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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

7 Lies of Obama

We’ve all heard of the 7 deadly sins and the 7 Wonders of the World but what about the 7 Lies of Obama? They exist, except you won’t hear about them on the MSM -- they’re probably hidden in a vault in a dungeon under the MSNBC building and guarded by Chris Matthews and Keith Olberman.

#1. Open and Transparent Government.

Um, yeah, this has worked out really well for us, hasn’t it? Have any of YOU seen MORE transparency with our Government? Or is it just the same old same old?

#2. Obama said, Sunlight is the greatest disinfection*.

I believe it should be, “Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman .” Which is a well known quote by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis.

#3. He promised to make it impossible for Congressmen and Lobbyists to slip pork barrel projects or corporate welfare into laws when no one was looking.

I must've blinked. How about you, did you blink or were you looking?

#4. No more secrecy. Open to the public.

Oh, so that’s why the doors are CLOSED! I was under the impression that CLOSED doors meant PRIVACY, what the heck was I thinking!

#5. He said we will have 5 days to look on-line and find out what’s in a bill.

We had zero days for the Stimulus bill and three days for the Health Care bill. I believe 0 and 3 are LESS than 5. I could be wrong—I’m not a math wizard…

#6. He said we will know the names of corporations who benefit and how much money they will get on all tax bills.

Again, I’m thinking—NOT.

#7. Every corporate tax break and every pork barrel project and who asked for them will be on-line so we will know if our Representative is doing his job and working for us.

I checked on-line but couldn't find this information. Oh, wait! I didn’t check the internet that Al Gore invented! That’s probably where these bills are posted! My bad.

In all seriousness, BROKEN promises in less than 2 minutes.

Now, did Candidate Obama make those promises knowing he would not be able to fulfill them? Or did he make them with every intention of fulfilling them but once becoming President realized he couldn’t?

I’m sure I won’t get an answer but tonight is his State of the Union Address –it should be interesting at best.

*I've listened to this part of the video 6 times and it sounds like he's saying disinfection. If you think it's disinfectant, let me know.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

O’Keefe Gate!?

Monday in New Orleans, James O’Keefe, filmmaker and mastermind of the ACORN sting operations, was arrested by the FBI for allegedly wire tapping Senator Mary Landrieu’s office.

According to an FBI affidavit, Robert Flanagan, son of William Flanagan who is the acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana, and Joseph Basel entered Landrieu’s office Monday morning dressed as telephone company employees and met O’Keefe, who was already in the office, and told a staffer they were there to repair the telephones. The staffer gave them access to the phone where they manipulated the handset before telling the staffer they needed to see the main telephone system and asked the staffer to direct them to the main telephone closet. The staffer directed them to the 10th floor of the General Services Administrations office where a GSA employee asked the men for their credentials and grew suspicious when they couldn’t produce them. The GSA employee reported the incident and the men were apprehended by the U.S. Marshalls Service. The FBI report states that the staffer observed O’Keefe with his cell phone apparently videotaping the operation and O’Keefe did admit to the authorities that he had recorded the event.

The men were brought before U.S. Magistrate Judge Louis Moore who released them on $10,000 bond each and told them they had to attend a pre-trial service. The men have also obtained lawyers which was an EXCELLENT idea considering this could be a felony according to US Code Title 18 Section 1362:

Whoever willfully or maliciously injures or destroys any of the
works, property, or material of any radio, telegraph, telephone or
cable, line, station, or system, or other means of communication,
operated or controlled by the United States, or used or intended to
be used for military or civil defense functions of the United
States, whether constructed or in process of construction, or
willfully or maliciously interferes in any way with the working or
use of any such line, or system, or willfully or maliciously
obstructs, hinders, or delays the transmission of any communication
over any such line, or system, or attempts or conspires to do such
an act, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than
ten years, or both.


When I heard this story, my first thought was: “Does this kid think he’s untouchable now?” I gave him credit for going under cover and obtaining information on how some ACORN offices were operating under false pretenses with OUR tax dollars. Especially since there are approximately 14 ACORN offices currently being investigated for voter registration fraud in the United States. However, that does NOT excuse O’Keefe for breaking the law and possibly committing a felony.

I’m sure, though, that he’ll come up with some excuse such as “I just wanted to prove how easy it is to wire-tape a Federal office” or something else to justify his actions. I don’t like to jump to conclusions because I don’t have all the facts. But he DID admit to videotaping the incident and his “friends” were pretending to be telephone repairmen. Will his “reason” be enough? And how will this “action” affect what he’s achieved as a filmmaker and journalist on the ACORN front? Has this stunt ruined his reputation? He's a 25 year old filmmaker who had an extremely bright future…and now…well, now he could be looking at 10 years.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Cindy McCain Supports Gay Marriage

Senator John McCain is not a proponent of same-sex marriage and stated during the 2008 campaign that marriage should be between a man and a woman. He also doesn't believe that children should be adopted by gay parents even though he and his wife, Cindy, have experienced the joy of being adoptive parents.

Now, his daughter, Meghan, who was a registered Independent at 18 and voted for Kerry in 2004 and then switched to Republican when her father ran for President in 2008, is an advocate for gay rights. She did an ad campaign for No H8 last year for co-founder and photographer, Adam Bouska, and will be keynote speaker for Marriage Equality Week at George Washington University next month which has drawn criticism from some college Republicans.

I don’t think anyone has been caught off guard by Meghan’s stance. From her scandalous twitter pic, her post at The Daily Beast about sex to her gripe with Ann Coulter, Meghan is known for her candidness and has been referred to as a maverick regarding politics. But what about Cindy McCain? What’s her stance on gay marriage?

Well, she’s FOR it! While accompanying her daughter to a photo shoot to promote Meghan’s new book “Dirty Sexy Politics”, Cindy saw Meghan’s No H8 photo on Bouska’s wall and mentioned that SHE would like to support the campaign to show that party affiliation doesn’t matter because marriage equality is a human issue not a political one. Bouska couldn’t have been more surprised or pleased! He immediately retrieved a white t-shirt from a nearby rack, as Mrs. McCain was wearing a black turtle neck and the campaign calls for white t-shirts, and set to work on shooting the elder McCain right on the spot.

What about John? How does HE feel about his wife taking the opposite stance than he on gay marriage?

Senator McCain released a statement that reads:
“Senator McCain respects the views of members of his family. The Senator chaired the effort to successfully pass Arizona Proposition 102, the Marriage Protection Amendment, and his opposition to gay marriage remains the same. Senator McCain believes the sanctity of marriage is only defined as between one man and one woman.”

What does Meghan think of her mother’s support of gay marriage?

Meghan’s twitter account displays her and her mother’s photos and states,
“I couldn’t be more proud of my mother for posing for the NOH8 campaign. I think more Republicans need to start taking a stand for equality.”

I will go on record and say that I’m proud of Mrs. McCain too. I don’t think this is a Democrat or Republican issue, either. It IS a human issue, as Cindy McCain said. It’s an issue of human beings being deprived of “the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”. If gays are in love and it would make them happy to get married then they are being deprived of a right and that right is marriage. In my opinion, marriage isn’t a religious issue because one must first obtain a license from the state and then a ceremony is performed in a church or wherever, even by a JP in a restaurant. Now, I don’t believe a religious institution should be forced to perform any ceremony that goes against their beliefs but I think it’s totally unfair that gays should be denied the same rights as heterosexuals. We are created equal and if gays don’t have the same rights then that is discrimination. It’s cut and dried to me and no amount of bickering back and forth is going to change my mind…trust me, my husband has tried, my family has tried—I’m not budging unless someone can give me a really good reason and I’m fairly certain I’ve heard them all.

~~I want to add, as a side and personal note, that I had respect for Mrs. McCain before her support of No H8. I met her during a 2008 campaign rally at the old Pittsburgh airport. After the rally, Senator McCain, Cindy, Senator Lieberman, his wife, Betty, and Tom Ridge came off the stage to “greet” the audience. I wanted to “greet” Mrs. McCain but was about 12 people back from the stage so I had to “nudge” my way to the stage. During my “nudging”, Cindy noticed me. I guess that wasn’t difficult as I’m tall, especially with heels--about 6 ft, and my blonde hair practically glows. Anyway, we made eye contact and she would’ve passed me up had she not stopped her security men and WAITED for me. She held out her hand, which I took, looked me straight in the eyes and said, “Thank you so much for your support.” I held her hand for a few seconds and said, “Mrs. McCain it is such a pleasure to meet you.” Her eyes were soft and kind and her smile very welcoming as she said, “The pleasure is mine.” Then she gave my hand a slight squeeze. I will never forget that because I thought it was very kind of her to wait for me as she most definitely didn’t have to. She could’ve just moved along with the security men and ignored the fact that I was trying to get up there. After all there were dozens more hands to shake and people to thank. I thought she was a gracious woman and obviously I was correct. She’s also very pretty in person, by the way.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Congratulations Scott Brown

Scott Brown is now Senator-elect of Massachusetts. I am glad that he won this election because it breaks the Democrats filibuster-proof majority, of which I’m not fond of either party possessing. I say this not as a Conservative, but as an American, because I believe a filibuster used to impede or force a decision only serves to hurt the American people. We don’t need any more impediments nor do we want anything forced upon us. We are in desperate need of REAL progress--from BOTH parties.

In short, Congratulations, Scott Brown. I hope you are a noble man for the people of Massachusetts, a righteous man for the American people, but above all, an honorable man for America.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

They’re OUR Seats!

As many of us are aware, the Massachusetts’ Senate seat, which was vacated after Senator Ted Kennedy passed away, has become quite a heated race between Martha Coakley[D] and Scott Brown[R]. I have no real dog in this race so I haven’t been following it and I have no idea what the candidate’s ideals are, other than their party affiliation. Although, I did hear this from their most recent debate:

I have to admit that I was impressed with how Brown handled this question. Because he’s 100% correct! It’s NOT the Democrat’s seat; it’s NOT Ted Kennedy’s seat, even though he occupied it for 47 years; it IS the People’s seat.

Look at it this way. Obama’s not in Bush’s seat; Bush wasn’t in Clinton’s seat. The Presiden't seat is the PEOPLE'S seat!

As I said, I was impressed with Brown’s response. I’ve been saying for awhile now that we need MORE men and women representing us in the House AND the Senate who believe as Brown does. It’s the PEOPLE’S House; it’s the PEOPLE’S Senate; therefore they are the PEOPLES’ seats, hence, they are there for us—the PEOPLE. If we had more officials who possessed this type of mentality OUR country wouldn’t be in this current mess. Our officials are there to serve US, not themselves; not big business; not lobbyists. They have a duty to US and the sooner we elect honorable men and women to OUR seats, the faster we will have a country that better reflects our ideals and beliefs.

Politicians aren’t Gods, they are people, just like you and me, and they should be people who will reflect what We the People need and want. The elitist mentality needs to be abolished and be replaced with integrity, honesty and good character—something that has been sorely lacking in the last few decades.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

It’s MY Blog

When I wanted to blog, I first did some research. I began reading other blogs. I read all types—Cooking blogs, Style blogs, Humor and Gay blogs. I found that I was most interested in Political blogs. The Political blogs I liked the best were the ones that had both Conservative AND Liberal commenters. I enjoyed reading the viewpoints of both political persuasions. It gave me an insight to the topic at hand that I might not have had had only one political opinion been available. These particular blogs also had respectful followers. There wasn’t any name-calling, insults or degradation. I found these blog very refreshing and I really enjoyed them.

I think I also connected to this type of blog because it reminded me of the way I conversed in real life. I have co-workers, friends and family members who have Liberal views. (My Godmother, whom I love very much, voted for Obama.) I talk with these people about politics on a regular basis, but we NEVER get hostile, we NEVER fight or offend one another—heck, we don’t even raise our voices!

One day at work, I was having a discussion with a Democrat co-worker about former President Jimmy Carter. This co-worker said to me, “You are the only Republican who has ever been respectful of my opinion.” I was speechless! How could THAT be? How could other Republicans be ignorant to her just because her views are different?

I pondered that and decided when I began my blog it would be civil and respectful. Everyone—Conservatives, Independents AND Liberals would be welcome. They would all be able to express themselves, as long as they were courteous to one another. With my mind made up, I started my blog. I was so excited! It took a long time for me to get any comments, or followers for that matter, let alone any Liberals, but one day it happened!

My first Liberal was a tad sarcastic and I had to set him straight, but I did it politely. He apologized immediately and has been respectful ever since. After he began following me a few others started to follow, then a couple more. In turn, I began to visit their blogs and started leaving comments on their sites. I can honestly say that I have had only one problem since I began blogging. ONE. And that was partially my fault.

I am not the only person that visits these Liberal blogs, either. There are other Conservatives and they are treated just as respectfully as me. I believe the reason we are treated with consideration is because we treat the blog owners and the followers with respect. We don’t go to these blogs with aggression or in attack mode. We state our opinion in a polite manner and we are acknowledged the same way. I know this because I have read many comments by other Conservatives and I can see where the Conservative has provoked the author or one of the other commenters but then tries to say it’s the Liberal’s fault. I think that is quite unfair and I don’t like that type of behavior. If a person is attacked, then that person has every right to defend him or herself, but to provoke the person and then blame the person whom you provoked…that’s just wrong. It makes me disheartened to see this type of behavior.

I’m a Conservative and I love my blog. I also like to visit other blogs, which includes Liberal blogs. I will continue to do this because it’s what I like to do and I DO what makes ME happy. I am very strong in my values and beliefs so I have no fear that someone is going to “brainwash” me or “skew my perspective”. Actually something really good has happened since I began blogging! I’ve met a lot of really great people and it makes me happy that I created my blog. But as everyone who has a blog knows, it takes time to maintain it. There are those of us who think of our blogs as our “babies”. We develop it, look after it and watch it grow. It’s our creation and we’re proud of it. So, when someone pollutes it, we take it personally. I’ve taken it personally when some people have disrespected my requests to be courteous. I feel it’s an affront to me. This is my special place…where I can spew my sentiments ‘til my heart’s content, and I would like for my readers, followers and commenters to respect that my blog is an avenue for me to express myself and it’s also a pathway for others to express themselves, BUT they MUST be polite, regardless of the topic or political persuasion.

Which brings me to my rules. They are posted at the top of my blog, but have been grossly ignored. I’m partially to blame for this. I should’ve been more strict with them, but I felt everyone had the “right” to “express” themselves. And, in a way, they do. However, just as I invite Conservatives, Liberals and Democrats to sit at my kitchen table, I would NOT hesitate to toss them out on their butt if they insulted me or one of my other guests. So, beginning with this post, my first for 2010, I will NOT hesitate to delete if:

You ATTACK me or one of my readers/followers

You get OFF topic


Because I’m having a bad day and YOU get on my nerves

Please familiarize yourself with my rules because they are not open for discussion and I will not explain if I delete you; apologize if I delete you; argue because I delete you. The rules are the rules. I don’t argue with my kids about the rules, so, since that’s the way I live in real life, and that’s how I want to run my blog, that’s what I am doing. Period.

I would like for my readers and followers to understand and accept that I am an independent woman who will do what’s in my heart. But for those who can’t, I will obviously understand and accept their decision to move on. And for those who feel the need to move on, I want to thank you for your contribution to my blog and I wish you every happiness and success that life has to offer.

For everyone who wants to follow the rules and engage in civil, courteous discourse—WELCOME! I hope 2010 is a wonderful year for all of us!
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