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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Arab American Groups Want Coke To Pull *Racist* Super Bowl Ad

Here's the offending ad:

"The Coke commercial for the Super Ball is racist, portraying Arabs as backward and foolish Camel Jockeys, and they have no chance to win in the  world," Imam Ali Siddiqui, president of the Muslim Institute for Interfaith Studies, said in an email.
I hate to admit it, but the Imam is obviously correct.  This ad doesn't accurately portray modern Arabs at all.  I urge the Coca Cola Company to edit the commercial and replace the outdated Arab images with something more up to date . . . current.

Here are a few suggestions:


MUCH better!  Look, Ali, no camels!  Happy now?  And though some might be tempted to suggest that the above pictures are an attempt to stereotype all Arabs as "terrorists", that's, of course, ridiculous! Just ask our President . . . He wouldn't classify an Arab as a terrorist to save OUR lives!

February 23, 2013 . . . A Day Of Resistance

.  .  . Now is the time!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Patty Andrews, Last Surviving Andrews Sister, Dead At 94

Gabriel Giffords, Poster Child

The testimony today of Gabriel Giffords at The Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on gun violence was highly emotional.  However, highly emotional will not solve our gun violence problem.  Furthermore the use of Ms. Giffords as some sort of visual aid borders on the obscene.

To Gabriel and her handlers: Yes, "we must do something"!  First let's properly identify the problem and then let's formulate a solution that will actually ameliorate it.  Tear jerking *testimonies* and knee jerk *remedies*  are not the answer.

. . . And no, I'm not heartless . . . I'm just an equal opportunity misanthrope in search of some sanity.

Guest Post: On The Ongoing Rush To Legislate "Quick Fixes" For What Ails Us

My friend Doug posted this on Face Book, and I thought it was an observation worth reposting here.
We rushed into a ‘stimulus’ bill that cost over $300,000 for every job it "created of saved" according to the CBO and did nothing to fix the economy.

We rushed into a health-care solution that is causing everyone's health care expenses and premiums to rise.

We rushed into a tax solution that allowed every single American's taxes to rise.

Can we please, PLEASE, just stop for a moment and solve a problem we've created in the last 4 years before jumping into immigration 'reform'? Please, just once, stop running head-long into stirring up everyone into a 'crisis' that must be acted upon 'now before the world collapses!'.
There's not one thing (E.O. or bill) that Mr. Obama has signed that has solved the targeted problem.  In fact, every "comprehensive solution" has only served to make things worse!

ENOUGH, already!  If this President wants to sign something that will really solve a multitude of our nation's problems what he needs to sign is his resignation . . . And a complicit Congress should do likewise.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Betcha *Someone* Wouldn't Know A Skeet If One Hit 'Em In The Head!

Multiple choice . . . Identify *Someone*:




 It's got to be "A", unless, of course, our firearm savy Prez happens to be chasing someone named Skeet.

Oh . . . and nice *gun*, Barry! (You don't suppose it's on Dianne Feinstein's list of 157 banned guns, do you?)

Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn is also sceptical of the President's skeet shooting prowess. Anyone think Mr. Obama will accept the Congresswoman's challenge?

Friday, January 25, 2013

Message To President Obama, Special Delivery From Tahrir Square

With a H/T to Atlas Shrugged.  This picture speaks volumes and is our image for the weekend. Spread it around because I'm sure the mainstream media won't.

In A Blinding Flash Of Genius, Leon Panetta Signs An Order Opening Combat Jobs To Women

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, in lifting a ban on women serving in combat, said women have become integral to the military's success and have shown they are willing to fight and die alongside their male counterparts.
BRILLIANT idea!  But what the heck, if you insist, Leon . . .

Sign her up!

Monday, January 21, 2013

On Martin Luther King Day

“Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.”
~Dr Martin Luther King

. . . As we inaugurate Barack Obama for a second term, these words seem especially meaningful!

Go ahead!  Think about it!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Where Were The Puppies?

Surrounded by a suitably diverse group of sufficiently charming children, the President today unveiled his plan for more gun laws and regulations to curb gun violence in this country. We MUST pass these laws, Barack said, . . . especially in memory of the slain children of Sandy Hook and for the future of  living children everywhere. After listening to his proposals, and reading his list of executive actions it is doubtful that anything put forth by this President would have prevented Sandy Hook and therefore will be unlikely to prevent other similar tragedies down the road.

Furthermore, looking at the big picture, it appears that there are other children who fall victim to gun violence who are seldom mentioned ... largely ignored.  Are some children more special, more fetching than others?

Children are regularly murdered on the streets of Chicago by thugs with handguns (mostly stolen, and unregistered).  Again, nothing Obama showcased today will save those kids. But it's not about the kids, is it?  It's about control.  The kids used today were just emotionally compelling visual aids, props to sell us a product we don't want or need . . . And where WAS the puppy? There really should have been a puppy!

But seriously, what we absolutely need is a national conversation on the underlying causes of events like Sandy Hook, or the wholesale carnage on the streets of some American cities.  What we don't need is the disarmament of law abiding citizens.  The violence in our schools and on our streets can be solved, but not with a stage full of cherubic children and a President with less than honorable motives.

Fifteen Million Women . . .

More good stuff via The Looking Spoon:

The Second Amendment . . . It's gender neutral!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Motivational Image Of The Day

Borrowed from Lucianne.com

God knows this country needs another George Washington, but we could also use another Ronald Reagan.  I really miss "the truth"!

Monday, January 14, 2013

It's The Color, Stupid!

They're on to us . . . They've been on to us for years.  Newsbusters has the scoop!
Oh those racist Republicans.  Did you know that they're hostile to Colin Powell because he's black? Yup, just ask former Obama car czar Steve Rattner.  The Morning Joe regular today claimed that poor Powell "feels this hostility toward him from the rest of the party in part because he's a minority."
To our indicters:
To be precise, it's not just the Republicans who are hostile to blacks, it's ALL conservatives (except the black ones . . . and black conservative? What the heck is that about anyway?).  But that's only half of it!  There's more! We also dislike journalists, I know you've heard us complain.  You know why?  Yes, some of them are black, but have you noticed the color ink they use when publishing their writings?  . . . Black!  We just don't like black, what can I say?  You want more proof?  Notice the color of the text on this blog post . . . Yes, it's WHITE!

That says it all, doesn't it!?

Go forth and irrationally speculate!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Sometimes When I'm REALLY Annoyed, I Speak Yiddish.

Next week Joe Biden will disclose the findings of The White House Task Force on Gun Violence to an anxiously waiting Barack Obama.  To mitigate what is seen as escalating gun related violence in America, the task force is expected to propose bans on "assault weapons" and tighter regulation on other guns and ammunition.  If these suggestions are implemented they will severely erode the constitutional right of all law abiding citizens to defend themselves and their families.

Meanwhile, today the President (the very same President who will be only too happy to seriously limit or remove our right to bear arms) signed a bill giving himself secret service protection for life!  Apparently we're not supposed to notice.

Oh the irony, the unmitigated gall, the CHUTZPAH.


Thursday, January 10, 2013

The 2nd Amendment, An Addendum

I found this short, but informative tutorial on the 2nd Amendment.  It wades a little deeper into the weeds than my previous post, but it is pretty easy to follow and certainly worth 3 minutes of your time.  We must be informed on this issue!

The 2nd Amendment For Flatliners

"A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state,
the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."
~The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

What's a militia, you ask?  Let's check with one of the amendment's authors:
"I ask, Sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them."
~George Mason Co-author of the Second Amendment during Virginia's Convention to Ratify the Constitution, 1788
So kind of like soylent green, militia is people, in this case the whole (not finely ground) people.  And the part about enslaving those people by confiscating their guns is why Mr. Mason and his friends saw a need for the Second Amendment. Obviously, they saw that danger as a real possibility.  So much for the "the Second Amendment was meant to protect hunting guns" argument. Another George agrees.
"Firearms stand next in importance to the constitution itself. They are the American people's liberty teeth and keystone under independence … from the hour the Pilgrims landed to the present day, events, occurrences and tendencies prove that to ensure peace security and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable … the very atmosphere of firearms anywhere restrains evil interference — they deserve a place of honor with all that's good."
~George Washington First President of the United States
Consequently, even if you think that no one *needs*  a Mossberg Model 715T, AR 15 style, .22Cal. rifle, and thus ought to be prohibited from owning one, the U.S. Constitution  as well as the men who wrote it disagree.

For some of us . . . a LOT of us, that's all that matters.

Deal with it!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

The 14th Amendment For Dummies

Congress has allegedly avoided the mythical fiscal cliff (a cliff of their own making), only to find they're now on a collision course with the debt ceiling.  Actually, the collision has already taken place, but Timmy Geithner has used his masterful accounting skills and some magic to postpone the economic whiplash we will doubtlessly incur unless Congress jacks up that pesky debt ceiling soon.  Republicans are dug in and ready to do battle, demanding spending cuts in return for raising the debt limit.  Nonsense, says Nancy Pelosi, no debate or compromise required.  Nan claims the President can just hike that debt limit all on his own using the 14th Amendment for justification.

Is she crazy?

Yup! . . . Doesn't mean  this President won't take her advice and try it though, so be prepared!

"The Fiscal Cliff" . . . Expressed In Terms Even Bronco Bamma Can Understand

Thanks to The Looking Spoon:

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

January 19: Gun Appreciation Day . . . Be There!

This one's easy!  You can participate from just about anywhere you happen to be.  If you need a copy of the Constitution, you can print one.  Do NOT stand idly by while your constitutional rights are pillaged.  Democracy is not a spectator sport, it  requires group participation.

Participate on January 19!

America: We *Had* A Dream

Time was when we were thinkers . . . winners . . . dreamers.  We vanquished diseases . . .  saved the world . . . and on our way to the stars, we landed on the moon.
Today medical researchers are being laid off  . . . our place in the world is in jeopardy . . . and NASA is selling launch pads and other KSC facilities

Looks like without intervention, tomorrow will be spent in a dreamless stupor . . . we'll be whiners stumbling to the mailbox to retrieve our monthly government checks . . .

Sounds perfectly dreadful, but that's our future if we leave matters in the hands of this administration and the current Congress (May I remind you that *WE* elected 'em).


Sunday, January 6, 2013

Headline on The Blaze - War on Words: CAIR Asks Journalists to Stop Using the Term ‘Islamist’

According to CAIR . . .
Unfortunately, the term “Islamist” has become shorthand for “Muslims we don’t like.” It is currently used in an almost exclusively pejorative context and is often coupled with the term “extremist,” giving it an even more negative slant.
The Blaze does a nice job of rejecting CAIR's claims and requests.  You can read the article in its entirety here.

And reject it we should, although in a snarky moment of irrationality I wondered if perhaps we need to be a bit more sensitive to the Muslims among us.  Maybe we SHOULD stop using the word Islamist.  And in an effort to stomp out "negative shorthand" why not stop using the word Muslim too.  Let's just call the followers of Muhammad "theologically challenged" ... and the vengeful homicidal followers of Muhammad "REALLY theologically challenged murdering barbarians"?

Somehow I doubt that CAIR will fully appreciate my sarcasm . . . maybe we need to add the word "humorless" to our new descriptors. 

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Memo To Everyone Who Wanted To Stick It To "The Man" By Raising His Taxes

While President Obama is taking credit for saving the middle class from tax increases, what isn’t being trumpeted across the land is that the Biden/McConnell deal did not include an extension of the payroll tax cut. This means that this year over three-quarters of earners will be paying — you guessed it — higher taxes:
*SURPRISE!* . . . Turns out YOU'RE "the man".

Congratulations, Bucko!  As they say on planet Vulcan, "Live long and prosper". . . just don't count on the prospering part. (Who could have guessed!?)

The 85 Republican Members Of The House Who Voted YES On The Fiscal Cliff Deal:

If you're not happy with them, give them a call. (202-224-3121)

Alaska: Young
Arkansas: Womack
California: Bilbray; Bono Mack; Calvert; Denhem; Dreier; Gallegly; Herger; Lungren Daniel E.; McKeon; Miller, Gary; Royce
Florida: Buchanan; Crenshaw; Diaz-Balart; Ros-Lehtinen; Young
Idaho: Simpson
Illinois: Biggert; Dold; Johnson; Kinzinger; Manzullo; Schock; Shimkus
Kentucky: Rogers
Louisiana: Alexander
Michigan: Benishek; Camp; Miller; Rogers; Upton
Minnesota: Kline
Missouri: Emerson; Luetkemeyer
Nebraska: Fortenberry
Nevada; Heck
New Hampshire: Bass
New Jersery: Frelinghuysen; Lance; LoBiondo; Runyan; Smith
New York: Gibson; Grimm; Hanna; Hayworth; King; Reed; Turner
North Carolina: Coble
Ohio: Boehner; Johnson; LaTourette; Latta; Stivers; Tiberi
Oklahoma: Cole; Lucas; Sullivan
Oregon: Walden
Pennsylvania: Barletta; Dent; Fitzpatrick; Gerlach; Kelly; Marino; Meehan; Murphy; Pitts; Platts; Shuster; Thompson
South Dakota: Noem
Texas: Brady; Sessions; Smith; Thornberry
Washington: Hastings; Herrera Beutler; McMorris Rodgers; Reichert
Wisconsin: Ribble; Ryan

The complete final vote count can be found here.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Kill The Deal

As we know, the Senate passed a fiscal cliff bill in the wee hours overnight.  A 41:1 tax increase to spending cut ratio.  Now the Congressional Budget Office score projects a $329 billion INCREASE in the deficit for 2013 alone.

This is the full report from the CBO.

It's time to light up those switchboards at the Capitol.  202-224-3121.  I reached my Congressman's office, (Robert Hurt), but Speaker Boehner's office was closed, which I find beyond disgraceful.

The time is now to call and urge them to KILL THE DEAL.

Our Posterity Called . . . They Want Their Future Back!

. . . May 2013 be the year we really DO restore the "blessings of liberty" to ourselves and our progeny, as was promised in the Constitution . . . You remember the Constitution, don't you!?

"Happy New Year" . . . said in a tone of voice that indicates I may be channeling Eeyore, just a little!