All the news I wish to print

There are all kinds of stories out there. Some will make you laugh, some will make you cry. Some will make you shrug, some will make you scream. Read any daily paper or listen to any newscast and your emotions can go from happy to sad to disbelief to fear to incredulity to horror to anger in very short order.
As we go along, there will be stories, as Paul Harvey used to say, to "wash your ears out with." There will be others that will make you feel like you need to be deloused simply by virtue of have in heard or read them. Some posts will be religious, some secular and for some I expect will defy easy classification in either category. I hope you will join me in this journey and pleas feel free to comment along the way.
For my part I pledge not to remove any posts unless they are vulgar, libelous, threatening or otherwise in violation of the standards of civil discussion. I will not remove any post simply because I disagree with it but I will reserve the right to respond to any challenges that come my way.
God bless you and welome to my blog.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Some words for today from Mother Teresa

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Everything is spinning out of control

The Secret Service has one job in the White House-to protect the president. How does this woman get inside the gate let alone stand inches away from the President while he is speaking? And then when the TV station goes to her house to get a response to this story they find she is "on vacation." She has been on unemployment for so long her benefits are about to expire so I have to ask-on vacation from what? How do you define vacation when you are not doing anything to take a vacation from? You watch Judge Judy instead of Oprah? How does that work?
One other thing. The President mentioned in his remarks that this lady was in a position where she was going to have to go to her father for financial help. Why is this a bad thing? Isn't helping one another in times of crises one of the prime functions of families? A father helping his daughter out when she is in financial difficulty-what a concept!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Gianna Jessen Abortion Survivor Part 2

Gianna Jessen Abortion Survivor Part 1

This needs no comment from me. Gianna Jessen says all that needs be said.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

More transparency from the administration

If Congress was dominated by Republicans and the Senate was blocking the Presidents nominees from even being voted up or down, as so often happened during the Bush years, the recess appointment tactic employed by this bastion of transparency, openness and post partisanship might be understandable. As it is, with the President's own party in control of both houses of Congress and virtually no serious opposition being mounted against any of his nominees I can only assume that what he is afraid of is not rejection of his nominee for Medicare and Medicaid czar, but rather a public vetting of Donald Berwick's views on the "darkness" of free enterprise the desirability of government bureaucrats running all aspects of the health care system. The white house is already trying to spin Mr. Berwicjk as critical of the disaster that is the British health care system. he doesn't sound very critical of it in this video, however.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Obama Speech We're Waiting For...

But something tells me we have a long wait.

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac need to get the BP treatment.

The President: Good evening. As we speak, our nation faces a multitude of challenges. At home, our top priority is to recover and rebuild from a recession. Abroad, our brave men and women in uniform are taking the fight to al Qaeda wherever it exists. Tonight, I want to speak with you about a battle we're waging against an enemy that is assaulting the very homes our citizens live in. More...

Don't hold back, Jon. Tell us what you really think!

An open letter from actor Jon Voight to President Obama:

June 22, 2010

President Obama:

You will be the first American president that lied to the Jewish people, and the American people as well, when you said that you would defend Israel, the only Democratic state in the Middle East, against all their enemies. You have done just the opposite. You have propagandized Israel, until they look like they are everyone's enemy — and it has resonated throughout the world. You are putting Israel in harm's way, and you have promoted anti-Semitism throughout the world. More...

Brown's tale of frugality omits $1.8 million home

The most interesting question about this story is where did this guy get the money for such a house? AP, of course, doesn't ask that question. Of course I could be wrong. Could be that the ex-governor plans on donating the home to the State to help with it $19 billion dollar budget deficit. I wouldn't recommond holding your breath waiting for that, however.

Is there no end... Obama's penchant for ordering executives in private industry around? This president seems to forget that as American citizens, we do not work for him, he works for us. His arrogance in telling private citizens how to run their companies is wearing thin. His latest tirade is against insurance companies, warning them against large rate increases that are only necessary because of the idiocy that is the health care boondoggle he and his sycophants in Congress have imposed on our nation. 2012 just can't get here fast enough.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Fr. Frank Pavone

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Dance With My Father by Luther Vandross

My own dad died when I was still only 3 1/2 years old. My mom raised us alone and never remarried. This is for all the moms who must also be the dads to their children for whatever reason and tend to get for forgotten today.
Happy Father's Day, Mom.

Father's Day

Perhaps our father's are no longer with us this father's day. Or maybe we don't-or didn't-have that perfect relationship that all those mushy greeting cards talk about. This is for us.

Happy Father's Day

In the absence of parental supervision... far should schools go in protecting children from themselves an one another. Cyber bullying has had tragic results in the past and that is not the only threat they face in the ever increasing access to more and more technology. This story on CBS shows how NYC schools are attempting to address the problem of "sexting" which parents seem unable or unwilling to address. But how much of what should be parental responsibility should we cede to schools and-by extension- government?

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Big Bad John

You've probably heard this song many times and it is by far the biggest and most well know of Jimmy Dean's hits. But you probably haven't seen this version before and in recognition of the life of this fine man who died this past weekend I thought I would post it here. This was October 4, 2009. Enjoy.

The Speech

Some Reaction

Friday, June 11, 2010

US to support Kagaroo Court?

The Obama Administration, according to this article in The Weekly Standard, stands ready to support a supposedly independent investigation by the UN, despite the fact that the chances of Israel receiving anything even approaching a fair hearing are roughly the same as winning the Powerball, Mega Millions and NY State Lotteries all in the same day as you are struck by lightning twice and survive. Is this administration so delusional that they truly believe that we have any true allies anywhere in the Middle Eat besides Israel?
Meanwhile, the LA Times reports that, "The Obama administration fears tough U.S. sanctions against companies doing business in Iran would anger foreign allies." Contrary to his very public support for strong (read meaningless) UN sanctions against Iran, the President has been quietly pushing in our own Congress for less stringent US sanctions against companies doing business with the Mad Mullahs. With any luck, from his point of view, he can render them as useless as anything the UN does.
Its a shame his touching concern for such staunch allies as Russia doesn't extend to real allies in this regard such as Great Britain as he relentlessly pummels BP, rather than actually working with the company to find a solution to the problem, in the vain hope that it will mask his own administration's incompetence on such a scale as to make the response to Katrina seem like a model of government efficiency. The effect on BP's stock price has been predictable and, while it may warm the cockles of what passes for a heart in those of the left, the possibility of a reduced or eliminated dividend will not only effect millions of pensioners here in the US but devastate those in the UK where half of all pension money paid out comes directly from BP dividends.
Way to go, Mr. President.

Chaos and Anarchy

Thes are the encouraging words that Governor Patterson has for the citizens of New York. No plan to avert it. No plan to deal with it. Much like all things with this governor, no plan, period. More here.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Feeling grumpy 'is good for you'

Now this is a study I can get behind.

Taliban hang 7-year-old boy accused of being a spy...

The Taliban is not a military opponent to be defeated. They are not a philosophy to be negotiated with. They are an evil to be wiped of the face of the earth. If you are not convinced of this I invite you to read this story. If you are still not convinced I can only conclude you are unable to read.

Yesterday's voting

The message could not be clearer for establishment and machine politicians in both parties. Business as usual just won't cut it this year. And no one's job is safe. If this mood holds there are going to be a whole lo of new faces in the halls of Congress this year. Here is an interesting take on the elections.

Extraordinary Pantene Commercial

This is Pantene commercial but the message has nothing to do with selling shampoo. Please watch, enjoy and be inspired.

I Am Israel - Documentary Film HD Version

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Warning! This might tempt you to think for yourself!

Thanks to the vigilant efforts of an army of ambulance chasers through the years we are inundated with warning labels on virtually every product. You know the ones I mean. The label on the paint can tray at the top a step ladder that says "NOT A STEP" just in case the other label that says "PAINT CAN TRAY" enough of a clue as to its purpose. Or, my personal favorite, the warning on coffee cups that screams "WARNING, HOT COFFEE" which assumes that I must be such an imbecile that somehow could not make the connection between the hot coffee I just ordered and paid for and that which is now in the cup in my hand.
Apparently, the labels for morons business must be a little slow because the geniuses that came up with these labels have now decided that we cannot even read our founding documents or great historical treasures without their tutelage and guidance, lest we suffer accidental psychotic breaks or worse, start sounding like Glenn Beck. Read on...

Banned Speech: The UN Council That Created the Goldstone Report

This is a powerful statement which points out how the UN and its various organizations have become little more than a platform for the despots of the world to whitewash their own atrocities while condemning Israel. What is really telling is the flustered bluster of teh president of this sad joke of a council and his predictable and typical reaction of banning criticism for which he has no answer.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Obama to high school grads: 'Don't make excuses'

No, really. It's not a joke. President Barack Blamebush Obama actually advised students at a high school commencement to own up to their failures. AP reports:

In excerpts of remarks to be delivered Monday evening at Kalamazoo Central High School, Obama said that it's easy to blame others when problems arise. "We see it every day out in Washington ..."

Noooo!!!! You think!!!!!!!!!!!

Yet another high point in popular culture

Popular culture is so devoid of the the second half of that term as to be unworthy of the designation. A moderately talented Madonna clone known as Lady Gaga, apparently knowing her limitations, can only sell tickets by trying to morally outrage a society that constantly shows itself beyond moral outrage because it is beyond morals. In this recent tasteless drivel disguised as a performance, she demonstrates just how far she is willing to go. Fortunately, this banal shock schlock seems to be wearing thin even on her fans. Dare we hope?

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Good news, Mr. President!

Despite the best efforts of the Bush Administration, which apparently did nothing for the last eight years except plot the destruction of your administration, if the election were held today you would win by a huge majority. All you have to do is get Congress to extend the right to vote to Europeans because, according to this article in the Telegraph, they apparently still think you are the cat's pajamas. Of course there is still that pesky demographic known as American Citizens. Hey, maybe you can rescind their right to vote with the same legislation as that which grants it to those folks across the pond.

If you don't have anything nice to say...

...then you're so called representatives-whose salaries and benefits you pay-do not want to hear it. The New York Times reports:

The reception that Representative Frank Kratovil Jr., a Democrat, received here one night last week as he faced a small group of constituents was far more pleasant than his encounters during a Congressional recess last summer.

Then, he was hanged in effigy by protesters. This time, a round of applause was followed by a glass of chilled wine, a plate of crackers and crudités as he mingled with an invitation-only audience at the Point Breeze Credit Union, a vastly different scene than last year’s wide-open televised free-for-alls.

The sentiment that fueled the rage during those Congressional forums is still alive in the electorate. But the opportunities for voters to openly express their displeasure, or angrily vent as video cameras roll, have been harder to come by in this election year. more

ACLU strikes again.

In this story from FOX News the ACLU maks the laughable claim that the Arizona law that simply reiterates federal law on the subject and insists that police actually do their jobs is an "unprecedented attempt by a single state to regulate immigration" and "a brazen and improper usurpation of the federal government's constitutional role in immigration regulation." It is laughable because this charge would be far more appropriately leveled at so-called "sanctuary cities" who unilaterally decided to disregard federal law along with the safety and well being of their own-and other-American citizens.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Bush Derangement Syndrome-the desease that will not die

Really, it's sad. But apparently they just can't help themselves.

Here's more on reaction to this idiotic comment.

Go out there and try hard...

...But not too hard or you may win by too large a margin. That whirring sound you hear is Vince Lombardi spinning in his grave. Fox news reports:


Canadian Youth Soccer League: Winning by More Than Five Counts as a Loss

Published June 04, 2010


A Canadian youth soccer league is taking heat after introducing a new rule that says any team that wins a game by more than five points will actually lose by default.

The rule, intended to foster sportsmanship, replaced the Gloucester Dragons Recreational Soccer league’s former five-point mercy regulation, which said any points scored beyond a five-point differential would not be registered, the National Post reported.

But some players and parents say the new rule will only keep these children from reaching their full potential as players and coddle sore losers. more...

Whose fault was the Gulf Oil Spill? Who else?

Certainly not the current occupant of the Oval Office. It doesn't matter how long he is in office, nothing will ever be his fault. Especially when Bush the bogeyman to pin everything on.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Flotilla Choir presents: We Con the World

For the past few days we have been hearing almost nothing but sanctimonious, knee jerk, self-righteous claptrap from the media, world governments and even our own Dear Leader, Barack Obama. Well clean out your ears with this. Enjoy!

Monday, May 31, 2010

Internet Addicts Guilty Of Starving Baby To Death While Tending To Virtual Child

Sometimes screaming at the radio is the only way to maintain your sanity, such as when you read a story like this.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Rep. Kennedy Says Mexican President 'Right On' in Criticizing Arizona Immigration Law

One thing we can be grateful is that the Kennedy's are a dying political breed. among one the truly nonsensical criticisms of Arizona's shocking determination to protect its citizens is this claptrap from Rep. Kennedy.

Mexico City, Washington Gang up on Phoenix

The spectacle of our own lawmakers applauding a foreign head of state with the temerity to criticize a law passed in our country, occasioned by the exodus from his country that continues unabated, was really quite nauseating. Especially considering how restrictive and exclusionary his own country's immigration laws are. But then that's not really a problem since, after all, who would want to go there?

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63% Favor Repeal of National Health Care Plan

Nancy Pelosi insisted that we pass this law "so we can see whats in it." If there is one redeeming feature about this Health Care Law perhas it is the lesson that we should insist that our legislators at least read these 2000 page monstrosities before shoving them down our throats. And if they whine about how difficult that task is then we should give them a far simpler task. Clean out your desk and go home.

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41% Say Random Selection From Phone Book Would Do A Better Job Than Current Congress

Pro is the opposite of con; that's why it's called Congress!

41% Say Random Selection From Phone Book Would Do A Better Job Than Current Congress

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Friday, May 14, 2010

Students Caught in Immigration Crossfire

Students Caught in Immigration Crossfire as condemnation is rained on Arizona by people incapable of reading 10 pages. Of course actually reading something might challenge preconceived notions and expose the criticism for the mindless, knee-jerk overreaction that is quickly becoming the hallmark of this administration and its allies.

Thursday, May 13, 2010 - Holder Admits to Not Reading Arizona's Immigration Law Despite Criticizing It - Holder Admits to Not Reading Arizona's Immigration Law Despite Criticizing It

"'I have not had a chance to -- I've glanced at it,' Holder said at a House Judiciary Committee hearing when asked had he read the state law cracking down on illegal immigrants."

However I do understand that it is on his "to do" list. You know, along with the Constitution.

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Libya Wins Seat on UN Human Rights Council

Libya winning a seat on the UN Human Rights Council is kind of like, oh I don't know, electing Iran to a UN Commission on the Status of Women.

Really, how much of a joke does the UN have to become before we withdraw our membership and our cash, kick them out of their East Side digs, and turn the buildings over to Mayor Bloomberg's developer buddies to turn them into condos. Let them move to the Hague where we can ignore them along with the World Court.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Pay As They Go… With Your Money

Remember PAYGO? Congress promised not to add to the deficit with any new spending. This article gives us an idea of just what politicians promises are worth.

Posted using ShareThis - Illinois School Nixes Basketball Team's Trip to Arizona Over Immigration Law

What is truly hysterical is that the school claims that the decision is not a political statement but rather a question of safety. How many people actually believe that? Um, that would be ZERO. The truth is that some educational bureaucrat had a political ax to grind and if he had to grind it on the dreams and aspirations of students he feigns such concern for, no matter how hard they worked to achieve them, so be it. - Illinois School Nixes Basketball Team's Trip to Arizona Over Immigration Law

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Detention for Candy

The story below makes me think of what would have happened in my house when I was growing up if a similar situation were to arise. I too would have come home afraid to tell my mom that I was getting a weeks detention for breaking a rule except in my case, and in many of my contemporaries, I suspect, it wouldn't have mattered what the rule was, breaking it was grounds for a concurrent sentence at home. If she felt that the punishment was a little harsh or did not fit the crime, she would not tell me. She would take it up, if at all neccesary, with the teacher privately. However the incident described in this story was no where near the point that would raise my mothers ire at the teacher or the school but even if it was I would never have known it, not even today. Parents and teachers are too often adversaries rather than teamates these days, often in a competition to see who can be more popular with the kids, who can be the better buddy. Was one week detention too harsh? I don't think so, assuming the rule and the consequences for breaking it were known by the students. Consequences mean nothing if not applied and they only become unfair when not applied eqauly to all. - Student Gets Detention for Possessing Piece of Candy - Student Gets Detention for Possessing Piece of Candy

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Monday, May 10, 2010

Congress shall make no law...

It seems that in one particular senior center in Georgia, senior citizens are being told that because a large portion of the cost of their meals is being covered by federal money they are no longer allowed to pray out loud before their meal. Now this did not come about as the result of a complaint by any of the senior citizens that use the center, nor by any of the employees or volunteers that work there but by an executive of the food vendor that supplies the food, one Mr. Tim Rutherford. He claims that he his only obeying federal guidelines that he must observe as a federal contractor. The only problem is that the US Constitution expressly forbids such regulations in the clearest possible language. The founders considered it such an important principle to establish at a time when state sponsored religious persecution was quite common that it gave these words pride of place as the very first words of the Bill of Rights, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..." There are no exceptions to this law. None. But then, perhaps its the unambiguous clarity of this legal document that so confounds lawyers and befuddles jurists. For more on this story please click here.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The sky is falling, the sky is falling...

"Mike, I think you better get up and see this," my wife called from inside. So I get up and go in the living room where my wife was watching wall to wall coverage of the latest snowstorm to hit our area. It didn't take long to be convinced we were having the worst snowstorm in history and if it didn't let up soon we were all going to die icy deaths. I mean, they even canceled all the afternoon soap operas so reporters could constantly and breathlessly pontificate of the novel phenomenon of snow in February. Now, I know some areas got hit really hard by this storm and my prayers are with the people in those areas affected by this storm but New York City really got off easy. New Yorkers have endured far more severe storms than what hit us today. I am tempted to point out that this wall to wall coverage of snow falling in the wintertime gave the various news organizations something they have not had much of recently-viewers-but that would be cynical.