Monday, April 19, 2010

One other thing of note today

I almost forgot!

One year ago, Rick Santelli came out with possibly one of the greatest rants of all time. Why do I say that? Because it inspired the nation wide Tea Party movement, which is bringing real hope, and will bring real change to America this coming November.

Thanks, Rick!

Via Ace

Two things of note today

One is, today is the anniversary of the shot heard 'round the world, as the first shots were fired in Lexington that led to the birth of this nation.

I am so privileged to have been born in this country. I can't imagine what my life would have been like if I had been born elsewhere. Is my life easy? Not always, but in comparison to the lives of others, I'd have to say, yeah, it is. Ever since I really woke up to what it's like to be an American (thanks in part to President Ronald Reagan), I have tried my best not to take for granted what a privileged life I do have. I admit that I haven't always been successful at that, but with recent events, my determination has become stronger than ever as I see some attempting to diminish what we all have here. To honor those who stood for freedom on that day in Lexington, and later in Concorde, let us all strive to hold what we have and make it better, and prevent those that wish us to live in a diminished country from achieving that dubious goal.

The other is, today is also
the anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing. Timothy McVeigh perpetrated one of the worst domestic terrorist acts in US history when he exploded that bomb outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, killing 168 people, 22 of them children (3 were unborn). In jis twisted mind, McVeigh was striking back at a corrupt government that he felt had overstepped its bounds (in the totally inept mishandling of the Waco, Texas situation with David Koresh and his Branch Davidian group)..

Today we see a government that is truly overstepping its bounds, trampling the Constitution seemingly at every turn, and ridiculing the citizens of this country for having the temerity to say "STOP!", as if they were stupid little children who don't know what they are talking about. Well, contrary to the elitists "popular beliefs", we do know what we are talking about, and you are right to fear us. But, except for the odd nutjob who doesn't care who he hurts as long as he hurts "someone", you elitists don't have to fear physical violence, ala McVeigh. Rather, you should fear for your political future, as we tell you exactly how we feel about your "hope" and "change" agenda this coming November when we vote you, and your agenda, out of office.

We have had 234 years of peaceful "regime change", as the Founding Fathers envisioned and set up, and that is how it should continue. I earnestly hope and pray that you elitists won't do anything rash to hamper that process.

Via specialrpt posting in
quicknews, and Ace

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The law of unintended consequences bites Dems in the ...

Via Allahpundit at Hotair, via LC Subotai Bahadur, is a story in the NYT that would be pure comedy gold if it didn't concern the HCR rape of the American health industry bill, signed into law three weeks ago.

Why the law of unintended consequences has been invoked here is,
that the new health care law will affect almost every American in some way. And, perhaps fittingly if unintentionally, no one may be more affected than members of Congress themselves.

In a new report, the Congressional Research Service says the law may have significant unintended consequences for the “personal health insurance coverage” of senators, representatives and their staff members.

For example, it says, the law may “remove members of Congress and Congressional staff” from their current coverage, in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, before any alternatives are available.

And the money quote from the article, something that everyone who voted for this piece of excrement bill should be made to answer -

The confusion raises the inevitable question: If they did not know exactly what they were doing to themselves, did lawmakers who wrote and passed the bill fully grasp the details of how it would influence the lives of other Americans? [Emphasis mine]

In a word, that would be a "No". How could they when they couldn't be bothered to read the stupid thing to find out just what exactly was in it? Oh, and who do we have to thank for this possibly not quite so unintended consequence?

The provision governing members of Congress can be traced to the Senate Finance Committee. When the panel was working on the legislation last September, Senator Charles E. Grassley, Republican of Iowa, proposed an amendment to require that elected federal officials and all federal employees buy coverage through an exchange, “rather than using the traditional Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.”

Kudos to you, Senator! Now we just have to pressure Congress to not "fix" this, so that they are all forced to deal with the real life issue of obtaining health insurance for themselves and their families, just like the rest of us.

Perhaps because of this (but probably not), those in Congress will actually take the time to draft coherent legislation, that all other members get to actually read and debate, and that the American electorate will get to comment on.

Oh, wait ... I'm looking ahead to November. Sorry.

A Real American who Offers Genuine Hope

We need this guy! Right now!

H/T pistos

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Polish leader, 95 others dead in Russia jet crash

MOSCOW (AP) — Polish President Lech Kaczynski and some of the country's highest military and civilian leaders died on Saturday when the presidential plane crashed as it came in for a landing in thick fog in western Russia, killing 96, officials said.

Russian and Polish officials said there were no survivors on the 26-year-old Tupolev, which was taking the president, his wife and staff to events marking the 70th anniversary of the massacre of thousands of Polish officers by Soviet secret police.

The crash devastated the upper echelons of Poland's political and military establishments. On board were the army chief of staff, national bank president, deputy foreign minister, army chaplain, head of the National Security Office, deputy parliament speaker, civil rights commissioner and at least two presidential aides and three lawmakers, the Polish foreign ministry said.

My heart goes out to those who perished, their friends and family, and to the Polish people.

May they all rest in peace.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Jane Fonda still thinks she is a victim of a "myth"

In a recent interview with Larry King on CNN, where the subject of a book written by a Jane Fonda (aka "Hanoi Jane") apologist was discussed, Hanoi Jane reasserted her position that she is the victim of right-wingers perpetuating a "hateful myth" about her, the "myth" being that she was wrong in her actions on her trip to Hanoi during the Vietnam War..

I have one question for
Hanoi Jane. What part of you allowing yourself to be used by the North Vietnamese government in a photo op bit of propaganda, showing you sitting at the trigger controls of a 37mm anti-aircraft cannon, wearing a North Vietnamese Army helmet, close to the main POW prison known as the Hanoi Hilton, is a myth? That is a well documented - by the North Vietnamese government - reality!

You, as a famous American actress, daughter of Henry Fonda, one of the biggest American film stars of all time, gave aid and comfort to the enemy (aka treason) of that time, hurting our efforts to assist the people of South Vietnam against the aggression of the North, also causing harm to those held captive by the North, as well as causing harm to our combat troops in the South, and you call yourself a victim?

The only victims here are the millions of Vietnamese people who suffered greatly at the hands of the Communists after the fall of South Vietnam, along with the combat troops who endured much hardship because of your visit, as well as the POWs who were treated even more viciously after you left North Vietnam, not you! As a matter of fact, after you returned to the United States, somehow you managed to carve out a pretty successful career, making millions of dollars in the process, in spite of your tarnished reputation. I would hardly call that being a victim of anything.

As for your claim that it is right-wing haters that are perpetuating a "myth", I highly doubt that ALL combat veterans of the Vietnam War are right wing, which is basically what you are claiming. I want you to know one thing
Hanoi Jane. In spite of your past feeble "apology", I don't hate you - I loathe and detest you, but I don't hate you, as hate in my mind carries the implication of violence leading to violent death. I personally don't want you to die a violent death, as that is morally reprehensible, but upon your death, I will not shed a single tear of sadness.