philosophy but it is hilarious.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

the Victorious Ted Cruz

Either I wrote this or I cannot find the source from where I took it.
Cruz raised a lot of money and added lots of people to his mailing list off the shutdown. It may look like a big loss for him but it was a big win.
Either way it is so correct it is terrifying.  I posted it on Facebook on October 16 at 3:47 PM.  I also predicted it ahead of time.

How Far Ahead Did the Federal Government Plan the Shutdown?

from ANONYMOUS COWARDLY SOURCE
I have worked in the government on and off for 40 years. During that time I became quite familiar with requisitions, bidding, awarding contracts etc. It is a time consuming process with bean-counters and pencil-necked bureaucrats every step of the way. The simplest request takes months not days or hours. In less than 8 hours of the shutdown, "miraculously", professionally printed 3X4 foot signs appeared all over the country in the tens of thousands saying--'this [park, facility, etc. with custom logos] closed due to government shutdown'. There has not been a government shutdown in 17 years. These signs were designed, specifications were determined, signs were then requisitioned, bids were posted and vetted, government contracts were awarded. The materials were then ordered and the signs manufactured then distributed U.S. Mails or freight companies. This shutdown was orchestrated and planned well in advance at least 6-8 month ago. Millions of tax dollars were appropriated and spent in this process. There is a paper trail a mile long leading directly to the White House.
Reticence of the source aside the point is cogent... too bad a cogent point is difficult to establish in the current noise. Ted Cruz is too loud for logic to enter.

the President didn't build that ii

President Obama just said "Don't break what our predecessors spent decades building."  Just caused me to yell at the tv, "you didn't build that."
-- Jennifer Gratz

the President didn't build that

The President just said something about how elected officials need to get back to what they were sent to Washington to do, "create good jobs." Hogwash. I didn't send anyone to Washington to create jobs. Frankly, I'd rather Washington not create jobs because the more jobs they create means the more regulations that are placed on business and private enterprise. This simple, and likely on its face popular statement, shows to me that Obama has no idea what it means to be in business and create real jobs.
-- Jennifer Gratz

from shutdown to letdown, it's still big government

Finally, this big government shutdown business is over so we can get back to the big government letdown.
-- Tim Hawkins

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Ted Cruz hurt us man

Scott Czasak says
Our 3 week old national farce is over...and the only thing that was changed about Obamacare was an income verification change, which ironically will give more power to the IRS...so a complete and utter failure of this strategy...plus if the shutdown had never had happened the story the last 3 weeks would have been the disastrous rollout of Obamacare, and had that been the only story there might have been a popular outcry to delay the individual mandate, but instead that story got buried by DC BS...

Jeff Dunham on the construction of a helicopter

Previously in my series on ventriloquist Jeff Dunham I embedded two different videos covering the comedian's obsession with building and flying homemade helicopters. Since then I found a series of articles that Mr Dunham wrote for KITPLANES magazine back in 1997. I'm not sure if feels like a long time ago because it was the nineties or because I about 15 when the article was written and published. Mind you, fifteen years old is half my life time ago so I suppose this article is just very old. My digression of receding youth aside the magazine's website reprinted the article series in full, sans pictures. The first part of the series starts autobiographically as the author relates how he entered the hobby and then tracks a brief history of the company that creates the RotorWay 162F.  For the following months he accounts the experience of building one of their experimental aircraft, from unpacking the kit itself, to individual difficulties in moving a completed vehicle out of his garage.  He also expounds one of the great benefits of the overall cost: the company includes a complete boot camp experience training one to maintain and safely fly these products!  All in all it is quite fascinating and the actual practical experience, as well as the enthusiasm, is quite evident.

Building a RotorWay 162F

better open or closed?


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Jeff Dunham on Fast Living (featuring Walter)



Last week I embedded a video by Forbes about Jeff Dunham's hobby of constructing and flying helicopters, here referred to as "Experimental aircraft".  This is a clip from the CMT television special Fast Living, where Jeff and Walter give a quick demonstration of the hobby.

Monday, October 14, 2013

"Wanted: a new name for people like me"

I struggle to name this as I never wrote it. It illustrates my beliefs, my struggles, and my exasperation almost perfectly, and quite concisely. If we're activists or even paid staff for our beliefs and modes of thought what do we do when the description of our ideas, our very simple but useful label, is being used by a louder and slightly different group?
Wanted: a new name for people like me...

See, I've been working in the GOP for a long time, and find it disturbing that a growing number of folks seem to be going crazy...

Muslims are not trying to take over the world. This country was not a utopia until the evil progressives ruined it. Just because some hippies want a bike path, it does not mean that the UN is going to take over our country (with what army?) and establish a New World Order.

The PRESIDENT IS NOT going to establish martial law, nor is he a foreign born 5th column communist that will wreck the country in three years.

We are not a nation of moochers, and public schools and universities can't brainwash people... The CIA spent a helluva lot of money trying and they couldn't make it work.

I don't look up to people in the party based on their ability to "sock it to the liberals," and I actually read the lame stream media.

I go to Alex Jones's website for entertainment, not to link some ridiculous conspiracy theory onto Facebook to prove that the whole world is out to get me.

I'm also sensible enough to not see tyranny around every bill that gets introduced in a state legislature or the congress... See, I don't have the constitution memorized, nor can I recite it in Aramaic, but I understand how a bill becomes a law and how difficult that is to get done.

See, I never got into labels, but used to call myself 'conservative' in the sense that I truly want to be left alone... And am cynical about large groups of humans in any capacity making good decisions.

But now?

It seems more and more that if you don't believe everything I just mentioned you are a 'moderate,' a 'progressive,' or the ultimate slander.... A RINO.

So I'm looking for a new name. I like "republican that isn't bat #%^* crazy," but am taking suggestions.
the quoted portion written by Jonathan Farley and was originally published on January 27, 2013.

Ultimately through historical, philosophical, and strategic examples I can prove that this aggrieved dissection of the popular contemporary right-wing movements, as well as its author, fits the Conservative archetype more than today's popular Orthodoxy.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

the famous Lee Atwater southern strategy quote

Audio of the damning content:


Now read.
You start out in 1954 by saying, 'Nigger, nigger, nigger.' By 1968 you can't say 'nigger' -- that hurts you, backfires. So you say stuff like, uh, forced busing, states' rights, and all that stuff, and you're getting so abstract. Now, you're talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you're talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is, blacks get hurt worse than whites... 'We want to cut this,' is much more abstract than even the busing thing, uh, and a hell of a lot more abstract than 'Nigger, nigger.'
This fits into how leftwing magazine The Nation enjoys describing Republicans
It has become, for liberals and leftists enraged by the way Republicans never suffer the consequences for turning electoral politics into a cesspool, a kind of smoking gun. The late, legendarily brutal campaign consultant Lee Atwater explains how Republicans can win the vote of racists
Essentially the quote, which was the stuff of political legend for decades, is the proof of a preconception.

Mind you The Nation claims to have audio of the full interview with all its wonderful context but is not presenting it where and as they claim to.
The federal government paid money to keep it closed when it didn't cost anything to keep it open.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Jeff Dunham interview with Forbes (featuring Walter)

His mom does not entirely approve.

He also builds helicopters.

Here is an earlier interview from 2009.

From near the end of 2010, as someone who should be known in 2011.

Here is his pyrophilic lapdog:

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Jeff Dunham on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno (Walter and introducing Achmed)

Achmed appeared before this but it was still an early appearance. You can see stuff in the Achmed part that's re-run from the Jeff Dunham special where he first appears.

Monday, October 07, 2013

Jeff Dunham on David Letterman (with Walter)

Marketing "Arguing With Myself"

the Washington Redskin is an embarrassing team name


What Price Democrat Victory?

I agree completely on this one.
I'm sick of discussing it, so this may be my last post about the "shutdown" and Obamacare:

First, I still maintain that the Republicans should give the Dems everything they want. It's become a propaganda victory for the low information Obamatons who falsely blame the GOP for everything. Let it proceed and when it turns into a horrendous disaster as it inevitably will, let them own it and never let anyone forget it.

Second, if Obama had a smidgen of sense, (which he doesn't) he would delay Obamacare for at least a year. The rollout has been a disaster. No one is signing up and it's becoming very clear that they don't know what they are doing. So hold off and let people think or come up with a better (anything would be better) idea.

I know they won't do this because they are morons if the worst kind-- morons who think they are smart. Meanwhile, we may get lucky and he'll fall victim to his various scandals and resign.

Over and out.
-- Ed Hannigan

We should no longer have a wrecked sociopolitical situation where the Democrats can be enabled to toss out the lie that Republican obstructionism to their programs caused the problem.  Do not get me wrong, where Republicans can pass sensible legislation they should.  But where it is not possible for even sensible compromise to take place, let the Democrats have their way.  They won the seats that gave them this power.  They convinced the American people to let them have this power.  Since the Americans, with the the majority, of our votes, did this terrible thing, let the elections have real consequences.  Let Americans see and taste and experience the consequence of the terrible amateur they have inflicted.

Lunar Shutdown

So far during the shutdown Obama has barricaded open air monuments, scenic overlooks/pull offs, private businesses that just lease buildings from the Park Service, and the oceans and beaches. There's only one thing left for him to barricade ... the moon! Although, thinking about it, maybe he already has as I haven't seen it over the past couple nights. On the plus side though, with the security guards there to enforce the barricade it means Americans have finally returned to the moon.

the cost of domesticating your Savior

One of the dangers of the secular world is that we domesticate Jesus, we turn Him into a mildly interesting first-century spiritual teacher. And the whole point of evangelization is that Jesus is not just that. Jesus is the Son of God incarnate, crucified and risen from the dead and therefore Lord of the world. There’s a very strange, off-putting, disturbing, unexpected sort of message. If you domesticate Jesus, you take all the evangelical bite out of Christianity.
-- Fr. Robert Barron

I don't think power corrupts either

It is said that power corrupts, but actually it's more true that power attracts the corruptible. The sane are usually attracted by other things than power.
-- David Brin

a Thomas Jefferson quote provides prudent advice

Thomas Jefferson advises prudence.
Do not bite at the bait of pleasure, till you know there is no hook beneath it.
This is unusually conservative of the man.

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

the World War II Memorial was closed unnecessarily and contrarily

National Park Service confirms the order to shut down the World War II Memorial came from the Office of Management and Budget, which is a White House office.

The World War II Memorial is supposed to be open 24 hours a day even when the government is closed. Obama ordered it barricaded after a group of Mississippi veterans contacted the White House to say they'd be visiting it.
-- Donny Ferguson, October 2 at 11:02am

Republicans must own shutdown rhetoric

A young friend of mine said this:
REGARDLESS of your political affiliation. REGARDLESS of your ideology. SPECIFICALLY targeting memorials that stay open during holidays and past political crises, to prevent Vets from visiting to prove a 'political point' is ERRONEOUS and BELLIGERENT. If we as Republicans and Conservatives and HUMANS don't OWN this rhetoric, shame on us.
She is right.

Note that she mentions humans, as if Democrats are not humans. Note that she never mentions fishmongers, either.

as Painful as Possible

This shutdown is like a repeat of the sequester. Obama and the Democrats were responsible for both but blamed Republicans anyway. And, both times, Obama has sought to make them “as painful as possible.”
-- Matt Margolis

John Stossel on government schools

Most services improve. They get faster, better, cheaper. But not government monopolies. Government schools are rigid, boring, expensive and more segregated than private schools. I call them 'government' instead of "public" schools because not much is 'public' about them. Members of the public don't get to pick their kids' schools, teachers, curriculum or cost.
-- John Stossel

Friday, September 27, 2013

there are people with whom I am friends with on Facebook.... because they don't know anything about how political stuff works but they were hired to teach younger people how political stuff works.

And I want to know what they think they know.  Which doesn't usually resemble much in the way of truth, the real world, etc.  but I wasn't put here on this earth to get into silly internet fights, make them see the world as it is, because in the end I will lose access to their respective perspective and minds will not be changed.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

John McCain versus Ted Cruz






I am not a fan of John McCain and I do not support John McCain but I recognize the truth in his words in one respect: we lost. We lost and the result of our string of defeats between 2008 and 2012 in the places and events where victory counted the most have resulted in terrible consequences: the Democrats get to have their way with our economy and our health care programs, our government and our way of life. Our failure to defeat the villains means our liberty is forfeit. Elctions have consequences. Those consequences mean that by losing the election we lost liberty. The extended speech by Ted Cruz will not retrieve our lost liberty.

Ted Cruz speech - The Miracle of Freedom - May 11, 2013

Imprimis May 2013 Volume 42, Number 5

May/June 2013

Ted Cruz
United States Senator

The Miracle of Freedom

In 2012, Ted Cruz was elected as the 34th U.S. Senator from Texas. Prior to that, he served for five years as Solicitor General of Texas and was for five years a partner at one of the nation’s largest law firms. He has authored more than 80 U.S. Supreme Court briefs and argued 43 oral arguments, including nine before the U.S. Supreme Court. He has also served as Director of the Office of Policy Planning at the Federal Trade Commission and as Associate Deputy Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice. Senator Cruz graduated with honors from Princeton University and with high honors from Harvard Law School, and served as a law clerk to Chief Justice of the Supreme Court William Rehnquist.

The following is adapted from a speech delivered at Hillsdale College’s 161st Commencement, held in the College’s Biermann Athletic Center on May 11, 2013.

Today is a day of celebration. For you graduates, it’s a day to celebrate your hard work, your commitment, time, energy, passion, and prayers that you have put in to graduate from Hillsdale College. It’s also a day to celebrate the sacrifice and dedication your family has put in to get you here. I am honored to join you today—but let me say I fully recognize that the most forgettable part of this important day is going to be the politician delivering your commencement speech.
This morning I had the opportunity to tour your wonderful campus, and one of the highlights for me was the statue of Margaret Thatcher. I understand that when the statue was unveiled, she sent a letter of praise that read: “Hillsdale College symbolizes everything that is good and true in America. You uphold the principles and cherish the values which have made your country a beacon of hope.” I couldn’t agree more.
There are commencements being held on campuses all over the country this spring, but this one is different. Hillsdale, it is known across the country, is in a class by itself. Those graduating from other colleges are being told to go out and make something of themselves. But for the men and women receiving their degrees here today, expectations are higher. Because of the education you received here, you are uniquely prepared to provide desperately needed, principled leadership to your families, your churches, your communities, your country, and your fellow man. While other graduates have been exposed to college courses such as “Lady Gaga and the Sociology of Fame,” you have been grounded in an understanding of our Constitution and of the freedom it was designed to preserve.
* * *
Last month the world lost Baroness Thatcher, and in her honor I’d like to spend a few minutes discussing with you the miracle of freedom.

In the history of mankind, freedom has been the exception. Governed by kings and queens, human beings were told that power starts at the top and flows down; that their rights emanate from a monarch and may be taken away at the monarch’s whim. The British began a revolution against this way of thinking in a meadow called Runnymede in 1215. It was embodied in the Magna Carta, which read: “To all free men of our kingdom we have also granted, for us and our heirs for ever, all the liberties written out below, to have and to keep for them and their heirs . . . .” That revolution reached full flower in Philadelphia in 1787, in a Constitution that began from two radical premises.

The first is that our rights come not from kings or queens—or even from presidents—but from God. As the Declaration of Independence put it, “We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, and that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Second, in the Constitution, America’s Founders inverted the understanding of sovereignty. Power comes not from the top down, but up, from “We the People,” and governing authority for those in political office is limited to set periods subject to elections. As James Madison explained in Federalist 51: “If men were angels, no government would be necessary . . . . In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.”

Even from my short time in elected office, I can assure you there are no angels in Washington, D.C. And that is why Thomas Jefferson said the “chains of the Constitution” should bind the mischief of government. Only when government is limited are rights protected, the rule of law honored, and freedom allowed to flourish.
You who are graduating from Hillsdale are familiar with these ideas. As the late conservative writer and educator Russell Kirk observed, “Hillsdale does not subscribe to the notion that all books published before 1900 are obsolete. Against all odds, the College speaks up—as it did during the nineteenth century—for ‘permanent things.’ ” And with those as our foundation, what has freedom wrought?

* * *

Simply put, the American free market system is the greatest engine for prosperity and opportunity that the world has ever seen. Freedom works. No other nation on Earth has allowed so many millions to come with nothing and achieve so much. In the centuries before the American Revolution, the average human lived on between one and three dollars a day, no matter whether one lived in Europe, Asia, Africa, or North or South America. But from that point on—from the beginning of the American experiment—for the first time in human history, per capita income in a few countries began to grow rapidly, and nowhere more so than in the United States.

Over the last two centuries, U.S. growth rates have far outpaced growth rates throughout the world, producing per capita incomes about six times greater than the world average and 50 percent higher than those in Europe. Put another way, the United States holds 4.5 percent of the world’s population, and produces a staggering 22 percent of the world’s output—a fraction that has remained stable for two decades, despite growing competition from around the world.

This predominance isn’t new. The late British economist Angus Maddison observed that American per capita income was already the highest in the world in the 1830s. This is a result of America’s economic freedom, which enables entrepreneurs and small businesses to flourish.

Today the U.S. dollar is the international reserve currency. English is the world’s standard language for commerce. The strength of our economy allows us to maintain the mightiest military in the world. And U.S. culture—film, TV, the Internet—is preeminent in the world (although for many of our TV shows and movies, perhaps we owe the world an apology). A disproportionate number of the world’s great inventions in medicine, pharmaceuticals, electronics, the Internet, and other technology come from America, improving, expanding, and saving lives. America was where the telephone, the automobile, the airplane, and the iPhone were invented. Americans were the first to walk on the moon.

But most importantly, freedom produces opportunity. And I would encourage each of you to embrace what I call opportunity conservatism, which means that we should look at and judge every proposed domestic policy with a laser focus on how it impacts the least among us—how it helps the most vulnerable Americans climb the economic ladder.

The political left in our country seeks to reach down the hand of government and move people up the economic ladder. This attempt is almost always driven by noble intentions. And yet it never, ever works. Conservatives, in contrast, understand from experience that the only way to help people climb the economic ladder is to provide them the opportunity to pull themselves up one rung at a time.
As President Reagan said, “How can we love our country and not love our countrymen, and loving them, reach out a hand when they fall, heal them when they’re sick, and provide opportunity to make them self-sufficient so they will be equal in fact and not just in theory?”

Historically, our nation has enjoyed remarkable economic mobility. About 60 percent of the households that were in the lowest income quintile in 1999 were in a higher quintile ten years later. During the same decade, almost 40 percent of the richest households fell to a lower quintile. This is a nation where you can rise or fall. It is a nation where you can climb the economic ladder based not on who you are born to, or what class you are born into, but based on your talents, your passion, your perseverance, and the content of your character.
Economic freedom and the prosperity it generates reduce poverty like nothing else. Studies consistently confirm that countries with higher levels of economic freedom have poverty levels as much as 75 percent lower than countries that are less free.

Thanks to America’s free market system, the average poor American has more living space than the typical non‑poor person in Sweden, France, or the United Kingdom. In 1970, the year I was born, only 36 percent of the U.S. population enjoyed air conditioning. Today, 80 percent of poor households in America have air conditioning; and 96 percent of poor parents say that their children were never hungry at any time in the preceding year because they could not afford food.

Now, of course, there is still need in America and throughout the world, and all of us should act to help our fellow man. But more and more government is not the way to do this. To insist otherwise is to ignore the fact that all major European nations have higher levels of public spending than the United States, and that all of them are poorer.

Nor are human beings happiest when they’re taken care of by the state. Indeed, areas under the yoke of dependency on government are among the least joyous parts of our society. The story of Julia that we saw depicted in last year’s election—the story of cradle-to-grave dependency on government—is not an attractive utopia. Men and women flourish, instead, when afforded the equal opportunity to work and create and accomplish.

I remember some time ago when former Texas Senator Phil Gramm was participating in a Senate hearing on socialized medicine, and the witness there explained that government would best take care of people. Senator Gramm gently demurred and said, “I care more about my family than anyone else does.” And this wide-eyed witness said, “Oh no, Senator. I care as much about your children.” Senator Gramm smiled and said, “Really? What are their names?”

* * *

It is precisely because economic freedom and opportunity outperform centralized planning and regulation that so many millions have risked everything for a chance at the American dream.

Fifty-five years ago, my father fled Cuba, where he had been imprisoned and tortured—including having his teeth kicked out—as a teenager. Today my father is a pastor in Dallas. When he landed in Austin, Texas, in 1957, he was 18. He couldn’t speak a word of English. He had $100 sewn into his underwear. He went and got a job washing dishes and made 50 cents an hour. He worked seven days a week and paid his way through the University of Texas, and then he got a job, and then he went on to start a small business.

Now imagine if, at that time, the minimum wage had been two dollars an hour. He might never have had the opportunity to get that dishwashing job and work his way through school and work his way up from there. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve thanked God that some well-meaning liberal didn’t greet him when he landed in Austin and put his arm around him and say: “Let me take care of you. Let me make you dependent on government. Let me sap your self-respect—and by the way, don’t bother learning English.”

When I was a kid, my father used to say to me: “When we faced oppression in Cuba, I had a place to flee to. If we lose our freedom here, where do we go?” For my entire life, my dad has been my hero. But what I find most incredible about his story is how commonplace it is. Every one of us here today has a story like that. We could line up at this podium and each of us tell the story of our parents or grandparents or our great, great, great grandparents. We are all children of those who risked everything for liberty. That’s the DNA of what it means to be an American—to value freedom and opportunity above all.

In 1976, Margaret Thatcher delivered her “Britain Awake” speech. In it, she said: “There are moments in our history when we have to make a fundamental choice. This is one such moment, a moment when our choice will determine the life or death of our kind of society and the future of our children. Let’s ensure that our children will have cause to rejoice that we did not forsake their freedom.”
If we don’t fight to preserve our liberty, we will lose it. The men and women graduating here today, blessed with a world-class liberal arts education and a Hillsdale love of learning, are perfectly situated to lead the fight, to tell and retell the story of the miracle of freedom to so many Americans—so many young Americans in particular—who’ve never heard that story from the media, or in their schools, and certainly not from Hollywood.

Mrs. Thatcher continued: “Of course, this places a burden on us, but it is one that we must be willing to bear if we want our freedom to survive.”

Throughout history, we have carried the torch for freedom. At Hillsdale, you have been prepared to continue to do so, that together we may ensure that America remains a shining city on a hill, a beacon to the world of hope and freedom and opportunity.

Thank you and God bless you.

Reprinted by permission from Imprimis, a publication of Hillsdale College.

the endof of the Ted Cruz Marathon speech


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

"I've skewered whites, blacks, Hispanics, Christians, Jews, Muslims, gays, straights, rednecks, addicts, the elderly, and my wife" -- Jeff Dunham

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

drink when you hear the word Communist

It's part of the drinking game!

your partisanship solves nothing stupid

Dear liberal friends: the massacre in DC did NOT HAPPEN because we lack MORE control on guns (you know, in DC, where guns are basically banned, and the naval yard is where nobody has weapons...).

Dear conservative friends: Clinton-era gun control policies restricting weapons on bases DID NOT KILL THOSE MURDERED TODAY. Some psycho with lawfully acquired weapon(s) did.

Seriously, people. Can we stop making EVERYTHING about whose policies might have contributed to the blame? People died today. Parents aren't going home to their kids. DC lived in terror today. I have friends who were within blocks of the tragic scene. It's like we're incapable of letting the bodies get removed from the scene before we start pointing fingers at ANYBODY BUT the shooter! Come on. Get real.
-- Laura Gatz