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Friday, July 29, 2011

Sharing the 'Burden'

More You Might Be A Liberal...

I'm loving these.  Here's more from Twitter with the #YouMightBeALiberal hashtag.

If you think name calling proves your point.

If you think raising taxes creates jobs.

If you care more about polar bears than babies in the womb.

If you think global warming is a bigger threat to America than radical islam.

If you won't stand for the flag.

If you think the United Nations is an efficient governmental body.

If you think protesting is okay, unless a straight, white, Christian taxpayer is doing it.

If you think people who never owned slaves should pay reparations to people who were never slaves.

If you think poverty is caused by the wealthy.

If you have never been in favor of cutting taxes.

If you want to negotiate with terrorists.

If you think an insect has the right to stop a construction project.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

State Board of Education Member Herb Rozell Resigns

Oklahoma Watchdog is reporting that State Board of Education member Herb Rozell has apparently resigned.  The board is meeting this morning and Watchdog is there; reporting that Rozell's picture and bio are no longer on the State Board's website.  Watchdog later reported on Twitter that Rozell had resigned sometime between the last meeting and today, but details are not yet known.  Watch the Oklahoma Watchdog website for more info.

At a heated Board meeting in January, Rozell was disruptive and referred to Superintendent Barresi's legislative liaison as "useless" because she was pregnant.  More info on that here.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Caylee's Law - Just Say No

Following the acquittal in the Casey Anthony trial there has been a public outrage and furor which has resulted in a nation-wide call for Caylee’s Law.  This law would make it a crime for a parent to wait more than 24 hours to report a child missing.

Had the verdict been guilty of murder, this misguided crusade to protect children would likely not have been initiated. 

There were actually two trials occurring at the same time.  One was the trial in the courtroom, with the jury seeing all the evidence, hearing all the testimony and rendering a verdict absent the influence of Nancy Grace and the media.  The second was the trial of public opinion, with the media led lynch mob convicting Casey Anthony of murder before even the first witness was called.  Sequestering the jury was a wise decision.

When the verdict on the murder charge was read as not guilty, the blood lust of the public lynch mob went without it’s pound of flesh and the mob cried out for some form of justice.  People started petitions, made Facebook groups, sent tweets on Twitter and used other social media forums to express their outrage and vent their frustration at the perceived injustice.  A murderer was being set free.  A child murderer.

At least four states, and perhaps more by now, have had legislators announce their intention to introduce bills in various versions of Caylee’s Law.  Most require a parent to report missing children within a given time frame, while the Massachusetts version would make it a crime for a parent to not report a child’s death.

The truth is, no version of  Caylee’s Law will do anything to protect children.  All the petitions and proposed bills are merely attempts to make people feel better.

First, Caylee’s Law will do absolutely nothing to punish Casey Anthony, which is what the public really wanted and expected.  Second, it will not stop parents from being horrible parents like Casey Anthony.  Third, it will not save even one child.  Had such a law been on the books prior to Caylee’s death would she still be alive?  No.  Had such a law been on the books would the prosecution have been able to convict Casey of murder?  No.  This proposed law is about punishment; not saving children.  If a parent was not going to report their child missing within 24 hours or report the death of a child, this law would not change their decision.

Additionally, there is a potential 5th Amendment problem.  The 5th Amendment to the Constitution says, “No person…shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself.”  How can a parent who has murdered their own child be charged with violating Caylee’s Law when the only way to follow it would be to incriminate themselves by reporting the death? 

The wave of anger that created the drive to enact Caylee’s Law will subside in time.  The 24 hour media will move on to the next outrage and the public will follow.  In the mean time, enacting yet another unnecessary law merely to satisfy the unresolved anger of the mob would be a mistake.  No children will be saved by this law.

Justice should not be influenced by emotion and anger is the driving force behind Caylee’s Law.  If anyone disputes that I will ask one question.  Was there any petition, Facebook page, tweet or any other mention of Caylee’s Law before the verdict in the Casey Anthony trial?  No.

Monday, July 25, 2011

You Might Be A Liberal...

Twitter was just overflowing today with #YouMightBeALiberal hashtag tweets.  I've seen pages of these on a few other blogs and I just had to put a few of my favorites on my blog.

#YouMightBeALiberal

If you think caricatures of Obama are treasonous but pictures of George W. Bush as Hitler are protected speech.

If you’re against school voucher program for inner cities but have your kids attend private school.

If you are for abortions but against the death penalty.

If you believe we can’t drill out way out of an oil crisis, but we can spend our way out of an economic one.

If you’re surprised a conservative U.S. Congressman has an economics degree.  With highest honors.

If you believe words will protect our borders.

If you believe a performance artist no one watches has a right to receive taxpayer subsidies.

If your news source is a comedy show.

If you think someone who disagrees with you must be silenced.

If you believe one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.

If you believe capitalism oppresses people and socialism liberates people.

If you call for shared sacrifice while forgetting to mention that 48% of Americans pay no taxes.

If you support welfare for illegal immigrants who pay no taxes.

If you believe Saddam, Castro and Kim Jong Il were fairly elected, but George W. Bush was not.

If you think the U.S. has 57 states.

If you believe the Constitution is alive but unborn babies are not.

If every discussion about Obama’s policy ends with you calling someone a racist.

If you believe the Aids virus is spread through a lack of federal funding.

If you try to sell the goofy meme that either Jesus or Reagan would have ever supported your repulsive Marxist ideas.

If you’re scared that cow farts are going to melt the polar ice caps.

If you know Hitler was a vicious murderer, but wear a Che Guevara t-shirt.

If you have no economic plan that doesn’t include a tax increase.

If you think asking citizens to speak English is racist.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

How Many Does It Take?

Quoted from Wilford I. King, cited in John R. Richardson, Christian Economics (Houston, TX: Thomas Press, 1966), p. 31, cited in David A. Noebel, Understanding the Times, Unabridged Edition, p. 707.

Suppose that, in an isolated valley, there are three men, each working for himself on his own farm.  One is very diligent, and when winter arrives, has accumulated a large enough store of foodstuffs, and has on hand ample feed for his horses, cows and poultry.  The others, having taken life easy during the summer, find that long before spring they are short on provisions.  If, then, they combine forces, set upon their neighbor and seize his possessions, both capitalists and collectivists will agree that the two lazy farmers have violated the Eighth Commandment - in other words, they have stolen the diligent farmer's goods.

But suppose, instead, that the two insist upon establishing a democratic government for the valley.  They hold a "town meeting" and by a vote of two to one adopt a statute requiring that all share equally in the summer's produce. 

Is this a perfectly legitimate action, falling outside the scope of the Eighth Commandment?  If not, just how many persons does it take to establish a government and make the procedure ethical?

Sunday, July 10, 2011

The Debt Star

Rick Perry Is No Conservative

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It's appearing more likely every day that Gov. Rick Perry of Texas will throw his hat into the ring and run for President.  He has tremendous support with Republicans and a lot of people seem to think he is a strong conservative.  Refusing to stop the recent execution of an immigrant, ignoring even the requests of both President Obama and Former President George W. Bush, has bolstered his appeal and given the false conservative illusion.

But, Rick Perry is no conservative.   Here are just a few reasons why.

1.  In 2000, when Perry was elected Governor, total spending by Texas was $49 billion.  By 2010 it was $90 billion.

2.  As Governor, Perry is one of four members of the Texas Bond Review Board, which approves most state debt transactions.  Since Perry took office on December 21, 2000 the outstanding bonds and notes for the state of Texas have increased from $13.7 billion to $34.08 billion.

3.  In an August 2007 trip to Mexico, Perry called the idea of building a fence along the U.S.-Mexican border "idiocy."  While on this trip he also discussed with Mexican officials the Trans-Texas Corridor, part of the planned NAFTA superhighway system.  This superhighway system would require the state use of eminent domain, seizing privately owned land to build roads which would be leased to foreign companies.

4. Rick Perry has claimed he hasn't raised taxes.  He has signed legislation increasing taxes on fireworks, purchases or rentals of diesel equipment, changed the emissions reductions fund to bring in an additional $234.9 million, increased cigarette taxes, increased the franchise tax and several miscellaneous fees. 

5.  In 1988, Rick Perry supported Al Gore for President and was his campaign chairman in state of Texas.

6.  From December 2007 to April 2011, weekly wages in Texas increased 0.6%, compared to 5.0% in the U.S.

7.  Rick Perry is very weak on immigration.  After Arizona passed it's illegal immigration law, Perry issued a statement indicating he has "concerns with portions of the law passed in Arizona" and believes "it would not be the right direction for Texas." 

8.  Rick Perry wants the U.S. to pay for medical care for Mexican citizens living in Mexico.  He said, "Legislation authored by border legislators Pat Haggerty and Eddie Lucio establishes an important study that will look at the feasibility of bi-national health insurance.  This study recognizes that the Mexican and U.S. sides of the border compose one region, and we must address health care problems through that region.  That's why I am also excited that Texas Secretary of State Henry Cuellar is working on an initiative that could extend the benefits of telemedicine to individuals living on the Mexican side of the border."

9.  In February 2007, Perry issued an executive order mandating that Texas girls receive the Gardasil vaccination, which protects against some strains of human pappiloma virus, a cause of cervical cancer.  The order provided the vaccination free of charge to those who were not covered by insurance at a cost to the state of Texas of $360 per person.  An opt-out provision for parents was available.  Perry's decision has been criticized by social conservatives and parents due to the moral implications of the vaccine and safety concerns.  In May, 2007 Perry allowed a bill to go into law that would undo his executive order.

10.  Rick Perry endorsed Rudy Giuliani for President in 2007. 

If Republicans want to select a true conservative as their candidate for President in 2012, Rick Perry should not even be considered.

Harlequin Romance - 2011 Version

He grasped me firmly, but gently, just above my elbow, and guided me into a room. 'His' room. Then he quietly shut the door and we were alone. He approached me soundlessly, from behind, and spoke in a low, reassuring voice close to my ear, "Just relax."

Without warning, he reached down, and I felt his strong, calloused hands start at my ankles, gently probing, and moving upward along my calves, slowly but steadily.

My breath caught in my throat.

I knew I should be afraid, but somehow I didn't care. His touch was so experienced, so sure.

When his hands moved up onto my thighs, I gave a slight shudder, and partly closed my eyes. My pulse was pounding. I felt his knowing fingers caress my abdomen, my ribcage. Then, as he cupped my firm, full breasts in his hands, I inhaled sharply.

Probing, searching, knowing what he wanted, he brought his hands to my shoulders, slid them down my tingling spine and into my pants.

Although I knew nothing about this man, I felt oddly trusting and expectant. This is a man, I thought, a man used to taking charge. A man not used to taking 'No' for an answer. A man who would tell me what he wanted.

A man who would look into my soul and say .. . .

"Okay,ma'am,you can board your flight now."

FEMA Spends Millions On Private Homes

One day last week I received a robocall from the city (I live in Midwest City), telling me about a program in which I could participate that would allow me to install a residential safe room in my house and be partially reimbursed with funding from FEMA.  Residents are to submit a voluntary participation form to enter a lottery which will be used to select participants in the program. 

The details from the form: 

"I, _____________, certify that I am the owner of the above described property and that it is my primary residence.  I agree to comply with criteria and guidelines for the Safe Room Rebate Incentive Program.  I understand that this is a reimbursement program approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and that, as the applicant, am required to complete my financial obligation to my contractor prior to seeking reimbursement from the grant administrator.  I understand that the local share match of 25% is my responsibility.  I, as the applicant, will receive reimbursement from City of Midwest City for 75% of costs up to a maximum of $2,000 upon receipt by City of Midwest City of funds from FEMA.  City of Midwest City will have no obligation of reimbursement to the applicant if, for any reason, funds are not received from FEMA.  A contractual obligation between me and the grant administrator does not exist until I have been notified of my acceptance into the Safe Room Rebate Program.  I will not initiate a contract for installation of the safe room, under this program, before notification of Acceptance I agree to submit a report of my progress in installing the safe room, within 90 days of the date of my acceptance letter, if accepted into the Storm Shelter Incentive Program.  My safe room will meet or exceed FEMA 320 Standards and I will get a signed statement from my contractor stating this."

This made me curious about this program so I looked at the FEMA website and found an entire section on residential safe rooms.  Just in the few minutes I examined the page I found that FEMA has spent MILLIONS giving rebates to private individuals who put storm shelters in their own homes. 

Here are just a few examples. There were many other programs for which no amounts were listed.

State# of SheltersReimbursement Per ShelterTotal Spent
Alabama559$2,910 $1.6 million
Mississippi1105$2,304 $2.5 million
Oklahoma6016not given$3 million +

Granted, storm shelters are extremely important when you live in Tornado Alley and have saved lives.  But, why should the federal government be spending millions for private individuals to put storm shelters in their private homes?  My tax dollars should not be paying for my neighbors storm shelter.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Harvard Study: July 4th Parades Make Kids Republican

Time Magazine has an article about a Harvard Study that claims to show that "when children were exposed at a young age to the Americana fanfare associated with the Fourth of July, they were more likely to vote Republican and make campaign contributions to the party."

From the Abstract of the study:

"We find that days without rain on Fourth of July in childhood have lifelong effects. In particular, they shift adult views and behavior in favor of the Republicans and increase later-life political participation. Our estimates are significant: one Fourth of July without rain before age 18 raises the likelihood of identifying as a Republican by 2 percent and voting for the Republican candidate by 4 percent. It also increases voter turnout by 0.9 percent and boosts political campaign contributions by 3 percent."

Reading between the lines, the study is also saying that Democrats are less patriotic and do not like Americana fanfare or the Fourth of July as much as Republicans.

One might also wonder what types of things children can be exposed to at a young age that would make them more likely to vote Democrat.  A few ideas....

Abortion rights protests
Illegal immigration law protests
Sean Penn movies
Hardball with Chris Mathews
Gay pride events
Anything in San Francisco
Anti Israel protests
Dixie Chicks concert

But, as I post this, today is the Fourth of July.  Democrats, you better keep your kids in the house today, if you don't want them to grow up to be Republicans.

Uncle Scam

Friday, July 1, 2011

Firefighters Union Says No To Nonunion 9-11 Parade Float

A Milwaukee-area firefighter's parade float honoring firefighters lost on 9-11 has been shunned by the firefighters union. 

The float was designed with a grid that looked like a portion of one of the severely damaged buildings after the twin towers collapsed, with artificial building rubble spread across the floor of a small flatbed truck. A flagpole like the one in the famous photo was extended from one end of the float, and the firefighters posted scrolls with the names of all the firefighters, police officers and emergency workers killed in the 2001 attacks.

The float has been in previous parades and has drawn enthusiastic responses from parade watchers. 

Matt Gorniak, a Milwaukee-area fire lieutenant is the driving force behind the float. With the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks coming up later this year, Gorniak and his church's youth group decided to revive the float in Racine's upcoming Independence Day parade, one of the biggest in the area.

However, the firefighters union has voted to not support or march with the float this time.  Their problem is not with the float, but with Gorniak, who recently invoked a little-used provision in his union contract and opted out of the firefighters union.

The head of the union declines to discuss their decision.

Read the Journal Sentinel's complete article here: http://www.jsonline.com/watchdog/noquarter/124830329.html

US State Dept Labels Israel A Terrorist Nation

The Obama administration has quietly placed Israel on a list of nations it believes “have shown a tendency to promote, produce, or protect terrorist organizations or their members.”

Read more at the CNSNews.com website:  http://bit.ly/kA8onA