Monday, December 31, 2012
Saturday, December 29, 2012
"The hour for immediate action is here, it is now," Obama said. "We're now at the last minute, and the American people are not going to have any patience for a politically self-inflicted wound to our economy. ... We've got to get this done."
This just annoys me. If the house can't create a bill everyone agrees on and the senate can't either, then we do not need someone standing on the sidelines saying, "we need to get this done." When my employees can't figure something out it's my responsibility to step in and work it out with them, to walk them through the compromise, to lead. LEAD dammit. Sit them down, day and night, for the entire freaking week and weekend if you have to but LEAD, LEAD them to the solution. Don't blame them, don't tell them they failed, GET IN THERE dammit. TODAY.
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Monday, December 24, 2012
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along
The unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime,
A chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!
The cannon thundered in the South,
And with the sound
The carols drowned
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!
The hearth-stones of a continent,
And made forlorn
The households born
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!
"There is no peace on earth," I said:
"For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!"
"God is not dead; nor doth he sleep!
The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men!"
Friday, December 21, 2012
DEVELOPING: Jon Hammar, the U.S. Marine imprisoned in Mexico on a gun charge, will be released today, his mother told Fox News Radio.
Olivia Hammar said the judge hearing Hammar's case issued a ruling in his favor and that her son is to be released at a time on Friday yet to be announced. No more details were available. Hammar, 27, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, has been stuck in a notorious, drug cartel-controlled prison just 15 miles south of the U.S. border since Aug. 13, after he crossed into Mexico and declared an antique shotgun to Mexican customs officials.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Via Market Watch:
WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- House Republican leaders canceled a vote on a tax-cut plan linked to fiscal-cliff talks on Thursday night, saying it didn't have the votes to pass. The Republicans' "Plan B" would have extended tax cuts on incomes below $1 million. President Obama had said he would veto the bill, and House Speaker John Boehner said in a statement that it's up to Obama and Senate Democrats to avert the fiscal cliff.Someone must be paying attention! Encouraging, but this is no time for complacency. We can, and are making a difference.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
As leaders of broad based American citizen groups we call upon Republican House Members to vote no on Speaker Boehner’s Tax Hike known as “Plan B.” This tax increase bill is just like the tax increase proposal Nancy Pelosi offered last year on May 23.Speaker Boehner, President Obama, Nancy Pelosi and too many Members of the Republican conference have forgotten that the problem in Washington is too much spending and not too little taxation.When the American people voted to return the Republican majority in the House last month we sent you to cut spending. Instead, you are now voting on the Pelosi plan to increase taxes next year.We urge Members of the House to vote no on the procedural rule to stop the Pelosi/Boehner tax plan from coming to the House floor for a vote.
Brent Bozell, President, ForAmerica
Erick Erickson, Editor, RedState.com
Colin Hanna, President, Let Freedom Ring
J. Kenneth Blackwell, Ohio Faith & Freedom Coalition
Tony Perkins, President, Family Research Council
David N. Bossie, President, Citizens United
Alfred Regnery, President, The Paul Revere Project
William Wilson, President, Americans for Limited Government
Chris Chocola, President, Club for Growth
George Landrith, Frontiers of Freedom
Michael Needham, Chief Executive Officer, Heritage Action for America
Morton Blackwell, Chairman, The Weyrich Lunch
Peter Thomas, Chairman, The Conservative Caucus
Amy Kremer, Chairman Tea Party Express
Richard Viguerie, Chairman, ConservativeHQ.com
David Y. Denholm, President, Public Service Research Council
Jim Backlin, Christian Coalition of America
Becky Norton Dunlop, former Reagan Administration official
Gary Bauer, President, American Values
David Williams, President, Taxpayers Protection Alliance
David McIntosh, former Member of Congress, Indiana
Robert (Bob) Reccord, Exec. Dir., Council for National Policy
T. Kenneth Cribb, former Domestic Advisor to President Reagan
(All organizations listed for Identification purposes only)
Credit to: The Minority Report Blog
It's comforting to know that there are some conservatives in DC who are not willing to sell out their principles for the sake of political compromise. A compromise, I might add, that will do NOTHING to remedy the fiscal mess we're in.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
"In recent years it has been suggested that the Second Amendment protects the “collective” right of states to maintain militias, while it does not protect the right of “the people” to keep and bear arms. If anyone entertained this notion in the period during which the Constitution and Bill of Rights were debated and ratified, it remains one of the most closely guarded secrets of the eighteenth century, for no known writing surviving from the period between 1787 and 1791 states such a thesis. The phrase “the people” meant the same thing in the Second Amendment as it did in the First, Fourth, Ninth and Tenth Amendments — that is, each and every free person."
~Stephen Halbrook, Ph.D (in his book, That Every Man be Armed)
Arm yourselves with knowledge . . . and a gun!
Monday, December 17, 2012
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
That very same EPA is spending 1.2 million dollars to insure a "healthy and safe environment" in nail salons. WHEW! It's about time!The fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people, regardless of race or income, in the environmental decision-making process.
The EPA has other similar projects on their docket, each one more important than the last, each one funded at your expense, and of course each one protecting minorities and the poor!
Is it racist or uncaring to suggest that this is money that might be better spent in other ways, especially given the state of our economy? Not really, but it's guaranteed to be labelled as such. Whatever!
Suggestion to those in D.C. laboring frantically to find ways to keep us from plunging off that financial cliff: Cut wasteful government spending... Slash the EPA budget and eliminate programs promoting social and environmental justice.
And we call that... a good start!
If sucker punching doesn't win 'em over ... threatening to kill them with a gun is sure to do the trick. Union recruiting at its best!
Dana Loesch's radio interview with Steven Crowder regarding his encounter with union thugs.
Donate to the fund to find and prosecute the thugs that assaulted Steven Crowder.
Monday, December 10, 2012
Right! The unions have really revived Detroit."You only have to look to Michigan where workers were instrumental in reviving the auto industry to see how unions have helped build not just a stronger middle class but a stronger America.”
|Packard Motors Plant|
|Michigan Central Station|
|Vacant & Burned Out Houses|
|East Palmer Street, Detroit Michigan|
PSY, born Park Jae-sang, performed at a White House charity event on Sunday, despite a deeply controversial performance in 2004 that has shocked and outraged American fans.The rapper showed off his signature dance moves while performing 'Gangnam Style,' which has the most watched YouTube video in history.
Kill those f***ing Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captivesKill those f***ing Yankees who ordered them to tortureKill their daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law and fathersKill them all slowly and painfully
Saturday, December 8, 2012
|The White House Menorah|
... The Obamas like to keep things at the White House understated and low key! (That's the best story I could come up with on short notice)"The President and Mrs. Obama typically host a White House reception for Hanukkah, but the event has not yet been announced. The National Menorah will be lit on Sunday at 4:00 PM on the Ellipse behind the White House in a ceremony that dates back to the Carter Administration, but the President will not attend. Along with the First Family, he is scheduled to attend the 'Christmas in Washington' program at the Newseum."
Happy Hanukkah anyway!
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Who knows if or how the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor is taught in schools these days. It was, to borrow a phrase from Joe Biden, a BFD... an event that changed the world. Can you imagine what might have happened had our current administration been in charge on that day in December? It is likely that the Japanese would have seized control of the Golden Gate Bridge before any retaliatory action would have been considered. Instead of at war, we would have found ourselves smack dab in the middle of a man caused disaster! It would have been down hill from there.
Fortunately that wasn't the case. In those days our nation had a collective spine, and a leader, who though FAR from perfect, at least wasn't ashamed of America. Thank God (and you should) for those who lead us through those perilous days and for those brave souls who fought and died to save the world.
“I want to send a very clear message to people here: We are not going to play that game next year,” Mr. Obama said in remarks to the Business Roundtable, a trade group. He said Washington needs to “break that habit before it starts,” referring to the way Republicans would like to use the debt limit to negotiate further spending cuts.
Negotiate!? None of them knows the meaning of the word, nor do they understand the relationship between spending and debt. Beneficial tax reform and governement downsizing are impossible with this insane clown posse running things. I'm convinced they really do think that money grows on trees! (Ben Bernanke told them so)
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Now there's a promise he can keep! He'll sign that bill before the ink is dry, heck, he won't even stop to read it! (I think I took two sarcasm pills this morning) But what then? What happens after we soak the rich? No one really thinks that will cure what ails us, but hurry up and pass the bill... There will be time to discuss other issues later, after we've avoided the dreaded cliff.So let’s begin by doing what we all agree on. Both parties say we should keep middle-class taxes low. The Senate has already passed a bill to keep income taxes from going up on middle-class families. Democrats in the House are ready to do the same thing. And if we can just get a few House Republicans on board, I’ll sign this bill as soon as Congress sends it my way.
We can negotiate spending cuts, entitlement reform, tax overhaul, and an end to government fraud and waste next Tuesday... pinky promise!
Are you buying this?
Friday, November 30, 2012
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Call your Congressperson!
From the same article:
Economists polled by Reuters had forecast claims falling to 390,0000 last week. The four-week moving average for new claims, a better measure of labor market trends, increased 7,500 to 405,250, the highest level since October last year.
Economists polled by Reuters had forecast claims falling to 390,0000 last week. The four-week moving average for new claims, a better measure of labor market trends, increased 7,500 to 405,250, the highest level since October last year.Food and energy prices continue to rise, jobs remain scarce, layoffs plentiful, government spending is out of control, and the country is perched on the edge of a financial abyss. The average American knows that all is NOT well. So rather than handing out party favors and the assets of the wealthy, this administration would do well to read the not so fine print . . . which in reality has become the handwriting on the wall . . .
H/T Graffiti Creator
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
'NO, you can't plug it in'!
Via The Washington Free Beacon:
A federal judge has been forced to intervene in a dispute between two unions over who is in charge of plugging and unplugging refrigerated shipping containers at the Port of Portland.Tell you what, if it needs plugging in, why doesn't someone, . . . ANYONE, (with, or without a union card) just plug the damn thing in? Can you say 'rotten fruit of collective bargaining'? One can only wonder what happens when the plug turns up broken?
Oregon district court judge Michael H. Simon ordered the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) to abandon its efforts to snatch the responsibility of manning the outlets from the rival International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).
“[The ruling] simply means that the same people who have been doing the work since 1974 will continue to do it,” said IBEW spokesman Norman Malbin.
To state the obvious, over regulation and excessive rules cost time, and money. STOP IT!
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Monday, November 19, 2012
|H/T The Blaze|
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Friday, November 16, 2012
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Oregon employers cut a seasonally adjusted 2,400 jobs in October as they slashed hiring for a second straight month.Wake Forest Baptist Hospital Eliminates 950 Jobs
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center says it will lay off 76 employees this week and cut a total of 950 jobs by the end of JuneTI Cuts 1700 Jobs
Texas Instruments said it will lay off about 1,700 workers, or about 5% of its total workforce, as part of a restructuring that will see it exit the market for mobile chips that power smartphones and tablets, including Amazon's Kindle Fire.Minnesota Employers Cut 8100 Jobs In October
Minnesota employers cut 8,100 jobs statewide in October, by far the worst monthly job report of the yearJobless Benefit Rates Skyrocket
The U.S. Labor Department Thursday said first-time jobless benefits claims rose by 78,000 in the week ending Saturday.U.S. Poverty Rate Spikes, Nearly 50 million Americans Affected
As President Barack Obama is set to begin his second term, new statistics on America’s poverty rate indicate that nearly 50 million Americans, more than 16 percent of the population, are struggling to survive.Under the masterful guidance of Bronco Bamma our economy is ROARING back! Can't you just feel it!?
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Monday, November 12, 2012
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Friday, November 9, 2012
Teco Coal officials announce layoffs
Momentive Inc plans temporary layoffs for 150
Wilkes-Barre officials to announce mandatory layoffs
600 layoffs at Groupon
More layoffs announced at Aniston Weapons Incinerator
Murray Energy confirms 150 layoffs at 3 subsidiaries
130 laid off in Minnesota dairy plant closure
Stanford brake plant to lay off 75
Turbocare, Oce to lay off more than 220 workers
ATI plans to lay off 172 workers in North Richland Hills
SpaceX claims its first victims as Rocketdyne lays off 100
Providence Journal lays off 23 full-time employees
CVPH lays off 17
New Energy lays off 40 employees
102 Utah miners laid off because of 'war on coal', company says
US Cellular drops Chicago, cuts 640 jobs
Career Education to cut 900 jobs, close 23 campuses
Vestas to cut 3,000 more jobs
First Energy to cut 400 jobs by 2016
Mine owner blames Obama for layoffs (54 fired last night)
Canceled program costs 115 jobs at Ohio air base
AMD trims Austin workforce - 400 jobs slashed
100 workers lose jobs as Caterpillar closes plant in Minnesota
Exide to lay off 150 workers
TE Connectivity to close Guilford plant, lay off 620
More Layoffs for Major Wind Company (3,000 jobs cut)
Cigna to lay off 1,300 workers worldwide
Ameridose to lay off hundreds of workers
And in Utah on Nov. 7, Murray Energy CEO Robert Murray offered up this prayer before laying off 156 employees
The American people have made their choice. They have decided that America must change its course, away from the principals of our Founders. And, away from the idea of individual freedom and individual responsibility. Away from capitalism, economic responsibility, and personal acceptance.
We are a Country in favor of redistribution, national weakness and reduced standard of living and lower and lower levels of personal freedom.
My regret, Lord, is that our young people, including those in my own family, never will know what America was like or might have been. They will pay the price in their reduced standard of living and, most especially, reduced freedom.
The takers outvoted the producers. In response to this, I have turned to my Bible and in II Peter, Chapter 1, verses 4-9 it says, “To faith we are to add goodness; to goodness, knowledge; to knowledge, self control; to self control, perseverance; to perseverance, godliness; to godliness, kindness; to brotherly kindness, love.
Lord, please forgive me and anyone with me in Murray Energy Corp. for the decisions that we are now forced to make to preserve the very existence of any of the enterprises that you have helped us build. We ask for your guidance in this drastic time with the drastic decisions that will be made to have any hope of our survival as an American business enterprise.
Amen.. . . And AMEN!
A BIG thank you to those who decided to sit out this election, and to those who opted to pull the lever to give Barack Obama another opportunity to finish us off entirely! Sleep well tonight.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Monday, November 5, 2012
One sunny day in January, 2013, an old man approached the White House from across Pennsylvania Avenue where he'd been sitting on a park bench. He spoke to the US Marine standing guard and said, "I would like to go in and meet with President Obama." The Marine looked at the man and said, "Sir, Mr.…
“So I want to repeat — my message to the federal government: No bureaucracy, no red tape. Get resources where they’re needed as fast as possible, as hard as possible, and for the duration.” ~Barack Obama
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Tempers are flaring in Hoboken, N.J., as residents complain officials in the flooded city on the Hudson River have been slow to get out food and water to the stranded.
At the National Guard staging area in front of City Hall, a man screamed at emergency officials. He says he blew up an air mattress to float over to City Hall to see why no supplies were getting out. He says he lives just blocks away and was expecting the city to at least get out food and water.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
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Friday, October 26, 2012
Thursday, October 25, 2012
President Barack Obama told Rolling Stone that Mitt Romney is a "bullshitter." Mike Allen reports:
FIRST LOOK – Rolling Stone cover, “Obama and the Road Ahead: The Rolling Stone Interview,” by Douglas Brinkley: “We arrived at the Oval Office for our 45-minute interview … on the morning of October 11th. … As we left the Oval Office, executive editor Eric Bates told Obama that he had asked his six-year-old if there was anything she wanted him to say to the president. … [S]he said, ‘Tell him: You can do it.’ Obama grinned. … ‘You know, kids have good instincts,’ Obama offered. ‘They look at the other guy and say, “Well, that’s a bullshitter, I can tell.”’”
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
"IF General Motors, Ford and Chrysler get the bailout that their chief executives asked for yesterday, you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye. It won’t go overnight, but its demise will be virtually guaranteed.Without that bailout, Detroit will need to drastically restructure itself. With it, the automakers will stay the course — the suicidal course of declining market shares, insurmountable labor and retiree burdens, technology atrophy, product inferiority and never-ending job losses. Detroit needs a turnaround, not a check.I love cars, American cars. I was born in Detroit, the son of an auto chief executive. In 1954, my dad, George Romney, was tapped to run American Motors when its president suddenly died. The company itself was on life support — banks were threatening to deal it a death blow. The stock collapsed. I watched Dad work to turn the company around — and years later at business school, they were still talking about it. From the lessons of that turnaround, and from my own experiences, I have several prescriptions for Detroit’s automakers.First, their huge disadvantage in costs relative to foreign brands must be eliminated. That means new labor agreements to align pay and benefits to match those of workers at competitors like BMW, Honda, Nissan and Toyota. Furthermore, retiree benefits must be reduced so that the total burden per auto for domestic makers is not higher than that of foreign producers.That extra burden is estimated to be more than $2,000 per car. Think what that means: Ford, for example, needs to cut $2,000 worth of features and quality out of its Taurus to compete with Toyota’s Avalon. Of course the Avalon feels like a better product — it has $2,000 more put into it. Considering this disadvantage, Detroit has done a remarkable job of designing and engineering its cars. But if this cost penalty persists, any bailout will only delay the inevitable.Second, management as is must go. New faces should be recruited from unrelated industries — from companies widely respected for excellence in marketing, innovation, creativity and labor relations.The new management must work with labor leaders to see that the enmity between labor and management comes to an end. This division is a holdover from the early years of the last century, when unions brought workers job security and better wages and benefits. But as Walter Reuther, the former head of the United Automobile Workers, said to my father, “Getting more and more pay for less and less work is a dead-end street.”You don’t have to look far for industries with unions that went down that road. Companies in the 21st century cannot perpetuate the destructive labor relations of the 20th. This will mean a new direction for the U.A.W., profit sharing or stock grants to all employees and a change in Big Three management culture.The need for collaboration will mean accepting sanity in salaries and perks. At American Motors, my dad cut his pay and that of his executive team, he bought stock in the company, and he went out to factories to talk to workers directly. Get rid of the planes, the executive dining rooms —all the symbols that breed resentment among the hundreds of thousands who will also be sacrificing to keep the companies afloat.Investments must be made for the future. No more focus on quarterly earnings or the kind of short-term stock appreciation that means quick riches for executives with options. Manage with an eye on cash flow, balance sheets and long-term appreciation. Invest in truly competitive products and innovative technologies — especially fuel-saving designs — that may not arrive for years. Starving research and development is like eating the seed corn.Just as important to the future of American carmakers is the sales force. When sales are down, you don’t want to lose the only people who can get them to grow. So don’t fire the best dealers, and don’t crush them with new financial or performance demands they can’t meet.It is not wrong to ask for government help, but the automakers should come up with a win-win proposition. I believe the federal government should invest substantially more in basic research — on new energy sources, fuel-economy technology, materials science and the like — that will ultimately benefit the automotive industry, along with many others. I believe Washington should raise energy research spending to $20 billion a year, from the $4 billion that is spent today. The research could be done at universities, at research labs and even through public-private collaboration. The federal government should also rectify the imbedded tax penalties that favor foreign carmakers.But don’t ask Washington to give shareholders and bondholders a free pass — they bet on management and they lost.The American auto industry is vital to our national interest as an employer and as a hub for manufacturing. A managed bankruptcy may be the only path to the fundamental restructuring the industry needs. It would permit the companies to shed excess labor, pension and real estate costs. The federal government should provide guarantees for post-bankruptcy financing and assure car buyers that their warranties are not at risk.In a managed bankruptcy, the federal government would propel newly competitive and viable automakers, rather than seal their fate with a bailout check."
. . . Someone go inform the President!Staff Sgt. Bryan Reza, drill instructor, Company B, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, corrects recruit Kevin D. Dezelske, Platoon 1035, Co. B, as he learns bayonet techniques as part of the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program training Feb. 29 aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego. Each recruit is taught how to properly execute bayonet techniques and then put in a simulated combat environment. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Crystal Druery)