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National Day of Prayer

Posted on April 30, 2008 | Filed Under In My Opinion...

Oh, I suppose the lefties will do what they usually do - sneer and make blasphemous statements about Christians and Christianity - but they haven’t yet been able to take another day from us. “US” being God-fearing, patriotic, America loving people.

Originally begun in 1775 by the First Continental Congress, who called for a National Day of Prayer, followed by Abraham Lincoln in 1863, established as an Act of Congress in 1953 and signed into law by Harry Truman, and finally amended and signed by President Reagan in 1988, designated to be the first Thursday in May. Which means … tomorrow.

From the Patriot Post (linked) comes this prayer, that all of us might recite tomorrow, Thursday, May 1, 2008, at 12:00 noon …

A Common Prayer for American Patriots

FATHER…
In peace we pray for all people.
We pray –
- for our family,
- for our friends,
- for our brothers and sisters in Christ,
- for those not known to us who are lonely, who suffer illness or other adversity,
- and for those who remain in our hearts.

We pray –
- for our nation,
- for our president and national leaders, that they would seek You for wisdom, that You would protect them from the lure of greed and power and enable them to promote an agenda that is honoring to You as they govern our country.

We pray –
- for all those who stand in harm’s way defending our liberty, that You would protect them and give them comfort in times of hardship, and assist them in defeating the enemy and bringing order to the world,
- for their families, that You would give them peace and stability as they await the return of their loved ones.

We pray –
- for …. (other petitions),

We pray for the knowledge of love, the wisdom of truth and the stewardship of all creation.

We pray in the name of Christ Emanuel.

AMEN

“Compare and contrast…”

Posted on April 29, 2008 | Filed Under In My Opinion...

Remember that from your school days? Always sent the “oh shit” factor skyward, didn’t it? Sometimes it was easy to make a comparison between subjects - sometimes … not so much. However, in the case of the question who really “Supports Our Troops”, it is extremely easy to make a determination which side is honest and which is full of shit, transparent, and lying through their teeth.

“Compare and contrast” the following clips, presented by the 2 major parties, and see if you can determine which is which. If it’s not immediately apparent to you … you’re in the wrong place.
(HINT: From the DNC)

(No hint needed, I trust?)

Savages. Sub-human savages.

Posted on April 28, 2008 | Filed Under In My Opinion...

There is no other way to describe these people. Arab Muslims, that is. They surely are a sub-species of human development. The following story from the JAWA Report (linked) clearly illustrates what I mean. And by the way - you really must drop in on that blog regularly to see what these savages are up to. It will open your eyes.

Teenage Iraqi Girl Killed For Falling In Love With A British Soldier

Daily Mail via JWF

An Iraqi teenage girl was brutally murdered by her father in an “honour killing” after she fell in love with a British soldier in Basra.

Seventeen-year-old Rand Abdel-Qader told her best friend how she had fallen for Paul, a 22-year-old she met at a charity where she worked as a volunteer. When her father learned she had been seen speaking to a foreigner he rushed home and butchered her, strangling and stabbing her while screaming that he was “cleansing his honour”.

He was arrested, but Iraqi police took no action. His wife has since left him and is in hiding.

The Ministry of Defence was last night trying to trace the soldier. Officials stressed he appeared to have done nothing wrong by befriending the girl.

Such a sad story. When Rand’s mother asked the brothers to intervene they instead helped murder their sister.

On March 16 - two months after Rand last saw Paul - her father Abdel-Qader Ali heard from a friend that his daughter had been seen speaking to the soldier at the charity project. Recalling Rand’s murder, her weeping mother Leila Hussein said: “I screamed and called out for her two brothers so they could get their father away. But when he told them the reason, instead of saving her they helped him end her life.”

Abdel-Qader Ali stood on the girl’s throat until she suffocated and then stabbed her, all the time shouting that his honour was being cleansed.

Mrs Qader has now become the “ex-wife” of this bastard. Two weeks later her mother demanded a divorce from Ali, and she now campaigns against honour killings. She lives in fear of reprisals. “I was beaten and had my arm broken by him,” she said. “No man can accept being left by a woman in Iraq.”

She was killed for having a “crush” on the British soldier. They only spoke to one another. Honour killings need to stop. There is no “honor” in killing.

The US has their share of honor killing such as the “publicized case” of Texas teenagers Amina and Sara Said. Their father murdered them on New Years Day 2008 for being normal “American” teenagers. Unfortunately their great aunt Gail Gartrel is their only spokesperson. Their mother and brother as well as alot of their relatives remain silent and are more than likely helping to hide him.

“Jimmuh” Carter Redux

Posted on April 28, 2008 | Filed Under In My Opinion...

Buffoon is too good a word to describe this former (thank God!) President. Typically - a Democrat. I commented on him earlier, so the following from Human Events (linked) should be no surprise to anyone.

Jimmy Carter: A National Embarrassment

Talk about bad pennies always turning up; Jimmy Carter’s at it again.

by Michael Reagan
Posted: 04/25/2008

It would be easy to blame the 83-year-old former one-term president’s frequent excursions into irrational behavior on senility were it not for the fact that he appears to have been senile most of his public life.

Any recitation of his frequent excursions into his personal Land of Oz where the good guys are bad and the bad guys are good sounds like a litany of Carter-esque fantasies. His onetime White House Chief of Staff, Hamilton Jordan, once spoke about what he called Carter’s “weirdness factor.”

If he hadn’t just happened to be the leader of the most powerful nation on the face of the earth and the sole bulwark against the expansion of Soviet tyranny, his weirdness wouldn’t matter in the scheme of things, but he was, and much of what he did — and continues to do today — brought disastrous results for his nation and the world.

No one should be surprised at his recent hobnobbing with the terrorist leaders of Hamas. During his four years in the White House, he showed a unique ability to reward the enemies of human freedom while punishing some of America’s strongest supporters.

Anyone shocked by Iran’s troublemaking, including training and arming the terrorists killing American troops in Iraq, can thank Brother Carter for conspiring to drive out the Shah, a fervent supporter of the United States, and seeing him replaced by the mullahs who repaid his kindness by taking nearly 70 Americans hostage and holding most of them for an astounding 444 days.

He withdrew U.S. support and the Shah was toppled, more than 20,000 pro-Western Iranians were killed, women were sent back into servitude and citizens were arrested merely for owning satellite dishes that could tune to Western programs. And, of course, American diplomats were taken hostage.

Prepare yourself for Obama..

Posted on April 28, 2008 | Filed Under In My Opinion...

I wonder where the “separation of church and state” fanatics will position themselves after reading the latest from Hussein Obama’s “political and spiritual mentor” Jeremiah Wright. Politico has a story that should be a warning to anyone who thinks Obama is a “moderate” Democrat. He isn’t, of course - he’s a died in the wool, 1960’s era Marxist, and anyone with half a brain (which automatically excludes 90% of Democrats) should see that.

So Wright intends to “come after” Obama, ostensibly to try to rectify the “wrongs” of US policy since … well … forever. Marxist/Socialist keywords for “keeping blacks in poverty while others flourish.” You know - whites, Asians who actually work and inspire their kids to study and get an education, and so on. But hey - the country needs it’s 3rd gen welfare leeches and drug dealers, so what’s the problem, Rev? Not everyone can be a phony “Reverend” - not, by the way, a real clergical title, and make millions off the “poor” people he supposedly represents and cares about. Like Wright, I mean. The guy who claims blacks are downtrodden and kept out of society, then “retires” as a minister and buys a multi-million dollar house in an all white neighborhood. That’s showing your people, Rev!

Wright to Obama: ‘Coming after you’

The pastor insisted Obama ‘didn’t denounce’ him and ‘didn’t distance himself’ from Wright’s controversial remarks, but ‘did what politicians do.’

By MIKE ALLEN
4/28/08 11:58 AM EST
Jeremiah A. Wright Jr.

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright said Monday that he will try to chance national policy by “coming after” Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) if he is elected president.

The pastor also insisted Obama “didn’t denounce” him and “didn’t distance himself” from Wright’s controversial remarks, but “did what politicians do.”   In other words … LIE

Wright implied Obama still agrees with him by saying: “He had to distance himself, because he’s a politician, from what the media was saying I had said, which was [portrayed as] anti-American.”

Wright, who was Obama’s pastor for 20 years and performed his wedding, made the explosive comment during a chaotic question-and-answer session at the National Press Club in Washington, following the pastor’s remarks about the black church in America.

“I said to Barack Obama last year, ‘If you get elected, November the 5th , because you’ll be representing a government whose policies grind under people,’ Wright said.

The minister was speaking as part of a tour that is drawing heavy news coverage and causing a huge headache for Obama’s presidential campaign.

Obama, seeking to distance himself from remarks by Wright that some have taken as anti-American, has emphasized that Wright has retired.

But Wright talks of their relationship in the present tense. “I’m a pastor; he’s a member,” he said. “I’m not a ‘spiritual mentor.’ “

In the Democratic debate on April 16, Obama referred to Wright as “somebody who is associated with me that I have disowned,” then clarified that to say he had disowned the comments.

But Wright objected to a question saying Obama had denounced him.

“Whoever wrote that question doesn’t read or watch the news,” Wright said. “He did not denounce me. He distanced himself from some of my remarks, like most of you, never having heard the sermon, all right? …

“He didn’t distance himself. He had to distance himself, because he’s a politician, from what the media was saying I had said, which was [portrayed as] anti-American. … He did, as I said, what politicians do.”

Blame Gore!

Posted on April 25, 2008 | Filed Under In My Opinion...

Okay - I predicted this, had some verification of my posits veracity a few weeks ago in another article I posted here, and now the chickens have come home to roost. Food prices are out of control. Shortages exist and are getting to the point where rationing … RATIONING! … is being discussed for the first time in this country since World War II. And the cause? Talk to Al Gore and his buddies in the “Global Warming” scam.

Food Crisis Starts Eclipsing Climate Change Worries

Gore Ducks, as a Backlash Builds Against Biofuels

By JOSH GERSTEIN
Staff Reporter of the Sun
April 25, 2008

The campaign against climate change could be set back by the global food crisis, as foreign populations turn against measures to use foodstuffs as substitutes for fossil fuels.

With prices for rice, wheat, and corn soaring, food-related unrest has broken out in places such as Haiti, Indonesia, and Afghanistan. Several countries have blocked the export of grain. There is even talk that governments could fall if they cannot bring food costs down.

One factor being blamed for the price hikes is the use of government subsidies to promote the use of corn for ethanol production. An estimated 30% of America’s corn crop now goes to fuel, not food.

“I don’t think anybody knows precisely how much ethanol contributes to the run-up in food prices, but the contribution is clearly substantial,” a professor of applied economics and law at the University of Minnesota, C. Ford Runge, said. A study by a Washington think tank, the International Food Policy Research Institute, indicated that between a quarter and a third of the recent hike in commodities prices is attributable to biofuels.

Last year, Mr. Runge and a colleague, Benjamin Senauer, wrote an article in Foreign Affairs, “How Biofuels Could Starve the Poor.”

“We were criticized for being alarmist at the time,” Mr. Runge said. “I think our views, looking back a year, were probably too conservative.”

Ethanol was initially promoted as a vehicle for America to cut back on foreign oil. In recent years, biofuels have also been touted as a way to fight climate change, but the food crisis does not augur well for ethanol’s prospects.

“It takes around 400 pounds of corn to make 25 gallons of ethanol,” Mr. Senauer, also an applied economics professor at Minnesota, said. “It’s not going to be a very good diet but that’s roughly enough to keep an adult person alive for a year.” 

With “friends” like this..

Posted on April 23, 2008 | Filed Under In My Opinion...

Yeah - the old story, right? Guess who? It’s none other than our friends the Israeli’s again. AGAIN!

Ya know, if something like this happens once, you might make an excuse the spying wasn’t at their request. Some dickhead decided to ingratiate himself for some reason and handed over some documents. But it’s NOT the first time for the Israeli’s - nor the second, nor the third. It’s the fourth case we know of. Operative words, “we know of.” Which is to say if they got caught four times, it’s probably safe to assume they ran many more operations and never did get caught. A logical assumption, in my opinion. When is this garbage going to stop? This isn’t some lightweight nonsense - this is Nuclear Weapons technology and intelligence on one of out most technologically advanced fighter aircraft. How much do you want to bet the Israeli Air Force pops up with a new “advanced” fighter, “superior to anything the US has GIVEN us in the past.” Operative word there … GIVEN. These aren’t loans we give Israel - they are outright gifts. Money, military equipment, technology. All gifts. Billions of dollars a year. And THIS is how they repay our largese - they spy on us and STEAL our secrets.

U.S. Army Engineer Charged In Giving Israeli Consulate Nuclear Weapons Documents

Tuesday, 22 Apr 2008, 11:35 AM EDT
MyFoxNY.com

A U.S. Army mechanical engineer has been arrested on charges that he slipped classified documents about nuclear weapons to an employee of the Israeli Consulate.

The arrest of Ben-ami Kadish is being detailed Tuesday by the U.S. attorney in Manhattan and FBI officials.

A criminal complaint says the activities occurred from 1979through 1985. Kadish worked at the U.S. Army’s Armament Research,Development and Engineering Center in Dover, N.J.

The complaint says Kadish took home classified documents several times, and the Israeli government worker photographed them in Kadish’s basement.

The documents included information about nuclear weapons, a modified version of an F-15 fighter jet, and the U.S. Patriot missile air defense system.

True Warriors!

Posted on April 17, 2008 | Filed Under In My Opinion...

Semper Fi, Marine, Semper Fi!

You just have to love Marines, no matter what branch you served in, or as a civilian. These guys just love to fight. Warriors. Nothing stirring, and they get bored. Nobody shooting at them, they get bored. Very similar to police work in that sense. Craziness livens things up. You need a sense of humor to even tolerate things, sometimes.

So here’s an example of a Warrior trying to stir shit up!

Think you know U.S. history?

Posted on April 16, 2008 | Filed Under In My Opinion...

Who was our first President?

If you went to a government (read NEA) school within the last 20 years or so - or maybe farther back than that - you might think it was George Washington. Heroic General of the American Revolution he was, but our first President?

In fact - George Washington was not our first President! He was, in fact, the 9th President of the United States! Don’t believe it? Read on and learn something about the history of your country.

Are you sure George Washington was our first President?

After all, no one else comes to mind. But the United States declared its independence in 1776, yet Washington did not take office until April 30, 1789. So who was running the country during these initial years of this young country? It was the first eight U. S. Presidents.

In fact, the first President of the United States was John Hanson. John who? John Hanson, the first President of the United States. Don’t go checking the encyclopedia for this guy - he is one of those great men that are lost to history. If you are lucky, you may find a brief mention of his name.

The new country was actually formed on March 1, 1781 with the adoption of The Articles of Confederation. This document was actually proposed on June 11, 1776, but not agreed on by Congress until November 15, 1777. Maryland refused to sign this document until Virginia and New York ceded their western lands (Maryland was afraid that these states would gain too much power in the new government from such large amounts of land). Once the signing took place in 1781, a President was needed to run the country. John Hanson was chosen unanimously by Congress (which included George Washington). The other potential candidates refused to run against him, as he was a major player in the revolution and an extremely influential member of Congress.

As the first President, Hanson had quite the shoes to fill. No one had ever been President and the role was poorly defined. His actions in office would set precedent for all future Presidents. He took office just as the Revolutionary War ended. Almost immediately, the troops demanded to be paid. As would be expected after any long war, there were no funds to meet the salaries. As a result, the soldiers threatened to overthrow the new government and put Washington on the throne as a monarch.

All the members of Congress ran for their lives, leaving Hanson as the only guy left. He somehow managed to calm the troops down and hold the country together. If he had failed, the government would have fallen almost immediately and everyone would have been bowing to King Washington. Hanson, as President, ordered all foreign troops off American soil, as well as the removal of all foreign flags. This was quite the feat, considering that so many European countries had a stake in the United States since the days following Columbus. Hanson established the Great Seal of the United States, which all Presidents have since been required to use on all official documents. President Hanson also established the first Treasury Department, the first Secretary of War, and the first Foreign Affairs Department.

Lastly, he declared that the fourth Thursday of every November was to be Thanksgiving Day, which is still true today. The Articles of Confederation only allowed a President to serve a one year term during any three year period, so Hanson actually accomplished quite a bit in such little time. Seven other presidents were elected after him -

1. Elias Boudinot (1782-83)
2. Thomas Mifflin (1783-84)
3. Richard Henry Lee (1784-85)
4. John Hancock (1785-86)
5. Nathan Gorman (1786-87)
6. Arthur St. Clair (1787-88)
7. Cyrus Griffin (1788-89)

..all prior to Washington taking office. So what happened?

Why don’t we hear about the first eight presidents? It’s quite simple - The Articles of Confederation didn’t work well. The individual states had too much power and nothing could be agreed upon. A new doctrine needed to be written - what we now know as the Constitution. And that leads us to the end of our story. George Washington was definitely not the first President of the United States. He was the first President of the United States under the Constitution we follow today. And the first eight Presidents are forgotten in history.

It took eight years to establish a successful government. You might remember this when you hear that so little progress has been made during these last 3 years in establishing a Government in Iraq.

Americas worst President

Posted on April 16, 2008 | Filed Under In My Opinion...

None other than Jimmy “peanut vendor” Carter, is once again apologizing to terrorists on behalf of the U.S. Nobody authorized him to speak, of course, but that has never seemed to bother him. After all - he is a Noble Laureate. Then again, so is Al Gore, so what credibility that honoraria has anymore is questionable. One would think that by now this sad excuse would have figured out how far you get by playing “palsy-walsy” with terrorists. He has apparently forgotten the American hostages in Iran who rotted in prison for 444 days during his administration. Some other thoughts on Carter’s madness …

On government and the people: “When I go to a dictatorship, I only have to talk to one person and that’s the dictator, because he speaks for all the people. But in a democracy like Israel, there is a wide range of opinions and that counterbalances the disappointment that I have in not meeting with the people shaping Israeli power now in the government.” —foreign policy expert Jimmy Carter  “I can’t say that [Hamas] will be amenable to any suggestions, but at least after I meet with them I can go back and relay what they say, as just a communicator, to the leaders of the United States.”
—Jimmy Carter

“America elected Jimmy Carter 32 years ago and is still paying the price. Suppose history repeats: Obama wins and has a failed one-term presidency. Will he be jetting around the world meeting with terrorists and despots and denouncing America in 2040? Maybe not, but the thought gives us a shudder.”
—James Taranto  

“It seems there is scarcely a serious bad actor on the planet with whom Jimmy Carter has not met. He is a serial tyrant-enabler, the very personification of Rodney King’s risible appeal, ‘Can’t we all get along?’ Mr. Carter has come to epitomize the notion that ‘dialogue’ is always in order, no matter how odious or dangerous the interlocutor—or the extent to which they or their agendas will benefit from such interactions.”
—Frank Gaffney, Jr.

“In the final analysis, Jimmy Carter will be best remembered by history as a man whose time in and out of high public office was almost unblemished by success.”
—Frank Gaffney, Jr.

“[Jimmy] Carter is about to make a disgrace of himself yet again, this time by meeting in Syria with Hamas terrorist leader Khaled Mashaal. His influence is nonexistent except where he can perform the role of useful idiot for America’s enemies.”
—Jed Babbin

Jimmuh … please just shut the fuck up and go away.

Racist Obama

Posted on April 16, 2008 | Filed Under In My Opinion...

MICHELE OBAMA’S MILITANT RACISM REVEALED

In her senior thesis at Princeton, Michele Obama, the wife of Barack Obama stated that America was a nation founded on “crime and hatred.” Moreover, she stated that whites in America were “ineradicable racist.” The 1985 thesis, titled “Princeton-Educated Blacks and the Black Community” was written under her maiden name, Michelle LaVaughn Robinson.

Michelle Obama stated in her thesis that to “Whites at Princeton, it often seems as if, to them, she will always be Black first…” However, it was reported by a fellow black classmate, “If those “Whites at Princeton” really saw Michelle as one who always would “be Black first,” it seems that she gave them that impression.” Most alarming is Michele Obama’s use of the terms “separationist” and “integrationist” when describing the views of black people. Mrs. Obama clearly identifies herself with a “separationist” view of race.

By actually working with the Black lower class or within their communities as a result of their ideologies, a separationist may better understand the desperation of their situation and feel more hopeless about a resolution as opposed to an integrationist who is ignorant to their plight.”

Obama writes that the path she chose by attending Princeton would likely lead to her “further integration and/or assimilation into a white cultural and social structure that will only allow me to remain on the periphery of society; never becoming a full participant.”

Michele Obama clearly has a chip on her shoulder. Not only does she see separate black and white societies in America, but she elevates black over white in her world.

Here is another passage that is uncomfortable and ominous in meaning…

“There was no doubt in my mind that as a member of the black community, I am obligated to this community and will utilize all of my present and future resources to benefit the black community first and foremost. “

What is Michelle Obama planning to do with her future resources if she’s first lady that will elevate black over white in America? The following passage appears to be a call to arms for affirmative action policies that could be the hallmark of an Obama administration.

“Predominately white universities like Princeton are socially and academically designed to cater to the needs of the white students comprising the bulk of their enrollments.”

The conclusion of her thesis is alarming. Michelle Obama’s poll of black alumni concludes that other black students at Princeton do not share her obsession with blackness. But rather than celebrate, she is horrified that black alumni identify with our common American culture more than they value the color of their skin.

“I hoped that these findings would help me conclude that despite the high degree of identification with whites as a result of the educational and occupational path that black Princeton alumni follow, the alumni would still maintain a certain level of identification with the black community. However, these findings do not support this possibility.”

Is it no wonder that most black alumni ignored her racist questionnaire? Only 89 students responded out of 400 who were asked for input.

Michelle Obama does not look into a crowd of Obama supporters and see Americans. She sees black people and white people eternally conflicted with one another. The thesis provides a trove of Mrs. Obama’s thoughts and world view seen through a race-based prism. This is a very divisive view for a potential first lady that would do untold damage to race relations in this country in a Barack Obama administration.

Michelle Obama’s intellectually refined racism should give all Americans pause for deep concern.

Now maybe she’s changed, but she sure sounds like someone with an axe to grind with America. Will the press let Michelle get a free pass over her obviously racist comment about American whites? I am sure that it will. But it shouldn’t. Has anyone stopped to think what kind of change; really?

What did I tell you, part deux.

Posted on April 14, 2008 | Filed Under In My Opinion...

Food Costs Rising Fastest in 17 Years

Monday April 14, 4:10 pm ET
By Ellen Simon, AP Business Writer

Food Costs Rising at Fast Clip, Squeezing Poor, Forcing Food Vendors to Explain Higher Prices

NEW YORK (AP) — Steve Tarpin can bake a graham cracker crust in his sleep, but explaining why the price for his Key lime pies went from $20 to $25 required mastering a thornier topic: global economics.

He recently wrote a letter to his customers and posted it near the cash register listing the factors — dairy prices driven higher by conglomerates buying up milk supplies, heat waves in Europe and California, demand from emerging markets and the weak dollar.

The owner of Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pies in Brooklyn said he didn’t want customers thinking he was “jacking up prices because I have a unique product.”

“I have to justify it,” he said.

The U.S. is wrestling with the worst food inflation in 17 years, and analysts expect new data due on Wednesday to show it’s getting worse. That’s putting the squeeze on poor families and forcing bakeries, bagel shops and delis to explain price increases to their customers.

U.S. food prices rose 4 percent in 2007, compared with an average 2.5 percent annual rise for the last 15 years, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. And the agency says 2008 could be worse, with a rise of as much as 4.5 percent.

Higher prices for food and energy are again expected to play a leading role in pushing the government’s consumer price index higher for March.

Analysts are forecasting that Wednesday’s Department of Labor report will show the Consumer Price Index rose at a 4 percent annual rate in the first three months of the year, up from last year’s overall rise of 2.8 percent.

For the U.S. poor, any increase in food costs sets up an either-or equation: Give something up to pay for food.

“I was talking to people who make $9 an hour, talking about how they might save $5 a week,” said Kathleen DiChiara, president and CEO of the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. “They really felt they couldn’t. That was before. Now, they have to.”

For some, that means adding an extra cup of water to their soup, watering down their milk, or giving their children soda because it’s cheaper than milk, DiChiara said.

U.S. households still spend a smaller chunk of their expenses for foods than in any other country — 7.2 percent in 2006, according to the USDA. By contrast, the figure was 22 percent in Poland and more than 40 percent in Egypt and Vietnam.

In Bangladesh, economists estimate 30 million of the country’s 150 million people could be going hungry. Haiti’s prime minister was ousted over the weekend following food riots there.

Still, the higher U.S. prices seem eye-popping after years of low inflation. Eggs cost 25 percent more in February than they did a year ago, according to the USDA. Milk and other dairy products jumped 13 percent, chicken and other poultry nearly 7 percent.

USDA economist Ephraim Leibtag explained the jumps in a recent presentation to the Food Marketing Institute, starting with the factors everyone knows about: sharply higher commodity costs for wheat, corn, soybeans and milk, plus higher energy and transportation costs.

The other reasons are more complex. Rapid economic growth in China and India has increased demand for meat there, and exports of U.S. products, such as corn, have set records as the weak dollar has made them cheaper. That’s lowered the supply of corn available for sale in the U.S., raising prices here. Ethanol production has also diverted corn from dinner tables and into fuel tanks.

Soybean prices have gone up as farmers switched more of their acreage to corn. Drought in Australia has even affected the price of bread, as it led to tighter global wheat supplies. 

Parting shots …

Posted on April 14, 2008 | Filed Under In My Opinion...

No comment is required on this. Just enjoy.

Adieu…

Posted on April 13, 2008 | Filed Under In My Opinion...

Well, it has been just over a year since I started this exercise in venting my frustrations. Sad to say there doesn’t appear to be that many people interested in what I have to say, save a small band of loyalists - too small to make the effort worthwhile.

So… since my priorities lately have shifted to staying alive due to various ailments - and not venting - I have decided to end this thing. I expect by  the end of the month I will have things cleaned up and various accounts adjusted so I can delete the whole thing.

To those regulars (few though you are) my thanks for tolerating me and my sometimes(?) “difficult” moods.

Bye…

Listen - they’re DEMOCRATS, okay?

Posted on April 10, 2008 | Filed Under In My Opinion...

Like anything more needs to be said. Say one thing - do another. It’s endemic in the Democrat Party, as should be apparent to anyone who, a) has an IQ above room temperature, and b) managed to escape from an NEA school with common sense and individualism intact. I know - no mean feat there, but it happens.

So really, why should we - meaning citizens with some semblance of common sense and/or morals - be at all surprised at the crap that spews from the mouths of these moral cripples? They wouldn’t know the truth if it reared up and kicked them in the balls. Assuming the Beta males had any to start with, but that’s another story.

They all … the lot of them … are degenerate liars intent on one thing and one thing only, protestations to the contrary notwithstanding, and that is POWER. They lust for it. They NEED it (Beta males always do, you know. They think it makes them more “manly” than they really are). It is the reason they gravitate like they do to political life - not a sense of public service. They are in fact nothing more than welfare recipients, feeding at the public trough their entire adult lives. Look at the names, and see how long they have been in “public service”, having never before this held any kind of job. And you expect them to have any sense of what a working person has to deal with to get along? Please. If you believe that, you are NOT a survivor of an NEA school.
Witness:

Obama Is Lying

By Jennifer Rubin
Published 4/10/2008 12:07:45 AM

When was the last time the MSM took a Republican’s side in a fight over credibility with a Democratic opponent? Well, it has been a while. However, conservatives have little to grumble about in the recent face-off between Barack Obama and John McCain over McCain’s statement that troops might have to remain for “100 years” in Iraq “as long as Americans are not being injured or harmed or wounded or killed” after fighting had concluded, as they have done in South Korea and Germany.

Most recently, ABC’s Jake Tapper noted that at least on three occasions Obama had personally said that McCain favored continued fighting in Iraq for 100 years. Tapper concluded that “Obama has in the past distorted McCain’s comments” and “that he is violating his own stated aspirations…[b]ecause not only has he distorted what McCain said, he is not being honest about having made those distortions.”

Tapper is not the only MSM reporter to point this out, of course. It is not every day that the RNC sends around e-mail blasts quoting Frank Rich (”Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton should be ashamed of themselves for libeling John McCain”) and reports from the Chicago Tribune, Atlantic Monthly, AP, New York Times, Washington Post, Slate and other MSM outlets, all for the same proposition: Obama is lying.

This episode is revealing both about Obama the man and about the misconceptions he may have about the media.

Hey - he’s a DEMOCRAT, people! What did you expect, the truth?

Dreams From My Father, Lame Excuses From My Grandfather

by Ann Coulter
Posted: 04/09/2008

Since a Chinese graduate student at Columbia University, Minghui Yu, was killed last Friday when black youths violently set upon him, sending him running into traffic to escape, I think B. Hussein Obama ought to start referring to the mind-set of the “typical Asian person.”

As of Wednesday, police had no motive for the attack, and witnesses said they heard no demand for money or anything else. The Associated Press reports that the assailant simply said to his friend, “Watch what I do to this guy” before punching Yu.

Meanwhile, let’s revisit the story about Obama’s grandmother being guilty of thinking like a “typical white person.” As recounted in Obama’s autobiography, the only evidence that his grandmother feared black men comes from Obama’s good-for-nothing, chronically unemployed white grandfather, who accuses Grandma of racism as his third excuse not to get dressed and drive her to work.

The Fugitive: The Obama Files Continue

by John Batchelor
Posted: 04/10/2008

Three weeks ago an international fugitive and major member of the Antoin “Tony” Rezko crew of Chicago was sighted in the first-class lounge at the Queen Alia International Airport at Amman, Jordan. This sighting is significant not only to Iraqi and American justice but also to the unexplored and potentially disturbing political associations of Senator Barack Obama.

The fugitive is Aiham Alsammarae, 57, and he is listed on an Interpol warrant as being wanted by the Republic of Iraq. Iraqi-born, Mr. Alsammarae is also an American citizen with a residence in greater Chicago. He served two turbulent years, July 2003-May 2005, as the CPA Minister of Electricity, and he was convicted by a Baghdad court in October 2006 of helping to plunder his ministry of $650 million. Escaping from Baghdad under little-explained circumstances in December 2006, Mr. Alsammarae fled via Amman to Chicago, where he has been at work at his engineering consulting firm these last fifteen months.

Obama Promises to Dismantle Our Armed Forces

by Robert Maginnis
Posted: 04/10/2008

YouTube has an undated 52-second clip (previously posted here) of Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barrack Obama outlining his plans for America’s national defense. Obama’s presentation demonstrates either total naivete about important national security programs or he is just pandering for votes among the extreme left.

Watch Obama’s message and consider some inconvenient facts about his national security promises.

“I’m the only major candidate to oppose this war from the beginning and as president I will end it.” No one likes war: especially those who have to do the fighting and dying. Yet, our military leaders make clear that the consequences of a rapid withdrawal from Iraq as Obama seeks would be disastrous not only for American interests in the region but for Iraq itself. It would provide a propaganda victory for al Qaeda and Iran because they will be able to claim they defeated America. Further, it could worsen the Iraqi civil war, create an unstable Mideast and further spike oil prices.

“Second, I will cut tens of billions of dollars in wasteful spending.” Anyone who has worked with the military for any length of time knows there is waste, often in weapons systems. Recently, the Government Accountability Office found that 95 major weapons systems — including the Joint Strike Fighter and the Littoral Combat Ship — have exceeded their original budgets. These cost overruns could be the result of waste or mismanagement or, perhaps, the development and fielding of sophisticated new weapons with constantly changing requirements is difficult and inefficient.

Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them:

Al Franken gets caught in a lie. Fails to carry workers compensation insurance.

By Erick Posted in 2008

Al Franken’s company got fined $25,000 by New York for failing to carry workers compensation insurance for his employees. Good liberal that he is, Mr. Franken apparently cares about workers in the abstract, but really could care less about actual workers.

His explanation for the fine is that he lives in Minnesota, but the New York government was trying to reach him at his old New York address.

Campaign spokesman Andy Barr said that neither Franken nor his wife, Franni, were aware of the matter before Tuesday. They have lived in Minneapolis for the past few years and did not know about the state’s attempts to reach them in New York City, he said.

But that, apparently, is a lie. As Minnesota Democrats Exposed discovered, Franken recently sent out a fundraising plea via a Harvard newsletter for the Class of 1973. In it, Franken lists Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10024 as his address. He even includes his phone number and email address.

And wouldn’t you know, that’s the same address New York has been sending demands to — the address the Franken campaign claims Franken doesn’t live at any more.

Let’s go to the video!

John Murtha … scumbag

Posted on April 9, 2008 | Filed Under In My Opinion...

Yeah, I know - I’ve said it before. many times. I detest this clown, this piece of shit, this asshat, this creep, this …. well - you get the idea.

This is the “former Marine” (ever hear a REAL Marine say he was a “former” Marine? Not bloody likely) is the scumbag who pronounced 5 Marines charged in the death of civilians in Haditha, Iraq “Guilty of Murder” before the investigation ever commenced. I hasten to remind you that just last week the last of the Marines so charged initially was informed the charges against him were dismissed without prejudice. Before any trials commenced. The sound you (don’t) hear is John Murtha apologizing to these Marines, these HEROS (as opposed to phonys like Murtha), for defaming them in public. No retraction, no apology, no nothing. That’s being a real man, Murtha, you piece of shit.

Of course Murtha’s character - or lack thereof - comes as no surprise to anyone either on the Hill or in any investigative branch of a federal or state agency. beginning with the ABSCAM deal - where he was an “un-indicted co-conspirator” - to his propensity for pork spending in his home state of Pennsylvania. To wit…

Dubious Honors

Posted by:John Campbell
3:15 PM

To the regular readers of this blog, it is no secret that Congressman Jack Murtha (D-PA) is the “King of Pork”. That dubious honor is not a fleeting one.

Last week CBS news ran a piece on Congressman Murtha and his pork barrel politics. According to an estimate from Taxpayers for Common Sense(TCS), Over the past 4 years alone, Murtha has managed to secure more than $600 million in earmarks, and $2 billion since 1992.

In FY 2008 Appropriations bills Mr. Murtha garnered $160 million worth of earmarks. Every private entity that received an earmark from Mr. Murtha also made a campaign contribution, according to information from TCS.

This kind of behavior of receiving earmarks for campaign dollars is reprehensible, and a dreadful way of spending your tax dollars.

To see the rest of the CBS report see the video below.

Ya just GOTTA love’em!

Posted on April 8, 2008 | Filed Under In My Opinion...

Those wonderful Democrats

The Soft Parade
by D.R. Tucker
04-06-2008
@ 03:24 AM

“The convention will be an ugly carnival, a nightly display of decrepit doves whose actions have done nothing to help the United States military.”

If you are an Iraq War veteran, or know someone who is, please avoid watching this summer’s Democrat convention at all costs. The event could trigger post-traumatic stress syndrome.

The convention will be an ugly carnival, a nightly display of decrepit doves whose actions have done nothing to help the United States military. The entire Democrat Party has embraced defeat more fervently than Barack Obama has embraced Rev. Jeremiah Wright. The convention will be one of the great abominations of modern times, a sordid spectacle every bit as repugnant to decent-minded people as the Million Man March.

Today’s Democrat Party suffers from multiple organ failure. The courage of Truman and Kennedy is barely remembered by those who now call themselves Democrats. In 2008, “courage” in the Democrat Party means loudly declaring that the war cannot be won, branding our troops terrorists, and demanding America quit before the goal of a stable Iraq has been reached.

The Republican Party is far from perfect, but the GOP is not nearly as self-destructive as its “progressive” counterpart. The Republicans understand that we face an enemy that must be conquered; the Democrats swear by the noxious notion that it is our actions, not the extremist ideologies of others, that gives rise to terrorism.

It must repel our soldiers to know that, once they come back from the heat and dust of Iraq, they must combat a new enemy: the repugnant philosophy that has labeled Iraq a quagmire and our troops amoral Americans. Our soldiers simply ask to be respected, not to be regarded as ignorant post-adolescents sent over to die for oil and Haliburton.

The Democrats will, with one voice, inveigh against the Iraq War at the convention, denigrating our troops without a moment’s hesitation. It’s as though the party cannot help itself: the Democrats simply don’t know how to look at an Iraq War veteran and regard him or her as a hero.

And who would you believe?

“Greater love hath no man than this…”

Posted on April 8, 2008 | Filed Under In My Opinion...

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13

To be presented to the family of Master At Arms2 Monsoor today at 1500hrs.

I just watched the ceremony on the Pentagon Channel and was struck by the genuine emotion shown by the Commander in Chief as the Citation for the medal of Honor was read. It was a stark reminder that no matter what one thinks of President Bush or his administration, he is a man of deep personal faith and commitment to the United States and the men and women who serve under its flag. Tears unashamedly streaming down his face, the President presented the Medal to the parents of MA2 Monsoor in a solemn ceremony. As the President said, we will not forget the sacrifices made by these men.

We continue to thank God for the existence of such men. Rest in honored glory, MA2 Monsoor.

Navy SEAL to Receive Medal of Honor Posthumously

3/31/2008 2:16:00 PM
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Menzie, Naval Special Forces Warfare Command Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) — A Navy SEAL who sacrificed himself to save his teammates during combat operations in Iraq will be posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor by President George W. Bush the White House announced March 31.

The parents of Master-At-Arms 2nd Class (SEAL) Michael A. Monsoor will accept the nation’s highest military honor on behalf of their son during a White House ceremony April 8. The medal is awarded for ‘conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty’ by a member of the U.S. Armed Forces during combat against an enemy.

“I was happy to hear Mike will get the Medal of Honor,” said Special Warfare Operator 1st Class (SEAL) Tom DeShazo, who worked closely with Monsoor during the mission. “It is not something he would ever seek out or expect; but his clear decision to sacrifice his own life to save his teammates is worthy of this honor.”

Monsoor, a 25 year-old machine gunner with SEAL Team 3, was providing security at a sniper lookout post on Sept. 29, 2006 in Ramadi when a grenade hit his chest and bounced to the floor. With only a moment to act, Monsoor threw himself onto the grenade, shielding three other SEALs and three Iraqi Army soldiers from the resulting blast.

“He had a love and respect for his teammates and his platoon. His nature was to complete the most difficult tasks without question,” said Lt. Cmdr. Seth Stone, who served as officer in charge of Monsoor’s unit during the action. “He was a fantastic warrior.”

Although Monsoor died from his injuries, the two SEALs only a few feet from him survived with significant shrapnel wounds. The other SEAL and the Iraqi soldiers were either unharmed or received only minor injuries.

Who or what is Obama?

Posted on April 8, 2008 | Filed Under In My Opinion...

A few choice words from columnist Kenneth Blackwell, writing in the New York Sun…

Beyond Obama’s Beauty

By KENNETH BLACKWELL
February 14, 2008

It’s an amazing time to be alive in America. We’re in a year of firsts in this presidential election: the first viable woman candidate; the first viable African-American candidate; and, a candidate who is the first frontrunning freedom fighter over 70. The next president of America will be a first.

We won’t truly be in an election of firsts, however, until we judge every candidate by where they stand. We won’t arrive where we should be until we no longer talk about skin color or gender.

Now that Barack Obama steps to the front of the Democratic field, we need to stop talking about his race, and start talking about his policies and his politics.

Short takes for today …

Posted on April 7, 2008 | Filed Under In My Opinion...

From the pages of The Patriot Post (linked)…

ON LIBERTY:

“I think the [California] state court is looking at the state Constitution upside down. The court finds no constitutional right to home school one’s children. But in a free country, people are free to do anything not expressly prohibited by law. If the Constitution is silent about home schooling, then the right is reserved to the people. That’s how the Framers of the U.S. Constitution said things are supposed to work. Last week, the appellate court surprised everyone by agreeing to rehear the case. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the judges ‘hinted at a re-evaluation of its entire Feb. 28 ruling by inviting written arguments from state and local education officials and teachers’ unions’. On top of that, state Schools Superintendent Jack O’Connell says he thinks home schooling is legal and favors choice in education. That’s reasonable news. But why is education the business of government? It’s taken for granted that the state is every child’s ultimate parent, but there’s no justification for that in a free society. Parents may not be perfect—some are pretty bad—but a cold, faceless bureaucracy is no better.” —John Stossel

“Obama’s success is truly a remarkable commentary on the goodness of Americans and how far we’ve come in resolving matters of race. I’m 72 years old. For almost all of my life, a black having a real chance at becoming the president of the United States was at best a pipe dream. Obama has convincingly won primaries in states with insignificant black populations. As such, it further confirms what I’ve often said: The civil rights struggle in America is over and it’s won. At one time black Americans did not have the constitutional guarantees enjoyed by white Americans; now we do. The fact that the civil rights struggle is over and won does not mean that there are not major problems confronting many members of the black community but they are not civil rights problems and have little or nothing to do with racial discrimination. While not every single vestige of racial discrimination has disappeared, Obama and the Rev. Wright are absolutely wrong in suggesting that racial discrimination is anywhere near the major problem confronting a large segment of the black community. The major problems are: family breakdown, illegitimacy, fraudulent education and a high rate of criminality. To confront these problems, that are not the fault of the larger society, requires political courage and that’s an attribute that Obama and most other politicians lack.” —Walter Williams

RE: THE LEFT:

“Barack Obama, who informs campaign audiences that he taught constitutional law for 10 years, might be expected to weigh in on the historic Second Amendment case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

The justices are pondering whether the 1976 District of Columbia law effectively prohibiting personal gun ownership in the nation’s capital is constitutional. But Sen. Obama has not stated his position. Obama, disagreeing with the D. C. government and gun control advocates, declares the Second Amendment’s ‘right of the people to keep and bear arms’ applies to individuals, not just the ‘well-regulated militia’ cited in the amendment. In the next breath, he asserts this constitutional guarantee does not preclude local ‘common sense’ restrictions on firearms. Does the Draconian prohibition for Washington, D. C., fit that description? My attempts to get an answer have proved unavailing. The front-running Democratic presidential candidate is doing the gun dance.” —Robert Novak

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