Friday, April 29, 2011


Is America really broke? Michael Moore (and others) tells us that there are oceans of cash being hoarded by the wealthy. But Iowahawk ( did a little addition, and armed with these statistics Bill and the 'Hawk blow a hole in the "hoarding" lie big enough to fit a documentary filmmaker through.

and for the text version, go to Iowa Hawk's blog and read all about it.... have a nice day. :)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

unprotected speech

i have beliefs... i must be stupid.

that's what too many people seem to believe... and i am talking primarily about those "tolerant" liberals... apparently, my conservative principals are deemed ignorant and intolerant by those who "know better"... for some reason, their beliefs are superior to mine.

for example, i believe that not everyone who says they are homosexual actually is... according to some, you are born that way... which is fine... i know several people who were gay all of their lives, but only discovered it once they matured... when they "came out" everyone around them said "we know"... also, it can be scientifically proven that there are physical differences between the sexes (surprised, right?) and that there are physical differences in a truly homosexual person and a heterosexual person... besides hormone balances, there are physical differences in the human brain (densities and arrangement of some ganglia) as well as theorized genetic differences where "feminizing" genes in males have stronger influence (and conversely less influence in homosexual females)... so, there is plenty of science which indicate truth in "born gay".

however, there is as much science showing that there are non-physical reasons a person claims to be homosexual... psychology plays an active role in many, where a person behaves as a homosexual due to a variety of reasons; such as, rejection or hostility of a parent, unhealthy sexual experiences (from rejection to rape), or social expectations of peers... many children today are told that if they are confused about sexual issues that they can be homosexual (or bisexual) as a choice... the problem is that children are having huge waves of hormones crash on their systems... on some days they may be more feminine/masculine than on others... how do they accurately determine what they are going to be, sexually, when their hormones level out?... and this may not happen until well into their twenties.

but, despite these facts, on which i base my beliefs, those tolerant liberals say i am intolerant, sexist, bigoted, and/or homophobic.

i recognize that other people hold different beliefs... whether i disagree with them or not is not at issue... if someone espouses tolerance, the first thing they should do is tolerate differing opinions... belief in free speech requires defense of that speech which differs from your own; otherwise, it wouldn't require defending.

mark of the beast

Want a U.S. passport? Were you circumcised? - Travel - Travel Tips -

Please list all of your residences inside and outside of the United States starting with your birth until the present.
Please list all of your current and former places of employment in the United States and abroad.
Please list all schools that you attended inside and outside of the United States.
Please describe the circumstances of your birth including the names (as well as address and phone number, if available) of persons present or in attendance at your birth.
Was there any religious or institutional recording of your birth or event occuring around the time of birth? (Example: baptism, circumcision, confirmation or other religious ceremony. Please provide details including the name, location of the institution, and date.)

so... illegal immigrants are welcome here, but we're not?

Monday, April 25, 2011

drunken sailors

John B. Taylor: Obama's Permanent Spending Binge -
If government got by with 20% of GDP in 2007, why not in 2021, when GDP will be substantially higher?

The uppermost line shows outlays under the official budget submitted by Mr. Obama to Congress on Feb. 14. The lowest line shows the House Budget Resolution submitted by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan on April 5, while the third line shows year-by-year outlays I estimated from the 12-year totals in the new budget proposed by the president on April 13.

The chart clearly reveals a number of important facts that are not coming up in town hall meetings. Most obvious is the huge bulge in spending in the past few years. In 2000 spending was 18.2% of GDP. In 2007 it was 19.6%. But in the three years since 2009 it's jumped to an average of 24.4%.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Obama Taxes & Income: President & First Lady Paid $453,770 In Taxes On $1.7 Million Income

for those purists out there, the top income tax rate is 35%... Obama paid 26%... i don't begrudge him his charity deductions, but isn't this one of the "loopholes" people talk about?... he deducted $373,289 from his taxable income through charities, mortgage interest, real estate taxes, and state tax deductions... looks like there is 9% more income the federal government can garner by doing away with some deductions the poorer classes cannot take advantage of... maybe, just maybe, raising tax rates isn't the solution, after all.
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

Friday, April 15, 2011

Killer Saw Illinois Death Penalty Was Revoked Before Murdering Ex-Girlfriend, Prosecutors Say

the comments being made are hardly suprising.­.. when Jared Loughner shot Congresswo­man Giffords, everyone jumped up and blamed conservati­ves as gun-toting psycopaths­... this guy crosses a border, purchases a pistol, and commits a murder; and the blame goes to conservati­ve gun-toting psycopaths­... the guy premeditat­ed a murder, and checked to see what the penalties were before doing so... would the guy have committed the crime if there had been a death-pena­lty?... probably..­. would he have killed her if he couldn't get a gun?... absolutly.­.. how about we blame the actual psycopath for once?
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

Thursday, April 14, 2011

figures and liars

Obama’s Math Doesn’t Add Up On Health Care Spending - Forbes:
There isn’t enough wealth in the wealthiest Americans to tax and support our government spending.
- Larry Van Horn, associate professor of health care management and the Executive Director of Health Affairs at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management.

Obama's Soak-the-Rich Tax Hikes Won't Work - Wall Street Journal (via MarketWatch)
The individual income tax brought in 7.8% of GDP from 1952 to 1979 when the top tax rate ranged from 70% to 92%, 8% of GDP from 1993 to 1996 when the top tax rate was 39.6%, and 8.1% from 1988 to 1990 when the highest individual income tax rate was 28%. Mr. Obama's hope that raising only the highest tax rates could keep individual tax receipts well above 9% of GDP has been repeatedly tested for more than six decades. It has always failed.

Federal revenue from the individual income tax exceeded 9% of GDP only eight times in U.S. history—during World War II (9.4% in 1944), the recessions of 1969-70, 1981-82 and 1991-92, and the tech-stock boom-bust of 1998-2001. Revenues were a high share of GDP during the three recessions because GDP fell.

- Alan Reynolds, Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute and was formerly Director of Economic Research at the Hudson Institute.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Flaming Slacks (or "pants on fire")

I rise today to talk about America's debt problem.

The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can't pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government's reckless fiscal policies.
And the cost of our debt is one of the fastest growing expenses in the Federal budget. This rising debt is a hidden domestic enemy, robbing our cities and States of critical investments in infrastructure like bridges, ports, and levees; robbing our families and our children of critical investments in education and health care reform; robbing our seniors of the retirement and health security they have counted on.

Every dollar we pay in interest is a dollar that is not going to investment in America's priorities. Instead, interest payments are a significant tax on all Americans--a debt tax that Washington doesn't want to talk about. If Washington were serious about honest tax relief in this country, we would see an effort to reduce our national debt by returning to responsible fiscal policies.
Our debt also matters internationally. My friend, the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, likes to remind us that it took 42 Presidents 224 years to run up only $1 trillion of foreign-held debt. This administration did more than that in just 5 years. Now, there is nothing wrong with borrowing from foreign countries. But we must remember that the more we depend on foreign nations to lend us money, the more our economic security is tied to the whims of foreign leaders whose interests might not be aligned with ours.

Increasing America's debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that "the buck stops here." Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better. I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America's debt limit.
(emphasis added)
Sen. Barack H. Obama
Congressional Record - 109th Congress (2005-2006) - THOMAS (Library of Congress)

yes, Senator Obama... once again, you and i are in complete agreement.

Obama Regrets Vote Against Raising Debt Limit
Obama "thinks it was a mistake," presidential spokesman Jay Carney told reporters. "He realizes now that raising the debt ceiling is so important to the health of this economy and the global economy that it is not a vote that, even when you are protesting an administration's policies, you can play around with."


Friday, April 8, 2011

The Path to Prosperity: America's two futures, visualized

This 3-minute video is a visualization of the House Republicans' budget, "The Path to Prosperity," presented by Rep. Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee.

For more information on our plan to avert the US's nearing debt crisis and chart a path of growth and prosperity, visit

The GOP Path to Prosperity - WSJ

the new party of NO

House passage of H.R. 1363, making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2011,  "If presented with this bill, the President will veto it."

Department of Defense and Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011 - Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2011 - Appropriates funds for FY2011 for the Department of Defense (DOD) for: (1) military personnel; (2) operation and maintenance, including for the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, environmental restoration, overseas humanitarian, disaster, and civic aid, former Soviet Union cooperative threat reduction, and the Department of Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Fund; (3) procurement, including for aircraft, missile, weapons and tracked combat vehicles, ammunition, shipbuilding and conversion, and purchases under the Defense Production Act of 1950; (4) research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E); (5) Defense Working Capital Funds and the National Defense Sealift Fund; (6) the Defense Health Program; (7) chemical agents and munitions destruction; (8) drug interdiction and counter-drug activities; (9) the Office of the Inspector General; (10) the Central Intelligence Agency Retirement and Disability System Fund; and (11) the Intelligence Community Management Account.

Appropriates funds for deployments and other activities in support of overseas contingency operations, including for: (1) regular, reserve, and National Guard personnel; (2) operation and maintenance; (3) the Afghanistan Infrastructure Fund; (4) the Afghanistan Security Forces Fund; (5) the Iraq Security Forces Fund; (6) procurement; (7) National Guard and reserve equipment; (8) the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle Fund; (9) RDT&E; (10) Defense Working Capital Funds; (11) the Defense Health Program; (12) drug interdiction and counter-drug activities; (13) the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Fund; and (14) the Office of the Inspector General.
our military may not get paid, but Congress and the President won't miss a meal...

Thursday, April 7, 2011

racist south, i mean north

57 years since Brown v. Board of Education and we still have segregation... funny thing is (and always HAS been), the worst racists are in the northern states... they're just better at smiling in your face while they stab you in the back... "sure, we are equal opportunity here... until we see you"...

which are the statistically most segregated cities?
  1. Detroit, Michigan
  2. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  3. New York, New York
  4. Newark, New Jersey
  5. Chicago, Illinois
  6. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  7. Miami, Florida
  8. Cleveland, Ohio
  9. St. Louis, Missouri
  10. Nassau-Suffolk, New York
America's 10 Most Segregated Cities - Huffington Post
Census data show 'surprising' segregation - USA Today

Monday, April 4, 2011

Do It Anyway

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.
Anyway, The Paradoxical Commandments - Do It Anyway - Kent M. Keith, Silent Revolution
© Copyright Kent M. Keith 1968, renewed 2001"

Friday, April 1, 2011

what is your secret history?

If we could read the secret history of our enemies we should find in each man’s life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
often, wise words are pearls thrown to swine; trampled underfoot, just as often being turned against you, rending flesh from bone... but it's also amazing what those pearls can teach you... teach you about the world; history; mankind; yourself.

i often get sidetracked by details... details often are as important, if not more so, than the larger context... it's often said "a chain is only as strong as its weakest link"... and that is true of chains, buildings, and people... and when the first link breaks, the chain (or person) is not what it once was... it is changed on a fundamental level.

i happened across the above quote by Longfellow quite by accident... and it taught me much in an instant... but, as i dwell on details, i wanted more... i accepted it at face value, but i wanted the detail of what Longfellow was saying... i wanted context in which to place the detail... i wanted to see the jewelry to which this particular pearl was set.

what i found were more pearls.

Abraham Lincoln was a lawyer... he was a good lawyer (if such a thing exists)... he was known and liked in his area by lawyers and by judges... it was for this reason that George Harding hired Lincoln as co-counsel on a case in which the presiding judge was familiar and friendly toward Lincoln... George Harding, himself, has been called the greatest U.S. patent attorney of the 19th century, having argued before the Supreme Court, with Edwin Stanton, only four years after passing the Bar, and only two years later successfully defending Samuel Morse's telegraph patent... but when Lincoln's case was moved to another locale and a different judge, Harding hired a different co-counsel... Harding hired Stanton.

neither Harding nor Stanton told Lincoln of this.

in fact, some say they shunned him, even speaking ill of him... Stanton, it is generally accepted, went so far as to compare Lincoln to a "long-armed" ape... historians generally note Stanton as being a gruff and often rude individual.

but, when Lincoln became the President of the United States, he appointed Stanton to his cabinet... during his presidency, Stanton continued to speak ill of Lincoln; once in a letter to a General noting "the painful imbecility of Lincoln."

"Not everyone knows, as I do, how close you stood to our lost leader, how he loved you and trusted you, and how vain were all the efforts to shake that trust and confidence, not lightly given and never withdrawn," wrote presidential aide John Hay to Stanton after President Lincoln's death.

why would Lincoln appoint such a man as Stanton, with all he had done to and said about him?... moreover, when Stanton tried to resign his post three years later, why did Lincoln refuse?

perhaps, Lincoln new Stanton's secret history.

Stanton, it is said, began his life as a good humored man... this, however, was not to last... Stanton suffered from asthma his entire life... his first wife died before their first aniversary... later, in three years he lost a daughter and a second wife; one to scarlet fever and the other to "billious fever"... within two more years, a brother to whom he was very close commited suicide... the nature of the suicide was horrific... Stanton was forever a changed man.

a link was broken.

how often do i judge a person on what i know about them?... how often does a person's secret history influence who a person appears to be?

how many links are broken?