Once in a while a movie inspires me. I am particularly reminded of this fact with the recent passing of the modern conservative icon, Charlton Heston. A recent movie which did not get a lot of media hype but should have is The Ultimate Gift. It was one to added to my favorites for sure. It speaks to what is truly important in life. The greatest gifts are not financial. They are the gifts of love, caring, and character. They are the gift to dream, the gift of friendship, the gift of family, the gift of work, and the gift of gratitude. This was a story about one young man given the ultimate gift by his grandfather. I encourage you to watch this one. It is a great story which goes beyond a tried and true story line. It speaks to the greatness within each person. That greatness is so often lost in pettiness of day to day temptations. We have to remind ourselves about the gifts which Read more
While we are in the mood for asking prominent figures to apologize for their associations, how about asking our Congressional delegation and Presidential Candidates to apologize for giving our tax money to this group founded by a social Darwinist. This should go in the anything for money catagory. Planned Parenthood which is the recepient of hundreds of millions of are tax dollars, apparently needs donations so badly that they took designated gifts. Gifts designated to pay to abort black babies only. http://www.idahostatesman.com/newsupdates/story/308723.html This is even more outrageous when you hear it.
In a year when political leaders are expected to apologize for not only their bland, void, unimaginative statements, but for those of supporters who dare to have their own mind. I have something that we really should demand an apology for--the tax code. Is time for us to recommit to ending the insanity of the American tax code. It inhibits our freedom, manipulates our lives, muzzles our churches, drains hundreds of billions from us just to figure out how to comply, inspires fear and loathing over inspiration, subsidies the export of our jobs, and siphons the life out of our corporations. If the British would have proposed our tax code on the founders, they wouldn't have even bothered to send envoys to negotiate. They would have just declared the King and Parliament mad. The tax code is corrupt. It is not based upon sound economics. It is based upon the sound made by the chatter Read more
The Center-Right is the place to be. More proof Italian Election
Gov. Sarah Palin cut Alaska’s requested eamarks in the federal budget down from 550M to under 200M and from 54 to 31 projects. How many governors are saying they want less federal money? She is providing leadership which could restore the state’s reputation after the bridge to no where. This is one more illustration why this Governor is an example for a revived, reformed GOP.
Obama knows best, the following is Obama’s view of small town voters: “And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations,” he said. (Obama) Opponents counter: 1. Democrat Hillary Clinton criticized presidential rival Barack Obama on Friday for describing small-town Pennsylvania residents as bitter and said she would help economically struggling communities, not look down on them.” 2. A McCain aide, Steve Schmidt, also criticized Obama for the comments, telling Politico newspaper “it shows an elitism and condescension towards hardworking Americans that is nothing short of breathtaking.” Full story
TNJ Delawareonline post: SNOW HILL, Md. – A Worcester County judge has ruled that a Salisbury area Web blog publisher is not protected by a state law shielding news reporters from defamation lawsuits. The ruling means blogger Joseph Albero must explain the steps he took to verify blog postings that prompted a defamation suit filed by Salisbury Police Chief Allan Webster. Albero, however, will not have to disclose the source of a letter on his blog which allegedly defamed Webster. Webster is seeking nearly $10,000 from Albero for publishing information Webster says is harmful to his character. A trial is scheduled for July 30.
Verizon's billing office is closed at this fine hour of 9PM, so I am asking my blogosphere friends and non-friends if this line item in my FiOS bill seems, oh, a wee-bit odd: DE Gross Receipts Tax for Cable* $1.40 Maybe I am naive (and I admit I am on many things), but a Gross Receipts tax is what a business pays on its....gross receipts! Am I wrong? If I am right, and they are forcing me to pay their tax, then doesn't this actually make their gross receipts go even higher? By the way, that cheesy little asterisk on the line-item...yeah, can't find the detail info that goes with it. Maybe it was embedded within their tax bill. Read more
I've always been a believer in the following phrase "Meet the children and you know the parents" NY Times: "Mr. McCain, now the presumptive Republican nominee, has staked his candidacy on the promise that American troops can bring stability to Iraq. What he almost never says is that one of them is his own son, who spent seven months patrolling Anbar Province and learned of his father’s New Hampshire victory in January while he was digging a stuck military vehicle out of the mud." Full story John McCain looks more appealing as our next leader every day. Then again, some people are voting for Obama because he will do the following (Video) Update: Since Hillary won't go away, let me also point out she is doing her best to remind us what it will be like to relive the administration of Jimmy Carter...Hillary calls for Olympic "Opening" Boycott Read more
Senator Obama is a very intelligent man so how does he justify adding costs to domestic oil consumption by forcing 150 billion dollars of their money to be invested in his chosen energy programs (not drilling or building new refineries that we desperately need )and robbing them of profits as a means to control gas prices. When we tried this in the 70's it was a disaster. At least we can get gas when we want not wait in lines and decide for ourselves how to control our budgets. The problem with the Democrat party and energy is that they have no realistic plan. There policies would increase the cost of energy not decrease it. You can not magically mandate affordable energy. I am a big believer in alternative energy. I now see it as a national security issue not just an economic one. On that basis, I favor a more aggressive approach of tax credits and other breaks and even government seed Read more
If you missed any episodes of HBO’s John Adams, you will want to catch up on the ones you missed this weekend. This is compelling, informative, quality television. I can hardly wait for Hamilton to become a mini-series. Out of curiosity, any Battlestar Galactia fans out there? The new season starts tonight. Have a great weekend.
Tom “Flash” Gordon brutalized the Phillies in the first game (5ER in 1/3 inning…) Tom “Stash” Gordon brutalized a perceived media event in his first campaign kickoff into a double-secret-probation announcement. WDEL’s Chris Carl posted a blog on this. Seriously, Mr. Coons, with all this hoopla Gordo’s strategically generating, I think you may be in trouble.
Emerging out of the shadows, mad scientists reveled in their latest creation Human genes cloned in cow eggs. The resultant embryo is mostly human with random cow material. The purpose is to have subjects for experimentation who have no legal rights. The British Parliament is engaged in a debate which we need to have in our country. Unfortunately, extremist Democrats, including the two Presidential candidates, have been blocking a strong anti-cloning bill from coming to a vote. The excuse for blocking legislation favored by 80% of the public was that it might be used to block embryonic stem cell research. That issue is now made moot by new advances . We are now faced with a clear issue. What type of future do we want? Do we want one based upon the dignity of humanity or one based upon the gall of humanity? Read more
Question: Who made the above statement and the next one? Answer below “We’ve been in Europe now since 1945. We’ve been in Japan since 1945, been in Korea since 1950,” said ______ one of the United States’ most outspoken retired generals. “We haven’t had a Middle East occupation force, so this is a start of that. This is the way great powers operate; it’s the way Rome operated.” Full Interview with the Oregonian – here Answer: Retired Gen. Merrill A. “Tony” McPeak – Co-Chair Barack Obama’s presidential campaign
Take a time out from political jabbings. It’s April Fools Day and stories abound. There is one from many years ago (1985) that is my all-time favorite. As a highschool sophomore at the time, I was easily taken in, until the end of the article. Enjoy the story, linked below. I wonder, how much is Sidd Finch’s rookie card worth today?
Take a look, I have never been so impressed by her. She is a great American. It is the reason that I switched parties before the deadline. I wanted to vote for Hill and Jack. If you really believed that, April fools’ day is going to be a long one for you. I am still a Republican, of course. I still want Senator Obama to win the Democratic nomination for the sake of history and to see more of the Obama Girl.
40 years ago this week Dr. King was brutally murdered. I am please that this nation has been transformed in that time. The nation is not the same one in which my parents grew up. My mother was in the first high school class to be integrated. My father grew up during the depression and served in World War 2. He was disabled before Truman fully desegregated the military. My parents however never said one negative word about a person because of race or whatever. Well okay, they weren't big fans of communists, but they even prayed for them. They always had people of all backgrounds around. My father was as comfortable being a chaplain for the local Republican Party as he was helping people at a migrant camp. The changes my parents saw filled them with optimism. The world is so different from the one my parents grew up in. It is so different from the one which existed when Read more
New Jersey v. Delaware was settled today in our favor. The court ruled properly when it said that BP could not use a pier which starts on the Jersey side but encroaches on to Delaware river bed (land) to off load 1.2 billion cubic feet of liquified natural gas without Delaware's permission. We in Delaware should not be cheering. We should be telling our own government to get with the 21st century. The nation needs more clean burning fuel from friendly sources. The proposal is not environmentally damaging nor is it unsafe. We are killing jobs, making our nation more dependent upon middle eastern oil, and undermining our good will with our neighbors when we need them to protect our corporate franchise. Some wins are not cause for celebration. It seems like the NIMBY ghost of Russel Peterson may haunt us for years to come. (I am speaking of his passage from power not the world.) Read more
Our leaders in state government are grappling for ways to keep government afloat. I think the revenue shortfall will not be as bad as now projected any more than it was as good as projected 3 months ago. Nonetheless, they are the best numbers we have and we have to make tough decisions. Our leaders could use fresh ideas. Let's play cut that budget. Here are my top ten in no order of priority. Repeal the new prevailing wage law because it is not the real prevailing wage. I am all for a decent living wage in government contracts, but it makes no sense to cancel projects and have no wages. Balance is a good thing. Allow more competition in the state supplier list by opening it up to new suppliers every quarter for mundane items and simplify the process. Many times it is cheaper to go to Sam's or Staples than buy from the state's approved list. If a company can come up with Read more
There is a lot of good news coming from Iraq, but it seems just when we are getting hopeful that we are reminded just how fluid the situation is. 4000 American military deaths was a sad milestone. The good news is the rate has slowed dramatically. The bad news is the cease fire is beginning to fall apart between the Shia factions. Iraq seems like a bad tire. You plug one leak and another springs up, then you plug that one and the old plug comes undone. Discouragement would be an easy course to take. I refuse to take it. I am praying for peace in that land. Those wonderful people have been through so much over the past 40 years. We all want better for them than so called leaders hiding in Iran and trying to break up the normalcy which is beginning to return. We can expect more bumps in the road between now and October (target date for the Iraqi elections). Read more
Obama’s Pastor Slurs Italians in Latest Magazine – Full story
GALLUP: Dems will desert if their candidate loses... My personal observation is he will win in a blow out, here's why. The Democratic party has: 1. Ignored the fact that most Americans subscribe to political center-right beliefs. They instead legitimized a far left liberal with no experience because of superior oratory skills. In the process ignored much stronger general election candidates such as Senators Biden, Dodd and Edwards and Gov Bill Richardson. 2. Turned their backs on voters of Michigan and Florida 3. Failed to provide the final push on breaking the glass ceiling for women Senator Barack Obama has all but certainly delivered the Presidency to the GOP instead of supporting what would have most likely resulted in the first woman President and a return of the Oval Office to the Democrats. This greedy move for his party's nomination will have repercussions for years to Read more
I hope you all had an Happy Easter/ Resurrection Day. Holy Week is my favorite time of the year. It is, for me, a time for reflection and rededication to God and Faith. I find there is nothing more precious than knowing God. That is why it is annoying to hear pundits say that the "Black" Church is represented by Pastor Jeremiah Wright, and "You would be surprised what you hear in 'Black' churches". Yes, I would be if the apologists where correct. It is interesting that these statements are coming from journalists who don't attend "Black" churches. I am a lot more than a little put off that these radical Afro-Centric Churches are made to represent the majority. I don't deny that they exist. I deny as someone whose father was an evangelist during my earlier years and has been in score upon score of "Black" churches and who as a coordinator for a National Day of Prayer Read more
Children believe what their schools teach them. I have found that to be a scary thought over the years. We wonder why our children fall behind the world. They are not dumb. They work hard, we spend a lot educating them, and our teachers, as a group, are dedicated beyond just doing their job. The teachers are still not paid well enough, but we have made great strides to ensure teacher compensation is now competitive to many other fields when adjusted for hours spent. We are reducing class size and adding technology. What's wrong? I think there are many things wrong, but let's start with the most basic of all tools--textbooks. One of the nation's top text book company is Houghton Mifflin. A recent audit in Texas (The Dallas Morning News Nov. 16, 2007)found 86,000 textbook errors in the Math series. I haven't found the history texts much better in my personal experience. The Read more
Despite Senator Obama having clearly superior oratory skills – “Privately, aides and associates of Obama tell stories about a boss who can be aloof and ungracious. He holds firmly to views and doesn’t like to be challenged, traits that President Bush packaged and sold under the “resolute” brand in the 2004 election. For Bush, those qualities proved to be dangerous in a time of war and in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.” – AP “Obama walks arrogance line” – Full Story If you’re an Obama supporter, why is it you don’t see it? I say, don’t necessarily abandon your support, but please question it…the world deserves it.